A.M. Splash: Oakland Says No More School Closures; SJ to Roll Out Free Wi-Fi Downtown
- Oakland’s painful school closure era might be over sooner than expected (Oakland Tribune)
Residents bracing for a second wave of school closures, wondering if their neighborhood school will still exist in 2013, should heed this news: Round 2 has been canceled. The downsizing plan announced in 2011 — expected to last for two to three years — has ended after just one.
- San Jose preparing to roll out new, free Wi-Fi network throughout downtown (SJ Mercury News)
For years, San Jose has called itself the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” and on Monday city officials hope to bolster that image by announcing a cutting-edge, free outdoor Wi-Fi network the city plans to have up and running in downtown this summer. The partnership with Ruckus Wireless and SmartWAVE Technologies will allow anyone with a mobile device a more powerful and faster access to the Internet over a wide area, city officials say.
- Berkeley police union ‘gravely concerned’ with chief’s move to alter story (Bay Area News Group)
The Berkeley police chief’s decision to order a sergeant to a reporter’s home insisting on changes to a story continued to draw heavy criticism Sunday, with the city’s police union saying they are “gravely concerned” about his actions and the impact on officers’ ability to maintain community trust. Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan sent an armed police sergeant to Bay Area News Group reporter Doug Oakley’s home at 12:45 a.m. Friday because he wanted a story that he perceived to contain inaccuracies changed online.
- Million-dollar hospital bills rise sharply in Northern California (Sacramento Bee)
…The number of Northern California hospital stays resulting in charges of $1 million or more rose sevenfold in the past decade, from 430 in 2000 to almost 3,000 during 2010, according to a Bee review of new data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.
- Apple: iPad online pre-orders are sold out (SJ Mercury News)
If you want to own the latest iteration of Apple’s popular iPad tablet computer on the first day its available and haven’t already ordered one online, prepare to wait at an Apple Store. The Cupertino tech giant confirmed over the weekend that it has run out of iPads available for pre-order on the Internet, with sales on Apple.com now telling customers that it will be two to three weeks before an iPad will arrive.
- San Francisco offices are now outlaws in zoning turf war (SF Examiner)
Possibly 1,000 businesses along the eastern edge of The City are operating illegally after their landlords failed to complete an amnesty program in areas where The City has adopted restrictions to protect light industry such as print shops, film production, auto repair and furniture wholesalers.
- Sports promoters unleash piracy lawsuits against Bay Area businesses (SJ Mercury News)
…From bakeries and taquerias to corner bars and mom-and-pop restaurants, sports promoters of pay-per-view events have unleashed an avalanche of such lawsuits from San Francisco to Arkansas. They argue that business owners are sapping their profits by stealing the televised signals outright or failing to pay the commercial fee to show an event that’s typically 20 times the amount to order at home.
- Cal makes NCAA Tournament, gets First Four game Wednesday vs. South Florida (Bay Area News Group)
The fallout from a season where Pac-12 basketball was held in little esteem nationally has landed Cal in an NCAA tournament First Four game against South Florida on Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. “I feel like it is a little disrespectful. It shows you how they feel about the conference,” Cal sophomore point guard Justin Cobbs said.