Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Must Read

By Robert Gammon
Fri, May 21, 2010 at 6:56 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. An Alameda high school student and several school districts have sued the state, alleging that California’s system for funding public education is unconstitutional, the Island reports. Alameda Unified joined in the lawsuit, which alleges that California does not provide enough money to public schools to pay for statewide educational mandates.

2. Tesla Motors, the electric car manufacturer, has purchased the old NUMMI auto plant in Fremont and will build vehicles there thanks to Toyota’s decision to invest $50 million in the company, the Merc and Chron report.

3. Oakland police broke up a violent West Oakland street gang yesterday and arrested 26 of its members, culminating a months-long investigation, the Trib reports. But the paper also notes that the city’s proposal to lay off up to 192 cops would make such probes impossible in the future.

4. A dog saved a woman during a fire at the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, but fifteen cats were killed, the Chron and Trib report.

5. UC Berkeley’s plan to ask incoming freshman this year to submit voluntarily to DNA testing is sparking outrage from genetic ethicists, the Chron and CoCo Times report.

6. And the campaign by San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris to become state attorney general took a serious blow yesterday when a judge strongly criticized her office for routinely withholding evidence from defense attorneys, the Chron reports.

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