Incumbent Mike McMahon, who has served on the school board for the past 12 years, is seeking re-election, and also running are Solana Henneberry, a special-education teacher, and accountant Gary Lym.  
Incumbent Stewart Chen is campaigning to retain his seat, and former Councilmember Frank Matarrese and first-time candidate Jim Oddie are aiming to capture either Chen's seat or the one occupied by Lena Tam, who is termed out.  
While most candidates express excitement over the city's growth -- including plans for a 110-acre downtown and the 880-acre Warm Springs Innovation District -- they also note its challenges, including the strain these projects will have on city resources.  
Review: Oakland's vegetarian Encuentro expands and delights

Oakland's Encuentro takes an inspired approach to vegetarian and vegan cuisine, coming up with creative, seasonal fare that's hearty enough to satisfy any omnivore.  
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Tracy Morgan may not perform or walk without assistance again

“Saturday Night Live” alum seen outside New York hospital Wednesday in a wheelchair.