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February 6, 2013 | 8:14 am

A.M. Splash: SF Wants to Mandate Seismic Upgrades; Silicon Valley Growth Back to Dot-Com Levels; City College Turnaround Plan Contested

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SF wants to require seismic upgrades (SF Chronicle) Thousands of San Francisco property owners would be required to retrofit their older, collapse-prone buildings at an estimated cost of $60,000 to $130,000 each to improve their chances of surviving a major earthquake under legislation Mayor Ed Lee introduced Tuesday. After more than a decade of work, […]

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February 5, 2013 | 8:12 am

State, DAs Sue BP and ARCO; Judges For Barry Bonds’ Appeal Picked; Ellison’s Boat Rises Again and More News…

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Alameda County joins state attorney general in lawsuit against BP and ARCO over environmental violations (Oakland Tribune) Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley joined state Attorney General Kamala Harris and six other California district attorneys in filing a civil lawsuit Friday against BP West Coast Products, BP Products North America, Inc., and Atlantic Richfield Company […]

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February 4, 2013 | 8:07 am

A.M. Splash: California Abandons 8th Grade Algebra Requirement; 49er Fans Calm After Loss; Super Bowl Blackout Effects Unclear

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California abandons algebra requirement for eighth-graders (SJ Mercury News) By falling in line with other states, California is abandoning its push for all eighth-graders to take algebra. Last month, the State Board of Education unanimously shifted away from a 15-year policy of expecting eighth-graders to take Algebra I. The state will allow them to take […]

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February 1, 2013 | 9:35 am

State Says Hispanics Soon to Outnumber Whites; Chevron Takes Aim at Low Carbon Fuel Standards; State Lifts Ban on Lyft, Uber; More News…

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Hispanics soon to outnumber whites in state (SF Chronicle) The number of Hispanic people in California will equal the non-Hispanic white population by the middle of the year and surpass it as the largest single racial or ethnic group in the state by 2014, according to projections released Thursday by the state Department of Finance. […]

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January 31, 2013 | 8:42 am

A.M. Splash: CHP Will Continue Oakland Patrols; Calif. Gun Background Checks Could be a Model; Lane Stripes Missing on Central Freeway

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CHP extends Oakland patrols for another month (Oakland Tribune) The California Highway Patrol will continue policing Oakland streets for at least another month, although it’s unclear whether the city or the state will be paying for the service. The CHP’s 90-day crime suppression work in Oakland had been scheduled to end Thursday, potentially leaving the […]

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January 30, 2013 | 8:30 am

A.M. Splash: Guns Illegally Owned by 20,000 in State; Funding Problem For Same-Sex Marriage Opponents; Strong Facebook Earnings Expected

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Guns illegally owned by 20,000 in state (SF Chronicle) Nearly 20,000 registered gun owners in California are ineligible to have guns yet still do, and it could take three years and $25 million for authorities to confiscate the weapons, law enforcement officials told a legislative committee Tuesday. The registered gun owners lost their legal rights […]

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January 28, 2013 | 8:31 am

A.M. Splash: Bay to Breakers Loses Sponsor; SF Has Big Plans for Mission Bay; BCDC Embraces New Mission; ‘Flipped’ Learning Catches On

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Bay to Breakers races to find new sponsor (SF Gate) Zazzle has dropped out as the main sponsor of Bay to Breakers, leaving organizers less than four months to find a primary financial backer for the boozy, nudity-dotted footrace. The website for customized T-shirts and novelties withdrew after failing to reach terms with race organizers […]

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January 25, 2013 | 8:16 am

A.M. Splash: Plan to Drain Hetch Hetchy Stymied; Ellison May Bid on Sacto Kings; BART May Boost WiFi; Bill Would Reduce Cougar Killing

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Effort to drain Hetch Hetchy dealt major setback (Oakland Tribune) In a move that could be the political death knell for environmentalists’ efforts to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has approved a plan to block the draining of the famed reservoir unless the 26 cities and […]

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January 24, 2013 | 8:32 am

A.M. Splash: Alameda Co. Closes ‘Sweepstakes’ Cafes; Lawsuit Charges SF Housing Corruption; ACLU Calls for More English Classes

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Alameda County ready to close Internet ‘sweepstakes’ cafes (Hayward Daily Review) Less than a year after Net Connection Internet cafe opened its doors on Hesperian Boulevard, county officials are trying to close it and a string of similar businesses in unincorporated neighborhoods after the state declared them illegal gambling operations. Net Connection sells customers Internet […]

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January 23, 2013 | 8:29 am

A.M. Splash: Apple Earnings Announcement Highly Anticipated; Calif. Sees Big Revenue Bump in Jan.; Bill Seeks to Expand Number of Abortion Providers

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Analyst projections all over map as Apple prepares to announce quarterly earnings (SJ Mercury News) For months, Apple’s stock price has been tumbling. The world’s most valuable public company has hemorrhaged $200 billion since September. Bloggers and “informed sources” warn of sagging demand for its revenue-generating iPhone. And some analysts have become downright gloomy about […]

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