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Connecting the dots: Afternoon edition for Monday, February 6, 2012


About 50 people gathered today on the steps of Oakland’s City Hall for a slightly ironic purpose: to protest against protesters – specifically “Occupy Oakland” protestors. The group of activists is calling themselves “Stand for Oakland.” They say they have come together because they are tired of the vandalism in Oakland caused by the Occupy movement…

State officials have just another week to decide whether California should join a multi-state mortgage settlement with banks to obtain mortgage relief and reforms. Attorney General Kamala Harris has criticized the deal in the past, but says the door remains open…

Mortgage relief could come in handy for tens of thousands Californians who might lose their jobs in a massive cut by the Pentagon. The U.S. Department of Defense plans to reduce its budget for the first time since the 1990s…

Governor Jerry Brown has plans for a ballot measure that would increase income taxes for those earning more than $250,000 per year and also bump up sales taxes. Before he can raise the taxes, he has to raise some money for his cause…

While Governor Brown works on that financial maneuver, a Sausalito infant care center will shut its doors in July as a result of one of his earlier ones – the state budget.  The center has offered subsidized care to low-income working families for more than 30 years, but a loss of funding has forced it to close…

On a more positive note, the Super Bowl shared the spotlight with another sport on Sunday – slacklining. Redwood High School graduate Andy Lewis performed alongside Madonna in the half-time show – and became a local hero in the meantime.

Connecting the dots brings the day’s news together.