Friday’s Briefing: Alameda school board chooses Love over Haight; BART board chooses license plate readers

Richmond selects SunCal to develop Point Molate

News you don’t want to miss for April 26-28:

1. The Alameda Unified School District is changing the name of Haight Elementary School to Love Elementary School, the East Bay Times reports. Alameda activists had pushed for the name-change after learning former California Gov. Henry Huntly Haight had espoused racist views. $$

2. Automated License Plate Readers are coming to BART station parking lots after the BART Board of Directors unanimously approved a new surveillance and privacy policy, NBC Bay Area reports.

3. “A man carjacked a vehicle on Thursday and rammed it into a preschool attended by his children, Oakland police said,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “The man was arrested at a playground near the school, Highland Childhood Development Center” $$

4. “A Caltrans plan to rebuild portions of the MacArthur Maze to accommodate larger trucks has hit a roadblock, for now, in the form of angry local officials and community groups who say the agency failed to tell them the project was coming and performed only a cursory study of its potentially far-reaching environmental effects,” KQED reports.

5. A U.S. District Court judge ruled the Berkeley Police Department used minimal and reasonable force when dismantling a homeless camp during a pre-dawn raid in November 2016, Berkeleyside reports.

6. The Trump administration is proposing to open up 1 million acres of federal land from the Central Valley to Santa Barbara for oil drilling and fracking, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

7. The Union City Council sidestepped the threat of a lawsuit by a Latino legal group that alleged it violates the state’s Voting Rights Act, and instead, approved a move from at-large city elections to a district-based system, the East Bay Citizen reports. Keep an eye on Alameda and Hayward. Both still use at-large elections.

8. The Richmond City Council agreed to enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with SunCal to develop Point Molate for 1,200-units of housing, along with retail, office space, and open space, the Richmond Confidential reports.

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