Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wednesday Must Read: Council Funds A’s Ballpark Study; Oakland Puts Big Pot Farms on Hold

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 6:55 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council voted last night to use $750,000 in redevelopment funds to pay for an environmental study of a proposed new ballpark for the A’s in Jack London Square, the Trib reported. The council voted 6-2, with council members Ignacio De La Fuente and Nancy Nadel voting “no.” De La Fuente argued that the city should not spend any funds until it receives a commitment from Major League Baseball that the A’s will stay in Oakland. But Council President Jane Brunner contended that if the city didn’t fund the study, then it would send a strong signal to the league that Oakland wasn’t interested in keeping the A’s from moving to San Jose.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tuesday Must Read: Cal Professor Won’t Be an Appellate Judge; Oakland Police Kill Suspect

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu, once touted as possibly the first Asian-American Supreme Court justice, won't even make it onto the appellate court. The Associated Press reports that US Senate Democrats, with approval from the White House, have quietly agreed to kill Liu’s nomination to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in exchange for Republicans approving some of President Obama’s less controversial judicial nominees. Liu, a liberal, came under fire from conservatives in part because he once strongly criticized right-wing Justice Sam Alito. Liu has since shown contrition for his remarks, but Republicans decided to block Obama’s other nominations as long as Democrats kept pushing Liu and three other liberals for judgeships.

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Berkeley Burglars Booked

by Anneli Rufus
Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Quick-acting cops have made the town safer yet again with a recent round of arrests.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday Must Read: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repealed; Dream Act Fails

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. In a historic vote for civil rights, the US Senate repealed the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy over the weekend, paving the way for gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, the Chron reported. Overturning the gay ban was one of the top priorities of the Obama administration and Democrats and moderate Republicans pushed it through Congress before the Christmas break. If they hadn’t, it would have failed when the GOP takes over the House next month. The final Senate vote was 65-31. The House, still under Democratic control, previously voted to overturn the ban.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Long-Awaited Solar Development Environmental Impact Statement Released Today

by Nate Seltenrich
Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 10:41 AM

It was at least a year late, but today it finally arrived. The Draft Solar Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, a massive federal document addressing environmental concerns related to large-scale solar development — promised for more than a year by the Bureau of Land Management and the US Department of Energy, and ardently awaited by desert watchdogs — was made available today. It examines environmental impacts on desert ecosystems by large-scale solar plants and directs developers where and where not to site their projects.

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Friday Must Read: Obama Tax Deal Passes; California Adopts Cap-and-Trade

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 7:05 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. President Obama’s tax deal with Republicans passed the House of Representatives last night, despite opposition from some progressive Democrats who objected to extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich, the Chron reports. “It's a shame and a disgrace,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Oakland. “We know who's going to pay. It's going to be on the backs of low-income people, the working poor, communities of color. ... The notion that we would go back and extend the Bush-era tax cuts, which created the deficits and unemployment, doesn't make any sense to me.” However, without extending the tax cuts for the wealthy, Republicans would have blocked tax cuts for middle-class and low-income families, meaning everyone’s taxes would have gone up January 1. The deal also extends jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed for another thirteen months.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Express Announces Appointment of Richards and Gammon as Co-Editors

Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 4:30 PM

The East Bay Express announced today the appointment of Robert Gammon and Kathleen Richards as co-editors of the newspaper. Gammon, a long-time investigative reporter for the Express, will handle the news operations of the paper, and Richards, formerly the Express' managing editor, will oversee arts, culture, food, and music.

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Thursday Must Read: State to Adopt Cap-and-Trade Today; High Court Approves Open Primaries

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 7:09 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. California regulators are poised to adopt landmark climate-change rules today — a cap-and-trade system designed to significantly reduce greenhouse gases and boost the state’s growing green-tech industry, the Chron and Mercury News report. The California Air Resources Board is set to approve a cap-and-trade system that is similar to one that failed to pass the US Senate this year. The system caps the amount of greenhouse gases that a polluter can emit, while allowing polluters to buy “credits” from clean-energy producers. The market-based system thus makes carbon-emitters less profitable and green-tech more profitable.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Nine Berkeley Robbery Suspects Arrested

by Anneli Rufus
Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Responding to a recent spike in armed robberies, Berkeley police officers have made nine arrests in the last few days.

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No Hero Status for Wiki Whistleblower

by Judith Scherr
Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Fox News and the right-wing blogosphere won't be bashing Berkeley again anytime soon because the city has decided to not honor alleged Wikileaks whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning as a hero. Manning is imprisoned for allegedly leaking to Wikileaks hundreds of thousands of classified documents, including a video depicting an Army helicopter attack on Baghdad that killed 11 civilians.

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