Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Quan to Unveil New 10k Plan for Oakland; State Lawmakers Consider Reforms of Gifts and Donations Rules

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Mayor Jean Quan plans to unveil a new 10k plan tonight at her state of the city address that would seek to add 10,000 new residents to Oakland, the Chron reports. Quan’s proposal follows in the footsteps of Jerry Brown’s successful 10k plan that brought roughly 10,000 new residents to downtown, Uptown, and the Jack London district in the past decade. Quan is looking to add new smart-growth housing throughout the city along transit major corridors. The city currently is facing a housing shortage, as more residents are being priced out of San Francisco.

Jean Quan
  • Jean Quan
2. State lawmakers are considering a series of campaign finance reforms in the wake of two recent high-profile scandals, the LA Times$ reports. The legislation would restrict gifts to lawmakers and would prohibit fundraisers at lobbyists’ homes. Last month, the state capital was rocked by the news that nearly forty lawmakers, including Governor Brown, had received warning letters for attending fundraisers hosted by a lobbyist who improperly paid for them.

3. Two former Alameda County anti-poverty program officials were convicted on a total of five felony counts of grand theft and falsifying official documents, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. However, the husband and wife team of Paul Daniels and Nanette Dillard also were acquitted of five felony charges of conspiring to defraud the government.

4. Safeway officials are closing in on a deal to sell the East Bay company to a private equity firm that likely will close many large supermarkets and change the focus of Safeway to small neighborhood stores, the Chron reports. It’s unclear how the sale of the company and its change in philosophy will impact Safeway’s plans to massively expand two of its stores in North Oakland.

5. And a federal judge ruled that Ecuadorians who won a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron for polluting their country cannot collect the money in the United States because their attorneys engaged in fraud, the LA Times$ reports. The Ecuadorians plan to appeal the decision, contending that the judge was biased. It’s not clear how the ruling will impact the ability of the Ecuadorians to collect the judgment in other countries.

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