Monday’s Briefing: Day 3 of the Oakland Teachers Strike and Fire Insurance Fund

Plus, Mahershala Ali repeats at the Oscars.


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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond will join the Oakland teacher strike negotiations.
  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond will join the Oakland teacher strike negotiations.

Stories you don’t want to miss for Feb. 25:

1. Negotiations between striking Oakland teachers and the school district Sunday lasted just one hour, signaling a third day on the picket lines for over 3,000 teachers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is set to join negotiations Monday, the East Bay Times reports. Meanwhile, tragedy struck after a news crew for KPIX-TV was robbed while covering the strike Sunday afternoon, and their security guard was shot, the station reports. $$

2. Oakland-born and Hayward-raised Mahershala Ali won his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor Sunday night for his portrayal in Green Book, which also took away a surprise Oscar for Best Picture. Oakland’s Ryan Coogler took home three Oscars for his film The Black Panther.

3. For Oakland’s roughly 5 percent of registered Republicans change is in the air (somewhat). The state’s dismal party has a new leader, but she support President Trump. Republicans in Sacramento last weekend selected 38-year-old Jessica Patterson, report Jeremy White in Politico. She is the first woman chair in the state party’s history. The remade GOP in California is also led by women in the both houses of the Legislature. Santa Clara businessman Peter Kuo, a Taiwanese immigrant, was also chosen as vice chair.

4. California wildfires aren’t going away. The state could be eyeing the creation of a new insurance fund to help pay for the exorbitant costs that following these fires, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. $$

5. How does PG&E come away relatively unscathed from repeated wildfire-related disasters in recent years? Follow the money, writes Thomas Fuller and Ivan Penn in The New York Times. $$

6. Former Alameda Firefighters Union President Jeff Del Bono and the city of Alameda agreed to a $21,000 settlement after he alleged the former city manager retaliated against him during the controversy last year involving the hiring of a new fire chief, reports the East Bay Citizen.

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