Tuesday Must Read: Bay Area Leads Nation in Long Commutes; Ex-DEA Chiefs Urge Obama to Nullify Pot Legalization in Colorado and Washington



Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Bay Area leads the nation in so-called “mega-commutes,” in which workers drive fifty miles or more and ninety minutes or more to and from the office, according to a new Census analysis, the Mercury News reports. These long-distance commuters tend to live in far-flung suburbs and drive to work to the urban Bay Area. The large number of mega-commuters also shows that it will be difficult for the Bay Area to meet the region’s greenhouse-gas reduction goals.

2. Eight former chiefs of the DEA are pushing the Obama administration to quickly nullify marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington state, the AP reports. The former chiefs want the Obama Justice Department to sue the two states to overturn voter-approved legalization measures before they’re fully implemented. The chiefs contend that if the DOJ does not act soon, it will be too late.

3. Seventeen California legislators went on junkets to Maui last fall — trips that were financed by secretive nonprofits that do not reveal their donors, the SacBee$ reports. Among the attendees were Democratic Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla of Concord and Bob Wieckowski of Fremont.

4. In an attempt to protect more mountain lions from being killed, the California Fish and Wildlife Service has issued new guidelines that allow for the capture and release of the big cats, the CoCo Times reports. The new guidelines follow the fatal shooting of two mountain lion cubs in Half Moon Bay in December.

5. And two men and a woman were arrested after loading up on beer and pizza, stealing a luxury yacht in Sausalito, and running it aground in Pacifica, the Chron reports.