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Morning Wrap: 11/17/11

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Deeper state budget cuts expected, police clear out Occupy Cal, Mayor Lee warns Occupy SF, Richmond pleads with Chevron to stop trying to reduce its taxes, the Dungeness crab standoff, plus more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Gov. Jerry Brown’s finance director raised the specter of mid-year budget cuts, increasing the likelihood that the state will slash education and social services. Capitol Alert; LA Times 
  • Police cleared out the Occupy Cal encampment of about 20 tents in front of Sproul Hall early this morning, a day after the encampment was re-erected in defiance of university orders. Two people were arrested. Chronicle
  • Mayor Ed Lee ratcheted up pressure on Occupy SF, calling it a public health nuisance and demanding “dramatic changes” at the encampment that has swollen to more than 200 tents. Chronicle
  • Gov. Jerry Brown has a 46 percent favorability rating in the latest USC Dornsife/LA Times poll, up from 44 percent in April. PolitiCal
Notable Quote
"This is a termination that we view as absolutely and completely retaliatory. They've canned the guy in every way they possibly can. This is really outrageous."
-- Nanci Clarence, lawyer for a whistleblower whom she claims was fired from Archway Property Services for telling the Chronicle that employees were allegedly directed to donate $500 to Mayor Ed Lee’s election campaign.

Other news
  • Raw milk from a Fresno dairy was recalled after five children, including two siblings in Contra Costa County, became ill from bacteria believed to have been found in the milk. Chroncle
  • An alleged Union City gang member could face life in prison after being convicted of attempted murder for shooting a Fremont police officer who tried to arrest him in Oakland. Chronicle
  • Despite the start of the Dungeness crab season, Bay Area crab fishermen and their buyers remain at a standoff over the price the fishermen will be paid, with many fisherman holding out for $2.50 per pound as opposed to the $2 many buyers are offering. Mercury News
  • Richmond has resorted to asking—or is it begging?—Chevron to stop pursuing a multimillion tax refund, saying the oil giant doesn’t need the money. Contra Costa Times
  • Tex Watson, Charles Manson’s self-proclaimed right-hand man who was convicted of orchestrating the Tate-LaBianca murders 42 years ago, was denied parole from Mule Creek State Prison—his 14th such rejection. AP
  • Oakland has recorded its 107th homicide, more than in all of 2010. Oakland Tribune
  • A computer stolen from Sutter Medical Foundation offices in Sacramento in October held information on more than 4 million patients, some of it dating to 1995, the health network disclosed Wednesday. AP
  • Christopher Travis, the Cal student shot by campus police Tuesday after brandishing a gun at the Haas School of Business, died of his wounds. Contra Costa Times
  • Millbrae is disbanding its police force and entering negotiations with the San Mateo County sheriff’s office to take over its law enforcement. AP

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