.Insider's Guide

Feb 21, 2017

Tacos Sinaloa in Oakland’s Fruitvale: Taco Pioneers

Tacos Sinaloa is a classic Fruitvale destination that’s embracing a changing Oakland. Credits: Haleigh Hoff It’s no secret that, in recent years, Oakland has become a mecca for foodies. It seems as if everywhere you turn, there is a new pop-up or food truck. But the city’s taco trucks have a...
Feb 21, 2017

California’s Only Black Whaling Captain, William Shorey, Lived in Oakland

This West Oakland vintage home housed the only Black whaling captain in Pacific coast history. Credits: Courtesy POPNA In West Oakland, a plaque sitting in front of an impressively restored red Victorian commemorates a surprising achievement. The home, originally...
Feb 21, 2017

Preservation Park in Downtown Oakland Is an Oasis

Preservation Park is a sorta-secret urban oasis in downtown Oakland. Credits: Ronald Owens Downtown Oakland has many virtues — but peace and quiet probably aren’t at the top of the list. At least not with the cars roaring down...
Feb 21, 2017

Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

Long before Europeans arrived in the East Bay, oak trees allowed native Ohlone people to exist on this land for thousands of years without agriculture. The annual abundance of acorns provided a source of reliable and easily...
Feb 21, 2017

Lake Merritt’s Weird, Polluted — And Stinky — Legacy

Possibly the strangest thing that ever happened on Lake Merritt was Eugene Frey’s test ride atop his “hydromotorcycle.” The kooky inventor strapped two 14-foot metal canoes under a bike and rigged a...
Feb 14, 2017

The Cemetery-Park: Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland is Also a Killer Spot to Jog

Quite possibly the most underrated park in Oakland is not really a park at all. Founded in 1863, Mountain View Cemetery sits at the top of Piedmont Avenue, and on any given day you can...
Feb 14, 2017

Berkeley Is The Original Sanctuary City

President Trump’s vow to eliminate sanctuary cities by withholding federal funds has thrust this controversial topic into the national spotlight. As a growing number of municipalities launch legal challenges to the administration’s immigration crackdown, many media outlets...
Feb 14, 2017

Havens for Cinema Junkies: The Legacy of East Bay Movie Houses

It may be difficult to grasp in this era of multiple platforms for screened entertainment, but not so long ago the only way to see a movie — any movie — was to tromp down to the...
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