Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Thursday, Dec. 12, and a former Black Panther is celebrating the group’s work on childhood hunger while 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is chasing the records of the likes of Joe Montana and Steve Young. Here’s what you need to know to start your day. Bridge net delay Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge suicide net, a coarse web of steel designed to catch and cradle people who jump, is two years behind schedule — with a completion date now set for 2023. Working in the fog was accounted for and the materials to build it are either here or on their way. So why the delay? Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District officials cite problems with the lead contractor, Shimmick Construction Co., which was acquired by global corporation AECOM two years ago. The sale led to distraction and turnover, slowing many projects down, district General Manager Denis Mulligan tells reporter Rachel Swan. Plus, the company presented an … [Read more...] about Bay Briefing: A life or death delay?
It’s a shame that Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' Pelosi endorses Christy Smith in bid to replace Katie Hill MORE (D-Calif.) dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary. Her mental health plan demonstrated the triumph of science and compassion over political correctness and wishful thinking. If adopted it could improve the quality of life for the seriously mentally ill and the communities in which they live. The remaining candidates and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) should include Harris’s proposals in their 2020 platforms.In spite of the federal government spending $150 billion to address mental health, rising numbers of mentally ill people are going homeless and being incarcerated. This is largely because of a multi-year trend: Parts of the mental health industry convinced legislators to … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris dropped out, but let’s keep her mental health plan alive
close Video Voters weigh in on socialism in new Fox News poll Economist Stephen Moore says people have taken prosperity for granted. Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines introduced a resolution forcefully condemning what he called the "failed experiment" of socialism on Monday, warning that the United States had "two paths to take" -- with one leading to "freedom," and the other, "complete government control, undermining our constitution and our American way of life.” The resolution comes as a new Fox News poll showed 54 percent of voters thought the U.S. moving from capitalism toward socialism would be a "bad thing" -- even as 53 percent of Democratic primary voters said it would be a "good" development. The growing divide is expected to play a pivotal role in the 2020 presidential election. In his prepared remarks introducing the resolution, obtained by Fox News, Daines criticized the Green New Deal and "Medicare-for-all" -- as well as … [Read more...] about Daines introduces resolution condemning socialism, saying ‘pivotal’ moment has arrived
close Video Feral pigs bound for US from Canada pose potential for 'widespread damage' America's northern border has U.S. officials warning of widespread damage potentially posed by feral pigs spotted near the International Boundary between Canada and the United States. The pigs, described as ‘rototillers,’ root for food, wallow in farms, fields and forests, and can decimate terrain. An underreported threat along America's northern border has U.S. officials and local residents warning of widespread damage due to the reckless invaders: Feral hogs from Canada. At least eight pigs have been spotted in Canada, just above the border with Lincoln County, Montana, according to officials. HAVE A FERAL HOG PROBLEM? THERE'S A DRONE FOR THAT Wildlife Services, the Montana Invasive Species Council, the National Feral Swine Program and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department say the pigs could cause significant damage. Wildlife officials say … [Read more...] about Feral hogs headed for US from Canada; wildlife officials warn of widespread damage
Mountain goats are among nature's most amazing athletes. Powerful, nimble and surefooted, they're able to jump 12 feet in a single movement, from a sheer cliff to a winding path below with the acrobatic precision of a gymnast. Unfortunately, these mountaineering marvels are threatened with extinction as the glacial habitat they need to survive melts away, according to a new study. Without the critical "air conditioning" provided by glacial ice and snow in high-altitude alpine regions, mountain goats are more vulnerable to heat stress and hyperthermia, scientists said in a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One on the effects of human-driven climate change on the species. Glacier National Park, where a study took place, has already lost three-fourths of the more than 100 glaciers that existed when the park was established in 1910, and snow patches are also vanishing. Scientists are curious to learn more about how — or if — mountain goats will adapt to a warming … [Read more...] about Climate Change Melts Snow That Mountain Goats Need To Survive