Friday, March 30, 2018

Friday's Briefing: Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office Publishing Inmate Release Dates; Oakland Fire Marshal Resigns

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 10:43 AM

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The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office has started publishing the release dates of inmates on its website, including those who are undocumented immigrants, flouting California's sanctuary laws, reports the East Bay Times. Orange County is doing the same thing in an apparent effort to help ICE.

Embattled Oakland Fire Marshal Miguel Trujillo has resigned, shaking up the inspections department that has come under criticism after a series of deadly fires in the city and concerns over the lack of inspections of dangerous building conditions, reports the East Bay Times.

An Oakland police officer is facing felony charges in connection with his arrest last July for driving recklessly and under the influence of alcohol. Eduardo Arrizon was a graduate of the 171st Police Academy in 2015, a class that included several other officers who have been fired by the department or named in lawsuits alleging misconduct.

The BART police officer who fatally shot 28-year-old Sahleem Tindle outside the West Oakland BART station in January is still eligible for promotion, reports KTVU. The shooting remains under investigation by the Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County District Attorney.

A mother is suing the Oakland Military Institute, alleging that the staff and administrators of the charter school neglected to protect her 11-year-old daughter from being raped and sexually abused by an older student at the school, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The family of Stephon Clark is expected to release private autopsy results this morning, reports the Sacramento Bee. The news comes one day after hundreds of people, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, attended the funeral for the 22-year-old, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18.

The San Francisco Police Department has released body-cam footage of a fatal officer-involved shooting at a barbershop last week, reports KTVU.

Dining out raises your risk of exposure to toxic chemicals, according to a new study out of UC Berkeley — specifically, phthalates, which are found in plastic food packaging and can alter hormones that affect reproduction, reports KGO.

After a wet March, the Bay Area is experiencing record high temperatures this week, reports the Chron. Enjoy the sunshine while you can; rain is expected late next week.

Janet Jackson will be one of the headliners at this year's Outside Lands, reports SF Weekly. Also on the bill? Vallejo's SOB x RBE. (Read our feature on them here.)

The A's had a great opening day yesterday, beating the Angels 6-5 in 11 innings.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Oakland Police Officer Facing Felony Charges for Drunk Driving and Reckless Speeding

by Darwin BondGraham
Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 7:49 PM


Oakland Police Officer Eduardo Arrizon was arrested last July by the California Highway Patrol for speeding over 100 miles per hour while under the influence of alcohol. In January, the Alameda County District Attorney's office filed charges against Arrizon. According to court records, Arrizon had an "excessive" blood alcohol level of greater than 0.15 percent and was driving recklessly.

Arrizon's name appeared in the Alameda County jail's inmate log after he made a mandatory appearance yesterday. The case, which has previously gone unreported, marks yet another incident in which a young Oakland cop has gotten into trouble.

Arrizon was a graduate of the 171st Police Academy in 2015, a class that included several other officers who have been fired by the department, or named in lawsuits alleging misconduct.

For example, Brian Bunton was the first OPD officer who was arraigned in the Celeste Gaup sex abuse case in 2016. Bunton was charged with engaging in prostitution and conspiracy, but charges were dismissed last year for lack of evidence.

Matthew Santos was another graduate of OPD's 171st Academy. Santos drew his firearm on a painter inside his Emeryville apartment building in 2016 and allegedly threatened the man. A jury found Santos guilty of the crime, a misdemeanor, and he was sentenced to 120 days in county jail and three years of court probation, according to court records.

Trevor Stratton, another 171st Academy graduate, was named in a lawsuit filed by an Alameda County probation officer in 2016 alleging that two drunk OPD officers invaded her home and assaulted her and her husband. The officer who attacked the probation officer was Cullen Faeth. Faeth joined OPD in 2013 after graduating from a different department's police academy. The City of Oakland settled the lawsuit for $35,000 in February. Stratton was allegedly drinking with Faeth and other officers at Monaghan's bar in the Oakland hills earlier the same evening the assault occurred.

Another 171st Academy graduate, Allahno Hughes, was one of multiple officers who shot and killed Richard Perkins in 2015 at an East Oakland gas station. Perkins was allegedly carrying a pellet gun and walked by as Hughes and other officers were impounding several motorcycles. Perkins’ family has sued the police department over the fatal shooting. The case is ongoing.

Arrizon pleaded not guilty to all charges. He has a pretrial hearing in April.

The Express was unable to reach Arrizon. The Oakland Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wednesday’s Briefing: Other Developers Interested in Oakland Coliseum Site; Skinner Pushes to Build Affordable Housing for Low-Income Students

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 10:05 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss for March 28, 2018:

1. In addition to the Oakland A’s, other developers have expressed interest in purchasing the Oakland Coliseum site in order to build a commercial project there, the San Francisco Chronicle$ reports. The interest by other developers is why the Oakland A’s owners proposed over the weekend to buy the site for $135 million from the city of Oakland and Alameda County. The team is worried that it’ll be left without an option for a new ballpark location if the city and county decide to sell the Coliseum site to another party. “We need to control our destiny in Oakland,” said A’s President Dave Kaval.

2. State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, has introduced legislation designed to build more affordable housing for low-income college students in California, reports Alyssa Bernardino of the Daily Cal. Skinner’s bill, SB 1227, would allow developers to build taller, denser housing projects if they include more affordable units for low-income students. The housing projects also could forgo parking in order to save on costs.

3. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has joined the investigation of a fatal shooting by Sacramento police that has roiled the state capital, reports Melody Gutierrez of the San Francisco Chronicle. Black Live Matters demonstrators have been protesting in Sacramento since two cops last week shot and killed Stephon Clark, 22, who was unarmed and in the backyard grandmother’s house at the time. The state attorney general has been reluctant in the past to help investigate killings by police.

4. Uber has suspended indefinitely its testing of automated cars in California following the deadly crash of one of its driverless vehicles in Arizona earlier this month, reports Carolyn Said of the San Francisco Chronicle$. The New York Times reported that Uber’s testing of automated vehicles has not gone well and that the company is far behind its competitor — Waymo, a self-driving unit of Google.

5. And the ACLU has asked Greyhound to stop allowing Border Patrol agents to board its buses and demand proof of citizenship status from its customers, the San Francisco Chronicle$ reports.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Alameda County Supervisors Vote to End Urban Shield as 'Currently Constituted'

by Darwin BondGraham
Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 5:07 PM

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The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted this afternoon to approve only one more year of funding for Urban Shield, a law enforcement and first responders training exercise run by Sheriff Gregory Ahern. The vote came after hours of public comment, with many calling for the event to be discontinued entirely.

"This is the last year," said Supervisor Keith Carson, who made the motion to end Urban Shield in its current form. "As it currently is, Urban Shield as we know it ends at the conclusion of this vote, after this year’s program."

For years, critics have said Urban Shield "militarizes" police. Some vendors at the event's weapons expo have been criticized for selling "Black Rifles Matter" T-shirts that mocked the Black Lives Matter movement, while other companies that provided props for SWAT team training exercises were said to perpetuate racist stereotypes.

The far-right, anti-government extremist group Oathkeepers attended last year's event. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents also participated in last year's SWAT competition.

More recently, records obtained by anti-Urban Shield activists showed that the event has received funding from the controversial private military contractor company Blackwater (now named Academi), and weapons makers like TASER and BAE Systems, as well as companies that had multimillion-dollar contracts with the sheriff's office such as the jail health care provider Corizon.

But the Alameda County Sheriff's Office maintains that Urban Shield is an emergency preparedness event and that limiting it will only hamper police, fire, and EMS training that's necessary to respond to natural disasters and large-scale crimes like mass shootings or bombings. Over the past couple years, Ahern changed the event to respond to some criticisms. The county adopted policies about appropriate vendors and even set up a task force to institutionalize feedback. The task force disbanded after one year, however.

Today's vote by the board of supervisors was to accept and allocate federal grant funding for the 2018 Urban Shield exercise, but in 2019 the event will be reconstituted after input from various stakeholders.

The supervisors voted to continue accepting federal disaster training funds through the Urban Areas Security Initiative program in future years, but the training exercises that the money pays for will be re-envisioned.

Only Supervisor Scott Haggerty voted against the motion. Although he acknowledged there have been some problems with Urban Shield vendors and how the exercises are perceived, Haggerty said it should continue, but perhaps with a "sensitivity officer" who would provide advice to the sheriff.

Several public speakers said the sheriff's office promotes racism through Urban Shield.

"I don’t think the sheriff is a racist," responded Carson. "It really bothered me to hear that."

Supervisor Wilma Chan said she would rather end Urban Shield as a program run by the sheriff and put out a competative request for proposals to operate an emergency preparedness training exercise, and to find other ways of using the grant money.

Supervisors Nate Miley and Richard Valle said they support Urban Shield, but that changes are needed.

"I don't like the militarization of our police departments," said Valle before the vote, "but I represent a lot of people in my district who would like to see Urban Shield continue, just not in its current form."

Decision on Oakland Coal Ban Expected Soon

A federal judge could rule as early as Friday in a case that will determine whether Oakland becomes the location for a major coal export hub.

by Darwin BondGraham
Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 1:13 PM

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A federal judge could decide as early as Friday whether Oakland can prevent a local developer and Kentucky-based coal company from building a coal export terminal in West Oakland.

Both sides in the case are bracing for a decision.

At stake is whether Oakland will become a major exporter of coal to overseas markets. All of the city's elected officials and many neighborhood groups groups and environmentalists support the coal ban.

The Oakland City Council passed the prohibition on coal in 2016 in response to a plan conceived by developer Phil Tagami and Bowie Resource Partners to build an export terminal on city property near the foot of the Bay Bridge.

The Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal, a company owned by Tagami and his business partners, sued the city in December 2016 over the coal ban. Bowie Resource Partners, which owns coal mines in Utah, is paying for part of the lawsuit. OBOT's attorneys have argued that the ban violated its vested rights to build a bulk marine export terminal.

During a trial earlier this year, the city's attorneys argued that Oakland had the right to pass the coal ban because the developer's contract with the city included a key clause allowing Oakland to implement health and safety measures later on, even if they limited the kinds of activities permitted at the marine terminal.

OBOT's attorneys argued that multiple federal laws concerning railroads, marine shipping, and interstate commerce preempt any laws the city might implement to limit the shipment of coal through its borders. But U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria said he would like to decide the case on the contract issues before considering federal preemption.

Throughout the trial, Chhabria questioned the legal rationale of both sides and gave few hints as to how he might rule.

But shortly after conclusion of the trial, several environmental groups submitted a new argument to the court. They wrote that even if OBOT's contract with the city to build a marine terminal was violated, it doesn't matter. According to California state law, cities can't bargain away their police powers, which includes the power to protect the health and safety of citizens by doing things like banning coal. Futhermore, they wrote that Oakland's coal ban didn't violate the city's development agreement with OBOT because it's not a land-use regulation. Rather, it's a prohibition on an activity, and the developer still has the right to build a bulk marine terminal that would ship other types of goods.

A final hearing in the case was scheduled for March 28, but Chhabria wrote in an order last week it's unlikely the hearing will occur. It could mean the judge has made up his mind on one of the key disputes that will determine the outcome of the case.

Tuesday’s Briefing: Berkeley Eyes Police Oversight Measure; City and County Officials Warm to Oakland A’s’ Offer

Plus, another developer proposes huge housing project at West Oakland BART.

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 10:09 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss for March 27, 2018:

1. The Berkeley City Council is scheduled vote tonight on a ballot measure that would establish a new independent police oversight commission in the city, reports Emilie Raguso of Berkeleyside. The new commission would have authority over the police chief and would be in charge of disciplining cops for misconduct.

2. Oakland and Alameda County officials appear to like the A’s’ plan to purchase the Coliseum property, reports Kimberly Veklerov of the San Francisco Chronicle. The A’s are proposing to pay off the city and county’s $135 million debt on the Coliseum and Oracle Arena in exchange for the 120-acre site. The team, however, has not said definitively whether it plans to build a new ballpark there.

3. Another development team is proposing to build a huge housing development — 1,275 units — at the West Oakland BART station, reports Scott Morris for Oakland Hoodline. The development group, which includes Chinese government-owned China Harbor Engineering Co. and local developer Strategic Urban Development Alliance, also has an alternative plan for the site east of the station — a mostly commercial development with 180 units of housing. Developer Patrick Kennedy is also proposing a 1,032-unit housing project on another site next to the West Oakland station.

4. The state of California is suing the Trump administration over its decision to add a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, the Washington Post$ reports. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra contends that the Trump administration’s decision is unconstitutional and that it will reduce federal dollars flowing to the state if non-citizens decline to participate in the Census due to fear of deportation.

5. Health care costs in Northern California are 20 percent to 30 percent higher, including for medical treatment and health insurance, than in Southern California, reports Catherine Ho of the San Francisco Chronicle, citing a new study by UC Berkeley’s Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare. The study concluded that the consolidation of hospital, physician, and insurance markets in Northern California led to the higher costs.

6. And two teens are suing the Richmond Police Department after an K-9 officer released his or her dog and it chased and attacked them, reports Nate Gartrell of the East Bay Times$. The two teens — a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl — were innocent bystanders who were attacked on their way home from school.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday’s Briefing: A’s Want to Buy Oakland Coliseum Property; Millions March for Gun Control

Plus, the Sierra snowpack more than triples in a month.

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 10:05 AM

Stories you shouldn't miss for March 26, 2018

1. The owners of the Oakland A’s say they want to purchase the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum property from the city and county, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The A’s are proposing to pay off the $135 million debt on the Coliseum and Oracle Arena in exchange for the 120-acre site. The team has not said whether it plans to build a new ballpark there or if it will construct housing and a commercial development on the property. The team is also still considering building a new ballpark at the Howard Terminal site near Jack London.

2. Millions of people marched on Saturday around the nation and the world in support of stricter gun control laws, following last month’s massacre at a Florida high school. In Washington, D.C., the demonstration was estimated to include 800,000 people — more than the attendance at President Trump’s inauguration. Locally, thousands of people protested in Oakland and San Francisco.

3. The Sierra snowpack has more than tripled in the past month — thanks to a series of strong storms that have hit California, reports Amy Graff of SFGate, citing National Weather Service data. The snowpack jumped from 16 percent of normal on Feb. 22 to 56 percent on March 23. The state is expected to experience dry weather this week.

4. Facebook’s stock plunged again this morning after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced that it’s investigating the Bay Area company over a data breach involving more than 50 million users, the Hill reports. Cambridge Analytica, a data firm closely associated with President Trump’s 2016 campaign, took the Facebook user information and allegedly used it to help Trump win the election.

5. And in a turnaround, President Trump announced that he’s expelling 60 Russians from the United States as a result of Moscow’s alleged poisoning of a former Russian spy in Great Britain, The New York Times$ reports. Trump had indicated earlier that he had no plans to sanction Russia for the poisoning incident — and even congratulated Vladimir Putin for his recent reelection. Trump’s surprise move came the morning after his alleged ex-mistress, porn star Stormy Daniels, told her story on 60 Minutes.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday’s Briefing: Oakland Hit With Another $1 Million Judgment in Brooks Case; Senators Call for Investigation Into ICE Lying About Schaaf

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 10:17 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss for March 23, 2018:

1. A judge ordered the city of Oakland to pay an additional $1 million in the case involving Councilmember Desley Brooks’ assault on ex-Black Panther Elaine Brown, reports David DeBolt of the East Bay Times$. The ruling by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Paul D. Herbert is for Brown’s attorneys’ fees and court costs and comes on top of a previous $3.75 million judgment against the city for Brooks’ violent actions. In addition, Brooks has been ordered to personally pay $550,000 to Brown.

2. Twelve U.S. senators, including Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, are calling for an investigation into the resignation of former ICE spokesman James Schwab, who quit after he refused to lie about the impact of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s warning of immigration sweeps, reports Lisa Fernandez of KTVU. Schwab left his job because he said ICE officials' claim that 800 immigrants avoided capture because of Schaaf was false.

3. Bay Area housing prices continue to soar to stratospheric levels amid the region’s extreme housing shortage, reports Marissa Kendall of the Bay Area News Group$, citing a new report by housing data company CoreLogic. In San Francisco, the median home price reached $1.5 million, up 30 percent from last year. In Alameda County, it hit $750,000.

4. A dam on the Tuolumne River near Yosemite nearly collapsed on Thursday during heavy rains, forcing nearby residents to evacuate, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Moccasin dam is operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and is just above Lake Don Pedro.

5. Craigslist announced that it’s killing personal ads in response to new legislation passed by Congress that seeks to hold publishers criminally accountable for any content that may involve sex work, reports Annie Ma of the San Francisco Chronicle. “The new bill, called the Fighting Online Sex Trafficking Act, or FOSTA, imposes a penalty of fines or a prison term for anyone who operates an online service that promotes or facilitates prostitution.”

6. Oakland may impose strict new rules on plastic straws, reports Ali Tadayon of the East Bay Times$. Under the proposal by Councilmember Abel Guillen, restaurants and fast-food outlets would be barred from handing out plastic straws unless requested by customers. Guillen noted that plastic straws often end up in local waterways where they harm wildlife.

7. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said she’s returning a $2,500 campaign contribution made by Tri-Valley developer James Tong, “who was indicted last August for violating federal election campaign finance laws and, prior to that, was ordered to pay $650,000 in fines in late 2015 for falsifying environmental documents,” reports Steven Tavares of the East Bay Citizen. O’Malley has also come under fire for accepting a $10,000 donation from the Fremont police union just months before her office cleared Fremont cops of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a pregnant teen.

8. President Donald Trump is threatening to shut down the federal government because he’s unhappy that a bipartisan Congressional spending bill includes only $641 million for his controversial border wall, The New York Times$ reports. Trump said he may veto the bill today, which would likely shut down the government tonight.

9. And Gov. Jerry Brown’s chief of staff, Nancy McFadden, has died at the age of 59 after a battle with cancer, the Sacramento Bee$ reports.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thursday’s Briefing: Big Oil Admits in Court Humans Cause Climate Change; Jack London Square Housing Development Breaks Ground

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 10:22 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss for March 22, 2018:

1. Attorneys for Chevron and other major oil companies admitted in federal court in San Francisco that climate change is caused by human activity, reports David DeBolt of the East Bay Times$. The admission by Big Oil is believed to be the first of its kind in a legal setting and came during a hearing involving the city of Oakland’s lawsuit against fossil fuel corporations. Oakland and other cities want oil companies to pay for infrastructure upgrades needed to deal with sea-level rise. Oil company lawyers argue that the courts are not the right forum for that type of public policy decision.

2. Developer CIM Group, which is Oakland’s largest private landlord, has begun construction on a 333-unit housing project in Jack London Square at the foot of Harrison Street, reports George Avalos of the Bay Area News Group$. The eight-story project is expected to be completed in 2020.

3. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced a tax measure initiative to fund pre-school for low-income families in the city, reports Kimberly Veklerov of the San Francisco Chronicle. The proposed parcel tax measure, which is also backed by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, would generate an estimated $30 million a year.

4. Schaaf also fired back at President Trump, calling his anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric “racist,” reports Carla Marinucci of Politico. “It is a continued perpetration of a racist lie, that immigrants are not valued members of our society,’’ Schaaf said. “We in Oakland know better. We in Oakland have a community that welcomes and honors all people, no matter where they came from — no matter how they got here.”

5. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has a clear lead in the race to become California’s next governor, reports Casey Tolan of the Bay Area News Group$, citing a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. The survey showed Newsom leading with 28 percent support, followed by Republican John Cox at 14 percent and ex-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat, at 12 percent.

6. Former Alameda planning commissioner John Knox White, a progressive, announced that he’s running for Alameda City Council in the November election, reports Steven Tavares of the East Bay Citizen. Knox White, who is pro-tenant protections, pro-housing, and pro-mass transit, is expected to face fierce opposition from landlords’ groups on the Island.

7. California ranks 49th nationwide in terms of per capita housing production, reports Politifact California in a fact check of a statement made by Newsom. California has 358 housing units per 1,000 people, much lower than the U.S. average of 419.

8. And The Great Pacific Garbage Patch continues to grow and is now twice the size of Texas, reports Amina Khan of the LA Times$, citing new research published in the journal Scientific Reports. The massive patch of floating garbage in the ocean is mostly composed of plastic.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

San Pablo Tables Plan to Expand City-Wide Surveillance System with License Plate Scanners from Company Tied to ICE

Residents and civil liberties advocates expressed concerns that some of the camera data could be used by immigration agents.

by Darwin BondGraham
Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 11:24 AM


The San Pablo City Council voted on Monday night to hold off on purchasing over 100 new surveillance cameras, including 56 automatic license plate scanners, over concerns that one of the companies picked to provide the equipment has been feeding data to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).

The proposed $2.49 million upgrade of San Pablo's existing "city-wide security system" would expand what is already one of the largest police-operated surveillance networks in the Bay Area. It currently includes 134 "situational awareness" cameras that can zoom in on pedestrians, vehicles, and other objects throughout the city. Sixteen additional stationary license plate scanning cameras located on major roadways automatically record plates and run them through law enforcement databases to check on stolen vehicles and warrants. The San Pablo police also have license plate scanning cameras affixed to their cars. In addition, the city-wide security system includes Shotspotter microphones that listen for gunshots. The microphones are tied into the camera system, allowing police to view the streets immediately after a shooting.

Police officials say the system is necessary to fight crime, and they credit it with helping reduce the number of shootings since 2011 — the year the first cameras were purchased. And in the city of 30,000, with a high crime rate, there's been significant public support for using cutting-edge surveillance technologies to crack down on violence.

But the proposed expansion would rely on 56 new license plate scanners and software from Vigilant Solutions, which has an agreement to sell license plate data to ICE. ICE then uses the data in both criminal investigations and civil immigration enforcement, including deportations.

On Monday afternoon, before the council meeting, the ACLU of Northern California warned the council in a letter that using Vigilant could place the city's undocumented residents at risk.

"By proposing a partnership with Vigilant Solutions, LLC—an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) contractor—without robust written policies that specifically address the significant privacy and civil rights concerns raised by ALPR systems, the City places immigrants and their families at serious risk," wrote ACLU Northern California attorney Matt Cagle in a letter.

About one-third of San Pablo's population are non-citizen immigrants, according to the most recent Census numbers.

A dozen San Pablo residents also showed up to the council meeting to oppose the surveillance system upgrades, and specifically the contract with Vigilant Solutions over concerns the data could end up being used for immigration enforcement.

San Pablo Mayor Genoveva Garcia Calloway and city Councilmember Rich Kinney didn't return phone calls and emails seeking comment.

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