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Re: “What the First Lady's Getting for Breakfast in Oakland Today

As the Berkeleyside "blogger" who wrote the story about the vegetable beds, I wanted to let you know I called the Claremont Hotel for a comment about Michelle Obama's visit and and was sent an email address for which to direct questions. I did not hear back from my email request. At 9 pm, long after the story came out, a Claremont PR person called me to say the hotel did not put in the vegetable beds for the First Lady.

I never mentioned chef Josh Thomsen in the story or suggested he had hastily planted anything. I said the hotel was spiffing itself up,which it did. It painted the curbs, repaved the driveway, installed new plants and rugs.

I wonder if we are all talking about the same vegetable beds. The ones Berkeleyside showed are not "mere steps from his kitchen." They are smack in the center of the parking lot. The plants are so tiny they obviously were only put in recently.

Posted by FDinkelspiel on 06/14/2011 at 2:28 PM

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