We’re down with OPP
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!