Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday Must Reads: At Least Two People Injured in Oakland Protests; Feds Are Unlikely to Go After Zimmerman

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. At least two people were injured last night during the third night of protests in downtown Oakland, including a waiter at the restaurant Flora, who was struck in the face by a protester wielding a hammer, the Trib reports. "Protesters with black masks approached the window and tried to bang at it," bartender Phillip Ricafort told the Trib. "(The waiter) said, 'Don't do that!' and the guy turned around and smacked him in the face with a hammer" or another metal object. A demonstrator was injured when hit by a police-fired projectile. Protesters clashed with riot-gear-wearing police at about 11 p.m. Earlier in the evening, a group of demonstrators shut down 880. Police arrested at least nine people last night.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Raiders’ Stadium Plan Is Short on Cash

by Steven Tavares
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Two preliminary studies — one by the City of Oakland and Alameda County, and one by the Oakland Raiders — say the feasibility of a new stadium in Oakland for the football team would be hampered by the East Bay’s lack of corporate support. The stadium project also falls short financially due to a lack of public and private development dollars, according to a presentation of early findings offered Monday to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority.

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Monday Must Reads: Oakland Unions Reach Deal with City on Raises; Not Guilty Verdict in Trayvon Martin Killing Sparks Protests

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 7:13 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland’s two major unions representing civilian employees have reached a tentative deal with city officials that would provide raises for the first time since 2007, the Trib reports. Under the deal — which must be ratified by rank-and-file workers and the city council — city employees would receive a 2 percent pay raise immediately and a 1 percent raise next summer. The pact also does not include employee concessions on health care and pension costs that Mayor Jean Quan had originally sought.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Must Reads: Oakland Council May Censure Desley Brooks; Waterfront Ballpark for the A’s Clears Legal Hurdle

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Desley Brooks could become the first Oakland city councilmember to be censured by her colleagues later this month for her apparent illegal actions regarding the construction of a swanky teen center in her East Oakland district. The Trib reports that Council President Pat Kernighan has scheduled a special July 25 council meeting for a possible censure vote, and said that censuring Brooks could help restore the public’s trust in local government. Brooks has been strongly criticized by several probes of her actions — including by the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury and City Auditor Courtney Ruby. But Councilman Larry Reid — Brooks’ closest political ally — said he does not believe that a majority of councilmembers will vote to censure her.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

AC Transit Board Member Joel Young Censured for Misconduct

by Steven Tavares
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 4:33 PM

The AC Transit Board of Directors voted 5-0 last night to censure board member Joel Young for violating board policies concerning its code of ethics and improperly using district property for personal gain. Board director Mark Williams abstained from the vote. The censure of Young included no fines or penalties, but it represented a significant, and unusual, public rebuke of an elected official.

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Thursday Must Reads: FBI Raids American Indian Charter Schools; Caltrans Confiscates Anti-Water-Tunnels Signs

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The FBI raided American Indian Charter Schools’ three campuses last night in Oakland, and hauled away financial documents from the scandal-plagued schools, SFGate and the Trib report. The FBI raid came just a day before an Alameda County Superior Court judge was expected to finalize her ruling, allowing the charter schools to remain open for up to a year while they appeal their license revocation. The Oakland school board revoked the schools’ license to operate earlier this year because of a $3.8 million financial scandal. The FBI raided the schools apparently because some of that money included federal funds.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wednesday Must Reads: Oakland’s Plan for Waterfront Ballpark Faces Legal Threat; 29,000 Prisoners Still on Hunger Strike

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A plan for a waterfront ballpark for the Oakland A’s is facing a legal threat from a major shipping company, the Trib reports. Mayor Jean Quan and A’s boosters want the ballpark to be built at the Howard Terminal at the Port of Oakland. And the port is currently considering a financial deal with shipping conglomerate SSA Terminals that would free up the Howard Terminal for the stadium. But Ports America, another major shipper at the port, is threatening to sue the port on the grounds that the proposed financial deal with SSA is unfair.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tuesday Must Reads: 30,000 Prisoners Refuse Meals as Hunger Strike Begins; Bridge Opening Delayed Until At Least December

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. At least 30,000 inmates in California prisons refused meals yesterday as a statewide hunger strike got underway to protest the practice of locking up prisoners in long-term solitary confinement, the LA Times$ reports. The number of prisoners who refused to eat was much higher than during hunger strikes in 2011 over the same issue. In addition, 2,300 inmates refused to work yesterday or attend prison classes. Prisoners and human rights activists contend that long-term solitary confinement is inhumane.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday Must Reads: Asiana Flight Came in Low and Slow; Teen May Have Been Run Over By Emergency Vehicle

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Asiana jetliner that crash-landed on Saturday at SFO, resulting in the deaths of two teens, approached the runway at a low altitude and a slower-than-normal speed, the Mercury News and SFGate report. The pilot of Flight 214 was inexperienced with Boeing 777s. NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said, however, that it’s too early to determine the exact cause of the jetliner crash. San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes White, meanwhile, said one of the teens who died in the incident may have been killed by a San Francisco fire rig that was responding to the crash. The chief said the teen’s injuries were consistent with having been run over.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

One Adult Is Dead and Four Were Injured at Popular Overnight Camp for Kids Near Yosemite

by Express staff
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM

One staffer was killed and four injured — all adults — this morning at Camp Tawonga, a popular overnight camp for kids near Yosemite National Park, when a tree fell over a campfire area near the main dining hall, according to an email sent to families by the camp's executive director, Ken Kramarz. No children were injured in the incident, Kramarz added. Camp Tawonga is a Jewish camp that is based in San Francisco and is very popular with East Bay families.

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