Friday, May 31, 2019

Friday's Briefing: Alameda County deputy may have broken the law, but case was not referred to DA

California Democratic Party Convention in SF this weekend

By Steven Tavares
Fri, May 31, 2019 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge Richmond's Kimberly Ellis nearly won the state Democratic Party chair race in 2016 and is a leading candidate for the position this weekend. - CLAYTON J. MITCHELL
  • Clayton J. Mitchell
  • Richmond's Kimberly Ellis nearly won the state Democratic Party chair race in 2016 and is a leading candidate for the position this weekend.


News you don't want to miss for May 31-June 2:

1. The Alameda County Sheriff's Department did not pass along a case where one of its deputies was found to have taken prescriptions from crime scenes for his own personal use, even though the department's internal affairs concluded the officer had broken the law, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

2. Ghost Ship trial: The defense again raised the possibility Thursday that the December 2016 deadly warehouse fire in Oakland was caused by arson, KQED reports, while also suggesting investigators did not fully explore all leads as to the cause of the fire.

3. Democrats from across the state, along with half of the gargantuan presidential field, will begin the party's state convention today through Sunday in San Francisco, CalBuzz reports. Aside from the presidential aspirations on display this weekend, Democrats will elect the next chair of the state party. Richmond resident Kimberly Ellis, Los Angeles labor leader Rusty Hicks, and party vice chair Daraka Larimore-Hall are the leading contenders.

4. There are more signs the Bay Area housing market is cooling, or, at least, witnessing a brief plateau in housing prices, Kathleen Pender writes in the San Francisco Chronicle. While median home prices rose by 2.4 percent in April over the previous month to $850,000, the figure was unchanged from a year ago. $$

5. Legislation that would have placed a statewide moratorium on charter schools and another to place a cap on charter schools hit road blocks Thursday after failing passage out of their houses of origin, the Los Angeles Times reports. $$

6. A bluegrass band from Baltimore has created a catchy tune inspired by Oakland's "Pothole Vigilantes," a growing group of residents who fill potholes by the light of moon, SFGate reports.

7. The Warriors dropped Game 1 of the NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors Thursday night, 118-109, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday evening in Toronto. $$

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