Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dellums' Son Stays in Prison

by Chris Thompson
Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Crime may be bad, but at least we won't have to worry about Ron Dellums' crooked stepson walking the streets anytime soon. According to the Trib, Michael Dellums has been denied parole yet again, and must stay in the clink for murdering a drug dealer in 1979. Fun fact: the last time Dellums was denied parole was January 8, 2007, the same day his stepdad was sworn in as mayor. Which Dellums has had more fun since then, we wonder?

Dellums Gives Cops Overtime

by Chris Thompson
Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:15 AM

You may have heard about thing called a $42 million budget deficit, but Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums has apparently decided that the crime problem is too urgent to worry about that right now. After a spate of brutal crimes, including three murders and the terrible beating of an 80-year-old woman, Dellums has agreed to let certain cops work more overtime during the surprisingly crime-heavy holiday season. According to the Trib, police overtime pay has almost doubled the amount beancounters anticipated when drafting the 2007-08 budget, but times is tough, and Dellums apparently thinks he has no choice. But what happens when the money runs out?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The East Bay Today: November 25, 2008

Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 4:42 PM

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

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Readers Anonymous Club at El Cerrito Library.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Ole's Waffle Shop in Alameda.

On the Town: Going out tonight? At the Cal State East Bay University Theatre, catch a performance by the CSUEB Symphonic Band.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out photos of the kids who go to school in a cave.

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

Could Chevron Ties Scuttle NSA Candidate?

by Chris Thompson
Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Looks like James Jones, the retired Marine General who's on the short list to be Obama's National Security Advisor, might see some problems thanks to his ties to the San Ramon oil giant Chevron. Jones sits on the boards of Chevron and Boeing, The Hill reports, and since both companies do substantial business with the government, critics worry that the conflict of interest may keep Jones from performing his duties.

Facebook Gets $873 Million from Spammers

by Chris Thompson
Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Sick of spam? Of course you are. So is Facebook, and yesterday the company won an $873 million judgment against spammeister Adam Guerbuez and his company Atlantis Blue Capital. No one expects the company to collect the cash; the verdict is designed to put the fear of God in other miscreants.

Chip Johnson: Dellums' Weaknesses Rear Again

by Chris Thompson
Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Chron columnist Chip Johnson has another tasty morsel this morning, detailing how Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums' dithering leadership style has left city government floundering. First there's the little matter of finding the new city administrator, a task Dellums has ostensibly had since Deborah Edgerly declared her intention to leave early this year. How's the search going? It ain't. Meanwhile, Dellums has split the job between his pal Dan Lindheim and former city manager Robert Bobb. This arrangement has gotten us the worst of both worlds: Bobb is clearly the man with the gravitas and aptitude for the job, but since he's a consultant, he only comes in a few days a month. "The arrangement leaves Lindheim feeling undermined and Bobb in limbo, the sources say, while city residents are without leadership or clear direction," Johnson writes. Second, Dellums just can't bring himself to downsize his personal staff, even though the city faces a massive budget deficit. Time for a little action, mister mayor. Or would you rather retire to Georgetown again? We'll take that too.

East Bay Obama Cabinet

by Chris Thompson
Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 11:04 AM

From the Oakland Tribune comes two stories of how the East Bay is getting the Obama administration up and running. First, Cal economist and recession expert Christina Romer will head the prez's Council of Economic Advisors. (hey Romer: just for fun, tell him we all went to hell when we went off the gold standard. Go on, mess with his head!) Second, Biscotti, an Oakland-based clothing designer, made the dress worn by Obama's eldest daughter on Election Night. Hey, you take your celebrity wherever you can find it.

Oakland: Still Scary

by Chris Thompson
Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 10:46 AM

So sez the latest crime report from CQ Press, the outfit that analyzes FBI crime statistics and ranks cities according to their citizens', um, cavalier approach to the law. Big fat caveat: FBI spokesmen have criticized the report in the past, claiming that CQ's method is too crude. That said, let's go to the numbers. Oakland is now the fifth most dangerous city in America, with only New Orleans, Camden, Detroit, and St. Louis beating it for the top spot. Richmond came in at number nine.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Bears Take Stanford to Woodshed

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 6:38 PM

If anyone was worried that the Bears would choke the rest of the season, Saturday's Big Game put those fears to rest. Cal's defense stalled Stanford in the red zone three times in the first half, keeping the Cardinals to three points. The second half saw the offense come alive, as the Bears scored 27 unanswered points and led 37-3 at one point. Final score: 37-16, and the axe comes back to Berkeley.

The East Bay Today: November 24, 2008

Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Today's Top Event: Tickling Thicket at Johansson Projects.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Berkeley Center for New Media/Art Techonology & Culture Colloquium [ATC] presents: Anne Pasternak -- Public Art and Media: From Spectacle to Political at Kroeber Hall.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Le Bistro in Walnut Creek.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Head to Kingman's Ivy Room in Albany for the free Improv/Noise Hootenany, featuring experimental musicians and host Lucio Menegon.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out Express labs test condom strength.

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