Today, The East Bay Express is reporting that the Port of Oakland workers may go on strike for the first time in 41 years. Recently, contracts between the SEIU and three other unions representing port workers have expired. SEIU says that port management is asking for major concessions, including an increased five percent employee contribution to their pension plans and no cost-of-living increase in wages which workers say equates to about a 10 percent pay cut.
Joseph Luna woke up this morning in a sleeping bag under the Harrison Street on-ramp to Highway 101. He sleeps here when he needs to get out of the rain.
Luna does not sleep past eight because he'll get rousted by police. His sleeping spot is near a five-way intersection, in back of a city tow lot. In his morning routine, he will get up, stack the cardboard and shove his stuff into a big black duffel bag, the only bag he owns.
When it comes to “going out dancing,” most people think of it as a Saturday night type of affair—a chance to get dressed up and show off some sweet moves, staying up until the wee hours. Well, it’s 11am on Sunday morning now, and for the dancers gathered at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, this is the perfect time to get their groove on.
What’s that you’re hearing? It’s the sound of Yonat & Her Muse. Singer Yonat Mayer has been compared to Nora Jones, and Adele, but she probably prefers you consider her on her own. The band is currently recording an album in the Oakland hills, but they also like to get out of the studio. They have two shows scheduled this week, on both sides of the bridge.
Yonat & Her Muse will be at the Bottom of the Hill club in San Francisco on Friday (08.31).Doors open at 9pm. Then on Sunday (09.01), they’ll be at the Starry Plough in Berkeley. That one starts about 9:30pm.