11:08am

Mon March 19, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: top news stories for Monday, March 19, 2012

As San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi heads to court today to face sentencing for the false imprisonment of his wife, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has been consulting with City Attorney Dennis Herrera on whether and how to oust the embattled sheriff...

A federal appeals court, today, will take up a case that could bring gun shows back to publicly-held lands in Alameda, San Mateo, and Marin. Those counties have all enacted bans on the sale of firearms on government, keeping gun shows, for the most part, out. The new case questions the constitutionality of these bans...

A new tally shows large numbers of Californians applying for jobs with the state. According to the State Personnel Board, there are currently 203,000 people on government job eligibility lists. Though the number of job-seekers is high, the number of available government jobs has been dropping...

Facing overcrowding along with massive budget cuts, San Jose State University will likely end its policy of guaranteed admission to all qualified Santa Clara County high school graduates. Local students will still retain preference in admissions, but university spokespersons admit the guaranteed admission policy is unsustainable in its current form...

Streaming live video has been a major part of the Occupy movement, especially in Oakland, where events such as the November 2 general strike were filmed and distributed by many participants. There has been a growing divide, however, between those in the movement who believe the transparency of live streaming is aligned with the tenets of Occupy, and those who fear the footage could be used by government to target or prosecute protestors...

A gray whale has been spotted this morning in San Francisco Bay, as the annual whale migration from Mexico to Alaska takes place. Last week a mother and calf pair were spotted swimming in the Bay. Boaters are being asked to steer clear.

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