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Community Mourns Death of Otaez’ Owner; Police Seek Information

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Alamedans, residents of Oakland’s Fruitvale district and other East Bay community members (some shown above during a rally) continue to mourn the loss of Jesus Chuy Campos, who died on Friday, April 8.

Campos led the Otaez restaurants on Webster Street in Alameda, in the nearby Fruitvale neighborhood and at the Oakland International Airport.

According to Oakland police, Campus, who walked to work every day at 5 a.m., was killed by two men in what is being described as a botched robbery near his Fruitvale restaurant.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says that merchants in the area have come together and recently announced a $30,000 award for information leading to the arrest of anyone associated with Campus’ killing. The merchants themselves are putting up $20,000 in reward money.

Police in Oakland and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are also offering up to $10,000.

Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 777-8572 or 777-3211, Quan office says.

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Over there across the Alameda estuary: Jingletown art show

There’s only a few more days to catch Alameda photographer Jan Watten’s work, which is up now through April 25 at the Pro Arts Gallery at 550 2nd Street in Oakland. The 10-person show, called Jingletown Junction, is a celebration of the art and artists who’ve made their home in the area of East Oakland between the High Street and Fruitvale bridges.

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Watten, who also participated in the recent Alameda on Camera project now up at the Frank Bette Center, says her work for the Jingletown show includes portraits of neighborhood artists, many of whom she’s worked around for years. “I lived in Jingletown from 1984 to 1997,” says Watten. “Then then I got married and moved to Alameda—but I kept my studio because I loved it so much.”

Watten has two pieces in the show:

One piece is called An Aspect of my Jingletown [pictured left]. In the late ’80s, I started photographing people with objects—with something they felt revealed something about their identity. I’m going back to those people and photographing them again. The work is a grid of faces.

I also have some photographs I took with a plastic camera, a Holga. I photograph the neighborhood. I’m in love with my Holga—it’s freeing. You go out and you never know what you’re going to get. It’s sort of like zen photography.

The East Bay Express has a nice little write up of the show and more on the history of the Jingletown neighborhood.

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Car in the Alameda-Oakland Estuary, driver safe

The early morning helicopters above Alameda were not, it turns out, because students were protesting budget cuts and not because of an accident on 880, but, rather, they were the news copters chasing down shots of a car in the estuary. A woman apparently drove off the road in Oakland near the Fruitvale Bridge around five this morning.

I went over to take some pictures (see below), and one of the camera guys—several networks were there—showed me Continue Reading