Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. Oakland A’s President Mike Crowley said the team is ending negotiations for a ten-year lease extension at the Oakland Coliseum, following a dispute with Coliseum officials over millions of dollars in unpaid fees and public subsidies, the Trib$ reports. Crowley was angry about comments made Wednesday by Coliseum board President Nate Miley, who said the A’s owed the City of Oakland and Alameda County, which share ownership of the Coliseum, $5 million in parking revenues. Miley also stated that the A’s, as part of the team’s ten-year lease request, proposed to keep that money. Miley also said the A’s had expressed interest in possibly building a new ballpark at the Coliseum site.
3. Marc and Lynne Benioff, who have already donated $200 million to UCSF Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Oakland, announced that they, along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are donating another $100 million to UCSF to fund research into premature birth, the Chron reports.
4. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Oakland resident Jodi Remke, the presiding judge of the California State Bar, to become the new executive director of the state Political Fair Practices Commission — the state’s main watchdog of political campaign law, SF Gate reports.
5. And federal scientists have located the 202-foot-long passenger ship, the City of Chester, which sank in 1888 in the shipping channel near the Golden Gate Bridge, the Chron reports.
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