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Top 16 Reasons (so far) 2016 is the East Bay’s Best Year Yet

From Warriors wins to tasty new restaurants, here are 16 reasons why 2016 is the East Bay’s best year yet.


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1—Oakland/Richmond–raised filmmaker Ryan Coogler, Warriors star Stephen Curry, and Hayward-born actor Dwayne Johnson made Time magazine’s annual 100 Most Influential People list.

2—Berkeley writer T.J. Stiles won his second Pulitzer Prize, for Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America.

Courtesy of Golden State Warriors3—The Warriors scored three All-Stars (Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson), toppled the regular-season win record, and landed Steve Kerr NBA Coach of the Year honors and Curry with the sport’s first unanimous MVP title.

4—Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory discovered three new (still unnamed) superheavy elements: periodic numbers 115, 117, and 118.

5—A limited-edition Avengers Standoff comic book featured Pleasant Hill’s Soldiers Memorial Monument on the cover.

6—Among the top places in the United States to retire are Oakland (ranked third by Evelo) and Concord (ranked seventh by Condé Nast Traveler).

7—Boxer Andre Ward won his comeback fight against Sullivan Barrera in Ward’s hometown of Oakland.

8—Twin sisters from San Ramon Lisa Toton and Laura Poorman won $6 million on a $10 Set for Life Scratchers ticket.

9—Danville native Scott Wittenberg taught 2016 Academy Award nominee Christian Bale how to play drums for his role in The Big Short.

10—Cal Bears quarterback Jared Goff was scooped up by the Los Angeles Rams as the first pick of the NFL Draft.

by Samantha Schneider11—Walnut Creek welcomed several delicious places from areas near and far, including Telefèric Barcelona from Spain, Dunkin’ Donuts from the East Coast, and Gott’s Roadside from Wine Country.

12—The East Bay had some tasty expansions, too: Oakland’s Doughnut Dolly and Pleasanton’s The Organic Coup both opened locations in San Francisco.

13—Oakland School for the Arts scored the first amateur rights to produce Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new Broadway adaptation of School of Rock.

14—Clayton Valley Charter High’s “ugly eagle” was named the best high school mascot in California by online drivers ed company Aceable.

15—Academy Award–winner Frances McDormand and Game of Thrones star Conleth Hill headlined Berkeley Rep’s sold-out run of Macbeth.

16—Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives featured Oakland restaurant Clove and Hoof, where host Guy Fieri chowed down on a cheesesteak.

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