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  • LIAR: Black Firefighter Cries ‘Racism, Police Bullying’, Cop’s Body-Cam Proves Him Wrong

    09/15/2014 4:22:15 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 9/14/14
    Make sure you watch both videos! See how the two videos give two different stories. Someone call Al Sharpton quickly before he gets the pitchforks out. With the nation a racial tinderbox in the wake of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s shooting death by a white police officer, a California firefighter threw out what could have been an incendiary spark by accusing a cop of treating him differently because he’s black. Little did Oakland firefighter Keith Jones know that the officer was wearing a body-cam video recorder when their tense encounter unfolded. And the video didn’t quite match the complaint Jones filed...
  • Oakland Firefighter Plays Victim Card Until Police Release Video

    09/13/2014 2:41:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 13, 2014 | Jack Dunphy
    The perpetual siren call of victimhood. Oh, how alluring, how comforting, how most pleasing is the mantle of victimhood. So pleasing, in fact, that even when the claim to victim status is tenuous at best, some people cannot restrain themselves from rushing before the news cameras to inform the world of how they have been mistreated. Pátio ergo sum. I suffer, therefore I am. Witness the case of Keith Jones, a firefighter in Oakland, Calif., who recently had a brief but mildly tense encounter with an officer from that city’s police department. Jones, 43, was leaving an Oakland Raiders football...
  • Oakland Marchers Hold Up Mirrors To Officers In Protest Over Ferguson, Police Shootings

    08/21/2014 3:06:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    KPIX-TV ^ | August 20, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Protesters against the police actions in Ferguson, Mo. as well as police killings of other suspects in California and other states gathered in Oakland on Wednesday. A couple of hundred demonstrators gathered at Oakland Police headquarters on 7th and Broadway and faced off with officers in riot gear. Some protesters unveiled a new tactic, by holding up mirrors in the faces of officers. “I was holding up the mirror because I wanted the police to just look at themselves. Especially if they were about to take some kind of action just so they had to acknowledge what they were doing,”...
  • Another Blockade of the Port of Oakland: Protesters block ship partly owned by an Israeli company

    08/19/2014 8:57:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/19/2014 | By Ian Tuttle
    The Zim Piraeus traversed the Panama Canal two weeks ago, then turned its 964-foot deck north, toward California, where it was scheduled to offload tens of thousands of tons of cargo at the Port of Oakland this weekend — just like 1,897 other container ships last year. But the Zim Piraeus, which arrived in San Francisco Bay on Sunday afternoon, is not unloading — and might not anytime soon. The problem with the Piraeus is that Israel Corporation, Israel’s largest holding company, founded by the Jewish state’s government in 1968, owns 32 percent of the Piraeus’s operator, Zim Integrated Shipping...
  • Israeli Ship Remains At Sea As Thousands of Protesters Gather in Oakland [Blockading Israel Ship]

    08/17/2014 11:54:26 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 62 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | August17, 2014 | Rebecca Bowe
    Israeli Ship Remains At Sea As Thousands of Protesters Gather in Oakland Blockade delayed as word spreads that ship is off the coast of California, closer to Santa Cruz, and won’t be docking that day Rebecca Bowe at the Port of Oakland 17 August 2014 Pro-Palestinian protesters at the port of Oakland attempt to prevent an Israeli ship from docking. Photograph: Justin Benttinen/The Guardian An Israeli ship that was scheduled to dock at the port of Oakland in California on Saturday remained at sea as between 2,000 and 3,000 pro-Palestinian activists streamed towards the port entrance, chanting and waving flags....
  • Oakland protests in support of Ferguson heating up, significant police presence

    08/15/2014 8:54:58 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 59 replies
    Twitter ^ | 08/15/2014
    Tweeps are reporting that the Oakland protest going on now is beginning to get a little tense. Mario Sevilla ‏@mariosevilla 6m LIVE -- Heavy police presence in #Oakland as protesters take over downtown streets. #Ferguson ѕyndιcalιѕт ‏@syndicalisms 21m Helicopters above in #Oakland at #Ferguson solidarity march. Via @OccupyOakland
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to Leave Driving to Staffers and Volunteers: Report

    08/10/2014 8:31:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Aug 9, 2014
    Mayor Quan Not DrivingIt appears Oakland Mayor Jean Quan will not be behind the wheel this election season. According to the Oakland Tribune, a spokesman said going forward, Quan will leave the driving to staffers or volunteers. Quan's driving suddenly became a red flag back in June when she damaged her city-issued car in a fender bender. Before the accident, she was also seen using her phone behind the wheel. As for that June car crash, police never did determine which driver was at fault.
  • Rally Possum Inspires A’s To Walk-Off Win Over Rays

    08/05/2014 5:40:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Oakland A’s fans may be singing the praises of the rally possum at the Coliseum. Sure there have been sewage problems at the ballpark and various other issues, but none of them came before a game-winning rally in extra innings like this little marsupial did on Monday. But it was at the beginning of the inning after the first out, as centerfielder Sam Fuld walked up to the plate, that a possum went running along the warning track and vanished under the stands. Fuld would go on to a hit and later score the game-winning run for Oakland. Derek Norris...
  • NFL to Use Tracking Chips on Players

    08/02/2014 12:45:22 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 62 replies ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Glenn McDonald
    As a hardcore baseball guy, I often wonder why people needlessly waste their time on all those other, lesser sports. But I suppose everyone has a right to their insane opinions. In any case, football fans may want to keep an eye on this development: The NFL announced this week that it will be using RFID tracking chips on players during select games in the 2014 season. The high-tech chips — RFID stands for radio-frequency identification — will generate precise positioning data on each player on every play. Football Uniforms Throughout History For the initial rollout, the RFID system will...
  • S.A. may be home of Los Raiders

    07/30/2014 12:34:48 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 52 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | July 29, 2014 (upd: July 30) | Tom Orsborn
    San Antonio - Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis and two top lieutenants met recently with several San Antonio officials to discuss the potential of moving his NFL team from the Bay Area to the Alamo City, local leaders involved in the talks confirmed Tuesday.
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Is "Unequivocal": Not on Phone at Time of Crash

    06/09/2014 2:21:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Jun 9, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez, Jodi Hernandez and Stephanie Chuang
    A day after a minor fender bender that has blossomed into a political conundrum because of the players involved, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan told reporters in no uncertain terms that she was not on her phone when her city SUV was rear-ended. Stephanie Chuang reports. A day after a minor fender-bender that blossomed into a political conundrum because of the players involved, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan told reporters in no uncertain terms that she was not on her phone when her city SUV was rear-ended. "I learned my lesson," Quan said. "I was not on my phone. My phone records...
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Involved in Car Crash: Police

    06/08/2014 11:16:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, Jun 8, 2014
    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Involved in Car Crash: Police A car damaged in Sunday's accident involving Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was involved in a car crash Sunday evening, police said. Oakland police said Quan was a driver in a two-car crash on 26th and Market streets at about 5:30 p.m. Police are investigating the accident, and they do not know who is at fault. But police said they have conflicting reports from witnesses about whether the mayor had the right of way. The mayor’s spokesman did not have a response as to whether or not Quan...
  • Mother Accused Of Hammer Attack On Third Grade Girl In Oakland School Restroom

    06/01/2014 11:03:35 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    cbs ^ | cbs,
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) – An act of retribution may have provoked a woman to brutally attack a third grader inside an Oakland elementary school bathroom, police say. Students at Oakland’s Lafayette school knew something was wrong when they saw officers arrive at school Friday morning. They arrived to arrest Haseemah Diame, a parent and volunteer at the school. Police say Diame walked onto the campus during recess armed with a hammer and pulled a 9-year-old girl aside.
  • Feds Prosecuting Tree-Trimmer for Unintentionally Bruising Herons

    05/29/2014 7:25:08 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | 5-29-14 | Bridget Johnson
    The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is questioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the agency’s decision to prosecute a tree-trimmer who accidentally knocked herons out of a tree. Ernest Pulido is expected to face charges from the U.S. Attorney’s Office within a week for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. He could face a maximum fine of $15,000 and six months in jail. Pulido was hired by the U.S. Postal Service to prune trees May 3 outside an Oakland, Calif., branch, where postal officials were upset with birds pooping on mail trucks. One branch...
  • Students protest UC President Napolitano's Laney College talk

    05/25/2014 3:25:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 24, 2014 | by Jaxon Van Derbeken
    Laney College students marched in protest and some heckled University of California President Janet Napolitano as she gave a commencement address at the community college's graduation ceremony Saturday. Booing and at one point turning their backs on her, dozens of students, faculty and supporters in the audience objected to remarks by the former chief of Homeland Security, who has been faulted for her stance on immigration issues during her time with the Obama administration. Many pumped their fists as a gesture of defiance. "No one could hear her as she was speaking, the whole time," said Yvette Felarca, one of...
  • Oakland probes disability pay of ex-cop who's now FBI agent

    05/23/2014 8:34:08 AM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies
    SFGATE ^ | 05/23/2014 | Henry K. Lee and Will Kane
    Oakland officials are investigating why a former police officer is collecting $52,488 a year in medical disability benefits from the city even though he has been working as an FBI agent in Boston. The unusual case of FBI Special Agent Aaron McFarlane, 41, came to the attention of Oakland officials after the agent was identified last week as the federal officer who shot and killed a key figure last year in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. The disability benefit that McFarlane is collecting under the California Public Employees' Retirement System is awarded when a worker is unable to perform the...
  • “This is not a witch hunt”: Oakland bishop to meet with teachers over controversial new contract

    05/10/2014 7:04:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | May 10, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    You may remember that Oakland teachers are being required to sign a new contract similar to one in Hawaii and Cincinnati, requiring them to “model behavior in conformity with the teaching of the Roman Catholic faith.”That hasn’t gone over well with some in Oakland: Tim Newman, who has taught science at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland for 23 years, says some of his colleagues won’t sign a contract forcing them to be disingenuous. Others worry the contract gives the diocese a reason to discipline them for actions outside the classroom.“I will lose good teachers in my department,” he said.Diocese...
  • Tree trimmer apologizes for Oakland baby bird fiasco

    05/09/2014 8:18:58 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 24 replies ^ | 5/9/14 | Carolyn Jones
    The tree trimmer at the center of a federal and state investigation into the destruction of nests and slaughter of baby birds in Oakland said Thursday that he "screwed up" because he allowed his crews to chain-saw trees even as baby birds were falling out. Pulido was the supervisor for a crew of tree trimmers hired Saturday by the U.S. Postal Service's Civic Center Annex in Oakland. The post office ordered trees containing the nests of egrets and black-crowned night herons, species protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Act, to be cut because the nesting birds were defecating on mail...
  • Woman shot dead by 2 burglars after recording their crimes on cell phone' (Reverse Trayvons)

    04/28/2014 4:52:06 PM PDT · by equalator · 38 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 4-24-2014 | James Nye
    The two men allegedly fired shots at true-crime enthusiast Salamon, after a heated argument over her cellphone and then made their getaway, leaving the dog-lover fatally wounded. The two men are well known to police said Sgt. Gantt and both belonged to a local gang he said. Sgt. Gantt said that Salamon, who had advocated her neighborhood hiring a private security firm only days before the shooting, was a 'brave lady.'
  • "We're 1000 Percent Like The Most Normal People On Earth:" Stephen Curry's Wife Ayesha Curry

    04/26/2014 1:17:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Apr 25, 2014 | Cheryl Hurd and Riya Bhattacharjee
    She's a wife, a mom and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry’s biggest cheerleader. Ayesha Curry wears a lot of hats, but on Thursday night she was focusing on only one thing: How to keep her husband focused on leading his team to victory in the NBA playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers. More than 20,000 fans filled Oracle Arena to cheer the Warriors on until the very end of Thursday night's Game 3 nail-biter -- the Clippers won 98-96 -- and a very emotional Ayesha was among them. “Our day-to-day life isn’t this,” she said, referring to the crazed...
  • Death penalty to be sought in Oakland slaying of girl, 8

    04/17/2014 6:24:38 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 17, 2014 | Henry K. Lee
    Alameda County prosecutors said Thursday that they will seek the death penalty for a man accused of firing the shots that killed an 8-year-old girl during a sleepover at a friend's house in Oakland.
  • Affirmative action debate create rifts in ethnic communities

    04/06/2014 8:50:54 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 04/06/2014 | David E. Early and Katy Murphy
    The backlash by Chinese-American activists against a measure aimed at restoring affirmative action in the admissions process at California's public universities has set off political fisticuffs between ethnic groups accustomed to battling side-by-side.
  • Delta flight evacuates at Oakland Airport due to smoke

    02/27/2014 6:07:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    KGO-TV ^ | 2/26/14
    Wednesday night at the Oakland International Airport, a flight had to make an emergency evacuation at the gate after it safely landed because of smoke in the plane. The video was shot by Linton Johnson, a passenger onboard the Delta connection Flight 4454, which was operated by SkyWest. Johnson said on his Facebook page that the plane's cabin filled with smoke and that the flight attendants yelled at passengers to exit the plane. The video shows a chaotic scene. The Oakland Fire Department told ABC7 News they responded to the gate for a red alert.
  • In 'Domain Awareness,' Detractors See Another NSA

    02/22/2014 10:52:16 AM PST · by Theoria · 5 replies
    NPR ^ | 21 Feb 2014 | Martin Kaste
    Police are like the rest of us; they suffer from information overload. The data pour in from 21st century sources ranging from license plate readers to Twitter. But as the information comes in, it hits an old-fashioned bottleneck: human beings."They all have access to different databases," says Dave Mosher, vice president of program management at Microsoft Services. He describes the typical law enforcement command center as a room full of people at computers. "And they all stand up and walk around and talk to each other and they'll say, 'Tell me about this,' or 'Tell me about that.' "Microsoft believes...
  • Fatal shooting near bus punctuates violent day in Oakland

    02/21/2014 6:19:38 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 21, 2014 | Henry K. Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A chaotic gunbattle in East Oakland left one man dead and another injured, and a bullet hit the windshield of a passing AC Transit bus, police said. The incident capped a violent day in Oakland in which three other people were injured in shootings.
  • Scorned Oakland 'gentrifier' accepts the label but calls for truce

    02/19/2014 5:17:26 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 37 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 02/13/2014 | Matt O'Brien
    OAKLAND -- Steve Kopff was one of many San Franciscans who cascaded last year into sunnier, cheaper, hipper Oakland. He bought and began restoring a historic but rundown mansion. He planted vegetables, raised backyard hens and bees, launched a neighborhood newsletter and peppered his Facebook account with paeans to his new city. But this year, Kopff became a scorned symbol of the angst over Oakland gentrification. He wrote an online essay describing his diverse, working-class neighborhood east of Lake Merritt as "mostly undiscovered" and a "virtual food desert" in need of an organic supermarket, better restaurants and "a coffee kiosk...
  • Could Oakland Become the Next Silicon Valley?

    02/19/2014 5:02:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 | Barbara E. Hernandez
    We've had several reports that Silicon Valley is moving north to San Francisco, but one report asks, "Why not Oakland?" Oakland is cheaper than San Francisco and easy to commute to and from, argues GigaOm editor Tom Krazit, and despite its problems boasts a central location and a "vibrant" community. Krazit doesn't oversell Oakland, in fact, he mentions it "isn't exactly paradise." However he does tout the culture, restaurants, weather and plenty of vacant commercial real estate. The main commercial district of Oakland — which for the sake of this discussion we’ll consider the area roughly bordered by Jack London...
  • The Wild Wild West - People Behaving Badly (Oakland California)

    02/12/2014 2:55:38 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 9 replies
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  • Bridge Engineers Say California Ordered Flaws Overlooked

    01/26/2014 11:08:56 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Bloomberg | January 25, 2014 | James Nash
    <p>Can't post that Bloomberg text shite on here. Follow the linkie.</p>
  • US Citizen's Passport Revoked, Abandoned in Yemen

    01/22/2014 12:27:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | 22 January 2014 Wednesday
    Rayman Hussein is believed to be one of up to 100 Americans of Yemeni origin who were forced to sign documents confessing to obtaining US citizenship by deceiftul means. A report published on Tuesday has revealed that an American citizen on Yemeni origin has had his passport revoked under suspicious circumstances by a State Department investigator in the US embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. Rayman Hussein, who came to the US with his family in 1993 at the age of 10, and became a US citizen two years later, was forced to sign a document declaring that he had obtained the...
  • Fliers Depict Swastikas on Jewish Oakland Councilwoman's Forehead

    01/20/2014 6:46:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Jan 20, 2014 | Kiana Bellinger and Jodi Hernandez
    Fliers with swastikas drawn on the forehead of an Oakland council member who is of Jewish descent were posted along a busy shopping area in the district she grew up in and represents. The councilwoman, Oakland native Libby Schaaf, said she found the fliers displayed Sunday on Mountain Boulevard in the city of Montclair “very hurtful.” "It's very hurtful, especially as a person of Jewish heritage, to see tour face with a swastika on your forehead,” Schaaf said. “I'm very proud of that heritage and I know there's a large community of people that really were hurt having to see...
  • Peyton Manning set passing record by 1 yard, but was a 7-yard pass vs. Oakland really a lateral?

    12/31/2013 5:25:19 AM PST · by Perdogg · 146 replies
    Peyton Manning set a huge NFL record on Sunday, and barely. A touchdown pass late in the second quarter to Demaryius Thomas broke Drew Brees' single-season record for passing yards by 1 yard. Or did it?
  • Family of Oakland Girl on Ventilator Furious After Meeting With Hospital Officials (Tonsil Surgery)

    12/22/2013 4:26:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 104 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/20/2013 | Kristin J. Bender, David DeBolt and Katie Nelson
    The family fighting to keep a brain-dead 13-year-old girl on medical support through Christmas blasted administrators at Children's Hospital Oakland on Thursday evening, saying that hospital officials told them in a private meeting that the girl had to be taken off her ventilator "quickly." "They said, 'What don't you understand?' She is dead, dead, dead,'" said Omari Sealey, the uncle of Jahi McMath, the Oakland teen who has been kept alive by machines since complications from a tonsil surgery last week in a case that has brought national attention and prayers from social media users around the world. "They just...
  • Payton: Remembering Mandela's visit to Oakland

    12/09/2013 10:32:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    That Saturday in June, 23 years ago, it was a clear, hot day. The Coliseum was packed with people who had come to see Nelson Mandela, recently released from prison in South Africa after serving 27 years as a political prisoner. When he stepped up to the podium, 60,000 people leapt to their feet and waved yellow, black and green ribbons -- the colors of the African National Congress flag.
  • The 50 Most Violent Cities In The World

    11/28/2013 12:10:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/28/2013 | PAMELA ENGEL, CHRISTINA STERBENZ AND GUS LUBIN
    Drug trafficking, gang wars, political instability, corruption, and poverty have combined to make Latin America by far the most homicidal region of the world. The region has 40% of the world's murders, despite having only 8 percent of the population, according to the U.N. The highest murder rate of all is in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with 169 homicides per 100,000 people, according to a study published earlier this year by Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. The ranking is based on 2012 data, except for San Pedro Sula and Distrito Central in Honduras, where authorities would...
  • Woman hurt after jumping from third floor at Coliseum

    11/24/2013 8:04:00 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    KGO ^ | November 24, 2013
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Two people were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries following Sunday's Oakland Raiders game against the Tennessee Titans. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office says a woman jumped from the third deck near section 301 at Coliseum around 4:30 p.m. The section was closed to the public at the time. A fan that was walking along the concourse about 60-feet below saw it happen and tried to catch her. But he was critically injured when she landed on him.
  • Oakland won't halt surveillance center

    11/22/2013 9:21:27 AM PST · by Q-ManRN · 3 replies
    Inside Bay Area News ^ | November 20, 2013 | Mathew Artz
    Council members voted 6-1 to sever ties with the firm it had picked to complete the $10.9 million Domain Awareness Center because it violated a quarter-century old city law restricting Oakland from doing business with companies tied to nuclear weapons. Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney cast the opposition vote based on general concerns about the project. The surveillance center, being developed in partnership with the Port of Oakland, is supposed to help police solve crimes, and help first responders better serve residents during emergencies. But opponents say it will give authorities the ability to stockpile information on city residents and target...
  • With Robberies Up, Oakland Residents Turn To Private Cops

    11/15/2013 10:33:57 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/15/2013 | Richard Gonzales
    The city of Oakland, Calif., is in the middle of a robbery epidemic. In response, some residents in several Oakland neighborhoods are taking matters into their own hands, hiring private security companies to patrol their neighborhoods. Overall, robberies in Oakland are up 24 percent over the past year, with armed robberies up 45 percent. Since the recession dried up local tax revenues, the Oakland Police Department has been hamstrung by the loss of more than 200 officers and can't respond to all the calls it receives for help. Lower Rockridge, a leafy, upscale community in North Oakland, is one neighborhood...
  • Teen whose skirt was set ablaze begins surgery

    11/06/2013 4:09:41 PM PST · by KneelBeforeZod · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle. ^ | November 6, 2013 | Henry K. Lee
    Oakland high schooler and gender-identity activist whose skirt was set ablaze on an AC Transit bus was scheduled to begin a series of surgeries Wednesday as Alameda County prosecutors weighed potential charges against a 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of assault.
  • Man set on fire while sleeping on AC Transit bus (in Oakland)

    11/05/2013 1:57:32 PM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    KTVU News ^ | November 5, 2013
    Investigators were trying Tuesday to locate a suspect who intentionally set an AC Transit passenger on fire the evening before in Oakland, according to police. The bus was traveling near the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Ardley Avenue, near Interstate Highway 580, when the man was set on fire at about 5:20 p.m., police said. "He was asleep," Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. "He woke up and his clothes were on fire." When officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim suffering from burns to his lower body, according to police. AC Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson said...
  • BART strike set for Friday; only 'miracle' could save train service [Bay Area Rapid Transit, Calif.]

    10/17/2013 8:05:49 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 10/17/2013 | Mike Rosenberg
    OAKLAND -- Exasperated BART union leaders announced they would shut down trains Friday morning after a breakdown at the bargaining table Thursday, setting the stage for the second Bay Area commute nightmare in three months. A wild round of back-and-forth press conferences at 4 p.m. brought to a live TV audience an outpouring of emotion from sleep-deprived negotiators and the departure of the nation's top mediator. Although union leaders have been threatening strikes for the past week, they sounded much angrier and more direct this time, and talks ended altogether. "Unfortunately, yes -- we are on strike as of midnight,"...
  • Habitat for Humanity workers in Oakland robbed

    10/02/2013 6:51:44 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 2, 2013 | Henry K. Lee
    OAKLAND -- A group of people working at a Habitat for Humanity construction site in East Oakland that former President Jimmy Carter will visit next week were robbed at gunpoint, police said. The incident happened at the site of a 12-home development at 9507 Edes Ave. about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday. Habitat for Humanity staff members and AmeriCorps workers were accosted by four men who robbed them of cell phones, wallets and tools, police said. One of the robbers fired a shot into the air and pistol-whipped a man, who declined medical attention, authorities said.
  • Ugly scene as Oakland’s illegal “sideshows” make comeback

    09/23/2013 3:41:20 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sep 23, 2013 | Henry K. Lee
    Sideshows are rearing their ugly head once again in Oakland. Take a look at this video shot in the aftermath of a crash during a West Oakland sideshow, showing a hostile crowd accosting a woman they believe was responsible. (Warning: profane language) Oakland police said the incident happened about 4:15 a.m. Saturday on the 2500 block of Middle Harbor Road at the Port of Oakland. A woman in a burgundy Mazda apparently was following too closely as the driver of a white Chevy Camaro was “doing donuts,” or spinning around in circles, which is typical sideshow behavior
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • Oakland: 12 people shot in less than 24 hours; three killed

    08/18/2013 8:29:18 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 19 replies
    Oakland Tribune | ^ | 08/18/2013 | Natalie Neysa Alund
    OAKLAND -- Some were attending a birthday party. Others were working at a downtown a hair salon or on their way to a fast-food restaurant. In less than 24 hours over the weekend, 12 people were shot along Oakland streets -- three of them fatally, their deaths marking the city's 63rd, 64th and 65th homicides of the year. As of Sunday evening, investigators had not identified a motive or a suspect in any of the shootings, and none appeared to be connected, police said.
  • OAKLAND TEA PARTY PROTESTER Sings the Truth – Gets Her Mic Shut Off (Video)

    08/15/2013 11:01:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/13/13 | Jim Hoft
    Maybe it was something she sang? Oakland Tea Party protester Celeste Paradise used her one minute of public comment time to sing a protest song at a public meeting. That’s when the committee shut her mic off.
  • Oakland council supports hammer ban at protests

    07/31/2013 4:40:02 PM PDT · by rey · 14 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | July 31, 2013 | AP
    OAKLAND — The Oakland City Council has given tentative approval to a ban on hammers and other so-called tools of violence at demonstrations. The council's vote in favor of the ban early Wednesday came more than two weeks after a waiter was struck in the face with a hammer during a raucous demonstration against the Trayvon Martin trial outcome.
  • 'Fruitvale Station' Is Loose With The Facts In An Effort To Elicit Sympathy For Oscar Grant

    07/27/2013 5:04:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 25, 2013 | Kyle Smith
    Harvey Weinstein’s big Oscar hopeful this summer is “Fruitvale Station,” a true story about the fatal Oakland shooting of an unarmed young black man that arrived with almost miraculous timing. Hitting theaters just as the jurors in the George Zimmerman trial were deliberating. the film won the two top prizes at the Sundance Film Festival and has become a cause celebre among critics. Activists are seizing the opportunity to promote the movie, which calls for justice and implies that nothing like it has occurred yet, though the man who shot and killed Oscar Grant has already served time in prison...
  • The Big Event: There’s a “Fruitvale Station” movie poster at Fruitvale Station

    07/10/2013 8:51:51 PM PDT · by thecodont · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Jul 10 2013 at 11:03 am | Posted By: Peter Hartlaub
    <p>I’m a 10-year regular at BART’s Fruitvale Station, and this morning noticed a movie poster for “Fruitvale Station” near the turnstiles inside the station — not far from the tragic events that inspired the film.</p> <p>“Fruitvale Station” was written and directed by Oakland’s Ryan Coogler, and covers the last day of Oscar Grant’s life before he was fatally shot by a BART police officer on New Year’s Day 2009. It won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, and is set for wide release this Friday.</p>
  • Bay Bridge shock absorbers spring leak (Retrofit parts gone bad.. what else is new?)

    07/20/2013 9:04:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies ^ | 7/19/13 | Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
    While broken bolts on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge are commanding everyone's attention, Caltrans has another problem on its hands - 96 seismic shock absorbers on the western span, some of which began leaking lubricant just three years after they were installed. The estimated cost of the fix - $13 million. And, like the brittle bolts on the eastern span, there are questions as to whether Caltrans ordered the right shocks - or dampers, as they are known - in the first place. The dampers are located between the bridge towers just below the roadway, and are...