April 27, 2004

San Leandro Tops Bay Area Handgun Sales in 2000

According to a report by the University of California, Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, San Leandro had 4,253 handgun sales in 2000. This made San Leandro tops in Bay Area gun sales and fifth in sales in California. Trader Sports at 685 East 14th Street was responsible for sales of 3,858 handguns in 2000, making it the top handgun retailer in California in 2000. Since Trader Sports is closed on Sunday, that's an average of more than 12 handguns sold each day it's open. Alas, since Trader Sports claims to "specialize in individual police officer, city, county, state and police department sales," we don't know how many of those handgun sales were not related to law enforcement or government sales. The authors of the report note, "We have also excluded transactions involving the operations of the Department of Justice itself and certain other transactions."

Trader Sports also had the largest number of denied handgun sales, with 104 sales denied. Forty-three handgun sales were denied because the person was prohibited from buying a handgun and 61 gun sales were denied because they exceeded the one-gun-a-month limit.

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April 26, 2004

Luso Mercado Delicatessen

We saw Luso Mercado appear on East 14th Street, close to the Bayfair Mall, a few months ago. Apparently it relocated from some place else in San Leandro.

It makes sense to find a Portuguese deli in San Leandro, which until recently had a very large and active Portuguese community. Indeed, San Leandro's other claim to life is to be California's sausage capital. Many of these Portuguese settlers apparently opened linguiza factories .

I've been meaning to go to Luso Mercado for a while, just to check it out and see if they carry Brazilian products as well (they don't). We finally did a couple of days ago and found that Luso Mercado is, indeed, operated by Portuguese people (they were speaking Portuguese in the shop). The store concentrates on deli products and Port. They have an incredible selection of aged Port. If you're looking for a '69 port to celebrate a 35 birthday, you will likely find it here - expect to pay close to $200, however. Their selection of sherry, madeira and other fortified wines is pretty good as well. It takes us five years to go through a bottle of madeira, but next time we run out we'll certainly go there.

They had a variety of sausages (and linguiza, now we know where to find the real, real thing) and Portuguese cheeses. They also carry many, many cans of canned fish (specially cod), tons of Portuguese olive oil (I'll try some next time I run out) and assorted Portuguese products.

Luso Mercado Delicatessen
15100 E 14th St
San Leandro, CA 94578-1904
(510) 352-0163

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April 23, 2004

Bay Fair BART Tied for Most Robberies

According to this article in today's San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Fair BART station had eleven robberies last year. That ties it with the Richmond station for most robberies. The Coliseum and Hayward stations were close behind.

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April 19, 2004

Bay City Grill Out - Tapioca Express In

Bay City Grill didn't last long and now the trendy chain Tapioca Express [Warning: Annoying site with noise] has replaced it. It's located at 129 W. Joaquin Ave., just west of E. 14th St. According to the web site, "Tapioca beverage is a various combination of black or green tea, milk, juice, coffee, and small marbles of tapioca (a.k.a. "black pearl" or "boba", made from Tapioca starch, water, corn starch and natural flavors.)" I've tried it and I don't like it, but it seems to be all the rage these days.

I'll miss Bay City Grill, which offered decent food and, more importantly, outdoor dining - which was great on warm evenings.

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April 12, 2004

Celebration of Puppetry at San Leandro Library April 17

Celebration of Puppetry
Saturday, April 17, 2004
San Leandro Main Library
300 Estudillo Avenue

Noon - 4pm
Ongoing exhibit of forms of puppetry
Estudillo/Karp Room

Noon - 4pm
Puppet Petting Zoo
Geared for ages 2 - 7
Estudillo/Karp Room

Noon - 3pm
Television Puppet Workshop
Learn how to work a puppet on camera. Puppets and cameras will be supplied. Twenty-minute sessions begin at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Mary Brown Room

Noon
Kids Theater and Puppetry
Fourth and fifth-graders will perform an interactive puppet show.
Estudillo/Karp Room

Noon
"Make It and Take It" Free Workshop
Kids can learn how to make a simple mouse puppet. Supplies provided.
Classrooms B & C

1pm
Rapunzel puppet show by Tim Giugni of Il Teatro Calamari
Lecture Hall Theater

2pm
Free Preschooler's Workshop
Preschoolers will learn how to make a butterfly puppet. Adult must accompany the child. Materials provided.
Classrooms B & C

2pm
Free Grade School Student Workshop
Children will make a dragon puppet. Children under 8 must bring an adult.
Classrooms B & C

2pm - 4pm
Advanced Class for Kids 8+
$6 fee for materials and pre-registration (at Children's Desk of Main Library) required.
Learn to build a scarf marionette and perform with it. Limited to 25 kids.
Trustees Room

3pm
Free Workshop for Teachers, Librarians, Day Care Providers, Camp Counselors, Scout Leaders, etc.
Learn how to perform fun and easy puppet shows like "The Three Bears"
Classrooms B & C

4pm
Animal Folktakes of the Americas performed by Michael and Valerie Nelson of Magical Moonshine Puppet Theater
$3 per ticket. For all ages. Featuring large puppets, original songs, and musical accompaniment.
Lecture Hall Theater

7pm
Upset Boulevard performed by Lewis Mahlmann of the Lilliputian Players.
Oddities performed by Tim Giugni of Il Teatro Calamari
Content of these shows is for 16 years and older.
These are NOT children's puppet shows.
$5 per ticket
Estudillo/Karp Room

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Rep. Pete Stark in Town April 17

Representative Pete Stark will be in town Saturday, April 17, for a series of town hall meetings:

Fremont
9am - 10am
Fremont Senior Center
40086 Paseo Padre Parkway

Hayward
10:30am - 11:30am
Council Chambers, Hayward City Hall
777 B Street

Alameda
12pm - 1pm
Council Chambers, Alameda City Hall
2263 Santa Clara Avenue

Get involved. Listen to him. Ask him questions. Where does he stand on the issues that are important to you?

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April 11, 2004

Power Outage Throughout City

As of 9pm Sunday, April 11, power was out through large parts of San Leandro. A PG & E crew was observed at the corner of Elsie and Bancroft Avenue, but it is not known whether this area was the source of the power outage. San Leandro Police were directing traffic at the corner of Sybil and Bancroft Ave., but most intersections were uncontrolled and drivers were apparently forgetting to stop. Hopefully, nobody will get hurt in one of the accidents that is bound to happen.

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April 3, 2004

New Vietnamese Restaurant to Open Downtown

On Friday, the sign for Le Soleil Vietnamese Noodle & Grill, went up at 1515 E. 14th Street, the space between the lamp store and Luke's Grill. Don't know if it's the same folks with a restaurant of the same name on Clement St. in San Francisco, but we'll find out.

Looks like the floors were pretty much done on Friday, so just a few more weeks before it opens (hopefully).

Oh yeah - and they're hiring if you're looking for a job.

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