Best "Best Of" Publication
Asking people to vote twice is asking a lot!
— Kevin Suto
Best Oakland Event Ever!
We so badly need more actual Oakland get-togethers like this one.
Great entertainment, excellent music, and a crowd that only Oakland
could produce — people of all stripes — racial, economic,
stylistic (and I do mean stylistic!). I hella love this town sometimes.
— Sal Bednarz
Best Rockin' Religious Service
Temple Beth Abraham
— Susan Shub
Best Weekly Newspaper
The East Bay Express
— Devin Leaf
Most Incongruous Juxtaposition in Your Poll
Dive bar and baby yoga: How many people voted in both categories?
As always, the categories provide much entertainment as I try to
imagine your ideal respondent; this year strikes me as especially
diffuse, as the categories seem more than usual all over the map, both
narrow and at times self-contradictory: anyone who votes in all 136
categories (or 120+) should get an honorable mention and psychiatric
help. — Mary McGarry
The Oakland Youth Chorus
They have been teaching music to kids in Oakland for the past thirty
years and not getting any press! Latoya London and Goapele came out of
there! — Rhonda Crane