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  • Oakland city attorney tells council to follow rules

    03/27/2012 5:27:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/27/12 | Chip Johnson
    Stay in your own lane. It's not too much to ask. Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker last week reminded City Council members that there are some things they better not do - because they're illegal. And, if they do them, they're going to be out of a job. In a March 22 memo to the council and all city staff, Parker laid down the law. Specifically, she cited from the noninterference clause of the Oakland City Charter. She basically told them unfettered council access to city staff, little favors - or worse: threats, bullying and intimidation - will not be...
  • Protesters to proceed with class action suit

    03/26/2012 6:57:04 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 7+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/26/12 | Matthew Artz
    A federal judge is allowing protesters to proceed with a class-action lawsuit against Oakland and Alameda County U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson granted class certification Friday for the 150 plaintiffs arrested Nov. 5, 2010, while protesting the sentence given to Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant III. The plaintiffs, represented by the National Lawyers Guild, said Oakland police herded them into a residential block where they were arrested, denied bathroom access for eight hours and later placed into crowded county jail cells. "California law requires most misdemeanor arrestees to be released at...
  • Feds' crackdown is a bummer for Oakland marijuana university

    03/26/2012 4:30:18 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 2 replies · 10+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/26/12 | Peter Hecht
    OAKLAND – For the school renowned as the Princeton of Pot and the Harvard of Hemp, the high times have wafted into a downer. Enrollment has plummeted at Oaksterdam University, the Oakland college that since 2007 has attracted 15,000 students to study cannabis cultivation and related careers, while boosting commerce in one of America's most pot-friendly cities. The pilgrimage for pot scholarship in Oakland is waning as California's four U.S. attorneys wage a crackdown on medical cannabis dispensaries. And yet, at Oaksterdam and elsewhere in the city, neither fewer students nor heightened federal scrutiny of the cannabis business seems to...
  • Champion show dog found neglected in East Oakland

    03/24/2012 1:09:31 PM PDT · by csvset · 69 replies · 5+ views
    SF Gate ^ | March 24, 2012 | Carolyn Jones
    Once upon a time in Tulsa, Okla., there was a flaxen-haired princess with a coterie of loving attendants, a three-hour-a-day grooming regimen and a room full of trophies. Fast-forward seven years to East Oakland. That princess - a champion shih tzu show dog named Pup-Pourri's Briana - was found this week staggering along one of the city's meanest streets, tangled in chicken wire and dirt-encrusted dreadlocks, one of the most bizarre animal-neglect cases Oakland animal control officers have ever seen. "Our best guess is that she was enclosed in chicken wire so tightly she couldn't move, for months if not...
  • Oscar Grant's cousin sues Oakland

    03/21/2012 7:13:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/21/12 | Matthew Artz
    A cousin of Oscar Grant, shot in the back by an Oakland police officer last month, filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday against the City of Oakland. Tony Jones, a 24-year-old Oakland resident, is seeking $10 million in connection with the incident that occurred close to midnight Feb. 19 on the 2000 block of 62nd Avenue. "After reviewing the police report, it is patently obvious that this shooting was unjustified, and that the police department has been working feverishly in an attempt to cover the illegitimacy of the shooting," Jones' attorney, Waukeen McCoy, said in a prepared statement. Police...
  • Oakland-based BrightSource Energy seeks to raise up to $182.5 million in IPO

    03/21/2012 5:25:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 3/21/12 | Dana Hull
    Solar thermal technology startup BrightSource Energy hopes to raise $182.5 million in a long-awaited initial public stock offering, according to an amended S-1 filed with the SEC Wednesday. The Oakland-based company plans to issue 6.9 million shares, .. at a price between $21 to $23 per share. .. BrightSource uses mirrors to concentrate the sun and turn turbines that generate electricity. It's most advanced project is the massive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System currently under construction on federal land in California's Mojave Desert. When completed next year, Ivanpah will be the largest solar thermal power plant in the world, generating...
  • Occupy Oakland protesters face hate-crime trial

    03/20/2012 10:07:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 20, 2012 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    An Alameda County judge on Tuesday sent three Occupy Oakland demonstrators to trial on robbery and hate crime charges after three days of testimony about an altercation they had with a woman who confronted them at a rally.The preliminary hearing offered a window into the contentious case. Prosecutors said one of the protesters repeatedly called the woman a "dyke bitch" as another grabbed her wallet, while defense attorneys said the alleged victim had been the aggressor - and had herself used racial slurs.Judge Paul Delucchi said there was probable cause to hold each of the defendants: Michael Davis, 32, Nneka...
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan camp gears up

    03/18/2012 6:16:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/18/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan isn't waiting to see if the recall drive against her qualifies for the ballot - she already has a well-oiled campaign up and running to keep her job. And with good reason. Joe Tuman, a San Francisco State political science professor and KPIX political analyst who placed fourth in the 2010 mayoral election, tells us that if the recall qualifies, "I would definitely run." Tuman's entry would offer Quan's opponents an alternative to the only other announced candidate so far, City Councilman and former mayoral candidate Ignacio De La Fuente, whom some see as unelectable.So it...
  • Bey's lawyer must be given more than slap on wrist

    03/07/2012 2:14:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 3/6/12 | Editor
    An attorney who reportedly smuggled a witness hit list out of an Alameda County jail could soon be practicing law again after the state bar's proposed slap on the wrist and bungling by District Attorney Nancy O'Malley's office. Only the state Supreme Court can stop this travesty. In March 2010, while defending Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusef Bey IV in an infamous East Bay murder case, attorney Lorna Patton Brown repeatedly couriered documents for her client. She delivered one envelope to his common-law wife, who then delivered it to a parolee self-described as Bey's "number one soldier." On it,...
  • Occupy activists dispute hate-crime charges

    03/05/2012 6:51:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/5/12 | Justin Berton
    OAKLAND -- Attorneys for three Occupy Oakland protesters charged with hate crimes for allegedly using a gay slur during a skirmish with a counter-protester said Monday that police were smearing the activists to try to discredit their movement. Police said the protesters - Michael Davis, 32, Nneka Crawford, 23, and Randolph Wilkins, 24 - stole the woman's purse during a confrontation last month outside a Wells Fargo bank on Piedmont Avenue and called her a "dyke" during the incident. But attorneys for two of the defendants said the exchange had turned ugly only after the counter-protester used a racist epithet...
  • Occupy Oakland Protesters Charged with Hate Crimes for Stealing Wallet, Protest Planned

    03/05/2012 2:29:35 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    San Francisco Weekly ^ | March 5, 2012 | Chris Roberts
    By this point, it's clear that Oakland -- or at least the city's mayor, police chief, and business and cranky old man communities -- hates itself some Occupy. The hating officially enters the criminal justice system today, when three Occupy Oakland protesters will appear in Alameda County Superior Court on charges of felony theft and hate crimes for lobbing gay slurs while allegedly stealing a wallet, according to reports.
  • Oakland center payment wrongly OKd, records say

    03/05/2012 7:09:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/5/12 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Oakland City Councilwoman Desley Brooks approved payment of more than $18,000 in city redevelopment funds to buy music studio equipment for a teen center staffed by her aides that top city officials have been scrutinizing, records show. Brooks, who opened the Digital Arts and Culinary Academy last year, is authorized to sign payment approvals only for items involving her office budget, city officials said. A city staffer who is authorized to approve payments such as the one for the studio equipment had refused to do so, two high-ranking sources in city government told The Chronicle. City documents that are part...
  • Three Occupy Oakland Protesters Charged with Hate Crimes (Reign of Terror Continues)

    03/03/2012 10:25:02 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Mar 3, 2012 | Emmett Berg
    Three Occupy Oakland Protesters Charged with Hate Crimes (Reuters) - Three Occupy Oakland protesters accused of surrounding and taunting a woman before stealing her wallet were charged on Friday with robbery and hate crimes, authorities said. Michael Davis, 32, Nneka Crawford, 23, and Randolph Wilkins, 24, confronted the woman on the streets of Oakland in February after she told them not to riot in her neighborhood, the Oakland Police said in a written release. "She was surrounded by three protestors and battered as they yelled vulgar epithets regarding their perception of her sexual orientation," Oakland Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said....
  • Occupy Oakland protesters arrested on charges of roughing up woman who criticized movement

    03/03/2012 1:26:10 AM PST · by blueplum · 15 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/2/2012 | Harry Harris and Kristin J. Bender
    OAKLAND -- Three Occupy Oakland protesters suspected of stealing an Oakland woman's wallet and making offensive remarks about her perceived sexuality were charged Friday with robbery and committing a hate crime, both felonies, authorities said. Michael Davis, 32, Nneka Crawford, 23, and Randolph Wilkins, 24, all of Oakland, were charged with the felonies by Assistant District Attorney Paul Hora. All remain jailed at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. Bail for Crawford and Wilkins is $105,000 and Davis is being held on $100,000 bail. Other possible suspects are being sought by police, said Sgt. Randy Wingate, the lead investigator. Among the...
  • Imprisoned Your Black Muslim bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV punished . . .

    02/29/2012 3:16:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/29/12 | Thomas Peele and Josh Richman The Chauncey Bailey Project
    Imprisoned Your Black Muslim bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV punished for bribing guard to get him a cell phone - The Chauncey Bailey Project - Convicted triple killer Yusuf Bey IV, who was accused of trying to order followers to kill witnesses at his murder trial last year, has been placed in solitary confinement at San Quentin state prison after trying to bribe a guard to give him a cell phone, a Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman said.Bey IV, 26, the former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, "offered an officer money and sports tickets in exchange for a...
  • Berkeley victim's call for help went unheeded (Victim dead; Delay due to Occupy Oakland event)

    02/22/2012 7:14:42 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, February 22, 2012 | Henry K. Lee
    Berkeley victim's call for help went unheeded Thirteen critical minutes elapsed between the time a Berkeley hills homeowner called police about a trespasser and an attack by the intruder that left the man beaten to death, sources close to the investigation said Tuesday. Berkeley police have acknowledged they were keeping officers on standby for a lightly attended Occupy Oakland march, meaning no officer was dispatched when Peter Cukor, 67, first called at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday on a nonemergency line to report a suspicious person "hanging around" his property near Tilden Park. After phoning police, Cukor walked 160 feet from...
  • Relative of Oscar Grant shot by Oakland police

    02/22/2012 12:54:51 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/22/12 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    A man shot and wounded by Oakland police over the weekend is a relative of Oscar Grant, the BART passenger killed by a police officer in 2009, and was unarmed when he was shot in the back, his attorney said today. Tony Jones, 24, was shot once in the back by an Oakland officer on the 2000 block of 62nd Avenue in East Oakland about 11:45 p.m. Sunday after he ran from a van that police had stopped, according to police and Jones' attorney, Waukeen McCoy. Jones is being treated at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Police have said Jones was...
  • Free Oakland PD, Berkeley PD & all political prisoners

    02/20/2012 9:18:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 2/20/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    Over the weekend, Berkeley resident Peter Cukor, 67, was killed during an assault in front of his home. He had called police, but as the Chronicle reported, Berkeley police were busy monitoring an Occupy Oakland march to UC Berkeley, and officers were dispatched only to high-priority calls. After the weekend of Jan. 28, during which authorities arrested 400 Occupy Oakland activists, there were five homicides in Oakland. Police Chief Howard Jordan makes no bones about his belief that the protests have thinned the force in Oakland’s most dangerous neighborhoods. So while Occupy Oakland activists and the ACLU are complaining about...
  • Occupy Oakland, then lock and load

    02/19/2012 6:27:37 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/19/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    Occupy Oakland activists have filed a lawsuit against Oakland and are seeking damages. The ACLU-backed suit argues that protesters are engaged in "peaceful expressive activity," while Oakland police have used "excessive force" that has inflicted "mental stress" on activists. The lawsuit also complains that police have not sufficiently warned activists before dispersal orders. Thus Occupiers "did not have an opportunity to gather their belongings and leave the camp without being arrested or harmed." Of course, participants are aware that when they trespass on others' property or block streets to keep people from getting to work that police are supposed to...
  • FBI probes Oakland teen center renovation

    02/18/2012 10:58:28 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/18/12 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The FBI has joined Oakland officials in examining a city-funded teen center, asking two construction firms why city Redevelopment Agency officials sought bids from them for a 2010 renovation of the center that had already been completed, representatives of the companies said Friday.The Digital Arts and Culinary Academy, offering free classes in cooking, agriculture and multimedia production, has been run by aides to Councilwoman Desley Brooks since it opened in her East Oakland district last summer. It was renovated in spring 2010 without a contract or City Council approval.Brooks has been trying to get Oakland to pay prime contractor Pulte...
  • OAKLAND: Quan State of the City ignores big elephants in the room

    02/12/2012 9:22:26 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/12/12 | Tammerlin Drummond
    State of the City speeches tend to be long on optimism. No mayor stands up before a crowded council chamber and says that his city is going to the dogs -- even if it's the truth. Yet Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's speech Wednesday took the glass is half-full approach to new levels. When it was over, I wondered if we lived in the same city. "Oakland is on the rise," she proclaimed. "It's been a pretty good year, except for a few bumps." Excuse me? A few bumps? From August through December, three children -- ages 3, 23 months and...
  • Confinement strategy at protests stirs debate

    02/11/2012 7:09:49 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/11/12 | Justin Berton
    In a small park in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood, hundreds of Occupy Oakland protesters were surrounded by police officers in riot helmets just before 6 p.m. Jan. 28.A resident started filming the standoff from his fourth-story apartment as officers appeared to direct protesters to opposite sides of the park, only to block their way out.Minutes later, police set off a flash grenade and released a chemical agent. The fleeing protesters barreled over a chain-link fence and spilled onto Telegraph Avenue, where they continued on.The marchers had just escaped being "kettled" - a confinement tactic that civil rights attorneys and use-of-force experts...
  • Oakland City Council's disappointing failure

    02/10/2012 9:13:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/10/12 | Chip Johnson
    The Occupy movement isn't the only Oakland organization without leadership. Anyone catch the Oakland City Council in action earlier this week? The council failed to pass a resolution calling on police to enforce all available laws to prevent another shutdown of the Port of Oakland or another violent demonstration. The seaport terminal has been shut down twice by Occupy Oakland protests since November. Council members Ignacio de la Fuente, Libby Schaaf, Jane Brunner and Desley Brooks voted in favor of the resolution, which also would have required Occupy protesters to obtain permits for their marches and rallies. But it did...
  • Jean Quan sees hope amid chaos of Oakland

    02/08/2012 9:29:58 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/8/12 | Carolyn Jones
    After a year of nearly non-stop crises, Mayor Jean Quan sought today to portray Oakland as "a resilient city" rebounding from the economic and political wreckage. In her first State of the City address, slated for 7 tonight, Quan plans to highlight the city's booming arts, culinary and cultural scenes, anticrime measures and some signs the city might be emerging from the economic morass. She met with some reporters this morning to talk about the city. "Despite all the bumps, this has actually not been a bad year for Oakland," she said. "The improvements are not fast, but they are...
  • Oakland backs off increasing Occupy enforcement

    02/08/2012 7:54:44 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/8/12 | Carolyn Jones
    Oakland's City Council, amid a rowdy crowd of protesters, narrowly backed off a resolution Tuesday that would have beefed up law enforcement at Occupy protests. The resolution, which lacked the five votes necessary to pass, would have increased police enforcement of laws against blocking streets and assembling without a permit. The proposal came in the wake of a Jan. 28 protest downtown in which 400 people were arrested. Even as they defeated the resolution, council members expressed anger at the tactics of Occupy Oakland during the meeting, particularly group members' persistent shouting. "I am disgusted with the complete lack of...
  • Occupy protests just the latest to tear up Oakland

    02/07/2012 10:11:09 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/7/12 | Chip Johnson
    Gunfire on the left. Gunfire on the right. And a gaggle of protesters dead ahead shouting: "Police are bastards" and "F- the police." While Occupy Oakland protesters rant on and on about the brutality of the Oakland Police Department, brutality has been occurring all around them. From Thursday to Monday, 15 people were shot in the city in unrelated incidents. And Oakland police weren't responsible for any of those shootings. Five of the people who were shot died. Perhaps Occupy Oakland should plan a march to protest all the violence in our city - including their own. Because in Oakland's...
  • Anonymous releases Oakland officials' personal information

    02/07/2012 8:32:52 AM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies
    OAKLAND -- The hacker group Anonymous inserted itself into the feud between the Occupy Oakland movement and the city by releasing the personal information of top city officials this morning. The international cyber-clique gained notoriety last year when it launched a similar move against BART after the agency shut off cell phone service in its tunnels to thwart protesters. It released a statement on its website admonishing the city for its treatment of Occupy demonstrators. This time, they posted a page displaying personal contact information for Mayor Jean Quan and her husband, City Administrator Deanna Santana, police Chief Howard Jordan,...
  • Chinese national indicted in Colorado for trying to illegally export to China...

    02/07/2012 3:07:36 AM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies - News Release ^ | February 6, 2012 | n/a
    NOTE The following news release is a quote: FEBRUARY 6, 2012 DENVER, CO Chinese national indicted in Colorado for trying to illegally export to China radiation-hardened computer circuits used in satellite communications DENVER – Philip Chaohui He, aka Philip Hope, a Chinese national, made his initial appearance in U.S. district court on Thursday after he was named in a three-count indictment charging him with attempting to export defense articles without U.S. State Department authorization. The indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney John Walsh, District of Colorado and Michael A. Holt, special agent in charge of the Denver office of...
  • Occupy Oakland is target of protest

    02/06/2012 5:22:34 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 12 replies ^ | 2/6/12 | Demian Bulwa,Kevin Fagan
    A tense face-off between Occupy Oakland activists and members of a new group formed to protest their tactics erupted this afternoon in front of Oakland City Hall, with both sides accusing each other of missing the point of the Occupy movement One young Occupier, who like many declined to give his name, argued with members of the new group that Occupy would have been eliminating blight by taking over an empty convention center. "You are blight, don't you see it?" retorted Aaron Merritt, a 39-year-old graphic designer. The young Occupier shot back: "You're in the matrix. You've been indoctrinated."
  • New book examines journalist's murder {Chauncey Bailey}

    02/05/2012 8:16:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/5/12 | Tammerlin Drummond
    In many countries, journalists who investigate political corruption or major crime figures get thrown into prison, gunned down or kidnapped -- never to be heard from again. In the United States, however, few people have been crazy enough or bold enough to assassinate a journalist to stop a story. It has happened twice. In 1976, when Arizona Republic Reporter Don Bolles was mortally wounded in a car bombing in Phoenix. Then, on Aug. 2, 2007, when a brainwashed 19-year-old man with a sawed-off shotgun ambushed journalist Chauncey Bailey as he walked from a McDonald's in downtown Oakland to his newspaper...
  • Occupy chapter votes to support Israel boycott

    02/03/2012 4:36:58 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 12 replies
    The Oakland, Calif., chapter of the US Occupy movement overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. According to Twitter accounts by pro-Palestinian activists pushing the proposal, the statement won nearly unanimous backing in a vote Wednesday following a brief discussion. A lengthy statement on the Occupy Oakland website attacked US aid to Israel and suggested that Israel had "prodded" the United States into the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Oakland branch of the Occupy movement, which focuses on what it sees as economic discrepancies in the United States, has become increasingly...
  • Occupy Oakland: Are We Being Childish?

    01/31/2012 3:47:07 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 1/31/12 | Osha Neumann
    “The Bay Area Occupy Movement has got to stop using Oakland as their playground,” said Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking at a press conference Saturday evening after a day of demonstrations called by Occupy Oakland that saw approximately 400 arrests, multiple injuries and numerous confrontations with police. She ticked off the damage that had been done when a group of protesters broke into City Hall, overturning a scale model of the building, vandalizing a children's art exhibit, and burning an American flag. The next day in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, she returned to her talking point: "It's...
  • Let Oakland protesters occupy a county jail cell

    01/31/2012 9:02:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/31/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    Occupy Oakland is aptly named. When forces occupy a city, they know that occupied turf is not their home. They can maraud, loot, vandalize, abuse the locals, and then leave. They can treat other people's property as their own. The occupiers don't have to clean up after themselves. They don't have to worry about paying for the workers who clean up after them, either. Occupiers don't have to exert self-control. They can freely act upon their rage, while defenders of occupied territory must concentrate on protecting what others want to harm. Occupiers do not have to fear that they will...
  • Oakland Mayor Quan Says Occupy Protesters Using City As ‘Playground’

    01/31/2012 7:42:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    KCBS ^ | January 30, 2012 | Staff
    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said she has had it with a small, violent fringe element within the Occupy Oakland protests and claimed it is using the city as a “playground.” Quan spoke Monday in an interview following another chaotic round of street protests in which police units from surrounding areas were on hand to support the cash-strapped city’s police department.
  • Quan says she'll call national Occupy leaders

    01/30/2012 2:49:02 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/30/12 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said today that she is going to call national leaders of the Occupy Wall Street movement and implore them to disown Oakland's protest movement. Quan said Saturday's demonstration, where 400 protesters were arrested and City Hall was vandalized, showed that the contingent of protesters who have targeted Oakland were not as non-violent as they claim they are. "I plan to call some of the national leadership of Occupy this week to say that the Oakland group is not nonviolent and has not agreed to be nonviolent," Quan said in an interview on KCBS. "The national Occupy...
  • Son, 15, admits killing his Oakland parents (Occupy kid?)

    01/30/2012 1:52:45 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 38 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | January 30, 2012 | Harry Harris and Chris De Benedetti
    A 15-year-old boy has admitted to killing his parents and hiding their bodies underneath blankets in the family's car parked outside their Oakland home, police said Saturday. Police arrested the juvenile, whom this newspaper is not naming because he is a minor, on suspicion of murder after speaking to him earlier in the day. He told investigators he killed Robert Kamin, 54, and Susan Poff, 50 -- a longtime couple who recently moved into the neighborhood -- on Thursday and hid their bodies in the home, a police source said. Police are not releasing the cause of death until a...
  • Oakland, Occupy take stock of clash's damage

    01/29/2012 6:55:16 PM PST · by SmithL · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/29/12 | Demian Bulwa, Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writers
    Oakland officials and Occupy protesters Sunday confronted the fallout from their continuing conflict, a fight that reignited Saturday with a chaotic, often violent day of demonstrations that resulted in at least 400 arrests. A day after Saturday's clashes, city officials took stock of the damage, which included injuries to three police officers and several protesters, as well as vandalism inside City Hall. There, dozens of protesters had broken in with a crowbar, grabbed California and U.S. flags, and ignited them on the front steps. "It's like a tantrum," Mayor Jean Quan said while displaying the damage inside the building, which...
  • (Freeloader) Arrests in Oakland protests rise to more than 400

    01/29/2012 5:55:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/29/12 | Emmett Berg
    Arrests in Oakland protests rise to more than 400By Emmett Berg Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:09pm EST OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) - More than 400 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested in Oakland during a night of skirmishes in which police fired tear gas and bean bag projectiles, the city said on Sunday, marking one of the biggest mass arrests since nationwide economic protests began last year. Earlier on Sunday, authorities had said that the arrest figure was between 200 and 300. But the Oakland emergency operations center said in a statement that revised that up to more than 400, and said...
  • Oakland to assess damage after Occupy protests

    01/29/2012 11:47:47 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/29/12 | TERRY COLLINS
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland officials assessed damage to City Hall caused by Occupy protesters while leaders of the movement claimed Sunday that police acted illegally in arresting hundreds of demonstrators and could face a lawsuit. Mayor Jean Quan was among those inspecting damage caused after dozens of people broke into City Hall on Saturday, smashing glass display cases, spray-painting graffiti, and burning an American flag. That break-in culminated a day of clashes between protesters and police. Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan said nearly 400 people were arrested on charges ranging from failure to disperse and vandalism. At least three...
  • Oakland welcomes more pot dispensaries

    01/29/2012 11:21:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/29/12 | Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Once again, Oakland is barreling into the pot frontier on its own. Federal officials have forced the shutdown of more than 200 medical marijuana dispensaries throughout California since fall, and the state Supreme Court agreed last week to hear a case that could throw the industry into chaos - but is that discouraging the city of Oaksterdam? Hardly. Oakland officials are planning to issue permits . . .
  • 300 arrested in daylong Occupy Oakland protests (freeloaders break in, burn flag)

    01/29/2012 5:51:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Democrat ^ | 1/29/12 | TERRY COLLINS
    300 arrested in daylong Occupy Oakland protestsBy TERRY COLLINS/Associated Press Posted: 01/29/2012 05:04:33 AM PST OAKLAND - Dozens of police maintained a late-night guard around City Hall following daylong protests that resulted in 300 arrests. Occupy Oakland demonstrators broke into the historic building and burned a U.S. flag, as officers earlier fired tear gas to disperse people throwing rocks and tearing down fencing at a convention center. Saturday's protests - the most turbulent since Oakland police forcefully dismantled an Occupy encampment in November - came just days after the group said it planned to use a vacant building as a...
  • Oakland police arresting about 100 protesters

    01/28/2012 8:43:51 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 28. 2012 | AP
    Police were in the process of arresting about 100 Occupy protesters for failing to disperse Saturday night, hours after officers used tear gas on a rowdy group of demonstrators who threw rocks and flares at them and tore down fences. Police Sgt. Christopher Bolton said the arrests came after protesters marched through downtown Oakland a little before 8 p.m. Saturday, with some of them entering a YMCA building. Meanwhile, about 100 police officers surrounded City Hall while others were swept the inside of the building to see if any protesters broke in.
  • Police fire tear gas as Occupy Oakland marchers near convention center

    01/28/2012 5:26:37 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 1/28/12 | Matthias Gafni
    OAKLAND -- Police have fired tear gas and flash bang grenades at Occupy Oakland protesters as they marched near the Oakland Museum of California. As marchers walked up Oak Street near 12th Street, a line of police blocked the path and declared it an unlawful assembly. Police then fired tear gas and some protesters tweeted rubber bullets were fired into the crowd. The marchers turned around and began marching in the opposite direction, and are headed back to Frank Ogawa Plaza. Occupy protesters had planned to take over a vacant building to house their headquarters and hold a two-day party....
  • Oakland police could face federal takeover

    01/25/2012 2:46:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/25/12 | PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press
    Mayor Jean Quan vowed Wednesday to quickly reform the scandal-plagued Oakland Police Department after a frustrated judge threatened a federal takeover if it fails to quickly make good on changes agreed to nine years ago. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson said he "remains in disbelief" that the department has failed to adopt the reforms. Henderson's frustration with the pace of improvements was evident throughout a scathing five-page ruling issued Tuesday. "This department finds itself woefully behind its peers around the state and nation," he wrote. In his ruling, Henderson increased the oversight authority of a court-appointed monitor. Oakland Police Chief...
  • Oakland budget cuts hit zoo, Children's Fairyland

    01/24/2012 2:21:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies ^ | 1/24/12 | Carolyn Jones
    Oakland unveiled an austere budget Monday that calls for sweeping cuts to community favorites like Children's Fairyland and the Oakland Zoo but keeps police services intact. In all, more than $28 million will be sliced from the budget, mostly from the $388 million general fund. The cuts are due to the loss of redevelopment funds, which Oakland used to fund services and programs across the city. "It's not clean and neat. We wish it were," said Mayor Jean Quan. "For California's older, larger cities, like Oakland, losing these redevelopment funds has been very, very tough." The City Council will discuss...
  • Occupy Oakland tab up to $3 million and counting

    01/23/2012 8:49:44 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/23/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnist
    The news spotlight has moved elsewhere, but Oakland continues to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars a month for the Occupy protests. Every week for the past month, more than 100 cops, or roughly one-fifth of the city's patrol force, are called in to work the Saturday night Occupy demonstration held downtown. Estimated cost: about $50,000 a week. City officials now estimate their overall Occupy tab is up to $3 million and counting - this at a time when up to 400 city workers will likely be laid off Feb. 1 for lack of money.
  • Oakland schools try new way of placing teachers

    01/22/2012 6:39:11 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/22/12 | Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer
    In the world outside public education, people apply for a job they want, interview with their potential boss, compete against other applicants and are ultimately selected if they look like a good fit for the position. It doesn't work that way in public education. In schools, teachers do all the normal things to get hired, but when it comes to placement, seniority is what counts, not the perfect fit. The teacher with the longest tenure in a district gets first dibs on any available job at a school, with the principal - the school's boss - getting little or no...
  • Video: Occupy protesters find Jean Quan in D.C.

    01/20/2012 1:53:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies ^ | 1/20/12 | Will Kane
    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan can’t catch a break. Quan was visiting Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting when she was spotted riding in a cab by Occupy DC protesters and surrounded. Quan sat in the cab and shielded her face while roughly a dozen protesters surrounded the car and chanted, “Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame!” “We were busy talking away, and I looked up and there were all these protesters there,” Quan said in a interview with the Oakland Tribune. “I think they freaked out the taxi driver.” Police moved in and pushed the protesters out of the...
  • CA: Black pastors urge followers to join Occupy fold

    01/16/2012 1:12:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies ^ | 1/16/12 | Joe Garofoli
    The Rev. Harold Mayberry stood before his First African Methodist Episcopal Church congregation Sunday morning in Oakland and outlined how it was time for members to connect with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Nationally, many African American leaders have acknowledged a disconnect between the Occupy Wall Street movement and the larger black community. Mayberry is among nearly two dozen prominent African American Bay Area pastors trying to bridge that gap at the community level through a growing national effort that is ramping up today - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - called Occupy the Dream. Nationally, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons,...
  • Oakland to give layoff notices to hundreds of workers

    01/12/2012 2:11:05 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/12/12 | Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Oakland -- Hundreds of City of Oakland employees will receive layoff notices next week, as the city embarks on severe cost-cutting measures to make up for the loss of redevelopment funds, city staff said Thursday. The pink slips will arrive next week, when City Administrator Deanna Santana releases the 2012-2012 budget.The redevelopment agency - which will be nearly eliminated due to state cutbacks - has 158 full-time positions and more than 200 workers. But because of seniority rules, some of those employees might be transferred to other departments.