Thursday’s Briefing: Oakland Cleans Up Lake Merritt for NBA Finals; Oakland to Settle Discrimination Suit for $450K


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Oakland is cleaning up Lake Merritt — pulling weeds and clearing out homeless encampments — in advance of the NBA championships. At the Lake Chalet, the Warriors hosted a big pre-series party on Wednesday night, and ESPN will be hosting a series of live TV shows there starting this morning. (San Francisco Chronicle)

An Oakland fire captain will receive a $450,000 settlement after suing the city and the former fire chief for discrimination. Capt. Joseph Torres alleged Chief Teresa Deloach Reed refused to promote him to battalion chief because he is Hispanic and Native American. Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker is recommending the city council approve the settlement at its June 5 meeting. (East Bay Times)

Dozens of city workers in Berkeley — including trash collectors and parking enforcement officers — rallied on the steps of City Hall yesterday to advocate for better health-and-safety processes, more compensation, and a community outreach program proposed by their union, SEIU Local 1021. (Berkeleyside)

New research from UC Berkeley and Stanford shows that white Americans’ fear of losing their socioeconomic status may be driving opposition to welfare programs, even though they are the major beneficiaries of government poverty assistance. (Berkeley News)

A bill to create a state-chartered bank for California’s cannabusinesses passed the Senate yesterday. SB 930 now heads to the Assembly. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A five-story apartment building under construction in Concord that burned last month was the result of arson, federal authorities said. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A freshman at California High School in San Ramon was arrested last month for planning to commit a school shooting on the anniversary of Columbine, in a plan he called “Columbine 2.0.” (East Bay Times)

The California State Senate passed legislation yesterday meant to bring back net neutrality at the state level. SB 822 would prohibit internet service providers from blocking, throttling, or delegating fast or slow internet to customers and prohibit them from monopolistic practices. (San Francisco Business Times)

In Alameda, Subpar Miniature Golf is planning to close after the clothing store Ross Dress for Less blocked its move to South Shore Shopping Center — the result of a waiver in the lease at the shopping center that requires anchor stores to give their consent to any activity group hoping to move there. (East Bay Times)

Berkeley city auditor Ann-Marie Hogan is retiring after nearly a quarter-century in office. (Berkeleyside)