Monday, November 4, 2019

Monday’s Briefing: Alameda councilman wants secret recording released to the public; Orinda eyes ban on AirBNB rental

Kamala Harris’s campaign is closing some New Hampshire offices

By Steven Tavares
Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 4:00 AM

click to enlarge Alameda Councilmembers Jim Oddie and Malia Vella were accused by the city's former city manager of political interference two years ago. - STEVEN TAVARES
  • Steven Tavares
  • Alameda Councilmembers Jim Oddie and Malia Vella were accused by the city's former city manager of political interference two years ago.


News you don’t want to miss for Nov. 4:

1. In the wake of the Orinda shootings on Halloween night that occurred at an AirBNB rental, banning short-term rentals could be on the table when the Orinda City Council next meets, KGO-TV reports. Five people died at the party. No arrests have been made. Meanwhile, AirBNB announced it will ban so-called “party houses,” like the rental in Orinda, TechCrunch reports.

2. Alamedans have been clamoring for it and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley urged for its release earlier this month. Now, Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie said the secret audio recording of a meeting created by former City Manager Jill Keimach with the intent of gathering evidence of wrongdoing by him and Councilmember Malia Vella, should be released to the public, the East Bay Citizen reports.

3. President Trump declared “no more” federal aid for California in a tweet Sunday morning, Vox reports. As fires continue to burn all over the state, Trump added, California officials had failed to heed his previous warnings last year to “clean the forest floor” of brush.

4. The blackouts in Northern California were followed by more suspected wildfires started by its power lines, J.D. Morris in the San Francisco Chronicle lays out the California Public Utilities Commission’s task of regulating PG&E. $$

5. Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s bill to ban for-profit prisons in the state was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last September. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the U.S. Immigration, Customs Enforcement, in the meantime, want to sign five-year contracts with private prisons, including beds for 5,000 immigration detainees, before the ban the law goes into effect on Jan. 1.

6. Sen. Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign reshuffled her staff last week, now she has closed three offices in New Hampshire. Is there a way back for a campaign that once had so much promise? The Hill reports.

7. The long lines at Tucker’s Ice Cream in Alameda may not be human, but canines after the venerable Park Street institution unveiled a banana and peanut peanut yogurt created just for dogs, the East Bay Times reports.

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