Monday’s Briefing: Thousands Rally for Immigrant Rights; County Fire Blankets Bay Area in Smoke

Plus, Oakland is short $860 million to cover future retiree benefits.


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Thousands rallied for immigrant rights at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond on Saturday. Protesters also connected the specific issue of family separation, which has unleashed a firestorm of criticism against the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, to broader criminal justice issues such as mass incarceration and cash bail. (East Bay Express)

The fire burning in Yolo and Napa counties grew nearly 10,000 acres overnight, with officials describing it as “definitely growing a lot faster than the previous fires” in the area. The County Fire started Saturday afternoon along Highway 16 north of Lake Berryessa. By this morning, it has burned 44,500 acres and is 3 percent contained. (San Francisco Chronicle)

An Alameda County civil grand jury report issued this week found Oakland is short $860 million to cover future retiree benefits and needs to figure out a solution soon, or risk having to cut city services. (East Bay Times)

An Oakland building inspector likely colluded with a property owner in 2016 to evict tenants from a West Oakland building by improperly declaring it unsafe, according to internal documents released by the city, which described its employee’s behavior as “a violation of the public trust.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Berkeley City Council has called for a special meeting this morning to discuss vehicle lodging and camping at the marina — specifically, whether to suspend laws that prohibit lodging in the parking lot at 199 Seawall Drive for up to 50 vehicles through at least July 31. (Berkeleyside)

Bay Area residents can expect smoke drifting southward from wildfires in Northern California to hang around for one more day. Winds are expected to swing around to the west Tuesday, sending smoke away from the Bay Area and easing health impacts in the run-up to Independence Day. (East Bay Times)

Emeryville restaurant Navi Kitchen has quietly closed, one year after opening. In an Instagram post, chef Preeti Mistry and her wife/partner Ann Nadeau wrote, “we’ve decided to close and move on to other things in our lives.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

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