<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area https://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usTue, 12 Dec 2017 14:17:06 -0800Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:17:06 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bay Area Sports Community Pays Tribute to Late SF Mayor Lee]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:12:52 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ed_lee_warriors_parade_ap.jpg

The Bay Area community — its sports teams included — is reeling from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's untimely death early Tuesday.

The San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors joined a slew of state politicians and city leaders in expressing their grief.

Jed York, the chief executive officer of the 49ers, took to Twitter, saying, "So saddened by the loss of Mayor Ed Lee. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

The 49ers also released a statement.

"The citizens of San Francisco and the greater Bay Area have lost a wonderful man and a tremendous leader with the passing of Mayor Lee. Our hearts go out to Anita, Tania, Brianna and his entire family. Ed was a friend that we came to admire deeply for his compassion for others and his tireless work to effect positive change in both his city and throughout society," it said.

Lee, 65, was San Francisco's first Asian-American mayor who was elected into office in 2011. Board of Supervisors President London Breed has succeeded him as acting mayor.

The Warriors issued a statement that said in part that the NBA champions are “stunned” by Lee’s death and will miss him.

“The lasting impact he leaves on the City of San Francisco is a timeless tribute to his incredible leadership and vision,” the Warriors wrote. “His love and passion for sports, including the Warriors, defined him as much as his witty humor and engaging personality. We will be eternally grateful for his commitment to the building of Chase Center — once termed his ‘legacy project’ as Mayor — and his dedication to making San Francisco one of the greatest cities in the world.”

The Giants echoed the same sentiment about Lee, with whom, they said, team players have “shared so many wonderful memories.”

“He was a true San Franciscan who devoted his life to serving our great city and to supporting those most in need. He was the Giants' number one fan,” their statement said.

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<![CDATA[ Holiday Lights Add Sparkle to the Bay Area]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:22:09 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/XMAS+LIGHTS3.jpg

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<![CDATA[Mayor Ed Lee's Plans for San Francisco's Future]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:45:29 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LEEINAUGURATIONPKG_5762905_1200x675_1114717251833.jpg San Francisco Mayor Ed lee was sworn in today and he laid out his vision for the city for the next few years. He also did something that no other mayor has done before.]]> <![CDATA[What's Next for SF? London Breed Takes Over as Acting Mayor]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:51:53 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LondonBreedSFMayor.JPG

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died unexpectedly early Tuesday, leaving the office of the mayor to be filled by Board of Supervisors President and native San Franciscan London Breed.

Breed will serve as the city's acting mayor, according to the city's charter, but the board has the opportunity to meet and select an interim mayor if they decide to. 

"[Breed] has all the powers and responsibilities that come with the office," San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said. "She will have all of those duties until such time as the board of supervisors votes on a successor should they chose to do so, although they are not required to do so." 

Regardless, an election will take place on June 5, 2018, according to Herrera. The elected mayor will finish out Lee's unexpired term and serve until Jan. 8, 2020. 

Breed, who was first elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2012, had been representing District 5, which includes the Western Addition, Hayes Valley, Japantown, Cole Valley and Inner Sunset neighborhoods. Nearly three years ago, Breed was elected to serve as president of the board.

During the November 2016 election, Breed was re-elected to be District 5's supervisor, and she was unanimously re-elected to be board president two months later.

Much of her attention since becoming board president has been focused on housing, clean energy and transportation, to name a few.

Breed grew up in the Western Addition neighborhood before enrolling at the University of California, Davis where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science-public service and minored in African American studies, according to the city. Breed then earned her master's degree in public administration at the University of San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Ed Lee Remembered at San Francisco City Hall]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:07:04 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/25383133_10100287568319286_1544046510_o.jpg The San Francisco City Hall community mourned the death of Mayor Ed Lee during a brief news conference on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Remembering Mayor Ed Lee: Politicians Pay Tribute]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:11:53 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PoliticiansRememberLee.JPG

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died unexpectedly early Tuesday, prompting a wave of condolences and tributes to pour in from former colleagues and politicians.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Jerry Brown, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio were just some of the political leaders who chimed in to remember the 43rd mayor of the city by the bay.

In expressing his "deepest condolences" to Lee and his family, Brown on Twitter wrote, "Ed was a true champion for working people and epitomized the California spirit."

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who preceded Lee as mayor of San Francisco, also took to Twitter and said the city "lost a selfless leader and dedicated public servant whose intellect, integrity, boundless optimism & contagious love elevated our City."

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee," Harris wrote on Twitter. "He was a fierce advocate for civil rights and worked tirelessly for workers’ rights and his leadership will be missed. Keeping the mayor’s family in my prayers during this difficult time."

Feinstein, Harris' fellow California senator, issued a statement after learning about Lee's passing, stating, "It's a very sad day for San Francisco and all of us who knew Ed."

"Ed was an excellent mayor of a great but sometimes challenging city," part of Feinstein's statement read. "His equanimity and quiet management style was effective and allowed him to solve problems as they occurred."

Pelosi, who represents San Francisco in Congress, said she was "heartbroken" to learn the news. She called Lee a "dear friend" and "extraordinary leader," and she applauded him for being a leader who prioritized the public and helped the city prosper economically during his time at the helm.

"His passing is not only a tragic official loss for our city but also a profound personal loss for all who were fortunate enough to call him friend," Pelosi said in a statement.

Schaaf on Twitter offered condolensces to Lee's wife and two daughters and celebrated Lee's legacy.

"Mayor Ed Lee served his community with passion and humility, broke historic barriers, led with a compassionate heart, and was a valued friend and colleague," Schaaf wrote. "He will be missed dearly."

Fellow Bay Area Mayor Sam Liccardo, who represents San Jose, also called Lee a "dear friend."

"Ed was a good and incredibly gracious man, at a time when goodness, graciousness, and civility are not sufficiently valued in public life," Liccardo penned on Twitter.

Swalwell also took to Twitter, writing, "Wishing Ed’s family peace as they grieve. We will miss Ed dearly. He was a friend to all and the devoted servant #SanFrancisco needed during such a transformational time."

East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee, also saddened by the loss, said on Twitter that the San Francisco mayor was "an unshakable force for good in SF & the entire Bay Area."

Across the county, de Blasio noted that Lee was "a good friend and a tireless fighter for the people of San Francisco."

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<![CDATA[Raiders' Cooper Having Worst Season of Three-Year Career]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:55:30 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Kkopppdown.jpg

It may be time for Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper to hit the pause button on 2017. In fact, it may be time for Cooper to forget about 2017 and start focusing on 2018.

After two terrific Pro Bowl seasons to start his NFL career, Cooper is having a disappointing season that seems to keep getting worse.

Cooper suffered an ankle injury in Week 12 – in the same game he had a concussion against the Broncos – missed some playing time and then was knocked out of Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs early when he re-injured the ankle while blocking on a running play.

Now, with the Raiders at 6-7 with three games remaining and facing an uphill battle to get back atop the AFC West while trailing the 7-6 Chargers and Chiefs, Cooper will likely be unavailable for this Sunday’s game against the Cowboys at the Oakland Coliseum. The following week’s game against the Eagles and season finale vs. the Chargers could also be in jeopardy.

“He re-injured it,” head coach Jack Del Rio told the media, in regard to Cooper’s ankle. “Where that puts him now we will evaluate as we go through the week.”

Even when he was healthy earlier this season, however, Cooper hasn’t played like the Cooper of 2016 and 2015. He’s been targeted fewer times and been plagued by more drops. In 2016 he caught 83 passes for 1,153 yards. In 2015 he had 72 catches for 1,070 yards. This season he has 42 catches for 499 yards and his 48.8 percent catch rate is the lowest of his career, after posting a rate of 62.9 percent last season and 55.4 percent as a rookie.

The Raiders’ passing game as a whole this season hasn’t been as good as it was in 2016, and the production by Cooper has been a factor. But, the pass blocking also was shakier early in the season, quarterback Derek Carr hasn’t been as sharp and the offense as a whole has taken a step back in 2016.

So, with two injuries to the same ankle, we may not see Cooper on the field again for a while. If the Raiders offense is to come alive over the last three games, other wide receivers are going to have to play a larger role.

Sunday’s game against the 7-6 Cowboys is set to kick off at 5:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Life and Times of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee ]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:20:51 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LeeGallery.JPG San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early

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<![CDATA[Fire Burns Homes, Prompts Evacuations in Oakland Hills]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:59:31 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/oakland+hills+fire-1211.jpg

Five structures burned and 50 homes were evacuated late Monday after a blaze ignited in the Oakland Hills, according to fire officials.

The blaze sparked around 11:30 p.m. at a two-story house that is under construction on the 6800 block of Snake Road in the Montclair neighborhood, officials said. Flames then spread to one more home on Snake Road and three others on Silimar Circle. 

Seventy-one firefighters and 23 units responded to the blaze, and appeared to have the main fire under control around 1 a.m. 

Residents were evacuated to Montclair Elementary School before being allowed to return to their homes, according to fire officials. 

Several accounts of the blaze were posted on social media, including one from Vassil Mladjov, who said an evacuation was in progress. He captured video of firefighters preparing to launch a drone.

Another tweet from Nikhil said he was evacuated from the 1800 block of Gouldin Road. 

Yet another tweet from @tracey_pooh said the flames were about six blocks from her house, and she saw an orange glow up the hill from her home.

Following October's North Bay fires and the current blazes burning in Southern California, Oakland Fire Department Chief Darin White said Golden State residents need to be on heightened alert.

"I think as we can see what's taken place here in Oakland and what's happened in Southern California and other areas of the state and in this region, fire safety is truly important and is starting to become something that people need to be more concerned about on a year-round basis, not just seasonal," he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[From the Archives: Ed Lee is Sworn in as Mayor]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:23:28 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/lee3.jpg

San Francisco Mayor Ed lee was sworn in Jan. 9, 2012 and he laid out his vision for the city. He also did something that no other mayor has done before.

<![CDATA[Bringing Lights, Holiday Cheer Back to Fire-Ravaged Zone]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:51:46 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sr_lights_1211_1057989.JPG

One man in Sonoma County has taken it upon himself to bring holiday cheer back to a fire-ravaged Santa Rosa neighborhood one light at a time.

The pictures of the flattened Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa are all too familiar, but there is something new about the most recent snapshots: lights hanging on trees where homes have been burned to the ground.

It’s a dream come true for Ronnie Duvall, whose one wish is to bring hope where hope seems lost.

"You already know what happened to the neighborhood," Duvall said. "There's not a lot of people coming through. Before all this happened, everybody use to decorate their houses with lights."

Duvall had made it his mission to raise this fire ravaged neighborhood from the ashes with holiday lights.

"I was afraid of the residents being turned off by the lights being here," he said. "That’s why I do it at night. Not like they would see me."

But Duvall found it difficult to continue to be invisible. He started out with 30 strings of lights, and that grew to 60. Now, there are too many to count.

"It’s been evolving magically," he said.

Coffey Park resident Travis Garrison, whose home was destroyed during the fire, said the lights are a welcome sight.

"It kind of gives people a positive reason to come back," he said. "There’s been so many negative reasons, coming back digging through the ashes."

Garrison recalled what his home looked like during the holidays before the fire. It brings him hope, the very hope Duvall wants to bring back to Coffey Park.

"This is a new life for me, to enjoy Christmas in a different way," Duvall said. "Now I have a lot of neighbors that I didn’t know before. We are all going to celebrate this Christmas together."

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<![CDATA[Woman Threatens to Kill Passengers on Southwest Flight]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:32:52 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/valerie-curbelo-1211.jpg

A Southwest Airlines flight from Portland to Sacramento on Saturday took a startling turn when an agitated woman started shouting that she was going to "kill everybody on this (expletive) plane."

The frightful incident, which was captured on video, started after the 24-year-old woman, who has been identified as Valerie Curbelo, was found to have broken federal laws by tampering with a smoke detector and smoking in one of the plane's lavatories, according to Southwest Airlines.

Curbelo was later seen on video gathering her belongings before yelling at a flight attendant, saying, "I have a destination for this. I have a destination for myself, and I need to go there. I swear if you don't (expletive) land, I will (expletive) kill everybody on this (expletive) plane."

The flight attendant then asked Curbelo to sit down, but she said, again, "I will kill everybody on this (expletive) plane."

Pilots declared an emergency in order to "receive priority handling from air traffic controllers," according to a statement from Southwest Airlines.

Curbelo had to be restrained while the plane made its descent, according to the Sacramento County sheriff's office. 

After the other passengers on the plane were allowed to exit, sheriff's deputies boarded and took Curbelo to a waiting patrol vehicle, according to the sheriff's department.

Public records indicate that Curbelo was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail. Her bail was set at $75,000, and she is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

A total of 136 passengers and five crew members were on the flight, according to the airline.

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<![CDATA[Role Players Step Up, Lead Shorthanded Warriors Past Blazers]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:28:40 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/david-west-dunk-blazers-usatsi.jpg

OAKLAND -- Using most of the same primary ingredient that created an undefeated six-game road trip, the Warriors returned to Oracle Arena Monday night and hung on for a 111-104 win over the Trail Blazers.

Kevin Durant led the Warriors in scoring for the third consecutive game, totaling 28 points. Klay Thompson had 24 points, Nick Young 12, Jordan Bell and Omri Casspi 11 each.

Once again, the Warriors (22-6) rode their defense, holding Portland to 42-percent shooting from the field, including 33.3 percent in the defining third quarter.

Damian Lillard scored a game-high 39 points to lead Portland (13-13), which lost its fifth consecutive game.

STANDOUT PERFORMER: On a night when most everybody made a positive contribution, no one among the Warriors was more essential than Durant.

Durant’s line: 28 points (11-of-21 from the field, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc, 4-of-4 from the line), nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks. He played 36 minutes and finished plus-8.

Bell, who started in place of Draymond Green (a late scratch), also shined, totaling 11 points (5-of-6 shooting from the field, 1-of-2 from the line), six rebounds, two assists and one block. He played 26 minutes and finished a team-best plus-14.

TURNING POINT: After Jake Layman made a pair of free throws to tie the score at 32-32, with 10:07 left in the second quarter, the Warriors responded with an 18-6 run to take a 50-38 lead with 3:15 left in the half.

The Warriors limited the Blazers to 2-of-11 shooting (18.2 percent), with four turnovers, during that stretch.

Though the Warriors led by as much as 24 in the second half, the Blazers got within seven in the final seconds.

INJURY UPDATE: WARRIORS: F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness) was listed as probable and downgraded to out. G Pat McCaw (concussion, nose contusion) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available. G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain) and C Zaza Pachulia (L shoulder soreness) were listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

BLAZERS: F Maurice Harkless (L quad soreness) and C Jusuf Nurkic (R ankle sprain) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Warriors return to action Thursday night, when they face the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.

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<![CDATA[Antioch Police Arrest Man in 1980 Murder of Teenage Girl]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:52:36 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bacom-suzanne-1211.jpg

A convicted rapist was arrested Monday in the 1980 abduction, rape and killing of a teenage girl, Antioch police said. 

The killing had been the oldest open cold case homicide on record in the East Bay city. 

At about 5 p.m., Mitchell Lynn Bacom, 63, was taken into custody in the June 1980 murder of 14-year-old Suzanne Bombardier, who had been taken in the middle of the night from her sister's home in Antioch, police said. She had been missing for five days before her body was found in the San Joaquin River, near the Antioch Bridge.

The cause of death was determined to be one stab wound to the chest that penetrated her heart, police said. Evidence at the time indicated she had been sexually assaulted.

Bacom was identified as the suspect through DNA testing, police said. He is being held on charges of murder, kidnapping, rape and oral copulation.

Since Suzanne's death, Bacom has been convicted twice on sex-related crimes and other felonies: in Iselton in 1981 and in Contra Costa County in 2002. Before Suzanne's death, he had been convicted of rape and other felonies in Mountain View in 1974.

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara Man Arrested on Suspicion of Child Porn]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:19:02 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/reza-1211.jpg

A Santa Clara man was arrested last week on suspicion of child porn possession and other sex crimes, the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department said Monday.

Shahriyar Mohammed Reza, 26, was arrested Dec. 7 at his Santa Clara home on charges he possessed child pornography, arranged to meet a minor for sex acts and caused a minor to send harmful matter over the internet, police said.

Reza befriended the victim via social media communication, police said. He requested illicit images and attempted to meet with the victim to solicit lewd and lascivious conduct.

Officers with Los Gatos, Santa Clara and San Jose collaborated on the arrest in the 3700 block of Lillick Drive in Santa Clara. Reza was booked into County Jail on multiple charges.

Police believe there could be additional victims and are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information about the incident or Reza should contact the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department at 408-354-8600.

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<![CDATA[Arson Suspected in Fires Along Interstate 680 in San Jose]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:48:09 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_arson_fires_1210_1044468.JPG

An arson investigation is underway after several fires ignited along Interstate 680 in San Jose on Saturday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Investigators believe 13 separate fires along I-680 were the work of one arsonist, and they are searching for the suspect, the CHP said. One person in the area of the fires was detained early Monday and released later in the day. No arrests have been made.

CHP officials said three more fires ignited in the same area Monday evening.

First responders initially found three small fires burning Saturday evening along southbound Interstate 680 in the area around Landess Avenue and Hostetter Road, according to the CHP. They also found 10 other small fires burning in the northbound direction.

Witnesses told officials that they saw a person leaving the area on a bicycle, according to the CHP. The person was last seen on the Cropley Avenue overcrossing.

Residents and fire officials alike are concerned.

"When you have a fire on the side of the freeway, it seems pretty benign," San Jose fire Capt. Dan Vega said. "But people’s houses do come up to the freeway. You worry about it spreading to a home or hurting somebody."

Neighbors living along the freeway were on edge Sunday night. 

Resident Audrey Fernandez said she was stunned when she went out to her car Saturday night.

"There was a lot of smoke covering the sky," she said, adding that the flames came just a few feet from her backyard. "The fire burning our house does concern me."

If anyone has any information regarding the fires, they should contact CHP's San Jose office. 

NBC Bay Area's Damian Trujillo and Thom Jensen contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Witnesses Describe Ghost Ship Warehouse as a 'Death Trap']]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:02:15 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/warehouse-fire-split.jpg

Two witnesses at the preliminary hearing for Ghost Ship warehouse master tenant Derick Almena and creative director Max Harris described the structure where 36 people died in a fire last year as a death trap.

Construction worker Rodney Griffin testified that when he told Almena, 47, that the building at 1309 31st Ave. was a death trap Almena responded by joking that the warehouse, which also was called the Satya Yuga

Collective, should be called the "Satya Yuga death trap."

Electrician Robert Jacobitz, 56, also described the building as "a death trap" because of all the electrical problems it had.

Jacobitz said he warned Almena that he needed to do more electrical work to make the building safer, but he said, "I don't think he (Almena) took it seriously."

Jacobitz said he made some minor electrical repairs to the building but said Almena indicated that he didn't have the kind of money needed to make the necessary repairs.

Jacobitz said that at one point he warned Almena, "It (the warehouse) is going to go at any time" so Almena finally bought a fire door, but he said it wasn't completely installed, and Almena didn't get a permit for it.

In another bad sign for the defense, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Horner, who's presiding over the hearing for Almena and Harris, strongly admonished one of Harris' three defense lawyers, Samuel Geller, when he asked witness Carmen Brita if she had been quoted in news articles as saying that Harris is "an innocent man."

The two prosecutors in the case immediately objected to Geller's question, and Horner told Geller, "Don't do that again. Don't ask that kind of question in this courtroom."

The fire that broke out at the warehouse during a music party on the night of Dec. 2, 2016, killed 36 people.

Almena and Harris, 27, who are in custody in lieu of $750,000 bail, are charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the fire, one count for each person who died.

The purpose of their preliminary hearing, which has lasted three days so far and will resume Tuesday, is to determine if there's enough evidence for them to stand trial.

Prosecutors allege that the warehouse violated several rules under the California Fire Code, such as not having adequate, fire-suppression systems, smoke alarms, exit signs and sprinklers.

Prosecutors also allege that Almena fostered an environment in which highly flammable materials were allowed and that Almena and Harris remodeled the warehouse without going through proper inspection and permitting procedures.

Brita, a schoolteacher, said she moved into the warehouse on New Year's Day in 2016 and described it as "the most beautiful place I've ever lived. Everything together has a sort of magic to it."

Brita, who was on the verge of tears as she talked about the building, said, "Everybody who came into that place knew it was beautiful. It was just fun, and it was vibrant, and I just felt safe there."

She said she paid $565 a month to live there but said she didn't consider that sum to be rent and instead thought of it "more like a contribution for a collective."

Brita said the warehouse was filled with artwork, tapestries, rugs, statues, pianos and RVs that were used as living spaces, but in response to a question from one of Almena's lawyers, Tony Serra, she didn't consider it to be a fire trap.

Brita said, "Nobody ever thinks their house is the one that will burn down."

Under questioning by one of the prosecutors, David Lim, Brita admitted the building didn't have a fire alarm handle that someone could have pulled to set off an alarm that would have alerted the people who were at a noisy music party on the building's second floor when the blaze erupted.

She said, "That wasn't part of the original construction."

Brita said, "I just want everyone to know how fast it (the fire) happened. The entire window of opportunity (to get out safely) was less than five minutes."

She said she and others who had been on the first floor when the fire started and were able to get out quickly "didn't realize that nobody on the second floor heard us (warning them to get out) because of the music."

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<![CDATA[Scientists to Closely Monitor SpaceX Launch]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:59:37 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Scientists_to_Closely_Monitor_SpaceX_Launch.jpg

If the SpaceX launch goes off as planned on Tuesday it will have no fewer than four experiments put together at NASA Ames -- experiments that will help both astronauts in space and those of us here on Earth. Scott Budman reports.

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<![CDATA[Oakland City Service Workers Suspend Strike]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:30:55 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-886421232.jpg

A union representing Oakland city service workers said a strike that has lasted for seven days will be suspended.

An estimated 3,000 city employees are set to return to work on Tuesday while the union and city continue to negotiate. Employees have picketed since last Tuesday.

Service Employees International Union Local 1021 has raised concerns about health and safety for cleanup workers.

The city is proposing a wage increase, but the union says the city's proposal does not keep pace with cost of living. Mayor Libby Schaaf previously said the city has addressed concerns about working conditions around homeless encampments, offering a premium wages and increases for other positions.

The mayor said the city also is facing sharp increases in pension costs over the next five years and can’t give what they don’t have. Union leaders say there are other revenue streams not being considered.

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<![CDATA[SFO Announces Free Short-Term Parking During the Holidays]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:45:31 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/10242017SFO_538724.JPG

Picking up someone at the airport may be a bit easier and less expensive this holiday season as San Francisco International Airport on Monday announced a free short-term parking option.

The pilot program makes short-term parking garages free for stays of 30 minutes or less, with the hope it will help reduce roadway congestion at the airport during the busy holiday season, officials said.

The option runs from Dec. 12 through Jan. 8 and is available in the domestic parking garage and both international parking garages A and G. The domestic garage also will have an express drop-off and pickup level on the fifth floor, allowing drivers and travelers an easy way to avoid congestion, airport officials said.

Any vehicles that enter and exit the hourly garages within a 30-minute window will not be charged, airport officials said. Vehicles parked in the garages for longer than 30 minutes will be charged for the full duration of their stay.

This option is available to private vehicles, limousines, and ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber. Taxis may also use the feature for drop-offs only, airport officials said.

After Jan. 8, the garages will revert to the pre-existing 10-minute grace period to enter and exit without charge.

The 30-minute pilot program will be evaluated for potential future use during other peak travel periods, officials said.

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<![CDATA[Raiders' Carrie Helps Kids 'Build-A-Bear']]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:59:58 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/theejhayekary.jpg

Raiders cornerback TJ Carrie holds a Build A Bear workshop at Pleasantons Stoneridge Mall as part of his foundation to motivate students. Colin Resch reports.

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<![CDATA[Sentencing For Sierra LaMar's Killer Set For Tuesday in SJ]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:10:25 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sierra-torres.jpg

The official sentencing for Antolin Garcia Torres, the convicted killer of Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar, is scheduled for Tuesday in San Jose.

Garcia-Torres, 26, was convicted in May of first-degree murder in the 15-year-old girl's death and the attempted kidnappings of three women in 2009.

The sentencing, which was originally scheduled to take place in September, was delayed as the court considered a challenge from the defense to remove Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Vanessa Zecher from the case.

Garcia-Torres and his attorneys claimed that a conflict existed between Zecher and lead investigator Herman Leon -- a Santa Clara County Sheriff's sergeant -- as she represented him as deputy county counsel in a previous civil lawsuit in 1991.

Zecher was the legal representative for Leon and other Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies in a suit 27 years ago that alleged Leon played a role in the death of Jeffrey Leonti, a mentally ill inmate, when he worked at the county's main jail as a guard.

A San Francisco Superior Court judge denied the motion to remove Zecher and a request for a new trial in November.

The penalty phase of the trial began May 16, a week after Garcia-Torres was found guilty of the missing teen's murder.

A jury decided not to hand Garcia-Torres the death penalty in June, sentencing him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jurors deliberated for around eight hours before deciding on the sentence for Garcia-Torres.

Prosecutors sought the death penalty for Garcia-Torres while his defense attorneys presented sympathetic evidence about the abuse, poverty and neglect his family endured as he grew up in order to sway jurors to give him a life sentence.

Garcia-Torres' father, an alcoholic who sexually abused a female relative from age 5 to 14 while Garcia-Torres was growing up, is serving a life sentence at Salinas Valley State Prison.

Sierra's body has not been found since she missed her bus to Ann Sobrato High School in Morgan Hill on March 16, 2012.

Hundreds of community members searched for Sierra following her disappearance. Some attended almost every day of the trial and have continued search efforts in the South Bay.

Photo Credit: LaMar Family; NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Suspect Arrested in 1995 Kidnapping of Hillsborough Girl]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:03:48 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kevin-lin-1210.jpg

A suspect in a Hillsborough kidnapping cold case is now behind bars more than 20 years after the crime.

Kevin Lin, 68, appeared Monday at the Hall of Justice in Redwood City on charges he kidnapped a 9-year-old girl in 1995. He did not enter a plea.

After 22 years on the run, police said Lin made a critical mistake. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

When Lin applied for a visa extension using his real name, that raised a red flag with the state department, who notified Hillsborough police.

"It was a name match and we requested information and the photos were very similar," Hillsborough Police Capt. Doug Davis said.

Police had been searching for Lin for 22 years in connection with the kidnapping of Kristine Chieu.

The girl was taken as she walked home from South Hillsborough School. Lin allegedly held her for $800,000 ransom, but when he realized the girl's parents were in Taiwan, he and two other suspects dropped her off at a hotel near San Francisco International Airport.

Lin faces two felonies -- kidnap for ransom and conspiracy for ransom, according to San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

Lin, with the help of a Mandarin interpreter, did not enter a plea, but did ask for a public defender. Lin through the interpreter said all his money was in Taiwan.

Davis said he was a patrol officer when he started working the case.

"I was at the start of my career and now at the end," Davis said. "It's gone full circle."

Davis said he always considered it an active case.

"The family has been made aware of the arrest," he said.

Lin's bail has been set at $5 million.

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<![CDATA[SF Woman Found Dead Inside Hotel Room in Windsor]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:43:19 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-tape-day-shutterstock_81281839.jpg

A 24-year-old San Francisco woman was found dead inside a guest room at a North Bay resort Monday morning, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

At about 10:15 a.m., the Windsor Fire Department and Windsor deputies responded to the WorldMark Resort at 1251 Shiloh Road on reports of an unresponsive subject inside a guest room. When deputies arrived, they found the woman unresponsive, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman was staying in the room with her boyfriend and at least four other people, police said. The group of young adults said they were staying at the resort this weekend while they attended the Emerald Cup Cannabis event at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, authorities said.

It was unclear whether the female suffered from a medical issue, but there was nothing suspicious about her death nor were there any signs of foul play, according to the Sonoma County Coroners' Office.

The woman's name was not released pending notification of her family.

Anyone with information about the case should contact the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Coroner’s office at 707-565-5070.

<![CDATA[Replay: Watch and Relive the Warriors Parade]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:48:20 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-696389546_594_screen.jpg

If you missed out on the Warriors Championship Parade or want to relive the celebration, we got you covered. Watch highlights of players celebrating with Dub Nation and the team's rally in Oakland below:

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Transit Agencies Monitor Explosion in New York City]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:32:11 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/FDNY2.JPG

An explosion rocked an underground passageway in New York City Monday morning, prompting mass evacuations but appearing to only seriously injure the man who detonated the apparent improvised explosive device.

Bay Area transit agencies are monitoring the situation, but most are not making any significant security changes.

BART has instructed its officers to "maintain a high level of visibility and awareness," according to the transit agency.

There is no threat to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, but the agency indicated it has beefed up patrols, which it notes is a "standard protocol in these circumstances." The move is "purely precautionary," according to a spokesperson. 

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, which operates MUNI, is coordinating with the city's police department to "determine appropriate deployment strategies," according to a spokesperson. 

The San Francisco Police Department later indicated that there are no known threats to the city, but increased patrols will take place at tourist destinations across the city and across transit systems.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District indicated it will not be implementing any elevated security measures.

"Our security level is always high and is not being changed this morning," according to a spokesperson's statement.

Caltrain, which does not typically share security plans with the public, does not appear to be implementing any changes, according to a spokesperson.

AC Transit in the East Bay will also keep its same level of security, according to the agency.

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<![CDATA[Body of Missing Hiker Found Near Stinson Beach]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:56:20 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Hiking-generic-pic-san-diego.jpg

The body of a hiker who went missing last week was found near Stinson Beach Monday morning, officials said.

Tyler Silva, 21, of Antioch, was hiking with his girlfriend near Pirate's Cove Trail at Muir Beach when the two separated on Dec. 3, according to Golden Gate National Recreation Area spokeswoman Dana Polk.

A search for Silva ended last Tuesday.

Polk on Monday said Silva's body was found about two miles off Stinson Beach. There were no signs of foul play, Polk said.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Kate Steinle Murder Trial Juror Speaks Out on Verdict]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:44:29 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/steinle_juror_1210_1044692.JPG

A member of the jury in the Kate Steinle murder trial said the prosecution failed to prove that Jose Ines Garcia Zarate intentionally killed the 32-year-old woman and believes the evidence showed that shooting was a "freak accident."

In an exclusive interview with NBC Bay Area, the juror, who did not wish to be identified, talked about the panel's decision to acquit the undocumented Mexican national.

He said the backlash from critics — including President Donald Trump — who have pointed to the case as evidence of the need for tougher immigration policies, propelled him to speak out.

"If I was not a juror on this trial, I would probably think the same way: 'Why did you let him go free?'" said the juror. "But again, the reason is, they could not prove to us that he intentionally killed her. And through all the evidence, I really think that it was a freak accident."

San Francisco Deputy District Attorney Diana Garcia argued the July 2015 shooting on Pier 14 was murder. The jury sided with the defense, which argued that the shooting was an accident, and found him guilty only of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

When the jury went into deliberations, the juror recalled early on deciding against a first degree or second degree murder conviction.

He said his biggest concern with the manslaughter charge was regarding the word "brandishing," and whether Garcia Zarate was waving the gun in a threatening manner or in anger. He said the prosecution did not present any proof that Garcia Zarate was threatening anyone with the gun.

“During the trial they could not prove that," he said. "All the videos we saw never, not even one video showed that he was pointing the gun at her. So I think it was very weak."

Hadar Aviram, a professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, said brandishing a weapon, or taking it out in a menacing manner, would help the prosecution fit its script.

"I think you would have to prove that there had been some form of carelessness with the weapon, that the defendant had to have done something with the weapon that was more careless than what a reasonable person would do," Aviram said. "And apparently the jury did not find that that was the case."

The juror said the panel simply made a decision based on the evidence they saw.

"I am comfortable with my decision," the juror said. "I can put my head on a pillow and sleep well thinking that I made the right decision."

During his weekly address Sunday, Trump spoke about the trial and Garcia Zarate.

"He was free to harm an innocent American because our leaders refuse to protect our border and because San Francisco is a sanctuary city," the president said.

The juror said they were not allowed to consider the defendant’s prior record or politics, including sanctuary cities. 

Garcia Zarate, who had been deported five times and was awaiting deportation for a sixth time, was released by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department weeks before Steinle was shot and killed, despite a request from federal authorities to detain him. At the time, the sheriff cited the city’s "sanctuary" policy as a reason for his discharge.

The juror said he has no regrets but also didn’t realize the toll the trial took on him until it was over.

"It was very hard on me," he said. "When we finished the trial, I left the court, walking to my car, I was in tears. Because I felt the pressure coming off my back. Because I could talk to people then, I was in tears."

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<![CDATA[Shooting Leaves Man Dead at Shopping Center in Oakland]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:24:30 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/oakland_shooting_1210_1045019.JPG

Police in Oakland were investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Sunday afternoon near the Foothill Square Shopping Center, a police lieutenant said.

The Alameda County Coroner identified the victim as 41-year-old George Vargas of Oakland. No arrests were made, and no suspects were identified.

The shooting was reported to police at 2:44 p.m. at 107th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, Lt. Alan Yu said.

Officers were still investigating the shooting late Sunday.

No further details were available.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Firefighters Head South to Battle Thomas Fire]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:29:23 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Web_pic_thomas_fire_monday_1200x675_1113813571735.jpg

More firefighters from the Bay Area are headed south Monday to help battle the fires burning in Southern California. The San Francisco Fire department tweeted overnight that one crew and engine are heading to fight the Thomas Fire. Three San Mateo County teams already in Southern California will also be redeployed to the Thomas Fire.

<![CDATA[House Catches Fire in Sunnyvale]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:43:05 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/House_Catches_Fire_in_Sunnyvale.jpg

Firefighters on Monday were watching for hot spots after a garage went up in flames in Sunnyvale. The fire broke out along El Camino Real and Hollenbeck Avenue. There was concern that the fire was going to spread to nearby houses, but fire crews were able to contain the fire within 10 minutes of arriving on scene. Fire crews said they saved a dog. There were no reports of any injuries. Fire crews say a gas line helped fuel the fire.

<![CDATA[Oakland Woman Crossing Street is Killed in Hit and Run]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:05:19 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/oakland_hitrun_1210_1045196.JPG

A woman was killed in a hit-and-run collision early Sunday morning in downtown Oakland, a police lieutenant said.

The collision was reported at 2:24 a.m. after a woman in her 60s was struck while crossing the road in the 400 block of 14th Street, Lt. Alan Yu said.

The victim suffered severe head injuries and she was taken to a hospital where she died.

"Very sad," Yu said.

Speed appears to have played a role in the collision. The suspect may have been driving a 4-door dark sedan.

Police were not releasing the victim's name because her family had not been told yet.

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<![CDATA[More Salvation Army Bell Ringers Needed]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:08:16 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/More_Salvation_Army_Bell_Ringers_Needed.jpg

One East Bay city desperately needs Salvation Army bell ringers. Officials say they are only averaging about 10 bell ringers per day in Hayward, but there are over 30 sites that need staff in that community. The Red Kettle campaign continues through December 23. Donations go to Salvation Army programs.

<![CDATA[FEMA Deadline Looms For North Bay Wildfire Survivors]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:19:26 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/AftermathMonday2.jpg

North Bay wildfire survivors have one more day to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance.

The federal funds can help survivors with costs for short-term housing, basic home repairs and personal expenses. Small business owners may also qualify for low-interest, long-term loans.

Survivors can call FEMA's disaster assistance hotline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or register online.

So far, 24,500 people have registered, and 4,200 have been approved.

Monday is the final day to register.

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<![CDATA[Sharks Comeback Falls Short in Wild Loss to Minnesota]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:13:26 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wild_beat_sharks_usatsi1.jpg

Nino Niederreiter scored 3:26 into overtime and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Sunday night after squandering a three-goal lead.

Eric Staal scored twice and Ryan Murphy added a goal as the Wild extended their winning streak over the Sharks to four games.

Tomas Hertl tapped in a loose puck for San Jose with five minutes left in regulation to tie it at 3.

Hertl's goal followed a furious Sharks attack that Wild goalie Alex Stalock was able to fend off until a shot from Dylan DeMelo bounced off his shoulder pads and into no man's land just above the crease.

Brent Burns scored twice for the Sharks, who had won five of seven.

Stalock made 31 saves in his first appearance against his former team. Martin Jones stopped 20 shots for the Sharks.

The Wild, winners in four of their last five games, scored twice in the first 10 minutes. A series of sharp passes set up Murphy for a power-play goal just more than four minutes in. Staal sent a pass to Jason Zucker behind the net and he found Murphy for a 1-on-1 score.

Staal's first goal came after Ryan Suter recognized an advantage when Burns ran into Jones, knocking him off his feet. Suter delivered a pass to Staal, who easily fired it over Jones.

Early in the second period, Staal was able to push the puck through Jones' skates for a 3-0 Wild lead.

Burns got the Sharks on the scoreboard with a power-play goal during a two-man advantage late in the second period. Burns scored again on a power play with a slap shot from just inside the blue line midway through the third, his 12th multi-goal game.

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<![CDATA[Stanford Men's Soccer Captures Third Straight National Title]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:10:56 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanford+men-1210.jpg

Stanford University's men's soccer team won its third consecutive NCAA title Sunday, making it one of only two teams in the event's 59-year history to win three titles in a row, Pac-12 conference officials said.

The Cardinal won the title by beating Indiana 1-0 in double overtime.

The ninth-seeded Cardinal (19-2-2) played second-seeded Indiana (18-1-6) through two scoreless halves and more than 12 minutes of overtime before junior Sam Werner scored the winning goal.

Stanford is also the first school to win both the men's and women's Division I soccer titles in the same season.

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<![CDATA[Raiders' Offensive Woes Will Have to be Addressed]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:37:29 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/167*120/kahrtroubble.jpg

When this season is officially over, the Raiders will have to make some decisions.

One of the big ones will be about the job status of offensive coordinator Todd Downing.

In Oakland’s 26-15 loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City Sunday, the up-and-down Oakland offense plummeted into one of its down modes. The Raiders couldn’t score a point until the fourth quarter and looked totally flat in a must-win game. The Raiders gave up on their running game early – a running game that seemed to be gathering momentum in recent weeks – and quarterback Derek Carr looked out of sync.

The result was a loss the Raiders couldn’t afford, a fall out of a first-place tie in the AFC West and a 6-7 record with just three games to go in a season that started with such high hopes but now looks like a waste.

Carr told Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com that the Oakland offense simply did not execute.

“It sucked,” said Carr. “Wasn’t good enough and you put it all on me. Don’t blame one coach, one player, it’s all my fault. There’s no easy way to go through this one. This one sucked.”

Of course, it’s the quarterback who gets the blame or credit in the NFL. That’s the way it is.

But 13 games into the 2017 season, it’s also obvious that the Raiders did major damage to their offense in the offseason by showing Bill Musgrave the door and replacing him with Downing. The Raiders had a running game, a solid power-blocking scheme and a deep passing game in 2016 and were the league’s sixth-best offense. Under Downing, Oakland’s zone-blocking scheme and its running attack have been inconsistent, and Carr no longer seems to be the swashbuckling QB he was in 2016, when he could take over games and launched himself into the race for league MVP.

As Gutierrez noted, former Raiders coach Tom Flores – who now works on the team’s radio broadcasts – even questioned the way the offense was playing early in Sunday’s game.

“They’re playing losing football right now,” Flores said on the air, according to Gutierrez. “They’re doing nothing. They’re dinking … 1-yard route, for crying out loud. Very listless performance on offense … looks like they haven’t even practiced.”

While head coach Jack Del Rio could almost do no wrong in his first two seasons in Oakland, this year has been hugely disappointing. The decision to elevate Downing, the former quarterbacks coach, was supposed to put even more energy into the offense. Instead, it did just the opposite.

This offseason, it will be a surprise if Del Rio fails to again make a change at offensive coordinator in hopes of recapturing the magic of 2016.

Meanwhile, the Raiders will try to get back in the win column by hosting the Cowboys at the Oakland Coliseum. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Goodwin Quickly Has Become a Familiar Target for Garoppolo]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:53:07 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/mgketchvshou.jpg

Marquise Goodwin has been one of the big beneficiaries since Jimmy Garoppolo became the 49ers’ starting quarterback.

The wide receiver, in his first season with the Niners after four seasons in Buffalo, has had back-to-back high-impact games in victories over the Bears and Texans. On Sunday in the 26-16 victory at Houston, Goodwin was targeted 12 times, caught six balls for 106 yards and averaged 17.67 yards per reception. Over the past two games he has 14 catches for 205 yards. It’s the most productive pair of games for Goodwin this season.

In the 11 games previous to Garoppolo’s debut as starter, Goodwin had 27 total catches.

Goodwin, the former track standout from the University of Texas, is giving Garoppolo a great deep threat and a receiver who can break a short reception into a long one on any play.

The analytic website Pro Football Focus gave Goodwin one of the 49ers’ best grades in Sunday’s victory, despite the fact he had two drops.

As PFF noted, Goodwin made up for it “with explosive plays in the passing game.” The biggest came on a short crossing route when he made a catch between defenders and “took it for a 32-yard gain with a nice run after the catch.”

Until this season, Goodwin hadn’t been especially productive as a wide receiver with the Bills. His career high in catches was 29 for 431 yards in 2016. He already has 41 for 783 in 2017.

After Sunday’s victory, Goodwin said Garoppolo has completely transformed the 49ers offense and says he feels a great chemistry with him.

“He’s a leader, very vocal, keeps guys on the edge of their seat, makes sure that we stay poised and focused throughout the game,” said Goodwin. “There’s no point in the game where I ever see him pout or down or disappointed. His morale is always up, high-spirited guy.”

Though the 49ers will likely seek receiving help after this season, it’s obvious that Goodwin can play a big role in the team’s passing game in 2018. With a growing chemistry, the Garoppolo-Goodwin connection could be very dangerous in the years ahead.

The 49ers, now 3-10 after starting the season 0-9, will try to keep things rolling this coming Sunday against the Titans at Levi’s Stadium.

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<![CDATA[Shooting Leaves Bullet Holes in Car, Shuts Down I-80]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:37:32 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/chp-generic-pursuit-1.jpg

A shooting on Interstate 80 in San Pablo shut down the freeway for about 40 minutes Sunday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Just after 1 p.m., a woman driving a white Volkswagen sedan heard gunshots and a loud boom as her rear window shattered, the CHP said.

All eastbound lanes of I-80 at El Portal were closed while officers investigated. Bullet holes were found on the car's trunk and rear, driver-side door, the CHP said.

No suspect vehicle or suspect description was available.

<![CDATA[Suspect Arrested in 1995 Kidnapping of Hillsborough Girl]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:40:45 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kevin-lin-1210.jpg

A suspect has been arrested in a 1995 kidnapping of a 9-year-old Hillsborough resident, police said Sunday.

Kevin Lin, 68, of Southern California was taken into custody Friday and taken to the jail in San Mateo County.

Lin is being held on $5 million bail.

Police made the arrest after acting on information provided by the U.S. Department of State.

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<![CDATA[Oakland City Services Suffering as Strike Enters 2nd Week]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:05:46 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/oak_strike_trash_1210_1043697.JPG

A strike by thousands of Oakland city workers will enter its second week, and on Monday, a state mediator is going to try to help the two sides come to an agreement.

Still, without that agreement, some city services remain closed.

The trash dumped near 27th Street has resident Joe Saldana shaking his head. He said the mess has expanded since the strike.

"Of course because the city does clean up around here, if they're not working, doing their job, it gets worse and worse," Saldana said.

He’s also worried about cleanup efforts being scaled back at homeless encampments.

Rob Szykowny, chief negotiator with the Service Employees International Union Local 1021, said there are concerns about health and safety for cleanup workers. About 3,000 employees have picketed since Tuesday.

"While there is an economic component, I would say other issues are main sticking points right now," he said.

Janine Demanda works in the main library, which would typically be open Sunday.

"I am very hopeful the city, particularly the mayor, will be responsive," she said.

The city is proposing a wage increase, but the union says the city's proposal does not keep pace with cost of living. Mayor Libby Schaaf says the city has addressed concerns about working conditions around homeless encampments, offering a premium wages and increases for other positions.

"What we have on the table right now is a 5 percent raise, and it could be as much as 6 percent if revenues reach certain marks," Schaaf said.

The mayor said the city also is facing sharp increases in pension costs over the next five years and can’t give what they don’t have. Union leaders say there are other revenue streams not being considered.

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<![CDATA[Man Booked After Shooting Death of Woman Near Martinez]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:32:26 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CocoSheriff.PNG

A 57-year-old man has been taken into custody on suspicion of being connected to a shooting in unincorporated Martinez that ended with the death of a 58-year-old woman, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department.

Anthony Shepard of Concord was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for murder and felon in possession of a firearm, sheriff's department officials said.

The shooting occurred sometime before 8:30 p.m. on Saturday when sheriff's deputies were altered to a "medical call" along the 1200 block of Santa Fe Avenue, according to the sheriff's department.

The person who reported the incident said another person had been accidentally shot, the sheriff's department said.

Arriving personnel found the woman suffering from a gunshot wound, according to the sheriff's department. Emergency responders tried to save her, but she was later pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation is still ongoing, and officials are still trying to unearth additional details regarding the shooting.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 925-313-2600 or leave an anonymous message at 866-846-3592. People can also email tips@so.cccounty.us.

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