Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Archive for July, 2011

New Oakland stadium

By awoodall

Read the latest developments in Oakland’s desire to build a new stadium.

Posted on Friday, July 29th, 2011
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Boot and Shoe replaces Di Bartolo Cafe

By awoodall

Outside Boot and Shoe Cafe

It took me forever to get this up here but just wanted to let you know there is a new cafe on Grand Avenue and it looks splendid. Boot and Shoe Service very quietly expanded into the old Di Bartolo’s and opened about two weeks ago now. The cafe is open until 3 p.m. for now. Later drinks and appetizers, as well as cafe and dessert, will be served during the dinner hour.  Like they did when they took over the restaurant portion — the first Di Bartolo holding to go — Boot and Shoe completely gutted the inside of the cafe and opened up the wall between the restaurant and the cafe. It feels like a grown up cafe instead of a laptop work cafe environment. No more sticky pastries, sloppy counters and disinterested service.

Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2011
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BART releases video from July 3 officer involved shooting

By awoodall

See BART video that provides a partial view of the July 3, 2011 officer involved shooting on the platform of the Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station.  Today BART said it released the platform video, which contains what happened moments before the shooting, which killed 45-year-old Charles Hill.  But I still can’t find it online.

Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2011
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More on Swan’s produce stand

By awoodall

This from the OON network: Isaac Cronin and Julia Fry, the consultants EBALDC hired to recruit new businesses for Swan’s Market, want to try again with a produce stand — but with more neighbor input first.
You can contact them at icpr1@sbcglobal.net or 415-717-4455.
They will also be at the Aug. 24 Old Oakland Neighbors
meeting, 7pm at Old Town Square. 
More about Isaac Cronin Public Relations at
http://www.isaaccronin.com/about_us.html

Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
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Old Oakland produce stand closes

By awoodall

Barely a month after it opened, the organic produce stand at Swan’s Market in Old Oakland is closing.
At first the news surprised me.  I can’t remember how many times I begged for a market within walking distance of my old place on Ninth Street.  I would be cursing the lack of stores as I drove several miles out of the way for some milk at night or something on Sunday.  So why wouldn’t the stand be successful?
Well, for one, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2011
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Oakland Coliseum to open management bid

By awoodall

Competitors will have a chance to state their case for why they should manage the Oakland Coliseum instead of SMG, which has run operations there for 13 years.  Coliseum Authority commissioners voted during a board meeting this morning to issue an RFP after Trustee Desley Brooks pointed out that the coliseum, being a publicly owned facility, operates under the same contracting requirements as the City of Oakland. That means a request for proposals is mandatory unless the situation meets four exceptions. And none of those appear to come into play.
The interesting thing about that is whether the board and SMG have followed the contracting requirements for the past decade. I’ll update the story later but so far the opposition is Comcast subsidiary Global Spectrum and AEG.

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2011
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Must Read: Oakland coliseum board meeting

By awoodall

This belongs to the “better late than never category.” Tomorrow morning the Coliseum board will start the ball rolling on whether to extend the contract of SMG, the company that manages the complex – home to the Warriors, A’s and Raiders — or whether to open the job up to another company. AEG, which operates STAPLES Center is one of the companies interested in taking over.  Here’s the agenda. The contract with SMG expires June 2012. I’m not going to go into all the details about how the A’s tenancy is different from the Raiders’.  This story describes the basics of how the coliseum is organized.  It’s helpful to figuring out who’s who and cutting through the jargon.
What you need to know at a minimum tomorrow is that SMG is offering the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority $1.5 million to extend its contract.  There’s going to be a sweetener no matter who gets the contract. And there might not have been any discussion at all since the county is not required to put out a bid for professional contracts, according to Chairman Ignacio De La Fuente. (I had thought any kind of contract required a request for proposals.)  So tomorrow the board will either send coliseum staff to the negotiating table to come up with a contract extension for SMG, which will be voted on at a future meeting. Or, the board can ask staff to prepare a request for proposals and circulate it to companies who might want to take over.  One of them, like I said is AEG, who recently sent a letter of interest to the board, AEG spokesman Michael Roth said. He said he didn’t have details on what AEG offered.
Either way, the board won’t vote on the extension tomorrow.

Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2011
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A tree for tree’s sake in Oakland?

By awoodall

A second-hand email landed on my desk about the plan by Highland Hospital to cut down about three dozen trees on 14th Ave as part of the construction on the campus. There’s a meeting tonight 7 p.m. in the Highland cafeteria.  The trees are not endangered and do not house any endangered species. But you can judge for yourself how much of a “wooded transition” they offer. “Wooded transition” are words the Oakland Heritage Alliance used to describe their value. I just wanted to at least put out notice of the meeting, albeit late.

Trees along 14th Avenue

Trees along 14th Avenue

Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2011
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