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Construction firm convicted of forced labor from undocumented immigrants

Construction firm convicted of forced labor from undocumented immigrants

By Julia Cheever, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

March 20, 2019

A Hayward construction company owner was convicted by a federal jury in Oakland of engaging in the forced labor of undocumented workers he recruited from Mexico. Job Torres Hernandez, 38, was found guilty of one count of obtaining forced labor and a second count of harboring and concealing und...

Dublin teachers vote to authorize strike

Dublin teachers vote to authorize strike

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

March 20, 2019

Dublin teachers have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike in the event that a contract settlement isn't reached with the Dublin Unified School District, the teachers' union said. In balloting that took place last Tuesday through Friday, 98 percent of the 620 Dublin Teachers Association member...

Tulsi Gabbard holds rally in the Bay Area

Tulsi Gabbard holds rally in the Bay Area

By Alli Weseman, PHOTO EDITOR

March 20, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate and House Representative of Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard visited the Bay Area this weekend for rallies at the University of San Francisco on Saturday and in Fremont on Sunday. She spoke on what her vision of America is, including “putting people first, people before prof...

Nicholson to be city’s first LGBT fire chief

Nicholson to be city’s first LGBT fire chief

By Dan McMenamin, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

March 14, 2019

San Francisco Deputy Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson, a 25-year veteran of the department, was named by Mayor London Breed on Wednesday as the city’s new fire chief. Nicholson will be the city’s first LGBT fire chief in San Francisco and the second woman to serve in the position, following her imme...

San Leandro expands “weed” accessibility

San Leandro expands “weed” accessibility

By Priscilla Solis, CONTRIBUTOR

March 14, 2019

The first medical-only cannabis dispensary in San Leandro may be getting a permit to include recreational sales as well. The city of San Leandro discussed the possibility of adding recreational use for marijuana to its existing permits at a city council meeting on Feb. 19. The three existing permits c...

Richmond-San Rafael bridge postponed

Richmond-San Rafael bridge postponed

By Jeff Weiss, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

March 7, 2019

Due to inclement weather, Caltrans has indefinitely postponed repair work on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, where chunks of concrete started falling onto vehicles on the eastbound lower deck last month. In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, Caltrans spokesman Jeff Weiss said that work will res...

Teachers strike closes on seventh day

Teachers strike closes on seventh day

March 7, 2019

Oakland teachers and district officials agreed on a tentative contract on March 3, ending the seven-day strike by educators after they were unable to bargain with the district over contractual agreements. The Oakland Education Association announced in a press release that the union and the school dis...

Roots International Academy set to close

Roots International Academy set to close

By Xavier Clark, CONTRIBUTOR

February 28, 2019

Roots International Academy is the first of 24 Oakland Unified Schools slated for closure, possibly by the end of this school year. With the 5-2 Oakland School Board vote, the “Community of Schools Policy” will now put many teachers and administration out of a job and leave students in Oakland displac...

Teachers rally as strike continues for third day

Teachers rally as strike continues for third day

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

February 28, 2019

PHOTOS BY ALLI WESEMAN /THE PIONEER The strike by 3,000 Oakland public school teachers continued for a third day on Monday and about 1,000 teachers and their supporters gathered in front of Oakland City Hall for a boisterous midday rally. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, who’s now ...

City declares local emergency after mudslide

City declares local emergency after mudslide

By Kathleen Kirkwood, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

February 21, 2019

The Sausalito City Council on Monday ratified a local emergency declaration in the wake of last week’s mudslide that destroyed three homes and left seven others red-tagged. The declaration makes the city eligible to seek reimbursement from the state and federal government for costs associated w...

Two bodies found at separate bart stations

Two bodies found at separate bart stations

By Pablo Villasenor, CONTRIBUTOR

February 21, 2019

Two recent deaths on Bay Area Rapid Transit are not an indication that there is a safety problem on the transit system, according to a BART spokesman Chris Filippi. Filippi of BART Communications said the two deaths at San Leandro and Union City stations are an unfortunate reality of public high-tra...

Oakland teachers set to strike

Oakland teachers set to strike

By Alli Weseman, PHOTO EDITOR

February 21, 2019

Oakland Unified School District teachers announced in a press conference on Saturday that they will be going on strike on Thursday Feb 21. The decision came after the OUSD and educators were unable to come to a contract agreement. Oakland teachers are asking for a pay increase, reduction in class size and ...

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