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White supremacist fliers threatening BLM supporters found on downtown Martinez sidewalk

MARTINEZ — Racist fliers threatening harm to supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement were found by police in a downtown street Saturday night, authorities said Sunday.

Police responded at about 9:45 p.m. to reports of fliers containing hate speech from a white supremacist group left on a sidewalk near downtown, according to a news release. Police said they do not have leads on who left them on the sidewalk.

The white supremacist group named on the fliers is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and is based in Florida.

“The City of Martinez does not tolerate hate related crimes and as a community we need to stand together to promote unity and acceptance for all people,” Chief Manjit Sappal said in the statement. “This hateful, hurtful, and offensive act does not define our city and we must all do our part to identify those responsible, so they can be brought to justice.”

Read more: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/06/28/martinez-white-supremacist-fliers-threatening-blm-supporters-found-on-downtown-sidewalk/

Middle Class To Bear Brunt Of California's Budget Cuts

Middle-class families will likely bear the brunt of budget cuts under an agreement reached by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature to patch the state's $54 billion deficit, while the neediest Californians are largely spared.

Unless the federal government supplies billions of dollars in aid by Oct. 1, state employee salaries will be slashed by 10% and the University of California and California State University systems will take a combined $602 million hit — likely leading to an eventual tuition hike on families who don't qualify for financial aid, CalMatters' Laurel Rosenhall reports.

• Audrey Dow of the Campaign for College Opportunity: "The UC and CSU are going to be forced to balance their budget on the backs of talented qualified students … at a time when families can least afford it."

However, California's K-12 schools and community colleges will not suffer most of the cuts Newsom proposed last month. And Calbright, the state's online-only community college, will live to see another day despite demands from lawmakers to cut its funding entirely.

Other important takeaways:

• ey health and social service programs were preserved, including dental benefits for Medi-Cal patients and adult day programs that help keep low-income seniors out of nursing homes.
• Homeless programs were largely spared from cuts.
• Gone: A proposal to expand Medi-Cal health coverage to undocumented seniors, though the state plans to do so in the future.
• Included: A $65 million tax break for low-income undocumented workers with a child under age 6.

Read more: https://patch.com/california/across-ca/middle-class-bear-brunt-budget-cuts

California Voters to Decide on Restoring Affirmative Action, Allowing Parolees to Vote

California voters will weigh in this fall on restoring affirmative action and allowing people on parole to vote, after the Senate gave final approval to the two constitutional amendments on Wednesday.

The measures were both priority bills for the state's Legislative Black Caucus, and passed amidst growing calls for lawmakers to address racial injustice in the state.

Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 would overturn a ban on affirmative action in California. Voters passed Proposition 209 in 1996 with support from then-Gov. Pete Wilson. It prohibited the state from considering race, gender and ethnic diversity in hiring, contracting and college admissions.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, the chair of the Black Caucus, authored the bill. During the Assembly floor debate, she said the current state of the country demonstrates that race and gender still matter.

Read more: https://www.kqed.org/news/11826042/california-voters-to-decide-on-restoring-affirmative-action-allowing-parolees-to-vote

Brook Park Little Caesar's workers fired after pepperoni swastika found on pizza


misty laska
So my husband stopped at #LittleCaesars for a quick bite, husband brings this home! I’m truly disappointed. This is truly saddening and disturbing and not funny at all! These aren’t funny jokes and shouldn’t be made period and on company time?!

BROOK PARK, Ohio (WJW)– One of Little Caesars’ Hot N’ Ready Pizzas recently left the customer fuming.

Jason Laska stopped in at the Little Caesars shop at Smith and Snow roads in Brook Park.

“She turned and asked me ‘Babe, did you order this, did they make it for you?’ And I turned around and looked at it and I could see the shock on her face and then my jaw just dropped,” Laska said.

He ordered a pepperoni pizza. When he got home and opened the box, he found the pepperoni on the pizza in the shape of a swastika.

Read more: https://fox8.com/news/brook-park-couple-finds-swastika-of-pepperoni-on-their-little-caesars-pizza/

My apologies for using the Fox affiliate, but they had the most complete written description of the story available.

Well, give him credit for wearing his mask...


Governor warns of tighter restrictions in Oregon if Covid cases continue to spread

SALEM - Gov. Kate Brown warned Oregonians on Saturday they need to take the coronavirus more seriously or risk renewed limits.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 277 new cases of Covid, pushing the state’s total to 8,094 with 202 deaths. Infection rates have increased in recent days in some locations across Oregon.

“They are extremely alarming,” Brown said in a news conference.

She said “all options are on the table” concerning how she would respond if the infections continue to spread.

“I would hope to avoid a wholesale shutdown of the economy,” Brown said. But if pandemic numbers continue to worsen, “We will need to start buttoning down the economy.”

Read more: https://www.salemreporter.com/posts/2584/governor-warns-of-tighter-restrictions-in-oregon-if-covid-cases-continue-to-spread

Portland police arrest 8, fire crowd-control munitions

PORTLAND — Portland police arrested eight people and fired crowd-control munitions to disperse protesters who threw rocks and bottles during demonstrations in front of law enforcement buildings on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The series of confrontations began late Saturday, the 30th consecutive day of demonstrations outside the Multnomah County Justice Center, where protesters used fencing and street barricades to block off a street, according to KOIN-TV and the Portland Police Bureau.

Thousands of people in the liberal Pacific Northwest city have turned out every night for a month since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Civil liberties advocates say the police response has been overly aggressive and said in a lawsuit Sunday that the tactics appear designed to squelch free speech.

Portland police said that lasers were shined into officers’ eyes, and people threw rocks, bottles and paint at them during the demonstration. After using loudspeakers to tell the protesters to leave, officers used riot-control munitions to disperse the crowd, police said.

Read more: https://www.registerguard.com/news/20200628/portland-police-arrest-8-fire-crowd-control-munitions
(Eugene Register Guard)

Eviction shield extended through Sept. 30

SALEM — Oregon residential and commercial tenants will still be shielded from evictions through Sept. 30, after which a new law will give them six months to pay back rent owed their landlords.

The Legislature approved an extension of the moratorium in House Bill 4213, which passed the House 43-14 and the Senate 19-8 before the special session closed Friday. It replaces Gov. Kate Brown’s April 1 executive order, which ends Tuesday.

Sen. Ginny Burdick, a Democrat from Portland and the bill’s floor manager in that chamber, said the bill does not forgive back rent and that tenants still must pay landlords what they owe. But late fees cannot be charged, and the back rent cannot be reported to credit-rating agencies.

Burdick herself is a landlord.

“We have been afflicted by a plague and we are all paying the price,” she said. “We all must do our share.”

Read more: https://www.gazettetimes.com/news/state-and-regional/eviction-shield-extended-through-sept-30/article_58efae69-bb0d-50e6-92ca-ec6378ab460a.html
(Corvallis Gazette-Times)

New COVID-19 cases in Oregon top 200 again

Oregon reported 247 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday — the third straight day the state has surpassed 200 cases.

Since Friday, Oregon has added 774 cases of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, according to data from the Oregon Health Authority.

None of the new cases announced by the state on Sunday was from Linn or Benton counties.

Oregon’s COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged at 202. The state now has 7,818 cases of COVID-19, as well as 223,317 negative tests for the illness.

Read more: https://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/new-covid-19-cases-in-oregon-top-200-again/article_d03931ae-ef33-5399-8421-90236f00de03.html
(Corvallis Gazette-Times)

New name for Civil War rivalry right under Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers noses

Calling Oregon and Oregon State’s rivalry “The Civil War” never made sense.

Over the years I tried to explain to outsiders that the rivalry name was born more than 100 years ago of a tired sports/war metaphor, never intended as an actual reference to the American Civil War.

That confused association officially ended Friday. UO and OSU released a joint statement, announcing they no longer will use the term “Civil War” in connection with their sports rivalry games. The sides will pick something new. But this should not be left to a marketing firm or a group of outside consultants.

It’s a job for you and me.

It can’t be forced. In fact, I don’t really think there’s much of a debate about what the rivalry should be called moving forward. The series features the Ducks and Beavers. It already has a trophy with an amazing and unusual story. And so if they want to pick a name for the rivalry that makes sense, and captures the unique and interesting flavor of our state, there can be only one selection.

Read more: https://www.bendbulletin.com/sports/commentary-new-name-for-civil-war-rivalry-right-under-oregon-ducks-and-oregon-state-beavers/article_903f2735-2219-5aa9-9522-53714c58cd16.html
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