BRIEF: Cops ID biker in fatal crash: Rider was speeding, struck Redwood tree

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Oct. 30--OAKLAND -- A man killed Saturday night when he was thrown off his motorcycle into a tree in the Oakland hills was identified Monday as Shane G. Corley, 31.

Authorities said Corley had an Oakland address and one in Santa Clara.

A pistol police believe belonged to Corley was found near the wrecked motorcycle and investigators are trying to determine why he had it with him.

Police said Corley was riding a 2004 Harley Davidson southbound on Keller Avenue about 10:10 p.m. Based on physical evidence at the scene, police said Corley was speeding.

As he rode on the 4200 block of Keller near Siena Drive he apparently lost control of the motorcycle when he struck a raised curb, police said. Corley was thrown from the motorcycle and hit a Redwood tree in the center median, police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to call investigators at 777-8658.

Credit: The Oakland Tribune, Calif.

Redwood Trust, Inc.; Redwood Trust Announces Proposed Common Stock Offering

2009 JUN 10 - ( -- Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE:RWT) announced the filing of a prospectus supplement with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with our proposed underwritten public offering of 13 million shares of our common stock. The underwriters in the offering will have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1.95 million shares of our common stock to cover over-allotments, if any. Net proceeds from the offering will be used to acquire residential and commercial real estate loans and mortgage securities and may also be used to co-invest with third party investors in investment funds which we may sponsor and for other general corporate purposes. The sole bookrunning manager for the offering is J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.

A copy of the prospectus supplement and prospectus relating to these securities may be obtained, when available, by contacting J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., Attn: Prospectus Department, 4 Chase Metrotech Center, CS Level, Brooklyn, NY 11245 or by calling 1-718-242-8002.

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This article was prepared by Mergers & Acquisitions Business editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2009, Mergers & Acquisitions Business via


REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 10 -- The city of Redwood City issued the following news release:

The City of Redwood City is seeking applicants for appointment to two available seats on its boards, commissions, and committees: one seat is for the Senior Affairs Commission, and the other is for the Housing and Human Concerns Committee. Both appointments are to fill unexpired terms which will expire on May 31, 2012. The deadline to submit an application for either seat is 5 pm, Friday, June 26, 2009.

This is a wonderful opportunity for interested City residents to become directly involved in participating in City government and serving the community. Members of the community are invited to bring their interest, experience, and enthusiasm and apply for appointment to one of these boards.

These appointed bodies are an important and valued part of our City government, where public involvement is actively encouraged and supported. Members of these boards, commissions, and committees represent Redwood City's diverse community and bring new ideas to the City Council and staff, helping them to make the best, most informed decisions possible for the benefit of everyone living and working in Redwood City. Applications are available by calling the City Clerk's office at 650-780-7220, on the City's website at (click on "Hot Topics" and select "Apply for a City Board"), or by visiting the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. General requirements are that applicants have an interest in civic and community improvement, are a resident of incorporated Redwood City, and are eligible to vote.

Visit Redwood City's award-winning website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City's newsletters or other City documents at more information please contact: Sarabjit Jagirdar, Email:-

Save the Redwoods League; Save the Redwoods League Urges Quick Action to Save Redwoods and California State Parks

2009 JUN 20 - ( -- "With only 5 percent of the world's ancient redwood forest left standing, California State Parks create irreplaceable opportunities for people of all ages to experience the awe and majesty of the world's tallest trees," said Ruskin Hartley, executive director of Save the Redwoods League. "These parks are a vital source of enjoyment, education and inspiration for current and future generations."

"The Governor's proposal to eliminate public funding for California State Parks -- and effectively close 80 percent of parks -- would have devastating consequences on Californians' access to redwood forests," said Hartley. "The proposal would require the closure of 60 of 61 parks that are home to redwoods -- including towering stands of ancient redwood forest."

California State Parks also contribute to local economies. In Sonoma alone, redwoods drive nearly 1 million visitors to the county each year. The closure of Armstrong Redwoods State Park would result in an economic loss to Sonoma County between $51 and $78 million annually, according to a 2008 assessment by the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods. At the state level, studies have shown that every $1 that funds the state park system returns $2.35 to the General Fund, largely through economic activity in communities surrounding state parks.

"We are all lucky to benefit from the work of Save the Redwoods League's founding leaders and park partners that created the state park legacy we know today," said Hartley. "This legacy is one that is now sustained by volunteers, philanthropists, park visitors, voters and all Californians who support their parks. It is not a legacy that the Governor or the Legislature should undo. It is now more important than ever that Californians and our State Legislature work together to save our state parks."

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Prime L.A.; designer8* Event Furniture Rental Extends Future with PRIME L.A. as Agency of Record to Manage and Promote the Launch of d8*s Newest Divis

2009 JUN 21 - ( -- designer8* Event Furniture Rental d8*, known for furnishing luxurious parties and star-studded events, announces the opening of its latest division, designer8* Studio Rental (www.designer8*, a fresh, innovating enterprise bringing what professionals have long been looking for - unique and exclusive furniture, table-top decor and a host of accessories under one roof. Never before has this been possible for production designers, art directors, set decorators, film and television productions, interior designers, still photographers to have this available, until now.

What separates the companies in a crowded marketplace is a 100% customized design model and the incredibly fast turn-around time. designer8* Studio Rental has listened to what the needs are of the industry and have now created a "one-stop shopping" experience for the studios. Everything from modern, traditional, outdoor, china, linens, tables, tents, bookcases and so much more can be found.

Samantha Sackler, president, d8* Furniture Rental/ Studio Rental, said PRIME L.A. was the ideal choice based on their successful track record in promoting its other companies. "I reviewed the agency's past performance and felt their multi-tiered strategy was something we would continue to benefit from."

PRIME L.A., PLA, duties will consist of managing all public relations activities, including broadening public awareness and increasing overall visibility of designer8* Studio Rental and the distinctive collection of high-quality items available for any type of production - from back of house to front of house.

Suzi Bruno, president of PRIME L.A., says they're prepared to utilize their vast media expertise to proactively manage the companies. "This is another welcomed challenge, and we look forward to extending a successful partnership."

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Tender Notice: National Institute of Technology Seeks Furniture, Catering Services (India)

AGARTALA, India, June 12 -- National Institute of Technology said it had a requirement for hostel furniture and for providing catering service for the hostels.

Bidding type is a domestic competitive bidding. The tender notice no. is NITA/22(33-PUR)/catering Service/2007/02.

The last date for the sale of tender document is June 16 till 3 p.m.

The last date for the submission of tender is June 16.For more information about US Fed News contract awards please contact: Sarabjit Jagirdar, US Fed News, Email:-

For more information, contact D. Bhattacharjee, National Institute of Technology, P.O. T.E. College, Agartala, Pin-799055, Tripura, India.

BRIEF: Furniture store is closing its doors

Jun. 12--Drexel Heritage Furniture and Interior Design, 888 E. Woodmen Road, will close as soon as the inventory is liquidated. Owners Ann and Eric Fetsch are retiring and plan to help their 20 employees transition into new jobs.

Credit: The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Furniture sellers at Dwelling liken consignment to recycling

Jun. 13--Jennifer Ohle initially visited Dwelling on Brainerd Road just to check out the building, which once was home to Vanderstoop Shoe Shop.

Once inside, however, she found several pieces of living room furniture she believed she couldn't live without. Today, those "old" pieces, including a leather couch, chair, ottoman and end table, are now in her home and the "new" pieces she bought a few years ago are on consignment at Dwelling.

"I went in there just to see the beautiful building," Mrs. Ohle said. "I wasn't in the market for anything, but their "recycle, reuse and redecorate concept caught my attention."

Dwelling has been open since May 1 and is owned by Christi Homar, Karen Mills and Stacy Schaudel.

Dwelling specializes in "upscale furniture and home accessories from the 1800s through today," Ms. Homar said. "It's gotta be quality and it has to be current, which doesn't mean brand new. It just means you can decorate with it today."

Pieces are sold on consignment with a 50-50 split between the store and the owner. The split is 60-40 in favor of the owner of the piece on items over $5,000.

Dwelling sells some antiques, but "if someone wants the full price for an antique, we are not the place for them."

Located near the Missionary Ridge Tunnel in Brainerd, the building needed extensive work when the trio purchased it. The owners were as interested in renovating a building in Brainerd, where they live, as they were in finding new homes for old furniture, Ms. Homar said.

"It was a mission," she said. "We were recruited to Main Street and we know we would fit really well there, but we wanted to contribute to our community."

Since opening, Dwelling has taken in almost 500 pieces, most of which had been sitting in storage. Ms. Homar said she believes people are rethinking keeping old pieces in storage, even family heirlooms.

"The way the economy has been, I think people think more about recycling than running out and buying new and it seems silly to have stuff in storage that will never go out of style."

People interested in selling a piece at Dwelling are invited to submit a photo via e-mail through the business' Web site. One of the owners will visit a house or storage facility if several pieces are available, Ms. Homar said.

Credit: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.