Saturday, September 25, 2010

Slap Hitter: A's Hopes End, Who cares?

by Kibby Kleiman
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 4:27 PM

The A's aren't drawing at all. Yesterday with over a dozen games being played and none of them featuring match up of first and second place teams as we have this weekend in Oakland, they ALL had bigger crowds than that in the East Bay. Today the A's post-season hopes were officially extinguished and tomorrow the home part of the schedule ends. The marketing people are handing out Dallas Braden bobbles. Didn't the finale used to be called Fan Appreciation day?

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UCB Chancellor Awards Grants to Projects Teaching Youths About Math, Political Asylum, and "Mutual Understanding"

by Anneli Rufus
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 8:29 AM

A brand-new program will connect Berkeley teenagers and law enforcement — but in a good way.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Rebecca Kaplan Wins Mayoral Debate

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Rebecca Kaplan may be running third in the polls, but the energetic councilwoman appeared to be the clear-winner in last night’s big mayoral debate. Kaplan exuded a passion and love for Oakland unmatched by the eight other candidates on hand, and she repeatedly drew the loudest applause from the large, standing-room-only audience at the Kaiser Center. She also exhibited what politicos call “that vision-thing.”

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Friday Must Read: Boxer’s Lead Widens; Whitman Moves to the Center

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 7:04 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Barbara Boxer appears to be cruising to victory in November, as a new Field Poll shows her with a solid, six-point lead over GOP rival Carly Fiorina, 47 percent to 41 percent, the Chron reports. A previous Field Poll had Boxer ahead by just three points. Earlier this week, Public Policy Polling also showed Boxer leading by eight points. The Democrat's strong showing makes it increasingly unlikely that Republicans will win control of the US Senate this fall.

2. In the governor's race, meanwhile, Meg Whitman appears to realize that Tea Party-fave Fiorina may be too conservative for California voters, and so she took a step yesterday toward the political center. Whitman announced her opposition to Proposition 23, the anti-green-energy measure that Fiorina strongly supports, the Sacramento Bee reports. The move also helps blunt Jerry Brown’s seeming advantage on environmental issues. Prop 23 would roll back California’s landmark climate-change law.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Vegan Filipino Cuisine Comes to Downtown Oakland

by Madeleine Bair
Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 2:21 PM

There’s a good reason you don’t see vegetarians flock to Filipino joints as they do Indian, Thai, and other ethnic restaurants. If there’s no whole roast pig in the window to scare them away, a menu of sausages, cured beef, pork belly, and crispy pig legs usually does the trick. The cuisine is not only heavy on the meat, but heavy period, contributing to higher rates of obesity and heart disease in the Philippines than in other Asian countries.

Jay-Ar Isagani Pugao was a teenager when he learned this firsthand. His mom had a heart attack and had to eliminate all that red meat and cholesterol from her diet to stay alive. To help her out, “I went vegetarian, so she didn’t have to worry about cooking a healthy meal for herself and another dish for the rest of us.” Together, they experimented with cooking dishes like adobo, lumpia, and apritada without all the unhealthy stuff.

It was the first of many unexpected events in the course of Pugao’s life that have added up to the downtown Oakland restaurant he plans to open next week, No Worries Filipino Vegan Cuisine.

Jay-Ar Isagani Pugao
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Thursday Must Read: AC Transit Decimates Weekend Service; UC Berkeley Slashes 200 More Jobs

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The AC Transit board of directors voted last night to dramatically cut weekend and overnight bus service in an effort to bridge an $18 million budget deficit, the Chron reports. The vote was unanimous and it was the third such cutback this year, totaling about one-third of the agency’s routes. In the latest cuts, which will severely impact low-income residents throughout the East Bay, the agency slashed 39 of its 56 weekend routes and four of its six overnight routes. The cuts came in response to a judge’s decision to rescind $15.7 million in employee compensation reductions that AC Transit instituted earlier this year.

2. UC Berkeley will eliminate 200 jobs by January 1, bringing the total number of job cuts to 800 since last year, the Chron reports. It’s not clear how many workers will be laid off or whether the campus will make the reductions through employee attrition. The cuts come as a result of decreasing state revenue and are a part of Cal’s effort to reduce inefficiency and waste identified in a campus audit.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Has Perata Already Broken the Spending Cap?

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Ex-State Senator Don Perata launched TV ads over the weekend in his quest to become Oakland’s next mayor, raising questions as to whether he has violated the city’s campaign spending limit. As reported by numerous media outlets, Perata was close to reaching Oakland’s $379,000 expenditure limit for mayoral campaigns before his ads went on cable television. One of Perata’s ads ran during the San Francisco 49ers game Monday night on ESPN.

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Spending Cap Lifted in Oakland Mayor’s Race?

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Coalition for a Safer California, a Sacramento political group with close ties to ex-state Senator Don Perata, is declaring that it has exceeded Oakland’s $95,000 spending cap for independent committees, thereby possibly lifting the cap for all other candidates and committees in the campaign. The move could be pivotal in the mayor’s race because of Perata’s prodigious fund-raising abilities and because he is close to reaching the city’s $379,000 spending limit for mayoral candidates even though the election is still six weeks away.

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Wednesday Must Read: Oakland to Lose 700 Jobs; Jerry Brown Pushes for Executions

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 7:04 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland, which has an unemployment rate of close to 20 percent, is about to endure another economic setback as Clorox announced that it’s transferring up to 700 jobs to Pleasanton, the Trib reports. The job losses also promise to inflict damage on downtown Oakland restaurants, bars, and shops. Clorox, one of Oakland’s largest employers, said that it plans to keep its headquarters in the city, but that its new Pleasanton campus will create synergies for the company. The company also announced that it’s selling its STP and Armor All car products divisions, but they were not based in Oakland, Bloomberg News reports.

2. Though Jerry Brown personally opposes the death penalty, the attorney general is pushing to reinstate executions in California. The Mercury News reports that Brown’s office argues that the moratorium on capital punishment should be lifted because the state has instituted new, humane procedures for putting people to death. A San Jose federal judge said he will rule by Friday on whether to allow executions to resume next week. Brown’s actions could prove pivotal in the governor’s campaign, because capital punishment remains popular in California despite its astronomically high costs.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Boxer and Brown Leading in New Polls

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Democrats Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown both enjoy solid leads in two new polls from Public Policy Polling, a respected national pollster. Boxer has a strong eight-point advantage over Carly Fiorina 50 to 42 percent, while Brown is beating Meg Whitman by five points, 47 percent to 42 percent. Brown has made up ground on Whitman this month after finally launching his campaign. She had been ahead in several polls, but even Fox News poll has the race dead even now.

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