Thursday, November 20, 2008

Slap Hitter: Big Game still a Big Deal

Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 8:57 PM

It's oh-so popular to sneer at the annual Cal-Stanford football game; neither team is great, the fans don't hate each other enough, um, we don't live in the Confederacy. But here's a surprise, if you google "Big Game" you'll see that the very first entry is our own li'l backyard brawl.

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They're Coming to Your Town

by Chris Thompson
Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 7:33 AM

Fresh off the heels of Prop. 8 comes a delightful bit of propaganda, courtesy of the American Family Association. Once upon a time, the city of Eureka Springs, Arkansas was a nice little Christian community. Then the homos showed up, took over the City Council, and started doing things like registering gay couples who want to pretend they can legally marry. Will this happen to you? They're coming to your town! Watch the trailer for this sure-fire Oscar contender and ask yourself: why would any self-respecting fag want to live in Eureka Springs?

Signs of the New Recession: Ross Stores Doing Just Fine

by Chris Thompson
Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 7:19 AM

For the last six months, one thing has held nice and true every time: if times are getting worse, Ross Stores is doing better. And today's no different, as the Pleasanton-based discount clothing store reported an 18 percent jump in profits for the third quarter. According to the San Francisco Business Times, store executives predict a similarly flush fourth quarter as well.

Students Locked Out of UC, Cal State

by Chris Thompson
Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 7:15 AM

Great: now the recession will make us dumber. The Daily Cal reports that the Cal State System is facing such a serious financial crisis that 10,000 students will turned away for lack of funds next year. And yesterday, the UC Board of Regents voted to send a letter to the state legislature, warning that unless they get more money, they too will have to cut enrollment. But we're sure we'll find space for those kids in the prisons.

Oak Knoll Project Still Has a Chance

by Chris Thompson
Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 7:11 AM

When Lehman Brothers collapsed, local developer SunCal Oak Knoll LLC lost its financing to build market-rate and affordable housing at the old Navy site in the East Bay hills. Now, the company thinks it might have found a way to raise enough cash to get the project started again: declare bankruptcy. According to the Tribune, the bankruptcy filing could free up to $75 million to cover certain "critical expenses," including the Oak Knoll project. Meanwhile, thieves are sneaking onto the site and ripping out the copper plumbing from the old Navy properties.

APL Damage Tallied

by Chris Thompson
Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 7:03 AM

Now that the big shipping freight company APL has decided to move its regional headquarters out of Oakland, what will the damage be to the city's economy? Try 340 jobs gone from downtown Oakland. So sez the Trib, anyway.

Babs Lee Runs Black Caucus

by Chris Thompson
Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 7:00 AM

See what happens when you pick a winner? East Bay congresswoman Barbara Lee has been tapped to head the 43-member Congressional Black Caucus, giving her considerable clout in the new Congress next year. The Chron reports that Lee will use her new position to fight AIDS in the Third World and try to get out of Iraq. Unlike most senior members of the caucus, Lee backed Barack Obama early in the primaries; now she's gotten her reward.

Supreme Court Will Hear Prop. 8 Arguments

by Chris Thompson
Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 6:55 AM

The California Supreme Court agreed yesterday to hear arguments challenging the constitutionality of Prop. 8, but refused to let gay people wed while the case is pending, the Chron reports. At issue: whether the proposition so denies individual rights that it can only be put on the ballot by two-thirds of the state legislature; and whether it "violates the constitutional separation of powers by limiting judicial authority." Justice Joyce Kennard, who voted with the majority that banning gay marriage violated the constitution's equal protection clause, voted against hearing the case, which means she's likely to rule that the proposition passes constitutional muster. Which means Prop. 8 is probably here to stay. Meanwhile, backers of Prop. 8, not satisfied with banning all future gay marriages, have asked the courts to retroactively invalidate those that were consecrated before Election Day. No word yet on whether they're planning to kill a few puppies while they're at it.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tomorrow's Technologies Debut at Cal Digital Media Conference

by Anneli Rufus
Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 2:21 PM

The future of digital media was revealed at the fourth annual >play conference at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business last Saturday.

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Jamba Gets New CEO

by Chris Thompson
Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Facing a serious downturn in its business, and having already forced out its CEO and CFO, Jamba has hired former Safeway executive James White to help turn its sagging fortunes around. According to the San Francisco Business Times, the company lost $12.4 million in the third quarter, compared to a $22.4 million profit this time last year. White, who used to be Safeways senior vice president of consumer brands, will earn $500,000 a year, with a $100,000 signing bonus.

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