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Morning Wrap: 7/29/11

Friday, July 29, 2011

Chevron profits soar, Current TV’s shakeup at the top, Fremont considers moving city hall to Warm Springs, Michael Crabtree sidelined, judge puts San Francisco’s circumcision measure out of its misery, plus lots more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts labeled as “an outrage” the senseless killing of Paris Powell, 29, an advocate for the poor and homeless who was gunned down on an East Oakland street in front of his pregnant wife, who was wounded, and their two young children. The Bay Citizen
  • Mark Rosenthal is out as CEO of San Francisco-based Current TV and co-founder and former CEO Joel Hyatt will replace him. PaidContent
  • A judge ruled that 4,000 Sacramento Bee newspaper carriers are entitled to proceed as a class against the newspaper on claims they were mislabeled as independent contractors when they were actually employees. PRWeb
  • Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign legislation moving California’s presidential primary back to June, consolidating it with the statewide primary election. Sac Bee 
  • After months of anticipation, a citizens commission released nearly final congressional and legislative district maps that promise to transform the state’s political landscape. Contra Costa Times
Other news

  • San Ramon-based Chevron’s profits for the second quarter soared by 43 percent, to $7.7 billion. Contra Costa Times
  • Lucinda Moyers, 56, the woman accused of breaking into TV game show host Alex Trebek’s room at San Francisco’s Marriott Marquis Hotel, appeared in court to face charges of burglary and being in possession of stolen property. Chronicle
  • Fremont is exploring the idea of moving City Hall from its midtown location to Warm Springs as part of a new civil and cultural arts center. Oakland Tribune
  • A federal appeals court ruled that a brutality lawsuit stemming from a decade-old death of a drug suspect may proceed because of Oakland Police Department misrepresentations and stonewalling. Chronicle
  • The state auditor concludes that the UC system needs to improve its transparency, but doesn’t waste the massive amounts of money alleged by state Senator and frequent UC critic Leland Yee. Contra Costa Times
  • As expected, a San Francisco superior court judge ordered a controversial ballot initiative to ban circumcision removed from the November ballot, saying it was in conflict with state law. The Bay Citizen
  • The 49ers’ Michael Crabtree will be sidelined for up to six weeks and will miss training cramp because of a foot injury suffered in June. Mercury News
  • Those two former UC Berkeley students arrested for espionage while hiking on the Iran border and held for nearly two years are due for a hearing Sunday that their families hope will free them. AP
  • The state Supreme Court will hear arguments Sept. 6 on a key issue affecting the legality of California’s voter-approved ban on same sex marriages. Examiner
  • Two more sea lions have turned up with wires around their necks, this time at Pier 39, where rescuers are trying to corral them. AP
  • John Brooks, 56, a former soccer coach at Dominican University in San Rafael, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the college, claiming he was forced out because of age discrimination and his campaign for a better playing field. Marin IJ
  • Without providing specifics, SFPD says it has found the gun used by a Washington state homicide suspect to shoot himself in the Bayview during a confrontation with police. Chronicle
  • The new Denver-based owners of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort unveiled big plans for a Colorado-style makeover of the popular Sierra resort. SF Business Times

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