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Two Stabbed in Potrero Hill This Morning

Two people were stabbed in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood this morning, a police spokesman said.

The stabbing was reported at about 9:20 a.m. in the 900 block of Connecticut Street.

The victims, a male and female, were taken to a hospital to be treated for their injuries, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said the female victim's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

No information was immediately available about the other victim's condition.

No one is in custody for the stabbings, Shyy said.

 

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Man Critically Injured in Mid-Market Attack

A man was found critically injured after an apparent attack near Market and Mason streets in San Francisco on Tuesday evening, police said today.

The 49-year-old victim was found half-conscious in the street and possibly having a seizure at about 7:30 p.m., police said.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with head trauma that is considered life-threatening, according to police.

A half-dozen suspects allegedly involved in the attack fled the scene and had not been found as of this morning, police said.

No other information about the case was immediately available.

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

 

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Missing Man Found at West Portal Muni

A man who went missing on Tuesday in San Francisco and was considered at-risk has been found safe, police said this morning.

Richard McNaulty, 57, was found at 12:15 a.m. today at the West Portal San Francisco Municipal Railway station, police said.

McNaulty had last been seen in the vicinity of San Francisco City College at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Police said his disappearance raised concern because McNaulty has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old and is unable to read and write.

He is also diabetic and did not have his medication with him.

 

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AT&T Park Workers in 'Sit-Down' Strike Arrested

Ten concession workers demanding better working conditions and wages were arrested at a "sit-down" strike inside the San Francisco Giant's AT&T Park on Tuesday evening, according to police.

At about 5:30 p.m., 300 to 400 protesters were peacefully marching outside AT&T Park's Willie Mays Plaza, according to police.

Police said about 40 to 50 protesters entered AT&T Park lawfully with purchased tickets.

The protesters then staged a "sit-down" strike near section 119 of the stadium, according to police.

Police explained to protest organizers that they were in violation of AT&T Park/Giants fan code of conduct, which applies to anyone who attends a Giants game at the park.

Patrons in violation of the code can be asked to leave the premises or are subject to arrest, police said.

Ten protesters participating in the "sit-down" strike refused to leave the park and were arrested.

All other protesters were escorted off of the Giants property without incident, according to police.

The ten protesters were cited for trespassing and released from custody outside AT&T Park.

 

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Search Underway for At-Risk Missing Man

Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing at-risk man who was last seen in San Francisco Tuesday morning.

Richard McNaulty, 57, was last seen in the vicinity of San Francisco City College at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, police said.

McNaulty is described as a black man, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 165 pounds.

He is missing a front tooth, according to police.

He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, without a jacket. He was wearing a silver ID bracelet on his wrist, according to police.

Police said that McNaulty has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old and is unable to read and write.

He is also diabetic and does not have his medication with him, police said.

McNaulty is known to frequent San Francisco's Civic Center area and the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library, according to police. Anyone who has information regarding McNaulty's whereabouts is asked to contact police at (415) 553-1071 or call 911.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday Morning News Roundup

SJ: City Sues MLB to Allow Oakland A's Move to San Jose

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Tuesday that the city filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball after giving up on MLB Commissioner Bud Selig's effort to study a proposed move by the Oakland A's to San Jose.

Reed said the city felt it was time to file suit against MLB as a committee Selig set up in March 2009 had yet to come to a decision to let the A's transfer to San Jose, about a five-year process.

"After waiting for four and a half years for Major League Baseball for an answer, it is clear we are not going to get an answer," Reed said at a news conference at City Hall flanked by City Council members and local business leaders.

"I just decided it was time," Reed said. "I just know what they did was not right and we're going to fix that."

Had MLB approved a plan by the A's back in 2007 to invest about $500 million into a privately-funded ballpark in downtown San Jose, it would be operating by now and generating millions in tax revenues for the city and local governments, Reed said.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday morning against MLB and Selig in U.S. District Court in San Jose, claims the league violated federal and state antitrust laws by stalling the A's proposed move.

Under a 1922 Supreme Court decision, MLB has been exempted from U.S. antitrust laws, but the city is challenging the exemption, claiming that MLB's method of operation is an "unlawful exercise of market power."

The suit asks that the court declare that MLB had violated antitrust laws and bar the league from blocking the relocation of the A's to San Jose.

San Jose wants to build a baseball stadium near its downtown Caltrain station and has earmarked a site for the project.

A's owner Lew Wolff has professed his interest in moving to San Jose, with strong support from Reed.

Reed, who said that he has never spoken directly with Selig, said he notified A's owner Wolff about the suit last week.

"I informed Lew of what we are doing, I didn't ask for his permission," Reed said. "We don't need his support. He's been working this issue long and hard without success and I decided it was time for us to stick up for our rights."

MLB, in trying to uphold the Giants' rights to San Jose's fan base, is "interfering" with an options contract Wolff signed with the city to buy land for the proposed stadium site, the city claimed.

The league's actions are restraining trade in violation of federal anti-trust laws and blocking the A's from making a prudent business move to San Jose from Oakland, the city argued.

The A's have had the fifth-worst fan attendance at games in MLB since the 1990s, the city claimed.

While the Giants' had an average attendance of 41,695 fans a game during the 2012 season - the fourth best in MLB -- the A's averaged only 20,728, or 27th out of 30 MLB teams, according to the suit.

Hayward: Hayward Station Reopens After Fatality on Tracks

The Hayward BART station reopened after a man died by jumping in front of a train there Tuesday afternoon causing major disruptions to service, BART and Hayward fire officials said a northbound train hit the victim at 4:18 p.m., BART police Lt. Tyrone Forte said.

Train service was immediately shut down, the station was closed and power to the station was cut.

The train remained on the northbound track after electricity was cut, which initially made it difficult for rescuers to get to the victim, who was believed to be either on the tracks or under the platform, Hayward fire Capt. Thor Poulsen said.

Power had to be shut down to protect rescuers and potentially the victim from electrocution, but that also meant that it took over an hour to move the train out of the way to get to the victim, Poulsen said.

Eventually the train was moved and the victim, a man between 40 and 50 years old, was found lying facedown between the two main tracks.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, Poulsen said.

The station reopened at 7:06 p.m., BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

Fairfield: Spread of Grass Fire Leads to Overnight Evacuation of Motel 6

A fast-moving grass fire that spread to a Fairfield motel Tuesday evening has forced the motel's evacuation, at least until today, a fire battalion chief said.

The fire was first reported at about 7 p.m. near the junction of Interstate Highway 80 and Suisun Valley Road, fire officials said.

A three-alarm response was called as the fire was moving quickly and threatening structures in the area.

However, firefighters were unable to prevent the fire from reaching a nearby Motel 6.

Firefighters contained the grass fire to between an acre and an acre-and-a-half, but the damage to the motel forced firefighters to call for its evacuation until today, when the damage can be better assessed, Battalion Chief Bob Stoffel said.

No one was injured.

Benicia: Grass Fire Fully Contained at 124 Acres

A grass fire in Benicia grew to 124 acres before it was fully contained Tuesday night, fire officials said.

Crews responded to reports of a fire near an industrial park in the 4500 block of California Court around 2:20 p.m., according to a Benicia fire dispatcher.

The fire, which burned near Lake Herman Road about a mile west of Interstate Highway 680, spread quickly, fueled by 20 mph winds and dry conditions, Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.

Crews contained had the blaze 100 percent contained as of about 10:30 p.m., according to Cal Fire.

A shed was burned but the fire threatened no other buildings and no injuries were reported, Benicia fire Division Chief K.C. Smith said.

Smith said firefighters planned to remain in the area overnight mopping up.

Firefighters from Solano, Contra Costa and Marin counties also assisted in fighting the fire.

Berkeley: Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting in February

Police have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in broad daylight on a Berkeley street in February.

The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Jevon Calland, was arrested on an unrelated warrant by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office in Hayward, Berkeley police said.

Berkeley police had already procured a warrant for Calland's arrest as a suspect in the murder of 34-year-old Zontee Jones on Feb. 4 and after being alerted of his arrest, he was booked into Berkeley City Jail.

Jones was found shot on Delaware Street between 10th Street and San Pablo Avenue at about 11 a.m. that day and was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later, police said.

Investigators then found evidence implicating Calland in the shooting and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

After he was in custody, Berkeley police executed a search warrant in Antioch related to the shooting.

Police have not disclosed the evidence linking Calland to Jones' killing.

Man Pleads not Guilty After Being Filmed Naked, Harassing BART Customers

A man accused of stripping naked and harassing people while doing acrobatic moves at a BART station in San Francisco last month pleaded not guilty Tuesday to seven felony and misdemeanor charges.

Yeiner Perez Garizabalo, 24, faces two felony counts of false imprisonment, four misdemeanor counts of battery on public transportation and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery for the May 10 incident at the 16th Street Mission BART station.

Garizabalo allegedly ran naked through the station, grabbing several passengers and kicking a BART employee while also doing a backflip and other acrobatic moves.

The incident was captured in a video posted on YouTube that has gone viral via social media.

He was arrested after visiting with immigration authorities in the city on Monday, District Attorney George Gascon said.

The Colombia native did not speak during his arraignment in San Francisco Superior Court Tuesday afternoon while his attorney, Deputy Public Defender Paul Myslin, entered the not guilty pleas on his behalf.

Myslin asked for the felony counts to be downgraded to misdemeanors, saying that Garizabalo has no criminal record and his actions "appear to be of a psychiatric nature."

However, Judge Brendan Conroy denied the request and ordered Garizabalo to remain in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail.

He is also being held on a detainer by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and could face deportation.

Garizabalo was a member of the Berkeley-based circus troupe ClownSnotBombs and some of his former colleagues came to Tuesday's hearing to show support for him.

Ben Goldstein, 64, who performs music for the troupe, said he has talked on the phone to Garizabalo since the May 10 incident.

"He didn't realize at first what happened. His memory of what happened was that he was in a play," Goldstein said. "He didn't realize how serious and horrible this was until he saw the videos of himself."

Goldstein said Garizabalo's behavior had gotten erratic recently and that he was at the Stage Werx Theater on Valencia Street hours before the incident in the BART station, but developed a blank stare and then walked out of the theater without talking to anybody.

Goldstein said he thinks Garizabalo may have suffered "some kind of stroke or some type of medical condition" that caused him to act so strangely.

Fable Kievman, 31, a clown in the troupe, said Garizabalo acted out violently days before the May 10 incident, although no one was hurt.

He "is a person who needs help," Kievman said. "He needs to get a psychiatric evaluation."

The district attorney said Garizabalo was placed on a psychiatric hold following the incident but was released shortly afterward.

Gascon said BART police never filed an arrest report for the incident, so prosecutors were never notified about it until after the YouTube video began going viral.

BART police were not immediately available to comment on the case.

Union City: Neighbors React to Fatal Mauling of 6-Year Old Boy by Pit Bull

Residents who live near the house where a 6-year-old boy was fatally mauled by his relatives' pit bull Monday reacted to the horrific accident Tuesday afternoon.

The boy, identified as Nephi Selu, had been playing with the dog in the backyard of a home on Elizabeth Way around 11:30 a.m. when the dog attacked him, biting him on the top of his head, police said.

Nephi was taken to Stanford Hospital and was pronounced dead around 4 p.m., police said.

The dog was taken to the Tri-City Animal Shelter in Fremont and will be held for a 10-day quarantine, police said.

Police said the boy was playing with the dog and may have tried to climb onto the animal's back.

A neighbor who declined to give her name said her 5-year-old cousin had been in a kindergarten graduation ceremony at a Union City school with Nephi last week.

She said she saw him at the ceremony and that he was a "sweet little kid" who "was always smiling and happy."

The woman, who lives two houses away, said she had seen the family's two pit bulls often but had never heard about any issues with the pets.

Another woman who said she's lived on the block for 40 years said the family "seemed lovely" and always had grandchildren playing in the backyard.

She said she often saw family members with the two dogs.

Another resident who has lived on Elizabeth Way for 26 years said there were many grandchildren that lived at the home and that the family "were nice people."

She said it was "just devastating that this happened" and she called it a "freak accident."

According to police, the dog owner was distraught over the incident but is cooperating with the investigation.

The owner told police that the dog has never bitten anyone before.

The dog had been given anti-rabies shots and was properly licensed, according to police.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Union City police at (510) 471-1365.

Oakland: Woman Gets 6 Years for Fatally Stabbing Ex-Boyfriend

An Oakland woman was sentenced Tuesday to six years in state prison for fatally stabbing her ex-boyfriend during a drunken fight at her apartment last year.

Everley Avery, 48, had been charged with murder for the death of 51-year-old Ernest Williams and could have faced up to 25 years to life if she had been convicted but on May 21 she pleaded no contest to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors.

Oakland police said Avery stabbed Williams to death at their apartment in the 3200 block of East 27th Street in East Oakland at about 10:12 p.m. on Feb., 13, 2012, less than two hours before the start of Valentine's Day.

According to evidence in Avery's preliminary hearing, she and Williams had been girlfriend and boyfriend for some time but their relationship had ended.

However, she allowed him to stay at her apartment because he was sick and his family members didn't want him to stay with them.

Evidence in the case indicated that Avery and Williams had had a turbulent relationship that included alcohol and violence and that she might have acted in self-defense when she stabbed him.

The lone witness in the case testified that on the night of the stabbing Avery warned Williams not to touch her and if he did she would stab him.

At her sentencing hearing Tuesday Avery tried to withdraw her no contest plea and enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity but Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carrie Panetta denied her request.

Avery's lawyer, Philip Caruthers, said Avery has a history of mental health and medical problems and he has asked that she get appropriate housing and treatment while she's in state prison.

Prosecutor Tim Wagstaffe said he believes a voluntary manslaughter result and a six-year prison term are an appropriate outcome for Avery given the evidence in the case.

SF Mayor Raises LGBT Flag at City Hall to Celebrate Pride Month

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee raised the LGBT rainbow flag at City Hall late Tuesday morning, ushering in Pride Month and optimism about an upcoming decision on marriage equality from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Standing on the mayor's balcony at 11 a.m., Lee unfurled the multi-colored flag, about two weeks before the annual Pride parade and accompanying festivities on June 29 and 30.

Following the raising, Lee said he likes this year's theme of "Embrace, Encourage, Empower" that the pride committee selected.

The mayor said those ideals fit well with the imminent decision by the Supreme Court concerning Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage that was voted into law in 2008.

By the end of the month the high court is expected to rule either to uphold the initiative or invalidate it.

"We are on the precipice," Lee said. Lee said San Francisco has been a longstanding supporter of the gay community. "We've been doing right by our LGBT community," he said. "We are always looking out to help each other."

In 2004 thousands of weddings occurred when then-mayor Gavin Newsom allowed same-sex marriages, and Lee is expecting a similar flood of nuptials depending on the court's ruling.

"In San Francisco, there's a sense of freedom that we've always had," Lee said. Lee said it harkens back to the 1960s, but that the freedom to marry should extend beyond the "island" of acceptance found in San Francisco. "We're waiting in anticipation for the U.S. Supreme Court to make a decision," he said.

The clerk's office is bracing for hundreds of same-sex weddings in the days following a potential overturning of Proposition 8, and has plans for extra employees and volunteers to handle the load.

The decision is slated to come before the end of June.

The mayor then joined dozens of elected officials, agency heads and other guests at a City Hall pride reception, complete with rainbow-colored napkins.

Man Killed in Car Crash After Alleged Beer Theft Identified

A man killed in a car crash near state Highway 87 in San Jose early Monday has been identified as Henry Olmedo, 40, of Morgan Hill, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

Olmedo was a passenger in a gray-colored Toyota Avalon that crashed at around 2 a.m. after he and the driver allegedly stole beer from a 7-Eleven store, San Jose police said.

The driver, whose name has not been released, was speeding south on Pearl Avenue and lost control after trying to turn onto Hillsdale Avenue about a mile from the store, police said.

The driver smashed into a parked car, causing a chain reaction that involved four other parked cars, police said.

Olmedo, the only passenger in the Toyota, was found pinned inside the vehicle and pronounced dead after personnel from the San Jose Fire Department had extracted him, police said.

The driver was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

Investigators concluded that alcohol use was a factor in the crash and had planned to arrest the driver on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI, felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, police said.

The driver and passenger earlier had allegedly picked up some beer at a 7-Eleven store at Branham Lane and Pearl Avenue and fled without paying for it, police said.

Supervisor Campos Working to Find Solution for 'Tamale Lady'

A week after a San Francisco bar said it would no longer be able to allow the "Tamale Lady" to serve her famous food at its establishment, a city supervisor said Tuesday he is working on a solution.

The popular Valencia Street establishment Zeitgeist announced on Facebook last week that city codes were preventing Virginia Ramos from serving her famous tamales there.

Supervisor David Campos said at Tuesday's board meeting that since the news came out, his office has received "hundreds of calls and emails from people wanting to know how they can help the Tamale Lady."

Campos said he met with Ramos on Friday and is looking at a few different solutions that would allow her to continue serving the tamales at Zeitgeist and other restaurants while complying with laws from the city's Department of Public Health.

SFDPH spokeswoman Eileen Shields said the issue comes down to liability because "health code says if a restaurant is selling food from an unlicensed vendor and someone gets ill, it's on the restaurant."

Shields said the department "has been trying for a number of years to work with her to become permitted and will continue to try to do that."

Ramos is a "much-loved community resource," Shields said. "Many of us at the health department like her tamales as well, so there's a lot of support for her to get permitted and become legit."

Campos said that Ramos began selling the tamales after realizing that her day job as a domestic worker cleaning houses was not bringing in enough money to support her family, which includes seven children.

"She has become an icon here in the city," he said. "She seems to miraculously appear when nightlife patrons need something to eat."

Ramos has more than 5,500 followers on Twitter and has been the subject of several features in local publications.

Campos said his office is "doing everything we can to make sure the Tamale Lady stays in business" and said an announcement about a plan of action could come in the next few days.

In the meantime, a 60th birthday party is being held for Ramos this Friday at 7 p.m. at the SF Eagle, a bar located at 398 12th St.

Campos encouraged the Tamale Lady's supporters to attend the event and "donate a little money to ensure she continues to have a business in San Francisco."

Sonoma Co.: Supes Deny Appeal by State Parks to Charge Fees at Coastal Beaches

Sonoma County's Board of Supervisors unanimously rebuffed a State Parks plan to charge fees at 14 state beach parking lots on the Sonoma Coast.

The Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustment in January denied the California Department of Parks and Recreation's request for a coastal permit to install signs and self-pay boxes known as "iron rangers" at the beaches.

The proposed day use fee was to be $7 or $8.

State Parks appealed that decision Tuesday afternoon to the Board of Supervisors.

The State Parks Department can further appeal the board's denial before the California Coastal Commission.

Deputy Director of Park Operations Matthew Fuzie said the decision to appeal further rests with State Parks Director Major General Anthony L. Jackson.

"They did exactly what they needed to do," Fuzie said after the Board of Supervisors denied the appeal.

The county's Permit and Resource Management Department recommended the supervisors deny the appeal.

The 20 people who spoke Tuesday afternoon against the fees at the state park beaches echoed the comments of the two-dozen people who spoke at the zoning board's hearing in January.

Speakers and the supervisors cited Coastal Act Access Policy 30210 that requires maximum public access to the coastal beaches.

Speakers said charging to park at the beaches would prevent lower income families, seniors and youths from access to the beaches.

Speakers said beachgoers would park, as they already have at some beaches, in nearby neighborhoods and risk injury or death by crossing state Highway 1.

They also said damage would occur to environmentally sensitive habitat areas when people cut new trails to avoid paying the day use beach fees.

Some speakers and board members also noted the public outcry when $50 million was discovered in two different State Parks' accounts at the time State Parks was planning on closing dozens of parks in the state.

The Board of Supervisors in August approved a resolution opposing new beach parking fees until the Department of Parks and Recreation accounts for all funding streams and determines no other viable funding alternatives exist to ensure free and open access to parks.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation cited budget shortfalls and a legislative mandate to increase revenue as the reasons for collecting the fees at beach parking lots in Sonoma Coast State Park and Salt Point State Park.

Fuzie said the State Parks' budget for the Russian River District that includes the coastal state parks is $4.7 million a year, and the district generates only about $900,000 annually to State Parks.

State Parks staff said one option would allow use of multiple parks in a single day with a payment of the fee at the first stop.

State Parks has also proposed an hourly fee at some locations in Southern California.

Fire at SF General Construction Site not Expected to Hinder 2015 Opening

A fire Tuesday morning at a construction site of a new building at San Francisco General Hospital is not expected to affect its 2015 opening.

The one-alarm blaze was reported at 9:32 a.m. in an elevator shaft of the under-construction building at 23rd Street and Potrero Avenue, hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said.

The fire was controlled at 10:18 a.m. About 350 workers were evacuated from the construction site because of the fire.

Seven workers were assessed for smoke inhalation, and two of them were treated at the nearby emergency room and released in good condition, Kagan said.

One firefighter suffered a minor shoulder injury responding to the blaze, Kagan said.

Webcor Builders, the project's construction contractor, is working with the city's Department of Public Works and Department of Public Health to investigate the incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A fire spokeswoman said crews were welding in the elevator shaft before the fire broke out on a temporary platform.

California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is also looking into the fire, spokesman Peter Melton said.

He said safety engineers were sent to the site and the agency will be reviewing the project's safety program.

The blaze did not affect hospital operations Tuesday, Kagan said.

The construction project is part of a new $887.4 million acute care hospital that will include private rooms and a larger emergency room.

Construction broke ground in October 2009 and the building is scheduled to open in 2015.

Weather Forecast for SF Bay Area

Partly cloudy skies and patchy fog are likely in the Bay Area this morning, becoming sunny later in the day.

Highs are expected to be in the mid 50s to upper 60s, with westerly winds up to 30 mph in the afternoon.

Mostly clear skies are likely this evening. Lows are likely to be near 50, with westerly winds up to 30 mph.

Sunny skies are expected Thursday morning.

Highs are expected to be in the mid 50s to lower 70s, with westerly winds up to 20 mph.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday Midday News Roundup

Fire at San Francisco General Hopsital

Seven construction workers and one firefighter suffered minor injuries after a fire broke out at a building under construction at San Francisco General Hospital this morning, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The one-alarm fire was reported at 9:32 a.m. in an elevator shaft on the seventh floor of the building at 23rd Street and Potrero Avenue, spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said. The blaze was controlled at 10:18 a.m., she said.

Seven workers suffered smoke inhalation and one was taken to a hospital. A firefighter sustained a minor injury to her arm, Assistant Fire Chief Tom Siragusa said.

Hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said the new building is slated to open at the end of 2015. She didn't yet know the extent of damage from the fire or whether it would affect that timeline. However, Siragusa said he does not believe the damage will cause any significant delays to the project.

Kagan said this is the first problem that has occurred since construction started. "We're very relieved no one was seriously hurt," she said. The blaze did not affect hospital operations, Kagan said.

The fire prompted the closure of Potrero Avenue between 22nd and 24th streets. The street remained closed as of 10:40 a.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Talmadge said crews were doing "hot work," or welding, in the shaft before the fire broke out. The flames were confined to the shaft, Siragusa said.

California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has been notified about the fire, she said.

6-Year-Old Killed by Union City Dog

A 6-year-old Dixon boy visiting family in Union City died Monday after he was mauled by the family's pit bull, Union City police said.

The boy, identified as Nephi Selu, had been playing with the dog in the backyard of a home on Elizabeth Way around 11:30 a.m. when the dog attacked him, biting him on the top of his head, police said.

Nephi was taken to Stanford Hospital and was pronounced dead around 4 p.m., police said. The dog was taken to the Tri-City Animal Shelter in Fremont and will be held for a 10-day quarantine, police said.

The dog owner was distraught but is cooperating with the investigation, police said. The owner told police that the dog has never bitten anyone before.

Police said the boy was playing with the dog and may have tried to climb onto the animal's back.

The dog had been given anti-rabies shots and was properly licensed, according to police.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Union City police at (510) 471-1365.

Motorcycle Crash on Highway 101

A motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco this morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The crash, which involved the motorcycle and a 36-seat bus, occurred just before 6 a.m. north of the Silver Avenue exit, CHP Officer Mike Ferguson said.

The motorcyclist was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he underwent surgery and is listed in critical condition, he said.

There were no passengers on the bus and the driver was not injured, Ferguson said.

Lanes were blocked after the crash, but the road was cleared at 7:54 a.m., Ferguson said.

New Cafe at AT&T Park 

The San Francisco Giants, one of the most active sports teams on social media, have unveiled a new cafe at AT&T Park dedicated to all of those tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram pictures.

The @Cafe, located behind the centerfield bleachers, is the first social media headquarters located in a ballpark and opened for the first time at tonight's game against the San Diego Padres, Giants president and CEO Larry Baer said.

The cafe is a partnership between the team and Peet's Coffee & Tea, which will sell drinks to fans visiting the site.

A 12-foot-by-4-foot screen will show social media posts in real-time from around the world, as well as updated numbers for the number of fans who follow the team on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The Giants lead Major League Baseball in total number of Instagram followers and are fourth on Twitter and Facebook, Baer said.

AT&T Park has the third-most Facebook "check-ins" in the world, behind only Times Square and Disneyland, he said.

Baer said it became obvious during the team's World Series run last year "how much social media tended to dominate everybody's lives in terms of following the Giants." He said, "It's very much a part of our lives ... you can't do business as an organization without a presence on social media."

Bryan Srabian, the team's social media director, said the plans for @Cafe developed over the past three years and that the large screen will show social media posts curated by Giants staff on site.

The cafe will feature special events like Twitter chats with Giants players, and the team will continue enhancing the site throughout this season, Srabian said. The cafe also includes a cellphone charging station, one of 10 such kiosks located around the ballpark.

Death at Colma BART Station

The Colma BART station has reopened following a death on the tracks there this morning.

Emergency officials responded to reports of a victim under a train at about 9:10 a.m., agency spokesman Jim Allison said.

The station was shut down while the San Mateo County coroner's office responded to the scene and BART police conducted an investigation, Allison said.

There was no immediate information about the victim's age or sex.

The station reopened at about 11:20 a.m., a BART employee said. 

BART Experiences Major Delays Tuesday Morning

BART also reported major delays on its Pittsburg-Bay Point and Richmond lines this morning because of an equipment problem.

BART spokesman Jim Allison said there was a trackside problem between the 19th Street-Oakland and MacArthur stations.

He said the issue was not related to the closure of the Colma station.

Repairs to San Francisquito Creek to Prevent Flooding

Residents of a flood-prone neighborhood in East Palo Alto can rest easier now that the first phase of repairs to the San Francisquito Creek bank have been completed.

The creek overflowed in December 2012 and sent mud and debris onto Woodland Avenue, damaging homes and threatening PG&E infrastructure and a portion of the roadway, which had to be closed to traffic.

The damaged section of Woodland Avenue has since been resurfaced and reopened, and the exposed slope of the creek bank has been shored up with mesh, rock, and installation of a new concrete dike, community development director John Doughty said.

"It's a great start," Doughty said. "This will hold for some time to come."

The repair project cost a little over $165,000, Doughty said, though additional work is needed along the waterway.

A bridge over University Avenue needs to be reinforced, and repairs need to be made to "boils" or weak points on the creek levee where high water seeps through and weakens the structure.

The eventual cost of the project could reach $2 million, and the city of East Palo Alto is continuing to pursue financing options for the remainder of the work, Doughty said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the project will be held at 5:30 p.m. today, opposite 1651 Woodland Ave.

One Dead in Sunnyvale Fire

One person was found dead in a single-family home that caught fire early this morning in Sunnyvale, a spokesman for the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety said.

The department received a report at 6:04 a.m. of smoke in the 200 block of Central Avenue at East Evelyn Avenue, spokesman Capt. David Pitts said.

Firefighters arrived to find the home engulfed in flames, Pitts said.

As they were putting out the blaze, firefighters found a body inside the home, Pitts said.

The fire was extinguished at about 7:15 a.m.

Pitts said he was not able to confirm the sex or age of the victim, or where in house the body was found. No other injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Six Escape Pinole Candle Fire 

Six people safely escaped a fire at their Pinole home on Monday night that appears to have been sparked by an unattended candle, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District official said.

The blaze was reported at 9:25 p.m. at a house in the 2600 block of Fahey Court, Fire Marshal Lewis Broschard said.

Fire crews arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the one-story home, with the fire threatening to spread to a neighbor's house.

Six adults inside the house had gotten out safely by the time crews arrived, and no injuries were reported, Broschard said.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the room where it started and an adjoining hallway, he said.

Broschard said the fire caused an estimated $80,000 in damage. The displaced residents are planning to stay with relatives, he said.

Concord Police Give 900 Steering Wheel Locks Away

Police in Concord are giving away 900 steering wheel security clubs to drivers who live or work in the city and own the types of cars that thieves target the most.

Owners of operable Honda, Toyota, Nissan or Acura passenger cars manufactured between 1985 and 2005 can head to the Concord Police Department starting today to pick up "The Club", which can be attached to a car's steering wheel, locking it in place, Lt. David Hughes said.

The giveaway, which is funded by money from assets seized in narcotics cases, is part of "Operation Wheel-Lock", a plan to cut thefts of the four most targeted car types in the city.

He said those four car brands have been targeted in more than two-thirds of auto thefts in Concord in recent years.

Hughes said police hope that the effort will pay off by this time next year. "If our theory is true, there will be fewer of these kinds of cars stolen," he said.

While auto thefts have declined markedly in Concord -- from nearly 1,000 stolen in 2008 to 659 in 2012 -- the same types of cars continue to be disproportionately targeted, the lieutenant said. Most of the vehicles stolen have similar ignition security features and were made between 1990 and 2000, he said.

An analysis of car thefts in the city in 2012 showed that the thefts were most often unsophisticated crimes of opportunity, according to police.

The Club, while not 100 percent effective, is an inexpensive and easy deterrent, Hughes said.

By 10 a.m., about 70 people had dropped by the station to pick up one of the anti-theft devices, he said.

Owners of eligible vehicles who want to receive a free club are asked to drive their car to the Police Department at 1350 Galindo St. and to provide DMV registration documents as well as proof that they live or work in Concord.

Clubs are being handed out at the department's community service desk, located on the first floor. Information about the availability of clubs and service desk hours is available at www.cityofconcord.org/police/ or by calling (925) 671-3220.

Berkeley Power Restored After Morning Outage

Power has been restored to most of the 5,800 customers affected by a power outage in Berkeley this morning, a PG&E spokeswoman said.

The outage started at 8:49 a.m. and affected homes on streets including La Loma, Euclid and Glendale avenues and Virginia Street, spokesman Joe Molica said.

As of 9:40 a.m., the number of customers without power had been reduced to about 3,500, and by 11:30 a.m., that number had dropped to 650, PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said.

Power should be fully restored to those customers by mid-afternoon, she said. The cause of the outage has yet to be determined.

Bayview Power Mostly Restored After Morning Outage

An outage in San Francisco's Bayview District knocked out power to 1,770 PG&E customers this morning, a utility spokesman said.

The outage began at about 8:20 a.m., spokesman Joe Molica said. At 9:15 a.m., all but 43 of those affected had power restored, he said.

Molica said at about 9:40 a.m. that the remaining customers were expected to have power back shortly.

Woman Attacked on Muni in Mission District

An elderly woman was attacked while boarding a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus in the city's Mission District on Monday morning, police said today.

The attack occurred at about 11:05 a.m. near Mission and 24th streets.

As the 82-year-old victim got on the bus, she was pushed by another woman, and in turn pushed her back. The second woman then punched the victim several times, causing her to fall out of the bus and hit her head on the sidewalk, police said.

She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for injuries that are not considered life-threatening, according to police.

The suspect, a woman believed to be between 25 and 28 years old, fled on foot and had not been found as of this morning, police said.

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

Missing Petaluma Man Found in Fairfield

A Petaluma man who went missing on Monday was found safe overnight in Fairfield, a Petaluma police dispatcher said.

John Wirth, 49, was picked up in Fairfield by his family, the dispatcher said.

Wirth went to breakfast with a family member at a McDonald's restaurant in Petaluma around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Sgt. Marty Frye said. After breakfast, the family member left the restaurant and Wirth was supposed to ride home on his red Pacific bicycle, but he was not there when the relative returned home Monday evening, Frye said.

Wirth suffers from a brain injury he sustained in a motorcycle accident years ago and tends to become confused, police said.

Petaluma police announced at about 2 a.m. today that Wirth had been found.

He also went missing on his bicycle last month and was found safe near St. Helena the next day.

 

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Police Release Video Footage of Teens Robbing Woman on Muni Train

San Francisco police today released video footage of a robbery last week in which a 68-year-old woman was punched and had her two purses stolen by two teenage girls on a Muni light-rail vehicle in the city's Bayview District.

The robbery, reported at about 8:35 p.m. on June 11 near Third Street and Carroll Avenue, was recorded by the bus' surveillance cameras.

The woman was sitting in the front of the Muni train when the girls approached. The teens, believed to be around 13 or 14 years old, punched her and then stole the purses, which contained cash, a cellphone and other items, according to police. 

The video footage released today shows the teens struggling with the woman and then fleeing out the door of the train as the woman gives chase.

The teens, who have not been found, appear to be black, and one was wearing a gray zip-up hooded sweatshirt, a white shirt and black pants. The other wore a red sweatshirt and blue jeans.

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 with "SFPD" in the message.

 

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Retransmission: Motorcyclist Critically Injured in Highway 101 Crash

A motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco this morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The crash, which involved the motorcycle and a 36-seat bus, occurred just before 6 a.m. north of the Silver Avenue exit, CHP Officer Mike Ferguson said.

The motorcyclist was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he underwent surgery and is listed in critical condition, he said.

There were no passengers on the bus and the driver was not injured, Ferguson said.

Lanes were blocked after the crash, but the road was cleared at 7:54 a.m., Ferguson said.

 

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Correction: Motorcyclist in Crash is Still Alive

A California Highway Patrol officer cited in a previous story incorrectly stated that the motorcyclist injured in the Highway 101 crash in San Francisco had died.

A San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman said that he is still alive.

CHP Officer Mike Ferguson has clarified that the victim underwent surgery this morning and is listed in critical condition.

A corrected version of the story will be transmitted shortly.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Bicyclist Hit and Run on Highway 87

A bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in San Jose Monday afternoon, according to police.

The bicyclist was found lying in East Taylor Street west of state Highway 87 at 3:25 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said that the bicyclist had been struck by a vehicle whose driver then left the scene.

Police have not located any witnesses to the collision. "We really don't have much to go on except that it's a hit-and-run and we'd like the public's help." Dwyer said. 

All westbound lanes of Taylor between Highway 87 and Coleman Avenue were closed as police investigated.

Nude BART Harrasser Arrested

The man suspected of being the nude man caught on film harassing passengers and employees at a San Francisco BART station last month was arrested Monday, according to a San Francisco District Attorney's Office spokesman.

Yeiner Perez, 24, was arrested in San Francisco and charged with two counts of false imprisonment, four counts of battery and one count of sexual battery, spokesman Alex Bastian said. 

He is being held on $100,000 bail, Bastian said.

Perez, who is an acrobat, is scheduled to be arraigned at the San Francisco Hall of Justice this afternoon. The charges stem from a May 10 incident at the 16th Street BART station where video showed a fully exposed man doing flips and handstands on fare gates.

He allegedly was harassing people, including kicking and pushing a BART employee and grabbing an elderly customer, injuring her lower back. 

He was then taken to San Francisco General Hospital for observation. Upon his release, he was arrested but released a short time later without charges. 

Following Perez's release, BART police forwarded the case to the district attorney's office and investigators from that office with the help of immigration officials arrested Perez Monday and filed charges against him, Bastian said.

Caltrain Now Reopened 

Caltrain service was shut down Monday evening as police talked a man with a knife down from a ledge near Caltrain's 22nd Street station in San Francisco, police and Caltrain officials said. 

Police responded to a call reporting a man with a knife near the intersection of 22nd and Iowa streets, police Officer Gordon Shyy said. 

The man in his 20s was not compliant with officers and climbed onto a ledge, prompting police to shut down the area, including Caltrain service. 

Shortly before 6 p.m. police said hostage negotiators had talked the man off of the ledge. Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said Caltrain tracks through San Francisco reopened shortly after 6 p.m. but that service delays will continue for some time.

Some northbound trains carried riders to the Millbrae station, where they could take BART. Caltrain tickets are being honored on BART Monday evening.

Bus Driver Honered By Mayor Ed Lee

A San Francisco Municipal Railway bus driver was honored Monday by Mayor Ed Lee and other city officials for her quick thinking in driving a victim to the hospital after a shooting into a bus in the city's Potrero Hill neighborhood earlier this month. 

Felicia Anderson, who has been driving Muni buses for 14 years, was operating a 19-Polk bus when the shooting occurred around 2:15 p.m. on June 6 near 25th and Wisconsin streets. 

The 22-year-old victim was near the back of the bus and was grazed on the left side of his head by a bullet, police said. 

Instead of waiting for medics to arrive, Anderson drove the victim directly to nearby San Francisco General Hospital, where he was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, according to police. 

At an event near AT&T Park Monday, Mayor Ed Lee said Anderson "acted way beyond the call of her daily duties." 

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency director of transportation Ed Reiskin said she showed quick thinking and "extraordinary action in the spur of the moment." 

Anderson said she heard the gunshots and then was told by a passenger that someone onboard was shot. 

"My first concern was to get him to safety, him and myself and the other passengers," she said. "That was the first thought, was to get him to the hospital because we were so close." 

Anderson said the shooting was the first on one of her buses "and hopefully the last." She said she didn't get too stressed out in the aftermath of the shooting. "My mother said I was born calm, so I'm always calm, I don't get too excited," she said. 

Police said three suspects connected to the shooting got onto the bus, then got off a short time later and opened fire.

No arrests had been made in the case as of Monday afternoon, police said. 

Joseph Naso Takes the Stand in Court Case

In an rambling opening statement that lasted nearly two hours, Joseph Naso told a Marin County Superior Court jury Monday the prosecution does not have even circumstantial evidence he killed four women and dumped their bodies along rural roads in three counties between 1977 and 1994. 

Standing in a black suit near the defense table, Naso, 79, of Reno, said, "I am not the monster who they say killed these woman. I don't kill people, and there is no evidence of that in my writings or photography." 

He called the prosecution's case a combination of theory, speculation and opinion. 

"You will see none of this evidence will surface," Naso told 19 jurors, including nine alternates, at the trial that is expected to last until November in Judge Andrew Sweet's courtroom. 

Naso, a former commercial photographer, is representing himself but has an advisory counsel to help him with questions of law and judicial proceedings. 

"If I was guilty, I would have to hire the two or three best attorneys in the Bay Area," Naso told the jury. 

Monday morning Deputy District Attorney Rosemary Slote outlined the prosecution's case during her 97-minute opening statement. 

She said Naso's DNA was found on epithelial cells on the pantyhose of victim Roxene Roggasch, 18, of Oakland whose body was found on White's Hill off St. Francis Drake Boulevard near Fairfax on Jan. 11, 1977. 

"It's not a match, it's a theory. There's no conclusive evidence," Naso said. 

The DNA of Naso's wife Judy was found on pantyhose that were wrapped around Roggasch's neck, Slote said. 

Another victim, Carmen Colon, 22, was living in a San Francisco apartment when she disappeared, Slote said. Her body was found in Contra Costa County on Aug. 15, 1978. 

The body of Tracy Tafoya, 31, was found near Marysville Cemetery in Yuba County on Aug. 14, 1994, and the body of Pamela Parson, 38, of Linda in Yuba County was found on Sept. 19, 1993. 

All four women worked as prostitutes, and Tafoya, Parsons and Roggasch were strangled, Slote said. Colon's body was too decomposed to determine a cause of death. 

Naso lived in Oakland less than three miles from where Roggasch and Colon worked as prostitutes, and later in Yuba County not far from where Parsons' and Tafoya's bodies were found, Slote said. 

"I have no issues with prostitutes. I have high regard for them," Naso told the jury. 

He said he had contact only with Parsons as a photographer who liked to pose women in exotic "pin-up, cheesecake" poses. 

"She did modeling for me. I'm sorry about her demise, but I didn't do it," Naso said. 

He said there is no evidence he was with any of the four women the last time they were seen alive. 

Burger Restaurant in Castro Valley Reopened After Fatal Shooting

A burger restaurant in Castro Valley that was closed after a fatal officer-involved shooting late Friday night reopened Monday, a restaurant
spokeswoman said.

Boulevard Burger at 3714 Castro Valley Blvd. closed its doors for more than two days following the shooting shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, which claimed the life of a robbery suspect.

Alameda County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said the incident began when a masked gunman, who was dressed all in black and was carrying a .357 revolver, entered the restaurant about an hour after it had closed for the night, took a female employee at gunpoint and demanded cash.

At the same time, two male employees who were outside putting away patio furniture for the night noticed two sheriff's deputies who were conducting an unrelated traffic stop nearby, Nelson said. 

When the male workers walked back inside the restaurant the suspect confronted them. The suspect ordered them to open the safe, but they were unable to do so because they did not have access to the safe, according to Nelson. 

The male employees then grabbed and held the suspect and told the female worker to ask the deputies to respond, Nelson said. 

The suspect faced the deputies and one of the male employees grabbed the suspect's arm, causing his revolver to fire one round, according to Nelson. 

One of the deputies then fired multiple rounds at the suspect, striking him multiple times and killing him, Nelson said. 

The suspect hasn't yet been identified but authorities hope to identify him today, Nelson said. 

No one else was shot in the gunfire, according to Nelson. The employee who grabbed the suspect's arm suffered a minor powder burn from the errant shot by the suspect, Nelson said. 

The employees who grabbed the gunman acted "heroically," Nelson said. 

Water Wars Go to Court 

Groups from all sides of California water wars filed at least six lawsuits by Monday's deadline to challenge a state agency's plan for protecting the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while at the same time improving the reliability of water diversions. 

The lawsuits against the Delta Stewardship Council were filed in San Francisco and Sacramento Superior courts. 

Several were filed by conservation and fishing groups that claim the council's environmental impact report on its Delta Plan failed to consider adequately the effects of water transfers on farming, fishing, endangered species and water quality in the delta area.

Among other arguments, the groups contend the report violates state environmental law by failing to address the impact of two 35-mile water diversion tunnels proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, while laying the groundwork for the $24 billion project.  

"This is the opening salvo in what will be an epic legal battle over California's water future," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Stockton-based Restore the Delta. 

"This lawsuit challenges the foundation that is being laid to build the water export tunnels. Without the Delta Plan in place, the tunnels cannot win approval for the needed permits," she said. 

The group is one of six plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court on Friday. Others in that lawsuit include the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the River and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance.  

Sportfishing alliance executive director Bill Jennings said, "California is in a water crisis and the biological tapestry of the delta is hemorrhaging.  

"The plan and EIR are little more than a ratification of an unsustainable status quo," he alleged.  

Monday was the deadline for lawsuits filed under the California Environmental Quality Act to challenge the environmental impact report approved by the council on May 16. The various suits contest both the EIR and the Delta Plan and ask the courts to set aside both. 

On another side of the issues, the cases include two lawsuits filed in Sacramento Superior Court by water agencies that claim the council exceeded its authority by planning to reduce water deliveries and didn't adequately study the impacts of doing so.

Those cases were filed by the Fresno-based Westlands Water District on May 24 and by State Water Contractors on Friday. 

Mike Jackson, a lawyer for Restore the Delta and other groups, said he expected the six lawsuits to be coordinated in one superior court. Resolving the suits and possible appeals could take three to five years, he estimated.  

"A case of this magnitude is a multi-year process," he said.  

The Delta Stewardship Council responded to the lawsuits in a statement saying, "Our intent is to fully defend the Delta Plan." 

"We're disappointed that that so many have turned to the courts," council executive officer Chris Knopp said in the statement.  

"Environmental groups want us to be more restrictive; water agencies believe we're too restrictive.  The plan, however, actually walks the very careful line specified in the Delta Reform Act," Knopp said.

BART- Silicon Valley Project

A major roadway in Fremont closed Monday and will remain closed for the next year as it will be under construction to make way for a BART extension that will connect the transit system to Santa Clara County, a transit spokesman said.  

Warren Avenue between Kato Road and Mission Falls Court will be lowered to make room for three bridges that will be built over the top of the roadway. This will keep Warren closed until next summer, BART spokesman Jim Allison said.  

The bridges will be for BART, Union Pacific Railroad, and maintenance crews.  

It is part of the BART-Silicon Valley Project, which is a 16-mile extension that will take the transit system into San Jose, Milpitas and Santa Clara.  

BART will only be responsible of 5.4 miles of the construction until it reaches the future Warm Springs station in south Fremont, Allison said.  

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Agency will complete the project.  

Warren Avenue is part of the second of two contracts BART has been working on with the first being a subway under Lake Elizabeth in Fremont, which will connect with the Warren Avenue section, Allison said.  

The first phase of the BART Silicon Valley Project, the Berryessa Extension, is a 10-mile, two-station plan that will move south of the Warm Springs station and place one in Milpitas as well as north San Jose, the VTA said.  

Additionally, Mission Boulevard will be widened from Interstate Highway 880 to Warm Springs Boulevard and include new ramps to and from Kato Road. 

The second and final stage of the project is a 5.1-mile stretch that will create a subway tunnel through downtown San Jose and end in Santa Clara at the Caltrain Station, the VTA said.

"Night Stalker" Dies in Prison 

Condemned San Quentin State Prison inmate Richard Ramirez, known as the "Night Stalker," has been determined to have died from complications from B-cell lymphoma, according to a Marin County coroner's report.  

On the morning of June 7, Ramirez, 53, died at Marin General Hospital.  

The coroner's report released Monday determined other factors contributed to the mass murderer's death, including chronic substance abuse and a hepatitis C viral infection.  

The man known as the "Night Stalker" was arrested in 1985 and in 1989 was found guilty of as many as 13 murders and other attempted killings and placed on death row at San Quentin. 

He was convicted in more than a dozen slayings that occurred in Southern California in 1985. 

He was also connected with Bay Area murders in the 1980s, including the shooting death of a San Francisco man in August 1985.

That victim lived near Lake Merced and his wife was raped and assaulted, but survived the attack. 

A DNA match in 2009 tied Ramirez to the 1984 murder of a 9-year-old girl in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, according to authorities.

San Francisco Giants @Cafe Unveiled

The San Francisco Giants, one of the most active sports teams on social media, Monday unveiled a new cafe at their ballpark dedicated to all of those tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram pictures. 

The @Cafe, located behind the centerfield bleachers at AT&T Park, is the first social media headquarters located in a ballpark and opened for the first time at Monday night's game against the San Diego Padres, Giants president and CEO Larry Baer said.

The cafe is a partnership between the team and Peet's Coffee & Tea, which will sell drinks to fans visiting the site. 

A 12-foot-by-4-foot screen will show social media posts in real-time from around the world, as well as updated numbers for the number of fans who follow the team on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

The Giants lead Major League Baseball in total number of Instagram followers and are fourth on Twitter and Facebook, Baer said. 

AT&T Park has the third-most Facebook "check-ins" in the world, behind only Times Square and Disneyland, he said. 

Baer said it became obvious during the team's World Series run last year "how much social media tended to dominate everybody's lives in terms of following the Giants." 

He said, "It's very much a part of our lives ... you can't do business as an organization without a presence on social media." 

Bryan Srabian, the team's social media director, said the plans for @Cafe developed over the past three years and that the large screen will show social media posts curated by Giants staff on site. 

The cafe will feature special events like Twitter chats with Giants players, and the team will continue enhancing the site throughout this season, Srabian said. 

The cafe also includes a cellphone charging station, one of 10 such kiosks located around the ballpark.

Bay Area Weather Report

Cloudy skies with patchy fog and drizzle are likely in the Bay Area this morning. Highs are expected to be in the 50s to mid 60s, with westerly winds up to 20 mph. 

Mostly cloudy skies are likely this evening, with patchy fog after midnight. Lows are likely to be near 50, with westerly winds up to 30 mph. 

Cloudy skies and patchy fog are expected Wednesday morning, becoming sunny later in the day. Highs are expected to be in the mid 50s to upper 60s, with westerly winds up to 20 mph.

 

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Elderly Woman Attacked While Boarding Bus in Mission District

An elderly woman was attacked while boarding a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus in the city's Mission District on Monday morning, police said today.

The attack occurred at about 11:05 a.m. near Mission and 24th streets.

As the 82-year-old victim got on the bus, she was pushed by another woman, and in turn pushed her back. The second woman then punched the victim several times, causing her to fall out of the bus and hit her head on the sidewalk, police said.

She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for injuries that are not considered life-threatening, according to police.

The suspect, a woman believed to be between 25 and 28 years old, fled on foot and had not been found as of this morning, police said.

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

 

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7 Construction Workers, Firefighter Suffer Minor Injuries in SF General Fire

Seven construction workers and one firefighter suffered minor injuries after a fire broke out at a building under construction at San Francisco General Hospital this morning, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The one-alarm fire was reported at 9:32 a.m. in an elevator shaft on the seventh floor of the building at 23rd Street and Potrero Avenue, spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The blaze was controlled at 10:18 a.m., she said. Seven workers suffered smoke inhalation and one was taken to a hospital.

A firefighter sustained a minor injury to her arm, Assistant Fire Chief Tom Siragusa said. Hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said the new building is slated to open at the end of 2015.

She didn't yet know the extent of damage from the fire or whether it would affect that timeline.

However, Siragusa said he does not believe the damage will cause any significant delays to the project.

Kagan said this is the first problem that has occurred since construction started. "We're very relieved no one was seriously hurt," she said.

The blaze did not affect hospital operations, Kagan said.

The fire prompted the closure of Potrero Avenue between 22nd and 24th streetsThe street remained closed as of 10:40 a.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Talmadge said crews were doing "hot work," or welding, in the shaft before the fire broke out.

The flames were confined to the shaft, Siragusa said.

California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has been notified about the fire, she said.

 

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BART Equipment Problem Causing Major Delays on Pittsburg-Bay Point, Richmond Lines

BART is reporting major delays on its Pittsburg-Bay Point and Richmond lines this morning because of an equipment problem.

BART spokesman Jim Allison said there is a trackside problem between the 19th Street-Oakland and MacArthur stations.

The issue is not related to the closure of the Colma station this morning after a person was killed on the tracks there, Allison said.

That station was still closed as of 10:30 a.m.

 

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Power Restored to Most PG&E Customers in Bayview

Power has been restored to all but 43 customers affected by an outage in San Francisco's Bayview District this morning, a utility spokesman said.

The outage, which began at about 8:20 a.m., initially left 1,770 PG&E customers without power, spokesman Joe Molica said.

At 9:15 a.m. a majority of those affected had power restored, he said.

Molica said at about 9:40 a.m. that the remaining customers were expected to have power back shortly.

 

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Fire Burning at San Francisco General Hospital Construction Site

A one-alarm fire is burning at the site where a new building is being constructed at San Francisco General Hospital, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The blaze was reported at 9:32 a.m. in the elevator shaft on the seventh floor of the under-construction building at 23rd Street and Potrero Avenue, San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

All workers at the site got out safely and no injuries have been reported, Talmadge said. The fire had not yet been controlled as of 9:45 a.m.

 

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Motorcyclist Dies After Crash on Southbound Highway 101

A motorcyclist who was injured in a crash on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco this morning has died, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The crash, which involved the motorcycle and a 36-seat bus, occurred just before 6 a.m. north of the Silver Avenue exit, CHP Officer Mike Ferguson said.

The motorcyclist was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead, he said.

There were no passengers on the bus and the driver was not injured, Ferguson said. Lanes were blocked after the crash, but the road was cleared at 7:54 a.m., Ferguson said.

 

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1,770 PG&E Customers Without Power in Bayview Neighborhood

An outage has left 1,770 PG&E customers without power in San Francisco's Bayview District this morning, a utility spokesman said.

The outage began at 8:20 a.m., PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said.

Crews have arrived in the area and have begun working to restore service.

The cause of the outage has not yet been determined, Molica said.

"Our first priority is getting lights back on for folks," he said.

 

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Motorcyclist Hospitalized After Highway 101 Crash

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco this morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The collision, which happened at about 6 a.m. just north of the Silver Avenue exit, involved the motorcycle and a 36-passenger bus, CHP Officer Mark Ferguson said.

The motorcyclist was badly hurt and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, he said.

There were no passengers on the bus, and the driver was not injured, Ferguson said.

Several lanes were blocked as emergency crews responded, but the roadway was cleared shortly before 8 a.m. 

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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Motorcycle Collision Blocks 3 Lanes of Southbound Highway 101

A motorcycle collision is blocking the three left lanes of U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A Sig-alert was issued at about 6:25 a.m. for the collision on southbound U.S. Highway 101, near Silver Avenue.

The three left lanes of southbound U.S. Highway 101 are blocked and motorists are advised to avoid the area, according to the CHP.

The cause of the collision and the condition of the motorcyclist has not been released.

 

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