Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wednesday Must Reads: Oakland to Pay Occupy Protesters $1.17 Million; BART Strike Negotiations to Resume this Afternoon

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council agreed last night to pay 12 Occupy Oakland demonstrators a total of $1.17 million for injuries they suffered at the hands of Oakland police during 2011 protests, the Trib and SFGate report. The legal settlement included a $150,000 payout to Scott Campbell, a videographer who was shot in the leg by a beanbag round fired by a cop. The settlement follows another $1 million payout awarded last week to Oscar Grant protesters for police misconduct during a 2010 demonstration. And more big payouts are expected from lawsuits filed by military veterans Scott Olsen and Kayvan Sabeghi, who were both seriously injured by police during Occupy protests.

2. BART workers and management are expected to return to the bargaining table this afternoon after negotiations lasted until 2:45 a.m. this morning, SFGate reports. The two sides said they made progress during last night’s talks.

3. Last year’s Chevron refinery fire will cost the City of Richmond millions of dollars in property tax revenues, the CoCo Times reports. The big fire caused the refinery’s property value to plummet, thereby lowering Chevron’s tax bill. Overall, the city is expected to lose about $6.1 million in property tax revenues.

4. San Francisco parking garage operators are gouging motorists with higher rates this week because of the BART strike, Bay Area News Group reports.

5. And the longshore workers’ union at the Port of Oakland is opposing a deal that would open up waterfront space for a new stadium for the Oakland A’s, the Trib reports. The union wants the Howard Terminal to remain as a maritime shipping operation.


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