Thursday, June 6, 2019

Thursday's Briefing: Prosecution wraps up its case in Ghost Ship trial; Foul called on Oakland official for taking Warriors tickets

Grand jury seeks removal of Contra Costa County assessor

By Steven Tavares
Thu, Jun 6, 2019 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge Firefighters putting out the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland in December 2016. - SEUNG LEE
  • Seung Lee
  • Firefighters putting out the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland in December 2016.

News you don't want to miss for June 6:

1. Ghost Ship trial: The prosecution rested its case Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, ending more than four weeks of testimony against Derick Almena and Max Harris, who are facing 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter following the deadly December 2016 warehouse fire. $$

2. State legislation to encourage new housing around transit hubs may have been sidetracked, but that isn't stopping Oakland. A proposed 23-story tower with 1,000 housing units, office and retail space next to the West Oakland BART station is coming before the Oakland Planning Commission, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

3. A Contra Costa County Grand Jury is seeking to remove Assessor Gus Kramer from office following allegations he created a hostile work environment and made offensive remarks about minorities in the office, KPIX reports. The accusations were filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court.

4. A seldom used fossil fuel plant near Jack London Square is about to become a battery installation after East Bay Community Energy board members approved a contract with the owners of the plant, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

5. Oakland Councilmember Nikki Bas Fortunato blamed her staff for a mix-up involving two tickets to the NBA Finals Game 6 matchup at Oracle Arena, The Mercury News reports. Chief of staff for Bas Fortunato said the councilmember did not plan to attend the game, which will be the final game ever at Oracle Arena, and will give the tickets to city workers and members of the community. $$

6. Toronto's clutch shooting and a seriously depleted Warriors roster led to the Raptors 123-109 victory in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, CBS News reports. Toronto leads the series, 2-1. The Warriors were without Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Kevon Looney, but were boosted by 47 points from Stephen Curry.

7. Meanwhile, the Raptors were lucky to get to Oracle Arena in time for the game based on a tweet from the team announcing their arrival in the Bay Area on the Golden Gate Bridge, SFGate reports. Of course, the correct span would be the Bay Bridge.

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