Thanks for the tips - I'm married so I'll be moving up with my spouse. How long would the commute be by car from the Mills College area to Hastings, factoring in traffic?
To get from Oakland to SF there are a lot of good transportation options. I am signing a lease this week for a place south of Lake Merritt. I can take the bus or walk to Bart, which is then a 16 minute ride to Civic Center. Also, you can get casual carpool or do Trans-Bay bus. Both of those don't put you as near Civic Center as Bart, but get you across the bay without sitting in Bay Bridge traffic for long. Or, if you are set on driving, you pick up a few other 1L's (like me) and zip across in carpool lane.
My first choice in Oakland was Rockridge area, but nothing I could afford. Lake Merritt is beautiful and I think it will be good for my mental state to build some walking into my day.