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East Bay Roundup: 'Shallow Subsidy' pilot launches, Oakland man charged in bomb threat against Nancy Pelosi and more

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Oakland launches 'shallow subsidies' pilot program to curb homelessness, displacement

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Oakland May Libby Schaaf, along with community partners, have launched a new pilot program that will provide 200 households with “shallow subsidies” that will cover a portion of their monthly rental fees in an effort to stop displacement and homelessness, according to a press release issued by the city.

Roughly 920 households that would potentially benefit from the program were identified in a report released by the Alameda County’s EveryOne Home program earlier this year.

A “shallow subsidy” represents a smaller subsidy that would only cover a portion of a household's rent, compared to a larger subsidy like the federal Section 8 program. Each household participating in the pilot program will receive an average of $726 a month.

Oakland man charged with making a bomb threat against Nancy Pelosi

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Oakland resident Alejandro Reyes, 35, has been charged in connection to a bomb threat that was made against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office in San Francisco, East Bay Times reports.

Reyes now faces one count of “false information and hoaxes,” which is a federal offense that carries a maximum $250,000 fine and five years in prison.

Investigators were led to Reyes after calling the number that left the voicemail and reached a recorded message that said “Hello, you’ve reached the desk of Alejandro Reyes,” according to the criminal complaint.

Authorities say that Reyes called Pelosi’s office three times on July 2 while near the Federal Building, according to GPS records obtained by investigators.

Emeryville elects first Black woman to city council in over 30 years

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Voters in the Bay Area hit the polls Tuesday to vote for candidates in city council races as well as numerous other measures that will affect zoning changes and funding for school districts, East Bay Times reports.

In Emeryville, Courtney Welch defeated Charlotte Danielsson-Chang in a special election, garnering 55.35% of the 1,158 votes cast, becoming the first Black woman to be elected to Emeryville’s city council in 30 years. Welch formerly served as the communications and policy director at the Bay Area Community Land Trust, a nonprofit that advocates for affordable housing.

Welch ran on a platform of advocating for the homeless, increasing the inventory of affordable housing and increasing Emeryville’s revenue stream.

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