From October 2010

Heading to Texas 2-0, Giants shutout Rangers

San Francisco, CA – There’s the saying in baseball “anything can happen.”  Tonight the Giants continued to control the game with their at-bats and pitching.  The duel that many expected from Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee happened in Game 2.

No Cy Young Award listed behind either pitcher’s name but both Matt Cain and C.J. Wilson pitched a scoreless game until the fifth frame.  Cain dominated leaving the Texas Rangers puzzled once again. Read more

Heading to Texas 2-0, Giants shutout Rangers

San Francisco, CA – There’s the saying in baseball “anything can happen.”  Tonight the Giants continued to control the game with their at-bats and pitching.  The duel that many expected from Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee happened in Game 2.

No Cy Young Award listed behind either pitcher’s name but both Matt Cain and C.J. Wilson pitched a scoreless game until the fifth frame.  Cain dominated leaving the Texas Rangers puzzled once again. Read more

Rangers Stunned in Loss to Giants

San Francisco, CA – A rocky start turned into one of the best games the Giants have played thus far.  Over coming struggles in the past of getting hits is now behind them.  A slug fest began at the mercy of Cliff Lee.

Freddy Sanchez led the way in putting up the runs going 4-for-4.  But it took a team effort from everyone to stun the Texas Rangers, taking game one of the World Series 11-7. Read more

California Offers Telephones for the Hearing Impaired

By Lee Hubbard

When California passed a law in 1979 requiring the California Public Utilities Commission to implement a program to distribute telephone devices to the hearing impaired, the telephone became a form of communication that could be embraced by all.

Now 31 years later, the California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) still helps many people communicate. But the program is not as widely used as it could be.   

“There are still people who don’t know that there is access to phones that will help them communicate,” said Sharif Frink, an outreach specialist with CTAP.  

To receive one of the special telephones, a applicant must live in the state, have telephone service and have a form signed by an authorized medical professional,  which certifies that the person has a disability or difficulty using a traditional telephone.

“We provide these phones at no cost to anyone with hearing difficulty,” continued Frink.

The phones can be kept until they are no longer needed. If there are problems with the phone, they will either be fixed or replaced.

“Even if you don’t think that the phone is needed for you, there may be someone else in your family or community who could use the phone,” he said. 

To find out more about program, the location of the nearest service center or obtain an application, go to  www.ddtp.org.

Chinese Women’s Federation Delegates Welcomed

By Carla Thomas

From left to right: Aileen Glasgow, Alice Chan, Walter Loo, Florance Fang, two Chinese Delegates and Monica Wang, ICN TV anchor-reporter.

 

Six delegates of the Chinese Women’s Federation attended a welcoming  celebration at the Hillsborough mansion of philanthropist Madame Florence Fang.  

The visitors – 4 women and 2 men – were met by 30 community leaders, journalists, ICN TV personalities and the Silicon Valley Women’s Federation, led by president Aileen Glasgow. 

The evening included an award ceremony and gifts from the Chinese Museum of Women and Children and entertainment provided by Gregory Taylor of Greg’s Chinese School and San Francisco Opera singer Dalyte Kodzis.  

“This is a great evening, and I am happy to host this historic event,” said Fang.   The delegates provided a stamp collection as gifts in commemoration of the new Chinese Museum of Women and Children.

Guided by owners and curators Alice Chan and Walter Loo of the U.S. Chinese Museum of Oakland, the delegates will journey to a Navajo reservation in Arizona to visit tribal leadership and view the historical connection of Chinese and Native Americans.

According to Loo, oral history and artifacts of the Native Americans demonstrates a connection between the Chinese and Indians that can go as far back as long as 10,000 years.  Several of these artifacts are currently on display at the US Chinese Art Museum.

From left to right: Post features editor Carla Thomas, philanthropist Florance Fang and Post reporter Greg Taylor.

 

The U.S. Chinese Art Museum (USChineseArtMuseum.com) houses permanent collections of established and emerging artists of the greater Chinese communities in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, overseas Chinese artists throughout the world and in the U.S.

State NAACP Convention Promotes Education and Voting

By Carla Thomas

NAACP 23rd Annual State Convention luncheon at Oakland’s Marriott Hotel. Political leaders and youth surround NAACP State President Alice Huffman (standing in black dress).

The NAACP State Convention at Oakland’s Marriott Hotel sent a message of education and awareness, calling on people to make their vote count in upcoming November elections.  

Political leaders, candidates and NAACP regional and local were in attendance at last weekend’s conference, including Willie Brown, Elihu Harris, Mervyn Dymally, and Curren Price. 

Leaders spoke passionately about youth, education and the importance of standing united in this election year.  

Now in its 23rd year, led by State President Alice Huffman, the four-day convention included a host of workshops and panel discussions.  Huffman urged the community to save the dream by voting and educating themselves on how the criminal justice system is destroying black communities.  “Let’s reach higher and activate the power that we have been given to protect our people.” Read more

Swanson Receives 100 Percent on

East Bay Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson has received a 100 percent rating from the Sierra Club on its annual legislative scorecard.

“The Legislature must take aggressive and progressive steps to protect the state’s air, water and natural resources,” said Swanson.

“It is also very important to be mindful of the potentially positive impacts that environmental protection and the greening of our state can have on job development and the fundamental structural planning of California. The Sierra Club has been a strong ally in promoting these goals and I am proud to support their important legislative priorities.” 

The Sierra Club rankings evaluated legislative votes on 10 priority environmental protection categories, including measures affecting clean energy, water conservation, smog reduction and other important environmental matters. 

“We use our legislative report cards to shine a light on what happens in the Capitol, and to help our members hold their representatives accountable,” said Bill Magavern, director of Sierra Club California. “As a non-partisan organization, we would like to see all elected officials competing to keep up with the environmental values of their constituents.”  

To search the complete scorecard and read the bills the Sierra Club California used to evaluate the legislature’s priorities, visit www.sierraclubcalifornia.org.

Decoding Chinese Characters

By Gregory

Taylor

At some point in our lives, we’ve all looked at Chinese characters emblazoned on a store front sign or dinner menu and wondered what manner of people devised such an intricate collection of intersecting lines, dashes, hooks and dots to record their thoughts.  The answer would be a people that developed a pictorial based written language.  Not unheard of in early man—think Egyptians.  The difference with the Chinese images appears to be a more skeletal likeness, an outline if you will.  

The majority of Chinese characters are made up of two parts, the radical (root) and the phonetic (sound).  The radical usually has relation to the meaning of the character while the phonetic can often give a phonetic-clue to the pronunciation.  Often, the radical can be found either to the left of the main character, above the main character, to the right of the main character, or beneath the main character.  Below are four sets of characters, with the exception of one, the remaining three characters all have their radicals to the left of the main-phonetic component.  Study them and you will be able to discern the radical from the phonetic.  I have also included the definition of the character. Read more

County Receives $2.8 Million for Electric Vehicles

 

Aki Nakao, Alameda County’s General Services Agency Director.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) announced this week that it will award a $2.8 million grant to bring 90 electric vehicles to government fleets across the Bay Area.  

As part of the national demonstration project Alameda County will deploy 20 electric vehicles in their fleet beginning in the second quarter of 2011. Bringing electric vehicles to Bay Area Government Fleets will curb emissions and reduce dependence on oil.

The grant funding will cover the additional cost beyond the normal cost of conventional gasoline vehicles. Grant funds will also pay for the purchase and installation of 20 electric vehicle-charging stations to be deployed in locations throughout Alameda County.

“Alameda County’s Climate Action Plan, adopted earlier this year, sets goals for the County to reduce our carbon footprint. This project allows for Alameda County to demonstrate the performance of electric vehicles, as well as to help to develop an Electric Vehicle charging station infrastructure within the County,” said Aki Nakao, Alameda County’s General Services Agency Director. 

This grant is a part of MTC’s $33 million Climate Innovation Grants pool, $14 million of which is allocated to this and other major electric vehicle projects in the Bay Area – approximately 44 percent of the total grants pool. MTC also funds an Electric Vehicle battery swap initiative for taxis, a program to bring additional EV infrastructure to the region, and an electrified car-sharing program. Read more

Financial Aid Finally Reaches Community College Students

California college students are finally finding financial relief as a result of the Oct. 8 signing of the Budget Act, which authorized the release of more than $1.2 billion in Cal Grant funds. 

This is particularly important to African-American students who receive more than $140 million in financial aid annually at the community college level.

One month ago, a budgetary stalemate left more than 60 percent of community college Cal Grant recipients, or roughly 41,000 students, without funding for the Fall 2010 semester. 

The signing of the Budget Act provides some financial relief to the 112 California community colleges that, as a result of current state budget delays, have been forced to cut course selection options, limit enrollment and borrow money at a system-wide cost estimated in excess of $5 million.

A Personal Crusade to Promote Peace

By Tasion Kwamilele

 

Major Castleberry wearing one of his “The Peace Jersey,” which he created.

Throughout history, it has been the selflessness of others that has brought about change. It is those who push personal ambition to the side who make a difference in the community and to the youth in desperate need of help.   

Major Castleberry, a longtime Bay Area resident, decided that to bring about changes such as these he would have to reject the conventional ways of doing things and invent a new solution.

 “I always wanted to give to our society, always wanted to invent something that could help people,” he said. “But I wanted to address a problem that everything one could relate to.”

After an honorable discharged from the U.S, Navy, he decided his quest would be centered on promoting peace.

Castleberry created “The Peace Jersey,” designed to address the senseless acts of violence while promoting peace to youth in the inner-city schools and communities He believes that if the concept of peace once again becomes the golden rule, such destruction will no longer plague communities and streets.

“The custom design shows what you’re all about and sends a message to the world; it is available in six sizes,” said Castleberry.

“The violence is out of control and we have to combat it. The Peace Jersey is street wear, but it is also fashionable,” he said. Read more

Rain Can’t Drown Call for

Longshore Union Shuts Bay Area Ports in Protest

By Joaquin X. Lascano 

and By Jorge Portugal L.

Front: Jackie Bryson (at the mike), Tatiana Mesa (Oscar Grant’s daughter). Back: Attorney John Burris, Sophina Mesa (Grant’s fiancee) and Cephus Johnson (Grant’s uncle). Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Clouds hung over a gathering of Oscar Grant supporters on a cold and wet afternoon in front of Oakland City Hall, as crowds of activists at last Saturday’s rally moved around the plaza, holding signs reading “No justice no peace” and “Jail killer cops.”

The Oct. 23 event was organized by the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union (ILWU) Local 10, which shut down all five Bay Area ports for eight hours. Local 10’s participants lost a day’s pay, but were in keeping with a long tradition dating back to 1934 of fighting for justice.

Also supporting the rally were many community organizations and individuals. Locals of the Service Employees International participated, along with BART train operators wearing their uniforms in a show of solidarity. Prominently displayed was a huge ILWU banner with the slogan: “An Injury to One is an Injury to All.”

Many of the speakers expressed the widely felt anger and frustration over the jury’s minimal verdict of involuntary manslaughter for the killer of Oscar Grant and the possibility of a minimal sentence, when on Nov. 5 the judge finally sentences the ex BART police officer,  Johannes Mehserle. Read more

Marijuana Initiative

By Carla Thomas

From left to right: Carla Thomas, Alice Huffman and Larry Aceves.

When NAACP president Alice Huffman came to the realization that the war on drugs is more of an assault on Blacks based on statistics of the Drug Policy Alliance, she took a courageous, yet controversial stand, leading the state NAACP Conference to support Proposition 19, the marijuana initiative.

 “We are not condoning marijuana use by our youth – we are simply working within the system to decriminalize our youth for the simple possession of this non-narcotic drug because the statistics show that these marijuana charges are more an assault on our youth than a war on drugs,” she said.   

Attending a  press conference with Huffman at Oakland’s Marriott Hotel were speakers Actor Danny Glover, Former Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Stephen Gutwillig, State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Major Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Robert Rooks, Director, Criminal Justice, National NAACP and Richard Lee, President of Oaksterdam University. Read more

BART to Dedicate New Office

As part of sweeping changes taking place within its police department, BART held a reception Friday to dedicate a new office space at its Oakland headquarters, where BART’s first-ever Office of the Independent Police Auditor will be located.

At the reception BART honored Oakland Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson, unveiling a plaque that will be on permanent display that acknowledges his work in sponsoring AB1586, which facilitated the establishment of citizen oversight of BART Police following the tragic officer-involved shooting of passenger Oscar Grant on Jan. 1, 2009, at the Fruitvale BART Station.  

On July 16, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law, which becomes effective in January. Read more

Magnificent Performance

By Gregory Taylor

Pianist Leon Bates talks to students at Westlake school in Oakland.

 Music has always been a passion of mine, both as a practitioner and spectator.  So, when the opportunity presented itself to attend the Four Seasons Arts, 52nd season opener, last Saturday at Holy Names University, featuring pianist Leon Bates – I ran to get tickets.  

You see, I like to think that I’m fairly familiar with the mechanics and nuances of the Piano, and although Jazz and Brazilian sambas are more my style of play, I have recently come to appreciate the classical pieces of Beethoven, Chopin, and Bach. 

 I just love the ambiance of a concert hall and the behavior it demands.  It elicits a certain dislocation of time to a snootier era of knee-high stockings, bustiers, and white wigs.  I arrived a tad late and politely entered the auditorium during an applause break so as not to make myself anymore conspicuous than I already had.  

I  excused myself once, twice, and excused myself again as I passed one seated patron after another until, thank God, I arrived at my assigned seat and quietly shape-shifted my corpus into it.

 Mr. Bates was already performing center stage seated pro forma at the keys of a long-black gorgeous Steinway.  I cleared my head and allowed the harmonious chord sequences to enter my brain like one would do when studying something elegantly technical.  I’m not an easy sell when it comes to a piano performance.   Read more

Mahogany Hair Revolution

By Tanya Dennis

Dr. Kari Williams with one of her customers.

Cornrows, braids, locks and twists – Dr. Kari Williams, trichologist, is chief creator and designer of Mahogany Hair Revolution, currently located in Los Angeles.

Dr. Kari, a UC Berkeley graduate in mass communications and advertising, gained her doctorate in Trichology –the scientific study of hair and scalp disorders – at the Elan Center for Trichology in Alabama, a four-year program where she studied everything from anatomy to nutrition.

“The most common type of hair loss is Alopecia. African-Americans suffer from traction Alopecia, which is the result of hair weaves, or braids that are pulled too tight as well as ponytails and chemicals that weaken or destroy the hair,” she said. “ Other hair loss factors are hereditary, male pattern baldness and a phenomena call Telogen Effluvium, a temporary loss of hair that women experience after giving birth.”

Dr. Kari has two salons. At Mahogany Hair Revolution the focus is on styling hair without extreme forms of heat, no flat irons or pressing combs.  Her stylists use a blow dryer and then sparingly to maintain the integrity of the hair.   Her other establishment, Mahogany 2, is a full service salon, but its focus is to keep the hair healthy and promote growth.

Not interested at this point in starting her own product line, she said, “I’m not sure I want to jump into the product market – there are so many good products out there. I simply inform people what to avoid: Sulfates dry the hair; petroleum or mineral oil that attracts dirt and debris to the hair.” Read more

SF Schools to Capture Rainwater with Cisterns

 

SFPUC General Manager Ed Harrington.

 

Expanding efforts to divert storm water from San Francisco’s aging sewer system and to further conserve the city’s drinking water supply, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has announced a new partnership with San Francisco Unified School District to place large rain water storage tanks, called cisterns, at seven public schools. 

The first four schools will purchase cisterns of up to 5,000 gallons with the three additional schools planning installations later this school year. The discounted cisterns are being made possible through the SFPUC’s Rain Barrel and Cistern Discount Program, now entering its third year.

“In the first two sold-out years, we created 40,000 gallons of rainwater storage capacity to conserve our precious drinking water, and reduce the burden on our sewers,” said SFPUC General Manager Ed Harrington. “Perhaps even more importantly we created a hands-on educational opportunity to teach kids about the importance of water and environmental stewardship.” Read more

Opinion: “Nothing in the Stimulus for Black Folks”

By Fred 

Jordan

In the worst economic times in over 70 years, the Federal government gave the banks and financial institutions over $700 billion to download into the economy from Wall Street to Main Street to Martin Luther King Way.  

The funding failed miserably because big financial institutions used the money to pay off their debts and give bonuses to some of their same officers and staff that put their companies in financial straits.  Main St. got a dribble, but Martin Luther King Way, Caesar Chavez St. and Chinatown got NOTHING! Read more

SF NAACP Freedom Fund

By Lee Hubbard

Shirley Sherrod

Shirley Sherrod was an unassuming government official, as the Georgia Director of Rural Development when she was thrust into the national spotlight.  Her  comments addressing a NAACP branch event, edited and distorted, were posted on the Internet by conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, unleashing a media storm that resulted in her losing her job.

 Sherrod will describe her life as a Black activist at this year’s San Francisco NAACP Freedom Fund dinner, “One Nation-One Dream.” The event will be held Saturday Nov. 6, 6 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco.  The evening will be hosted by former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown..  

 The distorted video caused Sherrod to be vilified as a Black racist in the press.  She was denounced by some civil rights leaders, and she resigned from her job at the USDA. Soon after, however, the full unedited version came out in the news, vindicating Sherrod. 

“The San Francisco branch of the NAACP chose Sherrod because of her consistent dedication to the agricultural industry in America and making sure that Black farmers are an integral part  of that industry,” said Jacquie Taliaferro, the communications chair for the San Francisco NAACP.  

“We took a keen interest in the way the media treated Mrs. Sherrod and basically convicted her without a proper investigation. Her words were taking out of context, and it was orchestrated to make her, the NAACP and the Obama administration look bad.” Read more

Maxwell Joins Sweet on Campaign Trail

By Lee Hubbard

Lynette Sweet

Supervisor Sophie Maxwell joined Lynette Sweet on the campaign trail, appearing at a recent Community Empowerment Commitment rally at Jackson Park in Potrero Hill.  

The rally, open to all of the political candidates, helped to show a sense of solidarity for the issues people face in District 10. 

District 10 encompasses Potrero Hill, Bay View Hunters Point, Portola and Visitation Valley. Key issues the district’s next representative will have to address include housing, economic development, jobs, education and the environment.

“We have an enormous amount of development planned for District 10, including Jackson Park,” said Sweet.  “Residents deserve a supervisor who will make sure that development benefits local residents and really listens to their input.”

 An estimated 80 percent of the development scheduled in San Francisco will take place in District 10. Projects range from development of the Hunters Point Ship Yard, new housing along Third Street and other development in the area.   

“Residents need a listener, and that is Lynette Sweet,” said current District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, whose term limit is up.  “She will listen to the needs of the community and advocate for the resources that we need.” Read more

NAACP Supports Point Molate

Joins Business, Labor, Church and Environmental Groups

Ken Nelson, President of NAACP-Richmond Branch.

 

Lloyd Madden, BAPAC President

 

With the Measure U non-binding advisory vote on the project just a few days away, the Richmond Chapter of the NAACP voted to endorse the planned Tribal Destination Resort at Point Molate. 

The NAACP joins a large list of Richmond churches, business, and labor groups in coming out in favor of building a 4-star destination resort on the closed military base. NAACP’s endorsement recognized the thousands of local jobs to be created by the project, and the work already being done by the project to collaborate with churches and community groups to establish job training and job access programs to meet very high local employment levels. 

Estimates in the City-sponsored Environmental Impact Report are that the project will create 4,500 on-site living wage jobs, with a total of 17,000 jobs created in the Contra Costa County area. Read more

God on Wall Street: It’s Time To Bounce Back

“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, Says the Lord of Host.” Malachi 3:11

News has been disclosed that Tesla is about to reengineer California’s industrial machines. Tesla is the all-electric automobile that has a roadster model that sells for $108,000. 

So what does this potentially mean for an investor? 

First of all, get out of the car and look at it without seeing yourself trying to style in it. You know that diamond in the back, sunroof top digging the scene with…so first get out of the car and think about how American lawmakers have a tendency to adopt laws that they think will be good for this country. Read more

Leaders Celebrate $10.2 Million

 

Left to right: Congressman Jon Garamendi, Congressman George Miller, BART Director Caole Ward Allen. Congressman Pete Stark, East Bay Regional Park Director Doug Siden and Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Local congressional leaders joined East Bay Regional Park District Board Members and bicycle commuters this week to celebrate a new $10.2 million federal grant that will improve key Bay Area pedestrian and bicycle trails and reduce local congestion.

The celebration took place at the Oakland Airport/Coliseum BART station, one of at least seven locations in the region that will directly benefit from this grant.

This TIGER II grant closes critical gaps in at least seven communities along nearly 200-mile long regional bicycle and pedestrian paved trail system that connects communities, schools, and transportation nodes throughout the greater Bay Area. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation to help fund high priority transportation projects that are part of the Park District’s Green Transportation Initiative. 

Attending the event were Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), Congressman Pete Stark, Congressman George Miller (D-Martinez), East Bay Regional Park District Board Members Doug Siden and John Sutter and BART Director Carole Ward Ward Allen.

City Sues Looters and Vandals

 

John Russo

Oakland City Attorney’s Office filed a lawsuit Thursday against four people arrested for crimes related to looting and vandalism in downtown Oakland following the conviction of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle on July 8.

A protest in downtown Oakland following the conviction was mostly peaceful. However, some individuals used the gathering – and the tragic death of Oscar Grant – as an excuse to commit acts of violence, loot homegrown businesses, vandalize public property and lash out in childish and destructive ways, according to City Attorney John Russo. 

“Oakland has a long tradition of non-violent protest and dissent,” Russo said. “On July 8, some individuals disrespected that tradition and the righteous message of the protestors by treating our town like a lawless playground.”

“The individuals who set fires, assaulted journalists, robbed local business owners and incited chaos were not here for justice,” Russo said. “Sadly, it appears they were here for no other reason than to get an emotional rush from destruction of property, theft and lawlessness. Oakland will not tolerate this disrespect.” Read more

Tesla Motors Opens Fremont Plant

From left to right:  Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, State Senator Ellen Corbett and Tesla Vice President of Business Development Diarmuid O’Connell with the Model S sedan.

From left to right: Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, State Senator Ellen Corbett and Tesla Vice President of Business Development Diarmuid O’Connell with the Model S sedan.

Tesla Motors this week opened its new California factory for electric vehicles, where in collaboration with Toyota it has future plans for an all-electric SUV.

The new Tesla factory is where the company will make its second vehicle – the Model S electric sedan. In May, Tesla purchased what was formerly the NUMMI factory in Fremont. That factory, which previously built GM and Toyota vehicles, closed in April. Tesla’s revamping of the plant is supported by a U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantee.