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Morning Wrap: 6/17/11

Friday, June 17, 2011

Democrats are ticked at Jerry Brown’s budget veto, Oracle sics its patent lawyers on Google, Muni defends Nat Ford’s exit payout, plus Charles Manson gains a prison neighbor in Phillip Garrido, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of the state budget has his fellow Democrats grousing. LAT, The Bay Citizen
  • Oracle is going all out in its patent assault against Google, seeking damages in the billions of dollars claiming the Android operating system infringes patents it acquired from its 2009 takeover of Sun Microsystems. PaidContent
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  • Oakland Tribune reporter Thomas Peele lands a jailhouse interview with Devaughndre Broussard, the confessed triggerman in the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey. Chauncey Bailey Project
  • Norah O’Donnell is leaving NBC to become chief White House correspondent at CBS. Media Decoder
  • Just in time for the presidential campaign, Michelle Bachman of Minnesota has a deal to publish her memoir in the fall. Media Decoder
  • State Assemblyman Martin Garrick (R-Solano Beach) apologized after being cited for drunken driving. Chronicle
  • A new Field Poll shows that Arnold Schwarzenegger, already unpopular when he left office, is viewed unfavorably by 75 percent of California’s registered voters. Sac Bee 
  • Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was sprinkled with glitter and confetti by a pair of gay rights activists at Moscone Center Thursday while attending a health insurance industry conference. Political Blotter
  • Sarah Palin opined on Fox News that Anthony Weiner had been “rendered impotent” by the sexting scandal that cost him his congressional seat. HuffPo
  • Confessed Jaycee Dugard kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido are officially state prison inmates: Nancy at a women’s prison at Chowchilla, and Phillip in the same protective unit at Corcoran that’s home to Charles Manson. Contra Costa Times
  • A day after Nathaniel Ford’s announced departure as Muni chief, city transit officials were on the hot seat for approving a $384,000 exit package for Ford when the agency faces a $22 million deficit. Chronicle
  • Meanwhile, there’s a move at City Hall to install public works director Ed Reiskin to replace Ford. The Bay Citizen
  • A federal grand jury indicted an alleged computer hacker accused of trying to extort $1 million from a Redwood City online company by stealing its private data and threatening to release it publicly. Mercury News
  • Despite its stock’s nosedive a day after going public, Pandora’s successful IPO appears to be a boon to Oakland’s collective ego. Oakland Tribune
  • The Metropolitan Transportation Commission will decide next week on whether to provide AC Transit with a $24.5 million bailout from federal funds intended for bus and rail car replacement. Contra Costa Times
  • Chip Berg, 53, an executive with Procter & Gamble, will become president and CEO of San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co., replacing the retiring John Anderson. SF Business Times
  • A San Rafael man accused of taking pictures under women’s skirts with a camera attached to his shoe pleaded guilty to loitering as part of a plea bargain. Marin IJ

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