Friday, August 29, 2008

The East Bay Today: August 29, 2008

Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 10:08 PM

Today's Top Event: Free Compost Giveaway at the Berkeley Marina.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: A's: Still in Oakland after 40 Years. A retrospective exhibition celebrating the Oakland Athletics at the downtown Oakland Public Library.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Christopher's Nothing Fancy Cafe in Albany.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Enjoy the Celtic-rock sounds of Pladdohg, performing for free at downtown Pleasanton's Concerts in the Park series.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out the evolution of US Presidential Campaign Ads.

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Daily Cal No Longer Quite So Daily

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 8:21 AM

According to the Berkeley Daily Planet, the Daily Californian is facing seriously diminished ad revenue, and has announced it will no longer publish an edition on Wednesdays. From now on, the Daily Cal won't actually be a daily periodical, an awkward situation to be sure. But since the Berkeley Daily Planet only comes out once a week, at least the student newspaper isn't the only member of the "our masthead's a lie" club.

Chip Johnson Slaps Dellums Again

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 8:15 AM

We're a little torn by Chip Johnson's column this morning. On the one hand, it's a by-the-numbers piece on how much Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums sucks. Here's the capsule version: Oakland has serious problems, but the mayor doesn't seem to care enough to do anything about it. Although Chip understands that his mom died, and that's a drag and all, no one knows when he'll come back from summer break. Meanwhile, we've got a $50 million budget deficit, restaurant invasion robberies, etc. It's the sort of column any curmudgeon worth his salt could do in his sleep. On the other hand, Ron Dellums ain't doing his damn job, and that point can't be stressed often enough. What's a columnist to do when the most important problems facing the city go unaddressed month after month? How do you keep whacking the same nerve and stay fresh? We feel the man's pain.

Port Slammed for Weak Pollution Attitude

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Readers may recall a March report that claimed West Oakland residents are at considerably higher risk for cancer, thanks to the broad-shouldered presence of a certain seaport. Now, the Port of Oakland has released a new plan to reduce air pollution, particularly from the diesel trucks that idle around the port. Great, you're thinking. What's the port gonna do? According to air pollution boards and a host of environmental groups, nothing. The Trib reports that the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has slammed the report as vague and virtually meaningless, with no timetable to reduce emissions or specific details on who is supposed to do what, if any, action to cut the smoggy stuff out of West Oakland's air. But never fear: Port spokeswoman Marilyn Sandifur told the Trib: "We do care about air pollution." So that's alright, then.

Overtime Rises 12 Percent at UC

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 7:57 AM

A new report on UC salaries indicates that the university system's overtime pay rose 12 percent, to reach a total of $135 million. According to the Chron, some sixty employees earned at least $50,000 apiece, above and beyond their usual salaries; three nurses in the system earned more than $90,000 on top of their paycheck. As cost overruns go, this ain't quite as bad as the executive compensation scandal that rocked UC a few years ago. But at a time of serious budget shortfalls, UC President Mark Yudof pledged to try to rein in such expenditures.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The East Bay Today: August 28, 2008

Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Today's Top Event: Peter Orner discusses McSweeney's Voice of Witness series at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Cafe Fanny in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Get jazzy with the Hot Club of Marin, who performs for free at 33 Revolutions Record Shop and Café.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out what Britney really sounds like.

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

Zhone Tech in Trouble

by Chris Thompson
Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Hey, remember Zhone Technologies? The $500 million telecom company that was going to be the crown jewel in Oakland's technology sector? The company that bought a massive piece of publicly-owned land on the cheap, in exchange for stock options, so the city could share in its windfall profits? Well, guess who's been delisted from the NASDAQ?

Bonkers Boy Bounces Back Home

by Chris Thompson
Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 8:46 AM

Hey, remember Matthew Wilson? That wacky Rice University computer science student who took a powder, snuck into Berkeley, and started living off the land by way of table-diving leftovers at Cal cafeterias? Seems all petty theft charges have been dropped, and his mom has taken him back to Oklahoma. Hey Matt, you can still hide from your parents when you get home. Just wait till the corn is high as an elephant's eye...

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