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  • CA: Alleged members of violent gang arrested in Bay Area raids (MS-13)

    10/22/2008 9:58:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 522+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/22/08 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal immigration authorities raided more than a dozen locations in San Francisco, Richmond and South San Francisco today, arresting several alleged members of the notorious MS-13 street gang, authorities said. Authorities said the investigation targeted a San Francisco-based faction of the violent group, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, which started in Southern California with roots in El Salvador. "This is a major take-down," said Northern California U.S. Attorney Joe Russoniello, adding that the investigation dealt with alleged drug trafficking, gun running, terrorism and extortion activities of the group. He declined to provide further details about the raids....
  • Palin Appearing At GOP Fundraiser In Burlingame

    10/05/2008 1:15:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,127+ views
    CBS 5 ^ | Oct 5, 2008
    Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was slated to attend a political fundraiser in Burlingame Sunday morning with more than 1,00 people paying as much as $2,500 each to sit down with her for brunch. Palin supporters and anti-war protestors were both expected to rally outside during the brunch at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Aiport. Palin has spent the weekend accusing Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama of "palling around with terrorists" for his association with a former 1960s radical. Palin was referring to Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the Weather Underground. The group took credit for bombings,...
  • Calling All Activists: Sending Political Email to Friends of Friend in the Bay Area (San Francisco).

    10/01/2008 3:25:06 PM PDT · by ROTB · 12 replies · 572+ views
    Me | 10/1/2008 | Me
    I got an email from a friend from my Bay Area college days the other day. He emailed me, as well as 30 of his closest friends. He had a link to an anti-Palin article, TO WHICH, one of his female friends took offense at the "sexist" nature of the article. I want to send an email response to this group situated in the very heart of liberalism/communism. But what should I do that *might* sway people? 1) pictures of Obama dressed as a Muslim 2) link to the video of Obama talking about "my muslim faith" 3) link to...
  • Muslims form coordinated Bay Area network

    09/02/2008 5:59:49 PM PDT · by twistedwrench · 5 replies · 225+ views
    SF Gate ^ | September 2, 2008 | Matthai Kuruvila
    Muslim beliefs are barely understood in the United States, if not intentionally distorted. It can also be hard for outsiders to know who speaks for Muslims, a diverse and complex group still finding its footing in America. **snip** Leaders hope that someday they will create a statewide body, a coalition for what may be the largest Muslim population in the nation.
  • Special Report: Pot Farmers Ravage Bay Area Parks (Many Pot Farms Located On Public Land)

    08/05/2008 1:04:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 699+ views
    NBC11 ^ | August 5, 2008
    It used to be that marijuana came to the Bay Area from the legendary back country of Humboldt County or the desert fields beyond Tijuana. Now the fields are in the Bay Area, and everywhere else in the state. Marijuana is one of the top cash crops in California, NBC Bay Area's Mike Luery reported. Many of the fields are located next to popular trails and in the middle of state parks. A fierce battle is being waged in our own back yard to remove the pot groves. They are hidden in brush so thick that specially trained officers must...
  • McCain stumps, raises funds in Bay Area

    05/22/2008 8:04:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 120+ views
    InsideBayArea.com ^ | 5/22/08 | Josh Richman
    UNION CITY — Lower corporate and capital-gains taxes and more immigration visas for skilled workers are the keys to keeping Silicon Valley and America's economy humming into the future, business leaders told Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Thursday. Flanked by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former eBay President and CEO Meg Whitman, the Arizona senator listened to and shot questions back at high-tech executives in a global-competitiveness round-table talk on the production floor at Finelite, a maker of lighting systems for offices and schools. "I'm here to listen and learn, a lot more than I am to be talking to...
  • Boots needed on the ground, to protect recruiting stations March 14-15(FR, GOE and Rolling Thunder)

    03/01/2008 4:39:00 PM PST · by Trueblackman · 42 replies · 595+ views
    myself | March 1, 2008 | Trueblackman
    Okay gang this is a call to action, we all know that the leftist are coming to town to reenact the lies of the Winter Soldiers, who smeared our heroes who fought and died in Vietnam and won every engagement with the enemy. Now the aging hippie crowd is employing willing youth as "useful idiots," to smear another generation of heroes yet again, but their lies are known and unlike last time there are those of us who will fight to preserve the honor of our heroes and make sure those who have fallen are never forgotten. We know that...
  • New threat to our way of life: giant pythons (threatening Bay Area)

    02/21/2008 6:07:18 PM PST · by EveningStar · 74 replies · 215+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 21, 2008 | Steve Rubenstein
    In addition to everything else to worry about, now comes the Burmese python. The giant snakes are slithering from Florida toward the Bay Area, very slowly to be sure, but inexorably. And they can strangle and eat an entire alligator...
  • Bay Area called hot spot for 'mystery' disease with sci-fi-like symptoms (Morgellons)

    01/16/2008 1:57:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies · 326+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 1/16/08 | Barbara Feder Ostrov
    <p>A major new study of the "mystery disease" known as Morgellons will be launched in Northern California, federal health officials said today.</p> <p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente Northern California are teaming up to investigate the straight-out-of-science-fiction syndrome whose symptoms include itching, biting and crawling sensations and filaments or fibers reported to emerge from the skin.</p>
  • [Cindy]Sheehan among guests at Muslim conference in Newark

    12/13/2007 6:37:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 1,029+ views
    The Oakland Tribune ^ | December 10, 2007 | Jamaal Johnson
    NEWARK — The fourth annual American Muslim Voice peace convention brought many speakers of various backgrounds to provide a blueprint for protecting civil rights in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, era. Visitors at the Chandni Restaurant in Newark on Sunday evening cheered and listened to guest speakers, such as anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, Muslim convert Brandon Mayfield and Ron Takaki, an ethnic studies professor at University of California,Berkeley. The conventions theme was building a beloved community, which included topics such as Fighting for the American Constitution and America, One Nation under God? These topics were discussed by a group of panelists...
  • There's Hope in Sausalito (vanity, great picture)

    12/02/2007 2:32:13 PM PST · by ChildOfThe60s · 26 replies · 384+ views
    Me ^ | 12/2/07 | Self
    I was in Sausalito recently. While walking and window shopping I saw this. Damn nice to see. And in a rich liberal area like that.
  • Fairfax Considers Car Wash Ban In Front Yards

    10/03/2007 6:45:26 AM PDT · by racing fan · 28 replies · 657+ views
    FAIRFAX, Calif., Oct. 1, 2007 (KGO) - For all the big debates about the environment and global warming, there are small ones, as well. Consider the town of Fairfax in Marin County. Residents are looking hard at a proposal some say violates a basic right -- to wash your car in your front yard. It is the kind of environmental debate you're likely to find only in a mostly affluent community. One resident asks, "do you save the fish or wash your car?" It's the debate du jour in Marin County's Fairfax. There's a town council proposal to ban residents...
  • OK for pot in the park keeps Santa Cruz weird [smoking ban lifted for marijuana rally]

    09/20/2007 5:53:57 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 10 replies · 333+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 9/20/07 | Jeff Thomas
    It's a story that virtually begs for the "only-in-Santa-Cruz" eye-roll treatment - another item in a wave of wackiness over the years that has painted the beach town, fairly or not, as nuttier than a bowl of granola. Only this time, it might actually be true - the "only-in-Santa-Cruz" part, at least. That's because two cherished progressive ideals - smoking bans and medicinal marijuana - have collided in a cloud of, well, smoke. The city last year banned smoking in two city parks, citing the threat to public health. The city also is on record in support of the local...
  • Your Black Muslim Hotel (Black Muslim Bakery relations?)

    08/29/2007 9:45:12 AM PDT · by CHEE · 8 replies · 503+ views
    East Bay Express News ^ | August 29, 2007 | Robert Gammon
    Marriott still employs security firm with Black Muslim Bakery ties. Over the past decade, more than a hundred thousand visitors have strolled into the Oakland Marriott Hotel and convention center, where among the first faces they encountered were those of well-dressed young men sporting bow ties. These men are the hotel's private security officers, who also happen to be members of the Black Muslim clan believed responsible for the assassination of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey.
  • Law, order, politics: Run, Fred, run (Patronizing San Fran Lib blasts a Southern conservative)

    08/28/2007 5:26:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 619+ views
    Inside the Bay Area ^ | August 28, 2007 | Susan Young
    WHY WON'T FOLKSY "Law & Order" actor Fred Thompson just admit he's running for president of these here United States? It all boils down to that pesky NBC show, and using that exposure to your best advantage. Thompson, a Republican, has dabbled in acting, lobbying and lawyering over the years, serving as Tennessee's representative in the United States Senate from 1994 to 2003. In his twilight days of serving the country, he joined the cast of "Law & Order" in 2002 as good'ol backwoods boy and New York City District Attorney Arthur Branch. Strong character, basically a good guy who...
  • Driver in Bay Area highway collapse had history of arrests

    04/30/2007 7:36:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 98 replies · 2,070+ views
    AP wire on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/30/07 | Marcus Wohlsen - ap
    The driver who crashed a tanker loaded with gasoline and brought down a heavily trafficked highway overpass was given a commercial trucker's license despite a history of criminal convictions, including drug and burglary arrests. James Mosqueda, 51, of Woodland also got a special hazardous materials endorsement last year from the federal Transportation Security Administration. To get it, he had to undergo an FBI criminal history check and an intelligence background check. "It's reprehensible," said Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, who chairs both the Assembly Transportation Committee and the Joint Committee on Emergency Services and Homeland Security. "Someone with that record...
  • Northern California -- Small Earthquake (3.4)

    02/23/2007 3:57:39 PM PST · by cdbull23 · 15 replies · 469+ views
    Vanity ^ | 02-23-2007 | cdbull23
    Any other Freepers in the Bay Area just feel the small earthquake. According to early reports, it was a 3.4 on the Richter Scale. I'm in Berkerkely and felt a quick jolt but nothing too bad (considering I'm from LA).
  • Melting polar ice would drown parts of San Francisco Bay Area

    02/18/2007 5:44:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 189 replies · 3,114+ views
    Highways, houses, industrial developments and entire neighborhoods along the San Francisco Bay will be under water if global warming causes tides to rise as much as 3 feet in the coming decades, according to new maps developed by the Bay Conservation and Development Commission. The maps, prepared for The San Francisco Chronicle, depict entirely submerged parts of residential cities such as Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Sausalito, San Rafael, Hayward and Newark. In San Francisco, the Caltrain mass transit system and an ambitious Candlestick Point redevelopment project would be vulnerable to flooding. Much of the Silicon Valley shoreline would be under...
  • Calif. Mortgage Defaults Soar, But Not In Bay Area

    01/24/2007 7:49:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 583+ views
    CBS5 ^ | Jan 24, 2007
    SAN FRANCISCO Foreclosure activity in California jumped sharply last quarter, but analysts say the spike is not significant enough in the Bay Area to become a market factor. DataQuick, a real estate information service, reported that mortgage default notices filed against California homeowners are now at the highest level in more than eight years. Lending institutions sent 37,273 default notices to homeowners across the state during the October-to-December 1996 period. That’s up by 36.9 percent from the previous quarter, and up more than 145 percent from the previous year, DataQuick reported. DataQuick analysts attribute the rise to unusually low numbers...
  • Bollywood Babylon: (New Year's Eve, forget hip-hop, etc. The hottest theme is Bollywood)

    12/30/2006 11:06:41 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 493+ views
    San Jose Metro ^ | Dec. 20-26 | Mike Connor
    THIS New Year's Eve, both the San Jose Convention Center and the Santa Clara Convention Center will host Bollywood and Bhangra-themed parties. If all goes well for the promoters of just those two events, it means that thousands of people will spend the last day of 2006 in South Asian splendor. And that's not including the four other public Indian-themed NYE parties we included in our guide to New Year's Eve events in the valley, plus any number of private parties we didn't. So we talked to DJs and promoters, and they all say the same thing: the demand for...
  • SAVAGE NATION LIVE!! Monday, December 04, 2006

    12/04/2006 2:40:01 PM PST · by Tarkus2040 · 125 replies · 1,988+ views
    BE HERE, OR BE NOWHERE!
  • Measure H Puts Bush's Impeachment To Voters

    11/03/2006 12:26:32 AM PST · by South40 · 16 replies · 665+ views
    The Daily Californian ^ | October 18, 2006 | Sean Barry
    Measure Meant to Raise Awareness About Bush's 'High Crimes'; Some Call It a Wasted Effort In the last six years, President George W. Bush has never set foot in Berkeley—his anemic 7 percent of the vote in Berkeley in 2004 places the city among the least Republican in the country. But come November, Berkeley voters may drive the final nail in the coffin of their relationship with the administration by supporting a ballot measure calling for the impeachment of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. The vote is purely advisory—only the U.S. House of Representatives has the power to impeach—but...
  • Young-Republicans

    09/11/2006 7:44:19 AM PDT · by crazygoptheri · 6 replies · 559+ views
    Silicon Valley Young Republicans Federation Weekly Alert September 9, 2006 Presidents Message Well the summer is over and the fall campaign begins. Before we get into the political season, lets reflect on the events of 9-11 and what would have happened if a Democrat was in the White House and not President Bush. Even in a place like the Bay Area where the name George W. Bush is the same as plague to many he is respected for the way he handled things during that difficult period. That is why I am resolved to help the Republican Party in November...
  • Ick! Bedbugs popping up in Bay Area

    08/25/2006 7:05:27 AM PDT · by Battle Hymn of the Republic · 34 replies · 1,712+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/25/06 | Julie Sevrens Lyons and James Hohmann
    Bedbugs, the flat, brown, blood-sucking subjects of the beloved nursery rhyme, are back with a vengeance after almost being eradicated from this country for the past 60 years. They're turning up in the residences of local travelers, having hitched rides in suitcases from parts of Europe, the former Soviet Union and other international hot spots. They've popped up in a San Jose State University dormitory, where one room underwent extensive fumigation and cleaning Thursday morning. One world, one icky, icky bug. Case in point: the San Jose State infestation, which was found in a third-floor room of International House, one...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Exotic dancers rally at City Hall to halt private-room ban in clubs

    08/19/2006 12:21:43 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 11 replies · 591+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/18/06 | Cicero Estrella
    There were picket signs, picket lines and protesters imploring motorists to honk for their cause. But all similarities between Friday afternoon's rally in front of City Hall and other political gatherings in San Francisco ended there. About 50 exotic dancers and other adult club employees gathered to protest outside as the Entertainment Commission heard public testimony on a proposed ban on private rooms and booths at the clubs. The Commission on the Status of Women proposed the legislation on the ban based on interviews with dancers who said sexual assaults have occurred inside the private rooms. The rally more closely...
  • Fundraiser to support the troops,Meet Conservative Speakers

    08/02/2006 7:13:31 AM PDT · by crazygoptheri · 779+ views
    The Silicon Valley Young Republicans Federated would like for you to attend this event this August.This is a funraiser to help raise funds for many Pro Troop causes. SVYRF Club Socials SVYRFC Annual BBQ Location: Sanborn Skyline County Park, Saratoga When: August 12, 2006 Registration: starts at 3pm Food: 4pm Program/Speakers: 5pm Clean-up: 8pm Confirmed Speakers: Claude Parrish, BOE member and Republican candidate for State Treasurer Mike Wasserman, Los Gatos town councilman, former Los Gatos mayor Elsie Gufler, Republican candidate for CA Assembly District 19 Larry Hileman, Republican candidate for CA Assembly District 24 Rob Smith, Republican candidate for CA...
  • OAKLAND: Police spies chosen to lead war protest

    07/27/2006 9:08:37 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 7 replies · 823+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/27/06 | Demian Bulwa
    Two Oakland police officers working undercover at an anti-war protest in May 2003 got themselves elected to leadership positions in an effort to influence the demonstration, documents released Thursday show. The department assigned the officers to join activists protesting the U.S. war in Iraq and the tactics that police had used at a demonstration a month earlier, a police official said last year in a sworn deposition. At the first demonstration, police fired nonlethal bullets and bean bags at demonstrators who blocked the Port of Oakland's entrance in a protest against two shipping companies they said were helping the war...
  • World Naked Bike Ride in San Francisco (WARNING: LINK NOT WORK-FRIENDLY!)

    06/12/2006 8:14:18 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 80 replies · 6,294+ views
    Zombietime.com ^ | 6/12/06 | Zombie
    June 10, 2006 was the date for the World Naked Bike Ride, which -- as its name suggests -- is an international political event at which protesters take off all their clothes and ride bicycles through various cities around the globe. The focus of the protest is theoretically to encourage people to give up their "dependence on fossil fuel" -- but in practice the messages (which the organizers tell participants to paint directly on their bodies) are more scattered, ranging from "free speech" to presidential politics. I attended the San Francisco version of the event, which started at noon in...
  • Berkeley's notorious 'Naked Guy' dies

    05/19/2006 10:09:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 71 replies · 4,119+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/19/6 | Linda Goldston
    Andrew Martinez, the South Bay man who gained national notoriety as the ``Naked Guy'' when he insisted on walking around nude in Berkeley in the early 1990s, has died, the apparent victim of suicide. Martinez, 33, died early Thursday after he was discovered unconscious in his cell at the Santa Clara County main jail. He was found lying under the covers on his cell bunk, with a plastic bag tied around his head, said jail spokesman Mark Cursi. He was pronounced dead about an hour later at Valley Medical Center. Martinez, who had been in custody since Jan. 10, was...
  • Former Berkeley student known as "Naked Guy" dies in jail

    05/20/2006 12:02:08 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 30 replies · 2,134+ views
    The former University of California, Berkeley student known as the "Naked Guy," who gained notoriety for attending class in the buff in the early 1990s, died of an apparent suicide while in jail, authorities said. Andrew Martinez, 33, whose stripped-down campus strolls got him expelled from UC Berkeley and prompted the famously liberal city to adopt a strict anti-nudity ordinance, was found dead Thursday in the Santa Clara County Main Jail, said jail spokesman Mark Cursi. Martinez was found under his bed covers with a plastic bag cinched around his head, Cursi said. Officials are investigating the death as an...
  • Naked man pulled from chimney

    04/22/2006 8:39:18 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 13 replies · 424+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/22/06 | Bay City News
    Hayward -- Hayward firefighters extricated a naked man early Saturday who was stuck in the chimney of his stepmother's residence in Hayward. After the man was freed and treated at a local hospital, he was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, according to police. Officers initially responded to a report by a Hayward resident on Gainesville Avenue who said she had heard muffled calls for help outside of her home over the course of several hours. "We started walking around the neighborhood, and then we heard the cries for help," said Hayward police Lt. Gary Branson....
  • 2 San Jose State University students to hang with Bush

    04/20/2006 12:07:33 PM PDT · by Battle Hymn of the Republic · 17 replies · 715+ views
    mercury news ^ | 4/20/06 | Mary Anne Ostrom
    Take that, Stanford. Two San Jose State students have been asked by the White House to represent budding Silicon Valley engineering talent and rub shoulders with President Bush on Friday when he visits Cisco Systems. College of Engineering Dean Belle Wei said she got a call Tuesday from a valley ``Republican heavyweight,'' asking for names. Wei said she thinks SJSU got the call because ``we have normal students, not Stanford students, privileged students.'' After all, Bush is in town to tout his plan for keeping American industry competitive in the computer age. Wei has tapped two of her top students,...
  • Study: Bay Area Quake Would Be Staggering

    04/17/2006 8:48:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,017+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/17/06 | Terence Chea - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - If an earthquake like the one that devastated the city in 1906 struck today, the toll would be staggering: tens of thousands of buildings damaged and hundreds of people dead, according to a new study. The report released Monday calculated that a repeat of that 7.9-magnitude temblor would cause 1,800 to 3,400 deaths, damage more than 90,000 buildings, displace as many as 250,000 households and result in $150 billion in damage. "We already witnessed the effect of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people from last year's hurricanes," said Bill Ellsworth, a geophysicist with the U.S....
  • Next Big Quake? Maybe East of Bay Area

    03/27/2006 3:12:02 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 22 replies · 819+ views
    Herald-Zeitung | AP ^ | 3/27/06 | Scott Lindlaw
    HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) -- New cracks appear in Elke DeMuynck's ceiling every few weeks, zigzagging across her living room, creeping toward the fireplace, veering down the wall. Month after month, year after year, she patches, paints and waits. "It definitely lets you know your house is constantly shifting," DeMuynck said. So do the gate outside that swings uselessly 2 1/2 inches from its latch, the strange bulges in the street and the geology students who make pilgrimages to her cul-de-sac. DeMuynck could throw her paint brush from her front stoop and hit the Hayward Fault, which geologists consider the most...
  • Langberg: Stanford still the golden goose of valley tech

    03/22/2006 1:14:01 PM PST · by Battle Hymn of the Republic · 8 replies · 398+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 3/22/06 | Mike Langberg
    But the sunny climate for technology surrounding Stanford and Silicon Valley -- bright people, entrepreneurial spirit, ready access to cash -- is at risk, according to several panelists. Clark condemned the White House and Congress for cutting back on support for basic research at universities, and for letting religious views shape decisions on science policy. ``We have a unique environment here, and I hope it can survive eight years of bad government,'' Clark declared. Mark Horowitz, a professor of both computer science and electrical engineering as well as a founder of the chip company Rambus, said post-Sept. 11 restrictions on...
  • CA: New polls show negative image of Islam - Bay Area Muslims continue outreach efforts

    03/13/2006 9:24:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 726+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/13/06 | Josh Richman
    FREMONT — The first time Glenn Koehler can remember learning about Muslims and the Islamic faith came in September 1972, when a Palestinian terrorist group called Black September murdered 11 Israeli hostages during the Olympics in Munich, Germany. "Then the second was Sept. 11," Koehler said. "So there's really been no pleasant introductions." Koehler is a 58-year-old Fremont engineer. He describes himself as a Lutheran, politically conservative and a registered Republican who gets much of his news from the Drudge Report, Michael Savage and the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal advocacy group for Christian rights. He does not have Muslim...
  • S.F. PROTEST: Raucous Union Square rally [Anti-Bush & State of Union address]

    01/31/2006 11:07:38 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 30 replies · 1,838+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/31/06 | Cicero A. Estrella
    Demonstrators gathered in San Francisco at Union Square on Tuesday to rally noisily against President Bush and his State of the Union address. Organizers estimated the crowd at about 4,000 people, many of whom beat makeshift drums, clanged pots and pans, blew whistles or just screamed as Bush's speech was broadcast live -- without sound -- on a giant video screen. The World Can't Wait, a national protest group calling for Bush to step down, organized the demonstration to urge the protesters to march in an anti-Bush rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. "Through this political action and this mobilization...
  • Village People singer among 'Most Wanted' - Fails to surrender to San Mateo court

    01/24/2006 1:20:52 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 58 replies · 958+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/24/06 | Bay City News
    A man who helped make famous the songs "YMCA" and "In the Navy" is still scheduled to be featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted," after failing to surrender in a San Mateo County courtroom today, according to San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Victor Willis, 54, the original policeman from the musical group the Village People, was scheduled to turn himself in today after a $200,000 warrant for his arrest was issued on Oct. 20. Willis's new defense attorney Dean Johnson indicated Willis would appear in court today, although he failed to do so, Wagstaffe...
  • CA: 'Most wanted' all from Bay Area

    01/23/2006 9:40:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 802+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 1/23/06 | Steve Geissinger
    SACRAMENTO — They are all Latino, all are accused of brutal murders years ago, all of their alleged crimes were committed in the Bay Area and all may have fled to Mexico. They comprise California's little-known "Featured Wanted Persons," reminiscent of the familiar FBI "Most Wanted" list. The state list has been posted on Attorney General Bill Lockyer's Web site for the public and is immediately available in data banks to any law enforcement officer in the field. But officials say that if the suspects are in Mexico, even if they are known to authoritiesthere, they face little threat of...
  • Anti-abortion ad on BART angers activistsMany placards have been defaced or destroyed

    01/13/2006 9:51:54 AM PST · by buzzyboop · 86 replies · 1,581+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 13, 2006 | Michael Cabanatuan
    Bay Area abortion-rights activists say a Roman Catholic group's advertisements on hundreds of BART trains and in scores of stations -- attacking the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision and asking "Abortion: Have we gone too far?" -- have gone too far in a region known for its progressive politics. Many of the ads have been torn down or defaced since the campaign began three weeks ago. "I think every woman has noticed them,'' said Suzanne "Sam" Joi, a member of Code Pink, a social justice and anti-war group. "I couldn't believe BART would allow something like this. Why are...
  • San Carlos phys ed teacher suspected of videotaping students

    01/03/2006 8:17:58 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 13 replies · 1,140+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/3/06 | Bay City News
    A physical education teacher at a San Carlos middle school is behind bars today, suspected of videotaping female students as they changed clothes, the San Carlos Police Department reported. San Bruno resident Neal Sato, 34, was arrested today after an approximately six-week-long investigation into the Central Middle School teacher's alleged improper behavior, the Police Department reported. Police first became aware of the situation after an eighth-grade student reported that she believed Sato, who also serves as the school's athletics director, had secretly been videotaping her while she changed clothes. After obtaining a search warrant, police detectives reportedly seized computers belonging...
  • WILL, WILLIE, WHY? - Former Mayor Brown's Not Done Yet

    01/03/2006 11:44:33 AM PST · by chuckpez · 1 replies · 423+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | January 3rd, 2006 | Brian Maloney
    Like a lingering, nasty winter cold, Willie Brown is one politician the Golden State just can't seem to shake. To remove the notorious former California State Assembly speaker from power, it took a constitutional rewrite that imposed legislative term limits. And after Democrats lost control of the chamber to the GOP in 1995, voters were dumbfounded when Brown outfoxed them, manipulating two Republican surrogates Manchurian-style to retain power. When those limits finally prevented Willie from any additional time in Sacramento, he promptly ran for mayor of San Francisco, serving two terms from 1996 to 2004. Even as many Californians saw...
  • Teen arrested for alleged text message death threat

    12/02/2005 3:28:24 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 208+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/2/05 | Bay City News
    A 16-year-old high school student from San Jose has been arrested for allegedly sending a death threat by text message to a 13-year-old girl. The Santa Teresa High School student was arrested on Wednesday and he sent the alleged threat on Tuesday afternoon to the Orchard Elementary School student, San Jose Police Department spokesman Enrique Garcia said today. The boy was booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall on charges of making terrorist threats. Copyright 2005 by Bay City News, Inc. Replication
  • Petaluma students skip class to protest war, demand end to campus recruiting, closure of centers

    11/03/2005 4:03:31 PM PST · by Liberate California · 63 replies · 1,168+ views
    press democrat ^ | 3 Nov 2005 | By JEREMY HAY
    Students clashed with Army recruiters in Petaluma during a protest Wednesday against the Iraq war and military recruiting on school campuses. About 40 people - mostly students who had walked out of classes at Casa Grande and Petaluma high schools - joined the protest at an Army recruiting office in a North McDowell Avenue shopping center. About 25 of the protesters entered the office at about 11:30 a.m. and for about 25 minutes engaged recruiters in a loud argument over the war's merits. The protesters also presented a statement demanding an end to military recruiting on campuses and a closure...
  • CA: Wife of prominent Bay Area attorney found dead in couple's home

    10/16/2005 12:27:26 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 278 replies · 4,730+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 10/15/05 | AP
    LAFAYETTE, Calif. - The wife of a prominent Bay Area attorney was found dead in the couple's home Saturday, police said. Daniel Horowitz called 911 shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday to report that the body of his wife, Pamela Vitale, was found in the entryway of their home, located in an upscale Contra Costa County neighborhood. The 52-year-old woman's identity has not been confirmed, but "based on what we know, it's believed to be the wife of Daniel Horowitz," said Contra Costa Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee. Authorities would not release details of how the victim died, but said it was...
  • CHASING ZODIAC (He murdered dozens of people; wrote weird notes to Newspapers/movie is in the works)

    10/05/2005 6:56:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies · 1,261+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, October 5, 2005
    It began quickly, a few minutes after 10 p.m. On Dec. 20, 1968, David Faraday, 17, and Betty Lou Jensen, 16, pulled to the side of a road in Vallejo. An hour later, a man approached. He shot through their windows. They scrambled to get out. The guy shot Faraday point-blank in the head. Jensen, running away, was hit six times in the back. The next year, on the Fourth of July, two teenagers, also in Vallejo, drove to an isolated area. The same man approached them and shot them repeatedly. Thirty minutes later, he called the police. "I want...
  • SF Family Among Injured In Indonesia Bombing

    10/03/2005 10:28:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 226+ views
    NBC11 ^ | October 3, 2005
    The only Americans known to have been injured in the Indonesia suicide bombings were members of a Bay Area family who had just sat down for dinner when an explosion tore through the busy restaurant. Soviana Suprato Ly and five members of her family were on the first floor of the three-story Raja Cafe noodle and steakhouse, in the bustling tourist center of Kuta, when a bomb went off on the floor above them Saturday night. Ly said she heard a thunderous boom followed by an eerie silence. "Everything turned black, and I could hear nothing and I could see...
  • 8th Annual Petaluma Progressive Festival (Freeping needed)

    09/17/2005 11:28:53 PM PDT · by rivercat · 25 replies · 1,457+ views
    KPFA Radio ^ | 9/17/2005 | KPFA Radio
    The 8th Annual Progressive Festival Sunday, September 25th11 am to 6 pm Walnut ParkPetaluma Blvd South, and D StreetPetaluma Featuring: The San Francisco Mime Troupe with their 2005 production of "Doing Good" Speakers include Daniel Ellsberg, Anti-War Activist, Author; Matt Gonzalez, Former President of SF Board of Supervisors; Aimee Allison, Counter-Recruitment Activist; David Cobb, Green Party Presidential Candidate; Pierre Labossiere, Haiti Action Committee; Lynn Hamilton, Progressive Democrats of America; Stephanie Hiller, News Editor, North Bay Progressive; Dave Henson, Director of the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center; and speakers on Youth Issues, Living Wage, Farm Workers, Clean Money Campaign, and others....
  • Bay Area gets hefty grants to help homeless alcoholics

    08/18/2005 12:05:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 742+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Thu, Aug. 18, 2005
    Four Bay Area communities will receive nearly $4 million in grants today to help bring chronically homeless alcoholics off the streets. EHC Lifebuilders' ``Off the Streets for Alcohol'' pilot program was awarded a $998,831 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal agency that funds homeless services. The largest provider of shelter, housing opportunities and support services to homeless people in Santa Clara County, EHC Lifebuilders is expected to use the grant to help approximately 42 people. San Francisco County will receive $988,458; Contra Costa County, $996,786; and Santa Cruz County, $706,773, for their pilot programs....
  • Investor finds her fulfillment helping others (Helps Families Afford SF Real Estate)

    08/12/2005 11:09:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 195+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Sunday, August 7, 2005 | Carol Lloyd
    Ever since the mad, mad real estate market has become fuel for our twisted cultural id, we've been feeding on the nightmarish stories: dreams of homeownership dashed, greed leveraged to an art form, inane domestic luxuries reinvented as necessities. But sometimes you hear a story so free from real estate's unseemly underbelly that it sounds like a fairy tale. Until a couple of years ago, Carole and Jamey Moore were a poster family for how San Francisco was driving out young families. They had thriving alternative careers (as massage therapists and artists), a rich community of friends and a rental...