Friday's Briefing: 'Lives will be lost' if Alta Bates closes, Albany mayor says; Alameda Coast Guard commander charged

OPD has a plan to thwart sideshows this weekend


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Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley is slated to close within the next decade.

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News you don't want to miss for Sept. 20-22:

1. Albany Mayor Rochelle Nason said “lives will be lost” if Sutter Health closes Berkeley’s Alta Bates Hospital, the East Bay Times reports. $$

2. A U.S. Coast Guard commander from Alameda was charged with illegally importing Tramadol, an opioid pain medicationNBC Bay Area reports. James Silcox III was arrested last Tuesday at Coast Guard Island in Alameda.

3. The Alameda City Council unanimously approved a two-way dedicated bike lane to be constructed on Clement StreetStreetblog SF reports. The bike lane will extend for a lengthy portion of Alameda’s north shore.

4. Forty-one million disposable cups are used every year in Berkeley alone, said an environmental group that is launching a reusable cup program in the cityBay City News reports. Businesses in the U.C. Berkeley campus and those along Telegraph Avenue will soon begin using the stainless steel cups.

5. After a recent heavily-attended sideshow, Oakland Police said they will barricade a popular spot at 42nd Avenue near Interstate 880 this weekendNBC Bay Area reports.

6. A federal judge in Sacramento sided with President Trump’s lawyers in blocking a new California state law that requires presidential candidates in the state’s primary elections to release their tax returns, the Associated Press reports. The judge suggested the U.S. Constitution sets the rules for presidential elections, not states.

7. Imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery. A New York state senator is proposing a bill similar to East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner’s “Fair Pay for Fair Play” bill currently awaiting the governor’s signature, ESPN reports. The New York bill allows college student athletes to be paid, but also calls for universities to set aside 15 percent of their sports revenues to be divided among all student athletes.

8. The Impossible Burger is coming to the meat aisle at grocery stores, but not in the Bay Area, at least, not yet, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The makers of the plant-based meat product are located in Redwood City. $$

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