I’m Michelle Olivera, and this is your North Bay Week in Review for November 11th, 2011

Tuesday was Election Day for six Marin County municipalities, but voters didn’t make many big changes. San Rafael chose Gary Phillips to succeed retiring mayor Al Boro, while in Novato, Eric Lucan was the top vote getter, and the most notable newcomer to win a city council seat.

The long-simmering unrest among California State University faculty is heating up. Professors at Sonoma State joined in a system wide wave of informational picketing this week, protesting contract “take-backs,” and a lack of new negotiations. A full-day strike is planned for two east bay campuses next Thursday.

The Santa Rosa City Council set a national precedent Thursday night, agreeing on a 5-2 vote to issue a permit for the Occupy Santa Rosa encampment on the city hall grounds. Individual campers with a permit will be allowed to stay for up to 15 days at a time.

The San Francisco Bay will get wider and deeper by the end of this century, thanks to global climate change. A US Geological analysis predicts that sea level at the Golden Gate will rise by three feet, if steps are taken to halt atmospheric warming, or four feet is nothing is done.

Get your taste buds ready. The commercial Dungeness Crab season opens next Tuesday, and the first catch should reach markets by the next day. Recreational crabbing got an earlier start last Saturday.

That’s all for this Week In Review, I’m Michelle Olivera. See you next week!

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