Readers’ Poll Winners: People and Places

Best Company to Work for
Pixar Animation Studios

Best Hometown Hero
Barbara Lee

Best K-12 Teacher
Russell Wright, Walden Center and School

Best Local Idea
First Fridays/Art Murmur

Best Local Innovator
Stephen DeAngelo

Best Neighborhood
Temescal

Best Nonprofit or Charity
Alameda County Community Food Bank

Best Pick-Up Spot
Lake Merritt

Best Place to Hang Out
Lake Merritt

Best Place to Learn DIY or Homesteading Skills
Institute of Urban Homesteading

Best Place to
Smoke Weed in Public
Lake Merritt

Best Place to Take the Kids
Children’s Fairyland

Best Place to
Walk Your Dog
Point Isabel

Best Politician
Barbara Lee

Best Professor or College Instructor
Robert Reich

Best Public Space
Lake Merritt

Best Religious Service
East Bay Church of Religious Science

Best Views
Grizzly Peak

Most Influential Person
Jerry Brown

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