Readers’ Poll Winners: People & Places

How You Voted

Best commercial renovation
Whole Foods Market

Best company to work for
Pixar

Best elementary school teacher
Calvert Hand, Peralta Elementary School

Best encounter group
East Bay Brain Exchange at Spine and Sports Medicine

Best high school teacher
Thien Pham, Bishop O’Dowd High School

Best hippie
Wavy Gravy

Best jukebox
Club Mallard

Best middle school teacher
Tie: Jim Rendle, Redwood Day School and Sharon Arthur, Willard Middle School

Best neon sign
Grand Lake Theater

Best old-school social club
The Colombo Club

Best pick-up joint
The Ruby Room

Best place to make out in public
Lake Merritt

Best place to worship
East Bay Church of Religious Science

Best preservationist
Tie: Naomi Schiff at the Oakland Heritage Alliance and Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association

Best reason to wait in line
Bakesale Betty’s Fried Chicken Sandwich

Most endangered East Bay landmark
Albany Bulb

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