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Morning Wrap: 5/24/11

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Jury deliberates in ‘Muslim Bakery’ murder trial, Lee to unveil pension plan, Arnold’s ex-housekeeper hires a lawyer, Harold Camping sets a new date, BART’s $1 billion parcel tax idea, and more inside.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger’s former housekeeper and the mother of his child, Mildred Patricia Baena, hired a Los Angeles law firm to represent her, although to what end was not immediately clear. AP
  • The jury in the murder trial of former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and associate Antoine Mackey, accused in the deaths of journalist Chauncey Bailey and two others, began deliberating Monday. Chauncey Bailey Project
  • The state Assembly voted 68-8 to ban the sale, trade or possession of shark fins, with Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) among those voting against. AP
  • The Chronicle reports that Mayor Lee is to unveil a proposal today with union backing that would call for city workers to contribute up to 12.5 percent of their salaries to pensions and police up to 13.5 percent to a pension and health benefits package. 
  • Preacher Harold Camping now says he miscalculated but that the end of the world will happen all at once on Oct. 21. Chronicle
  • BART is considering asking voters in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties to approve a parcel tax to raise up to $1 billion to replace its aging train cars. Contra Costa Times
  • The U. S. Supreme Court ordered California to reduce its prison population by more than 30,000 inmates in the next two years to bring the overcrowded system into constitutional compliance. Chronicle
  • A former Alameda County sheriff’s deputy who had been accused of molesting three children pleaded guilty to  lesser charges of child endangerment as part of a plea deal. Contra Costa Times
  • Good news for AC Transit commuters: It says a brightened budget picture means it won’t have to cut service next fiscal year after all. Contra Costa Times
  • Chevron is coming back with a revised plan to overhaul its Richmond refinery, a year after a battle with environmentalists scuttled the first one. Contra Costa Times
  • The family of Giants fan Bryan Stow said they never gave up hope that Los Angeles police would arrest the prime suspect in his March 31 assault at Dodger Stadium and expressed confidence that two other suspects will be apprehended. Chronicle
  • After 17 years of planning and delay, a massive affordable housing and redevelopment project near Oakland’s MacArthur BART station broke ground Monday. Oakland Tribune
  • Sales for Emeryville-based Jamba Inc. continued to slide, with the maker of Jamba Juice losing $7.3 million in the quarter just ended. SF Business Times
  • The grandmother of that 4-month-old infant that went missing in Contra Costa County and later turned up safe near Los Angeles was charged with kidnapping. Chronicle
  • Mercury and PCBs have rendered some of the Bay’s most popular sport fish unsafe in any amount for children and women under 45, according to new state health guidelines. Contra Costa Times

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