I’m Michelle Olivera, and this is your North Bay Week in Review for November 18th, 2011
Protesters took down their tents at Occupy Santa Rosa Thursday, after eviction notices were posted on all but the few that had obtained 15 day camping permits. Occupiers maintained a festive presence on the streets outside City Hall through the night, and vowed to continue their demonstration in new ways. Occupy activities in San Rafael and Sebastopol also increased this week.
Students at Sonoma State University held a 24-hour campout this week to bring attention to potential fee hikes, class cuts and unit caps that will likely take effect next semester.
Plans to close two regional mail processing centers in Petaluma drew a storm of objections at a hearing Wednesday night. The U.S. Post Office say the move is part of a series of consolidations that will save 3-billion-dollars. Critics counter it will end next day deliveries for some first class mail.
Backers of the SMART commuter train rallied in Santa Rosa Thursday, praising the project as a source of jobs as well as environmental benefits. The SMART board also OKed 191-million-dollars in construction contracts this week, even as they dismissed their finance chief without public explanation.
The Police Officers Association in Calistoga has declared a boycott against local businesses, in protest over their recent contract negotiations with the city. The local Chamber of Commerce says they have not noticed any effects from the boycott, but they don’t like it. The city and the police union are not talking.
Crab season opened on paper, but not on the water this week, as fishermen stayed in port, trying to negotiate a higher price for their catch. Buyers are offering 2 dollars per pound; the fishermen want two-fifty.
That’s all for this Week In Review, I’m Michelle Olivera. We’ll be taking the week off for some family time over Thanksgiving, but will return December 2nd. Have a great holiday!
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