Friday’s Daily Briefing: Judge Calls Ex-Oakland Cop a ‘Pimp’; California Sets Green Energy Record

Plus, UC caps out-of-state enrollment for first time.



Stories you shouldn’t miss for May 19, 2017:

1. An Alameda County Superior Court judge likened ex-Oakland police officer Brian Bunton to a “pimp” and ordered him to stand trial on charges stemming from the department’s sex abuse scandal last year, reports Darwin BondGraham and Ali Winston of the East Bay Express. During a hearing on Thursday, the young woman abused by East Bay cops, Celeste Guap, vomited as she testified about what Bunton had done to her, the East Bay Times$ reports.

2. California set a record for renewable energy use last Saturday, with 67.2 percent of the state’s electricity produced by solar and wind power at one point during the day, reports Dominic Fracassa of the San Francisco Chronicle$. The state’s renewable energy production was actually higher than that because the 67.2 percent did not include rooftop solar or hydropower.

3. The UC Board of Regents established a first-ever cap—18 percent—on enrollment for out-of-state and international students, reports Teresa Watanabe of the LA Times$. UC had come under fire for limiting enrollment of California residents in order to make room for higher paying out-of-state students. The 18 percent cap applies to UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, and UC Merced. UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, and UC Irvine will be allowed to keep their current enrollment percentages but cannot increase them.

4. Nearly five years after the Richmond Chevron refinery explosion injured six workers and prompted 15,000 residents to seek medical care, California regulators adopted a set of new refinery safety rules, reports Denis Cuff of the East Bay Times$. Oil companies opposed the new regulations from the California Department of Industrial Relations.

5. And sea-level rise from climate change will more than double the frequency of flooding events along the California coast, reports Amina Khan of the LA Times$, citing a new study in Scientific Reports.

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Published May 19, 2017 at 10:26 a.m.

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