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Tuesday Must Reads: State Water Bond Deal Blocked in Senate; NTSB Cites Pilot Error In Deadly Asiana Crash

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:16:00 -0700

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A proposal to place a $10.5 billion water bond on the November ballot failed to garner enough votes in the state Senate because Republicans want a greater share of the measure’s revenues to be spent on new dams and expanded reservoirs, the SacBee$ reports.…



Thursday Must Reads: Berkeley Council Okays $12.53 Minimum Wage; Oakland Moves Forward with Controversial West Oakland Plan

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:45:00 -0700

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Berkeley City Council unanimously voted to move forward with a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $12.53 an hour by October 2016, the Trib$ reports.…



Wednesday Must Reads: Teachers’ Union Vows to Appeal Tenure Ruling; EBMUD Hikes Water Rates, Again

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:56:00 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The California Teachers Association (CTA) is vowing to appeal a Los Angeles judge’s ruling that declared the state’s teacher tenure laws to be unconstitutional, the Chron reports.…




Bishop Michael Barber May Revise Controversial Morals Code for Teachers — in 2015

Thu, 29 May 2014 11:23:00 -0700

After weeks of intense criticism and media coverage surrounding the Diocese of Oakland's new "morals" code in its teacher contracts, Bishop Michael Barber now says he may revise the controversial language. But if he does, it won't be until next year, for the 2015-16 contracts.…




Bishop O'Dowd Program Director Refuses to Sign Oakland Diocese's New 'Morals' Code

Tue, 13 May 2014 12:44:00 -0700

In recent weeks, the Diocese of Oakland has increasingly come under fire for requiring teachers in East Bay Catholic schools to agree to a new "morals" code in their contracts — a controversial revision that covers expected behavior in their personal lives. For background, check out the story we published last week on the backlash against the new clause.…




Tuesday Must Reads: Economic Recovery Skips Low- and Middle-Income Workers; Melting Antarctic Ice Sheet Can’t Be Stopped

Tue, 13 May 2014 09:46:00 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The economic recovery is largely bypassing low- and middle-income workers, whose wages remain well below what they were before the Great Recession, the Sacramento Business Journal$ reports, citing a new study from the California Budget Project (via Rough & Tumble): “The median hourly wage for a low-income worker in 2013 was $10.90, more than 5 percent below the inflation-adjusted, pre-recession level.…




Friday Must Reads: Judge Orders Berkeley to Use Disputed Student Council District; Oakland Schools Get New Superintendent

Fri, 02 May 2014 10:18:00 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. An Alameda County Superior Court judge ordered Berkeley to use in this year’s elections new council district boundaries that include a disputed district, in which a large majority of the residents are UC Berkeley students.…




Tuesday Must Reads: Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Affirmative Action Measure; Warriors Buy New Property for San Francisco Arena

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:37:44 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The US Supreme Court today upheld a Michigan law that bans affirmative action in public programs, including university admissions, the Mercury News$ reports.…




Monday Must Reads: OPD Overseer Endorses Interim Chief Whent; UC Berkeley Accepts Fewer California Students, More Out-of-State Applicants

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:42:08 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland police overseer Robert Warshaw praised the work of Interim Police Chief Sean Whent and criticized the city’s drawn out hiring process for a permanent chief, the Trib$ reports.…




Friday Must Reads: Cal-OSHA Fines BART for Worker Deaths During Strike; Obamacare Signups Top 8 Million Nationwide

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:58:56 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Cal-OSHA slapped BART with a $210,000 fine — the largest such penalty in more than a year — for negligence leading to the deaths of two track workers during the 2013 strike, the CoCo Times$ reports.…




Thursday Must Reads: Home Prices Skyrocket in the Bay Area; Oakland School Board Zeroes In On New Superintendent

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:49:49 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Home prices soared throughout the Bay Area last month, jumping 29.2 percent in Alameda County compared to last year, the Mercury News$ reports.…




Thursday Must Reads: Oaklanders Strongly Back Measure Y Reauthorization; Feinstein Lobbies for Big Ag Over Environment

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:43:57 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. An overwhelming majority of Oakland residents — 82 percent — say they support reauthorizing Measure Y, a parcel tax that pays for police, fire prevention, and violence prevention programs, the Trib$ reports, citing a new city-commissioned poll.…




Oakland Unified Considering Parcel Tax to Fund College, Career Prep Programs

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:20:41 -0700

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The Oakland school district is considering what may be a first-of-its-kind approach to pay for academy programs that prepare students for college and careers: ask voters to pick up some of the tab. The district is studying the feasibility of placing a parcel tax on the November ballot to help fund efforts to expand so-called linked learning, or career pathways, programs at its high schools.…




Monday Must Reads: Car Slams Into Oakland’s Bar Dogwood; Wilbur Hot Springs Retreat Burns

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:01:59 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A car slammed into Bar Dogwood early this morning, causing serious damage to the popular tavern in Oakland’s Uptown district, the Trib$ reports.…




Thursday Must Reads: Mayor Quan Says ShotSpotter Won’t Be Cut; Leland Yee Charged with Corruption and Gun Trafficking Conspiracy

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:08:56 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said she has no plans to disband the city’s gunshot detection system, even though Interim Police Chief Sean Whent has said that funding for ShotSpotter should not be a high priority, the Trib$ reports.…




Friday Must Reads: Oakland to Pay Injured Bicyclist $3.25 Million; Young People Now Approve of Obamacare

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:08:00 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council has agreed to pay $3.25 million to a bicyclist who was badly injured when she crashed on a pothole-laden road, the Trib$ and Chron report.…




Thursday Must Reads: Children’s Hospital Oakland Merges with UCSF; Feinstein Joins Brown in Opposing Pot Legalization

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:44:41 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Children’s Hospital Oakland has finalized its merger with UC San Francisco, in move that officials hope will stabilize Children’s’ finances, the Hayward Daily Review$ reports.…




Wednesday Must Reads: Oakland Council Approves New Rent Control Rules; Richmond Council Raises City’s Minimum Wage to $12.30 An Hour

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:16:46 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council voted last night to tighten the city’s rent control law after landlords and tenants’ groups reached a compromise deal, the Chron and Trib$ report.…




Tuesday Must Reads: GOP Blocks Bill that Sought to Limit Dark Money; Obamacare Signups Top One Million in California

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:43:00 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. GOP legislators blocked a bill in the state capital that sought to restrict secret campaign donations, also known as “dark money,” the SacBee$ reports.…




Monday Must Reads: Large Majority of Berkeley Residents Back Soda Tax; San Franciscans Overwhelmingly Support $15 Minimum Wage

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:43:19 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A large majority of Berkeley residents back a proposal to begin taxing soda and other sugary beverages, Berkeleyside reports, citing a new city survey.…




Friday Must Reads: Car Use Slows in California As Walking and Biking Accelerates; Court Deals Major Blow to Brown’s Tunnels Plan

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:01:26 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Californians, especially young people, are driving less, and instead are walking, biking, or taking mass transit more often, the LA Times$ reports, citing a new study commissioned by Caltrans.…




Wednesday Must Reads: State Lawmakers Consider Affirmative Action for UC; Mayor Quan’s Approval Ratings Remain Low

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:14:54 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. State legislators are considering a proposed ballot measure that would allow UC Berkeley and other UC campuses to use race, ethnicity, and gender in admissions, the Chron reports.…




Tuesday Must Reads: Two More Tesoro Workers Splashed with Acid; Phillips 66 Refinery Fined for Air-Quality Violations

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:43:00 -0700

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Two more workers at the Tesoro oil refinery near Martinez were splashed with acid in an incident at the same part of the facility in which two other workers suffered acid burns last month, the Chron reports.…




Thursday Must Reads: Female Students Accuse UC Berkeley of Botching Rape Cases; Oil Companies Dump Fracking Waste in Pacific Ocean

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:53:28 -0800

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Thirty-one current and former female students have filed federal complaints against UC Berkeley, alleging that the campus routinely mishandled sexual assault investigations, the LA Times$ reports.…




Tuesday Must Reads: Berkeley to Kill Thousands of Gophers and Squirrels; Number of College Students Seeking Financial Aid Soars

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 09:35:32 -0800

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The City of Berkeley is planning to exterminate thousands of gophers and ground squirrels along the shoreline because the animals are digging into an old landfill and releasing toxins into the bay, the Trib$ reports.…