Tuesday’s Briefing: Voter Turnout Expected to Be Low; San Leandro City Manager Cleared of Sexual Harassment Charges


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California voters head to the polls today for the primary election, but late-arriving mail ballots could mean it’ll take days or a week before the winners are reported. Additionally, voter turnout statewide appears to be low. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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An independent investigation has cleared San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata of sexual harassment charges. Zapata has been on paid administrative leave since Jan. 23, after Rose Padilla Johnson, the CEO of the nonprofit Davis Street Family Resource Center, accused him of inappropriate behavior. The investigation found the allegations lacked credible evidence, according to city officials. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Homes in Oakland have appreciated 192 percent from 2011 to 2018 — the highest amount in the Bay Area, according to Paragon Real Estate. (San Francisco Business Times)

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones approved the first-of-its kind Cannabis Business Owners Policy, or CannaBOP program to provide the state’s cannabis dispensaries, warehouses, processors, manufacturers, distributors, and others with property and liability insurance. (San Francisco Business Times)

A judge denied Tesla’s attempt to force into arbitration a class-action lawsuit in which a former employee alleges that the company allowed “severe and pervasive” racism against Black workers at its Fremont factory. The lawsuit alleges that the company “created an intimidating, hostile, and offensive work environment for African-American employees” where two variations of the n-word were routinely used. (East Bay Times)

The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office is requesting $250,000 to buy new furniture because the current 25-year-old wood and cloth sofas and chairs pose “biohazard concerns” and “significant communicable disease risk,” according to the sheriff’s office. (East Bay Times)

A female inmate facing life in prison for fatally shooting her sister and attempting to kill her sister’s husband was found dead yesterday in her cell at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond. Authorities said 74-year-old Linda Thomas hung herself with a bed sheet. (East Bay Times)