Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday Must Read: Oakland Council Tables Third Gang Injunction; SFPD Rocked by New Scandal

By Robert Gammon
Wed, May 18, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council narrowly agreed last night to continue funding the city’s two controversial gang injunctions, but decided to table plans for a third — in East Oakland — until a study is completed on the effectiveness of the measures, the Trib reports. The council voted 4-3 to continue paying for the gang injunction in North Oakland and a pending one in the city’s Fruitvale district. Councilmembers Ignacio De La Fuente, Pat Kernighan, Larry Reid, and Libby Schaaf voted for the injunctions, while Desley Brooks, Rebecca Kaplan, and Nancy Nadel voted against. The council also ordered the city attorney’s office to not seek any more injunctions without council approval. Outgoing City Attorney John Russo launched the injunctions, which have turned out to be expensive to implement, without asking the council.

2. The San Francisco Police Department was stung by another scandal yesterday, when Public Defender Jeff Adachi revealed a new video showing two cops apparently stealing bags from a home — the bags were never booked into evidence, the Chron reports. One of the cops in the video, Richard Guerrero, was caught in another video released last week apparently stealing a suspect’s duffel bag that included an iPod, Tequila, and coffee. The San Francisco police union, however, is defending Guerrero and the other cops, arguing that they probably just threw away the bags, and didn’t actually steal them.

3. Accused killer Antoine Mackey, who allegedly was the getaway driver in the assassination of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey, took the stand yesterday in a surprise move and denied involvement in Bailey’s murder, the CoCo Times reports. However, Mackey also said he couldn’t remember key details of the crime.

4. The prodigious rainfall that soaked Northern California this year may be causing a die-off of tiger sharks in the bay, the Chron reports. Too much rainfall and freshwater runoff appears to be lowering the salinity of bay to a point that is unhealthy for tiger sharks. Some experts, however, are warning not to jump to conclusions until more studies are completed.

5. And a new study reveals once again why California’s decision to require numerous consumer products to contain flame retardants appears to have been a big mistake. The study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found that 80 percent of baby products, from car seats to portable cribs, contain chemicals that are known to be toxic or have never been adequately tested, the Chron reports.

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