Tuesday’s Briefing: Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office to End ICE Contract, Say Sources; Bay Area Republican Congressional Candidate Is a Holocaust Denier
Plus, study shows San Francisco has the most expensive rents in the world.
Protesters outside Richmond's West County Detention Facility in June.
Photo by Drew Costly
The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office is expected to announce today that it will cancel its multimillion-dollar federal contract to detain undocumented immigrants at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, according to a knowledgeable source within the county. That would mean the closest detention facility would be the Yuba County Jail in Marysville. (East Bay Times)
The Republican Party has rescinded its endorsement of John Fitzgerald, a candidate in the 11th Congressional District, which includes portions of Contra Costa County, after learning that he’s a Holocaust denier. Fitzgerald received 23 percent of the votes in June’s primary. (New York Times)
The wildfire season in California is off to its worst start in a decade. As of yesterday morning, 196,092 acres have burned in the state since the beginning of the year. (East Bay Times)
After being evicted from a parking lot at Hs Lordships restaurant, a group of about 26 homeless people and 8 children living in 13 RVs moved to another location at the Berkeley Marina — across the street from the DoubleTree Hotel, where the city had kicked them out of in May. (East Bay Times)
According to a study by financial advice site Walletwyse, San Francisco has the most expensive rents in the world, with an average of $3,500 per month. Three other Bay Area cities ranked in the top five: in third place is San Jose ($2,500), fourth is Oakland ($2,450), and fifth is Berkeley ($2,400). (Sacramento Bee)
Oakland developers are offering a $300,000 reward in hopes that it will help solve the series of arsons at housing projects under construction in the East Bay. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Construction has started on a 16-story hotel in downtown Berkeley. Located at Shattuck Ave. and Center St., the Residence Inn, part of the Marriott Hotel chain, is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020. (Berkeleyside)