From September 2010

Burrell's 3-run homer lifts Giants, move closer to clinching title

San Francisco, CA – An odd start for CY Young winner Tim Lincecum, the second pitch he threw was the result of Stephen Drew’s solo home run to left field.  Unfortunately, that was the Diamondbacks only run of the game as they succumb to the Giants 3-1.

Playing with flu like symptoms which was later described as a chest cold, Lincecum struggled in the first frame but managed to regain his composure to reduce San Francisco’s magic number to three. Read more

Burrell’s 3-run homer lifts Giants, move closer to clinching title

San Francisco, CA – An odd start for CY Young winner Tim Lincecum, the second pitch he threw was the result of Stephen Drew’s solo home run to left field.  Unfortunately, that was the Diamondbacks only run of the game as they succumb to the Giants 3-1.

Playing with flu like symptoms which was later described as a chest cold, Lincecum struggled in the first frame but managed to regain his composure to reduce San Francisco’s magic number to three. Read more

Giants Magic Number is Four

San Francisco, CA – Two teams have been battling for the top spot in the National League West throughout September.  Four games away from clinching the division title is now within reach for the San Francisco Giants.

After a slow start the Giants recovered to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2.  Lefty pitcher Jonathan Sanchez was close to being pulled in the second inning when he loaded the bases, gave up a hit and walked two batters back-to-back.

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God On Wall Street – Why Focus On Wealth Creation

By Pastor Curtis
O. Robinson, Sr.

But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm his covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. –Deuteronomy 8:18 (NAS)

Earlier this week, President Barrack Obama held a town hall meeting that was televised on a few news channels, and, of course, the number one topic was jobs for this sluggish economy.
It does appear that the economy is starting to gain some traction, and I believe that these areas of movement will present themselves in a new paradigm going forward. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 1.6 percent in the second quarter of 2010. Corporate profits for the second quarter increased $72.7 billion compared to an increase of $148.4 billion in the first quarter of this fiscal year.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that corporations are loading up with cash in their coffers. That’s pretty good considering that you could have bought me with two wooden nickels if you would have told me that Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers were going to file bankruptcy. So it appears that the rotation is moving forward and not backward; or is it? Read more

Forum with Marin Community Foundation Trustee Candidates

Grassroots Leadership Network of Marin  will host a countywide forum to meet the candidates for appointment in October as the Marin Community Foundation’s (MCF) Poor and Needy Trustee.
The event will be on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Whistlestop at 930 Tamalpais Ave. in San Rafael.
The event gives an opportunity for each of the candidates to introduce themselves to the general public as well as to allow community members to voice their questions, concerns, and interests around how the candidates plan to effectively represent Marin’s underserved communities. Read more

Marin City Scholastic Academy Seeks Support

Women Helping All People Scholastic Academy (WHAPSA) is a private, non-profit, K-8 school that prides itself in developing the critical thinking skills of its young scholars, preparing  them for the vigorous coursework of high school.
Many academy students who transfer out and go to public schools are ahead of their peers in writing, math and science. Additionally, an overwhelming majority of students who have been at the academy for two or more  years score proficient and above proficient on standardized tests.
The academy’s teaching staff consists of dedicated and experienced educators whose passion is to produce young, ambitious intellectuals who respect themselves, others and their environment. Read more

Marin Women’s Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations

Pictured above are former honorees of Marin Women’s Hall of Fame. From left to right - Front Row: Edna Muse, Angeles Arrein, Catherine Munson, Joan Linn Bekins, Jean Taylor, Remmy Kingsley, Marilee Eckert, Joan Capurro; Middle Row: Dr. Lois M. Moore, Joanne Dunn, Elberta Eriksson, Phyllis Faber, Pamela Lloyd, Ethel Seiderman, Krystyna Demkowicz, Teveia Barnes, Phyllis Thelen, Dr. Nahid Angha, Ann Brebner, Mary Murtagh, Jean Startkweather; Back Row: Carolyn Horan, Dr. Shirley Thornton, Sister Marion Irvine, Rev. Fu Schroeder, Deborah Santana, Heidi Kuhn, Beth Ashley, Felecia Gaston.

Marin Women’s Hall of Fame invites the public to submit nominations that highlight women leaders  with outstanding achievements.
Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee, and those chosen as honorees will be inducted at the 23rd Annual Gala Dinner and Ceremony March 19, 2011, at Embassy Suites in San Rafael.
Since 1987, the Women’s Hall of Fame has recorded honoree biographies, photographed their portraits for posterity and videotaped interviews for broadcast on local public access television.
To date, 110 women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.  These women leaders are featured throughout the year at special events, dinners and recognized as positive role models in the organization’s mentoring program.
Women may be nominated in the categories of:  Arts, Business & Professional, Community Service, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health & Fitness, Public Affairs, Science & Medicine, Religion and Spirituality, Social Change, Sports and Recreation, Technology, Volunteer Leadership, Youth Leadership. Read more

Christian Groups Send Trauma Kits to Haiti

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with over 80 percent of its people living in abject poverty, is still traumatized just eight months after a devastating earthquake that killed more than 250,000,
Only 28,000 of the 1.5 million people displaced by the earthquake have moved to safe transitional housing, and 40,000 more children will die this year from diseases caused by malnutrition. Crime is rising, and desperate people see little hope for recovery. The crisis is not over.
As a response to quake and its aftermath, the David C. Cook organization donated more than 9,000 Haiti Trauma Kits this spring to any community group that could place the kit into the hands of church leaders in Haiti. Read more

A Mother Who Thought Outside the Box

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By Gregory Taylor

There is a lady who, in her own words, has been thinking “outside the box” for over a decade.  A single mother who grew up in East Oakland, she attended Elmhurst Junior High and Castlemont High Schools.
Thirteen years ago, she did the inconceivable and placed her two-year-old son in a Chinese childcare center.  Her reasoning involved a mixture of convenience (it was close to her work), cultural diversification and  “language immersion.”
Five years later, while her son attended Lincoln Elementary School in Oakland Chinatown, a Chinese music teacher detected something unique in his singing voice and taught him to sing Chinese Operas.
The next 10 years saw this youngster perform at the State Department before Condoleezza Rice, sing arias at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, and for his crowning achievement, a solo New Year’s performance that was beamed to nearly 2 billion people in Asia.   Read more

Zimbabwe Drops Charges Against Allen Temple Health Workers

Zimbabwe’s Office of the Attorney General this week dropped charges against four U.S. health workers, a New Zealander and a Zimbabwean arrested Sept.10 on charges they had illegally provided medical services.
The six were initially accused of running HIV/AIDS clinics in Harare and Mutoko without authorization. The Americans work under the auspices of the Allen Temple Baptist Church AIDS Ministry in Oakland.

Acts Full Gospel Church Promotes Health Awareness

By Carla Thomas

Healthy Temple Director Debra Hutchinson and Ethnic Health Institute Chairperson Dr. Frank E Staggers, Sr., at Acts Full Gospel Church.

The Ethnic Health Institute (EHI) of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and the US Public Health Service of San Francisco recently unveiled the first health kiosk at Oakland’s Acts Full Gospel Church of God In Christ.
The kiosk is part of a unique pilot program designed to deliver vital health information through community churches. Located in the church lobby, the machine allows users to access information on health prevention, awareness and education.
“For a long time we viewed the church as a gateway to the African American population, and generally we do festivals, concerts and other functions. So we developed a kiosk similar to an ATM machine or an airport boarding pass kiosk,” explained Ethnic Health Institute Chairperson Dr. Frank E. Staggers, Sr..
“It’s a good way for people to be aware of risk factors and recognizing the signs of disease and access the information immediately,” said EHI director Joyce J. Gray.   Read more

Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By Jesse

Monday, Sept. 27, is the third annual National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a time to pause and mourn the hundreds of thousands of gay and bisexual men who have died during this epidemic.
It is estimated that there are 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States. African Americans, who are 12 percent of the population, account for nearly half of all people living with HIV.
African Americans also account for a disproportionate number (46 percent) of the 56,000 new HIV cases in the U.S. each year. Black gay men and Black heterosexual women comprise the second and third (respectively) largest number of new HIV infections across all racial groups each year. Read more

Local Leaders Offer Free Day of Financial Planning

Assemblyman Sandre Swanson and other East Bay representatives are sponsoring a free Day of Financial Planning, Saturday, Oct. 2, at Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland.
The event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will offer participants an opportunity to speak to professional financial planners about their specific questions. These planners are volunteering their time and expertise to provide unbiased financial planning information.  All individuals, including business owners, seeking free financial advice are encouraged to attend.
Sponsors include the Financial Planners Association, East Bay Chapter; Assemblyman Swanson; Senator Loni Hancock; Assemblymember Nancy Skinner; and Mayor Ron Dellums.
For information call (510) 286-1670.

Terry McMillan Returns to Bay Area

Celebration of Marcus Book Stores 50th Anniversary Continues

Terry McMillan

Terry McMillan, best selling author of “Waiting to Exhale,” will appear in the Bay Area Saturday, Oct. 2, as part of the continuing celebration of Marcus Book Stores 50th Anniversary.
McMillan’s novel is widely considered a watershed moment in literary history.  Her sassy and vibrant story about four African American women struggling to find love and their place in the world touched a cultural nerve, inspired a blockbuster film and generated a devoted audience.
Now in the sequel, “Getting to Happy,” McMillan revisits the four women at their own midlife crisis, as they learn to heal past hurts and reclaim their joy and dreams.  They have exhaled, and now they are learning to breathe. Read more

Jury Selection Begins for Bailey Murder Trial

Chauncey Bailey’s Family asked Judge to keep trial in Alameda County

By Thomas Peele
The Chauncey Bailey Project

Mark Cooley

The murder trial of two men accused of killing Post Editor Chauncey Bailey will remain in Alameda County – for now.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon issued a one-sentence ruling late Tuesday that he will take the case through jury selection here while keeping open the possibility of moving it elsewhere if a fair panel cannot be seated.
“It is hereby ordered that ruling on defendants’ motion for change of venue is deferred pending voir dire (jury selection) in this matter,” Reardon wrote.
Lawyers for co-defendants Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey said during a change of venue motion last week that their clients can’t get a fair trial in Alameda County because of “relentless” coverage of Bailey’s Aug. 2, 2007, death. Read more

Bay Area Leaders Attend Congressional Black Caucus Dinner

(Left to right): Geoffrey Pete; Maria Carson; Keith Carson, Member, Alameda County Board of Supervisors; Susan Muranishi, Administrator, Alameda County; and actor Richard Gant at the Phoenix Awards Dinner, 40th Annual Legislative Weekend, Congressional Black Caucus, Washington, DC. Photo Conway Jones. Inset: At left. President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama; at right, Michelle Obama and Black Caucus President Barbara Lee.

Job Fair Features East Bay Employers

Job seekers will have an opportunity to meet representatives of East Bay employers at a Job and Resource Fair on Thursday, Sept. 30, sponsored by Oakland Private Industry Council, Oakland Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and the Employment Development Department (EDD).
The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held at the Alameda County Conference Center, 125 12th St., Suite 400, in Oakland. Admission is free. Read more

County Announces Youth Leadership Academy

Alameda County is currently accepting applications for Youth Leadership 2010-11, a five-session program focused on leadership and local government designed specifically for county high school juniors and seniors.
This free, award-winning county program will accept approximately 35 high school juniors and seniors representing various geographic areas in the county to come together on five Saturday mornings, over five months to hear presentations and discuss what it takes to be an active participant in local government as a resident, an employee, a community leader, and an elected official.   Read more

Free Community Health Fair in Marin City

By Sally Douglas Arce

Marin City welcomes the community to its free Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. There will be health screenings and fun for all. For information call 415-366-6421 or e-mail

The Marin City Health and Wellness Center will host its free, fourth annual community-wide Health Fair Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 630 Drake Ave. at the intersection of Donahue Street.
“This fair is all about educating the public about common health problems and increasing access to primary care medical services,” said Terrie Green, the center’s Director of Programs and Community Outreach.  “Good health is about physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.  So, we will give people prevention tips for stress, ideas about healthier foods to eat, how to stay active and ways to head off health concerns.”
The day’s activities will include free screenings and information on blood pressure, skin cancer, prostate cancer, dental screening, breast exams, rapid HIV testing, cholesterol, vision, diabetes and asthma.  Also available will be health education, nutrition, first aid, CPR, and exercise demonstration to promote good health and encourage local residents to use local health care resources within the community. Read more

Woolsey Supports Defense Secretary’s Plan But Calls for Deeper Military Cuts

Rep. Lynn Woolsey

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) is supporting  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ plan to eliminate $100 billion in wasteful spending at the Pentagon over the next five years.
“Secretary Gates’ plan is a welcome but small step in reining in out-of-control spending at the Pentagon, which I have called for in the Common Sense Budget Act, first introduced in 2006, and in alternative budgets proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC),” said Woolsey, co-chair of the CPC and president of Americans for Democratic Action.
“Much more needs to be done. After all, the United States doesn’t just lead the world in defense spending – we almost outspend the rest of the world combined. A full 43 percent of the world defense spending comes from the U.S., and the U.S alone,” she said.
“The Cold War has been over for 20 years and the need for many of the costly weapons programs it spawned has passed.”
Secretary Gates’ plan should be just a beginning, Woolsey continued. “It’s time for the Defense Department to take stock with a critical eye and spend only on what it really needs, not on what it merely wants.”

Marin Residents Turn Out for “In the Red and Brown Water”

Jared McNeill, Lakisha May, Isaiah Johnson, and Dawn L. Troupe in the Marin Theatre Company production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “In the Red and Brown Water,” a special outdoor performance in Marin City.

Local residents enjoyed a free outdoor performance of Marin Theatre Company’s production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “In the Red and Brown Water,” last Saturday in Marin City.
Audience members met and chatted with cast members and playwright McCraney after the show. Also attending were Felicia Gaston of Performing Stars and Maureen Parton of Marin County Supervisor Charles McGlashan’s office.
“In the Red and Brown Water” is the first part of the acclaimed trilogy, “The Brother Sister Plays.”
A second free performance takes place Sept. 25, 1 p.m.,  in Marin City at 200 Lot Courtyard.
McCraney is a rising African American playwright who has won many accolades. His trilogy is influenced by his experiences growing up in the Liberty City housing projects outside Miami. The plays draw on West African Yoruba and Afro-Christian Santeria traditions. Read more

Ron Walters, 72, Authority on Politics of Race

Ronald Walters

Professor Ronald Walters, a professor at the University of Maryland who was one of the nation’s most foremost authorities on race and the politics of race, died last week.
He was 72 years old and suffering from cancer.
The author of many books and articles on the topic of race, Walters was the deputy campaign manager for Jesse Jackson’s presidential bid in 1984.  He was also a policy adviser to former Reps. Charles Diggs (D-MI) and Bill Gray (D-PA). Read more

San Bruno Neighborhood in Flames

By Carla Thomas

American Red Cross Disaster Response Team Chris Hass, Michael Wagner, Ruby Kamaka, Gregory Smith.

Fire shot through the sky, and the massive explosion was felt for miles.  Some thought it was an earthquake, and others thought it was a major plane crash.  The quiet middle class neighborhood of Crestmoor Canyon was blazing after a gas transmission line explosion that resulted in 4 deaths and 38 homes destroyed.   The pipeline was owned by PG&E.
“We could see the flames from my neighborhood across the Bay,” said Van Pleasants of Oakland’s Maxwell Park.  Some of his neighbors videotaped the fireball across the Bay as they watched in amazement.
By midnight TV vans were moving out of San Bruno after producing over five hours of live news on the scene. The smoke scented air was eerie as people wandered in and out of the area.   Read more

Frankie Gillette, Bethel AME Woman of the Year

By Lee Hubbard

Frankie Gillette

Frank Gillette was recently named 2010 Christian Woman of the Year at Bethel AME Church in San Francisco, where she helped spearhead a fundraising drive to install an elevator and lift at the church
The elevator project took over a year to build and cost over $ 1 million. Now completed and paid off by church members, the elevator connects the church parking lot to the offices, helping many of the older members of the congregation enter and leave the building.
Gillette, a retired government administrator, social worker and educator, is  president and owner of G+G Enterprises, which specializes in event planning, diversity training and advertising.
A graduate of both Hampton and Howard Universities, Gillette moved to Northern California in 1964 to start the Concerted Service Project in Pittsburgh, CA, which was a federal government program that helped to resolve social inequities.  From there, she was Western Region Division Chief of the US Office of Economic Opportunities, a well as part-time coordinator for the Peace Corps and associate professor at the school of social work at Cal State Sacramento.
She became a member of Bethel AME in 1976 along with her husband Maxwell, who serves as a  church trustee.  She is also a very influential activist and organizer in the San Francisco’s Black community.
In addition to her other accomplishments, Gillette  was a trustee of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, served on a panel to help create the Museum of the African Diaspora and was a member of the Board of Directors at the museum, helped organize the San Francisco Business and Professional Women.  She also has been a volunteer or board member at several public, private and non-profit organizations at the local, state and national levels.