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Crosscurrents

Daily news roundup for Monday, June 20, 2016

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Steve Rhodes
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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

 

Oakland Mayor: Police Culture is 'Toxic,' 'Macho,' and 'Disgusting' // East Bay Express

 

“’We are hell bent on rooting out this disgusting culture,’ said a visibly angry Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf at a Friday evening press conference.

 

“The conference was called to announce acting Police Chief Paul Figueroa's abrupt departure. Figueroa is the third OPD chief removed within the week.”

 

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Report: Homeless Man Killed By SFPD Was On Ground, Shot In Head // SF Weekly

 

"Luis Gongora, the 45-year old homeless man shot and killed by San Francisco police on April 7, was prone on the ground when he was fatally shot in the head, according to results of a private autopsy released Friday.

 

"Gongora died from a gunshot wound to the head "fired from above," according to a claim against the city filed by his family. A claim is the precursor to a lawsuit. His family is represented by attorney John Burris, who has sued the city over several other fatal police shootings, including the Dec. 2 death of Mario Woods."

 

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Two injured in fire that damaged 6 buildings in San Francisco's Bernal Heights // ABC 7 News

 

"Fire officials said evacuation orders remain in effect for two locations near a five-alarm fire that heavily damaged six buildings, nine businesses and injured two today in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood.

 

"Evacuations were still in effect as of 7:41 p.m. for the 3300 block of Mission Street and 29th Street between San Jose Avenue and Mission Street, fire spokesman Jonathan Baxter said."

 

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March Through Mission District for LGBT Latino Shooting Victims // Mission Local

 

"More than 200 people marched from the Castro to the Mission District in solidarity with the LGBT Latino community for its loss in the aftermath of the Orlando shootings, which targeted a gay nightclub known as a hotspot for gay Latinos. The shooting occurred on Latin night, and the vast majority of its 49 victims were Latino.

 

"'What we’re doing today is about love, support, and solidarity with our Latino community and our communities of color,' said Terry Allen, a co-organizer of Saturday’s march alongside Cleve Jones, the prominent gay rights activist."

 

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No bike license? Chances are, you're breaking the law // East Bay Times

 

"If you ride a bicycle and live in the East Bay, and you don't have a bicycle license, there's a good chance you're breaking the law. 

 

"Eighteen cities, along with Alameda County, require cyclists to register their bike and obtain a license -- laws that bicycle advocates say are at best antiquated and unenforceable and, at worst, propagating a system that does little to help return stolen bicycles to their rightful owners."