This video is based on the lawsuit that Bob won and is discussed below and here.
Kids Get $3M in Mom's Death Montereyherald.com June 20, 2007 Original Montereyherald.com article: Kids Get $3M in Mom's Death A Monterey County jury awarded almost $3 million to the children of a woman killed when a Monterey cypress toppled on her car on Highway 1 north of Moss Landing on New Year's Day last year. 'There was a message with this,' said Bob Schock, an attorney representing two of Jacine Calderon Sarmiento's children. 'After the verdict, the jurors said they hoped the state of California would do something about the trees along the highways.' Sarmiento, 45, was driving along Highway 1 during a raging storm on Jan. 1, 2006, with her 5-year-old daughter when the tree fell on her vehicle. Sarmiento was killed and her daughter, Athena, suffered minor injuries. At the time, emergency crews reported that two other cypress trees from the grove along the highway fell while they were trying to extricate the victims. The jury deliberated for about five hours Monday, capping a weeklong wrongful-death trial against the state Department of Transportation, before announcing its verdict. The jury ruled that Athena should receive about $932,000 in economic damages and another $1 million in noneconomic damages. Jacine Sarmiento's other two children, teenagers who live in Altoona, Pa., were each awarded almost $526,000 in noneconomic damages. The cypress grove is adjacent to the Highway 1 intersection with Struve Road. Schock said an inspector had checked the trees prior to the accident, after a eucalyptus had fallen, and had determined the area was safe. Representatives from Caltrans said the agency 'respectfully disagrees' with the judgment. 'This was a tragic but freak accident, with no negligence,' said Colin Jones, public information manager for the Caltrans regional office in San Luis Obispo. While the tree was old -- about 90 years old -- it was not in bad health. Rather, the ground was saturated and the winds were gusty on the day of the accident, said Caltrans officials. Susana Cruz, a spokeswoman for Caltrans, said crews inspected the trees in the grove after the accident and removed some branches.
From the Barack Obama website -- link in the title of this post.
Oakland/Northern California HQ Opening with BLACKALICIOUS (Meeting) We are extremely excited to announce our FREE Grand Opening party with special musical guest Blackalicious! Live and in person, in the middle of 14th Street in downtown Oakland!
"Like a few other West Coast rap acts, including the Pharcyde and Jurassic 5, Blackalicious has generally favored what hip-hoppers call the "positive tip"; in other words, its lyrics have often been spiritual and uplifting rather than violent or misogynous. Like a lot of experimental alternative rappers, Blackalicious can be quirky and eccentric; nonetheless, spirituality is a big part of the group's music."
It's going to be AMAZING. Don't miss it.
WHEN: Sunday, September 30, 1:00 PM
WHERE: 436 14th Street, 3rd Floor - directly in front of the 14th Street exit of the Oakland City Center BART station, between Broadway and Franklin.
WHO: Everyone! Bring your friends and families.
WHAT: A party to celebrate the opening of the first office outside of the Early 4 states! Music, speakers, and good times. Time: Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 PM Duration: 2 hours Host: Brent Messenger Location: Oakland/N. California Heaadquarters (Oakland, CA) 436 14th Street, 3rd Floor Oakland, CA 94612