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Oakland Raiders Las Vegas Relocation Not Reviewed By NFL Media Reports Fake News

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The Oakland Raiders are not in Las Vegas, and are not the Las Vegas Raiders. This news comes as some media outlets openly write fake news that the Silver and Black are either headed to Las Vegas from Oakland, or that the move has already been approved. Raiders fans, neither of those claims is true at all. As I explain on my Zennie62 at YouTube video here (you can also bookmark Zennie62blog.com for more news or visit the Oakland Post), the Oaktown Raiders have only filed for relocation with the National Football League: 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Eric Grubman, NFL Executive Vice President for Business Affairs, there’s more to be done, much more. Grubman said An application has two basic parts:

 

 

 

 

1. A notice that the Club is formally requesting permission to move; an

 

 

 

 

2. Supporting documentation and information supporting the application.

 

 

 

 

Grubman says that Item #1 is very short, basically a letter, whereas Item #2 is very long. “It is all the financial information, materials related to stadium location design, contracts/agreements/leases, and so forth and so on. Item #1 is easy to understand. Item #2 will take a long time to study and analyze.”

 

 

 

 

Grubman remarked via email “From here, we will begin to map out the necessary internal meetings and committee meetings necessary to put the Committees in a position to make a recommendation to the Membership at a full league meeting. During the internal and committee process, we will ask questions of the Raiders and get further information/explanations as necessary.”

 

 

 

 

Where things are right now, is Las Vegas has a lot to do before it can even claim to be ready for an Oakland Raiders relocation, let alone a positive NFL Owners Meeting review. I talk about the problems in this Zennie62 vlog:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basically, The Oakland Raiders NFL relocation filing is the same approach as was done in 2015 leading to 2016 by the Raiders for the Carson, California relocation attempt which would have put them in the same stadium as the San Diego Chargers. So all the Raiders will do is refiled the same basic documents, with some adjustments here and there.

 

 

 

 

Those documents contain the Raiders rather slanted complaints about the Oakland Coliseum as it is now. But what one must question is why the Raiders themselves have never pursued rebuilding the Coliseum stadium? NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said (video at Zennie62 on YouTuibe) that the Raiders are partially to blame for not having a new stadium in Oakland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is this what he meant?

 

 

 

 

Everyone knows Las Vegas has a weaker media economy than Oakland does. Oakland rests at the center of the giant San Francisco Bay Area. The SF Oakland Bay Area is three times larger than Las Vegas. A Raiders move would be nuts, to say the least.

 

 

 

 

Las Vegas must add over 20,000 manufacturing jobs before it can be considered ready to host an NFL team. Vegas’ economy is too much based on tourism; it must have a robust export sector.

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned.

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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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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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Rosie the Riveter Trust to Celebrate History, ‘We Can Do It!’ Spirit

Tribute to storyteller and park ranger Betty Reid Soskin marking her 100th birthday

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The Rosie the Riveter Trust is celebrating the history of the World War II home front at a September 26 gala, Making History Together. The fundraiser will highlight programs supported by the trust in collaboration with Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park: Every Kid Outdoors, Rosie’s Service Corps, and a documentary about the park’s Rosie Ambassadors, currently in production.

“We have a gem of a national park located right here in Richmond, California, where visitors can come learn about the home front and hear stories told in first person. This includes women and men who worked in the Kaiser shipyards, as well as those who spent years in the internment camps during the war,” said Sarah Pritchard, executive director of Rosie the Riveter Trust. “The history of the home front and societal changes that transpired during World War II are important lessons to preserve and share.”

The gala will also include a special tribute to Betty Reid Soskin, who turns 100 in September. Soskin helped establish the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, later joining the National Park Service and becoming the oldest ranger in the national park system at 85. 

Soskin’s programs at the park’s visitor center have captivated audiences since the center opened in May 2012. During her presentations, she shares her own experiences as a young woman of color during a time when segregation and discrimination were common, adding dimension to the stories of the home front too often left out of the history books. “What gets remembered is determined by who is in the room doing the remembering,” says Soskin in her 2019 film, “No Time to Waste.”

The gala will be held at the historic Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South (next to the park’s visitor center on the Richmond waterfront). The Craneway, which boasts a fabulous view of San Francisco, is the former Ford Assembly Plant where some 49,000 tanks and jeeps were assembled during the home front era. 

While individual tickets to the in-person event sold out on August 1, tickets to view the live-streamed event are still available. The event begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by a tribute to Soskin, highlights of the trust’s programs, a live auction, a Zoom afterparty, and entertainment.

Major event sponsors include the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Kaiser Permanente, The Marguerite Fund, Chevron Richmond Refinery, Accenture, Bank of Labor, California State Pipe Trades Council, Microsoft Corp., The Honorable Barry Goode, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, IBEW Local 302, IBEW Local Union 595, and Marathon Petroleum. Event sponsorships are available beginning at $1,000.

Rosie the Riveter Trust is the official partner of the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, founded in 2000 in Richmond, California. The Park chronicles the explosive growth of wartime industry, the innovations fostered by visionaries like Henry J. Kaiser, and the extraordinary history of people who were challenged as never before and came together to overcome wartime odds with the “We Can Do It!” spirit.

Event proceeds support expansion of educational programs for all ages and preservation of historical resources for the Bay Area and the nation.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the trust’s web site at www.rosietheriveter.org. For sponsorships, contact Executive Director Sarah Pritchard, at 510-507-2276, or by email at sarah@rosietheriveter.org.

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