Monday’s Briefing: Oakland Fire Missed 79% of Building Inspections; Trumpcare Delayed as McCain Undergoes Surgery

Plus, Oakland’s cannabis equity program is off to a good start.


Stories you shouldn’t miss for July 17, 2017:

1. Oakland failed to inspect 79 percent of 879 buildings and properties in the city that firefighters flagged for potential fire hazards and code violations since 2011, the Bay Area News Group$ reports in an investigation. In addition, fire inspectors failed to inspect thousands of buildings throughout the city during that time. Oakland fire officials are blaming the department’s outdated computer software reporting system and a lack of fire inspectors for the inspection lapses.

2. The GOP-controlled Senate has once again delayed a vote on Trumpcare—this time because Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., underwent surgery and needs time to recover, The New York Times$ reports. Two GOP senators have said publicly that they will not vote for the Obamacare repeal and replacement plan, so Republicans can’t afford to lose another vote or Trumpcare will go down to defeat. McCain’s office said over the weekend that they expected the senator to return to work in a week, but medical experts say it may take him more time to recover.

3. Oakland’s new cannabis equity program—which seeks to help people impacted by the War on Drugs join the city’s budding marijuana industry—is off to a good start, with the city receiving 31 equity applications in the first few months, reports Kimberly Veklerov of the San Francisco Chronicle$. Some people in the industry had worried that the program, which sets aside half of new city pot permits to people who have drug convictions or live in areas with high numbers of drug arrests, might not get enough applicants to be successful.

4. Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick implemented her controversial plan to promote department commanders involved in the mishandling of last year’s sex abuse investigation, reports David DeBolt of the East Bay Times$. The department closed the promotion ceremony to the public because of concerns about protest disruptions. Independent court monitor Robert Warshaw approved the promotions.

5. A state appellate court has made it tougher for prosecutors and defense attorneys to learn about police officers who engaged in misconduct, reports Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle$. The 2nd District Court of Appeal voted 2-1 to ban police agencies from turning over lists of officers who have misconduct records unless there is a court order. The case may be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

6. And the Oakland City Council is scheduled to vote on Tuesday evening to rename a portion of Telegraph Avenue, between 16th and 17th streets, “Peter Van Kleef Way,” in honor of the popular bar owner who died in 2015, reports David DeBolt of the East Bay Times$. 

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Published July 17, 2017 at 11:26 AM

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