Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday Must Read: OPD Nabs Oakland Museum Thief; Mayor Quan’s Poll Numbers Plummet

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland police recovered the Gold Rush-era gold box stolen from the Oakland Museum of California and arrested a man they believe burglarized the museum twice, the Trib and Chron report. On Monday, police found the gold box that was stolen on January 9 and valued at more than $800,000. Police also arrested Andre Taray Franklin, 45, on suspicion of burglary. Police, however, have not yet recovered the gold nuggets and Gold Rush era pistols stolen from the museum in November.

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2. Mayor Jean Quan’s approval rating has nosedived to just 23 percent, with 60 percent of city residents saying they disapprove of how she’s handling her job, the Trib and Chron report, citing a new survey commissioned by KPIX TV. The city’s ongoing crime crisis appears to be severely harming the mayor’s standing in the community. Yet despite the low poll numbers, veteran political consultant Larry Tramutola told the Trib that he does not believe the mayor is vulnerable in the 2014 election.

3. Good government and environmental groups are contending that Chevron violated federal election laws when it pumped $2.5 million into a campaign to elect Republicans to Congress last year while maintaining government contracts, the Mercury News reports. It’s illegal for federal government contractors to attempt to sway the outcome of Congressional elections, and Chevron has amore than six hundred federal government contracts.

4. A new bill in the state legislature would ban the commercial trapping of bobcats in California and the sale and export of their skins, the Chron reports. Bobcats are being killed throughout the state and their pelts are being sold to China.

5. And the Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high, above 14,000 points, yesterday — once again disproving claims that President Obama has been unfriendly to Wall Street.

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