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Morning Wrap: 9/13/13

Friday, September 13, 2013

Oakland’s federal police overseer rejects City Council’s reform measure, target shooting blamed for Mount Diablo fire, Twitter quietly files for an IPO, more.

Top of the news

In a surprise move, Oakland federal police overseer Thomas Frazier has rejected a reform initiative passed by the City Council to have civilian clerks from outside the police department take citizen complaints against police officers, insisting that the new civilian intake employees work from within OPD’s internal affairs division. Oakland Tribune

Fire investigators say target shooting was to blame for the Mount Diablo fire, which is now 95 percent contained, enough so that Mount Diablo State Park will reopen Monday. Contra Costa Times

Politics and government

Passed: a bill raising California’s minimum wage incrementally to $10 by 2016, which Gov. Jerry Brown says he welcomes. Mercury News

The Chronicle prints a breakdown on how Bay Area state senators voted on naming the Bay Bridge’s west span for Willie Brown, along with speculation over whether Gov. Jerry Brown will or won’t order Caltrans not to spend money to put up signs designating the name. Mercury News

Fees for community college students for some so-called high-demand classes could triple under a bill now on the governor’s desk. EdSource


Other news and items of interest

The DA’s office says it will likely be the end of the month before a decision on whether charges will be filed against the San Francisco Recreation and Park employee who ran over and killed a woman relaxing with her young child at Holly Park. Chronicle

A federal judge in San Francisco said that a lawsuit by leading banks to halt Richmond’s plan to seize underwater mortgages was filed prematurely because the city hasn’t yet invoked eminent domain. Contra Costa Times

BART negotiations have been dead in the water since the start of the so-called 60-day cooling off period a month ago, and on Thursday the agency’s Board of Directors sent a clear signal for the union to lower its expectations when talks resume. Chronicle

Citing court records, the Contra Costa Times says that well-known Oakland divorce attorney Mary Nolan, 61, charged with tax evasion and illegally bugging cars, is expected to enter a guilty plea in federal court this month.

San Francisco Business Times updates the city of Alameda’s long-planned overhaul of Alameda Point, the 878-acre former Alameda Naval Air Station.

Did you know that Google’s founders had an agreement with the Department of Defense to allow them to buy sharply discounted jet fuel from the Pentagon? They did, since 2007, and now the government has ended it. Wall Street Journal

There’s growing momentum in Marin County to give the northern entrance to the Civic Center campus a sweeping facelift. Marin IJ

Twitter filed confidentially Thursday for an initial public offering. SF Business Times

Put Mercury News sports columnist Mark Purdy down as not favoring the idea of paying college athletes as a way to alleviate the scandals afflicting NCAA institutions.

A new report estimates the cost of a proposed new public safety building in Palo Alto at $49.3 million. Palo Alto Daily News

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