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Conversely, such acts present new detriments to the myriad the Oakland community already confronts. While it may be true that not every member or even the majority of the Occupy Oakland movement participates in these criminal acts, a collective group will be judged by its very worst, rogue elements; consequently, the Occupy Oakland's methods as I have witnessed them do not represent the 99 Percent, but merely themselves at this point. Perhaps the best solution for the youthful population that seems to dominate the present movement is to enroll in school or reinvest in education in some practical capacity, muster some discipline and "true grit," and get to work on changing the corrupted system from the inside out as an educated and reputable citizen rather than from the precarious position of one who alienates the general populace with brutish demands and rancorous rallies for unmerited handouts and reckless retribution.
Juliet Hawk, Oakland
"Death of a Retail Plan," Feature, 2/15
The Alameda Labor Council Responds
On behalf of more than 100,000 working men and women in Alameda County, we are committed to the bold vision and future development of the Broadway-Valdez corridor. Oaklanders want to work, shop, and live in vibrant places that reflect the racial and economic diversity of our communities. While traditional redevelopment tools have been diminished, the corridor is already benefiting from existing construction and development by Kaiser and the continued momentum of the growing Uptown area.
Much like with the redevelopment of the Oakland army base, we need to be creative and open-minded to revenue and development opportunities that move forward the Broadway-Valdez concepts. These include long-term good jobs that support middle-class wages, affordable housing, and construction jobs, and the creation of a new, exciting shopping destination in Oakland to increase the tax base.
The Broadway-Valdez corridor project uniquely weaves together community, business, and labor needs. The project is moving forward in 2012 with important opportunities for public engagement and support from the Oakland Planning Commission and City Council. Working collectively and creatively, we look forward to building a better Oakland together.
Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Alameda Labor Council
Express staffer Ellen Cushing was nominated for a prestigious James Beard Foundation award for journalism excellence in covering wine, spirits, and other beverages for her cover story "How Peet's Starbucked Itself" (9/21/2011).
And staffer Nate Seltenrich won a second-place award for excellence in feature writing from the North American Agricultural Journalists association for his cover story "How Safe Is Your Soil?" (8/3/2011).
Both awards were from national contests; Cushing and Seltenrich competed against journalists from newspapers and magazines of all sizes throughout the country.
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