Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wednesday Must Reads: Health Officials Tell Consumers Not to Eat Crab; Airbnb Wins Handily in SF After Spending Big

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 9:46 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

click to enlarge Dungeness crab. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE PHOTO
  • Bert Johnson/File photo
  • Dungeness crab.
1. California health officials said people should not eat Dungeness crab and rock crab because the shellfish are tainted with a potentially fatal toxin, the Chron reports. The toxin — domoic acid — is being produced by a massive algae bloom along the West Coast, likely caused by extremely warm ocean waters. The toxic outbreak threatens this year’s Dungeness crab season and almost certainly will delay it. It’s supposed to start on Saturday. Domoic acid, in small amounts, causes vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and headaches. Severe poisoning can lead to permanent short-term memory loss, coma, seizures, and even death. The rock crab season has been closed for the year.

2. Airbnb cruised to victory yesterday in San Francisco’s elections, after the company spent more than $8 million to defeat a measure that sought to tighten the city’s restrictions on short-term housing rentals. The Chron reports that Measure F, which would have reduced the maximum length of stay in rentals per year from 90 days to 75 days and allowed neighbors to sue each other, lost 55 percent to 45 percent.


3. San Francisco voters also turned down a proposal to halt luxury housing construction in the city’s Mission district for eighteen months, the Chron reports. However, voters overwhelmingly approved a $310 million affordable housing bond measure.

4. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, a moderate who faced no serious opposition from the city’s progressive bloc, won easy reelection, the Chron reports. But progressive Aaron Peskin won a spot on the board of supervisors. Another progressive, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, lost his reelection bid following a series of scandals.

5. And Oakland city officials will travel to the NFL’s owners meeting in New York next week to present the city’s plan for a new stadium for the Raiders in Oakland, the Chron reports. The city’s newest plan was developed by Mitchell Ziets from Tipping Point Sports; Mayor Libby Schaaf has vowed to not use public dollars on stadium construction.


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