Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thursday’s Briefing: Berkeley to Consider Homeless Policies, Creates Task Force to Study Racial Disparities in Police Stops

By Kathleen Richards
Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 10:34 AM

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The Berkeley City Council will meet today to discuss homeless camps and sidewalk behavior. The proposed encampment policy would allow the city to remove homeless encampments at its discretion, giving homeless individuals up to 72 hours before an eviction. The sidewalk policy would limit individuals to nine square feet of space for their belongings. (Daily Cal)

In Oakland, 20 tiny homes have been added to one of the city’s largest homeless encampments, located beneath the I-980 freeway at Northgate Avenue and Sycamore Streets. The 120-square-feet Tuff Sheds, provided by the city, can house up to 40 people. The city opened its first shed community at Sixth and Brush streets in December. (East Bay Times)

The Berkeley City Council voted to create a new task force to study racial disparities in police stops. The task force will create an action plan for the Berkeley Police Department and make recommendations related to BPD’s approach to police stops. Members of the task force will be appointed by the city manager and will include representatives from the police, community groups, and academic experts. (Berkeleyside)

A 72-year-old former police officer is accused of being the “Golden State killer,” a serial killer and rapist who eluded authorities for more than 40 years. Yesterday, Joseph James DeAngelo of Citrus Heights was arrested following DNA analysis. He’s suspected of killing at least 12 people and raping at least 45 women, including in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties. (East Bay Times)

Is East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell eyeing the 2020 presidential race? He made a recent purchase that indicates maybe yes. (EB Citizen)

A federal judge has ruled that conservative groups at UC Berkeley can sue the university over the restrictions it placed on high-profile speakers after the planned appearance of right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos caused violent protests. In their lawsuit, the Berkeley College Republicans allege that the university adopted an unwritten policy that allows officials to effectively censor conservative speakers by choosing the time and place of their appearance. (SFGate)

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) would give reparations to the Californians who were sterilized under the state’s eugenics law — often without their consent — over a 70-year period in the 1900s. The Eugenics Sterilization Compensation Program would give living survivors monetary compensation, although the amount is still unclear. (Washington Post)

An audit has found that the California State University system exposes students and employees to hazards such as faulty laboratory equipment, unsafe drinking water, asbestos, and chemical spills. The four schools examined — Sonoma, Sacramento, Channel Islands, and San Diego —appeared to fail to provide students with safety training before working in lab environments. (Capital Public Radio)

The owner of an Emeryville popcorn store has apologized for using a racial slur against Black customers after initially denying the incident. Mark Stone, the CEO of Cornology, which is located in the Bay Street shopping center, initially blamed an employee for his behavior, although witnesses disputed his account. (SFGate)

Body Time is closing its operations after nearly 50 years in the natural beauty product business. The company formerly known as the Body Shop is closing its Walnut Creek and Berkeley stores by the end of the week, citing high rent prices. (East Bay Times)

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