From July 2010

Giants Hold on for Win

San Francisco, CA – For a slit second the sellout crowd at AT&T Park got quiet when the Los Angeles Dodgers scored three runs late in the ninth inning. But the Giants stayed calm and defeated the Dodgers 6-5 for the win.

“We fought hard tonight,” manager Joe Torre said. “I thought we had some good at bats throughout the game.” “No one threw their hands up, we came up short but this was a different ball club tonight.” Read more

Faithful Gather in Memory

Father Jay Matthews, Chauncey Bailey’s minister,  reminisced about Chauncey. At left is Post reporter Aneesha Dryver and Wade McCalister. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Father Jay Matthews, Chauncey Bailey’s minister, reminisced about Chauncey. At left is Post reporter Aneesha Dryver and Wade McCalister. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

By Michael
Martin

“We grew up together.  He was very dedicated to his profession and to getting his story.”  Father Jay Matthews of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church on 82nd Avenue in Oakland, the home church of the late Chauncey Bailey, Jr., spoke these words at a gathering at 14th and Alice Streets in Oakland, honoring the memory of the late Mr. Bailey who was the editor-in-chief of the Oakland Post, and was shot and killed August 2, 2007.
“That is what I remember most about Chauncey Bailey,” Father Matthews continued, “he embraced the community – to have and to hold .” All who knew Mr. Bailey were touched, it appears, by his very presence.  Aneesha Dryer, a Post writer said “he still inspires people even after his death.”  She spoke of his dedication.  “He has inspired me,” she said, “because I want to be a journalist.” Read more

Chauncey Bailey, Jr.’s Murder Remembered

Post Editor Gunned Down August 2, 2007 While Walking to Work in Downtown Oakland Fellow Journalists, Family, Friends and His Priest Gathered at the Site of Killing

By Carla
Thomas

Chauncey Bailey, Jr.’s brother, Mark Cooley visited the site where the murder occurred in downtown Oakland. Post and El Mundo staff joined in rememberance. Photos by Adam Turner.

There was a feeling of yearning for justice for Chauncey Bailey’s family as his brother Mark Cooley visited Oakland to mark the third year of the tragic loss of his assassinated brother. It was perhaps poetic justice as he bravely read the words of his poem “Faithful Yet Frustrated” before more than 50 Post, El Mundo staff, family and friends who gathered to mark the third year of Bailey’s murder.
Cooley, came to town from Modesto to take part in an impromptu street commemorative observance service at 14th & Alice Streets. This gathering, put together by Chauncey’s publisher and friend, Mr. Paul Cobb, to accommodate Cooley’s trip to Oakland attracted many who stopped to join in the ceremony.
The group gathered at the site Chauncey’s last breath was taken by gunfire. Read more

USA Basketball Men’s Roster Trimmed To 15

2010 USA Basketball Men’s World Championship Roster Trimmed To 15

– USA To Resume Training In New York City August 10 –

(July 28, 2010) – Following four days of training and an intra-squad exhibition game that were held July 19-24 in Las Vegas, Nev., USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo today announced that 15 players had been selected as finalists for the 2010 USA World Championship Team. Read more

Braden's Back, A's Get Win

Oakland, CA – The dark cloud that loomed over Dallas Braden for eleven weeks has finally dispersed. The frustration, doubt and short stint on the disabled list are now behind him. Braden won his first game since May 9 when he pitched a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

“I can finally quit answering calls from the Oakland Zoo looking for their monkey,” Braden said. “He’s off my back and I’ll be sending him home.” Read more

Wrapping Up Team USA in Vegas

Las Vegas, NV – Tryouts for Team USA have now ended and will be wrapping up in Vegas. Coaches will determine what five players will not accompany the team to New York. But before that happens players will have one last chance to display their talents when the roster will be divided into two teams (blue and white) Saturday night for a scrimmage game.

“We went from going to tryouts to scrimmages,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Playing against the international league leaves no room for mistakes, guys will have to play hard and smart.” Read more

Team USA, Warriors Curry and Lee

Las Vegas NV – It’s been one of the most memorable Summers in NBA history. Some of the biggest trades were unexpected yet the pieces fell in place for many teams. The Golden State Warriors moved their entire bench and in return got some good players including a key player who kept the New York Knicks afloat last year.

David Lee comes to the Warriors this season to join the up and coming Stephen Curry. Both players were selected for Team USA and will get the opportunity to play together. Unfortunately, the first day of practice Lee suffered an injury to his middle finger on his right hand. He was examined the following day and it was determined that his injury was a “mallet finger”. Read more

USA Basketball Gets Underway

Las Vegas, NV – Team USA held their first practice to begin a week of training. The active roster will be trimmed down to twelve players who will compete and hope to reclaim the FIBA World Championship gold medal the USA team won back in 1994.

“There is not a guy playing in the NBA who has won a World Championship,” Coach Mike Kryzewski said. “The last time we won was 1994, if you win you get a bye into the Olympics.” “There are 24 teams competing in the Worlds and only 12 compete in the Olympics, these next five days are going to be very important for us.” Read more

A's End Their Five Game Streak

Oakland, CA – Coming off the All- Star break the Oakland A’s swept the Kansas City Royals to continue their winning streak to five games.  For the first time since June 15, the A’s return to the .500 mark.  That changed tonight when the A’s lost to the Boston Red Sox 2-1.

“We just want to come out and play our game,” said Rajai Davis.  “As long as we keep getting hits, pitching good, playing defense and keeping teams to minimum runs, we’ll be fine.” Read more

Thousands gathered Thursday, July 8, at 14th and Broadway in Downtown Oakland to demonstrate after receiving the news of the involuntary manslaughter verdict of BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle for shooting and killing handcuffed passenger Oscar Grant in the Fruitvale Station January 1, 2009. Pictured above with the crowd is Cephus Johnson, (upper left) Grant’s uncle and family spokesperson; Wanda Johnson, Grant’s mother (upper right); late Oscar Grant, 22;Sophina Mesa and Tatiana Mesa, Grant’s fiance and daughter; Anthony Batts, Police Chief (far right), Mayor Ron Dellums (middle). Photos by Kamau Amen-Ra (panoramic view), Gene Hazzard and Adam L. Turner. GraphicDesign by Adam L. Turner

Lee Urges Federal Action in Mehserle Verdict

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) has called for a thorough and expeditious review of the Johannes Mehserle murder trial by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Mehserle, a former Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Thursday in the Jan. 1, 2009 shooting death of Oscar Grant III.
In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder dated July 13, 2010, Congresswoman Lee formally requested “an inquiry into the events surrounding the People of the State of California v. Johannes Mehserle.” Read more

HIV Testing Combat AIDS

By Godfrey Lee

Dr. Anthony Jones, M.D.

On the eve of the upcoming East Bay Aids Walk, Dr. Anthony Jones, M.D., of the East Bay Physicians Medical Group said, “AIDS is still a major threat to the health of the African American and the other ethnic communities in the Bay Area.”
“We must still learn about AIDS, because it is affecting our communities very severely and too many people are dying,” said Jones..
Jones warned, “Perhaps the general population is tired of hearing about HIV, and has grown numb to the message, but the communities of color have not talked or learned enough about why they are being decimated by AIDS.”
He urged that everyone should be screened on a regular basis, especially those that are sexually active, to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease.
Jones advised that the earlier the person  and or their partner gets tested, the better are the chances that they will not have full blown AIDS. He said it is better for AIDS patients to be put on medicine early when their immune system is strong.
He said HIV testing is confidential and available to anyone in the state. Read more

Lee Applauds Obama Administration’s National AIDS Strategy

Congresswoman Barbara Lee applauded the release by the Obama Administration of the first-ever National AIDS Strategy, which aims to reduce the annual number of new HIV infections by 25 percent within five years. She joined President Obama and a number of her colleagues in honoring members of the HIV/AIDS Community for their tireless work on the issue.
Congresswoman Lee worked closely with the Obama Administration to craft a strategy to better coordinate and guide the national response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic – with a focus on areas with the greatest need and population groups at greatest risk. Read more

John Russo to File Lawsuit for Damages

By Michael
K. Martin
Post Legal Editor

John Russo

“Like any other Oaklander, I am appalled at watching nonviolent protest corrupted by people using tragedy to act out.”  This statement from Oakland City Attorney John Russo forms the basis of his decision to assemble a team within his office to initiate civil lawsuits against those arrested as a result of the violence and destruction of property that occurred last Thursday, July 8, 2010, after the verdict in the case of The State of California v. Johannes Mehserle. Read more

Two Beloved Pastors Passed

By Dion Evans,
Religion Editor

Dr. Willie James Smith

Dr. Willie James Smith was scheduled to preach at a church in Natchez, Mississippi on Sunday morning July 11.  When he did not arrive as scheduled, the youth pastor was sent to the hotel to check on him.  Hotel staff opened the room to discover Dr. Smith dead in bed.
Smith served as the Pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church before relocating to San Diego to serve as Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church.  Dr. Smith, FROM Greenville, Mississippi, was a 1977 graduate of Bishop College in Dallas, TX.  He leaves his wife, Toni Smith and his children  Willie Jr., Kelli and Kristian. Read more

Actress Vonetta McGee, 70

By Tanya Dennis

Vonetta McGee was so popular that even Miles Davis created a song for her called “Vonetta”.

Actress Vonetta McGee died Friday, July 9th  from cardiac arrest.  Ms. McGee was born in San Francisco and graduated from Polytechnic High School.  She made her debut as an actress as the star of the Italian comedy “Faustina.”  That same year she performed with Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski in the Western, “The Great Silence.”  But she didn’t gain a national audience until her performance in 1972 when she starred as “Melinda” and played the love interest to Fred Williamson in “Hammer.” Read more

Charles Brown’s Homegoing Celebration

Charles Brown, wife Jessie, daughter Ramona and son Romel.

Charles Augustus Brown was born on February 7, 1936 to Austin Brown and Viola Wharton in New York , New York . He moved to Oakland , California in 1946 and attended Cole School and Hoover Junior High School .  In 1954, he was a member of the first class graduate from the “new” McClymonds High School . In 1954, Charles enlisted in the army and served in the Korean War; he was honorably discharged in 1957. Read more

Ruth Jones Villa – 104

By Conway Jones

Ruth Jones Villa

Oakland Centurion Ruth Villa is celebrating her 104th birthday this month.
Even thought she never thought that she would live to see a Black family occupy the White House, she is now pleased that the Obama family is making America proud and is an inspiration to our youth, especially Blacks, to achieve spiritually and educationally. Read more

101 and Counting

Still feisty, still quilting

By Tasion Kwamilele

Standing, daughter, Lily Brooks-Toney, son, Frank Knight, and mother Helen Brooks.

Nowadays, just living to the age of 30 is like living a dream for some of today’s beleaguered generation. And when Helen Brooks celebrated 101 years, she realized that she had outlived her own dreams.
“I never thought about living this old. It just happened. I have enjoyed watching my children grow up,” said Mrs. Brooks
Mrs. Brooks was born on June 12, 1909 in Ennis Texas to the late Frank and Lilli Wiley Hendrix, the 7th born of ten girls. Only two of her siblings are still alive. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics from Prairie View A&M University in 1930. Read more

81 Never Looked This Good Nor Praised So Great

Bishop Ernestine C. Reems celebrates her 81st Birthday

By Dion Evans, Religion Editor

Bishop Ernestine Reems (left) outshined them all wearing a stunning aqua-brown dress with flawless makeup and accessories with Vickie Winans – who looked stellar in her black dress suit with a diamond studded cross around her neck. Photos by Dion Evans.

The place was packed!  A Bay Area legend, Bishop Ernestine C. Reems – founder of the Center of Hope Community Church (8411 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland) was being celebrated for her 81st birthday.  Rather than being celebrated Bishop Reems used the occasion to celebrate Jesus Christ and set the atmosphere for attendees to be saved by the Blood.
From the start of the celebration, Wednesday Night – featuring Vickie Winans, to the close of the celebration, Sunday – featuring the preaching of Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Bay Area residents were treated to some of gospels music’s most notable personalities.
During Wednesday’s service, Pastor Brondon (son of Bishop Ernestine Reems) and Maria Reems (Wife of Pastor Brondon) served as hosts.  The service was a fusion of musical, media shorts, preaching, dancing and giving.  Pastor Brondon shared a video from a sermon preached by Bishop Darrell Hines entitled WILL THE REAL CHURCH IDENTIFY ITSELF.  During his provocative, yet hilarious, sermon he expounded on holiness not being a denomination, religion or church.  Bishop Hines stated, “Holiness is an identity.”  Although he was viewed via video, projected on TV screens, the congregation worshipped as if he were preaching live. Read more

R&B Legend Harvey Fuqua Passes

By Lee
Hildebrand

Harvey Fuqua

Harvey Fuqua, one of the major behind-the-scenes figures in the history of rhythm and blues, died in a Detroit hospital on Tuesday, July 6. He was 80.
During a musical career that spanned six decades, Fuqua was the lead baritone vocalist with the Moonglows and mentor to and/or producer of such artists as Marvin Gaye, Etta James, the Spinners, Jr. Walker and the All Stars, Tammi Terrell, David Ruffin, Stevie Wonder, New Birth and Sylvester. His hit compositions include “Sincerely,” “That’s What Girls Are Made For” and “Someday We’ll Be Together.”
“He had the eyes and ears for spotting a great artist a mile away,” said Terri Hinte, a publicist who worked with Fuqua in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s when he was living in Oakland and producing Sylvester and others. “It wasn’t just a matter of getting an artist who could make it on a record. Nothing was going to happen beyond that if the artist wasn’t good on stage and didn’t have the whole tool kit in place.” Read more

Minority Businesses Upset With Caltrans and SB 1215 Failure

Fred Jordan

Caltrans receives more than $4 billion annually in federal funds for construction projects.  Nearly one half billion dollars(13.5% ) is earmarked for small, women and minority owned businesses at $540 million dollars.  But these groups only receive $160million (3-4%).
Senator Curren Price, D-Los Angeles  wrote SB1215 to remedy this imbalance. The bill provides access for all transportation qualified architectural and engineering firms to have an opportunity to be awarded contracts.
The bill would establish a ranked prequalified list of small, medium and large professional service firms and would have prevented large firms from dominating the categories.
Price said presently six or seven large firms do 90% of all Caltrans engineering work, while hundreds of highly qualified firms have little chance of being awarded a contract.” We must pass this work around.”
Assemblyman Furutani, D-Long Beach, supported Price and said the bill “would level the playing field for those who are professionally qualified.”
The bill failed by just one vote. Read more

Otheree Christian’s Iron-Clad Commitment to Richmond’s Youth

Iron Triangle Neighborhood leader, seeks more jobs and life-skills training

By Tasion Kwamilele

Otheree Christian

Otheree Christian has always had hopes for Richmond’s youth and he has always wanted to be a change agent.
Since 2004, Christian relocated to Richmond and began working with various community organizations to bring about change.
He says at-risk youth in the Iron Triangle need the strength and support of the whole community to help them achieve and succeed.
“The community is going to have to come together to give our youth an enjoyable environment to overshadow the violence,” said Christian.
This year the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council will host the 17th Annual Iron Triangle Community Picnic at Nevin Park.  The event will consist of food, games, and entertainment.
Since January 2006, Christian has served as president of the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council, making it his primary goal to hear and then relate the concerns of community members to the city council. Read more

Jackson Says Cavs Owner’s a Slavemaster

CHICAGO (AP) — Jesse Jackson criticized Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on Sunday, saying Gilbert sees LeBron James as a “runaway slave” and that the owner’s comments after the free-agent forward decided to join the Miami Heat put the player in danger.

Jesse Jackson, LeBron James

Shortly after James announced his decision last week, Gilbert fired off an incendiary letter to Cleveland’s fans, ripping the 25-year-old and promising to deliver a title before James wins one. He called James’ decision “cowardly” and later told The Associated Press he believes James quit during a handful of Cavaliers playoff games.
“He has gotten a free pass,” Gilbert told the AP in a phone interview late Thursday night. “People have covered up for (James) for way too long. Tonight we saw who he really is.”
Jackson said Gilbert’s comments were “mean, arrogant and presumptuous.” Read more

Small and Minority Businesses Upset With Caltrans

Senator Curren Price

Caltrans receives more than $4 billion annually in federal funds for construction projects.  Nearly one half billion dollars(13.5% ) is earmarked for small, women and minority owned businesses at $540 million dollars.  But these groups only receive $160million (3-4%).
Senator Curren Price, D-Los Angeles  wrote SB1215 to remedy this imbalance. The bill provides access for all transportation qualified architectural and engineering firms to have an opportunity to be awarded contracts.
The bill would establish a ranked prequalified list of small, medium and large professional service firms and would have prevented large firms from dominating the categories.
Price said presently six or seven large firms do 90% of all Caltrans engineering work, while hundreds of highly qualified firms have little chance of being awarded a contract.” We must pass this work around.”
Assemblyman Furutani, D-Long Beach, supported Price and said the bill “would level the playing field for those who are professionally qualified.”
The bill failed by just one vote.
Diana LaCome, Chair, Caltrans Construction Committee, Statewide Small Business Council (SBC), expressed the statewide outrage from minority firms when she said those who voted against the bill are “helping large companies “squeeze” small firms out of the whole procurement arena.”
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) argued that 1215  would restrict market competition.  The SBC countered with the claim that the market is monopolized by a small number of large firms under the Caltrans selection boards.
“The bill was expected to not only facilitate small business awards but triple the 3.5% combined minority and women business participation within two years and provide substantial cost savings to Caltrans in its selection process,” stated Fred Jordan, President of SF African American Chamber of Commerce and councilmember of the Caltrans State Small Business Council. Examples of the disproportionate amount of work awarded to larger companies included a firm that won 13 contracts totaling $147 million which averaged a new multi-million contract every 3 months, while hundreds of qualified firms go begging.
The same firm has been short listed on 2 of the 3 contracts and there is no doubt that the Selection Committee would not have a problem selecting this firm for both. A short listed firm with over 20,000 employees and another firm with over 40,000 employees, received 8 to 10 contracts in the same time period are also short-listed for a $1 to $3 million contract.
“Breaking projects down or ‘unbundling’ does not change the playing field,” said Eddy Lau, President of the Asian American Architects and Engineers.  “Caltrans selections perpetuate monopolies.” Lau said.
Jordan said Caltrans cannot hide behind its “specialized understanding of the work required,” statement because the contracts are more like a “temp agency” or “body shop” where engineers are supplied to a project where they are completely managed by the Caltrans Resident Engineer.”
He said the process is unfair because,” Other firms can supply qualified personnel, but otherwise can’t buy a contract.”
The SBC expressed disappointment with Assemblywoman Galgiani, D-Tracy, who did not vote, because she is a major sponsor of the California High Speed Rail Project which has awarded most of the environmental and preliminary design work of the $442 billion State contract to only seven large firms.
By contrast, according to Jordan, a minority engineering firm that participated in the $4 billion Amtrak Project some years ago between Washington, DC and Boston, said over 100 prime consultants and 300 firms were included.
According to, Diana LaCome, a  Title 6 Violations (Civil Rights)complaint filed by La Raza Roundtable of California and 18 other groups with the Federal Attorney Generals Office and USDOT in February.
The complaint included “not meeting the goals, not following federal regulations and keeping Hispanics and Subcontinent Asians out of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program.
A 2005 disparity study showed discrimination against Blacks, Asians, women and American Indians as being below parity.
“Why is 90-96% of all public works dollars not enough for the large companies?  Why do small minority and women owned businesses have to fight so hard just to get 3-4% of the pie?  Where is the “level playing field”  that DOT is promoting?  Not in California, that’s for sure,” added LaCome.