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Morning Wrap: 8/3/11

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What the debt deal means closer to home, an outsider has the inside track to be BART’s boss, SF cab fares to rise, plus the jury is out in the case of the South Bay mom accused of sex with her son’s 16-year-old friend, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • San Francisco is launching a crackdown on so-called crisis pregnancy centers that advertise as though they provide abortions but council against them. The Bay Citizen
  • For those keeping score, police in London announced the 11th arrest in connection with the hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s now-shuttered News of the World. NYT
  • Grace Crunican, the former No. 2 at the Federal Transit Administration, is reported by the Chronicle to be the favorite of BART directors, tentatively at least, to take over as the transit agency’s general manager.
  • Now that the debt deal is done, time to assess the implications of federal budget cuts to California, from the high speed rail project to subsidies for Central Valley farmers. BANG
  • Meanwhile, scores of Bay Area construction workers and a future new control tower at Oakland International Airport continued to be held political hostage to the impasse in Congress over funding the Federal Aviation Administration. Oakland Tribune
Other news
  • That 16-year-old Antioch boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert after reportedly being forced at gunpoint to drive the getaway car after a barbershop holdup—he’s now been arrested as a suspect. Chronicle
  • The Metropolitan Transportation Agency approved San Francisco cab fare increases. Chronicle
  • At least one case of salmonella found in ground turkey nationwide has turned up in San Francisco and six cases have now been reported in California. Examiner
  • San Jose’s mayor and city council have postponed putting a tax measure on the November ballot, citing tepid support among voters despite police layoffs and other deep budget cuts. Mercury News
  • A jury began deliberating the fate of Sara Cole, the South Bay mom accused of having unlawful sex with one of her son’s 16-year-old friends. Mercury News
  • The Board of Supervisors approved a new law designed to crack down on San Francisco businesses that illegally fail to pay their employees’ wages. The Bay Citizen
  • The arsonist who set fire to a Sacramento area shopping mall last year, causing $55 million damage, was sentenced by a federal judge to 15 years in prison. AP
  • PG&E announced it will shut down power to about 700 customers in Orinda for 12 hours starting Thursday night to make urgent repairs. Conra Costa Times
  • Palo Alto’s city council will begin using iPads at council meetings. Palo Alto Daily News
  • Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin became the fourth 49ers starter from last year to sign elsewhere, hitching onto a one-year deal with the Saints. Chronicle

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