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[21 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Audio Profile: NUMMI Tour Coordinator Sara Rogers | ]

By Tyler Sipe  —
New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) Tour Coordinator Sara Rogers provides tours for several hundred people a week at the 5.3 million square foot facility located in Fremont. NUMMI is a joint-venture plant between General Motors and Toyota.  About 4800 employees produce three vehicles, including the Toyota Corolla, the Toyota Tacoma and GM’s Pontiac Vibe.
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[audio:http://rosebud.journalism.berkeley.edu/~j200/510report/sararogers.mp3]

Chinatown, Immigration, Multimedia »

[21 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: Chinatown elders’ singing event | ]

By Guo Shipeng  — 

Every Tuesday afternoon, a group of about 20 Chinese elders gather for a small singing event in Hotel Oakland, a senior’s home on the outskirts of the city’s Chinatown.
Their average age is over 75 and they practice a wide range of Chinese songs, both old and new.  
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[audio:http://rosebud.journalism.berkeley.edu/~j200/510report/chineseseniorssinging.mp3]

Berkeley, Business, Civic Life, Multimedia, On Campus »

[21 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Will Jason  — 
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With California facing a record budget crisis, state universities are looking for money wherever they can find it. It appears that U.C. Berkeley is increasingly tapping one reliable source of dollars: foreign students.
According to final enrollment data released November 13, U.C. Berkeley has more than tripled the number of international students in its freshman class. This fall it enrolled 360 foreign students, about eight percent of the freshman class. That’s up from less than 3 percent …

Civic Life, Education, Fremont »

[21 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

         
 
By Tyler Sipe  —
 
Officials at the Fremont Adult School hope members of the public take their economic aches and pains into a relaxing new career opportunity at the recenly established Clinical Massage Therapy Certification Course.  
Dr. Robin Buckwalter, D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic), director and primary instructor for the program, will provide her three decades of clinical massage therapy experience for the course.
 
Buckwalter said despite the current economic environment, long-term future growth in the massage therapy industry looks promising. She cited a recent report from the California Economic Development Department expecting 11% growth …

Chinatown, Faces & Places, Immigration »

[19 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Guo Shipeng  
William Wong, author of Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America and Images of America: Oakland’s Chinatown, was born in the Chinatown in 1941 and spent the first 20 years of his life in the neighborhood. 
Wong now lives in Piedmont, but he makes regular trips back to the Chinatown to meet friends and do shopping. Play the sound slideshow to view the photos and listen to Wong talk about his emotional attachment to the Chinatown.  Click here to visit Wong’s OAKLAND CHINATOWN HISTORY website.

Civic Life »

[19 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Amidst Prop 8 Fallout, Queer Blacks and Latinos Wonder Where They Fit | ]

By Casey Miner  — 
When Chris Norberg arrived at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza to demonstrate against Proposition 8 last Saturday, he knew what point he wanted to make.
“A lot of my friends are really pissed off at minority groups in this city right now,” he said. “They voted against us.”
Norberg, 26 and white, is a furniture builder who married his same-sex partner last June.
Standing on the grass outside City Hall, he held a banner displaying the names of high-profile gay crime victims like Matthew Shepard and Harvey Milk, both of …

Civic Life, Fremont, Government »

[18 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Fremont Votes to Join Lawsuits Against Prop 8 | ]

By Linsay Rousseau Burnett —
Update: On November 19th, the California Supreme court agreed to hear the lawsuits but denied a motion for an immediate stay.
Update: Alameda County and the City of San Mateo unanimously voted in closed session to join the lawsuits on November 18th. The city of Oakland voted in closed session to join the lawsuits on November 19th.

In a four to one vote, the Fremont City Council voted on November 18th, to become a party in the now four lawsuits being waged against the state in opposition of …

Civic Life, Fremont, Government »

[18 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on City Budgets Straining Under Economic Pressure | ]

By Mateen Kaul  —
NEWARK – In a public forum Monday night, the city managers of Fremont, Newark and Union City detailed the stresses on their budgets because of falling tax revenues and the state budget crisis.

Civic Life, Fremont »

[18 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on More Veterans Networking Via the Web | ]

By Tyler Sipe  — 
Many soldiers returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan are increasingly connecting with fellow veterans using the Internet, as evidenced by the launch of social networking Web sites like www.CommunityofVeterans.org and www.myvetwork.org

Fremont, Government »

[17 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Fremont City Council to Discuss Support for Prop 8 Lawsuit | ]

Story by Linsay Rousseau Burnett
At November 18th’s Fremont City Council meeting, City Attorney Harvey Levine will be presenting his legal brief concerning three lawsuits filed by the city and county of San Francisco and a handful of other city and county governments challenging the legal authority of Proposition 8. According to Mayor Bob Wasserman, the request that the city sign onto the lawsuits did not come from the San Francisco city attorney, but from local residents.
At the meeting, city council members will discuss potential actions the city can take, or …