Dine at the Sequoia Diner and snack on Peter’s Kettle Corn; shop locally at Beast Oakland or browse Vista Madera’s horsey shelves; and explore the Laurel Art Garden or take a class at The Taoist Center.
The chambers of the Oakland City Council can be a very rough place. Public bickering between council members and full-throated soliloquies by angry residents are commonplace. At times, the difference between debating an ordinance and lobbing ordnance is difficult to discern. But, amid the swirling hurricane, seating in a sea of tranquility is City Clerk LaTonda Simmons, perhaps the most popular person at City Hall.
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.
At campaign events and on web pages, in brochures and door-to-door chats, Oakland’s 15 mayoral candidates are busy promising the number of police officers that they will deploy as the city’s leader. 700. 800. 900. More.