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Judge denies motion to dismiss Ghost Ship fire charges

An Alameda County Superior Court judge Friday denied a defense motion to dismiss the 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter Ghost Ship master tenant Derick Almena and Max Harris face for their alleged roles in a fire at the Oakland warehouse in December 2016 that killed 36 people.

Oakland to responds to DOJ letter on sanctuary policy

The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a letter to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf seeking information about her city's sanctuary policy.

Contra Costa County GOP favors releasing inmate info

The Contra Costa Republican Party and a gubernatorial candidate spoke out today in favor of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office's practice of publishing release dates and personal information of jail inmates.

Credit union files taxi medallion suit against SFMTA

A credit union that helped The City of San Francisco sell taxi medallions has sued a city agency over financial losses caused by the collapse in value of the medallions amid the rise of ride-booking services such as Uber and Lyft.

Schaaf dismisses attorney general’s criticism

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, responded to a fresh round of criticism from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this afternoon, telling reporters:  "No one elected me to be fearful." Sessions condemned her this morning for warning the public about last week's immigration sweeps.

Students walk out to support stricter gun laws

Several dozen students walked out of class at Alameda High School in solidarity with the victims of the shooting at a Florida school last week in which 17 people were killed, school and police officials said.

New state law hampers workplace ICE raids

California employers can't voluntarily let immigration officials access private employee records other than I-9 employment eligibility verification forms without a subpoena or a warrant signed by a judge, according to a new state law that went into effect Jan. 1.

Attorney says officer should be charged in shooting

Civil rights attorney John Burris said Tuesday that a BART police officer who fatally shot a suspect near the West Oakland BART station last month should be prosecuted for murder because the suspect wasn't armed and wasn't posing a threat at the time.

Former Uber CEO denies hiring engineer for trade secrets

Former Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick wrapped up his second and last day on the stand in federal court in San Francisco Wednesday by repeating his claim that he didn't hire a top Google engineer for the purpose of stealing technology secrets for driverless cars.

Court to decide if SFPD officers violated ADA by shooting mentally ill woman

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left a lower court to decide whether two San Francisco police officers violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they entered a mentally ill woman’s bedroom and shot her as she attacked them with…

Judge dismisses portions of waterfront development lawsuit

A San Francisco Superior Court judge is allowing a lawsuit to proceed that could invalidate a 2014 voter-approved ballot measure, known as Proposition B, which requires developers to seek approval from voters prior to construction of any project that exceeds…

State, local legislators propose ban on chewing tobacco at ballparks

Both California and San Francisco lawmakers have introduced legislation that could keep chewing tobacco out of baseball parks, including the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park. State Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit the use of smokeless…

 

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