College Avenue Safeway Expansion Meeting of June 19, 2008 - Video

College Avenue Safeway Expansion Meeting of June 19, 2008 - Video

This is a video of the recent June 19, 2008 meeting to present Safeway's controversial plan to dramatically move and expand the curre...
Racism From A Personal View -

Racism From A Personal View -

I created this "vlog" (video-blog) to deal with and talk about a problem I've had with certain friends. Perhaps you'v...
Hot Pink Feathers At Cafe Van Kleef Video - Vote in SFBOB Contest

Hot Pink Feathers At Cafe Van Kleef Video - Vote in SFBOB Contest

The Hot Pink Feathers Dance Troupe Is introduced by Peter Van Kleef just before their performance at Cafe Van Kleef in the Updown District...
"Liza The Wine Chick" - C. Donatiello Winery  Review - With Zennie

"Liza The Wine Chick" - C. Donatiello Winery Review - With Zennie

Liza Zimmerman, AKA "Liza The Wine Chick" took me and a bunch of others to the C. Donatiello Winery , a great winery in Sonoma, ju...
Confirmed: Deborah Edgerly Placed On Admin Leave

Confirmed: Deborah Edgerly Placed On Admin Leave

Yesterday, I reported a rumor that Deborah Edgerly, Oakland's Chief Administrative Officer, was going to be placed on Administrative Lea...
Chevron v. Larry Bowoto - Nigerian Accuser In Court To Explain Why Half Of Case Was Dropped

Chevron v. Larry Bowoto - Nigerian Accuser In Court To Explain Why Half Of Case Was Dropped

Larry Bowoto, the Nigerian Accuser who claimed that Chevron hired people who then shot him and violated his human rights, is the focus of a...
Rumor: Deborah Edgerly Placed On Administrative Leave

Rumor: Deborah Edgerly Placed On Administrative Leave

I just came from a dinner and during that event, learned that Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Deborah Edgerly may have been placed on ad...
Zennie Abraham on KQED's "Forum" Thursday, June 25, 2008

Zennie Abraham on KQED's "Forum" Thursday, June 25, 2008

I will be a guest and part of a panel on the matter of Deborah Edgerly, Mayor Dellums, and the "state" of The City of Oakland, Thu...
Edgerly To Retire July 31st But The Story Is Not Over

Edgerly To Retire July 31st But The Story Is Not Over

According to various friends and news sources, Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerly will retire July 31st 2008 . But from what I here...
Chip's Wrong: Favoritism Practiced by Jerry Brown As Well As Deborah Edgerly

Chip's Wrong: Favoritism Practiced by Jerry Brown As Well As Deborah Edgerly

Some other SF Bay Area columnists who are friends of mine and just enjoyed an evening out with -- without talking about Oakland politics -- ...
Larry Bowoto Drops Human Rights Violation Claim - SF Sentinel

Larry Bowoto Drops Human Rights Violation Claim - SF Sentinel

The SF Sentinel now reports a story we first broke at this blog where Larry Bowoto , the Nigerian man who claims he was shot by persons emp...
Cal, Talk To The  Damn Tree Protesters So We Can Move On!

Cal, Talk To The Damn Tree Protesters So We Can Move On!

Look, now Cal's being down right silly and arrogant. On Sunday, I understand that there was another rally -- I was resting from a busy...
SF Chronicle Smears Deborah Edgerly, Claims She's Paid To Do Nothing

SF Chronicle Smears Deborah Edgerly, Claims She's Paid To Do Nothing

I just saw the SFGate online article about Oakland City Admininstrator Deborah Edgerly and it has the headline, "Paid to do nothing&q...
Deborah Edgerly and The Larae Brown Issue - Fired City Controller

Deborah Edgerly and The Larae Brown Issue - Fired City Controller

Sf Chroncle's scribe and my cantankerous friend Chip Johnson wrote an article that saw the light of day , and then was forgotten -- unti...
Cody's Books, Which Hosted Bill Clinton in 2004, Closes

Cody's Books, Which Hosted Bill Clinton in 2004, Closes

Well, when the Cody's Books on Telegraph closed, that was it for me. It was the end of a long era. A Berkeley tradition of reading and...
Newspaper Falling: SF Chronicle Losing $1 Million A Week - Newspapers In Trouble

Newspaper Falling: SF Chronicle Losing $1 Million A Week - Newspapers In Trouble

According to today's NY Times , the newspaper industry is in trouble, as papers suffer from competition from the Internet. The SF Chron...
Colin  Responds To The "Deborah Edgerly" Issue

Colin Responds To The "Deborah Edgerly" Issue

I appreciate that you are friends with Deborah Edgerly , and take your comments with that grain of salt. I also agree that there is no doubt...
Deborah Edgerly Is Scapegoat For Common Council Practice Of Influencing City Staff

Deborah Edgerly Is Scapegoat For Common Council Practice Of Influencing City Staff

What I find so "funny" -- and by that I mean strange -- about the entire rush to oust Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerly ,...
Cal Tree Sitters - Save The Oaks v. UC and The UC Police - Video Documentary

Cal Tree Sitters - Save The Oaks v. UC and The UC Police - Video Documentary

For me, covering what turned out to be this three-part video documentary started with a call from a friend and fellow Cal Alum who said ...
Deborah Edgerly Protected By Oakland City Charter - Could File Lawsuit And Win

Deborah Edgerly Protected By Oakland City Charter - Could File Lawsuit And Win

Ok. Here's another reason why Mayor Ron Dellums and other Oakland Officials should think twice before firing or forcing out Oakland Cit...
Deborah Edgerly / Oakland Police Matter Needs A Hearing

Deborah Edgerly / Oakland Police Matter Needs A Hearing

UPDATE: Deborah Edgerly Protected By Oakland City Charter UPDATE: Chip Johnson's Right About Favoritism in Oakland UPDATE: Delums Fi...
East Bay Community Foundation Image Damaged By Tom Gonzales Lawsuit

East Bay Community Foundation Image Damaged By Tom Gonzales Lawsuit

Tom Gonzales, has filed a lawsuit to against East Bay Community Foundation of Oakland and to regain control of his son's charitable beq...
Rally At First Day of Legal Gay Marriage In San Francisco - Video Account

Rally At First Day of Legal Gay Marriage In San Francisco - Video Account

This video covers the events outside San Francisco City Hall involving the first day of legal same sex marriage in San Francisco: Monday...
Mayor Dellums - Some PR Firm Hates Mayor Dellums' Lifestyle

Mayor Dellums - Some PR Firm Hates Mayor Dellums' Lifestyle

Ok, how does one explain an unprecedented KTVU video report on Mayor Ron Dellums spending and "high life" habits as leader of our ...
Raiders WR Javon Walker Found Unconcious in Las Vegas

Raiders WR Javon Walker Found Unconcious in Las Vegas

Javon Walker, the wide receiver the Oakland Raiders attracted from the Denver Broncos, and to which the hopes of a revived passing game were...
McAfee / Oakland Coliseum Had 493 Heath Code Violations In 2007

McAfee / Oakland Coliseum Had 493 Heath Code Violations In 2007

I found a website by Conde Nast called Portfolio.com and which shows the baseball stadiums that have the best -- and worst -- heath code re...
Safeway Design For Rockridge is Terrible; Out of Scale With Surroundings

Safeway Design For Rockridge is Terrible; Out of Scale With Surroundings

One good thing about being around here for awhile with an active memory is history. I remember when Dreyer's Ice Cream proposed its gian...
John Russo | Oakland Focus Interview | Russo On Oakland

John Russo | Oakland Focus Interview | Russo On Oakland

I met with Oakland's elected City Attorney and my friend John Russo the day after election day to talk about his unopposed win for ...
Oil Prices Hit Record; Look Out For $5 A Gallon

Oil Prices Hit Record; Look Out For $5 A Gallon

Oil Prices hit another record today as the price for a barrel of crude oil hit $139.12 just one day after a record of $135.09 was reached. ...
Zennie Abraham Loved By White Supremacists - No Film At 11

Zennie Abraham Loved By White Supremacists - No Film At 11

It's funny what one finds about themselves. In this case, I happened to see a post from some White Supremacist guy named Chris , who ha...
Alameda County Primary Election Results - Oakland Tribune

Alameda County Primary Election Results - Oakland Tribune

Here's a full rundown of who-won-what on Tuesday for Alameda County races. Congrats to Supervisors Nate Miley and Keith Carson. Prim...
Lonnie Hancock Beat Wilma Chan For Assembly Seat

Lonnie Hancock Beat Wilma Chan For Assembly Seat

Lonnie Hancock Beat Wilma Chan For Assembly Seat And I can't say that I was totally surprised, only mildly so. It was certainly a rac...
Nadel Victory (*) Upsets Some In District Three

Nadel Victory (*) Upsets Some In District Three

I have to admit I've seen this too many times before, including myself. Someone's upset that Nancy Nadel won District Three. (Or a...
Ignacio De La Fuente Retains His Seat, But Can't Celebrate

Ignacio De La Fuente Retains His Seat, But Can't Celebrate

Ignacio De La Fuente, the Oakland District Five Councilmember and President of the Oakland City Council and whom was endorsed by this blog a...
Congratulations To John Russo As He Wins Third Term As City Attorney

Congratulations To John Russo As He Wins Third Term As City Attorney

The as yet unwritten and not covered story of this election and of Oakland politics is the steady and sure success of Oakland's first el...
Nancy Nadel Retains District Three Council Seat

Nancy Nadel Retains District Three Council Seat

Oakland District Three Councilmember Nancy Nadel retained her seat and assured that there would be no November runoff election, as she captu...
Alameda County Voter Turnout Just 24 Percent

Alameda County Voter Turnout Just 24 Percent

The split primary proved to be a major disappointment to those hoping for another large election turnout. Without the excitement of the P...
Oakland Focus Endorsements Released Today For The Election

Oakland Focus Endorsements Released Today For The Election

Ok, here's the Oakland Focus endorsement list for Election Day, today. The difference between Oakland Focus and Oakland Tribune is that...
Oakland Tribune Endorsements Released Today

Oakland Tribune Endorsements Released Today

Here are the Oakland Tribune endorsements released today, election day: Oakland Tribune endorsements Article Created: 06/02/2008 01:38:10...
IT'S ELECTION DAY - GO VOTE

IT'S ELECTION DAY - GO VOTE

IT'S ELECTION DAY - GO VOTE We will have recaps late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. And also a brief on who and what to vote for...
The Disturbing Continued Pattern of Young Black Male Crime Against White Women Along Lake Merrit

The Disturbing Continued Pattern of Young Black Male Crime Against White Women Along Lake Merrit

I saw today's Adams Point Yahoo Message Board email to me and this bit of news stuck out like a sore thumb: I don't have a lot of ...

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