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Thursday in the East Bay: More concerns hit Howard Terminal plan, former OPD chief to head U.S. Marshals and more

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Additional concerns raised over proposed A’s Howard Terminal project

The proposed plan for a new stadium at Oakland’s Howard Terminal at Jack London Square has caused Oakland city leaders to raise additional concerns over two residential towers that are included as part of the plan, KTVU reports.

The residential towers would be built along Oakland’s waterfront on the estuary but the relative height of the buildings would be competing with those located in the city’s downtown area.

"The concern was about the fit of it relative to Oakland as a city and its image, and that that's the basis for the concern on the right," said chairman of the Oakland Design Review Committee, Clark Manus.

The Howard Terminal plan calls for the residential towers to stand 400 ft. and 600 ft. tall, compared to the city's tallest structure, the Ordway Building in downtown Oakland that stands at 400 ft. tall.

Other safety concerns regarding the railroad tracks that run through Jack London Square have been voiced by city leaders and planners who want the potential 35,000 ballpark visitors to be able to safely avoid the railroad crossing altogether.

"I just don't want anything bad to happen. I mean, it's really related to how you provide the ability for people to get across the railroad crossing," Manus said.

A previous solution proposed in 2019 regarding the issue of the railroad tracks included building a gondola that would ferry visitors from the BART station to the Howard Terminal. However, that concept wasn’t included in the plans reviewed by the committee.

Downtown San Leandro welcomes 2 new tasty additions

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The Parrot Center of downtown San Leandro is now home to two new eateries, an artisanal pizzeria, Slice House and a Cajun-style seafood joint, Bag o Crab, San Leandro Next reports.

Bag o Crab, formerly the location of neighborhood go-to sports bar The Englander at 101 Parrott Street, had a soft opening last month but has quickly become a local favorite serving Cajun boil bags, crawfish, King Crab legs, garlic noodles and other dishes.

World Pizza Cup champion, Tony Gemignani, opened Slice House at 135 Parrot Street in the former space of Vine back in April and serves a variety of pizza, including Tuscan, Roman and Neapolitan-style pizza, salads, pasta, meatballs and a selection of wine and beer.

‘It is my great honor’ former Bay Area law enforcement officer to lead U.S. Marshals Service

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Veteran Oakland police officer and one-time East Palo Alto chief of police, Ronald L. Davis, will take the reins as the next director of the United States Marshals Services, East Bay Times reports.

Davis was sworn in by U.S. Attorney Merrick Garland in late September following his nomination by President Joe Biden in March. Davis’ nomination was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“It is my great honor to lead the dedicated men and women of the U.S. Marshals Service who work tirelessly and selflessly every day protecting America’s system of justice, our communities and the American people,” Davis said in a statement.

Davis also served as the director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) during the Obama administration.

Davis joined the Oakland Police Department in 1985 and served in a number of roles including, SWAT team leader, director of the police academy, inspector general and area commander.

Davis was named East Palo Alto chief of police in 2005, where he served until 2013. By the time Davis left the department to join former president Obama’s COP program, he had sworn in roughly three-fifths of the department's four dozen officers.

In addition, Davis testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on police practices and law enforcement accountability in 2020 saying, “the issue of policing reform cannot be disconnected from the discussions around COVID-19 and the next stimulus package.”

​​“Without support from the federal government, the budget cuts that local and state governments will be forced to make will hinder all criminal justice reform efforts, stall any efforts to reinvest in community-based programs, maintain existing inequities, and further expose the open wound of our racial tension that has yet to be treated. We will again be sitting on a powder keg waiting for the next tragedy to spark an explosion,” he added.

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