Tue January 17, 2012

A glimpse of the recession at the Alameda County food bank

Sylvia Luneau sorts food at the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
Alameda County Community Food Bank

The cavernous building of the Alameda County Community Food Bank looks like an airplane hangar for the nearby Oakland Airport. Through the door of the community engagement center, with its bright orange awning, pallets of potatoes sit by empty donation barrels piled high to the ceiling. Volunteers busily bag produce. Giant walk-in refrigerators, the size of small houses, hum in the background.

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Mon January 16, 2012

Today on Your Call: Who are the UC Board of Regents?

Photo: Rebecca Bachman

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about how the 18 member board is appointed, how it operates, and how it influences decisions at 10 UC campuses across the state. What are their responsibilities and who holds them accountable? Join us at 10 or email feedback Recent meetings have been disrupted by students concerned about budget cuts and tuition hikes. What do you want to know about the UC Board of Regents? On Monday’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you


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Sun January 15, 2012
Work with Marty Nemko

Barbara and Marty Nemko kick around a most-expensive career coach

Barbara Nemko, my wife and frequent co-conspirator on the show.

Marshall Goldsmith told me he charges each career coaching client $50,000 a year.  He's written a book called, "What Got Your Here Won't Get You There: How successful people become even more successful."  My wife Barbara Nemko and I will explore some of the book's major ideas.  Plus, as usual, you can call in for a three-minute Workover, and Barb and I will try to help you solve your career or workplace problem. Join us Sunday from 11 am to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM.


Wed January 11, 2012

Trucking through the port of Oakland

Photo by Shani Aviram

Oakland has the 5th busiest port in the country. According to the Port of Oakland they support between 50,000 and 73,000 jobs in Northern California, making it one of the Bay Area’s biggest economic engines. The port of Oakland says that economic development is its primary driver, but the truck drivers who make a living running goods to and from the port say deteriorating working conditions are cutting into their bottom line.


Tue January 10, 2012

Downtown Berkeley: A neighborhood of extremes

For anyone who’s been there, the news that Downtown Berkeley is one of the Bay Area’s poorest neighborhoods probably comes as a surprise.  The city’s median family income is $90,000, which is twice the national average.  And downtown doesn’t seem much different from the rest of Berkeley.

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