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Morning Wrap: 8/9/13

Friday, August 9, 2013

Planning Commission says no to Pet Food Express, BART’s unions threaten Monday strike while both sides await governor’s move, another bus fire on the 38-Geary line, more.

Top of the news


Police were planning to search the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo for Sandra Coke, the criminal defense investigator missing from her Oakland home for several days and whom relatives said had re-connected with an ex-boyfriend who has a lengthy criminal record. Oakland Tribune 

Politics and government


Rep. Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) weighed in on the mess involving her former House colleague turned mayor of San Diego and the sexual harassment revelations concerning him, calling it “sickening.” Political Blotter

Pet Food Express became the latest chain enterprise to be turned away from San Francisco, with the Planning Commission voting 6 to 1 to reject its proposal for a Lombard Street store, the second such rejection in four years. SF Weekly

Other news and items of interest


BART’s unions renewed their strike threat—for Monday—as both sides waited to see if Gov. Jerry Brown calls for a 60-day cooling off period. Chronicle

The 49ers opened their pre-season with a 10-6 loss to the Denver Broncos. 49ers blog

A Muni bus caught fire in the Outer Richmond district, the second time in a week that a fire broke out on a 38-Geary line bus, but there were no reported injuries. Chronicle

USCF Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Oakland signed a long-anticipated affiliation agreement to take effect early next year and that links the two but leaves them as largely separate entities. SF Business Times

A newly-opened bikini bar in downtown San Jose has some folks upset. Mercury News

The latest Academic Performance Index numbers are in and over-all student test scores slipped slightly across California. Capital Alert

An ex-convict was sentenced to 43 years to life for the murder of rapper Brondon “Thudda Boy” McDaniel in East Oakland during a 2012 dispute over money. KTVU


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