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Bay Guardian vs SF Weekly – jury selection begins today

Newspaper industry folks & curious legal observers alike are gearing up at SF’s Superior Court for the 4 years in the waiting, Bay Guardian Co. vs New Times Media trial, for which jury selection begins this Thursday.
For those not keeping track, Guardian publisher Bruce Brugmann contends that for years “predatory” ad pricing practices from New Times owned SF Weekly & it’s then sister paper The East Bay Express were designed to put the Guardian at a disadvantage. No one likely doubts that the SF Weekly & Bay Guardian have a rivalry, but the question is, was the wealthier New Times chain operating within the law?
New Times ( founded in Phoenix Az and now also merged with Village Voice & LA Weekly as well as over a dozen other newsweeklies nationwide), have dismissed the claims made by Brugmann, and counter that he is just a feeble businessman unable to meet market demands.

Who Do You Love/Loathe?

leave yer answers in the comments after the jump…

Monday Hubba Hubba: Burlesque Bootyshakin’ at the New Uptown

Image by parker day.

My favorite local burlesque dancer Bombshell Betty (on right) is performing in a packed, delicious-looking lineup this monday (that’s tomorrow) at Oakland’s fabulous new Uptown Club, for only $5. They’re promising “Sexy Girls, Variety Acts, Drunken Emcee’s… & a Gorilla!” Sounds like a great way to start the week to me… This week’s lineup includes:

Pookie Patootie, Bombshell Betty, Bombshell Betty’s Burlesqueteers, Margaret France, Peekaboo Burlesque, Heather Von Domhoff, Gorilla X, “and many, many more!”

Doors 8PM, Show 9PM; 21 & Up w/I.D.; five dollars

UPTOWN HUBBA HUBBA! is at… The Uptown Club: 1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (1 block from 19th Street BART)

Also: A Burlesqueteer is down — hit by a drunk driver. Give some Love for Amy.

Photos of Tanker

Through total accident, was at a picnic at Oakland’s Shoreline park, where you can walk out to a vista point and see the tankers getting unloaded and loaded. Here, we realized we were staring at the one that bashed into the Bay Bridge. Brother-in-law took photos, so thanks Mark!


And more after jump. The best way to see it was probably on a boat. We were surprised the ship was still unloading containers. They were placing metal-looking empty flats onto the boat while they took off the containers. The gash is very eerie looking. We didn’t see any oil around the coastline there, but did see containment efforts of foam-looking long bumpers up against the rocks, and lots of signs about no swimming, etc. nearby.

Metreon Murder Goes Great Until Race Car Limo Used As Getaway Car

According to SF Gate, a brawl at an outpost of sportsbar chain Jillian’s at the Metreon early Sunday morning was going great for some gun toting Oakland thugs, they even had a limo parked out front as an escape car. After firing shots that killed 27 year old Ronald Jacques, the suspects jumped in their waiting ride, ordered the driver across the bridge to get back to their East Bay base camp to celebrate.

The only problem is … it was no ordinary anonymous black town car, these flamboyant thugs like traveling in style, and that style includes using a Nascar-ified 2006 Dodge Charger SXT 10 passenger Super-Stretch Limousine with flames & racing stripes.

racing limos and guns go great together

According to Bay Area Racing Limos, the garishly painted custom built vehicle is worth an estimated $80,000 and features 5 flat screen monitors, high-end Kenwood sound system, Playstation II, Karaoke system, integrated Ipod port, mirrored/lighted ceiling, 3 ice chests, interior/exterior strobes, laser and rope lights. The perfect for way for the status conscious extreme criminal element to travel in radical rented style.

Unfortunately for our traveling crew, the obviousness of their getaway vehicle and descriptions from witnesses I mean snitches, those darn cops were able to find the car on 580 before it dropped off it’s criminal cargo …

Actual pics and how you can rent it (when the cops eventually release it from impound) for your next moronic murder spree or NASCAR theme wedding after the jump…

Newsom & Dellums promise “the nation’s largest urban area collaboration”… or with your $30 million, at least the most expensive

Forget that free WiFi folks … we’ve got something better in the pipeline to appease ye voting types…we’re talking actual working walkie talkies and stuff like that.

Huh? What’s that?
Oakland’s Ron Dellums shows off the Bay Area’s current emergency communications system he & Gavin Newsom intend to string together with $30 million in tax money they found laying around.

Apparently, moving radio waves & data between Oakland and SF is just a dream right now, but someday we may even be able to transmit communications all the way to Sacramento and San Jose. This of course requires building a special “emergency” system capable of true cross bay communications, and Dellums & Newsom, by golly, are just the sort of high tech, get things done political masterminds to take credit for this modern miracle possibly happening in your lifetime.

The two Bay Area big city mayor’s are excitedly announcing their 5 year plans to create communication between their once far off towns and add that getting a hold of over $30 million in federal dough would be a real good start.

I kid ye not, yesterday using the pretext of Sept 11th as a mighty powerful day to announce their grand plans, Oakland’s zombie grandfather dude, I mean, uh mayor, Ron Dellums and his devious youthful cross bay rival Newsom issued a joint press release.

The intriguing title was San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums Launch Regional Initiative to Connect Bay Area Public Safety Agencies

Just what is a regional initiative you ask?

Well first of all… it’s not just any initiative, it’s part of a “Super Urban Security Initiative

Second of all it’s also “strategic”

Third of all it pays ” tribute to the fallen”

So don’t go making fun of it either…

Apparently the busy twosome, Newsom & Dellums have been hard at work behind the logistical scenes, and can now promise an actual “initiative” to create a working Oakland to SF gov’t emergency radio communications network that starts at the low, low introductory price of just over $30 Million!

The current system of two cans connected by string is considered outmoded by the guy who sells Motorola Razr accessories at the mall.sfcans.gif

One gets the feeling that not since the telegraph has a communications breakthrough of this magnitude happened, and it’s nice to know that Bay Area emergency responders stand to benefit from the advancements in technology that might make this crazy dream a reality. Perhaps in another 5 years, whomever is mayor then might get to announce the invention of Cable Television, or Microwave Popcorn. One day it is believed, if things keep moving forward, man may even walk on the moon and Charlton Heston will awaken to find himself on a Planet of The Apes ( which is actually Earth !). Carnac predicts as well that Marky Mark will likely leave his Funky Bunch and then sign on to do a remake..

Well for those who were busy yesterday and somehow overlooked this stunning news, I’ll just let ya get at it yourself. It’s got some especially powerful & appropriate Mayoral quotes lauding their own joint decision making prowess. I proudly present this unaltered and largely unprecedented dual press release in it’s entirety after the jump…

Commemorating Sept 11th – Bay Area Style

While “ground zero” in Manhattan will almost certainly feature a Rudy Giuliani sighting and be the focus of much mainstream media attention on September 11th, there will be other distractions and gatherings afoot here on the left coast.

While Megadeth entertains the metal masses at The Warfield, I see that the Alcoholocaust crew have booked a more intimate affair with perennial political punkers M.D.C at Annie’s Social Club that night.

Most popularly known as Millions of Dead Cops, and alternately Multi-Death Corporations, the guys are not without a sense of humor, and have tempered their raging fury at times with humorous odes to preparing tofu spaghetti & respecting the rights of chickens to roam free while doing the “chicken dance”. I believe my fave MDC show was on Divisidero in 1988 at the late Kennel Club ( now The Independent) when the appeared as Mourn Divine Correctly as lead singer Dave donned a beehive wig & ball gown to celebrate the life of the late John Waters’ film starlet.

If drag is your thing, but you take it pretty darn seriously perhaps head over to Club Crash on Sept 11th to attend the the Transgender Law Center’s fifth anniversary. One has to wonder who booked the oddly insensitive named choice for a venue called Club Crash for an Anniversary Party on the typically bleak day of Sept. 11th . Gotta love that sick sense of humor displayed by SF Human Rights Commissioner and Transgender Law Center co-founder Cecilia Chung & crew…

Another Gay themed event occurs at Castro’s Books Inc. store, a release party for a collection of gay erotica edited by Simon Sheppard called Homosex: A Celebration.

The 11th Annual Madcat women’s film festival begins with screenings, and a free Bar BQ plus a performance by musical guests Amber Asylum at The El Rio.

In the East Bay, conspiracy buffs will gather at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater, the politically purposeful movie palace hosting a 9/11 Truth Film Festival & symposium beginning Sept 10th and running through Tuesday Sept 11th.

Details on these events and links to more info including PowerPoint slides of engineering analysis of the WTC buildings’ collapse after the jump

Just another Tuesday

The SF Symphony performed in London and The Times reviewed its program of American composers.

Air India is proposing to start direct SFO to Bangalore service in 2008 — once Bangalore’s new Devanahalli airport opens.

canyon_sm.gifThe NYT this morning has a twee little feature on the locality of Canyon, Calif., a hamlet nestled in the hills beyond the East Bay Regional Parks south of Moraga (click the illustration at right for a popup map of its location or click here for a Google map). The residents are excited that the one pay phone in the community, which was taken away by AT&T in December, has been restored through a community effort. Among those quoted are “a fiddler who makes a living fixing clocks” and a crusty local postmistress who defies USPS rules by putting up pictures of her grandchildren in the P.O.

Oakland to Celebrate 4th of July – Tonight ?

Headlines abounded earlier this month when it became apparent Oaksterdam mayor Ron Dellums and his administration of mysterious task forces somehow failed to check the calendar and order up the traditional July 4th Fireworks show at Jack London Square.
Instead the celebration was to be postponed until tonight, July 28th for some reason, perhaps simply to prove that in Oakland, the terrorists win or something. Well…uh, hold your bong hits folks, and guess what…

The “re-scheduled” fireworks are now canceled following new concerns that the endangered California brown pelican would be totally bummed. The announcement that slipped out on Friday, was oblique, but paid some much needed lip service to not disrupting the breeding and roosting birds.

But fear not dudes, a “friendly alternative” laser show has been substituted at 9pm ..way to go dudes…

Details on the today only Portfest World Music and Jazz Festival, and Map of the Middle Harbor Shoreline park area after the jump…

Car Pool Etiquette

This morning I found myself commuting to the city from the East Bay. I had done my home work the night before figuring out the logistics and the cost benefit of taking the AC Transit Line vs. Bart. I decided to take the NL line to enjoy the ride and views of the Bay Bridge instead of becoming another sardine in a packed Bart train. What I didn’t figure into my calculations was the option of casual car pool–only because I didn’t know anything about it. So as I was walking to the bus stop this morning, a car pulled up and the driver asked If I was interested in carpooling. I took a quick look and saw there was at least one female passenger and felt comfortable enough to hop in the backseat.

I felt like a fish out of water riding with two complete strangers. Not knowing carpool etiquette, I decided to remain quiet, observe the interaction between the driver and the other passenger and listen to their conversation. What I was able to figure out during the brief ride (which may not be news to anyone who’s tried this before) is the following:

1) Salutations–Greet your fellow passengers, it seems like this one would be obvious no?
2) Requests–Passengers are the co pilots here so making requests about the volume or radio stations or air conditioning is not welcome. Once again, seems obvious but I was surprised that the other passenger in the car actually made these requests.
3) Dating–Just because a passenger is in your car Mr. Driver, does not mean such passenger is interested in dating you. The free ride is great but you can’t honestly expect me to say yes to a date?!

This is based on my first experience, but there have to be other “rules” that apply. So if any of you have suggestions or if there’s some kind of Roberts rules of Order for carpooling, can you all share? I can get used to riding in a nice luxury car to work every day.

Playing With Propane

FIre Festival 2007
Stopped by the Crucible’s Fire Art Festival under the maze in Oakland. These are three stilt walkers passing in front of the back of a big fire dragon. The Crucible is a workshop where you can take classes on pouring glass to beadwork. This festival seemed, from behind the fences, to center mostly on the fire work- and yes, it was really Burning Man-esque, though many porta potties abounded.

I arrived five minutes after they sold out, so my friend and I toured the entire block from behind the fence. In the words of my friend “close as I want to be to some of these flames.” Some video and more photos after the jump.

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