Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday Must Reads: Oakland and Alameda County Cut Ties with Coliseum City Developer; Governor to Sign Equal Pay Law

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 9:19 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

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1. Oakland and Alameda County officials have decided to cut ties with Coliseum City developer Floyd Kephart, who was unable to come up with a feasible financing plan for a massive project that was to have included new sports facilities, along with housing, restaurants, and bars, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. The decision means that city and county officials will negotiate directly with the Oakland Raiders and the A’s on plans for new stadiums for both teams. The biggest stumbling block is the Raiders, because the team has a $400 million funding gap for a new stadium. Kephart’s contract with the city and county will expire this week.

2. Governor Jerry Brown has indicated that he plans to sign equal-pay legislation that will make it easier for women to sue their employers if men are paid higher wages for the same type of work, the AP reports (via the SacBee$). The pending Fair Pay Act “stipulates employers can justify higher wages for men only if the pay is based on seniority, a merit system, quantity or quality of production, or any other ‘bona fide factor other than sex.’”


3. Education activists have collected enough signatures to qualify a $9 billion school construction bond for the November 2016 ballot, the SacBee$ reports.

4. Members of Richmond’s citizen police commission contend that City Attorney Bruce Goodmiller has stymied attempts to conduct an independent inquiry into the death of Richard “Pedie” Perez, an unarmed man who was shot and killed by Richmond police a year ago, the CoCo Times$ reports.

5. And brain researchers reported that they found evidence of chronic brain disease in 87 of 91 deceased NFL football players, the LA Times$ reports, citing a new Frontline report.

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