Morning Splash: Google’s Developer Conference Begins; Salmon Poachers; Teacher Protests

Google’s Annual Developer Conference Gets Underway (San Jose Mercury News)

SAN FRANCISCO — Whether or not Google (GOOG) makes any blockbuster announcements at its annual developers conference that starts Tuesday — a news report on Monday said it may unveil its own streaming music service — many of the software developers converging on San Francisco from North America, Europe, Asia and elsewhere are unlikely to be disappointed.

Family Defends Yemini Who Allegedly Tried to Storm Cockpit Door (Bay Citizen)

The Yemeni man arrested by federal authorities after trying to break down the cockpit door on American Airlines Flight 1561 Sunday was a “nice guy” who spoke limited English, relatives said Monday.

Rageit Almurisi, 28, was arrested after yelling and pounding on the cockpit door during the flight from Chicago to San Francisco.

On Monday, Almurisi’s closest American relatives said they are puzzled by the accounts of Almurisi’s behavior.

California Teachers Rally Against Budget Cuts (Sacramento Bee)

The state’s largest teachers union revved up its faithful Monday to lean on state lawmakers to extend current tax rates – and eventually increase them.

The daylong rally by the California Teachers Association kicked off a week of budget lobbying, press events and teach-ins by the union. Their plans and those of anti-war protesters this week prompted stepped-up Capitol security over concerns that some activists might stage Wisconsin-style sit-ins at the Capitol or commit other acts of civil disobedience.

Lawrence Livermore Picks Finalists for Lab’s Second Campus (Contra Costa Times)

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory on Monday revealed six East Bay sites on the short list for the lab’s second campus, which it plans to open in mid-2016.

Nearly 20 percent of the lab’s 4,200 employees work at offices in Oakland, Emeryville, Walnut Creek and the Berkeley flatlands, because there’s no room for them at the original, cramped Berkeley hills facility. These 800 off-site workers would move into the new 2 million square-foot facility, which the lab says will promote collaboration among scientists and UC students, and save costs.

Alleged Poachers Nab Young Salmon Just After They’re Released (Sacramento Bee)

Using nets, perforated water jugs, hidden compartments and the cloak of darkness, poachers are carving a dent in this year’s population of young salmon – in some cases mere hours after hatchery workers release the fish into the American River.

Muni seeks to reduce drivers’ premium-time pay during off hours (SF Examiner)

As the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency negotiates a new labor pact with its operators, managers are trying to modify a contract that rewards drivers who work off hours with what is perhaps the country’s most generous premium pay.

Homeless Tell Federal Court How They’re Treated (Sacramento Bee)

Homeless men and women – weathered by the elements and carrying bags and backpacks – are getting a chance to tell their side of the story in federal court about how the city of Sacramento treats them.

In a highly unusual case that focuses on their nightly searches for places to sleep, the city’s down and out are pitted against city police who are charged with enforcing a local ordinance prohibiting camping in undesignated areas for more than 24 hours at a time.

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Kelly Wilkinson

Kelly Wilkinson is a radio journalist living in San Francisco. You can hear her reporting frequently on KQED FM and The California Report. In addition to covering California and Bay Area news, Kelly writes the (mostly) crafty blog Make Grow Gather. There she chronicles her love of making things like lemon curd from foraged fruit, spray-painted lampshades and cut felt placemats. The projects she creates are regularly picked up by national websites and magazines. Kelly grew up in a renovated barn in Virginia and is constantly trying to bring a little bit of her rural upbringing to her now-urban life. By day, she catches the N-Judah out the front door. By weekend, she tends bees and grows vegetables in the backyard.

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