Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Archive for April, 2009

Oakland Local news site

By awoodall

Oakland Local - A daily-updated Web site and mobile service will be created to cover Oakland, Calif., with a focus on environment, climate, transportation, housing, local government and community activism in Downtown, Uptown, North Oakland, West Oakland, Fruitvale, Lake Merritt, and the Dimond District. An editor, publisher and three paid part-time reporters will produce content, as will citizen contributors. The site will geotag content to an XML data map, encourage users to interact via cell phones and employ a range of social networking tools.

 

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2009
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Artist-loving happy hour Thursday

By awoodall

…from 5pm til 7pm at the Speisekammer beer garden restaurant, 2424 Lincoln, Alameda. Meet people like you working in the arts or who love the arts und amuzieren Sie sich mit viel Deutschen Bier. Info: 510-390-7044.

 

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2009
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La Cucina Italiana downtown open for dinner

By awoodall

La Cucina Italiana is opening evenings now, from 5 pm to 9:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday. That’s still pretty early but at least they’re not a lunch-only spot anymore because we need a good Italian place downtown (or at least, I hope it’s good!) and that corner needs some nightlife. Plus I need somewhere to practice my Italian. 1410 Jefferson St.  Tel# is 452-2533. E-mail: ninousnino@aol.com. Ciao.

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2009
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UC Berkeley students hold sex and sustainability art exhibit

By kbender

University of California, Berkeley art students are putting on a unique art show Tuesday night. The exhibit is called “Sex and Sustainability” with each piece representing one of the United Nations millennium development goals. Accompanying text will explain why that goal is a “unachievable without considering the population growth factor,’’ organizers said.

The free exhibit will also feature information about health consequences women in developing countries face because of a lack of access to family planning services.

Organizers are holding the event to highlight the connection between population, poverty and women’s empowerment. Globally there is a tremendous unmet need for family planning methods due to numerous barriers that prevent access in the developing world. Giving women access to family planning methods allows her the right to choose her family size - a fundamental human right, organizers said.

 

“We want to raise awareness about the huge unmet need for family planning and contraceptives in developing countries and highlight its relationship with poverty alleviation,’’ said Kiki Kalkstein, a senior majoring in public health and minoring in global poverty and practice, the fastest growing minor at Cal with more than 150 UC Berkeley undergraduate sin the programs. The inaugural class of 2007-08 had seven students in the minor, UC officials said.

The event, which is from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Alphonse Berber Gallery, 2546 Bancroft Way, will include wine and cheese. Donations are welcome. The event will include speeches from  professor Malcolm Potts and visiting student activist Alberto Lopez Castro of Mexico.

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2009
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Save the Parkway potluck Sunday

By awoodall

Save the Parkway neighborhood potluck BBQ: 1 p.m. Sunday at FM Smith Park.

Bring food and an appetite for details about what’s being going on with efforts to salvage the Parkway Speakeasy, how people can get involved and closing the raffle to help support the laid off employees. Meanwhile, The Cerrito Speakeasy has been having problems. I have to say there are similarities between the two, including the communication breakdown between the two sides.

Posted on Friday, April 24th, 2009
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Oasis club: party permit predicament

By awoodall

Bad news you People Party-ers and other fans of the Oasis club on 12th Street. The city is looking to yank the cabaret permit of the eclectic club with the fantastic patio. You can read the rest of the story here before the City Council hears the operators’ appeal May 5. The story is a little complicated but boils down to two things. One, the club caught the attention of Oakland’s party police in 2008 because the club’s owner hadn’t paid the annual cabaret permit fee, which the city acknowledged was the result of a bureaucratic oversight: the owners never got billed for the annual fee. So they were told to stop the partying, aka “cabaret activity.” The new cabaret permit application was denied because the place didn’t pass inspections. In the meantime, the owner/manager kept on with the DJs and dancing and drinking and other activity reported by an undercover OPD.  It’s all in the report

Posted on Friday, April 24th, 2009
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The Sw-Ellington

By awoodall

I swung by the swell Ellington posh condos near Jack London Square tonight for a swank opening party. This is the place that plastered a photo of San Francisco’s skyline on its bottom floor to entice people to move to Oakland. I forgot to check if they finally took it down before Jerry Brown showed up in his role as Mr. Oakland (he’s been doing that a lot lately: The Fox, OSA etc.) as did Don Perata who wants to become Mayor Perata of Oakland. The party was gracious with those endearing touches such as ribbon twirlers in clown makeup and glittery foxy red short-shorts and lipstick standing outside the open condos on the ninth floor. I went to see the artwork curated by Kerri Johnson of Blankspace Gallery
There were some lovely models all with to-die-for views of Oakland, including the pool on the sixth floor. Small little bedrooms though. But with enough glasses of wine, beer and cocktails practically pouring themselves into guests’ glasses who notices?
The condos don’t go on the market until May, which I learned after committing the faux pas of asking ”Have any been rented yet?”  That happens when they let in someone who is not one of their “connoisseurs.”
“They are not for rent. They are condominiums…” replied a smiling woman as though I had asked for ketchup on salmon or something but she has to bear it. Anyway, it’s a good addition to the spot down there. Here’s what the condo advertisers say:
In a neighborhood known for its emerging food, arts and cultural scene, Ellington residents will enjoy the best that urban living has to offer just steps out their door. As with other newcomers like Joie de Vivre Hotels, Miette and Blue Bottle Coffee, The Ellington joins established neighborhood favorites like Yoshi’s and Everette & Jones BBQ to transform Jack London Square into Oakland’s next great neighborhood. With unmatched waterfront views, easy access to public transportation and markets, and a sleek, modern design aesthetic, The Ellington offers progress, elegance and livability in a setting renowned for its urban renewal done on a human scale. Sparing no luxurious detail, The Ellington represents the cutting edge at the water’s edge.

The Ellington’s 134 one bedroom condos, two bedroom condos and penthouse suites will be opened to the public for the first time the night of the debut party. These luxury homes will be available for purchase for the first time on May 1.

 

Posted on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
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Need I say more?

By awoodall

 BRITNEY SPEARS PUSSYCAT DOLLS CIRCUS CONCERT April 22 at the Oracle Arena.

Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
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Destination Oakland Photo Contest

By awoodall

 The 2009 Destination Oakland Photography Competition is now open for entries. Good luck, shutterbugs.

Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
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OPD Online reporting upgrade

By awoodall

For those who haven’t visited the Oakland Police Department website lately, the Online Citizen Reporting System has been up and running for several months now to report certain property crimes. For more information, call OPD General Information/ Patrol Desk at 238-3455

Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
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