Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday’s Briefing: Trump Campaign Chair Indicted; Trump Campaign Adviser Cooperating on Russian Collusion Case

Plus, a developer proposes tallest building in Oakland.

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 9:53 AM

click to enlarge Paul Manafort.
  • Paul Manafort.

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. President Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort was indicted today on multiple felony charges brought by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, the Washington Post$ reports. Manafort’s business partner, Rick Gates, who was also a top Trump campaign aid, was also indicted on multiple felonies. The charges stem from Manafort and Gates’ work with Ukrainian officials who have ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

2. Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, is cooperating with Mueller in his wide-ranging probe and told the special prosecutor that he met with a Russian envoy in April 2016 who said that Moscow had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails, The New York Times$ reports. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty earlier this month on a charge of lying to the FBI and has been cooperating with Mueller since July.

3. Developer Pinnacle Group is proposing to erect Oakland’s tallest building: a 440-foot high-rise at 1261 Harrison Street in downtown that would include a mix of housing and office space, reports Roland Li of the San Francisco Business Times$. The Chinese-backed project would include 185 market-rate and affordable condos for sale — a rarity in Oakland. The vast majority of new housing proposed or being built in the city are for-rent apartments.

4. PG&E and its customers could be on the hook for billions of dollars in payments stemming from the October wine country fires — even if the utility was not negligent in the blazes, reports David R. Baker of the San Francisco Chronicle$. Under the legal concept of “inverse condemnation,” PG&E could be found liable for the fires if investigators conclude that downed power lines sparked the blazes, regardless of whether the utility did a good job in maintaining the lines. If that were to happen, PG&E is expected to pass some of the costs on to ratepayers.

5. And all of the wine country fires are expected to be fully contained this week, thanks to rainy weather forecast to hit Northern California on Friday and Saturday, reports Evan Sernoffsky of the San Francisco Chronicle$. The storm system is expected to bring up to 2-3 inches of rain in the North Bay.

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