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East Bay Daily Roundup: First Fridays return, Kaiser employees strike, Pietisserie heads to Palo Alto plus more

Refugio Garcia

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First Fridays return to Oakland

The hiatus of Oakland’s lively First Fridays is officially over as event organizers are set to host the event’s reunion on Friday, Oct. 1 after downsizing to smaller modified events that were pandemic-compliant due to COVID-19, according to OaklandFirstFriday.org

The event will take place from 5-9 p.m. on Telegraph Avenue between Grand and 27th and will feature music from performers such as The Best Intentions, FLO (Funky Latin Orchestra) and Farenhyte 5150. In addition, the event will also be hosting a number of artists, dancers and a classic car show.

The First Fridays festival originally began as “The 23rd Street Fair” in 2006 with the purpose of supporting local artists and vendors while providing Oakland with an inclusive event that supports the local economy. Since then, the event has grown in popularity and size, giving Oakland residents a fun, family-friendly experience while helping make Oakland a destination for visitors.

Hundreds of Kaiser employees strike – rally in Oakland

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On Thursday, hundreds of striking engineers employed by Kaiser rallied in Oakland demanding better wages following a two weeks-long strike. The union employees say they won’t return until a deal is reached, ABC7 reports.

Kaiser engineer Lamont Reid told ABC7, "If you want to have a decent lifestyle, you have to make a few bucks," matching the sentiment of some 700 Kaiser employees currently on strike.

"They've offered us a 2% wage, we do make a decent wage but the way that this economy is right now, a 13% increase in prices of everything, it doesn't equal out what they've offered us," union worker Russell Tiffany said.

Kaiser has stated in the past that their engineers are some of the most well-compensated in their profession if you include wages, benefits, and retirement. Many Kaiser employees don’t agree.

"We're in the Bay Area and it's also one of the highest costs of living in the country," Xitlali Sanchez of the Alameda Labor Council said.

A total of 24 Kaiser locations are currently affected by the ongoing strike, according to union representatives.

East Bay bakery Pietisserie set to open Palo Alto location

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East Bay maker of delicious baked goods, Pietisserie, will open a holiday pie shop at Palo Alto’s Town and Country Village beginning in November, East Bay Times reports.

Jaynelle St. Jean has been running Pietisserie for the last 10 years, originally selling baked goods from her pop-up at local farmers markets before Pietisserie garnered national attention via Goldbelly.

St. Jean’s Palo Alto location will offer 14 different kinds of pies, seven days a week from Nov. 7 until Dec. 24. Store hours will be noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Click here for more information.

Draymond: ‘Had some things to handle’ arrives to Warriors training camp

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Warriors team leader Draymond Green hit the court to practice with teammates Thursday after being absent for three days, providing some live action after sneaking onto the court before being cleared by the training staff, East Bay Times reports.

“I was extremely excited,” Green said during a 30-minute press conference following the practice session. “I definitely snuck into the live (portion). They tried telling me before practice, no live. They even didn’t tape me, expecting I wasn’t going live. It was great.”

Greens’ absence had been downplayed by Warriors coach Steve Kerr who said that his absences had been excused but his presence was felt Thursday, especially by rookie 19-year-old first-round pick Moses Moody.

“He’s everything I imagined he would be,” Moody said. “Draymond just brings a different energy in the gym. Just his presence. That’s what everybody talks about. It’s cool to be able to experience it.”

The Warriors will have a day of rest Friday and will hold a team scrimmage Saturday with Green expected to be a limited participant, according to Kerr.

The Warriors preseason opener is scheduled for Monday against the Trailblazers In Portland. Kerr said he doesn’t know if Green would play or how much game time he’d get.

“When do we play a game, Monday? I plan on playing 2 minutes,” Green quipped. “Whatever the plan is, I'm open to it. I feel good. I’m excited about playing. But I don’t know that plan yet.”

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