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Lucasey Manufacturing is SBA’s Family-Owned Small Business of the Year

Lucasey Manufacturing is SBA’s Family-Owned Small Business of the Year

Oakland firm in the same family since 1954 SAN FRANCISCO – An Oakland manufacturing plant that started in 1954 making television mounting systems has been named the Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Small Business of the Year by SBA’s San Francisco district office which covers 13 counties in Northern California. Lucasey Manufacturing Corporation was founded by Italian immigrant Joe Lucasey when he first made a television table in his Alameda … Read entire article »

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Romare Bearden exhibition draws celebs and artists among hundreds to Museum of the African Diaspora

Romare Bearden exhibition draws celebs and artists among hundreds to Museum of the African Diaspora

Jazz-infused opening reception jammed with art lovers and admirers “From Process to Print” exhibition on view until July 3, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO – The Museum of the African Diaspora’s latest exhibition, a celebration of the work of Romare Bearden — one of the most talented and original visual artists of the twentieth century — drew nearly 400 guests to a jam-packed opening night reception Friday, May 6, where art … Read entire article »

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Ronnie Stewart, outraged blues and gospel musicians protest Grammy’s decision to cut Blues, Gospel and R&B from award categories

Ronnie Stewart, outraged blues and gospel musicians protest Grammy’s decision to cut Blues, Gospel and R&B from award categories

By Big Cat Tolefree Tempers flared at a press conference held at Yoshi’s in Oakland Monday, to oppose the decisions by NARAS and the Grammy’s to remove 31 ethnic genres of music from future categories at the annual award shows. Hundreds of bay area musicians, students and super star entertainers took the streets in downtown Oakland, citing the San Francisco based foundation sponsors will be contacted and boycotted if the action … Read entire article »

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STATE ASSEMBLY UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO INCREASE FINES AGAINST “JOHNS”

STATE ASSEMBLY UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO INCREASE FINES AGAINST “JOHNS”

Swanson’s AB 12 Raises Stakes against “Johns,” Increases Fines to $25,000   (Sacramento, CA) –A bill to fight the commercial sexual exploitation of children swiftly passed the Assembly today with a 72 to 0 vote. AB 12, the Abolition of Child Commerce, Exploitation, and Sexual Slavery Act (the ACCESS Act), would increase the fine against a person engaging in commercial sex with a minor to up to $25,000. Assemblymember Swanson (D-Alameda) … Read entire article »

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Seismic Safety Act Speeds to Senate Floor

Seismic Safety Act Speeds to Senate Floor

(Sacramento, CA)–The Seismic Safety Financing Act passed the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance this week with a unanimous vote. Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson (D-Alameda) issued the following statement after the bill passed:   “Seismic safety is a serious ongoing concern for California. By making it easier for homeowners to protect their homes in the unfortunate event of an earthquake, this bill will increase public safety and reduce the number of … Read entire article »

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Chevron Highlights Significant Contributions to Richmond in latest CR Report

· Saved enough drinking water in Richmond to supply 16,000 homes, or approximately 46,000 people · Contributions toward education have increased opportunities for students in the fields of science, technology engineering and math (STEM) · Achieved a 70 percent reduction in air emissions since the 1970s Richmond, Calif., May 18, 2011 – Chevron recently announced the publication of its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report that includes specific examples of the company’s community engagement activities around the world. For this year, the report included information on its activities in the City of Richmond, California, including water recycling efforts, STEM programs and air emissions reductions. The Chevron Richmond Refinery has initiated a broad-based effort to better listen to and engage with its neighboring communities and stakeholders, including concerns over health and … Read entire article »

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Electric Vehicle Charging Services Arrive at Oakland International Airport as Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network Expansion Continues into Bay Area

Electric Vehicle Charging Services Arrive at Oakland International Airport as Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network Expansion Continues into Bay Area

– First Airport in Northern California and Second in Nation to Install “New Generation” Electric Vehicle Chargers – The Port of Oakland and Coulomb Technologies today announced that electric vehicle (EV) driver services have arrived at Oakland International Airport (OAK) with the installation of eight ChargePoint® Network charging stations for EVs in the Premier Parking Lot. Oakland International is the first Northern California airport to offer EV charging services as part of the … Read entire article »

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ALAMEDA COUNTY PUTS POWER OF PURCHASING DOLLARS TO WORK

Alameda County’s Board of Supervisors has adopted a comprehensive new green purchasing policy that puts the power of its purchasing dollars to work to foster a green economy.  Building on over a decade of successful green purchasing initiatives, this policy also helps the County create efficiencies, save water and energy, and reduce waste. “Purchasing decisions can have a big impact on human health, the environment, and our community,” said Board of Supervisors President Nate Miley, “By adopting this policy, we show our commitment to doing our part to create a healthy environment and vibrant community now and in the future.” “Fostering a green economy is vital to the future of our County – and the entire nation,” said Board of Supervisors Vice President Keith Carson.  … Read entire article »

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ALAMEDA COUNTY OFFICIALS RESPOND TO GOVERNOR’S REVISED BUDGET PLAN

ALAMEDA COUNTY OFFICIALS RESPOND TO GOVERNOR’S REVISED BUDGET PLAN

Alameda County officials today expressed support for Governor Brown’s decision to press for a package of tax extensions – rather than a new array of draconian program cuts – in order to shore up California’s floundering State Budget.  But County officials said that uncertainty about the tax extensions will continue to leave significant questions unanswered about Alameda County’s own budget for 2011-12, which already will feel significant impacts from cuts enacted by the State … Read entire article »

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Community Organizations Team With Regional Agencies

OAKLAND, Calif.,. . . The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are reaching out to minority and low-income communities for assistance in the development of Plan Bay Area, a 25-year transportation investment and land-use strategy for the nine-county region from 2015 through 2040. The agencies are working with 14 community-based organizations to help ensure that people living in communities of concern have opportunities to make their voices heard about how the region should grow. The community-based outreach is happening concurrently with Plan Bay Area public workshops being held this spring in each of the nine Bay Area counties. MTC and ABAG used a competitive process to select the community-based organizations to make the outreach possible. Partnerships with community-based organizations also helped … Read entire article »

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