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Oakland Police: Former Police Commissioner on why oversight is necessary, Kirkpatrick’s firing and threats to sue; Plus: Bay Area coronavirus update, and why the UC strike is growing

0:08 – Mondays with Mitch: Elizabeth Warren drops out of the Presidential race, tomorrow’s Super Tuesday, Biden leading in the race and delegate count, and more.

0:34 – Recently fired Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick has threatened to bring legal action and publicly criticized the Police Commission and federal oversight, targeting the court-appointed monitor, Robert Warsaw. For more on the Police Commission and why police oversight is important:

Maureen Benson is a former member of the Oakland Police Commission, and resigned last year.

Former Chief Anne Kirkpatrick turned down our interview request, through her public relations rep Sam Singer, and Councilmember Noel Gallo did not return requests for comment.

1:08 – Bay Area roundup on coronavirus: update on the Grand Princess cruise ship headed to de-board passengers in Oakland today, headed for quarantine,

Erin Allday (@erinallday) is a health reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who has been reporting extensively on the coronavirus outbreak in California.

1:25 – KPFA News: National Nurses United (NNU) published the results of the first nation-wide survey of nurses examining hospital preparedness for COVID-19, or novel coronavirus. KPFA’s Luanna Muniz reports. 

1:34 – UC grad student strike is growing

Cameron Hughes is a graduate worker in the sociology department at UC Santa Cruz and rank and file member of UAW 2865. (He was not fired in retaliation for striking, because he’s a 1st-year and didn’t teach in the Fall)

1:53 – KPFA News: In February, the Trump administration imposed visa restriction on six new countries: Nigeria, Eritrea, Burma, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, and Tanzania. This expansion extends the administration’s so-called travel bans to roughly one-quarter of the people on the continent of Africa. This got kind oif overwhelmed in the news by a primary and a pandemic, so we wanted to check in with some of the people who’ve been impacted. UpFront’s intern Danielle Kaye (@danielledkaye) reports. 

(Photo: Oakland Police / Thomas Hawk)

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