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Boarded-Up But Open Sears Cited For Urban Blight

Rioters destroyed storefronts in downtown Oakland, California five months ago, filling the area with sadness and boarded-up windows. All of the businesses have fixed up their public faces except one. One retailer’s huge building still has boarded-up windows and looks abandoned. Local residents call the blighted storefront “depressing,” and the city issued a citation for “blight.” The blighted business? Sears. [More]

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Banker Accused Of Stealing $2 Million From Elderly Customers — At Two Different Banks

Remember that Wells Fargo employee charged with defrauding a 90-year-old customer out of $10,000? That’s amateur hour compared to the Oakland woman accused of not only stealing around $2 million from bank customers — but doing it at two different banks. [More]

A sample of the new ID card.

Oakland Decides It Doesn’t Need All Those Fees On Its Combination ID/Debit Cards

A few weeks back, we told you about the new photo ID cards being issued by the city of Oakland that could also be used as prepaid debit cards. We also told you about how these debit cards came loaded with sky-high fees. Now it looks like the city has decided to ditch some of these exorbitant charges. [More]

A sample of the new ID card.

Oakland Residents Will Be Slammed With Fees If They Use City IDs As Debit Cards

The city of Oakland has begun offering ID cards that can also double as prepaid debit cards. Not inherently a bad idea, except for the fact that these cards come loaded with fees that will chisel away at the user’s funds. [More]

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It’s Oakland Vs. Washington In Legal Battle Over Huge Medical Marijuana Dispensary

In what is believed to be the first instance of a municipality suing the federal government on behalf of a medical marijuana dispensary, the city of Oakland has gone to court to ask the feds to please stop trying to close down the largest such dispensary in the country. [More]

Stolen 5,300 Pound Copper Church Bell Recovered Near Scrapyard

Stolen 5,300 Pound Copper Church Bell Recovered Near Scrapyard

Ding dong, are you missing a bell? Acting on a tip, police recovered a 5,300 pound copper bell that was stolen last week from the garden of St. Mary’s Cathedral in West Oakland, California. [More]

Laptop Thief Caught Thanks To Spy Program, Twitter, And Eventually, The Oakland PD

Laptop Thief Caught Thanks To Spy Program, Twitter, And Eventually, The Oakland PD

After Joshua Kaufman’s Macbook was stolen from his apartment in Oakland, he notified the police. Due to budget cutbacks, Oakland PD don’t respond to many non-violent crimes anymore like burglary, grand theft, and car wrecks, so initially they couldn’t help him. Then Josh activated a tracking program on it called Hidden. Like other similar programs, it gave him real-time remote access to his computer, letting him take pictures using its webcam and capture screenshots. He set up a Tumblr to post them, his story went viral, he gave the tracking info to the police, and they ended up trapping the thief and getting the laptop back to Josh. [More]

No Difference Between Large & Small Beers At Oakland Coliseum?

No Difference Between Large & Small Beers At Oakland Coliseum?

Qwest Field, home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, recently caught some flack when people pointed out that you could fit an entire large beer into a “small” beer cup. A video shot at the Oakland Athletics’ ballpark is making people wonder how widespread this issue is. [More]

McDonald's Threatens Mac & Cheese Restaurant With Lawsuit Over Name

McDonald's Threatens Mac & Cheese Restaurant With Lawsuit Over Name

McDonald’s has lost at least two customers in the San Francisco area. The fast food Goliath has threatened to sue a pair of hopeful restaurateurs if they go ahead with the plan to name their plan to name their small macaroni and cheese-themed restaurant “Little Mac.” [More]

Oakland Is Out Of Weed, City Council Declares

Oakland Is Out Of Weed, City Council Declares

Only in the Bay Area does it become an official civic emergency when pot stashes dry up. The Easy Bay Express reports the Oakland City council declared a local public health emergency because supplies of medical marijuana have dwindled. [More]

Police In Oakland Issue Warning About Craigslist Robberies

Police In Oakland Issue Warning About Craigslist Robberies

Just buying something from an anonymous seller on Craigslist — or any number of other sites — can be a risky proposition in its own right. But police in Oakland say there’s been a rash of recent incidents where victims purchased items off Craigslist only to be robbed at gunpoint when they show up to take receipt of their purchases. [More]

Crepe Place Will Give You Any Crepe And A Spanking For $25.00

Crepe Place Will Give You Any Crepe And A Spanking For $25.00

We really have no idea if this is a deal or not, but Metro Crepes in Oakland, CA will give you any crepe on the menu and a spanking for $25. According to the menu, we estimate the value of the spanking at around $20 — if you get either the Brussels or the Madrid crepe.

Southwest Customer Exposes Self, Punches Another Passenger, Then Strips Naked

Southwest Customer Exposes Self, Punches Another Passenger, Then Strips Naked

Here’s an issue you probably didn’t expect to run into on your flight from Oakland to Las Vegas. According to the SF Chronicle, a man exposed himself, then punched a passenger who screamed. After that, he decided to strip naked and resist while flight attendants and other passengers subdued him. The flight was turned around and both the man and the woman he punched were taken to the hospital. They apparently don’t know each other, and the man is wanted on drug charges.

Save Negative $0.91 On Sears Treadmills

Save Negative $0.91 On Sears Treadmills

Trixare4kids writes:

I went down to Sears today in Oakland, California, and as I am walking by the treadmills this caught my eye. The sale price on this treadmill is .91 cents higher than the original price. Someone at Sears needs a to re-take basic math.

Actually, the portion of this sign that says, “save” bears no relation to the rest of the sign. It’s just a general reminder to all of us in life that it’s important to save things. Like receipts, memories, and rare stamps.