On this episode of WTF California, we go heavy law enforcement as police agencies across the state are under attack with anti-police rhetoric, including Antioch where Mayor Lamar Thorpe holds another ill-timed grandstanding press conference. We also get into City of Berkeley approving new police reform policies, San Francisco Mayor London Breed calls on Police and District Attorney to work together, Los Angeles County District Attorney calls for “Brady list” and more.
- Antioch Mayor Seeks to Expedite Police Reform After Second In-Custody Death
On Wednesday, Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe and Police Chief Tammany Brooks held an “emergency press conference” to discuss an in-custody death which occurred just after midnight.
- Mayor wants SFPD and DA’s office to work together on gun violence, repeat offenders
SAN FRANCISCO – In response to recent gun violence and burglaries, San Francisco is unveiling a new public safety effort. Mayor London Breed wants the San Francisco Police Department and the district attorney’s office to work on the communication gaps between the public safety agencies that are leaving many residents frustrated.
- Berkeley passes major police reforms: No more minor traffic stops
BERKELEY — Berkeley police will soon no longer make traffic stops for minor offenses, part of a package of reforms the City Council approved Tuesday in an attempt to reduce racial disparities in policing. The reforms were passed unanimously at the special meeting.
- D.A. Gascón requests Brady list of officers accused of misconduct from every L.A. County law enforcement agency
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has asked for a list of police officers and deputies from law enforcement agencies around the county who have been accused of lying, tampering with evidence, violence and other types of misconduct that could lead to their testimony in criminal cases being thrown out.
- Santa Ana officer pleads guilty to accepting $128,000 in bribes
A Santa Ana police officer admitted Wednesday, Feb. 24, to accepting $128,000 in bribes in exchange for keeping law enforcement away from an illegal business.
- Berkeley ends more than 100-year-old single-family zoning policy
BERKELEY, Calif. – The Berkeley City Council has unanimously voted to become the first Bay Area city to end single-family zoning. The resolution, adopted Tuesday night, will allow for multifamily housing on lots that currently are zoned for only one home.
- Multiple Agencies Ramp Up Search For Rogue Coyote That Bit 5 Lamorinda Victims
LAFAYETTE (KPIX 5) — A variety of federal, state and local agencies are currently cooperating in a massive effort to find and capture an aggressive coyote that has bitten five people in the East Bay since July of last year.
- Fourth harassment claim filed against OC district attorney and purported ‘best friend’
- ‘Purely an accident’: No charges planned in Tiger Woods crash in Palos Verdes, sheriff says
Describing the Palos Verdes rollover crash that badly injured Tiger Woods as “purely an accident,” the Los Angeles County sheriff on Wednesday said authorities had no plans to pursue charges against the golf icon.
- Fresno Assemblymember hopes to save LGBTQ lives with new legislation
Coroners and medical examiners in six counties would be trained on identifying and collecting data on sexual orientation or gender identity in cases of violent death. It is endorsed by the Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.
- Encinitas council OKs plan to link homeless residents to housing, health care
ENCINITAS, Calif – Encinitas City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a long sought-after plan to connect some of its most vulnerable residents to housing and health care options in a bid to address the symptoms of homelessnesss.
- New Bill Requiring Businesses to Disclose Personal Information Used for Political Purposes
On February 19, Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) introduced Senate Bill 746 related to the use of personal information for political purposes. The bill would amend Section 1798.130 of, and add Section 1798.111 to, the Civil Code.
- Experts tell California Public Utility Commission to brace for higher electricity rates
California’s push for green energy could be undermined and poorer households could shoulder a disproportionate share of growing electricity costs if the state fails to adapt to the changing energy landscape, according to experts testifying before the California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
- Romney, Cotton propose $10 minimum wage plan
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