News Pix: Drakes Bay Closing, Water Fines, A’s Coliseum Complications
After nearly two years of legal battles and the U.S. Supreme Court’s declining to hear the case, the federal government has given the owner of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company until the end of July to shut down its retail and canning operation. “We can’t stop the federal government,” owner Kevin Lunny told the Marin Independent Journal last week. “That’s the way it is.” (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The Oakland City Council voted to make changes to a proposed deal that would keep the A’s at the Coliseum for the next 10 years. Despite previous warnings that the deal, negotiated over 14 months, must remain as is, A’s co-owner Lew Wolff said the team is considering the changes. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors voted to approve a fee increase from $1 to $3.55 per stop per day, after fewer shuttle providers than expected signed up for an 18-month pilot program. The new fee would take effect later this year and rise to $3.67 next year. (Mark Andrew Boyer/KQED)
John Barberini of Hayward watches the Legends of Candlestick flag football game, an event featuring former San Francisco 49ers’ greats against a team of retired NFL stars. It was billed as the final football game at the stadium, now slated for demolition next year. (Dan Brekke/KQED)
After largely ignoring a conservation law passed during the last drought, some of California’s largest agricultural water districts are facing a lawsuit that would force them to measure how much water farmers use. The 2009 law was designed to push the state’s biggest water users to conserve by closely monitoring their consumption. But more than 20 water districts haven’t turned in their water management plans and may face fines. (Craig Miller/KQED)
State regulators have approved new fines aimed at water wasters, hoping the penalties will lead to a reduction in water use amid one of the severest droughts in California history. New data shows that even though Gov. Jerry Brown asked Californians to cut back on water by 20 percent earlier this year, overall consumption actually edged up in May 2014 compared to the previous three Mays.