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West Coast Politics and Finance Reporter — Bloomberg News

Reporter, West Coast politics and finance, Bloomberg News

California Would Need Five More Deluges to Ease Record Drought — The slow-moving storm drenching northern California is causing flooding and power outages, yet winter would need to bring at least five more storms of this magnitude to the mountains for meteorologists to declare an end to the drought.

Berkeley Crowds Join Protests Over Police Killings of Black Men — More than 300 protesters roamed the streets of Berkeley, California, for a third night, closing a train track and an Interstate and chanting "we want justice" as they joined international calls for attention to the killing of black men by white police officers.

Protests Set for Royal New York Trip After California Violence — Demonstrators seeking to bring attention to the killing of black men by white police officers are planning disruptions tonight during a visit to New York by Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton.

Protesters Vandalize Berkeley Stores, Close Oakland Freeway — Violent protests erupted in Berkeley, California, over the killing of black men by white police officers in Missouri and New York, with demonstrators smashing store windows, hurling rocks at officers and closing a freeway. About 100 protesters marched from Berkeley to Oakland after 9 p.m.

San Francisco Debates Eminent Domain for Mortgages: Muni Credit — San Francisco may become the biggest U.S. city to use its development powers to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, partnering with another California community whose own plan has come under fire from investors. The proposal from a member of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors would use eminent domain to take over loans on property with a market value below the mortgage amount.

San Francisco Pension Board Defers Vote on Hedge Fund Allocation — The board of the San Francisco Employees' Retirement System deferred a decision on adding hedge funds to its asset allocation and instead asked its staff to continue to study the idea, including whether it should be dropped from consideration. The board voted unanimously today to postpone the issue and seek a more detailed analysis for a February meeting.

San Francisco Pension Weighs Smaller Investment in Hedge Funds — The president of the San Francisco Employees' Retirement System board has asked advisers to look at a hedge fund investment of zero or 3 percent, less than the 15 percent proposed by the pension's staff. The board will meet today in San Francisco to consider the proposals, which are part of a broader effort to recalibrate the fund's asset allocation.

California Lawmakers Propose Banning Golden Gate Bridge Fee — California lawmakers proposed legislation to bar a pedestrian or bicycle fee on San Francisco 's Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District's board voted last month to study charging a fee to help close a projected five-year, $33 million deficit.

West Coast Shippers Accuse Dockworkers of Slowing Talks — West Coast shippers embroiled in contract negotiations with dockworkers accused the longshoremen of delaying "big table" talks, while the union said smaller-group discussions are still productive. Bargaining through Dec. 1 will be confined to subcommittees "discussing limited issues," as officials of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union take a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, said the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents management.

University of California Approves 28% Increase in Tuition — University of California regents are poised to approve a 28 percent tuition increase over the objections of Governor Jerry Brown and as many as 400 protesters who stormed metal barricades and broke glass outside a meeting in San Francisco.
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Dec 16, 2014

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