Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. Protesters are planning more demonstrations against BART tonight, but the big question may be whether the transit agency decides to arrest journalists again. Late last week, BART police handcuffed and detained several journalists, including veteran Chronicle reporter Vivian Ho, as they were interviewing protesters, and refused to let the reporters go even after they showed their IDs, the Chron reported. The incident represented yet another embarrassment for BART police, an agency that has repeatedly overreacted to protests and other situations.
3. This year, meanwhile, was not a particularly good one for environmentalists, as new legislation was hampered by the bad economy and the growing hostility toward regulations, the Mercury News reported. Among the few environmental legislative victories, assuming that Governor Brown signs them into law, was a prohibition on the sale of shark fins, a penny per-barrel fee increase on oil companies, and a ban on the use of bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups. Among the setbacks: legislation that would restrict environmental challenges to major development projects.
4. Berkeley High School hired two new security guards, bringing its total to twelve, as the campus attempts to avoid a repeat of last year’s violence problems, the Berkeley Voice reported. Overall, the high school has decided to spend an extra $180,000 a year on security.
5. And the City of Richmond appears to be having some success with it daytime curfew law, which steers truants into needed social services, the CoCo Times reported. Richmond enacted the law last year after leaders recognized that most youth crime happens during the day.