Oakland School Officials Release List Of Schools To Close
Oakland school officials released a list of five schools slated for closure Saturday and say the move could save more than $2 million, money that can be put toward improving other district schools.
District Superintendent Tony Smith is proposing to close five elementary schools in 2012: Lakeview, Lazear, Marshall, Maxwell park and Santa Fe. Another eight school programs would be redesigned, according to the proposal, two - Burckhalter and Kaiser -- would be expanded and one middle school would see its grades reconfigured.
The school closures would affect more than 900 students.
A district staff report says that the district operates far more schools than other districts. Long Beach Unified School District, for example, operates 89 schools for 86,000 students, Sacramento Unified School District operates 85 schools for 48,000 students, and San Jose Unified School District operates 52 schools for 32,000 students.
Oakland, meanwhile, operates 101 schools for 38,440 students. Nineteen of those schools have fewer than 200 students and 24 of them have between 200 and 299 students.
The recommendations will be presented at a meeting Tuesday, but is not scheduled to make a final decision until Oct. 26.
Hundreds Gather To Honor The Life Of Cindy Nguyen
Among the hundreds of people gathered to commemorate the life of slain popular radio show host Cindy Nguyen at The Plant shopping center in San Jose on Friday night, there were tears and questions, but, more than that, there were smiles and lots of happy memories shared.
The Plant is where the 60-year-old Campbell woman was abducted last Friday after her car battery died. She had called a colleague and told her she needed help jump-starting the battery, but then had called back to say a man had come by to help her.
She wasn't seen again until the following morning, when officers found her body in a home in the 500 block of North 12th Street, a home that police say her killer has ties to.
One week after that tragic day, the shopping center was illuminated by hundreds of white candles held by friends, family, and strangers alike who gathered to pay their respects. City and police officials were also on hand for the vigil.
Paul Castillo, a 33-year-old parolee from San Jose with a violent criminal history, is suspected of kidnapping and killing Nguyen as part of a crime spree that began at a Chevron gas station in San Jose on the morning of Sept. 16 and ended Sunday night outside of a Little Caesars restaurant in West Sacramento. He is being held without bail at Santa Clara County Jail.
Prosecutors have charged him with eight felony counts, including murder and kidnapping during a carjacking, which could make him a candidate for the death penalty.
Castillo is scheduled for a court hearing on Oct. 5.
Nguyen's funeral is scheduled to take place on Monday at the Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park on Curtner Avenue.
Bicyclist Killed In Oakland Hills Collision With Vehicle
A bicyclist was killed in a collision with a vehicle Saturday morning while riding on a road in the Oakland Hills, police said.
Police responded to Claremont Avenue and Grizzly Peak Boulevard at about 11:30 a.m. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, Oakland police said.
Oakland Fire personnel, East Bay Regional Park District police and the California Highway Patrol also responded to the scene.
The road was closed for several hours, police said.
Delays On U.S. Highway 101 Due To Construction
Motorists traveling through the South Bay on Sunday morning should plan ahead to avoid delays when a section of U.S. Highway 101 is temporarily closed during construction work.
Three 10-minute closures will occur between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Highway 101 in both directions near Mountain View's Rengstorff Avenue exit, according to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
The closures will allow preliminary work to proceed as part of the freeway's auxiliary lanes project, which aims to improve traffic congestion by adding auxiliary lanes and extending existing some high-occupancy lanes along Highway 101 between state Highway 85 and the Embarcadero Road interchange in Palo Alto.
During the closures, existing utility lines will be relocated, weather permitting, according to the VTA.
The VTA is responsible for congestion management issues in the county, as well as for bus, light rail and paratransit operations.
Man Killed In West Oakland Shooting
A 19-year-old man was killed in a shooting just before noon Saturday in West Oakland, police said.
Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 3200 block of Hannah Street in Oakland's Clawson neighborhood at 11:55 a.m. The man was the only victim, police said.
No one was in custody as of Saturday afternoon, and the shooting remained under investigation, police said.
Milpitas Police Arrest Registered Sex Offender
Milpitas police arrested a registered sex offender who was wanted for a parole violation Thursday night, police said.
Officers responded to the Save Mart Shopping Center in the 200 block of West Calaveras Boulevard on reports of a man who was panhandling and harassing customers, according to police.
Responding officers identified 39-year-old transient Marcos Moralez and after a record check they determined that he was wanted by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for a parole violation, police said.
Moralez was booked into Santa Clara County Jail.
San Mateo County Rear-End Collision Left One Man Critically Injured
A rear-end collision in San Mateo County Thursday has left one man critically injured, according to California Highway Patrol.
The crash happened shortly after 8 p.m., just north of the intersection with Alpine Road on Interstate Highway 280, when Daniel Strickland, 27, of San Jose hit a deer in his Grey Volkswagen.
Strickland stopped in the road and stayed there for about a minute before his car was hit from behind by a red Audi driven by Christopher Libre, 49, of Mountain View.
The rear of Strickland's car was crushed, and Strickland suffered major head trauma in the collision. He was transported to Stanford Hospital where he was in critical condition as of Friday evening.
California Highway Patrol officers are investigating the collision and whether drugs or alcohol were a factor.
Inclement Weather Prevents Bay Area Scientists From Collecting Data
For the first time in more than two decades, inclement weather prevented Bay Area scientists from collecting data used to assess the vulnerability of an endangered species -- the California sea otter.
The U.S. Geological Survey typically leads a team of scientists and volunteers in conducting the population survey, which has been an annual event since the 1980s, according to the USGS.
That data is in turn used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to gauge the species' population recovery progress and whether the California sea otter can be removed from the endangered species list.
Although the team was able to conduct shore-based observations using telescopes, heavy fog, poor visibility and strong winds throughout this past spring and summer prevented completion of aerial observations, according to Tim Tinker, the chief scientist for the annual survey.
Both measurements are crucial, so a reliable total count for this year was not possible, Tinker said.
The partial data, however, can still be helpful in tallying next year's population.
The survey is conducted in May and June along the entire coast between San Mateo County and Ventura County. Because of limited coastal access, only about half of that stretch can be counted using shore-based techniques.
Last year, the California sea otter population index was 2,711, representing a decline for two consecutive years. The population would need to exceed 3,090 for three years in a row for the marine mammal to be considered recovered, according to a threshold set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.
Hillsborough Construction Site Burglary
After a recent construction site burglary in Hillsborough in which the thieves made off with numerous tools, authorities are encouraging contractors to store equipment securely.
The burglary in the 100 block of Bridge Road, which is in eastern Hillsborough, was reported Friday. Police said the burglary occurred sometime between 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. Friday.
The suspects forced open two oversized toolboxes and removed numerous tools, police said.
Contractors are advised to store equipment off-site to reduce the risk of theft.
Santa Cruz County Government Website Hacked
Two men were indicted for hacking charges Thursday related to a 2010 attack on a Santa Cruz County government web site, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
Christopher Doyon, 47, of Mountain View and Joshua John Covelli, 26, of Fairborn, Ohio, were charged with damaging a protected computer for allegedly participating in a distributed denial of service attack that brought down Santa Cruz County's website in December, 2010.
The attack was allegedly in retaliation for arrests in a long-running protest against restrictions on sleeping outside in the city of Santa Cruz. During that demonstration, which ran from July 4, 2010 into October, protesters camped outside the Santa Cruz County Courthouse leading to multiple arrests and citations.
Following the disbandment of the protest by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department, activists with the "People's Liberation Front" allegedly organized a distributed denial of service attack, which involves multiple systems attacking a computer server, and may be accomplished through the use of back-door programs unknowingly run by other users.
The attack successfully shut down the Santa Cruz County web site on Dec. 16, 2010, according to the indictment.
Covelli has also been indicted for allegedly participating in another similar attack on PayPal in the same month.
Both defendants could face up to ten years in prison if found guilty, and a maximum fine of $250,000. Covelli's next court appearance for is scheduled for Nov. 1, while Doyon is next ordered to appear on Sept. 29.
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee Announes Oakland-Based Public Health Institute Funding
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee announced Friday that the Oakland-based Public Health Institute will receive $209.5 million in "cooperative agreement" funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The award, nearly twice as large as previous USAID agreements, will go to support the Public Health Institute's role in the Global Health Fellows Program.
The Global Health Fellows Program recruits and trains health professionals for placement in Washington, D.C. and abroad to strengthen USAID's public health outreach.
Hayward Family Injured In Fatal Los Angeles Crash
A Hayward family was injured in Los Angeles Saturday in a fatal crash after the suspect in a high-speed chase slammed into the family's car near the California State University at Los Angeles campus, the California Highway Patrol said.
The chase, which reached speeds in excess of 100 mph, began shortly after 1 a.m. after a CHP unit attempted to stop a 1997 Honda Accord for a speed violation on Interstate Highway 10 -- also known as the San Bernadino Freeway -- east of Del Mar Avenue.
The pursuit continued on surface streets after the Accord's driver abruptly exited the freeway at South Freemont Avenue before turning west onto West Hellman Avenue, which turns into Paseo Rancho Castilla at the northern edge of the university's campus.
The family of three -- a man, 53, and two women, 49 and 20 -- were in a 2006 Dodge Charger that was stopped at a stop sign at Paseo Rancho Castilla and Mariondale Avenue, preparing to turn right into the university parking lot.
As the Accord barreled west on Paseo Rancho Castilla, it failed to navigate the road's curves, slamming head-on into the front of the Charger before hitting a bus stop and coming to a stop on the sidewalk.
The suspect in the pursuit exited the Accord, and he immediately collapsed on the lawn in front of the bus stop, the CHP said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles City Fire Department personnel.
All three people inside the Charger, which had been pushed approximately 125 feet from the intersection, sustained injuries ranging from minor to major, and they were transported to the Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center.
Oakland Man In Stable Condition After Pittsburg Shooting
An Oakland man is in stable condition after he was shot Friday evening in Pittsburg behind a medical center, a police lieutenant said.
The 29-year-old victim was shot once in the chest near 2311 E. Leland Road, close to the Pittsburg Health Center, at about 6:20 p.m., Lt. Ron Raman said.
The victim was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he is in stable condition, Raman said.
Shortly before the shooting, the victim had been involved in a confrontation with at least one person.
"This was definitely not a random act," Raman said.
Pleasanton Gas Station Robbed At Gunpoint
A Pleasanton gas station was robbed at gunpoint Friday evening, and the thief made off with cash and cigarettes, Pleasanton police said.
Police were called to the station at 4191 First St. at 8:10 p.m. The clerk at the Union 76 gas station said that the robber entered the store and showed the clerk a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash.
The robber fled towards Vineyard Avenue, and police checked the area but did not locate any suspects.
Police are searching for a light-skinned male in his early 20s, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds. He was wearing a dark-colored long-sleeve shirt under a white T-shirt, dark-colored basketball-style shorts with white stripes down the side, black shoes and a black beanie.
He obscured his face with a black bandana and carried a gray pinstriped backpack, police said.
San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast
There will be cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain in the morning, and there is a chance of rain in the afternoon in the Bay Area today, with highs in the lower 60s.
Mostly cloudy skies are anticipated this evening and lows are expected to be in the mid 50s.
Monday is expected to be cloudy in the morning before becoming sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s are expected.
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