Thursday, January 31, 2013

Oakland Army Base Tenants Face Eviction

by J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 12:18 PM

A City of Oakland real estate official told city councilmembers this week that a company providing major assistance to the Port of Oakland could face eviction proceedings in court as early as next week if negotiations for the company to leave the old Oakland Army Base property are not concluded by then.

Pacific Coast Container Logistics is one of four companies that must vacate the city's portion of the East Gateway section of the old Army Base by May 31 to make way for the beginning of construction of new development. Oakland stands to lose $174 million in federal funds for the development project if it does not clear the companies out to make way for the first phase of construction beginning later this year.

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Oakland Cops Point Guns at Sleeping One-Year-Old

by Ali Winston
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Two Oakland police officers pointed their firearms at a sleeping nineteen-month-old child while investigating a misdemeanor crime, according to a new report released Thursday. The sleeping child posed no threat to the officers, and yet they pointed their guns at the one-year-old anyway. The alarming incident was cited by Independent Monitor Robert Warshaw in his latest report on OPD misconduct. Warshaw noted that the department has had a history of overly aggressive behavior toward city residents. Warshaw also noted in his report that OPD not only failed to make any progress in living up to court-mandated reforms in the latest monitoring period, but actually lost ground for the second quarter in a row.

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Thursday Must Read: CHP to Keep Patrolling in Oakland; Anti-Gay Bigotry Erupts in San Francisco

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The California Highway Patrol has agreed to patrol Oakland streets for another month as it negotiates with the city for a longer contract, the Chron and Trib report. The CHP has been patrolling city streets for the last three months in an effort to help Oakland deal with its ongoing crime problems. But the CHP now wants to be paid for it efforts after the Oakland City Council agreed to pay the county sheriff’s department for similar work.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday Must Read: Senators Reach Bipartisan Deal on Immigration Reform; Judge Seemed Unsympathetic to Oyster Farm's Arguments

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A group of four Democratic and four GOP senators has reached a bipartisan deal on federal immigration reform, the Washington Post reports. The agreement includes a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants who are currently living in the country. Republicans have done an about-face on immigration reform in the past few months after President Obama easily defeated Mitt Romney in the November election, and won resoundingly among Latino voters.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Coliseum Authority Approves $1 Million in Stadium Studies Despite Tenuous Support From Raiders

by Steven Tavares
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority approved the expenditure of $1 million Friday for a pair of studies for Coliseum City, a plan that would include a new football stadium to potentially house the Oakland Raiders. The authority’s decision came despite signs that the team and the NFL are cool toward the plan.

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California Intends to Declare BPA a Reproductive Hazard

by Marla Cone of Environmnental Health News
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM

California today announced its intent to declare bisphenol A a reproductive hazard. Under a state law known as Prop 65, warning signs would be required for consumer items that contain a certain high level of BPA. The chemical is used to make polycarbonate plastic, and also is found in liners of food and beverage cans and some thermal receipts.

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Big Soda Exploits Race in New York Just Like It Did in Richmond

by Wendi Jonassen
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

New York. Richmond. Same players. Same strategy. Same manipulation. As we reported this week, the beverage industry exploited the issue of race during its campaign to defeat a soda tax measure last fall in Richmond. And now the New York Daily News is reporting that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are exploiting race tensions in New York’s soda battle. The NAACP and the Hispanic Federation recently partnered with the beverage industry in a lawsuit to try to block implementation of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on the sale of large soda drinks in New York City.

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Friday Must Read: Oakland School Board May Close American Indian Charter Schools; Berkeley Schools to Spend $500,000 on Security

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland school board is moving toward closing the scandal-ridden American Indian Charter Schools, the Trib reports. Superintendent Tony Smith said this week that the troubled schools had failed to fix their oversight problems, which led to a massive misuse of public funds. The school board may vote to close the schools in February or March.

2. The Berkeley school board is preparing to spend $500,000 on security upgrades at the district’s schools in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre, the Trib reports.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

California Rules (Kind Of) for Working Women

by Azeen Ghorayshi
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

While the debate rages on — alternately tiringly and astutely — about whether today's women can “have it all,” one thing's for sure: We're still glaringly distant from anything resembling equal pay between men and women. Astonishingly or not, women's earnings in the US still barely inch past 82 percent of what their male counterparts make. But according to new data released today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, California — at 89.9 percent — is the best state to rake in equal-ish pay as a woman. BLS representatives said they can’t definitively say what accounts for California’s high marks, but said that the numbers generally have to do with differing industries state-to-state, as well as the age composition of each state’s labor force.

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Thursday Must Read: Bratton’s Role in Oakland to be Diminished; Possible New Location Found for a Lake Merritt Dog Park

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan has decided to curtail the role that William Bratton, the former head of the New York and Los Angeles police departments, will have in the city, the Trib and Chron report. Bratton, who is on a consulting team that is helping Jordan formulate a comprehensive crime-fighting plan for the city, was originally supposed to be involved in a community-engagement process, but Jordan decided to limit Bratton’s role to mostly behind-the-scenes work because Bratton has generated a firestorm of controversy in Oakland. Jordan has also said that OPD will not adopt the aggressive, zero-tolerance form of stop and frisk that Bratton used in New York.

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