Thursday’s Briefing: Kenzie Smith Is Running for Oakland City Council; Cannabis Retailers Offer Steep Discounts Ahead of July 1 Deadline
Plus, Berkeley’s Fair Campaign Practices Commission fines Mayor Jesse Arreguín for violating campaign finance laws.
Kenzie Smith (left) and Onsayo Abram were targeted by #BBQBecky at Lake Merritt.
Photo courtesy of Kenzie Smith
Kenzie Smith, one of the men targeted by #BBQBecky and who Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan nominated to the city’s Park and Recreation Advisory Commission, has entered Oakland’s District 2 City Council race. On Monday, Smith filed an intent to run in the November election. He faces incumbent Abel Guillén and housing activist Nikki Bas Fortunato. (East Bay Citizen)
Cannabis retailers are offering steep discounts on products as new testing and packaging regulations take effect July 1. After Sunday, all cannabis products in California must be tested in state-approved laboratories and sealed in child-resistant packages. To get rid of their current supply, retailers are selling non-compliant products for as much as half off. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston says there are no plans “at this time” to use the former Concord Naval Weapons Station to house as many as 47,000 immigrant detainees. Livingston also says there are no plans for relocation camps anywhere in California, according to officials at the California Office of Emergency Services. The news came hours before a special Concord City Council meeting to discuss how to deal with the issue. (East Bay Times)
Jesse Arreguín violated campaign finance laws 18 times when he ran for Berkeley mayor in 2016, according to Berkeley’s Fair Campaign Practices Commission, which recommended that his campaign committee be fined from $1,000 to $3,388. The violations happened when Arreguín’s campaign manager and treasurer, Jacquelyn McCormick, used her personal credit card 18 times to pay a total of $3,339.66 for various campaign expenses. She was not reimbursed within 45 days, as state law requires. (Berkeleyside)
A venture capital firm focused on investing in cannabis startups wants to turn an office complex on Edgewater Drive in Oakland into a huge cannabis center for manufacturing, marketing, and production. (San Francisco Business Times)
Editor's note: A previous version of this story erroneously stated that Jesse Arreguín violated 18 campaign finance laws when he ran for Berkeley mayor in 2016; in fact, he violated one law 18 times. This version has been corrected.