The Usual Mayhem Prevails
A BART station killing, fake cameras, and the Bay Bridge shutdown top the news.
Mayor Libby Schaaf launched the Oakland Promise initiative, a plan to triple the number of low-income students who graduate from college by establishing 55,000 savings accounts and support services. So far $25 million has been raised.
Look for bike sharing in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville. Motivate, which runs Bay Area Bike Share, is considering station locations now, promising a first wave of bikes in the fall with complete rollout by fall 2017.
Police want the Public Safety Committee to OK 120 new body cameras, docking stations, and maintenance services for $1.1 million over three years. Officials believe the cameras improve police conduct and reduce complaints.
For now, the Oakland Raiders won't be moving to L.A. with the San Diego Chargers. Looks like team will be sticking around to play the 2016-17 NFL season at the O.Co Coliseum.
Flax Art & Design is leaving San Francisco for downtown Oakland, settling in a 14,500-square-foot space and former garage. The Flax location in SF is being turned into a residential tower.
On MLK Day, members of the Black Seed protest collective chained themselves and their cars together on the Bay Bridge about 4 p.m., stopping westbound traffic headed into San Francisco for half an hour. CHP arrested 25.
Two male suspects described by authorities as "middle school-aged" apparently used a handgun to rob someone near UC Berkeley of a cellphone. The two thieves ran north on Bowditch, but they managed to elude police.
A 19-year-old Antioch resident, Carlos Misael Funez-Romero, was shot multiple times and killed on a BART train at the West Oakland station. The shooter escaped on foot and was not caught, though station surveillance cameras did capture his image.
In the West Oakland BART Station shooting, authorities had no images on the train of the killing from security cameras. That's because many of the onboard security cameras are decoys, a practice uncommon for most municipalities. Working cameras are coming.