A.M. Splash: SJ Police Auditor Targets ‘Curb Sits’ For Minorities; Google to Split Stock; Modesto Gunman Presumed Dead; Record Thunderstorm
- San Jose auditor wants cops to wear cameras (SJ Mercury News)
San Jose police officers may be forcing blacks, Latinos and other minorities to sit on street curbs more than others after minor traffic and pedestrian stops, according to the city’s independent police auditor. LaDoris Cordell said Thursday she wants cops to document the ethnicity or race of everyone ordered to “curb sit” and to record the specific reason for the stop. She also wants officers to wear small cameras on their uniforms to record everything that happens.
- Google announces stock split (SJ Mercury News)
Mountain View search giant Google on Thursday reported a 61 percent jump in quarterly profits compared to a year ago and announced its first stock split since going public in 2004. The two-for-one split will result in new non-voting shares for current investors and will maintain control of the company in the hands of co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
- Gunman who killed deputy and 2nd man in Modesto is presumed dead (Modesto Bee)
At dawn, fire crews were mopping up hot spots in the home on Chrysler Drive that caught fire and was badly damaged overnight. A gunman who killed a sheriff’s deputy and another man there Thursday morning had holed up and a long standoff ensued. Sheriff Adam Christianson said the gunman is presumed dead in the rubble.
- Wells Fargo said to face feds’ scrutiny on upkeep (SF Chronicle)
Wells Fargo faces a U.S. probe over allegations it neglects bank-owned homes in minority communities, according to a person briefed on the matter.
- Fish and Game chief who killed mountain lion broke political contribution law, state panel says (SJ Mercury News)
Dan Richards, the president of the California Fish and Game Commission who sparked a storm of controversy this year for shooting a mountain lion, violated state law by not paying for the hunt, California’s state ethics agency ruled Thursday. Even so, Richards will not face fines that could have totaled $5,000 because he repaid the Flying B Ranch in Idaho the $6,800 fee that other hunters are charged for a mountain lion hunting trip on the property, although critics note he did it after being hit with an ethics complaint.
- Email from Nadia Lockyer account claims Treasurer Bill Lockyer supplied her with drugs (SJ Mercury News)
The tragic unraveling of Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer took a disturbing turn this week when a message from her personal email account landed in a reporter’s inbox: Her husband, California’s Treasurer Bill Lockyer, the message said, bought and gave her drugs years before she wound up in rehab…Fearing for her safety, this newspaper called police, who found her safe at the family’s Hayward hills home Wednesday afternoon. When a reporter arrived a short time later, Lockyer, 40, insisted through a door slightly ajar that she had not sent the email.
- Senate subcommittee supports California’s transitional kindergarten law (Oakland Tribune)
Although the fate of California’s transitional kindergarten law is still up in the air, early-education advocates won another incremental legislative victory Thursday. The State Senate Budget and Fiscal Review subcommittee rejected Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to lift a requirement that school districts offer a new grade level to some 4-year-olds this fall.
- Thunderstorm shatters records, counts 750 strikes (SF Chronicle)
The violent thunderstorm that blew through the Bay Area Thursday night was one for the record books – it shattered rain fall records in four cities and produced more lightning strikes than any other storm in recent history.