Readers’ Poll Winners: People and Places


Best Community Garden
Spiral Gardens Community Food Security Project

Best K-12 Teacher
Russell Wright,
Walden School

Best Neighborhood

Best Nonprofit or Charity
LifeLong Medical Care

Best Pick-up Spot
Lake Merritt

Best Place to Hang Out
Lake Merritt

Best Place to Hold
a Revolution
Oscar Grant/
Frank Ogawa Plaza

Best Place to
Learn DIY Skills
The Crucible

Best Place to Smoke Weed
At Home

Best Place to take the Kids
Tilden Park

Best Political Movement or Group
Occupy Oakland

Best Program
to Engage Youth
Sarah’s Science Camps

Best Protest Event
Nov. 2 General Strike and Mass Day of Action

Best Religious Service
East Bay Church of Religious Science

Best Use of Public Space
Occupy Oakland

Most Courageous Attorney
John Burris

Most Groundbreaking Idea
Lolo Health Center

Most Outspoken Activist
Boots Riley

Most Outspoken Professor
Robert Reich

Most Revolutionary
City or City Initiative

Most Unwavering Politician or Political Figure
Barbara Lee