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Illuminati Waxworks Creates Alluring Scented Candles

Using soy and high-grade fragrance oils, these candles may smell like the season or a place or conjure up a feeling.

Monday’s Briefing: Oakland Council May Strip Brooks of Committee Chair; Bonta Pushes Bill to Automatically Expunge Pot Crimes

Plus, Sutter Health says it will keep Alta Bates open for up to 10 years.

The Kilduff Files: Santiago Rizzo Has Made an Authentic Film About Coming of Age in Berkeley

It’s also won awards. But will any movie studios distribute it?

The Town’s Baker

Yahshimabet Sellassie runs a thriving baking company.

Taking on Tesla

Alameda attorney Bryan Schwartz has filed a class-action case against Elon Musk’s electric car company, alleging racial discrimination.

Nosh Box: Good Times Brewing in February

It may seem contrarian to hold the grandest celebration of craft beers during the year’s coldest month. But if rehydration is all you seek, just drop a chunk of change to swill overpriced, plastic bottles of glitzy water or sports drink, hyped up with drugstore vitamins and miracle ingredients—like fructose, sodium chloride, and food coloring. But craft beer is far more than a retro thirst quencher. With a brewing history nearly 40 centuries old, just like wine it pairs well with foods, tastes great, and brings folks together. Exemplifying the latter, The Good Hop in Oakland, a woman-owned craft beer shop, features gatherings for women in the beer industry.

Friday’s Briefing: Congressional Republicans and Trump Attack FBI; 98% of California Cities Fail to Meet Housing Requirements

Plus, ICE targets 77 Northern California businesses in immigration sweep.

Editor's Note: We’re Monthly Now

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Ici Opens a Second Outlet

Mary Canales’ new shop keeps Downtown Berkeley Cool.