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Morning Wrap: 3/15/13

Friday, March 15, 2013

Huge profits for Bay Area hospital operator Sutter Health, Oakland’s new get-tough posture toward gangs, Jerry Brown rolls out long-awaited details of the Delta water-distribution plan, more.
  • Second-seeded Cal was upset by Utah 79-69 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas. Chronicle
  • Sutter Health, the Sacramento-based health care system that runs many of the Bay Area’s largest hospitals, saw its profits soar by nearly 16 percent last year. SF Business Times
  • New Census Bureau figures turn up this anomaly: Marin County’s population of 256,069 in 2012 is its largest ever, and yet it remains the population slow-growth capital of the Bay Area. Marin IJ
  • Mercury News writes about life for the mother and family of Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar, a year after she went missing.
  • The Jerry Brown administration rolled out details of the governor’s $23 billion proposal to build two massive, 35-mile long tunnels to move water from Northern California to farms and cities in Southern California. Mercury News
  • Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson says last week’s clampdown by police on one of Oakland’s most violent street gangs signals a get-tough approach that’s been a long time coming.
  • A federal judge refused to award a former shipboard engineer a share of the $1.5 million that the ship’s owner paid after the engineer tipped the Coast Guard that the vessel was dumping waste into San Francisco Bay. Chronicle
  • San Jose launched a new free outdoor wireless Internet access program downtown that city officials are calling the fastest of its kind in North America. Mercury News
  • A jury found a Livermore software engineer guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the road-rage killing of a Fremont man. Mercury News
  • A key labor union caved to public pressure at the last minute and agreed to concessions that will allow Contra Costa County to operate a call center for the state’s future health insurance exchange program that will mean up to 205 jobs in Concord or Richmond. Contra Costa Times
  • A project to repave the parking at Larkspur Ferry Terminal should have minimal effect on ferry customers because the work will be limited to weekends. Marin IJ

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