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Tue March 20, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mayor Ed Lee is expected to announce today whether he will remove Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from his position. Yesterday, Mirkarimi was convicted of false imprisonment and sentenced to three years probation and domestic violence counseling, for conduct during an argument with his wife...

The state Legislative Analyst's office has proposed several less-drastic alternatives to Governor Jerry Brown's proposed cuts to In-Home Supportive Services. Brown's budget proposes a 20% across the board reduction of hours or caregivers and a 5% spending cut...

California State University will not accept new admissions for the spring semester of 2013. The move will reduce enrollment by 16,000 students; if voters reject a proposed tax measure in November, another 20,000 to 25,000 students could be barred from attending CSU in 2013 and 2014. Fees for next fall are already twice as high as they were in 2007...

A lawmaker from Silicon Valley wants to put limits on data collection from license-plate recognition devices. The scanners, which are attached to police patrol vehicles, collect digital information on cars as well as the location of drivers. Police say they're a necessary tool for tracking criminals; but the lawmaker, Palo Alto's Joe Simitian, argues that they unreasonably monitor innocent people... 

Whether or not PG&E customers are guilty, the company has proposed that their subscribers pay for most of a $2 billion pipeline safety program, costs for which could eventually top $11 billion. Company executives say these expenses were imposed upon them by regulators and are not a reflection of the company's failures.

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