On this episode of WTF California, we discuss how people with high emotional intelligence are less likely to fall for fake news, the City of Oakland continues to see increase in shootings, Richmond Police Officer Benjamin Therriault is challenging Sheriff David Livingston in the upcoming election for Contra Costa County Sheriff. Meanwhile, proposes laws would strip police officers of their badges while a San Jose Assemblyman is proposing a wealth tax.
- People with high emotional intelligence less likely to fall for ‘fake news’
GLASGOW, Scotland — Misinformation and fake news continue to be a major problem across social media platforms. Now, a new study reports people with high emotional intelligence are much less likely to fall for deceptive and untrue news items.
- Oakland Police Department Reports 158% Increase in ShotSpotter Activations
There were 216 ShotSpotter Activations reported from 3/8-3/14, up 158% YTD. There were 51 instances of gunfire. So far this year, officers have recovered 209 firearms. Working together as a community, we can reduce the level of violence in our city
- Richmond Police union boss aims to unseat sheriff in Contra Costa County
A police union boss in Richmond has made his bid to unseat the longtime sheriff of Contra Costa County, days after a high-profile shooting by a sheriff’s employee in Danville. Benjamin Therriault, 38, is no outsider — California law requires that sheriff candidates have law enforcement certification. He has done police work for years, having served in the U.S. Air Force Security Forces before joining the Richmond Police Department in 2009.
- California Bills Would Take Badges From Misbehaving Law Enforcement Officers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — California would start licensing law enforcement officers, create a way to end their careers for misbehavior including racial bias, and make it easier to sue them for monetary damages under an expanded version of legislation that died at the end of last year’s legislative session, supporters said Tuesday.
- San Jose Assemblyman Lee Proposes Tax on Ultra-Rich
SAN JOSE (CBS SF/BCN) — A state assemblymember representing San Jose announced a tax proposal for the ultra-rich on Monday that California voters could approve in 2022 if the state Legislature places it on the ballot. Assemblyman Alex Lee, D-San Jose, joined other state legislators and advocates to announce the plan to impose a 1% annual tax on net household wealth of more than $50 million and an additional 0.5% on household wealth of more than $1 billion.
- San Mateo County first Bay Area region to reach coveted orange tier since last fall
SAN MATEO, Calif. (KTVU) – San Mateo County on Tuesday officially moved into the state’s orange tier, becoming the first Bay Area region to do so since last fall.
- First Cases of U.K. COVID Variant Detected in Contra Costa
Laboratory results have revealed the first two known cases of the highly infectious U.K. variant (B.1.117) in Contra Costa County. The B.1.117 variant, dubbed the U.K. variant because it is believed to have originated in the United Kingdom, is more contagious than others and possibly more deadly.
- Newsom Defends Feinstein, Says He’s Not Expecting Retirement
Newsom was asked Monday on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” if he would commit to replacing Feinstein with a Black woman if she leaves the Senate before her term ends in January 2025. When former California Sen. Kamala Harris became vice president, the chamber was left with no Black women; Newsom appointed Sen. Alex Padilla to fill the role, making him the state’s first Latino U.S. senator.
- U.S. air travel reaches highest levels since pandemic hit as more Americans get vaccinated
The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 1.3 million people both Friday and Sunday, setting a new high since the coronavirus outbreak devastated travel a year ago. Airlines say they believe the numbers are heading up, with more people booking flights for spring and summer.
- AMC aims to reopen California theaters next week
SAN DIEGO — AMC says it hopes to reopen nearly all of its California locations next week if local authorities allow.
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Potential wealth tax should definitely be looked at. Also, can California sustain 40 million people in this state where we have serious problems with drought? No one has addressed that. I’ve researched the number of people who lived here from the 1930’s to 2020 and there has been a tremendous increase. Summers are hotter and water is depleted on top of the droughts. We conserve, but where does it end. Many friends and relatives have left the state for areas with more rainfall and fewer fires (western Oregon and western Washington states). Quite a few headed for Idaho . . and, of course, there is TEXAS and settled along the gulf coast.
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