Wednesday’s Briefing: #JoggerJoe Arrested; Initiative to Divide California Qualifies for November Ballot
Plus, thousands of ballots still uncounted in Alameda County.
The man known as #JoggerJoe — who was caught on video throwing away a homeless man’s belongings at Lake Merritt, and then was filmed attacking and stealing the phone of a man who confronted him the next day — was arrested Monday on suspicion of first-degree robbery. Henry Sintay is being held at Santa Rita Jail on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court today. (San Francisco Chronicle)
An initiative that would divide California into three new states has qualified for the November ballot, the Secretary of State’s office confirmed yesterday. The proposal being pushed by Silicon Valley venture capital investor Tim Draper would include Northern California (north of Monterey, east and north to Nevada, and north to the Oregon border), Southern California (everything else around the coast from Monterey to Los Angeles), and California (a coastal strip running south from Monterey to just past Los Angeles.) (East Bay Times)
A new homeless shelter run by the city of Berkeley will open its doors to 50 homeless people on June 23. Located on Second and Cedar streets, the Pathways navigation center will provide 50 beds in shared trailer housing as well as supportive services such as counseling, transition housing, and job assistance. (Daily Cal)
There are still 46,354 vote-by-mail ballots uncounted in Alameda County — votes that will be crucial for Dan Kalb and Jovanka Beckles, who continue to be in a tight race for second place for Assembly District 15. (Berkeleyside)
An inmate was found dead in a shower in an apparent suicide — the second inmate to commit suicide in a Contra Costa County jail in a little more than a week. Deputies say they found Phillip Andrew Jacobsen, who was being held at the Martinez Detention Facility on child molestation charges, hanging in a shower yesterday morning. The death is being investigated. (San Francisco Chronicle)
UC Berkeley researchers have successfully harvested water from the air in the desert using solar power. (Daily Cal)
And in case you missed yesterday’s Warriors’ parade, here are some photos.