Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday Must Reads: Oakland Neighborhoods Turn to Private Surveillance Cameras; Jerry Brown Hints At Running for Mayor of Oakland in 2018

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A growing number of Oakland neighborhoods are installing private security cameras to keep an eye on potential robbers and burglars, the Chron reports. The video cameras, however, also raise privacy concerns and questions as to how long neighborhood groups will keep the surveillance video and who will have access to it.

2. Governor Jerry Brown hinted late last week that he might run for mayor of Oakland again in 2018, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. "I certainly enjoyed being mayor of Oakland," Brown said, while announcing that he is officially running for governor again this year. Oakland law prohibits mayors from serving more than two consecutive terms, but would allow for a former two-term mayor to run again after taking a break. Brown still has a home in the Oakland hills.

3. Some San Francisco officials and activists are urging the owners of the Golden State Warriors to team up with the San Francisco Giants to build a new basketball arena on a parking lot across from AT&T Park, the Chron reports. The location would likely generate much less opposition than the Warriors’ current plan to build a waterfront arena closer to downtown San Francisco.

4. Democrats have temporarily lost their super-majority in the state legislature, following the departure of Senator Ron Calderon, who is taking a leave of absence after he was indicted by a federal grand jury on corruption charges, the SacBee$ reports. Democratic State Senator Rod Wright also is on leave after he was convicted of felony voter fraud.

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5. Governor Brown is pushing a replacement plan for redevelopment that would help cities build transit oriented development and affordable housing, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (via Rough & Tumble). The governor is proposing to expand infrastructure finance districts, which would allow voters to redirect property tax revenues, much like redevelopment did.

6. President Obama announced a $200 million plan last week that would help young men of color succeed in school and is modeled in part on an Oakland program already in place in the city’s middle schools, the Chron reports. Mayor Jean Quan was on hand in Washington, DC with the president, along with Deputy Mayor Sandré Swanson, when he announced the My Brother's Keeper program.

7. And it looks like an El Niño weather pattern may form off the West Coast later this year — a development that could bring much-needed rain to California next winter, the LA Times$ reports.

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