Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. It could be a Whoregate versus Nannygate battle royale tonight as Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman square off for their third debate. Brown’s campaign has been reeling over the past week, following revelations that a staffer — possibly his wife — called Whitman a “whore” after the ex-eBay CEO allegedly struck a deal with law enforcement unions to protect their pensions in exchange for their endorsements. Whitman, meanwhile, has been attempting to recover from the disclosure that she allegedly employed an illegal immigrant housekeeper for nine years, and then kicked the woman off her property when she decided to run for governor.
2. Carly Fiorina, the failed ex-CEO of Hewlett Packard, told CNN yesterday that she thinks that former half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin is qualified to be president of the United States. But Fiorina maintained that the Tea Party Mama Grizzly couldn’t run a Fortune 500 company. Well, seeing as Fiorina wasn’t capable of that either, she should know.
3. Public records show that the California Public Utilities Commission basically took a long nap over the past decade while PG&E racked up hundreds of gas pipeline violations, the Chron reports. PG&E accounted for 60 percent of the probable violations committed by utilities in the state, yet the CPUC’s lax oversight resulted in zero fines — even after pipelines exploded and killed people.
4. About 700 nurses at Children’s Hospital in Oakland will launch a three-day strike today to protest rising health-care premiums, the Chron reports. But the well-heeled nurses appear to be a bit out-of-touch and may not get much sympathy. According to the hospital, the average registered nurse at Children’s pulls down $136,000 a year in salary.
5. Oakland police Lieutenant Jeff Loman, who was demoted for sexual harassment, has been placed on leave after his girlfriend wrecked a cop car he loaned her, the Trib reports. Loman also used to be Mayor Ron Dellums’ public safety director. And he was the head of the department’s homicide unit when it bungled the investigation of slain journalist Chauncey Bailey. Way to pick’em, Ron.
6. Officials from throughout Northern California say they will disobey an ill-conceived federal order to clear-cut vegetation along levees. The US Army Corps of Engineers is mandating the clear-cutting, saying it will strengthen the levees, but environmentalists warn that the move will destroy vital habitat. And local officials say it will be just too expensive, the Chron reports.
7. More evidence of the climate-change hoax will sweep into the Bay Area today, as another heat is expected to send temperatures in Oakland to the 90-degree mark, the Chron reports.
8. And the San Francisco Giants are moving on in the playoffs after eliminating the Atlanta Braves last night in another “torturous” game.