East Bay Express has a great expose on what’s wrong with the City Council and the food truck ordinance: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/gyrobase/food-trucks-prohibited/Content?oid=2987111&storyPage=1
At Guest Chef, in Rockridge (5337 College Ave.), aspiring restaurateurs take for two weeks straight, bringing only ingredients, with furnishings for a quick-serve restaurant, plus a dishwasher and runner provided.
If things go well, the stint could translate into a more substantial business for the guest chefs. Or, conversely, they might learn that restaurants are really hard work.” —Full Inside Scoop on the Chronicle.
Sad news today from the City. Anthony Batts is leaving.
Here is the resignation letter (courtesy of East Bay Express)
It is with great regret that I tender this official notice of my intent to resign as Chief of Police for the City of Oakland.
In 2009, I answered the call for a reform-minded chief; a leader with a focus on community policing and high professional standards. I was told Oakland residents were looking for a strong, visible leader to engage the community and reduce violent crime. My goal was to help rebuild a once proud, professional department, geared toward crime reduction and community services. With this goal in mind, rather than a chief managing a diverse department of law enforcement professionals making the streets of Oakland safe, I found myself with limited control, but full accountability. The landscape has changed radically over the past two years with new and different challenges.
I am pleased with the fact that over the past two years, we have implemented positive changes, endeavoring to make Oakland a safer place, including:
• Reducing violent crime by 27% in 2010;
• Ending the 25-year public safety problem of street racing and cruising (sideshow);
• Securing a 25 officer grant to enhance community policing, school safety and to offset officer layoffs;
• Establishing a lapel camera program to impact compliance with consent decree requirements;
• Improving department relations with our diverse community;
• Securing a $1 million grant from The Kaiser Foundation for the OK police mentoring program;
• Completing a major reorganization of the police department to reflect reduced staffing levels and better meet the policing needs of the Oakland community;
• Creating a five-year strategic plan;
• Re-establishing the Police Foundation and;
• Reducing some level of compliance on all 51 tasks of the NSA, with only 12 remaining to move into full compliance.
I have great respect for the citizens of Oakland and the good men and women of the Oakland Police Department. However, with a heavy heart, I have recognized that the conditions, under which I was hired as Chief, have changed and do not allow me to fulfill the primary mission — to provide an environment where one can live, work, play, and thrive free from crime and the fear of crime. To the men and women of the Oakland Police Department, and the residents of this city, it has been an honor and privilege to serve with you.
I am disappointed, but not surprised this was the final outcome. :(
One of EaterSF’s game changers is Haven. I am excited, and hope this spurs the market to finally finish.
Where: Haven at Jack London Market
The Situation: After an extended delay, the partners invested in the Jack London Market have refinanced the project, and Daniel Patterson’s headlining restaurant concept, Haven, is moving forward. With chef Kim Alter and cocktail master Scott Beattie on board, there’s no denying the project looks like a heavy hitter at the early going. And since D-Patt is now in motion, other adjacent Jack London Market projects like Bar Bambino’s Mia Filino offshoot and the slew of promised produce vendors, butchers and specialty vendors are more likely to follow suit and finalize deals.
Projected Opening: December
2. Age diversity.
3. Unpretentious staff.
4. A connection to neighborhoods.
5. Small businesses.
6. Approachable chefs and owners.
8. Affordable menu prices.
9. Food-craft startups.
10. Fruitvale, Fruitvale, Fruitvale.” —
New East Bay Express restaurant reviewer, John Birdsall’s top 10 reasons Oakland is a great place to eat.
What’s your take, do agree?
Despite the questionable Levende East (last time I walked by it looked open) close date, District is taking over. Wine bar + Cocktails. Sounds like a good fit. Especially if they are open on Sundays too.
District opened on Townsend Street about five years ago, and for the last few years, the team has been looking around for a potential second location of their wildly successful wine bar. And though they opened the casual eats spot Ironside, they never found the right space for a District sequel.
In 2008, they scouted out some possibilities across the Bay in Jack London Square. It wasn’t the right fit, but on the way back to the city, they drove by Levende East, and basically realized that with its high ceilings and exposed brick walls, that would be a perfect District space … if it ever became available.
“The fact is, who wants to bump into their neighbor inside a sex shop, let alone be seen by hundreds of other locals?” Duffy queried, in a letter to city planner David Valeska.
This is definitely a novel criticism.
It looks like Good Vibrations is having trouble with the permits to open a new shop on Lakeshore. What’s worse, an empty storefront or a discreet adult store? One commenter has the right idea:
“If you don’t want to take the chance, you can go to the store on San Pablo. It’s not like anyone is forcing you into the store on Lakeshore, after all.”