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    Religious Leaders Show Faith in Occupy Movement

    The OWS movement, which protests social and economic inequity and predatory practices that benefit the wealthiest 1 percent at the expense of the rest of society, was kicked off by the Canadian group Adbusters and began in September in the heart of New York City’s financial district. Since then, the movement has been adopted and localized in cities across the nation, some focused on specific issues.

  • Overheard in Fog City: Is Mirkarimi Guilty of Official Misconduct?

    Overheard in Fog City: Is Mirkarimi Guilty
    of Official Misconduct?

    Per the definition of official misconduct under the city charter, “Official misconduct means any wrongful behavior by a public officer in relation to the duties of his or her office, willful in its character, including any failure, refusal or neglect of an officer to perform any duty enjoined on him or her by law, or conduct that falls below the standard of decency, good faith and right action impliedly required of all public officers and including any violation of a specific conflict of interest or governmental ethics law. When any City law provides that a violation of the law constitutes or is deemed official misconduct, the conduct is covered by this definition and may subject the person to discipline and/or removal from office.” (emphasis added).

  • Sheriff Mirkarimi Pleads Guilty to False Imprisonment

    Sheriff Mirkarimi Pleads Guilty to False Imprisonment

    In exchange for Mirkrarimi’s plea agreement, the District Attorney George Gascón has dropped three misdemeanor charges of alleged domestic violence, dissuading a witness and child endangerment.

    Mirkarimi faces sentencing next Monday that is expected to include up to three years probation, 100 hours of community service, 52 weeks of domestic violence classes, as well as a fine of $590. A stay away order imposed in January remains in effect subject to a Family court order.

  • Olague Explains her Support for RCV Repeal Measure

    Olague Explains her Support for RCV Repeal Measure

    Olague has long ties to the progressive community and was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to the District 5 seat, one of the city’s most progressive, in January after Ross Mirkarimi was elected Sheriff. This week, she joined Sean Elsbernd, Carmen Chu, Scott Wiener, and Malia Cohen – all considered moderate/conservative supervisors – in supporting Sup. Mark Farrell’s proposal to replace RCV with runoff elections for the mayor’s race and other citywide offices.

  • Occupy the Capitol: Labor, Students Unite to Rebalance Education Funding Deficit

    Occupy the Capitol: Labor, Students
    Unite to Rebalance Education Funding Deficit

    Dozens of people were arrested during Monday’s protest, the culmination of a multi-day march to draw attention to the soaring cost of attending California’s public colleges and universities.

  • Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin greeted marchers on their way to Sacramento to demand funding for education and social services. Photos by Eric Louie, Media Workers Guild.

    Richmond Mayor Welcomes Occupy, Education Marchers

    Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin made a morning visit to St. Mark’s Church, the first overnight stop in the four-day Occupy Education march from the Bay Area to Sacramento. The group plans to reach UC Davis Sunday and board busses to join large demonstrations at the capitol Monday. About 100 people signed up for the march, with some joining at stops along the way, according to march organizers.

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    Mayor Quan Confronts Issues
    Raised by Arrests of Journalists

    The meeting, held Tuesday afternoon at Oakland City Hall, was called in an effort to discuss incidents of working reporters and photographers being detained and in some cases arrested by Oakland Police Department officers during several Occupy Oakland protests in recent months.

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    CSU Faculty Union Calls Strike Vote After Contract Talks Stall

    The Board of Directors of the California Faculty Association recently authorized an April vote to approve or reject a strike if no agreement is reached. The CFA represents 24,000 employees including coaches, counselors, librarians and professors in one of the state’s highest profile workforces.

  • 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.

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    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.”