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Exclusive: Hip Hop Legend Mistah F.A.B. Troubled by Violence in Oakland; ‘Where’s the Uproar?’

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Rapper, entrepreneur, community organizer, and hip hop legend Mistah F.A.B. is doing what he can to change Oakland’s tune on crime.

“I’m not afraid to shed tears about where I’ve come from and how I feel about my people and my city and my culture. It’s real,” he said.

He reflected on a violent year in his hometown of Oakland. This week, police are investigating the city’s 131st homicide – the highest number of killings in the last decade.

“Something that troubles me – and it’s very baffling for me to grasp is the fact of – when law enforcement kills us, we’re in a major uproar, as we should be, because they’re set to protect us,” he said. “But why are we silent when members of our community, kill members of our community, where’s the uproar?”

Mistah F.A.B. full interview with Betty Yu

F.A.B. is making noise in his own way.

He recently initiated a meeting with Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong and Lieutenant Aaron Smith to talk about solutions. The meeting was supposed to be 20 minutes – it turned into a two-hour discussion.

In an Instagram post, he wrote:

When asked what is the narrative of Oakland, he said: “get it how you live.”

“When you say get it how you live, it’s whatever you doing – if you homeless, you’ll get it from a garbage can or you’ll get it from asking somebody or panhandling. If you in the streets and you’re under desperate times of it’s either eat or starve, you’ll rob somebody or steal.”

The 39-year-old rapper believes in creating opportunities for young people. He himself benefited from community basketball programs as a kid, run by the now-chief of police.

“I think the biggest misconception is that people that’s doing bad in these streets are bad people, they’re not. They’re just trying to survive,” said F.A.B.

Betty: How did you not become one of those people?
Mistah F.A.B.: “I had a praying grandmother and a loving mother. My mother transitioned and got her life together, she devoted her life so I wouldn’t have to make those choices and decisions.”

But growing up in Section 8 housing, he says it wasn’t an easy childhood.

“We doing it for the healings. Like I tell people I was that kid. I was that kid that got left at home, man, ’cause his parents was on drugs,” he added.

F.A.B. has long been organizing toy drives and giveaways in Oakland to help at-risk youth and the less fortunate. He also runs Dope Era clothing store downtown on Broadway. He’s now working on his dream – opening the Dope Era Academy for youth. He says areas of study will focus on trade skills and practical courses like self-defense, coding, and crypto mining.

“I really care, like you know what I mean,” he said with tears streaming down his face. “We’ve been doing community events for almost two decades, no funding, all out of our pockets.”

He says it will take compassionate people who want to invest in the community’s young people to make lasting change.

“My children have to grow in a community like this. My daughter is a teenager, my son. They gone have to grow up in this situation and if somebody don’t make a change, it’s only going to get worse. If we don’t create institutions that create the next lawyers and judges and doctors, and scientists, then the streets gonna connect the next killers, the next rapists the next burglars,” said F.A.B.

Betty: “What do you want from the community?”
Mistah F.A.B: “People just need to get back to caring, man.”

His first community event in collaboration with the Oakland Police Department will be held at the Fox Theater on December 30th. He will face off in a Verzuz battle with Oakland rapper Philthy Rich.

F.A.B. said OPD agreed to provide security at no cost, and the venue fees will be taken care of by the city. Proceeds will go to non-profits and sports and STEM programs for kids in Oakland.

Original Article: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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A First As the World Warms: New Forecasts Could Help Predict Marine Heat Waves

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Collisions Cause Major Traffic Backups in Bothell and Arlington

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Traffic in the Puget Sound region came to a stop Wednesday morning due to two separate incidents, one in Bothell and the other near Arlington. On southbound Interstate 405 in Bothell, a collision near Highway 527 closed the two right lanes, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced on Twitter. The resulting traffic backup is […]

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DISH Network to Pay $5.5M Settlement Over Alleged Hazardous Waste Disposal Violations

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Satellite TV provider DISH Network will pay $5.5 million to settle a lawsuit accusing it of illegally disposing of hazardous waste in Alameda County and elsewhere in the state.

DISH Network is alleged to have violated California environmental laws by sending hazardous waste to local landfills that are not equipped or authorized to receive the waste.

According to state Attorney General Rob Bonta, audits of DISH facilities in California found that DISH repeatedly disposed of hazardous waste since 2005 in violation of the Hazardous Waste Control Law and Unfair Competition Law.

“If you break the rules, we will hold you accountable,” said Bonta in a press release. “For years, DISH carelessly disposed of and sent hazardous waste to local landfills, ignoring the consequences for our communities and our environment. From there, hazardous chemical elements from electronic devices, batteries, aerosols, and more could seep into soil and contaminate our environment. Today’s settlement is critical. Large corporations like DISH have a responsibility to respect our environmental laws and do their part to protect our state’s precious resources.”

“My Office is committed to holding corporate polluters accountable for violations of state environmental laws,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in a statement. “Hazardous electronic waste is ubiquitous, and everyone must do their part to keep these items out of the landfill, especially large corporations who handle high volumes of electronic waste.”

As a provider of TV and video services to residential and business customers, DISH employees manage large volumes of electronic equipment, such as remote controls, transformers, and power adapters, various batteries, aerosol cans, and other items classified as hazardous waste.

The Colorado-based company will pay for penalties, costs, and supplemental environmental project to benefit the community while making significant changes to its operations and practices to come into compliance with state law.

Specifically, DISH must:

• Pay $5.5 million, including $3.32 million in civil penalties, $835,500 in litigation costs, and $845,000 for supplemental environmental projects. DISH must also spend $500,000 to implement enhanced environmental compliance measures to ensure proper management of hazardous waste at its California facilities.

• Hire an independent third-party auditor to perform environmental compliance audits at DISH’s 25 facilities across the state;

• Conduct regular inspections of facility trash dumpsters and roll-off containers to ensure the containers do not contain hazardous waste; and

• Provide training to employees to ensure compliance with California’s hazardous waste laws.

According to the attorney general’s and Alameda DA’s offices, the DISH settlement is the fifth case of a telecom industry giant addressing unlawful disposal and management of hazardous waste. The two offices have also successfully prosecuted AT&T, Comcast, DirecTV, and Cox Communications for similar environmental violations related to illegal disposals of large volumes of electronic waste from their cable and satellite video services.

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