Tuesday's Briefing: EPA to Revoke Car Emissions Standards; Residents of East Oakland Homeless Encampment Are Being Forced to Move Again

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Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board, said the EPA's move would “demolish” the nation’s shift toward cleaner cars. - FILE PHOTO BY BERT JOHNSON
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  • Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board, said the EPA's move would “demolish” the nation’s shift toward cleaner cars.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced yesterday that he would revoke emissions standards requiring that cars and trucks sold in the U.S. average more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025. The move is likely to spark a major legal and political battle, reports the Washington Post.

About 150 people marched through downtown Oakland and through the 12th Street-City Center BART station yesterday afternoon to draw attention to the fatal shooting of Sahleem Tindle by a BART police officer on Jan. 3 outside the West Oakland BART station.

Residents of an East Oakland homeless camp will have to move yet again. The East Bay Times reports that just months after city officials gave them the green light to create a homeless camp at E. 12th Street and 23rd Avenue, they'll have to move by November in order to make way for a retrofitting project of the 23rd Avenue bridge.

The Village homeless encampment is being forced to move again. - FILE PHOTO
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  • The Village homeless encampment is being forced to move again.

Speaking of the housing crisis, Mother Jones has a story about local families who are squatting abandoned homes.

A rare spring storm is headed toward the Bay Area Thursday evening and is expected to drop several inches of rain, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. So, if you were thinking of heading to First Friday, you may want to make other plans.

A mountain lion was spotted at UC Berkeley's Clark Kerr campus early Monday morning, reports Berkeleyside. It's the second time a mountain lion has been spotted on the campus since last July, although a cub was also reportedly seen near the Greek Theatre in January.

And, finally, The Weeknd, Florence + the Machine, and Janet Jackson are among the headliners at this year's Outside Lands festival. Local acts will include SOB X RBE, Caleborate, Shannon & The Clams, and Dick Stusso.


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