North Bay Week in Review 12/9/11

I’m Michelle Olivera, and this is your North Bay Week in Review for December 9th, 2011

Hundreds of customers at more than 20 Lucky supermarkets around the bay area have been victimized by a high tech crime operation that pirated their account information from the stores’ self-checkout scanning machines. The total losses and number of breached accounts is still being added up. Stores in Petaluma and Novato were among the locations that were targeted.

Chinook salmon are spawning in the Russian River in notably greater numbers this winter. Counts from the Sonoma County Water Agency’s fish ladder in Healdsburg have already counted more fish than in any of the past five years, all of them returning to Dry Creek and its tributaries. Improved food supplies in the open ocean are one factor in the higher numbers of returning Chinook. The annual count began last August, and continues through December 21st.

Calistoga’s rent stabilization ordinance is under fire from the owners of a local mobile home park. They have filed lawsuits in both Napa county and federal courts seeking a bitterly contested a rent increase for the 184 lots at the Rancho de Calistoga Mobile Home Park. The suits also demand that the ordinance be struck down as an illegal government “taking” of private property without compensation. Courts are not expected to hear the cases until well into next year, at the earliest.

Occupy Wall Street got a rare endorsement from the Sebastopol city council this week. The resolution, passed on a 4-0 vote, recognizes the underlying economic inequities that have fueled the movement. Occupy Sebastopol held a confrontation-free encampment in the city’s central plaza for three weeks, subsequently downsized to an information tent that remains there with the city’s permission.

North Bay commuters got an early Christmas present from Caltrans. The highway agency opened new carpool lanes between Petaluma Blvd North and Rohnert Park Expressway, expanding that 7 mile stretch of Highway 101 to three lanes in each direction. Final cosmetic work on the $82 million project will get wrapped up next summer.

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

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