Jobs (News)

Protect Oakland's industrial base

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 12:59pm

IMAGINE WHAT might happen in a quiet, residential Oakland neighborhood if one day a factory was dropped into it. Wouldn't we expect the residents to protest the introduction of activity they felt didn't fit in with their community? Probably, and they'd be right to do so.

Richmond eyes dream youth center

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 11:55am
Group pushing for safe city setting where youngsters could enjoy and push themselves

It would be a center like none Richmond has ever seen.

Teens would mix music and lyrics in a recording studio. They would design Web sites and graphics with digital software. They would spout poetry and spoken word in theater. They would catch air off ramps in a designated skate park, the first in the city.

Backers of manufacturers fee submit signatures, wait for verification to get measure on the ballot

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 11:40am

Proponents of a Richmond manufacturers fee submitted thousands of signatures this week with the aim of qualifying a measure for the November ballot.

At least 3,569 valid signatures, representing 10 percent of the city's 35,696 registered voters, are needed, City Clerk Diane Holmes said.

Oakland kids see how port pollution hits home

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 3:46pm

From his home, Antone Smith can see glimpses of the Port of Oakland. He sees the soot coating his windowsills, the trucks endlessly rumbling by his street. But not until recently did the sixth-grader pay much heed to the mighty but unhealthy colossus in his neighborhood.

"I didn't know all the smoke from the port was dangerous," said Antone, 12. "I didn't know it could be life-threatening. I didn't know anything about the port."



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