Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wednesday Must Reads: There’s No Support for Changing SF’s Sanctuary City Law; Balcony Construction Reform Bill Dies

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 10:06 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. There’s no support in San Francisco City Hall for changing the city’s sanctuary law in the wake of the tragic death of Pleasanton woman who was killed by a Mexican citizen earlier this month, the Chron$ reports. Despite the fact that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and US Senator Dianne Feinstein criticized San Francisco’s handling of the case, no member of the board of supervisors is interested in changing the city’s law, which ignores requests by federal immigration officials to transfer undocumented immigrants for deportation.

click to enlarge Loni Hancock,
  • Loni Hancock,
2. Reform legislation that sought to require construction companies to disclose to state regulators when they’ve been convicted of crimes or paid legal settlements in relation to shoddy workmanship died in committee, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. The bill, co-authored by state Senator Loni Hancock, stemmed from the collapse of a Berkeley balcony last month that killed six people. The bill failed to garner enough Democratic support after the state’s powerful building industry vigorously opposed it.


3. An anonymous donor gave $34 million to Oakland nonprofits, funneling the contribution through the San Francisco Foundation, the Trib$ reports. About $6 million of the donation will fund programs that support low-income students in Oakland public schools.

4. Nearly a third of California’s households are living in poverty and “struggle each month to meet basic needs,” the SacBee$ reports, citing a new study from the United Ways of California. The study identified housing costs as the major factor in poverty.

5. And President Obama struck a deal with Iran to lift oil and financial sanctions in return for restricting the country’s nuclear capabilities, The New York Times$ reports. Republicans and Israeli leaders oppose the pact.

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