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Bay Localize 5-Year Gala Celebration, April 2nd

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 1:39pm

bay localizeFOR IMMEDIATE  RELEASE                

March 14, 2011
Contact: Aaron Lehmer, Network Development Director, Bay Localize
(415) 613-4781,

Bay Localize to Honor Prominent Community Leaders
at “Roots of Resilience” 5-Year Anniversary Gala

(Oakland, CA) — Celebrate with us on Saturday, April 2, 2011 as Bay Localize – an Oakland based project of Earth Island Institute dedicated to local sustainability -  hosts its Fifth Anniversary Gala, Roots of Resilience.  The event will honor community leaders, businesses, and civic pioneers who are stepping up to build a vibrant and resilient Bay Area. Highlights include Keynote Speaker Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, hip-hop headliner artists, Ashel “Seasunz” Eldridge and Jennifer Johns, and honorees of the Community Resilience Leadership Awards.  

SAVE THE DATE!  Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
Gala Dinner at 6:30 – locally grown, organic  entree with dessert
WHERE: CA Ballroom, 1736 Franklin St., Oakland (near 19th St. BART). (Parking available)
COST:  $50 Activist (limited supply) and $75 General; Group rates for Table Sponsorships

Calif. cap-trade plan dealt blow by S.F. judge

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/04/2011 - 11:48am

The California Air Resources Board violated state environmental law in 2008 when it adopted a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gases and again last year when it passed cap-and-trade regulations, a San Francisco Superior Court judge has ruled in a tentative decision.

If the decision is made final, California would be barred from implementing its ambitious plan to combat global warming until it complies with portions of the California Environmental Quality Act, though it is not yet clear what the air board would have to do to be in compliance. The state's plan, which implements AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, would reduce carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The Air Resources Board and those who brought the lawsuit, a variety of environmental groups represented by the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, a San Francisco organization, have until Tuesday to respond before the court makes a final ruling.

MTC to consider plan to give Oakland, San Jose extra votes

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 01/27/2011 - 11:15am

A proposed power shift that would give Oakland and San Jose each an extra vote on the Bay Area's powerful regional transportation commission is headed for a key vote Wednesday amid reservations by Contra Costa County members.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission -- a nine-county transportation funding and planning body -- will consider whether to seek state legislation expanding its panel from 16 to 18 voting members so that Oakland and San Jose mayors can each pick a representative.

Bay Area News Group-East Bay Dec. 6 Letters to the editor

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 12/10/2010 - 10:40am

Not Drivers' Fault

THIS IS regarding the Nov. 24 editorial, "AC Transit gets relief, but cuts still likely misses the mark:"

AC Transit's financial woes are not primarily due to drivers' salaries. (In fact, a regional and national comparison done in September of transit wages by MTC puts AC's toward the bottom of the spectrum.)

AC's deficit is mainly due to discriminatory funding decisions at the regional, state and federal levels, which prioritize highway expansion and costly rail expansion at the expense of operating bus service. And, as pointed out, the drawn-out recession doesn't help AC either.

San Francisco Bay Area Transit Justice Movement Emerges

Pedestrians and bicyclists fight for space on Oakland streets designed for diesel trucks in former industrial areas that are now among the few affordable places to live. Massive concrete structures jut out like exposed bones in a city where once-bustling African-American cultural and economic centers have been repeatedly destroyed by giant transportation projects.

One such project, the West Oakland aboveground Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) track built in the 1970s, loomed over jazz clubs that were forced to close when the constant noise of trains drowned out the music. The 7th Street corridor—once the stroll for legendary local blues heroes—is now a desolate strip in the shadow of the BART overpass.

Soon, East Oakland residents may see the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC)—a driverless, cable-pulled shuttle atop an elevated track—looming over their neighborhood. Designed by an Austrian architectural engineering firm known for its aerial ski lifts, the three-mile Connector would whisk passengers from the Oakland Coliseum BART station to the Oakland Airport parking lot.
Maxine Oliver-Benson shakes her head in disbelief over the price of the project—$484 million. “I won’t ever use it for anything—the majority of people in my community won’t ever use it,” says the activist and 19-year resident of East Oakland, staring moodily at the throngs of people heading to a game at the Oakland Coliseum on the overhead walkway that connects the BART station to the arena.

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Eight members of new redistricting panel chosen

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 11/24/2010 - 1:31pm

California's first-ever citizens redistricting commission came alive today with the random drawing of eight initial members who were finalists from a pool of nearly 31,000 applicants.

The independent commission is charged with a once-a-decade task that lies at the heart of political power, determining boundary lines for legislative, congressional, and Board of Equalization districts.

The Badge & The Bullet: Youth Town Hall on Police Brutality

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 11/24/2010 - 10:18am

On November 11, at the Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, Youth Speaks in partnership with Urban Peace Movement, AYPAL, Ella Baker Center and Raw Talent presented the Youth Town Hall on Police Brutality. This was done in memory of Oscar Grant and one week after Johannes Mesherle’s sentencing. These youth rolled deep. With standing room only, at least a hundred youth from all around the San Francisco Bay Area rose up to speak on police accountability and civil rights–pissed off at the injustice of our criminal justice system and frustrated at the misuse of the badge supposedly meant to protect us. I hope you are all moved by the spoken words of these amazing youth as they bust a verse. Their time to remain silent is over. They chant, “Ain’t no power like the power of the youth cuz the power of the youth don’t stop.”

 Listen to the Eyes Opened Blog podcast on the Youth Town Hall on Police Brutality.


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