Scott Ostler has been covering the A's beat during the week and a half roadie at Baltimore, Detroit and Boston. The regular writer, Susan Slusser got assigned the Sharks being swept instead, and so I read with dread that the not-so-funny columnist would be covering the first-place A's (can't write that often enough) for the fortnight. For those not so nerdy as to follow bylines, I will let you in on a little secret; his stories have been the best game copy of the year.
One of the East Bay's most famous contemporary poets died last Friday.
Gary Coleman, the child star and actor who graciously consented in 2003 to allow this newspaper to run him for governor of California, has died of intracranial hemorrhaging at age 42, the Los Angeles Times has reported.
To celebrate its hundredth anniversary, the Gallo Salame company — whose plant is right here in San Lorenzo — is offering free salame-based meals at a limited-time pop-up restaurant in San Francisco.
Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts has serious concerns about the prospect of laying off up to 200 police officers to fix a $30 million hole in the city’s budget, the Trib reports. But Batts may have no choice unless the Oakland police officers’ union agrees to additional compensation cuts.
2. A gang injunction sought by Batts and Oakland City Attorney John Russo may be granted. The Chron reports that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman indicated yesterday that he was inclined to approve the injunction against fifteen members of a North Oakland gang. Russo and Batts plan to seek similar injunctions against other gangs throughout the city.
Sadly, the East Bay is about to lose another bookstore.
With Oakland’s gang injunction request going before a judge on Thursday, May 27, we thought it made sense to put together a guide about what it would do:
Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. Oakland and Berkeley consider themselves “sanctuary” cities for undocumented immigrants, but a little noticed new federal program effectively overturns their sanctuary status. Under the program, Secure Communities, the fingerprints of every person arrested in Oakland and Berkeley and booked into county jail are sent to federal immigration authorities to check if they’re in the country illegally, the CoCo Times reports. The mandatory program applies to all cities in the East Bay. As a result, it essentially eviscerates Oakland and Berkeley’s pledge to not share people’s immigration status with the federal government. San Francisco County has attempted to opt out of the program, but state Attorney General Jerry Brown said yesterday that it couldn’t.
One out of every three children in the United States is overweight, but solving the obesity epidemic may be as simple as child's play — for an hour a day, to be exact. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" website, just 60 minutes of active play every day can keep kids fit. And America SCORES, a self-proclaimed "soccer league with a purpose" that runs an after-school program in several Oakland schools, received a shout-out in a White House report earlier this month on ending childhood obesity.
We all know that the home loan business can be a sleazy racket. And if a fresh set of East Bay allegations holds up in court, they'll add a bit more tarnish to the oft-scandalized private lenders of our state: