Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday Must Reads: CHP Kill Two Men in Oakland in Two Shootings; BART Cop Shoots and Kills Colleague

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. CHP officers patrolling the streets of East Oakland under an agreement between the city and the state shot and killed two men yesterday following two traffic stops. The Trib$ reports that CHP officers shot and killed a 19-year-old at about 3 a.m. Tuesday after a high-speed chase in which officers were trying to stop him for driving without license plates. Separate CHP officers then fatally shot the passenger of an SUV that they had pulled over at about 9 p.m. Police say both dead men had firearms.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Oakland A's Boosters Want to Lease Howard Terminal for New Ballpark

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

A group of Oakland business leaders and A's boosters wants to lease the Howard Terminal on the city's waterfront as it works out details to build a new ballpark on the site. The group, which is calling itself The Oakland Waterfront Ballpark LLC, (OWB) sent a letter last week to Port of Oakland Executive Director Christopher Lytle, requesting that it enter into exclusive negotiations with the port in order to use the Howard Terminal for a "world-class" 38,000-seat facility. The January 15 letter was signed by business leaders Don Knauss of Clorox, T. Gary Rogers of Dreyer's Ice Cream, and Michael Ghielmetti of Signature Development, along with former planning commissioner Doug Boxer and San Francisco developer Seth Hamalian, who is planning to build a 28-story tower in Oakland's Uptown district.

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Tuesday Must Reads: Dallas Passes on Santana; Hot, Dry Weather Brings Bears Out of Hibernation

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Dallas City Council decided to pass on hiring Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana to be the city’s new city manager, the Trib$ reports. The council instead chose to give the job to Dallas’ interim city manager. Santana, who has made it clear that she wants to leave Oakland, was one of three finalists for the position.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Must Reads: Black Worker Says Boss Kept a Noose; Swastikas Drawn on Poster of Jewish Councilwoman

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. An African-American employee of an East Bay company says his racist boss kept a hangman’s noose at work and regularly hurled epithets at him, the Chron reports, citing a lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court by the worker, Gordon Tillman. "Race harassment unfortunately appears alive and well in the 21st century — even in the Bay Area," Tillman's lawyer, Kelly Armstrong, said in the suit. The boss, Shawn Geaney, also likened Tillman to a monkey and threatened him with violence after he reported the racist incidents, according to the suit. The company, Vulcan Materials of Livermore ignored the complaints at first but eventually fired Geaney.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Berkeley Sit/Lie Campaign Fined $3,750 for Violating Election Laws

by Steven Tavares
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 2:32 PM

The ill-fated campaign committee that advocated for a controversial sit/lie measure in Berkeley in 2012 agreed last night to pay a $3,750 fine for violating the city’s election laws. Last November, the Coalition for Berkeley Civil Sidewalks, Yes on S, admitted to the city’s Fair Campaign Practices Commission (FCPC) that it had failed to properly disclose and itemize 58 cash payments of more that $50 it paid to election workers and had failed to report $5,530 in loans and donations.

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Oakland School Board Adopts New Budgeting Policy

by Mary Elizabeth Sullivan
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:33 AM

The Oakland school board voted unanimously on Wednesday night to approve a new budget policy that sends more money to schools by capping central office expenditures at 12 percent of the district’s unrestricted funds. The policy also directs Interim Superintendent Gary Yee to maintain school-site decision-making while prioritizing the neediest students during the budget process. But the devil is in the details and hundreds of parents, teachers, and principals filled the auditorium at La Escuelita Elementary School to speak for and against elements of Yee’s controversial implementation plan.

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Friday Must Reads: Brown Declares Drought Emergency; Obama Announces NSA Reforms

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Governor Jerry Brown today declared a drought emergency in California, following the driest calendar year in state history, the Mercury News$ reports. The governor’s announcement comes as the National Weather Services is predicting that California’s thirteen-month dry spell likely will continue for at least three more months, and thereby leave the state without a rainy season for the second straight year. Brown’s declaration is expected to be followed by strict water rationing throughout the state in the weeks and months ahead.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Feds Delay Safety Overhaul for Oil Refineries, Including Chevron’s Richmond Facility

by Jean Tepperman
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 2:16 PM

No one disputed the federal Chemical Safety Board’s two main conclusions about the August 2012 explosion and fire in the Richmond Chevron refinery: that the accident was caused by Chevron management negligence and that the current regulatory system isn’t working to prevent such accidents.

But after a long evening of testimony by Chemical Safety Board staff, local office-holders, and community members last night, the board voted 2-1 to wait four months before deciding whether to recommend a complete overhaul of refinery safety regulation.

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Thursday Must Reads: Congress May Block Sale of Berkeley Post Office; Richmond Moves Forward with Minimum Wage Hike

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Congress is considering a bipartisan bill that urges the US Postal Service to table its plans to sell Berkeley’s historic downtown post office, the Chron reports. The legislation also recommends that the postal service hold off on selling all historic buildings nationwide until the US inspector general completes an investigation into whether the postal service is violating preservation laws. The planned sale of the Berkeley post office has sparked outrage among residents and unanimous condemnation from the city council. The postal service is selling properties to close a budget gap caused by Congress.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wednesday Must Reads: Drought and Record Temps Spark Fire Risk; River Otters Spotted in Lake Temescal

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Bone-dry weather conditions coupled with record high temperatures have elevated the risk of fire in the Bay Area and throughout Northern California, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. Oakland set a record high for the second day in a row, clocking in at 73 degrees on Tuesday. And extreme drought conditions, along with gusty winds, has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red-flag warning for fire danger until 10 a.m. Thursday.

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