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Morning Wrap: 9/12/11

Monday, September 12, 2011

SF’s sky-high parking ticket fines, Amelia Earhart’s goggles, 49ers’ solid start, Jerry Brown’s torched tax and jobs agenda, East Oakland’s exceptionally violent summer, the FBI’s interest in Anonymous, plus more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Anonymous, the hacker group linked to the ongoing protests against BART, is attracting increased scrutiny from the FBI, the Examiner says.
  • BART Police is grappling with what to do about handling media after the backlash from its detaining and even handcuffing some members of the media during last Thursday’s Powell Station protest. AP
  • Democrats control the Legislature but the session that ended Friday saw bills passed that will ease environmental rules, order bureaucrats to be more business-friendly and champion tax cuts for small companies. LA Times
  • A big victim of the session’s last-minute wheeling and dealing: Gov. Jerry Brown’s hoped for $1-billion tax package went down in flames. PolitiCal 
  • On the heels of his tax and jobs plan being rejected by the Legislature, Gov. Brown flies to Las Vegas today to speak to the Laborers’ International Union of North America. Capitol Alert
Notable Quote
“It’s unbelievable that so many politicians in Sacramento would choose to help cigarette makers and other out-of-state companies at the expense of California jobs.”
-- Gov. Jerry Brown, on the defeat of his proposal to end favorable tax treatment for companies with large workforces outside California that sell products in the state.

Other news

  • San Francisco may have some of the steepest parking ticket fines in the nation, but the cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Agency wants to increase them to help fill a budget gap. Chronicle
  • Goggles worn by Amelia Earhart and photographs of the aviator pulled in more than $31,000 at an Oakland auction Sunday. AP
  • Gas station owners accuse Contra Costa County of overcharging for hazardous materials inspections, and one owner has surveillance video that he says proves it. Contra Costa Times
  • Jim Harrington at the Oakland Tribune writes about the surging popularity of country music on the Bay Area concert scene.
  • Enrollment at College of Marin dropped by about 400 students for the fall, and officials say fee hikes are largely to blame. Marin IJ
  • The vice president of community services district board in the East Bay community of Discovery Bay says he will not resign despite his arrest last month for beating his wife. Contra Costa Times
  • The Oakland Tribune looks at the long violent summer in East Oakland, where crime-weary residents are fed up after homicides are up 25 percent.
  • An outpouring of more than 36 applications for a vacant seat on the philanthropic Marin Community Foundation board has swamped supervisors—and is the most ever in the foundation’s 24-year history. Marin IJ
  • Alex Smith gets the Jim Harbaugh hug of approval, as the 49ers win their opener. Mercury News

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