Monday, June 30, 2008

The East Bay Today: June 30, 2008

Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Today's Top Event: Dorothy Hearst reads at Rakestraw Books.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Jeff Halper: Can Israel be Redeemed? Halper discusses his new book An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Cocina Poblana in Emeryville.

On the Town: Going out tonight? The award-winning "Uptown Hubba Hubba" burlesque show awaits.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out Uncombable Hair Syndrome.

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Author to Read at Cody's Despite Store's Closure

Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Bob Calhoun, aka Count Dante (author of the self-described "punk/wrestling tell-all" Beer, Blood, and Cornmeal), will still present his scheduled booksigning at Cody's tonight, even though the store has been closed since June 20.

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KQED's Forum On Ron Dellums: Worst. Mayor. Ever.

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 11:56 AM

When history discerns a low point in the tenure of Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, please let it be last Thursday. Because I don't think any elderly man's heart could take any more of the beating Dellums took on KQED's Forum program. Chron columnist Chip Johnson, KTVU producer Roland de Wolk, and blogger Zennie Abraham talked with host Michael Krasny about how the mayor's doing, while Dellums chief of staff David Chai gamely tried to convince the world that Dellums is working really hard, and no one pays attention to all the great things he's accomplished. Highlights (who are we kidding? If the word lowlights ever applied, it's now) after the jump:

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November Ballot Stuffed with Goodles

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 10:01 AM

The Bay Area News Group has a nice rundown of all the measures on the November state ballot so far. We've got gay marriage, of course, but there are also measures to build a $10 billion high-speed train between San Francisco and Los Angeles, spend $1 billion on children's hospitals, and subsidize alternative energy research and buyers of cheap fuel cars to the tune of $5 billion. That annoying parent notification abortion bill is back on the ballot again, as are proposals to change the redistricting process, require utilities to gradually increase their use of renewable energy sources, and spend more money on anti-gang programs. Why hire legislators when we can do all the work ourselves? See you in November!

Plane Crash Likely Claims Life of CoCo County Supe Candidate

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Sadly, it looks as if Erik Nunn, a candidate for the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, has died after his plane reportedly crashed near Las Vegas. According to the CoCo Times, Nunn's plane crashed on Saturday afternoon forty miles outside of Vegas, killing Nunn, his wife, a BART police officer, and his wife. Seven children were left orphaned.

More Fire Warnings for the Bay Area

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 9:00 AM

According to the Bay City News Service, the National Weather Service has issued another fire warning today, citing hot temperatures, low humidity, and gusty winds. Up in the north part of the bay, thunderstorms might happen as well. And we all know how well that combination worked last time....

Friday, June 27, 2008

The East Bay Today: June 27, 2008

Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 2:31 PM

Today's Top Event: The Mystery Plays at Dean Lesher Center for the Arts.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Computer tutors at the Oakland Public Library, Main Branch.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Biryani House in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Acoustic soul artist Ka-Chi is playing a free show at the Nomad Cafe in North Oakland.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out George Carlin's Seven Words.

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

Buy Curious: Sales, Swaps, and Expos

Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 2:19 PM

As gas prices near $5 a gallon, food prices soar, and our environment turns to shit (cough, cough), many of us are searching for ways to legitimize our still-present shopping habits. (I will only buy organic cotton; I'm supporting the economy; I'm buying high-quality expensive clothes to reduce the likelihood of them ending up in a landfill; I'm helping decrease aesthetic pollution; I'm making myself happier so I won't have to self-medicate - you get the picture.) No matter what your brand of excuse, this weekend's East Bay events will provide ample opportunity to put them to use - including a massive clothing swap with cheap food & booze, a DIY expo, and a bunch of sales on high-priced clothes you won't want to toss away next season. The Decider will thank you.

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Slap Hitter: Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley in big Sports Illustrated article (and no, it's not flattering)

Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 9:18 AM

This week's Sports Illustrated arrived with no warning on the cover that inside would be a seven page back story profile of our little ol' East Bay high school scene. Um, it's not pretty. The article's worth reading for its train wreck appeal. Titled How Dreams Die it's strangely presented in a low-profile manner. There isn't a reference to the issue's longest story of the week anywhere on the cover, it takes a pretty thorough search of the SI website to find the story and ultimately there doesn't seem to be much buzz yet in the East Bay. Maybe nobody's found it yet?

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Crisis at Asyst Technologies

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Looks like Fremont tech company Asyst Technologies has made some investors very unhappy. The East Bay Biz Times reports that the hedge fund Riley Investment Partners Master Fund is going to try to seize control of the board of directors and sell the company at auction. Last quarter, Asyst racked up a $900,000 loss, compared with $500,000 in profits for the same period a year ago.

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