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Morning Wrap: 10/26/11

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Obama’s unfriendly San Francisco welcome, Occupy Oakland protesters clash with police, mayor’s race gets ugly in the hunt for the gay vote, Oakland’s Jean Quan brushes off recall talk, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Several hundred supporters of Occupy Oakland were in a tense standoff with police Tuesday night after an earlier gathering was broken up with tear gas and flash-bang projectiles. Chronicle
  • Occupy San Francisco protesters carried on pretty much as usual, despite a new warning that city officials would move to limit their activities. Chronicle
  • The Daily Beast takes Tonight show host Jay Leno to task for his “softball questions” of President Obama Tuesday night, saying you’d hardly know he was presiding over a tanking economy. 
  • The National Press Club luncheon in DC had Harvey Levin, the founder of celebrity gossip site TMZ, as its featured speaker, and among other things, he told them that magazines and newspapers should forget about print. Romenesko
  • President Obama may have collected as much as $2 million during his fundraising event at the W Hotel yesterday, but he was also greeted by at least 1,000 protesters outside, from whom he was largely shielded. Examiner
  • The Chronicle’s Politics Blog posits that San Francisco’s unabashed love fest with the president is over. Watch video
  • San Francisco’s mayoral race heats up over the important gay vote: Dennis Herrera says that accusations by several former members of Gavin Newsom’s administration that he was originally opposed to Newsom marrying same-sex couples are a “bald-face lie.” Chronicle
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan brushed off a citizen group’s recall effort against her, saying she had been too busy to read their petition. Chronicle
  • Gov. Jerry Brown will give lawmakers his plan for pension changes Thursday, according to a letter he sent to legislators yesterday, although it remains unclear what he may propose. Capitol Alert
  • The state’s largest teachers union seems to be having reservations about a proposed “millionaire’s tax” as labor groups stake out their strategies for next year’s election. BANG
Notable Quote
“I don’t even know what he stands for.”
-- Susie Tompkins Buell, co-founder of the Esprit clothing company and prominent Democratic donor, who was among those standing outside the W Hotel with demonstrators during President Obama’s visit to San Francisco.

Other news

  • Although he isn’t wearing plaid in this FBI photo, Donald Gene Booth, 68, whom authorities believe to be the so-called “Plaid Bandit,” pleaded not guilty Tuesday to robbing several Financial District banks during the past few months. Chronicle
  • The number of California school districts at risk of financial collapse has tripled over the last five years. The Bay Citizen
  • The driver of a paratransit van who ran over a Hells Angels biker over the weekend was charged with murder and three other felonies. Oakland Tribune
  • Federal prosecutors filed nine felony and misdemeanor charges against a former San Ramon police officer accused of selling drugs and stealing from police seizures as part of an ongoing Contra Costa law enforcement corruption scandal. Contra Costa Times
  • A judge ruled that Giselle Esteban, the woman accused of murdering nursing student Michelle Le, cannot fire her court-appointed attorney. Examiner
  • A man being chased by Concord police for driving while talking on his cell phone crashed his pickup truck into a car, killing its driver. Chronicle

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