Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday Must Read: Dellums Cancels Last Speech; Harris and Cooley Trade Charges

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 6:50 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. In a move befitting his mayoral tenure, Ron Dellums abruptly canceled his final state of the city speech scheduled for Wednesday at Oakland City Hall and instead will post an online video of himself delivering the speech, the Trib reports. Dellums’ planned final public speech as mayor had not garnered much attention — probably because his office had not officially announced it. City council President Jane Brunner said she didn’t know about the speech — or the cancellation.

2. The Kamala Harris and Steve Cooley campaigns exchanged charges of vote counting impropriety on Monday as the San Francisco Democrat extended her lead to 30,000 votes. The Cooley campaign alleges that vote counters in Los Angeles County are not adequately checking provisional ballot signatures and that the Harris campaign has brought in union leaders for chats with union-member vote counters, the Bay Citizen reports. The Harris campaign, meanwhile, is accusing the Cooley people of intimidating the vote counters.

3. California has the worst record in the nation for conducting natural gas pipeline safety inspections, the Chron reports. Federal officials, who depend on state inspectors to check gas lines, including those owned by PG&E, have fined California seven years in a row because of its lax record.

4. East Bay and San Francisco water officials are strongly criticizing a proposal to build a huge water pipeline under or around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the Chron reports. East Bay MUD and SFPUC officials say the massive pipeline will divert too much water from the fragile delta and will force them to cut back water supplies to the Bay Area.

5. Ex-BART cop Johannes Mehserle is scheduled to return to court December 3 to request that he be released on bail while his attorneys appeal his involuntary manslaughter conviction, the Chron reports. Mehserle was sentenced to two years in prison for fatally shooting train rider Oscar Grant, but with credit for time served, he’s expected to be released in about seven months.

6. The long-awaited murder trial of Yusuf Bey IV is scheduled to get underway in January, the CoCo Times reports. Bey is charged with orchestrating the murder of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey, and he’s accused of ordering the murders of two other men.

7. A small Berkeley student food cooperative has opened across the street from the Cal campus, the Berkeley Voice reports. The coop features organic, local, and sustainably grown food, along with fair trade goods.

8. Illegal immigrant students can pay in-state tuition at UC and CSU campuses — as long as they attended high school in California for at least three years, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday, the Chron reports. Anti-illegal immigration activists wanted the students to pay much higher, out-of-state tuition.

9. And consumers will soon be able to use their cell phones instead of their credit cards to make purchases, Google’s chief executive told the Chron.

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