Mon April 16, 2012
morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Monday, April 16, 2012

The city of Pleasant Hill is launching a small business assistance pilot program that will grant $37,500 to small businesses that generate sales tax revenue for the city…

24,000 California State University employees will begin a two-week-long vote on whether to strike. Members of the California Faculty Association, which represents professors, librarians, coaches, and counselors across the 23 campuses, have until April 27 to authorize the rolling two-day strike. Major issues include administration proposals to freeze salary pay, cut summer pay and hire more temporary professors…

Some San Francisco city leaders are worried that a controversial deal between Mayor Ed Lee and the California Pacific Medical Center to build a 555-bed hospital on Cathedral Hill will leave taxpayers with the tab for increased health premiums. The mayor says the deal will modernize the city's hospital network, but some officials are concerned that the hospital’s focus on city workers and retirees will mean increased taxes…

Under a pay readjustment calculation required every five years, four of seven San Francisco officials could receive between $3k-$13k in pay raises. Leading the list is District Attorney George Gascón, who could receive $13,375, and Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who could receive $8,333. The pay increases date back to a 2006 measure that ties several official salaries to comparable salaries in other Bay Area counties.

Caltrain is still recovering from an accident this morning; a train struck and killed a man in San Mateo. This is the fifth death on Caltrain tracks this year. 

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