Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Must Read: Kamala Harris Retakes Lead; A Mega Pot Farm at Point Molate?

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 6:53 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Kamala Harris has retaken the lead over the Steve Cooley in the California attorney general’s race. As of yesterday afternoon, the San Francisco County DA was ahead of her Los Angeles County rival by about 14,000 votes. The Democrat Harris is being fueled by the Republican Cooley’s voter-rich home county, which she is leading by 13 percentage points.

2. Democratic incumbent Jerry McNerney continues to lead Republican challenger David Harmer in the East Bay’s tight Congressional race. McNerney, who has already declared victory, leads by about 1,700 votes with almost all of the counting completed.

3. Besides a mega, Las Vegas-style casino, the only other development that pencils out financially for Richmond’s Point Molate is a giant medical cannabis farm, the CoCo Times reports, citing a new consultant’s study. However, the study was funded by the Indian tribe that proposed the casino, and critics contend it’s meant to make the casino look more attractive. The casino proposal was soundly defeated by Richmond voters in the election.

4. It was Jerry Brown’s wife — Anne Gust Brown — who helped convince him to stick to his campaign plan and not begin spending money until September, the AP reports. Gust Brown, a former lawyer for the Gap who lives in the Oakland hills with her governor-elect husband, is expected to play a pivotal role in his administration.

5. Call it the Nadia Lockyer Rule. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors is poised to approve new campaign donation regulations after Nadia Lockyer’s husband, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, poured $1.2 million into her supervisory campaign, the Trib reports. The new rule would cap contributions from a single political committee to $20,000.

6. Speaking of big bucks. The single biggest spender in the November election — other than Meg Whitman — wasn’t a Texas oil company. It was Stanford physicist Charles T. Munger Jr., son of Warren Buffet’s billionaire investment partner, the Mercury News reports. Munger pumped $12.6 million into the Yes on Prop 20/No on Prop 27 campaign, which expanded the power of California’s new independent redistricting commission to Congressional boundary lines and beat back an effort by state Democrats to kill the commission altogether.

7. Two speed climbers plan to run up the face of El Capitan in Yosemite today in an effort to break their own record, the Chron reports. Rock climbers Dean Potter and Sean Leary just broke the El Capitan ascent record on November 6, clocking in at an incredible 2 hours, 36 minutes, and 45 seconds.

8. Jellyfish, thousands of them, washed up at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach over the weekend, drawing gawkers and tourists from around the Bay Area, the Chron reports.

9. And is Facebook creating a new form of currency? The social networking giant’s “Facebook credits” allow users to purchase a range of virtual goods online, the Chron reports.

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