Places to see (and be seen)
FAVORITE WATERING HOLE
Heinold’s First and Last Chance, aka Jack London’s
Rendezvous. Opened in 1883, this saloon is dog-
friendly, outdoors, right next to the estuary, and an
overall great spot to hang out with friends.
Paramount Theatre—gorgeous art deco. The venue
hosts diverse programs, from orchestral performances to movie screenings to this year’s Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.
Champa Garden. Laotian/Southeast Asian fusion
food. These days, there’s always a wait, which is
why I’m strictly takeout.
FAVORITE HISTORICAL FACT
The Black Panther Party launched its free breakfast program for children here in 1969, the first
nationally organized breakfast program in the U.S.
FAVORITE HISTORICAL SITE IN OAKLAND
The oak tree in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. In 1917, this
oak tree was transplanted from Mosswood Park,
where it grew for 20 years, dedicated to Jack London. This January, the tree was rededicated.
FAVORITE MOVIE THEATER
Grand Lake Theater—one of the best vintage
movie theaters you will ever experience. The Mighty
Wurlitzer organ is played Friday and Saturday nights.
Joaquin Miller Park. Beautiful views, off-leash dog
areas, gorgeous redwoods.
BEST PLACE TO REFLECT
Climbing one of the bouldering walls inside Great
Western Power Company, an indoor climbing gym.
Oakland’s Vincent Tong tells us what’s good
in the neighborhood
FAVORITE LOCAL SHOP
Caffe 817 for the corned beef. The best. Ever.
FAVORITE HISTORICAL RESIDENT
In no particular order: Bruce Lee, Tupac, Fred
Korematsu, Jack London, Gertrude Stein, Earl
Warren, Huey Newton.
FAVORITE COURTHOUSE PERK
The underground passage that connects the René
C. Davidson Courthouse with the administration
building across the street—for people who do not
like to go through security again and again.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR OFFICE
(BESIDES YOUR COLLEAGUES)
Centrally located downtown. I love being able to
BART, bus, bike or walk to my office.
FAVORITE LUNCH SPOT
Swan’s Market in Old Oakland. My favorite fish tacos from Cosecha Cafe; udon soup from B-Dama;
duck sausage from Rosamunde Sausage Grill.
FAVORITE PIZZA JOINT
Thin crust: Boot and Shoe Service on Grand. Thick
crust: The Star, also on Grand.
CITY’S BEST SPORTS MOMENT
Warriors. NBA Finals. 2015.
CITY’S WORST SPORTS MOMENT
Warriors. NBA Finals. 2016.
OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS ARE
Guests always say, “Wow, Oakland is beautiful!”
FAVORITE CITY EVENT
The Eat Real Festival. I have a beer jar commemorating each year I’ve attended.