Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday Must Read: New Hope for a Raiders-Niners Stadium; Family of Unarmed Man Killed by the OPD Seeks Damages

By Ellen Cushing
Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Good morning, East Bay. Stories you shouldn't miss:

1. Looks like the Raiders and 49ers could very well be sharing a stadium in the near-ish future. Though the two teams have been in discussion for awhile now, a couple recent developments are expected to push the project forward, according to the Trib: first, the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, which is expected to be ratified sometime within the next few hours, provides more financing for new stadiums* around the league — and could, therefore, give The 49ers much of the money they need to go ahead with a new stadium in Santa Clara, which the team has discussed subleasing to the Raiders. But at the same time, Oakland city officials unveiled a plan to build a new stadium right next to the Coliseum, which officials said could host both NFL teams, in addition to other sporting events. Either way, there's still a lot of negotiations ahead before any project moves forward; we'll keep you posted.

2. The family of Derrick Jones, the unarmed East Oakland barber who was shot and killed by cops back in November, has filed a $10 million civil rights suit against the city. Though Alameda County prosecutors have previously ruled that officers Eriberto Perez-Angeles and Omar Daza-Quiroz broke no laws in shooting Jones, the suit, filed in federal court, argues that they used excessive force.

3. A new study out of Sacramento State puts the weight of social science behind what most of probably already know: California's university system is fucked. Key findings, via the LA Times: The state now ranks dead last when it comes to funding per student and has the 41st lowest ratio of bachelor's degrees to high school graduates; the statewide college-going rate has receded back to 2003 levels; and tuition and fees have risen faster than the national average. Yikes.

4. Two state assemblymembers are proposing legislation that would bar cities from banning circumcision, reporteth the Ex. Once you take a sec to wrap your head around the double-negative, it's pretty obvious that the bill is aimed squarely at San Francisco's controversial circumcision ban, which would make circumcision a misdemeanor punishable by fines and jail time, and which is set to go to the voters in November. If the bill, which is sponsored by Fiona Ma of San Francisco and Mike Gatto of LA, makes it through the state legislature and is signed by Jerry Brown by early October, it'll keep the circumcision ban off the San Francisco ballot entirely; if passed after, it'll retroactively invalidate the ban, even if voters pass it. Meanwhile, a group of Muslim and Jewish activists have filed a lawsuit against the ban with the San Francisco Department of Elections; there's a hearing scheduled for next week in Superior Court.

5. Finally, in a marked shift, a new poll shows that Californians would rather ease third-strike sentences, allow early releases for nonviolent offenders, and otherwise reduce penalties than pay more for prisons, according to the LAT.

* or stadia, for all you grammar people out there!

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