Monday's Briefing: No collusion, questions persists; Refinery shut down in Benicia

San Leandro questions red-light cameras deal


News you don't want to miss for Mar. 25:

1. Many questions remain following a determination in the Mueller Report that President Trump and his campaign did not conspire with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at some of the open questions and the ramifications for 2020. $$

Here's a take from one of Trump's biggest opponents, East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell:

2. Coke particles escaping from the Valero oil refinery in Benicia is forcing officials to shut down the North Bay plant, the San Francisco reports. $$

3. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, also a former East Bay assemblymember, is showing himself to be a dream come true for progressives. CalMatters reports Thurmond last week questioned charter schools and pinned recent teachers strikes on school districts.

4. Two years ago, CBS Sports agreed to pay more than $1 billion a year to televise the Men's NCAA Tournament. Compensation for students: Zero. With March Madness in full-swing, KQED takes a look at state Sen. Nancy Skinner's bill that would allow student-athletes at public and private universities in the state to sign sponsorship deals.

5. In recent years, Oakland and Hayward declined extensions for red-light cameras. Last week, the San Leandro City Council stopped short of doing so, but seriously questioned whether the age of the equipment and terms is a good deal for taxpayers, the East Bay Citizen reports.

6. The Oakland Symphony has featured some inventive new female composers in recent months, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

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