Monday’s Briefing: Oakland City Attorney Says Funding Proposal Partly Illegal; Berkeley Cannabis Shop to Focus on Seniors and People of Color

Plus, arrests for DUIs in the Bay Area have declined thanks to ride-sharing services.


Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker issued an opinion saying Councilwoman Desley Brooks’ proposal for funding job-training centers violates state and federal laws.

A funding proposal from Oakland City Councilmember Desley Brooks is partly illegal, according to an opinion issued by Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker. Brooks’ proposal would take a percentage of various funding streams, including voter-approved bond measures, and give them to job-training organizations in the city. The city council is expected to consider the plan tomorrow night. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A soon-to-be-built cannabis shop in Berkeley will be the first such business owned by an African American senior in the Bay Area. Sue Taylor’s new dispensary, iCANN Berkeley, is also the city’s fourth permitted cannabis shop and will focus on educating seniors and people of color. (East Bay Times)

Arrests for DUIs in the Bay Area have declined thanks to the rise of ride-sharing services. Studies have found that arrests declined 14 percent in the San Francisco-Oakland area in the two years after ride-hailing began in the area. (East Bay Times)

A measure to ban cages for chickens, pigs, and veal calves will appear before California voters in November. If it passes, the initiative will require hens in California to be allotted a square foot of space by 2019, and be entirely cage-free by 2021. (East Bay Times)

Responding to outcry from community groups and residents, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff and Councilmember Abel Guillen introduced a resolution to help curb illegal dumping — by hiring three litter enforcement officers who would go through illegally dumped items to look for clues of the dumpers’ identity, and submit findings to the city attorney’s office. (East Bay Times)

Immigration rights activists held a public “tribunal” on Saturday at the West County Detention Facility to highlight alleged abuses and human rights violations against detained undocumented immigrants. About 200 people are held at the Richmond jail while waiting for court dates, visa applications, and deportations. (East Bay Times)

The nation’s oldest gay bar, White Horse Bar, along with Friends of Upper Telegraph, have launched a petition to install a rainbow crosswalk near the historic LGBTQ establishment. (Hoodline)

Janelle Monae has been added to the lineup for this year’s Outside Lands festival. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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