Monday’s Briefing: Massive Fires Ravage North Bay; Feinstein to Seek Reelection

Plus, Oakland fire chief candidate turns down job because of low pay.

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Stories you shouldn’t miss for Oct. 9, 2017:

Plus, Oakland fire chief candidate turns down job because of low pay.

1. Huge wildfires ravaged Sonoma and Napa counties this morning, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, shutting freeways, causing widespread power outages, closing schools, and forcing residents to flee for their lives, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The blazes burned tens of thousands of acres and spewed massive amounts of smoke and ash into the air, as powerful winds spread the smoke to the East Bay and the rest of the Bay Area.

2. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., announced that she will seek reelection next year, ending months of speculation about her future plans, reports Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle. Feinstein, 84, who was first elected to the Senate in 1992, said on Twitter that there is “lots more to do,” including “ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to health care.”

3. A Los Angeles assistant fire chief turned down an offer to be Oakland’s fire chief because it would have required him to take a $50,000 a year pay cut, the East Bay Times$ reports. LA Assistant Fire Chief Patrick Butler said he was offered the job in late August, but declined to take it. Oakland’s troubled fire department has been without a fire chief since spring.

4. Ex-Oakland City Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente announced that he’s running for mayor next year against Libby Schaaf, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. De La Fuente, a former president of the city council, has been out of office since 2012 when he was soundly defeated by Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan in the At-Large council contest.

5. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation that sought to ban smoking on state beaches and in public parks, reports Alexei Koseff of the Sacramento Bee$. “If people can’t smoke even on a deserted beach, where can they?” Brown wrote in his veto message. “There must be some limits to the coercive power of government.”

6. The city of Alameda launched the first dockless bike share program in the East Bay, reports Peter Hegarty of the East Bay Times$. LimeGreen bikes can be dropped off anywhere on the Island, and users can find bikes with a smartphone app.

7. President Trump altered the terms of a deal with Democrats on protecting young immigrants, known as Dreamers, demanding funding for his Mexican border wall and to slash federal grants to sanctuary cities, the Washington Post$ reports. Democrats quickly denounced the demands.

8. And GOP Sen Bob Corker of Tennessee, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned that President Trump is reckless and unstable and could set the nation “on the path toward World War III,The New York Times$ reports.

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