Monday, March 31, 2008

The East Bay Today: March 31, 2008

Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 8:22 PM

Today's Top Event: Jazz Masters at Swarm Studios.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: ClutterLess at Pleasanton Presbyterian Church.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Chopan Kabob in Concord.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Mayhem Mondays at Bourbon Street in Concord is just what it says: live rock and metal to round off your Monday.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check this out.

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East Bay Daily News Packs Up and Leaves Town

by Kathleen Richards
Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 12:10 PM

The free daily newspaper, the East Bay Daily News, which published five times a week, published its last edition yesterday after a nearly three-year run. The editor cited its need to focus on its Peninsula papers — which includes the Burlingame Daily News, Los Gatos News, Redwood City Daily News, San Mateo Daily News, and the Palo Alto Daily News. In 2006, McClatchy Co., which bought Knight Ridder (the paper's previous owner), sold it to MediaNews, which also owns the Oakland Tribune. As Express reporter Chris Thompson noted then, it seemed inevitable for Dean Singleton to cut the smaller competitor.

Father of Paralyzed Boy Defends Dellums

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 10:37 AM

The father of the 10-year-old boy paralyzed by a stray bullet while taking piano lessons thinks Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums is getting a bad rap, according to the Associated Press. "We like the mayor. We like what he stands for," AP quoted Richard Rodriguez as saying in a story published yesterday in the San Jose Mercury News. "I think he gets a bad deal because I think he inherited this problem of crime, he didn't create this problem. This has been going on for decades." The AP story was written by former Oakland Tribune reporter Jason Dearen and includes a rare sit-down interview with the media-reclusive Dellums.

Wayans Brothers Walk Away From West Oakland

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 8:28 AM

Looks like the Wayans Brothers won't come riding to West Oakland's rescue after all. The bros, who had flirted with the idea of building a film studio and then a shopping and business park on the city's half of the old Oakland Army Base, bowed out of the deal on Friday, according to the Chron. Meanwhile, Mayor Ron Dellums said the fact that other companies are now interested in doing something with the blighted land is "a tremendous vote of confidence for Oakland's economy."

Sad Bears Make Loni Hancock Cry

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 8:08 AM

Now that she's about to go head to head with Wilma Chan for Don Perata's seat in the state Senate, Loni Hancock is preparing for the grueling race by showing her soft feminine side. In an interview with Edwin Rutch, who is making a documentary that explores the origins of "progressive values," Hancock says that her virtuous empathy for all the soft furry creatures that tread their padded wittle paws on the Earth inspired her progressive politics. In fact, she'll never forget the time her daddy took her to the zoo, where she sat and wept for the poor caged animals. Fortunately, her father had the good sense to get pissed at the cloying anecdote this episode would someday become. "My father, who has happy after being with his daughter, was turning sour," Hancock says. Check out the YouTube clip here.

Jerry Brown May Run for Governor

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 7:52 AM

Just when you thought Sacto politics might eventually be something other than a bizarre circus, along comes former Oakland mayor and Attorney General Jerry Brown, who all but confirmed Saturday that he might run for governor. Brown set Saturday's Democratic Party convention ablaze when he as much as said he's bored with being attorney general, and he'd rather be doing something more substantive. "I don't do much today but sue people," he said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Hey Jerry, quit knocking lawsuits. They're what makes this country great.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

We now interrupt the A's regular season to present....exhibition season!

Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 6:14 PM

Some notes on Opening Week

* Here's how a two game set in Japan is like the World Series: when the A's and Giants were interrupted in 1989, both teams took advantage of the earthquake break to use their game 1 and 2 starters in game 3 and 4. Don't feel bad if you couldn't be in Tokyo, you'll still get your Matsuzaka-Blanton Opening Day. I know, that's not how the World Series usually works, but then this isn't like how Opening Day is supposed to work either

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The IRS Is Watching

by Anneli Rufus
Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 2:46 PM

For failing to pay taxes on over $3 million in income over four years, Hayward chiropractor Ramon Reynoso was sentenced to two years in federal prison on March 26 and ordered to pay $1,162,222 in restitution.

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Buy Curious: Pampering at the W and Eco-Friendly (and Chic!) Styles by Local Designers

Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Ugh, what a week for news! Abandoned, foreclosed-home swimming pools in East Contra Costa County are breeding grounds for West Nile Virus (which isn't going away, and oh, there's no budget this year to keep it in check); nine-year-old kids in Dallas are snorting low-grade heroin called cheese; social security is gonna be broke by 2041, Medicare by 2019; a chunk of ice seven times the size of Manhattan broke off a glacier in Antarctica, never to return; US death toll reaches 4,000 in Iraq; not to mention everyone's upset about the Fed's bailing out Bear Stearns. And the list goes on and on. The good news? At least one wolverine is roaming Tahoe. Sheesh. It's enough to make your head spin! So there's no better time than this weekend to soothe your soul with complimentary mani/pedis, makeovers, and massages — not to mention shopping. More fever-reducing news after the jump …

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Mortgage Fraud: the Gift That Keeps on Giving

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Another day, another foreclosure rescue scam. This time it's out in Livermore, where Sonia Alburez and Verena Silva have been charged with convincing homeowners in default that if they just transferred part ownership of their homes into shell companies, those companies would declare bankruptcy, and the proceedings would stall the foreclosure process long enough for homeowners to get their act together. Of course, it didn't work, and the banks foreclosed anyway, taking at least 14 homes. Meanwhile, Alburez and Silva allegedly pocketed a monthly fee of up to $2,500 for this work of fiction. According to the Chron, law enforcement officials believe the pair, who worked under the company name Community Home Saver, may have bilked countless others in this racket. Alburez and Silva face 36 criminal counts. Where's the next mortgage fraud bomb gonna hit?

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