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Morning Wrap: 12/1/11

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cal State trustees cancel meeting for fear of violence, SFMOMA unveils plans for new wing, shakeup at America’s Cup, plus Clorox settles a lawsuit for under-filling bleach bottles, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Fearing violence, Cal State trustees canceled next week’s vote on salaries for campus presidents. Chronicle
Media and Media People
  • CNN laid off 500 staffers Wednesday, including nearly a dozen photojournalists. PetaPixel
Politics and Pols
  • Only 45% of California voters are “inclined” to support President Obama, but when paired against GOP frontrunners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney his support skyrockets, a new Field Poll shows. Chronicle
  • Gov. Jerry Brown is likely to unveil on Friday a planned ballot measure asking voters to approve temporary sales and income tax increases to help combat the budget deficit. BANG
  • Longtime former LA-area GOP Rep. Carlos J. Moorhead, who retired from Congress in 1996 and had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, died at age 89. Capitol Alert 
Notable Quote
“I can’t make this stuff up, and frankly speaking, I wouldn’t want to make this up.”
-- Ginger White, the Atlanta woman who says she was in a 13-year extramarital affair with GOP hopeful Herman Cain, which he denies.

Other news
  • Nearly 2000 people attended a memorial service honoring Vallejo police officer James Capoot, who was shot and killed Nov. 17 while pursuing a bank robbery suspect. Chronicle 
  • John King offers observations about the design concept for SFMOMA’s new wing. Chronicle
  • The attorney for a man who claimed former BART cop Johannes Mehserle and four other officers beat and falsely arrested him told a civil jury that BART should award his client at least $1 million. Oakland Tribune
  • Fewer than a third of California public school students meet the state’s physical fitness goals. Contra Costa Times
  • After seven years, Caltrans leveled West Oakland’s Bordertown Skatepark beneath Interstate 580 after it failed to secure a new lease from the city. Oakland Tribune
  • A Yosemite park ranger found an unidentified body in the Merced River beneath Vernal Falls near where three young adults were swept to their deaths in July after ignoring warning signs, and only one body was recovered previously. AP
  • Craig Thompson is out as CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority, in a shakeup of the entity overseeing the 2013 San Francisco event. SF Business Times
  • The Pope signed off on a plan by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange to buy the Crystal Cathedral, the iconic megachurch in Garden Grove outside Los Angeles founded by televangelist Rev. Robert H. Schuller, which is in bankruptcy. AP
  • Oakland-based Clorox has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a consumer protection lawsuit brought by five California counties—for under-filling bleach bottles. Press Democrat
  • What do Santa Cruz and Watsonville have in common? Each made Atlantic Magazine’s list of the Most Artistic Cities in America. Santa Cruz Sentinel

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