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Morning Wrap: 5/17/11

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

San Francisco cabbies want higher fares, more PG&E woes, FBI enters Contra Costa corruption probe, state budget better but still bad, key vote on Oakland gang injunction, plus Berkeley’s cheese and flowers war, and more inside.

  • Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who suffered traumatic brain injury after being assaulted outside Dodger Stadium March 31, was moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco General Hospital Monday were he remains in critical condition. Chronicle
  • An unexpected $6.6 billion in new revenues has lightened the state’s budget woes, but Gov. Jerry Brown said new taxes are still needed to close a $10 billion budget gap. Contra Costa Times
  • Stanford grad John Lipsky took over day-to-day operation of the International Monetary Fund in the wake of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s being jailed and charged raping a hotel chambermaid. The Bottom Line
  • The FBI has entered the corruption probe of a Contra Costa drug enforcement team that surfaced with the sale of confiscated drugs but has widened to include false arrests and prostitution. Contra Costa Times
  • Cal is more than halfway to its goal of selling nearly 2,900 premium seats in Memorial Stadium at between $40,000 and $225,000 apiece as part of a novel fund-raising push. SF Business Times
  • Oakland’s city council could decide tonight on the future of a hotly debated gang injunction against reputed Norteno gang members in the Fruitvale district. Oakland Tribune
  • A mentally ill Danville man who bludgeoned his mother to death when he was still a teenager is unlikely to regain competency to stand trail, a Contra Costa prosecutor said Monday. Contra Costa Times
  • PG&E underspent its state-authorized budget for replacing aging natural gas pipelines by $183 million from 1987 to 1999 and the state PUC doesn’t know what happened to the money, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said Monday. Chronicle
  • Muni is considering running express buses to ease overcrowding on its heavily-used N-Judah line. Examiner
  • Three people died in separate incidents in Yosemite National Park Friday, including a Texas professor who slipped and fell into the raging Merced River and a Berkeley man who fell below Yosemite Falls, park officials said Monday. Chronicle
  • Among the “underutilized state properties” that may go up for sale to ease the state budget crises: Oakland’s 9-hole Montclair Golf Course. SF Business Times
  • An advisory council made up of taxi drivers and cab company representatives is recommending increasing San Francisco cab fares. The Bay Citizen
  • UC Irvine student Jesse Cheng, accused of sexually assaulting a former girlfriend, is leaving his position as student representative on the UC Board of Regents. AP
  • Merchants in Berkeley’s Northbrae area accused the venerable Monterey Market of stocking items they specialize in, including cheeses, wine and flowers, and selling them at predatory prices. Berkeleyside
  • A teenager who ran over and killed a 2-year-old child and injured the child’s mother in a Rohnert Park crosswalk while sending a text message on her phone was charged with misdemeanor manslaughter. KTVU 2

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