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Thursday, May 15, 2014

LGBT Groups Fundraising to Create Transgender Women's Shelter in Oakland

by Sam Levin
Thu, May 15, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Even in the progressive Bay Area, transgender people face rampant violence and discrimination, an issue we covered in-depth in last year's feature "Transphobia." Across the country, transgender women of color are particularly vulnerable — victimized at disproportionately high rates and subject to regular housing discrimination and harassment. With these hardships in mind, LGBT advocates in the Bay Area are now raising funds to establish an Oakland-based shelter that will specifically serve transgender women.

A new Bay Area advocacy group called Transitions House is partnering with the San Francisco LGBT Center to raise money for the Queens Cottage Shelter, which will "offer shelter, food, connections to local resources and a safe haven to transgender women in the area," organizers said in an announcement yesterday.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Oakland Police Chief Recruiter Fired for Discriminating Against Gays and Lesbians; Berkeley Council Puts Student District Map on Ballot

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland city officials fired the firm that was in charge of recruiting a new police chief because it discriminates against gays and lesbians, the Trib$ reports. The city’s decision to terminate the contract with the International Association of Police Chiefs could further delay a decision to hire a new chief or give Interim Chief Sean Whent the job permanently. This was the second police chief recruiting firm that has left Oakland. The International Association of Police Chiefs does not offer benefits to domestic partners of gay and lesbian employees — in violation of city policy.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday Must Reads: CHP Kill Two Men in Oakland in Two Shootings; BART Cop Shoots and Kills Colleague

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. CHP officers patrolling the streets of East Oakland under an agreement between the city and the state shot and killed two men yesterday following two traffic stops. The Trib$ reports that CHP officers shot and killed a 19-year-old at about 3 a.m. Tuesday after a high-speed chase in which officers were trying to stop him for driving without license plates. Separate CHP officers then fatally shot the passenger of an SUV that they had pulled over at about 9 p.m. Police say both dead men had firearms.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Congress May Block Sale of Berkeley Post Office; Richmond Moves Forward with Minimum Wage Hike

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Congress is considering a bipartisan bill that urges the US Postal Service to table its plans to sell Berkeley’s historic downtown post office, the Chron reports. The legislation also recommends that the postal service hold off on selling all historic buildings nationwide until the US inspector general completes an investigation into whether the postal service is violating preservation laws. The planned sale of the Berkeley post office has sparked outrage among residents and unanimous condemnation from the city council. The postal service is selling properties to close a budget gap caused by Congress.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Brown Wants to Pay Down ‘Wall of Debt’; Santana Makes Final Cut in Dallas

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Governor Jerry Brown is proposing to use $10 billion in state funds next year to pay down what he calls the state’s “Wall of Debt” — about $24.5 billion in outstanding loans and other debts. Brown also wants to use next year’s expected surplus to increase funding for K-12 schools, higher education, and health and social services programs, and would set aside money for a “rainy day fund.” The SacBee$ reports that he also wants to divert up to $300 million from the state’s cap-and-trade program to help fund his proposed high-speed rail project.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday Must Reads: Anti-Transgender Measure Headed for Ballot; Warriors’ Plans for San Francisco Arena to Go Before Voters

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A coalition of conservative groups says it has gathered more than enough signatures for a statewide ballot measure that would roll back rights for transgender youth in California, the AP reports. The ballot measure would overturn a landmark law that allows transgender students to choose whether they want to play on girls or boys sports teams and what bathrooms they want to use. The conservative groups, led by some of the same organizations that ran the Prop 8 anti-gay marriage campaign, say they collected 620,000 signatures; the measure needs 505,000 to qualify for the ballot.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wednesday Must Reads: PG&E Admits Flaws in Pipeline Records; Bike Activists Push for New Path on the Western Bay Bridge Span

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. PG&E attorneys admitted to state regulators that the utility’s recordkeeping for natural gas pipelines in the Bay Area has been faulty — even after the deadly 2010 blast in San Bruno, the Chron reports. The utility’s attorneys blamed human error for the problems, saying an engineer improperly assumed at least one pipeline on the Peninsula was safe in the aftermath of the San Bruno blast when it was not.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday Must Reads: UC Berkeley Experts Say New Bridge Is Unsafe; Caltrans Never Approved Dangerous S-Curve

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Some UC Berkeley engineering experts are raising serious questions about the safety of the new Bay Bridge, even contending that the old bridge — now being dismantled — was a safer structure, California Magazine reports. Cal professor of civil and environmental engineering Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl said that considering the new bridge’s “2,300 faulty anchor bolts, the cracked welds, the corroded tendons in the girders, the basic flawed design — there’s no doubt in my mind that the old bridge is much, much safer than the new bridge. [The new span] should not be opened to the public. All the evidence that Caltrans has indicates this bridge will collapse when the Hayward Fault ruptures.”

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thursday Must Reads: CEQA Reform Bill Moves Forward; Brown Proposes to Move Giant Water Tunnels

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Legislation that would reform California’s primary environmental law to make it easier to build smart-growth projects in cities moved forward in the state capital, the LA Times$ reports. The bill by Senate leader Darrell Steinberg would speed up approvals of infill development in urban neighborhoods. Business groups, however, oppose the bill because they contend it does not go far enough to reform the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which is often used by anti-growth activists to block projects that would help in the fight against climate change.

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