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POSTED October 19, 2012 11:32 p.m.

• SF PLANNERS OK PLANS FOR  CITY’S TALLEST BUILDING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco planners have approved plans to build what will become the city’s tallest building.

Thursday’s decision by the Planning Commission clears the way for funding and construction of the 61-story Transbay Tower.

Planners say the 1,070-foot-tall building at 101 First Street will become the centerpiece of the downtown skyline. It will be 217 feet taller than the 853-foot-tall Transamerica Pyramid.

The new office tower will be part of the planned Transit Center District that will include commercial high-rises, residential buildings, hotels and retail space, as well as bus and train lines.



• PORT SUSPENDS 2ND OFFICIAL OVER STRIP CLUB EXPENSE
: OAKLAND . (AP) — A second Port of Oakland official has been suspended in connection with a $4,500 strip club expense.

Acting director Deborah Ale Flint announced Friday that she was immediately placing maritime director James Kwon on paid leave. She also ordered him to return from a business trip in China.

Kwon was reimbursed $4,500 for an outing at Treasures, a Houston strip club, while entertaining about a dozen shipping industry executives in 2008. A receipt submitted said the gathering was held at D. Houston Inc., the name of the strip club’s parent company, and that it was a dinner for 12.



• JUDGE: FBI TO PAY SCRIBE’S LEGAL FEES OF $470,000
: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the FBI to pay a journalist’s legal fees of $470,000 after a years-long legal battle for the release of agency documents.

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen ruled Wednesday that reporter Seth Rosenfeld was entitled to the fees because he had to file two lawsuits starting in 1990 for documents the FBI should have turned over when he filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act. The FBI finally ultimately turned over the documents related to the FBI’s covert operations connection to the 1960s protest movement at the University of California, Berkeley.



• DOGGIE DAYCARE OPERATOR JAILED FOR ABUSING PUPPIES
: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco doggie daycare operator has been convicted of abusing four puppies.

Prosecutors say 36-year-old Abraham Taylor was sentenced to 60 days in jail on Thursday after he was found guilty of four counts of animal cruelty.

Taylor operated a dog daycare and walking business.

An anonymous caller told animal control officers that dogs were being mistreated on Taylor’s property and they found four emaciated and sick puppies when they went to the Bayview District address.

Authorities say the year-old Weimaraner and retriever breed dogs had sores and were malnourished and covered in feces.

The dogs have recovered.

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