Tagami Police Commission interview: join NCIO Tuesday at 7pm

Coal promoter and developer Phil Tagami is currently a candidate for a position on Oakland’s Police Commission. No Coal in Oakland is horrified at the prospect that this man—who proposes to bring toxic coal into Oakland and has sued the City to overthrow its popular ban on coal—could be chosen to represent residents on a city commission that will provide civilian oversight of the Police Department by reviewing and proposing changes to Department policies and procedures, requiring the Mayor to appoint any new Chief of Police from a list of candidates provided by the ...

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Let’s Keep Coal Promoter Tagami off the Oakland Police Commission

Phil Tagami is currently a candidate for a position on Oakland’s Police Commission.   This powerful new commission will provide civilian oversight of the Police Department by reviewing and proposing changes to Department policies and procedures, requiring the Mayor to appoint any new Chief of Police from a list of candidates provided by the Commission, and having the authority to terminate the Chief of Police for cause. Out of an original 146 applicants for the four seats on the commission to be chosen by a selection panel, 28 were selected for second interviews.  ...

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NCIO Film Screening draws a full house for “From The Ashes”

"From The Ashes" set up of post-film panel. Photo credit: Steve Masover
Eighty-five people filled La Pena Cultural Center on Thursday, June 22, for a screening of a new National Geographic film about coal, “From the Ashes.” No Coal in Oakland organized the event, which included a panel discussion and audience reactions to the film. “From the Ashes” illuminates the environmental, community, and health impacts of coal—from mining to transport to coal-fired plants—with emphasis on coal's ruinous effects on workers and families who have built lives in communities dependent on the now-collapsing industry. Dramatic shots of mountain ...

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Judge Allows Sierra Club and Baykeeper to Intervene in Coal Lawsuit; Denies Motions to Dismiss

Grand Lake Theater marquee deploring Tagami's lawsuit against the City of Oakland
City's forces bolstered On Tuesday, June 6, United States District Judge Vince Chhabria granted Sierra Club and San Francisco Baykeeper’s motion to intervene in developer Phil Tagami’s lawsuit against the City of Oakland. The lawsuit challenges the City's  ban on coal storage and handling at a marine terminal to be located on the City's West Gateway waterfront property near the foot of the Bay Bridge.  The move granting intervenor status was foreshadowed by comments Judge Chabbria made at a hearing on April 20, but, until Tuesday's written order, the environmental ...

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No Coal Meets at West Side Missionary Baptist Church

Westside Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland, California
About thirty people attended No Coal in Oakland’s community meeting on Monday, May 15, at West Side Missionary Baptist Church.  The discussion included the status of the lawsuit filed against Oakland's 2016 coal ordinance, possible strategic directions, and current activities. The meeting kicked off with members of Occupella leading the audience in spirited renditions of “This Little Light of Mine” and “Bye Bye Coal” (to the tune of “Bye Bye Love”). Lyrics to the anti-coal anthem by Bill Pinkham and Bonnie Lockhart can be found at http://www.occupella.o...

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From Earth Day to May Day

No Coal in Oakland at the May Day march (Oakland, California; 1 May 2017). Photo: Steve Nadel.
From Earth Day to May Day, No Coal in Oakland activists were in the streets (and at Lake Merritt and the Brower Center) to talk about our campaign and to support the resistance against attacks on both the environment and our communities. NCIO folks were visible in our new red tee shirts, with our old yellow banner, at the April 22 March for Science and the May Day Fruitvale march. We tabled at the April 29 festival at Lake Merritt and the April 21 Climate Expo at the Brower Center. And several of us joined the climate justice rally at the Environmental Protection Agency ...

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NCIO at San Francisco’s “March for Science”

NCIO's banner among a sea of marchers on Market Street, San Francisco. 22 April 2017.
No Coal in Oakland turned out for San Francisco's "March for Science" on Saturday April 22, along with tens of thousands of Bay Area residents. Marches were held in 610 cities worldwide, from Washington, DC to Ann Arbor, MI, to San Francisco and many more across the Americas; underwater at the Wake Atoll in Guam; more than a dozen cities in Australia and New Zealand; a respectable scatter across Asia and Africa; and many dozens across the European continent. At San Francisco's march, Oakland City Councilman Dan Kalb spoke from the stage at Justin Herman Plaza, noting ...

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Federal Judge Denies Motions to Pare Down Developer’s Lawsuit

No Coal at the Federal Courthouse in San Francisco 4-20-17
Yesterday, in the first major court skirmish in developer Phil Tagami’s lawsuit against the City of Oakland, United States District Judge Vince Chhabria indicated he was likely to deny the City’s motion to dismiss a breach of contract claim, he is inclined to allow Sierra Club and San Francisco Baykeeper to intervene as parties in the lawsuit, and he will defer consideration of the would-be intervenors’ arguments for partial dismissal of Tagami’s claim that the City’s ordinance banning coal storage and handling violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitut...

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Canadian Bank Plays Big Role in Keystone Pipeline, Oakland Coal Terminal

Bank of Montreal - John Rennison, The Hamilton Spectator
Although “Bank of Montreal” is hardly a household name in the U.S., Bank of Montreal is now playing an outsized role in efforts to build Oakland’s proposed coal terminal as well as the Keystone XL Pipeline newly revived by Trump Administration proclamation. The Canadian bank’s role in arranging financing for developer Phil Tagami’s coal terminal was first dissected over a year ago in No Coal in Oakland’s earlier post, “Coal’s Frontmen in Oakland: Who Owns TLS?”  The article revealed how Jeffrey Holt, a Bank of Montreal investment banker stationed in ...

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April 20 Court Date Looms Big In Oakland Coal Struggle

Philip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse - Photo: Sam Wheeler CC BY-SA 3.0
Next Thursday, April 20, U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria will hear the first arguments in the historic courtroom battle between the City of Oakland and local developer Phil Tagami who wants to build a major coal export facility on the West Oakland waterfront. The City of Oakland, Sierra Club, and San Francisco Baykeeper will face off against Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal LLC (OBOT), a corporate shell through which Tagami and his business partners hold a 66-year lease and rights to develop and operate a marine terminal on the West Gateway portion of ...

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