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BART's shooting probe missteps

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 11:30am

BART's investigation into a police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed rider was plagued with problems from the start, a Chronicle investigation has found.

Johannes Mehserle is charged with murder.

BART police allowed a train full of witnesses to pull out of the Fruitvale Station in Oakland early New Year's Day after Officer Johannes Mehserle shot Oscar Grant, then made little effort to contact the witnesses as they got off at other stations.


A Long Ride Home

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 10/17/2008 - 12:16pm

It used to take me an hour to get home from school on AC Transit. Now it takes me two hours.

I go to Street Academy in downtown Oakland, which isn't that far from my house in East Oakland. But thanks to the new AC Transit routes, I have to take three buses to get home. The third bus takes forever and is always crowded, so sometimes I can't even get on. That adds another hour to my commute. I refuse to wait, so a lot of times, I'm forced to walk home.

Oakland plans to abandon the poor in public housing

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 09/19/2008 - 2:35pm

If the board members of the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) have it their way, Oakland may end up losing $10,717,140 per year in federal funding for 1,615 public housing units, which may result in the displacement of 1,554 low-income families from Oakland's public housing. This includes a total of 3,885 family members including children, the aged, disabled and infirm.

With a disastrous housing crisis in full bloom, home foreclosures at an all time high, while the market is saturated with tons of unwanted residential buildings due to a housing market that is as unstable as it has ever been, on September 22 the board members of the Oakland Housing Authority plan to vote on a scheme to dispose of 254 housing sites in Oakland, including 332 buildings mostly filled with very low-income African American public housing tenants.


Oakland Workers Claim Contractor Underpaid Them

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 10:00pm
More than 100 former employees of an Oakland construction firm that does extensive work for public agencies held a rally in Oakland today to allege that the firm didn't follow the state's prevailing wage law and forced them to sign false timecards.

The former employees filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court on July 17 accusing NBC General Contractors Corp. of ignoring state labor laws by paying them the minimum wage rather than a higher rate required for public works projects.

The suit is seeking millions of dollars in back pay.

Median income slips in California

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 10:00pm

American incomes rose modestly between 2006 and 2007, but in California, the typical household lost ground slightly, according to census data released Tuesday, one of several economic indicators that may be a cause for worry as the economy takes another dip, some analysts say.


Former employees sue Oakland contractor NBC General

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 08/11/2008 - 10:00pm
NBC General Contractors Corp., an Oakland construction company that is working on several publicly funded projects in the city’s downtown, has been hit with a lawsuit filed by former employees seeking millions of dollars for prevailing-wage, overtime, meal break and safety violations.

Oakland: Gold Medalist to Help Build Affordable Homes in Oakland

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 07/30/2008 - 10:00pm
Julie Foudy, an Olympic gold medalist and former captain of the U.S. women's soccer team, be in Oakland today to help build affordable homes for low-income East Bay families.

For the second summer in a row, Foudy will bring 20 girls enrolled in her Sports Leadership Academy to Oakland to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity East Bay during a special "Women Build" event.


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