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Submitted by on 1, April 24, 2009 – 7:55 am5 Comments

As in “other people’s posts.” Here’s a few news items that have occurred over the past week that are worth noting:

The papers have been abuzz with news of the arrest of one Sokvoeun “Cindy” Sou, 27, a manager at the Bank of Alameda’s Bay Farm branch who is accused of stealing more than $650,000 out of opera star Kiri Te Kanawa’s retirement account. Sou was reportedly arrested Tuesday and charged with embezzlement and forgery. It was not clear what connection Te Kanawa, who performed regularly with the San Francisco Opera from 1972 to 1993 and now lives abroad, had to the Island.

A tipster forwarded this bit from Silicon Valley gossip e-rag Valleywag about a local cycle shop owner’s less-than-pleasant encounter with a Cisco exec over a late bike. It claims Cisco CTO Joe Burton cussed out a salesman in Alamedan Joel Davis’s Pleasanton bike shop about having to wait for other customers to be served before getting the bike, and that Burton was unprepentant about his behavior when Davis called to complain. (And check out the groovy avatar of Burton with the post.)

And last but not least, local blogger John Knox White is breaking the news that City Councilmember Frank Matarrese has publicly come out in support of the proposed ballot measure for SunCal’s redevelopment plan for Alameda Point. Mayor Beverly Johnson has already come out in support of the plan, and has put her money (or someone’s money, anyway) where her mouth is by recording a call that went out to households across the Island and appearing in a mailer SunCal’s political arm on the ballot measure sent out.

Oh, and it sounds like the city has agreed to pay the former owners of Video Maniacs on Park $540,000 to settle a suit, per Action Alameda.

Happy Friday, Alameda!

5 Comments »

  • Mindy says:

    >>>And last but not least, local blogger John Knox White is breaking the news that City Councilmember Frank Matarrese has publicly come out in support of the proposed ballot measure for SunCal’s redevelopment plan for Alameda Point.<<<

    I would verify that would Frank Matarrese himself before repeating it — just to be safe. JKW refers to a posting on Frank Matarrese’s website. I don’t see any such statement mentioned here. http://www.frankmatarrese.org/

    • Hey Mindy,

      Got him on the phone right now. He’s confirming it right now. He says the statement is under “What’s New.” The site is http://www.frankforalameda.com.

      Says Frank: The vote is about specific development plans for the point. It’s not a vote on SunCal,” And he noted that while SunCal is the developer the city is in negotiations with to get an agreement with, but the city hasn’t yet inked a development agreement with them.

  • David Kirwin says:

    He is confirming what?

    He supports the plan? He made a motion 3 days ago to request information to find out what the ballot measure means, but toady he supports it despite his obvious ignorance?

    He doesn’t want the facts to influence his vote?

    I’d like to know the back-story to that…I bet a deal has been cut that will help finance a run for mayor, but this kind of obviously premature statement of support would cost the votes of any thinking or concerned citizen, – if he actually did come out and support the ballot measure…

  • Mindy says:

    “The City Council wants a closer look at the SunCal plan for redeveloping Alameda Point, specifically the impact on traffic and the environment, before the proposal goes before voters.”
    http://www.mercurynews.com/alamedacounty/ci_12210680

    This does seem like having the verdict and then the trial. Not a very good way of making decisions. David Kirwin raises a good point. Why are two members of the council backing a proposal when they do not know what the traffic and environmental impacts will be?

  • RM says:

    My guess about the answer to this line of questions: Money.

    At his “town hall” meeting at the Cross Town Cafe a few weeks ago, Matarresee said he was concerned about Alameda Point being another “Love Canal.”

    Now, Love Canal was/is not a lovely place, despite its name.

    Yes, why would he endorse this plan before getting more facts? My guess, again: Money. Into his pocket, or to the printer who does his campaign literature. Or some other place that he thinks will get him some votes.

    He’s a slick poltician.

    Why would any politician put her or his face on literature (some may call it propaganda) or make robot calls endorsing a plan? Did you guess my answer? Money.

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