Monday, May 3, 2010

Monday Must Read

By Robert Gammon
Mon, May 3, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Stories that you shouldn't miss:

1. An oil company ballot measure that would roll back California’s landmark climate-change law apparently has gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November election, the Chron reports. Funded by Texas oil companies Valero and Tesoro, the proposition would indefinitely suspend AB 32, a 2006 law that requires the state to increase renewable energy use. The oil companies say the law will harm California’s already damaged economy, but independent reports dispute that contention.

2. The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli did a handy fact-check guide on yesterday’s debate between GOP gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner. My personal favorite is Whitman’s attempt to spin her now illegal “spinning” as a board member for Goldman Sachs.

3. More evidence that people are stupid: Santa Cruz businesses have nothing to do with Arizona’s nasty new anti-immigration law, yet protesters nonetheless damaged eighteen downtown shops in the seaside city after a Saturday night demonstration turned ugly, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

4. The Berkeley Voice’s Doug Oakley has a nice rundown on Measure C, a $22.5 million Berkeley parcel tax measure that would pay for two new swimming pools and rehab two existing ones.

5. The Trib’s Josh Richman and California News Service do their homework on political pork requests by East Bay members of Congress. Democrat Jerry McNerney, who is running for reelection in a Republican-leaning district, requested $188 million in earmarks — the most in the East Bay. Barbara Lee requested $110 million in total, including $15 million for AC Transit’s Bus Rapid Transit program.

6. The big sinkhole in Richmond is getting even bigger, according to the CoCo Times.

7. And top officials from Oakland’s Workforce Investment Board and the Private Industry Council rebut the recent state audit that criticized both entities.

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