Schaaf Cheers Economy, Boos the Rest
The economy is booming, but crime and housing are problematic, Mayor Schaaf says.
What Went on in the East Bay
Boom, Not Bust
In her first state of the city address, Mayor Schaaf was upbeat and optimistic about the economy, but realistic about housing and crime; she said she is working to hire more officers and pushing for both affordable and market-rate housing.
Change the Curve
Councilwoman Desley Brooks wants the OPD to hire more African Americans and suggested the city abandon the written component of the police officers exam or lower the score.
About 700 Berkeley High students walked out of class to protest threats against blacks. Apparently acting alone, a student hacked a library computer with a message advocating lynching and the KKK. Authorities identified the student but released no other info.
Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus may be headed to Tucson, Ariz. A citizen’s panel there rated Magnus, credited with lowering Richmond’s violent crime rates, favorably over two other competitors.
If Matt Nichols, Oakland’s transportation and infrastructure policy director, has his way, Oakland’s parking meter rates will be retooled, with prices rising on the busiest streets and falling on less-used streets. It’s a method that seems to work for Berkeley.
Mills College is considering curriculum cuts, with dance, book arts, and American studies surfacing as majors and minors in undergraduate- and graduate-level programs among ones that might have to go.
Hundreds of the Raider faithful urged NFL executives and the team’s management folks to keep the Silver and Black in Oakland at a public hearing at the Paramount. Fans made their case with emotional appeals. The gathering was one the NFL must hold when considering whether to allow team moves.
Out of a Job
Legendary planet hunter Geoffrey Marcy resigned from his post at UC Berkeley after he was widely condemned for alleged sexual harassment of women throughout his career as an astronomer. Cal officials had said tenure prevented his firing.
An 81-year-old house at 5204 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in the shadow of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland was moved a block away rather than being demolished for a new outpatient center. The three-bedroom structure now belongs to David and Kathleen Stone.