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  • Scouts come together for state's largest celebration of Scouting's 100th anniversary

    04/17/2010 11:04:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 250+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | Updated 4/17/10 | Robert Jordan
    PLEASANTON What birthday would be complete without a song? And to help celebrate 100 years of the Boy Scouts of America, hundreds of packs and troops obliged Friday with their own version. Scouts from throughout Northern California kicked off the Northern California 100th Anniversary Jamboree opening ceremony with their own chant at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Members from as far south as Yosemite to as far north as the Oregon border belted out: "We got spirit, yes we do. We got spirit, how about you?" The chant grew in volume and enthusiasm as it snaked its way from one...
  • Police Kill NorCal Woman In Stolen Ambulance

    03/29/2010 9:32:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,018+ views
    CBS5.com ^ | 3/29/10 | AP
    PLACERVILLE (CBS 5 / AP) ― Police shot and killed a woman who stole an ambulance and led them on a chase before ramming three patrol cars. Placerville Police Chief George Nielsen says she was posing a danger to officers because she was using the ambulance as a weapon. He says it began Sunday when the woman, who was about 40 and wearing hospital gown, left Marshall Hospital through an emergency room entrance and drove away in an ambulance.
  • Anyone else feel it?

    10/18/2009 9:03:24 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 105 replies · 3,087+ views
    Vanity | Utilizer
    Just had a sudden sharp quake here
  • **2007 Petaluma Veterans Day Flyover (Petaluma CA Veterans Day Parade)**

    11/10/2007 10:22:53 AM PST · by Syncro · 10 replies · 2,023+ views
    Petaluma Veterans Flyover ^ | November 9, 2006 | Kent Carlomago
    We want to thank you for visiting our website! We plan on bringing some of the most prolific and beautiful warbird / air racer vintage aircraft to Petaluma to be hosted by the sponsors on Sunday Nov 11 between 8:30 A.M. and 2 P.M. The sponsors are cordially invited to view aircraft up close and personal. You will have a chance to meet active test pilots, air racers, airshow performers, and veterans who have served our country to preserve freedom. Between 1-2 P.M. you will have a chance to see these beautiful aircraft take to the skies for formation fly...
  • Charges dropped against ex-San Jose Mayor Gonzales, aide Guerra

    06/12/2007 5:10:45 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 13 replies · 445+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12 June 2007 | Rodney Foo and Barry Witt
    Charges dropped against ex-San Jose Mayor Gonzales, aide GuerraBy Rodney Foo and Barry Witt Mercury News Article Launched: 06/12/2007 02:35:32 PM PDT All charges against former San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales and his aide Joe Guerra were dropped by a Santa Clara County District Court judge. The charges, including bribery, stemmed from a deal with trash hauler NorCal Waste Systems Inc. Charges against Norcal were also thrown out. Judge John Herlihy signed an order Monday dismissing the charges. In the order, Herlihy cited errors given to the grand jury as grounds for throwing out the entire indictment against Gonzales and...
  • 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).
  • CA: Judge releases grand jury transcripts (San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales / NorCal case)

    08/11/2006 4:56:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 202+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/11/06 | Deborah Lohse
    Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James C. Emerson today ordered the release of more than 2,500 pages of transcribed testimony given over several months this year to the grand jury that indicted San Jose's mayor on six criminal felony counts. Fifty-five pages of the transcripts were sealed, including the testimony of Mayor Ron Gonzales and his chief aide, Joe Guerra. The release of the transcripts represents the latest chapter in a yearlong scandal that has roiled San Jose City Hall during a mayoral election year. The issue has generated two major investigations, an unprecedented censure of the mayor by...
  • CA: Indicted SJ mayor seeks to keep some grand jury testimony secret (Ron Gonzales and Norcal)

    08/10/2006 10:04:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 252+ views
    As much as 17 percent of the grand jury testimony that led to the criminal indictment of Mayor Ron Gonzales, his top aide and Norcal Waste Systems should remain under seal because it could prejudice potential jurors or be inadmissible at trial, lawyers for the defendants say. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Emerson was set to hear the lawyers' request to keep portions of the testimony secret Thursday. While lawyers for Gonzales and his aide, Joe Guerra, submitted an identical list of transcript sections they want sealed that amounts to about seven full pages, Norcal's attorneys asked that...
  • Union: Deal that led to mayor's indictment was never secret (San Jose Dem. Mayor Ron Gonzales)

    07/06/2006 6:19:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 283+ views
    The Teamsters union on Thursday defended the $11 million garbage contract that led to the indictment of Mayor Ron Gonzales. Gonzales is accused of pressuring Norcal Waste Systems Inc., into using the Teamsters - instead of a lower-paid union - at a recycling plant. Prosecutors allege he then secretly agreed to help the trash contractor recoup the extra labor expenses at a taxpayer expense. Union officials said at a news conference on Thursday that there was never a "secret" deal. "How can I be in a secret deal when I went and testified before the entire city council and we...
  • CA: S.J. council set to discuss removing mayor from office

    06/23/2006 12:42:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 429+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 6/23/06 | Deborah Lohse, Howard Mintz and Sean Webby and John Woolfolk
    A majority of San Jose City Council members now say Mayor Ron Gonzales should resign his post and the council has scheduled a meeting for next week to discuss removing him from office or stripping him of power. And Councilman Chuck Reed this morning asked the council to rescind the $11.25 million contract amendment to Norcal Waste Systems that is at the root of the city's garbage scandal. Meanwhile the political fallout from Thursday's arrest of Gonzales and his budget aide, Joe Guerra, continued. Councilwoman Nancy Pyle joined five council colleagues in calling for Gonzales to step down. ``I will...
  • San Jose mayor refuses to resign after indictment - 6 count indictment,, fraud, bribery ,conspiracy

    06/23/2006 6:30:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 588+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/23/06 | May Wong and Aaron C. Davis - ap
    Mayor Ron Gonzales rejected calls to step down after he was booked on fraud, bribery and conspiracy charges from a grand jury probe into a secretly negotiated garbage contract. Gonzales, 55, was released on a $50,000 bond after being indicted on six counts Thursday for allegedly brokering a backroom deal that cost taxpayers more than $11 million. He refused to resign his post and continued to deny any wrongdoing in the scandal that has dogged him for nearly two years. "The people of San Jose elected me to be the mayor of this town, and I am going to be...
  • San Jose mayor, budget aide arrested

    06/22/2006 12:44:46 PM PDT · by jamesm113 · 9 replies · 419+ views
    Mercury News ^ | June 22, 2006 | Deborah Lohse and Sean Webby
    San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales and his top budget aide Joe Guerra were arrested and released by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's department this morning, according to Deputy Sheriff Serg Palanov. Although the grounds for arrest were not immediately known, it came amid a civil grand jury investigation related to the two men's behind-the-scenes actions from 2000 to 2005 to help Norcal Waste Systems get an $11.25 million contract amendment after it underbid the labor component of its winning bid to collect trash for 155,000 San Jose residents. Allen Ruby, a lawyer for Gonzales, did not immediately return a call...
  • San Jose mayor (Democrat Ron Gonzales) posts bail after indictment

    06/22/2006 1:58:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 577+ views
    Mayor Ron Gonzales was indicted by a county grand jury Thursday on six counts, his office said, but the allegations were not immediately clear. Prosecutors have said they were investigating whether Gonzales committed any crime for secretly negotiating a trash hauling contract with Norcal Waste Systems that cost taxpayers an additional $11.25 million in labor costs. Neither authorities nor Gonzales could immediately be reached for comment, but the mayor's office said he and aide Joe Guerra posted bail Thursday morning. Guerra's lawyer, Alan Lagod, hadn't seen an indictment, but said his client and the mayor "self-surrendered at the sheriff's department...
  • San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales and budget aide Joe Guerra arrested

    06/22/2006 12:16:04 PM PDT · by Rio · 51 replies · 1,972+ views
    The San Jose Mecury News ^ | 6/22/2006 | Deborah Lohse and Sean Webby
    San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales and his top budget aide Joe Guerra were arrested and released by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's department this morning, according to Deputy Sheriff Serg Palanov. Although the grounds for arrest were not immediately known, it came amid a civil grand jury investigation related to the two men's behind-the-scenes actions from 2000 to 2005 to help Norcal Waste Systems get an $11.25 million contract amendment after it underbid the labor component of its winning bid to collect trash for 155,000 San Jose residents.
  • CA: Grand jury expected to act on Norcal soon (San Jose Mayor & trash deal investigation nears end)

    06/21/2006 10:26:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 145+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 6/21/06 | Deborah Lohse
    Any day now, San Jose citizens are expected to learn whether a civil grand jury or the county's top prosecutor believe any crime was committed when Mayor Ron Gonzales helped trash hauler Norcal Waste Systems secure an $11.25 million contract amendment in December 2004. --snip-- Although the grand jury operates in secrecy, it is widely understood that the group has been investigating whether Gonzales or others received any improper payments or campaign contributions, or committed other crimes in helping Norcal get the contract amendment to pay for unanticipated labor costs. Some of the subpoenas, for instance, included requests for any...
  • Winter storm moves south as NorCal residents focus on cleanup

    01/02/2006 11:30:11 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 410+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/2/06 | Justin M. Norton - ap
    GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Northern Californians focused Monday on cleaning up a mess of mud and debris swept into city streets and over roadways by two powerful winter storms as the heavy rain moved into Southern California, prompting flash flood watches for areas left blackened by recent wildfires. Initial estimates put the damage throughout Northern California at more that $100 million. Meanwhile, authorities continued to repair and monitor several levees that had either breached, cracked or overtopped from the San Francisco Bay area to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, causing flooding and evacuations of dozens of residents. The break in the...
  • Storms swell NorCal rivers to highest levels in seven years (Flood warnings, rivers swollen)

    12/28/2005 4:44:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 78 replies · 1,109+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/28/05 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The first in what is expected to be a series of drenching winter storms has prompted flood warnings and swelled Northern California rivers to their highest levels in seven years. Warnings went into effect across the northern half of the state after the first storm swept through Tuesday and Wednesday. Steady downpours and rising rivers led to an evacuation, scattered power outages, and flooded roads and parks. Water district officials in Sacramento closed a flood gate on the American River as a precaution. "It's been several years since we've had this widespread of flooding, and we're not...
  • CA: Mayor says he should have asked for City Council's input on Norcal (Ron Gonzales - San Jose)

    12/13/2005 4:54:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 250+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 12/13/05 | Deborah Lohse
    San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales said he was trying to be a ``get-it-done kind of mayor'' when he failed to tell his colleagues on the City Council that there was a labor problem with a Norcal Waste Systems contract that ended up costing the city an extra $11.25 million. Gonzales made his comments today, his first attempt to explain his motives in the controversial Norcal matter, before the city council took up the issue of whether to level the city's first-ever censure of a mayor. ``I've always tried to carry myself as a get-it-done kind of mayor,'' said Gonzales in...
  • CA: Gonzales should step down (San Jose Mayor)

    12/08/2005 9:06:13 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 340+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 12/8/05 | Editorial
    San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales should resign. He repeatedly has violated the city charter. He has spent the last year trying to dodge responsibility and berating his critics. And now he has issued a pathetic apology stressing his lofty goals more than his improper behavior. His credibility, already damaged, is now so tarnished that he cannot lead the city. ... Gonzales and his top aide, Joe Guerra, cooked up a deal to pay garbage hauler Norcal more money to cover recycling-worker wages, then got council members to pass a rate hike to cover the cost without telling them what the...
  • San Jose Mayor and top budget aide misled public and city council on Norcal deal

    12/06/2005 6:08:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 259+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 12/6/05 | Deborah Lohse
    An independent investigator has found that the mayor of San Jose and his top budget aide misled the public and the city council and treated council procedure as a ``mere formality'' when the two men sought to help Norcal Waste Systems get reimbursed for labor costs in excess of its bid. The report by investigator Chris Scott Graham said that Mayor Ron Gonzales and his aide Joe Guerra ``at the very least'' appear to have violated city policies calling for independence and impartiality, and acted in ways that ``were not consistent with the structure of government as set forth in...
  • CA: Mayor approved private deal (Takin' out the trash/Da' Mayor at SJ City Hall)

    07/22/2005 8:13:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 257+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/22/05 | Barry Witt
    San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales and his chief policy aide acknowledged this week that they privately agreed in the fall of 2000 to support a future pay increase for recycling workers -- a move that hid the true cost of the city's garbage contract from the city council, the public and competing companies. Through a spokesman, Gonzales on Thursday said he learned months before the city council approved an 11-year agreement with Norcal Waste Systems that there would be additional costs associated with the $250 million deal. However, Gonzales said he did not know the exact amount of those costs....
  • CA: Garbage firm at center of scandal (NorCal Waste Systems)

    06/18/2005 10:15:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 681+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 6/18/05 | Brandon Dailey and Deborah Lohse
    SAN JOSE - Like many of its competitors in the waste management business, the trash-hauling company at the center of a developing San Jose city hall scandal is no stranger to political controversy and legal disputes. Norcal Waste Systems, which traces its origins to the aftermath of the Great San Francisco Earthquake, is a $420 million company with subsidiaries involved in trash-hauling, recycling and landfill operations around the state. --snip-- ''Norcal is a big player in small markets,'' said Kyle Rhorer, a management consultant who advises waste companies. In the current flap, a Santa Clara County civil grand jury has...
  • CA: Gonzales kept council in dark on garbage deal

    10/14/2004 7:55:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 252+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 10/14/04 | Op/Ed
    Three weeks ago, San Jose's city council got its latest big-ticket surprise from Mayor Ron Gonzales -- this time, an additional $11.7 million he said was needed for the city's garbage hauler to pay higher labor costs the company didn't expect when it submitted its low bid. Here's what Gonzales didn't tell his colleagues. In order to keep the contract with eventual winner Norcal on track, the mayor's office offered Norcal assurances of his support for higher compensation than the contract would call for. This promise was made not years later, as the mayor has said, but before the council...
  • New Zealand mud snail threatens NorCal's trout streams

    11/28/2003 6:21:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 169+ views
    Sac Bee via SF Chronicle ^ | 11/28/03 | AP - Sacramento
    <p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The tiny New Zealand mud snail is threatening Northern California's trout streams, officials say.</p> <p>The mollusk, which seldom exceeds 5 millimeters in length, can reach concentrations of 700,000 per square meter and can strip entire river systems of algae.</p>
  • NorCal-Capitol Area Chapter Meeting (Sacramento)

    09/05/2002 2:21:26 PM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 5 replies · 218+ views
    September 5, 2002 | Saundra Duffy
    Chapter Meeting The most important thing we can do right now is to help Bill Simon get elected governor! All other issues pale by comparison. I can't stomach four more years of "Gay" Davis, can you?! Please come join us to strategize!! NorCal-Capitol Area Chapter Meeting this Friday! September 6th - 7p.m. 1020 19th St. (19th & K), Suite 100, Sacramento. Yahoo!! For victory & freedom!!! Saundra Duffy (I'm head of the Fresno/Central Valley Chapter but sort of a honorary member of the NorCal Chapter, too)