Stories you shouldn’t miss for Dec. 26, 2017:
1. A jury decided that the city of Oakland must pay ex-Black Panther Elaine Brown $3.75 million because Councilmember Desley Brooks assaulted her, reports Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle. The jury ruled that the city is liable for the large judgment because Brooks was acting in her official capacity as an elected councilmember when she attacked Brown at a downtown restaurant in January 2016. The penalty phase of the civil trial, which could result in personal damages levied against Brooks, is scheduled to start next week.
2. The GOP tax plan signed by President Trump last week likely will cost California about $500 million a year in affordable housing funds, reports Louis Hanson of the Bay Area News Group$. The affordable housing cut likely will result in the loss of about 4,000 housing units a year and comes at a time when the state is gripped in an affordability crisis.
3. Nearly 800 families applied in a city lottery for the chance to purchase one of 12 new affordable housing units in Livermore, reports Denis Cuff of the East Bay Times$. ‘“This number is unprecedented,’ said Matt Warner of Hello Housing, a nonprofit that manages the affordable housing lottery for the city of Livermore. ‘We are doing about the same amount of marketing [for the lottery], but housing prices keep climbing and more people are worried about being priced out of the market.’”
4. The owners of an apartment complex at 470 Central Ave. in Alameda issued eviction notices to tenants just five days before Christmas, reports Steven Tavares of the East Bay Citizen. Over the past two years, the apartment complex has become a flashpoint in the battle between landlords and renters on the Island as the building’s owners have repeatedly attempted to evict people for no cause.
5. Oakland’s minimum wage will rise to $13.23 an hour on Jan. 1, as minimum wage levels increase throughout the state, reports Annie Sciacca of the Bay Area News Group$. Statewide, the minimum wage will increase to $11 an hour for businesses with more than 26 employees. In the East Bay, El Cerrito’s minimum wage will rise to $13.60, and Richmond’s will go to $13.41.
6. Only 11 cadets graduated from Oakland’s latest police academy after 22 cadets either dropped out, flunked out, or were injured, reports Kimberly Veklerov of the San Francisco Chronicle$. Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick said the department has heightened its standards after numerous rookie cops in recent years became involved in scandals.
7. And rookie CHP officer Andrew Camilleri was killed on Christmas Eve when his cruiser was struck by a drunken driver on I-880 near state Highway 92 in Hayward, the East Bay Times$ reports.
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