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Morning Wrap: 6/29/11

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Budget passes and recriminations begin, Twitter’s Biz Stone steps aside, diesel spill fouls Lake Merritt, Warriors buy the Dakota Wizards, a Central Subway milestone, plus the highly-paid San Francisco official who telecommutes from Rio, and more after the jump.

Top of the morning’s news
  • The Legislature approved the newly-unveiled budget package last night, giving the state a spending plan before the start of the fiscal year July 1 and, perhaps not coincidentally, ensuring that lawmakers once gain will receive their pay. Chronicle; LA Times; Contra Costa Times
  • Biz Stone announced he’s stepping down as Twitter’s creative director to team up with Twitter co-founder Evan Williams to revive Obvious, the company that originally incubated Twitter. PaidContent
  • ABC News has paid at least $215,000 for Casey Anthony scoops in connection with the Florida murder case and trial. Poynter
  • CNN named Jessica Yellin chief White House correspondent to replace the departing Ed Henry. TV Newser
  • It didn’t take long for Attorney General Kamala Harris, the courts, and the UC and Cal State systems to come out swinging against the newly-passed budget that Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers unveiled. Chronicle Politics Blog
  • Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for farmworkers to organize. LA Times 
  • The Warriors bought the Dakota Wizards developmental league basketball franchise and will consider moving it from Bismarck, North Dakota, to Northern California after the 2011-12 season. Chronicle
  • Yesterday’s rains marked a Bay Area weather milestone: For the first time since 1849, June has been wetter than January. Chronicle
  • District attorney George Gascon called on Congress to pass a federal ban on assault rifles. The Bay Citizen
  • A diesel spill, possibly from someone having poured the fuel into a storm drain, spread over a 5-acre span of Oakland’s Lake Merritt Tuesday afternoon. The Bay Citizen
  • A man with a loaded gun was arrested at the Sacramento airport. AP
  • The Muni board awarded a contract to dig the tunnel for the Central Subway to run from the South of Market area to Chinatown, the entire cost of which when built is expected to top $1.6 billion. The Bay Citizen
  • Details have begun to emerge on how Mayor Jean Quan and the city council plan to deal with Oakland’s projected $58 million budget deficit. Oakland Tribune
  • San Francisco’s cultural affairs director, Luis Cancel, is on the hot seat after complaints about his treatment of staff—and his telecommuting from a second home in Rio de Janeiro. Chronicle 
  • Century Theaters announced it plans to build a 16-screen movie theater to anchor a new Fremont entertainment district. Oakland Tribune
  • As the competition heats up to land a second campus of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, two of the contenders—Alameda and Richmond—have launched advertising campaigns. Contra Costa Times
  • A developer has shelved its plans for housing at 1401 California Street at the foot of Nob Hill and now plans to replace the Cala Foods store there with a Trader Joe’s. SF Business Times

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