Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Chez Panisse Loses Michelin Star

by Anneli Rufus
Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Chez Panisse has lost its Michelin star.

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Wednesday Must Read: Illness Sidelines Fiorina's Campaign; Whitman Booed By Women

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 6:58 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Republican gubernatorial candidate Carly Fiorina spent last night in the hospital because of a severe infection related to surgery she had for breast cancer. The LA Times reports that Fiorina hopes that she can resume campaigning later this week. The illness is a setback for the ex-Hewlett Packard CEO, because polls show that she needs to make up ground on Barbara Boxer before Election Day. The hospitalization also reminds voters that Fiorina is campaigning to overturn Obama’s health-care reform law, even though it will provide coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mobile Food Cart Inquiry in Emeryville Bogs Down in Details

by Nick Sucharski
Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Monday's meeting of Emeryville's street vendor task force was occupied with more head-scratching over the city ordinances than heated arguments concerning fair competition. The thirteen-member task force discussed distances between competitors mandated by city ordinance and as bounced around the idea of forming a restaurant and mobile food vendor association to regulate prime locations for vendors.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Berkeley Bus Service Proposed

by Anneli Rufus
Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Berkeley should have its own low-cost bus system outside the realm of AC Transit, according to a lifelong Berkeley resident who will discuss his proposal for this system, the "B-Line," during a community forum at the Berkeley Public Library's Central Branch tonight.

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Updated: A's Owners Give $25,000 to Perata Group After Ex-Senator Says Team Is Moving to San Jose

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Updated: Oakland A's owners Lew Wolff and John Fisher, who desparately want to move their team to San Jose, are trying to influence the outcome of the Oakland mayor’s race, pumping $25,000 into a political committee that is backing ex-state Senator Don Perata. The move is unusual because Oakland sports team owners don't typically attempt to sway city elections and because Wolff is known for being frugal with his money. The large donations also came after recent statements made by Perata that stopping the A’s move to the South Bay will not be a priority if he becomes mayor.

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Peratistas Go to Bat for The Don

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Over the past week, several Oakland politicians indebted to former state Senator Don Perata have come out strongly for his mayoral candidacy. At least two of them, Oakland City Councilmembers Jane Brunner and Larry Reid, have been known over the years as “Peratistas,” a nickname given to Oakland politicians who owe their careers at least in part to Perata.

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Monday Must Read: Brown and Boxer Widen Their Leads; Prop 23 Getting Killed

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 6:51 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Jerry Brown has opened up a thirteen-point lead over Meg Whitman with a little more than a week to go before the election, according to a Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California poll released over the weekend. The poll shows Brown ahead 52 percent to 39 percent as an increasing number of Latino, women, and independent voters have distanced themselves from Whitman in the wake of Nannygate.

2. The same LA Times/USC poll has Barbara Boxer with an eight-point lead over Carly Fiorina, 50 percent to 42 percent. The results show a reversal of fortune for Fiorina, who had been closing the gap in other recent polls. Whitman and Fiorina immediately decried the poll as undercounting Republican voters. But the pollsters, a Democratic and Republican firm, contend that if anything, their poll has a slight Republican bent. Their polling model assumed that the number of Democrats who turn out to vote will be only 4 percentage points higher than the number of Republicans, even though Democrats have a 13-point registration advantage in California.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Perata Spending Closes in on $1 Million; Marcie Hodge Fails to Disclose Donors

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Campaigns attempting to elect Don Perata mayor of Oakland have spent a record $965,000, newly filed campaign finance reports show. Perata’s own mayoral campaign had spent at least $669,000 through October 16, and two other committees backing his candidacy spent at least $296,000 trying to put him in the mayor’s office. The totals easily shatter previous Oakland mayoral campaign spending records.

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Friday Must Read: Dems to Lose House, Keep Senate; Big Business Tries to Kill Obama’s Plans

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. With less than two weeks until Election Day, New York Times statistician Nate Silver is forecasting that Democrats will lose control of the House of Representatives but not the Senate. Silver, who accurately predicted the 2008 elections, forecasts that Democrats will maintain a 52-48 edge in the Senate, but that Republicans will take a commanding 228-207 advantage in the House. In California, he predicts that Barbara Boxer will keep her Senate seat, but forecasts that East Bay Democratic Congressman Jerry McNerney will lose his to Republican David Harmer.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Berkeley NIMBY Robot

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:48 PM

This needs no introduction:




H/T Berkeleyside.

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