Thursday's Briefing: Man who killed McElhaney's grandson convicted of murder; Oakland isn't building enough affordable housing

Berkeley to study ferry service


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Oakland Councilmember Lynette McElhaney

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News you don't want to miss for Mar. 14: 

1. It's been a trying week for Oakland Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, who lost her son in a tragic shooting last weekend. But she received some closure on another front after a jury convicted a Vallejo man who shot and killed Torian Hughes in 2015, the 17-year-old who McElhaney referred to as her grandson, of first-degree murder, NBC Bay Area reports. 

2. Oakland's building boom is undeniable. Just look at all the cranes downtown. But lost in the numbers is the fact Oakland is failing to build affordable housing, the East Bay Times reports. $$ 

3. Ferry service may be coming to Berkeley in a few years, Emilie Raguso reports in Berkeleyside. The Berkeley City Council approved a public planning process for ferry service possibly at a rebuilt Berkeley pier or other locations. 

4. Oakland continues to study the feasibility of a public bank that could also include other East Bay cities and Alameda County. The San Francisco Examiner reports that a bill introduced this week in the state Assembly could pave the way for such an institutionthat could offer local residents and business owners low-interest loans, and other banking instruments. 

5. Alameda County Sheriff's deputies fired on a vehicle at a thrift store in unincorporated Ashland, near San Leandro, killing one suspect and injuring another, KRON reports. 

6. Alameda named Yibin Shen as its next city attorney, the East Bay Citizen reports. Rental housing activists in Alameda may view the selection in a favorable light. Just last week, the Santa Monica City Attoney's Office, which Shen is a part of, celebrated three legal victories against short-term rental scofflaws. 

7. Participants in the Oakland Marathon on Mar. 24 will compete for a portion of the race on the Bay Bridge's new pedestrian pathwaySFGate reports. 

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