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Morning Wrap: 7/26/13

Friday, July 26, 2013

Socialite’s brother says illness may have led to erratic behavior before her death, Richmond lawyers up against Chevron, San Francisco office vacancy rate the nation’s lowest, more. 

Top of the news

After controversy over how the Healthy San Francisco health care program and citywide employer mandate interacts with Obamacare, Mayor Ed Lee is reconstituting the city’s Universal Healthcare Council to review implementation of the federal law in San Francisco. SF Business Times 

Politics and government

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, asked about the alleged sexual escapades of former congressman Anthony Weiner and San Diego mayor Bob Filner, suggested they should “get a clue” and seek therapy. Political Blotter

President Obama nominated deputy city attorney Vince Chhabria to the U. S. District Court in San Francisco. Chronicle

Other news and items of interest

San Francisco’s office vacancy rate is the lowest in the country, surpassing Houston for the honor. SF Business Times

Federal prosecutors allege that two marijuana growers kidnapped a 15-year-old girl and held her in a metal toolbox fitted with breathing holes while sexually assaulting her and forcing her to trim their plants in a rural area of Lake County. Chronicle

The brother of San Francisco socialite Amber Marie Bently, who was found dead in an apartment in Gardnerville, Nevada, says his sister suffered from bipolar disorder that went untreated and may have caused erratic behavior leading to her death. Chronicle 

A San Mateo man was arrested in a suspected hate crime attack for allegedly beating a man in the head with a bicycle lock because of the victim’s sexual orientation. Chronicle

New Day, CNN’s much-promoted early morning show, hit a new ratings low. TV Newser

The former cop who famously pepper-sprayed UC Davis students during an Occupy protest in 2011 is seeking worker’s compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the incident. AP

A landscaping subcontractor for the Bay Bridge’s eastern span is putting out a call offering to buy Canary Island date palms, the trees that are to line the Oakland approach to the new bridge. Contra Costa Times

Another dismal quarter for once-high-flying Zynga, the San Francisco-based Internet game company, which also announced that it is giving up the pursuit of online gambling in the United States. SF Business Times

Richmond hired a high-powered Burlingame law firm in another indication that it is getting ready to sue Chevron for damages stemming from last August’s pollution-spewing refinery fire. Contra Costa Times

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