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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Home Prices Skyrocket in the Bay Area; Oakland School Board Zeroes In On New Superintendent

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Home prices soared throughout the Bay Area last month, jumping 29.2 percent in Alameda County compared to last year, the Mercury News$ reports. The median home sales price was $575,000 in Alameda County. Prices rose by 22.8 percent in Contra Costa County, with the median at $425,000. The huge price jumps were fueled by an extreme shortage of inventory. The number of home sales in March was the lowest in six years, as buyers engaged in feeding frenzies, outbidding each other for a small number of properties.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Oaklanders Strongly Back Measure Y Reauthorization; Feinstein Lobbies for Big Ag Over Environment

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. An overwhelming majority of Oakland residents — 82 percent — say they support reauthorizing Measure Y, a parcel tax that pays for police, fire prevention, and violence prevention programs, the Trib$ reports, citing a new city-commissioned poll. The $98-a-year tax is set to expire this November. However, support for doubling the tax to $196 annually — to pay for more police officers — drew only 53 percent support. The measure needs 66.7 percent to prevail.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

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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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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Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Must Reads: Oakland to Pay Injured Bicyclist $3.25 Million; Young People Now Approve of Obamacare

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

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council has agreed to pay $3.25 million to a bicyclist who was badly injured when she crashed on a pothole-laden road, the Trib$ and Chron report. The cyclist, Dulcey Bower, crashed on Mountain Boulevard between Ascot Drive and the Highway 13 onramp in 2011. Prior to the crash, the city had received numerous complaints about potholes on Mountain. The city says it has since fixed the area where Bower was hurt, although Oakland has a backlog of road repair jobs due to a lack of city funds. The $3.25 million payout was the second major one this week — the city, as the Express first reported this morning, also has agreed to pay $4.5 million to Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who was severely injured when Oakland police shot him with a beanbag round during an Occupy Oakland protest.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Children’s Hospital Oakland Merges with UCSF; Feinstein Joins Brown in Opposing Pot Legalization

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Children’s Hospital Oakland has finalized its merger with UC San Francisco, in move that officials hope will stabilize Children’s’ finances, the Hayward Daily Review$ reports. Children’s has faced monetary difficulties because it specializes in serving low-income kids on Medi-Cal. Under the merger, UCSF will take charge of Children’s’ finances and provide the Oakland hospital with more staff. Top management at Children’s also will become employees of the University of California.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday Must Reads: Oakland Council Approves New Rent Control Rules; Richmond Council Raises City’s Minimum Wage to $12.30 An Hour

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council voted last night to tighten the city’s rent control law after landlords and tenants’ groups reached a compromise deal, the Chron and Trib$ report. The new rules, which take effect this summer, cap rent hikes to a total of 10 percent a year for upgrades to buildings. They also prohibit landlords from passing on all the costs of capital improvements to tenants, capping the total at 70 percent. Oakland’s rent control laws, however, are still weaker than other cities, including San Francisco and Berkeley.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: GOP Blocks Bill that Sought to Limit Dark Money; Obamacare Signups Top One Million in California

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. GOP legislators blocked a bill in the state capital that sought to restrict secret campaign donations, also known as “dark money,” the SacBee$ reports. The bill, SB 327, would have required nonprofits to disclose their donors starting this year if they engage in political activity. The legislation required a two-thirds vote to pass, but it failed because Democrats no longer have a super-majority in the state Senate. Two Democratic senators, Rod Wright and Ron Calderon, are on indefinite leave because of fraud and corruption scandals. No Republican senators voted for SB 327. Nationwide, Republicans have benefitted substantially in recent years from dark money rules, which allow donors to remain anonymous.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Must Reads: Large Majority of Berkeley Residents Back Soda Tax; San Franciscans Overwhelmingly Support $15 Minimum Wage

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A large majority of Berkeley residents back a proposal to begin taxing soda and other sugary beverages, Berkeleyside reports, citing a new city survey. The proposed one-cent-per-one-ounce tax garnered 66 percent support. However, the soda industry is expected to spend huge amounts of money trying to defeat the measure if the city council puts in on the ballot. Big Soda spent about $2.7 million in 2012, successfully beating back a similar tax initiative in Richmond. San Francisco also will have a soda tax measure on this year’s ballot.

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