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I admit, it’s been a struggle. What to call my occasional column featuring bits of information that are interesting but not a whole blog post interesting? Errata: knocked down because it was, well, errata. Bits and pieces – boring … *sigh* When I was a working journalist, writing headlines was the thing I sucked at the most. So I’m turning to you, dear reader. Undoubtedly, you are far cleverer than I. So show me by naming this column (come on, Wikipedian!). Without further ado …

Alameda Power & Telecom General Manager Girish Balachandran’s monthly report to the local Public Utilities Board is, frankly, a lot more interesting than a lengthy discussion on hydroelectric power and kilowatt hours. Here’s two tidbits from the report:

*Billionaire speculator, British pound-killer, George W. Bush-hater and native Esperanto speaker George Soros has purchased a 6.67 percent stake in local software company Wind River.

*Alameda Hospital, which just contracted with the VA to provide medical services to vets, is in talks with the agency to build a new hospital at Alameda Point. In November 2006, the VA asked the Navy for the land where a proposed wildlife refuge was planned to build a hospital, substance abuse and mental health outpatient clinics and a national columbarium (above-ground cemetery for cremated departed). The East Bay Business Times reported that the two entities are in “very early talks.” According to this article in the Sun, the VA submitted its request in November 2006 and asked for 18 months to put a plan together, which I’m guessing means we could see something any time now?

We’ve got more news on developments out at Alameda Town-e Center. Zeytini Restaurant & Bar, which has been Coming Soon! for eons, is slated to open sometime this month. They’re putting a Dress Barn out there in the fall. And yes, Borders is opening. The ATC folks say it’ll open May 17, with a party on May 30 and June 1.

Planning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a little too much? Alameda law firm Berg Injury Associates will pay your cab fare home. The firm already pays cab fare for celebrants of notoriously intoxicating holidays New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day. To get the ride home – no, not to another bar – call Yellow Cab of Alameda or Veterans Cab at (800) 281-4488 and tell them Berg is paying the tab.

If you’re really, really eager to vote on Measure H, you can cast your ballot by mail starting now.

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