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Vanessa Guerra

Vanessa Guerra is a contributor to the California Beat. She covers nightlife and entertainment for the Nightbeat.

She can be reached at vguerra@californiabeat.org.

Oakland »

[By Vanessa Guerra | 29 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
One of Hawker Fare’s most popular dishes is Kao Mun Gai, poached chicken served with salted mung bean sauce, fresh cucumber, cilantro leaves atop rice. (Vanessa Guerra/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

In the space of a few short years, Uptown Oakland has grown into a culinary destination, with foodies in search of a good bite to eat flocking to the neighborhood to sample offerings from new — and hot — restaurants like Hibiscus, Flora, Plum and Hopscotch.

But one restaurant that’s made a big splash in the neighborhood keeps regulars coming back for more and entices curious visitors to come see what the buzz is all about.

Oakland, Occupy Protests, Political Beat »

[By Vanessa Guerra | 20 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
The spot where President Obama's Oakland ground campaign was launched now sells stylish footwear to Uptown residents. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Hundreds of East Bay volunteers working to get President Barack Obama re-elected showed up at the campaign’s Oakland office to get marching orders during the election.

If they visit now, though, they could be taking home some stylish footwear needed to win the next race.

Oakland, Occupy Protests, Political Beat »

[By Steven Luo and Vanessa Guerra | 23 Jul 2012 | No Comments]
Medical marijuana supporters protesting in Downtown Oakland. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

With President Barack Obama appearing in Oakland for the first time during his presidency, it was a given that Oakland residents — as well as protesters of all stripes — would turn up.

And the hundreds who showed up had many different messages for him.

San Francisco »

[By Vanessa Guerra | 20 May 2012 | No Comments]
(Vanessa Guerra/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

It’s an only-in-San Francisco tradition.

Sunday’s 101st running of the Bay to Breakers was won by Sammy Kitwara and Mamitu Daska — but for much of the rest of the field, winning was irrelevant.

The traditional array of costumed runners — in it for the fun — made up the bulk of the entries in the 12k race.

Bay Area Snapshots, Political Beat, San Francisco, Silicon Valley »

[By Andrew Leonard, Steven Luo and Vanessa Guerra | 20 Apr 2011 | No Comments]
President Obama greets bystanders at SFO. (Andrew Leonard / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

With the economy and his 2012 reelection bid on his mind, President Barack Obama arrived at San Francisco International Airport on board Air Force One. He was whisked away to Facebook’s Palo Alto campus for an unprecedented hour-long town hall meeting hosted by the company’s CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and streamed online to Facebook users, and then went to San Francisco to attend two fundraising events for Democrats.

Here are snapshots of his stops in the Bay Area.

BART Police Shooting, Oakland »

[By Tashina Manyak and Vanessa Guerra | 5 Nov 2010 | One Comment]
(Vanessa Guerra/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

OAKLAND — A raucous public demonstration against the minimum sentence delivered to Johannes Mehserle turned into a nighttime march through the streets of Oakland Friday night, resulting in more than one hundred arrests and leaving two people injured, including a police officer.

Police estimate approximately 500 people gathered in front of Oakland City Hall at Frank Ogawa Plaza to decry Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry’s decision to assign the former BART Police officer a two-year sentence with a 292 day credit for good behavior for the shooting death of Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale BART station on January 1, 2009.

Oakland, Political Beat »

Supporters for Jerry Brown gather at the Fox Theater to await his victory speech in his bid for California governor. (Vanessa Guerra/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

(11/3) — 06:20 PDT — OAKLAND — Jerry Brown had his wish granted Tuesday night: the former two-term California governor from the 1970s won a third term as the top official in the state, beating out Republican challenger and political novice Meg Whitman.

And in front of a crowd of cheering supports at the Fox Theater in Oakland, he promised to work toward a “breakthrough” in Sacramento.

The Bay Area »

[By Vanessa Guerra | 3 Aug 2010 | One Comment]
A pop-up market springs to life in San Francisco. (Photo by Vanessa Guerra/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

The Bay Area is experiencing a growing food revolution, and it’s happening in the form of temporary markets, farm stands and even an “underground” market that are quickly changing the way we connect to each other and the environment.

Shoppers “popped up” with their reusable grocery bags and filled them with fresh produce and one-of-a-kind gourmet food items at a recent “Pop-Up” market that’s housed in a warehouse otherwise known as Grace Street Catering in Oakland.

Cover Stories, San Francisco, Traffic & Transit »

[By Tim Jue and Vanessa Guerra | 2 Aug 2010 | 7 Comments]
The Transbay Terminal, photographed on its opening day in 1939, greeted thousands of spectators in this photograph. (TJPA Photo)

There will be no grand ceremony, no formal salute and few goodbye tears marking the end of an era.

This Friday, the Transbay Transit Terminal, the drab gray building occupying three blocks of Mission Street that is often ridiculed for its utilitarian appearance and colonization by San Francisco’s homeless population, will close for good.

BART Police Shooting »

[By Tashina Manyak and Vanessa Guerra | 19 Jul 2010 | 3 Comments]
Supporters of Johannes Mehserle rally on behalf of the jailed ex-BART officer in Walnut Creek Monday afternoon. (Vanessa Guerra/ CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

(7/19) — 21:35 PDT — WALNUT CREEK — Two dueling protests, one in support of former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle and another on behalf of the unarmed passenger he fatally shot, started and ended peacefully despite verbal clashes in front of the Walnut Creek courthouse Monday afternoon.

A boisterous crowd of 300 people, who divided themselves into two groups according to their message, alternated between trading taunts that often escalated to shouting matches and chanting passionate slogans of support for either Mehserle and law enforcement personnel or shooting victim Oscar Grant.