Dem. Lori D. Wilson wins Ca. 11th Assembly Dist., Daily Cal needs funding and A's development faces new litigation

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Lori D. Wilson next representative for California’s 11th Assembly Dist.

Lori D. Wilson will be sworn in today as the next representative of California's 11th Assembly District after former Assemblyman Jim Frazier resigned in late December, East Bay Times reports.

Brentwood Republican, Erik Elness, was the only other candidate to appear on Tuesday’s special primary election ballot and was certified as a write-in candidate last week. While the election results won’t be certified until April 14, the results by the end of Tuesday’s election showed a landslide victory in favor of Wilson.

Wilson will serve the rest of Frazier’s term with a new representative to be selected in November and will serve a two-year term after that.

The special primary election comes amid a redrawing of district boundaries that takes place every 10 years. The new district boundaries include a smaller part of Contra Costa, part of Sacramento and all of Solano counties.

“Thank you to the voters of Assembly District 11 for your confidence and trust,” Wilson said. “I am deeply humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to serve our communities in the State Assembly.

Funding for UC Berkeley’s Daily Cal newspaper set to expire
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The fate of UC Berkeley’s student-run newspaper, the Daily Cal, hangs in the balance as the current initiative that funds the paper is set to expire. Berkeley students have voted to extend the paper’s funding twice in the last decade, East Bay Times reports.

A new initiative to fund the paper would impose a $6 semester fee and a $2.50 fee during the summer and would raise roughly $400,000 a year over the next five years.

The initiative to save the paper has been added to a campus wide election for officers to the Associated Students of the University of California with a majority vote needed to pass. The initiative would also need 20 percent of the student body to vote either online or in-person.

If the initiative fails to pass, the 150-year-old newspaper could come to an end.

A’s Howard Terminal project faces 2 new lawsuits
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The Oakland A’s plans to transform the Howard Terminal into a waterfront ballpark and mixed-use development is facing additional pushback after Union Pacific Railroad and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority filed lawsuits calling the project’s environmental impact report flawed, East Bay Times reports.

The coalition of shipping and related companies at the Port of Oakland sued after the city determined in February that the developer’s environmental impact report complies with California Environmental Quality Act requirements. The lawsuits claim the report failed to properly analyze “public safety risks” that would accompany the massive influx of traffic for the 35,000-seat ballpark and the potential impact on nearby residences and businesses.

“Among the many significant and unavoidable environmental impacts that will be be caused by the Project are the significant increase of congestion in local and regional roadways and the creation of permanent and substantial hazards relating to the masses of cars and people that will cross the adjacent UPRR rail lines following construction of the Project,” Union Pacific’s lawsuit states.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s spokesperson, Justin Berton, on Saturday issued a statement saying “litigation was expected as the parties made it clear they intended to file suit long before the EIR process was ever completed. The City stands by the integrity of its process and analysis culminating in the certification of the EIR by the City Council.”

Monday was the deadline to file legal challenges to the city’s environmental report. Members of the A’s organization and city leaders are hoping to reach an agreement on the terms of the new development by this summer.

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