Friday, October 31, 2008

Slap Hitter: Spooky Times for East Bay Fans

Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 10:09 PM

No swipes at the Raiders. They're not scary, just very, very sad. Instead we're all jumpy because we've already seen the Golden State Warrior's season, and it's been only two games into the campaign. They will lose close games until about Martin Luther King Day, and when they tire of moral victories (read: losses) they'll start getting blown out the rest of the way.

That mean that if East Bay sports fans want to watch any team with a winning record, they'll need to make do with Cal. Isn't that scary? The Golden Bears are heading for their regular mid-tier bowl game in football and the basketball team will tip off soon run by a lifer of a Stanford coach. The A's signed Joe Dillon, a middle infielder from Milwaukee who couldn't hit his weight in Triple-A ball, but probably won't be needed by Oakland, assuming Mark Ellis and Bobby Crosby play the year injury free (pause for laughs).

And if you really want skin crawling, how are we going to deal with the fact that we don't even have the most dysfunctional NFL team in the region? How dare the Niners steal what little thunder the Raiders produce by firing their coach mid-season and hiring a nuttier nut to run things than the stolid Mr. Cable. When Al Davis gets second class treatment from the local knights of the keyboard, you know that its time of misrule. The best way to get through these troubling times is to realize that it can't last forever. The Warriors will get tangled in some palace intrigue, the Raiders will hire another new coach and the Niners couldn't possibly be crazier than Al Davis for long. But for now, huddle close to your loved ones, be grateful that the NFL black-outs our local teams and that you can watch election analysis all weekend. On second thought, how bout those Warriors?— Kibby Kleiman

The East Bay Today: October 31, 2008

Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Today's Top Event: Evolution of a Sacred Space: Días de los Muertos 2008 at the Oakland Museum of California.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Bond of Perpetuity: Oakland and the Lincoln Legacy at the Oakland Main Library.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Jesso's Seafood Restaurant and Cabaret in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Of course you are, it's Halloween! Options abound, but we gotta pull for "Hell-O-Ween" at the Uptown Nightclub, featuring Maldroid, Mystic Nights of the Cobra, and the Reptile House - and sponsored in part by the Express.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out "It's Almost Halloween."

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

Loni Hancock Wants to Kill Two Thirds Vote

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 6:11 AM

When Loni Hancock shows up at the state Senate this January, she intends to lead a fight to eliminate the requirement that the legislature needs a two-thirds' majority to pass a budget. "It has led to a tyranny of the majority," she told the Web site PolitickerCA.com. "I think everybody realizes we're in a straightjacket. We have to take this on now." There's a remote chance that the Dems will take a two-thirds majority this November, so maybe Hancock will get her way. Otherwise, forget it. We appreciate the sentiment, though.

Dellums Begs for Cop Tax

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 5:53 AM

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums is pleading with Oakland residents to pass Measure NN, the parcel tax to hire 105 cops and 75 support police staff. The Oakland police academy is in the process of graduating 80 new officers, which would just about meet the goal of boasting 803 cops in the department. But according to the Oakland Tribune, five cops retire every month, which means Oakland will be almost back where it started a year from now.

Chip Johnson Does the Right Thing

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 5:43 AM

No, we don't mean giving Ron Dellums credit for admitting the Oakland Police Department has screwed up the Chauncey Bailey murder investigation; that's like throwing a party because a sixteen year old's finally learns how to tie his shoes. We mean crediting the Chauncey Bailey Project with breaking the story of just how thoroughly OPD Sergeant Derwin Longmire ignored evidence in the Bailey murder and interfered with other police investigations on behalf of the Yusuf Bey crime family. On Wednesday, the Chron was considerably snottier when reporting Dellums' admission, citing its own Bey family reporting, referring obliquely to "lingering questions" about the murder investigation, and only mentioning that the Chauncey Bailey Project had anything to do with the whole affair at the bottom of the story. Johnson gets it right: Dellums has called for outside agencies to take over precisely because the Project has exposed just how compromised the OPD's own investigation has become.

State Cuts Off Water to Local Towns

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 5:29 AM

Fearing a continuation of the two-year drought, the state of California has decided to lower its allocation of water to local cities by 85 percent, effectively forcing many Bay Area towns to start rationing water unless heavy rains come this winter. In the East Bay, the cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City will be hit, but the East Bay Municipal Utility District doesn't depend on state water and will be spared.

Longs Drug Store Buyout This Thursday. Really.

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 5:22 AM

This time for sure! After fending off a rival bid from Walgreen, the East Coast pharmaceutical chain CVS Caremark plans to complete the acquisition of Walnut Creek-based Long Drug Stores this Thursday. According to the San Francisco Business Times, the chain posted some pretty sweet quarterly numbers for a recession, reporting $736 million in profit, up from $689 million the previous year.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The East Bay Today: October 30, 2008

Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Today's Top Event: Not a Genuine Black Man at Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: R.J. Ruppenthal discusses Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting at Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Chow Lafayette in Lafayette.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Anna's Jazz Island hosts the Khalil Shaheed Group for an all-ages show at 8 p.m.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out deleted scenes from Halloween.

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

The East Bay Today: October 30, 2008

Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Today's Top Event: Not a Genuine Black Man at Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: R.J. Ruppenthal discusses Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting at Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Chow Lafayette in Lafayette.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Anna's Jazz Island hosts the Khalil Shaheed Group for an all-ages show at 8 p.m.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out deleted scenes from Halloween.

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

Lane Kiffin Wants His Money

by Chris Thompson
Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Al Davis, the thinking goes, wanted to get rid of Raiders coach Lane Kiffin, but didn't want to pay the rest of his salary. So he gave him enough rope to hang himself with, fired him for cause, and kept the $2.6 million remaining in Kiffin's contract, even if the process ruined the Raiders' season with disorganization and low morale. Now, Kiffin has put that strategy to the test, filing a grievance through the coaches association and trying to get the rest of his money. According to the Trib, the Raiders have vowed to fight it all the way.

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