Bay Area News Group Puts an End to the Oakland Tribune
The Trib ceases to be daily, drunk cops invade an Oakland hills home, and violence spikes in Richmond.
The Oakland Tribune will publish its last daily issue April 4, when the Bay Area News Group combines the Trib, Contra Costa Times, The Daily Review, and The Argus into the East Bay Times. Twenty percent of the company’s editorial staff will be laid off.
The Chabot Gun Club must close. The East Bay Regional Park District board unanimously voted to shutter the longtime shooting range, citing the high costs of lead pollution from shotgun shells.
A huge hotel and apartment complex could go up across from Uber headquarters. A San Diego developer and Oakland construction company want to build on an empty city-owned lot at 19th Street and Telegraph Avenue.
Two Oakland cops who had been drinking in Montclair are being investigated for a bizarre home invasion and assault attempt at the home of a probation officer. The victim is represented by the John L. Burris law firm.
Tenant activists in Oakland have launched a voter initiative to protect renters from displacement and unfair rent. The initiative would expand protection for just-cause evictions and set a cap on annual rent increases at 5 percent.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development raised its fair market rent rate in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties by 35 percent. Now local housing authorities can increase Section 8 subsidies.
Gun violence in Richmond is up, with Xavier McClanahan, 14, shot down on a Richmond Greenway Trail, and Leslie Gram Jr., 39, killed by gunfire on I-80, among the most recent victims.
The Oakland Cambodian Buddhist Temple and two adjoining houses were ravaged by fire, possibly started by unattended ceremonial candles. More than a dozen people were displaced by the fire, but no serious injuries resulted.
Three confirmed cases of norovirus at U.C. Berkeley are prompting deep cleaning of common areas on campus. Norovirus causes vomiting, diahrrhea, and nausea, lasting about two days.