A comment on Judge Chhabria’s decision
The long wait is over and, in the end, none of the theatrics staged by the high-priced lawyers for developer Phil Tagami and the Bowie coal company mattered at all.
These lawyers claimed that the City had already made up its mind to ban coal before doing any analysis of the facts. They claimed that the City Council members didn’t have time to read the three reports that provided evidentiary support for the City’s decision.
None of that mattered.
All Judge Chhabria looked at was whether the extensive evidence collected ...
Judge Vince Chhabria ruled this morning against the City of Oakland in the lawsuit brought by coal developer Phil Tagami. Below you will find the press release NCIO and APEN (Asian Pacific Environmental Network) issued yesterday afternoon.
No Coal in Oakland will be meeting with attorneys, public health experts, and political leaders to develop the next stage of our ongoing commitment to assure that a coal terminal is never constructed in West Oakland. We are exploring every available option. As our strategy develops, watch for more information on our website and in ...
Oakland activist and community leader Alicia Garza, cofounder of the Black Lives Matter movement, has announced that she will decline to accept an Innovator Award that was to be presented this week by coal developer Phil Tagami for the East Bay Innovation Academy.
Garza declined the award after members of Youth Vs Apocalypse drew her attention to the central role Tagami is playing in the attempt to ship coal through Oakland, threatening the lives and health of our community and degrading our environment. Youth Vs. Apocalypse is a community of Oakland activist youth who ...
Oaklanders attending an NCIO meeting for the first time joined longtime activists on Thursday evening April 19th at the West Side Missionary Baptist Church on Willow Avenue to share a meal, then discuss Oakland's ongoing effort to keep the West Gateway coal-free. No Coal in Oakland thanks our host for the evening, Rev. Ken Chambers, as well as the dozens of other clergy, journalists, attorneys, and neighbors who came to hear and discuss updates on the No Coal campaign, and to plan strategy and tactics as the struggle for Oakland's well-being continues.
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Along with the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, 350.org, Rainforest Action Network, Friends of the Earth U.S., and Friends of the Earth Canada, No Coal in Oakland today launched a campaign seeking a pledge from Bank of Montreal to refrain from any further efforts to arrange financing for Bowie Resource Partners, Utah's largest coal producer, to build and operate a $250 million marine export terminal on the West Oakland waterfront.
Documents obtained through public documents requests revealed the bank's central role in putting together the deal that would ...
United States District Judge Vince Chhabria is close to a decision in the case seeking to overturn the City of Oakland’s ban on coal storage and handling.
Photo: Oakland youth-led march against coal, 31 Jan 2018. Credit: Rhonesha Victor.
In the first flurry of post-trial papers filed in federal court late last week, the two sides highlighted their dramatically different views of the case that will decide whether Oakland’s ban on coal storage and handling can be lawfully imposed on a proposed coal export terminal at the site of the former Oakland Army Base.
On Friday, February 9, the parties filed an initial round of documents urging federal judge Vince Chhabria to decide the case of Oakland Bulk and ...
Organized and led by youth activist Mykela Patton of Oakland Tech, a spirited group of young people marched from the Emiliano Zapata Street Academy high school through downtown Oakland.
With drums, tamborines, kazoos, and their voices they protested the dire pollution threatened by Phil Tagami's effort to bring coal from Utah to the Oakland waterfront. The young people were joined by about a dozen elder supporters, all marching against coal.
The group of about fifty gathered at Oscar Grant plaza for their rally after marching around Phil Tagami's Rotunda building ...
Post-Trial Briefing Schedule Order
The three-day trial of developer Phil Tagami’s lawsuit against the City of Oakland ended Friday without a clear signal from Judge Vince Chhabria as to how he will rule. Chhabria’s ruling is not expected until after he has had a chance to review posttrial briefs and other papers to be filed by the parties in the coming weeks and holds a final hearing tentatively set for March 28.
The City made its case Friday calling a number of expert witnesses to rebut the plaintiff’s contentions that the City breached a 2013 development ...
Judge Challenges City to Explain Health Conclusions Without Air Quality Modeling
Judge Vince Chhabria ended day two of the Oakland coal trial by challenging the City to show how it reached conclusions about air quality impacts in the health of residents in West Oakland without doing modelling that would quantify the likely concentration of pollutants in neighborhood air that would result from coal handling at the proposed West Gateway coal terminal.
After a day off from trial, the City will begin presentation of its case on Friday at 10 a.m. and hopes to call Dr. ...