Tuesday’s Briefing: Oakland City Council decides whether to collect Measure AA parcel tax

Which East Bay corporate giant didn't pay any federal taxes last year?

News you don’t want to miss for April 16:

1. The Oakland City Council will decide tonight whether or not to allow the city administrator to begin collecting the Measure AA parcel tax. The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at the controversy over whether or not the tax measure actually needed a majority of support from voters last November, which it received, or two-thirds, which it fell short. $$

2. While Democratic presidential candidate Eric Swalwell is asking for $1 from donors, Sen. Kamala Harris has received $13.2 million in contributions this year, the second largest in the massive field of candidates, Politico reports.

3. Which East Bay corporate giant didn’t pay any federal taxes last year? That would be San Ramon-based Chevron, the East Bay Times reports. $$

4. The Valero oil refinery in Benicia, which was shut down last month for maintenance, could be back on-line by mid-May, KQED reports.

5. Would you like to ride to work via a floating bike on the Oakland Estuary. The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at an idea that could lessen traffic. Be aware that so-called “estuary pirates” exist, according to some Alamedans who live on the estuary. $$

6. House Democrats are interested in calling in White House adviser Steven Miller to testify about his role in a recent proposal to target “sanctuary cities,” such as San Francisco and Oakland, The Washington Post reports. $$

7. The Golden State Warriors blew a 31-point lead Monday night and lost to the Los Angeles Clippers to even the best-of-seven first round series at one game apiece, SFGate reports. The Warriors also lost star forward Demarcus Cousins to a leg injury.

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