- Mayor Ed Lee expected to veto Sharp Park transfer (Matier & Ross, SF Chronicle)
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is expected to veto a Board of Supervisors measure today that would explore transferring management of Sharp Park to the National Park Service – a move the administration says would mean the death of the park’s 18-hole golf course.
- Marin supervisors to consider tough anti-smoking ordinance (Marin Independent Journal)
A Marin County crackdown on smoking in multi-unit apartment and condominium complexes will get its first test Tuesday, when county supervisors are expected to approve it and set a public hearing for Jan. 10. The measure, modeled after a strict anti-smoking law in Larkspur, is set for discussion at 10 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors’ chambers. It would apply to the unincorporated area of the county.
- Occupy San Jose once again sets up tents at San Jose City Hall plaza (SJ Mercury News)
Once again local members of the national protest against corporate greed have erected a fabric outpost on the San Jose City Hall plaza after being forced by police to leave that encampment in mid-November. The Occupiers say they won’t go inside the tents during the day and that the three tents stand as a symbolic protest as the movement continues. The members also note that they will take down the tents daily by 11 p.m.
- Stanford drops bid to build N.Y. science campus (SF Chronicle)
Stanford University withdrew its bid to build a science and engineering graduate campus in New York City, university officials have announced.
- Hells Angels murder suspect Steve Ruiz seen in San Jose, police say (SJ Mercury News)
San Jose police said Saturday night they had “credible evidence” that a Hells Angel suspected of shooting fellow Angel Steve Tausan to death during a biker funeral in October was spotted in San Jose.
- Advocates of scaling back California’s tough Three-Strikes law hope for place on ballot (SJ Mercury News)
Buoyed by a favorable financial analysis, advocates of an initiative to scale back the nation’s toughest “three-strikes” law will soon launch a signature-gathering drive to put the measure on California’s November ballot. Revising California’s law would save state taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year initially and up to $100 million a year in the long run, according to supporters, largely in reduced prison and parole costs. A brief analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office will appear on the ballot itself as well as on signature petitions.
- Reversing the gender gap: Women surpass men at CSU (SJ Mercury News)
…About six out of 10 CSU graduates last spring were female — a complete reversal over the past four decades. Some campuses, like Dominguez Hills and Stanislaus, have almost twice as many women as men, feeling eerily like women’s colleges.
- Foppiano heirs in bitter fight over Healdsburg winery's future (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Heirs to one of California’s oldest wine families are battling for control in a bitter power struggle that recalls the epic clashes among the Mondavis and Sebastianis. Louis M. Foppiano, 64, chairman of his family’s 115-year-old winery and vineyards in Healdsburg, is being sued by his sister, Susan Valera, 59, who alleges her brother threatened the health of the family trust by using it to make a series of loans to the company, in part for executive bonuses.
- Republicans about to become an afterthought in California Capitol (Bay Area News Group)
…Increasingly marginalized with dwindling statewide registration numbers, Republicans have already lost leverage on the budget and may soon lose it on taxes if new district lines leave them short of a simple one-third minority. Perhaps the Republicans’ last chance to have a legislative impact was in talks with the governor last spring, but that blew up in their faces when they wouldn’t budge on allowing a temporary tax extension to go before voters.