.Thursday’s Briefing: Two Candidates Join the Race for Oakland’s District 4; Charlie Hallowell Sells Boot & Shoe Service

Two candidates have joined the race for Oakland’s District 4 after Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington announced last week she wouldn’t seek re-election in November. Both candidates have worked for the city: Nayeli Maxon worked for Campbell Washington as a liaison to residents in the Oakland hills, while Joseph Tanios has been a construction inspector and engineering manager and is currently overseeing the city’s work around the construction of the East Bay Bus Rapid Transit line. (East Bay Times)

After being accused by more than 30 former employees of sexual harassment, Charlie Hallowell is selling one of his three Oakland restaurants, Boot & Shoe Service. The new owner, Jen Cramer, a former manager at Hallowell’s Pizzaiolo, will be taking over the restaurant with her husband, Richard Clark, within two months, but will keep the chef, menus, and recipes the same. (SFGate)

Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered the deployment of up to 400 California National Guard troops to the border with Mexico and elsewhere in the state — with the condition that the troops won’t be involved with immigration enforcement or construction of a wall. Instead, they’ll assist with fighting “transnational crime,” including gang activity, human trafficking, and gun and drug smuggling. (Sacramento Bee)

More than half of U.S. teenagers fear that there will be a shooting at their school, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center. Researchers found that girls are more anxious than boys (64 percent versus 51 percent) and that Hispanic and African American students are far more likely to be fearful than white students — 73 percent and 60 percent versus 51 percent, respectively. (San Francisco Business Times)

Despite promising reforms, the Berkeley Police Department lags in its requirements to report when their officers use force compared to other cities. “Little information has been disclosed publicly about what kind of force Berkeley police officers have used and when,” reports Scott Morris. (Berkeleyside)

A new program by the West Contra Costa Unified School District in partnership with San Francisco-based startup Landed will help teachers in that district buy homes by providing half of their down payment, up to $120,000 per household. In return, the teachers must share with Landed 25 percent of the gain or loss on the value of the home when they sell or refinance it. The program is part of an effort to recruit and retain teachers, as the West Contra Costa Unified School District has lost about 15 of its teaching force each year over the past four years. (Richmond Confidential)

A new solar farm has opened on a former Chevron landfill in Richmond, part of that city’s goal to greatly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The 10.5-megawatt Solar One project is the Bay Area’s largest public-private solar partnership — between Richmond and Marin Clean Energy, which services residents and businesses in Marin and Napa counties, unincorporated Contra Costa County, and the cities of Benicia, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek — and is expected to generate enough electricity to power 3,000 MRE customers and replace 3,234 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. (East Bay Times)

An effort is underway to raise $4 million to save a large open space property in the Martinez hills from development. The John Muir Land Trust wants to protect the 281-acre Almond Ranch, which sits next to Mt. Wanda alongside Franklin Canyon Road and is currently being used for cattle grazing, and open it to hikers, dog walkers, and cyclists. The group has already secured $1 million from the East Bay Regional Park District and hopes another $1 million will come from Prop. 68, if it passes in June. If their efforts are successful, the land would help close a gap in the Bay Area Ridge Trail. A fundraiser is scheduled for April 28. (East Bay Times)

California’s OSHA is investigating Tesla for potential workplace safety violations, including whether the company reports injuries at its Fremont factory in a timely manner. The news comes after a lengthy investigation by Reveal and KQED showed that the company has failed to report some of its serious injuries on legally mandated reports. (San Francisco Business Times)

A new lane will open on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge on Friday, allowing eastbound commuters a third lane during peak hours. For now, the lane will only be open for the evening commute, between about 2 and 7 p.m. It’s part of a four-year experiment to ease traffic. (SFGate)

A Berkeley High School history teacher has been put on administrative leave after bringing a historic bazooka to class. (Berkeleyside)


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