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.”
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President Obama Resists Calls for Special Programs for Black Jobless
Jobs Are Coming Back—But Are They Black?
By Dayo Olopade
The employment statistics for January are out—and the jobless rate for America now sits at 9.7 percent. While the country lost 20,000 jobs last month, this figure is a slight improvement over December’s rate of 10 percent, and a five month low. The United States gross domestic product grew by a healthy 5.7 percent in the last quarter of 2009, and in some sectors—manufacturing, part-time health work, and the automobile industry, for example—there are signs that recovery is happening. In addition, the number of involuntary part-time workers (who had been working fewer hours because of job scarcity) dropped by roughly 850,000, suggesting that employers are converting part-time employees back to full-time jobs.
The unemployment rate is still differentiated by gender and race: Joblessness among women decreased to 8.4 percent, while for men it dropped by a smaller amount, to 10.8 percent.
But the news for black America is not so encouraging: While the overall rate of unemployment dropped slightly, the unemployment rate for African-Americans rose to 16.5 percent, and for black men rose a full percentage point to 17.6 percent—a high for the ongoing recession.
Christina Romer, chair of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, doesn’t have a clear reason for why this is happening to black America. “In terms of what in particular is driving that, we don’t yet have the answers on that,” she said, while briefing reporters on the new numbers. “There is of course…what economists would call ‘noise,’” she continued, suggesting that month-to-month movement in the jobless rate does not yet constitute a pattern.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell this week announced the California Department of Education received $4.3 million in federal Advanced Placement Test Fee Program grants to help low-income students pay fees to take Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests.
“Students need more rigorous instruction to prepare for today’s hypercompetitive economy,” O’Connell said. “These grants will help ensure that cost will not be a barrier for students to take these courses and as well as the tests. These grants are particularly welcome in our current economic environment. And, as an added benefit, by taking and passing these tests, students may receive college credit that can offset some of the cost of higher education.”
In the past decade from 1997-98 to 2007-08, the total number of students enrolled in AP and IB courses grew 112.6 percent from 228,019 to 484,694 students. AP and IB classes are typically taken in high school-level courses. But two middle schools in San Diego County, Lemon Grove Middle School and Palm Middle School both in the Lemon Grove School District, are offering middle school students Spanish language AP courses.
In 2007-08, schools tracked a combined 96,174 low-income students taking the AP and IB tests. That number is projected to grow 15 percent to 110,599 in 2008-09. This indicates a dramatic growth in the need by low-income students seeking assistance to offset the cost of higher education.
AP and IB tests typically cost about $86 to $88 per test subject that may be a hindrance to low-income families. Under the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program, low-income students are asked by schools to pay only $5 per test subject. The Program has resulted in increased student achievement in AP courses, and increased student participation in the AP tests.
The AP program was established more than 40 years ago by the College Board, a national nonprofit organization in New York. AP consists of college-level courses in 21 subject areas. AP programs offer incentives for high schools to provide access to these rigorous courses for students while in secondary school. AP courses are recognized by virtually all public and private universities.
The IB program was established nearly 50 years ago by the International Baccalaureate Organization in Switzerland and administered by the International Baccalaureate Curriculum and Assessment Center in Wales. The IB program is a two-year comprehensive and rigorous pre-university curriculum using internationally accepted performance standards leading to an IB diploma. Successful candidates are typically granted advanced placement credit at the finest universities and colleges in the nation.
If students score high enough on the AP and IB tests, they may receive college credit and advanced academic standing that can greatly help them in the very competitive process of university admission.
For more information on the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/ps/apfeesummary.asp.
The federal government is releasing over $3 million in National Institute of Health grants to UC Berkeley and Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland.
The money, made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, include awards to UC Berkeley of $183,000 to create a mouse model to enable researchers to compare TLR9 gene function in mice and humans, which may inform new treatments for infectious and immunologic diseases; $2,6 million to investigate the interaction between five intracellular pathogens and immune cells called macrophages in hopes of aiding discovery of new therapies to combat these infectious agents; and $50,054 to explain the means by which cancer-causing gammaherpes viruses actively replicate while subverting the immune response. This research may identify potentials for treatments and vaccines.
Children’s Hospital and Research Center is receiving $400,000 to find treatments for cardiovascular diseases through research the structure of apolipoprotein A-I on defined states of HDL.
“In order to develop new treatments and vaccines for illnesses we must invest in healthcare research,” said Congresswoman Barbra Lee.
“I am pleased that the Ninth Congressional District of California will receive these funds to continue their groundbreaking work towards desperately needed treatments and cures.”
To learn more about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, go to www.recovery.
By Michael Shear, Debbi
Wilgoren and Robert Barnes
President Obama this week nominated U.S. Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court, hailing her as “an inspiring woman” with a moving personal story and broad professional experience who would bring new perspective to the court.
If confirmed, Sotomayor, 54, would be the first Supreme Court justice of Hispanic descent and only the third woman ever to sit on the panel. She grew up in a Bronx housing project, went on to Princeton University and Yale Law School, and has stirred controversy by saying that judges’ legal findings are informed by their own life experiences as well as their legal research.
Obama, too, has said jurists’ life experiences are a key part of their legal makeup, and he cited Sotomayor’s compelling personal story as one of the motivations for his choice. Aides said Obama met Sotomayor in person for the first time Thursday, and made his decision to nominate her last night.
“Over a distinguished career that spans three decades, Judge Sotomayor has worked at almost every level of our judicial system, providing her with a depth of experience and a breadth of perspective that will be invaluable as a Supreme Court justice,” Obama said.
Describing the sacrifices made by Sotomayor’s parents, who came from Puerto Rico to New York to raise their family and focused all their efforts on their children’s education, Obama said the family exemplified the American dream.
Obama said of his nominee, “Walking in the door, she would bring more experience on the bench and more varied experience on the bench than anyone currently serving on the United States Supreme Court had when they were appointed.”
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.
By Lisa Riley Roche
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. was named Saturday by President Barack Obama to be U.S. ambassador to China.
“I wasn’t looking for a new job in life, but a call from the president changed that,” Huntsman said, standing beside Obama at a White House press conference.
Obama described the importance of the post and asked Utahns to forgive him for taking away a popular governor.
“There are few countries in the world with a past so rich or a future so full of possibilities as China, with a vast population, growing economy and far-reaching influence, China will have a crucial role in confronting all the major challenges that face Asia and the world in the years ahead,” the president said.
During the early morning announcement, President Obama noted the GOP governor had played a key role in the campaign of his rival for the White House, Arizona Sen. John McCain. “I know Jon is the kind of leader who always put country ahead of party,” the president said, noting he understood Huntsman’s decision to join a Democratic administration would not be easy to explain to some in the GOP.
The appointment of Huntsman means Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert will take over as the state’s chief executive. Huntsman, a Republican, met late last year with representatives of the Democratic president’s administration about a possible appointment.
The governor, 49, has served as U.S. ambassador to Singapore, and was on a short list to fill the same role in China under President George W. Bush. He was also a U.S. trade ambassador to the region and has negotiated agreements with the Chinese government.
Huntsman speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese learned for an LDS Church mission to Taiwan. He and his wife, Mary Kaye, adopted a daughter from China.
President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that will catalogue and preserve stories and experiences of Americans who were involved with the Civil Rights Movement.
The bill, H. R. 586, the Civil Rights Oral History Project, will create a joint effort between the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress to collect oral histories of the people who were involved in the movement and preserve their stories for future generations.
“Because of the hundreds and thousands of ordinary people with extraordinary vision who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, we witnessed a non-violent revolution under the rule of law, a revolution of values and ideas that changed this nation forever,” said Rep. John Lewis.
“It is fitting and appropriate that President Obama signed a bill … designed to preserve and protect the story of this great movement and this great people for future generations to learn about and understand,” said Lewis, a co-sponsor of the bill.
The goal of the Civil Rights Oral History Project is to collect video and audio recordings of those who participated in the civil rights movement, providing a historic catalogue of this historic period.
Chauncey Bailey interviews his old Tribune buddies at the Cafe just one week before his murder.Left Chauncey Bailey, Paul Cobb, Dave Newhouse ,Tribune columnist and Lee Susman, cartoonist. Photo by Gene Hazzard.
By Dave Newhouse
BAY AREA NEWS GROUP
A confluence of thoughts hit me Monday: Chauncey Bailey Project, the Oakland Tribune, the Pulitzer Prize, Oakland’s disturbing crime situation, Barack Obama, Paul Cobb, and the last time I saw Chauncey Bailey, one week before his killing.
The Tribune has won two Pulitzers for photographic excellence – Bill Crouch’s 1950 photo of two airplanes nearly colliding in midair, and the Tribune’s coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Now the Tribune has launched The Chauncey Bailey Project, whose leader-of-the-pack investigative reporting of Bailey’s death has graced this newspaper and is worthy of Pulitzer consideration. Read more
From left to right: Assemblymember Sandre Swanson, Oakland City Councilmember-elect At-Large Rebecca Kaplan, Alameda Labor Council Secretary/Treasurer Sharon Cornu.
By Ken A. Epstein
Supporters came out Friday evening to the 19th and Broadway campaign headquarters to celebrate Rebecca Kaplan’s recent landslide victory in the race for the Oakland City Council at-large seat.
Kaplan, a member of the AC Transit board, won 62 percent of the vote against Kerry Hamill, a member of the Oakland Board of Education.
“The partnership of the Democratic Party, the labor movement and the community brought about this victory,” said Sharon Cornu, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Alameda County Central Labor Council, speaking at the celebration. Kaplan represents “a new way of operating, a new of listening to diverse constituencies,” Cornu said.
By Anthony Weis
Michelle Obama, wife of the Democratic presidential nominee, is a first cousin once removed of Rabbi Capers Funnye, spiritual leader of a mostly black synagogue on Chicago’s South Side. Funnye’s mother, Verdelle Robinson Funnye, and Michelle Obama’s paternal grandfather, Frasier Robinson Jr., were brother and sister.
Funnye (pronounced fuh-NAY) is the chief rabbi of the Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in southwest Chicago. He is well known in Jewish circles for acting as a bridge between mainstream Jewry and the much smaller, and largely separate, world of black Jewish congregations, sometimes known as black Hebrews, or Israelites. He has often urged the larger Jewish community to be more accepting of Jews who are not white.
Funnye’s famous relative gives an unexpected twist to the much-analyzed relationship between Barack Obama and the Jewish community. On the one hand, Jewish political organizers, voters and donors — including some of the city’s wealthiest and most prominent families — played an essential role in Obama’s rise to power in Chicago. But the Illinois senator has struggled to overcome suspicions in some parts of the Jewish community, including skepticism about his stance on Israel, and discredited but persistent rumors that he is secretly a Muslim. Read more
Not everyone is happy about the Obama presidency, as evidenced by the rise in race related hate crimes since Nov. 4. This LA Times Article details the renewed energy in the of hate groups around the country.
Aspiring KKK member killed
The Ku Klux Klan is emerging from decades of disorganization and obscurity, and the turnaround is acutely evident — more than 200 hate-related incidents have been reported since the Nov. 4 election.
By Howard Witt
Reporting from Bogalusa, La. – Barely three weeks since America elected its first black president, noose hangings, racist graffiti and death threats have struck dozens of towns across the country.
More than 200 such incidents — including cross burnings, assassination betting pools and effigies of President-elect Barack Obama — have been reported, according to law enforcement authorities and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups. Read more
President Elect Obama has been receiving kudos from major news media dn observers for his careful choices to key power positions. This article in from the New York Times shows that he’s also staying true to his roots and not forgetting the people who put him in power.
Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times
An Old Hometown Mentor, and Still at Obama’s Side
By JODI KANTOR
Valerie Jarrett, the company’s chief executive, had signed her resignation letter an hour earlier, and now she was taking phone calls from potential top diplomatic appointees.
“You don’t need to thank me,” she said soothingly to a booming male voice on her cellphone. “I just wanted you to have a chance to make your case.”
If someone were to rank the long list of people who helped Barack and Michelle Obama get where they are today, Ms. Jarrett would be close to the top. Nearly two decades ago, Ms. Jarrett swept the young lawyers under her wing, introduced them to a wealthier and better-connected Chicago than their own, and eventually secured contacts and money essential to Mr. Obama’s long-shot Senate victory.
In the crush of his presidential campaign, Ms. Jarrett could have fallen by the wayside, as old mentors often do. But the opposite happened: Using her intimacy with the Obamas, two BlackBerrys and a cellphone, Ms. Jarrett, a real estate executive and civic leader with no national campaign experience, became an internal mediator and external diplomat who secured the trust of black leaders, forged peace with Clintonites and helped talk Mr. Obama through major decisions. Read more
Michelle Obama brings the skills of a corporate lawyer to the White House as first lady to President-elect Barack Obama, but she says her priority will be her role as “mom-in-chief” to the couple’s two daughters.
Democrat Obama beat Republican John McCain in Tuesday’s election. He will be the first black U.S. president and his wife the first black first lady.
Michelle Obama, 44, was a passionate advocate for her husband’s candidacy, but she says she would not want a direct policy role in an Obama administration.
“My first job, in all honesty, is going to continue to be ‘mom-in-chief,’” she said in a recent magazine interview referring to daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.
Though it is only a few weeks since Election Day, it is already possible to buy a new biography of Michelle Obama, which includes coverage of her husband’s history- making victory as the first African-American to ascend to the Presidency.
Elizabeth Lightfoot is the author of this very timely book about the soon-to-be first lady. Ms. Lightfoot, a Harvard grad who also has a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, has worked as a reporter for the Associated Press. Read more
Congresswoman Barbara Lee has criticized the terms of the U.S.-Iraq security agreement approved this week by the Iraqi Cabinet and that is now awaiting approval of the Iraqi Parliament.
“This agreement will be unacceptable to the American people in its current form and should be rejected,” she said.
Lee also urged Congress to pass legislation she recently introduced that would prohibit the unilateral deployment of U.S. armed forces or the expenditure of public funds to guarantee the security of Iraq without prior approval of Congress.
“The Bush agreement commits the United States to a timetable that could leave U.S. troops in Iraq until Dec. 31, 2011,” she said. “Aside from the fact that the America people are plainly fed up with this unnecessary war and occupation in Iraq and want to see it ended, occupying Iraq for three more years under the Bush plan would cost American taxpayers $360 billion based on current spending levels.
“That money obviously could be better spent digging our economy out of the ditch the policies of the Bush Administration has put it in.”
Lee also said the Bush agreement will have the effect of undermining the Constitutional powers of the next President by submitting American military operations to the “approval” of the Iraqi government,” giving operational control to “mobile operations command centers” controlled by a joint American-Iraqi committee.
“Throughout history, American troops have been placed under foreign control in peacekeeping operations only where authorized under treaties ratified by the Senate,” Lee said. “No American President has ever before claimed the unilateral power to cede command of American troops to a foreign power.”
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) was formally named Chair-Elect of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) at a press conference this morning on Capitol Hill announcing the organization’s leadership for the upcoming Congress.Lee, who served as a member of the CBC leadership team for the past six years, first as Whip and currently as First Vice Chair, praised the leadership of outgoing Chair Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick. In the 111th Congress, CBC members will chair the Judiciary, Homeland Security, and the Ways and Means Committee, and numerous subcommittees. Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC) will serve as Majority Whip of the Democratic Caucus and President-Elect Barack Obama will become the first African-American President.
“I want to thank Chairwoman Kilpatrick who has done a phenomenal job in keeping our caucus together and for the many legislative victories achieved under her leadership and to congratulate our newly elected officers. The 111th Congress will not only present unique and difficult challenges, but also historic opportunities for our caucus. I look forward to working with all of our CBC members to craft and implement a unified and bold agenda for the 111th Congress,” said Lee. Read more
By Post Staff
Local Congresswoman Barbara Lee praised President-elect Barack Obama’s historic victory, saying the stage is set for the country once again to respect human rights, tackle poverty and promote opportunity.
Lee, who served as Western Regional Co-Chair of Senator Obama’s campaign, overwhelming won her own reelection campaign, receiving 86 percent of the vote.
“This is a transformative moment in United States history,” she said. “When Dr. King spoke a generation ago of the dream he held for America, he envisioned exactly this type of moment, where a man was judged by his character, his intellect and his hard work –and not by the color of his skin or his race or his ancestry. Read more
Oakland resident Lillie Cage said “I never thought I would live to see the day when a Black man would become President. This is the day that the bottom rail has come to the top.” Cage, a retired nurse with an active drivers license, was assisted by Registrar Dave MacDonald. He also helped her son John Cage, 91, vote from her car. Elizabeth Cartwright, Cage’s assistant, said she voted the entire ballot. Photo by Gene Hazzard.
Mayor Ron Dellums and his wife Cynthia, above, shared election victories with Rebecca Kaplan (center). Photo by Godfrey Lee.
Election night celebration at Barack Obama San Francisco Headquarters
By Wade Woods
The progressive block on the Board of Supervisors maintained their majority on election night. Mayor Newsom and Downtown interests had hoped to replace supervisors in districts 1, 3, and 11 with moderate candidates more in tune with the policies of Newsom and the Chamber of Commerce. A huge TV campaign to paint Eric Mar, David Chiu and John Avalos as puppets of Supervisor Daly failed to stop their election on Tuesday night. First-time candidates Mar, Chiu, and Avalos were elected to the board.
In other Supervisorial contests, Carmen Chu won District 4 with 50.16 percent of the vote. In District 5, Ross Mirkarimi won with 77.56 percent of the vote. In District 7, Sean Elsbernd won with 69.86 percent of the vote. In District 9, David Campos won with 35.55 percent of the vote. Read more
By Brigette R. LeBlanc
My name is Brigette R. LeBlanc, and I am President of Black Women Organized For Political Action San Francisco-Peninsula Chapter. I invite you to consider joining BWOPA and to also extend that same invitation to your colleagues and family members. BWOPA is a state organization with seven chapters throughout the state of California with 1600 plus members. BWOPA is the oldest and most prestigious Black Woman’s Political organization of its kind in the state of California. We have now enjoyed over 35 years of activism, political action, leadership training and mentorship; with seven active chapters statewide. In addition to this, as a BWOPA member you join a network of professionals, grass roots organizers, Civil Rights activists, and community organizers who are unified in ensuring that issues that impact Black Women and their communities are identified and addressed in the political forum. Read more
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