- Parking meter plan to undergo reappraisal after outcry (SF Chronicle)
After strong pushback from residents and business owners in neighborhoods eyed for parking meter expansion, San Francisco transportation officials have a new strategy to show their proposal will not be rushed through.
- AC Transit fast bus project to boost ridership, but take away parking spaces (Contra Costa Times)
AC Transit’s $205 million plan for a bus rapid transit line for speedier service through Oakland and San Leandro would boost system ridership 4 percent but take away hundreds of curbside parking spaces and worsen traffic congestion at six intersections, according to an environmental report. Release of the report opens a public comment period in advance of the AC Transit board’s final decision in the spring whether to develop the 14.4-mile-long line touted as “rail on wheels.”
- Oakland: Officer shoots armed robbery suspect (Bay City News)
An Oakland police officer shot and injured a robbery suspect in an East Oakland neighborhood late Sunday night, police said. The officer had pulled over a vehicle in the 2000 block of 62nd Avenue at 11:43 p.m. There were at least two suspects in the vehicle believed to be connected to an armed robbery in the area shortly before the traffic stop, Officer Johnna Watson said.
- Quan’s 100 Block anticrime effort quietly started (SF Chronicle)
…The plan calls for virtually every local government agency – including the Police Department, libraries, Parks Department, Public Works Department, public housing and the school district – to focus resources on the 100 blocks. The rationale is that most of the city’s crime is somehow linked to those areas. If those neighborhoods can improve, then crime throughout the city will fall.
- Failed legal fight over video games costs California nearly $2 million (Sacramento Bee)
Designed to protect California kids from video games of murder and mayhem, a law that was passed six years ago but never took effect wound up costing state taxpayers nearly $2 million.
- Quiet Battle Within Churches over Gay Rights (Bay Citizen)
…Long before the issue of same-sex marriage grabbed the spotlight, liberal Protestant pastors in Northern California were fighting against church rules prohibiting ordination and marriage of homosexuals. That internal church struggle is broadening nationwide. In recent years, mainline Protestant denominations — which are different from evangelical Christian churches that read the Bible as literal truth and emphasize a personal relationship with Jesus — have one by one changed rules that had prohibited marriage and ordination of gays and lesbians. The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ at one time all barred same-sex wedding ceremonies and ordination of gay clergy members, but they have changed those rules over time.
- Lin Puts Knicks Back on Track (NY Times)
…In a nationally televised game, against the defending N.B.A. champions, Lin rose ever higher, leading the Knicks to a thrilling 104-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden. Lin scored 28 points and set another career high in assists, with 14, as the Knicks (16-16) secured their most significant win of the season.