The Port of Oakland was busy last month, receiving a record 80,000 shipping containers.

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The Port of Oakland was busy last month, receiving a record 80,000 shipping containers.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Monday's Briefing: Port of Oakland's record-breaking month; McElhaney ask for help in finding son's killer

Newsom's state budget allocates $1 billion for homeless

By Steven Tavares
Mon, May 13, 2019 at 6:00 AM

News you don't want to miss for May 13:

1. The Port of Oakland received more shipping containers last April than any other month in its history, KQED reports, due to companies moving swiftly to import items before President Trump's tariffs on China fully kick in. The Port received more than 80,000 containers last month.

2. Port of Oakland commissioners will meet this afternoon to decide whether to sign a term sheet with the Oakland Athletics that could lead to the construction of a 35,000-seat ballpark at Howard Terminal. The A's will hold a noon rally at Jack London Square before the vote, featuring Rickey Henderson and Dallas Braden.

3. "Calling it “a stain on the state of California,” Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday vowed to use part of a historic budget surplus to tackle homelessness in the nation’s most prosperous state," the Associated Press reports. Newsom's revised budget calls for an allocation of $1 billion for the homeless. The entire budget calls for $213.5 billion in spending.

4. "The Trump administration brought its pro-drilling agenda to Northern California on Thursday, disclosing a plan to make more land available for oil and gas development, including parts of the Santa Cruz Mountains and East Bay hills," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

5. Two months after Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney's son was tragically killed by a gunman in Los Angeles following a botched robbery, she is asking Southern California residents for help in bringing his killer to justice, the Los Angeles Times reports. $$

6. It might not be a suggestion that Kamala Harris's campaign would like to persist, but John Bresnahan reports in Politico, "The Congressional Black Caucus may have found an answer to its Joe Biden dilemma: Vice President Kamala Harris." Although not mentioned in the article, East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee, is part of the CBC's leadership and one of Harris's biggest supporters in Congress.

7. Bay Area residents displaced by the housing crunch may now find it difficult to find salvation in some places of worship. That's because the housing crisis is also hitting some small churches all over the Bay Area who are struggling to pay rent on their houses of worship for a number of factors, including the loss of parishioners who have moved away, the Mercury News reports. $$

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