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Financial District high-rises being taken over by techies  
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Having long since conquered SoMa and spread into Mid-Market, San Francisco€™s high-octane technology boom is changing the face of another territory: the Financial District. Nondescript office towers that have traditionally provided 9-to-5 shelter to the city€™s bankers, lawyers and insurance executives are increasingly filling up with app developers, coders and social media managers. Since 2010, the amount of space that tech companies occupy in San Francisco towers over 12 stories has jumped from 3.5 million square feet to 7.2 million square feet, according to the commercial real estate brokerage CBRE. Of the eight office buildings under construction in the city, 100 percent of the space has been preleased to technology companies. The tech invasion is accelerating the cultural shift in downtown San Francisco away from a formal suit-and-tie business environment, said Meade Boutwell, senior vice president at CBRE. Deloitte, a large consulting company, became the anchor tenant, and CNA Insurance also leased space. [...] a tech co-working group, WeWork, is negotiating a 100,000-square-foot lease in the building, according to real estate brokers familiar with the negotiations. Instead of adapting to traditional office layouts €” with private offices, drop ceilings and big, formal conference rooms €” tech companies are remaking these spaces. While getting a space near the windows in buildings like 535 Mission St. have always been the payoff for successfully climbing the corporate ladder, Trulia doesn€™t have any private offices. The space designer, Rapt Studio, planned for multiple lounges and libraries on each floor, where workers can huddle or get away from their desks. €œOur employees have shared that they want to be in the city, and having an urban campus that is located close to public transit and local amenities is a key part of our real estate strategy in San Francisco,€ said Ford Fish, senior vice president of real estate for Salesforce. With average office rents up to $65 a square foot, more than double what they were in 2010, typical law firms are scrambling to save money by squeezing into smaller, more efficient spaces.
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Olympic insiders dish on S.F.â  
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Olympic insiders dish on S.F.€™s bid for 2024 Games €œThere€™s a tremendous perception that the Games have been away from the world€™s biggest (financial) market and biggest sports market for far too long,€ said a former IOC staff member. San Francisco€™s quirky politics may make organizers nervous. Joke if you will about the proposed pop-up stadium on what is now a landfill in Brisbane, but there is a case to be made that a temporary facility is a sensible option. The good: IOC members are naturally inclined to the charm and character of San Francisco. The other cities aren€™t only making their cases personally, they already have 2024 Bid Committee websites up and running. The modern model for the Olympic Games is to use the event to revitalize a neighborhood or location that needs help. Ever since Barcelona, virtually every host city has needed a hefty dose of public money, federal or state, to accomplish the revitalization. [...] to really transform an area, government money will be needed. San Francisco already has a public transportation system, with more options to come. [...] as we all know, despite having an extensive subway system, everybody drives in L.A. Probst is chairman of the board of EA Sports, took the Olympic post in 2008 and was elected to a second term in 2012. C€™mon, he€™s our guy. [...] it€™s always better to end on a positive note.
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Bay Area protesters voice anger at Ferguson non-indictment  
Jill Tucker, Vivian Ho, Jaxon Van Derbeken and Kevin Fagan @

Shock and anger at the decision by a grand jury in Missouri not to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man brought demonstrators into the streets Monday night in the Bay Area, marching and chanting slogans against what they considered racial injustice. Civic leaders echoed President Obama€™s call for peaceful demonstrations, but the mood of the crowds gave the gatherings the air of a tinderbox. €œIt€™s a sad time in America when white officers can shoot and kill young black men without consequence, without accountability,€ said Dawn Fortune, a minister with Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fremont, who was among the Oakland demonstrators. At least one person was detained by police as a large group of demonstrators tried to march onto the northbound Interstate 880 on-ramp at Franklin Street. €œWe€™re not surprised €” it€™s been the case time after time after time that the state won€™t prosecute murdering police officers,€ said Frankˆš Lara, one of protesters. Officials said Wilson had stopped Brown because he matched the description of a suspect in a store robbery that had just happened. Anger in Ferguson erupted into days of riots and forceful crackdowns by police, and demonstrations in the Bay Area and the rest of the nation denouncing police brutality quickly followed. Marches in Oakland and Berkeley triggered clashes with police as several protesters vandalized stores and battled officers. Protesters had laid plans for demonstrations in advance of the grand jury€™s decision in Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento and several other cities throughout California.
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may one day end up on the U.S. Supreme Court."

Jerry Brown, whose 1.0 term had the blemish of a three-justice removal by the voters (after he had left office), has now redefined the court again, although in a much different way. He has appointed an Asian-American, a Latino, and an African-American. While I don't have time this morning to survey all the states' highest courts, I'd bet we have the most diverse supreme court in the nation, and the smartest.

The appointment settles the criticism aimed at the governor's office when he appointed Goodwin Liu to fill the position vacated by Carlos Moreno. Both Latino and African-American communities were disappointed at Liu's appointment as neither had seats on the state's highest court, while Asian-Americans gained a majority of the 7 seats. Reportedly, the administration essentially said "wait, we'll have more."

And, Governor Brown delivered. With the next appointment Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, legal scholars are astonished about the team that has been assembled. This is a Super Bowl/World Series/Stanley Cup team on our state's highest court, from various political perspectives.

Assuming Kruger is confirmed as expected by the three-member committee, we have a court with a continued female majority, a Filipino-American chief justice, 3 Asian-Americans, 2 whites, 1 Latino and 1 African-American. Beyond their demographics, I would argue that this is by far the smartest state highest court in the nation.

Goodwin Liu (a Democratic appointee), who had been caught up in the black hole of U.S. Senate confirmation for a Ninth Circuit appointment is known as the workhorse of the court, while chief justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (a Republican appointee) carries the political fight for court funding and tries to unify judiciary divided over statewide versus local determination. 

Frankly, from whateve . . .

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