Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday Must Read

By Robert Gammon
Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Today’s stories that you shouldn’t miss:

1. The City of San Jose plans to spend at least another $20 million to buy property for a future ballpark for the Oakland A’s. The Merc reports that the city has already spent $26 million in redevelopment funds so far. But the city might run into problems because one of the land owners on the proposed stadium site, AT&T, doesn’t want to sell.

2. The California Chamber of Commerce pulled attack ads that it was running against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown after Brown and his wife complained to several businesses involved in the chamber. The LA Times reports that GOP candidate Meg Whitman immediately accused Brown of using his position as attorney general to coerce businesses he regulates into lobbying to pull the ads.

3. Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums was fined $200 yesterday by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to report a $29,000 trip to South Africa as a gift from the South African government, the Trib reports. Dellums went to South Africa to accept an award for his work in ending apartheid.

4. The families of three UC Berkeley grads being held in Iran say the claim by the Iranian government that they were involved in spying is bogus, the Trib reports.

5. UC Berkeley has settled a lawsuit with neighbors over the planned retrofit of Memorial Stadium, the Chron reports. The settlement limits non-football events at the stadium. However, the university’s legal troubles over the stadium are not over.

6. And state regulators have ruled that PG&E must stop employing some of its hardball and bullying tactics that the utility has used to block the expansion of public power, the Chron reports.

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