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Morning Wrap: 10/19/11

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mayor Ed Lee gets tech’s love, Gascon way out front, the pitiful state of Bay Area bridges, Oakland shells out $1.7 million in police brutality case, plaque honoring Harvey Milk stolen, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Tale of two cities: Anti-Wall Street protesters are having a rough time of it in San Francisco, where they fight for the ability to camp out from one night to the next; in Oakland, meanwhile, protestors have been allowed to erect a mini-tent city. Chronicle
  • Longtime executive and vice president of programming Jack Swanson is out at KGO and KSFO radio after an ownership shuffle in which Cumulus took over the stations from Citadel. Radio Ink
  • Mayor Ed Lee, whose campaign has snapped up hefty financial support from tech industry luminaries, got royal treatment at the Web 2.0 conference at the Palace Hotel. SF Business Times
  • Appointed district attorney and former SFPD chief George Gascon holds a wide lead over three other challengers less than three weeks from the November election, according to a Bay Citizen/USF poll. The Bay Citizen
Notable Quote

"We're chasing a championship. I'm very excited about this football team and where it has a chance to go."
-- Raiders coach Hue Jackson, at a press conference introducing newly-acquired quarterback Carson Palmer

Other news
  • More than 1 in 5 Bay Area bridges and overpasses are structurally deficit, a report by a coalition fighting cuts in federal transportation spending says. Contra Costa Times
  • A brass plaque honoring assassinated San Francisco gay rights leader Harvey Milk was stolen outside the gates of the Castro Muni station. Chronicle
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer called PG&E’s San Bruno disaster “entirely preventable” during a Senate subcommittee hearing on pipeline safety. The Bay  Citizen
  • The Warriors’ Stephen Curry is taking advantage of the NBA lockout by returning to Davidson College and finishing a degree in sociology. BANG
  • Fry’s electronics filed a complaint asking a federal judge not to let a disgraced former company executive off the hook for more than $65 million the company says he embezzled, despite his having declared bankruptcy due largely to gambling losses. Mercury News
  • Questions were being raised about San Jose police letting hundreds, if not thousands, of bikers leave the chaotic crime scene without searching or interviewing them following the murder of a Hell’s Angels member at a San Jose cemetery service over the weekend. Mercury News
  • Oakland agreed to pay $1.7 million to the family of a man who died after being beaten by as many as five police officers in 2000. Oakland Tribune
  • The Oakland Zoo is ready to introduce four tigers recently rescued from a Texas roadside freak show. AP

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