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Morning Wrap: 5/24/13

Friday, May 24, 2013

A 5.7 quake rattles a swath of Northern California, now it’s the St. Regis Hotel up for sale, a good report card for Bay Area beaches, more.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown talks a good game on climate change, but some environmentalists say his budget priorities don’t match his rhetoric on the issue. Mercury News
  • A 5.7 earthquake with the epicenter about 25 miles southwest of Susanville rattled much of Northern California at 8:47 last night, but there were no immediate reports of injury or serious damage. AP
  • One of three UC Berkeley law school students (who has since graduated) accused of killing an exotic bird at a Las Vegas hotel last year was sentenced to two days in jail after pleading no contest to animal cruelty. A companion, accused of beheading the bird, is awaiting trial. Chronicle
  • Jumping on the bandwagon of hotel sales, the owners of San Francisco’s St. Regis have put the hotel on the market for $140 million. SF Business Times
  • BART’s board backed off from permanently lifting the ban on bicycles aboard its trains during rush hour, opting for yet another test run, this time for five months. Contra Costa Times
  • Water quality at most Bay Area beaches remains clean and clear, according to the latest report by Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay. Chronicle 
  • Berkeley’s school board officially approved Hayward schools superintendent Donald Evans to head Berkeley’s 9,000-student district after a contentious year-long search. Oakland Tribune
  • The troubled Port of Oakland named Port of Long Beach executive director Chris Lytle as its new director to replace former director Omar Benjamin, forced out by scandal four months ago. Oakland Tribune
  • The head of Chrysler quickly took issue with the claims of Tesla Motors and its chief executive Elon Musk that the Palo Alto-based company is “the only car company to have fully repaid the government” money loaned to it. AP
  • Oakland-based Pandora Media Inc. reported a first quarter loss of $28.6 million. SF Business Times

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