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Morning Wrap: 6/11/13

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Editorial says Oakland’s mayor has “buried her head in the sand,” the insider trading accusations hanging over Zynga’s future, Iron Horse Trail flasher strikes again, more.

Politics and Government


It only took Hillary Clinton a few hours to rack up 100,000-plus followers after joining Twitter. AP

Oakland Tribune editorial opines that Mayor Jean Quan “has buried her head in the sand” as to the city’s poor financial plight, that the City Council president is “neck-deep” and some council members “are completely engulfed.”

A budget deal is reached in Sacramento and, for a change, the remaining details revolve around what to do with the state’s surplus. Mercury News 

Developers have completed the purchase from the Port of Oakland of Brooklyn Basin, the soon-to-be mega-development along the waterfront near Jack London Square. SF Business Times

SF Weekly’s Joe Eskenazi recalls that ex-BART chief Dorothy Dugger isn’t the only Bay Area transit boss to get paid for doing nothing.

State Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Los Angeles) faced reporters for the first time since the FBI raided his office last week. KQED

Media, Arts, Books


Supporters of Marcus Books in the Western Addition, one of the nation’s oldest African American owned bookstores, and whose owners lost the building to bankruptcy, are pushing to have the bookstore remain. Chronicle

Al Jazeera America, which will soon go to air after buying San Francisco-based Current TV from former Vice President Al Gore, is narrowing its search to head the channel. TV Newser

Did self-professed leaker and 29-year-old former CIA computer technician Joseph Snowden unwittingly complicate his chances for future freedom by seeking refuge in Hong Kong? NYT

News and notes


One consequence of the Bay Area’s early hot summer: rattlesnakes are out in force. Chronicle

Now the downside of that spectacular lightning show over the North Bay early Monday: widespread fires up and down and North Coast. Santa Rosa Press Democrat

America’s Cup officials announced they’ll give refunds to spectators who’d pre-paid for bleacher seats for races to start in July now that the racing schedule has been reduced. Mercury News

The Iron Horse Trail flasher has struck again on the popular East Bay pedestrian route, this time near Walnut Creek. Contra Costa Times

Want to see Doyle Drive being demolished? SF Business Times has a slide show.

Zynga, which is shedding workers amid tough times, may be about to face worse problems: a judge is expected to decide this summer whether to green-light a class action lawsuit alleging insider trading by top executives. SF Business Times

The man dubbed the Button Down Bandit and suspected of eight Bay Area bank heists in the last three months was arrested in Oakland. Mercury News

Troubling new trend at Muni: people getting their kicks by leaping out of buses while they’re rolling. Chronicle

No solid answers yet as to what caused the limo carrying 10 women, mostly in their 90s and with no one harmed, to catch fire in Walnut Creek over the weekend. Contra Costa Times

Accused serial killer One Goh, jailed since the murder of seven people at tiny Oikos University in Oakland last year, remains delusional and can’t understand the charges against him, his lawyers say. Oakland Tribune


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