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2015 Year in Review

The valleys and peaks of 2015.


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Celebrity Encounters: Keeping Up With the Clintons

The whole Clinton clan visited the East Bay in 2015. To Instagram them all would have set you back $3,128. Here’s how it breaks down:

$23
Book signing for Chelsea Clinton’s It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, and Get Going! at Danville’s Rakestraw Books, in October.

$405
Bill Clinton’s Paramount Theatre appearance, as part of the MPSF Speaker Series, in February.

$2,700
Fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a private home in Orinda, in September.

 

Anthony Sadler Jr. // Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Talking Points: In the Headlines

Minimum Wage:
Berkeley and Oakland raised their minimum wages to $11 and $12.25, respectively, prompting several restaurants to eliminate tipping in favor of a service charge.

Terrorism:
Pittsburg native Anthony Sadler Jr. was one of three men who tackled and disarmed a suspected terrorist aboard a train traveling to Paris.

Immigration: Kate
Steinle, a Pleasanton native, was shot and killed in San Francisco by a five-time deportee who had been released under “sanctuary city” policies.

Race Relations:
An Antioch book club made up mostly of black women filed an $11 million lawsuit after it was kicked off The Napa Valley Wine Train for being too loud.

Euthanasia:
California passed the End of Life Option Act, giving terminally ill patients the right to end their lives, fueled in part by the story of Alamo’s Brittany Maynard.

 

Courtesy of Golden State Warriors

Sports: Champs and Firsts

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to score the Oakland team’s first NBA Championship in 40 years.

Livermore Little Leaguer turned MLB pitcher Randy Johnson was named to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July.

Pleasanton-raised shortstop Brandon Crawford wins his first Gold Glove Award, the San Francisco Giants’ first since Omar Vizquel in 2006.

 

Stats: By the Numbers

2
Number of self-driving shuttles announced for San Ramon’s Bishop Ranch business park next summer—the first program of its kind in the nation.

18
Years in a row, including 2015, that UC Berkeley has been named the top public university in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

$75
Millions in records sold by East Bay–raised punk band Green Day, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.

$355
Millions made at the U.S. box office by Inside Out, the second-highest grossing film from Emeryville’s Pixar (behind Toy Story 3).

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