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Teachers joining Occupy Oakland protestors today

School district says OK just so students have 'proper supervision' in classrooms

Hundreds of teachers will be among thousands expected to

participate in the general strike organized by Occupy Oakland today.

Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint said teachers are being allowed to join the general strike as long as they provide prior notice to their supervisors so that proper supervision can be arranged for students.

Flint said 268 requests for leave were made by teachers in the

district -- about 10 times the average number for a single day. Substitutes will be arranged to supervise students in the teachers' absence, Flint said.

He said students are expected to report for school as usual and

that absences will be considered unexcused. Students will have an opportunity to engage and learn about the social movement in the classroom and after

school, Flint said.

The entire staffs of at least two schools -- Bridges Academy and

Maxwell High -- are planning to honor the one-day strike.

Oakland city workers who want to participate in the strike have

been asked to request approval from their supervisors and use leave or a floating furlough day, or take time off without pay -- sick leave won't apply.

City of Oakland spokeswoman Karen Boyd said Tuesday that despite the general strike, "The city of Oakland is open for business, and we urge businesses to stay open."

She said Oakland police "will facilitate peaceful marches downtown and elsewhere" and "we anticipate that the marches will be peaceful."

Joseph Haraburda, president and CEO of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, said local businesses near the encampment in Frank Ogawa Plaza are struggling and regular customers have stopped showing up at some.

"We're disappointed that the city has allowed the Occupy Oakland residents to reside in downtown Oakland and in the City Hall plaza," he said.

In response to a group of Oakland residents that is seeking to

recall her from office, Mayor Jean Quan says, "Oakland is on the move and we are making progress together."

In a statement filed with the Oakland City Clerk shortly before 5

p.m. on Monday, Quan said, "The last thing we need is a divisive and expensive recall election."

The group of residents filed a recall petition against Quan with

71 signatures last week. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters has verified that 59 of the people who signed the petition are registered Oakland voters, meeting the requirement to move forward.

Once the Oakland City Attorney's Office authorizes the recall

campaign, proponents will have 160 days to try to gather the 19,800 signatures, representing 10 percent of the city's voters, that will be needed to place it on the ballot.

In her statement, Quan said, "In 20 years of serving Oakland, my

only agenda has been to work hard for our diverse city. I consider it a sacred trust."

Quan said that in her 294 days as mayor she and her administration have balanced the budget and negotiated pension reforms so she could rehire 36 police officers, secured a federal grant for 25 more officers and held eight town hall meetings with 3,000 residents and a neighborhood safety summit with more than 1,000 participants.

She said she has also developed a coordinated crime reduction plan with other agencies and community partners "to focus on the 100 blocks where 90 percent of violent crime occurs.

In addition, Quan said she has led China trade missions and

regional and international meetings to promote the Port of Oakland and has secured an agreement on a $400 million development at the Port that will bring in $200 million in federal and state grants and create 3,000 jobs.

Quan listed a website to fight the recall effort but it isn't yet

active. The site is www.QuanWorksForOakland.com.

Meanwhile a resolution expressing support for the "Occupy Wall Street" movement that also asks for force not to be used against the demonstrators in San Francisco was approved Tuesday by the city's Board of Supervisors.

The resolution, introduced last week by Supervisor John Avalos and amended Tuesday by Supervisor Scott Wiener, asks Mayor Ed Lee and the Police Department to "ensure that there will be no unnecessary use of force to dislodge the Occupy SF demonstrators."

The board voted 8-3 in favor of the resolution, a supermajority

that could override a potential veto by Lee.

Avalos said it was important for the city to go on the record in

support of the movement, which started in New York City in September and has spread nationwide.

The demonstrators cite the economic disparity between the richest 1 percent of the population and the other 99 percent, and are calling for increased regulation of banks and Wall Street investment firms, among other demands.

He said police raids, such as the one last week at the encampment in Oakland, only serve to energize the protesters and lead to tensions about how the public spaces should be used.

Several supervisors criticized the actions of law enforcement

officials during last Wednesday's protest in Oakland, which included the use of tear gas and other projectiles, one of which seriously injured an Iraq war veteran, triggering even more protests and the reestablishment of the encampment there.

Among the amendments made to the resolution by Wiener Tuesday was the addition of the word "unnecessary." That amendment was passed by a narrow 6-5 vote.

He said the extra word was necessary because "I don't think it's

appropriate for us to tell the Police Department ... no matter what happens, you cannot use force."

Mark Farrell, one of the three supervisors to vote against the

resolution along with Carmen Chu and Sean Elsbernd, said he supported the goals of the protests around the country but did not want to establish a precedent for future demonstrators.

In Sonoma County, Occupy Santa Rosa participants face a deadline when their occupation at City Hall must end -- the protesters have been at City Hall since Oct. 15.

On Saturday, city officials gave them permission to camp overnight in violation of the city ordinance until Tuesday.

The city council Tuesday evening voted 7-0 to direct City Manager Kathy Millison and representatives of Occupy Santa Rosa to meet and try to reach an agreement when the camping must end.

The city council will vote on the terms of that camping permit

next Tuesday. Occupy Santa Rosa plans to remain at City Hall until Dec. 24.

City officials, who are considering a Nov. 7 deadline, are

concerned about the lack of portable toilets at the City Hall site.

Dozens of Occupy Santa Rosa participants attended Tuesday

evening's meeting to defend their rights of free speech and assembly.

Council members agreed but said the issue was the overnight

camping.

"I'm not comfortable turning a blind eye to a city ordinance when

it's convenient," Vice Mayor John Sawyer said.

"I'm not willing to ignore the ordinance. I wasn't elected to do it," he said.

"This can't go on forever," Councilman Scott Bartley said

regarding the occupation at City Hall.

"You'll lose your power and authority and your message. People

will say 'It's just those people camping at City Hall.' As a community, we need to have a closure to this. The risk is the public grows tired of it and it loses its impact -- that would be a tragedy," Bartley said.

Allison Berk, a teen member of the council, said overnight

camping might not be the best way for Occupy Santa Rosa to keep alive its message about corporate greed and the imbalance of wealth in society.

She suggested daytime rallies and marches and supporting political candidates in tune with the Occupy movements' message.

"This is nothing," one Occupy Santa Rosa supporter said of the

Santa Rosa occupation. "You haven't seen the people yet. Treat them with respect."

"We had an Arab Spring. I guess we're having an American Autumn," one woman said.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Posted by Joe, a resident of Siena
on Nov 2, 2011 at 8:22 am

Of course teachers are getting involved in this "occupy" garbage. Mindless idiots dirtying up the streets and messing up people's lives for absolutely no reason---teachers fit right in with that crowd.


Posted by Dave, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 2, 2011 at 8:44 am

I'm tending to agree with Joe. The idiots that are leading/participating don't seem to realize that all they are doing is driving up costs for all. Consider the small business owners losing business, the additional cost that the city, county will incur. Not to mention that they are all breaking the law. All this comes back to bite all of us, including the 99% that they supposedly are representing. Who do they think is going to bear the costs for all this in the end?


Posted by nancy, a resident of Danbury Park
on Nov 2, 2011 at 8:56 am

It is my belief as a taxpayer that it is OK to protest buT if violence is part of the protest all parties including the TEACHERS UNION SHOULD HAVE TO PAY THE CITY, COUNTY, STATE GOVERNMENT, OR US GOVERNMENT FOR THE AMOUNT THEY HAVE TO PAY POLICE AND ALL THE DAMAGES THAT IS INCURRED.


Posted by Eric, a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Nov 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

I wonder how voters are going to view school bonds in the future, when they say that the way to fix the schools problems is more money, I am non an Oakland voter, but if I were it would be NO, how unfortunate and dumb those teachers are, and they say they are there for the children, they are all a bunch of Commies, they hurt the very ones they are suppose to be protecting.


Posted by Educated and Happy, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 2, 2011 at 9:11 am

Joe, Dave, Nancy, Eric

The world has kind of passed you by, hasn't it? Feel like your teachers failed you in an earlier life? Feel the need to bash teachers no matter what the pretext? What a sorry lot you are.


Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2011 at 9:31 am

We have been swindled by banks and Corporations with the blessing of our government in the form of deregulation, which translated in a gren light to be free to be the thieves they are.

I hope and pray this movement keeps growing until these cheats are brought to justice.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 2, 2011 at 9:36 am

I'm kind of surprised that the Oakland Unified School District would allow teachers time off to participate in an event like this. I assume that this will be considered to be unpaid leave?


Posted by FIRE THEM ALL!!!, a resident of Amador Estates
on Nov 2, 2011 at 9:44 am

FIRE ALL THESE TEACHERS who participate in this Communist-related protest!

Then hire teachers who believe in the free-market system that has made this country great.


Posted by Member, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Nov 2, 2011 at 9:49 am

If the teachers want to go protest on their own time outside of school hours, that is probably their right.

If they want to "play hooky" to go protest with the taxpayer's paying the teacher's salary PLUS the cost of a substitute teacher, that's not right.

But it seems to be OK with the Oakland school district management.

I guess that shows that the Oakland school district management identifies with the protesters who don't actually have a message but are protesting for the sake of protesting. I bet the management and many of the teachers were part of similar protests in the 60's and 70's.

If a teacher wants to take time off during school hours to make a personal statement at a protest, that person should give up their pay for that time so that the money can instead be used to pay the substitute teacher. Otherwise the taxpayers are paying for one teacher to be absent plus a sub who probably won't be able to step in and get through much of the lesson plans.

This all shows that teacher unions are too powerful and are breaking the back of the average taxpayer.

It would be nice for everyone to be able to work someplace for a few years, get tenure, be insulated from being fired or required to earn pay increases, be able to take days off with pay to go join a protest, etc.

But nobody else gets those things. Teachers are very important. But everyone's important. People should be treated the same and be given equal opportunities. Being in a public employee labor union should not give someone things that the average citizen lacks.

I bet a lot of ordinary citizen taxpayers would like to protest how much is paid to public employees who are part of big labor unions. You know where that money is coming from, right? It is coming from the wallet of every taxpayer.


Posted by Public unions stole message, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

The whole movement has been hijacked by public unions....so is now doomed. It is becoming a leftist political mob ! ! IF the kids would
realize its the extreme benefits in CA colleges that makes it too expensive for them to attend. But, it's the unions who are use to 'taking it to the streets' gutters that is. The original occupy
messsages will be lost.
My message, too bad you let yourself be hyjacked.


Posted by Rosenbelcher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

You notice that the teachers that are participating in this are the Oakland slugs. Don't apply the broad brush to all teachers.


Posted by Maja7, a resident of another community
on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

What? With all the disturbing news we hear about our educational system and the teachers are playing "hooky" for the day to go protest!!! That's nuts. Yeah, yeah tell me again how we put our children first!!


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:29 am

I totally support the TEACHERS! VIVA TEACHERS! VIVA!


Posted by dave, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

For Educated & Happy,
Let me be clear that my comments are not just for the teachers that are participating, but for the entire ill conceived protest. No thought as to who really is being hurt by their actions. For example, the proposed march to shut down the Oakland port. Who do you think that is hurting? Perhaps the independent truckers that are merely trying to earn a living pay check to pay check, or to the hourly employees at the port that can't get to work. Who do you think is going to pay to clean up after these protesters get done vandalizing, destroying everything around them. It's the tax payers, who by the way are part of the 99%.


Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

You'd think an supposedly educted person who calls themselves a teacher would be smart enough to see they're being played. No change will result in this 60's flashback of public unrest and violent overthrow. The best thing that can happen here is that these teachers build into their class plans (assuming they spend any time in the classroom) lessons as to how the free market works if politicians stay out of it.


Posted by dave, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:42 am

Has Cholo ever had anything remotely intelligent to offer? Just asking


Posted by Public unions stole message, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:44 am

Public unions are always about themselves ! ! ! It is up to all, yes, all teachers must speak out about the misbehavior of fellow union members. You choose to be in the same union, you share in th4e shame.


Posted by Charlie Brown, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

I did have a scintilla (that means very small for you folks in Rio Linda) of empathy for the concerns of some of the clowns at Occupy Oakland, now that the teachers are joining in, the empathy is now, on a scale of 1 to 10, zero.

Get back into the classroom and teach self-reliance.


Posted by Member, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Nov 2, 2011 at 11:12 am

The "Occupy" groups are supposedly protesting that big business and Wall Street got bailed out, right? If there is a message that the occupiers can articulate, that seems to be it.

If that's what is being protested, then why disrupt the lives of ordinary people who own small businesses and ordinary people who are trying to get to work? That's unfair, and it's misdirected.

Go to the White House and protest. Go to Congress and protest. Those are the people who gave bailouts to big business and Wall Street.

Stop disrupting the lives of ordinary people who have nothing to do with what you are supposedly protesting. Use your brain. Focus on what you are protesting. Focus on where the people are who are behind what you are protesting.

Go protest the politicians in Washington, D.C.

Don't disrupt the sandwich shop, the newspaper stand, the photocopy shop, etc. in downtown Oakland. Those people never did anything to you. Those people have no power over what you think needs to be changed.

Do you want to create change? Or do you just like protesting?

If you want to create change, get involved in the democratic process, like the TEA Party (Taxed Enough Already) did. Do you notice how the TEA Party changed who is now in the Senate and in the House of Representatives? That is how change occurs.


Posted by parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

I noticed all of our teachers in Pleasanton today doing their usual great job. We are lucky we live here.


Posted by FYI, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

I am not in favor of the protests...... However, just an FYI about the teachers that decided to join them today: They are not using sick day pay (that would be fraud). They are allowed to take the time off as personal leave or leave without pay. They have personal days available to them - for whatever reason they need the day off.

Any time they take a personal day off, a substitute takes over. That is true if they have a family emergency or choose to use the day as a protester.


Just FYI


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

FYI said: "They (teachers) are allowed to take the time off as personal leave or leave without pay. They have personal days available to them - for whatever reason they need the day off."

I don't really understand what this "Occupy" movement is trying to accomplish. But if the Oakland teachers who want to participate are using their own personal leave time or leave without pay, then I guess I'm OK with that. How they spend their personal leave time is their business.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Is this demonstration cool or what?

HOORAY! LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE! HOORAY!

signed,

steve + Steve

tee hee hee, tee hee hee...


Posted by Educated and Happy, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Dave the Parrot from Birdland states: "The Occupy groups are supposedly protesting that big business and Wall Street got bailed out, right? If there is a message that the occupiers can articulate, that seems to be it."

Well, you seem to have watched your fill of Fox News for the day, Dave. Better to sign yourself 'Clueless in Birdland'. I guess Fox News has failed to mention that the income of the top 1% has increased 270% over the past three decades, while working-class incomes have either remained flat or dropped. Heck, that's not worth getting excited about, is it? No, instead, let's wear colonial-style hats and rave about Obama being a socialist.


Posted by Public unions stole message, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm

to not so and Happy, I don't listen to Fox. I've watched blow by blow on channel TWO (2), and channel 7, and listened on KGO. They call themselves 99 percenters...they don't have that right, nor my permission, or the permission of most of the middle. I know I'm not in the top 1%. I'm part of 60-70%, and they do not speak for me or my friends. They might call themselves the 10 or 20 percenters, maybe even 25%. Obviously they are not educated if they have no concept of what 99% means.
Channel 2 showed a massive banner "Down with Capitalism", then interviwed a third-worlder who said, it's catching on all over the world, it's so beautiful. My question is if world socialism is 'so beautiful' WHY is he here ? ? All too often I hear the foreigners say they came here to study, ask what, and they say, lawy, so I can change things !
As for myself, I'm proud to be an American. Anybody who thinks someplace else is better, would be wise to go there. Most of California's problems have not been caused by capitalism, but by socialist public unions...playing to the lowest common deminator.


Posted by LAS, a resident of Valley Trails
on Nov 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm

TO: Educated and Happy, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows

You don't sound very "educated" and certainly not "happy" as a person. A person doesn't need to watch Fox News to see that our country is headed in the wrong direction.

The Tea Party has done more to bring awareness to the out of control government spending, damaging foreign & domestic policies and our civil liberties going by the wayside to the American people than any OWS movement out there! There is NO comparison.


Posted by Lee Ericson, a resident of Danville
on Nov 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Many of the protesters wouldn't take a job if offered to them.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I'm all for the Occupy (Your Location Name Here) movement, but I would ask public servants who support the cause to please do so after rather than during working hours.

Mike


Posted by Dave, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm

To Educated and Happy,

Not sure where you are quoting me from, however, rather than attacking individuals, I would simply ask one to explain how the "Occupy Something For Some Reason" people are NOT hurting the exact same people that they supposedly are speaking for. I'm not much into mudslinging, rather trying to understand the grade school mentality of the so called protesters (I apologize if I have insulted any grade school children)


Posted by Pleasanton Resident, a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 2, 2011 at 6:15 pm

If you haven't read Robert Scheer's book, "The Great American Stickup" by now, get it at the library or buy it. It helps provide more information than "Too Big to Fail" and "The Big Short" which were also excellent journalism. When I read "The Big Short" about six months ago, I wondered when the American public was going to finally get fed up and march in the streets. It has finally happened. Many of the Oakland protesters interviewed today were recent college graduates with more than $50,000 in student loan debt. (You will see some of them at the new Target in Dublin working for $8.50 an hour because that's the only job they can find.)


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I been had stuff to offer but right now I'm in high cotton!

Is Occupy Oakland cool or what?

tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

POWER TO THE PEOPLE! HOORAY! HIP-HIP HOORAY!!!


Posted by cz, a resident of Civic Square
on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:57 pm

everyone has a right to protest. how about u guys try to be a teacher to the kids in oakland and see how u like getting payed nothing while the 1 percent sits back and does nothing.... hahaha


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