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Going beyond the T-shirt

By awoodall
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 at 9:11 pm in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl.

…in the immortal words of Oaklandish impresario Jeff Hull tonight in the Oakland Airport’s Tower Lounge, where the more-Oakland-than-thou indie group handed out loving accolades and beloved dollars to some of our hometown do-gooders.  The Oakland Innovators Award went to seven groups this year and blended with “The Most Known Unknown: Oaklandish” public art exhibit at the airport “so travelers in and out of Oakland can see their work and catch a glimpse of what’s going on in the community,” Hull said. The money from Oaklandish and an extra check from the Port of Oakland (Steve Grossman was the man with the white envelopes) is the first dollar Tyrone Stevenson, the young dude who helped launch the scraper bike scene in East Oakland, has ever seen even though the scraper fever spread like a wild virus near and far. “Oakland youth have birthed so many trends that others have commodified and sold,” said the ceremony’s emcee and KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio Weyland Southon. In the spirit of Bruce Lee’s Oakland roots, there was also the Kung Fu Grocery Summer Camp. You gotta love the name! K-Dub, aka Keith Williams, accepted the love on behalf of Town Park, who turns blight to delight for young folks in West Oakland parks. The money will go toward the Cabeza Project.  Cycles of Change, an afterschool project that “hooks kids up with bikes,” as Matt Gereght and Eugene Kang put it,  will use the extra money to buy bike locks and helmets. Other recipients were Youth Spirit Artworks, Just Cause Oakland, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp.  But for anyone who was still sticking with the T-shirt, they were on sale in the airport gift store. Kudos to the awardees and the hard-working Mr. and Mrs. Oaklandish, Angela Tsay and Jeff Hull. The city owes a thank you to both and the awardees for stoking Oakland pride. And bravo to the Port of Oakland and Oakland Museum for showing them some respect.

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2 Responses to “Going beyond the T-shirt”

  1. Denny Fusek Says:


    LA MIRADA, CALIFORNIA, APRIL 15, 2009 – A taxpayer group, TAXPAYERS UNITED TO RECALL GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER, today served Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with notice of intention to recall him. This notice is the first step in the process of removing the Governor from office.
    Taxpayers United to Recall Governor Schwarzenegger represents California taxpayers frustrated with reckless state spending and tax increases. In a recent budget deal, California lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement to raise taxes on Californians, who already pay the highest income and sales taxes in the nation.
    “This recall is about accountability and not about party or ideology,” argues Taxpayers United, “Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has destroyed California jobs and opportunity, worsened state finances, and raised taxes on struggling Californians amidst a recession.”
    Taxpayers United claims that Governor Schwarzenegger worsened state finances by massively increasing state spending. “The Governor promised to reduce state spending and reform state government when he ran for office,” they say, “Instead, he increased spending by over 40 percent, benefiting public sector unions and special interests, at the expense of taxpayers.”
    The Governor raised taxes on struggling Californians, states Taxpayers United, “Californians are struggling in the face of job cuts, pay cuts, and retirement losses. State workers enjoy job security, pay increases, and generous pensions,” they argue, “In order to pay these special interests, the governor passed the largest state tax increase in U.S. history – on struggling Californians who already pay the highest income and sales taxes in the nation.”
    The taxpayer group criticizes the Governor for destroying California jobs and opportunity. “Middle class Californians are fleeing the state because costly and burdensome state laws are driving jobs to other states,” they argue, “The governor promised to help encourage job creation by reducing costly regulation. Instead, he passed more job-killing mandates that are destroying California jobs and opportunity.”
    Taxpayers United today mailed the Governor a notice endorsed by 120 frustrated taxpayers. Governor Schwarzenegger has 7 days to answer the notice, after which Taxpayers United will prepare petitions for gathering the signatures necessary to recall Governor Schwarzenegger.
    “Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger must be held accountable for worsening the lives of California taxpayers, voters, and families,” says Taxpayers United, “We expect Democrats and Republicans to unite in restoring accountability to state government”.

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  2. Denny Fusek Says:

    Sorry, I thought I was posting a new topic.

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