KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier
Under a plea agreement, 37-year-old Chris Bucchere of Marin County will not serve any time in jail. Instead, he will be sentenced to 1,000 hours of community service when he goes before the judge in San Francisco Superior Court on Aug. 16.
The unions on strike at BART say that a number of Bay Area politicians have offered to help end the dispute. But a BART representative said the agency is relying on state mediators to bring the two sides together.
The walkout by BART’s employees is now in full effect and Gov. Brown has been reluctant to call for a 60-day cooling-off period because that could likely have a bigger effect as the commute, at that time, will be flooded with people returning to school. But the dynamic between the transit agency and its union employees is just one example of the current state of public employee unions and management.
The California State Legislature returned to work on Tuesday to examine Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget amid a widening divide over how much money the state can spend.
Oakland police are gearing up for another busy weekend as Occupy protesters have vowed to take to the streets Saturday night.
The KCBS and Chronicle Insider says the CTA is backing Gov. Brown’s tax plan, but they do have some reservations.
The KCBS and Chronicle Insider says utility companies might reap the rewards of the state’s renewable energy law and consumer’s may see higher bills.
Arguably, an investigation into the matter would take some time. The political fallout, on the other hand, could be near instantaneous.
The transit agency was contemplating seeking restraining orders against people arrested at multiple events.
Safeway is complaining that paid petition signature gatherers are not playing fair outside their Bay Area stores. Those signature gatherers though say their first amendment rights aren’t being respected.