Monday, December 4, 2017

Monday’s Briefing: Federal Government Shut Down Looms; Bay Bridge Toll Plaza Reopens After Deadly DUI Crash

Plus, the city of Alameda sells two more buildings at former Naval Air Station.

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 10:03 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss for Dec. 4, 2017:

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1. The federal government may shut down later this month because of squabbles within the Republican Party and between President Trump and Democratic leaders, The New York Times$ reports. The GOP-controlled Congress may approve a two-week stopgap measure to delay a shutdown until Dec. 22, but a long-term plan to keep the government open has yet to materialize. Republicans need Democratic votes to avoid a shutdown because ultra-conservative Republicans are refusing to raise the debt ceiling. But getting Democrats on board could be difficult because Trump is openly feuding with them and because Republicans are on the verge of passing a huge tax cut for the rich and for corporations.

2. All lanes except one at the Bay Bridge toll plaza were open for this morning’s commute following the horrific drunken driving crash that killed a veteran toll worker on Saturday and injured several others, reports Sarah Ravani of the San Francisco Chronicle. Caltrans employee Si Si Han, 46, was killed in the crash. The driver of a box truck that plowed into the Han’s toll booth — Daniel Berk, 32, of Foster City — remains hospitalized at Oakland’s Highland Hospital with major injuries. He could be charged with vehicular manslaughter.

3. The city of Alameda sold two more buildings at the former Naval Air Station for a total of $12.9 million, reports Peter Hegarty of the East Bay Times$. The city sold 800 West Tower Ave., home to the Bladium Sports and Fitness Club, for $7.6 million, and 707 West Tower Ave. for $5.3 million. It will house to a renewable energy company. In July, the city sold 651 West Tower Ave. for $3 million. Its tenants are Admiral Maltings and the Almanac Beer Company.

4. Weather forecasters are expecting flooding in coastal areas around the region today and tomorrow because of strong King Tides, reports Kimberly Veklerov of the San Francisco Chronicle$. Tides are expected to surge by as much as 7 feet.

5. And CVS Pharmacy has purchased insurance giant Aetna in a mega deal worth $69 billion that has the potential to reshape the U.S. health care industry, The New York Times$ reports. The deal, if approved by regulators, could allow CVS to turn its 10,000 chain pharmacies into community-based health centers.

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