1. Despite troubling signs from Major League Baseball, Fremont remains determined to get the A’s. The city plans to use a $333,000 federal grant to study possible future uses for the former NUMMI auto plant, including a new Oakland A’s ballpark, according to the Chron. But the newspaper also reports that league officials appear to have ruled out Fremont as the future home of the A’s and are deciding between Oakland and San Jose. The league also is reportedly concerned about Oakland’s ability to attract enough corporate sponsors to make a privately financed stadium viable in Jack London Square.
2. The price tag for the proposed bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles continues to rise, as Peninsula cities say they want the train to run underground, the Chron reports. Maybe it’s time to move the train back to its earlier East Bay route?
3. Alameda County is on the cusp of changing ambulance services for the first time in 40 years, but the process hasn’t been transparent, the Trib reports.
4. State sales tax revenues are higher than expected for the fourth-straight month, providing a sign that the recession may be over, the Sacramento Bee reports.
5. Can Tom Campbell, a moderate pro-choice, pro-gay marriage Republican, win his party’s nomination for US Senate in an era of right-wing extremism and Tea Party influence?
6. And the New York Times interviews one of the victims of an East Bay pedophile priest whose case was covered up by the future pope.