One dead, another critical in San F...

One dead, another critical in San Francisco fire

One person was killed and another was critically injured in a one-alarm fire at a home in San Francisco's Sunnydale neighborhood.
SF leaders to announce plan to deal...

SF leaders to announce plan to deal with "420" events

San Francisco city leaders will announce a plan to deal with the unofficial marijuana fueled occasion known as "420."
BART to give sneak peek of fleet of...

BART to give sneak peek of fleet of the future

Starting this morning, you can get a sneak peak in San Francisco of BART's new fleet of the future.
Woman attempting run from San Franc...

Woman attempting run from San Francisco to New York

Endurance athlete Jessica Goldman ran off from San Francisco City Hall this morning for a cross-country run to New York City.
Residents unable to return home aft...

Residents unable to return home after SF fire

Residents in a Dolores Street apartment had to find shelter for the night after their building caught on fire and lost power.
Board votes to end Sunday meter enf...

Board votes to end Sunday meter enforcement

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's board of directors voted Tuesday to abolish Sunday parking meter enforcement.


Bay Area Citizens sues Plan Bay Are...

Bay Area Citizens sues Plan Bay Area

Critics of a regional plan to encourage development and growth in areas with easy access to mass transit filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court on Tuesday. The petitioner, a group called Bay Area Citizens that says the plan will hurt their property values, is being represented in court by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a Sacramento conservative organization. The lawsuit alleges that Plan Bay Area violates the California Environmental Quality Act by omitting alternatives to its plan to steer 77 percent of future growth near "priority development areas," including places like Mission Bay in San Francisco, Oakland's Jack London Square and downtown San Rafael, Walnut Creek and Fairfield.
AC Transit, union proposals move cl...

AC Transit, union proposals move closer

AC Transit officials said Tuesday night they were "very close" to finalizing contract negotiations with employees, but East Bay commuters still have no assurance of a ride to work Wednesday. AC Transit also wants workers to begin paying a portion of their health-care premiums. A bus operator's base salary is $55,000, but health and other benefits bring total compensation to about $103,000, Johnson said.
Car found, but Oakland woman still ...

Car found, but Oakland woman still missing

A car belonging to a missing Oakland woman has been found, but her whereabouts remain unknown, police said Tuesday. Coke is an African American woman, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 pounds, with a medium complexion, brown hair and brown eyes.
Truck topples pole, injuring 4 S.F....

Truck topples pole, injuring 4 S.F. girls

Four girls walking together in San Francisco's Mission District were injured when a big rig hit a traffic signal pole and knocked it into the group, police said. The girls, whose ages range from 9 to 14, were with an adult relative about 7:15 p.m. Monday when the truck tried to turn right from 24th Street onto South Van Ness, said Officer Tracy Turner, a police spokeswoman.
Governor faces rough ride in ending...

Governor faces rough ride in ending BART strife

BART management and union leaders, locked in a lengthy contract dispute that resulted in a 4 1/2-day strike in July, are set to present their cases Wednesday to a board of inquiry. The three-member board, appointed by the governor when he intervened at the request of BART management to avert a midnight strike deadline on Sunday, has one week to present him with a written report outlining the facts in the dispute, which has been characterized by heated accusations from both sides, including charges of foot-dragging and bargaining in bad faith. "Really, the goal of the board of inquiry is to present the facts to the governor," said Susan Gard, a spokeswoman for San Francisco's Human Resources Department, whose director, Micki Callahan, was tapped for the new investigatory board. Cooling-off periodThe law is silent on how long the governor can take to review the report, and Brown's spokesman said ideally a contract resolution would come before Sunday. After reviewing the report, Brown can direct state Attorney General Kamala Harris to ask a judge to order a cooling-off period, which the court must do if it determines that a strike "will significantly disrupt public transportation services and will endanger the public's health, safety and welfare," as Brown stated in a Sunday letter to key negotiators. Last month's BART strike plunged the Bay Area into a morass of congestion and cost the region an estimated $73 million a day in lost worker productivity because employees couldn't get to their jobs, according to the Bay Area Council, a business-sponsored public policy group. In 1997, Gov. Pete Wilson named three retired judges, while Brown has now opted for one of his senior advisers, Jacob Appelsmith, to head a board that has a mix of labor, contract negotiation and mediation experience in Callahan and Robert Balgenorth, president emeritus of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California. BART is offering smaller raises than the unions are seeking, and the transit agency wants workers to begin paying into their pension fund and contribute more toward health care costs. Previously worked for State Mediation and Conciliation Service for 10 years and was supervisor of conciliation from 2000-05, and weathered labor strife with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Served as special assistant to the attorney general and led California Bureau of Gaming Control, 2008-11, where he negotiated gambling contracts with American Indian tribes.
AC Transit union ready to strike We...

AC Transit union ready to strike Wednesday

Tens of thousands of East Bay bus riders could soon find their commutes upended after AC Transit workers gave notice on Monday that they were prepared to strike on Wednesday in the midst of ongoing contract negotiations. In a letter delivered to the transit agency's Board of Directors as it met in Oakland, members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, which represents 1,625 bus operators and mechanics, said they intended to go on strike 12:01 a.m. Wednesday unless their demands are met by then, said Clarence Johnson, an AC Transit spokesman. When BART seemed on the verge of shutting down again this week, before Gov. Jerry Brown intervened and called off the strike for at least seven days, AC Transit touted itself as a transportation alternative.


Man Killed In Brazen Daytime Shooti...

Man Killed In Brazen Daytime Shooting In West Oakland

police genericA man in his 20s shot in a West Oakland neighborhood Wednesday morning died in an ambulance on his way to the hospital, according to police.
1 Dead In San Francisco Sunnydale D...

1 Dead In San Francisco Sunnydale District Apartment Fire

Fire crews on the scene of a deadly fire in San Francisco's Sunnydale neighborhood, April 16, 2014. (CBS)One people has been killed and another in the hospital with life-threatening injuries in a one-alarm residential fire in San Francisco's Sunnydale neighborhood Wednesday morning, a fire spokeswoman said.
Naked Teenage Girl Alleges She Was ...

Naked Teenage Girl Alleges She Was Kidnapped, Robbed In Oakland

Oakland Police genericAn investigation is underway after a teenage girl reported being kidnapped and robbed early Wednesday morning in Oakland, and then dropped off near Piedmont and Ashby Avenues in Berkeley.
A?s Reportedly Making Plans To Stay...

A?s Reportedly Making Plans To Stay In Oakland For A Decade

Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches the first pitch of the game against Nyjer Morgan #6 of the Cleveland Indians on Opening Day at Coliseum on March 31, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The Oakland A?s are shifting their focus from building a new South Bay ballpark to retrofitting the Oakland Coliseum as part of a new 10 year lease agreement.
Daily Madden: Hungry Sanchez Sends ...

Daily Madden: Hungry Sanchez Sends Giants Fans Home Happy

Hector Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants hits an RBI walk off single to score Brandon Crawford in the bottom of the 12th inning to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. at AT&T Park on April 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Every team member is wearing jersey #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Backup catcher Hector Sanchez's RBI single ended a 12-inning 3-2 Giants victory over the Dodgers at AT&T Park Tuesday night. The game lasted almost five hours.
Ford To Offer 50th Anniversary Must...

Ford To Offer 50th Anniversary Mustang

Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford stands on top of the observation deck at the Empire State Building with the new 2015 Mustang convertible in honor of 50 years of the Ford Mustang on April 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Ford is building a limited-edition Mustang GT to honor the pony car's 50th anniversary. It is showing the Limited Edition at the New York auto show, which begins this week.


Update: Two Slain Santa Cruz Police...

Update: Two Slain Santa Cruz Police Officers Were Veteran Detectives

SANTA CRUZ (KRON) -- The citizens of Santa Cruz are mourning the murders of two veteran police detectives who were shot and killed while conducting an investigation at a home on Branciforte Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The 35-year old alleged shooter, Jeremy Goulet, was also shot and killed minutes after the initial attack, investigators say.

"I cannot begin to express the shock and sadness we feel this evening," Santa Cruz Mayor Hillary Bryant said. "Two of our most beloved officers were killed in the line of duty and this has rocked the community to our absolute foundation."

The two slain officers are identified as Detective Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker, a 28-year veteran of the department and 10-year veteran Detective Elizabeth Butler. Police Chief Kevin Vogel describes Baker as a longtime friend and mentor. Detective Baker leaves behind a wife, two daughters, and a son who works as a Community Services Officer for Santa Cruz police. Detective Butler is survived by her partner and two young sons, Vogel says.

"It was with deep, deep sadness that I stand before you this evening to talk about the death of my two officers today," Chief Vogel said. "We at the Santa Cruz police department are like family. I've known both of these officers for a long, long time and there just aren't words to describe how I feel personally about this and about how my department is reacting to this horrific, horrific tragedy."

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak's department will lead the investigation. He says it appears the two plain clothes detectives went to Goulet's home on Banciforte as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Based on physical evidence and witness accounts, Wowak says Goulet opened fire on the detectives. The two officers and witnesses called for help.

When authorities arrived on the scene they say they found the two detectives dead outside the home and Goulet missing. A multi-agency team then locked down the neighborhood which includes three schools and a busy Whole Foods supermarket.

Within minutes of setting up the search, Sheriff Wowak says officers encountered Goulet. A short chase ensued and then gunfire was exchanged, he says. Goulet was shot and killed at the scene.

Even after Goulet's death, officers continued a house by house, "closet-by-closet" search of the neighborhood to determine if there were additional suspects. Sheriff Wowak says it is his belief the public is now out of harm's way.

Students at the three schools were taken by bus to the nearby Government Center where they were re-united with their families.

Authorities are praising nearby law agencies including deputies from San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Monterey County sheriffs departments and police officers from Scott's Valley, Capitola, and Watsonville who just showed up on the scene to offer their help.

Wowak says the California Department of Justice, the FBI, and the regional law agencies will all assist in the investigation. He says it could be weeks before we know all of the details of what happened and why.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and for comprehensive coverage of the investigation into the shootings and the community's mourning of the two slain officers.

(Copyright 2013, KRON 4, All rights reserved.)

Woman Cyclist Dies in San Jose Hit ...

Woman Cyclist Dies in San Jose Hit and Run Collision

SAN JOSE (BCN) -- Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was fatally struck in a hit-and-run collision in San  Jose early Tuesday morning, officers said.
Shortly after 1 a.m., police received a report of a traffic collision at the intersection of Monterey Road and Bellevue Avenue.
Upon arrival, police determined that a vehicle had struck a woman and the driver had fled before police arrived on scene.
The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for life-threatening injuries. She succumbed to her injuries at 1:50 a.m., police said.
Preliminary police investigation into the incident revealed that the victim was crossing the street when a dark-colored vehicle struck her.  The vehicle did not stop and continued southbound on Monterey Road, police said.
Neither the driver nor the vehicle has been located and the incident remains under investigation, according to police.
The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification to next of kin, police said.
Anyone with information regarding the incident or about the suspect vehicle is asked to contact local authorities.

(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
UPDATE: Coast Guard Says Reports of...

UPDATE: Coast Guard Says Reports of Family Abandoning Boat Off Central Coast May Be a Hoax

(BCN) The U.S. Coast Guard has called off its search for a man, woman and two children who reportedly abandoned ship off the coast of Monterey County on Sunday afternoon saying that the report could have been a hoax.

The search was suspended at about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Coast Guard boats and aircraft had been scouring the waters about 65 miles off the Monterey coast since about 4:20 p.m. Sunday, when the family made a distress call to Coast Guard Sector San Francisco.

The caller said he was on a boat, possibly named "Charmblow," with his wife, their 4-year-old son and the boy's young cousin.

The man told the Coast Guard that the vessel's electronics system was failing, and then said over a choppy radio connection that the family had decided to abandon ship, according to the Coast Guard.

Chief Petty Officer Mike Lutz said it is not clear how many life rafts the family had with them, but that there was no life raft. In the last dispatch from the boat at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the man said the family was trying to string together a cooler and a life ring to cling to.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena said there have been no missing-persons reports that would help identify the family.

Lutz said the Coast Guard has checked local marinas for information about a boat named "Charmblow" or something similar, to no avail.

However, although the search has been called off, the Coast Guard is still treating the incident as a legitimate distress call, Lutz said.

(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
San Francisco Symphony Oboist Colla...

San Francisco Symphony Oboist Collapses During Performance

SAN FRANCISCO -- A longtime oboist with the San Francisco Symphony remains hospitalized Monday after collapsing on stage Saturday night during a  performance at Davies Symphony Hall, a symphony spokesman said.
William Bennett, 56, the principal oboist, was performing Richard  Strauss' Oboe Concerto during an 8 p.m. performance at the hall, located at  201 Van Ness Ave., when he fell to the stage, spokesman Oliver Theil said.
The show was stopped and he was taken to a hospital, where it was determined that he had suffered a brain hemorrhage, Theil said.
He was still at the hospital this morning and was listed in guarded condition, according to Theil.
"We all think the world of Bill, and our thoughts and best wishes are with him and his family," Theil said.
Bennett has been a member of the symphony since 1979 and has been  the principal oboist since 1987.
There has been an outpouring of support for Bennett over social media, including by the New York Philharmonic, which sent well wishes in a  tweet this morning.

(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
Oakland Couple Feared Missing on So...

Oakland Couple Feared Missing on South America Bike Trip

(BCN) -- Family members and friends are worried about an Oakland couple who may have disappeared during a bike trip in South America last month.

Garrett Hand, 25, and his girlfriend, Jamie Neal, left on their bike trip in late November, and at the end of January all communication stopped, Hand's sister Larkin McGowan said today.

She said there has been no financial activity on the couple's bank accounts or credit cards since Jan. 25.

"That's the big alarm," said McGowan, who lives in Concord.

The couple, who McGowan described as avid bicyclists and well-traveled, have been documenting their trip online. Social media posts dropped off around the same time the financial activity stopped, she said.

The last post on Neal's Facebook was on Jan. 23, when the pair arrived in Cusco, Peru.

Hand, a commercial fisherman in the Bay Area, posted in Spanish on his Facebook page from Cusco on Jan. 25 that the next stop of the trip would be Pucallpa, Peru, if the couple could find a bus.

Neal, who is in her 20s and works at the Pedaler Bike Shop in El Sobrante, had been in touch with her coworkers through the end of January, shop mechanic Mark Lindgren said.

The shop has pooled together a $3,000 reward for any information that will help locate the couple.

Lindgren said Neal had taken time off work for the trip, and that regular customers and colleagues are concerned.

Donations for the couple's families can be made at any Mechanics Bank by mentioning Hand or Neal, Lindgren said.

On Feb. 13, the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, posted an emergency message warning of a potential kidnapping threat in the Cusco area.

"The Embassy has received information that members of a criminal organization may be planning to kidnap U.S. citizen tourists in the Cusco and Machu Picchu area," the message reads.

The threat is listed as credible through the end of February.

McGowan said the families are working with the U.S. Embassy and local authorities.

Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
Third Suspect in 2010 San Jose Homi...

Third Suspect in 2010 San Jose Homicide Arrested

SAN JOSE (BCN) -- A third suspect in a 2010 homicide in San Jose is in custody after being arrested Friday afternoon as he was on his way to court, police said.
Carlos Ruiz Paz, 21, a San Jose resident, was arrested at about 1:30 p.m. as he was en route to an unrelated court case, police said.
The victim, 22-year-old Jose Antonio Vega Calderon, was found stabbed and shot at the corner of Willard Avenue and San Carlos Street at about 9:30 p.m. on April 21, 2010, police said.
He was taken to a hospital, where he died later that night.
The killing was later determined to be gang-related, according to police.
Jose Torres, 22, and Alvaro Ochoa, 22, were identified as suspects and arrested in connection with the murder. They have been in custody since their 2010 arrests, police said.

(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)


Arrest in San Jose abandoned televi...

Arrest in San Jose abandoned television studio fire

An arrest has been made in the five-alarm fire that destroyed a former television studio in downtown San Jose, authorities said.

The suspect was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday afternoon.

More details as they become available.

Two die in one-alarm San Francisco ...

Two die in one-alarm San Francisco house fire

One person was dead and a second critically burned early Wednesday when a smoky one-alarm blaze swept through a home in San Francisco’s Sunnydale neighborhood, authorities said.

San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said the initial report from firefighters of two dead was incorrect.

According to fire officials, the blaze was reported at 9:54 a.m. in a two-story residence at 76 Brookdale Ave.

One victim was found dead inside and was being removed from the residence as of shortly after 10 a.m., fire officials said.

A second victim -- possibly of a child reported missing in the blaze -- was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries.

More details about the victim and fire were not immediately available.

Wayward sea lion pup found in Centr...

Wayward sea lion pup found in Central Valley orchard

Workers at a Central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, about a mile from the San Joaquin River.

After discovering the confused animal last month at Mape's Ranch near Modesto, the ranch hands quickly called their boss, who got ahold of wildlife officials.

A Marine Mammal Center volunteer from Sausalito eventually coaxed the lost sea lion into a wire cage, where it promptly fell asleep.

The 36-pound sea lion, nicknamed Hoppie, is recovering at the center in Sausalito where he is undergoing treatment for open sores.

Center officials said he also is getting some much needed nourishment. Before he can be returned to the wild, Hoppie needs to gain weight.

The Center always is in need of donation which can be made at the Marine Mammal Center website.

Teenage girl kidnapped and robbed i...

Teenage girl kidnapped and robbed in Oakland

A teenage girl was discovered screaming on a Berkeley street early Wednesday after she was abducted and robbed in Oakland, authorities said.

Berkeley police said they received two 911 calls around 6 a.m. reporting a girl near the intersection of Piedmont and Ashby who was “screaming.”

Arriving officers told the young girl to Highland Hospital for treatment. She was reportedly in stable condition.

Once it was discovered that the girl had been abducted in Oakland, the case was transferred to Oakland police.

Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said the incident took place “at unknown location in Oakland” and the girl had been somehow transported to Berkeley .

She did not have any information about a suspect or a suspect’s vehicle.

Yellow fever mosquito found in Menl...

Yellow fever mosquito found in Menlo Park

San Mateo County health officials announced that the latest detection of yellow fever mosquito was found in Menlo Park last week.

Larvae for the mosquitoes, also known by their scientific name Aedes aegypti, was found in Menlo Park on Thursday, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

This year there have been 13 detections of yellow fever mosquitoes in the area of Holy Cross Cemetery, including the first larvae found on Jan. 22.

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can carry several viruses including yellow fever, dengue and chikungunya. They are not native to California and common in urban areas of the southeastern portion of the country.

The yellow fever mosquitoes are black and white and about a quarter-of-an-inch in size.

"Our goal is to eradicate this mosquito population," Robert Gay, a mosquito and vector control district manager, said in a statement.

"We are doing everything to help ensure this mosquito does not become established in our communities," he said.

The district has expanded its surveillance area for yellow fever mosquito. Staff members are deploying various traps for mosquitoes and mosquito eggs in the areas where the Aedes aegypti have been detected, district officials said.

District staff also conduct door-to-door inspections and look for standing containers of water at homes.

Residents are advised to dispose any standing water outside of their home where mosquitoes tend to lay their eggs.

In 1979, district staff were able to eradicate yellow fever mosquito found near the San Francisco International Airport.

Last year, 14 larvae and three adult yellow fever mosquitoes were found around Holy Cross Cemetery between August and October, according to district officials.

Wednesday's Weather Forecast: Sunsh...

Wednesday's Weather Forecast: Sunshine

Some patchy low clouds along the coast and into the Bay but much less than Tuesday morning. Lows are cool with 40s & 50s. 45 degrees in Santa Rosa and Half Moon Bay.

Once the fog burns off and it won’t take too long, we’ll see sunshine and warmer temps. 60s Coast, 70s around the Bay and low 80s inland.

Forecasted Highs:

  • Antioch 82
  • Livermore 81
  • Santa Rosa 80
  • San Jose 76
  • East San Jose closer to 80
  • San Rafael 76
  • Oakland 71
  • San Francisco 68

More of the same tomorrow then cooling trend on Friday. Easter Sunday looks nice.

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