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POSTED September 13, 2012 8:13 p.m.

Officers scolded for photo of mayor's ticket

SAN JOSE,   (AP) — A police chief has scolded his officers for the Internet posting of a photograph of a traffic citation given to San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.

Chief Chris Moore said Wednesday he's launching an internal investigation into who in his department leaked a photograph.

Reed was driving his blue Toyota Prius to City Hall when he was pulled over for allegedly failing to signal a turn.

A short time later, an officer took a photo of the citation and it was posted on a social media website.

In a department memo, Moore issued a stern warning to officers that such conduct violates department policy.

Reed has been at odds with the San Jose Police Officers' Association and other unions for a June ballot measure to pare city worker pensions. Voters overwhelmingly approved the measure and the officers' union is suing to block its provisions.

2 ordered to stand trial on Caltrain theft charges

REDWOOD CITY  (AP) — Two transit repairmen accused of stealing more than $40,000 from Caltrain ticket machines have been ordered to stand trial on embezzlement and grand theft charges.

A judge ruled at the close of a preliminary hearing on Wednesday that there was sufficient evidence for the case against 60-year-old Orvilla Taylor and 53-year-old Herbert Todd to proceed to trial.

Authorities say the San Mateo County Transit District employees stole the money on 12 separate occasions in 2010 from broken ticket machines they had brought in to repair.

CPUC: SF's aging gas pipelines pose clear danger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California utility regulators say some of San Francisco's old, cast iron gas pipelines are in urgent need of being replaced.

The California Public Utilities Commission's top attorney Frank Lindh says 43 miles of cast iron pipes running beneath the city pose a "clear and present danger".

Public awareness of potential problems with aging pipelines has grown since the deadly explosion in San Bruno in 2010.

Lindh said in a letter to San Francisco's city attorney Dennis Herrera that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. wants to replace the iron pipes. Lindh says the city's Department of Public Works won't let the utility finish the project because of a street paving ordinance.

Court upholds traffic court commissioner firing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the firing of a California traffic court commissioner who claimed she was a victim of retaliation for running against an incumbent judge.

Former Contra Costa County employee Denise Schmidt lost her job in 2004 when Superior Court judges changed the qualifications for commissioners.

But Schmidt claimed in a lawsuit against the county and its judges that she was being punished for running against Superior Court Judge John Sugiyama months earlier.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said in a ruling on Monday that the court's action was suspicious but noted those actions were legally irrelevant because the acted within their authority.

 

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