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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hayward Workers Stage Three-Day Strike; Picketer Hit by Angry Motorist

by Steven Tavares
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Just hours after 280 Hayward city employees began a three-day strike Tuesday morning, a picketer was hit by a van — apparently on purpose by an angry motorist who yelled at the striking workers. The incident occurred around 9 a.m. Tuesday when a man driving a white van attempted to pull into an underground parking garage at Hayward City Hall. According to witnesses, the driver, described as an elderly man, turned into the parking lot entrance and struck Jerry Schilling, a twenty-year street maintenance worker for the city, in the legs.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

California Health Officials Issue Warning About Ginger Candy

by Elly Schmidt-Hopper
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Ginger sweets imported from Vietnam, known simply as "Ginger Candy," contain high levels of lead and should not be eaten, Dr. Ron Chapman of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported this morning. Evershing International Trading, Inc, the San Jose based importer of the contaminated candy, has voluntarily recalled the product, and CDPH is urging consumers in possession of Ginger Candy to discard it immediately.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Joe Tuman Announces Run for Oakland Mayor, With a Heavy Focus on Public Safety

by Steven Tavares
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Next year’s mayoral race in Oakland is certain to be dominated by public safety, and candidate Joe Tuman vowed today to make that the central platform of his campaign. The university professor and local television political analyst, who ran an unsuccessful bid for Oakland mayor in 2010, announced this afternoon his run to challenge Oakland Mayor Jean Quan in 2014 with plans to reverse the city’s nagging problems associated with violent crime, including adding up to 350 new police officers.

Joe Tuman at todays press conference announcing his candidacy for Oakland mayor.
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  • Joe Tuman at today's press conference announcing his candidacy for Oakland mayor.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

One Adult Is Dead and Four Were Injured at Popular Overnight Camp for Kids Near Yosemite

by Express staff
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM

One staffer was killed and four injured — all adults — this morning at Camp Tawonga, a popular overnight camp for kids near Yosemite National Park, when a tree fell over a campfire area near the main dining hall, according to an email sent to families by the camp's executive director, Ken Kramarz. No children were injured in the incident, Kramarz added. Camp Tawonga is a Jewish camp that is based in San Francisco and is very popular with East Bay families.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Oakland and Alameda County Agree to Pay Protesters $1 Million

by Ali Winston
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM

The City of Oakland and Alameda County have agreed to pay $1.025 million in damages and legal fees to demonstrators arrested on November 5, 2010 in Eastlake during protests over ex-BART cop Johannes Mehserle's sentencing for the killing of Oscar Grant. Evidence in the case showed that the Oakland Police Department violated a 2004 court order concerning the handling of large numbers of protesters. None of the 152 people arrested that night by Oakland police were charged with criminal offenses related to the march, and the sheer volume of arrestees overwhelmed Alameda County sheriff’s deputies, resulting in dozens of people being held on buses while handcuffed for up to six hours.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Appellate Court Appears Ready to Rule Against Drakes Bay Oyster Farm

by Robert Gammon
Tue, May 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco appears to be ready to rule against a controversial oyster farm in Point Reyes, according to reporters and environmentalists who attended today's hearing. Scott Graham, a longtime, respected journalist for the The Recorder legal newspaper, tweeted after the hearing: "Sounds like win for the govt and enviros." And Pamela MacLean of Trial Insider wrote, " The days may be numbered for the popular Drakes Bay Oyster farm, if the questions Tuesday from three judges on 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are any indication." The Obama administration and environmentalists want the courts to uphold then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision last fall to not renew Drakes Bay Oyster Company's lease in Point Reyes in order to make way for the first marine wilderness on the West Coast.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Oakland Schools Chief Tony Smith Resigns

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Tony Smith, the superintendent of Oakland public schools, announced his resignation today, citing the poor health of his wife's father. Smith said his last day will be June 30, and that his family is moving to Chicago to take care of his father-in-law who was recently hospitalized. Smith was the district's first superintendent after local control was returned to Oakland schools.

"I am proud of the incredible work we have accomplished together and believe the Board, with your leadership, will continue on a positive trajectory," Smith said in a letter to Oakland board of education President David Kakishiba. "Since the district returned to local control four years ago, we have made great strides in academic outcomes, fiscal solvency, community engagement, and organizational coherence."

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Walgreens Fined $16.6 Million for Landfilling Pesticides, Bleach, Paint, and More in East Bay

by Nate Seltenrich
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Illinois-based Walgreen Co. has been ordered to pay a settlement of $16.57 million for illegally sending hazardous materials including pesticides, bleach, paint, and aerosols to local landfills throughout California, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced today. The ruling was made by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Wynne Carvill in a case brought by O'Malley and 42 other California District Attorneys and two city attorneys.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

UPDATED: November 2012 East Bay Election Results!

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Updated at 6:55 a.m., November 7 (100% of precincts reporting)

City Council At-Large (First-place votes only)
Rebecca Kaplan: 45.6%
Ignacio De La Fuente: 29.8%
Carol Lee Tolbert: 15.4%
Theresa Anderson: 5.9%
Mick Storm: 3.1%

City Council At-Large (Ranked-choice voting, updated at 6:00 a.m.)
Rebecca Kaplan: 60.7%
Ignacio De La Fuente: 39.6%

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rebecca Kaplan Beats Ignacio De La Fuente

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

The Express is calling the Oakland City Council At-Large race for incumbent Rebecca Kaplan. With 71 percent of precincts reporting, Kaplan has an insurmountable lead over challenger Ignacio De La Fuente, 45.5 percent to 30.5 percent. Kaplan holds an even larger lead in ranked-choice voting. Her victory means that progressives likely will gain control of the city council, and De La Fuente's loss could spell the end of his twenty-year career in Oakland politics.

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