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Morning Wrap: 11/9/11

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ed Lee, George Gascon and Ross Mirkarimi are first-round leaders, mayor’s pension reform plan prevails, Jean Quan pleads for cooperation from Occupy Oakland, grim tuition prospects at Cal State and UC, plus more after the jump.

Election results
  • With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Mayor Ed Lee had about 31 percent of the first-round votes late last night, opening up a 13 point lead over his nearest opponent, Supervisor John Avalos, with a preliminary tally of ranked choice ballots expected this afternoon.
  • Appointed district attorney George Gascon held a commanding first-round lead in the district attorney’s race, while Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi pulled ahead in the race for sheriff.
  • San Francisco voters gave Prop C, the pension reform measure favored by Mayor Ed Lee, a resounding 68 percent victory, with a rival measure backed by Public Defender Jeff Adachi collecting just under 34 percent approval.
  • Recap of Bay Area tax measures.
  • More election results from the Chronicle.
  • Alameda County
  • San Mateo County
  • Contra Costa
  • Marin
  • Santa Clara County
  • A hotel owner and real estate developer says he’s considering buying the San Diego Union-Tribune. Romenesko
  • Journalists protected the identity of two Herman Cain accusers until iPad publication The Daily identified one of them as Treasury Department employee Karen Kraushaar. Poynter
  • The LA Times analyzes Gov. Jerry Brown’s pension reform proposals and concludes that while courageous, they may be legally dicey.
Notable Quote
"He has two sons, and he wants them to be the kind of man he is now, not the kind of man who he was that one day in November 1968."
-- Paul Harris, attorney for fugitive Ronald Stanley Bridgeforth, accused of killing an SFPD sergeant in 1971 among his alleged crimes, and who plans to turn himself in to authorities this week.

Other news
  • Mayor Jean Quan has again asked Occupy Oakland campers to cooperate, this time in a written statement. Chronicle
  • The price of tuition at Cal State campuses could rise by more than 9 percent next year, or about $500 per student, unless state lawmakers give CSU far more money that it got this year. Chronicle
  • Meanwhile, UC students also face the likelihood of still higher tuition, even as the system’s leaders plan to ask state lawmakers for increased funding to avert increases. Contra Costa Times
  • A member of the Hells Angels has sued Livermore for $1 million, claiming police violated his civil rights by falsely accusing him of carrying a handgun. Contra Costa Times
  • A prostitution sting in Hayward netted 12 arrests, police announced. Hayward Daily Review
  • A woman waiting at a bus stop in the Excelsior district was pepper-sprayed and robbed. Bay City News Service

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