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  • USGS Scientist: Major Quake On Hayward Fault Expected ‘Any Day Now’

    07/21/2015 2:59:02 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 61 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 7-21-2015 | CBS San Francisco
    (CBS SF) — The fault that produced a 4.0-magnitude earthquake in Fremont early Tuesday morning is expected to produce a major earthquake “any day now” and Bay Area residents should be prepared, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist said. The 2:41 a.m. earthquake on the border of Fremont and Union City occurred on the Hayward Fault at a depth of 5 miles. The epicenter was at a spot just north of the intersection of Niles Canyon Road and Mission Boulevard. The quake caused some BART delays early today while work crews checked the tracks, but appears to have caused no major...
  • Magnitude-4.0 Earthquake in Bay Area is Followed by a Dozen Smaller Quakes

    07/21/2015 11:52:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    ktla ^ | Updated at 09:06am, July 21, 2015 | Tracy Bloom,
    The temblor, which was centered one mile north of Fremont, hit about 2:41 a.m., USGS reported. ... The initial quake was followed by at least a dozen smaller ones and triggered a 15-to 20-minute delay on the area’s rail system before the morning commute, the Los Angeles Times reported. The largest of the smaller temblors was a magnitude 2.7.
  • Psychic Capital: Tech and Silicon Valley Turn to Mystics for Advice

    07/19/2015 1:36:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    The names of the tech workers in this story have been changed.Ten thousand miles from Silicon Valley, in a room near the Black Sea, Yegor Karpenchekov dreams of money. At night, while the rest of Odessa sleeps and cocaine smugglers drift in and out of the port under cover of darkness, Yegor logs onto FaceTime and talks to a 70-year-old woman in San Francisco. Her name is Sally Faubion, and five months ago she recruited Yegor from the freelancer marketplace UpWork to code her apps. She believes "divine intervention" brought them together; for Yegor, it was likely $20 per hour...
  • FBI seeks vandals who cut Bay Area fiber-optic cables

    06/17/2015 9:44:12 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    SFGate ^ | 6/16/15 | Henry K. Lee
    The FBI asked for the public’s help Monday in identifying people who have severed underground fiber-optic cables throughout the Bay Area. Over the past year, vandals have used tools to intentionally cut the cables in Berkeley, Fremont, Alamo, Walnut Creek and San Jose in 10 separate incidents, most of which happened in the middle of the night, said FBI Special Agent Greg Wuthrich. The cost of the damage was not discosed. The FBI is coordinating the investigation, which involves several local law enforcement agencies, Wuthrich said. The cases are not related to a mysterious rifle attack on a Pacific Gas...
  • Environmental group sues to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

    04/24/2015 7:31:50 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/24/2015 | Paul Rogers
    Spurned at the ballot box three years ago and facing an even more uphill battle now because of California's historic drought, an environmental group has filed a lawsuit attempting to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a linchpin of the water supply for 2.6 million Bay Area residents from San Francisco to San Jose to southern Alameda County.
  • Pond turtle found along West Coast, including Bay Area, could get special status

    04/11/2015 7:21:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    ContraCostaTimes.com ^ | 4/11/15 | Mark Prado, Marin Independent Journal
    The federal government will investigate whether the western pond turtle -- found along the West Coast, including in Marin -- should get Endangered Species Act protection. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct a one-year status review on the turtle, which faces declines of up to 99 percent in some areas. "As the West Coast's only native freshwater turtles, western pond turtles are integral to the wild places where they live," said Collette Adkins, biologist for the Center for Biological Diversity, which petitioned the agency for the protection in 2012. "Threats like habitat destruction from urbanization and agriculture are...
  • Lon Simmons, Giants' Hall of Fame broadcaster, dies at 91

    04/05/2015 3:46:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 5, 2015 | Daniel Brown
    Lon Simmons, the Hall of Fame broadcaster whose baritone voice and dry wit captured some of the most thrilling moments Bay Area sports history, has died. He was 91. The Giants sent a press release Sunday afternoon that said, "The Giants family and Bay Area sports community lost a true gentleman (Sunday) morning when Hall of Fame broadcaster Lon Simmons peacefully passed away."
  • Bernie Sanders barnstorms Bay Area with socialist populist message

    03/30/2015 6:43:11 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 03/30/15 | Josh Richman
    There are few places in the nation where a democratic socialist independent who’s mulling a presidential run would have more rock-star status than the Bay Area. Yet U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, is convinced that his populist message can resonate far beyond places like Berkeley and Brooklyn. “If you go to almost any state in this country, including the most conservative, and you ask them if it makes sense to give tax breaks to billionaires while making cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and education, they will say ‘no,’” Sanders said in an interview Monday afternoon in San Francisco. He said...
  • Sales tax shocker: Rate will hit 10% in some Bay Area cities April 1

    03/30/2015 1:49:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Kathleen Pender
    Sales tax rates are going up in parts of California on Wednesday and will, for the first time, hit double digits in some Northern California cities. Shoppers in Albany, Hayward and Union City and San Leandro in Alameda County and El Cerrito in Contra Costa County will pay 10 percent starting next month. If a bill in the state Legislature passes, more areas could be paying that much. The statewide sales tax rate is 7.5 percent. State law allows cities and counties to add up to 2 additional percentage points in local sales and use taxes. The Legislature passed bills...
  • Man With Machete Goes on Rampage in San Jose Neighborhood

    03/29/2015 6:25:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    A San Jose neighborhood was shut down Sunday morning when a man with a machete went on a rampage. It happened on Mocho Court, near the Tully Road 101 exit Neighbors said around 10:30 a.m., the suspect went walking around the neighborhood with a machete. Later, he smashed a car with the weapon and then went into his garage and started lighting items on fire. Police surrounded the suspect and he was taken into custody. The suspect's sister said he may have wanted police to take his life. The suspect has not been identified, and nobody was hurt.
  • A Tale Of Two Cities: Oakland Workers Celebrate Minimum Wage Hike As Business Owners Worry

    03/02/2015 6:42:48 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 26 replies
    OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — The minimum wage in Oakland is about to become the highest in the Bay Area. Right now it’s $9/hour, but not for long. Thanks to voter-approved Measure FF, it will rise to $12.25/hour on Monday. But as this city’s minimum wage goes up, so go food prices. Most restaurants have said they’ll have to raise prices and cut worker hours. --SNIP-- But while Higginbotham can’t wait for the $12.25 hourly wage, small business owners like Sam Hori at 475 Café worry they may not survive. “It’s scary, because if things go down, we cannot to be...
  • Leland Yee case filing alleges unidentified politician took money from undercover agent

    09/28/2014 3:02:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 9/24/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    An undercover FBI agent gave campaign donations to an unnamed Bay Area politician during a yearslong undercover investigation into a Chinatown gang and alleged political corruption that culminated in the arrests of state Sen. Leland Yee and Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow earlier this year. This is according to the latest filing by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the federal case against the two men and about 20 others. Besides indicating that a politician other than Yee allegedly took money from undercover FBI agents in exchange for favors, the filing further lays out the relationship between former school board member and...
  • Unusually high tides expected in Bay Area

    12/20/2014 1:55:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/20/4 | Hamed Aleaziz
    The Bay Area is expected to have some of the highest tides of the year beginning Sunday, forecasters said. King tides, which usually last up to three days three times in the winter, bring unusually high tides along the coast and bay front, said Drew Peterson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Monterey. The agency has already issued a coastal flood advisory to take effect Sunday morning, he said. Low-lying areas along the bay and along the coast, such as walkways, piers and parking lots along the Embarcadero, can expect to see some seawater, he said. Those who...
  • Bay Area cartel probe nets 22 arrests, 500 lbs. of meth

    10/20/2014 7:39:31 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 20, 2014 | Henry K. Lee
    Nearly two dozen suspects have been arrested in recent months, and 500 pounds of methamphetamine siezed, as a result of a Contra Costa County takedown of members of the Sinoloa drug cartel in Mexico, authorities announced Monday.
  • Robin Williams: Bay Area made him feel normal

    08/13/2014 1:54:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 13, 2014 2:41 PM EDT | Ellen Knickmeyer
    Robin Williams was everywhere in San Francisco, it seemed, as he made a place for himself in the everyday fabric of a city where he once said he passed for normal. The comedian was there to usher a few fellow inhabitants of the Bay Area into life—visiting a pediatric ward, unheralded, each year on Christmas Day to welcome newborns to the world. He also ushered friends out of life—delivering a boisterous eulogy for an iconic local journalist known as Mr. San Francisco, musing on heaven as a nice bar in the city with a dry martini. …
  • Signs of donor fatigue at Obama's Bay Area fundraisers

    07/23/2014 5:33:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Carla Marinucci
    LOS ALTOS HILLS -- President Obama hit the Bay Area for a fast cash-and-grab fundraising drive Wednesday, but there were signs that even in one of the nation's most reliable Democratic ATMs, donor fatigue is setting in. There was no listed price for tickets for Obama's morning appearance at a roundtable in San Francisco for the House Majority PAC - the type of intimate gathering for which admission is usually $32,400 per person, the legal maximum. Some donors said tickets had been offered for a deep discount. And in Los Altos Hills, the heart of Silicon Valley big money, the...
  • 7 men shot at San Francisco Bay Area home

    06/30/2014 5:51:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2014 12:01 PM EDT
    Seven men were wounded in a shooting at a San Francisco Bay Area home, police said. The circumstances surrounding Saturday’s shooting in Antioch were not immediately clear. Antioch police Sgt. Tom Fuhrmann said Monday police were not releasing any additional information because the shooting was still under investigation. …
  • Former Cy Young Award Winner Bob Welch Dies at 57

    06/10/2014 11:55:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Bob Welch, a former Cy Young Award winner and the last Major League pitcher to win at least 25 games in a season, has passed away at the age of 57, the Oakland Athletics announced Tuesday. Welch, a two-time All-Star who posted a 27-6 record as the Cy Young Award winner on the Athletics' 1990 American League championship team, passed away in Seal Beach, Monday night. Cause of death was unavailable. "We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Bob Welch," said A's President Michael Crowley. "He was a legendary pitcher who enjoyed many of his best seasons with...
  • Triple Crown Hopeful California Chrome Has Bay Area Ties

    06/07/2014 2:22:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Jun 6, 2014
    A racehorse with connections to Albany's Golden Gate Fields is looking to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 this weekend. Jean Elle reports.A racehorse with connections to Albany's Golden Gate Fields is looking to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 this weekend. California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby on May 3 and the Preakness Stakes on May 17 and is slated to compete in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Watch California Chrome race for the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 7, starting at 1:30 p.m. on NBC. The horse has been undefeated...
  • Santa Clara Police Kill Woman Waving Aluminum Baseball Bat

    04/14/2014 11:55:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    Santa Clara police fatally shot a woman who they say started attacking them with a baseball bat. Lt. Kurt Clarke said in a statement the officers, whom he did not identify, feared "for their safety," and fired at her about 4:50 p.m. Sunday in the 5000 block of Lick Mill Boulevard after they were called there because she called 911 "making threats to harm herself and others." When they arrived, police said the woman came out of the front door and attacked the officers with the bat. She was treated at the scene but died later at a hospital. Download...
  • Congressman Ron Paul Coming to Bay Area

    03/29/2014 7:35:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    Commonwealth Club, CSU East Bay scheduled stops.First was Rand. Now, it's Ron. Former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul is coming to the Bay Area for a pair of speeches, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The Ron Paul Revolution will stop at the campus theater at California State University, East Bay in Hayward at 4 p.m. on April 9. Tickets to "Liberty Defined: The Future of Freedom" are free, but are given on a first-come, first-served basis. He'll also sign books and press flesh at a private reception. $75 gets you in -- and gets you one of his books,...
  • Bay Area Ukrainians Urge U.S., World to Intervene With Russia

    03/03/2014 11:30:06 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, Mar 2, 2014
    Ukrainians who live in the Bay Area are following the developments very closely and some are taking action, urging the U.S. and the rest of the world to intervene with the Russian military entering Ukraine. Protesters gathered outside the Russian consulate in San Francisco Saturday afternoon, opposing Russia's military intervention in Ukraine. They sang together the Ukrainian national anthem and other patriotic songs in a show of support for their compatriots on the other side of the globe. Yulia Zimmermann is a U.S. citizen who speaks Russian and immigrated from Ukraine. "If you would read the history of Ukraine, just...
  • Bay Area Ukrainians Concerned With Russian Military's Move

    03/01/2014 1:48:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Feb 28, 2014 | Jean Elle
    Ukrainians in the Bay Area are watching with worry as the Russian military enters their country. Many are concerned about loved ones as an already deadly conflict over democracy appears to be escalating. Jean Elle reports. Ukrainians in the Bay Area are watching with worry as the Russian military enters their country. Many are concerned about loved ones as an already deadly conflict over democracy appears to be escalating. Obama to Russia: "There Will Be Costs" for Ukraine Intervention Nick Bilogorskiy is a Bay Area resident concerned with the developments in Ukraine. He said his father is in a politically...
  • Do single-family homes threaten the planet? Climate crusaders want to phase out American dream

    11/20/2013 12:03:27 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 65 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Nov 19 2013 | Randal O'Toole and Damien Schiff
    A plan to squeeze most residents of the San Francisco Bay Area into multifamily housing offers a test case of whether land-use bureaucracies nationwide, encouraged by the Obama administration, should be allowed to transform American lifestyles under the pretext of combating climate change. Currently, 56 percent of households in the nine-county Bay Area live in single-family homes. That number would drop to 48 percent by 2030, under a high-density development blueprint called Plan Bay Area, recently enacted by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the region’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Plan Bay Area has already drawn several legal challenges, and...
  • BART strike set for Friday; only 'miracle' could save train service [Bay Area Rapid Transit, Calif.]

    10/17/2013 8:05:49 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 10/17/2013 | Mike Rosenberg
    OAKLAND -- Exasperated BART union leaders announced they would shut down trains Friday morning after a breakdown at the bargaining table Thursday, setting the stage for the second Bay Area commute nightmare in three months. A wild round of back-and-forth press conferences at 4 p.m. brought to a live TV audience an outpouring of emotion from sleep-deprived negotiators and the departure of the nation's top mediator. Although union leaders have been threatening strikes for the past week, they sounded much angrier and more direct this time, and talks ended altogether. "Unfortunately, yes -- we are on strike as of midnight,"...
  • First lady cancels Bay Area fundraisers

    10/08/2013 3:36:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/7/13 | Carla Marinucci
    With the partial shutdown of the federal government dragging on, first lady Michelle Obama has canceled a fundraising trip to California that was scheduled for this weekend, Democratic Party officials said Tuesday. Obama was supposed to have visited Los Angeles on Friday and then headed to the Bay Area .. ... Democratic insiders said there was queasiness at the prospect of the first lady raising millions from wealthy donors and campaigning for Democratic causes while thousands of federal employees are furloughed because of the partial government shutdown. Because the events were political fundraisers and not public appearances, most of Obama's...
  • Bay Bridge's new span well crafted, but not iconic

    09/15/2013 8:29:27 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 38 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 9/15/13 | John King
    Whether they march or soar, straddle or slide, the best bridges take command of the landscape as though they were destined to be there all along. By that standard, the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge falls short. There's a lot to like about the 2.2-mile procession from Oakland to Yerba Buena Island. Small details catch you by surprise and the main attraction, the web of cables slung from a central tower to cradle the roadway within, has the feel of an airy cathedral inside. Viewed from afar, the white lines of steel radiate a gracious strength. But the...
  • Bay Bridge shock absorbers spring leak (Retrofit parts gone bad.. what else is new?)

    07/20/2013 9:04:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/19/13 | Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
    While broken bolts on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge are commanding everyone's attention, Caltrans has another problem on its hands - 96 seismic shock absorbers on the western span, some of which began leaking lubricant just three years after they were installed. The estimated cost of the fix - $13 million. And, like the brittle bolts on the eastern span, there are questions as to whether Caltrans ordered the right shocks - or dampers, as they are known - in the first place. The dampers are located between the bridge towers just below the roadway, and are...
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit Official Earns $330K Without Working

    06/09/2013 1:58:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    Bay Area News Group ^ | 06/09/2013 | Thomas Peele and Daniel J. Willis
    BART's top-paid worker of 2012 never worked a day With a gross salary of more than $333,000, BART's highest-paid employee last year wasn't its general manager, police chief or a worker who racked up gobs of overtime scrubbing grime from filthy train seats. It was someone who did no work at all for BART in 2012: Dorothy Dugger, the agency's former general manager who resigned under pressure more than two years ago. Under a lucrative retirement scheme, Dugger, 57, quietly stayed on the books, burning off nearly 80 weeks of unused vacation time, drawing paychecks and full benefits for more...
  • Bay Area, California to lose big if federal sequester cuts hit this week

    02/24/2013 5:41:36 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 41 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 02/24/2013 | Mike Rosenberg
    Just when Californians are finally feeling upbeat again about where the state is heading, here comes a fresh downer: The federal sequester cuts set to kick in this week could cost California billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs while making most of our daily lives more difficult. The state's budget may be balanced and the economy improving, but unless congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama reach a last-minute deal, the federal government on Friday will begin slashing $85 billion this year, including about 8 percent from the Pentagon and about 5 percent from most other discretionary programs....
  • Fireball Streaks Across Bay Area Sky (San Fran)

    02/15/2013 9:55:00 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 128 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/15/13 | Anon
    Jodi Hernandez reports on the cosmic close encounter that the earth is experiencing tonight and the real one Russia experienced this morning. On a day that had a lot of people talking about meteorites and asteroids, a fireball of some sort was seen streaking across the Bay Area skies. The fireball was seen around 7:45 p.m. There are reports into the newsroom from people as far north as Fairfield and as far south as Gilroy. It was also seen in Sacramento, Newark, Walnut Creek, and St. Helena. It was bluish in color and appeared to be heading straight to the...
  • Stolen Mojave Cross War Memorial Found In Bay Area

    11/06/2012 3:18:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 6, 2012 1:47 PM | Jan Stevens
    SAN MATEO (CBSLA.com) — A Mojave Desert memorial dedicated to fallen U.S. soldiers that was stolen two years ago has resurfaced in Northern California. KNX 1070′s Jan Stevens reports the controversial cross had been standing in the Mojave National Preserve in San Bernardino County since 1934 before it was discovered missing in 2010. Lt. Larry Schumaker with San Mateo Sheriff’s said the 7-foot-high cross was found zip-tied to a fence post near a highway in Half Moon Bay. “It had some significant scratches so we confirmed it’s the cross that belongs there,” said Schumaker. A letter taped to the cross...
  • Bay Area Law Enforcement Agencies Test Drones

    10/18/2012 8:49:44 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 12 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9OCT2012 | Stephanie Chuang
    They began as tools in military combat. Now aerial drones are being considered by Bay Area law enforcement agencies as a cost-cutting way to replace helicopters, and use technology to fight crime and save lives. Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern first tested one of these Unmanned Aerial Systems or UAS about a year ago. Now he’s looking into possibly bringing a drone here. His office would be the first in California to do it. Armed with live-video-feeding capabilities and different features, like infrared devices, these drones can cost in the ballpark of 50- to 100-thousand dollars or more. There are...
  • (Left-wing Loon) Pete Stark's Days in Congress Might Be Numbered

    06/07/2012 3:22:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    S. F. Chronicle ^ | Thursday, June 7, 2012
    Pete Stark's days in Congress might be numbered The nearly four-decade reign of Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, is about to end. Stark finished first among three candidates in the 15th Congressional District, but the message of discontent with his boorish and increasingly erratic approach to his job as a public servant could not have been louder. Nearly 59 percent of voters in the freshly realigned district preferred someone other than Stark: 36 percent for Eric Swalwell, a 31-year-old prosecutor and Dublin City Council member, and 22 percent for Chris Pareja, an independent who ran a spirited low-budget campaign. In years...
  • Concord Woman Named 'Extreme Huntress 2012'

    03/27/2012 12:24:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012
    Woman won online essay contest and popular voteA Bay Area woman has just claimed an award even she didn't expect: Extreme Huntress of 2012. Think of it as the "Miss America" of the hunting community. It's a big deal. Concord resident Tiffany Brewer recently won the nationwide contest, sponsored by Tahoe Films and Tom Opre, host of the NBC Sports outdoors show "Eye of the Hunter." Entrants had to submit a 500-word essay on why they considered themselves the Extreme Huntress. Ten finalists were chosen based on their essays, then it was up to popular online vote to determine the...
  • Union City Church Vandalized With Satanic Symbols on Ash Wednesday

    02/22/2012 9:47:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 02/22/2012 | Chris De Benedetti
    Vandals desecrated a Catholic church, destroying a cross, defacing statues and spray-painting graffiti with satanic symbols -- acts discovered on Ash Wednesday that police have classified as a hate crime. The vandalism was discovered at St. Anne Catholic Church around 7 a.m., about an hour before services were scheduled for the first day of Lent, a 40-day season of fasting and prayer before the Easter holiday. "This is terrible and very disturbing," said the Rev. Geoffrey Baraan, the church's pastor for the past six years. "I'm still shaking with fear and wonder and disbelief." Peter Petit, a longtime parishioner, discovered...
  • Total lunar eclipse on tap for early Saturday (early 12/10/11, 4:45am w/total at 6:05am PT)

    12/09/2011 10:16:44 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/9/11 | David Perlman
    Early risers Saturday will see a total eclipse of the moon low in the western sky, and if the Bay Area's clear weather persists, the sight should be spectacular. "The full moon should appear even larger than normal when the eclipse is total because it will be so low in the sky that Earth's atmosphere will magnify it into a blood-red monster," said astronomer Andrew Fraknoi of Foothill College in Los Alto Hills. The partial eclipse will begin at 4:45 a.m. and will become total at 6:05 a.m., Fraknoi said. Totality will last until 6:57 a.m.
  • Bay Area firms aid Obama's energy retrofit plan

    12/06/2011 11:49:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    SFGate.co ^ | 12/6/11 | Andrew S. Ross
    When President Obama announced his $4 billion initiative to finance energy efficiency programs at the White House on Friday, a number of Bay Area allies were, literally, right behind him. There were senior executives from San Francisco's Metrus Energy, which committed $75 million of private capital to the initiative, and from Sunnyvale's Serious Energy and Santa Rosa's Ygrene Energy Fund, both contributing $100 million. They're among the 60 private companies and other entities "stepping up," in Obama's words, in an effort to retrofit public and commercial buildings nationwide, pitching in approximately half of the $4 billion needed. The rest of...
  • Fierce winds forecast for Bay Area

    11/29/2011 2:31:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    Mercury News (and ap) ^ | 11/29/11 | Mercury News wire reports
    Gusts up to 70 mph Wednesday are forecast for the Bay Area in "a potentially damaging and prolonged wind storm," the National Weather Service. The high-wind warning issued by the weather agency says the strongest winds will be in the hills above 1,000 feet; sustained winds of 20 to 40 mph with frequent gusts over 50 mph are expected through most of the Bay Area. The warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday. Even fiercer winds are expected in Southern California, with northeast gusts to 80 mph in the mountain passes. Weather service forecasters are...
  • Bay Area to get 1st Latina federal judge (has been active in La Raza and other Latino groups)

    11/19/2011 6:48:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 11/16/11 | Bob Egelko
    Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, an Alameda County judge since 2008, was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday for the U.S. District Court in Oakland, where she will become the first Latina federal judge in the Bay Area. The Senate voted 89-6 to approve President Obama's nomination of Gonzalez Rogers to fill the vacancy created by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's retirement in February. There was no debate, and the opponents, all Republicans, did not say why they voted against the nominee, who had not drawn any opposition in her committee hearing. Gonzalez Rogers, 46, a Texas native and Princeton honors graduate,...
  • VIOLENCE ABOUT TO START ON OCCUPYOAKLAND AS POLICE CLEAR FLEABAGGERS (Live Stream) 9:00 a.m. EST

    11/14/2011 6:10:54 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 84 replies
    Occupy Oakland Livestream Link ^ | 15 November 2011 | AmericanInTokyo
    Communist/Anarchist OWS Demonstrators have been taunting the local police for HOURS on end to provoke them into a fight, and now the police in Oakland, with support by many other local agencies, appear to have had just about enough and appear ready to restore order to the streets of the city.Live Leftist Link Here6:00 a.m. Pacific/9:00 a.m. Eastern.
  • Bay Area's five poorest neighborhoods show up in study

    11/03/2011 11:54:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 11/3/11 | Matt O'Brien - Contra Costa Times
    OAKLAND -- The Bay Area has fewer concentrations of extreme poverty than a decade ago, according to a report released Thursday. That may not console the people living in the Bay Area's five poorest neighborhoods. In five census tracts, four of them in the East Bay, more than 40 percent of residents live below the poverty line, according to the Brookings Institution report. The neighborhoods are in downtown Berkeley, uptown Oakland, Alameda Point and parts of West Oakland and San Francisco's Hunters Point. Two are business districts where many homeless congregate; one, the area around Oakland's Frank H. Ogawa Plaza,...
  • Hells Angel biker rammed intentionally, dragged a mile by East Bay Paratransit bus in San Leandro

    10/23/2011 6:25:04 AM PDT · by csvset · 146 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 10/22/2011 | Matthias Gafni, Gary Peterson and Alan Lopez
    A paratransit bus driver intentionally rammed a Hells Angels biker on Interstate 580, and then dragged him about a mile, killing him, a CHP spokesman said. The biker, who has not been identified, was traveling eastbound on I-580 in San Leandro near Grand Avenue with a small group of Hells Angels members before 4 p.m. when an altercation began, said CHP Sgt. Trent Cross. After being hit, the motorcyclist and his bike were dragged for about a mile, said San Leandro police Lt. Greg Lemmon. Eventually, the biker was released from under the East Bay Paratransit bus, but the driver...
  • Study finds half million illegal immigrants in Bay Area

    07/20/2011 9:02:34 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 7/20/11 | Matt O'Brien
    SAN FRANCISCO -- An estimated half-million illegal immigrants live in the Bay Area, according to a study that is one of the first to try to measure the number of local residents living in the U.S. illegally. The report by the Public Policy Institute of California used tax returns, previous national estimates and mathematical models to determine that 563,000 illegal immigrants live in the Bay Area, about 8 percent of the region's total population. Santa Clara County leads the Bay Area with 180,000 illegal immigrants, followed by Alameda County with 124,000 and Contra Costa County with 79,000, the study found....
  • SF Bay Area fireworks fall victim to tough economy

    07/02/2011 1:33:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/2/11 | Carolyn Jones
    The Fourth of July sky will be a little darker this year as lean economic times force cities across the Bay Area to snuff out a favorite all-American tradition: fireworks shows. In past years, the East Bay shoreline was ablaze with exploding, booming, multicolored pyrotechnics on Independence Day. But this year only Berkeley and San Pablo will light up their waterfronts with fireworks. The others are too far in the red for the red, white and blue. Livermore and Hercules dropped their fireworks and parades this year. Oakland and San Leandro canceled their fireworks a year or two ago. Other...
  • Feds Probe Truck Driver Killed In Bay Area-Bound Amtrak Crash (5 dead, 20 injured)

    06/25/2011 9:41:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies
    CBS5 ^ | /25/11 | CBS/AP
    RENO, Nev. (CBS/AP) — Authorities plan to look into the driving and medical records of the semitrailer driver who died when the truck slammed into an Amtrak train, killing a train crew member and injuring dozens of passengers. Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said they also will look at autopsy results to determine whether the driver had consumed any drugs around the time of the collision Friday. The big rig plowed into the California-bound train at a crossing in a rural area about 70 miles east of Reno. Knudson said federal investigators would make sure...
  • President Obama to hit Bay Area Thursday for jobs session with high tech leaders

    02/15/2011 11:29:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 2/15/11 | Carla Marinucci
    President Barack Obama will visit the Bay Area Thursday to meet with high tech business leaders -- a session that will stress jobs, innovation, green tech and education themes, White House sources tell the Chronicle. So far, no information on where the meeting will be held -- or whether any part of it will be public -- but here's what we know from a White House official: the session is "a part of our ongoing dialogue with the business community on how we can work together to win the future, strengthen our economy, support entrepreneurship, and get the American people...
  • Thanksgiving Cold Snap Breaks Records Across Bay Area

    11/26/2010 1:25:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 1+ views
    CBS5 -San Francisco ^ | 11/26/10 | CBS/AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – Bay Area residents are hoping for a warmer weekend after a Thanksgiving cold snap broke or tied cold-temperature records — some more than a century old — up and down the state. The National Weather Service reports that San Francisco’s low of 42 degrees on Thursday tied a record set back in 1892. Across the bay in Oakland, 36-degree daytime temperatures shattered the old record of 42. The mercury in Los Angeles dropped to 42, tying a 1946 record.
  • Governor Sarah Palin Coming To San Francisco Bay Area Oct 14th

    10/01/2010 2:44:31 PM PDT · by MaxCUA · 18 replies
    THE LIBERTY & FREEDOM FOUNDATION is proud to announce that we will be bringing former Alaska Governor SARAH PALIN to the Bay Area. Thursday October 14, 2010 - San Jose, CA 3PM - 8PM At the FORUM you’ll have an opportunity to hear Governor Palin’s remarks discussing a variety of issues that are important to, and currently affecting, the people of the greater Bay Area. There will be a Q & A session posing questions from locals, as well as questions from school kids. We believe in our youth perspective and know you all will enjoy their insight into America....
  • I.R.S. Looks at Finances of Bay Area Clinic [ IRS ]

    09/05/2010 5:57:00 AM PDT · by topher · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | Published: September 2, 2010 | By KATHARINE MIESZKOWSKI
    The criminal division of the Internal Revenue Service is looking into the finances of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate... ... Agents for the criminal division of the I.R.S. interviewed a former employee of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate on Tuesday at the Oakland field office, in response to a complaint he had lodged. That informant, who declined to be named for fear of how it might affect his future job prospects, said he raised concerns about the financial relationship between the organization and its political arm, as well as about accounting practices. ... [Author's email} kmieszkowski@baycitizen.org