click to enlarge State Sen. Nancy Skinner authored SB 1421, the groundbreaking police accountability legislation that became law this year.

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State Sen. Nancy Skinner authored SB 1421, the groundbreaking police accountability legislation that became law this year.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Monday's Briefing: Skinner blasts AG for refusing to comply with police accountability law

Oakland man indicted for trying to kill his wife the toxic chemicals

By Steven Tavares
Mon, Apr 8, 2019 at 6:00 AM

News you don’t want to miss for April 8:

1. State Sen. Nancy Skinner blasted Attorney General Xavier Becerra for his continued refusal to release state law enforcement investigation records, KTVU reports. A judge last week ordered all past records to be released. During a hearing last week, Skinner told Becerra. "As our enforcer of state law, why is it that you are not enforcing our state law? It's like an elective decision as to which of our laws you will enforce and which you won't."

2. An Oakland man was indicted last week for attempting to purchase a toxic chemical over the dark web to kill his wife, the East Bay Times reports. $$

3. When Southwest Airlines announced new daily flights from Oakland Airport to Hawaii last month with introductory $49 fares, the fallout for travelers has meant a 17 percent decreases in ticket prices for trips between the states, the Los Angeles Times reports. $$

4. Sign of the times in the Bay Area. Thomas Fuller reports in The New York Times on the rise of trash collectors, a phenomenon more synonymous with third world enclaves, in a region like ours with so much apparent prosperity. $$

5. The East Bay Times takes a look at the impact of the Bay Area’s housing crunch on children, including an Alameda girl doing advocacy of her own. $$

6. East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell is expected to announce his run for president tonight on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle asks, why? Especially with a safe seat in Congress and potential path for rising within the Democratic Party. $$

7. A bedbug infestations, along with a number of other poor living conditions at the all-women Stern Hall dorm at U.C. Berkeley , is making life difficult for a large number of female students, the Daily Californian reports.

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