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Letter to Berkeley: You Are Being Scammed by Your City Council. - by JP Massar
If the Berkeley City Council wanted to help the homeless they would be providing the money, a timetable and the plans to create the facilities they say they want to create. They didn't. They don't. They just want you to believe they are.
Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:44AM
The Malonga Center windows: A tale about Oakland city priorities - by Lydia
Public records requests reveal that the city of Oakland prioritized the noise complaint of one individual over an entire decades-old arts community.
Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:56PM
Alameda County Passes Groundbreaking Policy to Respect the 4th Amendment. - by opwg
Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:58AM
Revised: Embattled city backed receiver was replaced at Empyrean Towers - by Lynda Carson
It was on June 26, 2015, that Mark Adams was appointed by Judge George Hernandez to be the receiver for Empyrean Towers. Last week Mark Adams was replaced by Randy Sugarman, of Sugarman & Company, LLP., by Judge Roger L. Efremsky, as a Chapter 11 trustee for the property.
Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:10PM
Oakland Rising - by Saleem Gilmore
In 2006, Jerry Brown was Mayor of Oakland, Arnold Schwarzenegger was Governor of California, and grassroots politics in Oakland was losing its voice. Local communities felt locked out of City Hall, their voices not being heard. From this landscape came Oakland Rising (OR).
Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:58PM
The art of cinema from Berkeley to Hollywood - by Lynda Carson
Rob Nilsson can generally be found in front of the theater when his films are being screened. Often the actors appear at his films, and are available for a discussion about the film afterwards, with the audience.
Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:47PM
Former Pacifica ED and Leader of "Save KPFA" Targets Flashpoints Host Dennis Bernstein - by repost
Pacifica "Save KPFA" grouping including former Pacifica ED Margy Wilkinson who is a collaborator with Dan Siegel has targeted Pacifica KPFA Flashpoints producer Dennis Bernstein for interviewing Aron Gupta about the role of the SEIU in the Fight For $15 Movement.
Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:50AM
Attorney Threatens Members Of Redwood Gardens Resident Council With Eviction - by Lynda Carson
The residents of Redwood Gardens, especially the Redwood Gardens Resident Council have been very active during the past year. During June 2015, they had a meeting with officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and around 30 residents showed up at the meeting to complain about a massive renovation project that has been taking place at Redwood Gardens, located at 2951 Derby St., in Berkeley.
Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:20AM
The Alameda City Council Has Blood On Its Floor. - by Will S
Alameda City Council erupted on Wednesday, November 4th, as the Alameda Renters Coalition collided with Alameda landlords, and ultimately the police, over rising rents and the right to be heard.
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 10:26PM
California State University Faculty Votes to Authorize Strike - by via California Faculty Association
Members of the California Faculty Association on the 23 campuses of the California State University voted “Yes by over 94% percent” to authorize a strike, CFA President Jennifer Eagan announced today at a news conference.
Posted: Wed Nov 4, 2015 1:46PM
A peek at Oakland’s housing implementation cabinet - by Lynda Carson
Based on the sampling of members in the Mayor’s housing implementation cabinet, it does not appear that there will be a big push for stronger renter protections that are needed in Oakland to fix the housing crisis, and to stop the displacement of thousands!
Posted: Wed Nov 4, 2015 1:17AM
Community Groups Challenge Utah Funding for Proposed Oakland Coal Export Terminal - by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Grand Canyon Trust, the Sierra Club and Earthjustice sent a letter to Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes today urging him to invalidate $53 million in state payments in support of a scheme to export millions of tons of coal from Utah and send it through a proposed bulk terminal in Oakland, Calif.
Posted: Mon Nov 2, 2015 1:48PM
ACLU Settles Lawsuit with Alameda County Jails over Pregnancy Testing - by ACLU of Northern California
The ACLU of Northern California and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office have reached a settlement agreement that will ensure that women are able to choose whether they receive pregnancy testing in the county’s jails.
Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:23PM
No cop out! Calling for a climate uprising - by Jesse D. Palmer -reprinted from Slingshot#119
The climate change group 350.org and others have called for a series of global marches and mass mobilizations before and after the so-called Conference of the Parties (COP 21) meeting scheduled in Paris from Nov. 30 – Dec. 11. The call to action gives us a chance to reject suicidal corporate business as usual and create a new world that is sustainable as well as just and free. (See end of article for local action info.) http://www.norcalclimatemob.net/
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:23PM
California State University Faculty Conclude Strike Authorization Vote - by via California Faculty Association
Yesterday, members of the California Faculty Association (CFA) at the 23 campuses of the California State University system concluded a statewide vote on whether or not to authorize union leadership to call a strike if contract negotiations with management fail to result in a fair deal.
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:45PM
Is Palestinian children's art "appropriate" for KPFA and its Local Station Board? - by United for Community Radio
In 2011, Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art abruptly cancelled a planned exhibition of art created by children in the Palestinian occupied territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. At the time, Museum board chair (current Save KPFA Local Station Board candidate) Hilmon Sorey stated that the art was “not appropriate” for the Museum. The United for Community Radio LSB candidate slate says “This kind of candidate is NOT APPROPRIATE for the KPFA Local Station Board.” Th...
Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:38PM
A master-plan is needed to support renter protections in Northern California, & elsewhere - by Lynda Carson
Oakland has the second fastest-rising rents in the nation, passing the pace of San Francisco’s rent increases, and coming in second behind the rent increases occurring in Denver. The rents in Oakland have climbed over 12.1 percent since 2014. Slumlords, greedy landlords, profiteers, speculators, and nefarious realtors reign supreme in Oakland, who are protected by local and state politicians that are in the pockets, of big money!
Posted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:45AM
Corrupting Influence Of Big Money Weakens Rent Laws/Health & Safety Laws - by Lynda Carson
Regarding the petition of the California Apartment Association that blocked Richmond's renter protections from going into effect on September 4, 2015, allegedly, the Contra Costa County Clerk Recorder-Elections Division did a random sampling of 500 signatures of which 389 of the 500 signatures were valid. This is all that they were required to do to claim that the petition was found to be sufficient, by using the formula approved by the Secretary of State to determine that the statistically p...
Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:33AM
Renoir Staffing, LLC gives campaign contributions to the California Apartment Association - by Lynda Carson
Since many of EBHO’s members lease Renoir Staffing, LLC property managers for their so-called affordable housing projects, and in part Renoir Staffing, LLC uses the money it earns from the nonprofit housing developers to fund the campaigns of the California Apartment Association to block renter protections from taking effect, one can only wonder why EBHO claims that it supports renter protections!
Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:23AM
Registrar of voters allegedly certified petition blocking Richmond’s renter protections - by Lynda Carson
Now the CAA and it’s 13,000 members are targeting numerous council members and are meddling in the affairs of 4 other Northern California cities, in an effort to block renter protections from taking effect. Those cities include San Jose, Santa Rosa, Mountain View, and San Mateo. Additionally, renters in Healdsburg have also been pushing for renter protections in their city!
Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:51PM