<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News - South Bay]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/localen-usThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:37:13 -0700Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:37:13 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[320-Acre Bear Fire Now 30 Percent Contained]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:40:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/BearFire.JPG

Some evacuation orders were lifted Thursday as fire crews steadily gained control of a 320-acre blaze burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The fire, which started late Monday in the area of Bear Canyon Road and Deer Creek Road, is 30 percent contained, Cal Fire announced.

Evacuation orders for the Las Cumbres community, Skyline Boulevard community and areas south of Bear Creek Road were lifted Thursday morning, according to officials. Those living along Bear Creek Canyon Road, Deer Creek Road, Rons Road, Dons Road and tributary streets are still under evacuation orders. 

Yelena Malysheva was one of the lucky evacuees who was able to return home Thursday after anxiously waiting to see if her home would be spared by the flames.

"I haven't slept pretty much in the four days," she said. "I'm totally exhausted. My kids are at school. They're very tired, too."


Though fire officials were generally upbeat about their progress in containing the blaze, there were some setbacks Wednesday. A drone grounded the much needed air attack for about an hour.

Before the temporary stoppage, Cal Fire officials said the air support was critical in the steep terrain.

"The bucket drops are helping; they're a ton of help," said Steve Chapman, a Strike Force member. "And we're trying to get hose lines up here."

As of Thursday morning, 956 fire personnel, 112 engines, 12 helicopters and 11 dozers had joined the assault on the blaze, according to Cal Fire. 

At least four unknown structures have been destroyed by the flames, according to Cal Fire, and 300 remain threatened as of Thursday morning.

Five firefighters, including an inmate firefighter, all suffered minor injuries  while working the fire lines on Tuesday, according to Cal Fire. Two more firefighters on Wednesday were transported to hospitals, one after suffering second-degree burns to his hands and the other also suffering from unspecified burn injuries, fire officials said. 

A Cal Fire official noted that the steep and rugged terrain has played a role in the injuries.

Officials are still trying to determine what exactly caused the blaze to ignite. Towering flames could be seen ripping through dense vegetation and devouring trees right after the fire started before they were eventually suppressed by fire crews on the ground and in the air.


The Zayante Fire Station, which is located at 7700 E. Zayante St. in Felton, has been designated as an evacuation center for those impacted by the fire. Another evacuation center has opened at Lakeside Elementary School — 19620 Black Road — in Los Gatos.

Those with horses and goats can seek shelter at the Graham Hill Showgrounds located at 1145 Graham Hill Rd. in Santa Cruz. Folks with smaller animals can go to Santa Cruz County Animal Services, which is located at 2200 7th Ave. in Santa Cruz.

One person has been arrested on suspicion of looting one of the homes that was in the evacuation area, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department.



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

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

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

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

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

The ShakeOut drills originated in California in 2008.

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<![CDATA[SF Among 2017's Top 10 Hardest-Working Cities in US: Report]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:02:17 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Computer+generic+responde.jpg

Only one place in California cracked the top 10 list of the hardest-working cities in the United States: San Francisco.

In a recent study, WalletHub's analysts compared a number of metrics, including average weekly work hours, labor-force participation rate, average commute time and average leisure time per day, from across the nation's 116 largest cities. 

With a total score of 90.76, Anchorage, Alaska reigned supreme. It was followed by Plano, Texas with 81.49 points, Cheyenne, Wyo. with 81.17, Virgina Beach, Va. with 79.91 and Irving, Texas with 79.71.

San Francisco came in seventh place with a score of 77.82.

Fremont — ranked 52nd — is the next Bay Area city that hard workers call home, WalletHub found. San Jose is 61st and Oakland is 85th. 



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Represented on Happiest Places in U.S. List: Report]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:23:05 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Boardwalk1.jpg

Beach living appears to be treating those along the Monterey coast very well.

That's because a report from National Geographic ranks the Santa Cruz-Watsonville area as the second happiest place in the entire country. Boulder, Colorado locked up the top spot with Charlottesville, Virginia nabbing the third slot.

Not to be left out, three other Bay Area regions checked in on the top-25 list. The region of San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara checked in at No. 6, Salinas grabbed the No. 13 spot, and the combination of San Francisco, Oakland and Hayward settled in at No. 17, according to the report.

National Geographic, author Dan Buettner and research-based company Gallup examined a number of factors — financial stability, amount of time spent vacationing, civic engagement and healthy eating habits — when compiling the list.

"In happier places, according to Buettner, locals smile and laugh more often, socialize several hours a day, have access to green spaces, and feel that they are making purposeful progress toward achieving life goals," the report reads.



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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Being Stabbed Near San Jose School: Police]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:53:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/101817SANJOSEHOMICIDE_469842.JPEG

A fight between two men early Wednesday ended in a fatal stabbing near Caroline Davis Intermediate School, according to detectives with the San Jose Police Department.

The victim, who was suffering from at least one stab wound, was found along the 300 block of Branham Lane East, according to police.

The man was transported to the hospital, but he was later pronounced dead, police said.

Officers towed a blue Subaru away from the crime scene, which was broken down by the time students and their parents arrived ahead of classes.

Police have not identified the victim or provided information about the circumstances leading up the stabbing or any possible suspects.

This marks San Jose's 28th murder so far this year as compared to 37 at this time in 2016.

Further information was not available.



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<![CDATA[300-Acre Bear Fire Now 15 Percent Contained]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:09:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBBearFire1_470013.JPEG

The fight continued Wednesday as crews worked to gain control of a 300-acre vegetation fire that has ripped through a heavily-forested area of the Santa Cruz Mountains, injured seven firefighters and forced dozens of people to flee from their homes.

The blaze, which ignited late Monday in the area of Bear Canyon Road and Deer Creek Road, is 15 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

Evacuation orders remain in place for the communities of Las Cumbres, Deer Creek and all residents of Bear Creek Road, according to Cal Fire, which reported that 150 structures were still threatened as of Tuesday night.

At least four unknown structures have already been wiped out by the flames, according to Cal Fire.

Though fire officials were generally upbeat about their progress in containing the blaze, there were some setbacks. A drone grounded the much needed air attack for about an hour Wednesday.

"It set us back in our progress this morning and really getting after the work we needed to do today," Cal Fire spoksperson Angela Bernheisel said. "On this fire we're using water drops quite a bit."

Before the temporary stoppage, Cal Fire officials said the air support was critical in the steep terrain.

"The bucket drops are helping; they're a ton of help," said Steve Chapman, a Strike Force member. "And we're trying to get hose lines up here."

Despite the evacuation orders, Bernheisel on Wednesday stressed that fire activity was calm overnight, efforts have been made to protect homes in the Las Cumbres area, and residents outside of the evacuation area need not worry about the flames spreading.

"We want the surrounding community to know that this fire is really burning in the area that it was projected to be burning in," Bernheisel said. "We haven't had unexpected fire growth to threaten other communities. Folks who are really concerned about what they're seeing from the fires up north is not anything that we expect to happen down here."

One person has been arrested on suspicion of looting one of the homes that was in the evacuation area, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department.


As of Wednesday night, 871 firefighters, 92 engines, 12 helicopters and 11 dozers had joined the assault on the blaze, according to Cal Fire. 

"Today we will be hitting [the fire] hard again with the helicopter drops just like we were yesterday," Bernheisel said. "We should be able to make some significant progress today."

Five firefighters, including an inmate firefighter, all suffered minor injuries  while working the fire lines on Tuesday, according to Cal Fire. Two more firefighters on Wednesday were transported to hospitals, one after suffering second-degree burns to his hands and the other also suffering from unspecified burn injuries, fire officials said. 

Bernheisel noted that the steep and rugged terrain has played a role in the injuries.

Officials are still trying to determine what exactly caused the blaze to ignite.

Towering flames early Tuesday tore through dense vegetation and devoured trees before appearing to die down by the late morning hours. A thick layer of smoke then hovered over the mountain range due to light winds in the area.


The Zayante Fire Station, which is located at 7700 E. Zayante St. in Felton, has been designated as an evacuation center for those impacted by the fire. Another evacuation center has opened at Lakeside Elementary School — 19620 Black Road — in Los Gatos.

Those with horses and goats can seek shelter at the Graham Hill Showgrounds located at 1145 Graham Hill Rd. in Santa Cruz. Folks with smaller animals can go to Santa Cruz County Animal Services, which is located at 2200 7th Ave. in Santa Cruz.



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<![CDATA[Wildfire Guts 4 Structures in Santa Cruz Mountains]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:18:39 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bearcreekfire_456150.JPEG

A vegetation fire on Tuesday tore through steep terrain in the Santa Cruz Mountains, prompting evacuations and injuring five firefighters.

The blaze, which ignited late Monday in the area of Bear Creek Road near Rons and Dons roads, had spread to 271 acres and was 5 percent contained late Tuesday night, according to Cal Fire Assistant Chief Rob Sherman. At least four unknown structures have been destroyed, but crews appeared to be gaining control of the flames.

"I think we're making pretty good process," Sherman said, noting that the fire has not spread as much since sunrise.

But Sherman also acknowleged resources are spread thin. He said he’ll need more boots on the ground Wednesday to relieve exhausted crews.

"We put in a request for tomorrow for resources," he said. "We hear we’re going to get them. I don’t know if we’re going to get them all or some."

The five injured firefighters, including an inmate firefighter, all suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze, according to Sherman. Injuries included a broken wrist, smoke inhalation, lacerations and a sprain.


Evacuations were ordered for Deer Creek Road, Rons Road, Dons Road, Lost Valley Road, Favre Ridge and Oak Ridge, according to Cal Fire. Those orders involved about 150 homes.

"About midnight, we looked out our window and we saw a wall, a literal wall of fire that was about to jump over the ridge that's fairly close to our house," evacuee Virginia Becker said. "We didn't need a phone call to say it was time to evacuate."


Flames from a structure fire that broke out along Bear Creek Canyon sparked the blaze, according to Cal Fire. The fire was burning in the direction of the Las Cumbres area, but the flames were still roughly one-quarter mile away from that region around 10:30 p.m. Monday, Sherman said.

"We dont have wind, so that's good," Sherman said, noting that low humidity is a concern. "It's really dry in the area."

As of Tuesday evening, 600 firefighters, 52 engines, nine helicopters, five dozers and three air tankers had joined the assault on the blaze, according to Cal Fire.

Before the sun rose, towering flames could be seen devouring trees as the blaze ripped through a hilly and heavily-forested area. The shooting flames died down by the mid-morning hours, but thick smoke continued to hover over the mountain range.

"It looks like a volcano went off," Boulder Creek resident Grant Kappen said.

Kappen has not been evacuated, but he said he is closely monitoring the flames.

"With all the new news going on right now regarding all the fires, we're a little concerned," he said.

The Zayante Fire Station, which is located at 7700 E. Zayante St. in Felton, has been designated as an evacuation center for those impacted by the fire. Another evacuation center has opened at Lakeside Elementary School — 19620 Black Road — in Los Gatos.

Boulder Creek Elementary School closed for the day Tuesday as a result of the fire, according to the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District.




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<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out in Santa Cruz Mountains]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:10:47 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bearcreekCALFIREfirefighter_456327.JPEG

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<![CDATA[Weinstein Sex Scandal Triggers #MeToo Movement]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:00:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17281854843740.jpg

The Harvey Weinstein sex scandal has triggered a huge new movement that is expanding well beyond Hollywood.

The hashtag #MeToo message on social media was designed to allow women to acknowledge they have suffered sexual harassment or assault, but it has also turned into a nationwide rallying cry.

Chandra Brooks, a commissioner on Santa Clara County's Commission on the Status of Women, allowed NBC Bay Area to be there when she added her name to the list of those publicly acknowledged they had been a victim of sexual harassment or assault.

"I've been sexually harassed and assaulted more times than I can even think of, but I must share and let everybody know they are not alone," Brooks said.

Brooks is one of many women and girls joining the social media movement. She thinks change will come out of the movement.

"I think legislation might happen," Brooks said. "You never know. I think so many things can happen."

Brooks said it is hard to say yet what will happen, specifically, as the commission and other groups dedicated to women's rights address the issue, especially when a social media movement is grieving by the minute.



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<![CDATA[SJ Firefighters Kept Busy While Crews Help in the North Bay]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:01:37 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/101617_SJ_House_Fire_443266.JPEG

While some San Jose firefighters continued to battle the blazes burning in the North Bay, crews back home were kept busy Sunday fighting multiple fires.

Firefighters in the South Bay city responded to a brush fire in the foothills that quickly spread to two homes. Crews were later dispatched to another brush fire and possible rescue in the hills above Alum Rock Park. Just as the calendar turned to Monday, firefighters battled flames that shot out of a home on Sonata Way. 

Firefighters in San Jose are working longer shifts to cover for the three engine crews that are offering assistance across North Bay counties.

"We've been on since about 8 o'clock this morning," San Jose Fire Department Capt. Brad Cloutier said as crews worked at the scene of the house fire. "We'll be on for about another 36 hours. Yeah it's been a long day so far already."

When crews arrived at the house fire just after midnight, they thought the family might have been trapped inside, but they later determined that the house was empty.

The garage was overwhelmed by the towering flames, which also spread to other parts of the house. The house has since been boarded up, and the family is staying with relatives in the area.



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<![CDATA[Man Drives Wrong Way Across South Bay for 20 Miles]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:06:34 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DUI_Suspect_Drove_Wrong_Way_for_20_Miles_in_Menlo_Park.jpg

A South Bay man is in custody after California Highway Patrol authorities say he drove more than 20 miles in the wrong direction on two freeways. It all ended in a crash that sent both the suspect and another driver to the hospital with major injuries. The incident played out early Sunday morning when the CHP says a car driven by 25-year-old Edwin Rodriguez started going the wrong way on Interstate 680 at Berryessa Road in San Jose. He then continued onto Interstate 280. His car eventually crashed into a van at Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park where the CHP set up spike strips. Rodriguez is also facing DUI charges.]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Crews Respond to Blaze, Person Trapped in East SJ Hills]]>Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:06:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/san_jose_fire_department_truck_generic.jpg

Firefighters responded to a brush fire and possible rescue in the hills above Alum Rock Park in East San Jose late Sunday, according to Cal Fire and the San Jose Fire Department.

The 2-acre fire, reported about 9:10 p.m. on Felter Road near Sierra Road, involved a life safety rescue alert for a person trapped in a ravine where the fire was burning, fire officials said.

A car also was down in the ravine, fire officials said.

Firefighters extinguished the fire just before 11 p.m., but officials did not provide details about the trapped person. Cal Fire was assiting the San Jose Fire Department.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Brush Fire Spreads to Homes in East San Jose Foothills]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:32:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/sjfirehome1015_433445.JPG

Fire crews responded to a brush fire Sunday in the East San Jose foothills that quickly spread to two homes.

The one-alarm fire near Mt. Hamilton Road and Garcal Drive was reported about 1:30 p.m., and was believed to have been caused by downed power lines.

Aerial views of the fire showed smoke and flames coming from two homes.

More than a dozen fire trucks from a few different departments were at the scene to make sure the fire didn’t spread even more.

Neighbors said the fire started with a bang.

"I heard an explosion, some sort of explosion, so I came out, looked around, saw the house was on fire," said Brett Bell.

Neighbor Skip Anderson said they had a power outage, and he went outside to investigate.

"And then I heard a big boom and then came out and saw a large column of smoke from the building," he said.

Fire investigators said it’s not yet clear if a power line snapped and sparked the fire. But firefighters arrived to find flames that swept through the dry grass and reached one of the two homes quickly.

The resident of the house managed to get out safely, but some of her pets didn’t.

"A lot of birds, a lot of dogs," San Jose fire Capt. Brad Cloutier. "We were able to get most of them out of the structure; a few right now are still unaccounted for."



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<![CDATA[Two Earthquakes Strike Near Gilroy Minutes Apart]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 04:43:36 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3.0quake.JPG

Two earthquakes rattled parts of the South Bay early Friday morning.

The first, a magnitude-3.0 quake, struck around 4:13 a.m. Its epicenter was 4.5 miles away from Gilroy, 8 miles away from Watsonville and 10 miles away from Morgan Hill, the USGS reported.

Shortly thereafter — around 4:32 a.m. — a magnitude-2.6 temblor hit 5.5 miles away from Gilroy, 10.2 miles away from Hollister and 14 miles away from Morgan Hill, according to the USGS.


There have been no reports of injuries or damage so far.

Check back for updates.



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<![CDATA[SJPD Investigates Shooting That Injured Four at Strip Mall]]>Thu, 12 Oct 2017 02:24:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/101117sanjosestripmallshooting_370829.JPEG

San Jose police late Tuesday responded to a report of a shooting at a strip mall that left four people injured. 

Witnesses reported an active crime scene at Tully and Senter roads in the early hours of Wednesday. Police cleared out Bien Nho, listed online as a sports bar, nearly five hours after the violence was originally reported at 11:50 p.m.

It's possible a stabbing also occurred, but police have yet to confirm that.

The victims were treated and are expected to survive their injuries, police said. 

Video from the scene shows officers in full body armor pulling people out of the venue at gunpoint. Police say that's because they couldn't tell at that time whether the victims were also involved in the assault. 

Suspect information is not available and no one is in custody, police say.

An investigation is ongoing. 

Check back for updates.



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<![CDATA[Police Activity on Highway 101 in San Jose Prompts Closure]]>Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:16:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/101017TRAFFICJUMPER101_3629297878787.JPEG

Lanes on southbound 101 in San Jose have been reopened following police activity. Officers have a person in custody.

At 11 a.m., the southbound lanes of Highway 101 were been shut down at Mckee Road in San Jose due to police activity.

No other information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Fatal Collision Closes Highway 17 in Los Gatos]]>Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:00:06 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/ambulance+generic5.jpg

At least one person died in a traffic collision involving multiple vehicles on Highway 17 in Los Gatos on Monday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officers first responded at 6:09 p.m. to a collision involving at least three vehicles near 17533 Santa Cruz Highway, CHP officials said.

A Sig-alert was then issued, closing all of the highway's southbound lanes, and drivers headed toward Santa Cruz had been asked to find alternate routes.

The CHP did not provide an estimated time for when the highway's southbound lanes would reopen.

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<![CDATA[4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes South Bay]]>Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:02:51 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/san+jose+quake-1009.jpg

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.1 rattled the South Bay on Monday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Society.

The temblor hit about 5:55 p.m. and was centered about 8 miles east-southeast of the Alum Rock area of San Jose, the USGS said.

The quake struck on the Calaveras Fault and had a relatively shallow depth of about 5 miles, the agency said.

No further details were immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Man Fatally Shot in South San Jose; Suspect at Large: Police]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:44:39 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpdshooting1008_336364.JPG

Police in San Jose were investigating a fatal shooting in the city's Blossom Hill neighborhood late Sunday night, according to the San Jose Police Department.

Just before 7 p.m., officers responded to reports of a person shot in the 200 block of Tradewinds Drive in South San Jose, near Oak Grove High School, police said. When they arrived at the scene, officers found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

No suspects or motives were immediately identified.

The identity of the victim was not released pending notification of next of kin, police said.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Wayne Smith or Detective Sgt. John Barg of the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867.



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<![CDATA[4 Suspects Possibly Kidnapped Woman in San Jose: Police]]>Sun, 08 Oct 2017 22:28:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjassault1008_335528.JPG

A woman may have been kidnapped, and a cab driver was assaulted early Sunday morning in downtown San Jose, police said.

A cab driver picked up the woman at about 1:45 a.m. on Great America Parkway near Tasman Drive in Santa Clara and drove her to the Diridon Station at 65 Cahill St. in San Jose.

When they got to the station, it was closed, according to police. But a white, late model, 4-door Lexus with four people inside also was parked nearby, police said.

The driver of the Lexus drove up to the cab. One or more of the four people in the Lexus demanded the woman get out of the cab, police said. The four people called the woman either Diana or Tiana.

The woman refused to leave the cab, and the cab driver drove away. But the four were able to stop it. One person punctured several tires of the cab, and he assaulted the cab driver with a knife, police said.

Then the two men in the Lexus pulled the woman from the cab and forced her into the Lexus before it left the area.

Police said the victim was white, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, in her 30s with brown hair.

The person suspected of assaulting the cab driver was described as a Hispanic man in his late 20s, 6 feet tall, 150 to 160 pounds with a beard. He was wearing a white tank top, pants and a hat.

The other male suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his late 20s, 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a medium build.

Police said they do not have a description of the two female suspects.

Investigators believe the suspects knew the victim.

San Jose police said later Sunday they have not received any missing persons reports that match the victim's description. They said some of the cab companies have cameras in their taxis, so it's possible surveillance video may be helpful.

Police identified the case as a suspicious circumstance, possible kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

Anyone with information about the case, the victim or the suspects is asked to call 911 or Detective Sgt. Jaime Jimenez of the Police Department's robbery unit at (408) 277-4166. People who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.

A person who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from Crime Stoppers.

NBC Bay Area's Marianne Favro contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[California's Hepatitis Outbreak May Linger, Experts Say]]>Sat, 07 Oct 2017 14:51:34 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/la+hepatitis.jpg

The hepatitis A outbreak in California that has claimed 17 lives may not have peaked and could take a year or more to abate, health officials said Thursday.

The contagious, liver-damaging illness has infected at least 568 people since November, mainly in San Diego, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles counties.

People without symptoms can carry the illness, and health officials suspect that transients in San Diego County spread it through other homeless populations around the state.

More than 480 cases of the illness, including all 17 deaths, have occurred in San Diego County, which declared a public health emergency last month.

There have been 70 cases in Santa Cruz County, 12 in Los Angeles County and five elsewhere in the state, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday, citing state and county health departments.

Some communities have begun vaccinating homeless people, but such preventative efforts may not immediately halt the outbreak.

It's not unusual for outbreaks to last more than a year, said Dr. Monique Foster, a medical epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hepatitis A spreads when someone comes in contact with an infected person's feces -- sometimes when hands are not properly washed after going to the bathroom or by changing diapers. The virus can then spread through food, objects, sex or sharing drug paraphernalia.

The city of San Diego has responded to the emergency by power-washing streets and installing hand-washing stations. The city says it will open an encampment for the homeless equipped with tents, showers, restrooms, food security and social services.

Santa Cruz County has distributed nearly 1,400 doses of vaccine, However, more cases are likely because it can take up to 50 days for infected people to show symptoms, said Jessica Randolph, the county's public health manager.

"I don't think the worst is over," she told the Times.



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<![CDATA[SJPD Arrests Music Teacher For Sexually Assaulting Student]]>Sat, 07 Oct 2017 23:30:34 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SAMUELNEIPP.jpg

A San Jose music teacher was arrested Friday for sexually assaulting a teenage student over a three-year period, police said.

Samuel Neipp, 34, of Gilroy, was taken into custody at Dartmouth Middle School. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail and faces a slew of charges, including lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under 14 years of age, oral copulation, possession of child pornography and extortion, according to police.

Police believe Niepp used his position of authority to exploit his victim, who was 13 at the time, into a three-year sexual relationship. He then also threatened to post nude photos of the victim, police said.

Alongside teaching music at Dartmouth Middle School, Niepp is the assistant band director at Branham High School.

People with information about the case are asked to call Detective Sgt. Brian Spears at 408-537-1397.



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<![CDATA[Teacher Arrested For Stealing Coach Bags From SJ Mall: PD]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:20:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/10-06-17san+jose+teacher.jpg

A San Jose teacher was arrested Thursday at the high school where he works on suspicion of stealing two Coach bags from the Westfield Valley Fair mall earlier this year, according to police.

Tom Tran, 46, of San Jose, was taken into custody around 3:20 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant High School, according to Officer Gina Tepoorten.

The campus is listed at 1750 S. White Road and Tran teaches social science and history, the school's website says. 

Officers have booked Tran into Santa Clara County jail on a $10,000 arrest warrant for grand theft, Tepoorten reported.



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<![CDATA[Man Injured in San Jose Double Stabbing Now a Murder Suspect]]>Sat, 07 Oct 2017 23:37:46 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/sjhomicide5.JPG

Police are considering the man who was hospitalized in the reported double stabbing in East San Jose as a murder suspect in the death of his ex-girlfriend, authorities said.

The Mercury News reported Luis Eduardo Jara-Reyna, 32, of San Jose, to be in stable condition after being treated for a stab wound from the incident Friday morning. He has since been treated as a murder suspect and will be transferred to the custody of the Santa Clara County Jail once the hospital releases him.

According to the Mercury News, a relative confirmed to police that the stabbing was a domestic-violence case. Many family members believe Jara-Reyna forced his way into the home Friday morning and attacked the woman.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has yet to publicly release formal identification of the woman.

On Friday, officers responded to a disturbance call on the 2500 block of Story Road around 8:40 a.m. where they found a man and a woman who had both been stabbed, according to police.

The female victim was declared dead at the scene. The man was taken to a hospital and is listed in stable condition, police said.

Worried and frustrated, family members pressed San Jose police for answers as they tried to figure out what happened and why. Investigators spent hours collecting evidence but didn’t say much.

"We're trying to establish a motive and any suspect information," said officer Gina Tepoorten.

Police are reviewing a neighbor's surveillance video, hoping to get more clues so they can get to the bottom of the crime.

On a part of Story Road that is home to families and small business, stunned neighbors said the homicide is completely out of the norm.

Vin Hong said she has lived in the area for several years but has never witnessed anything like the stabbing.

Meanwhile, Tho Keran said she knew the people involved in the stabbing as "very nice people."

This marks San Jose's 26th homicide of the year.



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<![CDATA[Woman Dead, Man Injured in San Jose Double Stabbing]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:53:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/sjhomicide5.JPG

Police on Friday are investigating a homicide in East San Jose after two people were stabbed, one fatally.

Officers responded to a disturbance call on the 2500 block of Story Road around 8:40 a.m. They found a man and a woman who had both been stabbed, according to police.

The female victim was declared dead at the scene. The man was taken to a hospital and is listed in stable condition, police said.

Worried and frustrated, family members pressed San Jose police for answers as they tried to figure out what happened and why. Investigators spent hours collecting evidence, but didn’t say much.

"We're trying to establish a motive and any suspect information," said officer Gina Tepoorten.

Police are reviewing a neighbor's surveillance video, hoping to get more clues so they can get to the bottom of the crime. 

On a part of Story Road that is home to families and small business, stunned neighbors said the homicide is completely out of the norm.

Vin Hong said she has lived in the area for several years, but has never witnessed anything like the stabbing.

Meanwhile, Tho Keran said she knew the people involved in the stabbing as "very nice people."

This marks San Jose's 26th homicide of the year.




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<![CDATA[Frontier Airlines Launches First New Nonstop Route from SJC]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:59:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Frontier-airlines-.png

Frontier Airlines launched its new routes at Mineta San Jose International Airport Friday with a daily nonstop route to Denver, with the first flight taking off for the Mile High City Thursday.

San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco, SJC Director of Aviation John Aitken and Frontier Director of Stations Sean Morahan announced the start of the Denver-based carrier's service in the Silicon Valley at a news conference at the airport Thursday.

"We are soaring to new heights today with Frontier Airlines launching Denver as the first of seven cities offered nonstop from Silicon Valley," Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement. "I'd like to thank Frontier for its investment in San Jose and Silicon Valley, and for recognizing the growing importance and interest in our region among both business and leisure travelers."


Additional nonstop service to Las Vegas will start Nov. 1. The airline will add nonstop flights to Atlanta, Austin, Colorado Springs, Cincinnati and San Antonio in April 2018.

"We're pleased to welcome Frontier Airlines and their loyal customers to Silicon Valley's airport," said Aitken. "Frontier's ultra-low-cost fares and convenient travel times to seven U.S. cities where travelers want to go is a welcome addition to our community."

It is the first time San Antonio has been served directly from SJC, according to the airport.

With the addition of these new nonstop flights marks 50 nonstop destinations served from San Jose International Airport. 



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<![CDATA[Inmate Arrested in SJ After Being Released in Error]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:30:40 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1052017-david-lopez.jpg

Undercover investigators with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office on Thursday arrested an inmate who was mistakenly released from the Elmwood Correctional Facility one week ago due to a clerical error.

Identified as David Lopez, the suspect was taken into custody in San Jose after a manhunt, and has been booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail, according to a statement issued by the sheriff's office.

San Jose police officers on Oct. 4, 2015 booked Lopez into jail. While behind bars, he had two cases pending in the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

The first stemmed from allegations that Lopez had stolen a vehicle and was being investigated by the San Jose Police Department. The second was a robbery case and the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office was the lead agency, the statement said.

Lopez appeared in court for both crimes on Sept. 28, 2017 and received sentences for each. 

For the Sept. 11, 2015 grand theft, Lopez was credited with time served, while he was handed an 8-year sentence for the Aug. 31, 2015 armed robbery, the statement said. 

But paperwork that was submitted to the Department of Correction's administrative booking office was processed incorrectly by records personnel.

The stolen vehicle case was processed before the robbery, so Lopez was credited for the time he had already spent in jail. He was released from custody around 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 28.

“Any time something like this happens, it is a concern," said Sgt. Reginald Cooks with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. "We don’t take matters like this lightly."

It wasn't until 6:50 a.m. on Oct. 4, however, that a records technician discovered the mistake. 

"This entire event is unacceptable and alarming to us at the Sheriff’s Office," said Chief of Correction and Undersheriff Carl Neusel. "We are thankful we were able to bring Lopez back into custody quickly upon the discovery of our error."

Sheriff's investigators began to search for Lopez in an effort to take the convict, who was considered armed and dangerous, back into custody. They tracked Lopez's social media activities over the past week to find him.

On Thursday, golfers were enjoying themselves at Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course at 1649 Hermocilla Way when they heard commotion.

"All of a sudden, six to seven undercover cops just ran in (to a shop) and grabbed him," said witness Ray Taculog.

Golfer Bob Gonzalez took a photograph of Lopez as he was being re-arrested.

"He complied and they handcuffed him and put him in the van over here," he said.

Now, officials of a county jail system that has been mired in one controversy after another are having to explain how a dangerous criminal was accidentally set free.

"We are reviewing our checks and balances to incorporate added security measures in our court docket review processes," Neusel said. 




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<![CDATA[Hundreds Mourn Loss of Las Vegas Victim During SJ Vigil]]>Sat, 07 Oct 2017 11:59:39 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/DLgLnU9UIAEnyeW.jpg

More than 200 people came together at San Jose City Hall to honor Michelle Vo, one of the victims who was gunned down in Las Vegas on Monday.

“It feels like a dream, you think I need to wake up from this dream but it’s not, it just doesn’t end,” said the victims oldest sister, Diane Hawkins.

Michelle Vo grew up in San Jose, attended Independence High School and worked at Synopsis in Mountain View. Most recently, she was working as an insurance agent in Los Angeles.

She was the youngest of four children who loved golf, cheering for the Golden State Warriors and most of all travel.

“I'm completely lost in life without her,” said the victim’s sister, Cathy Vo. “She really was my compass.”

She was at the Route 91 music festival, which was on the last of its three days, when Stephen Paddock opened fire into the crowd of nearly 22,000 people on Sunday, police said.

It was clear during the vigil that the life Michelle Vo led couldn’t have been done any better.

“One of the things that came to my mind is she was so young, she didn’t get a chance to do anything,” said the victims oldest sister, Diane Hawkins. “But looking at this outpouring of support from all over the world and from everyone showing their love for her, I’m so proud of her.”

The family is working with the coroner in Las Vegas to bring Michelle Vo’s body back to the Bay Area and are hoping to hold a funeral next week.

From the 32nd story of the Mandalay Bay and Casino, the 64-year-old man was able to shoot and kill at least 58 people – including Michelle Vo – and wound another 527.

When he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot, the Nevada man had nearly two dozen guns, including semi-automatic weapons that had been modified into automatic firearms with the help of bump stocks, according to police.

Michelle Vo’s mother, though emotional at the knowledge that her 32-year-old daughter’s life had been cut short, said she is not angry at Paddock. Instead, Hana Bui said she wants to focus on her child’s life.

“What's coming is coming – you cannot change it,” Bui said. “I forgive (him).”

Michelle Vo sent her sister a photograph of herself at the concert shortly before she was shot and killed. Her family believes she died instantly.

The gunman may have snuffed out the Vo family’s guiding light, but Cathy Vo and Hana Bui take comfort in the knowledge that Michelle Vo brought joy not only to their lives but also to the lives of many others.

“She genuinely wanted people to be happy, to be good,” said Cathy Vo. “She was so positive. She was such a bright star.”



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<![CDATA[BART, VTA to Collaborate on Peer Review of Tunnel]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 19:19:49 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/BART-Generic-Image-3.jpg

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and BART are planning to collaborate, starting this month, on a peer review of single-bore and twin-bore tunnel methodologies for a five-mile span of tunnel planned for the Silicon Valley extension.

The peer review will be conducted by transit agencies currently operating railway subway systems. VTA spokeswoman Brandi Childress said the transit system is also looking at particular agencies to coordinate within the coming weeks.

There are currently two proposals under consideration: one, a 45-foot diameter single-bore tunnel that will have the two tracks and the stations within it and the second is a twin-bore tunnel that has two 20-foot diameter tunnels with stations and a wide-center platform.

The Bart Phase II Silicon Valley extension is a long-term plan to extend BART from its original terminus point in Fremont into Silicon Valley, which was agreed upon by the VTA and BART in 2001.

The VTA said in a statement that the Phase II part of the project is currently in the state and federal environmental analysis process and is on track to receive the federal go-ahead in March 2018. Phase II, which has plans for three more stations south of the Berryessa station, is expected to be complete with an extension into downtown San Jose and Santa Clara by 2026.

The Warm Springs/South Fremont extension has been operational since March after years of delays, but it is not part of the BART Silicon Valley extension. Childress said one of the important factors in the Silicon Valley extension is eventually turning the Warm Springs/South Fremont station into a pass-through station as opposed to an end-of-line station.

The Milpitas station and the Berryessa station are the next two scheduled to open in 2018.

VTA is in charge of building and funding the extension and BART will operate it upon its completion.



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<![CDATA[Data Breach Affects Eight Whole Foods Stores in Bay Area ]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:14:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-696617858.png

Heads up, Bay Area: If you shop at certain Whole Foods stores, your payment information may have been hacked.

Whole Foods officials said in September that the credit and debit card information of people who bought meals or drinks at its in-store restaurants or bars were exposed to hackers.

Eight of the 470 locations affected are in major cities in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara and Walnut Creek. 

The grocer, which was recently acquired by Seattle-based online retailer Amazon.com Inc., is investigating the hack, but says it did not affect its main checkout registers or any Amazon.com shoppers.

Below is a list of local stores where customer payment information may have been compromised:

Cupertino

20955 Stevens Creek Boulevard

Tap Room, Gengi Asian Venue

Dublin 

5200 Dublin Boulevard

Tap Room, Gengi Asian Venue

Mill Valley

731 East Blithedale Avenue

Tam Tam

San Francisco

Potrero Hill:

450 Rhode Island St

Burger Venue, Coffee Bar

SoMa:

399 4th Street

Tap Room, Gengi Asian Venue

San Jose

777 The Alameda

Pizza Venue, Sushi Venue, Tap Room

Santa Clara

2732 Augustine Drive, Suite 1600

Burrito Venue, Sandwich Venue, Tap Room

Walnut Creek

2941 Ygnacio Valley Road

Tap Room, Taqueria Venue

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Las Vegas Shooting Victims With Bay Area Ties]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:47:19 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bay_Split_Vegas.jpg]]><![CDATA[Sobering Center in SJ Hopes to Corral Public Drunkenness]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 07:25:56 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/SOBERCENTER100417.JPG

Santa Clara County has opened a sobering center for individuals who are inebriated on drugs or alcohol when taken into law enforcement custody, as an alternative to booking them into jail.

The Mission Street Sobering Center took its first clients Wednesday at 5 p.m., according to Tina Sentner, the center's manager.

Campbell police and Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputies who take inebriated individuals into custody will now have the option to take them to the center. All Santa Clara County law enforcement agencies will be able to participate starting in January 2018.

"The important thing about this is we've created another safe recovery space, another safe space in general as an alternative to jail for people with substance abuse disorders who may also have mental health issues," Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese said.

The center is the first of its kind since the Sobering Station Program was shutdown due to budget cuts in 2003. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

The center will initially open with five recliners available to men. The goal is to have 20, including five for women, available once the center reaches an ability to handle that number in January 2018.

The center is located at 151 W. Mission St. in San Jose, within walking distance of the Santa Clara County Jail, the San Jose Police Department and county sheriff's headquarters. People who are brought to the center will not be processed through the jail system, but rather screened to see if they are eligible to be admitted to the center.

Center manager Tina Sentner described the process through which a person would be admitted to the center during a media tour of the facility Wednesday afternoon.

The process starts with an officer contacting the sobering center to see if there is space available. If so, they will take an inebriated individual there.

Once there, individuals will be processed by a sobering center employee to see if they are fit for admittance. A county spokeswoman said that if the sobering center is at full capacity, people in custody would still need to be taken to jail.

Cortese and Director of Reentry Service Javier Aguirre tried out the chairs. Cortese said the center could serve as a wake-up call for someone who needs help.

"If someone needs a wake-up call ... this is kind of a last reprieve," Cortese said.

Sentner said individuals will be allowed to leave the facility at any time and can also be picked up by a relative if they wish.

Cortese pointed out that 49 percent of inmates in custody at any given time are diagnosed with mental illness, drug and alcohol issues and sometimes both.

"That's a big issue that we've all been trying to address and to adapt and try to become leaders in the nation in terms of how we should really handle those kind of situations," Cortese said.



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<![CDATA[Crash Involving CHP Cruiser Blocks SB 101 in Redwood City]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 05:59:21 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/redwoodcitypatrolcar_291587.JPEG

A solo-vehicle crash involving a California Highway Patrol cruiser temporarily blocked all lanes of southbound Highway 101 in Redwood City Thursday morning, according to the CHP.

Both officers involved in the crash, which occurred near Whipple Avenue, were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, according to CHP Redwood City spokesperson Art Montiel.

The officers were responding to help another unit making a stop when the driver of the cruiser lost control for an "unknown reason" and slammed into the center divider, Montiel said.

A Sig-Alert was issued at 3:13 a.m. because the crash was impacting all lanes of southbound traffic, according to the CHP. All lanes reopened at 5:40 a.m.

Further information was not available.

Stay tuned for details.



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<![CDATA[South Bay Family Mourns Loss of Its 'Bright Star' in Vegas]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:01:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1042017michelleatroute91_288011.JPG

Michelle Vo was gunned down at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Monday and her death has left behind a void in her family.

“I'm completely lost in life without her,” said the victim’s sister, Cathy Vo. “She really was my compass.”

Michelle Vo grew up in San Jose, attended Independence High School and worked at Synopsis in Mountain View. Most recently, she was working as an insurance agent in Los Angeles.

She was at the Route 91 music festival, which was on the last of its three days, when Stephen Paddock opened fire into the crowd of nearly 22,000 people on Sunday, police said.

From the 32nd story of the Mandalay Bay and Casino, the 64-year-old man was able to shoot and kill at least 58 people – including Michelle Vo – and wound another 527.

When he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot, the Nevada man had nearly two dozen guns, including semi-automatic weapons that had been modified into automatic firearms with the help of bump stocks, according to police.

Michelle Vo’s mother, though emotional at the knowledge that her 32-year-old daughter’s life had been cut short, said she is not angry at Paddock. Instead, Hana Bui said she wants to focus on her child’s life.

“What's coming is coming – you cannot change it,” Bui said. “I forgive (him).”

Michelle Vo send her sister a photograph of herself at the concert shortly before she was shot and killed. Her family believes she died instantly.

Her proud family said she was fearless, traveling around the world on her own, making new friends and living life to the fullest.

The gunman may have snuffed out the Vo family’s guiding light, but Cathy Vo and Hana Bui take comfort in the knowledge that Michelle Vo brought joy not only to their lives but also to the lives of many others.

“She genuinely wanted people to be happy, to be good,” said Cathy Vo. “She was so positive. She was such a bright star.”

San Jose officials plan to hold a vigil for Vo and other shooting victims at City Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday.



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<![CDATA[San Jose 1959 Time Capsule Opened]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:11:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/San_Jose_1959_Time_Capsule_Opened.jpg

San Jose Department of Parks and Recreation and Neighborhood services unveiled a 1959 time capsule found at the former Agnews Developmental Center.]]>
<![CDATA[Coldplay Blows Past Levi's Stadium Weeknight Curfew ]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:17:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/levis-concert-1004.jpg

Pop rock band Coldplay brought its act to Levi's Stadium on Wednesday night and, as expected, blew right past the controversial 10 p.m. curfew.

The band's managers and the stadium management, run by the San Francisco 49ers, were turned down by the Santa Clara City Council last week when they requested the weekday curfew be extended to 11 p.m.

49ers president Al Guido said they were merely asking for four extensions a year for concerts that generate revenue for the entire city, and he emphasized bands can't accommodate such an early curfew. He pointed to the 30 annual allowances granted to Great America.

There were earlier hints Coldplay would play past the curfew as U2 did in May. Santa Clara Councilwoman Teresa O'Neil vowed it would cost the band and the 49ers.

"Coldplay management and the stadium management will be fined by the city," O'Neil said. "It'll be $750 to $1,000."

For the most part, neighbors of the stadium had mixed feelings about the concert volume after 10 p.m.

"The noise, the lights, it’s almost impossible to sleep really," resident Victor Ho said. "I mean, during the daytime it’s not too bad, but at night, after 10, it can be a problem."

"I don't have small children or anything like that, and at that point, I'm pretty much still wide awake, so it doesn't bother me personally," resident Elena Butler said. "But I can understand why it would be a concern for some people."

City officials say they want to support residents who have complained. And the city has planned community meetings to address the curfew issue, but those meetings have yet to be scheduled.

"It could be that 95 percent of the residents who live within a mile of the stadium will say they don't mind if there are a few events during the summer," O'Neil said. "Or it could be the opposite."

Regardless of what time the concert ends, Santa Clara police say officers will be there for the duration.

"We are staying as long as they're playing in the concert and there are fans there to tonight," Santa Clara police Lt. Dan Moreno said. 

There was also a SWAT unit from Sunnyvale on hand for increased security in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting Sunday.

The 49ers' Guido released a statement Wednesday night just as Coldplay breezed past the 10 p.m. deadline:

"Public safety officials have been clear that abruptly ending a concert could ceate a public safety emergency. We followed their direction as it related to the event. We are concerned that concerts may not come to Levi's Stadium again unless the music ban is resolved in a way that works for everyone. We have already lost one event and will continue to lose more, costing thousands of local jobs, millions of dollars in needed revenue, and the world-class entertainment options that other major cities enjoy." 



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<![CDATA[Ohio Man Tried to Save San Jose Woman During Vegas Massacre]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:03:21 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1042017kodyrobertson_285360.JPG

A mutual love of country music brought two strangers together in Las Vegas earlier this week before a barrage of gunfire separated them forever.

Michelle Vo, a Bay Area native, and Kody Robertson, of Ohio, both 32, were among an estimated 22,000 concertgoers at the Route 91 music festival Sunday. However, Vo is now listed among 58 people who were killed when Stephen Paddock, 64, sprayed bullets into the crowd from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Robertson told the Washington Post that he met Vo while up-and-comer Luke Combs was playing a set. The auto parts salesman told her that he was at the festival with a group of friends, while Vo said she was alone. The pair began talking and were standing next to each other, close to the stage, when Jason Aldean began to perform.

That's when Paddock first opened fire

A bullet struck Vo's chest, and she fell to the ground. Robertson said he laid on top of her to protect her, and when the firing ceased, he and another man began carrying Vo out of the venue, the Washington Post reported.

The two men — who were forced to stop and take cover every time Paddock resumed shooting — took turns performing CPR on Vo, while Robertson said he screamed at the unresponsive woman to wake up. 

Once outside the concert grounds on Las Vegas Boulevard, Robertson put Vo on the bed of a white pickup truck. The driver was heading to a hospital, according to the newspaper. 

Robertson ran back in the direction of the stage in search of Vo's purse and phone. Slain people lay on the ground, while others hid under bleachers and behind food stands as Paddock caused the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Nearly 530 people were wounded, police say.

Robertson had no idea where his new friend had been taken, but he walked to Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, which was closest to the concert venue, the Washington Post said.

He got to the locked-down hospital around 3 a.m. Monday when Vo's phone rang. Her brother-in-law, Jeremiah Hawkins, asked if Vo was OK. Robertson relayed the little information he had and promised her family to continue searching for her.

After an hour, the lockdown at Desert Springs was lifted, but Vo wasn't there. Calling the police help line dozens of times didn't help Robertson find her, the Washington Post said. 

Robertson then began the four-mile walk to the Luxor, where both he and Vo were staying. Around 5 a.m., 37-year-old Hawkins called Robertson and asked if he had checked Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. So he changed into tennis shoes and walked to the hospital.

Close to six hours later, two doctors and a counselor approached Robertson.

"They came and brought me into a separate room and told me that she did not survive," he told MSNBC.

Hearing that, Robertson called Vo's family. 

"I called Jeremiah, the brother-in-law, and we put it on speakerphone and had the doctor speak to them and advise them of the situation," Robertson said.

When he found out that Vo had succumbed to her injuries, Robertson decided to extend his stay — the Luxor accommodated him, as did Southwest Airlines — so he could meet her family. Luxor also extended the stay on Vo's room until her relatives arrived in Las Vegas to collect her belongings. 

"It was upsetting," Robertson said. "I was holding out hope for the longest time that she would pull through and make it."

Vo's sister, Diane Hawkins, her husband and other friends arrived in Vegas later Monday and thanked Robertson for his help.

"I went over detail by detail what had happened," said Robertson.

The victim's family also shared stories about Vo with Robertson, who in turn told them how his day-old friend had shown him pictures of her sisters. 

The family believes that if Robertson hadn't spent the night trying to find Vo, they would still be trying to track her down, the Washington Post reported.

Vo, who was remembered as vivacious, ambitious and selfless, was raised in San Jose. She graduated from Independence High School in 2003 and then the University of California, Davis. Vo had been working as an insurance agent in Southern California, but before she made the move had worked as an executive assistant at Synopsys in Mountain View.

As of Wednesday evening, a GoFundMe campaign had raised more than $35,000 of a $10,000 goal. 



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<![CDATA[San Jose Priest Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Stealing]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:14:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PriestGeneric.JPG

Federal prosecutors say a Northern California Catholic priest has been sentenced to three years in prison for funneling more than $1.4 million in church donations into his bank accounts.

The United States Attorney's Office says Hien Minh Nguyen was also ordered to pay $1,880,000 in restitution to the Diocese of San Jose and the IRS.

Nguyen was convicted in March on bank fraud charges. He pleaded guilty last year to tax evasion charges.

Prosecutors say that while 57-year-old Nguyen was a priest at St. Patrick's Church and director of the Vietnamese Catholic Center, he deposited 14 donation checks from parishioners into his personal bank account.

They say the donations were meant for the center, whose funds Nguyen also used to pay for personal expenses.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area



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<![CDATA[Coldplay to Take Stage at Levi's Stadium Amid Curfew Fight]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 05:34:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Levi_s_Stadium_Curfew_n.jpg

Coldplay is set to rock the stage at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara Wednesday night, but the community is wondering just how long they will play for.

City officials recently stated that the popular group will be held to a 10 p.m. curfew, representing the latest move in the ongoing tug of war between the stadium authority and the city over weeknight concert curfews.

Despite the curfew, Coldplay is expected to play past it, and the stadium authority will allow it. The vice president of the stadium authority sent a letter to the interim city manager indicating that shutting down the concert right at 10 p.m. could pose a public safety threat.

A fine is on the table if the show goes late. Whatever that amount would be is small in comparison to what the stadium authority claims will end up costing the venue if weeknight concerts come to an end.

Grammy winner Ed Sheeran recently canceled his scheduled tour stop at Levi's because of the curfew. The 49ers say the city loses out on $800,000 in revenue when an artist cancels or passes on a potential Levi's Stadium date.

Santa Clara city officials want to conduct a community outreach program to hear what residents want city officials to do regarding this ongoing battle. That process is still in the planning stages.

The 49ers on Thursday indicated that the team would be pulling the plug on weeknight concerts following Coldplay's performance. The team had asked to extend the curfew by one hour, but city leaders denied that request.

The team wanted a few exceptions a year, but on Thursday, 49ers officials wrote that they'll stop scheduling weeknight concerts because performers don't usually end by 10 p.m.

NBC Bay Area's Stephen Ellison and Ian Cull contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Santa Clara County Supervisors Unanimously OK Bail Reform]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 21:49:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/208*120/jail8.jpg

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a set bail reform recommendations.

The board passed six recommendations from a final Bail and Release Work Group consensus report that will eventually offer low-income, low-risk and non-violent offenders in Santa Clara County an opportunity to leave jail while waiting for trial.

Supervisor Cindy Chavez said the goal of the recommendations is to make sure people who commit low-level crimes and can't afford bail have a chance to leave jail while awaiting trial, with the goal of ensuring public safety at the same time.

All of the final judgments for release will still be left up to a judge.

The work group has been discussing the six recommendations for two years, Chavez said.

Among the more noteworthy recommendations passed is one to fund bail for low-income inmates from a community-based fund. Chavez said she considers it groundbreaking.

"It's passed, and it's pretty phenomenal. It's a very different approach. We'll be the first in the state to do this," she said.

The next step for the community bail fund is for a request for proposals from nonprofit groups in the county to operate the fund. The county expects to have the program running by October 2018, if all goes as planned.

According to Chavez, the work group's focus in crafting the recommendations was to maintain public safety while keeping violent offenders in jail and keeping those who aren't considered violent out.

Other recommendations were: having low-risk inmates who can't afford bail be released on electronic surveillance; a community release project where community-based organizations will monitor defendants released before trial; and a program to collect and share data on the performance of suspects released on bail bonds without pretrial supervision.

According to Chavez, an estimated 55,000 people are processed into the county jail each year, which houses an average of 4,000 inmates in one night, she said. Chavez estimated that the cost for an inmate to spend the night at the jail is somewhere between $120 and $190.



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<![CDATA[Safety on Everyone's Minds at Bay Area Concerts, Venues]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 19:16:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0721-2017-ShorelineAmphitheatre.jpg

A series of big concerts kicks off in the Bay Area Tuesday night and runs through the weekend, with the Las Vegas tragedy on the mind of just about everyone involved.

Imagine Dragons were set to play a sold-out show Tuesday night at Shoreline Amphitheatre, and while it's just two days removed from the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, some music lovers were ready to clear their minds and have a good time.

But as people arrived at Shoreline with family and friends, they couldn't help but think about safety.

"I'd be lying if I didn't say it was in the back of my mind," Bill Whalen said.

For the Whalen family, who arrived early from Livermore to meet Imagine Dragons, the show must go on -- with precautions in place.

"Each of us has ID, so if something did happen and we are separated, we all have ID if not our phones, so we can be identified at any given time," Dawn Whalen said.

Mountain View's police department says security will, as always, be tight for the show.

"I know that we did go out earlier and have another meeting to ensure every precaution is taken in terms of securing the venue," police spokewoman Katie Nelson said.

The Whalens said they're glad to hear it. They also said they were ready to have a good time.

"I just think you gotta keep that feeling alive and can't focus on the negative," Sarah Whalen said. "Focus on your name and keep going."

"If you stop doing what you would naturally do, then they win," Bill Whalen said. "You want to take reasonable precautions, but in the end, you need to go on with your life."

Another big show coming to town is Coldplay at Levi's Stadium on Wednesday night. Levi's officials said they too are taking security very seriously and that fans should expect a safe show.



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<![CDATA[Family, Friends Remember South Bay Woman Killed in Las Vegas]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:23:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/michellevo1003_273123.JPG

A South Bay native who was among 58 people killed in a mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday was remembered as vivacious, ambitious and selfless.

Michelle Vo, 32, grew up in San Jose and graduated from Independence High School, where she was student body vice president and graduated in 2003. Her friends and family say she was always looking out for others and enjoyed being adventurous.

Vo tweeted a photo of herself at the country music festival in Las Vegas just minutes before she was gunned down. She was among three Bay Area women killed in the shooting.

Her brother-in-law said she was incredibly selfless.

"She would teach you new levels of kindness, and you would become a better person because of her, without even knowing it," Paul Warren said.

Vo was active in performing arts at Independence High and later graduated from UC Davis. That's where Malcolm Phan said they became best friends.

"She's always loving life and striving to be the best she could be," Phan said. "She gives everything her all."

Vo had been living in Southern California, but before she made the move, she worked as an executive assistant at Synopsys in Mountain View.

"She was vivacious," former co-worker Rich Goldman said. "She brought joy and sunshine to everyone around her constantly."

The East Side Union School District released a statement Tuesday, saying in part, "Michelle is remembered fondly by staff who knew her and are shocked by this tragedy. Our condolences go out to Michelle’s family and friends, as well as the families and friends of the many victims who lost their lives."

Vo's relatives and close friends were still in disbelief that the woman who gave so much of her life to others had her own life cut short.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled the name of a company Vo worked for.

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<![CDATA[Cult Favorite 'Earl of Sandwich' Opens in Downtown SJ ]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:57:49 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0823-2017-EarlOfSandwich.jpg

The popular Earl of Sandwich is officially open in downtown San Jose.

The sandwich shop best known for their lightly toasted soft bread is located at One South Market residential tower and will be the company’s first Northern California shop. The bestselling sandwiches include the 'Original 1762' and the Tuna melt. 

The cult favorite claims on its website, “We invented the sandwich and have been eating sandwiches since 1762.”

'Earl of Sandwich' is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to midnight Thursday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. 





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<![CDATA[Man's Condition Improves After Shooting in San Jose: PD]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:45:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/sjshooting_260722.JPG

A man who was shot in South San Jose Monday evening appears to be on the mend, police announced Tuesday.

The victim was reported to be clinging for his life after the shooting, but police on Tuesday said his injuries were now considered to be non-life threatening.


About 5:30 p.m. on Monday, San Jose police officers responded to reports of a person shot in the area of Kooser Road and Meridian Avenue, police said. Officers located a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

One person was detained, police said.

One witness saw the victim walking a bike before the gunman walked up behind him, pointed the gun for what seemed like an extended period of time and then pulled the trigger.

Nearby shops, including a Starbucks and McDonald's, were closed as police investigated the scene. Kooser Road also was shut down between Meridian Avenue and Blossom Hill Road.

Further information was not available.



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<![CDATA[San Jose Mayor Announces Plan to Build 25,000 Homes by 2022]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:12:36 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P+SJ+STATE+OF+THE+CITY+VO+-+00000623.jpg

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo on Monday announced a 15-point housing plan to help introduce more affordable housing to the Silicon Valley in front of a recently completed senior housing project funded partially by the city in San Jose's Japantown district.

The plan aims to complete, have under construction or have approved 25,000 more homes by 2022, 10,000 of which the mayor says will be affordable housing to help the current housing crisis and half to be built in downtown.

"It's a crisis at all levels of income," Liccardo said. "One that affects our least affluent neighbors the most but also impedes the ability of our high tech employers to be able to attract and keep talent in our region."

Among the 15 points, the mayor's office highlighted five points: rent-restricted housing for middle-class employees, expanding housing downtown, aiming to build housing near transit centers, building homes to help revitalize struggling business districts and generating more funding for affordable housing.

"If we were to get to 25,000 homes in a pretty short period of time, this would exceed any half decade period in this city's history in terms of housing production," Liccardo said. "We know we're going to have to build an awful lot of those homes downtown."

The total amount the mayor is seeking to build or at least have approved in downtown by 2022 is 12,500.

"That's where we can build very high densities, that's where we can build a substantial amount of housing that is adjacent to or very close to transit to add housing opportunities without burdening our freeways and highways," Liccardo said. "We know that traffic is also a serious concern in this valley."

Among the properties Liccardo wants to build are 2,400 affordable homes adjacent to light rail and BART in North San Jose.

The areas given as examples in Liccardo's proposal are the North First Street, Alum Rock and Capitol Avenue corridors.

In addition to the focus on downtown San Jose and transit-oriented areas, the mayor is also calling on building housing around business districts that need help in being revitalized.

"There are certainly some business districts where businesses are struggling because there is not enough foot traffic on the sidewalks," Liccardo said. "Near my own home on the 13th Street corridor, a lot of

businesses that are just getting by day to day - if they had housing built on top of those commercial sites, we think it could help revitalize those businesses and at the same time, put a lot new housing stock in buildings and really bring up the entire neighborhood."

Two other business corridors Liccardo mentioned in his proposal are the Story Road and Willow Street corridors.

"Replacing nuisance properties with housing can improve the quality of life in a community," Liccardo said.

Liccardo also mentioned working on creating a program that helps middle-income employees in the city afford rent-restricted housing.

"We believe rent-restricted housing can be built for those teachers, nurses and many others who are struggling to pay rent, and we can do it primarily with private capital," Liccardo said.



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<![CDATA[Santa Clara County Considers Change to Bail System]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:06:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Santa_Clara_County_Bail_Reform_Vote.jpg

Supervisors will consider a plan to overhaul Santa Clara County's bail system for people accused of minor or non-violent crimes. Supervisors will vote on reforms, including new release options for low-income and low-risk defendants. It would also include a new community-based program to help post bail for low-income defendants. If that program is approved, it would be the first of its kind in the state.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Clinging to Life After Shooting in South San Jose: PD]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:32:03 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/sjshooting_260722.JPG

A man was fighting for his life Monday evening after a shooting in South San Jose, according to police.

About 5:30 p.m., San Jose police officers responded to reports of a person shot in the area of Kooser Road and Meridian Avenue, police said. Officers located a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

One person was detained, police said.

One witness saw the victim walking a bike before the gunman walked up behind him, pointed the gun for what seemed like an extended period of time and then pulled the trigger.

Nearby shops, including a Starbucks and McDonald's, were closed as police investigated the scene. Kooser Road also was shut down between Meridian Avenue and Blossom Hill Road.

Further information was not available.




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<![CDATA[Los Gatos Leaders to Talk North 40 Plan]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:58:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Los_Gatos_North_40_Hearing.jpg

Los Gatos leaders will finally get the ball rolling on a long-awaited development project: The Los Gatos North 40. Over the summer, town council members approved the first phase of the project. It calls for 320 homes and more than 66,000 square feet of commercial space on 20 acres of land where Highway 85 meets Highway 17. The town council on Tuesday will hold a study session on the plan.]]>
<![CDATA[Young Boy Killed in Three-Car Crash on SR 17 in Los Gatos]]>Sun, 01 Oct 2017 12:14:47 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9302017-fatal-17-crash_232222.JPG

The California Highway Patrol issued a Sig-alert Saturday after a three-car crash on southbound State Route 17 killed a three-year-old boy.

Seven people – including three children – were taken to the hospital after the collision that occurred just before 1 p.m. near the freeway's lark Avenue Exit.

CHP officials spoke to NBC Bay Area and informed us that the three-year-old boy was strapped in a car seat in a Toyota Sequoia.

According to the CHP traffic log, a white truck, a white SUV and a small grey vehicle were involved in the crash.

The left lane was closed, but reopened around 2:45 p.m. 

It’s possible that one of the people who was injured is in critical condition, the CHP said. It's unknown if that is the person who died.

Further details were not immediately available.

Check back for updates.




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<![CDATA[Fatal Shooting in San Jose Marks Second Homicide in Two Days]]>Sat, 30 Sep 2017 10:30:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9302017-sj-jackson-shooting_231582.JPG

A man was shot dead in San Jose on Friday in the city's second homicide in as many days

Officers responded to reports of a shooting on the 100 block of South Jackson Avenue around 6:25 p.m. Friday. A man, suffering from at least one gunshot wound, was rushed to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. He died overnight, police said.

Investigators are looking into a motive and the circumstances leading up to the shooting. No suspect information has been provided.

Police have not identified the victim, pending the notification of his next of kin.

People with information are asked to Detective Todd Jennings or Detective Sergeant Jesus Mendoza at 408-277-5283. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867.



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<![CDATA[Coyote Creek Cleanup Aims to Prevent More Flooding]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 18:12:23 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Coyote_Creek_Cleanup_Aims_to_Prevent_More_Flooding.jpg

The prep work is about to get underway in hopes of preventing more floods along the Coyote Creek in San Jose. Volunteers will clean the creek along the areas flooded this past February, forcing hundreds of people to be rescued from their homes. Damian Trujillo reports.]]>
<![CDATA[SJ Homicide May be Linked to Prostitution Ring: Sources]]>Sat, 30 Sep 2017 22:46:51 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/9-29-17-homicide-san-jose1.jpg

Two men forced their way into a North San Jose apartment and fatally shot a resident late Thursday and investigators are considering the murder to be linked to organized crime and prostitution.

Officers responded to the 300 block of Elan Village Lane around 8:40 p.m. after getting a report that someone had been shot inside a unit in a possible home invasion. The victim was taken to an area hospital, police said, but did not survive.

A police sergeant on scene told NBC Bay Area that two men were inside an apartment when a pair of suspects burst inside. Sources say two suspects forced their way into the unit, tied up the two victims, shot a man ‘execution’ style but did not shoot the other occupant and later left without taking anything.

The victims spoke only Chinese and officers were hoping to find a translator before the man died from his wounds.

According to neighbors, the two occupants had just moved in about a week ago. A neighbor said he heard what may have been a cap gun, but didn't think any of it and so didn't call police.

Investigators are now looking into the possibility of the shooting being linked to an organized crime ring in San Jose dealing with prostitution. A resident of the apartment complex believes he has seen it happen there himself.

“In fact, there’s one suspected prostitution ring on my floor.” said the apartment resident, David Kosanke. “Let’s just say there are some ‘strange’ men walking in and out all the time that don’t live here.”

The Santa Clara County coroner’s office has yet to identify the victim. Police say the department has no new information to release at the time but could change soon.

People with information about the case are asked to contact Detective Brian Meeker or Detective Sergeant Raul Martinez at 408-277-5283. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867.

NBC Bay Area's Rhea Mahbubani and Bob Redell contributed to this report.




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<![CDATA[49ers May Halt Weeknight Concerts at Levi's Due to Curfew]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 23:58:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Levi_s_Stadium_Curfew_n.jpg

Are the 49ers pulling the plug on weeknight concerts at Levi's Stadium?

That's the message the team sent Thursday as it continued its feud with Santa Clara over the city's noise curfew.

The Coldplay show scheduled for Wednesday is still on, and the band is expected to go past the 10 p.m. deadline. It will be the last scheduled weeknight concert at the stadium until the curfew issue is settled.

After denying the 49ers' initial request to extend the curfew one hour, the City Council reached out to neighbors of Levi's Stadium for their input. Some of those residents said the noise definitely is a problem.

"It's super loud; there's no denying it," said Amy Varsell. "I think you've just got to abide by the curfew. That was the rule. It's very disruptive."

U2 and Beyonce went past the curfew during their performances at Levi's, resulting in a $1,000 fine levied against the 49ers. The team wants a resolution, and city leaders want the curfew taken seriously.

"When you have the trains, the cars, the helicopters flying overhead until 12 o'clock at night, that's a big problem because there are people in these neighborhoods that work," Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe said.

The team is asking for a few exceptions a year, but on Thursday, 49ers officials wrote that they'll stop scheduling weeknight concerts because performers don't usually end by 10 p.m.

Grammy winner Ed Sheeran recently canceled his scheduled tour stop at Levi's because of the curfew, and now a second major performer may do the same.

The 49ers say the city loses out on $800,000 in revenue when an artist cancels or passes on a potential Levi's date. That kind of money makes some in the neighborhood think twice.

"A little sacrifice for a big check for Santa Clara? I don't know," Varsell said. "But that does definitely make me consider it differently."

The City Council will discuss the issue again Oct. 17.



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<![CDATA[ICE Raids Target Immigrants With Previous Convictions]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:53:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/041211+ICE+agent+generic.jpg

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced Thursday that agents arrested 27 allegedly undocumented immigrants in San Francisco and Santa Clara County in a four-day operation that ended on Wednesday.

Twenty-three of those arrested had previous criminal convictions for offenses such as driving under the influence, drug trafficking and assault, the agency said.

ICE spokesman James Schwab said the operation targeted San Francisco and Santa Clara County because they are so-called sanctuary jurisdictions that do not honor ICE detainers or allow ICE agents to enter jails to interview suspected immigration violators.

Detainers are requests by ICE to local authorities to hold a person for two more days after release from jail.

The operation, known as Bay Area Safe City, was carried out by agents of ICE's San Francisco field office, whose territory stretches from Bakersfield to the Oregon border.

The home countries of those arrested are Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras, Schwab said.

He said that arrestees who have pending orders for deportation or who entered the United States illegally after being deported are subject to immediate removal.

Some others who are accused of other types of immigration violations are in custody but will be given hearings before an immigration judge, Schwab said.

Among those arrested is a Salvadoran man, who was apprehended in San Francisco. He entered the country illegally and has previous convictions for sex with a minor under the age of 16. He was released from local custody before ICE could assume custody, Schwab said.

A Mexican citizen arrested in San Jose overstayed his visa for more than 10 years and was previously convicted of drug trafficking and felony child abuse, Schwab said.

Eight of those arrested had previous convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In addition, there were in total two cases of drug trafficking convictions and one case each of assault, battery, burglary, contempt of court, cruelty toward a spouse, dangerous drugs, disorderly conduct, drug trafficking, drug possession, larceny, sexual assault, other sex offense, traffic offense and vehicle theft, according to ICE.

People with active status in the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program were not targeted, ICE said.

ICE Acting Director Tom Homan said in a statement from Washington, D.C., "ICE's goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners to help prevent dangerous criminal aliens from being released back onto the streets."



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<![CDATA[Man Convicted in Love-Triangle Murder Says He is Innocent]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:47:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/0928-2017-PaulGarcia.jpg

Nine years after a prominent Los Gatos business man was gunned down in front of his house, the main suspect convicted in the killing is speaking out and making big accusations about the people who prosecuted him.

Police said at the time that Paul Garcia hired hitmen to kill businessman Mark Achilli because of a love triangle.

On Thursday, ahead of a Friday hearing in the case, Garcia from prison told NBC Bay Area he is an innocent man. Garcia on Friday will try to convince the trial judge to take another look at the case, questioning the integrity of the investigation and the prosecution.

Achilli was gunned down in the early morning of March 14, 2008.

Four men were convicted in the killing, including Garcia, a Bellarmine High School graduate.

Garcia was convicted of hiring the hitmen to kill Achilli. Prosecutors said Garcia and the victim were involved in a love triangle with Tessa Donnelly.

"Well, I'm factually innocent," Garcia said during a telephone interview from prison. "I've maintained that the whole time. Factually innocent. This stuff was fabricated."

While in prison, Garcia has studied the case law with his parents acting as law clerks, digging up information and filing it for their son.

Garcia has now filed what's called a "Brady-Pitches Motion," trying to gain access to the personnel files of the investigating officers. He claims those officers tampered with evidence and are corrupt, specifically he thinks they tampered with his cell phone to make him look guilty.

NBC Bay Area asked legal analyst Steven Clark to read through Garcia's claim.

"Mr. Garcia is not a lawyer, but this is well written. He's obviously spent a lot of time researching this case," Clark said.

In a statement, the Town of Los Gatos said it does not comment on pending civil or criminal matters, but has filed an opposition to the complaint. The prosecutor at the time was Jeff Rosen, who is now Santa Clara County's District Attorney.

Garcia claims Rosen overlooked some of this key information during trial.

"Some of the allegations are shocking, salacious, and they're sensational. The question is are there any merits to the allegations?" Rosen said.

In a statement, the DA said "If the court orders any response to the filing by Mr. Garcia, a murderer who serving a life sentence and whose conviction was upheld on appeal, then we will respond accordingly in court."

The sides will face off in court Friday morning.

Garcia has lost several appeals after his conviction. Clark said this might be his last stand in his claim that he had nothing to do with the murder of Achilli.



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<![CDATA[Ex-Probation Counselor Allegedly Sexually Abused 2 Teens]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:45:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/triciaforcms.jpg

A former Santa Clara County probation counselor was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual misconduct involving two juveniles.

Tricia Caparra, 36, sexually abused a pair of teen boys who were previously incarcerated at the William F. James Boys Ranch in Morgan Hill, the sheriff's office said in a statement. At the time of the assaults, one victim was 17 years old and the other was 18 years old. 

Caparra was placed on administrative leave immediately after one of the victims reported her alleged crimes on Sept. 3, 2016. The probation department launched an internal investigation and reported Caparra's misconduct to the sherrif's office. She resigned from her position on July 10, 2017, according to the statement.

“We were appalled to learn of this employee’s alleged abuse of a minor in our care,” said Chief Probation Officer Laura Garnette. 

She continued: "This employee violated the trust placed in our Department. This will not be tolerated. Our probation staff have worked compassionately to support both of these youth throughout this ordeal, and we remain committed to providing exemplary care to our youth.”

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office is charging Caparra with 18counts of sexual assault — 15 felonies and three misdemeanors. An additional felony charge stems from Caparra illegally accessing confidential information about one of the victims, sheriff's officials said.

“The county has zero tolerance for these deplorable acts against clients in our care,” said County Executive Jeffrey Smith. “The Department took immediate action to report the employee, and implemented steps to prevent this from happening in the future. We trust that the District Attorney’s Office will pursue this case to hold this former employee accountable.”

The Santa Clara County Probation Department is cooperating with the district attorney and sheriff's office in an ongoing investigation.

People with information about the case are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services Division at 408-808-4500. Anonymous tips can be left at 408-808-4431.



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<![CDATA[Student Stabbed, Injured at SJ School; 2 Suspects in Custody]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 23:57:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-28-17-overfelft1.jpg

A 14-year-old student suffered non-life threatening injuries after being stabbed on the William C. Overfelt High School campus in San Jose Thursday morning, according to officials.

Two teenage suspects — one from a different school — are in custody, police said.

Police initially received reports of the stabbing around 9 a.m., Lt. Steve Lagorio said. 

School staff immediately detained the two suspects, who were then handed off to officers and transported to the police department, Lagorio said.

The school was put on lockdown and the teenage victim was rushed to an area hospital. 

Maria Martinez, a student's parent, left work early and headed to the school after her son told her that he was "scared" because his friend had been stabbed behind Overfelt's gym. 

"I was really scared and nervous because, I mean, as a parent I wouldn't want my son to see something like that or go through anything like that," Martinez said.

One student noted that his classmates were "afraid" and "angry" after hearing about the stabbing. He also added that a sense of "tension" could be felt across campus.

"It's kind of a scary experience knowing that someone got stabbed here," a student by the name of Ashley said. "It's crazy."

Fellow student Edgardo echoed the sentiment.

"I don't really feel safe at school anymore because of what happened today," he said.

Wendy, another student at the school, was rattled after learning that her friend was the one who was wounded.

"I'm still shaking about it," she said. "Right now I kind of don't feel safe being here. It's hard."

Eastside Union School District Superintendent Chris Funk said student safety is the top priority and praised school staff for reacting quickly to keep children away from any danger. However, he also emphasized that officials want the school to be welcoming -- not set up like a prison

But parents are rattled.

"How did this happen? How did this kid from a whole different school come with a weapon and nobody was there to help (the victim)?" Martinez said. "How can we trust our kids with these people? It doesn't make any sense."

A motive for the stabbing is not known at this time, police say. An investigation is underway.



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<![CDATA[Two Suspects Allegedly Burst Into SJ Home, Fatally Shoot Man]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:23:36 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/9-29-17-homicide-san-jose1.jpg

Two men forced their way into a North San Jose apartment and fatally shot a resident late Thursday, police said.

Officers responded to the 300 block of Elan Village Lane around 8:40 p.m. and came across a man, who had at least one gunshot wound. The victim was taken to an area hospital, police said, but did not survive.

A police sergeant on scene told NBC Bay Area that two men were inside an apartment when a pair of suspects burst inside. The crime may have begun as a home invasion and ended in a fatal shooting, he said. 

It's unclear if the suspects stole anything before they fled. The second man in the apartment was unhurt and called 911, the sergeant said.

A neighbor said that the residents of that unit moved in only last week. He said he heard what may have been a cap gun, but didn't think any of it and so didn't call police. 

Homicide and crime investigators from the San Jose Police Department are investigating a motive and circumstances leading up to the shooting. 

No suspect information has been released so far. Police don't know if the man was targeted or the victim of a random crime.

The identity of the victim will be withheld until his next of kin have been informed of his death, according to police.

People with information about the case are asked to contact Detective Brian Meeker or Detective Sergeant Raul Martinez at 408-277-5283. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867.




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<![CDATA[Coldplay's Levi's Stadium Concert is Denied Curfew Extension]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:11:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Coldplay-levi%27s-stadium-curfew.jpg

The city of Santa Clara did not grant an extension of a 10 p.m. weeknight curfew for a Coldplay concert scheduled at Levi's Stadium next week.

The extension for the Oct. 4 concert was considered once again at a Santa Clara Stadium Authority meeting Tuesday night that went past midnight, according to Santa Clara city spokesperson Jennifer Yamaguma. She said the consensus by the council is to implement a community outreach program proposed by councilmember Teresa O'Neill.

Yamaguma said the incoming city manager, Deanna Santana, who starts next week, will examine O'Neill's proposal and will attend the next stadium authority meeting with suggestions on how the outreach program will be enacted.

In late August, the 49ers sent the city a letter saying they expect the concert to go past the 10 p.m. curfew time. The city council had declined an extension to 11 p.m. in a 4-3 vote at a stadium authority meeting on Aug. 24.

The 49ers didn't comment on the denial of the extension or the proposed community outreach program.

The denial of the curfew extension for the Coldplay concert comes days after Grammy-awarding winning artist Ed Sheeran canceled a 2018 concert tour date, 49ers officials said on Monday.

"We had reached an agreement to host international star and Grammy-award winning artist Ed Sheeran," 49ers team President Al Guido said in a statement Monday.

"His show will no longer come to Levi's Stadium because after being warned that the music ban would cost the stadium future shows, [Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor] played politics and refused to correct, or even address, the music ban."

The 49ers said the curfew is costing the community money.

"Now the community is paying the price," Guido said Monday. "Four thousand hardworking individuals have lost their right to work, residents have lost out on millions of dollars in revenue, and music lovers have been denied an opportunity to view a world-class concert."

Gillmor claimed Monday to be surprised by the loss of revenue.

"This potential concert loss is news to us," she said in a statement. "We would appreciate the Forty-Niners Stadium Management Company bringing the data and the financial details before the Stadium Authority, particularly since we met just met last week."

49ers Vice President of Communications Bob Lange said Tuesday that Guido's reference to losing millions in revenue was referring to the previously estimated $100 million in concert revenue over the life of the building.

"Concerts have made between $600,000 and $800,000 per concert for the city's general fund since the building opened," Lange said via email Tuesday.

As this evening, Gillmor did not responded to the 49ers' comments regarding the amount made for the city fund per concert.



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<![CDATA[VTA Light-Rail Strikes Man in San Jose]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:13:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/VTA+PHOTO.jpg

A pedestrian was struck by a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light-rail train Thursday afternoon in San Jose, according to fire officials.

A man was struck by a light-rail train at McKee Road and North Capitol Avenue just before 1 p.m. today, San Jose Acting Fire Capt. Joshua Padron said.

Firefighters arrived to find a man unconscious underneath the train. He was extricated from beneath the train and taken to a hospital at 1:22 p.m., Padron said.

The incident occurred on the VTA's blue light-rail line that travels between the Alum Rock and Santa Teresa stations.

The VTA sent out an alert this afternoon saying there will be bus shuttles between the Alum Rock and Hostetter stations because of a service interruption and said to expect delays.

No further information was immediately available.


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<![CDATA[Former SJSU Basketball Player Sues Coaches on Discrimination]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:50:56 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/SJSU-Basketball-Coach-David.JPG

A former basketball player at San Jose State University has sued two former coaches and the university for alleged racial discrimination, religious discrimination and sexual harassment.

Gary Williams, who played for the San Jose State Spartans in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, filed the lawsuit in federal court in San Jose on Monday.

Williams, who is black, alleges that former head coach David Wojcik discriminated against him on the basis of race by giving him less playing time, ridiculing black players' mental abilities and telling players he would "work them like slaves."


He also claims Wojcik mocked him for praying before games.

The lawsuit additionally claims Wojcik harassed Williams and other players by calling them sexually derogatory terms.

Tyler Ojanen, a former assistant coach who is now the university's director of Olympic sports operations, is accused in the lawsuit of participating in the alleged discrimination.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified financial compensation and a court order requiring the defendants to carry out their legal duties.

Wojcik resigned in July. The university's announcement of his departure included a statement in which he said, "This past year has been emotionally challenging for me with the loss of my father... I believe it is the appropriate time for me to resign."

University spokeswoman Patricia Harris said she could not comment on the lawsuit.



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<![CDATA[Students Without Internet at Home Receive Help From Sprint]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 06:56:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/education+stock+latino+school+student+kid+computer+classroom.jpg

Completing homework that requires internet access can be a difficult task for some Bay Area students. Sprint is hoping to change that.

The major carrier on Thursday is slated to hand out free tablets, smartphones or other devices that will provide an estimated 3,200 Oakland high schoolers with hotspots that can link the students to the internet outside of school.

Oakland students are not the only ones benefiting. Rougly 4,000 East Side Union School District students, 600 West Contra Costa Unified School District students, 432 Campbell Union School District students and 242 San Jose Unified School District students also received devices this school year.

Sprint's donation is part of the company's 1Million Project, which strives to bring internet access to student who otherwise wouldn't have it when they leave the classroom. The company is working with Oakland nonprofit Tech Exchange to dish out the devices.

A report by the New York Times found that 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires students to jump on the internet.

Sprint is taking applications for the second year of the project, which will impact students next school year.



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<![CDATA[Santa Clara Leaders Settle Excessive Force Suit For $6.7M]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:18:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sc+lawsuit-0927.jpg

Santa Clara city leaders approved a $6.7 million settlement Tuesday with the mother of an arson suspect who allegedly suffered nerve damage to her foot when attempting to help her daughter avoid arrest.

The woman filed a lawsuit alleging excessive force and long-term disability.

A police officer's body camera captured the interaction with Danielle Harmon in April of last year. Harmon's ankle is broken after an officer kicks in her door to arrest her 15-year-old daughter on suspicion of arson. Police did not have an arrest warrant.

Legal analysts said Harmon did not have to open the door.

"Santa Clara police trampled all over the mother's rights, and then they trampled all over her body," legal analyst Steven Clark said. "There was no need for them to make this type of entry."

The bodycam footage shows an officer telling Harmon sto back away from the door as he is about to kick it in. She refuses, and he kicks it in anyway, and offciers proceed to forcefully pull her out of the home and detain her, allegedly causing the injury in the process.

Harmon's daughter was linked to a fire at Santa Clara High School on April 4, 2016. Police were at her home eight days later. Clark said investigators had time to talk to a judge.

"The PD took a shortcut," he said. "They didn't have to act this way."

The Santa Clara City Council agreed Tuesday night to pay the seven-figure settlement recommended by its insurer. The city's police chief disagreed with the decision. Chief Michael Sellers believes his officers were within the law, and he wanted to see the case to go to trial.

"The level of the settlement is appalling," Sellers said. "I firmly believe the judge would say they acted in good faith and not in violation with the law. That is why I completely support their actions."



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<![CDATA[SJ Police Arrest Sex Offender For Exposing Himself to Girl]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:13:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kali+mug.jpg

Police arrested a man who exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl last week in San Jose, according to the San Jose Police Department.

Nakia Kali, 42, was arrested Friday and booked into Santa Clara County Jail on multiple felony charges. He is a registered sex offender, police said.

The incident occurred last Wednesday about 4:10 p.m. Officers responded to a report of a man exposing himself and committing lewd acts inside his car in the area of Hedding Street, between North Second and North 11th streets, police said.

The victim was walking home from school when she encountered the suspect, police said. She provided officers with a description of the man and the vehicle license plate.

A records check revealed that it was Kali, police said.

On Friday, SJPD's Megan’s Law Team served a search warrant at Kali's San Jose home. Kali is being charged with indecent exposure, with a prior; annoying a minor, with a prior; and a lewd act in public, among other misdemeanors, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident or similar incidents is urged to contact Detective Sergeant John Marfia of the San Jose Police Department's Megan’s Law Unit at 408-277-4102. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867) and may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.



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<![CDATA[Violent Crime Spiked in Bay Area Cities in 2016: FBI Report]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:39:34 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj+crime-0926.jpg

Violent crime was on the rise in the Bay Area last year, exceeding the nationwide increase by a longshot, according to an annual crime report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

While the violent crime rate across the U.S. rose by about 4 percent in 2016, the rate in some Bay Area cities spiked by double-digit percentages, including a near 25 percent surge in Fremont and a more than 14 percent rise in San Jose, the report showed.

Berkeley and Hayward also saw significant jumps in violent crimes, at 13.6 percent and 13.5 percent, respectively.

San Jose officials said they are still trying analyze much of the data in the FBI report. Some say cities like San Jose see a spike because there aren't enough cops on the street. But others, say the tough-on-crime approach may not be working.

Greg Woods, who teaches criminal justice at San Jose State University, says he has big concerns about the FBI's data.

"In the South Bay and San Jose, for example, last year we had more homicides than we have experienced in more than a quarter-century," Woods said.

San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco said there has been an effort to beef up staffing on the city's police force, which has struggled with shortages. But she admits increased patrols won't do it alone.

"If the numbers have gone up, it's also not as surprising when you also consider that we have had a police department that has been incredibly understaffed," Carrasco said.

The vice mayor wants to see more done in terms of prevention and education. including increasing programs that build trust with the community.

"We are talking about preventative measures, such as making sure that children stay in school, that children who are struggling that we give them that support that they so desperately need," she said.

Meanwhile, some blame the increase in violent crimes in part on legislation like Proposition 47 and AB109 that allow early release for some criminals. But Woods said smarter policing will lead to better policing. That includes considering more community policing programs, which he says can be hugely successful in preventing crime.

"If we merely respond to crime as opposed to taking active steps to prevent the crime, then we will continue to experience increased rates of crime," he said.

The San Jose Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the FBI data.

San Jose leaders also expressed concern with the increase in violence against women and say more will be done in the field as well.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Cities Among Best for Coffee: Report]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:02:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/coffee-generic-edit.jpg

Folks in Fremont love their coffee so much they spend more on cups of joe than any other city in the nation, according to a new report.

WalletHub found that Fremont — along with other spots across the Bay Area — is a hot hub for coffee lovers, according to its "2017's Best Coffee Cities in America" list, which only compared the most populated cities in the United States.

The report found that San Francisco is the third best coffee city in the nation, followed by Oakland (No. 13), San Jose (No. 24) and Fremont (No. 26).

What exactly makes a city qualify as the best coffee city? WalletHub says price of an average cappuccino, number of coffee shops in a city and even the presence of "coffee lovers" hangouts, among a host of other qualifications.

Behind Fremont, San Francisco households boast the third-highest average spending on coffee compared to other big cities across the nation, according to WalletHub. San Jose checked in at No. 5 on that specific list.

As the study suggests, Bay Area residents spend a lot on coffee. Specifically, they are forking over the most when it comes to purchasing bundles of the beverage, whether that be beans or coffee grounds.

Only Honolulu, Hawaii has a higher average price per pack of coffee than Fremont and San Francisco, according to the report.

Coffee might be expensive in San Francisco, but drinkers appear to be getting their money's worth — if they visit the right place. The city by bay is tied for first when it comes to be being home to the most affordable coffee shops with a rating of 4.5 or higher, according to WalletHub.



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<![CDATA[Pretrial Hearing in Waymo’s Lawsuit Against Uber]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:21:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Pretrial_Hearing_in_Waymo_s_Lawsuit_Against_Uber.jpg

Waymo, Google's self-driving car company, is alleging Uber stole its mapping technology. The suit accuses a former Waymo employee of taking documents to start a self-driving truck company, which Uber later acquired.]]>
<![CDATA[Driver Rear-Ends SJ Police Car, is Arrested on DUI Suspicion]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 23:49:30 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/San_Jose_Police_Officer_Hurt.jpg

A suspect was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after rear-ending a San Jose police patrol car early Tuesday morning, according to police.

An officer was stopped at the intersection of Camden and Union avenues at 2:51 a.m. in a patrol car when he was rear-ended by the suspect's vehicle, according to San Jose police Officer Gina Tepoorten.

The suspect was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI and was booked into Santa Clara County Jail, but police have not released the person's name.

No further information about the case was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Ellen Surprises SJSU Coach Famous for 'Hammer Time' Moves]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:13:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/EllenSJSUFootball.JPG

Coach Alonzo Carter, the smooth dancing San Jose State University football coach and former MC Hammer backup dancer, has a new famous fan: Ellen.

The NBC personality was so impressed by Carter's sweet "Hammer Time" moves that she planned a special surprise for him and some other lucky Spartan football players.


Carter and the squad thought they were being filmed for an EllenTube project, but the host decided to join them live from her studio.

"Hey everybody," Ellen said to the group gathered on the field. "How's it going?"

A split second of silence ensued before the group, led by Carter, erupted in a fit of pandemonium.

When the group finally settled down, a brief back-and-forth followed as Carter was showered with praise from head coach Brent Brennan and cornerback Jermaine Kelly.

"'Zo' is great guy," Kelly said. "From day one, he came in here, he took us all under his wing. He treated us like we were his sons."

Brennan, who has known Carter for 20 years, knew he needed Carter on his staff when he took the head coaching job this season.

"I've seen him change lives in the city of Oakland forever," Brennan said. "I knew when I got this job here I just had to have him be a part of it. He's got incredible energy. He connects with people on an incredible level. He's amazing."

Since joining the Spartans — something Carter wanted to do in hopes of changing lives — community service has been at the forefront of his mission. He helps steer a program coined Beyond Football, which is designed to get players out into the community in hopes of inspiring others. Collectively, SJSU football players have completed more that 750 hours of community service since Carter jumped on board.

"Whatever you name, San Jose State football, we in our community giving back trying to change people's lives," Carter said.

That feat prompted Ellen to offered her final surprise: a check totaling $25,000 for the Beyond Football program.



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<![CDATA[South Bay Groundwater Levels Restored: Report]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:02:36 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/South_Bay_Groundwater_Levels_Restored__Report.jpg

The Mercury News reported that Santa Clara County’s groundwater has returned to the same levels they were before the drought started six years ago. The Santa Clara Valley Water District first noticed the recovery. A new scientific paper published on Monday verifies the findings.]]>
<![CDATA[Brush Fire Burns Near SJ Swim Center]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:48:25 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Brush_Fire_Burns_Near_SJ_Swim_Center.jpg

San Jose fire crews were called overnight to a fire on the property of the Fair Swim Center, which is between McLaughlin and Highway 101 in San Jose. The fire ended up burning close to a house next door but was contained to an area behind the swim center. It took about 15 minutes for firefighters to knock it down.]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Clara City Council Discusses Levi's Stadium Curfew]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 23:54:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Ed-sheeran-generic.jpg

A curfew at Levi's Stadium forced a Grammy-award-winning artist to drop an upcoming 2018 concert date there, and on Tuesday night, Santa Clara city leaders sought a solution to avoid any additional lost shows. 

The San Francisco 49ers confirmed on Monday that Ed Sheeran canceled aN August 2018 tour date at Levi's Stadium because of the Santa Clara City Council-imposed 10 p.m. curfew on weeknight events at the facility.

City leaders did not make any changes to the curfew at Tuesday night's meeting, saying they'd first like to get input from the community, especially those living near the stadium. 

The Sheeran cancellation cost the city about anywhere from $500,000 to $800,000 in revenues, not to mention lost revenue for the 49ers, who manage the stadium, the team said Tuesday. Many fear that lost money could turn into millions unless the ordinance is changed.

Sheeran's show "will no longer come to Levi's Stadium because after being warned that the music ban would cost the stadium future shows, (Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor) played politics and refused to correct, or even address, the music ban," 49ers team president Al Guido said in a statement Monday.

"Now the community is paying the price," Guido continued. "Four-thousand hardworking individuals have lost their right to work, residents have lost out on millions of dollars in revenue, and music lovers have been denied an opportunity to view a world-class concert."

Gillmor claimed to be surprised by the rejection on Monday.

"This potential concert loss is news to us," she said in a statement. "We would appreciate the Forty-Niners Stadium Management Company bringing the data and the financial details before the Stadium Authority, particularly since we met just last week."

49ers spokesman Bob Lange said Tuesday that Guido's reference to losing millions in revenue was referring to the previously estimated $100 million in concert revenue over the life of the building.

"Concerts have made between $600,000 and $800,000 per concert for the city's general fund since the building opened," Lange said via email.

The City Council was expected to discuss the next non-NFL event to be held at the stadium during a weekday, a Coldplay concert scheduled for Oct. 4.

At Tuesday's meeting, "we'll discuss numerous opportunities to improve how city-owned Levi's Stadium is managed on behalf of Santa Clara, our neighborhoods and stadium guests," Gillmor said.

According to the city's website, the team and the city have gone back and forth on the Oct. 4 concert's finishing time since late August.

The team sent the city a letter on Aug. 29 saying the Coldplay concert would likely pass the 10 p.m. curfew time. The City Council had declined an extension to 11 p.m. in a 4-3 vote at a stadium authority meeting on Aug. 24.

Santa Clara city spokeswoman Jennifer Yamaguma said that after the motion for a one-time curfew extension failed, the Stadium Authority Board unanimously approved commencing an outreach process to identify a potential community benefits package for impacted residents.

"While the city manager has authority to approve a curfew extension, it was City Manager (Rajeev) Batra's practice to bring requests before the council and stadium authority to seek their guidance," Yamaguma said.

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



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<![CDATA[SJSU Football Coach Gets Surprise Visit From Ellen Crew]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:47:35 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJSU_Football_Coach_Gets_Surprise_Visit_From_Ellen_Crew.jpg

Ellen’s live camera crew went to San Jose State University to pay a surprise visit to Coach Alonzo Carter. Coach Carter previously busted out to the song “U Can’t Touch This.” The team posted that video over the summer. Coach Carter used to be a backup dancer for rapper MC Hammer.]]>
<![CDATA[SJPD Officer Rear-Ended in South Bay]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:52:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJPD_Officer_Rear-Ended_in_South_Bay.jpg

A South Bay officer was taken to the hospital after being read-ended in a crash. The collision happened just before 3 a.m. near the intersection of Camden and Union avenues. Police said the officer's SUV was rear-ended while at a red light. There was major damage to the back of the vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was taken into custody.]]>
<![CDATA[Spare the Air Alert Issued for Bay Area ]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:44:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/spare-the-air-120.jpg

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Crews Battle Two-Alarm House Fire in San Jose]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:49:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-26-17-SAN-JOSE-HOUSE-FIRE-CHARRED.jpg

Fire crews are battling a two-alarm house fire in San Jose's Evergreen neighborhood Tuesday morning, according to fire officials.

The blaze is burning at a home located along the 2100 block of Chisin Street, fire officials said.

Flames could be seen shooting out of the home's roof while firefighters doused the blaze with water.

No injuries have been reported, but San Jose Fire Department Cap. Brad Cloutier said the home will "probably" be a total loss. 

"Pretty much the inside of this house is going to be gutted," he said.

Firefighters tried to extinguish the blaze from the inside, but the strength of the fire and concerns about the structure's stability forced fire crews to retreat, according to Cloutier. 

Further information was not available.

Stay tuned for details.



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<![CDATA[3 Women Arrested Following Burglary Spree: Sunnyvale DPS]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:41:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3girlsmugshots.jpg

Three women accused of committing multiple burglaries and identity thefts over the past six months have been arrested, Sunnyvale's Department of Public Safety announced Monday.

Members of the three-women ring are accused of targeting other women working by themselves at open houses or stores, according to authorities.

One of the accused would distract a female employee, another would swipe cash or credit cards from the employee's purse and the last member would drive to a Safeway or CVS to purchase gift cards using the stolen money, authorities said.


The three women, who have been identified as Melissa Larsen, 20, Madeline Amelia Lopez, 19, and Julia Marie Peruzzi, 18, are believed to have pulled off their crimes across Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Palo Alto and Santa Clara, according to authorities.

The women face 20 charges, according to authorities.

A Sunnyvale officer looking into one of the incidents connected to the women ultimately resulted in their identification, according to authorities. The Santa Clara District Attorney's Office later followed up by issuing arrest warrants.




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<![CDATA[SJ Town Hall Discusses Spike in Officer-Involved Shootings]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:39:05 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj+ois+meeting-0925.jpg

San Jose police and community members went face to face Monday night in search of a solution to a spike in officer-involved shootings in the city.

San Jose has had eight such incidents so far in 2017, and families of those lost in the shootings aired their concerns to the police Chief Eddie Garcia and the city's new police auditor, Aaron Zisser.

Churches and the group People Acting in Community Together, or PACT, brought hundreds of people together with the hope that they would get some answers from police brass. Victims' families told their personal stories and expressed their frustrations. They sat in circles to face each other and talk about what matters.

The pain of losing her boyfriend and the father of her son Josiah in a 2014 officer-involved shooting is what matters to Laurie Valdez.

"What hurts the most is trying to keep strong for my kids and remain positive," Valdez said.

That pain resurfaced, she said, after the latest San Jose officer-involved shooting that killed a 33-year-old father of three young children.

"What happened recently to Jacob Dominguez on September 15th has triggered my experience," she said. "I feel like I lost Antonio all over again."

For PACT member Yeme Girma, what matters is how she feels the need to educate her two children about how to act around law enforcement because of the color of their skin and her personal memory of being pulled over on a dark highway.

"I kept my hands on the steering wheel and wept," Girma said. "I thought I was going to die."

The open dialogue with police is a start. People like Valdez and Girma hope it will help lead to more officer training and more restraint.

Chief Garcia said his department needs to look very closely at each incident.

"It's not the number of officer-involved shootings that bothers me; it's the manner in which they occur," Garcia said.

Zisser, the city's new independent police auditor, is a former civil rights attorney, police reform advocate and South Bay native. He said he's ready to hit the ground running and improve department transparency.

"Working together with city leaders, working together with the police chief, that kind of dialogue, that kind of openness, that kind of conversation about serious issues that matter to the people," Zisser said. "You don't see that everywhere."



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<![CDATA[Police Seek Help Identifying Suspects in 4 Armed Robberies]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:18:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/194*120/south+bay+robberies-0925.jpg

Police are asking for help in identifying two suspects who may have been involved in separate armed robberies in Santa Clara, Campbell, San Jose and Sunnyvale, police said Monday.

The four robberies all took place on Sept. 8. In each robbery, the suspects approached the victims as they were at ATM machines, according to Campbell police.

The suspects demanded money as the victims were making transactions. Police said a handgun was seen in at least one of the robberies.

Police are describing one suspect as a bald white or Hispanic man who is about 25 to 28 years old, 5 feet, 4 inches to 5 feet, 6 inches tall, with a thin build, goatee and mustache. He was last seen wearing a gray zip-up hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black beanie and black shoes with white soles.

The second suspect is described as a white woman, about 25 to 28 years old who is 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with a medium build and long wavy hair. She was last seen wearing a gray zip-up hooded sweatshirt, light-colored pants and black shoes.

Police said the pair was seen getting into a dark gray newer-model four-door Nissan Sentra with a spare tire on the driver's side of the car.

Anyone who recognizes them or has information about the robberies is asked to call the Campbell Police Department dispatch center at (408) 866-2101 or the investigations unit at (408) 871-5190.

Tips can also be made through the Police Department's mobile app, which can be downloaded from the Apple app or Google Play stores.



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<![CDATA[Ex-SJ Leaders Push Rezoning Measure For Affordable Housing]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:33:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj+land+rezone-0925.jpg

Two former San Jose City Council members are pushing to rezone an area of land set aside for business development to build housing there.

Their proposed ballot measure would allow for more than 900 new homes for seniors on a currently empty lot in East San Jose.

Supporters of the Evergreen Senior Homes Initiative say it would provide some relief in the affordable housing crisis. Critics, including Mayor Sam Liccardo, say the plan would only enrich developers and would not provide affordable housing for the people who most need it.

Former Vice Mayor Judy Chirco and former Councilwoman Pat Sausedo are backing the proposal.

The median home price in San Jose is $996,000, and a family would need an annual income of $191,830 to afford a home at that price. The average monthly rent on a two-bedroom apartment is $2,604, which would require an annual income of $104,160.

If the council approves the proposed ballot measure, it would go to voters next June.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Tech Companies Aim to Help Solve Healthcare Issues]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:07:46 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bay_Area_Tech_Companies_Aim_to_Help_Solve_Healthcare_Issues.jpg

Experts say California will be hit very hard under the newest healthcare proposal from Washington. The news is causing tech companies and healthcare experts to come up with new solutions at a conference kicking off this week at San Jose's Convention Center. Scott Budman reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Police Investigating Drive-By Shooting in San Jose]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:22:25 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police+lights+generic+picccc.jpg

Police are investigating a drive-by shooting in San Jose.

San Jose Police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said officers at 2:22 p.m. Monday responded to reports of a shooting in the area of Cherry Avenue and Almaden Expressway.

Garcia said someone in a suspect vehicle shot at a person in another vehicle. Both vehicles then fled the scene, Garcia said.

The suspects or vehicles have not been identified or located, and police are not aware of any shooting victims, according to Garcia.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Fire at Auto Body Shop in San Jose]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:22:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-25-17-san-jose-auto-shop-fire.jpg

Emergency crews contained a fire that erupted Monday at an auto body shop in San Jose.

The blaze at 701 Kings Row Road was kept to a full first alarm response, firefighters said.

No other information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Highway 17 Construction Projects Are on Schedule: Caltrans]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:02:39 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/232017-storm-damage-santacruz.jpg

As the rainy season approaches, Caltrans says repair projects along Highway 17 are on schedule. Officials want to remind drivers that crews are still repairing the roadway in several spots following last year’s heavy rains. Emergency work forced Caltrans to suspend other, non-emergency contracts. A spokeswoman says the Highway 17 Sugarloaf project near Scotts Valley should wrap up in October. Crews will work “the wedding chapel slide project" until November.

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<![CDATA[ SJPD to Talk Transparency, Accountability With Community]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:02:12 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cop+car+lights123.jpg

The San Jose Police department will meet with community members to discuss police transparency and accountability. This comes after the eighth officer-involved shooting this year. The meeting is being held by the organization PACT, which stands for People Acting in Community Together. They're expected to discuss expanded oversight when it comes to use of force by the police department. The meeting is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. at Bible Way Christian Center. Police Chief Eddie Garcia is expected to attend.]]>
<![CDATA[Push to Rezone Area for Senior Housing in San Jose]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:11:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Push_to_Rezone_Area_for_Senior_Housing.jpg

Two former San Jose council members are pushing to rezone an area set aside for business development. Their proposed ballot measure would allow for more than 900 new homes for seniors on a currently empty lot in East San Jose. Supporters say it would provide some relief in the housing crisis. Critics, including the mayor, say the plan would only enrich developers and would not provide affordable housing for the people who most need it. If allowed, the proposed ballot measure would go to voters next June.]]>
<![CDATA[Ed Sheeran Cancels 2018 Bay Area Stop Due to Levi's Curfew]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:08:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/sheeran-0924.jpg

An evening curfew at Levi's Stadium has forced a popular singer to say "no thanks" to the Bay Area.

Pop star Ed Sheeran was scheduled to perform at the 49ers' Santa Clara stadium on Aug. 21 during his 2018 tour. But Sheeran decided to pull out of that date because of a mandated 10 p.m. curfew on weeknight performances.

Sheeran's agent said there's "no way" he would be done performing by 10 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers officials are upset with the city of Santa Clara for not allowing a waiver to lift the curfew. The team gets a percentage of any concert revenue at Levi's.

Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor said that before the stadium was built, the city promised nearby residents that weeknight noise would be limited.

Sheeran is scheduled to open his North American tour in Pasadena on Aug. 18.



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<![CDATA[Sheriff's Officials Warn Santa Cruz Residents of Phone Scam]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:41:33 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Cell+Phone+Generic.jpg

Authorities in Santa Cruz County are warning the public about a phone scam circulating in their county.

According to Santa Cruz County sheriff's officials, victims are receiving phone calls at home from suspects posing as officers from the county sheriff's office.

The suspects tell victims they must pay a fine to avoid an arrest warrant for missing jury duty. Victims are advised to purchase gift cards for as much as $1,000 and transfer the value of the cards electronically to the suspect, sheriff's officials said.

Victims are told they will receive a partial refund once the warrant is cleared up.

Suspects also provide a fraudulent phone number and sometimes transfer victims to another suspect who poses as a captain or commander, sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's officials are warning the public not to give out personal information over the phone. Residents will never be asked to provide money, gift cards or resolve financial obligations by telephone, sheriff's officials Anyone who may have suffered a financial loss as a result of this scam can report it by calling the Santa Cruz County sheriff's dispatch at (831) 471-1121 or submit a report online at scsheriff.com and reference case 17-08155.



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<![CDATA[Resident Arrested for Vandalizing Columbus Statue in SJ]]>Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:08:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj+city+hall-0822.jpg

A 25-year-old San Jose resident on Friday was arrested and later released for vandalizing the Christopher Columbus statue inside San Jose City Hall, according to police.

The suspect, who has been identified as Gina Darlene Gonzales, wiped paint on the statue Thursday afternoon and walked away without being apprehended, police said.

Gonzales was arrested the following day after a security officer, who works at city hall, spotted Gonzales at the Martin Luther King Library, according to police. Officers detained the suspect and, after looking at the surveillance footage, confirmed that Gonzales was the one who vandalized the statue.

Gonzales was arrested, handed a criminal citation and released at the scene, according to police.

An activist group has previously called for the statue to be removed because they find it to be offensive.




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<![CDATA[3 Men Hurt in San Jose Shooting and Stabbing]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:38:20 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NBC+Bay+Area+Breaking+News+Image31.png

Three men were found wounded in San Jose Friday amid stabbing and shooting reports, police said. 

According to Sgt. Enrique Garcia, officers were dispatched to 2000 block of S. 10th Street around 11:45 a.m. on reports of firearms being discharged. 

There, they found three male victims "suffering from stab and/or gunshot wounds," Garcia said in a statement. 

The men have been taken to a hospital for treatment.

There is no word yet on a motive or suspect.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Men 'Directed' Mentally Disabled Juvenile to Rob Women: SJPD]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:41:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9222017-sj-robbery-suspects.jpg

San Jose police said they have arrested three suspects in a series of brazen snatch-and-grab jewelry robberies which targeted Asian women walking in parking lots in San Jose.

Police said they arrested Dominic Shamo, 21, and Juan Arzate, 20, and a 17-year-old boy, all of San Jose, on suspicion of robbery and attempted robbery.

According to police, the suspects approached multiple victims and forcibly removed jewelry from them before fleeing on foot.

Police said the trio was walking behind another victim on Sept. 4 when a concerned citizen called police. Officers found the suspects in the area of McKee Road and North Jackson Avenue, where they were able to link the three suspects to at least four other robberies in the area between August and September 2017.

An investigation into the robberies revealed that Shamo and Arzate "directed" the juvenile, who is mentally disabled, to grab the jewelry from the victims, police said in a statement.

Shamo and Zarate were both booked into the Santa Clara County Jail and the minor was booked into Juvenile Hall.

San Jose police are asking for the public's help in identifying other victims who may not have reported their robbery to police. Those wishing to report them can call Detective Michael White at (408) 277-4166. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call (408) 947-7867.



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<![CDATA[2.8-M Quake Is Latest in String of Tremors in South Bay]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:57:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/quakesanmartin.JPG

A magnitude-2.8 earthquake was felt in the South Bay on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake was reported at 10:12 a.m. and its epicenter was located seven miles east of Morgan Hill and eight miles north of Gilroy, USGS officials said.

Thursday's tremor was the eighth in a week. Six occurred on Sept. 14 and the seventh on Wednesday



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<![CDATA[Local Health Officials Combat Growing Hepatitis A Outbreak]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:00:51 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hepatitis+A+foto1.jpg

Bay Area public health officials are on alert as Hepatitis A is sickening people in different parts of California. 

In San Diego, over 440 cases have been reported since the worst outbreak in the city's history was identified in March. Sixteen people have died.

The Southern California city's outbreak has been linked to some cases in the Bay Area. In Santa Cruz County, officials say 69 people have come down with Hepatitis A since April. To that put that into perspective, the South Bay county usually only has one or two cases per year. 

Santa Clara County also reported two cases earlier this month — at the main jail and Elmwood Correctional Facility.

Roughly 10 people also have been infected by the highly contagious liver disease in Los Angeles.

In some cases, Hepatitis A, which has a long incubation period of two weeks to almost two months, can affect a person for up to six months. 

People contract the disease by eating or drinking contanimated food or water. It can also be transmitted during sexual contact with an infected person.

The California Department of Health recmmends people wash their hands frequently, especially after using the restroom, to avoid becoming ill. 

A vaccine is available to treat people who are infected and the cause of this outbreak is under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Cities Compete to Host Amazon's Second Headquarters]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:21:20 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/amazon+generic.jpg

There is a battle brewing among Bay Area cities vying to land Amazon’s second headquarters.

San Jose and Concord have announced that they are putting together proposals to woo the online retail giant.

Nationwide, it feels like a race to be the host of the Olympics as other cities are also competing to be home to Amazon’s new offices.

On the West Coast, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Portland have expressed interest. As you move east, there’s Denver, Chicago, Boston and even Toronto in Canada.

Amazon says that the winning city will get about 50,000 new jobs that pay on average over $100,000 a year. Plus there’s Amazons investment in the infrastructure that is expected to amount to about $5 billion.

The Seattle-based company has given few hints about where it might land, but said it is looking at metropolitan areas with mass transit, an international airport and populations of more than a million that have the potential to attract top tech talent.



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<![CDATA[Traffic Nightmare Likely During 49ers Game at Levi's Stadium]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:29:16 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453753146.jpg

Kickoff is less than 12 hours away at Levi’s Stadium, but traffic and public transit impacts are expected long before that.

The San Francisco 49ers are taking on the Los Angeles Rams at 5:25 p.m. in Santa Clara and VTA expects that roughly 6,500 NFL fans will take light rail and buses to the stadium. Of course, there will also be plenty of fans who drive to Levi’s.

VTA lines 140 and 330 will be rerouted and commuters can expect delays on other routes.

Santa Clara police expect heavy traffic between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m., with game day action expected to impact Highway 101, State Route 237, Interstate 880 and Lawrence and San Tomas expressways.

Police have also worked with Waze to make sure that the app recognizes road closures and other event traffic management plans.

People are also advised to not park in neighborhoods surrounding Levi’s Stadium.



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<![CDATA[Vigil Held at San Jose Church for Mexico Quake Victims]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:52:46 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj+vigil-0920.jpg

Hundreds of people gathered in the South Bay for a vigil Wednesday night, praying for those affected by the Mexico earthquake. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church has many members with family in Mexico, including Adriana Gonzalez Torres.

"When I heard (the earthquake) hit the area where my mom came from, I got really worried,” she said.

Gonzalez Torres has seven aunts and uncles in the Mexican state of Morelos, one of the hardest hit areas. When she saw images on the news, her mind focused on them and all of her cousins. Some were at work and school when the earthquake hit.

She says several weren’t able to make it home until hours after. Late Tuesday night, her mother finally reached an aunt. Everyone was physically all right, but their homes were damaged.

“They're gone, they probably have no food, no shelter, they don't know where to go,” Gonzalez Torres said.

Her mother showed us a picture sent from the Mexican families. Their church in Morales is nearly destroyed.

For people like Gonzalez Torres, Our Lady of Guadalupe will be staying open all night Thursday through Sunday.

“Our heart goes out to the people, the families; they have no idea what happened and are waiting to hear from their relatives," church volunteer Ricardo Arriagada said. "They’re looking for information and clinging to hope.”

The church also will hold a special collection during Sunday Mass for the relief effort in Mexico.



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<![CDATA[Caltrain Fares and Parking Rates to Increase in October]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:51:25 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_caltrain.jpg

Caltrain fares and parking rates are going up starting next month.

On Oct. 1, riders will pay an additional 25 cents per zone and 8-ride tickets will no longer be available for sale and will only be honored through the end of October, according to Caltrain.

Monthly parking passes are also more expensive, increasing from $55 to $82.50 because it will be based on 15 days a month rather than 10. The monthly permits for October go on sale today.

Caltrain officials said daily parking fees are not changing.

Starting in October, Caltrain is also changing its weekday timetables in an aim to increase operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. The updated timetables can be found online.

Caltrain's board of directors approved the fare and parking fee hikes last month.



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<![CDATA[ SJSU Professor Calls Student 'Arabian Princess' in Letter]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:23:30 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Lewis-Aptekar.jpg

A tense situation involving a San Jose State University professor accused of sexual harassment may soon get more heated.

Students have been dropping classes to protest the return of counseling education professor Lewis Aptekar, who the university says harassed at least one of his students by inquiring if she was single and interested in dating him.

NBC Bay Area obtained a message between school officials, a document that shows what the college did not want revealed about the first sexual harassment allegations in 2014, which came to light only after a 2015 incident got Aptekar suspended.

The redacted document, which was released publicly, addressed sexual harassment claims. The unredacted version, however, includes offensive ethnic overtones: A woman recounting being called Aptekar’s “Arabian Princess.” He also asked her “not to blow up any buildings while she was here," according to the document.

"I'm not aware of any attention they gave to these allegations with him, and frankly they generally have not been very good at addressing these things,” said Jason Laker, a professor of counseling education.

The Counseling Education department at SJSU has been in turmoil since Aptekar was reinstated and then pulled from the classroom. And many students remain upset that he is still on the university’s staff.

Valerie Lamb expressed disappointment and said, “We don't know what's happening in spring 2018 and if he's going to come back."

Meanwhile, a group called Students Against Sexual Harassment has formed on campus with the goal of getting Aptekar fired.

Neither the university nor Aptekar have not returned messages seeking comment.

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<![CDATA[Sheriff's Vehicles Tagged With Disturbing Messages]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:23:57 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sheriff+graffiti-0920.jpg

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies were the target of vandals Tuesday night in Cupertino, according to sheriff's officials.

Three sheriff's vehicles at the West Valley Substation were tagged with graffiti, some political in nature and some downright vulgar. Most concerning was one message that mentioned a deputy by name, sheriff's officials said. Part of the investigation is to review that deputy's cases.

"We will exhaust all leads, whether it's looking back through the officer's cases or anyone who has made any spontaneous comments on social media," sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Reginald Cooks said.

The other messages contained in the graffiti were "end the brutality" and the initials B-L-M, an apparent reference to the Black Lives Matter movement. The vehicles were parked at the substation, an office building with an unsecured lot.

Community organizer Ross Pusey, a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, says because someone sprayed the initials B-L-M, it can't be assumed it's connected to the group.

"Anybody could have been writing that on there," Pusey said. "Until somebody steps up and says that it is (connected), we have no idea."

Investigators don't have a suspect description, so they're asking for the public's help.

"We're asking the public if they have any information, if they've seen things on social media or anybody posting anything, to contact the sheriff's office," Cooks said.

There are no surveillance cameras in the lot that is open to the public, and there are no plans to change the security of the lot, sheriff's officials said.



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<![CDATA[Review: Apple Watch Goes Solo, But Don't Dump Your Phone Yet]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:35:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-846157114.jpg

A chief gripe with Apple Watch is that it requires you to keep an iPhone with you for most tasks. The inclusion of GPS last year helped on runs and bike rides, but you're still missing calls and messages without the phone nearby.

A new model with its own cellular-network connection is Apple's next step toward an untethered world. Now you can make and receive calls and messages on the watch while leaving your phone at home.

But the watch still needs regular contact with an iPhone, and for most tasks, the phone needs to be on and connected, even if it's nowhere nearby. So you can't get away with ditching the iPhone altogether. (Android users have their own wristwear options, including Samsung Gear and Android Wear watches, some of which can already manage their own network connections.)

The new Apple Watch Series 3, distinguished by a red crown, comes out Friday starting at about $400. You can forgo cellular, and the red crown, for $70 less. Or get a first-generation model, without GPS, for about $250.

WHERE IT HELPS

You might not want to bring your phone on a short jog; the watch can still keep you in touch. Or you can leave the phone home while walking the dog or performing a quick errand.

You need a data add-on from the same wireless provider as your phone. It typically costs $5 or $10 a month and uses the phone's data allotment.

While the watch technically has its own phone number, the major carriers have worked out number syncing. Calls to your phone will go to the watch, and calls from the watch will appear on caller ID with your regular number. Same goes for texts and iMessage chats.

Calls use the watch's speaker and microphone, or wireless earphones. Colleagues say call quality was fine. It came in handy for sneaking in runs during conference calls (though if you're my boss, just kidding! Now, about that raise ...).

Phone calls and iMessage chats work on the watch even if your phone is off, as do turn-by-turn maps and queries to the Siri voice assistant. For texts, the phone needs to be on — somewhere. With the phone on, you can perform a variety of other tasks, including checking weather apps, Yelp recommendations and notifications that go to the phone.

Coming soon: the ability to stream Apple Music, even with the phone off. Unfortunately, this doesn't apply to rival music services or Apple's podcast app.

LIMITATIONS

Because the watch screen is small, many apps offer only a sliver of information and refer you back to the phone to view more. That was little more than an annoyance when the phone was in the same room. If you've left the phone behind, though, you'll be left hanging.

You can also run into trouble while roaming, particularly internationally. For one thing, engineers weren't able to squeeze in support for cellular frequencies around the world. And outside the U.S., only a handful of carriers are supporting the cellular watch. In any case, don't forget to switch to airplane mode on flights.

Cellular data also drains the battery quicker. Apple's promised 18 hours of battery life includes about four hours of such use. An hour of phone calls over LTE will drain the battery completely.

I got dropped from two conference calls because the battery was low to begin with. Plan ahead. A spare watch charger at your desk helps for those days you're dumb enough to leave your phone on the kitchen counter.

EMBRACING THE TETHER

It can be handy to untether the watch at times, but it's not always necessary. Even when tied to the phone, Series 3 offers improvement such as tracking elevation, so you get credit for climbing stairs or jogging up a hill. And you can now hear Siri responses on the watch speaker, something enabled by the new version's faster processor.

SOFTWARE UPDATE

For owners of past models, a software update out this week, watchOS 4, will bring easier access to music playback controls when exercising — just swipe left. There are more prompts when reaching or nearing daily goals, and options for multiple sports in a single workout.

A new heart rate app now shows heart rate at rest and averages when walking or recovering from exercise. These can help you gauge your overall fitness.

And if your heart rate is high without any signs of exercise, you'll get an alert. You enable this when you first open the heart rate app. It can signal health problems, though Apple is stopping short of telling you to see a doctor or visit the emergency room, as the watch isn't marketed — or certified — as a medical device.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area



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<![CDATA[Worker in San Jose Hospitalized After Being Shocked: FD]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:12:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Construction+Sign+Generic.jpg

A construction worker in San Jose was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries on Wednesday after being shocked, according to fire officials.

The 45-year-old construction worker was working at the intersection of Keily Boulevard and Norwalk Drive around 10 a.m. when his crew hit a power line while he was underground, according to fire officials.

PG&E arrived on scene and shut off power in order for the construction crew to continue to work safely.

Further information was not available. 



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<![CDATA[Two Taken to Hospital After Fire Ignites Inside SJ Duplex]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:56:27 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-20-17_SJ_Duplex_Fire.jpg

Two people were transported to the hospital and one dog died after a blaze broke out at a duplex in San Jose early Wednesday, according to fire officials.

The blaze was reported around 12:10 a.m. along the 500 block of Hazel Dell Way, according to San Jose Fire Department Capt. Brad Cloutier.

Responding firefighters found dark smoke pouring out of the attic and one of the windows of the duplex, Cloutier said.

Three people managed to escape the blaze, but two of them had to be transported because they were both suffering from smoke inhalation and one had a slight burn injury, according to Cloutier.

"They woke up to the sound of fire and crackling and there was heavy smoke in the apartment at the time they woke up," Cloutier said. "They actually escaped through a bedroom window."

Fire crews knocked down the fire in about 15 minutes, Cloutier said.

The blaze is under investigation.



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<![CDATA[SJ Chipotle Worker Complains of Sexual Harassment]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:51:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/chipotle-sj-0919.jpg

A federal agency is stepping in on behalf of a former South Bay Chipotle employee who says he was sexually harassed by a female manager.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. after a 22-year-old employee at the North Capitol Avenue restaurant in San Jose said a former manager at that store repeatedly groped him and made sexual comments.

According to the EEOC's complaint, the manager also posted a "sex board" in her office to keep track of employees’ private sexual encounters.

The employee's attorney said after the young man complained, employees retaliated by locking him in a walk-in freezer, and the harrassment continued.

"It was a pretty sexually charged work environment," said Peter Laura, EEOC senior trial attorney. "No one should have to work like that."



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<![CDATA[Police Responding to Standoff in San Jose]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:08:33 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/09-19-2017-SJPD-STAND-OFF-2.jpg

Police late Tuesday are working to get someone to come out of a home in San Jose.

The standoff is in the area of West San Carlos Street, between Buena Vista and Willard avenues.

Police were initially responding to a family disturbance. A man got into an argument with his mother and started destroying the house, according to police.

The woman got out, but her son is still in there.

No one has been hurt, but police said the man has mental-health issues and has not been taking his medication.

No other information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Frontier Airlines Adds New Nonstop Flights From San Jose]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:47:06 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Frontier-airlines-.png

The list of nonstop flights from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) just keeps on growing. Frontier Airlines announced three new nonstop flights to Atlanta, Cincinnati and Colorado Springs, Colorado as the latest destinations from San Jose on Tuesday.

“With the addition of three new low-cost, nonstop options, travelers in the South Bay/Silicon Valley area will now have access to seven nonstop destinations in the Spring,” said Frontier Airlines’ senior vice president of commercial, Daniel Shurz.

In July, the airline had previously announced their launch of service at SJC with nonstop flights to Denver, Las Vegas, Austin and San Antonio with fares priced as low as $39.


“We are pleased that Frontier Airlines has already decided to expand its presence at SJC, providing Silicon Valley travelers with even more convenient flight options across the U.S.,” said San Jose Mayor, Sam Liccardo. “I greatly appreciate the Frontier team for their confidence and continued investments in San Jose.”

With the addition of these three new nonstop flights marks 50 nonstop destinations served from San Jose International Airport.



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<![CDATA[Locals With Family in Mexico Quake Zone Anxious For Answers]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:57:27 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mexico+flag-0919.jpg

In many parts of Central Mexico, rescue efforts were just getting underway Tuesday after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City earlier in the day, killing dozens of people.

Those in the Bay Area with loved ones in the quake zone were desperately trying to get through to them with little success.

The powerful quake reduced tall buildings to rubble, and reports surfaced of survivors trapped under tons of concrete. In many parts of the city of nearly 22 million, communications systems were virtually nonexistent.

Aurora Perez stopped by the Mexican consulate in San Jose on Tuesday, trying to reach family in Mexico. But she couldn't get through.

"I'm trying to call them, but nobody answers me," Perez said. "I do not know what is happening."

Alejandro Sanchez, a taco vendor in San Jose, said he was finally able to reach relatives via Facebook Messenger.

"One of my daughters has her data," he said.

Other people were using the messaging service WhatsApp to communicate with loved ones in the disaster zone.

The images from Tuesday's temblor are eerily similar to the big 1985 quake in Mexico City 32 years ago to the day.

Many visiting the San Jose consulate, including some pageant queen contestants, wished they could help.

"It's so sad to see, and I can't do anything," Bella Padilla said. "I can't be there with my people and help them."

The flag at the consulate remained at full staff as their countrymen deal with yet another major disaster.

Officials at the consulate have been in contact with the Mexican embassy and with the Mexican presidency to assess damage and needs.

People searching for loved ones in the earthquake zone can call a hotline at the Mexican consulate at 1-855-463-6395.



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<![CDATA[Off-Duty CHP Officer Killed in San Martin Crash: Officials]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:47:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-19-17-CHP-OFFICER.jpg

An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer was killed when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in San Martin on Tuesday, according to authorities.

A 47-year-old man driving in a Chevrolet pickup truck was travelling northbound on Monterey Road in the turn lane for Chester Avenue around 5:51 a.m. when he turned into the path of 44-year-old James Branik, who was riding in the opposite direction, according to the CHP. 

Branik, who is from San Jose and was currently working at the commercial scales in Gilroy, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP. Branik previously spent time working at the San Jose CHP office. 

"He was happily married, grew up in San Jose and was an avid motorcycle enthusiast," said CHP officer, Rob Kaczor. "Today, he ultimately lost his life on a motorocylce."

An investigation is ongoing, according to the CHP. Officers do not believe that alcohol or drugs played a factor in the collision.

San Martin is located in Santa Clara County between Morgan Hill and Gilroy.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact Officer Sean Nichols at 408-848-2324.

Further information was not available. 



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<![CDATA[Free BART Rides Up for Grabs]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:48:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Free_Bart_Rides_Up_for_Grabs.jpg

Ride BART for free. It's a new promotion to increase weekend ridership. Over the past two years there's been a decrease of passengers on Saturdays and Sundays, which costs BART about $15 million dollars. BART has handed out 25,000 tickets for free weekend rides. The tickets are being randomly given out at stations so may the odds be ever in your favor.]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Clara County Leaders Celebrate National Welcoming Week]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:28:57 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Santa_Clara_County_Leaders_Celebrate_National_Welcoming_Week.jpg

Leaders in the South Bay are coming together to reassure the community about their commitment to immigrants. Santa Clara County government leaders are meeting Tuesday morning at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center campus. They'll talk about helping immigrants and making sure they have access to health care. It's a show of support that's part of National Welcoming Week.]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Freeway Traffic Continues to Worsen: MTC]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:04:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Traffic+Generic2.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[San Jose Mulls Options to Boost Affordable Housing Supply]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:44:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/APT+BUILDING.jpg

San Jose city leaders are considering boosting the region's affordable housing supply in an effort that could drop rent prices for some residents plagued by soaring prices.

The city council is mulling an idea that would require new apartment construction projects to include a certain number of affordable units.

The south bay city currently contains roughly 227 subsidized apartments, but a growing list of more than 17,000 people need an affordable place to stay. That list continues to increase as the average rent in San Jose climbs over $2,400 per month.

A possible solution to the housing crunch is currently in the hands of Gov. Jerry Brown. He must sign a bill into law that would give cities the ability to require subsidized housing in new housing rental projects.

Increasing rent prices across the Bay Area are continuing to drive residents out of the area. A Berkeley poll found that 51 percent of Bay Area residents have thought about packing up and moving out of the region because housing is simply sucking too much money out of their bank accounts.




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<![CDATA[Man Fatally Shot By Cop Did Not Have a Gun, SJPD Says]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:04:51 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0918-2017-JacobDominguez.jpg

A known gang member fatally shot by police late Friday in San Jose was not armed with a gun, San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said Monday.

The deadly shooting incident occured shortly after undercover officers in unmarked cars pulled over Jacob Dominguez in East San Jose. Officers told Dominguez, who was wanted for armed robbery and had evaded police hours earlier, to put his hands up and stay that way, Garcia said.

"Dominguez disobeyed those orders and put his hands down out of sight and the officer believed he was reaching for a weapon, so he fired at least one time," Garcia said.

Dominguez, 33, died at the scene and Garcia said no gun was found in the vehicle.

Relatives of Dominguez said he was living in a Christian home, trying to turn his life around and was a great father to his three young kids.

"His babies want him home," said Rosie Chavez, Dominguez's aunt. "How do you tell three babies daddy's not coming home?"

Police paint a different picture. They say Dominguez was a known norteno gang member linked to a crime spree earlier this month, including a drive-by shooting that injured one person and armed robbery at an Arco gas station.

Police also said Dominguez had a violent past, including a conviction for first-degree robbery.

But many of the more than 100 people who gathered Saturday to mourn Dominguez said the man they knew was a good person. His family said because Dominguez was unarmed when he was shot, they plan to pursue legal action against police.

The officer who fired the shot that killed Dominguez is on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.



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<![CDATA[Clown Mask Left at SJ Theft May Be Tied to Other Crimes]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:39:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0918-2017-Clown-SJ.jpg

Is the creepy clown mask back?

A victim of theft in the South Bay says one of the suspects left behind a clown mask as he was getting away. The suspect was not wearing it at the time of the crime, but police said it might provide a link to other crimes in the area.

"They say they believe it might be linked to a few home invasions," victim Justin Wise said. "There's been a slew of robberies."

Wise says he was installing shutters at a home in North San Jose last Wednesday when he saw two young girls and a man stealing power tools from his unlocked truck.

The suspects jumped into a car and Wise ran after them down a street.

Police told Wise the car was stolen out of Fremont.

"I work hard for my tools and those are what I use to support my family," he said. "No one should be able to go into someone else's property and take it."

What stuck with Wise was the clown mask.

Surveillance video of a convenient store robbery in Florida this past June show suspects both wearing clown masks.

Police are not confirming a trend with clown masks, but there is a concern because Halloween is only a month and a half away.

Schools last year banned clown masks on campus, along with any mask that conceals the identity of the person wearing them.



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<![CDATA[Residential Gas Leak Prompts Evacuations in San Jose: FD]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:18:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0918-2017-SJ-GasLeak.jpg

A residential gas leak has prompted evacuations in San Jose, firefighters said Monday afternoon.

The evacuations and gas leak are reported in the area of Stokes Street and Caspian Sea Drive, south of Interstate 280 and near Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park.

A PG&E crew is also on scene.

No other information was immediately available.




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<![CDATA[Man Shot Dead by San Jose Police Identified as Gang Member]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:09:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0915-2017-SJ-OIS.jpg

A man shot dead by a San Jose officer late Friday was a gang member who was wanted for armed robbery and had evaded police mere hours earlier, the department said in a statement. 

Although police did not identify the man, family members said he was Jacob Dominguez, 32. Police, however, said the man was 33 years old.

Officers around 7 p.m. Friday tried to conduct a vehicle stop on Dominguez, known to police as a gang member. There was also a felony warrant out for his arrest, police said, and Dominguez knew offers were searching for him. 

Earlier in the day, he had managed to escape with "erratic and dangerous driving" both on San Jose streets and highways. 

On Friday night, officers from the department's Covert Response Unit conducted a high-risk stop on Dominguez near Penitencia Creek and North White roads. In turn, he "became uncooperative," police said.

It remains unclear when, but shots were fired, police confirmed. Dominguez was struck at least once and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the statement. No San Jose police officers were wounded.

Dominguez had a lengthy rapsheet, which included weapon and drug charges, police said. For his part, the officer who opened fire was an 11-year veteran, identified as Mike Pina.  As per department policy, Pina is on paid administrative leave. 

Hundreds of people gathered near the crime scene Saturday night to mourn Dominguez. They described the man as a father of three, who was on his way to see his kids when he was shot and killed. His family also expressed frustration at police officers for being tight-lipped.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit are conducting a joint investigation into the shooting. The case is being monitored by the San Jose Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit, the City Attorney’s Office, and the Office of the Independent Police Auditor.

The police department is expected to provide additional details about the shooting at a news conference at 12 p.m. Monday.

People with information about the case are asked to call Det. Sgt. Bert Milliken or Det. Raul Corral at 408-277-5283. Anonymous tips can be left at 408-947-7867.




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<![CDATA[Mt. Umunhum Opens to Public For First Time Since 1980]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:08:25 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P+MT+UMUNHUM+FUTURE+VO+-+00000716.jpg

For the first time in 37 years, the summit of Mt. Umunhum is open to the public. 

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District on Saturday hosted a ceremony to mark the long-awaited occasion. 

"We’re thrilled to invite the community to create Mount Umunhum’s next chapter as one of the Bay Area’s great publicly accessible peaks and nature destinations,” said the district's General Manager Steve Abbors.

Situated within the 18,000-acre Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve south of Los Gatos, Mt. Umunhum has been closed since 1980. It was at that time the former Almaden Air Force Station, which sits on the site, was decommissioned. 

In 2009, federal funding made it possible for district officials, who sought extensive public input, to revitalize the peak.

Take a virtual tour of Mt. Umunhum right here.



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<![CDATA[San Jose Firefighters Rescue Driver From Car Down Embankment]]>Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:20:40 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjfd+ax-0916.jpg

San Jose fire crews extricated a man from a car that had become trapped between a hill and a steel girder retaining wall after it plummeted down an embankment Friday evening, according to the San Jose Fire Department.

The accident occurred about 8:35 p.m. in the 4100 block of Quimby Road in the hills east of San Jose, fire officials said. The driver was on a property above the retaining wall and for unknown reasons did not stop before a dropoff. The car plummeted down the hill and was wedged between the hillside and the girders below, fire officials said.

The driver, described only as male, became trapped inside the car. It was a difficult rescue for firefighters, according to Capt. Brad Cloutier, because the car's position on the hillside was at a height out reach for rescuers from the ground below. They had to back up a rescue squad vehicle and use it as a platform to help get the trapped man out of the car, Cloutier said.

The driver was extricated by 10:19 p.m. and airlifted to a local hospital, Cloutier said. His condition was not known.



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<![CDATA[Popular Hello Kitty Truck Coming Back to Bay Area ]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:28:35 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Hello-Kitty-Cafe-Eater.jpg

The Hello Kitty Cafe truck — a bright pink Mercedes van adorned with flowers and the feline Sanrio mascot — will be making several stops in the Bay Area in the next few weeks. 

According to its event page, the Instagram-famous truck is slated to appear in the following locations: 

    • Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 
    • Santana Row in San Jose at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23
    • Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.
    The truck will stay in each scheduled location until 8 p.m., or when supplies sell out.  

    The Hello Kitty truck tours different cities selling — you guessed it — Hello Kitty gear and sweet treats, including T-shirts, coffee mugs and undoubtedly cloying macarons and doughnuts. 

    Wherever it goes, a bounty of Instagram posts are sure to follow. Since making its debut at the annual Hello Kitty Con, a (surprisingly real) convention devoted to all things Hello Kitty, the truck and its retail items have attracted a rabid following on social media. 

    In Walnut Creek last Saturday, more than 900 people turned out to get some of the coveted limited-edition goodies. Despite 90 degree weather, some people waited more than four hours to get to the top of the line.

    Watch the video above to see some highlights from the last event. 




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    <![CDATA[Robbery Suspect Dead Following Officer-Involved Shooting]]>Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:11:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0915-2017-SJ-OIS.jpg

    Hundreds of people gathered at the corner Penitencia Creek on Saturday night to mourn the loss of a man that was shot and killed in San Jose late Friday.

    Family of 32-year-old Jacob Dominguez are frustrated that police officials have not informed them of anything related to the matter.

    “We want answers. We haven’t heard from no police,” said aunt of Dominguez, Rosie Chavez. “We had to hear about his death through the streets.”

    Dominguez was a father of three, on his way to see his kids when he was shot and killed.

    Police said the shooting occured shortly after 7 p.m. in the area of White Road and Penitencia Creek as officers attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a suspect who had a felony warrant for robbery.

    "As officers were conducting the stop, shots were fired and the suspect was struck at least one time by the gunfire," police said in a press release.

    The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to police.

    Officers said they had no new information regarding at the moment.




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    <![CDATA[SJPD May Lose Helicopter]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:53:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0915-2017-SJPDhelicopter.jpg

    The San Jose Police Department could be losing one of its most valuble crime-fighting tools: its helicopter.

    The police department is asking the city to help buy a new helicopter because the current one is old and soon will not be safe to fly.

    SJPD's helicopter, Airbus EC-120B, has been a dependable tool since it was first deployed in 2000. But now it is the oldest law enforcement helicopter of its kind in the nation and well past the usual life of six to eight years -- or 10,000 hours.

    San Jose has managed to extend that life with major overhauls.

    Councilman Raul Peralez, a former cop, said it has been good investment for public safety.

    "The benefit for being able to fight crime with a helicopter is so tremendous," Peralez said.

    He added having the chopper on a daily basis for the officers is "a tool we want to have every single day."

    But the police helicopter only has about 500 flight hours left before it is no longer safe to use.

    SJPD is already cutting back on hours to try to save the $500,000 it would cost for another ovehaul, which is money officials would rather put toward a new $3 million helicopter.

    The city will take up the budget issue next month around the time the chopper will run out of safe hours.

    "It looks like we will extend the life, but we will still be down for a few months if not having a helicopter," Peralez said.



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    <![CDATA[Mt. Umunhum's Grand Vistas Open to the Public]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:25:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/9-18-17-MT+UM4.JPGFor the first time in 37 years, the summit of Mt. Umunhum is open to the public.

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    <![CDATA[SJ Day Care Worker Accused of Sexually Assaulting 9-Year-Old]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:22:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj+day+care-0914.jpg

    A teen male working at a San Jose day care was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault of a 9-year-old, according to the San Jose Police Department.

    Police were notified about a child who was touched inappropriately by a day care aide at the Jumping Up Learning Circle, an after-school car program. The suspect was apprehended near the business without incident and later booked into Juvenile Hall, police said.

    Investigators with San Jose Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children are working with the day care program to identify other potential victims, police said.

    Anyone with information about the incident or similar incidents should contact Detective Christian Mendoza or Detective Sgt. Brian Spears at (408) 537-1397.

    Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867).



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    <![CDATA[San Jose Woman Reported Missing After Camping Trip]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:40:40 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jelena-Missing-person.jpg

    Police and family members are asking for the public’s help in locating a 30-year-old San Jose woman who was last seen a month ago after leaving for an unspecified camping trip.

    According to officials, Jelena Pajic left for what was supposed to be a week-long camping trip without telling anyone where exactly she was headed to. Friends of Pajic say it was common for her to take solo trips without telling anyone the location. The only clue she gave was that she was going somewhere "pretty."

    “There is nothing to indicate that she has been a victim of any type of crime at this point. It just appears that she went missing voluntarily,” said SJPD Officer, Gina Tepoorten. “We have not recited any information to think she was a victim of any type of crime at this point.”

    Police still don’t have any leads even after checking her credit cards and cell phone records. Pajic drives a 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 with the licence plate number 7GYH248, according to police.


    Friends of Jelena Pajic took to social media on Thursday hoping to get the public to help in their search and have even started a GoFundMe campaign to help pay costs for a private investigator.

    San Jose police request anyone that sees her to contact the department's missing person unit at (408) 277-4786 or (408) 277-8990.



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    <![CDATA[Sentencing Postponed For Sierra LaMar's Killer]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:23:44 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Test_Clip_Sierra_Lamar.jpg

    The sentencing for the Antolin Garcia-Torres, the convicted killer of missing Morgan Hill girl Sierra LaMar, has been postponed as defense attorneys for Garcia-Torres have filed a motion to remove Judge Vanessa Zecher from the case, according to Santa Clara Superior Court spokesperson Benjamin Rada and a motion filed in court Thursday.

    According to the 170.3 motion filed Thursday by Al Lopez, Garcia-Torres' attorney from the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office, Zecher never disclosed that she represented Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Herman Leon, the county and other officers as deputy county counsel in a civil lawsuit in the past.

    The complaint said that the civil suit alleged Leon played a role in the death of Jeffrey Leonti, a mentally ill inmate, when he worked at the main jail as a guard. The date of the civil lawsuit - filed by the Leonti family - the date of Leonti's death and when Leon worked at the jail wasn't mentioned in the complaint.

    The complaint says the defense only became aware of Leon's and Zecher's previous client-counsel relationship on Wednesday when the defense counsel was reviewing the lawsuit filed by the Leonti family. Leon was the "lead investigator designated investigator for the people" for the Sierra LaMar murder investigation, according to the complaint.

    The motion says that Zecher never disclosed the representation of Leonti before the case, and had the disclosure been made, the defense would have requested that Zecher disqualify herself from the case. The motion says Zecher was "required to develop a duty of loyalty to him and his interest, including protecting him from allegations of misconduct in the killing of Jeffrey Leonti."

    Lopez says in the complaint that he has reviewed some of the facts in the Leonti lawsuit "but needs more time to review the entire file including the criminal grand jury transcripts which I do not yet possess."

    The sentencing was scheduled for Friday but pushed back after the 170.3 complaint was filed Thursday. Rada said a decision on the 170.3 complaint will be made during arguments all day Sept. 28 and in the morning of Sept. 29 in the morning.

    This isn't the only controversy surrounding Leon in the case. During the sentencing phase of the trial, Garcia-Torres' attorneys chose not to inform the jury that Leon was found to have given false testimony in a separate murder trial because of a possible future trial.

    In the other murder case, Judge Sharon Chatman granted a re-trial for 26-year-old David Pilipina and 29-year-old Eddie Rivera in May 2017 after they were convicted in 2016 of the stabbing murder of Kristina Harris-Perkins and the attempted murders of two others at a light rail station.

    In the 2009 murder trial that was tried in 2015, Leon testified that since he became a detective in 2007 to the date of the trial, 30-40 percent of stabbing defendants in cases investigated by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office had worn gloves.

    However, a 104-case review of other stabbing cases in the district attorney's office database showed that Pilipina's and Rivera's case was one of only two where the defendant wore gloves, according to Chatman's ruling.

    Prosecutors tried to argue that district attorney's records formed a limited sample since they didn't include unsolved cases that Leon maybe have worked on, but declined to supplement the report with other examples.

    Zecher allowed the defense in May 2017 to give evidence of impeachment of Leon in regards to the 2015 case, but they declined to call him to the stand.

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    <![CDATA[New Hack Can Access Phones and Computers Via Bluetooth]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:37:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Bluetooth-hand.jpg

    Silicon Valley security company, Armis, has discovered vulnerabilities that can allow hackers to access a user’s phone or computer through Bluetooth.

    Armis found a collection of eight exploits, all called BlueBorne that can allow a hacker to identify a device, connect via Bluetooth and control the screen and apps.

    “With the large number of desktop, mobile and IoT devices only increasing, it is critical we can ensure these types of vulnerabilities are not exploited,” said Armis in a press release Tuesday.

    Security experts are recommending all users to watch out for software patches and hardware updates to try and keep devices safe.

    “Lock things down that you’re not using. Don’t expose yourself to more risk for the things you are using,” said Vectra Networks CTO, Oliver Tavakoli. “Be diligent about updating.”

    Fortunately, patches to protect users from BlueBorne for Windows and Android devices are currently in the works for download. For any Apple users, upgrading to the latest software version will keep devices safe.



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    <![CDATA[Google Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Gender Pay]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:12:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/New+Image31.JPG

    Google faces a new lawsuit accusing it of gender-based pay discrimination. A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class action status for the claim.

    The suit, filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court, follows a federal labor investigation that made a preliminary finding of systemic pay discrimination among the 21,000 employees at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. The initial stages of the review found women earned less than men in nearly every job classification.

    Google disputes those findings and says its analysis shows no gender pay gap.

    The suit, led by lawyer James Finberg of Altshuler Berzon LLP, is on behalf of three women — Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelli Wisuri — who all quit after being put on career tracks that they claimed would pay them less than their male counterparts. The suit aims to represent thousands of Google employees in California and seeks lost wages and a slice of Google's profits.

    "I have come forward to correct a pervasive problem of gender bias at Google," Ellis said in a statement. She says she quit Google in 2014 after male engineers with similar experience were hired to higher-paying job levels and she was denied a promotion despite excellent performance reviews. "It is time to stop ignoring these issues in tech."

    Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano said the company will review the suit in detail, "but we disagree with the central allegations."

    "Job levels and promotions are determined through rigorous hiring and promotion committees, and must pass multiple levels of review, including checks to make sure there is no gender bias in these decisions," she said.

    Charges of gender discrimination have swirled at Alphabet Inc.-owned Google since the U.S. Labor Department sued in January to bar Google from doing business with the federal government until it released thousands of documents related to an audit over its pay practices. The sides have been battling in court over how much information Google must turn over.

    The lawsuit also follows the firing of male engineer James Damore, who wrote a memo circulated on internal message boards that blamed inherent differences between men and women for the underrepresentation of women in engineering roles.

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    <![CDATA[SJ Files Lawsuit in Response to Trump's DACA Decision]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:01:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sam+liccardo2.jpg

    San Jose officials on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration's decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to a statement issued by the office of Mayor Sam Liccardo.

    "This action has caused significant fear, uncertainty and impacts among approximately 800,000 Americans who were brought to this country as children and have known no other country than the U.S.," the statement said.

    Roughly 800,000 DACA recipients nationwide are asked to meet "stringent eligibility requirments," including education and a lack of criminal history.

    "The city of San Jose — and countless other jurisdictions in the state — currently employ hard-working DACA recipients to provide critical public services to our residents," the statement continued.

    To that end, the law firm, Cotchett, Pitre and McCarthy, is offering pro bono assistance to the San Jose City Attorney's office.

    San Jose is poised to "suffer tangible losses from the Trump administration's actions given the significant services, work product, and taxes that these employees currently contribute to their community," the statement said.

    San Jose officials including Liccardo, City Manager Norberto Duenas, Assistant City Attorney Nora Frimann and others are holding a news conference at 10 a.m. outside the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building and U. S. Courthouse.

    Check back for updates on this developing story.



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    <![CDATA[Alleged Prowler Fires Shots While Running From Campbell Cops]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:51:27 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-14-17-campbell-suspect-search2.jpg

    Campbell police have a suspect in custody after responding to a report late Wednesday night of a prowler, who shot in the officers' direction while attempting to flee, police said.

    At 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, police received a report of a prowler in the 700 block of Cypress Lane. The initial report indicated that there were explosions outside of a residence, police said.

    Officers responded and found a suspect in the side yard of a home near the sound wall to state Highway 17. The suspect ran and jumped a fence into the backyard of another home. That's when officers heard gunshots, police said.

    According to police, eight to 12 gunshots were fired over the next 10 to 15 minutes. Police established a perimeter and California Highway Patrol officers closed the southbound lanes of Highway 17 from Hamilton Avenue to San Tomas Expressway.

    CHP officers then saw the suspect face down on the ground near Los Gatos Creek. The suspect was eventually taken into custody, police said.

    No officers were shot and none of them opened fire, police said.

    Police had continued to search the area to make sure there were no other outstanding suspects and a shelter-in-place order was issued for residents in the area.

    At 3:20 a.m., CHP officials said that all of the southbound lanes on Highway 17 were open and a previously issued Sig-alert was canceled.

    The shelter-in-place order was lifted around 4:30 a.m. and police said they were no longer searching for other suspects. Police also said there was no other risk to the public.



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    <![CDATA[Low Inventory Ramps Up Housing Prices in Bay Area]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:18:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-79425812.jpg

    Sales indicate that the Bay Area housing market is continuing to tighten.

    News reports about homes selling for well over the asking price – like one in Sunnyvale that sold for $800,000 more than was needed – may seem like a dream come true, but the trend is making things difficult for both buyers and sellers.

    Realtor Lynsie Gridley told NBC Bay Area that only 36 homes are for sale across Campbell. Of Santa Clara County’s roughly 415,000 houses, which includes townhomes and condos, an estimated 900 are on the market. That marks a 43 percent decrease from last year.

    The shortage of single-family homes hits the Bay Area particularly hard sending more families out of the region.

    As things stand, only 737 single-family residences are up for grabs in Santa Clara County, 1,043 in Alameda County, 409 in San Mateo County and 35 in San Francisco.

    The lack of inventory is putting both buys and sellers in unenviable positions, Gridley explained. People looking to cash in on the hot housing market or downsize are staying put in their homes out of fear that they won’t find anything else to buy.

    She also doesn’t think the housing bubble will burst.

    “We don’t see that happening,” Gridley said. “All the economists are looking at the job market and all of our growth around here and though it seems unsustainable, we don’t foresee it coming down.”



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    <![CDATA[Sunnyvale Home Sells for $800K Over Aggressive Asking Price]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:24:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/svale+home-0913.jpg

    High housing costs are nothing new to the Bay Area, but one recent sale has even the locals scratching their heads.

    A home in Sunnyvale, near the new Apple "spaceship" campus, recently went for nearly $800,000 over the asking price of $1.7 million.

    True story.

    Listing agent Dave Clark said it's certainly a desirable location, and that's why he priced it aggressively.

    "The seller is thrilled to pieces," Clark said. "We knew we'd get offers. We expected five, maybe 10 offers, but we ended up with over 20 offers on it. So it worked out very well for him."

    Mini Kalkat of the Troyer Group, the agent for the buyers, specializes in the Sunnyvale market and said comparable homes were selling for around $2.1 million. But the home in question is larger and has a bigger lot. And it's near many of the tech campuses.

    "We did not overpay for it; we paid market value," Kalkat said. "These are smart, sophisticated buyers buying in a very cosmopolitan area that's now competing against London and Manhattan and all the places we never thought we'd compete against."

    Some neighbors see the surging prices and want to sell. Others are looking to double down on the neighborhood.

    "When our son graduates from high school, we're thinking of renting our house because we don't want to give up or sell the property," homeowner Rosemary Brooks said. "It's just too valuable."



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    <![CDATA[Dispute Over Sale of Mavericks Surf Contest Heads to Court]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:14:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/4_mavericks_surfing1.jpg

    One thing's for sure: You can't have more than one surfer on a wave.

    But, as NBC Bay Area has been reporting, there are a lot of potential riders vying to be the one atop the Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest.

    This Friday, the current, though disputed, contest organizer, Cartel Management of Los Angeles, will go to bankruptcy court to try to get the go-ahead to sell the contest rights to the World Surf League for $525,000.

    The sale comes as Cartel attempts to sell assets after seeking Chapter 11 protection during this past season, which basically killed the contest.

    The Mavericks contest is an international competition in which the world's top surfers are given 48 hours to show up at Pillar Point, near Half Moon Bay, once the waves are deemed worthy.

    But Cartel lost an $812,000 lawsuit to Segler Holdings of Texas in June 2015 over a botched promotion of a tanning product.

    Now, Segler has filed an objection to Cartel's sale to the WSL, essentially saying the deal won't cover Cartel's outstanding debt and is not in the "best interests" of the bankruptcy estate.

    Plus, Cartel's former partner, Titans of Mavericks, is also now trying to block the sale accusing Cartel of "deceiving" the Harbor District in issuing the 5-year contest permit only to Cartel.

    All the parties plan to show up in court.



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

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

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

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

    Here are areas hosting cleanups throughout the Bay Area:

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

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

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

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

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



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    <![CDATA[San Jose Inventors Unveil Graffiti Removing Drone]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:56:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/graffiti+drone-0913.jpg

    A pair of South Bay inventors Wednesday unveiled a drone they designed to cover up graffiti during a San Jose tech conference at the Hammer Theater.

    The device, invented by Candace Marbury and Christopher Farmer, is designed and equipped to spray paint hard to reach spots such as overpasses, which otherwise would require traffic disruptions to get painted.

    “We saw drones as a great solution. It flies. It’s untethered,” Marbury said. “They’re increasing in the amount of payload that they can hold as well as the ability to customize sensors for safety.”

    San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo attended the convention, and he, like Caltrans, is anxious for the inventors to develop a larger version with the capability to climb and crawl.

    “We spend millions of dollars with contractors for graffiti removal every year," said Liccardo. "And that doesn’t even count what it costs taxpayers through Caltrans to get that graffiti off overpasses and bridges.”

    Marbury and Farmer say it will be a few months before they become a full-fledged company. But they are glad to have created something that can help better their community.



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    <![CDATA[SJ School District Enrollment to Fall Amid High Living Costs]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:32:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Classroom-Generic1.jpg

    The South Bay’s largest school district is losing students.

    San Jose Unified School District officials on Wednesday will review a 200-page report on which neighborhoods are shrinking the fastest.

    In 2016, about 30,000 students belonged to the San Jose Unified School District. By 2023, the district expects that fewer than 27,000 students will enroll – which is a loss of 3,500 students or a 12 percent drop, the report says. 

    The report indicates that the ever-rising cost of living in San Jose and the shortage of single-family homes are to blame.

    While the heart of Silicon Valley is experiencing a construction boom, most of the new residential developments feature apartments and condos, best suited for smaller families or people without children, according to the report.


    Empire Gardens in north San Jose is the part of the district projected to dwindle the most over the next seven years.

    Funding is tied to enrollment, so the district is now trying to figure out what this will mean for neighborhood schools.

    It’s early in the process so a district spokesman said nothing – and everything – is on the table.

    The most drastic option would be closing schools, followed by reworking boundaries. Teachers could also be laid off because fewer students translate to fewer classes.

    The committee that will come up with an action plan will get its first look at the report Wednesday night.



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    <![CDATA[Mother Accuses Teacher of Hitting Her Son at San Jose School]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:54:23 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj+school+abuse-0912.jpg

    A mother's complaint that her 4-year-old son was struck by his teacher has prompted an investigation at a South Bay school.

    The Franklin-McKinley School District in San Jose is conducting an investigation into a woman's claim that her son told her a teacher hit him in his special needs preschool class at Stonegate Elementary School.

    The mother, Ninoshka Uribe, said she has pulled both of her children out of the school.

    "I want the best for him; I don't want him to be getting hit," Uribe said.

    Uribe said her son was nervous to go to school this year. He has autism and was placed in the special needs class at Stonegate. When she picked him up last Friday, Uribe noticed his face was red and swollen.

    "I go, 'Baby what happened to you?' He says 'Mommy, teacher hit, teacher hit. No school, no school,'" Uribe said.

    She complained to the school principal and the district and filed a police report.

    "I just want my son to get his education," Uribe said. "I didn't send him to school to get hit by the teacher. Now he's scared to go to school."

    The district said it is investigating the allegations.

    "Our number one priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students," district spokesperson Yelitza Pena said. "Gather information, gather facts, so that we're able to take necessary action to support our students."

    It's unclear if the teacher is still working at the school or what action the teacher could face if Uribe's claims prove true.

    Uribe worries her son will never want to go back to a classroom.

    "It's inhumane to hit any child, you know? Especially a special needs child," she said. "I don't think it's OK."

    Uribe also said Tuesday that she is planning to home school her two children at least until the district finishes its investigation.



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    <![CDATA[SJ Working to Improve Process to Report Illegal Fireworks]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:04:33 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fireworks+Generic+County+of+San+Diego.JPG

    The San Jose City Council on Tuesday asked city staff to provide in November a detailed ordinance that will improve the process of reporting illegal fireworks.

    The move comes after complaints from residents the current enforcement and citation process is not fair.

    One of the things that will be addressed is the online reporting system and making sure that people do not submit vague reports, but are specific, give addresses and clear photos.

    "We are going to look at changes to our online reporting to try to get better evidence and will work with the city attorney to make sure we get good evidence to continue to do good online reporting," San Jose Fire Chief Curtis Jacobson said.

    Jacobson said while the new fines and enfrocement effort need some improvements, it was a step up in the right direction. During the week of the Fourth of July, the city received more than 4,000 pounds of ilegal fireworks were seized.

    Jacobson said it is possible the new plan will also require violators to pay for response costs if their illegal fireworks cause a fire.

    Council members will review a detailed plan on Nov. 28.



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    <![CDATA[Bay Area Schools Rank High on U.S. News College Rankings ]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:46:39 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/167*120/stanfordUniversity-1234.jpg

    Universities all over the Bay Area have been ranked in the highly coveted top ten lists of the 2018 edition of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings.

    UC Berkeley ranked No. 1 in the Top Public Schools in the nation category and Stanford University ranked fifth in the National Universities category.

    In the top ten Regional Universities of the West category, Santa Clara University came out at No. 2, Mills College and St Mary’s College of California tied at No. 9.

    Finally, San Jose State University ranked sixth in the Top Public Schools in the West Region category. Last year, SJSU was ranked eighth.

    Every year, U.S. News ranks colleges across the country in distinct lists to help students narrow down their college search. The lists are composed from data reports that most colleges send to U.S. News.

    Each ranking focuses on academic quality like graduation, first year retention rates, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, admissions selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance.

    Check out the complete lists online




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    <![CDATA[Fire Spotters Dodge Lightning at Tower Near Mt. Hamilton]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:08:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fire+spotters-0912.jpg

    With more than 1,000 lightning strikes across the Bay Area on Monday, fires were inevitable, and a group of volunteer fire spotters in the South Bay were kept busy.

    On Tuesday, they were ready for more.

    The group works at the highest point above Santa Clara County, Copernicus Peak, where the only fire lookout tower in the area stands.

    Cal Fire volunteers Jerry Borden and Mason Weirshauser work at the tower, trying to spot potential fires, and they said Monday was out of control.

    They make their rounds every 15 minutes, scanning the Santa Clara Valley to the west and the San Antonio Valley to the east of Mount Hamilton.

    "We can see Yosemite, Mount Tam when it's clear and Monterey to the south," Borden said.

    Visibility was low Tuesday, but on Monday, the pair saw a light show from Copernicus, as more than 1,000 strikes were seen. The lightning sparked at least seven brush fires.

    It also came dangerously close to the lookout tower.

    "They had to evacuate the tower actually twice to the safety of their vehicles at the bottom of the mountain, only to come back up again once the cell passed through," Weirshauser said.

    The tower is staffed by volunteers on high fire danger days. It was open all last week during the heat wave.

    On Tuesday, the concern was more lightning.

    "The forecast is for multiple thunder cells through the area again this afternoon, and we are going to be very alert looking for those," Weirshauser said.



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    <![CDATA[Man Taken Into Custody Following Standoff at Milpitas KFC]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 23:45:03 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/milpitas+kfc+2-0911.jpg

    A man was taken into custody following a lengthy standoff with police inside a Milpitas KFC late Monday and early Tuesday, according to police.

    Roughly seven hours after the chaotic incident began, a SWAT team eventually made its way into the restaurant just before 2 a.m. and found the man hiding in the bathroom, according to police. He was taken into custody after resisting officers.

    The man was placed on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance. He is expected to be booked into jail on multiple charges once he is medically cleared, according to police.

    The incident originally started around 6:53 p.m. when police received a call regarding a man who had locked himself in a restaurant bathroom and proceeded to bang on the walls and scream, police said.

    An officer on scene heard what could have been gunshots, prompting the evacuation of the restaurant, according to police. 

    Negotiators tried to coax the man from the bathroom for the next several hours, but they were not successful, police said.  



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    <![CDATA[Female Inmate at Milpitas Jail Dies After Being Hospitalized]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:29:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/elmwood.jpg

    A female inmate at Santa Clara County's Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas died Sunday afternoon at a San Jose hospital, sheriff's officials said Monday.

    On Friday evening the 40-year-old woman complained to another inmate that she had a headache and felt as if she was going to pass out.

    Custody staff members were told and after an assessment by the jail's medical staff, the inmate was taken by ambulance to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. While at the hospital on Sunday, the inmate was pronounced dead at 3:02 p.m.

    Sheriff's officials said the inmate had no signs of physical trauma. The inmate, whose name will not be released until her family has been notified, had been in jail since Nov. 22, 2016.

    Sheriff's officials said they are following standard protocol for an in-custody inmate death, which includes but is not limited to deploying sheriff's detectives, notifying the district attorney's office and notifying the county's medical examiner.



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    <![CDATA[Lightning, Thunderstorms Strike Across the Bay Area]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:42:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0911-2017-Lightning.jpg

    Lightning and thunderstorms hit across the Bay Area on Monday afternoon and into the evening, giving residents a late-summer weather spectacle rarely seen in the region.

    Forecasters observed at least 1,000 lightning strikes in the Bay Area, with isolated thunderstorms soaking parts of the region amid 90-degree heat.

    NBC Bay Area Chief Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri said areas in the East Bay, South Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains saw a good amount of rain as well as lightning and some hail.


    Gusty winds also were reported, especially in coastal areas, where a small-craft advisory was in effect.

    Isolated thunderstorms started in the afternoon then a second phase developed in the Central Valley and headed toward the Bay Area Monday evening, forecasters said. 

    The weather service warned of 30 mph wind gusts and dime-size hail expected in parts of Alameda and Santa Clara counties. Officials said frequent cloud-to-ground lightning was occurring and advised people to seek shelter inside.


    More than 8,700 customers across the region were without power late Monday, according to PG&E. More than half the outages, about 4,400, were in the East Bay, and nearly 3,000 more were on the Peninsula, PG&E said. There were also 609 in the South Bay, 554 in San Francisco and 200 in the North Bay without power.

    The lightning also caused at least 16 flights destined for San Francisco to be diverted to Mineta San Jose International Airport, according to an airport spokesperson.

    One passenger said his plane sat on the San Jose tarmac for about 30 minutes before heading back north to SFO.



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    <![CDATA[Lockdowns Lifted at Two San Jose Schools]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:47:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-11-17-fammtre-school-lockdown.jpg

    Reports of an armed person inside a San Jose elementary school bathroom prompted temporary lockdowns at two schools Monday, according to police, but no stranger or weapon was ever found. 

    Fammatre Elementary School, which is located at 2800 New Jersey Ave. and nearby Ida Price Charter Middle School were on lockdown while police combed the area, according to officials.

    Three students originally reported that an armed adult was in a bathroom on the Fammatre campus, prompting school officials to call police, according to the school district.

    Officers thoroughly searched both campuses, but they did not find anything, police said.

    Further information was not available.



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

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    <![CDATA[Wind Storm Topples Trees, Power Lines Across the South Bay]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:38:44 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/UGCWindStorm1_1.jpg

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    <![CDATA[South Bay Wind Storm Knocks Out Power for Thousands]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:44:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WindStorm1_1.jpg

    An estimated 12,000 people in the South Bay lost power early Monday after a wind storm lashed the area, according to PG&E.

    Strong winds knocked down trees, toppled power lines and covered streets with leaves and large chunks of timber.

    Strong gusts soaring to roughly 40 mph likely came as a result of thunderstorm activity near Monterey. The turbulent weather could bring the threat of showers to the South Bay later Monday.

    Gusts checking in at 41 mph were recorded at the San Jose International Airport and in certain Campbell locations, according to the National Weather Service. Spots in Santa Cruz registered gusts anywhere from 35 to 39 mph. One area in Saratoga recorded a 36-mph gust.

    The peak number of outages was reported just before 4 a.m., according to PG&E, before gradually lowering over the course of the next several hours.

    By 4:50 a.m., approximately 7,000 customers across San Jose, Campbell, Los Gatos and Saratoga were still in the dark, according to PG&E. By the 5:30 a.m. hour, the outage number had lowered to roughly 4,500 customers. An estimated 2,500 customers were still without power by 6:30 a.m. About two and a half hours later, just under 2,000 customers still had no access to power.

    High wind in Saratoga triggered a large tree branch to fall and crash on top of a power line near Glen Una Drive and Peach Hill Road.

    Footage from the scene captured the piece of timber dangling on top of the power line over a parked minivan. No injuries were reported.




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    <![CDATA[Record Heat Hit California Wine Regions Around Harvest Time]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:13:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WineGrapesGeneric.jpg

    The record head that baked Northern California over the Labor Day weekend left wine grapes shriveling on the vines, reducing many of them to raisins before the normal harvest and turning what was looking to be a promising vintage into a year that looks more uncertain.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports three straight days of triple-digit temperatures dehydrated the wine grapes, sometimes causing some vines' entire metabolic process to shut down.

    Although September heat waves are not uncommon for California wine regions, it was nearly unprecedented to have one this early and close to the point of ripeness for certain wine grape varieties.

    Winemakers said they'll have to put grapes that taste overripe into a lower quality, less expensive wine blend.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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    <![CDATA[Santa Cruz Residents Asked to Reduce Plastic Use]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2017 10:41:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/santacruzboardwalkgetty.jpg

    Santa Cruz county residents are asked to reduce their use of plastics to protect the environment as the demand for recycled materials declines worldwide, county officials said Friday.

    Declining oil prices have reduced the demand for recycled plastics because the cost of making new plastics is now cheaper.

    As a result, county officials said they are suspending the collection of used plastics at the Buena Vista Landfill and Ben Lomond Transfer Station.

    GreenWaste Recovery is still collecting plastics from residents in unincorporated areas to hold for when the market improves, but county officials are asking rural residents to cut back too.

    Residents can cut back by, among other things, shopping at farmer's markets, skipping the plastic bag when buying produce at the store, bringing containers from home and buying in bulk and drinking tap water.

    More information can be found at www.santacruzcountyrecycles.org.



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    <![CDATA[San Jose Man Arrested in Fatal Stabbing, Attempted Stabbing]]>Sat, 09 Sep 2017 17:56:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AlanGaeta.jpg

    A San Jose man was arrested Friday on suspicion of stabbing one man to death and trying to kill another in his hometown, police said Saturday.

    Alan Gaeta, 40, was arrested after police responded at 6:47 p.m. to a report of a disturbance in the 4200 block of Senter Road.

    Later someone called police to allege that the disturbance was a stabbing.

    Police said that officers who went to the scene found a man suffering from at least one stab wound and that the suspect had left the area.

    The victim was taken to a hospital where he died.

    Police said that while officers were investigating the alleged stabbing they found similarities between it and an alleged attempted stabbing at Hellyer Avenue and Palisade Drive about five minutes earlier.

    In the second alleged offense, the victim escaped unhurt.

    Police said they broadcast to other law enforcement agencies the description of the stabbing suspect's vehicle and a Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy spotted the vehicle on Bentoak Lane in San Jose.

    Deputies stopped the vehicle and detained Gaeta until police arrived and arrested him without any trouble. Gaeta was taken to the county jail.

    The name of the victim who died won't be released until the medical examiner identifies him and his family is told.

    Anyone with information about the alleged offenses is asked to get in touch with Detective Sgt. Mike Montonye or Detective Jason Tanner at (408) 277-5283.

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

    People providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.



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    <![CDATA[Players Booted From Gilroy Football Team for Rules Violation]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 19:29:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GavilanFootballHouse.jpg

    More than one dozen football players have been booted from a South Bay college for a rules violation, but some say the dismissals could have been racially motivated.

    A total of 17 players — all but one being African American — from Gavilan College in Gilroy were kicked off the team for allegedly accepting one month of free housing.

    The players were living in a three bedroom house in Hollister under the agreement that they would purchase their beds and other supplies in lieu of paying rent for the month of August. The men were going to start paying rent in Septemeber, but before that date, the college dismissed them from the team, arguing that the living arrangement violated state athletics association rules.

    Terence Cherry, who has dismissed from the program and has since returned home to Baltimore, believes that race played a role in the dismissals.

    "It's something in the mix, but we just going to have to dig and figure it out," he said. "They say what's done in the dark comes to the light, and I'm a firm believer in it."

    Jan Bernstein Chargin, a spokesperson for Gavilan, vehemently counters those claims.

    "Race was not a factor," she said. "The only factor was the CCCAA regulations. They apply to every college, and we are no exception. We have to follow the rules."

    The owner of the home, who did not want to be identified, did not agree with the spokesperson's view. The homeowner said the players did not receive free accommodations, purchased their own bunk beds and also did not receive any free food.

    The investigation into the matter has concluded, according to the school. The athletes were offered a chance to stay at the college as students, but they all declined. They have since returned to their respective hometowns on plane tickets paid for by the college.



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    <![CDATA[Bay Area Leaders Rappel Down Building to Fight Homelessness]]>Sat, 09 Sep 2017 21:00:56 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rappellingbayarea.jpg

    The Bay Area's push to end homelessness reached new heights on Saturday.

    A slew of mayors and tech executives rappelled down the 236-foot Adobe headquarters in San Jose.

    Downtown Streets Team, a nonprofit that uses an employment-driven approach to combat the epidemic of homelessness, organized the daylong fundraiser titled “Downtown Drop Down: Go Over the Edge to End Homelessness,” according to a statement.

    The goal?

    To educate people about homelessness plaguing the Bay Area and other parts of the state, and collect $275,000 to support those who don’t have the means to keep a roof over their heads.

    "Downtown Streets Team has a very inspiring model," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said. "We're actually having former members who have been working cleaning out cities getting hired now by Groundwerx, Caltrans and other employers, and they're finding their path to self-sufficiency through work. It's wonderful to see."

    The primary push is to help homeless people in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Hayward, San Rafael and Novato, the statement said.

    More than 90 people, including Assemblyman Ash Kalra, Liccardo, Sunnyvale Mayor Glenn Hendricks, Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff, Councilman Raul Peralez, Supervisor Cindy Chavez, and Adobe Executive Vice President Mike Dillon, rappelled down 16 floors of the 345 Park Avenue building. Executives from Google and Nextdoor were also on hand. 

    Live music and dance performances and food trucks were part of the lineup.



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    <![CDATA[Former SJ Residents Ride Out Hurricane Irma in Florida]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2017 22:56:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/florida-couple-hurricane-irma.jpg

    Despite urgent warnings issued by the governor of Florida for residents to evacuate, many people have chosen to stay in their homes and ride out Hurricane Irma.

    The storm is spiraling with winds at 125 mph, but some residents like former San Jose residents Jim and Linda Miller, who are now living in Cape Coral, Florida near Fort Meyers, believe they will be OK.

    Most of the people in Cape Coral have already evacuated due to forecasts of the city getting hit hard by Irma.

    “When we were deciding to leave or not, we thought well there is no gas and lots of traffic and we have pets and that’s a mess too,” said Jim Miller of the evacuation.

    On Sunday, they were still fine but had lost power.

    "We have confidence in the house, confidence in each other, and we're going to be all right," Jim said.

    To prepare for the wrath of Hurricane Irma, the couple covered all windows with aluminum siding and bought extra food and water. 

    The couple’s home has held up in three hurricanes, including Hurricane Charlie.

    Jim says that during Hurricane Charlie, he, his wife and their cats hunkered down in a bathtub with a bottle of wine and a mattress over them. This time around the couple is prepared to do the same.

    “We’re just going to cross our fingers and pray that everything is OK,” said Jim.



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    <![CDATA[Apple Embarks on Emmy Quest With Big Bet on Video Streaming ]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 13:52:21 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/appleemmy.jpg

    Television is one of the few screens that has Apple hasn't conquered, but that may soon change. The world's richest company appears ready to aim for its own Emmy-worthy programming along the lines of HBO's "Game of Thrones" and Netflix's "Stranger Things."

    Apple lured away two longtime TV executives Jaime Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg from Sony Corp. in June and has given them $1 billion to spend on original shows during the next year, according to a Wall Street Journal report quoting unnamed people.

    The programming would only be available on a subscription channel, most likely bundled with the company's existing Apple Music streaming service. Apple declined to comment.

    While $1 billion is a lot of money, it's a drop in the bucket for Apple and its $262 billion cash hoard. But it's still enough to vault Apple into the top tier of tech-industry outsiders producing their own slates of television shows.

    HISTORY NOT REPEATING

    Hollywood has long shuddered at the thought of Apple training its sights on TV the way it once did on the music business.

    Almost 15 years ago, Apple's then-CEO Steve Jobs convinced record labels to let the company sell digital music on its iTunes store for 99 cents a single, a deal the music industry was happy to take in the face of growing music piracy enabled by Napster. Over time, though, Apple's dominance in digital music chafed music executives, who saw the company siphoning off a chunk of their profits.

    Movies and television have proven much harder for Apple to crack. The company's interest in transforming television has been an open secret for years, but Hollywood has so far spurned Apple's efforts to make itself an indispensable digital middleman for video.

    In a way, Netflix beat Apple to the punch with its ground-breaking video streaming service. Launched in 2007, that service pioneered "binge watching" of entire TV seasons on any device with an internet connection. That gave new life to existing shows such as "Breaking Bad," whose creator credits Netflix with its survival , and spawned the creation of other series tailor-made for bingeing.

    Netflix also helped unleash a crescendo of creativity in Hollywood. Follow-on rivals Amazon and Hulu also boast popular video streaming services, and mainstream broadcasters such as CBS and Walt Disney Co. — the owner of ABC and ESPN, among other networks — are also jumping in.

    BUSINESS NECESSITY

    All of that has increased the pressure on Apple to step up its game in TV — not least because the increasing popularity of streaming is hurting its business of renting and selling video from iTunes.

    Apple "doesn't want to be left behind," said Debby Ruth, senior vice president of consumer research firm Magid. "This is a way for them to put a stake in the ground."

    This year, the company released its first two original series — "Planet of the Apps" and "Carpool Karaoke" — on its Apple Music service, which has 27 million subscribers. But neither show has generated much buzz or critical acclaim.

    The recent hiring of Erlicht and Van Amburg signaled Apple's intent to make bigger splash. The executives have helped orchestrate several TV hits, including AMC's "Breaking Bad," and more recently branched out into video streaming with "The Crown," which landed on Netflix last year and is up for 13 Emmy nominations in the Sept. 17 ceremony.

    Apple also has a not-so-secret weapon: hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads already in the hands of faithful fans. It could easily transform those into a marketing platform to lure users to its TV service.

    MAKING IT IN HOLLYWOOD

    But the company has a steep hill to climb.

    Netflix has more than 100 million worldwide subscribers and a video library that will add 1,000 hours of original programming this year alone. And HBO has become the Emmys' pacesetter since branching into original programming 20 years ago.

    Both companies vastly outspend Apple's reported $1 billion production budget. HBO spends about $2 billion annually on its programming, which garnered 111 nominations in this year's Emmy Awards — more than any other network. Netflix, which boasts the second most Emmy nominations with 91, expects to spend $6 billion on programming this year.

    Apple is still experimenting in TV, said Gene Munster, a longtime Apple watcher and managing partner with the research and venture capital firm Loup Ventures. "In five years, I bet Apple will either be investing $10 billion a year in content or zero," said Munster. "It's going to be one or the other."

    JOBS' LEGACY

    Jobs discussed his ambitions to shake up TV with his biographer Walter Issacson shortly before his death in 2011. "He very much wanted to do for television sets what he had done for computers, music players, and phones: make them simple and elegant," Isaacson wrote.

    But no Apple television ever materialized. Instead, Apple has periodically upgraded its Apple TV, which isn't a television — just a video streaming player that connects to TVs. That device has been losing market share to other streaming players made by Roku, Amazon and Google, according to the research firm Park Associates.

    Building a successful programming line-up could give Apple more leverage to license shows from other Hollywood production houses. It might even embolden the company to finally release its own streaming TV set.

    Apple will presumably also want to emulate Netflix's ability to exploit usage data to determine what it thinks audiences want to watch. Netflix's data analysis has helped it attract 25.5 million more subscribers in the U.S. alone since the February 2013 debut of its first original series, "House of Cards."

    But if Apple decides it needs a little more help in video streaming, Munster thinks there's in one-in-three chance that it will buy Netflix to instantly gain the cachet and expertise in TV programming that it craves.



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    <![CDATA[Gilroy Brush Fire Caused by Fireworks; Arrests Made: Police]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:09:03 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gilroy+fire2-0903.jpg

    The cause of the Bally Fire in Gilroy has been determined to be from the use of illegal fireworks, and four teen boys were deemed responsible, according to the Gilroy Police Department.

    The boys are 14-15 years old, police said. They were issued a Juvenile Contact Report and released into the custody of their parents.

    The case has been sent to the Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation Department for review and prosecution, police said.

    Witnesses had said they saw a group of boys playing with fireworks before the fire started Sunday.

    Despite the arrests, the investigation is still open, police said. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Arson Investigator Mitch Madruga at (408) 846-0350.

    The Bally Fire was at 100 percent containment as of Thursday, fire officials said. It had burned 100 acres near Ballybunion Court in Gilroy.




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

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

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

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




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    <![CDATA['Shark Tank' Now Has a Shark Tank Inside]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:01:01 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shark+tank-0907.jpg

    There is now a shark tank inside the "Shark Tank."

    The San Jose Sharks on Thursday unveiled a 2,000-gallon saltwater shark tank at SAP Center while also announcing the opening of the arena's new, exclusive BMW Lounge.

    The tank was designed and installed by Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, the aquarium and exhibit design company featured on Animal Planet's hit television show "Tanked."

    The Shark Tank's new shark tank will be featured in an episode of the show later this year, the team said.



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    <![CDATA[TSA Workers From Oakland, San Jose En Route to Florida]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 23:19:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/TSA+generic-0907.jpg

    Transportation Security Administration workers from Oakland International Airport and Mineta San Jose International Airport are being pre-positioned at airports in the Southeast to assist in reopening Florida airports after Hurricane Irma goes through the area.

    The federal agency is expecting hundreds of employees in Florida to be busy dealing with the storm's aftermath when airports in the region resume operations.

    That's why they're sending Transportation Security Support Teams, or small groups deployed for the purpose of providing additional support.

    There are roughly 250 TSA workers standing by.

    In addition to Oakland and San Jose, other teams are deploying from airports in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, Detroit, Seattle and Salt Lake City.

    TSA is still dealing with the aftereffects of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Roughly 5,000 TSA workers live in the Texas area, and more then 200 saw their homes damaged or destroyed as a result of last week's hurricane, according to the agency.

    About 700 workers have deployed to the Houston area to assist in the recovery effort. Those personnel came from San Antonio, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Roughly 500 of them are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.



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    <![CDATA[Charities Offer Permit Renewal Clinic For DACA Recipients]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 23:48:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/daca-demandas-futuro-15.jpg

    A collaborative of Catholic charities, a grassroots organization and other multi-faith community leaders are coming together to provide Deferred Action of Childhood Arrival recipients an opportunity to renew their work permits before the program's proposed termination by the Trump Administration in six months.

    The collaborative is offering DACA recipients, also known as "dreamers" a "DACA Renewal and Know Your Rights Clinic" on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Most Holy Trinity Church in San Jose from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clinic, also being offered by People Acting in the Community Together, is also intended to give dreamers knowledge of their rights as the program is eliminated.

    The plans come days after the Trump Administration announced intentions to eliminate the DACA program created via an executive order by President Barack Obama in 2012. The program covers 800,000 young adults who arrived in the United States as children. California has 223,000 "dreamers", 23,000 of which live in Santa Clara County.

    The program will under-go a six-month "wind down" before it is officially eliminated but recipients whose work permits expire between Sept. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 have less than a month to apply for a new two-year work permit. Dreamers with work permits that expire past March 5, 2018 will not be able to renew their permits before the deadline.

    Father Jon Pedigo, the director of advocacy and community engagement for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara, said the coordination of the event came together rather quickly after the announcement.

    "We had three and half days to put this together," he said. "It was a quick response."

    He said the immigration legal services division of the Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County - which comprises two lawyers and several other Department of Justice-accredited representatives, is putting a heavy focus on helping DACA recipients.

    "They are pivoting a lot of their resources to the catholic charities in response to this crisis," Pedigo said.

    "People need to know what their resources are."

    Most Holy Trinity Church is located at 2040 Nassau Drive in San Jose.



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    <![CDATA[Lyft Takes on Uber, Plans to Test Driverless Cars]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 23:30:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/uber-lyft-0605.jpg

    Ride sharing took another step towards going autonomous, as Lyft announced its plans to test driverless cars in the Bay Area.

    For now, the company is not giving out much in the way of specifics, saying that it will test its cars soon and in several local cities.

    Lyft’s rival Uber got into trouble late last year when it started to test driverless cars in San Francisco. Uber did not apply for the required DMV permits, and the autonomous testing was shortly shut down.

    Lyft admits it doesn’t have the permit yet either, but it may have an ace in the hole: Drive.ai, its partner in the endeavor.

    Drive.ai, a Mountain View company makes technology like sensors and software for driverless cars, has the necessary permits. If the cars are technically theirs, Lyft should be in the clear.

    We’ll update the story when we learn more about where and when the Bay Area autonomous testing will take place.

    Scott is on Twitter: @scottbudman



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    <![CDATA[Mountain View Schools Anticipate Spike in Student Population]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 07:10:51 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-82913466.jpg

    A Mountain View school district is bracing for an influx of students as new housing units are planned citywide.

    A report for the Mountain View-Whisman school district indicates that three new neighborhoods — Joaquin, Shorebird Way and Pear — could add 9,800 homes to the north Bayshore area. School board officials anticipate that the new construction could send more than 2,300 new students their way, according to the Daily News.

    Currently, the district's population stands at 5,132 students, from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade, across 10 campuses.

    These estimates don't include NASA's plan to build 1,900 residences on Moffett Field and the potential of new students streaming in from those homes.

    Ayindé Rudolph, superintendent of the Mountain View Whisman School District, told the Daily News that while the spike in student population presents a challenge, it can also be viewed as an opportunity. 

    The impact of the north Bayshore development is not on the agenda for Thursday's school board meeting, but it could come up in public comment. 



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    <![CDATA[Deal to Sell Mavericks Surf Contest at a Stalemate]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 07:18:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/4_mavericks_surfing.jpg

    The wave of optimism that the Mavericks big wave surf contest would resurface seems to have crashed again.

    The world famous surf contest held at Pillar Point, near Half Moon Bay, had been in limbo after the current organizer, Cartel Management, filed for bankruptcy protection.

    Hopes were raised in August, when Cartel asked the bankruptcy court to approve a $525,000 sale to the World Surf League, which runs other major surfing competitions.

    But some of Cartel's past legal battles have come back to threaten the deal.

    According to court papers filed Wednesday, Segler Holdings LLC, a Texas company, objected to the sale, saying it is not in the best interest of the bankruptcy estate.

    As NBC Bay Area reported, Segler sued Cartel and its client model-actress Marisa Miller for breach of contract in June 2015 after a failed promotion of a sunless tanning line.

    After a jury trial, the court awarded Segler $700,000 plus interest, which Segler said totaled nearly $812,000.

    Segler approved delays to allow cartel to hold an auction in May 2016 to sell the contest permit and other assets. But Cartel canceled the auction at the last minute.

    Court papers indicate Cartel canceled the aucition because another group seeking money and ownership, Mavericks Invitational Inc., had interfered with the sales efforts by filing what Cartel called, a "frivolous" claim for $2.145 million.

    Segler wants to stop the WSL deal because it says the $525,000 is less than 20 percent of the total money owed and barely half of the court-approved minimum auction bid of $1 million.

    The new legal twist will not only complicate ownership of the contest but also will resurrect a hotly disputed issue when the harbor district issued a 5-year permit to Cartel instead of a standard one-year deal, which some board members, including Commissioner Sabrina Brennan, said caused the legal turmoil.



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    <![CDATA[Mayors Request Donations for Hurricane Harvey Victims]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:36:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mayors-ask-for-donations.jpg

    Mayors from California's biggest cities, including San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, are asking residents across the state to consider donating funds to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

    On Wednesday morning, Mayors Sam Liccardo of San Jose, Ed Lee of San Francisco, Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Kevin Faulconer of San Diego, Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento and Robert Garcia of Long Beach, issued an appeal to the residents of their cities.

    In a statement Wednesday, the mayors said, "Today, we have launched a new relief fund - Californians Helping Texans - Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund - that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods."

    Donations can be made online at www.CA4TX.org and will be processed, without any fees, by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Funds will be directed to local relief efforts in Texas in collaboration with the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

    "We stand in solidarity with the people of Texas and encourage all Californians to support the relief effort in any way they can," the mayors said in a statement.



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    <![CDATA[Popular Radio Astrologist One of 5 Killed in Fresno Crash]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:06:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/deepak+kumar.jpg

    One of five men who died in a grisly crash near Fresno on Tuesday was a prominent radio personality in the South Bay, NBC Bay Area learned Wednesday.

    According to Desi 1170 AM, Deepak Kumar, a radio astrologist with two weekly programs at the station, was one of five men killed when the Mercedes SUV they were in ran a stop sign and collided with a big rig near Fresno.

    Kumar was known as Master Deepak, and he hosted a popular radio astrology show on Mondays and Thursdays on KLOK. On Wednesday, the station confirmed through family members Kumar's death.

    Gwen Do, the station's chief operating officer, paid tribute to Kumar over the air, allowing listeners air time to talk about their favorite radio personality.

    "His energy was so vivid and vibrant," Do said. "Even the hosts that knew him for so long, we were at a loss for words. We didn't know how to express our feelings because it was so shocking. He was so soft-spoken but so vibrant. He makes you laugh."

    Two other victims of the crash have been identified by the coroner’s office. They were 66-year-old Vinod Dhammy and 64-year-old Kuldeep Kumar, both of Union City.

    The driver of the big rig remained in critical condition late Wednesday.



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    <![CDATA['Great Sadness': Beloved Santa Clara County K-9 Dies ]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:49:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Rosie-k9-Dog.jpg

    A beloved K-9 dog, who helped in arson investigations across the South Bay, has died, officials say.

    With “great sadness,” the Santa Clara County Fire Investigation Task Force on Thursday posted the news about 16-year-old Rosie to Facebook.

    Rosie was described as a “great dog,” who worked with Chief Dennis Johnsen’s “crime partner for many years” before retiring.

    “Our thoughts and prayers are w/ the Johnsen family during this difficult time,” officials wrote.




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    <![CDATA[Man Killed After Shooting in San Jose, Suspect at Large: PD]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 06:38:40 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-6-17-sj-homicide.jpg

    A man was killed Tuesday night after being shot in East San Jose, police said, and the suspect fled the scene.

    The shooting happened around 9 p.m. along the 1900 block of Story Road, according to police.

    A source told NBC Bay Area that the shooting was a drive-by and is considered gang related.

    The victim was taken to a hospital, but he was later pronounced dead, police said.

    An unknown suspect fled the area, according to police.

    Further information was not available.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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    <![CDATA['Heartbroken' and 'Scared' DACA Recipients Condemn Decision]]>Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:50:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJSU+DACA+RALLY+-+120803031.jpg

    Immigrants whose lives hang in the balance joined San Jose leaders at a rally Tuesday to decry the Trump administration's decision to nix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

    “History will not forgive Donald Trump for abandoning our 'DREAMers,'" Mayor Sam Liccardo said, a few hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA is "being rescinded."

    DACA has granted approximately 800,000 young undocumented immigrants two-year, renewable work permits, giving them the opportunity to legally work in the United States. California is the state with the highest number of DACA recipients, according to the Pew Research Center.

    The government will stop processing new DACA applications, but the Trump administration is giving Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before permits are no longer renewed for those who are already living and working in the U.S.

    Hundreds of DACA recipients, with tears streaming down their faces, criticized the president's move outside the Martin Luther King Library in San Jose.

    "Removing DACA is going to limit me," said Flor Martinez. "It's going to limit what my future looks like ... what America's future looks like."

    Born in Mexico, Martinez was 3 years old when she came to the U.S. She became a beneficiary of the Obama-era program upon turning 18.

    "I have felt fearless ever since," she said. "It has removed any limits. It has allowed me to reach my highest potential."

    Ari Morales agreed.

    DACA has had an "incredible" impact on his life, she said, adding, "I went from not being able to support my family or even put food on the table" to being self-sufficient.

    When the mother-of-two heard about Trump's decision to end the program, Morales said, "I was heartbroken." 

    "I'm scared that my life might change in ways that I can't afford to have it change. I'm scared that I won't be able to provide again. I'm scared that I just won't have the quality of life that I have now," Morales said.

    She also said that DACA led her out of the shadows and allowed her to give back to the community. 

    "I feel valuable," said the San Jose woman, "like the country recognizes me."

    Despite the distressing news, Morales said she plans to continue to push for comprehensive immigration reform. 

    Why?

    "This is my home. I know no other," she replied.

    In a show of solidarity, DACA recipients linked arms Tuesday, fearful about the future, but fearless about defending the program they say changed their lives.

    For their part, Liccardo, Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese and religious leaders vowed to do what they can to keep DACA in place, including a possible legal challenge.

    "We've got your back," Liccardo said.

    NBC Bay Area's Brendan Weber contributed to this report.



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    <![CDATA[Fight Against Gilroy Brush Blaze Continues]]>Tue, 05 Sep 2017 06:36:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-4-17_Gilroy_Blaze_1.jpg

    Fire crews on Tuesday continued to fight a Gilroy brush fire that is expected to be fully contained by Friday.

    The blaze was first reported just before 8 p.m. Sunday at 1980 Ballybunion Court and spread to at least 100 acres as of Tuesday morning, according to officials. Firefighters have reached 35 percent containment.

     

    The fire was climbing the hills near the Gilroy Gardens amusement park away from homes, and no homes or other structures were threatened, officials said. 

    Pam Temmermand, with Cal Fire, said the biggest challenge is the terrain.

    "We're working in basically oak-woodland area," Temmermand said. "Pretty steep, difficult to get into."

    One firefighter was transported to a hospital after falling roughly 40 feet, officials said.

    Smoke from the fire caused poor air quality in Gilroy and surrounding communities, and fire officials recommended residents remain indoors with doors and windows closed for safety.

    Witnesses said the fire likely was caused by kids lighting off fireworks, but fire officials did not confirm the cause of the blaze.

    Roughly 130 firefighters from several different agencies are helping to battle the fire.



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    <![CDATA[SJ Immigration Service Encourages DACA Recipients to Reapply]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:25:25 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/daca+picture+cover+fot.jpg

    Hundreds of people in the Bay Area are turning to SIREN, an immigration service organization, for help in understanding how President Donald Trump’s decision in rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will affect their futures.

    The announcement, made Tuesday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, explained that the Department of Homeland Security will no longer be accepting new applications under DACA.

    The San Jose based immigrant service organization is waiving legal fees for DACA recipients until October, encouraging all DREAMers to submit a renewal application by Oct. 5 and reminding other that existing permits will remain in effect, and applications already in the pipeline will also be processed.

    SIREN is spreading the word to all immigrants by handing out red cards outlining their rights should they face immigration agents and their workplace rights.

    “Employers can’t ask when your DACA expired or if you are on DACA,” said Executive Director, Maricela Gutierrez.

    To continue educating DACA recipients, SIREN will also be hosting free legal workshops at their San Jose offices on Thursday, Sept. 7th and 13th.

    Schools around the Bay Area, like Alum Rock Union Elementary School, are also responding to the DACA decision by letting parents know that the district will continue working with all students regardless of their immigration status.

    “Unless there is a court order, we are not going to release any information about our students to any other entity,” said Alum Rock Union Elementary Superintendent, Hilaria Bauer. “We decided that in December and we still hold that true.”



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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    <![CDATA[Unions, Workers Rally in the Bay Area for $15 Minimum Wage]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 19:47:51 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/labor+day+rally-0904.jpg

    As union members marched in Oakland, San Jose and other Bay Area locations Monday for a $15 national minimum hourly wage, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, added her voice to the chorus.

    Describing the American workforce as "the most productive in world history," the congresswoman said, "I stand with our union brothers and sisters in support of the Fight for $15 nationwide."

    Lee said women and communities of color bear the brunt of discrimination and institutional barriers holding wages stagnant and that women earn only 77 percent of every dollar paid to white men.

    "As we pause to commemorate the triumphs of the labor movement, we must never forget the work that remains to give women, communities of color and struggling families a shot at improving their basic living standards and accessing the American dream," Lee said.

    Union members held a rally at Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza. The San Francisco Labor Council, the Alameda Labor Council and the Service Employees International Union took part.

    Former hedge fund manager turned environmental activist Tom Steyer also was on hand in Oakland preaching that politics matters.

    "We have to organize, we have to tell the truth, and we have to win elections," he said.

    Immigrant rights activist Cinthya Munoz Ramos also addressed the crowd, telling them she is undocumented and unafraid to fight the president.

    "It was you and me that brought about DACA, and whether he ends it or not, we are still here, and we have work to do," she said.

    In San Jose, members of SEIU Local 521 traveled in caravan to protest at various South Bay locations, then held a Labor Day picnic at the SEIU office on Zanker Road.

    In Watsonville, SEIU members and the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council marched through Watsonville, stopping at various locations, according to organizers, who said the event focuses on workers' right to unionize.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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    <![CDATA[PHOTOS: Cal Fire Battles Growing Brush Fire in Gilroy]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 17:42:17 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/182*120/UGC-09-04-2017-gilroy-fire-chopper1.jpgFirefighters on Monday continued to battle a brush fire burning in the hills above Gilroy, and officials said the changing weather could be a cause for concern.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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    <![CDATA[Brush Fire Burning in Gilroy Grows to 100 Acres]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 19:01:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gilroy+fire2-0903.jpg

    Firefighters on Monday continued to battle a brush fire burning in the hills above Gilroy, and officials said the changing weather could be a cause for concern.

    The blaze was first reported just before 8 p.m. Sunday at 1980 Ballybunion Court and spread to at least 100 acres Monday afternoon, according to officials. There was 10 percent containment as of 4 p.m.

    Cal Fire reported earlier that the fire had burned at least 130 acres.

    The fire was climbing the hills near the Gilroy Gardens amusement park away from homes, and no homes or other structures were threatened, officials said Monday afternoon. But that could change depending on the weather.

     

    Pam Temmermand, with Cal Fire, said the biggest challenge is the terrain.

    "We're working in basically oak-woodland area," Temmermand said. "Pretty steep, difficult to get into."

    Fire officials said heat and possible lighting strikes are also big threats. They caught a break with the marine layer and a few raindrops Monday morning, but it didn't last long.

    "We're expecting to get some winds later today, and that's going to allow the temperatures to go up," Temmermand said.

    Hundreds of families in the Eagle Ridge housing development were preparing for possible evacuation orders that could come at a moment's notice.

    "It's pretty scary because we were out over there on the hill," resident Ryan Rahman said. "You can see how close the flame is."

    Kaylee Rahman added: "We have somewhat of a plan. We packed our valuable items."

    One firefighter was transported to a hospital after falling roughly 40 feet, officials said.


    Based on the timing of the blaze, fire crews were unable to attack the flames from the air on Sunday. Firefighters thus had to battle the blaze on the ground before water drops could begin Monday.

    "It's very, very difficult terrain," Mary Gutierrez, with the Gilroy Fire Department, said. "It's very steep."

    Santa Teresa Boulevard remained closed between Miller Avenue and south of Club Drive on Monday. Fire officials asked the public to avoid the area to allow emergency vehicles access. 

    Smoke from the fire caused poor air quality in Gilroy and surrounding communities, and fire officials recommended residents remain indoors with doors and windows closed for safety.

    Witnesses said the fire likely was caused by kids lighting off fireworks, but fire officials did not confirm the cause of the blaze.

    The Gilroy Fire Department was being assisted by Cal Fire, San Jose, Mountain View and Santa Clara County fire crews.

    NBC Bay Area's Laura Malpert contributed to this report.



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    <![CDATA[Brush Fire Burning Near Homes in Hills Above Gilroy]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:10:02 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gilroy+fire2-0903.jpg

    Firefighters were battling a brush fire near homes in the hills above Gilroy late Sunday.

    The blaze was first reported just before 8 p.m. at 1980 Ballybunion Court and had spread to at least 10 acres. By 10 p.m., the fire was estimated to be at least 50 acres.

    No injuries were reported, and no homes or other structures were damaged late Sunday night, fire officials said. But with all the dry brush and vegetation in the area, neighbors were concerned.

    "Our house is right up side along the grass, so we just immediately pulled our cars out and took them to my brother's house, just in case," said Alex Salinas, who lives just below the flames. "Then, get the hose ready." 

    Witnesses said the fire likely was caused by kids lighting off fireworks, but fire officials did not confirm the cause of the blaze.

    The Gilroy Fire Department was being assisted by Cal Fire, San Jose, Mountain View and Santa Clara County fire crews.

    No further details were available.



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    <![CDATA[Directors Seek Extras for Filming Project in Santa Cruz]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 05:16:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Boardwalk1.jpg

    For those Bay Area residents seeking a cameo on the big screen, the latest opportunity is just around the corner.

    Paramount Pictures is seeking extras for a movie project that is slated to be filmed in Santa Cruz between Sept. 20 and 22.

    Casting directors are looking for people to play a wide range of roles including surfers, skaters, artists, tourists, hippies, musicians and more.

    Anyone interested in performing is encouraged to email their name, phone number, closeup and full body photos, height, weight, and clothing sizes to santacruzextras@gmail.com



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    <![CDATA[Union Members to Rally for $15 National Minimum Wage]]>Sun, 03 Sep 2017 15:02:36 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_703488647541.jpg

    As part of a nationwide Labor Day effort, union members will be marching, chanting and rallying in various Bay Area locations for a $15 national minimum hourly wage Monday, union representatives said.

    Union members will gather in locations including downtown Oakland, San Jose and Watsonville, according to organizers from the Service Employees International Union.

    Union members will march through downtown Oakland starting at 9 a.m., then hold a rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza at 11 a.m., organizers said. The San Francisco Labor Council, the Alameda Labor Council and SEIU will take part.

    In San Jose, members of SEIU Local 521 will caravan to protest at various South Bay locations, then hold a Labor Day picnic at the SEIU office on Zanker Road at noon.

    In Watsonville, SEIU members and the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council will march through Watsonville, stopping at various locations, according to organizers, who said this event focuses on workers' right to unionize.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

    Kentfield

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

    San Rafael

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

    Napa

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

    Downtown San Francisco

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

    San Francisco Airport

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

    Oakland Airport

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

    Richmond

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

    Livermore

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

    Moffett Field

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

    San Jose

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

    Gilroy

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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    <![CDATA[Cow Takes a Dip in Gilroy Pond Amid Scalding Heat Wave]]>Sun, 03 Sep 2017 11:24:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-2-17_Cow_Gilroy_Swimming.jpg

    When triple-digit heat bears down, humans aren't the only ones who flock to the water to savor some much-needed relief.

    One cow in Gilroy on Sunday decided to wade its way through a chest-deep watering hole much to the amazement of its owner.

    "I couldn't help but start laughing," Brent Kirk said. "She seemed to be as happy as could be."

    Kirk, who runs a ranch on the east side of Gilroy, came across the cow around 9:30 a.m. and initially thought his animal was in trouble.

    "At first I thought she was stuck in the mud," he said.

    That was hardly the case. As Kirk soon realized, the cow was blissfully splashing around, soaking in a brief break from the sweltering sun. 

    "This girl's got the right idea," Kirk could be heard saying as he recorded the swim.

    Gilroy topped out at 112 degrees Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, joining several other cities around the Bay Area in crossing over the triple-digit threshold.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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    <![CDATA[Figure Skating Stars Gather in South Bay]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 19:49:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Figure_Skating_Stars_Gather_in_South_Bay.jpg

    With less than six months before the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, some of the biggest stars in figure skating past, present and future are gathering in the South Bay. Garvin Thomas reports.]]>
    <![CDATA[Santa Cruz Braces for Beachgoers Seeking Heat Relief]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:32:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-1-17_Santa_Cruz.jpg

    Santa Cruz, typically known as a haven from the heat, was far from that on Friday.

    Temperatures peaked at or around 100 degrees across the beach town, which is expected to be filled with scores of people during the hot holiday weekend.

    Santa Cruz Boardwalk spokesperson Mark Lipton said the Labor Day holiday is one of the busiest weekends at the boardwalk each year, and even larger crowds are expected this year as Bay Area residents flock to the Pacific Ocean seeking relief from the heat.

    "The beach is the place to be," Lipton said.

    Beachgoers are reminded to hit the road early or risk being trapped in gridlock along Highway 17.

    "If you're not on 17 by 9 o'clock, forget it," Mikel Sessions, an employee in Los Gatos, said. "It's going to be a parking lot."

    Those looking to cut around highway traffic in Los Gatos will continue to run into a roadblock this weekend. During summer weekends, the southbound Highway 17 on-ramp at Santa Cruz Avenue has been closed to keep the city free of those people trying to find a shortcut using city streets.

    This weekend marks the last weekend this summer that the on-ramp will be closed.



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    <![CDATA[Free VTA Bus Rides for People Going to Cooling Centers]]>Sat, 02 Sep 2017 17:10:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/VTA+PHOTO.jpg

    Rides on Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority buses and light rail trains are free today for people going to a cooling center, officials with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority said.

    Locations of cooling centers and information about safety during the heat can be found at www.sccgov.org/heatwatch.

    All VTA vehicles are air-conditioned.

    Passengers waiting for buses or trains should look for places to wait in the shade or consider bringing an umbrella for shade, VTA officials said.

    Bring water to stay hydrated.

    Here's a list of cooling centers accessible through VTA:


    • Cupertino: Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N Stelling Road, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.
    • Milpitas: Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Barbara Lee Senior Center, 40 N. Milpitas Blvd., Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday–Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Morgan Hill: Centennial Recreation Center, 171 W. Edmundson Ave., Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Open Labor Day holiday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey St., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Mountain View: Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CLOSED Monday (Labor Day)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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    <![CDATA[Firefighters Respond to a Two-Alarm Fire in South San Jose]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:41:30 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Fire-san+jose.jpg

    Firefighters responded to an apartment blaze in South San Jose that quickly became a two-alarm fire thanks to the Bay Area heat wave.

    The fire was reported in the area of Coleman Road and Winfield Boulevard, near Almaden Lake Park. The fire damaged six units, displacing 8 adult residents. The cause of fire is still undetermined. 

    Extra fire crews were on the scene to knock down the flames and help manage fire fighters exposure to the high temperatures.

    “Because of the heat today, one of the things that we do is that we’re going to try to bring a lot of people to the fire, just because we need to rotate bodies,” said San Jose Fire Captain, Brad Cloutier.


    As a precaution, a fire fighter support unit run by the Santa Clara Fire Associates was set up as a rehab space with plenty to drink. Onsite, paramedics were also distributing cooling packs.

    Since the heat wave is expected to last a few more days, the Santa Clara Fire Associates will be on call to help fire departments across the county. Alameda County fire crews will also be calling out hydration teams to help their crews manage the heat exposure.


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    <![CDATA[WATCH: Mountain Lion Spotted in Front of San Jose Home]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 17:58:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0901-2017-MtLionSJ.jpg

    Surveillance video shows a mountain lion crossing a front yard of a home in San Jose's Alum Rock.

    The video was recorded early Friday morning by resident Marlow Cortese. Video she recorded from the same motion-detection camera on the previous morning shows a deer walking the same path the mountain lion crossed on Friday.

    "I was a little freaked out," Cortese said when she first saw the video. "My stomach got a little sick. I went, 'Oh my God. Right in my front yard.'"

    Friday's sighting comes one day after a mountain lion visited a Palo Alto neighborhood, near three schools, prompting police to warn parents not to let their kids walk home from school.

    Cortese, who has pets of her own, said she also plans to contact the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    No other information was immediately available.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    List of cooling centers around the Bay Area:

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

    Here are some tips on how to stay cool:

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

    Additional tips for people who work outdoors:

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

    Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions:

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

    Infants and Children:

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

    Pets:

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




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    <![CDATA[Overturned Big Rig Spills Fuel, Snarls Traffic on Hwy 101]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 05:40:06 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-1-17-sj-101-crash31.jpg

    Two pickup trucks crashed on southbound Highway 101 in San Jose early Friday, spilling debris, which then punctured a big rig's gas tank.

    The vehicles involved were both white pickup trucks. One of them, which was carrying wood, flipped over near Bernal Road and the Highway 85 interchange.

    A Safeway truck passing the scene of the crash overturned upon hitting the wood pieces, which also ruptured its gas tank, causing nearly 50 gallons of fuel to spill on the side of the road.

    San Jose fire and Caltrans crews were on the scene of the hazmat incident, cleaning up. 

    According to the California Highway Patrol, three left lanes were blocked, causing traffic to back up. 

    The lanes were reopened once the debris was cleared, but the CHP has warned of residual delays. 



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    <![CDATA[South Bay Middle School Parents Battle Bullying Problem]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:44:23 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mh+bullying-0831.jpg

    While bullying is a national problem, parents in one South Bay city feel the school district is not doing enough to put an end to bullying at a middle school.

    Now, they are finding out that putting a stop to it may not be as easy as they think.

    It started out with a phone call from one concerned parent but ended up with a meeting in the Britton Middle School parking lot, where about a dozen parents gathered.

    "From my perspective, the problem is huge," one parent said. "It’s not about affecting the schools; it’s affecting the community."

    At the end of the last school year, Mildred Evans' grandson didn’t attend his final week of school for fear of being bullied. A video shows him in a fight. Evans said he was protecting his friend, who was also being harassed.

    Mary Brandon said it’s only two weeks into the school year, and her son is being bullied. He's been threatened with having his face smashed in and if he’s seen outside of school, they would kill him, she said.

    Brandon said she’s made several official reports with the school, but now her son is missing class.

    Paulo Pereira works in law enforcement and acts as a bodyguard for a friend’s son who is being threatened.

    "Going to school shouldn’t be about fear. It should be educating yourself, hanging with friends, having great memories," Pereira said.

    Britton Principal Chris Moore sent out a message through the district.

    "We are aware of the situation and have quickly taken disciplinary action against any student involved when incidents of bullying are reported to us," Moore said.

    Bullying comes in many forms, and the local Anti-Defamation League says parents and teachers might not ever find out it’s going on.

    Britton Middle School was in the news four years ago when a 13-year-old was arrested and cited for cyberbullying two other middle school students.

    Brysk says districts need to pay close attention when they get reports of bullying.

    "This is a teachable moment for them and help them navigate and change the culture at the school," Brysk said.



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    <![CDATA[VTA to Run Bus Shuttles While Crews Replace Tracks]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:30:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/vta6.JPG

    The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will be running bus shuttles as crews replace tracks along North First Street between Gish Road and St. James Street in San Jose for Labor Day weekend.

    VTA officials said the tracks in the affected zone have been cited as "aging infrastructure" and are labeled a "slow zone". The weekend repairs will allow trains to travel at normal speeds.

    VTA's green, blue and yellow lines run through the portion that will be closed to rail traffic. The bus shuttles started today with the first train of the day and will end with the final train on Monday night. In addition to the shuttles, VTA buses and light-rail vehicles will run on a holiday schedule on Monday.

    VTA officials said residents and businesses in the area may hear noise because of around-the-clock construction work and concrete removal.



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    <![CDATA[SJ Businessman Sentenced for Selling Stolen Cisco Parts]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:06:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cisco5.jpg

    A federal judge in San Jose gave a seven and one-half year prison sentence today to a man who pleaded guilty in a scheme to sell stolen electronics, agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, and then blackmailed an associate for $270,000 in exchange for not reporting that person.

    Cuong Cao "Calvin" Dang, 47, of San Jose, was sentenced by U.S. District Edward Davila for two cases in which Dang pleaded guilty.

    In the first case, Dang admitted in 2015 to running a business, Network Genesis, that bought and sold Cisco Systems parts and equipment stolen by a small network of Cisco employees.

    He admitted that between 2006 and January 2013, when Network Genesis was raided by federal agents, the company's sales were $37 million, of which at least $25 million came from stolen Cisco products, according to a prosecution filing.

    Dang pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud and money laundering, and agreed to aid in the investigation.

    But in 2017, Dang was indicted again on charges of blackmail, obstruction of justice and contempt of court for accepting $270,000 in blackmail from an associate in exchange for not telling prosecutors about that person's financial transactions.

    Dang pleaded guilty to all three of those charges before Davila on Wednesday.

    At Thursday's sentencing, Davila ordered him to begin serving his sentence immediately.

    Dang's wife, Ly Thi Be Le, was also charged in the blackmail scheme and pleaded guilty to one count of blackmail. She will be sentenced by Davila on Dec. 11.

    The amount of restitution the couple must pay for the blackmail will be determined at the Dec. 11 hearing.




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