Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Thursday, April 11, and San Francisco is turning to scientists to plan for worsening weather while a report warns of spiraling utility costs from wildfires. Here’s what you need to know this morning.
High capacity sales
A ban on sales of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds has been a linchpin of California’s efforts to prevent mass shootings for nearly 20 years. But a ruling by a San Diego judge opened a brief window in which high-capacity magazines were legal to buy in the state — before the ruling was put on hold pending an appeal.
The run on high-capacity magazines from March 29 to April 5 — so fervid that online traffic from gun enthusiasts around the state crashed at least one retail website — was hailed as “Freedom Week” by the California Rifle and Pistol Association and criticized as an alarming safety breach by gun-control advocates.
Reporter Matthias Gafni looks into how many ammunition magazines may have been sold in the one-week window and why the people who benefited the most may have been from outside California.
Plan for the worst, fight for the best
As Bay Area storms become super-charged in an era of climate change, San Francisco wants to know how much worse the weather might get, and it’s turning to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for answers.
The lab has started modeling Pacific storms so city officials can address San Francisco’s unique vulnerability at the edge of the continent and help the city decide where to direct millions of dollars for infrastructure and adaptation, Kurtis Alexander reports.
If California wildfires continue their destructive trend of the past two years, electricity rates could skyrocket 50% and threaten the state’s ability to execute some of its top clean energy initiatives, according to a new economic analysis prepared for the governor. PG&E customers could see their bills double in one year.
The memo is one of the most specific and alarming estimates yet of how the state’s worsening wildfire crisis could impact the wallets of millions of utility customers. Read more from reporter J.D. Morris.
The recap throne
“Game of Thrones” changed Oakland writer Joanna Robinson’s life.
She’s been described as “one of the more prominent, engaging and prolific ‘Thrones’ recappers on the internet.” She’s also hosted three podcasts on the subject and profiled Emilia Clarke, one of the show’s leads, for the cover of Vanity Fair.
Now “Game of Thrones” is ending — its final season premieres Sunday, April 14 — and Robinson is … relieved. She’ll get her Sundays back — and a chance to consider the show in its totality.
“I want us to have a conversation, and I want there to be room for — not just explainer culture around the show, but actual, thoughtful discussion of what this show means and what it has meant,” Robinson tells writer Ryan Kost.
Not the first trouble
Federal prosecutors charged a former insurance claims investigator at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in Oakland with fraud after he allegedly embezzled more than $7 million from the health care giant over more than a decade.
The charge is just the latest trouble for Michael Quinn, who has a history of criminal convictions that started when he falsified evidence in court while in the police academy in the 1990s.
Around the Bay
• Future’s bright?: ‘Solar Bill of Rights’ for residents advances in the California Legislature.
• Evicted from the board: San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s recent decision to replace a longtime member of the city’s Rent Board is causing concern among tenant advocacy groups.
• Pencil you in: Date night. Spin class. Happy hour. Is the Bay Area ruled by the calendar invite?
• Steel on steel: The good news: Repairs at the Transbay Transit center are ahead of schedule. The no-news: No one will confirm an opening date.
• Walk to Work Day: 24 seconds in the life of the mayor and her entourage.
• Career change-ish: The chefs who quit their restaurants jobs — to become fishmongers.
This was the pink slip heard ’round the world.
The Chronicle’s front page from April 11, 1951, announced Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s removal from his Far East command in Tokyo: “Truman ousts him from all jobs.”
The general was immensely popular, but his pro-war, anti-Communist stance in Asia was in conflict with the president’s Europe-first approach.
But the firing backfired on Truman. MacArthur returned to San Francisco a hero, and Truman saw his approval numbers drop — and decided against running for re-election.
See more historic front pages at our Chronicle Covers page.
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