June 21, 2011
I noticed recently that nearby residents were complaining on EveryBlock SF about getting ticketed in their own driveways. The problem always seems to be the car sticking out a bit and sometimes, the parker is way over the line, but this used to happened to me on San Jose Avenue and sometimes I felt it...
Mission Local spent one day in Dolores Park asking if locals are playing hooky
UPDATE: Body, Blood Trail Found Near Fort Mason
The body of a young man was found in the water near San Francisco's Fort Mason this morning after a blood trail was reported Monday night, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.
Police received a call at about 10:30 p.m. Monday from someone who had seen fresh blood in the area of Buchanan Street, Dangerfield said.
Officers responded, found the blood and searched the area but didn't locate any victims.
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This morning, at about 6:36 a.m., another caller reported a body floating in the Bay near a pier at Fort Mason, Dangerfield said.
Police returned to the area and located the body, which was fully clothed.
Investigators discovered that there was a trail of blood leading from outside a post office at Beach and Buchanan streets to a spot near where the body was found, he said.
"The trail goes all the way across the street toward the pier," Dangerfield said. This morning, there were still spatters of blood outside the door of the post office.
Several intersections have been shut down this morning as police investigate the death, including Marina Boulevard at Beach Street and Webster Street.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.
Body Found at Marina
New Street Park Opens In Bernal Heights
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is joining other city and community leaders today to celebrate the opening of a new street park in the city's Bernal Heights neighborhood.
The Vista Pointe Street Park consists of previously unmaintained land that was converted into a public space with retaining walls, new soil and plants, a pathway and a seating area where visitors can take in a view of the San Francisco skyline, Department of Public Works officials said.
The space is located near the corner of Bernal Heights Boulevard and Bradford Street at the base of Bernal Heights Park, and is the latest addition to the city's Street Parks Program, in which residents can adopt and beautify streets, medians and city-owned public rights-of-way.
The project was a collaboration between the Department of Public Works, Friends of Bernal Gardens, and the San Francisco Parks Trust. Lee and others will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. today to celebrate the park's opening. For more information on the Department of Public Works' Street Parks program, visit www.sfdpw.org/index.aspx?page=1237.
Man Injured In Monday Night Drive-By Shooting
A man was hospitalized Monday night after a drive-by shooting in San Francisco's Mission District, police said.
The victim, about 19 or 20 years old, was standing on the corner of 24th and York streets shortly after 8 p.m. when he was shot by a suspect sitting in the passenger side of a green sedan, according to police.
The victim was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and no further information regarding the suspects was immediately available.
The department's gang task force is investigating, police said.
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San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday News Roundup
Taxi Drivers and Allies Set to Strike at City Hall Today
Taxi drivers are planning to strike this afternoon throughout San Francisco, a San Francisco cabbie said. A coalition of taxi drivers, labor union members, public supporters and some San Francisco Municipal Railway drivers are expected to protest at City Hall between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., cab driver Dean Clark said. Clark expects 400 to 500 people to gather near City Hall with some cab drivers circling the block around City Hall or stopping service wherever they are working in San Francisco. After attending a taxi coalition strike planning meeting Sunday night, Clark said 20 Muni operators have decided to join taxi drivers as they protest credit card fees, electronic tracking systems in cabs and other issues the transit workers have with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. The taxi group Cabbies Helping Cabbies plans to ask Chris Hayashi, SFMTA deputy director for taxi services, to resign, Clark said. In preparation for today's strike, Clark said he distributed buttons and spoke with cabbies at San Francisco International Airport to make sure more drivers were informed about the afternoon demonstration. SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said he does not expect the protest to have a significant impact on customers, as the two-hour window is when taxi demand is at its lowest. "We are working with the taxi cab industry so that the appropriate level of service is available for our customers," Rose said. DeSoto Cab Company said in a statement that they do not anticipate the strike to disrupt operations during the two-hour demonstration.
Grandma Killer Did Not Premedidate Murder, Attorney Argues
Rosa Hill killed her husband's 91-year-old grandmother two and a half years ago but did so in the heat of passion, not as part of an elaborate plan to kidnap the couple's daughter, her attorney told jurors Monday. In her closing argument in the trial of Rosa Hill, 36, and her mother, 57-year-old Mei Li, of Antioch, Hill's lawyer, Bonnie Narby, said Hill went to the home of Selma Hill in the 7700 block of Peppertree Lane in Dublin on Jan. 7, 2009, to check on her daughter, who was 2 years old at the time, and "had no plan to kill anyone." Narby said Rosa Hill was concerned about her daughter because she thought her husband, Eric Hill, was molesting the young girl and that he also suffered from psychological problems. Narby said Rosa Hill also was frustrated that the family court system had ignored her suspicions and instead had awarded her husband sole legal custody and 85 percent physical custody of their daughter. Eric Hill, who was wounded in the Jan. 7, 2009, incident in which his grandmother was killed, survived and testified in the two-month-long trial and has denied that he ever molested his daughter. He and his daughter lived with his grandmother. Prosecutor Casey Bates told jurors last Thursday that Rosa Hill and Li meticulously planned for nine months to kill Eric Hill and Selma Hill and kidnap the 2-year-old girl, who was the subject of a bitter custody battle. He urged jurors to convict Rosa Hill and Li of murder for the death of Selma Hill and attempted murder for an attack on Eric Hill. Today, Bates will give his rebuttal closing argument and then Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Burr will give legal instructions to the jury. It is expected that jurors will begin deliberating on Wednesday. Rosa Hill faces a term of 44 years to life in state prison if she is convicted of all the charges against her, and Li faces 38 years to life.
SF Giants Fan Bryan Stow Attacker Sentence to 10 Months
The primary suspect in the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium in March had his parole revoked at a hearing in Los Angeles Monday and will serve 10 months behind bars. Giovanni Ramirez, 31, of Los Angeles, was arrested May 22 on suspicion of violating parole for a previous conviction unrelated to Stow's beating. At a closed hearing Monday, state Board of Parole Hearings Deputy Commissioner Ali Zarrinnam found that Ramirez violated the terms of his parole by having access to a weapon, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino said. Ramirez had been on parole for a felony conviction a few years ago for firing a gun in a public place during a New Year's celebration in Los Angeles, his attorney Jose Romero said. After billboards went up around Los Angeles with sketches of two suspects in Stow's beating, Ramirez's parole officer contacted police to report that Ramirez matched the description of one of the attackers. On May 22, police found a gun in a laundry hamper at a home where Ramirez was located, Romero said. He has not been charged with the March 31 beating of Stow, 42, a Santa Cruz father of two who works as an emergency medical technician in Santa Clara County, though he is still a prime suspect, Romero said. Stow remains unconscious and in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital, where he was transferred after receiving weeks of care at a Los Angeles hospital. Romero said no evidence has been produced that Ramirez was at Dodger Stadium the night Stow was beaten after the Giants vs. Dodgers game. Romero said the core of Ramirez's defense is that this is a case of mistaken identity. "My client and defense team extend condolences to the Stow family," Romero said. "We hope LAPD finds the right guy. To have the wrong guy in prison compounds the tragedy."
First Spare the Air Day Announced for Today
The first Spare the Air day of the season has been called for today throughout the Bay Area, an air district spokeswoman said. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, or BAAQMD, issues Spare the Air days when air quality is unhealthy -- often coinciding with high temperatures and high pollution levels, BAAQMD spokeswoman Kristine Roselius said. The first summer Spare the Air day in 2010 was called in August, much later than this season's first poor air quality day, which falls on the fist day of summer, Roselius said. Forecasts show today's air quality will be unhealthy and people should try to avoid driving to reduce smog levels. People with respiratory problems, young children and the elderly should take extra precaution to avoid excessive exposure to smoggy air. Roselius suggested people carpool, take public transit, walk or bike to destinations. Previous years saw free transit available on high pollution days, but Roselius said the district hopes that Bay Area residents saw the benefit of public transit after using free buses or trains and now use public transit or ride shares out of habit. In the Bay Area, warmer regions inland, such as Livermore and San Jose, see more unhealthy air quality days, but other cities still need to watch their smog output, Roselius said. "What happens in San Francisco and Marin County affects the whole area," she said, explaining how pollutants are regional and do not recognize city or county lines. To receive Spare the Air alerts, residents can sign up at 511.org. More than 100,000 people are already registered to receive such notifications. An iPhone smartphone application is also available for free, notifying users of air quality, forecasts and pollution levels.
San Mateo Supes Consider Health System Cuts to Balance Budget
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Monday afternoon continued its first day of 2011-12 budget hearings by considering a range of proposed cuts and service reductions to the county health system. The recommended cuts to the health department total more than $9.6 million, according to County Manager David Boesch, and include reductions in funding to the Mental Assessment and Referral Program, the Multipurpose Senior Services Program, and a e of health programs that serve low-income and at-risk children. Health System Chief Jean Fraser said the reductions to children's services were unavoidable because of cutbacks in adult services programs that were made in last year's budget. "Honestly, we just don't have a choice," Fraser said. "We have to cut some kids' services. About two dozen San Mateo County nurses protested outside the government center in Redwood City over proposed Health System cuts, which participants said would threaten the county's underserved and at-risk communities. "When you cut too much, you shoot yourself in the foot," San Mateo Medical Center staff nurse Peter Zych said. The protesters carried signs that read "Preventive care saves money and lives" and "Some cuts don't heal." Supervisors this week will consider adopting a $1.69 billion budget that includes $29 million in spending cuts distributed among almost every county department, including the sheriff's office, the district attorney's office, and the county health department, according Boesch's budget report. The budget also includes a proposal to eliminate 208 county jobs, 65 of which are filled. County officials plan to offer early retirement incentives and move employees to vacant positions in order to minimize layoffs, according to Boesch's office. Budget hearings will continue this morning with presentations from the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder, the Treasurer-Tax Collector and County Counsel.
Couple Who Stole a Car with Baby Still At Large
A couple suspected of stealing a car with a 1-month-old baby in the backseat from outside a Morgan Hill food bank last month is still at-large and police are continuing to ask the public's help in finding them. Maribel Mejia and Enrique Rocha are likely staying with friends somewhere in the Salinas, Chualar or Los Banos area, police Sgt. Shane Palsgrove said Monday. They are believed to be driving a dark blue 1988 Toyota Camry with California license plate No. 2HJD721. Both rear windows are covered with what may be black duct tape. "Once we find that car, that would be a huge break," Palsgrove said. The couple was seen walking out of the Reach Out food bank at St. Catherine's Church in Morgan Hill the afternoon of May 31 as the infant's mother was walking in, police said. The mother, Maribel Corona, had left her baby in her white Infiniti Q45 with the keys in the ignition as she briefly ducked into the food bank, police said. When she came out, the car and her daughter were gone. Several hours later, the car was found by a hiker at Toro Park near Salinas. The baby was safe inside and was reunited with her mother. Investigators now believe Mejia and Rocha are responsible for stealing the car, according to Morgan Hill police. Corona's purse was in the car when it was taken, and her credit card was used at a Walmart and a gas station in Los Banos on June 1, police said. Surveillance video from several locations where the card was used show Mejia using the credit card with Rocha and Mejia's 4-year-old son, police said. Police have obtained a $120,000 arrest warrant for Mejia, a 33-year-old Chualar resident, on charges of auto theft, kidnapping, child endangerment and possession of stolen property. She is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mejia or Rocha is asked to call Morgan Hill police Detective Guerrero at (408) 779-2101.
Oakland Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Injured
One person was killed and three others were injured in a shooting that took place in Oakland Monday night, according to police. Oakland police received calls at about 8:30 p.m. reporting gunshots and people screaming in the 800 block of 32nd Street, Office J. Moore said. Subsequent callers reported seeing shooting victims leaving the area in private vehicles. Police located three victims at one hospital -- one of those three was pronounced dead at the hospital, Moore said -- and a fourth victim at a second hospital. The surviving victims were reported to be in stable condition, Moore said. Police have yet to identify a motive for the shooting.
US Supreme Court Blocks Class Action Discrimination Suit Against Wal-Mart, Plaintiffs Persist
Lawyers for women who tried to sue Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for alleged discrimination said they will continue with their clients' claims despite Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocking a nationwide class action. "We're obviously very disappointed. But it's not dead. The issue of equal pay is not dead and neither is the issue of discrimination in the workplace," said Arcelia Hurtado, a lawyer with Equal Rights Advocates in San Francisco. Hurtado said she expects a hearing in federal court in San Francisco within the next few weeks on the lawsuit filed in 2001 by the six original plaintiffs, who were led by Betty Dukes, a greeter at a Wal-Mart store in Pittsburg. Hurtado said proceedings before the trial judge assigned to the case, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, will determine how the women will continue their job bias claims against the world's largest private employer. The claims could continue through individual lawsuits or possibly smaller class actions based on individual stores, regions or other factors, the attorney said. If allowed by the high court, the now-blocked class action, or group lawsuit, would have been the largest in the nation's history, on behalf of up to 1.5 million past and present female workers. The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote said the women couldn't seek to prove a company-wide policy of discrimination through a class action, and by a 9-0 vote said the women couldn't seek back pay as a class. Justice Antonin Scalia said in the majority opinion that the plaintiffs "have not established the existence of any common question" because they provided "no convincing proof of a companywide discriminatory pay and promotion policy." Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., has 3,400 discount department stores nationwide. The plaintiffs unsuccessfully argued that the company had a "common culture" of bias against women in pay and promotion. Wal-Mart issued a statement saying, "We are pleased with today's ruling and believe the Court made the right decision.
Kathrin Sears Sworn in as Marin Supervisor
Kathrin Sears will be sworn in this morning as Marin County's District 3 Supervisor. Sears, 58, of Sausalito, was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to fill the seat of the late Charles McGlashan, 49, who died of a heart attack on a ski outing at Lake Tahoe on March 27. McGlashin had served on the board since 2009. Sears, a Democrat, worked as a deputy attorney general in the consumer law section of the California Attorney General's Office. Previously, she was a partner and associate at two law firms. Locally, she served on the board of directors on the Marin Conservation Corps, now known as the Conservation Corps North Bay, from 2003 to 2007 and chaired the Sausalito Public Safety Facilities Steering Committee in 2002. She has served in other roles throughout Sausalito and Marin County since 1984, according to officials. Sears will be paid $97,739 for the supervisor position, which does not require Senate confirmation. Sears will be sworn in at 9 a.m. before the board meeting.
Hayward Shooter who Killed Maurice Collins Arraigned on Murder Charges
A suspect in the shooting death of 28-year-old Maurice Collins during an apartment burglary in Hayward in January was arraigned on a murder charge Monday. Joseph Conners, a 20-year-old Hayward man who was arrested at his home last Thursday following a five-month investigation, is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on Aug. 4 to enter a plea. Co-defendant Richard Delosangeles, a 22-year-old Fremont man, who was arrested on May 18 and had previously been arraigned, will join Conners at the Aug. 4 hearing and also is scheduled to enter a plea at that time. According to Hayward police, Collins and his girlfriend were asleep in their apartment in the 29000 block of Vanderbilt Street when they awoke to find two men inside at about 11:40 p.m. on January 4. The men had climbed a tree that gave them access to a second-story balcony, where they broke into the apartment through a sliding glass patio door, police said. Once inside, the men confronted Collins and his girlfriend. During the confrontation, Collins was fatally shot, police said. Delosangeles was taken into custody at a San Francisco nightclub on May 18. Police said he allegedly confessed to his involvement in the homicide. Police are continuing to investigage the homicide and ask anyone with information to contact Inspector Guy Jakub at (510) 293-7081 or Inspector John Paul Guimaraes at (510) 293-7134.
3 Outages Cause 2000 PG&E Customers to Lose Power
More than 2,000 PG&E customers are without service around the Bay Area because of three separate outages that began Monday afternoon, a utility spokeswoman said. In Concord, an outage that began at about 3:40 p.m. initially knocked out power to 4,700 customers, PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris said. As of 6:15 p.m., only 950 customers in the region bounded by Ygnacio Valley Road, Alberta Way, Lime Ridge Open Space and Clayton Road were still without service. Some 385 customers in San Jose remained without service after power went out at about 1:15 p.m., Morris said. In Redwood City, 846 customers lost service at about 4:50 p.m. Even though causes of the outages were still under investigation, Morris said crews were working to restore service to customers before repairs were made. "Sometimes with the way that our circuits are laid out, it allows us to restore power while repairs are being made," she said. Morris said that there was no estimated time of restoration for any of the three outages.
Kidnapping Car from Lousiana Found in SF, Kidnapper Still At Large
A car that was allegedly used to kidnap a woman from Louisiana and drive her to San Francisco has been found, but investigators are still seeking the suspected abductor, a police spokesman said Monday. The 51-year-old victim was found disoriented and suffering from amnesia at about 7 p.m. Sunday near Filbert and Battery streets, police said. The woman was dumped out of a 2007 black Ford Fusion and a nearby security guard called police. She told authorities she had been kidnapped from a laundromat in Monroe, La., on Wednesday and driven across the country to San Francisco. The suspect, a white man in his 40s or 50s, fled in the car, which was later found and impounded, police Officer Albie Esparza said. The man remains on the loose though, and Esparza said the car is being processed for evidence that may help investigators identify him. San Francisco police are collaborating with authorities in Louisiana on the case, he said. Anyone with information about the case or the suspect's whereabouts is encouraged to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.
San Francisco Bay Area Monday News Roundup
Search Ends for Missing Nursing Student Michelle Le
A three-day search for missing nursing student Michelle Le ended Sunday, but her father said efforts to find her would continue.
More search parties, fundraisers and events are planned, said Le's father Son Le, who described himself as "a father who misses his daughter on Father's Day."
"We're staying strong and positive until we bring her home to us," he said.
Michelle Le's family worked with community volunteers, the KlaasKids Foundation, a Sausalito-based organization dedicated to stopping crimes against children, Team Amber and the G.I. Joe Search Foundation to conduct three days of searches this weekend involving more than 450 volunteers.
The searches, based at a command center at 23350 Cypress Ave. in Hayward, are intended to eliminate areas for law enforcement to search.
The family hopes to expedite Michelle Le's homecoming, family spokeswoman Krystine Dinh said. Family member have said they believe she is still alive, despite Hayward police classifying the case as a homicide.
Michelle Le, a 26-year-old San Mateo resident, was last seen at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Hayward on May 27 at 7 p.m.
She stepped out to take a break from her clinical rotation after telling classmates she had plans to go to Reno for the weekend, and never returned.
Investigators have said they have discovered compelling evidence that "Points conclusively to homicide," but have not released further details.
Firefighters Contain Brush Fire in Benicia
A two-alarm brush fire near a freeway in Benicia damaged several fences Sunday but did not reach any homes or cause any injuries, a fire captain said.
Firefighters arrived at the fire near Interstate Highway 780 at the E. Fifth Street on-ramp around 3:30 p.m., fire officials said.
It was contained around 5 p.m., Capt. Lisa Dubnoff said.
The fire spread across about two acres and damaged the fences of several homes, but did not damage any actual buildings, Dubnoff said. There were no injuries.
The fire's cause remains under investigation, but is likely to be an "improperly discarded hot object" of some description, she said. A total of 27 firefighters from five fire departments were on scene fighting the blaze.
Coast Guard Rescues Family from SF Bay After Boat Capsizes
Coast Guard crews rescued a family from the water near Alameda on Sunday morning, Coast Guard officials said.
A father and his two children were rescued 500 yards south of Ballena Bay in Alameda when their 19-foot aluminum boat capsized before 11:40 a.m., Petty Officer 1st Class David Font said.
Rescue crews from San Francisco responded to the call and arrived at 11:58 a.m., near the Encinal Boat Ramp where the boat had capsized.
The crew rescued the man and two children from the water in a small boat, according to Font.
The capsized boaters were all reported to be in stable condition once ashore and were taken to Alameda Hospital for further evaluation, he said.
Font said a majority of the boat was submerged in the bay with 2 to 3 feet of the bow out of the water.
SF Stabbing Suspect Arrested
A suspect was arrested in a non-fatal stabbing reported at Geary Street and Van Ness Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, according to San Francisco police.
Officers called to the scene found a victim who had suffered several cuts to the leg that were not life threatening, Officer Albie Esparza said.
A suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was arrested at the scene.
It appears the victim and suspect were involved in an argument that escalated and led to the stabbing, but the reason for the argument remains under investigation, Esparza said.
The victim, described by a San Francisco fire dispatcher as a male in his 30s, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment.
Sea Lion Spotted on Deck at St. Francis Yacht Club
A sea lion was spotted on a deck at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on Sunday morning, but it eluded capture by diving onto the rocks below, officials said.
The sea lion was spotted on a first-level deck at the yacht club, said Jim Oswald, communications director for the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.
The center was contacted around 8:30 a.m., but San Francisco police and fire units were already on scene.
Before the center's stranding unit could arrive, however, the sea lion, thought to have been a young adult, became spooked by the people on scene and jumped off the deck, Oswald said.
Police at the scene reported that the sea lion hit the rocks below and appeared to have a cut on its back, but it disappeared before the extent of its injuries could be assessed, Oswald said.
So far, no reports have come in of an injured animal in the area.
"Obviously, if folks do see this animal and it looks injured, do give us a call," he said.
Second Harvest Food Bank Receives New Building from Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties will be unwrapping its largest corporate contribution ever this morning-a new building.
Decorated with a giant ribbon and bow, the 75,000 square foot building estimated at $9 million is a gift from the Cypress Semiconductor Corp., food bank representatives said.
Serving as a volunteer food-sorting center, the building will help make 18 million more meals available to the hungry, representatives said.
The building is located on Cypress Semiconductor's corporate campus at 4001 N. First St. in San Jose.
At about 10:30 a.m., the food bank will be unwrapping the donation.
For 20 consecutive years, Cypress Semiconductor has been the largest per-capita corporate donor to the food bank, according to representatives.
One in 10 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties receive food from the Second Harvest Food Bank, representatives said.
Pittsburg Fire Hospitalizes 3 People
A two-alarm fire hospitalized three people for smoke inhalation and caused about $250,000 in damage to their home in Pittsburg on Saturday evening, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.
An alarm monitoring center first alerted firefighters when a fire alarm was activated in the home at about 7 p.m., fire officials said.
Neighbors reported the house fire on Valley Drive a few minutes later.
Responding crews saw a large column of smoke from more than a mile away.
After arriving, they found the one-story single family home fully engulfed in flames and an adjacent home also becoming involved in the fire, officials said.
A second alarm was called, and fire crews used large hose lines to control the blaze from the exterior and prevent its spread to the neighboring home's interior.
The fire was under control within 30 minutes, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials said.
The residents of the primary home were notified of the fire by their smoke detector, officials said.
The occupants found the blaze in their garage, and attempted to put the fire out. When their efforts failed, they left the house.
The three residents were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
The fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damage to their home.
The adjacent house suffered minor damage that is less than $10,000, fire officials said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, but it appears accidental.
Thirty-one fire personnel, six engines, two ladder trucks and one breathing support unit responded to the fire.
OFD Put Out Debris Fire
The Oakland Fire Department responded to a small debris fire on a boat located in an estuary near the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline early Sunday morning, a fire dispatcher said.
Firefighters used fire extinguishers to control the flames of the burning garbage on a powerboat located in waters near Swan Way and Doolittle Drive at about 4:20 a.m., a fire dispatcher said.
Although small, the one-alarm fire proved challenging because the boat was inaccessible and firefighters could not use fire hoses to put out the blaze, according to the Oakland Fire Department.
The Oakland Fire Department controlled the fire, but the debris was still smoldering as of about 6 a.m. Sunday, and crews were working to quell the smoke.
Elderly SF Man Hit Tree, Died
An elderly San Francisco man was killed after his car hit a tree in Saratoga on Saturday evening, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The 70-year-old man was traveling eastbound in the driveway of 14831 Pierce Road at an unknown speed when he failed to negotiate a curve to the left at about 5:45 p.m., CHP officials said.
The driver's 1969 Volkswagen Beetle veered to the right off of the roadway and crashed into a large tree on the right shoulder, according to the CHP.
After the crash, the Volkswagen came to a stop on its wheels with the front of the car against a tree.
The 70-year-old was not wearing his seatbelt and it appears he was killed instantly, CHP officials said.
It is unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.
The CHP has not yet released the name of the victim.
SOMA Stabbing Leaves Victim with Life-Threatening Injuries
A man suffered from life-threatening injuries following a stabbing in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood early Sunday morning, police said.
The victim, a man in his 20s, was found at Harrison and Fourth streets just after 2 a.m. with several cuts to his throat, police said.
The man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital in critical condition, according to police.
San Francisco police describe the suspect as a black man in his 20s, who witnesses saw running away from the scene. Investigators believe the suspect and the victim might have been arguing, which could have led to the stabbing, police said.
Fairfield Police Arrest Bomb Suspect, After 8 Hour Standoff
Fairfield police arrested the man allegedly responsible for two explosive device incidents after an eight-hour standoff Saturday, police said.
Daniel Garcia, 29, surrendered after a SWAT team deployed tear gas into his home in the 1600 block of Quincey Lane, police said.
He was arrested on suspicion of using a destructive device.
On Friday, police named Garcia as a suspect in two incidents involving explosives and issued a $200,000 warrant for his arrest.
On May 27, police discovered that a pipe bomb had been detonated under a parked vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Phoenix Drive. The owner of the vehicle put out the fire from the explosion before police arrived.
The blast caused minor damage to the vehicle's undercarriage, police said. Fairfield police executed a search warrant at Garcia's home on Thursday, and found an explosive device and the materials used to make it. On Saturday, officers received a tip that Garcia had returned home.
Once police arrived, he refused to communicate with officers and ignored orders to surrender until the tear gas was used, police said. Police also arrested 29-year-old resident Jimmie Hicks, who was in the home with Garcia, on suspicion of obstruction.
Garcia, who was on probation for unrelated narcotics offenses, was also arrested on suspicion of probation violation.
The Fairfield Police Department SWAT team, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Task Force, Yolo County Bomb Squad, and FBI Bomb Unit responded to assist with Garcia's arrest.
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Man in 20s Stabbed in SOMA
A man is suffering from life-threatening injuries following a stabbing in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood early this morning, police said.
The victim, a man in his 20s, was found at Harrison and Fourth streets just after 2 a.m. with several cuts to his throat, police said. The man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he remains in critical condition as of 4 a.m., according to police.
San Francisco police describe the suspect as a black man in his 20s, who witnesses saw running away from the scene.
Investigators believe the suspect and the victim might have been arguing, which could have led to the stabbing, police said.
Witnesses or those with information about the stabbing are urged to contact San Francisco police through their anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or by sending a text message to TIP411.
San Francisco Bay Area Sunday News Round Up
STANDOFF IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
A standoff with an armed man triggered a shelter-in-place warning for Rodeo residents Saturday evening.
Shortly before 8 p.m., the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office received a report of a person with a gun in the 800 block of Coral Drive in Rodeo, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Lee.
Deputies arriving at the scene found a resident armed with a gun. He was agitated and refused to come out of his home, Lee said.
Hostage negotiators were called in, and they were able to persuade the man to surrender. He was taken into custody at 10 p.m., Lee said.
The shelter-in-place warning, which was issued for residents of Coral Drive, Reef Point Drive and Windward Drive, was lifted, Lee said.
CALIFORNIA CHILDREN TO VISIT FATHERS IN PRISON TODAY
Children from across California were bused to Bay Area prisons Saturday to visit their dad in honor of Father's Day, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
More than 1,000 kids participated in the corrections department's 12th annual "Get On the Bus" event in conjunction with the Center for Restorative Justice Works.
Thirty buses took the kids to state prisons including San Quentin, Solano State Prison, and Salinas Valley State Prison, the corrections department said.
"Uniting fathers with their children helps to keep the family bond that will encourage inmates to change their behavior when they are eventually released into society," corrections Secretary Matthew Cate said in a statement.
The buses arrived at 8 a.m. so the prisons could accommodate all the kids, many of whom see their fathers just once a year. Last month, children were bused to the state's three women's prisons for the 12th annual "Get on the Bus Mother's Day" event.
The program provides travel bags for the children, comfort bags for their caregivers, a photograph of each child with his or her parent, and meals for the day. Each child received a teddy bear with a letter from his or her parent, plus post-event counseling.
Donations from churches, schools, family foundations and other organizations fund the programs, and transportation is provided by Silverado
About 200,000 children currently have an incarcerated parent in California.
BAY SWAN HATCHED AT SF PALACE OF FINE ARTS
A baby swan hatched at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts lagoon has been killed by a predator, a swan caretaker said.
Martha, the cygnet born to the swans Blue Boy and Blanche on Memorial Day, disappeared Thursday evening, caretaker Gayle Hagerty said. Either a hawk or a raccoon is suspected to have taken the baby.
Hagerty said the death, while upsetting to the swan family's many fans, is very natural. Swans normally hatch around six cygnets and lose about two, she said, and Blue Boy and Blanche are inexperienced parents.
"It's heartbreaking for everybody, but it happens," Hagerty said.
More hatchlings for the pair this year are not expected, as Martha had already arrived later than usual, Hagerty said.
It's also unlikely that Bella, Blue Boy's sister, will return to the lagoon, she said. Bella, who spent more than a month away from the lagoon while being treated for an injured foot, was removed shortly after her return last week. Blue Boy and Blanche, protective of their new cygnet, were treating her as an intruder.
Hagerty said that even with Martha gone, Blue Boy and Blanche would probably continue to reject Bella now that she has been identified as a trespasser.
"They're bird-brained that way," she said.
However, Bella is now staying with a flock of nine swans and has a good chance to mate and bond in her new home, Hagerty said.
SF RESIDENT PROTESTS SMART METER INSTALLATIONS
A San Francisco resident attempting to prevent the installation of PG&E smart meters said was arrested Saturday morning during a protest, according to the group Stop Smart Meters.
Amy O'Hair, a Glen Park resident, was sitting on the hood of a Wellington Energy truck and had refused to move when she was arrested, group director Joshua Hart said.
O'Hair is thought to be the first such arrest in San Francisco, Hart said. San Francisco police did not return a call seeking information on the arrest.
JESUS LOERA KILLED IN SAN JOSE
A San Jose man was killed and another injured early Saturday after a high-speed chase ended with a crash into a tanker truck, according to police.
Jesus Loera, 21, was killed when the pickup truck he was driving west on Alum Rock Avenue at a high rate of speed struck the side of a tanker truck on East Santa Clara Street at U.S. Highway 101 just past the overpass, Sgt. Jason Dwyer said. The tanker was making a wide turn at the time of the crash.
The crash forced the pickup under the tanker, shearing off the top, and sent the smaller truck crashing into a building on the 1400 block of East Santa Clara Street, Dwyer said.
Loera was declared dead at the scene at 5:30 a.m. His passenger, a 22-year-old San Jose man, survived and was taken to a hospital to be treated, but Dwyer did not know the extent of his injuries.
The deadly crash ended a high-speed chase launched after the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office received calls reporting a reckless driver.
Deputies called San Jose police for assistance at 5:12 a.m., shortly after the chase began, but not at an emergency level, meaning that officers were not asked to use red lights or sirens, Dwyer said. The crash occurred while San Jose police officers were still en route.
The tanker truck, which is usually used to transport ethanol, was empty at the time of the crash, and did not spill any hazardous materials, Dwyer said. The driver was not injured.
San Jose police are investigating the crash because it took place within city limits, Dwyer said.
OAKLAND TEEN SHOT AND KILLED
An Oakland teen was fatally shot Friday night in the eastern part of the city, police said Saturday.
Officers responding to reports of a shooting found the victim, 18-year-old Christian Daniel Garcia, at about 11:40 p.m. suffering from a gunshot wound near Bancroft and Seminary avenues, police said.
He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at about 12:15 a.m.
Homicide investigators later determined the shooting took place at 64th and Avenal avenues. No arrests have been made and a motive has not been determined, police said.
WOMAN TO BE ARRESTED AFTER HOSPITAL RELEASE
A 25-year-old woman who crashed her car in East Palo Alto on Friday night, killing her 22-year-old passenger, will be arrested when she is released from the hospital, police said Saturday.
The woman's identity will be released upon her arrest, according to police. She is suspected of homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol, and evading police.
Officers allegedly saw the woman driving recklessly at Pulgas Avenue and Camellia Drive at around 10:30 p.m.
Police said the officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the car would not yield. It continued to speed in what appeared to be an attempt to evade the police.
A short chase ensued, which ended when the vehicle crashed at the intersection of Pulgas Avenue and East Bayshore Road, police said.
The driver was ejected from the vehicle and was hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Her passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.
MAN STRUCK AND KILLED IN MISSION DISTRICT
A pedestrian was struck by a car and killed Saturday morning in a hit and run collision in San Francisco's Mission District, a police spokesman said.
Officers found the victim, a Hispanic man believed to have been in his 40s, at about 10:40 a.m. suffering from severe trauma in the 2200 block of Mission Street, Officer Albie Esparza said.
The man died from his injuries.
Witnesses described the vehicle, which fled the scene, as a white minivan, possibly a Chevrolet, Esparza said. The suspect was described as a black man between 30 and 40 years old.
TRANSITIONING ANIMALS INTO LOVING SITUATIONS (TAILS)
Four dogs graduated from a unique inmate training program in Redwood City this week and are ready to be adopted, shelter officials said.
The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA chose four dogs whose adoption potential was questionable and enrolled them in the Transitioning Animals Into Loving Situations, or TAILS, program at a minimum-security facility operated by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
Participating inmates receive instruction from PHS/SPCA trainers on how to train the dogs in a weekly class. The inmates are responsible for the dogs' homework, clean-up, socialization, grooming, and exercise outside of the weekly class.
The eight-week program gives the dogs much-needed attention and provides the inmates with a meaningful pastime to develop skills, according to program officials.
"We have wonderful behavior programs at the shelter, but since our dog population often exceeds 200, we can't give every dog the undivided attention and controlled environment some need to control their issues. TAILS provides this," said Maria Eguren, behavior and training manager for the PHS/SPCA in a statement.
The graduating canines range in age from eight months to four years and include a border collie, a terrier mix, a pit bull, and a large mix.
"Whoever adopts these dogs will be bringing real treasures into their home. Honestly, our biggest challenge is finding permanent homes as good as the one they've enjoyed in the past eight weeks," PHS/SPCA spokesman Scott Delucchi said in a statement.
DOGNAPPING IN SAN FRANCISCO
A woman was robbed of her dog while out for a walk on Eucalyptus Avenue in South San Francisco on Friday morning, according to police. The dognapping happened when the victim, a female South San Francisco resident, was walking near Baden Avenue at about 11:15 a.m., police said.
A man approached the victim and forcibly removed her dog, a dark brown Chihuahua and Pomeranian mix, from its leash. He pushed the victim several times and ran away with the dog, police said.
The suspect was last seen running west in the 800 block of Second Lane. He was described as an Asian or Hispanic male approximately 35 years old, who was last seen wearing a blue colored shirt and baseball hat.
No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact South San Francisco police at (650) 877-8900.
BAY AREA WEATHER
The Bay Area is expected to be cloudy with patches of fog this morning, before becoming sunny. Highs in the 60s to lower 70s are anticipated, with northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Skies are expected to mostly clear tonight, with lows in the 50s.Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph are anticipated, before becoming west 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
Sunshine is predicted for Monday, with west winds 5 to 10 mph. Highs in the 60s to mid 70s are expected.
June 20, 2011
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El Fallecimiento Sucedido en Sábado por un Choque y Fuga Se Podría Haber Evitado, Opinan Funcionarios
El accidente de choque y fuga que el sábado al medio día resultó en la muerte de un peatón sobre la calle Misión es uno de los accidentes más trágicos: uno en el que los funcionarios municipales y de tránsito opinan que se puede evitar. Sin embargo, señalaron, las minorías y las personas de la...
June 19, 2011
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