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Morning Wrap: 5/19/11

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Prosecutor says Yusuf Bey IV thought he ruled Oakland, San Francisco pothole politics, circumcision ban makes the ballot, plus Microsoft wins a City Hall battle over Google, and more inside.

  • A post-trial hearing in Barry Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction scheduled for Friday was postponed until June 17. Mercury News
  • Mayor Ed Lee and six supervisors proposed a $248 million bond measure for November aimed at fixing potholes, repaving streets and otherwise repairing San Francisco’s bridges and tunnels. Chronicle
  • Here’s a switch: Pleasanton will increase the size of the city budget after unexpected gains in property and sales taxes. Contra Costa Times
  • After a hullaballoo from conservatives, the Navy named the last of 14 new cargo ships after the late United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez. AP
  • The prosecutor in the triple-murder trial of former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV told the jury that Bey “thought he was the king of Oakland” who “terrorized our city” in arguing that he ordered the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey and two others. Chauncey Bailey Project
  • After first being told it couldn’t, the Marin Peace and Justice Coalition will be able to march in the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade after all. Marin IJ
  • Oakland agreed to pay $630,000 to a man seriously hurt when his car was struck by a police cruiser five years ago. Chronicle
  • A lawyer for San Mateo County asked San Francisco’s PUC to meet with residents of a neighborhood near Menlo Park before chopping down a nearly 300-year-old oak tree named “Granny” that neighbors are trying to save. Bay City News
  • The Oakland Tribune editorializes that the City Council made the right call in voting 4 to 3 to continue gang injunctions with the proviso that the council approve any new ones.
  • After first being nominated by President Obama 15 months ago, UC Berkeley law professor Goodwyn Liu is to receive an up or down vote in the Senate today on his confirmation to the Ninth U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Oakland Tribune
  • In something of a coup, San Francisco chose Microsoft over Google to provide cloud-based email for city and county government employees. Xconomy
  • There will be a ballot measure to ban circumcision in San Francisco’s November election, officials confirmed Wednesday. AP
  • Silicon Valley developer Sobrato Organization has sold a portfolio of buildings and land in Fremont, San Jose and Sunnyvale for a reported $80 million in a deal that suggests investors think the tech sector has bounced back. Contra Costa Times
  • A decision by Gov. Jerry Brown on whom to appoint to the Marin Board of Supervisors to fill the vacancy left by Charles McGlashan’s death is expected any day now. Marin IJ 
  • UC officials say the system may charge higher tuition for each of the next five years even if the state stops cutting its budget. Contra Costa Times

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