Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Must Reads: Oakland Councilman Pushes for Curfew, Again; BART Preps Managers to Drive Trains During Strike

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland Councilman Noel Gallo has rekindled the debate over youth curfews, saying he will introduce legislation this week that would prohibit teens from being out at night after 10 p.m., the Chron reports. Gallo’s predecessor, Ignacio De La Fuente, had twice before floated the idea of a youth curfew, but his proposal failed to garner the necessary support on the council because such laws are typically ineffective. It’s unclear whether Gallo has the votes either — or even whether his proposal has the backing of Oakland police officials.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Air Pollution and the Gut: Are Fine Particles Linked to Bowel Disease?

by Lindsey Konkel of Environmental Health News
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 7:43 AM

At 22, Mark Rievaj had one major love: speed skating. Day and night he spent at the Calgary track, vying for a coveted position on Canada’s national team. He was having the best season of his amateur career when he noticed a small fissure on his anus. “I was losing blood, not much, but a little bit every day,” Rievaj recalls.

For months, his doctors struggled to make a diagnosis as Rievaj’s iron levels — and energy — plummeted and his skating performance faltered. Finally, he learned that he had Crohn’s disease.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Women Living Near Pesticide-Treated Fields Have Smaller Babies

by Lindsey Konkel of Environmental Health News
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Women in Northern California farm towns gave birth to smaller babies if they lived within three miles of strawberry fields and other crops treated with the pesticide methyl bromide, according to researchers.
Methyl bromide is one of many pesticides used in the Salinas Valley, which has been dubbed the nation's "salad bowl."

“There’s been very little research on residential exposure to methyl bromide. Our study is the first to look at methyl bromide and birth outcomes,” said Kim Harley, study author and associate director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health at UC Berkeley.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Must Reads: AG Holder Relaxes Sentencing Guidelines for Nonviolent Drug Offenders; GOP House Votes to Decimate Food Stamps

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. United States Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered federal prosecutors nationwide to stop seeking long prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, the Washington Post reports. The major policy change affects defendants who have been charged with low-level drug crimes but have not yet gone on trial as well as those who have been convicted but not yet sentenced. Holder’s order, which follows a recent directive by his office to lay off marijuana cases in states in which cannabis is legal for recreational or medical use, could have a major impact on the nation’s overcrowded prisons. “Although the United States is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners are in US prisons, according to the Justice Department,” the Post reports. “There are more than 219,000 federal inmates, and almost half of them are serving time for drug-related crimes.”

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thursday Must Reads: Misleading Labels Cause Massive Food Waste; Appellate Court Rules Against Big Oil

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Misleading labels — like “sell by,” “use by,” and "best by" — are causing Americans to throw away massive amounts of food because they mistakenly believe that food becomes unhealthy after the expiration dates, the Chron reports, citing a new study from Harvard University and the National Resources Defense Council. The report found that 90 percent of Americans mistakenly throw away food because of the labels — which only reflect manufacturers estimates about when food will taste best, not whether the food is unhealthy.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wednesday Must Reads: 46.5 Million Americans Live in Poverty; Oakland Gets $4.5 Million Grant for Police

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Stories you shouldn't miss:

1. According to the US Census Bureau, 46.5 million Americans are living in poverty, or 15 percent of the country’s population, a near-generational high, the LA Times$ reports. It’s the second year in a row in which the nation’s poverty rate has stood at such a high level. The median household income nationwide was $51,017 last year — 8 .3 percent lower than in 2007, when adjusting for inflation. The bright side of the new report is that poverty did not worsen last year for the first time in several years.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday Must Reads: Cal Students Face Severe Housing Shortage; Factory Farm Practices Lead to 23,000 Annual Deaths

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Faced with a severe housing shortage, UC Berkeley students are crowding into “mini-dorms” — single-family homes that have been turned into multi-unit buildings for student housing, the Chron reports. But the city council has decided to crack down on the mini-dorms, banning them in residential, single-family-home neighborhoods because of residents’ complaints about the lack of parking and too much noise. The crackdown also calls for more student housing to be built near campus.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Richmond Mayor to Tour Ecuadorian Region Devastated by Chevron

by John Geluardi
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Richmond’s Mayor Gayle McLaughlin departed Sunday for Ecuador to visit the Lago Agrio region in the northeast province of Sucumbios Province. Ecuadorian President Rafael Vicente Correa invited McLaughlin to tour the region in the Amazon Rainforest so she can see firsthand the environmental damage caused by years of negligent oil drilling practices by Texaco Petroleum Co, which is now owned by Chevron Corporation.

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Monday Must Reads: Brown to Sign Immigrant Drivers’ License Bill; Bad Year for Environmental Legislation

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Governor Jerry Brown said he will sign a bill that will allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses in California, the LA Times$ reports. Brown, who had previously opposed such legislation, said he changed his mind because of “foot-dragging” in Congress on immigration reform. "Because Congress has been so slow, I think they need a good push, and that's what I think this Drivers License bill does," Brown said. "It says California recognizes these human beings are very important to our communities, to our economy and hopefully the people in Washington will get the message."

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Must Reads: Oakland Police Overseer Sides with Police Union; Judge Rejects Big Banks Suit Against Richmond

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. In a surprise move, Oakland police Compliance Director Thomas Frazier, who was appointed to oversee court-mandated reforms of OPD, unilaterally overturned a key reform measure that had been approved unanimously by the Oakland City Council, the Trib reports. In his decision, Frazier sided with the Oakland police union — which has steadfastly resisted reforms of OPD for years — and blocked a plan that would have transferred complaints of police officer misconduct to an independent civilian commission. Frazier instead ruled that the complaint process must remain solely within the police department.

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