Tuesday, November 19, 2013

All the Potential Contractors for Oakland’s Controversial Surveillance Center Have Ties to Nuclear Weapons

by Darwin BondGraham
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM

The mass surveillance system the City of Oakland is building in coordination with the Port of Oakland — known as the Domain Awareness Center — ran into trouble in August when it was revealed that the project contractor, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), has been involved in nuclear weapons work for the federal government. Oakland's 1988 Measure T and city Ordinance 11062 bar any nuclear weapons contractor from doing business with the city. It looks like SAIC is out, unless the Oakland City Council approves a waiver to allow SAIC to complete the project.

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Tuesday Must Reads: Unions Say BART Is Overstating Costs of Family Leave; Growth of Oakland Charter Schools Damages School District

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. BART unions say the transit agency is overestimating the costs of a disputed family medical leave benefit by perhaps tens of millions of dollars, the Chron reports. The BART board directors has effectively rejected a tentative deal its management team reached with the unions because of the six-week paid family leave benefit — a move that could prompt another strike. BART officials estimate that the benefit, which they contend they agreed to by mistake, will cost the agency up to $44.2 million over the life of the four-year contract. But the unions say that the estimate is deeply flawed, and say they have no intention of renegotiating the deal.

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