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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tuesday's Briefing: Raiders Back to Coliseum, and State Tax Proposals

Plus, crunchy cannabis clusters

By Steven Tavares
Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 4:00 AM

Stories you don’t want to miss for Feb. 26:

1. Oakland Unified School District’s state oversight trustee said the teachers union’s demand for a 12 percent wage increase was beyond the district's ability to pay, and that he would will “stay or rescind any agreement” that includes the figure, the East Bay Times reports. The state has oversight of the school district after loaning it $100 million in 2004. A balance of roughly $30 millions remains. Meanwhile, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, along with negotiators from the union and school district met in talks until late Monday. They will resume negotiations today. $$

2. A deal to allow the Raiders to play at the Oakland Coliseum is all but wrapped up, says the NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport. According to the report, the Raiders and the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority have agreed in principle to a lease agreement to be finalized possibly by this Wednesday and ready for a vote by JPA on Friday or next week.

3. The proposed clustering of cannabis dispensaries in one particular area of a city is becoming a hot-button issue in several East Bay communities. Berkeley could have three dispensaries within a six-block area of Telegraph Avenue near U.C. Berkeley, Berkeleyside reports. Recently, Alameda and Hayward have or will be tackling variations of the same issue, as they begin their own nascent cannabis industries.

4. Are Democrats in Sacramento aiming too high this year when it comes to proposed tax legislation? The Sacramento Bee’s Andrew Sheeler lists all the proposed tax bills including a oil excise tax proposed by East Bay state Sen. Bob Wieckowski. Take note: A tampon tax bill — albeit tax exemption —proposed again in the Assembly is set to be endorsed next week by the Alameda City Council next week.

5. East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell’s interest for running for president is well-known. But his speech last weekend in New Hampshire, site of the country’s first primary, is his most policy-oriented yet. In the speech, reports WMUR, a New Hampshire television station, Swalwell said, “Go big. Be bold. Do good, while advocating for universal health care, elimination of the federal college loan rate, and allowing college graduates to refinance their school loans.

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