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Oakland: School District Board Member to be Appointed Acting Superintendent

Oakland Unified School District board member Gary Yee is expected to take over as acting superintendent following the recent resignation of Superintendent Tony Smith, district officials announced Sunday.

Yee, a board member since 2003, has been a student, parent, teacher and principal within the district at various times over the years, board President David Kakishiba said in a letter to district staff.

Yee will be formally announced as a candidate for the position today and the board will vote on the appointment on April 24th.

If Yee is appointed as acting superintendent, the board will then have 60 days to decide how to fill his vacant District 4 seat.

Smith announced his resignation, effective June 30th, in a letter to the board of education on April 4th, according to district officials.

Smith said he is moving his family to Chicago to be closer to his father-in-law, who is in poor health.

"The decision to leave at this time is very difficult," he wrote in the letter to OUSD board of education president David Kakishiba.

"However, my commitment to my family first means this is the right decision at this time."

"The Superintendent will be leaving a legacy that Oakland can be proud of," the board said in a statement.

"We have no doubt that Oakland is ready for the work ahead."

Smith has served at the head of Oakland public schools for the past four years.

He was appointed in May 2009 and assumed the post that July. 

Hayward: Man Shot on Franklin Avenue Dies of His Injuries

A 26-year-old man who was shot Saturday night in Hayward died of his injuries Sunday morning, according to police.

The victim, whose identity has not yet been released, was shot shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday night in the driveway of a home on Franklin Avenue between Culp Avenue and Harder Road, according to Sgt. Eric Melendez.

He was transported to Eden Medical Center for emergency treatment, but died of his injuries around 9:33 a.m., Melendez said.

Police are looking for anyone who witnessed the shooting or was in the area at the time it occurred.

Please call (510) 293-7000 with information. 

Windsor: San Jose Man Loses Arm in Solo Vehicle Crash on SB HWY 101

A San Jose man lost his arm in a solo vehicle crash on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in Windsor Saturday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred around 10 p.m., when a 2006 Toyota Solara driving south on Highway 101 just south of Shiloh Road came upon a tarp in the road, CHP Officer Marcus Hawkins said.

The driver, 27-year-old San Jose resident Zhang Huijing, swerved to avoid the tarp, ran off the road and struck a tree, Hawkins said.

The passenger, Andrew Chang, 29, was injured when the passenger side struck a tree.

His arm was severed from his body, Hawkins said.

The driver suffered only minor injuries.

Alcohol is not thought to be a factor in the collision, Hawkins said. 

SF Man Dies in Sonoma County Jail of Self-Inflicted Wound

A San Francisco man being held in a Sonoma County jail died Friday after cutting himself on the wrist, a sheriff's office spokesman said.

Neils Conrad, 55, was found unconscious in a bathroom at the North County Detection Facility around 9:25 p.m. with a self-inflicted wound to the wrist, according to Lt. Dennis O'Leary.

He was taken to a hospital and declared dead at 10:17 p.m.

Several inmates told investigators that Conrad had been depressed due to family issues and impending homelessness.

The self-inflicted wound is thought to be the cause of death, but that will not be known for certain until an autopsy is completed, O'Leary said.

Conrad was being held on a parole and probation violation, and had been in custody in Sonoma County four times since 2008, O'Leary said. 

SJ: Woman Charged with Kidnapping in Car Theft to Appear for Plea Hearing

A San Jose woman who has been charged with kidnapping after she stole a car with an 11-month-old girl inside is scheduled to appear in court for a plea hearing this morning.

Karla Belen Hernandez, 23, was arrested April 12 in connection with the March 25th incident, according to police.

The child, Gabriella Quintero, was taken at about 6:30 a.m. after her mother briefly left her unattended in a 2006 Jeep Liberty outside their home in the 2300 block of Amador Court in East San Jose, police said.

The mother, Graciella Quintero, had been warming up the vehicle with the baby inside.

She left momentarily to close her garage door, leaving the key in the ignition, and when she came back she saw her car being driven away with the infant inside, police said.

It is not clear whether Hernandez knew there was a baby in the backseat.

The baby was found safe inside the abandoned Jeep around 11:22 a.m. about four miles to the south, in the 400 block of Amargosa Court in San Jose.

Hernandez was identified as a suspect after police released a sketch the day after the alleged kidnapping, but police said witnesses and physical evidence also tied her to the crime.

Hernandez faces charges including kidnapping, child endangerment and auto theft.

She is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. in Dept. 23, Santa Clara County Superior Court. 

Regional: Boaters, Coastal Visitors Urged to Avoid Disturbing Nesting Seabirds

Seabird breeding season is underway and visitors to the coast and offshore islands are being urged to stay clear of their nests.

Noisy colonies of thousands of seabirds form every spring in areas such as Point Reyes, the Marin Headands, Devil's Slide and the Farallon Islands, according to officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

The colonies can be disturbed by boaters, fisherman, birdwatchers and others, and birds will neglect their young or even abandon a colony altogether if they are disturbed repeatedly, officials said.

The sanctuary has worked with state, federal and local agencies since 2005 to protect seabirds on the north-central California coast as part of the Seabird Protection Network.

There are 29 species of seabirds that breed in California, officials said. 

Richmond: One Hospitalized in Shooting, Two Suspects at Large

Police in Richmond are investigating a shooting that hospitalized one Saturday night, a lieutenant said.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 600 block of Griffin Drive at about 8 p.m., Lt. Bisa French said.

When officers arrived they found one male in his car suffering from a gunshot wound, French said.

He was transported to a hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Two men were seen getting into a white SUV and fled the area shortly after the shooting, according to French.

There is no additional suspect information, she said.

French said it appears the male who was shot appears to have been the intended target of the shooting. 

Napa Co.: Rider Killed in Crash Involving Two Motorcycles This Afternoon

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in rural Napa County Sunday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

At about 1:15 p.m., the CHP responded to reports of a crash involving two motorcycles near state Highway 128 and Wragg Canyon Road, south of the Lake Berryessa Recreation Area, Officer James Evans said.

One of the motorcycle riders has been pronounced dead at the scene, Evans said.

Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the crash, Evans said. 

Regional: South San Francisco Ferry to Expand Service to San Francisco & East Bay

Starting April 29, San Francisco Bay Ferry will offer expanded commuter service between the East Bay and South San Francisco, transit officials announced.

A newly added 6:20 p.m. departure will take weekday commuters from the ferry terminal in South San Francisco to Oakland's Jack London Square and Alameda Main, according to the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, which operates the San Francisco Bay Ferry fellt.

The additional commuter trip will give riders more flexibility during peak commute hours, WETA executive director Nina Rannells said in a statement.

"We expect this additional commuter trip will eventually increase our ridership to the levels we originally projected," Rannells said.

In addition to the added commuter trip, WETA is adding two weekday leisure trips between South San Francisco and two popular destinations in San Francisco; the Ferry Building and Pier 41.

The leisure trips will depart from South San Francisco at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, and return at 1:50 p.m. on Wednesdays and 3:15 p.m. on Fridays.

The weekday trips were added to accommodate an influx of travelers and visitors during the peak tourism season, as well as accommodating South San Francisco residents and school groups who are headed to destinations in San Francisco. 

Gov. Brown Proclaims Today "John Muir Day" in California

Gov. Jerry Brown proclaimed Sunday April 21, 2013 as "John Muir Day" in California.

In a proclamation issued on Friday, Brown called the naturalist "a giant of a man" whose "vision of the pristine landscape as a source of spiritual renewal has become central to our understanding of the relationship between humanity and nature."

Muir's advocacy for preservation was instrumental in establishing Yosemite National Park and creating the National Park System, Brown said.

"It is a tribute to the beauty of our state that this consummate lover of nature shoes California as his home," he said.

An image of Muir -- who lived from 1838 to 1914 - can be found on California's state quarter, which was issued in 2004.

Brown suggested that Californians honor Muir by visiting a national park, state park or unspoiled wilderness to "help keep his legacy alive." 

Weather Forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area

Sunny skies are likely in the Bay Area this morning. Highs are expected to be in the 70s, with northwest winds up to 10 mph.

Mostly clear skies are likely this evening. Lows are expected to be in the lower 50s, with westerly winds up to 10 mph.

Sunny skies are expected Tuesday morning.

Highs are likely to be in the lower to mid 70s, with northeast winds around 5 mph.

 

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