1. Sports stadiums usually are not great investments for cities, the Tribreminds us today. But a new baseball-only ballpark in Oakland’s Jack London Square could revitalize the area much like the Giants’ ballpark did in San Francisco’s China Basin.
2. Trib columnist Monte Poole has an excellent run-down on how Oakland A’s co-owner Lew Wolff has badly alienated the team’s fan-base. It’s the exact opposite of what the Giants’ owners did in the run-up to building their successful new ballpark.
3. The state budget proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger would shred California’s already tattered safety net for the poor, including eliminating the state’s welfare-to-work program, the Chron reports. The budget, however, reinstates funding for state parks, and protects K-12 and higher education from more cuts.
4. The amount of nitrates in California’s drinking water continues to worsen, raising fears of significant health problems for children, California Watch reports. The contamination is especially acute in the Central Valley because state officials turn a blind eye to fertilizer run-off from farms.
5. The $18 million temporary Transbay terminal in San Francisco is scheduled to finally open in August, the Chron reports. The outdoor facility will replace the current decrepit terminal as the new $4.5 billion permanent one is built.
6. US Senator Barbara Boxer continues to remain in a virtual dead-heat against her main Republican rival, Tom Campbell. Boxer leads Campbell 42-41 percent, according to the latest poll.
7. And the dangerous Alameda pit-bull that was dognapped by his owners was found in Reno, and now has a new execution date, the Chron reports.