Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wednesday Must Read: Overstock.com to Pay $1.2 Million for Coliseum Naming Rights; Lockyer Says First Cuts Should Be in Republican Districts

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 7:04 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority is poised to sell the naming rights to the coliseum for $1.2 million a year to Overstock.com, the Bay Citizen reports. It’s believed to be one of the cheapest deals for stadium naming rights in the country. The pact also won’t bring in much for the City of Oakland and Alameda County. Under terms of the deal, the Oakland Raiders will receive half of the $1.2 million, and the broker who struck it will get a commission. That means Oakland will receive less than $300,000 annually. The coliseum authority, however, has had difficulty selling naming rights to the aging facility. The stadium is to be renamed Overstock.com Coliseum, although it may soon become O.com Coliseum because Overstock.com is in the process of changing its name.

2. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer told the Oakland Tribune editorial board that Republican districts should bear the brunt of the first cuts in services if GOP legislators refuse to put Governor Jerry Brown’s tax measures on the ballot. Lockyer contends that Republican lawmakers would change their minds about the tax measures if their districts suddenly have less money for public safety and other services than the rest of the state, the Trib reports.

3. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has been sued for racial profiling after it detained a lawyer for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office apparently because he is black, the Chron reports. A white sheriff’s deputy pulled over the attorney, Kwixuan Maloof, while he was driving in Castro Valley, and then detained him when he attempted to videotape the incident.

4. BART, often criticized for only running trains until midnight, is considering a pilot program to operate one hour later on Friday nights, the Chron reports. The proposal, however, would mean that trains would begin one hour later on Saturday mornings because the agency says it needs the time to service the system.

5. Contra Costa County received a failing grade for air quality from the American Lung Association, the Chron reports. It was one of three counties in the Bay Area that received an “F.” The other two were Solano and Santa Clara. Bakersfield has the worst air quality in the nation, while Honolulu and Santa Fe, New Mexico have the best.

6. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office has subpoenaed top-level officials from the City of Isleton to testify before a criminal grand jury apparently because they green-lighted a medical cannabis farm that is to distribute to more than one pot dispensary. The Chron reports that city officials say they plan to take the Fifth and not answer any questions.

7. And federal authorities forced Oakland-based BrightSource Energy to halt construction on its massive solar farm in the Mojave Desert after officials found far more endangered desert turtles on the site than expected, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.

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