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A.M. Splash: Mirkarimi Ethics Hearing Today; PG&E Aggressively Fighting San Bruno Lawsuit

| April 23, 2012
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  • Mirkarimi ethics hearing ‘uncharted waters’ for SF (SF Chronicle)

    The city’s slow-moving effort to oust suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office moves Monday afternoon to a misconduct hearing before the Ethics Commission, but don’t expect any courtroom fireworks. Or even a courtroom. Attorneys for Mirkarimi and the city will be in a City Hall hearing room, hashing out what the commission’s agenda calls “the process,

  • Court documents reveal PG&E likely to take hard line on issue of paying punitive damages (Bay Area News Group)

    PG&E is aggressively fighting what could be the costliest fallout yet from the deadly pipeline blast in San Bruno — a lawsuit payout to explosion survivors that could reach billions of dollars. In recent court documents Pacific Gas & Electric unveiled its strategy against the hundreds who have sued since the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion and are seeking punitive damages in addition to millions of dollars in compensation for burned homes and family members who died.

  • PG&E ’89 memo noted pipe’s history of weld failure (SF Chronicle)

    A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. document that the company just disclosed to state regulators indicates the San Bruno pipeline that exploded in 2010 had a history of weld failure that by law should have prompted a test designed to head off such disasters.

  • Albany: Activists raise stakes with renegade farm (SF Chronicle)

    A tussle between preservationists and UC Berkeley over a decadelong development project in Albany erupted into a pitchfork protest Sunday, when activists planted a renegade farm on a plot of land known as the Gill Tract in an effort to keep it agriculturally pristine.

  • Oikos University reopens today, three weeks after deadly shooting spree (Oakland Tribune)

    he Oikos University campus was subdued Monday morning, as students and faculty resumed classes three weeks after a gunman killed seven and injured three in a shooting rampage…Most Oikos classes will be held in the same Oakland building where police say former nursing student One L. Goh, 43, killed six former classmates and a receptionist.

  • Restoration of huge bay wetland near Redwood City nearing completion (SJ Mercury News)

    (A) six-year effort to restore Bair Island in Redwood City to tidal wetlands — bringing back conditions not seen since the late 1800s, along with a wide range of ducks, herons, egrets, salmon, even harbor seals to the heart of Silicon Valley — is reaching its apex. Work crews with heavy machinery are hauling in up to 500 dump trucks of dirt a day, reshaping the landscape after decades of political battles.

  • Netflix future hangs on results of earnings report (SF Chronicle)

    Netflix Inc. reports first-quarter results Monday that will tell investors whether the company can sustain a rebound in customers. Netflix, which posts earnings on its website after markets close, is expected to report 23.4 million U.S. online subscribers, according to the estimates by analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, a gain of 1.73 million from December.

  • DA and pot clubs set to team up, hash out rules (SF Examiner)

    Eager to back up District Attorney George Gascón’s recent public support for medical marijuana, prosecutors from his office plan to meet soon with San Francisco medical marijuana providers to flesh out a set of rules agreeable to both sides.

  • Effort afoot to restore art in California schools (SF Chronicle)

    …(W)ith the backing of business, state officials have formed Create CA, a statewide initiative they hope will restore art in schools, so that paintbrushes and even pirouettes are once again as important as No. 2 pencils.

  • Software that could speed up Muni sits unused (Bay Citizen)

    …Most who saw the SMART Muni app — including Edwin M. Lee and 15 other mayoral candidates in October, and senior leadership from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency in February — considered it an improvement over the four-channel radio and old paper clipboards currently used to track problems. But now, 10 months later, the app that the volunteer developers created for Muni is unused. Muni hopes to put the app to good use some day, but the agency is $29 million over budget and cannot afford to buy the iPads required to run the software, a Muni spokesman said. Nor is the city willing to invest $100,000 to run a pilot program.

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