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A.M. Splash: Schools Drop Bid for US Funds; Top Execs Leave Apple; 49ers Stadium Money Challenged; DA Tries to Limit Mirkarimi

| October 30, 2012
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  • S.F., Oakland drop bid for U.S. school funds (SF Chronicle)

    Stuck in a standoff with teachers unions, the San Francisco and Oakland school districts have abandoned efforts to bring in up to $15 million each to develop high-quality math classes for upper-elementary and middle school students. The two districts spent months preparing a joint application for the next round of federal Race to the Top funding – which required districts to incorporate student test scores, among other criteria, in teacher evaluations.

  • Major management shakeup at Apple (SJ Mercury News)

    In its biggest management shakeup in recent memory, Apple announced Monday that two key executives, including longtime software chief Scott Forstall, are leaving, raising questions about whether user disenchantment with the iPhone’s voice-recognition tool Siri and its new Maps app may have been a factor. In addition to the departures of Forstall and John Browett, who’s been running the Apple Stores less than a year, Apple said in a statement that four of its other top executives, most notably design guru Jony Ive, will take on added chores. Analysts speculated that Forstall could be leaving because of the less-than-stellar performance of Siri and Maps, which he oversaw, while Browett’s move may be tied to recent discontent among Apple Store employees over pay.

  • S.F. expecting Giant crowd for parade (SF Chronicle)

    There’s going to be one whopper of a parade Wednesday in San Francisco to celebrate the Giants winning the World Series, and everyone planning the event has the same message: Build in a lot of extra time for getting around, and if you’re looking for trouble, stay home. And oh, yes – have a great time. The last time the Giants were baseball’s champions, in 2010, more than 1 million people flooded downtown for the 1 1/2-mile parade of players and celebrities up Market Street to City Hall. Authorities expect about the same number this time.

  • 49ers, South Bay schools denied $30 million settlement by state (SJ Mercury News)

    Just when the battle between the San Francisco 49ers and South Bay schools was supposed to be over, the state of California has rejected a $30 million settlement that sought to split taxpayer funds between a football stadium and the classroom. The state’s decision could result in millions of dollars lost to both the Niners and struggling local schools and will send the battle over the money back to court. But it won’t slow ongoing construction of the 49ers’ new Santa Clara stadium.

  • Homeland Security cracks down on counterfeit San Francisco Giants gear (SF Chronicle)

    As if Homeland Security agents don’t have enough to worry about, the feds were boasting Monday about their latest big bust: counterfeiters peddling bogus Giants World Series memorabilia. Hidden among the Giants fans outside AT&T Park last week were a dozen undercover federal agents hunting for phony Major League Baseball shirts and caps.

  • Mysterious owner of San Mateo County beach paradise is asked to let the outside world in (SJ Mercury News)

    Claiming that the secretive, semi-anonymous owner of a scenic beach in San Mateo County has “deliberately, oppressively, and maliciously obstructed” the public from using the popular seashore spot, an attorney claiming to represent “the general public” filed suit in San Mateo Superior Court on Monday, seeking to have the beach reopened. The complaint asks the court to award “punitive damages” to anyone who wanted to sunbathe there, but couldn’t, for the past three years. Martin’s Beach, a crescent-shaped spit of sand 10 minutes south of Half Moon Bay, was purchased in 2008 for $37.5 million by Martins Beach LLC, a limited liability company which is believed by surfers and tanning activists to be owned by Silicon Valley venture capital billionaire Vinod Khosla.

  • New efforts try to limit Mirkarimi power (SF Chronicle)

    Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is facing threats to his power under a renewed effort to isolate him from domestic violence matters under his watch. San Francisco’s chief prosecutor said Monday he is drafting legislation to wall off Mirkarimi from domestic violence matters, and Mayor Ed Lee is considering transferring those programs to another department. Also, a well-funded political campaign has emerged to unseat one of the sheriff’s supporters, and the group could be a precursor to a recall effort.

  • Missing in Sierra: One of two hikers found safe (SJ Mercury News)

    One of two hikers missing in California’s Sierra Nevada was found safe Monday as crews searched for a second hiker, authorities said. Matthew Hanson was found after a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew spotted shoe tracks in the snow, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said. As the helicopter followed the tracks, Hanson walked out to the open so he could be seen by the crew. He appeared to be in relatively good condition, Mims said.

  • Measure D supporters rally for minimum wage rights (Spartan Daily)

    Supporters of Measure D marched to the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Monday to deliver a letter to Chamber president and CEO Matt Mahood, asking him to spend a week living on San Jose’s current minimum wage rate. If Measure D is passed, it would raise San Jose’s minimum wage of $8 per hour to $10 per hour, which would be a 25 percent increase on the original minimum wage rate.

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