Wednesday’s Briefing: Former Coliseum JPA charged with felony conflict of interest; Kamala Harris drops out

Oakland Zoo's African elephant dies

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Former Coliseum JPA CEO Scott McKibben illegally sought a fee from RingCentral to negotiate naming-rights at the Coliseum, Alameda County prosecutors allege. - @RINGCENRAL/TWITTER
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  • Former Coliseum JPA CEO Scott McKibben illegally sought a fee from RingCentral to negotiate naming-rights at the Coliseum, Alameda County prosecutors allege.


News you don’t want to miss for Dec. 4:

1. Alameda County prosecutors charged former Coliseum Joint Powers Authority CEO Scott McKibben with felony conflict of interest, KPIX reports. McKibben allegedly sought a $50,000 fee from RingCentral to negotiate naming-rights for the Oakland Coliseum.

2. Sen. Kamala Harris ended her bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination on Tuesday, Politico reports. Citing dwindling campaign finances and a belief she no longer had a path to the nomination, Harris pulled the plug on her campaign.

3. Electric and hybrid cars costing more than $60,000 will no longer qualify for state rebates, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The rebates for lower-priced models will drop to $500. $$

4. D'Munda, the Oakland Zoo's 50-year-old African elephant died unexpectedly Tuesday, SFGate reports. She lived at the zoo for 26 years.

5. Former Oakland Raider George Atkinson III, whose father was a team legend also of the same name, died Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reports. Atkinson III, who played for the Raiders for two seasons battled depression following his twin brother’s suicide in January.

6. The Oakland Roots’ success at the turnstiles did not necessarily translate to the field during their inaugural season. In advance of their Spring 2020, the team elevated assistant coach Jordan Ferrell to head coach, SFGate reports.

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