Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Must Read: Boxer Says Cap-and-Trade Is Dead; Dellums to Finish Term

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 6:50 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Senator Barbara Boxer acknowledged yesterday that her plans for a sweeping climate change bill that would cap carbon emissions is dead because of Republican victories in this month’s election, the Mercury News reports. As chair of the Senate’s environmental committee, Boxer is resigned to working on incremental change, such as energy efficiency measures, and to defending the Environmental Protection Agency from Republicans. However, Boxer and Senator Dianne Feinstein appear committed to an effort to repeal the military’s controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy during a lame-duck session of Congress, the Sacramento Bee reports.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday Must Read: Dellums Missing from His Own Video; Prop 8 Hearing to be Televised

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 6:56 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The office of outgoing Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums posted an online video of his accomplishments yesterday, but he’s not in it, the Trib reports. The nine-minute video features other people praising Dellums for his mayoral tenure. The video is supposed to be a replacement for Dellums’ last public speech in Oakland, which he abruptly canceled earlier this week.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

East Bay Man Missing

by Anneli Rufus
Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 3:23 PM

A local man has gone missing, and his family has sent out an urgent plea in hopes of locating him.

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Wednesday Must Read: Dellums to Leave Early?; Dems Want to Wait for Brown on Budget

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 6:48 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Outgoing Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums is considering leaving office before his term expires so that he can start making money and pay off his IRS debt, the Chron reports, citing anonymous sources. If Dellums does depart early, then Mayor-elect Jean Quan would become interim mayor because she is currently the city’s vice mayor. In January, she would be sworn in as mayor as scheduled.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Keep That Global Warming Discourse Pleasant, Please

by Nate Seltenrich
Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 7:42 PM

John Shimkus, the Illinois Congressman currently angling to lead the House energy committee, says he’s not worried about climate change. It’s all there in the Bible: Following the Book of Genesis’ epic flood, Shimkus says, God promises Noah that he won’t destroy Earth again. And according to a Gallup poll conducted earlier this year, 48 percent of Americans believe global warming concerns are exaggerated, compared to only 31 percent in 1997. Now, two UC Berkeley researchers think they just might have an answer as to why Americans in general aren’t taking well to a growing body of scientific evidence regarding the existence and severity of global warming.

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BREAKING NEWS: Oakland Picks Site for New A’s Ballpark

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 2:44 PM

The City of Oakland has selected a waterfront site in the Jack London Square area for a new A’s ballpark. The so-called Victory Court site is near the Lake Merritt Channel, along the Oakland Estuary. It’s also the favored site of Mayor-elect Jean Quan. “I think it’s the best site,” Quan said. “It could really kick start the area.”

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Tuesday Must Read: Dellums Cancels Last Speech; Harris and Cooley Trade Charges

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 6:50 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. In a move befitting his mayoral tenure, Ron Dellums abruptly canceled his final state of the city speech scheduled for Wednesday at Oakland City Hall and instead will post an online video of himself delivering the speech, the Trib reports. Dellums’ planned final public speech as mayor had not garnered much attention — probably because his office had not officially announced it. City council President Jane Brunner said she didn’t know about the speech — or the cancellation.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Camp Out at the Oakland Zoo

by Nate Seltenrich
Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 3:25 PM

The Oakland Zoo wants you to spend the night. The zoo already offers three separate overnight programs, and a just-announced $80,000 grant from Clorox provides the foundation for a fourth. Tied to the zoo's emerging California Trails expansion — which will add approximately twenty acres of exhibits and habitat for native California plant and animal species over the next two years — the new overnight program will be geared toward environmental education. According to a press release, Clorox's contribution allows the zoo to develop educational programming that's "designed to increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment and conservation issues."

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Monday Must Read: Kamala Harris Retakes Lead; A Mega Pot Farm at Point Molate?

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 6:53 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Kamala Harris has retaken the lead over the Steve Cooley in the California attorney general’s race. As of yesterday afternoon, the San Francisco County DA was ahead of her Los Angeles County rival by about 14,000 votes. The Democrat Harris is being fueled by the Republican Cooley’s voter-rich home county, which she is leading by 13 percentage points.

2. Democratic incumbent Jerry McNerney continues to lead Republican challenger David Harmer in the East Bay’s tight Congressional race. McNerney, who has already declared victory, leads by about 1,700 votes with almost all of the counting completed.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Tonight, Youth Will Speak Out About Police Abuse

by Madeleine Bair
Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Check news reports of the aftermath of Oscar Grant’s killing and the overwhelming images you find depict riots in downtown Oakland. That’s too bad, because lost in the pictures of riot police and broken windows are the majority of angry citizens who have expressed their feelings of injustice non-violently. Tonight, several local youth organizations join forces to provide a forum for dialogue about the trial and two-year sentence of Johannes Mehserle, and this week’s fatal shooting of Derrick Jones by Oakland police officers.

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