San Francisco Bay Area Monday Morning News Roundup

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San Jose: City's Minimum Wage Set to Increase Monday Due to Ballot Measure 

San Jose's minimum wage increases to $10 an hour today, according to city officials.

The San Jose Minimum Wage Initiative, approved by 59.6 percent of voters in November, requires all employers operating within city limit to pay a minimum of $10 an hour, officials said.

The law covers all employers that maintain a facility in San Jose or are subject to the San Jose business tax, and all employees who work at least two hours a week in San Jose, even if their employers are based out side city limits.

"This is a significant change for both employers and employees in San Jose and we're making sure everyone has easy access to as much information as we can provide before the new law goes into effect," Grayson said in a statement.

Employers are required to post notices in the workplace regarding wage rates and employee rights, and maintain payroll records for a minimum of four years.

Oakland: Zoo Announces Birth of Three Meerkat Pups

The Oakland Zoo is welcoming three new pups to its meerkat exhibit, officials announced Sunday.

The pups, named Ayo, Rufaro and Nandi, are nearly six weeks old and bring the size of the zoo's existing meerkat mob to eight, according to zoo officials.

The litter is the first successful one among the meerkats in more than a year.

Meerkat pups are very fragile and it is not uncommon for members of a meerkat mob to kill pups, but the mob has taken good care of this litter so far, according to zoo officials.

"It has been wonderful watching the mob raise the pups," said Victor Alm, zoological manager.

"It has truly been a collective effort and all the adults are taking their turns caring for and teaching the new pups their different roles and jobs needed to be a productive meerkat."

The sexes of the pups remain unknown so far because keepers have "been very hands off," zoo officials said in a statement.

Meerkats can weigh up to two pounds as adults.

They live in social groups called mobs led by a dominant male and female, and the dominant pair will generally not tolerate pregnancies and births by other members of the mob.

Meerkats eat insects, scorpions, small mammals and even small reptiles, as well as small amounts of roots, fruit or vegetables.

Oakland: One Dead in West Oakland Shooting Sunday Morning

A person was fatally shot in West Oakland Sunday morning, a police officer said. Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Ninth and Clay streets at about 3 a.m., Officer Kevin McDonald said.

When officers arrived, they found a person suffering from a gunshot wound, McDonald said.

The victim, whose age and gender was not immediately available, was pronounced dead at the scene, he said. No suspect was found at the scene, McDonald said. As of 3:45 a.m., detectives were at the scene investigating the shooting, McDonald said.

Fremont: One Dead After Accident on NB I-680

A person was killed Sunday morning after an accident in Fremont, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers responded to a report of three cars pulled over to the right hand side of northbound Interstate Highway 680 in Fremont near the Washington Boulevard off-ramp at about 12:24 a.m., the CHP said.

The CHP also received reports of a possible body lying in the slow lane in that area.

One person was transported to a hospital and was later pronounced dead, the CHP said.

All but one lane were closed as the scene was cleared, and all lanes were reopened at about 1:20 a.m., according to the CHP.

Details about the accident were not immediately available.

Dublin: Bay Area Rapper Says Charges Against Him Dropped

Bay Area rapper MC Hammer said Friday evening that charges against him in connection with an incident at Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center have been dropped.

The rapper sent out a message on Twitter reading "Thank You to all my friends and supporters.

All CHARGES DECLINED. Dropped. Have A great Weekend." Dublin police could not be reached for comment.

Police said previously that Hammer, also known as 50-year-old Stanley Kirk Burrell, was approached after officers spotted him parked at a Shell gas station near the shopping center around 10:20 p.m. on Feb. 21.

The car had expired registration tags, police Lt. Herb Walters said.

Burrell could not produce any proof that the vehicle was his and became uncooperative with officers, Walters said.

He was arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer in the performance of his duties and resisting an officer. The Tracy resident was booked into the Santa Rita Jail but posted bail and was released, Walters said.

According to Burrell, a police officer approached him and arrested him without cause. In one Tweet, he said the officer "was tapping on my car window, I rolled down the window and he said, 'Are you on parole or probation?'"

"It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his whistle and yelled for help," he tweeted.

He then tweeted, "only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge."

Officers found an expired registration in the car but were unable to contact the registered owner, who was not Burrell, Walters said.

Santa Rosa: Police Investigating Assault that Sent One to Hospital

Police in Santa Rosa are investigating an altercation that sent a man to a hospital with serious injuries Saturday night.

Officers responded to a report of an assault victim in the area of West Ninth Street and Link Lane at about 7:05 p.m., police said.

When officers arrived, they found a man suffering from blunt trauma injuries, according to police.

The man was transported to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, police said.

A possible weapon used in the assault was found, police said. Detectives are investing the assault.

It is unknown whether the incident is gang related, police said.

SF: Man Who Allegedly Stole Unattended Diaper Bag Arrested at Residential Hotel

A San Francisco man who allegedly stole an unattended diaper bag from the Hall of Justice last week has been identified and arrested, police said.

At about 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the bag was advertently left by a woman after she went through security at the building at 850 Bryant St., police said.

The woman was the foster mother of an infant who made headlines back in December when two patrol officers performed CPR to revive him and drove him to the hospital themselves, saving his life.

The boy's biological mother, Nneka Nash, had just given birth to the boy and abandoned him, but was found a short time later and arrested for child cruelty.

The foster mother and the baby, called Baby Nash, were at the Hall of Justice for an appointment, police said.

Investigators reviewed video surveillance and booking photos and were able to identify 59-year-old Daniel Ripper as the suspected diaper bag thief, police said.

Officers arrested Ripper at a residential hotel in the 1000 block of Mission Street on Friday morning. Ripper was arrested for theft, possession of stolen property and probation violation.

Menlo Park: Two Men Arrested After Allegedly Trying to Steal $20 Bill from Man at Gas Station

Two men were arrested last week after they allegedly tried to rob $20 from a man pumping gas in Menlo Park.

Officers responded to reports of a robbery at a Chevron gas station located at 1399 Willow Road at about 10:20 p.m. on Thursday, according to Menlo Park police.

Two suspects had approached a man as he was paying for gas and stole a $20 bill out of the man's hand, police said.

The suspects fled on foot, and the victim got into his car and followed them, police said. He caught up with the suspects less than a block away and they apparently returned the $20, police said.

The suspects the got into a car and headed into East Palo Alto.

The victim continued to follow the men and called 911, who located their car and arrested them.

Warner Travis, 18, of Menlo Park, and Jeffrey Thames, 21, of San Francisco were arrested for robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Novato: Driver Arrested on DUI Charges After Car Crashes Into Gas Station

A Novato man was arrested on drunk driving charges Sunday afternoon after his car crashed with several objects and rolled over on Enfrente Road, according to police.

The vehicle driven by Wells Wadsworth Constantine III, a 43-year-old Novato resident, exited southbound U.S. Highway 101 at Enfrente Road around 2:30 p.m. at a high rate of speed, according to Sgt. Jennifer Dunlap.

The vehicle struck several objects and rolled over before coming to a rest in the parking lot of a Shell station at 401 Enfrente Road.

Constantine was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital before being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Dunlap said.

Redwood City: Council Prepares to Vote on Plastic Bag Ordinance 

Redwood City council members will vote today on an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags within the city.

If adopted, the ordinance would go into effect on April 25 and would ban distribution of plastic bags by all retailers except restaurants and nonprofits.

There are a few other exemptions, including protective bags for produce, dry-cleaning and newspapers.

Businesses would be required to charge 10 cents per paper bag.

The fee would go up to 25 cents in 2015.

According to an environmental impact report prepared by San Mateo County for a county plastic bag ban that was adopted in November, Redwood City residents use an estimated 42 million plastic bags each year, with only a small percentage being recycled.

The majority of plastic bags end up in a landfill or in parks, creeks and other waterways, according to the county.

A number of other cities on the Peninsula have adopted similar ordinances. The city held two informational meetings on the ordinance in Febrary.

Bay Area Morning Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy skies, with patchy fog, are forecast for the Bay Area this morning.

Highs are expected to be in the upper 50s, with light winds. Mostly clear skies are likely this evening, later becoming mostly cloudy.

Lows are likely to be in the upper 40s, with southwest winds up to 15 mph. Mostly cloudy skies are likely Tuesday morning.

Highs are expected to be around 60 degrees, with westerly winds up to 10 mph.


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