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Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Monday, February 27, 2012

PG&E insists that its current rates are reasonable despite the fact that the price of natural gas has dropped. Consumer advocates point out that PG&E should pass its savings onto customers and not use it for other sectors of the company budget...

East Menlo Park is concerned about the impact of another corporation – Facebook – as new tenants of the old Sun Microsystems campus. Some of the worries include spikes in traffic, air pollution, and housing prices. Silicon Valley as a whole offers a plethora of high tech job opportunities, but mid-level jobs are usually outsourced overseas, limiting the economic opportunity a company's presence brings to the area's working class...

Then there are some who have jobs but aren’t showing up to do them, like certain City College of San Francisco trustees. They are allowed to collect their monthly stipend, even if they don’t show up to board meetings, a practice that is stalling important decisions...

An Oakland pediatric obesity program is improving patient health by providing healthy foods. In addition to education, the program is creating “grub boxes” containing fresh fruit and veggies for children in low-income families...

High-income earners gathered last night in Los Angeles for the 84th Academy Awards. In San Francisco, some neighborhood independent movie theaters hosted the Oscars, with guests dressing up in celebration. Michelle Williams, eat your heart out.

Connecting the Dots brings the day's news together.

Lisa Ratner is a volunteer reporter for KALW's Crosscurrents. Her favorite topics to cover are Public Transportation, Food Politics, Gender Politics, and Film.