Thursday’s Briefing: Two People Die in Lake Merritt; BART Seeks Developer for Oakland Housing Tower

Stories you shouldn’t miss for March 15, 2018:

1. The bodies of a man and woman were pulled out of Lake Merritt this morning after neighbors reported that the couple had been fighting and heard the woman cry for help, KTVU reports. When emergency crews arrived on scene, they saw the man thrashing in the water. But he didn’t respond to CPR and was declared dead. The woman’s body was recovered later in the water. Police said it was unclear how the couple ended up in the lake.

2. BART is seeking a developer for a proposed housing tower and commercial project to be built on the Lake Merritt station parking lot, reports Roland Li of the San Francisco Business Times$. The housing would include 20 percent affordable units. The project, which would be built on properties at 98 and 101 8th St., is part of BART’s ongoing effort to add more housing near its transit stations.

3. Vandals have been endangering the lives of bike riders in the East Bay by cutting the brake lines on Ford GoBikes, reports Otis Taylor Jr. of the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s not clear who has been cutting the brake lines, but the bike share rentals have sparked anger from radical anti-gentrification activists.

4. Oakland police released the names of the four officers who shot and killed a man whom they said was armed in North Oakland on Sunday, reports George Kelly of the East Bay Times$. Sgt. Francisco Negrete and officers William Berger, Brandon Hraiz, and Craig Tanaka killed Joshua Pawlik, 32, whom they said refused to put down his weapon. All of the officers were wearing their body cameras during the shooting, but police have yet to release the footage.

5. And the Trump administration alleges that Russia is trying to interfere with the U.S. electrical grid and has hacked other U.S. infrastructure, the Associated Press reports.

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