Friday, February 28, 2014

Port of Oakland Rejects Coal Shipping and Opens the Door for an A’s Ballpark on the Waterfront

by Steven Tavares
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The Oakland Port Commission unanimously rejected three proposed maritime uses for the 50-acre Howard Terminal site near Jack London Square, one of which environmental groups vehemently opposed due to concerns over the proposed shipping of coal and petroleum coke through the port. The decision may also one day lead to a 38,000-seat waterfront ballpark at the site for the Oakland Athletics. A group of local investors unveiled a plan last December for the ballpark, although A’s ownership repeatedly has claimed that the venue is not suitable for the team.

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Friday Must Reads: PG&E Wants to Raise Rates on Low-Income Residents; Mentally Ill Man Gets 15 Years for Fake Bomb Plot

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. PG&E is proposing to raise rates on customers who don’t use much energy, which includes many low-income residents in the Bay Area. The Trib$ reports that PG&E also wants to reduce rates for people who use lots of energy, which tend to be wealthy residents with large homes. The utility contends that the big energy users are paying more than their fare share, and that people who conserve energy need to pay higher rates. PG&E’s proposal, which is headed to the state Public Utilities Commission, thanks to a bill, AB 327, signed into law by Governor Brown last year despite strong opposition from environmental groups.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Farmers, Restaurant Chefs, and Winemakers Call on Governor Brown to Halt Fracking

by Julian Mark
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM

California farmers, vintners, and small business owners are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to halt the highly water-intensive oil- and gas-extraction process known as fracking. Brown has continued to support Senate Bill 4, the piece of legislation he signed last fall that greenlights expanded fracking from the Monterey Shale, which sits beneath some of California’s most prized farmland.

“In the short term, fracking makes competition for California’s water even more fierce, which could have a significant negative effect on farmers, ranchers, and vintners,” Paula Getzelman, owner of Tre Gatti Vineyards in Monterey County, said in a statement. “But the long-term consequences of fracking are even more devastating. California needs to be investing in the people who cultivate the land and feed people, not the oil companies that threaten to pollute our land, water, and communities.”

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Thursday Must Reads: Female Students Accuse UC Berkeley of Botching Rape Cases; Oil Companies Dump Fracking Waste in Pacific Ocean

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Thirty-one current and former female students have filed federal complaints against UC Berkeley, alleging that the campus routinely mishandled sexual assault investigations, the LA Times$ reports. The women contend that Cal officials encouraged them to not pursue criminal charges against their male student attackers and operated a disciplinary system that failed to adequately punish rapists. UC Berkeley is one of several campuses targeted by activists who contend that sexual assaults at universities are treated as a normal part of college life.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

VMA Security Ending Private Patrol Services in Oakland

by Sam Levin
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Earlier this month, a security guard fired his gun at a burglary suspect in the Upper Dimond-Oakmore area, reigniting the controversy around the use of private patrols in Oakland. This incident has caused a fair amount of alarm across neighborhoods, in part because the patrol officer from the company called Security Code 3 was not supposed to be armed in the first place. While reporting on this latest debate, I also learned of another noteworthy development in the East Bay patrol industry: VMA Security Group, one of several companies that stepped up last year to provide this security service for residents, has decided to pull out of the patrol business altogether.

Vince Mackey, president and CEO of the Oakland-based company, said that VMA will not be renewing contracts in the two neighborhoods it had entered last year for trial patrols. Mackey, who served as the director of security and was a bodyguard for former Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, said that the setup didn't make financial sense for his company, which specializes in non-patrol services (like security at nightclubs or other private businesses).

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Wednesday Must Reads: City Auditor Courtney Ruby Enters Oakland Mayor’s Race; EBMUD to Buy Water in Drought

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. In a surprise move, City Auditor Courtney Ruby entered the Oakland mayor’s race yesterday, adding to an already large field of candidates trying to unseat Jean Quan. Ruby had said last year that she had no plans to run because she has young children, but told the Chron that she's getting into the race because she believes the city’s crime problems are not being properly addressed. Ruby has released a series of highly critical reports on Oakland city government, including one that singled out Councilmembers Desley Brooks and Larry Reid for alleged misconduct.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Must Reads: Legislation Moves Forward to Limit Tenant Evictions; Another Poll Shows Rebecca Kaplan Leading Mayoral Race — If She Enters

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Two San Francisco state lawmakers are pushing forward with legislation that seeks to limit the increasing number of tenant evictions in California, the Chron reports. The twin bills by state Senator Mark Leno and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano would amend a state law, known as the Ellis Act, which allows wealthy speculators to purchase apartment buildings, evict the tenants, and then quickly resell them. More than 300 households were evicted in San Francisco last year under the law.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Going Camping This Year? Your Tent Likely Has Flame Retardants That Will Rub Off on Your hands

by Environmental Health News
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Researchers have identified flame retardants used in manufacture of tents and found that they are likely rubbing off on campers’ hands.

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Friday Must Reads: Oakland Has Seventh Worst Income Inequality in Nation; East Bay Refinery Refuses to Allow Federal Inspection

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The income inequality gap in Oakland is the seventh worst in the nation among large cities, the Brookings Institution reports in a new research paper based on the latest US Census data (via the LA Times$). The inequality gap in Oakland ranges from $17,646 in average annual income for the lowest 20 percent of households to $223,965 for the highest 5 percent. San Francisco’s income inequality gap ranks as the second worst nationwide — mostly because it’s rich are very rich. The top 5 percent of households in terms of income averaged $353,576 in San Francisco last year. Income inequality creates numerous problems for cities, including a lack of mixed-income schools that produce better outcomes for children from low-income families, a too narrow tax base that can’t produce enough revenues for basic city services, and a lack of housing for the middle class.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Oakland Bar Owners Reach Agreement with City Attorney on Violence

by Madeleine Key
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM

The owners of Egbert Souse’s, an Oakland bar located on the corner of Piedmont Avenue and West MacArthur Boulevard, have reached an agreement with City Attorney Barbara Parker and OPD in regards to complaints about violence, noise, and alleged drug activity that surfaced last fall. There were three separate shootings outside of Egbert Souse’s in 2013 that involved patrons of the bar, two of which occurred on consecutive weekends in October and November.

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