Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The East Bay Today: May 27, 2008

Tue, May 27, 2008 at 8:59 AM

Today's Top Event: Tell It on Tuesday at Julia Morgan Center for the Arts.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Beyond Asylum and Jail: Protecting and Treating People Disabled by Mental Illness. One-day symposium with panels featuring mental health experts and legal scholars at UC Berkeley's Wheeler Hall.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Grinders Submarine Sandwiches in Oakland. Going out tonight? Another fine experimental/avant-garde show at 21 Grand, with Suishou No Fune, Oaxacan, and Menegon/Price/Grollman playing for only $6.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out a low point for Hollywood.

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

Will Gay Marriage Change Our View of Gay Demographics?

by Chris Thompson
Tue, May 27, 2008 at 8:23 AM

Interesting story by Mike Swift over at MediaNews. (And for the record: Ugh. We hate having to use the chain's name instead of individual newspapers, but they're sharing content so much now, we have no choice.) As gay men and women start to get married, social scientists predict we'll see a different picture of homosexual life than we're used to. For one thing, there's a ton of working-class Latino homos; more than eight thousand gay couples live in rural parts of the state. And gay men who commit to long-term relationships tend to stay involved longer than lesbians. Wait, you mean they're not all Castro clones? Who'd a thunk.

Wilma Chan's Funny Math

by Chris Thompson
Tue, May 27, 2008 at 8:09 AM

Oakland Tribune political reporter Josh Richman noticed that after his chain MediaNews endorsed Wilma Chan for state Senate, her campaign put out a flier advertising the news. But check out what Chan did: her flier claims that a bumper crop of East Bay newspapers back her candidacy. That's true, Richman notes, but all four newspapers are owned by the same company, which issued just one editorial on the subject. So it's not exactly four different groups of editors simultaneously reaching the same decision. Bravo, Ms. Chan, for such creative leveraging.

Sybase Helps Out Sichuan Refugees. Kind of.

by Chris Thompson
Tue, May 27, 2008 at 8:03 AM

Hmmm. According to the Financial Express, the East Bay tech firm Sybase will donate a big wad of cash to help out victims of the recent earthquake in Sichuan province. But it's a decidedly odd way of helping; for the rest of the month of May, all fees from text messages made in and out of Sichuan on Sybase's network will be routed to charitable organizations. Got that? So earthquake victims get some relief, but Sybase also gets to expand its brand by reminding people it's a big player in China's text messaging market. A little weird, a little ruthless, but whatever. Money's money.

Chron Likes Tony Thurmond Too

by Chris Thompson
Tue, May 27, 2008 at 7:55 AM

Wow, is there something in the water or something? Now the Chron has come out for Tony Thurmond, and makes much the same points as MediaNews editors. Namely, that Berkeley residents have owned this seat long enough, and it's time for someone else to come in and represent the East Bay in the state Assembly. Now, all the print dailies have thrown their weight behind Thurmond. Come June 3, we'll see if this will make a difference against Nancy Skinner's money and support from Loni Hancock.

MediaNews: Tony Thurmond for state Assembly

by Chris Thompson
Tue, May 27, 2008 at 7:49 AM

The MediaNews group, the umbrella organization that owns almost every Bay Area daily newspaper that isn't the San Francisco Chronicle, has decided to endorse Tony Thurmond's campaign to replace Loni Hancock in the state Assembly. The editors dig his humble roots (his mom died when he was six), as well as his working running a nonprofit mentoring youth in Alameda County. They also think it's time someone other than a Berkeley resident represents the 14th Assembly district, which actually contains more Contra Costa County voters than Alamedans.

Benjamin Jealous Face of New Black Leadership?

by Chris Thompson
Tue, May 27, 2008 at 7:41 AM

This morning, the Chron spotlights the rise of Alameda resident Benjamin Jealous to lead the NAACP, making the case that he's part of a new generation of black leaders who are proficient in high-tech organizing tools, fluent in a hip-hop sensibility, and removed from the more violent events of the 1960s. Local activist Van Jones is also highlighted, but the real star, in our humble opinion, is Newark Mayor Corey Booker, who displaced the corrupt old guard and has done a lot of heavy lifting to reform city government, reduce crime, and turn around a hard-luck city. Jealous' top priority will be the country's dismayingly high incarceration rate, particularly with respect to African Americans. However, the story adds, he may still have problems working with an older generation that is wedded to its vision of the NAACP.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Argus Wonders About Perata's Crafty Ways

by Chris Thompson
Mon, May 26, 2008 at 8:57 AM

Now that Don Perata's recall campaign against Jeff Denham is officially dead, the Argus has published an editorial that openly asks: Just what was Perata up to, anyway? The paper's pet theory is that Perata didn't want this " embarrassing, petty, pitiful mistake" to be the last thing people remember him for. That sounds about right; The Don's stab at extending term limits, as well as his fat spending habits, have left him looking pretty tarnished recently, and Perata may have decided to cut bait before his name really turns to mud.

The East Bay Today: May 26, 2008

Mon, May 26, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Today's Top Event: Roc-N-Bowl at Albany Bowl.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Kensington Library Book Club.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Vanessa's Bistro in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? DJ C-Moses spins local favorites at Luka's Taproom & Lounge for "The 3-Day Weekend."

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out air hostesses of yesteryear.

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

Chron Slams Gamblers for Loni Hancock Flier

by Chris Thompson
Mon, May 26, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Editor John Diaz over at the Chron has some choice words for the California Tribal Business Alliance, the group of Indian casino owners who set up a phony education group and mailed out fliers attacking state Senatorial candidate Loni Hancock. Noting that Hancock drew the wrath of Indian gambling interests by opposing the San Pablo casino, Diaz called the group "a sham" and decared that its campaign against Hancock "was all about retribution and intimidation." Although gambling interests have never been known to be subtle, it really does behoove them to hide their dirty tricks a little more cleverly than this. Otherwise you get editorials like this.

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