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Gov. Gavin Newsom Speaks Out on Recall Attempt: Urges ‘No’ Vote on Sept. 14 Special Election

Those are the California values I stand for – the kind that Republicans like Larry Elder reject. That’s why I’m urging Californians to vote NO on the Republican recall by September 14.”

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Young woman voting from home. She is filling papers to send by mail for the upcoming presidential election.

On August 12, Gov. Gavin Newsom held a virtual interview with a few members of the Black press, including the Oakland Post, to discuss the recall gubernatorial election slated for Sept. 14, 2021.

Newsom said: “. . . this is a critical moment for California. We’re battling the Delta variant, historic wildfires, and fighting for our economic recovery.

“Instead of helping aid our recovery – Republicans are wasting our taxpayer dollars on a dangerous Republican recall,” Newsom said. “The choice in this election is stark. If Democrats don’t vote, we could wake up to a Trump-supporter as governor.

All the major candidates running to replace Newsom are Republican supporters of former Pres. Donald Trump.

“The leading Republican candidate, Larry Elder [a Black man], is the closest thing we have to Trump in California. If the recall is successful, he will be installed as California’s new governor by a tiny fraction of the vote,” he said.

According to Newsom, Elder is a longtime climate change skeptic who called global warming “a crock.”

A staunch conservative, Elder’s political views are typical. He opposes abortion rights and wants to repeal Roe vs. Wade; believes the minimum wage should be $0 and parents do not have the right to unpaid parental leave.
Elder opposes all forms of gun regulation, even those that are meant to protect children from guns.

An ardent Trump supporter, Elder continues to spread lies about the results of the presidential election.

Further, Elder won’t take any measures to protect Californians from the pandemic. He’s helped peddle anti-vaccine conspiracy theories and has vowed to repeal all of the state’s protections from the COVID-19 pandemic, like banning mask mandates in the state’s schools.

“Elder would eliminate masking and force California off a COVID cliff,” Newsom said.

“This election will be consequential,” Newsom said. “If we don’t fight to stop this Republican recall now – a Trump supporter like Larry Elder will come to power – and put Californians in danger.”

Newsom said Elder is to the right of Trump politically and would eliminate both the minimum wage and corporate taxes.  Newsom also pointed out an editorial penned by Elder in which he opined that women are not as knowledgeable as men.

The governor then addressed the Black community directly.

“As governor of California, I’ve always proudly stood with our African-American communities,’ Newsom said. “I’m deeply committed to fighting systemic racism. I’ve prioritized justice and equity in our healthcare, our economy, our criminal justice system.

“Those are the California values I stand for – the kind that Republicans like Larry Elder reject. That’s why I’m urging Californians to vote NO on the Republican recall by September 14.”

He added that it’s important to get out the vote in an ‘off year’ and ‘off month’ election and the “Biden agenda” is the “California agenda.”

He asked that folks complete their mail-in ballots by simply voting “no” and mailing in the ballot.

 

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Oakland Officer, Suspect Wounded in Shootout

A suspect was shot by an Oakland police officer early Wednesday and a police officer was also wounded before the suspect discarded his gun, barricaded himself inside a building and eventually surrendered, according to officials.

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Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong

A suspect was shot by an Oakland police officer early Wednesday and a police officer was also wounded before the suspect discarded his gun, barricaded himself inside a building and eventually surrendered, according to officials.

Police had received a report of a man armed and brandishing a firearm, who was determined to be on the 2200 block of Telegraph Avenue.

During a Wednesday morning news conference, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said that another officer returned fire after the male suspect opened fire on arriving officers.  

“The suspect immediately began to fire shots at the officer,” said Armstrong. “The officer was struck with that gunfire and through our investigation, we know now that our officer, (an) additional officer, did fire back – so we do have an officer-involved shooting that we’re also investigating, striking the suspect with non-life-threatening injuries.”

The suspect, who had a knife, barricaded himself inside the lobby of a multi-residential building. Patrol officers established a safety perimeter and advised residents to shelter in place.

OPD patrol officers, negotiators and the Mental Health Crisis Team established communication with the suspect, who was still armed with the knife and had begun stabbing and cutting himself.

Police said the suspect is 50 years old but did not identify him immediately. They also did not disclose what type of gun he had.

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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Oakland Post: September 22nd – September 28th, 2021

The printed Weekly Edition of the Oakland Post for the week of September 22nd – September 28th, 2021.

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The printed Weekly Edition of the Oakland Post for the week of September 22nd - September 28th, 2021.

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First in a Series on Jobs in Oakland. City Government; Please Do No (More) Harm

Oakland city government declares war on the unemployed. An overstatement? Not really.

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High Quality stock aerial photos of downtown Oakland with Lake Merritt in the foreground.

Oakland city government declares war on the unemployed. An overstatement? Not really.

City administration professes concern for its residents who need help with access to jobs and training, while at the same time failing to issue contracts to the community organizations that stand ready to provide needed services.

The city council approved these contracts in June. As of late September, they have not been issued by the city administration.

Q: What does this mean? A: Non-profit organizations, operating on shoestring budgets in the best of times, have been required to advance their own funds in July, August, and September to serve the unemployed, with no reimbursement by the city because as the administration says, “Your contract has not been signed yet.”

Another impact: the workers who provide front line job services may not receive their paychecks on time…. creating unnecessary instability in their own households.

And who is responsible for issuing these contracts? Yup…it’s the city…. painfully tone deaf to the needs of the community, particularly those on the economic margins. Most of those served with job help are Black and Latinx residents who consistently suffer double digit unemployment. Many are returning home after incarceration.

And for this level of harmful disregard, the city receives  28 percent of scarce job training funds. Astonishing, since the city provides no direct services to job seekers.

As Oakland struggles with its horrific crime wave, it seems that attention would be paid to root causes, joblessness being paramount among them. Instead, the city administration seems intent on hobbling the very groups who stand ready to help. This happens year after year…. with no apparent consequences to an impenetrable bureaucracy.

Oakland, we can do  better than this.

We must.

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

 

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