Changing a culture is hard to do. But until the Oakland Unified School District drastically shifts the way it operates internally, the district will be mired in an interminable financial crisis. The most recent penny-pinching emergency is a $15.1 million deficit in this year’s budget that will require schools and the central office to slice, carve and cut costs as if the expenditures were a Thanksgiving turkey. The Oakland school board is expected to vote on proposed cuts on Nov. 27.
Things are looking worse at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond. This week, I read a copy of a letter signed by 27 female inmates at the jail saying that they were being treated poorly because of their immigration status. That letter was dated in September — before Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputies who run the jail say they heard there were problems.
Contra Costa County sheriff’s officials said they were surprised. It was news to them last week that female detainees at their jail in Richmond were complaining that they were locked in their cells for 23 hours a day — with no bathroom access. But as I learn more about the West County Detention Facility, I’m the one who’s surprised — by the sheriff’s supposed lack of knowledge of what many now say has been going on in their jail facility for years.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".