Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tuesday Must Read

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Today’s stories that you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland police have arrested the two men who brutally attacked a San Francisco man and his son thanks to tips from people who recognized the suspects from video that police made public, the Trib reports.

2. The Oakland City Council will consider much-needed rule changes for nightclubs and cabarets tonight. A proposal by councilwomen Rebecca Kaplan and Nancy Nadel includes making it easier for small establishments to offer live music and allowing nightclubs to do “soft-closures,” in which they could stay open until 5 a.m. and serve snacks and non-alcoholic drinks in an attempt to curtail rowdy patron behavior at 2 a.m.

3. The Oakland school board may unilaterally implement a new teachers contract tomorrow night that would include no raises, setting the stage for a teacher strike on April 29, the Trib reports.

4. Alameda County likely will be forced to make more drastic cuts to bridge a projected $182 million budget deficit in the 2010-11 fiscal year, the Trib reports. The cuts could be particularly painful because the county Board of Supervisors already slashed $178 million last year from the budget.

5. A statewide ballot measure that would raise about $500 million for California state parks appears to have enough signatures to qualify for the November election, the Mercury News reports. The proposition would raise the vehicle license fee by $18 a year and would allow all state residents with a valid license plate to enter state parks for free.

6. President Obama warned California Democrats yesterday that US Senator Barbara Boxer could lose reelection this November if the party faithful does not “work hard,” according to AP.

7. A tiny nonprofit from Missouri has donated $500,000 to the campaign to roll back California’s landmark climate-change law, according to Capitol Weekly. The huge donation from a nonprofit that has an annual budget of $30,000 raises questions as to whether someone is laundering money through it. Under state and federal law, nonprofits are not required to reveal their individual donors.

8. And Apple has dislodged Google as the most valuable company in Silicon Valley, according to the Mercury News. Apple’s market capitalization — the total value of its stock — more than doubled in the past year. The Cupertino company also reported a 39 percent increase in profits to $9.4 billion last year.

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