Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Must Read: Will BART Arrest More Journalists Tonight?; Senate Republicans Block Brown’s Tax Plan

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Protesters are planning more demonstrations against BART tonight, but the big question may be whether the transit agency decides to arrest journalists again. Late last week, BART police handcuffed and detained several journalists, including veteran Chronicle reporter Vivian Ho, as they were interviewing protesters, and refused to let the reporters go even after they showed their IDs, the Chron reported. The incident represented yet another embarrassment for BART police, an agency that has repeatedly overreacted to protests and other situations.

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2. State senate Republicans refused to vote for the tax deal that Governor Jerry Brown negotiated with some GOP members of the Assembly, the SacBee reported. Brown had hoped to increase taxes on out-of-state companies and then use the proceeds to fund tax breaks for California businesses and individuals. But only one GOP senate member voted for the deal.

3. This year, meanwhile, was not a particularly good one for environmentalists, as new legislation was hampered by the bad economy and the growing hostility toward regulations, the Mercury News reported. Among the few environmental legislative victories, assuming that Governor Brown signs them into law, was a prohibition on the sale of shark fins, a penny per-barrel fee increase on oil companies, and a ban on the use of bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups. Among the setbacks: legislation that would restrict environmental challenges to major development projects.

4. Berkeley High School hired two new security guards, bringing its total to twelve, as the campus attempts to avoid a repeat of last year’s violence problems, the Berkeley Voice reported. Overall, the high school has decided to spend an extra $180,000 a year on security.

5. And the City of Richmond appears to be having some success with it daytime curfew law, which steers truants into needed social services, the CoCo Times reported. Richmond enacted the law last year after leaders recognized that most youth crime happens during the day.

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