Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday Must Read: OPD Brass Opposed Occupy Crackdown; Van Jones Touts Millionaire’s Tax

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The proposed crackdown on future Occupy Oakland protests at the Port of Oakland failed to garner enough support on the city council apparently because Oakland police brass and port officials quietly opposed the idea, the Chron reports, citing anonymous sources. Oakland police officials are reportedly worried that more violent confrontations with Occupy protesters could push the department into federal receivership. And port officials were concerned that the crackdown measure would prompt more violent confrontations at the port.

2. Progressive activist Van Jones touted the Millionaire’s Tax proposed for the November ballot, telling the Democratic Party convention that the measure has the potential to excite young voters this fall, the SacBee reports. "The idea that the people who have already climbed that ladder have to give back to them, that's the pathway forward I think to electrify that generation," Jones said. Unlike Governor Jerry Brown’s tax proposal, which includes a sales tax hike, the Millionaire’s Tax only targets the wealthy.

3. Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend in a Newark motel room, according to her husband, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, the Chron reports. Bill Lockyer said that Nadia went to see her ex after Bill and Nadia quarreled and that her ex needed help. But then the old boyfriend, whom police are refusing to name, allegedly assaulted her. The ex-boyfriend is now on the run.

4. Credo Mobile, the socially conscious phone company from San Francisco, has decided to fund a Super PAC for progressive political campaigns in response to the massive amounts of cash flowing from corporations into conservative Super PACS, the Chron reports. Instead of funding negative political ads, however, Credo Mobile plans to spend its funds on helping grassroots campaigns defeat conservative House members. Credo Mobile’s move mirrors that of President Obama who recently urged progressive donors to fund liberal Super PACS to counteract Republican efforts.

5. And don’t count on a wet February and March to pull California out of its drought conditions, the SacBee reports, citing weather forecasters. December and January were among the driest ever recorded, and the odds of having a super wet February and March is low, even though the La Nina weather pattern has weakened.

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