Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Must Reads: A’s Owner Softens on Lease Deal; Six Californias Campaign Accused of Lying to Voters

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A’s co-owner Lew Wolff softened his stance on a proposed lease deal at the Coliseum, saying that his staff would seriously consider modifications made to the lease by the Oakland City Council this week, the Trib$ reports. Wolff had said previously that he would reject any changes to the pact. He attributed his change of heart to a phone call he received from Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, who is also a mayoral candidate. "Just based on her asking me alone is enough for me to tell [team President] Mike [Crowley] and the guys to look hard at it," Wolff said.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Oakland Council Modifies A’s Lease Deal; Council Also Puts Measure Y Renewal and Ethics Measure on Ballot

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council approved a ten-year lease extension for the A’s at the Coliseum — but with modifications that team ownership has opposed, the Trib$ reports. The council rejected the lease deal that had been approved by Coliseum officials, contending that it included language that could derail the city’s plan to build the privately financed Coliseum City project and a new stadium for the Oakland Raiders. The council’s decision sends the lease back to the A’s for consideration.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Express Wins Six Awards in National Contest

by Express staff
Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM

The Express has won six awards for journalism excellence in the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2014 national contest. The Express won the most awards of any alt-weekly in California, and tied for the third most honors nationwide among all alt-weeklies. In all, the Express took home one first-place, two second-place, and three third-place awards.

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Cal Grads Try to Save UC Berkeley’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program

by Ari Nussbaum
Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Two UC Berkeley alums are fighting to save the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) major at Cal — a program that began nearly three decades ago, but has started to deteriorate in recent years. Annie Gorden and Shawndeez Davari Jadali, both recent graduates of the PACS program, have launched an online petition for better funding and support for the program. 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: Berkeley Moves Forward on Cellphone Warning Labels; Centrist Democrats Seek to Delay Cap and Trade

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Berkeley officials are moving forward with a proposal that would make Berkeley the first city in the nation to require retailers to put warning labels on cellphones about the dangers of radiation exposure, the Chron reports. Researchers are becoming increasingly convinced that radiation from cellphones could put users at higher risk of getting brain cancer. But the cellphone industry, which beat back a similar proposal in San Francisco, is expected to try to block Berkeley’s plan. Berkeley Councilmember Max Anderson is pushing the proposal, which is expected to go before the city council this fall.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Must Reads: Obesity Costs Alameda County Billions Each Year; Weak El Niño Not Expected to Relieve Drought

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Health-care costs and lost worker productivity related to obesity costs Alameda County more $2 billion a year, the Trib$ reports, citing a new report commissioned by the county’s Health Committee. According to the report, nearly 70 percent of seniors are overweight or obese in the county, as are more than half the adults and about a third of the children. Sugary drinks are the primary cause for the high rates of obesity, according to the report.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Quan Does About-Face on A’s Deal; Wolff Says He Has No Intention of Moving Team Out of the Bay Area

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan did an about-face on the proposed ten-year lease extension for the A’s at the Coliseum, declaring at a press conference that she now thinks the city council should okay the pact, the Chron and Trib$ report. Last week, Quan expressed frustration about the deal, telling the Express that A’s co-owner Lew Wolff and Major League Baseball had “bullied” the Coliseum Authority into approving it by threatening to move the A’s out of Oakland. Quan also said she does not believe that the A’s deal conflicts with a proposal by the developers of Coliseum City to demolish the Coliseum and build a new Raiders stadium in its place.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday Must Reads: Coliseum City Developer Opposes A’s Lease Deal; State to Consider Fines for Wasting Water

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The developer of the proposed Coliseum City project is urging the Oakland City Council to reject a ten-year lease extension deal with the A’s because it wants to tear down the Coliseum beginning next year, the Trib$ reports. The developer, Colony Capital, is proposing to raze the Coliseum and then build a new stadium on the same site for the Oakland Raiders to open in 2018 as it constructs restaurants, shops, and other revenue-generating facilities that will make up the rest of Coliseum City. The plan, however, would force the Raiders to move out of Oakland for three years, and it would displace the A’s. The A’s’ proposed lease deal would not allow construction of the new Raiders stadium to begin until 2016.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: Oakland Council Wants to Keep Negotiating with A’s; Oyster Farm Wants to Keep Operating Until December

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland City Council members want to keep negotiating with the A’s in an effort to get more favorable lease terms at the Coliseum, the Chron reports. The Coliseum Authority voted last week to approve a new ten-year deal with the A’s, but it includes several costly concessions. The authority made its decision after the A’s and Major League Baseball threatened to let the team leave Oakland. City officials plan to meet later this week with A’s ownership to outline their concerns about the lease, which must be approved by the council to go into effect.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Must Reads: Homicides Plummet Throughout Bay Area; Nearly 80% of State Now Under Extreme Drought

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The homicide rate dropped 22 percent during the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period last year in the fifteen largest cities in the Bay Area, the Chron reports. And homicides are down 31 percent compared to the same period in 2012. The city of Richmond has experienced the steepest declines in homicides, and is on track to beating last year — which was the lowest in three decades.

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