Staff photographer Bert Johnson covered Libby Schaaf’s election night celebration. After early results established her lead in the race, the mood of the night changed from optimistic to jubilant, bolstered by dance music and a persistent lead in the polls. “I feel incredibly honored that the people in my city are putting their trust in me,” she told the Express. Asked how she pulled it off, she said, “I had an incredible team. It’s the same thing as being mayor — no one can do this alone. From the beginning, I’ve surrounded myself with the most dedicated, compassionate … professionals.”
The East Bay’s alt weekly. Published since 1978 on the east shores of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Express features original local news reporting and coverage of events, music, arts and restaurants in Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and other parts of the vibrant East Bay, a cultural epicenter of Northern California.