Wednesday’s Briefing: Coal Developer Pushes to be on Police Commission; Sheriff’s Lobby to Weaken Sanctuary State Law

Plus, vandals trash new bikeshare program in Oakland and San Francisco.


Phil Tagami.


Stories you shouldn’t miss for Aug. 9, 2017:

1. Oakland developer Phil Tagami, who has come under fire for his plan to build a coal terminal on the former Army Base, is pushing to be on the city’s new civilian police commission, reports Darwin BondGraham of the East Bay Express. Tagami, who also gained fame for brandishing a shotgun during Occupy Oakland protests, has a connection to the chair of police commission selection panel—Sarah Chavez-Yoell. She was a paid lobbyist for Tagami’s real estate company. Chavez-Yoell has not said whether she will recuse herself from voting on Tagami’s candidacy.

2. The California Sheriff’s Association has been lobbying to weaken sanctuary state legislation in Sacramento, reports Jazmine Alloa of the LA Times$. The bill, co-authored by East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta, would block local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal anti-immigration efforts. But the sheriff’s lobby wants the bill watered down so that sheriff’s departments will be free to inform federal immigration officials when suspected criminals are released from jail. Gov. Jerry Brown appears to agree with the sheriffs.

3. Vandals have trashed numerous bikes in the new bikeshare program that got underway this summer in Oakland and was expanded in San Francisco, reports Erin Baldassari of the East Bay Times$. Some people have accused the Ford GoBike/Motivation program, which offers one-way bike rentals, of being an agent of gentrification.

4. Law enforcement officials say a 24-year-old Concord man has admitted to setting last week’s 20-acre fire in the Oakland/Berkeley hills, reports Angela Ruggiero of the East Bay Times$. Prosecutors also say that Alfredo Bautista admitted to lighting eight other fires in the area.

5. Neighbors of a planned six-story housing development near Ashby BART in Berkeley have sued to stop it, reports Pooja Bale of the Daily Cal. The neighbors contend that the 50-unit project at 2902 Adeline St., which would include nine units of affordable housing, does not provide enough affordable housing to replace existing units that will be lost when it is built.

6. FBI agents raided the home of President Trump’s former campaign manager—Paul Manafort—late last month as part of the sweeping criminal investigation into Russian interference in last year’s election, the Washington Post$ reports.

7. And President Trump raised the threat of nuclear confrontation with North Korea, saying he was ready to unleash “fire and fury” against the Asian country if it continues to make threatening moves toward the United States, The New York Times$ reports.    

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Correction: The original version of this post mistakenly stated that Asssemblymember Rob Bonta was the author of the sanctuary state legislation. He is a co-author.

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