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Morning Wrap: 5/7/13

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

State Supreme Court rules cities can ban pot dispensaries, lingering questions about San Mateo Bridge limousine fire tragedy, a $56,000 bike lane study for 49ers new stadium, more.

  • The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities can ban pot dispensaries as part of local governments’ authority to regulate land use and do not conflict with Californians’ right to possess marijuana for medical use. Chronicle
  • Still more questions than answers about the tragic limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge that claimed five lives. Chronicle
  • The state Public Utilities Commission said PG&E shareholders should have to spend $2.25 billion to fix the company’s gas pipelines in the wake of the San Bruno disaster but that levying a fine against the utility for dozens of regulatory violations for which it is accused “does not make sense.” Chronicle
  • What it’s down to: engineers have set up equipment to listen for any further bolt cracking on the Bay Bridge east span. Contra Costa Times
  • New York’s attorney general announced he plans to sue Bank of America and Wells Fargo for violating the terms of a settlement designed to end mortgage services abuses. Reuters
  • Officials are getting ready to spend $56,500 just to study whether they should paint a bike lane outside the new 49ers Stadium in Santa Clara. Mercury News
  • State health officials announced a possible security breach involving 2,000 birth records. Mercury News
  • The James Beard Foundation restaurant awards were announced last night in New York. List of winners at Inside Scoop SF.
  • Berkeley becomes the latest Bay Area city to announce it’s cracking down on payday loan businesses. Oakland Tribune
  • “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and false imprisonment involving a dispute with three women after a night out at a Hollywood club in 2011. AP

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