Thursday’s Briefing: Berkeley Pushes to Evict People Living in RVs; Richmond Records No Homicides So Far in 2018

Stories you shouldn’t miss for April 5, 2018:

1. The city of Berkeley is moving forward on a plan to evict people from living in RVs on the city’s waterfront, reports Natalie Orenstein of Berkeleyside. The police department has issued a warning to people in RVs on the city’s marina that they have to leave or they will be towed. The number of people living in RVs has increased during the housing shortage.

2. Richmond, which used to have one of the highest homicide rates in the country, has experienced zero homicides so far in 2018, reports Rick Hurd of the East Bay Times$. The city’s four-plus months of no homicides is a record dating back to the data from the 1970s.

3. A developer is proposing to build a new hotel in Alameda near the Park Street bridge, reports Peter Hegarty of the East Bay Times$. The 96-room, “four-story hotel, which would be at 1825 Park St. at Clement Avenue, would operate under the Holiday Inn Express brand.”

4. Worker-owned Mandela Grocery Cooperative in West Oakland is attempting to raise $1 million to pay for an expansion into a 11,500-square foot space next door, reports Scott Morris for Oakland Hoodline. The food co-op, across the street from the West Oakland BART station, is running a GoFundMe campaign.

5. And Facebook acknowledged that nearly 40 million more of its users’ private information was taken by Cambridge Analytica, a company that worked to elect President Trump in the 2016 election. In all, at least 87 million users had their information taken.

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