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SFMTA, Transit Workers Union Reach Tentative Agreement

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has reached a tentative agreement with its transit operators' union, an SFMTA spokesman said Tuesday. 

The agreement comes after three months of bargaining between the SFMTA and Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, and would save the agency a minimum of $21.3 million over the course of the three-year contract, SFMTA spokesman Charlie Goodyear said.

The proposal still needs to be approved by the members of the union, which represents the roughly 2,200 operators of Muni's buses and light-rail vehicles, as well as by the SFMTA board. Officials with the union were not immediately available Tuesday afternoon to comment on the agreement.

Among the provisions in the proposal are a pay freeze for the operators, the ability for the agency to hire about 200 part-time workers, and several changes to work rules, including overtime and discipline procedures, Goodyear said. 

The two sides have been meeting since March, but "in the last six weeks the tempo had accelerated," with several bargaining meetings a week, he said.

The talks were not without their contentious moments. In April, the union voted to authorize a strike in case the negotiations broke down, and is also seeking to overturn Proposition G, which was approved by the city's voters last November.

The proposition changed parts of the city charter that ensured that Muni drivers would have the second-highest operator salaries in the country, and it requires that contracts be negotiated through collective bargaining and binding arbitration, similar to other city employees.

But Goodyear said the tentative agreement reached by the two sides is "a very positive development, and one that could potentially pave the way to wider resolution of outstanding issues."

Members of TWU Local 250-A are expected to begin voting on the proposal next week.

Oakland Teen Convicted of Murder at Metreon

A teen was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday afternoon for the 2007 fatal shooting of another teen at San Francisco's Metreon complex.

Christopher Canon was 15 when he shot 18-year-old Michael Price Jr., of Oakland, at the Metreon at Fourth and Mission streets on Nov. 11, 2007. He was arrested nearby after the shooting, and was charged as an adult.

Canon, a San Francisco resident who is now 19, was upset that Price wasn't moving quickly enough down an escalator outside a video arcade at the complex, prosecutors said.

Canon's attorney, David Simerly, said Price was the attacker, and that Canon shot him in self-defense.

A mistrial was declared in the case last November when a San Francisco Superior Court jury deadlocked on whether Canon should be convicted of first- or second-degree murder.

Prosecutors retried the case with a new jury, and after two days of deliberations, the jury declined to convict Canon of first-degree murder, but found him guilty of second-degree murder with an enhancement for the use of a firearm. 

The foreman of the jury, who did not want to be named, said outside of court, "We did feel for sure that they had the right person," but "we had a problem with whether or not it fully met the standard of first-degree murder."

Canon faces a sentence of 40 years to life in state prison for the charges.

Simerly called the result of the case "appalling."

He said security footage from the building shows that Price was the aggressor and that Canon was backing up when he fired four shots at him.

Simerly also criticized the stiff sentence for someone who was so young at the time of the shooting.

"It's nauseating that we have a country that subjects a 15-year-old to that," he said. "They do not perceive situations the way adults do."

Canon will return to court to be sentenced on July 8.

2 Children Fall From Window in Bayview

A boy and a girl fell from the second-story window of a home in San Francisco's Bayview District Tuesday afternoon, a San Francisco fire dispatcher said.

A 5-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl fell from the window in the 2600 block of Newhall Street just before 3:30 p.m., the dispatcher said.

The children were taken to San Francisco General Hospital, according to the dispatcher.

They were said to be awake and alert when firefighters arrived, the dispatcher said.

The dispatcher did not have details on how the children fell or their conditions.
 

All Cable Car Lines Shut Down For Repairs Starting Today

All San Francisco cable car lines will be shut down for continued maintenance today through Sunday, a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman said.

Starting today, the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde cable car lines will be shut down along with the California line, which has been undergoing repairs since January, according to SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose.

Muni shuttle buses will operate along the cable car routes with all regular, accessible stops available for passengers, Rose said.

SFMTA staff will be available at station terminals to provide assistance and share transit options for riders, according to Rose. This week's five-day shutdown is the final of three Powell line shutdowns, which previously occurred in March and April, Rose said.

All three cable car lines have undergone repairs and upgrades as part of the SFMTA Cable Car Improvement Project, an effort to keep the 27-year-old lines safe, reliable and easier to maintain, Rose said.

The entire improvement project is expected to be completed by July with the reopening of the California cable car line, Rose said.

Project improvements include replacing aging electronic and mechanical equipment under the cable car trackway along with street repavement along the California line, Rose said.

The SFMTA is also installing curb ramps at most intersections along all cable car lines to comply with ADA accessibility requirements, Rose said.

 

CONTACT: SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose (415) 601-1637

Regional: Traffic Fatalities Up, Arrests Down During Memorial Day Weekend, Chp Says

The California Highway Patrol arrested fewer drunken drivers in the Bay Area this Memorial Day weekend than last year, but there were more traffic deaths, CHP officials said.

In the Bay Area, CHP officers from 12 command areas arrested 218 drunken drivers between Friday at 6 p.m. and Monday at midnight, down from 227 arrests in 2010, CHP Sgt. Trent Cross said.

The number of fatalities went up this year in the Bay Area, with two traffic fatalities in 2011 compared to one last year during the holiday weekend, according to Cross.

In many Bay Area counties DUI arrests were down from last year, according to county officials.

San Mateo County officials reported three DUI arrests in the county, down from five arrests in 2010. Like last year, there were no traffic fatalities, according to Daly City police Sgt. David Mackriss. 

In Sonoma County, Petaluma police said there were 43 DUI arrests, but no fatal DUI crashes were reported.

Santa Clara County law enforcers arrested 133 people for DUI. In 2010, there were 146 DUI arrests. There were five DUI crashes with three injuries this year, but no deaths were reported, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Solano County saw a different trend this Memorial Day weekend with more arrests this year than last. There were 27 arrests this year compared to 14 DUI arrests in 2010, according to Vallejo police officials. 

Statewide, there were 1,367 DUI arrests this year, also down from 1,541 arrests during Memorial Day weekend in 2010.

There were 24 traffic deaths statewide this year, with six people killed while not wearing a seatbelt. Last year there were 17 traffic fatalities, according to Cross.
      
    CONTACT: California Highway Patrol Sgt. Trent Cross (707) 373-7892

Patrol Special Officer Up For Disciplinary Hearing, Key Witness In Murder Case

 A San Francisco patrol special officer who is a key witness in a 2010 murder case faces possible termination due to disciplinary charges that the Police Commission will consider at its meeting Wednesday.

Robert Burns, 66, is a patrol special officer appointed by the commission to patrol an area of the city just south of Fisherman's Wharf.

Patrol special police are authorized in the city charter to provide supplementary police patrols and contract to perform private security duties for businesses and people in their appointed area. 

Burns is accused of failing to comply with requirements mandating the patrol special officers' uniforms, insurance and training in 2009 and 2010, and if the commission upholds the accusations, the Police Department will recommend that his appointment gets revoked.

In the part of the area that Burns was appointed to oversee, he was contracted to provide security for Club Suede, a nightclub that was the site of a fatal shooting on Feb. 7, 2010. The club has since been ordered closed permanently by a judge.

That night, 19-year-old Lawon Marshawn Hall was killed and three others were injured outside the club. Burns witnessed the shooting and shot one of the two suspects, later identified as Keandre Davis.

Davis, 21, of Richmond, was arrested at the scene after being shot and faces murder charges in the case. A man suspected of being the second shooter was arrested in the days after the shooting, but the district attorney's office declined to file charges against him.

Burns, who was recommended for the Police Department's Medal of Valor for his role in apprehending Davis, testified in the preliminary hearing for the murder case last Thursday.

During the hearing, Burns testified to wearing the uniform required of a patrol special officer.

But according to the accusations being considered by the Police Commission, he was noted by police officials as not complying with the proper uniform requirements at least 37 times in 2009 and 2010, including on Feb. 3,
2010, four days before the shooting.

According to the accusations, Burns told police officials that day that he thought the uniform standards should be maintained as what they were when he was first sworn in.

At an administrative interview about the issue two weeks later, he said he would not comply with the uniform requirements until a final decision was made by the Public Employee Relations Board.

Burns is also accused of not providing general liability and automobile insurance to the Police Department in January 2010, and failing to appear at mandatory first aid/CPR classes in June and July 2010.

The accusations against Burns do not mention his involvement in the shooting.

Both prosecutors and defense attorney Steve Olmo, who represents Davis, declined to comment because the murder case is ongoing. 

Following Burns' testimony, Davis' preliminary hearing was continued until this Friday, when it is expected to finish.
      
    CONTACT: San Francisco District Attorney's Office (415) 553-1014
             Defense attorney Steve Olmo (415) 553-9656

San Francisco Library Kicks Off Summer Program for Readers of All Ages

The San Francisco Public Library is kicking off the summer with a "Power Your Mind" reading program for kids, teens and adults on Wednesday.

Program outreach librarian Rosie Merlin said that for the first time, "anyone from birth to over 105 years old" -- not just children and teens -- is invited to sign up for the summer reading program, which begins Tuesday and runs through the end of July.

Participants can win prizes after logging the books they have read throughout the summer and the number of hours spent reading. Readers can win various small prizes for their progress as they log their hours, and a grand prize will be given out in the end.

All participants receive a bookmark for signing up, according to Merlin.

For the first time in 2011, participants can sign up for the program online at sfpl.org/summerreading. Offline, readers can register at any library branch, according to Merlin.

Participants can use other new online resources to log the amount of time spent reading, list names of books read, write book reviews and read others' reviews, Merlin said.

Summer reading prizes need to be picked up at participants' local branches, she added.

This year, the library is holding a citywide "super raffle." Everyone who reads for 40 hours throughout the June and July program will be automatically entered into a drawing for his or her age group.

Four child and adult winners will receive a Kindle e-reader or a family membership to a Bay Area museum, and two teens can win either an iPad2 or a Sports Basement gift certificate, Merlin said.

The "Power Your Mind" summer program includes a calendar of events held through libraries with adult yoga classes, music listening stations for teens and hula-hoop lessons for kids, Merlin said.

CONTACT: Rosie Merlin, San Francisco Public Library program outreach librarian (415) 557-4277
 

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SFMTA Reaches Tentative Labor Agreement With Muni Operators

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has reached a tentative agreement with its transit operators' union, an SFMTA spokesman said today.

The agreement comes after three months of bargaining between the SFMTA and Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, and would save the agency a minimum of $21.3 million over the course of the three-year contract, SFMTA spokesman Charlie Goodyear said.

The proposal still needs to be approved by the members of the union, which represents the roughly 2,200 operators of Muni's buses and light-rail vehicles, as well as by the SFMTA board. Officials with the union were not immediately available this afternoon to comment on the agreement.

Among the provisions in the proposal are a pay freeze for the operators, the ability for the agency to hire about 200 part-time workers, and several changes to work rules, including overtime and discipline procedures, Goodyear said.

The two sides have been meeting since March, but "in the last six weeks the tempo had accelerated," with several bargaining meetings a week, he said.

The talks were not without their contentious moments. In April, the union voted to authorize a strike in case the negotiations broke down, and is also seeking to overturn Proposition G, which was approved by the city's voters last November.

The proposition changed parts of the city charter that ensured that Muni drivers would have the second-highest operator salaries in the country, and it requires that contracts be negotiated through collective bargaining and binding arbitration, similar to other city employees.

But Goodyear said the tentative agreement reached by the two sides is "a very positive development, and one that could potentially pave the way to wider resolution of outstanding issues."

Members of TWU Local 250-A are expected to begin voting on the proposal next week.
  
CONTACT: SFMTA spokesman Charlie Goodyear (415) 265-1545 Transport Workers Union Local 250-A (415) 922-9495

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SF UPDATE: POLICE: Bicyclist Ran Red Light Before Being Struck by Cab

A taxi driver struck a bicyclist who apparently ran a red light at an intersection in San Francisco's Mission District early Sunday morning, a police spokesman said today.

The collision was reported at about 12:55 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of 14th and Mission streets.

The bicyclist, a 46-year-old man, was traveling east on 14th Street when he was struck by a cab traveling north on Mission Street, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

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The bicyclist was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for injuries that were considered life-threatening, although the victim's condition was said to be improving today, according to Dangerfield.

The cab driver stopped at the scene, and both he and his passenger told police the bicyclist went through a red light at the intersection, Dangerfield said.

The crash remains under investigation, he said.
   
    CONTACT: San Francisco police (415) 558-3403
    

Early Morning Bayview Fire Considered Accidental

A fire that injured two people in San Francisco's Bayview District early this morning is being considered accidental, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The one-alarm fire was reported at about 2 a.m. at a two-story home in the 1000 block of Hollister Avenue.

Firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze by 2:20 a.m., a fire dispatcher said.

Two people were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said. She did not know the extent of the victims' injuries.

The fire started on the lower level of the two-story home, and although the exact cause has not been determined, it is not considered suspicious, Talmadge said.

An estimate of the damage caused by the blaze was not immediately available, she said.
  
CONTACT: San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge (415) 558-3403 

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Bicyclist Struck by Car in Mission District

A bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries when he was struck by a car in San Francisco's Mission District early Sunday morning, police said.

The collision was reported at about 12:55 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of 14th and Mission streets.

The victim, a 46-year-old man, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injuries, according to police.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

CONTACT: San Francisco police (415) 553-1651

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Tuesday Morning News Roundup

A California Highway Patrol helicopter located a not-so troubled surfer more than two miles from where he was reported to have been distressed off of the San Francisco coast Monday night.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a call at 8:11 p.m. reporting the possibly distressed surfer near the Cliff House, a Coast Guard petty officer said.

The CHP helicopter was requested by the Coast Guard to assist with the search and responded by searching the surf line, CHP Officer James Andrews said.

The San Francisco Fire Department, which had a command post set up on the beach just south of the Cliff House, directed the helicopter to the surfer's last known location.

Searching ever farther south, the helicopter located the only person who was in or around the surf almost two-and-a-half miles from the Cliff House -- near Rivera Street, Andrews said.

"We were searching the surf line thinking, 'There's nothing out there," he said.

A surfer was walking out of the surf line toward the Great Highway, Andrews said. "The only person out there was the one that got out of the water."

Because of the distance between the man and the fire department command post, the helicopter landed on the beach and a CHP paramedic contacted the surfer, who said he was uninjured.

"He had been surfing up by the Cliff House without a tether and became separated from his board. Someone said he was distressed. He said he never was," Andrews said.

A woman, who self-identified as a surfer and had been out near Ocean Beach earlier Monday evening, reported that the waves in the area were relatively calm.

"It doesn't look scary and horrendous like the waves off of Ocean Beach," she said referring to the waves breaking near the Cliff House.

The woman, who had been in a car traveling south along Great Highway, said that the beach had remained packed even as darkness fell and that numerous emergency vehicles had been clustered around the Fulton Street portion of the beach.
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Two Petaluma toddlers who fell from a second-story window Monday evening were transported to hospitals for treatment of unknown injuries, according to the fire department.

A boy, 3, and girl, 2, were in an upstairs bedroom at 1116 Baywood Drive and toppled through a window screen, falling onto a bush below in a bark-covered planter area, at about 6:35 p.m.

Family members inside the home's first level did not witness the fall but heard the children's crying outside the front door, according to the fire department.

Petaluma fire paramedics assessed the children's injuries, and because of the distance of the toddlers' fall, the children were transported to hospitals.

The girl was airlifted to Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, and the boy was transported by ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

As of 8:40 p.m., the extent of the children's injuries was unknown, according to the fire department.

Police also responded to the scene.
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The entire length of a Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk will close for several months starting today for a retrofitting construction project, bridge district officials said.

The entire west sidewalk will close today and will remain closed through September as part of a seismic retrofit construction project.

Bicycles and pedestrians will share the east sidewalk, with 24-hour access for bicyclists and sunrise-to-sunset use permitted for pedestrians, bridge officials said.

The construction work also involves replacement of the roof of the Marin Anchorage Housing.

Come September, construction will move to the east sidewalk, but only a 300-foot section will be closed for four months into 2012.

The sidewalk closure is part of a third phase of a three-phase bridge retrofit project. The first two phases were completed in 2001 and 2008, respectively, according to bridge authorities.
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Road construction in Salinas is expected today and Wednesday, fully closing a section of U.S. Highway 101, Caltrans officials announced.

Construction work from last week closed both directions of Highway 101 at Airport Boulevard Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. These same closures may also occur today and Wednesday, Caltrans officials said.

Motorists headed north will be detoured at Abbott Street to Sanborn Road before reaching Highway 101. Southbound drivers will be detoured at Sanborn Road to Abbott Street before reaching the highway, according to Caltrans officials.

The southbound on-ramp at Airport Boulevard will be closed through August. A detour is in place, Caltrans officials said.

The construction at Airport Boulevard includes adding new traffic signals at Moffett Street and De La Torre Street and building new on- and off-ramps to and from northbound Highway 101, Caltrans officials reported.

The construction project is expected to be completed in December.
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An 18-year-old man who was stabbed to death early Saturday in San Jose during a gang-related altercation has been identified by police Monday as Vincent Tran.

Officers found the San Jose man at about 4 a.m. in the 1700 block of Schulte Drive. He had been stabbed.

Tran was taken to Regional Medical Center in San Jose and pronounced dead a few hours later.

An investigation revealed Tran was stabbed during an altercation between two local rival gangs. Gang-related slogans and hand gestures were exchanged, witnesses told police, during and before the altercation.

Police believe Tran was friends with members of one of the involved gangs. The degree of his involvement remains under investigation.

The investigation also reveled Tran also had been stabbed during a similar gang-related altercation May 1 in the same area as this more recent stabbing took place.

It is unknown whether Tran was targeted. The motive for the altercation remains under investigation.

No arrests have been made. It was the city's 21st homicide this year.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Sgt. Rafael Nieves or Detective Glenn Albin in the San Jose police homicide unit at (408) 277-5283.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at (408) 947-STOP (7867) or visit http://svcrimestoppers.org/. Tipsters might be eligible for a reward.
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Emergency responders were unable to rescue a 53-year-old man who lost consciouness in San Francisco Bay off the Alameda shore Monday in what police are calling an apparent suicide.

Alameda police received a call at 11:31 a.m. regarding a person who had walked into the Bay from Robert Crown Memorial Beach in the 2100 block of Shoreline Drive.

Members of the police and fire departments arrived within minutes, according to police, and immediately began requesting additional resources in rescuing the man who was approximately 150 yards from shore.

The U.S. Coast Guard was notified at 11:34 a.m., Lt. j.g. Laura Williams said, and launched a 25-foot response boat from Yerba Buena Island and a helicopter from Air Station San Francisco.

Shallow waters thwarted rescue efforts by the Coast Guard, preventing the boat, which arrived on the scene at about 11:55 a.m., from reaching the man, Williams said.

According to police, prior to the Coast Guard's arrival to the individual, the man lost consciousness and began to drift toward shore.

By the time the helicopter arrived on the scene, some 65 minutes after notification, according to police, another person had entered the water. The good Samaritan, an avid swimmer, swam toward the man when he was approximately 50 yards from the shoreline, police said.

Members of the Coast Guard saw the pair swimming toward the shore and so the helicopter, which had been on another mission and had to return to the airfield to refuel, returned to its air station, Williams and police said.

When the victim was brought to shore, the Alameda Fire Department transported him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Alameda County coroner's bureau identified the man as Raymond Zack, but had not yet determined Zack's residence. Zack's official cause of death remained under investigation as of Monday evening.

According to police, the Alameda Fire Department is not currently certified in land-based water rescues, and instead the city relies on the Coast Guard to conduct such rescues.

"We always work as a team with our local partners, and thatincludes the police and fire departments of the area we're working in," Williams said.
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The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.1 struck Monday evening in Santa Clara County.

The quake shook an area near Alum Rock at 7:19 p.m. and had a depth of 4.2 miles, according to the USGS. Its epicenter was roughly five miles northeast of Alum Rock.

On Saturday, a 3.3-magnitude earthquake struck near Morgan Hill at 3:39 a.m. and was centered 13 miles southeast of Alum Rock, according to the USGS.
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California Highway Patrol officers have arrested fewer impaired drivers so far during this Memorial Day weekend in the Bay Area than last year.

Fatalities are also down in the Bay Area.

In 2010, by Monday at 6 a.m., 203 impaired drivers had been arrested, compared to Monday's 184. During the same reporting period last year, there was one fatality, compared to zero so far this year, according to the CHP.

The CHP will continue its maximum enforcement efforts, which began Friday at 6 p.m., through midnight Monday.
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An 18-year-old San Jose man suspected of driving under the influence was arrested early Monday morning after colliding with a utility pole near a San Jose mobile home park, police said.

Diego Reyes drove a 1996 Honda four-door car into a utility pole at the intersection of Hillsdale and Narvaez avenues, police said.

Reyes was not injured in the collision, but his 17-year-old passenger sustained leg injuries, which were not life threatening. The passenger was treated and released from Regional Medical Center in San Jose, police said.

Several other utility poles and transmission wires went down in the incident, but no customer power outages were reported, according to PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris.

Reyes was arrested on suspicion of alcohol or drug use and was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on a felony DUI charge and a misdemeanor driver's license charge, police reported.

Near the downed utility poles, the main entrance to Mountain Springs Mobile Home Park, at 625 Hillsdale Ave., was blocked as utility personnel worked to repair fallen poles, police said.

Officials from Mountain Springs Mobile Home Park said the frontentrance reopened at 2 p.m.
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Power was restored to more than 770 customers who were without service Monday afternoon in San Jose, a PG&E spokeswoman said.

Power was fully restored to all 776 customers in the area south of Story Road and McGinness Avenue by 3:23 p.m., about three hours after the outage began at 12:20 p.m., PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris said.

No cause for the outage had been reported as of Monday evening, but PG&E staff was on site investigating, Morris said.
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A 35-year-old San Jose woman who died in a Saturday night shooting has been identified by police as Melissa Ross.

Police found Ross in the driver's seat of a black Mercedes sedan in the 4000 block of Ambler Way at about 10:30 p.m., Officer Jose Garcia said.

It appeared that Ross had been shot in the car.

Richard Herrera, 20, of San Jose, a relative of Ross, arrived at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center at 11 p.m. with gunshot wounds that were not life threatening, Garcia said. He was treated and released at the hospital.

Herrera was in the passenger seat of the car at the time of the shooting, investigators said.

No arrests have been made. It is unknown if the suspect, or suspects, targeted Ross, Herrera or both, Garcia said.

Police say the Ross shooting is not connected to the stabbing of San Jose resident Vincent Tran, 18, in the 1700 block of Schulte Drive earlier Saturday morning. Police suspect a gang connection in Tran's death.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact Detective Sgt. Tony Mata or Detective Jaime Jimenez at (408) 277-5283. To call anonymously, tipsters can call the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867 or visit svcrimestoppers.com and may be eligible for an award.
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Three people were arrested Saturday in unincorporated Monterey County by sheriff's deputies on suspicion of having a handgun in their possession.

Deputies stopped a 2007 Ford Focus on U.S. Highway 101 near Mallory Canyon Road for speeding. A 17-year-old boy was driving.

A loaded, unregistered, concealable handgun was allegedly located in the passenger compartment.

It was accessible to all three occupants in the vehicle, according to sheriff's deputies. All three occupants - the 17-year-old, an 18-year-old and a 29-year-old were arrested.

The teen was booked into juvenile hall and the other two were booked into Monterey County Jail.
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Mostly cloudy skies and a chance of showers are in the forecast for the Bay Area today, with highs expected to be in the upper 50s.

Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and lows around 50. Southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph, decreasing to around 5 mph after midnight, are also expected.

Wednesday is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers a slight chance of thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce small hail. Highs are expected to be in the upper 50s.

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Fire in SF Home at 1059 Hollister Ave.

Two adults were taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire in San Francisco this morning, a fire dispatcher said.

Firefighters responded to the one-alarm blaze at a two-story home at 1059 Hollister Ave. at around 2 a.m. The fire was under control by 2:20 a.m., a fire dispatcher said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
 
    CONTACT: San Francisco fire (415) 558-3268

June 1, 2011

It’s 7 a.m., 52°, and heading to 58°. Details are here. Will we ever have summer? The Bay Citizen unveiled its bike accident app, which is cool, and we’re very jealous. Hats off to you! Eric Fischer has been wandering around here again and gives us the Mission/South Van Ness turn as a stencil. And...

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A San Francisco jury convicted a 19-year-old man of second-degree murder Tuesday for fatally shooting a man at the Metreon complex after complaining he was clogging an escalator. Christopher Canon, of San Francisco, 15...

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June 2, 2011

In 2010 San Francisco supervisors banned Happy Meals. They showed no regard for parental choice. So it should not come as a shock that activists have managed to put a measure on the November ballot that essentially...

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Six months ago, San Francisco appeared headed for a budget bloodbath. Instead, it looks like a lovefest - although that may be short-lived. Mayor Ed Lee rolled out his first budget Wednesday to a standing ovation from...

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The San Francisco Giants posted their "It Gets Better" video on YouTube and the team website Wednesday, becoming the first professional sports team to join the online campaign against gay bullying and homophobia. Five...

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May 31, 2011

Muchos restaurantes, bares, cafés y tiendas especializadas en el Distrito de la Misión que fueron entrevistados el día lunes opinaron haber visto un aumento importante en las ganancias durante el fin de semana de la 33ra celebración anual de Carnaval. Algunos organizadores dijeron que alrededor de 300,000 personas asistieron al festival que duró dos días....

Muni management announced this afternoon that it has struck a tentative contract deal with the San Francisco's transit operators that, if ratified, would save the agency $21.3 million over the next three years. The...

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It’s 7 a.m., 56°, and that’s exactly where it’s going to stay. It gets worse tomorrow. Details are here. Duc-Loi, the Vietnamese grocery store on Mission Street, speaks any language its patrons want, writes the SF Chronicle. In case anyone has not been to the bathroom at Little Star Pizza, here you go, from We...

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