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Morning Wrap: 3/18/13

Monday, March 18, 2013

It’s bicycle week on BART, local governments ramp up the lobbying in Sacramento, just when you think you have the Warriors figured out you really don’t, more.

  • BART’s week long trial for allowing bicycles on trains at all hours starts today. KQED News Fix
  • The LA Times looks at the enormous sums local governments are spending to lobby lawmakers in Sacramento.
  • Jon Wilner says the Bay Area is a triple winner when it comes to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament—Cal, Saint Mary’s and . . . San Jose. Mercury News
  • Tammerlin Drummond writes about Arcadia Park, the planned residential community in East Oakland with new and affordable homes that seemed like a dream come true for urban pioneers—until the crime plague started. Oakland Tribune
  • Disgraced former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. is expected to plead guilty today to five felonies and seven misdemeanors for misappropriating public funds and lying to investigators. ABC 7
  • A top former sales executive for the East Bay’s Seeno home builder family pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud in a deal in which she also agreed to testify against her former bosses. Contra Costa Times
  • On the heels of arguably their worst game of the season (Friday’s loss at home to Chicago) the Warriors play arguably their best game of the season, routing the Rockets in Houston 108-78. Mercury News
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and Rep. Anna Eshoo of Palo Alto will be among U. S. politicians to attend the inaugural mass for newly elected Pope Francis at the Vatican tomorrow. Political Blotter
  • The stories some Golden Gate Bridge toll takers tell, as recounted in the Mercury News, as the last of them prepare to exit.
  • A Santa Cruz County man who went missing last Wednesday after suffering a head injury turned up in a Salt Lake City library. Santa Cruz Sentinel 

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