Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thursday Must Read: Nava Family Opposes Curfew and Gang Injunction; Embattled Oakland Schools Police Chief Retires

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Relatives of 3-year-old Carlos Nava, who was gunned down last week in East Oakland, criticized a renewed call by some city councilmembers to institute a curfew for teens and to expand gang injunctions, the Trib reports. The proposal by Councilmen Ignacio De La Fuente and Larry Reid came in response to Nava’s tragic death. But relatives of the boy noted yesterday that a curfew for teens would not have prevented his murder because the suspects are in their twenties. The relatives also advocated for more resources for education and social programs. De La Fuente and Reid have failed in previous efforts to institute a citywide curfew and expand gang injunctions.

2. Oakland schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, who allegedly went on an N-word tirade against a black police officer under his command, retired yesterday from the force. Sarna’s attorney told the Chron that he was drunk when he went on the racsict rant, and that he has a drinking problem. The attorney also said that Sarna has entered an alcohol abuse program. Sarna previously had to quit a high-ranking position under then-state Attorney General Jerry Brown after he got drunk and crashed his car.

3. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission rescinded its vote to leave Oakland and buy a giant warehouse in San Francisco, and instead appointed a committee to study the issue, the Trib and Chron report. MTC came under intense criticism because it planned to use taxpayer funds on what amounted to real estate speculation. In addition, Oakland officials said that a consultant who recommended the move to San Francisco had overstated the costs of keeping the agency in Oakland.

4. Hackers attacked BART again, releasing personal information of BART police officers in response to the agency’s decision to shutdown cellphone service last week. Over the weekend, hackers released personal info of some BART customers. BART has come under fire for shutting down cellphone service and is being investigated by the FCC for possible violations of federal law.

5. UC officials have decided to spend $140 million from increased student tuition on raises for employees who make up to $200,000, the Chron reports. UC says it needs to hand out the raises in order to keep workers from leaving. UC has repeatedly raised tuition in recent years in order to balance its budget.

6. And Governor Jerry Brown rejected a proposal by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to overhaul Prop 13, AP reports. Earlier this week, Villaraigosa proposed closing a loophole in Prop 13 that allows corporations to avoid paying higher taxes on commercial property in California.

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