Community Mourns Death of Otaez’ Owner; Police Seek Information


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.


Election Day for Alameda’s Measure E

The ballots for the hotly contested school parcel tax are due today, June 22, at the Alameda County Registrar of Voter’s Office: 1255 Fallon Street in Oakland.

Preliminary results we be posted online by the county registrar starting at 8 p.m. tonight, when pro-Measure E supporters will meet at Otaez Mexican Restaurant on Webster Street.

Please share any news on anti-Measure E events, if you can.

Some residents shared their anti-Measure E views recently by posting hand-made signs in their cars, which were parked at Alameda Town Centre.

On Bay Farm, a lot of the homes directly facing the San Francisco Bay have posted pro-Measure E signsin the past week or so, many with the “protect our home values” message.

While most Alameda residents and business want to support the public schools, many have mixed feelings about the size of the parcel tax and the way it is applied to commercial property.

Any bets? With the required 66.6% needed to pass, and the economy still hobbling along, this could prove to be a tough parcel tax for voters to swallow.