Thursday’s Briefing: Oikos University killer dies in prison; Opening Day, Part II for the A’s

Alameda County Board of Supervisors to reconsider 'mutton busting' ban

Mutton Busting contests are featured at the annual Rowell Ranch Rodeo in Castro Valley and similar to bullriding, but instead with young children and sheep. Credits: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

News you don’t want to miss for Mar. 28:

1. The man who killed seven people at Oikos University in Oakland in 2012, has died in prison, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The number of murders was the second-worst in Bay Area history. $$

2. Animal rights activists thought they had convinced the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to take steps toward banning some rodeo events in the county. But one county supervisor wants to reconsider the potential ban, the East Bay Citizen reports.

3. Berkeley is moving ahead with its prohibition on overnight RV parking on its city streets, Berkeleyside reports. The council approved the second reading of the ordinance, 6-3. Enforcement, however, will have to wait while a three-month permitting process is created.

4. Rep. Barbara Lee sure has it in for U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Lee lambasted DeVos during a House Appropriations hearing for, among other issues, attempting to leave the Special Olympics unfunded, the East Bay Citizen reports. Lee jumped all over DeVos at the same setting almost exactly one year ago.

5. For those who have already attempted to get Real IDs, you have probably witnessed the long lines and confusion evident at the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Associated Press reports an audit by the state Finance Department found the DMV was unprepared for the rollout of the new IDs required for air travel starting in October 2020.

6. A Mega Million lottery ticket worth $994,000 was purchased in San Leandro, KRON reports. The ticket had five of six correct numbers. The winnings could buy you a nice home, at least in quasi-affordable San Leandro, and with a little cash left over.

7. Opening Day, Part II for the Oakland Athletics is today. The A’s open their home schedule this afternoon against the Los Angeles Angeles at the Coliseum. The A’s started the season last week in Tokyo. The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at Charlie Finley, the famously chintzy, yet innovative former A’s owner and his rollout of Opening Day in 1969. Meanwhile, The crosstown rival San Francisco Giants open their season down south against the new-look San Diego Padres. $$

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