News you don’t want to miss for Oct. 16:
1. PG&E restored power to many customers in the East Bay hills on Thursday night following scheduled power shutoffs, KTVU reports. A red flag warning, however, was extended for the East Bay hills in Alameda County through 8 a.m. on Saturday morning.
2. A proposal to prohibit homeless encampments near residential homes, businesses, schools, and parks is coming before the Oakland City Council on Tuesday evening, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$
3. A weekend-long study on the spread of the coronavirus in Oakland’s Fruitvale District showed Latinos and indigenous peoples had higher than average rates of positive antibody tests, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$
4. The road for reopening public schools in Alameda County now includes a plan for testing teachers and staff, KQED reports. Testing will be on-site, with results within 48 hours. The testing protocols follow an agreement with teachers unions.
5. The Trump administration initially denied federal disaster relief for last September’s Northern California wildfires, but after Gov. Gavin Newsom made a phone to the president on Friday, the federal aid was approved, NBC News reports.
6. California’s unemployment rate dropped a bit in September to 11 percent, the Los Angeles Times reports. The jobless rate was 11.2 percent in August. $$
7. Scott McKibben, the former executive director of the Oakland Coliseum Joint Powers Authority, accepted a plea deal after being accused of asking for a $50,000 fee from RingCentral to negotiate naming rights for the stadium, KPIX reports.
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