Daily news roundup for Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | KALW

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Oct 13, 2015

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


Twitter lays off 336 employees, 8 percent of workforce // NBC Bay Area

“Twitter is laying off 336 employees, signaling CEO Jack Dorsey's resolve to slash costs while the company struggles to make money. The cutbacks announced Tuesday equate to about 8 percent of Twitter's workforce of 4,100 people.”



California now has strictest limits in U.S. livestock antibiotics // KQED


“Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he signed the legislation. The bill, SB 27, will curb the overuse of antibiotics in livestock, which limits the effectiveness of the medicines in both animals and people and contributes to the spread of dangerous, drug-resistant superbugs.”


“Supporters of the legislation by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, say the antibiotics are fed to mostly healthy animals such as cows, pigs and chickens to make them grow faster and prevent disease in crowded industrial farms.”




Warriors formally purchase Mission Bay site // SF Gate


“'The Warriors are making an unprecedented, $1 billion-plus investment in San Francisco,' president and COO of the Warriors Rick Welts said. 'We’re the only sports team in America doing this all with private funds, on private land, with no public subsidy.'"


“The 18,000-plus seat arena will anchor 12 acres of restaurants, cafes, offices, public plazas and other amenities the neighborhood currently lacks, and will trigger the development of a 5-acre public park on the waterfront.”




Washington post reporter who grew up in Marin convicted in Iran // Oakland Tribune/InsideBayArea


"The contemptible end to this 'judicial process' leaves Iran's senior leaders with an obligation to right this grievous wrong. Jason is a victim -- arrested without cause, held for months in isolation, without access to a lawyer, subjected to physical mistreatment and psychological abuse, and now convicted without basis. He has spent nearly 15 months locked up in Iran's notorious Evin Prison, more than three times as long than any other Western journalists."




Temporary homes for fire victims ready to roll at McClellan park // Sacramento Bee


“About 60 of the mobile homes, called “temporary housing units” by federal authorities, are clustered on the tarmac at McClellan Park, a former Air Force base north of Sacramento, awaiting distribution to those who can’t find rental housing within a reasonable distance of their destroyed homes in Lake and Calaveras counties.”


“Federal Emergency Management Agency officials ask that they not be called “trailers” following the controversy over the travel trailers that housed Hurricane Katrina victims for years in Louisiana. Those units released toxic levels of formaldehyde gas and resulted in a $43 million legal settlement for residents who experienced respiratory ailments and other medical problems.”


“The newer units are different, officials insist. Though still not fancy, they are higher quality, more comfortable and approved as safe by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.”




San Francisco portal project invites unlikely conversation // NBC


“The future of communication has arrived in the Bay Area — and it looks an awful lot like a shipping container. A shipping container someone spray-painted gold."



"The container in question was perched behind a chain-link fence near San Francisco’s Hayes Green, next to other shipping containers that had retired from hauling stuff and were now home to shops selling clothes, coffee and ice cream.”