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Morning Wrap: 6/17/13

Monday, June 17, 2013

Anna Bretan sets women’s record in San Francisco Marathon, putting numbers to the state budget, the B word re-emerges to describe Bay Area housing market, more.

Top of the news

Anna Bretan, 28, of Berkeley broke the San Francisco Marathon women’s record Sunday and Francois Lhuissier, 35, of Paris won the men’s race. Chronicle

Politics and government

Anne Campbell Washington, Mayor Jean Quan’s chief of staff, says she’ll keep her job while serving on the Oakland Unified School District board, to which she was appointed last week. Chronicle

Putting numbers to the state budget that state lawmakers passed Friday: it’s $96.3 billion from the general fund along with about $50 billion in spending from bonds and special funds, leaving a $1.1 billion reserve. Chronicle

Metropolitan Transportation Commission executive director Steve Heminger sought to assure state lawmakers that contractor incentives for the Bay Bridge eastern span to open by Sept. 3 will have nothing to do with the decision on when it opens. Contra Costa Times 

A new Pew Research Center survey shows news coverage this spring has focused overwhelmingly on support for gay marriage versus opposition to it. Poynter

Other News from the weekend

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg assailed U. S. immigration policy during his commencement address at Stanford Sunday. Mercury News

Now that Bay Area housing has roared back, the B word, as in bubble, has started to re-emerge. Mercury News

A natural gas leak near the Moscone Center forced the evacuation of hundreds of residences and played havoc with Sunday afternoon traffic. Chronicle

San Jose-based Orchard Supply Hardware filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, largely owing to debt owed to former owner Sears, and competitor Lowe’s said it will buy at least 60 of Orchard’s 91 stores in California and assume debt owed to Orchard’s suppliers. Reuters

Concord is about to start repair work on 17 of its 31 bridges, plus build a new one, connecting Commerce Avenue with Waterworld Parkway. Contra Costa Times

Not quite as high-profile as the 49ers’ new digs, but work is underway on the San Jose Earthquakes’ new stadium near the airport. Mercury News

San Jose attorney Daniel Halpern was sentenced to state prison for embezzling more than $860,000 from a client in 2011. Bay City News Service

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