Tuesday's Briefing: No affordable housing, no gas tax money, says Newsom

East Bay teacher is lead plaintiff in complaint over teachers' union dues


News you don't want to miss for Mar. 12:

1. Gov. Gavin Newsom has an idea to help spur unwilling local communities to start building affordable housing. There doesn't appear to be a carrot here, just a stick. According to the Sacramento Bee, Newsom's plan includes withholding gas tax funding for streets and transportation if the cities don't begin complying in advance of 2023. $$

2. A Fremont teacher is the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against the California Teachers Association, alleging a violation of First Amendment, reports the East Bay Citizen. Four other plaintiffs, inluding a teacher from Hayward, say they chose to rescind their membership in the teachers union out of political concerns, but union dues were continually deducted. The case follows the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME.

3. A San Leandro solar company is being accused of having a policy against serving customers of Middle Eastern or Indian ancestry, SFGate reports. A lawsuit was filed in federal court on behalf of a former employee at Fidelity Home Energy.

4. A locked safe in West Berkeley containing $93,000 in pot was burglarized, Berkeleyside reports. The incident occurred last August. Two men have been charged.

5. "California is enjoying a projected $21.4 billion surplus. Three-quarters of the state believes any new revenue increase should be for voters to decide," Judy Lin write in CalMatters. State leaders are cautioning against any new tax legislation, but whether "Democrats got the memo, however, isn’t clear."

6. It's not the news opponents of President Trump want to hear. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not down with impeachment, SFGate reported. "I've been thinking about this, impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path because it divides the country. And he's just not worth it."

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