<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usWed, 16 Aug 2017 13:11:49 -0700Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:11:49 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Investigate Second I-880 Shooting in Two Days]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:25:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/8-15-17_Hayward_880_Shooting.jpg

For the second time in as many days, authorities are investigating a freeway shooting in the East Bay.

The most recent shooting occurred around 10:10 p.m. on Tuesday along Interstate 880 just south of Highway 92, just about four miles from an early Monday shooting that left a man critically injured, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Witnesses to the Hayward shooting told officials that they saw a "person hanging out of a car window shooting at another vehicle," according to CHP Sgt. Ted Montez.

Two teenagers were riding in the car that was fired upon, according to Montez. The passenger in that vehicle suffered minor injuries after being cut by broken glass.

The suspect or suspects have yet to be located at this time.

Officers shut down northbound 880 temporarily to collect evidence, Montez said.

It is not clear what prompted the shooting.

Further information was not available. 

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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know About the Solar Eclipse ]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:07:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Solar+Eclipse+Asia.jpg

On August 21 a solar eclipse will be visible in the United States. The last time this happened was almost 40 years ago, leaving astronomy fanatics in a frenzy of excitement. While many have already made preparations for the event, here are some facts about the upcoming eclipse.

What is a solar eclipse?

According to NASA, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves in front of the sun, creating a barrier between earth and the sun. The eclipse this year will last no more than three minutes in its totality. Along with being able to see the sun completely covered, viewers will be exposed to a partial eclipse as well. This will display the moon’s movements as it blocks out the sun. 

Where can the solar eclipse be seen?

The total eclipse in America will be visible in 14 different states, according to NASA. Although California is omitted from this list (The last occurrence in California was 128 years ago!), those wanting to experience it can venture up to Oregon. Other states where the complete solar eclipse can be seen are Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska and Montana. The last location to be passed through is South Carolina.

People who reach some of the gatherings will need special glasses to view the solar eclipse. Only when the moon is completely covering the sun can spectators remove their glasses.

Can’t make it to the eclipse?

If unable to make the trek to other neighboring states for the eclipse, areas within the Bay will be hosting parties to celebrate. The Exploratorium in San Francisco will be broadcasting the total solar eclipse live and inviting guests to view the partial eclipse from their plaza.

The California Academy of Sciences will also be holding a similar event. Staff and volunteers will be answering any questions visitors may have about the phenomenon, guiding them to a viewing area.

In San Jose, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo will be handing out special viewing glasses for attendees who stop by. While there, spectators can watch the partial eclipse as well as enjoy the park's usual amenities. 

If looking to stay home and throw your own party, NASA will be live streaming the event from locations across the country as well.

Along with the eclipse, another astronomical phenomenon is occurring August 11-13. The Perseid meteor shower will flash around 150 meteors an hour across the continent. Unlike the well-known solar event, the meteor shower will not require spectators to travel far. Rather, to see the show viewers will want to abandon the light polluted cities and take refuge among the trees.

If looking to grab memorabilia of the event, the US Postal Service has released a stamp set of the total solar eclipse. The exclusive sheet holds 16 individual stamps that reveal the moon when a finger is placed on the image of the eclipse, heating up the stamp. The orginial photograph will reappear once the stamp has cooled. The reverse side holds the path of the eclipse across the United States. 

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<![CDATA[Protests at Google Offices Over Engineer's Firing Canceled]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:24:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GOOGLE_AP_832426237202.jpg

Protests planned at Google offices around the country over the firing of an employee who questioned company diversity efforts have been postponed.

A statement on the “March on Google” website says Saturday’s protests were being canceled because of threats from what it called “Alt Left terrorist groups.”

Protest organizers didn’t respond to requests for information about the alleged threats or which authorities were notified about them.

The planned events in Pittsburgh and eight other locations were in reaction to Google’s firing of a software engineer who argued that biological differences helped explain why women are underrepresented at the company.

The protest group is accusing news organizations of falsely characterizing the protests as “organized by Nazi sympathizers” despite what it describes as its “clear and straightforward statements denouncing bigotry and hatred.”

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<![CDATA[Housing Decision on Brisbane Baylands Delayed Until 2018]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:58:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Thumbnail_Baylands.jpg

Following a postponed vote on a housing project at the Brisbane Baylands, the Brisbane City Council has canceled its meeting Thursday and expects a ballot measure related to the plan to be ready by June or November of 2018.

Deliberations had been set to come to a close this month ahead of a ballot measure in November. However, Brisbane Mayor Lori Liu stated that the council would postpone its vote in order to review statewide housing legislation that may impact the city' use of the Baylands site.

The San Francisco Housing Coalition, a strong proponent of the housing proposal, has said it has no knowledge of proposed state legislation that would impact the Baylands project.

The vote was initially delayed for an eight-month review period between October and May of 2016, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, during which time proponents and critics of the project packed a series of public hearings set to discuss the proposal. The vote was further delayed to conduct additional environmental and fiscal impact reports to determine the safety of building on a former landfill.

The extended review process is, in part, due to disagreement over the number of housing units the city will approve on its Baylands site.

Developer Universal Paragon Corp. has proposed converting the 684-acre former rail yard and sanitary landfill into seven million square feet of office space and 4,500 home units, while a community proposed plan suggests adding hotel units in place of housing.

Residents argue that the developer's plan, which would nearly triple the population, will change the fabric of their small-town community for good. However, California state lawmakers and local job makers argue that bringing nearly 16,000 new jobs to the area without housing units would further deepen the region's housing crisis.

"As with most public policy issues, it is more complicated than a simple yes or no ballot measure," Brisbane City Manager Clayton Holstine told NBC Bay Area. "The council not only needs to review and make a determination on the applicant's proposal but also needs to deliberate on general plan land use and policy designations and issues."

To learn more about the proposed redevelopment, click here.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Braces for Protests in Wake of Virginia Violence]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:38:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/white-nationalist-clash.jpg

As tensions continue to mount in response to the while nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, cities in the Bay Area are gearing up to handle rallies believed to be planned by the same groups involved in last weekend's violent events.

One of those scheduled rallies is slated to take place on Aug. 27 in Berkeley, but Mayor Jesse Arreguin wrote in a blog post that, "This rally, and its hateful rhetoric, is not welcome in Berkeley."

"I think residents understand the extremely difficult position Berkeley finds itself in, made even more so by dealing with an amorphous group with no specific organizers," a statement on the blog read. "I want to reiterate that we will not allow our community to be terrorized by a small band of white supremacists whose ideology of hate is a losing one. Berkeley is proud of its multiculturalism and diversity, and we will continue to stand united against those who want to divide us.”

The group "No to Marxism in America" is believed to be spearheading the event, which is slated to take place at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park beginning at 1 p.m., according to a Facebook event page. As of Wednesday morning, at least 270 people indicated on Facebook that they will be attending the event.

NBC Bay Area is attempting to contact the organizer of the event.

Arreguin on Wednesday noted that the rally is still not permitted. Even if it were to receive a permit, the mayor said he would continue to denounce the idea of such an event taking place in the East Bay city.

"Honestly, if they sought a permit, I would say that permit should be denied because we know they're not here for free speech," Arreguin told NBC Bay Area. "They're here for violent provocation. You don't come dressed like a soldier with helmets and shields and weapons if you're here for free speech."

One day before the Berkeley event, organizers of a right-wing rally are expected to gather at San Francisco's Crissy Field. That event has also generated strong messages from area politicians.

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<![CDATA[Cal Students Form Largest-Ever Human Letter: Guinness]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:55:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/8-15-17_Big_C_Berkeley.jpg

The newest class at the University of California, Berkeley has already made a massive impression as the new school year kicks off.

A grand total of 7,196 incoming students clad in dark blue on Tuesday gathered at the university's Memorial Stadium to form a massive "C" on the turf, earning a world record for the largest human letter ever formed, according to university spokeswoman Gretchen Kell.

Two judges with Guinness World Records authenticated the record-breaking accomplishment, according to Kell.

The university's record breaks the previous mark set in March by 4,223 students in Tennessee, Kell said.

In order to officially break the record, Berkeley students had to stand stil for five minutes, according to Kell.

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<![CDATA[Summer Boating Safety Tips From the US Coast Guard]]> Tue, 04 Jul 2017 13:26:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/COASTGUARD-1.JPG
It’s summer – which means it's boating season. Boating, kayaking and canoeing in the San Francisco Bay can be a lot of fun, but with it comes some basic boating safety principles.

The U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco wants us to keep these safety tips in mind before we head out into the pristine blue waters of the Bay.

Photo Credit: Riya Bhattacharjee/ NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Later BART Start Time Could Come Sooner: Agency]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:06:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart+station-0706.jpg

A proposed 5 a.m. start time on BART may be coming sooner as opposed to later, according to the transportation agency.

BART may adjust its start time beginning late this year instead of sticking with a plan to roll out the change in 2018, according to the transportation agency. BART estimates the move would impact about 2,400 riders.

BART's Board of Directors indicated that the agency needs extra time to handle a system-wide rebuild to better serve commuters. An extra hour in the morning could more than double the time maintenance workers have to get on and off the tracks, according to BART.

Early morning commuters would need to take buses if the start time changes go into effect, according to BART. They could also drive.

A number of riders said their bosses would be flexible if they came in a bit later, but the late start could limit certain job opportunities.

"Maybe my boss could be flexible, but I'm sure it doesn't work like that for everybody," BART rider Elvis Gomez said.

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<![CDATA[Self-Driving Technology Lawsuit Heads to San Francisco]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:12:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Self-Driving_Technology_Lawsuit_Heads_to_San_Francisco.jpg

A legal battle over self-driving technology will head to a San Francisco courtroom Wednesday. Google's self-driving car company Waymo previously sued Uber. The suit accuses a former Waymo employee of downloading documents related to its self-driving mapping system. That employee left Waymo to start a self-driving truck company, which Uber has since acquired. Uber denies having access to those files.

<![CDATA[Home Prices on the Rise in Sonoma County]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:11:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Home_Prices_on_the_Rise_in_Sonoma_County.jpg

The housing market in Sonoma County is making big gains and continues to rebound from the recession. The Press Democrat reported that the county's taxable property is at an all-time high - valued at $85 billion. That is five percent more than last year.

<![CDATA[Congresswoman on Trump: 'Time to Invoke the 25th Amendment']]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:28:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0815-2017-Speier-Trump.jpg

A Bay Area congresswoman says President Donald Trump is unfit for the job and should be removed from office.

Representative Jackie Speier is beginning a conversation about invoking the 25th Amendment. She also says the president's behavior is putting lives in danger.

In a tweet Tuesday, Speier wrote "POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th Amendment."

In a phone interview with NBC Bay Area late Tuesday, the congresswoman says Trump does not appear capable of controlling himself.

"The president day by day is becoming more erratic," she said while also highlighting the president's recent comments about North Korea.

Speier says she plans to talk to other members of Congress about what it will take to remove the president.

"I don't want to send out men and women to war in North Korea because the president made such outrageous comments," Speier said.

But experts say while Trump's conduct is upsetting to some, it does not meet the requirements for removal.

"Absent something totally outrageous, which goes beyond saying something that makes people upset, it's hard to imagine the 25th Amendment being invoked anytime soon," NBC Bay Area Political Analyst Larry Gerston said.

Speier is not the only lawmaker upset by the president. Republicans are speaking up too.

"What he did today again goes back on what he said yesterday and that's unacceptable," Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado said.

The 25th Amendment says the vice president and others in the president's administration would have to agree the president is unfit for removal to happen. Experts also say it is beyond a long shot.

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<![CDATA[BART Cracks Down on Fare Evaders]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:00:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/BART_Cracks_Down_on_Fare_Evaders.jpg

BART is cracking down on fare evaders. Officers on Tuesday were out patrolling the Daly City station. At least 12 people were stopped for not purchasing a ticket. Four of them were cited and one person was arrested. A total of 25 citations were also issued at the Bay Fair station.

<![CDATA[Circus Vargas Returns to the Bay Area]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:08:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Circus_Vargas_Returns_to_the_Bay_Area.jpg

The circus is in town in San Jose. Circus Vargas has returned for the first time since 2009. The circus now focuses on acrobats and elements of fantasy. It ended all of its animal acts seven years ago. The show runs through Sept. 18 at four different Bay Area locations. Circus Vargas will perform at Westfield Oakridge Mall through Monday before going to Milpitas, Hayward and Petaluma.

<![CDATA[Novato Police Search for ATM Tampering Suspects]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:33:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Novato_Police_Search_for_Suspects_for_Tempering_With_Gas_Sta.jpg

Novato police are looking for three men suspected of installing a suspicious device on an ATM inside a gas station. Surveillance video captured the suspects entering the 76 station on Ignacio Boulevard near Highway 101. Two of the men distracted the store clerk while the third suspect installed the device. The clerk discovered the item after the suspects left. Police did not say what the device does. Anyone who recognizes the men is asked to contact Novato police.

<![CDATA[Service Offers Unlimited Movies in Theaters for $10 a Month]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:24:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MoviePass_Offers_Unlimited_Movies_in_Theaters.jpg

One of the founders of Netflix is causing quite a stir with his movie offer, which allows people to pay $10 a month to see any movie in any theater at any time. When people sign up, they get a special credit card. People can use that special card to buy movie tickets. People don’t have to pay anything at the theater itself.

<![CDATA[Father Vows to Find Men Who Killed Oakland Musician]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:40:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/19983320_10158696304695538_1696316676617230278_o.jpg

A grieving father is vowing to find the men who killed his son last week in Oakland.

On Aug. 9, David DePoris was killed in broad daylight near Telegraph Avenue. A thief grabbed his laptop. DePoris gave chase and was dragged and run over by the getaway car.

The 40-year-old man was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"I'm here for one reason and one reason alone: to see what I can do to find my son's killer," said Gene DePoris.

The father late Tuesday also said he wants people to remember his son's music and why he loved Oakland.

David DePoris wrote songs about nearly everything: love, plywood doors and even toilets.

"He had a hell of a sense of humor," Gene DePoris said.

But the musician also believed strongly in nonviolence, doing the right thing and he believed with all his might in the city where he lived and died.

"He loves Oakland, and to him embodied everything that he hoped America would stand for," Gene DePoris said.

The father plans to bring his son's ashes back to Florida with him, but said he will be scattering much of them in Oakland at a memorial service scheduled for Sept. 9 at Sol Gate Studios in Oakland.

CrimeStoppers is offering a $15,000 reward in the case. Gene DePoris said he has every reason to believe that this case will be solved by the Oakland Police Department.

People with information about the case are asked to call the Oakland Police Department's Homicide Section at 510-238-3821.

Photo Credit: Dave Deporis via Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Judge Critical of PG&E's Efforts to Fulfill Sentence]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:13:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_pge_scam_san_jose.jpg

A federal judge Tuesday criticized Pacific Gas and Electric Company's efforts to complete court-ordered community service.

In January, as part of a sentence on gas safety and obstruction charges, PG&E was ordered to complete more than 2,000 hours of community service per year -- for five years.

Last month, the utility's CEO, along with dozens of workers and managers, spent half a day beautifying a San Bruno elementary school. But Judge William Alsup said that 300-plus hour community service effort was "far short" of the 2,000 hour threshold.

"We've got to step it up," Judge Alsup warned the company's lawyers on Tuesday.

So far, the company has run more than 13,000 television ads about its conviction, paid a $3 million fine and issued a formal apology for the 2010 San Bruno gas explosion.

Alsup has now ordered PG&E to give him a full accounting of its community service plans by next month.

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<![CDATA[San Jose to Explore Affordable Housing Options for Teachers]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:15:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0808-2017-SJHomes.jpg

A possible breakthrough in the efforts to create more affordable housing for South Bay teachers: San Jose has reached out to Sarah Chaffin, a woman who asked the city council for permission to build affordable housing for teachers on her property on Lincoln Avenue.

The city council denied her request last week, saying the area is zoned for commercial development and not residential.

But now it appears the city and Chaffin are exploring alternatives.

"We are open to other opportunities and Sarah presents us with one that we should explore," Mayor Sam Liccardo said.

Chaffin, who is also with the Build Teacher Housing group, said "We really want to work in partnership with the city and the mayor's office to find a solution for affordable housing for teachers."

The program in Chaffin's proposal would charge teachers $2,000 a month. A half of the fees would be used to cover rent, with the other half held in an account and returned to them in three yeras for a down payment on a home.

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<![CDATA[Congressional Reaction to Trump]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:03:11 -0700 ]]> <![CDATA[Bay Area Composer Reimagines Steve Jobs' Life as an Opera]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:20:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-96210895%281%29.jpg

Steve Jobs' life story has been remade into Hollywood films, a TV-movie and now an opera. Rife with tension and contradictions, composer Mason Bates said the tech mogul's story was made for the stage.

In his latest piece, "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs," Bates fused traditional theatrics with the 21st century story to create the popular piece.

With nearly every seat sold out at its world premiere in Santa Fe, New Mexico, NBC Bay Area caught up with the Burlingame-based composer to find out what makes Jobs' life so riveting to audiences around the country. 

Questions and answers have been edited for brevity: 

What gave you the idea to make an opera about Steve Jobs?

"I looked at the life of Steve Jobs, and I found that it has all of these interesting tensions," Bates said. "Opera has to be full of tension because the tension release is the blood and guts of opera."

Jobs was adopted as a baby, refused to acknowledge his first child for many years and died young at the age of 56.

"He had passion, obsession and his story includes death," Bates said. "It includes love." 

However, he realizes some are hesitant to merge modern day characters with the opera stage.

"You think, Steve Jobs?" Bates said. "Wait a minute. How does he fit into the opera house, which usually tackles subjects like lovers' long past or that kind of thing, but when you look at Steve Jobs, his life really is the stuff of opera."

Why do you think the story of Steve Jobs resonates with people?

"I think what's happening is that so many people carry a little piece of Steve Jobs around in their pocket," Bates said. "They have a relationship to the subject in a very personal way."

Aside from Steve Jobs, what is the story about?

"His story is one that accumulates a challenge we all face: how do we take all of our beautiful messiness of human communication and cram it into these little devices?" Bates said. "That kind of tension between the beautiful minimalism of these devices and the beautiful messiness of human life is what this opera is all about."

Bates says the opera also focuses on Jobs' search for inner peace.

Major characters aside from Jobs, played by Edward Parks, is Steve Wozniak and Laurene Powell, the wife of Jobs.

What's next for the production?

After finishing at the Santa Fe Opera next year, the production will run in Seattle for the 2018-2019 season and finish at the San Francisco Opera during the 2019-2020 season.

"I think opera as a medium for this story is a really powerful idea, and the reception we’ve had has just been so gratifying," Bates said.

To learn more about the opera, visit the Santa Fe Opera website.

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<![CDATA[How to Safely Watch the Total Solar Eclipse in the Bay Area]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:42:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/looking+through+telescope.jpg

You’ve decided not to join a bazillion people clogging highways and small Oregon towns to watch the moon obscure the sun for about two and a half minutes.

What now? Miss out on this truly rare spectacle — subject yourself to an endless stream of Facebook photos from way cooler friends who actually jammed themselves somewhere beneath the “Path of Totality?” Or find an alternative?

Astronomer Gerald McKeegan of the Chabot Space & Science Center says there are plenty of gadgets that will make eclipse viewing in the Bay Area almost as cool — if you don’t mind settling for an “almost total” eclipse because the Bay Area will see about a 75 percent solar eclipse. For far, far less than grossly inflated hotel bills, you can experience the eclipse at home with as little as just a piece of paper.

“Take a piece of card stock and punch a hole in it,” McKeegan demonstrated, holding what looked like a regular postcard with a small nail hole in the middle. “Hold this over a piece of white paper.”

McKeegan said the wholly humble viewer will allow the eclipse to project through the hole and onto the paper — creating a mini eclipse you can enjoy anywhere under the sun. McKeegan also showed off a pair of popular paper eclipse glasses fetching $2.99 in the Chabot gift shop.

Outlets like Amazon have recalled some batches of eclipse glasses because they turned out to be fakes. McKeegan said the only protection for buyers is to get them from reputable outlets.

“They look like sunglasses,” McKeegan explained, “except when you look through them you won’t be able to see anything unless you’re looking at the sun.”

Another easy homemade gadget is to get No. 14 welder’s glass from a hardware store and mount it in a small frame, which makes for another safe eclipse viewer, according to McKeegan.

Next the astronomer demonstrated a small commercial Sun Spotter, a sort of deconstructed box with a mirror and a viewer that will project the eclipsed sun onto a piece of paper.

“During an eclipse,” McKeegan said, “it’s Mother Nature’s way of reminding us that there’s a lot of stuff going on out there in space.”

For budding astronomers interested in space, McKeegan said small telescopes can be modified with sun filters to make for safe viewing. You can also fork out for an actual solar telescope — made just for the occasion of looking at the sun.

With "a small telescope with a proper solar filter on it,” McKeegan said, ”you actually get as good or better (than) an image than you would with a big telescope.”

Chabot boasts some of the biggest and most advanced telescopes around. Yet McKeegan said the center’s large modern computer-operated telescope is unsuitable for looking at the eclipse since it would require a large solar filter for the job.

Instead, the center will employ its 134-year-old telescope for the eclipse viewing party the center is hosting next Monday. The event will begin around 9 a.m. and run until around 11:30 a.m.

However, there is a big caveat McKeegan noted, pointing up at the thick fog, which swallowed the center on a recent day.

“Unfortunately August is the foggiest month of the year for the Bay Area,” McKeegan said. “So if it’s foggy you’re going to be out of luck.”

McKeegan himself, isn’t leaving things to chance. He and members of the East Bay Astronomical Society will head to Mitchell, Oregon to watch the spectacle. They will double the small town's population of 130 people.

“This is the first time in my life I will be able to see a total eclipse,” McKeegan said. “For millions of people across the country, this will be their only time to see a total eclipse.”

So whether you go whole hog — or just partial hog — the eclipse, like the weather, will be something everyone is talking about.

And if nothing else, consider this: “Most people don’t deal with science that much,” McKeegan said. “But this is their chance to get a little science.”

Photo Credit: Joe Rosato Jr./NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Burlington Coat Factory Guard Shoots Suspected Shoplifter]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:19:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/8152017-SF-SHOOTING.jpg

A Burlington Coat Factory security guard on Tuesday shot and wounded a suspected shoplifter, police said.

Police said that the guard opened fire during a confrontation with the suspect and hit him once in the right leg. Surveillance cameras at the shop at 5th and Howard streets captured the incident around 2:37 p.m., according to police.

The alleged shoplifter was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and is in stable condition. 

The case is under investigation and the security guard is in custody, but has not been arrested. 

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<![CDATA[SJ Liquor Store Murder Suspect Appears in Court]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:32:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/8-11-17-sj-liquor-suspect-mugshot.jpg

A 21-year-old San Jose man made his initial appearance in court Tuesday on charges that he fatally shot a liquor store owner in East San Jose earlier this month.

Muniunmee Hendrix appeared before a judge on charges of the murder of 58-year old Hieu "Charlie" Ly.

Hendrix didn't enter a plea today and he remains in custody on no-bail status. He will be defended by the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office.

Ly's family was in attendance at the hearing and left immediately after Hendrix's case was finished being heard. Some shook their heads as they watched Hendrix sit on the bench and talk to court officials.

Hendrix was arrested in Merced on Thursday after detectives with the San Jose Police Department tracked him to the Central Valley city.

Hendrix is accused of shooting Ly after he refused to hand over money during an attempted robbery. San Jose police were called to the scene at 10:53 p.m. on Aug. 7 and arrived to find Ly suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He died at the scene a short time later.

A GoFundMe page made to support Ly's family had raised more than $23,170, beyond its $20,000 goal, as of this afternoon. The money will go to his older son Kevin, and will be used to take care of Ly's wife and day-to-day expenses, according to the GoFundMe page.

Donations to the fund can be made at www.gofundme.com/hieulyfamily.

San Jose police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call Detective Sgt. Mike Montonye or Detective Jason Tanner of the homicide unit at (408) 277-5283.

People who wish to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (408) 947-7867.

Photo Credit: San Jose Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Alt-Right Rally at Crissy Field Alarms SF, Calif. Leaders]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:41:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/pelosi16.jpg

San Francisco is bracing for what could be the next battleground between protesters.

Following the violence last weekend at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., local, state and federal officials on Tuesday sent a strong message to organizers of a right-wing rally planned for later this month at Crissy Field.

"No, you are not welcome in San Francisco," Board of Supervisors president London Breed said. "You are not welcome here, don't come to San Francisco, we are going to do everything we can to stop you."

Breed joined Mayor Ed Lee and police Chief Bill Scott in sending a letter to the National Park Service on Tuesday, expressing "outrage" over its decision to grant a permit to the group Patriot Prayer for an Aug. 26 rally. The park service has jurisdiction over Crissy Field, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The letter calls for the park service to impose conditions to ensure public safety and to provide assurances to the city that detailed security plans and measures will be in place.

"San Francisco has a long and storied history of championing freedom of expression and First Amendment rights, but as we have witnessed in recent months, these types of rallies can quickly turn hateful and violent with tragic consequences," Lee said in the letter.

He continued: "Events in Charlottesville and Seattle are proof that rallies such as these attract extreme and racist fringe groups who only want to provoke malice and incite brutality."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also called for the park service to reconsider the permit.

"Free speech does not grant the right to yell fire in a crowded theater, incite violence or endanger the public in any venue," Pelosi said in a statement.

State Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblymen Phil Ting and David Chiu sent letters to the park service expressing concerns about the rally.

"As public officials we are used to differences in ideology, but the events in Charlottesville, complete with violence and protestors armed with automatic weapons, have moved us past any sense of civil discourse or peaceful assembly," that letter reads. "If this rally goes forward, we are extremely concerned for the public safety of the people of our city."

National Park Service spokeswoman Sonja Hanson on Monday said the agency had issued a permit, and noted that the agency was required by law to grant such permits on First Amendment grounds.

Hanson said that the agency is working with U.S. Park Police and San Francisco law enforcement to develop plans for security at the event, which organizers had said on their application would involve around 200 people.

Park service officials did not return calls Tuesday seeking comment on the concerns raised by local elected officials.

City officials said they had only learned of the event or the permit Monday. Scott said his department is in talks with the park service now to work out security details.

"We will not tolerate violence in any form," Scott said.

Patriot Prayer, which has been described as an alt-right group by the hate group watchdog Southern Poverty Law Center, has dubbed its event "Free Speech, Unity and Peace San Francisco."

It is billed as "a day of freedom, spirituality, unity, peace, and patriotism!"

"San Francisco has long been a city that prides itself in acceptance of all, so together, let's unite in this beautiful city to listen to some great speakers & live music!" the event's Facebook page states.

Joey Gibson, the organizer of the Crissy Field Protest, told NBC Bay Area that the deadly violence in Charlottesville was reprehensible and conveyed a message that Patriot Prayer doesn't agree with.

"I mean, I'm brown, for crying out loud!" he said. "You know, we have a black speaker, we have two Hispanics, we have a transsexual, we have a white woman. I mean our message is about freedom, and love, and peace.”

Gibson said a Trump rally last year, where the president's supporters were assaulted, galvanized him to action. That's when he began organizing protests. The next one is in San Francisco because of its "intolerance," he said.

“San Francisco is freaking out right now, which is legitimate because of what happened in Virginia," Gibson said. "But even if that didn’t happen, they’re still freaking out because people who are coming in are different from them, and they don’t understand them, so it makes them afraid.”

There is no question the city is afraid that people meaning to do harm, will latch on to this protest as an opportunity.

“We are a city (where) we love each other," said Shamman Walton, president of the San Francisco Board of Education. "We want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to be successful. But we also have to deal with some of these issues that are happening in other parts of the country. And how are we going to be the example?”

Patriot Prayer held an event in Seattle on Sunday that was met with a heavy police presence and a large counter-protest. While police deployed pepper spray and worked to keep the groups separate, the event ultimately ended without major violence.

Scheduled speakers at Aug. 26's event include right-wing figures associated with violent protests in Berkeley that took place in March and April, including "trans patriot" Amber Gwen Cummings and Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman.

The event is the first of two planned for the Bay Area, with a second one scheduled for Berkeley on Aug. 27. That event, hosted by Cummings on Facebook, is titled "No to Marxism in America," and will take place in Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park from 1 to 5 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Replay: Watch and Relive the Warriors Parade]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:48:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-696389546_594_screen.jpg

If you missed out on the Warriors Championship Parade or want to relive the celebration, we got you covered. Watch highlights of players celebrating with Dub Nation and the team's rally in Oakland below:

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<![CDATA[Alameda Co. Sheriff’s Office Retweets White Nationalist]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:12:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/alameda-county-sheriff.jpg

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is in hot water after a spokesman on Monday retweeted a video about a "Unite the Right" news conference held by a prominent white supremacist — a move that he insists was accidental.

The original Tweet depicted a Periscope live stream on the account of Richard Spencer, a co-founder of the so-called alt-right movement and backer of the white nationalist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. The retweet was later taken down by the department.

A follow-up tweet by the department indicated that the retweet was "accidental" and "no way done intentionally." Another follow-up retweet revealed that the department was "working to take this accidental retweet down."

Sgt. Ray Kelly told NBC Bay Area that he was researching someone who is expected to attend an alt-right rally in Berkeley on Aug. 27 when he clicked on the link to the news conference. As he was trying to close the link, Kelly said he hit the wrong button, which resulted in the retweet.

He informed the higher-ups of the snafu and contacted the office's IT department for help in removing the erroneous retweet.

Some people, however, responded to the incident with criticism.

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights called foul, saying that the retweet was displayed for 45 minutes before it was pulled down.

In a statement, the organization's Executive Director Zachary Norris said: "The Sheriff’s Department’s actions on social media are only the latest in a long line of white supremacist actions they have taken. The Sheriff’s Department has a history of disproportionately criminalizing and incarcerating immigrants and people of color, profiting off of their incarceration, hosting militarized law enforcement trainings, and actively opposing community efforts to reinvest funding into much needed resources like job training, healthcare, and housing."

The center has demanded that the Alameda County Sheriff's Department end its partnership with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement department and stop hosting Urban Shield, a controversial tactical training program accused of promoting violence. 

Norris stressed that it's not enough to simply delete a tweet.

"We cannot separate the terrorism in Charlottesville this weekend from the many institutional forms of white supremacy perpetrated by people in power," he wrote.

Immigrants rights groups, including the California Immigrant Policy Center, Asian Law Caucus, and others, plan to rally outside the Alameda County Sheriff's Office at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. They too are refusing to accept Kelly's apology.

Tuesday's "scandal is the most public eruption of a long-simmering pattern of racist incidents at the department," they claimed in a statement. 

The complaint also points to Sheriff Greg Ahern's endorsement of Jeff Sessions' nomination for Attorney General, and accuses him of alleged racial profiling.

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<![CDATA[Oakland Couple Facing Deportation Denied Stay]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:58:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0814-2017-MariaSanchez.jpg

Last-ditch efforts to keep an Oakland woman and her husband from being deported failed on Tuesday evening.

Maria Mendoza Sanchez, a nurse at Highland Hospital, spent 15 years trying to get United States citizenship, but was unsuccessful.

The woman and her husband were granted a stay of deportation that expires at noon on Wednesday. The couple spent Tuesday hoping to receive an extension so they could stay in the U.S. for another year to take care of their children and attend their youngest daughter's graduation. 

Having been turned down, though, Sanchez, her husband and their son will be forced to leave on a flight at 11 p.m. Wednesday. The couple's friends will look after their girls.

Twenty-three years ago, Sanchez illegally crossed the border with her husband and one of her daughters. They had two more girls and a boy. 

The daughter she brought with her to the U.S. can stay here because of DACA. Their son and two other daughters are citizens, with one just a year away from graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in human biology.

Their youngest daughter has a learning disability so Sanchez, seeking to pay for a tutor, became a nurse in the oncology department at Oakland's Highland Hospital.

She recalled telling her child, "I work. You study."

However, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said late Monday, "When we fail to enforce (immigration) laws, what message are we sending to the millions of people who respect that process and are waiting outside the US now for visas that will enable them to enter the country lawfully?"

Sanchez countered that she hadn't broken any laws, but was ensnared in the illegal immigration crackdown. ICE officials might've sent the "wrong message" if she was a criminal "but I'm not even taking jobs," she said. "There's a shortage of nurses."

Sanchez's coworkers rallied for her on Monday, calling for an end to the deportation, but the woman in question does not blame President Donald Trump.

That said, "this law is affecting all immigrants," she admitted, "but I feel somehow Mexicans -- we've been targeted. I don't know why."

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<![CDATA[SJC Commissioner Raises Concerns Following Security Incident]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:43:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/SJC+Airport+Still.jpg

A San Jose International Airport commissioner is bringing forward concerns about security days after passengers had to be re-screened in Terminal A because officials thought prohibited items made it through security.

Dan Connolly said he has been trying to raise these concerns for two years and they do not get any traction. He added that simple steps can be taken to secure SJC.

"We're reactionary at this airport instead of proactive," Connolly said.

Connolly said he thinks ram bars should be placed near access points to prevent trucks smashing through. The commissioner also said no airport workers should be able to skip TSA security lines.

"There are scores of individuals every day that are badged, that circumvent security," Connolly said. "We don't allow our airline pilots or flight attendants to circumvent TSA security."

SJC spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes added, "We go through a thorough background check of our history. We need to be badged at certain intervals."

Connolly's worries follow an incident Saturday when officials thought prohibitied items made it past security.

Passengers were re-screened and flights were delayed.

In 2014, someone made it into the wheelwell of a plane on the tarmac.

Since then, SJC has upgraded infrastructure.

"By adding additional surveillance equipment all throughout our perimeter, security fence line, as well as other means to try and detect anyone trying to scale that fence line," Barnes said of the SJC upgrades.

New one-way exit doors were just installed last week in Terminal B -- preventing someone from running through to the gates.

"Our No. 1 priority is their safety, their security and they should feel as such as they travel through here," Barnes said.

Connolly also wants the advisory commission to receive security briefings, but the city denied the request because they are appointed positions that do not have clearance.

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<![CDATA[How to Watch the Solar Eclipse in the Bay Area]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:50:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Chabot.jpg Here's a look at some local spots to view the Solar Eclipse

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<![CDATA[Zipcar Reportedly Coming to Santa Rosa]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:54:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Zipcar_Reportedly_Coming_to_Santa_Rosa.jpg

Zipcar is reportedly coming to Santa Rosa. The Press Democrat reported that the city council is working on signing a deal that will allow the company to operate two of its rental cars from city parking lots. One would be at the downtown SMART train station and the other would be next to the Russian River Brewery. City leaders hope the service will be an environmentally friendly option for people trying to get around town.

<![CDATA[Senator Franken to Speak in San Francisco]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:38:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Senator_Franken_to_Speak_in_San_Francisco.jpg

Former Saturday Night Live actor and current United States Senator Al Franken will be in San Francisco Tuesday night. He's been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump on several issues. The Minnesota Democrat is set to speak at the Nourse Theatre.

<![CDATA[Massive Tree Die-Off in the North Bay]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:37:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Massive_Tree_Die-Off_in_the_North_Bay.jpg

The Marin Municipal Water District is reportedly conducting a new study on sudden oak death syndrome. The die-off of native tanoak and live oak trees continues to increase fire danger along the Bolinas Ridge, and now the water district is trying to figure out a way to stop it. The Marin Independent journal reported the study will look for ways to remove the diseased trees.

<![CDATA[Apartment Complex Demolition to Begin in San Jose]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:47:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Apartment_Complex_Demolition_to_Begin_in_San_Jose.jpg

Demolition is starting Tuesday at San Jose's "The Reserve" apartment complex, which has been at the center of a rent dispute. Hundreds of tenants previously took their fight to city hall when the owner evicted them to build luxury apartments. After the threat of several lawsuits, the city is now working on providing compensation for some of the tenants who were evicted.

<![CDATA[UC Berkeley Hires Social Worker for People’s Park]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:49:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/UC_Berkeley_Hires_Social_Worker_for_People_s_Park.jpg

The University of California, Berkeley has hired a social worker to assess the needs of the homeless population in People's Park. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the social worker started last month and is getting paid $92,000 a year. At least nine violent crimes were reported in the park last year. In June, a homeless woman was charged with putting meth in a little boy's mouth. UC Berkeley owns the park and is exploring the option of building student housing in the location.

<![CDATA[Cupertino School’s Records Requested for Harvard Lawsuit]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:51:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Cupertino_School_s_Records_Requested_in_Lawsuit_Against_Harv.jpg

Records from a South Bay high school are being requested in a civil case against Harvard University. The Ivy League school is accused of discriminating against Asians. The Mercury News reported that records of Monta Vista High School in Cupertino are being requested. The school is one of four high schools involved in the case.

<![CDATA[Oakland Woman Set for Deportation Hoping for Miracle]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:35:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0814-2017-MariaSanchez.jpg

An Oakland woman and her husband are being deported after 15 years of trying to gain citizenship. The couple were granted reprieves time and again, but there is a new administration and on Tuesday will leave their family and home for Mexico City.

Maria Mendoza Sanchez late Monday packed her bags and spent her last hours saying goodbye to her three daughters and the country she has called home for 23 years. Sanchez has broken no other law, but she is caught up in the illegal immigration crackdown.

"I don't even want to think about it," Sanchez said of her deportation. "I know that it's going to be very difficult."

More than two decades ago, Sanchez illegally crossed the border with her husband and one of her daughters. They had two more girls and a boy. She became a nurse in the oncology department at Oakland's Highland Hospital.

Sanchez's coworkers rallied for her on Monday, calling for an end to the deportation. She is hoping for a last-second miracle.

"A stay of deportation I've been asking for one more year so we can be here for my daughter to graduate from college," Sanchez said.

The daughter she brought with her to the United States can stay because of DACA. The son and two other daughters are citizens, with one just a year away from graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in human biology.

Immigration and Customers Enforcement, or ICE, said late Monday, "When we fail to enforce (immigration) laws, what message are we sending to the millions of people who respect that process and are waiting outside the US now for visas that will enable them to enter the country lawfully."

Sanchez does not blame President Donald Trump for the immigration laws that have been on the books for years. However, she said the president is "taking it personally against Mexicans. This law is affecting all immigrants, but I feel somehow Mexicans -- we've been targeted. I don't know why."

Sanchez said she will not be allowed to return to the US for 10 years.

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<![CDATA[SamTrans to Unveil Recommendations to Ease Traffic Headaches]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:47:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SamTrans_generic.jpg

SamTrans on Tuesday is expected to reveal its year-long study looking into the possibility of bringing back the Dumbarton rail line.

The rail system shuttered in the 1990s, but surges in population, public funding and private investment have reignited discussions.

The rail line could run parallel to the Dumbarton Bridge, linking Alameda County to San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

When it comes to funding the project, private investment could supplement funding from gas taxes and proposed bridge toll hikes.

The public can take a peek at the study beginning Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Union City Library. The study will also be on display Wednesday at the same time at East Palo Alto City Hall. On Thursday, folks can check out the study at San Mateo City Hall beginning at 7 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Alt-Right Events Planned For the Bay Area]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:09:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-831474050.jpg

The Bay Area appears to be the next target for alt-right groups and its supporters.

Three major protests or demonstrations have been planned within the next two weeks in Mountain View, San Francisco and Berkeley.

The Mountain View event is a planned alt-right march at Google on Saturday protesting the company's firing of James Damore, who wrote a controversial memo on gender rules at Google.

These protests, and counter-protests have prompted concern about confrontations similar to Charlottesville, Virginia.

Charleston Park near Google is a peaceful refuge in Silicon Valley, but alt-right leaders have announced plans for a nationwide “March on Google” Saturday to ask Google to expand their diversity efforts.

Alt-right leaders call the March a way to raise awareness of Google's "bias and campaign against dissenting opinions."

A counter-protest by many groups is planned at Charleston Park for Sunday, a strategy to avoid a clash such as the one that took place in Charlottesville.

Vera Sloan, co-founder of “Stand San Jose” says she understands the organizers' concerns.

"We have seen that these so-called 'alt right,’ which are really 'misogynistic' and 'white supremacist' groups that they are known to become violent with counter protesters."

But a confrontation might be hard to avoid.

Sloan acknowledges many counter protesters want to face the marchers.

“There are a lot of internal conversations happening within the community that there is something powerful about making sure when 'hate' is present in our community that a counter message is also 'physically present' at that time,” she said.

Protests and counter-protests are also planned at Crissy Field in San Francisco on August 26.

The Portland based pro-Donald Trump group Patriot Prayer is heading up to San Francisco August 26 to hold a two-day event.

The organization describes itself on Facebook as “using the power of love and prayer to fight the corruption both in the government and citizen levels that seek to gain power through division and deception.”

Police and protesters clashed during a right-wing rally and counter-demonstration in Seattle on Sunday. According to NBC News, the rally's organizer, Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer, told a crowd gathered at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle that he was against white supremacy and wanted everyone to have his or her chance at the microphone.

Leaders for the Crissy field counter-protest are trying to block the alt-right event altogether saying the event shouldn't be allowed on federal property.

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<![CDATA[In-Home Nursing Care Still Lacking for Sick Kids ]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:55:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/liz+and+kaitlin+2.jpg

Elisabeth Heflin is exhausted.

She’s been by her 15-year-old daughter Kaitlyn’s side while she suffers debilitating seizures. She administers Kaitlyn’s daily doses of medication and makes sure her feeding tubes are working properly. Kaitlyn receives nutrient-rich fluids intravenously at all hours of the day and night. Heflin, a single mom, is her daughter’s round the clock caregiver.

“I just want to be her mom,” Heflin said. “Just for breaks, just to be a mom. That would be awesome. I need some help.”

The state of California says Kaitlyn’s fragile medical condition qualifies her for 16 hours of “at-home” nursing care every day. But for more than three years, Kaitlyn has received exactly zero hours of care in her Sonoma County home. The Heflin family can’t find an agency in the Bay Area that can help. 

The state has an obligation to ensure that kids enrolled in Medi-Cal – kids like Kaitlin – get the services they need. But that’s not always happening. As the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit first reported in 2016, a Napa family had to relocate to San Diego to find nurses who could help their 2-year-old daughter.

Despite new indications that the lack of home health care is impacting even more families, the state still isn’t convinced there’s a problem. The Department of Health Care Services, which oversees Medi-Cal, says there is not a systemic or geographic access-to-care issue. The department cites reports that show the number of home health providers has remained steady.

But as NBC Bay Area exposed last year, the department didn’t even keep track of the hours nursing agencies failed to fill, either because companies couldn’t staff the hours or because they refused care to patients. The state says it is now collecting this data, and hopes to complete its analysis by the fall.

DHCS says qualified home health nurses are limited by the same factors that affect any labor market, including retirement rates and the cost of living in different cities.

“These factors interact with the availability of nurses and authorized hours, the geographic availability of providers, and the competing market demand for such providers,” a department spokesman wrote in an email.

But critics say the state is failing families across California. William Leiner, managing attorney with Disability Rights California – a statewide advocacy organization – says federal law requires DCHS to make sure children get the help they are entitled to through Medi-Cal.

“When nursing hours are authorized, the state has a corresponding obligation to make sure those hours get filled,” Leiner said. “When they don’t, it’s a problem.”

Following NBC Bay Area’s investigation, Disability Rights California launched its own investigation into the availability of home health nurses. The group asked to speak with struggling families, and heard from more than 100 of them.

“From the stories we’ve heard, it does seem to confirm that children are not getting the medical services that they have been determined to need,” Leiner said. “Hearing from over 100 families speaks to us that it’s something very significant in the system that’s worth a much closer look and deeper dive.”

Elisabeth Heflin has spent countless hours on her own, calling nursing agencies. Last year, the state gave her a list of more than 40 providers. The only agency that said it could help her daughter Kaitlyn, is located in Los Angeles.

In a May 2016 email, a DHCS case manager told Heflin that she had also contacted the agencies on the list, but none of them had availability. The woman said she would continue to follow up in hopes of finding a viable solution.

Heflin says she has yet to hear back, and subsequent phone calls and emails to DHCS have gone unreturned. When asked why she thinks her inquires to the state have been ignored, Heflin offered a theory.

“I think the issue has been overlooked for so long, no one has an answer,” she said. “I’m not asking for anything luxurious. I’m not asking for money. I’m not suing anybody. I’m asking for care for Kaitlyn, that is covered – that she is supposed to have.”

If you have a tip for the Investigative Unit, email theunit@nbcbayarea.com or call 888-996-TIPS. Follow Liz Wagner on Facebook and Twitter.

Disability Rights California is interested in talking to families who are authorized for in-home nursing or private duty nursing, but who cannot find nurses. Representatives are encouraging families to contact them at 888-852-9241. 

<![CDATA[San Jose Woman Recounts Witnessing Charlottesville Rally]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:12:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0814-2017-KristinSavini.jpg

A San Jose woman is back in the Bay Area after witnessing the violent rally in Charlottesville.

Kristin Savini and her husband were in Charlottesville to drop off their daughter at med school. But when they heard about a protest nearby they decided to check it out. And that's when they saw something they say they'll never forget.

On Saturday, Savini and her husband found police marching with shield and a tank roaring down streets. But it was protesters decked out in military gear and wearing assault rifles that she found most disturbing.

"That was shocking -- walking next to people with this artillery," Savini said.

Savini was just a block away when a driver plowed into a group of counter protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. She said she saw another car attack in the parking garage she was in.

"The woman, a white supremacist, hit the gas and started tearing through this group," Savini said.

No one was seriously hurt in that attack.

The "Unite the Right" protest was initially focused on denouncing plans to move a statue of confederate General Robert E. Lee, but Savini said it was clear to her much more was going on.

"This was pure hate. There was no sign saying save the General Lee statue," she said. "It was nothing like that."

After watching it first hand, Savini said she is even more disappointed by President Donald Trump's comments responding to the violence.

"I don't think I've ever seen him come down so softly on anything, so why this?" Savini said. "It was so horrendous."

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<![CDATA[SF Sues DOJ Over Trump Sanctuary City Restrictions]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:16:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SFCityHallFile.jpg

The state of California and city of San Francisco are suing the U.S. Department of Justice over President Donald Trump's sanctuary city restrictions on public safety grants.

In a news conference Monday, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and City Attorney Dennis Herrera, both Democrats, announced the lawsuit, which makes California the first state to challenge the administration on its policy of denying funds to cities that limit cooperation with enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.

San Francisco also filed its own federal lawsuit Friday. Becerra said he was filing on behalf of smaller cities and counties that may not have the resources to challenge the federal administration.

He said about $28 million is at stake for programs that fight and prevent crime because the president wants to impose his immigration policies on local government.

"It's a low blow to our men and women who wear the badge, for the federal government to threaten their crime fighting resources in order to force them to do the work of the federal government when it comes to immigration enforcement," Becerra said.

Chicago filed a similar suit last week, arguing that the Trump administration's bid to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities is illegal.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said the Trump administration "will not simply give away grant dollars to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law and protect criminal aliens."

The California Legislature is considering a measure nicknamed the "sanctuary state bill" that would limit state and local police from cooperating with federal immigration agents. Supporters of the legislation, SB54, say it rebukes the president for his crackdown on illegal immigration.

The Senate passed the measure earlier this year, sending it to the Assembly where it still requires a vote. It would also need approval from Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has said the bill needs changes but has declined to say specifically what he wants altered.

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<![CDATA[Superheroes Unite in Bay Area for Marvel Live Action Show]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:05:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MARVEL+222.jpg

Bay Area comic fans, listen up! Marvel's latest crossover extravaganza is right here in the Bay Area, and it's teeming with local talent. 

After finishing its opening run in Oakland earlier this month, "Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes" is coming to San Jose. The live show features a hodgepodge of characters from superhero lore, including Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain America, Black Widow and favorites from "Guardians of the Galaxy."

The Bay Area performances, running from August 17 to 20, are directed by a Berkeley native, James Hadley, who was previously Cirque du Soleil Senior Artistic Director for North America.

According to Hadley, the most challenging aspect of the production was getting all the storylines to fit together in a way that seemed cohesive. And, because Marvel fanatics are notorious for paying attention to even the tiniest of details, the pressure was on to portray origin stories and costume details in a manner that is consistent with the comic books.

"We've got these characters from literally all over the universe, so how do we weave their stories together and make the story as exciting as possible?" Hadley said. "We worked on this show for over a year and a half, making sure that we got all those details right." 

Most of the cast members have a background in martial arts, though the grueling stunts do tire them out after a live performance. Typically, the actors train for several hours a day, at least three times a week. When asked what they do to unwind, several immediately responded "sleep!" 

But, when they put the costumes on, they said they're ready for action — even if they haven't gotten their full strength back. 

"With our mask work that we do in the show, it becomes almost like full-body puppeteering," said Mark Ferrando, a Discovery Bay native who plays Spider-Man villain Electro. "We really get into character when those masks come on." 

To find out more about the show, check out the show's website. 

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<![CDATA[US Men's National Wheelchair Team Member in Need of New Gear]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:06:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bay_Area_Man_Hopes_to_Earn_Olympic_Bid_on_US_Mens_National_W.jpg

When a piece of equipment is your livelihood, you need that piece of equipment to work properly. Especially if you're a world class athlete who harbors Olympic dreams. Colin Resch explains from Jamtown in Oakland.