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Morning Wrap: 5/13/13

Monday, May 13, 2013

Design flaw suspected in America’s Cup catamaran that claimed sailor’s life, AT&T Park concessionaires move close to strike, SFSU’s $100 “commencement fee” for graduating seniors, more.

  • AT&T Park concession workers voted overwhelmingly—500 to 16—to give their union authority to call a strike. Chronicle
  • There was growing speculation that a design flaw may have been to blame for the capsizing of the Swedish Artemis Racing team’s catamaran in an America’s Cup practice run, claiming the life of two-time British Olympic medalist Andrew “Bart” Simpson. Chronicle
  • John King looks at the competing Warriors and Giants projects along the waterfront and finds a common denominator: Mayor Ed Lee’s administration is merely responding to developer’s ideas, without any vision of its own. Chronicle
  • Even with tax revenues running ahead of expectations, the Mercury News’ Steven Harmon says Democrats in the Legislature so far are avoiding the temptation to spend and are sticking to Gov. Jerry Brown’s disciplined approach. Mercury News
  • An increasing aggravation among graduating college seniors: commencement fees, with the Bay Area’s highest apparently the $100 charged by San Francisco State. Oakland Tribune
  • Nearly 13,000 technical workers plan to strike UCSF and the four other University of California medical centers May 21-22. Mercury News
  • River otters are making a comeback in the Bay Area. Mercury News
  • Two high-profile Silicon Valley tycoons—Elon Musk and David Sacks—have apparently bailed on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s much-criticized political action committee. SF Business Times
  • In a jury decision announced just before the weekend, the public-private partnership that runs Lawrence Livermore Laboratory must pay five former employees $2.7 million for wrongfully terminating them in 2009. Oakland Tribune
  • Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young was arrested in California for the third time in a week, the latest Friday night in San Clemente for allegedly breaking into a house. AP

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