Monday’s Daily Briefing: Housing Tower Proposed for Jack London; Gov. Brown Backs Suit Against Trump Over Sanctuary Cities

Plus, Hayward officials express concern over ICE arrests.


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Stories you shouldn’t miss for Aug. 7, 2017:

1. Developer Essex Property Trust is proposing a 16-story, 294-unit housing tower for Oakland’s Jack London district, reports Roland Li of the San Francisco Business Times$. The planned high-rise at 412 Madison St. would be Essex’s third housing project in Oakland. The development, which includes Swenson Builders as a partner, would be three blocks from the Lake Merritt BART station and would include 171 parking spaces.

2. Gov. Jerry Brown is backing a lawsuit by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra against the Trump administration over its plan to punish sanctuary cities like Alameda, Oakland, and Berkeley, reports Chris Megerian of the LA Times$. The Trump Department of Justice has said it plans to withhold federal police grants from cities that refuse to comply with its crackdown on immigration. However, Brown expressed reservations about legislation in Sacramento that would toughen the state’s sanctuary status.

3. Hayward city officials are expressing concern over a recent arrest of two immigrants by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, because ICE never informed the city that it was conducting arrests within Hayward, which is a sanctuary city, reports Tatiana Sanchez of the East Bay Times$. City officials learned about the ICE arrests by reading the newspaper.

4. Housing developers rushed in May and June to pull building permits in order to avoid paying higher impact fees in Oakland that went into effect on July 1, reports Roland Li of the San Francisco Business Times$. Four developers filed permits for a total of about 1,000 housing units to be built in the city. On July 1, the housing impact fee, which is to be used to pay for affordable housing, increased from $5,500 per unit to $11,500.

5. And state officials say the giant Detweiler wildfire, which burned 127 square miles near Yosemite National Park last month, destroying 131 structures, including 63 homes, was started by a gun fired on public lands, the Associated Press reports (via KPCC; h/t Rough & Tumble).

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