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Daily news roundup for Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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An artist's rendering of a proposed solar power project in the Mojave Desert.

California’s landmark renewable energy law to be signed Wednesday // Contra Costa Time

“In a milestone for reducing pollution and fossil fuel use, Gov. Jerry Brown will sign into law Wednesday a bill that requires 50 percent of California's electricity to come from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2030.

“But energy experts say that it won't be easy to reach the legislation's goals in a state with 38 million people and a $2 trillion economy."


Marin County no longer a hot spot for breast cancer, study finds // SF Gate

“Breast cancer diagnoses in Marin County, long considered to be among the highest in the world, have fallen to their lowest levels and now make the county’s rates about average for the state, a new study released Tuesday has found.

“Marin County, which is known for its healthy lifestyle, environmental beauty and affluence, has for decades also been shadowed by its unusually high breast cancer rates, particularly among its non-Latina white population.”


Burlingame hosts high-speed rail meeting // San Mateo County Times

“Burlingame — The California High-Speed Rail Authority will hold a public forum Wednesday to provide an update on plans for the Peninsula segment of the proposed rail line.

“The community open house meeting will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium at 850 Burlingame Ave., on the edge of Washington Park.

“There will be information about the Peninsula alignment and a presentation at 6 p.m. Authority officials will be on hand to answer questions.

“The authority said it is planning to blend high-speed trains with Caltrain from San Francisco to San Jose to minimize the disruption to local communities.”


City Council prioritizes rent control // Pacifica Tribune

“Council members will soon examine potential rent stabilization in a study session at a date to be announced.

“The unanimous vote was reached Monday, Sept. 28, after hours of comments both for and against rent stabilization in general and the ancillary issues of affordable housing and the pending evictions of tenants from Pacific Skies Estates.”


Santa Clara Co. moves forward on jail improvement commission // San Jose Mercury News

“Santa Clara County supervisors Tuesday moved forward with plans to establish a jail improvement commission, creating an application process for anyone interested in serving on the panel and insisting over staff objections that commissioners be allowed to hear public complaints about the mistreatment of inmates.

“The unanimous vote on the framework for the commission came about six weeks after mentally ill inmate Michael Tyree was beaten to death, allegedly by three correctional deputies who have been charged with his murder and with assaulting another inmate.”


San Francisco's Booming Economy Hasn't Been Good to African-Americans // SF Weekly

“Not everyone has benefited from San Francisco’s booming economy and low unemployment rate. As the Chronicle reports, the city’s dwindling African-American population has seen its income decline 5 percent since 2011.

“Median income for white households in San Francisco rose to $104,300 last year, a 14 percent jump since 2011. Median income for Asian and Latino households rose to $72,000 and $67,000 respectively.

“But median income for the city’s African-American households fell to a scant $29,500.

“African-Americans make up just 5.5 percent of the city’s population (down from 13.4 percent in 1970), yet, as the Chronicle notes, 28 percent of black households in San Francisco fall under the federal poverty line.”