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Wed Mar 30 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Oakland Justice Coalition Pushing for Radical Change at the Ballot Box
Wed Mar 30 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Grassroots Effort Under Way for New Oakland Police Commission, Tenant Rights, $20 Min Wage
Community activists working independently on separate ballot measures have come together under the umbrella of the Oakland Justice Coalition. Together, the three measures they propose would radically transform police accountability, renters' protections, and the minimum wage in Oakland. On March 24, Oakland Justice Coalition members made a formal announcement of their intentions in front of Oakland City Hall. The canvassing kickoff will be held on April 2.
Tue Mar 29 2016 (Updated 04/19/16)City Bulldozes Beach Flats Community Garden for Seaside Company
Tue Mar 29 2016 (Updated 04/19/16)Beach Flats Gardeners Remain Committed to 2016 Planting Season Despite Losing Land
A bulldozer rumbled into the Beach Flats Community Garden early Thursday morning, March 24, tearing out mature fruit trees and nopales plants that city staff had earlier promised would not be touched, and damaging an already strained relationship between the City and community. Despite the loss of land, fruit trees, and nopales, the Beach Flats Gardeners are committed to making the best of the 2016 planting season.
Sun Mar 27 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)California Apartment Association Stalking the Tenants' Rights Movement
Sun Mar 27 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)CAA Opposes Rent Controls in Oakland, Alameda, San Jose, Mountain View, and Other Cities
The California Apartment Association (CAA) has been meddling in the affairs of city after city in Northern California in an effort to stop any and all renter protections being promoted by renters, tenant activists, and their supporters. The same day that Oakland tenant activists filed a ballot initiative to strengthen renter protections called the Renters Upgrade, the CAA announced that they were keeping an eye on things, and are coming up with their own plan to counter the tenants' movement efforts.
Thu Mar 24 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Agricultural Pesticide Use Up 10% in Monterey, 9.4% in Santa Cruz
Thu Mar 24 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)CA Department of Pesticide Regulation Releases Results of Annual Pesticide Use Reporting
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation released the results of annual pesticide use reporting – the only reporting like it in the country – offering a glimpse into what potentially hazardous pesticides are being used in the state. Despite fewer plantings and crop loss due to the drought across the state, hazardous pesticide use increased in some counties. From 2013 to 2014, in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, such pesticide use increased 10.0% and 9.4%, respectively.
Wed Mar 23 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Chemicals Used in Acidization Threaten Water Supplies
Wed Mar 23 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Acidization Study Finds Oil Companies Using Dozens of Hazardous Chemicals in CA Wells
Oil companies use dozens of extremely hazardous chemicals to acidize wells in California, raising water contamination and public-safety concerns, according to a new study in the Journal of Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry. The University of California-Los Angeles study, which has national significance because it seems to be the first ever to examine the toxicity of acidization chemicals, finds that almost 200 different chemicals have been used in the process.
Tue Mar 22 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Oakland Real Estate & Business Conference Shut Down
Tue Mar 22 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Protesters Crash Oakland Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Set to Feature Mayor Libby Schaaf
Before 8am on March 18, over a hundred housing activists caught the Oakland Chamber of Commerce off guard at their "Oakland is open for business" breakfast for real estate developers. Protesters were able to completely shut down the 2016 Economic Development Summit at the Kaiser Building on Lake Merritt before Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf could even give her opening remarks.
Sun Mar 20 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Community Call for "Public Land for Public Good" Ignored by Oakland City Council
Sun Mar 20 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Oakland Council Approves Second UrbanCore Luxury Tower Proposal for E12th St Parcel
On March 15, the Oakland City Council approved moving forward with the latest iteration of luxury housing at the E12th Street parcel, public land that was created when the roads and bridges around the south end of Lake Merritt were recently reconfigured. Housing activists showed up at City Hall and successfully shut down the meeting, but the council then held their discussion and vote privately in Mayor Libby Schaaf's office. Critics vow to keep the fight alive for "public land for public good." A final vote on the proposed sale to UrbanCore will happen later this year.