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No Formal Charges yet for Planning Board Member Mike Henneberry

UFCW Local 5 Mike Henneberry, IAFF Local 689 President Domenick Weaver, Lena Tam, IAFF Local 689 Political Director Jeff Delbono, Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore, Unidentified

As of this morning, the Alameda County District Attorney has not yet filed formal charges against City of Alameda Planning Board member and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union Local 5 communications director Mike Henneberry.

Mr. Henneberry was taken into police custody on November 7th on suspicion of battery, following an altercation at the Alameda Nob Hill Foods grocery store, where UFCW workers were picketing in a strike against the store owners, Raley’s of Sacramento.

Alameda Police took Henneberry into custody under a suspected battery charge pursuant to a citizen arrest after he reportedly struck the Nob Hill Foods store manager in the face, and threw his cell phone.

UFCW Local 5 members were picketing the store, on strike pursuant to a labor dispute over medical coverage and premium pay.

Police Lieutenant Ted Horlbeck told Action Alameda News that Alameda police have done everything they have to do regarding the case. “He was taken into custody and booked. It’s up to the District Attorney now, we’ve done our part,” he said. “The victim could decide not to pursue the case, or the District Attorney could decide there’s not enough evidence to file charges.”

However, the Alameda County District Attorney’s office confirmed this morning that no formal charges have been filed as yet. An arraignment hearing has been set for December 5th.

The Nob Hill Foods store manager referred all questions about the case to a Raley’s corporate headquarters spokesperson. That person, John Segale, did not return calls yesterday asking for a status on the case.

On November 13th, Raley’s announced that it had reached a tentative labor agreement with the union, which needed to be ratified by workers. No date has been set for the ratification vote yet.

Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore appointed Henneberry to the Planning Board in May of last year.

In January of this year, when the Planning Board was reviewing a development plan amendment for Alameda Landing, that involved the placement of a Target location at the site Henneberry motioned to permit Target to sell no nontaxable goods (i.e. groceries) in the new Alameda location except for pharmaceuticals. The motion failed.

Henneberry then voted against a motion, ultimately approved 5-1, that would limit Target to the use of up to 10 percent of its floor space at the location, for up to five years, to sell nontaxable goods.

Target is well-known for discouraging labor organization among its workforce.

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