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Bill Wong

Wong is an East Bay journalist, academic, and author of Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America. He grew up in Oakland's Chinatown.

Chocolate Thing at Arizmendi - Scrumptious, simply addictive. (3265 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. 510-268-8849)

Gold Medal - Go for the $5-per-dish menu. Genuine and satisfying Cantonese dishes without frills. (381 8th St., Oakland. 510-268-8484)

Croissant from Oliveto's Downstairs Cafe - Sinfully buttery. They can't possibly do it better in Paris. (5655 College Ave., Oakland. 510-547-5356)

El Taco Zamorano Burrito Truck - The chicken, carnitas, and carne asada are all filling and flavorful, all for $2.50. (Corner of International Boulevard and 48th Avenue, Oakland.)

Donna Gerber

Gerber is a member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. She recently received the Bay Area Land Use and Transportation Coalition's Legislator of the Year award for her efforts to promote "smart growth."

Open space protection and enhancement funding measure for Contra Costa County - If passed, this legislation would provide $126 million to purchase pieces of property and conservation easements to build trails, parks, and preserve farmland.

Home From Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the 21st Century by James Howard Kunstler - This book offers practical ways to make the American Dream a reality without urban sprawl. The author applies principles of New Urbanism to create towns that are pleasant and peaceful places to work and live.

Best policy adopted by the Board of Supervisors - Zero tolerance for domestic Violence - For the past three years, the Board has made the apprehension and prosecution of perpetrators of domestic violence a high priority. Those who are convicted of misdemeanors are required to get treatment to prevent an escalation of violence in the home.

Hubcaps - This restaurant provides great food and service and a bottomless cup of coffee for those early morning meetings. (1548 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek. 925-945-6960)


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