Friday Must Reads: Berkeley Greenlights Gas Pump Warning Labels; UC Regents Approve Tuition Hikes


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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Berkeley City Council this week moved forward with a new law that would require climate-change warning labels to be placed on gas pumps in the city, the Trib$ reports. The council voted 7-2 to direct the city attorney to craft language for the proposed law. The proposal will then come back to the council for final approval.

Jerry Brown.
  • Jerry Brown.
2. Despite protests by students and by Governor Jerry Brown, the UC Board of Regents approved a plan that could raise student tuition by 28 percent over five years, the LA Times$ reports. Some regents blamed Brown for the tuition hike, noting that he had vetoed $50 million in spending earmarked for the University of California system, the SacBee$ reports.

3. The new rail line connecting Oakland International Airport to the BART Coliseum station will open tomorrow, just in time for Thanksgiving travelers, the Trib$ reports.

4. The old Sears building in downtown Oakland is getting a makeover and as part of a plan to transform it into a space for tech and retail businesses, the Chron reports.

5. Charter schools throughout California have been violating the law by requiring parents to fulfill “volunteer” time as a condition of their children attending school, the LA Times$ reports, citing a new study from the Public Advocates law firm.

6. State regulators have fined PG&E $1 million for the judge-shopping scandal, in which the utility lobbied to install a friendly judge in a rate case, the LA Times$ reports.

7. And in defiance of Republicans, President Obama issued an executive order that protects 5 million immigrants from deportation, the Chron reports.