On this episode of WTF California, we discuss the lack of resources for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District which after this mornings fire in Oakley is a good reminder the solution has not been solved. We discuss the California Supreme Courts ruling on bail tied to income, lawmaker wants to do away with jaywalking fines, open mic pilot blasts Bay Area. Also, a new report by state auditor highlights $8 billion in untracked funding for jails. Some good news, City of Antioch is bringing back fireworks.
- California Supreme Court rules judges must consider ability to pay in setting bail
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that judges must consider suspects’ ability to pay when they set bail, essentially requiring that indigent defendants be freed unless they are deemed too dangerous to be released awaiting trial. “The common practice of conditioning freedom solely on whether an arrestee can afford bail is unconstitutional,” the justices said in a unanimous decision.
- Bay Area Lawmaker Seeks To Decriminalize Jaywalking, Says Citations Disproportionately Issued To People Of Color
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A Bay Area lawmaker is seeking to decriminalize jaywalking in California, saying such citations are disproportionately issued to people of color and have led to life-threatening encounters with law enforcement.
- California Auditor Rips Counties, State over Fail Funding Oversight
The state auditor on Wednesday issued a lengthy report criticizing three jails in California, singling out Santa Rita Jail for not sharing enough information about the mental health of incarcerated people and having an excess surplus of $135 million, much of which wasn’t reported properly.1 day ago
- Remaining homeless people told to leave fenced-off Echo Park Lake; LAPD detains dozens of protesters
The remaining homeless people living along Echo Park Lake were to leave by 10:30 p.m. as police continued to clash with protesters for a second night Thursday over the clearing of the long-running encampment there. Los Angeles police declared an unlawful assembly shortly after 8 p.m. to begin clearing a crowd of about 250 protesters and media from the area of Lemoyne Street and Park Avenue, after some demonstrators began flashing lights at officers in riot gear.
- Hot mic: Airline pilot caught ranting about the Bay Area
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – A pilot flying out of San Jose International Airport was caught on a hot mic spewing an expletive-laced rant about California liberals and Hyundai drivers over air traffic control radio, according to officials.
- San Francisco to pay artists $1,000 per month in economic relief
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a new pilot program that will benefit the city’s artists with monthly cash payments. In a partnership between the city and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, approximately 130 of San Francisco’s hardest hit artists will qualify for $1,000 per month in economic relief.
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