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Comment Archives: stories: Best of the East Bay: People & Places

Re: “Best Anarchist Hangout

Dammit east bay express. You think after that huge cover story you did basically blowing up all the DIY venue's that people have worked their asses off from getting shut down you would have learned a lesson. Next time a touring band needs a show, or people need somewhere for a zine workshop, we're taking over your offices.

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Posted by Jenns Ucks on 07/19/2012 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Best Completely Re-Imagined Neighborhood

Saturday, July 21, 2012, 4-9pm - ROUTE 50 LAUREL CAR CRUISE!!!!
1/4 lb Giant Burger Parking Lot
4215 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

Come hang out in the historic Laurel District in Oakland. Formerly a part of Route 50, at 1/4 lb Giant Burger on MacArthur Blvd off High St. on MacArthur Blvd. All Vintage Cars and Bicycles welcome. 4:00-9:00 pm every third Saturday. Dr Scott and Miss Cherry Bomb spinnin Oldies.

Outdoor movie at 9pm at the Laurel Ace Hardware right down the street...4024 MacArthur Blvd!

Brought to you by Royal Jokers Car Club, Movement Ink, Laurel District Association, and Councilmember Libby Schaaf's Office, District 4.

Posted by Laurel Street Fair on 07/18/2012 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Best Urban Wildlife Phenomenon

Great information! Thanks for sharing about it being very informative.…

Posted by Zoya Jackson on 07/09/2012 at 4:37 AM

Re: “Best Escalator

"yuppies?" YUPPIES???? What the heck century are you in? Who says "yuppies" anymore?

Posted by Theresa Maller on 12/16/2011 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Best Completely Re-Imagined Neighborhood

Laurel Holiday Stroll and Donation Drive 
*Launching the Laurel Tree Lighting and Public Art Project
Wednesday, December 14th, 6-8pm
All Stores on MacArthur Blvd Between 39th Ave and Maybelle Street
Food Sampling, Wine Tasting, Children's Book Reading, Music, Tree Lights and Live Art

*Begin at Marquardt Property Management with Your Canned Food, Toy or Coat Donation and Get an All-Access Stamp
4164 Macarthur Blvd Oakland, CA, 94619

Posted by Laurel Street Fair on 12/13/2011 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Most Regionally Minded Mayor

Lawngun is right and Zelda is dead wrong. Let's face it, UC should be privatized and then they would a taxpayer instead of an enormous tax burden.
But Berkeley without UC would be just another suburb, which might be an improvement if all the 60s garbage was forced to leave town.
Bates, like his dreadful wife, is a statist-collectivist to the core.
Zelda belongs to the Becky O'Malley Far Left Nimby Club of Trust Funders who can afford to shop at Whole Paychecks and no Trader Joes in 'their' city for the hoi polloi, thank you.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 07/28/2011 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Most Regionally Minded Mayor

Right. Who needs free markets, when we can stifle opportunities for economic development and new jobs with excessive regulation? You go!

Posted by Lawngun on 07/28/2011 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Most Regionally Minded Mayor

What nonsense. If Bates were truly regionally minded, he'd be pushing for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's second campus to go to Richmond or Alameda, not Berkeley. Thanks to the 2005 deal he secretly negotiated, Berkeley, with its huge budget deficits, is already subsidizing UC's use of City services (fire, police, sewers) to an annual tune of $13 million dollars and hardly needs another huge tax-exempt institution within its borders. It is true, however, that the interests of his own city are rarely at the top of the Berkeley mayor's agenda. Social justice activist? Check out his "Green Pathway" for downtown--basically a greenwashing scam for developers. Or consider his push to dismantle the zoning protections for West Berkeley's 300 or so manufacturers/6-7,000 employees plus the district's thousand artists and artisans--in behalf of Wareham and other grasping real estate speculators. Bates is a self-described "free market kind of guy." That says it all. Zelda Bronstein

Posted by Zelda Bronstein on 07/28/2011 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Most Dedicated Campaign Volunteer

I had an opportunity, largely due to Jeans husband, Floyd to become involved in this campaign, and, I can tell you, that both Floyd and James Vann helped to make this one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Not only was I able to work with many great people, people who genuinely care about all of Oakland, but, because of the nature of Jeans campaign, I was able to help give voice to my community, something that has been missing historically from city hall, or those campaigning to inhabit it. I am happy to point out that my community continues to have a voice "downtown, because of Jean, and the hard work of people like Floyd Huen and James Vann. Hats off to both of these gentlemen for reminding us that, in the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Posted by jdcash on 07/21/2011 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Most Dedicated Campaign Volunteer


Posted by jdcash on 07/21/2011 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Most Dedicated Campaign Volunteer

Stillhere, rumor has it when City Attorney Russo left office he said privately to a few colleagues "The City is f**cked" You can't fix it by footing the bill to the next generation. How many murders are we at now? The Crime Lords of this City who also run the prisons and manipulate Oakland's children to do their dirty work, know that OPD is understaffed. Not too long ago 7 people in East Oakland were wounded within the same time frame. One person was killed. The bloody summer is not even over yet. Of course I care, we saw the conditions and lack of jobs this City has to offer them. China can't be bribed with wines or Oaklandish t-shirts. Were a city of 499,000, an average city in China is 4 million. Why get Oakland wine when now they can afford Napa Valley or French brands? The PRC already owns a slice of Oakland because they own the US debt. What a waste of taxpayer's money if you ask me. A parcel tax is going to fix all our problems?

Posted by taskmaster on 07/21/2011 at 5:04 AM

Re: “Most Dedicated Campaign Volunteer

Sara, My sentiments exactly. Don't know or care to know taskmaster but hope (s)he cares enough for Oakland and all those people (s)he spoke with to now put away all the negativity and help Mayor Quan make Oakland the city we can all be proud of.

Posted by stillhere on 07/20/2011 at 10:16 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: “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 Completely Re-Imagined Neighborhood

Saturday, August 13th, 11-6pm
MacArthur Blvd at 35th Avenue, Oakland
Find Us on Facebook: Laurel Street Fair

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.

Information and applications are available on the LDA website homepage at

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

Re: “Best Converted Church

Actually, the building Marmot is in was never a church, but rather a non-demoninational chapel used for weddings and funerals called the Little Chapel of the Flowers.

Posted by teepeeok on 10/26/2010 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Best Marriage of Boxing and Gardening

This is truly an oasis in the middle of industrial East Oakland. Thank you EOBA for nurturing our children!

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Posted by DJH on 09/19/2010 at 11:25 AM

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