Tuesday’s Briefing: East Bay Shelter Houses Two Girls Separated from Parents at Border; Cannabis Dispensaries Pull Products Because of #PermitPatty


Alison Ettel (aka #PermitPatty) founded TreatWell Health, a cannabis company.
  • Alison Ettel (aka #PermitPatty) founded TreatWell Health, a cannabis company.
Two adolescent girls separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border under Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy are being held at a children’s shelter in Pleasant Hill, according to emails obtained by the Bay Area News Group. Two employees of Southwest Key said the nonprofit shelter is “working diligently” to reunify the children, whose ages weren’t specified, with their parents. (East Bay Times)

Here’s a list of the locations of 85 child-care facilities across the nation, including in Northern California, that have housed and supervised children as part of the unaccompanied immigrant minors program. (Reveal)

Two East Bay cannabis dispensaries are pulling TreatWell Health products from their shelves after the owner of the company, Alison Ettel, (dubbed #PermitPatty), was caught on video allegedly calling the police on an 8-year-old Black girl selling water. Magnolia Oakland said it’s discounting the business’ leftover inventory and the sales will be given to the girl who was selling the water and to Black Girls Code, a San Francisco nonprofit that provides technology education to African American girls. Berkeley Patients Group is doing something similar. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A ballot measure to repeal California’s recently enacted gas tax has qualified for the November ballot. Signed into law last year, SB1 raised the tax on gasoline by 12 cents per gallon and raised registration fees, which are expected to generate roughly $54 billion over the next 10 years to help pay for the state’s deferred maintenance backlog and upgrades to public transit. (San Jose Mercury News)

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit brought by Oakland and San Francisco against fossil fuel companies over the costs of dealing with climate change. In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup said the courts were not the proper place to deal with such large issues as global warming. (The New York Times)

How social media trolls turned UC Berkeley into a free-speech circus. (The New Yorker)

A controversial proposal to build a co-living complex at the corner of Shattuck and Ashby avenues is scheduled for its third appearance before Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board this week. The board has twice reviewed the project, at 3000 Shattuck Ave., and recommended changes. The current proposal is a three- to five-story building with 23 residential units ranging from studios to six bedrooms and a cafe on the ground floor. A gas station, car repair and smog test shop are currently at the location. (Berkeleyside)

San Francisco-based Save the Redwoods League has purchased a 730-acre redwood forest on the Sonoma Coast for a new public park, which is larger and has more old-growth redwoods than Muir Woods. The Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve will be operated by the league and open to hikers for free in about three years. (San Jose Mercury News)

The commercial salmon season opened last week from Pigeon Point (near Half Moon Bay) to the Mexico border. Instead of the usual May to October season, this year’s commercial salmon season will open sporadically in certain parts of the coast; the current window is scheduled to last from June 19 to June 30. (San Francisco Chronicle)