Oakland Tribune Outtakes

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Archive for October, 2008

Now: Silence the Violence event 4-7 p.m.

By awoodall

VIOLENCE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN TAKES ITS MESSAGE OF PEACE TO ONE OF OAKLAND’S HARDEST HIT NEIGHBORHOODS
WHAT: Silence The Violence on Seminary: Youth Speaks Forum
WHEN: Oct. 29 4-7 PM
WHERE: YMCA  (5908  Foothill Blvd)
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Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
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Baltimore KO

By awoodall

JOEY GILBERT IN BALTIMORE FOR RETURN BOUT

THURSDAY NIGHT CHARITY BOUT KICKS OFF HUGE PLANS
Super middleweight Joey Gilbert has landed in Baltimore, Maryland to return to the ring tomorrow night, October 30th against Michigan’s “FLAWLESS” Dan Wallace in a six round bout at the Jonathan Ogden Foundation Charity Boxing Event at Martin Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD.
 The Gilbert/Wallace bout highlights a six bout card for the foundation which raises money to benefit inner-city schools in Baltimore . The co-feature will be a four-round female junior lightweight bout between former amateur standout Katy Klinefelter of Iowa City , IA (1-0, one KO) and the debuting Jasica Rojo.

Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
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We love the ‘town

By awoodall

WE LOVE THE TOWN
Halloween Party, Halloween Fri. Oct. 31 @ Luka’s Oakland Golden Soundscapes DJ’s DJ Zita & Dmadness with Pam the Funkstress.
Classic Hip-Hop, Funk & Oaktown Love
Costume contest with prizes.
Giveaways by Oaklandish, Oakbook & Scion
2221 Broadway @ Grand.  9pm-2am  $10  21+

2ND ANNUAL SCRAPER BIKE HALLOWEEN BIKE RIDE October 31 from 5pm on Ride starts at Fremont High, in East Oakland (High Street and Foothill). Meet at the Mac Dre Mural.
Free ** Original Scraper Bikes | Oaklandish ** tees for the first 80 riders.
http://scraperbikes.net/

Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
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When is a park public art

By awoodall

In the midst of all the hoopla about the arts last week, I ran across an article by the Chron’s art critic Kenneth Baker that offers a thoughtful look at public art, something I only touched on in a story about the city’s plans. What public art is can vary so widely and we often don’t even realize we’re seeing it. Sometimes it’s all too painfully obvious. But the point is that it can be controversial or help recreate a public space, or it can be conventional — small thinking writ large, as one commenter put it.  Oakland has some plans for some projects that are both imaginiative and modern without being overly cerebral. (I will get some photos up here but right now I’m on deadline for something else.)
Anyway, speaking of money and the arts, here is an update from the folks who pull the purse strings: Thank you to all who have written and called during the past few days regarding the future of the Cultural Funding Program and staff.  I want to fill you in on the decisions that have been made regarding these two issues…  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
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West Oakland Teen Center gets $500K

By cburt

On Tuesday, the city’s Community and Economic Development Committee voted 3-0 to spend $500,000 in West Oakland Redevelopment monies on design and rehab work on Nancy Nadel’s future teen center in the Hoover/Foster neighborhood.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008
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O-town tourism

By awoodall

I heard things a little differently about the future of how the Oakland Convention and Visitors Bureau will be managed, which is being discussed tonight at the Redevelopment Agency/Community and Economic Development Committee meeting at City Hall. I originally heard that a consortium of hotels, called the Oakland Tourism Business Improvement District, would take over the CVB. But item #3 on tonight’s agenda recommends that the consortium (OTBID), proposed by the Bureau, be city-run.  The CVB, however, is already city-run and that may be part the problem. Oakland doesn’t have the dough to promote tourism well in Oakland, which leads to less tourism. That brings in less money to attract more tourism. If the OTBID could charge a minute tax like in SF to support tourism efforts that might be a prettier picture. And the city would be off the hook for the cash.  I thought the meeting was tomorrow and meant to make some calls, but I just got sent to cover the kick-off party for the Model City Summit on Women (unfortunate grammar choice there) hosted by the Mayor & Mrs. Dellums at 5:45 at the AAMLO. I’ll check it out later.

Posted on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008
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CodePink shutting doors in Albany… vows to continue Marine protests

By kbender

 

CodePink is shuttering its East Bay office on Solano Avenue but anti-war group leaders say the fight to boot the U.S. Marine recruiting center from downtown Berkeley is far from over.

“(The office) is very hard to maintain in this economic climate. Also, I had a 10-year lease and the lease is over and I’m not renewing it. It’s too much of a financial strain,’’ said CodePink’s Zanne Sam Joi, who ran an antique business from the site at 1248 Solano Ave. until the Sept. 11 attacks when she converted it to a CodePink storefront office.

For more than a year, women from CodePink have been picketing weekly in front of the U.S. Marine recruiting center at 64 Shattuck Square in downtown Berkeley. They say the Marines are not welcome in liberal, anti-war Berkeley and it should shut its’ doors.

In January, the Berkeley City Council got involved when they called the U.S. Marines “uninvited and unwelcome intruders” and granted CodePink a permit waiver and a free parking space in front of the Marine center for their weekly protests. The move angered people across the county, who flooded City Hall with 25,000 letters and e-mail.

To counter the CodePink protests, Move America Forward, the nation’s largest pro-troop organizations, members of the U.S. Marines and motorcycle clubs came from across the nation came to Berkeley to back the Marines.

The weekly Wednesday protests, that drew dozens at the height of the controversy, have dwindled to just a few people lately, and critics now believe that shutting the doors on the Solano Avenue office will be the end to their Marine center protests.

“The fact of the matter is they are out of money. CodePink is running red,” said Melanie Morgan, the head of Move America Forward. “They can’t generate the excitement because the election is far more interesting. It really is amusing that they said they would sit there every day until they ran the Marines out of town and yet they are the ones closing their doors.”

U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Pauline L. Franklin said the Marines have no plans to leave the Berkeley office.

The center’s lease runs through December 2009, subject to termination if the government cannot provide funding, Franklin has said.

Even without the Albany office, CodePink officials said they will continue to protest the Marines and their recruiting of young people. “We’ve been there and we intend to be there until they leave,” said Joi. “We would like to relocate our offices where they are.”

CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin said the organization will have a better idea of their strategy after next week’s election. “We’ve been putting energy into the election and getting peaceful candidates that have the fortitude to promote peace,” she said.

CodePink is having a going out of business sale from noon until 7 p.m. today and Thursday at the storefront at 1248 Solano Ave., in Albany. The group is selling office furniture, display cabinets, tschotkes, outdoor furniture andf CodePink memorabilia and merchandise.

Posted on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008
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Community block grants

By cburt

Well, did I ever get an earful from a few readers about the use of Community Development Block Grants, basically a pot of money that’s split up among  Oakland’s council districts every year.

West Oakland councilmember Nancy Nadel decided to use all of her district’s portion – $300,000 – for the teen center she’s trying to open in the Hoover neighborhood.

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Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2008
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“Scary” public art

By cburt

I thought it was interesting to read V Smoothe’s blog post on A Better Oakland about “scary public art” (Oakland sculptor Mario Chiodo’s Remember Them: Champions of Humanity”) coming to the new park in uptown.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2008
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Radical ribs

By awoodall

I was surprised to see a comment here from Bobby Seale, who stopped by (so to speak) to say that he is combining politics with a good time noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the EastSide Arts Alliance, where he will barbecuing…with generous helpings of his barbeque’n sauce. Even legendary radical Black Panthers have to eat. The address is 2277 International Blvd.

Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2008
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