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Morning Wrap: 5/29/13

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Caltrans to huddle again today over Bay Bridge fiasco amid lowered expectations, opposition to governor’s proposed health cuts, Leon Panetta returns to Blue Shield board, more.

  • Bay Area transportation leaders will meet this afternoon over the status of the Bay Bridge eastern span, but no word is expected on when the troubled new span may open. Contra Costa Times
  • Linda Sue Foss, 62, a banker and president of Oakland’s Montclair Village Association, was charged with embezzling more than $2 million from elderly bank clients. Oakland Tribune
  • Golden Gate Bridge officials say a median to prevent head-on collisions should be in place on the bridge by early 2015. Marin IJ
  • Leaders of Bay Area counties and hospital officials are opposing Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans to shift $300 million of county health funding to other programs, saying the budget move could severely harm the health care safety net for the neediest people. Mercury News
  • Tour of California leaders say they’re pleased with the Mount Diablo summit finish during the May 18 leg of the prestigious bike race. Contra Costa Times
  • Leon Panetta has returned to the board of Blue Shield of California after a four-year hiatus in which he served as CIA director and Secretary of Defense. SF Business Times
  • An incarcerated 32-year-old felon was found guilty in the brutal gang rape of two Oakland school girls kidnapped while on lunch break 14 years ago. Oakland Tribune
  • A 12-year-old Alameda boy who drowned in a canal near Antioch over the holiday weekend was trying to retrieve a shoe. Contra Costa Times
  • UC Santa Cruz established a new master’s degree program in electronic games and playable media. Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • An unknown number of Bay Area Walmart workers are expected to walk off the job starting today as a prelude to the company’s annual meeting June 7. SF Business Times
  • A former football coach at Richmond’s Kennedy High School was charged with 16 felonies alleging sex crimes against two minors in the 1980s and 1990s. Contra Costa Times

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