White House to fast-track high speed rail project, former SF human rights commissioner arrested again on child porn charges, convicted Rincon Hill con man jumps bail, more.
- Less than 48 hours after federal approval was granted to start building California’s high-speed rail project near Fresno, the White House is expected to announce today it will expedite permits for the rest of the route through the Central Valley. Chronicle
- Prop 35, the November ballot measure that would toughen penalties for human traffickers, is running into unlikely opposition—from organizations that work to help human trafficking victims. Mercury News
- Former San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner and longtime gay rights advocate Larry Brinkin, 66, was arrested Thursday for a second time on child pornography charges. Chronicle
- Jay Shah, 48, jumped bail after being convicted for his role in a multi-million-dollar condo scam in San Francisco’s Rincon Hill neighborhood. Chronicle
- For the second day in a row the driver of a gold SUV was reportedly parked in front of a Moraga middle school where he has twice allegedly tried to lure a child into his vehicle, but disappeared before police could locate him. Contra Costa Times