Thursday’s Daily Briefing: Air District Targets Climate Change; Alameda Reinstates Fire Inspections

Plus, UC Berkeley cancels Ann Coulter speech, but she vows to appear anyway.


Stories you shouldn’t miss for April 20, 2017:

1. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District approved a sweeping new plan to target climate change, calling for cuts to greenhouse gases throughout the region, reports Kurtis Alexander of the San Francisco Chronicle. The ambitious plan lays out 85 climate change proposals, from reducing refinery emissions to discouraging car use and eliminating parking requirements for new housing in transit-oriented neighborhoods.

2. The Alameda City Council voted 4-1 to reinstate the fire department’s fire inspection team, reports Steven Tavares of the East Bay Citizen. The city has failed to inspect the vast majority of buildings on the Island after the council eliminated the fire inspection bureau in a cost-cutting move in 2009. The reinstated team will cost the city about $800,000 a year, along with about $188,000 in a startup costs. Mayor Trish Spencer was the lone vote against the plan.

3. UC Berkeley canceled a speech scheduled for next week by right-wing, anti-immigrant firebrand Ann Coulter, citing fears about rioting, but Coulter said she plans to appear anyway, reports Nanette Asimov of the San Francisco Chronicle. Coulter was invited by the Berkeley College Republicans, which had also invited anti-Muslim speaker Milo Yiannopoulos earlier this year. His speech also was canceled because of rioting.

4. A public watchdog group has pushed for an independent audit of Peralta Colleges, alleging that the community college system has illegally used millions of dollars of parcel funds intended for faculty salaries on pay hikes and fringe benefits for non-academic staff, reports Ted Andersen of the San Francisco Chronicle$.

5. And Genova Delicatessen, an Oakland institution, announced that it’s closing its ravioli factory on Broadway—a year after it shuttered its iconic deli in the city’s Temescal district, reports David DeBolt of the East Bay Times$.

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Published April 20, 2017 at 10:19 a.m.

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