Saturday, June 4, 2016

Betting between the Mayors of Oakland and Cleveland

The mayors of Oakland and Cleveland are forgoing a bet on who will win the NBA finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in lieu of competition that started Thursday to raise money for local food banks. The Warriors won the first game Thursday by a score of 104 to 89. This year's finals are a rematch of last year's championship that the Warriors won. Officials with the Alameda County Community Food Bank are aiming to raise $30,000 this year, which is what they raised last year in the same challenge, Alameda County Community Food Bank spokesman Michael Altfest said. More.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Oakland Drawing more Tech Startups

When Uber opens its massive new headquarters near downtown Oakland next year, flooding the area with as many as 3,000 workers, it will become part of an already thriving tech scene. As the city makes an effort to become more tech friendly, dozens of other startups have joined longtime anchors Pandora and Ask.com in Oakland over the past few years. The growth provides an early sign that the city may be on its way to becoming the next San Francisco or Palo Alto. "I think in general there is a realization across most tech companies right now that there is unrealized value over in Oakland," said T3 Advisors managing director David Bergeron, who helps tech clients find office space. More

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Oakland Jazz Musician Wins Grammy

A Bay Area musician was among those awarded at Monday night's Grammys. Mitch Butler, Silva's instructor at Cal State East Bay. Butler, director of Jazz Studies at the Hayward university, served as Silva's trumpet teacher. "I knew him before because he was one of the busiest musicians in the Bay Area," Butler said. "To have one of our people come in as a regular student playing with our students to suddenly be thrown into a world stage, it's a pretty rare occurrence," said Buddy James, media director for the university's School of Arts. Read more at NBC Bay Area

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Oakland Raiders to Los Angeles?

Today was the first day in which the three NFL teams looking to move to Los Angeles were to submit their relocation applications. The three prospective teams are the Raiders, Chargers, and Rams. As expected, all three have filed for Los Angeles relocation. The NFL released an official statement Monday evening on the three teams filing their submissions Three teams - the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, and San Diego Chargers - each submitted applications to our office today to relocate their franchises to the Los Angeles area beginning with the 2016 season. Each team submitted the appropriate documentation in support of its application as required by the NFL Policy and Procedures for Proposed Franchise Relocations. The applications will be reviewed this week by league staff and three league committees that will meet in New York on Wednesday and Thursday - the Los Angeles Opportunities, Stadium, and Finance committees. The applications will be presented for consideration at next week's league meeting in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday. The relocation of a franchise requires the affirmative vote of three-quarters of the NFL clubs (24 of 32). The Raiders have made their statement as well: "In accordance with the relocation policies, the Oakland Raiders submitted a relocation package to the NFL. The matter is now in the hands of the NFL's owners. An owners' meeting is scheduled to take place in Houston, Texas on January 12 and 13, 2016." As the Raiders statement noted, the owner's meetings in Houston will take place on January 12-13. At the end of which they are expected to make a final vote on which of the two Los Angeles projects to move forward with -- Rams owner Stan Kroenke's Inglewood project or the Raiders and Chargers joint project in Carson.