Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Must Reads: Another BART Strike Looms; Larry Reid Mulls Run for Mayor of Oakland

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. BART workers appear to be headed for another strike as the transit agency’s management and its unions remain far apart in negotiations, the Chron$ reports. This time, the strike could last a month or more. The BART strike in early July lasted for less than a week before the unions agreed to a thirty-day contract extension and resumed bargaining.

Larry Reid
  • Larry Reid
2. Oakland Councilman Larry Reid is considering a run against Mayor Jean Quan next year, the Chron$ reports. Reid said he’s looking into whether he can raise $400,000 to mount a “credible campaign” for mayor. San Francisco State professor Joe Tuman and Port Commissioner Bryan Parker have already announced that they will challenge Quan for mayor in 2014.

3. A San Francisco fire truck fatally struck an Asiana airline crash survivor after a fire commander assumed that the sixteen-year-old passenger was already dead — but she wasn’t, the Chron$ reports. The commander had told other firefighters that the girl was dead, so they left her body near the plane as they continued to extinguish the fire on the burning plane, and then a fire truck ran over her and killed her.

4. Republicans in Congress are mounting a push to enact federal statutes that would overturn some of California’s landmark environmental laws, the LA Times$ reports. Among the state laws that Republicans and business interests want to overturn is California’s ban on the sale of eggs laid by hens confined to tiny cages.

5. And a growing number of Democrats in Congress are demanding more oversight of the NSA’s massive phone data collection program, saying it goes too far, the LA Times$ reports.

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