Month: May 2017

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.

Renters’ group SFBARF sues City of Berkeley for halting housing development – The Architect’s Newspaper

The Architect’s NewspaperThe San Francisco Bay Area Renters’ Federation (SFBARF) is suing the Berkeley, California City Council over allegations that the body has repeatedly violated California’s Housing Accountability Act (HAA), a 1982 piece of legislation that compels … …read more Source:: Berkeley Ca. News By Google News

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Steven Donziger Still Chasing Chevron Ecuador Fantasy

When last this blogger checked, Steven Donziger, the New York-based trial lawyer who made a name for himself pursuing a multi-billion-dollar dream judgement against the oil giant San Ramon, California-based Chevron, was still chasing his fantasy outcome.

Long ago, in 2008, this blogger said that Steven Donziger had dreams of being rich:

And in 2016, Steven Donziger lost yet another Chevron court battle:

You have to ask yourself why Chevron keeps kicking his tail in court? The answer is simple: there’s no real credible evidence that Chevron itself caused the Amazon River to be contaminated with oil from production.

To understand why this is so, you have to know the history, which can be summed up here: Texaco was partnered with Ecuador to produce oil in that country starting in 1967 with the creation of “Text-Pet” – a company that was originally 67 percent owned by Texaco, with the remainder owned by Petroecuador, the state-run oil company of Ecuador.

Between that time and 1992, the level of involvement of Texaco in the partnership decreased and by 1989, Texaco had no official production activities in it, and it’s ownership shares shrank. In 1992, Texaco was out of Ecuador, and signed a contract that resulted in a $40 billion cleanup of its production areas in Ecuador.

Meanwhile, Petroecuador had taken over, and with that action came subsequent oil spills by the thousands of barrels. Ecuador had not, until very recently, addressed this problem. Then came Steven Donziger.

In 1995, Donziger saw an opportunity to take a legal challenge on behalf of Ecuador by claiming that Texaco had not done any of its environmental cleanup work. In 2005, Chevron purchased Texaco, and thus the history of Donziger’s lawsuit.

Donziger buddied up to the then-new regime of Ecuador President Rafael Correa, and in so doing blocked himself from aiming a lawsuit at the real problem: Petroecuador. That was the seed of the many legal losses he’s faced. But because he had a friend in Correa, and was able to manipulate and bribe judges in Ecuador, Donziger was able to land a ruling against Chevron in Ecuador’s court for $8.9 billion in 2014, but there was one giant problem: the way in which Steven used unethical methods to get it made it unenforceable in America according to the United States District Court.

Donziger not only bribed and intimidated Ecuador judges, he was caught on camera admitting that such actions were a necessary part of the culture. He also ghost-wrote the very judgement that the Ecuador judge handed out to Chevron in the process of ruling that the oil company owed Ecuador $8.9 billion.

The United States District Court found Steven Donziger defrauded Chevron.

Donziger believed Lewis Kaplan, the judge for the United States District Court in New York, was biased against him, personally, and so has tried to undo the outcome. And that leads us to the United States Supreme Court, where Steven has asked the high castle to rule on what Kaplan did, with the hope that they undo it.

Everyone is still waiting to learn if The Supreme Court will take up his case.

Stay tuned.

Oakland literally to have the inmates running the asylum – American Thinker (blog)

American Thinker (blog)Not that they didn’t have that already, called the mayor, city council, etc. … Yes, the city is asking former suspects, arrestees, convicts, parolees (that is, community members) to apply for one of nine slots to supervise the Oakland Police … …read more Source:: Oakland City Council News From Google News

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2 dead, 6 hurt in high-speed accident in Alameda – SFGate

SFGateTwo people were killed and six injured, some critically, Monday morning when a truck and a minivan collided in Alameda, police said. Shortly after 8 a.m., Alameda police and fire personnel were called to Park Street and Lincoln Avenue in response to a … and more …read more Source:: Oakland Restaurants News By Google News

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Two men shot in East Oakland – East Bay Times

Two men shot in East OaklandEast Bay TimesOAKLAND — Two men were shot about a half-hour apart in East Oakland Sunday night, police said Monday. Police said it was too early to say if the shootings were related. About 10:45 p.m. a 30-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 7100 block of … […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Lawmaker who wanted to legalize Communists in CA government has Communist ties – Canada Free Press

Canada Free PressDepartment: School of Arts, Communication and Social Sciences. Southwestern College, Chula Vista. Victor Uno- An ex KDP and Line of March member. Appointed by then Oakland mayor Jean Quan (a former member of the Communist Workers Party) to the … …read more Source:: Oakland Mayor Race News By Google News

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