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Woman Struck By Glass Shards When Man Shoots Into Car In Ingleside

A woman was cut by shards of glass when someone shot at her car in San Francisco's Ingleside neighborhood on Wednesday night, police said.

The shooting was reported at 9:28 p.m. near the intersection of Plymouth and Lakeview avenues.

The 41-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man were driving when a man on the sidewalk fired several shots into the car, according to police.

The shooting broke at least one of the car's windows, and the woman suffered cuts to her arms from the broken glass, police said. No other injuries were reported.

After driving to the Police Department's Ingleside Station to report the shooting, she was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for her injuries, which are not life-threatening, police said.

The suspect, described as a man in his 20s, ran away after the shooting and had not been found as of this morning.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

 

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Woman Fends Off Kidnapper During Morning Jog

A woman thwarted a kidnapping attempt in South San Francisco on Saturday when she fended off the attacker and kicked him to the ground, police said.

The woman was jogging north on Centennial Way, just north of South Spruce Avenue, at around 7:30 a.m. when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her by the waist, police said.

He said "You are coming with me," in Spanish, according to police, but the woman broke away from his grip, turned toward him and kicked him to the ground.

When he fell, she noticed a small utility knife in his hand, police said. She ran north and escaped without injury.

When she reported the incident to police on Wednesday, the woman described the suspect as a Hispanic man in his late 30s with a heavy build, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall with dark, slicked-back hair, brown eyes and large, round cheeks. He was wearing a black sweatshirt, black crew pants and black shoes.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Thursday News Roundup

Congressional Subcommittee Alleged That Obama Administration Rushed $535 Million Loan Decision

The head of a congressional subcommittee alleged Wednesday that that the Obama administration rushed a decision on a $535 million loan guarantee to Fremont-based solar panel maker Solyndra because they wanted to announce it at a groundbreaking ceremony two years ago.

At a hearing in Washington, D.C., Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on oversight and investigations, said, "Solyndra was the first loan guarantee issued by the Obama administration using stimulus dollars and administration officials held out the glowing example of how stimulus dollars were creating jobs."

But, Stearns said, "Now 1,100 Solyndra workers are out of work, the firm is bankrupt and raided by the FBI and taxpayers are likely out of $535 million."

Solyndra announced on Aug. 31 that it is filing for bankruptcy and abruptly laid off its employees and ceased operations.    

The FBI raided the company's office last week but has not disclosed the reason for its action.

Stearns said emails obtained by his subcommittee show that White House officials pressured budget officials to make a decision on Solyndra's loan guarantee because they were anxious to have Vice President Joe Biden announce the guarantee at a groundbreaking ceremony at the company on Sept. 4, 2009.

But White House spokesman Jay Carney attributed the rush to scheduling decisions.

At a briefing with reporters Wednesday, Carney said, "What the emails made clear is that there was an urgency to make a decision about a scheduling matter."    

Brian Harrison, Solyndra's president and chief executive officer, and W.G. "Bill" Stover Jr., its senior vice president and chief financial officer, are expected to appear before the subcommittee next week. 

Father And Daugther Accused Of Real Estate Scam On Excelsior District Widow

A father and daughter are accused of bilking a widow in San Francisco's Excelsior District out of more than $100,000 in a real estate scam that another family member is also accused of in a separate case, District Attorney George Gascon said Wednesday.

Carlos Parada, 49, and his 26-year-old daughter Karla Parada are accused of tricking a 71-year-old woman who was trying to sell her Lisbon Street home in 2006 to pay for costs related to her husband's recent death.    

When the home went into escrow, Carlos, a licensed real estate agent, inserted false loans that resulted in nearly $100,000 being transferred from the woman to Karla, prosecutor Sandip Patel said.    

The woman also invested about $65,000 with Carlos, who offered a return of 17 percent on her investment but then absconded with the money, Patel said.

Carlos was recently arrested while Karla, an Antioch resident, remains outstanding. A third suspect who allegedly facilitated the transfer of the loan, 27-year-old Hayward resident Geovanny Avendano, was also arrested and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

The case was uncovered after Edwin Parada, Carlos' brother, was arrested in 2008 for similar crimes, Gascon said.    

Edwin is awaiting trial on charges that he scammed about $1.2 million off of more than 30 people looking to buy, sell or refinance homes in San Francisco, according to Gascon.    

Publicity around Edwin's case led to the discovery of the 71-year-old victim, who reported the alleged crime to authorities.    

Carlos Parada, who has been charged with several counts including grand theft, elder abuse and money laundering, is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on the charges on Sept. 26.

Ase And Money Laundering Preliminary Hearing On Sept. 26

Ase and money laundering, is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on the charges on Sept. 26.

Novato Teen Allegedly Driving Under The Influence Arrested Wednesday

A Novato teen who was allegedly driving under the influence was arrested Wednesday after he crashed a car into a deli in San Rafael, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A CHP officer received a "be on the lookout" alert from dispatch regarding a reckless, and possibly impaired, driver Wednesday afternoon.

The officer spotted the vehicle, a beige 1999 Honda Accord, at around 1 p.m. on U.S. Highway 101 north of Freitas Parkway, CHP officials said.

The Honda exited the highway at Lincoln Avenue and the officer initiated a traffic stop. The driver sped away southbound on Lincoln Avenue, according to the CHP.

Within a half a mile, the driver turned to the left and skidded through the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Linden Lane, crashing into the corner of the Famous Market and Deli at 1492 Lincoln Ave., CHP officials said.

The CHP said after the crash the driver attempted to run away and the officer detained him and put him in the patrol car.    

The officer asked a citizen to watch the 17-year-old suspect as he went inside the market to see if anyone had been injured in the crash.    

While the officer was inside the market attending to the victims, the suspect allegedly attempted to run away again, CHP officials said.

The person who was watching the teen ran inside to tell the officer, who apprehended the teen for a second time, according to the CHP.    

The suspect was taken to Marin General Hospital for a medical evaluation before he was arrested on suspicion of evading an officer, driving under the influence, possession of a stolen vehicle, and driving without a license.

US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson Visited San Francisco Recycling Facility

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson visited a recycling facility in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon as part of a tour to promote President Obama's jobs plan and federal efforts to promote sustainability.

Jackson visited Recology's Recycle Central station at Pier 96 following Obama's speech last week on his plan to create more jobs.    

The recycling facility, one of three in San Francisco, handles 700 tons of mixed recycling materials each day, Recology spokesman Robert Reed said.

Reed said more than 300 cities and universities around the country have replicated the company's compost collection program.    

Green jobs have been in the news recently with Fremont solar manufacturer Solyndra declaring bankruptcy on Aug. 31 and Obama ordering the EPA on Sept. 2 to halt a new regulation that would restrict the production of ozone.

As part of a two-day tour in San Francisco, Jackson also planned  to visit Project Open Hand, a nonprofit that works with HIV/AIDS patients, seniors and the homebound critically ill and has extensive solar panels installed on the roof of its Polk Street headquarters.

Burlingame Defense Attorney For Man Who Killed Friend In Drunken Driving Crash Claims Blood Alcohol Test Mishandled

The defense attorney for a Burlingame man who killed his friend in a drunken driving crash in 2009 told jurors that a blood alcohol test taken from the injured defendant just hours after the accident was mishandled and flawed.

Geoff Carr made the allegation in his opening statement at the retrial of Bruce Alan Walker, Jr., 38, who is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the crash that killed his best friend and passenger on El Camino Real on April 11, 2009.

Walker was driving from dinner at Broadway Prime with 36-year-old Daniel White, when Walker lost control of his 2006 silver Infiniti at about 9:50 p.m. The vehicle struck a curb on the right side of the road, spun several times across four lanes of traffic, hit a eucalyptus tree on the passenger side and flipped onto its roof.

White was killed almost instantly.    

Burlingame police officers and paramedics reportedly smelled alcohol on Walker's breath, leading to a blood sample being taken from the defendant as he lay sedated in the hospital at 10:20 p.m., Canon said.    

The police officer who took the sample apparently carried it in her uniform for nearly 10 hours before handing it over for forensic analysis at the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

In April, a jury convicted Walker of gross vehicular manslaughter in connection with the fatal crash.    

However, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge of second-degree murder, which requires that the prosecution prove the defendant acted with malice or intentional disregard for human life.    

If convicted, Walker could face 15 years to life in prison, Wagstaffe said.

Martinez, Oakland and Alameda Police Dismantled Two Marijuana-Growing Operations

Martinez police, with help from the FBI, Oakland police and Alameda police, have dismantled two indoor marijuana-growing operations and arrested two brothers, Martinez police Lt. Jon Sylvia said.

The investigation began in late August when Martinez police discovered an indoor marijuana grow in a rental house in Martinez.

On Aug. 29, police arrested 43-year-old Sang Ung and his 27-year-old brother Mang Ung, residents of Oakland and Alameda, in connection with the grow, which included about 500 young plants, Sylvia said.    

The two men were booked into county jail in Martinez, but later posted bail, Sylvia said.

Meanwhile, police continued to investigate the case, and obtained two search warrants that were served in Oakland and Alameda Wednesday.    

One of the warrants was served in the 2600 block of Ninth Avenue in Oakland, where investigators uncovered another indoor marijuana grow, this one with about 80 plants, Sylvia said.

The second warrant was served in the 300 block of Lina Avenue in Alameda, where police found two handguns, a rifle and a shotgun and re-arrested Sang Ung on an unrelated warrant, Sylvia said.

University Of California Board Of Regents Will Weight Proposal Of Multi-Year Funding Plan 

The University of California Board of Regents, after several years that have been punctuated by tuition hikes and cutbacks, will weigh a proposal at a meeting this morning to develop a multi-year funding plan with the state.

In a proposal to the board, university officials outlined a plan that could see tuition hikes as high as 16 percent annually for the next four years if the state provides no increase in support.

The increases students would see will depend on the amount of support provided by the state. For example, if the state provides 8 percent increases each year, then students would only need to provide the other 8 percent. If the state provides 4 percent increases, students would provide 12 percent increases.

Two decades ago, students paid $2,670 in tuition and fees. Students now pay $12,192, and tuition could reach $22,000 in four years in the worst-case scenario of no increase in funding from the state.    

The hikes are meant to help offset a budget shortfall that is expected to grow to $2.5 billion over the same period.    

Although the university expects to account for $1 billion of that deficit through efficiencies and new revenues, officials say they need the state to contribute for the university to remain competitive and protect its legacy of excellence.

The board is scheduled to consider the proposal this morning at the University of California at San Francisco Mission Bay campus' community center at 1675 Owens St. The finance committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for 10:45 a.m. but is contingent on the completion of earlier scheduled meetings.

Contra Costa County Firefighter Awarded Governor's Public Safety Officer Medal Of Valor

A Contra Costa County firefighter who rescued a woman as she was being swept down a flood canal in Walnut Creek last year was one of 13 public safety officers to be awarded the governor's Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor at a ceremony in Sacramento Wednesday.

Fire engineer-paramedic Dave Manzeck was given the award in recognition of his courageous efforts on April 11, 2010, that saved the life of Janet Hogan, a 74-year-old Walnut Creek resident, according to Gov. Jerry Brown's office.

Janet Hogan had been in a car with her husband and son on their way to have dinner in Walnut Creek when her son, who was driving, had a heart attack or a stroke, fire officials said shortly after the incident.    

The car hit a fence and tipped over upside-down into Walnut Creek, which was rushing at about 20 mph from recent storms.    

After freeing her husband, 79-year-old James Hogan, and trying to free her son, 40-year-old San Diego resident Tim Hogan, from the vehicle, Janet Hogan was swept downstream.    

Rescue personnel, including a crew in California Highway Patrol helicopter, arrived quickly and saw Janet Hogan waiving her arms and calling for help, officials said.

CHP helicopter pilot Jason Hertzell and CHP Officer Shaun Bouyea picked up Manzeck, who was trained as a rescue swimmer, and lowered him into the churning 50-degree water.

While he was underwater, Manzeck grabbed Janet Hogan and was able to get her up onto a rock, Manzeck said at a news conference after the rescue.

When he was lowered a second time, he grabbed her and held her in a bear hug while the helicopter flew them to shore.

Janet Hogan was unconscious during the rescue, but paramedics were able to revive her. She spent two nights in the hospital, but didn't suffer any serious injuries.

San Jose Condo Complex Fire

A fire at a condo complex in San Jose's Gateview neighborhood injured two people Wednesday afternoon and displaced eight residents, a fire spokeswoman said.

Firefighters responded to the three-alarm blaze at around 3 p.m. at a six-unit apartment building in the 2300 block of Bear Valley Lane, fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez said.

The fire was under control by 5:40 p.m. and fire crews were still on the scene as of 6:30 p.m. to ensure there were no hidden fires and to salvage property, Gutierrez said.

One person was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center with moderate injuries and another was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released, according to Gutierrez.    

The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the eight residents who were displaced by the blaze.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

The San Francisco Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy this morning before becoming partly cloudy, with patches of fog and drizzle in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s are anticipated.

Partly cloudy skies are likely this evening, before becoming mostly cloudy tonight with patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s are expected.

Friday is expected to be mostly cloudy with patchy fog in the morning before becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s to lower 60s are likely.
 

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Police Seeking Man Suspect Of Murdering Wife In February

Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man wanted for the murder of his wife, who was found dead in a hotel room in San Francisco's Marina District in February.

Billy Waterman, 59, is suspected of killing his 47-year-old wife Colleen, who was found in a room at a hotel in the 1900 block of Lombard Street on the afternoon of Feb. 10, police said.

Investigators initially named Waterman as a person of interest in the death, and have since obtained a homicide arrest warrant for him, police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said.

The couple lived in Riverside County, and both had been reported missing by family members prior to the death.

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies found the couple's car later on Feb. 10, parked and unoccupied on state Highway 1 near Devil's Slide, police said.

Billy Waterman is described as a white man about 6 feet tall and 160 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes.

He is known to have family members in Southern California, according to police.

Anyone with information about Waterman's whereabouts is urged to call San Francisco police at (415) 553-1071 or police homicide Inspectors Dudet, Dudoroff or Velarde at (415) 553-1145.

People wishing to remain anonymous can call the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

 

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Farmers' Market celebrates 30 Years Of Locally Grown Produce

Every Wednesday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., stands stacked with seasonal produce pop up in San Francisco's United Nations Plaza near Civic Center, and today that farmers' market is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The Heart of the City Farmers' Market is an independent non-profit market that organizers say brings high-quality and reasonably priced produce from small local farms to the urban community.

The farmers' market plays a crucial role in providing fresh produce to a neighborhood that is otherwise considered a "food desert," or a community that lacks grocery stores, market organizers said. Liquor stores and corner stores operate in their stead, offering a supply of processed foods lacking in nutrients.

More than 75 percent of food stamps used at San Francisco farmers' markets are used at the Heart of the City market, according to the organization.

Stall fees are kept low because "the market operates on a shoestring budget," according to its organizers, and this helps keep prices affordable for the low-income community.

To celebrate its 30 years of service to the community, the market is inviting the community to join in its 30th Anniversary Festival, which began at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Attractions include free giveawaysspecial discounts and free face painting, balloon animals and hula hooping, and live music throughout the day.

Mayor Ed Lee is expected to join the celebration at 1 p.m. to reflect on the market's history and its role in the revitalization of the city's Mid-Market neighborhood.

Supervisor Jane Kim, whose district includes UN Plaza, is also expected to make remarks at the 1 p.m. event.

UN Plaza is located along Market Street between Seventh and Eighth streets above the Civic Center BART station

 

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Hyatt Workers Ending Week Long Strike Today With Rallies, March

Hundreds of Hyatt hotel workers are ending a weeklong strike today with a rally and march through downtown San Francisco, a union spokeswoman said.

Unite Here Local 2 members began the strike last Thursday at the chain's two hotels in San Francisco -- the Hyatt Regency at 5 Embarcadero Center and the Grand Hyatt at 345 Stockton St. The union represents about 700 room cleaners, dishwashers, clerks and other workers at those hotels.

The workers' labor contract expired in 2009 and they have been negotiating for a new contract since then.

Union spokeswoman Julia Wong said that before the employees return to work at midnight tonight, they plan to hold a rally at Union Square this afternoon, followed by a march to the Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency, where another rally will be held.

The workers have been picketing outside the two hotels around the clock this week, Wong said.

At the rallies, which are scheduled for 4:15 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt and 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, union officials will talk about what the next phase of the labor fight will be, Wong said.

"Just because we're going back to work doesn't mean this fight is over," she said.

Hyatt spokesman Pete Hillan said, "Once the strike is over, we'll welcome back our associates with open arms ... we're glad to have them back."

Hillan said that during the strike, the two hotels have been staffed by management and employees from other Hyatt hotels in the region.

He said he was disappointed in the actions of some union operatives, who he said were harassing guests at the hotel.

"They were really getting in the face of guests coming back and forth," he said. "It seems like they've really stepped up, in our view anyways, their bad behavior."

Hillan said that earlier this year, Hyatt management offered the union a contract similar to one it signed with other hotel chains in San Francisco, but that the union is now making new demands.

 

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Woman Knocked Unconscious In Hayes Valley Robbery

A woman was knocked unconscious during a robbery in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood on Tuesday evening, police said.

The robbery was reported at 7:55 p.m. in the first block of Laguna Street.

The 55-year-old victim was approached by a man holding a knife, according to police.

The man knocked the woman to the ground, at which point she said she passed out. When she regained consciousness, her keys and cash were missing, police said.

The victim was taken to the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center to be treated for injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

The suspect, described as a man in his early to mid-50s, had not been arrested as of this morning, according to police.

Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday News Roundup

Reports That Iranian Government May Release Two Detained UC Berkeley Graduates   

The U.S. State Department is closely following reports that the Iranian government may soon release two University of California at Berkeley graduates who have been detained in Iran on espionage charges for more than two years.

Spokesman Noel Clay said the State Department is "encouraged" by what the Iranian government is saying about the possible release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29.

According to a transcript of an interview with NBC's "Today Show," Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the network that he thinks Bauer and Fattal "will be freed in a couple of days."    

"They will be free," he said.    

Bauer, Fattal, and a third UC Berkeley graduate, Sarah Shourd, were arrested on July 31, 2009, after embarking on a hike in Iraq's Kurdistan region near the Iranian border.

Iran has accused them of espionage, but the hikers and their families say they aren't spies but instead were detained after they accidentally crossed an unmarked border into Iran.

Iran released Shourd, 32, who is engaged to Bauer, last September because she was in poor health. Shourd announced in May that she would not return to Iran for a trial because she is suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

San Jose City Council Approved Ordinances Limiting Medical Marijuana Collectives

The San Jose City Council Tuesday approved ordinances that will limit the number of medical marijuana collectives to 10 in limited commercial and industrial areas as part of final steps toward regulation in a nearly two year-long process.

The 8-3 council vote was based on staff recommendations that also called for implementing a first come, first served registration process and restriction of marijuana cultivation to on-site only.

Lauren Vazquez, a civil rights attorney and co-founder of the Silicon Valley chapter of Americans for Safe Access, a national medical marijuana advocacy organization, said the ordinances are too restrictive and limits access for patients.

The council's action may not have pleased everyone, but it was significant in pushing the issue closer to regulation.    

Medical marijuana facilities are not currently allowed to operate in San Jose and those that have opened in recent years are doing so illegally and would not be grandfathered in under the ordinances, according to the mayor's office.

Components of the ordinances include a limitation on the number of collectives to no more than two per district and restricting the collectives from operating in sensitive retail areas, such as ground floors of shopping centers.

The matter is tentatively planned to return to the council for a second reading on Sept. 27. If all goes according to plan, the ordinance would go into effect a month later and the 10 collectives would be registered in December or January.

Novato Police Report Rocket Launcher Found In 15-Year-Old's SUV

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday for possession of a destructive device after a 4-foot rocket launcher was found in the backseat of the SUV he was driving, Novato police said.    

The unlicensed Novato teen was stopped by a police traffic officer around 9:40 a.m. in the 1700 block of Novato Boulevard for playing music too loudly in the Dodge Durango, Cpl. Nick Frey said.

The teen was alone in the SUV and the officer spotted the AT4 rocket launcher in the backseat, Frey said. The weapon was unloaded.

The single-shot, recoilless weapon was developed in the early 1980s and is made in Sweden and the United States.    

Police called the bomb squad from the University of California at Berkeley Police Department, which took possession of the rocket launcher and turned it over to a local military institution, Frey said.

The teen was booked into juvenile hall, Frey said. The boy's brother, a former member of the military, also responded to the scene Frey said.

Police are investigating how the teen and his brother came to be in possession of the rocket launcher.

San Jose Police Department's Bomb Squad Discovers Four Explosive Devices In 6th Street Home

San Jose Police Department's bomb squad discovered an additional four explosive devices and materials after responding to an explosive device found inside a home in the 400 block of North Sixth Street during an arrest Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Officers have arrested Mark Sedlock, 63, of San Jose. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of criminal threats and firearm and explosives violations.

Four Teenagers Arrested And Charged With Murder In Oakland's Fruitvale District

Four teenagers have been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the brazen daytime robbery and fatal shooting of a gardener in Oakland's Fruitvale District four months ago, police said Tuesday. 

Sgt. Mike Gantt said 42-year-old Antonio Torres was shot to death during a robbery that occurred while he was working in the front yard of a client's home in the 1600 block of 34th Avenue at about 1 p.m. on May 20.    

Gantt said it appeared that the four suspects targeted Torres because they wanted to steal his gold necklace and his iPod.

He said it took a while to solve the case, but that in August an informant told police that he had overheard one of the suspects bragging about Torres' shooting.

Gantt said police detained that suspect last week and he confessed to being involved in the crime.

The suspect then provided information about the other three suspects. A warrant was issued for them last Wednesday, and they were arrested Thursday, Gantt said. Those three suspects have also confessed to being involved in the crime, he said.

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office has charged all four suspects with murder, according to Gantt.    

He said a 19-year-old suspect, David Hall, was charged as an adult and the other three -- whose ages are 15, 16 and 17 -- were charged as juveniles.

Global And Local Leaders Converged On San Francisco For Diplomatic Gathering

Global and local leaders, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Gov. Jerry Brown, have converged on San Francisco this week in what is said to be the largest diplomatic gathering in California in more than 65 years.

More than 150 meetings spanning a two-week period that began Monday have attracted policymakers to the 23rd annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, conference, which will address issues such as transportation, energy, health, the environment, technology and women's empowerment.

Some 3,000 delegates from APEC's 21 member countries, which all have coastlines along the Pacific Ocean, are expected to attend, and the conference marks the largest set of diplomatic meetings held in California since the signing of the United Nations charter in 1945, according to the Bay Area Council, which is hosting the event.

The Bay Area Council, a business-sponsored public policy organization, worked with the White House and the Department of State to plan the meetings.

Chandra Alexandre, vice president of development for the Bay Area Council, said that although there have been discussions within APEC on the economic empowerment of women, the summit represents an unprecedented focus on the topic.

Clinton is credited with prioritizing the topic, and the creation of the dedicated forum for women's economic empowerment was agreed upon as a meeting of APEC senior officials in May.    

Some 65 speakers will address the more than 600 delegates expected to attend the women's summit, and will touch on the themes of access to finance, access to markets, capacity and skills building, and women's leadership, Alexandre said.

Youth Detention Facility Escapees Arrested In Antioch

Three of four boys who walked away from an unlocked youth detention facility in Byron on Monday night were arrested in Antioch Tuesday afternoon, Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

Antioch police arrested the three boys -- two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old -- at a Walmart store at about noon, Lee said.

The fourth boy, a 15-year-old, is still outstanding, Lee said.    

One of the boys left the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility, also known as the Byron Boys Ranch, located at 4491 Bixler Road in Byron, at about 8:20 p.m., Chief Deputy Probation Officer Paula Hernandez said.    

Three other boys left about 20 minutes later, Hernandez said.     

The facility, which is designed to rehabilitate low-level delinquent youths, is not locked or fenced, Hernandez said. It is in a remote part of unincorporated eastern Contra Costa County surrounded by fields.    

Boys who are sent to the facility have generally committed nonviolent, misdemeanor crimes and are committed to the ranch as a way to keep them out of the criminal justice system and give them a chance to be rehabilitated, Hernandez said.

On Monday night, the sheriff's office sent out a precautionary emergency notification telling residents in Byron and Discovery Bay that the four teens had escaped and advising them to stay inside while deputies searched for them, Lee said.

The notification stated that one of the boys was believed to be dangerous, but Lee said Tuesday he doesn't believe residents were in danger.

California Department Of Fish And Game Hosted Ceremony For Plans To Restore Tidal Wetlands

California Department of Fish and Game officials hosted a ceremony Tuesday at a spot overlooking Hayward's Mt. Eden Creek to highlight a planned levee breach intended to restore tidal wetlands there.

The controlled breach, set for early Tuesday afternoon, marks a major step in the organization's South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, a more than decade-long effort to restore the Bay Area's wetlands.    

Tuesday's event is the first in a series of eight levee breaches planned in the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve over the coming weeks, officials said.

Breaching the levees will open up about 630 acres of the ecological reserve's former salt evaporation ponds along the shores of Hayward and Union City, laying the groundwork for the return of animals such as fish, crabs and harbor seals and the eventual re-growth of pickleweed, marsh gumplant and other native plants, Fish and Game officials said.    

The levees were built by salt-making companies and as part of flood control projects over the past two centuries.    

Over the past decade, the project has restored some 3,000 acres of the South Bay's salt ponds using state, federal and private funding, including American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants, according to Fish and Game officials.

Federal Immigration Officials Spreading The Word About Resources For Foreign Victims Of Trafficking

Federal immigration officials are crisscrossing the country this month to spread the word about resources available to foreign victims of  trafficking, violent crimes and domestic violence.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officials held a news conference at USCIS' San Francisco office Tuesday to discuss two visas available to such victims and to urge the public to be aware of potential human trafficking victims in their communities.

Immigration officials define human trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery in which victims are transported and forced into prostitution, hard labor or domestic servitude.

Often, traffickers prey on impoverished women and children, luring them into a life of slavery with promises of paid work in the U.S., federal officials said.

Once ensnared, many victims do not know how to escape, said Lynn Boudreau, assistant center director at USCIS' Vermont Service Center.

The federal agency is partnering with community groups, law enforcement and immigration officials in the Bay Area and nationwide to reach out to potential trafficking and violence victims and educate them about their options.

Foreign trafficking and crime victims can apply for a T or U Visa, created under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, USCIS officials said.

The T visa is geared specifically toward victims of trafficking, while the U visa is meant to aid victims of violent crime or domestic violence, Boudreau said. Both visas provide victims with immigration protection, allowing them to remain in the U.S. for three years.

During that time, T or U visa holders may apply for permanent resident status, she said.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed In San Mateo County Superior Court Against Nail Salon Chain

A class action lawsuit was filed in San Mateo County Superior Court Tuesday against a popular nail salon chain accused of wage theft and other violations against their employees, an attorney with the Asian Law Caucus said.

Natalie Salon, a chain with locations in Redwood City, San Mateo, Palo Alto, Los Gatos and Menlo Park, is being sued by four current and former employees with the assistance of the San Francisco-based Asian Law Caucus, which held a news conference Tuesday to announce the lawsuit.    

Vicky Tran, who worked at various Natalie Salons for about five years, said she often worked for more than 10 hours a day, but never got paid overtime and often had to delay her lunch meal until very late in the day.    

Kao said the Asian Law Caucus got involved in the case after one of the employees came to a free clinic the group held and told them about the alleged violations.

Of the roughly 96,000 licensed nail salon workers in California, it is estimated that more than half are Vietnamese, and the vast majority are women who are recent immigrants with limited English proficiency and lack of knowledge about their rights.

The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for all employees at the salons who may have lost wages over the past four years and seeks to stop the allegedly unlawful practices at the salons, Kao said.

Police Officer Crashed Patrol Car Into San Leandro Liquor Store

A police officer responding to a report of a robbery crashed a patrol car into a San Leandro liquor store on Monday night, police said Tuesday.

The robbery was reported at 9:43 p.m. at the Three Ring Liquor store at 15257 Hesperian Blvd.    

San Leandro police Lt. Jeff Tudor said two suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun, attempted to steal alcohol from the store.

The store clerk locked the front door in an attempt to detain the robbers, but the armed suspect broke a window and fled.

The clerk detained the second suspect, Markus Brown, a 23-year-old Oakland resident, inside the store, Tudor said.    

San Leandro police arrived and arrested Brown on suspicion of robbery.

However, one of the patrol cars responding to the scene crashed through the store's front windows, police said.

Police are still investigating what caused the crash, Tudor said. No injuries were reported.

San Leandro police are still searching for the second suspect, described as a black man in his early 20s who is 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a white shirt and jeans at the time of the robbery.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

The San Francisco Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy this morning before becoming partly cloudy, with patches of fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 50s to lower 60s are anticipated.

Partly cloudy skies are likely this evening, before becoming mostly cloudy tonight with patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s are expected.

Thursday is expected to be mostly cloudy with patchy fog in the morning before becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s are likely.
 

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Appeals Court Upholds Removal Of Religious Classroom Banners

A federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld a decision by a Southern California school district to order a math teacher to remove classroom banners that included the phrases "In God We Trust" and "God Shed His Grace on Thee."

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a civil rights lawsuit filed by high school math teacher Bradley Johnson against the Poway Unified School District in San Diego County.

In 2007, school district officials ordered Johnson to take down from his classroom walls two large banners, each about 7 feet wide and 2 feet tall, that contained religious references.

The appeals court said the school district's action didn't violate Johnson's free speech rights because he was in the classroom as a school district employee, not a private citizen. 

A three-judge panel said school officials were entitled to conclude that the banners might make non-Christian students uncomfortable and could risk favoring a particular religion in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Judge Richard Tallman wrote that Johnson still had the right to air his views on God "on a sidewalk, in a park, at his dinner table, or in countless other locations."

But Tallman said the officials were justified in ordering the teacher "not to use his public position as a pulpit from which to preach his own views on the role of God in our nation's history to the captive students in his mathematics classroom."

One of Johnson's banners displayed the four phrases "In God We Trust," "One Nation under God," "God Bless America" and "God Shed His Grace on Thee."

The other read, "All men are created equal, they are endowed by their CREATOR," with the word "creator" twice as large as other words.

Johnson argued that the phrases expressed patriotic sentiments, but the court said, "It seems as plain to us as it was to school officials that Johnson's banners concern religion."

 

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Pair Arrested In Potrero Hill After Chase

A man and woman were arrested Sunday evening after a chase that started in San Francisco's Portola neighborhood, continued onto Interstate Highway 280 and ended in the city's Potrero Hill neighborhood, police said.

Officers responded to a report of a fight involving a gun at a gas station at the intersection of San Bruno Avenue and Dwight Street at about 5:50 p.m. Sunday.

Police saw a van driven by a woman speeding out of the gas station and pursued it as the driver ran several stop signs.

The car briefly stopped at Brussels and Bacon streets so the driver and her male passenger could switch seats, police said.

The van eventually went onto Highway 280 where it stopped suddenly at one point, almost causing a crash, according to police.

The driver then exited the highway at 25th and Indiana streets and continued until the van finally stopped on a hill at 25th and Dakota streets.

The man and woman then got out of the car and ran in different directions. They left the van in gear, and it started rolling backward at an officer who was trying to secure it, police said.

The officer was able to slow down the van until police cleared an area at the bottom of the hill where children were playing. The vehicle then crashed into the concrete staircase of an apartment building, according to police.

No one was injured in the crash.

Other officers at the scene apprehended both suspects and found cocaine in the man's possession, and more cocaine and heroin in the van, police said.

Merchandise stolen from the gas station at San Bruno Avenue and Dwight Street was also found in the car, although no gun was found, according to police.

The man and woman, whose names were not immediately available, were booked on various charges at the Bayview Station.

 

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Man Struck by Car In Lower Haight Was Jaywalking

A man was hit by a car while jaywalking in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood early this morning, police said.

The accident occurred at about 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Divisadero and Page streets.

The 26-year-old victim suffered a cut to his head when he was struck by a black 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, according to police.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital. His injuries were initially believed to be life-threatening but he is now expected to survive, police said.

The driver of the Chevy stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said. He was not injured.

 

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Man Hit In Head With Bat During Soma Robbery

A man was struck in the head with a bat during a robbery in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood on Monday night, police said.

The robbery was reported at about 8 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Eighth and Howard streets.

The 31-year-old victim was walking down the street when he was approached by a man who hit him in the face with the bat, according to police.

The victim fell to the ground, and two suspects rummaged through his pockets, taking an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

The suspects, both men in their 30s or 40s, ran away and had not been found as of this morning, according to police.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for a contusion to his face. He is expected to survive.

Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

 

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Man Lured Into Hotel Room, Robbed In Mission District

A man and woman were arrested after a man was lured up to a hotel room and robbed in San Francisco's Mission District early this morning, police said.

The robbery was reported at about 12:10 a.m. near the intersection of 16th and Mission streets.

The victim, a 30-year-old man, was approached by a 25-year-old woman, who took him up to her hotel room, according to police.

Once they were inside, the second suspect, a 34-year-old man, came into the room and demanded the victim's money, and the woman searched him and took cash, police said.

The victim ran out of the room and called police, and the man and woman were arrested, according to police. The suspects' names were not immediately available.

The victim was not injured in the robbery.

 

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Pedestrian Seriously Injured After Hit By Car In The Haight

A pedestrian walking in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood early this morning is at the hospital after being struck by a car, San Francisco police said.

At Divisadero and Page streets a car struck a pedestrian around 12:30 a.m. The pedestrian was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

The driver stayed at the scene, police said.

 

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Bart Protesters March Through Streets, No service Disruptions Reported

About two-dozen anti-BART protesters marched along San Francisco's Market Street this evening in the fifth consecutive Monday rush-hour demonstration organized by the hacker group "Anonymous."

The marchers were protesting the fatal BART police shooting of Charles Hill and the decision by BART to disrupt cellphone service to thwart an Aug. 11 protest that was planned in response to the shooting.

"BART doesn't seem to care that they kill people on a regular basis or they trample on the First Amendment," a well-dressed protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask told a group of reporters outside the Civic Center station.

The protesters were shadowed by an equally large group of reporters and dozens of police officers as they walked briskly, chanting, "No justice, no peace; disband the BART police" and "Oscar Grant and Charles Hill - BART police, they shoot to kill."

BART service was not affected by tonight's protest, unlike previous protests that have shut down stations. A demonstration last Thursday organized by the group "No Justice, No BART" resulted in 25 arrests and the closure of the Powell Street station.

Tonight's protest began at 5 p.m., and protesters were still circling the Civic Center area shortly before 7 p.m., walking mostly on the sidewalk.

Earlier in the evening, the group was briefly overshadowed when they crossed paths with two naked men on Market Street. Well-known San Francisco protester Frank Chu, of "12 galaxies" fame, trailed the demonstrators with his signature sign as they wound through the streets, stopping briefly in front of City Hall to chant.

Hill, 45, was fatally shot on the platform of the Civic Center BART station by BART police on July 3 after he allegedly wielded knives and a broken bottle as weapons during a confrontation with two officers.

Since then, protests by Anonymous and No Justice, No BART have become a weekly event. Anonymous' Twitter page contained instructions for protesters today.

"Stand on the platforms, don't move," the page read. "Hold a banner saying why you are there."

A BART spokesman has defended the agency's decision to disrupt cellphone service, saying the action was in part a safety measure to prevent potential "chaos" on train platforms.

 

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Public's Help Sought In Identifying John Doe

The San Francisco medical examiner's office is seeking the public's help in identifying a man who died late last month.

The man, believed to be in his mid 20s to early 30s, was seen jumping from the south side of the Bay Bridge just before the Harrison Street/Embarcadero off-ramp, according to the medical examiner' office.

He is described as a white man who was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed about 225 pounds. He had brown, recently shaved hair and hazel eyes, a small mole on his left cheek and patchy facial hair.

The man was wearing a black, short-sleeved T-shirt with "OSL" printed on the front left chest, underscored by "OSUOSL.ORG" and the statement "IT'S ABOUT COMMUNITY" printed on the back of the shirt.

OSUOSL is the Oregon State University Open Source Lab, which was contacted and said the facility hosts a variety of open-source software projects and gives out the shirts to convention attendees from around the world, according to the medical examiner's office.

He was also wearing medium-blue "Sendy" denim jeans, a worn black leather dress belt, white bikini brief underwear and a pair of brown "Dexter" fisherman-style, closed-toe sandals with Velcro straps.

"Sendy" is a brand of jeans based in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

The cause of the man's death remains under investigation, according to the medical examiner's office.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the medical examiner's office at (415) 553-1694.

 

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Dozens Of Bart Protestors March Along Market Street

About two dozen protesters are walking on Market Street, from Powell Street station to Civic Center station, chanting slogans such as "no justice, no peace, disband the BART police" in the fifth consecutive Monday demonstration.

The hacker group "Anonymous" planned this evening's rally, which was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the Civic Center station. Anonymous began its weekly protests after BART shut down cellphone service in multiple downtown BART stations to thwart a planned BART protest on Aug. 11.

San Francisco police are walking alongside the demonstrators this evening, forming a barrier between the protesters and traffic on Market Street.

As of 6 p.m., no BART stations have been closed and no service delays have been reported as a result of the demonstration.

 

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Bart Reports 10-Minute Delays At West Oakland Station Because Of Smoking Debris On Tracks

BART officials are advising riders of 10-minute delays in both directions at the West Oakland station because of smoking debris on the tracks.

Protesters are holding a demonstration this evening at BART's Civic Center and Powell Street stations but no other service disruptions or station closures were reported as of 5:40 p.m.

 

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Man Sentenced To Six Years For Posing As Dermatologist

A San Francisco man who fraudulently posed as a dermatologist with ties to prestigious Bay Area schools was sentenced today to six years in state prison.

Timothy Syed Andersson, 68, also known as "Dr. Syed," pleaded guilty in San Francisco Superior Court in June to 64 counts, including practicing medicine without a license, grand theft, perjury and forgery.

Andersson told patients and other victims that he worked at University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University and often saw them at his home office in San Francisco's Sunset District.

There were 30 medical victims identified in the case, who were injected with various unknown substances or were sold creams that Andersson falsely said were specially formulated for them at UCSF and Stanford, and charged substantial sums for the procedures, prosecutors said.

He also falsely told other victims they had cancer, including a 2-year-old, who was given two injections of interferon, which caused a severe reaction that led to the child's fingernails falling out.

Andersson, who emigrated to the U.S. from Sweden but is originally from Pakistan, was charged with perjury because of a signed affidavit that said he earned an M.D. in Sweden and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the United Kingdom.

He also used his false stature as a doctor and bogus affiliations to UCSF and Stanford to scam 28 victims out of more than $150,000, including cases where he offered to assist victims with getting their children into the schools in return for payment of thousands of dollars, prosecutors said.

Judge James Collins today sentenced Andersson to six years in state prison, although with credit for time served -- he has been in county jail since his arrest early last year -- he will likely be out of prison within the next couple of years.

Collins said the victims in this case "were particularly vulnerable" and Andersson "took advantage of a position of trust."

His defense attorney, George Lazarus, argued for the sentencing to be delayed, saying Andersson is suffering from medical ailments including a recent diagnosis of diabetes and a possible heart condition, but Collins rejected the motion.

Lazarus said outside of court following the sentencing that Andersson is "fundamentally a really good person."

He said, "He made some mistakes ... and is extremely remorseful
and apologetic."

Andersson's case will return to court on Oct. 6 to set a date for a restitution hearing.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday News Roundup

Two-Dozen Anti-BART Protesters Marched Along Market Street

About two-dozen anti-BART protesters marched along San Francisco's Market Street Monday evening in the fifth consecutive Monday rush-hour demonstration organized by the hacker group "Anonymous."           

The marchers were protesting the fatal BART police shooting of Charles Hill and the decision by BART to disrupt cellphone service to thwart  an Aug. 11 protest that was planned in response to the shooting.

BART service was not affected by Monday night's protest, unlike previous protests that have shut down stations. A demonstration last Thursday organized by the group "No Justice, No BART" resulted in 25 arrests and the  closure of the Powell Street station.

Hill, 45, was fatally shot on the platform of the Civic Center BART station by BART police on July 3 after he allegedly wielded knives and a broken bottle as weapons during a confrontation with two officers.

Since then, protests by Anonymous and No Justice, No BART have become a weekly event. Anonymous' Twitter page contained instructions for protesters Monday.

A BART spokesman has defended the agency's decision to disrupt cellphone service, saying the action was in part a safety measure to prevent potential "chaos" on train platforms.

Autopsy Of Two Bodies In Oakland Fire Revealed Stab Wounds

An autopsy of two bodies found burning in a home in Oakland early Sunday morning has revealed that the victims suffered multiple stab wounds before the fire started, police said.

Oakland firefighters responded to a fire at a two-story building in the 3100 block of Coolidge Avenue at around 1 a.m.

Fire crews found the bodies of a male and a female burning inside a residential unit on the second floor and contacted the Police Department, according to police.

Police said the case is being investigated as a homicide and that investigators believe the fire was started to cover up the crime.

San Francisco Man Posing As Dermatologist Sentenced To Six Years In State Prison

A San Francisco man who fraudulently posed as a dermatologist with ties to prestigious Bay Area schools was sentenced Monday to six years in state prison.

Timothy Syed Andersson, 68, also known as "Dr. Syed," pleaded guilty in San Francisco Superior Court in June to 64 counts, including practicing medicine without a license, grand theft, perjury and forgery.

Andersson told patients and other victims that he worked at University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University and often saw them at his home office in San Francisco's Sunset District.

There were 30 medical victims identified in the case, who were injected with various unknown substances or were sold creams that Andersson falsely said were specially formulated for them at UCSF and Stanford, and charged substantial sums for the procedures, prosecutors said.

He also falsely told other victims they had cancer, including a 2-year-old, who was given two injections of interferon, which caused a severe reaction that led to the child's fingernails falling out.

Andersson, who emigrated to the U.S. from Sweden but is originally from Pakistan, was charged with perjury because of a signed affidavit that said he earned an M.D. in Sweden and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the United Kingdom.

Judge James Collins Monday sentenced Andersson to six years in state prison, although with credit for time served -- he has been in county jail since his arrest early last year -- he will likely be out of prison within the next couple of years.

Andersson's case will return to court on Oct. 6 to set a date for a restitution hearing.

Suspected Gunman And Get-Away Driver In East Oakland SHooting Pleaded Not Guilty

The suspected gunman and the suspected driver in the drive-by shooting death of 3-year-old Carlos Nava in East Oakland on Aug. 8 both pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Lawrence Denard, 26, the suspected shooter, and 22-year-old Willie Torrence, the suspected driver, both of Oakland, are scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on Oct. 17 for a pretrial hearing.           

Oakland police said they believe the shooting in the 6400 block of International Boulevard at about 1:10 p.m. on Aug. 8 was gang-related and that Denard's intended targets were two adult males who were wounded but survived.

They said Carlos and his family, who were shopping at the time, had no connection to the two male adult victims.            

Denard was arrested in Pittsburg on Aug. 9. He has prior convictions for grand theft and possession of a firearm by a felon.           

Torrence was arrested in Las Vegas on Aug. 12 and was extradited to Alameda County two weeks ago.

Torrence was on parole for violating his probation for a previous conviction on illegal gun charges.

San Mateo County Board Of Supervisors To Hold Workshop On Jail Construction

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will hold a workshop this afternoon to discuss plans for constructing a new maximum-security jail in Redwood City.

The board is holding the workshop as an informal study session to talk about various aspects of planning for a new jail, including the number of inmates it will hold, how to pay for it, and how the state's realignment plan could affect the scope of the project, according to the head of the sheriff's jail planning unit.

Sheriff Greg Munks will present the board with various options for a new jail, which is slated to be built on a 4-acre site on Chemical Way in Redwood City, Bazan said.

The current jail is overcrowded, according to county officials, with nearly 1,000 inmates being accommodated in facilities built for less than 700.

San Mateo County will be further impacted by the state's realignment plan, which will require that some nonviolent prisoners who would have been sent to state prisons be housed instead in county jails.

Gange Members Pleaded Not Guilty To Murder Of Union City Woman

Two suspected gang members pleaded not guilty Monday to special circumstances murder charges for allegedly brutally beating a 21-year-old  Union City woman to death two months ago and then dumping her body in an upscale Oakland neighborhood and setting it on fire.

Authorities have declined to disclose the suspected motive for the murder of Monica Rodas, who was the mother of a 2-year-old boy, but said suspects Salvador Valasco, 22, and Hector Garcia, 31, apparently were upset with her about something and wanted to send a message to the community not to mess with them.

Rodas' body was found at about 4:40 a.m. on July 14 in the 5800 block of Ivanhoe Road in Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood, near a state Highway 24 off-ramp.

Valasco and Garcia are both charged with committing a murder during the course of a kidnapping, desecrating human remains and evading police officers.

Garcia is also charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and of having six prior felony convictions, an allegation that could add to his prison sentence if he is convicted.            

His prior convictions include evading an officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, receiving stolen property, car theft and possession of a controlled substance.

The special circumstances allegations mean that Valasco and Garcia could face the death penalty if they are convicted.

But prosecutors won't make a decision on seeking the death penalty until after their preliminary hearing, which will determine if there's enough evidence to have them stand trial. That hearing won't take place until late this year or early next year.

Valasco and Garcia are scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on Nov. 14 for a pretrial hearing.

Police Searching For Pinole Robbers

Police are searching for two men who bound and beat an elderly couple during a home-invasion robbery in Pinole early Sunday morning, police said.

The two suspects, described by police only as two white men possibly in their 40s, reportedly tricked the victims, a 72-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man, into letting them inside their home at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Once inside, the men taped up the woman and then beat the man until he agreed to open his safe, police said.

The men then stole several items, including guns, from the safe before fleeing in the victim's gray 2008 Honda Accord, which has a license plate number of 6BOF304.

The male victim was transported to a hospital, where he was being treated for bruises, cuts and a serious head wound. He is expected to recover, police said.

Man Seriously Injured When Struck By Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Car

A 25-year-old man was seriously injured when he was struck by a Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police patrol car on state Highway 9 Monday morning.            

Police spokesman Sgt. Kerry Harris said a motorist called police at 5:43 a.m. to report seeing a person lying on the side of the roadway west of Highway 17.

An officer responded and was using a spotlight to search for the person in the eastbound lanes while he was driving west on Highway 9, Harris said.

That is when he saw a man walk into the roadway from the north side of the street, but he could not stop his car in time, and hit the person, according to Harris.

The man was transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.            

Harris said the man, a Los Gatos resident, appeared to be intoxicated, but was conscious and communicating with staff at the hospital.

He did not know the man's condition or the extent of his injuries.            

There is no crosswalk in that area, and police have not yet determined what the man was doing in the roadway, Harris said.            

Officers believe he is the same man who was reportedly lying in the roadway, as they found no one else in the area, Harris said.

Per department protocol, anytime a Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police car is involved in an injury accident, the CHP is asked to investigate the accident.

Man Convicted Of Two Counts Of First-Degree Murder In Berkeley Shooting

A man was convicted Monday of two counts of first-degree murder and multiple murder for killing two men in a gang-related shooting in Berkeley three years ago.

Prosecutor Jim Meehan said Desmen Lankford, 27, is "a remorseless killer" who belonged to a north Oakland gang that had been involved in a shooting war with a South Berkeley gang and said the shooting was one of the most cold-blooded cases he's handled in his long career.

Lankford, who looked straight ahead and showed no emotion, was convicted of murdering Kelvin Earl Davis, 23, of Berkeley, and Kevin Antoine Parker, 42, of Oakland, in front of a small apartment complex at 1436 Derby St. in Berkeley about 12:15 a.m. on Sept. 18, 2008.

The jury's finding that he committed multiple murders means that he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he's sentenced by Alameda County Judge Joan Cartwright on Nov. 10.

Authorities believe that a second man helped Lankford and also fired shots but that suspect was never arrested or charged, Meehan said. He said the investigation remains open.

Davis and Parker both were pronounced dead at the scene.            

Meehan said Lankford was arrested after police searched an Oakland apartment where authorities believe he lived and found a gun that was used in the shooting as well as bullets similar to those used in the shooting.

Police also found a hooded sweatshirt with a skeleton design that a witness said the shooting suspect wore, Meehan said.            

In addition, police found a camera that had a photo of Lankford proudly holding two guns, including one similar to the SIG Sauer semi-automatic pistol used in the shooting, Meehan said.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

The San Francisco Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy this morning before becoming partly cloudy, with patches of fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are anticipated.            

Partly cloudy skies are likely this evening, before becoming mostly cloudy tonight with patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s are expected.

Wednesday is expected to be mostly cloudy with patchy fog in the morning before becoming mostly sunny later in the day. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are likely.
 

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