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Oakland Development Issues Continue Into 2008

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 01/14/2008 - 6:12pm
While no one knows everything the new year will bring, there are at least two major Oakland development issues and controversies we know are coming up, unresolved in the old year and therefore carried over to the new.

Going green receives a boost from home builders

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 01/13/2008 - 11:30pm

GROUP PUSHES FOR STANDARDS IN BAY AREA

Faced with one of the worst housing markets in decades, the Bay Area home-building industry - long opposed to mandatory environmental standards - has decided to give up and go green.

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kconrad@mercurynews.com

Bay Area anchors megaregion: Sprawl, industry help unite Northern California

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 01/13/2008 - 12:58am
On Nov. 27, thousands of Sacramento County commuters crept into the darkness to begin what for some would be a two-hour trip to work in the East Bay, San Francisco or Silicon Valley.

Later that morning, two bureaucrats from Oakland drove in the opposite direction. They sought -- and won -- more money for improving the area's outdated rail and other types of freight transportation than most had thought possible.

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enelson@angnewspapers.com

'Green' building policies crucial for reducing greenhouse gases

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 01/13/2008 - 12:19am

Despite all the public attention focusing on the harmful emissions that come from the automotive sector, the dirty little secret is that buildings are actually the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide in the United States. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that two-thirds of all carbon dioxide emissions come from stationary sources. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings account for 65 percent of electricity consumption, 36 percent of energy use and 30 percent of raw materials use.

A community victory: a new small high school to open in BVHP

Submitted by Reporter on Fri, 01/11/2008 - 1:27pm
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by Mara Benitez

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the San Francisco Unified School District voted unanimously to open the Bayview Essential School for Music, Art and Social Justice (BES) as a district small school by design. It will be the first high school to open in Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP) in close to 30 years.

Port of Oakland drivers endure long waits, low pay

Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/11/2008 - 12:20pm
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OAKLAND — In the larger of a two-room West Oakland apartment, three young men lie asleep, two on sofas, the youngest on the floor. It's 6 a.m., and in the other room, their parents, Mohammed Asif and Dhalid Shaheen, have finished praying.

Asif weaves through the bodies of his sleeping sons to make his tea in the cubbyhole kitchen before he leaves his home to drive to the trucking company where he parks his diesel truck each night.

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fbrevetti@angnewspapers.com

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