Bill Lockyer, the state treasurer and Hayward's favorite son, has become the first major Democrat to back Proposition 11, Schwarzenegger's plan to take redistricting out of the hands of the state legislature and turn it over to a panel of people who aren't going to be re-elected anytime soon. Think Perata will put a horse's head in his bed?
The Daily Californian has published its list of endorsements this year, so let's go to the tape!
The Chron reports that thanks to the economic slowdown, the price of gasoline is expected to dip below $3 a gallon. The paper calls this a "silver lining," but as far as we're concerned, this is just more bad news. The only way Americans will choose an alternative to cars, and the exurbs and greenhouse gas and traffic jams and shit that goes with it, is if they're forced to by higher gas prices. Call us a pack of snotty little bike-riding luddites if you want; we do it in the mirror three times a day already.
Talk about long-running drama! The fifth game of the 2008 World Series has been on hold from back in the day when gasoline cost $3.50 a gallon. Remember back to those times before Sarah Palin had been outed as a diva by the Republicans? Now today the rain delayed game may finally be completed...in that time a nation has probably lost what little interest it had in the Phillies and Rays, but not in this little corner of the diamond. In fact we like the way it's played out just fine.
Today's Top Event: Doubt at Dean Lesher Center for the Arts.
Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Nate Powell Discussing his new graphic novel Swallow Me Whole at Comic Relief.
Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Kathmandu in Albany.
On the Town: Going out tonight? Stop by Oakland hotspot Luka's Taproom and Lounge for "Voodoo Lounge," with DJ Santero and guests spinning salsa, samba, merengue, reggaetón, and hip-hop.
Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out this trailer for the Shining, feel-good version.
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A Midwestern company that is the exclusive US distributor of Belgian buses is the main backer of two AC Transit ballot measures in this election. Public records show that ABC Companies of Faribault, Minnesota, the distributor of Van Hool buses of Belgium, is the main financial supporter of the campaign for Measure VV, a parcel tax in Alameda and Contra Costa counties that would benefit AC Transit. ABC Companies also is the primary financier of the campaign against Measure KK, a Berkeley measure that could kill AC Transit's controversial Bus Rapid Transit plan.
A small handful of UC Berkeley Republicans held a Sproul Plaza rally for John McCain yesterday, but as the Daily Cal reports, no one noticed. Here's the D.C.'s video below. Check out math major and Risky Business groupie Spencer Doyle, who says, "People supporting Obama that, well, you know, they're not quite supporting America. ... I think we want a president who is not well-liked around the world."
We knew those tweets were tearing the country down. According to the San Francisco Business Times, the U.S. Army has completed a new study on possible terrorist scenarios, and highlights the potential use of Twitter to coordinate attacks on American soil. After all the paper notes, "Twitter has also become a social activism tool for socialists, human rights groups, communists, vegetarians, anarchists, religious communities, atheists, political enthusiasts, hacktivists and others." On the other hand, the paper's authors note that terrorists know how to use can openers too. Wait, they can open cans now? That's it; we're voting for McCain.
The Bay City News Service reports that Casilda Shipping, a Maltese-based freight company, has been caught dumping waste oil into the ocean when four crewmembers of the Rio Gold ratted them out when they berthed in Oakland. In addition, the company was caught falsifying records to cover up the deed. Casilda has been fined $750,000 and put on probation.