San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday Morning News Roundup

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Oakland: Search Continues for Suspects Who Shot Undercover Officer in Arm Monday

Police searched for hours Monday night for two suspects who shot an undercover Oakland police officer in the arm earlier Monday evening, police said.

The undercover officer was following up on a recent shooting connected to the area around the 1700 block of Seminary Avenue when three armed men confronted him at 6:22 p.m.

The officer was shot once in the arm and taken to a hospital.

His wounds are not considered to be life threatening, police said.

Police shut down the area around the shooting scene to search for the suspects.

Access to the area has been restricted.

One person has been detained but two remained at large as police continued to search the area assisted by a California Highway Patrol helicopter.

Oakland police have asked residents in the area who may have seen something suspicious to call 911 or (510) 777-3211.

SF: Hundreds March to Celebrate MLK Day

Hundreds of people marched from the San Francisco Caltrain station to Yerba Buena Gardens Monday morning in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

The crowd had come up the Peninsula on the Freedom Train, a specially chartered Caltrain devoted to celebrating King's legacy.

One of the riders, Jim Zito, 54, of San Jose, said he brought his 10-year-old son to the march with him to show the importance of what King stood for, and how to exercise civic rights.

"What we do today can affect the future," he said. Zito was 10 years old himself when King was assassinated.

The crowd, which included San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, was made up of people of all ages, and the marchers made their way to Yerba Buena walking up Third Street in the sun.

Those in the front sang songs, including "Amazing Grace." Many carried signs, one reading "Say no 2 racism and sexism."

Another read, "Jobs, housing and education, not war and occupation."

The march is culminating in a celebration at Yerba Buena Gardens.

Brentwood: Four Teens Injured in Drive-By Shooting

Four teenagers were injured in a drive-by shooting in Brentwood Monday evening, according to police.

The shooting was reported at 6 p.m. in the 1100 block of Berton Drive, police said.

The four victims were found at the scene, each with a gunshot wound.

All their wounds were serious but none were life threatening, police said.

The four teens, whose ages range from 13 to 16 years old, had been standing on the sidewalk there when a vehicle with three or four suspects in it passed them and opened fire.

The suspects were driving a white or light-colored late model four-door sedan, police said.

The four victims were transported to a hospital and are in stable condition tonight.

Police have not determined the motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to call Brentwood police at (925) 809-7743.

SF: Stranded Surfer Rescued from Rocks Near Ocean Beach

A surfer who was stranded on a rock near the Cliff House restaurant Monday afternoon has been rescued, a San Francisco Fire Department dispatcher said.

Two U.S. Coast Guard swimmers jumped into the water near the Cliff House, and the stranded surfer jumped off the rock toward them, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Emily Wilhite said.

He was then picked up by a Police Department boat, a fire dispatcher said.

Wilhite said the surfer was taken to China Beach.

The incident was reported at 11:37 a.m. and the surfer was rescued around 12:40 p.m., she said.

SF: 12 Arrested in Mission District Revelry Following 49ers Victory

A dozen people were arrested Sunday during the revelry in the Mission District after the San Francisco 49ers' NFC Championship victory, police said Monday.

One person was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, one on an outstanding warrant and one for driving under the influence.

Nine people were arrested for public intoxication, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Crowds spilled into the streets following the 49ers' 28-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, briefly taking over part of Mission Street near Silver Avenue, Shyy said.

However, there were no reports of vandalism like that seen in October, when rowdy crowds damaged storefronts along several blocks in the Mission after the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, Shyy said.

He said police are already planning for the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, when the 49ers will face the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.

SJ: Japanese Carrier Cancels More Flights Amid U.S. Safety Study of Boeing 787 Planes

All-Nippon Airways has cancelled flights to Tokyo via Mineta San Jose International Airport through early next week to comply with an FAA order grounding Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in the United States, an airport spokeswoman said.

The Japanese airline has been rebooking its San Jose flights to its larger Boeing 777 planes that take off for Tokyo from San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport, said airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes.

The airline is also helping passengers affected by the recent cancellations to book seats on United Airlines flights to Tokyo or agree to delay their trips for future All-Nippon flights, Barnes said.

"We have no further word on when they will resume," Barnes said "They are still investigating their 787 Dreamliner service."

All-Nippon Monday announced it had cancelled 320 flights, including 51 international flights, on 787s affecting a total of 46,800 passengers, Barnes said.

The flights to and from San Jose and Tokyo are cancelled through at least Jan. 28, Barnes said.

The airport "is supportive of (All-Nippon Airways') decision to put passenger safety first," Barnes said.

The airline opted to put the newer model 787 planes in service to San Jose because the 787 holds 158 passengers, is lighter and uses less fuel than its 300-seat Boeing 777s, Barnes said.

The FAA last Wednesday issued an emergency order to all U.S.-registered airlines to stop flying 787s until operators can prove that lithium ion batteries used on the planes are safe.

The agency said the order was needed to address the potential fire risk based on two incidents this month when batteries were blamed for heat damage and smoke inside 787s.

All-Nippon, in compliance with the FAA, started canceling flights to San Jose last Wednesday when it grounded 17 Dreamliners, Barnes said.

All-Nippon debuted its new five flights per week international service from San Jose airport to Tokyo on the 787 to great local fanfare in San Jose on Jan. 11.

SSF: Dumpster Fire Spreads to City Hall Offices

Firefighters are investigating what caused a Dumpster fire outside of South San Francisco City Hall early Monday morning, a fire captain said.

The fire was reported at about 1:30 a.m. outside of City Hall at 400 Grand Ave., fire Capt. Todd Rael said.

One engine responded to the scene initially and found a burning Dumpster adjacent to the building that was spreading indoors.

Three additional engines, a truck company and a battalion chief were called to the scene and quickly extinguished the fire outside of the building.

Firefighters then went inside and found that the fire had spread inside to some offices, burning papers and spreading smoke through the building.

Firefighters quickly extinguished that fire as well, leaving the building with very little structural damage but some cosmetic damage to the exterior from fire and smoke damage throughout the building.

Because the labor hours of replacing the lost paperwork and the extent of damage to computers and other items is not clear, it was difficult to estimate the full extent of the damage, Rael said.

The South San Francisco Fire Department's fire marshal is investigating what caused the dumpster to catch fire.

Firefighters remained on the scene until about 4:30 a.m.

SF: New Jazz Center Opens in Hayes Valley

A new building dedicated solely to jazz opened in San Francisco Monday with a colorful ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The SFJAZZ Center, located at 201 Franklin St. in the city's Hayes Valley neighborhood, opened its doors Monday to a brass band playing the tune "When the Saints Go Marching In" while members of the public went on tours of the new building.

The three-story complex features a 700-seat auditorium as well as educational and administrative space.

"It's a building that celebrates every voice," said Randall Kline, who founded SFJAZZ in 1983, initially as a weekend festival called "Jazz in the City."

Felice Swapp, the executive operating director of SFJAZZ, called jazz "America's classical music" and said the new center will allow the organization to "nurture new talents, nurture new loves."

One such talent is Laila Smith, an 18-year-old who was a member of the SFJAZZ High School All Stars.

"Jazz is not about doing things right, it's about passion," Smith said.

"It's about heart and soul and telling a story."

A sold-out opening night concert, scheduled for Wednesday, will be hosted by Bill Cosby and feature performances by McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding and others.

More information about the new building and other upcoming shows can be found online at www.sfjazz.org

San Mateo Co.: Four Injured in 2-Car Collision on Skline Blvd. 

Four people were taken to Stanford Hospital with major injuries in two-car collision on Skyline Boulevard Monday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision between a 2010 Toyota Prius and a sedan was reported at 2:53 p.m. in the 19000 block of Skyline Boulevard near the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, emergency officials said.

The road was shut down while four people were transported to the hospital, three by ground and one by air, the CHP said.

The road was reopened at about 4:45 p.m.

Fremont: Bicyclist Killed in Vehicle Collision This Morning

A 57-year-old bicyclist was killed in a collision with a vehicle in Fremont Monday morning, police and coroner's officials said.

The collision was reported at 7:05 a.m. on Paseo Padre Parkway north of Isherwood Way, according to Fremont police.

Officers found the man, identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as David Martinez of Fremont, lying in the road there.

Emergency responders tried to revive the man but he was pronounced dead on the street.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Martinez stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, police said.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision has been asked to call Fremont police at (510) 790-6910.

Bay Area Tuesday Morning Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy skies are expected in the Bay Area this morning. Highs are likely to be around 60, with northeast winds up to 15 mph.

Partly cloudy skies are likely this evening. Lows are expected to be in the upper 40s, with winds up to 10 mph. Rain is likely Wednesday. 

Highs are likely to be in the upper 50s, with winds up to 5 mph.

 

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