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Morning Wrap: 7/22/13

Monday, July 22, 2013

Bay Area wage growth slows to a crawl, SFFD moves to terminate allegedly drunk ladder truck driver, what to do about too many sea gulls, more.

Top of the news

Despite the booming tech sector, Bay Area wage growth is the slowest it has been in more than a decade. Oakland Tribune

San Francisco Fire Department is moving to terminate a 20-year veteran firefighter who allegedly drove a ladder truck into a motorcyclist while drunk and then left the scene. Chronicle

Politics and government

Caltrans announced it will replace 96 giant seismic shock absorbers on the west span of the Bay Bridge—installed in 2004—that have worn out twice as fast as expected. Contra Costa Times

A Board of Supervisors committee today is scheduled to take up the issue of whether to ban aerial advertising over San Francisco. Chronicle

One problem with obeying that federal court order to release thousands of inmates from California’s overcrowded prisons, the Brown administration says: there aren’t enough non-dangerous prisoners eligible to be set free. AP

Other news and items of interest

What to do about the Bay Area’s burgeoning population of sea gulls, that’s causing havoc for pilots, and for baseball fans and players at AT&T Park. Mercury News

The fire truck that struck and killed 16-year-old Asiana crash survivor Ye Meng Yuan was not equipped with a heat-detecting sensor that might have enabled her to have been detected beneath foam and saved her life. Chronicle

The journalism world remembers Helen Thomas, the longtime “first lady” of the White House Press Corps, who died over the weekend at age 92. Washington Post

The U. S. Coast Guard arrested the captain of a sailing boat that fled the Sausalito area Sunday and led a Coast Guard vessel on a low speed chase past the Golden Gate Bridge. Chronicle

A man who crossed Interstate 280 to help victims of a crash in Woodside was struck and killed by an SUV early Sunday. Chronicle

The Monterey County sheriff’s office announced seizing more than 10,000 marijuana plants growing in Los Padres National Forest near Big Sur. Bay City News Service

The estranged wife of the driver at the wheel of the limo that caught fire on the San Mateo Bridge in which five women perished says she was the on the phone arguing with him moments before the fatal accident. Mercury News

Police arrested a San Jose chiropractor for sexual battery on one of his patients during an office visit. Mercury News

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