Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Anonymous Warns Black Bloc in Oakland: Quit It or Else

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

A video posted on YouTube by the group Anonymous warns Black Bloc protesters to quit their violent, co-opting tactics in the Occupy Oakland movement, or else face their wrath. The five-minute video also questions whether some Black Bloc members are actually police, trying to incite violence.

"The response from fellow anons to Black Bloc has been overwhelming. Peacefully shutting down banks and locations has had a far greater economic impact than Black Bloc's pitiful acts of vandalism could ever dream of. ... You are at best misguided, harmful, and idiotic in your actions ... We suspect that many of you are agent provocateurs ... Your tactics demonize us in the eyes of the general public, robbing Occupy of much-needed support ... and worse, your activities justify the use of police brutality .... Consider this an act of diplomacy before we start doxing your asses all over the Internet and paying special attention to personally ruining your lives."

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thursday’s Best Quotes: On No Snow, SmartMeters, and HoJo

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Best quotes of the day:

1. "It's time to be concerned," said Maury Roos, the state's chief hydrologist on the fact that this year's snowpack is only 37 percent of normal.

2. "We're not going to stop. We're not going away," said Josh Hart, a Santa Cruz County resident and organizer of a grassroots group called Stop Smart Meters. "People are going to refuse to pay these fees. You're going to see personal injury lawsuits and class-action lawsuits."

3. "If one house on a block opts for an analog meter, the question is, should all the homes on the block share the cost for sending a meter reader to that one house?" said PG&E Chief Customer Officer Helen Burt. "We don't think so."

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

City of Berkeley Takes Steps to Move Its Money to a Local Bank

by John C. Osborn
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 4:03 PM

In what could well be one of the more significant consequences of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Berkeley may become one of the first cities in the country to pull its assets out of a major bank — in this case, Wells Fargo — as response to its role in the financial meltdown.

The city council unanimously decided to review the feasibility of transferring its $300 million or so in assets from the bank to either a local bank or a credit union, and whether an institution of that size would be able to handle the banking transactions required of a medium-sized city.

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Wednesday's Best Quotes: On Stay-Away Orders, Oakland's Finances, and Apple's Domination

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The best quotes of the day:

1. "While we respect every citizen's right to protest peacefully, we will not tolerate individuals who come to Oakland with an organized strategy to riot, clash with police officers, vandalize property and wreak havoc upon the city," Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said in a statement.

2. "It's unconstitutional," said attorney David Briggs, whose client, Mario Casillas of San Bruno, an Oakland Occupy protester, is charged with two felony counts of assaulting a peace officer and is subject to the stay-away order. "They have a right to freedom of assembly, the right to free speech. The stay-away order has nothing to do with the charges."

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Wednesday’s Top Five Stories: Oakland Saves Funding for Fairyland and Zoo; Judge Issues Stay Away Orders to 12 Oakland Occupiers

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 9:11 AM

The top five stories of the day:

1. The Oakland City Council spared Fairyland and the Oakland Zoo from budget cuts last night, but went ahead with layoffs, eliminating 105 jobs and letting 80 workers go, the Chron and Trib report. The council was forced to cut $28 million from the city’s budget because of the elimination of redevelopment. City Administrator Deanna Santana had originally proposed to slash funding to Fairyland and the zoo, but the council avoided those cuts through a series of budget maneuvers that includes the sale of a former fire station.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Quotes of the Day: On Occupy, Oakland Police, and the A’s

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 2:29 PM

The best quotes of the day:

1. "The city has to stand up with us now and say, 'Stop,' " said Mayor Jean Quan, referring to Occupy Oakland protests.

2. "I'm not condoning violence, and I'm not condemning it," said Occupy Oaklander Cat Brooks. "I'm just saying that 99 percent of the time when violence happens, it's police who start it. And you have to do what you have to do."

3. "I don't see a way for it to peacefully end," said former Oakland Councilman Wilson Riles Jr., a staunch progressive. "Like so much in Oakland, Occupy has tremendous potential, but it seems like that potential is being squandered. I think it's come to a point where the larger community is going to have to step in if anything is going to happen."

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Must Read: Occupy Oakland Vandalizes City Hall; Dems Have Good Shot at Taking the Senate

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Occupy Oakland protesters used a crowbar to break into City Hall on Saturday night and then vandalized the historic building after a demonstration turned into chaos, the Chron and Trib report. The demonstrators grew angry after police blocked them from taking over the vacant Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, a publicly owned building on Lake Merritt. Protesters also streamed into the Oakland YMCA on Broadway while people were working out inside the facility. Mayor Jean Quan said the protesters had acted as if they were throwing a “tantrum,” and were treating the city as if it were their own “playground.” But protesters contended that Oakland police had overreacted.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Must Read: Brown Wants Fewer Tests for Students; Councilmembers Push Anti-Port-Shutdown Bill, Again

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Governor Jerry Brown, in a sharp break from the Obama administration, believes K-12 students in California are being forced to take too many standardized tests, the LA Times reports. As part of his education overhaul, Brown is pushing for fewer tests, contending that they stifle creativity — an argument that teachers have been making for years. The tests take “too damn long,” Brown told the LA Times editorial board. “Second-graders take five days of tests. That’s longer than I spent on the bar exam. I think that’s absurd. You've gotta have some room for creativity.” The statements by Brown, who has two charter schools in Oakland, come in stark contrast to the Obama administration’s call to increase testing.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Anonymous Targets Oakland Officials

by Ali Winston
Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

The holiday season did not offer a respite from clashes between Occupy Oakland protesters and Oakland police. Over the past few weeks, at least eighteen demonstrators have been arrested by OPD, including twelve people at a January 4 vigil at Frank Ogawa Plaza and more recently, six people during a “Fuck the Police” march on Saturday that will apparently be a weekly occurrence.

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Monday Must Read: Occupy Oakland Clashes with Police, Again; Richmond Seeks Tax Settlement Deal with Chevron

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Occupy Oakland protesters clashed once again with police on Saturday night after some of the demonstrators hurled objects at the officers, prompting a half-dozen arrests, the Trib and Chron report. The demonstrators were protesting police brutality, and some carried signs that read “Fuck the Police.” Protesters also broke police car windows and windows of a Starbucks coffee shop. A video, below, also showed police attacking a woman on a bicycle. Protesters said they plan to hold demonstrations against police once a week.

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