Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday’s Briefing: Alameda County Considering Another Child-Care Tax Measure; Appeals Court Rejects Effort to Drain Hetch Hetchy

By Kathleen Richards
Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 10:27 AM

click to enlarge Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
  • Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
Alameda County Board of Supervisors are mounting a second attempt to pass half-cent sales tax increase to fund child care and early education programs this November after a nearly identical effort, Measure A, was defeated in June by just a few hundred votes. (EB Citizen)

President Trump retweeted a post that falsely claimed Oakland residents protested federal agents as they broke up a child sex-trafficking ring last August. The protest was actually in response to an ICE raid for alleged labor trafficking but led to no criminal charges. (SFGate)

A California appeals court has rejected an effort by environmentalists to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park, which provides water for 2.6 million Bay Area residents. The Fifth District Court of Appeal in Fresno upheld a lower court decision by a Tuolumne County judge two years ago, which rejected arguments that the reservoir violates California’s constitution. (East Bay Times)

Berkeley’s new Pathways navigation center for homeless residents, which can house 45 people, is already full, according to the city, and permanent housing has been found for some clients. (Berkeleyside)

XO Music Festival, which is scheduled to take place this weekend in Antioch and feature more than 100 music acts, is drawing criticism as artists are dropping off the bill and sponsors are claiming fraud. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The City of Vallejo released officer body camera footage showing the final moments of an August 2017 police chase before five Vallejo officers shot 45-year-old Benicia resident Jeffrey Barboa 41 times, killing him. (East Bay Times)

The Berkeley City Council approved a petition to rename the Ashby BART station after local Black activist Mable Howard. If the effort is successful, it would mark the first time in BART history that a station would be renamed based on public advocacy. (Daily Cal)

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