Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fancy Food Show Reveals 2011's Trends

by Anneli Rufus
Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Foodie types spent the last three days sampling olive-oil ice cream, sidestepping chipotle-stuffed chocolates, and swigging eyeball-sized cups of Peruvian pisco at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, where tomorrow's taste trends were revealed.

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Sports: Why Monta Ellis Belongs in the All-Star Game

by Chris Middleton
Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 12:08 PM

With a quick crossover to the left and a pull-up fade-away that rattled in with less than one second remaining in the Warriors' 110-108 win over the Indiana Pacers last night, Monta Ellis made a brief but definitive case why he deserves to be in this year's NBA All Star Game. The game-winning shot wasn't an isolated event, as the Warriors' guard has been playing like an all-out beast the entire year, but it’s still unclear if he has a legitimate chance at making it to the All Star game. There’s really no reason he shouldn’t, though.

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Batts Really Wants San Jose Job

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts apparently really wants to be San Jose’s next police chief. Last week, he underwent an extensive interview for the job, according to San Jose City Manager Debra Figone. In a memo to the San Jose city council, Figone said Batts and other applicants were interviewed by a panel of forty “stakeholders,” including community members, actitivists, and public safety professionals.

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Thursday Must Read: Nancy Skinner Targets Amazon.com Again; UC to Reject Top California Students for First Time

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 7:20 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, who represents Berkeley, Richmond, and North Oakland, has reintroduced her bill to force Amazon.com and other online retailers to start collecting sales taxes, the SacBee reports. Skinner’s bill could generate between $250 million and $500 million in revenues for the state, and help level the playing field for brick-and-mortar stores who collect sales taxes when Amazon.com does not. Skinner’s bill was previously blocked by Republicans and former Governor Schwarzenegger, who sought to shield Amazon.com. But the Assemblywoman hopes that Governor Brown will support the legislation now that she has the backing of some major retailers like Barnes & Noble. Skinner says her bill only needs a majority vote in the Legislature because of rule changes approved by voters in November.

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The New Parkway Sets Its Sights off Park Blvd.

by Nate Seltenrich
Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 7:00 AM


Despite earlier optimism from a group hell-bent on reopening Oakland’s revered theater, things aren’t looking too hot for the Parkway. At a community meeting last night at Rooz Café, just a few doors down from the theater on Park Boulevard, The New Parkway’s J. Moses Ceaser shared the awful truth: Lease negotiations with building owner Yan Cheng have stalled in recent weeks, even backpedaled. “Every day that passes, I’m a bit more pessimistic about us getting a lease,” he told the assembled crowd of about thirty investors and community members, many of whom lived nearby in the Eastlake neighborhood.

Last nights Parkway meeting at Rooz.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday Must Read: Cities Race to Spend Redevelopment Funds; State Water Outlook Is Positive

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 7:06 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Cities throughout California are racing to spend redevelopment funds out of fear that the Legislature will approve Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to transfer the funds to state coffers, the Chron and Mercury News report. Brown wants to eliminate redevelopment agencies in California and use the tax money they receive to help bridge the state’s $28 billion budget gap. But the move would kill revitalization efforts in cities up and down the state. Napa and Fremont are both moving to tie up redevelopment funds right away before the state takes the money. And San Jose is holding an emergency meeting today to do the same.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Walnut Creek Now a Cauldron of Alcohol-Induced Vice

by Rachel Swan
Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Fighting, peeing, carousing, loitering, and rampant spitting are among the crimes recently witnessed in the temperate streets of Walnut Creek, which have become an improbable haven for late-night clubgoers. Tonight the city council will discuss ways to curb these nefarious behaviors, ABC Channel 7 News reports. Possible solutions include earlier alcohol cut-off times, or staggering the times that the bars close (a proposal that might also get implemented in Oakland, should Kaplan and Nadel's cabaret pilot program come to fruition). It's a sticky topic for local nightclubs, whose proprietors don't want to lose any business as a result of stricter laws. But residents of the downtown Walnut Creek area see it differently. Many embrace the idea of a clean, quiet, Saturday night, without drunk folks yelling in the street or peeing in the planters.

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Berkeley's Student Newspaper Sued

by Ellen Cushing
Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 11:15 AM

The Daily Cal — UC Berkeley's student newspaper — is being sued by the father of a former student in small claims court, the paper reported in today's issue. The case revolves around an article and two blog posts in which the newspaper discussed an altercation the late Chris Purtz, who died in June but who was then a student and football player at Cal, allegedly had at San Francisco strip club The Lusty Lady in 2006. Purtz's father Harvey, a Fresno podiatrist, is suing the Daily Cal's editor and president, Rajesh Srinivasan, for $7,500, saying Srinivasan's refusal to take the stories off of the paper's online archives amounts to intentional emotional distress.

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Why Losing Batts Isn’t that Bad

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Some people are freaked out today over the possible departure of Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts, who is a finalist to take over the San Jose Police Department. Although Batts is well-liked in Oakland, and crime has continued to drop on his watch, losing him may not be such a bad thing. Here are ten reasons why:

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Tuesday Must Read: Brown’s Plan Could Drive Businesses Out of Oakland, Richmond; Perata Becomes a Lobbyist

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 7:02 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to eliminate enterprise zone tax credits could drive businesses out of Oakland and Richmond and prompt others to not move here, the CoCo Times reports. Both cities have used the tax credits to attract businesses, and eliminating them, as Brown wants to do, will make both cities less desirable. Walter Cohen, Oakland’s director of community and economic development, said that since 1993, 850 Oakland businesses have taken advantage of the credits, which give tax breaks for hiring workers from low-income areas. Oakland also used its enterprise zone to help Berkeley keep Bayer Pharmaceuticals from leaving the East Bay. The enterprise zone “is a very important tool we have in our toolbox to stimulate jobs and retain businesses,” Cohen said. About 100 Richmond businesses have used the tax credits. Brown wants to eliminate the tax credits, along with redevelopment agencies, to help balance the state budget.

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