Tuesday Must Reads: Oakland Council Approves Race & Equity Department; Oakland Refuses to Release Coliseum City Financing Plan


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1. The Oakland City Council last night approved the creation of a department of Race & Equity in the city to address disparities in city services, the Chron reports. Councilmember Desley Brooks, who proposed the new department, noted that areas of East and West Oakland are often neglected by the city. The council still must decide how much money to allocate to the new department.

2. The City of Oakland received a financing proposal from Coliseum City developer Floyd Kephart but so far is refusing to make it public, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. The Oakland Raiders have estimated that the cost of a new stadium as part of the Coliseum City plan would be $900 million, and the NFL and the team have agreed to pitch in $500 million. Kephart is expected to propose that proceeds from the creation of hotels, housing, and restaurants and bars will finance the rest of the stadium’s cost.

3. The Richmond City Council is scheduled to discuss a proposed new law that would create rent control in the city and ban tenant evictions without just cause, the CoCo Times$ reports. The council has been split on the issue of rent control over the years.

4. Black people are seven times as likely to be arrested in San Francisco than whites, even though they make up just 6 percent of the city’s population, KQED reports, citing a new study on racial disparities in San Francisco's criminal justice system.

5. CEOs, on average, make 303 times more money than the typical American worker, the LA Times$ reports, citing a new study from the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank. The average CEO made $16.3 million last year.

6. And South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, is calling for the removal of the confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse, The New York Times$ reports. Removing the flag requires two-thirds approval from the Republican-controlled state legislature.