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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Is Our East Bay Person of the Year

She inspired us like no other for this inaugural achievement.

East Bay Residents Who Touched Our Lives

Teachers and leaders, scientists and artists, natives and transplants, these people left the East Bay poorer for their passing but a richer place for the memories, the works, and the legacies they left behind. We bid farewell to the friends and heroes we lost this year and remember the ways that they touched our lives.

All Children Deserve an Early Advantage

Deborah Kong, the president of an Oakland nonprofit educational policy advocacy group, says kids, regardless of income, need quality child care, preschool, and improved parental and teacher engagement for success.

MythBusters Will Go Out With a Bang

TV science geeks Adam Savage and Jamie Hyeman have one season left on the Discovery Channel, but their wacky experiments, explosions, and goofy ideas will live on, thanks to the Science Channel.

West Oakland Neighbors Build Backyard Community

Picking up trash in West Oakland earns do-gooders entrance to an all-comers combination backyard hootenanny and backyard block party.

Memories of Best and Worst Gifts

What’s the best or worst present you ever received?

Quintin Kermeen Knows Tracking Technology

Telemetry Solutions, a tiny company with headquarters in Concord and an unlikely Oaklander at its helm, has made it big with wildlife tracking technology.

Cafe Romanat Shares a Coffee Ritual

In Ethiopia, coffee lovers savor the bounty of their country with an elaborate to-do that also occurs in Oakland cafes.

Patrons Love Lo Coco’s and Burma Superstar

What’s your go-to Oakland dish?

Unleash Creativity for Public School Kids

Laurie Pitman of Arts for Oakland Kids wants you to know why arts education in public schools is such a good thing.