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Tweet Follow me The Oakland Grand Lake Business District, which for the purpose of this blog post I will say covers the triangle formed by Grand Avenue, Mandana, Lakeshore, and finally Lake Park Avenue next to the Grand Lake Theater and the Saturday Farmers Market, has been the scene of one-too-many crimes featuring at-large criminals – in other words, people who have not been caught. The latest one was the Grand Lake nail salon heist, where three masked people with guns stormed into the Grand Nails at 3667...

Tweet Follow me Joe Tuman, the professor and political television commentator, Oaklander, and friend of this blogger, finally decided to run for Mayor Of Oakland for a second time, and after almost saying he was going to do it again, almost the moment the 2010 Mayor’s Race ended. Standing next to Oakland City Hall’s north said entrance, and with a small group of supporters, including former KPIX anchor Dana King, Tuman said that his focus will be public safety, the often times emotional Tuman talked...

Tweet Follow me Oakland Councilmember And Oakland City Council President Pat Kernighan (District 2) continues to hone and refine her new role as Oakland’s version of the The Emperor from Star Wars. Joining with Oakland City Auditor Courtney Ruby in an unholy tag team that was first against Oakland’s two black councilmembers, Desley Brooks (District 6) and Larry Reid (District 7) they’ve now elected to zero-in on one of them, Brooks, just to make it all a bit more digestible. The fact is, all...

Tweet Follow me UPDATE: Oakland’s Kernighan Ignores Info Exonerating Desley Brooks From Censure Oakland Councilmember Pat Kernighan (District Two) has elected to push an agenda identified by many as racist, in the action of first, singling out, then calling for the punishment of Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks and for requesting City of Oakland staff to do work in such a way as to allegedly violate the Oakland City Charter Section 218, when the Oakland City Auditor’s Report that made the claim against...

Tweet Follow me The Oakland Raiders proposed 50,000 seat stadium for Oakland at the current Oakland Coliseum site, and part of the planned Coliseum City development, is 20,000 seats less than the minimum seat capacity requirement a new or existing NFL city stadium must have to host a Super Bowl game. This came directly from Greg Aiello, NFL Senior Vice President of Public Relations. In an email, Mr. Aiello said: That number is below our required number of seats for a Super Bowl (70,000) but it would be up to...

Tweet Follow me Famed Oakland Lawyer John Burris, once called “Oakland’s Johnnie Cochran,” once again talked to me about the George Zimmerman Trial – this time about the verdict. On Saturday, a jury of five white women and a Latino woman, found George Zimmerman not guilty of murder. The outcome was shocking to this blogger; not to some others – a few who are legal experts. But for John Burris and the outcome, he said “I was not surprised at the verdict. But I was disappointed....

Tweet Follow me In the wake of the George Zimmerman Verdict, Downtown Oakland was once again the focus of the window smashing work of anarchists, some who have been incorrectly identified as being with Occupy Oakland. Bar Dogwood on 17th and Telegraph got the brunt of the violence, as its windows were smashed, once again. That is a small, woman-owned establishment trying to make a go of it in Oakland. The one man who did this had a black scarf over his face – reportedly the man was eventually found, and...

Tweet Follow me On Thursday night, Oakland’s KTVU Channel Two News Anchor Tori Campbell said that the television organization received the names of the pilots of the Asiana Flight 214 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport last Saturday (SFO). Ms. Campbell said the names were Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, and Ho Li Fuk and Bang Ding Ow. Because the information was later said to have comes from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), no one at KTVU bothered to question the names....

Tweet Follow me Coliseum City Oakland Gets Bay Investment Group: Rashid Al Malik, Colony Capital LLC – UPDATE The Oakland Raiders are the reported target of Ed Roski, according to another well-placed source with knowledge of the situation. That’s two sources who have confirmed that the Oakland Raiders are the focus of a buyer, and while that’s far different from an actual deal to purchase the organization, it’s a signal that, if Raiders Owner Mark Davis decides to sell the Raiders, it would...

Tweet Follow me An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash landed at San Francisco International Airport, and brought front and center this blogger’s worst fears. See, I land at SFO at least twice a month, and at runway 22-R or 28-L. This is what it look like to land at the point where that plane crashed. There were 307 aboard and 2 dead, and reports that some passengers fell out of the plane’s tail section, and there were bodies on the runway. But exactly what happened to Asiana Flight 214 from...

Tweet Follow me UPDATE: Was Windshear The Cause? At around 12 noon, PDT, an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 came in for a landing, but according to KTVU’s Frank Somerville, the plane came in for a landing but hit the seawall. From that, and from my experience in flying in to SFO, it sounds like the aircraft was coming in at runway 22-Right or 28-Left, which are such that if you don’t land it just right, you could hit the seawall. Here’s a video from Zennie62Media that shows how a plane lands at runway...

Tweet Follow me The Golden State Warriors just signed now former Denver Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala in a deal that sent reserve forward Richard Jefferson and reserve center Andris Biedrins to the Utah Jazz. Just as the deal was done, Mr. Iguodala sent a tweet to Stephen Curry that indicates their mutual objectives: Yo @StephenCurry30 LETS GET IT!!!! — Andre Iguodala (@andre) July 5, 2013 Now the question is, will Dwight Howard chose to join the Golden State Warriors, and effectively forming a new “big...

Tweet Follow me The BART Strike that has impacted the travel and commute patterns throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and especially from the East Bay to the West Bay, is over. BART released the following statement from General Manager Grace Crunican: “I am happy to announce the BART system will be open and fully operational at 3pm on Friday. I want to thank Labor Secretary Marty Morgenstern and his fine mediation team for all their help and support in crafting this deal which will allow us to continue bargaining...

Tweet Follow me The new Oakland Wing Stop Restaurant on Lake Park was the scene of a crime that was too close to home for this video-blogger. Fortunately, the homicide suspects were caught and arrested tonight, according to Oakland Police, but the event happened just about an hour-and-a-half after I walked into the establishment. It was at about 10 PM Monday night, and I left FitnessSF with the idea of getting something to take home and eat. I’d never purchased anything at the new Oakland Wing Stop Restaurant...

Tweet Follow me Bryan Parker’s campaign for Mayor Of Oakland is off to a rousing start. Already, the effort called “Movement 50” has gained $52,000 in campaign donations, and Mr. Parker’s Saturday fund-raiser drew a great mix of Oaklanders young and up, and involved. In the audience was San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Chip Johnson, long-time Oakland politico Carl Hackney, and California Commercial Investments Managing Partner Phil Tagami,and small business investor Lloyd Lawrence, to name...

Tweet Follow me The City Of Oakland Workers Strike means no parking enforcement work on Monday. The standard work of writing parking citations is not a police-done activity in Oakland. Parking enforcement is a public works operation, and is set to be impacted by the same one-day strike. What that means is simple: you can park anywhere, for as long as you wish, because there will not be Oakland Parking cars moving around with their drivers eager to write tickets. Given that the City of Oakland made something like...

Tweet Follow me Oakland is about to face a total stoppage of work on Monday, as the City of Oakland, BART, and reportedly AC Transit workers will all stop working on that day. The issue across the board boils down to management not giving the workers pay increases after they have sustained pay losses either voluntarily or managerially or both. In the case of City of Oakland workers, they’ve not received a cost of living adjustment since 2007, and this is 2013. Moreover, they’ve given up 25 percent...

Tweet Follow me UPDATE: Oakland Coliseum City ENA Approved By Oakland City Council Coliseum City Project Proposal In City Of Oakland Closed Session Tuesday Ed Roski Is The Man In Update The Oakland Raiders may move back to the Los Angeles Basin, and to Torrance, CA, but only if a business man succeeds in his effort to buy the organization. This was told to me by a high-ranking source and the same person also explained that the expected financing for the Oakland Coliseum City project, a proposed 800-acre sports...

Tweet Follow me Tonight, beginning sometime after 6:30pm, the Oakland City Council is expected to adopt the fiscal year 2013-2015 budget (item #9).  The importance of the budget can hardly be understated: this document will control the City’s expenditures over the next two years.  The budget is where the Council is called upon to put its money where its mouth is; more than any other document, it reflects the values and priorities of our elected leadership. In April the Mayor submitted her budget to the City Council,...

Tweet Follow me Oakland Mayor Jean Quan made the following joint statement Wednesday with Oakland City Council President Pro Tem Rebecca Kaplan, the city’s first openly-lesbian councilmember, in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, where DOMA, the Defense Of Marriage Act, and Prop 8, were rejected. (The joint appearance of Quan and Kaplan may also be a forecast for another join run at the Oakland Mayor’s Office in 2014): “On this historic day, Oakland stands proudly with so...