Connecting the dots: top news stories for November 17

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If the prospect of getting through hump day has you feeling ready to quit, you’re not the only one. LA transportation official Richard Katz resigned from California’s high-speed rail board yesterday…

Maybe he can snag a spot on the Think Long Committee: “homeless billionaire” Nicolas Berggruen, who started the California policy think tank, declared he’s committed to restructuring the state’s government no matter how long it takes…

Speaking of public input, San Francisco supervisors announced that they will open up the mayoral selection process to the public…

And while the city itself is always open to the public, those driving in may soon have to pay for the privilege: The Transportation Authority is considering a $3 toll in and out on all major highways coming in from the Peninsula, even though they don’t involve bridges…

Across the Bay Bridge, Oakland’s hoping to hang onto to its major league baseball team by building a new stadium on the waterfront by Jack London Square…

Also getting attention is an old opera house in San Francisco’s Bayview district, whose original flooring was just discovered intact. Enthusiasts hope that restoring the historic building will revitalize the neighborhood…

Read something here that just makes you want to laugh? You can take care of that urge tonight at the Dark Room. Yes, that’s a local comedian poking fun at the Mission… in the Mission.

Connecting the dots brings together the day's news.