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Vote now for the 3rd Annual Power Moves Awards

NASHVILLE PRIDE — Voting is now open and continues through April 30 for the 3rd Annual Power Moves Awards to be given at the PK Williams Enterprises Presents the 2019 Power Moves Awards Gala on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Omni Nashville Hotel.

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Voting is now open and continues through April 30 for the 3rd Annual Power Moves Awards to be given at the PK Williams Enterprises Presents the 2019 Power Moves Awards Gala on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Omni Nashville Hotel.

“It is our mission to celebrate and honor the leaders of the community for their unparalleled commitment to civic and social responsibility while raising awareness to citizens and entities for which the leaders advocate and advance across their respective communities on a daily basis,” says founder Patrycya King Williams.

Gina Waters Miller says the awards are “The brainchild of Patrycya King Williams, one woman, who had a vision of great magnitude to showcase and celebrate the work, lives, and service of some ordinary Nashvillians doing extraordinary things.”

You must go the awards website to vote and may vote for one person per category. You are only allowed to vote once and duplicates will be deleted. You do not have to purchase tickets to the Gala to vote (but are encouraged to do so).

Arts & Entertainment Nominees are Jessica Currie, Courtney “Coko” Eason, Meleisha Edwards, Thalia “Muziqueen” Ewing, Sam “MissNewYork” Gentry, Michael Hicks, Tim Hill, Sharon Kaye, Crystal “Joy” McLin, Angel Stanford, Joy Styles, Brooklyn Tankard, Phil Thornton, Nina Webster, and Dr. Jacob Weiss.

Community Advocacy Nominees are Will Acuff Judge Rachel Bell, Krista Davis, Dana Eskridge, Eric D. Evans, Cintoria Franklin, Ty Garth, Tee Jordan, Gicola Lane, Novonda Lilly, Sandrea Mays, Yvette Vinson Moore, Patricia Malone Smith, Laquita Stribling, and Jeshiqua White.

Education Nominees are Dr. James Bailey, Gerri Bowers, Wayne Buckingham, Dr. Brittany Edmondson, Shannon Fey, Crystal Hicks, Jamica Hines, LaTishia Jordan, Dr. Darren Kennedy, Traci Ray, Dr. Lakisha Simmons, Kaylah Stewart, Dr. Roderick Webb, and Dr. Tonja Williams.

Entrepreneurship Nominees are Renee Bobb, Mel Bowers, Leneiva Head, Genma Holmes, Bill McCleskey, Danielle McGee, Michael McPherson Sr., Jason Ridgel, Marcus Shute Jr., Jurry Smith, Contrecia Tharpe, Bobby Thomas Jr., Shawn Thompson, Marcus Whitney, and Reginald Williams.

Finance Nominees are Harry Allen, Alfonzo Alexander, Cathy Bender, Bella Briggs, LaShonda Daniels, Courtney Hale, Jamal Hutchinson, Jimmie Jackson, Sylvia Johnson, Jeff McGruder, Steven Pelmore Jr.,
Bo Robertson, Olivia Ruiz, and Zulfat Suara.

Fraternity Nominees are Lamar Allen, Tee Banks, Tony Beard, LaSalle Curry, Lamar Dixon, Dr. Andrew Harris, Daryus “DJ Merriwether, Anthony Owens, Greg Pollard, Dr. Coley Ramsey, Dr. Emmanuel Rowe, Robert Vick, Cori Walker, Lionel Washington, and Jeff Wilson.

Healthcare Nominees are Dr. Irene Bean, Sereadia Cooke, Alette Davis, Perrion Gordon, Elizabeth Hart, Dr. Dorsha James, Morris Jamison, Ethan Kellum, Dr. Gerald Onuoha, Tara Roth, Marsha Seay, Dr. Jay Sheats, Lauren Waller, Dr. Thomas Williams, and Tina Wilson.

Service and Philanthropy Nominees are Lori Adukeh, Tomeka Bailey, Perrion Barbour, Steadman Bell, Shaundra Davis, Justin Dobson, Kara Johnson, Pastor Christopher Johnson, Chris Lilly, Kendra Loney, Tabitha Mundy, Karynthia Phillips, Demetrius Short, Monroe Simmons, and Susan Vanderbilt.

Sorority Nominees are Teresa Campbell, Diane Christon, Candice Douglas, Sally Franklin, Cynthia Harris, Kelli Henderson, Tammy Hines, Debbi Howard, Cleshette Hudson, Sonja Mallery, Kimberly Page, Sherrica Proctor, Jessica Rich, Tammy Howse Smith, and Tanisha Smith.

This article originally appeared in the Nashville Pride

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IN MEMORIAM: Black Leaders Remember Life and Work of Former Legislator Willard H. Murray

William H. Murray died on Dec. 20, 2021, of natural causes. He was 91. “It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to our former Chair and colleague, the Honorable Willard H. Murray, Jr., who passed away yesterday afternoon,” read a statement the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) released the same day. “Willard Murray, Jr. was an exceptional man and public servant.”

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The Honorable William H. Murray was known for helping Black people get involved in water policy. Photo courtesy of the family.
The Honorable William H. Murray was known for helping Black people get involved in water policy. Photo courtesy of the family.

By Tanu Henry | California Black Media

Black leaders in California are remembering the life and accomplishments of Willard H. Murray, Jr., an engineer and United States Air Force vet, elected to the California Assembly in 1988. He served in the State Legislature for eight years until he termed out in 1996.

Murray died on Dec. 20, 2021, of natural causes. He was 91.

“It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to our former Chair and colleague, the Honorable Willard H. Murray, Jr., who passed away yesterday afternoon,” read a statement the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) released the same day. “Willard Murray, Jr. was an exceptional man and public servant.”

In the Assembly, Murray represented California’s 52nd Assembly District in Southern California. Murray and his son, Kevin Murray made history as the first father-and-son duo to serve in the Assembly simultaneously.

The younger Murray represented the 47th Assembly district which covered a part of Los Angeles. Later, he won the 26th Senate district seat based in Culver City.

Murray worked in government for more than 25 years at various levels. Before he was elected to the Assembly, he worked for former California Lieutenant Governor and U.S. Congressman Mervyn Dymally (D-CA-31). In addition to serving as an adviser to the California Senate Democratic Caucus, Murray also served on the staffs of former Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty and two former Los Angeles City Councilmembers, Robert Farrell and Billy Mills.

In the Assembly, he chaired the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on State Administration and served on a number of other committees. A civil rights activist in the 1960s, Murray’s political and legislative priorities included education, criminal justice, economic development and healthcare.

In 1998, Murray was also elected to serve on the board of the Water Replenishment District (WRD) of Southern California. He also served on the board of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the largest water public agency in the United States.

“Willard had a long, distinguished career as a leader and public servant in our state. He was giant in the water industry and a champion for the districts he served,” Dale Hunter, executive director of the California African American Water Education Foundation (CAAWEF), told California Black Media.

Hunter said Murray introduced African American professionals, including himself, to the water industry, teaching them the ins and outs, mentoring them, and guiding them so that they moved ahead in their careers.

“Willard truly made a difference,” Hunter continued. “He was not afraid of diving into policy and making changes that needed to happen. I’m thankful for his contributions and saddened by him leaving us. I’m also grateful for his teaching. I definitely would not be where I am if it were not for his influence.”

Murray earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northridge State, a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, and MBA from Loyola Marymount University.

In 1956, he married Barbara Farris Murray. The couple had two children, Kevin and Melinda, who are both attorneys.

“We mourn with the friends and loved ones of Willard H. Murray, Jr. and celebrate his life and tremendous legacy as a public servant,” the CLBC statement continued. “May he rest in peace.”

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Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Oakland A’s Real Estate Project

The Planning Commission will consider whether the Final EIR was completed in compliance with state law, represents the independent analysis of the city, and provides adequate information to decision-makers and the public on the potential adverse environmental effects of the proposed project, as well as ways in which those effects might be mitigated or avoided.

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The Oakland Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the Oakland A’s Stadium and Real Estate Development. It will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m., according to a city media release.

“During the hearing, the Planning Commission will consider whether the Final EIR was completed in compliance with state law, represents the independent analysis of the city, and provides adequate information to decision-makers and the public on the potential adverse environmental effects of the proposed project, as well as ways in which those effects might be mitigated or avoided” according to the media release.

The 3,500-page report was released the week before Christmas 2021, leaving little time for community advocates to read and critique the report.

After the commission makes a recommendation, the Oakland City Council will consider certification of the Final EIR, likely in February. A “yes” vote by the council does not mean the project is approved but is a major first step toward approval.

Community advocates are asking the commission to postpone the meeting, so that the community has time to read and analyze the 3,500-page report in time to provide public comment. You can contact the commission at drarmstrong@oaklandca.gov or cpayne@oaklandca.gov.

The following are Planning Commission members:

• Clark Manus, Chair

• Jonathan Fearn, Vice-Chair

• Sahar Shiraz

• Tom Limon

• Vince Sugrue

• Jennifer Renk

• Leopold A Ray-Lynch

To read the Final EIR, go to:  https://bit.ly/32KZ3pT

 

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Port of Oakland Aims to Help Agriculture Producers Export Products More Quickly

“The Port — along with our federal and state partners — is ready to do everything we can to help provide room and relief to help our agricultural customers,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan in a statement. The yard is just one step the Port is taking to help agriculture exporters who have had fewer containers in Oakland with which to export their products.

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The Port of Oakland and the Oakland skyline in the late 2010s. (Photo courtesy the Port of Oakland/Kelly Patrick Dugan)
The Port of Oakland and the Oakland skyline in the late 2010s. (Photo courtesy the Port of Oakland/Kelly Patrick Dugan)

By Keith Burbank, Bay City News

The flow of agricultural exports may improve at the Port of Oakland after it sets aside quick-access space for containers, assists exporters, and if more cargo carriers restore service to Oakland, port officials said Monday.

Twenty-five acres will be used to operate an off-terminal, paved yard to store containers for rapid pick-up following their removal from chassis.

The yard, which may open in March, will allow trucks to turn around more quickly than is currently possible in the terminal. Agricultural exporters will also get help using the yard from state and federal agencies.

“The Port — along with our federal and state partners — is ready to do everything we can to help provide room and relief to help our agricultural customers,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan in a statement.

The yard is just one step the Port is taking to help agriculture exporters who have had fewer containers in Oakland with which to export their products.

But it’s not entirely clear the yard will make a huge difference unless more ships stop at the Port to pick up the exports.

“We need the shipping companies to immediately restore the export lines from Oakland to Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent,” Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes said.

Port officials have restored one key route to Tokyo and China. Also, four carriers have recently made Oakland their first stop en route from Asia. But that may not be enough to relieve the shortage of export containers in Oakland.

An import surge in the U.S. has ships waiting to offload cargo in Southern California. When they do, they offload cargo that would typically come to Oakland and then turn around and immediately go back to Asia.

The containers that could be used for exports never make it to Oakland.

Port cargo volume is typically 50% imports and 50% exports so usually enough containers exist at the Port.

Many agricultural exporters and meat producers prefer to ship their products through Oakland because it’s closer than other ports.

The container shortage has been a problem for a year. The problem recently prompted a meeting between farm producers, transportation executives and Port officials and resulted in the steps the Port is now taking.

A solution is important because the state’s agricultural export industry is worth billions of dollars.

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