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Cal Football’s new Head Coach Sonny Dykes was officially introduced at this press conference held in the field club of Cal Memorial Stadium at 2 PM, Thursday. After being introduced by Cal Media Relations Director Herb Benenson, Cal Vice Chancellor John Witop and Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour opened the proceedings with their statements. Sandy Barbour’s words were the most important because she made the decision to hire Coach Dykes. While not openly saying who Dykes was selected over, Sandy did say that he was her...

Ok, let me get my bias out of the way before turning to College Football matters: I’m a Cal Alum who earned a Master of City and Regional Planning Degree and sat on The Cal Alumni Board and then the The Cal Alumni Awards Committee with Levi’s Chairman Bob Haas. I’m very pro-UC Berkeley, and could not be more totally pissed-off that the State of California has divested in Cal from 74 percent of total funding during the 80s, to something like 12 percent today, wrecking the Clark Kerr model in the process. But I digress. Cal...

More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! On YouTube.com With BART’s deadline to reach a new union contract or face a worker strike extended to July 9th but still coming up on us fast, I took to the streets to learn what the public thinks about this possible event. What I found was that many claimed they didn’t even know of the possibility, but of those who did they all believed it would “severely cripple” transportation service in the Bay Area. I didn’t tell those I talked to that...

More at Oakland Focus Blog: “In a shocking turn of events, it was reported by KTVU that BART Officer Johannes Mehserle, who was the central focus as the cop who shot 22-year-old Oscar Grant in the back on New Year’s Day morning, was arrested in Nevada.   This is a dramatically fast development, since it was reported that Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff wasn’t expect to take action until this Friday at the earliest and BART spokesperson Linton Johnson asked for everyone to let the process move forward.” VIDEO: ...

More at SF Gate.com: “(01-07) 19:14 PST OAKLAND — The BART police officer who shot an unarmed man to death on a station platform early on New Year’s Day quit the force Wednesday, avoiding an interview with police internal affairs investigators trying to get to the bottom of an incident that has prompted broad outrage. Officer Johannes Mehserle, 27, was supposed to make a statement Wednesday about why he shot 22-year-old Oscar Grant as the supermarket worker lay face-down at the Fruitvale Station in Oakland, BART said.” ...

Regardless of my constant written requests for him to stop, NextArts’ Tony Imperial , the producer of the planned San Francisco Obama Inauguration Simulcast, continues to send threatening emails to me.  I’ve sent a simple “please leave me alone” reply to his emails, five times as of this writing.  NextArts’ Tony Imperial claims that I was using my blog to try to stop his planned program from taking place, when in point of fact I have written that it was a great thing to do, but Imperial has some...

Jerry Brown orders scrapping Prop. 8 – Inside Bay Area: “SAN FRANCISCO—California Attorney General Jerry Brown changed course on the state’s new same-sex marriage ban Friday and urged the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8.In a dramatic reversal, Brown filed a legal brief saying the measure that amended the California Constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman is itself unconstitutional because it deprives a minority group of a fundamental right. Earlier, Brown had said he would defend the ballot measure...

Mayor’s Office Treatment of Anne Campbell Washington Example of How Terrible City of Oakland Can Be – Chip Johnson, SF Chron: “Chip Johnson SF Chron: – Loyalty or else in King Dellums’ realm: “The city of Oakland no longer operates under a representative democracy – it’s now a monarchy. And within the confines of that form of government, any criticism or disloyalty directed at the king – whether real or imagined – is dealt with. Her crime: She gave an affectionate hug to an elderly woman...

Palo Alto Police Chief Resigns Amid Accusations of Racial Profiling : Indybay: “On November 20, the City of Palo Alto announced that its controversial police chief will retire on December 19. Chief Lynne Johnson sparked protests and a November 9 march on the city when she stated that she had instructed officers on her force to make “consensual contact” with African American men to counter a crime spike in Palo Alto. 

Her remarks were quoted in news reports worldwide and the topic of racial profiling became a much discussed...

There’s a blog called “Schmuck Alert” that got wind of our Oakland Focus Blog posts on the way Oakland Police Chief Art Michel treated Oakland Tribune photographer Jane Tyska a few weeks back. Schmuck Alert wrote that in Michel’s behavior, they’ve seen “calmer reactions at school bus collisions.”   Today, the Alameda County, California DA elected not to file charges against Tyska.  ...

In what has to be the shocker news item of the day, Gawker reports the famous Rocker Prince has said he’s against homosexuality. He’s reported to have said this:When asked about his perspective on social issues—gay marriage, abortion—Prince tapped his Bible and said, “God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough.’ Funny, because a number of people thought Prince was Gay; not me. But I’m just saying. Still Prince seems...

Well, for all of the good feeling you now have some crazies coming out and making themselves known. I saw this on the Obama listserv called “Loa Angeles For Obama”: Hi Everyone, I’m beyond upset to report that my neighbor who has been an active Obama supporter just had her house vandalized. She had put a “Yes, we did!” sign on her house and some assholes came and spray painted her car with swastikas and “88” which is a symbol of neo-nazi groups apparently. We live in Torrance and which is a fairly...

Does PG&E wanto to screw San Francisco? If you consider that the utility doesn’t back using clean energy sources and has not met State of California guidelines for renewable energy, it sure seems so. You can change that with the passage of Proposition H – “Yes on H.” It’s the first initiative of its kind; tell your friends around America about it and have them call friends in San Francisco and tell them to vote “Yes On H”. ...

On November 4th a very important vote is coming to San Francisco. It’s called “Yes on H” and if it passes, this is what it will do: Specifically, the Act directs the City to analyze, identify and pursue strategies that: Maximize greenhouse reductions from the electricity sector at the minimum cost including the following clean energy mandates: by 2012 ensure at least 107 megawatts; by 2017 ensure 51%; and by 2030 ensure 75%. The SFPUC shall ensure that 100% or the greatest amount technologically feasible or practicable...

The long term impact of Proposition 13 and the changed economy have produced a situation where California finds itself in a cash and credit crunch of historic proportions. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants a $7 Billion loan for California otherwise thousands of teachers in the state will be laid off. ...

San Francisco is enjoying an embarrassment of riches:Wall Street is decimated, Main Street is angry and K Street is in an outright panic over the magnitude of thenation’s financial problems.  But San Francisco’s Mission Street is in a parallel universe setting an all time record land price for the right to build San Francisco’s newest signature tower—the 1,000 ft Transbay Transit Tower being built in conjunction with the new Transbay Transit Center (transbaycenter.org)The price is said to be over $4,900 per...

It’s one thing to have people out of work and drawing unemployment, but it’s more terrible to be in a position where that unemployment insurance fund is running out of money. According to the San Francisco Chronicle today the California unemployment insurance fund is running out of money and will have to borrow from the Federal Government for the first time since the 1930s.  The projected deficit for 2009 is $1.6 billion.   To make matters worse, not just California but 18 other states may find their unemployment...

I met with Oakland’s elected City Attorney and my friend John Russo the day after election day to talk about his unopposed win for a third term, how Oakland has changed, Oakland Politics and the District Three Council race, who Senator Obama should pick as his VP, what Russo’s is proudest of with the evolution of his office, and the talks between the City of Oakland and the Oakland Raiders. Russo explains that the talks are between the Raiders and the Oakland / Alameda County Joint Powers Authority and that they’re...

I met with Oakland’s elected City Attorney and my friend John Russo the day after election day to talk about his unopposed win for a third term, how Oakland has changed, Oakland Politics and the District Three Council race, who Senator Obama should pick as his VP, what Russo’s is proudest of with the evolution of his office, and the talks between the City of Oakland and the Oakland Raiders. Russo explains that the talks are between the Raiders and the Oakland / Alameda County Joint Powers Authority and that they’re...

The San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Proposition G, which if it passes, will — in the words of the Chron offer a nonbinding but nevertheless critical public expression of support for a proposal by Miami’s Lennar Corp. to develop up to 10,000 homes, about 700,000 square feet of retail space as well as artist studios, green-tech-research facilities and more than 300 acres of parks and open space in and around the old shipyard. As part of the project, Lennar also would rebuild the Alice Griffith public housing project. The endorsement...

This is a 20 minute movie on the dramatic event that was the convention held in Oakland, CA to elect delegates to represent the 9th Congressional District in Oakland and Barack Obama. It drew 2,000 people. If you live in Oakland and are politically involved, you’re going to see someone you know in this video. It was really a kind of homecoming for people in Oakland politics and of course Oaklanders who have been involved with the Obama campaign. I thank the people in the video from Peralta Community College District Chancellor...

http://zennie2005.blogspot.com/2008/04/president-bill-clinton-hugged-by-hot.html – President Bill Clinton came to the California State Democratic Convention on Sunday, March 30th to give a speech in support of his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton as she works to add more Superdelegates to her side. After an excellent speech, President Clinton came down to the floor to greet the crowd. As I went over to get a video of his action, and as he made his way toward where I was standing, a Blonde woman bulled past me and got to a place...

There’s something about becoming an Obama Supporter than just brings out unbridled passion in some people, and this woman was no exception. She erupted into a fit of joy during an Obama Supporter rally at the California State Democratic Convention, and after explaining that she was a registered Republican who switched to the Democratic Party to vote for and volunteer for Barack Obama. ...

At the California State Democratic Convention, Congressman Jerry McNerney took a small bit of time to talk with me about the Iraq War and the Presidential Race. He’s an uncommitted Superdelegate and as such I tried to get him to explain who he was leaning to and what his criteria were for selection, but he didn’t answer that, preferring to focus instead on his reelection campaign. ...

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Ok, so she’s not Ted Kennedy, but District Attorney Kamela Harris is giving a good speech on behalf of Barack Obama. It’s well-received after a kind of rocky start. But now she’s found her voice. ...

As I write this and as you sleep, a game came to an end at 11 PM and it’s 11:58 PM now. That game was the hunt for 300 California Democratic delegate signatures on the part of State Senator Carol Migden and termed-out California Assemblyman Mark Leno, and their supporters at the California State Democratic Convention. As I left the San Jose Convention Center to get home and then get some sleep for tommorrow’s fireworks with the visit of former President Clinton and Senator Ted Kennedy, the Leno and Migden teams were racing...

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Greetings Rev. Jackson, I’ve grown up in Chicago — first at 7427 Wentworth and then 7908 Kimbark — and now live in Oakland, CA. I have long been an admirers of yours, but I’m confused and dismayed by your column in the SunTimes. Here: http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/668053,CST-EDT-JESSE27.article Why do you continue to make statements that publications like The Huffington Post use against Senator Barack Obama? Also, you know Barack’s the first African American cadidate who can win. He’s...

It’s not hard to wonder if this is the work of arson. MALIBU, Calif. — A fast-moving wildfire pushed by Santa Ana winds raced through the canyons and mountains of this wealthy enclave for the second time in little more than a month Saturday, destroying more than 30 homes and forcing as many as 14,000 residents to flee. The fire erupted shortly before 3:30 a.m. PST after the long-predicted Santa Anas finally returned, and by late morning it had grown to 2,200 acres, or about 3.5 square miles, but winds began to die down. “Waking...

This is a slice of a few seconds of life. I was walking along toward the Web 2.0 Expo conference earlier this year, when this voice from the box was basically scaring people. So I got my camcorder and went back to film him in action ...

You know, I’ve always believed that teams have their quarterback’s just throw up the ball and hope someone comes down with it on their side at the end of a tight game. But I think it’s become habit and so much so that quarterbacks miss wide open receivers on the way to the end zone. The Oakland Raiders Daute Culpepper missed a wide open Wide Receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins (15) while dropping back to throw the hail mary pass. I just watched a replay of the final play and the obvious was in full view: #15 was 10 yards in...

On today’s CNN Situation Room, Jack Cafferty asked why Black’s economic mobility was declining over past years. I wrote in this answer: Hi Jack, Even though I’m Black, I’m going to resist the temptation to fall right into the question. First, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago found that economic mobility for ALL Americans has declined sharply since 1980. Thus, it’s logical that Blacks would be part of that statistical whole. We have a HUGE problem which stems from America’s lack of desire to support...

Texas Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul is really giving great questions to Ben Bernanke on Federal Reserve Policy, particularly dealing with exchange rates. Watch for yourself. ...

I’ll get back to politics, but here’s some fun. My good friend Beth Schnitzer invited me to Pier 39s Fleet Week Party held October 5th 2007 on the roof of the parking lot at Pier 39 in San Francisco. It’s a killer event that drew over 600 people and provided a great backdrop for products and events from various sponsors from Bauer’s Limousines — http://www.bauerslimousines.com — to Sheri’s Berries. There’s great food and music and people, like Movie Critic Jan Wahl. This is the first...