David DeBolt, East Bay Times

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Oakland, CA, United States

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Recent articles by David:

Oakland loses appeal on coal ban

A judge’s ruling striking down Oakland’s ban on transporting coal through the city was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. In an opinion issued Tuesday, two of three judges o… → Read More

Coronavirus: State DOJ and local DA probing Bay Area nursing home that had large COVID-19 outbreak

The investigation comes after Alameda County prosecutors revealed in April that they are investigating another nursing facility with a high rate of COVID-19 infections. → Read More

Oakland A’s skip Coliseum rent payment

“They said because they haven’t used it, they were not able to generate revenue and there have no ability to pay,” the head of the Coliseum Stadium Authority said Tuesday. → Read More

Five Oakland cops involved in shooting named

The Oakland Police Department released only the first initial of each officer’s first name. But state employment records show they are: 14-year vetern Officer Michael Finnicum; 12-year vet Of… → Read More

Alameda County Sheriff’s deputy shoots, kills person in San Leandro

The sheriff’s office said the person was wanted in connection to an Oakland homicide, but did not provide more detail. → Read More

Some California churches to reopen May 31, with or without state approval

OAKLAND — Bishop Bob Jackson of Acts Full Gospel Church is vowing to open his 4,000-seat sanctuary to worshipers on May 31, with or without the state government’s blessing. Bishop Jackson and pas… → Read More

Fremont Tesla factory remains open, as Elon Musk continues his standoff over shelter-in-place orders

FREMONT — Elon Musk’s kept his Tesla factory here running Tuesday, after suing over Alameda County’s shelter in place order, and daring law enforcement to arrest him for violating the h… → Read More

Death reports show coronavirus hit San Jose’s poor, Latino neighborhoods hardest – The Mercury News

An exclusive analysis of Santa Clara County death records shows the coronavirus is hitting hardest in the poor, largely Latino neighborhoods of East San Jose, where death rates are far higher than … → Read More

Fired police chief files claim against Oakland

“The Police Commission and Mayor orchestrated Chief Kirkpatrick’s termination in retaliation for the Chief’s repeated whistleblowing,” according to the claim filed with the City Attorney’s Office o… → Read More

Ghost Ship’s leader due to be released on bail Monday, faces 36 involuntary manslaughter counts

Ghost Ship master tenant and defendant Derick Almena is expected to be released from Santa Rita Jail on Monday. → Read More

Alameda County sheriff’s deputy, already facing serious legal trouble, arrested in drunken boat fight

The victim told police the off-duty sheriff’s deputy met him to discuss buying his boat but became violent. → Read More

Coronavirus: First known victim in U.S. died of “burst” heart, pathologist says

“There’s an indication the heart was weakened,” Melinek said. “The immune system was attacking the virus and in attacking the virus it damaged the heart and then the heart basically burst.”… → Read More

9 Santa Clara deaths reclassified as COVID-19 related

“Some of the cases are not yet closed and are not included in the current COVID-19 death count,” the chief medical examiner wrote in a letter. → Read More

‘She held the family together:’ San Jose woman is first known U.S. COVID-19 death

Family members say Patricia “Trish” Dowd, 57, led a healthy life. → Read More

Santa Clara County death data shows 20% increase in March, suggesting more coronavirus victims than previously known

Santa Clara County, which on Tuesday announced it found COVID-19 deaths dating back to February, had an uptick of overall deaths in March. → Read More

Ghost Ship warehouse leader expected to walk out of jail

Derick Almena, who is facing 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the deadly 2016 Ghost Ship warehouse fire, is expected to be released from Santa Rita Jail. → Read More

Coronavirus: Earliest COVID-19 deaths in Bay Area occurred in February, not March

The Santa Clara County Department of Public Health learned Tuesday that two individuals who died in February had tissue samples that tested positive for COVID-19. → Read More

Richmond pastor cited for violating COVID-19 health order

The pastor is believed to be the first cited in the Bay Area. On March 29, he told church members, “a preacher said on TV the other day that we would be fools to go to church but we are just fools … → Read More

Coronavirus: Alameda District Attorney investigating Hayward nursing home where 11 have died

District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, in a phone interview with this news organization on Wednesday, said her office has opened an investigation into the Gateway Rehabilitation and Care Center and has … → Read More

Ghost Ship defendant Derick Almena denied release

Ghost Ship defendant Derick Almena was once again denied release from jail Friday, even though a judge indicated she would release him amid COVID-19 concerns. → Read More