<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area https://www.nbcbayarea.com en-usWed, 14 Nov 2018 00:16:17 -0800Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:16:17 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Community Donates to Bay Area Camp Fire Victim]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:39:49 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Community_Helps_Bay_Area_Camp_Fire_Victim.jpg

A Bay Area woman priced out by rising rents moved to Paradise a year and a half ago and now, she is back staying in Woodside after losing everything in the Camp Fire.

"Going through the flames I didn't think we'd make it," said Jane Bryan.

Bryan, 66, didn’t think she would survive the drive out of Paradise. She raced out of the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park, taking a 90-year-old neighbor with her before flames leveled the park.

"The manager tried to get her she wouldn't get out so I ran in got her dressed got her in my car," Bryan said.

In Woodside, Bryan’s community is rallying up around her as she wonders how many people in Ridgewood Park didn’t get out.

"I have been given clothes, money, a go fund me page, a roof, I’ve been offered housing, I'm so blessed," Bryan said.

The San Jose native returned to the Bay Area where friends are now doing that they can to help her get back on her feet.

Working to stay positive, the artists said it’s an opportunity to get new painting supplies, a new home and a new job.

Whenever she's allowed to return to Paradise, Bryan said she plans to go sift through the rubble.

"I want to go see if I can find any trinkets if anything is left," she said.

<![CDATA[Wherever Wildfires Strike, South Bay Man There To Bring Relief To Animals]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:30:17 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/camp+fire+relief+1.jpg

Michael Lancaster of Morgan Hill estimates he has made 30 trips over the past three years delivering relief supplies for animals lost of stranded by wildfires all over California. Garvin Thomas reports.

<![CDATA[Sharks Rally For Two Goals in the Third to Beat Nashville]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:38:44 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/sharks-jumbo-1113.jpg

SAN JOSE – Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton scored 13 seconds apart in the third period to give th San Jose Sharks a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators. Thornton’s game-winner was his 400th career goal.

There was no denying Tuesday’s rematch between the Sharks and Predators was going to be a good game. But it’s likely nobody expected just how lopsided this eventual nail-biter could get.

The Sharks jumped out to a convincing 3-0 lead in the first period while the Predators looked tired and unable to create any offense. Then, the visitors rallied in the second stanza to notch three unanswered goals of their own, tying the scoreboard up heading into the second intermission.

Here are three takeaways from Tuesday’s topsy-turvy game.

Sharks' first period was amazing: The Sharks opened up the game with the most dominant period of hockey they’ve played all season. It embodied everything the team’s been saying they’ve wanted: Great puck possession, a strong defensive presence, and contributions from all four lines.

The strong start was important given the Predators were playing on the tail end of a back-to-back on the road, and had just lost to the Anaheim Ducks in the shootout the night before. Nashville was visibly tired in the first frame, and San Jose took advantage.

That being said …

The second period was the opposite: It was like a completely different Sharks team took the ice in the second period. They played a looser game, and gave the Predators an opportunity to get back into the contest – not something a team wants to do against a squad with a 8-0-1 road record.

San Jose’s biggest problem those 20 minutes was not being able to capitalize on any of its power play opportunities. The Sharks even had a five-on-three opportunity after the Predators were called for having too many men on the ice. Bu,t through 3:40 on the man advantage, San Jose didn’t register a single shot on goal.

Third-period push is alive and well: If there’s one thing the Sharks are good at, it’s making that big push in the third period when they’re on their heels. Sometimes it’s too little too late. It came at just the right time Tuesday.

Goaltender Martin Jones made his best saves at the end of the game. He was particularly impressive when Nashville pulled their goalie with less than two minutes left in the game, and the Predators' forwards swarmed into San Jose’s zone.

Of course, the highlight of the game came on the final goal, when Thornton seemed to skate up to Nashville’s net in slow motion after getting a spectacular feed from Marcus Sorensen. Predators netminder Juuse Saros appeared to not even see Thornton’s milestone marker float past him stick side.

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<![CDATA[Warriors, Minus Steph and Draymond, Defeat Hawks]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:21:02 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/171*120/warriors-durant-1113.jpg

With Stephen Curry wearing a suit on the bench and Draymond Green nowhere near Oracle Arena, the Warriors buttoned up just enough things to forge a 110-103 victory over the lowly Atlanta Hawks.

Four Warriors scored in double figures, with Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson leading the way, as the Warriors pushed their record to 12-3.

Here are three takeaways from the game in which the Warriors shot poorly, but found a way to prevail:

They found some grit: Neither Kevin Durant (29 points) nor Klay Thompson (24) had a monster offensive game, as they combined to score 53 points on 17-of-41 shooting from the field. Durant really struggled, going 9-of-23 from the field. It didn’t matter.

That’s because one night after losing the battle of wills to the Clippers in Los Angeles, the Warriors dug in and played with a much higher level of determination.

They outrebounded Atlanta (48-42) forced 17 turnovers (off which they scored 23 points), while committing only 13, giving the Hawks 10 points.

The Hawks (3-11) are short on talent, but they play with purpose. That’s how they came within a point of beating the Lakers Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Beating them requires a certain focus. On a night when they the Warriors didn’t shoot well (42.9 percent), they had it.

Jerebko acquitted himself very well: Jonas Jerebko got the start at power forward in the absence of Green and submitted a strong all-around game, totaling 14 points and 13 rebounds -- both season-highs -- in 25 minutes.

In posting a team-best plus-23, Jerebko pretty much did much of what Green does when he’s in the lineup, most importantly providing energy.

Jerebko drained four 3-pointers, but his effort was most visible in his relentless pursuit of rebounds and loose balls. At one point in the third quarter, he went after a loose ball and ended up going over the courtside seats.

Finishing with his first double-double as a Warrior and the 11th of his career, Jerebko was an excellent fill-in for a team that needed him in a pinch.

Cook’s offense bounced back: After a subpar game against the Clippers, scoring seven points in 22 minutes, Quinn Cook came home and rediscovered his offensive game.

Cook finished with 18 points (8-of-18 from the floor, 2-of-7 from deep) and a team-high six assists. He was a plus-5 over 34 minutes.

The Warriors still have no timeline for Curry’s return. As long as he is out, the Warriors need Cook to provide some scoring. It’s the surest way to take some of the pressure off Durant and Thompson while also forcing opponents to cover more of the floor.

There is one more benefit to Cook’s scoring. It offsets some of what he gives up on defense.

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<![CDATA[Decision 2018: Bay Area Election Results Tracker]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2018 01:00:22 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_181566006960731.jpg

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<![CDATA[Police Search For Man Who Went Missing From 49ers Game]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:31:13 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ian-powers-1113.jpg

A 32-year-old man went missing Monday night during at the 49ers-Giants game at Levi's Stadium, according to Santa Clara police.

Police were asking for the public's help in finding Ian Powers, 32, of Spokane, Washington, who was last seen at the game with his family. He went to the restroom alone late in the game and hasn't been seen since, police said.

Powers contacted family around 10 p.m. Monday, police said, but it was unclear what was said.

His girlfriend, Chelsea Robbins, said she and Powers were at the game with their two kids. She texted and called him but could not reach him, and she believes his phone's battery died.

"He never got a chance to talk to us, like after we made it back to the hotel." she said. "He didn't know where me and the kids were; he wouldn't have just disappeared and not called."

Robbins and the children waited by his car in the parking lot after the game, but they ended up taking a bus back to Concord, where they were staying at a hotel near family.

Powers served two tours in the Army, according to Robbins. He was suposed to take his family to Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Levi's Stadium security was helping police with the search, checking surveillance footage from around the venue.

Anyone who sees Powers or has information regarding his whereabouts should call Santa Clara police at 408-615-5580.

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<![CDATA[SF Dining Room Provides Cleaner Air For Homeless]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:51:07 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SF_Dining_Room_Provides_Cleaner_Air_For_Homeless.jpg

Saint Anthony’s Dining Room in San Francisco opened its doors last Friday, providing 60 beds for shelter from the unhealthy air for those living outdoors. Mark Matthews reports.

<![CDATA[Bay Area Man Gets Parking Tickets on a Car He No Longer Owns]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:06:46 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Bay_Area_Man_Gets_Parking_Tickets_on_a_Car_He_No_Longer_Owns.jpg

NBC Bay Area responds to a Solano County man who had a parking ticket problem. He was receiving citations from the city of San Jose for parking violations connected to a car he no longer owned. Consumer investigator Chris Chmura reports.

<![CDATA[Sonoma State Holds Classes Despite Air Quality Concerns]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:36:10 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/11132018SonomaStateAir_4943117.JPG

Most students in Sonoma County spent another day at home from school on Tuesday because of the poor air outside. But that wasn't the case for college students attending Sonoma State University. The university resumed classes Tuesday -- despite concerns from some parents who say their kids shouldn't have to choose between their health and a degree. Melissa Colorado reports.

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<![CDATA[Structure Fire Prompts Shelter-in-Place Order in Sonoma]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:39:06 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/emergency-lights-generic-df.jpg

A two-alarm structure fire late Tuesday afternoon prompted a shelter-in-place order in Sonoma, officials said.

The blaze at 19480 Eighth Street East produced a large amount of smoke in the area. There was no threat to other structures and no evacuations were ordered, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

The shelter-in-place order was for residents within a 1/4-mile radius of the fire. Sheriff's Office officials canceled the shelter-in-place order around 5:20 p.m.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[PG&E Safety Shutoff Plan Excludes Some Power Lines]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:56:31 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_pge_scam_san_jose.jpg

PG&E excludes its highest voltage power lines – like the one suspected of sparking the Camp Fire – from its much publicized effort to cut power to prevent wildfires, NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit has learned.

While the cause of the Nov. 8 fire is still under investigation, a dispatch recording obtained by NBC Bay Area points to a tree branch having contacted a transmission line near the town of Pulga, right at the time the fire began at 6:29 a.m.

“Engine 33 … you’ve got a single branch that’s laying across both the lines … expedite PG&E,” one firefighter at the scene told dispatch, later saying, “Copy, possible power lines down.”

Critics have been quick to blame the utility’s last-minute cancellation of its plan to shut down many of its power lines in light of the predicted dry and windy conditions.

The utility says conditions were not as extreme as predicted, but attorney Joe Cotchett says the dispatch tape shows PG&E was gambling with people’s lives.

“This is one more example of PG&E putting profit ahead of safety,” said Cotchett, whose firm has repeatedly sued the utility over the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas explosion as well as last year’s North Bay firestorm.

It turns out, however, that even if the utility had de-energized its lines, the program does not include the class of transmission line suspected in the Camp Fire.

In fact, the plan excludes transmission lines like the one at issue, which handles 115,000 volts. PG&E says those lines are rigorously regulated.

And while officials say the utility does have the ability to shut off these lines, which carry power through the state, it doesn’t do it.

In a statement, the company said, “In light of the potential public safety issues resulting from de-energizing higher voltage transmission lines, including the potential to impact millions of people and create larger system stability issues for the grid, PG&E has not extended” the program to 115,000 volts or higher transmission lines.

Such lines are typically on reinforced steel towers.

Another attorney who has sued the company says with higher voltage comes greater danger.

“These transmission lines are much, much higher voltage than distribution lines,” said Amanda Riddle, who filed suit against the company Tuesday. “So you would think that it would make sense to PG&E, knowing that there was a high wind event coming, to shut off the lines that could cause the most damage in the most heavily forested areas.”

Cotchett said the company should have done more.

“I’m outraged. Lives were lost because someone didn’t step up and say we’re going to turn off the power,” he said.

PG&E has 18,000 miles of transmission lines – which carry 60,000 volts or more – in its 100,000-mile system. Officials say it is too early to say what changes, if any, will be made to its shutdown program.

State Sen. Jerry Hill, (D-San Mateo), a frequent critic of the utility, says he knows of cases when utilities in Southern California have shut off their high power transmission lines. He worries that keeping the power on suggests PG&E’s power program provides the public a false sense of security.

“They need to make sure they can do everything within their power to stop that power from going through those lines," he said, “if there is a potential hazard. They haven’t done that, and they need to do it.

“They say they have a plan," Hill continued. "They say they’ve done it. But they didn’t. And they haven’t.”

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<![CDATA[A's Bob Melvin Awarded AL Manager of the Year]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:02:06 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/as-melvin-1113.jpg

For the third time in his career, Oakland A's skipper Bob Melvin has been named Manager of the Year.

Melvin beat out Boston's Alex Cora and Tampa Bay's Kevin Cash to earn American League honors. Melvin previously won in 2012 in his first full season with the A's, and in 2007, in the National League, with the Diamondbacks.

Melvin, 57, led Oakland to an improbable 97-65 record after three consecutive last-place finishes. The 97 wins represented a drastic 22-game improvement from the previous season.

The A's became the first team in the last 30 seasons to reach the playoffs with the lowest Opening Day payroll in the league. Melvin guided the team through injuries to 10 different starting pitchers, including seven that were season-ending. He was forced to use a franchise-record 15 different starting pitchers throughout the season.

Melvin becomes the eighth manager to win the award at least three times, joining Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox, who each won four times, as well as Dusty Baker, Jim Leyland, Buck Showalter, Lou Piniella, and Joe Maddon. Melvin is also one of just six managers to win the award in both the NL and AL.

Melvin was recently rewarded with a contract extension through 2021, with a club option for 2022. He has compiled a record of 634-599 in eight seasons with the A's, trailing only Hall of Famers La Russa and Connie Mack for the most wins in franchise history.

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<![CDATA[Juul Temporarily Suspends Retail Sales of Flavored E-Cigs]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:39:21 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/juulGettyImages-1032883954.jpg

Electronic cigarette giant Juul is making big changes to keep vaping products away from kids and teens. The company said that it will temporarily stop selling most flavored products in retail stores.

Flavors like mango and cucumber are options available on Juul's website.

In statement, Juul CEO said “We don’t want anyone who doesn’t smoke, or already use nicotine, to use Juul products.”

The issue hits home in the Bay Area, where parents have strong opinions regarding vaping products.

“They definitely want to make their money and I’d prefer not to have them make it off my kid,” parent Marco Bertolozzi said.

Last May, students were suspended from Northgate High School in Walnut Creek because of vaping.

“I’d say it’s pretty popular at my school but there are some students who are against that. I’m one of those students. I don’t do it,” said Isabella Bertolozzi, a student at Northgate High.

On Tuesday, the school principal announced a change in policy that would no longer suspend students who are caught vaping. The new policy would bring the parents and students together on Saturday mornings for a seminar on the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes.

Northgate High's principal says that he has noticed a drop in the number of student’s vaping on campus since they started the new program.

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<![CDATA[How Do Firenados Occur? A Meteorologist Explains]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:50:22 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/187*120/firenadosthumb.JPG

Fire whirls, or firenados, form during wildfires and are quite a sight to see. Learn how they're formed and some other amazing facts about them.

<![CDATA[Dramatic Photos: Vehicles Pileup on Hwy 1 in Santa Cruz]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:53:09 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Santa_Cruz_Fire_Selects_JEREMY-PAVIA-3.jpg A big-rig caused a crash involving 20 other vehicles on northbound state Highway 1 in Santa Cruz Tuesday, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Sued Over Downtown Development Deal With Google]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:52:41 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0706-2017-SJDiridonPlan.jpg

Two Bay Area nonprofit groups have jointly sued the city of San Jose over its nondisclosure agreement with Google about the company's planned development in downtown near the Diridon Station.

The First Amendment Coalition and Working Partnerships claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the San Jose City Council failed to comply with the state's Opening Meeting Laws, Bloomberg first reported

By signing nondisclosure agreements with the Mountain View-based tech giant, the lawsuit claimed that the city is keeping the public in the dark about the project.

"This Petition seeks to bring sunlight into the process to enable the public to better evaluate the project’s impacts on traffic, affordable housing, displacement and gentrification by obtaining public records shedding light upon what the City and Google did," the petition read.

The suit also claimed that the city of San Jose has had several unlawful closed sessions discussing the potential acquisition by Google of City-owned property in the Diridon Station Area. The petition said the city council has scheduled a vote for Dec. 4 on whether to let the project proceed.

In July, the city had approved a 1 million-square-foot Google office development at 440 West Julian St.

Working Partnerships, San Jose-based community organization, has been vocal about Google's potential impact on traffic, housing and the economy in the city.

"The people of San Jose deserve better than a backroom deal," Working Partnerships' Director of Public Policy Jeffrey Buchanan said.

The City of San Jose and Google did not immediately respond to NBC Bay Area's request for comment.

First Amendment Coalition said it filed a California Public Records Act request on May 14 for details on 14 City Council meetings. But after months of back-and-forth emails, FAC said the city didn't provide "the required justification, including citation to relevant law, for any withholding of documents based on CPRA exemptions."

FAC said the city had not responded to its last supplemental request on Aug. 23 and it has not produced any records since its Aug. 10 letter.

What little records the city provided FAC showed "that the City and Google went to extraordinary lengths to keep the public in the dark and violated the law in so doing," the petition said.

Records showed Google sent City officials nondisclosure agreements with a five-year length, according to the petition.

Working Partnerships is expected to hold a press conference about the suit at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall.

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<![CDATA[Taller Buildings Could Be Coming to San Jose's Skyline]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:55:45 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DowntownSanJose1.JPG

Construction is booming in downtown San Jose, and the next round of building could bring even taller skyscrapers to the downtown area and beyond.

The South Bay city may raise the limits for high-rise construction in an effort to spur economic growth — even near Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Until recently, San Jose kept height restrictions below the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration. If changes take place, there could be an impact to some airlines that fly in and out of the airport.

The Mercury News reports that the city is in negotiations with the airlines that would have to fly with lighter loads in order to accommodate a taller skyline.

Mayor Sam Liccardo said in his state of the city address earlier this year that the city's airport is the fastest growing airport in the nation. He also told the San Jose Downtown Association: "Transforming our downtown skyline and maintaining a world-class international airport each constitutes important fundamental long-term economic objectives. We've had to manage conflicts between the two."

When it comes to Google development in the city, labor group Working Partnerships USA is planning to make an announcement Tuesday morning. The tech giant's development area would be one of the areas impacted by the height restriction conservation.

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<![CDATA[Fremont to Consider Allowing Lime to Operate in City]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:08:51 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fremont_to_Consider_Allowing_Lime_to_Operate_in_City.jpg

As San Francisco-based Lime pulls some of its electric scooters from city streets after receiving reports that they have broken during use, the city of Fremont is considering whether to allow the electric scooter company to operate in its neighborhoods. Bob Redell reports.

<![CDATA[49ers Host Paradise High Students For MNF Game at Levi's]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 23:30:51 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/paradise_hs_1112_4929708.JPG

The hope was to get some happiness back.

The San Francisco 49ers hosted the Paradise High School football team, coaches, and cheerleaders to get a break Monday night. Most of them lost their homes in the Camp Fire that broke out last week in Butte County. All of them are displaced.

“Almost everybody on the team have lost their houses,” said senior linebacker Trevor Rickson.

“There's only a few [players] that have them still. It's really tough."

They were given game tickets, and honored on the field. The players stood alongside the 49ers during the national anthem after a moment of silence.

“One of the great things about this event is this is the first time we've been together since it happened,” said coach Rick Prinz.

This also comes after the team also had to forfeit their playoff game last week, ending the 2018 season.

“Most of our athletes lost their cleats. lost their shoes, lost everything so we at that time had to concede our game,” said Anne Stearns, Paradise HS Athletic Director.

Stearns says the opponent, Red Bluff High School, tried to concede the game so Paradise could advance but the decision was made to stop their season to focus on their families and community.

Monday night, was a chance for them to escape. According to the team, it worked.

"I'm really excited to get our mind off of it and just come hang out with my friends,” said Trevor Rickson.

“As great as this game is going to be and this experience, for me seeing those guys was very emotional,” Prinz said. “They made it out alive. All of our coaches made it out. It's a miracle.”

The 49ers also raised more than $100,000 from the 50/50 raffle at the game. The team matched the funds raised to support the victims of the Camp Fire. Game-worn jerseys are also being auctioned off to raise money as well.

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<![CDATA[After Days Missing in Camp Fire, Man Reunites With Family]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:09:02 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fire_survivor_1112_4929671.JPG

The search for the dozens of missing people in the Camp Fire burn area ramped up Monday, and while 13 more bodies were found, there was at least one story of hope that emerged from the smoke and flames.

In Chico, one family received the news they’d been praying for. After four agonizing days, Amanda Melvin’s search for her father James Kirk Jacobson was over. He was alive and well, leading to a tearful reunion.

After getting stranded with a dead car battery, Jacobson finally made his way to the Chico Walmart parking lot, where he’d been camping in his VW bug with his cat Buddy and getting help from strangers.

"Thank God the people I met have been treating me real good," he said.

In the community of Magalia, Jacobson’s home was still standing, bringing his family new hope.

Melvin had posted on Facebook about her missing dad and her desperate search to find him.

"I’ve been sharing his pictures. I went to 11 different shelters looking for him trying to find him," she said.

Dozens of families have been doing the same. A Facebook page dedicated to those missing in the Camp Fire shows the faces of people who haven’t yet been found.

Search and rescue teams are working hard to help families get answers. Forensic anthropologists have been brought in to help locate and identify remains.

On Monday, they found 13 more victims, bringing the fire's death toll to 42.

Later Monday, Jacobson was on his way to his daughter’s house in Sacramento. His family urged others not to lose hope.

"Don’t give up, don’t give up," Melvin said. "Post and share. Be vigilant. Come look for yourself. Don’t give up."

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<![CDATA[Niners Keep Letting Late Leads Slip Away]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:00:22 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/NoDeeee.jpg

The 49ers could have come away with a win Monday night against the Giants, but didn’t.

That’s been one of the themes of this disappointing 2018 season for the Niners, who have now allowed four fourth-quarter leads slip away en route to a 2-8 record.

On Monday night, the 49ers took a 23-20 lead over the Giants with less than three minutes remaining, but lost 27-23 as New York put together a long touchdown drive to get the win. The 49ers also were up at halftime, 13-10. As Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group noted, the 49ers under Kyle Shanahan allowed only two fourth-quarter leads to slip away over 16 games in 2017.

Wrote Inman: “Are players not in position to execute, or do they simply lack players (most of whom this regime picked) who can thrive in the clutch?”

Shanahan told reporters after the game he was “extremely disappointed” the 49ers let the game get away.

“It was a number of plays,” said Shanahan. “Extremely disappointed. I thought we put ourselves in a position that we should have won that game. Up 20-10 after the first drive in the third quarter. Gave up a kick kick return right after that, I think, followed by two explosive (plays). Got them right back in it, 20-17.

“I thought we had a chance to step on their throat there and we didn’t. We let them get back in it fast. Kept them around. Kept them around too long and then we didn’t make the plays at the end and we had every opportunity to and just as a team, players, coaching staff, we didn’t get it done.”

The big part of the equation, of course, is San Francisco’s problems on defense. Without a strong pass rush, opposing quarterbacks – such as Eli Manning Monday night – can be comfortable in the pocket and lead late-game drives while having plenty of time to exploit the weaknesses in the secondary.

The 49ers now will enter their bye week. They will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 25, against the Bucs in Tampa Bay.

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<![CDATA[Raiders' Miller Is Struggling, but Gruden Admires His Grit]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:39:53 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/Millerhurttingg.jpg

Raiders rookie offensive tackle Kolton Miller has had a rough first season in terms of injuries and efficiency of play.

The first-round pick from UCLA – who took over Donald Penn’s starting role at left tackle – has especially been hampered by a sprained right knee that has hampered his ability to move. His athletic ability was one of the reasons the Raiders loved him, but he just can’t move the way he did earlier this season.

That has hurt Miller’s play, particularly in pass protection.

In the Raiders’ loss to the Chargers this past Sunday, Miller gave up a sack and eight total pressures in 43 pass-block snaps, according to Mike Guerrelli of the analytic website Pro Football Focus.

Wrote Guerrelli: “Through Week 10, Miller has surrendered the most sacks (10) and the second-most total pressures (39) of any NFL offensive lineman.”

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden isn’t looking at those stats, however, when he evaluates Miller’s ability and progress this season. He sees Miller fighting through adversity.

“I think what you’re dealing with Miller is one of the most mentally tough kids that you will find,” Gruden told the team’s website this week. “I think he’s gaining strength from playing. I think he’s really learning a lot about this business the hard way. Not only losing, not only playing hurt, playing from behind a lot, but learning how to play well against great rushers when you’re not at your best. That’s really the definition of a lot of thse great pro football players.”

Gruden added that for Miller to keep battling under tough circumstances is “really exciting.”

Aside from the knee injury, Miller also is playing with an injury to his right elbow.

“You’ve got to battle through,” Miller told reporters recently. “This isn’t the first time I’ve dealt with something like this over this season. It’s not as bad as the first time anyway, so that makes it a bit easier.”

The Raiders will travel to Arizona this week to play the Cardinals Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Cal Student Rep Gets Backlash For Stance on LGBT Issue]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 23:57:17 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/uc_chow_1112_4929632.JPG

A student representative at UC Berkeley is facing a wave of criticism for not supporting an LGBT proposal.

Isabella Chow says her Christian beliefs guided her decision, and now some students are demanding her resignation.

The proposal approved by the UC student government condemns the Trump administration for its plan to define gender as the sex a person is born with. Chow abstained and is now under verbal attack.

Protesters gathered outside a recent UC Berkeley student senate meeting over or Chow's abstention.

"It asked me to support organizations whose primary purpose is to promote the LGBT community and lifestyle, which conflicted with my Christian values," Chow said.

At the campus known for free speech, Chow’s freedom of thought is under attack.

"Tonight is not about free speech but about the separation of prejudice and personal beliefs with institutional policy," said Regan Putnam of the Queer Alliance and Resource Center at Cal.

The pushback has been strong and at times vulgar.

"I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been called the F-word online and in person, and it hurts," one student said.

Student Poorvi Acharyal said, "If you think the LGBT people are against nature, your opinion is invalid."

Chow says people can get along even if they do not agree practically and theologically 100 percent of the time, and she’s calling for more LGBT inclusiveness on the part of Christians.

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<![CDATA[SF Mayor Says City Is Cleaner Now Despite Rise in Complaints]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:11:40 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Main+Web+Photo_Collage.jpg

Mayor London Breed says San Francisco is cleaner under her administration and, thus, believes she fulfilled a campaign promise to usher in “significant” and “noticeable” improvements within 90 days of taking office.

“There is a huge difference in certain parts of the city,” Breed told the Investigative Unit. “I'm not seeing as much of what I used to before I took office.”

Breed’s claims of success come amid increasing complaints over filth and a new NBC Bay Area Investigation that details a spike in feces along the city’s dirtiest streets. The Investigative Unit obtained and analyzed San Francisco 311 complaint records and surveyed portions of downtown in an effort to examine the level of cleanliness across the city.

In comparing Breed’s first three months as mayor to the three months prior, 311 data reflects a rise in complaints concerning trash, human feces, and used syringes on streets and sidewalks throughout San Francisco.

“I don't think it's because the city is actually dirtier,” Breed told the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit. “I think it's because more people are reporting the challenges that exist.”

As a candidate, Breed promised a cleaner San Francisco within 90 days, if elected.

“I want people to see change within the first three months of my administration,” she said during an interview with the Investigative Unit in March. “There will be a significant difference, where it's noticeable,” she added.

During Mayor Breed’s first three months in office, San Francisco 311 data reflects an 8 percent increase in complaints over used needles, 3 percent increase concerning trash, and 30 percent increase regarding human feces.

Revisiting San Francisco’s Dirtiest Blocks

Earlier this year, the Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks in downtown San Francisco and exposed a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and human waste. This month, NBC Bay Area revisited 20 of the dirtiest blocks and found a 39 percent decrease in the number of needles on streets and sidewalks and a 67 percent increase in the amount of feces. The Investigative Unit walked down both sides of each block, noting and photographing each sighting of trash, needles, and feces. Feces was found on each of the 20 blocks. Along one block directly in front of the federal courthouse on Turk Street near Polk Street, feces were spotted at least 18 times.

Those results spell danger for San Francisco, according to microbiologist Wendy Kaler. Over the past 26 years, Kaler has worked as a consultant for hospitals and cities across the country and specializes in assessing risk of an infectious disease outbreak and reducing the likelihood.

“Where there’s feces, there’s risk,” said Kaler. “Where there’s lots of feces, there’s more risk.”

A walk through downtown San Francisco with Kaler is a sobering experience. While others simply see feces, she sees a reservoir that can harbor millions of bacteria. Pointing to the sidewalk, she said, “That is probably human feces, and probably looks like it's been stepped in or rolled over or something, so potentially it's been spread beyond that spot.” Her concern is whoever stepped on it might then accidentally infect themselves.

“Maybe you come home and then you’re hungry and you go grab a potato chip or something to eat, and you put your hand in your mouth without cleaning it first,” she said.

Even when feces isn’t visible on a sidewalk, infectious bacteria can still be present and alive. Unless a disinfectant is used, the ground can still contain enough bacteria to make someone sick.

“You don't need much,” said Kaler. “The fact that you don't see it doesn't mean there's not a dose there that would be infectious to a human being.”

Diseases such as Hepatitis A, Shigella, and Salmonella, which can all be spread through feces, are of most concern to Kaler.

“In the wrong situation with somebody who can’t fight it, Hepatitis A … can certainly be deadly,” she said.

According to the San Francisco Department of Public Health, infection rates for all three diseases have increased in the city over 10 years.

“I just always feel like ‘wow it's amazing that we don't have more outbreaks,’” said Kaler. “I just see so much risk.”

Reported Cases in San Francisco (2008)


  • Hepatitis A:  11
  • Salmonella:  118     
  • Shigella: 72


Reported Cases in San Francisco (2017)


  • Hepatitis A:  20
  • Salmonella:  165
  • Shigella:  186


When NBC Bay Area spoke with Breed at City Hall last week, the mayor was optimistic about winning the war against dirty streets.  

 “There is still work to be done, but it is changing, and it is gradually changing,” Breed said. “We've invested more resources, we're spending more time trying to get people housed, and we're focusing on those areas we know are the most problematic.”

The mayor recently assembled a new crew dubbed the “Poop Patrol” to clean feces across San Francisco seven days a week.

The city has spent more than $308 million cleaning up its streets in the past five years, but has struggled to develop trusted metrics to measure its job performance. 

In 2003, voters approved a measure that requires San Francisco to annually inspect and rate street cleanliness across the city. Over the past five years, San Francisco paid a public relations firm, JBR Partners, more than $400,000 to conduct those inspections. A recent NBC Bay Area investigation revealed the firm awarded San Francisco a nearly perfect cleanliness score for fiscal year 2016-17. As a result, the city concluded the data could be flawed and pledged to overhaul its process for measuring job performance within the city’s street cleaning program. That reform effort is still ongoing.

 “We're talking about the past and what I'm talking about is the future -- how are we going to fix it?” Breed said. “I am doing everything I can to invest the right resources into making San Francisco a lot cleaner.  It takes time to get to a better place.”

When asked at what point walking over feces would not be part of the norm in San Francisco, Breed declined to offer any sort of specific time frame. 

Instead, she responded, “I hope sooner rather than later.”  

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<![CDATA[Most Sonoma County School Closed Tuesday Due to Smoky Air]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:39:51 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SCHOOL+GENERIC4.jpg

The Sonoma County Office of Education on Monday night announced that about 80 to 90 percent of its schools would be closed Tuesday due to unhealthy air caused by smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County.

The following is a list of school closures for Tuesday, last updated at 9:45 p.m. Monday:

School Districts


  • Alexander Valley Union, Healdsburg
  • Bellevue Union, Santa Rosa
  • Bennett Valley, Santa Rosa
  • Cloverdale Unified, Cloverdale
  • Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified, Cotati/Rohnert Park
  • Cinnabar, Petaluma
  • Dunham, Petaluma
  • Forestville Union, Forestville
  • Geyserville Unified, Geyserville
  • Gravenstein Union, Sebastopol
  • Guerneville School, Guerneville
  • Harmony Union, Occidental
  • Healdsburg Unified, Healdsburg
  • Kenwood, Kenwood
  • Mark West Union, Santa Rosa
  • Monte Rio, Monte Rio
  • Montgomery
  • Oak Grove Union, Santa Rosa
  • Petaluma City Schools, Petaluma
  • Piner-Olivet Union, Santa Rosa
  • Rincon Valley, Santa Rosa
  • Roseland, Santa Rosa
  • Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa
  • Sebastopol Union, Sebastopol
  • Sonoma Valley Unified, Sonoma
  • Twin Hills, Sebastopol
  • Two Rock, Petaluma
  • Waugh, Petaluma
  • West Sonoma County Union High, Sebastopol/Forestville
  • Wilmar, Petaluma
  • Windsor Unified School District Windsor
  • Wright, Santa Rosa


Independent Charters/Other Programs


  • Credo High, Cotati/Rohnert Park
  • Kid Street Charter, Santa Rosa
  • Live Oak Charter, Petaluma
  • Pathways Charter (non-school day for staff development)
  • REACH Charter School
  • River Montessori Charter, Petaluma
  • Sebastopol Independent Charter, Sebastopol
  • SCOE: Headwaters, Amarosa, special ed programs including Transition and preschool
  • Woodland Star Charter, Sonoma
  • Village Charter
  • West County Special Ed Consortium
  • Woodland Star Charter, Sonoma

<![CDATA[Warriors Rally to Force OT Then Lose to Clippers]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:38:00 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/warriorstakeawaysap1.jpg

The Warriors didn’t have Stephen Curry at all, or Kevin Durant for the final four minutes. But, they nearly found a way to steal in victory in Los Angeles.

After wiping a 14-point deficit inside the final seven minutes of regulation to pull into a tie with the Clippers, the Warriors pushed it into overtime. They took their first lead of the game with 4:05 left in OT.

Nineteen seconds later, Durant fouled out and that pretty much handed the game to the Clippers, who posted a 121-116 victory at Staples Center.

Here are three takeaways from a game the Warriors (11-3) didn’t deserve to win:

They got outworked ... until the final 11 minutes: The Warriors saw the scouting report and watched video. They realized one of the keys to the Clippers' success is their tenacity. They don’t have the most talent, but they’ve been outworking opponents.

So what happened? For 42 minutes, the Warriors still got outworked.

The Warriors dragged on defense and paid a steep price, as the Clippers shot 60.5 percent in the first half and 54.1 percent through the first three quarters. LA was beating them badly on the glass (23-13 in the first half) and in second-chance points (9-0).

Though the Warriors turned those numbers around late in the fourth and OT, it wasn’t quite enough.

Durant didn’t get enough help on offense: Durant had another strong game on offense, with a triple-double: 33 points (10-of-24 shooting from the field), 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He did about what was anticipated.

He needed a sidekick, though, and for most of the game neither of the primary scoring threats -- Klay Thompson and Quinn Cook -- were up to the task.

Not until late in regulation and in overtime did Thompson rediscover his stroke. He finished with 31 points, 20 in the fourth quarter and OT. He was 5-of-19 from the field before rallying to finish 13-of-31.

Cook, coming off a 27-point performance on Saturday, managed only 7 points on 3-of-7 shooting. He was as toothless on Monday as he was terrific on Saturday.

The one portion of the that held up its end was the bench. The reserves combined for 39 points on 15-of-22 shooting. On a normal night, that tips the scales.

On this night, it was not enough.

Their young big men got cooked by those of LA: The Warriors are committed to relying mostly on their young centers -- Damian Jones, Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney -- to be a presence in the paint. They failed miserably in this game.

All three, and a few of their teammates, were taken to school by none other than Montrezl Harrell. LA’s hyperactive young big man spent the evening controlling most everything within 10 feet of the basket.

Jones, Bell and Looney played a combined 42 minutes, and submitted 11 points and six rebounds. Looney, who played 26 minutes, had a few moments but eventually wore down.

Harrell came away with 23 points (10-of-13 shooting), eight rebounds and four blocks. He was too good to take off the floor, and a big reason for LA’s 62-36 advantage in paint points.

The Warriors don’t need much from the youngsters. But they do need them to provide more resistance.

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<![CDATA[Transbay Terminal Crack Origin Had Late Modification]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 20:30:41 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Transbay_Terminal_Crack_Origin_Had_Late_Modification.jpg

An image released by the Transbay Authority's governing body shows where one of the giant cracks in steel beams originated, and NBC Bay Area learned it was cut late in the construction process to meet specifications and avoid further delays. Investigative reporter Jaxon Van Derbeken reports.

<![CDATA[Mullens, 49ers Fall to Giants on 'Monday Night Football']]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:41:48 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/49ers-mullens-1112.jpg

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers head into the bye week after another gut punch to the stomach.

The 49ers coughed up a late lead, as Eli Manning rallied the New York Giants to a 27-23 win Monday night at Levi’s Stadium.

Manning hit Sterling Shepard for a 3-yard touchdown pass with 53 seconds remaining for the winning points. The 49ers have lost four games this season by three points or fewer.

The 49ers fall to 2-8 on the season, while the Giants improve to 2-7.

Here are three quick takeaways from the 49ers’ loss:

Mullens not as sharp in his second start: 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan didn't make any promises for Mullens starting beyond this game. And the quarterback's second start wasn't as spotless as his Week 9 debut.

Mullens threw three touchdown passes without an interception in that 49ers win over the Raiders. Mullens threw a pick in the first quarter of this game, though, as Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson intercepted a pass intended for Kendrick Bourne.

Three plays later, Eli Manning threw a 10-yard TD pass to Odell Beckham Jr., who found a space equal distance from 49ers defensive backs K’Waun Williams, Ahkello Witherspoon and Jimmie Ward.

Mullens led a drive for a field goal at the end of the first half, then threw an 11-yard TD pass to Matt Breida to cap the first series of the second half. The scoring pass gave the 49ers a 20-10 lead.

Mullens finished 27-of-38 passing for 250 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. His last-second pass from the Giants' 21-yard line sailed out the back of the end zone as time expired.

Tight end George Kittle was the 49ers’ top pass-catcher with a career-best nine receptions for 83 yards. Breida rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

Defense puts clamps on Barkley: The 49ers managed to keep Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley under control for most of the night. The No. 2 overall pick in the draft had an 18-yard run early in the game, but the rest of his yards did not come easy, as the rookie finished with 67 on 20 carries.

Barkley did break free out of the backfield for a 23-yard reception late in the fourth quarter, setting up Manning’s winning pass to Shepard.

The 49ers’ pass defense wasn't as dominant as in last week's win over the Raiders, but Manning didn't put up gaudy numbers, either. He completed 19 of 31 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns. Beckham caught four passes for 73 yards and two TDs.

The 49ers had their best showing of the season a week earlier, racking up eight sacks against Derek Carr and the Raiders. Manning was sacked 31 times in the Giants’ first eight games.

But the 49ers’ first and only sack on Monday was a big one, as DeForest Buckner and Dekoda Watson teamed up to bring down Manning for an 8-yard loss on a key third-and-7 play. The 49ers took over and put together a go-ahead drive. Kicker Robbie Gould made a 30-yard field goal with 2:50 remaining for a 23-20 lead.

Air quality: Unhealthy: The game was played with an air-quality index in the mid-160s, which is classified as “unhealthy.” According to the NFL, a game would be postponed or moved if the index were consistently above 200 for a significant period of time.

There was a layer of haze noticeable on Monday at Levi’s Stadium, but the smoke did not appear to have any discernable impact on the game.

The poor air quality is a result of smoke from the Camp Fire, which has decimated most of the Northern California town of Paradise – approximately 200 miles northeast of Santa Clara.

The 49ers hosted the Paradise High football team, coaches and cheerleaders on Monday. John Lynch, 49ers general manager, greeted the team before the game and invited them out to the field for the playing of the national anthem.

The Paradise team vacated its first-round Northern Section playoff game. The scheduled opponent, Red Bluff, offered to forfeit to allow Paradise a bye week, but with many students and coaches losing their homes in the fire, Paradise opted to bring a premature end to its season.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Camp Fire Smoke Turns Bay Area Skies Murky]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:33:19 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/smokeysf10.JPG

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<![CDATA[Search Continues for People Missing in Camp Fire]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:50:56 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CampFireFirefighting.JPG

Search and rescue teams are working around the clock to locate the many people still unaccounted for in the Camp Fire raging in Butte County. Jodi Hernandez reports.

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<![CDATA[How and Where to Donate to Wildfire Victims]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:09:04 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fire_donations_1112_4927895.JPG

A lot of fire victims will need help to get back on their feet. Here’s a list of organizations that are taking donations to support people.

North Valley Community Foundation: A spokesperson for the foundation said it had established a special fund for Camp Fire victims and already collected $700,000 in the first few days after the fires. The fund intended to distribute 99 percent of donations to help people with immediate needs, he said.

Ventura County Community Foundation: The foundation’s website said it had set up a fund for victims of the Woolsey Fire. It said donations “will be used across our county, and will be directed to the areas of greatest need.”

Center For Disaster Philanthropy: This Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit has partnered with Google, which is directing users to CDP to donate. The group’s president said Monday that its mission is to support other nonprofits with people’s long-term needs.

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army says 100 percent of donations will be used for wildfire recovery. Its website said the Salvation Army had already provided more than 150,000 meals.

GoFundMe: Dozens of families are asking for money on this GoFundMe. One Paradise family, for example raised more than $26,000 from 261 donors in just three days.

Note: Please be aware that GoFundMe does not vet all the requests on its site. We recommend that you make a personal connection before you donate.

Also note that donations to individuals are not tax deductible. The IRS only gives you a tax break for contributions to registered nonprofit organizations.

<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area Teams Up With Safeway to 'Feed the Need']]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:35:54 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NBC_Bay_Area_and_Safeway_Feed_the_Need_Holiday_Food_Drive.jpg

NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 are teaming up with Safeway to 'Feed the Need.' It's all part of a month-long effort to fight hunger in the Bay Area. Vianey Arana reports.

<![CDATA[Trump Changes Tone, OKs Major Disaster Declaration For Calif]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 20:03:35 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/11-10-2018-newsom-trump.jpg

In a stark contrast from the weekend, President Donald Trump on Monday changed his tone, approving a major disaster declaration for California after threatening to pull funding from the state where three mass wildfires are currently burning across multiple communities and cities.

"I just approved an expedited request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California. Wanted to respond quickly in order to alleviate some of the incredible suffering going on. I am with you all the way. God Bless all of the victims and families affected." Trump tweeted.

In a statement, the White House said the President's declaration paved the way for federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires beginning on Nov. 8.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

FEMA tweeted that the president's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura. Assistance will include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.

The International Association of Fire Fighters called Trump's earlier comment about massive wildfires burning throughout California "irresponsible, reckless and insulting."

Trump said Saturday via Twitter that "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California." The president added that "billions of dollars were given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted again about the fire, saying "with proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California. Get Smart!"

The firefighters union responded to what were Trump's first words about the wildfires, including a blaze that incinerated most of the Northern California town of Paradise and killed at least 29 people, saying that his "crass" suggestion in cutting off federal payments to the state "shows a troubling lack of real comprehension about the disaster at hand."

"The early moments of fires such as these are a critical time, when lives are lost, entire communities are wiped off the map and our members are injured trying to stop these monstrous wildfires," Harold Schaitberger, General President of the IAFF said in a statement.

Brian Rice, president of the California Professional Firefighters Association, called President Trump's statements about forest management "dangerously wrong."

"The president’s assertion that California’s forest management policies are to blame for catastrophic wildfire is dangerously wrong," Rice, head of the 30,000-member organization, said. "Wildfires are sparked and spread not only in forested areas but in populated areas and open fields fueled by parched vegetation, high winds, low humidity and geography. Moreover, nearly 60 percent of California forests are under federal management, and another two-thirds under private control. It is the federal government that has chosen to divert resources away from forest management, not California."

California governor-elect Gavin Newsom responded to the president's tweet saying that right now is not a time for partisanship.

"Lives have been lost. Entire towns have been burned to the ground. Cars abandoned on the side of the road. People are being forced to flee their homes," Newsom tweeted. "This is a time for coordinating relief and response and lifting those in need up."

California Rep. Henry Stern (D-27th district) addressed Trump's tweet Friday afternoon during a press conference in Southern California, saying "Fires don't respect politics or jurisdiction."

Stern requested that the president "pursue a major disaster declaration and not make this a political incident. We have many parties, many views out here, and this is not about politics. It's about people."

Trump took a more empathetic tone later in the day, tweeting sympathies for firefighters, people who have fled their homes and the families of those killed by the flames.

Wildfires also raged in Southern California, including the town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman days earlier killed a dozen people at a local bar.

Trump earlier issued an emergency declaration providing federal funds to help firefighters.

Thousands of IAFF members have assisted in rescuing and evacuating people in direct path of the flames, according to the organization.

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<![CDATA[Korean War Vet Leads Veterans Day Observance in SF]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:03:36 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/veterans_day_1112_4927461.JPG

It’s often called the forgotten war, and Monday at San Francisco’s Presidio, it certainly looked that way.

A handful of veterans gathered for a Veterans Day observance service at the Korean War memorial. The crowd was sparse likely because the Korean War vets were encouraged to cancel their event due to the unhealthy air.

The Presidio Trust told event organizers the air was too smoky to put out folding chairs or flags. So Gunnery Sgt. Denny Weisgerber stood on his artificial leg, the one he got along with a Purple Heart and the Navy Cross after leading a four-man team to take out a machine gun.

"I came back down to get the platoon, and one of my guys was missing, so I went back up to get him," said Weisgerber, a Milpitas resident. "He’d been badly wounded; put him on my back and carried him down the hill."

Weisgerber said mortar fire chased him as he ran.

"One went off between my feet, blew me down the hill a ways," he said. "It killed my partner, and long story short, they sent me home with one leg and retired me out of the Marine Corps in 1953."

Weisgerber came home to Milpitas and served three terms as mayor in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, he volunteers at the VA to counsel amputees and Marines suffering from post-traumatic stress.

"Counseling those guys on how to settle down, face what’s happening and get back into life," he explained.

For Weisgerber, the Korean War was the beginning of a life of service. That includes showing up on days like Monday.

"Maybe they short-changed us a little bit, but we’re here," he said. "We’re here to commemorate Veterans Day and to celebrate, and by god, that’s what we’re going to do."

Weisgerber said the men and women coming home with post-traumatic stress need to be around service members who’ve lived though the trauma of war because those who haven’t experienced it just don’t understand what it's like.

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<![CDATA[Before & After: NorCal Wildfire Leaves Town Unrecognizable]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:19:56 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1059345820.jpg

Dozens of people have been confirmed dead in the wildfire that turned the Northern California town of Paradise and surrounding areas into "hell on earth," resulting in the most destructive blaze in state history.

The Butte County wildfire has burned an area that's four times the size of San Francisco. Thousands of structures have been destroyed by the blaze, most of them homes.

"Honestly, it looks like Armageddon," was how one state fire official described it.

The slides below show the before and after scenes from Paradise.

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<![CDATA[March to End Gun Violence in Honor of Mass Shooting Victim]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:39:37 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MarchtoEndGunViolence.JPG

Days after a young woman with Napa ties was killed in a mass shooting at a bar in Southern California, people on Monday hit the ground in the North Bay for a march to end gun violence.

The so-called Heroes March at Memorial Stadium in Napa honored Alaina Housley — one of the 12 people killed at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday night — as well as all others who have been impacted by gun violence.

Housley's father said his daughter wasn’t at the wrong place at the wrong time. He and his wife would have encouraged Alaina to go line dancing that night, Arik Housley said.

"She was in the right place; she was at Pepperdine. She loved it there," he said.

The pain over losing his only daughter comes in waves, he said. But one word you won’t hear coming out of Arik Housley’s mouth is regret.

"If this is the platform, we need to raise her voice, make this world a better place," he said. "If it just saves one more life, if it just stops one more shooting, it’s worth it."

Before Monday's march, hundreds of residents on Sunday lined the streets of Napa for the procession of cars carrying the body of Housley back to the area.

"I played soccer with Alaina and went to school with her my whole life, so it was just important to be a part of the family that’s here and show our respect and love," former classmate Madeline Beitz said.

Others fondly remembered the last time they got to spend time with Housley.

"A year ago, because she was also in choir," retired educator Bonnie Broxton recalled. "Just the all-American girl in every way. Friendly, lovely, good grades, over achieving in every way. And the family means so much to our community."

The procession route was also lined with a small group of young people holding signs about the epidemic of gun violence.

"It’s a disgrace," Emiliano Hurtado said. "We should really just hope that future generations don’t have to go through this."

Housley graduated from Napa's Vintage High School in June and was attending Pepperdine University, following in her parents' footsteps.

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<![CDATA[Interactive: Camp Fire Containment, Damage Map, Air Quality]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:44:32 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CampFireMondayThumb.JPG

The Camp Fire roaring in Northern California's Sierra Nevada foothills has destroyed thousands of homes and left dozens of people dead in a matter of days.






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<![CDATA[By the Numbers: Deadly and Destructive Camp Fire]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:13:19 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CampFireNumbersThumb.JPG

In a matter of days, a massive blaze raging in Northern California became the most destructive and deadliest wildfire on record in California history.

Ferocious, wind-whipped flames from the Camp Fire burning in Butte County have wiped out thousands of homes and left dozens of people dead since igniting on the morning of Nov. 8.

Scroll down to find a breakdown of the historic wildfire by the numbers, as reported by Cal Fire:

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Injuries and Fatalities:

Civilian fatalities: 48

Civilian injuries: 0

Firefighter fatalities: 0

Firefighter injuries: 3

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Wildfire Size:

Land burned: 130,000 acres

Containment: 35 percent

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Structures Damaged and Destroyed:

Single residences destroyed: 6,522

Single residences damaged: 75

Multiple residences destroyed: 85

Commercial buildings destroyed: 260

Commercial buildings damaged: 32

Minor structures destroyed: 722

Structures threatened: 15,500

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Firefighting Effort:

Total personnel: 5,139

Fire engines: 622

Water tenders: 71

Helicopters: 21

Hand crews: 97

Dozers: 107

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Important Dates and Times:

Fire start time: 6:29 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8

Full containment expected: Friday, Nov. 30

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<![CDATA[I-880 Overnight Closures Planned in Oakland]]> Sun, 11 Nov 2018 23:02:12 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Road+Closed+Sign+Thumb.jpg

Caltrans will completely close Interstate 880, both the northbound and southbound lanes at various times, in Oakland starting Sunday night and through at least Wednesday night, to demolish the old 23rd Avenue overcrossing.

The closure schedule is:


  • Southbound lanes of I-880, 11:59 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday.
  • Northbound lanes from 11:59 p.m. Tuesday through 5 a.m.
  • Wednesday.
  • Northbound lanes, tentatively, 11:59 p.m. Wednesday through 5 a.m. Thursday.


The above days and times will depend on the weather; the work will be rescheduled, if necessary.

The new 23rd Avenue overcrossing opened Saturday. There will be detours around the work; follow the signs and Caltrans flagging crews, and allow extra time during the very-early-morning commute.

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The Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek stepped up Sunday and collected donations to aid pets and other animals impacted by the deadly Camp Fire in Butte County. Christie Smith reports.