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Re: “Best After-Hours Spot

The most unique, innovative and original offerings since the sixties.

Posted by Morgan Lim on 07/20/2011 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Best DJ

Yep, Rahiem is one of our best DJs. Also a terrific guy to be around- always has a smile on his face and ready to rock!

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Posted by bradelectro on 07/20/2011 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Most Dedicated Campaign Volunteer

As a volunteer for the other side who won the most 1st Choice Votes. I can attest that Quan did not have 1,000 volunteers. Anyone who signs up as a volunteer can be counted as such, but in reality there are really only a handful of activists such as Mr. Vann as well as volunteers of the Perata campaign. Despite our loss by default from a back room deal to get Assemblymember Sandre Swanson's endorsement when he terms out in 2012 ,between the 2nd and 3rd placed candidates, it was one of the funnest campaigns I ever worked on. We campaigned hard in deep East Oakland and carried the most votes there. Perata won most of the Council Districts especially Districts 6 & 7. Check the Registar of Voters if you don't believe me. We caught one of Quan's people sleeping and spammed his Civic with flyers and surrounded his area of operations with Perata Lawn signs that residents happily agreed to let us display them in the yard. From 109 to 69 ville and Sobrante Park; was all Perata territory despite us catching the Quan people ripping down our supporter's Lawn signs. A few of our young Perata team members that live in East Oakland did not want to campaign in West Oakland because its an automatic death wish stemming back since the 60's. One of our volunteers witnessed a suspect drop a pistol running from Police while another Don Perata volunteer witnessed a shooting in broad daylight on 107th near GOTV. At anytime the suspect could have turned his weapon on our dear friend, but a miracle happened, even though our friend's eyes met the shooter's eyes in a split second. After that, our fellow Perata campaigner went back to precinct walking. Recalling the latter months of GOTV, Sandre's guys were out in force with Assemblymember Swanson embroidered on their polos handing out literature from their Cadillac Escalade. Real campaigners Precinct Walk and get the lay of the land. (j/k) When they saw the Perata signs we put up all around them, they then acknowledged to me"Man you guys are giving us hell out here!" and gave us a handshake out of respect.
Sorry to vent, but the someone had to set the record straight. Quan was good and her team deserves respect, but we were the real grass roots campaign, that talked to residents one on one who were from some of the hardest hit communities of Oakland and learning from them what they envision as a model city.

Posted by taskmaster on 07/20/2011 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Most Dedicated Campaign Volunteer

Dear EBX: I am flattered by your acknowledgement of my involvement with the 2010 Quan for Mayor campaign. However, your flowering recognition should properly be directed to Dr Floyd Huen, spose of the mayor. In addition to planning, directing, and implementing a brilliant field campaign, Dr Huen walked almost every day for almost a full year in every area of the city. I did what I could to help, but did not come even close.

Posted by jayveee on 07/20/2011 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Most Dedicated Campaign Volunteer

And he is one of the nicest guys on the planet. It was a pleasure to campaign with him.

Posted by sara6300 on 07/20/2011 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Bar with the Most Diverse Clientele

What does a person from Castro Valley look like?

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Posted by cintenta on 07/20/2011 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Readers' Poll Winners: People and Places


Posted by Jasperness on 07/20/2011 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Best Dispensary Technology

The ArcView Group ( created the Harborside mobile app. They also created apps for Medithrive (SF), Vapor Room (SF), Altitude Organic (San Diego), Om of Medicine (Ann Arbor, MI), MediZen (Sacremento, CA), with more dispensaries going live in the coming weeks.

Posted by Troy on 07/20/2011 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Best Environmentalist

YES! Jeff is a major inspiration. It is really great to see it acknowledged in the press. Thank you.

Posted by Adam C. on 07/20/2011 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Best Environmentalist

While I'm sure you considered many conservationist for special recognition, your conclusion is sound. Jeff Miller is clear in his conviction for defending the natural landscape and wildlife. Jeff demands that government holds itself to same laws it expects the citizens to adhere to. Jeff has proven to be an asset for achieving good government in Alameda County and the state.

Posted by steelhead on 07/20/2011 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Best After-Hours Spot

Birdland is definitely the best of the best of the best. There's no place like it!

Posted by Le Go-Go on 07/20/2011 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Best After-Hours Spot

For a nice review by readers of Birdland Jazzista Social Club, read EBX article on Dayna Stephens and Birdland from last week. That's really what jazzistas are all about.… Jazzistas party to 3-4 bands deep fridays and saturdays now to support more local musicians.

Posted by paparayno on 07/20/2011 at 2:27 AM

Re: “Best Completely Re-Imagined Neighborhood

Saturday, August 13th, 11-6pm
MacArthur Blvd at 35th Avenue, Oakland
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Attendance for the Laurel Street Fair is estimated at 8000-10,000 people. We will showcase an amazing music and dance stage, featuring Grammy-nominated John Santos Sextet.

The Fair also will have a huge kids land, creative crafts and merchandise, info booths, an impressive variety of food vendors, and a spotlight on health and wellness.

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Posted by laureldistrictassociation on 07/20/2011 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Home Grown

It's the weekend, alas...the long one, and an Express photog is coming by today, apparently, to take some shots of our establishment. We're being considered for Best of the Bay?Yes? No? Maybe?

I'm not really sure how the whole thing is selected...chosen, etc. Any clarification appreciated? Is this a popular vote or is it editorially deigned? Thanks.

Posted by chris juricich on 07/02/2011 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Best Studio

I'm a Real Good Vocalist with a Golden Touch to My Pop/Rock Singing & I'm Looking for a Recording Studio to Make My CD & DVD & the LP So Please Give Me An Idea How Much You Charge for These Services. & Thanks! My Name Charlie Spangler {On-Stage>"RocknCowboy"}

Posted by Urban Cowboy on 05/30/2011 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Best Old World Gift Shop

I want to personally thank the people associated with the East Bay Express for including us as the Best of the East Bay. It is truly an honor to be a part of the community and hope that we can continue to achieve the status that has bestowed us!

Best regards,

Claudio Luporini - Owner

Posted by Claudio on 05/21/2011 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Best Pisco Sour

Great! the only thing is that Marian Farms shouldn't be allowed to put pisco in its labels since pisco is from Peru as you guys said it should say grape brandy ... anyway, Cheers with pisco sours everywhere..

Posted by alfonso r. on 04/29/2011 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Best New Restaurant

I ate there several months ago with my son and it was absolutely delicious and the pairing was spot on.

Posted by cib on 03/08/2011 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Readers Say The Darndest Things: Arts & Culture

to the chabon groupie on best local author:
He may know his way around a sentance but it takes a bit more than wordy rambling to craft a well written story worth reading. Try again. Le Guin could write circles around any of his work.

Posted by bast on 03/06/2011 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Best Creative Music and Cocktails

Eric Leppo here - I'm the bartender mentioned in the article and thought I'd take the opportunity to explain why the experimental music series started. There is also a previous article in the East Bay Express written by Nate Seltenrich that is a bit more accurate about how the music series started at the ivy room. There is a link to that article at the end of this comment.
As an experimental musician myself, I saw the opportunity to bring in bands to play on Monday evenings b.c. on those nights the Ivy was basically empty besides myself and a random drunk wandering down San Pablo who just wanted to use the bathroom. I saw this emptiness as the opportunity to build a scene and to give some musicians that were pushing the limits a chance to be heard.
Some of the first bands I booked were Colin Jones, Aram Shelton, Andrew Conklin, Dogs Playing Poker, Lucio Menegon, Free Jazz Gospel Supreme 80, Wyatt Gurp and his whole crew, Quinn... and tons more great artists.
To keep bringing the crowds back, I asked the bands who got the most people to come out to do monthlies - Lucio was amazing at promoting and called his monthly the Hootenany - he and his crew made fantastic flyers for each month's event.
Wyatt Gurp and Harbour, Aram Shelton, and Andrew Conklin also all eventualy would orcestrate their own monthly line ups.
These groups are still going strong so do your ears and mind a favor and check em out. Shout out to Ken the current bar manager at the Ivy who's helped keep the music going at Ivy after my move to Los Angeles.
PREVIOUS East Bay Express link about this series:…

Posted by EricLeppo on 02/10/2011 at 8:21 PM

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