Thursday, August 28, 2008

Jerry Brown: Pot for Profit Will Land You in Jail

by Chris Thompson
Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Jerry Brown, California's attorney general and Oakland's most famous cohabitant, has announced a crackdown on medical pot clubs that make millions in profits. According to the Chron, state drug agents raided a Northridge pot club over the weekend, and Brown has promised to target more clubs around California. Specifically, he's going after clubs that pretend to sell their product for strictly medical purposes, but are really large-scale drug operations in disguise. For those clubs that don't want to be in the crosshairs, Brown has released a lengthy set of guidelines on how to stay out of trouble. Some of them sound kosher: only sell to actual patients, for example. But what's up with this requirement to operate as a nonprofit? We know a lot of pot clubs can be a nuisance, and some are clearly a major drug operation. But, and we're really wondering this, does Brown have the legal authority to require medical dispensaries be nonprofit? Where was this written in Prop. 215 or subsequent state legislation?

Cal Cops Raid Long Haul

by Chris Thompson
Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 8:02 AM

From the Berkeley Daily Planet comes news that UC Berkeley police have raided the Long Haul/Infoshop, the venerable South Berkeley anarchist organizing center. Police officers entered the Shattuck Avenue store from the rear, guns drawn, and seized thirteen computers and documents that police believe contain evidence of several felonies.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The East Bay Today: August 27, 2008

Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 9:45 PM

Today's Top Event: 888 Pieces of We at the Oakland Art Gallery.

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

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

On the Town: Going out tonight? At Jupiter in Berkeley, enjoy the warm weather and the groovin' sounds of Groove.org.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out Radiohead covering Joy Division.

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Netroots Tent City

by Anneli Rufus
Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 11:03 AM

A huge "netroots" and alt-media tent here in downtown Denver is one of the liveliest venues at the Democratic National Convention. The place is packed, despite its eerie underwaterish semidarkness and the continuing 90-degree heat. One of the tent's main sponsors, along with Google and Digg, is the Berkeley-based progressive blog DailyKos.com. Banners all over the walls announce this fact, along with "NET ROOTS NATION" and "BUILDING THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT STATE BY STATE." Bloggers are busily typing away, thronged by companies hawking products that they think bloggers would want. Also circulating is a team of Midwestern teens who say they are making a documentary "about bloggers." They are interviewing folks at random, asking questions. The main question is: "Um, do you think blogging will increase?" ... Hmm, what answer do you suppose bloggers might give? Think hard.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The East Bay Today: August 26, 2008

Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 9:35 PM

Today's Top Event: Martha Koehler discusses her experience as a White House Social Correspondence Staff during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations at the Walnut Creek Library/Ygnacio Valley.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Mexican Guitar for Beginners at La Pena Cultural Center.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Bistro Liaison in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? The Hotsy Totsy Hillbilly Jazzbos perform with guest vocalist Ruby "Baby" Bennett for free at Julie's Coffee and Tea Garden.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out the other side of Michael Phelps.

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Barbara Lee, Code Pink Surface in Denver

by Anneli Rufus
Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Here at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Congressperson Barbara Lee told a crowd at a Global AIDS Alliance Fund reception yesterday: "AIDS is the greatest humanitarian and national security crisis in the world today." She had been announced by two fellow Bay Areans: first, actor Danny Glover (who had startled attendees by announcing that one in every twenty adults in Washington DC is HIV-positive) and then Sen. Barbara Boxer, who called Lee "my sister, my leader." Lee told the crowd that she wants the next international AIDS conference to be held "in my district - in Oakland, California."

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Monday, August 25, 2008

The East Bay Today: August 25, 2008

Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 9:25 PM

Today's Top Event: Caltopia 2008.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Kensington Library Book Club discusses The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Bette's Oceanview Diner in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Drop by Oakland's Easy Lounge, where DJ Ango spins dub, ska, and soul.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out photos from Outside Lands.

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

Slap Hitter: A's go Lefty Lose-y

Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 5:57 PM

The Athletics have fallen way off the front page of even the sports section and now just pop up when there is some statistical oddity or personnel glitch to report. We have both! As of this weekend, the Oakland A's have become the first team ever in the sesquicentennial anniversary of the game's birth to go with a five-man starting rotation featuring only Left-handed pitchers. They should sell it like some sort of side-show freak thing: Marvel at a team that will soon be passed by the pathetic Giants! Gasp at a squad that hasn't won a series since Flag Day! Wince at the collection of has-beens, never-weres and never-will-be's that make up our daily line-up. And now--nothin' but lefties!

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Event Helps Children of Murdered Fathers

by Anneli Rufus
Sat, Aug 23, 2008 at 6:08 PM

After her second son was murdered in Oakland, Ora Knowell realized "that my grandchildren and other children like them were afraid to go to sleep at night, afraid that the killers who killed their parents would come and kill them."

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