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POSTED November 21, 2012 9:50 p.m.

Oakland Port operations get back to normal

OAKLAND  (AP) — Oakland Port officials say operations are back to normal after a one-day strike blocked trucks from entering the facility.

The striking custodial and maintenance workers and dock workers who refused to cross the picket line in a show of solidarity were back at work on Wednesday. The strike also included workers at the Oakland International Airport, which is overseen by the port.

Port spokesman Isaac Kos-Read says those workers were back to work late Tuesday night.

The protest was over stalled contract talks between the custodial and maintenance workers and the port. The workers are represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 1021.

Kos-Read says the union and port officials are scheduled to hold a fact-finding meeting with a mediator next week.

Supervisor fires back over credit card use

SAN JOSE  (AP) — A Santa Clara County supervisor under fire for his use of a county-issued credit card is firing back.

George Shirakawa told fellow supervisors at a board meeting on Tuesday not to be distracted by what he characterized as a "political lynching."

The 50-year-old Shirakawa — the board's president — has been criticized for charging taxpayers more than $36,000 over the past four years. The charges include more than 180 meals, often at high-end restaurants, a high-definition television and trips to luxury resorts and casinos.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Shirakawa's remarks preceded a discussion about policies surrounding use of so-called "Procurement Cards," the credit cards issued to hundreds of county employees and a handful of elected officials.

Amtrak train kills pedestrian in Oakland

OAKLAND  (AP) — An Amtrak train has hit and killed a pedestrian in Oakland.

The San Francisco Chronicle ( ) says there's no information about the person struck Tuesday evening near 105th and Edes avenues.

Authorities are investigating.


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