- DEA digging into San Francisco's medical marijuana dispensaries (SF Examiner)
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has asked The City’s Department of Public Health to turn over records for 12 of San Francisco's remaining 21 medical cannabis dispensaries, according to emails obtained by The San Francisco Examiner.
- America's Cup may cost city millions, report says (SF Chronicle)
Hosting the America's Cup could cost San Francisco taxpayers up to $21.7 million if fundraising by an independent committee fails to meet a $32 million target over three years to defray the city's costs of hosting sailing's premier regatta, according to a new report completed Thursday.
- Amid pension-cut fury, San Jose mayor sounds hopeful (SJ Mercury News)
Having presided over six years of doomsaying, budget cutbacks and battles with employee unions, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed sounded more hopeful in his annual state of the city speech Thursday night. Citing traction on crime fighting, homelessness, the local economy and his controversial fiscal reform agenda, Reed said the city has "faced enormous fiscal challenges" and "made major progress." He repeatedly asserted that 2012 "will be a year of hope, optimism and recovery."
- Lab test rules out connection to mad cow disease for one of two rare Marin cases (Marin Independent Journal)
Laboratory tests have confirmed that at least one of the two cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease diagnosed recently in Marin is not the variety linked to mad cow disease.
At least four San Quentin State Prison inmates were seriously injured Thursday during a riot in an exercise yard that serves the infamous institution's newest arrivals, a prison spokesman said. Between 150 and 200 prisoners were involved in the morning riot. Dozens were slashed and stabbed by fellow inmates armed with homemade weapons before guards used chemicals such as pepper spray, projectiles and live ammunition to restore order, Sgt. Gabe Walters said.
San Francisco has equipped 30 buses with surveillance cameras to catch people parking illegally in transit-only lanes, and now Muni officials hope to expand the enforcement program to its entire fleet by the middle of next year.
...After listening to a dozen Livermore residents urge them to support the extension - despite a lack of funding and suggestions BART should focus instead on improving its existing system - the Board of Directors unanimously approved environmental studies, early engineering and development of a ridership plan.
Occupy Cal members were back at UC Berkeley on Thursday, setting up tents on Sproul Plaza in the same spot where police forcibly removed them last fall. Five tents went up in the afternoon along with a giant red mushroom sculpture.
LinkedIn reported a strong fourth quarter as the online professional-networking service added 14 million members. Its net income and revenue beat Wall Street's expectations.
Organizers of the iconic counterculture event Burning Man are scrambling to solve a crisis that some fear threatens the very fabric of the event. The problem has left perhaps 75 percent of the longtime participants who traditionally provide the creative spark for displays and activities without a ticket. The event is held annually at a remote site in the Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada.