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Connecting the Dots: Top News Stories for Wednesday, June 6, 2012
(SF Gate) // Proposition A, which aimed to break Recology’s stronghold as San Francisco’s sole waste management company, was overwhelmingly rejected by voters yesterday. The measure would have separated the trash and recycling services for the city into separate district controlled by different companies, which is a common model for most cities in California. Opponents, who demonstrated their majority yesterday, believed that the system in place works fine and doesn't need the extra bureaucracy restructuring would require…
(SF Gate) // Votes are still being counted for state Proposition 29, the Cigarette-Tax Initiative. The measure is failing by just one percent, a margin that mandates the counting of absentee and provisional ballots. If Prop 29 passes, taxes on cigarettes in California will jump to $1 per pack, with the extra funds going toward cancer research. It may take days to determine a result…
(The Bay Citizen) // The St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church and private school in West Oakland is currently under investigation by the state Department of Social Services after several parents of former students complained about the quality of education provided there. The complaints include reports of verbal and physical abuse and an accusation that school administrators inflated enrollment numbers to acquire more funding…
(SF Gate) // In the forest of grey concrete where Highway 101 meets the I-280 interchange, one overpass pillar marks a traffic island that is now alive with color. Nineteen-year-old Cory Ferris, was asked to design and paint a mural to be the centerpiece for the Alemany Island Beautification Project. When finished, the site will also host a community garden designed by City College students and a fence comprised of 48 plywood art panels. The $45,000 cost for the project was raised in full by the Portola Neighborhood Association, with assistance from residents in the community.