Friday, June 5, 2020

Friday's Briefing: Authorities seek help finding looters who stole 29 firearms from Hayward gun shop; A's prepared to pay Coliseum rent soon

Newsom worries protests will spike new covid-19 cases

by Steven Tavares
Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 4:00 AM

A's President Dave Kaval says the team recently sent a proposal to reopen the Coliseum to Alameda County health officials. - PHOTO COURTESY OF OAKLAND ATHLETICS
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  • A's President Dave Kaval says the team recently sent a proposal to reopen the Coliseum to Alameda County health officials.


News you don't want to miss for June 5-7:

1. Lost in the chaos of looting last weekend was the theft of 29 firearms from a gun shop in Hayward on Sunday night, KTVU reports. Between 30-40 people were involved in the break-in, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said. Authorities are asking for leads to locate suspects and the guns.

2. Gov. Gavin Newsom voiced concerns about a potential spike in covid-19 cases due to the protests across the state, and, in particular, African-Americans participating in the demonstrations, KRON reports. The rate of covid-19 infections among African-Americans in the state has consistently been disproportionately higher than any other racial demographic.

3. Early signs of a possible "V-shaped" economy were seen Friday as 2.5 million new jobs were added to the U.S. economy in May, CNN reports. A month after the U.S. unemployment rate skyrocketed to 14.7 percent in April, it dropped to 13.3 percent last month.

4. There's signs the covid-19 pandemic and shelter in place orders are triggering increased reports of domestic violence in the Bay Area, the East Bay Times reports. $$

5. PG&E was criticized by state regulators for failing to move quickly enough to install devices that would limit the number of homes affected by planned power-shutoffs necessitated by wildfires, the Associated Press reports.

6. The Oakland A's said they will pay their $1.2 million rent payment for use of the Coliseum once protocols for players and stadium personnel to safely use the stadium are put in place, Sports Illustrated reports. The A's recently sent its plan to reopen the Coliseum to the Alameda County Public Health Department.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Thursday's Briefing: Alameda County curfew is rescinded; Dogs were used on protesters in Walnut Creek

Marshawn Lynch speak out on OPD's use of tear gas

by Steven Tavares
Thu, Jun 4, 2020 at 4:00 AM

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern. - SHANE BOND
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  • Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern.


News you don't want to miss for June 4:

1. Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern has rescinded the controversially countywide curfew he ordered last Monday, SFGate reports. The countywide curfew was originally set to expire on Friday morning. Update: Individual cities in Alameda County also rescinded their own orders on Thursday, except for Fremont.

2. A Contra Costa County SWAT team used dogs to stop demonstrators on Monday from blocking traffic on Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek, the East Bay Times reports. One protester said he was bitten by one of the dogs. Law enforcement's use of dogs to control demonstrations, especially African-Americans, evokes ugly historical overtones. $$

3. The weekend of looting in the East Bay amid protests over the killing of George Floyd appears to local police and law enforcement experts to have been uncommonly "well-orchestrated," the Associated Press report.

Former Oakland Raider Marshawn Lynch spoke out against the Oakland Police and their use of tear gas after it was used against protesters in front of his Beast Mode storefront on Broadway, SFGate reports.

A bill that would create a task force to study state reparations for slavery was approved in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Also moving forward is legislation to ask voters to reinstate Proposition 209, and allow affirmative action for college admissions and government hiring and contracts.

The Gap is being sued by one of the largest mall operators in the country for $66 million in unpaid rent, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. John J. Fisher, the owner of the Oakland A's, also owns the once-popular clothing retailer. Recall, Fisher recently refused to pay the team's $1.2 million rent at the Oakland Coliseum. $$

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Wednesday's Briefing: Three Oakland councilmembers call on OPD to discontinue use of tear gas on protesters; Hostage situation in Oakland

Burma Superstar restaurants ordered to pay $1.3 million to workers

by Steven Tavares
Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 4:00 AM

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News you don't want to miss for June 3:

1. Oakland Councilmembers Nikki Fortunato Bas, Rebecca Kaplan, and Sheng Thao sent a joint letter to the mayor and interim police chief calling for the use of tear gas on protesters to be immediately discontinued, KTVU reports. Among many concerns, the use of teargas may exacerbate covid-19 symptoms for those who inhale the gas.

2. A man who fired a rifle at Oakland Police early Wednesday morning is holding two young children hostages inside a house, ABC7 reports. The incident is on the 5700 block of Harmon Avenue.

3. "Hundreds of health care workers from Kaiser Permanente hospitals in the East Bay staged concurrent walkouts on Wednesday afternoon to stand in solidarity with George Floyd," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

4. Alameda is thinking about pursuing litigation against Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern's countywide curfew order, the East Bay Citizen reports. The county's curfew is do to end on Friday, 5 a.m. Alameda's curfew ended this morning. Meanwhile, San Leandro modified its one-week order, pushing up the time from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., starting tonight.

5. Burma Superstar, which has restaurants in Oakland and Alameda, was ordered to pay $1.3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by employees who said "the restaurant was paying workers less than minimum wage, withholding overtime pay and denying breaks and sick leave," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

6. If the NBA season is to resume, it won't include the Warriors, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A proposed plan to restart the season, includes a 22-team, eight-game regular season, and playoffs. With the worst record in the NBA, the Warriors will be staying home.

7. Yosemite is reopening on Friday, but only for hikers who already have wilderness permits and Half Dome permits, SFGate reports.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Tuesday's Briefing: Curfew limits violence in the East Bay; Barbara Lee wants a truth commission on the legacy of slavery

Richmond man alleged to be eating his murdered grandma

by Steven Tavares
Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 4:00 AM

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  • Rep. Barbara Lee


News you don't want to miss for June 2:

1. The countywide curfew imposed at 8 p.m. on Monday appears to have quelled a long weekend of looting and vandalism in the East Bay. A large rally at Oakland Tech and a peaceful protest in downtown Oakland mostly dispersed by the curfew, leaving a group of protesters behind. Oakland Police teargassed protesters on Broadway before detaining about 40 people for violating the curfew, SFGate reports.

2. Looting, however, occurred at Hilltop Mall in Richmond on Monday night, KPIX reports. A Richmond police officer suffered minor injuries during the incident, which included several arrests, police said.

3. The San Leandro City Council unanimously voted on Monday to ask state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to open an independent investigation into the fatal shooting by San Leandro Police of Steven Taylor, a 33-year-old African American man, inside a local Walmart, the East Bay Citizen reports.

4. Rep. Barbara Lee introduced legislation for the formation of a truth commission to address the legacy of slavery in America, The Hill reports.

5. The 67 trailers set up near the Oakland Coliseum for the homeless is posing some unexpected problems for the city, the East Bay Times reports. The city said the amount of power at the site was inadequate. Power was down recently leading to one resident in need of hooking up a medical device to be hospitalized. $$

6. Richmond Police arrested a man suspected on murdering his grandmother and found him cannibalizing the body, the East Bay Times reports.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Monday's Briefing: Under cover of night, businesses are looted, fires envelope the East Bay

Mayhem moves to the East Bay suburbs

by Steven Tavares
Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 4:00 AM

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News you don't want to miss for June 1:

1. Oakland Police arrested 60 individuals on Sunday in the aftermath of protests over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Three others were arrested in connection with a shooting near the OPD headquarters on 7th Street.

2. Violence and mayhem again raged in pockets all over Oakland on Sunday night, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Looting and vandalism seen since Friday night moved to areas like the Fruitvale District, among other neighborhoods. $$

3. After days of evening protests in Oakland that turned violent by nightfall, looters headed to the East Bay suburbs to create mayhem. Windows in downtown Walnut Creek were damaged and businesses were looted, KRON reports. The incidents led to the closure of several BART stations in the East Bay.

4. By Sunday night, lawlessness arrived in San Leandro where some downtown stores were looted, high-end vehicles were stolen from a Dodge dealership across town, and a Walmart on Davis Street was vandalized and set on fire, the East Bay Citizen reports.

5. In Hayward, acts of violence occurred at Southland Mall and its downtown areas. Hayward Police shot a suspected looter at a CVS store on Foothill Boulevard, KPIX reports. It's the third officer-involved shooting in Hayward in the last 10 days.

6. Sunday's violence has led several East Bay cities to institute nighttime curfews. They include San Leandro, Hayward, Walnut Creek, Union City, Fremont, KRON reports.

7. A video of a line of Oakland police officers in riot gear taking a knee in support of police accountability went viral, SFGate reports.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Friday's Briefing: Mayor Schaaf was tested for covid-19; Oakland city auditor slams Police Commission

Lawsuit asserts San Leandro Police 'stomped' on woman causing miscarriage

by Steven Tavares
Fri, May 29, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf recently tested negative for the coronavirus. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf recently tested negative for the coronavirus.


News you don't want to miss for May 29-31:

1. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was tested for covid-19 last week after having a sore throat, she told KCBS. The test came back negative. "It’s a little awkward, but it doesn’t hurt," Schaaf told the radio station.

2. "A blistering city audit of the Oakland Police Commission found that the civilian watchdog group has not completed several of its City Charter requirements, lacks organizational structure and suggested it wields too much power in its ability to fire the police chief," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

3. Workers at the Oakland McDonald's where at least 12 employees were infected with coronavirus, filed a complaint with the Alameda County Public Health Department, SF Eater reports. The complaint alleges the employees had worked while being sick since May 14.

4. A lawsuit has been filed alleging San Leandro Police caused a woman to have a miscarriage after an officer stomped on her stomach during a traffic stop in June 2019, Vice News reports.

5. About 60 protesters marched in downtown Oakland on Friday in the aftermath of George Floyd's death by Minneapolis Police, ABC7 reports. Oakland is expecting additional protests later tonight. Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose Police Departments issued a statement condemning the officer's actions, SFGate reports.

6. The coronavirus began spreading in the Bay Area sometime in late January and early February, according to a new report, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

7. Alameda County will reopen its traffic court for in-person cases starting June 16, the East Bay Times reports. The county courts will begin some business remotely beginning on June 1. $$

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Thursday's Briefing: Travel ban to Lake Tahoe lifted; BART to employ social distancing on trains

Latonda Simmons named Oakland assistant city administrator

by Steven Tavares
Thu, May 28, 2020 at 4:00 AM

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  • Lake Tahoe


News you don't want to miss for May 28:

1. El Dorado County, which includes Lake Tahoe, removed its covid-19 travel ban, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. But the move doesn't mean it wants travelers and vacationers to come visit just yet. $$

2. Amid an expected $54 billion budget deficit, Gov. Gavin Newsom has one proposal that is sure to make progressives very happy. Newsom hopes to save $400 million a year by closing two state prisons within the next three years, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

3. Meanwhile, California state senators are proposing the state balance its budget by using more reserve funds than Newsom proposed earlier this month, the Associated Press reports. Senate Democrats also want to hold $9 billion in payments to school districts for one year.

4. BART's effort to instill confidence in the transit system during the pandemic includes new social distancing rules on trains, SFGate reports. "BART will run long trains throughout the day to allow riders to spread out. Transit officials say that with no more than 30 people in a car, physical distancing of 6 feet can be preserved. With 60 people in a car, a 3-foot distance can be maintained."

5. A covid-19 outbreak infected 12 employees at the Cardenas Markets on Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland, the East Bay Times reports. $$

6. According to a statistical model created by the Center for Disease Control, Alameda County will have 164 covid-19 deaths by Sept. 1, the East Bay Times reports. As of Thursday, the county has suffered 94 deaths. $$

7. Oakland elevated City Clerk Latonda Simmons to assistant city administrator, the city announced Wednesday night. Known for promoting greater public accessibility to City Hall, Simmons may also be the most popular person in Oakland, as this 2015 profile in Oakland Magazine suggests.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wednesday's Briefing: Oakland loses appeal in coal ban lawsuit; Alameda County surpasses 3,000 covid-19 cases

A's to furlough, cut salaries for some employees

by Steven Tavares
Wed, May 27, 2020 at 4:00 AM

Oakland developer Phil Tagami filed a lawsuit after the City Council approved a ban on coal shipments in Oakland. A federal judge sided with him in a May 2018 ruling. Oakland later appealed the decision. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Oakland developer Phil Tagami filed a lawsuit after the City Council approved a ban on coal shipments in Oakland. A federal judge sided with him in a May 2018 ruling. Oakland later appealed the decision.


News you don't want to miss for May 27:

1. A federal appellate court upheld a May 2018 ruling that Oakland's coal ban is illegal, the East Bay Times reports. The decision is a big win for Oakland developer Phil Tagami and plans for coal to be shipped through the bulk marine terminal at the former Oakland Army Base. $$

2. Alameda County's confirmed number of covid-19 cases surpassed 3,000 on Wednesday amid a spike in recent new cases. "Seven of the nine Bay Area counties have reported recent, significant upticks in cases, and the Bay Area as a whole recorded a nearly 40% jump in new cases last week over the week before," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

3. The pastor at Word Assembly Church in Oakland spent 10 days on a ventilator after contracting covid-19, KTVU reports. The experience is leading him to discourage other churches from opening before it is safe.

4. For most parts of the state, hair salons and barbershops can begin reopening, but not in the Bay Area, including Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, ABC7 reports. While the state moves toward Stage 3, places like Alameda County have only recently entered Stage 2.

5. Contra Costa County supervisors extended their eviction moratorium to July 15 on Tuesday, the East Bay Times reports. The revised ordinance, however, no longer allows large businesses to defer rent payments. Alameda County is expected to revisit its eviction moratorium on June 2. $$

6. Oakland A's management announced they would stop paying their minor league players a $400 a week stipend, while also moving to furlough team employees and cuts salaries for executives, the Associated Press reports. This comes after reports the A's notified the Oakland Coliseum Joint Powers Authority that they would not pay their $1.2 million rent for this year.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tuesday's Briefing: Employees at Oakland McDonald's go on strike after covid-19 outbreak; Judge allows climate change lawsuit to move forward

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier reveals he was on a ventilator for four weeks

by Steven Tavares
Tue, May 26, 2020 at 4:00 AM

Workers at the McDonald's on Telegraph Avenue did not report for work on Tuesday. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Workers at the McDonald's on Telegraph Avenue did not report for work on Tuesday.


News you don't want to miss for May 26:

1. After four workers at a McDonald's in Oakland were infected with covid-19 last week, 22 employees at the restaurant went on strike Tuesday, the East Bay Times reports. In addition, there are allegations that employees were told to fashion dog diapers into makeshift masks. $$

2. Gov. Gavin Newsom released new guidelines on Monday for how places of worship can reopen soon, SFGate reports. Attendance will be limited 25 percent of capacity and a maximum of 100 people, and no singing. No date for the reopening was given, but expect Alameda County to be one of the last to put the guidelines into effect.

3. Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the calculus on many things over the past two months, including the November ballot measure to reform Proposition 13. "But the financial damage brought on by the disease is transforming the fight over a measure that would raise property taxes for many businesses into a struggle over the future of California," Joe Garofoli writes in the San Francisco Chronicle. $$

4. A federal judge ruled that a group of cities, including San Francisco and Oakland, can proceed in suing oil companies in state court for causing climate change, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

5. East Bay Rep. Mark DeSaulnier plans to resume his work in Congress, albeit virtually, after recovering from a medical issue that had him on ventilator for four weeks, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. DeSaulnier posted a video on Monday to announce his return and remark on the worldwide changes that have occurred since he was hospitalized on Mar. 13.

6. Oakland-based Clorox is one company that is booming during the pandemic, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Demand for its cleaning products has skyrocketed since March. Sales of some products are up by 500 percent. $$

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Friday's Briefing: California jobless rate hits 15.5 percent; Celebrate Memorial Day virtually!

Alameda dedicates area for those living in vehicles to park

by Steven Tavares
Fri, May 22, 2020 at 4:00 AM

Memorial Day is Monday. For those who have long ago lost track due to the shelter in place, today is Friday. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Memorial Day is Monday. For those who have long ago lost track due to the shelter in place, today is Friday.


News you don't want to miss for May 22-24:

1. California's unemployment rate is now 15.5 percent. The state lost 2.3 million jobs in April alone. It's the largest decrease in the state's history, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. By comparison, the state's jobless rate peaked at 12.3 percent during the Great Recession. The job losses are expected to get worse, the state's finance department predicts. Perhaps as high as 25 percent, before leveling out later this year at around 20 percent unemployment. $$

2. President Trump demanded that places of worship reopen this weekend. Gov. Gavin Newsom responded, saying the state will issue updated guidelines on Monday for how they will reopen, KPIX reports.

3. The Contra Costa County District Attorney's office is launching an investigation into to the Orinda nursing home where four people died and up to 50 were infected by covid-19, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

4. Reports earlier this week said that 750 U.C. Berkeley lecturers could be on the road to layoffs due to a recently imposed hiring freeze. But the university has now moved to exempt lecturers from the hiring freez, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

5. "The University of California will drop the SAT and ACT tests as admission requirements through 2024 and eliminate them for California residents after that, a landmark decision by the prestigious university system," the Associated Press reports. The vote by the U.C. Board of Regents on Thursday was unanimous.

6. Alameda will soon allow people living in cars and RVs to park at an area at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, the East Bay Times reports. $$

7. The San Francisco Chronicle provides a list of virtual activities for you to celebrate Memorial Day. Or, if you could just stay home, throw some burgers on the grill and struggle to remember what day of the week it is.

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