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[4 Nov 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Photos and Story by Linsay Rousseau Burnett
Robert Wesner, 39, sat hunched over his sewing machine, his waist-long hair pulled back in a half ponytail, while a topless woman laced up a leather corset behind him. Wesner, owner of Leather Mystics, began stitching together his sixth leather choker of the night. Laughing, he said that he never would have believed this is where his life would end up: “It’s not like you grow up thinking, ‘Geez, I think I’ll be a bondage leather specialist.”

Arts & Culture, Faces & Places, Fremont, Niles »

[4 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Preserving the Niles Canyon Railway | ]

Photos and Story by Linsay Rousseau Burnett
Since 1961, the mission of the all-volunteer Pacific Locomotive Association (PLA) has been to operate a working railroad museum that preserves the physical aspects and atmosphere of Pacific Coast railroading from 1910 to 1960. Starting in 1984, the organization opened the Niles Canyon Railway as a living history museum.

Arts & Culture, Civic Life, Oakland »

[4 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Election Day in Downtown Oakland: Enthusiasm and Enterprise | ]

Story by Angela Kilduff and photos by Casey Miner
Even before the polls closed on November 4, excitement – mixed with a bit of anxiety – permeated the streets of downtown Oakland.

Business, Fremont, Immigration, Mission San Jose »

[3 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Karen Weise
As the economic downturn moved through Silicon Valley, Fremont’s East Indian community struggled with the possibility of returning to India.
Job cuts started hitting Silicon Valley in September, with layoffs from large mainstays like Yahoo and startups like YouSendit emailing services, according to TechCrunch’s Layoff Tracker.

Eastlake, Government, Immigration, Oakland »

[3 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Oakland’s Older Vietnamese Supporting McCain | ]

By Adelaide Chen
An older generation of Vietnamese Americans is leaning toward Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain–while their younger counterparts are favoring Barack Obama.
Among Asians in California, Vietnamese are most likely to support McCain, at 53 percent, according to the National Asian American Survey conducted by professors from three universities.

Eastlake, Education, Immigration, Oakland »

[3 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Adelaide Chen
As a result of ethnic conflict in Bhutan, Damanta Kharel, 25, grew up and attended school in a United Nations camp.  She earned a masters degree commuting from the camp to a nearby college in Nepal.
But as a newly arrived refugee in Oakland, she takes night classes to get a GED.

Berkeley, Business, Faces & Places, On Campus, Southside »

[2 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Shoplifting Common South of Campus | ]

By Casey Miner  At a chain clothing store on Telegraph Avenue, catching shoplifters isn’t just about ethics — it’s about making money.
On a recent weekday afternoon, one employee, who said he has worked at the store for about a year and a half, proudly displayed a row of stickers affixed to the back of his nametag – one for every thief caught. Once he catches ten, he said, the store gives him a $50 gift card.
“It’s annoying,” he said of the shoplifters. “But kids will be kids.”
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[1 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Multimedia: The Bay Area Goes Exotic Erotic | ]