Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Must Reads: Oakland Unions Reach Deal with City on Raises; Not Guilty Verdict in Trayvon Martin Killing Sparks Protests

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 7:13 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland’s two major unions representing civilian employees have reached a tentative deal with city officials that would provide raises for the first time since 2007, the Trib reports. Under the deal — which must be ratified by rank-and-file workers and the city council — city employees would receive a 2 percent pay raise immediately and a 1 percent raise next summer. The pact also does not include employee concessions on health care and pension costs that Mayor Jean Quan had originally sought.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Express Wins Eight Awards

by Express Staff
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

The East Bay Express won eight awards, including seven first-place honors, in the annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards contest, the results of which were announced over the weekend. The Express also won the most first-place awards and the most overall by any alternative newsweekly in the region. All of the Express’ awards were in the non-daily newspaper category for 2012.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuesday Must Reads: Bridge Expert Says Bad Bolts Should Be Replaced; State Control of Oakland Schools Failed to Fix Financial Problems

by Robert Gammon
Tue, May 21, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A leading engineering expert who is also an advisor to Caltrans said the agency should replace as many defective bolts on the new Bay Bridge as possible, SFGate reports. The bolts were designed to be too hard and brittle and could snap in an earthquake; 32 of the rods have broken already. Meanwhile, many elected officials are calling for a comprehensive investigation into the Bay Bridge scandal in the wake of the bolt problems and a recent report that the new eastern span appears to be riddled with corrosion problems as well, the SacBee$ reports. And, finally, Governor Jerry Brown acknowledged yesterday that the new $6.3 billion bridge may not be able to open as planned on Labor Day.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tuesday Must Reads: Brown to Propose Big Boost in Education Spending; Feds to Probe Bay Bridge Bolt Scandal

by Robert Gammon
Tue, May 14, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Governor Jerry Brown will propose a major boost in education spending later this week when he unveils his budget plan, the AP reports. The billions in new spending will be financed by a $4.5 billion increase in tax revenues this year. Brown wants to direct more than a $1 billion toward schools in low-income areas. In addition, he wants to spend another $1 billion to implement new, more rigorous academic standards.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Marcie Hodge’s Very Bad Day

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Former Peralta colleges trustee Marcie Hodge had a very bad day on Thursday, as a pair of legal rulings made clear that her unsuccessful run for mayor of Oakland in 2010 was ill-considered. First, the state’s primary political watchdog agency, the Fair Political Practices Commission, voted unanimously to fine her $5,000 for violating campaign election laws during the 2010 mayor’s race. And then, a few hours later, a three-judge appellate panel released a unanimous decision against her. The appellate court denied her appeal of lower court’s decision to toss a libel suit she had filed against the Express, concerning its coverage of her 2010 mayoral campaign.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

SF Examiner Co-Owners Buy A Portion of Leading LGBT Publication

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Todd Vogt and Pat Brown, who operate the San Francisco Examiner, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the SF Weekly, are purchasing a 49 percent stake in the Bay Area Reporter, the region’s leading LGBT publication, according to a report in the Bay Area Reporter. Under the deal, the current owner of the Bay Area Reporter, the Bob Ross Foundation, along with the paper’s general manager, Michael Yamashita, will own a 51 percent stake in the paper and will control its editorial direction.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

A Reading Guide to What Has Been Going on in Boston

by ProPublica
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 2:58 PM

The hunt for suspects in Monday’s Boston marathon bombing is ongoing.

The news today has been like being thrown into a sea of breaking updates, emergency warnings, and more than one conspiracy theory. To help you catch up, we’ve pulled together some of the best reporting so far, and who to follow for breaking news:

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Opinion: McCarthy Needs to Open the Windows at the EPA, Letting in Press and Public

by Beth Parke and Joseph A. Davis
Sun, Apr 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM

President Obama has an opportunity to fix badly broken media policies that keep Americans in the dark about their environment. Gina McCarthy's nomination as the new head of the US Environmental Protection Agency affords him an opportunity to live up to his promise to create an "unprecedented level of openness in government.”

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Express Contributor Ali Winston Wins First Amendment Award

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Ali Winston, a freelance journalist who writes often for the Express, has won a Freedom of Information award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter. Winston has authored a series of investigative stories on the Oakland Police Department over the past few years, detailing misconduct within the agency and its inability to live up to court-mandated reforms.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Note to Readers: Our News Blog Is Now Called Seven Days

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 4:47 PM

You may have noticed that the Express’ news blog has a new name starting today: Seven Days. The new moniker matches the one we use for our weekly news/opinion column in our print edition. As such, it dovetails with our online/print strategy for our other blogs — Legalization Nation, What the Fork, and Culture Spy.

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