A.M. Splash: Occupy Rallies for Foreclosed Homeowners; Occupy SF State; Poll Shows Voters Would Now Reject High-Speed Rail
- Occupy plans rallies for foreclosed homeowners (SF Chronicle)
Occupy movements in Oakland and San Francisco plan to rally today to support at least two homeowners facing foreclosure, part of a larger “Occupy Our Homes” national movement.
- San Francisco State gets its own Occupy encampment (SF Examiner)
As students streamed in and out of the Cesar Chavez Student Center at San Francisco State University on Monday, some ignored the dozen colorful tents set up just outside the front door. Others stopped by to investigate the brand-new Occupy SFSU…While other encampments affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement have been dismantled or threatened with raids in recent weeks, the SFSU demonstration was set up just this past Thursday.
- High-speed rail would fail in new vote, poll finds (SF Chronicle)
About two-thirds of California voters would like a second chance to decide whether to sell $9 billion in bonds to help pay for the state’s high-speed rail system – and most of them would reject the measure in a new election, according to a Field Poll released today.
- Lucky urges some customers to close bank accounts (Oakland Tribune)
The Save Mart Supermarket chain that operates Lucky and Save Mart stores said credit and debit card readers at self-checkout lanes in 20 Bay Area stores have been tampered with. Steps were immediately taken to remove the tampered card readers in the affected stores, the company said in a news release.
- Two Bay Area mail processing centers face closure (Bay City News)
In response to financial struggles, the U.S. Postal Service announced today it would move forward with its proposal to change its service, potentially shutting down more than half of the nation’s mail processing centers, including two in the Bay Area. The USPS is considering closing up to about 250 of the 487 mail processing centers across the country. This consolidation of postal facilities is expected to save the USPS up to $3 billion by 2015, according to the USPS website.
- Paying for 49ers stadium relies on record loan (SJ Mercury News)
The plan to pay for the 49ers’ new $1 billion home in Santa Clara will rely on the biggest loan to a public agency for any stadium in NFL history. The revelation added a dose of reality Monday to the euphoria that the team and city had finally found the money to move the beloved football franchise to the South Bay.
- CSU sees big jump in student interest (SJ Mercury News)
For the third year in a row, the California State University has received a record number of undergraduate applications. Freshmen and transfer students submitted 665,860 applications — easily eclipsing last year’s total of 611,225. The increase in interest comes at a time of tight budgets and diminished funding by the state.
- Fundraiser Renews Questions of Influence at the Airport (Bay Citizen)
John L. Martin, the director of San Francisco International Airport, held a fundraiser for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Monday evening, renewing questions about the appearance of political influence in policymaking at the airport. Martin’s fundraiser comes two months after San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón opened a criminal investigation into GO Lorrie’s, an airport shuttle company that allegedly solicited contributions to Lee’s election campaign from employees and then reimbursed them for the payments. The contributions were made around the same time that the airport overhauled its curbside parking rules in a way that benefited GO Lorrie’s and another shuttle company.
- Former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman Patricia Dunn dies after battle with cancer (SJ Mercury News)
Former Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Chairwoman Patricia Dunn, who helped usher out one CEO and recruit another, before resigning in a scandal over a botched corporate investigation, has died after battling cancer for several years. Dunn, 58, died at her Orinda home Sunday, according to a statement from her husband, who said she succumbed to ovarian cancer that first surfaced in 2004.