.Friday’s Briefing: Alameda County tax rolls increase 7.1 percent; 2,000 pounds of fireworks seized in San Leandro

PG&E monitoring potential wildfires from the sky

News you don’t want to miss for July 5-7:

1. Alameda County’s property tax rolls will increase by 7.1 percent, to $308 billion, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The increase stems mostly from real estate. Overall, the value of Bay Area’s homes, land, and buildings is $1.8 trillion.

2. <a href="https://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Trump-says-he-s-mulling-executive-order-for-census-14073424.php
“>President Trump is considering an executive order to add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census, the Associated Press reports. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the question from appearing on the Census two weeks ago, and the questionnaire was sent to the printer on Tuesday without the question, which, if included, could put at risk $2 billion in federal funding for Alameda County over the next 10 years.
3. San Leandro Police seized 2,000 pounds of fireworks Thursday at a storage space on Davis Street, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. In Contra Costa County, five fires were attributed to fireworks activity. $$

4. After several years of devastating wildfires in California comes sobering news that fuel for the fires is growing more plentiful. Tom Stienstra in the San Francisco Chronicle reports the state’s estimated 147 million dead trees is a cause for concern. $$

5. In order to limit the damage of potential wildfires in Northern California, PG&E is flying up to seven small planes over the area in hopes of spotting fires in its early stages, the Sacramento Bee reports. $$

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