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Morning Wrap: 8/8/12

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

MTC pushes back on reports of safety problems with Bay Bridge construction, Fremont Toyota shells out $400,000 to settle workplace discrimination lawsuit, Jaycee Dugard’s attorneys accuse Justice Department lawyers of witness tampering, more.
  • The misdemeanor drunk driving trial for Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, 37, of Los Angeles County, who was pulled over near a Concord hotel in March, gets underway in Martinez today. Contra Costa Times
  • Fellow commissioners are expected to remove Dan Richards today as president of the state Fish and Game Commission, six months after a furor erupted over his shooting a mountain lion during an Idaho hunting trip. Mercury News
  • The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is pushing back against a Sacramento Bee investigation showing more problems with the Bay Bridge east span’s construction, insisting that the span is safe. Contra Costa Times
  • Attorneys for kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard asked a judge to sanction Justice Department lawyers for alleged witness tampering, saying they unfairly convinced the former chair of the U. S. Parole Commission to withdraw as an expert witness in Dugard’s lawsuit against the federal government. AP
  • Sacramento Kings owner Joe Maloof is believed to be negotiating a new naming rights deal for Power Balance Pavilion with the Sleep Train retail chain. Sac Bee
  • A Belmont family that thought they were buying a car fell victim to a con man who “sold” them a rental car as part of a Craigslist scam. San Mateo County Times
  • Fremont Toyota agreed to pay $400,000 to five former employees to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit that, among other things, accused its general manager of calling the company’s Afghan-American salesmen “terrorists.” Fremont Argus

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