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[By Beat News Service | 20 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

(11/21) — 0745 PST UPDATE — OAKLAND, CALIF. — Oakland firefighters and divers from the Alameda County Search and Rescue team recovered the body of a man who fell at least 100 feet into a water-filled rock quarry while looking for his pet cat early Wednesday morning.

The quarry is located adjacent to the Rockridge Shopping Center off of Pleasant Valley Dr. near Montgomery St. at the Oakland-Piedmont city line, authorities said.

[By Vanessa Guerra | 20 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
The spot where President Obama's Oakland ground campaign was launched now sells stylish footwear to Uptown residents. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Hundreds of East Bay volunteers working to get President Barack Obama re-elected showed up at the campaign’s Oakland office to get marching orders during the election.

If they visit now, though, they could be taking home some stylish footwear needed to win the next race.

[By Beat News Service | 18 Nov 2012 | 4 Comments]
Hostess Brands Inc. will shut down its operations after a week-long strike by its bakers leaving 18,500 employees out of work. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

News of the demise of Hostess Brands, maker of Twinkies and other popular snack cakes for the past 82 years, has left nostalgic fans scrambling to stock up on boxes anywhere they can find them.

But Bay Area Twinkie-lovers were hard-pressed to find the endangered treats at supermarkets, drug stores and bakery outlet stores over the weekend. Loaves of Wonder Bread, also baked by the Hostess company were in high demand too.

[By Andrew Leonard | 14 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Shoppers enter the Safeway supermarket on College and Claremont Avenues. ANDREW LEONARD / CALIFORNIA BEAT

Neighbors of a Safeway store in Oakland’s Rockridge District have struck a deal with the company over a contentious proposal to tear down the existing location and build a much larger modern grocery store on the property.

Residents from the Oakland neighborhood, Berkeley, Safeway representatives and city councilwoman Jane Brunner held a 12-hour mediation session Nov. 8 to address long-held concerns about the project’s size and impact on neighborhood traffic.

[By Beat News Service | 13 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
An ATM's security camera captured a man believed to have kidnapped a woman and drove her around town Nov. 7 in a robbery attempt. (Courtesy Walnut Creek Police)

Walnut Creek Police released images captured by an ATM’s security camera of one of two men who kidnapped a woman in a terrifying robbery spree Nov. 7.

Police said the 57 year-old woman was abducted while walking to her car after work in the Shadelands Business Park area of Walnut Creek at 7:30 p.m. The men forced her into her car, placed a blindfold over her eyes, and drove her around Contra Costa County making an unspecified number of stops at ATMs to withdraw cash. 

[By Beat News Service | 13 Nov 2012 | One Comment]
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: An architectural rendering of a planned 55-story high-rise tower in Downtown Oakland that was later scrapped by the developer. (Courtesy SOM)

High-rise living could be an option in Uptown Oakland, if a San Francisco developer gets his way.

According to the San Francisco Business Times, developer Seth Hamalian is planning a 28-story residential tower to be built at 19th and Broadway Streets, just a short walk away from a BART Station and the heart of Oakland’s bustling Uptown scene.

[By Steven Luo | 7 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

In what is fast becoming a biennial tradition, the Bay Area’s cash-starved local governments went to voters hat in hand, and for the most part, came away with what they asked for.

Of 48 tax or bond measures on the ballot in the six core Bay Area counties, 36 passed, including 13 measures requiring a two-thirds supermajority — though Alameda County voters appeared to be more skeptical than their regional counterparts.

[By Steven Luo and Jennifer Courtney | 6 Nov 2012 | 2 Comments]

Welcome to the Political Beat’s Election Night 2012 coverage of the November 6 General Election. We’ll be busy this evening updating results from important Bay Area and California races, including all of the statewide propositions and the Presidential race. Keep refreshing this page for the latest results and projections from the Political Beat team.

[By Steven Luo and Vanessa Guerra | 23 Jul 2012 | No Comments]
Medical marijuana supporters protesting in Downtown Oakland. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

With President Barack Obama appearing in Oakland for the first time during his presidency, it was a given that Oakland residents — as well as protesters of all stripes — would turn up.

And the hundreds who showed up had many different messages for him.

[By Steven Luo | 22 Jul 2012 | No Comments]
Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at a rally in Tempe, Arizona. (Courtesy Gage Skidmore)

President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, are expected to cross paths in San Francisco Sunday night as a last-minute change to Obama’s schedule brings him to the Bay Area one day earlier than expected.

Obama, who was previously scheduled to arrive in the Bay Area Monday afternoon as part of a three-day fundraising swing through Oakland, Portland, Seattle, and New Orleans, will now spend Sunday night in San Francisco after attending a memorial service in Aurora, Colo. for victims of Friday’s theater shooting.