- Maloofs agree to sell Sacramento Kings to Seattle-based group (SJ Mercury News)
The only thing stopping the Sacramento Kings from a sale and move to Seattle is approval by NBA owners. The Maloof family has agreed to sell the Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen, the league confirmed in a statement Monday morning. The deal is still pending approval from the NBA Board of Governors. A person familiar with the decision said Sunday night that Hansen's group will buy 65 percent of the franchise for $525 million, move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name. The Maloofs will have no stake in the team.
- Fans fill San Francisco streets following 49ers win; fan stabbed outside Georgia Dome (SJ Mercury News)
Fans filled the streets in parts of the Mission and Excelsior districts on Sunday afternoon following the San Francisco 49ers' victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers defeated the Falcons, 28-24, to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. Meanwhile, a fan was stabbed in the neck during an altercation outside the Georgia Dome in Atlanta following Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
- Oakland's American Indian charter schools one step closer to closure (Oakland Tribune)
It boasts some of the highest test scores in the state, but Oakland's American Indian Model Schools organization has failed to safeguard its schools from corrupt fiscal practices and should be shut down, Oakland school district administration has concluded. If on Wednesday night the Oakland school board agrees, the award-winning American Indian charter schools will be one step closer to closure. A public hearing would be held next month, and a final decision would follow, no later than March 24. If Oakland Unified School District does vote to yank the charter, the organization would have the chance to appeal to the Alameda County Board of Education and, later, to the state board.
- Newly released California 'three-strikers' face new challenges (SJ Mercury News)
In an unforeseen consequence of easing the state's tough Three Strikes Law, many inmates who have won early release are hitting the streets with up to only $200 in prison "gate money" and the clothes on their backs. These former lifers are not eligible for parole and thus will not get the guidance and services they need to help them succeed on the outside, such as access to employment opportunities, vocational training and drug rehabilitation.
Plenty of green carpool stickers remain available (SJ Mercury)
Diane Berger has a Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid with green carpool stickers that allow her to legally drive solo in California diamond lanes. But as the software engineer commutes from the East San Jose foothills to Campbell, she seldom sees other cars with green stickers. Only 9,022 green decals have been issued -- well below the cap of 40,000 and a far cry from the 85,000 now-defunct yellow stickers issued to owners of cars like the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic hybrids. That perk ended in 2011, partly because state carpool lanes were filling up and federal transportation officials were threatening to withhold federal aid unless traffic speeds improved in those lanes.
Mayor Ed Lee is floating the idea of tearing down the stub end of Interstate 280 in San Francisco in hopes of creating a new neighborhood and speeding up the arrival of high-speed rail service downtown. The idea, laid out by the mayor's chief transit planner, Gillian Gillett, in a memo to the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission, would be to knock down I-280 before 16th Street - eliminating the ramps both at Sixth and Brannan streets and at Fourth and King streets. It would be replaced by a street-level boulevard akin to those built after the Embarcadero and Central freeways were knocked down.
Andrea Shorter, a mayoral appointee and longtime member of the city's Commission on the Status of Women, is under investigation by the state's Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to disclose any source of income for at least five years while serving on the commission, state documents show. Shorter says the issue "was just a misunderstanding" and she had recently filed updated forms revealing her employers and income.
Castro Valley is among the quietest, friendliest pockets of the Bay Area. Unless you're talking about signs. Hell hath no fury like Castro Valley embroiled in a sign ruckus. First, there was the canoe-shaped "Welcome" sign, which provoked such outrage the county dismantled it after only two months. Then there was the 60-foot cell tower that looked like a phallus, sparking widespread mockery until T-Mobile added some fake branches.