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Morning Wrap: 6/6/13

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Oakland labor unions ratchet up strike threat, UCLA Anderson Forecast sees robust Bay Area economy ahead, victim’s father testifies in Richmond High gang rape trial, more.

Politics and Government


San Mateo County supervisors rescind a “lifetime achievement award” for convicted child molester and once-prominent child psychiatrist William Ayres, 81. San Mateo Daily Journal

Oakland’s two largest civilian labor unions, upset about Mayor Jean Quan’s demands for employee give-backs, say they may strike for the first time in more than a half century. Oakland Tribune

It’s early yet but Abel Maldonado’s 2014 run for governor isn’t going so well. LA Times

California’s high speed rail authority is to decide today which consortium among five finalists gets to build the first 29-mile stretch of rail in the Central Valley, set to break ground in late summer. Mercury News

Media, Arts, Books


Ex-Mayor Art Agnos debates sports talker Gary Radnich on the merits (or lack thereof) of the Warriors’ waterfront arena plans. KNBR audio

San Francisco-based National Film Preservation Foundation announced its sixth release of rediscovered material slated for Sept. 24, including a John Ford silent and an early one written by Alfred Hitchcock. Chronicle

Keith Olbermann, whose last regular job was as anchor of the ill-fated Current TV before being fired, lands a post-season baseball broadcasting gig with TBS. NYT

Walnut Creek filmmaker Patricia Weaver is reviving her “The Greatest Children” documentary project about World War II with a casting call. Contra Costa Times

Watch as Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey videos himself climbing the Bay Bridge (west span) as part of a promo for a new Vine app. SF Business Times

News and notes


The state parole board turned down one-time Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten’s latest parole plea—her 20th—since being imprisoned for murder 44 years ago. AP

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the breast cancer charity hurt by last year’s Planned Parenthood controversy, is canceling San Francisco’s fundraising walk and similar events in six other cities next year. Chronicle

The UCLA Anderson Forecast projects the Bay Area economy to stay robust despite the sluggish national recovery. Oakland Tribune

Horrific testimony in the Richmond High gang rape trial from the 16-year-old victim’s father. Contra Costa Times

Another medical pot club gets the boot in Berkeley. Oakland Tribune

The Sacramento Kings are in talks with NBA legend Larry Bird about a possible role in running basketball operations. Sac Bee

Chevron shakes up leadership at its Richmond refinery. Contra Costa Times

Zynga isn’t the only San Francisco tech outfit announcing layoffs this week. About 20 folks at Tapjoy also got pink slips. Tech Crunch

Sausalito’s dilapidated fishing dock is getting an overhaul, thanks to settlement funds from the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay. Marin IJ


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