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"On the Road" at UCB

Did Philip K. Dick and Jack Kerouac ever meet at this Berkeley cafe?

 

After the New Downtown Berkeley Launch Event was concluded on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, a reporter from KGO radio in San Francisco was walking on Adeline Street with John Caner, the Executive Director of the Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA), when one of the homeless people in front of John's Ice Cream challenged her to talk to him and get both sides of the story.   She declined the invitation to get a balanced picture of the situation and scampered quickly to her Mercedes Benz and drove off informing him that she had all the information she needed.

 

In the current issue of the East Bay Express (April 4 -- 10, 2012) on page 12 of the hardcopy edition, reporter Robert Gammon recaps the skepticism that Joe Debro faced when he criticized the deal which was utilized http://www.eastbayexpress.com/ebx/raiders-deal-still-haunts-oakland/Content?oid=3167659 > to bring the Oakland Raiders back to Oakland from their temporary rebel encampment in the Los Angeles area.   Debro was vastly outnumbered by sports fans, journalists and politicians who heartily endorsed the efforts to lure the absent rascals back to the Bay Area.

 

Debro's objections seem more credible now that the city is in financial crisis mode and the football team might need to be reminded of the particulars of a loan that was instrumental in getting them to (like the prodigal son) return home because it is Debro's continued position that no payments on the loan have been made and none are scheduled to be made.   If families can live paycheck to paycheck, can't a $53.9 million dollar loan be forgotten if a team is living from season to season?

 

Time magazine's Reagan era White House correspondent, Doug Brew, advised reporters to take the time to listen to what people were trying to tell them and not prejudge the quality of their information based on their appearances or apparent financial status.   How (you might ask) could the World's Laziest Journalist possibly be the recipient of advice from such a highly qualified source for opinions on the art of Journalism?   We were coworkers on the staff of the weekly Santa Monica Independent Journal Newspapers in the Los Angeles area.   That brings up the question:   "How well did you get to know him?"   When he was welcomed into this columnist's humble abode in Marina del Rey, Brew expostulated:   "My God, Bob, this is a hovel!"

 

Could KGO's gal reporter have possibly missed a good Berkeley sidebar story in her haste to get . . . some place else?

 

On Tuesday afternoon, we were informed by some of the folks in People's Park that (irony alert!) the beloved guy known as "hate man" had been issued a stay-a-way order from the public park that he calls "home."  

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