By Letters From Our Readers | PUBLISHED: April 3, 2018 at 8:06 am | UPDATED: April 3, 2018 at 8:16 am Why did pot dispensary open near a K-12 school? Pot businesses or a K-12 school? Underprivileged youth or over-privileged Orinda and San Ramon businessmen? These are the choices Oakland leaders will have to choose between under Oakland’s cannabis equity program. Lodestar Community School and Three Turkeys Management LLC along with their equity partners are located less than 50 feet from each other on 105th Avenue. Three Turkeys has a temporary state license for cannabis cultivation and distribution. Their equity partners have cultivation and delivery services. The entrances to both properties are directly across from each other, putting visitors to both locations face to face daily. Nathan DeSomberSan Francisco Submit your letter to the editor via this formLetters to the Editor … [Read more...] about Letter: Why did a pot dispensary open near a K-12 school?
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By The Washington Post | April 24, 2018 at 3:38 pm By John Wagner | Washington Post Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., said Monday that she will no longer accept donations from corporate political action committees, a shift in her public position from just a few weeks ago. With Harris’s new stance, announced during a radio interview, she joins a handful of other progressive Democratic senators who are also considered possible 2020 presidential candidates in pledging not to take PAC money. “Money has now really tipped the balance between an individual having equal power in an election to a corporation,” Harris said on the New York radio show “The Breakfast Club.” She cited the impact of the Citizens United case, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010. It “basically means that big corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money influencing a campaign,” she said. At a town hall in California this month, Harris was asked by an audience … [Read more...] about Sen. Harris spurns PACs, sparking 2020 rumblings
By Michael M Shea Jr | PUBLISHED: June 22, 2018 at 7:40 am | UPDATED: June 22, 2018 at 7:41 am Signups for Pop Warner football began June 2, bringing the topic of head injury back into discussion. Pop Warner football dates back to Philadelphia, 1929. In 2018, participants nationwide ages 5-16 are expected to exceed 250,000, including 7,500 in California. Despite the flood of medical evidence documenting the dangers of neurologic damage from repetitive, sub-concussive blows to the head, recent attempts at the legislative level to protect children have failed. Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, introduced Assembly Bill 2108 (the Safe Youth Football Act) in February. It garnered attention throughout the state and the nation. The bill sought to limit tackle football to children 12 and older. Supporters of Pop Warner protested, and McCarty wound up pulling the bill for lack of support. Prior to its demise, the South Bay Pop Warner program organized a … [Read more...] about Opinion: Block kids under 12 from playing tackle football
By Eric Tucker, Associated Press | PUBLISHED: July 13, 2018 at 9:31 am | UPDATED: July 13, 2018 at 9:32 am WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election. The indictments were announced Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. The Russians were accused of hacking into the computer networks of the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Before Friday, 20 people and three companies had been charged in the Mueller investigation. That includes four former Trump campaign and White House aides and 13 Russians accused of participating in a hidden but powerful social media campaign to sway American public opinion in the 2016 election. This story will be updated. … [Read more...] about Mueller probe: 12 Russians indicted for hacking Democrats in 2016
By Sharon Noguchi, [email protected] | PUBLISHED: April 6, 2018 at 5:13 pm | UPDATED: April 6, 2018 at 5:15 pm SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County’s top educator scored a key victory in her battle with the Alum Rock Union School board majority, by winning state approval of the veto power she seized last month over the district. Mary Ann Dewan, superintendent of Santa Clara County schools, now will dispatch an adviser empowered to halt and roll back any action taken by the Alum Rock board, administrators or employees. Ironically, Dewan’s win appears to implicate the legal advice offered by the board’s controversial attorney, Maribel Medina, and the law firm that employs her, Leal & Trejo of Long Beach. In turning down the appeal of Dewan’s decision, the California Department of Education noted that the district missed a critical deadline and that the Alum Rock school board had not approved the appeal. Instead, documents obtained by this newspaper … [Read more...] about Schools chief secures veto power over troubled Alum Rock schools