- Anger in Bayview over fatal shooting by cops (SF Chronicle)
At least 10 shots were fired when San Francisco police shot and killed a Washington state parolee sought for questioning in the slaying of a Seattle woman, police said Monday. Police officials said at a news conference that ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection and location system, had recorded 10 shots fired over the course of six seconds Saturday as police chased 19-year-old Kenneth Wade Harding near Third Street in the Bayview - one shot at first, followed 1.9 seconds later by nine in rapid succession.
- S.F. courts warn of budget disaster, huge delays (SF Chronicle)
It will soon take hours to pay a traffic ticket in San Francisco, months to get court records and at least a year and a half to get a divorce. With a few exceptions, only criminal cases will go to trial. Two hundred Superior Court employees, more than 40 percent of the staff, are about to be notified that they will be laid off Sept. 30 because of devastating losses of state funding.
- Cisco to eliminate 6,500 jobs (San Jose Mercury News)
Even as other tech companies are racing to hire skilled workers, Cisco Systems said Monday that it will eliminate 6,500 jobs -- one of the largest reductions by a U.S. employer this year -- as it moves to slash costs in the face of lackluster financial performance. The San Jose tech giant is cutting 9 percent of its global workforce, in what amounts to Cisco's biggest layoff since the dot-com implosion of 2001.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board could appoint a new executive director as early as today, with the city's public works chief in the mix as a top contender. Ed Reiskin, who has run the Department of Public Works since 2008, has no direct transit experience - a detail that is unusual but not unprecedented when it comes to who's in charge of the nation's major transportation systems.
Days after California's public universities handed lucrative new pay and bonuses to three executives and a chancellor while raising student tuition, a state senator has introduced a bill to make such pay increases illegal in tough economic times. The bill, filed Monday by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, would prohibit executive pay increases at the University of California and California State University in years when the state does not raise its allocation to the schools.
San Jose, Union City and other supporters of the state's 398 active redevelopment agencies filed a lawsuit Monday against the state asking the California Supreme Court to overturn two recently enacted laws that eliminate or take money away from the agencies. Agency advocates say the laws, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last month as part of the state budget, are unconstitutional on two points: They violate Proposition 1A, adopted in 2004 to limit the state's use of local funds for its own purposes, and also Proposition 22, passed by voters last fall to further safeguard local revenues against a state raid and specifically protect redevelopment funds.
Silicon Valley employers expect a 15 percent surge in tech jobs over the next two years, according to a study released Tuesday, but the hiring binge is already threatened by shortages of people with the cutting-edge skills that are in high demand. The talent gap looms in key fields such as mobile technology, social networking and cloud computing, according to a study by four nonprofit workforce training groups, headed by NOVA in Sunnyvale.
A second election may be scheduled for 43,500 Kaiser Permanente workers who have been swept up in a bitter rivalry between two unions. An administrative law judge has recommended that the results of a fall 2010 mail-in ballot be set aside and another election held. Kaiser workers had voted to stay with Service Employees International Union- United Healthcare Workers West instead of switching to a breakaway group, the National Union of Healthcare Workers, founded by longtime labor chief Sal Rosselli after he was ousted from SEIU.
Clorox on Monday rejected Wall Street billionaire Carl Icahn's bid to buy the consumer products maker for $10.2 billion, calling it "neither credible nor adequate." Oakland-based Clorox said the bid "substantially undervalues" the company, according to a letter written to Icahn by Donald Knauss, Clorox's chief executive officer. Clorox also announced it has adopted a so-called shareholder rights plan, commonly known as a "poison pill," to help ward off a hostile takeover.
Laws passed by California cities to protect labor when businesses change hands received a boost Monday from the California Supreme Court, which revived a Los Angeles ordinance aimed at protecting grocery workers. The state high court ruled 6 to 1 that the 2005 city measure, which lower courts had rejected, did not usurp state or federal law or violate constitutional guarantees by requiring new grocery store owners to keep existing employees for months after taking over ownership.
Facing an uproar from defense attorneys and child advocates, Marin Superior Court retreated Monday from a plan to place juvenile suspects in glass enclosures for their court appearances. Instead, the court said it will close its courtroom at Juvenile Hall in Lucas Valley and move youth hearings to the main courthouse at the Civic Center. The plan, which is to take effect Sept. 19, is the latest in a series of moves by court officials to increase security in juvenile court while trying to saving money.
The Giants will make a house call Monday to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. They have been invited to meet President Obama, continuing a longtime tradition for major-sport champions.