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Kaiser Oakland Medical Center.
1. Oakland-based healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente has decided to pay a $4 million fine to the state
for failing to provide adequate mental healthcare services to patients, KQED reports (via Rough & Tumble). Kaiser had previously disputed the huge fine, contending that it was “unwarranted and excessive.” But just prior to opening statements at a legal hearing concerning the fine, Kaiser dropped its opposition to it and agreed to pay the penalty.
2. Opposition is growing in Berkeley to a proposal by the city’s police department to buy Tasers for its officers
, the Trib
$ reports. Studies have shown that some police departments that have Tasers use them disproportionately on people of color.
3. A majority of Californians — 52 percent — say they support a $7.5 billion water bond
on the November ballot, the Chron
reports, citing a new Field Poll. The poll also showed that 27 percent of residents plan to vote against the measure, while 21 percent are undecided.
4. A federal judge threw out a lawsuit
filed by companies that do business with Drakes Bay Oyster Company, calling it “frivolous,” the Chron
reports. The businesses had claimed that the federal government’s decision to allow the oyster farm’s lease to expire at Point Reyes National Seashore was illegal.
5. California’s wine industry has suffered at least $83 million
in damage from the 6.0 quake that struck Napa last month, the Chron
6. And expect BART trains to remain crowded for at least three more years
— that’s when the agency’s new train cars will start to arrive, the Chron
reports. Many train cars in BART’s aging fleet now go out of service because of maintenance problems, thereby causing overcrowding on the remaining trains.