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Monday, January 25, 2016

S.F.'s Latest Loss to Oakland: Bernie Sanders

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 2:53 PM

A Bernie Sanders rally, booted to Oakland. - MARIJA STANOJCIC
  • Marija Stanojcic
  • A Bernie Sanders rally, booted to Oakland.

As usual, San Francisco's loss was Oakland's gain this weekend. But on Saturday, the loss was Bernie Sanders. 

With the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary at long last right around the corner, supporters of the 74-year old independent senator from Vermont — and the clear choice of the left to be the Democratic Party's nominee to succeed Barack Obama as president — put on simultaneous rallies in 30 cities across the country. 

But to feel the Bern in the Bay Area, you had to go to Lake Merritt. That's where the local rally for "Bernie Fucking Sanders" was moved from San Francisco, over fears of a conflict with — seriously — an anti-abortion march.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Oakland Gets the Protest Curfew SF Chronicle Columnists Called For

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 12:45 PM

Protesters held an impromptu sit-in Saturday night - JULIA CARRIE WONG
  • Julia Carrie Wong
  • Protesters held an impromptu sit-in Saturday night

Just a few weeks after two San Francisco Chronicle columnists proposed cutting off the First Amendment in Oakland at sundown, Mayor Libby Schaaf has followed their advice and implemented a selective ban on nighttime protest marches in the city. 

The new policy was first enforced last Thursday evening when an evening march planned as part of the National Day of Action for Black Women and Girls was forced off the streets by the Oakland Police Department. Following an outcry on social media, the East Bay Express reported that the strong-arm tactics by OPD were part of a new policy put in place by the mayor in response to the major property damage suffered by Auto Row during a protest on May 1st: 
In an interview today, Mayor Libby Schaaf acknowledged that she ordered the prohibition on nighttime street marches in Oakland. However, she argued that it was a not new city law, but rather a reinterpretation of an existing one....

Under the mayor's new tactic, OPD will block demonstrators from marching in the streets after dark, and marchers will only be allowed on sidewalks.
The East Bay Express also spoke with civil rights attorney Rachel Lederman, who helped write Oakland's current crowd control policy. Lederman pointed out that the new policy is both inconsistent with that policy and blatantly unconstitutional:
 "A local government can impose a reasonable time, manner, and place restriction on speech," said Lederman, "but the Oakland crowd control policy specifically states that OPD will facilitate marches in the street regardless of whether a permit has be obtained as long as it’s feasible to do so."

Lederman also said it is unconstitutional for the city to prohibit nighttime street marches. "The reasonableness is determined by what’s actually happening there," said Lederman. "You can’t ban street marches at night because on some past occasions some people broke windows. That’s completely unconstitutional."
OPD deployed CS gas Saturday night - JULIA CARRIE WONG
  • Julia Carrie Wong
  • OPD deployed CS gas Saturday night

Schaaf's policy was quickly challenged by activists intent on preserving the First Amendment in Oakland. On Saturday, about 150 protesters—led by many of the same activists who had planned Thursday's #BlackLivesMatter protest—met at Frank Ogawa plaza in the evening and planned to step off into the street at sunset.

"We are not going to get on the sidewalks, and we are not going to leave until we decide we are ready to leave," an organizer announced, as others distributed earplugs, baggies with vinegar-soaked hankies, and spray bottles of Maalox, to be used in the event that OPD deployed tear gas. 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hey, Kids: Bay Area Schools Will Close Due to Epic Storm (Update)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Update, 2:22 p.m.: San Francisco Unified School District announced this afternoon that indeed, schools will close tomorrow due to rain.

Original story:

After months of protracted summer, followed by months of listless, balmy fall, it's little surprise that Bay Area residents are ill-equipped to handle tomorrow's impending storm of the decade

To prepare, we're shutting things down. Heavyweight hipster eyeware retailer has postponed its opening party in San Francisco.  "Drag Queens on Ice" has scheduled its holiday show in Union Square.

And now, San Francisco and Oakland schools are talking canceling classes. 

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Jean Quan Jumps into Stranger's Car During Prostitution Safety Walk

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Anyone wanting to resurrect the #QuanGoneWild Twitter hashtag, here is your opportunity.

Oakland's outgoing mayor Jean Quan climbed into a stranger's car during a safety walk on International Boulevard last Friday, thinking it was her ride home.

According to witnesses, that left both the driver and the mayor's entourage befuddled, and provided material for a raft of auto-related Jean Quan jokes that have yet to be uttered.

Not to mention the walk intended to shed light on the prostitution problem in East Oakland, which means the jokes keep coming.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oakland Will Now Force Landlords to Evict Sex Workers

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Oakland can now force landlords to evict sex workers from their homes under new changes to an existing Oakland law. 

At the recommendation of Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker, the Oakland City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to expand The Nuisance Eviction Ordinance which requires landlords to evict certain tenants over allegations of drug dealing or weapons crimes, and gives the City Attorney's Office the power to order such evictions. 

But the City Council is has now expanded its eviction powers to include "prostitution-related crimes," gambling, and the possession of certain ammunition. If the city orders an eviction, the landlord must pay for it — and can be cited by the city for maintaining a nuisance if he or she does not move to evict the tenant. 

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Who is Cuter? Baby Tiger in SF or Baby Baboon in Oakland?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 2:45 PM

San Francisco might be losing a lot to Oakland -- residents, money, guns, Friday night fun -- but one thing we still do better than Oakland is make some damn cute baby animals.

The Oakland Zoo recently announced a new addition to its troop of hamadryas baboons. The infant monkey was born on April 9, bringing the total number of baboons at the zoo to 10. This is pretty exciting news since the Oakland Zoo has not had a baboon birth in more than 20 years.

Here's some photos of baby and mom:

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Pretty sweet ... until he grows up and starts throwing poop in your face.

Check Out Photos Of SF's Insanely Adorable Baby Tiger

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Blind Spot: Diallo Neal and His '68 Ford Falcon

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM

  • Audrey Fukuman

Diallo Neal, the focal point of this week's feature, Blind Spot, was a man who loved his machines. As a youth, there was his black bike, on which he explored Oakland's roads.

When he was a teenager, he graduated onto dirt bikes, and then motorcycles a few years later. A subscriber to Hog Magazine, he eventually settled down on a Harley Davidson. He drove a truck for a living, his sole companion on many of those treks down California's highways. When out-of-state family members visited the Bay, he drove them around on long, winding tours of San Francisco.

A year before his October 2005 death, he opened up an auto shop. He bought beat-up cars, fixed them up and sold them -- Oldsmobiles and Mustangs and all sorts of muscle cars. He'd sometimes drive as far as Hollister to get the exact part he needed. Usually, he'd test out his finished product for a few weeks before putting it on the market and starting a new project.

But the '68 Ford Falcon was different.

See Also: Blind Spot: A Motorcycle Death Raises Unanswerable Questions

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mayor Jean Quan Promotes Lock-Picking Classes, Gives Young Burglars a Chance to Succeed

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Helping one burglar at a time
  • Helping one burglar at a time

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan just might have made crime all that much easier in a city coping with a disturbing homicide rate.

The struggling mayor is getting well-earned shit from her constituents after she not-so-brilliantly encouraged residents to sign up for a weekend workshop on how to pick locks via her newsletter.

Before you allow your head to explode, try to understand her logic: According to the Oakland Tribune, Quan thought the workshop would be helpful, helpful to the residents who lock themselves out of their cars or homes.

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