on April 9, 2010

Happy Friday, Oakland.

San Jose is hoping that a pending $20 million land deal could help the city lure the Oakland A’s to the South Bay. Now, the city is just two parcels short of putting together a fourteen acre site between Diridon Station and the HP Pavilion. But it’s not a done deal. The owner of the A’s, Lew Wolff, has expressed interest in moving the team, but the move would first have to be cleared by Major League Baseball.

A’s prospect Grant Desme leaves baseball to become a Catholic priest.

Listen up, party people. The Trib reports that Oakland City Council Members Rebecca Kaplan and Nancy Nadel are trying to change the rules and cost of cabaret permits, which give venues a license to have live music and dancing. And the most controversial piece–they are trying to allow 10 downtown venues with clean records to stay open until 5 a.m, to keep drunk people from hitting the streets at the same time.

One person was arrested when about 100 people swarmed the Embarcadero BART station to protest the way the agency has handled the death of Oscar Grant. Johannes Mehserle, the officer who shot Grant, has been charged with murder. His trial will begin in Los Angeles in June.

In case you missed it, ON staff writer Mary Flynn went undercover with OPD’s Child Exploitation Unit as they worked to get young prostitutes off the street.

The Ligure Italian social club is raising money to give college scholarships to high school seniors.

The Chron’s Chip Johnson writes about how the housing bust is hitting Oakland’s oldest lumber yard.

Photo by Basil D Soufi
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