Morning Splash: Giants; Brown Opens Lead in Poll, Pot Measure Flails; No Trader Joe’s in Castro?

  • After yesterday’s 6-5, ninth-inning victory, the Giants are now one win away from going to the World Series. Game 5 at AT&T Park starts today at 4:57 p.m.
  • A new poll puts Jerry Brown up by 8 over Meg Whitman and Barbara Boxer leading Carly Fiorina by 5. Also: The marijuana legalization initiative, Proposition 19, has gone to pot: It now trails 44 to 49 percent. The poll also shows Proposition 23, which would suspend the state’s anti-global warming legislation until unemployment vastly improves, trailing 37 to 48 with 15 percent undecided. For the anti-23 forces, it probably helps to have a few billionaires on your side. Bill Gates, the richest man in America, became the latest high-tech mogul to contribute to the No On 23 campaign, donating $700,000. Previously, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore gave $1 million and Google co-founder Sergey Brin kicked in $200,000 to defeat the initiative.

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  • Jed York, 49ers president, said yesterday that the team’s proposed Santa Clara stadium cannot be built until the NFL reaches a collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union. The stadium is not projected to open until at least 2015 now, York said. Said not disinterested party Gavin Newsom: “When the Santa Clara plan falls apart, San Francisco stands ready to welcome its 49ers home. But we will not wait forever.”
  • Headline: President Obama arrives in the Bay Area Thursday at 3 p.m. to attend fundraisers in Palo Alto and Atherton. Translation for locals: You probably don’t want to be driving your car at 3 p.m. anywhere near Palo Alto and Atherton.
  • Andrew S. Ross says in the Chronicle today that a source tells him Trader Joe’s has “walked away from its lease on the old Tower Records space on Market Street, citing apparently irresolvable traffic issues.”

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