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Monday, February 9, 2015

Thousands March Through Oakland to Ban Fracking

by Sascha Bos
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 10:09 AM

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On Saturday, an estimated eight thousand protesters gathered in Oakland to march against hydraulic fracturing – possibly the largest-ever anti-fracking demonstration in the nation. 

Hydraulic Fracturing — fracking — is a process that uses highly-pressured streams of water and chemicals to break up rock, releasing oil and natural gas. Fracking causes earthquakes, taints groundwater, and pollutes the air. The goal of the march was to ban fracking statewide, as New York did in December. Some protesters carried signs thanking New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for the ban, and urging Jerry Brown to follow his example. 

Many protesters also expressed frustration and anger over Brown's decision to support fracking in California. "He lives right over there in the Oakland Hills. Let's send Jerry Brown a message!" one speaker said. Speakers acknowledged Brown's role in upcoming climate talks in Paris and hoped that he would take a stand against fracking in his own state before attending the talks as a supposed climate leader. 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Stormageddon: Bay Area Storm Watch Live Updates

The storm has caused widespread power outages and roadway flooding.

by Anna Pulley
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Underpass flooded at Ashby Ave. near I-80. - BERT JOHNSON
  • Bert Johnson
  • Underpass flooded at Ashby Ave. near I-80.

As predicted, a major storm has walloped the Bay Area on Thursday, leaving thousands without power, leading to BART shutdowns, a child trapped under a fallen tree in Santa Cruz, and constant pouring rain in some areas. We'll be updating as news unfolds.

 See Also:
Bay Area Schools Closed Today Due to Storm
"Storm of the Decade" Coming to Bay Area

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

AG Kamala Harris Criticizes Chevron’s Richmond Refinery Expansion Plan

by Jean Tepperman
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has joined Richmond residents and environmental organizations in sharply criticizing plans for a proposed expansion of Chevron’s Richmond oil refinery. In a ten-page letter to the City of Richmond planning department, Harris detailed criticisms of the city’s Draft Environmental Impact Review (EIR) of the project, which was released in April. The EIR is based on plans and information Chevron submitted to the city.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Alameda County Sheriff Ends Detention Holds of Undocumented Immigrants

by Ali Winston
Wed, May 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern issued a department-wide memorandum today barring his deputies from enforcing immigration detainer requests from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Ahern's memorandum, which is in effect as of today, is a landmark in local law enforcement and brings Alameda County in line with San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, where local authorities are also choosing not to enforce immigration detainers. However, Sheriff Ahern's order is the most sweeping refusal to abide by federal immigration detainers in the Bay Area.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Albany Bulb Eviction Lawsuit Settled, Homeless Residents to Receive Cash Payments

by Sam Levin
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

More than two dozen homeless residents of the Albany Bulb along the East Bay shoreline will each receive $3,000 from the city — that is, if they leave the site and remove all of their personal property by Friday. These are the key terms of a settlement agreement announced today, effectively marking the end of the high-profile eviction battle between City of Albany officials and a group of housing advocates representing the Bulb's homeless residents.

The news today comes months after the city began pushing forward with its plans to move residents out of Albany Bulb, which has grown into a well-known homeless camp and artist community over the years. A group of residents in response sued the city and requested a temporary restraining order in hopes of at least postponing the winter eviction until there was a plan in place to provide them access to housing. The city's long-term plan is to turn the Bulb over to the East Bay Regional Park District and California State Parks to incorporate it into the Eastshore State Park.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Environmental Activist Forcibly Removed from Chevron-Sponsored Event in Oakland for Mocking the Company's 'News' Website

by John Geluardi
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Security guards forcibly removed Paul Paz y Miño, an employee of the environmental group Amazon Watch, from a Chevron-sponsored event today in Oakland because he was carrying flyers that he said he had planned to distribute outside the building after the program. When Miño, who had paid $75 for a ticket to the public event, refused to leave, guards forcibly removed him.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Oakland's New City Administrator Fred Blackwell Takes Job with San Francisco Foundation

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Oakland's new City Administrator Fred Blackwell is planning to give up his post soon take over as the new CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, a major nonprofit. Mayor Jean Quan had just hired Blackwell after she had ousted former City Administrator Deanna Santana. Sources said Blackwell will remain in his current post until June, and then will be replaced by Henry Gardner, a former city manager. Gardner will be the interim city administrator while Oakland conducts a search for a permanent replacement.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Port Staff Recommend Moving Forward with New Waterfront Ballpark at Howard Terminal for the Oakland A's

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Port of Oakland staffers are recommending that the agency enter exclusive negotiations with a group of Oakland business leaders who are proposing to build a waterfront ballpark for the Oakland A's at Howard Terminal. The port published the recommendation this afternoon. The Oakland Port Commission is scheduled to take up the recommendation at its March 27 meeting.

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Jack London Square to Get Bowling Alley, Beer Garden in New Entertainment Complex

by Sam Levin
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Developers finally have a plan for the Jack London Square plot that has gone unused for years since Barnes and Noble's departure back in 2010. This morning, Jack London Square Ventures and Trifecta Management Group unveiled plans for a "major dining and entertainment concept" for the Pavilion Building at 98 Broadway — a project that will include "luxury bowling lanes" and a "large outdoor beer garden."

The development will transform the 34,000-square-foot indoor site and 15,000-square-foot outdoor plaza in the heart of Jack London Square, according to the announcement from Jack London Square Ventures, which is a joint project of two companies, Ellis Partners LLC and DivcoWest.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Richmond Progressives Announce 2014 Political Candidates; Mayor McLaughlin to Run for City Council

by John Geluardi
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 3:09 PM

There has been a great deal of speculation about who will be running for the Richmond City Council in November, and on Thursday, the Richmond Progressive Alliance, which has been the strongest political force on the council in recent years, announced the names of four candidates who will be running in what promises to be a series of hotly contested races against large corporate interests, labor unions, and well-funded candidates.

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