- Jobs, revenue lost in pot dispensary crackdown (SF Chronicle)
The federal Department of Justice's crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in California has meant the loss of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue, according to cannabis advocates and government statistics.
- Santa Clara County friendliest to charter schools (SJ Mercury News)
Charter schools, once considered the experimental outliers of public education, are poised to go mainstream in Santa Clara County. That's due in part to sheer numbers. Eight new charter schools opened this school year, taking in 1,600 students. Last week alone, five charter schools were approved to open next August in the county. But perhaps more important, key places in the county have seen a transformation in attitude, from hostility and suspicion to acceptance and collaboration.
- Sonoma County authorities say ID policy is working (SF Chronicle)
Sonoma County officials say they've seen no increase in crime or traffic collisions since announcing a contentious policy that allows illegal immigrants to escape deportation if caught on minor infractions.
- How Ranked-Choice Voting Silenced 31,500 Voters (Bay Citizen)
Sixteen percent of San Francisco voters who filled out their ballots correctly and completely -- more than 31,500 people -- did not have a say in the final outcome of the city's mayoral race, according to The Bay Citizen's analysis of election results.
Hundreds of local shoppers dashed from Thanksgiving dinner into store lines Thursday night, the first wave of the projected 152 million people expected to crowd retailers nationwide this holiday weekend in search of deals and gifts for the season.
Modesto-based Save Mart is warning customers at several of its Bay Area supermarkets that their personal banking information may have been compromised. The company issued a news release Wednesday saying that while doing routine maintenance, store employees found credit, debit card readers that had been tampered with in the self-checkout lanes of 19 Lucky stores and one Save Mart store.
While Occupy protesters in San Francisco didn't plan a Thanksgiving celebration, camp organizers are working to put together a Harvest Feast today.
Desperate for money and on the verge of cutting schools, California has become a ready target for quick-cash ideas. A British gaming company recently offered $1 billion to take over part of the California Lottery. Now a private investor group twice rejected by Gov. Jerry Brown is again pushing California to sell 11 office properties for $1.2 billion in immediate cash.
Sometime in the next few weeks, Zynga -- the San Francisco maker of addictive online games including "FarmVille" and "Mafia Wars" -- will go public in what's expected to be the biggest Internet IPO since Google's. Pundits say its market value could hit $20 billion right out of the gate. But can a company that sells imaginary cows really be worth more than Sony?
...Before a raucous Thanksgiving night crowd of 71,345, the Niners, traveling three time zones to play their second game in a span of 100 hours, had their winning streak snapped at eight in a 16-6 loss as the pressure-happy Ravens limited San Francisco to a season-low 170 yards and matched a franchise record with nine sacks.