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Morning Wrap: 6/5/13

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sergio Romo goes political, Merc team live-blogs a child’s UCSF transplant operation, the new daily traffic mess on the Richmond Bridge, more.

Politics and Government

Giants reliever Sergio Romo goes political, cutting a video for an immigration reform group in support of the DREAM Act. KQED

San Francisco remains the 3rd most congested city in the U. S., and traffic congestion in San Jose was up 25 percent from a year ago, a new study finds.

President Obama will do a couple of high-roller fundraisers for Senate Democrats in San Jose Friday. Mercury News

Supervisor Scott Wiener’s move to clamp down on food trucks near restaurants lands on the Board of Supervisors’ plate. SF Business Times

Charles Koch of the right-wing billionaire Koch Brothers is sponsoring what’s being billed as a “Liberty Hackathon” at StumbleUpon’s San Francisco HQ June 21-22. Political Blotter

Five Bay Area cities—Oakland, Richmond, Antioch, Vallejo and San Francisco—make the state’s top 10 list for violent crime, the FBI says. SF Business Times

Media, Arts, Books

Mercury News reporter Gary Peterson and photographer Jane Tyska live-blogged the liver and kidney transplant yesterday for little Matthew Ouimet, 2, of Antioch at UCSF Medical Center.

SFist reviews ”American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose” at CalShakes.

State lawmakers voted to allow the public (which is to say the press) to be excluded from certain meetings that include the governor and county officials, sending it on to Gov. Jerry Brown. LA Times

Beyond Chron’s Randy Shaw bemoans the decline of MSNBC.

For those keeping track, Examiner honcho Todd Vogt and business partner Patrick Brown are within days of closing on their reported 49 percent stake in the Bay Area Reporter. SF Appeal

News and notes

As compensation for last year’s refinery fire that spewed pollutants all over town, Richmond wants Chevron to fork over $1 million a year for college scholarships to local high school students. Richmond Confidential

Amazon is expanding its online grocery business from Seattle to Los Angeles this week and to the Bay Area later this year. Reuters

Apple says its planned spaceship-shaped Cupertino headquarters will add a lot of jobs and generate $3.8 million more in tax revenue for Cupertino than the $12 million it currently produces. Mercury News

San Francisco is suing car-rental startup FlightCar, accusing it of dodging fees and undercutting the competition at SFO. Mercury News

Traffic is a daily mess near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza now that Caltrans has begun replacing 2,000 feet of the bridge deck. Marin IJ

Stag’s Leap Cellars, the iconic Napa Valley winery, broke ground Saturday on a new $7 million visitor center. Wine Enthusiast

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