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Morning Wrap: 10/24/11

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ed Lee’s opponents call for election monitors, new dirt from PG&E pipeline records, Raiders melt down, state unemployment downtick to 11.9%, the Occupy Oakland standoff, plus more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • PG&E inspection reports show the utility knew about more than two dozen unexplained leaks dating back decades on its San Bruno gas transmission line when it certified that the pipe was free of seam-weld leaks a year before last September’s tragedy. Chronicle
  • Longtime CBS News correspondent Robert Pierpoint died Saturday in San Barbara at age 86. TV Newser
  • Seven mayoral candidates called Sunday for state and federal monitors to oversee voting after witnesses said supporters of Mayor Ed Lee had illegally filled out absentee ballots for voters. Chronicle
  • The Chronicle’s Matier & Ross weave through lots of suspicious donations from numerous of the San Francisco mayoral candidates, as if to suggest that almost everyone isn’t playing by the rules.
  • Even though her New Hampshire staff quit en masse because they didn’t think she was taking the state’s primary battle seriously, Michele Bachman is brushing off the idea that she’s giving up on winning there. AP
Notable Quote
“Bad Hue is way too full of himself and on Sunday he made a bit of fool of himself.”
-- Mercury News sports columnist Tim Kawakami on Hue Jackson’s role in Sunday’s Raiders meltdown.

Other news
  • A morsel of good news for California’ s economy: unemployment fell from 12.1 percent to 11.9 percent in September. Chronicle
  • Occupy Oakland protesters continued over the weekend to ignore city officials’ demands that they dismantle their encampment in front of City Hall. Oakland Tribune
  • Could it have been a worse debut for the Raiders’ quarterbacks, Kyle Boller in the first half, and Carson Palmer in the second half? Chronicle
  • Monte Poole calls the Raiders’ offensive haplessness “Quarterback Tryout Day.” BANG
  • The Examiner reports that Asian investors, especially Chinese immigrants, are buying up real estate in Millbrae and Foster City faster than local brokers and agents can remember.
  • Santa Clara County supervisors’ decision to reduce the county’s role in helping the feds deport illegal immigrants is being criticized by the sheriff and the district attorney’s office. Mercury News
  • A red-tailed hawk shot in the head with a nail gun was doing well at a veterinary hospital after being captured over the weekend in Golden Gate Park. Chronicle
  • An Oakland man accused of running over and killing a member of the Hell’s Angels on Interstate 580 Saturday was arrested for felony hit-and-run and homicide. Contra Costa Times  

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