- Oakland council leans toward ending Occupy camp (SF Chronicle)
A majority of the Oakland City Council indicated late Thursday that they would like an end to the Occupy Oakland encampment in front of City Hall, but they did not vote on any proposals.
- Mayor Quan maintaining hands-off position on protesters (Oakland Tribune)
A day after hoisting megaphones and political might, the city of Oakland took to the streets again Thursday — this time armed with scrub brushes, trash bins and the sobering knowledge that a powerful message against Wall Street excess had been overrun by, what one protester called, “a bunch of punks with their own agenda.” And now, with Occupy Oakland’s factions turning on themselves, and the financially troubled city’s bill for containing the protests climbing skyward, the euphoria over Wednesday’s historic general strike has given way to widespread frustration and blame.
- S.F. police officers accused of stealing (SF Chronicle)
Public Defender Jeff Adachi Thursday accused a group of San Francisco police officers of stealing thousands of dollars in cash and valuables in what he described as a wide-ranging pattern of dishonesty.
- Bay Area firms among 30 not paying federal taxes (Andrew S. Ross, SF Chronicle)
Thirty major U.S. public companies, including San Francisco’s PG&E Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co., paid no federal taxes over the past three years, according to a report released Thursday. A number of them, notably Wells Fargo, also benefited greatly from various tax subsidies.
- Panel holds key to Cup waterfront staging sites (SF Chronicle)
How bureaucracy works: the Bay Conservation and Development Commission Thursday voted unanimously to … hold a hearing on whether it will allow open water along the Embarcadero to be used to help stage the 2013 America’s Cup. What this translates to in real life? The countdown has begun for a Jan. 5 hearing that’s sure to be preceded by negotiations, concessions and sabre-rattling.
- Smelt Supreme Court ruling goes against farmers (SF Chronicle)
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal by Central California farmers who claimed the federal government lacks constitutional authority to protect the imperiled delta smelt by limiting north-to-south water shipments.
- Bay Area domestic violence shelters struggle to meet greater need amid budget cuts (SJ Mercury News)
(C)cutbacks in funding for domestic violence programs and an increase in the number of women seeking help has forced shelters around the state to reluctantly turn away people who are desperate for help. Whenever possible, women are referred to other shelters, including those for the homeless, or placed in a hotel for two to three days.
- AMD to lay off 1,400 workers worldwide, about 80 in Sunnyvale (SJ Mercury News)
Beset by manufacturing and other problems, chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices said Thursday that it will eliminate nearly 12 percent of its workers — about 1,400 employees, including about 80 at its Sunnyvale headquarters — so it can save money and shift its focus onto low-power products, emerging markets and Internet-based businesses.
- Alameda looks to crack down on second-hand smoke (Oakland Tribune)
Smokers may find fewer places to light up as city of Alameda officials look for ways to protect people from second-hand smoke. But some are saying the proposed ordinance goes too far and are hoping the effort will be snuffed out. The new law, if eventually approved, would ban smoking in all outdoor public places, such as at bus stops and ATMs, as well as throughout all multi-unit rentals, including all balconies and porches.
- San Francisco to offer free Wi-Fi on Market Street (James Temple, SF Chronicle)
San Francisco will soon roll out free public Wi-Fi down long stretches of Market Street, with plans to light up the city’s main vein from the Castro district to the Ferry Building by early next year.