Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Must Read: Quan Tries to Apologize, Gets Booed; Occupy Oakland Reestablishes Tent City

By Robert Gammon
Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan tried to apologize to the Occupy Oakland general assembly last night, but was booed off the stage, the Chron and Trib report. The mayor, who has been under intense fire since Oakland police raided the Occupy encampment on Tuesday, then posted a statement and video of her apology. Quan also took responsibility for Tuesday’s actions by police and vowed to oversee an investigation into allegations of police brutality. During a visit to Highland Hospital earlier in the day, Quan also apologized to Iraqi war veteran Scott Olsen, who suffered a fractured skull apparently after being shot with a less-than-lethal weapon by police during the melee on Tuesday night.

2. Quan also asked that Occupy Oakland demonstrators not camp overnight in front of City Hall, but the protesters ignored that request and began to reestablish the encampment, the Chron and Trib report. Liberal icon Michael Moore is scheduled to visit Occupy Oakland in a show of solidarity tonight.

3. The intense focus this week on the violence in Oakland also apparently has solidified and strengthened Occupy San Francisco. The Chron reports that after city officials decided not to raid Occupy SF, following the outrage about the raid in Oakland, the encampment in San Francisco is drawing more people and is expanding.

4. The Oakland Tribune will not be renamed the East Bay Tribune, Bay Area News Group executives announced yesterday. The Contra Costa Times, the Daily Review in Hayward, and the Fremont Argus will also keep their mastheads, reversing an earlier decision by BANG officials. The newspaper chain also announced that it’s killing Monday home-delivery in a cost-cutting move. Monday papers will still be available at newsstands. BANG also announced that it will lower the number of layoffs next week from 40 to 25. Finally, Tribune editor Martin Reynolds is stepping down and taking a position in a new public media lab sponsored by the paper.

5. Governor Jerry Brown’s sweeping public-employee pension overhaul proposal appears to be dead on arrival because of opposition by Democrats in the Legislature, the SacBee reports.

6. Republicans have turned to the federal courts in their effort to overturn the state’s new legislative districts, arguing that they have diluted the voting power of Latinos in the state, the SacBee reports. Republicans made the move after the California Supreme Court refused to hear their challenge to the new districts.

7. Medical cannabis activists have sued the federal government over the recent crackdown on medical pot by four US attorneys in California, the LA Times reports. The suit contends that the feds are illegally interfering in state business.

8. And BART’s board of directors has delayed a proposal to only kill cellphone service in extreme circumstances, the Chron reports.

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