Sideshows, Spats, and Sudden Closure

Cars galore take over I-880, I-980 could go, and Grand Fare Market is no more.



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Massive Sideshow

Hundreds of cars turned I-880 into a massive sideshow, with drivers heading northbound on the southbound lanes near High Street in the wee hours of a Sunday morning while they spun wheels and did donuts until cops arrived.

 

Excessive Force

Two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies used batons to beat a suspect in an S.F. Mission district alley. The deputies had been pursuing the suspect, who was driving a stolen car, from Oakland. They are under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

 

Birthday Girl

Mayor Libby Schaaf turned 50 and used her bash at the Historic West Oakland Train Station to raise funds for scholarships for 50 low-income Oakland high school graduates to become their first in their families to go to college.

 

Tear Down I-980?

Transforming Interstate 980 into a landscaped thoroughfare from I-880 to San Pablo Avenue is being touted by ConnectOakland. The notion would turn the freeway into a boulevard to remove the barrier it set up in West Oakland.

 

Nasty Spat

Elaine Brown, a former Black Panther, filed a police report alleging that she was assaulted by Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks at Everett and Jones BBQ. Brown sought medical attention and is seeking $10,000 from the city.

 

Hip Fractured

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates is recovering from surgery after breaking his hip. The mayor, 77, an athlete in his college days, fractured a hip while playing a basketball game of HORSE with his grandson. His surgery apparently went well.

 

Short Lived

After opening to impressive reviews, Grand Fare Market, the ambitious market-restaurant-and-more concept on Grand Avenue much like S.F.’s Ferry building, suddenly shuddered, seemingly an economic casualty of its owners’ lack of sufficient capital.

 

Cannabis Incubator

Gateway Incubator LLC, Calfornia’s first cannabis company incubator, has announced plans to set up shop in Jack London Square. Backed by MJIC, Ben Larson, and Carter Laren, its goal is to figure out synergy between marijuana and technology.

 

Temporarily Safe

Rallying support for its history of live and amplified music, Trader Vic’s got Emeryville city leaders to back off amending a law that could have ended the business’ ability to provide it in the future. The city council decided to study a possible change to its noise and cabaret ordinances, taking up the matter again Feb. 16.

 

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