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Morning Wrap: 4/3/13

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

High-speed rail costs go up, Oakland city workers rally against austere budget, Board of Supervisors move toward requiring so-called soft-story seismic retrofits, more.

  • The Board of Supervisors gave initial approval to a proposed law to require at least 2,800 buildings to make seismic retrofits. KTVU 2
  • Another boost in the projected cost of the state’s $69-billion high-speed-rail project, with rail leaders saying it will cost an extra $97 million in office and field work to design the line. Mercury News
  • With Oakland’s leaders preparing a budget that calls for two more years of austerity,  unionized city workers rallied Tuesday, accusing the city of crying poverty. Oakland Tribune
  • San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed sent a letter to baseball commissioner Bud Selig asking for a personal meeting to help break the A’s-to-San Jose logjam. Mercury News
  • A new audit accused the troubled College of Marin Foundation of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars meant for college programs on consultants, lawyers and other professional services. Marin IJ
  • A Union City man was sentenced to 128 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl whose parents let him take her to a Halloween party. Bay City News Service
  • Two men were charged in the murder of a Hayward man at the Bay Fair BART station. Mercury News
  • Oops! East Palo Alto gang members apparently videotaped themselves threatening to kill the 5-year-old son of a rival. San Mateo County Times
  • Turns out the man who crashed his car into a San Jose Walmart store over the weekend before getting out and attacking people also allegedly crashed a car into a San Jose service station in December while high on meth. Mercury News 
  • The state Legislature took the first steps toward tighter gun controls, with a key Assembly committee approving a bill to restrict ammunition sales. Mercury News 
  • The Giants beat the Dodgers 3-0 to even their season-opening series in Los Angeles. Chronicle
  • The A’s dropped their second game in a row to Seattle, 7-1 at the Coliseum. Mercury News

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