Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday’s Briefing: Low-Income Residents Flee the Bay Area; YouTube Shooter Was Angry at Company

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 10:05 AM

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Stories you shouldn’t miss for April 4, 2018:

1. Low-income families are fleeing the Bay Area because of out-of-control housing prices and are being replaced with higher-income newcomers, reports Louis Hansen of the Bay Area News Group$, citing a new study by BuildZoom. ‘“In the Bay Area, you have a tremendous demand for housing,’ said Issi Romem, BuildZoom chief economist and author of the study. High housing prices, he said, make it almost impossible for many families to put down roots and push them away from the region.”

2. The San Diego woman who shot three people at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno yesterday before killing herself was angry at the internet company because, according to her father, it stopped paying her for the content she uploaded to the site, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. The shooter, Nasim Aghdam, was a prolific YouTuber and an animal rights activist.

3. PG&E and the state’s other major utilities want to charge higher rates to customers in areas of California that have sought to buy more green energy through new community choice aggregation agencies, reports David R. Baker of the San Francisco Chronicle$. PG&E claims that community choice agencies aren’t paying their fair share of costs related to maintenance of power lines. Alameda County’s community choice agency launches in a few months.

4. Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned Berkeley Ecology Center employee Daniel Maher, who was at risk of deportation under the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration, reports Natalie Orenstein of Berkeleyside. Maher, who was born in Macau and came to the U.S. when he was 3 years old, served time for felony convictions in the 1990s, which had made him eligible for deportation.

5. ICYMI: Developers of Alameda Point say they expect the first homes to ready there in about three years, reports Peter Hegarty of the East Bay Times$. Phase One of the project, which breaks ground this month, includes “673 housing units, eight acres of parks, and 93,000 square feet of retail space” at the former Alameda Naval Air Station.

6. The Bay Area could get a month’s worth of rain in two days this week when an “atmospheric river” storm sweeps into the region, reports Sophie Haigney of the San Francisco Chronicle$. The deluge is expected to begin Thursday evening, and much of the region likely will receive 2 to 3 inches of rain.

7. And the U.S. stock market plunged again this morning on the news that China plans to slap tariffs on hundreds of American goods, including farm produce, in reaction to the trade war launched by President Trump, The New York Times$ reports. The stock market had been on a roller coaster since Trump announced the trade war last month.

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