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BART in Alameda?

A second transbay tube could ease Alameda’s nightmarish traffic and boost Oakland’s economy. And transportation officials are now taking the idea seriously for the first time.

Yes to Straws by Request

These Alamedans would be happy to see plastic straws go altogether.

Friday’s Briefing: Brown Proposes Spending $96 Million to Fight Wildfires

Plus, a group of housing activists filed a complaint with the Oakland Public Ethics Commission against Councilmember Abel Guillen.

Seawolf Does Pub Grub With an Ethnic Bent

A dive bar popular with cops becomes a hip neighborhood hangout that puts an ethnic twist on bar food.

Spring Fest Set for Mother’s Day Weekend

SF’s L’acajou Opens an Outlet at Woodminster Plaza

The menu is more expansive, because the Oakland space — formerly the Woodminster Cafe — has more sophisticated cooking facilities.

Artist Charlie Milgrim Experiments With Craft and Form

The Alameda visual arts teacher brings playful and sober elements to her work.

Thursday’s Briefing: Doctors at Children’s Hospital Oakland Revolt

Plus, state taxes on legal cannabis sales fall short of projections.

Radio-Active Latin Jazz

Pianist Arturo O’Farrill is at the center of a bona fide Latin jazz dynasty, but he didn’t embrace his family legacy until well into adulthood.

Catch The Maltese Falcon at the Paramount

Noir at its best, the film stars Bogart, Lorre, and Greenstreet in underground caper.