Thursday’s Briefing: Housing to Replace Oakland Office Building; Alameda Planning Board OKs 589-Unit Housing Project

Plus, Berkeley police disproportionately target African Americans.


Stories you shouldn’t miss for July 20, 2017:

1. A developer is proposing to knock down a three-story office building in Uptown Oakland and replace it with a 313-unit housing tower, reports Roland Li of the San Francisco Business Times$. Developer Rubicon Point Partners plan to 1750 Broadway is the first new housing development proposal in Oakland’s downtown area in a many months. Rising construction costs have slowed development proposals in the city and forced some developers to downsize their projects.

2. The Alameda Planning Board greenlighted a plan to build 589 units of housing on the estuary at the old Encinal Terminals site, reports Peter Hegarty of the East Bay Times$. The proposal by Tim Lewis Communities includes a housing tower and 79 affordable units and will go before the Alameda City Council in September.

3. Berkeley police are six times more likely to pull over African-American motorists than white drivers, the East Bay Express reports, citing a new study by the Center for Policing Equity, a nonprofit think tank at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. And Berkeley cops are 2.5 times more likely to stop Latino motorists than whites. The results supported allegations that Berkeley police disproportionately target people of color, although Berkeley police contend that they have no animus.

4. Berkeley middle school teacher Yvette Felarca was arrested on charges of inciting a riot for her role in a violent confrontation with neo Nazi demonstrators in Sacramento last year, reports Frances Dinkelspiel of Berkeleyside. Felarca, a member of a radical leftist group, has been involved in numerous violent protest clashes over the years.

5. The Oakland City Council voted unanimously to sever ties with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of concerns that Oakland police could be caught up in federal deportation efforts against undocumented residents, reports Kimberly Veklerov of the San Francisco Chronicle$. OPD had argued against the move, saying it would hamper the department’s efforts with federal agents to combat sex and labor trafficking.

6. The Oakland council also voted to ban the sale of flavored tobacco, including menthol cigarettes, in the city, reports David DeBolt of the East Bay Times$. Councilmembers Larry Reid and Annie Campbell Washington, who sponsored the legislation, argued that Big Tobacco used flavored products to hook young people.

7. The Golden State Warriors announced that they will require fans to buy personal seat licenses in order to purchase season tickets at the team’s new San Francisco arena, reports Al Sarasevic of the San Francisco Chronicle$. The PSLs will make it much harder for working-class fans to go to games; the team said that it will refund the PSL fees after thirty years.

8. A massive wildfire near Mariposa, in the Sierra Gold Country, grew to 70,000 acres overnight, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Authorities evacuated the town of Mariposa, southwest of Yosemite National Park.

9. And U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he plans to stay in his job despite the fact that President Trump told The New York Times$ that he regrets appointing Sessions to the position. Trump is still upset that Sessions recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation. Sessions did so because he also had contacts with high-level Moscow officials during last year’s campaign.  

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Published July 20, 2017 at 10:22 AM

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