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Santa Clara, CA – This night couldn’t have been scripted any better. A team that dominated during the regular season comes in with all the buzz and stats to complete their season with a win. But an old timer and explosive defense shattered the dreams of a young team with a phenomenal regular season record.

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The Denver Broncos marched into Levi’s stadium for Super Bowl fifty and defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10. The fourth quarter belonged to Peyton Manning and his team. They scored their final touchdown late in the quarter while securing their win with a two-point conversion.

 

“This game was like this season has been. It tested our toughness, our resilience and our unselfishness,” said Manning. “It’s only fitting it turned out that way. A great bunch of teammates, a great bunch of guys to play with. I feel very, very grateful.”

 

There’s been talk all season that Manning may retire after this season especially after the amount of injuries he endured throughout the season. Broncos management, his teammates and fans all except the two-time Super Bowl champ to retire and have already begun thanking him for what he’s done for the organization and the team this season.

 

“Peyton has been tremendous, he came in four years ago and we’ve won 4 AFC Championships and got us to the Super Bowls,” General Manager John Elway said. “What he’s meant to us and this league has been tremendous. He’s been a role model to so many including this organization, we’re going to enjoy this tonight and see what happens later.”

 

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Super Bowl Fifty was everything we expected. Intense, exciting and kept us on the edge of our seats. Denver wasted no time moving the ball on opening drive. But the Panthers made stops when they needed forcing the Broncos to strike first with a field goal giving them a 3-0 lead. The problem, Carolina needed to do more.

 

Cam Newton who is the goat of the team wasn’t as perfect as we had hoped for. The MVP had the ball stripped from his hands by Super Bowl MVP Von Miller forcing a fumble, Mailk Jackson recovered the ball for the touchdown extending the Broncos lead to 10-0 in the first quarter.

 

“They outplayed us,” said a somber Newton.

 

Denver’s defense had one goal and that was to smother Newton all day. The Broncos top-rated defense that sent Tom Brady and the New England Patriots fishing after the AFC Championship successfully took Newton out of his game. The league MVP was at a loss of words after the game and replied to most questions with one-word answers. He couldn’t end it right after having the best season in franchise history.

 

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Miller stripped Newton twice in the game forcing turnovers, once for a touchdown, the second time setting up a clinching touchdown late in the game. It’s not often you see a defensive player being awarded the game MVP but Miller’s season was beyond impressive.

 

“It just shows what type of defense that we’ve been playing,” Miller said. “It’s honestly not about me. If I could cut this award, I would give it to DeMarcus [Ware] and [Derek] Wolfe and all the other guys. The MVP is great but, I’ll take the ring. I put my neck on the line for those guys.”

 

Carolina rallied back in the second scoring their only touchdown of the game. Newton pushed his offense up the field and a face mask by Aquib Talib put the Panthers on the goal line. Next play Jonathan Stewart dived over the goal line and players for the touchdown making it a 10-7 game. But that was all we saw from the Panthers offense that was so dominant throughout the regular season.

 

“They did a good job in that first series. They kind of jumped on us,” said Linebacker Luke Kuechly. “They did a good job. We weren’t able to get around the ball enough in the pass game.”

 

“Denver did a really good job of executing their game,” Linebacker Thomas Davis said. “That’s really what it boils to. We had opportunities, we had chances and we let them slip away.”

 

The Panthers added a field goal but continued to struggle in the second half. Things got worse when Graham Gano’s 44-yard field goal went wide right in the third. But Brandon McManus followed with his third field goal for 30-yards giving Denver a 16-7 lead. Newton then tried to go deep to Ted Ginn Jr. but got picked off by T.J. Ward.

 

The fourth quarter belonged to the champs when Manning led his team to scoring their final touchdown. Miller stripped Newton for the second time to force a fumble. T.J. Ward recovered at the Carolina 4. That setup C.J. Anderson 2-yard touchdown. The Broncos followed with a 2-point conversion to setup the celebration.

 

“This game was much like this season has been, testing our toughness, our resiliency, our unselfishness,” said Manning. “It’s only fitting that it turned out that way.”

 

When asked about retirement, the 39-year old responded calmly by saying, “I don’t know the answer to that. It’s been an emotional week, emotional night, and the night is just beginning, I look forward to celebrating with my friends and family and I think I’ll take some time after that.”

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ILWU leads May Day Protest down Market Street in San Francisco

“The best way to protect worker unity is to protest racism, patriarchy and xenophobia,” continued Davis. “Labor united will never be defeated.”

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    As participants assembled in front of the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero in San Francisco, a group of wearing blue jackets and white painters hats could be seen moving to the front of the group.  

   The group, workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, were on hand to lead the May Day march and rally from the Ferry Building down Market Street to San Francisco City Hall. 

   “This is the real Labor Day and this day is celebrated all over the world, said Trent Willis, the head of the ILWUs Local 10 longshoremen’s union.  In 1886, the first fight for workers was for the eight-hour work day. 

    May Day is the celebration of labor and working classes, promoted by the international labor movement and occurs every year on May Day, May 1. The ILWU in San Francisco has spearheaded for the day in the Bay Area and it has been leading the rally and march for the past 15 years.    

   Political activist and college professor Dr. Angela Davis, was a keynote speaker at the rally and she marched along Market Street in between ILWU members. Willis led the march of over 5,000 people with the ILWU, the Teamsters Union, teachersunions and other unions from San Francisco. Adjoining streetswere blocked off to allow the crowd walk freely

    As they walked, the ILWU drill team yelled out chants.  They stopped in front of the Flood Building, where Willis said he,along with others from the labor movement, stand in solidarity with the Chilean Dock Workers Union, who are in the middle of a contract negotiations with the Chilean government for higher wages and better working conditions.  

    The marchers continued to San Francisco City Hall, where Willis, Davis and other labor union officials, got on the back of a flatbed truck and spoke to the crowd.   

    “We need to fight systematic racism,continued Willlis. If you don’t stand up against systematic racism and systematic oppression, racism keeps us from talking to each other.”

   Willis said that when people arent talking to each other, the differences they have cannot be understood or resolved. He said talking is needed in order for people to get along and resolve situations, working conditions and move society forward.        

   Davis,looked out on at the crowd, saying that she was proud to be a part of the march and rally. 

    “There is no place I would rather be then to be standing up for the rights of workers, said Davis.  In solidarity with workers from all over the world.

    Davis said that workers need to stand up and fight so there will not be any more George Floyds, Breonna Taylors, Stephen Clarks, Oscar Grants and Sean Monterrosa. Monterrosa was the San  Francisco man who was killed by police in Vallejo last year. His family was on hand, holding a banner with his name.  

    “The best way to protect worker unity is to protest racism, patriarchy and xenophobia, continued Davis. Labor united will never be defeated.

   Willis said he will make Davis an honorary member of the ILWU, which is an honor that has only been bestowed on Paul Robeson and Dr. Martin Luther King.  He said the struggle for workers continues across the world and within the United States, but it will be a push the ILWU will be vigilant in fighting for to improve working conditions for working people.    

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Why Promoting Private Sector Investment in Electronic Vehicle Charging Market is Key

As Democrats debate their $2 trillion infrastructure package, there has already been a lot of discussion about provisions aimed at promoting EVs. I know Democratic leaders like Speaker Pelosi will ensure that these policies will effectively encourage the adoption of EVs, and one way to do that is to ensure free and fair competition in the EV charger market.

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The Biden Administration has expressed that one of their priorities is to facilitate more use of electric vehicles (EVs). Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has said that “to meet the climate crisis, we must put millions of new electric vehicles on America’s roads.”
The Democratic Party is in agreement that EVs are a big part of the future of our transportation system and will be a huge component of their upcoming infrastructure package. But in the rush to move to electric cars, it is critical that Democratic leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ensure policies will be effective at aiding in the transition to EVs without putting the burden of this shift on already underserved communities.
One policy to avoid, for example, can be seen right here in California, where the California Public Utilities Commission approved utility companies to increase the rates on current customers to pay for the construction and operation of EV infrastructure.
Given that EVs are also not an economically viable option for most Americans, the people who will benefit most from these charging stations are those who can afford the EVs’ more expensive sticker price – which is wealthier Americans. On average, an EV costs nearly $20,000 more upfront than gas-powered vehicles. Yet the people who will be most burdened by an increase on their monthly electric bill to cover the cost for these EV chargers are already struggling families. Low-income families should not have to shoulder additional burdens for addressing climate change, particularly since wealthier people produce more carbon pollution.
And while utility companies have tried to downplay the increased costs on ratepayers, the utilities’ EV infrastructure projects have already run exceedingly over budget – meaning they have to charge their customers even more. For example, the public utility commission authorized $45 million for the first phase of “Power Your Drive,” which was a program established for utilities to build EV chargers. But by the time phase, one was complete, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) had spent $70.2 million — 55.5 percent more than authorized.
The fact that these utility companies went so over budget highlights another flaw with this policy. Because utilities can pass the costs of building and operating EV chargers onto those who already use their services, it is impossible for the private sector to compete against them. SDG&E running 50 percent over budget would mean lost market share and profits in the private sector. That is why private funds incentivize efficiency and cost savings.
Utilities using their current customers as piggy banks that they can dip into whenever needed removes the incentive to keep costs down, while also making it impossible for the private sector to compete in the EV charging market. And chasing away private sector investment will hamper the development and deployment of charging stations. That can’t be emphasized enough – going the SDG&E route will mean fewer charging stations and fewer EVs on the road, as well as higher costs for low-income consumers. It is truly a lose-lose proposition.
It is obvious that the private sector is key to fueling our current transportation sector, and competition keeps prices as low as possible for consumers. Free market competition and private sector investment would also help the EV charging market thrive if elected officials will let it.
As Democrats debate their $2 trillion infrastructure package, there has already been a lot of discussion about provisions aimed at promoting EVs. I know Democratic leaders like Speaker Pelosi will ensure that these policies will effectively encourage the adoption of EVs, and one way to do that is to ensure free and fair competition in the EV charger market.
Jaime Patino is a city councilman in Union City, CA, and represents the city on the Board of Directors of East Bay Community Energy. 

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