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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Affirmative Action Measure; Warriors Buy New Property for San Francisco Arena

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The US Supreme Court today upheld a Michigan law that bans affirmative action in public programs, including university admissions, the Mercury News$ reports. The high court held that states have the right to establish such bans — a ruling that likely means California’s nearly identical anti-affirmative action law, Proposition 209, cannot be overturned by the courts. As a result, opponents of Prop 209 will need to now pass a statewide ballot measure to overturn it. A recent attempt at such a measure, however, stalled in the state legislature after Asian-American lawmakers blocked it, arguing that it would make it tougher for Asian students to gain admission to the University of California system.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Must Reads: Bay Area Rents Soar to Record Levels; Smartphone Companies Finally Propose Kill Switches

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Apartment rent prices jumped nearly 10 percent in the Bay Area during the first quarter of 2014 compared to the previous year and have now reached record levels, averaging more than $2,000 a month, the Mercury News$ reports. Rents in Oakland soared 12.3 percent and now average $2,187. The average in San Francisco is $3,057. Overall, the average in Alameda County is 1,814, and in Contra Costa County, it’s $1,544. Economists warn that if rent prices continue to skyrocket, they could choke off the Bay Area’s economic recovery.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Must Reads: Bay Bridge Scandals Deepen; Quan Wrong About Dubai Prince and Coliseum City

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The new Bay Bridge is riddled with substandard welds that could crack from normal day-to-day use and Caltrans knew about the problem but decided to not fix it, the Chron reports, citing public records. The welds could shorten the expected lifetime of the $6.5 billion span and could fail during an earthquake. The bridge is supposed to be earthquake safe. In addition, the SacBee$ reports that steel cables on the bridge are showing signs of rust. Engineers say corrosion makes the strands and rods vulnerable to cracking.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday Must Reads: Fracking Ban Moves Forward in State Legislature; Kaplan Calls for No-Layoff Guarantee for Oakland Police

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A state Senate committee approved a bill that would place a moratorium on fracking in California until regulators finish examining the impacts of the controversial oil and gas-extraction method, the LA Times$ reports. However, the future of the bill — SB 1132 — remains in doubt because some moderate Democrats abstained from voting on it and the Natural Resources and Water Committee only passed it with a bare minimum of five votes. Moderate Dems say they fear that a fracking ban could hurt California’s economy.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday Must Reads: Supreme Court Strikes Down Campaign Donation Limits; Grand Jury Indicts PG&E on Criminal Charges

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. In a ruling that is expected to expand the influence that wealthy donors have on politics in the United States, the US Supreme Court today struck down some limits on how much money private individuals can give to politicians’ campaigns, The New York Times$ reports. In another 5-4 decision, the court’s conservative majority ruled that the aggregate cap placed on individual donors of $48,600 over two years is an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. The court said the same thing about the aggregate cap of $74,600 on individual donations to political parties. The decision means that wealthy donors can now contribute to as many candidates as they want, although they will still be limited to giving no more than $2,600 to any single candidate for federal office. Liberal Justice Stephen G. Breyer called the decision a blow to American democracy, saying “today’s decision may well open a floodgate” for money in politics.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Port of Oakland Approves Talks with Waterfront Ballpark Group — and Opens Door for Possible New Home for the Warriors

by Steven Tavares
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

The Port of Oakland and a group of local business leaders hoping to build a new waterfront ballpark near Jack London Square for the A’s are now officially talking. Port commissioners approved on Thursday a 10-month exclusive negotiating agreement with Oakland Waterfront Ballpark LLC to study the construction of a 38,000-seat ballpark at Howard Terminal.

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Friday Must Reads: PG&E Likely Facing Criminal Charges; Oakland Port Commission Votes to Move Forward on Waterfront Ballpark

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. PG&E expects to face criminal charges for the 2010 San Bruno blast that killed eight people and destroyed a neighborhood, the Chron and Trib$ report. PG&E’s parent company made the disclosure in a recent securities filing. The utility also is facing up to $2.5 billion in fines for the gas pipeline explosion. PG&E also has agreed to spend $2.7 billion on upgrading its aging pipeline network. Critics of the utility, including state Senator Jerry Hill of San Mateo, contend that PG&E diverted hundreds of millions of dollars from safety upgrades to bonuses for executives.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Port Staff Recommend Moving Forward with New Waterfront Ballpark at Howard Terminal for the Oakland A's

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Port of Oakland staffers are recommending that the agency enter exclusive negotiations with a group of Oakland business leaders who are proposing to build a waterfront ballpark for the Oakland A's at Howard Terminal. The port published the recommendation this afternoon. The Oakland Port Commission is scheduled to take up the recommendation at its March 27 meeting.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Must Reads: San Jose Pushes Forward in Attempt to Get Oakland A’s; Parts of East Bay Consider Fines For Overwatering Lawns

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The City of San Jose is pushing forward with its legal attempts to get the Oakland A’s to relocate. The Mercury News$ reports that the city has filed new legal briefings with Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and is trying to overturn a lower court’s ruling that concluded that Major League Baseball has the authority to block the A’s move to San Jose. The San Francisco Giants, which own the territorial rights to the South Bay, adamantly oppose allowing the A’s to build a new ballpark in San Jose and Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig rejected the proposed move last year.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday Must Reads: Oakland Neighborhoods Turn to Private Surveillance Cameras; Jerry Brown Hints At Running for Mayor of Oakland in 2018

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A growing number of Oakland neighborhoods are installing private security cameras to keep an eye on potential robbers and burglars, the Chron reports. The video cameras, however, also raise privacy concerns and questions as to how long neighborhood groups will keep the surveillance video and who will have access to it.

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