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Morning Wrap: 7/20/11

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Supes OK a pension ballot measure, Stanford readies pitch for NYC campus, critics call Blue Shield autism settlement a sham, San Rafael bunts on minor league baseball, plus Muni buses attacked by kids in the Bayview, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • About 35 people were arrested last night during a protest that included as many as 150 who marched to protest the SFPD shooting death of 19-year-old Kenneth Harding Jr., who allegedly fired shots at officers after they tried to detain him while conducting a Muni fare enforcement. Bay City News Service
  • A policy group called for the state’s term limit law to be changed, saying it hasn’t stopped politicians from engaging in “political musical chairs” and hopping to another government office. PolitiCal
  • In a rare show of unity, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place a pension overhaul measure on the November ballot with the mayor’s backing that will compete with one being advanced by Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Chronicle
Other news

  • State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano called for an informational hearing on BART police oversight in the aftermath of the third BART police shooting in three years. The Bay Citizen
  • Stanford will offer a specific proposal by October for opening an engineering and applied science campus in New York, the university announced. SF Business Times 
  • Oakland’s city council voted to place an $80 per year parcel tax on a special election mail-only ballot in November. Chronicle
  • Critics are calling last week’s settlement between the state and Blue Shield of California to expand coverage for autism treatment a “sham” that will not result in more therapy for people with the condition. Chronicle
  • Residential foreclosures in the California hit a four-year low last quarter, new DataQuick statistics show. The Bay Citizen 
  • A gang of rowdy young people, some as young as 9, attacked four Muni buses in the Bayview with bottles and other objects, and two Muni drivers suffered minor injuries. Examiner
  • San Rafael postponed a vote on whether to allow a minor league baseball team to play at Albert Park. Marin IJ
  • Oakland’s city council named Barbara Parker as city attorney Tuesday, forestalling a campaign and election for the position to fill out the unexpired term John Russo, who quit to become Alameda city manager. Oakland Tribune
  • A 17-year-old Orinda boy who was rescued from a collapsed sand tunnel at Sunset State Beach last month is in a perpetual vegetative state, his family said. Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • After years of wrangling, AT&T got the go ahead from the Board of Supervisors to place hundreds of utility boxes on city sidewalks and alleyways without first having to undergo environmental analysis. Chronicle
  • The Board of Supervisors approved $57 million in transportation sales tax money to buy tunnel boring machines in a vote of confidence for the $1.6 billion Central Subway. Chronicle
  • A woman barged into a home in San Jose and attempted to steal a 3-year-old girl from her mother’s arms before being fought off by the mom. Mercury News
  • Data storage company Data Robotics officially changed its name to Drobo and announced it will move from Santa Clara into new offices in San Jose. Mercury News
  • Brandon Belt powers the Giants to a 5-3 win over the Dodgers for their ninth win in 11 games, and giving them a 4 1/2 game divisioin lead, both season highs. Chronicle

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