Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. The masked thief who broke into the Oakland Museum of California earlier this week and made off with a gold artifact was likely the same burglar who stole gold nuggets in November, the Chron and Trib report. In Monday’s break-in, the thief swiped a gold box, owned by the City of Oakland, that was worth about $800,000. Police said the masked thief was caught on videotape but have declined to release the recording of the burglary.
3. Berkeley public schools are reviewing their safety measures in response to the mass killing of students in Newtown, Connecticut, the Trib reports. This is the second time in three years that the district has looked at beefing up security. In 2011, Berkeley High was rocked by several incidents in which students brought guns to campus.
4. Environmental groups have sued the federal government to increase protections for the loggerhead turtle, the Chron reports. Biologists say Pacific turtle populations have plummeted by 80 percent in the past ten years.
5. Gary Bell, who was elected to the Richmond City Council in November but then fell into a coma following a severe illness, is definitely not taking office, the Chron and CoCo Times report. The council must decide whether to appoint a replacement for Bell or call for a special election in sixty days. Progressives want the council to appoint Eduardo Martinez, who finished just behind Bell in the balloting.
6. And, yes, we know we’re late on this one, but downtown Oakland has been named one of the top twelve art districts in the nation, the Chron reports. ArtPlace, a national nonprofit that selected downtown Oakland, also listed San Francisco’s Mission District.