Wednesday Must Reads: Coliseum City Developer Gets Chilly Reception; Near-Super Majority of Californians Like Obamacare

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Coliseum City developer Floyd Kephart got a chilly a reception from East Bay officials and sports teams yesterday, as no members of Mayor Libby Schaaf’s office, the Raiders, the A’s, or the county board of supervisors showed up to his press event, the Trib$ and Chron report. Kephart rated the chances of his proposal succeeding at “fifty-fifty.” Kephart has yet to reveal how he would finance the planned $4 billion project, which would include a new stadium for the Raiders, and perhaps one for the A’s.

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2. About 62 percent of Californians now support Obamacare — up from 52 percent in 2010 before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, the Mercury News$ reports, citing a new Field Poll. Californians also gave the state high marks for its implementation of the healthcare law — which went much more smoothly than the federal rollout.

3. The same Field Poll also showed that 58 percent of state residents now support extending Obamacare health coverage to undocumented immigrants in the state — up from 51 percent last year, the SacBee$ reports.


4. The oil industry has successfully lobbied to water down state legislation that sought to reduce gasoline consumption by 50 percent in California by 2030. The SacBee$ reports that moderate Democratic legislators, who have been targeted by Big Oil in ads and mailers, have demanded amendments that will lessen the power of state regulators overseeing the proposed new rules.

5. The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco has decided to cut on financial ties with the fossil fuel industry, the Chron reports. The move came in response to a campaign by environmental groups.

6. And two TV news journalists were killed on air this morning in Virginia — apparently by a disgruntled employee at their news station, AP reports (via SFGate).

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