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Morning Wrap: 5/27/11

Friday, May 27, 2011

BART says it will stop violating public meetings law, discordant note on San Francisco’s pension deal, ex-Cal State East Bay prof pleads guilty to child sex, plus the ATM servicer accused of swapping real money for fake bills, and more inside.

  • A prostitution sting netted 28 arrests in unincorporated San Leandro. Oakland Tribune
  • BART has decided to issue Tasers to every member of its police force.Contra Costa Times
  • BART also agreed Thursday to stop violating the state’s open meetings law with those secret closed-door committee meetings it's become known for. Contra Costa Times
  • State regulators approved new PG&E electric rates that lessen the burden of heavy users of electricity while increasing rates for those who use less (Chronicle). But the PUC did reject the utility’s attempt to add a $3 fee to everyone’s bill. (Mercury News)
  • Under investigation for doping, Lance Armstrong added San Francisco power attorneys John Keker and Elliot Peters to his legal team. Examiner
  • Marin County settled its case against the San Francisco dentist accused of illegally chopping down trees on public land to improve her view. Marin IJ
  • Oakland has the highest per capita violent crime rate in the state for cities of more than 100,000, while Berkeley ranks third in property crimes, new California Department of Justice figures show. Chronicle
  • Former Cal State East Bay professor and San Francisco resident Kenneth Kyle, 47, pleaded guilty to a child sex abuse charge that could send him to prison for 30 years. Chronicle
  • Venture capitalist Michael Moritz dismissed the just announced pension plan deal announced by Mayor Ed Lee as “one that saves one-sixth of what they said two months ago was necessary.” The Bay Citizen
  • The San Mateo County judge who’s scheduled to hear 74 civil cases against PG&E stemming from last September’s pipeline explosion says he expects to begin trying them this summer. AP
  • A 15-year-old Silicon Valley boy searching his garage for a model car discovered a 3-year-old girl bruised and beaten and apparently left for dead. Now, police are looking for the boy’s father. Mercury News
  • The Assembly approved a bill by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) to allow counties to opt out of a federal program that requires authorities to hand over undocumented immigrants. Chronicle
  • An employee of an ATM servicer was charged with swapping $200,000 in fake bills for real cash at machines in Daly City and San Francisco. Chronicle
  • A 42-year-old gardener on the job in Oakland’s Fruitvale district was shot and killed during an apparent robbery. Chronicle
  • Despite earlier tough talk from a judge, Lindsay Lohan was fitted with an ankle bracelet and will serve her sentence for violating her parole under house arrest rather than going to jail. AP
  • The NCAA now says it will consider whether to strip USC of its 2004 BCS championship. AP

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