Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday Must Read: Occupy Cal Strike Attracts Thousands, Plus Tents; Oakland Ballot Measures All Defeated

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 6:42 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Occupy Cal strike and teach-in drew up to 10,000 protesters yesterday, and by late evening, some demonstrators began pitching tents on campus in defiance of a no-camping edict by UC Berkeley officials, the Chron and Trib report. Hundreds of Occupy Oakland protesters also joined the demonstration after marching from downtown Oakland. Many Occupy protesters plan to march in downtown San Francisco today, demonstrating against big banks and large corporations.

2. UC Berkeley police officers shot a man whom they said was wielding a gun inside the business school, about a half-mile from the Occupy Cal protest. The Chron and Trib report that there is no evidence that the alleged gunman was connected to the Occupy protest and that the incident appears to have been coincidental.

3. The three ballot measures in Oakland’s mail-only election were all defeated last night, including an $11 million a year parcel tax that would have helped stabilize the city’s fragile finances. Measure I, the parcel tax, mustered just 38 percent of the vote. Measure H, which would have made the city attorney’s position an appointed one, also lost badly. Only 25 percent of Oakland’s registered voters cast ballots. The election also came at a time when Mayor Jean Quan has lost support among progressives for her decisions to crack down on Occupy Oakland and among moderates for not cracking down earlier.

4. A federal lawsuit filed by the lead detective in the Chauncey Bailey case against the City of Oakland was dismissed yesterday, the Chauncey Bailey Project reports. The judge in the case said that there was no evidence that Oakland police officials had acted improperly when they sought to fire Sergeant Derwin Longmire, who had relationship with Yusuf Bey IV, the man who ordered the assassination of Bailey.

5. And the California Air Resources Board plans to take up a proposal that would mandate that at least 15 percent of cars sold in the state be electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids by 2025, the Chron reports. The proposal also would mandate automakers to increase sales of zero emission vehicles to 4.6 percent by 2018.

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