Phil Matier: FBI Affidavit Alleges State Sen. Ron Calderon Accepted BribesDemocratic State Senator Ron Calderon has not been charged with anything yet, but he is trouble with the law as Al Jazeera America has reported that he is being investigated for taking thousands of dollars in bribes from federal investigators, including an undercover FBI agent.
Phil Matier: An Evolving Relationship Between Labor Unions And California DemocratsSan Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is leading an effort to put an initiative before voters allowing cities to renegotiate pensions for existing public employees—as well as new hires. Meanwhile, State Assembly candidate Steve Glazer from Orinda, is pushing an initiative preventing transit employees from striking in the future.
Phil Matier: Plenty Willing To Work For Current BART WagesWhile BART’s contract dispute continues, some Bay Area residents are thinking that they would like to work at the transit agency for the wages that are paid now. Those jobs, however, are hard to come by.
Phil Matier: BART Struggles To Get Broken Escalators FixedRecently, as many as 28 BART station escalators were out of service. In at least one instance, the escalator - at the West Oakland Station - has been down for more than 7 months. An escalator at San Francisco's Civic Center Station has been out since January 10.