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A.M. Splash: 3 Possibilities in Prop 8 Ruling Today; Anonymous Releases Personal Info of Oakland Officials; SF Plastic-Bag Ban Vote

| February 7, 2012
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  • Prop. 8 ruling: 3 possibilities for 9th Circuit (SF Chronicle)

    …The decision by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, due at 10 a.m., won’t be the last word from the judiciary on the scope of marriage, or on the validity of the November 2008 initiative. After possible further review by a larger appellate panel, the case will almost certainly head for the U.S. Supreme Court. But the ideologically diverse three-judge appellate panel, which will issue its decision today, has a chance to affect the outcome by framing its ruling broadly or narrowly.

  • Anonymous releases Oakland officials’ personal information (Oakland Tribune)

    The hacker group Anonymous inserted itself into the feud between the Occupy Oakland movement and the city by releasing the personal information of top city officials this morning…[posting] a page displaying personal contact information for Mayor Jean Quan and her husband, City Administrator Deanna Santana, police Chief Howard Jordan, City Attorney Barbara Parker, and all eight City Council members. The format and metadata included in the Anonymous post appear aimed at highlighting that the information was obtained by computer hacking.

  • S.F. mayor backs stricter ban on plastic bags (SF Chronicle)

    The proposal to expand San Francisco’s ban on plastic bags and to impose a 10-cent charge on all other bags handed out at the checkout stand or takeout counter now has Mayor Ed Lee’s firm backing, all but assuring strong support for the proposal at the Board of Supervisors today.

  • Tax measures to compete with Gov. Brown’s plan (SF Chronicle)

    Supporters of two ballot initiatives that would raise taxes to fund public education and other services said on Monday they will not back down from those efforts, upending Gov. Jerry Brown’s crusade to clear the November ballot of any competing tax measures.

  • Marin County and cities consider suing Comcast for public access money (Marin Independent Journal)

    The Marin Telecommunications Agency is considering suing Comcast Corp. to force it to begin paying 1 percent of its yearly revenue to help support Marin public access channels.

  • Romney makes Pete Wilson his honorary California chairman (Bay Area News Group)

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday announced the endorsement of former California Gov. Pete Wilson, and named him the Romney campaign’s honorary California chairman — a choice that might not sit well with Latino voters.

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