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A.M. Splash: PG&E Asks for 16% Rate Hike; Police Clear Demonstrators from Oakland School; State Workers Agree to Furloughs

| July 3, 2012
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  • PG&E rate plan would cost 15.6% more typically (SF Chronicle)

    Pacific Gas and Electric Co. asked California regulators on Monday for permission to collect an extra $5.25 billion from its customers over three years to make the company’s electricity and natural gas delivery networks safer and more reliable. If approved, the proposal would raise a typical homeowner’s monthly bill 15.6 percent by 2016.

  • Oakland school police clear protest at school (SF Chronicle)

    Oakland school police officers have cleared out a dozen protesters who were camping in a shuttered Oakland elementary school. The group of parents and activists had been sleeping at the Lakeview Elementary School since June 15, when they began protesting the district’s plan to permanently close the school.

  • SEIU Local 1000 members vote to accept furloughs (Sacramento Bee)

    SEIU Local 1000 has announced that 65.76 percent of its members have approved a furlough agreement reached with Gov. Jerry Brown last month that assigns them them 12 unpaid days off over the fiscal year that started on Sunday… The vote affirms a cost-cutting move that the Brown administration estimates will save the state some $839 million, about $401 million of that payroll relief to the general fund. SEIU’s agreement is key to achieving the savings because the union covers 93,000 employees, roughly half the state’s unionized workforce.

  • Nurses at seven Sutter hospitals to strike for one day (SJ Mercury News)

    Nurses who work at seven San Francisco Bay area hospitals operated by Sutter Health are set to walk off the job Tuesday morning as part of a one-day strike. A spokesman for the California Nurses Association says the strike, set for 7 a.m., will affect 3,500 registered nurses and several hundred respiratory and X-ray technicians at Sutter facilities in Alameda and San Mateo counties.

  • Mammoth Lakes, Calif., approves bankruptcy filing (Reuters)

    The leaders of Mammoth Lakes, California, voted on Monday to approve a bankruptcy filing for the resort town, just days after Stockton, California, became the most populous U.S. city to turn to bankruptcy court for protection from its creditors.

  • Powerful, emotional closing arguments in priest-beating case (SJ Mercury News)

    In a powerful closing argument, the prosecutor in the priest-beating case urged jurors to convict a San Francisco man of assault, even though they may sympathize with him because he says the cleric sexually abused him as a child. But the defense countered even more passionately, asking the Santa Clara County jury to acquit him because the wrong man was on trial. Late Monday, the nine men and three women on the jury began deciding the fate of Will Lynch, who is accused of assaulting the Rev. Jerold Lindner two years ago at the Sacred Heart retirement home in Los Gatos, where Lindner is listed as a child molester.

  • California Multiple Parents Bill: Proposed Legislation Would Allow Children To Have Three Or More Parents (Huffington Post)

    When Leslea Newman released her landmark children’s book, Heather Has Two Mommies, about non-traditional families in 1989, it sparked a national uproar. But what if Heather had three mommies? Or two mommies and a daddy? Or two mommies and two daddies? Could any of those family situations be legal? That’s the question being raised by California State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) in a new bill that would eliminate the rule stating only two people can be legally be considered the parents of any one child.

  • Documents Showing “element of deception” Delay Supes’ Vote On Hospital Deal (SF Appeal)
    Three members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors today unveiled California Pacific Medical Center documents provided by an anonymous whistleblower that they say could put in jeopardy the development agreement to build two new hospitals in the city.
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