TBS Today, July 11

Don't miss our latest Scanner deep dive this morning. We took a look into extensive misconduct claims and sustained findings against one of DA Pamela Price's top deputies when he worked at his last job.

Before coming to Alameda County, Otis Bruce Jr. used his senior position in the Marin County DA's office to manipulate employees and foster a fear of workplace retaliation, an investigation by his former employer found.

We have all the details and, along with our story, have also shared the records that were provided to us.

Otis Bruce Jr. investigation found misconduct at former job
β€œThe only person who made me feel unwelcome as a person of color was Mr. Bruce,” one person wrote, β€œby repeatedly implying to me that my coworkers were racist against me when in fact that was a lie.”

We obtained these records through a Public Records Act request and benefitted from the insights of the First Amendment Coalition and some other sharp legal minds (πŸ™Œ) when Marin County originally rejected our request.

We will always fight for government transparency, particularly when it comes to misconduct.

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As we reported Friday on Twitter, Berkeley is up to 14 confirmed shootings this year. That's about half the count from last year at this time, with fewer people hurt and none of the shootings so far fatal.

Many crimes are up in Berkeley this year, so this is welcome news.

Berkeley gunfire map: Shootings and gunfire in 2023
As of Aug. 21, Berkeley has had 21 shootings in 2023, including one on the freeway. Five people had been wounded. None were fatal.

Our map is fully vetted and updated.

In other news: TBS = The Berkeley Scanner

Thanks to Michael Shellenberger, who attended this event, for sharing this photo.

We had some great conversations over the weekend with Scanner members in Berkeley: over lunch on Solano Avenue on Saturday and at a potluck (hosted by a member for a group of her friends) Saturday night.

On Sunday, we attended a Berkeley Historical Society talk from visionary architect Eugene Tssui (of Berkeley "fish house" fame) with yet another member and then walked through the incredible West Side De Berkeley car show at Civic Center Park. Talk about a great afternoon.

We're still working on catching up on those member emails (very slowly!) but in the meantime it was great to get out and enjoy our beautiful city.

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