Monday, June 17, 2019

Monday's Briefing: Concord man arrested for making alleged threats against synagogue; Mother disputes shooting by San Leandro Police

New BART cars will be assembled in Pittsburg

By Steven Tavares
Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge A person was shot Sunday night while traveling through the Caldecott Tunnel. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • A person was shot Sunday night while traveling through the Caldecott Tunnel.


News you don't want to miss for June 17:

1. Concord Police, working with the F.B.I., arrested 23-year-old Ross Farca after he made threats against a Jewish synagogue, the East Bay Times reports. Farca made the comments in a video game chat room.

2. Anthony Gomez, 56, was fatally shot by San Leandro Police last week after mistaking a piece of wood in Gomez's hand for a firearm. Gomez's mother disputes the events police said led to the shooting, that he was wielding a machete beforehand and exposing himself to children, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

3.A motorist traveling westbound on Highway 24 was shot while driving through the Caldecott Tunnel, Bay City News reports. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. Sunday night.

4. Bombadier, the Canadian company creating BART's new rail cars, is opening a plant in Pittsburg, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. This means much of BART new fleet will be assembled in the East Bay. Bombadier hopes to hire 50 employees for the plant. Meanwhile, BART is phasing out paper tickets by the end of this year. $$

5. Why is California's deep blue politics giving progressives the blues? The state's Democratic supermajority has turned away legislation this session on charter schools, oil production, data privacy, e-cigarettes, soda, and renters' rights. CalMatters reports the moderates in the Legislature and big-time special interest lobbying still carries the day.

6. Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab received some national attention in The Washington Post this weekend. The first-ever Afghan American to win elected office in the U.S. is running for Rep. Eric Swalwell's seat as he runs for president. "A millennial with direct experience with America's foreign policy and its consequences would enter the House as a national figure," Dave Wiegel writes of Wahab. Swalwell, though, may come back to run for seat next year. $$

7. Sergio Taylor, 20, has been charged for impersonating a police officer three times within the past month. After a third arrest last week in Oakland, an Alameda County Superior Court judge released Taylor on $5,000 bail, despite the wishes of prosecutors who wanted him taken into custody, SFGate reports. Taylor was also arrested in Berkeley and San Leandro for the same offense.

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