Former state Senator Don Perata, who is running for mayor of Oakland, has been undergoing treatment for prostate cancer since May, according to the Chron. Perata said doctors found a tumor during a routine test, and that he expects a full recovery. His illness may explain why he has remained out of the spotlight for the past few months. He is the only announced candidate in the 2010 mayor's race so far, although Councilwoman Jean Quan has been preparing a run. Mayor Ron Dellums has not yet decided whether he will seek reelection.
Prosecutors have filed murder charges against the man who led Oakland police on a high-speed chase that killed an innocent bystander. But it's time that the state legislature enacts mandatory tough sentencing laws for all such drivers, whether they actually kill someone or not. Maybe if suspects know they will be put behind bars for a long time, they will be less likely to try to speed away from police.
We should find out soon whether the foster parents of little Hasanni Campbell will be charged with murdering him. Oakland police held Louis Ross and Jennifer Campbell, who is also Hasanni's aunt, in custody over the weekend on suspicion that the Fremont couple killed the 5-year-old and then told a bogus story that he went missing in Oakland's Rockridge district. It's not clear what evidence police have against the couple, and if prosecutors do charge them this week with murder, it could be a tough case to prove without a body -- although they were able to do it in the Hans Reiser case a few years ago.
All the days on the pier at Pacifica, sitting out there, standing out there, fishing and just often enough catching, and that one day when the guy taking up space at the rail notch next to me said I was a bum. And sure, I've been proud at times, but never that proud. So begins one of the few remaining pleasures in taking the daily paper, it is The Fishing Report, published weekly in the Chron, and the copy only gets nuttier.
Assemblyman Sandre Swanson of Alameda told the Express this afternoon that he did not weaken the BART police oversight plan, because it had already been watered down by the time BART officials brought it to him. "I didn't craft any language," Swanson said. The assemblyman said BART leadership decided to change the plan after meeting with a statewide police officers' group. But that raises questions as to whether some BART leaders decided to alter the plan in secret without vetting it publicly, and whether the weakened plan has the support of all of the board members. The BART oversight plan went through several public hearings, and was criticized for not being strong enough, before the board adopted it earlier this month. BART spokesman Linton Johnson said this afternoon that the entire board was informed of the changes to the plan at a meeting yesterday, but did not vote on it. And he was not sure if the board would.
It turns out that a UC Berkeley police officer - Allison Jacobs - helped crack the bizarre 1991 kidnapping case of young Jaycee Lee Dugard, who had been missing for 18 years, was raped by her kidnapper, and was forced to live in squalid conditions in his backyard in Antioch. According to the Chron, Jacobs has become suspicious of the kidnapper, Phillip Craig Garrido, because he had been handing out religious materials on the UC Berkeley campus without getting clearance. Jacobs then apparently contacted Garrido's parole officer in Concord, who summoned the registered sex offender for questioning.
A 25-year-old innocent bystander was killed and her young son severely injured in Oakland after police chased a driver who had allegedly been driving "erratically" and he slammed into the mother and her child. Oakland's Acting Police Chief Howard Jordan said the tragic death of Marquita Bosley could have been avoided if the getaway driver Steven Reed had only pulled over. But a friend of Bosley's told the Chron that she believes that police are partially to blame for Bosley's death for conducting a high-speed chase in a residential area near an elementary school.
Assemblyman Sandre Swanson of Alameda has agreed to severely weaken the BART police oversight plan after intense lobbying by the Peace Officers Research Association of California. According to the Chron, the statewide cops' group strongly opposed giving elected officials the power to discipline officers. As a result, Swanson watered down the BART oversight plan that was developed following the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant by then BART cop Johannes Mehserle last New Year's.
The Oakland A's might have made September mildly interesting. They could have chased down the Seattle Mariners and captured third place. After getting swept, that tepid dream is now over too. But anybody in the 510 who claims to love hardball and isn't following the Giants needs to be gently nudged to the Dark Side with a Landon Powell bat.
Pause a moment to remember where food comes from -- and give thanks by helping local farmers -- while munching bodacious burritos.