Downey explained in the memo that O'Brien was being terminated after an internal affairs investigation into an inmate allegation of "assault under color of authority."
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Update: The Harbor District approved Hog Island's permit and CEQA documents at Thursday's meeting.
Still not burned out on oysters? Well, you’re in luck! The Bay Area Hog Island Oyster Company is eyeing Humboldt Bay as the site for a new oyster hatchery. The Humboldt Bay Harbor District will vote on whether to grant Hog Island the permit it needs to start going through with its plans at tomorrow’s Board of Commissioners meeting. The Harbor District will grant the permit pursuant to the project’s compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.
If the permit is granted, though, John Finger, co-owner of the oyster company, faces a litany of licenses he still has to get before starting on the $1.5 million hatchery facility. He hopes the permitting will all be done by November, and at least part of the facility will be operational by spring of next year.
Two local environmental groups -- Friends of the Eel River (FOER) and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) -- announced today that they have filed an appeal of a May court ruling that said the NCRA doesn't have to follow state environmental laws as it seeks to restore service from Sonoma to Willits.
Marin County judge Roy O. Chermus ruled that federal law has precedence over the state's regulations when it comes to operating railroads. The groups' lawyers had argued that the NCRA essentially promised to follow state law when it accepted state funding for an environmental impact report, and they argued that the report itself was inadequate.
In a press release issued today, the groups' directors reiterate their objections and say that Judge Chermus' ruling "denied the state's ability to control how it spends its money."
Read the full release below.
UPDATE: The Bay Area group Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity released the above video yesterday, which gives a brief recap of the issues that sparked the original hunger strike and calls for public support.
This morning at 11, prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison began their third hunger strike in the past two years as a way to protest conditions inside the prison's Secure Housing Units -- aka "the SHU" -- where inmates are held in small, windowless cells for 22 1/2 to 24 hours per day. Some of them have been there for decades.
The strikers allege that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has failed to honor promises made two years ago, in the wake of the first strike. Last month, SHU inmates announced that a "nonviolent peaceful protest of our subjection to decades of indefinite state-sanctioned torture" would resume today.
The protest will include not just the hunger strike but also a work stoppage, and it will continue, they said, "until CDCR signs a legally binding agreement meeting our demands, the heart of which mandates an end to long-term solitary confinement (as well as additional major reforms)."
"We are certain that we will prevail," the inmates said in a written statement -- "the only question being: How many will die starvation-related deaths before state officials sign the agreement?"
As we reported yesterday, bead store owner Michael King witnessed the tail end of the incident and later accused the unidentified loss prevention officer of using excessive force. King also said that the officer tried to confiscate his camera. O'Neal, who called the Journal from his company's Sacramento headquarters this morning, offered a different take.
Eureka City Manager Bill Panos yesterday confirmed that a job offer had been made but declined to identify the candidate. However, Anderson's city manager and three city council members confirmed that Johnson has been offered the position, according to the Post.
Michael King, a co-op member and owner of the bead supply store on the corner of Eighth and I streets, said he was working in his shop around 3 p.m. when his kids called out to him, telling him to come look at the man holding a woman down outside. King looked out the window, saw what his kids were describing and decided to grab his camera.
"I didn't know if this guy was a cop, a mugger, her boyfriend," King said in an interview Monday afternoon. "It looked like he was going for cuffs, but he was in plain clothes."
San Francisco Pride Parade 2013
The 2013 San Francisco Pride Parade was full of excitement in the wake of the Supreme Court decisions legalizing marriages between same-sex couples just days earlier.
This year’s gay pride parade in San Francisco was a historic celebration, coming just days after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and in effect nullified Proposition 8.
Because the Journal and the San Francisco LGBT newspaper The Bay Times share the same printing company, the Journal was offered two seats on the Bay Times float, a bright blue open-top bus with balloons tied to the railings. Bay Times editor Betty Sullivan was chosen as one of the grand marshals of the parade.
In the morning at around 9:30, the contingents lined the side streets of Market Street, the parade’s route. The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band played a warm up song: “Chapel of Love.”
While there was no wedding pavilion, like at the 2008 parade when gay marriage was legal for a brief time, the theme of marriage was everywhere, from a man in a wedding dress on a parade float to a car with tin cans tied to the bumper and a sign in the back that read “Just married with liberty and justice for all.”
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