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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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Stacy Carter, a radiant source of light and fresh new look for today’s soulful jazz

Stacy Carter, a radiant source of light and fresh new look for today’s soulful jazz

It’s always fun and gratifying every time when I find a precious diamond in the rough or flower growing in the middle of masonry. Stacy Carter, a radiant source of light and a fresh new look for today’s soulful jazz music, her incredible new sound and passion for the music is apparent each time I see her live on stage. She’s been traveling the globe unleashing her unique style of … Read entire article »

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California Family to Win Ultimate Reunion Valued Up to $20,000

Oakland, CA – With the season of family reunions and summer vacations fast approaching, one lucky family will soon celebrate a reunion they’ll never forget.  The grand prize winner of Verizon Wireless’ It’s a Family Affair™ contest will win an all-expense-paid family reunion for up to 100 guests.  The prize includes a reunion venue, catering, entertainment and a dedicated website to post family images, videos, comments and more. “Four years ago Verizon Wireless introduced How Sweet the Sound, a national gospel choir competition, and the response from the African-American community was overwhelmingly positive,” said Christina Gonzalez, director of multicultural marketing for Verizon Wireless in the western U.S.  “With It’s a Family Affair, we’re giving back to the community, once again, in a culturally relevant way.” … Read entire article »

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee Invites You to Participate in a Job and Career Expo

Job fair will be held at Laney College Gym on Friday, May 20, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Congresswoman Barbara Lee would like to invite your company/agency to participate in a Job and Career Expo that her office is holding in conjunction with Peralta Community College District. This event will be held on Friday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Laney College Gymnasium, located at 900 Fallon Street, in Oakland, CA. The Congresswoman’s office is currently extending invitations to employers in a wide range of industries from throughout the Bay Area, and your participation in this event is crucial to its overall success. To RSVP for the jobs event, please respond by e-mailing Employers.CareerExpo2011@mail.house.gov. Please note that there is no fee for … Read entire article »

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Richmond in the Running for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s

Richmond, California -Today the University of California announced that the Richmond Field Station (RFS) has qualified for further consideration as a site for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) second campus. In March 2011, the City of Richmond responded to the University’s request for qualifications, which sought to identify sites for a second LBNL campus. The facility will eventually accommodate up to 2 million gross square feet (GSF) of research and development facilities to accelerate innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization, while creating jobs. The new campus will consolidate approximately 480,000 GSF of existing lab and office space scattered around the East Bay. Richmond is one of a handful of sites still under consideration for the second campus. The RFS property is owned by the University of California and offers close proximity to the … Read entire article »

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Miller Statement on GOP Plan to Jeopardize Extended Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement today after House Ways and Means Committee Republicans approved a bill to end this year’s federal guarantee for extended unemployment benefits. The legislation would threaten unemployment insurance benefits for 4.1 million out-of-work Americans, more than 650,000 in California alone: “House Republicans’ proposal to jeopardize federal unemployment insurance benefits is yet another cruel attack on vulnerable Americans. After voting to end Medicare and gutting Head Start, Republicans’ next line of attack against working families seems to be to blame the economic downturn squarely on the jobless themselves. “Extended unemployment insurance benefits are a lifeline for unemployed workers and their families. These benefits keep roofs over their heads … Read entire article »

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