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DA Gascon Announces Expansion Of Anti-Truancy Program To Second School

A San Francisco anti-truancy program is expanding to a second high school starting this year, the city's district attorney announced today.

District Attorney George Gascon is expanding the program to Ida B. Wells Continuation High School after developing it over the past two years at Burton High School.

The school, which overlooks Alamo Square, provides an alternative learning environment for high school students with a history of low attendance or low academic achievement, and will now have two new counselors available to work with chronically truant students.

The district attorney's office has allocated $65,000 from its general fund for the two part-time counselors, as well as the same amount for two counselors to continue at Burton, where the program began in 2011.

Gascon said he hopes to eventually expand the program into every high school in the city.

"The work here does matter and is making a difference," he said.

He said after a student does not show up for school on time, a counselor in the program begins calling the student and family members to find out their whereabouts.

"It's a very immediate process," he said. "They'll do whatever it takes."

Gascon said the engagement of family and friends is important to prevent truancy, which often leads to students dropping out of school and getting into trouble.

"It takes the entire community to work on this," he said.

Ida B. Wells principal Richard Duber said the grant will help the school "create that personal connection, that bond that we know is the basis to enhance attendance."

Duber said, "Students have to know there's someone out there that cares, and students and their families have to know there's a support system."

Officials say chronic and habitual truancy has dropped 31 percent in the San Francisco Unified School District since 2007, when the district attorney's office began a partnership with the school district to combat the problem.

Families in need of truancy-related assistance are encouraged to contact the school district at (415) 241-3030.

 

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Transit Agencies To Boost Service While Bay Bridge Closed

Bay Area transit agencies said today that they will beef up service while the Bay Bridge is closed over Labor Day weekend but also said people should be prepared and research all their travel options during the closure.

"We encourage everyone to plan ahead and allow more time to get where they need to go," Bay Bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon said.

BART spokesman Jim Allison said, "People should do a little research and load up their Clipper Card ahead of time so they don't have to wait in line to buy tickets because we expect very busy ridership days" when the bridge is closed, especially on Thursday and Friday.

Caltrans is closing the Bay Bridge in both directions starting at 8 p.m. on Wednesday to complete additional work that must be finished before the new eastern span can be opened to the driving public.

Caltrans tentatively is planning to re-open the bridge at 5 a.m. on Tuesday but may re-open it before then if the work is completed early.

However, Gordon said Caltrans can't promise that the span will open early, saying, "The bridge will open when it's ready."

Allison said BART will try to fill part of the gap caused by the bridge closure by running longer trains on Thursday and Friday and having 24-hour service at 14 stations.

However, BART won't provide overnight service from Monday night into Tuesday morning because it needs to close its tracks for a short period to perform maintenance work and inspections and it's expecting the bridge to be reopened by that time, Allison said.

He said the transit agency's overnight trains will operate hourly on a two-route modified "X" service, with trains between Concord and San Francisco International Airport forming one line of the X and trains between El Cerrito del Norte and Dublin/Pleasanton forming the other line.

Allison said all trains will meet at MacArthur Station in Oakland, where passengers may transfer to reach any of the 14 stations that will be open around the clock.

He said BART expects its ridership to increase significantly because its ridership has surged by up to 30 percent during past Bay Bridge closures.

AC Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson said the bus agency won't be able to provide transbay service while the span is closed so its transbay buses instead will stop at four BART stations to drop off passengers going to San Francisco and pick up passengers coming from San Francisco.

Those stations are MacArthur, the Oakland Coliseum, West Oakland and North Berkeley, Johnson said.

He said many local buses operated by AC Transit, which serves parts of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, also bring riders to BART stations as part of their regular service.

San Francisco Bay Ferry spokesman Ernest Sanchez said his agency will also increase its service while the Bay Bridge is closed.

Sanchez said there will be expanded service from San Francisco Bay Ferry's terminals in Oakland, Alameda Main Street, Harbor Bay in Alameda, Vallejo and San Francisco.

He said there also will be direct service between Alameda Main Street and San Francisco and Oakland and San Francisco.

Normally Alameda Main Street and Oakland share a boat.

"We're staffed and ready to go," Sanchez said.

 

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Crews Respond To One-Alarm Blaze At Excelsior Home

Crews are at the scene of a one-alarm fire at a home in San Francisco's Excelsior District this afternoon, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The blaze was reported at 2:27 p.m. at a home at 167 Ney St., fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Arriving crews encountered flames in a light well and in the walls of the home and contained the fire by 2:50 p.m. but had not fully yet extinguished it, Talmadge said.

Two dogs were brought out of the house, and no injuries were reported, she said.

 

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Police Make Third Arrest In Hunters Point Fatal Bus Stop Shooting

Investigators last week arrested a third suspect in a fatal shooting in San Francisco's Hunters Point neighborhood in June, police said today.

Lee Sullivan, 22, was arrested last Wednesday in connection with the June 24 shooting at a bus stop at West Point and Middle Point roads.

The shooting killed 19-year-old Jaquan Rice and wounded a 17-year-old girl, police spokesman Sgt. Dennis Toomer said.

Sullivan has been charged with murder, attempted murder, aggravated mayhem, possession of cocaine base for sale and other crimes.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on Thursday, district attorney's office spokesman Alex Bastian said. 

Two other suspects were arrested following the shooting.

Derrick Hunter, 20, and his brother Quincy Hunter, 14, who is being charged as an adult, have pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the case.

Police and prosecutors have not released a possible motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call Inspector John Cagney, Inspector Tom Newland or Sgt. John Burke of the Police Department's homicide detail at (415) 553-1145.

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

 

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Tuesday Midday News Roundup

Rim Fire Reaches Hetch Hetchy Reservoir; Water Quality Unaffected

The massive Rim Fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has reached the area surrounding the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which provides water to San Francisco residents, city utility officials said today.

The blaze, which has blackened nearly 180,000 acres, is not expected to affect the quality of the Hetch Hetchy water because of the rocky terrain and limited brush along the reservoir, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Since before the Rim Fire began on Aug. 17, the SFPUC has been transferring water from the full Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to other reservoirs closer to San Francisco, and is now increasing that amount from 275 million gallons to 302 million gallons a day as a precaution.

SFPUC officials say the water's turbidity, or cloudiness, is well below state-mandated levels despite some ash falling onto the reservoir's surface.

SFPUC crews also repaired a hydroelectric turbine unit at the Kirkwood Powerhouse that was damaged by the fire last week, and are working to re-energize transmission lines.

The lines need to be inspected further before power delivery can resume, SFPUC officials said this morning.

The commission has spent about $600,000 on supplemental power supplies from outside sources since last week because of the fire-related disruption.

All of the SFPUC's 2.6 million water and electric customers continue to be fully supplied and can find updates about the fire at www.sfwater.org/RimFire, according to the commission.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a state of emergency for San Francisco because of the threat to the city's water and power infrastructure.

The Rim Fire has burned 179,481 acres and was 20 percent contained as of this morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Danville Crash Victim Identified As San Ramon Valley High School Student

A teenage boy who was killed in a crash in Danville on Monday night was a San Ramon Valley High School student, a school district spokesman said today.

The teen was identified by the Contra Costa County coroner's office this morning as 17-year-old Danville resident Robert Orlando.

Two other boys in the car at the time of the crash, ages 17 and 16, suffered broken bones but are expected to survive.

All three were set to begin their senior year at San Ramon Valley High today, San Ramon Valley Unified School District spokesman Terry Koehne said.

Grief counselors are available at the high school, where a moment of silence was held in each classroom this morning, he said.

"You don't want to have grief counselors on your campus any day, and certainly not on the first day of school," he said.

The crash occurred at about 8:50 p.m. near the Crow Canyon Country Club.

Police said Orlando was a passenger in a car that was heading north on El Capitan Drive near Claridge Drive when, for unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the car and hit a tree.

Orlando was taken to San Ramon Regional Medical Center, where he died, police said.

The 17-year-old driver suffered broken ribs, and a 17-year-old passenger had a broken leg, police said.

Both were taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek and are in stable condition.

Police said it does not appear drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, which remains under investigation.

The wreck blocked El Capitan Drive between Crow Canyon Road and Canfield Drive for nearly seven hours, police said.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Danville police at (925) 314-9700.

Man Injured In Shooting Near Hilltop Mall Monday Evening In Richmond

A man was shot multiple times while driving near the Hilltop Mall in Richmond on Monday evening, a police sergeant said.

Officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of Hilltop Mall Road around 6:10 p.m. after receiving reports of shots fired and ShotSpotter activation alerts, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

At least one person had opened fire on a silver SUV, hitting the driver three times, Abetkov said.

The shooting caused the driver to lose control of the car, which hit a fire hydrant and then struck a nearby restaurant's sign, she said.

The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for the gunshot wounds, which were not considered life-threatening, she said.

Another man who was in the SUV at the time of the shooting was unharmed.

Abetkov said police have not identified any suspects in the shooting and haven't determined a motive.

5 Hopsitalized After Oakland Man Crashes While Evading Police In Livermore

An Oakland man was arrested after he led police on a chase and then crashed into three cars in Livermore this morning, a police sergeant said.

Shortly before 7 a.m., a suspicious person was reported in the 5000 block of Preston Avenue, Livermore police Sgt. John Hurd said.

Those calls were followed by reports of a suspicious person in the 4700 block of Arroyo Vista, Hurd said.

Officers responded and saw a truck used to transport sheets of glass leaving the area quickly, police said.

The officers tried to stop the driver but he refused to yield, instead heading east on Las Positas Road, according to Hurd.

The man was driving erratically, and the officers decided to end the pursuit, police said.

A short time later, the driver crossed lanes of traffic and crashed into three cars near Bennett Drive, police said.

The truck tipped over in the crash and landed on its side.

The fire department was notified of the collision at 7:13 a.m.

Five people who were in the cars that were hit were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, Hurd said.

Police arrested the driver, identified as Arthur Salvetti, a 43-year-old transient, on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle and evading police, Hurd said.

Investigators contacted the owner of the glass truck and learned that the vehicle had been stolen from the 4700 block of Arroyo Vista, police said.

The intersection where the crash occurred was shut down until about 9 a.m., Hurd said.

Renowned Artist Ruth Asawa To Be Remembered At Golden Gate Park Ceremony

A ceremony celebrating San Francisco artist Ruth Asawa's legacy is being held today in Golden Gate Park, three weeks after she died at the age of 87.

The memorial service is taking place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the bandshell between the M.H. de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences.

Her family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Ruth Asawa Fund, a nonprofit that supports arts programming at San Francisco public schools.

Born in 1926 in Southern California, Asawa was known for her wire sculptures and paintings, which were influenced by her Japanese-American heritage.

In 1942, during World War II, she was sent to an internment camp with her family.

Asawa, according to her website, was involved with incorporating art at public schools and in 2010 the School of the Arts, located at 555 Portola Drive at the McAteer campus, was renamed for the artist.

According to her biography, she studied at Black Mountain College in North Carolina where she met her husband, Albert Lanier.

They were married in 1949 and moved to San Francisco where they stayed and raised six children.

She died on Aug. 6.

Her health had been declining after she was diagnosed with lupus in 1985 and she had limited public appearances since 2002.

Much of her artwork is on display throughout the Bay Area, including fountains at San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square and outside the Grant Hyatt near Union Square.

The Japanese American Internment Memorial Sculpture is on display at the Federal Building in downtown San Jose.

The artist served as commissioner on the city's Arts Commission in the 1960s and into the 1970s and was a trustee for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

More about her life and artwork is available at www.ruthasawa.com.

Donations to her nonprofit can also be made on the website.

Highway 84 Blocked In Both Directions By Fallen Tree In Woodside

State Highway 84 has reopened after a closure caused by a fallen tree in Woodside this morning, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

The tree and debris were blocking the highway in both directions at Portola Road.

The county sent out an alert at 8:40 a.m. warning motorists of the closure.

A follow-up alert sent at about 10:20 a.m. stated that the road had reopened.

Palo Alto Police Arrest Two Suspects In Aug. 12 Street Robbery

Two East Palo Alto residents were arrested Friday on suspicion of robbing a man of his wallet and laptop at gunpoint on a residential street near downtown Palo Alto earlier this month, police said today.

Palo Alto police detectives arrested Christopher Mailau Vea and Patrick Tupoumalohi, both 20, at a home in the 2400 block of University Avenue in East Palo Alto at about 1:15 p.m. Friday, police Detective Sgt. Brian Philip said.

Both were arrested on suspicion of robbery and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Vea was also booked on a violation of his probation stemming from a 2011 felony conviction for first-degree burglary in San Mateo County, Philip said.

After arresting the suspects, detectives served search warrants at their homes and recovered three realistic-looking black BB guns with the orange safety tips colored black, Philip said.

The robbery occurred at about 10:07 p.m. on Aug. 12 in the 100 block of Bryant Street, several blocks from University Avenue, Philip said.

A man in his 20s was walking on the sidewalk when the two suspects confronted him, pointed what appeared to be a black handgun at him, ordered him to the ground and stole his wallet, a bag containing his laptop, and small items from his pockets, Philip said.

A jogger saw the robbery from about a block away, came to the victim's aid and called 911 on his cellphone, Philip said.

Detectives later obtained surveillance video footage of the suspects using the victim's stolen credits cards at a local gas station and used it to determine their identities, Philip said.

Vea and Tupoumalohi are not considered suspects in a separate Aug. 15 robbery of a man who was with his young child at Robles Park, Philip said.

Two Arrested In Theft Of $20K From Store Safe At Safeway Supermarket In Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill police have arrested two suspects in the theft of $20,000 from a safe at a Safeway store last week by a former employee who investigators said was seeking revenge for being fired.

Mario Bellinghausen, of Santa Nella in Merced County, and Yesmith Sandoval, of Los Banos, both 22, were arrested on suspicion of burglarizing and conspiring to burglarize the Safeway, police said.

Police said the suspects hatched a plan to steal money from the supermarket in retaliation for management terminating Bellinghausen's employment, and to split the proceeds.

Shortly after midnight Thursday, Bellinghausen, wearing a surgical mask to hide his face, entered the store, police said.

Bellinghausen had been entrusted by the store with the code for the safe, police said.

He went to the safe, removed $20,000 in cash and fled in his car, according to police.

Later in the day, police caught up with Bellinghausen, who was holding his half of the loot, and arrested him, police said.

On Saturday, officers apprehended Sandoval inside a pizza parlor in Los Banos and found that she had the rest of the stolen money, minus what Bellinghausen had used to post bail after his arrest, police said.

Officers recovered almost all of the $20,000 taken from the supermarket, police said.

 

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Rim Fire Reaches Hetch Hetchy Reservoir; Water Quality Unaffected

The massive Rim Fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has reached the area surrounding the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which provides water to San Francisco residents, city utility officials said today.

The blaze, which has blackened nearly 180,000 acres, is not expected to affect the quality of the Hetch Hetchy water because of the rocky terrain and limited brush along the reservoir, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Since before the Rim Fire began on Aug. 17, the SFPUC has been transferring water from the full Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to other reservoirs closer to San Francisco, and is now increasing that amount from 275 million gallons to 302 million gallons a day as a precaution.

SFPUC officials say the water's turbidity, or cloudiness, is well below state-mandated levels despite some ash falling onto the reservoir's surface.

SFPUC crews also repaired a hydroelectric turbine unit at the Kirkwood Powerhouse that was damaged by the fire last week, and are working to re-energize transmission lines.

The lines need to be inspected further before power delivery can resume, SFPUC officials said this morning.

The commission has spent about $600,000 on supplemental power supplies from outside sources since last week because of the fire-related disruption.

All of the SFPUC's 2.6 million water and electric customers continue to be fully supplied and can find updates about the fire at www.sfwater.org/RimFire, according to the commission.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a state of emergency for San Francisco because of the threat to the city's water and power infrastructure.

The Rim Fire has burned 179,481 acres and was 20 percent contained as of this morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

 

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Man Robbed In Potrero Hill After Responding To Craigslist Ad

A man was assaulted and had his watch stolen in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood on Monday night after trying to arrange the purchase of a smartphone through Craigslist, police said.

The robbery was reported at 8:16 p.m. at Connecticut and 22nd streets.

The 64-year-old victim had parked in the area to meet with the alleged smartphone sellers when one suspect entered his car from the passenger side and took out a gun, according to police.

The second suspect then opened the driver's side door and began punching the victim in the face, then took the watch off his wrist, police said.

The suspects, believed to be two men in their 20s, then fled and had not been found as of this morning, according to police.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for lacerations to his nose, police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery 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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Vehicle Collision Causes Muni Delays On Van Ness Avenue

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is reporting inbound delays on the 49 and 47 Muni lines this morning due to a vehicle collision on Van Ness Avenue.

The Muni delays on northbound Van Ness Avenue near O'Farrell Street were reported at about 5:40 a.m., According to the SFMTA.

 

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Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Former San Mateo Psychiatrist Sentenced To Eight Years

A former San Mateo psychiatrist, Dr. William Hamilton Ayres, did not flinch when a San Mateo Superior Court judge sentenced him Monday to eight years in state prison for molesting boys who were patients of his in the 1990s.

Judge Beth Labson Freeman handed down the sentence just before 4 p.m. following a long day of victim impact statements and an afternoon of pleading from Ayres' wife, son and daughter.

Ayres himself did not speak.

Ayres was sentenced to eight years concurrent for each of the eight counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child 14 or younger, which means he will serve all the sentences at the same time.

He must also register as a sex offender for life and pay a $10,000 fine to the Victim Witness Assistance Fund.

Based on time served, Ayres will likely be behind bars for nearly six years.

"My conclusion is based on the fact that you violated the innocence of young boys in your care," Freeman said before she delivered her sentence.

Ayres and his family, seated behind him in the front row of the courtroom, did not react to the sentence.

The 81-year-old wheelchair-bound Ayres was wearing red jail-issued clothing and was wheeled out by a bailiff.

His family exited the courtroom rather quietly and nonchalantly.

Ayres' defense attorney Jonathan McDougall, who has worked on the case since 2009, said he thought Judge Freeman did the best she could in following the law.

"This has been an extremely difficult case. There are a large number of people who felt victimized; Ayres felt victimized by the system; the family felt their husband and father had been victimized," McDougall said.

He said that he would file a notice of appeal but that an appellate attorney would take it on thereafter.

He also noted that there could be a restitution hearing, should any victim believe they are owed money.

The emotional day began with victim impact statements from 15 victims or loved ones, who shared their stories of how the actions of the then-revered doctor negatively impacted the course of their adult lives.

The later portion of the afternoon was reserved for Ayres' family to speak on his behalf.

Barbara Ayres called her father innocent and honorable and used much of her time addressing the court discussing the issue of memories and how details differ in long-term memories, calling into question witness and victim accounts.

She called the allegations against her father a "scapegoat," adding, "adolescents rarely go to psychiatrists because they're happy."

The former doctor's wife, Solveig Ayres, spoke on her longtime husband's behalf, stating that he did conduct physical exams when needed, but said he was not "touchy feely."

Solveig Ayres said that after knowing Ayres for 50 years she knew him thoroughly enough to know his character and that she believed he was not capable of the allegations against him.

Ayres rarely looked up as people read or voiced their statements.

His white hair disheveled, Ayres looked forward for most of the day, rarely glancing to the side to meet eyes with some of his victims who chose to stand and deliver their account rather than take a seat on the witness stand.

Two days in to his second jury trial, on May 16, Ayres pleaded no contest to eight counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 for allegedly inappropriately touching five boys who had come to him for counseling in the early 1990s.

He was remanded into custody on Aug. 7. Prosecutors believe the alleged molestations involved fondling of young patients during "medical" examinations while in counseling sessions with Ayres during a period of 1991 to 1996.

The boys were between the ages of 9 and 13 at the time, according to prosecutors. Ayres had a thriving practice treating children patients from the 1960s to 2006, according to the district attorney's office.

He was also called upon to evaluate hundreds of cases, including sex offenders, in San Mateo County juvenile court going back to the 1970s.

SFPUC Officials Say Water, Power Supplies Continuing As Usual Despite Rim Fire

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission officials said Monday that the massive Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park is not affecting the commission's ability to provide water and power to its 2.6 million customers.

The fire has burned nearly 150,000 acres but as of Monday afternoon had not yet reached the O'Shaughnessy Dam or the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which provides the majority of the SFPUC's water supply, according to commission officials.

Ash from the fire, which started on Aug. 17, is falling in the area of the reservoir but has not affected the turbidity, or cloudiness of the water, SFPUC spokeswoman Suzanne Gautier said.

Gautier said the water has maintained a turbidity level of 0.2 NTUs, well below the state-mandated level of 5.0 NTUs or lower.

SFPUC officials say water is drawn from nearly 300 feet below the surface of Hetch Hetchy and is sent through the dam and tunnels toward the Bay Area.

Gautier said Hetch Hetchy makes up about 85 percent of the SFPUC's water supply, with the rest coming from local reservoirs in Alameda and San Mateo counties.

SFPUC crews have also been busy making sure utility service is not impacted by the fire, which damaged a hydroelectric facility last week and prompted the commission to shut down power lines in the area.

Crews Monday morning were in the area of the Kirkwood Powerhouse to make repairs in areas deemed safe by fire officials.

San Francisco's municipal customers remain with full power supplies from the SFPUC, which has spent about $600,000 on supplemental power supplies from outside sources since last week, according to the commission.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a state of emergency for San Francisco because of the threat to the city's water and power infrastructure.

The Rim Fire had burned 149,780 acres as of Monday morning and was only 15 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

More information about the fire's impact on San Francisco can be found on the SFPUC's website at www.sfwater.org/RimFire.

Two Occupants Die When SUV Plunges Off 100-Foot Drop In San Mateo County

Two people died Monday evening when their SUV plunged 100 feet off of Interstate Highway 280 outside of Burlingame, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported at 5:21 p.m. on northbound Highway 280 near Trousdale Drive.

A white SUV's two occupants were trapped when the vehicle flew through a guardrail and down a 100-foot drop, the CHP said.

They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The CHP is investigating what caused the crash.

Marin City Suspect In Mother's Slaying Recovering From Police Shooting In SF

The Marin City man who was shot by U.S. Park Police after he allegedly killed his mother Friday is in fair condition at San Francisco General Hospital Monday, hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said.

The suspect, 22-year-old Carlos Aldana, is expected to be booked in the Marin County jail after he is medically cleared from the hospital, Marin County sheriff's Lt. Jamie Scardina said.

Aldana is suspected of fatally stabbing his mother Rosa Aldana, 44, in her apartment on Cole Drive in Marin City.

Her body was found after Marin County sheriff's deputies received a request around 11:10 p.m. Friday to check on her welfare, Scardina said.

A person who had returned to the apartment before deputies arrived noticed the front living room was completely covered in blood and called 911, Scardina said.

The California Highway Patrol then received a report about a man covered in blood boarding a San Francisco-bound Golden Gate Transit bus at Donahue Street in Marin City.

U.S. Park Police located the bus at Fillmore and Chestnut streets in San Francisco.

When the blood-covered rider got off the bus, he threatened the officers with a knife.

Officers then shot the man, later identified as Aldana, several times, Scardina said.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

Detectives are interviewing witnesses and family members to determine a motive for the slaying, Scardina said.

Berkeley Mayor Preparing Generations Of Campers For Worst After Berkeley Tuolumne Camp Burns In Rim Fire

Nearly 150,000 acres have burned in the raging Rim Fire and the Berkeley-run camp Tuolumne Camp was destroyed in the blaze Sunday, according to the U.S. Fire Service.

The fire, which started on Aug. 17, has spread from Stanislaus National Forest into Yosemite National Park and has since destroyed 23 structures and is threatening as many as 4,500 others.

One of those structures is Berkeley's long-running family camp, located at 31585 Harden Flat Road near Groveland.

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said Monday afternoon that the camp, comprised of several cabins, a dining hall, a main lodge and other recreational facilities on the Tuolumne River, has been a summer destination for generations.

He called the loss, "so sad" and recalled the retreat as "a Berkeley tradition."

The camp has offered fishing, swimming, hiking and other activities since opening in 1922 for Berkeley residents and other locals.

The fire burned through the camp but the full extent of damage has not been determined, Bates said.

The mayor said he was planning to go at the end of the summer to see improvements made to buildings in the past few years.

"I was anxious to see it," he said.

The city leader said he will likely still visit but instead to assess damage and work on future plans for the charred space.

"It would be wonderful if we could rebuild it," Bates said, but cautioned "if everything else is burned, it would be a camp without any 'there' there."

He said the tough reality is that if the forest, centuries-old trees and surrounding environment have been destroyed beyond recognition, the camp "won't have the same ambiance."

"The experience with all the trees and forest around it," he said, "It won't exactly have the same feel as the past."

He said it was too soon to decide how to proceed with the campsite.

City spokesman Matthai Chakko said with the active fire it is too dangerous to send anyone to the site, but that "the damage appears to be pretty extensive...it's pretty devastating."

The camp had been evacuated last Tuesday as the flames neared.

No injuries were reported when the blaze touched down at the camp.

"People were legitimately concerned," Bates said, adding that everyone at the camp had returned to the Bay Area last Tuesday.

The city runs two other summer camps at Echo Lake near Lake Tahoe and Cazadero in Sonoma County.

Echo Lake Camp was closed and remaining sessions cancelled Friday because of heavy smoke from the Rim Fire affecting air quality.

The camp itself is not threatened by the fire.

San Jose Police Identify 22-Year-Old Man Shot, Killed Saturday Afternoon In Downtown San Jose

A 22-year-old man gunned down Saturday afternoon in downtown San Jose has been identified as Ramon Garcia, San Jose police said Monday.

Garcia became the 33rd homicide in San Jose so far this year, police spokesman Albert Morales said.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired near a business in the area of North Third and East Julian streets at about 1 p.m. Saturday, Morales said.

Garcia was taken to a Regional Medical Center of San Jose and declared dead at around 1:43 p.m., Morales said.

The motive and circumstances involved in the shooting are under investigation and there are currently no suspects in the murder, Morales said.

Anyone with information about the homicide is urged to contact San Jose police's homicide unit at (408) 277-5283 or Silicon Valley Crimestoppers at (408) 947-7867.

Oakland Trial Begins For Two Men Accused Of Raping, Murdering Woman Found In Trash Can

A prosecutor and two defense attorneys agreed Monday that 22-year-old Shavan Boone died a horrible death in Oakland nearly seven years ago but they disagreed about whether there's convincing evidence about who killed her.

Prosecutor Stacie Pettigrew said Boone was raped, robbed and killed on Nov. 2, 2006, and her body was found two days later.

She had been shot in the back of her head "execution style" and then dumped in a trashcan strewn among garbage in a creek bed in the 5700 block of Trask Street in East Oakland.

Boone lived in San Francisco, worked at a Goodwill store and was raising a four-year-old son by herself.

Referring to the three men who've been charged with murder for her death, Pettigrew said, "They treated her like garbage and thought nobody would miss her and find her but she was a friend, a daughter and a mother to a four-year-old boy."

Pettigrew outlined her case to jurors in her opening statement in the trial of Frank Irwine, 28, and Kristian Dailey, 34, who are charged with murder and four special circumstances that could result in life in prison without parole if they're convicted.

The special circumstances are committing a murder during a robbery, rape, sodomy and forced oral copulation.

The third defendant, Terrance Anderson, 25, is scheduled to be prosecuted separately next month.

Pettigrew told jurors that they might find that Boone was a prostitute but she said she nevertheless doesn't believe that Boone had consensual sex with any of the three men accused of killing her.

Boone "never stayed out all night" and wanted to get home to take care of her son, who was being babysat by a neighbor and friend, Pettigrew said.

The prosecutor said DNA evidence overwhelmingly proved that both Irwine and Anderson had sex with Boone.

Video from an ATM machine and cellphone records connect all three men to the robbery of Boone and her death, Pettigrew said.

Irwine's attorney, Ray Plumhoff, said the three men "may have been one of the last people to see her alive but that is not proof that they killed her."

Plumhoff said, "There is no conclusive evidence that Irwine killed her. He had no motive and there's no evidence that he sexually assaulted her."

Dailey's attorney, Darryl Stallworth, said Dailey should be found not guilty of all charges because "there are no facts for the prosecutor to prove her case beyond a reasonable doubt."

Stallworth said there aren't any fingerprints or ballistic evidence that tie the defendants to Boone's death.

Stallworth said it's also "sad but true" that Boone "engaged in a dangerous lifestyle" that may have contributed to her death.

He said Boone indulged in "alcohol, drugs and sex with strangers" and had met with a stranger at the Hot Tubs sauna on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco a few hours before she was killed.

Stallworth said the fact that Boone was murdered "is pretty clear" but he doesn't think there's convincing evidence that the three defendants were the culprits.

UC Berkeley's New Chancellor Says University's Public Mission Won't Change

New University of California at Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said Monday that the university will need to rely more on philanthropy for funding but promised that it won't become more privatized.

Dirks, who formerly was executive vice president at Columbia University in New York City and replaced former Chancellor Robert Birgeneau this summer, said the university only gets about 12 percent of its funding from the state, down from 30 percent about ten years ago and down from 50 percent in the more distant past.

Dirks said the university has had to scramble to find funding from other sources but he said "there's no shift in the way the people in this university conceive of it being a public university and in the centrality of its mission of serving the public."

Dirks said the university remains committed to providing an accessible and affordable education to students and "to make the world a better place."

He dismissed privatization as "the 'p' word."

Talking to reporters at a news conference marking the beginning of the academic year, Dirks said when he was considering coming to UC Berkeley from Columbia he wondered if "it would be a good move for anyone" because of the state's decreased financial support for the university.

But he said, "I was gratified to find out that the university was not just alive and well but actually was prospering" due to getting funding from other sources.

Dirks said when California voters approved a tax increase last November to better fund education and other programs it was "a great mandate" for the university and helped stabilize its funding.

He said that because UC Berkeley is consistently rated as one of the top universities in the world "it's like coming to Mecca" to be its chancellor.

Referring to the nicknames for New York City and the university, Dirks joked, "I've given up the Big Apple for the Golden Bear."

Dirks said one of his priorities is improving the quality of the college experience for the university's undergraduates.

Vice provost Catherine Koshland said one of the programs aimed at undergraduates is "common good" courses in areas that students need in order to graduate in areas such as reading and composition, math and science and foreign languages.

Another new program, Koshland said, is "Berkeley 4.0," which she said helps prepare students for a future in which what they know is less important than how they think, learn and discover on their own.

She said three important concepts anchor the university's vision for the future: mentoring, teaching and learning and academic support.

Maura Nolan, an associate English professor who is director of the Berkeley Connect program said mentoring will include creating an "intellectual community" of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and alumni.

Nolan said the program "increases meaningful interaction between faculty and students so undergraduates get the most out of UC Berkeley."

Anne De Luca, associate vice chancellor for admissions and enrollment, said another new program is CalCentral, which provides a unified and personalized single sign-on experience for students to email and have access to calendars, documents and class collaboration spaces as well as links to important campus services and resources.

De Luca said CalCentral will be a pilot program for 4,000 students this year and will be expanded to all students next year.

Sonoma County's Coroner's Office Identifies Sebastopol Woman As Fatal Crash Victim

The Sonoma County coroner's office has identified the victim of a fatal solo vehicle crash late Sunday night as 21-year-old Ellen M. Genazzi of Sebastopol.

The California Highway Patrol initially said the victim was a Point Reyes resident.

Genazzi was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado that struck a tree on Bloomfield Road just west of Burnside Road near Sebastopol in unincorporated Sonoma County, CHP Officer Kerri Post said.

The crash was reported at 11:40 p.m. and closed Bloomfield Road until 1:30 a.m. Monday, the CHP said.

Former Private Investigator Testifies To Setting Up Dirty DUI Arrests 

Former private investigator Christopher Butler, wearing red jail garb, matter-of-factly told a federal jury in San Francisco Monday about how he set up drunken driving stings and carried out an array of other crimes.

Butler, 52, of Concord, testified at the trial of former Contra Costa County Sheriff's Deputy Stephen Tanabe, 50, of Alamo.

Tanabe is accused of conspiracy, extortion and wire fraud for his role in aiding Butler by allegedly arranging the arrests of three men in stings in Danville in 2010 and 2011.

The arrests were known as "dirty DUIs" because the men, who were husbands of Butler's female clients in divorce cases, were allegedly enticed by Butler employees to become intoxicated at Danville bars and then arrested after Butler alerted Tanabe the men were driving away.

"Mr. Tanabe promised me he would perform all the DUI stops I would ever want if he could have a Glock firearm," Butler told the jury in the court of U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer.

Butler testified he paid Tanabe with a Glock handgun for making two arrests on Jan. 9 and 14, 2011, and gave him $200 worth of cocaine for summoning a fellow officer to make an earlier arrest on Nov. 2, 2010.

He said Tanabe collected the cocaine a few days later by driving his patrol car closely past Butler's moving car in a parking lot.

"I reached out the window and handed him the baggie," Butler told the jury.

Butler was one of two masterminds, along with former state narcotics squad commander Norman Wielsch, of a wide-ranging police corruption scandal in Contra Costa County.

He pleaded guilty last year to seven federal charges, including conspiring to sell methamphetamine and marijuana Wielsch stole from evidence lockers; violating the civil rights of a teenager and prostitutes in fake arrests; extorting protection money from workers in a massage parlor he and Wielsch established; and illegal wiretapping.

Butler was sentenced to eight years in prison and as part of his plea bargain agreed to aid in the prosecution of Wielsch, Tanabe and others.

Wielsch, the former commander of the now-disbanded Central Contra Costa County Narcotics Enforcement Team, pleaded later in 2012 to five charges and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Tanabe is accused only in connection with three DUI arrests.

He is the only person in the scandal to go to trial thus far, with the result that Butler's appearance Monday was his first public testimony in any of the cases other than statements during his guilty plea.

The formerly hirsute Butler, who now appears fully bald as result of being partly bald and shaving the remainder of his hair, wore black-rimmed glasses and red Alameda County Jail clothing on the stand.

Under questioning from prosecutor Hartley West, he acknowledged that his eight-year sentence was already decreased from a mandatory 10-year minimum in exchange for his cooperation and could be reduced further if he testifies truthfully.

Defense attorney Tim Pori, who will cross-examine Butler tomorrow, charged during his opening statement last week that Butler is a "prolific con man" and "master manipulator" who has an incentive to incriminate Tanabe to obtain a sentence reduction.

Pori maintained that Tanabe was carrying out his duties in arranging the arrests and that there is no proof he received a gun and cocaine in payment.

Tanabe faces one count of conspiring to deprive others of honest services, three counts of wire fraud and three counts of extortion related to the alleged payments.

The wire fraud charges refer to text messages he and Butler allegedly exchanged the evenings of the arrests.

Weather Forecast For The San Francisco Bay Area

Partly cloudy skies and patchy fog are expected in the Bay Area this morning.

Highs are likely to be in the 60s to lower 70s, with winds up to 20 mph.

Mostly clear skies are expected this evening, then becoming mostly cloudy with patchy fog after midnight.

Lows are likely to be in the upper 50s, with westerly winds up to 20 mph.

Cloudy skies and patchy fog are likely Wednesday morning.

Highs are expected to be in the 60s to lower 70s, with westerly winds up to 20 mph.

 

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Weather Forecast For The San Francisco Bay Area

Partly cloudy skies and patchy fog are expected in the Bay Area this morning.

Highs are likely to be in the 60s to lower 70s, with winds up to 20 mph.

Mostly clear skies are expected this evening, then becoming mostly cloudy with patchy fog after midnight.

Lows are likely to be in the upper 50s, with westerly winds up to 20 mph.

Cloudy skies and patchy fog are likely Wednesday morning.

Highs are expected to be in the 60s to lower 70s, with westerly winds up to 20 mph.

 

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Renowned Artist Ruth Asawa To Be Remembered At Golden Gate Park Ceremony

A ceremony celebrating San Francisco artist Ruth Asawa's legacy will be held this morning in the city's Golden Gate Park, three weeks after she died at the age of 87.

The memorial service will take place at the bandshell in the park area in between the M.H. de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences at 11 a.m.

Her family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Ruth Asawa Fund, a nonprofit that supports arts programming at San Francisco public schools.

Born in 1926 in Southern California, Asawa was known for her wire sculptures and paintings that were influenced by her Japanese-American heritage.

In 1942 she was sent to an internment camp with her family along with more than 110,000 other Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Asawa, according to her website, was involved with incorporating art at public schools and in 2010 the School of the Arts, located at 555 Portola Drive at the McAteer campus, was renamed for the artist.

According to her biography, she studied at Black Mountain College in North Carolina where she met her husband, Albert Lanier.

They were married in 1949 and moved to San Francisco where they stayed and raised six children.

She died on Aug. 6.

Her health had been declining after she was diagnosed with lupus in 1985 and she had limited public appearances since 2002.

Much of her artwork is on display throughout the Bay Area, including fountains at San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square and outside the Grant Hyatt near Union Square.

The Japanese American Internment Memorial Sculpture is on display at the Federal Building in downtown San Jose.

The artist served as commissioner on the city's Arts Commission in the 1960s and into the 1970s and was a trustee for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

More about her life and artwork is available at www.ruthasawa.com.

Donations to her nonprofit can also be made on the website.

 

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Berkeley Mayor Preparing Generations Of Campers For Worst After Berkeley Tuolumne Camp Burns In Rim Fire

Nearly 150,000 acres have burned in the raging Rim Fire and the Berkeley-run camp Tuolumne Camp was destroyed in the blaze Sunday, according to the U.S. Fire Service.

The fire, which started on Aug. 17, has spread from Stanislaus National Forest into Yosemite National Park and has since destroyed 23 structures and is threatening as many as 4,500 others.

One of those structures is Berkeley's long-running family camp, located at 31585 Harden Flat Road near Groveland.

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said this afternoon that the camp, comprised of several cabins, a dining hall, a main lodge and other recreational facilities on the Tuolumne River, has been a summer destination for generations.

He called the loss, "so sad" and recalled the retreat as "a Berkeley tradition."

The camp has offered fishing, swimming, hiking and other activities since opening in 1922 for Berkeley residents and other locals.

The fire burned through the camp but the full extent of damage has not been determined, Bates said.

The mayor said he was planning to go at the end of the summer to see improvements made to buildings in the past few years.

"I was anxious to see it," he said.

The city leader said he will likely still visit but instead to assess damage and work on future plans for the charred space.

"It would be wonderful if we could rebuild it," Bates said, but cautioned "if everything else is burned, it would be a camp without any 'there' there."

He said the tough reality is that if the forest, centuries-old trees and surrounding environment have been destroyed beyond recognition, the camp "won't have the same ambiance."

"The experience with all the trees and forest around it," he said, "It won't exactly have the same feel as the past."

He said it was too soon to decide how to proceed with the campsite.

City spokesman Matthai Chakko said with the active fire it is too dangerous to send anyone to the site, but that "the damage appears to be pretty extensive...it's pretty devastating."

The camp had been evacuated Tuesday as the flames neared.

No injuries were reported when the blaze touched down at the camp.

"People were legitimately concerned," Bates said, adding that everyone at the camp had returned to the Bay Area by late Tuesday night.

The city runs two other summer camps at Echo Lake near Lake Tahoe and Cazadero in Sonoma County.

Echo Lake Camp was closed and remaining sessions cancelled Friday because of heavy smoke from the Rim Fire affecting air quality.

The camp itself is not threatened by the fire. San Francisco resident August Estabrook, 36, reminisced this afternoon about "magical" summers spent as a camper for seven years and then as a staff member for three more starting in the mid-1980s.

"It was a very memorable place for me," he said. "That place has all my firsts. I look super fondly on that place."

He said he is still coming to terms with the loss.

"Now that it's gone, I haven't even digested it," he said.

Although he hadn't attended camp for several years, he said every time he drives to Yosemite National Park he stops by the camp to say hello.

After the smoke clears and the fire is controlled, Estabrook said he hopes that there is a rebuilding effort.

"That location is so prime... I would love to see it come back," he said.

He said he understands that there will be remnants of the fire for years to come and "I could see for how the first few years it would be maybe grim" but over time it will return to its former glory.

He said he hopes to take his family there in the future.

He attended the camp each summer with his cousins, grandparents and other relatives.

"For me it was super magical," he said.

To mourn the loss of the camp, Berkeley resident Shoshana Gizzi has organized a gathering at Berkeley's Civic Center Park at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Center Street where past attendees can sing camp songs, tell stories and reflect on the many summers in the trees.

"There is so much grief and sorrow," Gizzi said. "Especially for the longtime families."

Gizzi's family has been going to the camp for the past 10 years and was there at the end of July for their latest trip.

She said tonight will be an opportunity for past attendees to "commemorate our time" and "remember Tuolumne."

"I'm hoping our efforts will show the city how loved it is for us," she said. "I think people want an opportunity to come together."

She recalled spending summers with her then-young daughters and how one lost her first tooth while at the camp.

"Our house was a heap of tears," after her family heard the news, she said.

The group will convene at 8 p.m. and everyone is encouraged to bring a candle or other light source, instruments and Tuolumne Camp T-shirts.

Other former campers took to social media Sunday night and this morning to share memories of the camp and the many summers spent there.

On the Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp Facebook page, Jess Kletz posted, "My family was just there two weeks ago and my 70-year-old father made an awesome tie-dyed towel at arts and crafts under the dinning hall. So sad... So very sad."

Others offered help to rebuild the camp area, and Hollis Ashby wrote this morning, "Like a phoenix, she will rise again."

Jane Rhodes wrote that she was heartbroken to hear about the loss.

"Camp has been a part of my life since I was 3. I met and married the Camp Manager's kid...took my kids every summer...and was able to introduce my grandchildren (now 6 & 4) to the best summer vacations ever. There is a huge hole in my heart and I will cherish my memories."

The fire has not affected other Bay Area-run camps including the University of California alumni camp Lair of the Golden Bear, located at 188 Dodge Ridge Road near Pinecrest, a forest service official said. Camp Mather, the San Francisco-run camp at 35250 Mather Road near Groveland, sustained some minor fire damage but all structures were intact as of Sunday night.

There were also evacuations last week at the San Francisco-based Jewish summer camp Camp Tawonga, and the San Jose Family Camp, both near Groveland.

San Jose city officials said the camp is closed for the rest of the season and all trips planned through the beginning of October have been canceled.

The camp has not sustained major damage, but officials reported that there were 12 tent cabins that burned, an outbuilding that was destroyed and other equipment lost including two all-terrain vehicles, a log splitter and a tow-behind trailer.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

As of this morning, the fire is 15 percent contained.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who declared a state of emergency because of the fire last week, visited the area this morning to be briefed on the blaze and comment on the on-going response.

He vowed to stay in communication with President Obama if more federal resources were needed to battle the blaze.

Obama spoke with Brown Sunday to discuss the massive fire.

According to the forest service, 3,678 fire personnel have responded to the wildfire.

 

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SFPUC Officials Say Water, Power Supplies Continuing As Usual Despite Rim Fire

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission officials said today that the massive Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park is not affecting the commission's ability to provide water and power to its 2.6 million customers.

The fire has burned nearly 150,000 acres but as of this afternoon had not yet reached the O'Shaughnessy Dam or the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which provides the majority of the SFPUC's water supply, according to commission officials.

Ash from the fire, which started on Aug. 17, is falling in the area of the reservoir but has not affected the turbidity, or cloudiness of the water, SFPUC spokeswoman Suzanne Gautier said.

Gautier said the water has maintained a turbidity level of 0.2 NTUs, well below the state-mandated level of 5.0 NTUs or lower.

SFPUC officials say water is drawn from nearly 300 feet below the surface of Hetch Hetchy and is sent through the dam and tunnels toward the Bay Area.

Gautier said Hetch Hetchy makes up about 85 percent of the SFPUC's water supply, with the rest coming from local reservoirs in Alameda and San Mateo counties.

SFPUC crews have also been busy making sure utility service is not impacted by the fire, which damaged a hydroelectric facility last week and prompted the commission to shut down power lines in the area.

Crews this morning were in the area of the Kirkwood Powerhouse to make repairs in areas deemed safe by fire officials.

San Francisco's municipal customers remain with full power supplies from the SFPUC, which has spent about $600,000 on supplemental power supplies from outside sources since last week, according to the commission.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a state of emergency for San Francisco because of the threat to the city's water and power infrastructure.

The Rim Fire had burned 149,780 acres as of this morning and was only 15 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

More information about the fire's impact on San Francisco can be found on the SFPUC's website at www.sfwater.org/RimFire.

 

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Marin City Suspect In Mother's Slaying Recovering From Police Shooting In SF

The Marin City man who was shot by U.S. Park Police after he allegedly killed his mother Friday is in fair condition at San Francisco General Hospital today, hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said.

The suspect, 22-year-old Carlos Aldana, is expected to be booked in the Marin County jail after he is medically cleared from the hospital, Marin County sheriff's Lt. Jamie Scardina said.

Aldana is suspected of fatally stabbing his mother Rosa Aldana, 44, in her apartment on Cole Drive in Marin City.

Her body was found after Marin County sheriff's deputies received a request around 11:10 p.m. Friday to check on her welfare, Scardina said.

A person who had returned to the apartment before deputies arrived noticed the front living room was completely covered in blood and called 911, Scardina said.

The California Highway Patrol then received a report about a man covered in blood boarding a San Francisco-bound Golden Gate Transit bus at Donahue Street in Marin City.

U.S. Park Police located the bus at Fillmore and Chestnut streets in San Francisco.

When the blood-covered rider got off the bus, he threatened the officers with a knife.

Officers then shot the man, later identified as Aldana, several times, Scardina said.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

Detectives are interviewing witnesses and family members to determine a motive for the slaying, Scardina said.

 

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Man Injured In Market Street Fall

A man was seriously injured on Sunday afternoon when he fell onto San Francisco's Market Street and hit his head either on the pavement or on a passing Muni bus, a police spokeswoman said today.

The fall occurred around 12:50 p.m. in the 700 block of Market Street.

Witnesses reported that the victim, believed to be in his 60s, was walking with an unsteady gait just before he fell into the street, police spokeswoman Officer Tracy Turner said.

It is unclear whether he hit his head on the ground or on the rear of the passing bus, but he was knocked unconscious, Turner said.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries that were initially considered life-threatening.

However, Turner said this morning he is expected to survive.

 

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Santa Cruz Man Killed In Weekend Gilroy Crash Identified

A man who was killed in a crash on state Highway 152 in Gilroy early Sunday has been identified as Azmi Leone Munoz-Montesino, of Santa Cruz, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

Munoz-Montesino, 33, was alone in his car when it crashed in the 1700 block of Highway 152 at about 2:25 a.m. Sunday, Gilroy police said.

The car smashed into a tree, triggering a fire beneath the vehicle, police said.

Emergency crews responded and extinguished the blaze.

Police are investigating whether Munoz-Montesino may be tied to reports of an earlier hit-and-run accident in which a driver struck cars parked in the area of First and Hanna streets.

 

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Monday Midday News Roundup

Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp Burned In Rim Fire

Berkeley's Tuolumne Family Camp, a city-owned camp that has operated since 1922, burned in the Rim Fire on Sunday, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said.

The wildfire, which has grown to nearly 150,000 acres and is still only 15 percent contained, has burned through the camp, located at 31585 Harden Flat Road near Groveland, forest service spokesman Dick Fleishman said.

However, firefighters have not had a chance to go in and assess the damage, so it is unknown if any structures survived, Fleishman said.

Many former campers took to social media Sunday night and this morning to share memories of the camp and summers spent in the forest.

On the Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp Facebook page, Jess Kletz posted, "My family was just there 2 weeks ago and my 70-year-old father made an awesome tie-died towel at arts and crafts under the dinning hall. So sad... So very sad."

Others offered help to rebuild the camp area, and Hollis Ashby wrote this morning, "Like a phoenix, she will rise again." Jane Rhodes wrote that she was heartbroken to hear about the loss. "Camp has been a part of my life since I was 3. I met and married the Camp Manager's kid...took my kids every summer...and was able to introduce my grandchildren (now 6 & 4) to the best summer vacations ever. There is a huge hole in my heart and I will cherish my memories." 

Another Berkeley camp, U.C. Berkeley's Lair of the Bear, was not in the line of the fire as of Sunday, despite rumors that it had burned down, Fleishman said.

Tuolumne Family Camp was evacuated Tuesday along with other camps in the area including San Francisco Recreation and Parks' Camp Mather.

The fire spread to the very edges of Camp Mather, located at 35250 Mather Road near Groveland, this weekend and some minor damage was reported, according to Phil Ginsburg, the city's director of recreation and parks.

However, no additional damage had been seen as of Sunday afternoon, and all structures remained intact, Ginsburg said in a statement released Sunday evening.

Two firefighting strike teams and a hand team are deployed at Camp Mather for structural defense, Ginsburg said.

Also evacuated earlier this week were the San Francisco-based Jewish summer camp Camp Tawonga, also located near Groveland, and the San Jose Family Camp in the Groveland area.

San Jose officials said on Saturday that fire crews were still defending structures within the city camp, which was only around 7 miles away from where the fire started.

As of Thursday, the fire had destroyed several tents on the camp's grounds, according to San Jose city officials.

Stinson Beach Reopens After Shark Sighting Causes 5-Day Closure

Stinson Beach reopened to swimmers, surfers and boogie boarders on Sunday after a five-day closure prompted by a great white shark sighting.

There have been no sightings since the shark was spotted last Monday afternoon, National Park Service spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet said this morning.

The shark, estimated to be between 10 and 15 feet long, was seen multiple times in the water near the northern part of the beach, Picavet said.

The first sighting was at about 1:30 p.m. that day, and the shark was seen again along the surf line about an hour and a half later.

Picavet said it is possible the shark was attracted to the waters near Stinson Beach by a baby fin whale that was found on the beach Monday morning.

The whale later died and was buried away from the water line.

Picavet said, however, "It's not uncommon to have sharks in that area."

Bay Area Bike Share Starts Thursday With 700 Bikes For Rent In 5 Cities

Thursday marks the start of the Bay Area Bike Share program, in which about 700 bicycles will be available for rent 24 hours a day at kiosks in San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

The bikes will be stationed near transit hubs and popular destinations, and will be available mostly for short trips of 30 minutes or less, according to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

The $11.2 million program will offer rows of Canadian-made, seven-speed bikes at a cost of $9 for a daily pass, $22 for three days of rides and $88 for a full year, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

In Santa Clara County, some 280 bikes will be parked at 28 kiosks, including at the San Jose Diridon, San Antonio, Mountain View and Palo Alto Caltrain stations, VTA spokeswoman Brandi Childress said.

Bikes also will be available in parts of San Jose's downtown area including at San Jose City Hall, San Jose State University, San Pedro Square, Japantown, the Adobe building and the San Jose Convention Center, Childress said.

Other kiosks in the county will be located at the San Antonio Shopping Center in Mountain View, Stanford University and downtown Palo Alto.

One aim of the program is to allow commuters to take public transit to work and use the bikes for the short trips from transit stops to the workplace.

In the spring, 300 additional bikes and 30 new kiosks will be added in the five cities. Alta Bike Share, based in Portland, was awarded the contract to oversee the program, brought to the region through a partnership between the VTA, the air district, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transit District.

Alta Bike Share has similar programs operating in New York, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C. More information about the program is available at www.bayareabikeshare.com.

Antioch Man To Receive Medal Of Honor For Bravery In 2009 Afghanistan Battle

An Antioch soldier was set to receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama at the White House today for his bravery in a deadly 2009 battle in Afghanistan that killed several of his fellow servicemen.

Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter will be awarded the military's highest honor for his courageous actions during what is described as one of the deadliest, most complex attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the war began, according to Army and White House statements.

An attack at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan's Nuristan Province early the morning of Oct. 3, 2009, evolved into a daylong firefight in which U.S. and allied Afghan forces endured a constant hail of gunfire and bombs, according to the Army.

Carter risked his own life during the battle to kill some of the estimated 300 enemy combatants; provide fellow troop members with ammunition; and give first aid to an injured soldier in the 4th Infantry Division.

The assault left eight American soldiers dead and more than 20 wounded, according to the Army.

Army officials said Carter and other soldiers' actions during the battle bought them enough time to bring reinforcements to the outpost and, days later, to kill one a top Taliban-affiliated commander in the region.

"Carter's remarkable acts of heroism and skill, which were vital to the defense of COP Keating, exemplify what it means to be an American hero," the official Army narrative of the battle reads.

Now stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord outside of Tacoma, Wash., Carter is dealing with the after-effects of that experience, including struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Army and White House statements.

Carter, who grew up in Spokane, Wash., claims Antioch as his home of record and is married with three children, according to the White House. He enlisted in the Army in January 2008 as a cavalry scout.

He deployed to Afghanistan from May 2009 to May 2010 and completed a second deployment in Afghanistan in October 2012.

Antioch Police Locate Teen Suspected Of Stabbing Pregnant Girlfriend

A teenager suspected of stabbing his pregnant 16-year-old girlfriend in Antioch last week has been taken into custody, Antioch police said this morning.

Johnny Madden, 18, was arrested shortly before 6 p.m. Friday after a brief foot chase in the 2900 block of Delta Fair Boulevard, in the area of the Delta Fair Shopping Center, according to police.

He has been booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.

Madden is suspected of attacking his girlfriend in the 2200 block of Hamlin Drive at about 10:30 a.m. last Wednesday, police said.

The girlfriend called police to report that her boyfriend had stabbed her.

She suffered cuts to her left leg and abdomen and was treated at a hospital, police said.

Madden fled before officers arrived and remained at large until his arrest on Friday.

Initial reports indicated that the victim is pregnant with twins and that Madden attacked her with a kitchen knife, according to police.

New Zealand Earns Berth In America's Cup With Louis Vuitton Cup Win

Emirates Team New Zealand sealed its spot as the challenger to Oracle Team USA in the 34th America's Cup after winning its series in the Louis Vuitton Cup on Sunday.

New Zealand won the series over Italy's Luna Rossa 7-1.

The deciding race was won by a margin of three minutes and 20 seconds.

Previously, New Zealand and Italy met in the Louis Vuitton Cup final in 2007, a match-up won by New Zealand.

The America's Cup between Emirates and Oracle Team USA is scheduled to begin Saturday, Sept. 7.

Key Testimony Expected Today In Contra Costa County 'Dirty DUI' Trial

Former private investigator Christopher Butler, of Concord, who was a key figure in a Contra Costa County law enforcement scandal, is testifying in federal court in San Francisco today in the trial of former sheriff's Deputy Stephen Tanabe.

Tanabe is accused of conspiracy, wire fraud and extortion for allegedly aiding Butler in arranging three drunken driving stings in Danville in 2010 and 2011.

The men arrested in the so-called "dirty DUI" stings were husbands or ex-husbands of Butler's female clients, who were involved in divorce or child custody proceedings and were looking to gain an advantage in those cases.

Butler is taking the stand today in the court of U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer at the Federal Building on Golden Gate Avenue.

Butler pleaded guilty to several charges and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

As part of his plea bargain, he agreed to testify against Tanabe.

He was called to the stand following testimony by a Sprint official regarding text messages allegedly exchanged between Butler and Tanabe.

33-Year-Old Man Fatally Shot In Visitacion Valley Friday

A man was fatally shot while sitting in a parked car in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley neighborhood on Friday night, police said today.

The shooting was reported at 7:01 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of Blythedale Avenue.

The victim, identified by the medical examiner's office as Shawnte Otis, 33, of San Francisco, was sitting in the car when two suspects approached and opened fire, police said.

Otis was hit by the gunfire and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died, according to police.

The suspects fled and had not been found as of this morning, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the Police Department's homicide detail at (415) 553-1145 or the department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444, or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with "SFPD" in the message.

Motorcyclist Killed In Golden Gate Park Crash Early Sunday

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park early Sunday morning, police said today.

The victim, identified by the medical examiner's office as 30-year-old Kareem Rafeh, crashed his motorcycle at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday near Lincoln Way and Kezar Drive, police said.

Rafeh was riding down the street when he struck a median and was thrown off his bike and hit a tree, according to police.

The crash remains under investigation.

Three Hospitalized After Head-On Crash

Three people were hospitalized after a head-on crash near the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts this morning, fire officials said.

The crash was reported at about 8:20 a.m. near Portola and Glenview drives. None of the victims' injuries are considered life-threatening, fire officials said.

Point Reyes Woman Killed In Crash Sunday Night In Sonoma County

A 21-year-old Point Reyes woman was killed in a crash near Sebastopol late Sunday night, a California Highway Patrol officer said this morning.

The woman was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado that struck a tree on Bloomfield Road just west of Burnside Road, CHP Officer Kerri Post said.

The crash was reported at 11:40 p.m. Bloomfield Road was closed for nearly two hours afterward.

Mountain Lion Spotted In Emerald Hills In San Mateo County

A mountain lion was spotted Sunday night in unincorporated San Mateo County, county emergency officials said.

The animal was seen at about 8 p.m. in the 900 block of Far Creek Way in Emerald Hills.

Residents are advised not to approach mountain lions, especially ones that are feeding or with offspring.

Anyone who encounters a mountain lion should face it, make loud noises and try to appear large and threatening while throwing rocks or other objects at the cat, emergency officials said.

More information about mountain lions can be found online at www.keepmewild.org.

 

 

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Key Testimony Expected Today In Contra Costa County 'Dirty DUI' Trial

Former private investigator Christopher Butler, of Concord, who was a key figure in a Contra Costa County law enforcement scandal, is expected to testify in federal court in San Francisco today in the trial of former sheriff's Deputy Stephen Tanabe.

Tanabe is accused of conspiracy, wire fraud and extortion for allegedly aiding Butler in arranging three drunken driving stings in Danville in 2010 and 2011.

The men arrested in the so-called "dirty DUI" stings were husbands or ex-husbands of Butler's female clients, who were involved in divorce or child custody proceedings and were looking to gain an advantage in those cases.

Butler is expected to take the stand today in the court of U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer at the Federal Building on Golden Gate Avenue.

Butler pleaded guilty to several charges and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

As part of his plea bargain, he agreed to testify against Tanabe.

He will be called to the stand following testimony by a Sprint official regarding text messages allegedly exchanged between Butler and Tanabe.

 

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Motorcyclist Killed In Golden Gate Park Crash Early Sunday

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park early Sunday morning, police said today.

The victim, identified by the medical examiner's office as 30-year-old Kareem Rafeh, crashed his motorcycle at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday near Lincoln Way and Kezar Drive, police said.

Rafeh was riding down the street when he struck a median and was thrown off his bike and hit a tree, according to police.

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Three Hospitalized After Head-On Crash

Three people were hospitalized after a head-on crash near the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts this morning, fire officials said.

The crash was reported at about 8:20 a.m. near Portola and Glenview drives.

None of the victims' injuries are considered life-threatening, fire officials said.

 

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