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Daily news roundup for Monday, November 2, 2015

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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Oakland awaiting new Raiders stadium plan // Bay Area News Group

"There’s a new proposal from Oakland’s newly hired stadium consultant to help build a $900 million facility for the Raiders that could include creating a special tax district for infrastructure improvements, developing land surrounding the Coliseum site as well as the city potentially issuing tax-exempt bonds."


Battles in San Francisco, but Not in Mayoral Race // The New York Times

"When San Francisco voters go to the polls for municipal elections, their ballots will reflect deep divisions over the city's future. Measures include an initiative to impose a moratorium on new construction in the Mission District, restrictions on short-term rentals, and a proposal for a $310 million bond to create affordable housing. "


Jerry Brown declares emergency for dying trees // The Sacramento Bee

"The ongoing drought and a bark beetle infestation have created what Gov. Jerry Brown is calling “the worst epidemic of tree mortality in modern history.” Brown is seeking federal aid to help remove dead trees from California forests to help reduce the danger of wildfires and erosion.

"The governor is also calling for more controlled burns as well as an exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act for efforts to remove dead or dying trees, which some environmentalists oppose."


Toxic algae bloom threatens Dungeness crab season // SFGATE

"Dungeness crab season is supposed to start on Nov. 7, but fishermen are cooling their heels waiting for the California Department of Public Health to finish running tests in the ocean and crab beds.

"The season may be delayed due to a toxic algae bloom in the Pacific. State officials are testing for the presence of domoic acid, which can cause memory loss and in the worst case scenario even death."



BART makes plans for retail throughout the Bay Area // San Francisco Business Times

"BART commuters will soon be able to shop and run errands—such as dropping off and picking up laundry— with a new service set to debut as early as this week at select Bay Area BART stations.

"SEO Real Estate Partners has partnered with Blinq to combine a mobile app with modular pods located on concourses. The service, part of a larger plan to expand retail at the commuter stations will eventually expand to all 44 BART stations."


Richmond: Just say, “om” –- group brings meditation to classrooms // Contra Costa Times

"Thousands of students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District are taking weekly mediation classes thanks to the Mindful Life Project, which teaches children yoga and meditation to help reduce classroom conflict. 

"The nonprofit says its techniques have helped reduce behavioral problems and student suspensions and that its in-class mindfulness program for K-8 students is the largest in the country. "