Raiders Threaten to Return to L.A.
What Went on in the East Bay
New Wage The Oakland minimum wage went up to $12.25 per hour. The law also applies to employees who work at least two hours of work in a week in Oakland, including part-time, temporary, and seasonal workers. It also requires paid sick leave by employers. The fallout remains unclear.
Stadium Update The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers want to build a shared $1.7-billion NFL stadium in Carson if they can’t get deals in their hometowns. The proposed stadium would also be home to the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team.
SeeClickFix You can report and track non-emergency problems like potholes, graffiti, and dumping, with the city of Oakland’s new SeeClickFix online and mobile tool. It lets users submit a report with a photo and follow its progress.
Uber Foes East Bay cab drivers have joined the class-action lawsuit against Uber, alleging unfair competition and interference with taxi cab drivers’ relationships with passengers in Oakland, Emeryville, and Berkeley.
Drones Downed The Berkeley City Council has imposed a one-year moratorium on the police department’s use of drones, action the city’s Peace and Justice Commission had asked for in an effort to declare Berkeley a drone-free zone. The fire department, however, got an exemption and can use drones for disaster response.
Toxic Blooms The Park District has advised users to avoid contact with the water at Lake Chabot because of blue-green algae blooms. The blooms can release toxins that are dangerous to pets and people.
Hospital Dying Financially troubled Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo looks doomed, according to a public opinion poll that determined voters won’t support another parcel tax to prop up the hospital.
New Target Berkeleyans have a new downtown shopping outlet: TargetExpress, only the third such mini-Target in the country. The new retail outlet is an all-purpose store aimed at the college crowd and business workers and took over a former Walgreens.
Skateboard Ban Skateboarders should think twice before grinding or tailsliding on Alameda County property. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimoulsy to ban skateboarding on all county property. Offenders are subject to citations.
—Judith M. Gallman