Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday Must Reads: Oakland Council Okays Surveillance Plan, Outlaws Hammers; Richmond Launches Pioneering Anti-Foreclosure Program

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council early this morning greenlighted a controversial surveillance plan after agreeing to add safeguards designed to address privacy concerns raised by civil libertarians, the Trib reports. The council also voted to outlaw hammers and wrenches at demonstrations, after a waiter was severely injured earlier this month during a protest after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday Must Reads: Oakland Council to Address Controversial Surveillance Program; Investigators Criticize Prison Health System

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council plans to address privacy concerns raised by a controversial new surveillance program tonight at City Hall, the Trib reports. The program would stockpile surveillance cameras feeds with other surveillance tools at a planned data hub. Civil libertarians are concerned that program could lead to abuses if the council fails to institute adequate safeguards.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Must Reads: Another BART Strike Looms; Larry Reid Mulls Run for Mayor of Oakland

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. BART workers appear to be headed for another strike as the transit agency’s management and its unions remain far apart in negotiations, the Chron$ reports. This time, the strike could last a month or more. The BART strike in early July lasted for less than a week before the unions agreed to a thirty-day contract extension and resumed bargaining.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Three KTVU Producers Fired Over Asiana Pilot Name Blunder

by Kathleen Richards
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Three veteran KTVU producers were fired yesterday over the on-air gaffe regarding the names of the Asiana Airlines pilots involved in the July 6 crash at SFO, reports San Francisco Chronicle’s Matier & Ross. KTVU investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu, and producer Brad Belstock were fired over the July 12 incident, in which anchor Tori Campbell read the obviously incorrect names “Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow,” on air, even though the real names of the pilots had already been made public. Asiana Airlines threatened to sue the station over the blunder, but then dropped the idea.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Joe Tuman Announces Run for Oakland Mayor, With a Heavy Focus on Public Safety

by Steven Tavares
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 5:45 PM

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.

Joe Tuman at todays press conference announcing his candidacy for Oakland mayor.
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  • Joe Tuman at today's press conference announcing his candidacy for Oakland mayor.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Bay Area Agencies Boost Support for Affordable Housing and Local Transit

by Jean Tepperman
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Before adopting a sweeping thirty-year plan for Bay Area housing and transportation just after midnight Friday morning, the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) added significant provisions to boost support for affordable housing and local transit operations.

As we previously reported, a coalition of environmental and social justice organizations called “6 Wins for Social Equity” had been pushing for those priorities throughout the planning process, and claimed these last-minute amendments as victories.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thursday Must Reads: Hammer Attack Prompts New Call for Protest Weapons Ban; State Puts Striking Prisoners in Deep Isolation

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. An attack on a waiter by a hammer-wielding vandal earlier this week has prompted a renewed call for a ban on makeshift weapons at protests in Oakland, the Trib reports. Councilman Noel Gallo said he plans to bring back a proposal that would have banned weapons like clubs, wrenches, and large shields that the council decided to not implement last year after loud opposition from Occupy Oakland protesters. Drew Cribley, the waiter from Flora who was struck in the face by a hammer while trying to protect the downtown restaurant, said he supports the proposed weapons ban.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

In the Wake of Violence, Small Oakland Businesses Stay Positive

by Whitney Phaneuf
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Cortt Dunlap, the owner and manager of downtown Oakland's Awaken Cafe, said he happened to stay late last Saturday to check out the local bands playing the venue. That night, hours after George Zimmerman's not-guilty verdict was announced in Florida, Dunlap watched as protesters gathered outside and said he occasionally cheered them on. At one point, he turned to a worried customer and reassured him by saying the protest was just “typical Oakland." Two second later, at 11 p.m., a masked man hit the cafe's front window with "a blunt object," shattering about half the glass and "terrifying everyone," according to Dunlap. But, despite glass hitting a few patrons, no one was hurt and the band played on.

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Wednesday Must Reads: PG&E Faces $300 Million Fine as Part of $2.25 Billion Penalty; Opposition to Napolitano Grows

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. PG&E could be fined after all for the deadly San Bruno blast in 2010 under a new proposal from California Public Utilities Commission officials, the CoCo Times reports. The $300 million fine, which PG&E would be prohibited from passing on to ratepayers, would be part of a $2.25 billion total penalty. PUC officials had come under intense criticism for originally proposing to not fine PG&E and only require the utility to spend $2.25 billion on pipeline upgrades. That proposal also prompted turmoil and protests within the PUC. But then the agency changed course and decided to recommend a fine — after staff attorneys who had worked on the San Bruno investigation and had objected to the no-fine proposal were put back on the case.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Express Wins Two Awards in National Contest

by Express staff
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

The Express won two awards in the annual Association of Alternative Newsmedia contest, the results of which were announced last weekend. Contributor (and former music editor) Rachel Swan won a first-place award in the arts feature category for her cover story, “The Shrinking Stage,” which detailed how Bay Area theater companies were forced to book one-person shows to save money during the recesssion. And co-editor Kathleen Richards won a third-place award in the long-form news category for her cover story, “How Much Garbage Does It Take to Treat a Patient?” Her report shed light on the fact that the medical industry has been slow to recycle.

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