A.M. Splash: SJ Police Shootings; SF Tax Break for Hiring Felons?; Occupy SF; SF Pension Reform Poll; Study – Annual Mammograms Unnecessary

  • Six police shootings in San Jose worst since 2004 (SJ Mercury News)

    …The spate of San Jose police-involved shootings is the worst since 2004, when five out of six suspects shot by police ended up dead. And this year’s San Jose numbers don’t include another recent police shooting in a different jurisdiction that made headlines — the death in a Sunnyvale driveway of Shareef Allman, who had gunned down his co-workers at a Cupertino cement plant.

  • SF plan would offer tax break for hiring felons (SF Chronicle)

    San Francisco businesses that hire people with felony convictions would get a tax break, under legislation expected to be introduced today.

  • Occupy SF group to protest police tactics (SF Chronicle)

    A group of Occupy SF protesters say they’ll march from their downtown encampment to City Hall this afternoon to voice their displeasure with what they say was an overly rough police raid Sunday night. The group says they want to tell the Board of Supervisors, who are having their weekly meeting today, that they take issue with police tactics.

  • Bay Citizen/USF Poll: Unions Winning Pension Reform Battle (Bay Citizen)

    …San Francisco voters are poised to pass Proposition C, a pension reform measure backed by Mayor Ed Lee and the very unions who fought Adachi, according to new Bay Citizen/USF poll. If the election were held today, Prop. C would be the winner, the poll found. Adachi’s measure is trailing by 9 percentage points with three weeks until election day. While it’s possible that each measure receives a majority of votes, the measure approved by more votes wins, according to a spokeswoman for the city’s election department.

  • Feud has Modesto and San Francisco lawmakers all a-Twitter (Sacramento Bee)

    The fight started on Twitter. It continued this week with a Central Valley assemblywoman bankrolling thousands of campaign telephone calls asking San Francisco Republican voters not to elect Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee as their mayor.

  • Rand Paul’s switch clears way for pipeline bill (SF Chronicle)

    The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a pipeline safety bill late Monday after a senator with strong Tea Party ties did an about-face – lifting a hold that had blocked the legislation for weeks and adding a provision that would close a regulatory loophole that drew widespread attention after the San Bruno disaster.

  • Seth’s Law helps to further protect LGBT students from bullying (SF Examiner)

    …Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Seth’s Law, which will require school districts across California to write antibully policies that specifically mention gay and transgender students. The new law also requires school officials to investigate and intervene when students report harassment. “This really embraces the whole arena of bullying, and for years public schools have turned a deaf ear to the taunts,” the law’s sponsor, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, said at a news conference Monday.

  • UCSF study suggests annual mammograms unnecessary (SF Chronicle)

    More than half of women who are screened annually for breast cancer will get a false positive result within 10 years of their first mammogram, according to a UCSF study that throws more fuel on the controversy over when, and how often, women should be tested.

  • East Bay House members lag challengers in fundraising (Oakland Tribune)

    A Republican law student from Lodi raised more money than Democratic incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney in this year’s third quarter, putting him among the nation’s top-fundraising GOP challengers, according to campaign finance reports. A Republican supervisor from Colusa County outraised Democratic U.S. Rep. John Garamendi; both McNerney and Garamendi had less money in the bank than their challengers as of Sept. 30.

  • Napa may suspend medical marijuana process (Napa Valley Register)

    In the wake of a federal crackdown on California’s medical marijuana clinics, the Napa City Council may put the city’s medical marijuana ordinance on hold for a year and could ultimately scrap clinic plans altogether.

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