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.Wednesday’s Briefing: Berkeley councilmember was accused of fostering hostile workplace, city paid settlement; OUSD submits reopening plan

Oakland unanimously passes natural gas ban in new buildings

News you don’t want to miss for Dec. 2:

1. The City of Berkeley paid a former legislative assistant $31,000 to settle a hostile workplace complaint against Councilmember Cheryl Davila, Berkeleyside reports. Last month, voters denied Davila a second term on the Berkeley City Council.

2. The youngest of Oakland students could be back in classrooms by Jan. 25, KTVU reports. Oakland Unified School District leaders provided a reopening plan to the Alameda County Public Health Department this week, but whether or not pre-school, first- and second-graders return to school is contingent on an agreement between the district and teachers union.

3. Newly constructed buildings in Oakland will be all-electric after the City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to ban natural gas hook-ups , KRON reports. The legislation follows Berkeley’s landmark ordinance last year. Oakland’s ordinance does not cover existing buildings.

4. If Gov. Gavin Newsom decides to issue restrictive stay-at-home orders to battle a steep increase of covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, don’t expect them to be a rigid as last March, the East Bay Times reports. A complete lockdown doesn’t appear likely, but restrictions on the size of gatherings, indoor activities, and travel could be part of any new orders. $$

5. Sack’s Coffee House in Berkeley is no more, SFGate reports. The College Avenue spot was a mainstay for studying Cal students for more than a decade.

6. Two members of the Golden State Warriors tested positive for covid-19 just as training camp for the upcoming season begins, ESPN reports. The identity of the players is not yet known.

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