[12 Jun 2009 | Comments Off on Food Bank Distribution at Columbian Gardens Fills Bellies and Hearts | ]
Food Bank Distribution at Columbian Gardens Fills Bellies and Hearts

It’s 9 a.m. in the morning, and more than 200 people have gathered at Columbian Gardens recreation center to wait for their weekly produce from the Alameda County Food Bank.

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[12 Jun 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
Fremont Prechoolers are Deputized to Become Readers

Thirty Fremont preschoolers at Glankler School got a head start in global learning skills last Thursday afternoon via a folk tale from Afghanistan and a visit from a member of Fremont’s Police department. By SHILANDA WOOLRIDGE

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[28 Apr 2009 | One Comment | ]

Biodiesel Grows Up from Shaleece Haas on Vimeo.
By Shaleece Haas/Special to 510 Report
Biofuel Oasis, a worker-owned biodiesel company, is moving from their one-pump garage to a new drive-through station on a busy corner in southwest Berkeley, Calif.
UPDATE: On April 30, 2009, Biofuel Oasis made the move to their new station.

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[28 Apr 2009 | Comments Off on Woodfin Continues to Hold Out on Back Wages | ]

Diana Montaño
In what has become a years-long saga pitting the Woodfin Hotel in Emeryville against its workers, the hotel has again defied an Emeryville City Council order to pay back wages, workers’ advocates say.
In 2006, hotel employees first charged the Woodfin with defying a city-wide living wage ordinance. Measure C, approved by Emeryville voters in November 2005 and put into effect that December, set guidelines for low wage work in the city. Among these guidelines was a limit to the workloads assigned to hotel attendants, or housekeepers. According to the …

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[28 Apr 2009 | Comments Off on Wheel estate: After foreclosure, life in an RV | ]

By Shaleece Haas/Special to 510 Report
Wheel Estate from Shaleece Haas on Vimeo.
For one Berkeley man, an RV is more than just a recreational vehicle. It’s the home he turned to when his house went into foreclosure.

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[25 Apr 2009 | Comments Off on Alameda County readies pools for a safe summer | ]

By Samson Reiny / 510Report
As the California heat begins to usher in the summer, as well as usher water enthusiasts into the swimming pools, counties, including Alameda County, are integrating a new federal law that will further protect people from accidental drownings in public pools and spas. All hotels, community recreation centers, and high schools must install new federally-approved drain covers to prevent swimmers from being held down by the suction force of water ducts.