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Oakland North Now 07.24.09

on July 24, 2009

Thank God, it is Friday. But the sky is gloomy for the residents in the sunshine state. California State Senate passed bills to close a $25.3 billion gap after grueling session that ended at 6:27 a.m. this morning.

Here are some pain we will feel soon.

・$5.7 billion cut  from elementary and high schools and community colleges

・$2.8 billion cut from state colleges and universities; $2 billion from health program

・$1.2 billion cut from social services; and $1.2 billion from the prison system.

The city of Oakland has already given up some events that residents has long enjoyed, such as cinco de mayo, but Ignacio De La Fuente, District 5 councilmember and the Merchants Association are working together to resurrect Dia De Los Muertos, which was “killed” when the organizer canceled it in mid May.

Another bad news for the Bay Area. San Francisco Chronicle reported that Toyota Corp. might, in coming weeks, dissolve the partnership with General Motors in New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc., a joint venture started  in Fremont  25 years ago to manufacture vehicles to be sold under both brands. The fate of 5,440 workers is in the air.

The good news is many of the Lakeshore District merchants will have a big sale on August 1st and 2nd. Buy local to save the small business and your wallet!

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