Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Oakland to Further Study Richmond's Anti-Foreclosure Program

by Jean Tepperman
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Oakland may soon study the possibility of creating an aggressive program to protect homeowners from foreclosure, inspired by Richmond’s program that includes the possibility of seizing mortgages through eminent domain. In a special session on November 5, the city council decided that at its next meeting, November 19, it would consider two similar but competing resolutions, both of which would commend the City of Richmond for its pioneering program and launch an investigation into whether Oakland should adopt a similar strategy.

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The Express Wins a National Journalism Award for Science Reporting

by Express staff
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM

The Express has won a national award for journalism excellence in science reporting from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The paper won for Azeen Ghorayshi’s May 1 cover story “Warning: Quake in 60 Seconds.” Her in-depth report explored efforts by scientists at UC Berkeley to develop a statewide early warning system for earthquakes.

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Wednesday Must Reads: Oakland Kills Deal with Surveillance Contractor; San Francisco Vote Could Be Bad News for Warriors’ Owners

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The City of Oakland has killed a deal with its surveillance contractor because the company is connected to nuclear weapons makers in violation of city law, the Trib reports. As a result, Oakland is looking for a new contractor to build its controversial surveillance center. As the Express first reported, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), has a troubled background that the city failed to fully investigate before hiring the company to build the surveillance center. Then after the council approved the contract, SAIC revealed that it has connections to nuclear weapons manufacturing — which violates a 1988 law approved by Oakland voters.

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