Just hours after 280 Hayward city employees began a three-day strike Tuesday morning, a picketer was hit by a van — apparently on purpose by an angry motorist who yelled at the striking workers. The incident occurred around 9 a.m. Tuesday when a man driving a white van attempted to pull into an underground parking garage at Hayward City Hall. According to witnesses, the driver, described as an elderly man, turned into the parking lot entrance and struck Jerry Schilling, a twenty-year street maintenance worker for the city, in the legs.
Ginger sweets imported from Vietnam, known simply as "Ginger Candy," contain high levels of lead and should not be eaten, Dr. Ron Chapman of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported this morning. Evershing International Trading, Inc, the San Jose based importer of the contaminated candy, has voluntarily recalled the product, and CDPH is urging consumers in possession of Ginger Candy to discard it immediately.
Next year’s mayoral race in Oakland is certain to be dominated by public safety, and candidate Joe Tuman vowed today to make that the central platform of his campaign. The university professor and local television political analyst, who ran an unsuccessful bid for Oakland mayor in 2010, announced this afternoon his run to challenge Oakland Mayor Jean Quan in 2014 with plans to reverse the city’s nagging problems associated with violent crime, including adding up to 350 new police officers.
One staffer was killed and four injured — all adults — this morning at Camp Tawonga, a popular overnight camp for kids near Yosemite National Park, when a tree fell over a campfire area near the main dining hall, according to an email sent to families by the camp's executive director, Ken Kramarz. No children were injured in the incident, Kramarz added. Camp Tawonga is a Jewish camp that is based in San Francisco and is very popular with East Bay families.
The City of Oakland and Alameda County have agreed to pay $1.025 million in damages and legal fees to demonstrators arrested on November 5, 2010 in Eastlake during protests over ex-BART cop Johannes Mehserle's sentencing for the killing of Oscar Grant. Evidence in the case showed that the Oakland Police Department violated a 2004 court order concerning the handling of large numbers of protesters. None of the 152 people arrested that night by Oakland police were charged with criminal offenses related to the march, and the sheer volume of arrestees overwhelmed Alameda County sheriff’s deputies, resulting in dozens of people being held on buses while handcuffed for up to six hours.
A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco appears to be ready to rule against a controversial oyster farm in Point Reyes, according to reporters and environmentalists who attended today's hearing. Scott Graham, a longtime, respected journalist for the The Recorder legal newspaper, tweeted after the hearing: "Sounds like win for the govt and enviros." And Pamela MacLean of Trial Insider wrote, " The days may be numbered for the popular Drakes Bay Oyster farm, if the questions Tuesday from three judges on 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are any indication." The Obama administration and environmentalists want the courts to uphold then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision last fall to not renew Drakes Bay Oyster Company's lease in Point Reyes in order to make way for the first marine wilderness on the West Coast.
Tony Smith, the superintendent of Oakland public schools, announced his resignation today, citing the poor health of his wife's father. Smith said his last day will be June 30, and that his family is moving to Chicago to take care of his father-in-law who was recently hospitalized. Smith was the district's first superintendent after local control was returned to Oakland schools.
Illinois-based Walgreen Co. has been ordered to pay a settlement of $16.57 million for illegally sending hazardous materials including pesticides, bleach, paint, and aerosols to local landfills throughout California, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced today. The ruling was made by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Wynne Carvill in a case brought by O'Malley and 42 other California District Attorneys and two city attorneys.
Updated at 6:55 a.m., November 7 (100% of precincts reporting)
City Council At-Large (First-place votes only)
Rebecca Kaplan: 45.6%
Ignacio De La Fuente: 29.8%
Carol Lee Tolbert: 15.4%
Theresa Anderson: 5.9%
Mick Storm: 3.1%
City Council At-Large (Ranked-choice voting, updated at 6:00 a.m.)
Rebecca Kaplan: 60.7%
Ignacio De La Fuente: 39.6%
The Express is calling the Oakland City Council At-Large race for incumbent Rebecca Kaplan. With 71 percent of precincts reporting, Kaplan has an insurmountable lead over challenger Ignacio De La Fuente, 45.5 percent to 30.5 percent. Kaplan holds an even larger lead in ranked-choice voting. Her victory means that progressives likely will gain control of the city council, and De La Fuente's loss could spell the end of his twenty-year career in Oakland politics.