Monday, March 31, 2014

Environmentalists Sue to Block Explosive Fracked Oil Shipments in Richmond

by Jean Tepperman
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM

The fight against shipping crude oil by rail through Bay Area communities intensified late last week when environmental groups filed suit to stop Kinder-Morgan from shipping highly explosive Bakken crude oil through its rail yard in Richmond. The groups are also suing the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) for approving Kinder-Morgan’s switch to transporting crude oil with no public notice or comment, which they say is a violation of the California Environmental Quality Act.

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Oakland Unified Considering Parcel Tax to Fund College, Career Prep Programs

by Michelle Maitre of EdSource Today
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 2:20 PM

The Oakland school district is considering what may be a first-of-its-kind approach to pay for academy programs that prepare students for college and careers: ask voters to pick up some of the tab. The district is studying the feasibility of placing a parcel tax on the November ballot to help fund efforts to expand so-called linked learning, or career pathways, programs at its high schools. The programs integrate academics with real-world work experience, such as internships and job shadowing, to keep students engaged in their studies and help them succeed after high school.

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Monday Must Reads: Car Slams Into Oakland’s Bar Dogwood; Wilbur Hot Springs Retreat Burns

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A car slammed into Bar Dogwood early this morning, causing serious damage to the popular tavern in Oakland’s Uptown district, the Trib$ reports. No one was injured in the crash, which was the result of a two-car accident at Telegraph Avenue and 17th Street. The motorists fled the scene. The car ended up inside the bar and smashed into a wall.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Port of Oakland Approves Talks with Waterfront Ballpark Group — and Opens Door for Possible New Home for the Warriors

by Steven Tavares
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

The Port of Oakland and a group of local business leaders hoping to build a new waterfront ballpark near Jack London Square for the A’s are now officially talking. Port commissioners approved on Thursday a 10-month exclusive negotiating agreement with Oakland Waterfront Ballpark LLC to study the construction of a 38,000-seat ballpark at Howard Terminal.

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Friday Must Reads: PG&E Likely Facing Criminal Charges; Oakland Port Commission Votes to Move Forward on Waterfront Ballpark

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. PG&E expects to face criminal charges for the 2010 San Bruno blast that killed eight people and destroyed a neighborhood, the Chron and Trib$ report. PG&E’s parent company made the disclosure in a recent securities filing. The utility also is facing up to $2.5 billion in fines for the gas pipeline explosion. PG&E also has agreed to spend $2.7 billion on upgrading its aging pipeline network. Critics of the utility, including state Senator Jerry Hill of San Mateo, contend that PG&E diverted hundreds of millions of dollars from safety upgrades to bonuses for executives.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Mayor Quan Says ShotSpotter Won’t Be Cut; Leland Yee Charged with Corruption and Gun Trafficking Conspiracy

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said she has no plans to disband the city’s gunshot detection system, even though Interim Police Chief Sean Whent has said that funding for ShotSpotter should not be a high priority, the Trib$ reports. Quan’s comments came in response to a letter from Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Larry Reid, who are demanding that the city not shelve ShotSpotter. Chief Whent has questioned the effectiveness and necessity of ShotSpotter and has said that he would rather have funding for the department’s helicopter and other needs.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Abel Guillen Enters Oakland’s District 2 City Council Race

by Steven Tavares
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Abel Guillen announced on Facebook today that he’s running for the open District 2 seat on the Oakland City Council. Guillen, an elected member of the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees since 2006, is the fifth declared candidate in the November council race.

“I simply love this city. Oakland has played big role in my life, shaping my character and instilling my dedication to community service. Oakland’s challenges are many and varied, but the solutions lie in our neighborhoods, our communities, our schools and the people of our city. I want to make District 2 an example of how we can move Oakland forward, together and build together,” said Guillen in a press release.

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Mike Honda Asks House Committee to Remove Barriers for Reducing Rape Kit Backlog

by Steven Tavares
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Across the country there is an estimated backlog of nearly 500,000 rape kits awaiting testing, including about 2,000 in Alameda County alone. To alleviate the backlog, Bay Area Congressman Mike Honda asked a House Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday to allow the FBI to eliminate a time-consuming bureaucratic step. Honda, along with FBI Director James Comey, also recommended Alameda County serve as a pilot for the plan.

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Richmond and Berkeley Oppose Fracked Oil and Tar Sands Rail Shipments

by Jean Tepperman
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 2:28 PM

The city councils of both Berkeley and Richmond unanimously passed resolutions last night calling for tighter regulation of the shipping of crude oil by rail through the East Bay. The Berkeley resolution went further, committing Berkeley to oppose all shipment of crude oil by rail through the city until tighter regulations are in place.

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Survey Says Telegraph Avenue Needs More Bike Lanes

by Julian Mark
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM

A recent survey conducted by the City of Oakland found that the Telegraph Avenue corridor — located between 20th Street and 57th Street — isn’t adequately configured for cyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders. The survey was conducted as part of the city’s Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Project, an effort to redesign the Telegraph Avenue corridor into a more suitable area for all modes of travel.

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