Monday’s Briefing: OPD Kills Man in North Oakland; Authorities Have No Idea How Many Homeless People Die on the Streets
Plus, Oakland bans cannabis businesses from displacing tenants.
Stories you shouldn’t miss for March 12, 2018:
1. Oakland police shot and killed a man whom officers said was armed in North Oakland on Sunday, KTVU reports. The fatal shooting occurred at a home in the 900 block of 40th Street near MacArthur BART. Police said firefighters first responded to the scene and then called OPD when they said a person in the home had a gun. Police said the man refused to drop his weapon before cops killed him.
2. Local and state authorities have no idea how many homeless people die on the streets every year, because they don't keep track of the information, reports Kimberly Veklerov of the San Francisco Chronicle$. Because of the lack of data, officials not have no clue as to the extent of the dangers of living on the street. "Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, said if more people knew how dire homelessness is - by way of mortality statistics, for instance - there might be a heightened sense of urgency."
3. The Oakland City Council approved a new law that prohibits cannabis businesses from receiving permits if they displace people from their homes, reports Ali Tadayon of the East Bay Times$. "The legislation came after residents and business owners at The Oakland Cannery, a live/work space in East Oakland, urged city officials to protect their spaces after a cannabis business purchased the building and expressed intentions to turn it into a commercial cannabis facility."
4. Despite this winter's dry weather, Californians have increased their water use to pre-drought levels, reports Paul Rogers of the Mercury News$, citing new data from the State Water Resources Control Board. Southern California residents, in particular, have started using more water, despite the fact that nearly half of the state is considered to be back in a drought.
5. Northern California authorities have been tight-lipped about why a former Army rifleman killed three female health care workers at a veterans' home in Yountville, the Associated Press reports. The shooter, Albert Wong, 36, "was enrolled in The Pathway Home's veteran treatment program until he was recently expelled, according to a relative of one of the women."
6. ICYMI: In a surprise move, the Alameda City Council voted unanimously to place City Manager Jill Keimach on paid administrative leave. The announcement followed a closed-door meeting during which councilmembers were scheduled to discuss the results of an internal City Hall probe. Keimach had alleged that councilmembers interfered in her selection of a fire chief last year.
7. And Berkeley City Councilmember Linda Maio, who has served for 25 years on the council, has decided to retire at the end of this year and will not seek reelection, reports Frances Dinkelspiel of Berkeleyside.
$ = news stories that may require payment to read.