<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News - Peninsula]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/localen-usFri, 20 Oct 2017 13:39:10 -0700Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:39:10 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Peninsula Humane Society Helps Save 235 Kittens]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:33:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/PHS+Kitten+Nursery+1.jpgThe Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA's Kitten Nursery saved the lives of 235 under-aged kittens this year -- the highest number to date since the nursery opened in 2008. Here's a look at some of the kittens saved.

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<![CDATA[Californians Prepare for Annual 'ShakeOut' Earthquake Drill]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:34:23 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/EarthquakeFile.jpg

Millions of Californians and many others around the world plan to drop, cover and hold on in an annual drill aimed at keeping them safe during the violent shaking of earthquakes.

Organizers say 10.2 million people are registered to take part in the "Great California ShakeOut" at 10:19 a.m. Thursday.

Participants include more than 6 million K-12 students and nearly 2 million people at colleges and universities as well as governments, businesses, faith-based organizations and individuals.

An additional 42 million people have registered for other ShakeOut drills across the United States and its territories as well as in British Columbia to Japan, Italy and New Zealand.

The ShakeOut drills originated in California in 2008.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area



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<![CDATA[Jail Inmate Back in Custody After Mistakenly Released]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:49:21 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RodneyJefferson.jpg

A jail inmate in Alameda County who was released by mistake before he was about to be transferred to San Mateo County Jail turned himself in to authorities Tuesday afternoon, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said.

Rodney Jefferson, 27, of San Francisco, was released in error on Oct. 9 from a jail facility in Alameda County. He was being held on federal charges for an auto burglary, sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's officials said there was no threat to the public, but a warrant was issued for his arrest.

At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jefferson turned himself in to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service in Oakland. Sheriff's deputies then took him to the Maguire Correctional Facility in San Mateo County without further incident, sheriff's officials said.

Jefferson was released because of a technical error and a miscommunication on the part of records staff in San Mateo County.

San Mateo County sheriff's officials said they have added additional steps in their procedures to prevent this situation from happening again.

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<![CDATA[Smoke Advisory, Spare the Air Alert Issued for Bay Area]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:36:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17285575204007.jpg

A smoke advisory and Spare the Air alert have been issued for Monday in the Bay Area, air quality officials said Sunday.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District recommended that people, especially in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties, stay inside when possible in buildings with filtered air such as public libraries and shopping malls; or people in the fire-impacted areas should leave the area for areas less impacted by wildfire smoke until the smoke levels subside.

People who must stay in the fire-impacted areas should wear an N95 mask to minimize breathing harmful particles in smoke.

Air district officials urge people to protect themselves and their family from heavy smoke.

Residents who see or smell smoke in their immediate area should stay indoors, if possible, with the windows and doors closed and air conditioning units on recirculate.

Air district officials are asking residents and visitors to avoid adding pollution to the air by cutting back on activities such as wood burning, lawn mowing, leaf blowing, driving and barbecuing.



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<![CDATA[Search For Mother Trapped in Tubbs Fire Ends in Heartbreak]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:47:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Missing+Woman_GettyImages-859543022.jpg

Jessica Tunis screamed at her mother to run out of the burning house but Linda Tunis said she was trapped, there was fire everywhere, and the last thing she said to her daughter was that she was going die before the call dropped.

The younger Tunis immediately called 911 early Monday, but didn't know if they rescued her 69-year-old mom before her house was leveled in wildfires that swept Northern California's wine country.

She turned to social media, along with hundreds of others looking for loved ones. She posted a picture of her mother smiling at a café with the caption, "Does anyone know if Journey's End Mobile Home Park got evacuated before it burned down? I can't find my mom, Linda Tunis."

The post spawned more than 100 comments, largely from strangers who offered encouragement and tips, she told an AP reporter Tuesday night. Some even went to shelters to search for the woman who loved bingo and the beach.

"I've had people going to shelters for me because of Facebook," Tunis said. "It does help. For sure. Anything helps."

As of Wednesday, 22 wildfires were burning in Northern California, up from 17 the day before. The blazes killed at least 21 people and destroyed an estimated 3,500 homes and businesses, many of them in California's wine country.

Sonoma County authorities said they didn't have the resources to look for missing people with fires spreading and more evacuations.

Jessica Tunis hoped desperately that her mother was somewhere safe, unable to tell people who she was. The family continued calling hospitals seeking Jane Does and hitting up evacuation centers.

On Wednesday, her brother Robert Tunis picked through the debris where his mother's house once stood, searching for clues to what happened to her.

"She's spunky, she's sweet, she loves bingo and she loves the beach, she loves her family," said Jessica Tunis on Wednesday, crying. "Please help me find her. I need her back. I don't want to lose my mom."

Hours later Tunis texted an AP reporter to say her brother had found their mother's remains among the debris. Authorities put the remains of the 69-year-old woman in a small white plastic bag and strapped it to a gurney before taking it away.

Jessica Tunis didn't forget to update her friends on Facebook:

"My mother's remains have been found at her home at Journey's End. May she rest in peace, my sweet Momma."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area



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<![CDATA[North Bay Fires Prompt Smoke Advisory for Bay Area]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:45:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/AP_17282592183596.jpg

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory Monday as a result of multiple fires burning in Napa and Sonoma counties.

Smoke from the fires, which have burned tens of thousands of acres, wafted across the Bay Area due to high winds late Sunday and early Monday, air district officials said.

According to AIRNow, air conditions across the Bay Area are ranging between unhealthy and hazardous. Cities near or in Napa and Sonoma County are advised to take proper precautions. The air quality in these counties are very unhealthy and the population can be affected. 

Residents are advised to limit outdoor activities and to set air conditioning and car ventilation systems to the "recirculate" option to prevent outside air from entering.

If indoors, keep your windows and doors closed unless it is extremely hot outside. According to air district officials, if the home lacks air conditioning, staying inside with the windows closed may be dangerous in hot weather. It is advised that people in these circumstances seek alternative shelter. 

It is important to keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent additional smoke from coming in. 

Elderly people, children and those with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to the smoky conditions and should take extra precautions, air district officials said.




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<![CDATA[Fire Disables Bus on Northbound I-280 in San Mateo]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:50:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1062017disabledbussanmateo_303930.JPG

A bus fire was reported Friday on northbound Interstate 280 in San Mateo.

NBC Bay Area's SkyRanger showed a white tour bus that had pulled over on the side of the freeway. Passengers were standing beside the disabled vehicle alongside California Highway Patrol officers, one of whom was clutching a fire extinguisher.

Shortly thereafter, the people were seen climbing aboard once again.   

It remains unclear what caused the flames as well as where on the bus they sparked.

Further details were not immediately available. 

Check back for updates. 



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<![CDATA[Police Seeking Man Who Took Photos Up Woman's Skirt]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:06 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/target+suspect.jpg

Police are seeking a man who allegedly followed a woman through a Target store last week and took pictures from underneath her skirt, police said Thursday.

On Sept. 27, at about 6:40 p.m., officers responded to the Target store at 2220 Bridgepoint Parkway for a report of a suspicious man.

Loss prevention personnel at the store told police that a man was seen surveillance video taking pictures from underneath a woman's dress.

Officers searched for the suspect but were unsuccessful, according to police.

After reviewing surveillance video, officers confirmed that the suspect had targeted the victim and followed her through the store. At one point, the woman bent over and the suspect quickly ran up from behind and took a picture under her dress and then walked out of the store, police said.

The man was described as a black man, possibly between 20 and 30 years old, wearing a black San Francisco Giants hat with an orange logo, a black T-shirt with "420" written in white across the chest and dark pants.

The suspect also appeared to have tattoos on both arms, according to police.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact San Mateo police at (650) 522-7700 or the secret witness line at (650) 522-7676.

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<![CDATA[Drive-By Shooting on Hwy 101 Scares Community, Damages Cars]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 18:33:21 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/208*120/1052017-car-rwc-shooting.JPG

A troubling freeway shooting occurred in broad daylight Wednesday just a block away from The California Highway Patrol's Redwood City office.

Bullets fired from southbound Highway 101 around 10:40 a.m. managed to hit a series of cars at Peninsula INFINITI car dealership on Convention Way. At that hour, people were milling about car shopping and having their vehicles services.

One employee said he was shaken up after hearing rapid gunfire. A witness, Jeff Weintraub, agreed, especially after Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas claimed at least 58 lives.

“It's super scary and it's more gun violence in this country,” Weintraub, of Redwood City, said of the drive-by shooting.

CHP officers say two suspects, who may have been driving a four-door silver sedan, fired six shots towards the dealership, which is located off a frontage road near the Whipple Avenue on-ramp.

“We're living in kooky times in this country. It's like anything goes,” Weintraub said.

No one was hurt, but officers say three cars were damaged. Photographs from the scene show it was blocked off with crime tape while vehicles were pockmarked with bullet holes.

CHP Officer John Fransen said it was an “obviously dangerous situation,” which demonstrated a “total disregard for life.”

“Thank God nobody was hurt,” Fransen said.

The CHP doesn't know if the car dealership was the target or if the shooting was random.

Dimitri Petrovsky who owns a dealership nearby is on edge.

“It came as a big surprise. Generally this area is pretty quiet,” he said.

People who witnessed the shooting or have any information about the crime are asked to call the CHP.



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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton to Discuss Tech and Democracy in Bay Area]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:34:05 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-846091132.jpg

Hillary Clinton fans get ready – she will be in the Bay Area on Friday.

The former presidential candidate will stop by Books Inc. on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco to sign copies of her new memoir, titled "What Happened." Clinton will also sign "It Takes a Village," her illustrated children's book. 

The ticketed event is sold out, the store's website says. 

Clinton is then slated to head south to attend the launch of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law’s Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University.

Her keynote speech, expected at 4:30 p.m. in CEMEX Auditorium, will deal with “Digital Technology, Diplomacy, and Democratic Values,” according to the Stanford Daily.

The event, which will be livestreamed, is invite-only and a limited number of tickets were made available to students via a lottery system.



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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Returns to Bay Area for Book Tour and Speech]]>Sat, 07 Oct 2017 11:59:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Hillary-Clinton-Book-Signing-Generic.jpg

Former presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, visited the Bay Area Friday to join fans for a book signing in San Francisco and a keynote address at a Stanford Conference on global digital policy.

Clinton made her first Bay Area stop at Books Inc. on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco to sign copies of her new memoir, titled "What Happened." The event, which sold out in less than 18 hours, had more than a thousand fans hoping for a few seconds to say hello and thank you to the former Secretary of State.

“I am feeling really inspired and a mess. I just love her, she is an incredible human being,” said a fan and volunteer for the Clinton campaign in Washington state, Shelby Healy.

Clinton was then slated to head south to attend the launch of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law’s Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University.

During her keynote speech, in CEMEX Auditorium, Clinton said the United States is in a cyber war with Russia. 

"We learned just this week some of the Facebook ads specifically targeted Michigan and Wisconsin," said Clinton. "Two states that decided the election with razor-thin margins which suggest the Russian strategy was more sophisticated than we knew."

The former Secretary of State continued to discuss Russia's involvement with fake news, encouraging lawmakers to take cyber threat security. 



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<![CDATA[Gate to Martins Beach Access Road Opened]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:46:30 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/martins+beach-1004.jpg

The gate to Martins Beach is finally open.

Billionaire Vinod Khosla on Wednesday gave in to a court order to open or remove a gate over the lone access road to Martins Beach, near Half Moon Bay.

In 2008, the venture capitalist bought a 53-acre property on the beach for $32.5 million then placed a locked gate over the access road, effectively closing the beach to the public.

In August, a judge ordered Khosla to keep the beach open, but Khosla ignored the order and kept it locked. After threats of more legal action, the lock came off Wednesday.

Surfers and Bay Area beach goers have long been clamoring for Khosla to open the beach to the public.

"It belongs to the people," Eric Buescher, attorney for the Surfrider Foundation, said in August.

The foundation led the years-long fight against Khosla.



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<![CDATA[Cal Fire Offers Tips to Help Beachgoers Stay Safe]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:48:27 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/Santa-Cruz-Beach-Generic.jpg

With severe beach hazards predicted in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties through Saturday morning, Cal Fire is offering tips to help beachgoers stay safe.

"Buddy up, never take your eyes off the ocean, don't go in after a dog swept out to sea, don't access a beach with only one way in and one way out, and if you get in trouble, call 911," said Jake Hess, a deputy chief with the Cal Fire San Mateo - Santa Cruz unit.

"Buddy up" means that people should go to the beach with friends or family.

"When you are in the water, even just up to your knees, we recommend you have a friend or family member keeping an eye on you," Hess said.

Also, beachgoers should never take their eyes off the ocean, he said. So-called "sneaker waves" can crash down when least expected.

Should your dog or other pet get swept out to sea, don't attempt to rescue it, Hess said.

"Dogs usually self-extricate," the deputy chief said.

"Unfortunately, a lot of people lose their lives going in after a dog. They go in with their boots, shirts, pants on."

"We get it - dogs feel like family members, but dogs have the skill to tread water and find safety. Do not go in after pets," Hess said.

Beachgoers should stay alert and choose beaches with more than just one way out. Tides can come up quickly and block an exit, Hess said.

Finally, if something goes awry, "Utilize 911 so we can get our trained folks on the scene," Hess said.



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<![CDATA['Unsubstantiated' Threat Found on San Mateo School Wall: PD]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:20:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NBC+Bay+Area+Breaking+News+Image31.png

Police on Wednesday investigated a report of a threat that had been scribbled on a bathroom wall at San Mateo High School.

Sheriff's deputies assisted, said police, who asked people to avoid the area of 506 N. Delaware Street around 12:15 p.m. Just after 2 p.m., police said that the school campus had been deemed safe after law enforcement officers deemed the threat "unsubstantiated."

The hours-long incident began around 11:15 a.m. when staff found an anonymous note in a school restroom, police said.

Out of an abundance of caution, police — with help from a K-9 unit — secured the campus, meaning classrooms and office doors were locked and students and staff were asked to remain inside until they were given the all-clear. 

Further details were not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Big-Rig Fire Temporarily Shuts Down San Mateo Bridge]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 05:53:56 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/100317bigrigsanmateo_2645081.JPEG

A big-rig fire temporarily blocked both lanes of the San Mateo Bridge early Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The big-rig was resting off the bridge just east of Foster City Boulevard, but the incident, which was called in at 3:24 a.m., forced officials to close both sides of the bridge at 3:34 a.m., according to officials.
Eastbound lanes were reopened at 4:07 a.m., according to officials. Westbound lanes were completely reopened just after 5 a.m.
No injuries were reported, according to officials.
The big-rig was hauling food products, but it is not clear what exactly was in the trailer.

A big-rig fire temporarily blocked both directions of the San Mateo Bridge early Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The big-rig was resting off the bridge just east of Foster City Boulevard, but the incident, which was called in at 3:24 a.m., forced officials to close both sides of the bridge at 3:34 a.m., according to officials.

Eastbound lanes were reopened at 4:07 a.m., according to officials. Westbound lanes were completely reopened just after 5 a.m.

No injuries were reported, according to officials.

The big-rig was hauling food products, but it is not clear what exactly was in the trailer.



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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Returns to the Bay Area]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:12:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Hillary_Clinton_Returns_to_the_Bay_Area_Friday.jpg

Hillary Clinton on Friday will head to Books Inc. in San Francisco for a book signing and then give a keynote speech at a conference at Stanford University.]]>
<![CDATA[Vigil For Gun Control Held in Foster City in Wake of Vegas]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:02:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fcvigil1002_262720.JPG

Gun control is always a hot button issue, and in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, it was at the forefront at a vigil in the Bay Area on Monday night.

Dozens of people gathered in Foster City to share stories and urge tougher gun legislation. The issue, as expected, has caused heated rifts on social media.

The vigil was organized by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

"Every single day 93 people are dying at the hands of a gun," group spokesperson Shikha Hamilton said.

The group knows it will be a tough fight to pass new laws restricting the number and

types of guns allowed to be sold to the general public. And they know the National Rifle Association, which spent $54 million in the 2016 election, is already preparing for a fight.

"You can't sit here and call for ban this, ban that when you don't even know what was used," NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch said.

A controversial bill to lift some restrictions on buying gun silencers was supposed to reach the House floor Monday. It didn't, and the organizer of the vigil said it never should.

"Once you put that silencer on, people don't know to run," Hamilton said. "They don't know to hide. What are our elected officials thinking about?"



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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Fatally Struck by CHP SUV in Half Moon Bay ID'd]]>Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:27:35 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/93017_CHP_Fatal_HMB.PNG

A Burlingame man who died in a collision with a California Highway Patrol vehicle Saturday night north of Half Moon Bay has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as 74-year-old Vicente Marquez.

The collision was first reported at 8:24 p.m. at 4210 state Highway 1, just outside of the Sam's Chowder House seafood restaurant.

The CHP vehicle was traveling north on Highway 1 when it struck Marquez, who was on foot.

Marquez was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP officials said.

Highway 1 was closed in both directions for about four hours as the collision was investigated.

Anyone with information about the case can contact CHP Officer Kurtis Waldschmidt at (650) 369-6261.



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<![CDATA[Redwood City Hazmat Situation Prompts Shelter-in-Place Order]]>Sat, 30 Sep 2017 17:58:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/IMG_06031.JPG

People in a Redwood City were briefly asked to shelter in place after pool cleaning chemicals spilled early Saturday.

The advisory took effect around 7:15 a.m. in the vicinity of the 2700 block of Washington Street and the 2700 block of Kensington Road, police said. AHazmat crews then allowed the chemicals to evaporate.

It was lifted around 8:45 a.m. Police said the area is being cleaned up.



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<![CDATA[CHP SUV Hits, Kills Pedestrian in Half Moon Bay]]>Sun, 01 Oct 2017 23:49:19 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/93017_CHP_Fatal_HMB.PNG

An officer behind the wheel of a California Highway Patrol SUV hit and killed a pedestrian in Half Moon Bay Saturday night, according to the CHP, and investigators on Sunday were studying footage from the vehicle's dashboard camera to try to piece together what happened.

The officer was headed northbound on Highway 1 when "somehow he collided with the pedestrian," Officer Art Montiel with the CHP said. The collision took place just before 8:30 p.m. across the from Sam's Chowder House, he said.

The victim, a 74-year-old man from Burlingame, was headed to his car after a meal at the restaurant, the CHP said. No other details regarding the victim were available. 

"Our vehicles are equipped with cameras, so that’s something that we’re going to be looking at to see what happened," Montiel said.

Tourists in the area said a lot of people unable to park in the restaurant parking lot or nearby were parking across the road and dodging highway traffic on foot to get to their destination. 

"We're taking our lives into our own hands; it’s very hard to get across the street," Mary Baker said. "There's a constant line of traffic ever since we’ve arrived here." "It’s kind of crazy with the traffic," said Janet Albert. "It’s hard to cross streets, it’s hard to pull out, it’s hard to do anything. No parking anywhere."

A lack of light added to the hazardous scene. After the sun sets, it gets dark very quickly, as there are no streetlights in the immediate area.

The officer as been temporarily pulled from patrol duty during the investigation, which is being handled by a Vallejo-based team, Montiel said.



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<![CDATA[Fire Guts Empty Two-Story Redwood City Home]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:51:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fire_Destroys_Peninsula_Home.jpg

A fire destroyed a two-story home in Redwood City late Thursday.

Crews said the house, located on Crompton Road near Alameda de las Pulgas, was fully engulfed by the time they responded at 10:35 p.m. A live power line had snapped at the back of the property, officials said.

No one was home at the time. It took crews about one hour to control the flames. 

No one was injured, but numerous Redwood City firefighters were evaluated for possible smoke inhalation, officials said.

The cause and origin of the blaze are under investigation. 



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<![CDATA[Man Sentenced to Life For Gang-Related Homicide at Memorial]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:00:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/jail_generic_bars.jpg

A Menlo Park man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for his part in a gang-related homicide in 2012, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

Jerry Coneal III was convicted of first degree murder with special circumstances and gang enhancements after a 29 day trial for fatally shooting Christopher Baker Oct. 5, 2012.

Coneal was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He also received a second consecutive term of 25-years-to-life in prison for using a gun to commit the crime.

"He is unlikely to get out," Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

Guidotti also said that Coneal winked at the victim's mother at the conclusion of today's sentencing.

"She immediately notified the court and it was noted for the record," Guidotti said. "What else do you do when someone's sentenced to life without parole?"

According to prosecutors, on Oct. 5, 2012 Baker was at a memorial for another gang member in front of a home in East Palo Alto when Coneal jumped out of a car, chased Baker up a driveway and shot him multiple times.

Another Menlo Park man, 26-year-old Miguel Rivera Jr., pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in Baker's death. Rivera was sentenced July 28 to 35 years to life for Baker's death and another 14 years 4 months for a sperate robbery in Santa Clara County.

Coneal's defense attorney, Peter Arian, declined to comment on the case.



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<![CDATA[Teenage Girl Reports Attempted Abduction: San Mateo Police]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 06:52:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-080615.jpg

Police along the Peninsula on Wednesday opened an investigation after a 14-year-old girl reported being almost abducted by a man who approached her in a van and grabbed her, according to San Mateo police.

The teenage girl told police that she was walking to San Mateo High School around 10:30 a.m. when a man in a white utility honked at her along Peninsula Avenue near railroad tracks, police said.

The man hopped out of the vehicle, walked up to the teen and latched on to her shoulder, pulling her toward him, according to police. The girl kicked the man and ran home before calling police.

Police said the man is believed to be in his late 50s or early 60s with an average build. Police reported that he is unshaven and has black and gray hair that is slicked back. He was last seen wearing a gray and blue T-shirt, but police don't know what type of pants he was wearing.

A 16-year-old girl on Wednesday also reported being involved in a similar incident back on Sept. 18, according to police. Authorities are trying to figure out if the events are connected.

The reported incident has police stepping up patrols around city schools and asking parents to remind their children to be aware about their surroundings at all times, stay together in teams as well as be vocal if they are caught in a situation involving an uncomfortable stranger.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact 650-522-7700.



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<![CDATA[Teen Fights Off Suspect in Attempted Abduction: San Mateo PD]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 23:48:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Police+Siren+Generic+123.jpg

Police are investigating the attempted abduction of a teenager in San Mateo.

The incident reportedly happened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on Peninsula Avenue, near the railroad tracks, as the student was walking to San Mateo High.

The 14-year-old girl claims a man driving a white van got out of the van and grabbed her. She was able to fight him off. Responding officers were unable to locate the suspect.

Police are investigating a similar incident that happened in the area last week.

The suspect is described as a man in his late 50s to early 60s, unshaven, average build and slicked back, black and grey hair. He was last seen wearing a gray and blue T-shirt and unknown pants.

Police said they will be increasing patrols in the area and around city schools

Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Mateo Police Department at 650-522-7700.


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<![CDATA[Person Struck and Killed by Caltrain in Redwood City]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:57:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/caltrain+strike-0926.jpg

A person was struck and killed by a Caltrain on the southbound tracks Tuesday evening in Redwood City, according to the San Mateo County Transit District.

At 5:02 p.m., a southbound train struck a person trespassing at the Whipple Avenue grade crossing, the agency said. It was the sixth fatality on Caltrain tracks this year.

After the incident, trains were being single-tracked through the area. The tracks reopened in both directions at full speed about 6:30 p.m., transit officials said.

Despite the return to full service, passengers experienced delays throughout the system until late Tuesday night, the transit district said.



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<![CDATA[Police Search for Suspects After Palo Alto Robbery]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:01:39 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Generic+Police+Lights+8.30.17.jpg

Police are looking for two robbery suspects who snatched a purse from a woman in her sixties late Wednesday night in south Palo Alto.

According to police, the woman was arriving at the home of a relative in the 2800 block of Bryant Street around 11 p.m. Wednesday night when she noticed two male subjects on bicycles roaming the area.

Palo Alto police said the woman began unloading a car when the two men approached her and, without saying anything to her, punched her in the stomach, pushed her to the ground and took her purse from her arm.

The suspects then ran back to their bicycles, at which point a male family member of the victim came outside of his home and attempted to give chase to the suspects before falling a short time later.

According to police, the purse contained a wallet, several pieces of jewelry and other personal items.

Both the victim and the male family member suffered minor injuries. The woman victim suffered a minor bruise to her knee and discomfort from the punch to her stomach. Police who responded searched the area but couldn't find the suspects. They were last seen heading south on the bikes on the 2900 block of Bryant Street.

The first suspect is described as a man in his 20s around 6 feet tall, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and a black backpack. The second suspect is described as a man in his 20s who is approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall and wearing dark clothing.

No similar robberies have been reported at this time. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Palo Alto police at (650) 329-2413.

Those wishing to submit tips anonymously can email paloalto@tipnow.org or send a text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.



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<![CDATA[Police Officer Stabbed at SF International Airport]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 23:59:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sfo+stabbing-0926.jpg

A police officer at San Francisco International Airport was stabbed inside one of the terminals Tuesday afternoon, according to airport officials.

About 2:30 p.m., SFO officers got reports of a suspicious person near the roadway, a possible transient, just outside of terminal one. The person made his way into the terminal near the baggage claim area, where he was contacted by the SFO officer, according to airport spokesman Doug Yakel.

The person then attacked the officer with a knife, stabbing him in the leg, Yakel said.

The 49-year-old veteran officer was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment of a stab wound that is not believed to be life-threatening, Yakel said. He was treated for lacerations to his hands, neck, face and leg, then released later Tuesday.

The suspect, 64-year-old Dooris Johnston was arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Jail on charges of attempted murder of a peace officer and threats to commit violence. Johnston's last known address is San Francisco.

Johnston is due in court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[San Rafael Antique Dealer Charged for Offering Illegal Ivory]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:46:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black2.jpg

A San Rafael-based antique dealer has been charged in San Mateo County Superior Court with three counts of offering illegal elephant ivory items for sale at a gem show in San Mateo.

Tao Zeng, 53, who operates Mark & Period, Antique Asian Art, was arraigned before Court Commissioner Cristina Mazzei in Redwood City on Tuesday on three misdemeanor counts of violating a California Fish and Game Code provision that bans selling ivory or offering it for sale.

Zeng was not present at the arraignment and entered pleas of not guilty through her defense attorney, according to Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti.

Mazzei scheduled a jury trial to begin on March 5. Zeng is free on her own recognizance while awaiting trial.

Guidotti said the three items Zeng is accused of offering for sale include a large clip, a string of beads and a bangle. They were seized by two state Fish and Wildlife Department wardens at the San Mateo International Gem and Jewelry Show on Sept. 11.

Zeng had a number of items for sale at her booth, according to prosecutors. A warden who was alerted to the possible sale of rhinoceros horn, which is also illegal under state law, approached Zeng's booth, Guidotti said.

While the warden was inspecting two suspected rhinoceros horns, a second warden allegedly saw Zeng put several items into a yellow bag and place the bag at her feet, according to Guidotti.

The wardens then seized several suspected ivory items from the bag, and the clip, string of beads and bangle were later analyzed in a laboratory and found to be elephant ivory, Guidotti said.



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<![CDATA[Palo Alto School District Superintendent Resigns ]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:28:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Palo_Alto_Schools_to_Pay_Former_Superintendent_Severance_Hea.jpg

Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Glenn McGee will resign on Friday, according to school district Board President Terry Godfrey.

"I appreciate the opportunity to lead and serve this phenomenal school district," McGee said in a statement. "Blessed with a supportive community, a dedicated Board of Education, an extraordinarily capable and caring staff, and above all a student body that exemplifies excellence in character and achievement, I leave Palo Alto knowing that the district will continue to thrive, and I stand ready to provide whatever support is needed during the transition."

Godfrey didn't elaborate on the reasons for McGee's resignation, other than to say it was a personal decision and his resignation was accepted during a closed session.

"We thank Dr. McGee for his years of hard work and for his many contributions to our district. His optimism, vision and vibrancy along with the innovative programs and practices he brought to our district will be a lasting legacy," Godfrey said.

Godfrey said the district is working on an interim leadership plan and is starting a search for its next superintendent. She expects the process to search for a new superintendent to take at least the rest of the school year, something she says is a common practice.

"That's what we were planning to do anyways," she said.

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<![CDATA[Dumbarton Bridge Traffic Congestion Public Hearing]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:40:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Dumbarton_Bridge_Traffic_Congestion_Public_Hearing.jpg

Officials are holding a meeting to discuss a new transbay bridge and possibly using old train trestles as a way to ease congestion along the Dumbarton Bridge.]]>
<![CDATA[Robbers Break Into San Bruno Home, Steal a Cat]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:22:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pet-GettyImages-174322322.jpg

A pair of robbers in the Bay Area has given new meaning to the term cat burglars.

Police say Oleksandr Mirza and Ching Yen literally stole a cat after breaking into an apartment in San Bruno, and pepper-spraying a resident.

The San Bruno Police Department says that hours after the robbery officers in San Francisco arrested Mirza and Yen.

It says one of the suspects used pepper spray on the victim during the home-invasion robbery Saturday.

Both 26-year-old suspects were booked in the San Mateo County jail on robbery, burglary, unlawful use of tear gas and conspiracy charges.

Police did not say if the pet was the intended target of the robbery.

A call seeking more details was not immediately returned.

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<![CDATA[Peninsula Students, Staff to March in Support of DACA]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:56:02 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-26-17_DACA_Peninsula.jpg

Students in the South Bay on Tuesday plan to rally around fellow classmates who are at risk of being booted from the United States.

Members of the Los Altos High School community plan to carry handmade signs and march to a nearby park in support of those benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows undocumented children to stay in the U.S. after their parents brought them to the country illegally.

President Donald Trump recently hinted that DACA might come to an end. While the fate of the program hangs in the balance, Los Altos High School students and teachers want DACA recipients in their community to know that they are supported.

"They're just super scared," student Briana Dedios said. "I feel like if they do open up, they're just going to cry or something, but they should know that that's OK, that we're someone they can lean on and that we're just going to be there through it all with them."

Students and staff plan to march to Eagle Park in Mountain view starting at 4 p.m. before a public rally slated to begin at 5 p.m.

"They need to know they have teachers and fellow students who support them and who are behind them and who don't want to see them go," teacher Kalinda Price said. "We want to support all the hard work that they've been doing over the years."

The organizers of the events include campus-based student organizations such as the Latino Student Union, Black Student Union, Students for Haiti Solidarity and the newly formed Teachers in Solidarity.

"The policies that are coming up are unjust and unfair, and we're not going to stand for it," teach Kalia Demarquez said.

Organizers said the march is not an official Los Altos High School event.



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<![CDATA[Examining Heated Rhetoric Between Trump and North Korea]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:11:46 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Kim+jong+un+Donald+Trump.jpg

North Korea says President Donald Trump has declared war and that Pyongyang will shoot down American bombers if it appears they are a threat.

The White House is dismissing this latest pronouncement from North Kore'a foreign minister, but at Stanford University a renowned Korea expert says the heated rhetoric is increasing the chance of a military strike.

Professor Gi-Wook Shin, director of Stanford's Korea project and the head of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, continues to believe that it won't become a shooting war. But he says the back and forth between the White House and Pyongyang is taking us down a dangerous path.

"Tomorrow morning in Pyongyang they might make an even tougher statement," Shin said.

Shin said we are witnessing the same drama between the United States and North Korea, but the actors have changed and that is making all the difference.

"We know George W. Bush made a speech saying North Korea is part of the axis of evil, but I think Trump went much further attacking M.r Kim personally," Shin said.

The White House press secretary on Monday said that it is absurd to think the US has declared war on North Korea. The president has asked China to intervene with North Korea, but Shin said it is not clear that China has the power or even the inclination to solve what it considers a US problem.

"That's why some people in this country are saying it's time for US to make a bargain with China," Shin said.

Shin said that bargain would have to include the US pulling its troops off the Korean peninsula. Maybe if the US could do that if Kim Jong-un were deposed and the two Korea's were unified.

When asked if China would accept such a deal, Shin quickly said no because China does not trust the US and the US feels the same.

Shin's advice to the White House is to ramp down the rhetoric because it is not helping.

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<![CDATA[Emails Show PG&E Urged to Tell San Bruno to 'Take a Hike']]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:58:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_pge_scam_san_jose.jpg

NBC Bay Area has learned that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has turned over emails showing that one commissioner urged the utility to balk during secret settlement talks over the San Bruno pipeline blast.

“The content of the emails is truly alarming,” said San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson about emails the company released Thursday, long after assuring the public that it had disclosed any improper contacts with state regulators.

Two of the newly disclosed emails date back to January 2013. At the time, the utility was in secret negotiations with San Bruno officials over penalties in the gas explosion that left eight people dead.

One of the emails is redacted, but it details advice the utility purportedly got from then Commissioner Catherine Sandoval.

Now a professor at Santa Clara law school, Sandoval did not respond to a call for comment for this story.

But according to the account in the Jan. 10, 2013 e-mail by then PG&E vice president of regulatory relations, Brian Cherry, Sandoval boasted about knowing the positions of both sides and even urged the utility to tell San Bruno to “take a hike -- because no one is going to (redacted) without convincing evidence by the other side.”

Another e-mail, sent the day before, details how then president of the commission, Michael Peevey, grumbled about how the agency was handling the talks.

Over lunch with a PG&E consultant, Susan Kennedy, who had previously served as chief of staff to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peevey purportedly said he hoped that his newly installed safety chief “can bring something home – but that the crazies are so far out there it may not be possible.”

Peevey, Kennedy’s email says, “blamed most of the craziness on the locals in (San Bruno) and his personal prosecutor, Jerry Hill.”

A deal, Peevey suggested to Kennedy according to her email, was “unlikely but not completely off the table.”

In the end, the utility had to pay $1.6 billion in fines and penalties.

Through it all, state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) wonders whether the utility has learned its lesson.

“These are pretty damning and damaging,’’ he said of the latest emails, adding that he is concerned about the three year delay in their release.

“When this happens, you don’t know can you still trust them, can you trust them,” Hill said. “What else is out there? That really begs the question, what else are they not showing us still?”

The disclosure of the latest emails comes as the utility agreed this week to a nearly $100 million settlement for improper contact with regulators over a five year period.

PG&E said in a regulatory filing that the emails are similar to ones it’s already being punished for. It says they were only recently found during another search requested by an unspecified government agency.

“It feels like it’s never going to ever, ever end,” said Jackson, the city manager for San Bruno.

“At some point,’’ she said, “there has to be a conclusion and the California Public Utilities Commission has to make sure that the rules are clear, the rules are enforced and this doesn’t happen again.”



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<![CDATA[Lackluster Response to Launch of iPhone 8, Apple Watch 3]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:19:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DKVVWQaUMAA16Us.jpg

The new iPhone and Apple Watch Series 3 were rolled out Friday, however, the massive crowd typically associated with the company’s product launches was missing in the Bay Area, as well as most cmajor cities.

One man was the only one who camped outside the shop on University Avenue. Noah Marriott had pre-ordered the phone but didn't want to wait until October to receive it.

It’s possible that other consumers are waiting for their new phones to be delivered to their doorsteps, while others may be holding out for the iPhone X, which hits the market later this year.

Inside the Peninsula store, though, there was a flurry of activity with employees polishing and vacuuming the space before daybreak Tuesday. Tim Cook stopped by the shop at 8 a.m. when the phone officially became available.

The iPhone 8 features a new glass and aluminum design, wireless charging, improved camera technology and faster processor. It allows for augmented reality, comes in two sizes and can be purchased starting at $699.

Meanwhile, the Apple Watch Series 3 comes with a built-in cellular network and wireless charging. It retails for $329 and up.



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<![CDATA[Spare the Air Alert Issued for Bay Area ]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:44:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/spare-the-air-120.jpg

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Wednesday in the Bay Area because of a forecast of unhealthy air quality in the region.

The alert, the 15th smog-related alert issued this year by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, is a result of hot temperatures and light winds forecasted in the region.

A fire burning in the Oakland hills this afternoon is also contributing to unhealthy conditions.

Air district officials say outdoor exercise should only be done in the early morning hours on Spare the Air days and that people are encouraged to avoid driving alone to work or school to limit smog.

People can find out when a Spare the Air alert is in effect by visiting their website, calling (800) HELP-AIR, downloading the Spare the Air smartphone app or connecting with Spare the Air on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



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<![CDATA[Mountain Lion Sighting Reported in San Mateo]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:42:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mountain+Lions+STILL+1.jpg

A possible mountain lion sighting was reported near a shopping center in San Mateo on Tuesday night, police said.

At about 10:25 p.m., a resident was sitting in her vehicle in the Cyrstal Springs Shopping Center on De Anza Boulevard when she saw a large animal she believed to be a mountain lion, according to police.

The animal walked on the street and then continued into the brush in the area between De Anza Boulevard and Los Altos Drive, police said.

Police responded and did not locate the animal, but released details about the case because "although this is an unconfirmed sighting, we want to keep our community informed."

Anyone who sees a mountain lion is urged not to approach it. People should avoid hiking or jogging through wooded areas during dawn, dusk or at night when mountain lions are most active.

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<![CDATA[California Coastal Commission Orders Martins Beach Reopened]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:47:46 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/khosla-beach.jpg

California's coastal regulator is threatening to fine a billionaire investor millions of dollars for ignoring a court order to open a popular beach to the public.

A San Francisco appeals court ruled in August that venture capitalist Vinod Khosla broke state law when he blocked the public from Martins Beach, south of Half Moon Bay. He bought a $32.5 million beachfront property there in 2008 about 30 miles south of San Francisco.

On Tuesday, the California Coastal Commission released a cease-and-desist letter ordering Khosla to remove a locked gate and signs warning of no trespassing and beach closed. It also seeks to ban further development without a permit.

An attorney for Khosla, Dori Yob Kilmer, declined to respond to the letter.




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<![CDATA[Three-Alarm Fire Chars Cluttered San Bruno Home]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:00:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-19-17_Belmont_Fire.jpg

Firefighters battling a house fire in San Bruno on Tuesday morning were met with more than the usual obstacles as they tried to keep the flames from spreading to nearby homes.

The house that was burning at 2661 Fleetwood Drive was virtually surrounded by piles of clutter, fire officials said, and the neighbors' worst fears were being realized.

It didn't take firefighters long to realize they needed backup as they simply could not reach flames burning inside the home and in the attic. It took dozens of firefighters more than an hour to knock down the three-alarm blaze.

"There was just a lot of stuff stacked throughout the house and on the side of the house," San Bruno fire Chief Dave Crista said. "We had issues getting to the front and side."

And that was just the beginning. The backyard also was packed.

The home's resident told NBC Bay Area he was out shopping when the fire ignited. He said two cats were inside the house and probably did not survive.

Neighbors said all the stuff around the house had been building up for years.

"I've been walking by for the last 15 years," one neighbor said. "It's always been a junk pile there."

The backyard is full of household appliances: washers, dryers, refrigerators, a hot tub and a microwave.

One woman said of the resident, "He's a very nice man. "We've talked to him several times, but he just has a hoarding problem."

The home has been red-tagged as uninhabitable. The cause and origin of the fire were under investigation, fire officials said.




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<![CDATA[Bay Area Freeway Traffic Continues to Worsen: MTC]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:04:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Traffic+Generic2.jpg

No surprise for Bay Area commuters: traffic is getting worse.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission found that weekday traffic congestion across the region jumped 80 percent between 2010 and 2016. Back in 2010, commuters on average spent 1.9 minutes daily driving at freeway speeds below 35 mph. Fast forward six years and that number climbed to 3.5 minutes per commuter, marking the fourth-straight year that the statistic has increased.

The top three busiest roadways in the Bay Area did not change between 2015 and 2016, according to the MTC, but significant shifts were recorded on several other freeway segments.

Here is the top 10 list for Bay Area freeway locations with the worst delays in 2016:

1. Northbound Highway 101/Eastbound Interstate 80 from San Francisco to Treasure Island during the evening commute hours (No. 1 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

2. Westbound Interstate 80 from Highway 4 through Berkeley and across the Bay Bridge at all times of day (No. 2 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

3. Southbound Highway 101 from Mountain View to San Jose during the evening commute hours (No. 3 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

4. Northbound Interstate 680 from Fremont to Sunol during the evening commute hours (No. 6 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

5. Northbound Interstate 880 from Fremont to Hayward during the evening commute hours (No. 8 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

6. Soutbound Interstate 280 from Cupertino to San Jose during the evening commute hours (No. 12 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

7. Eastbound Interstate 80 from Oakland to Berkeley during the evening commute hours (No. 4 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

8. Northbound Interstate 680 from San Ramon to Concord during the evening commute hours (No. 11 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

9. Eastbound Highway 24 from Oakland to Walnut Creek during the evening commute hours (No. 10 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

10. Eastbound Highway 4 from Martinez to Concord during the evening commute hours (No. 16 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)



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<![CDATA[Armed Robber at Belmont Doughnut Shop Caught on Video]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:58:30 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/belmont+robbery-0918.jpg

Police in Belmont released security camera video of an armed robbery at a doughnut shop early Monday morning.

At about 4:40 a.m., a man armed with a handgun walked into Chuck's Donuts in the 600 block of Ralston Avenue and demanded money from the cash register, police said. The video shows him wearing a mask over his face and pointing a gun at a clerk as she empties the cash register.

The suspect is described as a male, about 6 feet tall, with a husky build and a medium complexion, wearing a white "Star Wars" character mask. He also wore a light blue baseball cap with a dark bill and what appears to be a "Cal" logo on the front, along with a green sweatshirt, blue jeans and black and white Vans shoes, police said.

The suspect was carrying a black semi-automatic handgun, police said.

Anyone with information about the crime or suspect is asked to contact the Belmont Police Department at 650-595-7400 or police@belmont.gov.



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<![CDATA[BART: Surveillance Video Shows Attempted Robbery With Note]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:51:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BART+robbery-0918.jpg

Surveillance video supports an Oakland woman's report last week that a would-be robber handed her a threatening note, according to BART police.

The woman, Julie Dragland, said she boarded a train in Daly City and was heading home to Dublin when a person in dark clothing climbed onto the train in downtown San Francisco and thrust a note at her. She said she faked a seizure to thwart the would-be robbery. 


The note read: “There are 2 guns pointed at you now. If you want to live, hand back your wallet + phone NOW + do not turn around and be descreet [sic]. Do not turn around until after you have left Civic Center + you will live.”

BART police Deputy Chief Lance Haight said Monday video from the train shows the suspect was seated behind the victim, who was sitting alone. The suspect, who was also alone, is then seen reaching over the victim’s shoulder, which is when the suspect may have dropped the note, Haight said.

 

Dragland immediately pretended she was having a seizure. In response, the alleged suspect disembarked at the Powell Street BART station.

There is no indication from the video the suspect was armed with any weapons.

The victim said she was shaken up and will no longer sit on a BART seat with its back to other chairs behind it. Dragland, however, won’t let the frightening encounter stop her from riding BART trains altogether.

Dragland doesn’t plan to press charges if the suspect is caught.

BART is investigating the alleged crime and poring over surveillance footage. Although there were roughly 15 people in the BART train car, no one else reported the incident, police say.



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<![CDATA[Mom Allegedly Tried Flushing Newborn Down McDonald's Toilet]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:22:47 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lockner-baby-flush-mcdonalds.jpg

The Bay Area McDonald's employee who allegedly tried flushing her newborn baby down a toilet at the fast-food restaurant this month had also given birth to a child in her bathroom at home three years earlier, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office confirmed Monday.

Prosecutors said the 25-year-old Sara Lockner on Labor Day delivered the baby in a bathroom stall while working the night shift at a McDonald's in Redwood City. Lockner later told authorities she did not realize she was pregnant.

Lockner was reportedly going to the bathroom frequently due to "stomach pain" before a co-worker found blood all over the restroom stall. She attributed it to a heavy menstrual cycle, prosecutors said.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe on Monday said the child is alive and stable, but at this point there is no determination or prognosis of brain damage.

Wagstaffe said the baby was not breathing and had no pulse when police arrived at the restaurant. Officers immediately performed CPR and the baby was rushed to Stanford Hospital, according to Wagstaffe.

Lockner has one other child. The child was delivered three years ago in her home bathroom, Wagstaffe said, adding there was nothing illegal about the delivery.

Lockner has been jailed on $11 million bail and has also been charged with one count of assault on a child becoming paralyzed. Her attorney is Jonathan MCdougall.

Check back for updates.



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<![CDATA[BART Rider Fakes Seizure Upon Being Handed Menacing Note]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:12:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bartnoteonblue.jpg

An Oakland woman on Friday pretended to have a seizure after someone approached her on a BART train and handed her a threatening note, attempting to rob her.

Julie Dragland said she boarded a train in Daly City and was heading home to Dublin when a person in dark clothing climbed onto the train in downtown San Francisco and thrust a note at her.

It read: “There are 2 guns pointed at you now. If you want to live hand back your wallet + phone NOW + do not turn around and be descreet. Do not turn around until after you have left Civic Center + you will live.”


Dragland immediately faked a seizure. In response, the alleged suspect disembarked at the Powell Street BART station.

The victim said she was shaken up and will no longer sit on a BART seat with its back to other chairs behind it. Dragland, however, won’t let the frightening encounter stop her from riding BART trains altogether.

Dragland doesn’t plan to press charges if the suspect is caught.

BART is investigating the alleged crime and poring over surveillance footage. Although there were roughly 15 people in the BART train car, no one else reported the incident, police say.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Search Teams Return From Irma Relief Duty]]>Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:34:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N7A+FIREFIGHTERS+RETURN+HOME+VO+-+00000627.jpg

Members of a Peninsula urban search and rescue team returned to their Menlo Park base today after journeying to Florida to help residents facing Hurricane Irma, fire officials said.

California Task Force 3 drove about 5,000 miles back and forth across the U.S. to Elgin Air Force Base in Florida with 11 vehicles, seven trailers and more than 60,000 pounds of search and rescue equipment.

The unit mobilized a new group of members to respond to Florida and Hurricane Irma 30 minutes after the water rescue team returned from Texas and Hurricane Harvey, Menlo Park Fire Protection District Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.

"We've never had such a short turnaround before to get one group back in and deploy another," Menlo Park Fire Protection District Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said in a statement.

Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys and again on Florida's west coast and did little damage in the northern area of Florida where the team was stationed. The team's specialized services weren't needed, fire officials said. 

Task Force 3 was one of two search and rescue teams from the San Francisco Bay Area, one of four from California and one of 14 from the nation deployed to Florida to respond to Hurricane Irma.

A day prior, the East Bay-based California Task Force 4 touched down in Oakland International Airport. The 50 members were greeted with an emotional hero's welcome. 

Harvey and Irma created a grueling pair of assignments for the unit, but that's what they signed up for, according to Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Lipp. 

In Texas, the team spent days on boats, going from home to home, looking for people who needed to be rescued amid torrential rain and widespread flooding. 

Then came Irma. Some California Task Force 3 members who were driving back from Texas were redirected to Florida, while others who had flown back to the Bay Area, were back in the air within 48 hours of getting home.

The unit spent four days in the Florida Keys and was among the first urban search and rescue teams to start looking for residents who stayed behind, determined to ride out the deadly hurricane.

"Everyone is just really proud and happy not only to have gone, but also now to be home and be able to share our stories and be able to learn from the experience of having been down there so that we’re even better able to protect our own communities here," Lipp said.

Another 26 members are driving Task Force 3's equipment back to the Bay Area and are expected to be here by Wednesday or Thursday. 

Meanwhile, humans are not the only ones returning from sodden Texas and Florida. 

A coalition of local rescue groups — including Mad Dog Rescue, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, the Milo Foundation, San Francisco SPCA and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue — on Sunday brought 47 dogs and 26 cats from Houston to the Bay Area. 

“We have an incredible disaster relief team who have been deployed multiple times since the hurricane hit helping with the emergency evacuation of pets,” Ryan Darfler of Mad Dog Rescue said in a statement. “We will continue to do so until every animal is safe.”

Before flying to Hayward in style — aboard a private plane donated by philanthropists — the animals were removed from Texas shelters so hundreds of other displaced pets could be taken care of. All of them have been vaccinated and checked for medical issues, officials said.

The goal now is to "help find these animals good homes to go to," said Monica Stevens, co-founder of the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch. 



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<![CDATA[Mountain Lion Spotted in Los Altos]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:43:35 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mountain_Lion_Spotted.jpg

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<![CDATA[Car Lands on Side After Careening Off Dumbarton Bridge]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:53:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-15-17-car-turnover.jpg

A car on Friday morning veered off westbound lanes of the Dumbarton Bridge.

NBC Bay Area's SkyRanger showed a car on the driver's side in shallow water. Tire marks indicated the vehicle's path. 

It's unclear how many passengers were in the car, but no one was injured, the California Highway Patrol said.

Traffic appeared to be backed up. 

No further details were immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Mountain View Home Listed for $1.6M, But There's a Catch]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:34:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0914-2017-MVHouse.jpg

They say location is everything in real estate and Mountain View’s 94041 zip code is among the most desirable in the Bay Area with excellent schools and short commutes to Google, LinkedIn and other high-tech hubs.


But a new home on the market may take the cake when it comes to the phrase “it’s a seller’s market.” The 976 square-foot home on a 7,500 square-foot lot is listed for $1.6 million.

Sounds like a relative bargain at first, but a closer look at the seller’s requirements reveals the true cost of ownership.

On top of the purchase price, the seller is asking for seven years of “rent back at no charge.”

That’s real estate talk meaning the seller wants to continue living in the home for seven years, after it’s sold, for free.

The listing, posted today on the Multiple Listing Service, a private website real estate agents use to sell properties, also states “extensive repairs will need to be made by Buyer (Prior) to close of escrow. No open houses therefore Buyers will need to write offers subject to inspection. Exterior viewing only.”

NBC Bay Area reached out to the listing agent who explained it’s a sad situation, as the homeowner is elderly and would like to remain in the home.

Realtor Joban Brown said, “It’s a special property not in a typical situation,” adding, “It will have to be a particular buyer.”

However, Brown said he didn’t think it was an unusual asking price for the area.

"In almost 40 years as a realtor, I have never seen terms of sale that included seven years free rent back, not even seven months free rent back," realtor Erika Enos said. She warns buyers to be careful about fixing up or repairing any home before closing escrow. "What if the property does not close or the seller is unhappy with the results or work men don't get paid and put a lien the property?"

Enos said, "The asking price reflects market value, which is essentially lot value, for this area. I empathize with the seller but the terms and conditions for this sale I feel are unrealistic and may have negative legal ramifications."

Real estate site Zillow estimates the property is worth $1.73 million.


This follows the recent sale of a home in Palo Alto at 2101 Princeton Street that sold last month for $2.9 million, a whopping $1 million over the original asking price of $1,995,000.

A Sunnyvale home near the new Apple spaceship campus, also made headlines when it sold for $800,000 over the asking price.

It might make the $1.6 million Mountain View look like a steal. As long as you don’t need to move in until 2024.



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<![CDATA[60,000 Expected at California Coastal Cleanup Day]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:42:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-96195222.jpg

Tens of thousands of Californians are expected to lend a helping hand Saturday at the 33rd annual Coastal Cleanup Day.

Hailed as the largest statewide volunteer event, participants will sweep around 2,000 miles of coastal and inland shoreline for trash and other debris. The initiative even won the Guinness Book of World Records' "largest garbage collection" in 1993, according to the National Park Service.

This year, there are already 902 cleanup sites set to host volunteers, including hundreds of locations in and around the Bay Area. For a complete list of places to volunteer Saturday, visit the California Coastal Cleanup Day web page.

Here are areas hosting cleanups throughout the Bay Area:

EAST BAY: Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Marshlands Rd., Fremont, Register at (510) 792-0222, ext. 362 or 361; Alameda Community Sailing Center, 2532 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, Register at (510) 629-9282; Martinez Regional Shoreline, Ferry Street, Martinez, Register onsite or online.

PENINSULA: Linda Mar State Beach, Register by email at jimfithian1234@yahoo.com or anamag123@gmail.com; Marina Lagoon 3, Virgo Lane, Foster City, and Pescadero State Beach, 18253 Cabrillo Hwy, Register online; Adobe Creek, East Bayshore at Adobe, Palo Alto, Register at joanna.tran@cityofpaloalto.org.

NORTH BAY: Point Reyes National Seashore, Drake’s Beach, Register by email at gregory_purifoy@nps.gov or online; Bodega Head, located at tip of Bodega Bay, Register at (707) 829-6689 or by email at jo@coastwalk.org; Hamilton Wetlands, Parking lot off Hanger Ave., Novato, Register at 510-715-412 or by email at 1plantminded1@gmail.com.

SAN FRANCISCO: Lands End Cleanup, 680 Point Lobos Ave., Register online; Ocean Beach Cleanup, various locations, Candlestick Park: Jackrabbit, Register at 415-831-6333 or by email at jadd.correia@sfgov.org; Crissy Field & Presidio Cleanup, Stilwell Hall, Old Mason Street, Register at (415) 561-3077 or by email at volunteer@parksconservancy.org.

SOUTH BAY: Guadalupe Slough, Sunnyvale West Channel near Borregas or Java, Register at jdavison@sunnyvale.ca.gov; Uvas Creek, located in Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Ave., Gilroy, Register by email at Susan.Voss@ci.gilroy.ca.us; Berryessa and Tularcitos Creeks, located behind Milpitas Town Center, Register by email at lesliestobbe@ci.milpitas.ca.gov.



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<![CDATA[Mavericks May Not Be Wiped Out After All]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:07:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Deal_to_Sell_Mavericks_Surf_Contest_at_a_Stalemate.jpg

The future of the Mavericks Surf Contest seems to have a much smoother ride ahead.

Today a bankruptcy court approved a proposed sale of the contest rights from current organizer Cartel Management company to the WSL, World Surfing League for $525,000.

The sale offer generated a bitter fight with other companies drawn into the wake of Cartel's bankruptcy that doomed this season's event.

Segler Holdings of Texas objected to the sale because It is owed about $820,000 from Cartel after winning a court battle two years ago over a botched promotional deal of a tanning product.

Segler's attorney Stewart Schmella told NBC Bay Area it appreciated the opportunity to express its objections and looked forward to seeing how Cartel would pay the money it owes.

A former contest partner, Titans of Mavericks, has also filed a lawsuit against Cartel and accused the company of 'deceiving' the San Mateo County Harbor District into putting only Cartel's name on the five year permit.

Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan acknowledged more legal hurdles lie ahead but considered the possibility of WSL running the contest a huge step forward.

She pointed out the WSL is led by a woman CEO and, unlike Mavericks, allows female competitors.

"I'm relieved the Cartel bankruptcy is behind us," Brennan said, "it will be exhilarating and satisfying to see women athletes compete for the first time in the Mavericks big wave competition."

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<![CDATA[School District's Response to Alleged Sex Crime Scrutinized]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:56:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pa+sex+assault-0516.jpg

A Peninsula school district on Wednesday will be graded on how well it handled an alleged sexual assault on one of its campuses.

An independent investigator is expected to weigh in on how the trustees of the Palo Alto Unified School District responded when a Palo Alto High School freshman accused a junior of sexually assaulting her in a campus restroom. The findings will be presented to the school board Wednesday

According to the Palo Alto Weekly, the school board was informed of the alleged assault last year. Parents were outraged when they realized that the teenager accused of the crime had been allowed to remain at school.

The same male student had also been convicted of another sexual assault off-campus of a Menlo-Atherton High School student.

The suspect eventually left the school on his own.

The Palo Alto Weekly reports that the school board hired an independent law firm to investigate how the district handled this case.

The board meets Wednesday at the district offices. The public can address the trustees at 4 p.m. before they go into a closed session to read the report.

That report will then be presented to the public at a board meeting next Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area McDonald's Employee Tries to Flush Baby Down Toilet]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:10:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lockner-baby-flush-mcdonalds.jpg

A McDonald’s employee in Redwood City has been charged with attempted murder after trying to flush her newborn baby down a toilet at the fast-food restaurant, prosecutors said Wednesday.

According to prosecutors, Sara Lockner, 25, delivered the baby in a bathroom stall while working the night shift at McDonald's on Labor Day. Lockner was reportedly going to the bathroom frequently due to "stomach pain" before a co-worker found blood all over the restroom stall. She attributed it to a heavy menstrual cycle, prosecutors said.

Another co-worker later looked into the stall and reportedly saw a newborn baby's face in the toilet before hearing Lockner flush, prosecutors said. Lockner allegedly asked witnesses not to call the police. 


“It’s a real sad story,” said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagestaffe. “She said she didn’t know she was pregnant.”

The newborn was not breathing when first responders arrived, but they were able to revive the infant before transporting the baby to Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. 

Lockner has been jailed on $11 million bail and has also been charged with one count of assault on a child becoming paralyzed. She is expected to be assigned a lawyer next week. 



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<![CDATA[South San Francisco Glows for Childhood Cancer Awareness]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:56:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Thumbnail62.jpg

South San Francisco, from its historic hilltop sign to City Hall, is joining other cities around the United States in a push to #gogold to raise awareness about childhood cancer. 

Jesus Peña says the color gold symbolizes how precious kids are. 

Peña and Patricia Watson spearheaded the initiative after their daughter, Juliana, died of neuroblastoma in 2012, when she was just 2 years old.

The gold-hued bulbs ornamenting the tree at the city's hilltop sign has been lit up for the last four years in Juliana's memory and, this year, the city added gold projections blanketing City Hall.

"We hope that whenever residents see the gold-lit tree on Sign Hill, as well as City Hall adorned in gold lights during September, they will say a prayer for Juliana and others who lost their battles with childhood cancer, and help spread awareness of this horrible disease," said South San Francisco Mayor Pradeep Gupta.

Both lighting displays will be up every night throughout the month of September.

"I leave to work 5 a.m. in the morning and I see it. I say hello to it every morning," Peña said. "I hope people see the sign and they ask questions and that starts a conversation about what this cancer is about."


The San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California have the largest concentration of biotech companies in the nation, and Peña hopes that initiatives like Childhood Cancer Awareness month and cities awash in gold will help spur more research about potential treatments.

"[The treatment] affects their hearing, reproductive systems — there’s a lot of stuff that needs to be changed and worked on," Peña said. "Most kids that do beat it end up having secondary cancers from all of the harsh treatment."

The American Cancer Society underscores the need for research specifically for the treatment of children since most cancers that affect them are biologically different than those found in adults. However, there is less incentive to fund research and develop new drugs, the organization said, due to the rarity of pediatric cancers.

"[Doctors] told me I had a better chance of winning the lotto than my daughter getting neuroblastoma," Peña said.

Despite that bold declaration, the American Cancer Society reports that cancer remains the leading disease-related cause of death among children who are under 19 years old.

Juliana's family is determined to shed light on the devastating illness.

"I made a promise to [Juliana] that her fight didn’t end there," Peña said. "There will be a reason behind why she went through what she went through. I will not stop until there’s a cure or until I'm gone."

Juliana’s Journey Foundation will be honored at the South San Francisco City Council meeting on Oct. 11 for its work during Childhood Cancer Awareness month.



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<![CDATA[Firefighters Battle Blaze Burning in Hills Above Woodside]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:19:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-12-17_Woodside_Fire_1.jpg

Fire crews are battling a blaze burning in the hills above Woodside Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The fire is burning in steep and remote terrain between Interstate 280 and Highway 35, according to Cal Fire. It has scorched roughly 30 acres as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, and firefighters have not reached any containment level.

No homes are threatened by the blaze, according to Cal Fire. 

Still, Bill Hopper, who has been living in the area for 67 years, is keeping a close eye on its progress. 

"It's pretty scary," he said. "I've been up here all my life. That's the first actual real forest fire that I've seen here in all that time."

Access to the fire is difficult because the flames are more than one mile away from the nearest road, according to Cal Fire. About 100 firefighters are battling the blaze on the ground and through the air.

Lightning strikes across the region on Monday and early Tuesday are believed to have sparked seven fires in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties, according to Cal Fire. Four of those blazes have since been contained.

"It was rocking and rolling up here last night," Hopper said. 

Further information was not available.

Stay tuned for details.



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<![CDATA[Legislation Aims to Discourage Distracted Walking]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:04:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cell-GettyImages-536989145.jpg

A San Mateo County official on Tuesday plans to introduce legislation that could enact a ban to discourage distracted walking — namely people walking while staring at their phones.

According to the National Safety Council, a nonprofit dedicated to avoiding unintentional deaths, distracted walking accounted for 11,100 injuries between 2000 and 2011.

Approximately 80 percent of the accidents came in the form of falls with 52 percent of the slip-ups happening at home, according to the data. Fifty-four percent of the injured were under the age of 40.

The resolution is expected to be addressed during a 9 a.m. meeting on Tuesday.

The mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii enacted a similar law that will go into effect in October. The mayor hoped common sense would prevail, but a $15 to $35 ticket could be used to teach a lesson.




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<![CDATA[Cat Allegedly Ditched in Menlo Park Dumpster Up for Adoption]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:17:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Prudence+2.jpg

A kitten that was believed to be abandoned in a Menlo Park gas station dumpster is now looking for a new home, the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA announced Monday.

The three-month-old cat named Prudence, who did not have a collar or a microchip, was found after gas station workers heard her meowing from inside the trash receptacle, according to officials.

"Because of the height and slippery sides of the dumpster, it’s highly unlikely she climbed inside herself," PHS/SPCA Communications Manager Buffy Martin Tarbox said in a statement. "We believe she was discarded like trash and we are very thankful someone heard her cries and called us before tragedy struck."

Prudence has since been spayed and vaccinated, according to the PHS/SPCA. She is up for adoption at PHS/SPCA, which is located at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame.

"The life of this beautiful little calico kitten started out rough, but we are hoping she’ll have a happily ever after once she’s adopted into a loving family," Tarbox said a statement.

Anyone interested in adopting Prudence should visit the PHS/SPCA or call 650-340-7022.



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<![CDATA[Police Seek Help Identifying Pair in Restaurant Altercation]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2017 23:24:03 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dc+threat-0910.jpg

Police are seeking the public's help in identifying two people involved in an altercation at a restaurant earlier this month in Daly City.

At 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 1, a man allegedly brandished a box cutter and threatened a victim at the In-N-Out Burger restaurant at 372 Gellert Blvd.

The suspect was described as a black man, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with dreadlocks and a scar on his forehead, police said.

He was accompanied by a female subject who was described as

Filipino, 5 feet, 2 inches tall, wearing reading glasses, an Adidas-like track jacket and a black and white striped shirt, police said.

Anyone with information about the suspect or his female associate is asked to contact Daly City police Detective Dolan at (650) 238-7962 or pdolan@dalycity.org.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Gets Front-Row Seats to Lightning Show]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:31:56 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*228/9-12-17-lightning-bay+area.jpgDozens of lightning strikes lit up the Bay Area skies late Monday

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Remembers 9/11 Victims 16 Years Later]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:05:46 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-11-17_SFFD_Salute.jpg

Monday marks the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the deadliest such attacks on American soil.

Residents and emergency personnel across the Bay Area on Monday are taking time out of their days to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost.

In the East Bay, a somber mood was felt as people paid their respects to those who died after United Airlines Flight 93, which was bound for San Francisco, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The passengers on that flight — several with Bay Area ties — are known for fighting back against the hijackers, who were believed to have plans to fly the plane into the U.S. Capitol.


Across the bay, firefighters in San Francisco gathered at Station 7 and the other 43 stations across the city by the bay just after sunrise to pay their respects to fellow first responders and civilians during a bell-ringing ceremony. Fire crews also lowered the American flag to half-staff and read the names of the 343 New York City firefighters killed trying to save others from the World Trade Center.

Even as the years pass by, Lt. Jonathan Baxter with the San Francisco Fire Department noted that the annual ceremonies must not be forgotten.

"It's a very important reminder that you can't just teach, you have to show, and if we take this lightly and we don't remember it, I think that would send a negative message to not only our community but most importantly our youth," he said.


In San Jose, firefighters at Station 1 held a moment of silence followed by the ringing of a bell to mark the moment when the North Tower of the World Trade Center was struck by the first hijacked airplane.

Other 9/11 memorial events were scheduled in Alameda at the USS Hornet at 10 a.m. and in Danville at 5:30 p.m. at Oak Hill Park.



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<![CDATA[Brief Heat Spell Brings Hot Weather Back to Bay Area]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2017 23:25:34 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

A brief heat spell is expected to blanket most of the Bay Area with warm to sizzling temperatures Sunday.

Inland valleys are forecasted to creep above the 100-degree threshold, according to weather officials. Temperatures around the bay are expected to check in around the high 80s in the East Bay to low 90s along the Peninsula and in the South Bay. San Francisco is expected to hover around an unusual 85 degrees.

For those seeking relief, Half Moon Bay appears to be the coolest spot around. The coastal city is expected to max out around 75 degrees. 

The sweltering conditions did not prompt any heat advisories or warnings for the Bay Area's nine counties, according to the National Weather Service.

The brief spell of hot temperatures comes one week after a lengthy heat wave set temperature records across the region, including an all-time high of 106 degrees in downtown San Francisco.

The latest round of heat is expected to dissipate by the start of the workweek, but portions of the Bay Area won't escape unusual weather right away. The South Bay could see isolated shower and thunder chances on Monday and Tuesday, according to the NWS.



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<![CDATA[Redwood City Shadow Art Surprises Pedestrians ]]>Sat, 09 Sep 2017 12:40:20 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PHOTO4_Belanger_Shadow_Art_4.jpgGraphic designer Damon Belanger has created surprise creatures lurking in the shadows throughout Redwood City. Have you walked right by one and not noticed?

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<![CDATA[Pacifica Man Dies After Being Hit By His Own Vehicle: Police]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:49:30 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-7-17-band-director.jpg

A 62-year-old man was fatally struck by his own vehicle as it rolled away Wednesday morning in Pacifica, according to police.

Officers, firefighters and paramedics responded to the 1400 block of Palmetto Avenue around 11 a.m. When they found the victim, he'd suffered major injuries and was unresponsive.

The man was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Police are withholding his identity pending notification of next of kin.

No further details were available.



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<![CDATA[Fish and Fleet Festival Returns to the Bay Area]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:17:23 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PHOTO2_FishandFleet.jpg

The third annual Fish and Fleet festival returned to Half Moon Bay Sunday with free music and festivities.


Despite crab fishing limitations in recent years, event organizers say Fish and Fleet was created to spotlight the ongoing availability of fresh, local seafood from Pillar Point Harbor fishers.

"This event is designed to showcase our community, including food, drink, crafts as well as non-profit organizations and marine information booths," organizers stated.


Live music featuring Sashamon, Coast Tribe, Flowing North Water and Pacific Roots as well as local breweries such as Hop Dogma, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and Sierra Nevada provided by Old Princeton Landing, will be available at the Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The event was hosted by the Half Moon Bay Seafood Marketing Association, with partnership from the Half Moon Bay Commercial Fisheries Trust and San Mateo County Harbor District.


More about the annual festival can be found on the event web page.



Photo Credit: Rebecca Greenway
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<![CDATA[Flower Interruption Artist Unveils 'Summer of Rage' Exhibit]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:53:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/FLOWER_1__Bali_Indonesia.jpgKnown for her psychedelic and cheery exhibitions, Flower Interruption artist Megan Wilson just unveiled another exhibit she is hoping will stir a different reaction from onlookers.

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<![CDATA[DMV Self-Service Kiosks Available at Bay Area Supermarkets]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 23:50:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEB-DMV+PURGATORY.jpg

The California DMV will now be expanding a pilot program for self-service terminals that will be available at some local supermarkets in the Bay Area.

For now, the kiosks can be used to renew vehicle registrations or file for planned non-operation status without waiting in line. The self-service terminals will allow people to receive their registration cards and sticker while also accepting multiple payments.

To find a self-service kiosk near you, take a look at the DMV’s interactive map.




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<![CDATA[Moss Beach Man Arrested on Suspicion of Attempted Homicide]]>Tue, 05 Sep 2017 20:11:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edward+wilson.jpg

A Moss Beach man was arrested late Monday night in his hometown on suspicion of attempted homicide, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said.

Deputies responded at about 10:30 p.m. to the 900 block of Etheldore Street following a call that there was a man with a gun. When deputies arrived, they found a man in his 50s suffering from two bullet wounds to his upper body.

Sheriff's officials said deputies gave the man first aid and got him to an ambulance.

After an investigation by deputies and through the help of witnesses, a suspect was identified. He allegedly ran from the scene of the shooting.

Sheriff's officials said deputies surrounded the area and arrested 50-year-old Edward Wilson in the 700 block of Lancaster Boulevard. Wilson was taken to the county jail. Deputies allegedly found the gun used in the shooting but have not identified a motive yet.

Sheriff's officials said the victim was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

Anyone with more information about the shooting is asked to contact Detective Joe Cang at (650) 259-2417 or jcang@smcgov.org. People can also call the anonymous tip line at (800) 547-2700.



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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Reacts to DACA Decision With Trepidation]]>Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:58:30 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/markzuckerberg_1200x675.jpg

The Trump administration on Tuesday decided to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, triggering ripple effects throughout Silicon Valley.

The tech industry is known as a place where immigrants have risen to, and often started, successful companies. The loss of DACA, which gives renewable, two-year permits to immigrants who entered the United States as undocumented minors, is expected to heavily cost Silicon Valley.

“This has a very real impact on the bottom line of companies,” said Peter Leroe-Munoz, the vice president of tech and innovation policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

He said certain industries have especially benefited from young immigrant employees.

“Whether in autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence or cyber security, there is a source of intellectual capital that can help grow those technologies here in the US and increase American jobs,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, at the Asian Law Alliance, the phone rang off the hook, with young immigrants from all over the world reacting to the uncertainty of their future.

"There are people who came here from Asian countries, African countries, European countries, obviously people who crossed the southern border from Mexico to California, but the population of DACA recipients (is) very diverse,” said Richard Konda, with the Asian Law Alliance.

The movers and shakers of the tech world on Tuesday vocalized their support for DACA.

"The decision to end DACA is not just wrong,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it."

Dara Khosrowshahi, who was recently named the chief executive of San Francisco-based ridesharing company Uber echoed the sentiment.

“It's against our values to turn our backs on #DREAMers. Everyone deserves a chance to work, study and contribute - the #AmericanDream!” he wrote on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Redwood City Seeks Input on New Cannabis Laws]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:29:12 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-810213422.png

Redwood City officials want your input on recreational marijuana use within the Peninsula city.

Residents have until 11:59 p.m. Friday to provide their input in a community survey while the city reviews how its current local restrictions on marijuana use will be impacted by Proposition 64, the statewide marijuana legalization act.

The passage of Prop. 64 provided sweeping legalization of recreational cannabis for adults age 21 and over starting Jan. 1. It also provided a framework for the cultivation, manufacture, transportation, storage, distribution, sale and taxation of recreational cannabis.

However, local municipalities can decide whether or not to allow commercial cultivation and dispensaries under city ordinances and determine how they will tax the newly legalized drug. So far, California cities and counties have widely differed on their local implementation of the new act.

Redwood City, for example, may allow recreation and medical cannabis delivery that is sealed, cash free and fully tracked under State of California regulations as well as impose business license fees, excise and sales taxes to cannabis deliveries. However, it is also considering the ban of commercial and outdoor cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and processing.

This is in contrast to some coastal areas in unincorporated San Mateo County as well as cities such as Half Moon Bay, which are considering the possibility of commercial agricultural growing of marijuana in its greenhouses.

Here is a quick look at what cities in San Mateo County have decided on local marijuana use and commercial cultivation:

  • BURLINGAME: Burlingame has a temporary moratorium on non-medical marijuana related activities until further studies can be completed, including growing personal gardens outdoors.
  • COLMA: Colma has a moratorium on non-medical marijuana related activities until further studies can be completed, including growing personal gardens outdoors.
  • EAST PALO ALTO: East Palo Alto does not currently allow non-medical marijuana related activities in the city until further studies can be completed.
  • FOSTER CITY: Foster City has a temporary moratorium on non-medical marijuana related activities until further studies can be completed.
  • HALF MOON BAY: Currently prohibits marijuana dispensaries, collectives, cooperatives, distributors and production facilities but is considering commercial agricultural growing of marijuana in greenhouses. The next public workshop to gather input for the draft ordinance on commercial agricultural growing will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Ave. in Half Moon Bay. The Half Moon Bay City Council will discuss the draft during its Sept. 19 regular meeting.
  • MILBRAE: Medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited pending additional studies.
  • PACIFICA: Currently allows medical dispensaries within the city and is considering recreational marijuana dispensaries, cultivation, delivery and expanding the personal cultivation limit of six plants.
  • REDWOOD CITY: Currently prohibits medical cannabis distribution facilities and has launched a community survey to determine regulations on sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana until Sept. 8.
  • SAN BRUNO: San Bruno has a temporary moratorium on non-medical marijuana related activities set to expire in October. It is currently reviewing its policies on whether to extend the ban to "allow, tax or regulate marijuana businesses," according to a council report.
  • SAN CARLOS: Medical Marijuana Collectives are currently allowed in the city after obtaining a Conditional Use Permit.
  • SAN MATEO: San Mateo allows medical marijuana dispensaries but currently prohibits non-medical marijuana related activities until further studies can be completed. It also prohibits medical marijuana smoke in multi-family housing.
  • UNINCORPORATED SAN MATEO COUNTY: San Mateo County is considering allowing commercial agricultural growing of marijuana in greenhouses, but not sales of recreational marijuana. It currently allows medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas.
This story has been updated to reflect additional city meetings and review periods. 



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Politicians Denounce DACA Decision]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:03 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-841023822.png

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, is "being rescinded," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday.

The decision to do away with DACA drew scathing criticism from some Bay Area politicians. 

"President Trump’s decision to end DACA is a deeply shameful act of political cowardice and a despicable assault on innocent young people in communities across America," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. "Deporting DREAMers means destroying the lives of hundreds of thousands of patriotic young people, costing the economy billions and betraying the fundamental values of the American Dream."

Rep. Barbara Lee, who represents the East Bay, took to Twitter, writing, "Ending #DACA is cruel and heartless. Congress must act now to protect #DREAMers and pass comprehensive reform once and for all."

DACA has given approximately 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, also referred to as "dreamers," the opportunity to stay in the country and work legally in the U.S. in the form of two-year, renewable work permits. The state with the highest amount of DACA recipients benefiting from the program is California, according to data analyzed by the Pew Research Center.

The government will stop processing new applications under the Obama-era program, but the Trump administration is giving Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the government stops renewing permits for people already covered.

California Sen. Scott Wiener, who represents San Francisco, joined Pelosi and Lee in condemning the decision, arguing that President Trump is "going after immigrant children."

"Ending DACA is a disaster that will only serve to tear families apart and stoke fear and distrust in our immigrant communities," part of Wiener's statement read. "Trump’s odious immigration policies expose him for what he is – a divisive, destructive nativist with no concern for the well-being of the people who live in this country."

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo also blasted the announcement, but vowed to support DACA recipients in San Jose.

"The Attorney General's announcement of the Trump Administration's rescission of DACA abandons 800,000 of America's hardest-working, most patriotic residents," a portion of the mayor's statement read. "Punting the issue to Congress, without any affirmative leadership to enact a legislative solution, amounts to a cowardly cop-out, placing the futures of these young women and men in serious jeopardy."

Aside from taking to social media or issuing written statements, a number of Bay Area politicians addressed the DACA decision at Tuesday news conferences.

In the South Bay, Santa Clara County leaders scolded President Trump for showing a cold heart to DACA recipients.

"I, like many here, are not surprised that the President of the United States took the moral compass of his country and once again threw it to the ground," Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez said.

Fellow supervisor Dave Cortese added that the county will consider legal action against the federal government as well as continue to fight for the roughly 24,000 DACA recipients in the region.

"I urge every 'dreamer' out there affected by today's decision to remain resilient and hopeful," Cortese said. "That's the American way. That's the Silicon Valley way. And that's absolutely the Santa Clara County way. And we will not go down without a fight."

A slew of South Bay leaders gathered a short time later and pledged their continued support for those impacted by DACA while recipients of the program themselves spoke out about the program's benefits during a rally outside the Martin Luther King Library in San Jose.

In San Francisco, immigrant, civil rights and faith groups gathered at an 11 a.m. news conference at city hall to "condemn the President's cruel and unjust decision." Later in the day, Mayor Ed Lee criticized the Trump administration's decision, saying that they "turned their backs on these young people."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Coroner IDs Man Killed When Caltrain Hits Car on Peninsula]]>Tue, 05 Sep 2017 05:51:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-4-17_Caltrain.jpg

A 29-year-old man, who founded a San Jose-based social media strategy firm, was killed early Tuesday when a train struck his car after it ended up on its side on Caltrain tracks in Redwood City, according to the California Highway Patrol and the San Mateo County coroner's office.

The fatal collision, which temporarily blocked northbound and southbound tracks, occurred around 1:20 a.m. in the area of Buckingham and Westmoreland avenues, officials said.

The driver, identified as Pierre-Alexandre Meloty-Kapella, 29, of Redwood City, plowed through a fence and his Volkswagen eventually came to rest on the tracks. 

A maintenance train traveling north on a sidetrack that is used mainly by freight trains hit the Volkswagen, dragged it "several feet," and killed Meloty-Kapella, Caltrain officials said.

The victim's company website said his firm pacmk was a one-man show that he founded in the summer of 2016. He is a Palo Alto native.

Meloty-Kapella was also a legislative fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives for three months in 2009, according to his LinkedIn profile. He went to Williams College in Massachusetts and worked as a research assistant at Stanford Law School.

By 5:14 a.m., tracks in both directions had been reopened with 10 mph speed restrictions in the area, according to Caltrain. The speed restrictions were removed less than 30 minutes later.

An investigation into the collision is ongoing. CHP Officer Art Montiel said officers are looking into whether drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash or whether Meloty-Kapella simply fell asleep at the wheel.

Montiel said there were no skid marks that would indicate that Meloty-Kapella tried to stop before his vehicle rammed through the fence.

Tuesday's incident marks Caltrain's fifth fatality of 2017, the agency reported.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Rescue Teams Return After Hurricane Harvey Duties]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 23:57:16 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rescue+crews+2-0904.jpg

Some of the Bay Area firefighters who have been helping with water rescue efforts in Texas in response to flooding from Hurricane Harvey arrived home late Monday.

A total of 47 personnel flew home to Oakland International Airport on Southwest Airlines and touched down about a little after 7 p.m., according to Aisha Knowles of the Alameda County Fire Department.

The returning heroes were greeted with spontaneous applause as they arrived in the airport terminal after working 14-hour days to ease some of the misery from Hurricane Harvey.

"Search and rescue, technical support, hazmat mitigation," said Charohn Dawson of the Alameda County Fire Department, describing their various assignments. "Everything up to documentation and planning and so forth. Everything our team is capable of handling."

Oakland's Task Force 4 engineer Joe Ortiz said his team came to the aid of dogs, cats and birds and some larger animals that needed a Texas-style rescue.

"The cattle were up to their ears in water, and the people from Texas were there to help wrangle the cattle and take the high ground and also the horses," Ortiz said. "A very Texas moment!"

Another 26 firefighters are driving back with the equipment and are expected to arrive Thursday or Friday, Knowles said.

The team consists of firefighters from central San Mateo County, Palo Alto, San Mateo, San Jose, South San Francisco and the Menlo Park Fire District. It was sponsored by the latter district, which is headed by Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

The search and rescue teams may not be home for long. If Hurricane Irma comes ashore in Florida, there's a chance the team will be flying out again as early as this weekend.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Politicians Slam Expectation of DACA Withdrawal]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 19:50:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DefendDACA.jpg

The possibility that protections could come to an end for young immigrants in the United States triggered sharp responses from Bay Area politicians.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee lashed out at President Donald Trump on Monday after they heard the commander in chief is expected to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program — but with a six-month delay, sources told NBC News.

DACA has given approximately 800,000 young undocumented immigrants the opportunity to stay in the country and work legally in the U.S. in the form of two-year, renewable work permits.

If President Trump follows through, Congress is expected to use the six-month delay window to decide whether it wants to address the status of the legislation, sources told the Associated Press. 

Pelosi issued a statement Monday urging leaders of Congress to protect those directly benefiting from the program.

"President Trump’s decision to end DACA should break the hearts and offend the morals of all who believe in justice and human dignity," part of her statement read. "This cruel act of political cowardice deals a stunning blow to the bright young DREAMers and to everyone who cherishes the American Dream."

Lee, in a statement issued Monday, said that doing away with DACA would "continue to divide our community and tear families apart."

"This is an entire generation of young people — approximately 800,000 people — who have only known America as their home," part of his statement read. "They are hard-working individuals and diligent students who only aspire to achieve their dreams of educational excellence and economic prosperity. Their families fled to America from war-torn countries and dire economic straits because they saw this country as a place of refuge and hope. To punish them for seeking a better life is unconscionably cruel."

Prior to Monday, Feinstein took to Twitter and pledged her support for DACA on multiple occasions.

"There are more #DACA recipients in California than in any other state," one of her tweets read. "We stand with them. We have their backs. #HereToStay"

Dave Cortese, the president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, said agencies are already gearing up to assist the county's estimated 20,000 Dreamers.

"One of the things we'll be prepared to do tomorrow and every day after that is put local resources into helping people who are Dreamers, who are impacted by this decision," Cortese said.

Kevin Gaytan is part of a group of Dreamers graduating from a special county government internship program Tuesday. He said no matter what, he won't hide in the shadows.

"Understanding that we have a platform in which we have solid allies is definitely reassuring, to make sure we continue to fight," Gaytan said.

NBC Bay Area's Robert Handa and the Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Spare the Air Alert in Effect as Smoke Chokes Bay Area]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 06:08:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BayAreaSmoke.jpg

The brutal heat wave that gripped the Bay Area over the weekend is on its way out, but air quality will continue to be an issue of concern Monday.

Smoke pouring in from Northern California wildfires coupled with lingering warm temperatures prompted Bay Area officials to declare a fifth-consecutive Spare the Air Alert for Labor Day.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District encourages residents to limit their outdoor activities, recirculate air in their homes and cars, keep windows and doors closed, and head to cooling centers in order to stay away from the smoke-filled air.

Elderly people, children and those with respiratory issues are the most likely to be impacted by the unhealthy air.

Hazy skies filled with smoke will likely stick around through the end of the Labor Day weekend, according to officials.

After multiple days above 100 degrees, several Bay Area cities on Monday are not expected to exceed the triple-digit threshold, according to the National Weather Service. Livermore is forecasted to top out at 94 degrees, San Jose should reach 87 degrees, Oakland is pinned in for a high of 82 degrees and San Francisco should max out at 76 degrees.



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<![CDATA[Heat Wave, Smoke Trigger Unique Bay Area Sunsets]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 12:02:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/UGCSunset3_1.jpg

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<![CDATA[Heat Wave Weakens Slightly; 100s Still Expected Inland]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:13:33 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/072617+heat+generic+hot+weather+generic.jpg

The sizzling heat wave that has toasted the Bay Area for multiple days receded ever so slightly Sunday and was expected to die down even more Monday, bringing much needed relief to some cities not accustomed to the scorching temperatures.

An excessive heat warning expired at 9 p.m. Sunday for the inland valleys and coastal mountain ranges, according to the National Weather Service. That same warning has been downgraded to a heat advisory for the coast and immediate areas surrounding the San Francisco Bay.

Inland areas are expected to peak anywhere from the high 90s to 108 degrees, according to the NWS. Areas along the bay should fluctuate between 85 and 95 degrees while coastal spots will welcome temperatures in the 80s.

The hot weather coupled with smoke lingering over the region has prompted officials to declare Spare the Air Alerts for Sunday and Monday, marking a streak a five-consecutive days with such an alert in place.

The heat also was putting a strain on the power grid statewide. In the Bay Area, more than 2,500 PG&E customers were without power as of Sunday evening: 1,614 in the East Bay (mostly Oakland), 1,593 in the South Bay (mostly San Jose), 320 on the Peninsula (mostly Foster City) and 100 in the North Bay. There were no reported outages in San Francisco.

Weather officials are reminding people to properly prepare for the hot weather to both prevent wildfires and heat-related illnesses. Folks should limit outdoor activity during the hottest parts of the day, drink plenty of water and hang out in air conditioned areas. Pet owners should also keep a watchful eye on their companions, making sure their animal friends have adequate water and access to cool locations.

Bay Area residents are also asked to limit pollution-causing activities, such as driving and mowing the lawn. Those who are sensitive to unhealthy air are also encouraged to stay indoors.

Hazy skies filled with smoke will likely linger throughout the Labor Day weekend, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Those wishing to beat the heat can visit a slew of cooling centers scattered across the Bay Area or take a trip to the coast where temperatures were significantly cooler than Saturday. Officials warn beachgoers to never swim alone and to be mindful of rip currents. 



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<![CDATA[Hottest Temperatures Ever Recorded in the Bay Area]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 07:01:03 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

As the Bay Area bakes during this Labor Day weekend heat wave, San Franciscans can say they lived through the hottest day ever recorded in the city by the bay.

The only other spot to set a new all-time high temperature was Moffett Field (106 degrees on Friday), according to the National Weather Service. Several other cities came close to eclipsing all-time highs, but they checked in just short.

In case you're curious, here's a list of the hottest ever temperatures recorded in some major Bay Area cities, according to the NWS.

Kentfield

All-Time Record High: 112 degrees | July 11, 1913

San Rafael

All-Time Record High: 110 degrees | June 15, 1961

Napa

All-Time Record High: 113 degrees | June 14, 1961

Downtown San Francisco

All-Time Record High: 106 degrees | Sept. 1, 2017

San Francisco Airport

All-Time Record High: 104 degrees | Sept. 1, 2017

Oakland Airport

All-Time Record High: 104 degrees | June 14, 1961

Richmond

All-Time Record High: 107 degrees | Sept. 15, 1971

Livermore

All-Time Record High: 115 degrees | Sept. 3, 1950

Moffett Field

All-Time Record High: 106 degrees | Sept. 1, 2017

San Jose

All-Time Record High: 109 degrees | June 14, 2000

Gilroy

All-Time Record High: 115 degrees | June 15, 1972



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<![CDATA[Cooling Off: Bay Area Battles Scorching Heat Wave]]>Sun, 03 Sep 2017 12:39:30 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/UGC2_1.png

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<![CDATA[Several Bay Area Cities Set Temperature Records for Sept. 2]]>Sat, 02 Sep 2017 17:46:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/07-29-2015-heat-sun-weather-generic-1.JPG

No cities in the immediate Bay Area broke all-time high temperature records Saturday, but a host of spots set records for Sept. 2.

Below is a complete breakdown of areas that recorded new high temperatures for Sept. 2, according to the National Weather Service:

Calistoga: 112 degrees (previous high of 104 degrees in 1998)

Healdsburg: 111 degrees (previous high of 110 degrees in 1950)

Santa Rosa: 110 degrees (previous high of 107 degrees in 1955)

Kentfield: 106 degrees (previous high of 104 degrees in 1955)

Half Moon Bay: 83 degrees (previous high of 76 in 2009)

San Rafael: 105 degrees (previous high of 101 degrees in 1955)

San Francisco: 102 degrees (previous high of 94 degrees in 1991)

San Francisco Airport: 104 degrees (previous high of 93 degrees in 1950)

Oakland Airport: 101 degrees (previous high of 97 degrees in 1950)

Moffett Field: 106 degrees (previous high of 93 degrees in 2002)

San Jose: 107 degrees (previous high of 102 degrees in 1950)

Gilroy: 112 degrees (previous high of 104 degrees in 2002)

Santa Cruz: 107 degrees (previous high of 93 degrees in 2009)

Two of those spots — Calistoga and Gilroy — also witnessed temperatures high enough to break all-time highs for the month of September, according to the NWS.

Moffett Field (106 degrees) and the San Francisco Airport (104 degrees) came close to once again setting all-time records, but they both tied marks set Friday.

Outside of the Bay Area, Salinas set an all-time high mark of 107 degrees, breaking a record previously set in 1971, according to the NWS. King City sizzled at 115 degrees, breaking an all-time high temperature mark of 113 set in 1955.



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<![CDATA[Blistering Temperatures Prompt Excessive Heat Warnings]]>Sat, 02 Sep 2017 10:16:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sun-shot.jpg

A sweltering heat wave once again reared its head Saturday as blistering temperatures roasted the Bay Area.

An excessive heat warning for the entire region is in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. That warning will continue for inland areas until 9 p.m. Monday.

Several inland areas soared well above the 100-degree mark Saturday, with some locations such as Livermore peaking at 108 degrees, according to weather officials. San Francisco maxxed out at 102 degrees, marking just the third time since 1874 that the city by the bay has witnessed back-to-back days over 100 degrees. Elsewhere, Oakland reached 99 degrees while San Jose topped out at 107 degrees.

The hot weather prompted a number of cities across the Bay Area, including usually cool San Francisco, to open cooling centers for those looking for heat relief.

Folks across the toasty East Bay and Tri-Valley made a beeline for watering holes or movie theaters in hopes of beating the heat.

"The threater, it's going to be cool," Leo Robles of Tracy said. "It's always cool. Out here it's like really burning hot, and it's early in the morning. It shouldn't be like this."

Others in the East Bay flocked to cooling centers to hydrate and stay out of the sizzling sun.


Weather officials are reminding people to properly prepare for the hot weather to both prevent wildfires and heat-related illnesses. Folks should limit outdoor activity during the hottest parts of the day, drink plenty of water and hang out in air conditioned areas. Pet owners should also keep a watchful eye on their companions, making sure their animal friends have adequate water and access to cool locations.

Aside from impacting people's health, the scorching temperatures also forced BART to slow down its trains, triggering major systemwide delays.

Due the hot temperatures and low humidity, a Red Flag Warning remains in effect for coastal mountains and East Bay foothills until 9 p.m. Saturday. People are strongly encouraged to not burn outdoors due to the high risk of potentially sparking a wildfire.

Smoke pouring in from wildfires across Northern California coupled with forecasted high temperatures has prompted officials to declare Spare the Air Alerts for Saturday and Sunday. The moves mark the 12th and 13th Spare the Air Alert days of 2017.

Bay Area residents are asked to limit pollution-causing activities, such as driving and mowing the lawn. Those who are sensitive to unhealthy air are also encouraged to stay indoors.

Hazy skies filled with smoke will likely linger throughout the Labor Day weekend, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.



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<![CDATA[PG&E Faces Possible Fine, Lost Revenue in Excess of $97M]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 19:53:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_pge_acusacion.jpg

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. would have to pay nearly $100 million under a regulatory judge’s proposed punishment issued Friday.

The fine relates to five years of improper backdoor communications between the utility and state regulators

Citing the “flagrant and pervasive nature” of the five years of illegal e-mail contacts, administrative law judge Robert Mason concluded that a previously agreed to $1 million fine against the company was “too low.”

Mason upped that to $12 million in fines. That's combined with $73.5 million in customer rate cuts that PG&E has agreed to provide.

The $97.5 million penalty will be the most severe imposed on any state regulated utility for so-called ex parte communications – the official term for backdoor, one-sided contacts with regulators.

“We received it and we’re reviewing it,” said Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the utility said Friday of the judge’s tentative decision. PG&E could decide to appeal the penalty. He declined further comment.

The fine must also be approved by the state’s Public Utilities Commission.

The latest case dates back to when the company had to release 65,000 e-mails dating from 2010 and 2014, under pressure from the city of San Bruno.

The city’s push for emails had already led PG&E to admit it had engaged in a secret campaign to get the regulatory judge of it wanted to oversee a rate case tied to the blast. A total of 164 of the 65,000 communications were alleged to be improper.

Under the administrative law judge’s tentative ruling, issued late Friday, the company would have to pay $6 million each to compensate the cities of San Bruno and San Carlos.

Both cities were involved in regulatory disputes over pipeline safety at the time and but were unaware of the company’s one-sided communications with regulators.

Britt Strottman, attorney for the city of San Bruno, said she hopes the settlement “will be the last chapter and PG&E will learn from its mistakes.”



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<![CDATA[San Francisco Soars to All-Time Record High of 106 Degrees]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:47:34 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

A blistering heat wave bearing down on the Bay Area Friday broke an all-time temperature record in San Francisco, which joined a host of other cities across the region in etching new high temperature marks in the history books.

Downtown San Francisco sizzled at 106 degrees during the mid-afternoon hours, according to the National Weather Service, breaking a previous all-time high of 103 degrees set on June 14, 2000. For the sake of comparison, the 106 degree mark was just 10 degrees cooler than Death Valley, the hottest spot in the nation on Friday.

"What I miss is the fog now to cool off," Paul Tse of San Francisco said.

Another all-time record-breaking temperature was recorded nearby at the San Francisco International Airport, according to the NWS. The airport peaked at 104 degrees, overtaking a previous high of 103 set on Sept. 14, 1971.

South in Mountain View, Moffett Field soared to 106 degrees, tying an all-time record high of 106 degrees established in 2000, according to the NWS.

Aside from the all-time record-breakers, a number of spots recorded new high temperatures for Sept. 1:

Calistoga: 110 degrees (previous high of 105 degrees in 1988)

Healdsburg: 111 degrees (previous high of 108 degrees in 1950)

Santa Rosa: 110 degrees (previous high of 105 degrees in 1950)

Kentfield: 107 degrees (previous high of 103 degrees in 1955)

San Rafael: 109 degrees (previous high of 103 degrees in 1955)

Richmond: 102 degrees (previous high of 93 degrees in 1955)

Oakland Airport: 101 degrees (previous high of 99 degrees in 1952)

Livermore: 109 degrees (previous high of 109 degrees in 1952)

San Jose: 108 degrees (previous high of 101 degrees in 1950)

Gilroy: 107 degrees (previous high of 102 degrees in 1976)

Santa Cruz: 105 degrees (previous high of 102 degrees in 1955)

Salinas: 103 degrees (previous high of 91 degrees in 2010)

Salinas Airport: 105 degrees (previous high of 96 degrees in 1952)

Some of those spots — Santa Rosa, Kentfield, San Franicsco, the San Francisco Airport, the Oakland Airport, Moffett Field, San Jose and Salinas Airport — also witnessed temperatures high enough to break all-time highs for the month of September, according to the NWS.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this article incorrectly indicated the year in which the all-time high temperature mark in San Francisco was set.




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<![CDATA[Heat Wave Peaks, Straining Bay Area Power Grid]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 18:06:12 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-76412145.jpg

The Bay Area is in the throes of extremely hot weather.

Temperatures on Friday soared to dangerous levels and will continue to do so through at least Monday, with most of the inland valley bracing for triple-digit temperatures.

Excessive heat warnings are in effect from 11 a.m. Friday till 9 p.m. Monday in many places around the Bay Area. The National Weather Service has also issued a heat advisory from 11 a.m. Friday through 9 p.m. Saturday.

The blistering heat set an all-time high temperature record in downtown San Francisco, according to the National Weather Service, and also set daily records in several cities across the region. Santa Rosa maxxed out at 110 degrees, Richmond topped out at 102, San Jose peaked at 108 and Santa Cruz soared to 105. 

The California Independent System Operator issued a flex alert from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to avoid power disruptions.

According to PG&E, people may have been inclined to blast their A/Cs when the temperatures began to climb Thursday. The strain on the power grid could prompt some power outages in the Bay Area Friday, but PG&E was prepared with backup transformers, a spokesperson said. 

Meanwhile, a red flag fire warning — the highest alert — was in effect Friday for the North and East Bay hills and Santa Cruz mountains because of hot, dry and windy conditions, according to the National Weather Service.

The alert is in effect until 8 a.m. Saturday, weather service officials said. When red flag warnings are in effect, all residents are urged to use extreme caution because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire.

Weather service officials cautioned residents not to mow or trim dry grass, to be sure there is 100 feet of space around structures that is clear of combustible materials, also known as defensible space, and to clear dead weeds and vegetation. Also, people should never pull over their vehicles in dry grass, according to the weather service.

Berkeley's acting fire chief Dave Brannigan had additional suggestions specific to the Berkeley hills. Because of the danger of a rapidly spreading wildfire, Berkeley residents alongside the East Bay hills were encouraged to park in their driveways or garages, making as much space as possible in the narrow streets for emergency vehicles.

Residents are asked to use extreme caution operating barbeques and power equipment. Fireworks are completely forbidden in the city and surrounding areas, Brannigan noted.

Brian Kaminski, a doctor at ValleyCare Livermore Urgent Care, said he is worried that a lot of people will end up in the emergency room amid sweltering temperatures. The biggest concern is for children under 4 years of age and adults over 65, he said.

School children across the Livermore area spent recess indoors amid the sweltering temperatures, marking the first time the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District has ever taken such a drastic move because of blistering conditions. 

"Throughout the district, we are keeping kids and staff indoors," district spokesperson Philomena Rambo said. "We're not doing physical activity classes outside. We've canceled athletic practices."

Heat-related health problems can start subtly with cramps and fatigue, but progress to heat exhaustion, with sweating, headaches, weakness and nausea. Mayo Clinic advises moving out of the heat, drinking cold water and using a spray or sponge to cool down. 

The worst condition is heat stroke, which can bring on a fever, rapid pulse and breathing, seizures and a complete shut down of the body. Patients could find relief if ice packs are placed on their necks and if their bodies are covered in cool sheets. Treatment also includes using a fan while misting with cool water. People are also encouraged to call 911 for help, Mayo Clinic suggests. 

To that end, schools away from Livermore took numerous precautions to keep students safe during the heat wave, including calling off track practices or asking athletes to run in the early morning hours. Some districts also provided ice and bottled water at all their schools, while others installed A/C units or were scrambling to find portable ones.

The heat wave didn't stop Gunderson and Pioneer high schools from kicking off a scheduled varsity football contest, but the players did take additional water breaks. The junior varsity teams were supposed to square off Friday afternoon, but the forecasted highs moved the matchup to Thursday evening.

"It's probably a good thing," Jason Simpson, a former San Jose State University running back said. "Right around that 3 o'clock kickoff time tends to be a little bit difficult. Later in the evening definitely helps a little bit more. As a player, water is your best friend."

At Stanford University, the women's soccer team braved 106 degrees at 4 p.m. to play in its match against Georgetown University. 

"As a parent, you're not only concerned for your player but everybody else on the field," Stanford soccer parent Florence Cook said. "But obviously they took water breaks and they showed the appropriate level of concern for the players."

A round of golf was virtually off the table in the East Bay because of the uncomfortable heat. The Buchanan Fields Golf Course in Concord was lifeless in the middle of the afternoon as the temperature sizzled at 108 degrees. 

In nearby Walnut Creek, the temperature was comparable, but it couldn't keep one happy couple from tying the knot. Christian and Amanda Sendaydiego said their vows under the 108 degree heat.

Spare the Air alerts were issued in the Bay Area for Thursday, Friday and Saturday because hot temperatures, light wind and vehicle exhaust were expected to combine to create unhealthy smog levels, regional air quality officials said.

The consecutive alerts, the 10th, 11th and 12th issued so far for smog in 2017, were because of particularly unhealthy ozone levels expected in the South Bay and East Bay, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

"Extreme heat starting late this week is expected to cause unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area likely through the Labor Day weekend," district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement, noting that the currently burning wildfires will also impact air quality.

Officials recommend carpooling, taking public district or working from home if possible to limit smog levels in the area.

"We need to change how we get around and stop driving alone to reduce our pollution levels and protect our health," Broadbent said.

Bay Area residents are also advised to only exercise in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower. 

PG&E says it is in emergency response mode, preparing to respond to power outages, with replacement transformers and other equipment at the ready.

"We have extra crews and equipment, and resources are ready to go, ready to be deployed," PG&E spokesman Paul Doherty said. "This is probably the largest heat event since 2006."

List of cooling centers around the Bay Area:

  • Benicia: Public Library, 150 E. L St.; Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
  • Campbell: Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Room E-44; Thursday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday.
  • Cupertino: Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N Stelling Road, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.
  • Livermore: Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Los Gatos: Los Gatos Library, 100 Villa Ave., Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday (Labor Day).
  • Milpitas: Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Barbara Lee Senior Center, 40 N. Milpitas Blvd., Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday–Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Morgan Hill: Centennial Recreation Center, 171 W. Edmundson Ave., Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Open Labor Day holiday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey St., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Mountain View: Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CLOSED Monday (Labor Day)
  • Napa: Las Flores Community Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Senior Center, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., This Friday, Sept. 1, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • San Jose: For a list of community center locations in the city of San Jose, visit the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services web page.​
  • Santa Clara: Central Park Library, 2635 Homesteads Road, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; City Hall Cafeteria, 1500 Warburton Ave., Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; closed Saturday and Sunday; Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd., Monday - Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm; Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday 9 am to noon; closed Sunday; Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way, Monday - Tuesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Wednesday - Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; closed Sunday; Senior Center, 1303 Fremont St., Monday - Thursday, 11 am to 8 pm; Friday, 7 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 9 am to noon; closed Sunday​; check website for updates.
  • Santa Clara County: County libraries located in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Campbell, Cupertino, and Milpitas; check website for hours and locations.
  • Saratoga: Joan Pisani Community Center: 19655 Allendale Ave., Call for hours: (408) 868-1249; Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Call for hours: (408) 867-6126
    Saratoga: Joan Pisani Community Center: 19655 Allendale Ave., Call for hours: (408) 868-1249; Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Call for hours: (408) 867-6126.

Here are some tips on how to stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar
  • Limit physical activity, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Don't leave people or pets in closed, parked cars
  • Stay in air-conditioned areas, including malls, libraries, movie theaters and community centers
  • Cool off by taking a bath or shower.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing
  • Do not bundle babies or put them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • Cover your head with wide-brimmed, vented hats or use umbrellas
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rest in shady areas

Additional tips for people who work outdoors:

  • Ensure that cool drinking water is available.
  • Drink water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks often; do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid drinking sweetened drinks, caffeine, and alcohol.
  • Avoid drinking extremely cold water as this is more likely to cause cramps.
  • Allow athletes or outdoor workers to take frequent rests.

Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions:

  • During peak heat hours stay in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have access to air conditioning in your home, visit public facilities such as cooling centers, shopping malls, parks, and libraries to stay cool.
  • Older adults and those on certain medications may not exhibit signs of dehydration until several hours after dehydration sets in. Stay hydrated by frequently drinking cool water. If you’re on a special diet that limits liquids, check with your doctor for information on the amount of water to consume.
  • Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants to protect against sun damage. And remember to use sun screen and to wear sunglasses.

Infants and Children:

  • It is illegal to leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle (California Vehicle Code Section 15620).
  • Infants and young children can get dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they are given plenty of cool water to drink.
  • Keep children indoors or shaded as much as possible.
  • Dress children in loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing.

Pets:

  • Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows cracked or open.
  • Outdoor animals should be given plenty of shade and clean drinking water.
  • Do not leave pets outside in the sun.
  • Pets should not be left in a garage as garages can get very hot due to lack of ventilation and insulation.




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<![CDATA[Smoke From Northern California Fires Drifting Into Bay Area]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:57:06 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/smoke-0831.jpg

Bay Area residents who think they're smelling smoke are probably right. Smoke from fires elsewhere in California and Oregon drifted into the Bay Area on Thursday, air quality officials said.

Fires in Nevada and Butte counties are generating smoke that's moving into the Bay Area. Also, smoke from Northern California and Oregon fires is coming down the coast and entering the area through the Golden Gate, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

"We expect the smoke to last through Saturday and potentially through the weekend," air district spokeswoman Kristine Roselius said.

Some parts of the Bay Area appear to be experiencing more smoke than others. Marin County is experiencing heavy drift smoke from the Northern California fires, and residents will smell smoke, the Marin County Sheriff's Office tweeted.

The Napa County Office of Emergency Services and the Lafayette Police Department both said there are no fires in either area, and the smoke residents are smelling is from the Northern California fires.

San Mateo County is also experiencing quite a bit of drift smoke from fires in Northern California and Oregon, county officials said.

Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, scratchy throats and irritated sinuses. It can trigger wheezing in people with asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, air quality officials said.

Bay Area residents are advised to limit outdoor activities to avoid unnecessary exposure if they smell smoke, and set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside, air quality officials said.

Residents can also reduce exposure to smoky air by staying inside with windows and doors closed, if possible, according to the air district. Those who cannot do so should seek out cooling centers in their respective areas.

It's also a good idea to stay tuned to local media for changes in smoke or weather conditions, air quality officials said.



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<![CDATA[Heat Advisory Across Bay Area as Triple-Digit Temps Loom]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:56:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/heat+wave-0831.jpg

The dog days of summer are upon us. 

Temperatures across the Bay Area are expected to soar to dangerous levels through at least Monday, with most of the inland valley bracing for triple-digit temperatures.

Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories will be in effect from Thursday afternoon through Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service. A red flag warning will also be issued between 9 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Saturday due to hot and dry conditions and northerly wind gusts. 

On Friday, forecasters expect Fairfield to reach 112 degrees Fahrenheit, Concord 113, San Jose 101, Santa Cruz 91, Half Moon Bay 86 and San Francisco 84 . At 115 degrees, Livermore will tie its all-time record that was set in 1950, the National Weather Service said.

The California Independent System Operator has issued a flex alert from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to avoid power disruptions.

Brian Kaminski, a doctor at ValleyCare Livermore Urgent Care, said he is worried that a lot of people will end up in the emergency room amid sweltering temperatures.

The biggest concern is for children under 4 years of age and adults over 65, he said. Heat-related health problems can start subtly with cramps and fatigue, but progress to heat exhaustion, with copious amounts of sweating, headaches and nausea. The worst condition is heat stroke, which can bring on seizures and a complete shut down of the body, he said.


Schools in the Bay Area are also taking numerous precautions to keep students safe during this heat wave, including calling off track practices or asking athletes to run in the early morning hours. Some districts will also provide ice and bottled water at all their schools, while others have installed A/C units or are scrambling to find portable ones.

Meanwhile, Spare the Air alerts have been issued in the Bay Area for Thursday and Friday because hot temperatures, light wind and vehicle exhaust are expected to combine to create unhealthy smog levels, regional air quality officials said.

The alerts, the 10th and 11th issued so far for smog in 2017, are because of particularly unhealthy ozone levels expected in the South Bay and East Bay, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

"Extreme heat starting late this week is expected to cause unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area likely through the Labor Day weekend," air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement.

Officials recommend carpooling, taking public district or working from home if possible to limit smog levels in the area.

"We need to change how we get around and stop driving alone to reduce our pollution levels and protect our health," Broadbent said.

Bay Area residents are also advised to only exercise in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower.

PG&E says it is in emergency response mode, preparing to respond to power outages, with replacement transformers and other equipment at the ready.

"We have extra crews and equipment, and resources are ready to go, ready to be deployed," PG&E spokesman Paul Doherty said. "This is probably the largest heat event since 2006."

List of cooling centers around the Bay Area:

  • Benicia: Public Library, 150 E. L St.; Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
  • Campbell: Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Room E-44; Thursday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday.
  • Cupertino: Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N Stelling Road, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.
  • Livermore: Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Los Gatos: Los Gatos Library, 100 Villa Ave., Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday (Labor Day).
  • Milpitas: Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Barbara Lee Senior Center, 40 N. Milpitas Blvd., Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday–Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Morgan Hill: Centennial Recreation Center, 171 W. Edmundson Ave., Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Open Labor Day holiday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey St., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Mountain View: Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CLOSED Monday (Labor Day)
  • Napa: Las Flores Community Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Senior Center, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., This Friday, Sept. 1, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • San Jose: For a list of community center locations in the city of San Jose, visit the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services web page.​
  • Santa Clara: Central Park Library, 2635 Homesteads Road, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; City Hall Cafeteria, 1500 Warburton Ave., Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; closed Saturday and Sunday; Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd., Monday - Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm; Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday 9 am to noon; closed Sunday; Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way, Monday - Tuesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Wednesday - Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; closed Sunday; Senior Center, 1303 Fremont St., Monday - Thursday, 11 am to 8 pm; Friday, 7 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 9 am to noon; closed Sunday​; check website for updates.
  • Santa Clara County: County libraries located in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Campbell, Cupertino, and Milpitas; check website for hours and locations.
  • Saratoga: Joan Pisani Community Center: 19655 Allendale Ave., Call for hours: (408) 868-1249; Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Call for hours: (408) 867-6126
    Saratoga: Joan Pisani Community Center: 19655 Allendale Ave., Call for hours: (408) 868-1249; Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Call for hours: (408) 867-6126.

Here are some tips on how to stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar
  • Limit physical activity, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Don't leave people or pets in closed, parked cars
  • Stay in air-conditioned areas, including malls, libraries, movie theaters and community centers
  • Cool off by taking a bath or shower.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing
  • Do not bundle babies or put them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • Cover your head with wide-brimmed, vented hats or use umbrellas
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rest in shady areas

Additional tips for people who work outdoors:

  • Ensure that cool drinking water is available.
  • Drink water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks often; do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid drinking sweetened drinks, caffeine, and alcohol.
  • Avoid drinking extremely cold water as this is more likely to cause cramps.
  • Allow athletes or outdoor workers to take frequent rests.

Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions:

  • During peak heat hours stay in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have access to air conditioning in your home, visit public facilities such as cooling centers, shopping malls, parks, and libraries to stay cool.
  • Older adults and those on certain medications may not exhibit signs of dehydration until several hours after dehydration sets in. Stay hydrated by frequently drinking cool water. If you’re on a special diet that limits liquids, check with your doctor for information on the amount of water to consume.
  • Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants to protect against sun damage. And remember to use sun screen and to wear sunglasses.

Infants and Children:

  • It is illegal to leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle (California Vehicle Code Section 15620).
  • Infants and young children can get dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they are given plenty of cool water to drink.
  • Keep children indoors or shaded as much as possible.
  • Dress children in loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing.

Pets:

  • Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows cracked or open.
  • Outdoor animals should be given plenty of shade and clean drinking water.
  • Do not leave pets outside in the sun.
  • Pets should not be left in a garage as garages can get very hot due to lack of ventilation and insulation.




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<![CDATA[Fare Evasion Drops as BART Police Target Hot Spots]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 06:47:37 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-3301422.jpg

BART police are cracking down on crime, following a months-long uptick in crime and growing concerns among riders.

Although there was another report of fare evasion at a Hayward BART station on Wednesday night, the transit agency says that the number of incidents in May and June is down 20 percent in comparison to February and March.

Citations are also down nearly 30 percent in the same time frame and field interviews have dropped an estimated 20 percent.

BART officials say their new practice of deploying officers to so-called hot spots where assaults and robberies were rampant is helping curb crimes.

To that end, BART is also in the process of hiring new officers. The agency hopes to fill 40 available positions in the next year-and-a-half.



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<![CDATA[Palo Alto PD Hunts For Mountain Lion, Cub Spotted in Tree]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:16:23 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/palo_alto_PD.jpg

Palo Alto police on Thursday are searching for a mountain lion and cub. 

The animals were spotted in a tree on the 1700 block of Webster Street around 6:20 a.m., according to police.

Although officers are on scene, the pair have not been seen again. Police are unsure if they are in the area, but are seeking help from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"Our goal is to provide for the safety of our residents, and the mountain lions themselves too, as we work to locate them and safely extricate from the neighborhood," Palo Alto police said in a statement.

Resident Marcella Bernstein said she heard a noise Thursday morning in her backyard -- a noise she has not heard since her college days in vet school.

"(It was) a distinct, low percussive guttural growl consistent from what I've heard from lions. Sounds distressed," Bernstein said. "I saw one of the animals. The smaller one came down on a tree branch."

The Bernsteins said the neighbors' three dogs were outside and barking at the time.

Police also used a thermal imaging device to try and track the mountain lions. They did not see anything unusual.

"A mountain lion surrounded by people is a very real danger to public safety," Palo Alto Police Capt. Zach Perron said.

Perron said if found, the goal will be to tranquilize and safely relocate the cats.

In 2014, police were forced to shoot and kill a mountain lion in a residential neighborhood.

Parents earlier in the day were urged to drive their children to schools nearby.

Anyone who sees the mountain lions is called to stay away from them and immediately call 911.

For more information, visit the Palo Alto Police Department's Twitter Page



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<![CDATA[Palo Alto Police Seek Suspects Who Robbed 7-Eleven Clerk ]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:05:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/194*120/epa+suspect-0830.jpg

Palo Alto police are asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects who robbed a 7-Eleven store clerk of check deposits containing thousands of dollars in cash from the front seat of her car on Monday morning.

According to police, the employee left the store in East Palo Alto to deposit the cash into a bank in Palo Alto. As the employee, described as a woman in her 30s, approached the intersection of Newell Road and Edgewood Drive, another vehicle rear-ended her.

After the collision, that car's passenger, who is considered the primary suspect, approached her and apologized. He suggested she take a picture of the damage, according to police.

As the woman exited her vehicle, the suspect ripped the phone out of her hand, ran back to the victim's car and grabbed the bag of bank deposits out of the front seat. The suspect then ran back to the vehicle that struck the victim and drove off heading south on Newell Road, police said.

A witness who saw the crash and crime called police at 9:42 a.m., but the suspects had already fled the scene.

The victim was not injured, but her vehicle suffered minor damage. A preliminary investigation showed the suspects parked and waited outside the convenience store at about 8:50 a.m.

The primary suspect briefly entered the store before exiting and waiting with the driver for nearly an hour before watching the employee leave for the bank at 9:40 a.m. The crime happened minutes later, leading investigators to believe the suspects waited for the victim and targeted her, police said.

The victim's phone was found in downtown Palo Alto later Monday by another man who police do not believe was involved in the robbery.

The primary suspect was described by police as a black man in his 20s who is 5 feet 10, inches tall with short hair and was wearing a loose white T-shirt with a logo on it and khaki pants at the time of the robbery.

When he entered the store, police said he was wearing a gray-hooded sweatshirt with an orange logo and khaki pants, police said.

The second suspect is described as a Pacific Islander man in his 20s who was wearing a black shirt and had brown curly brown hair, police said.

The suspect vehicle is described as a newer silver four-door sedan with a yellow paper license plate on the front.

Palo Alto police are asking anyone with information with the crime to contact them at (650) 329-2413. Those wishing to give information anonymously can call (650) 383-8984 or email paloaltotip@tipnow.org.



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<![CDATA[Californians Asked to Conserve Energy Amid Flex Alert]]>Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:17:23 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

Californians are encouraged to conserve energy between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday as a heat wave continues to swelter the state.

The Flex Alert, which was issued by the California Independent System Operator Corporation, asks residents to turn off all lights not in use, avoid using large appliances and set air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher during that seven-hour span.

Flex Alerts are issued when the power grid "is under stress because of generation or transmission outages, or from persistent hot temperatures," according to the ISO.

Residents can learn more about conserving energy by visiting flexalert.org.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Braces For Record High Temperatures]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:19:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/188*120/GettyImages-71476967.jpg

Enjoy the last vestiges of cool weather because a brutal heat wave is making a beeline for the Bay Area.

Temperatures are expected to rise between 10 and 15 degrees on Thursday. They will soar to even more dangerous levels Friday, with most of the inland valley experiencing triple-digit temperatures. The coming days could be the hottest so far this summer.

An excessive heat watch will be in effect from Thursday afternoon through Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service. A red flag warning will also be issued between 9 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Saturday due to hot and dry conditions and northerly wind gusts. 

Forecasters expect Fairfield to reach 112 degrees Fahrenheit, Concord 113, San Jose 101, Santa Cruz 91, Half Moon Bay 86 and San Francisco 84 . At 115 degrees, Livermore will tie its all-time record that was set in 1950, the National Weather Service said.

A developing tropical system near Baja, California may transport some subtropical moisture into Southern California on Tuesday and Wednesday. It remains unclear whether the storm will affect the Bay Area.

Meanwhile, a Spare the Air alert has been issued in the Bay Area for Thursday because hot temperatures, light wind and vehicle exhaust are expected to combine to create unhealthy smog levels, regional air quality officials said.

The alert, the 10th issued so far for smog in 2017, is because of particularly unhealthy ozone levels expected in the South Bay and East Bay, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

"Extreme heat starting late this week is expected to cause unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area likely through the Labor Day weekend," air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement.

Officials recommend carpooling, taking public district or working from home if possible to limit smog levels in the area.

"We need to change how we get around and stop driving alone to reduce our pollution levels and protect our health," Broadbent said.

Bay Area residents are also advised to only exercise in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower.


List of cooling centers around the Bay Area:


  • Benicia: Public Library, 150 E. L St.; Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
  • Campbell: Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Room E-44; Thursday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday.
  • Cupertino: Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N Stelling Road, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday
  • Livermore: Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Los Gatos: Los Gatos Library, 100 Villa Ave., Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday (Labor Day)
  • Milpitas: Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Barbara Lee Senior Center, 40 N. Milpitas Blvd., Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday–Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Morgan Hill: Centennial Recreation Center, 171 W. Edmundson Ave., Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Open Labor Day holiday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey St., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Mountain View: Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CLOSED Monday (Labor Day)
  • Napa: Las Flores Community Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Senior Center, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., This Friday, Sept. 1, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • San Jose: For a list of community center locations in the city of San Jose, visit the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services web page.​
  • Santa Clara (check website for updates): Central Park Library, 2635 Homesteads Road, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; City Hall Cafeteria, 1500 Warburton Ave., Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; closed Saturday and Sunday; Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd., Monday - Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm; Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday 9 am to noon; closed Sunday; Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way, Monday - Tuesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Wednesday - Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; closed Sunday; Senior Center, 1303 Fremont St., Monday - Thursday, 11 am to 8 pm; Friday, 7 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 9 am to noon; closed Sunday​
  • Santa Clara County: County libraries located in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Campbell, Cupertino, and Milpitas; check website for hours and locations.
  • Saratoga: Joan Pisani Community Center: 19655 Allendale Ave., Call for hours: (408) 868-1249; Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Call for hours: (408) 867-6126
    Saratoga: Joan Pisani Community Center: 19655 Allendale Ave., Call for hours: (408) 868-1249; Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Call for hours: (408) 867-6126


Here are some tips on how to stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar
  • Limit physical activity, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Don't leave people or pets in closed, parked cars
  • Stay in air-conditioned areas, including malls, libraries, movie theaters and community centers
  • Cool off by taking a bath or shower.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing
  • Do not bundle babies or put them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • Cover your head with wide-brimmed, vented hats or use umbrellas
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rest in shady areas


Additional tips for people who work outdoors:

  • Ensure that cool drinking water is available.
  • Drink water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks often; do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid drinking sweetened drinks, caffeine, and alcohol.
  • Avoid drinking extremely cold water as this is more likely to cause cramps.
  • Allow athletes or outdoor workers to take frequent rests.


Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions:

  • During peak heat hours stay in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have access to air conditioning in your home, visit public facilities such as cooling centers, shopping malls, parks, and libraries to stay cool.
  • Older adults and those on certain medications may not exhibit signs of dehydration until several hours after dehydration sets in. Stay hydrated by frequently drinking cool water. If you’re on a special diet that limits liquids, check with your doctor for information on the amount of water to consume.
  • Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants to protect against sun damage. And remember to use sun screen and to wear sunglasses.


Infants and Children:

  • It is illegal to leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle (California Vehicle Code Section 15620).
  • Infants and young children can get dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they are given plenty of cool water to drink.
  • Keep children indoors or shaded as much as possible.
  • Dress children in loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing.


Pets:

  • Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows cracked or open.
  • Outdoor animals should be given plenty of shade and clean drinking water.
  • Do not leave pets outside in the sun.
  • Pets should not be left in a garage as garages can get very hot due to lack of ventilation and insulation.





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<![CDATA[Nearly $23M Worth of Illegal Pot Seized in San Mateo County]]>Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:09:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MarijuanaBust.jpg

A two-month investigation by San Mateo County Narcotic Task Force netted nearly $23 million worth of illegal marijuana plants in the county, officials said.

Two Redwood City residents, 38-year-old Joaquin Sanchez and 32-year-old Joel Ochoa Sanchex, were arrested after authorities said they were found near the grow site — a public open space area in the county.

The pair, along with Mexico residents Juan Farias Galeana and Jose Antonio Mendoza, are accused of illegally growing 11,400 marijuana plants and environmental violations, said Saul Lopez, commander of the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force.

Lopez said the group worked with several other agencies to scout historical sites and collect anonymous tips in order to locate the fields, which were hidden at the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

"In several grow sites various supplies were located within the grow sites indicating that the suspects stayed at the gardens for long periods of time," the agency wrote in a statement.

Officials say the illegal activity caused deforestation, damage to wildlife habitats and posed a danger to citizens from its hazardous-chemical pollution.

Anyone with information regarding any of the illegal grows can call the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force anonymously at 650-573-3991.



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<![CDATA[Palo Alto Considers Banning Cars From Prolonged Idling]]>Mon, 28 Aug 2017 08:44:37 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Palo_Alto_Considers_Banning_Cars_From_Prolonged_Idling.jpg

Palo Alto city leaders are considering banning cars from idling for more than two or three minutes. The move comes after complaints from residents. According to the Bay Area Air Quality District, 65 percent of pollutants released during the summer come from vehicles. Ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning the car off and on while two minutes of idling costs you one mile worth of fuel, and an hour of idling equates to one gallon of gas.]]>
<![CDATA[Excessive Temps Inland as Heat Continues to Blanket Bay Area]]>Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:14:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

Sweltering temperatures will once again blanket several cities across the Bay Area Monday as a heat wave continues to beat down on the region.

The hot weather, which has prompted an excessive heat warning for inland valleys and coastal mountains, a heat advisory for cities hugging the San Francisco Bay, and a third-consecutive Spare the Air alert across the Bay Area, has firefighters on high alert.

Expected highs on Monday are expected to top out around 105 to near 110 degrees in the East Bay valleys, according to the National Weather Service. North Bay locations such as Santa Rosa and Napa will also see high temperatures in the triple digits. 

In the South Bay, San Jose is expected to reach 96 degrees while Morgan Hill should jump over 100 degrees.

Closer to the bay, cities such as Oakland and Palo Alto will hover between the high-80s to low-90s. Temperatures in San Francisco will reach the high-70s in some neighborhoods away from the coast.

For those seeking relief, Half Moon Bay appears to be the coolest Bay Area location with only a forecasted high of 68 degrees.

Firefighters were already out in full force Sunday battling a fire just south of Livermore near Mines Road. The blaze has torched 44 acres and was 40 percent contained as of Monday at 7 a.m., according to Cal Fire.

Another fire also cropped up in Petaluma on Sunday. The blaze scorched about 18 degrees near Bodega Avenue and Nosecchi Road before fire crews were able to gain the upper hand, according to Cal Fire. The fire was 85 percent contained as of Monday morning.



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<![CDATA[Dangerous Bay Area Heat Brings Advisories, Warnings]]>Sun, 27 Aug 2017 23:12:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

Spare the Air alerts were issued for Sunday and Monday in the Bay Area because of an excessive amount of smog expected in the region, air quality officials said.

A high-pressure system over the region, triple-digit temperatures, light winds and smoke from Oregon wildfires are expected to contribute to unhealthy ozone levels in the South and East Bay regions, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management district.

There is no free transit Monday, and there is no wood-burning ban in place, air quality officials said.

The alerts are the eighth and ninth such alerts in 2017.

"Hot temperatures and tailpipe exhaust from Bay Area traffic are expected to cause unhealthy air quality this weekend," air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement.

During Spare the Air days, air quality officials advise people to limit outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day and to take public transit or carpool instead of driving alone.

A forecast for high temperatures in the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay areas has also prompted the National Weather Service to issue excessive heat warnings for some areas.

A warning is in effect until 9 p.m. Monday for the Santa Lucia Mountains, the East Bay Hills and Diablo Range, and interior Monterey County, including Pinnacles National Park and the southern Salinas Valley.

Weather officials said high temperatures of 98 to 112 degrees are expected Sunday and Monday. Lows will mostly be in the 60s and 70s but may not get below the low 80s in the hills.

Another warning goes into effect at 11 a.m. Sunday and ends at 9 p.m. Monday for the North Bay Mountains and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Highs will reach 95 to 105 degrees both days. Lows will mostly be in the 60s in the valleys and 70s to lower 80s in the hills.

A third warning has been issued for the inland valleys of the East Bay. At 5:05 p.m. Sunday, weather officials upgraded a heat advisory for the area to an excessive heat warning, which went into effect at 11 a.m. Sunday and ends at 9 p.m. Monday.

An excessive heat warning means heat illnesses are likely because of the hot temperatures.

Weather officials suggest residents and visitors drink plenty of fluids, stay in air conditioning, stay out of the sun and check in on relatives and neighbors.

Pets and livestock may require extra care during the heat. Also,the heat increases the risk of human-sourced wildfires, according to weather officials.



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<![CDATA[YouTube Plans to Create 'Campus Environment' in San Bruno]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:23:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PHOTO2_YoutubeHQ.jpg

Facebook and Google aren’t the only headquarters expanding their campuses in Bay Area cities. San Bruno-based YouTube has begun a 15-month review process to connect its existing eight buildings together in a campus-like environment at its Peninsula headquarters. 

The tech company currently owns roughly 900,000 of the 1.5 million square feet at Bayhill Office Park and is required to fund the City of San Bruno's research and development of the project.

City officials have also stated that the other businesses located in the Bayhill Office Park and community members will be involved in the development process, which are set to include town halls, environmental research and an economic analysis.


YouTube has been based out of the Bayhill Office Park for roughly a decade and employs about 1,700 employees at its headquarters. The new plan will be focused on the next two decades of its anticipated growth, during which time it expects to add around 350 employees annually.

"We are excited to engage in conversation on the Bayhill Specific Plan," a YouTube spokesperson wrote in a statement to NBC Bay Area. "YouTube is enthusiastic about San Bruno's future and the part we have to play in that future as a member of the community." 

The San Bruno City Council and Planning Commission also stated that developing a long-term, specific plan will allow greater flexibility as well as the ability to "tailor development standards toward the goals of [Bayhill Office Park]." 

The first town hall is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the San Bruno Senior Center, 1555 Crystal Springs Road.

More about the proposal can be found on the city website



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<![CDATA[TIMELAPSE: Los Altos Students Form Sun to View Solar Eclipse]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:01:02 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TIMELAPSE__Los_Altos_Students_Form_Sun_to_View_Solar_Eclipse.jpg

"A" for creativity! One school on the Peninsula watched the solar eclipse with a little razzle dazzle. It was kind of like a flash mob meets eclipse. This is a timelapse from Egan Junior High in Los Altos.]]>
<![CDATA[Mobile Libraries Span Out, Offer Free Books on Peninsula]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:45:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BookBikes_Thumbnail1.jpg

San Mateo County unveiled six new mobile libraries in August, which have since been spotted at transit hubs, markets and community events in several cities on the Peninsula.

The Book Bike program offers both English and Spanish reading materials and are expected to build on the existing Bookmobile initiative, a trailer which currently visits markets with children's books and activities. 

Kenny Gabe, who rides one of the traveling libraries, says the East Palo Alto library has used its bike to distribute roughly 5,000 free books to families as part of its summer reading program. 

"Any chance we get to do something in the community, sign me up," Gabe said.

He says the new fleet offers chances to spotlight less-known San Mateo County Libraries' services, including a 3-D printing space, a laptop vending machine and WiFi hotspots. 

"Its opening more eyes to the free services we offer here for our community, so I think that’s huge," Gabe said. "I’ve been bringing this out to all around town — places that aren’t necessarily walking distance from our library."

On Wednesday, Gabe rode a book-laden bike to a weekly farmer’s market at Ravenswood Family Health Center to meet families as they waited in line to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. He expects to soon install a hotspot on the cart in order to bring WiFi to local parks and community gatherings.

"You can check out books, you can check out hotspots, you can check out laptops — we can bring the 3D printer," Gabe said. "It's bringing the library outside of the four walls of our current space."

The Bookmobile and fleet of Book Bikes can be seen in El Granada, Half Moon Bay, La Honda, San Carlos, and Woodside, among other San Mateo County cities, according to the service's website. 

Upcoming Stops:

  • Aug. 26 at San Carlos Caltrain Station
  • Aug. 27 at Burton Park in San Carlos
  • Sept. 9 and 10 at Stand Down San Mateo

For more information about the bike program, visit the library's website or call 650-207-4426.



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<![CDATA[Bob Murphy, Longtime Stanford Sports Announcer, Dies]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:06:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanford-generic.jpg

Bob Murphy, who was the voice of Stanford sports for more than four decades, has died. He was 86.

Stanford University says in a statement Murphy died Tuesday in Santa Cruz of complications from Alzheimer's. He had suffered from the disease for several years.

Murphy was a color analyst for Stanford football and basketball from 1964-2007 and brought a folksy style that created a sense of community.

But it was his encyclopedic knowledge of Stanford athletics and his voice, spirit and wit that made him a university icon.

At the beginning of his time at Stanford, Murphy also worked as sports information director. He was also San Jose State's athletic director for three years in the late 1970s.

Murphy, who was born at Stanford Hospital, graduated from Stanford in 1953.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area



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<![CDATA[Fire Crews Knock Down Blaze Near Stanford Dish]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:31:12 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanford+fire-0822.jpg

A brush fire near the Stanford dish was quickly knocked down by firefighters late Tuesday night, according to the Palo Alto Fire Department.

Palo Alto crews responded to a 2- to 3-acre blaze about 10:15 p.m., and units from Mountain View, Santa Clara County and Cal Fire also were called to the scene, fire officials said.

Firefighters stopped forward progress of the flames in about 30 minutes, but officials were holding off until daylight to gauge the size of the burn area.

No damage or injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was not known.



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<![CDATA[Real Estate Money Laundering Investigation in the Bay Area]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:55:09 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Real_Estate_Money_Laundering_Investigation_in_the_Bay_Area.jpg

Federal regulators are expanding their search into who is buying luxury real estate in certain parts of the country, and the search includes Bay Area counties. Investigators believe some of the purchases were used as money laundering schemes. Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Los Angeles and San Diego counties have properties that are under investigation. Regulators are also looking at properties in New York City and Miami.]]>
<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Gas Fueling Company Expands Service]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:07:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Thumbnail_gas.jpg

Booster, GasNinjas and Filld are a few of the on-demand gas fueling businesses that have emerged in recent years, each promising to make life more convenient than the convenience store itself.

A few clicks on an app telling them your preferred time of delivery, location and car details — and voilà. The gas man appears.

Whether it was fueling stations' rising real estate and operation costs, lack of innovation or its inability to scale-up, Filld's president and CEO Michal Buhr said there were a number of reasons for a disruption to the automobile industry.

"The average consumer goes to the gas station every seven to eight days, and they don’t do it because they want to," Buhr said. "They do it because they have to. We have the ability here to completely remove that stress and do it in a far more convenient and cost effective way than you can today."

The company announced $9.65 million in new funding Tuesday, more than doubling its total budget in preparation for a major expansion.

Some of its expansion will be finalizing partnerships with car dealerships. The company says it is envisioning a one-time gas purchase, similar to a warranty, which would come with the purchase of a new car.

Skeptics Weigh In

However, Jeff Lenard, vice president of strategic industry initiatives at the National Association of Convenience and Fuel Retailing is skeptical of a disruption on a mass scale. The association represents some of the roughly 150,000 fueling stations presently operating in the country.

"There are roughly 39 million fill-ups happening daily across the nation," Lenard said. "To disrupt the fueling industry, it would take something massive."

And he says the money just isn’t there yet — for the company or for the consumer.

"[Mobile fueling] is certainly more convenient," Lenard said. "The question is how can you make it affordable?"

Fueling stations make just a portion of their profits from fuel sales, according to Lenard. They also bring in revenue from food, car washes, cigarettes, liquor and other grocery items.

Mobile fueling companies don't sell those products. Instead, they charge a delivery fee, which Lenard says is keeping the service relatively exclusive to wealthy customers.

"If people will drive past convenience stores looking to save an extra one or two cents per gallon, they won't pay an extra $6 delivery fee each time they need to fuel gasoline," Lenard said.

However, he notes the high interest coming out of Silicon Valley may change things in the coming years.

Making it Profitable

In Silicon Valley, there are a few ways companies have tried reducing its delivery fee and operating costs.

By offering it to tech campuses and other dense, commercially-zoned areas, Booster has been able to market its service as a company perk. It saves money by accessing many customers at once and in close proximity to one another.

Filld, which charges a $3 delivery fee per order, has been developing its routing technology similar to car-sharing services. It sends its drivers on a route optimized to reduce travel costs and says the more places it expands, the more it has saved.

"[Gas stations are] limited to the geography that they’re in and they’re limited to the number of consumers that can access that location, therefore they don’t get the economy of scale buying," Buhr said. "That limits their buying power and their ability to negotiate better fuel rates from the refinery that they’re buying from."

The company is currently working with Bentley Motors, Volvo, Car2go and Enterprise Rent-A-Car and expects greater buying power to come from future expansion.

Fueling Services Nationwide

The company says it wants to be the nation’s leading retail fuel provider and is eyeing the changing fueling market nationwide.

"In the last 10 years, the number of gas stations is down by 25 percent, but when you look at the major metros, like even San Francisco, they’re down by almost 40 percent," Buhr said. "And that’s just going to continue."

The company has already expanded into areas like downtown Vancouver, Canada, which saw its second to last gas station disappear earlier this year to a new housing development. And he says they're exploring options in other areas where access to gas stations remains tricky.

"You’ll see us in the more densely populated areas first, but we absolutely see it spreading out to even more rural areas," Buhr said. "Probably not in the next year, but two years from now? Absolutely."

If its expansion proves convenient for the masses — and profitable — the automobile industry may be listening.

"If this evolves, it’s not like we’re opposed,” Buhr said. "Convenience stores sell convenience. If someone does convenience better, it’s worth looking at adapting the business model."



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<![CDATA[Officials Say County Should Handle Judge Persky's Recall]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:27:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0607-2016-AaronPersky.jpg

Those behind the campaign striving to recall embattled Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky — the judge at the center of the controversial Brock Turner trial — say state election officials are siding with them in a legal dispute over the ballot.

Persky has been on the hot seat almost from the moment he sentenced Turner, a former Stanford University student-athlete, to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Critics blasted the sentence as being too lenient.

The recall effort was in full swing until recently when Persky filed a lawsuit arguing that superior court judges are state officers and that their recall should be handled by the state. Since that filing, the campaign has been barred from gathering signatures to put the issue on the ballot. 

Recall campaign leaders on Tuesday said that the secretary of state supports their position that the recall should be managed by Santa Clara County elections officials and not the state.

That jurisdiction decision must ultimately be handed down by a judge, and local judges have recused themselves from the case.

While the recall effort remains on hold, Michele Dauber and those behind the movement continue to remain committed to their goal.

"It’s not going to work. We’re going to collect our signatures," Dauber said. "He’s going to face the voters. He’s going to be recalled.

"Judge Persky has hired Donald Trump’s Arizona state director to manage his campaign and that tells you everything you need to know about Judge Persky’s bias against women and his views on sexual assault," Dauber added.

Judge Persky's attorney said his legal team will have further comment when a decision regarding the recall is reached. 

For now, they will wait for a judge to rule.

"Our role here today is to make sure Judge Persky is treated fairly during these recall proceedings," attorney Christine Peek said.

Those carrying out the recall effort said they need 90,000 signatures to get the issue on the ballot. They hope to have those signatures in time for the June 2018 ballot.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[San Mateo Families Protest Rent Hikes, Unsafe Conditions]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:01:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Thumbnail_Vigil.jpg

Steep rent increases coupled with mold, bug infestation and crumbling walls prompted 16 Peninsula families to rally Thursday as health officials inspected an apartment complex, whose landlord is a former mayor of Foster City.

The San Mateo residents were joined by Faith in Action Bay Area, a network comprising the San Francisco Organizing Project and Peninsula Interfaith Action. The organization said the Peninsula families' living conditions are common in cities across the Bay Area.

"These types of actions are leading to mass displacement of thousands of families in the Bay Area," Faith in Action wrote in a statement. "The fact that the landlord, who is both a high-profile attorney and the former mayor of Foster City, feels that he can openly and blatantly get away with this type of behavior, reveals just how vulnerable tenants in San Mateo really are to landlord abuse."


Landlord Wayne McFadden, however, insists that he hadn’t received requests to fix his property before the protest.

"I have my name on every lease they sign and I give them a copy," McFadden told NBC Bay Area. "I got zero calls from all tenants."

McFadden said he is working on the infestation problems, but residents say conditions have been left unsafe for nearly a year.

Resident Jose Centeno, who lives at the San Mateo residence with his 11-year-old son, says they will soon be forced to move if conditions don’t improve.

"I'm just in a very bad situation right now" said Centeno. "This bug problem we have, it's not just me. Everybody has this problem in here."

Centeno will soon pay about $3,200 a month for their two-bedroom apartment following a $460 rental increase in July, which also required a matching security deposit.

The price is just under the average rental price in the city, which rounds out to more than $3,500 for a two-bedroom apartment, according to data from Rent Jungle, a housing search engine.

Apartment rentals in San Mateo have increased by $146 over the last six months on average, but Faith in Action Bay Area said this is several families' second increase of nearly $500 in the last year.

"This situation exemplifies how some landlords are too eager to exploit the housing crisis at the steep cost of further destabilizing our communities here in the Bay Area," said René Alejandro Ortega, an attorney at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto.

Faith in Action Bay Area says it has not been updated on any actions taken on the property since the rally Thursday.



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<![CDATA[More Whales Dying From Boat Strikes Than First Thought ]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:28:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/More_Whales_Die_From_Crashing_into_Ships.jpg

New research says more whales die after being hit by ships than first thought. Researchers say that from 2006 to 2016, 83 whales died off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington, but only 36 washed up on shore. Researchers say the dead whales often sink. Ship collisions are a leading cause of whale deaths.]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Traffic Stops for the Solar Eclipse]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:58:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Solar+Eclipse+Asia.jpg

Bay Area traffic briefly came to a stop Monday to witness the solar eclipse, as millions across the United States halted the start of the workweek to see the moon briefly take away the spotlight from the sun.

For the first time in nearly 40 years, a solar eclipse was visible in the United States, sending astronomy enthusiasts and curious onlookers into a tizzy of astronomical excitement that was brewing for weeks, months and even years.

The Bay Area was not in the path of totality this go around, but folks in the region were able catch portions of the eclipse between 9:01 a.m and 11:37 a.m. with the peak of the eclipse occurring around 10:16 a.m. Roughly 75 percent of the sun was hidden by the moon at that time.

CHP Contra Costa tweeted out a picture of cars parked on the side of a freeway, with people getting out to snap a photo of the sun.

"We truly hope everybody enjoyed their solar eclipse today which was barely visible due to our micro climate herein our Bay Area. But hopefully you were at your home, on a mountaintop, or in a safe location and not one of these people behaving badly. Can you say "Unsafe stop along the freeway for a non-emergency reason," CHP wrote on Facebook. "Wow is all we can say. How many tickets would you have written?!"

Droves of people gathered at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View to soak in the spectacle.

Claire Dulsky, a youngster from San Carlos, had her protective glasses handy as she took a peek at the partial eclipse crossing over the sky.

"I see like a bite out of the sun," she said, staring upward. "It's like a divet in the sun."

Fellow onlooker Angela Wu of Los Altos noticed a similar site.

"I'm seeing some cheese getting bitten by somebody," she laughed.

In the coming weeks, scientists will be able to see how the atmosphere reacted to the solar eclipse, thanks to satellites, test balloons and other monitoring devices sent up by NASA and other agencies. 


Here are some facts about Monday's eclipse:

What is a solar eclipse?

According to NASA, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves in front of the sun, creating a barrier between the two orbs. The eclipse this year lasted no more than three minutes in its totality. Along with being able to see the sun completely covered, viewers were exposed to a partial eclipse as well. That phenomenon displays the moon’s movements as it blocks out the sun. 

Where could the solar eclipse be seen?

The total eclipse in America was visible in 14 different states, according to NASA. Although California wass omitted from this list (The last occurrence in California was 128 years ago), those wishing to experience the event travelled to Oregon. Other states where the complete solar eclipse could be seen were Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska and Montana. The last location to be passed through was South Carolina.

People who reached some of the gatherings needed special glasses to view the solar eclipse. Only when the moon was completely covering the sun could spectators remove their glasses.

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




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<![CDATA[Solar Eclipse Brings Near Darkness to Bay Area]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:39:19 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/170819-Solar-Eclipse-NASA-AMES-11.jpgA rare solar eclipse crossed over the Bay Area on Monday, leaving droves of people staring at the sky hoping to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon.

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<![CDATA[Pilot Killed in Crash of San Carlos-Based Plane Identified]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:52:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/8-19-17_Oregon_Plane_Crash.jpg

An investigation continued Monday into the Saturday crash of a small plane typically based at the San Carlos Airport that went down near an airport in Madras, Oregon, killing a Menlo Park man.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday the tail number of the aircraft is registered to Mark Rich, 58, of Menlo Park, and Jefferson County officials on Monday confirmed Rich was the person killed in the crash.

An employee who works at the San Carlos Airport said the small plane took off from the Peninsula city earlier in the day Saturday. The employee added that the plane was usually housed at the San Carlos Airport.

Officials in Oregon originally reported that two people died in the Saturday afternoon crash, but a futher investigation revealed that only one person was killed near the airport in the town where many people were gathering to view the solar eclipse.

The homemade aircraft was completely destroyed and had been engulfed by fire.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins says a further investigation and statements obtained from family and friends indicated the pilot was alone at the time of the crash.

"A reservation tied to the plane for two persons to stay in the local area originally suggested that the pilot and a passenger were on board," Adkins said in a statement. "After talking to a family member who had originally planned to make the trip, but changed plans, we can confirm there was just one person on the flight."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Police Ask for Help in Search for Missing Mother, Child]]>Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:49:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MissingPeopleSanMateo.jpg

Police are asking for the public's help in assuring a mother and child from San Mateo are OK, police said Friday.

Kellanie Scott, 26, and her 9-month-old son Wesley are listed as missing/at risk because they haven't been seen since Tuesday.

Scott was last seen picking up Wesley from daycare on Tuesday and has been out of touch with family.

Police said the two may be in the Atascadero/San Luis Obispo County area. Scott also knows people in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, according to police.

Scott is described as a black woman, 4 feet 11 inches tall and 150 pounds. Wesley is a black boy.

The two may be in a blue Toyota RAV4 with a license plate ending in 517.

Anyone with information that might help police is asked to call the San Mateo police dispatch at (650) 522-7700



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<![CDATA[Labor Market Strongest in SF, San Mateo, Marin Counties]]>Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:15:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/now-hiring1.jpg

The labor market in the San Francisco Bay Area is the strongest in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

The unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in San Francisco, 3.2 percent in San Mateo County and 3.4 percent in Marin County.

The unemployment rate in Santa Clara and Napa counties was also below 4 percent while in Alameda and Contra Costa counties the rates were 4.3 percent and 4.5 percent, respectively.

The labor market was the weakest in Solano County where the unemployment rate was 5.4 percent.



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<![CDATA[Plane From San Carlos Crashes in Oregon: Airport Employee]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:54:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/8-19-17_Oregon_Plane_Crash.jpg

Authorities on Saturday said one person died in a small plane crash near a central Oregon airport where people are gathering to view the solar eclipse.

An employee who works at the San Carlos Airport said the small plane took off from the Peninsula city earlier in the day. The employee added that the plane was based at the San Carlos Airport.

The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network said the pilot and a passenger were killed in the crash about 2 p.m. about a mile south of Madras Municipal Airport. Officials later said that only the pilot was on the plane at the time of the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the small plane was approaching a central Oregon airport when it crashed near where people are gathering to view the solar eclipse, the Oregonian/Oregonlive reports.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane that crashed Saturday was a single-engine, homebuilt Wheeler Express.

The Oregonian/Oregonlive reports that the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Campers have been gathering at the airport for Monday's eclipse.

About 200,000 people are expected in the area that's considered a prime viewing spot as the moon completely blots out the sun.

NBC Bay Area's Sergio Quintana contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Federal Agents in Hazmat Suits at Scene of Redwood City Raid]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:17:30 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DrugLab_RWC1.jpg

Law enforcement personnel from the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are in Redwood City Friday morning, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

They arrived at the scene around 8:20 a.m. and closed Whipple Avenue in both directions from El Camino Real to Duane Street.


"I’ve never came across anyone who was making the drugs, but this time apparently they’re doing exactly that," said neighbor Bob Bianchi. "There’s a lot of it. I was amazed at how much stuff there was."

Bianchi said the building is generally quiet with renters paying between $2,000 and $3,000 each month per unit to live in the high-priced neighborhood.

Many members of the public are not aware that ICE engages criminal investigations, according to  James Schwab, a spokesman for Homeland Security Investigations.

"These guys are going to be a lot more active," he said. "You'll see these guys out quite a bit. They do drugs and child predators — all kinds of stuff."


When asked if there was an immigration component involved in this morning's investigation, Schwab said there is not one so far as he is aware.

Further details about the case, such as any arrests, were not immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Design Tech High at Oracle's HQ to Open in January]]>Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:50:21 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0816-2017-OracleCharter.jpg

Oracle is building a first-of-its-kind 64,000 square-foot high school at its Redwood Shores headquarters.

The public school will be aimed at educating many designers and techies of the future.

Design Technology School will be tucked into the giant Oracle campus. The public charter school will soon house 550 students, some of whom designed the building.

The unusual design features giant windows and patios overlooking nearby grasslands.

The school's executive director said when they opened 150 spots the school instantly received 650 applications. Design Technology is scheduled to open in January.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Tech Companies Banishing Extremists After Charlottesville]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:49:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/techcologos_1200x675.jpg

It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence.

In the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia, major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist groups and individuals for violating service terms.


What took so long? For one thing, tech companies have long seen themselves as bastions of free expression.

But the Charlottesville rally seemed to have a sobering effect. It showed how easily technology can be used to organize and finance such events, and how extreme views online can translate into violence offline.

"There is a difference between freedom of speech and what happened in Charlottesville," said Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, an online racial justice group. The battle of ideas is "different than people who show up with guns to terrorize communities."

A SLOW REACTION

Tech companies are in a bind. On one hand, they want to be open to as many people as possible so they can show them ads or provide rides, apartments or financial services. On the other hand, some of these users turn out to be white supremacists, terrorists or child molesters.

Keegan Hankes, analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center's intelligence project, said his group has been trying for more than a year to get Facebook and PayPal to shut down these accounts. Even now, he said, the two companies are taking action only in the most extreme cases.

"They have policies against violence, racism, harassment," said Hankes, whose center monitors hate groups and extremism. "The problem is that there has been no enforcement."

Case in point: The neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer has been around since 2013. But it wasn't effectively kicked off the internet until it mocked the woman killed while protesting the white nationalists in Charlottesville.

SHIFTING LINE

PayPal said groups that advocate racist views have no place on its service, but added that there is a "fine line" when it comes to balancing freedom of expression with taking a stand against violent extremism.

Other companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google struggle with the same balancing act. The fine line is constantly moving and being tested.

Ahead of the rally, Airbnb barred housing rentals to people it believed were traveling to participate. Before and after Charlottesville, PayPal cut off payments to groups that promote hate and violence. GoDaddy and Google yanked the domain name for Daily Stormer following the rally. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are removing known hate groups from their services, and the music streaming service Spotify dropped what it considers hate bands.

"Companies are trying to figure out what the right thing is to do and how to do it," said Steve Jones, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago who focuses on communication technology. What happens from here is "partly going to depend on the individual leadership at these companies and company culture — and probably resources, too."

CAT AND MOUSE

While traditional brands such as Tiki had no way of knowing that their torches were being bought for the rally, tech companies have tools to identify and ban people with extremist views.

That's thanks to the troves of data they store on people and to their ability to easily switch off access to users. Airbnb users can link to social media profiles, and the company said it used its existing background checks and "input from the community" to identify users who didn't align with its standards.

Yet these services also allow for anonymity, which makes their jobs more difficult. Banned people can sign up again with a different email address, something they can easily obtain anonymously.

Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja said hate groups also know the site's policies and try to keep things just benign enough to ensure they are not in violation.

For instance, the event page for the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville looked fairly innocuous. Budhraja said there was nothing on the page that would suggest it was created by a hate organization. It has since been removed.

Facebook's technology is designed to automatically flag posts that are on the absolute extreme and clearly violate the company's policies. They are sometimes removed before users can even see them. What Facebook can't leave to automation are posts, events and groups in that ever-growing gray area.

THE BROADEST REACH

The First Amendment offers hate groups a lot of speech protection, but it applies only to government and public settings. A private company is typically free to set its own standards.

Christopher Cantwell, a self-described white nationalist who has been labeled an extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center, said he was banned from Facebook, Instagram and PayPal because the companies are trying to silence him for his views.

"Everybody is going through extraordinary lengths to make sure we are not heard," Cantwell told The Associated Press .

Even Cloudflare, a security company that prides itself on providing services regardless of their content, terminated Daily Stormer on Wednesday. This appears to be the site's final blow.

Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin said in an email to the AP that these private companies are "de factor monopolies and oligopolies" and should be regulated as "critical infrastructure."

The Daily Stormer and other banned groups could move to darker corners of the web, where extreme views are welcome. But this won't help with recruitment and won't allow them to disseminate their views as broadly as they could on Facebook or Twitter.

"These are the platforms everyone is using," Hankes said. "They don't want to be pushed to the margins because they want influence."

Because of that, the industry's efforts might just be a game of whack-a-mole, with extremist views returning, perhaps in different guises, once public outrage dies down.

Associated Press Writers Michael Casey in Concord, New Hampshire, and Michael Kunzelman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, contributed to this report.


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<![CDATA[Facebook Bans White Nationalist's Accounts Over Hate Speech]]>Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:54:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/FBlaptopgeneric_1200x675.jpg

Facebook has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a white nationalist who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in deadly violence.

Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja tells The Associated Press that the profile pages of Christopher Cantwell have been removed as well as a page connected to his podcast. Cantwell was featured in a Vice News documentary about the rally and its aftermath.

Facebook has also removed at least eight pages connected to the white nationalist movement over what Budhraja says were violations on the company's polices on hate speech and organizations.

Cantwell, of Keene, New Hampshire, was listed on rally flyers and labeled an extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center. A former information technology worker who moved to New Hampshire from New York in 2012, the 36-year-old Cantwell describes himself as a white nationalist and said he voted for President Donald Trump. He has a podcast and blog that promote his views.

Cantwell says Facebook shut down his account in an attempt to silence him for his views. He also said his PayPal account had been closed. The company wouldn't confirm that because it has a policy of not commenting on the status of accounts.

"I'm not surprised by almost any of this because the whole thing we are complaining about here is that we are trying to express our views, and everybody is going through extraordinary lengths to make sure we are not heard," Cantwell said in a phone interview from an undisclosed location.

"Frankly, whatever you think of my views, that is very scary to me," he said. "Facebook and Instagram is one thing but not being able to participate in the financial system because of your political opinions is something that, you know, people should worry about in America."

In response to the Charlottesville rally and protests, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg addressed racism in America and shared his experiences in a post on the social media site.


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<![CDATA[Later BART Start Time Could Come Sooner: Agency]]>Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:59:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart+station-0706.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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




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<![CDATA[Member of SSF Police Force Surprises Boy Who Had Bike Stolen]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:07:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SSFBike.jpg

A 10-year-old boy brought to tears after his green bicycle was stolen from a South San Francisco library last week is riding on a new set of wheels thanks to a kind-hearted member of the city's police force.

Brian Lara of South San Francisco and his mother stopped by the Grand Avenue Library last week to quickly use a computer, according to Police Service Technician Nelson Primo. When they went to grab the boy's bike roughly 10 minutes later, it was gone.

The boy and his mother promptly alerted police, and Primo was dispatched to the scene. He was greeted by a distraught youngster.

"I saw his face," Primo said. "His spirit was broken. He lost his bike. He was super sad. It made me sad, too."

Moved by the boy's ordeal, Primo decided to conduct an undercover surprise. He had a new bicycle sitting at his home that his son was not using. The police service technician decided to put it to good use. 

One day after the boy's bike was stolen, Primo said he called the family and asked if he could come over to ask some follow-up questions regarding the theft investigation.

Unbeknownst to the family, Primo did not really come with many questions to ask. Instead, he had a special treat up his sleeve. Primo popped his trunk and whipped out a fresh, blue bicycle just for the astonished boy.

"I was so happy," Lara said. "I like the bike because I like the color blue. It was good cause the green bike hurt my feet. This bike is better."

Primo noted that his gesture did not just bring a smile to the boy's face.

"It makes me super happy," he said. "It is a great opportunity to build bridges to impact the South San Francisco community."



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<![CDATA[Facebook Anonymously Launches an App in China]]>Sat, 12 Aug 2017 21:22:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Facebook+Generic+Photo+logo+on+window.jpg

Facebook anonymously launched a new photo-sharing app in China in a new effort to make inroads in the world's most populous country.

China's ruling Communist Party controls internet traffic across the country's borders and tries to keep the public from seeing thousands of websites including Facebook.

The app, called Colorful Balloons, was launched in China earlier this year and does not carry Facebook's name. Facebook confirmed Saturday that it launched the app.

The social media company's connection to the app was first reported Friday by The New York Times, which said it was released in China through a separate local company called Youge Internet Technology.

The launch of the app comes as China is cracking down on technology that allows web surfers to evade Beijing's online censorship.

Last month, users of Facebook's What'sApp messaging service, which normally operates freely in China, were no longer able to send images without using a virtual private network. That came amid official efforts to suppress mention of the death of Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned Nobel Peace laureate.

China's biggest internet service provider, China Telecom Ltd., sent a letter to corporate customers last month saying that VPNs, which create encrypted links between computers and can be used to see sites blocked by Beijing's web filters, would be permitted only to connect to a company's headquarters abroad. The move could block access to news, social media or business services that are obscured by China's "Great Firewall."

Chinese authorities have long blocked Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, arguing that foreign social media services operating beyond their control pose a threat to national security.

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<![CDATA[Sailing Teams Face Off in Half Moon Bay Championship Races]]>Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:42:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/IMG_42461.JPG

More than one dozen sailboat crews from cities along the West Coast will face off on Half Moon Bay's waters this weekend for three full days of racing. But they'll need to be more than fast.

The Coronado 15 North American Championships are scored together in series and — while it's a race — coming in first isn't always the most important part.

"Consistency is absolutely key," said Scott Pyne, rear commodore of the Half Moon Yacht Club. "Every race is scored separately. So, somebody who finishes second or third in each regatta consistently will wind up with a better series score than someone who sometimes finishes first and sometimes finishes ninth or tenth."

The sailboat teams are each racing the Coronado 15, one of the most common recreational and racing boats used in the United States.

The event continues Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Yacht Club, but good views of the races can be seen from Mavericks Beach as well, according to Pyne. 

If you can't make it out this year, the event is shared with two other yacht clubs in Seattle and San Diego and is set to return to Half Moon Bay in 2020.



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<![CDATA[Billionaire Defies Order to Reopen Path to Martins Beach]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:43:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/khosla-beach.jpg

Despite a court's order to reopen a path leading to a popular Half Moon Bay beach, a billionaire on Friday continued to the defy the demand.

The California Court of Appeal ordered Thursday that the gate leading to Martins Beach be open to the public, but the gate was still in place Friday.

Access to the coastal property south of Half Moon Bay has been the subject of a battle between the landowner, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, and the state of California, along with citizens who have clamored for the billionaire to allow them access to the beach.

Thursday's decision was being touted as a huge victory for surfers and Bay Area beachgoers. But even as the legal team celebrated the win, they said they are bracing for another fight, all the way to the state Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the gate to the main access road for the beach remains closed.

Christopher Manchester, the operator of the Half Moon Bay Kayak Company, expressed frustration with the gate still being up.

"It's like taking Yosemite and not letting people in and just saying, 'It's yours,' and not letting other people enjoy the beauty of the place," he said.

Khosla, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems, purchased the 53-acre property for $37.5 million in 2008. Two years later, he closed the gate on the only access road to the beach, which had previously been open to the public in exchange for a parking fee.

Thursday's order affirmed the previous decision of the San Mateo County Superior Court, which ruled that the closure violated the California Coastal Act and ordered that the road reopen.

If the gate isn't reopened, Khosla could face thousands of dollars in fines per day until the situation is resolved. Khosla's legal team did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In the meantime, surfing will likely continue at the popular spot.

"I expect the surfers that wish to surf on Martins Beach will continue to do so, but right now they have the backing of the law and the courts," John Claussen of the local Surfrider Foundation group said.



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<![CDATA[Judge Puts Hold on Bid to Recall Judge in Brock Turner Case]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:23:44 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0607-2016-AaronPersky.jpg

A court on Friday temporarily halted the campaign seeking to oust a Bay Area judge targeted for recall for sentencing a former Stanford University student-athlete convicted of sexual assault to jail instead of prison.

Campaign officials said Friday that Santa Clara County election officials authorized campaign officials to begin collecting voter signatures to put the recall of Santa Clara County judge Aaron Persky on the June ballot. Persky was targeted for recall last year after sentencing former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman passed out for too much alcohol.

Elizabeth Pipkin, Persky's attorney, argued that the recall effort is misguided.

"He is a good and fair judge who has always endeavored to follow the law," Pipkin said. "He deserves his day in court. He deserves a fair hearing. He deserves fair consideration by the people of this county."

Persky's lawyers also argued that proponents need permission from the California secretary of state because county judges are state officers.

Pipkin said the campaign is misleading voters by saying they can choose the judge's replacement if he's recalled. The governor is the only person authorized to replace county judges, Pipkin said.

Persky's lawyers contend that recall organizers must restart their campaign with the state.

Retired Orange County Judge Marjorie Laird Carter scheduled an Aug. 23 hearing. Carter is hearing the case in San Jose after all the Santa Clara County judges recused themselves because of their relationship with Persky.

If Carter rules in Persky's favor, it will shorten the time proponents are allotted to gather 90,000 Santa Clara County voter signatures to qualify the issue for the June ballot.

"We believe that this is simply a last-ditch desperate effort by Judge Persky to avoid the democratic process," said Stanford University law professor Michele Dauber, who is leading the campaign effort.

NBC Bay Area's Scott Budman contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Operation 'Cold Day' Sting Nets More Than 100 Arrests]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 23:47:33 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/feds+sting-0810.jpg

A two-year-long sting operation has netted scores of drugs, weapons and arrests of suspects who allegedly brought contraband to a non-descript Bay Area warehouse run by undercover agents, according to federal officials.

More than 100 suspects were ensnared in “Operation Cold Day.” Many are from Alameda, San Mateo and San Francisco counties, U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch said. Authorities were still making arrests Thursday.

"The objective of Operation Cold Day was very simply to get guns and drugs off the streets of our communities," Stretch said.

Many of the alleged thieves were involved in burglary and auto theft rings in San Francisco and Oakland, sources say. The operation involved law enforcement from San Mateo County, Daly City and San Francisco as well as federal ATF agents.

Investigators, including those from the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said they were able to interrupt supply chains of narcotics and illegal firearms.

"This Operation Cold Day resulted in the largest number of arrests in ATF history," said Jill Snyder, ATF special agent in charge.

Officials said they targeted home bases for gang members and other invididuals, some of whom played a role in violent crimes, including homicides.



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<![CDATA[Court of Appeal Orders Martins Beach Open to Public]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:44:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/khosla-beach.jpg

The California Court of Appeal ordered Thursday Martins Beach be open to the public.

Access to the coastal property south of Half Moon Bay has been the subject of a battle between the landowner, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, and the state of California, along with citizens who have clamored for the billionaire to allow them access to the beach.

Thursday's decision was being touted as a huge victory for surfers and Bay Area beach-goers. But even as the legal team celebrated the win, they said they are bracing for another fight, all the way to the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the gate to the main access road for the beach remained closed Thursday night.

"It belongs to the people, and today ensures that the people have a right to actually get to use those resources," said Eric Buescher, attorney for the Surfrider Foundation, which has been leading the years-long challenge against Khosla. "There's no taking away of private property. As the court said today, the only thing that's required is to allow that gate to be open."

One beach resident said she just hopes beach-goers behave.

"Have consideration and respect for the people who live here," Greta Waterman said. "Pick up after yourself. Get the government, since they have opened it, to maintain the beach."

Khosla, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems, purchased the 53-acre property for $37.5 million in 2008. Two years later, he closed the gate on the only access road to the beach, which had previously been open to the public in exchange for a parking fee.

Thursday's order affirms the decision of the San Mateo County Superior Court.

If the gate isn't reopened, Khosla could face thousands of dollars in fines per day until the situation is resolved. Khosla's legal team did not immediately respond to requests for comment.



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<![CDATA[One Arrested After Redwood City Teen Shot in Leg, Mouth: PD]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:05:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/8-10-17-redwood-city-shooting-teenager-daylight-pic.jpg

A teen was shot in the mouth and leg early Thursday in Redwood City, while another was arrested on suspicion of pulling the trigger, police said.

The crime occurred outside a home on the 3500 block of Hoover Street around 2 a.m., according to people who called police. 

The 18-year-old was taken to Stanford Hospital for treatment and is said to be undergoing treatment. His condition is unknown.

Police say the suspect is 16 years old and the pair knew each other. Guns were found in the suspect's house.

A witness, David Domino, said his sleep was disrupted by two gunshots. He then heard someone say, "There you go," leading him to believe the victim may have been targeted. Domino said his wife also heard two men arguing before and after the shooting.

Officers are looking for surveillance footage that may have captured the incident.

Further details were not immediately available.

Check back for updates.



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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Executives Urge Brisbane to Build Housing]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:38:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Brisbane_Baylands.jpg

Executives from nearly three dozen leading Silicon Valley companies on Tuesday asked Brisbane officials to help tackle the Bay Area's critical housing shortage by approving the hotly debated Baylands project, which aims to add 4,400 units to the region's housing inventory.

Home to just under 4,700 people, Brisbane has held tightly onto its small town charm, despite years of housing and annexation suggestions by city leaders and developers.

Now, several of the region's job makers, including Salesforce and Yelp, are speaking up, in a story first reported by the San Francisco Business Times.

"The Bay Area added more than 530,000 jobs in the past five years but built just 94,000 housing units," the letter stated. "We believe the Baylands is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to move the needle on San Mateo County’s job-housing imbalance."

The letter comes after a delay in a now year-long review of Universal Paragon Corporation's proposal to develop Brisbane's former rail yard and sanitary landfill.

The developer has proposed a mixed-use development, which would also add 7 million square feet of office space in addition to the housing units, while the community plan proposes adding hotel units and additional commercial space in place of housing units.

Pressure to add housing from outside groups, including county and state officials, is mounting. Several of California's lawmakers voiced concern about the community's alternative plan Monday, because it would bring 15,500 additional jobs to the area without anywhere to house the workers. 

One of the residents speaking in favor of housing at a special council meeting was former Brisbane Mayor Michael Barnes. He said the decision to remove housing came from the council, not the community.

"...The citizen's preferred alternative, a Baylands plan developed by the people of Brisbane included housing, but the city council stripped it out of their proposal," Barnes said. 

While the majority of the community was opposed to the developer's plans in a community survey, more than have of respondents said they were open to some housing being built on the Baylands site.

Barnes urged the council to consider the wider context of the housing shortage in their final deliberations.

"The fact that we have 120 legislators in Sacremento and 130 housing bills in Sacremento shows that everyone in California thinks housing is a problem and that we should build some housing here," Barnes said. "Please consider some housing at the Baylands. Negotiate with your state legislators." 

However, the majority of Brisbane residents present were vocal in their opposition to the project.

"All of these moral arguments about how Brisbane owes the rest of the region and the state to fix the problems that everyone else created are hollow arguments." said Brisbane resident Tony Verreos. "A lot of emotion, not a lot of logic there."

The Brisbane City Council is expected to vote this month on a recommendation for a November ballot measure.

To learn more about the proposed redevelopment, click here.



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<![CDATA[Belmont Homicide Suspect Arrested at East Bay BART Station]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:44:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/892017-belmont-homicide-suspect.jpg

A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred Saturday in Belmont was arrested early Wednesday morning in Union City, police said.

At 12:25 a.m., Belmont police located 27-year-old Jovhon Alexander Stewart at the Union City BART station. They were assisted by Union City and BART police officers.

According to police, Stewart was arrested without incident on a no-bail arrest warrant and booked into the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City on suspicion of homicide and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The weapon used in the crime is believed to be a semi-automatic handgun. It was not recovered, police said.

Belmont police officers responded to a report of shots fired at an apartment on the 500 block of Ralston Avenue around 5:15 a.m. Saturday.

At the scene, officers found several people outside the building. Inside a housing unit, they found a man with a gunshot wound, police said.

Belmont Fire Department paramedics treated the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The victim was later identified as 24-year-old DeJohn Jones of Union City.



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<![CDATA[San Mateo County Approves New Landing Fees at Two Airports]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:30:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/columbusairport.jpg

San Mateo County's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved new fees for charter planes landing at the county's airports in San Carlos and Half Moon Bay.

All charter aircraft operators will immediately begin paying a $75 landing fee in an effort by the county to offset the costs of operations at the airports from increased commuter and charter plane traffic in the past five years, county officials said.

Charter passengers will also be charged $10 per day for a limited number of overnight vehicle parking spaces during a six-month pilot period.

County officials estimate the landing and parking fees will generate about $150,000 in net revenue each year.

The increased commuter and charter operations in recent years has required extra staffing and hours of operations and prompted unanticipated maintenance expenses, according to county officials, who said the $75 fee is consistent with ones at several other airports in the area.



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<![CDATA[San Bruno Mayor Ruane to Step Down at End of Year]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 18:57:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/jim+ruane-0808.jpg

San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane announced Monday that he intends to step down at the end of his current term, but the filing deadline for the upcoming election is a week away and so far no one is running for the position, according to City Clerk Carol Bonner.

Ruane has served on the City Council since 1995, and he was most recently re-elected for a two-year term as mayor in 2015. That term expires in November, according to the city's website.

"I really hadn't planned on doing it quite this long," Ruane said Tuesday morning.

"It's just about time for me to spend more time with my family," he said. "I have four grandsons and a business I run every day."

As mayor, Ruane helped lead the city through the tragedy of the PG&E pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes on Sept. 9, 2010.

He spoke earlier this year at the sentencing hearing for PG&E on criminal convictions of violating pipeline safety laws and obstructing an investigation into the explosion. In other proceedings, the utility has paid $70 million in compensation to San Bruno and hundreds of millions to settle survivors' civil cases.

"I ran for mayor I guess eight years ago and won handily, and then the world blew up," Ruane said. "I just wanted to see the PG&E thing through with consistency for our city."

The filing deadline to apply for Ruane's soon-to-be-vacant position is coming up on Aug. 16. It would typically be on Aug. 11, but the deadline has been extended five days since the incumbent is not running for re-election.



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<![CDATA[Police Identify Man Connected to Fatal Shooting in Belmont]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 12:20:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stewart-0807.jpg

Police have identified an East Bay man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a 24-year-old man in Belmont over the weekend.

Jovhon Alexander Stewart, 27, is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting, which occurred Saturday at about 5 a.m. at an apartment in the 500 block of Ralston Avenue, police said.

At the scene, responding officers found several people outside and located a victim suffering from a gunshot wound in one of the apartments, police said.

The victim, later identified as DeJohn Jones of Union City, was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene.

A no bail arrest warrant has been issued for Stewart, who police say should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police have released a photograph of Stewart in hopes that the public can help locate him. Police said Stewart might have changed his hairstyle to short dreadlocks since the photo was taken.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Belmont police at (650) 290-6224.



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<![CDATA[Family Recounts Tree Branch Collapse at Menlo College]]>Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:15:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/tree+menlo.jpg

A toddler and her mother were recovering Monday after a freak accident in which a large tree branch came crashing down on them in Atherton.

A 50-foot long branch on a massive oak tree gave way at Menlo College on Saturday during a company picnic. The branch injured multiple people, including a 2-year-old girl who suffered a fracture to her skull and an eye injury that required surgery. She is expected to fully recover.

The girl's mother, Jasmine Garcia, was walking hand-in-hand with her daughter, Zealyn, when she heard a loud cracking noise from above.

"It just happened so fast," said Garcia, who suffered a broken toe and other bruises. "I just felt branch after branch, bam, bam, bam, hitting us. The final ones made us fall down on the floor."

The girl's father, Chris Garcia, was nearby and saw it all happen. He was relieved when Zealyn began to cry.

"I saw my daughter laying face down, not moving," he said. "I didn’t know what to expect."

Zealyn is recovering from eye surgery at Stanford Hospital, and Jasmine said doctors expect the crack in the girl's skull to heal on its own.

"It’s scary," Jasmine said. "I still picture her laying there. It replays over and over again."

While the Garcia family focuses on getting well, they’re hoping other families or students on the Menlo campus won’t have to experience what they’ve endured.

"I just don’t want this to happen to anyone," Jasmine said. "I believe it could have been prevented."

The tree was being removed Monday.

According to the fire department, there are no laws that require the college to inspect the trees. But the fire department has requested the fire marshal work with the college to put a safety plan in place.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jasmine Garcia]]>
<![CDATA[SamTrans Reinstates School Day Service]]>Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:55:20 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SamTrans_Officials_Mull_Axing_Three_Lowest_Performing_Routes.jpg

A lot of students are getting ready to head back to school, and Bay Area public transit agencies are prepared. SamTrans is reinstating school day service and adjusting service on several bus lines. The transit agency is also adding a new route to help students. Route 78 will serve students attending Woodside High School and Canada College in Redwood City.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Shot, Killed in Belmont Identified]]>Sun, 06 Aug 2017 15:20:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/IMG_12892.JPG

A man who died in a shooting in Belmont early Saturday morning has been identified as Dejohn Jones, 24, a Union City resident, the San Mateo County coroner's office said.

The shooting occurred at an apartment building in the 500 block of Ralston Avenue around 5 a.m., police said Saturday.

Officers who responded found several people outside and a man with a gunshot wound in one of the apartments, according to police. The victim was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene.



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<![CDATA[Tree Branch Falls at Menlo College, Injuring Mother, Toddler]]>Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:23:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/8-6-17_tree_collapse.jpg

A mother and her young daughter were injured Saturday after a large oak tree branch snapped and fell on top of a crowd of people gathered for a picnic at Menlo College in Atherton, according to fire officials.

Several people were hit by the falling piece of timber, and the mother and her 2-year-old girl had to be transported to the hospital, fire officials said.

The branch, which is roughly three feet wide and 50 feet long, crashed shortly before 2:30 p.m. while hundreds of people were enjoying a company picnic with Riverbed Technologies, fire officials said.

Footage from the scene captured several chairs, a children's play table and a stroller buried under thick pieces of wood and smaller branches.

One other person who suffered minor injuries refused to be treated.

Jason Del Rosario, a family member of two of the victims, said that his sister, Jasmine Garcia, suffered a broken toe and bruising on her shoulder. Del Rosario added that his niece suffered a fracture in her skull and lacerations on her eyelids.

As of Sunday evening, Del Rosario said that Garcia and his niece were at Stanford Hospital, awake and "in their usual spirits."

Minutes before the branch toppled, about two dozen adults and children were seated where the tree limb fell, but they had moved to participate in an activity, according to fire officials.

"I know the fire crews that responded to this incident were extremely relieved that it wasn't much worse than it could have been given the size of the group and proximity of the seating area under the tree," Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said in a statement.

Fire officials plan to follow up with the college regarding tree inspections this week.



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<![CDATA[Caltrain Fares to Increase in October]]>Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:48:49 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_caltrain.jpg

Caltrain fares are going up, with adult fares increasing 25 cents as of Oct. 1, the agency announced.

Also, Caltrain's monthly parking prices will jump from $55 to $82.50 effective Oct. 1. In addition, the discounted eight-ride ticket is being eliminated, the agency said.

The price of the agency's Go Pass will increase from $190 to $237.50 effective Jan. 1, 2018. The price will increase again a year later, rising from $237.50 to $285 effective Jan. 1, 2019.

The changes were approved by the agency's board of directors to provide revenue to cover the cost of operating the system, Caltrain said.



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<![CDATA[1 Person Critically Hurt When Car Rams Into Bicyclists]]>Sat, 05 Aug 2017 11:48:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/portola+crash1.PNG

A car on Saturday rammed into bicyclists in Portola Valley, injuring three people.

Officials with the San Mateo County Fire Department said that mass casualties were reported around 10:52 a.m. Firefighters were informed that a car had collided with bicyclists at Portola and Farm roads.

It appears that the driver was turning into a parking lot, but instead crashed into the bicyclists. 

One of the victims was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Two others sustained minor injuries, officials said.

Further details were not immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Pooches Pounce on Waves at World Dog Surfing Championships]]>Sun, 06 Aug 2017 03:36:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/852017-surfingdogs1+-+Copy.jpg

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Belmont's First Homicide of 2017]]>Sat, 05 Aug 2017 08:04:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/IMG_12892.JPG

A man was shot dead in a Burlingame apartment early Saturday morning, marking the Peninsula city's first homicide of 2017, according to police.

Police said they responded to the 500 block of Ralston Avenue around 5:15 a.m. There, officers found a man with at least gunshot wound, who died.

The crime may have occurred at a party or some type of get-together where roughly six people were gathered, police believe.

Police have not yet provided suspect information or confirmed a motive for what they say was an isolated shooting.

Neighbor Marshae Glenn said she was asleep in her apartment when she was woken up by the uncommon sound of gunshots.

"I've been here for a year and six months, never any commotion this serious," she said.

A car was later towed away from the area to be examined for any potential evidence, according to police.

An investigation is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Hillsborough Mansion Hits Market for $14.5 Million]]>Fri, 04 Aug 2017 22:54:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PHOTO3_Hillsborough.jpgTake a look at this 11,800-square-foot estate in Hillsborough, which hit the market at a cool $14.5 million. Built in 1931, the property has since been upgraded to include a private tennis court and vineyard on the 3-acre property.

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<![CDATA[Caltrain Strikes Truck at 'Dangerous' Burlingame Crossing]]>Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:12:36 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/8-4-17-caltrain-truck-crash1.jpg

Authorities are investigating a Friday morning collision involving a Caltrain commuter train and truck in Burlingame.

Neighbors said the crash is the latest example of a very dangerous intersection they hope can be changed.

Art Ramos and his coworker were in the cab of a delivery truck when a Caltrain slammed into it, ripping off the back door. The impact sent the door flying and destroyed the pedestrian crosswalk.

The crash occurred at the Burlingame Broadway crossing just before 9 a.m.

Ramos said he was crossing the tracks approaching the Carolan Avenue intersection about 100 feet from the rail line when he said the driver in front of him stopped at a green light, leaving the back end of the 25-foot truck right in the train's path.

"I get up right on him and I honked and he didn't move," Ramos said. "Now the light is turning yellow -- we can see the emergency flashers for the train are on and he's not moving."

Ramos said he did not have anywhere to go and by the time he considered getting out, it was too late.

"All of a sudden the train just hit and it was a big impact," Ramos said.

No one was hurt in the collision, but a handful of neighbors said they are not surprised to see another accident.

"Everyone is talking about how bad it is around here and it seems to be getting worse," resident Andy Hont said.

Caltrain said in the last year at least three vehicles have been hit by a train at the intersection. None of the accidents were deadly.

Following the previous accidents, Caltrain said it increased safety signage in the area. Caltrain has also been working with several agencies to improve the flow of traffic across the tracks.



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<![CDATA[Brisbane Council to Finish Review of Baylands Development]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:52:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Brisbane_Baylands.jpg

Update:

  • The Brisbane City Council is expected to continue final deliberations on housing development at the Baylands site throughout the month after deferring an official vote Monday evening. 
  • Several California state lawmakers voiced support of the proposed 4,400-unit housing project as well as commercial spaces on the site, but most residents speaking Monday were opposed. The community's proposed plan adds hotel units and additional commercial space in place of housing units. Both projects are expected to bring roughly 16,000 jobs to the area.

The tight-knit community of Brisbane has held onto its small town charm, despite years of housing and annexation suggestions by city leaders and developers.

However, an attractive offer by Universal Paragon Corp. to convert the city's former rail yard and sanitary landfill into more than 4,000 houses and 7 million square feet of office space is causing concern among some residents

The developer says the project — poised to be one of the largest redevelopment projects on the West Coast — will serve as an example for other housing-strapped regions on how to effectively convert similar untapped, urban spaces into more housing units.

However, residents argue that the developer's plan, which would about triple the population, will change the fabric of their small-town community for good.

With a population of just under 4,700, Brisbane has stayed small intentionally and, despite the sorely-needed housing units, city leaders estimate that they have significantly more to gain by converting the space into retail and hotel units.

Research conducted by Keyser Marston Associates on behalf of the city found that building all of the housing units proposed by the developer would bring in between $9 million and $10 million annually, more than half of the city’s current revenues, but would also require necessary upgrades and expansion of existing city services to accommodate the new residents.

By contrast, using the same space for additional hotel units would generate between $16 million and $18 million in city revenue and a larger overall surplus to the city of Brisbane.

Now, the Brisbane Baylands review process, which has involved public hearings, as well as environmental and fiscal impact reports to determine the safety of building on a former landfill, is about to end after nearly a year of consideration.

The Brisbane City Council is expected to vote this month on an official recommendation for a November ballot measure.

To learn more about the proposed redevelopment, click here.

Jean Elle and Stephen Ellison contributed to this report.



Photo Credit: City of Brisbane Via Universal Paragon Corp.
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<![CDATA[Sweltering Temperatures Blanket Most of Bay Area]]>Wed, 02 Aug 2017 10:38:56 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/07-29-2015-heat-sun-weather-generic-1.JPG

Sizzling temperatures will return to several locations across the Bay Area Wednesday as the region welcomes an uncommon threat: thunderstorms.

An area of monsoonal moisture will move into the southern portion of the Bay Area by the end of Wednesday, packing a chance of thunderstorms and dry lightning strikes. The system will also make for above-average humidity.

Hot temperatures in the inland valleys and locations above 750 feet have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory through 9 p.m. Thursday.

Livermore on Wednesday is expected to top the charts at 103 degrees, Concord is forecasted to settle around 102 degrees and Antioch should peak around 101 degrees.

Moving west, Oakland is slated to hover around 80 degrees while San Francisco will max out around 75 degrees.

Areas in and around San Jose as well as locations in the North Bay will flirt with temperatures in the mid-90s.

For those looking for heat relief, the coast is the place to be. Half Moon Bay will peak around 66 degrees while Santa Cruz will enjoy temperatures in the high-70s.



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<![CDATA[Facebook Announces Help on Low Income Housing Effort]]>Wed, 02 Aug 2017 08:14:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Facebook_Announces_Help_on_Low_Income_Housing_Effort.jpg

Facebook has a new partner in its push to create affordable housing. The social media giant on Tuesday announced that a nonprofit called the Local Initiatives Support Corporation will work to turn the company's initial $18.5 million investment into as much as $75 million. Facebook is working to build new low-income housing and take on some legal costs in eviction cases. At the same time, Facebook's own recent success has indirectly led to even tighter housing demand and traffic on the Peninsula.]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Traffic Study Hopes to Improve Commutes]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 21:53:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dumbarton_bridge.jpg

A new plan could change the way tens of thousands of people in the Bay Area get to work.

SamTrans released a study on Dumbarton transportation Thursday recommending possible solutions to improve mobility between Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

To help improve auto, transit, bicycle and pedestrian commutes, SamTrans is recommending a Dumbarton Rail line to connect passengers from Newark to Redwood City by 2025, as well as a Dumbarton Rail line with BART, Caltrain and ACE by 2030.

“Providing another option, another outlet for people to use public transit to get across the Bay is really needed,” SamTrans spokesperson Dan Lieberman said.

Among its suggestions, SamTrans is also recommending flyover express bus lanes to connect the Dumbarton Bridge to Highway 101.

SamTrans is expected to vote on this plan in the fall. If approved, the next challenge will be figuring out how to fund the multi-million dollar project.

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<![CDATA[Woman Fears Losing Home Over Inflated Mortgage Payment]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 19:32:34 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/property+taxes.PNG

Lynne Smart adores the new Redwood City home, which she bought in October.

"The home gives me happiness," Smart said. "It just makes me happy."

However, Smart was quite unhappy when her new mortgage payment included an inflated charge for property taxes. She says the calculation was $1,100 per month higher than it should have been, despite her repeated calls to her mortgage servicer to correct it.

"They continued, and they refused to lower my monthly payments,” said Smart.

The source of Smart’s mortgage trouble is a pair of California propositions: 60 and 90. They let homeowners who are age 55 or older downsize without a punishing property tax reassessment. That means Smart is allowed to keep her previous property tax rate for her new home. But instead, her mortgage servicer, Cenlar, was charging her the current rate, which is $1,100 more each month.

“I couldn’t have afforded to do it without proposition 90,” said Smart.

Smart complained to Cenlar, and says the company told her it would revisit the math after she lived in the home a year, and would then give her a refund — in a year. So Smart started paying the extra $1,100 a month. She feared foreclosure if she paid less.

“And I paid it and paid it and paid it,” Smart said.

But it didn’t sit right with Smart. So she pressed Cenlar to square things up right away. The company finally refunded Smart part of the $5,400 it owed her, but wouldn't return all. 

So she contacted NBC Bay Area Responds. We contacted Cenlar. Next thing you know, Smart received a $4,300 check, settling up the nearly $10,000 she overpaid.

“Plus, my loan amount is exactly right,” said Smart.

Smart is confident her call to NBC Bay Area Responds prompted Cenlar to recalculate her payments.

“You fixed it completely!” said Smart.

Cenlar didn’t respond to our request for comment.

For homeowners of all ages: Smart’s story is a reminder that while automatic escrow accounts for insurance and property taxes are convenient, they still require your attention. Double check your mortgage company’s figures against your actual bills and insurance policies.  



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<![CDATA[HempCon Medical Marijuana Convention Returns to Bay Area]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 17:12:35 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Getty_Sized.jpg

One of the largest medical marijuana trade shows in the country is set to return to Cow Palace this weekend for Canna-Games, a three-day show featuring live entertainment, exhibits and seminars.

"Whether you are a patient or someone who wants to learn more about medical marijuana, there is something for everyone," HempCon organizers wrote on the event's website.

Something for every adult that is. The adult-only event does require an ID and proof of medical need such as a valid doctor's recommendation to enter certain areas of the venue.

This year's event runs from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening and has more than 300 vendors signed up to attend. 


Just two years ago, HempCon drew thousands of people to the San Jose Convention Center to try everything from marijuana ice cream to new innovations in cannabis farming.

More information on this year's event can be found on the HempCon website.



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<![CDATA[Heat Advisory in Effect in Parts of Bay Area]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 20:51:23 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/072617+heat+generic+hot+weather+generic.jpg

Temperatures in the inland parts and higher elevations of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas will be much hotter than usual Tuesday and Wednesday, National Weather Service officials said.

A heat advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday for higher elevations such as the North Bay mountains, mainly around Lake Berryessa, the East Bay hills and Santa Cruz Mountains.

Weather service officials may issue a heat advisory for inland locations in the two areas if forecasted temperatures rise slightly.

A heat advisory means dangerous temperatures are expected, potentially causing heat-related illnesses.

In inland areas and those at high elevations, temperatures are expected to reach 100 to 105 degrees with some areas approaching 110 degrees.

In Concord on Tuesday, De La Salle band members and football players had abbreviated practices in the sweltering heat as the school's athletic trainer closely monitored both groups.

"We have water coolers out here," trainer Doug Bauman said. "There's water on each field."

Band members took frequent breaks and moved much of their practice into the shade. The football team also made modifications.

"We won't have equipment on today," Bauman said. "Sometimes it's a matter of taking off equipment to allow bodies to cool a little better. Sometimes it's a matter of changing when (what time) practice is."

Meanwhile, weather service officials urge residents to look inside their cars before locking them to be sure no pets or children have been left behind.

Temperatures near the coast will be more seasonal and above-average elsewhere. While it may be cooler at the coast, visitors should check for any beach hazards that could make visiting beaches risky.

Weather service officials said prolonged exposure to high temperatures increases the chance that people, especially those with respiratory conditions, will suffer heat-related illnesses.

Also, pets and livestock may need extra care during the hot weather. The chance of wildfires is also higher, according to the weather service.

During the heat, residents and visitors are encouraged to drink enough fluids, stay in air conditioning, stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors.

On Tuesday, several community centers in San Jose offered extended hours to help residents beat the heat.

The community centers, spread across the city, will all be open until 9 p.m. City officials said that the centers act as cooling centers when temperatures reach or exceed 97 degrees.

The locations are Bascom Community Center at 1000 S. Bascom Ave., Camden Community Center at 3369 Union Ave., Mayfair Community Center at 2039 Kammerer Ave., Roosevelt Community Center at 901 E. Santa Clara St. and the Seventrees Community Center at 3590 Cas Drive.

The city of San Ramon also released locations and hours for cooling centers this week:

Tuesday: San Ramon Community Center 8:30 am-9 pm; Alcosta Senior and Community Center 8:30 am-9 pm; Dougherty Station Community Center 8:30 am-5 pm; Dougherty Station Library noon-8 pm; San Ramon Library 10 am-8 pm.

Wednesday: San Ramon Community Center 8:30 am-9 pm; Alcosta Senior and Community Center 8:30 am-7 pm; Dougherty Station Community Center 8:30-5 pm; Dougherty Station Library noon-8 pm; San Ramon Library 10 am-8 pm.

Thursday: San Ramon Community Center 8:30 am-8 pm; Alcosta Senior and Community Center 8:30 am-9 pm; Dougherty Station Community Center 8:30 am-5:30 pm; Dougherty Station Library 10 am-8 pm; San Ramon Library 10 am-8 pm.

Friday: San Ramon Community Center 8:30 am-5 pm; Alcosta Senior and Community Center 8:30 am-7 pm; Dougherty Station Community Center 8:30 am-5 pm; Dougherty Station Library 10 am-5 pm; San Ramon Library 10 am-5 pm.

NBC Bay Area's Jodi Hernandez contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Suspect Arrested Following Suspicious Fires in Palo Alto]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:38:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-31-17-fire-suspect-palo+alto.jpg

Police in Palo Alto on Saturday arrested a man for his alleged role in a series of suspicious fires that ignited within walking distance and hours of each other on Friday.

Terry Lee Hill Jr., 23, of Palo Alto was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on four felony counts of arson, according to police.


The first fire was reported at about 2 a.m. at the Caltrain parking lot in the 600 block of Urban Lane. A vehicle was set on fire there and was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The vehicle was significantly damaged.

At 4:25 a.m., firefighters responded to another fire in the 100 block of Palo Alto Avenue, where they found a fire inside a dumpster.

About an hour after that, another small fire was reported in a parking garage in the 500 block of High Street. At about the same time, a brush fire was reported along a bicycle path near Homer Avenue and Alma Street.

A person of interest in the case was spotted by surveillance footage, according to police. An officer on routine patrol on Saturday spotted the person of interest, who was later identified as the arrestee, and detained him without incident.

No one was injured by the fires.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Cities Welcome National Night Out]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 06:07:44 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cms890.jpg

Neighborhoods are ready. It's National Night Out.

Police in cities and towns across the Bay Area are hosting National Night Out celebrations Tuesday evening to help residents become more aware of how they can prevent crime and drug use.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in San Jose, residents will gather with police in their neighborhoods to get to know each other.

A host of events are scheduled such as potlucks, barbeques and even large block parties.

San Francisco police will host several events around the city for National Night Out, with food, arts and crafts and entertainment. Times and locations of the events can be found online.

Also in San Francisco, the public defender's office is hosting two Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in our Communities events aimed at catching children before they fall through the social services gap, spokeswoman Tamara Barak Aparton said.

The public defender's office has formed MAGIC programs in the Bayview-Hunters Point and Western Addition neighborhoods, where many residents are underserved.

"Those are the two neighborhoods that we specifically set out to serve because they are the most underserved and most in need of resources," Aparton said.

"We recognize that the best way to prevent crime is to provide underserved communities and families with resources relating to health, education and recreation and that's why we formed our MAGIC programs," she said.

Elsewhere, local law enforcement agencies and neighbors in Martinez have organized a third annual Alhambra Valley National Night Out at the Alhambra Christmas Tree Farm at 2647 Reliez Valley Road from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Neighbors can dance to live rockabilly music, savor barbeque and indulge in ice cream from the Boy Scouts of America.

In Concord, National Night Out will be celebrated from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Concord Library at 2900 Salvio St., where there will be activities for children and adults such as K-9 demonstrations, face painting and a bike rodeo.

Rohnert Park public safety officers will host National Night Out activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Center Plaza at 475 City Center Drive.

Residents can eat, get public safety information, see emergency vehicles and win prizes.

A detailed list of National Night Out events around the Bay Area is listed below: 

North Bay:

Sebastopol Fire Department BBQ: 220 S. Main St., Sebastopol

Rohnert Park City Center Plaza: 475 City Center Dr., Rohnert Park

Petaluma Target Parking Lot: 401 Kenilworth Dr., Petaluma

San Francisco:

Ella Hill Hutch Community Center: 1050 McCallister St., San Francisco

Bayview Opera House: 4705 Third St., San Francisco

Peninsula:

Grundy Park: 586 Cherry Ave., San Bruno

East Bay:

Alhambra Christmas Tree Farm: 2647 Reliez Valley Rd., Martinez

Concord Library: 2900 Salvio St., Concord

Martinez Block Party: 600 block of Main Street, Martinez

St. John's Catholic Church: 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo

South Bay:

Downtown Gilroy: Fifth Street between Eigleberry Street and Monterey Road, Gilroy




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<![CDATA[Hazardous Weather Expected Across Bay Area]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:36:25 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Trees_Heat_Generic.jpg

The National Weather Service Sunday issued a hazardous weather outlook for early this week and midweek for portions of the Bay Area.

Weather officials said the threat of heat-related illnesses will increase today and especially Tuesday and Wednesday, with the danger greater for elderly and at-risk populations, as well as those engaging in outdoor activities.

Residents are urged not to leave people or pets in a parked vehicle for any reason, for any length of time, weather officials said.

The officials also noted that increased fire weather concerns are also likely as a result of hot and dry conditions.

Temperatures in the North Bay will range from the 90s to the low 100s in interior valleys and the 60s to the low 70s at the coast, weather officials said.

In the East Bay, temperatures in the valleys will range from the 90s to the low 100s, while temperatures will be in the 70s to the low 80s along the bay.

Temperatures will generally be in the upper 70s in San Francisco and in the 60s along the Peninsula coast.

In the South Bay, temperatures will be in the 90s in the valleys and in the 80s along the bay, weather officials said.

In the Monterey and Santa Cruz areas, temperatures will reach the 90s inland and the 60s and 70s on the coast.



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<![CDATA[ FAA Issues Noise Reduction Report for Bay Area Airports]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:40:47 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Reducing_Noise_Reduction.jpg

The FAA is reportedly getting closer to a plan to reduce airplane noise over some Bay Area cities. The agency recently released a report on noise reduction recommendations for planes flying into the Bay Area. The report focuses primarily on flights arriving at San Francisco International Airport and Palo Alto, which is among those cities feeling the most impact. One solution involves a new flight path for incoming planes. FAA leaders now have to decide which recommendations to enact. There's no set timetable on when that might happen.]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Cities Fall Short on Best Places to Rent List]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:40:36 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/GettyImages-678975.jpg

When it comes to renting a home, the Bay Area does not appear to be the ideal place to poke around.

That's because multiple Bay Area cities ended up ranked in the bottom half of WalletHub's "Best and Worst Places to Rent" list, which analyzed 150 of the largest rental markets in the United States.

The Bay Area city deemed to be the best place to purchase a rental was San Francisco, according to WalletHub. The city by the bay, which was ranked No. 70 on the list, was followed by San Jose (No. 73), Santa Rosa (No. 75), Fremont (No. 76) and Oakland (No. 148).

For those looking for the optimal location when it comes to renting, the desert seems to be the place to be. Four cities in Arizona — highlighted by Scottsdale, Ariz. at No. 1 — topped the charts as the best places to rent, according to WalletHub. 

On the other end of the spectrum, Cleveland, Ohio was determined to be the worst place to rent, according to WalletHub.

WalletHub's analysis examined rental market and affordability factors such as cost of living, size of rentals, historical changes in rental pricing and forecasted pricing changes, among several others. The study also took into account quality of life factors such as job opportunities in an area, weather and neighborhood safety.



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<![CDATA[Sexual Assault Reported on Stanford University Campus]]>Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:53:39 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanford-campus-generic.jpg

A sexual assault occurred late Thursday night on the campus of Stanford University, according to the university's department of public safety.

The reported assault occurred at about 11:30 p.m. on the campus's west side between two people who knew each other.

The female victim described the suspect as a white man, 22 to 25 years old with brown hair, brown eyes and a thin build.

Police and university officials are investigating the assault.

Anyone with more information about the investigation is asked to call the Stanford University Department of Public Safety at (650) 329-2413.



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<![CDATA[Weekend Temps Could Ail Those With Respiratory Conditions]]>Sun, 30 Jul 2017 08:36:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

High temperatures predicted for this weekend could make breathing more difficult for people with respiratory issues, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Friday.

Studies show that very high temperatures can make it harder to breathe for people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart problems, especially children and the elderly.

Officials have not issued a "Spare the Air" alert for poor air quality, but those with known respiratory conditions should try to stay in cooler locations, drink plenty of water, avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest parts of the day and keep inhalers and medications handy at all times.

Residents who wish to be notified when a Spare the Air alert is in effect can sign up at www.sparetheair.org or call (800) HELP-AIR. Residents can also download a Spare the Air app or connect with Spare the Air on Facebook and Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Palo Alto Police Investigate Four Suspicious Fires]]>Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:58:05 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-28-2017-paloaltoarson.jpg

Police in Palo Alto are investigating four suspicious fires set to cars, trash and brush early Friday morning — all within walking distance and hours of each other.

Police released a surveillance photo of a man seen walking in the area just before one of the fires, but investigators still aren't sure if he's connected to that fire or any of the others. They are seeking the public's help in identifying the potential suspect.

The first fire was reported at about 2 a.m. at the Caltrain parking lot in the 600 block of Urban Lane. A vehicle was set on fire there and was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The vehicle was significantly damaged.

At 4:25 a.m., firefighters responded to another fire in the 100 block of Palo Alto Avenue, where they found a fire inside a dumpster.

About an hour after that, another small fire was reported in a parking garage in the 500 block of High Street. At about the same time, a brush fire was reported along a bicycle path near Homer Avenue and Alma Street.

No one was injured, but all of the fires are considered suspicious, which has shocked people who live in that part of the Bay Area city.

"I don't like it at all," Ann Roper.

Kirbi Yelorda echoed the same sentiment, saying, "I hope they get to the bottom of it."

Police are investigating whether they may be related, but found a surveillance video of a person walking in the area of Palo Alto Avenue shortly before the fire began.

The man was wearing a beanie-type cap, a light-colored long sleeve shirt, dark-colored pants, and a backpack, police said.

"There’s a lot of dry leaves and things around here," Yelorda said. "It's concerning for sure but I believe our police department will take care of it."

Anyone who recognizes the person or has further information about the fire has been asked to call Palo Alto police at (650) 329-2413 or via the tip line at (650) 383-8984.

NBC Bay Area's Michelle Roberts contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Congress Members Seek Action on Airport Noise Complaints]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:38:19 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/FAA.jpg

San Francisco International Airport and surrounding airports are some of the busiest hubs in the United States, which make the beds of activity some of the noisiest spots in the Bay Area. And neighbors in the surrounding communities are not pleased with the rising decibel levels.

After receiving complaints in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, Reps. Jackie Speier, Anna Eshoo and Jimmy Panetta called for action by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Each of the three Congress members is part of the Quiet Skies Caucus and said in a joint statement they will "hold airlines and airports accountable to reduce aircraft noise."

In response to the request, the FAA announced phase two of an initiative to reduce noise and help communities sleep a little easier at night.

Some of the addressed recommendations included:

  • Improving aircraft set-up and sequencing between facilities
  • Adjustments to OAK and SFO southbound departures
  • Collaborating with the SFO Noise Abatement Office and FAA on outreach to pilots and controllers to keep aircraft over the water while approaching the area
  • Increasing controller awareness to keep departures east of Highway 101
  • Collaborating with the SFO/Community Roundtable on future changes

Recommendations for the review came from the San Francisco International Airport/Community Roundtable and the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals, and many of the concerns addressed in the report were FAA statements reaffirming a commitment to existing policies and procedures.

Some recommendations that were not approved included shifting arrivals at San Jose International Airport and to modify south arrivals at SFO, because it would affect the noise levels in other communities. 

However, the FAA notes that it is a work in progress. The report includes a review of only about 14 percent of recommendations and an updated version will be released once the other recommendations have been reviewed.



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<![CDATA[Facebook Cafeteria Workers Unionize, Seeking Higher Wages]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:54:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Unite_Line.jpg

Around 500 cafeteria workers at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park have elected to unionize in an effort to negotiate higher wages, health care benefits, and pensions.

"They're living in the shadows," said Enrique Fernandez, the business manager for Unite Here Local 19. "Access has to be there for all."

Local 19 is the local chapter representing the group of Facebook workers and more than 4,000 other hospitality workers in Silicon Valley who have unionized at companies like Intel Corp., Cisco Systems and Dell.

Many tech companies rely on a growing number of drivers and culinary staff to accommodate their expanding workforces, but service workers say they feel the impact of Silicon Valley's lack of affordable housing.

Many opt to live in vans and trailers — which can be seen lining the streets in Mountain View neighborhoods near Google's headquarters — in an effort to make ends meet.

Fernandez says the problem extends throughout the region.

"They park next to the park and they shower. It’s very sad," Fernandez said. "This is working people. It is not like these people are not working."

Two of those workers raise their three children in a garage just blocks from Facebook headquarters, according to the Guardian.

The majority of the cafeteria workers are employed full-time and make an average of $18.81 per hour, according to the union, which would be an annual salary of just under $40,000 per year.

However, the cafeteria workers say their earnings can't keep up with the high living costs in San Mateo County, where the median household income is $101,272 annually.

Facebook said it has been working to address affordable housing concerns and employed one of the earliest set of standards for contract vendors in 2015, which included a $15 per hour minimum wage, 15 paid days off and new child benefits.

"Our vendor workers are valued members of our community," a Facebook spokesperson said. "We are committed to providing a safe, fair, work environment to everyone who helps Facebook bring the world closer together, including contractors." 

Most of the upcoming discussions will be handled directly between the employees and the company handling the contracts, Flagship Facility Services, which has said it is willing to negotiate with the union.

Fernandez said because of the positive partnership, he expects a contract to be completed in a matter of months. 

"Living in Silicon Valley is hard," Fernandez said. "But I'm optimistic that it will not take long. It could take six months, it could take three months — you cannot rush the process."

Facebook's shuttle workers, who voted to unionize in 2015, successfully negotiated a union contract in roughly three months.



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<![CDATA[Sex Discrimination Cases at Silicon Valley Tech Companies]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:13:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Ellen-Pao-Tech-Harassment-AP_998998012528.jpg

Add Binary Capital venture capital firm co-founder Justin Calbeck to a growing list of executives and companies in Silicon Valley faced with sexual discrimination charges. 

Caldbeck, who recently apologized for using his position for sexual gain, resigned shortly after six women came forward detailing explicit late-night text messages, groping and unwanted sexual advances.

The announcement came just after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned following an investigation into gender discrimination at his company as well.

Here are some other high-profile cases that attracted national attention and prompted changes at Silicon Valley tech companies:

Pao v. Byers, November of 2011 to February of 2015

In a three-year legal battle, Reddit CEO Ellen Pao sued her former employer and lost. The high-profile case drew national attention when Pao sought $16 million in damages against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Following her loss, Pao may have been on the hook for $1 million in legal costs if she didn’t drop the case.

Hong v. Facebook and Huang v. Twitter, March of 2015

Shortly after the Pao verdict, two other gender discrimination lawsuits followed. Chia Hong sued Facebook following a data analysis she did concluding that code created by female employees was rejected more frequently than code written by their male colleagues, but the company refuted the basis of Hong's allegation.

Twitter engineer Tina Huang also filed a lawsuit in March recounting a history of bypassing qualified women for promotions. Twitter denied the allegations and published new diversity initiatives shortly after.

Moussouris v. Microsoft, September of 2015

Katie Moussouris' suit on behalf of "all current and former female technical professionals employed by Microsoft in the U.S." argued that Microsoft's evaluation process discriminated against women, resulting in women being promoted less frequently and paid less than their male colleagues. Microsoft responded that it tried to maintain "a workplace where all employees have the chance to succeed." The court has dismissed Microsoft's request to dismiss the claims on two occasions last year, and the lawsuit is ongoing.

Ard  v. Yahoo and Anderson v. Yahoo, October of 2016

On the flip side, Yahoo's focus on elevating and hiring more women landed them in the hot seat for gender discrimination as well. The company was involved in two separate lawsuits by former male employees, Scott Ard and Greg Anderson. The pair argued that higher-ranking female executives showed bias to female employees in the annual review and hiring process.

Justice Dept. v. Oracle, January of 2017

At the start of 2017, the Department of Labor announced it would sue Oracle, because it found a pay gap by gender and race. Oracle called the lawsuit "politically motivated, based on false allegations and wholly without merit."

Essay: "Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber," February of 2017

While it wasn't a lawsuit, a blog post penned by Uber engineer Susan Fowler generated a massive audience and sparked an internal investigation by Uber and another by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Uber fired at least 20 people during the investigation into Fowler’s claims and CEO Travis Kalanick resigned in June.

Labor Department v. Google, April of 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor sued Google for "extreme" gender pay discrimination while the tech giant argued it found no gender pay gap in its own internal analysis.

Lai v. Binary Capital, June of 2017

The company came under public scrutiny following a lawsuit by Ann Lai and six accounts from women detailed sexual harassment by Justin Caldbeck, the co-founder of Binary Capital venture capital firm. Caldbeck apologized for using his position for sexual gain and resigned.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Braces For More Jobs, But Where Will Techies Live?]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:21:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-79425812.jpg

The good news: More tech jobs are coming to the Bay Area, as companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon and LinkedIn promise to grow in the years ahead.

The bad news: Traffic is already really bad here, and housing is at a premium.

Where will the techies live, and how long will it take us all to get to work?

Those two issues are being taken up by Bay Area politicians in an initiative that has been named Plan Bay Area 2040. Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it aims to increase housing for all income levels, while somehow trimming our commute times.

“This is sort of a blueprint,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, who admits Plan 2040 is a guess at what the future will bring.

“The one constant in the Bay Area is growth,” he added. “We need to focus on affordable housing.”

And, he adds, housing near public transportation.

Good news for young techies, who like to walk anyway.

For the rest of us? Hold on to what you have, and keep an eye out for more affordable housing.

Scott is on Twitter: @scottbudman



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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Restaurant Burglary in Belmont]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:19:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BelmontBurglary.jpg

Belmont police are investigating a burglary at a restaurant on El Camino Real last week.

The break-in occurred July 19 at about 6:50 a.m. in the 1600 block of El Camino Real, police said.

Police said the suspect rode a bicycle to the restaurant north on El Camino Real, appearing to come from the San Carlos area.

The suspect took a chair from the outdoor seating area and smashed the front window of the eatery, checking out the cash register before walking throughout the restaurant, according to police.

Capt. Patrick Halleran said the break-in was very unusual, since nobody called in a report of the man throwing a chair through the window despite the morning rush hour on El Camino Real.

"You would think with all those cars going down El Camino that somebody would call 911, but nobody did," Halleran said.

The suspect even sat on the curb for a short time after breaking in before leaving. Police said they aren't aware of anything being taken from the restaurant in the burglary.

According to police, the suspect is an Asian man who is between 30 to 40 years old with a medium height and build, a receding hairline, and was clean-shaven. He was seen wearing a black sweatshirt over an orange hoodie and jeans.

Police have released photos of the suspect at the restaurant.

Anyone with information about the case is advised to call Belmont police at (650) 595-7400.



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<![CDATA[Police Warn Public About 'Virtual Kidnapping' Phone Scam]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:51:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/phone+screen+generic.jpg

Police in Palo Alto are warning people across the country about a phone scam that is demanding people hand over money in exchange for a loved one supposedly in danger.

The scam involves a caller contacting the victim claiming that a family member or friend was tangled in a car crash, according to police. The caller says that his vehicle was marred in the collision before demanding that the victim of the scam cough up money via an electronic transfer to pay for the damages. If they don't comply, the scammer says the loved one will be kidnapped and hurt.

The caller insists that the victim stay on the phone and complete the money transfer to ensure the safe release of the loved one, according to police. The act of keeping the caller on the phone prevents them from calling police.

Palo Alto police said this specific scam is targeting victims across the United States. 

In order to prevent being scammed, police instruct potential victims to either hang up the phone if they receive a random call from a stranger, contact police or demand proof that their loved one is actually in harm.

Marianna Villaescusa with the Palo Alto Police Department encourages victims who can't bring themselves to hang up to press for specifics.

"What does my loved one look like?" she said. "What are they wearing? Can you describe their car? Can I speak with that person? Just ask very direct questions that will require a direct answer from them."

Los Angeles police and the FBI on Tuesday announced the arrest of a woman believed to be the ringleader of a virtual scam that victimized people in California and three other states. Dating back to 2015, victims paid $114,000 for loved ones who were never actually in danger, according to Los Angeles police. 

To date, no one in Palo Alto has lost money as a result of the scam.

Any victims of the scam are encouraged to contact Palo Alto police at 650-329-2413. People can email anonymous tips to paloalto@tipnow.org or call or text 650-383-8984.




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<![CDATA[Bay Area Leaders Focus on Sustainable Growth]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:58:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/199*120/Close5Header.jpg

Leaders from all nine Bay Area counties on Wednesday will meet to discuss a plan focused on improving housing, jobs and infrastructure in the region by 2040.

The concept, coined "Plan Bay Area 2040," hopes to pack 820,000 more housing units into the Bay Area and add 1.3 million more jobs between now and 23 years down the road. Most of those additions will be made in and around San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, but leaders will also look to expand in smaller cities such as Mountain View, Emeryville and Richmond.

Leaders will also tackle traffic concerns and formulate potential solutions, which could be paid for by $303 billion in expected revenue from federal and local levels over next 20-plus years.

Keeping an eye on the environment, the plan complies with Senate Bill 375, which aims to keep the state on track with sustainable strategies. The bill calls for a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions when it comes to transportation and makes sure to focus on creating adequate housing for the growing population.

The meeting slated to take place in San Francisco at 7 p.m. is expected to welcome representatives from more than 100 Bay Area cities.



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<![CDATA[Menlo Park Police Locate Boy Reported Missing]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:56:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Arlington-police-generic.jpg

A 7-year-old boy reported missing late Tuesday in Menlo Park has been located, police said.

No other information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Music Teacher Arrested for Sexually Abusing Palo Alto Teen]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:19:46 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-25-2017-john-patrick-root.jpg

An after-school music teacher was arrested last week for sexually abusing a 15-year-old Palo Alto student, police said.

Detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department learned about the alleged crime around 1:30 p.m. on July 13. An investigation revealed that John Patrick Root, 35, was a part-time music teacher at the School of Rock at 2645 Middlefield Road.

The victim was one of his students and the sexual abuse occurred numerous time over the past several months when the pair at various locations across Palo Alto, according to police.

An arrest warrant issued on July 19 charged the San Francisco resident with multiple counts of felony sex crimes.

The next day, Palo Alto police, with help from San Francisco officers, arrested the suspect. He was taken to the Santa Clara County Main Jail and booked on four counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor.

Detectives are working with school officials to determine if Root abused anyone else.

People with more information are asked to call the police department’s 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be sent to paloalto@tipnow.org or via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.



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<![CDATA[Woman Arrested in Man's Fatal Stabbing in Burlingame Home]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:10:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mia+smith-0724.jpg

A woman was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder in the fatal stabbing of a man in a Burlingame home, police said Monday.

Mia Smith, 36, of Burlingame was booked into San Mateo County Jail on homicide charges after officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Myrtle Road about 9:40 p.m. Saturday and found a man suffering from life-threatening stab wounds. The victim, who had not been identified, died at the scene, police said.

Smith also was at the scene and subsequently taken into custody. Smith and the victim knew each other, police said, and there is no threat to public safety.

Anyone with information related the crime should contact the Burlingame Police Department Investigations Bureau.



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<![CDATA[Mobile Farmers Market Provides Fresh Produce Around Bay Area]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:51:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/3XwbM7KGDViz1LA7_xgZUWU0icSAdFZpTBmMvEIKGyU.jpg

Farmers markets are not just on Saturdays anymore.

A mobile market called Freshest Cargo just expanded its business into East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, reports Almanac News. Facebook also joined in on the endeavor, partnering with the truck for their new route expansions. The project is a part of the non-profit Fresh Approach, which works to provide local fruits and vegetables to underserved communities.

The non-profit currently has two trucks and runs seven different routes a week across the Bay.

Along with the mobile store, Fresh Approach provides nutritional classes and an incentive program for those shopping with food stamps. This encourages communities to buy fresh produce and look towards local foods for nourishment rather than fast food.

Facebook’s global events, amenities and community engagement manager Alex Gahagan told Almanac News that Freshest Cargo only harvests seasonal crops from local farmers. Along with supporting California businesses, Gahagan also mentioned that the produce is cheaper than what is typically found at neighborhood farmers markets.

None of the food goes to waste either. Almanac News stated that any produced that is not purchased is donated to community food banks.

If looking to support a good cause, check out Freshest Approach’s route schedule on their website.



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<![CDATA[Hazmat Response to San Carlos Middle School a False Alarm]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:11:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hazmat1.jpg

A hazardous materials team responded to a San Carlos middle school late Sunday for an "unknown haze" in the area, but it turned out to be a false alarm, according to the San Mateo County Fire Department.

The county hazmat team responded just after 8 p.m. to the Central Middle School campus at 828 Chestnut St., with support from Redwood City and Belmont fire crews, fire officials said. No hazardous material was found or detected.

San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies also were at the scene helping set up a perimeter and providing support, a sheriff's official said.

It was not clear exactly what prompted the initial report and response.



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<![CDATA[Frozen Yogurt Trip Ends With $1 Million Lottery Victory]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:03:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-23-17_Lottery_Frozen_Yogurt.jpg

Hot weather can be a pain for some, but for Moises Alonzo-Reyes, a toasty day back in May turned out to change his life.

The Central American native stopped for frozen yogurt in San Mateo on a hot evening and decided to test his luck with a lottery ticket, according to California Lottery. Soon enough, he learned he would be the new owner of $1 million.

"I scratched the ticket in the store and saw that I won," Alonzo-Reyes told the California Lottery. "I couldn’t believe it."

Alonzo-Reyes plans to use his new fortune to move back to Central America and reunite with his family, something he hasn't done in more than 12 years, according to the California Lottery.

The winning ticket was snagged from La Raza Market located at 380 North Ellsworth Ave. in San Mateo, according to the California Lottery.



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<![CDATA[Family of Missing Man Pleads for Barriers Near Devil's Slide]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:40:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MossMissing.jpg

The family of Richard Moss on Saturday clamored for the installation of traffic barriers near Devil's Slide along Highway 1 — the last known location of the missing 22-year-old man who disappeared in May.

A wheel belonging to Moss' car was recently found on the side of a cliff next to Highway 1, meaning that he most likely drove off a portion of the coastal roadway near Pacifica and plummeted into the ocean.

That revelation prompted Dan Moss, Richard's father, and supporters to hold signs along the coast Saturday urging Caltrans to improve safety in the area.

"We want those temporary barriers put up immediately from the north end of Montara Beach where it's straight all the way up to the tunnel," Dan Moss said.

A berm, low brick and some portions of railing line Highway 1 near the Devil's Slide area. Caltrans did send a team to the area under scrutiny to conduct a review this week. That team examined the geology to figure out an appropriate course of action when it comes to possibly installing improved safety measures.

Between 2005 and 2015, at least three cars left the road in the area of Devil's Slide, according to Caltrans.

While Caltrans continues to investigate the area and craft a fix, Dan Moss is left to think about what happened to his son and ponder what he can do to improve safety for drivers nativating along the ocean.

"[Richard] could have been distracted," Dan Moss said. "He could have changed the nob on the radio. We could have dropped his soda. I don't know, could have been anything. We'll never know the answer to that question, but we do know that if a barrier was up, he would be alive."



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<![CDATA['Home Alone' Actor John Heard Found Dead in Palo Alto Hotel]]>Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:41:06 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/JohnHeardFile.jpg

John Heard, the actor famously known for playing the father in the "Home Alone" movie series and a corrupt detective in "The Sopranos," was found dead in a Palo Alto hotel Friday, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office. He was 71.

Heard's cause of death is not yet known at this time. An autopsy was completed Saturday morning, but further testing, including toxicology, is needed to determine the exact cause, according to officials.

Based on a preliminary investigation, officials said there is no evidence of foul play.

Dominic Mancini, a talent agent representing Heard, talked to Heard last week and was told that the actor was slated to have a medical procedure done on his back. Mancini later tried to call Heard, but he wasn't able to reach him.

"I will miss John," Mancini said in a statement. "He was truly one of a kind and an amazing talent. His blend of comedy and quirkiness was unmatched."

Heard played Peter McCallister, the father of Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, in "Home Alone" and "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York." He said in later interviews that he sought a movie with kids in it so his son, age 5 at the time, could come to the set and have someone to play with.

After it became a big hit, he was reluctant to revisit the role but his agent convinced him the money was too good to pass up.

"I didn't want to be the 'Home Alone' dad for the rest of my life," he told Yahoo News in 2013.

He was born March 7, 1946, in Washington, D.C. and grew up performing in local theater. One of his memorable early roles was as a disabled Vietnam War veteran in the 1981 film "Cutter's Way."

He was active in film for the next decade, playing Tom Hanks' rival in "Big," actress Geraldine Page's son in "The Trip to Bountiful" and in the movies "The Pelican Brief," ''Beaches," ''Gladiator," ''Rambling Rose" and "After Hours."

He earned an Emmy nomination for playing Vin Makazian in "The Sopranos." Television also kept him busy. He acted in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," ''Elementary," ''Prison Break," ''Modern Family" and "Entourage." One of his favorite jobs came in the original "Sharknado" television movie in 2013.

"I knew it was going to be a cult classic," he told the Baltimore Media Blog last year. "It's just ridiculous. I thought it would replace people calling me the 'Home Alone' dad."

Fellow actor Michael McKean paid tribute on Twitter Saturday: "RIP John Heard. Never not good."

Heard was married and divorced three times, including briefly to actress Margot Kidder. He had three children.

"John will be very much missed by his family, friends, and his many fans," Tammy Hunt, a manager respenting Heard, said. "John was one of those people that you meet and know immediately that he is one of a kind. A true professional and dear gentleman.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Stowaway Kitten Found on Truck During Delivery to Shelter]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:39:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Pallet+1.JPG

A delivery truck on Friday dropped off an unusual package at a Burlingame animal shelter: a stowaway kitten.

The two-month-old cat has been named Pallet — in honor of where he was found — and is now looking for a forever home.

“Our staff was helping to unload a delivery truck of supplies for our shelter when they came across a tiny kitten that had stowawayed in the truck and was hiding behind the pallets,” said Buffy Martin Tarbox, a spokesperson for the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA.

She continued: "We’ve named the kitten Pallet in honor of the way in which he arrived unexpectedly at our shelter."

It is unknown when and where Pallet made his way onto the truck, but Tarbox said, "we are grateful he was discovered and was in good health."

The shelter's staff members moved the truck's pallets around till they could reach the scared kitten and get it to safety. Pallet, who has since been medically evaluated and found uninjured, was by himself on the truck, Tarbox said.

Pallet has been microchipped and can be adopted from the Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion in Burlingame for $120.

People looking to adopt the cat can visit the shelter from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Nearly $2 Billion Caltrain Electrification Project Kicks Off]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:14:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/224*120/caltrain.PNG

California officials on Friday broke ground on Caltrain's nearly $2 billion electrification project.

California’s High Speed Rail Authority got clearance to proceed with a plan to electrify Caltrain tracks between San Francisco's 4th and King Station to San Jose's Tamien Station. The first electric train is expected to start running in late 2020 or 2021.

Friday's ceremony was attended by Gov. Jerry Brown, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other leaders. 

The state Department of Finance  approved the expenditure of $600 million in voter-approved bond money. The approval follows the Trump administration’s decision to fully fund a $650 million grant for the project.

The peninsula section is the northernmost piece of the $64 billion bullet train that will link San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Caltrain runs diesel locomotives that are more than 30 years old and need to be replaced, officials say.

An estimated 65,000 people ride Caltrain every day, which is more than double the number of commuters in 2005. With its new electric trains, Caltrain can increase capacity by adding up to six new trains in each direction during peak hours. The new cars will still top out at 79 mph, but will be quieter and less polluting.

High-speed rail opponents have filed a lawsuit challenging the electrification project. They argue that state legislation unconstitutionally allows high-speed rail bonds to be spent on Caltrain, violating promises made to voters in 2008.

A number of people with property along the tracks might be forced to give up some or all of their land to make way for the project. Some of them have also raised safety and health concerns about the electromagnetic field that this project will create.

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<![CDATA[Nine Years of Zuckerberg's Annual Challenges]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:39:21 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PHOTO1_PaulMarottaGetty.jpgFrom ditching his signature hoodie for a "more serious" look to killing his own dinner, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has been posting annual challenges. The challenges range in in complexity, time commitment and difficulty.

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<![CDATA[Peninsula Neighborhoods Featured as Best Value in SF Metro]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:50:30 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PHOTO4_Woodside.gifSan Francisco’s “10 Best Value Neighborhoods” aren’t in the neighborhoods of the bustling San Francisco, but rather on the Peninsula.

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<![CDATA[Worker Injured After Fall at Facebook Construction Site]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:38:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-18-17_Menlo_Park_Facebook_Fall.jpg

For the second time in a matter of months, a construction worker was injured after falling at the site of an under-construction Facebook building in Menlo Park, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

The latest incident occurred Tuesday morning when a worker, who was wearing his safety harness and rigging, fell 10 to 15 feet from the steel framing on the building's fourth floor, according to fire officials.

"Fortunately, the steel worker was wearing his safety harnesses and rigging, which probably helped to prevent significant injury or even death," Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman said in a statement. 

The worker experienced significant pain and suffered both bruises and cuts, fire officials said. He was transported to a nearby hospital.

The worker was walking along a piece of decking or steel when it was dislodged, sending the worker plummeting toward the third flood, according to fire officials. The worker's safety gear managed to catch him just before slamming into the floor.

Using a 107-foot-long aerial ladder, firefighters managed to lower the worker to the ground where an ambulance was waiting, according to fire officials.

Back in April, two other workers were injured at the same building after falling about 20 feet. Those workers were also wearing safety equipment that stopped them before they could actually hit the ground.

"This is the second time we’ve been out here in the last three months for injured steel workers falling from the building," Schapelhouman said in a statement. "That’s not only very unusual, but it deeply concerns me."



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<![CDATA[California's Highest Home Prices Found in Bay Area]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:30:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-79425812.jpg

Supply and demand economics are escalating housing prices across California, particularly in the Bay Area.

In June, the state’s median home price was $555,150, representing a 0.9 percent increase from May and a whopping 7 percent jump from June 2016, according to a new report by the California Association of Realtors.

In the Bay Area, meanwhile, housing supply cannot keep pace with job growth, hiking up prices.

The local median home price climbed to $908,740, a 1 percent bump from May’s $899,730. But, at just shy of a million dollars, that price tag is 7.9 percent higher than June 2016’s $841,960, outpacing the statewide cost increase.

A closer look at the report's year-over-year sales growth reveals that Santa Clara County’s median home price jumped 12.6 percent to $1,182,500 while Alameda County’s rose 12.1 percent to $900,000. It increased 9.8 percent to $1,433,750 in San Mateo County, 8.8 percent to $1,469,000 in San Francisco County and 5.6 percent to $660,000 in Contra Costa County.

In June, the Inland Empire saw California’s largest year-over-year sales increase at 10.4 percent to $346,380, and was followed by the Los Angeles metro area at 8.3 percent to $500,240, which demonstrates the marked difference between home prices in the Bay Area and elsewhere in the state.

“A lack of available homes for sale continues to be the largest single factor influencing California’s housing market,” said Geoff McIntosh, president of the California Association of Realtors.

In June, San Francisco County also came in first in terms of average price per square foot: $909. It was followed by San Mateo County at $848 and Santa Clara County at $662 per square foot. In comparison, California’s average was much lower at $270, the report said.

The report further shows that the median amount of time a property spends on the market has fallen to 22.4 days in June. One year ago, that was 27.1 days. Last month’s gains come second only to May 2004 when a house was sold after spending 21.9 days on the market, the report said.



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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Wages Can't Keep Up With Housing Costs]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:16:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/120916+cash+money+generic.jpg

Wages in Silicon Valley are not keeping up with the Bay Area's housing costs, according to a new report.

Numbers crunched by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies found that the median apartment rent price in Silicon Valley rose 45.2 percent between 2011 and 2016. During that same time period, the median wage increase was just 14 percent.

Housing opportunities as a whole are also coming up short in the areas surrounding the Bay Area's tech giants. A grand total of 80,285 housing units were added in Silicon Valley between 2007 and 2017, according to the report. In order to keep pace with the swelling population, 138,146 units need to be constructed.

The report also found that Silicon Valley job growth has tapered off. Through the midway point of 2015, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties were together adding approximately 100,000 jobs year over year, according to the report. The year over year gains by May of this year had dropped to 40,000 jobs.

On a positive note, unemployment in the area has steadily declined. The number of people without jobs in the San Francisco area has dropped from 5.2 percent in May 2013 to 2.6 percent in May 2017. Unemployment in San Jose has declined from 6.4 percent to three percent during that same time range.



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<![CDATA[Trial for Murder-For-Hire Suspect Postponed Until January]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:38:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/green-li.jpg

A judge on Monday pushed back to January the trial against a Chinese real estate scion charged with orchestrating the murder of her children's father, prosecutors said.

The San Mateo District Attorney's Office said a judge set a new trial date for Tiffany Li for Jan. 16, 2018, to allow both prosecution and defense more time for discovery.

Li, 31, is charged with directing her boyfriend and another man to kill Keith Green, 27, and dispose of his body, which was found in May with a bullet wound to the neck 80 miles north of the suburban San Francisco mansion he and Li once shared with their two young daughters.

Prosecutors say Li feared she would lose custody of her daughters. Li and the two men were arrested shortly after Green's body was found. She has pleaded not guilty. 

Li's family helped her post $35 million in April, and she is free from jail pending trial. Two men also charged in the case remained jailed, unable to post an extravagant bail amount.



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<![CDATA[Caltrain to Seize Properties for Electrification Project]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:06:49 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/A_New_Funding_Source_for_Caltrain.jpg

Space is a commodity in the Bay Area.

In recent years, multimillion-dollar properties have squeezed into every corner of Peninsula cities, including next to the railroad tracks. However, dozens of those owners may be forced to give up small portions or all of their property as Caltrain moves forward on its much-anticipated electrification project.

SamTrans, which has the power of eminent domain, is eyeing some extra square-footage on 55 properties along the South Bay and Peninsula to assist with Caltrain's acquisition.

But it isn’t the lost value that concerned Justyna Cruz, the owner of a Belmont property about to be acquired by the transit system.

"The very small portion of the building that I own is going to be acquired by the electrification system," Cruz said. "I work near that wall 10 hours a day, every day. If I sign, I give away all my rights."

While SamTrans staff reports say its acquisition will not disrupt businesses or any current uses of the property, Cruz says its reports on the health effects from the electromagnetic fields have been inconclusive.

"I don’t want to be working there for 10 years, 20 years and then find out that I have cancer when I take very good care of myself," Cruz said. "I would like to know what can they do to protect my health."

No drugs, alcohol or meat, Cruz means business when it comes to healthy living.

His testimony spurred "no" votes from board supervisors Carole Groom, Karyl Matsumoto and Josh Powell, but the acquisition proposal ultimately passed 6-3 at the advising of Joan Cassman, an attorney with the San Mateo County Transit District.

"This has been a long, thoughtful process," Cassman said. "These property takes by and large are very, very small."

Most of the changes to the properties will be to place poles for the support structure, though several will require an electrical safety zone, which requires the removal of pools, ponds or foliage in the area.

Cassman said the agency would address Cruz's health concerns later with documents already provided to the property owner. However, if negotiations fail, it will seize the property through eminent domain.

"The documents that I’ve received do not specify if there’s any health issues that I should be concerned about," Cruz said.

It isn't the first time Caltrain has expanded into surrounding private property. The transit line has regularly acquired extra space over the course of its nearly 153-year history, with several properties most recently acquired for a Hillsdale Station and other projects on the Peninsula near Michaels Stores, Jersey’s Mike Subs and Big 5.

According to Caltrain, the need for more space to complete the electrification project is critical. Its ridership has nearly tripled in the past decade, with commuters making about 65,000 daily trips, roughly 25 percent over its capacity.

Caltrain argues that electrification is necessary to modernize the diesel-fueled system and provide more services to the growing population’s demand.

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<![CDATA[State Pushes Forward Bill to Help Acquire Martin's Beach]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:41:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/khosla-beach1.jpg

The state has moved forward Senate Bill 42 to help acquire the trail to Martin's Beach. The new legislation follows a multi-year legal battle between public groups and Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla.

Formerly known for co-founding Sun Microsystems, Khosla has been involved in a highly-publicized legal battle for the last seven years following his purchase of roughly 53-acres of the surrounding coastal property for $37.5 million. In 2010, the trail to the sandy alcove near Half Moon Bay boasted a gate reading "Beach Closed, Keep Out."

The sign and negotiation efforts for public access to the nearly 80-year-old beach has attracted national attention.

The new bill, introduced by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, sets aside a sub-account to accept funding through donations as well as a contribution from San Mateo County, to acquire roughly 6.4 acres of Khosla's estate through eminent domain.

San Mateo County has said that it will finance the acquisition up to $1 million. Jennifer Savage, the California policy manager for the Surfrider Foundation says she hopes the funds will be enough.

Previous negotiations between the State Lands Commission (SLC) and Khosla failed, due to disputed estimates of worth. While official estimates for the portion of land was valued at $360,000, Khosla demanded $30 million.

If the acquisition requires more than $1 million, Savage said the sub-account will allow private parties to chip in or hold fundraisers.

"Everyone in California has the right to go to the beach," Savage said. "It’s an equalizer. You can be rich, you can be poor, but you can still dig your toes in the sand."

While just a small beach, Savage says what happens at Martin's Beach affects all Californians and sets a precedent for the state's roughly $40 billion coastal economy.

"Beach access is one of the primary reasons that we exist," Savage said.

The group has been involved in a number of lawsuits against landowners restricting public access to beaches, a move it argues is not only wrong, but against the law.

The Coastal Act of 1976, which ensures the public's right to state-owned beaches, has been one of the arguments the group has used against wealthy landowners whose arguments center around privacy and property rights.

While the Surfrider Foundation won its lawsuit against Khosla, which ordered him to open the gates, access remained tricky. Savage said the last six times she's visited this month, the gate has still been in place.

Khosla has since filed an appeal of the court order and has individual lawsuits against the Coastal Commission and the staff of both San Mateo County and the State Lands Commission.

Savage says she sees the legal battle continuing for many years, but Hill's legislation would move forward eminent domain proceedings.

The bill is expected to be brought to the Senate Appropriations Committee for a vote no sooner than August.

Vinod Khosla's representation was unavailable for comment.



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<![CDATA[Distracted Driver Hits Two Kids in South San Francisco]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:15:44 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-080615.jpg

A distracted driver struck and injured two young children walking across a street in South San Francisco on Sunday afternoon, according to police.

The collision occurred at about 4:55 p.m. in the 200 block of Arroyo Drive near Buri Buri Park.

A family, including two children ages 3 and 5, was crossing the street within the marked crosswalk when a 61-year-old San Francisco resident driving west hit the two children, police said.

The driver was distracted and did not see the family before hitting them. He stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said.

The two children were taken to a hospital for treatment of their injuries. Police did not immediately release their conditions.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is encouraged to call South San Francisco police at (650) 877-8900 and ask for Officer Hart while referring to case number 17-4229.



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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Struck, Killed Along Highway 101 in SSF]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:14:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-17-17_SSF_Crash.jpg

All southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 at Grand Avenue in South San Francisco were temporarily blocked Monday morning due to a fatal collision, according to California Highway Patrol officials.

The collision was first reported at 3:12 a.m. and involved a vehicle that struck a pedestrian.

A Sig-alert was issued at 3:59 a.m. because all southbound lanes on U.S. Highway 101 were blocked. All lanes reopened by 5:40 a.m.

Further information was not available.



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<![CDATA[1 Child, 2 Adults Rescued From San Francisco Bay]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 23:04:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/coast-guard-generic.jpg

Two adults and a child were rescued this evening from San Francisco Bay, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

At 6:19 p.m. Coast Guard officials were called after a 12-foot boat capsized, Lt. Andrea Prosser said.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued the three from the water and took them to firefighters with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Prosser said all three boaters were wearing lifejackets. The three were taken to Stanford Hospital.



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<![CDATA[Sizzling Temps Prompt Heat Advisory, Red Flag Warning]]>Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:28:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

A scorching Sunday furthered a heat advisory and prompted a red flag warning for several Bay Area locations as the region swelters during another summer heat wave.

A heat advisory implemented Saturday morning for the Diablo Range, Santa Cruz Mountains, Big Sur region, East Bay valleys and North Bay mountains will remain in effect until Sunday at 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures in those regions could reach 105 degrees or more.

Due to blistering temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity, a red flag warning is also in effect for spots above 1,000 feet where wildfires could ignite and spread quickly. Those areas include North Bay hills, East Bay hills and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Heat sensitive residents are at moderate to high risk of heat-related illnesses and the danger of wildfires will rise with the rising temperatures, according to weather officials.

Cooler temperatures are forecast for early next week.

The hottest temperatures for inland valleys and ridges will be in the North Bay, East Bay, South Bay and in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

In the North Bay, interior valleys could reach the low 100s, according to weather officials.

On East Bay ridges temperatures are forecast to reach the 90s.

The inland areas of the South Bay are forecast to reach the 90s while ridges will be near 100. San Jose will open several cooling centers Sunday across the city.

Inland valleys of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties are expected to be in the 90s. The ridges could reach the low 100s.

Coastal temperatures from the North Bay to Monterey Bay will be lower, weather officials said.

Across the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas, temperatures in the hilly and mountainous regions could stay above 70 degrees during the night and early morning hours.

Weather officials said pets and livestock may require extra care during the heat.

The officials suggest residents drink plenty of fluids, stay in air conditioning and out of the sun and check up on neighbors and relatives.



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<![CDATA[Stanford Professor Maryam Mirzakhani Dies at 40]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 12:36:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/stanford16.JPG

Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford University professor who was the first and only woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics, has died. She was 40.

Mirzakhani, who battled breast cancer, died on Saturday, the university announced. It did not indicate where she died.

In 2014 Mirzakhani was one of four winners of the Fields Medal, which is presented every four years and is considered the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize. She was named for her work on complex geometry and dynamic systems.

"Mirzakhani specialized in theoretical mathematics that read like a foreign language by those outside of mathematics: moduli spaces, Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, Ergodic theory and symplectic geometry," according to the Stanford press announcement. "Mastering these approaches allowed Mirzakhani to pursue her fascination for describing the geometric and dynamic complexities of curved surfaces_spheres, doughnut shapes and even amoebas - in as great detail as possible."

The work had implications in fields ranging from cryptography to "the theoretical physics of how the universe came to exist," the university said.

Mirzakhani was born in Tehran, Iran, and studied there and at Harvard University. She joined Stanford as a mathematics professor in 2008.

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said her death pained all Iranians, the Tehran Times reported.

"The news of young Iranian genius and math professor Maryam Mirzakhani's passing has brought a deep pang of sorrow to me and all Iranians who are proud of their eminent and distinguished scientists," Zarif posted in Farsi on his Instagram account. "I do offer my heartfelt condolences upon the passing of this lady scientist to all Iranians worldwide, her grieving family and the scientific community."

Mirzakhani originally dreamed of becoming a writer but then shifted to mathematics.

When she was working, Mirzakhani would doodle on sheets of paper and scribble formulas on the edges of her drawings, leading her daughter to describe the work as painting, according to the Stanford statement.

Mirzakhani once described her work as "like being lost in a jungle and trying to use all the knowledge that you can gather to come up with some new tricks, and with some luck you might find a way out."

Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne called Mirzakhani a brilliant theorist who made enduring contributions and inspired thousands of women to pursue math and science.

Mirzakhani is survived by her husband, Jan Vondrák, and daughter, Anahita.

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<![CDATA[Elon Musk Hints at Mystery Website, Internet Goes Wild]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 20:09:09 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479833756-Musk.jpg

Another day, another tweet from Elon Musk has the Internet in a tizzy.

The chief executive officer of Tesla Motors and SpaceX revealed on social media on Friday that he’s "excited to announce the launch" of a new website called x.com.

“It’s a little verbose right now, but that will be fixed tomorrow,” he continued.

Musk’s tweet picked up 5,740 retweets and 26,235 likes. More than 2,000 comments poured in, some of which he replied to.

Federico Cingolani pointed out that Musk could offer users a more “streamlined experience” by paring down the HTML that initially popped up on the screen.

“Good point,” Musk replied.

“May I change my bio to 'http://x.com UX Advisor?'" Cingolani asked.

“It is true, so fine by me” was Musk’s response.

Another Twitter user, Stan Schroeder, asked Musk if wrote the “very clean code” himself. Musk said he did.

Amused by the back and forth, AJ Joshi wondered if x.com could "possibly be the most valuable domain in the world?"

Musk stayed mum on that.

A visit to the site now reveals a blank white screen with a lower case “x” in the upper left hand side corner.


One Twitter user deemed the latest design “impressive,” while another inquired about Musk’s apparent love for the alphabet X as demonstrated by the Tesla Model X, Space X and now x.com.

Still another said the X is symbolic. “X Marks the Spot”: he is reserving the site until he reveals his true plans for x.com,” Evelyn Janeidy wrote.

“It’s what you don’t say,” Musk tweeted coyly.

Musk and the domain name share history, though.

He started x.com in 1999 as the co-founder of PayPal, but lost the domain when the company went public and he departed, according to Gizmodo.

A few days ago, Musk reacquired x.com from PayPal for an undisclosed amount. Rumors abound, with some speculating that he shelled out an eight-figure sum. No word on Musk about that.

Stay tuned.



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<![CDATA[Heat Advisory in Effect as Bay Area Boils]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:36:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-74094872.jpg

A heat advisory for the Diablo Range, Santa Cruz Mountains and Big Sur region has been expanded to the East Bay valleys and North Bay Mountains, National Weather Service officials said Friday.

The advisory is in effect from 8 a.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday for all five locations where temperatures could reach 105 degrees or more.

Heat sensitive residents are at moderate to high risk of heat-related illnesses and the danger of wildfires will rise with the rising temperatures, according to weather officials.

Cooler temperatures are forecast for early next week.

The hottest temperatures for inland valleys and ridges will be in the North Bay, East Bay, South Bay and in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

In the North Bay, interior valleys could reach the low 100s, according to weather officials.

On East Bay ridges temperatures are forecast to reach the 90s.

The inland areas of the South Bay are forecast to reach the 90s while ridges will be near 100. San Jose will open several cooling centers Sunday across the city.

Inland valleys of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties are expected to be in the 90s. The ridges could reach the low 100s.

Coastal temperatures from the North Bay to Monterey Bay will be lower, weather officials said.

Across the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas, temperatures in the hilly and mountainous regions could stay above 70 degrees during the night and early morning hours.

Weather officials said pets and livestock may require extra care during the heat.

The officials suggest residents drink plenty of fluids, stay in air conditioning and out of the sun and check up on neighbors and relatives.



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<![CDATA[Lamborghini Erupts Into Flames, Damaging Chevron Gas Station]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:33:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/19959352_10212535672080741_100207098183345504_n.jpg

A red Lamborghini on Thursday exploded into flames at a Chevron gas station in Redwood City, sparking a fire that also damaged part of the building.

The Fire Department tweeted around 9 p.m. that the blaze at 710 Woodside Road had been extinguished. 


No one was injured, but roads were closed due to the fire, which caused traffic delays.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Further details were not immediately available.





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<![CDATA[Tech Companies Join Fight Against Net Neutrality Limits]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:46:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/net+neutrality+protest+open+net+utility+comcast+opposes+generic+pbj.jpg

Netflix, Google, and Facebook are on a mission: To fight the federal government.

Silicon Valley companies, both big and small, are battling for the future of net neutrality, the idea that Internet content should be open anytime, anywhere, at high speed.

The issue is front and center here in the valley, now that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is trying to repeal the current rule protecting net neutrality. It goes to a vote later this year.

So, tweets, posts, and promises of protection have been flying around the ‘net to protest Pai’s plan.

In the Menlo Park headquarters of AnchorFree, David Gorodyansky is working as well. The company's co-founder and CEO showed NBC Bay Area the Hotspot Shield, a download that will keep your surfing habits away from your internet service providers, so they can’t slow down your progress, which is the worry companies have about net neutrality going away.

“As a user,” Gorodyansky says, “your YouTube videos are gonna be slower, your Netflix movies are gonna be slower” without net neutrality. So his company is joining the fight, to protect your right to surf freely.

Disclosure: Comcast is the owner of NBCUniversal, the parent company of this station, and is one of the internet service providers often mentioned as a supporter on limits to net neutrality.

Scott surfs on Twitter: @scottbudman




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<![CDATA[Scientists Release Timeline on Rising Sea Level Impact]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:02:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/thumbnail_sealevel.jpg

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) provides a timeline for when sea level rising will cause massive flooding.

The findings show a handful of Bay Area cities some 50 or 100 years from now could be flooded every other week.

While erosion along ocean shore properties has been an ongoing topic of concern, the study found the largest impact in the Bay Area will be from frequent flooding of bayfront communities.

By 2100, the group predicts both Alameda and San Mateo counties will be considered "inundated," defined as an area where 10 percent or more of the usable land floods at least 26 times per year. 

Climate Scientist Kristina Dahl, who co-authored the report, said that while most of the effects will be seen mid-century, several local areas will begin to experience flooding within two decades.

"For hundreds of cities around the country, there is a limited window to start preparing for sea level rise," Dahl said.

Currently, the UCS estimates about 90 communities in Louisiana and Maryland are considered inundated.


However, Dahl notes the timeline is a bit more forgiving for the West Coast as the seas continue to rise at a much slower rate than on the East and Gulf Shores. 

"When the East and Gulf Coasts have a combined 270 to 360 communities...the West Coast has only two or three," Dahl concluded.

Dahl says that while the Bay Area has been a leader in innovative projects to study sea level rise, it has been more difficult implementing change in other regions.


"We have found in the course of our work that the basic acceptance that the sea level is rising is a challenge," Dahl said. "That does a disservice to their planning efforts."

In East Palo Alto, City Manager Carlos Martinez said the city is already teaming up with neighboring communities to find a solution. He said the environmental engineers are designing a levee or sea wall that would protect several cities along the Peninsula.

The projects currently underway in Bay Area cities are long term, and Dahl expects it may be another decade before results from these projects can conclude its effectiveness in mitigating the expected damage from sea level rise.

The full report is available here.

Michelle Roberts contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[A Peek Inside Luxury Homes of the Bay Area]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:11:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PHOTO11_Homes.jpgWe took a look inside some of the high-profile homes around the Bay Area with unbelievable views and jaw-dropping price tags:

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<![CDATA[Trump Administration Delays 'Startup Visas']]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 19:37:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17189303351169.jpg

Will Silicon Valley's job growth be put on hold?

That's the fear some high-tech leaders have now that the Trump Administration has officially delayed a rule that would allow some foreign entrepreneurs to stay in the United States and build their companies.

The development is exactly what startup executives did not want. They say it will essentially kill startup visas for entrepreneurs. Execs also argue it is entrepreneurs from other countries that have made Silicon Valley what it is today.

Almost everywhere you look in Silicon Valley you see the work of entrepreneurs who immigrated to the United States, including Google co-founder Sergey Brin from Russia.

Now the Trump Administration plans to at least delay a new startup visa, slated to take effect next week.

Tech analyst Tim Bajarin calls the move short sighted.

"Silicon Valley wouldn't be where it is if we didn't have the talent coming from other countries to help bolster what we're doing today," Bajarin said.

Bajarin said when startups founded by immigrants are successful, it is not just high-tech workers that benefit, but all the Americans hired as support staff. He also said the United States just does not have enough highly skilled engineers to meet the current demands.

Some fear the restriction could destroy Silicon Valley's competitive edge.

"Obviously any delay in doing this would have a detrimental impact certainly in the short term and long term we want Silicon Valley to be attractive for talented people to come in and do work," tech employee Riaz Raihan said.

Some said there are plenty of other countries ready to welcome immigrant entrepreneurs with open arms and killing the new immigration rule may give them the chance they need to lure valuable talent.



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<![CDATA[3 East Bay Vegetation Fires Being Investigated as Suspicious]]>Sat, 08 Jul 2017 09:15:33 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-8-2017-deer-complex.jpg

Fire officials on Saturday are investigating three vegetation fires, spanning nearly 250 acres near Brentwood, as suspicious.

The early morning fires in and around Contra Costa County's Round Valley Regional Park were collectively named the Deer Complex Fire.

The first blaze, which was threatening one structure, was reported just after 2 a.m., according to Brian Helmick, fire chief of the East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

While firefighters were trying to get a handle on the flames, two other grass fires were called in. All the fires were in different spots around the intersection of Deer Valley and Balfour roads, a dispatcher said. 

"With three incidents of this magnitude close to each other without having any weather event, thunder or lightning, it is considered suspicious and is under investigation," Helmick said.

Two of the fires are completely contained, while a third is at 80 percent containment as of Saturday evening, according to Cal Fire. No injuries or evacuations were reported in the impacted rural area, Helmick added.

About 200 firefighters from Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Cruz Counties, were deployed to the fires, according to dispatch. 

The National Weather Service has instated a heat advisory across most of the Bay Area until 9 p.m. Saturday. Temperatures inland are likely to reach 105 degrees Fahrenheit in Santa Rosa, 103 degreees Fahrenheit in Concord, 102 degrees Fahrenheit in Livermore and 93 degrees Fahrenheit in San Jose. 

Coastal areas will stay a bit cooler with 71 degrees Fahrenheit expected in San Francisco, 83 degrees Fahrenheit in Santa Cruz and 62 degrees in Half Moon Bay, forecasters say. 

A Red Flag Warning is also in effect through 9 p.m. Saturday, indicating that the weather is ideal for fires to spark and spread, according to the National Weather Service. The affected zone includes the East Bay hills and Diablo Range. Winds are expected to range from 10-20 mph and could even reach 25 mph, but will like decrease in strength later in the day. Humidity at 15 to 30 percent is already low, but it could plunge to single digits in the afternoon. 

Firefighters in the Bay Area are stretched thin as they work to extinguish fires on multiple fronts: the 2,000-acre Wall Fire in Butte County; the 2,035-acre Winters Fire in Yolo County; the 2,940-acre Hawk Fire in Kern County; and the 36-acre Banderilla Fire north of Hayward in Mariposa County, to name a few. 

People are being urged to take every possible precaution in the heat. Here are some ways to beat the heat:

  • Ensure that cool drinking water is available.
  • Drink water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks often; do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid drinking sweetened drinks, caffeine, and alcohol.
  • Avoid drinking extremely cold water as this is more likely to cause cramps.
  • Allow athletes or outdoor workers to take frequent rests.

Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions:

  • Stay in an air-conditioned area during peak heat hours. If you do not have access to air conditioning in your home, visit public facilities such as cooling centers, shopping malls, parks, and libraries to stay cool.
  • Older adults and those on certain medications may not exhibit signs of dehydration until several hours after dehydration sets in. Stay hydrated by frequently drinking cool water. If you’re on a special diet that limits liquids, check with your doctor for information on the amount of water to consume.
  • Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants to protect against sun damage. And remember to use sun screen and to wear sunglasses.

Infants and children:

  • It is illegal to leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle (California Vehicle Code Section 15620).
  • Infants and young children can get dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they are given plenty of cool water to drink.
  • Keep children indoors or shaded as much as possible.
  • Dress children in loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing.

Pets:

  • Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows cracked or open.
  • Outdoor animals should be given plenty of shade and clean drinking water.
  • Do not leave pets outside in the sun.
  • Pets should not be left in a garage as garages can get very hot due to lack of ventilation and insulation.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that roughly 50 homes had been evacuated. No evacuations were caused by the Deer Complex Fire. (July 8, 2017)



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<![CDATA[Morning Recovery: New Drink Aims to Cure Hangovers]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 17:40:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Thumbnail_MorningRecovery.jpg

Throbbing headaches, stomach pain, light and sound sensitivity usually don’t make for good business – except when it comes to Sisun Lee.

The former Tesla and Facebook employee has spent months throwing back drinks in the name of research ahead of his new product’s release.

Morning Recovery, the hangover drink that hit its $25,000 goal on Indiegogo in just 10 minutes after its launch Wednesday, is not entirely new.

Lee picked up the idea after a visit back to his home country in South Korea last year, where its $125 million per year hangover industry supplies convenience stores and markets with everything from herbal remedies to chocolate-covered ice cream bars, all aimed at curing the dreaded hangover.

"It’s actually a big market there," Lee said. "All my friends were trying [hangover drinks]. When I was going out, I said, 'Great, let me try this.' The next morning I woke up feeling great, so that really sparked my curiosity to learn more about it."

After researching what goes into the process, the Mountain View-based engineer enlisted the help of friends and advisor, Dr. Jing Liang, at the Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles.

The group created a nutritional supplement as a side hobby over the span of a few months based on Liang's research on dihydromyricetin, or DHM, which is a component of herbal medicine and a key ingredient in Lee’s hangover drink.

"In the beginning, I tested it on myself, my friends, my roommates — at one point when I thought it worked really well for me, I had to give it to some of my friends," Lee said.

As a former Facebook worker, his beta group became hundreds of his former tech workers.

"I approached them and said, 'Hey, we have this unlabeled product that presumably helps you the next morning – would you mind trying this after you go out and party?'" Lee said.

After getting feedback from the close-knit network, he put out a general inquiry online for more testers and received thousands of willing participants overnight.

He says that while the drink is currently an FDA-compliant nutritional supplement, Lee sees it expanding from here.

His team at 82 Labs, which did the research behind Morning Recovery, is working on more hangover solutions as well as certification as an FDA-approved drug. 

"Within 82 labs, our goal is to solely focus on solving hangovers," Lee said. "When we think about hangovers, it’s actually quite a big economic problem.

In 2010, the Center for Disease Control attempted to put a number on the loss to the U.S. economy each year calculating it to be around $179 billion, an estimate based, in part, on no-show employees or workers reportedly too hungover to work.

"This is a massive problem and [hangover drinks are] our single focus," Lee said. "I’m not here promoting drinking more alcohol, but I do believe people deserve the freedom to go out, kick back and have a good time to without having to sacrifice their morning the next day."

Lee is currently working with distributors to get the drink offered at convenience stores and markets, but the drink is currently available as a 12-pack online for $45. It is designed to be consumed while or immediately after consuming alcohol.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Tech Giants on Indeed's 'Best Places to Work' List]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:31:16 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-457215850.jpg

Tech titans in the Bay Area are doing right by their employees.

Or so says Indeed's 2017 list of best places to work.

Coming in first place is San Francisco-based Salesforce, an enterprise software company that was founded in 1999 and today employs more than 10,000 people. 

Why? Due to Salesforce's "culture of 'Ohana' (which means family) and its spirit of philanthropy," according to Indeed, a search engine for jobs. In fact, CEO Marc Benioff has tapped his Golden Retriever, Koa, as the company's Chief Love Officer.

Salesforce employees have also praised the benefits and work-life balance they enjoy. 

Airline companies, Southwest, of Texas, and Jetblue, of New York, came in second and third on Indeed's list, which is based on 15 million reviews by employees of Fortune 500s.

Not surprisingly, Facebook and Google rounded out the top five positions.

Located in Menlo Park, Facebook has between 5,000 and 10,000 workers, one of whom said, "They give you opportunities to become a better version of yourself, which gives them the return of a happy, more proficient employee."

Google, which is headquartered in Mountain View, has a team that is 10,000 people strong and yet "continues to inspire its employees," Indeed said in a blog post. 

"There might be thousands of people working at Google; however, you have a voice and you will be heard," said one employee who works at the tech company that was created in 1998.

The final Silicon Valley behemoth to crack the top 10 was Cupertino's Apple, which shares eighth place with Nike.

Here are 20 of the best places to work in 2017:

  1. Salesforce
  2. Southwest Airlines
  3. Jetblue Airways Corporation
  4. Facebook
  5. Google
  6. CenterPoint Energy
  7. DTE Energy
  8. Nike 
  9. Apple
  10. The Walt Disney Company
  11. Delta 
  12. Costco Wholesale
  13. Discovery Communications, Ltd.
  14. Johnson & Johnson
  15. Chevron
  16. Fannie Mae
  17. Bristol-Myers Squibb
  18. Exelon
  19. Viacom
  20. Starbucks



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<![CDATA[Daly City House Fire Injures 1 Person, Displaces 5]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:24:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-6-2017-DALY-CITY-FIRE.jpg

Five people were displaced and one suffered smoke inhalation injuries in a residential structure fire in Daly City early Thursday morning, according to firefighters.

The fire was reported at 2:22 a.m. in the 700 block of Higate Drive, according to the North County Fire Authority.

A total of six fire companies responded to the two-story single-family residence. As they arrived on scene, there was smoke coming from the front and back of the structure, and after entering the structure they found fire in the rear.

The flames were contained to the first floor, but the second floor sustained heavy smoke damage. Fire officials told NBC Bay Area they suspect the fire sparked in a converted unit at the back of the home's first floor. That has yet to be confirmed.

Crews remained on scene for more than two hours to make sure the fire didn't ignite again.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Animal Shelters Packed With Frightened Runaways After July 4]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 10:34:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Animal_Shelters_Swell_Following_Fourth_of_July.jpg

Bay Area animal shelters are packed with animals that were scared by fireworks and ran away over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. 

Twenty-one animals were found wandering the streets of San Mateo County, and as of Thursday, 17 of them are still waiting to go home, according to the Peninsula Humane Society & Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"We believe many of the animals that came into our shelter fled their homes after becoming frightened by fireworks and other festivities associated with the Fourth of July," PHS/SPCA spokeswoman Buffy Martin Tarbox said.

It's more of the same in Sonoma County. 

Animal control officers brought in 16 strays from Sunday to Tuesday — and that number could rise. 

Of them, nine dogs ended up at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter, which was nearly filled to capacity. Two dogs have since been reunited with their families.

California law requires shelters to keep found animals for four days before making them available for general adoption.

Any San Mateo county residents who are missing their pets are advised to look for them at the Coyote Point facility in San Mateo at 12 Airport Blvd., between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays or 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends.



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<![CDATA[Do's and Don'ts for Launching Fireworks on the Peninsula]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 21:11:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495864642.jpg

San Bruno and Pacifica are the last remaining places to legally launch your own fireworks on the Peninsula. But following fireworks bans around Bay Area cities, including San Francisco, the Fourth of July brings large crowds annually to show off their patriotic pride in these cities. 

>> Fourth of July Bay Area Events Guide


Here are both cities' regulations on fireworks use on the Fourth of July, including designated places safe for launching "safe and sane" fireworks:

Pacifica

  • Beaches: On Pacifica's Linda Mar Beach, "safe and sane" fireworks are allowed immediately west of the north parking lot to just 10 feet east of the tide. This area stretches from markers immediately north of Taco Bell to the north end of the parking lot. On South Pacifica State Beach and South Rockaway Beach, fireworks are allowed on the asphalt areas of the parking lots. At all other beaches, fireworks are prohibited, and those caught with illegal fireworks will be cited and can be sentenced up to one year in jail. 
  • Hours of Use: From noon to 11 p.m. on June 28 and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from June 29 to July 5, it is legal to shoot fireworks off at designated locations.
  • Permissions: You must obtain permission from homeowners that you are shooting fireworks over and stay within 10 feet of any home. Fireworks are also not allowed in city parks. The city also requires a permit from its fire chief. 
  • Adults-Only: Those launching fireworks must be at least 18 years old.

To report individuals using, possessing or selling illegal fireworks, the city asks that you call its non-emergency Pacifica Police dispatch line at (650) 738-7314.

San Bruno

  • Hours of Use: Fireworks are legal from noon to 9 p.m. from June 28 to July 3 and noon to 11 p.m. on the Fourth of July.  
  • Permissions: San Bruno has banned fireworks on public property such as parks and schools as well as private open areas such as parking lots or vacant property without the consent of the owner. Similar to Pacifica, fireworks are also required to be launched at least 10 feet away from any residence, building or structure. Anyone found using illegal fireworks within the city limits will be fined up to $1,000. 
  • View more guidance on which fireworks are allowed on the city website.

To report individuals using, possessing or selling illegal fireworks, the city asks that you call (650) 616-7100.



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<![CDATA[Facebook Drone Could One Day Provide Global Internet Access]]>Sun, 02 Jul 2017 15:15:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-520677392.jpg

A solar-powered drone backed by Facebook that could one day provide worldwide internet access has quietly completed a test flight in Arizona after an earlier attempt ended with a crash landing.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's long-term plan for the drone, called Aquila, is to have it and others provide internet access to 4 billion people around the world who are currently in the dark.

"When Aquila is ready, it will be a fleet of solar-powered planes that will beam internet connectivity across the world," he wrote Thursday on Facebook.

The drone's second flight was completed in May at Yuma Proving Ground, The Yuma Sun reported.

The drone flew with more sensors, new spoilers and a horizontal propeller stopping system to help it better land after the crash in December. It was in the air for an hour and 46 minutes and elevated 3,000 feet (910 meters).

The drone flew with the engineering team watching a live stream from a helicopter chasing the drone, said Martin Luis Gomez, Facebook's director of aeronautical platforms.

The team was thrilled with the outcome, Gomez said.

"The improvements we implemented based on Aquila's performance during its first test flight made a significant difference in this flight," he said.

The drone weighs about 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms) and has a longer wingspan than a Boeing 747.

The drone runs mostly on autopilot, but there are manned ground crews to manage certain maneuvers.

"We successfully gathered a lot of data to help us optimize Aquila's efficiency," Zuckerberg said. "No one has ever built an unmanned airplane that will fly for months at a time, so we need to tune every detail to get this right."

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<![CDATA[Speeding Driver Dies in Solo-Vehicle Crash in Daly City: PD]]>Sat, 01 Jul 2017 15:13:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0701-2017-DC-Ax.jpg

A motorist who sped down Mission Street near John Daly Boulevard in Daly City at excessive rates of speed died in a single-vehicle collision early Saturday, police said.

A police officer tried to conduct a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle just before 4 a.m., Daly City police Sgt. Ron Harrison said. The vehicle didn't stop, but continued going southbound on Mission, Harrison said.

Because the motorist was driving so fast, the officer didn't chase him, Harrison said. The officer found the vehicle shortly afterward in the 7400 block of Mission Street, where it had become involved in a collision, according to Harrison.

The man who was driving the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, Harrison said. It's not certain what the vehicle hit, though there is a large center median the driver may have run into, according to Harrison.

Further details were unavailable.

Police are investigating the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Patrick Dolan at 650-238-7962.



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<![CDATA[People Asked Not to Set Off Fireworks to Limit Air Pollution]]>Sun, 02 Jul 2017 10:41:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fireworkssdsan.jpg

Officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District are asking San Francisco Bay Area residents to avoid setting off their own fireworks this Fourth of July to limit air pollution.

The smoke, dust and soot from fireworks can trigger asthma attacks, coughing, wheezing and eye irritation.

People who are sensitive to air pollution such as those with respiratory conditions, heart or lung disease and children and the elderly should limit their exposure to fireworks.

Jack Broadbent, the air district's executive director, suggests families go to a professional fireworks display instead of setting off their own.

Because of the use of fireworks on July 4, air in the Bay Area often exceeds federal air quality standards in the evening of the Fourth and on July 5.

Even safe and sane fireworks contain metal salts, which create excessive levels of smoke.

Fireworks also increase the risk of wildfires, which add to air pollution.



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