Wednesday’s Briefing: Judge finds Oakland’s Measure AA was defeated; Explosion in Crockett shuts down I-80

Oakland Raider accused of domestic violence

News you don’t want to miss for Oct.16:

1. An Alameda County judge determined that Oakland’s Measure AA, the November 2018 parcel tax measure to fund early education, was not successful at the ballot box, the East Bay Times reports. Oakland administrators, including Mayor Libby Schaaf, believed Measure AA, which fell short of a two-thirds majority, required just a simple majority for passage.

2. Two tanks at the NuStar Energy plant in Crockett containing 250,000 gallons of ethanol exploded Tuesday afternoon, causing a fire that closed Interstate 80 for hours, KGO-TV reports. Now investigators are exploring whether Monday night’s magnitude 4.5 earthquake may have been a cause of the accident.

3. Less than 24 hours after Monday’s 4.5 quake, another moderately-sized temblor again hit Pleasant Hill, KRON reports. Tuesday night’s shaker measured 3.4 on the Richter Scale.

4. Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have allowed more cities and other jurisdictions to use ranked-choice voting, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The voting method allows voters to pick their top three choice. In the East Bay, ranked-choice is used only in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Leandro mayoral and city council races.

5. Actress Felicity Huffman began her two-week sentence in a Dublin women’s prison on Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Huffman pleaded guilty last month to one count of conspiracy and fraud in the wide-ranging college admissions scandal. $$

6. Actor and playwright Sam Shepard’s final play, “A Particle of Dread: Oedipus Variations,” will debut at the Old Finnish Hall in Berkeley, starting this Friday, the East Bay Times reports. The play will run from Oct. 18 to Nov. 10. $$

7. A lawsuit was filed last week in Alameda County Superior Court accusing Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown of domestic violence against his girlfriend, ESPN reports.

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