Friday, April 30, 2010

Former Berkeley Swim Coach Accepts Plea Agreement

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Jesse Stovall, the former Berkeley-based BEAR Swimming coach who faced criminal charges for having sex with a 16-year-old swimmer at a swim meet in Florida, pleaded no contest to the accusations last Friday, according to court documents. The 37-year-old was sentenced in Orlando to four years probation on a second-degree felony charge of sexual activity with a 16- or 17-year old, and will be registered as a sex offender for life, according to a report by ABC News.

Stovall faced three first-degree felony charges of sexual activity with a child, and three second-degree felony charges of sexual activity with a 16- or 17-year-old. The Express first reported the allegations in an April 7 cover story, “Swimming in Sex Abuse.”

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Friday Must Read

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Stories that you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums broke his promise to take a pay cut last year, the Trib reports. Dellums said last June that he would reduce his $183,000 salary in a show of solidarity with city workers who had agreed to compensation givebacks. Dellums said in a statement yesterday that he didn’t live up to his vow because of “changed family circumstances following the death of a close family member.” Dellums owes the IRS more than $250,000 in back taxes. His decision to go back on his word also may hurt the city’s attempts to win further concessions from its unions.

2. AC Transit’s Bus Rapid Transit program may have endured a serious blow last night when the Berkeley City Council refused to give the proposal its full backing, according to the Berkeley Daily Planet website. AC Transit officials have said repeatedly that they will not build BRT in any city where the council doesn’t support it.

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Teachers Eat Cheaper in May

by Anneli Rufus
Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 10:10 AM

May isn't just the month when schools let out for summer vacation. It's also the month in which any teacher or school employee — that means you, Lunch-Lady Doris and Groundskeeper Willie — who presents his or her teacher or school employment identification at a participating member of the Lark Creek Restaurant Group will receive $10 off his or her tab.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jon Stewart Goes Off on Apple

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 12:14 PM

The Daily Show host at his best. Make sure you watch until the end, it's worth it:

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Grand Lake Theater Offering Matinee Double-Feature for OUSD Strike

by Nate Seltenrich
Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Got kids in an Oakland public school? Keeping them home today on strike day? Time on your hands? Then why not treat the whole family to a matinee double-feature at Oakland's Grand Lake Theater? The theater is normally not open this early, but owner Allan Michaan made an exception: "We are happy to support Oakland's teachers in their efforts to improve our schools," he wrote in a press release. For $5, catch How to Train Your Dragon in 3D and Oceans, an animated Disney short, at noon or 2:15. Popcorn and 3D glasses included. Full release after the jump.

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Thursday Must Read

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Stories that you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council will consider tonight putting an $18 million parcel tax measure on the November ballot to avoid laying off more than 100 cops, the Trib and Chron report. But the proposal may fail to garner enough votes because several councilmembers want the police officers’ union to agree to compensation cuts first. The union, however, says that’s not going to happen because it agreed to givebacks last year.

2. The Oakland teachers’ union went on a one-day strike today, but the school district kept schools open and is staffing them with substitutes and administrators. Last night, the school board considered a plan to slash 460 positions, including more than a 100 teaching jobs, to help bridge an $85 million total budget deficit. The board has also asked the teachers' union to begin a new round of negotiations, although it does not plan to rescind the no-raise contract it implemented on the union last week.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

OUSD's Craigslist Ad: Why I Am Not Sending My Child to School During the Teachers' Strike

by Tessa Stuart
Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Okay, so I don't have a child. I do, however, share a household with two Oakland Unified School District teachers so I see first-hand how hard they work and how little they get in return. But that is not why I wouldn't send my (rhetorical) child to school during the strike.

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Oakland City Attorney Says A’s Sign Ban Is Illegal

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Oakland City Attorney John Russo says the Oakland’s A’s decision to ban signs that criticize team co-owner Lew Wolff is unconstitutional, because it infringes on the free speech rights of fans. Russo made the statement in a letter to Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts, warning him that police officers should not help A’s security eject fans that bring in hand-made signs critical of Wolff. Russo was referring to the A’s decision to eject A’s fan Jorge Leon from the coliseum for his signs — one of which read: “Lew Wolff hates Oakland.” The other stated “Lew Wolff lied, he never tried.”

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Wednesday Must Read

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Stories that you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland school board tonight will discuss a plan to slash 460 full-time positions to fill a projected $37 million budget gap next year, the Trib reports. The meeting comes on the eve of a one-day strike by teachers who are demanding raises from the cash-strapped district.

2. The AC Transit board tonight will consider cutting service by about 8 percent — just one month after it slashed service by about the same amount and diverted funds from its Bus Rapid Transit program because of its budget crisis, the CoCo Times reports. AC Transit will examine whether to reduce both weekday and weekend service, cut weekend service dramatically, or slash night service.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Why I’m Sending My Kid to School During the Teachers’ Strike

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 1:54 PM

The Oakland teachers’ union plans to hold a one-day strike on Thursday, April 29 because of the school board’s decision not to offer raises this year. Even though the district will keep its schools open and staff them with qualified substitutes, many parents plan to keep their kids away from school out of solidarity with the teachers and because they don’t want to put their children in the middle of a labor dispute. But keeping kids out of the classroom is exactly what the teachers’ union wants, and so it’s one of the reasons why I plan to send my child to school that day.

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