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Brown Apologizes for Calling Whitman a ‘Whore’

After Attorney General Jerry Brown campaign apologized to Republican Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman for calling her a “whore,” he was forced to repeat his plea for forgiveness at the third debate.
“It’s unfortunate, I’m sorry it happened, and I apologize,” the 72-year-old former governor said.
But Whitman, 54, seemed to be left unsatisfied by Brown’s gesture to change  the “nasty” tone of the campaign. ‘It’s not just me but the people of California who deserve better than slurs,’ she said.
Brown had been recorded saying to an unidentified aide five weeks ago: “Do we want to put an ad out… that I have been warned if I crack down on pensions… that they’ll go to Whitman.”
The person with Brown said: “What about saying she’s a whore?”
Brown answered: “Well, I’m going to use that. It proves you’ve cut a secret deal to protect the pensions.”
Last week, Brown’s campaign manager Steven Glazer said: “We apologize to Mrs. Whitman and anyone who may have been offended.”

THE POST RECOMMENDS – Part 1

THE POST RECOMMENDS

The Post News Group, which includes El Mundo – our Spanish Language publication,will publish its list of endorsements of candidates and ballot measures in the 18 cities each week where the papers are circulated. Please visit our website: www.postnewsgroup.com.

Elsa Ortiz, Director, AC Transit Board

Carole Ward Allen, BART, District 4

Rebecca Kaplan Oakland Mayor (One of 3 choices)

Desley Brooks, Oakland City Council, District 6

Courtney Ruby Oakland Auditor

Linda Handy Trustee, Peralta Colleges College Board

Late Touchdown Gives Chargers Win

Oakland, CA-  The ESPN Monday night game was a thriller down to the last minute.  The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers battled throughout the entire game and left one team anticipating a rematch in months to come…   Many felt the Raiders were robbed by a crucial call that over turned a touchdown that would’ve given Oakland the win.  The reality is the Chargers late touchdown with 18 seconds left sealed San Diego’s win over Oakland 24-20.

“It’s a situation that we work often in practice and during the summer said, QB Philip Rivers.  Our guys were confident that we could at least get down the field for a field goal.  But the closer we got, the more we wanted to score.  The Raiders played a soft coverage as if we had to score so that allowed us to “dink and dunk” it down the field.  The Chargers did more than “dink and dunk”!  At the two minute warning San Diego powered down the field for 9 plays that led to QB Philip Rivers connecting with RB Darren Sproles, for a 5 yard touchdown that sealed their victory.  Oakland’s defense did indeed collapse in the final minutes of play.  Unable to stop the running drive of the Chargers was a tough loss for Oakland.

Raiders coach Tom Cable said after the game that “he felt the defense played soft in the end.  After watching film we are going to have to think harder about our end coverage.”  The Raiders played a stellar defensive game and newly acquired veteran DE Richard Seymour recorded 2 sacks for his first game as a Raider.  Seymour played well as expected and has a good vibe about his new team.  “We have to leave this loss on the football field.  No words can express our feelings.   We’re disappointed about not making the plays on that last drive.  However, I’m encouraged by what I see from the guys and know we’ll get better as a team.”

I think we’re all encouraged by the improvements of what the Raiders displayed for game 1 of the season.  QB JaMarcus Russell got things rolling in the 1st quarter by throwing a pass to TE Zach Miller for a gain of 30 yards.  Oakland was moving the ball well and Russell then followed with another pass to TE Tony Stewart for another gain of 13 yards.  This play set up WR Michael Bush’s 4 yard touchdown to give Oakland a 7-0 lead.  The Chargers endless penalties and rare fumble by LaDainian Tomlinson in the first half didn’t stop Rivers from passing to Tomlinson for a 1 yard touchdown to tie the game at the end of the 1st quarter.

A controversial call reversed rookie WR Louis Murphy’s touchdown in the 2nd quarter was heart breaking for the Oakland Raiders.  It was a beautiful catch where Murphy landed on both feet, however, the play was overruled by the refs because he did not look to have possession as he was tackled to the ground.  One can only wonder, had referee Carl Cheffers not overturn the play, Oakland would have walked away with the win.  But, unfortunately that didn’t happen and a baffled yet angered Raider team continued to play their best.

“We played them hard and we have a lot to build from this loss moving forward”, said Louis Murphy.  On his touchdown being reversed, “was it a rookie mistake, I don’t know?  I haven’t looked at film yet but I personally thought I had the touchdown.  Next time I have to bring the ball in and lock it in more.”  Murphy was able to redeem himself in the 4th quarter after he caught a 57 yard touchdown pass from Russell that put Oakland up 20-17.  Surprisingly, San Diego held the most team penalties which is something many would expect from the Raiders.

One of the things coach Cable talked about after the game was focusing more on the kick off coverage with special teams.  Veteran TE Tony Stewart who plays both back up on offense and on special teams spoke about their performance. “We don’t like how we came out and played this game.  In the course of the game there are going to be mistakes here and there but as a team we must play more with full  speed and defense.  As the “kick off team” we must set the tone for the game and trust what we’ve been taught in practice.  We’re focused and will be ready for Kansas City”!

The Oakland Raiders are on the road next week and will play the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at 10am EST.

Written by: Malaika Bobino

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Raiders celebrate with the fans!

Oakland, CA– The Oakland Raiders took time away from a grueling camp in Napa, CA to celebrate with their fans this past weekend.  In front of a crowd of 10,000, the Raiders held an open scrimmage game.  This was an opportunity for all to get a glimpse of the new and improved Raider team.  All of the off-season transactions, trades and new comers were greeted in McAfee Coliseum.  Who better to get the first look than the people who commit every year to support their home team.  A new season and a fresh start, the Oakland Raider fans are ready for some football!

The 2009 Raider Nation Celebration featured Raider players, coaches, former legends and footballs fabulous females, the Raiderettes.  The activities on the field prior to the celebration were the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, performance by the Raiderettes and the Kids Zone where the parents were the play-by-play commentators.  The free event also had live interviews with the legends and players.  But the best was yet to come, once the practice was over the fans were able to get autographs and take photos with their favorite players.

The Oakland Raiders coach spoke after the practice and had this to say, “the most important thing was to give something back to all these people.  I mentioned when I got hired, I thought the fans in Oakland have been great, they’ve been very supportive.  It’s high time this team give something back and that’s the goal this year.  We’ve got to bring this team and the community together.”

Many of the fans were pleased with the event and look forward to the upcoming season.  “I brought my kids here to see a professional football team for the first time.  The practice was great and I couldn’t believe that the team took time to come down from Napa to do this for us?  It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the players and get their autographs” said Drew Smith, long time Raider fan.

The Raiders first pre-season opener is this Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Written by: Malaika Bobino

Congress Passes Credit Card Bill

Congresswoman Barbara Lee this week voted for a national credit card bill of rights to protect consumers against unfair practices.
The legislation, passed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 361– 64, will now go on to President Barack Obama’s desk to be signed into law. The law would end the unfair practices of the credit card industry and protect consumers from the abusive tactics that have driven so many Americans deeper and deeper into debt.
“It’s unacceptable that during these incredibly difficult and challenging economic times, our constituents are increasingly being squeezed with egregious fees and dubious business practices by the very banks that their tax dollars have been bailing out,” said Lee.
“The bill will level the playing field between card issuers and cardholders by applying common sense regulations that would ban most retroactive interest rate hikes on existing balances, double-cycle billing and due-date gimmicks. While I believe the consumer protections in this bill should have gone into effect sooner, I am pleased that Congress has taken swift action to get this legislation to the President’s desk.
Lee said she was disappointed that the final bill retains language to allow guns in national parks. This language is not only unnecessary but unrelated to the goals of this bill which is to provide critical credit protections to consumers, she said.
“We cannot continue to allow the gun lobby to hold us hostage to their agenda,” she said.
The credit card bill would ban most interest rate increases on existing balances and increases notice of interest rate hikes going forward on new purchases. It requires that bills be sent 21 days before the due date; prohibits charging fees just to pay a bill by phone, mail or web; bans over-the-limit fees unless a consumer opts-in in advance; bans due-date tricks; requires payments to be applied fairly to the highest interest rate balance first; and strengthens credit card protections for young people.

Obama Names Oakland Director Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios as U.S. Treasurer

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Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios

President Barack Obama has nominated former City of Oakland Director Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios for United States Treasurer.
With more than 21 years of real estate and urban development experience, Rios served as the director of the Redevelopment and Economic Development departments for the City of Oakland. Rios has a long track record in California economic development with municipal governments in the cities of Fremont, San Leandro and Union City.
“I am so very pleased that my constituent,  … who I enthusiastically supported, has been chosen to serve as our new U.S. Treasurer,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.
“While working for the City of Oakland, she led the efforts to facilitate development and business opportunities within Oakland and revitalize the city’s downtown and neighborhood corridors,” Lee said.
Rios currently is Managing Director of Investments for MacFarlane Partners, one of the leading real estate investment management firms in the U.S. She serves as the primary liaison with the firms’ real estate and capital partners to facilitate investments located in urban and high-density suburban markets and recently closed on over $345 million worth of equity commitments.
She also serves as a Trustee of the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association and is a board member of the California Association of Local Economic Development and the Fruitvale Spanish-Speaking Unity Council. A graduate of Harvard University, she is a Fellow with the Royal Society of the Arts.

Vote No on Proposition 8

Alicehuffman.jpgBy Alice A. Huffman
President, California NAACP

There comes a time when society’s values and mores are called into question and we must sort out what is important to the well being of humanity. Proposition 8 brings us to just such cross roads where we must cast a vote on November 4, on one side or the other. In arriving at our position we analyzed the issue from several angles and realized that there is no need for Proposition 8.
First we addressed the issue of “Marriage.” As we know, not everyone in our diverse community practice the same brand of religion and not all of us who profess faith in one denomination interpret the bible in the same way. The proponents will have us believe that marriage is a sacred union between a man and woman and they will use biblical quotes to back them up. The truth is, the sacred union of marriage is one performed in the church with believers in the doctrine of that church and practices its faith. Thus, the transference of the license to the sanctity of the church is a Christian choice made post the granting of the marriage license by the government. Read more

Obama’s Sermon On The Mount

By Marvin X Jackmon

And so it is, Lazarus has come forth from the grave and has begun his ascent up the mountain. American history moves with him up the mountain as he makes his way to the highest office in the land, the President. Will he stumble, fall, in the manner of Sisyphus, or will he cross the finish line to victory? As he said in his speech, it is not about him but about you, black, brown, yellow and white Americans. We think the words of a white man shall set the standard for whites when he said on the radio, “I confess my shame that only now have I come to the realization that the Black man has every right to be president of the United States. And I know many of my white brothers and sisters are facing this moment of truth.” Read more

Black Leaders Mentored Jack London

By Mary Rudge

MaryRudgemug.jpgInterviewing people and researching books on Oakland’s heritage of people of creative, active minds is one of the happiest interests a person can have.  It has been my pleasure to meet many people who have a passion for some aspect of  history who each feel enriched by what they have discovered. On learning some of Oakland’s history, I have been amazed at  the powerful influences some of these great personalities  have had on each other,  and, in some cases, the world. Read more

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Leads Panel Discussion on HIV/AIDS

Barbara-Lee.jpgCongresswoman Barbara Lee (D-9) on Friday, May 9 hosted a panel discussion – titled “From Prevention to Policy: Responses to HIV/AIDS in the African-American Community” – at the West Oakland Senior Center to assess the expanding the reach of HIV prevention services and programs, increasing opportunities for HIV diagnosis and treatment, developing new and effective interventions and mobilizing the community to combat this epidemic in the 9th Congressional District and the Bay Area.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), served as the guest speaker, discussing ongoing efforts by the CDC to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 9th Congressional District. Dr. Gerberding is a physician and an expert in infectious diseases. For over 60 years, the Atlanta-based CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury and disability. Read more

Swanson’s “Green Jobs” Training Bill Advances

SandreSwanson.jpgAssembly Labor & Employment Chairman Sandré R. Swanson has introduced AB 2147 to establish the Green Jobs Corps Grant Program to implement an energy efficiency and renewable energy worker training program for individuals seeking employment pathways out of poverty into economic self-sufficiency.
“We have a tremendous opportunity in California for job growth in the ‘green’ economy,” stated Swanson. “However, we need to match up that opportunity with those members of our communities most in need of jobs, including at-risk youth and formerly incarcerated individuals. That is why I believe this bill is so important.”
The Program will be administered by the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, which will develop application procedures and criteria to award $500,000 in grants to community-based organizations, local agencies, and service providers (or partnerships thereof).
Grants will be funded with State and Federal workforce development and job training funds, and/or funds allocated for rehabilitation and treatment of prison inmates and parolees. Monies will be awarded to fund programs in urban, suburban, and rural areas of northern, central and southern California. Read more

AADC’s Endorsement Meeting April 12

By Wade Woods

ToyeMoses.jpgPresident Toye Moses announced that The African American democratic club (AADC) is scheduling an endorsement meeting for Saturday april 12, 2008 at Rasselas Jazz located at end at 1:00 pm prompt.
The AADC will be endorsing candidates for U.S. Congress from the 8th and 12 District and State Senate District 3.  The organization will also be endorsing candidates for San Francisco Democratic County Central committee in Districts 12 & 13, plus Superior Court Judges for seats 1 thru 22.
Voting will take place immediately after presentations by candidates and speakers for propostions are finished. Light refreshments will be served. New members are welcome.  For more information call (415) 267-3921

Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Michael Minor, Superintendent of DeWitt Nelson Youth Correctional Facility

By Post Staff

Michael-Minor.jpgMichael Minor, 48, of Elk Grove, has been appointed superintendent of the DeWitt Nelson Youth Correctional Facility (YCF).
Since 2005, he has served as the acting superintendent at DeWitt Nelson YCF in Stockton. Earlier in 2005, Minor was a major at DeWitt Nelson YCF and, from 1998 to 2005, was a major at N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton. From 1997 to 1998, he was a captain at Karl Holton Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton and, from 1994 to 1997, was a lieutenant at DeWitt Nelson YCF.
Prior to that, Minor was a sergeant at the Northern California Youth Correctional Center in Stockton from 1991 to 1994, a youth correctional counselor at DeWitt Nelson YCF from 1989 to 1991 and a youth correctional officer at DeWitt Nelson YCF from 1986 to 1989. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $125,892. Minor is registered decline-to-state.

Swanson Endorses Tony Thurmond for Assembly

By Post Staff

Assembly member Sandre Swanson, Chairman of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, endorsed Council member Tony Thurmond’s bid for State Assembly, saying, “I enthusiastically support Tony Thurmond’s candidacy for California’s 14th State Assembly District.”
“With our current budget crisis, it’s important to have elected officials with the background and the courage to fight for a budget that reflects the priorities and values of our community,” continued Swanson. “I am confident Council member Thurmond will join me in our fight to prioritize schools, will work to create job opportunities for California’s families, and will support initiatives that will lead to safer communities.”
Thurmond currently serves on the Richmond City Council and is the Executive Director of Beyond Emancipation, a non-profit organization that provides oversight and mentoring to help former foster youth make successful transitions into adulthood.
“I am deeply honored to have Assembly member Swanson’s endorsement,” said Thurmond. “He has been a dedicated community leader for so many years, and it will be an honor to work with him. I know that with his partnership and support, we can bring high-paying jobs and affordable health care to our constituents and all Californians.”
Thurmond agreed that he would fight with Swanson to balance the state budget while protecting education, health care and public safety from arbitrary cuts. He pledged to fight to pass universal health care and to oppose cuts to public education.
“We can?t wait for change,” said Thurmond. “I am the only candidate in this race who is already working in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties on the key issues of ending the violence in our communities and providing jobs, health care and, most importantly, hope to our youth and their families.”
Thurmond has raised more than $1 million to support emancipated foster youth in Alameda County, and helped allocate nearly $1 million in funding to support child abuse prevention efforts in Contra Costa County.
In addition to Swanson, Assembly members Mervyn M. Dymally, Mike Davis, Alberto Torrico, Fiona Ma and former Speaker Pro Tempore John T. Knox have endorsed Thurmond’s campaign.

Ousted African American Public Utilities Commissioner Lands on Planning Commission

By Wade Woods

It was a quick turn around for Ryan L. Brooks the 37 year old executive with CBS Outdoor, Inc. Brooks, who was rejected for reappointment to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission by the Board of Supervisors on a 8-3 vote, was this week appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom to the Planning Commission.
Ryan-L.-Brooks.jpg On February 13, 2008 Brook and Commissioner Richard Sklar went before the full Board of Supervisors for reappointment. Sklar was confirmed for reappointment, while Brooks was rejected. Many saw it as a battle between Mayor Newsom and Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, over control of appointments to various commissions and boards. There was also the question of whether PUC head Susan Leal would retain her job or be fired. She was recently fired in a closed door meeting of the commission. Read more

Barbara Lee Highlights Progressive Vision During State of the District Address

BLeeCrowd.gifChildren from Martin Luther King Freedom Center. Photo by Dorice McFadden

Appearing before hundreds of her constituents from the 9th Congressional District, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) delivered her Fourth Annual State of the District Address on Monday, reminding members of the audience that a new day is dawning and that the close of the Bush Administration and its counterproductive policies is fast approaching.
“As I stand here tonight, I can’t help but be excited that there are only 300 days left before President Bush finally leaves the White House,” Lee said to a rousing round of applause. “With the end of these dark and dangerous days in sight, hope abounds for a new future.”
During the 25-minute speech, Lee – who is poised to celebrate 10 years in office – spoke of the sweeping and aggressive agenda for members of the Progressive Caucus, which she co-chairs, and outlined her priorities for residents of the 9th Congressional District. Read more

Simon Reaches Out to Community

Since being appointed a Commissioner to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in February 2007, Timothy Alan Simon has thrown himself into his new role
TimothyASimontop.jpg “It is very important to me to reach out to and make connections with the community in order to hear from them as well as spread the word about how the CPUC can help them,” said Commissioner Simon. “As only the third African American appointed to the CPUC, I hope that I can increase diversity of thought and action and bring people of all colors together for the benefit of the state.” Read more

Hunters Point Residents Turn In Signatures To Place Shipyard Development on Ballot

By Wade Woods

Last Friday residents of the Alice Griffith Public Housing Project filed into the Election Office with 12,500 signatures to kick off a campaign to build much needed replacement housing as part of the ballot measure to revitalize Bayview-Hunters Point.
Joining the residents at the signature turn-in event were Mayor Gavin Newsom, District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting and other supporter of the ballot measure entitled “Bayview Jobs, Parks and Housing Initiative which will be on June election ballot.
“This is an exciting, hopeful time for the residents of my district,” said Supervisor Maxwell. “New parks, new jobs and many benefits to the existing neighborhood: that’s what the people of Bayview-Hunters Point need and deserve.” Read more

Governor Appoints Cynthia Dellums

Cynthia-Dellums.jpgCynthia Dellums, 54, of Oakland, has been appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women. She has worked as a volunteer for the mayor of Oakland and his office since 2007, assisting in the development and implementation of a comprehensive urban agenda for the city of Oakland. Dellums has been co-founder and chief executive officer of Dellums & Associates, a management consulting firm, since 2003. Prior to that, she was a consultant for Dellums, Brauer and Halterman from 1998 to 2003 and director of economic development at the East Bay Conversion and Reinvestment Commission from 1995 to 1998. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Dellums is a Democrat.

Absentee Voting for February 5 Election

The absentee voting period for the February 5, 2008 Presidential Primary Election is from Monday, January 7th through February 5th at 8:00 p.m. Voters may request an absentee ballot by mail by completing the application on the back of their sample ballot or by sending a written request to the Registrar of Voters.
Written requests for an absentee ballot must include the voter?s name, residence address, the address to which the ballot is to be mailed, and the voter?s signature. All requests for absentee ballots must be in writing and include the voter?s signature. Law precludes the Registrar of Voters from issuing a ballot based on a telephone request. Requests for absentee ballots may be faxed to 510-272-6982. Requests may be mailed to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, 1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1, Oakland, CA 94612. The Registrar of Voters must receive all written requests for absentee ballots no later than January 29th. Voted ballots must be returned to the Registrar of Voters or any polling place in Alameda County no later than the close of polls on election day.

For more information, call the Registrar of Voters at 510-272-6973.