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A.M. Splash: Oakland Budget Cuts; CSU Trustees Reject Executive Salary Cap Attempt; New Mirkarimi Accuser Files Police Report

| January 24, 2012
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  • Oakland proposes fewer layoffs over redevelopment (Oakland Tribune)

    City leaders are proposing to lay off the equivalent of 105 full-time employees and consolidate several departments to close a sudden $28 million deficit following the loss of redevelopment funding. The proposal, which will go to the City Council Wednesday, preserves public safety, library and social service funding, while merging numerous departments to save on administrative costs.

  • CSU trustees reject attempt to cap presidents’ pay (SF Chronicle)

    California State University trustees have rejected an 11th-hour attempt by a state senator to stop them from considering – and likely adopting – a new policy Wednesday that would let them set higher salary levels for CSU’s 23 campus presidents.

  • Ross Mirkarimi’s ex-girlfriend says he abused her (Matier & Ross, SF Chronicle)

    An ex-girlfriend of Ross Mirkarimi has come forward to police with new accusations of domestic violence against the San Francisco sheriff, law enforcement sources say… (F)ormer girlfriend Christina Flores, who has hosted a talk show on local cable access and has appeared on television stations KOFY and KTVU, showed up at San Francisco’s Northern Police Station on Sunday to file a police report describing an incident that she said happened at least three years ago, in which Mirkarimi allegedly shoved her against a wall, law enforcement sources said.

  • Board to make decision today on America’s Cup pollution report (SF Examiner)

    Air quality impacts and San Francisco Bay water pollution brought by the America’s Cup yacht race will be vetted today by the Board of Supervisors, which is set to decide on an appeal of plans for the regatta that is coming to The City. Supervisors will also weigh in on whether the environmental impact report for the event adequately addresses the impact of waterfront development rights that race officials will receive from The City in exchange for financing pier improvements, including the creation of a state-of-the-art cruise ship terminal.

  • Drive to block Santa Clara 49ers stadium clears first of three hurdles (SJ Mercury News)

    Opponents of the San Francisco 49ers move to Santa Clara have cleared the first of three high hurdles needed to overturn plans to build a stadium after election officials on Monday verified the group collected enough signatures to put the project back on the ballot.

  • Obama to double down on green energy tonight despite Solyndra (SF Chronicle Politics Blog)

    White House sources outlining President Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight said he will call for “a new era for American energy strategy, fueled by home-grown and alternative energy….” Despite the huge black eye the administration got on a half-billion-dollar taxpayer loss on the bankrupt Fremont solar manufacturer Solyndra, now a household word defined as “failed industrial policy,” Obama will be promising more investments in green energy as part of his “built to last” theme of home-grown manufacturing jobs.

  • Parents fear budget cuts could slash child care subsidies (Marin Independent Journal)

    Marin County educators fear that the budget cuts proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown could eviscerate the county’s early childhood education programs, leaving dozens of low-income families with no one to care for their children during the day.

  • Supreme Court limits law enforcement’s tracking of suspects with GPS devices (SJ Mercury News)

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday limited law enforcement’s ability to track suspects with GPS devices, but it left the door wide open for legal wrangling in California and elsewhere over how far the government can go with new technologies to snoop on the whereabouts of its targets….The case has been closely watched across the country and might have implications for the use of warrantless GPS tracking in many California cases, where defense lawyers are poised to argue the use of GPS technology was illegal and yet prosecutors relied on it to secure convictions.

  • Don’t have a job? California bill would keep employers from screening you out (Sacramento Bee)

    …The message in some job advertisements these days is pretty blunt: Don’t bother sending a résumé if you’re not bringing home a paycheck already. The ads list current or recent employment as an eligibility requirement, a screen to narrow the pool of candidates in a rocky economy that often leads to dozens of applicants for a single job…New Jersey has passed a law banning such advertisements, federal legislation is pending, and a newly proposed California bill, Assembly Bill 1450, would prohibit discriminating against the jobless in hiring.

  • Bingham Ray dies at 57; leading force in independent films (LA Times)

    Bingham Ray, the co-founder of October Films, one of the top independent film distribution companies of the 1990s, and a former president of United Artists who was a leading force in independent films for more than two decades, died Monday. He was 57. Ray, who was named executive director of the San Francisco Film Society in November, died in a hospital in Provo, Utah, after suffering a stroke last week while attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, said Sarah Eaton, a spokeswoman for the family.

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