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TGIF in the East Bay: Crab finally arrives in the Bay Area, city council member proposes bonus for new cops and more

Refugio Garcia

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Crab! The shellfish delicacy is finally here after seasonal delays

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For the second year in a row, folks looking to crack into some Dungeness crab for Thanksgiving were out of luck but the highly sought after crustacean will finally be available in the Bay Area starting next week, San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Here’s where you can find crab in the East Bay:

alaMar Kitchen and Bar

Located at 1000 Grand Ave. in Oakland, alaMar Kitchen and Bar offers a whole Dungeness crab boil with options for diners to customize the dish with a variety of spices and levels of heat.

Click here to place an order.

Chef Smelly

Chef Smelly, located inside of the legendary AU Lounge at 2430 Broadway in Oakland, offers a menu loaded with amazing Creole dishes. Stop by and pick up an entire crab drenched in garlic butter sauce.

Monterey Fish Market

The Monterey Fish Market is located at 1582 Hopkins St. in Berkeley offers Dungeness cooked crab, fully cleaned and ready to enjoy. Crab is available for curbside pickup and orders can be placed here.

Oakland council member proposes $50K signing bonus for additional officers

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In an effort to quickly fill 60 positions within the Oakland Police Department, District 4 Council member and mayoral candidate Sheng Thao has proposed a $50,000 signing bonus for officers recruited from other departments, East Bay Times reports.

Thao said Thursday that she intends to pitch the idea to her colleagues as well as suggesting a $20,000 signing bonus for Oakland residents who are willing to enroll and graduate from one of Oakland's police training academies.

“My hiring plan will reduce the vacancies and bring good, experienced officers to Oakland,” Thao said.

However, the bonus comes with several stipulations including officers serving a mandatory five-year stint with the Oakland Police Department and any officer who leaves the department within 18 months after accepting the bonus, must return it.

Thao’s fellow competitors in next year’s mayoral race, Mayor Libby Schaaf and council members Loren Taylor and Treva Reid, said that they plan on unveiling their own plans to lift hiring freezes for the Oakland police department and open an additional training academy on Friday.

City of Oakland’s appeal over Raiders’ move to Vegas shot down in court

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The City of Oakland’s antitrust appeal over the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas against the National Football League was rejected in 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Thursday, Reuters reports.

The 3-0 vote rejected the city’s claim that the NFL’s refusal to expand the league to more than 32 teams while charging the Raiders a $378 million relocation fee, stifled any competition.

Circuit Judge A. Wallace Tashima noted the abundance of what he referred to as “speculative links,” saying that the Raiders might have left Oakland anyways or Oakland might have pursued another team.

"Although the city has alleged antitrust injury, it has not alleged with sufficient certainty that the Raiders would have stayed in Oakland, and under what terms, in a hypothetical competitive market," Tashima wrote.

Thursday’s decision stemmed from a 2018 lawsuit filed by the City of Oakland against the NFL, alleging that the league operated as a cartel that made hosting teams extremely expensive for cities.

However, the lawsuit didn’t seek to return the franchise to Oakland but sought a sum of roughly $240 million representing the city’s investment with the understanding that the Raiders would stay put.

The Raiders now call the $1.9 billion Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas home after it opened last year. Thursday’s decision also upholds the April 2020 ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero.

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