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Morning Wrap: 7/19/11

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Draconian cuts at San Francisco Superior Court, Cisco attaches numbers to its jobs bloodletting, Nathaniel Ford in the hunt to lead BART, Marin man arrested for threatening to kill Barbara Boxer, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Troubled San Jose tech giant Cisco Systems announced it will slash a whopping 6,500 jobs, or 9 percent of its work force, in August. Mercury News
  • Borders, which has been in bankruptcy since February, will close the remaining 399 of its book stores and 11,000 workers will lose their jobs. PaidContent
  • The Obama reelection campaign released its list of campaign bundlers and nearly a quarter of the 244 biggest donors are from California. Chronicle Politics Blog
  • State Attorney General Kamala Harris cleared the way for Amazon to move forward with its ballot measure attempting to overturn California’s online tax collection law. Capitol Alert
Other news

  • The Chronicle reports that recently departed Muni chief Nathaniel Ford is in the mix to be BART’s next general manager.
  • Meanwhile, Muni could name Ford’s successor as early as today. Chronicle 
  • San Francisco Superior Court will lay off 200 workers, more than 40 percent of the staff, in a draconian move resulting from the loss of state funding that will play havoc with the civil judicial system. Chronicle
  • Two men involved in a robbery attempt in which their friend, former USF basketball player Hyman Taylor, was shot and killed last year near the Ikea store in Emeryville during a drug deal gone bad, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery. Chronicle
  • Oakland-based Clorox rejected Carl Icahn’s bid to buy the company for $10.2 billion, calling it “neither credible nor adequate.” Oakland Tribune
  • Silicon Valley employers are projecting 15 percent growth in tech jobs over the next two years. Mercury News
  • A Daly City man faces up to 12 years in prison after being convicted of burning his 17-month-old son in a hot stove allegedly to teach him that ovens are dangerous. Chronicle
  • A 47-year-old San Rafael man was arrested for threatening the life of Senator Barbara Boxer. Chronicle
  • San Jose and Union City joined in a lawsuit to overturn the state’s recently enacted laws to eliminate or take money away from California’s 398 active redevelopment agencies. Mercury News
  • State Sen. Leland Yee introduced a bill that would prevent the kind of lucrative pay and bonuses just announced for three executives and a chancellor at the state’s public universities during tough economic times. Chronicle
  • Marin court officials have decided to close the county’s only juvenile court and begin transporting youthful suspects to the county’s main courthouse, which apparently means abandoning a controversial plan to have youthful suspects sit inside a glass enclosure during proceedings. The Bay Citizen
  • The Giants are to visit the White House Monday for the traditional presidential congratulations for last year’s World Series victory. Chronicle

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