<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usTue, 25 Oct 2016 23:26:05 -0700Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:26:05 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Kevin Durant's Mom Excited to Join Warriors 'Family']]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:59:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wanda-durant.jpg

Although a loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night spoiled Kevin Durant's official debut as a Golden State Warrior, it didn't dampen the spirit of his biggest fan.

Durant's mother, Wanda Durant, was on hand for the Warriors season opener at Oracle Arena and was as excited as ever watching her son play.

"I love basketball, and I love watching my baby play," Durant said, sitting courtside. Her son scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.

The single mother of two sees her son's decision to come to the Warriors as a new adventure, and she said she's looking forward to a new chapter in his and her life.

"Sometimes change is good; we’re excited for the new change," she said. "I’m a little nervous because it’s coming to a new family, to a family that’s been together for some time."

When it comes to family, Wanda Durant knows how to keep a unit together during good times and bad. She raised KD and his brother by herself, and Kevin let everyone know how much he appreciated that during his acceptance speech as the league's MVP in 2014.

"As a mom, you really don’t do it for the praise," Wanda said. "You do what you have to do to help your children to make it, do what you have to do to survive."

Mama Durant certainly is surviving. She’s an inspirational speaker who will be spending time courtside cheering on the Warriors.

"It may sound in the speech like I did everything right; I did not," she said. "One thing I stuck with: Me and my children, we were in it together, and that’s what’s important."

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<![CDATA[Vlasic Nets Overtime Winner to Lift Sharks Over Ducks]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:16:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sharks-ducks-win1.jpg

SAN JOSE – Last season, the Sharks had the worst home record of any team that made it to the playoffs. They’re off to a good start so far in reversing that in the 2016-17 campaign.

The Sharks won their second game in as many tries at SAP Center on Tuesday, beating the Ducks, 2-1. Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored the winner in overtime, flying up the wing and cutting to the net before flicking it past John Gibson at 1:24.

The Sharks ended a two-game losing streak, improving to 4-3-0 on the season. The Ducks fell to 2-3-2. San Jose has won nine of its last 10 against its Pacific Division rival at SAP Center.

The Sharks broke out of a power play slump with a Joe Pavelski goal at 7:58. The captain managed to direct a Patrick Marleau rebound over the goal line just before the net came off of its moorings for his third goal.

The Sharks went just 2-for-17 on the power play on their five game road trip, with one empty net goal and another on a two-man advantage.

San Jose controlled play for much of the second period, outshooting the Ducks 15-5, but couldn’t increase its lead. Gibson stopped Micheal Haley from the circle midway through, and Joel Ward couldn’t quite handle a centering pass in front of the net by Logan Couture a few minutes later.

Anaheim managed to tie it late in the frame. Chris Wagner redirected a Clayton Stoner floater from the point and snuck the rebound through Martin Jones at 17:49.

The third period was scoreless despite three power plays, two that belonged to San Jose. The Sharks' top unit had plenty of zone time, but couldn’t connect on anything, leading to their first overtime game of the season.

Sharks coach Pete DeBoer rearranged all four of his lines after his club was shut out in Detroit on Saturday. Mikkel Boedker joined the top line, while Tomas Hertl centered the third line with Marleau and Melker Karlsson.

Anaheim’s Jonathan Bernier started the game and lasted one period before he was replaced by Gibson to start the second, due to an upper body injury.

Anaheim lost Ryan Getzlaf for the third period. He left the bench for a stretch in the second period with an upper body injury after blocking a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot, returned, but did not come out for the final frame.

Special teams: The Sharks were 1-for-5 on the power play, and 3-for-3 on the PK.

San Jose was forced to kill off 38 seconds of a Ducks two-man advantage shortly after it had taken the lead. Haley was issued an instigator and game misconduct for jumping Stoner after the Ducks defenseman hit Marleau up high, while Hertl received a minor for a faceoff violation.

In goal: Jones ended a personal three-game losing streak with 19 saves.

In his second start of the season, Bernier made 10 saves on 11 shots before his departure. Gibson allowed just the overtime goal on 25 shots.

Lineup: Matt Nieto came out of the lineup as a healthy scratch for the second time in the last four games.

Up next: The Sharks host the Blue Jackets on Thursday. It will be the second and final meeting, after San Jose beat Columbus on Oct. 15, 3-2. Nashville visits on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Durant's Debut Spoiled as Warriors Fall to Spurs in Opener]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:32:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-618157402_594_screen.jpg

The highly anticipated New Era of Warriors basketball began with a resounding thud.

The San Antonio Spurs came into Oracle Arena Tuesday night and pretty much owned the Warriors, handing them a 129-100 drubbing before a stunned and disappointed sellout crowd that began filing out early in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Durant introduced himself to Warriors fans by scoring 27 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Stephen Curry put in 26 points, Draymond Green totaled 18 and Klay Thompson added 11.

On a night when the Warriors started slow and never found much rhythm, that wasn’t nearly enough.

The Warriors were outmuscled, hammered 54-35 on the glass. They were outhustled, giving San Antonio 17 points off 16 turnovers. And it seemed the Spurs made then pay for every defensive lapse – and there were many.

Kawhi Leonard poured in 35 points to lead San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 and Jonathan Simmons came off the bench to score 20.

STANDOUT PERFORMER: Durant and Curry came closer than any other Warriors to acquitting themselves.

Durant’s line: 27 points (11-of-18 from the field, including 1-of-3 from beyond the arc), 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots. He played 37 minutes and finished minus-13 for the night.

Curry’s line: 26 points (9-of-18, 3-of-10), four assists and three rebounds. He played 34 minutes and finished minus-9.

TURNING POINT: After a Green layup tied it at 18-18 with 2:58 left in the first quarter, the Spurs closed the quarter on a 13-2 run – including a pair of 3-pointers in the final 8.6 seconds – for a 31-20 lead.

The Warriors spent the rest of the evening trying to catch up and never got closer than eight (52-44, 2:03 left in the first half).

INJURY UPDATE: Warriors: C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery) was listed as out. C James Michael McAdoo was placed on the single-game inactive list.

Spurs: G Danny Green (L quad strain) is listed as out. G Dejounte Murray was placed on the single-game inactive list.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Warriors begin a three-game road trip Friday in New Orleans, where they face the Pelicans at Smoothie King Center.

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<![CDATA[Halloween And Other Fall Events Happening in the Bay Area ]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:11:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/Fall+events2.jpg While summer rolls into fall, it means its time for pumpkin contests, harvest festivals and lots of good food all over the Bay Area. Here is a look at some of the fun activities people can enjoy throughout the Bay Area this fall. Whether you are in the mood for fine wine, live entertainment, cultural foods or good people the Bay Area is a buzz with events in September, October and November. For more information on these events and other things happening in the Bay over the next three months, go to Far Out City to see them all.

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<![CDATA[Officers Injured, Firefighters Arrested in Drunken Melee ]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:23:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wcpd-confire.jpg

Two Walnut Creek police officers were injured over the weekend after they responded to a report of unruly guests at a Marriott Hotel, and two Contra Costa firefighters and their companions were arrested as a result, police said Tuesday.

The officers were called to the hotel early Sunday morning, just hours after the annual Firefighters Ball ended. When confronted by police, the four guests, two men and two women who were described as being intoxicated and belligerent, refused to leave or cooperate with officers, police said.

When one of the men, Andrew Desmond, assumed a fighting stance, two officers tried to arrest him, and he proceeded to assault both of them, police said. Desmond, a Contra Costa Fire engineer, put one of the officers in a headlock, starting a brawl, according to the East Bay Times.

Both officers suffered minor injuries and were treated and released at John Muir Medical Center, police said.

Desmond, 31, was booked into county jail on charges of resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, public intoxication and trespassing.

Leah Mendaros, 35, assaulted hotel security personnel during the struggle and was placed under citizen arrest for battery, police said. She was booked on charges of battery, public intoxication, trespassing and obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties.

Lontavious Johnson, 32, and Shirlee Johnson, 33, were arrested for public intoxication, trespassing and obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties.

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<![CDATA[Filmmaker Arrested in Connection to SF Homicide Released: DA]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:40:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1025-2016-KevEpps.jpg

An award-winning filmmaker who was arrested Monday in connection with a fatal shooting in San Francisco has been released, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

San Francisco-based filmmaker Kevin Epps, 48, was taken into custody Monday by investigators on suspicion of homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was booked into county jail Monday evening.

The DA on Tuesday said it decided against filing charges, citing insufficient evidence.

The homicide was reported just after 1:30 p.m. at a home in the 100 block of Addison Street in the city's Glen Park neighborhood, police said. When officers arrived on scene, they found a man in his 40s suffering from a gunshot wound.

Paramedics who responded to the scene declared the victim dead.

Epps rose to fame after producing and directing the documentary "Straight Outta Hunters Point." The critically acclaimed film painted a bleak picture of life in San Francisco's roughest neighborhoods. He appeared on NBC Bay Area's "Today in the Bay" in 2011.

Epps also is a board member of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association.

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<![CDATA[Record Number of Californians Register to Vote]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:14:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/IVotedStickers1.jpg

SACRAMENTO - More than 18.7 million Californians have registered to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election, a state record.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Tuesday that 500,000 people enrolled for the first time or updated their information in the final two days the state accepted registrations.

More than 203,000 people registered online on Sunday. Another 297,000 registered online on Monday, the last day to do so to participate in the Nov. 8 election.

The number of registrants will continue to climb as counties and Padilla's office count mailed registrations.

The previous record was set in 2012 when nearly 18.25 million people registered to vote ahead of the last presidential election.

U.S. Census Bureau data show California's population increased by more than one million people from 2012 to 2015.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting in SF]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:20:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1025-2016-SFPD.jpg

A California Highway Patrol officer was injured in an officer-involved shooting that sent the suspect to a hospital in critical condition on the border of San Francisco and Daly City early Tuesday evening, according to San Francisco police.

The CHP said the officer suffered "road rash" after being struck by the suspect's car. Sources told NBC Bay Area the officer also was dragged by the suspect's vehicle.

A San Mateo County vehicle theft task force was pursuing a stolen vehicle, a Honda, when the shooting happened, police said. It is unclear whether the suspect was carrying a weapon. Three officers from three different agencies were involved in the incident. Both the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and SFPD homicide detectives were on the scene investigating the shooting.

The CHP officer is currently recovering at San Francisco General Hospital. The suspect is being described as "critical," SF police said.

The SFPD Taraval Station tweeted out that the incident took place in the area of Capitol Avenue and Montana Street, which is near the city's Ingleside neighborhood. Police were asking people to avoid the area.

Witnesses who spoke to NBC Bay Area reported hearing multiple gunshots.

Footage from the NBC Bay Area chopper showed the scene outside a two-story house on Montana Street, where two cars - a four-door Honda sedan and a black SUV - and a pick-up truck were rammed into each other. It looked like the sedan, which has a sun roof, had crashed into the garage and sustained considerable damage. Pieces of garbage and paper was strewn on top of the sedan and around it. The cars had the front passenger side door wide open.

Neighbors, including children, could be seen at the scene, some trying to get back into their houses. Investigators could also be seen combing through the scene and putting up yellow police tape to cordon off several blocks.

A series of Facebook Live videos posted by a neighbor, Gregory Elarms II, also shows the scene, including police officers on the ground talking to people. Elarms can be heard telling a little boy: "He was my friend." Elarms' Facebook post says: "Police tries to kill an unarmed man...And he was unarmed."

Another video posted by Elarms shows him saying: "His wife is on my stairs crying." The camera then pans to a woman in a white blouse sobbing, her face in her palms.

"They just killed my friend today," Elarms can be heard saying in one of the Facebook Live videos, as he lashes out at SFPD officers standing behind yellow police tape. "They killed Notorious."

At one point he says, I was looking out of the window, and all I heard was,' pat, pat, pat pat pat pat......We were just sitting inside the house talking..."

One woman told NBC Bay Area that she heard six shots. Heavy police presence could be seen at San Francisco General Hospital. A CHP patrol car was seen parked outside the hospital.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead in Small Plane Crash in Concord]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:16:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/webconcordplanecrash.jpg

A pilot is dead after their small plane crashed in the Concord area Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The crash was reported around 12:30 p.m. in the area of Nortonville and Kirker Pass roads, about six miles east of Concord's Buchanan Field Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane was destroyed by a post-crash fire and the pilot was the only person onboard.

The FAA said the aircraft was a Beechcraft Bonanza.

An investigation is ongoing.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[SF Fatal Shooting Victim Had Long Criminal History]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:40:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/polk-sr.jpg

The man shot and killed Monday in San Francisco, allegedly by filmmaker Kevin Epps, was a registered sex offender with a two-decade history of domestic violence and drug abuse and who had just been released from custody after serving jail time on a parole violation, according to documents reviewed by NBC Bay Area.

Epps was arrested in the fatal shooting of Marcus D. Polk on Monday, but he was released Tuesday after the District Attorney's Office cited insufficient evidence to charge him with homicide.

Polk, 45, was freed on Oct. 19, after serving 12 days for a drug-related violation of his parole, court records show.

Polk has a criminal history that dates back to 1995, including lewd acts with a child, attempted robbery, domestic violence and auto theft, court records show.

Those records show that since 2012, Polk allegedly violated his release conditions about 30 times, including repeated allegations of drug use, removing his tracking device and failure to take part in sex offender therapy.

On Oct. 5, Polk told probation officials that he was under the influence of methamphetamine at the parole office in San Francisco. Court records show that the next day, his sex offender program clinician told parole officials that she was “concerned that the subject might pose a risk to public safety if he remained in the community, due to his substance abuse."

The following day, Oct. 7, Polk was arrested at the parole office in San Francisco for parole violation due to drug use. After a hearing on Oct. 19, he was freed by Judge Gerardo Sandoval, given credit for time served.

The parole agent’s report concluded that Polk’s “parole adjustment has been dismal and frequently sabotaged by his repeated use of methamphetamine.”

“Polk has demonstrated he is unwilling to comply with his terms and in response to his behavior, poses an unreasonable risk to the safety of the public,” his parole evaluator concluded, asking that he sent back into custody for 60 days. In the end, the judge freed him with more parole restrictions after he was jailed for 12 days.

Polk’s son, Marcus Polk Jr., said he was not there when his father was killed.

“I think based on history, there was a lot of anger in the person who did this,” Polk Jr. said. “My dad, he made a lot of jokes at other people’s expense. There was never any hostility; he was going to point out the uncomfortable truths, and that happened, according to what I’ve been told. And the person who did this, he had enough, I guess. And, while the guy’s back is turned to him, from what I’m told, he shot a man in the back.”

He said Epps is a relative, the father of his cousin.

Polk Jr. said his father had been “homeless for a while, "so he comes by, eats, doesn’t put money in or anything. ... But if you don’t like that, call the cops, have the guy exited from the building, but you don’t kill him, man.”

He went on to say his father, “wasn’t exactly living here, but he was here frequently.”

On what happened before the shooting, Polk Jr. said his father "showed up out of the blue ... and from what I was told, he made a comment of 'She doesn’t really like you.' I think that’s what did it. ... 'She doesn’t even like you.'"

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<![CDATA[8th Grade Project Predicts World Series Matchup]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:43:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Still1025_00000.jpg

Connor Garcia Whitehill made a bold prediction last spring, before the baseball season even started. He didn’t just put it in writing – he put it on YouTube.

The 14-year-old said the Chicago Cubs would make it to the World Series, and win for the first time in 108 years, against the Cleveland Indians.

Why was he so confident in his prediction? Statistics.

"The fun thing about statistics is that they help you to understand the world around you, be it baseball, politics or just numbers in general,” he said.

Fun? Many people would say statistics are useful, but most wouldn’t say fun.

But math is one of Connor’s favorite things. So he decided to combine it with two other passions – video and baseball – when he tackled his eighth grade project.

With the help of a couple of dedicated math teachers at Berkeley’s Black Pine Circle School, he created a spreadsheet with formulas that analyzed MLB statistics and gave each team a number to predict its final ranking in each division.

Of course, the Cubs came into the season strong. It doesn’t take a crystal ball or statistics to say they would have a good season.

But Connor called the winners of four out of six divisions.

"The more surprising thing to me was the Cleveland Indians, and that actually made me doubt my metric a little bit," he said.

His analysis failed him in the West divisions. Maybe his love for the Giants led him astray.

“I think they were unlucky. They should’ve won,” he said ruefully.

His dad, Bob Whitehill, helped him edit the video and suggested he read “Moneyball,” the Michael Lewis book that documented how the 2002 Oakland Athletics rethought baseball’s conventions to field a winning team on a budget.

His mom, Ingrid Aguirre Happoldt, forwarded the video Connor made to friends and family across the country.

Then, when Connor’s predicted teams won the pennants, they started calling and texting.

“They’re saying, ‘Didn't Connor predict the Cubs and the Indians? Did it really work out that way?' So it's been fun to see that the predictions he made have come to pass,” she said.

She’s grateful that her son has the opportunity to plan and execute a long-term project over the course of several months.

“He was eager to be done with the video editing part by the end of it,” she said. “He’s getting a big confidence boost from this.”

Her son is now taking geometry at Bishop O’Dowd High School.

He calls his metric, “The Connor Curve.” There are only a few more games until his statistical analysis is tested by real life.

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<![CDATA[Google Halts Expansion Plans For Fiber; Chief Steps Down]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:23:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/google21.jpg

Google's parent company is halting operations and laying off staff in a number of cities where it once hoped to bring high-speed internet access by installing new fiber-optic networks.

The Mountain View-based company also announced that Craig Barratt, a veteran tech executive who led the ambitious - and expensive - Google Fiber program, is stepping down as CEO of Access, the division of Google corporate parent, Alphabet Inc., that operates the 5-year-old program.

In a statement, Barratt said Google Fiber will continue to provide service in a handful of cities where it's already operating, including Atlanta; Austin, Texas; and Charlotte, North Carolina.

But it will put further plans on hold in at least eight more metropolitan areas where it's been holding exploratory talks with local officials. Those include Dallas; Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida; Los Angeles; Oklahoma City; Phoenix; Portland, Oregon; and San Jose.

Barratt didn't say how many jobs will be cut. His statement described the Access business as "solid," but said it would make "changes to focus our business and product strategy" and incorporate new technology.

A recent report by tech news site The Information said the business was under pressure by Alphabet CEO Larry Page to cut costs after failing to meet financial goals, including a target of signing up 5 million subscribers.

Barratt said he'll continue to serve as an adviser to Page.

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<![CDATA[Students, Parents Concerned Over Racist Graffiti at School]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:50:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/whie-black.jpg

Students, parents and school officials are concerned after racist graffiti was found written in the restrooms at California High School in San Ramon, even as one of the incidents apparently was resolved Tuesday.

Police and school officials were investigating the incidents in which the N-word was used in the girls restroom and the words "whites" and "colored" were scribbled above separate stalls in the boys restroom on the campus.

On Tuesday, a student came forward and confessed to the boys restroom incident that occurred last week, according to school officials. It's still not clear who is behind the girls restroom incident, and it is still being investigated.

Cal High student Alanah Winston, 17, says although she has seen racism regularly, she had never felt it on campus - until Monday.

"I deal with racism on a daily basis as a kid of color, as a minority," said Winston, who is one of about 100 black students at the school of 1,200.

"And then just to see blatant hatred written there for you to see," she added, has stripped away that feeling of safety.

On Monday, when Winston saw the racist graffiti written in the girls bathroom, it made her extremely uncomfortable. When she went to ask school administrators to do something, she wasn’t happy with their response.

"I was somewhat dismissed," she said.

Elizabeth Graswich, spokeswoman for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, said the initial report of the graffiti in the boys restroom last week was taken very seriously. School officials began an investigation immediately. She said the only evidence found from the boys restroom graffiti were photos.

"It was a challenging one to investigate because it was shared via social media, with no indicators other than that they said it was at California High School," Graswich said.

After the second incident, an email alert was sent out to parents.

"Not OK, not tolerated in this area," said parent Jacqui Gerbracht. "So I am actually pretty shocked that that would be put in our bathrooms."

Student Cherag Keswani said the actions of one make the students and their school look bad.

"Because we don’t know who that one person is, and we are kind of ashamed because we feel like, you know, we are better than that, really," Keswani said.

Winston said she just wants a resolution.

"I just want action to be taken," she said. "I want this to be prevented."

Police and school officials said those found responsible for the graffiti could face criminal charges and expulsion from school. It had not yet been determined how the student who came forward Tuesday would be punished.

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<![CDATA[Warriors 2016-17 Highlights]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:36:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-618159594_594_screen.jpg

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<![CDATA[SJC Unveils Robots to Help Travelers]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:07:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1025-2016-SJCRobot.jpg

Mineta San Jose International Airport rolled out a new fleet of robots Tuesday to help passengers.

The robots will be stationed at terminals A and B and are already popular with tourists.

"What they will do is engage, entertain and assist travelers," said Rosemary Barnes, San Jose International Airport's spokesperson.

The robots come with 32-inch touch screens and speak six languages.

"Silicon Valley's airport is a host to tech-savvy travelers, both business and lesiure," Barnes said.

The software installed in the robots comes from Bay Area-based Future Robot, Inc.

"Instead of just a store kiosk, or screen, we have eye contact," said Paul McManus of Future Robot, Inc. "This is just the beginning. In the future, we'll add artificial intelligence."

The robot will also take a selfie of you and send it to your smartphone.

Airport officials said the robots do not record audio or video. Authorities also said the robots stay in a small area at the airport to help avoid the chance of bumping into small children.

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<![CDATA[Sediment Runoff Could Hurt Reservoirs in Loma Fire Area]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:22:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/lomafireupdate.jpg

Several storms hitting the Bay Area this week are raising more concerns about how it will affect erosion, water storage and water contamination in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The area was recently damaged in the large Loma Fire. Cal Fire is expected to present its findings after examining the Loma Fire area.

A big concern is the burned watershed areas above Uvas and Chesbro reservoirs.

"We have the issue of the sediment coming in and staying in the reservoir," said Aaron Baker, Santa Clara Valley Water District raw water operations manager. "Thereby reducing the actual life span of those reservoirs."

Baker said the district is also "worried about the possible large amounts of debris that could clog the outlets."

Meanwhile, the district has sand and sand bags ready for residents who may need them during the storm.

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<![CDATA[System Failure at Bay Area DMV Offices]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:53:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dmv+outages.jpg

Those who took their days off for appointments at the Department of Motor Vehicles had an unpleasant surprise Tuesday, as offices around the Bay Area worked to recover from a hardware failure causing the shut down of both the primary and backup systems.

Staff was on hand to answer questions and reschedule missed appointments, however those at the San Mateo DMV say rescheduled appointments were not available until after the start of the year.

DMV Representative Jessica Gonzalez said they anticipate the issue will be resolved by Wednesday morning. 

While Gonzalez said there is no way to contact those that had scheduled appointments Tuesday, they are posting updates on social media and website pages.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the 10 offices in the Bay Area that have working systems include Novato, Vallejo, Pittsburg, Walnut Creek, Oakland Coliseum, Pleasanton, San Jose, Redwood City, Corte Madera, and Los Gatos.

All offices are still conducting drive tests at this time.

DMV website services are available at www.dmv.ca.gov or you can check for updates at 1-800-777-0133.

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<![CDATA[Group Sues Valley Water District Over Fluoridation]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:45:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0310-2015-WaterBoard.jpg

A group of South Bay residents called Safe Pure Water filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Santa Clara Valley Water District to prevent the agency from treating tap water with fluoride.

The water district voted in 2011 to fluoridate the water supply, and in December, most residents in the South Bay are due to start receiving fluoridated water. Health officials say adding fluoride to public water can improve dental health for people of all ages, especially children who don’t have access to regular dental care.

But critics fear it’s not safe. They argue that fluoride is a chemical that doesn’t belong in drinking water. And while studies have concluded fluoridated water is safe, those same critics believe more long-term studies are needed.

The water district board was set to meet Tuesday evening, and Safe Pure Water has organized a rally outside the district offices to start at 5 p.m., with a goal of being seen by people attending the 7 p.m. meeting.

"There’s enough things in our diet that are toxic," said Keith Howe of Safe Pure Water. "I don’t need to add to it with toxic fluoride and other things in the water. Fluoride is absorbed through the skin, doing dishes as well as when you’re drinking water."

Howe suffers from a kidney disease and because of that, he is fighting to keep out fluoridation. "It’s an extreme toxin poison, and it has no place being put in our water," he said.

Lisa Hernandez, Department of Health officer for Santa Clara County, said fluoride presents no danger and is even beneficial.

"Public health has for a long time supported fluoridation," she said. "It is effective, safe, and it reduces tooth decay and protects the community as whole."

Many dentists agree.

"You just see fewer kids with giant black cavities in their mouth," said John Pisacane, former president of the Santa Clara Dental Society. "It’s a great advantage."

There is one common side effect of fluoridation, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It can cause dental fluorosis, a discoloration of tooth enamel.

Tuesday's protest also is sponsored by Healthy Alternative to Pesticides, a group of Santa Clara County residents concerned about the use of pesticides in the environment. The rally will include speeches from experts in support of the cause against fluoridation.

San Francisco and Oakland have fluoridation systems in their water. The CDC said about 75 percent of drinking water is fluoridated.

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<![CDATA[Concord Police Dog Injured in Stabbing Returns to Patrol]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:20:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1011-2016-Jelle.jpg

A Concord police dog injured after officials say he was stabbed by a suspect earlier this month is now back on patrol.

The dog, K9 Jelle, officially returned to the police force this week.

"We can't thank you all enough for the outpouring of support you have the past few weeks," Concord police wrote in a Facebook post.

The dog was helping police respond to a reported stabbing on Oct. 11. Police found the suspect hiding in a shed behind a house near the Concord BART station.

As the officers entered the yard, the suspect came out of the shed and allegedly stabbed and beat the police dog with large garden shears, police said.

Two police officers then shot the 30-year-old suspect, identified as Dominick Musulman. The Antioch resident was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he died, police said.

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<![CDATA[South Bay Church Support Group Tackles Racist Behavior]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:11:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Racists+Anonymous+Group+Picture.jpg

Under the glow of chapel lights, more than a dozen people gather in a circle to say in public what most people talk about in private.

The discussion tonight, and every Thursday night, is racism.

Racists Anonymous, or RA, is a support group for individuals who want to be more conscious of racist behaviors.

What divides them is what brings them together.

Pastor Ron Buford of Congregational Church of Sunnyvale created the group in October 2016.

“We have people who meet here at the church for Alcoholics Anonymous every day, and Overeaters Anonymous eats here too,” said Pastor Buford. “Sitting in my office I would hear them saying the serenity prayer and the Lord’s prayer and I thought…I wonder if we used this to apply to the racism problem maybe it could make a difference.”

Racists Anonymous is modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous. Group members are given “twelve steps” to use in the fight against judgment of people of different races.

Christianity is also a part of the group. Each session starts with a serenity prayer and ends with the Lord’s prayer.

“I come to combat racism,” said Casey Ream, 26, who is a member of the church. “And to reflect and take moral inventory of the things that I’ve done throughout the week that may have been racist.”

No one who joins the group is called a racist. Yet, group members are free to call themselves racist as a way to understand and confront their own behaviors.

No group members can interrupt another person or try to "fix" another person's problem. Rather, everyone is encouraged to listen and provide personal comments. Professions and other personal information is asked to be left outside the group.

“In AA for example, an alcoholic is always an alcoholic. The same is true in RA,” said Pastor Buford. “I believe we’re always a racist and our goal of being mindful of it is to express less of it.”

Pastor Buford says there is no measurement of when someone is no longer racist. Being aware of and changing racist behaviors is a continuous task.

Anyone can attend RA. Jews, Muslims, Christians, Agnostics, men, women, young and older adults currently attend the one-hour weekly meeting. About 12 to 15 people attend regularly.

The groups meets in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most diverse regions in California.

Nearly 47 percent of Santa Clara county identifies as White, 32 percent Asian, 26.9 percent Hispanic or Latino, 2.6 percent black, 0.7 percent Native American, and 4.9 percent two or more races, according to 2010 US Census Bureau Data. 

RA member Ian Greensides says he believed such a diverse environment would welcome his multicultural family. He is White, his wife is Filipino, and his five children are of both races. Yet, he has joined the group because of the anger and frustration he has developed against “liberal, white friends” who he says would question Filipino’s intellect.

“Even though she [his wife] has two advanced degrees, took a class to get rid of her accent, people still don’t see her as an American,” said Greensides. “So what do you do with the frustration? You know why can’t people just see people as people?”

He’s having trouble helping his children answer that question as well.

His teenage son was pulled over in Idaho while driving with his White grandfather. He says the police officer asked his son why he was driving so slow, yet he was driving 72 in a 75 miles per hour speed limit zone. Greensides says he requested dash camera video from the encounter.

“I didn’t realize I had to have the talk that a lot of Black fathers have to have,” said Greensides.

Group member May Wang likes the “spiritual approach” RA provides to fight racism.

“What attracts me is the look inside of me,” said Wang. “It’s inside out. It has nothing to do with being Asian. What attracts me is looking inside of me.”

Pastor Buford hopes other churches and organizations will begin their own RA circles. More than fifty groups have contacted the church in the last year to request a copy of the curriculum in order to start a new group.

“I happen to believe that all of us have an addiction to racism, particularly in America. We can no less be racist than I think a fish can be in the water without getting wet,” said Pastor Buford.

“Our hope is by reducing our own expression of racism and the group growing and spreading, more people will be mindful of their own racism.”

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<![CDATA[DMV California Experiences System Outage]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:55:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DMV211.jpg

The Department of Motor Vehicles in California experienced in-house technical difficulties on Tuesday, according to its website and outgoing phone message.

The internal computer problem affected those physically at various DMV offices in California, including those at Fremont and Southern California offices, users reported. Jackie Garcia tweeted on Tuesday morning that she was having problems in Culver City. Angela Bo Bangela seemed desperate when she tweeted the Stanton office in Orange County was closed. "How can I get proof of license ASAP???" she tweeted.

Some customers also reported a similar problem on Monday. And some Twitter users complained about the issues as far back as Oct. 19.

A woman who answered the phone at the DMV’s technical support line said that the glitch was affecting its internal computer operations, but customers could still use the agency’s online services. That wasn’t helping all of those customers, however, waiting in line.

A representative from the public relations office did not immediately repsond for comment on Tuesday regarding specifica questions, and instead said the answers NBC Bay Area asked would come later in the day by email.

The DMV did issue a brief statement saying that offices would still continue providing drive tests, making return appointments, helping with paperwork, and answering customer’s questions.

There was no estimated time for restoration of services. The DMV asked those with problems to call its technical support services at 877-563-5213. To find out if a local field office is up and running customers can visit the DMV website for the complete list or call 1-800-777-0133.

Below are the DMV field offices still affected by the outage:


  • Arleta
  • Arvin
  • Auburn
  • Bakersfield (F Street)
  • Bell Gardens
  • Bellflower
  • Brawley
  • Carmichael
  • Chula Vista
  • Clovis
  • Compton
  • Concord
  • Costa Mesa
  • Daly City
  • El Cerrito
  • El Monte
  • Eureka
  • Fairfield
  • Fairfield Business Service Center
  • Folsom
  • Fort Bragg
  • Fremont
  • Fresno North
  • Fullerton
  • Garberville
  • Glendale
  • Hawthorne
  • Hayward
  • Hemet
  • Hollister
  • Hollywood
  • Indio
  • Inglewood
  • Jackson
  • King City
  • LA Driver License Processing Center (DLPC)
  • LA Metro Business Service Center
  • Lakeport
  • Lincoln Park
  • Lompoc
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Los Banos
  • Madera
  • Manteca
  • Mariposa
  • Modesto
  • Mountain View
  • Napa
  • Needles
  • Newhall
  • Norco
  • Oakland Claremont
  • Palm Desert
  • Pasadena
  • Paso Robles
  • Petaluma
  • Placentia Industry Service Center
  • Pomona
  • Porterville
  • Rancho Cucamonga
  • Red Bluff
  • Redding
  • Redlands
  • Reedley
  • Ridgecrest
  • Roseville
  • Sacramento Business Service Center
  • San Bernardino Industry Business Center
  • San Diego Clairemont
  • San Diego Normal
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose Driver License Processing Center (DLPC)
  • San Luis Obispo
  • San Marcos
  • San Marcos Industry Business Center
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Ana
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Monica
  • Santa Paula
  • Santa Rosa
  • Sonora
  • South Lake Tahoe
  • Stanton Driver License Processing Center (DLPC)
  • Stockton
  • Taft
  • Temecula
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Torrance
  • Tulare
  • Tulelake
  • Turlock
  • Vacaville
  • Van Nuys
  • Watsonville
  • West Covina
  • West Hollywood
  • Westminster
  • Whittier
  • Winnetka
  • Woodland
  • Yuba City


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<![CDATA[SF Bay Area Ties With NY for 3-Star Restaurants]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:33:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/174*120/quince3.JPG

The coveted Michelin stars – also known as the holy grail of fine dining – are out for 2017, and the San Francisco Bay Area now has as many three-star restaurants as New York.

Six Bay Area restaurants received three stars. In all, 54 restaurants throughout the Bay Area and wine country received a Michelin star rating.

In this edition, Quince, run by Lindsay and Michael Tusk, gets elevated from two to three stars, joining Benu and Saison in San Francisco.

“We have closely watched Chef Michael Tusk for several years now. In his cuisine, every dish, even the simplest, is exceptional," said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide. "It is his fine, precise techniques, that now makes Quince a unique experience for the customer: an experience that is worth the trip."

David Barzelay’s Lazy Bear got awarded a new two-star, joining similarly-ranked restaurants Acquerello, Atelier Crenn, Campton Place and Coi, as well as Oakland’s Commis and Palo Alto’s Baum.

San Jose got its first Michelin star restaurant – Portuguese restaurant Adega. First time stars also went to SoMa’s Hashiri, Civic Center’s ju-ni, Nob Hill’s Mister Jiu’s and Civic Center’s Mosu. Menlo Park’s Madera and Civic Center's The Progress also made the first-timer list.

The 2017 edition of the Michelin Guide San Francisco Bay Area and Wine Country goes on sale Wednesday.

Three Stars

Benu, San Francisco

The French Laundry, Wine Country

Manresa, Peninsula

Quince, San Francisco

The Restaurant at Meadowood, Wine Country

Saison, San Francisco

Two Stars

Acquerello, San Francisco

Atelier Crenn, San Francisco

Baumé, South Bay

Campton Place, San Francisco

Coi, San Francisco

Commis, Oakland

Lazy Bear, San Francisco

One Star

Adega, San Jose

Al’s Place, San Francisco

Aster, San Francisco

Auberge du Soleil, Wine Country

Aziza, San Francisco

Bouchon, Wine Country

Californios, San Francisco

Chez TJ, South Bay

Commonwealth, San Francisco

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Wine Country

Gary Danko, San Francisco

Hashiri, San Francisco

Ju-ni, San Francisco

Keiko à Nob Hill, San Francisco

Kin Khao, San Francisco

La Toque, Wine Country

Lord Stanley, San Francisco

Luce, San Francisco

Madera, Peninsula

Madrona Manor, Wine Country

Michael Mina, San Francisco

Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco

Mosu, San Francisco

Mourad, San Francisco

Nico, San Francisco

Octavia, San Francisco

Omakase, San Francisco

Plumed Horse, South Bay

The Progress, San Francisco

Rasa, Peninsula

Solbar, Wine Country

Sons & Daughters, San Francisco

SPQR, San Francisco

Spruce, San Francisco

State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

Sushi Yoshizumi, Peninsula

Terra, Wine Country

Terrapin Creek, Wine Country

The Village Pub, Peninsula

Wako, San Francisco

Wakuriya, Peninsula

Two stars from @michelininspectors!!! Congrats to the whole team!

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Has Two of the Best Trick-or-Treating Spots: Zillow]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:32:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Halloween-Kids-Generic-AP.jpg

With less than a week to go before Halloween, its time to plan out your trick-or-treating game plan.

Two major Bay Area cities might be your best bet to stock up on sugary treats in both an easy and safe manner.

San Jose checked in at No. 2 on Zillow's annual list of best trick-or-treating cities while San Francisco locked up the third position.

Zillow comes up with its annual list by taking a "look at home values, how close homes are to each other, crime rate and the share of population under 10 years old."

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<![CDATA[Derogatory Notes Labeled Hate Crime, Redwood City Mayor]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:50:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1024+rwc+affordable+housing.jpg

Following derogatory notes found on cars parked in Redwood City, the city has announced the incident will be filed as a hate crime.

"It’s disgusting," Redwood City Mayor John Seybert said. "It’s a hate crime and it will not be tolerated in this city."

While the investigation is ongoing, police have said a suspect leaving notes on cars was spotted in surveillance footage.

One of the notes reads, “No more illegal alien parking on this street! Park in front of the apartments where you live. No room? Then too many of you are here. Quit crowding our neighborhoods and blocking homeowners’ driveways!! Leave!”

The council also voted Monday to endorse Measure K at a special meeting regarding affordable housing.

The Council Finance and Audit Committee said a major focus going forward needs to be incentives for creating second units in homes.

Currently, staff reports two-thirds of developed land are designated as single-unit homes.

A presentation by Homes For All stated that 63 percent of workers are currently commuting into the county, a higher rate than neighboring counties.

There has been 54,600 jobs and 2,100 housing units, or about one new home unit for every 26 new jobs created between 2010 and 2014, according to the presentation.

Staff emphasized a pressing need for affordable housing.

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<![CDATA[#GrabYourWallet — Bay Area Woman Leads Trump Boycott]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:30:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/ivankatrump1.jpg

A Bay Area media marketing specialist is leading a campaign to boycott department stores that sell Ivanka Trump's clothing line — an effort she said was inspired after vulgar tapes about her father groping women surfaced earlier this month.

And as of Tuesday, Shannon Coulter, CEO of DoubleKnown Marketing and Communications, said 21 stores, including big names such as Nordstrom's, Macy's, Marshall's, and Amazon, were on her #GrabYourWallet boycott list.

"I want to be able to shop with a clear conscience," she told NBC Bay Area in a simultaneous Facebook Live and Skype interview from her office.

Coulter said she is targeting Ivanka Trump, who designs a $100-million empire of clothes, shoes and handbags, because she called her Donald Trump's "official surrogate." Ivanka Trump has since called her father's comments on the leaked tapes "inappropriate and offensive." But she has not distanced herself, in Coulter's eyes, far enough away from the man who was heard boasting about grabbing women by their "p----" on a 2005 Access Hollywood tape leaked to the Washington Post earlier this month.

She said her grassroots, Twitter-born campaign was "sparked" on Oct. 11 after the release of those tapes. And ever since, she's received about a dozen "nasty" emails from Trump supporters who are espousing "hatred" toward her, which is why she prefers not to state exactly where she lives and works in the Bay Area. She also insists that she didn't start this campaign as a marketing gimmick for her boutique firm. In fact, she said that she is declining all clients now because she is busy.

During her Facebook Live interview on Tuesday, Coulter also received some criticism from viewers commenting on her effort. One woman called Coulter "pathetic." Anoter commenter wondered if she was a "paid shill" of the Democratic National Committee. (She said she is not.) Cindy Cooper Juarez wrote "this woman is ridiculous. I think a visit to a good shrink is in order for her then going shopping anyway."

Coulter said she came up for the boycott idea as she was reminded of a "bad memory" when the Trump tapes surfaced, where he brags about kissing and groping women as an untouchable celebrity.

She detailed those memories in a storyFriday in the Guardian — the first publication to highlight her boycott — in which she said she was felt up by a supervisor at a Silicon Valley company she was working for at the time. "He pressed himself right up against me and said, 'Why is it you always look so good?'" Coulter told the Guardian.

At the time the article was published four days ago, more than a million people have viewed her posts and Coulter was receiving an average of 200 direct replies on Twitter per day and hundreds of retweets, according to a review of the relevant social media activity. Coulter estimated that more than 50,000 respondents have expressed support for her campaign and at least 2,000 have said they will participate. And many of those behind her are men, Coulter said, which is "especially great." A man with the Twitter handle @Mikealbeland wrote "Keep up the pressure. Bigotry is bad for business, Nordstrom. Not a penny from me!"

In terms of public support, Coulter is pleased.

"I give this a 9," Coulter answered when asked to rate her boycott campaign. "If one store drops out, I'll rate it a 10."

But in terms of her actual boycott, there isn't one store that has taken Coulter up on her call to drop the Ivanka Trump line, even though Macy's dropped Donald Trump products in 2015 after he called Mexicans rapists.

So, in terms of an actual effect, Coulter acknowledged, "the campaign isn't working."

Colter updates her boycott list regularly on a Google docs spreadsheet that she is alerted to by fans, and then which she verifies personally. She follows up with a phone call to each company's customer service department. She said the low-level representatives have all been "nice" and responsive. But she said she has yet to hear directly from an executive at any of the stores she's called out.

The Guardian asked the retailers on the list and Ivanka Trump to comment on the #GrabYourWallet boycott campaign. Zappos.com, Amazon, Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus told the news agency they would decline to comment. Nordstrom answered, but the answer wasn't satisfying to Coulter or her supporters. “We have heard from some customers about this. We don’t currently have any plans to stop offering this collection,” the department said in a statement obtained by the Guardian.

Ivanka Trump’s chief brand manager Abigail Klem did not immediately respond to NBC Bay Area's request for comment on Tuesday. But she did give the Guardian a generic statement after being asked about the boycott: “We are proud that our business is growing rapidly and that our brand resonates strongly with women who are inspired by our messaging and excited about the polished and chic solution-oriented products that we offer.”

While the boycott of stores — especially Amazon—  was at first difficult for Coulter, the campaign has now emboldened her to shop consignment, look for local stores and buy directly from companies themselves, instead of heading into a department store for her purchases. She said she also has been shopping at Target and J.Crew, two stores that don't sell the Ivanka Trump line.

"The silver lining," Coulter said "is that there is a ton of Trump-free shopping out there."

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<![CDATA[London-Bound Flight Diverted After Crew Falls Ill]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:37:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/britishairwaysplaneTails.jpg

An international flight carrying passengers from San Francisco to London Monday night was diverted to Vancouver after a number of crew members fell ill, an airline spokesperson said.

British Airways flight 286 landed without a hitch, but crew members were sent to local hospitals for evaluation, according to a spokesperson. Those employees have since been discharged.

The Airbus 380, which can carry up to 544 passengers, took off from the Bay Area at 7:13 p.m. local time before touching down in Canada at 11:35 p.m.

Airline representatives provided displaced passengers with hotel accommodations and promised to book them on alternative flights.

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<![CDATA[Championship-Minded Warriors Tip Off Season Against Spurs]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:55:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/177*120/KDandStephmediaday.jpg

The time has finally come, "Dub Nation."

A restocked Golden State Warriors squad opens up its 2016-17 championship quest with a season-opening matchup Tuesday night at Oracle Arena against a veteran San Antonio Spurs team.

The highly-anticipated opener will be the first time superstar free agent Kevin Durant takes the floor alongside household names Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in a game that means something record-wise.

Aside from Durant, the Warriors also have a number of new faces to unveil. Zaza Pachulia, David West and JaVale McGee will bolster Golden State down low and fill the void left by Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli. In the backcourt, second round draft pick and point guard Patrick McCaw will look to continue his momentum from a productive preseason.

Fan favorites such as Marreese "Mo Buckets" Speights and Leandro "The Blur" Barbosa are no longer repping the blue and gold, but Warrior fans may soon start to love second-year small forward James Michael McAdoo and rookie Damian Jones once the 7-footer returns to full health.

A Bob Popovich led Spurs squad, which finished right behind the Warriors in the Western Conference standings last season, is still chalk full of veterans, but San Antonio starts a season without future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan for the first time since 1996.

Former Warrior David Lee and six-time NBA All-Star Pau Gasol join a Spurs lineup that still features two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard as well as trusted old-timers Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker. The only Spur scheduled to miss Tuesday's contest is three-point specialist Danny Green, who is battling a leg injury.

Away from the live basketball action, the Golden State Warriors organization will pay special tribute to TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager. More than 19,000 strong inside Oracle Arena will be decked out in a white t-shirt featuring an animated design of Sager sporting one of his customary eccentric suits. The television reporter, who is currently battling leukemia, has been providing sideline insight for over 20 years.

Tickets are still available for the Western Conference clash, but it's going to cost you at least $90 for one seat in the upper deck, according to Ticketmaster.

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<![CDATA['Build the Wall Higher' Graffiti Found at Spanish School]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:16:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/10-25-16--school-vandalism.jpg

Police in the North Bay are reviewing surveillance video to see who spray-painted pro-Trump graffiti at a Spanish-language elementary school over the weekend.

Students and staff on Monday discovered the vandalism at Cali Calmecac Language Academy in Windsor, north of Santa Rosa.

Vandals had painted the word "Trump" around the school, and the phrase: "Build the Wall Higher." Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made many anti-Mexican remarks and has repeatedly called for a wall to be built to separate the United States and Mexico as a way to curb illegal immigration.

The school rushed to get the messages painted-over before students returned to class--but many parents and kids had already spotted the words.

"It's just a big shame, I don't understand why they had to ... it's not OK," parent Melissa Leonard said with tears in her eyes.

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<![CDATA[One Dead After Speeding Car Slams Into Cruisers]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:43:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/10-25-16-opd-officers-deadly-crash4.jpg

A 27-year-old Hayward man in a speeding red car died early Tuesday morning in Oakland after the Chevrolet Impala he was riding in slammed into five other vehicles – including three police cruisers.

Police spokesman Joe Wolfcale said no officers were injured when the accident was reported at 35th and Brookdale avenues just before 1 a.m. The officers were in the neighborhood investigating an unrelated shooting when their cruisers were hit. Police originally said there were two cruisers struck.

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The 27-year-old front seat passenger was declared dead at the scene, Wolfcale said, and three other passengers, all in their 20s, were taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, Wolfcale said. He added that both alcohol and speed are believed to be a factor in the collision.

The scene was chaotic before the sun came up on Tuesday. The cruisers were smashed and shattered, parked on the sidewalk. The red car was disabled in the middle of the street; the hood up, the windows cracked, the front tires were askew. The cruisers were towed away in the rain before 6 a.m. And teams of officers walked about, taking notes and collecting evidence.


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<![CDATA[Raiders' Punter was King for a Day in Victory over Jaguars]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:41:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/marrrkinggg.jpg

So far, this has been a terrific season for Raiders punter Marquette King.

King ranks No. 2 in the NFL with an average of 50.6 yards per punt and is No. 8 in net average at 42.4. He’s also put 15 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.

After coming to the Raiders as an undrafted free agent with a strong leg, King has improved his game every season. He now not only has a strong leg, but is better at directional punts and higher, shorter kicks.

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said King has “done a great job of developing himself.”

He added, too, that special team coordinator Brad Seely and assistant special teams coach Tracy Smith have worked with King to refine his game the past two seasons.

“They’ve done a tremendous job with him on the fundamentals of playing the position, all that it takes to play that position,” he said. “Not just kicking the ball, kicking the ball directionally, the holes, the whole package. He’s grown as a player in that way. He’s definitely an asset for us and we need that.”

King also turned in a great play this past Sunday in the victory over Jacksonville that improved the Raiders to 5-2 this season.

On a fourth-and-24 punting situation in the fourth quarter, King picked up a rare bad snap by long snapper Jon Condo and – as defenders started to close in – burst through a gap around the right side for 27 yards and a first down. The Raiders would go on to score a touchdown on the drive.

“I just picked the ball up and started running,” King told reporters after the game. “After I passed the orange sticks (for a first down) I got a little light-headed and realized I’m really running the ball right now. It’s been since high school that I ran from the punting formation.”

Quarterback Derek Carr enjoyed watching the play.

“That was a big play,” Carr said. “It’s a team game and the biggest play of the day came from our punter. Usually it’s him putting it inside the 5. This time it was on an explosive run. It was fun to watch. I got a good kick out of it. Hopefully we don’t have to put him in too many more situations like that.”

Meanwhile, King’s performance as a punter likely had even more of an impact. He averaged 54.6 yards per punt and had a net average of 50.6. Plus, four of his five punts were downed inside the 20.

The Raiders have remained in Florida this week to practice and prepare for this Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. in the Bay Area.

<![CDATA[San Jose Police Open Fire on SUV That Twice Rammed Officers]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:21:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/10-25-16+sjpd+ois+bullet+holes.jpg

San Jose police officers opened fire early Tuesday on a suspect after a man in a stolen Isuzu SUV twice rammed an officer in a squad car near the Kellogg Co. plant.

Despite that, there were no injuries during the midnight shooting that unfolded at the corner of Wooster and Tripp avenues.

Lt. Greg Lombardo said three officers were on routine foot patrol at the end of Wooster just north of Tripp. As one of the officers was getting back into his patrol car, the silver SUV came around the corner and struck the police cruiser. The suspect vehicle then backed up and struck the patrol car again, Lombardo said. At this point, the other two officers that were still on foot began firing their service weapons at the suspect vehicle, Lombardo said.

The driver then fled the scene and the SUV was discovered unoccupied about a half a mile away at McKee Road and El Rancho Verde Drive. Police searched the area near the vehicle and located a person officers think might be connected to the event. That person was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant, Lombardi said.

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<![CDATA[Buckner is one of 49ers' Few Bright Spots]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:10:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/dfbuckvgbillz.jpg

The 49ers are 1-6, buried in the NFC West cellar and have dim prospects, thanks to a thin roster, dearth of playmakers and injuries.

Yet one player is living up to high expectations: defensive end DeForest Buckner.

The 49ers’ top pick in this spring’s draft is starting and playing very well almost halfway through his rookie season.

In Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buckner played the most snaps of any defensive lineman. He was on the field for 73, or 97 percent of all snaps, and was in on six tackles.

In six games this season, Buckner has been in on 36 tackles, has two sacks and a fumble recovery.

Against the Bucs, he committed an unnecessary roughness penalty that helped keep a touchdown drive alive just before halftime. Afterward, he admitted he needs to better control himself. He pushed Bucs center Joe Hawley, after Jameis Winston already had completed a pass, drawing a flag. He indicated that he was baited into the action by Hawley’s play.

“I just lost my composure for a quick second,” Buckner told Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. “It cost us the drive. Next time I have to keep my composure. You can watch the film and see what happened.”

Yet despite the penalty, Buckner had a solid game. The analytics website Pro Football Focus noted he pressured the quarterback twice, hit him once and had five run stops.

The performance comes a week after his best game, against the Bills, in which he was in on nine tackles, had two sacks and recovered a fumble.

The 49ers defense this season is horrible. There are holes everywhere. But at least Buckner and his former Oregon teammate Arik Armstead – at the other defensive end spot – are giving San Francisco some solid play and hope for the future.

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<![CDATA[Twitter Plans Another Round of Layoffs, About 300: Report]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:03:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/10-30-2013-twitter-generic.jpg

Twitter is planning another round of layoffs within the next week, according to a report from Bloomberg Technology, which cited sources familiar with the matter.

The San Francisco-based social media company may lay off about 300 workers, about 8 percent of its workforce, the same percentage it cut last year when co-founder Jack Dorsey took over as CEO, the Bloomberg report said.

An announcement about the job cuts may come before Twitter releases its third-quarter earnings report on Thursday, one of the sources told Bloomberg. The company declined to comment.

Twitter has been looking into a sale in recent weeks, but several top tech companies that had expressed interest in bidding -- including Salesforce, Disney and Google -- have backed off.

Twitter's losses and plummeting share price have made it more difficult for the company to pay its engineers in stock and add new talent, analysts have said.

Twitter shares closed at $18.03 on Monday.

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<![CDATA[East Palo Alto Landlords Who Bullied Tenants Face Charges]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:37:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/epa-landlord.jpg

An East Palo Alto landlord and his son destroyed or damaged tenants' personal property in a plot to persuade residents to move out of the rent-controlled apartment complex so the landlord could raise the rent to market rates, according to the East Palo Alto Police Department and the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Police and DA investigators completed a lengthy investigation Monday and concluded that landlord Nemat Matt Malek Salehi, and his son, Auria Malek Salehi, were involved in felony destruction of property cases at the Stanford Garden apartment complex at 1735 Woodland Ave.

The targeted tenants on numerous occasions had their car windows broken or other personal property damaged, the investigation revealed.

Several tenants told NBC Bay Area the landlords did everything from screaming at them to vandalizing their cars.

"I've just always felt not welcomed," said tenant Justin Russell, who pays $1,250 a month for his one-bedroom apartment. "They’re trying to get people who pay less rent out."

Also, during the course of the investigation, the landlord’s son contacted a witness and tried to dissuade them from cooperating with the investigation.

"These were bullies, who attempted to gain a benefit from people who would not be able to live elsewhere," San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Arrest warrants were issued for both suspects on Sept. 21. The landlord has been charged with felony destruction of property, and bail was set at $25,000. The son has been charged with a misdemeanor for attempting to dissuade a witness. His bail also was set at $25,000. Both suspects surrendered to the Court.

The landlords, who posted bail and now await their first court dates, declined to comment.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information is urged to contact the East Palo Alto police Commander Jeff Liu at 650-853-5904, send an anonymous email to epa@tipnow.org or send an anonymous text to 650-409-6792.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Braces for Several Storms]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:57:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1024-2016-BerkeleyTree.jpg

The Bay Area is bracing for several storms set to hit the region this week.

The first storm arrived Monday and is expected to continue Tuesday, bringing up to 1.75 inches of rain to some North Bay locations, forecasters said.

In the North Bay, people who live along a flood-prone road in Sonoma County are holding their breath the road holds up this storm season. County officials have taken new steps to keep it from flooding this year.

"We wanted to protect the road, so we went in and actually built a concrete wall underneath the road and paved over it," said John McCarthy, Sonoma County's Public Works director.

McCarthy said they have spent $18 million to clear out drains, including the repaving and resealing of 70 miles of road throughout the county.

With a rainy week on tap, the work could soon be put to the test. Residents like Cristi Bice are hopeful.

"I hope we are able to cross it when it does rain a lot," Bice said.

In the South Bay, the wet and windy weather was too much for many drought-stricken trees.

A 60-foot tree weighing 50,000 pounds toppled down in Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and clipped a house near the local country club.

"The whole world was moving, and I hit the floor," homeowner Mike Arnett said.

In another Boulder Creek neighborhood, a resident was not so lucky. A 90-foot rotting Oak tree crashed down on a home, damaging the roof, awning, water heater and fencing. But the resident still considers himself fortunate because the falling tree hit a big Redwood on the way down.

"It slowed down its speed, which was good," resident Wallace Stokes said. "And it also changed its trajectory. Otherwise, it might have come right through the bedroom and bathroom."

In the East Bay, a large tree came down at College and Alcatraz avenues around 3:30 p.m. Monday in Berkeley. No injuries were reported, but the tree did rip up a sidewalk. Crews were still working on clearing the 50-foot elm late Monday night.

Residents said they thought it was an earthquake when the tree came crashing down.

"It sounded like a huge car crash to me," resident Jacob Irizarry said. "Then I saw the tree had gone over. I was still shaking."

Mario Nimnicht lives on the top floor of the apartment building. He felt relieved that the tree didn't fall at a time when more people were near it.

"It could have been really bad if the timing was different," he said.

Officials said it appears strong wind is the reason for the tree falling.

The gusty winds also caused problems on the bay, canceling ferry service from South San Francisco to the East Bay because of choppy waters.

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<![CDATA[Parents, Doctors Question Safety of Sedation Dentistry]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:09:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1024-2016-DentalAnesthesia.jpg

Editor’s note: The Dental Board of California is accepting public input on dental anesthesia until Friday, Oct. 28. If you’d like to voice an opinion, e-mail Karen Fischer, the board’s executive director, at: Karen.Fischer@dca.ca.gov.

TRACY – Mariela Montoya sobs when she recalls the day she took her two-year-old son to the dentist and he never came home.

Acting alone in February 2015, the dentist sedated 2-year-old Alejandro with a local anesthetic to treat a rotten molar.

But following the procedure, Alejandro was rushed to the hospital where Montoya says the diagnosis was brain damage.

“They said it was probably from the anesthesia,” she said. “It was a lot.”

Montoya then had a heartbreaking choice: whether to keep Alejandro on life support.

“It was hard,” she said, crying. “I knew he wasn’t going to wake up… I knew then that he was gone.”

Alejandro’s death echoes the case of Caleb Sears. He’s the 6-year-old boy from Albany who died after visiting a dentist who simultaneously administered anesthesia and removed a tooth.

The circumstances are somewhat different, but the outcome is the same. Both little boys are dead. And the state accused both dentists of failures in drug dosing and monitoring.


After Caleb’s death in 2015, the state legislature ordered the Dental Board of California, which licenses and polices dentists, to study the safety of dentists giving kids anesthesia.

“I keep thinking I wish someone else had done this,” said Eliza Sears, Caleb’s mother. “I wish someone else had done this years ago and saved Caleb.”

The state has never before tracked how many kids’ die. NBC Bay Area tried, but discovered records that are heavily redacted and inconsistent. Some dentists send in detailed reports when something goes wrong; others submit just a few sentences.

Dentist Bruce Whitcher reviewed the same data for the board. His study found nine deaths over the past five years. Whitcher spoked at an October board meeting.

“There doesn’t seem to be a clear pattern,” he said.


 Still, the board is considering change -- steps that many states have already taken.

  • Requiring three people during complex anesthesia
  • Requiring dentists to get a special permit to sedate children
  • Requiring more expertise for dental assistants.

“I think we’re doing a lot of things right; I think there are some things we can do better,” Whitcher said.

But several experts say these possible changes don’t go far enough.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling on the board to ban dentists from performing anesthesia themselves.

Pediatrician Dr. Paula Whiteman spoke to the board.

“Not one more healthy California child should suffer a potentially preventable death in a dental chair,” she said.


Some experts say even the cases that don’t end in death are important. Yet those aren’t tracked either.

So, NBC Bay Area spent months reviewing 380 state accusations against dentists. In those involving anesthesia, some patients recovered, but others were left with conditions as severe as brain damage.

Loma Linda University Dental Professor Larry Trapp argues the era of dentists administering anesthesia themselves should end.

 “We’ve got to go with the highest level of care until proven otherwise,” he said. “And that to me, is having an anesthesiologist and a surgeon assigned to each case.”

Board president Doctor Steven Morrow acknowledged the stark contrast between the board’s preliminary fixes and testimony of several experts. Yet, he said the dental board is open to change.

“We will take those additional comments under consideration and we will continue to develop our recommendations. They are not finished yet,” he said.


The board has heard from multiple interest groups: dentists, pediatricians, oral surgeons, anesthesiologists, etcetera. Yet, it has heard from exactly zero patients like you -- the people their decision will impact the most.

There are still four days left for you to speak up.

The Dental Board of California is accepting public input until October 28. If you’d like to voice an opinion, e-mail Karen Fischer, the board’s executive director, at: Karen.Fischer@dca.ca.gov.

The board plans to make recommendations in early December.

No matter what the dental board does, you always have the final word. It you want a separate anesthesiologist to sedate you, ask for one. If your dentist won’t honor your request, you have the right to cancel the procedure and find one who will.

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<![CDATA[Award-Winning Filmmaker Arrested in SF Homicide: Police]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:31:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1024-2016-SFHomicide.jpg

An award-winning filmmaker was arrested Monday in connection with a fatal shooting in San Francisco, police department officials said.

San Francisco-based filmmaker Kevin Epps, 48, was taken into custody by investigators on suspicion of homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was booked into county jail Monday evening.

The homicide was reported just after 1:30 p.m. at a home in the 100 block of Addison Street in the city's Glen Park neighborhood, police said. When officers arrived on scene, they found a man in his 40s suffering from a gunshot wound.

Paramedics who responded to the scene declared the victim dead.

The victim had not been identified by police or coroner officials Monday night, but a man who said he was the victim's son was at the scene with other relatives and confirmed the slain man is Marcus Polk Sr.

Polk’s son said his father, a cousin of Epps', would stay periodically at the home. Polk Jr. said the two men got into an argument.

"My dad likes to poke fun at people, but I guess the guy had had enough of it," Polk Jr. said.

Rudy Corpuz, founder of youth anti-violence group United Playaz, said he was stunned when he heard Epps was arrested in the killing.

"He’s a revolutionary; he helped many many people," Corpuz said.

Epps rose to fame after producing and directing the documentary "Straight Outta Hunters Point." The critically acclaimed film painted a bleak picture of life in San Francisco's roughest neighborhoods. He appeared on NBC Bay Area's "Today in the Bay" in 2011.

Epps also is a board member of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association.

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<![CDATA[California National Guard Soldiers Forced to Repay Bonuses]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:57:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/vanmeter2.jpg

California National Guard soldiers who received bonuses of $15,000 or more for their willingness to re-enlist and go to war now must pay back that money with interest, according to letters they received from the California Guard over the past decade.

Nearly 10,000 soldiers, many of whom served multiple combat tours, have been ordered to repay the large re-enlistment bonuses — and slapped with interest charges, wage garnishments and tax liens if they refuse — after audits revealed widespread overpayments by the California Guard at the height of the wars last decade, according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the story.

Members of Congress and veterans leaders on Monday called for federal action to absolve the debts. Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers said the California National Guard is working with members of Congress to introduce legislation that, if approved and signed by the president, would order the National Guard Bureau to clear the debts of soldiers who were wrongly told they were eligible for bonuses.

"This is how you destroy all faith in a Pentagon that is supposed to have your back," Brian Duffy, head of the national service organization Veterans of Foreign Wars, told the Associated Press in an emailed statement. "Instead of seeking repayment, the Pentagon owes them a debt of thanks and an apology for insulting their honorable service to our nation."

Bay Area lawmakers also are fighting back. U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove) called the payback plan "outrageous" and Monday proposed legislation to change the National Defense Authorization Act in a way that "it would tell the Department of Defense and the National Guard that they can't claw back retention bonuses."

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco), who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, also is outraged and said she plans to investigate the reimbursement plan.

At least 54 members of Congress and the California Legislature sent letters to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter asking that he halt the collections and provide further information.

In 2012, Christopher Van Meter, an Iraq War veteran guardsman with 21 years of service and a purple heart, was stunned when he received the letter that said he had to repay $25,000 in re-enlistment bonuses and $21,000 in student loans.

"It was awful; it was gut-wrenching," said Van Meter, a Manteca resident. "I was frustrated and in denial and not sure what's going on."

Van Meter was not alone. The California National Guard sent similar letters to nearly 10,000 soldiers. The bonuses were supposed to be paid to soldiers in high-demand assignments such as intelligence or to noncommissioned officers badly needed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2010, a federal investigation found thousands of bonuses and student loan payments were given to California guardsmen who did not qualify.

Van Meter and his wife fought the repayment for two years but ultimately began payments of $1,300 a month until that became too stressful on their household.

"In the end, we decided to refinance our house so the debt would go away in 2014," Van Meter said.

The Guard said the bonuses were paid with taxpayer money and legally they it must get the money back. A class-action lawsuit has been filed in federal district court in Sacramento on behalf of the soldiers who received bonuses.

"The problem we ran into is even with the old bonus payment, if the soldier was overpaid, the only avenue we had was debts initiated," said National Guard spokesman Michael Piazzoni. "But that doesn’t take away a soldier's due process to fight the debt. We’ve talked to thousands of soldiers, and we told them, 'You didn’t do anything wrong. You just weren’t authorized to receive this amount of money.'"

But many question why the very people who’ve given so much for their country are now being asked to give even more.

Many of the thousands of guardsmen who have not been able to pay back the money now face interest payments and penalties. Some have had their wages garnished.

So far, the guard has recovered more than $22 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Monday is Last Day to Register to Vote in November Election]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:43:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/vote+sign+generic.jpg

Monday is the last day for Bay Area residents to register to vote for the Nov. 8 general election.

Election officials in San Francisco said more people are registering to vote for this election than in 2008, when Barack Obama was elected president.

"These are high," said John Arntz, elections director. "This is a lot of people coming who are engaged with the voting process."

The difference this time around are young voters who seem to be indifferent to the election.

"A lot of people don’t really think it matters to vote," San Francisco State student Austin Stroschein said. "That’s what I’ve heard a lot of."

SFSU grad student Anne Wong agreed, saying, "Some people are just indifferent, like what’s the difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton."

But millennial voter Elyse Knopf sees a sharp contrast between the candidates and a lot to motivate voters.

"There’s two very different candidates, and I think it’s very important for all millennials to get out there and give their opinion," she said.

Several Bay Area counties are reporting rising numbers of registered voters. Here are the numbers for some as of Monday afternoon:

  • San Francisco - total registered voters, 503,802; total vote-by-mail ballots, 299,544 (Democrats, 186,949; Republican, 24,573); total ballots returned so far, 34,255 (Dems, 23,782; GOP, 3,419).
  • Alameda County - total registered voters, 873,959; total vote-by-mail ballots, 567,939 (Dems, 333,840; GOP, 70,492); total ballots returned so far, 62,272 (Dems, 39,130; GOP, 9,025).
  • Contra Costa County - total registered voters, 597,000; total vote-by-mail ballots, 387,000 (Dems, 199,000; GOP, 87,000); total ballots returned so far, 51,000 (no party breakdown available).
  • Marin County - total registered voters, 159,514; total vote-by-mail ballots, 119,267 (Dems., 67,075; GOP, 20,533); total ballots returned so far, 15,752 (Dems, 10,012; GOP, 2,705).
  • Santa Clara County - total registered voters, 860,351; total vote-by-mail ballots, 660,770 (Dems, 313,451; GOP, 135,250); total ballots returned so far, 64,229 through Saturday (Dems, 33,405; GOP, 13,511).

Bay Area residents can register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov. The website can be accessed even from a smartphone or tablet.

Paper registration forms can be found at libraries, the county election office, Department of Motor Vehicle offices and U.S. Post Offices.

Paper registration forms must be postmarked no later than Monday, according to the Secretary of State's office.

Bay Area residents can check their voter registration status on the secretary of state's website.

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<![CDATA[Workers Accuse Humane Society of Understaffing, Animal Abuse]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:10:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/humane-society.jpg

Workers at the Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo have accused the agency of understaffing and what amounts to animal abuse and cruelty after several kittens and a dog died while in its care.

About a dozen employees at the Humane Society said animals are being mistreated and even killed in the shelter. But the agency said it’s all inflated accusations in the midst of an employee contract dispute.

The employees' accusations stem from several kittens dying over the summer. The workers said volunteers weren’t properly trained, and that contributed directly to the animals' deaths. Agency managers said the kittens were sick, and there was nothing more they could do.

In another case of what employees call mistreatment, a pit bull named Max was found by animal control officers bloody and trapped, trying to escape his kennel at the Humane Society shelter in San Mateo.

"What I saw was a dog that had it’s neck cut," Animal Control Officer Dylan Skiles said.

Skiles said he requested management inspect all of the kennels weeks before the incident, after a previous incident where a dog was injured trying to escape a broken cage.

Humane Society spokeswoman Lisa Vanbuskirk said in that case, the cage had been broken by the dog, and it was repaired the following day. Vanbuskirk, the agency's senior vice president of development, responded to a number of accusations Monday, including a dog that died after being transported in a vehicle that lacked air conditioning.

"There’s been some unfortunate situations; we’re not happy about any of them," she said. "We feel like there’s reasons why they occurred."

In the case of the dog that died in the truck, Vanbuskirk pointed the finger at an animal control officer.

"Rather than trying to fix the problem of inadequate cooling in the truck, the officer was blamed for the death and fired," Skiles said.

Vanbuskirk also confirmed that several employees were fired last year after a dog was mistakenly euthanized. She believes the so-called whistleblowers are attempting to publicly shame the Humane Society as a political stunt while union contract negotiations are ongoing.

But the employees say they're trying to speak for the animals.

"This isn’t about the money. This isn’t about the contract. This is about the animals," said Vaughn Hyndman, a dispatcher for Animal Control.

The union members who spoke Monday believe the agency's troubles are caused by lack of staffing. Humane Society officials did not have exact numbers for staffing, but there are about five open positions posted on its website.

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<![CDATA[UC Berkeley Interfraternity Council Announce New Party Rules]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:30:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1024-2016-CalParty.jpg

The Interfraternity Council at UC Berkeley are setting new guidelines after lifting a party ban that was voluntarily in effect over the weekend.

Sorority and fraternity members from Greek Row met behind closed doors over the weekend to come up with new party standards.

The council voluntarily placed a ban on parties after two women were sexually assaulted at Greek events off campus last week.

Party guests will be given new guidelines about what "consent" means when entering parties.

Under the new rules, every house must have three sober members on-call to report to the council at every party or event. Hard alcohol is also banned from the parties. Anyone caught with hard alcohol will be fined up to $20 per member.

A student who is pledging into a fraternity and new to Greek life said the new rules sends the right message about preventing sexual assault on campus.

"You know you can't get away with it," student Yahn Bruggeman said.

A representative from the Interfraternity Council said it is unclear how long the new rules will last.

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<![CDATA[49ers QB Kaepernick Wears Shirt to Honor Black Panther Party]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:06:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kap-smile.jpg

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick paid tribute to the Black Panther Party following Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kaepernick was seen wearing a Black Panthers shirt while he talked to reporters. The outspoken quarterback the week before sported a Muhammad Ali shirt following a loss to the Buffalo Bills.

"To pay homage," Kaepernick answered when asked at the time about wearing the Ali shirt. "He fought a very similar fight and was trying to do what's right for the people. And for me to be able to have someone like that come before me is huge.

Kaepernick this season has refused to stand for the national anthem before games in protest of racial discrimination against blacks in the United States, particularly after a spate of police shootings of African Americans.

Kaepernick wearing a Black Panther Party shirt follows a day after former leaders and community members gathered in Oakland to honor the group's 50th anniversary.

During the month of October, the Black Panthers have been praised for combating racial injustice and taking time to uplift the battered African American community.

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<![CDATA[AMC Theatres to Host Election Night Viewing Parties]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:31:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/Clinton-Trump-Debate-Caras.JPG

You’ll be able to watch the drama of Election Night with popcorn, candy and dozens of like-minded strangers.

AMC Theatres and CNN will broadcast the Nov. 8 presidential election on the big screen at 50 theaters in 25 cities nationwide, including in two theaters in San Diego.

The event is free for members of AMC Stubs , a tiered perks program from the exhibitor chain, and their guests, AMC Theatres said Monday. Audience members can choose between "red" and "blue" locations, depending on party preference.

In San Diego County, you’ll head to AMC Mission Valley 20 if you’re part of the Democratic party and to AMC La Jolla 12 if you favor the Republican party.

Other cities with theaters taking part include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

The broadcast, which will also include major national, state and local elections, will begin at 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

This isn't the first time this election season that a theater company is getting in the politics game. Last week, Regal Cinemas hosted debate viewing parties in San Diego.

<![CDATA[Bicyclist Seriously Injured After South Bay Hit-and-Run]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:33:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/websunnyvalebikecrash1.jpg

A bicyclist who suffered life-threatening injuries in a hit-and-run collision in Sunnyvale on Monday morning is in critical condition, a city Department of Public Safety spokesman said.

A 67-year-old woman was riding her bicycle on East Fremont Avenue east of Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road, where a white vehicle hit her around 10:30 a.m., Department of Public Safety Capt. Shawn Ahearn said.

Officers responded to the scene on a report of a collision involving major injuries and spoke with witnesses, Ahearn said.

The bicyclist was transported to a hospital for life-threatening injuries, Ahearn said.

The suspect driver sped away in a vehicle described as a white four-door sedan, possibly a late model Acura, seen heading east on East Fremont Avenue and south on Wolfe Road, Ahearn said.

The car may have damage on its front bumper and hood area, Ahearn said.

The vehicle and driver, who had dark hair in a ponytail, hadn't been located as of Monday afternoon. There was no video surveillance of the collision captured from neighboring businesses, he said.

Investigators haven't determined whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision, Ahearn said.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call investigator Dzanh Le of the Department of Public Safety's Major Accident Investigation Team at (408) 730-7109.

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<![CDATA[Dublin Makes Nextdoor's Top 10 Halloween Candy Cities List]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:18:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Nextdoor-Treat-map-infographic.jpg

If you’re plotting your route to get the most loot on the scariest night of the year, be sure to check out Dublin. The city is on Nextdoor.com’s list of top 10 cities for trick-or-treating in the country.

In the weeks leading up to Halloween, the neighborhood-based social networking site posts a special feature: a map of users who plan to give out treats on All Hallows' Eve.

Each home on the Treat Map is marked with a candy corn icon. Residents must be users of the site and self-identify online as candy-pushers.

“This is the online equivalent of turning on your porch light,” said Nextdoor spokeswoman Kelsey Grady.

Costumed kids can hone in on the houses with sweets to spare, instead of just judging homes by how much effort went into the spooky décor. Candy-obsessed trick-or-treaters can plot a path through their neighborhood to insure their goodie bags reach maximum capacity. And people who are dieting or going to bed early can avoid having the doorbell rung every five minutes by small children experiencing extreme sugar highs.

Dublin came in seventh on Nextdoor’s list for densest candy-distribution. Most of other cities on the top-10 list are in the Midwest, with the exception of Silver Spring, MD (#10), Parker, CO (#5), Wake Forest, NC (#4), and Brentwood, TN (#6). The Chicago suburb of Downers Grove tops the list.

Nextdoor’s analysis compared the number of users who registered told the site they planned to dole out candy last Halloween, against its total number of users in each city with more than 5,000 Nextdoor users. The list features cities with the best ratio for candy consumption from each state.

Grady said users have asked the site to flag which homes are giving out peanut-free candy, or small toys instead of sugary treats, or the coveted king-size candy bars. But the map can’t do that yet – maybe next year. Start costume planning now!

Nextdoor has members in 115,000 neighborhoods, which represents 65 percent of the neighborhoods in US.

So forget schlepping the kids to Mariposa in the Berkeley Hills. Or the parking headache on Trestle Glen in Oakland. Pile the little ghouls in the car and hop 580 to a land where chocolate, caramel, and cavities are free for the taking. Go East, young goblin, and do your best! 

<![CDATA[SF Robbery Suspects Steal Man's Camera, Drag Him on Asphalt]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:42:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PadillaJacobo.jpg

San Francisco police are searching for four robbery suspects who are accused of stealing a man's camera and dragging him on the ground during their escape, police said.

Authorities were alerted to the 900 block of Point Lobos Avenue on Oct. 5 and found a man suffering from multiple cuts on his arms.

The victim told police that a total of five suspects were present when he was shoved to the ground and had his camera poached from his hands. The victim tried to hold on to his camera, but one of the suspects eventually grabbed control after pulling the victim along the asphalt for approximately 10 feet.

Four suspects escaped in a silver Honda Civic while a fifth suspect fled on foot down Point Lobos Avenue, police said.

Police have apprehended one suspect, identified as 19-year-old San Francisco resident Jacobo Padilla, but they said they have yet to locate the four others.

Padilla was arrested for robbery, conspiracy and committing a felony while on bail, police said.

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