Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday Must Read: Dellums Missing from His Own Video; Prop 8 Hearing to be Televised

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 6:56 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The office of outgoing Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums posted an online video of his accomplishments yesterday, but he’s not in it, the Trib reports. The nine-minute video features other people praising Dellums for his mayoral tenure. The video is supposed to be a replacement for Dellums’ last public speech in Oakland, which he abruptly canceled earlier this week.

2. The Proposition 8 appellate court hearing scheduled for December 6 will be televised on C-SPAN, the US Ninth District Court of Appeals has ruled, AP reports. Federal Judge Vaughn Walker had wanted the Prop 8 trial to be televised, too, but the US Supreme Court overruled his decision. The first hour of the Prop 8 appellate hearing will deal with whether the anti-gay-marriage forces have a legal right to appeal the case, and the second hour will focus on the constitutionality of banning same-sex marriage.

3. Demonstrators are expected to protest the UC Regents meeting in San Francisco again today after thirteen were arrested yesterday and many more were pepper sprayed, the Chron reports. Protestors are upset about the regents’ plan to increase student fees by another 8 percent after a recent 32-percent hike.

4. A department of the California Public Utilities Commission says that tests should conducted on PG&E’s SmartMeters to see if they cause health problems, the Chron reports. An increasing number of electro-sensitive people are concerned that SmartMeters may emit harmful electromagnetic radiation.

5. Meg Whitman, who spent $145 million of her own money on her failed gubernatorial campaign, found out yesterday that she might have avoided the major scandal that torpedoed her candidacy if she had written a $5,500 check to her former illegal immigrant maid, Nicky Diaz. Whitman and Diaz agreed on that figure yesterday to settle Diaz’s back-wages claim, the Chron reports.

6. Lorna Brown, an Oakland attorney who smuggled a hit list from jail from accused murderer Yusuf Bey IV, plans to resign her law license, the Chauncey Bailey Project reports. Brown stopped representing Bey IV earlier this year after investigators discovered the hit list and learned that Bey IV allegedly wanted to kill potential witnesses.

7. And Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley joined several other county DAs yesterday in a lawsuit against Overstock.com, alleging that the giant online retailer has been deceiving customers about competitors’ prices, the Trib reports.

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