Friday, March 28, 2008

Council Candidate Greg Hodge Reinstated on Ballot

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 10:35 AM

A judge on Friday morning ordered that Oakland City Council Candidate Greg Hodge be reinstated on the June ballot. Hodge had originally qualified for the election, but was removed by the City Clerk's Office after a supporter of incumbent Nancy Nadel questioned the validity of some signatures on his nomination papers. However, after Hodge filed suit earlier this week, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled Friday that Hodge had the fifty required signatures to qualify for the election.

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The East Bay Today: March 28, 2008

Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Today's Top Event: Great Moments in American History Set to Music at the Oakland Opera.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: David King Dunaway reads from his newly revised edition of How Can I Keep From Singing? at Mrs. Dalloway's.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Cafe de la Paz in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Down with Motley Crue? Then swing on over to Betty's Rock Bar in Walnut Creek for a performance by cover band Crucial Crue.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out the anti-emo backlash in Mexico.

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Berkeley: Not Just For Hippies Anymore

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 8:09 AM

That's what the editors at the New York Times recently discovered. In the paper's latest 36-hour tour of an American city, here's what author Joshua Kurlantzick discovered: "Anyone who thinks Berkeley is just a hotbed of political radicalism is in for a surprise. College Avenue, the town's main drag, is packed with more hipsters with Blackberrys than hippies with beards." College Avenue is the city's new epicenter? Jesus, has it really come to that?

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Price Tag for new UC Pres: $828,000

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 7:33 AM

That's what the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting, as the UC Regents confirmed former University of Texas Chancellor Mark Yudof as president yesterday. Yudof will get a $591,000 salary, plus more than two hundred large in pension benefits, and the chance to live in the swanky Kensington president's mansion, which costs $300,000 a year to maintain. Thank God Yudof can finally get down to tackling that embarrassing compensation scandal.

Critics Fear Ron Dellums Pushing Cronies into Power

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 7:24 AM

An excellent and alarming column by Chip Johnson today, on the rumors that Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums is planning to promote Gay Plair Cobb to a post in the Community and Economic Development Agency. Cobb has long been the head of the city's Private Industry Council, which provides job training for unemployed youth. At least one city audit has suggested that the agency was not very cost-effective at placing people in jobs, despite the millions of dollars doled out to the group. Critics have long complained that Cobb has just sat on a sinecure thanks to her political connections, and now it looks like she'll pluck an even bigger apple off the tree.

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East Bay Home Construction Falls Into Pit

by Chris Thompson
Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 7:00 AM

And now the fun begins: housing construction, which has been such a key ingredient in the nation's recent boom times, has dropped sixty percent in the East Bay. The East Bay Business Times reports that new-home construction has fallen roughly 28 percent around the state, but the East Bay has seen it drop like a stone. Oddly, housing construction has actually risen in other parts of Northern California, including San Francisco and San Mateo. In addition, the last year has seen a shift in emphasis from single-family home construction to apartment buildings.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Without Barry Bonds, Giants' Ticket Sales Down

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 10:06 AM

The San Francisco Giants and the rest of the baseball world will finally find out whether a privately financed ballpark makes fiscal sense, as the team enters its first year of the post-Bonds era. According the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants' ticket sales are already lagging compared to last year. Once impossible-to-get tickets are now even available at Costco. Though ever-optimistic team officials say they're on track to sell three million tickets this year, at StubHub, an online ticket reseller marketplace, the overall value of Giants' tickets is already down 25 percent. That all begs the question of whether the Giants can afford their privately financed stadium, with its estimated $20 million a year in debt payments, and stay afloat?

The East Bay Today: March 27, 2008

Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 9:13 AM

Today's Top Event: Amor Cubano: In a Bottle, a Tube, and a Small Packet at La Pena Cultural Center.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Lawyers in the Library. Free legal information and referral presented by the Alameda County Bar Association at the Oakland Public Library, Main Branch.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: DJ's Bistro in Concord.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Oakland-based African roots ensemble Talking Wood performs at Caffe Trieste in Berkeley. Read a review of their latest record here.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out Lord of the Rings ... sweded. Sweet!

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

Nanny State Update: Berkeley Bans Smoking

by Chris Thompson
Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 8:53 AM

Now that Alameda County Public Health Director Anthony Iton has demonstrated ties between low-income habits like smoking and early death (see below), in steps the Berkeley City Council to keep us alive whether we like it or not. On Tuesday, the council voted to ban smoking on the sidewalks in all commercial neighborhoods, as well as within fifty feet of senior centers and child care centers. Good Lord, what are those poor Marine recruiters going to do now?

Kaiser Doc On Trial in Gruesome Organ Harvest Case

by Chris Thompson
Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 8:28 AM

Two years after Kaiser Permanente transplant surgeon Hootan Roozrokh allegedly tried to kill a patient in order to harvest his organs, the doctor is finally about to face his accusers in court. In 2006, San Luis Obisbo resident Ruben Navarro was languishing in a coma, and doctors determined that although was not brain dead, his brain had suffered irreversible damage. The Oakland-based California Transplant Donor Network flew Roozrokh and his support team down south, where he prepared to salvage the patient's organs. But when the patient kept lingering on the edge of death, prosecutors alleged, Roozrokh ordered his nurse to administer lethal doses of morphine in order to finish him off. "Let's just give him some more candy," he said, according to an account in the LA Times.

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