Alameda County News

Attorneys for Ghost Ship defendant granted public funds for defense

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 20:37
Briggs asked Judge James Cramer to consider appointing him as attorney — but appointed by the court, paid by Alameda County. In court on Tuesday, the judge said it was a “complicated and involved case,” and that Briggs had spent a great deal of time on it so far, and is knowledgable on the case.

Hung jury leads to mistrial in Berkeley indecent exposure case; Turner released

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 20:26
The Alameda County Superior Court trial began last week Tuesday, and jury deliberations ended Friday at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland. One juror was replaced after he repeatedly dozed off during testimony, at one point announcing, with a startle, “I'm awake.” Turner made ...

Caltrans braces for fires, floods, storms due to climate change

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 19:30
Sea levels and storms: Right now, Caltrans anticipates that a once-in-a-century storm would put about 5.6 miles of highway underwater in Alameda County, and 10.6 in Marin County. By 2055, those projections rise to 10 and 13.5 respectively. By 2085 they become 25.3 and 19.5. “Many of these state ...

SCOTUS Review Sought In Challenge Of <b>Alameda County</b> Gun Store Ban

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 19:18
BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attorneys for the Second Amendment Foundation and its partners in a challenge of an Alameda County, California zoning ordinance that effectively bans gun stores have filed a writ of certiorari seeking review by the Supreme Court of the ...

Dining deals: Oakland, San Jose, Concord, Gilroy, <b>Alameda</b>

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 18:56
An extra: Some restaurants are donating a portion of the proceeds to the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Menus, details: · San Jose, Jan. 15-28: This promotion, originally devoted to downtown, has expanded in length and scope. Called #SanJoseEATS, it's now 14 days ...

Opinion: Berkeley Police Association PR campaign distorts evidence

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 18:56
BPD salaries are on par with the average in Alameda County, below those for Fremont, Emeryville, and Hayward, but above those of Pleasanton, Oakland and Piedmont. But compare police compensation in Berkeley to the average salary in Berkeley of $59,767, or of a Berkeley high school teacher: ...

Predictions 2018: Energy storage growth shows no sign of slowing down

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 18:45
East Bay Clean Energy (a community choice aggregation agency in Alameda County) and PG&E announced the West Oakland Clean Energy Project. There aggregated DERs will provide transmission services that would otherwise be provided by a new conventional 230 kV transmission line.

Tuesday&#39;s Briefing: Oakland Councilor Brooks Ordered to Pay $550K for Assault; Three Dead in ...

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 18:22
1. A jury ordered Oakland City Councilmember Desley Brooks to personally pay $550,000 to ex-Black Panther Elaine Brown for assaulting her in 2016, reports David DeBolt of the East Bay Times$. The same Alameda County Superior Court jury ordered the city of Oakland last month to pay Brown $3.75 ...

Supreme Court asked to recognize a Second Amendment right to sell guns

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:18
A man who was blocked from opening a gun store in California asked the Supreme Court this week to review his case, saying Alameda County's prohibition violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. John Teixeira filed an appeal to the high court Monday, according to his attorney Alan Gura.

California State Senator Introduces New Accessory Dwelling Unit Bill to Allow More Homeowners ...

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:41
... date on ADUs and the harmful impact fees have on hindering development. Just like SB 1069 and SB 229, Wieckowski's prior ADU bills, SB 831 is sponsored by the Bay Area Council. Wieckowski represents the 10th District, which includes southern Alameda County and northeast Santa Clara County.

Appeals court rules for CA property owner

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:30
"Things got so bad in Oakland that the Alameda County grand jury actually issued a report condemning the building code's practice,” says PLF attorney Jonathan Wood, who is representing Lippman. Wood further alleges that the city had "created an atmosphere of hostility towards property owners and ...

“Combative” Mohammed Abraar Ali Killed Police Officer Andrew Camilleri

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 05:15
On Christmas Eve, California Highway Patrol officers Andrew Camilleri and Jonathan Velasquez were patrolling the Bay Area for drunk drivers when they pulled to the side of Interstate 880. At 11:30 pm, according to Alameda County documents, a red Cadillac CTS-V drove “directly into the path of the ...

Ghost Ship creative director will ask for funds for his defense

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 02:15
14, at the end of a preliminary hearing that lasted six days, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Horner ordered Harris and Ghost Ship master tenant Derick Almena, 47, to stand trial on 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for their role in the deadly fire during a music party at the warehouse ...

Prop 65 Victory For Defendants – Defendants Are Entitled To Have Their Cases Heard In the ...

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 01:41
Prop 65 Plaintiffs routinely file most Prop 65 cases in Alameda County, presumably because they believe it is a plaintiff-friendly forum. However, the California Court of Appeal recently issued a victory for Prop 65 defendants, finding that Prop 65 matters may be transferred to the venue where the cause ...

Car on fire and accident blocks left lanes on eastbound San Mateo Bridge

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 01:18
ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KTVU) - California Highway Patrol is reporting an accident and sever traffic alert on eastbound CA-92 on the San Mateo Bridge's flat section in Alameda County. Left lanes are blocked. The accident was first reported shortly after 4 p.m.. Motorists are advised to expect delays ...

Left lanes blocked in both directions of San Mateo Bridge due to car fire

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 00:56
ALAMEDA COUNTY (KRON) — The left lanes are blocked in both directions of the San Mateo Bridge due to a car fire, according to the CHP. The fire broke out at around 4:48 p.m. in the flat section of the bridge in Alameda County. Drivers are being asked to use alternate routes and to avoid the area.

Pot may be legal in California, but non-citizens still have cause for worry

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 00:11
In this Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, an employee stocks cannabis at a store shortly before its first day of recreational marijuana sales in San Francisco. Noah Berger, AP. California legalized marijuana on New Year's Day. But pot possession and use could still have dire effects for non-citizens and ...

Opinion: Oakland Should Reject Jobs Policies that Increase Discrimination

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 23:03
Yet, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County has requested the City of Oakland (City) adopt a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on projects funded by the Measure BB Transportation and Housing Bond Measure (Bond) approved by residents of Oakland for $346 million.

Pot may be legal in California but noncitizens still have cause for worry

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 23:02
“It's really unfortunate,” says Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods. “For immigrants, anyone who is convicted of possession of over 30 grams of marijuana, whether here legally or not, will be deportable.” Noncitizens may have even more cause for worry after Attorney General Jeff Sessions ...

Ex-Black Panther awarded punitive damages over fight with councilwoman

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 22:52
In its Dec.22 verdict, the Alameda County Superior Court jury decided that Brooks had attacked Brown without justification at an Oakland bar and grill in 2015 after an argument over a housing project that Brown was promoting. Brown, 76, tumbled over a stack of chairs, landed on the back of her head ...