Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday Must Read: The Nurses Union Was Behind Whitman’s Maid; TSA Warns of Travel Nightmare

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The influential California Nurses’ Association was behind the Meg Whitman housekeeper scandal, the Chron reports, citing anonymous sources. Whitman’s former maid, Nicky Diaz of Union City, was angry at the former e-Bay CEO and turned to the powerful nurses’ union for help. The union, which was already working to get Jerry Brown elected, found legal assistance for Diaz, including referring her to Hollywood attorney Gloria Allred.

2. The TSA is warning that a planned boycott on Wednesday of the nation’s new full-body scans at airports could bring holiday travel to a standstill, AP reports. The day before Thanksgiving is typically the busiest travel day of the year, and the planned boycott could cause interminably long lines. Organizers of the boycott are urging airline travelers to opt for the ultra-close pat-down searches instead of the full-body scans order to bring attention to the new procedures.

3. California’s bullet train could be the first victim of the Republican takeover of Congress. The San Mateo County Times reports that House GOP members want to yank $2 billion in federal stimulus funding for high-speed train. Republicans also want to rescind $12 billion of unspent stimulus to help pay down the national debt. However, the remaining stimulus funds represent only a small fraction of the nation's $1.3 trillion annual deficit.

4. Jerry Brown should create a climate change council to help local governments prepare for coastal flooding, declining water supplies, and more wildfires, the Chron reports, citing a new study. The report was funded by BP and led by William Reilly, former head of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

5. And Randy Shandobil, longtime political reporter for KTVU Channel 2 News in Oakland, is retiring, SF Gate reports.

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