Tuesday’s Briefing: Peralta Exec Backs A’s Laney Ballpark Site; Legislators May Boost Electric Car Sales

Plus, Gov. Brown signs new law requiring California State University to be honest about student housing costs.


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The A's latest plans involve building a ballpark on the Peralta Community College District land next to I-880.

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Stories you shouldn’t miss for Aug. 5, 2017:

1. The Oakland A’s have secured the support of Peralta Community College District Chancellor Jowel Laguerre for the team’s plan to build a new ballpark on a district site next to Laney College, reports Kimberly Veklerov of the San Francisco Chronicle$. Laguerre wants to Laney to partner with A’s on job training opportunities for students. A’s President Dave Kaval has said that he plans to announce the team’s choice for a new ballpark site in Oakland by year’s end. The A’s are also considering Howard Terminal next to Jack London Square and the current Coliseum site, but Laney College is considered the frontrunner.

2. State legislators are considering a plan to greatly boost electric car sales in California by steering $3 billion in cap-and-trade funds toward incentives for clean vehicle sales, reports David R. Baker of the San Francisco Chronicle$. The bill by state Assemblymember Phil Ting of San Francisco is modeled after California’s successful rebate program for solar roof panels. To date, electric car sales have been disappointing in California.

3. The California State University system must start being honest about the true costs of off-campus housing for students under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, reports Melody Gutierrez of the San Francisco Chronicle$. Students have long complained that CSU and University of California campuses purposely underestimate the costs of housing. The new law requests that UC also start being honest about housing costs, but the state cannot require the autonomous university system to do so.

4. Volunteers at Oakland Animal Services, along with animal advocates, say the shelter has been euthanizing dogs unnecessarily during the past year, reports Laurel Hennen Vigil of the East Bay Express. OAS director Rebecca Katz denies the charges, but records show that the shelter’s euthanasia rate for dogs increased to 24 percent this year compared to 15 percent in 2015— although it’s still much lower than when the police department ran the shelter.

5. Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia must pay $14,000 in fines to the state Fair Political Practices Commission for repeated failure to file campaign finance reports on time, reports Tom Lochner of the East Bay Times$. According to the FPPC, Gioia, who represents Richmond and west county on the board of supervisors, repeatedly failed to file reports from 2013 to 2016.

6. Ex-UC Berkeley Chancellor is receiving his full pay this school year—$434,000—even though he will not be teaching on campus or running any university programs, reports Nanette Asimov of the San Francisco Chronicle$. Dirks is pocketing his entire salary under a perk that the UC Regents adopted for university executives “who are also tenured professors and will return to the classroom.”

7. Oakland Deputy Police Chief Danielle Outlaw is the new police chief of Portland, Oregon, reports David DeBolt of the East Bay Times$. Outlaw was a 19-year veteran of OPD who managed to avoid being caught up in the department’s numerous scandals over the years.

8. And despite the fact the population of Pacific Bluefin tuna has declined by 97 percent, the Trump administration is refusing to list the fish species as endangered, reports Paul Rogers of the Mercury News$. 

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