click to enlarge Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland days after the fire that killed 36 people.

Damu Dailey

Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland days after the fire that killed 36 people.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Wednesday's Briefing: Ghost Ship trial begins; Oakland school is vandalized

BART Police chief is retiring

By Steven Tavares
Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 6:00 AM

News you don't want to miss for April 3:

1. The Ghost Ship warehouse fire trial of Derick Almena and Max Harris began Tuesday, KTVU reports. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and a former fire marshal was subpoenaed by the defense.

2. The Manzanita Community School and Manzanita SEED Elementary on 27th Avenue in Oakland was vandalized, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

3. BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas announced his retirement after nearly two years on the job, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. His last day is May 6. $$

4. A state appeals court decided the intent of a police transparency law authored by East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner was to cover all police misconduct and use-of-force investigations, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, not just those created after Jan. 1, 2019, as some police unions had argued. $$

5. Done with worrying about the water drought? How about the earthquake drought the state is currently in? The Los Angeles Times reports the state hasn't been shaken by a earthquake of 6.0 or more on the Richter Scale since the Napa quake almost five years ago. $$

6. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a ban on state-funded travel to South Carolina, CNBC reports, which has a state law that allows religious foster agencies to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.

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