Wednesday's Briefing: Ghost Ship trial begins; Oakland school is vandalized

BART Police chief is retiring


News you don't want to miss for April 3:

1. The Ghost Ship warehouse fire trial of Derick Almena and Max Harris began Tuesday, KTVU reports. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and a former fire marshal was subpoenaed by the defense.

2. The Manzanita Community School and Manzanita SEED Elementary on 27th Avenue in Oakland was vandalized, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

3. BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas announced his retirement after nearly two years on the job, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. His last day is May 6. $$

4. A state appeals court decided the intent of a police transparency law authored by East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner was to cover all police misconduct and use-of-force investigations, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, not just those created after Jan. 1, 2019, as some police unions had argued. $$

5. Done with worrying about the water drought? How about the earthquake drought the state is currently in? The Los Angeles Times reports the state hasn't been shaken by a earthquake of 6.0 or more on the Richter Scale since the Napa quake almost five years ago. $$

6. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a ban on state-funded travel to South Carolina, CNBC reports, which has a state law that allows religious foster agencies to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.

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