Thursday's Briefing: Sweeping renters' protections in store for Alameda; PG&E names CEO

Fight over Richmond mayor's police commission pick continues


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

1. The Alameda City Council voiced strong support for enacting a number of new protections for renters, the East Bay Citizen reports. New regulations for the Ellis Act was approved Tuesday night, in addition, to a staff direction to return with a just-cause ordinance next month. A possible cap on annual rent increases could come back in early June.

2. Controversy over an appointment to the Richmond Police Commission continues after Mayor Tom Butt said he would not name another member unless the Richmond City Council supported his pick, Catherine Montalbo, SFGate reports. The council though called his bluff Tuesday night. Some Richmond residents say Montalbo is unfit for the appointment after previous social media comments against immigrants.

3. The embattled public utility PG&E named Bill Johnson as its new CEO, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Johnson was formerly the head of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

4. Nurses at Alameda Hospital and San Leandro Hospital briefly walked the picket lines Wednesday afternoon, SFGate reports. Nurses at both hospitals, which are part of the Alameda Health System, have been in contract negotiations for the past five months.

5. Following a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of seniors and the disabled, "a judge has ordered California elections officials to expand voter registration throughout the state to county welfare offices and student financial aid centers," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

6. A tight job market and rising wages is making it difficult for retail and housing developers to hire low-cost labor, The New York Times reports. In the East Bay, a number of projects have stalled in the past few years based on this premise. $$

7. The notorious Interstate 980 that cut off West Oakland generations ago from the rest of an otherwise vibrant city is on the list of North America's 10 Most Ill-Advised Urban Highways, CityLab reports.

8. "The world is just not fair," the rest of the NBA must be saying after The Athletic reports Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry rose to the status of the greatest shooter in NBA history... with blurry vision!. He now wears contacts and his shooting percentage has been torrid ever since.

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