Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday Must Read: Kaiser Gives $7.5 Million to Oakland Schools; Most of Jack London Square to be Sold

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 7:06 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente announced that it’s donating $7.5 million to Oakland public schools to help fund campus health centers, the Trib and Chron report. The huge donation comes on top of large grants that the school district has already received for the health centers. The district plans to have fourteen of the clinics up and running by the end of the school year. In addition, about $1.5 million of the Kaiser grant will help fund district Superintendent Tony Smith’s initiative to improve the academic achievement of black male students.

2. Ellis Partners, the private owners of most of the buildings in Jack London Square, plan to sell 98.5 percent of their stake to Divco West, a San Francisco investment company, in an effort to jumpstart the foundering $400 million development, the Trib reports. The proposed deal is scheduled to go before the Oakland Port Commission this afternoon. If approved, Ellis Partners, which is co-run by developer Jim Falaschi, would continue to handle day-to-day operations of the square.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday Must Read: Holiday Shopping off to Good Start; La Nina’s Crazy Cold Weather

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 7:09 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Holiday shopping got off to a strong start over the weekend, with retail stores reporting an increase in customers and online retailers saying that sales spiked on Black Friday. The Associated Press reports that retail stores saw 2.2 percent more customers over the weekend than in 2009, raising hopes that this could be a good holiday shopping season. And online retailers said their sales jumped 16 percent on Friday compared to the day after Thanksgiving last year. Throughout the weekend, online sales rose by 14 percent over a year ago.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Berkeley Native Publishes Pulp Fiction in India

by Anneli Rufus
Sat, Nov 27, 2010 at 10:35 AM

A Tamil pulp-fiction anthology from a small independent publishing house in India ranked among my best books of the year, as revealed in this week's Express Holiday Guide.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Parkway Theater to Reopen Next Year on Park Blvd.

by Nate Seltenrich
Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 2:46 PM

More than a year and a half after the sudden closing of Oakland's beloved Parkway Theater in March 2009, and following the failures of a string of suitors, it appears the theater is finally poised to reopen. In a formal announcement made this afternoon, local entrepreneur and photographer J. Moses Ceaser, who's behind the latest effort — dubbed The New Parkway — said he's one or two weeks away from finalizing a contract with the theater's owners. Given the level of buy-in he's recieved from the owners and their initial approval of his offer and terms, Ceaser said he's confident the deal will go through. He also said Oakland Councilwoman Pat Kernighan and Redevelopment Agency representative Teresa Navarro-Lopez have thrown their weight behind the project, pledging to help with some of the financial costs associated with reopening the theater, including roof, electrical, and plumbing repairs.

“I think the number one priority for that district is the Parkway Theater," Ceaser said in an interview. Kernighan and other City Council members "know this is going to be a really good business move for the city.” Assuming a lease is signed before the end of the year, he said, the Parkway could reopen by next Spring or early Summer.

We'll have more details in next week's paper, so stay tuned.

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Giant Gingerbread House Alert

by Anneli Rufus
Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Anything that contains 95 pounds of fondant has got to be fabulous.

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Tuesday Must Read: The Nurses Union Was Behind Whitman’s Maid; TSA Warns of Travel Nightmare

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The influential California Nurses’ Association was behind the Meg Whitman housekeeper scandal, the Chron reports, citing anonymous sources. Whitman’s former maid, Nicky Diaz of Union City, was angry at the former e-Bay CEO and turned to the powerful nurses’ union for help. The union, which was already working to get Jerry Brown elected, found legal assistance for Diaz, including referring her to Hollywood attorney Gloria Allred.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

East Bay Chocolatiers Win Big

by Anneli Rufus
Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 8:24 AM

TasteTV has just announced the winners of its 2010 Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon, and East Bay chocolatiers ranked high.

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Monday Must Read: Kamala Harris Looks Unbeatable; Oakland Museum May Break from City

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 7:02 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Kamala Harris appears to have built an insurmountable lead in the California attorney general’s race. According to the latest totals from the Secretary of State’s Office, the Democratic San Francisco DA leads Republican Steve Cooley by more than 40,000 votes. As of Friday, there were an estimated 500,000 ballots left to count, the Chron reported. And many of the uncounted ballots are in voter-rich Los Angeles County, where Harris is pummeling Cooley, even though it’s his home, 53 percent to 39 percent.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Free Samples at Peet's Tomorrow

by Anneli Rufus
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 9:41 AM

East Bay Peet's Coffee locations will host an open house tomorrow, offering free sample tastings of its new holiday-blend coffee and tea, along with home-brewing demonstrations and free gifts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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