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Tweet The Oakland Builders Alliance, the advocacy group for Oakland’s Commercial Real Estate Industry, has a new executive director. And I’m proud to say she’s my business partner Beverly Rivas! Here’s the announcement: Oakland Builders Alliance (OBA) Announces New Executive Director Oakland, California (April 18, 2012) – Beverly Rivas, social media and marketing entrepreneur, has been appointed Executive Director of the Oakland Builders Alliance (OBA). Over the last three months, Rivas has been...

Tweet Happy Easter Sunday from Georgia, where I spend about half my time these days, as my Mom’s here! But, as always, I have to blog about Oakland, and will return soon. I hope you’re able to visit the Oakland International Film Festival this Sunday – well, today. The effort, in its 10th year, and headed by David Roach, is an excellent...

Tweet According to a press release from Coorigan Sports, the producers of The Oakland Running Festival that was held March 26th, and which includes the Oakland Marathon and 5K, ran up (How’s that nod to Old Media?) a $3.5 million economic impact for Oakland. Here’s the release: Baltimore, MD (April 5th, 2012)–The third annual Oakland Running Festival (ORF) contributed an estimated $3.5 million to the city’s and state’s economy according to a recent study by the Regional Economic Studies Institute...

Tweet UPDATE: There may be a question on if the photo is of One L Goh, which I got from a TV news broadcast. More later. The words “Oakland School Shooting” are still a shock to this blogger, because it just seems not right that Oakland should be impacted in that way. Yet, here we are, today. If you’re not aware of what happened on Monday, Goh went to Oikos University, opened fire, and killed 7 people. According to Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan, One L. Goh, the 43-year-old man at the center of the...

Tweet The blog post called “Mayor Jean Quan Had Affair With Ron Dellums In 2009” and released on April Fools Day Sunday, was widely seen by readers and observers as an April Fools joke, which it was. Trouble is, a staffer for Jean Quan, the Mayor Of Oakland, wasn’t down with the humor. In a series of emails, the person, who I will not name, said that the April Fools joke was in bad taste. I disagree. But so we can move on to more important issues in a terrible Monday in Oakland, I created this video: The...

Tweet Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana made a statement that, had I been her communications representative, I’d step in to clean up, and then give her a private tongue-lashing for doing. In this exchange with Occupy Oakland sympathizers, Santana was asked what the Oakland Police were doing in harmfully, physically removing homeless people...

Tweet People claiming to represent Occupy Oakland are back in trouble against today, and that’s no April Fool’s joke. According to the Oakland Tribune and ABC, on Saturday night damage was done to Starbucks, Patelco Credit Union, and Quiznos, and “paint vandalism” was done to Clorox and Wells Fargo buildings. And that was after this...

Tweet UPDATE: Mayor Quan Pissed Over April Fools Joke. Fans of Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums believed he was on a good track to recover what some others had said was a failed effort as Mayor of Oakland, and expected him to announce his run to be reelected as far back at late 2009. But, and while Dellums did hold out almost until mid 2010 to make an official announcement, a report from a City Official source who does not want to be named, asserts with evidence that Quan and Dellums had an affair that started in mid year 2009, and...

Tweet In this Oakland News you can tell a lot about a candidate by not just their videos, but when they were uploaded. Rob Bonta is currently the front-runner for the California Assembly District 18 race, and it’s 2012. But the restless, ambitious Bonta (nothing wrong with that) put out this video in 2010 explaining why he would make a great Alameda City Council representative. Moreover, Bonta put out the video apparently not to be seen much (it had only 49 views in about two years before I found it), because the ability...

Tweet The Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority, or “Joint Powers Authority”, or “JPA” is known for its rather clubby politics, at times so much so that it leads many to question how it operates. One of those who’s done so, or formed a conclusion, is Oakland Tribune Reporter Angela Woodall. Woodall regularly covers the JPA, so her Twitter tweet released on March 16th is valuable (the screen shot was taken in case Woodall deletes the tweet). This is what she tweeted: [email protected] It...

Tweet The news updates regarding the California Assembly District 18 Race keep coming in, so without any delay, here’s what I’ve got. Abel Guillen won another straw poll, this one held by the Wellstone Democratic Club, and he did so in smashing fashion. Mr. Guillen rang up 44 votes to 7 for Rob Bonta, and none for Joel Young. Recall that Abel also took the Democrats For America Straw Poll that was held two weeks ago, and thanks to his aide Winnie’s speaking ability, Abel clobbered Bonta – well Bonta’s...

Tweet While this blogger understands and sympathize with what Jessica Juarez seems to have gone through in her sad domestic violence case against Joel Young, one that the Alameda County Superior Court officially called to a legal end last year, I don’t appreciate being threatened by her. She called at 6:50 PM EST and out of the blue to react to a...

Tweet This blogger has a ton of Oakland News to catch up on, including big Joel Young news. First, sorry for the blog platform, as whatever HostGator, the blog server host, has got me into, I have constant service interruptions. I switched from Blogger to WordPress to get on Google News, even though the Blogger version was on Google News in 2010. But for...

Tweet My friend Doug Thornton, the man who saved the Louisiana Superdome, and who’s SMG’s Senior Vice President for Stadiums, sat down with me to talk about how the Coliseum has progressed since he came on the scene representing SMG in this capacity, and about the competition with AEG (known for developing LA Live) to run the Coliseum in the future – a brass knuckles showdown. Doug’s home is New Orleans, but, and in recognizing his years of expertise and cool under pressure, SMG expanded his role to...

Tweet The Oakland Raiders extended a contract offer to standout, pass-catching fullback Marcel Reece today. He joins three other Raiders who were free agents, and received contract offers: restricted free agent defensive lineman Desmond Bryant, cornerback Bryan McCann, and defensive end Mason Brodine. Of the quartet, it was Reece who was the most effective and was a Pro Bowl alternative. Here’s Marcel Reece in action: ...

Tweet That has to be the most shocking title you’ve ever seen me post. Come to think of it, it’s shocking even if you’ve read my blog for the first time. Let me get to the second part of it first: the gang-rape mention. I was told this by someone who regularly attends The Alley on 3325 Grand Avenue and it had to do with a woman who frequents my personal favorite place to go and sing, and with the best steaks in Oakland. I will call her ‘Stephanie,’ but that’s not her name, and I’ve...

Tweet This from an email: Alert: Police perimeter- 5100 Block of Broadway, CVS Pharmacy. Armed Gunman believed to be inside; all employees evacuated Nixle Users, The below Twitter messages were sent within the last hour. I was unable to log on via computer for Nixle. All updates to this situation will be fed through both Nixle and Twitter. – Sgt. Chris Bolton “Police presence and perimeter – 5100 Broadway. Broadway traffic may be blocked. Please avoid area. Possible gunman inside nearby store.” “Update:...

Tweet The Oakland City Council approved the Oakland Coliseum City project at last night’s Oakland City Council meeting. The idea, a much needed and long overdue overhaul of the Oakland Coliseum Complex, will, if built guarantee that a Super Bowl will be hosted in Oakland. That’s because the National Football League has a policy of giving a Super Bowl to NFL cities that build new stadiums. According to Marine Layer, who attended last night’s City Council meeting while this blogger was at the Oakland Rockridge...

Tweet The first big candidates forum will be held tomorrow, Tuesday night, at the Rockridge Public Library 5366 College (near Rockridge BART) at 6:30 pm (for pizza and networking) and the event itself starts at 7 PM. It pits the three candidates – Rob Bonta, Abel Guillen, Joel Young – against each other and before a public audience. For obvious reasons, it should be a hoot. Here are the candidates statements in alphabetical order: 1. Rob Bonta / Alameda City Council I am running for Assembly because the world’s...

Tweet Here’s an update on that Earthquake that was felt in Oakland, but felt in San Francisco and around the Bay Area. It was 4 on the Richter Scale. Here’s the details: Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Monday, March 05, 2012 at 13:33:12 UTC Monday, March 05, 2012 at 05:33:12 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.934°N, 122.301°W Depth 8.8 km (5.5 miles) Region SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA Distances 2 km (1 miles) N (1°) from El Cerrito, CA 2 km (1 miles) SE (137°)...