Monday’s Briefing: Oakland Peacefully Protests Neo-Nazi Violence; Trump Attacks CEO Who Quit Over His Remarks
Plus, Berkeley’s Top Dog restaurant fires employee who participated in the white supremacist rally.
Stories you shouldn’t miss for Aug. 14, 2017:
1. Hundreds of demonstrators marched peacefully in Oakland on Saturday and Sunday evenings in protest of the deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the San Francisco Chronicle$ and East Bay Times$ report. Protesters shut down Interstate 580 for a time on Saturday evening, just hours after a counterprotester and two state highway patrol officers in Virginia were killed in the white supremacy rally.
2. President Trump lashed out at Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, after Frazier quit a presidential advisory panel because the president refused to condemn white supremacists for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, The New York Times$ reports. Trump, who has come under heavy fire for blaming “many sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, attacked Frazier, an African American, on Monday morning on Twitter, saying, “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”
3. Berkeley’s Top Dog restaurant fired an employee who took part in the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, reports Rick Hurd of the East Bay Times$. The termination followed an explosion on social media about Top Dog employee Cole White. Numerous people threatened to boycott Top Dog as long as White continued to work there.
4. Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem of the team’s first preseason game, the San Francisco Chronicle$ and Bay Area News Group$ report. Lynch has not publicly said whether his move was in solidarity with ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been blacklisted by the NFL because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem last year in protest of racism and police brutality.
5. Federal arson investigators have been unable to determine the cause of a massive blaze that torched a half-built housing project last month in Oakland’s Uptown district, reports Kimberly Veklerov of the San Francisco Chronicle$. Oakland officials and developers expressed concern that the fire was the work of arson after three other arson fires destroyed partially built Eat Bay housing projects in the past year. Developer Wood Partners has vowed to rebuild the Uptown project.
6. Proposition 47, a 2014 voter-approved statewide ballot measure that sought to keep low-level offenders out of jail, has saved the state about $103 million so far, the LA Daily News$ reports (h/t Rough & Tumble). The money will be distributed to about two dozen cities and counties for social services and educational programs.
7. And a Silicon Valley billionaire must reopen Martin’s Beach, a popular surfing spot on the Peninsula, under 50-page ruling issued by a state appellate court, the San Francisco Chronicle$ report. Vinod Khosla closed the beach to public access after he purchased it several years ago.
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