Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday Must Read

By Robert Gammon
Fri, May 14, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A dangerous pit bull that was slated to be put-down by animal control authorities was dognapped by its Alameda owners, the Chron reports. One of the owners who broke into the animal control facilities to steal the dog is in custody, but the other is on the run, apparently with the dog.

2. It’s rare these days that a public transit agency would have a surplus, but BART has one — an extra $4 million to $5 million — thanks to an unexpected cash infusion from the state, the Chron reports.

3. UC Berkeley law school professor Goodwin Liu made it through the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, but his prospects for becoming a federal appellate court judge remain murky. The Chron reports that Liu, who was nominated by President Obama, failed to garner a single Republican vote from the committee, setting the stage for a possible GOP filibuster of his nomination. Conservatives say Liu is too liberal.

4. Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein proposed legislation that would ban oil drilling in federal waters off the California coast in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico disaster, the Mercury News reports. However, the proposal is largely symbolic because President Obama has already put the California coast off limits to oil drilling. Boxer and Feinstein’s legislation also would not apply to coastal waters controlled by the state.

5. In a cost-cutting move, UC Berkeley plans to eliminate its subsidized child-care program, raising concerns that low-income parents will no longer be able to attend the university, the CoCo Times reports.

6. Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums is pushing for a $150,000 loan for the Merritt Bakery and Restaurant, a city icon for more than a half-century, the Trib reports. But as the Express previously reported, such a loan may not keep the business alive.

7. Oakland still has one of the worst taxi services anywhere despite promises from local taxi companies to improve, the Trib reports.

8. And Facebook is facing a small but growing backlash over its decision to not protect its users’ privacy, the Chron reports.

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