Monday Must Reads: East Bay Marked By Cluster of Unvaccinated Kids; Anti-Police Violence Protesters Demonstrate At Schaaf’s House

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The East Bay is home to a statistically significant cluster of unvaccinated children, raising concerns about more disease outbreaks, the Chron reports, citing a new Kaiser study published in the journal Pediatrics. Areas of Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and San Francisco counties also show substantial numbers of unvaccinated children, which experts attribute to the anti-vaccination movement. Anti-vaccination has been linked to the measles outbreak connected to Disneyland.

Libby Schaaf.
  • Libby Schaaf.
2. Anti-police violence demonstrators held a series of protests over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in the East Bay, including a peaceful demonstration this morning outside the home of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, the Chron reports. Protesters criticized Schaaf for spending her first day as mayor with the Oakland Police Department.

3. Schaaf, meanwhile, is calling on the owners of the Oakland A’s and Raiders to submit proposals for developing Coliseum City with new facilities for the teams, the Trib$ reports. The mayor’s plan represents a shift in city strategy — Oakland had been pushing for a private developer not associated with the teams to build Coliseum City.

4. The pay of UC sports coaches is going to be tied for the first time to the academic performance of athletes under a new policy that will begin later this week, the Chron reports. The new policy comes on the heels of reports that UC Berkeley men’s football and basketball teams had among the worst graduation rates in the nation.

5. Kaiser reached a tentative agreement with nurses over the weekend, thereby averting a strike and bringing an end to a long labor dispute, the Chron reports.

6. Blue Shield of California is warning its customers that it may end its relationship with the Sutter Health Network, which includes Alta Bates Summit Medical Centers in Oakland and Berkeley, the Chron reports. The move would force 280,000 Blue Shield customers to either find new healthcare providers or new health insurance.

7. And experts are mystified by unidentified grey gunk found on about seventy birds on the East Bay shoreline that is inhibiting the birds’ ability to remain waterproof and regulate their temperature, the Chron reports.

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