Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday Must Read: CHP to Keep Patrolling in Oakland; Anti-Gay Bigotry Erupts in San Francisco

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The California Highway Patrol has agreed to patrol Oakland streets for another month as it negotiates with the city for a longer contract, the Chron and Trib report. The CHP has been patrolling city streets for the last three months in an effort to help Oakland deal with its ongoing crime problems. But the CHP now wants to be paid for it efforts after the Oakland City Council agreed to pay the county sheriff’s department for similar work.

Salvatore Cordileone
  • Salvatore Cordileone
2. Anti-gay bigotry has reared its ugly head in one of the most liberal cities in America this week as the archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, compared gay marriage to “male breastfeeding” and a member of the San Francisco 49ers, Chris Culliver, said gay players don’t belong in pro football. Culliver later apologized for his bigoted remarks. Cordileone, the former archbishop of Oakland, led the effort to pass California's anti-gay marriage law, Prop 8.

3. The cities of San Leandro and Union City have filed suit against the State of California concerning disputes over redevelopment funds, the Bay Area News Group reports. The cities say that they owe far less money to the state than the state contends. Cities throughout California, including Oakland, are making similar arguments.

4. A strong majority of Californians — 57 percent — supports the idea of lowering the parcel tax ballot requirement for schools to 55 percent, CalBuzz reports, citing a new Public Policy Institute of California poll. Currently, parcel tax measures for schools need 66.7 percent of the vote to pass.

5. And Cal/OSHA is proposing to levy its largest ever fine — nearly $1 million — against Chevron over the massive fire at its Richmond refinery last August, the Chron reports.

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