A.M. Splash: Occupy — Oakland Developments, Injured War Vet Improves, SF Raid Called Off; 5 Oakland Elem. Schools to Close; Marin Tax Breaks
- Tent back on Oakland plaza after late-night march (Oakland Tribune)
At least one tent was back up in front of Oakland’s City Hall a day after anti-Wall Street protesters filled the city’s streets with a late-night march and the police chief pledged a vigorous investigation into an earlier clash between police and protesters that left an Iraq War veteran in critical condition with a fractured skull.
- SF police appear to call off Occupy raid (SF Chronicle)
San Francisco police appear to have called off an early morning raid of the Occupy SF encampment at Justin Herman Plaza. Police called in reserve units and gathered with batons and helmets near the plaza this morning only to disappear a few hours later.
- War vet hurt in Oakland occupy protest improving (SF Chronicle)
An Iraq war veteran who was injured during the raucous Occupy Oakland protest on Tuesday night has been upgraded this morning to fair condition at Highland Hospital in Oakland, a nursing supervisor said.
- Occupy Santa Rosa vows civil disobedience (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
With an eye on re-energizing their movement, Occupy Santa Rosa organizers are planning a “full-scale occupation of City Hall” this weekend with tents and sleeping bags, items that are banned by the city.
- The verdict is in: Five Oakland elementary schools will close (Oakland Tribune)
…The district administration has estimated the closures of Lakeview, Lazear, Marshall, Maxwell Park and Santa Fe elementary schools will result in a savings of roughly $2 million a year, or an additional $50 for each student in Oakland Unified.
- San Jose releases details on sale of downtown land to Oakland A’s (San Jose Mercury News)
After years of gobbling up land for a downtown ballpark, the city of San Jose is ready to sell about five acres of prime downtown real estate to the Oakland A’s for $6.9 million — almost a quarter of what the city originally paid for the land and $7 million less than it’s worth on the open market.
- Three Marines court-martialed for hazing Santa Clara native who killed himself (SJ Mercury News)
In a case closely watched from Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C., the Marine Corps announced Wednesday that three Marines now face court-martial on charges of hazing a fellow Marine, from Santa Clara, so badly that he shot himself to death in a foxhole in Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Harry Lew’s suicide stunned family and friends, who learned the 21-year-old wrote a farewell note to his mother just hours after his fellow Marines punished him for falling asleep on duty in April.
- Taxes to dip for some as Marin assessor cuts values of 21,769 homes (Marin Independent Journal)
Almost a third of Marin’s homeowners are due for tax breaks averaging about $1,500 next year after a move by the county assessor to cut the valuations of 21,769 residences. And there are still a few days to get in line for a tax break if you think your home isn’t worth as much as the assessed valuation set by the assessor’s office as listed on your tax bill. The deadline to apply for a free Marin assessment review is Tuesday. After that, property owners who remain unhappy have four weeks to file a formal appeal costing $50.
- Election monitors in SF would not be rare move (SF Examiner)
(F)ederal, state or independent observers monitor most San Francisco elections, either at polling places on Election Day or during the counting phase, said John Arntz, The City’s director of elections. The monitoring is routine, he added, and shouldn’t reflect badly on The City…The current election has featured a series of allegations against supporters of front-runner Mayor Ed Lee, culminating this week with seven of Lee’s rivals writing a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and California secretary of state requesting election monitors.
- Labor balks at Jerry Brown’s pension plan (Sacramento Bee)
Less than 24 hours after Gov. Jerry Brown briefed labor leaders on the major pension changes he will propose this morning, labor interests that helped elect the Democratic governor suggested he is in for a fight. “The governor has indicated that labor will not like many of his proposals,” Dave Low, chairman of the union coalition Californians for Retirement Security, said in a prepared statement. “He is right.”