Friday’s Briefing: Uber Is Not Coming to Oakland; White Areas Refuse to Build Affordable Housing

Plus, California is poised to begin executing inmates again.


Stories you shouldn’t miss for Aug. 25, 2017:

1. Ride-hailing giant Uber has jettisoned its plans to move some of its operations to Oakland and instead intends to sell its Uptown office building, reports Blanca Torres of the San Francisco Business Times$. Uber, which has been embroiled by internal turmoil, could make a tidy profit on its Uptown property—the old Sears Building on Broadway—because downtown office real estate prices have soared in the past few years. Two downtown office buildings recently sold for nearly triple what they did in 2013.

2. White Bay Area cities and neighborhoods have been failing to build their fair share of affordable housing for years, reports Kevin Truong of the San Francisco Business Times$, citing a new study by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute. A major part of the problem is that Bay Area planners have refused to require predominantly white areas to build affordable units. The research found “clear relationships between the number of units allocated, adjusted for population size of each city, and the racial composition of cities.”

3. California is poised to begin executing Death Row inmates again, after the state Supreme Court upheld most of Proposition 66, a statewide ballot measure that voters approved in November, reports Maura Dolan of the LA Times$. The only part of Prop 66 that the high court struck down was the mandate that death penalty appeals be completed in five years. Justices said that was an unconstitutional infringement on the court’s authority.

4. The city of Berkeley denied a permit for a white supremacist rally scheduled for Sunday in downtown, but the demonstration and counterprotests are expected to take place nonetheless, reports Emilie Raguso of Berkeleyside. Most protests in Berkeley do not obtain city permits.

5. The University of California’s upgraded computer payroll system is expected to cost at least $200 million more than originally planned, reports Patrick McGreevy of the LA Times$, citing yet another audit of UC by state Auditor Elaine Howle.

6. Richmond Mayor Tom Butt and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, are vowing to fight the U.S. Postal Service’s plan to close the historic post office in downtown Richmond, reports Tom Lochner of the East Bay Times$.

7. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending to reduce the size of three national monuments, including Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, the Washington Post$ reports.

8. California Assembly GOP Leader Chad Mayes was ousted from his post because of his vote for Gov. Brown’s extension of the state’s cap-and-trade climate change program, reports Melody Gutierrez of the San Francisco Chronicle$. Assemblymember Brian Dahle of Bieber (Lassen County), who voted against cap and trade, will replace Mayes.

9. And Hurricane Harvey is expected to reach Category 3 status when it slams into the Texas Gulf Coast late tonight and could bring up to 35 inches of rain to some areas over the next several days, the Washington Post$ reports.

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