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Morning Wrap: 4/8/13

Monday, April 8, 2013

Chevron cited for willful disregard of safety in Richmond refinery fire, President Obama apologizes for saying Kamala Harris is good-looking, Oakland’s schools superintendent says he’s quitting, more.

  • Labor groups and environmentalists appear to have turned the tide against attempts to reform California’s landmark environmental quality law, with the acronym CEQA. Mercury News
  • Chevron was singled out by federal and state regulators for willful disregard of safety leading up to last August’s explosion and fire at its Richmond refinery. Contra Costa Times
  • Oakland school superintendent Tony Smith announced he’s quitting, citing the need to move to Chicago for family reasons. Oakland Tribune
  • President Obama apologized for calling state Attorney General Kamala Harris “by far the best-looking” attorney general in America. Mercury News
  • United Airlines is giving flight attendant uniforms spanning seven decades to the San Francisco International Airport Museum. SF Business Times
  • Cal’s women lose to Louisville 64-57 at the NCAA tournament Final Four, ending their all-time best season with a 32-4 record. Mercury News
  • The highest property crime rate in California for medium and large-sized cities? Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • There’s a move afoot in the Legislature to exact more scrutiny of nonprofit hospitals in California, which benefit from millions of dollars in tax breaks annually. Mercury News
  • One way to get around pay cuts for staffers: Santa Clara County DA Jeff Rosen quietly gave them a lucrative vacation benefit they can convert to cash. Mercury News
  • State Senator Mark Leno’s bill that would allow bars, nightclubs and restaurants to remain open until 4 a.m. is getting push-back from San Rafael-based Alcohol Justice and others. Marin IJ
  • The Warriors, with rookie Draymond Green inserted for Andrew Bogut down the stretch, lose 97-90 to Utah at Oracle. Mercury News  
  • The A’s won their fifth straight, beating the Astros in Houston, but right fielder Josh Reddick left with an injury after sliding into the outfield wall. Mercury News

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