Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Must Reads: OPD Refuses to Identify Suspects Arrested in Ceasefire; Monstrous Yosemite Blaze Tops 100,000 Acres

By Robert Gammon
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland police officials are refusing to identify eight men that they say they arrested as part of the city’s Ceasefire crime prevention program, the Chron reports. OPD said that releasing the names of the arrestees could jeopardize the department’s ongoing investigation of criminal street gangs that it believes are responsible for much of the violence in Oakland. But legal experts say that the refusal to identify those arrested could violate the suspects’ civil rights.

The Rim Fire
  • The Rim Fire
2. The monstrous “rim’ fire has spread into Yosemite National Park after nearly doubling in size since yesterday and growing to more than 105,000 acres, NBC Bay Area reports. About 2,000 firefighters are battling the massive blaze, but it’s only 2 percent contained because it’s raging in rugged, steep terrain. Several popular family camps remain in danger, including Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp, Camp Tawonga, Camp Mather, and San Jose Family Camp.

3. The bike and pedestrian path on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge is slated to open on September 3, not long after the new bridge opens to traffic, the Chron reports. The path, however, will not connect to Treasure Island for another two years.

4. A federal judge has ordered the release of freshwater from Trinity Dam in Northern California to prevent a massive die off of salmon in the Trinity River, AP reports (via Rough & Tumble). The judge denied a request from major agribusinesses in the San Joaquin Valley to block the release of the water so they could have it for farming.

5. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued the accrediting organization that is threatening to shut down the City College of San Francisco, the Chron reports. Herrera contends that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges has targeted CCSF because it refused to downsize.

6. Embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has agreed to resign from office after at least eighteen women accused the Democrat of sexual harassment, the LA Times$ reports.

7. And the ultra-conservative Koch brothers have decided not to purchase the LA Times and other Tribune Company newspapers after concluding that they’re not financially viable, the LA Times$ reports.

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