I know I promised many of you that I’d have all my endorsements for the quickly approaching election published today, but, um, I just couldn’t finish. But Monday! I promise, I will have it all done and ready for you on Monday. So because I actually want to be able to get all that done on time, I’m keeping things here short today.
- Downtown Oakland has a new park! I’m very excited about it. I wish I had pictures to share, but I took them with my phone and then lost my phone. Maybe I’ll head over with the camera at some point today. Anyway, the park’s okay, I would have preferred more grass, but what can you do? It’s charming enough and it’s on 19th Street between Telegraph and San Pablo if you want to check it out. Enjoy it while you can, before it gets ruined by scary public art.
This is my favorite part of the park. The tree provides at least some shade (this park is way short on shade!), plus the round bench around it offers a comfortable and natural feeling place to sit. Bonus for the ample rim along along the top of the bench, which makes a nice surface for resting lunch or a notebook.
This is my least favorite part of the park. I’m happy that there’s so many places to sit, but the tall chairs and tables don’t look particularly comfortable and I think it would be nicer if this area was grass. Also, all those benches make the place look kind of, I don’t know, like a corporate plaza or something. I think I’d prefer another tree with the bench around it.
This is where the sculptures are going to go. I worry that the 25 foot tall, 52 foot wide monument will overwhelm the rest of the park. On the plus side, I guess they’ll provide some shade.
- In case you didn’t catch yesterday’s post: Measure OO sucks. You know what else sucks? Plastering political signs all over public schools! I just so happened to be visiting one of our local high schools yesterday and was extremely disturbed to see “Yes on OO” signs plastered on practically every third classroom door. Is that even allowed? It shouldn’t be.
- Did you miss the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum? You’re in luck. The whole thing is now available on YouTube:
- Did people read that AP story about how cities all over the place are having budget crises? Fascinating, yeah, I know. But there was one line in there that made me laugh out loud, definitely sufficiently amusing to make me feel like the time I’d spent reading the article wasn’t a complete waste:
Even wealthy cities are feeling the pain. Aspen, Colo., will delay construction of a $360,000 foam pit for training snowboarders in the city gym.
Oh, poor Aspen! It must be so hard to be them!
- You guys been following this thing with the schools? What a mess. East Bay Conservative returns from hiatus to weigh in.