Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday Must Read: OPD Must Now Report to Court Monitor; Swanson Drops Out of Senate Race

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A federal judge effectively stripped Oakland Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan and city officials of their power, ordering them to consult with the independent monitor overseeing the department before making any major decisions about police, the Bay Citizen reports. Judge Thelton Henderson, angry about the police department’s lack of progress in implementing mandated reforms, also told Jordan, Mayor Jean Quan, and City Administrator Deanna Santana that if they choose to ignore the recommendations of monitor Robert Warshaw, a former police chief of Rochester, New York, then they must come to court to explain why. The extraordinary move by Henderson also apparently means that he does not plan to put the department in receivership right away.

2. Assemblyman Sandre Swanson has dropped his bid to challenge state Senator Loni Hancock in this year’s senate race, the Trib reports. Swanson, instead, endorsed Hancock, and she, in turn, endorsed him for 2016.

3. The City of Oakland is banking on the passage of a countywide sales tax to help finance its massive overhaul of the former Oakland Army Base now that redevelopment has been killed statewide, the Chron reports. The city had been counting on redevelopment funds to help pay to turn the base into a sprawling commercial area that would serve the Port of Oakland.

4. Support for Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed tax measure has increased statewide and now stands at 68 percent, the Chron reports, citing a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. However, it’s unclear how Brown’s measure, which includes an increase to the state sales tax along with a tax-the-rich plan, will stack up against others that only seek to raise taxes on the wealthy. The poll showed that only 35 percent of voters approve of a sales tax increase.

5. And solar power installations are booming in California, having doubled in the past two years, the Mercury News reports, citing a new study.

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