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Morning Wrap:10/25/11

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More voter fraud allegations in Ed Lee campaign, police raid Occupy Oakland, Chevron goes to court to reduce its Richmond refinery taxes, fire weather warning in Oakland hills, recall effort launched against Jean Quan, and lots more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Oakland police raided the anti-Wall Street encampment near City Hall early this morning, arresting dozens of people, and began removing tents and makeshift shelters from Frank Ogawa Plaza. Chronicle
  • An Alameda County jury took only 40 minutes Monday to reject a lawsuit filed by former Oakland city administrator Deborah Edgerly who claimed her firing was because she was a woman. Bay City News Service
  • Charlie Rose confirmed that he was in talks with CBS about a role on “The Early Show,” which the network reportedly is considering upgrading to a program more serious than the usual breakfast show fare. Media Decoder
  • A group of Oakland residents filed a petition declaring their intent to recall Mayor Jean Quan. Chronicle
  • DA George Gascon opened a second investigation into campaign activity by supporters of Mayor Ed Lee whose rivals alleged widespread voter fraud in Chinatown and other neighborhoods. Chronicle 
  • Meanwhile, state Sen. Leland Yee accused Lee of “trying to fake an election” as he leveled new allegations of voter fraud against independent groups supporting Lee. The Bay Citizen
  • And Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom endorsed Lee—the man he appointed to the job—for mayor. Examiner
  • California prison officials are now saying the number of employees to be laid off by February is more likely to be closer to 3,400—not the 26,000 it announced with great fanfare last week would receive notices of potential layoffs. Chronicle Politics Blog
  • A new poll shows one-time GOP frontrunner Rick Perry’s support has sank to a mere 5 percent among Nevada Republicans. The Hill
Notable Quote

"The theft of metal is a low-life, unscrupulous, rather-steal-metal-than-get-a-job type of thing."
-- SFPD Inspector Brian Danker, on the theft of a two-ton bell from San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral.  

Other news
  • The National Weather Service issued a fire weather warning for the Oakland hills and the Diablo Range of Santa Clara County with low humidity and gusty offshore winds expected by this evening. Chronicle
  • A fake dentist who conducted business on Oakland’s Grand Avenue was convicted of practicing dentistry without a license. Chronicle
  • A federal appeals court extended its decision to seal the videos of last year’s same-sex marriage trial while it further weighs whether to release them. Chronicle
  • Faculty at two Oakland elementary schools voted to break away from Oakland Unified School District and convert their schools to independently-run charter schools. Oakland Tribune
  • Opening arguments were heard Monday in Chevron’s appeal of property taxes on its Richmond refinery, with the oil giant trying to pay far less than Contra Costa County says it should. Contra Costa Times
  • The Coast Guard called off its search for a former commercial real estate broker who capsized while kayaking in San Francisco Bay Sunday afternoon. SF Business Times
  • The Mercury News updates the astonishing reversal of Netflix since the company angered customers—and lost 800,000 of them—through a series of missteps.
  • A hearing in the case of the woman accused of murdering nursing student Michele Le was delayed because she wants to have a new lawyer appointed. Examiner

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