Friday, October 30, 2009

Gavin Newsom Drops Out of Governor's Race

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:54 PM

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has dropped out of the governor's race, the San Francisco Business Times reports. Newsom cited family reasons, but he has suffered from poor poll numbers and less than stellar campaign fund-raising. Newsom's decision leaves state Attorney General and former Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown as the only major Democratic candidate in the race.

Montclair Halloween Parade Today

by Anneli Rufus
Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Kids and their parents and grandparents can give their costumes an early start at the annual Lions Club Halloween parade this afternoon in Oakland's Montclair Village.

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Jerry Brown's Office Illegally Tapes Reporters

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Jerry Brown's spokesman has admitted to secretly taping journalists without their consent - a violation of state law. California is one of twelve states that requires the notification of all parties before a phone call is taped. Brown's spokesman, Scott Gerber, admitted to secretly taping a phone call with San Francisco Chronicle veteran reporter Carla Marinucci, according to the Chron, who was reporting on a story about Brown's office giving favorable treatment to a campaign contributor. The attorney general's office has since said that it will no longer tape record people without their consent. Gerber, however, apparenlty will be allowed to keep his job and there is no indication that he will be investigated for breaking state law.

Chevron Hypes Ex-Felon's Video

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Chevron Corporation is hyping videos made by an ex-felon in its effort to skirt responsibility in the destruction of a part of the Amazon rain forest. The ex-felon is Wayne Douglas Hansen, who pleaded guilty in 1987 for his role in a conspiracy to import 275,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States, according to the Associated Press. Hansen made secret videos of an Ecuadoran judge that was presiding over a $27 billion lawsuit against Chevron and whom the oil company alleges was involved in a bribery scheme. But the lawyers suing Chevron in Ecuadoran court say that Hansen's close involvement in the case discredits the oil company's allegations. The judge has maintained that Hansen's videos were "edited and manipulated."

Teens Will Be Tried as Adults in Richmond Rape Case

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Three East Bay teens allegedly involved in the unconscionable rape of a 15-year-old girl in Richmond last weekend are being tried as adults, meaning they could face life in prison. If the three young men were charged and convicted in juvenile court, state law requires that they would have to be released when they reach they age of 25. The young men are Ari Morales, 16 and Cody Smith, 15, of San Pablo and James Peter, 17, of Pinole. A fourth defendant, Manuel Ortega, 19, of Richmond also is charged in connection with the case, and could face life in prison.

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Mary King Takes Over AC Transit

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Mary King, a former longtime Alameda County supervisor and fixture in East Bay politics, has been named to be the interim general manager of AC Transit. King replaces outgoing General Manager Rick Fernandez, who resigned earlier this month after some members of the agency's board of directors had grown frustrated with him. King will run AC Transit's day-to-day operations while the board conducts a search for a permanent general manager.

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Narsai David Emcees Gluten-Free Cooking Spree

by Anneli Rufus
Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Chef Narsai David, who helped make California cuisine a household word during his longtime stint as a Kensington restaurateur and who is now KCBS-radio's food-and-wine editor, will MC tonight's second annual San Francisco Gluten-Free Cooking Spree on Treasure Island. (Even if the eastern half of the Bay Bridge hasn't reopened yet, Treasure Island is still accessible from San Francisco.)

It's a fundraiser presented by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, and it features top chefs, doctors and other celebrities as well as a cooking contest, buffet, marketplace, book-signings, silent auction, raffle, and more - all in hopes of spreading the word about one of the world's most wildly misdiagnosed diseases.

Celiac disease occurs when the small intestine's lining is damaged by gluten and other proteins found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats. Upon exposure, the fingerlike villi lining the small intestine deteriorate and flatten. This hinders the absorption of nutrients. According to the Mayo Clinic, the only known effective treatment is a lifelong gluten-free diet. Undiagnosed celiac disease makes a patient four times likelier to die prematurely.

Because its symptoms are so numerous and sometimes self-contradictory - from bloating to migraines to delayed puberty to miscarriage to fatigue to canker sores - only about one in every 4,700 of the three million Americans with this incurable inherited autoimmune condition receives an accurate diagnosis. Celiac disease has also been linked with ADHD, possibly as a result of iron deficiency.

Stanford psychology professor Phillip Zimbardo -- conductor of the famous 1971 Stanford Prison Study and founder of the Shyness Clinic in Menlo Park -- will be one of the cookoff judges at tonight's event in Treasure Island's Building 1. Vikki and Richard Petersen will be signing their book, The Gluten Effect, and Angela Wu will be on hand to sign her best-selling book, Fertility Wisdom. The evening's array of beer and wine will also be gluten-free.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Robert Bobb Officially Out of Mayor's Race

Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm formally announced today that ex-Oakland City Manager Robert Bobb is staying on as the financial czar of Detroit Public Schools through early 2011, according to the Detroit Free Press. Bobb accompanied Granholm for the announcement. The announcement rules out the possibility of Bobb returning to Oakland and running for mayor.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cal Football Makes Millions

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 5:04 PM

UC Berkeley's football and basketball teams are extremely profitable, but they don't make enough money to make up for all of the school's lesser-known, money-losing sports programs, according to UC officials, including Athletic Director Sandy Barbour. The university officials made those comments on KNBR radio in response to a Chronicle article that some have interpreted as saying that Cal football was losing money and forcing the university to keep it afloat with subsidies.

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How Many Laws Can One Councilman Break?

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Embattled Emeryville City Councilman Ken Bukowski is being investigated by the city's police department for receiving nearly $100,000 in loans from local businesses in possible violation of the law, according to the Trib. In addition, the Chron reports today that Bukowski has been maintaining a second residence in San Francisco for years, raising questions as to whether he actually lives in Emeryville as required under state election law. The Chron story also points out that Bukowski has been receiving a huge break on his rent for his Nob Hill apartment under San Francisco rent control laws that are supposed to apply only to people who actually live in San Francisco.

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