<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area https://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usSun, 18 Feb 2018 00:53:24 -0800Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:53:24 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Step Up Security for San Francisco’s Chinese New Year]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:43:13 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Police_Step_Up_Security_for_San_Francisco_s_Chinese_New_Year.jpg

San Francisco Police officials are planning to step up security in the city for the many Chinese New Year celebrations scheduled.

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<![CDATA[San Carlos on Notice After Blocking a Gun Store from Opening]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:44:02 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sancarlosstoregun_1772145.JPEG

Attorneys for a southern California gun store chain have put the city of San Carlos on notice after it was blocked from opening an outlet in the city.

The owners of Turner’s Outdoorsman Gun and Ammo Outlet say they were treated unfairly after the city of San Carlos issued a moratorium on new gun stores.

Many community residents didn’t like the idea of a new gun store opening in town, especially in light of the recent mass shootings happening in the country.

“Every time we have one of these horrific shootings, everyone says ‘No more! It has to stop, we have to do something.’ Doing something productive is not opening more gun stores,” said shopper Suzanne Ortiz.

The letter from the attorney’s representing Outdoorsmen was issued to the San Carlos City attorney on February 16th stating, “Turner’s Outdoorsman has claims against the city of San Carlos for violations related to the issuance of a moratorium.”

San Carlos City Council member, Ron Collins, says the timing of couldn’t be worse.

“When they first made their application it was right after the Las Vegas shooting,” said Collins. “And then a week before our council meeting, there was the Southerland Springs Shooting. And now they’ve sent this letter two days after Parkland.”

Collins says the potential legal action is also unnecessary because San Carlos has not banned the opening of any new gun store.

During a heated city council session in November, members approved a 14-day moratorium and then later extended it to a year.

Since then, owners of Outdoorsmen have taken down advertising signs for an opening that hasn’t happened yet.

NBC Bay Area has reached out to the attorney representing Outdoorsmen and did not receive a response.

<![CDATA[Good Samaritan Rescues Elderly Man from Apt. Fire in Antioch]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:20:48 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RESIDENCEFIREANTIOCH_1771570.JPEG

A Good Samaritan rescued an elderly man from a residential fire in Antioch Saturday morning.

The fire started at the 2000 block of Peppertree Way after a caretaker put some food on the stove at around 10:48 a.m., officials say. The caretaker was unable to remove the 77-year-old male from his room and fled the two bedroom apartment.

Shortly after, Samantha Barnhouse, a neighbor, saw the fire from across the street, went inside, past the flames and dragged the elderly man out the front door.

"As soon as we got out that fire roared," said Barnhouse. "It went through the doors, it went through the windows, it just went boom."

Antioch police and Contra Costa firefighters responded the structure blaze and were able to extinguish the fire.

The elderly resident is now displaced but did not suffer any serious injuries. The man and Barnhouse were transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Reported Explosion in Suisun City ]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:46:40 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Policelightsgeneric.jpg

The Suisun City Police Department is currently investigating an explosion near 1000 block of Bluejay Drive that occurred around 1 a.m. Saturday.

A device exploded in front of a residence on Bluejay Drive while multiple people were inside of the home. The explosion caused major damage to the front door area of the home, but there were no injuries.

Bluejay Drive is currently closed while officers on scene investigate the incident in conjunction with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

There are no known additional devices.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Suisun City Police Department Investigations at 707-421-7361. Information can also be reported anonymously to Solano Crime Stoppers at 707-644-7867.

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<![CDATA[Get to Know Your NorCal Athletes Competing in Pyeongchang]]> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:30:00 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/norcal-collage-small.jpg From figure skating to snowboarding, Northern California is well-represented at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Get to know the athletes making the Bay Area and Northern California proud!]]> <![CDATA[Bowman on Sochi Gold and Role as Mentor to Tahoe Youth]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:16:42 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GARVIN-OLYMPICS-MADDIE-BOWMAN2-3_1200x675_1164282947830.jpg

NBC Bay Area's Garvin Thomas sits down with Sochi gold medalist Maddie Bowman.

<![CDATA[99 Bay Area School Districts Say They Conduct Active Shooter Drills]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:48:38 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Generic+Lockers+Generic+School+Generic.JPG

Ninety-nine schools districts in the Bay Area conduct active shooter drills, according to data collected by the California Bureau of State Audits.

The survey was conducted as part of the agency's 2017 School Violence Prevention Report released in August of last year. Data obtained by NBC Bay Area’s Investigative

Unit, shows 104 of the 165 school districts in the Bay Area participated in the survey.

The report suggests the number of active shooter threats and incidents in and around California public schools has increased since academic year 2012–13. While schools are required to have comprehensive school safety plans, state law does not require schools to include procedures for responding to active shooter events, like active shooter drills.

Auditors found many California schools fail to have an active shooter plan in place and may be unprepared for potential campus gun violence. The audit included best practice recommendations for both state and local education agencies, including the California Department of Education.

The California Department of Education did not respond to our request for information about progress it has made supporting school districts in this effort.

When asked whether schools in their district/county conduct active shooter drills the following respondents indicated yes:

  • Districts of Solano County Office of Education
  • Districts of San Mateo County Office of Education
  • Districts of Sonoma County Office of Education
  • Districts of Contra Costa County Office of Education
  • Districts of San Francisco County Office of Education
  • Milpitas Unified School District
  • Moreland School District
  • Luther Burbank School District
  • Howell Mountain Elementary School District
  • Ross Valley Elementary School District
  • Tamalpais Union High School District
  • Reed Union Elementary School District
  • Dixie Elementary School District

Source: A survey by the California State Auditor sent to 983 districts and county offices conducted from March to April 2017.

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<![CDATA[Meet Bay Area Bobsledder Nick Cunningham]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:00:21 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GARVIN-OLYMPICS-NICK-CUNNINGHAM_1200x675_1164237379951.jpg


<![CDATA[CA Looks to Mexico to Implement Similar Quake Warning System]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:10:44 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/QuakeWarningSystem_1763990.JPEG

Up to a minute before the 7.2 earthquake shook southern Mexico Friday afternoon, millions of people 225 miles north of the capital were alerted. Sirens alarmed and phones vibrated warning them of impending shaking allowing many to evacuate.

The early warning system there has been in place since the 90s, but California still does not have a widely used public system like it. 

Researchers at the Berkeley Seismology Lab say it’s difficult to compare the two areas. Mexico City is hundreds of miles from its most active fault while the Bay Area sits on top of its most active fault.

ShakeAlert Regional Coordinator Jennifer Strauss says the early warning system in Mexico can receive information, and disseminate it 10 seconds later to still give people a minute’s notice in the capital. That technology would be too slow for the Bay Area, because we may only have 10-second warnings to begin with due to the fault’s proximity. 

“Right now we don't have the infrastructure to send alerts to every single person living on the west coast of the United States instantaneously,” Strauss said. 

Strauss says there are two main issues with getting the ShakeAlert early warning system up and running: funding and infrastructure. She says operational costs of running the system after it’s online is $16 million a year. Congress is working on funding the program. Researchers also only have about half of the earthquake monitors they need up and down the West Coast. 

Still, Strauss says the early warning system is being used in some school districts, healthcare facilities, and emergency operations centers. It’s also used by BART, so a train could be stopped seconds before shaking begins. 

“We feel those have the biggest impacts for the public and for resiliency and recovery,” Strauss said. 

Researchers say phones still need to be updated to receive the alerts once the system is online.

Because of those factors, they expect it’ll take another three to seven years until Californians get alerted like the people of Mexico did Friday.

<![CDATA[Walnut Creek Officer Returns to Duty After Accident]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:18:56 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/OFFICERBACKWALNUTCREEK_1763985.JPEG

A Walnut Creek police officer is making a triumphant return back to duty after suffering a life-threatening accident 18 months ago.

Officer Tom Brown didn’t know if he’d ever get back to the job he loves after a hit-and-run suspect trying to escape turned his car toward him causing a head-on collision that left him bedridden for months.

“When he hit, the force was so great my car spun out and slammed into a parked truck,” said Brown.

The suspect continued to try and escape but Sheyna, a retired police dog, was able to stop him. While Sheyna attempted to stop him, the suspect stabbed the police dog in the face and neck but was able to survive.

Officer Brown has several surgeries, including one that required 52 staples in his leg.

“Learning to walk again, teaching my body how to walk again was certainly a challenge,” said Brown.

Officer Brown is happy to be back at work full-time with a renewed spirit about work and life.

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<![CDATA[Derek Carr Pulls Up to In-N-Out Drive-Thru, Surprises Worker]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:01:11 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/DWNuMh_VoAAYBUx.jpg

A lucky In-N-Out employee in Fresno had a crazy surprise Friday night after seeing Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr pull up to the drive-thru window to pick up his burger and fries.

In a tweet, Brandon Contreras posted three photos where Derek Carr is seen in his car holding up the peace sing alongside a very excited fan. He even signed his In-N-Out burger uniform.

“Greatest moment of my life!” tweeted Contreras. “Derek Carr just came in the drive-thru!”

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<![CDATA[SFPD Search for Suspect Likely Connected to Oklahoma Murders]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:45:38 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Suspectoklahoma_1763914.JPEG

Have you seen this man?

San Francisco police officials are asking for the public’s help in finding 45-year-old Harlon Foss who is suspected to be in connection with the murder of his grandparents in Oklahoma.

Foss was last seen in the city in January and officials believe he may be in hiding near one of the city’s most popular tourist spots.

In November 2017, Macintosh County officials in Oklahoma reported that a jogger found the bodies of an 81-year-old and an 84-year-old woman. Oklahoma investigators later identified the bodies as Virgil and Rowena Ingram, the grandparents of Foss.

Officials have not been able to locate Foss since he was first asked into questioning regarding the murder of his grandparents.

Authorities believe Foss to be driving a white late model Oldsmobile and is considered to be armed and dangerous.

<![CDATA[‘The Beasom 10': Top 10 Photos From PyeongChang’s Fire Fest]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:14:01 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*200/27580569_154087088588328_823570600462123008_n.jpg

Photo Credit: Robbie Beasom/NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[San Francisco Police Investigate Deadly Double Shooting ]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:16:51 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/SF-Double-Shooting-Fatal.jpg

Police in San Francisco have detained a person of interest Saturday in connection with a deadly shooting that occurred Friday night near Golden Gate Park's Panhandle area.

As officers were trying to apprehend the person of interest, they were involved in an officer-involved shooting, police said.

There were no reported injuries in the officer-involved, police said.

Police have not released the identity of the person of interest.

On Friday at 6:28 p.m., officers with the San Francisco Police Department responded to Oak and Stanyan streets on a report of a shooting.

Responding officers located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

One victim died, and the other is being treated for life-threatening injuries, according to police.

No other information about the victims was immediately available.

Police said it appears there was an argument between a group of people when a man shot the two victims.

The suspect fled the scene on foot to Fell Street, used the gun to carjack a vehicle and then fled the area.

This morning at 12:13 a.m., officers located the stolen vehicle on Alameda Street near De Haro Street.

The vehicle was unoccupied, but it was parked behind a recreational vehicle that was occupied, police said.

Police made contact with the occupants, and several people exited the vehicle, but one person remained inside.

Officers made contact with the person inside, and an officer-involved shooting occurred.

The officers established a perimeter around the vehicle, and a Tactical Unit and Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Team responded to the scene.

At approximately 2:20 a.m., the occupant of the vehicle exited the vehicle, was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Police said the occupant in the recreational vehicle is the person of interest in the Friday night homicide and carjacking.

The police department will hold a town hall meeting in the coming days regarding the officer-involved shooting.

The incident is being investigated by the SFPD Homicide Detail, The San Francisco District Attorney's Office, the Department of Police Accountability and the SFPD Internal Affairs Unit.

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<![CDATA[Men Burglarize Oakland Home During Lunar New Year ]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:43:43 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/1518543920-Crime-scene-tape-%28AP%29.jpg

Three masked men broke into a home in Oakland while a family was inside the residence cooking for the Lunar New Year celebration Friday.

"I almost [cried] but I [said] it’s good, everybody's ok," said Theresa Dinh, who received the call about the break-in.

Her brother was cooking inside the home while a baby was also present.

"They put him with the baby in the room with two of his daughters," Dinh said. "They have a knife and gun too and tell him not to talk."

The family says the intruders tackled Dinh’s brother in law and held him down in the room while they ransacked the home.

Dinh’s daughter, Ann Nguyen says some of the family members were in Temple when the break-in happened. The thieves took about $3,000 in cash, jewelry and red envelopes for the New Year.

"They probably think we have a lot of money," Dinh said. "They know there's red envelopes going around even though these red envelopes have a dollar bill inside."

The thieves held the family’s cell phones while the burglarizing the home, but they were able to use an iPad to reach out for help.

<![CDATA[Car Drives Into Little Caesars Pizza Parlor in Fremont]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:55:32 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fremont26.JPG

An 80-year-old male drove through the front of a Little Caesars Pizza Parlor in Fremont colliding with a 65-year-old customer.

Fremont police received a call around 11:30 a.m. Saturday about a 1999 Honda Civic that drove into a building located on Thornton Ave at Dusterberry Way.

Police officers, the Fremont Fire Department and Paramedics responded to the scene and were able to extract the victim from under the vehicle.

The 65-year-old man, who was working on the exterior of the building, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The driver of the vehicle was not injured and claims he mistook the gas pedal as the brake as he was parking in front of the restaurant.

"Of course we were shocked, I dialed 911 and I gave the phone to somebody to talk," Little Caesars Pizza employee said. “I just looked for the person who was pinned, that was all that was my concern."

No other persons were injured.

The Little Caesars Pizza Parlor suffered significant nonstructural damage to the front of its building and was not able to re-open.

The collision is being investigated by the Fremont Police Traffic Unit.

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<![CDATA[Short-Staffed SJPD Dispatchers Unable to Keep Up With Calls]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:03:05 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBSJDispatch_1762397.JPEG

In the growing city of San Jose, emergency dispatchers at the city’s police department are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with the high volume of calls the station receives every day.

NBC Bay Area has received several reports over the past few weeks of people waiting a long time before their call is answered if they even get to it.

The San Jose Police Department acknowledged the problem and admitted the need for more dispatchers just to keep up with the calls which are averaging to over 1500 a day.

“Often times we have to pull those dispatchers from answering those nonemergency calls and help the dispatchers answering our emergency calls,” said San Jose Police officer, Gina Tepoorten. “That’s our priority is answering those 911 calls.”

According to officials, because of the lack of dispatchers, nonemergency calls have to wait longer for an operator to respond, and the wait can sometimes be up to 20 minutes.

“Our staffing levels are where they were in 2006,” said Tepoorten. “Here we are 12 years later and we know San Jose is a growing city. The number of calls that we’re getting increases every year.”

The solution?

San Jose officials say they could use 13 more dispatchers just to keep up with emergency and non-emergency calls, but they admit, with how quickly San Jose is growing, the need for dispatchers will continue to grow.

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<![CDATA[Apple Employees Smack Into Glass Walls of New Headquarters]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:04:24 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/apple-store-glass.jpg

The 45-foot tall curved panels of safety glass in Cupertino's new Apple headquarters have caused a problem for employees.

They are smacking into the glass.

It’s caused such trouble that some employees opted to stick Post-It notes on the glass, only to have them later removed because they interfered with the building’s aesthetic.

Crafter by architect Norman Foster, the building was inspired by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs who reportedly described the building "a little like a spaceship landed."

Time magazine reported that it is not the first time Apple’s glass buildings have caused a problem. In 2011, an 83-year-old woman walked into the glass of an Apple store, breaking her nose. Evelyn Paswall sued the tech company but the suit was later settled without any cost to Apple.

<![CDATA[Driver Fleeing in Stolen Charger in Santa Rosa Crashes]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:33:57 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/SANTAROSA3.jpg

Police are investigating a driver fleeing in a stolen car who crashed into seven cars in Santa Rosa and started a fire early morning on Friday.

According to the Santa Rosa Police Department, officers were dispatched to the area of W. Steele Lane around 12:30 a a.m. for a multiple vehicle traffic collision. Police and Santa Rosa fire personnel arrived on scene and located multiple vehicles engulfed in flames. They also found a man lying on the street who was unresponsive and had significant injuries. No other victims were located and the fires were quickly extinguished.

During their investigation, officers were approached by several people who witnessed the collision, who said that the vehicle that caused the collision, a 2011 white Dodge Charger, had just been stolen from their residence on Rhianna Street in Santa Rosa. They had been following the vehicle when it collided with at least seven cars.

Police are still investigating the suspect’s involvement in the collision. Based on his injuries, it is believed that he was the driver of the Charger and involved in the theft of the vehicle. Police have yet to identify the driver and determine whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision. Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Officer Jeff Adams of the Santa Rosa Police Department at (707) 543-3636.

<![CDATA[Ex-Agent: Nothing Illegal About Florida Suspect's YouTube Post]]> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:58:43 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Ex-Agent__Nothing_Illegal_About_Florida_Suspect_s_YouTube_Po.jpg

The FBI received a tip about a man on YouTube saying he wanted to be a school shooter, and while a former agent says the post is not illegal, the information at least should have been shared. Cheryl Hurd reports.

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<![CDATA[North Bay Students Hold Vigil For Florida Victims]]> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:00:56 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/02-15-2018-tamalpias-hs.jpg

Students at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley sat they don't want to see anymore gun violence. They gathered at the campus Thursday night to grieve with the Florida families. Jean Elle reports.

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<![CDATA[Steph and Ayesha Curry to Appear on 'Ellen' to Talk Family]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:41:41 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Currys-Ellen-0215.jpg

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha will appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Friday to chat about his $201 million contract and the couple expecting their third child.

The NBA star wants the baby’s sex to be a surprise, but Ayesha badly wants to see the ultrasound results, which are on her phone. Ayesha also shares that she’s four and a half months along and having a rather difficult pregnancy.

The Currys later open up about how they first met as teens and explain to DeGeneres how she was part of their first date, when the couple reconnected a few years later in Los Angeles.

The Currys' appearance also includes an amusing pretzel cooking demo, as well as DeGeneres surprising Steph with a retractable mouthguard for those heated moments when he gets frustrated with the referees.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airs at 2 p.m. Pacific time Friday.

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<![CDATA[Fire Scientists: Wildfires Don’t Have to Destroy Homes]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:14:57 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Firebrand+Lede.png

A wildfire sweeps through a California community, burning trees and vegetation, but leaves the majority of homes fully intact. That’s the scenario researchers are working to create for neighborhoods at risk, following the most destructive wildfire season in recorded history. But scientists tell the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit that state and local emergency planners have been slow to support critical retrofits that could help save lives and property.

California’s building code sets strict guidelines requiring fire resistant materials for homes built within a wildfire hazard zone after 2008. Those regulations help block flames and burning embers from entering the home. But older homes are not subject to the same standards, and neither are homes in neighborhoods that border a hazardous zone, like Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park before the wildfires in October. 

Fire scientist Richard Halsey has authored several academic papers and books on wildfire safety and serves on the governor’s Fire Service Task Force on Climate Impacts. Halsey believes the same way the state retrofits buildings to withstand earthquakes, California should aggressively retrofit homes to withstand wildfires.

“We’ve had a catastrophe that has affected thousands of lives, and we just sit back and say ‘Oh well, we could not have done anything about it.’ That is not true,” Halsey told NBC Bay Area.

“You’ve got to create an environment that won’t burn the house down, and it isn’t just about [clearing] vegetation. It’s about the structure itself.”

Halsey took NBC Bay Area on a tour of the Eureka Springs community in Escondido. The area is particularly vulnerable to wildfires, which is why the neighborhood was developed to survive.

“I frankly could not design a community that would be better than this one,” Halsey said while highlighting homes with nonflammable roofs, vents that block burning embers and large roadways that separate homes from the hills.


QAI Laboratories in Rancho Cucamonga is one of a handful of labs approved by the California State Fire Marshal to certify fire resistant building materials. Lab technicians opened their doors for NBC Bay Area to show how quickly fire can penetrate the average home.

Project manager Drew Mersereau says rooftops and vents are among the most common weak points susceptible to wildfire. Mersereau conducted a test on two rooftop assemblies using simulated burning wood to demonstrate the difference between top-rated and lower tiered roofs. The top certified class “A” roof survived the full 90 minute test without catching fire. Meanwhile the lower rated roof built with class “C” materials failed after 43 minutes.

Brandguard vents easily withstood QAI’s 10 minute flame test, while the typical home vent melted in just over 50 seconds.

Mersereau said fire resistant retrofits can help save not only homes, but entire neighborhoods, because of how quickly fire spreads.

“You have a chain reaction of one house igniting, heat and embers being released from that house being transferred to the neighbors’ house, and then you've got multiple residences that weren't subject to the wildland urban interface code that are igniting.”


The governor’s Office of Emergency Services allows local agencies to apply for grants that help plan for disasters like earthquakes and fires. Since 2008, CalOES granted $109 million to local agencies for disaster planning. However, only $7.3 million went towards fire resistant retrofits.

Lori and Steve Kimball took advantage of their local fire district grant to retrofit their roof in South Lake Tahoe.

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District’s roofing program allows eligible residents to receive $7,500 or up to 70 percent of the cost to replace their old wood shake roofs with a new fire resistant roofs. The fire district helped residents replace more than 300 roofs since 2012.

Steve Kimball told NBC Bay Area that the $10,000 they spent to replace their roof could end up saving much more in the long run.

“It’s not a matter of if you’re going to have a fire; you are going to have one. But what can you do to decrease the risk and the impact of that structure and protect other people?” Kimball said.


Last year, Cal Fire spent $75 million on wildfire prevention. State Fire Marshal Dennis Mathisen told NBC Bay Area most of the money went towards prescribed burns, cutting vegetation, and helping residents create defensible space.

Mathisen acknowledged there may be more opportunities to retrofit homes.

“I know of several councils where [fire retrofits] is a topic of every meeting. ... It is part of their dialogue on a daily basis because they live with wildfires.” Mathisen said.

Cal Fire is currently in the process of redrawing the state’s wildfire hazard maps that determine which neighborhoods require fire resistant homes. Mathisen says the data collected from this past fire season will help his agency more accurately assess which areas are at risk.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Teacher Arrested on Child Porn, Molestation Charges]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:33:41 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Clifford+Pappadakis-0215.jpg

A San Jose middle school PE teacher and track and field coach was arrested Wednesday on suspicion child porn, according to the San Jose Police Department.

Clifford Pappadakis, 47, who use dto work at Willow Glen Middle School, faces one count of felony child porn and seven counts of annoying and molesting a child after he was seen taking photographs of female students, police said.

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Parents reported his actions to school officials in September, prompting an internal investigation by the San Jose Unified School District as well as a police response, police said. At that time, Pappadakis was placed on administrative leave. A spokesperson for San Jose Unified School District said Pappadakis was formally dismissed from employment with SJUSD as of Dec. 31.

Upon further investigation, San Jose detectives found numerous inappropriate images in Pappadakis’ possession, police said.

"He has been a real good neighbor, real nice guy, no indication of any of that," said Roger Storz.

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Pappadakis was taken into custody after self-surrendering at the San Jose Police Department.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Brian Spears or Detective Mike O’Grady of the San Jose Police Department’s ICAC/CED.

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<![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[Good Samaritans Save Man From Burning Wreck on I-80]]> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:04:33 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/crockett-crash-0215.jpg

A pair of good Samaritans and a California Highway Patrol Officer on Thursday teamed up to save a man from the burning wreckage of a car on Interstate 80 in the East Bay, according to the CHP.

The crash occurred about 10:45 a.m. on eastbound I-80, just west of Cummings Skyway in Crockett. A 62-year-old man was driving a 1991 Cadillac sedan that crashed into the center divider, the CHP said.

Passing motorists recognized the danger and stopped to pull the driver from the burning car, the CHP said. Once the man was safely away from the flames, a CHP officer put out the fire with his extinguisher.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, and the driver was transported to a local hospital with major injuries, the CHP said.

The CHP hailed the good Samaritans as heroes.

The cause of the crash was not known.

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<![CDATA[School Cafeteria in Walnut Creek Reopened ]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:35:36 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_080402042461.jpg

The cafeteria at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek has reopened after a dead mouse was found on Valentine’s Day, prompting its immediate closure.

The health department revisited Northgate Thursday morning and the building was found to be clean and in compliance with all safety standards.

The school’s principal, Michael McAlister, sent out a notice to the Northgate community stating that the cafeteria was reopened as soon as the health department cleared it.

<![CDATA['Black Panther' Director Surprises Bay Area Moviegoers]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:56:34 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/BlackPantherwww.jpg

Oakland native Ryan Coogler made a surprise appearance at several theaters Thursday to the premiere of his highly-anticipated film, "Black Panther."

The director surprised many moviegoers including those at the AMC Theater in Emeryville.

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"This theatre is super important to me," Tambor said to the audience. "I’ve been here like a hundred times watching movies, probably in these seats right here, watching movies non-stop."

Coogler also showed up to the 10 p.m. screening at Grand Lake Theater in Oakland where according to SF Gate, he said, "I just wanted to swing by and say thank you to you guys for taking time on a Thursday night to come see the film."

The Grand Lake was the first theater the director of "Fruitvale Station" remembers going to, SF Gate reports. He recalls going to the theater with his father, "whatever movie he thought a black father and black son should come see together."

Another star that appeared in Bay Area screenings of "Black Panther" was Serena Williams who attended the AMC Van Ness 14 theater in San Francisco. SF Gate reported that tech crunch reporter Kim-Mai Cutler tweeted an image of Williams in the middle of a seated crowd.

With a predominantly African-American cast, led by Chadwick Boseman who plays the role of Black Panther, many hope the film is much more than just an action film.

"What I hope people take away is that we can define blackness and the black imagination not just in a colonial discourse," said Cal State East Bay professor Lonny Brooks. "Not just based in oppression. But augmenting that with so much more."

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<![CDATA[Bay Area is the Leading Region for Outward Migration: Report]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:00:51 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-79418359.jpg

The Bay Area is the leading region for outward migration.

A new study conducted by Redfin, found that many Bay Area residents migrate to other parts of the U.S. for more affordable inland counties. The most popular destination being Sacramento.

Redfin reported that more than a quarter of their website visitors from the Bay Area look to move to the state capital, followed by Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland and San Diego.

SF Gate reported that the California Department of Finance found that the number of people who moved out of San Francisco and into Sacramento in 2017 was 1,466. Not much of a surprise considering the difference in home pricing.

San Francisco's median home price is $910,060 and Sacramento’s is $314,300, according to online real estate database, Zillow.

"Job growth has slowed, and that leads to a lessening in demand to live in the Bay Area," said senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, Hans Johnson, to The Chronicle in March.

"Jobs and housing are really the primary criteria driving people's decisions," he said, according to SF Gate. "It's kind of a balancing act between the two. If jobs predominate, people are moving in. If housing predominates, you have less people moving in."

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<![CDATA[Parents Accuse Santa Clara Unified of Overcrowding Campus]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:31:19 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/School+generic+stock.jpg

Parents of Don Callejon Middle School in Santa Clara are protesting the school’s construction of additional portables, arguing that Santa Clara Unified School District is deliberately crowding the campus in order to keep test scores higher at the district’s other middle schools.

By overcrowding the campus, parents say the district is failing to meet the needs of underperforming students. They believe that instead of putting more portables on their 7-acre campus, the district should open enrollment at other middle schools and pay for the bussing for students to get there.

"For some reason, they’re choosing to make the student population at this school, Don Callejon, their density almost 10 times the student population density at the highest performing school," said parent Hollie Chang.

Don Callejon has 134 students per acre, a significant difference from other schools in Santa Clara Unified. Peterson Middle School has 18 students per acre, Buchser Middle School has 32, while Cabrillo has 37.

"This was not an easy decision for the board to make, however, the sentiment expressed by the board was to avoid displacing students to middle school sites further away from their homes and felt this was the best and most fair interim solution," said a spokesperson for Santa Clara Unified on the construction of the portables.

The school district is planning additional campuses by 2020. Parents plan to rally outside of Don Callejon at 7:55 a.m. Friday.

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<![CDATA[Perfect Pyeongchang Weather]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:41:28 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Perfect_Pyeongchang_Weather.jpg

NBC Bay Area's Garvin Thomas and photographer Robbie Beasom enjoy some downtime in PyeongChang.

<![CDATA[Dogs Roam SFO Terminals, Ringing in the "Year of the Dog"]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:00:40 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/WAGS+AT+SFO+2.jpg

The Wag Brigade, a group of Bay Area therapy dogs are helping travelers ring in the Lunar New Year at San Francisco International Airport, SFO Friday.

"The year of the dog" is being ushered by dogs who are certified through their Animal Assisted Therapy program to roam terminals.

Put together by the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), the Wag Brigade is sure to make traveling more enjoyable. According to the SFO website, the organization took the dogs through the airport terminals with vests reading "Per Me!" to identify them.

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<![CDATA[3 to Watch: Chen Stumbles, Palo Alto's Zhou Makes History]]> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:34:03 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-918781176.jpg

Making the Bay Area Proud! A solid performance from Palo Alto's Vincent Zhou, who made history in the men's short program, made up for an otherwise disappointing day for Team USA. 

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Here are some of Thursday key Olympic moments: 

UPDATED: Chen Stumbles Again But Advances to Final, Palo Alto's Vincent Makes History with Quad Lutz 

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After a shaky debut, Nathan Chen stumbles again in Pyeongchang, falling three times to finish 17th in the men’s short program. 

Leading up to the Games, Chen said he’s worked to improve every aspect of his performance, adding "more passion in my skating and more of a connection to the music.” But can he find momentum after two sub-par starts?

Chen, a pre-games favorite, missed on all his jumps, plummeting to 17th place with a tentative and passionless showing.

Chen’s teammates will advance, finishing above the 18-year-old. Veteran Adam Rippon, 28, lived up to his flair for the dramatic programs, performing to techno song "Let Me Think About It" by Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand, earning him seventh.

Seventeen-year-old teammate Vincent Zhou of Palo Alto, Calif. finished the short program in 12th, but not befoe landing the first clean quad Lutz ever in Olympic competition. Zhou set a personal best score advancing him to the free skate final tomorrow. 

Chen, Rippon and Zhou will go for gold Saturday morning (Friday night in the U.S.).

> READ: Full story here 
> MORE: Complete Men's Short Program Figure Skating Results
> VIDEO: See Vincent Zhou Land First Ever Quad Lutz in Olympic History
> INTERVIEW: 'Ambitious' Zhou on Making History
> STORY: Pride for Asian American Skaters as They Take to Olympic Ice
> VIDEO: Zhou Finds Inspiration From Fellow Young Athletes
> PHOTOS: Get to Know Your Northern California Athletes
> GALLERY: Vincent Zhou's Childhood Photos
> PHOTOS: Model Olympian: Vincent Zhou
> VIDEO: Zhou Gets Help From Legendary Gold Medalist

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UPDATED: Heavy Favorite Shiffrin Struggles in Slalom, Finishes Fourth

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Mikaela Shiffrin, the heavy favorite to win the women's slalom and claim her second gold medal in as many days, missed the podium and finished in fourth place in Pyeongchang on Friday. 

Shiffrin’s fourth-place finish is an astonishing upset, as the slalom is her specialty: Last year, she became the first woman to win three consecutive slalom world titles in 78 years and she won gold in Sochi.

Frida Hansdotter of Sweden took gold, Wendy Holdener of Switzerland took silver and Katharina Gallhuber of Austria won bronze.

The 22-year-old American vomited before her first run, saying her nausea was "kind of sudden" and "almost felt like a virus.” Although she used the break between runs to rest up (literally—she is known for her love of napping) second run wasn’t enough to get on the podium.

The day before, Shiffrin took gold in the giant slalom.

> READ: Full story here
> MORE: America's Disappoingting Night: Falls, Fourth-Place Finishes
> VIDEO: Shiffrin Takes Fourth in Her Favorite Event
> INTERVIEW: Shiffrin Talks About Vomiting Before Slalom Race
> MORE: Shiffrin Wins Giant Slalom for Second Career Olympic Gold

UPDATED: Redemption Denied: Lindsey Jacobellis Fails to Medal in Snowboard Cross

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Lindsey Jacobellis, the most decorated women’s snowboard cross athlete ever, will finish her fourth Olympics just like the first three: without a gold medal.

Jacobellis, a five-time world champion, reached the finals of the event, then held onto a lead for the first two-thirds of the race. But she faded late, and finished in fourth place.

Italian Michela Moioli, France's Julia Pereira De Sousa Mabileau and the Czech Republic's Eva Samkova finished in the top three.

For Jacobellis, it's just the latest moment in a disappointing Olympic career. It began 12 years ago, in Torino, when she seemed to have the gold medal wrapped up, with a huge lead down the race’s final stretch. But she tried a flashy move off a jump and fell, and settled for silver.

Since then, the Olympics have been her kryptonite. She crashed in early rounds in both 2008 and 2012, and failed to reach the final.

And now, one more disappointment: A solid run, but a finish just off the medal stand.

> READ: Full story here
> VIDEO: Disappointing Day for Team USA
> VIDEO: Italy's Moioli Passes Jacobellis, Wins SBX Gold
> MORE: Complete Snowboard Cross Results

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<![CDATA[Police Seeking Man Who Exposed Himself on Walnut Creek Bus]]> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:41:24 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wc-flasher-0215.jpg

Walnut Creek police announced Thursday they are looking for a man who allegedly exposed his penis while seated across from a woman on a public bus last week.

The man was riding the Walnut Creek Free Trolley when he exposed himself and committed a lewd act at about 1 p.m. on Feb. 6, according to police.

When the bus reached the Walnut Creek BART station, the woman reported the incident to the bus driver who then called the police. The man, however, exited the bus before he could be detained, police said.

Police have released photos of the suspect, who is described as a black man who was clean-shaven, wearing a red baseball cap, a dark quarter-zip crew neck pullover, light gray basketball shorts and dark-colored running shoes. He is between 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 6 feet tall, according to police.

Anyone who recognizes or can identify the suspect is encouraged to call Detective A. Mitcalf at (925) 943-5870.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Water Officials Continue Call for Conservation]]> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:37:13 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bay_Area_Water_Officials_Continue_Call_for_Conservation.jpg

As drought concerns rise, Bay Area water experts are asking us to continue to conserve water. Our creeks and reservoirs depend on it. Scott Budman reports.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area is the Least Affordable Area in the State: Report]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:40:16 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/sf+homes.jpg

Five out of nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area experienced a decline in affordability in 2017. San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are the least affordable areas in the state, according to a report from the California Association of Realtors.

Only 12 percent of San Francisco residents can afford to purchase a median home priced at $1.5 million while 14 percent can afford San Mateo’s median home price of $1.5 million and 15 percent afford a home in Santa Clara at $1.2 million, according to the report.

The California Association of Realtors reported that as a state, California has a median single-family home price of $550,990. Making the Bay Area significantly more expensive than other areas in California.

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<![CDATA[Where's Garvin? Tracking Our Intrepid Reporter's Adventures in PyeongChang]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:16:55 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2018-02-14+at+7.28.24+PM.png

Bay Area Proud reporter Garvin Thomas and photographer Robbie Beasom are on assignment in Pyeongchang and reporting across multiple digital and social platforms.

Below you'll find just some of the highlights from their adventures. You can follow them on Twitter (@GarvinThomas and @BeasomeONE), on Facebook and on Instagram (@garvinthomasnbc and @beasom_pics) to see all of their latest photos and videos right from the heart of the Winter Olympics.

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<![CDATA[Classroom Security Locks in Bay Area Schools]]> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:08:43 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/20160928+Classroom+Generic.jpg

How to keep students safe in a shooting situation is being re-evaluated at many school districts in light of the deadly mass shooting in Florida.

One measure taken in California was when schools were required to install special classroom security locks on all new construction built after July 2011.

In San Jose, flags were at half staff at Anne Darling Elementary School. The Florida tragedy sparks sympathy and renewed caution.

"It does affect all of us," Anne Darling School Principal Ron Hammond. "We certainly want to re-visit our safety policies and protocols with our students."

The San Jose Unified School District is the largest district in the South Bay. And every school has classroom security locks which the state now requires for any new construction after July 2011.

"It's giving the control to the person inside the space and not outside," Hammond said. "And I think that's the most important part of the locks being different."

San Jose Unified did not have to change locks since it did not have new construction. But NBC Bay Area discovered some South Bay school districts decided not to add locks to older buildings. NBC Bay Area hs yet to hear back with the reasons why.

Hammond said it could be "cost" or finding the right time.

"We managed it at a time right before a vacation period," he said. "It was seamless."

Some parents said they plan to ask their school districts whether all their buildings have the security locks, and, if not, whether they can get them.

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<![CDATA[Irvin Not Certain About His Future With Raiders]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:48:17 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/birvvvin.jpg

Linebacker Bruce Irvin has been a big part of the Raiders defense the past two seasons since signing a four-year deal as a free agent in 2016.

In 2017, Irvin was in on 58 tackles, had eight sacks and forced four fumbles. In 2016, he was in on 57 tackles, had seven sacks and forced six fumbles. Though Irvin never has grown into the elite pass rusher some believed he could be, he’s been an athletic and experienced performer who’s made some big plays.

Now, however, some believe he could become a salary-cap casualty this offseason.

Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com listed Irvin — along with wide receiver Michael Crabtree, running back Marshawn Lynch and cornerback Sean Smith — as a possible target for general manager Reggie McKenzie, if the franchise wants to pare its payroll.

Irvin, 31, is due to make $8.25 million in 2018 and $9.25 million in 2019.

Irvin has been an outspoken player with a leadership role on the Raiders and has even used social media to try to recruit players from around the league to come to the team, referring to himself as “baby Reggie,” a reference to McKenzie.

This week, Irvin must have felt uncertain about his future with the team, too, tweeting about his status.

"Y’all keep saying bring baby Reggie out but … baby Reggie may not b back," he wrote, while also including some crying-laughing emojis.

As Gutierrez noted, the Raiders’ salary-cap situation isn’t dire. They have have more than $30 million under the cap right now. But, by slicing a couple of big-salaried players, they could get more cash to spend in the free-agent marketplace when it opens in March. Certainly, there will be some players available that new head coach Jon Gruden and McKenzie believe could help the Raiders in 2018.

Gruden, in fact, told the Bay Area News Group recently that he and others in the organization are now studying the potential free-agent market, plus the team's  ability to make offers when the time comes.

"We looked at our salary-cap situation, obviously," Gruden said. "The last four or five days, we’ve really focused on some specific free agents that will be available when free agency begins. It’s been a grind."

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<![CDATA[Helping North Bay Fire Victims With Music]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:24:26 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sydneybrown_1759330.JPEG

A former San Francisco Mayor’s daughter released a song as an effort to fundraise for the North Bay fire victims.

Willie Brown’s 16-year-old daughter Sydney launched her singing career two weeks ago with a single titled "Love is Stronger Than Smoke and Fire" and posted the music video on YouTube.

Sydney is working with a Grammy-winning music producer and has appeared in numerous Bay Area musical theater productions in the past.

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<![CDATA[Lyft Agrees to Let Experts Review Company's Operations Data]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:16:11 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lyft_deal_sf_0215_1751256.JPG

The San Francisco City Attorney's Office and Lyft Inc. have reached an agreement that will increase the city's ability to analyze data about the ride-hailing company's operations, City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced Wednesday.

The data analysis is part of a probe begun by Herrera's office last year on whether Lyft and rival ride-hailing company Uber are obeying state and local laws on access, discrimination, safety and pay. Last year, Herrera issued subpoenas to the two companies for eight categories of information.

The new agreement concerns one of those categories, the annual reports that ride-hailing companies must submit to the California Public Utilities Commission.

Lyft had agreed to give Herrera's office those reports, but initially said that only lawyers from that office would be allowed to look at them.

Under the agreement, other professionals such as traffic safety experts can additionally review the information in order to consult with city lawyers on the reports.

"This is a reasonable agreement that preserves Lyft's trade secrets while advancing our investigation into whether these companies violated the rights of ordinary San Franciscans," Herrera said in a statement.

Lyft spokeswoman Chelsea Harrison said, "We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the San Francisco City Attorney's Office."

"It's always our desire to work with cities in which we operate and, after receiving sufficient assurances from the city attorney that the data will be kept confidential and secure, we have reached a resolution with the city attorney permitting limited sharing of the data within city government only," she said.

The annual reports to the CPUC are required to include information on the number of people who request accessible vehicles and how often the company is able to comply; the number of rides requested and the number of requests accepted within each zip code served; drivers' traffic violations and accidents; and the average number of miles and hours each driver worked per year.

In the probe, Herrera is looking into whether the two companies are violating laws banning public nuisances and obstruction of streets and those requiring equal accommodation of all customers.

Herrera has said he is also concerned about possible impact of incentives that may bring drivers who are fatigued and unfamiliar with the city from as far away as Fresno and Los Angeles.

The city attorney said Lyft has provided most of the information requested in the subpoenas and has agreed to work with the city on providing the rest, but Uber has not supplied most of the information sought.

A San Francisco Superior Court judge ordered Uber to turn over the information, but Uber is now appealing that ruling, Herrera said.

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<![CDATA[Niners Focusing on Signing Own Potential Free Agents]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:41:20 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/karlossshydd.jpg

NFL teams can’t dive into the market for free agents from other teams until March, yet expect the 49ers to be very busy before then.

The 49ers want to lock up their own potential free agents first – the players they believe are part of their future – before spending money to bring in new talent. Already this offseason, noted David Fucillo of SB Nation, they’ve given a big contract to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, re-signed starting center Daniel Kilgore and edge rusher/special teamer Cassius Marsh.

It's not yet known whether the 49ers will want to bring back No. 1 running back Carlos Hyde – who had a solid year and said he wants to return – or safety Eric Reid or defensive end Tank Carradine, but it now seems likely the 49ers are in discussions with some of their own, to get them new deals before they can start negotiating with other teams.

Paraag Marathe, the 49ers chief contract negotiator, recently told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic that he and his staff will remain busy.

"We’re looking at some of our own guys," Marathe said. "I don’t know the timing of it, though. But certainly there’s a handful we’d like to do before it (free agency) starts."

Other notable 49ers who could depart in free agency are: linebacker Brock Coyle, tackle Garry Gilliam, guard Brandon Fusco, cornerback Dontae Jonhnson, edge defender Aaron Lynch and tight end Logan Paulsen.

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<![CDATA[San Jose School Resource Officers in Short Supply]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:21:36 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/school_officers_0216_1750741.JPG

A mass shooting at a school in Florida has some local school districts scrambling to test their response abilities. And at least one South Bay school says it could use more officers on campus.

Incidentally, Overfelt High School in San Jose held a drill on responding to a school shooter just before the Florida shooting occurred Wednesday. Officials at the school say they have the money to hire a police officer every day of the week. They just aren't getting many takers.

Principal Vito Chiala lowered the school flags to half-staff in honor of those killed in the Florida shooting. And on a day like this, the principal wishes he had an officer on campus.

"When we have officers on campus every day, it builds relationships," Chiala said. "We’re able to prevent things from happening."

Chiala said the school can afford an officer every day at roughly $55 an hour. But San Jose police officers can earn a lot more working overtime for the department, which continually needs shifts filled because staffing remains lower than normal. Ultimately, not enough off-duty cops are signing up to work the schools.

"We want our kids safe at our schools; we want our officers there," Capt. Mike Kihmm said. "It is an off-duty option for them, and we get it."

The good news is more recruits are signing up to join the San Jose force. This week, another academy of 57 cadets began training. Rebuilding the department will take more time, meaning for now Overfelt High will remain without a cop on campus three days a week.

Chiala took to the intercom Thursday to put his students at ease.

"I’m sure you are all in shock when you heard what happened at the Florida high school," he said. "Believe in each other, be there for each other and the community. Go Royals."

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<![CDATA[Amy Schumer and Jon Stewart to Headline Clusterfest in SF]]> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:47:26 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/schumer-stewart.jpg

Comedy Central’s music and comedy festival returns with big names.

The second annual Clusterfest will take place at the Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on June 1 and will feature Amy Schumer and Jon Stewart.

Attendees can also can also look forward to the live debut of the musical-comedy trio of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer as The Lonely Island.

Other comedians set to perform are Trevor Noah, Tiffany Haddish, David Cross, Michael Che and Desus and Mero, among others.

As for musical performances, the lineup includes a variety of genres from Third Eye Blind to Salt-N-Pepa.

Aside from the music and comedy, Clusterfest will also feature interactive attractions like a President Trump Twitter library, a South Park county fair and Nickelodeon’s Double Dare game.

Three-day general admission tickets range from $199 to $289.

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