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Raiders Fall Late in The Fourth Quarter



Oakland, CA – The Raiders looked their best in almost three years. But the final seconds of the game mirrored the past two years. Philip Rivers moved his offense downfield to set up Branden Oliver’s one-yard touchdown with less than two minutes in regulation. Oakland got the ball back, Derek Carr went deep and was picked off by rookie Jason Verrett.

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The Raiders lost a tough one when they fell to the Chargers 31-28. Carr’s pass was intended for Brice Butler who was covered tightly, but it was shot they thought could get. Unfortunately, trailing by three with 1:20 left in the game, Carr’s pass was intercepted and San Diego ran the clock out to end the game.


“Just trying to go one-on-one on that play,” Carr said. “Going into it, they played quarters right there to that side, if I’m not mistaken. Brice had a double move, so we knew he would have a one-on-one so, I pumped it, the safety was not in play, I wasn’t worried about the safety so I was just giving Brice a chance there.”


“It was a scenario where the coverage dictated where the ball was going to go and we took the shot,” said Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano. “The kid made a heck of a play as you can see. We’re talking about an inch one way or an inch the other way and that’s the nature of the game.”


It was no better way to start the game than with with a 77-yard touchdown pass from Carr to Andre Holmes on opening drive. That play was the longest touchdown pass in Oakland’s history since Russell-Miller in 1986 on October 18, 2009. The Chargers responded quickly tying the game 7-7, Rivers found Eddie Royal for a 29-yard touchdown.


Oakland’s defense failed to stop San Diego on multiple plays despite a good effort. Rivers was sacked once and Carr was sacked none. The Chargers answered every time the Raiders scored. It was definitely an entertaining game to say the least. Rivers threw three touchdown passes and orchestrated the winning drive to seal San Diego’s victory. He went 22-for-34 throwing a total of 313 yards.


Carr accomplished something his older brother David never did and that’s throw four touchdown passes in one game. He tied the game in the second quarter, Carr connected with James Jones for the 6-yard touchdown. Maybe the burial of the football last week, the loss in London, the bye week and a new head coach were all motivational factors for this team to turn things around.


“It’s very frustrating when you play a team like that,” LB Sio Moore said. “If anybody watched that game, you know we had that game won. They’re not better than us period. We have to close games out when it gets to that point, it doesn’t matter where the ball is. Come fourth quarter it’s not a situation where it should be that crucial and if it is we know what to do.”


“It didn’t work out the way we wanted it to today,” said DE Justin Tuck. “But you always want to have the opportunity to stop an offense and preserve a win. Obviously, we’re not in the game for moral victories. We’re proud of the effort we had and things like that, but we’ve got to find a way to get off the field or at least hold them to a field goal or something.”


Sebastian Janikowski attempted a 53-yard field goal in the final minutes of the half but missed wide left. The Chargers came out of the half strong, Rivers threw a few bullets to move his offense down field but the Raiders defense held them. Nick Novak’s 54-yard field goal attempt was negated by a penalty and Oakland scored on Carr’s third touchdown, a 47-yard touchdown pass to Butler to extend their lead 21-14.


This is the first time the Raiders lead in the third quarter since Thanksgiving of last year. Carr finished the day going 18-for-34 for 282 yards. Rivers who was just as good if not better, connected with Malcolm Floyd for a 44-yard pass to setup a 2-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gates tying the game 21-21. Oakland responded with a 6-yard touchdown pass in the fourth and lead 28-21 with 10 minutes left in the game.


“That’s the best team in the league according to most of you,” Sparano said. “I have all the confidence in the world they’ll play hard next week. We need to win these kind of football games. That’s how we turn this thing around.”

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Barbara Lee Applauds 2nd Round of Workforce Funding from COVID Community Care Act Legislation

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) applauded the announcement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will be awarding $121 million to 127 award recipients of the Local Community-Based Workforce to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Access Program.



Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) applauded the announcement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will be awarding $121 million to 127 award recipients of the Local Community-Based Workforce to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Access Program.

Announced on July 27, these awards are funded with resources from provisions within the American Rescue Plan Act that Lee led through her COVID Community Care Act.  This reflects the second of two funding opportunities announced in May 2021 for community-based efforts to hire and mobilize community outreach workers, community health workers, social support specialists, and others to increase vaccine access for the hardest-hit and highest-risk communities through high-touch, on-the-ground outreach to educate and assist individuals in getting the information they need about vaccinations.

The first round of funding, which was administered in June, included an $11 million award to the Public Health Institute in Oakland and a $9.5 million award to the Association of Asian/Pacific Community Health Organizations in Berkeley. Three Oakland based organizations, the Public Health Institute, Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases, and Safe Passages, are recipients of this round of funding, bringing the total funding brought to organizations in CA-13 to nearly $23 million.

“We are facing another inflection point in this pandemic. We must make meaningful investments in getting everyone vaccinated—especially communities of color and medically underserved communities,” said Lee.  “I worked hard in Congress to invest in trusted messengers at the community level to build confidence in vaccines and COVID-19 prevention efforts. This is a much-needed continuation of that work, and we’ll see over a million dollars of investment on the ground in our own East Bay community.

“Our Tri-Caucus – the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Native American member Congresswoman Sharice Davids, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone, Education and Labor Committee Chair Bobby Scott and Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro deserve credit for their hard work and support in getting this across the finish line in the American Rescue Plan.  We can see that the work of House Democrats is making a real-life impact on the ground for communities.  This is an important step, but we must continue our work to dismantle systemic racism in our public health system and ensure that vaccines are equitably and adequately distributed.”

The purpose of this program is to establish, expand, and sustain a public health workforce to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.  This includes mobilizing community outreach workers, which includes community health workers, patient navigators, and social support specialists to educate and assist individuals in accessing and receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.  

This includes activities such as conducting face-to-face outreach and reaching out directly to community members to educate them about the vaccine, assisting individuals in making a vaccine appointment, providing resources to find convenient vaccine locations, assisting individuals with transportation or other needs to get to a vaccination site.

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Where Do Negotiations Go Now After A’s “Howard Terminal” or Bust Ultimatum?

The A’s are seeking to develop 55 acres at the Port of Oakland. The proposal includes a 35,000-seat baseball stadium, which would cost $1 billion, or 8.3% of the total project.



Oakland A's Photo Courtesy of Rick Rodriquez via Unsplash

FILE – In this Nov. 17, 2016, file photo, Oakland Athletics President David Kaval gestures during a news conference in Oakland, Calif. TheAthletics will be phased out of revenue sharing in the coming years as part of baseball’s new labor deal, and that puts even more urgency on the small-budget franchise’s plan to find the right spot soon to build a new, privately funded ballpark. Kaval, named to his new A’s leadership position last month, is committed to making quick progress but also doing this right. That means strong communication with city and civic leaders as well as the community and fan base. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

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Oakland’s City Council rejected the A’s proposed non-binding term sheet, which the team had presented to the City along with an ultimatum, “Howard Terminal or Bust.”

At a packed City Council meeting last week, attended by 1,000 people on Zoom, many residents were angry at what they viewed as the A’s real estate “land grab” at the Port of Oakland and either said that the team should leave or stay at the Oakland Coliseum in East Oakland.
Rejecting the A’s term sheet, councilmembers at the July 20th meeting voted 6-1 with one abstention to make a counteroffer, approving city staff’s and Council’s amendments to the A’s term sheet.

Council’s vote was to continue negotiating with the A’s, and the A’s gained substantial concessions, $352 million, enough to return for further negotiations, in Oakland. The Council’s vote didn’t derail A’s pursuit of Las Vegas.

Now, over a week since Council’s vote, neither A’s President Dave Kaval nor owner John Fisher have spoken publically on the A’s intent to continue bargaining with Oakland for their proposed $12 billion waterfront development at Howard Terminal.

The A’s are seeking to develop 55 acres at the Port of Oakland. The proposal includes a 35,000-seat baseball stadium, which would cost $1 billion, or 8.3% of the total project.

In addition to the stadium, the development features 3,000 condominium/housing units; over a million square feet of commercial space (office and retail); a 3,500-seat performance theater, 400 hotel rooms and approximately 18 acres of parks and open space.

The most fundamental sticking point, along with all the other complications, is whether a commercial/residential development, ‘a city within a city,” in the middle of a working seaport are compatible uses for the land. Many experts are saying that the existence of upscale residences and thousands of tourists strolling around will eventually destroy the Port of Oakland, which is the economic engine of the city and the region.

According to Kaval, who had pushed for the Council to approve the ultimatum, “We’re disappointed that the city did not vote on our proposal … we’re going to take some time and really dig in and understand and ‘vet’ what they did pass and what all the amendments mean.”

Although the A’s stated a willingness to be open to the amended terms Council approved, Kaval expressed uncertainty whether the Council’s amended term sheet offers “a path forward.”

“The current [amended] term sheet as its constructed is not a business partnership that works for us,” said Kaval, saying the team would have to examine the Council’s counter-offer before deciding to resume negotiations or return to Las Vegas or focus on finding a new home someplace else.

City Council President Bas and Mayor Libby Schaaf joined city and labor leaders to discuss the Council’s vote. Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan made it clear that the amended term sheet the Council approved should be considered a “road map for future negotiations … a baseline for further discussions.”

Upon Kaval’s dismissal of the Council’s stated positions, Fife said, “I don’t know where we go from here,” abstaining from the vote on the proposed term sheet.

Many find Kaval’s statement confusing because he used words like partnership but apparently ignored and/or disregarded the City of Oakland – the A’s major stakeholder and a business partnership since 1968, more than 53 years.

Some are asking if the A’s understand that Oakland’s 53-year relationship with the team is the basis for the meme “Rooted in Oakland?” Are the A’s willing to accept, as the Council has determined, that the terms of the business “partnership” must be equitable and mutually beneficial for all of “us”?

And the question remains after a 53-year relationship, is it reasonable to terminate that relationship or negotiate further for an equitable and mutually beneficial business partnership?

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Congratulations to Michelle Mack

Nominated for Teacher of the Year



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Congratulations to Michelle Mack, currently a pre-K lead teacher in Atlanta, Ga., who was nominated for Teacher of the Year. A 2008 graduate of St. Elizabeth’s High School who earned a degree in child psychology from San Francisco State University in 2012, Mack received her master’s from Clark University in 2015.

Mack was recognized by the Easter Seals of North Georgia (ESNG) for “serving five consistent years teaching children and helping families with the same company” and awarded the ESNG-Guice Center Award for Individual Excellence.


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