Monday, September 29, 2008

$5 Billion Bond to Repair Aging Courthouses

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 7:44 AM

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed Don Perata's bill to issue a $5 billion bond to renovate aging and overcrowded courthouses around the state. Court officials claim that $10 billion will ultimately be needed to address the problem; 90 percent California's 460 courthouses are falling apart. But this is a start, they added. The bond will be repaid by jacking up court fees.

Don't Call It a Recession: Damn Lies and Stats

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 7:34 AM

Attentive and virtuous readers may recall when, earlier this month, we mentioned the apparent paradox of economic growth paired with rising unemployment and other indices of misery. If that made you poor wittle brain hurt, consider the problem solved! Turns out that 3.3 quarterly growth rate was just an estimate from the feds, and the Commerce Department has adjusted it down to 2.8 percent. That's more like it.

Chargers Steamroll Raiders 28-18; Kiffin Out?

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 7:22 AM

The Oakland Raiders blew a 15-3 lead going into the fourth quarter yesterday, as the Chargers outscored them 25-3 in the last fifteen minutes. Now, everyone's waiting to see if this time, coach Lane Kiffin really will get fired. According to the Trib, owner Al Davis has promised to meet with the media this week, for the first time in more than a year. In addition, the Trib reports that Davis has been mulling this over for some time, first whether firing Kiffin is the right call and second how and when to do it in order to minimize the disruption to the team's leadership. Since the Raiders are heading into a bye week, this sounds like the most opportune moment.

Good Morning, Everyone! Here's a Mutated Fish!

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 7:11 AM

Today's dystopian nightmare prize goes to the Teleosis Institute, which showed up yesterday at Jack London Square to collect buckets of expired medication and warn bystanders about a possible epidemic of mutated fish.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Slap Hitter: Last At-Bats

Sat, Sep 27, 2008 at 7:27 PM

Tomorrow, Sunday is the end of the road for the '08 Athletics. The website that best covers the homeboys athleticsnation has run out of things to say, with many of its posts apologizing for uncreative titles and sighing with headers like, "writer's block". Truth is there hasn't been a lot to say since July. A few records of dubious value, but an overall record that will end Sunday with a thud.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Buy Curious: A Dark Day for East Bay Fashion

Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 5:55 PM

This week, one of the saddest emails ever landed in our inbox. Twenty Two Shoes announced they're CLOSING ... like, for good. Done. Zip. Finished. Forever! There was no mention of the reasons why, but we can only guess that fewer and fewer folks can afford those gorgeous $350 Italian-made shoes these days. There is a silver lining in this dark and ominous cloud, however: a sale, of course. Read on for the details and more "good" news.

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Posters Defaced in Apparent Berkeley Hate Crime

by Anneli Rufus
Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 10:39 AM

On September 17, someone scribbled on a poster in a bus shelter alongside UC Berkeley's Eshleman Hall that had been placed there by the pro-Israel nonprofit Blue Star PR.

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Berkeley Demo Against Bailout

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 9:39 AM

You know, we'll always find Berkeley one of the more charming cities around. As the Daily Cal reports, a small group of people decided to stage an ad hoc protest against the bailout of Wall Street mortgage holders, at the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Gilman Street. Among the protesters was a Haas Business School grad student, all dressed up in a power suit and everything. You gotta love a town that never gives up a chance for political theater. Some young children came by and joined the protest, thinking it was against a certain outgoing president. "We are trying to get Bush far far away out of this country to Europe or something," Kenneth Alridge told the Daily Cal. What, and spoil any hope we have of backpacking around the Continent? We were thinking Turkmenistan might be more appropriate.

BART to San Jose Nears Completion

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 9:30 AM

The plan to extend BART to downtown San Jose just too a step closer to being a reality, reports the San Jose Business Times. The California Transportation Commission has dedicated $239 million for the project, bringing the total money available for engineering to $760 million in state funds.

Your Headline of the Day Is...

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 9:23 AM

"Prison instinct took over, accused murderer says." We're assuming that's the instinct to compose "Midnight Special." — Chris Thompson

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