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The Heartbeat of Oakland

The A’s fans in Section 149 represent the spirit of The Town.

How Alamedans Chillax

From staycations and close-to-home destinations to white water rapids in Idaho and the O.C. coast, Alamedans know how to relax.

Who Are the Bay Area’s Trump Fans?

A retired medical laboratory CEO in Rossmoor, a San Francisco real estate developer with a plane, and a San Leandro father and electrician are behind The Donald.

Alameda’s Newest Rising Star

Malia Vella promises to be a formidable force in this year’s city council campaign.

Alameda Peeps Fight for Traffic Safety

The influential grassroots group is leading an effort to make the Island’s streets safer.
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Life & Style

Unironic Bliss in San Diego

San Diego’s charms can disarm even the crankiest among us, putting many a northerner at home in its revitalized downtown.

SVEN Proves Ease and Luxury Go Together

Sven and Susan Stalman started SVEN in 1969 and have been pleasing fashionistas with their buttery-soft accessories from Berkeley ever since.

Color Ideas to Make Room

Interior designers Angelisse Karol and Laura Martin Bovard say beige is passé, warm whites are just right, and the grays are here to stay. Add bold splashes of a color in rich, deep shades for a fresh new look.

Doing Locust Street in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza may be posh, but it’s not the only place for shopping, playing, and eating in Walnut Creek.
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Food & Drink

Longbranch Saloon Surpasses Expectations

It turns out the handsome Berkeley drinking establishment is more than that, delivering the perfect meal with Zuni Cafe-esque chicken, an amazing burger, and inspired cocktails

Batch Pastries Is the New Montclair Baking

Emily Buysse keeps the menu at Batch Pastries much like that originated by its predecessor, Montclair Baking, but adds more treats and a new espresso machine to enhance a gathering-spot vibe.

Hina Yakitori: Skewered by Tradition

An uncompromising Japan-trained chef dives deep into the chicken pond.

Parlour Puts Melon with Mezcal

The Longest Day cocktail hints of summer vacation, beaches, and relaxation.
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Arts & Culture

Nonstop Art, Belly Dancing, and Cosplay in Berkeley

Carnival of Stars takes place on July 30-31 at the Finnish Hall.

Summer Essays: Tooth or Consequences

On the way to middle age and root canals.

Summer Essays: A Mother's Heart

Some remember and others do not.

Summer Essays: Loose Lips

The truth is revealed about a childhood trauma.
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Home & Garden

A Bridge-to-Bridge View in Montclair

A thoroughly modern lair going for $1.6 million appeals with its natural setting, killer views, and a rock-’n’-roll ethos.

Kitchen Overhaul for a Tidal Canal Home

Matt and Kathy Bliven bid good-bye to dated linoleum floors, tile countertops, and a tiny stovetop and say hello to the kitchen of their dreams.

Doing Locust Street in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza may be posh, but it’s not the only place for shopping, playing, and eating in Walnut Creek.

Fabrics Made for the Outdoors Move Indoors

High-performance outdoor fabrics—like solution-dyed acrylics—are softer, brighter, and more durable than the old stuff of awnings and cushions and are finding new uses indoors.
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From Our Other Publications

Our Backyard: A Boost for Housing

Oakland’s new housing impact fee plan hasn’t hurt housing development. It’s helped it.

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.

Our Backyard: The Oakland City Council Needs Reform

Key city council votes effectively take place in private because they occur late at night, after residents have gone home.

The Pet Photographer Talks Dogs and Photography

My passion for photography started when I was 10 years old.
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