Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and the City Attorney’s Office said today that the city can legally go ahead with the planned sale of the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, despite Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to sign legislation that effectively eliminates redevelopment in the state. Oakland plans to sell the shuttered Kaiser Center to its redevelopment agency for $28.3 million to help balance the city’s finances.
BART train operators were probably a bit shaken this week, after two women attempted suicide by jumping onto the tracks — the first unfortunately succeeded, at ASHBY station on Monday. Today's incident occurred at Glen Park station in San Francisco, when a middle-aged woman threw herself on the tracks, but apparently had a change of heart. She survived by lying between the rails as seven trains passed over her, The Bay Citizen reports. Finally, a Daly City-bound train operator saw her as he was entering the station just before 9 a.m., and did everything he could to stop the train (it is quite virtually impossible to stop a BART train on a dime, said BART spokesperson Linton Johnson). Police found the woman on a stairwell, covered in soot, but with only minor cuts and bruises. She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for an evaluation. Johnson says that the media is partly culpable for documenting and highlighting the recent spate of BART suicides, which encourages more people to do it. Our bad.
Local 21, which represents administrative, technical, and managerial employees in Oakland city government has ratified its new contract with the city, in a deal that includes 9 percent compensation concessions. About 79 percent of Local 21’s rank-and-file members approved the deal. Deputy city attorneys, which are represented by Local 21 but under a different contract, approved the new deal unanimously, union officials said.
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1. A consortium of California cities says it’s going to sue the State of California in the wake of Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to effectively eliminate redevelopment agencies as of October 1. The consortium says it will take its case directly to the California Supreme Court and bypass lower courts, Capitol Weekly reports. Cities contend that the Democratic bill signed by Brown yesterday violates Prop. 22, a statewide measure that prohibits state government from raiding local coffers. The legislation that Brown signed would force cities to pay $1.7 billion from their redevelopment funds next year to help balance the state budget. Oakland officials say the bill would cost the city $40 million next year alone, the Trib reports.
Remember how, a few months ago, the web site TripAdvisor bestowed upon our very own Jack London Inn the great honor of being one of the dirtiest hotels in the nation, second only to the Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge (!!), Tennessee?? Well, this week's feature, "Inside the Dirty Inn," is a first-person account of all the disgusting details, written by a former employee and featuring special guest appearances by drunken sailors, an animal corpse, "a platoon of maggots," an "enormous black dildo," and a seemingly endless parade of hookers, pimps, and drug dealers.* One commenter compared the piece to Tom Wolfe within about five hours of its being posted; read it here (but probably not while eating).
*your move, Grand Resort!!
The word "mother" means "nurturer" or "caretaker," while the word father usually connotes "a biological tie," said UC Berkeley PhD candidate Rafael Colonna , whose new research into same-sex parenting may shed some light on the ever-fraught question of who gets what title. To understand how LGBT couples navigate the "heteronormative" language of parenting, Colonna interviewed LGBT throughout the state. He asked same-sex couples about the division of labor in their households, whether or not they hew to traditional gender roles (ie, one person is a breadwinner, the other a homemaker), how their kids address them, and how they're perceived by the outside world. His findings were often illuminating.
Assuming that the tentative agreements with Oakland’s public-employee unions get ratified, the city council should place Mayor Jean Quan’s $11 million parcel tax on the ballot. The city’s union leadership has proven that it’s willing to step forward and make sacrifices, and so city voters should be afforded the same opportunity.
A woman threw herself in front of a Richmond-bound BART train around 12:45 p.m. today, in what was an apparent suicide. She was later pronounced dead, and the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau removed her body, SFAppeal reports. Service was momentarily halted at Ashby, which reopened around 3 p.m. with trains single-tracking through the station. BART experienced delays along the Richmond-Fremont line for several hours.
Anyone who is feeling suicidal is encouraged call the national, 24-hour suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK or visit San Francisco Suicide Prevention at SFSuicide.org
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and the city council have reached tentative agreements with four public-employee unions that will save the city about $28 million a year, union officials said on Monday. The deals are with the city's police and fire unions and with Professional & Technical Engineers Local 21 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245. Each has agreed to concessions of 9 percent, although each has chosen to structure the givebacks differently, union officials said.
Based on budget proposals made by councilmembers late last week, it seems obvious that the city council plans to approve Mayor Jean Quan’s plan for the city to sell the shuttered Henry J. Kaiser Center to Oakland’s Redevelopment Agency for $28.3 million. In fact, all of the three budget proposals made by the eight councilmembers contemplate using proceeds from the sale of the Kaiser Center to help close Oakland’s $58 million general fund deficit.