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Collector Arnie Gordon Remembers Oakland Through Ashtrays

He pays tribute to the heady days of Oakland nightlife, which were on par and perhaps even dwarfed the current renaissance in Uptown, in an awe-inspiring ashtray collection.

Writing His Own Story

A modern John Muir hits his stride with Bay Nature, equal parts science journal and travelogue.

Sam Singer Is Oakland’s New Best Friend

The crisis communications guru loves a good fight. Fortunately for Warriors fans, his latest battle involves keeping the team from moving to San Francisco.

Loved Local Landmarks

The Pardee Home, City Hall, and the Cathedral Building make out well.

Supervisor Nate Miley Faces a Credible Candidate

Bryan Parker challenges the incumbent who is running on his track record—one Parker finds lacking.

Francesco’s Serves Its Last Italian Feast

The green-white-and-red Hegenberger Road fixture populated by labor leaders and sports greats shuts for good.

Tarnel Abbott Ponders Jack London’s Legacy

A retired librarian and the great-granddaughter of the famously rakish writer shares her penchant for socialism—a chip off the old block.

Former Anchor Leslie Griffith Becomes an Elephant Activist

The topic that resulted in her leaving KTVU turns into her life calling

Apps Worth Checking Out

A roundup of how Oaklanders are connecting.

Jackson, Gans Commemorate the Grateful Dead

Two Haddon Hill neighbors, friends, and Dead scholars have published a well-received book about their favorite band.