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  • Demonstrating for social and economic justice, protesters began a 4-day march from Oakland to Sacramento yesterday to demand cuts to education and social services are restored.  Photo by Eric Louie.

    Student Protests Boiling Over
    as Marchers Head to Sacramento

    In Oakland, after marchers from other schools arrived, demonstrators left the plaza together before splitting into two. A majority went to demonstrate elsewhere, while a few dozen going to Sacramento continued north to Berkeley where the teachers union was holding its own rally outside the school district offices. Passing cars gave honks of approval to the group, which held signs and was led by a large, inverted American flag as the members walked through major streets.

  • Alameda Labor Council Vows to Fight Quan Recall

    Alameda Labor Council Vows to Fight Quan Recall

    The Delegates resolution also draws attention to the critical public safety efforts Mayor Quan is leading and highlights her success in building Oakland’s first public safety plan that unites law enforcement and schools to combine community policing efforts and targeted work with youth and families.

  • Corporation Pleads Guilty in Procurement Scam to Defraud City

    Corporation Pleads Guilty in Procurement Scam to Defraud City

    According to court documents, Cole Hardware is one of two city vendors and one of ten co-defendants to have engaged in a conspiracy to bilk the city out of at least $100,000 between 2003 and 2007. It is alleged that Donnie Alan Thomas, a former SFPUC supervisor who pled guilty last year for his role in the scam, worked in conjunction with Cole Hardware employee Elizabeth Bradford – who has not pled in the case and awaits a preliminary hearing – knowingly submitted fraudulent invoices to the SFPUC with false descriptions of items purchased. The false descriptions allowed Thomas to conceal that he was purchasing items for personal benefit.

  • Golden Gate Bridge Workers Picket First in Series of Anniversary Celebrations

    Golden Gate Bridge Workers
    Picket First in Series of Anniversary Celebrations

    That was the takeaway question asked last night when as many as one hundred Golden Gate Bridge union workers picketed the Orchid Gala Benefit at Fort Mason, one of several celebratory events scheduled to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the world famous Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Sergio Gonzalez.  Photo by Eric Louie, Media Workers Guild.

    Occupy Oakland to Join Workers
    in Fight at Castlewood Country Club

    Club general manager Jerry Olson said the march is a sign the union is getting desperate. However, he admitted that many clients have canceled since the lockout, although he insisted the club has acquired new members and continues to turn a profit. He did not offer specifics.

  • Sheriff Mirkarimi Files Motion to Exclude Hearsay Evidence

    Sheriff Mirkarimi Files Motion
    to Exclude Hearsay Evidence

    The opposition brief, filed by Mirkarimi defense attorney Lidia Stiglich, argues statements made to police by neighbors, Ivory Madison and Callie Williams, are inadmissible under rules of evidence because they are considered “hearsay” statements.

  • Meet solidarity, the next generation: Communications Wokers of America (Local 9423) secretary-treasuer and Next Generation Bay Area co-founder, Eric Lindberg. Photo via Eric Lindbergh.

    Activist Young Workers Refuel Labor Movement

    “Young people are being told that they just have to suck it up and live in a world without jobs. We’re being told that America can’t afford teachers, but we can afford CEO tax cuts. We’re being asked to accept a society that rewards wealth and punishes work. A society that makes it harder for young people to go to college. A society where hate is growing … It’s shameful,” said Liz Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, in her keynote address during the Next Up conference held last fall. “The economic and social problems, the hate and the fear we see around us this day can only be solved by a fresh generation of committed, smart, tireless and creative activists.”

  • Overfishing thousands of pounds of jack mackerel.  Photo courtesy NOAA images.

    Depleting the Seas of Fish

    Researchers studied fish populations, catch records, and ocean ecosystems for four years. By 2003, 29% of all species collapsed. It means they’re at least “90% below their historic maximum catch levels.”

  • Gascón Won’t Seek Death Penalty, Nor Prosecute Eliana Lopez

    Gascón Won’t Seek Death Penalty,
    Nor Prosecute Eliana Lopez

    Gascón also stated that he will not seek the death penalty “in any case” when discussing a previously-cold 1983 murder case.

  • Lackluster Finish to Case that Made Serious Political Charges

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    Lackluster Finish to Case that Made Serious Political Charges

    But that paltry sum and the jury’s verdict of shared responsibility in failing to root out corruption in city government belied the more politically significant accusations made through depositions in the case that Mayor Ed Lee and former Mayor Willie Brown overrode city staff to give contracts to a “fraudulent” yet politically connected company, which proved to be a tangential issue that was left largely unexplored at trial.

  • Carolyn Tyler Honored by Board of Supervisors

    Carolyn Tyler Honored by Board of Supervisors

    District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell stated that he was “honored to recognize a great district 2 resident who has been part of our lives for many years at ABC.” Farrell presented Tyler with a commendation signed by the Board.

  • Gascón Charges Lee Campaign Donors

    Gascón Charges Lee Campaign Donors

    Go Lorrie’s Travel & Tours, Inc., better known as GO Lorrie’s, is charged with making $11,500 in illegal contributions last September to the Ed Lee for Mayor 2011 campaign committee. Also charged are Jason Perez, age 40, of San Mateo, the company’s general manager, and Hanan Qutami, 56, of South San Francisco, the company’s chief financial officer.

  • Mayor Lee Testifies in Corruption Lawsuit That Could Cost the City $10 Million

    Mayor Lee Testifies in Corruption Lawsuit
    That Could Cost the City $10 Million

    City and County of San Francisco vs. Cobra Solutions and Telecon was being deliberated by jurors in Superior Court at press time. It centers on a fraud and kickback scheme engineered by convicted felon Marcus Armstrong, a former Department of Building Inspection information technology manager who bilked the city out of at least $482,000 between 1999 and 2001.

  • Treasure Island Commission Calls for Good Faith Dealings with Tenants

    Treasure Island Commission
    Calls for Good Faith Dealings with Tenants

    Some residents at the meeting with John Stewart Company representatives felt that the representatives had been condescending and unwilling to take their concerns seriously. Some residents also began to fear that their benefits as affordable housing tenants were going to be diminished or taken away, ostensibly to make it easier for the developer to get rid of them and replace them with market-rate tenants.

  • Judge Grants Mirkarimi Visitation With Son

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    Judge Grants Mirkarimi Visitation With Son

    The court order, issued by Superior Court Judge Ronald Albers, provides Mirkarimi and Theo with up to two-hours per day and up to six-hours on weekend days to spend unsupervised visits together. Exact times, locations and transportation for the visits are to be arranged by Ms. Patricia Forsyth and her son, Jeremy Forsyth, the order stipulates. The Forsyths are friends of Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez.