Updated: Tuesday Must Reads: No Talks Scheduled in BART Strike; East Bay Park Workers Strike Averted


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1. As the BART strike entered its second day today, there were no talks scheduled to resolve the bitter labor dispute, SFGate and the Trib report. BART unions want political leaders to intervene, while BART management is seeking help from state mediators. The two sides appear to be far apart and the strike may go on for some time. BART workers are demanding a 22.5 percent raise over four years, while management is offering an 8 percent pay hike over that time period, with nearly half of it tied to ambitious goals for ridership and agency revenue.

Lake Temescal
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2. Updated 12:10 a.m.: The East Bay Regional Park District, meanwhile, averted a two-day strike planned for later this week by agreeing to a new contract with park rangers, maintenance workers, and lifeguards, the Trib reports. The strike would have forced the closure of the park district’s lakes and pools on July 4th and 5th, two of the busiest days of the year.

3. Oakland civilian workers are back on the job today after holding a one-day strike yesterday. The employees say they will stage another strike if Mayor Jean Quan does not improve her contract offer, the Trib reports. Quan has offered a 3.5 percent raise over two years and wants civilian employees to help pay increased pension costs, while workers are demanding 10 to 13 percent raises.

4. Thomas Frazier, the court-appointed overseer of the Oakland Police Department, said the agency has made “extraordinary” progress toward achieving mandated reforms since Interim Chief Sean Whent took over in May, the Trib reports.

5. And Latinos now equal whites in terms of population in California and are expected to become the largest ethnic group in the state by the end of this year, the AP reports.