<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News - San Francisco]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/localen-usMon, 24 Jul 2017 09:58:06 -0700Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:58:06 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Runners Flock to San Francisco for Annual Marathon]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:43:01 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-23-17-SF_Marathon_1.jpg

For the 40th time Sunday, the city by the bay transformed into a competitive racing course as thousands of runners duked it out at the San Francisco Marathon.

The event has swelled from 1,000 local participants to roughly 27,500 since the first race 40 years ago. Such an increase of attendees led to a record sellout this year, pulling in the largest group of runners ever seen.

Under the cover of near darkness, racers burst out of the starting gate at 5:30 a.m. to the sound of a cable car bell ringing, according to race officials. Those who braved the brisk air and the daunting task of conquering 26.2 miles on foot were given an extra motivational boost after learning that AirFrance would award the male and female winners of the full marathon with two round-trip plane tickets to Paris.

Racers proceeded to bound along the Embarcadero, cross a fog-filled Golden Gate Bride, navigate through Golden Gate Park and scamper across city streets before finishing the race back near the Bay Bridge.

Roughly two and a half hours after kicking off the journey, Jorge Maravilla, 39, of Mill Valley broke the tape first for the men at 2:28.23 and took home the full marathon crown, according to race officials. Maravilla, who emigrated from El Salvador, trains in Marin County and is the general manager at the San Francisco Running Company.

On the female side, Devin McMahon, 25, of Stanford crossed the finish line at 2:52.49 to capture victory. McMahon, who told marathon officials that she was surprised to come in first place, is a Ph.D student at the Peninsula university.

While many took part in the full 26.2-mile-long race, other options for participants included a half marathon and 5K race. For runners seeking an added challenge, the event also offered an ultra-marathon, which traversed 52.4 miles of city streets

After completing their run, marathon participants were greeted by a well-earned beer garden and festival at the finish line.

For those not participating, the event did impact traffic in the area. All northbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge were closed from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. The closure came in the wake of recent attacks in which terrorists used vehicles overseas to mow down pedestrians.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Take Over San Francisco for Annual Marathon]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:52:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/7-23-17-SF_Marathon_9.jpg]]><![CDATA[Muni Subway Service Shuts Down for Testing]]>Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:15:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/muni+closure-0720.jpg

San Francisco Municipal Railway subway service was suspended Saturday to allow for the testing of new light-rail vehicles, according to Muni officials.

Saturday's closure marks the first of several closures that will halt Muni subway service for weeknights and weekends over the next four weeks.

Service will be closed between the West Portal and Montgomery stations throughout the weekends through Aug. 20 except for the weekend of Aug. 11-13.

Bus shuttles will be available between Embarcadero and St. Francis Circle all weekend and will stop on Market Street at stops marked with yellow half moon flags. Additional shuttles will also operate between Embarcadero and Church at Duboce during the weekends only, Muni officials said.

On weeknights, service between Montgomery and West Portal stations will stop by 9:30 p.m. Bus shuttles will operate between Embarcadero and St. Francis Circle, stopping at marked stops on Market Street from 9 p.m. until the close of service.

Surface train operations will continue, with the J-Church line operating between Balboa Park and Church/Duboce, the K-Ingleside between St. Francis Circle and Balboa Park, the L-Taraval between SF Zoo and West Portal, the M-Ocean View between San Jose at Geneva and West Portal and Ulloa, the N-Judah between Ocean Beach and Church and the T-Third between Embarcadero and Sunnydale.

During weekday evening San Francisco Giants games, Muni Metro trains will operate from the ballpark through the subway for around 90 minutes after games. Customers will be able to exit but not enter stations, Muni officials said.

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<![CDATA[SF Attorney Working to Address Concerns About Uber, Lyft]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:16:19 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-464248971.jpg

A city attorney has serious questions about how Uber and Lyft operate, In fact, he wants to know if they constitute a public nuisance. And now, he says he's ready to use the courts to help him find out. Christie Smith reports.

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<![CDATA[Examining History Behind 'SFO' Airport Code]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:56:57 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sfo-strike.jpg

What is the deal with SFO? No, we are not referring to delays that can ruin flight schedules. Rather, we are talking about the Air Code: SFO. Obviously, SF is the city’s initials, but it seems that very little is known about the ‘O.’

KQED podcast Bay Curious covered the topic and spoke to SFO Museum Assistant Director John H. Hill.

Hill pointed out that some may assume that the ‘O’ represents Oakland. He debunked this theory though by pointing out that Oakland’s airport opened around the same time as its Bay Area neighbor. This deemed the reference obsolete. Instead, the airport’s name has ties as far back as 1945.

To fully explain the airport’s name, Hill elaborated into the history of the International Air Transport Association.

Prior to the association’s formation in 1945, many airports went by a two letter initial. After the International Air Transport Association opened, the company required each destination to have three letters. This was due to the increase of new airports across the country.

This led some airports to just attaching an ‘X’ at the end or even coming up with a more unique three letter code based on surrounding locations, explained Hill. For SFO, the most apparent fix was to add on an ‘O.’

Hill resolved the mystery in his statement to Bay Curious: “So with SF, they simply took an ‘O,’ which we can assume was convenient to the fact that San Francisco has an ‘O’ at the end of it.”

Now, go forth to pub trivia and impress friends with your newfound knowledge.

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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.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

<![CDATA[Lyft Launches Own Autonomous Vehicle Unit in Palo Alto]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:06:34 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-464248971.jpg

Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars.

The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service said it will open its network, inviting automakers and tech companies to use it to haul passengers in their self-driving vehicles and gather data. It may even share computer software and sensor technology.

Raj Kapoor, the company’s chief strategy officer, says Lyft is pursuing the open strategy as a way to bring the environmental and safety benefits of autonomous vehicles to market faster. Lyft brings network expertise to the table, he said.

“We believe this is inevitable where the world is going,” he said. “We need to be playing this role.”

Like other tech companies and automakers, Lyft has partnerships with companies like Google’s Waymo autonomous vehicle operation and with General Motors. It does not want to produce cars, but wants to make a standardized system for use on its network. At first, the network will be open to Lyft’s current partners.

Just how it would make money off the system is yet to be determined, but it likely would take a cut of passenger fares from everyone who uses its network or shares its system.

For example, General Motors, which has invested $500 million in Lyft, would be invited to run its own autonomous vehicles on Lyft’s network. Data gathered by GM and vehicles from other companies would be used to help build high-definition maps that are needed for the vehicles to navigate streets across the world. The data also would be used to develop computers that would make decisions to run the autonomous vehicles.

Lyft is calling its unit “Level Five,” the industry term for fully-autonomous vehicles. It expects to have several hundred employees working on the vehicles in Palo Alto, California, by the end of 2018.

The company, which carries passengers in 350 cities worldwide, says even when autonomous vehicles are in operation, it will still have humans in the driver’s seat. In many places, detailed maps won’t be available to guide the autonomous vehicles, so humans will still be needed.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Fatal Stabbing in SF's Hayes Valley ]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:36:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_tape_lights_generic24.jpg

A male was fatally stabbed in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco late Thursday, according to San Francisco police.

At 7:09 p.m., officers responded to a reported stabbing at Lily Street and Octavia Boulevard, police said. Upon arrival, they found a male victim on the sidewalk suffering from apparent stab wounds. Paramedics responded, and the victim was declared dead at the scene, police said.

No further information was available.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation should call the SFPD Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

<![CDATA[SF Judge Refuses to Reinstate Trump Sanctuary Cities Order]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:20:51 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632237514.jpg

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge has refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.

U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick in San Francisco made the ruling Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Justice had asked Orrick to reverse his own injunction in April against Trump's executive order. The injunction was issued in response to lawsuits by San Francisco and Santa Clara County.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote a memo in May saying the executive order should be applied narrowly to a small number of grants and to very specific violations of immigration law.

The Justice Department said the memo negated the need for Orrick's injunction.

Orrick said he found this unconvincing because Sessions could reverse himself at any moment.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Muni Subway Service to Shut Down Weekends, Weeknights]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:14:57 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/muni+closure-0720.jpg

San Francisco Municipal Railway subway service will be suspended on weeknights and weekends for four weeks starting this weekend to allow the testing of new light-rail vehicles, according to Muni officials.

Testing will begin Saturday, with service closed between the West Portal and Montgomery stations throughout the weekends through Aug. 20 except for the weekend of Aug. 11-13.

Bus shuttles will be available between Embarcadero and St. Francis Circle all weekend and will stop on Market Street at stops marked with yellow half moon flags. Additional shuttles will also operate between Embarcadero and Church at Duboce during the weekends only, Muni officials said.

On weeknights, service between Montgomery and West Portal stations will stop by 9:30 p.m. Bus shuttles will operate between Embarcadero and St. Francis Circle, stopping at marked stops on Market Street from 9 p.m. until the close of service.

Surface train operations will continue, with the J-Church line operating between Balboa Park and Church/Duboce, the K-Ingleside between St. Francis Circle and Balboa Park, the L-Taraval between SF Zoo and West Portal, the M-Ocean View between San Jose at Geneva and West Portal and Ulloa, the N-Judah between Ocean Beach and Church and the T-Third between Embarcadero and Sunnydale.

During weekday evening San Francisco Giants games, Muni Metro trains will operate from the ballpark through the subway for around 90 minutes after games. Customers will be able to exit but not enter stations, Muni officials said.

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<![CDATA[SF Mayor Will Sign Eviction Law Following NBC Investigation]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:47:05 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEB+PIC+KICKED+OUT+PT+2.png

To combat wrongful evictions, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is now pledging to sign a new ordinance that will institute tighter restrictions and safeguards aimed at making it harder for landlords to get away with fraud while also making it easier for the District Attorney’s Office to prosecute dishonest homeowners.

“Mayor Lee began his career fighting for tenant rights and looks forward to signing legislation that creates stronger protections for tenants in San Francisco,” Ellen Canale, spokesperson for the mayor, said in a statement.

San Francisco’s uniquely high rent prices – upwards of $3,000 for a one-bedroom unit – offer a clear but illegal financial opportunity for deceitful landlords.  A recent NBC Bay Area investigation exposed how rent-controlled tenants are being wrongfully evicted by landlords who claim they intend to move into the home, only to eventually bring in new tenants at a much higher rent.  By law, landlords or their relatives must intend to live in their home for at least three years following an owner move-in eviction. Enforcement, however, has been nearly nonexistent, as revealed in a series of NBC Bay Investigative Unit reports.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the new law on Tuesday and has consistently credited the ongoing NBC Bay Area investigation for exposing the serious need for reform.

The mayor is expected to sign the ordinance by next week.  The new reforms will then take effect sometime next month. 

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<![CDATA[Want Art on Demand? Just Text the SF Museum of Modern Art]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:09:03 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sfmomacollage.jpg

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is putting its vast collection within people's reach — literally. 

Send Me SFMOMA is a wildly popular creation out of the museum's Lab that encourages people to text 572-51 and get a piece of art delivered directly to their phones. 

Start the message with "send me" and then keywords, emojis, colors, subjects and feelings are fair game, the museum says. Each reply features an image, its title and date of creation, and the artist's name.

The initiative first kicked off with a standard 10-digit phone number, but the SFMOMA quickly hit a roadblock.

"The project's beta test began March 31 and ran for four days before the major carriers blacklisted it due to its popularity — they thought we were spamming people with art," a museum spokesperson told NBC Bay Area.

Send Me SFMOMA was officially reintroduced to the public on June 19 — this time with a 5-digit number.

"The response to Send Me SFMOMA has been overwhelmingly positive, revealing a deep appetite for art among the public. We’ve responded to over three million texts," according to a museum spokesperson.

An application program interface powers the text service, creative technologist Jay Mollica told SFist, adding, "SFMOMA has an API that includes metadata for over 30,000 artworks in the collection."

Due to space constraints, the museum is only able to display about five percent of its total collection at any given time, TechCrunch reported. "Send Me SFMOMA" is a way for art lovers to dig deeper into the world renowned organization's offerings.

Museum officials say they are now mulling expanding Send Me SFMOMA's reach beyond the United States. 

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<![CDATA[United Flight Returns to SFO After Suffering Engine Issue]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:03:09 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/United_Airlines_Generic.jpg

A United Airlines flight bound for Washington D.C. successfully returned to San Francisco Wednesday morning after declaring an emergency engine issue, according to the FAA.

United flight 408 departed San Francisco International Airport around 7:30 a.m. for Washington Dulles International Airport, but it was forced to turn around shortly after taking off, according to the FAA. The Boeing 777 landed without incident around 8:30 a.m.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Fire Spews Black Smoke Over San Francisco]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:41:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-19-17_SF_Fire.jpg

A fire in San Francisco Wednesday morning pumped a plume of black smoke into the air, according to fire officials.

The blaze was reported near the corner of 7th and Berry Streets, fire officials said. That location is believed to be a homeless encampment.

The flames have since been knocked down, and fire crews remained on scene to clean up the scene.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Millennium Tower Tilting Two and a Half Inches More]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:55:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/03-14-2017-millennium-tower.jpg

The troubled Millennium Tower in San Francisco has tilted two and half more inches in just the first half of this year, according to new monitoring data reviewed by NBC Bay Area.

Attorneys for the Millennium homeowners association acknowledged the unexpected westward lean in a statement released Tuesday by the lead attorney in the legal battle against the developer, Daniel Petrocelli.

“This accelerated movement highlights the need to retrofit the foundation as soon as possible,” Petrocelli said in the statement. “The Millennium Tower Association will request an early trial in its ongoing lawsuit to hold the responsible parties accountable.”

Also on Tuesday, some 50 apartment owners in the building packed the city’s assessment appeals board to press their case. They say they are stuck with nearly worthless condos and want the city to give them property tax relief on their 2016 bills.

On Monday, NBC Bay Area reported the city assessor concluded that just 99 residents will receive an average $3,000 reduction on their 2017 property taxes. That leaves 75 percent of the owners with no break. City Assessor Carmen Chu explained that for the 99 owners, the average value dropped $300,000 per unit. But, she said, many units have tax values that are already so far below current market value that they are not entitled to relief.

The owners could take no solace from the latest data taken in June from the rooftop of the 58-story building. It shows since November, the structure unexpectly tilted two and a half inches more to the west in just the first half of this year.

The data, compiled by the ARUP engineering firm brought in by officials of the nextdoor Transbay transit terminal project, suggest the structure is tilting twice as fast as it had been in earlier ARUP data. It is now listing at least 14 inches toward the massive Salesforce building going up nearby on Mission Street.

The data also show the building has sunk close to 17 inches at its low point, settling about an inch since the problem emerged last year.

The new data have residents like 35th floor unit owner Theresa Strickland on edge.

“This is just one more piece of stress on the owners,” she said after the appeals board hearing Tuesday. “Of which, I just want to say ... we’re good people; none of us signed up for any of this.”

Another owner at the hearing, engineer and attorney Jerry Dodson, worries about the tower’s unpredictability.

“It’s very alarming,” Dodson said of the latest findings. “It’s very alarming that the building can unexpectedly move like that, and it’s a sign to me that the building is not only sinking and tilting, but it’s unstable.”

In a statement released Tuesday, PJ Johnston, spokesman for tower developer Millennium Partners, said Millennium is disputing the extent of the tilting while suggesting nearby projects like the mammoth Salesforce tower are to blame for removing groundwater and destabilizing the Millennium foundation.

"The recent data disclosed confirms that these impacts are continuing," the statement said.

Meanwhile, Supervisor Aaron Peskin is growing impatient. “Somebody needs to go into the ground with a fix,” he said, adding that after multiple hearings over nearly a year, the city appears no closer to a fix. “I will continue to have hearings until this problem is resolved one way or the other, but I do feel like, you know, I’m yelling into the wind.”

Here is the full statement Millennium Partners released Tuesday:

"Our top priority has always been getting to a “fix.” To that end, Mission Street Development is actively engaged mediation with the the home owners association and other parties to address the building issues, including seeking to identify an effective remedy to the settlement of the building. We are confident that this mediation will be able to resolve the building issues, including any concerns about tilt of the building, so long as the HOA remains committed – as are we – to the success of the mediation process.

"Current data shows that the tilt of the building is actually less than the 15 inches the HOA’s expert engineer estimated in August 2016. We are encouraged that the HOA is focused on timely solutions to address the building settlement issues. We are hopeful that the HOA will take steps to protect the building from further harm from adjacent construction at the Transbay Transit Center and Salesforce Tower projects.

"We have long warned that construction at these adjacent sites – including ongoing de-watering – was causing vertical and differential settlement of the building. The recent data disclosed confirms that these impacts are continuing. We will support any effort by the HOA to hold accountable those parties that have caused these impacts on the building."

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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[Slurp! J-Pop's Ramen Summit to Draw Thousands to SF]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:27:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-521732100.jpg

Calling all ramen lovers!

The J-Pop Summit, a yearly Japanese cultural festival, is coming to San Francisco on Sept. 9 and 10 and bringing oodles of noodles and broth to the Ramen Summit 2017.

Marufuku Ramen, Hinodeya Ramen Bar, Yoroshiku, Nojo Ramen Tavern and Orenchi Beyond will dish out some slurpy goodness, including Tonkotsu, Miso, Shoyu and Tsukemen ramen.

So far, more than 1,600 people plan to attend the event at the Fort Mason Center at 2 Marina Boulevard, but a whopping 20,000-plus have expressed interest on Facebook. 

Gourmands can sample ramen bowls for $8 apiece, but need to pay a $35 admission fee to enter the J-Pop Summit, where Japanese fashion, film, tech and music will be showcased.

Tickets can be bought online

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<![CDATA[Blown Insulator Spews Smoke Into Embarcadero BART Station]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:10:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart-riders-generic.jpg

A blown insulator triggered a small amount of smoke to pour into the Embarcadero BART station Tuesday, according to the transportation agency.

Riders reported hearing an explosion, but BART said there was no present danger to the public.

No one was injured, according to BART.

The incident prompted residual delays.

Further information was not available at the time.

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<![CDATA[Scammers Convince Woman She Has Cancer, Dupe Her Out of $5K]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:39:51 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/Money_generic1asdf.jpg

A San Francisco woman was recently duped out of $5,000 by a trio that allegedly convinced her that she was suffering from cancer and that the money was to pay for a cure, according to police.

Police on Monday issued a warning, specifically for the Chinese community that the victim belongs to, informing them of the July 11 crime also known as a blessing scam.

“The San Francisco Police Department urges older members of the Chinese community to be suspicious of strangers claiming to provide relief from a curse, an illness, or who provide ‘purification’ ceremonies in which cash and valuable items must be offered as part of the process,” they wrote in a statement.

Last Tuesday, the victim was in the Sunset district when the first suspect – a woman – approached her and asked for directions to a healing salon, police said. The second suspect – a man – walked by just then, police said, and offered to use his phone to help find the salon. He then convinced the victim to walk to a car that was nearby, where the third suspect – another man – was waiting.

Once there, the suspects allegedly led the woman to believe that she had cancer and urged her to give them $5,000 to fund a cure. The trio promised to give some of the money back to her later in the day, but they didn’t, according to police.

Police have asked residents to call 911 if they are ever faced with such a situation. Children and caregivers of elderly residents should also explain the scam to them, police added, because it is that demographic that is typically targeted by so-called blessing scammers.

Additional details about the victim and suspects were not immediately available.

People with information about any such cases are asked to call the San Francisco Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to Tip411 with the keyword “SFPD.”

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<![CDATA[27,000-Plus Runners to Participate in San Francisco Marathon]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:51:56 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/san-fran-marathon170700426.jpg

Runners from across the globe will unite in the city by the bay Sunday for the San Francisco Marathon.

The annual event has swelled from 1,000 local participants to over 27,000 since the first race 40 years ago. Such an increase of attendees led to a record sellout this year, pulling in the largest group of runners ever seen.

While many will be taking part in the full 26.2-mile-long race, other options for participants include a half marathon and 5K race. For runners seeking an added challenge, the event is also offering an ultra-marathon, which traverses 52.4 miles of city streets

After completing their run, participants will be greeted by a well-earned beer garden and festival at the finish line.

If interested to see what it takes to be a long distance runner, the San Francisco Marathon will also be holding a Race Expo on July 21 and 22. The free event will feature some of the top running and health pop-ups.

For those not participating, the event will impact traffic in the area. All northbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Southbound lanes will remain open.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary:

• 40 for 40 Challenge: More than 5,000 returning TSFM runners are receiving a one-time-only historic anniversary challenge medal once they finish a cumulative 40 miles at TSFM 2017.

• 40 in 40 Distinction: Ultramarathon runners will each be receiving an exclusive medal honoring their completion of more than 40 miles during TSFM’s 40th Anniversary race.

• Honoree runners: There are honoree runners racing the 40th Anniversary that range from runners who participated in the inaugural running of The San Francisco Marathon in 1977, and Olympians who have won The San Francisco Marathon, to inspirational runners completing impressive accomplishments.

• Bigger Finish Line Festival at Justin Herman Plaza: The festival is open to the public on race day from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.. The festival will feature a redesigned beer garden, presented by Lagunitas, enhanced runner recovery areas and food/nutrition and fitness experiences for spectators and runners alike.

Route Map:http://bit.ly/1e37ugz

Race Starts: Ultramarathon – 12:00 a.m. (midnight July 23) Mission Street and The Embarcadero

Full Marathon – 5:30 a.m. Mission Street and The Embarcadero

1st Half Marathon – 5:30 a.m. Mission Street and The Embarcadero

5K Race – 7:45 a.m. Mission Street and The Embarcadero

2nd Half Marathon – 7:30 a.m. John F Kennedy Drive and 47th Avenue

Finish Line (for all races except 1st Half Marathon): Folsom Street and The Embarcadero

1st Half Marathon Finish Line: 14th Avenue Meadow in Golden Gate Park

Finish Line Festival -- 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Beer Garden – 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony – 9:30 a.m.

Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

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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[BART Chief Says Rapes Increased, But Questions Connection]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:39:40 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart+station-0706.jpg

BART is under growing pressure to beef up security on the heels of a crime surge that includes mob attacks, sex assaults and robberies. To make matters worse, the number of people applying to join the BART police force is near an all-time low.

The agency's board of directors on Tuesday wrestled with safety concerns just hours after yet another violent attack.

A passenger at San Leandro's Bay Fair Station late Monday was assaulted by three or four men who punched and kicked him and also snatched his iPhone and laptop, according to BART. The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment of facial cuts and swelling, and the suspects managed to get away.

New numbers from BART indicate that there has recently been a 41 percent increase in violent crimes this year. The troubling trend was highlighted by an April mob attack during which dozens of youth stormed a train at Oakland's Coliseum Station to rob passengers.  

Rusty Stapp and his family were aboard the train during the attack three months ago.

"I think it's sad, it's scary and I think if we don't all stand up and start making a change, it's just going to get worse," he said at the meeting Tuesday.

Stapp urged the agency's Board of Directors to take crime seriously and release surveillance video of attacks to the public.

"You have a disease going on right now and you either get out and start preventing the disease or the disease is going to proliferate," he said.

BART police Chief Carlos Rojas said Tuesday that an increase in rapes and other sexual crimes on the transit system so far this year is troubling but shouldn't be blown out of proportion.

Rojas said FBI statistics show that there were seven rapes reported on BART property from January through the end of June, compared to four in 2016, three in 2015 and two in 2014.

He said there has also been an increase in the number of reported sexual assaults, with 28 in the first six months of the year, which is the same number of sexual assaults reported during all of 2016, which was already up 75 percent from 2015 when only 16 sexual assault cases were reported.

Rojas said that although all of the reported rapes involved sexual violence, not all involved forced sexual intercourse, which is the traditional definition of rape.

Under federal crime reporting standards, sexual assaults with the intent to commit rape are reported as rapes, he said.

"One rape or sexual assault is too many," Rojas said.

He noted there's no indication that the crimes, most of which occurred at East Bay stations, are connected and said arrests have been made in some but not all of the rape cases.

A report that Rojas presented to BART's Operations, Safety and Workforce Committee today indicates that at a time when concerns are growing about crime at the transit system, BART is having a hard time recruiting and retaining enough police officers.

That said, the chief said he is working on recruitment and other strategies to make BART safer.

"We do cover four counties so it's an expansive system, but nevertheless crime is up and (we're) looking at ways to mitigate that and hopefully eliminate it," Rojas said.

Director Debora Allen, who represents Walnut Creek and surrounding cities in Contra Costa County, said after the meeting that 40 of the police officer positions that BART has budgeted for are unfilled.

"We should have more officers" because the transit system opened the new Warm Springs station in Fremont earlier this year and plans to open other new stations in the near future, Allen said.

"Not only do we have 40 vacant positions that are already budgeted for," she continued, but BART "should have a lot more police officers than we have budgeted for."

Speaking about a related topic, Allen said she's glad that BART will resume sending out daily reports for felony crimes and will issue monthly crime reports to BART directors.

Rojas, who became chief on May 25, discontinued the daily logs in early June, opting instead to send crime data to the free online tool CrimeMapping.com to inform riders about safety threats at or near BART stations.

"We have to have facts in order to identify the (crime) problem and to identify solutions," Allen said.

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<![CDATA[Woman's Family Sues UCSF For Not Assisting Her End of Life]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:51:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ucsf-dale-0717.jpg

A Bay Area woman's wish for a peaceful death has been dashed, and now her family is taking legal action.

Judy Dale's family is filing a lawsuit against UCSF, claiming her doctors misled her about participating in California's End of Life Option Act.

Dale's family said she asked her doctors to help her end her life. The lawsuit claims the doctors didn't live up to the agreement, and she suffered as a result.

"Her mother had cancer, she had cancer, she knew what cancer looked like," attorney Kathryn Stebner said. "In the end, she made a strong decision; she didn't want her life to end that way."

Stebner said the 77-year-old Dale wanted to have control over her death. California's End of Life Option Act passed one month after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Dale spoke with her doctors at UCSF about it.

"During the entire time she is there, she is having conversations with health care providers, saying, 'I want to take advantage of this.' It's all over the records," Stebner said.

According to the lawsuit, a social worker told Dale in August her doctors did not plan to help her. Dale's family then scrambled to find a doctor who would. But before a new doctor could be found, Dale died. That was in September.

"She died the exact kind of death she didn't want," Stebner said.

UCSF's website says participation in the End of Life Option Act is voluntary for doctors. It also says if a patient's doctor refuses, a social worker will help that patient find a doctor who will participate.

In a statement Monday night, UCSF outilined its protocols, but said it can't comment on Dale's case.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, accuses UCSF of elder abuse and fraud. Dale's family wants the health care organization to change.

"This lawsuit says if you are not going allow it, tell people," Stebner said. "Super simple. For her it's too late."

Stebner says Dale's children don't want this to happen to another family. 

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<![CDATA[Some Millennium Tower Owners See Property Tax Break]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:43:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/03-29-2017-millennium-tower.jpg

About a quarter of the Millennium Tower owners will get a slight break on their 2017 property tax bills on the leaning and sinking high rise, the San Francisco Assessor's Office has decided.

The action amounts to an average $3,000 savings for about 100 owners who qualify and will cost the city about $300,000, officials say. There will be no property tax break, however, for 75 percent of the units.

“That is a joke, that is absolutely absurd – we are not accepting that, that is not a reduction, that’s a joke,” said Pat Dodson, an owner who has led the challenge.

She said the city is to blame for the problem in the first place, for allowing residents to move in without revealing that the building was sinking.

“This is an outrageous decision – and we are going to fight this,” Dodson said.

City Assessor Carmen Chu stressed that the property value at the time of purchase is a key element in determining whether current market fluctuations will merit a reduction.

Sale prices during economic downturns, she said, would serve as a benchmark value for taxes. That means that any loss in value would not translate into a tax cut.

The $3,000 average reduction for the 100 or so owners who do qualify reflects about a $300,000 loss in value.

“We have taken a look at the Jan. 1, 2017 value,” the city assessor said. “Based on condos that are similar in the area, trends in the marketplace and sales in the building -- we take all those factors into account.”

Chu says people are free to appeal before the assessment appeals board. “We fully recognize if we are missing information and it is brought to our attention, we will take that into account.”

The decision for 2017 comes as more than 100 owners are appealing of their Jan. 1, 2016 property tax bills, a date that would not reflect the building’s spate of troubles that became public in August of last year.

Still, more than 100 owners have disputed their taxes, saying their property values have sunk along with the building itself, which has settled some 16 inches and also tilting about as much to the north and west.

A hearing on whether to hear the 2016 appeals en masse will be held Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Feds Talk to Air Canada Pilot in Close Call at SFO Taxiway]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:18:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Air_Canada_Plane_Mistakenly_Lines_Up_to_Land_on_SFO_Taxiway.jpg

Federal investigators confirmed Monday that an Air Canada jet was descending toward a taxiway holding four other planes rather than the assigned runway and narrowly avoided disaster at San Francisco International Airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it interviewed the captain of the Air Canada plane, will talk to the co-pilot Tuesday and finish talking to air traffic controllers by Wednesday.

The NTSB said the Air Canada Airbus A320 was cleared to land on runway 28R but instead lined up its approach for a parallel taxiway, which four other airliners were using to get in position to take off.

The NTSB said the Air Canada jet descended to less than 100 feet above the ground and flew over another plane before aborting the landing on July 7.

Aviation experts said Monday the close call was more a near miss and could have been disastrous.

"If he had not initiated the go around in the next 5-10 seconds, this would have been a disaster," said Max Trescott, a flight instructor and aviation blogger. "Every one to two years, an aircraft will land on a taxiway by mistake. What's odd about this is that the go-around happened so late in the game and was so close."

Air Canada declined to comment, citing the investigation.

The Air Canada jet, with 140 people on board, was arriving from Toronto. The NTSB statement adds details to the first official description of the close call, a summary released last week by Canadian safety authorities.

Also Monday, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who was a passenger aboard the flight, released a letter to Air Canada in which he requested that the airline keep passengers informed of the results of any investigation. He said passengers were not told what was happening, and instead, the pilot "made a nonchalant announcement that he had to go around due to traffic at the airport."

Canada's Transportation Safety Board has given the flight data recorder, one of the so-called black boxes from the Air Canada plane, to the NTSB, which is leading the investigation.

The NTSB said it has security-camera video of the late-night incident and will release it in the coming months.

NBC Bay Area's Mark Matthews and Ian Cull contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Gorsuch in SF: Judges Listen, Welcome Different Ideas]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:39:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/gorsuch-sf-0717.jpg

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch says judges listen to each other and welcome different ideas when reaching decisions, and that's a good lesson for the other branches of government.

Gorsuch spoke on a panel Monday at the 9th Circuit courts' judicial conference in San Francisco. The panel focused on educating Americans about their system of government.

Asked what he would like people to know about the judiciary, Gorsuch pointed out that the vast majority of legal disputes are resolved at the district court level and the U.S. Supreme Court often rules unanimously.

Gorsuch was a late fill-in at the conference for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who canceled his trip to the conference after his wife fractured her hip in Austria.

Gorsuch was scheduled to speak to new U.S. citizens later in the day. A district court judge in Alaska will swear in the immigrants at a naturalization ceremony.

Gorsuch's visit comes as the Trump administration asks court to again weigh in on its ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries. Gorsuch was among three justices who said in June that the ban should be completely reinstated pending arguments before the high court.

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<![CDATA[Crissy Field Portal Connects People from Across the Globe]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:40:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0717-2017-SFPortal.jpg

Bay Area residents will soon have a new way to see the likes of Mexico City and Kabul – in a shipping container.

While modest from the outside, those who enter the stranded crate in Crissy Field will immediately be connected to participants in another country. The live broadcast will allow each party to engage and interact for 20 minutes, something that is usually impossible without a plane ticket. Language barriers will also be torn down by an interpreter.

The exhibit’s launch on Wednesday will begin by broadcasting to Mexico City. The Crissy Field portal will also be in connection with cities in Afghanistan, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Germany and Rwanda.

The National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservatory are working together with the Portal creators to break geographic barriers. The concept was produced by Shared_Studios, who hopes that the instillation will encourage individuals to share ideas as well as craft collaborative art pieces. Shared_Studios have also announced that the San Francisco portal will be the first solar powered display.

The interactive display will continue until September 24 and is free to the public. Preregistration is available on Shared_Studio’s website.

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<![CDATA[Foodies Near and Far Go Crazy for These Yelp Favorites in SF]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:02:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Yelp+Generic+Screengrab.jpg

Whether you are a tourist or San Francisco local, finding the hottest neighborhood restaurants can be tough. To assist foodies in their ventures, Yelp has found the most sought after eateries by both groups.

The results were calculated by comparing restaurant reviews and where each Yelper is from. The user rating company made it even easier for eager eaters by dividing the list into two categories: local neighborhoods and tourist destinations.

If looking to indulge in tourist hot spots or kick it like the locals, here are some of the top San Francisco restaurants.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Tarantino’s Restaurant: Since being opened in 1946, this seafood affair has been a favorite among visitors. The Tarantino’s waterfront location is a bonus alongside the fresh Italian style meals. The restaurant also has an indoor sitting area as well as a street café and crab stand.

Capurro’s: Capurro’s is another San Francisco restaurant that takes advantage of the local crustaceans. Guests will be greeted by a warm interior and can order a heaping helping of crab. The bright red façade and crafted sailor makes finding the restaurant is easy for tourists in the area.


The Slanted Door: The Ferry Building has a collection of eateries, but the masses have deemed The Slanted Door as the must stop spot. The Vietnamese restaurant has labeled itself family style cuisine, but not in the traditional sense. Rather, they explain how the meals are meticulously crafted by every hand that passes over them in the restaurant. A favorite on the menu is the confection plate which offers a sampler of dessert and cotton candy.

Union Square

Café Bellini: Moving closer to the Union Square’s epicenter, many shoppers will turn to Café Bellini for their food fix. The European inspired restaurant offers a spread of meals to satisfy any picky eater. It also makes for a great stop for passersby to grab a coffee and pastry.

Daily Grill: Although not unique to San Francisco, the interior of Daily Grill tells another story. Customers who step into the restaurant will be surrounded by historic photographs of the city, taking tourists back to the time of Al Capone. From here, Daily Grill entices travelers with classic American cuisine. With hearty foods like meatloaf on the menu, diners will be supplied a comforting meal after a hectic day touring.


Rocco’s Café: Switching to a lesser known area, Rocco’s has stolen the hearts of locals since opening in 1990. The café features authentic Italian cuisine first fashioned by the owner’s grandfather in the 1920s. The food is so good that Guy Fieri even featured Rocco’s Cafe on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Need recommendations? Guy suggests the Bolognese or Linguini with Clams and White Sauce.

Fondue Cowboy: While the word “fondue” may bring flashbacks of cheesy 70s shag carpet and wallpaper, this SoMa restaurant has reinvented the food for the better. As the name suggests, Fondue Cowboy combines the classic dish of melted cheeses with western movies. Sounds like an odd combination, but John Wayne would be willing to turn in his badge any day to snatch a bite of fruit bathed in chocolate rivers.

Outer Richmond

Dragon Beaux: Away from all the hustle and bustle of downtown lies Dragon Beaux. Locals flock here to get their dim sum fix. Many of their recipes have successfully combined traditional ingredients with a modern twist. One particular item that has attracted attention is the Squid Ink Dumpling.


DOSA on Valencia: Owners Anjan and Emily Mitra have taken their passion for South Indian food and transformed it into a local favorite. DOSA offers bold meals such as Andhra Chicken Masala and Paneer with Peas. The owners have also marked the menu for those with sensitive dietary needs, making dining out easier for everyone.

Beretta: If looking for a hot date location, your search stops here. Beretta offers sleek Italian meals crafted with only the freshest ingredients. While the interior provides plenty of room for customers, guests still feel a sense of intimacy under the soft lighting.

Reservations for each of these restaurants can be booked on Yelp.

<![CDATA[71-Year-Old SF Man Fatally Shot at Twin Peaks Lookout]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:14:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/GettyImages-52478967.jpg

A 71-year-old man was fatally shot at San Francisco's Twin Peaks on Sunday morning, police said.

The man, identified by the medical examiner's office as San Francisco resident Edward French, was found shot shortly before 8 a.m. in the Twin Peaks lookout area, according to police.

Police have not released any suspect description or information on a possible motive for the shooting, and no arrest had been reported as of Monday morning.

The last homicide at the Twin Peaks lookout took place on Valentine's Day last year, when two Santa Rosa residents, Julio Peraza, 21, and Rene Mora, 19, were killed and a third person was injured in a 2 a.m. shooting.

Richmond resident Richard Contreras, 28, was arrested in the case and faces multiple felony charges including murder, attempted murder, carjacking and vehicle theft. He remains in custody without bail and his next court date is Aug. 4.

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<![CDATA[Baby Safe After Being Kidnapped in San Francisco: Police]]>Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:52:12 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-16-17_SF_Kidnapping.jpg

A 6-month-old baby girl is safe Sunday after being snatched by a woman from a parked car in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

With the baby's father preparing a bottle a short distance from the vehicle, the woman somehow got her hands on the young child in the area of Columbia Square and Harrison Street, next to Victoria Manolo Draves Park, around 8:30 a.m., police said.

She then hopped on a Muni express bus that took her and the baby to San Bruno and Felton streets, where she got off and was spotted by a Walgreens manager, police said. The woman then got onto another bus, and that's when an alert Muni driver who heard the broadcasted police bulletin notified authorities. 

Police zeroed in on the bus and caught up to it at Bayshore Boulevard and Arleta Avenue about 9 a.m, police said. The woman was taken into custody and booked on kidnapping charges, police spokesman Officer Robert Rueca said.

The woman has no relation to the family, police said.

The child was reunited with her parents and transported to a hospital as a precaution, but there were no reports of any injuries, Rueca said.

The investigation is ongoing. Though an arrest was made, investigators are seeking anyone who may have further information regarding the incident. Information can be provided to the SFPD Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

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<![CDATA[AIDS Walk San Francisco Tackles Health Care Debate]]>Sun, 16 Jul 2017 22:59:06 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/IMG_14952.JPG

Scores of people laced up their walking shoes Sunday and strolled through Golden Gate Park as part of the annual AIDS Walk San Francisco, and this year's event featured an extra political wrinkle.

Aside from raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, Sunday's 10K walk aimed a particular spotlight at the ongoing national health care fight.

"This week, as your government considers stripping away health care from millions, walk, march and protest with us!" That call to action was posted prominently on the AIDS Walk San Francisco website ahead of the event, which happened to have taken place as the Senate mulls the future of the country's health care law.

Attendees in San Francisco were encouraged to craft signs expressing their backing of the Affordable Care Act and those with pre-existing conditions. 

Last year, more that $2.1 million was raised in the fight against AIDS, according to the AIDS Walk San Francisco website. Since 1987, a grand total of $88 million has been collected.

Money gathered from this year's walk will assist a slew of local organizations dedicated to providing care and support for those impacted by HIV/AIDS, according to the event's website.

<![CDATA[Asian Art Museum in SF Sets Record for Largest Human Flower]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:00:33 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Final+Formation.JPG

It's official. The largest human flower ever to bloom did so in San Francisco Saturday.

The record-breaking accomplishment organized by the Asian Art Museum saw 2,405 people flock to Civic Center and sprout a giant green and pink lotus. 

The massive piece of artwork, coined Lotus Live, was organized to honor the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and created to celebrate "serenity, incorruptibility, and non-violence in the face of adversity," according to the Asian Art Museum.

"We want to celebrate what makes the Asian Art Museum and the city of San Francisco so special: inclusivity, global consciousness and cultural empathy,” Asian Art Museum Director Jay Xu said in a statement. "The lotus is a symbol of peace, unity, inclusivity and purity. That’s exactly what Lotus Live achieved today."

On hand to certify the victory was Michael Empric from Guinness World Records. Empric was joined by official witness Carmen Chu, who happens to be the Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco, and comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, who served as the event's emcee.

Before Saturday's feat, the largest human flower recorded by Guinness World Records was accomplished in Rochester, New York in 2014, according to the Asian Art Museum. Just under 2,300 people gathered at the Rochester Lilac Festival to form the blooming flower.

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<![CDATA[Road Trip From Bay Area to SoCal for Summer Food Specials]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:32:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/DowntownLANightOverviewDineLA.jpg

A summer culinary tradition in Los Angeles has been planned with road-tripping Bay Area food lovers in mind this year.

Southern California's version of a restaurant week is called dineL.A. and actually takes place over two weeks, from July 14 to July 28. This year's theme is a summer road trip and includes a suggested dining guide with hopes that culinary enthusiasts from as far as the Bay Area will take the opportunity to try buzzed-about restaurants at a discount while discovering areas like Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, West Hollywood and coastal cities like Manhattan Beach and Marina del Rey.

This year's installment features three tiers of prices for multi-course meals at participating restaurants: Two-course lunches for $15-25, three-course dinners for $29-49 and, for the first time, exclusive series dinners starting at $95 at places that typically charge triple-figure prices, including Otium, which features the work of former French Laundry chef Timothy Hollingsworth. Among the 350 participating eateries are businesses with Bay Area roots such as Belcampo, Bourbon Steak and Farmshop.

A social media contest will award one winner 100,000 miles on an airline so they can choose to fly south next time.

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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[Driver Plows Into San Francisco Store, Steals Merchandise]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 20:34:39 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-15-17_Gucci_SF.jpg

A driver rammed into a retail store next to San Francisco's Union Square Saturday before nabbing merchandise, according to police.

The smash-and-grab occurred just before 3 a.m. along the 200 block of Stockton Street, according to police.

Footage from the scene captured a portion of a Gucci store boarded up with plywood. Police would not confirm that the Gucci store was the store targeted by the suspect.

An investigation is ongoing, and police are still searching for the suspect.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[SFO Runway Lighting Should Have Alerted Air Canada Pilots]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:14:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/New_Animation_Video_Offers_Closer_Look_at_Air_Canada_Near_Mi.jpg

Investigators looking into the frighteningly close call involving an airliner that nearly hit planes on the ground at San Francisco International Airport will try to determine why the pilots made such a rookie mistake and nearly landed on a busy taxiway instead of the runway.

The Air Canada plane with 140 people aboard came within 100 feet of crashing onto the first two of four passenger-filled planes readying for takeoff.

Runways are edged with rows of white lights, and another system of lights on the side of the runway helps guide pilots on their descent. By contrast, taxiways have blue lights on the edges and green lights down the center.

"The lighting is different for good reason," said Steven Wallace, a former director of accident investigations at the Federal Aviation Administration. "Some of these visual mistakes are hard to believe, but a crew gets fixated with thinking 'That's the runway,' and it's not."

Then there is the radio transmission in which one of the Air Canada pilots sounded puzzled about seeing what appeared to be the lights of other planes on the runway. Safety experts said that should have prompted the crew to abort their approach long before they did.

When investigators interview the pilots, they will focus on understanding how mistakes occurred "and why they did not realize the sequence of errors," said John Cox, a safety consultant and former airline pilot. Investigators will look at the pilots' use of automated-flying systems, their manual flying skills, and how they interacted with each other as uncertainty set in, he said.

Investigators from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board may arrive this weekend and interview the pilots and air traffic controllers, an agency spokesman said Friday. They will examine information from the flight data recorder, which will tell them the plane's exact location and how it was being flown. They also will listen to the cockpit voice recorder, which may indicate whether the pilots were focused on their job or distracted.

Canada's transportation safety board said the Air Canada jet skimmed just 100 feet over the tops of two planes waiting for takeoff. After an air traffic controller ordered them to abandon their landing, the pilots pulled up their Airbus A320 just in time, circled and landed correctly on the runway. No one was injured.

The Canadian agency's summary was the first official account of just how dangerous the situation was.

An Air Canada spokeswoman said she could not comment because the incident is under investigation. She declined to describe the amount of experience of the pilots.

A recording of the radio calls between pilots and the control tower captured uncertainty in the Air Canada cockpit as the plane approached shortly before midnight on July 7. One of the pilots radioed to the tower that he saw lights —presumably other planes — on the runway. An air traffic controller assured him the runway was clear.

After a pilot apparently in one of the planes on the ground said the Air Canada jet was heading straight for the taxiway, a controller ordered the Air Canada crew to abort the landing.

From the vantage point of the Air Canada crew, four parallel surfaces appeared below them —from left to right they were taxiway F; runway 28L, which was closed; runway 28R, on which they were supposed to land, and taxiway C, where the other planes were waiting their turn to take off.

"I could see where you get lined up incorrectly, but once you start seeing lights on the runway you're not necessarily looking at a runway," said William Waldock, a professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He said investigators will look at "all the visual cues that might have confused them."

Chris Manno, an American Airlines pilot, said the Air Canada crew should have stopped their approach while they figured out why they were seeing lights from other planes on what they thought was the runway.

Taxiway landings are rare, and most of them involve small planes.

In February, actor Harrison Ford landed his single-engine propeller plane on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport in Southern California after narrowly missing an American Airlines plane with 100 passengers. The actor, an experienced pilot, realized his mistake immediately and was not punished by the FAA.

Some airliners have mistakenly landed or taken off from taxiways.

In 2006 a Continental Airlines jet passed through rain that reduced visibility before landing on a taxiway in Newark, New Jersey. The captain took control of the plane from the co-pilot when he realized the mistake.

In 2009, a Delta Air Lines jet landed on a taxiway in Atlanta. In 2015, an Alaska Airlines jet landed safely on a taxiway between runways in Seattle.

Traveling on airlines has become remarkably safe. No U.S. airline has had a fatal accident since 2009.

The last fatal accident involving a foreign airline on U.S. soil was the 2013 crash at San Francisco International Airport of an Asiana Boeing 777 carrying 307. Three passengers died after the plane's tail struck a seawall while landing on runway 28L — next to the runway where the Air Canada jet landed.

The Asiana pilots came in too low and were unable to execute the kind of go-around that the Air Canada jet did.

Throughout aviation history, deadly accidents have led to safety improvements. As fatal crashes have become rare, "the only way to get better is to learn from close calls and incidents," Wallace said.

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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[Two-Alarm Fire Reported at San Francisco Home]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:38:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0714-2017-SFPolkFire.jpg

Firefighters on Friday battled and contained a two-alarm house blaze in San Francisco's Nob Hill neighborhood.

The fire, which was reported around 7:10 p.m., sparked on the 1800 block of Polk Street between Jackson and Washington streets, according to fire officials.

No one was injured or displaced, officials said, but the American Red Cross responded to the scene as a precaution.

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<![CDATA[Asian Art Museum Invites Guests to Form Largest Human Flower]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:10:57 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/193*120/GettyImages-2064353.jpg

If you have ever wanted to break a world record, now is your chance.

The Asian Art Museum invites all interested to join in the effort Saturday to claim the Guinness World Record for the largest human flower. The event will be in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love and hopes to gather 3,000 participants.

Crowds are estimated to begin arriving at 12:30 p.m. at San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza. Each individual will then take their place to form the lotus, a symbol of unwavering beauty.

Those attending will also get to enjoy live entertainment from Bay Area comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan. After, guests can continue their day exploring the Asian Art Museum’s “Flower Power” Exhibition for free.

The largest human flower to date was recorded by Guinness World Records in New York in 2014. Just under 2,300 people gathered at the city’s Lilac Festival to form the blooming flower.

Those interested in participating can register for the free event online.

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<![CDATA[Skateboarder Recounts Wipeout at SF Event From Hospital Bed]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:27:16 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/skateboarder-0713.jpg

Legendary skateboarder Jake Phelps suffered a serious head injury Tuesday night when hundreds of skaters took over Dolores Hill in San Francisco.

From his hospital bed at Zuckerberg San Francisco General on Thursday, Phelps told NBC Bay Area his side of the controversy surrounding the event and the police response.

Phelps, who is visibly scraped up and has a sizeable gash on his head, talked in detail about his wipeout and already was discussing the next Dolores Hill event.

"I did it. I did it fast the second time. I hit a reflector, pitched my wheel sideways, I just flew," the editor of Thrasher magazine said. "I whacked my head pretty good. I don't know what a concussion feels like. I don't feel like I can't figure out what I'm doing."

The 54-year-old says it's a ride he often takes alone at 6 a.m.

Hundreds of skaters took over the street Tuesday. Police moved in to shut down the unpermitted event after Phelps and others were hurt, an effort that led to an intense confrontation between the groups, including a fast-moving skater and a police officer making contact.

Phelps has seen the video of the skater airborne.

"It's stupid to block the street off, and the guy couldn't get out of the way, just high sided over the car," Phelps said.

On social media, skaters are naming a police officer they believe should be punished, or worse.

The San Francisco Police Department says it's not the officer involved, and based on threatening messages, the actual officer's name won't be released. The incident is under investigation, police said.

Phelps says he believes skaters and police will always be at odds, but he added that it might be time to make the event legitimate.

"If they got a permit, that'd be cool," he said. "People loved seeing it."

The police department isn't the only agency investigating the incident. The department of police accountability says it has received a complaint about the incident and is opening an investigation.

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<![CDATA[Kiteboarder, Humpback Whale Collide in San Francisco Bay]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:43:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/whale-kiteboarder-0712.jpg

A kiteboarder struck a humpback whale on San Francisco Bay last month while a camera was rolling, and he described the encounter as an accident.

Andrei Grigoriev crashed into the massive marine mammal off Crissy Field Beach on June 18. The stunned man told Australia’s 9News that the encounter was “completely accidental.”

Grigoriev captured the incident on video and posted it on Facebook, writing that the humpback whale frightened him by first passing under his board and then doubling back 15 seconds later at a “high speed, splashing fountains and rolling.”

The video doesn’t show whether the humpback whale was injured.

"There’s something huge around you," Grigoriev said, describing the encounter. "He was turning back, and as he was approaching me, I was getting more and more scared, you know." 

Grigoriev believes after the initial pass, the same whale circled around and surfaced right in front of him.

"He didn’t just come out, but he came out with the fountain, rolling, trying to scare me or something," he said. 

Grigoriev said he tried to hop over the whale.

"If I would have hurt him, I think the first thing he would do is move his tail up," he said. "That’s what they do, and that would hurt."

In recent months, whales have frequently been spotted in Northern California waters. Some have frolicked, delighting onlookers, but others have washed ashore, dead, after being struck by vessels in the ocean.

Marine experts say the whales are coming into the bay to feed.

"For the last couple of years, there have been shoals of anchovies," said Mary Jane Schramm of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration advises people to maintain at least a 100-yard distance from all marine mammals, Hoodline reported.

The federal Marine Mammal Protection Act is in place to safeguard whales, dolphins, seals, manatees, sea otters, sea lions and more. So feeding, capturing, killing or harassing the animals is illegal, according to the Marine Mammal Center.

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<![CDATA[Animation Offers Closer Look at Air Canada Near Miss at SFO]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:42:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sfo+animation-0712.jpg

A new animation based on in-flight data provides a closer look at a near-disaster involving an Air Canada jet at San Francisco International Airport.

Last Friday, just before midnight, the Airbus A320 that was carrying 135 passengers nearly landed on a taxiway occupied by four other fully loaded planes awaiting permission to take off.

The new video obtained by NBC Bay Area shows just how close the pilot was to landing in the wrong area before an air traffic controller quickly redirected the plane to pull up and make another approach.

In the animation, Air Canada Flight 759 is shown approaching the airport and its altitude drops as it heads toward the SFO runway. It had been cleared to land on Runway 28R, which is the second strip from the right.

Instead, the plane begins to approach Taxiway C, the strip on the far right, where the other planes were lined up.

In an audio recording of conversations between air traffic control and pilots, the Air Canada pilot tells air traffic control he sees other lights on the runway before being told there are no other planes on 28R. When an air traffic controller realized the plane was headed for the taxiway, he prompts the plane to abort its landing attempt and try again.

The animation shows the pilot dropping to as low as 335 feet above the ground before sharply pulling back up. The altitude begins to rise and eventaully the jet circles back around and successfully lands on the correct runway.

A top California state official said Wednesday he was a passenger on the flight from Toronto. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones was returning from a conference of insurance regulators.

"It was just really strange because clearly something was wrong, but they didn't really give us any information afterward," Jones said. "So to see that we almost landed on four planes full of passengers is a little disturbing."

Passengers were not told about the near-calamity after the plane landed safely, Jones said. Instead, he said the pilot told the passengers on board that there was more traffic than usual and everything was fine, he said.

But he said he knew something was wrong because as the plane descended, the engines revved, and then the plane climbed.

"I've never experienced something like that for as low we were," Jones said. "You could tell something wasn't right."

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.

<![CDATA[SFPD Officer Accused of Pushing Skateboarder at Dolores Park]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:52:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sf+skate-0711.jpg

An unpermitted skateboarding event near San Francisco's Dolores Park Tuesday night escalated into an angry confrontation with police after a skateboarder and a San Francisco police officer collided.

The incident has led to allegations online from some witnesses who say the SFPD officer deliberately blocked the skateboarder on a downhill run, causing a crash that injured both the skateboarder and the officer.

Officer Robert Rueca said Wednesday morning that police are looking into those allegations and studying videos posted on social media of the incident and its aftermath.

"The matter is under investigation," Rueca said.

Police were first called to the park around 7 p.m. on a report of activity in the area of 19th and Dolores streets.

More officers were called out to the scene after police assessed the size of the crowd that had gathered for an unpermitted skateboarding event described online as "The Fastest Hill Bomb Contest" or "The Hill Bomb."

Videos show police cars blocking the street in some areas and skateboarders skating around them or using the sidewalks instead in some instances.

The event turned uglier after a skateboarder on a high-speed downhill run collided with an officer as he skated toward a gap in police cars.

Several witnesses posted videos after the event stating the officer had pushed or deliberately bumped the skateboarder, who fell and was injured.

Twitter user Joel Hamill posted a video of the incident with the statement "#sfpolice purposely push skateboarder into car causing serious injury."

Instagram user "swarmlife" also posted a video of the same incident from another angle and stated "Cop just caused a kid to eat sh**."

Police say they were trying to shut down a dangerous event. Skaters say police overreacted. Some people in the neighborhood say the fun turned dangerous when the crowd made it difficult for medics to get to a patient.

Fire crews had to wash blood off the street after skateboarders wiped out on the pavement.

Brother Damien Joseph of the San Damiano Friary said people called him outside when Thrasher magazine editor Jake Phelps smacked his head on the street. Joseph said the crowd turned on police as they tried to help Phelps.

"People were upset, crowding around him, refusing police direction to get out of the way so medics could get through," Joseph said.

A hospital spokesperson said Phelps was in fair condition Wednesday night.

Rueca said police attempted to provide medical aid to anoher injured skateboarder, but he refused assistance and officers were unable to interview him.

The officer in the collision was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, Rueca said.

During the ensuing confrontation, police say a crowd gathered and some people allegedly threw projectiles at officers and vandalized two police cars.

Police Chief Bill Scott updated the police commission Wednesday night.

"I found video disturbing," Scott said.

The chief said the deaprtment will review video from social media and body cameras.

"We are addressing the concerns I’ve heard about in terms of a collision with an officer," Scott said. "He was injured but is OK. We’ll take a look at it and investigate it."

A number of skateboarders fell during the incident, but most refused medical aid from police, Rueca said. One was transported to a hospital after a fall.

Rueca said police made several announcements asking the crowd to disperse, and tried to take a defensive line to contain it and protect both the skateboarders and vehicles and pedestrians in the area.

"We didn't have advance notice of this, this was an unpermitted event," Rueca said. "We were trying to make the situation safer and to keep it from getting worse."

The event, a race that was reportedly sponsored last year by Snack Skateboards and Skate Jawn, among others, took place last July with less conflict, according to witness and published accounts.

Videos posted online show skaters racing down Dolores Street with police standing by and even blocking traffic to facilitate.

Attempts to reach Snack Skateboards for comment this morning were unsuccessful.

Police remained on the scene until around 11 p.m. No arrests were made, Rueca said.

NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Federal Court Mulls if Monkey Owns Its Selfies]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:28:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Monkey_Selfie_Lawsuit_Begins_Today.jpg

A curious monkey with a toothy grin and a knack for pressing a camera button was back in the spotlight Wednesday as a federal appeals court heard arguments on whether an animal can hold a copyright to selfie photos.

A 45-minute hearing before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco attracted crowds of law students and curious citizens who often burst into laughter. The federal judges also chuckled at times at the novelty of the case, which involves a monkey in another country that is unaware of the fuss.

Andrew Dhuey, attorney for British nature photographer David Slater, said "monkey see, monkey sue" is not good law under any federal act.

Naruto is a free-living crested macaque who snapped perfectly framed selfies in 2011 that would make even the Kardashians proud.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued Slater and the San Francisco-based self-publishing company Blurb, which published a book called "Wildlife Personalities" that includes the monkey selfies, for copyright infringement. It sought a court order in 2015 allowing it to administer all proceeds from the photos taken in a wildlife reserve in Sulawesi, Indonesia to benefit the monkey.

Slater says the British copyright for the photos obtained by his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd., should be honored.

PETA attorney David Schwarz argued that Naruto was accustomed to cameras and took the selfies when he saw himself in the reflection of the lens.

A federal judge ruled against PETA and the monkey last year, saying he lacked the right to sue because there was no indication that Congress intended to extend copyright protection to animals.

Throughout Wednesday's hearing, Schwarz pushed back, arguing that the case came down to one simple fact: photographs can be copyrighted and Naruto is the author.

"We have to look at the word `authorship' in the broadest sense," he said.

The judges grilled him on why PETA has status to represent Naruto and said that "having genuine care for the animal" isn't enough to establish "next friend" relationship, which is required to represent the monkey in court.

The judges did not issue a ruling Wednesday.

Angela Dunning, an attorney for Blurb, wondered at the possibilities if they do not prevail.

"Where does it end? If a monkey can sue for copyright infringement, what else can a monkey do?" she said after the hearing.

PETA's general counsel Jeff Kerr said after the hearing that the group plans to use money from the photos to protect monkey habitats and help people study the monkeys.

"PETA is clearly representing Naruto's best interests," he said.

Dhuey said the legal antics were more of a publicity stunt by PETA than a lawsuit. He quipped after the hearing that Naruto made a tactical mistake by not appearing in court.

"It's like he doesn't even care," he said before walking away from cameras.

Associated Press writer Janie Har also contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Skateboarders' Street Rally Turns Into Standoff With SFPD]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:40:44 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sf+skate-0711.jpg

One police officer was injured Tuesday evening at the scene of a skateboarders' street rally in San Francisco's Dolores Park that turned into a standoff lasting more than one hour, according to police.

San Francisco police were warning the public to avoid the area of Dolores and 19th streets after multiple skateboarders traveling at high speeds down Dolores refused to comply with officers' attempts to shut down the rally, police said.

The rally started at 7:11 p.m., police said. The skateboarders were being towed up the hill by vehicles and then riding down the hill on the boards, some performing tricks on the way down.

The police response initially was for a call reporting someone needing medical attention. But the crowd did not allow the officers to tend to a person in the street with a head injury, police said.

A large fight broke out at some point, with multiple officers involved, so SFPD tried to clear the park, police said. For more than an hour, skaters shouted and threw objects such as bottles.

Police described the scene as a hostile environment, but one skateboarder who didn't want to be identified claims officers overreacted. 

A police spokeswoman said two patrol cars were vandalized and one officer was injured and transported to a hospital. The extent of the officer's injury was not known.

Ambulances were called for skateboarders who lost control, police said. Multiple skateboarders were taken to hospitals with head injuries, police said.

One video posted to social media appears to show an officer on foot bumping into one traveling skateboarder, causing the skateboarder to crash into a parked patrol car. That skateboarder also was treated for injuries, police said. 

It appears as though a similar skateboarding event also took place this time last year in San Francisco. It's not clear if Tuesday's event was a repeat performance.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Cop just caused a kid to eat shit . Officer name is Paul , skater is @Anthiiny

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<![CDATA[SF Neighborhood Worries About Illegal Sky Lanterns]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 20:24:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/San_Francisco_Neighborhood_Worries_That_Illegal_Sky_Lanterns.jpg

Three floating lanterns scared a San Francisco neighborhood when they landed on rooftops and grassy hillsides in Corona Heights Park. The city's Fire Department says it's illegal to use the lanterns in San Francisco, but not to buy them. In response, Rep. Jackie Speier said, "I guess I would say to our local law enforcement: Do we have to have a house burn down before you’re going to enforce the law?" Mark Matthews reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Propeller of Coast Guard Plane Clips SFO Runway: Source]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 20:22:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SFO+COAST+GUARD+PLANE+RBE+-+17190711.jpg

The propeller of a Coast Guard twin-engine plane on Tuesday clipped a runway at San Francisco International Airport, the Coast Guard confirmed late Tuesday.

The Sacramento-based Coast Guard C-27 Spartan aircraft was at San Francisco International Airport for a logistics flight. After taxiing to a runway and while preparing for takeoff, one of the plane's propellers made contact with the runway and the crew aborted the flight, the Coast Guard said.

A runway was closed briefly as officials inspected for damage and debris, the source added.

The plane will be moved to Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco, adjacent to San Francisco International Airport, where crews will inspect the damage.

There were no reported injuries to the four crew members.

Tuesday's incident was not an accident, Coast Guard officials said, but was some kind of failure that occurred when the plan was taxiing.

Separately, the National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into an Air Canada plane that on Friday narrowly missed landing on a crowded taxiway instead of its designated runway at SFO.

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<![CDATA[Crews Raise Sunken Barge's Crane House From SF Bay]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:36:47 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0407-2017-SunkenBarge.jpg

A salvage team on Tuesday fished for a 112-foot barge that capsized and sank to the bottom of the San Francisco Bay back in April.

As of 10:30 a.m., what Coast Guard officials described as the "crane house" of the barge Vengeance had been raised and placed on another barge to be transported, Chief Warrant Officer Jeremiah Winston said.

Work began overnight just south of the Bay Bridge and east of Yerba Buena Island at the site of the 112-foot Vengeance, which sank on April 7.

The freight barge has been sliced into two pieces, and crews ultimately will utilize a crane to hoist both sections out of the water just south of the Bay Bridge.

Two more pieces of the barge remain in the bay. Part of one of those pieces is sitting on 25 feet of mud on top of the Transbay Tube that BART trains use to travel in between San Francisco and Oakland.

The two pieces of the barge should be out of the water by the end of the week, Winston said.

The sinking initially triggered fuel to spew from the barge. A leaking fuel vent was plugged days after the barge went down, and excess fuel — roughly 2,700 gallons worth of petroleum-based products — has since been removed from the vessel.

The barge has a crane and is under contract with BART. It was positioned near an underwater rail tunnel that carries BART's commuter lines between San Francisco and Oakland. The barge is used by divers who do underwater anti-corrosion work on the Transbay Tube.

BART's tube was not damaged by the barge.

The U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, Vortex Marine Construction and BART are involved in the removal effort.

The Associated Press and Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Rescue Man From Cliffs on Treasure Island]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:29:37 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-11-17_Treasure_Island_Rescue.jpg

A man was rescued from rocks along the shoreline of San Francisco's Treasure Island late Monday night, according to fire officials.

San Francisco firefighters responded at 11:20 p.m. to a report of a man stuck on the rocks in an area between the Bay Bridge and the front security gate to the island, fire department spokesman Jonathan Baxter said.

Crews on a rescue boat and fire boat were able to retrieve the man, who had no injuries, Baxter said.

The rescue took about 30 minutes and the man was then turned over to San Francisco police for an interview, according to Baxter.

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<![CDATA[Arson Investigators Hunt for Motive of Oakland Project Fire]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:20:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-6-17-oakland-fire-3-alarm-7.jpg

San Francisco Bay Area developers are on edge and boosting security at building sites in the region after four recent fires destroyed under-construction apartments in a region often divided by affordable housing politics.

Federal authorities say the first three fires were arson and that they are investigating the fourth, which destroyed a 196-unit apartment project in Oakland on Friday.

"I'm basically terrorized," said developer Athan Magganas, who owns a 41-unit project destroyed by arson on Oct. 31.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also said arson is to blame for two separate fires that destroyed the same mixed-use development in nearby Emeryville in July 2016 and in May.

Magganas and Emeryville developer Rick Holliday say they are rebuilding under heightened security, including beefed-up patrols and additional surveillance cameras.

Nearly two dozen ATF agents arrived in Oakland Monday to investigate the most recent fire.

ATF officials have not determined a cause of Friday's fire and wouldn't say if the previous three were linked. But the agency did announce a $110,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. It also released a video clip of a man scurrying up scaffolding attached to the side of the Emeryville development shortly before it was consumed by fire.

The clip also shows the man first on a bicycle, and then walking away from the building while pulling a dark hood over his head. The ATF has not identified the man, who investigators call a "person of interest."

ATF officials also wouldn't discuss possible motives.

Magganas and Holliday say ATF officials have so far shared little about their investigation, which was sidetracked by a Dec. 2 warehouse fire in Oakland that killed 36 people and diverted the agency's attention.

Holliday declined to speculate on a possible motive, saying he believed all four fires are linked, "but that is completely born out of frustration and general intuition."

Magganas said he believed the fires are motivated by political opposition to development in the region.

"There are people and small groups with axes to grind," said Magganas, who said his project faced opposition when it was first proposed in 2008. "There's always opposition here."

On Friday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said at a news conference that the fires were "disconcerting" and hurting the city.

"Oakland is in the middle of a housing crisis, and the loss of these valuable units only exacerbates it," she said.

Builders throughout the region navigate thickets of building regulations and bureaucracy and often run into opposition from organized groups who simply oppose more development or advocate for more affordable housing and open space like the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, better known as the civic planning organization SPUR.

Robert Ogilvie, who runs SPUR's Oakland chapter, warns against speculating about possible motives until ATF announces one.

"People are nervous and suspicious," Ogilvie said. "Everything else is conjecture."

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<![CDATA[Mixed Reactions to Ford's GoBike Share Expansion in East Bay]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:01:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/bikeshare3.jpg

In a push to provide more transportation options to residents, several East Bay cities on Tuesday are unveiling the region's first bike share program.

Motivate, a company that runs the bike share system throughout San Francisco and parts of the South Bay, will unveil 400 rentable Ford GoBikes at 40 stations scattered across Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland. This move is part of a ten-fold expansion that is expected to bring 7,000 bikes to the Bay Area by next year, the company said in a news release. 

The official East Bay launch kicked off in Latham Square in Oakland at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

As part of the program, users will be able to rent a GoBike at one of the available stations and, after their ride, return it to any station within the system. There are a variety of rental options available, including single-use rides ($3 for 30 minutes), day passes ($9.95 for unlimited 30-minute rides within a 24-hour period) and annual passes ($124 for a year of unlimited 45-minute trips). 

But not everyone is on board with the program.

Tourist companies have expressed concern that Ford's bike share program could stifle business for existing bike rentals, while drivers have been frustrated that the rental stations deplete the number of parking spots throughout the three cities.

Also, though the program offers discounts to low-income residents, the expansion skips some lower-income areas, including the entire city of Richmond and parts of Oakland. 

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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[NTSB, FAA investigate Plane That Nearly Landed on SF Taxiway]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:41:49 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AirCanadaPlane.jpg

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into an Air Canada plane which narrowly averted an aviation disaster after almost landing on a crowded taxiway instead of its designated runway at San Francisco International Airport Friday, the agency confirmed Tuesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating the close call, which they described as "rare," and has the aviation industry buzzing. The NTSB, an independent U.S. federal government agency charged with determining the probable cause of accidents and promoting transportation safety, launched their investigation on July 7, the same day the incident took place. Investigators are not yet on the ground at SFO, but are expected to arrive in the next few days.      

Airbus A320 had been cleared to land on Runway 28R just before midnight, but the pilot inadvertently "lined up" to land on Taxiway C, which runs parallel to Runway 28R, according to a statement from Federal Aviation Administration officials.

In an audio recording of conversations between air traffic control and pilots, the Air Canada pilot tells air traffic control he sees other lights on the runway before being told there are no other planes on 28R. When an air traffic controller realizes the plane was headed for the taxiway, he prompts the plane to abort its landing attempt and try again.

A United Airlines pilot is heard saying "United One, Air Canada just flew directly over us."

Another voice is heard saying, "Where's this guy going? He's on the taxiway."

Flight AC759 from Toronto circled around and landed without incident, the FAA said.

There were four aircraft lined up on Taxiway C loaded with passengers and fuel at the time of the incident, waiting for departure, according to the FAA. An aviation expert told the Mercury News the "near miss" could have been the worst aviation disaster in history. 

The Air Canada flight was carrying 135 passengers.

The FAA is investigating the distance between the Air Canada aircraft and the jets that were lined up on Taxiway C.

As for how often an event like this occurs, the FAA told NBC Bay Area "incidents such as this are very rare."

The FAA declined to comment on any other specifics of the landing, citing the ongoing investigation.

In a statement, Air Canada said they were also investigating the incident: "Air Canada flight AC759 from Toronto was preparing to land at San Francisco airport Friday night when the aircraft initiated a go-around.

"The aircraft landed normally without incident. We are still investigating the circumstances and therefore have no additional information to offer."

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<![CDATA[New Reward, Cars of Interest in Pokemon Go Killing Case]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:42:49 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/calvinriley.jpg

Congresswoman Jackie Speier on Monday officially announced a $50,000 reward from the city of San Francisco designed to unearth any information regarding the suspect who shot and killed a college student playing Pokemon Go last year in Aquatic Park.

Calvin Riley, 20, was playing the popular game with a group of friends on Aug. 6, 2016 at about 9:50 p.m. when he was shot by an unidentified suspect. Riley's killer has yet to be found.

"It's so important to our family to have closure, to find the person that shot my baby boy in the back and make it so that he can't hurt anybody else," Kariann Riley, Calvin's mother, said.

To date, rewards mounting to $110,000 have been offered in hopes of revealing the location of the shooter. A total of $50,000 has been contributed by the family, another $50,000 has been presented by San Francisco and $10,000 has been provided by United States Park Police.

"We do know that money motivates people," Speier said. "I'm imploring persons who know about the whereabouts or information leading to the arrest of the person who committed this unspeakable crime to please come forward. This family has endured extraordinary pain."

Riley was attending Delta College in Stockton and had graduated from Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo.

In the beginning stages of the investigation, Park police officials released a sketch of the male suspect, adding that they believed he was associated with a 2013-2015 model white four-door Toyota Avalon that was seen leaving the area where the homicide occurred.

Park police on Monday provided information about additional vehicles of interest. One of those cars is a 2006-2009 black Audi A3. The other is a 2013 white, four-door Hyundai Sonata.

Anyone with information about the fatal shooting is asked to contact U.S. Park Police's tip line at (415) 561-5150 or police communications at (415) 561-5508. Callers have the option to remain anonymous.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Delta College]]>
<![CDATA[$50K Reward Announced in 2016 Fatal Shooting in SF]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 23:15:34 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/riley-suspect-0706.jpg

Congresswoman Jackie Speier on Monday announced a $50,000 reward from the city of San Francisco to help find the suspect who fatally shot a college student as he was playing Pokemon Go last year in Aquatic Park.

Calvin Riley, 20, was playing the popular game with a group of friends on Aug. 6, 2016 at about 9:50 p.m. when he was shot by an unidentified suspect. Riley's killer has yet to be found.

"It's so important to our family to have closure, to find the person that shot my baby boy in the back," Kariann Riley, Calvin's mother, said.

To date, rewards mounting to $110,000 have been offered in hopes of unearthing any helpful information regarding the shooter. A total of $50,000 has been contributed by the family, another $50,000 has been presented by San Francisco and $10,000 has been provided by United States Park Police.

"We do know that money motivates people," Speier said. "I'm imploring persons who know about the whereabouts or information leading to the arrest of the person who committed this unspeakable crime to please come forward. This family has endured extraordinary pain."

Riley was attending Delta College in Stockton and had graduated from Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo.

In the beginning stages of the investigation, Park police officials released a sketch of the male suspect, adding that they believed he was associated with a 2013-2015 model white four-door Toyota Avalon that was seen leaving the area where the homicide occurred.

Park police on Monday provided information about additional vehicles of interest. One of those cars is a 2006-2009 black Audi A3. The other is a 2013 white, four door Hyundai Sonata.

Anyone with information about the fatal shooting is asked to contact U.S. Park Police's tip line at (415) 561-5150 or police communications at (415) 561-5508. Callers have the option to remain anonymous.

Photo Credit: U.S. Parks Police]]>
<![CDATA[Bathroom Sink Shatters Window of San Francisco Cop Car]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:03:20 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-10-17_SFPD_Bathroom_Sink.jpg

A police cruiser parked in San Francisco early Monday was damaged after someone appeared to throw a bathroom sink into the vehicle's back window.

The San Francisco Police Department patrol car was parked near 24th and Mission Streets, just steps away from a homicide investigation. It is unclear if the apparent act of vandalism was connected to the nearby police activity.

Footage from the scene showed a white sink popping out of the back window with shattered glass spewed across the cruiser's trunk and the street.

A suspect is not known at this time, police said.

Further information was not available.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Man Shot, Killed in San Francisco's Mission District]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 05:59:57 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-10-17_SF_Shooting.jpg

A man was shot and killed in San Francisco's Mission District early Monday, police said.

The fatal shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. near 24th and Mission Streets, according to police.

Police huddled around Taqueria El Farolito while they examined evidence. That location is just steps away from a nearby BART station.

A homicide investigation has been launched, police said. No one has been taken into custody at this time.

Further details regarding the shooting have yet to be released.

Anyone with information is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department at 415-575-4444 or text a top to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Remembrance, Healing Day in SF for UPS Shooting Victims]]>Sun, 09 Jul 2017 21:23:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ups+drivers-0615.jpg

Family, friends, UPS employees and the greater San Francisco community gathered Sunday for a day of remembrance and healing nearly one month after a gunman opened fire and killed three workers at a UPS facility.

The community event kicked off at 2 pm. at San Francisco City Hall.

Wayne Chan, Mike Lefiti and Benson Louie were all killed at the company processing facility on June 14 when 38-year-old Jimmy Lam opened fire on his fellow employees before fatally shooting himself. Two others were also wounded.

One of the more moving moments of the memorial was a speech by Chan’s son, Kyle. He told the audience he’s still in a daze. He recently passed his driving test, and it was difficult to deal with the fact that his father wasn’t there to celebrate that event.

Kyle Chan also said his dad won’t be there to help him finish restoring a car they were working on together.

Chan, Lefiti and Louie were all beloved deliverymen adored by their family members and folks on their delivery routes.

Two other drivers, Edgar Perez and Xiao Chen, also were injured in the attack. They were not at Sunday's memorial. The president of the UPS driver’s local union said they are still recovering at home.

A union official earlier this month said only five of the 40 UPS workers have returned to work after witnessing the fatal shootings.

<![CDATA[Kiteboarder, Humpback Whale Collide in San Francisco Bay]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:54:37 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_4632965929201.jpg

A kiteboarder struck a humpback whale in the San Francisco Bay while a camera was rolling.

Andrei Grigoriev crashed into the massive marine mammal off Crissy Field Beach on June 18. The stunned man told Australia’s 9News that the encounter was “completely accidental.”

Grigoriev captured the incident on video and posted it on Facebook, writing that the humpback whale frightened him by first passing under his board and then doubling back 15 seconds later at a “high speed, splashing fountains and rolling.”

The video doesn’t show whether the humpback whale was injured.

In recent months, whales have frequently been spotted in Northern California waters. Some have frolicked, delighting onlookers, but others have washed ashore, dead, after being struck by vessels in the ocean.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration advises people to maintain at least a 100-yard distance from all marine mammals, Hoodline reported.

The federal Marine Mammal Protection Act is in place to safeguard whales, dolphins, seals, manatees, sea otters, sea lions and more. So feeding, capturing, killing or harassing the animals is illegal, according to the Marine Mammal Center.

Photo Credit: AP/FILE]]>
<![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.


  • 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)

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Spike of Smoking Scenes Found in Current Youth Films: Study]]>Sun, 09 Jul 2017 08:12:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg

While past decades have battled cigarette companies targeting young adults, visibility is sneaking back into cinemas.

A study conducted by the University of California, San Francisco found that almost half of current movies with tobacco references have been deemed acceptable for children. This includes films rated G, PG and PG-13.

In 2012, researchers with the Surgeon General of the United States concluded that youth who watch movies that refer to tobacco are “two to three times as likely to begin smoking” in comparison to those who have minimal contact.

In today’s film industry, smoking is hidden beyond the obvious cigar or cigarette. The study had to include a number of other popular devices such as pipes, electronic cigarettes and hookah.

Although smoking is found in a large portion of movies, a more detailed account can be seen when breaking the films down by rating. Luckily for worried parents of smaller children, on-screen tobacco in G and PG movies has dropped 87 percent since 1991. Yet this victory is short-lived. PG-13 films saw a 43 percent jump when it comes to showing tobacco use and R-rated movies witnessed a 90 percent rise since the 1990s.

The university’s research did not include movies found on DVDs, television or streaming platforms like Netflix.

UCSF and its other research partners are hoping these findings will push for stricter ratings within the film industry.

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<![CDATA[Millennium Odor Problem Could Point to Fire Risk: Experts]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 20:30:02 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/03-14-2017-millennium-tower.jpg

Unexplained odors inside the Millennium Tower units could be evidence of a potential fire safety risk to the 58-story sinking and tilting structure, experts tell NBC Bay Area's Investigative Unit.

“It’s very alarming,” said John Damanin, a retired San Francisco fire captain who had been in charge of the city’s fire inspection detail.

He was referring to a report done late last year that details unsealed gaps around piping installed between the building’s 30th and 31st floor. Darmanin told us that the gaps could allow smoke and flames to spread from one floor to another.

“I knew I had a serious issue on my hands, I feel like the building has a serious issue,” said the unit’s owner, Paula Pretlow, after she heard Darmanin’s concerns.

Pretlow and several other residents report having long endured unexplained odors permeating their luxury units. Then, late last year, the building’s homeowner association commissioned consultants Allana, Buick and Bers to investigate Pretlow’s unit.

When the experts cut open several of her walls and set off smoke bombs from the unit below, they learned that smoke was getting in through gaps surrounding pipes and ducts running through holes in the concrete floors behind Pretlow’s walls.

Darmanin says that such openings should have been sealed with distinctive red, fire-resistant caulking, to make sure fires are isolated on the floor where they start.

While city inspectors are supposed to check some of those floor openings for proper seals during construction, he says that the builder is responsible for assuring that all gaps are properly protected against fire. He says that didn’t happen in Pretlow’s unit - citing the consultants’ findings.

“There was a failure, confirmed already, that it happened in one unit,” Darmanin said.

“Did someone have a bad day that day? Let’s hope….But if there are other units that are complaining of odors, and no one is investigating because they are afraid of what they might find out? I have a real problem with that if I’m a tenant or if I’m in the fire department.”

High rise fire safety expert Armin Wolski agreed with Darmanin’s opinion. Telling us that more should be done to assess the risk throughout the high-rise.

“We hope it that is not systematic, that’s why I would be concerned,” said Wolski, who advises high-prise designers on how to adhere to fire safety regulations.

While sprinklers should contain most high rise fires, he said, unsealed floor openings could lead to smoke damage in a small fire or help a small fire to move into the unit above.

“I wouldn’t live in fear, I wouldn’t move out,” he said, “but I would want the management of the building to look into this and see if this was a widespread issue that wasn’t checked during the process of construction.”

Meanwhile, something else mentioned in the expert’s report also raised a red flag for Darmanin. The report says that building engineers boosted air pressure inside some units to keep odors at bay. Doing that, Darmanin says, could undermine another fire safety feature – pressurized stairwells that are designed to keep smoke out for safe escape.

“So I would want to make sure that whatever they tweaked to solve one problem did not create another problem in the stairwells,” Darmanin said.

All this comes as Pretlow says she is still waiting for someone to fix her odor issue. The test crew sealed up her walls without filling the gaps with fire rated caulking. She tells us, since she first complained to the homeowner association, the “odor-transfer” issue has become part of the current legal battle and is mentioned in a homeowners lawsuit filed in March.

Neither the homeowner’s association nor the developer would comment for our story. Association lawyer Vision Winter cited “ongoing litigation and mediation” as a reason for not addressing the issue.

Millennium spokesman P.J. Johnston acknowledged a “small number” of odor complaints but said the homeowners association was dealing with them.

The city issued a report in January that declares the building safe. But the reports notes that in December – the same month Pretlow’s unit was tested – inspectors found unsealed gaps around pipes on three levels of the building basement. They ordered that those gaps be filled with fire rated caulking.

William Strawn, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Building Inspection, said city fire and building inspection officials did check floor openings during construction. Telling us that If they spotted any unsealed pipes, they would be fixed in the permit process.

But he acknowledged that city inspectors did find gaps around basement pipes that were not found during earlier inspections, and had recently ordered the problem remedied.

Stawn says no one in the building has ever lodged a complaint with the city about any improperly sealed openings or odors inside units. City building inspection officials have said that they don’t normally act unless they receive a complaint.

In light of Darmanin’s concerns, Pretlow wants the city to intervene and assure her that all the units in the building are checked.

“I’ve always been concerned,” she said, “and to have an expert confirm some of my fears, it’s scary, frankly.”

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Sen. Feinstein Backs Efforts to Stop GOP Health Bill]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 19:25:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sen._Feinstein_Backs_Efforts_to_Stop_GOP_Health_Bill.jpg

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein was back in her hometown Friday in San Francisco calling for people to rise up against the Republican health bill or face the possibility of not only losing care, but also hospitals altogether. Thom Jensen reports.]]>
<![CDATA['Moving Hotel' Takes You From SF to LA for $115]]>Tue, 04 Jul 2017 14:10:21 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/0706-2017-CabinInterior.jpg

Add a so-called "moving hotel" to your options when planning out your next trip to Southern California.

Cabin provides a new type of overnight bus that travels from San Francisco to Los Angeles. A one-way ride starts at $115.

Journeys from each destination will leave at 11 p.m. and arrive around 7 a.m. Patrons will be able to enjoy their own sleep cabin, Wi-Fi and select beverages. While this may not sound like much, creators Tom Currier and Gaetano Crupi worked for over a year to perfect the concept.

The duo refers to the bus as a “moving hotel” on their website, guaranteeing style and security during the trip.

If unconvinced whether the bus would make for a sweet slumber, Cabin reassures customers that each sleep pod was meticulously thought out. The company states each pod has a privacy curtain, high quality bedding and insulated walls to reduce sound. It is also noted that the driving routes were meticulously mapped out in order to provide riders with minimum disruptions.

Individual amenities are also paired with a communal restroom and lounge area.

While most trips are booked through September, you can reserve a future spot on the company’s website.

Photo Credit: Cabin]]>
<![CDATA[Startup Lingerie Party in San Francisco: Harmless or Sexist?]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:26:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lingeriemingle.jpg

It almost seems like a parody from the hit HBO show, "Silicon Valley." Only it’s not.

Some lucky guests on Saturday will attend "Startup Mingle Party and 'Summer Seduction' Lingerie Fashion Show" at the W hotel in San Francisco.

For the uninitiated, the event is being billed as an opportunity for people to network and pitch startup ideas while models sashay around in lingerie. A fembot with bared breasts adorns its poster

The party will be co-hosted by Creative Startup Labs, a company that offers entrepreneurs everything from legal and consulting services to product incubation, and Angelica Janice, the owner of Cake Angel, a food and beverage company. DJs will spin some tunes while Shasta Moore's lingerie designs are exhibited.

The purported idea that a seductive undercurrent will somehow help people looking to get their start in the tech industry has earned the event's organizers flak on social media. With accusations of sexual harassment and prejudice looming large over the tech industry, some are viewing the party as yet another instance of misogyny or tone deafness in Silicon Valley.

Asked if he thought the party's theme come make people uncomfortable , Brad Carrick, the founder of CSL, replied, "Why is that?"

He then added, "Look, I know what you mean. It’s the creative arts. There are artists showing off their own designs."

Fashion shows are common at such gatherings, Carrick told NBC Bay Area. This one just happens to feature lingerie.

"I wasn’t aware of what the design was this time around," he added.

In an email to Mashable, Carrick said: "The fashion show, as I understand, is to highlight local startup designers trying to grow their own businesses, be they in menswear, fashion-tech, wearables, women's wear, etc. The models and designs are organized by the local designer and certainly not hired promo/entertainment models by any tech company."

The event is expected to last from 9 p.m. Saturday to 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $10 to $500. 

Update: As of early Saturday, the event has been renamed as a "Startup Mingle Party & Fashion Show." It also boasts a more PG poster, featuring a chalkboad with advice "To My Future Self," including staying humble and helping others, scribbled on it. What prompted the change remains unknown.

NBC Bay Area's Scott McGrew contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Creative Startup Labs and Angelica Janice via Eventbrite]]>
<![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[Treasure Island Poised to Become a Treasure Trove of Art]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 19:59:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/193*120/0706-2017-SF-View.jpg

San Francisco’s Treasure Island has gone through a myriad of incarnations over the years: host of the 1939 World’s Fair — Naval base — forlorn neighborhood on the bay. But its next phase could be its most intriguing — art hub.

A new plan by San Francisco’s Arts Commission and the Treasure Island Development Authority is expected to generate up to $50 million in development fees on the island to fill it with art over the next 20 years.

While the island undergoes a massive redevelopment project that will fill it with new homes and businesses, the new Treasure Island Arts Master Plan maps out a path to create one of the world’s most unique art destinations.

“I think it’s a vision to ensure that Treasure Island is a world class destination for arts and culture,” said Tom DeCaigny, Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission. “But also an incredible place for all the new residents that will be living there.”

DeCaigny said the plan will start with three large art pieces over the next two years. One piece will anchor a new ferry landing, another will greet visitors coming to the island and a third will be installed at a hilltop park on Yerba Buena Island.

“I think one of the most exciting things about the arts master plan for Treasure Island,” DeCaigny said, “is the opportunity to really be on the ground level on one of the largest developments in San Francisco’s history.”

The arts commission has yet to release a request for proposals — but some new art is already on tap. Artist Tom Loughlin is creating a 25-foot steel circular sculpture built from three massive 12-ton girders salvaged from the old Eastern span of the Bay Bridge.

Loughlin’s sculpture, which he self-funded, is scheduled to be installed this fall and will perch on the island’s Western edge, with unfettered views of the bay. The sculpture will vibrate with low frequencies that will create a low hum of sound.

“There’s this panoramic view of San Francisco, of both spans of the Bay Bridge,” Loughlin said. “The whole Bay Area is really visible from the spot and I love it as a place for the sculpture.”

The island is currently in a state of construction upheaval. Large mounds of dirt sit on the great lawn behind a chain link fence. Some vintage hangars used by artists have been torn down. Loughlin views the island as a blank canvas with the potential to be known for more than just its spectacular views.

“It’s an amazing thing,” Loughlin said, “and it’s an amazing new chapter in the history of the island.”

In a way, the island is coming full circle. It was constructed of dredged sand and quarried rock during the thirties to host the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition — an extravaganza that featured numerous statues, buildings and fountains of various scale. Some of the original buildings remain as relics of a long lost era.

“Almost a hundred years ago it was a public gathering place for people to learn about each other and learn about the world,” Loughlin mused. “So I guess in some ways it’s going back to its origins.”

The island has long had the distinction of being a place famous for its views of somewhere else. But planners hope its sweeping redevelopment and slate of new art will inspire residents and visitors to look inward.

“We like to think of public art as the vehicle in which we are defining a neighborhood,” DeCaigny said. “We do hope that the master plan results in art being infused throughout the island.”

Photo Credit: Joe Rosato Jr./NBC Bay Area
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<![CDATA[SF Police Commission Adopts Revised Sanctuary City Policy]]>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:51:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0705-2017-ICE.jpg

The San Francisco Police Commission on Wednesday night adopted a revised policy strengthening rules that limit the extent to which police can cooperate with immigration authorities.

The revised policy includes sections prohibiting the use of city resources to enforce immigration laws or the cooperation of law enforcement with immigration authorities, except where it is required by state or federal law. Police are to act only on criminal warrants from federal authorities and not on civil immigration detainer requests.

It also prohibits local law enforcement from asking about immigration status and limits the information they can share on individuals' status.

The changes are being made in part to reflect revisions made in 2016 to San Francisco's "Sanctuary City" policies following controversy over the 2015 fatal shooting of Kathryn "Kate" Steinle.

The policies are intended to improve public safety by increasing cooperation between law enforcement and immigrant communities.

Steinle was allegedly shot and killed by an undocumented immigrant, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who had been released from a San Francisco jail two and a half months earlier despite a federal immigration detainer request.

Defense attorneys have said Lopez-Sanchez, whose trial is set to start later this month, fired the gun accidentally and was not trying to shoot Steinle.

The sheriff's office did not notify federal authorities of his release, as required by city policy.

The case drew national attention and condemnation from Republicans and right-wing media, but the city's elected officials have remained steadfast in their determination to keep local law enforcement out of immigration enforcement.

San Francisco police, however, have not always been consistent in their application of the policies.

The city's Board of Supervisors last week approved a $190,000 settlement of a lawsuit filed by Pedro Zarceno Figueroa, a San Francisco resident who was arrested and turned over to immigration authorities in 2015 after he reported his car stolen.

More recently, a San Francisco police officer was reportedly caught on video earlier this year threatening people with deportation during an undercover news investigation.

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<![CDATA[New Video From Deadly Asiana Crash Shows Teaching Moments]]>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 19:23:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/asiana+video-0705.jpg

Thursday marks four years since the deadly Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport, and a newly released video of the crash holds some important teaching moments, experts say.

The video from an airport tower, according to one aviation expert, shows one major mistake and several heroic moments after the crash of Flight 214 that killed three people on July 6, 2013.

The video shared by the aviation blog flight.org shows the airplane slamming into the ground, the plane on fire and then the evacuation slides inflate, allowing passengers to escape the burning the aircraft.

Aviation analyst Mike McCarron said he believes the evacuation was about 30 seconds too late, and he blames the pilots for the poor decision.

"As soon as the plane came to a stop, those doors should have been popping open," McCarron said. "People should have been getting out of the aircraft. That is unacceptable."

McCarron credits the flight attendants for initiating the evacuation and applauds the crew for a quick evacuation once the slides were opened.

The video also shows moments when it appears emergency personnel are running up the slide into the burning plane to rescue injured passengers. McCarron said because airplane accidents are so uncommon, the video should be used as a powerful learning tool to teach pilots, emergency personnel and flight crews how to handle an emergency situation.

"The passengers got out safely because the way the aircraft was designed," he said. That’s the good part. The bad thing is all the procedures have to be followed such as evacuation immediately."

SFO officials confirmed the video is authentic but declined to comment further.

<![CDATA[UPS Workers Slow to Return to Work After Deadly Shooting]]>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 18:28:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SFUPS.jpg

A union official says only five of the 40 San Francisco UPS workers have returned to work after witnessing the fatal shootings of three colleagues last month.

Police say 38-year-old Jimmy Lam shot and killed three drivers and wounded two others before killing himself in front of police on June 14. Lam opened fire at a morning meeting of UPS drivers before they went on their deliveries.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Teamsters Local 2785 Secretary-Treasurer Joe Cilia says the small number of people who have returned to work stems from fear of the unknown.

The San Francisco district attorney's office has a specially trained team to respond to mass-casualty events and provide services to help survivors. The team went to the scene to offer immediate support.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Listen to This Playlist to Relive the Summer of Love]]>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 14:19:01 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Janis+Joplin+car.jpg

Commemorative events celebrating the Summer of Love's 50th Anniversary may be in perpetual limbo, but there's no reason you can't celebrate on your own. Listen to these records, which became hits in 1967 as thousands flocked to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco.

San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear a Flower Crown in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie (The Mamas & The Papas) 

Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane

White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

San Franciscan Nights by The Animals

Bye Bye Baby by Big Brother and the Holding Company

Dancing in the Street by the Grateful Dead

Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix

So You Wanna Be a Rock N Roll Star by The Birds

Happy Together by The Turtles

Have something to add to this list? Email Gillian.Edevane@nbcuni.com, and we'll add it here with a shout out to you!

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<![CDATA[11 Hurt After Bus Rear-Ends 2 Cars on Golden Gate Bridge]]>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:58:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543435346.jpg

Eleven people were hospitalized with minor injuries Wednesday after a Graton Casino bus rear-ended two vehicles — that had stopped after colliding with each other — north of the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash, which occurred on southbound Highway 101, was reported around 12:45 p.m. It forced the CHP to close two lanes.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that a pickup truck rear-ended another vehicle, which was approaching the toll plaza and came to a stop in the No. 3 lane. The tour bus then crashed into both the cars.

Multiple people complained of pain and first-responders from several agencies rushed to the scene, the CHP said. In all, eight bus passengers were taken to hospitals as were three occupants of the two other vehicles, according to the CHP.

All lanes of the highway had been cleared by roughly 1:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Look Back: Musicians Who Inspired The Summer of Love ]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:41:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SOL.jpg

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Package Prompts Evacuations at SFO Terminal 1]]>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 12:52:47 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0705-2017-SFO.jpg

San Francisco International Airport's baggage claim area of Terminal 1 was evacuated Wednesday afternoon due to a suspicious package, officials said.

Police at 11:45 a.m. received notice of a suspicious package near the terminal. A bomb squad was called to the scene and investigate the package at 1:05 p.m.

Officials said package did not contain an explosive and later cleared the scene.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Fog and Fireworks: SF Puts on a Show for Fourth of July]]>Tue, 04 Jul 2017 23:40:17 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Fog_and_Fireworks_SF_Puts_on_a_Show_for_Fourth_of_July.jpg

For thousands of people in San Francisco, the fireworks topped a day of food and fun on Fisherman's Wharf, despite the fog and cold putting a bit of a damper on the festivities. Jean Elle reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Utility Truck Stolen in SoCal Located in San Francisco]]>Tue, 04 Jul 2017 23:25:20 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/oxnard+fire+truck.jpg

A fire utility truck taken Monday from a Southern California fire station was located in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, and investigators are now seeking the suspects who stole it.

The truck, which had been taken from an Oxnard Fire Department station, was located at around 4 p.m. in the 1700 block of Tennessee Street.

The truck was unoccupied when it was located and police have not made any arrests in the case.

Oxnard police said the truck, described as a red Ford F-350 truck with a stake bed and emergency lights, had been taken from the Oxnard Fire Department's Fire Station #1 on South K Street in Oxnard.

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<![CDATA[Beloved San Francisco Pier Closes for Fourth of July]]>Tue, 04 Jul 2017 19:27:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0704-2017-MuniPier.jpg

Fourth of July revelers filed down to San Francisco’s Northern shore — jockeying for early vantage points to watch the evening fireworks. But what used to be the prime spot for firework viewing, the old municipal pier, was gated off. A sign in front read "Muni Pier Closed" for the 4th of July holiday.

The decaying 85-year old concrete pier has deteriorated to a point that National Park officials worry about allowing crowds onto it, even though it’s open for walkers and bicyclists the rest of the time.

“It’s safe to come out here and walk and bike,” said National Park Ranger Lynn Cullivan, “but if we were to get a few thousand people out here we’re not sure it could handle it.”

Just in front of the pier’s padlocked gate, Keith Breitbach and two others stood before a table with a banner reading “Save the Aquatic Park Pier,” engaging anyone who would stop to relay just what a sorry state the pier is in.

“As you walk out you’re going to see it’s really kind of crumbling,” Breitbach told a group of visitors. "It’s a state of desperation right now."

The pier, which is part of the Maritime National Historic Park has been crumbling over time — now to the point large swaths are fenced off to the public. Rusted, exposed rebar is visible through chipped concrete and in some places gaping holes reveal the bay waters beyond.

“It’s going to potentially be shut down to the public -- public access will be limited,” Breitbach said. “Once we lose access to the pier, we will lose the pier entirely.”

A recent survey of the pier pinned estimates for its replacement between $60 to $80 million — money —the Federal government says it does not have. So Breitbach and the new Save Aquatic Park Committee are trying to raise public awareness of the issue, and in the meantime lobbying local and Federal political leaders to try and raise the funds.

“Our mission is really to preserve the best of our past and protect it for future generations,” Breitbach said clutching a clipboard.

On a recent day when the pier was open to the public, throngs of visitors traversed its long promenade by foot, bicycle and Segways, taking in sweeping views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay. Breitbach stood at the pier’s entrance painting a grim picture for visitors — urging them to sign a petition calling for its saving.

“Take a look at the pier,” he told one group. “When you go out there, come back and tell me what you think.”

“It’s rough, it needs a lot of TLC,” visitor Jennifer Showalter Perez reported back. “It would be worth the restoring of it so that everybody, generations to come, can enjoy what is out here.”

The National Parks Service is expected to soon conduct another study to try and narrow down the price tag for a replacement. Breitbach said he is hopeful someone in congress will champion the project.

The pier serves more than just a place to take in spectacular views. It also creates a protective cove where swimmers can swim in the bay without the blustery currents.

“If we’re out there without that pier you basically get swept out into the bay,” said Reuben Hechanova, president of the Dolphin Club.

Park officials said they were happy to get the support of the Save the Aquatic Park Committee — and applauded the citizens’ group efforts to raise awareness and funds.

“It’s their pier,” Cullivan said. “I just think the more people are interested — the more people know — the better it will be.”

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<![CDATA[Tight Security Expected for SF's Fourth of July Fireworks]]>Tue, 04 Jul 2017 17:07:01 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/firework1.jpg

Ahead of one of the largest professional fireworks shows on the West Coast, public safety officials in San Francisco on Tuesday are finalizing security measures along the Embarcadero to keep the Fourth of July celebrating crowd safe.

Police have stockpiled barracades at the two primary viewing sites along the waterfront to keep people out of the street. And they will have extra patrols along the entire Embaracadero.

"You may see more officers that are armed, as you did during Pride," San Francisco police spokesman Officer Robert Rueca said. "I mean more armed. Officers with rifles, on foot, in SUVs and on dirt bikes. And more on standby."

Rueca added that the San Francisco police force is prepping to handle any unexpected demonstrations.

"Usually, for July Fourth, that’s not what we expect, but we are prepared for that," he said.

Some celebrations started earlier Tuesday 

at Golden Gate Park. where families were scraping down the grills and setting the tables well before lunchtime. The Fourth of July menu included all the usual suspects: chicken wings, corn, hot dogs, pork and beans, chili beans, tacos, carne asada and pastas.

Ten thousand fireworks will explode over a 25-minute show Tuesday night, about 400 per minute, on average. A couple of dozen technicians on Monday were carefully loading the mortar tubes with the fireworks shells on two barges that will be towed into place out on the bay Tuesday afternoon.

Each one of the 10,000 shells is wired to a computer that is programmed to coordinate the pyrotecnics with patriotic music, show producer Jeff Thomas said. The two prime locations are Pier 39 and Aquatic Park.

The biggest challenge, Thomas said, is getting everything wired in properly. The biggest headache is the fog. So Thomas said he's preparing shells to explode at different altitudes.

"So that even if there is some fog way up high, we’ll still have a viewing area at the lower levels," he said.

Thomas says he can remember only a couple of years when the fog came in so thick it spoiled the show.

The fireworks go off at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The best viewing area will be between Aquatic Park and Pier 39, near the old cannery building. That's where Thomas will be stationed, so he can watch both shows simultaneously.

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<![CDATA[Got Chocolate Milk? San Francisco Schools Say No]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 17:40:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Chocolate+milk+ban+in+Connecticut.jpg

Chocolate milk will no longer be served during lunchtime to elementary and middle school students in San Francisco. District officials said the decision is based on kids consuming too much sugar during school hours. The district tested the chocolate milk ban at five schools last year. School officials said it resulted in students switching to regular milk without complaint.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Shot in Leg While Lighting Fireworks in San Francisco]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 12:07:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_185887181_police_lights_generic1.jpg

A 27-year-old man was shot in the leg while lighting fireworks with a group in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley neighborhood on Saturday night, police said.

The shooting was reported at about 10 p.m. in the area of Sunnydale Avenue and Hahn Street.

The victim was with a group of people lighting fireworks when another group charged at them. The victim ran away, then realized he had been shot in the leg, according to police.

He was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are not considered life-threatening.

No arrests have been made in the shooting and no suspect information was immediately available.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411 with "SFPD" in the message.

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<![CDATA[Golden Gate Bridge Toll Prices on the Rise]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 05:30:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543435350.jpg

Journeying across the Golden Gate Bridge just got more expensive.

Beginning Monday, FasTrak users, Pay-by-Plate payers and carpoolers are now required to fork over an additional 25 cents when they cross the toll plaza, according to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

That means FasTrak users now have to pay $6.75, Pay-by-Plate payers must cough up $7.75, and carpoolers have to hand over $4.75. There are also price hikes for multi-axle vehicles.

The toll jump is part of a multi-year increase designed to help a budget deficit, according to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

This time next year, Golden Gate Bridge tolls will jump once again by another quarter for most vehicles.

Golden Gate Ferry rates and Golden Gate Transit Bus rates also increased for some routes starting Monday.

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<![CDATA[Lowrider Community Honors Woman Killed by Childhood Friend]]>Sun, 02 Jul 2017 23:20:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/campbell+hit-run+folo.jpg

Family and friends held "one last ride" Sunday to honor a woman allegedly run over and killed by her friend last week in Campbell.

Sally Hernandez died last Tuesday and her childhood friend, Elsie De La Rosa, is behind bars. De La Rosa faces murder and felony hit-and-run charges.

Hernandez was a dedicated member of San Jose's lowrider community, and on Sunday in San Francisco, some of her friends had what they called, "one last ride for Sally." The group put decals of Hernandez on their cars so that she could ride with them.

Police said Hernandez and De La Rosa traveled to a Campbell neighborhood together in the same car Tuesday. They got into a fight after a long night of drinking. That's when De La Rosa allegedly rammed into Munoz and left her to die, police said.

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<![CDATA[Crowd Calls for Trump's Impeachment at March in SF]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:16:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ImpeachTrumpSFMarch.jpg

Scores of people on Sunday flocked to San Francisco and other major U.S. cities demanding that Congress boot President Donald Trump from the White House.

Local independent activists in San Francisco organized the "Impeachment March," which began at Justin Herman Plaza and continued through city streets, with eyes set on furthering the anti-Trump movement.

"He's got to go," participant Gary Shaller said. "I'm raising daughters. I work in health care. I have a lot of patients to take care of. It's an unhealthy presidency for a very sick country and we need somebody to make it better."

During the march, a continually-growing crowd of people, including those flashing "Impeach Trump" signs pinned to their T-shirts or backpacks, could be heard chanting, "What do we want? Impeachment. When do we want it? Now." Echoes of "No ban, no wall, no way, no fascist USA" also rang out among the demonstrators.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Los Angeles and hundreds met in San Diego to call for Trump's impeachment as well.

People marched in Austin, Texas, from the state Capitol to the City Hall, clashing with pro-Trump demonstrators along the way, while Trump supporters and protesters gathered in New York City outside the Trump hotel, according to NBC News.

Three people were arrested in Philadelphia in a dispute between anti- and pro-Trump demonstrators.

Week after week, anti-Trump demonstrations of varying degrees continue to pop up across the country as people voice heated opposition to the policies and behavior flowing from the Trump administration. Those speaking out say they won't be silenced.

"Every single thing that comes out of this president's mouth, every action he takes is contrary to what I believe, and frankly I've had enough," San Francisco march attendee Mark Ransdell said.

The march comes on the same day President Trump tweeted an edited video of himself beating up World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon. But a CNN logo replaces McMahon's face in the edited video.

The tweet did not sit well with many of the marchers taking action in the city by the bay.

"It's appalling," Kristen Cato said. "Our freedom of speech, our freedom of press is seriously being jeopardized right now."

Roughly 1,100 people noted on Facebook that they would participate in the San Francisco march, which appeared to stay peaceful during its duration. An official count of event attendees is not yet known at this time.

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<![CDATA[Impeachment March in San Francisco Strives to Oust Trump]]>Sun, 02 Jul 2017 14:17:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ImpeachTrumpMarchSF_1.jpg

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<![CDATA[Pilot Program to Reduce Cigarette Butt Litter in SF Starts]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 21:17:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/108938428e.jpg

The Surfrider Foundation and two San Francisco District Supervisors began a six-month pilot program Friday to reduce the volume of cigarette butts on beaches, sidewalks and roadways in San Francisco.

"The Hold on to Your Butt" campaign entails installing 40 cigarette butt ash cans along Ocean Beach and on commercial corridors in the Sunset and Richmond districts. The San Francisco Department of Public Works will empty the cans during the campaign to determine the effectiveness of the litter reduction effort.

Supervisors Katy Tang and Sandra Lee announced the pilot program Friday morning at Ocean Beach Stairwell 17.

Twenty cigarette ash cans will be installed on Irving Street between 19th and 21st avenues, on Noriega Street between 19th and 25th avenues and 28th and 33rd avenues and along the Ocean Beach Promenade between Noriega and Rivera streets.

In the Richmond District, look for the ash cans on Geary Boulevard from Arguello Boulevard to Seventh Avenue and from 18th Avenue to 22nd Avenue. The cans will be in the Ocean Beach parking lot from JFK Drive to Stairwell 18.

The collection cans also will have educational material about the toxicity of the butts that frequently end up in sewer systems and coastal waters. Free pocket ashtrays will be available for smokers to use when they are not near a collection can.

The SF Surfrider Butt Brigade will coordinate cleanups and cigarette butt counts in each area before, at midway and at the end of the pilot program to see if the Hold on to Your Butt campaign was successful.

Cigarette butts and tobacco-related products are the top most littered item in San Francisco.

During a two-hour cleanup in San Francisco this year, more than 4,200 butts were collected at Ocean Beach and Noriega Street, 4,615 at 19th Avenue from Lincoln Way to Taraval Street and 6,000 butts were collected along Balboa Street, according to the San Francisco Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Supervisor Katy Tang said the Sunset and Richmond districts adjacent to Ocean Beach "should lead the way to encourage everyone to recognize that we should all be stewards of the environment and the water even when we are not on the beach."

Ash can installations in the Richmond District began as a community-based effort, Supervisor Sandra Lee said.

"This pilot complements cleanup efforts initiated by residents; this is what happens when a community comes together. In Richmond, we take care of Richmond," Lee said.

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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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<![CDATA[Coast Guard Stepping Up Boating Safety Patrols]]>Sun, 02 Jul 2017 10:30:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/coast-guard-generic.jpg

The U.S. Coast Guard is beefing up boating safety patrols throughout the Bay Area this Fourth of July holiday weekend to make sure boating under the influence laws are enforced, agency officials said.

As part of a national effort called Operation Dry Water, members of the Coast Guard will be boarding boats in the San Francisco Bay and elsewhere to check for boating under the influence, a spokeswoman said.

"The Coast Guard is going to be out there making sure everybody is safe on the water," said Coast Guard Lt. Megan Mervar. She said boating under the influence, or boating while intoxicated, is just as dangerous as drinking and driving.

It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state, according to the Coast Guard.

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<![CDATA[Concerns Mount for Whales Dodging Boats in SF Bay]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:19:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CLAP4325.jpg

It's that time of year. Majestic whales are thrilling crowds near the Golden Gate Bridge, but the gigantic mammals are once again faced with eluding boats and other large vessels.

The threat and recent instances of dangerous encounters between man and beast have federal officials reminding people to steer clear of the animals at all times.

"Right now, it's a very bad situation out there when the whales are trying to feed and when a lot of people are clustering around them," Mary Jane Schramm of the National Marine Sanctuary said.

Two recent encounters between humans and whales have been caught on camera, according to Schramm. One photograph snapped from the bridge Wednesday appeared to show a boat T-bone a whale.

"We really don't know what the fate of the whale is," Schramm said. "It looked like it was a real solid hit to the side of the whale."

Just days earlier, video spotted a kite boarder and wind surfers closely zooming around two adult whales.

"To me, it's horrific," Schramm said.

Aside from the adventurers, whales are also forced to keep an eye out for commercial ships clogging the water leading in and out of the bay.

The maze of humans and animals has state officials and the U.S. Coast Guard policing the waters as well as reminding people to stay at least 100 yards away from marine creatures and to never chase the animals.

<![CDATA[Vallejo-Fairfield is Hottest Real Estate Market in U.S.]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:18:20 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/200478945-001.jpg

The most in-demand housing market in the United States is in the Bay Area.

No shock there, right?

But you may be surprised by where it is: the Vallejo-Fairfield market in Solano County.

A Realtor.com tool called the Hotness Index measures where homes are selling the fastest. In that part of the North Bay, properties sell within 31 days. In May, a single-family home in Vallejo was able to fetch $365,000, according to the Mercury News.

Overall, the Bay Area is well represented among the 20 hottest real estate markets in the nation, which also reflects the housing crisis that grips this part of Northern California, the Mercury News reported.

Housing supply is at a historic low in the Bay Area, while housing prices continue to climb. The combination has sent commuters scurrying further away to more affordable locations, which are still within reach of the jobs-rich area.

The second market on the Hotness Index is the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara is No. 9, the Mercury News reported.

The Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade metro area came in fourth place, Santa Rosa is 17th, Yuba City is the country’s 19th hottest market, and Modesto rounded out the list at No. 20.

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<![CDATA[San Jose, San Francisco to Raise Minimum Wages]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:31:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/20160621+money+coins+minimum+wage.jpg

Good news for people who work in San Jose and San Francisco.

Both cities are set to raise their respective minimum wages on Saturday. 

In San Jose, people currently earn $10.50 an hour. That will jump to $12 Saturday, $13.50 on Jan. 1, 2018 and $15 on Jan. 1, 2019. 

City officials estimate that the minimum wage hike will impact about 115,000 workers. 

The San Jose City Council approved these increases in November. According to an economic analysis conducted by the city, a raise from $10.50 to $5 an hour will amount to a pay increase of $3,000.

However, a labor expert at UC Berkeley told NBC Bay Area that minimum wage hikes don't have as big an impact on jobs as you might think. As people earn more, they typically spend more so the two end up balancing each other out.

Meanwhile, San Francisco's minimum wage is set to rise to $14 on Saturday under the terms of a ballot measure approved by voters in 2014.

Proposition J, approved by voters in November 2014, called for the minimum wage to rise gradually to $15 by 2018.

At the time of its passage, the city's minimum wage was $10.74.

Prop J was introduced with the support of Mayor Ed Lee, the Board of Supervisors, labor unions, non-profit groups and the Chamber of Commerce. It passed with 77 percent of the vote, well over the simple majority needed.

After 2018, the wage will be adjusted based on inflation.

The rising minimum wage was celebrated this week by worker's rights groups, who said that work was still needed to enforce minimum wage laws on the books.

Minimum wage violations by employers take away nearly $2 billion in earnings each year in California, according to labor groups.

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<![CDATA[Highway 92 Reopens in Both Directions After Three-Car Crash]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:03:06 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/crime+scene+tape+stock.jpg

A three-car accident early Friday closed Highway 92 in both directions.

The crash occurred near 12000 San Mateo Road, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office tweeted around 7:40 a.m. No injuries were reported.

The blocked lanes reopened around 8:15 a.m., but drivers were told to expect major delays.

No further details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Lawyers, Protesters Flock to SFO as Travel Ban is Reinstated]]>Thu, 29 Jun 2017 23:34:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0629-2017-SFOTravelBan.jpg

A small group of protesters and a team of attorneys flocked to San Francisco International Airport Thursday as President Donald Trump’s new criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries went into effect.

The executive order will impact people traveling to the United States from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen. The new rules will be in place at 5 p.m., according to guidelines issued in a cable sent to all U.S. embassies and consulates, the Associated Press reported.

The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored what was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims.

In the Bay Area, lawyers will be volunteering their time to help any travelers stuck in limbo.

The travel ban generated lot of concern at the SFO's international terminal late Thursday.

Shaz Iqubal's family came in from Pakistan -- not on the ban list -- late Thursday and is still worried about his family being treated unfairly.

"We were worried they would be questioned," Iqubal said.

Many Muslim families late Thursday said they were relieved to see loved ones exit customs.

Visas that have already been approved will not be revoked, officials say. Travelers from one of those countries applying for entry to the U.S., however, must have a parent, spouse, child or son- or daughter-in-law already here. Other family members like grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins will not be eligible.

Christina Sinha will be among attorneys who will set up on-site legal clinics just outside the international arrivals terminal at the airport. An attorney with the Asian Law Caucus, Sinha mobilized to SFO in January when Trump’s original travel ban was issued.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[SF Settles With Fire Department Harassment Victim For $375K]]>Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:08:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lombardi-sffd.jpg

The city of San Francisco has agreed to pay $375,000 to settle sexual harassment charges lodged by a fire department administrative analyst against a commander who was demoted and ultimately resigned last year.

The defendant, then Assistant Deputy Chief Ken Lombardi, left the department last October after he was demoted to the rank of captain.

The civilian who filed a confidential letter with the city, Jessica Kennedy, claimed that Lombardi sexually harassed her after she was hired as an analyst in August 2013.

Until last October, Lombardi, a 27-year veteran, had been in charge of earthquake preparedness and support services for the department.

NBC Bay Area was first to report that Lombardi was demoted by Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. He soon left the department at the civil service rank of captain.

Kennedy opted not to file a lawsuit or a claim with the city. As a result, her accusations remain a confidential personnel matter, San Francisco City Attorney spokesman John Cote said Wednesday.

Nonetheless, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to pay her $375,000 to settle the matter. Her attorney, Barbara Lawless, did not return calls seeking comment.

According to sources, Kennedy claimed that Lombardi had used his command position to coerce her into having a sexual relationship.

According to the agreement to settle the matter, signed in February, the sum involved was to compensate Kennedy for “alleged physical personal injury and associated emotional distress” stemming from alleged “wrongful conduct by the City including, without limitation, discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment.”

The Lombardi case is one in a recent string of harassment scandals to hit the San Francisco Fire Department.

The department reshuffled the command staff at Station No. 2 in Chinatown last year amid allegations of intimidation and hazing of a female firefighter stationed there, including that a colleague allegedly urinated in her bed.

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<![CDATA[House Passes Immigration Bill With Roots in SF Shooting]]>Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:47:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/juan-lopez-kathryn-steinle.jpg

The House on Thursday passed two pieces of legislation — one of which was spurred by a Bay Area woman's shooting death — that will stiffen punishments on people who re-enter the U.S. illegally and for "sanctuary" jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation forces.

"Kate's Law" will impose harsher mandatory minimum prison sentences on deportees who re-enter the United States, with stronger penalty increases for those who have been convicted of non-immigration crimes.

The bill was named after 32-year old Kathryn Steinle, who was gunned down while she strolled along San Francisco's Pier 14 with her father. The Pleasanton woman's alleged killer, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, is an undocumented immigrant who was released by the San Francisco Sheriff's Department just months before the July 1, 2015 incident, despite requests by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials to keep him behind bars. 

Lopez-Sanchez, of Texas, has pleaded not guilty to the crime, but the fatal shooting put San Francisco's sanctuary city policy in the national spotlight.

During a roundtable at the White House on Wednesday with family members of those killed by undocumented immigrants, Trump talked about the importance of "Kate’s Law."

"This law will enhance criminal penalties for those who repeatedly reenter the country illegally," the president said. 

A second approved bill, "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act," will bar states and localities that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities from receiving certain Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security grants, including some related to law enforcement and terrorism.

Trump argued the bills will close "dangerous loopholes exploited by criminals, gang members, drug dealers, killers, terrorists," and told the family members gathered that they'd "lost the people that you love because our government refused to enforce our nation's immigration laws."

But Lorella Praeli, the director of immigration policy at the American Civil Liberties Union, criticized the bills, saying they were "riddled with constitutional violations that completely disregard the civil and human rights of immigrants."

"Despite claims to the contrary," she said in a statement, "Kate's Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act will make our communities less safe by undermining the trust that law enforcement builds with its communities — citizen and immigrant alike."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[New San Francisco Center Devoted to Poster Art]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:30:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0628-2017-AcidTestPoster.jpg

While the rest of the world slips on groovy sunglasses, floppy hats and hippy ware to remember the music of the Summer of Love, Peter McQuaid is launching a new museum in San Francisco to celebrate the poster art movement that blossomed around the same time.

The Haight Street Art Center will open its doors on July 1st — as a destination for the past and future of the poster art genre that shined a dayglow spotlight on artists like Stanley Mouse, Wes Wilson and Lee Conklin.

“It’s been often overlooked by traditional art museums or galleries,” said McQuaid, reclining in the building’s vast upper-level art studio. “It’s viewed upon being commercial which it is — but it’s still tremendous artwork.”

The 12,000 square foot former college building housing the center on Haight and Laguna Streets is anchored by a massive bronze bunny by artist Jeremy Fish which sits out front.

Inside, free-to-the-public galleries are lined with brightly-colored posters advertising concerts and gatherings for quintessential sixties artists like Joan Baez, Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. The walls of the building’s stairway are covered with a solid blanket of modern psychedelic posters for the band Moonalice.

“The way I see it, that art blossomed out of a counter-cultural movement,” McQuaid explained. “It was a group of people that were committed to change.”

Artist Stanley Mouse strolled into the center on a recent day, lugging one of his classic 60s-era posters to show McQuaid. Mouse created the Grateful Dead’s iconic skeleton and roses for a poster — a motif that would go on to adorn everything from t-shirts to cigarette lighters. His poster for the Human Be-in with an Indian man ensconced in a purple triangle is considered one of the iconic images of the era.

“Before the posters advertising was something you’re supposed to grasp in two seconds,” Mouse said. “It became more of an experience to read the poster.”

During the late sixties, band posters evolved from pictures of musicians standing in front of a wall with succinct show information - to full-blown psychedelia illustrations with hidden symbols and even some that shape-shifted with changing colored lights. The posters became an outlet for artists who could let their imaginations run wild — often with the aid of LSD.

“I think the posters all this time have been slightly played down because museums had a hard time showing them because they were kind of drug related,” Mouse explained. “We were doing these posters — pretty much works of love.”

McQuaid said although the center is opening with an homage to the 1967 Summer of Love artwork, its mission isn’t stuck in the past. The center will rent out studio space and equipment to current artists as a way to ensure a future of the movement. The building is an artist cooperative that will eventually be run by artists for artists.

With San Francisco’s rent crisis forcing many artists out of the city, McQuaid hopes the center will be an artistic wrung in the ladder of survival.

“If we’re able to succeed here,” McQuaid said, “artists will get a seat at the table perhaps.”

McQuaid, who grew-up attending concerts in the sixties, said he sometimes appreciated the art more than some of the bands. He sees the center as an homage to a uniquely Bay Area art form that helped define an era that is still celebrated and influential. The posters’ elaborate images and unique lettering distracted from the fact that it was indeed at its core — advertising.

“If you look at them they’re beautiful, and they aren’t really great examples of conventional advertising,” McQuaid said. “There was freedom.”

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<![CDATA[Gunman Skipped Metal Detectors at UPS Facility: Sources]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:41:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Gunman_Skipped_Metal_Detectors_at_UPS_Facility__Sources.jpg

The gunman who killed three co-workers at the UPS facility in San Francisco's Potrero Hill walked around a security checkpoint before entering the building, sources tell NBC Bay Area. Jaxon Van Derbeken reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Immigrant Advocates Brace for Trump's Travel Ban]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:21:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bay_Area_Immigrant_Advocates_Brace_for_Trump_s_Travel_Ban.jpg

Local immigrant advocates are bracing for portions of President Donald Trump's travel ban to take affect. The Supreme Court decided earlier this week to hear challenges to the ban and lifted some of the blocks put up by lower courts. Sergio Quintana reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Pending Settlement Tied to SF's Sanctuary City Policy]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:31:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Pending_Settlement_Tied_to_SF_s_Sanctuary_City_Policy.jpg

A new problem involving San Francisco's Sanctuary City policy has come to light. The city could be forced to shell out nearly tens of thousands of dollars to a man who claims police violated the policy by handing him over to immigration authorities. Christie Smith reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Band Ready to Quit After SF Break-In But Gets a Little Help]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:46:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sweet+crude-0627.jpg

The show must go on.

A band from New Orleans took the stage in Petaluma on Tuesday night, just hours after losing their equipment and belongings after their van was broken into in San Francisco.

Sweet Crude initially planned to call it quits, but the kindness of strangers allowed them to play their set at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma.

Band members admitted when they found their touring van broken into at Market and Jones streets in the South of Market neighborhood, they were ready to wave the white flag.

Band members said the loss of luggage, computers, microphones and two Barcus Berry violins was too much.

But Sweet Crude changed it's tune when managers and family members encouraged them to keep playing. And strangers stepped in to help.

"We were able to pull off some impossible feats today thanks to our management pushing us,"band member Sam Craft said. "Thanks to Lagunitas for being nice and giving us clothes to wear."

Another stranger loaned Craft a violin. They bought new computers, and supporters at the show chipped in to keep the music going.

"They're doing phenomenally," one fan said. "Even if I didn't like their music, I'd buy something. But they are fantastic. So now I'm buying a shirt to support the group."

That support will keep the band on the road.

"For every horrible person out there, there are a thousand amazing people," Craft said. "This is what it teaches you; we are grateful."

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<![CDATA[Fourth of July Festivities Around the Bay Area]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:29:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-71370037.jpg

[Editor's Note: For our extensive list of dozens of events taking place around the Bay Area, click here]

The Fourth of July has always been accompanied by flashy fireworks, barbeques and parades. While this year’s Independence Day falls on a Tuesday, families still have a plethora of events they can attend. Here are some of the top celebrations to attend in the Bay Area this year:

East Bay

4th of July at the Berkeley Marina: Berkeley’s Fourth of July party is an all-day affair. Beginning at noon, attendees will be able to enjoy live music, photo booths and free boat rides from the city’s canoe racing club. There will also be festivities for children with an Adventure Playground, zip line, and petting zoo. A spectacle of fireworks will wrap up the day at 9:35 p.m. by the Berkeley Pier.

4th of July Backyard BBQ: If the most exciting part of this American holiday for you is the food, head over to the Backyard BBQ at Jack London Square in Oakland. This is a free event filled with the best barbeque. Last year, over 10,000 turned up for the party and were able to enjoy local vendors and beer gardens. The event runs from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., leaving plenty of time to find fireworks for the night.

Red, White and Blues Festival: The Alameda County Fair will be hosting the annual Red, White and Blues festival for the Fourth of July. Families at the fairgrounds on Tuesday will be able to soak in the sweet soulful tunes of different jazz and blues musicians. Fireworks will also follow around 9:30 p.m. Be sure to buy a ticket early as all sales will desist after 6 p.m.

Green, Red, White and Blue Celebration: Albany’s celebration will be officially held between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Early birds who arrive between 9 a.m. though can grab a pancake breakfast at the Veteran’s Memorial Building. Once the event has begun, people will have the chance to relive their childhood with classic family fun. Make sure to also check out the Mustache and Beard Contest to see the best hipster looks.


Redwood City’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration: Redwood City is celebrating their 150th Anniversary this year and has planned a day packed with events. Beginning in the morning, community members can either join a 5K run at 8 a.m. or enjoy a plate of pancakes with the Redwood City Fire Department. Following, attendees can check out Northern California’s largest Independence Day Parade which will be hosted by the appointed Grand Marshal, Kenny Ortega. The day will continue with a street fair and fireworks.

Foster City’s Fourth of July Celebration and Festival: Foster City will be hosting their own Independence Day party at Leo Ryan Park. The admission will be free for all who attend. Festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., concluding with a fireworks show by the lagoon at 9:30 p.m. Along with the usual events, there will also be a Family and Dog Parade. Prizes will be given to families and pets for Most Patriotic, Most Unique, Best group and Best Overall.

Palo Alto’s Chili Cook-Off: Families will have to push forward their best cooks for Palo Alto’s 36th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Summer Festival. Competitors can win a cash prize if deemed to be the best chili cooker. Of course, those who can’t handle the kitchen heat will still enjoy the day munching away on Independence Day delicacies.

San Francisco

Fourth of July Pub Crawl: Starting at 4 p.m., beer lovers will be able to check in to Bar None for a pub crawl through San Francisco. Each bar will be holding $3 drink specials until midnight. Those who would rather trade a beer for a bratwurst can also take part in the annual hot dog eating contest. The form to sign up can be found here.

July 4th Celebration at the Pier: The Fourth of July is built off a foundation of good music and a frenzy of fireworks. Pier 39 will have both to enjoy. Live perfromances will be going throughout the day, including one from the cover band Tainted Love - The Best of the 80s Live! at 5 p.m. Fireworks will be put on by the City and County of San Francisco, guaranteeing a spectacular display.

Dockside Fireworks Viewing Aboard SS Jeremiah O’Brien: Head to Pier 45 in Fisherman’s Wharf to board a World War II ship and enjoy the fireworks on the water. Tickets can be purchased either online or in person. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m., three hours before the show.

South Bay

4th of July Dinner and Rooftop Fireworks Viewing: For a more reserved Independence Day, book at spot at Scott’s Seafood fireworks viewing party. $80 will get guests a four-course meal and sparkling wine. Such a setup will also make for a romantic evening. Be sure to request either outdoor or window seating when reserving a spot.

Milpitas 4th of July Celebration: Escape the July heat at the Milpitas Independence Day celebration. Families can make their way over to the sports center for a pool party that will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be free for all who attend, although space is limited. The night will close with the city’s "Red White and Boom" Fireworks and Concert. Attendees will be able to enjoy the music of The House Rockers with a traditional fireworks show.

San Francisco Symphony: The San Francisco Symphony will be moving to the Shoreline Amphitheatre for the night. Here, conductor Edwin Outwater will weave together a procession of music into the night’s Fourth of July firework spectacular. Some songs that will be performed include “Somebody to Love” and the Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back.

North Bay

Sausalito 4th of July Festivities: The City of Sausalito will be putting on a handful of patriotic events. Along with a parade in the morning, attendees will also be able to enjoy a picnic accompanied by food, tug-of-war, and an egg toss. A Journey tribute band will also perform prior to the evening’s fireworks.

Independence Day Wine Train: For a sophisticated Fourth of July Experience, check out Napa Valley’s Wine Train. Those on board will be able to watch the Yountville fireworks. Travelers will also be served a gourmet dinner and wine on their 3.5 hour journey. Tickets are $201 and can be booked by phone.


If you're looking to celebrate the 4th of July outside of the Bay Area, take a trip to Squaw Valley for the rare chance to shred the slopes in July.

Here's a full list of cities where Safe and Sane fireworks are permitted:

  • San Bruno
  • Pacifica
  • Union City
  • Newark
  • Dublin
  • Gilroy
  • Petaluma
  • Sebastopol
  • Rohnert Park
  • Cloverdale

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<![CDATA[9 Injured in Muni Bus Crash in SF's Castro District]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:53:19 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/muni+bus-0627.jpg

At least 9 people were hospitalized after a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency bus collided with a truck this evening in the city's Duboce Triangle neighborhood.

The collision occurred on Castro Street at Beaver Street at about 5:20 p.m., according to Muni spokesman Paul Rose.

The 9 victims, who include people in both the bus and the truck, were hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening.

"We're working with police to investigate what happened," Rose said.

The collision, which occurred on the 24-Divisidero line, is causing some bus delays, Muni officials said. Drivers are being asked to avoid the area.

<![CDATA[San Francisco Minimum Wage Jumps to $14/Hour on Saturday]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:27:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/20160621+money+coins+minimum+wage.jpg

San Francisco's minimum wage will increase to $14 an hour this Saturday.

The jump from $13 was part of an increase approved by voters in 2014. In San Francisco, 128,00 workers starting July 1 will get a pay raise on average about $700 more for the year.

But does it really make a difference? Labor researchers have been looking into the impact of raising the minimum wage, particularly in the restaurant business.

Ken Jacobs, chairman for UC Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education, said there is no measurable effect on jobs to date.

Jacobs said the primary reason is that workers are not just labor, they are also consumers. Or in the case of restaurants, workers are also customers -- if they make more they spend more.

"And what the research has shown is those two things really balance things out," Jacobs said.

San Jose is also raising the minimum wage on July 1 from $10.50 to $12 an hour.

<![CDATA[Teen Shot, Seriously Injured While Driving in SF's Bayview]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:25:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ambulance+GettyImages-478895016.jpg

A teen was shot and seriously injured as he sat in a vehicle at a stoplight in San Francisco's Bayview District Sunday night, police said Tuesday.

The 17-year-old boy was in a vehicle stopped at a stoplight at Bayshore Boulevard and Marin Street around 10 p.m. when a male suspect approached and began shooting, police said.

The boy was struck by gunfire, and his vehicle collided with

another vehicle and struck a pole before coming to a stop. He was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police.

No arrest has been reported in the case as of Tuesday morning.

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<![CDATA[Golden Gate Bridge Toll Prices Set to Increase]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:49:01 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543435346.jpg

Heads up, drivers. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is about to get more expensive.

FasTrak users, Pay-by-Plate payers and carpoolers will all have to fork over an extra quarter beginning July 3, according to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

That means FasTrak users will now have to pay $6.75, Pay-by-Plate payers will need to cough up $7.75, and carpoolers must hand over $4.75. There are also price changes coming for multi-axle vehicles.

The toll hike is part of a multi-year increase designed to help a budget deficit, according to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

This time next year, Golden Gate Bridge tolls will jump once again by another quarter for most vehicles.

Golden Gate Ferry rates and Golden Gate Transit Bus rates are also increasing for some routes come July 1.

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<![CDATA[Racial Bias Persists in SF's Criminal Justice System: Study]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:38:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sfpd-generic-san-francisco-police.jpg

Racial disparities continue to persist in San Francisco's criminal justice system, according to a study reported by the San Francisco Examiner.

The study, which was commissioned by the San Francisco Public Defender's Office and conducted by the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, found that minority populations, especially blacks, are booked on more severe charges, more likely to be convicted of felonies and spend more time behind bars compared to white offenders.

The racial disparity is rooted in the arresting and booking processes as opposed to the court system, according to the study. That point was highlighted by the finding claiming that blacks endure 50 percent more severe charges compared to whites at the time of booking.

Those charges go on to impact minority populations during the court process, according to the study. A black defendant usually spends 90 days winding his or her way through the courts. That number drops to 77.5 days for white defendants. Moreover, the average time a black arrestee spends behind bars is 30 days. That amount of time is 62 percent longer than the average time for whites. For felonies, black defendants are 60 percent more likely to be convicted than whites.

The study's findings have been challenged by the city's police department.

"Our officers charge individuals based on the elements of the crime(s) present," a statement from the department read. "The standard for an arrest is based upon probably cause. Whether a case moves forward or not depends on the District Attorney's Office ability to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt."

Moving forward, continued discussions need to be orchestrated in order to fix the issues spotlighted in the study, according to San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

"Law enforcement is now training officers on implicit bias," Adachi said. "But we have to look at the actual decisions that are being made. How are officers making decisions as to which crimes to charge, and if they’re inflating charges against a particular ethnic group, why is that happening?"

More than 10,000 cases between 2011 and 2014 were examined during the study.

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<![CDATA[New Details Emerge in Case of Missing SF Uber Driver]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:42:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/missing+sf-0524.jpg

The person of interest in the case of a missing San Francisco man was a longtime employee at a Hayward warehouse where body parts were discovered Sunday, and police had searched the warehouse previously without finding anything, the San Francisco Police Department said Monday.

The body parts found at U.S. Trading Co., a food distributor, were being tested by the San Francisco Medical Examiner on Monday against DNA samples provided by the family of Piseth Chhay, an Uber driver who has been missing since May 14. Chhay left his San Francisco home that day to meet family friend Bob Tang and never returned, Chhay's wife, Rattana Kim, said.

Tang, a person of interest in Chhay's disappearance, worked at U.S. Trading for several years, the company said Monday in a statement, adding that it is cooperating with the investigation. NBC Bay Area also learned that the company is owned by relatives of Tang.

Police were called to the warehouse Sunday morning after workers there reported a strong odor. Several bags were found containing body parts, police said.

"I just hope and pray it's not my husband," Kim said. "He needs to come home to these boys; he needs to come home to me."

Documents obtained by NBC Bay Area on Monday show police had searched the Hayward warehouse previously on May 24, the same day they announced foul play was suspected in the case and Tang was a person of interest. It's unclear why the remains were not found then.

Sources told NBC Bay Area that San Francisco police investigators requested cadaver dogs during that initial search, but the dogs weren't used to search for a body.

Tang has been missing since May 24, the day he was scheduled to meet with police for questioning and didn't show. His vehicle was found at San Francisco International Airport a day later. Police believe he may have fled to his native Cambodia.

"We are working closely with our federal partners to locate Mr. Tang," San Francisco police spokesman Robert Rueca said.

The U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with Cambodia, so it's not clear yet whether Tang could be forced to return to the Bay Area to face any possible charges if he is found.

Immigration attorney Joseph LaCome says someone who kills here and escapes to there, may never face justice.

"Even with something as bad as murder, the U.S. can't force the Cambodian government to bring him back," attorney Joseph LaCome said.

The case has been turned over to the San Francisco Police Department's homicide unit.

NBC Bay Area's Terry McSweeney contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Missing San Francisco Man Found Dead After Kayaking Trip]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:48:06 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/coast-guard-generic.jpg

The U.S. Coast says a 40-year-old father who went missing after his kayak flipped over was found dead.

The San Francisco father was kayaking with his 5-year-old daughter near a state park south of Sacramento on Sunday afternoon before the boat flipped over, causing them to go underwater. According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, the pair was not wearing life jackets at the time of the incident.

Investigators say the father carried his daughter on his shoulders until a jet skier spotted them and rescued the girl.

According to authorities, the man went underwater again after his daughter was safe and did not resurface.

His body was found later that day.

The man's identity has not been released.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Brawl, Police Response Shuts Down Westfield Mall in SF]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:59:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SF+MALL+BRAWL-0625.jpg

A large brawl erupted in the Westfield mall in San Francisco Sunday evening, forcing it to close its doors and leaving one officer injured as he tried to stop the violence, police said.

San Francisco police received multiple calls about 6:45 p.m. reporting fights at Westfield San Francisco Centre, police said. Dozens of officers swarmed the shopping mall in the Union Square area of the city and were seen in witness videos taking multiple suspects into custody.

The brawl started between about two dozen people in the food court and grew from there, police said.

Some officers were seen struggling to maintain order during the melee and even being attacked by suspects.

"It did complicate matters and that's why we did have to stop the situation as soon as possible and that's why you see us moving to multiple levels in order to stop and detain these individuals that were involved in this incident," San Francisco Police Department Officer Robert Rueca said.

One officer suffered minor injuries after being pepper-sprayed, police said.


Because of the level of violence and the number of innocent bystanders inside the mall, the center was closed early, police said.

There was no indication what caused the brawl or exactly how many people were involved. Police confirmed late Sunday that one arrest was made.

Officers were still at the scene late Sunday investigating the incident, police said.

The mall is expected to open on schedule Monday morning.

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<![CDATA[Playground in Golden Gate Park Targeted by Vandals]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:51:27 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-25-17_GGP_Playground_Fire.png

Portions of the Koret Children's Playground in Golden Gate Park were burned early Sunday in what officials are calling "terrible acts of vandalism," according to the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

Vandals appear to have set fire to the playground area, which is designed for older children, sometime before 12:30 a.m., according to Dennis Kern, the Director of Opertions for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Derpartment. Melted plastic slides and charred playground features are now roped off by yellow caution tape.

"It's very significant," Kern said. "Children's playgrounds are where kids and families bring their kids to play, to learn, to recreate, and to have somebody completely torch one of our premier playgrounds I think is an affront to the children and to the families of San Francisco."

Roughly 30 to 40 percent of the play area was damaged by the flames, Kern said. The damage could come to cost the city up to $1 million.

The fire is under investigation, according to the San Francisco Fire Department. No injuries have been reported.

The play area is closed for the day, but a nearby carousel will remain open.

The playground, which originally opened in 1888, is located in the southeast corner of Golden Gate Park, according to the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. It was renovated and reopened in 2007.

Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to call 415-920-2933.

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<![CDATA[Sea of Rainbows Bathes San Francisco for Annual Pride Parade]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:57:36 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-25-17_Pride_Parade_1_CMS.png

A weekend jam-packed with community events celebrating the LGBTQ community drew more than a million people and culminated Sunday with the wildly popular LGBT Pride Parade in San Francisco.

The 47th annual event, which is one of the largest in the world, kicked off at 10:30 a.m. The parade traveled along Market Street beginning at Beale Street and ending at Eighth Street. After the parade, the celebration continued with a rally chock-full of inspirational speakers and performers at Civic Center Plaza from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

While promoting identity and diversity was on the forefront of many parade participants' minds, there was also an added spotlight on legal protections for the gay community and staunch resistance to the policies flowing from the Trump administration.

Chanting while marching along Market Street, folks flashed signs reading "Drive Out Trump/Pence Fascist Regime!" and yelled "45 has got to go," which refers to President Donald Trump, the 45th commander in chief of the United States.

Political dignitaries were among those who appeared and spoke at the rally.

"This is love, and this is joy, and this is happiness," Rep. Jackie Speier said. "This is what America should be about, not hatred, which is spewing out of the White House right now."

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom added: "We're not about division. We're about inclusion, and we're about celebrating our differences."

And finally, Mayor Ed Lee chimed in: "Everybody is very mindful; they're ready to fight for their rights and be anti-discriminatory and be the beacon for the rest of the country. This is San Francisco. Everybody is proud to be here."

Some other partygoers celebrating gay pride held signs Sunday that read "No Ban, No Wall, Welcome Sisters and Brothers'' while they danced to electronic music at a stage near San Francisco's City Hall.

Frank Reyes and his husband Paul Brady said they decided to march for the first time in many years because they feel need to stand up for their rights.

Brady says things are changing quickly and "we need to be as visible as possible.''

With millions of people traveling to the city by the bay this weekend for Pride festivities, officials beefed up security to protect those celebrating. Law enforcement officials are reminding Pride participants to trust their intuition and report any suspicious behavior.

The number of uniform and plainclothes officers was high Sunday, and participants at the rally were screened at security checkpoints via metal detectors or wands. Large bags, alcohol, illegal substances, weapons, coolers and fireworks are just some of the many prohibited items.

The security efforts came on the heels of several recent terror-related attacks across Europe and the deadly 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Prior to Sunday's parade and rally, San Francisco Pride featured a Trans March Friday, the creation of the iconic Pink Triangle Saturday and the San Francisco Dyke March, which also occurred Saturday. There were also a host of parties across the city into the late-night hours, but the "Pink Saturday" event was called off for the second-straight year because of security concerns.

Pride attendees are strongly encouraged to utilize public transportation when it comes to heading to and leaving the parade. A number of roads will be blocked off during the weekend.

BART added more and longer trains to its service to accommodate the large crowds, according to the transportation agency. BART riders were asked to purchase round-trip tickets or use pre-loaded tickets to ease congestion inside stations.

For more information regarding the parade, visit the parade website.

The Associated Press contributed this report.

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<![CDATA[Trapped Cat Rescued From Golden Gate Bridge Median Barrier]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:57:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GGBTrappedCat.png

A cat trapped in the Golden Gate Bridge's movable median barrier received a helping hand Saturday from some concerned California Highway Patrol officers.

Not only did the cat survive the "unusual save," but he found a temporary owner in the form of a CHP officer, according to CHP Marin.

"We are very perplexed as to how [the cat] managed to get so far out in the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge without being hit by another vehicle," CHP Marin wrote on Facebook. "Until then, this cute little guy, tentatively named Bridges, is on his way to a new home with people who will take great care of him."

The bizarre ordeal started around 2:50 p.m. when a person called authorities and said they spotted a kitten on the bridge, according to the CHP.

Officers immediately responded, but after one trip across the bridge, they didn't come across the trapped animal. They made another sweeping pass and as they neared the bridge's south tower, they "noticed a little furry head popping out from the inside of the movable median barrier," CHP Marin wrote on Facebook.

CHP officers blocked one lane of traffic, grabbed hold of the cat and transported him to safety, according to the CHP. 

Needing to find some care for the furry feline, Officer Smith with the CHP made some calls and eventually decided to bring newly-named Bridges to the VCA Madera Pet Hospital in Corte Madera, according to the CHP. Bridges was given an exam and offered a bath before being handed back over to Officer Smith with a collection of supplies including medicine and a cat carrier in hand. But a looming question remained: What now?

Bridges did not have a collar or a microchip, according to the CHP. On the spot, Officer Smith decided to foster the kitten and nurse him to full strength.

The animal hospital didn't charge Smith for the medical services and sent the new duo on their way.

"We are so grateful for such a caring group of people who truly care about the well being of an animal in need of some TLC," CHP Marin wrote. "You are absolute rock stars in our books!

Officers with CHP Marin are still looking for the cat's owner. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact CHP Marin.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco to Blow Kisses to the World From Pink Triangle]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:19:33 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-478828198.jpg

The Pink Triangle may be a byproduct of the Holocaust, but San Francisco on Saturday will light up its iconic installation with 150 rainbow-colored kisses, effectively turning its symbolism on its head.

“We’ve totally flipped the meaning of the Pink Triangle – it’s about love and not death,” said co-founder Patrick Carney.

Obscura Digital, known for projecting lights on the Conservatory of Flowers for Summer of Love and on the Empire State Building to raise awareness about animal extinction, will help give San Francisco’s beloved homage to the LGBTQ community a real smacker during Pride 2017.

“We’ve photographed hundreds of people blowing kisses so it’s going to be kisses to the world from the Pink Triangle,” said Carney, visibly excited about the project known as “Kisses from San Francisco.”

The much-awaited light show on the Pink Triangle will be visible from nightfall through 2 a.m., said Obscura Digital.

A week that was marked by a record-breaking heat wave gave way to an overcast and gloomy Saturday, but that didn’t stop nearly 200 volunteers from flocking to the north hill of Twin Peaks.

Blanketed by Karl the Fog, they helped set up the iconic Pink Triangle, which every year honors gay people who were persecuted and slain in Nazi Germany during World War II.

“They had a series of triangles for their undesirables and pink was for the gays,” Carney said.

The Rainbow Flag was created in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker when then-San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk asked his friend to use his skills to make banners for gay and anti-war street protests.

The bright colors have since become synonymous with the gay rights movement. Carney described the Rainbow Flag as “entirely new and beautiful and wonderful.”

In contrast, he said, “The Pink Triangle has a tragic history and part of acknowledging and celebrating where we are for 2017 is remembering where we’ve been.”

Seeking to add a pop of color to San Francisco’s Pride Parade, Carney remembered looking up at Twin Peaks over 22 years ago and seeing a “big, blank canvas.”

So Carney and a friend went out and bought tarp and paint. With the help of eight others, they painted it bright pink “in the dark of the night so we wouldn’t be arrested.”

Fast forward to 2017 and San Francisco police officers and elected officials were on hand to help construct the one-acre Pink Triangle, which features 175 pink tarps that are held in place with 5,000 12-inch long steel spikes.

Carney said that he didn’t expect his “renegade project” to last more than a year or two. However, after ealizing that people didn’t know the meaning or importance of the Pink Triangle, Carney came up with the idea of a yearly ceremony.

Educating people enabled the movement to pick up steam. Decades later, the Pink Triangle continues to resonate.

“Especially in this administration, we’re not sure what’s going to happen with our rights,” Carney admitted. “We’ve had a lot of gains in recent years, but in some states they’re trying to roll back or ignore those gains.”

This year, he said, the Pink Triangle symbolizes resistance from its perch on the highest point of San Francisco, which can be seen for 20 miles away on a clear day, according to Carney.

It’s “barrels of fun,” Carney said.

The Pink Triangle will overlook downtown San Francisco and the Castro district through Sunday evening. Volunteers are needed to break it down between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. More information is available online.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds Remember UPS Worker Killed in SF Shooting]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:15:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ups+big+mike-0614.jpg

Hundreds of people on Saturday packed the Samoan Assembly of God in San Francisco to pay their final respects to slain UPS worker Mike Lefiti.

Lefiti, who is known to almost everyone as "Big Mike," and two other UPS workers were killed on June 14 at a UPS facility in San Francisco when a fellow colleague opened fire before turning the gun on himself.

"This death took me by surprise because when I heard about it, the first thing I said was I hope that’s not where Mike worked," a loved one of Lefiti said during Saturday's service. "Went through the day not hearing nothing."

When news broke that Lefiti was one of the victims, family and community members recounted fond memories of the 46-year-old father of five and Hercules resident.

Lefiti was described by some as having the ability to put a smile on anyone's face at any given time, and despite his large and intimidating physique, he was "just a huge teddy bear," a person on his delivery route said. Lefiti's death prompted those he delivered packages to in the Diamond Heights neighborhood to construct a makeshift memorial in his honor.

His death also challenged others to cherish time with those closest to them.

"Check in with your loved ones," a funeral attendee said. "You never know what's going to happen. So whether it be a text message, a phone call, FaceTime, you got so many avenues to say 'I love you' to somebody. Do it, because you may not get that chance again."

Lefiti was laid to rest at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma.

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<![CDATA[Crews Battle Blaze in San Francisco's Castro District]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:18:20 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-24-17_Castro_Fire_1.png

Fire crews on Saturday battled a blaze in San Francisco's Castro district, according to fire officials.

The one-alarm fire broke out at 495 Castro St. just before 4 p.m., according to fire officials. The fire was contained just before 4:40 p.m., fire officials announced.

There are no injuries or displacements reported at this time, fire officials said.

The flames appear to have ignited on a deck of a three-story residential and commercial complex, fire officials said.

Further information was not available. 

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Luminous in Rainbow Colors for Pride 2017]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:54:51 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-24-2017-herbsttheatersfpride1.PNG

San Francisco Pride 2017 kicked off in a flurry of rainbows.

Millions of people are expected to trek to the City by the Bay through Sunday to celebrate and show support for the LGBTQ community.

The Pride colors were sprinkled liberally across social media — from brightly lit San Francisco City Hall, Coit Tower and Herbst Theater to a Pride flag that billowed boldly over the South San Francisco City Hall. 

"It's great," first time Pride participant Jamie Burns of Davis said. "It's really awesome. There's so much love and so many people."

Up first was the Trans March on Friday, which started from Mission Dolores Park. The event sparked controversy during theo week when people were briefly instructed not to talk to or thank police officers along the route. The online post has since been removed.

Early Saturday, nearly 200 volunteers made their way to the north hill of Twin Peaks, while it was still blanketed by Karl the Fog. They helped set up the iconic Pink Triangle, which every year honors gay people who were persecuted and slain in Nazi Germany during World War II. 

The brightly-colored symbol can be spotted from downtown San Francisco and the Castro district through Sunday. 

The San Francisco Dyke March was up next at 5 p.m., also at Mission Dolores Park. A rally began around 11 a.m. 

All the excitement builds up to the LGBT Pride Parade, one of the largest in the world, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The route runs along Market Street, starting at Beale Street and ending at Eighth Street.

Longtime Pride participant Holly Wallace of Kensingston is excited to see a city buzzing with energy and love for the LGBTQ community.

"I came out 50 years ago and to see all these young people living their lives and so many thousands of us, it's amazing," she said. "It's really special."

In addition to celebrating identity and diversity, Demie Chicos of Oakland has also turned her attention to focusing on the current political climate.

"We’ve gotta be out more than ever now, because we’re in difficult, challenging times," Chicos said.

Security was tight during San Francisco Pride in 2016 since it followed the shooting deaths of 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Luis Roldan, a survivor of the nightclub shooting, and Christine Leinonan, the mother of a Pulse victim, flew from Florida to San Francisco to celebrate with the LGBTQ community and show they aren't being defeated by hate crimes.

"It's not to stop my son's friends from living their lives," Leinonan said.

This year's Pride festivities follow terror attacks in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Somalia, Iraq, Thailand, Syria and even in Flint, Michigan.

So law enforcement officials are taking no chances with people's safety. That said, "there is no specific nor credible threat to any of the events this weekend," Craig Fair, an FBI counter-terrorism expert, assured Bay Area revelers.

Attendees should expect to be screened by walk-through metal detectors or handheld "wands," according to police.

No bags larger than 18 by 18 inches will be allowed, and all bags are subject to search. There will be no storage lockers for oversized bags.

No outside alcohol will be allowed inside and possession of open containers or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on city streets. Inside the event area, alcohol will be available for purchase with valid identification.

The San Francisco Police Department will increase the number of officers stationed at the event both in uniform and plainclothes. People are also asked to trust their intuition and report any suspicious behavior. 

Shootings and other violent incidents have occurred during a number of past Pride celebrations, including a fatal shooting at the 2010 "Pink Saturday" event in the Castro District. That event was canceled last year due to security concerns and will not be returning this year. Celebrations this year turned out to be a bit less organized as a result and there was a noticeable police presence on city streets.

"Regardless of all the violence and stuff, they want to make sure that everybody knows that the streets can still be safe," San Francisco resident Danny Osuna said.

Police this week advised those planning to attend festivities, to avoid accepting drinks from strangers or drinking and driving, to keep valuables with them rather than leaving them in the car and or elsewhere, and to stay with a group of friends when on the street or leaving bars and clubs.

Pride-goers are also strongly urged to take public transit to and from events wherever possible. Both Muni and Caltrain will provide additional service on Sunday for the parade. A slew of roads will closed during the weekend.

For more information on security screening, check out the San Francisco Pride website.

NBC Bay Area's Bob Redell, Thom Jensen and Sergio Quintana contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Gordon Mak via Instagram
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<![CDATA[BART Recovering From Delay Caused by Fire]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:14:51 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/2015-generic-bart.jpg

A major BART delay this evening was caused by burning debris underneath tracks inside the Transbay Tube, BART officials said.

The incident prompted BART officials to single-track trains through the tube, BART officials initially said at 6:15 p.m.

The delay stemmed from a blown insulator that apparently caused a small fire in the tube, BART spokesman Chris Filippi said.

Response crews arrived on scene and were able to extinguish flames caused by burning debris under the track, according to Filippi.

BART is beginning to recover from the incident and riders should expect residual delays.

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<![CDATA[SF to Get 12,500 New LED Streetlights Over Next Year]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:47:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TLMD-LED-LIGHT-FOCO-AHORRO.jpg

City crews are busy replacing thousands of older generation streetlights with more energy-efficient LED lights throughout San Francisco.

The work started in Chinatown at the beginning of this month and is expected to roll into every neighborhood by the end of the year, according to San Francisco Public Utility Commission spokesman Charles Sheehan.

The SFPUC, which owns and operates 60 percent of all the streetlights in San Francisco -- roughly 25,500 lights -- will be replacing 12,500 of them with new LED lights.

"With our new LED streetlights, we will provide better lighting and enhanced safety for our residents and dollar savings for the city's bottom line," Mayor Ed Lee said in a written statement. "The new LEDs will light up key commercial corridors such as Chinatown, and help promote them as premier neighborhood destinations."

The cost of the $2.7 million project is expected to be made up in just four years via both direct electricity savings, since LEDs consume about 50 percent less power than the existing high-pressure sodium lights, and in maintenance costs, since the new lights typically need replacing every 20 years, as opposed to every three to five years for the existing lights.

The installation process is relatively simple, takes less than 20 minutes per light and won't result in any street closures.

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<![CDATA[UPS Shooter Armed With Stolen Guns]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:17:16 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jimmy_Lam.jpg

San Francisco police on Friday said the UPS driver who shot and killed three colleagues last week was armed with two stolen guns and appeared to target his victims.

Commander Greg McEachern told a news conference Friday that investigators have not yet determined Jimmy Lam's motive, but "the shooting appeared purposeful and targeted."

The 38-year-old Lam, who had prior arrests for nonviolent crimes, shot and killed three fellow drivers and wounded two others before killing himself in front of police in the June 14 shooting rampage at a San Francisco UPS warehouse.

McEachern said Lam was armed with two stolen weapons.

He described one as an assault pistol stolen in Utah. Lam fired 20 of 30 rounds from that gun during the shooting. Lam also had a semi-automatic handgun stolen from Napa County and a box of ammunition.

McEachern said it was not known who stole the weapons or how Lam got his hands on them.

An investigation into the shooting spree is ongoing. Investigators are combing through a computer, journal and phones found at Lam's home.

NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Security Measures Ramped Up During SF's Pride Weekend]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:25:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-5431666901.jpg

San Francisco's wildly popular Pride Weekend kicked off Friday, with the annual Trans March.

Millions of people are expected to head to the city to celebrate the LGBTQ community.

Some famous events include the Trans March, which started around 7 p.m. Friday from Mission Dolores Park; the Pink Triangle from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at Twin Peaks; and the San Francisco Dyke March at 5 p.m. Saturday, also at Mission Dolores Park.

All the excitement builds up to the LGBT Pride Parade, one of the largest in the world, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The route runs along Market Street, starting at Beale Street and ending at Eighth Street.

Security was tight during San Francisco Pride in 2016 since it followed the shooting deaths of 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

This year, security will be tight once again, but "there is no specific nor credible threat to any of the events this weekend, "Craig Fair, a FBI counter-terrorism expert, said.

Law enforcement officials are still asking people to trust their intuition and report any suspicious behavior. 

Organizers have already fenced off parts of the Civic Center Plaza, with the main stage going up in front of San Francisco City Hall.

Attendees should expect to be screened by walk-through metal detectors or handheld "wands," according to police.

No bags larger than 18 by 18 inches will be allowed, and all bags are subject to search. There will be no storage lockers for oversized bags.

No outside alcohol will be allowed inside and possession of open containers or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on city streets. Inside the event area, alcohol will be available for purchase with valid identification.

The San Francisco Police Department will increase the number of officers stationed at the event both in uniform and plainclothes.

Shootings and other violent incidents have occurred during a number of past Pride celebrations, including a fatal shooting at the 2010 "Pink Saturday" event in the Castro District. That event was canceled last year due to security concerns and will not be returning this year.

The thought of violence or attacks similar to the recent onslaughts in Europe has at least one longtime Pride attendee saying "no" to attending this year's event. 

"I just don't feel safe anymore," Lee Nager said. "I know people say, 'Well, they're going to let them get to you.' But if they get to me, I won't be here."

Police this week advised those planning to attend festivities, to avoid accepting drinks from strangers or drinking and driving, to keep valuables with them rather than leaving them in the car and or elsewhere, and to stay with a group of friends when on the street or leaving bars and clubs.

Pride-goers are also strongly urged to take public transit to and from events wherever possible. Both Muni and Caltrain will provide additional service on Sunday for the parade. A slew of roads will closed during the weekend.

For more information on security screening, check out the San Francisco Pride website.

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<![CDATA[BART Fare Goes Up to Help Close $31 Million Budget Deficit]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:27:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-25-17_BART_Warm_Springs.jpg

BART's board of directors at its Thursay meeting in Oakland passed a sanctuary resolution declaring the agency's commitment to being a secure and inclusive transit system for all passengers regardless of demographic or immigration status.

During public comment, numerous speakers urged the board to support the Safe Transit resolution.

"The Bay Area's success relies on the contributions of hard-working immigrants and refugees," said Linda Olvera with the California Sanctuary Campaign. "Many of these same people are now hiding and running scared."

Jane Martin with Service Employees International Union – United Service Workers West said people shouldn't have to be afraid when trying to go to work or school or to pick up their children.

"California has taken the lead to being part of the resistance," Martin said. "We're really excited that you're going to be a part of that resistance as well."

Just two speakers criticized the resolution, arguing that there may not be a demonstrated need for such a policy and asking how often people are detained in immigration-related cases on BART.

Director Debora Allen asked BART police Chief Carlos Rojas when the last time a BART rider was asked for immigration papers, and Rojas said he was not aware of any incidents of that nature.

Rojas said an individual was arrested on an immigration warrant, but said that arrest occurred more than five years ago.

Just before noon, the board voted 8-1 with Allen casting the sole dissenting vote.

"We will now be spending our resources keeping BART riders safe, not deporting them," said director Nick Josefowitz, who sponsored the bill along with director Lateefah Simon.

"Under Safe Transit, BART will focus its resources on our top priorities — transporting our riders with affordability, accessibility, and accountability — not harmful, wasteful anti-immigrant policies," Simon said. "I am proud that BART is the first transit system in the nation to pass a Safe Transit policy, and I hope other regions follow."

In an unrelated matter, the board passed an inflation-based fare increase of 2.7 percent as well as a 50-cent surcharge on fares paid for with paper tickets. They also reduced the discount for youth riders ages 5 to 12 from 62.5 percent to 50 percent, and established a new 50 percent discount for youth ages 13 to 18.

Those changes go into effect in January 2018.

"It's 2017, it's time to end the paper tickets," Allen said. "I'm happy to support that. This is a step in the right direction."

In a narrow 5-4 vote, the board also repealed the controversial "seat hog" ordinance, which would have prohibited riders from taking up more than one seat during commute hours with warnings for first-time offenders and a series of escalating fines of up to $500 for repeat violations.

Police had concerns the ordinance would cause delays, target the homeless and lead to unnecessary use of force incidents. It was never enforced.

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<![CDATA[NB Golden Gate Bridge to be Closed For SF Marathon]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:01:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/san-fran-marathon170700426.jpg

The Golden Gate Bridge District Board of Directors voted unanimously Friday to shut down all northbound lanes of the iconic bridge to traffic during next month's San Francisco Marathon.

Concerned for roughly 15,000 marathoners from around the world, all northbound cars will have to find alternate routes between 6 and 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 23. This move has the potential to affect about 4,500 drivers who have driven past runners in past years.

The move aims to bolster safety during the annual event and address terrorism concerns, especially in light of recent attacks in which terrorists have used vehicles in France and the United Kingdom to mow down pedestrians.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco Marathon, which is a qualifier for people seeking to participate in the Boston Marathon. 

"In the past, the only thing separating runners from northbound traffic were construction cones," a staff report said. "The decision to allow events to take place on the Bridge roadway always has been of concern. Each year during the permit process, safety concerns such as impaired and/or distracted drivers are contemplated, discussed and debated.

"Unfortunately, today, those discussions and that debate also must include consideration of the recent tragedies brought on by those intentionally driving vehicles into crowds of pedestrians at notable locations, particularly in areas where there are large concentrations of people."

The board plans to limit southbound traffic to two lanes, which will be separated from the runners by a moveable barrier. Road closures are expected at northbound Presidio Parkway at the southbound 19th Avenue exit and at northbound 19th Avenue at southbound Presidio Parkway.

Closing the northbound lanes will not affect drivers heading to the San Francisco International Airport, the staff report said.

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<![CDATA[Anti-Police Guideline Ahead of Trans March Stirs Controversy]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:19:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trans+march-0622.jpg

Controversy is brewing with the Trans March in San Francisco even before activists hit the streets Friday.

A guideline for the march that instructs people not to talk to or thank police officers along the route was posted then removed Thursday.

The posting said "law enforcement is generally hostile towards trans people, particularly those who are black and brown. From harassment and abuse to violence and outright murder, law enforcement has not been a friend to our communities and many of our allies. Do not talk to them. Do not take selfies with them. Do not high-five them. Do not thank them."

Thousands of people are expected to participate in or watch the Trans March, which begins at 6 p.m. The route will be lined with police officers to ensure safety.

Transgender pastor Meghan Rohrer has volunteered with the Trans March and is a chaplain with the San Francisco Police Department. Rohrer wants the community to know it has support in the department.

"For the officers who volunteer at the Trans March because they are LGBTQ, because they want to support their own community, it means the world to them," Rohrer said.

The board of directors for the march posted the guidelines for the event. They said they were too busy Thursday night setting up for the event to comment on the guidelines, which were removed because of the level of backlash in response.

While the community marches for equal rights for all on Friday, Rohrer is hoping everyone can embrace a guideline of mutual respect.

"We need all the colors of the rainbow at our Pride celebrations, even the blue," Rohrer said.

March attendees are expected to start gathering at Dolores Park in the afternoon, hours before the march kicks off.

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<![CDATA[Coroner IDs Teenage Girl Who Died After Falling Off Cliff]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:46:51 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sf+rescue-0622.jpg

A teenager died Thursday after falling 50 feet off a cliff in San Francisco's Lands End, according to the city's fire officials.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office identified the 17-year-old as Victoria La Rocca of Corte Madera.

La Rocca attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and would have graduated in 2018.

The school sent out a letter informing parents about La Rocca's death.

"It is with great sadness that I write to you of the tragic death of Tori La Rocca '18," the head of the school wrote. "Tori died in an accident after losing her footing at Lands End around 6:30 p.m. this evening. We mourn her loss and ask you to pray for her entire family and friends."

St. Ignatius will be sharing resources to support students and families in the coming days.

Fire rescue crews responded about 6:20 p.m. to a report of a person over the cliff near the Legion of Honor, Fire Battalion Chief Denise Newman said. The incident took place near the Lands End Labyrinth, a scenic outlook that overlooks the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The area is closed off with cable fencing and warning signs.

"This is a tragic incident and our convalescences are with the family and friends, but we really want to ask the public to adhere to the signage there," Sonja Hanson, a spokesperson for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, said.

Avid hiker Lori Luttrell said the area where La Rocca fell isn't easy to navigate.

"A terrible tragedy," she said. "It's very scary. When I go through here sometimes I'm a little nervous."

The teen apparently slipped over the edge and fell all the way down to the water, Newman said. She estimated the girl fell at least 50 feet.

"When we arrived, we tried to get as close as possible, but there was a lot of terrain," Newman said. "Beach Patrol, which is the lifeguard at Ocean Beach, they had their Jet-ski and came on the water side and were able to find the victim."

The girl was still breathing but in critical condition when rescuers reached her. She had suffered multiple injuries and fractures and had been in the water about 10 to 15 minutes, Newman said. 

The beach patrol transport vehicle took the victim to China Beach, where an ambulance was waiting. Once in the ambulance, however, the victim was pronounced dead, Newman said.

The coroner's office said no additional information will be released until the office completes its investigation with the U.S. Parks Department.

NBC Bay Area's Christie Smith contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Doctors in SF Rally Against Senate Health Care Proposal]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:06:02 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/doctors+rally-0622.jpg

Health care, not wealth care.

That was the key slogan Thursday at San Francisco General Hospital, as doctors rallied to oppose the Senate's new health care proposal.

The group of doctors and other medical staff members chanted "Healthcare yes, denials no, profiteering has got to go." They say they have firsthand experience with the Affordable Care Act, and while it's not perfect, it's working.

"For here at the general, before ACA, nearly 35 percent of our patients came here and got care uninsured," Dr. Jeff Critchfield said. After the ACA, 3 percent of our inpatient days and 10 percent of our outpatient days are uninsured."

Doctors and nurses are angry that the Senate's health care bill includes a tax break for the nation's wealthiest people.

They also say the cuts to Medicaid will leave too many families without any health care coverage.

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<![CDATA[Pride Celebration to Include Tribute to Rainbow Flag Creator]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:47:09 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503856198.jpg

This weekend, San Francisco’s Market Street will be awash in rainbow colors as an estimated 1 million people turn out for the annual SF Pride celebration. But the man who created the rainbow flag will be notably absent.

Gilbert Baker, the creator of the rainbow flag, died in March at the age of 65, leaving behind a colorful legacy that will be celebrated during this year’s parade.

“We’re doing a moving art piece as well as a tribute on the main stage for him,” said George Ridgely, executive director of SF Pride.

Ridgely said in addition to the Pride’s official tributes, many of the parade’s more than 200 contingents will likely create their own tributes — just as they did last year following the mass Orlando gay nightclub attack that left 49 people dead.

Even without the tributes in the parade, Ridgely said the entire parade route of rainbow banners and flags serves as the most fitting tribute to Baker.

“His spirit is there,” Ridgely said, “and has always been there with those flags along the route.”

Baker crafted his unique six-color flag in San Francisco in 1978 while working for the Paramount Flag Co. With his activist’s gift for outreach, the flag quickly caught on as a symbol of the LGBT movement and eventually spread globally.

“The symbol now has taken a whole life of its own,” said Tom Taylor, who worked with Baker on some of his early flags. “We really love seeing it going around the world.”

Baker moved to New York in the 1990s but would often return to San Francisco and his home away from home in Taylor’s workshop, which included commercial sewing machines. There he would work on ideas such as the mile-long rainbow flag he created for New York to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the gay civil rights movement.

“After he made the mile-long flag in New York, that was it,” Taylor said. “That cemented it in history.”

Taylor and his husband Jerry Goldstein recently hosted a memorial gathering for Baker at the Castro Theater. The line of attendees stretched down the block, snaking beneath recently installed rainbow banners for the Pride celebration. Bruce Beaudette stood in the line engulfed in a costume that looked like a rainbow ribbon factory had just exploded.

“Before 1978, we didn’t have a joyous symbol representing us,” Beaudette said. “It’s also joyously colored,  life and happiness.”

A few steps away, Michael Wong, artistic director for the Gay & Lesbian Freedom Band, wore a drum major outfit and conducted the band through a romp of popular songs.

“We’ll see at the Pride parade this year so many remembrances of Gilbert,” Wong predicted, “because the rainbow flag will be seen everywhere.”

Baker’s flag has recently become embroiled in controversy after a Philadelphia LGBTQ group added stripes of brown and black to represent people of color. Goldstein is among those who believe the idea is misguided, saying the flag’s six existing colors already were intended to represent everyone.

“All of the colors in the rainbow flag and those he proposed were all of inclusivity,” Goldstein said. “There are six colors, and the six colors are going to endure forever.”

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<![CDATA[Whale Spotted Frolicking in SF Bay on Hot Day]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:11:57 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-22-17-SF+WHALE.jpg

It's one of the hottest days of the year and a whale was spotted enjoying the cool waters of the San Francisco Bay.

NBC Bay Area's SkyRanger on Thursday noticed the whale breaching the waters near Ocean Beach and then diving beneath the surface.

The massive marine mammal was seen just three days after a pod of whales delighted people on the Golden Gate Bridge

We wish we could join them!

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<![CDATA[Shelter-in-Place Order Issued Amid SF Gas Main Break]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:33:49 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sffd.jpg

A San Francisco gas main break on Thursday prompted police to issue a shelter-in-place order, which has since been lifted, according to fire officials.

The ruptured gas line is located at 23rd Avenue and Lake Street, they said. 

Firefighters were on the scene of the incident that was reported around 11:45 a.m. 

The shelter-in-place order was in effect for a block in all directions from that intersection, fire officials said. People were urged to stay indoors and keep windows closed so as to limit exposure to the gas. The order was lifted, without any injuries, around 12:20 p.m.

No further details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Swelters Amid Dangerously High Temperatures]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:45:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-53263722.jpg

The Bay Area is in the grips of a dangerous heat wave that was expected to peak Thursday. 

A National Weather Service excessive heat warning is in effect until 9 p.m. The National Weather Service says they expect daily records for the Central Valley and the rest of the interior.

High temperatures across the Bay Area are expected to range between 90 and 105 degrees across most inland areas with locally hotter temperatures possible, forecasters said.

Caltrain posted on Twitter around 1:45 p.m. Thursday that a Level 1 heat restriction was in place on all main tracks that connect San Mateo and San Jose. That means trains will be running at slower speeds than normal. The restriction expired about 6:40 p.m.

Two people died this week due to the extreme heat wave. A 72-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman died in San Jose Monday, when temperatures reached 94 degrees. A third person died Tuesday, but the Santa Clara County coroner has yet to confirm that it was caused by the heat.

The soaring temperatures and stagnant air are also likely to create unhealthy levels of ozone, prompting the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air alert for Thursday

Another major concern during the scorching temperatures is a growing strain on the local power grid, which could prompt widespread outages. 

All week, PG&E has been ramping up for Thursday.

Crews have combed through neighborhoods on the hunt for vulnerable tree limbs, which were taken care of before they could fall and potentially take down light poles.

The utility is using smart meters to identify outages faster than relying on customers calling in. PG&E meteorologists are also using outage prediction models to pinpoint where the heat could trigger power outages before they happen so crews can preemptively get in place.

For a list of Cooling Centers and information on heat-related illnesses and prevention, visit the County of Santa Clara Office of Emergency Services website or call 211.

People are being urged to take every possible precaution in the heat. Here are some ways to beat the heat:

Additional tips for those who must work or exercise 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.


  • 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['Hot Cop' to Stand Trial for San Francisco Hit-and-Run Crash]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:44:05 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0709-2014-ChrisKohrs.jpg

A San Francisco police officer — dubbed on social media as the "Hot Cop of Castro" — has been ordered to stand trial in connection with a crash in North Beach that left two men with serious injuries.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports 39-year-old Christopher Kohrs faces two felony counts of hit and run for the November 2015 incident.

Kohrs originally faced two counts of hit and run causing injury, but had one count increased to hit and run causing serious permanent injury.

Police say Kohrs was driving on a road when he slammed his car into two men, both in their 40s, who were crossing at night. Police say he then ran away from the scene.

Kohrs turned himself in about eight hours after the incident.

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<![CDATA[Pride Flag Variation in Philadelphia Sparks Backlash in SF]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:48:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pride+flag-0621.jpg

Nearly 40 years ago, when the first gay pride flag was unfurled at San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade, the rainbow of colors became an instant symbol of a community.

But the recent addition of two colors in a Philadelphia celebration has sparked controversy within the LGBTQ community.

The six colors of the flag, as designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker, were intended to inspire unity. During festivities in Philadelphia, a pride flag was unveiled that included the colors black and brown. And that has people talking.

"The gay flag is supposed to be a rainbow of inclusiveness," Marina Coleridge said. "There’s not a white band on it, so why do we need a black and brown band on it?"

"When it comes to our own community, we’re in these bubbles and these boxes, and we don’t want to, I think, confront that issue," added Darrell McElvana.

The flag was first commissioned by San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.

Baker died just a few months ago, so the controversy comes at an interesting time for some of his close friends, including activist and author Cleve Jones, who addressed the issue by tweeting an alternative design for an even more defiant flag.

"I wish they would have created something more beautiful that honors our history and the black and Chicano power movements of the '70s," Jones said by phone.

Jones said Baker originally designed the flag with more colors, and he welcomed all kinds of variations.

"He started the flag with more than just the six colors that we have now so, you know, the idea was to put even more colors out there," said Nichole Ostrowski.

For many, inclusion within the gay community is a conversation that’s long overdue. Adding two colors to a flag may not be a solution to that problem, but it might be a start.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Couple Trades Expensive City Living For a Van]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:46:37 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/162*120/0621-sprintervan6.JPG

A San Francisco couple uprooted their life in 2015 to take to the vast roads of America. As reported by Business Insider, Juliana Linder and Richmond Hollen decided to leave their pricey rentals in the city for something more rewarding.

In return, the two bought a van for $12,000 and began constructing their new abode. After converting the old Sprinter Van into a home on wheels, they loaded up their lives and began to drive across the country.

In an interview with She Explores, an adventure website for women, Juliana explained that the two had already begun to fantasize about ditching their expensive lifestyle in the city before dating. After meeting up, Richmond’s visions of surfing the coast and Juliana’s ideas of recreating the Steinbeck novel, “Travels with Charley,” began to meld together.

Their excursions led them through the pastoral coastlines of California, Oregon, and Mexico. Here, both Juliana and Richmond were able to live out their dreams, filling their time with activities like rock climbing and reading, as described by Business Insider.

Richmond also expressed to the news site that abandoning San Francisco for a more bohemian lifestyle has left him with a new perspective: “There’s no pressure. [You’re] learning to let be.”

Recording their journey on social media and their blog Home Sweet Van, the couple began to attract other wistful souls hoping to escape the city. The couple's Instagram has 128,000 followers and the nomadic duo has written their own book, hoping to give more insight into their travels.

While Juliana and Richmond carved their own path to happiness, those who are serious about doing the same can do so in just a few months. The couple has even recently announced that they are preparing to sell the original Sprinter Van that carried them across the country. So if you are hearing the whispers of nature calling your name, check out Home Sweet Van for inspiration on life on the road.

<![CDATA[San Francisco Couple Transforms Van into Nomadic Home]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:12:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/188*120/0621-sprintervan1.JPGA San Francisco couple uprooted their life in 2015 to take to the vast roads of America- in a van.

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<![CDATA[Uber Searches for a New CEO in Wake of Kalanick's Departure]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:54:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mayer-wojcicki-0621.jpg

Uber seeks a strong manager who can repair a broken image, juggle multiple lawsuits and government investigations, develop and nurture a new corporate culture and lead a successful IPO.

That's a lot for potential candidates to consider. Uber needs a new leader after former CEO and company founder Travis Kalanick resigned Tuesday night under pressure from Uber's board and investors. A series of missteps, from allegations of stealing technology to a profanity-laced outburst that was caught on film by an Uber driver, led to Kalanick's resignation.

Some experts believe Uber will look for an outsider with turnaround experience. Others point out that insiders may know best what is needed to fix Uber and not everyone at the company was tainted by Kalanick's behavior. They also think the board will strongly consider a female candidate, given recent criticism of Uber's lack of diversity.

At least two prominent female executives have already taken their names out of the running: Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Arianna Huffington, a current member of Uber's board.

Sandberg has no plans to leave her current job, a person close to her told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Sandberg has not publicly weighed in yet. Huffington ``has no interest in the CEO role,'' according to Monica Lee, a spokeswoman for Huffington's current company, Thrive Global.

Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research says automotive CEOs would be a good fit, and would be familiar with Uber's push into autonomous vehicle research. Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally is well known for turning around that struggling automaker, and he has tech experience from serving on the board at Google. His successor at Ford, Mark Fields, was recently ousted because of Ford's flagging stock price. But Fields delivered record profits while at Ford, and became a familiar face in Silicon Valley after setting up Ford operations there.

David Cush, a longtime American Airlines executive, was believed to be in the running for a chief operating officer spot at Uber before Kalanick's departure. He could now be among those considered for CEO. Cush was named CEO of Virgin America in 2007, shortly after the Richard Branson-backed carrier began flying. Under Cush, Virgin developed a hip image and loyal following, especially in its home market of California.

On Cush's watch, Virgin America went public with an initial sale of stock in 2014, then was sold to Alaska Airlines last year for $2.6 billion. Cush did not stay after the sale closed.

Tech leaders also are likely to be in the running. Women such as Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube since 2014, or Marissa Mayer, who most recently ran Yahoo, would help change Uber's male-dominated culture.

"Appointing a woman would certainly send a strong signal given the recent troubles, and that would be one of the easiest ways to cement a broad cultural shift away from the frat mentality that often characterized Travis Kalanick's tenure," Dawson said. But he thinks Uber's board will prioritize track record and reputation over gender in its hiring.

Some insiders could also be on Uber's list, including Uber co-founder Garrett Camp. In a blog post this week, Camp said Uber had gotten obsessed with growth and wasn't listening to employees and, especially, drivers.

"I believe that our business can have 10x the impact it has today?_?once we have additional leadership and training in place, and evolve our culture to be more inclusive and respectful," Camp wrote in a blog posted on Medium.

Rachel Holt, a fast-rising executive who heads Uber's North American operations, could be in the running. The company also recently hired two standouts: Harvard Business School's Frances Frei as its senior vice president of leadership and strategy and Bozoma Saint John, who left Apple to become Uber's top brand officer.

Uber has already fired 20 people as part of an ongoing sexual harassment probe. Gartner analyst Michael Ramsey said a good CEO candidate could emerge from those who remain.

"They know better than anyone what needs to happen to change," Ramsey said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Allegedly Tries to Run People Down at Protest]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:43:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-699420030_594_screen.jpg

A man on a motorcycle allegedly drove into a crowd of people protesting Republican efforts to change federal health care Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco, nearly hitting several of the demonstrators.

Protesters had gathered outside the San Francisco Federal Building at 7th and Mission streets around 12:30 p.m. and were conducting a "die-in," in which a group of around 20 people laid down on Seventh Street to block traffic, when the incident occurred.

Emily Lee, a spokeswoman for the group Bay Resistance, which organized the protest along with Senior and Disability Action, said the man drove up on a red motorcycle, traveling the wrong way on Seventh Street.

"Everyone thought he was just confused, but he didn't stop, and at some point it became clear he was going to come through the crowd, and people jumped out of the way," Lee said.

"He was definitely targeting us," she said. "It was unclear if it was for political reasons or if he was just mentally unstable or what, but it was terrifying."

Lee said the man then turned around and began to come back through the crowd.

Federal police officers on the scene ordered him to stop, and one pulled out a gun when he initially failed to listen to orders to get off his bike, Lee said.

Police Officer Robert Rueca said there were no injuries as a result of the incident. The suspect is in custody, but charges have not yet been determined and his identity has not yet been released.

The "die-in" was intended to illustrate the potential effects of Republican health care legislation now moving through the U.S. Senate. A Congressional Budget Office report found that 23 million fewer people would have insurance by 2026 under a similar law approved in the House in May.

The event was part of a national day of action regarding the health care legislation, which is moving through the Senate with little public input or notice.

Lee said the group lying in the street included seniors and people with various disabilities because they would be among those most affected by the legislation.

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Detained After Running Through Protest: SFPD]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:39:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-699416572_594_screen.jpgHealth care protesters staged a demonstration Wednesday in San Francisco and a motorcyclist was detained by police after allegedly driving through the protest.

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<![CDATA[Part of Golden Gate Bridge May Be Shut Down for SF Marathon]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:58:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/san-fran-marathon170700426.jpg

Authorities are considering shutting down all northbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge to motorists during the San Francisco Marathon in July.

The proposal aims to bolster safety during the annual event and address terrorism concerns.

"In the past, the only thing separating runners from northbound traffic were construction cones," a staff report said. "The decision to allow events to take place on the Bridge roadway always has been of concern. Each year during the permit process, safety concerns such as impaired and/or distracted drivers are contemplated, discussed and debated. Unfortunately, today, those discussions and that debate also must include consideration of the recent tragedies brought on by those intentionally driving vehicles into crowds of pedestrians at notable locations, particularly in areas where there are large concentrations of people."

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors will consider the recommendation at a meeting on Friday.

Staff is recommending shutting down all northbound traffic from 6 to 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 23. Southbound traffic will be limited to two lanes.

The San Francisco Marathon is expected to draw 15,000 runners between the marathon and the first half marathon. View Friday's agenda on the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District website.

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<![CDATA[Magnitude-3.3 Earthquake Felt in East Bay on Hayward Fault]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:49:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/210*120/SFQUAKE.PNG

A magnitude-3.3 earthquake was reported at noon Wednesday in the East Bay, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake occurred on the Hayward fault, according to the USGS. It's point of origination was located one mile away from El Cerrito, Kensington and Albany, three miles from Berkeley and 12 miles from San Francisco.

More information can be found here.

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<![CDATA[Heat Wave Scorches Bay Area, Strains Power Grid]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:14:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-81651821.jpg

PG&E customers across California have been asked to conserve electricity through Wednesday before the statewide heat wave peaks.

The California Independent System Operator, which oversees the operation of the state's bulk electric system, transmission lines and electricity market, on Monday issued a statewide Flex Alert, asking people to voluntarily cut down on utility consumption.

The goal is to save 500 megawatts to avoid widespread blackouts, the agency said. And that means everyone must pitch in. Electric customers are urged to conserve electricity from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We find that 500 megawatts shaved off is enough to get us over the critical time," said Anne Gonzales, a CAISO spokeswoman. "If consumers can respond, that will take a lot of the stress off of the grid."

Conservation is especially recommended during the late afternoon, when air conditioners are typically at peak use, officials said.

According to CAISO officials, electric customers can help avoid power outages by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 2 p.m. or after 9 p.m., and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.

Temperatures are expected to soar Thursday, forcing the National Weather Service for the Bay Area to upgrade a heat advisory to an excessive heat warning for some of the hotter inland areas of the North Bay mountains and the East Bay valleys and hills.

The heat advisory has also been extended until Thursday evening for most inland areas and expanded to the San Francisco Bay shoreline, including Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, Redwood City and San Mateo — but not San Francisco.

Coastal locations will be near normal, but inland weather is expected to be roughly 20 degrees hotter than usual.

Temperatures will rise an estimated two to five degrees from Tuesday to Wednesday, then another two to five degrees on Thursday — and some areas may exceed 110 degrees.

The weather will begin to cool off Friday, continuing into the weekend.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Advances Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:12:03 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sf+tobacco+ban-0620.jpg

The city of San Francisco is on the verge of banning the sale of flavored tobacco products because of the danger they present to children.

Supervisors on Tuesday advanced a proposed ordinance that would eliminate the sale of vapor products, menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

Supervisor Malia Cohen authored the ordinance and said Tuesday she knows it’s going to hurt corner stores, smoke shops and vaping retailers, so she’s willing to put off implementation until April 2018 to "help those businesses transition."

Shop owners in the city say the ban, regardless of when it happens, will put them out of business.

Inside Gone With the Smoke, a vape shop on Geary Street in the city's Nob Hill neighborhood, owner Christoher Chin said the argument that he’s catering to children with flavored nicotine is ridiculous.

"As you can see on my sign, it says no one under 21 allowed in here," Chin said.

But outside the supervisors chambers on Tuesday, a co-sponsor of the proposed flavored tobacco ban says that is exactly what's happening.

"They’re indistinguishable from candy," District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy said, adding that flavored e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes are the tobacco industry's tools for hooking new nicotine addicts. "They’ve actually priced menthol cigarettes cheaper to get people hooked on them."

Cohen agreed.

"They taste good, and they mask the harsh flavor of tobacco," she said.

The board vote Tuesday was unanimous in the ordinance's first reading. A second reading takes place next week, when it is expected to pass.

Chin anticipated the ban would be approved, as a majority of the supervisors had co-sponsored the ordinance.

"That puts myself out of business," he said. "It puts many other people out of business."

Chin is considering a new business venture: selling marijuana from his Union Square-area store.

"There’s a little hypocrisy there; you’re still inhaling something that’s burning, but you don’t want to inhale the cigarettes," Chin said. "I don’t get that one."

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<![CDATA[Bay Bridge Steel Returns as Public Art]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:25:30 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0620-2017-BayBridgeSteel.jpg

The old East span of the Bay Bridge may now live only in memory — but some 450 tons of its steel beams will carry on — as public art.

Over the last week, artists representing 14 art projects turned out at a Caltrans yard in Oakland — which sits in view of where the old span was replaced by a sleek new one — to claim their allotment of the bridge’s salvaged steel.

Artist Katy Boynton anxiously rocked on her heels, tipping back her hard hat to watch a crane lower large rust-colored beams onto a truck. Boynton was one of the artists awarded the steel through an application program administered through the Oakland Museum of California.

“I really take a lot of heartfelt pride in knowing that this metal has such historic value,” Boynton said above the din of the crane, “that so many people drove across.”

The program required artists receiving steel to build public projects — and provide their own trucks to haul it away. Boynton plans to build a metal wind chime for San Francisco’s Pier 3 that will pay tribute to the statue of Pacifica that stood at the Treasure Island World’s Fair.

Boynton has visited the stored steel numerous visits during the last year — anxiously awaiting the day when she would finally get to haul it home and start work.

“Every time i would come for a visit to look at the steel and make some decisions,” Boynton said, “I always felt like I was going to the adoption agency but couldn’t bring my babies home. So today is adoption day.”

The adoptions were occurring at a rampant pace on Friday. As one truck hauled off a load of steel, another took its place. Leslie Pritchett of the Oakland Museum of California barked into a radio summoning more trucks and directing workers to the segregated piles of materials.

“I assure you to the awardees this does not look like junk,” Pritchett said gesturing toward a pile of rusty beams. “It looks like gold.”

Pritchett said the beams getting distributed ranged in weight from a thousand pounds to twelve tons. Artist Tom Loughlin went for the top of the scale in picking out four twelve-ton pieces for the sound sculpture he plans to build for Treasure Island — which has allotted $50 million for public art. Each beam required its own big rig to haul it away.

“The way I’m wired I wanted the biggest, heaviest, most unwieldy pieces,” Loughlin said. “And I wanted to shape them into something I’d imagined.”

In addition to the large steel beams, the salvage included recognizable pieces such as the lights that sat atop the bridge’s towers. Pritchett said the various pieces would go to projects across the Bay Area and as far away as Truckee and Joshua Tree.

“The idea is just to carry the legacy of the bridge forward in new and really exciting and interesting ways,” Pritchett said.

Boynton hopped up and down and high-fived a friend as the last beam was loaded onto her truck and began its slow rumble toward her studio in the American Steel Building in West Oakland.

“It’s all packed up,” Boynton shouted. “Now the fun stuff begins.”

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<![CDATA[Golden Gate Park Preps for Summer of Love Art Light Show]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:28:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Thumbnail_LightShow.jpg

A psychedelic lighting installation debuts to the public Wednesday in Golden Gate Park as a tribute to the Summer of Love 50th anniversary. The project was initiated by Ben Davis, who founded the nonprofit Illuminate. 

Davis says the event is all about bringing back the spirit of love.

"San Francisco has always been a magical place," Davis said. "But our ability to bring light and love into the world when fear and darkness is spreading is even more important than ever."

Guests at Golden Gate Park on Monday night were treated to a special look ahead of the opening as technicians from Obscura Digital, which creates large-scale light art installations around the world, when it tested its lighting projections against the Conservatory of Flowers building.

The San Francisco-based creative studio has lit up everything from Vatican City to the Empire State Building over the years.

However, this time, its talents are being showcased for an audience much closer to home.

The show was developed through a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, the Conservatory of Flowers, Obscura Digital, the San Francisco Parks Alliance and other philanthropic partners, according to Davis.

"This is a free experience. You don't need a ticket, you just need to come to the park," Davis said. "Everyone is just trying to make something magical for the other person."

The grand lighting Wednesday will be accompanied by a free Surrealistic Summer Solstice concert at 6 p.m.

"It’s really a way to reconnect us to the spirit of light and love in a time when the world needs it," Davis said. "1967 was a challenging time — a time of war, a time of protest, a time of need an energy shift — and I think we're right back there again."

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<![CDATA[Gas Leak Prompts Shelter-in-Place in SF Neighborhood]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:44:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NBC+Bay+Area+Breaking+News+Image17.png

A San Francisco neighborhood is ordered to shelter in place Tuesday afternoon while crews respond to a two-inch gas main break.

The incident was reported just after noon in the area of 20th and Douglas streets, just off Market Street and near the city's Castro District.

Fire officials said gas was stopped in the area at 12:11 p.m.

No other information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[SF Dignitaries Kick Off Pride Week With Flag-Raising]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:09:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06-19-2017-flag-raising-ceremony.jpg

Mayor Ed Lee and Rep. Nancy Pelosi raised the LGBT flag Monday morning to kick off SF Pride week in San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[Bike Sharing Program Expands in Bay Area]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:43:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bicycle+generic.jpg

A Bay Area bike share program rolled out an expansion this month, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Brooklyn-based Motivate runs the program and is operating under a 10-year contract with the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission, according to the Chronicle.

The bike share program is currently available in San Francisco and San Jose.

Motions to expand have already begun, with the company moving into three more cities with a total of 7,000 bikes. The new areas in the expansion include Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville.

With the increase of bikes and cities, here are some new paths to check out in each destination:


If looking for a scenic bike path, head to the Emeryville City Marina. This cove will give riders an opportunity to peddle a portion of the 500-mile San Francisco Bay Trail. The dock will provide paved roads and make for a great outing for the whole family.

Being in a marina, visitors will be able to take in the fresh Bay water as well as admire the boats inhabiting the harbor. Bikers can also pull over after their trip to shop or grab something to eat on Bay Street in Emeryville.


While the marina will provide views of the ocean, Butters Canyon will lead your through untouched greenery. As reported by the East Bay Express, this bike route will temporarily alleviate city stress and replace it with nature’s serenity. To begin, cycle over to the Oakland Hills and enter from Mountain Boulevard.


Another route praised by the East Bay Express is the Layfayette-Moraga Regional Trail. Another ride great for families, this path takes cyclists for a tour of Bay Area neighborhoods. There are side paths as well, allowing riders to spice up the route with intermediate hills. East Bay Express warns enthusiast to head there early to beat the heat.

<![CDATA[Wounded UPS Shooting Survivor Baffled Over Suspect's Motive]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:44:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/6-14-17-getty-UPS+SF+SHOOTING2.jpg

A San Francisco UPS driver recovering from a gunshot wound says he does not understand why colleague Jimmy Lam shot him and killed three fellow workers last week in a warehouse workplace shooting.

A police official has said that Lam appears to have felt disrespected by co-workers but did not know if that motivated the shooting.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

Wounded driver Alvin Chen told The Associated Press in an interview Monday that disrespecting Lam would not have been in character for those killed.

Chen said Monday his friends Benson Louie and Wayne Chan were kind people and that the third man killed, Mike Lefiti, was helpful.

Chen says the shooting happened after worker warm-up stretches.

Meanwhile, UPS workers and customers gathered for a cross-faith prayer and vigil outside the warehouse Monday. Driver Leo Parker, who watched the shooting unfold in front of him, said the three who were killed were good friends. Parker told NBC Bay Area he’s not yet ready to go back to work.

"It’s a very shocking thing," he said. "Most of it happened right in front of me; most of the images you can’t just get out of your head."

Parker said he saw Lam walk in with a gun in his hand seconds before the shooting.

"We were in the meeting, and he just walked up and popped him right in the head," Parker said, adding that Lam was close enough to him to kill him. "He glanced at me, and I looked at him, and I saw the gun in his hand. And then he turned the other way.

"And then when I dove under the truck, all I heard was pop pop pop pop," Parker added.

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<![CDATA[Whales Beneath Golden Gate Bridge Delight Onlookers]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:57:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/207*120/whales+in+bay.jpg

Humans looking to beat the heat sweltering the Bay Area this weekend weren't the only ones making a beeline for a cooler San Francisco.

Multiple whales splashed their way underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, treating amazed onlookers to quite a show.

Various people cruising in boats or walking across the bridge captured the marine creatures in action and posted the memorable events on social media.

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<![CDATA[Triple-Digits Blanket Inland Locations, Set Records]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:41:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-18-17_Heat_Santa_Cruz.jpg

Triple-digit temperatures once again blanketed portions of the Bay Area Sunday, provoking some to flock to pools and ice cream shops in hopes of escaping the dangerous heat.

A heat advisory, which kicked into effect Saturday morning for most of the Bay Area, has been extended to Thursday night. Temperatures away from the coast and immediate locations surrounding the San Francisco Bay are expected to top out anywhere from the upper-90s to mid-100s during that time period, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunday, which is likely to be the hottest day during the lengthy heat wave, featured a slew of unofficial record-breaking high temperatures across the Bay Area.

Temperatures in San Francisco were forecasted to range anywhere between the high-70s to low-80s, but San Francisco by 12 p.m. reached 88 degrees, breaking a record previously set in 1993, according to the NWS. Nearby San Francisco International Airport reached 96 degrees, shattering the previous record-high of 88 degrees established in 1981.

The thermometer at the Oakland International Airport also eclipsed a new high of 96 degrees, breaking a previous high of 93 degrees set in 1962. In San Jose, the mercury rose to 100 degrees, breaking the previous high mark of 99 degrees cemented in 1945.

Other records broken Sunday were in San Rafael with a high of 105 degrees (previous record 98 in 1962); Livermore with 106 (previous record 105 in 1918); and Moffett Field with 100 (previous record 95 in 1993).

The coast, for the most part, is the spot for those looking to cool down. A light on-shore flow of air is bringing cool conditions to areas such as Half Moon Bay, which was only forecasted to reach a high of 67 degrees Sunday. Santa Cruz, on the other hand, was forecasted to top out at 88 degrees.

The sweltering heat is bringing even higher temperatures to Arizona, Nevada and California's Central Valley, which is under an excessive heat warning. Neighborhoods in and around areas such as Sacramento and Fresno are flirting with 110 degree temperatures. Death Valley on Sunday will check in just below a sizzling 120 degrees. 

High temperatures reach new records in nine Bay Area locations:

  • In San Rafael, the temperature reached 105 degrees, breaking the record of 98 degrees set in 1962.
  • At Moffett Field the temperature reached 100 degrees, which broke the record of 95 degrees set in 1993.
  • It was 106 degrees in Livermore where the previous record was 105 in 1918.
  • It was 103 degrees in Kentfield, one degree higher than the previous record set in 1945.
  • The temperature in Richmond reached 92 degrees, breaking the old record of 85 in 1957.
  • In San Francisco, the temperature rose to 88 degrees, which broke the record of 86 degrees set in 1993.
  • At San Francisco International Airport the temperature reached 97 degrees, breaking the previous record of 88 in 1981. At Oakland International Airport, the temperature also reached 97 degrees, breaking the record of 93 degrees set in 1962.
  • In San Jose, the temperature reached 103 degrees, breaking the old record of 99 in 1945.

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
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[EB Lanes of Bay Bridge Reopen Following Police Shooting]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:08:05 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-18-17_Bay_Bridge_Closed.jpg

All eastbound lanes of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge reopened Sunday morning following a multi-vehicle crash and police shooting investigation that closed all Oakland-bound lanes of traffic for several hours, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Traffic came to a standstill around 3:25 a.m. before returning to normal roughly 5.5 hours later, according to officials.

Police were investigating a collision roughly one mile west of the Toll Plaza around 3:45 a.m. when officers spotted a car driving at them along the bridge's right shoulder, according to the CHP. Officers demanded that the driver stop, but the driver continued in their direction.

One officer "felt threatened as the vehicle continued coming towards him" and proceeded to open fire, according to the CHP. The shots struck the driver and the car came to a stop.

The driver was treated and transported to a local hospital with undisclosed injuries, according to the CHP. The other people in the car were not injured, but they were detained for questioning.

Just after 8:30 a.m., the CHP announced that the two left lanes of eastbound traffic were being reopened. All lanes reopened approximately 45 minutes later. 

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the CHP at 415-557-1094.

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<![CDATA[Corgi Overload at San Francisco's Ocean Beach]]>Sat, 17 Jun 2017 20:56:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-17-17_Corgi_Con.jpg

Humans weren't the only species enjoying a sun-filled day at Ocean Beach in San Francisco Saturday.

That's because lovable Corgis frolicked across the warm sand as part of "Corgi Con" at the city by the bay's popular beach.

Besides showing off to euphoric dog lovers, the Corgis participated in races, an agility course and even a costume contest. There was also an attempt at a group photo and Corgi swag in the form of decorated clothing and water bottles.

Last fall, a total of 730 Corgis participated in a similar event, according to the event's website.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Braces For Heat Wave]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:39:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-71477253.jpg

It's about to get hot, hot, hot!

A potentially record-shattering heat wave has started enveloping the Southwest United States and is threatening to bring temperatures of more than 120 degrees to parts of Arizona and California next week. Strong high pressure building over Western states is behind the onslaught.

Officials warned of excessive heat throughout the 450-mile length of California's Central Valley. Almost the entire Golden State is predicted to simmer above normal temperatures.

In the Bay Area, temperatures are expected to hover around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coast will be much cooler.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for all of Northern California. Solano County will be under a heat warning. It will be in effect from 11 a.m. Saturday through 11 p.m. Monday.

Young children, elderly people, pregnant women, people with disabilities and animals are especially vulnerable to the heat.

Forecasters say prolonged heat will make snow melt faster in the Sierra Nevada, where massive winter storms coated towering peaks after years of drought. Waterways could flood, with vacationers warned to be cautious near water and avoid camping close to streams.

Camp counselor Sabrina Chu, 17, said she and others in San Francisco were having kids drink lots of water while playing outdoors. The city was expected to have a high of 82 Sunday, well above the normal upper 60s.

"Compared to other places in California, the Bay has pretty consistent weather, so this is unusually hot for the area," Chu said.

In Pleasanton, this weekend marks the start of the Alameda County Fair, and the threat of triple-digit temperatures doesn't seem to be scaring people away.

Even so, officials are urging people to be prepared.

"Drink plenty of water," said Angel Moore with the fair. "Make sure you wear your sunscreen, wear loose fitting clothing."

Fire and medical teams will also be scattered throughout the event as well as five misting stations. 

"We're expecting a lot of heat related emergencies," said Alameda County Fire Department Division Chief Eric Moore. "We're well prepared to deal with heat-related injuries."

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

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<![CDATA[Steel Leftovers of Dismantled Bay Bridge to Become Artwork]]>Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:06:30 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0816-2016-steelbeams.jpg

Authorities have given away tons of steel from the dismantled San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to folks who'll turn it into art.

The San Francisco Chronicle says two artists showed up Friday in Oakland to collect around 35 tons each of rusty beams and struts left when the eastern span of the bridge was demolished and replaced.

Most of the steel was sold to Asian scrapyards but the California Department of Transportation kept about 450 tons with the idea of giving it to sculptors to make public art.

Katy Boynton of San Francisco says she'll use her steel to make a giant wind chime and a parking lot barrier at Pier 3 in San Francisco.

Tom Laughlin got 36 tons of steel trusses. He plans to create a Stonehenge-like construction.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco's Homeless on the Move: Study]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:43:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0616-2017-SFHomeless.jpg

It's no secret that homelessness in San Francisco is a chronic problem. But a new study released Friday shows something surprising: the number of people without a home is actually declining.

The new information shows two things: the number of homeless people in the city is going down by a small amount -- nearly 1 percent, but the numbers also show that the homeless are on the move and heading to other parts of San Francisco.

The study illuminates one night in January and tracked where all the homeless were in the city that evening. The problem the study shows is that people without homes are spreading into neighborhoods like the Inner Sunset, Lake Merced and the Richmond District.

On that night a record number of 136 homeless people were without shelter in the Richmond District compared to 77 counted in 2015.

City leaders remain optimistic.

"What this tells us is that the programs that we're doing are having an impact," said Randy Quesada, Department of Homelessness. "We see that we're investing public resources wisely and seeing the numbers go down."

Neil Moore, a 24-year-old who has been homeless since he was 16, said he has applied for housing.

"They said that I'm ineligible because I haven't been on the streets for a long time," Moore said.

For activist Kelley Cutler that's not a surprise.

"We're in a housing crisis," said Cutler with the Coalition for Homelessness. "The shelter wait list is now consistently over 1,100 people on the single-adult shelter list. And around this time last year was 700 and 900 -- so it's a big increase."

The city allocated $210 million in this year's budget to tackle homelessness. In next year's budget, this will increase to $245 million.

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<![CDATA[UPS Warehouse Shooter Apparently Felt Disrespected: Official]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:25:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17166613904720.jpg

A man who fatally shot three fellow UPS drivers appears to have felt disrespected by co-workers, but it's not clear if that was the motivation for the bloodshed, a police official said Friday.

The San Francisco official could not provide details and cautioned it's one of several possible motives for Wednesday's shooting. The official spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and the San Francisco Police Department is not discussing the case publicly.

Jimmy Lam, 38, opened fire at a morning meeting of UPS drivers at a company warehouse in San Francisco before the drivers went out on deliveries. Lam and the victims worked out of the warehouse.

Shaun Vu, a senior UPS driver, has said Lam also struggled with personal issues and was depressed a few years ago. He had shown improvement, but Vu said Lam looked troubled a few weeks ago. That was around the time Lam filed a grievance claiming he was working excessive overtime.

The police official said Lam appears to have targeted the three drivers he fatally shot. It's not clear, however, that those drivers — Benson Louie, Mike Lefiti, and Wayne Chan — had anything to do with his apparent sense of disrespect.

UPS driver Jevir Gray, 34, rejected the possibility that the victims disrespected Lam, saying they were "really good people."

"They were my mentors," he said. "I looked up to them."

Vu has said Lam seemed to be on friendly terms with the three men he killed.

UPS driver Leopold Parker, who witnessed the shooting, said drivers at the warehouse generally got along and didn't mind working there. If they did have a problem with colleagues, they would talk to them or ignore them. He also stressed that drivers spent much of their time alone in their trucks, so they had limited interaction with their colleagues.

Lam sometimes complained about the workload, but Parker said he never suspected Lam would turn violent.

Parker, 53, was standing by his truck at the morning meeting when Lam walked up and shot Louie in the head, he said. Louie was a few feet in front of Parker. Lam glanced at Parker.

"I heard a pop. I saw a flash. I saw Benson drop in front of me," he said. "He glanced at me, so I thought I was next cause I was right next to Benson."

But Lam went the opposite way. Parker jumped into the cab of his truck and said he saw a couple of bodies on the ground when he looked over. He ran to the roof of the building after he saw Lam running toward an exit.

Joe Cilia, an official with the union that represents UPS workers in San Francisco, has said witnesses told him that after shooting Louie, Lam shot Chan in the back and then walked up and "finished him."

Lefiti was fleeing from the building when Lam went to a street and shot him, he said, citing witnesses.

The violence ended when Lam turned the gun on himself and took his own life as workers ran from the packing facility and police closed in, police have said.

AP writer Sudhin Thanawala contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Police, UPS Employees at Loss to Find Reason for SF Shooting]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:49:49 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-696389628.jpg

Jimmy Lam had his troubles: a drunk driving conviction, a grievance against his company, a struggle with personal issues and depression a few years ago.

But colleagues and investigators say none of it helps explain why the UPS driver showed up at his San Francisco workplace and gunned down three colleagues, wounding two others.

Lam, an 18-year veteran of UPS, appeared to single out the three slain drivers but investigators have yet to determine a motive for Wednesday's attack, an official in the San Francisco Police Department said.

The official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The violence ended when the 38-year-old Lam turned the gun on himself and took his own life as workers ran from the packing facility and police closed in.

Shaun Vu, a senior UPS driver, said Lam had seemed to be on friendly terms with the three men he killed.

Lam had struggled with depression and had personal troubles a few years ago that involved a dispute with a girlfriend over visitation rights for their young child. Vu said he encouraged Lam to seek counseling.

"I told him, `You have a problem or feel bad about yourself or your life, the best thing to do is get professional help,"' he said.

Lam told Vu that he would speak with management and then took off work for several months. He seemed fine when he returned to work but Vu noticed a few weeks ago that Lam looked troubled.

"I just saw him passing by and asked how he was doing," Vu said. "He said something like, `I'm hanging in there.'

"I don't think he had anybody he could talk to and it got worse and worse," Vu said.

Lam also had a history of off-duty driving violations.

He was convicted twice of driving on a suspended license in 2013 and 2014, according to DMV records. His license was also suspended in 2014 for negligently operating a vehicle.

Lam also had a run-in with the law in 2010, when he was convicted in San Francisco of driving under the influence and sentenced to three years' probation.

There was no indication that Lam's driving record affected his ability to work at UPS.

UPS spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg said she did not know details about Lam's driving record and would not comment. She added, however, that UPS drivers are expected to be able to drive legally.

In March, Lam filed a grievance claiming he was working excessive overtime, said Joseph Cilia, Lam's friend and an official with the union that represents UPS drivers. Cilia said Lam was upset with managers whom he accused of forcing him to work overtime.

But none of the men who were shot were managers, Cilia noted.

Lam was a U.S. citizen who emigrated to the United States as a baby from Thailand, said Sharon Rummery, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services. She declined further comment.

The shooting occurred during a morning planning meeting before drivers set out on delivery routes.

Cilia said witnesses told him that Lam walked up to driver Benson Louie and shot him during the meeting. As his co-workers frantically fled the room, he shot Wayne Chan in the back and then walked up and "finished him," Cilia said, citing witnesses.

Victim Mike Lefiti was fleeing from the building when Lam went to a street and shot him, he said.

Lefiti, 46, and Louie, 50, had each worked for UPS for 17 years, according to the company. Chan, 56, had 28 years of service.

UPS employees paid respects to the victims at a memorial erected at the packing facility where the shooting had occurred a day earlier. People said prayers and signed a poster honoring their three longtime colleagues.

Vu described Chan as an expert handyman who would come over at any time to help him build a fence or repair an electricity outlet. Chan leaves behind a wife and two children.

Tributes also poured on social media for Louie, who was considered a legend in nine-man volleyball, a version of a game brought over by Chinese immigrant laborers who played in the streets. He left behind a wife and two daughters.

Mamie Wong said she had known Louie since they were in junior high school.

"He had a big, generous heart," she said. "He'd bend over backward for you. If you needed a place to stay, he would give you a place. If you needed a car to drive, he would give you a car.

"He's left a big hole in our hearts."

AP writers Sudhin Thanawala and Jocelyn Gecker contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Four-Alarm SF Warehouse Fire Prompts Shelter-in-Place Order ]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:11:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6162017-sffire.jpg

A shelter-in-place warning has been lifted after a four-alarm warehouse fire in San Francisco Friday afternoon

Firefighters late Friday remained on scene to continue an investigation at the warehouse at 1300 Donner Avenue in the city's Bayview neighborhood.

No one was injured or displaced, firefighters said, although the flames and smoke forced the fire department to upgrade quickly from one to two, three and then four alarms by 2:20 p.m. 

Firefighters struggled to get into the warehouse because its doors have been reinforced due to multiple break-ins over the years.

The public was urged to avoid the area due to the presence of "many hazards associated to this fire," officials wrote on Twitter.

People located one block north, south and west as well as four blocks east of the burning structure were told to shelter in place. Neighbors were asked to close windows and stay indoors to reduce exposure to smoke that was pouring out of the charred warehouse. The shelter-in-place order was lifted around 5:30 p.m. by which time the flames had been contained.

One level of the warehouse is on the verge of collapsing so crews are being careful about entering the building, said officials, who called the fourth alarm because they anticipate being at the scene of the fire for a while.

Witnesses told NBC Bay Area that they heard what sounded like an explosion, followed by people in nearby warehouses yelling, "Run! There's a fire!"

The fire department deployed 122 firefighters and 40 apparatuses to the scene to ensure that the flames did not spread to nearby buildings.

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<![CDATA[UPS Shooting Victims Remembered, Loved]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:01:25 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ups+drivers-0615.jpg

Three UPS drivers killed in a shooting Wednesday in San Francisco have one more thing in common: They were loved.

On Thursday, replacement drivers had to tell customers in the city's Haight Ashbury neighborhood that 56-year-old Wayne Chan was one of the three drivers killed in the shooting at the distribution center.

"This morning, I saw the UPS driver, and I thought I can't wait to see Wayne and make sure he is OK; and then they came and told us the news," said Alyssa Rosengard. "He was just one of those people that was so genuine."

Heartbroken merchants set up a memorial for Chan. They remembered him as a friend and a family man. Katherine Roberts said Chan connected with people.

"He was so proud of his family," she said. "He was a really caring guy, of course; he's gonna get involved with everybody, and we're gonna get involved with him. It just takes a piece of my heart."

A community is also grieving for 50-year-old UPS driver Benson Louie. Derrick Ly said Louie was a devoted volleyball coach and father figure.

"The biggest thing for us was the size of his heart," Ly said. "He was always there for us anytime we needed anything."

A makeshift memorial continued to grow Thursday for Michael "Big Mike" Lefiti at a shopping center he delivered to in San Francisco's Diamond Heights neighborhood. Lefiti also was a family man, leaving behind a wife and five children.

<![CDATA[Rape Victim Sues Uber, Says Execs Portrayed Her as a Liar]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:33:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06-05-2017-uber.jpg

A woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India is suing the company for a second time, alleging that Uber executives got her private medical records and made false statements claiming she fabricated the attack.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in a California federal court seeks unspecified damages on behalf of the woman, who is identified only as Jane Doe.

The allegations compound a long string of image problems for the ride-hailing company, whose CEO took a leave of absence earlier this week after an investigation found a dysfunctional culture that allowed sexual harassment. Twenty employees have been fired, and this week a board member was forced to step down after making a sexist remark at an employee meeting.

The new lawsuit says Uber executives falsely portrayed the woman as a liar who made up the 2014 rape in collusion with a competing service seeking to undermine Uber's business. But the driver was convicted of rape and sentenced to life in prison. The first lawsuit was settled in 2015, before the allegations regarding the woman's medical records surfaced last week.

San Francisco-based Uber issued a statement Thursday that didn't deny the allegations. "No one should have to go through a horrific experience like this, and we're truly sorry that she's had to relive it over the last few weeks," the company said.

The new lawsuit alleges that shortly after the rape, Eric Alexander, then Uber's vice president for business in Asia, got the woman's medical records after a meeting with police in New Delhi. Alexander showed them to Emil Michael, then vice president of business, and CEO Travis Kalanick "so that he (Alexander) could attempt to defame and undermine her very serious allegations of sexual assault and rape," the lawsuit says.

Alexander was dismissed from Uber this month after media reports about the medical records, the lawsuit said. Michael left Uber on Monday. Kalanick, who has said he must grow up and needs management help, has taken an indefinite leave. His mother was killed and father was hurt in a May boating accident.

The lawsuit alleges that Kalanick stated publicly after the rape that Uber would support the woman and her family, then put out false conspiracy theories about the woman.

"Rape denial is just another form of the toxic gender discrimination that is endemic at Uber and ingrained in its culture," said Douglas Wigdor, a New York attorney who represents the woman.

At the time of the rape, the woman lived in New Delhi, but now she lives in Texas, according to the lawsuit.

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<![CDATA[Guilty Verdict in Murder of Woman Found in Suitcase in SF ]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:37:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lee+bell+mug-0615.jpg

San Francisco Superior Court jurors Thursday found Lee Bell guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Pearla Louis, whose body was found in a suitcase floating in San Francisco Bay seven years ago.

Bell, 55, was Louis' boyfriend and the last person she was seen alive with on May 16, 2010, a day before her family reported her missing, according to prosecutors.

Her badly beaten body was discovered the morning of May 18, curled up naked inside a large suitcase that washed up near The Embarcadero and Folsom Street. The medical examiner determined that she had suffered 30 bleeding injuries and died of strangulation.

The death of Louis, a 52-year-old San Francisco resident, became a rallying point for those seeking to reform the city's handling of domestic violence cases.

An investigation found she had told medical personnel and others on multiple occasions that Bell was beating her, but miscommunications and mistakes hampered the police investigation.

Beverly Upton, executive director of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, said the city has improved its handling of such cases since 2010 but still has work to do to prevent deaths such as Louis's.

"We used to lose 10 to 12 people a year to domestic violence homicides, and now it's two to three," Upton said. "We want to see it down to zero."

Assistant District Attorney Michael Swart on Thursday said the verdict marked the end of a "long, emotional road" for him, but even more so for Louis's family.

Swart noted that Louis's daughter, Ayesha Louis, has attended nearly every court date.

"I think this has finally provided her some sort of closure," he said. "I can't imagine the emotional toll that it's taken on her."

The case took seven years to come to trial in part because Bell changed attorneys more than once. Defense attorney Malcolm Smith said he was assigned to the case just last July.

During the trial, Smith worked to poke holes in the prosecution's case, which relied on circumstantial evidence including DNA on the suitcase handle and video of Bell retrieving a similar suitcase a day before Louis's body was discovered.

Smith noted a lack of injuries on Bell and a lack of noise complaints or other signs of disturbance in the hotel where he was staying the night Louis was presumably killed.

Smith on Thursday said he was somewhat surprised the jury came back with a first-degree murder verdict, rather than second-degree, but declined to question the jury's decision.

He noted that the "politics" of the case could have influenced the jury, as did Bell's penchant for outbursts in court.

"That probably didn't help," he said. "If you're on trial for this kind of offense, it doesn't help to show that you have a lack of impulse control."

Bell remains in custody without bail and will be sentenced at a future date.

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<![CDATA[Saddened UPS Employees Return to Work After Deadly Attack]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:47:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/6-14-17-getty-UPS+SF+SHOOTING2.jpg

United Parcel Service employees on Thursday visited a growing memorial at a San Francisco packing facility to pray and sign a poster honoring three longtime colleagues who were shot and killed a day earlier by a co-worker.

They described the atmosphere as downcast as they went back to work.

Isaiah Miggins, a UPS loader on the overnight shift, said it was hard to finish his shift.

"Everybody was down," Miggins said, adding that UPS is like the U.S. Post Office: "We gotta get those packages out."

UPS spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg said the company has marshaled additional drivers, loaders and management from other facilities to help with the backlog. Grief counselors were also at the facility.

San Francisco police had a priest on site Wednesday.

Investigators were trying to determine what prompted Jimmy Lam to open fire during a Wednesday meeting with co-workers.

Lam, 38, a UPS driver, filed a grievance in March claiming he was working excessive overtime. It seems he specifically went after the three drivers he killed before fatally shooting himself, said Joseph Cilia, an official with a Teamsters Union local that represents UPS workers in San Francisco.

Cilia said witnesses told him that Lam walked up to driver Benson Louie and shot him during the meeting. As his co-workers frantically fled the room, he shot Wayne Chan in the back and then walked up and "finished him," Cilia said, citing witnesses.

Victim Mike Lefiti was fleeing from the building when Lam went to a street and shot him, he said.

"It's senseless. I can't think of anything. Why him? Why them?" Cilia asked.

Police had few details on Lam. UPS CEO David Abney said the company was investigating the circumstances that led up to the shooting.

Lefiti, 46, and Louie, 50, had each worked for UPS for 17 years, according to the company. Chan, 56, had 28 years of service, and Lam was an 18-year veteran.

Police returned control of the building to UPS on Wednesday night. It was cleaned, and deliveries resumed Thursday, Rosenberg said.

The makeshift memorials were created at two corners of the building with flowers and signs.

Two other UPS employees were wounded and later released from a hospital.

Amid the barrage of gunfire, some workers sought refuge on the roof of the four-story facility, while others ran outside and pounded on the windows of a public bus, witnesses said.

"They were screaming, 'Go! Go! Go!'" said Jessica Franklin, 30, who was riding to work when the bus made a regular stop in front of the UPS facility. "As they got on the bus, they were all ducking."

Auto shop owner Robert Kim said he saw "a mob of UPS drivers" running down the street screaming "Shooter! Shooter!"

The shooting prompted a massive police response in one of the city's industrial neighborhoods, about 2 miles from downtown San Francisco.

Miggins said he saw Lefiti, known as "Big Mike," as he arrived for work just before 9 a.m., a few minutes before the shooting started. "He was a joyful man. Always happy," Miggins said.

A photo on Lefiti's Facebook page shows him in his brown UPS uniform holding a trophy. He also posted photos of his UPS truck and an award for 15 years of service to the company in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Gunman May Have Targeted Victims in UPS Shooting: Sources]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:03:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Victims_in_Deadly_UPS_Shooting_in_SF_Identified.jpg

The gunman who San Francisco authorities say shot and killed three UPS co-workers before killing himself Wednesday told some of his colleagues to “get out” while targeting others that he apparently felt had belittled him, NBC Bay Area has learned.

A fuller picture is emerging of the chaos that erupted right after a routine morning meeting at the UPS processing facility in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill where four people, including the shooter, died and two others were injured. 

After that briefing, about 9 a.m., Jimmy Lam, 38, began firing at co-workers, killing Benson Louie, 50, and Wayne Chan, 56, both of San Francisco, as well as Mike Lefiti, 48, of Hercules. Two other workers were injured — one shot in the arm, the other in the leg.

Authorities say the incident could have been far worse, given the weaponry Lam had and the many rounds of ammunition he had stowed in a backpack.

“There are people he could have shot, but he did not take the shot,” one law enforcement source said Thursday.

According to authorities, Lam’s son was taking a test that morning and his wife was out of town.

Lam was apparently going down a flight of stairs in the building when he was met by as many as four tactical officers, headquartered around the corner of the building.

He was holding a Mac-10 assault pistol at the time and appeared to challenge the officers, authorities say.

“He was urging them to come forward — it looks like he was at the end of his rope at that point,” one source said.

Other authorities with knowledge of the investigation said the man briefly pointed the Mac-10 machine pistol at the officers and then turned the weapon on himself.

Police officers kicked the weapon out of his hands after Lam fell to the ground.

Officers also recovered a second weapon — a semi-automatic handgun — and a backpack filled with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, authorities say. At least one of the weapons was not registered to Lam, sources told NBC Bay Area.

Police searched Lam’s duplex home on Fourth Avenue in the Inner Richmond on Wednesday, seizing a computer and several bags of evidence.

Neighbors recalled that Lam was regularly seen in his brown uniform, using his cell phone outside his home and smoking out of his upper floor window. They said he kept to himself and did not greet neighbors as they passed by.

Records show Lam's only criminal contacts were related to drunken driving cases in 2010 and 2013.

He had recently filed a grievance over overtime practices at the facility. His complaint was unresolved at the time of the rampage.

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<![CDATA[New Details Emerge About Man Who Fatally Shot UPS Co-Workers]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:39:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ups+shooter-0614.jpg

Investigators raided the home of a United Parcel Service driver who opened fire during a meeting with co-workers at a distribution center in San Francisco, killing three people before fatally shooting himself. 

Police were seen carrying dozens of bags out of Jimmy Lam's apartment in the city's Inner Richmond neighborhood Wednesday afternoon in the hopes of determining what prompted the 38-year-old to shoot three UPS employees.

Lam filed a grievance in March complaining of too much overtime and requesting that the package delivery company relieve him of working extra hours going forward, said Joseph Cilia, an official with a Teamsters Union local that represents UPS workers in San Francisco.

Cilia said it was a routine filing for drivers when they worked 9 1/2 hours more than three times a week.

"The overtime has increased over the years," Cilia said. "So there are quite a few drivers where overtime is expected during Christmas and seems to be more frequent throughout the year than it used to be in past history."

During a Wednesday morning meeting, Lam walked up to driver Benson Louie and shot him. As his co-workers frantically fled the room, he shot Wayne Chan in the back, and then walked up to him and "finished him." Mike Lefiti was fleeing from the building when Lam went out onto the street and shot him, Cilia said witnesses told him.

"It's senseless. I don't understand why," said Cilia. "He always greeted me when I saw him. Nothing out of the ordinary."

Authorities have been digging into Lam's past, confiscating a computer tower among the items they hauled out of the duplex as they search for a motive. Sources told NBC Bay Area that Lam may have been upset with his boss.

At the scene, police seized two guns, including a Mac 10-style machine pistol, and a backpack filled with ammunition and three magazines, sources said. NBC Bay Area has also learned that at least one of the guns found at the scene was unregistered.

It was not clear if any weapons or ammunition were recovered from Lam's home.

Neighbors said they’d seen him around in his uniform, but he usually kept to himself, sometimes smoking out his duplex window.

Lam's only previous brushes with the law involved driving under the influence. He was convicted of DUIs in 2010 and again in 2013, records show.

The shooting occurred the same day a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia, wounding U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Police Search Home of UPS Shooting Suspect]]>Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:23:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ups+suspect-0614.jpg

Police on Wednesday swarmed a duplex in San Francisco's Inner Richmond neighborhood believed to be the home of UPS shooting suspect Jimmy Lam. Jaxon Van Derbeken reports.

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<![CDATA[Families of UPS Workers Shaken by Deadly Shooting]]>Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:28:46 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ups+family-0614.jpg

Families of several UPS workers were visibly shaken Wednesday as they waited in horror near the San Francisco building where an employee opened fire, killing three people before taking his own life.

Most said they had heard from loved ones inside, but some had not. Even the ones who had been told their loved ones were safe said they wouldn’t feel better until they were reunited in person.

"Scary, very scary," said Maria Olmedo, whose 21-year-old son works as a loader at the UPS facility. Olmedo rushed to the scene as soon as she heard about the shooting. "I was at work; it popped up on the news, and I immediately came."

Olmedo said workers there let her know her son wasn’t hurt.

Maria Hernandez stood nearby, waiting for her daughter.

"She didn't see anyone, the person; she just heard shots," Hernandez said. "She knows there were people down. I didn't talk to her for a long time, but she's OK."

Some had a far longer and more anxious wait for information as they began to hear descriptions of the shooting.

A family assistance center opened at 100 Kansas St., but many family members stayed close to the scene.

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<![CDATA[Victims in Deadly UPS Shooting in SF Identified]]>Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:42:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ups+victim-0614.jpg

San Francisco's Medical Examiner's Office late Wednesday night confirmed the identities of the victims in the deadly shooting at a UPS facility. Wayne Chan, 56, Mike Lefiti, 46, and Benson Louie, 50, were killed by a co-worker in the rampage, officials said.

A longtime UPS delivery driver, Lefiti, a resident of Hercules, made a lot of friends and quite an impression over the years. To many he was known as "Big Mike."

Fellow UPS employee Isaiah Miggins described Lefiti as someone who would "put a smile on your face" every day.

"He’d come in every morning and get us all pumped up again because he was coming in," Miggins said. "He was very loud. He would give hugs to people in the morning."

A day after the death of his friend, Miggins said he was trying to stay focused on the job, but kept expecting to see Lefiti burst through the doors of the warehouse.

"It hurts me," he said. "It's been hurting me all morning."

A makeshift memorial for Lefiti is growing at a shopping center in the Diamond Heights neighborhood where he delivered. People who knew him were shocked and saddened to hear he was one of three people killed in a shooting rampage by a fellow UPS employee.

"He loved everybody, always had a smile," said Jeanette Oliver, a shopping center manager. "So big, you just wanted to hug him."

Customer Nelson Barry recalled a time when Lefiti went out of his way to help him.

"Several months ago, he unpacked his truck looking for a present for my grandson so I could take it and leave right away and give it to him," Barry said.

Erika Miller, who lives on Lefiti's delivery route, said the neighborhood loved "Big Mike," and he loved it back.

"He just had the biggest heart in the whole world," she said. "He was a huge guy. He looked intimidating to people who didn't know him, but he was just a huge teddy bear."

Family members said Lefiti was shot in the chest, causing them to think he may have been trying to stop the shooting or talk the shooter down.

Lefiti leaves behind a wife and five children.

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<![CDATA[Anguished Politicians Respond to Deadly SF Shooting]]>Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:48:37 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SF-UPS-shooting.jpg

A deadly shooting rampage at a UPS facility in San Francisco Wednesday morning prompted city officials to issue condolences to the victims as well as condemn the violent act.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee immediately took to Twitter, decrying the shooting as a "senseless act of violence."

"We are always saddened by the loss of life to gun violence," Lee tweeted. "Any shooting is one shooting too many."

Scott Wiener, representing San Francisco on the California State Senate, shared his thoughts and prayers with the victims and their families.

"Praying for the shooting victims at the UPS facility in San Francisco," he tweeted. "Way too many shootings in this country. It's depressing."

California Senator Kamala Harris echoed her colleagues' heartache and called for an end to gun violence.

"The news of a senseless act of gun violance at the San Francisco UPS facility is heartbreaking," she tweeted. "Please keep the community in your prayers."

Jane Kim, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, also offered a similar sentiment by writing #gunviolencemustend in her post-shooting tweet.

Stay tuned for more details regarding this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Gunman Kills 3, Then Self at UPS Facility in San Francisco]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:23:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/UPSShootingSF.jpg

A UPS employee who had recently filed a grievance opened fire Wednesday inside one of the company's San Francisco warehouses, killing three people before fatally shooting himself, as panicked workers ran out onto the streets, police said.

The gunman, wearing a UPS uniform, opened fire on three fellow employees and then "turned the gun on himself," company spokesperson Steve Gaut said. Police identified San Francisco resident Jimmy Lam, 38, as the gunman. Two others were wounded.

"This is a tragedy that has touched many lives today," Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin said.

Police identified the victims killed in the rampage late Wednesday as Wayne Chan, 56; Mike Lefiti, 46, and Benson Louie, 50. Police said their families have been notified.

Joseph Cilia, an official with a Teamsters Union local that represents UPS workers in San Francisco, told The Associated Press Lam had filed a grievance in March complaining about working excessive overtime hours.

Still, Cilia said Lam wasn't angry, and he could not understand why he would open fire on fellow drivers at a morning meeting. Cilia says witnesses told him Lam appeared to specifically go for the drivers who died, chasing at least one of them out of the building.

"I never knew Jimmy to not get along with people," Cilia said. "Jimmy wasn't a big complainer."

San Francisco police officers responded to calls about the shooting at 8:55 a.m. and found one suspect armed with an assault pistol, according to Chaplin. Officers found wounded victims inside the building and brought them out to safety. When officers located the gunman, they said, he put the weapon to his head and shot himself.

"He saw police and turned the gun on himself," Chaplin said. The shooting is not related to terrorism, he added.

"The company is saddened and deeply concerned about affected employees, family members and the community we share," Gaut said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those touched by this incident."

Employees walking outside the facility after the shooting said they did not want to comment on the incident, but some referred to one of the victims as "Big Mike, a "lovely man" who gave others advice and was planning to retire soon.

Witnesses reported that Lam did not say much before he walked in and started firing. He was reportedly still alive when he was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he eventually died. Two of the three deceased victims died at the scene of the shooting. Five additional employees suffered various other injuries.

The shooting led to a massive police response and a shelter-in-place warning in an industrial part of the city's Portero Hill neighborhood and surrounding area. UPS described the facility at 2222 17th Street as a package sorting hub and delivery center that employs 850 people.

At the scene, law enforcement officers seized two guns, including a Mac 10-style machine pistol, and a backpack filled with ammunition and three magazines, sources said. NBC Bay Area has also learned that at least one of the guns found at the scene was unregistered.

UPS employees described a scene of chaos and panic as shots rang out right after a morning meeting at the facility.

“They were all in rapid succession,” Raymond Deng, a 30-year-old tech worker who lives across the street from the warehouse, said of the gunshots. “It was like tat, tat, tat, tat, tat, tat, tat.”

Police activity was first reported near 17th Street and Potrero Avenue, according to a tweet from the San Francisco Police Department at 9:06 a.m.

Tweets from San Francisco residents appeared to show several UPS employees on the roof of the facility with their hands up. Members of the San Francisco SWAT team could be seen going inside the facility and on the rooftop conducting a search.

According to video from NBC Bay Area's SkyRanger, dozens of UPS employees, some of them in brown UPS uniforms, could be seen exiting the facility single-file, surrounded by police.

UPS driver Marvin Calderon, who witnessed the shooting, told NBC Bay Area the gunman was a fellow employee. Calderon said employees had just finsihed with a daily briefing meeting at 8:50 a.m. "And I jut heard bam, bam, bam, six shots, probably seven, everybody ran out outside on the corner of San Bruno and 17th. And then I heard five more shots."

Calderon said he didn't know the gunman personally. “I just started running out like crazy, like I’ve never run before,” Calderon said."I'm just walking around, trying to clear my mind."

Auto shop owner Robert Kim said he saw “a mob of UPS drivers” running down the street screaming “shooter, shooter.”

Evacuees gathered below the awning of the Il Pirata bar between Potrero Avenue and Utah Street before being escorted to safety.

A witness told NBC News she was driving up Bryant Street with her husband when she saw dozens of UPS employees running in the opposite direction.

Sarah Meier-Heredia said she at first thought it was some sort of “group activity.” But the closer she got to the UPS facility, she saw employees running “haphazardly” in all different directions with a look of “panic on their faces.”

“When we were immediately outside the facility entrance, I saw a tall man that looked to be directing people out and away from the building,” she said. “As the final people came running out, I heard multiple gun shots. At first I thought eight or nine, but maybe more like five or six. Rapid succession, bam bam bam bam bam bam.” She said she ducked in the car while her husband drove off quickly.

Mayor Ed Lee said police saved lives with a “very proactive response.”

“It could have been worse,” he said. “Lives were saved today.”

SFPD tweeted at 10:32 a.m. that they had "contained the building and it was secure." Special Ops continued to search the building for additional victims and witnesses through the afternoon. Muni and traffic routes in the area were rerouted, impacting those on the way to work and school.

The shooting took place the same day a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia, injuring House Majority Whip Steven Scalise and four others. The gunman died in the shooting.

A Family Assistance Center is open at 100 Kansas Street for those who need assistance related to the shooting. The Red Cross is also providing services and support.

NBC News's Andrew Blankstein and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Gunman Opens Fire at UPS Facility in San Francisco]]>Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:36:56 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/6-14-17-getty-UPS+SF+SHOOTING2.jpg

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<![CDATA[SF Requires Clean Spaces for Breastfeeding Workers]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:52:09 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-186081739.jpg

San Francisco supervisors approved legislation that requires employers to provide new mothers a clean and private space to pump their milk, adding to the board's long history of trying to make the city more equitable for workers even if that means more regulations for employers.

California and federal law already require employers to make reasonable efforts to provide lactation breaks. But advocates say the ordinance approved unanimously by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is significant because it spells out what kind of space should be provided.

San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang called her proposal the strongest lactation policy in the nation. Supporters say they can point to no other state or major U.S. city with this level of space detail or protections.

The lactation area must be clean, contain a chair and surface space for a pump, and have access to electricity. The legislation also specifies lactation rooms for new work spaces going forward, and it requires employers to distribute its lactation accommodation policy to all employees upon hiring.

The lactation legislation is the latest in a city that has championed worker rights. San Francisco supervisors in 2016 were the first to mandate private businesses provide fully paid leave to new parents. In 2014, San Francisco approved a $15 hourly minimum wage for workers, years before it became a mandate for the entire state.

"We're talking about something that is so basic, it's almost sad we have to legislate it," said Julia Parish, an attorney at Legal Aid at Work, which worked with Tang's office. "This is about working moms providing food for their babies."

Dee Dee Workman, vice president of public policy at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, said she regularly hears from employers who say the city issues too many mandates.

But she said the chamber worked with Tang's office to make this piece of legislation less onerous.

The legislation, for example, does not require employers to build a room or give up retail or dining space to accommodate employees. A screened-off area of a manager's office will suffice if that is the only private space available.

"Especially for small businesses that struggle to hire in San Francisco, they're looking for good, stable, happy employees," Workman said. "And if somebody needs the accommodation, they do their best to accommodate them."

Supervisors are required to vote again on the measure next week. It is expected to pass.

The law becomes operative Jan. 1.

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<![CDATA[Military Ship That Sank Century Ago Won't Be Pull From Sea]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:51:36 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0613-2017-SunkenShip.jpg

SAN FRANCISCO - A U.S. Coast Guard ship that first set out to sea during the Spanish-American War and sank off the coast of Southern California 100 years ago won't be moved anytime soon, officials said Tuesday.

Strong currents and an abundance of sediment would make moving the delicate vessel too difficult, officials said in detailing the discovery of the San Francisco-based USCGC McCulloch. They also paid tribute to its crews, including two members who died in the line of duty.

Researchers focused on the area of the shipwreck 3 miles (5 kilometers) northwest of Point Conception, California, after noticing a flurry of fish. Sunken ships offer a great place for fish to hide.

The archaeological remains, including a 15-inch torpedo tube molded into the bow stem and the top of a propeller blade, are draped with white anemones 300 feet (91 meters) below the surface, officials said. Fish swim lazily past a 6-pound gun mounted in a platform at the starboard bow.

The ship sank on June 13, 1917, after colliding with a civilian steamship. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Coast Guard discovered the wreck last fall during a routine survey.

The USCGC McCulloch began its career as part of Commodore George Dewey's Asiatic Squadron in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.

Cutters based in San Francisco in the late 1800s and early 1900s represented American interests throughout the Pacific. They also played important roles in the development of the Western U.S.

After the war, the cutter patrolled the West Coast and later was dispatched to enforce fur seal regulations in the Pribilof Islands off the coast of Alaska, where it also served as a floating courtroom in remote areas.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Here's Where You Can Fly Drones in the Bay Area]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:14:34 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NoDrones.jpg

Popular droning sites along the San Francisco Peninsula no longer allow the use of any unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) following a park superintendent order.

While drones are currently allowed in California State Parks, local district superintendents are allowed to ban them at any of its local sites. Christopher Spohrer, the Santa Cruz District Superintendent joined other regional park districts in May when he signed new restrictions on drone use at its parks.

Santa Cruz District's new order is not yet online, but a notice should be posted at all parks and beaches it is being enforced.

It includes restrictions on all use of model aircraft, UAS or gliders at any the state parks and beaches in its district, which encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountains as well as the parks along the coast from Watsonville to Half Moon Bay, including Half Moon Bay State Beach, New Brighton State BeachPescadero State Beach, Pomponio State Beach and San Gregorio State Beach.

The Bay Area District previously restricted model aircraft and UAS in September, which included Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, as well as all parks in the East Bay Regional Park District.

Where to Fly Your Drones in the Bay Area:

Know Before You Fly

Between the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) easing its unmanned aircraft guidelines last year and new drone models being released each year, more drones are in the air than ever. 

According to a FAA report, sales of consumer drones were expected to spike from 2.6 million drones in 2016 to 7 million in 2020 with some of the highest concentrated users in the Silicon Valley.

Here are some things to keep in mind before you fly:

  • NO NATIONAL PARKS: Currently, the National Park Service (NPS) prohibits drones at national parks which include the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin counties; Rosie the Riveter grounds in East Bay, Fort Point, Presidio, Alcatraz Island and the Maritime in San Francisco as well as Point Reyes and Muir Woods in North Bay. See all national park trails and parks where drone use is currently prohibited. National Park Service rangers may issue citations of $125 and additional fees to drone users who violate its policies.
  • SOME STATE PARKS: California State Parks allow drone use, with the exception of some regional districts have posted their own local rules. In the Bay Area, the local parks are currently prohibiting drone use at the majority of state parks. View some exceptions above.
  • SOME CITY AND COUNTY PARKS: There are currently no drones allowed at many local parks such as San Mateo County and Santa Clara County parks as well as the majority of city parks in the area. The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, which maintains parks throughout Santa Clara County as well as for the cities of Milpitas, Santa Clara, Campbell, San Jose and Morgan Hill also ban the use of drones unless granted a permit for use. The Port of San Francisco, which maintains Heron's Head Park, also bans all drones as part of its status as a wildlife protection area. Mission Bay Park, maintained by MJM Management Group, says they have added a park rule banning drone use as well. 
  • PRIVATE LAND Privately-owned fields, farms, and other spaces may be a good option with permission from the landowner. Santa Clara County Model Aircraft Skypark is a local nonprofit that allows its members to fly drones and aircraft if they follow Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) guidelines. 
    • REGISTER: Register your UAS online if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds or file a paper request for drones more than 55 pounds. Registration costs $5 and is valid for 3 years.
    • FLY SAFE: Fly at or below 400 feet and keep it in sight. Never fly over groups of people, stadiums, sports events or near emergency response efforts such as fires. The FAA also mandates UAS users never operate under the influence. The FAA outlines several safe flying practices here. 
    • RESPECT NO FLY ZONES: Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports, and be aware of airspace requirements. In the Bay Area, this includes no flying zones surrounding three large airports (SFO, OAK and SJC) and smaller airports. You can download the FAA "Know Before You Fly" application to verify if you’re in a safe fly zone. B4UFLY is available for free download in the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android.

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<![CDATA[Area Deemed Safe After Report of Suspicious Package in SF]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:29:25 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-12-17-suspiciour-pkg-sf-banana.jpg

Police activity in San Francisco Monday morning concluded after authorities investigated a suspicious package, according to police. The area was deemed safe.

Market Street between 3rd and 4th Streets was blocked off while a member of the bomb squad appeared to investigate a backpack.

Police encouraged people to avoid the area, and they also warned about traffic delays.

Further information was not available.

<![CDATA[911 Dispatchers in SF to Testify About Staffing Shortages]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:11:40 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/05-04-2017-911-dispatch-center.jpg

Emergency dispatchers based out of San Francisco on Monday are slated to testify about staffing shortages and untenable workloads.

The move comes after dispatchers were overwhelmed with calls during April's massive PG&E outage in San Francisco and amid complaints about overall emergency response times.

Currently, dispatchers in the city by the bay answer roughly 80 percent of 911 calls within 10 seconds, but they are hoping to bump that number to 90 percent, which is the national standard, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Emergency officials are also currently testing new technology that could improve ambulance response times and aid 911 dispatchers, according to the San Francisco Examiner. The new technology would allow dispatchers to track ambulances using GPS. Dispatchers currently use radio communication to determine where a unit is.

Dispatchers plan to testify in front of the Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee. They are expected to ask for a budget to hire 45 new employees for next year.

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<![CDATA[Deleted EPA Climate Change Research Available on SF Website]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:21:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mayor+edwin+lee.jpg

Public research on climate change that was deleted by President Trump's administration was saved and is available on the City of San Francisco's website, Mayor Ed Lee's office announced Sunday.

Lee joined mayors from 12 other U.S. cities who had the saved information published to their city's website.

"Deleting federal web pages does not reset the scientific consensus that climate change is real," Lee said in a statement.

"The American people are entitled to publicly funded EPA research on climate change."

City of Chicago officials created a website called "Climate Change is Real," and following that, Lee and 12 other mayors had their employees post climate change information to their city's website.

San Francisco officials said the research available was conducted over decades.

Some of the cities that have the information on their website are Atlanta, Boston, St. Louis, Seattle and Portland.

The research includes the basic science behind climate change, the various ways the weather is impacted by greenhouse gas emissions and the work the federal government has done to mitigate the impact.

Officials from other cities, universities and organizations can go to the Chicago site to get the information and post it to their website.

Last week, Lee and mayors from 270 cities around the country committed themselves to the Paris Accord, which President Trump pulled the U.S. out of on June 1.

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<![CDATA[Uber Discussing Leave for CEO: Reports]]>Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:55:56 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TravisKalanickFile.jpg

The board of Uber was meeting Sunday to consider placing the CEO of the ride-hailing company on leave, according The New York Times and other news outlets.

The Times reported that three people with knowledge of the matter have confirmed that Uber's board was meeting to consider recommendations from a law firm hired to review Uber's corporate culture and that the board may decide to put CEO Travis Kalanick on temporary leave.

The newspaper says its sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for Uber.

Uber Technologies Inc. has been rocked by accusations that its management has fostered a workplace environment where harassment, discrimination and bullying are left unchecked.

Calls and emails to Uber spokesmen were not returned.

Reuters and the tech blog Recode reported the board meeting earlier. The Wall Street Journal also was citing unnamed sources about the meeting.

Uber has hired the law firm of former Attorney General Eric Holder to review policies and recommend changes. A report by his firm, Covington & Burling, was expected to be made public soon.

Uber announced last week that it fired 20 employees for harassment problems.

Under CEO Kalanick, Uber has shaken up the taxi industry in hundreds of cities and turned the San Francisco-based company into the world's most valuable startup. Uber's valuation has climbed to nearly $70 billion.

But Kalanick has acknowledged that his management style needs improvement. The 40-year-old CEO said earlier this year that he needed to "fundamentally change and grow up."

In February, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler wrote on a blog that she had been propositioned by her boss in a series of messages on her first day of work and that superiors ignored her complaints. Uber set up a hotline for complaints after that and hired the law firm of Perkins Coie to investigate.

That firm checked into 215 complaints, with 57 still under investigation.

In addition to firing 20 employees, Uber said Tuesday that it was hiring an Apple marketing executive, Bozoma Saint John, to help improve its tarnished brand. Saint John most recently was head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes.

Uber has been plagued by more than sexual harassment complaints in recent months. It has been threatened by boycotts, sued and subject to a federal investigation that it used a fake version of its app to thwart authorities looking into whether it is breaking local laws.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[At Least Two Hammer Attacks Reported in San Francisco]]>Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:03:51 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sfpd-generic-san-francisco-police.jpg

A 41-year-old man was taken to the hospital Thursday after he was struck with a hammer in San Francisco's Tenderloin district, police said.

The attack occurred on Market Street around noon and the man's injuries were not life-threatening, according to police.

The incident was at least the second reported hammer attack in the city within two days.

On Wednesday, an attack by a man with a hammer left a woman with life-threatening injuries in Hayes Valley, police said.

The Wednesday attack was reported at 3:42 a.m. in the 1700 block of Market Street, where the 23-year-old woman was trying to help a man suffering from a medical problem, according to police.

A separate man, a 21-year-old whose identity has not been released, then got into an argument with the woman and then allegedly attacked her with a hammer, police said.

The woman and the man she was trying to help were both taken to a hospital. The suspect was arrested by police.

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<![CDATA[Swim Portion of Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon Called Off]]>Sun, 11 Jun 2017 16:14:03 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/EscapeFromAlcatrazFile.jpg

For the first time in several years, the swim portion of the famed Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon was canceled Sunday because of unsafe weather conditions, race officials said.

A small craft advisory due to strong winds forced race and safety officials to make the announcement just before the annual event.

"Due to this advisory, the smaller safety support vessels necessary to support our swimmers cannot be in the water safely," race officials stated on Twitter.

The event still kicked off at 8:30 a.m. with a modified course, which included an 18-mile bike ride and a run lasting eight miles, according to race officials.

Ben Kanute of Tucson, Ariz. broke the tape first for the men with a finishing time of 1:30.09. Lauren Goss of Boulder, Colo. was the first female finisher with a time of 1:42.06.

Race officials said competitors in this year's race are guaranteed a spot in next year's event if they wish to participate. 

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<![CDATA[Reserve Your Spot at Most Popular San Francisco Restaurants]]>Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:07:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-130444745.jpg

Yelp has released a list of the top 100 restaurants to make reservations at in San Francisco.

The company determined the rankings by looking at businesses with over 150 reviews and a four-star rating. Such a system has now made it even easier for foodies to book a seat in the most prestige eateries.

Here are a few of the top ranked restaurants:

Sotto Mare

This hot spot may look quaint, but with over 2,500 customer reviews, it has been awarded a 4.5-star rating. Sandwiched between businesses on the cusp of North Beach, Sotto Mare offers a mean menu filled with seafood and pasta. When walking in, diners will find walls lined with vintage photos and unique knick-knacks. Once seated, the menu can be found adorned with Boston Clam Chowder, Steamed Mussels and the “Best Damn Crab Cioppino.”

Liholiho Yacht Club

A more contemporary neighbor in Lower Nob Hill, Liholiho Yacht Club offers delicacies from the sea as well as upscale comfort foods. While one may not think to order spam and rice at a classy joint like this, Liholiho has raked in fantastic reviews from almost 1,300 customers. Other meals include grilled short ribs with escargot and beef tongue on a steamed bun. Getting a reservation at this place will let you expand your culinary wheelhouse and discover new delectable foods.

August 1 Five

Turning away from exclusive dinner eateries, August 1 Five is open for the best meal of the day: brunch. With a name inspired by India’s Independence from the British, the menu is filled with a blend of classic Indian dishes as well as modern American favorites. If heading over for a late breakfast, customers can order anything from chicken and waffles to bison keema.

Foreign Cinema

One unique experience that made it onto the list was the Foreign Cinema. Located in the Mission District, the spot serves people both a meal and a movie. With a wide array of films being screened, this restaurant is an upgraded alternative from the classic dinner and cinema combination. Plus, the menu is a crowd pleaser among vegetarians and carnivores alike.

Check out the rest of the list by Yelp here and be sure to make your reservations soon.

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<![CDATA[SFPD Officers Injured After Squad Car Overturns]]>Fri, 09 Jun 2017 22:08:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-9-17_SFPD_Police_Crash.jpg

Two San Francisco police officers were injured Friday night after their squad car hit an object and rolled over, according to police.

The collision, which resulted in the officers suffering non life-threatening injuries, happened just before 8 p.m. along the 1000 block of the Great Highway in the Richmond District, police said.

It is unclear what the patrol car hit, but it triggered the vehicle to overturn and land upside down, police said.

The officers were transported to a hospital, according to police.

An investigation was commenced after the crash.

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<![CDATA[Woman Accused of Abandoning Child in SF Denies Charges]]>Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:46:37 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-9-17_Abandoned_Child.jpg

The 22-year-old woman who authorities say shoved her 5-year-old daughter out of her car on a San Francisco street corner, and then sped off, denied the charges Friday and was ordered held on $100,000 bail.

Samantha Patton repeatedly shook her head in court Friday afternoon when she heard authorities recount the alleged details surrounding the single felony charge of child endangerment — a count she formally denied, by pleading not guilty.

Her attorney at the hearing, Jo-Anna Nieves, declined to comment outside court, but she urged San Francisco Superior Court Judge Sharon Reardon to release Patton on her own recognizance. She said was about start a new job, had long lived in the city and had no violent criminal history.

But prosecutor Supriya Perry told the court that Patton had a misdemeanor shoplifting conviction and was investigated in 2013 for felony child cruelty in Georgia without being charged. Perry cited the callous nature of the allegation, saying that the child told authorities that Patton “didn’t want to be her mommy anymore.”

“The court does have public safety concerns,” Judge Reardon said in ordering bail increased from $75,000 to $100,000. She cited Patton’s prior run-ins with the law as well as her having lived out of state in Georgia and Arkansas as evidence that she posed public safety and flight risks.

In arguing for higher bail, Assistant District Attorney Perry provided the most detailed account of what allegedly occurred on Monday evening. Perry said witnesses recounted that they saw a car and heard a woman screaming “Get out! Get out!” at the young girl near the city zoo at Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway.

“She shoved the 5-year-old out of the car,” Perry told the court. “The victim’s head hit the asphalt and she landed on her back.” The girl suffered no apparent injury.

Perry said witnesses, including two city paramedics, also reported seeing the driver toss out objects from the car and then drive over them as she sped off, narrowly missing parked cars. “The defendant drove away recklessly,” Perry said.

It was then that the medics and bystanders came to the child’s assistance.

“There was apparently nobody to take care of this child,” Perry told the judge.

Another child, her 1 year old son, was still in the car. The boy’s father, who was spotted leaving the area on a skateboard shortly before the incident, was soon found and led investigators to where the boy was being cared for by a babysitter in Oakland.

He declined comment from outside court on Friday.

Both children are now with Child Protective Services and prosecutors say they are arranging for family members to care for them.

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<![CDATA[Climate Will Last Longer Than Trump's Presidency: Germany]]>Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:30:19 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17160804201452.jpg

SAN FRANCISCO - Threatened as it is, the Earth's climate will survive longer than Donald Trump's presidency, Germany's environment minister said Friday.

The U.S. Constitution dictates no more than two terms, federal environmental minister Barbara Hendricks noted to reporters at a San Francisco news conference alongside California Gov. Jerry Brown.

"So that's eight years," Hendricks said. "I think the climate is going to survive this."

The German official's trip to California to talk climate-efforts with Brown demonstrates determination of some U.S. governors, some 200 U.S. mayors, business leaders and others to keep cutting Americans' output of climate-changing emissions from fossil fuels, Brown said.

That is despite Trump's announcement last week that he would pull the country out of the 2015 Paris global accord. Germany and almost all the world's other governments are still in the accord, which pledges them to curbing emissions from gasoline-powered engines and other sources of carbon.

Trump's declaration last week prompted a series of corresponding announcements of new climate alliances and efforts nationally by state leaders and others determined to keep up U.S. efforts overall against climate change.

Brown, one of the United States' highest-profile campaigners to cut carbon emissions, spoke a day after returning from a week of climate-change events in China.

"The United States by withdrawing under Trump has taken a back seat'' on fighting climate change, Brown said.

"But that's temporary," the California governor said. "This current decision will not stand."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Reawakens 1967 with Summer of Love Concert]]>Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:35:33 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_6701150218.jpg

On June 21, the City of San Francisco will be hosting a free 50th anniversary Summer of Love Concert. 7x7 reported that the event will take place in Golden Gate Park and host a show packed with groovy music and psychedelic lights.

The road to this celebration hasn’t been easy though. Permits have previously blocked the 1967 commemoration. Aspiring sponsor Boots Hughston had been denied twice by Rec and Park, being told that the concert failed to meet park protection expectations, according to SF Gate.

Now though, the San Francisco Rec and Park are hosting their own event called Surrealistic Summer Solstice. Listed on Eventbrite, it has been announced that individuals from Jefferson Airplane, ALO, and The Chamber Brothers will assist in reviving the summer of 1967.

Along with these artists, the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park will unveil a seasonal light installation. This art piece will run through October and create a spectacle overflowing with flowers and dancing lights. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that this piece was put together by Ben Davis of the company Illuminate. This business works to highlight the best of the San Francisco with surreal light projections. Guests will be able to enjoy the colorful creation for the first time when attending Surrealistic Summer Solstice.

While jamming out to some counterculture tunes, attendees will also have the chance to grab dinner from Off the Grid food trucks. With a variety of flavors to choose from, all guests are sure to find inner peace after chowing down.

Anticipation for a Summer of Love festival has been rumbling through the Bay for months now, leaving Surrealistic Summer Solstice already sold out. If unable to reserve a spot, take a look at the array of other events the Bay is hosting. More options to celebrate the summer’s 50th anniversary can be found on San Francisco Travel.

For more information on Surrealistic Summer Solstice, visit Eventbrite.

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<![CDATA[Self-Driving Car Involved in Collision With Cyclist in SF]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:40:39 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/202*120/chevy+bolt.jpg

A bicyclist suffered minor injuries in a collision with a self-driving vehicle in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood last month, the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported Thursday.

The collision, which the DMV reported as part of its tracking program for autonomous vehicles, involved a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV equipped with autonomous driving technology driving on May 25.

The collision occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m. when the vehicle, which was driving north on 11th Street, made a left turn onto Mission Street in the outer of two turn lanes.

When a vehicle in the inner turn lane began to cut in front of the Bolt, it braked, causing a bicyclist who had been crossing closely behind to ride into the rear of the vehicle.

The vehicle's occupant reported that the bicyclist suffered a scraped knee and expressed an intention to seek medical attention, but police and paramedics were not called to the scene.

The vehicle suffered a minor scratch in the collision and the bicycle was not damaged, according to the DMV report.

The DMV requires companies to obtain permits before testing autonomous vehicles in California and tracks data including collisions, making that information publicly available.

General Motors has been testing Bolt EV prototypes equipped with autonomous driving technology in cities including San Francisco since last year.

The vehicles have been involved in three other collisions in San Francisco so far this year, one of which resulted in a minor injury.

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<![CDATA[Horses Escape Stable, Frolic in Golden Gate Park]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 23:57:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-7-17-horses-on+the+loose-sf.jpg

Well this isn't something you see every day!

Nearly two dozen horses on Wednesday escaped from their stable and ran amok through San Francisco's Golden Gate Park before they were wrangled by rangers.

It remains uncertain how the 23 horses got loose from the Bercut Equitation Field around 5 a.m. But all the horses went through the same gate, and officials believe it was opened intentionally.

"There's a latch that comes over the top of the gate as well as a bungee cord arrangement that holds it in place," said Sarah Madland of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. "So it doesn't seem like something a horse could do with its nose or its mouth."

An on-site wrangler noticed the loose horses and began trying to corral them back to the stable, according to the Recreation and Parks Department.

No horses or people were injured during the nearly 2-hour adventure.

A new chain and lock will be installed around the bottom of the gate, and the park police will be on patrol to try to prevent a repeat of the incident, officials said. There is no active investigation, they said.

Rec and Parks officials said the horses are part of a pilot program to re-introduce horseback riding as a recreational activity at Golden Gate Park. The horses will be at the park through June 30 to give officials sufficient time to explore how the amenity would work. 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Gorillaz, Metallica, The Who Headline Outside Lands]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:00:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/OutsideLands2017.jpg

This year's Outside Lands Festival will be headlined by the Gorillaz, Metallica and The Who.

Single-day passes for the 10th annual event in San Francisco will be available for purchase starting Thursday. OSL runs Aug. 11-13.

Here's a look at what to expect and other acts to catch at the music festival:


The first day of the festival holds much excitement. Attendees will be able to see performances by the Gorillaz and Fleet Foxes. Both bands have been on a hiatus over the past several years and it is only recently that each has released new music.

Fans have been left hanging since 2010 after the Gorillaz’s, “Plastic Beach,” but the English group has finally dropped 26 new songs on the deluxe album, “Humanz.” Known for the hyper realistic caricatures of the band, their Outside Lands performance will be a visual feast.

Fleet Foxes’ new album, “Crack-Up,” will be available on the 16th of this month. The group has teased several songs on YouTube with music videos and even an album trailer. Since their 2011 release, “Helplessness Blues,” the band has undergone some changes. With member Josh Tillman taking off to focus on his own solo career as Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes has regrouped and seems to be coming out of the gate strong.

Some other anticipated artists appearing on Friday include A Tribe Called Quest, Alt-J, and Tove Lo.


The modern music headliners of Friday will be replaced by Metallica and Queens of the Stone Age. Both of these rock groups have been around for more than a decade, gathering a diverse fan base. It can be anticipated that each will perform classic hits as well as songs from their new releases. Metallica dropped their most recent album “Hardwired…To Self Destruct” last November. It has also been reported by NME that Queens of the Stone Age will be sharing a new single in two weeks.

Along with these head-hanging bands, festival goers will also be able enjoy music from Empire of the Sun, Solange, Warpaint, and Dawes.


Also with a cult following, The Who will be taking the stage on Sunday. This band has been fighting to keep classic rock alive since the British Invasion in the 60s. Members have long since reached the age for retirement, but it seems that they aren’t ready to throw in the towel anytime soon.

On the other side of the spectrum, 20-year-old Lorde will be performing. Between these acts, attendees will be able to bounce to other bands like Rebelution, Bleachers, Young the Giant, and Above & Beyond.

Single-day and three-day passes are available for purchase on Outside Land’s website.

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<![CDATA[Man ODs on Heroin, Attacked With Hammer at Travelodge: SFPD]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 08:13:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-7-17-ambulance-hammer-assault.jpg

A man overdosed on heroin and was severely wounded in an apparent hammer attack early Wednesday in a San Francisco motel room, police said. 

The assault happened around 4 a.m. at a Travelodge on Market Street near Valencia Street. Two men and a woman were inside a room when one of the men overdosed. He also sustained major injuries when he was beaten by a hammer, according to police.

The victim is in critical condition at an area hospital.

The other man in the room was also taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. Footage from the scene shows him being led away from the motel in handcuffs and a neck brace.

The woman too was hurt, but her condition remains unclear.

Police have not confirmed whether the second man and woman are in custody.

No further details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[CPUC Fines PG&E $400K for Faulty Construction of Tower]]>Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:20:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PGE-EMAIL-MON-ok---00000000.jpg

PG&E Co. was ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco Tuesday to pay a $400,000 fine for a toppled transmission tower that caused a massive blackout in Monterey County in 2015.

More than 55,000 people lost power when the newly installed transmission tower north of PG&E's Moss Landing substation fell over and took high-voltage transmission lines down with it on Oct. 18, 2015.

The customers who lost power were in Sand City, Seaside, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey and the surrounding area beginning at 7 a.m. that day. About half had power restored within seven hours, but others lacked electricity for 17 hours.

The citation issued by the PUC Safety and Enforcement Division said utility workers used an incorrect angle when they installed the four concrete footings of the tower on Sept. 9, 2015.

That "resulted in a low safety factor and caused the tower to fail and fall to the ground" on Oct. 18, the citation said. The tower was put into operation on Oct. 11.

The citation said, "PG&E's employees discovered the misalignment on September 9, 2015, and proceeded with constructing the tower without correcting the misalignment."

The citation is for installing the tower improperly and seven days of operating it with a below-minimum safety factor.

Since then, according to the citation, PG&E hired an outside engineering company, updated its construction standards and procedures and tested all towers installed within the previous two years.

PG&E has 30 days either to pay the citation or to appeal it to a PUC administrative law judge.

In a statement, the utility said, "We are reviewing" the citation, and did not say whether it plans to appeal.

Spokesman Matt Nauman said, "As we shared publicly after this incident, the tower footings were not properly installed and that led to the tower failure."

"Since then, we have inspected all recently constructed towers and found that they were installed correctly with no steel deformation or cracking," he said.

Bauamman said steps recommended by the engineering firm included a new tower stub angle verification process, additional training and the use of stronger steel, and "have all been implemented."

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<![CDATA[SF Police Detain Couple After Child is Abandoned Near Zoo]]>Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:44:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/zoo6.jpg

Police tracked down and detained a couple who allegedly abandoned a 5-year-old child near the San Francisco Zoo on Monday, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

Police said Tuesday that the mother was seen pushing the child out of a stationary car next to the zoo around 6:20 p.m. Monday, near the intersection of Great Highway and Sloat Boulevard, and then driving away. The man was seen leaving the scene on foot and may not have been aware the child had been left there, police said.

A 1-year-old infant was still in the car with the woman, police said.

Police tracked down the man Tuesday evening and said he was cooperating with the investigation. He is the father of the 1-year-old, and the woman is the mother of both children. The father directed police to a location in Oakland where the infant was under the care of a babysitter. 

Later Tuesday night, the mother surrendered to investigators and was being questioned.

The abandoned child was not injured, police said. Sources told NBC Bay Area the child is from Arkansas. Both children were in the custody of Child Protective Services on Tuesday night, police said.

Police spokeswoman Giselle Talkoff said paramedics from the city's fire department witnessed the incident near the zoo and called police.

People stopping by nearby Ocean Beach on Tuesday were stunned to hear about the incident.

"You would never think anybody would drop or leave a kid off here, but I’m guessing if they did, maybe they thought because there’s a lot of people the baby would be found or the kid would be found," San Francisco resident Angel Padilla said. "It’s just an awful thing to hear."

Police said late Tuesday it was still an active investigation. Anyone with information related to the incident should contact the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.

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<![CDATA[John Kerry in SF to Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal, Other Threats]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 23:39:19 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kerry-sf-0605.jpg

Former Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday imposing new economic sanctions against Iran could back the country into a corner, and that would be dangerous.

Kerry spoke in San Francisco at a fundraiser for Ploughshares Fund, an organization that works to reduce the threats posed by nuclear weapons.

He said new sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program could send a message to the Iranian people that there is no gain for them in the 2015 nuclear deal. The landmark agreement eased economic sanctions in return for a freeze on Iranian nuclear development.

Last month, the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee voted 18-3 in favor of legislation that would authorize President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on Iran.

Kerry told the gathering Monday that climate change and nuclear weapons are the top threats to the world, and they are threats the current administration must handle carefully.

During his service at secretary of state, he said Iran's ability to make nuclear weapons was an urgent concern.

"Clearly, we were moving toward conflict," Kerry said.

Kerry says he's hopeful Trump would listen to the "good people" he has in his administration.

"My hope is we will not open up a possibility for confrontation when we have so many others to deal with," he said.

In terms of world relations, Kerry said the U.S must continue to be a global power diplomatically and scientifically to help maintain world order.

He said climate change and its impacts are real.

Even after Trump announced his withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, a frustrated Kerry remained optimistic because so many states and citizens are already on board.

"We can build critical mass in this country that is limiting damage, and then in 2018, if you have impact, boom, a different dynamic," Kerry said.

Kerry isn't just talking and taking action. He said he has an upcoming trip to Vietnam, where he is hoping to convince leaders there to scrap plans to build new coal plants and instead build renewable energy resources. 

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<![CDATA[Warriors Watch Party for Game 3 at SF Civic Center]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 21:07:02 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Game2_1.jpg

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced Monday that Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday will be broadcast live on a jumbotron in Civic Center Plaza.

Game 3 is scheduled for 6 p.m. Pacific time at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena and follows two wins by the Warriors in Oakland to start the Finals, including a 132-113 victory Sunday.

Golden State and Cleveland are facing off in the NBA Finals for the third straight year, with the Warriors winning in 2015 and the Cavaliers coming back from a 3-1 series deficit to win the title last year.

The event in San Francisco on Wednesday will be alcohol-free, and fans are encouraged to come early and take public transportation to Civic Center Plaza.

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<![CDATA[10 LGBT Pride Events Around the Bay Area in June]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 18:14:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SMC+Pride+Thumbnail.jpg

Following the opening of its first LGBTQ Pride Center, San Mateo County is set to celebrate LGBT Pride Month with festivities Saturday in Central Park.

While Silicon Valley Pride is set for late August, several cities will be hosting their annual pride events over the next three weeks:

Love Our Island's LGBTQ Pride Celebration in Alameda

  • DATE: Tuesday, June 6
  • TIME: 7 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Alameda City Hall 2263 Santa Clara Ave #320 in Alameda
  • DESCRIPTION: Community members are invited to eat free ice cream and take a photograph with the city mayor and council members before the weekly city council meeting (view event). 

Pride Cruise in San Francisco

  • DATE: Saturday, June 10
  • TIME: 3 to 6 p.m. 
  • LOCATION: USS Potomac, San Francisco Ferry Building Gate E, 1 Ferry Building in San Francisco
  • DESCRIPTION: The Pride Law Fund's annual fundraiser to fund fellowships for law students focusing on LGBT civil rights issues takes off from the San Francisco Ferry Building on Saturday. Tickets cost between $100 to $150 (view event).

Pride Parade at San Mateo Central Park

  • DATE: Saturday, June 10
  • TIME: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • LOCATION: San Mateo Central Park, 50 E 5th Ave in San Mateo
  • DESCRIPTION: San Mateo celebrates its 5th annual pride parade with this year's theme as "Still We Rise" (view event).

Equality March for Unity and Pride in San Jose

  • DATE: Sunday, June 11
  • TIME: The march begins at 11 a.m and the rally begins at 1 p.m.
  • LOCATION: San Jose City Hall to Plaza de César Chávez Park
  • DESCRIPTION: Participants in San Jose are expected to join cities across the nation marching during the annual Equality March for Unity & Pride (view event).

Raise A Glass Pride Fundraiser

  • DATE: June 15
  • TIME: 5 to 10 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Laughing Monk Brewing, 1439 Egbert Ave, Unit A San Francisco, CA
  • DESCRIPTION: There will be an early pride celebration and fundraiser at Laughing Monk Brewing where event organizers say $1 dollar for every beer sold will be donated to the Lyric Center for LGBTQQ Youth and the AIDS Family and Youth Foundation as well as another dollar for every image posted on social media with people raising a glass with the Laughing Monk page tagged and the hashtag#RaiseAGlass. (view event).

Pride Party and Fundraiser at the TAYLOR/MONROE in San Francisco

  • DATE: June 17
  • TIME: 8 to 11 p.m.
  • LOCATION: TAYLOR / MONROE, 448 Grove St. San Francisco, CA 94102
  • DESCRIPTION: This annual fundraiser is an option for those 21 and up with all proceeds from event tickets, raffles and auction items benefiting the SF LGBT Center (view event).

Pink Triangle Installation & Commemoration

  • DATE: June 24
  • TIME: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Twin Peaks in San Francisco
  • DESCRIPTION: The north side of Twin Peaks facing the Castro District is turned into a memorial annually to remember the gay victims who were persecuted and killed in concentration camps in Nazi Germany starting in 1933 through the end of WWII (view website).

Pride Brunch at the Hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco

  • DATE: June 24
  • TIME: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market St. in San Francisco
  • DESCRIPTION: Wells Fargo is sponsoring the Gary Virginia and Donna Sachet's 19th Annual Pride Brunch which benefits the Positive Resource Center and honors the parade's grand marshals. Tickets cost $75 for balcony seating, $100 for general admission and up to $10,000 for sponsoring tables (view event).

Pride Party at the Mezzanine in San Francisco

  • DATE: June 24
  • TIME: 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
  • LOCATION: 444 Jessie St. Mezzanine in San Francisco
  • DESCRIPTION: The Mezzanine's annual event is an option for those 21 and up with a portion of its proceeds from the night donated to the San Francisco City Clinic (view website).

Pride Parade in San Francisco

  • DATE: June 24 to 25
  • TIME: Festivities on June 24 are between 12 and 6 p.m. with the parade the following day on June 25 at 10:30 a.m.
  • LOCATION: Festivities on June 24 are on Civic Center Plaza with the parade on June 25 taking place on Market Street (view map).
  • DESCRIPTION: Tens of thousands flood the city blocks annually for the pride festival and parade in San Francisco. The theme for the 47th Annual San Francisco Pride Parade is a "Celebration of Diversity" (view website).

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Issues Subpoenas for Uber, Lyft Driver Records]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 19:35:46 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/uber-lyft-0605.jpg

San Francisco's city attorney issued subpoenas Monday to ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft for records about their drivers and service in the city.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera said he is concerned about drivers who commute from as far away as Southern California to work in San Francisco and wants to ensure the companies comply with laws that require equal accommodation for people with disabilities.

He wants to know how many miles and hours drivers log; what guidance and training they receive; what neighborhoods they serve; and whether their vehicles are accessible to disabled people. The city attorney is seeking four years of records.

Herrera separately issued a public records request to the California Public Utilities Commission for annual reports Lyft and Uber have submitted to the agency since 2013 as well as any additional data about their effect on traffic congestion and safety. The CPUC regulates ride-hailing companies.

"Our action today aims to protect San Franciscans by ensuring that these companies comply with state and local law," Herrera said in a statement.

Uber said in a statement it is happy to work with the city to address congestion, but any solution should look at construction, the city's population increase and the rise of online delivery services.

Lyft said it is reviewing the subpoena and has always been focused on improving transportation access in all cities where it operates.

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<![CDATA[Police ID Man Arrested for Killing Australian Tourist in SF]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:21:02 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/STRINGER+SF+TOURIST+HOMICIDE+-+00025516.jpg

San Francisco police on Monday identified the 34-year-old suspect arrested for killing an Australian tourist last Friday.

David Murillo of Hesperia, Calif. was arrested following the deadly assault, which occurred in the vicinity of the Da Vinci Villa hotel on the 2500 block of Van Ness Avenue, police said.

After detaining Murillo and questioning him, "it was determined (Murillo) was responsible for Bate's murder," police wrote in a statement.

Murillo was booked into San Francisco County Jail on one felony charge for murder, according to police.

Matthew Bate, 33, suffered severe head trauma as a result of the assault, according to police. First responders tried to save him, but Bate died at the hospital.

Despite the arrest, police are still asking the public for information. Anyone with details is asked to contact the San Francisco Police anonymously at 415-575-4444. People can also text TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

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<![CDATA[Overturned Vehicle Prompts Major Backup on Bay Bridge]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 08:20:01 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/oakland44.jpg

A crash involving an overturned vehicle created a nightmarish backup on the Bay Bridge Monday morning.

The crash, which was reported around 7 a.m., temporarily blocked as many as three westbound lanes near Treasure Island.

Crews were able to eventually clear the wreck and open all lanes of traffic, but the crash created lengthy residual delays.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Person Arrested for Tourist's Death Could Appear in Court]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 06:01:12 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/One_Arrested_in_Connection_With_Australian_Tourist_Homicide.jpg

A suspect accused of killed an Australian tourist in San Francisco last week could make a court appearance Monday. Pete Suratos reports. ]]>
<![CDATA[Travelers From London to SFO React to Terror Attacks]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:01:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Travelers_From_London_to_SFO_React_to_Attacks.jpg

Residents of London and Manchester arriving in the Bay Area on Sunday say the terror attacks are unnerving, but they won't change the way the United Kingdom operates or how they live their lives. Sergio Quintana reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands Take Part in 15th Annual AIDS Life Cycle]]>Sun, 04 Jun 2017 23:59:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/aids+cycle-0604.jpg

Thousands of cyclists set off on a journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles on Sunday to raise awareness about AIDS.

The annual AIDS Life Cycle left the city in the morning, with 3,000 riders pedaling to Santa Cruz on the first leg of the 545-mile trip.

After spending the night on the Monterey Bay coast, the group will set off for King City on Monday.

"My boyfriend and I raised over $9,000 together, and we’re here to end AIDS," said Mari Azizkhanian of San Francisco.

Fellow cyclist Gabriel Peixoto added: "And I do it for friends who have passed, but I also do it for solidarity and getting a community together, and it’s a lot of fun."

San Francisco has one of the largest HIV-positive populations per capita in the U.S., with nearly 16,000 people diagnosed.

The event marked it 15th year raising money and awareness in the battle against HIV/AIDS.

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<![CDATA[No Love for Summer of Love Celebration: Organizers]]>Sat, 03 Jun 2017 21:46:57 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_6701150218.jpg

A celebration for Summer of Love seems to be getting no love from San Francisco city officials.

For the second time, organizers on Saturday said they were denied a permit to host a festive concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the event.

"These permit officers have directly and intentionally denied our permit on onerous and unfounded grounds," organizers wrote in a statement.

City officials reportedly slammed the door on the event because the organizers advertised the event without receiving permission and didn't hire a city-appointed person to manage the concert, among other transgressions.

NBC Bay Area has reached out to city officials for a comment.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Losing Thousands of Residents to Seattle Job Boom]]>Sat, 03 Jun 2017 21:09:16 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-539768278-cropped.jpg

It’s no secret that the Bay Area has been losing people over the past few years, but where are they going? A LinkedIn Workforce Report has revealed that many are moving to Seattle.

Based on the data, for every 10,000 LinkedIn members in Seattle, 48.29 workers migrated to the city in the past year from the Bay Area, making it the top city that Seattle has gained the most workers from, followed by New York City and Chicago.

The rise in migration may be due to the 90 companies – many coming from the Bay Area – that have opened engineering centers in Seattle.

The Bay Area has become complicit in the past year when it comes to gaining workers, adding approximately 8.98 per every 10,000 LinkedIn members, according to the study.

Despite the loss, based on LinkedIn’s Workforce study, the Bay Area has gained most of its workers from New York City, Boston and Chicago. Approximately 5.67 workers moved to Bay Area in the last year from the Big Apple.

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<![CDATA[1 Arrested on Suspicion of Australian Tourist's Death in SF]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 06:03:25 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/STRINGER+SF+TOURIST+HOMICIDE+-+00025516.jpg

San Francisco police on Saturday arrested one person in connection with the homicide of a 33-year-old Australian tourist at a Russian Hill hotel one day prior.

The victim, identified by the San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office as Matthew Bate, was killed around 2 a.m. Friday in the vicinity of the Da Vinci Villa hotel on the 2500 block of Van Ness Avenue, police said.

Police said they had detained two people in the hours after the killing. They have not provided any additional suspect information.

Bate got into a verbal altercation with someone, but it quickly turned physical. The victim sustained injuries during the scuffle and was taken to a hospital, where he died, according to police. They do not believe any weapons were used in the fight.

Bate lived in Woolner, a suburb of Darwin. He was an analytical chemist with SGS Australia, which offers a range of testing and certification services to businesses.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was providing Bate's family with consular assistance.

Footage from the hotel showed crime tape, a number of evidence markers near clothes and a pair of sunglasses, and investigators taking photographs of the scene.

Police said there is cause for concern about public safety.

An investigation is ongoing.

People with information are asked to call San Francisco Police Department at 415-553-0123.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Gets Ready to Move 4 Minds]]>Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:56:35 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/San_Francisco_Gets_Ready_to_Move_4_Minds.jpg

San Francisco this weekend will join a nationwide effort to combat Alzheimers. Jessica Aguirre shows us why the fight is so crucial.]]>