Tuesday’s Briefing: Oakland Ethics Panel Sends McElhaney Case to Judge; Trump Directed Lie About Russia Meeting

Plus, Berkeley zoning board greenlights six-story housing project that includes units for people with disabilities.


Lynette Gibson McElhaney.

Stories you shouldn’t miss for Aug. 1, 2017:

1. The Oakland Public Ethics Commission voted unanimously to hire an admistrative law judge to decide the misconduct case involving Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney, reports Michael Bodley of the San Francisco Chronicle. PEC investigators concluded that Gibson McElhaney improperly sought the help of a city contractor to oppose the construction of an apartment building next to her home. The law judge will rule on McElhaney's case after a public hearing. 

2. President Donald Trump instructed Donald Trump Jr. to issue a highly misleading statement concerning a meeting the younger Trump had with Russian officials last summer, the Washington Post$ reports. The president personally dictated a statement that the meeting was primarily about “a program about the adoption of Russian children,” when it fact it concerned Moscow’s attempts to help Trump’s presidential campaign and to defeat Hillary Clinton. White House advisers worry that Trump may have involved himself in a coverup.

3. The Berkeley Zoning Adjustment Board greenlighted a six-story, 69-unit housing project on San Pablo Avenue that is to include 11 affordable units specifically reserved for people with physical and mental disabilities, reports Elena Aguirre of the Daily Cal. Some opponents of the project complained that the development will be too tall, while others argued that it will conflict with a new city law that bans landlords from refusing to rent to low-income people receiving federal Section 8 benefits.

4. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf endorsed North Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb for state Assembly, reports Steven Tavares of the East Bay Citizen. One of Kalb’s rivals in next year’s 2018 race, Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles, has been endorsed by Our Revolution East Bay, the local affiliate of a group that grew out of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

5. And former UC Berkeley neuroscientist Marian Diamond, who once examined Albert Einstein’s brain, died at the age of 90 in Oakland, Berkeleyside reports.

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Correction: This post has been corrected to reflect the fact that the San Francisco Chronicle corrected its report on the McElhaney case.

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