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Morning Wrap: 12/12/11

Monday, December 12, 2011

Protesters at Port of Oakland, more state budget cuts, diesel spill at UC Berkeley, the Alcatraz-America’s Cup tug-of-war, anger over pesticides at Lake Tahoe, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • About 350 Occupy protesters were attempting to shut down the Port of Oakland but with minimal disruption as of early this morning. Oakland Tribune live blog
  • The latest battle of Alcatraz: the National Park Service vs. America’s Cup, whose backers are pushing for more access to what many see as the best seat in the house. AP
  • Also: America’s Cup sponsors are being tight-lipped about how they plan to bring in their share of the costs for the 2013 regatta. Examiner
  • CBS will make “Face the Nation,” its Sunday talk show, an hour long in the spring. Media Decoder
  • Lots of collective breath-holding this week as Gov. Jerry Brown gets ready to pull the trigger on more budget cuts. BANG
  • A scorecard on who’s angling to be Mayor Ed Lee’s pick for supervisor in District 5. Examiner
Other news
  • The arrest count appears to have settled at 55 following SFPD’s raid on the last remaining Occupy SF encampment, in front of the Federal Reserve Bank, Sunday. Chronicle
  • More than 1,700 gallons of diesel fuel from an underground tank spilled into Strawberry Creek on the UC Berkeley campus Saturday night. Chronicle
  • A Central Valley congressman calls on the feds to investigate whether it’s legal for San Francisco to take its water from Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. The Bay Citizen
  • An environmental group is criticizing a decision to use pesticides to combat non-native species in Lake Tahoe. AP
  • Tim Kawakami says the 49ers need to avoid old habits, like losing, the way they did to Arizona yesterday. Mercury News
  • Matt Krupnick at the Contra Costa Times writes about how the Cal State system is overwhelmed with students not up to speed for college work.
  • Bleak news on the health care front: Insurance premiums in California are rising far faster than family incomes. Contra Costa Times
  • Fresh from stinking up Miami a week ago, the Raiders are blown out at Green Bay, setting a record for the most one-sided half-time deficit—31-0—in franchise history. BANG

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