Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wednesday Must Read: Dellums to Leave Early?; Dems Want to Wait for Brown on Budget

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 6:48 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Outgoing Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums is considering leaving office before his term expires so that he can start making money and pay off his IRS debt, the Chron reports, citing anonymous sources. If Dellums does depart early, then Mayor-elect Jean Quan would become interim mayor because she is currently the city’s vice mayor. In January, she would be sworn in as mayor as scheduled.

2. State Democratic legislative leaders may blow off Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to deal with this year’s $6 billion budget deficit in December because they want to wait until Jerry Brown is sworn in as governor in January, the CoCo Times reports, citing anonymous sources. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports that Brown may keep several members of Schwarzenegger’s administration, including the current budget director.

3. Blacks and Latinos are severely underrepresented on Alameda County juries, the Trib reports, citing a new study by the ACLU. An examination of eleven jury trials found that blacks and Latinos made up only 8 percent of juries, even though they represent 18 percent and 12 percent of the county’s population, respectively. The study suggests that black and Latino criminal defendants, as a result, are being denied their right to be judged by a jury of their peers.

4. A majority of the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees has failed to fully disclose their personal finances, including property holdings and job income, as required by law, the CoCo Times reports. Only two of the seven current board members have made the proper disclosures.

5. William Lovan, a nephew of former Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerly, was sentenced to sixteen months in prison for a probation violation relating to drugs and weapons charges, the Chron reports. Lovan had been an Oakland city employee who worked as a parking meter repairman before resigning recently after his arrest.

6. Residents in North Oakland and Emeryville who couldn't block the installation of a massive cell phone tower array near two schools plan to conduct their own health study on the effects of electromagnetic radiation, the Chron reports.

7. And the Dungeness crab season is finally underway after a one-week delay, the Chron reports.


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