Friday’s Briefing: 911 calls in Oakland are piling up; Oakland Police Commission meets for first time since chief firing

Trendy Uptown Oakland cocktail bar is closing



News you don’t want to miss for Feb. 28-Mar. 1:

1. Oakland Police are pulling back from a directive earlier this month for officers reporting use-of-force incidents, the East Bay Times reports. The change comes after 911 calls have consistently backed up on a daily basis since the new policy was instituted. $$

2. The Oakland Police Commission met Thursday night for the first time since firing chief of police Anne Kirkpatrick, KPIX reports. Some commissioners used the opportunity to respond to allegations made by Kirkpatrick since the abrupt firing two weeks ago.

3. An Oakland dental surgeon was arrested for human trafficking and sex crimes after attempting to buy two girls for $30,000, ABC7 reports.

4. After 12 years of planning, San Leandro’s marina shoreline is headed toward a massive makeover. San Leandro officials approved a development agreement for 285 single-family homes, 215 rental units at the San Leandro Marina, the East Bay Citizen reports.

5. Here’s the last California presidential pre-primary poll, we promise. The numbers continue to predict a clear victory for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the state next Tuesday, CNN reports. Sanders also holds big lead in Texas, Super Tuesday’s other big delegate trophy. Sanders’ 35 percent of the California survey leads Sen. Elizabeth Warren by 14 points.

6. Most Bay Area elected officials are white, despite the region’s strong diversity, the East Bay Times reports. For example, in Alameda County, other than Rep. Barbara Lee, there is no Black representation at the state and federal level.

7. Here’s How, the trendy cocktail bar in Uptown Oakland, has closed, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. As a Chronicle headlines last fall remarked, a battle pitting “NIMBYs versus negronis” had been fought since the bar opened last year. Residents in the units above Here’s How said the establishment would disturb them. Furthermore, there were already too many liquor licenses on the block, they argued. $$

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