More than 36,000 PG&E customers were without power in San Francisco early Wednesday morning, according to PG&E officials. The outage, impacting 36,895 PG&E customers began late Tuesday night, according to PG&E officials.
"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 KRON4.com for comprehensive coverage of the investigation into the shootings and the community's mourning of the two slain officers.
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Safeway has agreed to be acquired by an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management, the owner several supermarket chains.
The acquisition is worth about $7.64 billion in cash, and pending other transactions could top more than $9 billion.
The deal, announced late Thursday, will bring together Safeway and Albertsons. Cerberus last year had bought the Albertsons stores it didn't already own from Supvalu Inc., along with four other Supervalu chains.
It comes amid ongoing consolidation in the supermarket industry, which is facing growing competition from big-box retailers, specialty chains, drug stores and even dollar stores. Kroger Co., a key competitor, recently snapped up regional chain Harris Teeter.
Safeway said in February that it was looking into putting itself up for sale. The Pleasanton, Calif.-based company has been trying to adapt for some time to increased competition and recently shed some of its smaller, less profitable units, such as its Canadian operations and Dominick's stores in Chicago.
The company has more than 1,300 U.S. locations under banners including Safeway, Vons, Pavilion's, Randall's, Tom Thumb and Carrs.
AB Acquisition LLC, which operates Albertsons, along with Acme, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw's and other stores, is owned by Cerberus and other investors. It operates more than 1,000 stores. Albertsons is based in Boise, Idaho.
Combined, the companies will have more than 2,400 stores, 27 distribution facilities and 20 manufacturing plants.
Safeway and Albertsons say the deal will allow them to better respond to customer needs and lower costs. They also expect to refurbish some stores and expand its product offerings once it is complete.
The deal is expected to close in final three months of this year. It still needs the approval of Safeway shareholders and federal regulators.
Safeway shareholders will receive $32.50 per share in cash. Pending other actions, the company says the deal is worth roughly $40 per share to stockholders.
Shares of Safeway Inc. closed at $39.47 Thursday. Its shares closed at $34.10 on February 18, the day before Safeway announced it was in talks regarding a potential sale.
The stock fell $1.33, or more than 3 percent, to $38.14 in extended trading after the deal was announced Thursday.
Bob Miller, the current CEO of Albertsons, will become executive chairman of the combined business. Robert Edwards, Safeway's president and CEO, will become president and CEO of the combined company.
The companies said it is too early to determine where it will be based and exactly what its operations will look like following the deal. It does not anticipate any store closings.
Safeway can still actively review other proposals in the coming weeks.
He may be 102 years old, but Dr. Ephraim Engleman is still hard at work at UCSF as director of the Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis and occasionally seeing patients.
Engleman is a Bay Area local and is the last surviving member of the Stanford class of 1933. Before becoming a doctor, he was a violinist and music prodigy since the age of 6.
His first job was working in a theater in San Jose called the Fox California Theatre. He started there right after graduating high school at San Jose High School in 1927. He performed during silent movies in an orchestra pit. Sensing his days were numbered at that job since sound was being incorporated to films, he decided to become a doctor.
Dr. Engleman hasn’t lost his musical roots though since he still continues to play the violin regularly, hosting chamber music meetings at his home every Monday night.
He lives in San Mateo with his wife, Jean, who is 97. They have three children, whose achievements are as impressive as his, and six grandchildren.
“Oh you bet I’ll stick around here as long as the University will have me or as long as the good lord supports me and as long as I have it up here” Engleman said as he pointed to his head. “I have told my friends here and elsewhere that if they suspect that I’m losing it up here, I’ll get the hell out of here.”
Always asked about his secrets for longevity, Dr. Engleman recently published his book titled My Century which includes his quirky ’10 tips on longevity’. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Rosalind Russell-Ephraim P. Engleman Medical Research Center for Arthritis at UCSF.
Finally, we asked Dr. Engleman about retirement, and he swiftly answered: “I’m very opposed to retirement. I think the worst thing you can do is to retire because that guarantees no longevity. I think one should continue working as long as physically possible…keep busy, keep active!”
In a scene played out over and over again, returning National Guardsmen and women got a hero's welcome home Thursday.
150 members of the 1113th Transportation Company have been gone for a year. Their tours of duty in Afghanistan included prepping US bases for the military withdrawal. They are the men and women who drive things from point A to point B in hostile environments. The airport homecomings were friendly territory.
Each returning flight was greeted by the Patriot Guard Riders, standing in a row, carrying flags.
"We want them to know that there's a grateful nation waiting for them to come home safely," said the chapter leader, Craig Morgan.
Each time a Guard member came off the flight, they were greeted by the Riders, "Present arms. Welcome home!" and cheers from waiting family and friends.
"It's wonderful and I love it. Can't wait to spend time with them. Missed them all," returning guardsman, Jeremy Hughes said holding his newborn niece, who clutched a sign that read, "I'm here to pick up Jeremy Hughes. I'm Aayliah your niece. Nice to meet you."
The last time Staff Sergeant Ricardo Salinas saw his son, Sampson, was the week he was born. He's 9-months-old now.
Salinas wiped away tears as he held the child, "Oh, wow! He's a whole different person. He was like, half the size he is now last time I saw him."
Bingo halls have become a recent target for robbers and that has some calling for a controversial idea to keep players safe.
A 78-year-old woman was pistol whipped for her winnings after she walked out of the Aqua Maids Bingo Hall on February 19th.
On Wednesday two armed robbers, posed as players at Aqua Maids before grabbing wads of cash before a payout.
Santa Clara police have arrested four people in connection with those robberies. The two young men who posed as the players and two other accomplices, all four are believed to be involved in the February pistol whipping incident.
Lt. Kurt Clark told KTVU Santa Clara investigators believe the robbery ring could be implicated in other crimes, including the recent armed robberies at Santa Clara University.
"The MO and (suspect) descriptions are similar and that's what we're looking at," said Clark.
But the arrests are not enough to quell safety concerns in the bingo community. Ron Fay, a regular at multiple bingo halls, tells KTVU the targeted attacks have him worried.
“There's so much money involved. They should have, for our protection as Bingo players, they should have armed security," said Fay.
Aqua Maids has multiple security cameras and an unarmed guard. Fay believes having an armed guard on site might deter these kinds of incidents but not everyone agrees.
Robbie Roberts manages a different bingo hall in Santa Clara. He tells KTVU he opposed armed guards because guns can only make a bad situation worse. He would rather lose money than lives.
"These guys that do these robbings, they're punks,” explained Roberts.
An El Nino weather watch was issued Thursday morning for the Bay Area during the coming summer months, a National Weather Service forecaster said.
NWS forecaster Diana Henderson said that the NWS's Climate Prediction Center has increasing confidence that El Nino weather conditions will develop this summer or fall.
If strong El Nino weather conditions reach the Bay Area, summer showers will likely arrive, Henderson said.
When strong El Nino weather last occurred in California in 2009-10, the Bay Area did not receive significant rainfall, but when El Nino developed in 1997-98, it brought above-average rainfall to the entire state of California, including Northern California, where the state's primary reservoirs are located, according to an El Nino fact sheet released Thursday by the NWS.
While the chance of El Nino this year is about 20 percent higher than most years, according to Henderson, it still may be months away from developing, if it develops at all.
Bay Area residents, meanwhile, have been enduring unusual weather lately with small bursts of lightning visible in San Francisco and surrounding cities on Wednesday night, Henderson said.
With the low-pressure system moving out of the Bay Area, residents can expect significantly drier weather in coming weeks, according to the forecaster.
Henderson said residents in Sonoma and Monterey counties are likely to experience an increase in patchy fog for the rest of this week.
Additional showers are likely this weekend, but are expected to impact only areas north of the Golden Gate Bridge, according to Henderson.
Sunny skies are likely to reappear and stay for the rest of next week and next weekend, the forecaster said.
“The Rugby Player,” a documentary based on the life of United Flight 93 passenger, Mark Bingham showed before a packed theater at the Cinequest film festival in San Jose Thursday night.
The film's director, Scott Gracheff, says he was inspired to tell the story of the Los Gatos native, and UC Berkeley grad after talking with a friend of Bingham's about a year after 9/11. Bingham and his fellow passengers fought back against the terrorists who had taken control of their airplane, which finally crashed in a field in Shanksville, PA.
Gracheff says while the story of how he died is important, the story is just as much about how Bingham lived his life.
"It is about a mother, a son, and what it takes to be a hero; and I think what audiences are coming away with is being inspired by this beautiful mother and son story," said Gracheff.
Alice Hoagland, Bingham's mother, figures prominently in the documentary.
She says she's proud to see her son's life told for the world to see. Everything from his childhood escapades, to his love of rugby, to his coming out as a gay man, she says prepared him for what he would fate on United flight 93.
"It seems as though, in some ways, he spent his whole life preparing for this last day of his life, and on that last day of his life he was able to look around and, and choose from a planeload of very frightened, paralytic passengers, and pick out a few of them that could help him," said Hoagland.
Gracheff says Bingham, himself, documented much of his life on video, so a lot of the source material in the film.
"Mark is a very present and alive character in our film, and I think because he captured so much of that himself in some ways it was our job as film makers was to get out of the way of content and just present that," said Gracheff.
For now the documentary is on the festival circuit, but film makers say they are looking for a distribution deal, so more people can see Bingham's story.
Hoagland says she hopes "The Rugby Player" will inspire others, the way her son continues to inspire her.
"I've realized that there are things that that I need to stand up and fight for, because Mark can no longer do it. I need to stand up against Islamist terrorism, for example, and poor aviation security," said Hoagland.