Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Must Read: Brown’s Low Poll Numbers Could Get Worse; Quan Recall Campaign to Launch Soon

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Jerry Brown has the second lowest approval rating of any California governor at this stage of his of his tenure, but pollster Mark DiCamillo of the Field Poll says things could get worse for Brown before they get better, the Chron reports. Because of disappointing state tax revenues, California likely will have to slash $2 billion in spending in January, primarily to K-12 education, a move that could push Brown’s approval ratings farther downward. Currently, Brown has a 47 percent approval rating — only Pete Wilson had a lower one at this stage of his governorship: 45 percent.

2. The proposed recall of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, whose approval rating has nosedived, particularly in the wake of Occupy Oakland, is set to get underway soon as Quan’s opponents get their paperwork in order, the Trib reports. The recall is being spearheaded by Oakland activist Gene Hazzard, who opposes the mayor’s handling of the Army Base and her decision to not renominate Port Commissioner Margaret Gordon. Hazzard says he plans to run an all-volunteer effort to put the recall petition on the ballot.

3. A group opposed to the Oakland A’s planned move to San Jose has filed a lawsuit to stop it, AP reports. The group, Stand for San Jose, which is supported by the San Francisco Giants, alleges that the City of San Jose failed to perform a proper environmental impact review of the new proposed stadium. The Giants oppose the A’s planned move because San Francisco owns the territorial rights to the South Bay.

4. In a move that may spur a lawsuit from the City of Oakland, the Piedmont City Council is poised to approve a controversial sports park on Moraga Avenue, the Chron reports. Oakland and other opponents of the proposed sports facility at Blair Park contend that it will generate too much traffic on Moraga and will create a hazard for children who will have to walk across the busy road. But supporters of the sports park say those concerns are exaggerated and that Piedmont needs more sports facilities for youth.

5. A judge ruled Friday that the state Assembly must disclose the budget records of individual lawmakers, handing a victory to newspapers who sued over the issue, the LA Times reports. The judge rejected the Assembly’s argument that the records were not public under the state’s Public Records Act.

6. And recycling and composting in the East Bay may soon become mandatory under a proposal in front of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, the Trib reports. Violators of the proposed ordinance, which mandates that newspapers, bottles, and cans be recycled and that food waste be put in compost bins — not in the garbage — would be subject to fines of up to $1,000.

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