Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tuesday Must Reads: CHP Agrees to Step Up Patrols of Oakland; Quan Pushes to Block Warriors from Moving to SF

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 6:56 AM

News stories that East Bay progressives and environmentalists shouldn’t miss:

1. The California Highway Patrol has agreed to increase its presence in Oakland, following the decision by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to stop patrolling the city, the Trib and Chron$ report. The CHP will step up its patrols from two to four days a week under a new agreement. Late last week, county Sheriff Greg Ahern said his department would stop its two-days-a-week patrols because Oakland refused to pay workers’ comp to deputies injured on the job. The city hired the CHP and the Sheriff’s Office to patrol Oakland as a stopgap measure until OPD can hire and train more officers.

2. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has been pushing state officials to block a deal that would make it easier for the Golden State Warriors to move to San Francisco, the Chron$ reports. Quan, along with Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, and San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy, sent a letter to state lawmakers urging them to reject legislation that would streamline environmental regulations and pave the way for the Warriors’ proposed new arena on the San Francisco waterfront. The legislation is backed by the team and San Francisco legislators.

3. Longtime Oakland school board member Gary Yee may become the next superintendent of the city’s school district — at least temporarily, the Trib and Chron$ report. Yee, a longtime educator, has made it known for years that he wants the job. If the school board appoints Yee — either as the interim supe or the permanent schools chief — it then must find a replacement for his District 4 (Montclair-Laurel) seat.

4. Governor Jerry Brown is proposing to tie certain new requirements for the UC system to additional funding from the state, the LA Times$ reports. In exchange for the money, UC schools would have freeze student tuition for four years, increase the number of community college transfers they accept, and bump up the percentage of students who graduate in four years, among other requirements.

5. The state is now incarcerating only half as many people convicted of drug crimes as it was two years ago, the SacBee$ reports.

6. The US Environmental Protection Agency is far more critical of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline than the State Department, the LA Times$ reports. The Keystone XL would ship dirty tar sands oil to the Gulf of Mexico.

7. And federal authorities say the Boston Marathon bombers appear to have been motivated by religion but don’t seem to have been part of any organized terrorist group, the AP reports. The brothers who allegedly set of the bombs that killed three people and injured more than 200 are devout Muslims.

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