Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday Must Reads: Court Frowns on San Jose’s Bid for Oakland A’s; EBMUD Bans Water Wasting

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. A federal appellate court appears ready to dismiss an attempt by the City of San Jose to force Major League Baseball to allow the Oakland A’s to move to the South Bay, the Chron reports. The three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals told San Jose’s lawyers that it does not have the power to overturn MLB’s anti-trust exemption under federal law. That exemption allows MLB to establish so-called territorial rights, and under league rules, the San Francisco Giants own the rights to San Jose, thereby barring the A’s from moving there. San Jose is expected to appeal its case to the US Supreme Court.

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2. The East Bay MUD board of directors voted to ban water-wasting practices, such as watering lawns more than twice a week, the CoCo Times$ reports. However, the board, which governs Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Richmond, and many communities east of the hills, decided to not impose fines if residents violate the new ban. Instead, East BAY MUD plans to issue warnings and then may shut off a resident’s water for repeated violations.

3. Some anonymous employees of the City of Oakland are upset that they received an email from Mayor Jean Quan yesterday, informing them of political events and linking them to Quan’s reelection site, the Chron reports. However, Quan political advisor Michael Colbruno said that the email only went to people who had signed up to be on the mayor’s campaign distribution list.

4. Apple’s workforce is overwhelmingly male (70 percent) and white (55 percent), the Mercury News$ reports, citing diversity data released by the tech giant. The lack of employee diversity is common in Silicon Valley tech companies.

5. And oil and natural gas companies have been fracking into underground water sources — despite claims to the contrary, the LA Times$ reports, citing a new Stanford study. The study’s revelations are sure to intensify concerns about groundwater contamination from fracking. 

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