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POSTED August 1, 2012 9:22 p.m.

Tahoe water shuttle starts Friday on north shore

TAHOE CITY (AP) — Visitors to the north shore of Lake Tahoe will have a new option for getting around.

The North Tahoe Water Shuttle launches Friday and will make regular stops at four docking areas — West Shore Cafe, Tahoe City Marina, GarWoods Grill and Pier and the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area.

A 30-foot vessel will be able to carry 12 passengers, the crew and up to eight bicycles.

The service will operate daily from 8 a.m. to 8:19 p.m. through August. 26, and until 6:46 p.m. through the end of September.

Rates begin at $10 for adults and $7 for children up to 12 years old.

The pilot program is sponsored by the Tahoe Transportation District with the help of public and private funding.

SAN BERNARDINO FILES FOR CHAPTER 9 BANKRUPTCY: SAN BERNARDINO  (AP) — San Bernardino officials say they've filed an emergency petition for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in response to the $45.8 million budget shortfall the city faces this year, making official a move the City Council approved last month.

Interim City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller says Wednesday's filing won't affect essential service to the community, and there are no immediate reductions or changes planned.

Travis-Miller says city officials are working on a plan for the city's operational budget during bankruptcy, and once the plan is complete reductions may occur.

Travis-Miller hopes to submit a plan for the City Council's consideration within the next three weeks.

The city of 210,000 people declared a fiscal emergency on July 18.

San Bernardino became the third California city to declare insolvency this year, joining Stockton and Mammoth Lakes.

AUDIT SAYS OAKLAND POLICE SQUANDERED NEARLY $2M: OAKLAND  (AP) — An Oakland city auditor is criticizing the Police Department for squandering nearly $2 million on technology systems that were never used or were underutilized.

But Oakland city leaders dispute the claim and said it misspent about $600, 000 in technology between 2006 and last year.

The audit released Wednesday says that four of the 12 police technology systems examined weren't used and one was underutilized. Additionally, vendors of three of the failed systems later went out of business, leaving the city with no opportunity for a refund.

Auditor Courtney Ruby's report doesn't include the department's unreliable new radio system, which recently failed during President Barack Obama's visit last week.

The audit also faults police with inadequately investigating the technology before purchase, poor record keeping and tracking of the systems after purchase.

TIPPI HEDREN: HITCHCOCK RUINED CAREER, NOT LIFE: BEVERLY HILLS . (AP) — Tippi Hedren said Wednesday she survived working with Alfred Hitchcock, but her career was another matter.

Hedren's experience on the famed British film director's "The Birds" and "Marnie" is dramatized in the new HBO movie, "The Girl."

Hitchcock is portrayed as obsessed with Hedren and vindictive when the actress rejects his advances.

The director "ruined my career, but he didn't ruin my life," Hedren told a meeting of the Television Critics Association. She had to fight to get out of her contract with Hitchcock and lost roles because of it, she said in an interview.

Sienna Miller, who spoke to the Beverly Hills critics' meeting by telephone, plays Hedren and Toby Jones portrays Hitchcock in "The Girl," which debuts Oct. 20 on HBO.

SACRAMENTO STATE LAUNCHING SINGAPORE MBA PROGRAM: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California State University, Sacramento, is launching an MBA program in Singapore this fall.

The university plan is the latest in a growing list of American institutions exporting classrooms to Asia.

The University of Chicago and the City University of New York's Baruch College already have business programs in Singapore.

Sacramento State's Singapore MBA program allows the university to expand its name recognition.

College of Business Administration dean Sanjay Varshney says there's a huge attraction in Asia for getting an American degree.

RAW SEWAGE SPILL CLOSES PART OF KINGS RIVER: REEDLEY  (AP) — People are being advised to stay away from the Kings River in Tulare County after a 63,000-gallon raw sewage spill.

Tulare County Public Health Department spokeswoman Allison Lambert says the untreated sewage spilled into the river from a wastewater treatment plant in neighboring Fresno County on Monday night.

Tulare officials are asking residents not to use the river for recreation, irrigation, fishing or drinking until tests indicate the water is safe. Fresno County has not closed the river.

CONGRESSWOMAN TO ACCEPT ETHICS PUNISHMENT : WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif., improperly compelled her congressional staff to do campaign work and should be reprimanded and fined for violating standards of conduct, the House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday.

The committee said she admitted to all seven counts of violations and agreed to the proposed punishment, which awaits House action.

The committee unanimously adopted the report of its investigative panel, in which investigators detailed the third-term lawmaker's coercion, attempts to alter evidence and efforts to influence the testimony of staff members who would be witnesses.

Adoption of the report by the House would constitute a reprimand. The House also was asked by the committee to impose a $10,000 fine to be paid by Dec. 1.

The committee said it discouraged Richardson from permitting any staff members to work in her campaign. She's in a tough re-election race against fellow Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn. Although Hahn beat Richardson by a 60-39 margin in the primary, the state allows the top two finishers to run against each other in the general election regardless of party affiliation.

 

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