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.

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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