Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday Must Read: Schwarzenegger Fathers Love Child; Oakland Council to Weigh In on Gang Injunctions

by Robert Gammon
Tue, May 17, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Now we know why Arnold and Maria broke up. Ex-Governor Schwarzenegger has admitted to fathering a child out of wedlock with a member of his household staff more than a decade ago — before he ran for office, the LA Times reports. His wife Maria Shriver left him last week after learning about it.

2. It’s about time: The Oakland City Council finally plans to weigh-in tonight on the city’s controversial gang injunctions. The council may vote on whether to defund the injunctions, which have proven to be rather expensive, but does not have the power to rescind them.

3. Bonus. State tax revenues are $6.6 billion higher than expected this year, Governor Brown revealed yesterday as he released his revised budget. The surge in revenues also appears to be good news for public schools, because Brown is now proposing to increase spending on them by $3 billion next year. However, the governor’s plan still hinges on Republicans agreeing to his tax proposals, which they have yet to do.

4. Investigating Bay Area cops for corruption is now a full-time job for the FBI. The CoCo Times reports that the FBI is now probing CoCo County cops in the brothel/dirty DUI/drug selling scandals. The FBI is also investigating the San Francisco Police Department for raiding homes without search warrants, and allegedly stealing suspect’s belongings.

5. The Botox Lie. It turns out that the woman who claimed she injected her eight-year-old daughter with Botox doesn’t actually live in San Francisco as she claimed and her real name isn’t Kerry Campbell either, the Chron reports. We’re betting her Botox story was made up, too.

6. The San Francisco Giants will become the first professional sports team to take-on anti-gay forces nationwide, and will produce an “It Gets Better” video designed to give hope to gay and lesbian youth, the Chron reports.

7. Oakland-based Sungevity solar company is selling a piece of itself to Lowe’s, the big-box home improvement chain, the Mercury News reports. Sungevity’s “iQuote,” which provides customers with a free analysis of their solar power needs, will be available in Lowe’s California stores this summer, and eventually will be spread to the company’s outlets in eight states.

8. Walgreens is jumping into the grocery business with a test-run in the Bay Area in which stores will offer fresh fruit, vegetables, salads and other foods, the Chron reports. The move could be welcome news to inner-city neighborhoods that do not have grocery stores.

9. In more unsurprising news about PG&E, the utility failed to spend $183 million in allotted funds that were supposed to pay for pipeline repair and replacement during the 1980s and 1990s. No word yet on what happened to the money.

10. And onetime Republican presidential frontrunner/birther curious Donald Trump is officially out of the 2012 race. No surprise, since his poll numbers plummeted through the floor after President Obama released his long-form birth certificate.

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