Monday’s Briefing: Berkeley Protests Cost Over $1.5M This Year; California May Move Primary to March

Plus, more than 1,000 protesters demonstrate in Oakland against Trump’s DACA decision.


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Stories you shouldn’t miss for Sept. 11, 2017:

1. Protests in Berkeley, most of them in response to alt-right events in the city, this year have cost East Bay police agencies more than $1.5 million, reports Kimberly Veklerov of the San Francisco Chronicle$, citing public records. UC Berkeley has spent the most: $700,000, and the campus is preparing to spend a lot more this month to deal with far-right speeches planned for Ben Shapiro and Milo Yiannopoulos.

2. California may change its presidential primary from June to March in 2020—a move that could make the state relevant again in choosing presidential nominees, Politico reports. The state legislature is expected to approve the change this week and send it to Gov. Brown for his signature.

3. More than 1,000 demonstrators protested peacefully in downtown Oakland on Saturday against President Trump’s decision to end DACA—an Obama-era program that protected undocumented young people, reports Annie Sciacca of the East Bay Times$.

4. Thousands of people turned out for Oakland’s annual Pride event in downtown on Sunday, reports Lizzie Johnson of the San Francisco Chronicle.

5. An online video of a UC Berkeley cop harassing a hot dog vendor during Saturday’s Bears' game at Memorial Coliseum went viral, attracting millions of views, reports Emilie Raguso of Berkeleyside. The video showed the officer rifling through the vendor’s wallet.

6. The Berkeley City Council finally agreed to allow a small, three-unit housing complex to be built on Haskell Street after being sued multiple times by a pro-housing group, reports Tracey Taylor of Berkeleyside. In July, a judge ruled that the council had no legal right to block the housing project because it complied with city zoning laws.

7. Prosecutors plan to charge a 19-year-old San Leandro man with vehicular manslaughter, stemming from a high-speed, drunken-driving crash on Memorial Day weekend on Park Street in Alameda that killed three passengers in his truck, reports Angela Ruggiero of the East Bay Times$. Jaime Africano was reportedly driving three times the speed limit.

8. The intense heat wave that struck during the Labor Day weekend inflicted severe damage on Northern California wine grapes, reports Esther Mobley of the San Francisco Chronicle$. The record heat left many grapes shriveling on the vine.

9. And about 6 million Floridians are without power after Hurricane Irma plowed through the state on Sunday, the Washington Post$ reports. Much of Florida also endured significant flooding.

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