Friday’s Briefing: Investigation Finds Local Fire Departments Routinely Fail to Perform Safety Inspections; California to Expand Electric Car Infrastructure

Plus, economic experts say the Bay Area's housing situation is going to get worse.


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An investigation by the Bay Area News Group has found that fire departments in the Bay Area routinely fail to perform state-required safety inspections of buildings where residents live and go to school. And no one is making sure fire inspectors are getting the job done or holding them accountable if they don’t. (Bay Area News Group)

Electric utility companies in California will spend nearly $768 million on charging infrastructure for electric cars, trucks, and buses in an effort to encourage more people to adopt electric vehicles. PG&E will install more than 230 fast-charging stations, which can add 50 to 70 miles of range to a car’s battery in 20 minutes. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco dismissed a lawsuit yesterday by students and activists who accused UC Berkeley police officers of using excessive force during an Occupy Cal rally in 2011. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Economic and political experts say Silicon Valley’s booming economy will exacerbate traffic and housing conditions in the Bay Area. At an economic summit held in San Jose yesterday, one economic expert said the housing situation will get worse, as California needs to construct roughly a quarter-million residential units a year to keep up with demand but is only building about 110,000 units annually. (East Bay Times)

Former UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks stopped an examination of Cal’s football program last year — which was supposed to shed light on the program’s health and safety practices after a Cal football player died following a workout and another player gave his teammate a concussion more than four years ago. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The city of Berkeley has kicked out RVs from the Berkeley Marina — although several have relocated to the parking lot in front of Hs Lordships. (Berkeleyside)

Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, is holding a large outdoor prayer rally at Berkeley’s Cesar Chavez Park this evening. (Berkeleyside)

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information related to the case of three puppies found badly abused over the weekend in Oakland. (East Bay Times)

And in case you haven’t heard already, the Warriors won Game 1 of the NBA Championship last night — in overtime. (SFGate)

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