Francesca M. Austin 
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Moved here with my small family for work in late 2008 - after a whole life on the east coast. Love it and want to… More »

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Married, enjoy friendliness of the Bay Area

Updated on October 17, 2015 at 5:58 AM

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Re: “The Recline of Movie Civilization: How Bay Area Theaters are Reinventing Themselves in a World of Netflix and Chill

Sounds like this is a "fox watching the henhouse" situation to me.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 07/13/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Degrees Plato Serves Beer Without Borders in Oakland's Laurel Neighborhood

Looks like a must try it soon place to me!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 06/16/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Restaurant Shuffle on Broadway in Oakland

Is Hayward becoming the new Oakland? Not sure of a rent comparison, but there are certainly empty storefronts on the main drag there which could be occupied by restaurants feeling a squeeze from the high rents of downtown and uptown Oakland. We recently had a fun meal with friends at Buffalo Bills Brewery in downtown Hayward (1082 B Street), not to mention enjoyed their brews and took home a six pack of high octane IPA.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 06/16/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Berkeley To Consider Banning Plastic Straws

As far as I can see there is no need for a plastic straw and take out cup manufacturers will have to adapt. Maybe people can be compelled to bring their own cups? And while we are at it also ban single use plastic bottles NOW.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 05/25/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Neptune's Brings Farm-to-Table Credentials to Alameda

Sounds really good but when did breakfast pricing ascend to dinner prices? Not family friendly to average folks or to retirees for that matter. Love trying new restaurants but find ourselves staying home more and more.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 05/19/2017 at 7:24 PM

Re: “VAMP Record Shop in Oakland Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

We love VAMP and I don't stop by enough now that it left our neighborhood. Best of luck and success in the future. I really miss you here on Athol. It was great having some life on that block after hours.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 03/09/2017 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

I am catching up on these articles now or would have commented sooner. With Fire Dept personnel earning upwards of $350K plus annually, more with benefits and overtime, there is NO excuse for not getting the job of running the department DONE. Some of the city salaries are ridiculously high where others (like teachers) are ridiculously low (and yes I know OUSD is a separate budget but these are city employees of a sort). Something must be done to address this disparity. I fully understand the inherent dangers of fire and police work but enough is enough. No wonder the city doesn't have money for other important projects, paying salaries like these.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 03/09/2017 at 8:33 AM

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