Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 12th
Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:
The solution to the city’s housing crisis could become a bidding war at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. That’s when Mayor Ed Lee is to introduce a $250 million housing bond for the November ballot, moving forward on his goal to construct or rehabilitate 30,000 units by 2020. He won’t be the only one introducing a bond measure. Supervisor John Avalos will introduce his own $500 million housing bond.
EBMUD declares stage 4 drought and takes steps to curb water use // Oakland North
This year is the driest in recorded history in California. This has forced the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to declare a stage 4 drought, the highest stage ever announced in the area, although even higher stages can apply if the drought gets worse. EBMUD is asking East Bay citizens to cut down their water usage.
San Jose mayor wants body cameras for all cops by next year // Mercury News
Mayor Sam Liccardo on Monday said he wants all San Jose police officers outfitted with body-worn cameras within the next year and called for additional new measures to monitor officers' conduct.
Liccardo made the announcement a day after this newspaper published an analysis of police data that revealed blacks and Latinos were stopped, searched or temporarily detained -- sometimes all in one encounter -- at percentages far exceeding their portion of the city's population.
With one week to go until a heated East Bay special election, a candidate who seeks to ban BART strikes is raising questions after some transit agency workers posed with signs backing his opponent on BART property.
“We’ve launched an investigation. And if there’s any action that is warranted, we’ll take that action,” BART spokesperson Jim Allison told KPIX 5.
Nearly five years after a PG&E gas pipeline ruptured in San Bruno, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes, the Crestmoor area is starting to resemble a neighborhood again.
PG&E spent $70 million in restitution to those affected by the blast.
800-unit Alameda Point project set to transform waterfront // SF Biz Times
The former Naval Air Station in Alameda is a concrete desert, dotted with industrial structures of varying levels of rust. More than 18,000 jobs that once invigorated the area perished when the base shuttered in 1997.
Alameda has tried for two decades to redevelop the 1,560-acre base, which is nearly a quarter of the 10-square-mile island's land mass. In the midst of the dot-com bust in 2001, Alameda picked a partnership led by Shea Homes and Centex Homes as master developers, but withdrew six years later. SunCal followed, but plans died again in 2010 after the city voted to terminate the partnership.