Thursday, April 15, 2010

Thursday Must Read

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Today's stories that you shouldn't miss:

1. Should the City of Oakland step into save Neldam’s Bakery? The Trib reports that the Oakland institution on Telegraph Avenue is on the verge of getting evicted.

2. CSU Stanislaus officials say a copy of Sarah Palin’s secret contract was stolen from a recycling bin in an administrator’s office, the AP reports. But the question is: Why was the top-secret contract that the university refused to release put in a recycling bin in the first place? As for the documents that dumpster diving students found earlier this week, university officials say they were not from Palin’s contract, the Chron reports. So what were they? According to officials, the documents were from an earlier version of the contract with ex-half-term Alaskan governor.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Boxer Clings to Lead Over Campbell in Right-Leaning Poll

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Barbara Boxer is hanging on to a small lead over GOP frontrunner Tom Campbell in a new poll from Rasmussen, which is typically regarded as a conservative-leaning poll. Boxer leads Campbell 43 to 41 percent — the same margin that Rasmussen had last month. However, even though the Rasmussen Poll is generally considered right-leaning, it appears to be slightly more favorable to Boxer than other recent polls.

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Wednesday Must Read

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 7:02 AM

1. What’s funnier? CSU Stanislaus officials shredding and dumping documents relating to Sarah Palin’s controversial speaking contract at the university or the fact that former half-term governor refused to show up if she was asked any unscreened questions.

2. Barbara Boxer has raised a lot more money than her two main Republican rivals, Tom Campbell and Carly Fiorina, the LA Times reports. Tea Party fave Chuck DeVore is a distant fourth.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Slap Hitter: A's Shine under Giant Shadow

by Kibby Kleiman
Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 5:50 PM

What a great start to 2010 for the Oakland A's. At this moment, with a 6-2 start, the Athletics still don't make a lot of sense as a lineup but even throwing the sabermetics into the mix, it's been a wow of a first week. And the part that makes it even cooler is that we get to enjoy our moment in peace and quiet. Because as those who follow the big leagues in the media know, when the San Francisco Giants scratch themselves, the A's get booted back under the fold. Check out the loving coverage of Barry Zito today or of Opening Day on the front and back pages, or Marvin Bernard who hasn't played for about a decade. The Giants, of course are also hot, they are also in first place, they are also playing above their heads, but in a town with only one real daily newspaper, there's only room it seems for one team. And it isn't wearing (sporting) Green and Gold.

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Rebecca Kaplan Launches Mayoral Committee

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan said today she’s launching an “exploratory committee” as a prelude to a possible run for mayor of Oakland this year. The committee will allow Kaplan to raise funds for a mayoral bid in the November election and enable her to gauge how much support she has in the community. If she receives significant backing for her bid then it appears likely that she will officially jump into the race.

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Tuesday Must Read

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 6:57 AM

1. Meg Whitman has extensive ties to Goldman Sachs, one of the poster-boys of Wall Street greed. According to a joint report from California Watch and the Chronicle, the Republican frontrunner for governor steered huge bond deals to Goldman Sachs while she was CEO of eBay. She then joined Goldman’s board of directors and scored insider stock deals.

2. UC Berkeley has a bloated bureaucracy and could save up to $75 million a year by cutting waste and inefficiency, a new study concludes. But union members who could lose their jobs if the campus implements the study’s recommendations plan to fight back.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

What Every Catholic Parent Needs

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 10:09 AM

The disturbingly funny video of the day:


Hat tip — Andrew Sullivan's the Daily Dish

Monday Must Read

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 6:52 AM

1. Despite troubling signs from Major League Baseball, Fremont remains determined to get the A’s. The city plans to use a $333,000 federal grant to study possible future uses for the former NUMMI auto plant, including a new Oakland A’s ballpark, according to the Chron. But the newspaper also reports that league officials appear to have ruled out Fremont as the future home of the A’s and are deciding between Oakland and San Jose. The league also is reportedly concerned about Oakland’s ability to attract enough corporate sponsors to make a privately financed stadium viable in Jack London Square.

2. The price tag for the proposed bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles continues to rise, as Peninsula cities say they want the train to run underground, the Chron reports. Maybe it’s time to move the train back to its earlier East Bay route?

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Friday, April 9, 2010

ABC News Adds to Swim Coach Sex Abuse Story

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 4:52 PM

ABC News has picked up on the story regarding sex abuse and swim coaches. The story, released today, recaps the crimes by longtime Bay Area swim coach Andy King, which we also detailed in this week's cover story ("Swimming in Sex Abuse"), and adds the story of another coach, Brian Hindson of Kokomo, Indiana, who "secretly taped teenage girls he coached in two high school pool locker rooms, one in which he directed girls to a 'special' shower room where he had a hidden camera inside a locker." Hindson, who also had a large selection of child pornography, was sentenced in 2008 to 33 years in prison, although, according to one of his victims, it's unknown where the locker-room footage ended up.

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UC Berkeley Human Powered Vehicle Team Rides Again

by Phil Marshall
Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Between 1999 and 2001, the UC Berkeley Human Powered Vehicle team went on a tear and broke five world records for human-powered speed, but the great college team couldn’t last forever. Graduation took its toll, a faculty member had a baby, and the team disbanded. After a ten-year hiatus, it was announced last week that the once-vaunted team would ride again.

They already have the makings of a ten- to fifteen-person team, primarily composed of engineers and cyclists. “There is actually a lot of crossover between them both,” said team president James Brannon Smith.

The team will put its newly designed craft in competition for the first time on September 13 at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge. Smith is the early candidate to race the vehicle because of his experience on the Cal cycling team.

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