Monday Must Reads: Supreme Court Could Gut Public Employee Unions; Raiders’ Move to LA Increasingly Unlikely


Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The US Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case that could deal a severe blow to public-employee unions nationwide, The New York Times$ reports. The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, seeks to overturn a law that requires public employees who choose not to join a union to still pay union dues in exchange for unions representing them if they’re fired or disciplined and in bargaining for higher wages. Anti-union forces are financing the case to overturn the law on First Amendment grounds, and if they win, unions could lose substantial amounts of money, thereby lessening their political influence.

2. The odds of the Oakland Raiders moving to Los Angeles are looking increasingly slim, in light of the fact that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who is extremely influential in the league, has launched a campaign that would exclude the Raiders from moving, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. Jones is proposing that the St. Louis Rams and the San Diego Chargers share a stadium in Inglewood and that the Raiders remain in Oakland. Chargers’ owner Dean Spanos, however, has said repeatedly that he wants to build in Carson.

3. The bike path extension on the new Bay Bridge, connecting it to Yerba Buena Island, likely will not be finished by the summer 2016 deadline because of concerns that the path’s design is deeply flawed, the Chron reports. Officials had scrapped the original design because they said it was ugly, but the new design they created could collapse under stress.

4. Solar power is now the largest form of renewable energy in California, surpassing wind and hydroelectric power, KQED reports (h/t Rough & Tumble). Solar now represents 6.7 percent of all power used in the state, compared to 5.3 percent for wind and 5.9 percent for hydro. In addition, the solar percentage does not include home rooftop solar.

5. President Obama’s new executive orders on gun control could help close a loophole that allows guns to flow into California from less restrictive states, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. California already has strict gun control laws, but it’s easy to buy guns in states like Nevada and bring them to California.

6. And rock legend David Bowie has died at the age of 69, following a battle with cancer.