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Re: “Best Urban Oasis

I love this emphasis on the amazing and fruitful work so many people are doing in Richmond. Thanks for noticing East Bay!

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Posted by Erica Milsom on 07/23/2013 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Best Politician Against All Odds

Broad support? She only garnered the support of about 1/3 of those people who voted.

Smear campaigns? Is it a smear to tell the people what she herself filed in state documents about her mental issues that prevented her from holding a job; about her Chief of Staff who--with her signatures attached--embezzled in the neighborhood of $100,000 from the City of Richmond; that she wanted to control the City’s finances even though she couldn’t handle her own personal finances ($126,000 remaining in her bankruptcy)?

Refused to accept corporate campaign dollars? Did she say anything at all when the card clubs spent gazillions of dollars in independent expenditures to get her elected?

Not one to seek publicity? You have to be kidding. We’re talking about the same person aren’t we? I’m talking about the one that shows up uninvited at events and insists on a seat on the podium and insists on microphone time. I’m talking about the one who shows up for an Occupy walk from Richmond to Oakland and then gets back in her car after the TV cameras leave.

Advocates for new jobs? How many businesses have left Richmond since she and her people took control of Richmond? Nearly 2,000? And the jobs she’s brought in--how many of them have been small workers cooperatives with only a couple of employees?

Had you awarded her with something having to do with her being a mayor, that would be one thing but you’re praising her for being the consummate politician--not much of an honor these days where being labeled a politician is not much better than being labeled a one percenter.

Even as Mayor, she leaves so much to be desired. In five years as Mayor she still hasn’t learned how to run an efficient meeting. Meetings routinely run over leaving a third of the agenda held over to future meetings yet she spends an inordinate amount of time in ‘Presentations' awarding someone for the strangest of things. [We had a special presentation praising people for drinking water.]

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Posted by DonGosney on 07/23/2013 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Most Unexpected Patch of Greenery

The path between 7701 and 7705 Potrero Ave. in El Cerrito does indeed lead to "one of the most unexpected and glorious unobstructed views of the San Francisco Bay." But wait, there is still more. Over the past year, the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers have been building Motorcycle Hill Trail which connects this vista to the streets below. A sign on a stately eucalyptus tree marks the trail which derives its name from a time in the 1920s when daredevils raced up the hill on their motorbikes. Now hikers can enjoy the walk up or down sometimes even accompanied by the resident red-tailed hawk soaring overhead.

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Posted by Elcy Trailtrekker on 07/22/2013 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Most Inventive Local Beer

Buzzerkeley is one of the most interesting and addicting craft beers I've ever had. It's a brew that sticks with you, I can't shake my craving for it (not that I am trying). Congrats on well deserved props Calicraft/Way to go EBE!

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Posted by SoniaMane on 07/22/2013 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Best Reggae DJ: Wickedest selecta

Respect mi brethren.
Introducing the nu craze outta Kingston, Jamaica- Dutch Diamond, dropping his new CD entitled "Jamaica Ride' featuring the first single Legalize It. Check it out and if you'll spin it we'll forward you the music file or if you request it we'll send you a copy of the CD. Jah Bless……

Smoketown Records
7 Penwood Crescent
Kingston 11 Jamaica

Posted by VBlock Dutch on 07/21/2013 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Best Street Artist

<3 GATS!

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Posted by Isaac Anthony on 07/20/2013 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Best House Pre-Roll

My daily go to

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Posted by Alan Wilkes on 07/19/2013 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Readers Say the Darndest Things: Arts and Culture


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Posted by Joel Robinow on 07/18/2013 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Best Photo Booth

Kudos to sister Lisa for keeping old school up to date!

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Posted by Orion Johnson on 07/18/2013 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Best Fundraiser on Four Wheels

great news guys!

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Posted by Chris Griffith on 07/18/2013 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Readers Say the Darndest Things: Arts and Culture

A long time ago I woke up to a timer which clicked on KPFA at the precise moment a lady kicked off her show with Indian Love Call; Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy. She sang along, trilling so prettily in the background. Every weekday morning at 5:00 AM I woke up just like that.

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Posted by Niki Tim Bowden on 07/18/2013 at 5:50 AM

Re: “Best House Pre-Roll

Definitely agree with this. CBCB has the best staff and the $5 pre-rolls are an awesome deal.

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Posted by Lester Bangs on 07/17/2013 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Best New Boutique


Posted by anomnomnom on 07/17/2013 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Best Fundraiser on Four Wheels

Yep!!! John the Baker n Leasa Catera make a hell of a team!!
Another good year with a serious RECORD breaking turnout including our first batch of female BAD ASS BABES
Thanx for the shout out

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Posted by Leasa Catera on 07/17/2013 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Categories We Didn't Think Of: Goods and Services

Nice, my suggestion makes it, nothing like a shameless plug.

Posted by PT Lovern on 07/17/2013 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Most Inventive Local Beer

Thanks to the East Bay Express for the Award.....its crazy what can come from tinkering around in your dorm room.... 17 years ago feels like yesterday.

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Posted by Blaine Landberg on 07/17/2013 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Most Inventive Local Beer

LOVE Buzzerkeley! Favorite celebratory beverage and good for a daily drink as well.

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Posted by Betsy Baker Webb on 07/17/2013 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Most Effusively Charismatic Food Vendor

Really? And where are his permits? The ones the rest of us have to pay for!

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Posted by carolyncreokitch on 07/17/2013 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Most Inventive Local Beer

Amazing! So happy to see Buzzerkeley receive recognition. My favorite beer for sure!

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Posted by Zac Taylor on 07/17/2013 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Best Beard

Here's a cut out image of my beard:, useful for doing things like photoshopping it onto cats:

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Posted by Max Ogden on 07/17/2013 at 9:49 AM

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