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Morning Wrap: 5/15/13

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Charges filed in San Francisco Unified slush fund scandal, Caltrans dances without many clear answers about Bay Bridge, Moraga school district settles one of its sex abuse cover-up lawsuits, more.

  • Six current and former San Francisco Unified School District employees were charged with a total of 205 felonies for an alleged years-long effort to use a slush fund to misappropriate $15 million in public funds. Chronicle
  • Top Caltrans officials sought to spread the blame while providing few clear answers about the Bay Bridge fiasco during a Senate Transportation Committee hearing in Sacramento. Contra Costa Times
  • America’s Cup officials made no changes to the summer’s racing after a closed door meeting Tuesday to talk about the accident that claimed the life of sailor Andrew “Bart” Simpson. Chronicle
  • Gov. Jerry Brown warned Democratic legislators that he won’t sign a budget that ramps up spending while submitting a revised budget that proposes $1.3 billion less than his January spending blueprint. Mercury News
  • Police said an 88-year-old woman survived the entire weekend trapped in her car after she crashed in a ravine near Santa Rosa. Chronicle
  • The Mercury News’ Gary Richards writes about the only place in the state where two freeways cross without connecting.
  • Gap Inc., one of several big corporations under pressure to tighten up on its suppliers in Bangladesh, said it’s close to signing a fire and building safety plan for companies that make its garments there. SF Business Times
  • The Moraga School District announced it reached a $2.85 million settlement with former student Kristen Cunnane in her civil suit against the district and three former administrators in a sex abuse cover-up, leaving at least three such lawsuits by others remaining. Contra Costa Times
  • A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in Drakes Bay Oyster Co.’s efforts to fight eviction from Point Reyes National Seashore. Marin IJ 

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