<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Sat, 06 Feb 2016 20:28:48 -0800 Sat, 06 Feb 2016 20:28:48 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[50 Fund Game Changers: Summer Search]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:52:40 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/summer+search+3.jpg 50 Fund, the charitable arms of Super Bowl 50, has awarded Game Changer grants of $500,000 to five Bay Area non profits who work to change the lives of young people.]]> <![CDATA[South Bay Businesses, Families Have High Hopes for Super Bowl]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:40:09 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P+SC+SUPER+BOWL+FESTIVITIES+VO+-+00000023.jpg

Super Bowl City may have been at full capacity in San Francisco on Saturday, but the South Bay was also kept busy with a free concert and a dazzling fireworks display.

Large crowds came out to the Santa Clara Community Celebration, where a celebrity flag football game, a pep rally with the 49ers and Raiders cheerleaders and a youth activity zone kept fans entertained.

“I’ve been out here just enjoying the day,” said Tyler Pflibsen, a San Francisco 49ers fan. “It’s beautiful out here.

Pfibsen was excited to see rapper Ludacris during the celebrity match, which he said ended up being an “enjoyable” and “back and forth” game.

At around 6:30 p.m., the community celebration hosted a free concert featuring Huey Lewis and the News at Santa Clara University. The performance quickly met full capacity, although that didn’t stop people from lining up in hopes of getting their hands on a ticket.

Later in the evening, the Santa Clara skyline was aglow with a fireworks show at 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, Santa Clara businesses were hoping to finally cash in on the Super Bowl. Though restaurateurs had hoped the game would bring in big business, sales had been lackluster over at Siam Doubles.

“So far it’s been a little slow because most of the activities have been in San Francisco,” said Rey Gervacio of Siam Doubles.

He’s hoping tomorrow, when all eyes shift from San Francisco to Santa Clara, will bring in those much-anticipated profits.

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<![CDATA[Source: 49ers' DeBartolo Elected to Hall of Fame]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:30:33 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/picresized_th_1291323816_76052206.jpg

 SAN FRANCISCO -– Eddie DeBartolo’s journey from Youngstown, Ohio, to owner of the 49ers will reach its final destination just 60 miles from his hometown.

DeBartolo was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in a vote of the 46-member board of selectors on the eve of Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium, CSN Bay Area’s Mindi Bach reported Saturday.

The enshrinement ceremony will take place on Aug. 6, in Canton, Ohio.

DeBartolo, 69, this year’s lone nominee as a “contributor” was selected for the Class of 2016.

The latest group of Hall of Fame inductees, as selected during a meeting that lasted approximately nine hours at Moscone Center, is scheduled to be announced Saturday evening.

Former 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens announced on Twitter that he fell short of the required vote during his first year of eligibility. Owens wrote: "Unfortunately I did not make it. CONGRATS to the 2016 HOF CLASS. Thanks to ALL MY FANS for ur unwavering love & support."

Owens ranks second in NFL history with 15,934 receiving yards, third with 153 receiving touchdowns, and sixth with 1,078 career receptions.

Owens was certainly not passed over for his on-field performance. The voters discussed Owens’ pros and cons for 43 minutes, 12 seconds, according to Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News.

He played his first eight seasons with the 49ers, but also spent short periods of time with Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati over his final seven years in the NFL. Owens will have to wait at least another year.

DeBartolo is no stranger to waiting. He was a finalist for the Hall of Fame on three separate occasions before this year. DeBartolo took over ownership of the 49ers in 1977. He hired Bill Walsh in 1979, and his teams averaged 13 victories per season from 1981 to 1998 – not including the strike-shortened 1982 season.

During his time in charge, DeBartolo’s teams won five Super Bowls, 13 NFC West championships, advanced to the NFC Championship game 10 times and made 16 playoff appearances. The 49ers posted the highest win percentage in the 1980s and 1990s.

But DeBartolo likely fell short of the required votes in previous years due to a 49ers salary-cap violation in the late-1990s and the way his ownership ended with the 49ers.

The NFL’s salary cap was instituted to level the playing field, in part, due to DeBartolo’s eagerness to attract and stockpile top players with his spending.

Then-team president Carmen Policy and vice president Dwight Clark reached settlements with the NFL as part of the league's investigation into alleged salary-cap violations. The 49ers agreed to pay a $300,00 fine and surrender draft picks in 2001 and 2002.

DeBartolo's tenure with the 49ers ended in controversy in March 2000 when he reached an agreement with his sister, Denise DeBartolo York, to split their financial interests. DeBartolo York, and her husband, John York, gained permanent control of the football team, a racetrack in Louisiana and the Edward J. DeBartolo corporate headquarters in Youngstown. Eddie DeBartolo agreed to take real estate holdings and stock.

One year earlier, then-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced a one-year suspension for DeBartolo for his role in a gambling scandal that resulted in DeBartolo pleading guilty to a felony for failure to report an extortion attempt from former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.

Leading up to Saturday’s selection, DeBartolo said he was truly humbled to be considered for the highest honor in the sport while acknowledging the complication of his exit from the NFL. But DeBartolo was wildly popular among his players and he is the only owner in NFL history with five Super Bowl titles.

“Whatever good I did in the past, whatever bad I did in the past, I mean, it all goes together,” DeBartolo said. “It’s like baking a loaf of bread. When it comes out of the oven, people say he deserves it or he doesn’t deserve it.”

Hall of Fame officials instructed voters to not to weigh DeBartolo’s legal issues when considering his candidacy, sources told CSNBayArea.com. The voters discussed DeBartolo for longest period of time, 50 minutes, 33 seconds, according Gosselin.

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<![CDATA[Justin Bieber Cavorts, Poses With Fans in SF]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:47:21 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-498383838.jpg

An estimated 15,000 people flocked to San Francisco to enjoy the last day of Super Bowl City, but one among them caused a greater furor than others.

Justin Bieber is in the Bay Area ahead of Super Bowl 50.

Some lucky Beliebers stumbled across the two-time Grammy winner roaming the city's streets and snatched up the selfie opportunity. A fan site picked up the images and tweeted that he is in San Francisco for some parties but doesn't plan to attend the game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

The 21-year-old singer-songwriter posted a grainy video to Instagram in which he and a friend ran up a Chinatown street. The post is tagged, "Bryson Tiller you’re next."

Yet another video depicts Bieber and Maejor a.k.a. Michigan-born singer Brandon Green engaging in a mock sword fight in which a laughing Bieber emerges as the apparent winner.

The pair also posed for a photograph in a car with an unidentified friend.

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<![CDATA[Massive Crowd Fills Super Bowl City to Capacity]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:03:36 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P+SUPER+BOWL+CITY+CROWD+SAFETY+PKG+-+00000728.jpg

The festivities at Super Bowl City on Saturday ended on a high note for some, but, for others, not so much.

All day, thousands of people filed into the venue that has served as the official home for all things Super Bowl for a week scouring for a good spot to watch Alicia Keys perform in Justin Herman Plaza.

However, much like Friday, Super Bowl City hit maximum capacity, forcing officials to turn people away and close all the entry gates to the event.

"That's why I came here early," Quiana Easter chortled. "That's why I got here at 9:30 a.m."

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As of 4:42 p.m., all gates to Super Bowl City, but the main gate on Market Street between Main and Beale streets, were closed, spokesman PJ Johnston said. Officials blocked the main gate around 5:15 p.m.

"The crowds are just enormous today and we have to be guided by safety," Johnston said.

On Sunday, the focus shifts to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara where the Denver Broncos will face off against the Carolina Panthers in the NFL’s big extravaganza.

"It's just awesome to be here to see them at the Super Bowl!" Panthers fan Carla Leonard enthused.

Leanord's son Michael, who serves in the Air Force, surprised her with tickets to Super Bowl 50.

"It's a dream come true and I had to share it with the person who brought me up from the beginning," he said.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Taiwanese Community Hopeful After Quake]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:23:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_663313423550-taiwan-tainan-earthquake-building-collapse.jpg NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle talks with local residents who are concerned for loved ones after a strong earthquake struck Taiwan.

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<![CDATA[Super Bowl City Closed After Reaching Max Capacity]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:24:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0205-2016-SuperBowlCity.jpg

San Francisco police turned away thousands of people from Super Bowl City late Friday when the event reached maximum capacity.

The popular free event along the Embarcadero on Friday night drew a crush of visitors and NFL fans looking to soak up the excitement over Super Bowl weekend. The night was headlined by a fireworks show and a performance from One Republic.

An officer patrolling Super Bowl City estimated at least 15,000 people inside the event late Friday.

Many who planned to attend the event were disappointed when police turned them away.

"I was bummed out," said Norris Rivers, who came from Stockton. "It didn't work out, but we're here having fun."

Some people took Friday's early closure in stride.

"For safety reasons you have to limit the number of people," said Sia Langi, a San Francisco resident. "But there is another night tomorrow."

Super Bowl City resumes Saturday and pop star Alicia Keys is scheduled to perform in the evening.

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<![CDATA[Metallica in Concert at AT&T Park]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 16:12:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-489226886.jpg

If you're a Metallica fan and worried about missing out on their Super Bowl week concert at AT&T Park in San Francisco, you're in luck. The band is making a free live stream of their performance available so that "no one is left out."

'We are beyond excited to be a part of the historic festivities in San Francisco this week and can’t wait to see you out there!" the hometown rockers wrote on their blog.

"The Night Before" concert will be streamed live on Metallica's website and on YouTube. Bookmark this page and watch the embedded YouTube stream right here beginning at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Auto Shop 'Cover-Up' Leaves Family Dealing With Damages]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:39:52 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/unit_web_Car-Damage_4.jpg

Albert and Michelle Delao noticed some bizarre changes to their 2002 GMC Yukon after the couple hired an auto shop in San Jose to make a few repairs to the SUV.

"When you turn the wheel [there were] cracking noises." Michelle Delao said. "Squeaking noises."

The family would later discover that employees at their auto repair shop went to considerable lengths to hide serious damage that was done to the vehicle – more than $11,000 worth, according to repair estimates collected by the Delao family.

"I couldn't believe it," Michelle Delao said. "I just couldn't believe that they could do something like this and cover it up."

For the 25 million licensed motorists in California, finding an honest mechanic is essential. Fraudulent repairs can create both financial hardships and serious safety hazards.  As the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit uncovered, howevever, the state agency responsible for protecting consumers, may be hiding critical information that protects disreputable shops from public scrutiny.

The California Bureau of Automotive Repairs (BAR) was created to keep repair shops in line with state regulations. But Albert and Michelle Delao believe that lax oversight by the agency put them and other drivers at risk. They are among the majority of customers who receive little justice, from this state agency.

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit reviewed state data for the past three years and discovered that fewer than 3 percent of the complaints pertaining to auto repairs result in any kind of enforcement action. That’s because under state law the bureau has limited authority to issue penalties for violations.

"It just makes me feel that they're not doing their job," Albert Delao told NBC Bay Area.

He and his wife said their problems began last November when they their family SUV needed repairs. The couple took the vehicle to a Midas shop on Monterey Highway in San Jose.

After a short drive, Michelle immediately noticed something amiss.

"We called [Midas] and they said nothing happened," Michelle said. "I knew something happened, but they just weren't saying what happened," Michelle recounted.

Albert dismissed his wife’s conspiracy theory and bought four new tires from a nearby wheel shop. However, the nearly $300 purchase didn’t seem to have any effect on the strange noises coming from their vehicle.

That very same day, the Delaos received a strange call from a former employee at the Midas shop.

"He said, ‘well, the rattling you hear, it is glass,’" Albert told NBC Bay Area. The mechanic, turned whistleblower, revealed that the eight-passenger SUV fell from a mechanical lift, crashing onto its side from several feet in the air. The lift pierced the bottom of the vehicle and shattered the front passenger window.

Former employee Adam Wicklander provided the family with photos to corroborate his story. Wicklander claimed that after the crash, he and his coworkers were ordered by their district manager to fix the car as best they could, without telling the Delaos.

Their makeshift repairs left dents, scratches, and uneven paint across the vehicle. In addition, shards of glass from the broken window remained scattered inside the passenger door.

A pair of other repair shops assessed the damage – the estimates totaled $11,568.28.

The Midas shop’s District Manager Jawad Khan confirmed "the lift malfunctioned" and in a memo to the Delao family admitted, there was a "cover-up," but he denied any involvement and blamed it all on his employees.

Angered by the deception, the Delaos filed a complaint with the Bureau of Automotive Repair. But the couple says a bureau investigator told them there was little the agency could do.

"These people are put there so they can be the authority, so they can put a stop to this," Albert said. "But if people are just getting put on the back burner, it's always going to happen."

Bureau Chief Patrick Dorais explained to NBC Bay Area that current law only allows his agency to issue fines and citations to unlicensed repair shops, or to those that violate the state's smog check program. For all other violations, like deceptive repairs and fraudulent billing, investigators can only recommend cases go to court. However, those recommendations rarely occur since cases often require a chain of similar consumer complaints before investigators can proceed.

NBC Bay Area asked Dorais what happens to drivers who might be the first to complain about questionable business practices.

"We’ll try to mediate the complaint with the shop, sometimes there is rework or adjustments to the bill, or a direct refund that’s given to that consumer," Dorais said.

While BAR can’t penalize auto shops for most violations, the bureau’s mediation process nets consumers nearly $5 million each year in voluntary repairs and refunds. However, since citations are not issued for violations, those consumer complaints are kept secret from the public – even in cases where the state believes a repair shop took advantage of customers.

"The potential harm is that you’re going to end up at a shop that rips you off or puts you in an unsafe car," said Rosemary Shahan, an auto industry watchdog who has sparked nationwide changes in auto safety.

Shahan heads Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, and believes California should be more forthcoming with drivers about which repair shops have a history of alleged violations.

In recent years, the bureau has removed information about consumer complaints from its website. The Investigative Unit filed a request under the California Public Records Act to see those complaints, however, the request was denied.

"If we posted information where we felt [a repair shop] violated the law, and they didn’t get a chance to defend themselves, we would be in trouble as a government agency for doing just that," Dorais said.

After NBC Bay Area contacted BAR about the Delao family’s SUV, the case was reassigned to a new investigator.

The bureau issued an inspection report to the Midas shop, citing several potential violations including performing work without authorization, and failure to properly invoice repairs.

Still, no actual citations or fines were issued, and the Midas shop’s discipline record remains unblemished.

NBC Bay Area also reached out to Midas corporate headquarters for this report, however, the company only provided a brief statement.

"Midas locations are independently owned and operated," the statement read.  "Since inception, 60 years ago, Midas has taken great pride in building trusted customer relationships based on reliability and professional service."

The Bureau of Automotive Repair can refer cases for prosecution to the California attorney general or local district attorneys throughout the state, however, it is unclear if investigators will take such action in the situation involving the Delao family.

In the meantime, Albert and Michelle are considering suing the Midas repair shop for damages.

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<![CDATA[Super Bowl Excitement Storms Bay Area]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:56:46 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0205-2016-BroncosFans.jpg NBC Bay Area's Raj Mathai reports on the excitement brewing in the Bay Area and final preparations for Super Bowl Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Airports Expect Crush of Travelers For SB50]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:40:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjc+superbowl1.jpg

Norm Mineta San Jose International Airport, and the other Bay Area airports, are all gussied up in the black-and gold-of Super Bowl 50.

On Thursday, three days before Sunday’s Super Bowl, San Jose got a crush of travelers, including a Denver Broncos fan who said he spent $21,000 on a four-ticket "Broncos Tailgate Package" with his buddies to the Big Game.

"Don't tell my wife," Justin Kerrigan said of the exorbitant price tag. "I gotta follow my team"

And airport executives believe there will be another, bigger crush on Monday after the Big Game, held nearby at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

At Oakland International Airport, Southwest Airlines alone is expecting a 20 percent jump, according to the Mercury News.

San Francisco International Airport expects 1.3 million passengers through Super Bowl weekend, the newspaper reported. In particular, SFO is bracing for a 50 percent spike in travelers on Monday, the day after either the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos take home the Lombardi Trophy.

Smaller airports are also bracing for the influx of private jets arriving in town.

The Hayward Executive Airport has never been busier, with VIPs, executives and celebrities flying in record numbers.

In Oakland, Kaiser Air expects a thousand planes to come in this weekend. The airport  has closed a runway just to park all the jets.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, more than a thousand private jets will also travel through the region’s airports large and small. In San Francisco, airport spokesman Doug Yael said about 75 private airplanes touched down Thursday and about the same number will land there on Friday - about 25 more than a typical day. In San Jose, airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said about 90 private planes landed on Thursday.

Airport leaders are advising that anyone traveling this weekend show up at the airport at least three hours early.

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<![CDATA[Cupertino Student Finalist in Google Doodle]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:57:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0205-2016-GoogleDoodle.jpg

The game is on.

Not the Super Bowl, another Bay Area-based contest: The Google Doodle competition.

Google on Friday, announced finalists for its annual “Google Doodle” contest, and we caught up with one of the finalists, Christina Wu of Cupertino.

Monta Vista High School, where Christina is in the 9th grade, held an assembly to celebrate her being chosen for the finals.

Her art was on display, Congressman Mike Honda came, and her parents show up as a surprise.

“I’m excited,” she said, and described her entry thusly: “I like Asian culture, and I like noodles.”

Google has already made a donation to the Monta Vista art department; if Christina’s design is chosen (you can vote on the Google Doodle contest page until Feb. 22), it will be featured on the company’s home page.

Proof that it’s more than just tech running Silicon Valley, MV’s Principal April Scott says “I think enhancing the left and right brain is an important part of student life.”

Christina’s odds are good: Two out of the seven past Doodle winners are from California.

Scott tracks social on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Students Vaccinated for Meningococcal]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:12:28 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0205-2016-MENINGICOCCAL.jpg

Worth the wait: that is how many students feel about the hours-long lines to get the meningococcal vaccine. This comes after four people at two bay area universities have tested positive for the disease.

One of them, an employee at Argosy University in Alameda, died this week. As of Thursday, two Santa Clara University students were still in the hospital in fair condition, and a third student was home and in good condition.

Friday, Santa Clara Public Health Department officials gave no update on the hospitalized students’ conditions. However, they did say of the three students, two of their meningococcal infections developed into meningitis and one turned into septicemia. All were infected with the Sero-Group B strain.

Not taking any chances, students at Santa Clara University lined up from the library to the Leavey Center for more than two hours today, trying to protect themselves from the potentially deadly strain of the disease.

“I mean, it was pretty terrifying at first, especially not knowing how it spread or anything,” sophomore Stephanie Eramo said.

Eramo says the lines are long, but better than the alternative: “It’s this or meningitis.”

By noon on Friday, university vaccinators had already given out 800 free shots for Men-B, a vaccine many current college students did not receive as kids. Thursday, they doled out about 1,500 vaccines.

With long lines expected again, some students came prepared with blankets, fried chicken and books.

“I did some homework in line,” Nikki Hess said.

“People were playing soccer in line. I saw someone playing hacky sack. Someone brought a dog,” freshman Emily Machado said, explaining students were in good spirits until it got closer to their turns. “The closer you got to the front, the more scared people were. Once you got inside, everyone was kind of anxious about it.”

Some students even skipped class to get the vaccine.

“Well, I didn’t want to not get a vaccine. And, I miss class occasionally so I figured it’d be okay,” sophomore Connor Holltum said.

Santa Clara University officials said any student who wants a vaccine will get one, regardless of whether they made the 6 o’clock deadline on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Substitute Teacher Fired for Allegedly Watching Porn in Class]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:41:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0205-2016-JohnMuirMiddleSchool.jpg

A substitute teacher has been fired amid allegations he was watching porn in a classroom at John Muir Middle School in San Jose.

It is unclear if any crime was committed, but San Jose Unified School District said it has zero tolerance for such activity.

"Absolutely we do not tolerate that type of behavior," Principal Jeanette Harding said.

Students told administrators on campus that they caught their substitute teacher watching porn in class this week. The district plans to petition the Santa Clara County Office of Education to bar that substitute from stepping into a classroom again. School officials also called police.

"Safety is our number one concern," Harding said. "Our expectations are 'SOAR.' And that stands for Safety, Organizations, Achievement and Respect."

Harding thanks the children who spoke out.

"We are very proud of our students who came forward and divulged this information," Harding said. "Like I said, safety is the number one concern and we respect them for what they did, and we appreciate that."

The district called parents on Friday to let them know of the alleged incident.

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<![CDATA[Super Bowl 50 Has San Jose Police Stretched Thin]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:55:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJPD-sb-badge.jpg

Super Bowl 50 is stretching law enforcement agencies to the limit, but not many are feeling the pinch as much as the understaffed San Jose Police department.

Right now, it's all hands on deck, and all hands are busy.

It was quite a scene Friday: San Jose police, headed by the department's Special Operations Division, escorted Carolina Panthers players, their friends and family from the downtown Marriott hotel to a Super Bowl party at the Fairmont. It's not a far walk, but a stressful one when you're in charge of getting the group there safely.

To cover all the security needed at the Panthers' hotel, as well as the other Super Bowl-related duties, which includes officers working undercover at the game, SJPD Chief Eddie Garcia says the department canceled all vacations or days off this week, and many specialized units, including detectives, are on the streets.

"They're working 12-hour shifts. Patrol is working 12-hour shifts," Garcia said. "To get this done is nothing short of incredible."

SJPD spokesman Albert Morales says 911 calls will remain the top priority.

"It's all hands on deck," Morales said, "so we definitely are going to be prepared."

Many local businesses plan to provide free meals to officers working around the clock. The downtown Erik's DeliCafe is preparing 1,200 sandwiches.

"We have officers that, you know, aren't working in the glitz and glamour of the Super Bowl," Garcia said. "We can't forget the men and women who are answering the call for service for the million-plus residents of this city who have nothing to do with the Super Bowl."

The extra security will deliver quite a blow to the city budget, with so many officers working overtime, but officials say they hope it will be offset by the extra revenue generated by Super Bowl visitors.

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<![CDATA[Armed Bank Robber Shot By Officers in SSF: Police]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:53:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Police+Siren+Generic+123.jpg

A man suspected of robbing a South San Francisco bank was hospitalized after being shot by police officers Friday morning.

At 10:12 a.m., police received a report of a robbery in progress happening at San Mateo Credit Union, located at 150 El Camino Real, according to police.

When officers arrived at the bank, they saw a man who matched a description of the suspect, fleeing to the back of the building.

The suspect, described as a man in his 40s, wearing a dark jacket and a black mask, pointed a handgun at the officers.

The officers commanded the suspect to drop the handgun. When the suspect didn't comply, out of fear for their safety, the officers shot him, police said.

Medical crews arrived and took the suspect to San Francisco General Hospital, where he underwent surgery, according to police.

No other injuries were reported during the incident.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call South San Francisco police at 650-77-8900.

<![CDATA[Twitter Locks Down 125,000 Accounts]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:04:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/twitterGettyImages-494325030.jpg

Twitter announced Friday it will shut down more than 125,000 accounts as part of an effort to crack down on extremist content.

In a news release, the company said it was committed to weeding out content that advocates for terrorism and violence. It said there is no "magic algorithm" for targeting such content, but it will continue to "engage with authorities and other relevant organizations to find solutions to this critical issue."

Since late last year, Twitter has been using "proprietary spam fighting tools" in order to identify accounts that violate their terms of service policy. It also has assigned a dedicated team to examine the accounts. 

The moves come as the White House has been putting more pressure on social media companies to proactively identify potentially dangerous accounts and content.

The Obama administration has sent high-level personnel including F.B.I Director James Comey to California to discuss how the tech giants and government can work together more effectively. 

Twitter said the nature of its product, which it called "an open forum for expression," makes it vulnerable to becoming a communications tool for social media savvy terrorist organizations like ISIS, as NBC News reported. 

Last month, a woman whose husband was killed in Jordan in a terrorist attack sued Twitter in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The suit claimed Twitter was partially responsible because the ISIS attack was coordinated via the social media platform.

The suit is not expected to get far, as Twitter is protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, but it does raise questions about the level of responsibility that social media companies should have regarding the content on their platforms.

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<![CDATA[Fact-Checking Sanders' and Clinton’s Claims About Wall Street and Campaign Finance]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:08:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sanders-clinton-galeria.jpg

Wall Street and campaign finance dominated the debate Thursday night, as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton faced off in the first Democratic showdown of the new year.

Both candidates took jabs at the other, but were those strikes fair or below the belt?

Sanders, the senator from Vermont, delivered the first blow, criticizing Clinton’s campaign funds.

“What being part of the establishment is, is in the last quarter, having a superPAC that raised $15 million from Wall Street,” Sanders told the crowd.

Sanders is only partly right. First, political action committees, or PACs, actually file reports every six months, not every quarter. Clinton’s largest PAC, Priorities USA Action, received $25 million in the second half of 2015. A certain percentage of that money does come from Wall Street, but even Sanders couldn’t accurately say exactly how much, since the funds also include money from retirees, spouses and other PACs.

A Washington Post analysis of Federal Election Committee filings showed that “through the end of December, donors at hedge funds, banks, insurance companies and other financial services firms had given at least $21.4 million to support Clinton’s 2016 presidential run…”

Clinton, meantime, fired back about Sanders’ voting record when it comes to Wall Street.

“You’re the one who voted to deregulate swaps and derivatives in 2000, which contributed to the over-leveraging of Lehman Brothers, which was one of the culprits that brought down the economy,” she said.

That’s true. Sanders did vote yes on the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, which prevented the regulation of credit default swaps, the financial tool that helped catapult the economy into recession.

Sanders continued his blows to the banks.

“I would tell you also that when you have three out of the four largest banks in America today, bigger than they were — significantly bigger than when we bailed them out because they were too big to fail,” he said.

That’s true. If you just look at bank assets. JP-Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo have grown by trillions. Citigroup’s assets have declined in that time.

But the risk to taxpayers is now much lower than it was in 2008 thanks to the passage of Dodd-Frank. Banks now have to keep higher reserves and they cannot invest in risky ventures, like hedge funds.

Plus, the Federal Reserve conducted a stress test last year and found the top 31 banks, not just the biggest three or four, could withstand a 2008-level recession without needing a bailout.

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<![CDATA[Tom Ridge: More Cooperation Needed for Super Bowl Security]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 23:38:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SECURITY-DUDE_unit.jpg

There still isn’t enough cooperation between federal, local and state law enforcement agencies in advance of Super Bowl 50, former secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge told NBC Bay Area.

In a far ranging interview at Ridge Global, his private security consulting office in Washington, D.C., Ridge said he’d like to see federal agencies leaning more heavily on local police departments to be the eyes and ears on the ground in situations such as the mass shooting attack on a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino last December.

“We have great people working in the FBI, we have great people working in counter-terrorism,” Ridge said. “We’ll never have enough unless we take advantage of the professionals in the state and local communities. I think that’s very important.”

Tom Ridge is  founder and Chairman of Ridge Global, a private security consulting firm dedicated to decreasing risks, particularly in the cyber world, based in Washington D.C. 

Ridge said the scourge of global terrorism remains a serious threat that the United States will be dealing with for the foreseeable future. He cautioned against losing sight of that.

“Unfortunately in a 9/11 world, it’s all about managing risk to the extent that you possibly can,” Ridge said. “So you can never be so confident, so self-assured that nothing’s going to happen.”

Although federal law enforcement officials continue to say there’s no credible or specific threat targeting Super Bowl 50 or any of its related events, several sources tell NBC Bay Area senior investigative reporter Stephen Stock that last year’s Super Bowl in the Phoenix area might have been a potential target for three men who expressed a desire to fight alongside ISIS.

Federal prosecutors allege Phoenix man Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem inquired about explosives that could be used to blow up the stadium where the game was played last year.

Two of Kareem’s alleged associates, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, later traveled to Texas where they were shot and killed by police after opening fire on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in the city of Garland. According to court documents, the trio had practiced shooting targets in the desert outside of Phoenix just before last year’s Super Bowl.

Further, three different law enforcement sources tell NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit that at least one person on the terrorist watch list was seen inside the perimeter of one security zone by law enforcement at last year’s game. Sources say because that person was not breaking any laws he could not be detained or arrested.

This year, those same sources say all eyes will be on the lookout for similar people at or around Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara and at events in San Francisco and San Jose.

According to a threat assessment report created by the FBI, DHS and the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC) which was obtained by NBC Bay Area, federal agents remain concerned about terrorists’ sustained interest in targeting events with big crowds.

In fact, according to the unclassified assessment, homeland security experts believe that the bigger security risk won’t be inside at the major events including the game itself, but in the crowds outside those events. 

Mike Sena is the director of the NCRIC, the intelligence agency responsible for facilitating communication between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. His agency also receives and analyzes suspicious activity reports from local law enforcement and the general public, searching for credible threats of terrorism before an attack occurs.

Sena said lone wolf attackers or people self-radicalized on the internet pose unique challenges for counter-terrorism officials.

“Back when we were dealing with Al Qaeda, we would see plans that they’re thinking on the decade level,” Sena said. “The folks that we’re seeing now are thinking on the minute level. They are ready to roll on a short period of time and often times, the first indicator that someone is going to do something bad is they tell someone.”

Former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge agreed with that assessment.

That’s why both Ridge and Sena say it’s crucial for citizens to report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or file a suspicious activity report on the NCRIC’s website. Sena’s team of specially trained experts sifts through a constant stream of reports, separating credible threats from bogus ones.

The data analysis system used by their intelligence officers was actually designed by an agent based in the Bay Area, who spoke to NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit on the condition his identity and the exact agency he works for not be disclosed. The cutting edge big data analysis system he developed is now being used at intelligence centers across the country.

Sena said the work they do using this analysis system is invaluable for agents in the field, saving those agents wasted time and effort and allowing them to focus on real threats and take action when needed.

“An FBI squad which may or may not have analytical support would have to run down every one of those leads on their own,” Sena said. “And now we have a database that we can go through, that we can triage this information for them, rather than them having to go on almost 800 leads in a year.”

That’s about how many suspicious activity reports came into the NCRIC last year. Out of those tips, Sena’s team found 17 percent of those were connected to routine criminal activity and only 1 percent found to be credible terrorist threats, prompting the FBI to take action.

Intelligence officers at the NCRIC have worked hand in hand with local law enforcement in preparation for Super Bowl 50, but they’ve also trained non-law enforcement personnel, such as people working around critical infrastructure, giving them thousands of extra eyes and ears around the region.

“We’ve created a community of over 16,000 members throughout our region that on a weekly basis we communicate with,” Sena said.

Sena said the goal of creating that network was not creating a police state, but getting troubled people the help they need before they do something violent.

“It isn’t always about trying to arrest people,” Sena said. “It’s about trying to get people the help they need before they turn violent. And that’s kind of our goal. We’re in the world of prevention. I don’t want to be in the world of arresting everybody because you can’t arrest everybody.”

The NCRIC makes it easy for anyone to report suspicious activity. The intelligence center lists activities and behaviors that are potential indicators of criminal or terrorist activity on their website, where anyone can also submit a suspicious activity report.

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<![CDATA[Saint John Coltrane Church in Danger of Losing Home]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:34:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/187*120/johncoltrane.jpg

The lease is up on Saint John Coltrane Church in San Francisco, and parishioners hope that they'll be able to stay on Fillmore Street.

A petition hopes to communicate to their landlords inside the West Bay Conference Center, who want to double the rent, that they should keep the community subsidized rental rates in place so it can stay.

Archbishop Franzo King and Reverend Mother Marina King founded the church in 1971, originally called the Yardbird Temple, after seeing the late jazz saxophonist Coltrane in concert in 1965. The name was changed in 1982 when they joined the African Orthodox Church.

The church views the post-1957 Coltrane, who had then emerged from drug addiction and set on a spiritual path, as a Sound Baptist who was able to unite with God through music.

Sunday mass, which is preceded by a weekly meditation set to Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" album, is open to the public, and the church also does food and clothing giveaways by appointment.

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<![CDATA[Fine Art Museum Transforms for Super Bowl]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:42:22 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0205-2016-exhibit.jpg

A Santa Clara art museum known for showcasing fine art — is now stuffed to the gills with all things football -- just in time for the Super Bowl.

The Triton Museum of Art is hosting the NFL’s exhibit Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Instead of the museum’s usual paintings, drawings and sculptures — the galleries are now filled with leather helmets, shoulder pads and player jerseys from throughout NFL history.

“It starts with the early history of the game,” said Triton executive director Jill Meyers. “Some of the great players, great teams.”

Meyers normally tackles topics of Picasso and Monet — but for the football exhibit she’s had to acquaint herself with the works of Lombardi and Manning. She breezed through the exhibits where visitors were throwing footballs at a target and some donned football helmets to listen to recorded communications between coaches and quarterbacks. In other words, not your typical art museum activities.

“We had to do a little studying,” Meyers laughed. “Our focus is on art but fortunately we’re quick learners.”

The crash course in football including learning about artifacts from the early days of football; the first official player contract for $500; noggin rattling leather helmets possibly cut from the same pig as the footballs — jerseys from everyone from Tony Dorsett to Steve Young. In one gallery an Oakland Raider player locker sat just a locker away from the 49ers, which seemed a bit tidier than most lockers not located in an art museum.

Another exhibit focused on the breaking of racial barriers in the NFL which paved the way for the first African-American players. It included a jersey of Doug Williams - the first African American quarterback to start an NFL game.

In the main showcase room, triumphant music bellowed over a video loop of Super Bowl Highlights — with player jerseys and artifacts centered around an authentic replica of the Lombardi Trophy.

“Kind of feel proud of the fact that they’re going to play football here in Santa Clara for the Super Bowl,” said Santa Clara native Joe Cachopo. Next to him fellow native Mal Roman glanced around the museum which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

“This is an art museum here?” Roman asked with surprise. “Right here in this building?”

Meyers said the Super Bowl exhibit seemed to draw a lot of new visitors who might’ve more intimidated by art than the apparel of athletes who are paid to pummel one another.

“We usually have about 50 people come through on a weekday,” Meyers said. “And we’ve seen 500 people come through on a week day.”

Unlike the rest of the Super Bowl hoopla which will clear out as soon as the game’s over, the NFL exhibit will remain up in the Triton until April 3rd — long after Super Bowl 50 is inked into the books.

Inside a room of interactive exhibits Greg Comick practiced his four-step drop before firing a football at a target ala Manning in his prime. He pointed across the room to an instant replay machine where visitors could actually get under the hood like a real NFL ref. Nearby a field goal kicking simulator allowed people to see how close they could actually get to the uprights.

“That’s good stuff,” Comick said heaving another pass through the gallery. “This is art too.”

Photo Credit: Joe Rosato Jr./NBC Bay Area
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<![CDATA[OneRepublic's Twitter Feed Is Like An Ode to SF]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:49:44 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/one2.jpg

Pop rock band OneRepublic's Twitter is like an advert for San Francisco right now — Progress, Sightglass, Four Barrell and of course, the Painted Ladies.

They are gushing about the "legit" coffee, the "crazy good dinner," the "flawless" skyline, you know pretty much everything San Francisco has to offer out of towners.

The band — who hail from Colorado — is so in love with San Francisco, they are making their fans in other cities jealous. One of them tweeted: "It's so rude when you don't notice Brazilians fans? why you do that?"

One Republic plays tonight at the City Stage in Super Bowl City. And it's free.

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<![CDATA[Woman Struck by Bat in Parking Lot Dies: Police]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:28:15 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/William-David-King.jpg

A 63-year woman who was struck in the head with a baseball bat in a shopping parking lot has died from her injuries, Fairfield police said Friday, and now, detectives are working to seek to file homicide charges in what they're calling a brazen case.

Cheryl Ann Sherwood of Suisun City was hit from behind with the bat on Wednesday while walking to her car at Solano Town Center, as a young man snatched her purse, police said. She died at 6 a.m. Friday and became Fairfield’s first homicide of 2016.

Sherwood worked as an oncology nurse at Kaiser's clinic in Walnut Creek, according to her stepson, Randy Sherwood.

"It's been an absolute gut-wrenching, heart-wrenching situation," he said. "She's an amazing individual, and I'm going to miss her very much."

Fairfield police detectives learned from nearby Vallejo police that they had arrested William David King, 19, of Vallejo during a traffic stop for a "violent crime" that had occurred on Tuesday. Sherwood's purse was found during this stop, police said.

The "violent attack" was was reported at a Wells Fargo bank Tuesday morning when a suspect struck a 37-year-old woman with a hammer as she was walking back to her car, the Vallejo Times Herald reported.

King was initially booked Wednesday on robbery, attempted murder and mayhem charges. Detectives are working with the Solano County District Attorney’s Office to upgrade King’s charges to homicide.

"This was a bold, brazen and random crime of opportunity," Fairfield police Lt. Rob Lenke said in a statement, adding the department's "thoughts and prayers" are with Sherwood's family.

Police added they will increasing patrols of the area in and around the Solano Town Center in an effort to deter criminal activity.

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<![CDATA[SB50 Helps Push BART Ridership to Top 5]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:28:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart-riders-generic.jpg

Nearly half a million people rode on the Bay Area Rapid Transit train on Thursday, with many of those passengers likely making a stop in Super Bowl City in San Francisco.

BART spokesman Jim Allison said BART carried 486,596 passengers on Thursday eclipsing a ridership total set in August 2013 during the Bay Bridge closure for the number five spot on BART's highest ridership days.

Only the four recent sports victory parades stand higher on BART's Top Ten list.

The No. 1 spot goes to the Giants World Series Victory Parade, which fell on Halloween in 2012 with about 568,000 riders.

Spot No. 2 goes to the Warriors Championship Parade and Rally, which was held on the same day the Oakland A’s played the Los Angeles A’s on June 19, 2015.

And ridership days No. 3 and 4 both go to the Giants World Series Victory parades in 2010 and 2014, respectively. Ridership for the latter three spots were all above 500,000 riders.

The average BART weekly ridership over the last seven months has been 431,332.

BART is also offering some tips for those heading to the Super Bowl City or the NFL Experience in San Francisco.

•  Use Montgomery Street Station as an alternative to the Embarcadero Station.
•  Buy a round trip ticket or make sure your Clipper Card has enough money before beginning your BART trip.
•  Use a bus connection, bicycle, walk or have someone drop you off at BART instead of hunting for a parking spot.
•  Check the BART QuickPlanner and the All Nighter bus schedule if you are out late at night.

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<![CDATA[Marshawn Lynch Opens 'Beast Mode' Store in Oakland]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:14:10 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/marshawn-lynch-media-day.jpg

Marshawn Lynch wants to outfit the Bay Area in "Beast Mode."

That's the name of the Seattle Seahawks star and Oakland native's clothing company, which grand opens Friday at 811 Broadway Street.

The Chronicle reports Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is expected to attend an opening party at noon and has declared Friday "Beast Mode Day" in the city.

According to the Beast Mode website, the store will enter all customers who purchase at least $100 today into a chance to win a pair of tickets to Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.

As for whether he'll return to the field himself next year, Lynch cheekily deflected the question from TMZ Sports on Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Concern Spreads About Meningitis in the Bay Area]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:33:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mengitis-GettyImages-166665957.jpg

A Bay Area university professor has died from meningitis, health officials announced Thursday, the same day a third student at a different area university was diagnosed with meningococcal disease.

A professor at Argosy University in Alameda died from meningitis recently, according to the Alameda County Public Health Department. However, spokeswoman Sherri Willis said there's no indication that the professor's death is linked to a recent cluster of three Santa Clara University students who have been diagnosed with meningococcal infections.

A third Santa Clara student was diagnosed with meningococcal disease, a serious and sometimes deadly infection, the Santa Clara County Health Department announced Thursday.

All three students have been infected with the serogroup B strain of the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis, according to health department spokeswoman Allison Thrash.

Willis said the health department notified Argosy on Jan. 25 that the professor had died from meningitis. She said the situation at Argosy is different than the situation at Santa Clara University, where the school has offered antibiotics and vaccines for the rest of the campus community.

Willis said Argosy only has "a tiny campus," no other cases have been linked to the professor who died and only a small number of students and staff had contact with the professor. Those people were identified and given medication as a precautionary measure but there isn't a need to offer antibiotics and vaccines to everyone at the campus, she said.

The strain of meningitis that the professor had is "completely different" than the strain of meningitis that the Santa Clara University students have, Willis said.

Argosy University officials didn't release any information about the professor.

The two Santa Clara University students remained hospitalized Thursday morning and are listed in fair condition, officials said. A third student was discharged in good condition.

All three students fell ill Jan. 31, but only two cases were reported Wednesday. Health officials said one of the students suffered meningococcal meningitis, an infection of the brain and spine, while the other had developed meningococcemia, an infection of the bloodstream. Information about the third student wasn't immediately available.

Because serogroup B vaccines were only approved by the FDA in 2014 and 2015, most people are not vaccinated against this particular strain, authorities said Wednesday. Santa Clara University has set up free vaccination clinics for students.

Over 200 students had received preventative antiobiotics as of Thursday morning, according to Thrash, who is urging the rest of the campus community to follow suit. More students lined up Thursday afternoon for a vaccination clinic event at Santa Clara University. Another is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday on the Concourse Level of Leavey Center.

Meningococcal meningitis, a bacteria most common in Africa, is carried in the throat and back of the nose. It's transmitted by saliva and mucus during "prolonged close contact," often by kissing, sneezing, coughing and sharing eating utensils, according to the World Health Organization.

Even when meningococcal meningitis is diagnosed and treated early, 5 to 10 percent of patients die, typically within one to two days after the onset of symptoms, according to the WHO. Left untreated, about half of patients die.

Symptoms include fever, headache and a stiff neck. Patients may also experience nausea, vomiting, confusion and sensitivity to light, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms typically develop within three to seven days of infection.

According to the National Meningitis Association, serogroup B accounts for about a third of U.S. cases of meningococcal disease. Four college campuses have suffered outbreaks between March 2013 and June 2015, including the University of Oregon, Providence College, Princeton University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Two of the outbreaks were fatal, and one resulted in a student having both feet amputated, according to the NMA. Other infected students suffered neurological problems.

The health department will be issuing daily updates online.

Ari Mason and Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Local Artist's New Shirt Eulogizes a Changing SF]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:18:23 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/IMissSFTShirt.jpg

Artist Joshua Bruner's new "I Miss SF" t-shirt for San Francisco's True Clothing offers up a wearable tribute to a changing San Francisco.

Bruner's design eulogizes SF institutions big and small that have shuttered over the past decades, including Candlestick Park, Doggy Diner, Playland at the Beach and The Coronet Theater.

The bottom of the design says, "if you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."

Bruner wrote that the shirt is a statement on how gentrification has gone hand in hand with the displacement of scores of multicultural businesses, venues and collectives that have shuttered in San Francisco over the past decades. 

"There is no balance here anymore, and it makes me miss San Francisco," Bruner said on the True blog.

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<![CDATA[TIMELAPSE: Demolition of Candlestick Park Complete]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:24:11 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CANDLESTICK+GIF_18147279.gif

As the San Francisco 49ers’ new home, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, gets ready to host Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, the development company building a new mixed-used complex released time-lapse video of Candlestick Park being torn apart.

The video, provided on Thursday to NBC Bay Area by Lennar Urban and shot by OxBlue, shows about two minutes of the ‘Stick being taken down, seat by seat, and 19 seconds of what the future site should look like, including sweeping views of the San Francisco bay.

The eight-month demolition of Candlestick Park was finished in September to make way for a new urban mixed-use project at Candlestick Point in the southeast corner of San Francisco. More than 95 percent of the materials used to build Candlestick were recycled by the demolition firm, Silverado Contractors, according to Lennar Urban spokesman Dave Satterfield. The entire project should take 20 years and $8 billion to complete, thought the retail mall portion is expected to open in 2018, Satterfield said.

The complex, being built by Macerich Corp., will include an Africa diaspora-themed shopping marketplace, a hotel, movie theaters and 12,000 new homes at the site and nearby at the former naval shipyard of Hunter’s Point.

The 49ers left Candlestick Park after the 2013 season for a new $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara. The Super Bowl will be played there on Sunday between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.

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<![CDATA[Super Bowl Parties Touchdown in Bay Area]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 23:28:40 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0204-2016-LegendsforCharity.jpg Super Bowl parties with sports stars and celebrities are popping around every corner in the Bay Area. Jean Elle reports.

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<![CDATA[Beer Trucks vs. Streets of San Francisco, Who Wins?]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:37:05 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/204*120/020516-bud-light-truck.jpg

So apparently, this is a thing. Beer trucks getting stuck on the streets of San Francisco.

Not one, not two, but three sightings so far of beer trucks fighting the perils of the city’s notoriously winding streets. Coors Light, Miller Lite and Bud Light trucks have all been spotted struggling to navigate these steep inclines.

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Kurt Varner snapped these photos of a Bud Light truck at the intersection of Jones and California streets on Feb. 3.

Of course, with the Super Bowl in town (well, technically 50 miles away in Santa Clara, but we won’t get into that), beer demand is higher than normal this week. So if you’re worried about getting your beer fix, we suggest sticking to craft beer.

If you spot one of these beer trucks, be sure to let us know. Tweet us @NBCBayArea.

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Photo Credit: Kurt Varner (Twitter @KurtVarner)
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<![CDATA[50 Cent Will Sign Vodka Bottles at San Francisco BevMo]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:39:48 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/166*120/50cent4.jpg

Rapper 50 Cent will appear at a San Francisco store on Saturday to sign bottles of his personal line of vodka.

The musician/actor born Curtis Jackson is scheduled to autograph bottles of his Effen Vodka from 5-7 p.m. at BevMo, 1301 Van Ness Avenue.

According to the BevMo website, Jackson may or may not decide to sign other items at his discretion.

50 Cent, of course, is in the Bay Area this weekend to celebrate Super Bowl 50. He will appear with Chris Brown, R&B star Ty Dolla $ign and producer DJ Mustard earlier at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Fox Theater in Oakland; tickets are $49.50.

He and Brown will also host a Super Bowl pre-party from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at San Francisco nightclub Origin on Feb. 6; tickets range from $89 to $8,000 for a full VIP experience for you and your entourage.

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<![CDATA[St. Francis High Football Team to Emulate NFL Stars for Super Bowl Crews]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 23:34:27 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0204-2016-StFrancis.jpg

The Saint Francis High School football team just completed an amazing season, but the bonus game players will enjoy Friday is one they’ll never forget.

Broadcast crews at Levi's Stadium have invited the Mountain View athletes to the field. Crews need practice for Super Bowl Sunday and will have the team run plays like the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

"There's been a joke going around school that there are three teams left playing football," said Nick Gairaud, a senior who lines up as center for the Saint Francis Lancers. "The Panthers, the Broncos and the Saint Francis Lancers."

The simulated game will run about four hours.

Lancers Head Coach Greg Calcagno said the team will help broadcast crews set up sight lines and replay booths.

"We got to step out of bounds, just barely, and keep running,” Calcagno said. "Make sure [the broadcast crews] got it."

Quarterbacks plan to emulate Peyton Manning of the Broncos and Cam Newton of the Panthers.

"A great group of kids together one final time," Calcagno said. "And they get to enjoy all their hard work and play on a big stage for fun."

For many of the Lancers players, helping prepare the stage for the National Football League's biggest game will be their last time taking the field.

"It's the dream," Gairaud said.

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<![CDATA[Reward in Unsolved San Leandro Murder Doubled to $50K]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 23:41:09 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0204-2016-JoelRamirez.jpg

The San Leandro City Council has voted unanimously to increase the reward to $50,000 for information about the unsolved homicide of Joel Ramirez, who was fatally shot in 2014 just three days after his 21st birthday.

Police said Ramirez was fatally shot in his driveway in the 400 block of Kenilworth Avenue on the morning of Dec. 14, 2014, after returning home from his girlfriend's house.

Police said he may have been the victim of mistaken identity.

"He was such a loving kid," said Delia Aceves, Ramirez's aunt. "Hard not to miss him."

Delia said the unsolved homicide has been very difficult for her family, who is looking for closure and justice.

"We want to make sure the person responsible for this gets put behind bars," Aceves said.

The City Council approved a $25,000 reward for information in the case last February and voted to double that amount to $50,000 on Monday.

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter said in a statement, "Our community was deeply saddened when the life of Joel Ramirez was taken so abruptly. I can assure the public that our Police Department is using all of its available resources to find the person who did this."

She said, "Our City Council hopes this unprecedented reward will assist in the ongoing efforts to bring Joel's killer to justice."

Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli said, "Joel was a member of our community, with aspirations of becoming a police officer - someone who you would want as a next door neighbor."

"I hope that the increased reward will produce leads for us that will assist in solving this tragic case," Spagnoli said.

Police said Ramirez was born and raised in San Leandro, graduated from San Leandro High School in 2012 and was attending Chabot College in Hayward and working at the El Torito Restaurant at the San Leandro Marina at the time he was killed.

Ramirez's neighbors have established a scholarship in his honor that will be awarded to a San Leandro High School senior. More information is available on the San Leandro Scholarship Foundation's website at www.slsf.us.

Anyone with information about his death has been asked to call the San Leandro police Criminal Investigations Division at 510-577-3230.

NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[50 Fund Game Changers: Fresh Lifelines For Youth]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:14:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fresh+lifelines+for+youth+2.jpg 50 Fund, the charitable arms of Super Bowl 50, has awarded Game Changer grants of $500,000 to five Bay Area non profits who work to change the lives of young people.]]> <![CDATA[Psychologist Calls Shkreli’s Behavior 'Breathtaking']]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:58:05 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shkreli.jpg

More controversy over former drug CEO Martin Shkreli as he testified in front of a Congressional committee today – or didn’t, rather. Instead, he refused to answer a single question under oath, pleading the Fifth Amendment.

The former CEO of Kalobios, based in San Francisco, is facing unrelated federal charges for alleged security crimes. He’s also taken a lot of heat for his time as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, when he hiked the price of life-saving HIV drug Daraprim by 5,000 percent.

“Do you think you’ve done anything wrong?” Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) asked Shkreli. To that, Shkreli pleaded the Fifth Amendment again.

However, the 32-year-old so-called ‘bad boy of pharma’ expressed himself in other ways such as rolling his eyes, smirking, playing with his pencil and ignoring members of Congress.

Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) said he was “vexed.” After irritated members excused him, Shkreli took to Twitter: “Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government.”

“For him to tweet that for the world to see – wow – that seems to suggest, you know the rules don’t apply to me,” Thomas Plante, Santa Clara University professor of psychology, said after watching the hearing today.

“I was having this image of a middle school teacher scolding a young student for acting like a jerk in class,” Plante said, explaining it is diagnose from afar but says Shkreli may have personality issues.

“When you see egotistical behavior or narcissistic behavior sort of on steroids, it can be absolutely breathtaking,” Plante said, explaining this type of behavior he is displaying is a growing trend in society.

“Unfortunately we live in a time and a place where it’s all about ‘me’ and not about ‘we,’ Plante said, explaining Shkreli’s attitudes may have been reinforced each time he climbed in his career and his behavior is unlikely to change since he is over 30.

“It’s probably pretty late in the game to expect personality change, but people do sort of have what we call ‘Come to Jesus moment’ where they say, ‘oh my goodness what have I done?’” Plante said.

Shkreli also appeared in federal court yesterday for securities fraud allegations. His next court date for those charges is in May.

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<![CDATA[$13.5M Offered to Turn East Bay Medical Center Into Hotel]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:54:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0204-2016-SanPabloMedCtr.jpg

An East Bay medical center shuttered last year could soon reopen its doors to a different set of guests: hotel-goers.

Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo has been sitting empty and idle for the past 10 months, but investors may breathe new life into the former hospital. A hotel operator has made an offer to buy the property.

West Contra Costa Healthcare District Board Chairman Eric Zell said Royal Guest Hotels has offered $13.5 million for the property -- an offer the debt-ridden district cannot refuse.

"We had a preference to sell it to some kind of health care center, but no health care option was put before us," Zell said.

Officials said the deal has not been finalized and can take four months before the sale is complete.

If the sale passes, it would take quite some time to remodel the property and reopen it to new guests.

Royal Guest Hotels have also done projects in the Davis and Sacramento area, Zell said.

San Pablo Mayor Rich Kinney said a hotel would be a good fit for the city.

"We all know hotels brings jobs and there's always a lack of hotels in our area," Kinney said.

But West Contra Costa County residents are not so sure about the plan.

Resident Rebecca Collins-Puerto thinks the developer is hoping to cash in on the San Pablo Casino crowds, but said the idea of a hospital turned hotel does not seem hospitable at all.

"No, my mind would be thinking about who died in the room I'm in," Collins-Puerto said. "I'd be looking for spirits and ghosts."

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<![CDATA[Intoxicated Coyotes Aren't on 'Magic Mushrooms']]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:42:10 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/coyote21.jpg

Reports of dazed coyotes who may have ingested "magic mushrooms" prior to bizarre encounters with humans may be at least a little off-base.

The Pacific Sun reported that coyotes in West Marin who have recently starred in bizarre confrontations with humans in cars may have eaten fly agaric mushrooms, which contain a psychoactive substance called muscimol.

The story went around the world, fueling tabloid headlines like "Coyotes are allegedly getting high on magic mushrooms" and "Coyotes tripping on magic mushrooms?"

While the fly agaric mushrooms have hallucinogenic properties, they aren't part of the group of fungi that commonly referred to as "magic mushrooms," which is slang for a popular recreational drug for humans. Magic mushrooms typically refer to mushrooms that contain a hallucinogenic substance called psylocybin.

Both can reportedly be found growing wild in the North Bay through the spring.

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<![CDATA[River Otter Predicts Super Bowl Winner]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:58:49 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0204-2016-Otter.jpg A San Francisco River otter apparently knows who is going to win Sunday's Super Bowl.

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