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Sunday Notes: 6/12/11

Sunday, June 12, 2011

imageIn advance of First Lady and organic gardening buff Michelle Obama’s expected stay there tomorrow night, the Claremont Hotel in the Berkeley hills rushed to install raised vegetable beds on the grounds.

  • At least 100 extra Oakland cops are expected to be on the streets starting today in anticipation of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle’s release from jail in Los Angeles tomorrow.
  • Heard the latest wild Gavin Newsom speculation? The Examiner suggests the Lite Gov and wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s move to Ross in Marin County might signal that he’s considering a run for Lynn Woolsey’s seat in Congress once she retires.
  • Whatever the reason for Gavin and Jennifer’s move, SF Weekly’s Joe Eskanazi says the pretense that their $2.7 million Ashbury Heights home is too petite for their growing family “induced bouts of hilarity” among real estate professionals.
  • The family of missing nursing student Michelle Le, whom police believe to have been murdered, plans a massive flier distribution in Hayward this afternoon.
  • imageEpic journey: A western pond turtle in Marin County identified by scientific markings apparently walked 18 miles from Phoenix Lake to near Point Reyes Station in a little more than two years.
  • Best-selling novelist and Lower Haight resident Andrew Sean Greer works out of a windowless space near 16th and Mission because it’s quiet and within walking distance from home.
  • Most visitor friendly airport anywhere? Got to be Concord’s Buchanan Field, which just finished installing umbrellas to provide shade in the children’s section of the observation area.
  • While making off with a couple’s electronics, a Mountain View house burglar also emptied the “life savings” of their 10-year-old son’s piggy bank.
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was the surprise commencement speaker for 8th-graders at Menlo Park’s Bell Haven School.
  • Now that hunters and hikers will be sharing the same woods near Lake Tahoe during Nevada’s first black bear hunt, critics are worried that it may not only be the bears that get shot. 
  • imageLeast likely sports story to repeat itself: A Raiders move to Los Angeles, despite news reports that wannabe NFL owner Philip Anschutz has made a pass at Al Davis to acquire the team for the L. A. stadium he’s hoping to build.
  • Celebrity TV chef Guy Fieri has signed a lease and is on track to open one of his Johnny Garlics restaurants in Dublin (the East Bay, not Ireland) this summer.
  • Unsurprising headline at Politico: “Palin emails show media distrust.”
  • R.I.P.: David Dietz, award-winning former investigative reporter at the Chronicle and elsewhere, died June 1, at age 75; Eric “Dr. Rock” Isralow, one of the first rock historians and a longtime Bay Area radio personality, died June 2, at age 67.     

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