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North Oakland Now: April 8, 2009

on April 8, 2009

Good morning, all. Your daily dose: At last night’s City Council meeting, a four-member committee voted unanimously in support of a proposal to increase the tax on Oakland’s medical marijuana dispensaries. It’s one way to start increasing what will likely be an $65 million budget deficit in the coming fiscal year. Though they’d see a relatively large jump in their tax rate, from $1.20 per $1,000 in receipts to as much as $24, dispensary owners seem to be on board.

Here in North Oakland, plans continue to improve service on the 51 bus line. And the folks over at Fight Blight are taking on the potholes on Shattuck Avenue. Up for repaving sooner is a stretch of Jackson St. downtown.

And finally, what’s a day without pirates? A US ship carrying 20 crew members was hijacked today by Somali pirates, and national security officials say cyber-pirates have infiltrated the US electrical grid. So far, no reports of damage to the crew or the grid.

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