Thursday Must Reads: Hundreds in Oakland Protest Police Brutality; Judge Appoints Investigator to Probe Oakland Police Misconduct

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Oakland last night to demonstrate against police brutality, the Chron and Trib$ report. The demonstrators decried the officer-involved shooting last week in Ferguson, Missouri and fatal shootings by police in the Bay Area.

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2. Federal Judge Thelton Henderson ordered the City of Oakland to hire an investigator to probe why the city keeps losing arbitration cases involving cops involved in police misconduct, the Trib$ reports. Henderson’s order followed a recent arbitrator’s decision that forced the city to rehire police Officer Robert Roche — the cop who lobbed a tear-gas grenade at a group of people who were trying to help Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who was shot in the head by police during a 2011 Occupy Oakland protest.

3. A San Ramon homeowner’s association has levied a fine against a local resident for replacing her lawn with drought-resistant plants, the CoCo Times$ reports. Legislation currently on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk would outlaw such fines.

4. Plastic bag industry lobbyists are furiously attempting to block legislation that would outlaw single-use plastic bags in the state, the Mercury News$ reports.

5. A bill that would change birth certificate forms to be LGBTQ-friendly has passed both houses of the Legislature and is now awaiting the governor’s signature, Reuters reports (via Rough & Tumble).

6. The state Supreme Court upheld a ruling that requires cities to adopt district elections if a resident sues and can show that the city has a history of racially polarized voting, SF Gate reports.

7. And a federal grand jury is investigating PG&E for a gasline explosion in Carmel, the Chron reports. 
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