Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Must Read

By Robert Gammon
Fri, May 28, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts has serious concerns about the prospect of laying off up to 200 police officers to fix a $30 million hole in the city’s budget, the Trib reports. But Batts may have no choice unless the Oakland police officers’ union agrees to additional compensation cuts.

2. A gang injunction sought by Batts and Oakland City Attorney John Russo may be granted. The Chron reports that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman indicated yesterday that he was inclined to approve the injunction against fifteen members of a North Oakland gang. Russo and Batts plan to seek similar injunctions against other gangs throughout the city.

3. Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget, which includes sweeping cuts to state services, would cost California 331,000 jobs and increase the unemployment rate by 1.8 percent, the Chron reports, citing a new report from the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. The study was commissioned by Service Employees International Union.

4. Cal State Stanislaus’ education foundation will pay Sarah Palin a $75,000 speaking fee for its June 25 gala, the LA Times reports. The ex-half-term Alaska governor also will be reimbursed for travel and other miscellaneous benefits yet to be determined.

5. Meg Whitman has spent more than $68 million of her own money trying to win the GOP nomination for governor, the Sac Bee reports. In all, the campaign by ex-eBay CEO has spent $80 million. Her main rival, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner had spent $17.8 million.

6. Water quality at Bay Area beaches is better than it’s been in years, the Chron reports, citing a new study.

7. And Apple, the onetime upstart, has surpassed a giant Microsoft as the most valuable tech company in the world.

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