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Sunday Notes: 7/31/11

Sunday, July 31, 2011

imageIncluding the one now living in Marin County (pictured with reliever Brian Wilson), San Francisco had two limelight-drawn ex-mayors at last Sunday’s White House photo-op for the Giants. The other one writes about it in his Chronicle column today.

  • Food for thought while watching the Washington debt limit circus: California gets $79 billion a year from the federal government, almost 40 percent of what it spends.
  • Authorities are spending the weekend eradicating a large illegal marijuana grow on or near East Bay Regional Park land in the hills near Moraga, close to where an armored vehicle was used to rescue a park police officer fired at with automatic weapons six days ago.
  • The bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed moving California’s Presidential primary back to June after a 16-year experiment with holding it earlier will save the state $100 million.
  • imageThe state Department of Food and Agriculture unleashed 5,000 water hyacinth plant hoppers native to South America into the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta in hopes of combating the invasive water hyacinth weed clogging the waterway.
  • Cal’s Jeff Tedford is promising to be more involved in the offense this season than he’s been since Aaron Rodgers was his quarterback.
  • It’s still one of the safest big cities in America, but San Jose has had 28 homicides this year, already surpassing last year’s total of 20.
  • It may not be the Carmaggedon predicted when L.A.’s 405 Freeway was shut down the other day, but westbound Highway 4 through the Pittsburg-Antioch bottleneck will close from 10 p.m. tomorrow to 3:30 a.m. Tuesday for some key widening work.
  • Clark Gable III, the 22-year-old grandson of his famous namesake, was arrested in Los Angeles for pointing a laser at a police helicopter.
  • Gracious exit: After being given the boot by the 49ers after 15 years, kicker Joe Nedney took it philosophically: “You’re only as good as your last kick. So I’m OK.”

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