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The Year in Review

We break down the East Bay’s best, worst, and occasionally weird stories of 2012.


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Number of presidential candidates making East Bay campaign stops. Barack Obama visited Oakland and Piedmont while Mitt Romney stuck to the South Bay. However, Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan came to Alamo and Danville.


 

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“We were in Dean’s Cafe on Main St., Pleasanton, CA. California omelet is a chili-drenched must. Get some!”  

—Simon Pegg On May 6, in town to film the Star Trek sequel at the Livermore Lab.

 

 

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Number of folds in the March 13 Google doodle designed by Alamo origami master Robert J. Lang.


 

Photo by Mitch Tobias

Trips to “the city” become obsolete

High fashion hit the burbs with the opening of Neiman Marcus in Walnut Creek. Überpopular Castro district eatery Ike’s Place brought its 300-sandwich menu to Oakland in January, and Danville in October. The San Francisco Bay Guardian’s April 11–17 cover story asked, “Is Oakland cooler than San Francisco?” We gave a resounding “hella!”

 

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94

Number of games won by the Oakland A’s in their American League West–winning season.


 

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“Just bagged groceries with @Safeway to support their people with disabilities campaign with @Easter Seals!”  

—Avril Lavigne On April 3, after a surprise visit to Pleasanton’s newest Safeway store.

 

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Number of East Bay–raised U.S. Olympians in London. Individual medal count: four gold and four bronze.


 

ShutterstockMostly identified flying objects

After the Great Cannonball Debacle of 2011, we weren’t sure what might fly through the East Bay skies next. Turns out, plenty. Retired space shuttle Endeavour cruised over Lamorinda atop a 747 en route to its new Los Angeles museum home. And car-size pieces of a meteor broke up over the Bay Area, showering debris from San Rafael to Sonoma—and possibly Martinez.

 

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“The paparazzi in Pleasanton are driving me crazy. There are NONE here.”  

—Steve Martin On August 29, from Blue Agave, before his Wente performance.
 

 

 

 


East Bay Made

Music: ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! from Oakland band Green Day.
Book: Telegraph Avenue by Pulitzer Prize–winning Berkeley author Michael Chabon.
Film: Brave, from Emeryville animation studio Pixar.


 

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Photo by Samantha Schneider

 

Stories that made us stop and think

5/21 San Ramon–raised Jamie Lynne Grumet is featured on the cover of TIME, breast-feeding her nearly four-year-old son.

7/1 California ban on the sale of foie gras goes into effect.

9/4 CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom is fatally shot during an Alamo traffic stop.

9/11 Piedmont-raised Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens is killed in Libya.

9/25 Concord PI Christopher Butler is sentenced to eight years in prison.

10/4 Moraga Boy Scout Ryan Andresen is denied Eagle Award.

 

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321,000,000

Dollars spent on the renovation of Cal’s Memorial Stadium, built in 1923.


 

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