Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Must Read: Occupy Oakland Gets Eviction Notice; California Okays Cap-and-Trade Rules

By Robert Gammon
Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The City of Oakland issued an eviction notice last night to the Occupy Oakland protesters camped out in front of City Hall, citing health and public safety concerns, the Chron and Trib report. The notice cited increasing problems with violence at the sit-in, along with fire hazards, sanitation issues, a growing rat problem, and graffiti. However, it’s unclear when the city will enforce the eviction notice.

2. The California Air Resources Board unanimously adopted cap-and-trade regulations, making California the first in the nation to do so, the LA Times and Chron report. Cap-and-trade, which is to take effect January 1, is designed to allow polluters to buy “credits” from green sources to offset their carbon emissions, while providing a financial boost for renewable energy programs. A similar system stalled in the US Senate.

3. The Oakland Tribune may not change its name to the East Bay Tribune after all, the Chron reports. Company officials say they got plenty of feedback about the planned change, and presumably most of it was negative. However, the Trib’s parent company, Bay Area News Group, still plans to lay off forty people from its news operations on November 1.

4. The City of Richmond is reviewing a policy that allows city employees involved in a gang-outreach program to not talk to police if they witness illegality, the CoCo Times reports. The program has come under intense scrutiny this week after gang members apparently got in a bloody fight at Richmond City Hall and city employees refused to talk to cops about it. The employees maintain that if they talk to police, it will destroy the “trust” that’s essential for the anti-gang program to work.

5. Peralta Community Colleges has heavily censored public records in apparent violation of state law, the CoCo Times reports. The newspaper requested emails from Peralta board members, which are public, but then the college district heavily redacted almost all of the content in the emails — which is illegal.

6. And a judge has ruled that the financial backers of Prop. 8, the anti-gay marriage law, cannot remain secret, the Trib reported. Prop. 8 supporters claimed that they should be exempted from public disclosure laws because they feared reprisals for funding the measure that prohibited gay marriage in California.

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