Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday Must Read: Council and Quan Criticize Russo; Salmon Run Improves

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 6:57 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. John Russo’s relationship with other Oakland city leaders continues to deteriorate as council members and Mayor Jean Quan step up their criticism of the city attorney. The Chron reports that Councilwoman Desley Brooks called out Russo for not personally attending any closed-door sessions with the council for at least six months. The mayor and councilmembers, including Rebecca Kaplan, also harangued Russo for soliciting a legal opinion from the US Attorney’s Office about their discarded proposal for large medical cannabis farms. They’re also upset at Russo’s decision to no longer represent the city as it attempts to hammer out a new plan for taxing and regulating large pot growing operations run by dispensaries. Quan also scoffed at Russo’s contention that he sought the US Attorney’s legal opinion at the request of the council, saying “nobody on the council believes” the city attorney.

2. The 2010 fall Chinook salmon run in the Delta was much larger than the year before, but was still smaller than the historical average and what was expected, the Chron reports. The state said 163,181 Chinook were in the river system, the highest number since 2006. In 2009, only 39,500 Chinook were counted. But experts had predicted 245,000 Chinook salmon would make the 2010 run.

3. Governor Jerry Brown’s top appointee for Delta water issues, meanwhile, is a big-time supporter of a peripheral canal that would send more water to Southern California, the CoCo Times reports. Jerry Meral, deputy secretary of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, also backed a proposal for a peripheral canal when Brown was governor in the late Seventies and early Eighties.

4. Less fog because of climate change could have a severe impact on California’s coastal redwoods, the Marin Independent Journal reports. Redwoods depend on summertime fog for 40 percent of their annual water supply, but scientists have found that the amount of fog along California’s coast dropped by about one-third during the last century.

5. And some media analysts are expressing skepticism about AOL’s decision to buy the Huffington Post, arguing that HuffPost founder Arianna Huffington may not be able to save the ailing AOL from high-tech obscurity.


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