.Monday’s Briefing: A’s clinch playoff spot, will host Rays on Wednesday; Kamala Harris opens Oakland campaign HQ

Newsom signs 13 homeless-related bills

News you don’t want to miss for Sept. 30:

1. The Oakland A’s finished the regular season Sunday with an impressive 97 wins. The total means the A’s will host the one-game wildcard playoff against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday evening in Oakland. A big crowd is expected for the team’s first home playoff game in six years, NBC Sports reports

2. Sen. Kamala Harris opened her campaign headquarters in Oakland last weekend. As Joe Garofoli notes in the San Francisco Chronicle the unveiling comes at a time when Harris’s poll numbers are tanking nationally, in California, and the Bay Area. $$

3. The Glenn Dyer Jail in downtown Oakland is now closed, but Phil Matier of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the air conditioning is still on and the cost to taxpayers is a cool $83,000 a month. $$

4. The U.S. Department of Energy selected the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to lead a $100 million project that seeks to lower the costs of desalination, the East Bay Times reports. $$

5. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 13 bills last week that intend to alleviate California’s rampant homelessness crisis by removing some of the red tape for creating new housing units, the Associated Press reports.

6. A proposed ballot measure aiming to increase the monetary caps on medical malpractice payouts is in the works, the Associated Press reports. The measure has yet to begin the signature-gathering stage. The current cap on damages for pain and suffering is $250,000, but has not changed since 1975.

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