Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tuesday Must Read

By Robert Gammon
Tue, May 11, 2010 at 7:01 AM

Stories that you shouldn’t miss:

1. Surprise. Surprise. PG&E acknowledged yesterday that at least 23,000 of its Smart Meters produced inaccurate customer bills, the Mercury News reports. The utility had claimed that the Smart Meters were not to blame for soaring customer energy bills around the state.

2. The City of Oakland has ended its practice of ticketing parked cars in residential neighborhoods at night, the Chron reports. The city implemented the controversial program last year to raise revenues.

3. The Cal student hunger strike continued into its second week as campus officials refused to meet the students’ demands, the Chron reports. The strike began as a protest to Arizona’s new anti-immigration law, but now appears to center on the fate of students who face discipline proceedings for their roles in a Wheeler Hall sit-in earlier this year.

4. The Oakland Police Department has opened an internal affairs investigation into the fatal shooting last week of a scared deer in East Oakland. According to the Trib, the probe is focusing on a police sergeant, an officer, and a city animal control supervisor. Chief Anthony Batts has already denounced the shooting.

5. The governor’s budget, scheduled to be released this Friday, is expected to be grim.

6. Sunday school teacher Melissa Huckaby pleaded guilty yesterday to kidnapping and murdering 8-year-old Sandra Cantu of Tracy. The plea deal with prosecutors allows Huckaby to avoid the death penalty.

7. Hayward is experiencing a spike in homicides. According to the Daily Review, Hayward has more killings so far this year than it had in all of 2009.

8. Several former Bush administration officials who helped weaken the federal endangered species law now work for a California Central Valley water district that wants more water from the Delta, the CoCo Times reports.

9. Chronicle transportation reporter Michael Cabanatuan notes that Japan’s bullet train is celebrating its 45th year in operation, while California’s hasn’t even broken ground yet. And more delays could be in the works, because Union Pacific Railroad is threatening to sue over the state’s planned route for high-speed rail, according to the San Mateo County Times.

10. And Gavin Newsom has a commanding lead in his bid to win the Democratic Party nomination for lieutenant governor, the CoCo Times reports. Newsom’s pollster says the San Francisco mayor is leading LA City Councilwoman Janice Hahn 47 percent to 26 percent.

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