UnderCurrents: Parking Fiasco Has Roots in Jerry Brown Years

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday August 06, 2009 - 10:40:00 AM

The Grand Avenue-Lakeshore Boulevard commercial district has long been one of my favorite hangouts. For years, I would park at the old Lucky/Albertsons parking lot and then walk up Lakeshore and then down around to Grand, window shopping, maybe making a purchase or two at the Gap—when its styles were more to my taste—renting a movie from Blockbuster, sitting down for coffee or sometimes a meal from one of the many Asian cuisine restaurants, almost always ending up for a half-hour or more of browsing at Walden Pond Books. I’m a sucker for a good used book store. -more-

Wild Neighbors: Alhambra Creek Update: That Touch of Mink

By Joe Eaton
Thursday August 06, 2009 - 10:49:00 AM
Young mink at Alhambra Creek beaver pond.

The wildlife scene at the beaver pond in downtown Martinez continues to surprise observers. Last year, in addition to the beavers, muskrats, river otters, turtles, and herons, someone spotted a single mink. Now there’s an entire mink family. -more-

East Bay Then and Now: A Yankee Bricklayer’s Creation, Bonita Hall Endures

By Daniella Thompson
Thursday August 06, 2009 - 10:48:00 AM
Bonita Hall was built in 1905 as a warehouse with a lodge hall on the second floor.

On the corner of Bonita Avenue and Berkeley Way stands an elegant Colonial Revival brick building that might have been transplanted whole from a New England town, where it might have served as a Masonic lodge. -more-

Stimulus And Response

By Matt Cantor
Thursday August 06, 2009 - 10:48:00 AM

Forced-air heating is stupid. I’m sorry if that’s what you’ve got; it’s also what I have, so you can feel bad for me, too. It’s not that we’re stupid. It’s just that heating air is a dumb way to heat space. It noisy, it’s dirty, it’s not especially efficient and it takes up a huge amount of space in a home. In case you’re not sure what I’m talking about, let me apologize, go back, slow down and explain what forced-air heating is. -more-