Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wednesday Must Reads: Oakland Council Rejects A’s Lease Deal; Berkeley Council Puts Soda Tax on Ballot

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council rejected the latest version of a proposed lease deal with the A’s at the Coliseum, and plans to submit a counter proposal later this week, the Trib$ reports. The council turned down a proposal that sought to forgive a $5 million debt that the A’s owe the city and Alameda County in back rent. The proposed deal also called for lowering the team’s annual rent payments at the Coliseum.

2. The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to place a soda tax measure on the November ballot, the Trib$ reports. The measure would establish a one-cent-per-one ounce tax on sugary beverages sold in the city. The soda industry spent more than $2.5 million in 2012 to defeat a similar measure in Richmond.

3. Californians are unhappy about the growing gap between rich and poor in the state, but disagree on how to solve the problem, the SacBee$ reports, citing a new Field Poll. Democratic voters want to raise the minimum wage as a way to address income inequality, but a majority of Republican voters does not.

4. And a federal civil jury ruled that the 2009 fatal shooting of Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland by then-transit cop Johannes Mehserle was accidental, and declined to award damages to Grant’s father, the Trib$ reports.

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