CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (CBS SF) — As hundreds of protesters continued peaceful demonstrations in San Francisco and Oakland, dozens of people—including some dressed as oil barrels—attended a smaller protest at Chevron headquarters in San Ramon Tuesday.

About 50 people—most from local chapters of liberal nonprofit organization MoveOn—rallied in front of Chevron’s corporate offices Tuesday afternoon, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement to protest government underwriting of major oil companies, TriValley MoveOn organizer Karen Beck said.

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“We got a lot of support today—a lot of truck drivers came by and gave us a honk—I think we felt very energized because we had that support,” she said. “Our message is basically the same as (Occupy Wall Street) — corporations have too much power and influence the government too much, and it hurts the rest of us,” she said.

Ellis Goldberg, also a TriValley MoveOn organizer, said the event kicked off a week full of demonstrations in and around Contra Costa County.

On Wednesday at 4 p.m., a group dubbing itself “Occupy Walnut Creek” is set to protest at Mount Diablo Boulevard and Main Street in front of Bank of America in downtown Walnut Creek. TriValley MoveOn members also plan to hold a second demonstration at Chevron’s headquarters.

Occupy Walnut Creek organizer Ken Richard said he expects at least 50 people to attend Wednesday’s rally, and is already helping to plan a second demonstration there next Wednesday.

“The media is covering these protests in San Francisco and San Jose…but it hasn’t hit the ‘burbs yet,” he said. “We are protesting the collusion of government and big business—it’s just got to stop.”

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Comments (4)
  1. WASPy says:

    Over 1,000 arrests so far in this “peacefull” OWS street-mob movement.

    Zero arrests at TEA Party rallies.

  2. deadzone says:

    Walnut Creek? Really? Why don’t you hop on BART, go to SF and join the smelly unemployed rejects in front of the Federal Reserve Bank?
    Oh wait! never mind! On second thought, it’s a good Idea. Stay in Walnut Creek. The judicial system there takes crime seriously and maybe you’ll do some time in jail.

    Remember, blocking traffic and causing civil unrest will really get the attention of the media and draw support from the hard working people there. Go 99%ers!!!

    1. Reality Check says:

      These people are not all the unemployed smelly rejects as you characterize them to be. People are upset and rightfully so. Let us call things as they really are. We are in a depression, not a “recession”. Almost 1 in 4 people are unemployed or working at a low paying job simply to have some money coming in. Millions of Americans have lost their homes, home prices have dropped more than they did from 1928 to 1933. And there is no light at the end of the tunnel. The only reason things do not seem as bad as they did in the 1930s is because of government programs and subsidies that did not exist then. That is the only thing at this point keeping things going. Time for the people making millions of dollars per year to start paying a whole lot more in taxes, but we all know that will not happen. They are the ones who really are represented. And the morons who support the “tea party” movement really need to realize they are not helping you. They are helping the rich and most of you are far from being rich but you support a moronic conservative viewpoint. I am a registered Republican. I am a moderate and most of our candidates seem to be right wing Jesus freaks. Can I please get some common sense and candidates who are will to work to the betterment of my country! For God’s sake!

  3. Milan Moravec says:

    How come it costs 50% more (after adjusting for inflation) for University of California Board of Regents Chair Lansing and President Yudof to provide the same service?

    Total expenditures in the UC system in 1999-2000 were $3.2 billion to educate a student population of 154,000. Converted into 2011 dollars using the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI calculator gets us to $4.3B in 2011 dollars, which comes out to $27,850 per student.

    In 2011, the total UC system budget was $6.3 billion dollars: an increase of almost 50% after adjusting for inflation. Enrollment also rose – to 158,000 students, a 3% increase, yielding a cost per student of $39,750.

    Costs went up 50% in 10 years. And yet the news out of UC President Yudof is that the UC system is “bracing” for ‘another round of budget cuts’!

    Email opinions to UC Board of Regents

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