Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday Must Read: Quan Says No to Stop and Frisk; Obama Talks of Gay Rights, Gun Control, and Climate Change

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan told the Chronicle that she opposes stop and frisk, even though she wants the city council to approve a $250,000 contract for the biggest proponent of the controversial police tactic — William Bratton. Quan said the city needs Bratton’s expertise on CompStat, a crime-data tracking system he developed, and that he won’t be establishing policies — such as stop and frisk — for OPD. The council is set to vote on Bratton’s contract tomorrow night.

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2. In his second inaugural speech today, President Obama called for total equality for gays and lesbians nationwide, urged Congress to enact stricter gun control laws, and vowed to do more to fight climate change, The New York Times reports. “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” he said.

3. Governor Jerry Brown is seeking to reshape the state’s cash-strapped community college system in an effort to move students more quickly toward four-year institutions, the LA Times reports. Brown proposes to limit the number of units that students can accumulate, but critics of the plan say it will make it tougher on students who return to community college for job training.

4. The California Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that large medical pot dispensaries are legal under state law — no matter how big they are — as long as they are nonprofits, the Chron reports. The high court’s ruling could be a good sign for the nonprofit Harborside Health Center of Oakland, the largest dispensary in the nation. US Attorney Melinda Haag has said that she’s targeting Harborside for closure because of its size.

5. And Californians have been slow to snatch up carpool-lane stickers, a possible sign that the sale of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles has been slower than expected, the Merc reports.

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