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A.M. Splash: OPD to Reduce ’100 Blocks’ Cops; Anti-Death Penalty Measure Qualifies For Ballot

| April 24, 2012
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  • 100 blocks in Oakland to see fewer police (SF Chronicle)

    Six months after Oakland Mayor Jean Quan vowed to shower what she called the most violent blocks of Oakland with extra police and social services, the Police Department says it will reduce the number of officers in those areas.

  • Anti-death penalty measure qualifies for November ballot (Bay Area News Group)

    California voters will decide in November whether to abolish the nation’s largest death row by replacing capital punishment with life in prison without possibility of parole. Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office announced Monday that supporters of the SAFE California Act of 2012 had submitted enough petition signatures to qualify their measure for November’s ballot.

  • S.F. Mayor Lee would testify to remove Mirkarimi (SF Chronicle)

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said Monday the city is in “uncharted territory” as he tries to remove suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office on official misconduct charges.

  • BART staff wants Canadian firm to build rail cars (SF Chronicle)

    Despite a campaign to get BART’s new fleet of cars built entirely in the good old U.S. of A., the transit agency’s staff Monday recommended that Bombardier, a Canadian rail car manufacturer, should get the $1.5 billion contract for 775 new cars.

  • San Jose City Council to consider banning Styrofoam within city facilities, programs (SJ Mercury News)

    Just as San Jose residents are getting used to the city’s plastic bag ban, the City Council on Tuesday is expected to ban plastic foam food containers in city facilities and at programs and events in city venues. Tuesday’s move could also be the first step toward a citywide ban on such containers, which would make San Jose the largest city in California — and possibly the nation — to bar businesses from using the material.

  • School districts review parent notification policies in wake of Sierra LaMar’s disappearance (SJ Mercury News)

    Responding to parent pressure after the disappearance of Sierra La Mar, the Morgan Hill Unified School District on Monday began notifying parents in the morning as well as evening if their children don’t show up to school. The district’s automatic calling system will inform parents of any unexcused absences at 10:30 a.m., in addition to the previous 6 p.m. notification.

  • Grand jury report criticizes San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services (Bay Area News Group)

    A new report by the San Mateo County Grand Jury has found that the county Office of Emergency Services has yet to follow through on improvements recommended after the September 2010 pipeline explosion in San Bruno, and urged the county to upgrade its Emergency Operation Center.

  • Oakland massacre defendant is refusing food (SF Chronicle)

    The former nursing student accused of killing seven people at a small Oakland university has refused to eat since being jailed, saying he is ashamed of what he did, jail officials said Monday.

  • Sam Wo eatery fights closure (SF Examiner)

    One of Chinatown’s oldest and most storied restaurants was forced to shut down Friday due to health, fire and building code violations, but owners want to find a way to keep it running.

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