From October 2012

Free Discount Card Saves Residents $3.7 Million on Prescriptions

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty.

The providers of Coast2Coast Rx and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors are celebrating two milestone events: the third anniversary of the launch of their free prescription discount card and the more than $3.7 million that residents have saved on prescriptions costs since the program began in September 2009.
The Coast2Coast Rx discount prescription program provides consumers benefits that include savings of up to 75 percent off prescriptions costs, access to additional discounted healthcare services, and the ability to better manage and improve personal and family health outcomes.
In addition, for each prescription filled using the card, $1.25 is generated for public programs in Alameda County.
“The Coast2Coast discount Rx card program is an excellent resource for constituents—one that can help them get the prescriptions they need to manage their health,” said Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty. “The results speak for themselves; in three short years residents have saved more than $3.7 million on important prescriptions during challenging economic circumstances.”
For 2012, Coast2Coast Rx card revenue helped support the Healthy Living Festival organized by the local nonprofit United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County, and Alameda County Area Agency on Aging’s annual Healthy Aging Fair.
The free card provides instant discounts of up to 75 percent on over 60,000 brand name and generic prescription drugs and through a partner program, can save consumers on dental, vision and hearing services, lab and imaging services, diabetes supplies and even pet prescriptions and veterinary services.
With no eligibility requirements, the card is available to all Alameda County residents regardless of age or health status. While the card can provide significant savings for those without health insurance, it can also be effective for those whose insurance plans carry high deductibles or do not cover certain medications.  In some instances the card can be used to offset the Medicare Part D “donut hole.”
For immediate savings on prescription costs, Alameda County residents can download and print their free card at

HIV Film, “The Gospel of Healing,” Previews This Weekend

From left to right: Director Paul Grant; Rev. Tommy Lee, Community of Hope AME, Temple Hill, Maryland; Renee Beamen, First Lady of Bethel AME Church and Founder of Beautiful Gates Out-Reach Program, Wilmont, Delaware and Jesse Brooks at the Premiere of “The Gospel of Healing Volume I; Black Churches respond to HIV/AIDS” in Washington DC at the 2012 International Conference in July.

Writer and producer Paul Grant (left) and Dr. Bambi Gaddist, South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council. “We have a problem in our community and in our congregation. Why are we dying at this level, why is there no movement like what was done in the white gay community, chaining themselves to the white house gate, why don’t we speak to our leaders”, says Dr. Gaddist.

By Jesse

With HIV/AIDS reaching pandemic levels in African American communities, some Black churches have stepped up to the challenge, merging science and religion, engaging the African American community about HIV – where we live, where we play and where we worship.
This weekend Bay Area residents will be able to attend a free preview of the acclaimed documentary, “The Gospel of Healing Volume I: Black Churches.”
The film will be shown twice: 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 at Imani Community Church, 3300 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland; and 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28 at City of Refuge Community Church, 1025 Howard San Francisco.
Both showings will include a panel discussion with the film’s director Paul Grant, local faith leaders including Bishop Yvette Flunder and out-of-town contributor Rev. Edwin Sanders.
Grant’s feature-length documentary sheds light on how Black churches are creating AIDS ministries that serve both body and the soul.  Deploying methods that are effective but widely considered to be against traditional religious thought, many of these organizations outperform their county and state-level public health departments in the battle to save lives.
The film follows five faith-based programs in rural and urban areas that, challenged with what seems to be grim and insurmountable odds, are leading the charge in serving and mobilizing their communities against the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The film provides a new positive outlook on how faith communities can respond to the AIDS epidemic.
The film introduces Rev. Edwin Sanders II, who is the founder and senior pastor of Metropolitan Interdenominational Church. His church created The First Response Center in Nashville, Tennessee, which provides primary care and social services, such as housing assistance, substance abuse and addiction treatment and mental health counseling.
“In areas that most people would not want to touch, we must step into the gaps in healthcare to build healthier people instead of building larger worship facilities within communities of color,” said. Rev. Sanders in the film.
With opening words from Jesse Jackson, the film touches on important historic moments such as the International AIDS Strategy’s announcement in 2010 and visual images of Black leaders publicly testing, including President Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Also featured are commentaries from pioneers of the African American faith-based response to the HIV epidemic: Pernessa Seele, founder of The Balm in Gilead, who began the Week of Prayer for the Healing of HIV/AIDS in 1989; and Bishop Yvette Flunder, pastor of City of Refuge in San Francisco.
Flunder in the early 1980s was the first minister to answer the call locally to the HIV epidemic.
The documentary debuted at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in July. Producer and writer Grant believes the film can be a resource to help jumpstart conversations with churches about HIV/AIDS.

Earl “Jackhammer” Burroughs Going Strong at 87

Earl “Jackhammer” Burroughs

Earl “Jackhammer” Burroughs shares his birthday with Sister-in-Law Elouise Burroughs Mayo, both born in September.

By Tanya

Earl Burroughs, dancer and songwriter who earned fame with “Great Balls of Fire” and “Yakety Yak,” celebrated his 87th birthday last week with family and friends.
Burroughs says his only regret is that he did not patent his nickname, “Happy Feet,” during his tap dancing days in San Francisco.
“Oh my, I’d be one rich man right now,” he said with a wide smile.
Burroughs, who speaks German, French, Spanish and Italian, worked during his career as a songwriter for  Nat King Cole, Ritchie Havens, Mae West, Tiny Tim, Sha Na Na, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, and Chubby Checker.
Born in New Orleans, he knew at an early age that he had a destiny.
“When I was born, even as a child I was an entertainer,” he said.
His grandmother Ella Butler, a full-blooded Indian, was responsible for the title of his number one hit.
“My grandmother would go around exclaiming “Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire,” Burroughs said.
“I made a lot of money writing silly songs!  I wrote Fujiyama Mama after dating a Japanese Girl who had a terrible temper.  I also wrote   “Peek-a-Boo” and  “Kiss and Twist” for Chubby Checkers and “Plain Gold Ring” for Nina Simone.”
Before discovering gold in song writing, Burroughs traveled all over the world singing and tap dancing.  He performed at the same venue as Johnny Mathis at the Long Bar Showboat Club in San Francisco, the Sahara in Las Vegas, the Astor Club in London, Casino Del Arosa in Rome, the Mandarin in Hong Kong and the St. George’s Club in Australia.
While at the Baby Grand Club in Harlem with Nipsey Russell as master of ceremonies, Burroughs performed at the same venue as Billy Eckstein and the Nicholas Brother.  He also performed at the Cotton Club.
Burroughs lived in Paris for three years and later moved to Berlin where he performed at the number one spot, the Eden Club on the Rhine.
He wrote “Yakety Yak” for the Coasters and is in the music Hall of Fame for “Great Balls of Fire,” which he wrote for Jerry Lee Lewis in 1956.
Burroughs is a painter who uses oils, watercolors and charcoal. He also wrote a play about Jimi Hendrix, played the lead role and performed in New York in the hit Broadway musical, “Bubbling Brown Sugar.”
Talent runs in the Burroughs family.  His brother Bill was an artist; his other brother Eduardo could play any song on the piano and had never taken a lesson.
His grandson Lance McGee formed the Prescott Clowns in Oakland; and he recently wrote a song for his daughter Amelia Harris, a singer in Los Angeles.
After all the decades, he still continues to be an artist.
“I never retired,” he said.  “I stopped performing because there was more money in song writing, and I’m still writing.”

James Harris, District 7 School Board Candidate

James Harris

East Oakland native James Harris is making his first run for public office, challenging the two-term incumbent for the District 7 seat on the Oakland Board of Education.
District 7 includes the hills and flatlands of East Oakland, from 83rd Avenue to the San Leandro border.
“I truly believe that better public schools are the foundation of a new, better Oakland,” Harris said.
“With better schools, youth will be prepared for jobs, neighborhoods will be safer, storefronts will open and companies will relocate,” he said. “ It all starts with improving our schools and taking care of our kids.”
Harris is a former high school English teacher and owner of his own marketing company. He grew up across the street from Burckhalter Elementary School and attended schools in both Oakland and San Francisco in the 1980s and 1990s.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Santa Clara University.
Harris’ passion for education began at age of 16 when he began working as a teaching assistant at the Aim High Summer program, which is dedicated to preparing middle-school children from low-income communities for success in high school and beyond.
Harris worked at Aim High every summer from 1992 until 2003, holding positions as teacher, master teacher and finally site director.
When he finished his university studies, he decided to become a teacher – staying in the classroom until he made the difficult decision to pursue a lifelong dream, a career in advertising and marketing.
For the last eight years, he has served on the Board of Aim High. He was also a founding board member of Great Oakland Public Schools, a local organization that connects and activates the community to advocate for quality public schools.
Harris and his wife have two children.
“Growing up in East Oakland, I had lots of opportunities to go down the wrong path,” he said. “I’m fortunate to have avoided that fate, but a story like mine should be the rule and not the exception.  I feel a responsibility – particularly to young Black boys and girls in Oakland – to make that a reality.”
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Jumoke Hinton Hodge, School Board District 3

Jumoke Hinton Hodge

School Board Director Jumoke Hinton Hodge, who is the incumbent running for reelection in District 3, has worked for more than 20 years with Oakland residents, leaders, and organizations to improve education, health and civic engagement in West Oakland and throughout the city.
For Hinton Hodge this has meant taking the leading in helping to create community programs, build coalitions with education and health organizations and serve in leadership positions while investing in the success of local students and neighbors.
She was first elected to the Oakland School Board in 2008, where she represents neighborhoods in West Oakland, Adams Point, Lake Merritt, Downtown and Uptown, along with the Telegraph and Broadway Corridors from the waterfront to MacArthur Blvd.
District 3’s public schools are located primarily in West Oakland, with one middle school in Adams Point and an alternative high school on Pill Hill off Telegraph.
As a board member, she worked with others to develop an ambitious Strategic Plan for the Oakland Unified School District. She is most proud of the inclusion of the African American Male Achievement Initiative, whose mission is to end the epidemic failure of Black young men in Oakland schools.
She created the West Oakland Brain Trust, a partnership between school district employees, faith-based groups, community-based organizations and small businesses, which has worked on issues in West Oakland’s public schools.
She has also led efforts to ensure that all Oakland students will receive the high school courses required to enter California’s four-year colleges.
Before her election to the school board, Hinton Hodge co-founded and served as the director of the Parent Leadership and Engagement Academy Initiative (PLEA), a community-building project that supported West Oakland parents and families. She was also executive director of the Girls After School Academy.
In addition to her work in the schools, she is program director of People’s Grocery, a nationally recognized organization that furthers community food, health and justice efforts.
Hinton Hodge holds a BA in Black Studies and English from Oberlin College. She is the mother of four children.

Ritterman: Measure N Good for Kids and Good for Richmond

By Jeff

Councilmembers Nat Bates and Corky Booze, BAPAC, the Richmond chapters of the NAACP and BWOPA, several African American clergy, two popular African American doctors and Willie Brown have all urged Richmond residents to vote against Measure N, the Richmond Soda Tax.
I believe that they are terribly misinformed and that following their advice will lead to African American children dying prematurely.
New science:  a can of soda a day increases your risk of obesity, heart attack, type 2 diabetes, stroke, hypertension and cancer.  All of the major causes of death have now been definitively linked to sugary drinks.
Richmond’s African American students have the highest rate of obesity among our school children.  More than one in three is obese.  On average these students are consuming 40 pounds of extra sugar from sodas each year.  This added sugar goes to the liver and gets converted into fat.
The liver itself gets packed with fat eventually leading to diabetes.   The liver also makes the dangerous fats that clog up the heart’s arteries leading to heart attacks early in life.
Medical experts now agree that sodas are the number one cause of the obesity epidemic and the diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and cancer that go with it.
If we want to prevent our obese and overweight African American fifth and seventh graders and those that come after them from dying young we need a successful intervention.
The brightest minds in medicine all agree that a soda tax is the smartest way to begin reversing the obesity epidemic.  Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said that the soda tax could be “the single most effective measure to reverse the obesity epidemic.”
Our kids’ doctor’s organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, strongly supports Measure N, the Richmond Soda Tax.  So do the American Heart Association, the Institute of Medicine, the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association and the United Nations.
Opponents of the Soda tax say it will hurt the poor.  Diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and cancer hurt the poor even more.  The average household in Richmond will only pay an additional 20 cents a day if the tax passes.
No one needs to pay the tax.  We all can drink tap water, milk or other alternatives without added sugar.
A Soda Tax will result in about a 10 to 20 percent drop in consumption.  That is good, but not enough to reverse the obesity epidemic.  We need to invest the $3 million in tax revenue in programs to educate our children about nutrition, provide them with more nutritious food, and make available to our kids a wide variety of afterschool sports activities.
For $86,000 we can teach every third grader in Richmond who wants to, how to swim at The Plunge.  An African American child’s chances of learning to swim without these lessons unless his or her parents are swimmers are 10 percent.  We can reverse this once and for all and allow all of our children to become water safe.
We can afford new sports fields every year for our kids.  We can put nutrition teachers in all of our elementary schools.  We can support our Little League, The Half Steppers, our soccer leagues, our tennis program and our football teams with the tax revenue.
Don’t take my word for it.  Come hear a national expert, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore speak on “When Breaking Up is Hard To Do: The Link Between Sugary Drinks and African American Health Disparities” on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 684 Juliga Woods St.
Jeff Ritterman, M.D. serves on the Richmond City Council and was a cardiologist at Kaiser Richmond for 29 years.

The Leadership Institute at Allen Temple Held Inaugural J. Alfred Smith Sr. Lecture Series

From left to right: Rev. Bernestine Smith, J. Alfred Smith Sr. , Dr. Brenda Guests, Rev. Dr. Allan Aubrey Boesak, Rev. Desmond Hoffmeister Former General Secretary, South African Baptist, Pastor Dante Quick. Photo by Stephen V. Brooks Photography,

The Leadership Institute at Allen Temple held their Inaugural J. Alfred Smith Sr. Lecture Series on Saturday, October 13 at the Allen Temple Family Life Center in Oakland.
The keynote speaker for this historic event was South African political activist, Reverend Dr. Allan Boesak, author of the recent book, “Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism.” The theme of the day was “Combative Love and Revolutionary Neighborliness: The Jericho Road Ministry of J. Alfred Smith Sr.”.
The Institute provides a two-year, part-time course of study in Christian Ministry, focused on leadership development in the church and community. For more information, call (510) 544-3362.

Derrick Muhammad, District 3 Council Candidate

Derrick Muhammad

By Lee Hubbard

Oakland’s District 3 political race has been one of the most contested races in Oakland politics.
Current Councilmember Nancy Nadel, who has held the seat since 1996, is not running for reelection. The district includes much of West Oakland, downtown, Lake Merritt and Adams Point.
Political newcomer Derrick Muhammad, a lifelong Oakland resident, is focusing on the issues that are most important to the people.
“People need jobs and safety,” said Muhammad. “Young people especially need access to opportunity through jobs, training and educational programs that will prepare them for a career.”
A graduate of Fremont High School, he is a longshoreman who worked his way through UC Davis law school. He is a commissioner on the Citizens Police Review Board.
One of his top priorities is to expand employment opportunities for Oakland residents through job training, re-entry and apprenticeship programs.
He says barriers to business startups need to be reduced, and the city should do more in support of entrepreneurship and business development.
“Oakland should not be exporting its tax dollars to Walnut Creek, Emeryville or San Leandro,” said Muhammad.  “We should be able to spend money where we live.”
The six-candidate race includes Sean Sullivan, Lynette Gibson, Alex Miller-Cole, Nyiesha Dewitt and Oakland Realtor Larry Lionel Young, Jr.
“District 3 needs someone who was born and raised in Oakland and knows the ins and outs of the community as well as the city’s history,” said Muhammad.
Muhammad was not politically active until tragedy struck his family in 2005 when his 23-year-old younger brother was gunned down in an Oakland bar.
“After my brother got killed, I became determined that no other family should experience what my family experienced,” said Muhammad.  “That heightened my level of community involvement, to do something to effect change in the community.”
His endorsers include County Supervisor Keith Carson, City Councilmember Desley Brooks, the ILWU and Pastor Gerald Agee of Friendship Christian Center.
“As a guy who grew up in Oakland, Derrick is very sensitive to a lot of the issues taking place in the town,” said Pastor Agee.
Muhammad believes his campaign is catching on with voters.
“People are gravitating to me,” said Muhammad.  “This is my first political run, and I am the nonpolitician, and I am genuine. People want that.”

Brooks Hosts Turkey Basket Giveaway

To qualify, recipients must be Oakland residents and income eligible (listed below)

Desley Brooks

Aaron GoodwinOakland City Councilwoman Desley Brooks, sports agent Aaron Goodwin and the Goodwin Family Foundation are adopting 1,000 Oakland families this Thanksgiving.  

“Aaron and I love this event. It reminds us of what the season is supposed to be about –giving thanks, sharing and caring,” said Brooks.
Each turkey basket will be filled with all the trimmings for 1,000 Oakland families to make their Thanksgiving meal, she said.
This event is family oriented, with both Goodwin’s and Brooks’ families, their church families and community partners pitching in to assemble and distribute the baskets.
“In times like these, if we look out for each other, we can weather any storm,” said Goodwin.
Brooks and Goodwin started adopting Oakland families five years ago when they recognized a growing need in the community.  Many friends and neighbors are finding it difficult to make ends meet, said Goodwin.
To be eligible to receive a holiday basket, people must be an Oakland resident; have a family income that is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level during the last 30 days; or be unemployed.
To sign up, bring or fax proof of residency and proof of income to one of the following locations no later than Nov. 9. Only those who provide all the required documentation are eligible for a basket. Only one holiday basket per household.
Sign up at one of these Locations:
Office of Councilwoman Desley Brooks, City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, (510) 238-7006, (510) 986-2650 (fax); Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center, 7701 Krause St., Oakland, (510) 615-5755, (510) 615-5882 (fax);
Rainbow Recreation Center, 5700 International Blvd., Oakland, (510) 615-5751, (510) 636-1562 (fax); New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church, 1028 W. Grand Ave., (510) 836-1916; First A.M.E. Church, 3701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (510) 655-1527, (510) 655-1521 (fax);
Manzanita Recreation Center, 2701 East 27th St., Oakland, (510) 535-5625; East Oakland Youth Development Center, 8200 International Blvd., Oakland, (510) 569-8088, (510) 632-6942 (fax).

Bishop Jackson Calls for Oakland State of Emergency

Governor Jerry Brown with Bishop Bob Jackson at Acts Full Gospel Church.

By Carla

Governor Jerry Brown visited Oakland’s Acts Full Gospel Church of God in Christ last Sunday, urging people to register to vote and seeking support for Proposition 30 – his tax measure on the November ballot.
Bishop Jackson took the opportunity to ask the governor to declare a state of emergency in Oakland.
“I don’t mean to put you on the spot or on blast, but you know what our city is going through with these killings – our city is in dire straits – it’s under siege,  he said.
“Black and brown boys are dying at an alarming rate,” he said. “ Can you declare the City of Oakland in a state of emergency, so we can get some help here to make public safety number one?  We need your help,” continued Jackson.
Brown vowed to strengthen the Highway Patrol  presence in the city.  “We will make sure our Highway Patrol is beefed up and works with the police department and works with Acts Full Gospel Church, working together with the community and police,” Brown said.
“We’re going to have peace in our city in the name of Jesus.  I’ve got to protect our community,” said Jackson.
Brown told the congregation why he is backing Proposition 30.
“(It is) important to schools, families and to jobs and to California’s future, a measure to raise taxes to put into schools, universities and make sure that California can take care of business,” said Brown.
Over the last five years California has lost 30,000 teachers in cut backs and thousands of classes at community colleges throughout the state, he said.
“Many colleges like Laney have been affected throughout the state, and even school days have been cut back,” said Brown.
During his first term as governor in 1975, Brown said,  the top 1%  earned about 8 percent of all the income in California, but in 2012 that group will earn 22 percent of all income.
“ That’s a big difference, and that came from the rest of society – the lower income, the middle income people – it’s only fair that the people who have done so well at the top, that they give back a little bit to our future.”

Marilyn Singleton, 9th District Candidate for Congress

Marilyn Singleton

Marilyn Singleton is an independent candidate who is running against incumbent Barbara Lee to represent the 9th District of California in Congress.
“I want a forum for discussion with Alameda County residents and anyone interested in moving our district in a fresh new direction,” she said on her website. “The days of old ideas are numbered. I believe free-market solutions to both social and economic problems are the way forward.”
Singleton was born in San Diego, earned a B.A. from Stanford University, a medical degree from UC San Francisco and a law degree from UC Berkeley Law.
A resident of Oakland for 25 years, she is an anesthesiologist and an attorney.
As for the role of government in regulating the economy and funding social programs, she argues that federal regualtion and spending should be limited and that  spending should focus on supporitng local and individual initatives.
“We want limited but effective government that gives us value for our tax dollars. We want government to protect our lives, not run our lives. Washington is spending $10.4 billion per day – three times more than in 2007, she said.
“I believe the role of government is not to manipulate commerce,” said Singleton. “ Despite some well-publicized bad apples, our free enterprise system and the free market of ideas have brought more prosperity and a higher standard of living to the greatest number of people, regardless of race or color. “
She advocates lowing wages for youth in order to encourage employers to give young people a chance to gain a foothold in the workplace.
“Businesses cannot really afford to pay them what is required by regulations,” she said. But  at a lower, hourly wage,  young   people would learn about work – they would learn by rubbing shoulders with other workers in the workplace environment.
“Within months, they can transition into regular jobs at full pay,” she said.
She has studied the new health care law (ObamaCare) and does not support it.
“We all agreed that something had to be done to improve healthcare delivery in our country,” she said.” But (ObamaCare) neither protects patients nor is affordable.”

San Antonio Neighborhood Meeting on Crime and Public Safety, Education and Jobs

Members the San Antonio OCO Cluster discussed safety, jobs and education at this June 21 community meeting. Seated, from left to right, John McConn, Marilyn Anderson, Rev. Marty Peters (Victory Baptist), Rev. Mary Gilmore (Faith Chapel); standing, from left to right, OCO organizer Jesus Rodriguez, OCO organizer Rev. Ken Chambers (WestSide Baptist), Sr., Rev. Dr. Phillip Lewis (Israelite Baptist), Rev. Kevin Ary (Israelite Baptist), and Rev. Gary Golden (Foothill Baptist). Photo by Stephen V. Brooks Photography,

By Ashley

Clergy and community members in the San Antonio district of East Oakland have been organizing for the past three months on critical issues of crime and public safety, education and jobs for the community, mobilized by Pastor Ken Chambers, Sr. of West Side Missionary Baptist Church and organizer with Oakland Community Organizations (OCO).
A meeting for community members to discuss their concerns and seek solutions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Foothill Missionary Baptist Church, 1530 Foothill Blvd. in Oakland, Pastor Gary Golden.
Oakland Councilwoman Pat Kernighan, Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan and Police Chief Howard Jordan are expected to attend.
“We’re hoping to better our community and do something for the children of our community, particularly minority children, by making sure that they have some guidance in order to navigate through the educational process in a way that’s productive for them,” said. Dr. Phillip Lewis, pastor of Israelite Baptist Church.
The meeting will explore solutions to rising crime, such as organizing weekly night walks, similar to those already held in the San Antonio district by Rev. Marty Peters of Victory Baptist Church.
There will be musical performances by Center Street Baptist Church, Pastor Allen Langston; Imani Community Church, Pastor Dr. George Cummings; and the Allen Temple Baptist Church Male Chorus, Pastor Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr.
For more information, contact Rev. Ken Chambers, Sr. at (510) 239-6969.

Campaign Against Death Penalty Steps Up Advertising

By Maura Dolan,
Los Angeles Times

The campaign to replace the death penalty with a sentence of life without parole has launched radio and television advertisements, depicting capital punishment as a futile exercise that costs taxpayers and coddles criminals.
With only days left before the election, the Proposition 34 campaign is spending more than $2 million on ads that will air in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Polls suggest the measure has been struggling but gaining ground.
“Do you know we have the death penalty in California?” actor Edward James Olmos asks in a radio spot for Proposition 34. “You might not, because we almost never use it.”
The ads emphasize how few inmates are executed — 13 since 1978 — and suggest the money would be better used for schools and crime fighting. California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office has said the state could save as much as $130 million a year if the death penalty is abolished.
“Death row inmates get special legal teams that work for them, but they don’t work or pay 1 cent to the victim’s families, like other inmates do,” Olmos says. “They just sit in private cells, watching TV.”
The campaign’s television ad focuses on Francisco “Franky” Carrillo, who served 20 years in prison for a murder he said he did not commit. A judge overturned his conviction and released him last year.
“It took 20 years to prove he was innocent,” Olmos said, in English and Spanish ads. “With the death penalty, we always risk executing an innocent person.”
Proposition 34 would commute the death sentences of the state’s more than 725 condemned inmates to life with no possibility of parole.
The inmates would be merged into the general prison population in double cells and be expected to work and pay into victim restitution funds, the sponsors say.
Opponents of the measure are fighting back, emailing “fact sheets,” holding news conferences up and down the state and putting their position on mailed slate cards. The opposition has raised less than $1 million, but a campaign spokesman said media advertisements remain under consideration.
Peter DeMarco, a strategist for the No on 34 campaign, said it has relied on prosecutors, police and crime victims to get out its message.

Yelda Bartlett, AC Transit Board – Ward 1

Yelda Bartlett

Yelda Bartlett, candidate for AC Transit board – Ward 1, is running on a platform to reduce emissions in order to improve air quality, protect collective bargaining rights of employees and increase services to expand ridership.
“As an attorney and community advocate, I have experience in standing up for what is right. As a business owner, I understand the financial pressures on working people,” said Bartlett, who is seeking the seat on the AC Transit board that represents the Berkeley area.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from UC Berkeley and a law degree at UC Hastings College of the Law.
Her legal education and experience includes criminal, civil, legislative, as well as appellate work. During law school, she participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic hosted by the Northern California Innocence Project, investigating the innocence claims of inmates serving life in prison.
Bartlett’s interest in constitutional law led to a fellowship award by the National Lawyer’s Guild to work on federal and state appeals of death row inmates. She also served as a legislative intern to the Public Safety Committee of the California State Assembly, where she researched and analyzed national criminal law policy.
In addition to litigation, Bartlett is trained in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods. In her practice, she serves as a mediator for family as well as business disputes.
She served as a commissioner for the Community Environmental Advisory Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women (COSOW) for the City of Berkeley, where she was elected chairwoman of the Commission.
Bartlett is a member of Alameda County Bar Association, National Lawyer’s Guild and the Iranian American Bar Association.

The Christ Lounge: Nightclubs for Christians

Emperess Hall (left) and Majesty Scott. Photo by Stephen V. Brooks Photography,

Question:  Where can Christians go for fun?  Are there safe places where they can go to network, socialize or just hangout and party without compromising their moral values and Christian beliefs?
The answer is yes. The Christ Lounge, intended for young adults ages 21 and older, and The Pit Stop for teens, ages 13 to 18.  Both are located at 1642 Fruitvale Ave. in Oakland.
The clubs are organized by two young female East Bay entrepreneurs, Emperess Hall and Majesty Scott.  Businesswoman Emperess Hall holds an MBA from Holy Names University and is Minister of Music at Oakland’s Miraculous Foundation Christian Center Church.
She is also a well-known hair stylist in the salon world.
Actress, singer and dancer Majesty Scott recently graduated with highest honors from UC Berkeley where she earned a degree in Theatre and Performing Arts.
She is a principal vocalist at several local churches and other Bay Area venues, has had several significant acting roles and teaches dance at schools and nonprofit organizations in the East Bay.
Hall and Scott believe The Christ Lounge and The Pit Stop provide a positive “nightclub experience” for both “believers and non-believers” without the alcohol, drugs, inappropriate behavior and potential violence.
Both clubs will feature music, dancing, games, good food and nonalcoholic cocktails.
The Christ Lounge, a cross-cultural, intergenerational club, will kick off with a Halloween Masquerade Party, 9 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday, Oct. 31.  The admission donation is $20, and tickets can be purchased by calling (510) 261-7729.
The Pit Stop launches 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27.  The $15 admission donation will be collected at the door.
Both parties will have contests for the best female and male Halloween costumes.
For information call (510) 261-7729.

Alexandria Bridgett to Compete in Miss USA California Pageant

Alexandria Bridgett

By David Scott
and Ashley Chambers

Alexandria Bridgett will be representing Oakland in the upcoming Miss USA California Pageant to be held Jan. 11-13, 2013.
A graduate of McClymonds High School in Oakland with honors as Salutatorian in 2010, she was also captain of the Girls Varsity Basketball team and vice president of the Leadership Committee.
Now a sophomore at U.C. Riverside studying sociology law and society, Bridgett has a passion for encouraging the next generation of college students.
“If I had to share wisdom with high school students or anyone, it would be to follow every dream and aspiration you have,” she said. “Don’t let anyone deter or distract you from what God has given you a passion for because it’s not a coincidence.”
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She believes she can and will make a difference.
“You have to be consistent in everything you do; the effort you put out determines the results you receive,” she said.
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Giants head to Detroit up 2-0

By: Malaika Bobino

San Francisco, CA – Off to another great start, you wonder how the Detroit Tigers have made it this far?  A year filled with ups and downs, the San Francisco Giants have finally pulled it together.  The season ended with a questions regarding their starting pitchers and that is now behind them.

The Giants beat the Tigers 2-0 and stay undefeated in the World Series.  They have now won five consecutive postseason games for the first time in the World Series.  Also a second night of outstanding pitching and this time credit Madison Bumgarner.

“Well, I thought the first inning would be a critical inning for him, for his confidence, also just to see where he was at” manager Bruce Bochy said.  “He’s done such a great job for us.  I really thought he needed a break, and I thought he benefited from it.  Getting some rest both mentally and physically, and he went out there and pitched like we know he can.”

Losing his previous two starts with a 11.25 ERA brought had many lose their faith in what he can do on the mound.  But tonight, Bumgarner proved all naysayers wrong giving a stellar performance much like he did back in 2010 when he faced the Texas Rangers in Game 4.

Madison became the fifth pitcher in World Series history to toss consecutive games of at least 7.0 scoreless innings with at least six strikeouts.  He fanned eight, yielded two hits and allowed no runs in seven innings.  A personal season best in striking out eight, the south-paw definitely earned his respect.

“Every pitch felt pretty good tonight,” said Bumgarner.  “It felt a lot better than it has been the last few games.  The biggest thing was just mixing it in and out, up and down, trying to keep them off balance the best we could.”

The game was delayed after a frightening hit on pitcher Doug Fister in the second frame.  Gregor Blanco’s single to center field bounced of the side of Fister’s head before landing mid-field.  After the team doctors and manager came out they gave him the OK to continue to pitch.

San Francisco scored their first run in the seventh when Hunter Pence singled followed by Brandon Belt’s walk and Blanco’s single on an infield bunt.  Three (catcher, pitcher and third baseman) Detroit players crowded around the ball thinking it was a foul ball but the umpire called it fair.  Brandon Crawford grounded out to score Pence.

That Brandon Belt walk was a really big at-bat,” Hunter said.  “It was huge.  To get on with nobody out and then draw a walk, you’re in a great situation, a great spot where Gregor [Blanco] can bump over me.”

The second and final hit came in the eighth when the Tigers bullpen completely fell apart.  Loading the bases with three walks, two intentional, Angel Pagan was once again spectacular.  He stole  second and Pence’s sacrifice fly brought him home.

Fister lasted six innings, giving up four hits, one run, one walk and three strikeouts.  Detroit made three pitching changes and that made no difference in trying to shut down the Giants offense.  With Jose Valverde out of the closer’s role, the Tigers went with Drew Smyly instead of Phil Coke.

“If Valverde was ready, we probably would’ve had Coke in that situation but Smyly did fine,” said manager Jim Leyland.  “To be honest with you we were absolutely thrilled to come out of that inning with one run, absolutely thrilled.  We got the double play ball and got out of it and it actually worked out really good for us.”

Detroit heads back home to Comerica Park down 0-2, where they owned the second-best home record in baseball during the regular season and are 4-0 this postseason.  But Game 3 and 4 are headline with two of San Francisco’s best pitchers Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain.

Sandoval Leads the Giants to Victory in Game 1

By: Malaika Bobino

San Francisco, CA – The quest was just a win.  No one thought history would be in the making yet the Giants never disappoint.  Two Cy Young Award winners took the mound to do the inevitable, they handed Justin Verlander his first loss to start a postseason series.

San Francisco took game one of the World Series with a 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.  For the third time in four years, game one featured Cy Young Award winners facing off.  It marked the ninth time overall in World Series history that previous Cy Young Award recipients have started against each other in the Fall Classic.

“I battled in the September to make the postseason roster last year,” Barry Zito said.  “The last thing I would’ve expected at this point was to start game 1.  The opportunity was magical and to be starting against Verlander and give our team a chance to go up 1-0.  The fact that we won is just kind of surreal.”

The pitching was great for the Giants but the one man who deserved a standing ovation for the night was Pablo Sandoval.  He’s now apart of an elite class of men in baseball, who play the game at their highest level.  Sandoval made postseason history when he blasted three home runs to join Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols.

“Man, I still can’t believe it,” Pablo said.  “When your a little kid, you dream about being in the World Series, but I was thinking of being in this situation, three homers in one game.  You have to keep focus and play your game.  You don’t have to be too excited, the series is not over.”

One person who completely lost his focus was Justin.  Sandoval struck his first two homers off Verlander who yielded five runs and six hits for a shocking ordinary night on the mound.  In fact, he lasted only four innings before the bullpen took over.  The most memorable thing for the ace pitcher on the mound was him mouthing “wow” after Pablo’s second two-run home run.

“Extremely impressive,” said Justin.  “I wish I hadn’t contributed.  Is it disappointing? Yeah.  Would you like to have won game 1? Absolutely.  It’s not the end of the world by any means.  I think we feel confident everyday, there’s nobody hanging their heads.”

The Tigers tried to rallied back in the ninth inning when Johnny Peralta homered on a fly ball to score Delmon Young.  But San Francisco’s bullpen was too strong and ended any hope of catching their lead.  Tim Lincecum who came out of the bullpen was probably his best in the postseason.  The two-time Cy Young winner looked like his old self when he struck out seven straight batters.

“The way Zito was focused today was not worrying about what Verlander was doing and that’s what you got to do,” Lincecum said.  “I felt good as I always have coming out of the bullpen.  All I was trying to do was get outs, that’s it.”

The Giants amazing start began with Sandoval’s solo blast in the first frame.  NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro contributed two RBI singles, Zito and Buster Posey also scored in runs.  The offense was at their best in every way including Angel Pagan’s two game doubles that sparked the third scoring spree.

With two outs in the inning, San Francisco got a huge break when Pagan’s ground ball toward left field hit the third base bag and picked up more speed down the line for a double.  The Giants rallied behind that hit with both Scutaro (who extended his postseason streak to 11 games) and Pablo making huge plays.

“Big time in getting the first win, especially when you face a guy like Justin Verlander, you have to bring your “A” game,” said Pagan.  “He had good stuff today but we put out some good at-bats.  I was just trying to start a rally with two outs and try to get to second base.”

“I think you can sum it up, when you use five pitchers in a game that Justin Verlander starts, that’s not good tonic,” Detroit’s manager Jim Leyland said.

Race Car driver Antron Brown makes history

Antron with his Grandmother Dolores Brown

The National Hot Rod Association recently made its last stop on the east coast at the Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania for the Auto Plus Nationals. New Jersey native, Antron Brown, placed second in the Top Fuel Dragster race, an uncommon feat for an African American in the world of car racing, and further cementing his place as the most successful African-American racer in motor sports history.

The win was a sweet one for Brown and his team, who were fully decked out in pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month and in honor of his mother-in-law, Linda Matranga, a breast cancer survivor.
The Maple Grove race was also special for Brown because his grandmother Dolores Joyce Brown was in the stands. She bought Antron his first dirt bike when he was four and has always supported him in his racing career. Speed must be in the family’s blood, because Joyce Brown also raced as a young woman.
Brown started racing Pro Stock motorcycles in 1997. While in college, he received a phone call from NFL cornerback Troy Vincent, who asked him if he could ride pro stock motorcycles, which travel at speeds of up to180 mph. In less than a year, Brown teamed up with Dave Schultz, a successful racer whose mentoring helped him become a top pro stock motorcycle rider.
In ten years, Brown scored 16 victories, and finished second in the points standings in 2001 and 2006. His stellar record paid off in 2008 when he signed a deal with David Powers Motor Sports to drive a Top Fuel Dragster, a vehicle that has 8,000 horsepower, and travels over 300 mph in less than four seconds.

Anron taking off at the starting line at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania.

Between qualifying rounds at the Maple Grove Raceway, Brown said learning to race a dragster required the same skills as racing bikes, “I did not have to learn how to race all over again,” he said. He continued, “My ten year career in PS motorcycle honed me and helped me a lot in how to handle high pressure situations, how to race and how to perform on a day to day basis, but the learning curve was now driving that 330mph rocket ship. I became a sponge through each year, learning more and more.”

Brown said that a complex combination of skill and instinct plays a role in winning races, “I am my own worst critic, and I watched, studying all of my races, then do different things to hone my skills, and get better, because this is not a deal that you can think, you have to train yourself to adapt to whatever is thrown at you, and when it happens, your body has to react, and if you think, its too late, its over and done with.”
Brown was honored earlier this year by the New Brunswick, N.J. African American Chamber of Commerce. “That was not just an award for me, but for my whole family, from my grandparents, to my kids,” Brown said.
To keep up with Antron Brown and others in drag racing, visit:

Countdown Until the Season Opener

By: Malaika Bobino

Oakland, CA – It’s that time of the year again.  We are counting the days until the season opener for the Golden State Warriors.  Only seven more days until the season kicks off.

After a stressful lockout year, the NBA is ready to embark on a full season packed with lots of excitement and entertainment.  But for the fans in the Bay Area, the Warriors are doing something different to ensure fan commitment this year.

To kick off the fun, Mike Malone, Pete Myers and Jerry DeGregorio all assistance coaches for Golden State interacted with fans today at Lucky’s grocery store located at Fruitvale and E. 9th Street.  The coaches bagged groceries and walked throughout the store making conversation with customers about the upcoming season.

Myers who wasted no time choosing from paper and plastic, expressed how bagging groceries was one of his jobs before pursuing his basketball career.  Malone also bagged while DeGregorio walked through each aisle with shoppers asking about their favorite NBA teams and players.

“I’m used to doing this, I bagged groceries back in Alabama, it was my second job,” said Pete.  “For us [coaches] its always great to come into the community with our fans, they give us so much during the year.”

The coaches handed out Warriors season schedules and tickets for the upcoming Cleveland Cavaliers game on November 7th.  A kind gesture to let fans know how much they’re appreciated despite the organization’s commitment to move the team to San Francisco in 2017.

“We are still the Bay Area’s team regardless, there’s one team in the Bay Area and that’s the Warriors,” Mike said.  “We want love from everybody and we’re going to give that love back to everybody wherever it might be.”

The customers were more than ecstatic to interact with the coaches while being rung up by the cashier.  Many were startled but embraced the moment to ask why the team would leave the city.  The coaches reassured them all that the focus is on this season but that doesn’t stop them from keeping the best fans in the NBA from an exciting season ahead.

“It’s great way to get out and meet the fans to encourage them to support our local NBA team,” said shopper Sean Thomas.  “It really helps to remind them how many people are rooting for them who aren’t able to attend games for whatever reason.  This is an awesome service by the Warriors.”

The team and the organization want to provide more than a great product on the court.  They want to see a team active in the community and be positive role models.  So, mark your calendars because we are seven days away from an amazing upcoming season.

Race Car driver Antron Brown makes history

Antron with his Grandmother Dolores Brown.

The National Hot Rod Association recently made its last stop on the east coast at the Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania for the Auto Plus Nationals. New Jersey native, Antron Brown, placed second in the Top Fuel Dragster race, an uncommon feat for an African American in the world of car racing, and further cementing his place as the most successful African-American racer in motor sports history.

The win was a sweet one for Brown and his team, who were fully decked out in pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month and in honor of his mother-in-law, Linda Matranga, a breast cancer survivor.
The Maple Grove race was also special for Brown because his grandmother Dolores Joyce Brown was in the stands. She bought Antron his first dirt bike when he was four and has always supported him in his racing career. Speed must be in the family’s blood, because Joyce Brown also raced as a young woman.
Brown started racing Pro Stock motorcycles in 1997. While in college, he received a phone call from NFL cornerback Troy Vincent, who asked him if he could ride pro stock motorcycles, which travel at speeds of up to180 mph. In less than a year, Brown teamed up with Dave Schultz, a successful racer whose mentoring helped him become a top pro stock motorcycle rider.
In ten years, Brown scored 16 victories, and finished second in the points standings in 2001 and 2006. His stellar record paid off in 2008 when he signed a deal with David Powers Motor Sports to drive a Top Fuel Dragster, a vehicle that has 8,000 horsepower, and travels over 300 mph in less than four seconds.

Anron taking off at the starting line at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania.

Between qualifying rounds at the Maple Grove Raceway, Brown said learning to race a dragster required the same skills as racing bikes, “I did not have to learn how to race all over again,” he said. He continued, “My ten year career in PS motorcycle honed me and helped me a lot in how to handle high pressure situations, how to race and how to perform on a day to day basis, but the learning curve was now driving that 330mph rocket ship. I became a sponge through each year, learning more and more.”

Brown said that a complex combination of skill and instinct plays a role in winning races, “I am my own worst critic, and I watched, studying all of my races, then do different things to hone my skills, and get better, because this is not a deal that you can think, you have to train yourself to adapt to whatever is thrown at you, and when it happens, your body has to react, and if you think, its too late, its over and done with.”
Brown was honored earlier this year by the New Brunswick, N.J. African American Chamber of Commerce. “That was not just an award for me, but for my whole family, from my grandparents, to my kids,” Brown said.
To keep up with Antron Brown and others in drag racing, visit:

Giants are going back to the World Series

By: Malaika Bobino

San Francisco, CA – In the last two years, we’ve seen players get traded, go down with injuries and admit to using PED’s.  But overall, the one goal was achieved and that’s making it back to the World Series.

The Giants shutout the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 and Marco Scutaro was awarded with the National League Championship Series MVP.  A sweet victory that ended with pouring rain in the final minutes of the game was nothing short of spectacular.  The resilience of this team proved they deserved to be right where they are.

“Every year is unique in it’s own way,” manager Bruce Bochy said.  “2010 was with the misfits, as we called them.  What we had to go through, here, with the adversity throughout the year.  And of course getting down two games to Cincinnati and going down 3-1 to this great club.  And finding a way to get it done just makes this so much special, I think.”

Facing five elimination games to emerge from triumphant might be the best this team has done in the last two years.  San Francisco provided outstanding pitching when it counted most and their MVP Scutaro provided a spark the offense needed to advance to the World Series.

“It means, a lot man,” Marco said.  “Just to be part of this team and just being in the playoffs and having the opportunity to live this experience for me is unbelievable.  I’ve played with a bunch of guys with a span of years in the big leagues and never had this opportunity to be in the playoffs or World Series.”

The Giants again got off to another great start just as they did the night before.  Back-to-back singles from both Angel Pagan and Scutaro.  Then an infield ground out by Pablo Sandoval put San Francisco on the board first.  But it was the domination in the third frame that sealed their win.

Five runs scored for a 7-0 lead left the Cardinals on the brink of elimination.  Another single from Marco, a double from Sandoval and Kyle Lohse walked Buster Posey to start the third.  A two-run double from Hunter Pence and an error at short stop brought in three run with no outs.  Add two more runs with a fielder’s choice and a RBI single.

“If you look at the [three] games, we made a lot of mistakes and they didn’t make any mistakes,” Carlos Beltran said.  “They were able to put things together with the offense, defense and pitching.  And we couldn’t do that.”

“I got myself into trouble early, and there’s no room for error in a game like this,” said Lohse.  “It just happened to be the worst possible moment.”

Kyle lasted two innings and pitched to three batters in the third.  He gave up six hits, five runs (all earned), one walk and one strikeout.  While St. Louis almost cleared their bullpen, nothing could stop the Giants.  They added two more runs including a solo home run from Brandon Belt in the eighth.

“I think those first two or three innings were probably the turning points of the game,” said Posey.  “Because if they get on the board quick and get a lil momentum, it could be a different game.  I think Matt [Cain] did a great job of shutting them down.”

Cain provided some offense support with a RBI single as well as apply pressure on the Cardinals with an outstanding night on the mound.  Lasting 5 2/3 innings, Matt yielded five hits allowing no runs, gave up one walk and struck out four.

“Being a first timer in the playoffs and to get this far and win it in this fashion is awesome,” Pagan said.  “But there is one more step, we have to get ready for Detroit, they’re a very good team.  So we have to go out there and get it done all the way.”

“This one hurts for sure, because we understood last year how cool it is to play deep into October,” said David Freese.  “Now we’re going to go home and watch the Giants.  But that’s a great group over there.  Heck of a team.  Good luck to those guys.”

Giants Ace Pitcher Ties the NLCS Series

By: Malaika Bobino

San Francisco, CA – It was a must win for the Giants.  Their ace pitcher Ryan Vogelsong delivered an outstanding performance game two of the NLCS series.  But tonight, he was even better, he pitched a career-high nine strikeouts and lead his team to victory.

San Francisco tied the series with a 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.  The offense soared for a second consecutive game and now has a chance to return to the World Series after winning it back in 2010.

“We know what’s at stake,” manager Bruce Bochy said.  “And now to get this point, being down 3-1.  You go out there and play like there’s no tomorrow.  We’ve had our backs to the wall, both teams have, and you’re seeing a great series, here.”

The Giants scored their first run in the first frame after Chris Carpenter walked Marco Scutaro and yielded a double to Pablo Sandoval.  With two on at third and second base, Buster Posey grounded to third baseman David Freese who threw to first for the out and Scutaro scored.

Freese hesitated about throwing for the out at home and that decision gave San Francisco the momentum they needed in the second inning.  Brandon Belt lead off the inning with a triple.  An error on the shortstop Pete Kozma brought in another run.

Marco who has been simply amazing in the playoffs, hit a two-run double to extend their lead 4-0.  But they weren’t done yet, Sandoval’s RBI single to center field added another run.  A total of four runs in the frame, three were unearned.

“There is no tomorrow for us,” Marco said.  “Hopefully, we can come back tomorrow and score some runs early for Cain so he will start doing his stuff, referring to [pitchers Barry Zito and Vogelsong].”

The Cardinals got their first hit of the night when Daniel Descalso knocked one up the middle in the fifth.  Kozma followed with a single to left field and Skip Schumaker grounded out to first baseman Belt to end the inning.  Vogelsong got around his first and only jam of the night.

“He [Ryan V.] did everything he wanted to do to us,” manager Mike Matheny said.  “We’ve had trouble with him and he’s made great pitches against us, and we’ve made very little adjustments.  He’s not making that many mistakes, so that’s a tough combination for us.”

For 4 2/3 innings, Ryan allowed no batters on base.  Game two of the series Vogelsong said that was his best game but 27 outs away from returning to the World Series might be even better.  Tonight, he pitched a strong, brilliant game and forced a game 7.

“There was no plan going in,” Ryan said.  “I just threw what Buster [Posey] was putting down.  I saw how our team reacted the other night when Barry [Zito] came out and kind of took the bull by it’s horns early and was throwing up zeros.  I just knew I had to go out there and keep them off the board early and give us a chance to do something offensively.”

San Francisco will play tomorrow behind Matt Cain.  Either way one team will move on to play in the World Series against the Detroit Tigers.  The Giants are hoping it’s them, the pressure is on but just like in years past, San Francisco does it’s best when their backs are against the wall.

Raiders Win in Overtime Over Jaguars

By: Malaika Bobino

Oakland, CA – Cecil Short III fumbled on the opening possession in overtime.  It was only fitting the Oakland Raiders took advantage of that opportunity for their second win of the season.  After rallying back from being down fourteen points, they found a way to get it done.

Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 40-yard field goal for the win and the Raiders defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-23.  Unlike last weekend when they lost 23-20 in the final seconds against the Atlanta Falcons.  Oakland got contributions from both the defense and offense.

“Am I pleased with the way we played, especially in the first half? Absolutely not,” coach Dennis Allen said.  “But any time you get an opportunity to win in the NFL, you can’t ever take that for granted.”

The Jaguars completely dominated the first half with two touchdowns and one field goal.  Blaine Gabbert found Short III in the end zone for a 42-yard touchdown in the first quarter.  Phillip Adams fumbled a 50-yard punt return and Rashad Jennings recovered.

Jacksonville scored their second touchdown in the second quarter when Jennings rushed for 5-yards.  It was mistake after mistake for the Raiders.  Carson Palmer’s shovel pass intended for Denarius Moore was intercepted by Derek Cox.  Josh Scobee kicked a 50-yard field goal to give the Jaguars a 17-3 lead.

But despite the number of turnovers by Oakland they stayed in the game.  Janikowski kicked two field goals, one in the first quarter for 21-yards and a 33-yard FG in the second quarter with 0.34 seconds remaining in the half.  After halftime is when they turned things around.

“An ugly win is better than a pretty loss,” said Palmer.  “But we hung in there and defense played great giving us the ball back.  It’s just good to get out of here with a win.”

Carson’s no huddle offense led to an 8-yard touchdown to Moore.  That was the spark the offense needed, the Raiders next two scoring drives were assisted with penalties by Jacksonville and that also helped.

After the Oakland used their final timeout, Aaron Ross was called for interference when Palmer threw deep in the end zone to Darrius Heyward-Bey.  That put the Raiders in position for Carson’s 1-yard touchdown and tied the game 23-23.

“In my book, there’s no such thing as a ugly win,” Richard Seymour said.

Oakland’s defense did something they weren’t able to do last week.  They not only prevented the Jaguars from scoring but forced a turnover to give them the ball back.  After Sebastian missed a 64-yard field goal the game went into overtime.

Jacksonville opened up with the ball on their on 19 with running back Rashad  getting crushed on the first play by Roland McClain.  Quarterback Chad Henne threw a short pass Cecil for 8 yards but got stripped by Lamar Houston and cornerback Joselio Hanson recovered on the Jaguars 21 yard line.

Palmer knelt on the ball at the 22 to set up Janikowski’s field goal for the win.  Although, it was a tough start for the offense in the beginning going 69 yards on 26 carries.  Carson completed 26 of 46 passes for 298 yards.

Star running back Maurice Jones-Drew got injured on the first drive with a left foot injury was a tough loss.  Then quarterback Gabbert left the game in the second quarter with an injured left shoulder.  Jacksonville only managed two first downs behind Henne in the second half.

“We’re finding ways to not win these games instead of finding ways to win,” said coach Mike Mularkey.  “At some point it’s got to turn, and the only people that can make that happen, starting with me, is in that room.  At some point, you have to draw the line and go, ‘enough is enough.’  When we get to that point, you’ll see different outcomes, but we’re not there obviously.”

Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program

By Greg Lydon

A happy group of second grade students at Peres Elementary School in Richmond received school materials through Chevron’s Fuel Your School program on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Townsend Bryson’s classroom lit up as the project materials were presented to the students for the first time.
The gift is part of an innovative collaboration with, an online charity to help students in need.
All year, public school teachers across the U.S. post classroom project requests on the website, requesting support that ranges from pencils to microscope slides and even live tarantulas for use with biology lessons.
Chevron is donating $1 for every fill up of eight gallons or more between Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, up to a total contribution of $1 million.
“This is the third year that the Fuel Your School program will have a direct impact on the local public schools in Richmond,” said Nigel Hearne, Chevron Richmond Refinery General Manager.
“We are committed to investing in STEM (science, math and technology) education programming in the West Contra Coast Unified School District to help (the district) realize its vision of improving access to quality education for all students,” he said.
This year the program expanded to nine areas, including Portland, Houston and Orange County, along with the Bay Area.
Consumers can track classroom projects in need of funding and see how much money is being earned for public schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties by visiting
Donations earned through Fuel Your School will be used to fund eligible classroom projects from Oct. 2 through Nov. 30 or until funds generated by this program have been exhausted by eligible projects.