Wednesday's Briefing: Master tenant said Ghost Ship was unoccupied, says fire captain; Audit Ahern's sherrif's department gains steam

Here comes the rain again: storms arriving Wednesday, this weekend


The Alameda County Sheriff's Department, led by Gregory Ahern, is facing additional calls for a performance audit following criticism over the treatment of women inmates at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.


News you don't want to miss for May 15:

1 Ghost Ship trail: An Oakland fire captain testified that Derick Almenda, the master tenant, told him nobody was living in the warehouse when he toured the location more than two years before the tragic fire that killed 36 people, Bay City News reports. 

2. A video recording device was found in a bathroom stall on the campus of U.C. BerkeleyBerkeleyside reports. Campus police said images of 5 people were recorded last March, in addition, to 13 more last October. 

3. A resolution urging the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to audit the Alameda County Sheriff's Department was approved by an Oakland City Council committee Tuesday, KTVU reports. The legislation, backed by Councilmember Nikki Bas, follows calls by state Sen. Nancy Skinner for greater oversight of the sheriff's department. 

4. East Bay state Sen. Bob Wieckowski has authored legislation that would give struggling college graduates a tax break of up to $1,000 a year on interest paid on their school loansSan Jose Spotlight reports. 

5. Although uncommon for May, heavy rains are expected to hit to the Bay Area starting today, KRON reports. A second major storm is expected this weekend. 

6. Warriors, without Kevin Durant, made quick work of the Portland Trailblazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night in Oakland, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Meanwhile, Portland point guard and Oakland native Damian Lillard arrived at Oracle Arena wearing an A's jerseyUSA Today reports. Portland fans can't be happy about that. 

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