Wednesday’s Daily Briefing: Judge Appoints Investigator in OPD Sex Abuse Case; Alameda School Board Member Dies

Plus, Oroville dam area residents return home after mandatory evacuation lifted.


Judge Henderson.

Stories you shouldn’t miss for Feb. 15, 2017:

1. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson, who oversees the Oakland Police Department under a federal consent decree, appointed a new investigator to probe the OPD sex abuse case, the East Bay Express reports. The investigator, attorney Edward Swanson, will examine whether OPD violated the federal settlement agreement that governs the department’s actions.

2. Alameda school board member Solana Henneberry died of cancer on Tuesday, reports Peter Hegarty of the East Bay Times$. Henneberry, who was elected to the school board in 2014 and was a strong advocate for traditional public schools, was 44. She served as president of the school board in 2016. She was married to former Alameda Planning Board member Mike Henneberry, a well-known union official, and is survived by three children.

3. Oroville dam area residents began returning to their homes yesterday evening after authorities lifted the mandatory evacuation order that affected nearly 200,000 people, the San Francisco Chronicle$ reports. Residents remain on edge, however, because a series of storms are slated to roll into Northern California tonight. Emergency crews have been working feverishly to shore up the dam’s emergency spillway—which had threatened on Sunday to collapse—and to lower the level of the reservoir so that it won’t overflow.

4. Despite threats to punish California financially because of its liberal immigration policies, President Trump approved federal disaster relief for the Oroville dam area and for damage caused throughout the state by January’s heavy storms, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The estimated cost to repair Oroville dam’s damaged spillway could approach $200 million.

5. During last year’s presidential campaign, Trump staffers and associates repeatedly had contacts with Russian intelligence officials at the time that Russia was hacking Democratic National Committee computers in order to help Trump get elected, The New York Times$ reports. U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications.

6. Humana, one of the largest health insurers in the nation, announced that it will stop offering coverage under the Affordable Care Act next year, the LA Times$ reports. Humana cited higher-than-expected costs in covering seriously ill people.

7. BART is considering whether to ask voters to approve toll hikes on Bay Area bridges in order to raise about $1 billion to buy 306 new railcars, the San Francisco Chronicle$ reports. The $3.5 billion BART bond measure approved by voters in November did not include money for the railcars.

8. And state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, has introduced legislation that would allow bars and restaurants to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., the Chronicle reports.

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Published Feb. 15, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.

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