8:51am

Tue February 14, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, February 14

Stanford Ph.D. graduate Rahinah Ibrahim continues her fight to get her name off the no-fly list. In the past year, the no-fly list has doubled and now contains over 20,000 names. To avoid mistaken identities, there is another list of 30,000 who are commonly confused with people on the no-fly list. Still, mistakes do happen and the protocol for redress has not been established…

President Barack Obama likes high-speed rail, and he’s asked Congress to set aside allocations of close to $35 billion, some of which will likely go to California. At present, the California high-speed rail project has fallen short of its funding goal by $86 billion, but Governor Brown should not bank on this federal money coming through. Last year, a similar request died in Congress…

In the wake of three fatal shootings over the course of four years, BART is trying a new policing strategy that focuses on community. By assigning BART officers to smaller, specific areas, BART hopes officers will become familiar with the people and day-to-day problems of their designated area. Details of the new plan will be announced later today…

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will consider two possible ballot measures that seek to reform the city’s election process today. One of the measures suggests abandoning ranked-choice voting all together. The other proposal keeps the controversial voting system but would require the Department of Elections to educate the public more proactively about the logistics of how votes are tabulated…

Hoping to avoid a disaster like the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, two veteran welders are putting more pressure on PG&E. The welders argue that no one inspected Pipeline 132 to verify sections were reassembled properly following high-pressure water tests. They also say some of the welds on East Bay lines are in very poor condition.