.Tuesday’s Briefing: Swalwell is running for president; Skinner wants tax hike for state’s biggest companies

Berkeley mayor objects to U.C. Berkeley changing EIR for housing project

News you don’t want to miss for April 9:

1. With the campaign slogan of “Go Big. Be Bold. Do Good,” East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell said he is running for president, CNN reports. Swalwell, who represents the East Bay’s 15th District, made the announcement on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He will lead a rally today on gun safety in Florida with survivors of the Parkland shootings.

2. Swalwell sat down with Esquire for a conversation with Ryan Lizza.

3. East Bay State Sen. Nancy Skinner introduced a novel bill Monday that seeks to lower income inequality by taxing the state’s most profitable businesses based on the disparity between the pay of its CEO and the median wage of its workers, the Sacramento Bee reports. Companies in the state with annual income greater than $10 million would see their tax bill increase from 8.84 percent to a minimum of 10.84 percent. $$

4. Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin is objecting to U.C. Berkeley boosting its enrollment numbers in a supplement environmental impact report for a student housing project on Hearst Avenue, Berkeleyside reports. The new report differs from an agreement on the project made between Berkeley and Cal in 2005.

5. Ashland and Cherryland, impoverished unincorporated areas nestled between San Leandro and Hayward, have long suffered from high crime and neglect from county officials. Next City examines the role of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and its controversial outreach to the communities through sports and mentorship.

6. It’s Election Day in Alameda as voters head to the polls today to decide the fate of a federally-approved senior homeless wellness center and medical respite services near Crab Cove.

7. Sarah Ravani in the San Francisco Chronicle profiles Oakland Councilmember Lynette McElhaney and the recent tragic death of her son that followed the loss of her grandson last year. $$

8. Just in case you didn’t freak out last week with news the state is currently in a large earthquake drought comes a liquefaction map for the Bay Area via the California Geological Survey, SFGate reports.

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