Monday’s Briefing: Peralta Colleges Facing Huge Budget Cuts; #BBQBecky Spurs Revitalization at Lake Merritt

Plus, Bay Area’s first urban BMX park to open in Richmond.


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The Peralta Community College District is facing an estimated $7.3 million shortfall in its tentative 2018-19 budget. Administrators are proposing cuts in discretionary spending, freezing vacant positions, and rescinding recent raises. (San Jose Mercury News)

Newly amended legislation would allow PG&E to use state-authorized bonds to settle Wine Country wildfire lawsuits costing billions of dollars, and those bonds would be paid off by the utility’s customers. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Bay Area’s first urban BMX park will open this week. Dirt World, located in Richmond and accessible by BART, is a 2.1-acre park featuring jumps, a half-pipe, a mountain biking race course, a pump track, outdoor seating, and gathering spaces. (East Bay Times)

The #BBQBecky incident has spurred revitalization at Lake Merritt, with young, predominantly African American entrepreneurs setting up shop at the lake every weekend. (KTVU)

A group of activists that have been camped outside San Francisco’s ICE offices were arrested overnight. The encampment began last week, part of a national “Occupy ICE” effort protesting ICE and President Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A 500-acre grass fire burned around Interstate 580 at the Altamont Pass, shutting down the freeway in both directions for several hours Sunday evening. Both lanes have since been reopened. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Newly released state data reveals that water from a Berkeley High School fountain contained dangerously high levels of lead, but the school district says no students were exposed to the contaminated water because the fountain was taken out of service weeks earlier. (Berkeleyside)

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