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Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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

San Francisco deputies to face charges over alleged inmate fights // SF Chronicle

“Two San Francisco sheriff’s deputies and one former deputy who were accused of forcing city jail inmates to fight each other for entertainment will be charged criminally, The Chronicle has learned.

“District Attorney George Gascón will hold a news conference Tuesday at the Hall of Justice to announce the charges against former Deputy Scott Neu and Deputies Clifford Chiba and Eugene Jones, said sources familiar with the investigation.”


California’s ethics watchdog opposes donor stickers for politicians// Sacramento Bee

“Frustrated about the role of money in politics, a group of California voters is pushing an initiative that would require elected officials to wear NASCAR-like stickers or badges with their top campaign contributors.

“The state’s top political watchdog is not a fan."


Old ruins emerging on SF beach reveal long battle to halt erosion// SF Chronicle

“Like a lot of San Franciscans, Beck Diefenbach, a freelance photojournalist, considers Ocean Beach his front yard. He is out there every day, running or walking his dog.

“About a month ago, Diefenbach and other beachgoers noticed something new on the beach at the end of Taraval Street — the ruins of a mysterious structure of some kind emerging from the sand, like the remnants of a lost city.”


Google gives millions to Bay Area racial justice groups// Silicon Beat

“Google pledged $2 million to Bay Area groups working to eliminate racial disparities in education, and another $1 million to a national racial-justice group. The promised donations, reported in USA Today, follow $2.35 million given by Google’s charity arm last year to Bay Area organizations fighting systemic racism in the criminal justice, prison and education systems.”


With strong enrollment in CleanPowerSF, focus shifts to renewable energy projects // San Francisco Examiner

“San Francisco’s renewable energy program appears to be off to a strong start.

“Of the thousands of customers automatically enrolled in CleanPowerSF, just eight have opted out as of Friday, according to Barbara Hale, assistant general manager of power for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.”


California lawmakers approve revamped health insurance tax// The San Diego Union-Tribune

“California lawmakers approved a tax package Monday that preserves $1.1 billion in federal funding for the state's health care program for the poor and sends about $300 million in funding to provide services for the developmentally disabled.

“The package of three bills approved in the state Senate and Assembly are the outcome of a special legislative session Gov. Jerry Brown called last year to adjust taxes on health insurance plans.”