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Morning Wrap: 9/8/11

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Amazon blinks, John Burton hangs in, Chevron pays up, Central Subway on track, Fox Sports cancels show that mocked Asians, East Palo Alto readies for Rick Perry, and plenty more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • offered to back away from sponsoring a ballot initiative to repeal the state's online tax collection law in exchange for a one-year moratorium on collecting the tax. BANG
  • Fox Sports canceled “The College Experiment” after the show aired a college football segment taped on the USC campus that mocked Asian students. AP
  • The San Diego Union-Tribune announced a reader comments policy for its website to require commenters to identify themselves through their Facebook accounts and display their real names.
  • NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell announced that she has breast cancer and that her prognosis is “terrific.” TV Newser
  • It was mostly a Rick Perry-Mitt Romney show at last night’s GOP debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, with Michele Bachman and the other candidates largely relegated to the sidelines. LA Times
  • Highlights of bills signed and vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday. LA Times
  • John Burton, who is 78, said he will run for another term as state Democratic Party chair in 2013. Chronicle Politics blog
  • GOP frontrunner Rick Perry’s first Bay Area appearance since announcing for president is at a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser at the Four Seasons in East Palo Alto Friday night. The Bay Citizen
  • Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) to force paid signature gatherers in front of grocery and discount stores to disclose the fact to the public. Political Blotter
Notable Quote

"While I appreciate the value of wearing a ski helmet, I am concerned about the continuing and seemingly inexorable transfer of authority from parents to the state. Not every human problem deserves a law. I believe parents have the ability and responsibility to make good choices for their children."
-- Gov. Jerry Brown, in vetoing a bill to require minors to wear helmets while skiing

Other news
  • The Chronicle’s C. W. Nevius says Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposed legislation curbing public nudity is a success—”assuming his intention was to make kooky San Francisco a national joke while doing nothing about the core problem.”
  • BART has no plans to reopen restrooms at its busiest stations, closed since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, due to ongoing security concerns. The Bay Citizen
  • San Ramon-based Chevron agreed to pay $24.5 million to settle allegations that it violated anti-pollution laws at gas stations around California. Contra Costa Times
  • The often-maligned Central Subway project is on track and is on the cusp of securing final federal funding, Muni officials said Wednesday. Bay City News Service
  • Sharks prospect Daniil Sobchenko was among the 43 Russian hockey players and others who died when an airliner crashed shortly after takeoff from Moscow. Mercury News
  • Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines each announced plans to add flights from San Jose to Hawaii. Mercury News
  • With another protest against BART scheduled today, officials say the recent protests have already cost the agency $300,000 in extra security. Examiner
  • Urban design critic John King rather likes the futuristic Apple headquarters the company is proposing for Cupertino. Chronicle
  • Prominent former child psychiatrist William Ayres of San Mateo, who avoided being retried on child molestation charges after prosecutors abandoned efforts to prove him competent, was formally admitted to a state mental hospital. San Mateo Daily Journal

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