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Mark Davis Oakland Raiders Las Vegas Stadium May Be Stopped By NFL Compliance Plan

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Mark Davis’ Las Vegas fantasy could be a real nightmare for the image-concious National Football League.

Monday, Mr. Davis, the Oakland Raiders Owner, will stand with (reportedly) Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, and watch Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval sign the SB1 Bill that was passed by an exhausted Nevada Senate last week, and has within it the much-sought-after $750 million stadium construction subsidy.When he does, Mark Davis will have officially attached himself to Mr. Adelson as a business partner.Considering Adelson’s casino background and recent legal scandals, it’s a good idea Davis read the NFL Compliance Plan.The plan, established by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on July of 2015 (just last year), has a detailed set of policies regarding such matters as corruption, and business opportunities.

It’s the corruption area Davis will find of note, because many say that Las Vegas Sands has dirty hands (particularly in the matter of the persistent money-laundering claims that dog him and his organization)Because Adelson’s corporation seeks to do business with the NFL, and he has stated his interest in becoming an owner of the Oakland Raiders, the NFL Compliance Plan becomes of import.

This is written under E – Anti-Corruption: “It is a violation of NFL policy to offer bribes and other improper advantages in connection with the activities of the NFL. The NFL is committed to complying with anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, including the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the United Kingdom Bribery Act. Bribery, kickbacks, and other improper inducements to government officials, business partners, vendors, and suppliers are prohibited. No employee, agent, or representative worldwide may offer, promise, pay, or authorize any financial or other advantage or anything else of value to any person or organization with the intent to exert improper influence over the recipient, induce the recipient to violate his or her duties, or secure an improper advantage for the NFL or its member clubs. All employees are further prohibited from demanding, agreeing to receive, or accepting a bribe, kickback, or any other improper financial or other advantage.”

Mark Davis, Oakland Raiders Las Vegas Stadium vs NFL Compliance Plan Of 2015

Mark Davis, Oakland Raiders Las Vegas Stadium vs NFL Compliance Plan Of 2015

It’s ultimately the decision of NFL Legal as to how to evaluate the actions of Las Vegas Sands but by the definition of the word “agent” the casino company is just that with respect to the Raiders. That is Las Vegas Sands is, with respect to the Oakland Raiders “a person or thing that causes something to happen” – and that something is ostensibly a new NFL stadium in Las Vegas.

After the Nevada Assembly vote last week, it was widely reported that lobbyists under the LV Sands payroll acted, in some cases, like bullies, and overall what they gave Nevada Senators and Assemblypeople can’t be reported, even if it was a conflict of interest – they signed a legal provision protecting them from that under Nevada Law. An act that caused the Twitterverse paying attention to the hashtag #nvLeg to rain negative tweets down, all over the place.

Buy the time the vote was finally taken, and after it had been delayed by the revelation that the Governor of Nevada had a Nevada Department of Transportation traffic study of the Las Vegas NFL Stadium Proposal in his possession and since October 4th (the Nevada Legislature met a week ago October 11th)

That study reads that there will have to be $900 million in road and freeway upgrades just to handle the traffic espected from the stadium. The news of that filled the Assembly, and caused a lot of angry reactions and hurt feelings. So many that when the bill passed last Friday, there wasn’t a clap in the room. A number of seasoned reporters outside of those who work for the one publication owned by Las Vegas Sands, The Las Vegas Review Journal, wrote or tweeted that they had never seen so many who were not happy about the decision they made, but felt, for various reasons, they had not choice but to do it.

Welcome to Nevada and Las Vegas Politics.

But what happens in Vegas will stay in Vegas, and is not NFL Policy. The NFL Compliance Plan has other areas that apply to the Raiders / Las Vegas Sands relationships. Altogether, this is in addition to the need for the Raiders to obtain a two-thirds vote of the NFL Ownership to relocate from Oakland.

And then, there’s the matter of the NFL Constitution and the NFL Relocation Policy and whether or not Las Vegas actually fits as a real relocation candidate. The consideration of whether there is what the policy calls a “compelling” reason to move to Las Vegas will be front and center – and the answer is no, there is not one.

The NFL Bylaws also call for the Raiders to have a good relationship with the home community, Oakland, and there are many examples where the Raiders have not worked to have this with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Now that Adelson, a Donald Trump-supporter, is involved, Trump’s many negative associations with women can and will also come into consideration by the media. Will this rub off on Davis and if so, why? Overall, this could degenerate into something that embarrasses the NFL – a clear violation of the NFL Compliance Plan.

The Raiders can stay in Oakland, and behind the scenes, are working on staying. Mark Davis should cut his Las Vegas losses because The NFL Compliance Plan will, behind the scenes, play a powerful roll in Mark Davis; team playing ball in Oakland and not Las Vegas.

Stay tuned.

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The Black Press: Our Trusted Messenger

Our Black newspapers are now celebrating 194 years of being the keeper of the flame of liberty and the source of information in “our” struggle for freedom and equality.

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Sometimes it’s necessary to be reminded who we are and who our friends are.  It’s also important to remember from whence we have come. 

Such is the case this week with the Black Press. Our Black newspapers are now celebrating 194 years of being the keeper of the flame of liberty and the source of information in “our” struggle for freedom and equality.

With the advent of the recent pandemic and the visible disparity of Blacks dying at greater numbers than others, getting fewer vaccines, working in the highest risk occupations and death at the hands of law enforcement, our need for a “trusted” source of information is greater than social media, which has become an alternative for many.

 At the same time, the interest in reaching our communities has increased on all levels. The question has become “who is in touch with the Black community” as injustice, murder and social disparity continues to grow among Blacks. 

The NAACP and the Urban League gave the impression that they were in touch with the Black community. But the reality is neither organization has ever been in touch with the Black community without the Black Press.  It is Black newspapers and not CNN, ABC, NBC or CBS that carries the articles and commentaries of these organizations to the Black community. 

Yet, neither of these organizations ever mentions the Black Press when taking both credit and dollars for outreach to the Black community.

The African American and Black communities of America should not be duped into believing that social media has become a substitute for the Black Press. The Black Press is now both print and electronic, it’s a newswire service as provided by the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), providing coverage of both news here in America and around the world.

 It is the Black Press that has been the “Trusted Messenger” to our communities for 194 years, and that says a lot. Our newspapers are the rear guard, the battle ground against the efforts to resegregate America and return to “Jim Crow” racism.

As we celebrate Juneteenth, let us remember that we are not only free but capable of defending and determining our futures if we get serious. Let’s remember how we got here, on the backs of those like the Black Press who bought us thus far; let us not forget in the words of James Weldon Johnson: that “ we have come over a way that with tears has been watered, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered.” We are still being slaughtered today by others as well as each other.

Let’s remember who is truly telling our story and our obligation to keep and support that effort. Pick up a Black newspaper and get involved. You owe that and more to keeping the Juneteenth principle of freedom alive today.

Editor-in-Chief note:  The Post News Group consists of nine newspapers:  Oakland, South County, San Francisco, Vallejo, Marin, Stockton, Richmond, Berkeley Tri-City and El Mundo.  We are also online at postnewsgroup.com.

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Assembly Candidates Confront the Issues:  Howard Terminal , Local Control of Schools, Reparations

The candidates are running to represent Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro in a June 29 special election for California State Assembly District #18, a seat that was previously held by Rob Bonta, who was recently appointed as California Attorney General.

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James Aguilar

Janani Ramachandran

Malia Vella

Mia Bonta

 

Candidates for State Assembly responded to pointed  questions on some of the critical issues facing Oakland schools and the community – including displacement, housing, reparations, public safety and returning full local control to the public schools – at a recent Education Candidate Forum on Zoom hosted by the School of Education at Holy Names University in Oakland, in partnership with the Oakland Post Community Assembly.

The candidates are running to represent Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro in a June 29 special election for California State Assembly District #18, a seat that was previously held by Rob Bonta, who was recently appointed as California Attorney General. Candidates attending the forum were James Aguilar, Victor Aguilar, Mia Bonta, Joel Britton, Janani Ramachandran, and Malia Vella.

The event was hosted by Dr. Kimberly Mayfield, dean of the School of Education at  Holy Names, who emphasized the importance of these issues for the city’s future.

“We have just come through a moral and political crisis (in this country) around racism and the government’s role in maintaining this system. We are looking for a new approach, and this is the lens we will be using today for this education forum,” said  Dr. Mayfield.

Also welcoming the candidates and the public to event were Oakland Post publisher Paul Cobb and his wife Gay Plair Cobb, who highlighted  their intense interest in schools and education. Paul Cobb is a former member of the Oakland Board of Education, and Gay Cobb served for many years on the Alameda County Board of Education.

The first question to  candidates was whether they would oppose the big money coalition of politicians and  powerful interests  behind  Oakland A’s owner John Fisher’s stadium and massive downtown real estate project at Howard Terminal. 

 Opponents of the project  argue  that the A’s proposal is vaguely worded and would come at a  high cost to Oakland taxpayers, who would foot the bill for decades. They say the development would create  a city-within-a-city, like Piedmont, that would  displace local residents and likely wreck  the Port of Oakland and its decent-paying longshore jobs, turning the city’s waterfront  and downtown into a tourist attraction like Pier 39 in San Francisco.

Of the three candidates who are considered to be the top contenders., only Janani Ramachandran was strongly opposed to Fisher’s deal. Malia Vella and Mia Bonta raised concerns but did not oppose the development. 

James Aguilar, Victor Aguilar and Joel  Britton were also against the project.

Bonta, president of the school board in Alameda, said, “I believe that there is a way for us to be able to hold the Oakland A’s accountable to the plan and the processes that they made … starting with stakeholder involvement in the environmental impact of the proposed project.”

Malia Vella,  vice mayor of Alameda and attorney for the Teamsters Union, said, “We need to have community input. The best projects are the results of a robust process that involve community stakeholders,… and an opportunity to meaningfully engage.. to get the best community benefits.”

Said Janani  Ramachandran, a social justice attorney, “I was the first candidate in this race who took an uncompromising, clear and public stand against the project … because having visited Howard Terminal, I have seen why it is entirely unfeasible and harmful to our West Oakland residents and extremely harmful to our thriving port, the fifth largest in the country.”

The candidates supported the statewide demand or reparations and the movement for Reparations for Black Students raised by community groups in Oakland.  They also backed an approach to public safety that deemphasizes policing and stresses the need for jobs, housing and health care to build safe communities. 

Candidates also backed the return of local control of Oakland schools and loan forgiveness, to end the domination of the schools  by a state-imposed trustee and the austerity program pushed by Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team (FCMAT),as well as halting the closing of schools in flatland neighborhoods.

Bonta called for “an end state receivership, which is decades old, and  the FCMAT order that has created a status of fiscal enslavement of Oakland Unified, which paired with growth of charter schools has created a structural deficit that OUSD  can’t get out from under.”

About teacher recruitment, all the candidates said would seek to end expensive standardized tests and other obstacles facing Black and other people of color who want to become teachers.

Janani Ramachandran said she would support legislation  “to remove excess and expensive tests and other barriers that .. keep Black and other potential teachers of color from entering the profession.”

 

To watch the video of the forum, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vsEi_7bXx4

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California Comeback Plan

Besides a $6.2 billion tax cut to help small businesses, there will be a $250 million Cal Competes grant program which will draw businesses to relocate to California

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Gov. Gavin Newsom stopped through Oakland on Thursday to promote the “California Comeback Plan.”  It will provide an additional $1.5 billion in COVID-19 relief grants, becoming the largest relief program in the United States for small businesses.

Besides a $6.2 billion tax cut to help small businesses, there will be a $250 million Cal Competes grant program which will draw businesses to relocate to California. 

Newsom was joined by State Senator Nancy Skinner, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Terilyn Gray, Small Business Advocate for the State of California, Cathy Adams from OAACC and Black business owners from Beastmode Barber Shop and Graffiti Pizza. 

The Post was granted an exclusive one-on-one interview with Newsom and that interview will appear on postnews.com

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