- Canadian company wins bid to build new BART fleet (SF Chronicle)
Canadian railcar manufacturer Bombardier will build BART’s new fleet of trains, after winning a battle Thursday with French firm Alstom that pitted a proposal promising more American jobs with one that came in $184 million cheaper.
- Jerry Brown submits tax petitions, says ‘difficult’ budget cuts next (Sacramento Bee)
In one choreographed appearance at the office of the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters, Gov. Jerry Brown’s campaign to raise taxes appeared on Friday to take shape. A week after announcing he had collected enough signatures to qualify the initiative for the November ballot, Brown – accompanied by a new political consultant, the first lady and his dog – turned several boxes of them in.
- Twitter deal helps fuel office rental boom in SF (SF Chronicle)
…Twitter’s relocation next month to Mid-Market – an area better known for drug deals, graffiti and vagrants – has sent rents up as much as 60 percent in a business district that didn’t exist a year ago. That type of growth is making San Francisco the best U.S. office market as demand from Internet and social-media companies surges.
- Rally Friday against prostitution in Oakland’s San Antonio and Eastlake neighborhoods (Oakland Tribune)
Hundreds of families, merchants and residents are expected to come out Friday night to rally against prostitution in the San Antonio and Eastlake neighborhoods. The 6 p.m. rally at 17th Avenue and International Boulevard will include remarks from Mayor Jean Quan, City Attorney Barbara Parker, Police Chief Howard Jordan and City Councilmember Pat Kernighan.
- Obama official warns California Legislature to move on high-speed rail funds (Sacramento Bee)
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned California lawmakers Thursday not to wait until fall for a vote on high-speed rail, urging its approval in a budget vote next month.
- Hercules in hot water over financial records (SF Chronicle)
State Controller John Chiang blasted the cash-strapped city of Hercules on Thursday for having what he called “the worst set of city accounting records I have seen,” particularly its lack of documentation for $2 million in federal and state grants.
- Salmon season ‘off to a good start,’ but demand pushes cost up (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
…Windy days have limited their time on the water, but fishermen are earning high prices for their catch because of the small supply and a high demand in the days leading up to Mother’s Day. The high cost is being passed along to customers.