Sunday, November 30, 2008

Slap Hitter: Old guy is So Money at Golden Gate

Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 9:16 PM

Only three weeks left at Golden Gate Fields racetrack, but for senior citizen Roberto Gonzalez the dean of Bay Area jockeys, this weekend continued the front-runner's run to the top of the rider standings. Dozens of top jocks have come and gone, but like the XMas trees sprouting along the Frontage Road en route to the racetrack, Gonzo is a perennial who nobody would notice unless he stopped showing up.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

The East Bay Today: November 28, 2008

Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Today's Top Event: Flight Happy Hour at Air Bar & Lounge.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Barbara Bentley discusses Dance with the Devil at Barnes & Noble in Dublin.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Hiro's Sushi and Grill in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Feel like dancing? At Alameda's Eagles Hall, catch a performance by Wayne Singleton and His Zydeco Band, plus a Zydeco dance lesson, for only $15.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out photos of the kids who go to school in a cave.

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Buy Curious: Shop Indie & Local This Holiday Season

Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Not doubt you've already heard of the senseless violence and deaths that have occurred on Black Friday. There is another way to consume, peoples! Save lives, money, and help your community all at the same time by giving your hard-earned dollars to independent and locally owned businesses this holiday season. We've compiled a HUGE list of craft fairs, bazaars, sales, and more to help you achieve the goal. Not only will you find things that are unique and well-made, but you'll also feel good about your purchases because you're helping to support a local artist or craftsperson, who will in turn spend that money in the community. It's all part of the Express' Shop Local Pledge, which our publisher Jody Colley launched and is now spreading around the country with the help of other alt-weeklies. Read on for the mega indie local holiday sale list!

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City Workers Rally as Oakland Budget Pain Starts

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 11:47 AM

When Oakland confronted a $42 million deficit, the City Councll decided to shut down city government for a few days over the next fiscal year to help deal with the shortfall. The first of those days came and went on Wednesday, and 200 angry city workers marched around City Hall and Broadway, since they didn't have anything else to do. According to the Trib, the employees chanted "Chop from the top!" and claimed that city leaders could have prevented this by eliminating employee travel expenses and other costs. Acting city administrator Dan Lindheim replied that the city's budget problems were far too big to be solved by such paltry measures.

What To Do With UC President's Mansion?

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 11:24 AM

When outgoing University of California President Robert Dynes moved out of his crumbling mansion in the Kensington hills, incoming President Mark Yudof decided he'd rather live somewhere else. Since then, UC officials have pondered over what to do with the aging grounds, which have served as a public garden and spot to host fundraisers and other high-profile university parties. According to the Contra Costa Times, the building has suffered so much water and structural damage over the years that repairs will cost an estimated $10 million.

Thanksgiving? What Thanksgiving?

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Apparently, not even the holidays can interrupt the important business of Oaklanders shooting each other. According to the Trib, five people were wounded, one critically, in two separate East Oakland shootings yesterday. Meanwhile, neighbors on Grande Vista Avenue held a vigil to support the 80-year-old woman who was recently beaten by a pack of young men. The woman, who has been a fixture of the neighborhood and was often seen collecting bottles and cans to recycle, is recovering in a hospital.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The East Bay Today: November 27, 2008

Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Today's Top Event: Thanksgiving!

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: turkey and stuffing.

On the Town: Going out tonight? At Jupiter, DJ Riddm spins roots, dancehall, funk, salsa, and Afrobeat.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out photos of the kids who go to school in a cave.

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

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The East Bay Today: November 26, 2008

Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Today's Top Event: Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical at Campbell Theatre.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Interfaith Couples Discussion Group.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Vanessa's Bistro in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Club Anton's Showtime @ 11 features live music and rotating DJs.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out photos of the kids who go to school in a cave.

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

Cal Gets $11 Million Grant

by Chris Thompson
Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Ka-ching! UC Berkeley just got itself an $11 million grant from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (Thank God someone still has standards), to build a fat new research center. According to the Daily Cal, university officials will match it with $8.8 million from the state to build a facility "to measure and experiment on a nanoscale with minimal interference from the outside environment."

Sandre Swanson Wants You to Pay His Bar Tab

by Chris Thompson
Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Nice blog post by Trib political reporter Josh Richman, in which he notices that state Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, who barely campaigned at all and still won with 88 percent of the vote, is still holding fundraisers. This Saturday, Swanson is throwing a $100-a-plate party at Scott's Seafood Restaurant; Babs Lee and Loni Hancock will attend, among others. Richman also tallies up all the restaurants where Swanson strapped on his feedbag and billed his campaign for the munchfests. Swanson doesn't need the cash himself, but if he spreads it around and helps out candidates who do, he'll build juice in the Assembly. And it's always nice to eat on someone else's dime.

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