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Lives of the East Bay 2016

We say goodbye to people of remarkable talents whose deaths leave us contemplative and saddened. Their legacies live on through their amazing art and the good works they set in motion.

It Was Grand

Oakland's Grand Bakery, the East Bay’s only kosher bakery, is closing on Dec. 23.

Our Backyard: If for Sports, Then Why Not for Artists and Musicians?

Oakland recently devised an innovative way to fund $200 million in public infrastructure for a new Raiders’ stadium. The city needs to be at least that creative for artists and musicians.

Granny Units to the Rescue

What are you doing with your backyard garage?

Building a Better Beach

Encinal Beach, which has sweeping views of the bay, is about to get a major facelift.

Staying Alive

Alameda’s Frank Bette Center is back on track.

On Point

Alameda is moving forward with the next phase of its Alameda Point housing plan—a project that could add up to 625 homes, bike paths, and a new park.

She’s Come a Long Way

Building Futures and Midway Shelter have a solid advocate in Liz Varela.

Island of Ganja?

Alameda is examining whether to tax cannabis deliveries and perhaps allow the sale and cultivation of marijuana in the city.

Season of Giving

What local charity or nonprofit program do you support, and why?