Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1.The University of California’s multi-million-dollar attempt to lure students to take classes online has been a total flop so far, the Chron reports. UC has spent $5 million on the online program, which is designed to attract students from around the globe, but so far has only lured one person. Plenty of students on UC campuses are taking online classes, but the attempt to get additional students from afar is failing miserably.
2. A new comprehensive study from UC Berkeley shows that commuters from outlying suburbs are the main reason why our freeways are clogged each morning and night, the Merc reports. These suburban drivers tend to get on the freeway together and then slow down the entire commute for everyone.
4. Governor Jerry Brown is asking an appeals court panel to lift the cap on the state’s prison population, the SacBee reports. The court had ordered the state to release prisoners because of intense overcrowding. But Brown maintains that his realignment plan has sufficiently addressed the problem.
5. Berkeley Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner introduced legislation yesterday that would require the state to closely track the sales of ammunition, the Trib reports. Skinner’s bill also would prohibit the sale of kits that can turn gun clips into high-capacity magazines.
6. The pilot of the oil tanker that grazed the Bay Bridge yesterday has had three accidents since 2009, the Merc reports. Yesterday’s incident did not seriously damage the bridge nor did it result in an oil spill.
7. Governor Brown’s administration contends that Oakland is misspending about $3 million in former redevelopment funds, the Chron reports. City Administrator Deanna Santana said state officials told her that, as a result, the city needs to slash about $3 million in funds that it is spending on staff costs devoted low- and moderate-income housing.
8. And One Goh, the gunman who fatally shot seven people last year at Oikos University in Oakland, has been declared incompetent to stand trial, the Chron and Trib report. The state will send Goh, who is a paranoid schizophrenic, to a locked state mental institution indefinitely.