Thursday, July 31, 2014

Updated: Libby Schaaf Dominates Race for Oakland Mayoral Campaign Cash

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Oakland Councilmember Libby Schaaf easily outdistanced her mayoral rivals in campaign fundraising during the first half of 2014, raking in $226,955 through June 30, according to campaign statements filed today. Excluding personal loans and donations that the candidates made to their own campaigns, Mayor Jean Quan finished a distant second to Schaaf with $89,566 in contributions, followed by City Auditor Courtney Ruby with $84,132.

More …

Thursday Must Reads: OPD Ordered to Reinstate Cop Who Shot at Scott Olsen; Black BART Workers Subjected to Racist, Violent Threats

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. An arbitrator ordered the Oakland Police Department to reinstate a cop who was fired for shooting a flash-bang grenade at people who were coming to the aid of injured Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen during an Occupy protest in 2011, the Trib$ and Chron report. However, the reason why arbitrator David Stiteler ordered Officer Robert Roche to be reinstated is not entirely clear. The city is refusing to release the Stiteler’s ruling, contending that it’s a personnel issue. According to Roche’s attorney, the arbitrator concluded that Roche was merely following orders when he fired his weapon at unarmed demonstrators.

More …

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Oakland Council Rejects Chamber-Backed Minimum Wage Plan

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:31 PM

The Oakland City Council voted 5-3 last night to reject a plan pushed by the chamber of commerce that would have raised the city's minimum wage more slowly and to a lesser degree than a labor-backed measure on the November ballot. The chamber's plan, which was sponsored by council President Pat Kernighan, also sought to exempt numerous workers from receiving higher wages. The proposal, however, failed to garner support from a majority of councilmembers, who instead have endorsed a competing proposal put forward by an activist coalition known as Lift Up Oakland. The Lift Up Oakland measure, if approved by voters, will raise the minimum wage for all workers in Oakland to $12.25 an hour, starting in March 2015.

More …

Wednesday Must Reads: Raiders Owner Eyes Move to San Antonio; Richmond Council Approves Chevron Refinery Overhaul

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis recently visited San Antonio and had discussions about moving the team there, the Trib$ reports. Davis has been unhappy with the pace of negotiations on a new stadium in Oakland, and his visit to San Antonio may have been part of an effort to leverage a better deal here. The Dallas Cowboys indicated that they might oppose any team moving to San Antonio because they consider it to be part of their territory.

More …

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

County Supes Finalize A’s Deal

by Steven Tavares
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM


The only thing that now stands in the way of the Oakland Athletics playing the next three seasons at O.co Coliseum is baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s signature. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a ten-year lease agreement previously approved by the Oakland City Council and the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that oversees the publicly owned stadium.

“This has been a long process,” said county Supervisor Nate Miley, who later added, “the deal itself stands on its own.”

More …

Tuesday Must Reads: San Bruno Mayor Calls for CPUC Ouster in PG&E Scandal; EBMUD and East Bay Cities Agree to $1.5 Billion in Sewer Line Upgrades

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The mayor of San Bruno is calling for the firing of the head of the California Public Utilities Commission in the wake of a scandal involving PG&E, the Chron reports. Mayor Jim Ruane contends that CPUC Chief Michael Peevey should be ousted by Governor Jerry Brown because internal emails show that Peevey and his staffers maintained a cozy relationship with PG&E officials in violation of the law. The CPUC is supposed to regulate PG&E and other utilities and is currently deciding how much to fine PG&E for the 2010 deadly blast in Ruane’s city.

More …

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Must Reads: DeSaulnier Calls for Criminal Probe of Bay Bridge Work; Railroad Companies Block Safety System

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. State Senator Mark DeSaulnier of the East Bay is calling for a criminal probe of the shoddy construction work on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, the SacBee$ reports. A new report revealed that Caltrans knowingly accepted flawed and potentially hazardous work from a Chinese firm that welded the new span and tower.

More …

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Richmond's Battle with Chevron's Oil Refinery Project Comes to a Head

by Jean Tepperman
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM

The battle over a project proposed by the Richmond Chevron oil refinery is coming down to the wire. Next week, on July 29, the Richmond City Council will vote on the project — and on whether to approve the sweeping new health and safety requirements the city’s Planning Commission wants to add.

More …

Tags: , , , , , ,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: 2014 Is Hottest Year on Record in California; Chevron Agrees to Limit Greenhouse Gases at Richmond Refinery

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The first half of 2014 was the hottest on record in California, the Mercury News$ reports. Experts say the drought is making the state hotter. This year’s record heat topped 2013 — which set a record as the state’s warmest ever.

More …

Friday, July 18, 2014

Oakland May Back New Statewide Rules for Rooftop Solar

by Ari Nussbaum
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM

The Oakland City Council is considering whether to back statewide legislation that would bring California closer to its solar energy goals. The bill, AB 2188, would amend current law to streamline the permit process for installing rooftop solar systems — essentially allowing more residential systems to be installed at a faster rate throughout the state.

More …

Most Popular Stories

© 2017 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation