Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Wednesday’s Briefing: Judge warns defendant in Nia Wilson murder trial; Falk named interim Oakland city administrator

Poll: Bernie Sanders has 18-point lead in the California primary

By Steven Tavares
Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 4:00 AM

click to enlarge Newly-appointed interim Oakland City Administrator Steven Falk. - MTC
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  • Newly-appointed interim Oakland City Administrator Steven Falk.


News you don’t want to miss for Feb. 19:

1, The judge in the Nia Wilson murder trial said he could throw out the defedant John Lee Cowell’s previous testimony if he does not return for cross-examination, the East Bay Times report. Cowell’s discombobulated testimony last week was upended by audio recordings that showed him capable of more cogent conversations, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

2. The Oakland City Council unanimously confirmed former Lafayette city manager Steven Falk as interim city administrator, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Oakland City Administrator Sabrina Landreth announced last December that she was leaving the city, effective Mar. 11. $$

3. Sen. Bernie Sanders has jumped to a large lead in the California presidential primary, according to the latest polling, Bloomberg reports (That’s the news organization, not the candidate!). Sanders polled at 32 percent, followed by Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg, all bunched between 12 and 14 percent.

4. Uninsured Californians have a second chance at purchasing health care insurance and, thereby, avoiding being assessed a pricey penalty, the Los Angeles Times reports. Uninsured residents now have until Mar. 31 to buy health insurance. The previous deadline was Jan. 31. The state extended the deadline out of fears many Californians were unaware of the new penalties for not having health insurance. $$

5. PG&E reported quarterly losses of $3.6 billion stemming from claims against the utility for its part in the California wildfires, the Wall Street Journal reports. For the year, PG&E posted losses of $7.7 billion. It lost $6.9 billion in 2018. $$

6. A home security camera captured images of two suspected intruders entering a home in the Hiller Highlands neighborhood of Oakland, KTVU reports. A woman in the house locked herself in a room and dialed 9-1-1 after seeing one of the masked men pointing a gun. The suspects eventually left the home.

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