Friday’s Briefing: Congressional Republicans and Trump Attack FBI; 98% of California Cities Fail to Meet Housing Requirements
Plus, ICE targets 77 Northern California businesses in immigration sweep.
Stories you shouldn't miss for Feb. 2, 2018:
1. Congressional Republicans, with President Trump's blessing, released a highly disputed memo that sharply attacks the FBI and the Department of Justice for alleged bias in the Trump-Russia collusion case, the Washington Post$ reports. The memo, which was written by staffers of California GOP Congressmember Devin Nunes, alleges that FBI and DOJ officials improperly relied on the Christopher Steele dossier to obtain warrants without informing the court that Steele's firm had been paid for a time by Democratic operatives. In a highly unusual move, the FBI released a statement strongly criticizing the planned unveiling of the memo, saying it was highly misleading and omits key information. Republicans have also refused to release a Democrat prepared memo that seeks to set the record straight about the investigation.
2. Nearly 98 percent of California cities have failed to build enough housing and will now be forced to fast-track certain housing projects proposed in their jurisdictions under a new state law, reports Katy Murphy of the Bay Area News Group$, citing a new state-commissioned report. Locally, Oakland and Berkeley met their state goals for market-rate housing but failed to approve enough affordable housing. Alameda County and the city of Richmond failed to build enough of both.
3. ICE targeted 77 Northern California businesses this week in an immigration sweep as part of the Trump administration's crackdown on undocumented workers, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. Federal immigration officials are demanding that employers provide proof that their employees are documented.
4. Nearly half of the state - and most of Southern California - is back in a drought after months of dry, hot weather, reports Kurtis Alexander of the San Francisco Chronicle, citing a new report from the U.S. Drought Monitor. The Sierra snowpack registered just 27 percent of normal this week.
5. And plans to open a Boot & Shoe Service restaurant in Berkeley on Shattuck Avenue are now on hold because of sexual harassment allegations against owner Charlie Hallowell's legal, reports Tara Duggan of the San Francisco Chronicle.
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