STAND lost their lawsuit. The group was suing the City over approval of a new building at 4801 Shattuck, claiming that the project needed an Environmental Impact Report. The City Council rejected STAND’s appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of the project last July, and in August STAND sued. Earlier this month, Judge Frank Roesch issued a tentative decision denying STAND’s request and affirming that the project is exempt from CEQA review.
Also going on today:
- Oakland’s 2008 homicide total is up to 33 – last year at this time, we were at 22.
- Oddly, both Oakland magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle are still saying that Fresh & Easy is coming to West Oakland this year. I keep hearing that they still have not signed a lease and are now looking at locations in East Oakland instead. Strange.
- The Trib’s take on kids selling bootleg DVDs on the street? They’re entrepeneurs!
- I actually thought that Brenda Payton had already left the Trib, but I guess I was wrong. Here’s her farewell column.