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Morning Wrap: 6/23/11

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Oakland whistleblower claims paramedics botched Oscar Grant’s care, Winklevoss twins drop their Facebook lawsuit, KTEH television to drop its call letters, Rebecca Castaneda settles with Marin over chopped-down beach trees, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • An Oakland Fire Department employee filed a whistleblower lawsuit claiming his colleagues provided inadequate care to the late Oscar Grant III as he lay dying after being shot by former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, a claim department officials dismissed as “preposterous.” Chronicle
  • State Controller John Chiang warned state legislators smarting over his ruling that they aren’t entitled to paychecks under Prop 25—since the state budget they passed (and the governor vetoed) wasn’t balanced—that a legal challenge “would be ill advised.” Capitol Alert
  • In Sacramento, plenty of suspense, but little clue about Jerry Brown’s next budget move. Contra Costa Times 
  • Jose Antonio Vargas, the one-time Chronicle intern who won a Pulitzer Prize at the Washington Post for his coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre, revealed that he is an illegal immigrant who has kept the secret for nearly two decades. AP
  • The last vestiges of San Jose public television station KTEH will disappear July 1 when it drops its call letters and becomes KQED Plus. Contra Costa Times
  • Salon Media Group CEO Richard Gingras is leaving the company for Google, where he will become global head of news products. Media Decoder 
  • San Francisco dentist and former city health commissioner Rebecca Castaneda agreed to pay $27,000 to the county of Marin to settle claims stemming from the cutting down of trees at McNears Beach Park that were obscuring her ocean views. Marin IJ
  • Twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard classmates who’ve sued for years for a big share of Facebook they claim was rightfully theirs, agreed to accept a 2008 settlement that’s now worth well over $100 million. AP
  • Farallon Capital Management hopes to sell the last remaining commercial development site at Mission Bay, a 3-acre parcel that could bring more than $90 million. SF Business Times
  • Oracle Arena will get a new sound system and other improvements as the result of settled litigation between the Warriors and landlords Oakland and Alameda County over the arena’s upkeep. Oakland Tribune 
  • That male business consultant who flies regularly as a preferred customer of US Airways—the same airline that kicked a college football player off a flight at SFO for wearing baggy pants—scantily clad in women’s underwear says he does it for fun. Chronicle
  • The Bay Area has more than 34,000 gay and lesbian couples living in married and unmarried partnerships, Census figures show. The Bay Citizen
  • Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers joined the board of Square Inc., a Silicon Valley mobile device payment processing startup co-founded by Twitter creator Jack Dorsey. SF Business Times
  • Assemblyman Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) says he will press PG&E to reveal whether the utility crew that installed the failed San Bruno pipeline years before it exploded also worked on other pipelines. Mercury News
  • Bucking a national trend, San Francisco office buildings gained 9.6 percent in value in the first quarter, Moody’s reported. SF Business Times
  • A “Good Samaritan” who came to an assault victim’s aid in downtown San Mateo ended up being arrested on firearms charges after pulling a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun. San Mateo Daily Journal

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