It was the week of the Rapture that wasn't to be. Sigh. Who would've thunk it??
Certainly not "The Mehssiah," who wins this week's coveted "Comment of the Week" award! In response to the article, "Post-Rapture Looting, Anyone?", (s)he summed up the will-it-happen-or-not debate (if you could call it that) this way:
"Meh. I'm Catholic, so I figure I can juwt go to confession about an hour before The Rapture and *PRESTO* I'm saved."
Congrats. You win a spot in heaven.
The search is out for 15-year-old Allison Bayliss of Danville, who was last seen riding her bike to San Ramon Valley High School on Monday morning. Family members said they found that bike in the Battery East parking lot, right near the Golden Gate Bridge, at around 4:45 this morning, SFAppeal reports. The area is now being searched by San Francisco police and park rangers. Bayliss is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs about 130 pounds, and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a zip-up red hooded sweatshirt. She has blond hair. Anyone with information should call 911 immediately.
A day after the triumphant arrest of Los Angeles gang member Giovanni Ramirez — aka "Suspect #1" in the Bryan Stow case — Stow's family announced plans to sue the LA Dodgers for "exposing him to criminal acts of third parties," according to ESPN and KCBS News in Los Angeles. Ramirez, meanwhile, is saying he has an alibi to prove he was actually babysitting at the time of the attack. His lawyer, Chip Matthews, says that three witnesses will corroborate that story. Thirty-one year old Ramirez is a documented member of the Varrio Nuevo Estrada
street gang, LAPD reports. He was apprehended following a tip from his parole agent, who said his face matched that of police sketches. Stow, who was recently transferred to a San Francisco hospital, remains in a coma with a fractured skull.
The Express won three first-place awards at the Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards dinner in Foster City on Saturday night.
Arts Editor Nate Seltenrich won first place in the Feature Story of a Serious Nature category among non-dailies for his December 2010 story on the environmental impacts of large-scale solar development in the California desert, "Oakland Invades the Desert."
Former editor Stephen Buel won two first-place awards — in Editorial and Page Design, both among non-dailies — for his July 2010 cover and editor's note on the Mehserle trial, "Be Cool."
The contest was open to all Bay Area print and online journalists, photographers, radio and television personnel, and public relations professionals, and received a total of 523 entries.
Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. The decision by the US Supreme Court yesterday, ordering California to release more than 30,000 prison inmates because of overcrowding is sure to spark new debate over the state’s fiscal crisis, the New York Times reports. Jerry Brown wants to transfer tens of thousands of nonviolent inmates from state prisons to county jails, but needs money to do it. The governor is already arguing that the high court ruling makes his tax measure proposals all that more vital. But there may be a cheaper way for California to solve its prison overcrowding problem: Stop locking up so many people for nonviolent drug offenses and ease sentencing for other nonviolent crimes. Better yet, legalize pot altogether, and the prison population will drop substantially.
Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. Is Oakland Mayor Jean Quan trying to help city employee unions avoid making substantial concessions? That appears to be a basic question stemming from the mayor’s controversial proposal to sell the shuttered Henry J. Kaiser Center to Oakland’s Redevelopment Agency for $28.3 million. The Chron reported that Quan wants to use proceeds from the sale to help close Oakland’s massive $58 million budget deficit. But at least three councilmembers — Desley Brooks, Ignacio De La Fuente, and Larry Reid — allege that the proposal is illegal because it would use money from a different redevelopment area than the one that the closed Kaiser center resides in. The council, as the governing body of the redevelopment agency, has the power to scuttle the proposal, and if it does, it could force employee unions to choose between making bigger concessions than they want or watching hundreds of their members get laid off.
Watch this before going to bed tonight:
The Oakland City Council is facing some very difficult decisions as it attempts to close a $58 million budget deficit in the next month, and yet the panel seems more obsessed these days with Mayor Jean Quan’s unpaid legal advisor — Dan Siegel — than with doing its job. The Chron reports that the council voted in a closed-door session on Tuesday to demand that Siegel stop representing the city on legal matters. But the council’s overheated concern appears to be much ado about nothing, because Siegel’s role as Quan’s advisor isn’t causing any imminent harm to the city and the council’s claims about his actions are unfounded.
So much for breaking the pencil sharpener or hiding frogs in the teacher's desk. Apparently, high school students in the East Bay are more vindictive than most. After getting reprimanded for bringing alcohol to school, a student at Oakland International High School spiked her teacher's coffee with dry erase fluid, and possibly bleach, the SF Weekly reports. The teacher spat it out and decided not to press charges, although the student was subsequently suspended for "attempted assault." But school board members — who heard about the incident a day after it happened — may take action themselves. Criminal activity has been rampant in the Oakland schools, board officials told reporters at KTVU, and students have acted with impunity for too long.
Devastating news: in the wake of "I had an illegitimate lovechild with one of my staff and kept it a secret from my wife and the American public for thirteen years"-gate, Arnold Schwarzenegger has apparently put all film projects on hold, including the upcoming Terminator reboot and Cry Macho, which stars our esteemed former governor as — not making this up — a "damaged-goods horse trainer who's been put out to pasture by his boss" and then becomes embroiled in a plot to kidnap said boss's 11-year-old kid in exchange for some much-needed ca$hmoney.announced yesterday afternoon that they had "chosen not to go forward with" The Governator, an upcoming comic book and animated show that would have starred an only-slightly-cartoonier-than-real-life Schwarzenegger fighting crime with his wife and four kids (AWKWARD!!!). It's unclear whether these projects have been altogether terminated* or are simply on hold.