Friday’s Briefing: 150 People Apply for New Oakland Police Commission; Brown’s Climate Deal Could Block High-Speed Rail
Plus, state attorney general sues to stop East Bay oil terminal sale.
Stories you shouldn’t miss for July 21, 2017:
1. Nearly 150 people have applied to serve on Oakland’s new citizens police review commission, which will have sweeping authority over the police department, including the power to fire the police chief, reports David DeBolt of the East Bay Times$. Oakland voters overwhelmingly approved a 2016 ballot measure that established the commission, and the city council voted this week to approve enabling legislation for the body. A city-council appointed panel will select four of the commissioners, while Mayor Libby Schaaf will choose the other three.
2. Gov. Jerry Brown’s climate pact, approved by the legislature earlier this week, could end up blocking one of his other signature initiatives: high-speed rail, reports Kurtis Alexander of the San Francisco Chronicle$. In order to get Republican support for the climate pact, which extends the state’s cap-and-trade system until 2030, Brown and Democrats agreed to put forth a ballot measure in 2018 that, if passed, would require a supermajority vote in the legislature to use cap-and-trade revenues on Brown’s high-speed rail project. Republicans oppose the bullet-train plan.
3. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued to block the sale of the last independent oil terminal in the East Bay to oil giant Valero, contending that the deal could allow large oil companies to manipulate prices, reports Annie Sciacca of the Mercury News$. Valero is trying to buy an independently owned oil terminal in Martinez.
4. A Chinese investment firm has teamed up with an East Bay housing firm to build an 84-unit apartment site near downtown Berkeley, reports Blanca Torres of the San Francisco Business Times$. Developers Gemdale of China and Blake Griggs of San Ramon plan to break ground on the project at Blake Street and Shattuck Avenue this fall.
5. President Donald Trump is considering pardoning his family members, administration officials, and perhaps himself in the Trump-Russia probe, the Washington Post$ reports.
6. And White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned today.
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