Oakland Updates: OAC, Chickens & Goats, Art & Soul, and Police Changes

21 Aug

Should the Oakland Airport Connector receive a federal grant and loan?: Eric at Transbay Blog ponders this question thoroughly. He ultimately conclues that the OAC is not a great candidate for either the TIGER grant or TIFIA loan, due to changes in the project that have reduced economic impact and impact on regional transit. Both posts in this series are worth the read, but the best line comes in Post 2, when Eric discusses regioonal impact: “The fact of the matter is, the vast majority of people going to Oakland Airport will not be interested in taking the OAC. They might, however, point to it while driving on Hegenberger.”

Chickens at Pizzaiolo and goats in your backyard: A story in the LA Times, via dto510, reveals that Pizzaiolo now has a chicken coop in the back alongside beehives that will soon be full with bees. As someone who raises chickens and now only eats their eggs, I know that fresh eggs are entirely worth it and am glad to hear that a restaurant is taking advantage of this. Novella Carpenter, the West Oakland farmer, is also mentioned in this article, and this week she announced on her blog that she’s selling three goats. They’re so cute and if I had room for them, I might just have to buy them. But sadly I don’t, so if you do have the space, consider buying them.

Photos of Art & Soul: This year, I was so excited that I would finally get to go to Art & Soul, since it wasn’t going to be during Burning Man. But then my sister had to go and schedule her bachelorette party for last weekend and I missed it. Fortunately, Gene wrote about it at Our Oakland and posted some beautiful photos, including this one:

art & soul

You’ve probably already heard this, but… We have a new chief of police, Anthony Batts. BART is losing its chief of police, after a scathing report was released about how BART police handled the situation that led to the killing of Oscar Grant. In more cheerful news, the Lake Chalet opened this week. I’ve yet to hear about the food, but the bar is apparently great.

5 Responses to “Oakland Updates: OAC, Chickens & Goats, Art & Soul, and Police Changes”

  1. Aaron Priven August 21, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    The sole I had on Wednesday at Lake Chalet was great, and the coconut cream pie was to die for.

    • Becks August 21, 2009 at 10:48 am #

      Yum! I’ll have to check it out, as I love coconut cream pie.

  2. Gene August 21, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    Thanks for the link love, and double thanks for pointing more people to Eric’s great analysis of the OAC and its lack of loan-worthiness. I really, really, hope they don’t waste money on this thing.

  3. oaklandhappenings August 22, 2009 at 12:23 am #

    Yes, Lake Chalet is a must…I encourage anyone who hasn’t been there yet to try it out. I went opening evening for an appetizer, and took a group to lunch there Friday. One of the seating hosts mentioned that they were going to open the bar on the dock that evening…yay! They will soon have a grill down there too.

  4. Karen Hester August 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm #

    Lake Chalet is everything Oakland needs–a lovely and lively restaurant that has something for everyone. Beautiful view and healthy food choices in gorgeous restored building. Measure DD $ at work and I’m liking the results. I had the ahi tuna with a special gravy sauce and mustard greens. Pineapple upside down cake is the perfect blend of sweet and tangy.

    With the warm wood windows, soft light and breeze coming in, and reggae music in the background, I could almost transport myself for a moment to a faraway Turkish restaurant I hold dear.

    I especially like the motto “Service Before Self” etched in the sidewalk outside plus the spanking new streetlamps. The landscaping is a little too conventional for my tastes and the goose poop is still a factor, but these can be overlooked as you connect to the Oaktown vibe.

    This Sunday Oaklandish is hosting a Radio Regatta 1-7pm at the restored boathouse with 1/2 price boat rides, DJ’s and of course food and drink from Lake Chalet.

    I’m hoping to be able to use their private rooms for some East Bay same sex weddings!

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