click to enlarge Rapper Nipsey Russell was killed on March 31.

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Rapper Nipsey Russell was killed on March 31.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Friday's Briefing: NIMBYs vs. YIMBYs in Piedmont, Berkeley; PG&E profits drop sharply

Nipsey Russell mural unveiled in Oakland

By Steven Tavares
Fri, May 3, 2019 at 6:00 AM

News you don't want to miss for May 3-5 Cinco de Mayo weekend:

1. Heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Otis Taylor, Jr. reports on a couple that had previously lived for a decade on the streets of Oakland who were invited by the owner of a $4 million home in Piedmont to live with him. Except, neighbors later began calling the police.

2. A trio of potential $1 million condos in South Berkeley that was recently the scene of a battle between NIMBYs and YIMBYs just went on the market, Berkeleyside reports. The property on Haskell Street was formerly a single-family home. Plans to convert it to condos was twice approved by the city starting in 2016 and twice faced unsuccessful legal challenges.

3. PG&E is hemorrhaging losses since filing for bankruptcy, KQED reports. According to the most recent quarterly earnings report, PG&E's profits dropped 69 percent from $442 million a year ago to $136 million.

4. East Bay presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell is becoming the butt of many jokes made by conservatives after he made a questionable assertion about the U.S. Constitution, the Daily Caller reports. In one tweet that intended to issue support for gender equality, Swalwell said the Constitution does not contain the word "woman." However, as it was pointed out quite harshly on social media, it also does not include the word "man."

5. George Homsey, acclaimed Bay Area architect who, among other notable projects, designed seven above-ground East Bay BART stations, passed away Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He was 93.

6. A tribute to the late SoCal rapper and community activist Nipsey Russell has come to Oakland, SF Gate reports, with a mural on Grand Avenue.

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