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My fingers are crossed for success. Hey--for programming, how about devoting one night a week to classic documentaries? Could be a big draw for a lot of working-brain, true-heart, real-world folks in the East Bay. Maybe even some heathens from the West Bay.
Dowling is right about the firearms, but how does that bear on marijuana use? Drunk people can become violent but stoned people just become tedious. The real solution--and it's a solution that many police officers support--is controlling guns and decriminalizing dope.
I'm also excited about the Oakland cuisine scene, and the entry that launched my enthusiasm a few years ago was Wood Tavern in Rockridge. It's a model of great service, a warm, East-Bay atmosphere and amazing, memorable food. If the newest kids on the block match or surpass Wood Tavern's standard, Oakland will command national attention. I'm also hoping the new kitchens get adventurous. We can handle more than chicken and ahi. Right now, menus with turnips, parsnips, caviar, rabbit, goat, boar, pheasant or frog legs are hard to find around town. Surprise us!
Oakland really, really needs the Parkway--for two reasons. We need an alternative film house, and we need that funky 18th and Park neighborhood to get a *&%#* life! I'm tired of getting depressed when I walk through there.
Slow down a bit with the enthusiasm for Glenview. Bellanico and Marzano are both good, and nicely priced, but the menus are too similar and the dishes have a certain uniformity. We need a broader, more original California cuisine in Glenview. Where are the mussels, crab, eel or smoked fish? Quail, snails, boar or rabbit? Avocados, turnips, walnuts, pears, ginger, coriander, lavender, citrus? Glenview is still too safe for really adventurous foodies, and I speak as someone who lives, and eats, there.
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