Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. Oakland police overseer Robert Warshaw praised the work of Interim Police Chief Sean Whent and criticized the city’s drawn out hiring process for a permanent chief, the Trib$ reports. In a report, Warshaw also said that the lack of a permanent chief has harmed OPD’s efforts to comply with federally mandated reforms. Mayor Jean Quan said through a spokesman that she plans to name a permanent chief in May.
2. UC Berkeley accepted fewer California students for the 2014-15 school year than it did last year — 18.8 percent compared to 21.4 percent, the LA Times$ reports. At the same time, Cal accepted far more applicants from out of state and from other countries. Non-state students pay much higher tuition fees to the cash-strapped UC system. The percentage of out-of-state students accepted by UC Berkeley jumped 8.9 percent and those from foreign countries soared 17.6 percent higher than last year.
3. The US Office of Civil Rights has launched a probe of UC Berkeley’s ongoing failure to adequately deal with sexual assaults, the Mercury News$ reports. The federal investigation began after dozens of Cal students and alumni filed an official complaint.
4. Oakland City Auditor Courtney Ruby, who is running for mayor this year, warned that the city is facing a crisis of underfunded pension liabilities for public employees, the Trib$ reports.
5. And this year’s drought could cause sever shortages for food banks that serve low-income residents throughout California, the Chron reports.
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