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SWAP! NOT SHOP! Earth Week Edition

It is time for Homeygrown’s Biannual Clothing Exchange in Oakland. Rather than buying new things you can refresh your wardrobe with free reusable clothes. Show up at Soundwave Studios with $5 and a bag of clean gently used clothing, shoes, and household items that can be exchanged for new-to-you goods. All leftovers will be donated to charity.

Saturday April 24
from 3 to 9 PM
$5 donation + a bag of goods.

All Ages Welcome ~ Free snacks ~ $1 drinks for those who are 21 with ID.

Soundwave Studios
2200 Wood Street
Oakland, CA 94607-1713
(510) 763-2201
Bus: Peralta St. 24th St

twitter ~ swapnotshop

Feds approve $$$ to scuttle Mothball Fleet

The Mothball Fleet, a collection of several dozen rusting military ships left over from wars of the past that has been mouldering in an upper reach of San Francisco Bay, will be finally removed soon under a plan just approved by federal government officials.

The collection of ships, tethered together in several rows in Suisun Bay off Benicia, have been there for decades; some of the ships last saw service in World War II. See this 2008 news story from KPIX channel 5, which points out that their lead paint made them a toxic hazard and that it cost $5 million a year just to keep them there.

Click the picture below to go to a Google satellite map of the ships.

Free Cab after St. Patrick’s Day Binge

San Francisco or East Bay residents who have had that ‘one too many’ can get home free and safely by calling for a taxi.

The Safe and Sober program will run from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17.

Remember, rides will be given from a bar or restaurant to a residence, not to other drinking locations.

Let the operator know that you need a “Safe and Sober Free Cab Ride Home ” and mention Berg Injury Lawyers when requesting a free ride.

For a free ride home within the city of San Francisco, call Luxor Cabs at (415) 282-4141.

For a free ride home within Alameda, Oakland, and Berkeley city limits, call Veterans Cab at (800) 281-4488.

Thanks to the Berg Injury Lawyers Safe and Sober Program

Or:
AAA is offering a free five-mile tow home (make sure your bar of choice is within 5-miles from home) for you, or your tipsy friend.

Obviously a tow truck will not hold all your friends, so keep it to two.

Call the AAA operator @ 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and say, “I need a Tipsy Tow”.

Note: You or your tipsy friend need not be a AAA member!

Where: The San Francisco Bay Area

When: St.Patrick’s Day – March 17th

6 PM to 6 AM on the morning of the 18th.

East Bay protesters trash Telegraph Ave. — again

A “protest and party” against university student fee increases turned into a riot last night, as a mob trashed Telegraph Avenue businesses, breaking windows, overturning garbage cans, and indulging their incoherent rage against adults. The riot followed an invasion of of the university’s Durant Hall, which was closed for renovation. There protesters broke windows, sprayed graffiti, and otherwise made a mess.

This happens with relative frequency, the shops along Telegraph Avenue being some sort of symbol of “capitalism” to East Bay radicals. Read, for example, this account of a Feb. 2008 “action.”

Flickr photos from last night’s rampage are here.

40th anniversary of Altamont concert

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1969 was a huge year in the history of the U.S., as the free-love hippie movement soured and turned bad. Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the the concert at Altamont Speedway in Costra Costa County (map) where the Rolling Stones hired the Hells Angels to protect the stage and they wound up killing some poor bastard as cameras rolled for the film that would become Gimme Shelter.

Wikipedia has some interesting background on the incident, and Rolling Stone has a nearly contemporaneous report, including a detailed narration of what the film shows of the killing. An Oakland Tribune story reminds us that the biker who stabbed the concert-goer was acquitted by a jury, which ruled he acted in self defense.

CHP radar on Deadman’s Curve

CHP_carThose 40 m.p.h. speed limit signs recently installed on the Bay Bridge’s S-curve (aka Deadman’s Curve since the fatal semi truck plunge early this month) mean business.

How do I know? I was just nabbed by a CHP officer with a hand-held radar gun, standing next to her car at the end of the S-curve, at the point where the S-curve roadway rejoins the old roadway just before the tunnel.

So resist the temptation to accelerate when you get to the end of the S-curve, folks, unless you want to spend the rest of your trip across the Bay Bridge with a CHP car on your tail and everyone else laughing at you.

KTVU-TV story: CHP launches crackdown on speeders at S-curve

Affluent teens often blotto at parties, parents find

In a long feature in today’s LA Times about the death of an affluent teenager at an Orinda party where alcohol flowed freely, local parents were stunned to find out “that students from good families and strong schools” commonly attended such parties. Indeed, passing out drunk was such a common occurrence that “teens who passed out at parties often were ignored” (emphasis mine). Yeah — oh, her, she’s always passing out.

In other drunk news, Sen. John Kerry’s filmmaker daughter Alexandra was arrested in L.A. Thursday on a DUI charge, but released after the breathalyzer showed she was under the limit. Kerry’s filmmaker daughter is not to be confused with Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s daughter who is also a filmmaker and also named Alexandra.

Strike at Berkeley, other UC campuses

This morning, staff, non-tenured faculty and graduate student instructors at University of California campuses begin a three-day strike to protest the imposition of tuition hikes at the public university. Their website is UCstrike.com and you can follow events on twitter using the #ucstrike hashtag.

According to the strikers’ website, tuition increases this decade have meant that the cost of an undergraduate education has tripled since 2000. They lay the blame not only at the national economic crisis but the university’s commitment to over $1 billion in new debt for construction of new facilities, saying the system favors “construction over instruction.”

The strike is timed to coincide with a meeting of UC regents in Los Angeles. The governing borad is expected to approve new fee hikes.

More than 40 crashes on S-curve of death, CHP says

Last night’s big rig plunge off the Bay Bridge, which happened at 3:30 a.m. when a semi with a load of pears hit the infamous S-curve too fast, was only the latest of more than forty accidents on the suddenly jinxed bridge, the CHP said, as reported by KTVU TV’s website.

The truck hit the curve at 50 m.p.h., which is the speed limit for much of the bridge, but not for the S-curve, a temporary detour installed over the Labor Day weekend as part of the decade-long Bay Bridge earthquake retrofit project. After a big rig crashed on the curve Oct. 14, spilling cargo across four lanes, CalTrans lowered the speed limit on the curve to 35 m.p.h. and installed new signs, but evidently they weren’t enough to draw the attention of a sleepy produce truck driver in the middle of the night.

The driver was killed when the truck went over the guardrail and plunged 200 feet to the ground on the shore of Yerba Buena Island.

Quoted in the SFGate.com story, a CalTrans spokesman blamed the driver, saying the crash was “another example of poor judgment.”

A reel of “raw video” on the KPIX website shows the impact scene before dawn, including a grotesque image of the driver’s severed forearm and hand.

Psych! Bridge reopens at 9:00 this morning

yes-were-openAfter announcing the Bay Bridge would not reopen in time for the morning commute, CalTrans announced about 8:20 this morning that the bridge would be reopening by 9:00 a.m. The reopening follows five and a half days of blame, angst, repair, testing and inspection after a previous emergency fix broke last week on Tuesday afternoon.

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