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News Pix: The Bay Area Votes and Muni Sickout Snarls Commutes

| June 7, 2014
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Muni drivers unhappy with a city contract proposal called in sick early this week, causing major delays throughout the system on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman Paul Rose said that on Monday 400 of the 600 buses, light-rail vehicles, streetcars and cable cars that would normally be on the streets were idled because of driver absences. (Mark Andrew Boyer/KQED)

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Alex Duran has worked as a Muni driver for the past 15 years, and he’s displeased with the proposed contract. “We haven’t gotten a raise for five years, but they’ve been raising our premium,” he said. “Technically, we’re going to get $1.10 less per hour.” (Mark Andrew Boyer/KQED)

primary
Californians took to the polls on Tuesday, June 3, to vote in the primaries. The turnout was light in this first statewide test of the top two primary system, in which the two candidates with the most votes advance to the general election, no matter their party. The new system didn’t seem to affect the results much, although other labels on the ballot did. The race for state controller has been particularly tight, with the second place spot still undecided. (Jeremy Raff/KQED)

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Gov. Jerry Brown was one of the few who voted on Tuesday. (Jeremy Raff/KQED)

Belmont Stakes 2014 - Previews
California Chrome could be the first horse bred in the state to win the Triple Crown ever. The Belmont Stakes are this Saturday and a lot is riding on this horse with a fairy tale story. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

CAl-student-junk
Around this time each year thousands of UC Berkeley students move out of their accommodations and head for home. And each year they leave behind a colossal mess. Walking through the area south of campus near Piedmont Avenue, which hosts a number of fraternities, sororities and other student housing, the evidence of the exodus is everywhere. This pile of junk was scene near Prospect Street. (Jasper Burget/Berkeleyside)

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Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported, produced and blogged on health, climate change and local news for KQED in San Francisco. Reach Katrina Schwartz at kschwartz@kqed.org.

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