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2015 Hot 20: Rob Bonta, the Marijuana Policymaker

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom may be nabbing headlines for his support of the growing cannabis legalization movement, but it's California assemblymember Rob Bonta's name that's on the tips of tongues in the state's marijuana industry. 

2015 Hot 20: Niles Lichtenstein, Keeper of Human History

At the age of 32, Niles Lichtenstein has a resume that would resonate with any tech entrepreneur, including stints at Ansible Mobile (where his clients included Microsoft and Intel), and the mobile marketing firm Velti, where he held the title of youngest VP. Then, in 2015, he gave it all up. To tell stories.

The Legendary Rescue of the Fox Theater Oakland

Mario and Erma DeLucchi were running late to the auction. It was 1978, and the historic Fox Theater in Oakland was going up for sale at any moment. One company wanted to turn it into a parking lot, but the DeLucchi family were determined to save it. Mario dropped off his wife so she could get inside while he searched for parking. She arrived just in time to win a bid on the Fox for $340,000.

10 Tasty Vegan Eateries in the East Bay

In recent years, Berkeley and Oakland have become filled with tasty vegan restaurants. Here are 10 delicious spots you need to try if you're devoted to the meatless movement (or just like veggies a lot). 

Neighborhood Guide: What to Do on Piedmont Ave, Oakland

Piedmont Avenue, with its vibrant mix of locally-owned shops and famous ice cream shops, offers plenty of opportunities for a day of fun. Whether it’s strolling through a graveyard, catching a flick at Oakland’s oldest theater, or sipping scorpions under the watchful eye of an animatronic hula dancer, the stretch of street between Pleasant Valley Ave. and MacArthur Blvd. offers a healthy mix of places to chow down, cut loose, and spend some cash.

Neighborhood Guide: What to Do in Temescal

Chances are that you're already familiar with the delights of Temescal Alley. But while you're making your way over for doughnuts and handmade jewelry, don't neglect the other shops and restaurants making this North Oakland neighborhood the charming locale that it is. From vintage wares to stinky cheese and stiff drinks, there's something for everyone.

Tiny Trees, Deep Roots: The History of Bonsai in the Bay Area

To walk through the Japanese-styled wooden doors on the Northern inlet of Oakland’s Lake Merritt is to enter another world. The landscape is checkered with trees that are bent and wired to mimic what one might see in nature—that is, if everything in nature were just a few feet tall. This, the volunteer-run Bonsai Garden Lake Merrit (BGLM), is among the Bay Area’s few remaining places to celebrate the treasured ancient art form of Japanese bonsai. 

Live Music This Week: Jamie xx, Young Thug, Beirut & More

Listen up, music fans. Here are the best live shows in the Bay Area this week.

Style Council 2015: Meet Heather Day, Abstract Artist

Heather Day is hungry for life experiences. An abstract artist with deep environmental and social awareness, she regularly escapes into the wild and silent woods or any natural spot, and seeks connections with people who inspire her.

Style Council 2015: Andre Iguodala, Warriors All-Star + Style Director

Andre Iguodala needs no introduction. The NBA All-Star and Golden State Warriors shooting guard slam-dunked his way into basketball history this June when he defended the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA championship to bring home the trophy. And he made Lebron James cry

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