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  • The Bacon-Wrapped Economy

    03/23/2013 1:15:07 AM PDT · by thecodont · 15 replies
    East Bay Express / EastBayExpress.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | By Ellen Cushing
    Last July, Google threw an office party. But this being Google — the third largest company in the world as of January — it wasn't really a standard ice-cream-cake-and-canned-beer office party. The event was luau-themed, so the company hired staff to dig big holes in its Mountain View campus' lawn and fit spits inside for the purposes of roasting pigs, according to people who were there. There were tables full of food and drinks scattered around. Also on offer: a sophisticated wave machine so employees could try their hands at surfing — miles away from the ocean. In the tech...
  • Bay Fair BART Station shut after slaying

    01/20/2013 10:56:51 AM PST · by thecodont · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 10:42 pm, Saturday, January 19, 2013 | Matthai Kuruvila
    The Bay Fair BART Station in San Leandro was shut down for more than five hours Saturday after a midday shooting killed a man and wounded a woman, authorities said. The deceased victim, described only as a 40-year-old black man, died at the scene of the 12:20 p.m. shooting at the bus stop outside the station, BART officials said. The station was shut down at 12:50 p.m. while authorities collected evidence and searched for suspects. The station did not completely reopen until after 7 p.m. The second shooting victim was rushed to a nearby hospital. Her injuries are not believed...
  • Bay Area homicide rate rises in 2012

    01/13/2013 12:18:51 PM PST · by thecodont · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 11:28 pm, Saturday, January 12, 2013 | Demian Bulwa and Justin Berton
    It's no surprise to LaTanya Lozano that homicides are up in the Bay Area's biggest cities. She moved to Hayward in late 2011 to try to protect her four sons, only to see two of them shot dead last year back where she used to live, Oakland. First her 15-year-old, Shonte Daniels Jr., was shot by a 14-year-old friend in a park, apparently after teasing him. Six months later, in October, 21-year-old Rashad Meredith was caught in the middle of a gunfight between rival groups outside his aunt's apartment. "This tore down my whole life," said Lozano, who was hospitalized...
  • S.F., Oakland gun buyback nets hundreds

    12/16/2012 9:32:00 AM PST · by thecodont · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 10:48 pm, Saturday, December 15, 2012 | Justin Berton
    Arturo Hurtado of Richmond was still stricken with grief over the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 schoolchildren dead when he awoke Saturday morning. So he decided to get rid of his gun - "that darn thing," he called it - and purged it from his home. "I've got kids, man," said Hurtado, who works at Waste Management in Oakland and has children ages 14, 10, 6 and 1. "Kids are curious. Kids don't know any better. I had it locked in a toolbox, so I don't know. ... I just know it had to go." Hurtado was...
  • A streak, a boom, and now meteor debris?

    10/18/2012 9:11:15 PM PDT · by thecodont · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 4:20 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2012 | Ellen Huet
    (10-18) 15:07 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A bright flash across the sky and a shaking boom awed Bay Area onlookers Wednesday evening, and one scientist says souvenirs of the phenomenon might be strewn in the hills around Martinez. A meteor, perhaps the size of a small car when it hit the Earth's atmosphere, put on a spectacular lightshow at 7:45 p.m. that was visible throughout the Bay Area and elsewhere in Northern and Central California. The accompanying noise was the meteor's sonic boom as it traveled faster than the speed of sound, said Jonathan Braidman, an astronomy instructor at Oakland's...
  • Romney collects funds in Hillsborough

    09/22/2012 9:31:26 AM PDT · by thecodont · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 11:10 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2012 | Carla Marinucci
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has had a trying week, what with the surfacing of a video in which he appears to dismiss 47 percent of Americans as government freeloaders. So he was probably looking forward to being among friends at a high-dollar fundraiser in Hillsborough Friday evening. But in the solidly Democratic Bay Area that meant he first had to experience an enthusiastic greeting from about two dozen protesters as his motorcade drove through the wealthy neighborhood where the event was held. Some of those protesters carried signs reminding him of the video, in which Romney appears to denigrate...
  • Mammoth tooth found at Transbay dig

    09/13/2012 1:22:15 AM PDT · by thecodont · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 10:55 p.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Michael Cabanatuan
    A seemingly ordinary day at the Transbay Transit Center construction site became a mammoth day of discovery Monday when a mild-mannered crane operator reached deep into the earth and pulled out a tooth. This was no ordinary tooth. The 10-inch-long brown, black and beige chomper, broken in two and missing a chunk, once belonged to a woolly mammoth, an elephantine creature that roamed the grassy valley that's now San Francisco Bay 10 million to 15 million years ago in the Pleistocene epoch. Other woolly mammoth fossils have been found in the Bay Area, including in San Francisco about 2 miles...
  • Obama to be in Bay Area on Oct. 8

    09/09/2012 12:17:57 PM PDT · by thecodont · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 6:55 p.m., Saturday, September 8, 2012 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    If you didn't get enough of President Obama this past week at the Democratic National Convention, he'll be in the neighborhood Oct. 8 for one more fundraising pitch before the election. While details have yet to be worked out, we're told the fundraiser - Obama's eighth money-raising trip to the Bay Area since April 2011 - will be similar to an appearance he made at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in February. That event drew hundreds of small and high-end donors, and was part of a three-day California fundraising blitz that took in $8 million. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Obama-to-be-in-Bay-Area-on-Oct-8-3850301.php#ixzz260AORmV1
  • World War II reshaped the Bay Area and its people

    05/28/2012 9:20:24 PM PDT · by thecodont · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Monday, May 28, 2012 | Carl Nolte
    Memorial Day is an occasion to remember the men and women who went off to war and never returned. But it is also fitting on this day to recall the soldiers, sailors and Marines who served in World War II and came back. Those men and women and their families set off a huge postwar boom that completely changed the Bay Area - and produced the region that today's residents have inherited. World War II had a huge impact on the Bay Area. It resulted in major changes in the area's racial makeup, its economy, even its physical appearance. The...
  • STD home tests avoid embarrassment

    04/28/2012 8:52:59 AM PDT · by thecodont · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com ^ | Saturday, April 28, 2012 | Erin Allday
    Young women in four Bay Area counties can now test themselves at home for sexually transmitted infections, and then get the results and any needed prescriptions without ever visiting a doctor's office or clinic. The home tests are part of a pilot project designed to give women who have had unprotected sex, or are just curious about their health status, a convenient, cost-effective and potentially less embarrassing way to get screened for STDs, public health officials said. The women will be able to test themselves for chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis, which are among the most common STDs. Those infections often...
  • Occupy joins Tea Party to oppose phony ABAG-MTC One Bay Area planning process

    02/16/2012 6:13:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Halfway to Concord ^ | 2/16/12 | ebtp *
    Occupy Redwood City has announced they are working with the Tea Party to shine the light on the One Bay Area process. Occupy Redwood City has to date never spoken with anyone from this tea party group about this issue. We want to point out that the Tea Party adamantly opposes the ONE BAY AREA plan as entirely unconstitutional. We agree with OWS that the public input process and the regional bodies pushing it have been less than transparent and there is no accountability to the tax payers. However, we do not think having more rigged workshops is the answer....
  • Occupy Cal time-travels back to the ’60s [another great Zombie photo-essay]

    11/16/2011 6:27:24 PM PST · by MeNeFrego · 7 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/16/11 | Zombie
    The privileged Occupy kiddies of U.C. Berkeley were back in action again yesterday, play-acting at revolution to entertain their professors. The purported thesis of this particular Occupation is “more money for secondary education,” but that’s just a veneer (a very very thin veneer, as the above photo shows) for a more radical agenda....
  • Elite Berkeley Students Upset They’re in the 1%, Throw Occupy Tantrum [ZOMBIETIME post]

    11/10/2011 4:01:23 PM PST · by MeNeFrego · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/10/2011 | Zombie
    A clique of privileged U.C. Berkeley students, upset that they’re the top 1% of elite students in the state and thus disqualified from participating in the Occupy movement, could no longer contain their frustration on Wednesday and threw an Occutantrum, attempting to “occupy” a few square yards of the 1,200-acre campus. The police dutifully played their roles in the street theater performance, showing up in riot gear and looking scary so the privileged students could shout at them and feel properly revolutionary, as instructed by their professors. Following the script, the police repeatedly removed the handful of occupation tents so...
  • The Birth of BART: Photos from the 1960s and 70s : The Poop

    05/19/2011 3:16:41 PM PDT · by thecodont · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | May 19 2011 at 06:13 AM | Peter Hartlaub
    Since we started the Let's Go to the Morgue! series, the most frequent request has been BART photos. I've received separate suggestions to search the archives for Transbay Tube assembly images, photos of construction on Market Street and confirmation of the legend that Richard Nixon once rode on BART during a campaign stop. You can see all of the above in this week's special Let's Go to the Morgue! extended BART edition -- the perfect way to kill 19 minutes while you wait for the next Dublin/Pleasanton train! Thanks to Chronicle photo editor Rick Romagosa for cleaning up the photos...
  • BART...and you're there (Online ad for SF Bay area rapid transit...picture at link)

    11/08/2009 9:49:08 PM PST · by wac3rd · 18 replies · 890+ views
    BART.gov ^ | 11-08-09 | wac3rd
    BART...and you're there. Whether you're headed to work or meeting friends, catching a flight or catching a game, BART brings the Bay Area together.
  • Remains found behind Oakland school identified as former student

    12/27/2008 5:18:29 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 7 replies · 622+ views
    Bay Area News Group ^ | 12/26/2008 | Harry Harris
    OAKLAND — Skeletal remains found Nov. 7 behind Skyline High School have been identified as an 18-year-old woman who was a former student at the school, authorities and relatives said Friday. But how Johnikka Jackson died has not yet been determined and homicide Sgt. Lou Cruz said police are still "trying to determine if foul play was an element of her death." Her remains were found in a canyon behind the school by some students who took some of the bones to the principal's office before police were called. The bones were found near a crude shelter made of wood...
  • Tempers Flare At Port Of Oakland [+ Video]

    12/27/2008 5:04:38 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 13 replies · 926+ views
    KTVU ^ | December 26, 2008
    OAKLAND -- Bay area longshoremen were up in arms Friday night when they were denied work at one of Oakland's cargo terminals. The cargo ship, the Zhen Hua 19, pulled into Oakland's Pier Seven and on board was tons of steel slated to be used for the new Bay Bridge. Caltrans decided not to hire the ILWU Local 10 longshoremen to unload the vessel, a decision that angered some local union members.
  • Sea lion rescued near Oakland airport runway [Pics + Video]

    12/26/2008 3:06:50 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 11 replies · 741+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 12/23/2008 | Sean Maher
    OAKLAND — An emaciated-looking California sea lion that wandered to the edge of an Oakland International Airport runway was sent to a marine animal hospital Tuesday.
  • Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to Police Officers of the S.F. Bay Area

    12/24/2008 12:16:11 PM PST · by Brian_Baldwin · 3 replies · 308+ views
    opinion | 12-24-2008 | brianbaldwin
    This is a famous quote of JFK which media seems to have forgotten: “The level of crime in a City is in direct proportion to the will of its citizens and Law Enforcement Officers to tolerate it” - President John F. Kennedy. Today I see our police officers out in force, and I want to thank them all for their services and the duty they hold to help our citizens. They are my heroes. I love all of them, and wish them a very, very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Hannukah and Holy Days. God bless our police officers.
  • Wife of gang leader sentenced for luring her lover to his death in Oakland

    12/21/2008 3:31:43 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 17 replies · 1,098+ views
    An Oakland woman who reluctantly lured her illicit lover to his execution-style shooting death at the request of her jealous gang-leader husband was sentenced today to 15 years to life in state prison for her second-degree murder conviction.
  • Comcast Bags Deal Cable Networks DeathWatch™

    12/11/2008 7:45:36 PM PST · by Kevin J waldroup · 428+ views
    Utility’s cable television and Internet service has been sold to Comcast by the city council of Alameda, California. The reason for the sale was due to a listless growth of the company due to decline in cable subscription. The sale will help to clear off the Alameda Power & Telecom’s debt of $33 million.
  • What are you Doing to Silence the Violence?

    12/11/2008 4:52:08 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 19 replies · 513+ views
    Oakbook ^ | December, 10 2008 | Priyanka Sharma-Sindhar
    When I tell people who don't live in Oakland that I live here, they often ask me, "Is it safe there?" When I talk to people who do live in Oakland, I often hear, "I don't feel very safe these days." A quick conversation and I discover the root of that fear: the daily headlines screaming homicide and crime. It doesn't help that newspaper columns, neighborhood forums, cocktail party chatter and mothers' groups spend a fair amount of their time figuring out who's to blame for all this. And in the midst of all this, there's a group of people...
  • Oakland internal affairs wants state to take over Bailey probe

    12/09/2008 1:13:23 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 206+ views
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 12/09/2008 | The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND — Police internal affairs detectives investigating the handling of journalist Chauncey Bailey's slaying will have state investigators present when they interview members of their department's command staff. Investigators from the attorney general's office will be there to monitor the interviews, according to a letter the Department of Justice sent to Mayor Ron Dellums in November. But the Justice Department won't take over the whole investigation — which is apparently what Oakland internal affairs investigators wanted, the letter stated. "We do not believe, as has been suggested by the Police Department's Internal Affairs investigator, that the Police Department investigation be...
  • [Oakland] Dellums doesn't know what 'transparency' is

    12/09/2008 1:02:49 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 1 replies · 203+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 9, 2008 | Chip Johnson
    Shhhh. What's the big secret? When it comes to Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums' deliberations on matters of grave importance - they are cloaked in more secrecy than an illegal CIA counterterrorist operation. When Dellums ran for mayor in 2006, he pledged to run a transparent government. Yet at a time when Oakland needs a strong leader to deal with budget cuts and lack of leadership in several key departments, Dellums is missing in action and his decision- making process is one of the best kept secrets in Oakland City Hall. I don't think even the mayor knows what's going on...
  • Reputed Oakland Gang Leader Ordered To Trial

    12/08/2008 2:21:04 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 3 replies · 320+ views
    KTVU ^ | December 8, 2008
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- A judge ruled Monday that there's sufficient evidence for the reputed leader of Oakland's worst drug gang to stand trial on attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting a member of a rival gang at 31st Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way on June 30, 2006. At the end of a preliminary hearing that stretched over three weeks, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Vernon Nakahara also ordered 34-year-old Marc Anthony Candler of Castro Valley, the reputed leader of the Acorn gang, to stand trial on a street terrorism clause, possession of assault weapons and being an ex-felon...
  • Long commute better than living in Oakland

    12/07/2008 12:11:01 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 30 replies · 895+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 7, 2008 | Susan Gluss
    I'm lost amid boxes strewn about my apartment in Oakland, packing. This wasn't my intent when I moved here three years ago. Far from it. I moved West to live near family after 20 years of cold Cambridge winters. First stop: San Francisco. I found an apartment just blocks from the bay. Sailboats raced by with spinnakers flying; foghorns lulled me to sleep. But a new job in the East Bay beckoned. Tired of bridge traffic and high pump prices, I moved east again, only this was a shorter hop. I scouted neighborhoods for months. At the time, burglars were...
  • Violence is why Oaklanders forsake the city

    12/07/2008 12:06:12 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 11 replies · 634+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 7, 2008 | Chip Johnson
    Susan Gluss may be one of the most recent Oakland residents to move on to safer, saner confines in the Bay Area, but she is by no means alone in her decision to call it quits. Gluss, and countless others like her, are the collateral damage - the civilian fallout - from the city's timid efforts to stem a series of crimes that have terrorized residents much of this year. The steady increase in crime since 2006 has raised residents' concern about personal safety and security to the level where that now vies with the city's underperforming school system as...
  • Oakland mayor touts 'unprecedented' renewal plan, but he's light on details

    12/07/2008 11:57:59 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 15 replies · 388+ views
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 12/05/2008 | Kelly Rayburn
    OAKLAND — Mayor Ron Dellums told hundreds of business leaders at the Oakland Marriott on Friday that city and state officials are on the verge of an "unprecedented" effort to work together to revitalize 470 city blocks across Oakland.His remarks were offered at the San Francisco Business Times' "Building Oakland" breakfast, and came one day after high-ranking city and state officials met in Oakland to discuss the project, called the California Urban Communities Collaborative.The effort will focus on four separate areas of Oakland, but Dellums offered little information on how it will work. He said more details will be available...
  • Police find Oakland boy's stash of seven loaded weapons

    12/05/2008 3:51:03 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 5 replies · 418+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 12/05/2008 | Katy Murphy
    OAKLAND — After a 13-year-old boy threatened the lives of school staff members Thursday morning, police searched the boy's home and found seven loaded guns near his bedroom, school officials and police said today. Police confiscated the weapons, which included two rifles and a shotgun, and took the boy into custody on suspicion of making terrorist threats and threats to a public employee with intent to cause deadly or bodily harm. The boy attended Oakland Community Day School, an alternative school in the hills for middle and high school children who have been expelled. On Thursday morning, he appeared distraught,...
  • BERKELEY: UC professor under fire for White House memo

    12/05/2008 7:42:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 31 replies · 1,315+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/5/8 | Carolyn Jones
    Berkeley's City Council will delve into national policy again next week when it votes whether to demand the United States charge Berkeley resident and former Bush adviser John Yoo with war crimes. Yoo, a tenured professor at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, wrote the memos offering legal justification for torture while he worked for the White House from 2001 to 2003.The five measures attacking Yoo were drafted by the city's Peace and Justice Commission, the same group that recommended that the city tell the Marines they were "unwelcome intruders." The City Council will vote Monday on the five...
  • [Oakland] Undercurrents: Elements of Brown’s ‘Community Cleansing’ Still in Effect Under Dellums

    12/04/2008 9:03:55 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 1 replies · 414+ views
    The Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | Thursday December 04, 2008 | J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
    Oakland, in the Jerry Brown years, practiced an unofficial policy of what might be called “community cleansing.” This is not to be confused with “ethnic cleansing,” the horrific activity in parts of, say, Eastern Europe or Central Africa where whole ethnic populations are violently and bloodily removed, either through exile or actual genocide. No, Mr. Brown’s “community cleansing” policies were far more genteel, involving little violence (though some—that’s what the whole Oakland Riders police scandal was about) and targeting not whole ethnic groups, but rather portions of the population that were considered as being “undesirables.” Part of this involved harassment,...
  • [Barf] Facing Race, conference in Oakland

    12/04/2008 6:20:12 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 6 replies · 361+ views
    Laney Tower ^ | 12/3/08 | Marlene C. Hurd
    Sam Cooke's 1963 R/B single "A Change Is Gonna Come" was written during the civil rights movement. In the song Cooke sings, "It's been a longtime coming but I know a change is gonna come". Now 43 years later that change has come with the election of an African American President of the United States Barack Obama. Much work still needs to be done. At the Facing Race, A National Conference held November 13-15, 2008 at the Oakland Marriott people came together to start the process. In 2004 four years ago at the Race and Public Policy Conference held by...
  • [Oakland] Arrests Are Down, and Crime Is Up

    12/03/2008 7:35:40 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 11 replies · 865+ views
    East Bay Express ^ | December 3, 2008 | Robert Gammon
    Armed robbers terrorized Oakland restaurants and small businesses in three separate crime sprees over the past year. The first wave targeted Asian eateries and struck during the 2007 holiday season. The second arrived last spring and was more indiscriminate. The third struck in July and August. All three made newspaper headlines and led television newscasts, shining a spotlight on the city's out-of-control crime problem and the Oakland Police Department's apparent inability to cope with it. In fact, the department's public response to the takeover robberies was both odd and illuminating. The department's mantra for dealing with the city's crime spike...
  • Oakland gang member laughs at life sentence

    12/02/2008 6:40:04 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 36 replies · 1,796+ views
    Bay Area News Group ^ | 12/02/2008 | Paul T. Rosynsky
    OAKLAND — Leon Wiley laughed as an Alameda County Superior Court Judge today ordered the 30-year old to spend the rest of his life in prison. The former member of the notorious "Nut Case Gang" chuckled some more when family members of one of the three people he either killed or ordered to be killed talked about their loved ones. And, as Wiley was led out of the courtroom after a stern talking-to by Judge Joseph Hurley, he made sure to look both the judge and then family members in the eyes as he shouted his allegiance to the gang...
  • SF offers residents chance for Green Christmas

    11/30/2008 10:57:46 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 22 replies · 563+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO—Officials here want residents to celebrate Christmas this year without killing another tree. The San Francisco Department of the Environment and Friends of the Urban Forest say residents can pay $90 for a potted tree in their home that will be picked up and planted on a city street after the holidays. The trees offered—southern magnolia, small leaf tristania, strawberry and New Zealand Christmas trees—may not look traditional, but they all thrive in the area's climate. http://www.sfenvironment.org/greenchristmas
  • Living wage crimps Oakland restaurant plan

    11/30/2008 10:20:49 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 11 replies · 1,701+ views
    San Francisco Business Times ^ | November 28, 2008 | Sarah Duxbury
    The Fox Theater restaurant is proving a hard hole to fill. Dozens of restaurateurs have toured the 3,000-square-foot space, and no fewer than eight have said they can’t make a project pencil out at that site due to Oakland’s living wage requirement. The Fox hole’s fortunes could be turning, however. Business proposals from restaurateurs were due Nov. 17, and three were submitted. Phil Tagami, whose firm, California Capital Group, has managed the Fox rebirth, said that two other parties unaware of the formal proposal process expressed interest in the site, despite the wage requirements. He declined to say who submitted...
  • Teen critical, four wounded in separate East Oakland shootings

    11/29/2008 2:37:46 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 23 replies · 1,310+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/28/2008 | Harry Harris
    OAKLAND — A 15-year-old gang associate was in critical condition Friday after he was wounded twice by his own gun during a struggle with a 32-year-old he pointed the weapon at, police said. The man, who police said was a former paratrooper in the Honduras army, was not hurt and waited for police to respond to where the confrontation happened. He gave a statement to investigators before he was arrested on suspicion of assault while the district attorney's office determines whether he acted in self-defense. Police would not release the name of the teen or the adult pending the district...
  • [Oakland] Escaping Wal-Mart hordes in Rockridge

    11/29/2008 2:27:57 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 3 replies · 874+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 29, 2008 | Bernadette Tansey
    Call it the Anti-Mall. The tree-lined stretch of College Avenue heading south from the Rockridge BART station in Oakland is a shopping mecca for miles around. But no hordes of desperate customers lined up for steep discounts on Friday. In this shrinking economy, the small, independently owned shops that anchor the Rockridge district are pinning their survival not on cost-cutting but on the loyalty of a limited customer base whose lives and values they study closely. Nishan Shepard, the founding owner of the toy and baby supply store Rockridge Kids, can tell you that 740 infants are born at nearby...
  • Oakland: Dellums' Son Denied Parole for Murder Conviction

    11/26/2008 1:57:11 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 3 replies · 465+ views
    CBS5 ^ | 25 Nov 2008
    Michael Dellums, the son of Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, was denied parole once again today for his second-degree murder conviction for killing a reputed drug dealer in Oakland in 1979, according to Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Bill Boselli. Michael Dellums, 50, has been denied parole numerous times, most recently on Jan. 8, 2007, the same day that Ron Dellums was sworn in as Oakland's mayor. The California Board of Prison terms panel that presided over Michael Dellums' hearing today at the California State Prison, Solano, in Vacaville, where he is being held, decided he won't be eligible for another...
  • Oakland students not performing well on state physical fitness tests

    11/26/2008 1:48:21 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 5 replies · 363+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/25/2008 | Katy Murphy
    Less than two-thirds of Oakland schoolchildren tested in spring had a healthy body composition, according to state fitness measures, and less than half of the city's seventh- and ninth-grade students passed muster on tests of aerobic health, according to results released Tuesday by the California Department of Education. Each spring, public schools measure the strength, flexibility, aerobic capacity and body weight of students in the fifth, seventh and ninth grades. Children in Alameda schools did significantly better, on average, than children in Berkeley and Oakland. More than 76 percent of the Alameda district's fifth-graders were determined to be in good...
  • The History of Bay Area Curry

    11/25/2008 9:41:50 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 305+ views
    NBC 11 ^ | Tue, Nov 25, 2008
    Indian chef explains the stories behind curryCurry is yummy and it is everywhere in the Bay Area. From the South Bay to North Bay, whether we are going out to eat Indian, Thai or Vietnamese food, chances are we are going to eat a dish filled with a lovely curry. It is that very reason that world-class chef Ranjan Dey, star of the PBS show "My India" and owner of New Delhi Restaurant, will break down the history and the stories behind curries from around the world. Dey will discuss the history of curry, including its spread and cultural effect...
  • Survey: Oakland has fifth-highest crime rate in country

    11/25/2008 12:46:55 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 15 replies · 1,970+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/24/2008 | Kelly Rayburn
    OAKLAND — Oakland had the fifth-highest crime rate among U.S. cities in 2007, according to a widely followed but controversial report released Monday by the publishing company CQ Press. Richmond ranked No. 9. Oakland dropped one spot in the rankings after finishing No. 4 in last year's report. That was of little consolation for Oakland officials, even as they said they believe the city is on the right track with its public safety programs. "We are obviously disappointed that we're not the fifth-safest city in the nation," police Chief Wayne Tucker said. "To explain why we're (No. 5), I think...
  • [Oakland] 80-year-old woman critical after vicious beating

    11/25/2008 12:39:23 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 27 replies · 2,423+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/24/2008 | Harry Harris
    OAKLAND — She was a familiar sight in the upper Fruitvale neighborhood: a quiet, tiny, 80-year-old Chinese woman who wore a straw hat while collecting cans and other recyclables to earn spending money for her grandchildren. She would smile when residents would try to talk to her, but her lack of English made conversation impossible. The woman, who never bothered anyone, was fighting for her life Friday, the day after three men beat her unconscious with fists and feet and the broomstick she used to carry the plastic bags filled with her haul, then stood over her and laughed, police...
  • Planners to consider S.F. congestion charge

    11/24/2008 11:39:29 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 10 replies · 640+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 24, 2008 | Rachel Gordon
    (11-23) 18:07 PST -- The idea of making San Francisco the first city in the nation to combat congestion by imposing a toll on motorists who drive on the local roads is "totally doable" from an administrative standpoint, a top city transportation official deemed. But clearing the necessary political and public opinion hurdles is another matter altogether. Charging people more for anything is always a tough sell. Talk about reaching deeper into people's pockets when the economy is in the tank is even more difficult. "We're going to have to get buy-in," said Jose Luis Moscovich, executive director of the...
  • [California] SAN MATEO CO.: TEACHER WHO FILMED STUDENTS IN RESTROOM SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS

    11/24/2008 6:26:15 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 14 replies · 658+ views
    CBS5 ^ | 24 Nov 2008
    A Millbrae high school teacher who was arrested after installing a video camera in the ceiling of a girls' restroom at the school was sentenced this morning to two years in state prison, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. David Lista, 36, will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and was ordered to pay $6,700 in restitution to the San Mateo Union High School District, Wagstaffe said. Lista, a Belmont resident who taught English and leadership at Mills High School, pleaded no contest on Aug. 28 to felony...
  • Cops: Teen boys pretend to be girl on MySpace, help catch teacher looking for date

    11/24/2008 6:18:54 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 16 replies · 1,426+ views
    A Petaluma high school teacher was arrested Saturday morning after allegedly setting up an illicit date with a person he believed was a 15-year-old girl, police and prosecutors said. Scott Eugene Dietlin, 34, a teacher at Casa Grande High School, was arrested in San Mateo on Saturday after allegedly showing up for a date with "Jackie," a teenage persona created on MySpace by two teen boys, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. The 15-year-old San Mateo County boys posted the online profile as a joke, Wagstaffe said. When Dietlin allegedly contacted "Jackie" in April, the boys...
  • [California] Teacher arrested for trying to seduce minor

    11/23/2008 8:25:24 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 54 replies · 2,720+ views
    The Daily Journal ^ | 11/23/2008
    A 34-year-old teacher from Petaluma was arrested Saturday morning in San Mateo on several felony charges relating to trying to meet and seduce a minor, according to Burlingame police detectives, who made the arrest. At approximately 9:45 a.m., Burlingame police detectives arrested Scott Eugene Dietlin on charges of sending harmful matter (via electronic e-mail) with the intent to seduce a minor, attempting to contact a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense, and arranging to meet with a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense, according to a police press release. This arrest was the culmination of a...
  • [Oakland] Mentorship Program Hopes to Give Young Men Better Future

    11/23/2008 8:17:04 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 9 replies · 326+ views
    KCBS ^ | 23 November 2008
    Oakland, Calif. (KCBS) -- Oakland is affiliating with the national OK Mentorship Program, which fosters guidance and support for kids at risk for incarceration and homicide. OK, which is short for “Our Kids,” offers one-on-one mentoring and puts value on education, health and positive associations. The African-American community is disproportionately affected by homicides and incarceration and Oakland’s Mayor Ron Dellums says it’s time for that to change. “The police cannot solve this problem alone, [and] the community cannot solve this problem alone. We need a multifaceted strategy,” said Dellums. The program seeks to reduce gun violence and gang affiliation, and...
  • [California] Teachers union joins algebra lawsuit

    11/23/2008 8:11:47 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 54 replies · 2,104+ views
    TMCNews ^ | November 23, 2008 | Neil Gonzales
    Nov. 23 -- BURLINGAME -- California's largest teachers union will back a fight in court to overturn the state's new eighth-grade algebra requirement. The Burlingame-based California Teachers Association has joined the lawsuit by the California School Boards Association and the Association of California School Administrators against the state Board of Education's decision to require all middle school students to be tested in Algebra I by the end of eighth grade starting in 2011. The state board "acted abruptly, imprudently and without fully understanding the consequences of its actions on our schools, teachers and students," said David Sanchez, president of the...
  • 2 Chinese engineers sentenced in chip espionage

    11/23/2008 7:29:01 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 6 replies · 601+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 22, 2008 | Jordan Robertson
    Two engineers from China were sentenced to a year in prison Friday for stealing computer chip designs from their Silicon Valley employers and trying to smuggle the secrets to their homeland to start a government-backed company there. Fei Ye, a U.S. citizen, and Ming Zhong, a permanent resident of the United States, had pleaded guilty in 2006 in San Jose federal court, becoming the first people convicted of the most serious crime under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996. They were accused of trying to benefit China with their stolen chip designs, although prosecutors did not allege that the Chinese...