Wednesday's Briefing: Oakland's next chief of police must be progressive, police commission chair said; Trump can withhold funding to sanctuary cities

Strange smell at Oakland Airport sends four to hospital


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Oakland Police Commissioner Ginale Harris responded to an accusation by outgoing Oakland chief of police Anne Kirkpatrick.

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News you don't want to miss for Feb. 26:

1. Oakland Police Commission Chair Regina Jackson believes the city's next chief of police must be a progressive leader who engages with the community on a personal level, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The police commission fired chief of police Anne Kirkpatrick last week. It's the commission's role to now locate a number of possible replacements for the mayor to choose from. $$

2. Kirkpatrick alleged she was fired for not waiving a $166 towing fee for Oakland Police Commissioner Ginale Harris. Harris called the accusation "atrocious slander," KTVU reports.

3. The California Lottery has shortchanged schools $36 million in funding, the state's auditor found, the Sacramento Bee reports. Lottery revenues more than double over the last decade, but the amount given to state schools lagged in comparison. $$

4. “No more disasters, no more catastrophes, no more fatalities,” PG&E CEO Bill Johnson told the California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. Johnson blamed PG&E's past woes on the previous management of the utility and said 80 percent of them no longer work for the company.

5. An Appeals Court ruled the Trump administration can withhold federal funding from sanctuary citiesThe Hill reports. The judge said the attorney general has the right to place conditions on funding. The ruling could impact Oakland, and several other sanctuary cities in the East Bay.

6. A strange odor emanating from a box at the Oakland Airport sent four workers to the hospitalFox News reports. Oakland firefighters were summoned to the airport on Tuesday morning. They are still investigating the cause of odor.

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