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The East Bay Issue

From the shores of Alameda Beach to the restaurants of Fremont’s Little Kabul, our all-encompassing look at the sunny side of the bay.



Libby Schaaf Claps Back
How Oakland’s mayor made an enemy of Trump and became a hometown hero. By Scott Lucas

Lift Every Saddle
Inside the African American rodeo bringing out the East Bay’s black cowboys. By Erin Feher

Field of Dreams
Welcome to the A’s new ballpark at Howard Terminal: a dispatch from the future. By Ian A. Stewart

New Home, Big Yard, Amazing Views
An homage to the Oakland Zoo, no longer a zoological stepchild. By Jon Steinberg

Maryam's Daughters
A Berkeley mosque wants men and women to pray together. Is it blazing a new path or blaspheming? By Salina Nasir

The Guardians of Ghost Town
How one block in West Oakland symbolizes a city in transition. By Gabriel Thompson

Eight More Stories of an Oakland Block As It Gentrifies
The story of ‪30th Street‬ as told by its current and former residents. By Gabriel Thompson

The Most Dangerous Road in the East Bay
Why straightening out Niles Canyon Road is easier said than done. By Ian A. Stewart

The Bombardier
Is an East Bay developer building sorely needed new housing, or dropping gentrification bombs? By Candace Jackson


Making Waves: 100 Artists Putting the East Bay on the Map 
A master list of musicians, artists, writers, dancers, directors, actors, and poets shaping the culture, all from the East Bay. Edited by Ian A. Stewart

Think Tank: Michael Pollan
The noted Berkeley food-science writer on the life-changing potential of psychedelic drugs. By Scott Lucas

A Tower Still Standing
Fifty years after getting the band together, seminal Oakland soul-funk outfit Tower of Power get their due. By Emma Silvers


The Writing on the Wall
Thanks to lax oversight, a development boom, and a proud history of artistic independence, Oakland has become the capital of graffiti art. By Kelsey Lannin

Side Hustles of the Rich and Famous
What do Billie Joe Armstrong’s guitar store and Marshawn Lynch’s clothing boutique have in common? They’re among the East Bay’s growing roster of celebrity-owned vanity projects. By Scott Lucas

The People's Republic of Crafting
Meet 20 East Bay makers—from medicine-hat crafters to suede-clutch slingers—creating a new design identity. By Erin Feher

Affinities: Headbangers’ Ball
From grindcore to doom metal to blackgaze, the East Bay metal scene is real—and real loud. By Erin Feher


Radical Politics on a Plate
Dinner and politics do mix in Oakland’s cafés, kitchens, and restaurants. By Luke Tsai

The Hottest New Restaurants in the East Bay All Have One Thing in Common
They’re helmed by people of color. Here are five open (and forthcoming) spots we’re lining up for. By Luke Tsai

A Gut-Busting Tour of the East Bay’s Immigrant Food Enclaves
Here, it’s easy to eat your way around the world. You can even take BART. By Luke Tsai


Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco 

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