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A.M. Splash: Occupy Oakland to Join UCB Protest; Oakland Parcel Tax; CSU Proposes 9% Fee Increase; Caltrans Defends Bay Bridge Safety

| November 15, 2011
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  • Occupy Oakland to join Berkeley protest (Oakland Tribune)

    Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, devoid of tents and campers, was quiet Tuesday morning as the city returned to normal a day after police cleared a month-old Occupy Oakland encampment. But it won’t remain quiet all day. Occupy protesters plan to march from the plaza to UC Berkeley at noon Tuesday to join a student strike and teach-in on campus, where tensions remain high from an Occupy protest last week.

  • UC regents cancel meeting, fearing violent protest (SF Chronicle)

    The University of California regents have canceled this week’s meeting in San Francisco, citing “a real danger of significant violence and vandalism.” UC leaders said Monday that university police told them “rogue elements intent on violence and confrontation with UC public safety officers were planning to attach themselves to peaceful demonstrations expected to occur at the meeting,” set for Wednesday and Thursday at the Mission Bay campus.

  • CSU proposes 9 percent fee increase (SJ Mercury News)

    In a move that would almost quadruple the cost of attending college in just over a decade, California State University trustees will decide Wednesday whether to hike next fall’s undergraduate tuition by 9 percent unless the state gives the system more money. It would be the ninth fee increase in nine years for the nation’s largest unive

  • UC Berkeley Investigating Police Tactics (Bay Citizen)

    As the University of California, Berkeley prepared for another Occupy Cal protest on Tuesday, the school’s chancellor on Monday ordered two separate investigations into tactics used by university police during a demonstration last week.

  • Bay Bridge safety defended; inspections questioned (SF Chronicle)

    Caltrans officials defended the safety and structural integrity of the new Bay Bridge tower Monday after reports called into question the accuracy of inspections on its foundations.

  • Oakland mail-in vote may presage Quan’s future (Chip Johnson, SF Chronicle)

    …Tonight, the results of the special mail-ballot-only election might tell us more than whether voters approved Quan’s proposed $60 million tax over five years. They might indicate just how voters are feeling about Oakland City Hall these days.

  • Pelosi aide calls ’60 Minutes’ report a ‘smear’ (SF Chronicle)

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office accused the news program “60 Minutes” of omitting key information from its report Sunday on how members of Congress use privileged information to profit from stock trades.

  • S.F. shoppers may have to pay for nonplastic bags (SF Chronicle)

    Legislation sponsored by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and headed for likely passage by the Board of Supervisors would require San Francisco shoppers to pay 10 cents per bag provided by the store at checkout starting July 1. That charge would jump to 25 cents per bag two years later. The store providing the bag would pocket the money.

  • Santa Clara University: Hacker changed grades of 60 students (SJ Mercury News)

    Santa Clara University’s academic records database was recently hacked to improve the grades of more than 60 former and current undergraduate students, the university announced Monday. The university called in the FBI, which is assisting in the ongoing investigation, according to university officials. No arrests have been reported.

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