SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg canceled committee hearings today and ordered senators and their top aides into a day to ethics training. One of three senators in legal trouble is Democrat Leland Yee of San Francisco. Yee was indicted on federal criminal charges involving bribery. Yee also was charged with trying to orchestrate weapons trafficking.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - To cope with drought conditions, the East Bay Municipal Utility District will begin diverting water from the Sacramento River for the first time ever. The Sacramento Bee reports the district begins tapping into the river's Freeport Regional Water Project starting this month. The district has asked the 1.3 million people in Alameda and Contra Costa counties it serves to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10 percent.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A 39-year-old Northern California man linked to a wide-ranging mortgage-lending scheme has been sentenced to 4½ years in prison and ordered to pay over $4 million in restitution. Grivette's company was part of Loomis Wealth Solutions, an umbrella firm prosecutors say was a front for a Ponzi scheme that stole $100 million across several states.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland A's have rejected a deal to play at its ballpark for the foreseeable future, saying the 10-year lease extension offer doesn't meet all their requirements. The Oakland Tribune reports the team's rejection announcement came just an hour after the joint board that runs the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum complex unveiled the extension proposal. The A's have been searching for a new home for five years, complaining that O.co Coliseum is dilapidated and not conducive to baseball.
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