Thursday’s Briefing: Initiative to rescind Livermore’s e-cig ban makes the ballot; Oakland charter schools are not enrolling enough disabled students

Federal judge faults Oakland, OPD for backsliding on police reforms

News you don’t want to miss for Aug. 22:

1. A bill that restricts sales of flavored e-cigarette cartridges is moving through the state Legislature, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Meanwhile, Livermore’s recent ordinance that follows San Francisco in banning the sale of e-cigarettes will be challenged at the ballot box next year after an initiative backed by e-cig maker Juul was certified by the county registrar, the East Bay Citizen reports.

2. “The federal judge overseeing Oakland’s efforts to combat racial discrimination in policing told the city’s mayor and police officials Wednesday that their current approach doesn’t seem to be working,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

3. The line of groups opposing PG&E’s plan to shut off power during wildfire-prone period of time is getting longer. Now, California oil companies are raising concerns that the plan could create environmental dangers and raise gas prices, KQED reports.

4. Ghost Ship trial: After three days of deliberations, the revamped jury is taking some time off, the San Francisco Chronicle. The jury will return after Labor Day to resume discussions on 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter against Derick Almena and Max Harris. Earlier this week, the judge in the case removed three jurors for undisclosed reasons. $$

5. The California Teachers Association said charter schools in Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Diego school districts enroll a smaller portion of disabled students than public schools, according to a study, the Sacramento Bee reports. $$

6. Hector David Mendoza-Vela, a former priest at St. John’s Catholic Church in San Lorenzo and Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fremont,who was charged with allegedly molesting a boy in 2017 and 2018, could face up to five years in prison, the East Bay Times reports. $$

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