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Morning Wrap: 7/27/11

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kim and Mar pull support for Care Not Cash overhaul, regulators stall permit for America’s Cup, Casey Anthony judge says courts have become entertainment, Latino groups complain about Goodwin Liu nomination, plus more after the jump.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Regulators are refusing to issue permits for the America’s Cup to be held in San Francisco Bay unless or until organizers can prove that the event won’t significantly spread an exotic seaweed through the bay. The Bay Citizen
  • In deciding to postpone identifying the jurors in the Casey Anthony trial, the judge who presided over the trial issued a report in which he said, “Basically, court proceedings are no longer news but entertainment.” Poynter
  • Supervisors Jane Kim and Eric Mar withdrew their support for a ballot measure to overhaul the Care Not Cash homeless program championed by former Mayor Gavin Newsom, depriving it of the four supervisor backers it needs to appear on the November ballot. Chronicle
  • On the day after Gov. Jerry Brown nominated UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu for the California Supreme Court, Latino groups took issue with the nomination, objecting that the court is without Latino representation. The Bay Citizen
  • Liu’s nomination, if confirmed, would give the court an unprecedented Asian American majority. BANG 
Other news

  • Gov. Brown signed into law a bill that bans the sale of pets on street corners and other public property in hopes of shutting down poorly run puppy mills in California. PolitiCal
  • Yosemite National Park dedicates a new solar energy array today that is powering the park’s administrative complex, its visitor facilities and the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley. Mercury News
  • Preservationists lost their fight to save the 1844 Juana Briones House in Palo Alto from being demolished, but say they’ve raised $25,000 in hopes of saving a section of a wall. AP
  • College of Marin has transitioned to a nearly smoke-free campus, restricting smoking to designated areas of the parking lots at its Kentfield and Novato campuses. Marin IJ
  • Regional transportation officials are now pushing for a scaled back high-speed rail system on the Peninsula that would accommodate a modernized Caltrain with a minimum of new construction. Chronicle 
  • Santa Rosa officials agreed to pay what they call a $2.7 million “ransom” payment to the state to keep the city’s redevelopment agency alive. Press-Democrat
  • Former state schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell said that this year’s budget, along with strong job growth, has convinced him that schools won’t be forced into crippling service cuts. California Watch
  • As expected, the Board of Supervisors gave final approval to a first-of-its-kind law requiring retailers in San Francisco to disclose information about radiation emitted by cellphones. The Bay Citizen

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