Friday Must Read: Three-Strikes Reform to Make Ballot; AC Transit Approves Shortened BRT


We’re back with the day’s top stories:

1. Californians likely will have another chance to reform the state’s three-strikes law this November after supporters of a reform measure authored by a group of Stanford University professors gathered far more signatures than needed to qualify for the ballot, the Mercury News reports. The measure would limit life-sentences to only the worst criminals, and would require that a so-called third strike be a violent felony. The measure is patterned after a previous one that lost narrowly at the ballot box, but the new proposition may have a better chance at winning approval because some Republicans are already supporting it, including LA District Attorney Steve Cooley. If passed, the measure could save state taxpayers up to $100 million a year, and would help lessen prison-overcrowding in California.