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Libby Schaaf Let Down Her Hair, and Then Rolled to Victory

Oakland’s mayor-elect won by connecting the hills to the flatlands.
November 26, 2014

Oakland Unity Wins the Numbers Game

November 22, 2014

Who is Rhamesis Muncada, and why is he hated in the East Bay?

To some East Bay sports fans, blogger Rhamesis Muncada is as popular as a Denver Broncos fan sitting in the Oakland Coliseum’s Black Hole while wearing a bright orange John Elway jersey. He describes himself as a big A’s fan who merely wants what every admirer of the team craves, a new stadium—except not necessarily in Oakland.
November 15, 2014

Engage the People

November 08, 2014

The Guru of Breathing, Jonathan 'Fitness' Jones

This regimen eschews jumping and running for deep-breathing exercises.
November 03, 2014

Pastoral Claremont Canyon

November 03, 2014

By the Light of the Inflatable Plants

Autumn Lights Festival at the Gardens at Lake Merritt
November 03, 2014

Fix What’s Broken But Don’t Lose Oakland’s Spirit

By the time that many people read this story, Oakland will have a newly elected mayor. If the polls ring true, she will likely be the familiar Jean Quan, reelected for a second term, or one of the mayor’s two front-running challengers, Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan or Libby Schaff.
November 02, 2014

Cleaning Up Cal Sports

The post-Barbour athletics department demands winning teams and improved academics, a huge undertaking that interim Athletic Director Michael Williams is tackling head-on.
November 02, 2014

Revisiting Your Story About Amalgam Versus Composite

Regarding the October 2014 “Mouths of Mercury” column by Kate Madden Yee in the East Bay Medical Guide: Perhaps a bit more inquiry might have been in order. I am not an amalgam-filling proponent, as I have never placed a silver filling in my 20-plus-year career, but amalgam fillings last a hell of a lot longer than 12 years. In my practice, the vast majority of patients that have amalgam fillings have had them over 50 years, and the vast majority of my patients’ composite fillings last 10 to 20 years. Heck, I have perfectly good silver fillings that were placed in the late 1960s and early ’70s and composite fillings that were placed in the early 1980s. Amalgam and composites fillings have no expiration date. They fail due to recurrent decay, fatigue of the tooth, or faulty placement.
November 01, 2014