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DTO Reading File June 18 2010

June 18, 2010

All the news you need to read to be caught up on the happenings in the DTO.

KALW reports on decades-long efforts to make Chinatown more vibrant and pedestrian-friendly.

The Oakland Tribune reminds us of an ill-fated proposal to gut the Fox and Paramount theaters, and remove several historic buildings, to create a movie multiplex.

Jerry Brown, now the Democratic nominee for Governor of California, points to the restored Fox Theater and revitalized Uptown arts district as his key accomplishments of Mayor of Oakland.

OaklandLocal’s list of weekend parties includes the one-year anniversary of Penelope, a purveyor of spicy cocktails. Penelope will celebrate its longevity with a masquerade ball and charity auction on Saturday.

The Planning Commission voted 5-1 to uphold the recent downtown zoning map over the objections of a small group of NIMBYs who sought to block development around Lake Merritt.

Oakland Pride opened an office in Jack London Square. The nonprofit organization hopes to create a permanent community center, while preparing for the relaunch of an Oakland Pride festival along Telegraph Ave in Uptown.

Shorenstein’s City Center properties are close to a sale to new investors, while another downtown landlord fell into foreclosure.

1 comment

1 Jaymie { 06.24.10 at 4:00 pm }

Hey don’t forget to come to the Emeryville Farmers Market on Thursdays (12-6 PM) across from Pixar!