A.M. Splash: Oakland Parcel-Tax Voting Begins; Occupy Oakland Rally; Poll Shows Ed Lee Dominating; Steve Jobs, Al Davis Tributes
- Oakland Measure I parcel-tax mail vote begins (SF Chronicle)
Oakland voters can start mailing in their ballots today to vote on a five-year, $60 million parcel tax – but details are few on how the money would be spent. Measure I would raise money for a range of services, including police and policing technology, fire protection, parks and recreation, library services, youth violence prevention, roads, and senior services.
- Oakland marchers demand ‘jobs not cuts’ (Oakland Tribune)
The city’s streets echoed with cries of “healthcare not warfare!” and “banks got bailed out, we got sold out!” as more than 500 demonstrators marched for what they say is basic economic justice. The “Jobs Not Cuts” event began with a rally at Laney College before moving along Eighth Street and Clay Street to Frank Ogawa Plaza, where it merged with the Occupy Oakland protest that’s been encamped since Monday.
- Oakland crime summit emphasizes better cooperation more than new ideas (Oakland Tribune)
About 700 people turned out Saturday morning to see a citywide public safety plan that emphasized better communication and teamwork on existing ideas more than it proposed new ones. In a four-hour summit at Laney College, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan joined local leaders in parole and probation, policing, criminal prosecution, public schools, gang outreach and youth employment.
- Bay Citizen/USF Poll: Lee Dominates (Bay Citizen)
Interim Mayor Ed Lee is poised to win San Francisco’s mayoral race handily, according to results of a Bay Citizen/USF Poll that shows Lee dominating his main rivals and ultimately cannibalizing their votes under a format that requires voters to rank the candidates by preference.
- Luminaries pay tribute to Steve Jobs at Stanford service (SJ Mercury News)
The technology industry’s leading lights gathered Sunday evening to bid farewell to one who shone perhaps the brightest. Steve Jobs — the former Apple CEO who revolutionized computing, telephones, animated films and the music industry — was honored amid ultra-tight security by mourners including Google chief executive Larry Page, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and former Vice President Al Gore, an Apple board member. The private event was held at Stanford University’s Memorial Church.
- Raider Nation comes home to pay respects to Al Davis (Monte Poole, Bay Area News Group)
The extended family started arriving Friday and Saturday, thousands wearing Raiders colors, some checking into nearby hotels and others setting up tents and tailgates across the street from the house Al Davis made famous. And when the gates opened Sunday morning, they filed into the parking lot and onto the field, gathering to celebrate the life and times of the man who owned and embodied the Raiders.
- After Solyndra, a 2nd Solar Energy Firm Is Scrutinized (Bay Citizen)
Like Solyndra, which failed despite a $535 million federal loan guarantee, SoloPower, based in San Jose, is a politically connected firm that produces thin film panels built with copper, indium, gallium and selenium (or CIGS) instead of silicon, the basis of most photovoltaic panels.
- Investigation of shooting death at funeral of another Hells Angels member being foiled, say police (SJ Mercury News)
Saturday’s slaying at a San Jose cemetery occurred at midday in front of 4,000 people — but the killer has not been found, and useful evidence has vanished. Hells Angels honcho Steve Tausan, 52, reportedly got into a fight while attending the funeral of close friend and bike gang president Jeffery “Jethro” Pettigrew at Oak Hill Memorial Park, himself a slaying victim, when he was felled by a bullet.
- New California law increases children’s age for booster car seats (SJ Mercury News)
…California state law allows children by age 6 or 60 pounds to leave behind…cushioned, strapped-in back seats. But now, Gov. Jerry Brown has done the unthinkable to Carter and young passengers statewide: He pushed booster seat freedom to age 8, or 4 feet 9 inches — whichever comes first.
- ‘Occupy Santa Rosa’ protesters vow to stay at City Hall (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
…About 50 protesters remained clustered outside City Hall on Sunday morning, discussing economics in circles on the lawn and waving signs on the corner that decried corporate greed.
- 22,000-plus women compete in S.F.’s Nike marathon (SF Chronicle)
The Nike Women’s Marathon might be one of the largest cancer fundraisers of its kind, but philanthropy was not on many women’s minds as they panted through the fog Sunday in San Francisco.
- Unlocked versions of new iPhone 4S coming soon (SJ Mercury News)
For the first time since Apple launched its iconic smartphone, the company is offering unlocked versions of its newest model to U.S. consumers within weeks of its debut. Starting next month, consumers will be able to purchase an iPhone directly from Apple that’s not attached to any carrier.
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