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Morning Wrap: 4/24/13

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Engineer warns of more Bay Bridge bolt woes, Dianne Feinstein introduces legislation to expand Yosemite’s boundaries, teenagers implicated in Audrie Pott case released to home detention, more.

  • A Bechtel materials engineer warned that more Bay Bridge anchor rods could snap in coming years unless Caltrans identifies and replaces bolts with less vulnerable steel. Contra Costa Times
  • The three 16-year-old boys who face sexual battery charges in the Audrie Pott case were released from Juvenile Hall and placed in home detention. Mercury News
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to expand the boundaries of Yosemite National Park to take in timberland that naturalist John Muir envisioned for the park more than a century ago. Chronicle
  • City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu unveiled a plan to increase transparency at City Hall. Examiner
  • Alameda County supervisors stepped up pressure on Sheriff Greg Ahern to stop detaining illegal immigrants in cooperation with the federal government. Oakland Tribune
  • A new study concludes that 60 percent of urbanized San Jose has been paved over and only 15 percent is shaded by trees. Mercury News
  • Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval denied accusations that the state has a policy of dumping psychiatric patients, and says his administration has taken steps to strengthen oversight of patient releases in the wake of a Sacramento Bee expose showing 500 such patients had been given one-way bus tickets to California. Examiner 
  • Lorna Brown, the former lawyer for convicted murderer Yusuf Bey IV who faces possible disbarment, admitted at her State Bar hearing that she helped smuggle the names of witnesses out of jail while visiting her client but denied that it was intended as a hit list. Chauncey Bailey Report
  • Gary Stevenson is stepping down as president of Pac-12 Enterprises less than two years after assuming the job, which includes running the conference’s TV network. SF Business Times

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