Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Must Read: Occupy and Labor May Form Alliance; More People Switch to Credit Unions

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Occupy Oakland and organized labor groups are looking for ways to form an alliance, the Chron reports. Both the Oakland teachers’ union and the California Nurses Association have already been working in support of Occupy Oakland. But the challenge for labor is how to make an alliance with a group that also includes a small cadre of violent vandals who are intent on clashing with police.

2. More and more people have been switching to credit unions — even before last Saturday’s national Bank Transfer Day, the CoCo Times reports. Nationwide, credit unions picked up an astonishing 650,000 new members in October. That’s 50,000 more than they signed up in all of 2010.

3. Wet, cold weather over the weekend appears to have thinned the Occupy Oakland encampment, at least temporarily, the Trib reports. In fact, cold, rainy weather may ultimately be the biggest challenge for the tent city in front of City Hall.

4. An Iraq War vet who says police beat him last Thursday morning in downtown Oakland is recovering from spleen surgery, the Trib and Chron report. Kayvan Sabeghi, who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, says officers beat him with batons when he refused to leave during a violent confrontation between police and black-clad vandals.

5. Mayor Jean Quan resisted using police force early Thursday after the vandals took control of the demonstration in downtown Oakland, the Chron reports, citing anonymous sources. But Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan and City Administrator Deanna Santana ultimately prevailed and ordered the large police response. The incident occurred after the massive, mostly peaceful protest throughout the city on Wednesday.

6. Some downtown businesses, meanwhile, say the Occupy Oakland movement and violent protests have hurt them substantially, the Chron reports. In addition, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has stepped up pressure on Quan to clear the City Hall encampment for a second time.

7. And a new report reveals that the number of carpoolers on the Bay Bridge has dropped significantly since summer when officials began charging a toll for driving in the carpool lane, the Chron reports.

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