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Morning Wrap: 11/16/11

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Massive late night demonstration at UC Berkeley, a partial early morning raid at Occupy SF, Oakland voters reject three key ballot measures, Santa Clara places a $10 million bet on the 49ers abandoning San Francisco, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Up to 10,000 people overflowed UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza late last night after a daylong classroom walkout and set up a small encampment in defiance of a university warning, setting up a potential standoff with authorities. Chronicle
  • SFPD raided a portion of Occupy SF early today, removing 15 tents that had spilled over from the original encampment in Justin Herman Plaza and arresting seven people, the Chronicle says.
  • Voters in Oakland’s special mail-in election soundly defeated three ballot measures Tuesday, including Measure I, which Mayor Jean Quan and several councilmembers had touted as essential to stabilizing the city budget. Oakland Tribune; Chronicle 
  • Santa Clara’s city council last night approved $10 million to prepare the site where the 49ers hope to build a new stadium if they leave San Francisco. Chronicle
  • Village Voice filed a lawsuit against a magazine for its use of the phrase “Best of NYC” without its permission. PaidContent
  • Mayor Ed Lee visited the Occupy SF encampment for the first time yesterday and said he was “a little disappointed” with conditions there. Bay City News Service
  • Contra Costa supervisor Gayle Uilkema announced she will not seek election to a fifth term in 2012. Political Blotter
Notable Quote
"I did the right thing … you guys know me … the truth is not out there fully … I didn't just turn and run … I made sure it stopped … I had to make quick tough decisions."
-- Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, in an email to a friend that surfaced describing his action when encountering coach Jerry Sandusky allegedly raping a young boy in a shower at the university’s athletic complex in 2002.

Other news
  • San Francisco State students staged a walkout yesterday to protest proposed tuition hikes in the Cal State system. Examiner
  • Voters in west Contra Costa County overwhelmingly passed a parcel tax Tuesday to keep Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo open. Chronicle
  • A judge threw out a federal lawsuit filed by Oakland police sergeant Derwin Longmire, saying there was no evidence that the city had tarnished his reputation by trying to fire him over his handling of the Chauncey Bailey murder investigation. Chronicle
  • A man with a gun was shot and wounded Tuesday at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in an incident that appeared to be unrelated to the Occupy Cal protests on campus. Chronicle
  • Stanford engineers say they’ve developed a device for computers that can send information over light beams faster than anything yet achieved. Chronicle
  • A judge ordered a woman accused of burglarizing “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek’s room at San Francisco’s Marriot Marquis hotel in July to stand trial. Chronicle
  • The Senate voted 89-6 to confirm Alameda County Superior Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers as the first Latina U. S. District Judge in Northern California. Political Blotter

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