Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Must Read: Boxer Says Cap-and-Trade Is Dead; Dellums to Finish Term

By Robert Gammon
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 6:50 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Senator Barbara Boxer acknowledged yesterday that her plans for a sweeping climate change bill that would cap carbon emissions is dead because of Republican victories in this month’s election, the Mercury News reports. As chair of the Senate’s environmental committee, Boxer is resigned to working on incremental change, such as energy efficiency measures, and to defending the Environmental Protection Agency from Republicans. However, Boxer and Senator Dianne Feinstein appear committed to an effort to repeal the military’s controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy during a lame-duck session of Congress, the Sacramento Bee reports.

2. Outgoing Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums says he will finish his term and will not resign early, the Chron reports. The newspaper had reported earlier this week, that Dellums was considering leaving before his term ends in December in order to land lucrative lobbying gigs and pay off his IRS debt.

3. UC Regents voted yesterday to raise student fees by 8 percent next fall — on top of the 32-percent fee hike they recently instituted. However, the move did not prompt more protests like there were on Wednesday when demonstrators were pepper sprayed and arrested by police, the Chron reports.

4. Le Cheval Restaurant, an Oakland icon, closed its doors last weekend and hopes to reopen this weekend at a new, smaller locale one block away, the Trib reports. The new restaurant and bar will be called LCX. Le Cheval’s owners lost their lease dispute with their landlord, Monica Ung, who was arrested last year for systematically underpaying her employees.

5. The Big Game tomorrow between Cal and Stanford will be the last one at the old Memorial Coliseum in Berkeley, the Chron reports. The aging coliseum will undergo a $321 million renovation and retrofit and is scheduled to reopen in 2012. Cal will play at AT&T Park in San Francisco next season.

6. BART’s new Clipper card system allows train riders to cheat on fares, but the transit agency does not plan to fix the problem right away, the Chron reports. BART management says the cheating is not widespread enough for it to address the issue immediately.

7. And Facebook and Microsoft are strengthening their relationship in an effort to combat industry giant Google, the Chron reports. At the same time, AP reports that MySpace, once the leading social networking site, has all-but surrendered to Facebook’s dominance.

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