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Garcetti Kowtows to Teachers' Union Over Tenure

According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, seeing the error of his ways, reversed himself on Saturday, suddenly deciding that the teachers’ unions needed his support after he had hailed last month’s decision in Vergara vs. California, in which teachers’ tenure was found to violate the equal education rights of California children from impoverished or minority families. Jul 13, 2014 9:25 AM PT

Rockies Owner's Rocky Relationship with Fans

Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort seems to be having some trouble communicating with disgruntled fans unhappy with the team’s performance, even insinuating that the team might move. Jul 12, 2014 5:30 AM PT

'Hot Cop of Castro' in SF's Gay Castro District Distracted by Crowds of Admirers

KPIX reports that Chris Kohrs, the “Hot Cop” in San Francisco’s Castro District, is now the focus of a Facebook page with more than 30,000 followers. A snapshot of Kohrs posted online was shared repeatedly, triggering a fan to create a Facebook page titled “Officer Chris Kohrs, aka Hot Cop Of Castro.” Kohrs had been a biotechnician at Genentech before joining the police force. He attended UCLA. Jul 11, 2014 7:26 PM PT

Gov. Mike Pence Won't Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in Indiana

Indiana Governor Mike Pence told state agencies not to recognize any of the hundreds of same-sex marriages made in June in Indiana. A federal judge struck down Indiana’s gay marriage ban on June 25, but the state appealed the decision, and an appellate court issued a stay. Jul 11, 2014 11:34 AM PT

Pillowcase Rapist Released Despite Local Protests

Furious protesters met Christopher Hubbart, the “pillowcase rapist,” as he was released to his new home in Palmdale. He has raped dozens of women, including at least 15 in the Bay Area. Jul 10, 2014 12:22 PM PT

DKNY Launching 'Ramadan' Themed Fashion Line

DKNY, which just launched a new website targeted at the Middle East, has decided it wants to expand its base of consumers with a new line just for Muslims. The line's theme is Ramadan. Jul 10, 2014 11:17 AM PT

San Francisco Giants May Ban Native American Dress at Games

The San Francisco Giants are considering a ban on fans wearing certain types of clothing because some fans passed around a Native American headdress at a game, USA Today reports. The Giants are responding to an incident at AT&T Park in which a Caucasian fan wore the headdress at Native American Heritage Night. After it was passed around by fans, two Native Americans told the group that it was disrespectful, then asked to hold it and would not return it. Jul 10, 2014 9:32 AM PT

Masahiro Tanaka Placed on Disabled List

New York Yankees All-Star righty Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday because of what the Yankees called "right elbow inflammation." Jul 10, 2014 7:43 AM PT

Overpaid Centinela Valley Superintendent Fired

The Centinela Union Valley school board voted unanimously on July 9 to start termination proceedings against Centinela Union Valley high school superintendent Jose Fernandez, who made 663,000 last year. Jul 9, 2014 2:37 PM PT

Oakland A's Could Move to San Antonio or Montreal

Oakland City Councilman Larry Reid is backing the Oakland A’s in their attempt to secure a 10-year lease extension at the Coliseum, and he is warning that the A’s may bolt and leave for Montreal or San Antonio, Texas if the extension doesn’t go through, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Jul 9, 2014 6:11 AM PT

Study: California Horrible for Small Businesses

According to a survey by Thumbtack, a website that matches customers to businesses, and the Kauffman Foundation, a think tank, California has been rated one of the least friendly states in the U.S. for small businesses. The study was based on data gleaned from over 12,000 small business owners across the nation. Jul 8, 2014 6:13 PM PT

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