Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thursday Must Read: Brown to Propose Tax Measure; Alameda Top Officials Ousted

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 7:22 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Governor-elect Jerry Brown will propose a June ballot measure that would extend $10 billion in existing tax hikes that are set to expire next year, the Sacramento Bee reports. To make the tax increases more palatable to voters, and to bridge a projected $28 billion state budget gap, Brown also will propose about $10 billion in spending cuts, along with one-time cuts totaling about $8 billion.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wednesday Must Read: Quan to Be Sworn in Monday at Fox Theater; UC Execs Want Bigger Pensions

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 7:24 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Jean Quan will be sworn in as Oakland’s first-ever woman mayor on Monday at the historic Fox Theater, the Trib reports. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Quan also is hosting a privately funded pre-inaugural celebration Sunday night at the Chabot Space and Science Center from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Then on Monday morning, before the swearing-in ceremony, Quan will lead a “Remembering and Making History” walk through downtown, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Chinatown. Quan also will be Oakland’s first Asian-American mayor. Also being sworn in Monday at the Fox will be Libby Schaaf, the newest city council member. She’s replacing Quan on the council. The swearing-in ceremony also will include an election of the city council president.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2010 Local Book Roundup: Pot Brownies, Homicide, and Bondage

by Anneli Rufus
Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM

As we near the end of this year in which America went broke, got high, and watched J.D. Salinger (and Gary Coleman) die, let's celebrate the East Bay's literary contributions to 2010.

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Tuesday Must Read: Record Holiday Sales Continue; Craigslist Scam Hits East Bay

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 7:10 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. This year’s record-breaking holiday shopping season is not over, as consumers continue to flock to stores this week, searching for deals, AP reports. Total consumer spending this holiday season jumped 5.5 percent over last year, the biggest increase since 2006, according to MasterCard’s SpendingPulse. Total spending also topped $584 billion, surpassing the 2007 record of $566 billion. It should be a big boost to the American economy since consumer spending represents about 70 percent of US economic activity.

2. A record-breaking number of consumers also are using their smartphones to shop, the Mercury News reports. During the shopping season’s final weekend, PayPal reported a 279 percent jump in the number of purchases made through smartphones and other electronic devices. Overall, online shopping also appears to have smashed records this year. Amazon.com reported that on its top selling day, consumers purchased 13.7 million items, shattering its previous record of 9.5 million. The retailer also said its Kindle has become its single biggest all-time seller, passing the book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

New Buffet Redefines Buffets

by Anneli Rufus
Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Mussel-clam risotto crowned with whipped ricotta.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

11,000-Page Environmental Impact Statement on Solar Development A Game-Changer?

by Nate Seltenrich
Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Last week, we reported that the BLM and US Department of Energy had finally released their massive Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on large-scale solar development in the western United States. The 11,000-page document came more than a year after it was first promised — too late to influence the development of the first generation of large-scale solar plants in the country. However, the Solar PEIS almost certainly signals a symbolic and practical end to the controversial fast-track permitting process that over the past year has approved a number of the world's largest solar plants for construction in southern California.

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Oakland Zoo Apes Get Christmas Gifts

by Anneli Rufus
Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

When the economic crisis forced Tot Drop Preschools to close half of its locations, the company's owner wondered what to do with all the leftover toys.

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Still No Lease for the Parkway; Search for New Location May Reopen

by Nate Seltenrich
Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 9:12 AM

After the success of recent fund-raising efforts, they’ve got money. They’ve got friends in high places within Oakland’s City Council and Redevelopment Agency. They’ve got business acumen, unparalleled community support, and months of negotiations and planning under their belt. But there’s one thing J. Moses Ceaser and his The New Parkway partners still lack in their quest to reopen the celebrated theater on Park Boulevard: a lease.

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Thursday Must Read: Oakland Targets Motels for Prostitution; OPD’s Videotaped Confessions Are Working

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland City Attorney John Russo has filed lawsuits against three motels in the city that police say have become havens for prostitution, the Trib and Chron report. The lawsuits request that the motels be shut down for a year and each pay $25,000 fines unless they solve their prostitution problems. The worst of three, according to Russo, is the Economy Inn at 122 E. 12th St., near Lake Merritt. The other two are the Sage Motel at 4844 MacArthur Blvd., near Mills College, and the National Lodge at 1711 International Blvd.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Amanda's Is Closing

by Anneli Rufus
Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Sad news just arrived from a healthy-eating hub.

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