Together with Frances Dinkelspiel, Lance Knobel and Tracey Taylor are the publishers of Berkeleyside, the best darn news and opinion blog in Berkeley. Period. If you want to know what's happening within the Berkeley borders (or very occasionally to Berkeley folk who wander further), you must read it daily. They cover several stories and events in depth each day as well as sharing noteworthy links from other local news sites (on the Berkeley Wire).
Lance and Tracey have two teenage sons (we'll catch up with her next week!). Lance shares a few Bay Area favorites in his role as Dad:
What's good about being a parent in the East Bay?
Two things that aren't just for families: diversity and weather. I'm delighted my children are growing up in a community that is economically and racially diverse. We're also staggeringly fortunate with our year-round weather. It enables everyone to get outside throughout the year. Now, if only we could figure out a way to make that more attractive than the X-Box 360.
Favorite family day trip?
We always want to do more of these, but the tyranny of kids' soccer and (on my behalf) league tennis keeps us in Berkeley way too much. When we do clear a day, we love exploring the various beaches at Point Reyes. Limantour is justly famous, but I've preferred Abbotts Lagoon, particularly since the 1.5 mile walk to the beach seems to deter a lot of people.
Favorite park —
Our boys don't leap at the chance to go for a walk, but when we drag them out, or when we volunteer to walk my sister's dogs, we have a great time on the trails around Redwood Regional Park. On a sunny day there's shade, and if you plunge down the hillside to walk along Redwood Creek you really feel you're very far from “civilization”.