Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thursday Must Read: Oakland Gang Violence Spreads to South Bay; Bratton Determined to Work with OPD

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Members of a street gang that police say is responsible for Oakland’s violent crime wave are also prime suspects in a deadly home-invasion robbery in the wealthy South Bay suburb of Monte Sereno, the Chron reports, citing law enforcement sources. Members of the Money Team gang in Oakland allegedly robbed and murdered Raveesh Kumra, a South Bay millionaire, after getting intelligence on his home from a prostitute. Las enforcement sources told the Chron that they believe the Money Team is responsible for several home-invasion robberies around the Bay.

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2. William Bratton, the former head of the New York and Los Angeles police departments, told the Trib that he’s still determined to help OPD deal with the city’s crime problems — despite the vocal opposition to his hiring. Bratton’s support for controversial police tactics like stop-and-frisk has engendered a strong backlash in the city. The city council is scheduled to decide Tuesday whether to okay a $250,000 contract for a consulting team that includes Bratton.

3. California Senator Dianne Feinstein says she will continue to push for a nationwide ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines despite Republican opposition, the Washington Post reports. Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid had said earlier that gun control legislation was not a high priority because he doesn’t believe it could pass the GOP-controlled House. But President Obama made it clear yesterday that a stricter federal gun law is one of the top legislative priorities of his second term.

4. Bay Area home sales rebounded strongly in 2012 as an increasing number of high-end homes changed hands and the number of foreclosures continued to decline, the Chron reports.

5. And Census data shows that California is undergoing a dramatic demographic shift, as far more immigrants from Asian countries are now coming to the state than from Latin America, the SacBee reports.

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