- Man slain by SF police was sought in Seattle death (SF Chronicle)
The man who police officers shot and killed after he fired at them during a foot chase in Bayview-Hunters Point was a 19-year-old Washington state parolee sought for questioning in the slaying last week of a pregnant woman in Seattle, the San Francisco police chief said Sunday. The man, who was fatally wounded Saturday afternoon while fleeing from officers who had tried to cite him for Muni fare evasion, had recently been released from a prison in Washington after serving time for convictions stemming from a King County sex offense, said Chief Greg Suhr.
- Bay Area courts to be hit hard by state budget cuts (San Jose Mercury News)
California’s budget crisis has already jacked up college tuition costs, ransacked redevelopment agencies and hammered funding for social services across the state. Now, at courthouses around California, the fiscal crunch is about to produce longer waits to file that divorce case or resolve those legal feuds between Silicon Valley companies, delays in fixing a broken air conditioner in a sweltering courtroom and trouble paying lawyers appointed to represent the poor. And, on some days in some cash-strapped legal systems, there will be a “closed for business” sign hanging from courthouses from San Francisco to the Central Valley. California’s courts are about to suffer a record budget blow, preparing to absorb $350 million in cuts this fiscal year and an equally harsh reduction projected for next year.
- Adult Day Health Care centers fight for life (SF Chronicle)
The fate of about 300 centers that serve tens of thousands of frail, elderly and disabled Californians remains uncertain more than six months after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed eliminating the $169 million-a-year program to help solve the budget crisis. Brown’s administration is moving forward with plans to transition 37,000 low-income, disabled and elderly adults off Adult Day Health Care, a program they depend on for medical care, physical therapy, exercise, counseling, socialization and other support.
- Surveillance cameras go up in Fruitvale district (Oakland Tribune)
Oakland police are working with merchants in the city’s Fruitvale district to install 100 high-definition video cameras at key spots throughout the neighborhood in an attempt to deter crime and delinquency. The effort comes in the wake of the April shooting death of Jesus “Chuy” Campos, the owner of the popular Otaez Mexi-Catessen on the corner of International Boulevard and 39th Avenue.
- NAACP to picket US Airways at SFO over saggy pants arrest (Bay City News)
Protestors will picket U.S. Airways Monday to demand the airline meet with the National Association for Advancement of Colored People regarding the Deshon Marman case. Marman, 20, was arrested June 15 at San Francisco International Airport after he allegedly ignored requests by U.S. Airways staff to pull up his pants to cover his underwear as he boarded a plane.
- AT&T makes final push for U-Verse service in S.F. (Andrew S. Ross, SF Chronicle)
If, in the end, AT&T doesn’t get to roll out its U-verse phone/Internet/TV service in San Francisco, it won’t be for lack of trying. Ahead of Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors fate-determining vote, the company has come up with a set of proposals it hopes will meet the objections raised by neighborhood groups and finally push the much-delayed project over the top.
- Lawsuit planned to challenge laws that kill redevelopment agencies (San Jose Mercury News)
It wasn’t enough for the California Legislature to essentially kill redevelopment agencies throughout the state; lawmakers added a “poison pill” that will basically prevent the agencies from coming back to life. Within the two redevelopment bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on June 30 are provisions that say even if the California Supreme Court rules the bills are unconstitutional, the agencies can’t sell debt ever again. That could be the final nail in the coffin for redevelopment agencies, which have been able to use property tax revenue in “blighted” areas to build projects such as the HP Pavilion and convention center in downtown San Jose.
- Death penalty threatens to once again embroil Brown (Contra Costa Times)
The death penalty, the polarizing issue that has shadowed Gov. Jerry Brown’s political career, threatens to embroil the governor once more with a bill to abolish capital punishment making its way to his desk. This go round, however, could turn out much differently for Brown, political analysts suggest. For one, a legislator, Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, is taking the lead on abolishing the death penalty, not Brown. Plus, her bill must be approved by voters, who appear to have shifted from their hard line, pro-capital punishment stance of previous years.
- UC Berkeley asks incoming students to say more than ‘hello’ (LA Times)
…The university’s welcome-to-campus seminars in the fall will focus on linguistic diversity and the many cultural, scientific and psychological aspects of language. Along with helping the newcomers break the ice through shared readings and discussions, the campus’ College of Letters & Science wants students to record their own speech in an ambitious Internet-based experiment to map and match accents from across the state and world.