Tuesday’s Briefing: California Democrats Denounce Trump Administration’s Family-Separation Policy; #JoggerJoe Pleads Not Guilty


Sen. Kamala Harris
  • Sen. Kamala Harris

California Democrats are denouncing the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their parents at the Mexico border: Sen. Kamala Harris called for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign, citing her “record of misleading statements” about this and other issues. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco also said Nielsen should step down. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Henry Sintay, aka #JoggerJoe, pleaded not guilty to second-degree robbery yesterday. Sintay threw a homeless man’s belongings into Lake Merritt and, the following day, when confronted by another man about his actions, grabbed the man’s phone and ran off during a Facebook Live video. Sintay was out of custody yesterday on $55,000 bail. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Alameda County’s draft $3.1 million budget will boost funding for community organizations that provide job training and other services, thanks to the Bay Area’s booming economy and real estate market pumping tax dollars into county coffers. But there are concerns about the future. (East Bay Times)

A jury yesterday found five self-described “anti-fascist” defendants not guilty of assault charges in connection to a March 4, 2017 protest in Berkeley organized by pro-Trump activists, which resulted in verbal altercations and street brawls. (Berkeleyside)

The Oakland Zoo’s $72 million California Trail exhibit is set to open on July 12. The new exhibit, which includes grizzly bears, bison, black bears, and an aerial gondola that more than doubles the zoo’s size, is expected to boost tourism to the city. (San Francisco Business Times)

[Read related: “The Cruel Irony of the Oakland Zoo Expansion”]

Hayward City Manager Kelly McAdoo now wants relocation expenses after receiving a loan-interest loan from the city last year to purchase a home in Hayward. (EB Citizen)