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Morning Splash: Dozens Arrested in Bayview Shooting Protest; Obama Backs DOMA Repeal; Supes Allow AT&T Boxes, Pension Overhaul

| July 20, 2011
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  • SF police arrest 35 in protest of fatal shooting (SF Chronicle)

    …About 150 people gathered in Dolores Park at 5 p.m. to protest Harding’s shooting and Bay Area police conduct in general. Dozens of protesters marched from the park through the Mission and Castro districts during the evening, shutting down streets and at one point storming the Castro Muni station. Inside, some protesters threw smoke bombs and used sticks and hammers to smash signs and vandalized a Bank of America branch, according to police. They also stopped in front of the Mission Police Station, where they threw a hammer at officers, who were not hit.

  • Obama backs bill to repeal Defense of Marriage Act (Washington Post)

    The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will support a congressional effort to repeal a federal law that defines marriage as a legal union between a man and woman. White House spokesman Jay Carney denounced the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), saying the administration will back a bill introduced this year by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to remove the law from the books.

  • AT&T wins approval for S.F. utility boxes (SF Chronicle)

    After years of wrangling at City Hall, AT&T got the go-ahead from a split Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to place hundreds of utility boxes on city sidewalks and alleyways without first having to undergo a lengthy and costly environmental analysis…In winning approval on a 6-5 vote, AT&T agreed to conduct robust community outreach and to give each of San Francisco’s 11 supervisors what amounts to veto power over the proposed locations for individual boxes. ”

  • Supes OK $57 million for Central Subway tunnel (SF Chronicle)

    Despite continuing criticism and increased uncertainty of federal funding for the Central Subway, the Board of Supervisors gave the $1.6 billion project a strong vote of support Tuesday by approving $57 million in transportation sales tax money to buy tunnel boring machines and start the tunneling process. The board, acting as the County Transportation Authority, approved the allocation of Proposition K sales tax funds without discussion or dissent.

  • S.F. supervisors put pension overhaul on ballot (SF Chronicle)

    San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to place a charter amendment on the November ballot to overhaul city retirement benefits…The show of unity, despite opposition from city retirees over some health care provisions in the measure, came after the city controller released numbers narrowing the savings gap between the mayor’s pension proposal and a rival ballot measure advanced by Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

  • Oakland City Council puts $80 parcel tax on ballot (SF Chronicle)

    The Oakland City Council on Tuesday placed an $80-a-year parcel tax on a special election mail-only ballot in November…The ballot measure decisions come as Oakland emerges from a budget crisis. Despite closing a $58 million deficit largely through union concessions and a controversial building sale, more shortfalls loom this year and beyond.

  • Barbara Parker named Oakland city attorney (Oakland Tribune)

    The City Council named Barbara Parker as the new city attorney Tuesday night. The move forestalled a campaign and election on for the position, which has been vacant since John Russo left the job to become Alameda city manager. Russo had named Parker as his temporary replacement while the council decided how to fill the position. Parker will fill out Russo’s elected term, which ends in January 2013. Parker won the appointment in a 5-3 vote…

  • San Jose: ICE supervisors, not agents will meet with community activists (San Jose Mercury News)

    Rejecting a demand by San Jose community activists, federal immigration officials said they will not allow a pair of their anti-gang agents to meet them face to face. Instead, the coalition of activists are scheduled to meet next week with two supervisors for the U.S. Immigration Control and Enforcement agents, who were invited by San Jose police Chief Chris Moore to help them investigate the city’s increasingly violent gangs.

  • San Francisco Passes Cellphone Radiation Law (Bay Citizen)

    San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation aimed at helping consumers reduce their exposure to cellphone radiation, a move that industry groups denounced but that Supervisor John Avalos said could “perhaps save lives.” The new law revises a measure passed last year that was left in legal limbo after CTIA, the wireless telecommunications association, challenged it in a lawsuit. No other city in the nation has passed similar legislation.

  • Study finds half million illegal immigrants in Bay Area (Contra Costa Times)

    An estimated half-million illegal immigrants live in the Bay Area, according to a study that is one of the first to try to measure the number of local residents living in the U.S. illegally. The report by the Public Policy Institute of California used tax returns, previous national estimates and mathematical models to determine that 563,000 illegal immigrants live in the Bay Area, about 8 percent of the region’s total population

  • Redistricting panel drops San Francisco from Marin legislative districts (Marin Independent Journal)

    A plan to lump Marin County in a legislative district that includes San Francisco has been dumped by a citizens committee redrawing political boundaries. Vince Barabba, a member of the California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission, a 14-member, nonpartisan panel established by voters to redraw legislative districts, told the Independent Journal the panel tossed out a proposal that included a slice of north San Francisco in a district with Marin.

  • Critics call state’s autism settlement a ‘sham’ (SF Chronicle)

    Leading autism and consumer advocacy organizations in California are calling a settlement agreed to last week between the state and Blue Shield of California to expand coverage for autism treatment a “sham” that will not result in more therapy for people with the condition. In a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, the advocates say the settlement – which was announced and described by officials with the Department of Managed Health Care at a legislative hearing last week – “contains such onerous requirements for families with autistic children that it will lead to delays, interruptions and continued denials of treatment.”

  • Parking flap could sink Planned Parenthood’s plan to open clinic in Redwood City (Palo Alto Daily News)

    A dispute over parking — possibly fanned by abortion foes — could prevent Planned Parenthood from opening a clinic in Redwood City. The city’s planning department notified Planned Parenthood on Tuesday that a permit issued May 20 allowing it to operate the clinic at 2890 El Camino Real has been amended. As a result, the women’s health services provider now must produce a letter from Enterprise Rent-A-Car confirming that its car rental business across the street from the proposed clinic will provide it with nine parking spots. Planned Parenthood needs those spaces because the city has required it to come up with at least 27 parking spots for patients and staff.

  • Apple has another spectacular quarter (San Jose Mercury News)

    Once again blowing past Wall Street’s expectations, Apple (AAPL) announced Tuesday that its profit soared 125 percent over the past quarter, with sizzling sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs igniting record-high quarterly revenue and profit. But in a conference call with analysts, Apple’s message was: You ain’t seen nothing yet. With an ever-larger chunk of its revenue coming from Asia, Apple clearly expects China’s voracious appetite for its products to produce even more spectacular returns in the future.

  • Mortgage defaults tumble in Sonoma County (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

    Mortgage defaults continue to decline in Sonoma County, dropping this spring to the lowest level in four years, according to a new report. Between April and June, lenders sent 738 default notices to Sonoma County homeowners who had fallen behind on their mortgages, down 19 percent from the same period a year ago.

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