A.M. Splash: Election Day; One-Day Strike at Cal St. East Bay Nov 17; Judge Says Prop 8 Donors Have No Right to Anonymity
- SF mayor’s race tops list of key election contests (SF Chronicle)
Voters will go to the polls across the Bay Area today to decide the fate of two dozen tax and bond measures, while San Franciscans will decide who should be mayor for the next four years. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the appointed incumbent, faces 15 challengers in a race that involves a number of firsts.
- CSU faculty union OKs one-day strike at two campuses (Sacramento Bee)
The union that represents 23,000 professors, librarians and coaches at California State University voted Monday to strike on Nov. 17, canceling classes that day for tens of thousands of students at the system’s East Bay and Dominguez Hills campuses.
- Judge: Prop. 8 donors have no right to anonymity (SF Chronicle)
A federal judge says donors to the $40 million campaign that banned same-sex marriage in California aren’t entitled to the anonymity that the U.S. Supreme Court has granted to minor parties operating in a hostile climate.
- Government introduces new way to count the poor (Contra Costa Times)
The U.S. government on Monday came out with a new way of measuring poverty that finally will take into account the Bay Area’s high cost of housing. The new calculation means that another 2.5 million Americans are counted as poor, bringing that number up to 49.1 million, a sum that is likely to engender significant debate. The new measure finds 16 percent of Americans were poor last year, compared to 15.2 percent using the old measure.
- Medical pot cooperatives sue feds over crackdown (SF Chronicle)
Pot suppliers went to federal court Monday to try to halt the Obama administration’s campaign to close down their dispensaries, saying the survival of California’s medical marijuana law is at stake.
- Failed pipeline near Woodside was damaged before Sunday’s explosion (SF Examiner)
The segment of pipe that failed during a pressurized water test Sunday was apparently damaged by a backhoe sometime in the past 60 years, according to PG&E officials, but when exactly is unknown.
- Bay Area Customers Flood Credit Unions on ‘Bank Transfer Day’ (Bay Citizen)
…Bank Transfer Day, which began as a Facebook post by a Los Angeles woman in response to new checking account fees charged by Bank of America and other financial institutions, became a countrywide phenomenon, with more than 85,000 people promising to take money out of major banking institutions. While not formally associated with the Occupy Wall Street protests that have grown nationwide since September, the event tapped into the anger many in that movement feel toward large financial institutions.
- Antioch man arrested following Occupy Oakland general strike remains jailed (Oakland Tribune)
Eight out of the 101 adults arrested during the early hours of Nov. 3 following the Occupy Oakland general strike were cited and released Monday, according to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
- Oakland reports crime drop in gang-injunction zone (SF Chronicle)
Crime in a 100-block swath of North Oakland under a controversial gang injunction went down by 2 percent over the past 16 months, despite the layoffs of more than 100 officers and cadets during that time, according to a city staff report. At the same time, there was an uptick in the most serious crimes, such as assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and carjacking.
- Zynga said to be planning IPO after Thanksgiving (SF Chronicle)
Zynga plans to proceed with its initial public offering after the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 24, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.