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Editor's Note

An Explanation of Best Of

The editor explains the two-phase approach for Best of Alameda 2105.
July 1, 2015

Alameda Harbor Bay Club Is Nice But Dated

Kirk Cowan wants to upgrade the health club, which means moving, and not everyone is happy about it.
June 1, 2015

The Clif Bar Conundrum

The energy company distances itself from limit-breaking climbers, determining their risky behavior puts the Clif Bar brand in peril.
May 1, 2015

Anticipating the Oakland A’s Opening Day

The editor doesn’t know much about baseball or the A’s—except that she’s a fan. Introducing a new roster of strangers who we’re hoping gel to become a competitive team.
April 4, 2015

Loving the East Bay Wilderness

This issue is for nature lovers, especially hikers like Wendy Wheeler and Thomas Page who can’t get enough of the East Bay Regional Park District lads.
March 1, 2015

Holiday Hunting for Presents

Shopping the Old-Fashioned Way
December 2, 2014

Webster Versus Park

A few years ago in Alameda, I strolled the length of Park Street on a summer afternoon and then did the same on Webster Street the next day. I jotted down impressions on the vibe of both thoroughfares and took copious notes about what the streetscapes looked like and who walked and shopped and hung out on the main drags.
October 2, 2014

Form and Function in Home Design

Design rules our lives, especially the furniture and décor that fill our homes. Imagine if you could outfit your surroundings with one-of-a-kind designs that felt more like works of art, replacing a scratched up rocking chair with a sleek, simple stool or whimsical bench. Wouldn’t daily life be just a little better?
September 4, 2014

A Very Robust Best Of Survey

As editor, I have my say all the time. But when do you get to have your say? In July, we celebrate Alameda with the Best Of issue, which shares what readers love most about Island life via an online polling system. This year’s ballot was more robust than usual, proving a bit cumbersome for some voters who gave us what for in the comments section on their ballots.
July 3, 2014

Self-Expression

For this year’s portrait of outstanding members of the class of 2014, the graduating seniors get to have their say. We also asked them to send in their selfies (that’s mine accompanying this column, incidentally) to give them an additional chance at visual self-expression.
May 1, 2014