Monday’s Briefing: Hundreds Show Up to Lake Merritt for “BBQing While Black”

Plus, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf fires back at Trump in op-ed.


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Since the video of the white woman calling police on Black men barbecuing went viral, residents have been showing up to Lake Merritt in protest. Photo taken May 10, 2018.

Azucena Rasilla

Hundreds of people showed up to Lake Merritt on Sunday for "BBQing While Black." The event included music, food, and celebration after the video of a white woman calling police on Black men using a charcoal grill at the Oakland tidal lagoon went viral. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Saturday Night Live also silently mocked the woman. (SFGate)

"Mr. President, I am not obstructing justice. I am seeking it." That was Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf writing an op-ed in the Washington Post in response to Trump calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate Schaaf for her tweet warning residents of an impending ICE raid. (Washington Post)

What does it mean to be Black in Berkeley these days? At an event on Saturday attempting to address the issue, City Councilmember Ben Bartlett, who's running for Assembly District 15, said the city has a reputation that it's hostile to the Black community. (Berkeleyside)

Body cam footage of Santa Rosa police officers shows people refusing to leave, people trapped behind electric garage doors, and people unaware of the quick-moving wildfires in the North Bay last October. (The Mercury News/East Bay Times)

99 Ranch is coming to Vallejo's Hilltop Mall, which is being redeveloped and rebranded as "the Shops at Hilltop." (San Francisco Business Times)

Two dead whales washed ashore in the Bay Area on Friday: One near Oakland's Jack London Aquatic Center and the other at Tennessee Valley Beach in Marin County. Both appeared to have been struck by ships. (The Mercury News)

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