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Tue December 6, 2011
Politics

Connecting the Dots: Top stories for Tuesday, December 6

In an attempt to prevent deeper cuts to schools and other public services, Governor Jerry Brown has filed a ballot measure that would increase the sales tax by half a cent and income taxes by one or two percent, depending on annual salary. People who earn less than $250,000 will not see any change in their income tax rate. A number of outside groups have filed alternative tax measures as well, so tax hikes in California may be inevitable...

Meanwhile, members of an organization called "The 99 Percent Solution" have purchased a full-page ad in today’s Chronicle explaining their plan to create jobs, reduce widening income disparity, and curb government spending. Given how much criticism the movement has received for lacking concrete goals, Occupy’s first steps into the political realm may signify a shift away from symbolic gestures and towards more definitive ones…

The President of the University of California, Mark G. Yudof, has assembled a task force to assess the UC Davis police department's use of pepper spray in response to a student protest on Novemeber 18th. Members of the task force include professors, administrators and undergraduates…

In light of recent cuts to education and rising concerns over unnecessary government spending, voter support for the California's high-speed rail project is waning. According to a recent Field Poll, after seeing the final price tag (which runs close to $100 billion), more than a third of the project’s initial supporters would now vote ‘no’ if given the chance. Nearly two thirds of voters would like a revote on the project...

Famed international sailing competition America’s Cup is coming to San Francisco’s historic piers. But to make space for the event, a number of the piers’ long-time tenants are being forced to relocate: In the next two years, 77 businesses will have to clear out. Some of the displaced will receive rent credits to help ease the transition.

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