July 30, 2013 |
Richmond is adopting a plan to take over underwater mortgages that would invoke the city's eminent domain powers if necessary. The city will be the first in the nation to formally adopt the novel but controversial plan that was rejected by San Bernardino County and two of its cities earlier this year. The city said it will buy home mortgages from financial institutions, write down those loans and refinance homeowners in the properties into new loans. If financial institutions do not cooperate, the city will seize the loans using eminent domain, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin said.
April 12, 2012 |
If you were scrambling to get your application in to meet today's deadline to get what amounts to an online vanity plate to replace ".com" in your business' Web address, you can relax a little. A system glitch has granted you an extension. Today, 839 participants were to have their applications in to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, but ICANN discovered a technical issue with its top-level domain application system, or TAS. "ICANN is taking the most conservative approach possible to protect all applicants and allow adequate time to resolve the issue.
July 7, 2011 |
Since my first taste of Domaine Tempier's rosé years ago, I've been a fan of Bandol rosés. Tempier's prices are getting out of sight, though, and so I was happy to find this less expensive rosé from Alain Pascal. (He began making wine only in 1997; before that, his family sold the grapes.) Made from Mourvèdre, the grape that gives Bandol reds such canny complexity and staying power, it is dry and has an appealing minerality and scent of peaches and earth. Serve as an aperitif with crinkly black olives or tapenade.
July 19, 2006 |
If you're intent on winning over your rose-phobic friends, better make it the best: a Bandol from Domaine Tempier. Chez Panisse in Berkeley has been pouring the Bandol rose by the glass for practically forever, with good reason. Tempier rose is tremendously food friendly. The color is a lovely coppery rose. It's scented with rose petals and wild strawberries, and yet when you take a sip, it's bone dry and perfectly gorgeous.
January 25, 2006 |
For fans of the Alsace estate Zind Humbrecht's grand cru Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, it seems like a dream: a trio of wines from the 2004 vintage for under $20. Because of the abundant crop that year, Olivier Humbrecht produced the equivalent of village wine with grapes from some of his grand cru vineyards. The Riesling, which was made mostly with grapes from the famed Herrenweg site, has a delicate floral perfume. It's crisp and minerally, with a beautiful balance and grace.
August 23, 2006 |
During the heat wave, I kept pulling the cork on this Quincy from the Loire Valley. Made from Sauvignon Blanc grown on sandier soils than those of Sancerre or Pouilly, this Quincy from the young grower Adele Rouze is a vibrant summer-weight white. Soft and ripe, it has just enough grassiness and minerality, along with some zesty lime, to make it an inspired match with chilled shellfish. Bring on the oysters, clams, shrimp and crab.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1997 |
The Agency for Community Development next week will consider legal action to take possession of property needed for a redevelopment project. The City Council, acting as the redevelopment agency, will vote Monday on whether to begin eminent domain proceedings on two of seven Garden Grove Boulevard parcels needed for a 70-home development. The parcels are within a 5-acre site on the south side of Garden Grove Boulevard between Rockinghorse Road and Harbor Boulevard.
November 5, 1997 |
Emergent Corp. won a contract to add seven new Internet domain names including .arts and .firm, giving companies more flexibility in setting up their online addresses. Domain names are labels such as .com and .org used to define online identities. The new addresses include .info, .nom, .rec, .store and .web, making a total of 13 such suffixes in addition to 29 country codes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1991 |
The City Council will hold a public hearing tonight to discuss taking over property through the eminent domain process for expansion of a water plant. The city has been trying unsuccessfully to buy the property, a quarter-acre, rectangular parcel on Prospect Avenue between Main and 3rd streets. The city wants to use the property to expand the water plant on Main, but the property owner has not accepted the city's offer.
July 21, 1986 |
For 50 years, steam locomotives pulling flatcars stacked with timber snaked through the woods along the banks of the fast-flowing Susan River. Now, there are no trains, but joggers, hikers, equestrians and cyclists on fat-tired bikes wind their way along the 25-mile, single-track railbed called the Bizz Johnson Trail. One of the first of its kind in the West, this "rails-to-trails" park between Westwood and Susanville in Northern California's Lassen County was dedicated last month.