From September 2011

Beginning and Creating a Culture of “Peace” Not Violence!

By Post Staff

Major R. Castleberry II

Major R. Castleberry II is a Bay Area, United States Patented Inventor. His invention is a product for “PEACE”!
Castleberry is a Navy Veteran whose life work is rooted in one simple yet profound ideal: peace. Originally from Gary, Indiana, in 1982 he joined The U.S. Navy; stationed in Alameda, California, he served on an aircraft carrier—the U.S.S. Enterprise CVN-65—as an aviation flight deck electrician. After being honorably discharged in 1985, Major resumed his civilian life in Oakland and resolved to act on his lifelong dream, to become a patented inventor.
As a patented inventor, Major had always wanted to invent something that would address a real problem in society.
He wanted to address the spiraling problem of violence among the youth.
 Castleberry wanted a tangible, relevant product that allowed the consumer to “sport” their individuality.
The answer to Major’s quest for something that everyone desires was PEACE!
Castleberry invented “The Peace Jersey!”
Castleberry  says, “‘The Peace Jersey’ was invented to address the senseless violence and murders; to promote peace to our youth, gangs, schools and communities, and also to spread this ‘Jersey’ and Message throughout our world!”
He said the purpose of “The Peace Jersey is to provide a positive product against violence,  making peace “Cool” once again.
He wants to see Peace through new fashion and street wear clothing.
Major’s company is named Major Concepts Co. and his current versions of “The Peace Jersey” feature the U.S.A. Red, White and Blue, and also the Black and Silver versions for Oakland! Read more

Performing Artist Painted By Artist

By Paul Cobb

(Left) Performing Artist Augusta Lee Collins with Painter, Artist Anthony Holdsworth in his studio in West Oakland. Collins with Rev. Kevin Barnes “standing behind him” as they discuss food for the soul at Abyssinian Baptist Church. (Right) Collins poses beneath Holdsworth‘s painting of him that hangs in the Alameda Public Library. Photos by Adam L. Turner.

Painters, like preachers, can see and hear what others often miss.
Anthony Holdsworth, an English born artist has painted our town better than most illustrators. He sees the “there” that’s here. Not much escapes his numerous streetscapes and landscapes, not even the ex-homeless performing artist, guitarist Augusta Lee Collins. Though homeless persons are often ignored and taken for granted, Holdsworth noticed Collins and “brushed him in” his oil paintings. He “mixed” Collins in.   From the beginning he appeared as nothing more than a barely indistinguishable black spot on the canvas, but perfectionist Holdsworth, a color theorist and perceptionist, whose “cityscapes” make sense for the farsighted, held forth and saw more. Artist Holdsworth included artist Collins into more of his paintings.
Like the buildings, trees, benches and streetlights, Collins “lit up” Holdsworth’s works. They are colorfully displayed together around the world in public buildings, museums and galleries. Even in Santiago, Cuba, Oakland’s Sister City, brother Collins is there, too, holding forth, for art’s sake. When Rev. Kevin Barnes fed Collins food for his body and soul, he, who knows “soul food”, also heard the talent within the soul of Collins.  When the Post began a two-part set of articles about Augusta Lee Collins at the Pizza Pazza, no one thought that after 5 articles it would touch so many lives in so many places. His “up from homelessness” saga has inspired others to come forward. The Post is considering an offer to assemble the unsold Holdsworth /Collins paintings to help both artists. Then, afterwards, conduct an auction of Holdsworth’s works to support the homeless feeding programs like Barnes’ Abyssinian Baptist Church.  For those who want to be a part of the audience to witness Holdsworth paint an “Art n’ Soulscape” of Collins and Barnes at  Abyssinian Baptist, with some lovely colorful church hat-wearing members rhythmically holding forth while Collins performs Al Green’s “Jesus is Waiting”, please contact us at info@postnewsgroup.com. As a writer, I too can see and hear Collins singing “If you’re broken down, Jesus is waiting, hey yea, don’t let yourself down, Oh, he’s standing right there behind you, helping you to make up your mind, can’t you see, you’ve got a friend, reach down in your heart and say a little prayer for me, thank you, thank you, thank you…”. Read more

13th President of Mills College

Alecia A DeCoudreaux

Mills College inducted their thirteenth, and first African-American President, Alecia A. DeCoudreaux, in July of this year, a milestone event that brought more than 1,200 people together to the College with a 159-year history of providing educational excellence exclusively for women.

“Since my college years at Wellesley, I’ve maintained my passion for women’s education,” said DeCoudreaux. “I’m now ready to follow that passion.” Read more

American Indian School is Tops

Part 1:  
Educational Excellence

By Tanya Dennis

Ben Chavis

In 1972 while working on my Masters at Peabody Vanderbilt University, our sociology teacher came into class and said, “I want to read to you the requirements for passing this class.” As she read a long list of expectations you could feel the unease in the classroom.  Nobody felt they would pass that test.
After she finished the two pages of requirements, she held up the document and said, “This was the requirements to pass the 8th grade in Pennsylvania in 1860, an era of the one room classroom.”
That memory resonated with me as I listened to Ben Chavis, former principal of American Indian High School recount a similar experience while in Wisconsin.   Davis shared a memory of a 16 year old Amish girl who taught her students in a one room classroom and beat every local high school in math.  Chavis said that moment was the epiphany that would guide him through his illustrious career as a teacher and educational administrator.  “The Amish were whipping the Public School’s butt academically, and the teacher was only sixteen years old!  She was successful because she worked those kids hard and made them learn.  We should have our kids in school studying during the summer rather running the streets.  The Koret Foundation, a Jewish Foundation were the ones that gave me money to start my first AP class.” Read more

$15M Grant Award for AC Transit

Mary King

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) announced last week that the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit Agency (AC Transit) has been awarded a $15 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation through its Federal Transit Administration program.
The funds from this grant award will be used to support AC Transit’s state-of-the-art Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, including dedicated bus lanes, transit signal priority, real-time bus arrival information and 47 bus stations from the downtown Berkeley BART station to the downtown San Leandro BART Station, and would run through downtown Oakland along the Telegraph Avenue, International Boulevard and East 14th Street corridor. The BRT will provide high-quality, fast, and frequent express bus service along a 14 mile heavily urbanized corridor. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2012 and will be completed in 2014.
“One of the things that gives me great delight is that it is a reinforcement of AC’s transit commitment to the Bus Rapid Transit,”  said AC Transit interim general manager Mary King.  “At this point, this is the only way that federal money in large amounts will be flowing to transit projects.  We believe that the BRT is one of the best ways to capture it.  The California legislative delegation is owed a debt of gratitude, especially congresswoman Barbara Lee and Senator Diane Feinstein for their long time dedication to the BRT Project.”

“Congratulations” Star Vesta Williams, 53

Vesta Williams

Singer Vesta Williams, known for the hit “Congratulations” was found dead Friday, September 23rd in a California hotel room.  There was no official cause of death released.  The R & B singer, popular in the 80’s had struggled for years with obesity and a waning recording career.
Vesta’s songs exemplified strong women, and she showed that strength in her ability to lose 100 pounds at one time.  Despite the massive weight loss, she felt obesity was the barrier to her career.  Vesta said in an earlier interview.  “When I lost my record deal and my phone wasn’t ringing, I realized that I had to reassess who Vesta was and figure out what was going wrong. I knew it wasn’t my singing ability. So it had to be that I was expendable because I didn’t have the right look.”
Vesta became an advocate for the prevention of childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes.
She was born on December 1, 1957.  She is survived by an adult daughter.
Ms. Williams had been scheduled to perform on Oct. 22 at the 21st annual “DIVAS Simply Singing!” concert in Los Angeles, to help promote AIDS and HIV awareness. The show will pay tribute to her and another soul singer, Teena Marie, who died last December.

Marcus Book Store to Host Belafonte, Harris-Perry Book Signings

By Barbara Fluhrer
 
Harry Belafonte and Melissa Harris-Perry will appear for book signings at the Marcus Book Store this fall.
Belafonte’s autobiography “My Song” covers an active, public, lifelong human dignity saga of one of the world’s most distinguished human rights leaders.
Harris-Perry’s book “Sister Citizen – Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America”, will be available for signings when she appears on October 24, 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Ave., in Oakland.
Harris-Perry, a professor of political science at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, has appeared frequently on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC TV.  She is an award winning author and founding director of the Project on Gender: Race and Politics in the South.  
Owner of Oakland’s Marcus Books, Blanche Richardson will host the event.  Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
Harry Belafonte will present his autobiography “My Song” in conversation with Dr. Raye Richardson, with special tributes to Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Dr. Mona Scott and Al Young.  Davey D will host the event at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing in Berkeley, on Nov. 30 at 7:30 pm.
Tickets purchased in advance are going for $15.
 Tickets are on sale at brownpapertickets.com, 800-838-3006, or Marcus Books 510-652-2344, Moe’s Pegasus Books (3 shops), Diesel a Bookstore, Walden Pond Books in S.F., Marcus Books in S.F., or www.kpfa.org/events
KPFA Radio will benefit from the event.

“That Could Be Me”: A History of HIV/AIDS in Oakland

By Aneesah
Dryver

Jesse Brooks (kneeling at left), a Post columnist who is featured in the book.

510 Media, a photography and graphic design studio in East Oakland, hosted the “That Could Be Me” book launch, Thursday, September 22nd. The book features real stories of people living with HIV or those that have been closely affected by the virus. The book features quotes and stories from actor Danny Glover, musician D’wayne Wiggins, support from Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Post Columnist Jesse Brooks and many citizens of Oakland.   
The “That Could Be Me” campaign was three years in the making as a result of Gloria Cox-Crowell’s tireless efforts to spread information about HIV/AIDS. She’s a Consultant for the Allen Temple Baptist Church AIDS Ministry.  
Cox-Crowell’s workshops helped youthful African-Americans and Latino youth gain access to HIV testing. She, through the Allen Temple AIDS Ministry, conducted workshops while the California Prevention Education Project (CAL-PEP) administered HIV tests in various high schools and community centers.
Cox-Crowell said. “It’s important that people are aware of their status. African-Americans and Latinos are late testers. That means we don’t go and get an HIV test until we’re sick and by then, it might have already progressed to full blown AIDS, and that’s why we wanted to help our youth.”
Cox-Crowell approached Nana Kofi Nti of 510 Media about creating a book about the history of HIV in Oakland as experienced through the diligent work of prevention advocates and various Bay-Area based organizations committed to the eradication of HIV/AIDS. Read more

Lee’s Bill to Fight HIV/AIDS Discrimination

 Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced legislation on September 23rd to address the serious problem of discrimination in state criminal and civil laws against those who test positive for HIV.  The bill creates incentives and support for states to reform existing policies that use legal authority to target people living with HIV for felony charges and severe punishments for behavior that is otherwise legal or that poses no measurable risk of HIV transmission.  
 “Laws that place an additional burden on HIV-positive individuals because of their HIV status lag far behind the medical advances and scientific discoveries in the fight against the epidemic,” said Congresswoman Lee.  “Instead of progress against the disease and protection for people living with HIV/AIDS, criminalization laws breed fear, discrimination, distrust, and hatred.”

BABUF’s Fund Raising Campaign

Melody Powers, Director of Workplace Campaigns at the Bay Area Black United Fund.

Workplace Campaigns encourage employees to donate to worthy causes each fall.  Employees in city, county, state and corporate giving campaigns can choose to donate to one of more than 5,000 non-profit agencies.
In this economic environment employees can also give to the Bay Area Black United Fund (BABUF).   
BABUF, which was established in 1979, lists many African American human service agencies under one umbrella.
The Bay Area Black United Fund is an alliance of non-profit credible agencies with similar concerns.  
When BABUF’s staff conducts workplace giving campaigns, through the option of payroll deductions, they are considered an extension of the fundraising departments of the non-profit agencies.
For  information call Melody Powers at 510 763-7270 or visit www.babuf.org.

Chase Bank Gives Oakland Schools $125,000 Grant

Gary Hall

Cementing a partnership to enhance academic rigor and raise graduation rates in Oakland Public Schools, OUSD announced a grant from JP Morgan Chase in an 11:00am ceremony on Wednesday, September 28th. Hosted by Life Academy, a thriving high school in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood with a biology and health sciences focus, the event heralded the $125,000 gift from Chase facilitated by the East Bay Community Foundation. The funds will support intensive academic assistance for OUSD students and strengthen District efforts to increase college enrollment levels.
Specifically, the initiative is aimed at improving classroom instruction and increasing the number and diversity of students taking classes which qualify them for college. The College Board, a non-profit organization working with the District, is providing the tutoring curriculum. The grant will allow for the training of teachers to provide extra assistance for students who, traditionally, have not enrolled in A-G, classes required for admission to UC or CSU schools, or Advanced Placement (AP) courses. It also will support students who don’t need tutoring, but can benefit from guidance on preparing for college and career.
“Partnerships to enhance education, like this one among the private sector, the public sector and the philanthropic sector, point the way toward an economic renaissance in Oakland,” said Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. “More of our students will enroll in college as a direct result of this collaboration among Chase, the school district, and the East Bay Community Foundation.” Read more

John George Social Justice Awardees

From left to right: Attorney Walter Riley, Awardees - Kriss Worthington, Stepen Bingham, David Roach, Laura Rivas, ShaQuea Pratt, and Peralta Trustee, Alona Clifton. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Five outstanding community leaders received this year’s John George Social Justice Award Thursday, September 22nd at the Washington Inn.
Laura Rivas, David Roach, Kris Worthington, Shaquea Pratt and Stephen Bingham were the awardees.  The John George Democratic Club has worked in Oakland and the East Bay for many years for education, health care, economic equity, empowering youth and under-represented communities and working to elect progressive politicians.

“Ministering to the Community”

Mayor Gayle Mc Laughlin (left) recently presented a proclamation to Pastor Henry Washington. Photo by Alicia Jackson.

The Honorable Mayor Gayle Mc Laughlin recently presented a proclamation to Pastor Henry Washington and Garden of Peace Ministries honoring them for their work with scores of religious groups, community based organizations, as well as local, state, and federal agencies for their efforts to reduce violence, feed the hungry, cloth the needy, neighborhood clean-ups and outreach to youth and seniors. “The Preached Word” was presented by Dr. S.J. Thorner, Pastor, Community Christian Center in Vallejo.

Gonzalo Rucobo Receives SF Foundation Award

From left to right: Dr. Sandra Hernandez, CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Awardee Gonzalo Rucobo and Gay Cobb, Gay Cobb, The San Francisco Foundation Trustee Emeriti.

The San Francisco Foundation Community leadership Awards honor leaders who do extraordinary work.  This year the foundation honored Bishop Yvette A. Flunder, founder and director of Ark of Refuge, for courageously spearheading a movement of HIV/AIDS prevention, response, and care within the African American faith community and beyond.
The  other 2011 Awardees were Jordan Simmons, artistic director of East Bay Center for the Performing Arts; Ravenswood Family Health Center for providing high quality health care to Southeast San Mateo County; Gonzalo Rucobo, co-founder and executive director of Bay Area Peacekeepers, for his work with gang members and John Santos, musician and cultural activist, for making music that transcends cultural barriers and serves as a tool for social justice.
Each individual received $10,000 and $20,000 was given to the Ravenswood Family Health Center.
Awardees of the 2011 Koshland Young Leader Awards received $7,000.00 each. The awardees were Huimin Yang, Balboa High School; Daynelita Dulalas, Metropolitan Arts and Technology High School; Maria Figueroa, Mission High School; Sintia Henriquez, June Jordan School for Equity; Antonio Cruz, Ruth Asawa School of the Arts; Dina Lemus, June Jordan School for Equity; Christopher Quinteros, Mission High School, and Makda Beyene, Mission High School.

Richmond Leaders Greet Ghana’s Trade Delegation

Former Richmond Mayor Irma Anderson, Oakland Attorney John Burris and Former City Councilman Jim Mc Millan.

Last week an impressive list of East Bay sponsors hosted a reception for a group of high ranking Ghanaians visiting the California East Bay to develop opportunities in the world’s fastest growing economy.
The Ghanaians visit provided an opportunity for individuals attending workshops to interact, explore and discuss topics of mutual interest such as Oil and Gas Management, Green Technology, IT Hardware/Software, Physical Infrastructure, Finance and Health.
Over 300 guests attended the reception including Congresswoman Barbara Lee the Honorable Willie Brown, Dr. Ruth Love, and distinguished actor Richard Gant.
The height of the reception were the remarks by the Ghana delegates regarding their extraordinary opportunity to explore in four days business opportunities and ways to build sustainable business partnerships with business owners, real estate developers, trade and investment companies and public utilities agencies.

Black Caucus Obama Drama

By Tanya Dennis

Last week on September 24th, President Barack  Obama met with the Congressional Black Caucus and admonished them to stop complaining, stating that he needed them to ““Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes, Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”
His message a week later on September 28th to the Hispanic Caucus had a dramatically different tone as he repeatedly praised Mexico’s President Calderon for his extraordinary work regarding immigration reform and the fight against drug-related violence, indicating how important these issues are to communities and families on both sides of the border.
Obama, responding to increasing griping from black leaders regarding him making too many concessions to Republicans and not doing enough to fight black unemployment, double the national average at 15.7 percent, knows he needs black support to pass the jobs bill he sent to Capitol Hill two weeks ago.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri) recently told McClatchy Newspapers, “If Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House,”   Referring to the compromises that Obama is considering, Cleaver called the compromise deal a “sugar-coated Satan sandwich.”
Obama said the package of payroll tax cuts, business tax breaks and infrastructure spending will benefit 100,000 black-owned businesses and 20 million African-American workers. Republicans have indicated they’re open to some of the tax measures, but oppose his means of paying for it by taxing the rich and corporations.
Caucus leaders remain fiercely protective of the nation’s first African-American president, but in recent weeks they’ve been increasingly vocal in their discontent, especially over black joblessness.
But Cleaver said his members also are keeping their gripes in check because “nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.”
On Monday, September 26, Obama held a town meeting at the California headquarters of LinkedIn, the business networking website, before going on to fundraisers in San Diego and Los Angeles.

Bishop Flunder Receives SF Foundation Award

From left to right: Dr. Sandra Hernandez, CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Awardee Bishop Yvette Flunder and Gay Cobb, The San Francisco Foundation Trustee Emeriti.

The San Francisco Foundation Community leadership Awards honor leaders who do extraordinary work.  This year the foundation honored Bishop Yvette A. Flunder, founder and director of Ark of Refuge, for courageously spearheading a movement of HIV/AIDS prevention, response, and care within the African American faith community and beyond.
The  other 2011 Awardees were Jordan Simmons, artistic director of East Bay Center for the Performing Arts; Ravenswood Family Health Center for providing high quality health care to Southeast San Mateo County; Gonzalo Rucobo, co-founder and executive director of Bay Area Peacekeepers, for his work with gang members and John Santos, musician and cultural activist, for making music that transcends cultural barriers and serves as a tool for social justice.
Each individual received $10,000 and $20,000 was given to the Ravenswood Family Health Center.
Awardees of the 2011 Koshland Young Leader Awards received $7,000.00 each. The awardees were Huimin Yang, Balboa high School; Daynelita Dulalas, Metropolitan Arts and Technology High School; Maria Figueroa, Mission High School; Sintia Henriquez, June Jordan School for Equity; Antonio Cruz, Ruth Asawa School of the Arts; Dina Lemus, June Jordan School for Equity; Christopher Quinteros, Mission High School, and Makda Beyene, Mission High School.

Jazz’z Salon 20th Anniversary Gala

By Ashley
Chambers

Jazz’z beauty salon brought Hollywood to the Fillmore district Saturday for their 20th Anniversary Gala. Specializing in natural hair care and hair replacements, the salon brought together artistic hair stylists and creative fashion designers in a collective fashion show at the event. Clients, residents, and neighborly business owners enjoyed a fabulous cocktail hour with singer Gabrielle Walters-Clay opening the show as cropped cuts, spiked hairstyles, colored tresses, and straight flowing manes were displayed in the fashion show.
Owner and stylist, LaTonia Jazz’z, was overjoyed with the love and support, saying, “I believe in giving back to the community. It shows that when people get together and stay focused and work together, many things can happen. I’m happy that the salon has been a positive pillar in the community.”
The Gala also provided an opportunity for salon owners to come together with entrepreneurs and internationally owned companies. Some sponsors and donations for the event included Aveda, Charlie drug store, San Francisco Redevelopment, Arlene Drummer, Tina Ernestine Walls, Carla Graham, Theodore Palmer of Creative Edge, Kendra Thompson-Assistant Director for the event planning, Stone Garden Winery of Napa, and Kali of the San Francisco Black Film Festival.
“Often times, people think that you have to be competitive as business owners, but it was good to see everybody come together. The community really supported the business, ” she said.
Raised right in the Fillmore district, LaTonia has inspired a community of salons and has been serving the community through the Entrepreneurship Training Program of Cosmetology, coaching others who want to get into the hair industry through which aspiring salon owners have succeeded. Also, her Elite Hair business sells 100% human hair, wigs, and prosthetic hair supplies for cancer patients; clients include Evelyn Lozada of VH1’s Basketball Wives and Jade Cole, formerly of America’s Next Top Model. Read more

Hancock’s Bill to Create Jobs

Senator Loni Hancock

On Friday, September 23rd, Governor Brown signed into law the internet sales tax bill.  Senator Loni Hancock joined the Governor at the signing ceremony at the headquarters of Gap, Inc. in San Francisco.
“This law will create new jobs for Californians and protect existing ones because the state’s brick-and-mortar businesses will no longer be at a competitive disadvantage to out of state internet retailers,” Senator Hancock stated.
“At a time when California is facing great fiscal stress, the $200 million per year that we expect from the new law will go a long way in helping us support public education,” Hancock added.
Among its provisions, the new statute contains three separate internet tax bills, including Senator Hancock’s bill giving the Board of Equalization broad authority to determine who is legally obligated to collect and remit California sales tax (the “long-arm” provision).
The two other internet sales tax bills merged into the new law were authored by Assembly Majority Leader Charles Calderon (D-Montebello) and Assembly Rules Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)
“This is a classic compromise that will greatly benefit the state,” Hancock stated.
“For the first time, Amazon acknowledges that it is obligated to collect and remit California sales tax and that it will begin doing so, without further challenge, in September 2012. Amazon has also agreed to forgo any further attempt at a referendum and will not pursue court challenges.  We now have a clear path to creating a level playing field where the state’s brick-and-mortar businesses will not be at an unfair disadvantage,” Hancock concluded.

Kamala Harris a Key Player in Settlement over Mortgage Crisis

By Tanya
Dennis

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris is a key player in the nationwide settlement with major U.S. Banks now that Attorney General  Schneiderman has been removed from the negotiations.  
California is one of the most powerful states, and as one of the states hardest hit by foreclosure, California’s Attorney General is in a significant position to hold banks accountable.  Harris has stated publicly that principle reduction has to be on the table.    Harris has been negotiating with the five largest mortgage servicers for months with a coalition of attorneys general across the nation dealing with allegations of fraud, misrepresentation and securitization of mortgages.
Harris, who was in closed-door talks with banks Friday, has been under increasing pressure from grass-root organizations that feel she is not doing enough to forestall the banks efforts to get off the hook.
“The banks want to get away with everything, and she is probably one of the linchpins in saying what is going to happen or isn’t going to happen,” said Liz Ryan Murray, the chairwoman of the foreclosure task force at Americans for Financial Reform. “We would like to see her come forward and be more public on what she will and won’t give up.”
Advocacy group MoveOn.org, and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor passed a resolution this week stating that Harris should reject the previously proposed settlements.  Harris met with local organizations in August to hear their concerns and activists believe she is listening. PICO California, an advocacy group for homeowners, has said that Harris appears to be pursuing the best for Californians but is not being clear enough about where she stands.  “We think she could more strongly relate her core principals around this settlement,” said Brian Heller de Leon, a representative for the group.
Harris’ office declined to comment on the specifics of the negotiations, but a spokesman said her main goal in any settlement would be to provide the maximum amount of relief for California homeowners. Read more

Lexus Champions for Charity Golf Tournament Attracts Over 100

Over 100 golfers competed in the Lexus Champions for Charity Golf tournament on Monday at the Sequoyah Country Club. Photos and collage by Adam L. Turner.

Lexus Champions for Charity Golf tournament (Benefiting the East Oakland Youth Development Center aka EOYDC) attracted over 100 golfers  on  Monday at the Sequoyah Country Club.
 With registration at 10am, golfers had the opportunity to participate in the putting contest at 11:00am.  
The shotgun scramble started at 12:00noon. The rest of the day culminated with a 4:00pm cocktail jazz reception and dinner program, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place tournament winners and a live auction for the 2011  Pebble Beach National Championship.
The 8th Annual Event was organized by Verdun Lyles Enterprises (Rose Lyles) and yielded over 100 golfers.
Sponsors included:
Autowest Collision Group, The Hartford,  Gidel & Kocal Construction Company, Coast Oil / Castrol, PepsiCo., Horizon Beverage, Flatiron / Parsons / Turner,  SF Chronicle, Wells Fargo,  Prudential, and KBLX.
To add to the excitement of the day, Lexus Financial provided a hole-in-one opportunity for a one year lease on a GX 460.  And Coliseum Lexus added another hole in one opportunity for the winner to choose from an RX 350, IS 250, or ES 350.

Bumgarner A Gem On The Mound

San Francisco, CA – As the season comes to a close, the Giants can reflect on the accomplishments rather than the disappointments.  Madison Bumgarner did just that by entering the 200-inning club when he shutout the Rockies 7-0.

Allowing only two hits over seven frames, Bumgarner was a gem on the mound in his final start of the season.  The offense was stellar and San Francisco finished strong in the second game of the series. Read more

Vogelsong at his best in finale

San Francisco, CA – After getting beat badly in Arizona, it’s clear the Giants hopes for another playoff run is over.  In the meantime they will finish in second place in the National League West.  But before the curtain closes there’s one thing left to do, salute the fans.

The Cinderella story that has followed Ryan Vogelsong throughout the season ended with a gracious bow in front of a sellout crowd.  San Francisco’s 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies was for the fans.  The atmosphere which is no different than the post season always ignites the game and the players. Read more

Raiders unstoppable in win over Jets

Oakland, CA – Another nail biting game but this time the Oakland Raiders got the victory.  The loss last week brought new goals to achieve.  The most crucial assignment given by head coach Hue Jackson was “to finish the game strong”.

That’s exactly what happened when the Raiders handed the New York Jets their first loss 34-24 of the season.  There was a time when many thought Oakland would never have the potential to play at playoff level again. Read more

International AIDS Conference 2012

From left to right: Marsha Martin: director of Get Screened Oakland; Naina Khanna is a member of the 19th International AIDS Conference committee and she is one of 12 members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA); Cynthia Carey-Grant, Executive Director at Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease (WORLD); Oakland’s Mayor Jean Quan and Kabir Hypolite: Executive Director of Alameda County Office of AIDS.

By Jesse
Brooks

In less than one year the biggest HIV/AIDS conference in the world will be hosted in Washington D.C., July 22-27th, and Oakland is strategically planning to get its time in the spotlight, and step out of the shadow of San Francisco when it comes to HIV/AIDS.  The 19th International AIDS conference will be the first time in 22 years since the conference was last held here in the United States.
The International AIDS Conference is the premier meeting for those working in the HIV/AIDS field. The conference is expected to attract over 25,000 delegates of scientists, researchers, community leaders, advocates, activists, and people living with HIV/AIDS, from over 200 countries. People from all over the world will share research, ideas and developing solutions to address the challenges posed by HIV/AIDS globally, and in the United States. Read more