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Morning Wrap: 5/11/11

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CSU chancellor warns of draconian cuts, anger over I-680 express lane, shooting kills three at SJSU parking garage, Giants and A’s doing well at the turnstiles, plus Lady Gaga turns to Zynga, and more inside.

  • The state PUC dramatically expanded its order that PG&E provide safety documents for most of its 5,700-mile gas transmission network. Chronicle
  • A San Francisco sheriff’s cadet was held on $1 million bail after being charged with vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving in a hit-and-run accident that killed a 61-year-old man. Chronicle
  • In a scathing report, the Legislative Analyst’s Office called for a major reconsideration of California’s $43 billion high speed rail project. Mercury News
  • The Warriors may not hire a coach before the June 23 NBA draft. Oakland Tribune
  • San Francisco supervisor Jane Kim and state Sen. Tom Ammiano are to announce today a legislative effort to ensure that 400 more units of affordable housing are included in the massive Treasure Island development. The Bay Citizen
  • The House is expected to vote today on a measure to reverse President Obama’s offshore oil-drilling moratorium that could re-open the California coast to drilling. BANG
  • Three people, including the suspected shooter, were killed in a burst of gunfire at a San Jose State University parking garage Tuesday night. Chronicle; Mercury News
  • In a novel music marketing concept, Lady Gaga is releasing songs from her new album through San Francisco-based Zynga’s FarmVille before they can be heard anywhere else. AP
  • A federal judge ruled that the family of slain BART passenger Oscar Grant and several of his fellow passengers may proceed with civil claims that BART police arrested them illegally and used excessive force on the Fruitvale platform where Grant was killed. Chronicle 
  • A Marin wildlife group is opposing a federal plan to spray poison on the Farallon Islands to kill a house mouse that officials say are harming native plants. Marin IJ
  • Cal State’s chancellor says budget cuts may force it to raise tuition 32 percent and close enrollment to about 20,000 students next spring. Chronicle
  • The Giants and A’s are posting above average attendance so far, despite Major League Baseball’s slump at the turnstiles generally. SF Business Times
  • Commuters are fuming over the new express lane on Interstate 680 between Pleasanton and San Jose, saying it has failed to reduce congestion. Contra Costa Times
  • The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Department of Veterans Affairs to dramatically overhaul its mental health care system, citing the 18 veterans a day on average who commit suicide. AP
  • Former Raider defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith, 43, pleaded not guilty to murder in the 2008 beating and shooting of a Los Angeles area man. AP
  • San Carlos mayor Omar Ahmad suffered a heart attack at his home and died late Tuesday. KTVU 2

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