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Hump day in the East Bay: Oakland to end pot testing for city employees, prices jump as Thanksgiving nears and more

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It’s high time – Oakland ends marijuana testing for all city employees

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Oakland city employees will no longer be required to undergo drug testing for the use of cannabis or cannabis products outside of work following a unanimous vote by the Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee Tuesday, KTVU reports.

The unanimous vote signaled the passage of an ordinance that ends THC testing for city employees and will now go before the entire Oakland City Council for final approval.

The move to end marijuana testing comes amid Oakland’s struggle to find and maintain city employees, according to the office of Oakland Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan. The ordinance was co-authored by City Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas, Council Pro Tem Sheng Thao, and Councilmember Dan Kalb.

"To exclude, discipline, or eliminate employees based on conduct that is not job-related, and which we have legalized, is not only unjust to the worker directly impacted. It also harms the public and reduces our ability to provide desperately needed public services," Kaplan said in a statement.

The current testing imposed on employees by the city detects cannabis metabolites, which are detectable weeks after use and are not a true indicator of intoxication, adding that the current testing standards are increasing the number of city job vacancies, which is “undermining public services,” and results in "a disproportionate number of penalties falling overwhelmingly on African Americans."

Soaring prices, supply chain issues may cause shortages for Thanksgiving

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With only about two weeks until Thanksgiving, shoppers may notice not only increased food costs but outright shortages as well, KCBS reports.

The cost of traditional Thanksgiving items are soaring due to record-high prices resulting from the current supply chain woes that are impacting everything from new automobiles to the tasty birds carved up during the holiday.

However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that shoppers won’t see a shortage of turkeys at their local grocery stores but economists say that a 10 to 15% increase in the price of turkeys should be expected.

Other existing gaps between markets and suppliers are creating shortages for other Thanksgiving staples such as pumpkin puree, which is short supply due to a shortage in the aluminum used for canning.

Warriors look to win 10th of the season against Minnesota

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The Golden State Warriors (9-1) will face the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-6) tonight at the Chase Center, CBS reports.

The Warriors won two of the three games against the Timberwolves last season, and while the Dubs seek a tenth win, the Timberwolves are looking to emerge from a slump after almost ending a losing streak during their last match up against Memphis, ultimately losing in overtime 115-118.

And more good news for the Dubs: “whispers” abound that Klay Thompson’s looking pretty good while recovering from a torn ACL and a torn achilles, which caused him to miss the last two seasons.

“The whispers around the league right now about Klay Thompson, they say he looks good," said ESPN's Brian Windhorst. "There is a real confidence in there that, especially by the end of the season, that Klay is going to be back back.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr recently said that what appears to be Thompson’s imminent return has got the team fired up.

“Klay’s imminent return is a huge factor for our team,” Kerr said. “There’s a sense of anticipation and energy that is directly linked to Klay’s return."

While Thompson’s exact return date has not been specified, Golden State’s sharpshooting guard has advanced to 3-on-3 scrimmages, saying that he’s very optimistic and eager to return to the court.

"I really miss the winning," Thompson told ESPN during the Warriors' win over New Orleans. "I miss playing in front of the fans and then just playing basketball. I really love what I do, I always have since I was a kid. I think these last two years have given me a great sense of appreciation for the work it takes to be great. And my story is still being written, so I'm not satisfied with where my career is at. I still have many more chapters to write."

Buck Wild Brewery hosts trivia night

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Buck Wild Brewery, located near Oakland's Jack London Square, hosts trivia night every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Come try one of Buck Wild's delicious gluten-free brews, including their Kölsch-style ale that took the bronze medal at the California Craft Brewers Cup in the alternative beer category.

Trivia night at Buck Wild always features new questions and new winners and is always free to join.

Hungry? You're in luck. Kativa, offers a wide a variety of delicious and creative dishes that are100% free of gluten, dairy, corn, soy, peanuts, refined sugar & seed oils and is housed in the same space as Buck Wild. Try the General Tso's chicken bowl, or Cuban bowl. Kativa is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Buck Wild and Kativa are located at 401 Jackson Street in Oakland.

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