Month: May 2017

Oakland City Council to vote Tuesday on settlement with teen at center of sex scandal – KTVU San Francisco

KTVU San FranciscoOAKLAND (KTVU) — The Oakland City Council faced a proposed settlement vote Tuesday of nearly one million dollars in the sex scandal case involving an underage prostitute and Oakland police officers. This settlement is for the civil claim against the … and more …read more Source:: Oakland CA News By Google News

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Clues sought after man fatally shot in East Oakland – KTVU San Francisco

KTVU San FranciscoOAKLAND (KTVU) — Police were searching for clues after a man was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon in East Oakland, authorities said. Officers who responded to the 5100 block of International Boulevard at 3:42 p.m. found a man suffering from a gunshot …Oakland police investigating fatal shooting in East OaklandKGO-TVStandoff at East Oakland house […]

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Man dies Tuesday in afternoon Oakland shooting – SFGate

SFGateA man was shot and killed in Oakland Tuesday afternoon, police said. Officers responded to the 5100 block of International Boulevard at 51st Avenue just before 4 p.m., said Officer Johnna Watson, a spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department. The man …Oakland police investigating fatal shooting in East OaklandKGO-TVOne fatally shot in car in East […]

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Oakland police investigating fatal shooting in East Oakland – KGO-TV

KGO-TVOakland police investigate a fatal shooting in the 5100 block of International Boulevard on Tuesday, Monday 30, 2017. (KGO-TV). Bay City News. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 05:15PM. OAKLAND, Calif. –. A man was fatally shot in East Oakland this afternoon, …One fatally shot in car in East Oakland, police sayEast Bay TimesClues sought after man […]

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Editorial: Put some teeth into state Public Records Act – Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: Put some teeth into state Public Records ActChico Enterprise-Record​When 36 people died in the nation’s deadliest fire since 2003, Oakland’s mayor promised full transparency about the infamous Ghost Ship inferno. Instead, city officials ran roughshod over the state Public Records Act, delaying release of documents … …read more Source:: Oakland Mayor Race News By […]

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Berkeley typewriter shop stars in touching documentary – East Bay Times

East Bay TimesBERKELEY — If “California Typewriter” doesn’t make you almost cry, laugh or experience an unexpected desire to bear hug actor Tom Hanks, call the police: Someone has stolen your heart, sense of humor, and the ability to recognize genuine soulfulness. …read more Source:: Berkeley Ca. News By Google News

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Assault With A Skateboard Reported In People’s Park – Patch.com

Patch.comBERKELEY, CA —A suspect who assaulted another man in People’s Park in Berkeley Sunday morning is sought by law enforcement, UC Berkeley police said. An assault likely to cause great bodily injury took place at 8:30 a.m. in the park when two men got … …read more Source:: Berkeley Ca. News By Google News

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Buffy Wicks, Former Obama Aide, Running For California State Assembly District 15 2018

Buffy Wicks is someone I’ve known since 2007, and because of her job as field organizer with the Obama For America campaign. After the successful 2008 Presidential Election, Buffy landed a position in the White House working for President Obama.

I interviewed Buffy at the 2012 Democratic National Convention:

After the unsuccessful 2016 Presidential Race ran by Hillary Clinton, for which Buffy was, again, a field organizer, she took time off with her family in Oakland, then issued this letter moments ago, today, announcing her run for the California State Assembly District 15 Seat currently held by Eric Swalwell:

Advocate and Activist Buffy Wicks Launches Campaign For State Assembly

OAKLAND — Today, in an email and video message to supporters, advocate for kids and families and longtime grassroots activist Buffy Wicks officially announced her candidacy to be the next Assemblywoman from California’s 15th District.

“We live in scary times, but here’s the thing: we don’t have to let what’s happening in Washington define us,” Buffy said. “California has the unique opportunity to achieve bold, progressive goals that reflect our shared values and actually help people: economic security for all women and families, equity for all people, and clean air and water for all our kids. The next Assemblywoman from our district should be leading this fight, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”

Buffy is a community organizer, an advocate, and a grassroots leader with experience at the local, state and federal level. A California native, she got her start in community organizing when she moved to the Bay Area to organize against the Iraq War. She’s been an organizer ever since.

Buffy became a grassroots organizer for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, then joined the United Food and Commercial Workers and led the campaign to fight Wal-Mart for better wages and health care for its employees. In 2007, she was one of the first hires on then Senator Obama’s campaign for President, innovating the campaign’s national grassroots organizing model and serving as one of the senior staff for the California primary. Following the President’s election, she was asked to serve in the Obama White House organizing support for the eventual passage of the Affordable Care Act that has provided more than 20 million Americans with health care, including 5 million here in California.

Buffy’s passion is fighting for equity, equal opportunity, and economic security – with a particular focus on policies affecting women and children. She served at the Center for American Progress as a Senior Fellow, where she launched a national policy initiative, with Planned Parenthood and SEIU, fighting for economic security for women and families. Currently, Buffy is leading a statewide campaign to empower parents to advocate for better opportunities for their kids. Buffy hopes to continue advocating for California’s parents and kids as an Assemblywoman in Sacramento, where only 22% of our state legislators are women and just a handful are mothers to young children.

Buffy lives in Oakland with her husband Peter and her 6-month old daughter, Josephine.