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Daily news roundup for Tuesday, June 7, 2016

By Flickr user Janne Huttunen / under CC license/ cropped and resized

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

City Preparing to Close Pier 80 Homeless Shelter // SF Weekly

“San Francisco's temporary homeless shelter at Pier 80 just below Dogpatch is set to close July 1, when a two-month extension expires. 

“The Pier 80 shelter opened Feb. 5 at the foot of Cesar Chavez Street near Third Street as an emergency shelter to house homeless people, including denizens of the Tent City that sprung up underneath the US-101 overpass near 13th and Division streets during the run-up to the Super Bowl.”


A San Francisco lawmaker has had enough of the Blue Angels ‘strafing’ his city // Washington Post

“A San Francisco lawmaker has revived a proposal following the crash of a Blue Angels jet last week: It’s time, he said, to ban the renowned Navy squadron from flying over his city.

“John Avalos, a member of the board of supervisors, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the jets are a threat to safety and should not be allowed to fly over occupied areas. Rather, he said, they should be kept over San Francisco Bay, where sea vessels typically congregate for Blue Angels performances.”


Bay Bridge: Oversight committee seeks $2.9 million toll-funds infusion // East Bay Times

“A committee that oversees retrofit work on the Bay Bridge is seeking a $2.9 million infusion from the Bay Area Toll Authority to pay mostly for an investigation into and testing of anchor rods that was completed last year.

“The toll authority is expected to vote Wednesday to allocate the funds, which would bring the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee's fiscal year 2015 initial budget to $24.9 million.”


Outrage growing over judge’s sentencing in Stanford sex assault // SF Gate

“A Santa Clara County judge’s decision to sentence a former Stanford University swimmer to a relatively light six months in jail for the sexual assault of a drunken and unconscious woman at a fraternity party has sparked national outrage and a online campaign to remove him from the bench.

“Victims’ rights advocates have called Judge Aaron Persky’s punishment last week of 20-year-old Brock Allen Turner a slap on the wrist, while becoming further angered over the weekend by a statement from the swimmer’s father, downplaying the attack as ‘20 minutes of action.’”


Amid discrimination backlash, Airbnb says it wants more minorities, women at HQ // East Bay Times

“As controversy swirls around Airbnb over allegations of racial discrimination on its home-sharing platform, the company is looking inward to address another problem all-to common in Silicon Valley -- a lack of diversity in the workplace.

“On Monday the company announced Airbnb Connect, a Bay Area program focused on opening careers in engineering and data science to minorities, women, veterans and other groups underrepresented in the technology sector. Airbnb will select 11 candidates to participate in the six-month program that combines education and paid work at the company's San Francisco headquarters, with the goal of ultimately offering participants full-time jobs.”


Oakland Zoo welcomes 2 litters of warthog piglets// San Jose Mercury News

“The Oakland Zoo welcomed two new litters of baby warthogs last month, and all seven piglets are now on exhibit at the Oakland Zoo.

“The piglets were born on May 6 and May 13 to warthogs Frenchie and Alice. Both sows are first-time moms, according to zoo staff, and are being very protective of their litters.”