<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News - Peninsula]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/localen-usTue, 12 Dec 2017 10:40:42 -0800Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:40:42 -0800NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[SFO Announces Free Short-Term Parking During the Holidays]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:45:31 -0800https://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[Suspect Arrested in 1995 Kidnapping of Hillsborough Girl]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:03:48 -0800https://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[Body of Missing Hiker Found Near Stinson Beach]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:56:20 -0800https://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[Necklace Ripped Off Victim's Neck in SSF Robbery]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:10:18 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fileimage.JPG

A male victim had a necklace ripped off of his neck in a robbery in South San Francisco on Sunday evening, according to police.

Shortly before 5:20 p.m., the victim was walking north on Magnolia Avenue when a male suspect approached.

The victim became suspicious and turned to walk south, but the suspect then approached from behind and grabbed the necklace off his neck, causing a minor injury, police said.

The suspect fled south on Magnolia Avenue toward Railroad Avenue and remains at large. He was described as a man about 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall and between 160-170 pounds who spoke English as well as Spanish. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes, police said.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact South San Francisco police at (650) 877-8900, a tip line at (650) 952-2244 or tips@ssf.net.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Transit Agencies Monitor Explosion in New York City]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:32:11 -0800https://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[Stanford Men's Soccer Captures Third Straight National Title]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:10:56 -0800https://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[Suspect Arrested in 1995 Kidnapping of Hillsborough Girl]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:40:45 -0800https://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[Fourth Consecutive Spare the Air Day Called for Monday]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:59:20 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/GettyImages-81708079.jpg

A Spare the Air alert is in effect for Monday, the fourth day in a row when wood-burning activities are banned, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials said.

Air quality is expected to be unhealthy in the Bay Area Monday because of a high-pressure ridge clamping down on the area, trapping wood smoke pollution close to the ground, air district officials said.

"One burning fireplace can impact an entire neighborhood as well as pollute air inside the home," said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district, in a statement.

Broadbent added, "During the recent Northern California wildfires, Bay Area residents experienced firsthand how quickly smoke can saturate the region."

However, air quality officials said in a news release that smoke from the wildfires raging in Southern California will remain aloft and will not impact air quality in the region Monday.

The Winter Spare the Air season's first three alerts were announced on Thursday. At that time, the air district issued alerts for Friday through Sunday.

During Spare the Air alerts, it is illegal for residents to use their fireplaces, wood stoves, outdoor fire pits or other wood-burning devices.



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<![CDATA[Texas Law Firm Buys Plane to Dodge Bay Area's Living Costs]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:42:37 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-72304456.jpg

A Texas law firm had a novel approach to the Bay Area’s oppressive living costs: It shelled out $3 million on a private plane to ferry patent lawyers to clients based here.

Instead of hiring local lawyers, who would then have to live in a region marred by soaring rent and home prices, Houston-based Patterson and Sheridan bought a nine-seat Gulfstream G200 jet to bring their employees to Silicon Valley once a month, the Business Insider reported.

Though expensive, their approach is also cheaper than relocating Texas lawyers to this part of Northern California, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The median rent in San Francisco is $4,450, while the median home value comes in at a whopping $1.2 million, according to Zillow. Prices in San Jose are lower, but not less daunting. Zillow found that the median rent is $3,300 and median home value is $934,000.

Prices in both cities are forecast to rise in the coming year.

By contrast, the median price of Houston homes is $324,900 and median rent is $1,500, Zillow reports.

"The young people that we want to hire out there have high expectations that are hard to meet," Bruce Patterson, a partner at the firm, said to The New York Times. "Rent is so high they can't even afford a car."

Each flight costs the intellectual property law firm $1,900 per passenger and totals to $2,500 per hour in operating costs, the Houston Chronicle reported. Lawyers work while traveling so their hours are billable and help the company protect lawyer-client privilege, which is harder to do when arriving early at an airport, checking in bags and waiting in a security line.

The firm doesn’t view the plane as a luxury, and only flies it when it is full, partners said to the Chronicle. It also helps them recruit young lawyers who are eager to work with the world’s leading tech brands, but are put off by the Bay Area’s living costs.

Patterson and Sheridan is "still able to offer companies and inventors lower costs because most of the patent work is done in Houston, where commercial real estate is 43 percent cheaper, salaries 52 percent lower, and competition for technical talent far less fierce," according to the Chronicle.

In fact, the frequent flights to California helped the firm bring Intuit, Western Digital and Cavendish Kinetics on board as new clients. 



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<![CDATA[Statewide Minimum Wage to Rise New Year's Day]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:50:30 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/172*120/10DollarGeneric.jpg

The minimum wage for workers in California is going up on New Year's Day, though wages in at least some cities in the San Francisco Bay Area are already above the new mandate, state officials said.

The minimum wage statewide will rise Jan. 1 to $11 per hour for businesses with 26 employees or more and $10.50 for businesses with 25 employees or less.

Workers that are not paid the minimum wage are urged to get in touch with the Labor Commissioner's Office in their area to file a claim.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in 2016 making California the first state in the country to commit to a $15 per hour minimum wage.

As long as the economy is good and the budget allows, the minimum wage will be $15 an hour in 2022 at large businesses and in 2023 at small businesses.



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<![CDATA[First Three Spare the Air Alerts of Winter Issued]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:28:44 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/12-24-2013-spare-the-air.jpg

The first three Spare the Air alerts of the winter season were announced Thursday for Friday through Sunday, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials said.

The alert means residents are prohibited by law from burning wood, manufactured fire logs or other solid fuel either indoors or outdoors through midnight Sunday.

Air district officials said air quality is expected to be unhealthy because of weather conditions, which are expected to trap pollution close to the ground.

The pollution is especially harmful to children, the elderly, and people with respiratory conditions. Exposure to wood smoke, like cigarette smoke, has been linked to a higher risk of heart attacks, according to the air district.

During the alert, residents and visitors are prohibited from using fireplaces, woodstoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits and any other wood-burning devices.

Exemptions exist for people whose only source of heat is a woodstove or fireplace, but people must use a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified or pellet-fueled device that is registered with the air district.

No longer does an open-hearth fireplace qualify for an exemption.

Violators have an option of taking a wood smoke awareness class or pay a $100 ticket the first time they violate the rule.

A second violation results in a $500 fine and fines are higher for subsequent violations.

Air district officials said Bay Area residents and visitors must check to see whether a Spare the Air alert has been issued during the Winter Spare the Air Season, which runs from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28.

Several ways are available to check including text alerts, websites, a toll-free phone number and phone alerts.



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<![CDATA[Tech Companies Hire Models to Attend Holiday Parties: Report]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:57:22 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/GettyImages-511604371.jpg

A report of Bay Area tech companies hiring models to act as guests at lavish holiday parties is raising concerns.

The Bloomberg report suggests that some Silicon Valley companies are hiring models from agencies like Cre8 Talent to act as guests. They’re paid up to $200 an hour to attend, and they'd have to sign non-disclosure agreements, the report said.

Some question if the trend is sending the wrong message, especially amid a national debate about sexual misconduct in the workplace that has brought to light the alleged abuse by men in positions of power in Hollywood, politics, businesses, news and elsewhere.

Female and male models are hired to liven up parties and help break the ice and encourage attendees out of their shells, according to a Cre8 Talent spokesperson. They aren’t paid to flirt, Cre8 told NBC Bay Area.

Cre8 Agency sent 25 women and 5 men, all good-looking, to hang out with "pretty much all men" who work for a large gaming company in San Francisco on Dec. 8, Cre8 President Farnaz Kermaani told Bloodberg.

Los Angeles-based Models in Tech, a company that allows people to hand select who they’d like to hire, usually get inquiries for hosts or presenters, CEO Olya Ischukova told NBC Bay Area.

Ischukova says her agency typically focuses on trade shows, including The International Consumer Electronics Show, where booths feature a type of brand ambassador and help with “check in, giveaways, raffles or some games.”

Models in her employ are not hired simply as guests at parties, but occasionally, Ischukova says the company receives some unusual requests.

"They required models to wear Pink Panther leather suits, so … we have to deny this request,” she said. "Because I politely explained this is not what we do."

Kym McNicholas, a journalist who has covered tech culture for 20 years, says she doesn’t think that hiring models for a party is anything new, but she believes it demonstrates impropriety.

"I know I shouldn't be shocked, but I am shocked simply because we've come a really long way this year in terms of really bringing to the forefront … the issues we have with diversity, acceptance and even sexual harassment," McNicholas said.



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<![CDATA[Facebook Ranked No. 1 on 'Best Places to Work' List: Report]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 07:12:51 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/FacebookSign.JPG

Facebook is king once again. 

The Bay Area tech giant grabbed the top spot on Glassdoor's "2018 Best Places to Work" list, which was put together using employee input. The Menlo-Park based company previously achieved No. 1 status back in 2013 and 2011 and finished No. 2 in last year's rankings.

Glassdoor, which allows employees to write reviews about their companies, compiled this year's list by examining factors such as career opportunities, pay and benefits, work culture, and work-life balance.

A handful of other other Bay Area companies also made Glassdoor's top 100 list. Mountain View's Google checked in at No. 5, San Francisco's Salesforce earned the No. 15 slot, Sunnyvale's LinkedIn grabbed the No. 21 spot, San Francisco's DocuSign followed at No. 22 and NVIDIA of Santa Clara settled in at No. 24.

Glassdoor also ranked the top small- and medium-sized companies. Bay Area-based establishments such as Glint, Metromile, Asana and Zuora all made the list.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Car Crashes Jump 43% From 2010 to 2016: Report]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:39:43 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-77356472.jpg

The number of car accidents in the Bay Area is on the rise.

The uptick began in 2010 and data shows that the 43 percent growth seen in 2016 is because there are more drivers on the road as the region is in the throes of economic prosperity, according to a Vital Signs report.

The North Bay counties of Napa, Sonoma and Solano have the highest fatality rates, Vital Signs found.

By contrast, San Francisco has the lowest fatality rate in the Bay Area, but, per mile driven, is also one of the most dangerous regions in the area. That explains why bicyclists and motorists account for a majority of the deaths in the city by the bay.

The six-year period investigated in this report marks the first sustained surge in road fatalities since the 1970s, which experienced similar conditions due to economic growth.




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<![CDATA[Caltrans Seeks Public Input on Proposed 101 Express Lanes]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:04:21 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/101ExpressLanes.JPG

Caltrans on Wednesday is slated to hold its second to last meeting as it mulls installing express lanes on Highway 101 along the Peninsula.

The proposed express lanes would stretch from Interstate 380 near San Francisco International Airport to Whipple Avenue in Redwood City, and then already existing carpool lanes from Redwood City to the Palo Alto area would be converted to express lanes.

Drivers would have to pay to use the lanes between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m.

One public meeting to discuss the proposal is scheduled to take place Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Redwood City Hall. A final meeting will take place next Monday at 6 p.m. at San Mateo City Hall.

If the proposal is approved, construction could begin in May of 2019, according to Caltrans.



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<![CDATA[Mountain Lion Captured on Video at Peninsula Home]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:12:43 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mt_lion_1205_995267.JPG

A resident of the Peninsula town of Ladera captured video of a mountain lion on his side porch early Sunday morning.

Mike Stern posted the surveillance camera footage of the cougar to YouTube. It shows the big cat visiting his home on Pecora Way in Ladera, a community in San Mateo County.

In the footage, the lion walks up onto a small deck or porch, sniffs around for about 8-10 seconds and then leaves from the camera's frame.

Stern said it's the first time he's seen or captured a mountain lion on video.

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<![CDATA[Facebook's Sandberg Warns of Backlash Against Women]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:25:33 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sandberg4.JPG

Sheryl Sandberg warned of a potential backlash against women and urged companies to put into place clear policies on how allegations of sexual harassment are handled.

In a lengthy Facebook post over the weekend, the chief operating officer at Facebook wrote that organizations under pressure to beef up policies for handling allegations of sexual misconduct may be tempted to limit their exposure by limiting opportunities for women.

"I have already heard the rumblings of a backlash: 'This is why you shouldn't hire women,'" Sanders wrote, referring to the rising chorus of women — and some men — alleging sexual misconduct in the workplace. "Actually, this is why you should."

That movement, following the high-profile sexual misconduct scandals of powerful men including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Matt Lauer, is empowering victims to speak up — but Sandberg said it isn't enough.

"Too many workplaces lack clear policies about how to handle accusations of sexual harassment," she wrote. She recommends every workplace start with clear principles and put in place policies to support them. That includes creating training sessions on proper workplace behavior, taking all claims seriously, establishing an investigation process and taking swift, decisive action against wrongdoing.

"We have to be vigilant to make sure this happens," Sandberg wrote.

Sandberg also said that she has experienced harassment while doing her job, although never from anyone she's worked for. She noted, however, that in each instance the harasser had more power than she did.

"That's not a coincidence," the 48-year-old wrote. "It's why they felt free to cross that line."

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<![CDATA[Major Data Breach Leads Stanford Executive to Resign]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:23:06 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-493187403.jpg

The chief digital officer of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business has resigned after the university failed to disclose a data breach of personal information.

According to the SF Gate, Ranga Jayaraman, who had worked at Stanford for six years, e-mailed colleagues Saturday morning to announce his resignation.

“I take full responsibility for the failure to recognize the scope and nature of the … data exposure and report it in a timely manner to the dean and the University Information Security and Privacy Office,” said Jayaraman. “I would like to express my most sincere apologies … to anyone whose personal information might potentially have been compromised.”

The data breach came to light after Adam Allcock, an MBA student, revealed that thousands of confidential student financial aid records were visible to those within the business school. Student information was not the only data people could see, employee information such as social security numbers of nearly 10,000 employees and former employees were visible, according to a report by the SF Gate.

Allcock alerted technology officials and also analyzed the financial aid data on how the business school awarded scholarship money. His study revealed that despite claims that tuition discounts were awarded on a student need basis that was not the case. For years, the business school had been awarding discounts to non-needy applicants in hopes of attracting international students, women and students with a finance background.

Allcock showed his data analysis to Jonathan Levin, the business school’s dean, alerting officials for the second time of the data breach in October. This time, Stanford officials confirmed a separate data breach, which was revealed by the Stanford Daily.

The university apologized for its failure to disclose their mishandling of confidential information and informed thousands of people who were affected.

Jayaraman told the SF Chronicle that he didn’t intend to deceive anyone when he decided not to tell campus officials.

“A decision like that is always a judgment call,” said Jayaraman. “I thought we’d done a detailed enough evaluation, and we didn’t hear there was super-sensitive information, so I decided to let it go.”

NBC Bay Area reached out to Stanford University for comment and did not immediately respond. 



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<![CDATA[Traffic Fatalities Sharply Up Across Bay Area Since 2010]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:00:16 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/CarCrashGeneric.JPG

Since 2010 the number of traffic fatalities each year has gone up in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to data from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Last year 455 people died on Bay Area roadways, up from 318 in 2010 and 422 in 2013.

Officials with the commission said the number of fatalities has grown faster than vehicle miles traveled and population growth.

The officials also said that pedestrians and bicyclists are a growing share of the traffic fatalities.

In 2016, 154 or 34 percent of all collisions ended in the death of a pedestrian or bicyclist, up from 95 or 30 percent in 2010.

According to commission officials, improved vehicle safety has reduced fatalities among occupants of vehicles while deaths among non-motorized travelers have gone up.

San Francisco is taking steps to reduce bicycle and pedestrian fatalities.

City officials have launched the Vision Zero project to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024.

Injuries from crashes and collisions have also risen since 2010 in the Bay Area. Last year 2,089 injuries occurred on Bay Area roads, up 25 percent from 2010.



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<![CDATA[Stanford Wins 2nd NCAA Women's Soccer Title]]>Sun, 03 Dec 2017 21:05:21 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/stanford_women_1203_971054.JPG

Stanford midfielder Jaye Boissiere scored the winner in the 67th minute as the Cardinal claimed their second NCAA women's soccer title with a 3-2 win over UCLA.

Boissiere's left-footed shot from 25 yards supplemented first-half goals from Kyra Carusa and Andi Sullivan to give Stanford its 22nd straight win this season and first title since 2011. Catarina Macario was credited with assists on all three goals.

The Cardinal, who defeated Pac-12 rival UCLA during the regular season, dominated possession for much of the game, just missing several chances to expand the lead while outshooting the Bruins 15-2.

"You never really like to see an opponent a second time when you already have beaten them because they have more fire, more fuel to beat you," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "But it showed the mentality of our team that they didn't succumb to that. The character of this team has been very strong all season."

UCLA (19-3-3) rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game on second-half goals from Jessie Fleming and Delanie Sheehan. However, Boissiere's shot curled just inside the far post, and UCLA was unable to find an equalizer.

"We were very opportunistic," UCLA coach Amanda Cromell said. "We got so momentum in the second half, but you use so much energy, emotional and physical, tying it up and then Stanford picked it up again.

"That goal by Boissiere was world class."

Boissiere had plenty of space to line up the shot, but the fact it came from 25 yards and was driven low and hard just inside the far post made it memorable.

"When you're given that much time and space, you have to capitalize on it and I did," Boissiere said. "I just saw an opening and took it."

Stanford dominated the first half, but it took a misplay by UCLA keeper Teagan Micah for the Cardinal to get on the board. Micah misplayed a carom pass by Macario, letting it bound over her head and on to Carusa's foot. The Cardinal forward quickly volleyed the ball into an open net 15 minutes into the game.

Ten minutes later, Sullivan made a timely cut through the UCLA defense, took a perfect pass from Madison Haley and was free just inside the penalty box. She whipped a right-footed shot past Micah.

Fleming scored UCLA's first goal on a penalty kick after Stanford goalie Alison Jahansouz tackled forward Zoey Goralski in the penalty box.

The second UCLA goal was a textbook set play. Julia Hernandez nodded on a corner kick from Anika Rodriguez to Sheehan on the back post, and the Bruins freshman midfielder headed it home in the 59th minute.

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<![CDATA[Kings Tides Prompt Coastal Flood Warnings]]>Sun, 03 Dec 2017 16:16:15 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KingTides.PNG

Coastal flood warnings went into effect in four Bay Area counties Sunday as the so-called King Tides made a return to the region.

The warnings, which are in effect for Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Sonoma counties, are set to expire Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

King Tides could lead to water flowing onto low-lying roadways, underpasses, coastal trails, sidewalks and parking lots, according to the NWS.

Extreme high tides are likely to occur during the mid- to late-morning hours of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Extreme low tide is slated to take place during the late afternoon and evening hours.

The exact timing of high and low tides depends on specific locations. Those living in or near coastal areas can track tide measurements on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website.



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<![CDATA[Lost WWII-Era Photo Album Reunited With Its Owners]]>Sat, 02 Dec 2017 15:01:00 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/12012017WWIIAlbum_956356.JPG

If police are meant to protect and serve, Mountain View officers took service to a whole new level on Friday.

Sgt. Magee emerged from police headquarters with an object wrapped in a cloth fabric, tied with a bow. Inside was a photo album.

He found that album back in August under a bridge at a homeless camp. He thought it looked special, so he and the department tried to track down its owners. Their posts on social media asking for help were shared thousands of times. Officers cross referenced names on the back of the photos and even used ancestry.com. Finally, they found a match.

“You see [the people in the photos] when they’re young, and now you're going to see them later in life," Sgt. Magee said.

Their investigation landed them at a Los Gatos retirement home.


Two sisters, both in their 90s, came through a door to greet Sgt. Magee, Officer Mike Taber and community Service Officer Jodie Pierce.

Magee presented the album. The sisters smiled. It’s the first time they’ve seen it in more than 35 years.

"I'm amazed at the shape it's in," said Janice Anne Duncan. "It's like meeting an old friend." She and her sister Nancy Rose made the album in their 20s. They can't recall how it was lost. Friday, they were just happy to have it back.

Community Service Officer Jodie Pierce was instrumental in tracking them down. She said it was difficult because the sisters’ maiden name was Jacobs in the pictures.

The officers spent three months searching for this moment.

"We all sort of became part of their history, by looking at the photos and just became more and more intrigued, by who they were and what was going on in their life in that time," Pierce said.

Janine recalls one man who appears in many of the photos as Chuck, a navy sailor. Chuck was Janice’s love back when she made the album.

"Chuck and I were fast friends," Duncan said. "He used to go to the cocktail parties at Mills College."

The stories continue with each turn of the page, as if they’re seeing their past for the first time. There was the vacation to Yosemite. A possible high school reunion.

"It’s all yours now," Magee said to the sisters.

It was never just a photo album found under a bridge. It's a piece of their family history, now back in their hands.




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<![CDATA[Facebook Targets Fremont Property For Expansion]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 23:09:10 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/facebook_fremont_1130_945431.JPG

Facebook is expanding again, this time to the East Bay.

Video from NBC Bay Area's Sky Ranger shows where the social media network wants to put hundreds of its workers.

The Menlo Park-based company is leasing two big office buildings in the Ardenwood district of Fremont, near the eastern end of the Dumbarton Bridge.

The buildings total nearly 200,000 square feet of space.

In July, Facebook also announced plans to expand its presence in Menlo Park.



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<![CDATA[Medical Emergency Prompts Closure of BART Station]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 22:46:41 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart-generic.jpg

A major delay was reported on BART's San Francisco line late Thursday night because of a major medical emergency at the Balboa Park station, which is closed, BART officials said.

As of 10:19 p.m. the delay was in effect in the San Francisco International Airport, Daly City and East Bay directions.

No other details were immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Deputies Track Down 2 of 3 Burglary Suspects in Millbrae]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:38:32 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1129-Millbrae.jpg

Sheriff's deputies tracked down and arrested two of three home invasion burglary suspects in Millbrae late Wednesday night, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's officials said the robbery occurred in the area of Arroyo Seco and Vista Grande about 1:30 p.m., and two suspects fled on foot while another tried to flee in a vehicle and rammed two patrol cars.

Deputies set up a perimeter with assitance from the San Bruno and Burlingame police departments and found two of the suspects, sheriff's officials said.

No weapons were found, and no injuries were reported. The suspects, not yet identified, were booked into county jail and are facing felony charges, sheriff's officials said.

The investigation is ongoing, and one suspect remains at large, sheriff's officials said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact sheriff's Detective Joe Cang at 650-259-2417. Those wishing to leave an anonymous tip can call 800-547-2700.



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<![CDATA[Colorful Hues Light Up Bay Area Sky Throughout November]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:32:08 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SunriseSunsetThumb.JPG

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<![CDATA[Pygmy Goat Up For Adoption at Peninsula Humane Society]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:44:35 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Dottie+11.JPG

Have you heard of the "Lonely Goatherd?"

Well, now a goat in the Bay Area is all by her lonesome and in need of a herd.

The female pygmy goat, named Dottie, was surrendered to the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA and is now in search of a home. She can be adopted for $25, according to the nonprofit. 

“Dottie was surrendered to us on November 13 through our after-hours receiving area with no paperwork so unfortunately we have no background details about this friendly goat,” said spokeswoman Buffy Martin Tarbox. “Goats are herd animals and Dottie is quite lonely without other goat friends so we are actively seeking an adopter with goats.”

Pygmy goats like Dottie are smaller than other goat breeds and range from 16 to 23 inches in height. The animals make good pets, but need access to an outdoor fenced area, the Peninsula Humane Society said.

Dottie enjoys being petted and can help with "organic lawn maintenance since she loves to nibble on grass,” Tarbox said.

People interested in taking her in are asked to call 650-340-7022.



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<![CDATA[After-School Aide Arrested For Alleged Lewd Acts With Girls]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:39:52 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/11-19-17-19+year+old+mugshot.jpg

A teen working as an after-school aide at an elementary school in San Carlos was arrested Monday after allegedly inappropriately touching two young girls, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

Detectives began investigating Hoang Tran, 19, of Emerald Hills, in September after a 6-year-old girl said Tran had inappropriately touched her while he worked as a program aide at the after-school program at Brittan Acres Elementary School.

After the report, officials at the school at 2000 Belle Ave. placed Tran on leave. He did not return to the position and was released by the San Carlos School District, sheriff's officials said.

During the investigation, a 7-year-old girl also came forward and said Tran had allegedly inappropriately touched her at some point in the beginning of the school year, according to the sheriff's office.

At about 11 a.m. Monday, detectives met with Tran and arrested him at the Hall of Justice in Redwood City.

The case remains under investigation and anyone with information about it is encouraged to contact Detective Jesse Myers at 650-363-4050 or jrmyers@smcgov.org. People can also call the sheriff's anonymous tip line at 800-547-2700.



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<![CDATA[ Giant Oak Tree Falls Near Atherton Fire House]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:46:31 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Giant_Oak_Tree_Falls_Near_Atherton_Fire_House.jpg

A giant oak tree fell this week, landing right next to the Station 3 firehouse in Atherton. Firefighters say nobody ever complained about sweeping up the tree's fallen leaves because it provided so much shade when it was really needed. Firefighters are also convinced the tree may have intentionally avoided making a direct hit on the firehouse when it went down.]]>
<![CDATA[Stanford Expansion in the Works]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:30:33 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Spike_In_Car_Break-Ins_at_Stanford.jpg

The first of two meetings will take place Wednesday as Stanford mulls a plan to expand. The university is finalizing an expansion that will take place over the next 20 years. The plan would add thousands of housing units and nearly three million square feet of academic space. Wednesday night’s meeting is at Menlo Park's Oak Knoll Elementary School. There is also a meeting on Thursday in Palo Alto. People can weigh in on the environmental impact report.]]>
<![CDATA[Wife's Tip Leads to Arrest of Man for Child Porn Possession]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:35:41 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/mug-shot-coda-porn-possession.JPG

A 47-year-old Menlo Park man was arrested Monday after his wife contacted the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office because she believed he possessed child pornography, sheriff's officials said.

Matthew Coda was arrested at about 7 p.m. Monday as he stepped off a plane at San Francisco International Airport and was booked into county jail on suspicion of possession of child pornography.

Coda's wife contacted the sheriff's office in September, prompting an investigation that found more than 3,000 images of child pornography on his computer, according to the sheriff's office.

The case remains under investigation and anyone with information about it is encouraged to contact sheriff's Detective Gaby Chaghouri at (650) 259-2314 or gchaghouri@smcgov.org. People can also call the sheriff's anonymous tip line at (800) 547-2700.



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<![CDATA[Swells as High as 14 Feet to Pound Bay Area Coastline: NWS]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:13:19 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/WaveGeneric.jpg

The National Weather Service is warning people along the coast about large swells that are expected to pound the California shoreline on Wednesday.

Waves are slated to peak anywhere from 10 to 14 feet in some spots throughout the day, according to the NWS.

Aside from the swells, the NWS is also warning the public about sneaker waves and rip currents.

Beaches along the Sonoma County coast all the way south to Monterey County are in the crosshairs for the large swells.



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<![CDATA[Woman Who Went Missing Found Safe in Palo Alto: Police]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:58:55 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Police+Lights+Generic+NBC4_1.jpg

An at-risk woman with Alzheimer's disease has been safely reunited with her family after she went missing Tuesday in Palo Alto, police said.

The 59-year-old woman was located by a resident.

No other information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Battle Continues Over New Gun Store in San Carlos]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:58:36 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Battle_Over_New_Gun_Store_in_San_Carlos..jpg

San Carlos city leaders on Monday voted to delay the opening of a gun store by more than 10 months.This all started a few months ago when a Southern California gun dealer was about to open a new store along the Peninsula, but severe community backlash forced city leaders to delay the project as they continue to review the issue.]]>
<![CDATA[Second Escaped Inmate Arrested in San Leandro: Sheriff]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:16:29 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/escaped+inmates-1106.jpg

The second inmate who escaped from a courthouse in Palo Alto earlier this month was arrested in San Leandro on Sunday, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. 

John Bivins, 47, was taken into custody by the United States Marshals nearly three weeks after he and Tramel McClough, who was captured last week, bolted from court in a brazen escape that included getaway vehicles. 

Bivins was taken into custody about 9:30 a.m. in the 16000 block of Foothill Boulevard. Investigators had determined that he was staying at the Fairmont Inn in San Leandro, U.S. Marshal officials said.

He was spotted walking out of the hotel when authorities approached him and demanded him to surrender. Bivins resisted arrest and was forced into custody, officials said.

McClough, 46, was arrested last Tuesday in Stockton following a chase and shootout involving California Highway Patrol officers, but Bivins managed to escape.

McClough was in a Stockton courtroom Monday sitting next to none other than Randall Saito, another escapee who fled a Hawaii psychiatric hospital Nov. 12, flew to San Jose and was captured three days later in Stockton.


McClough's bail was set at $50,000. 

Bivins managed to evade authorities a bit longer.

On Nov. 21, at about 5:15 p.m., CHP units attempted a traffic stop of a vehicle on northbound Interstate 5 south of Eight Mile Road. A short chase ensued onto southbound Trinity Parkway, where McClough exited, ran into a Walmart store and was later apprehended, the CHP said.

The passenger, Bivins, fled in the vehicle on southbound Trinity Parkway, where an officer fired shots just south of McAuliffe Road, the CHP said.

Bivins continued to flee in the vehicle on northbound Trinity Parkway.

On Nov. 6, Bivins and McClough, who were being held without bail after robbing a Verizon store, were leaving a courtroom when they made a beeline for the exit, hopped in a getaway car, drove a few blocks and jumped into a van before fleeing the area, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Additional charges could be filed against Bivins in both state and federal courts, including escape, felon in possession of a firearm, attempted murder of a federal agent and state peace officer.

Meanwhile, Saito is being held without bail and is fighting extradition back to Hawaii. He was undergoing an identity hearing Monday, and if a judge determines that he is the man Hawaiian authorities are looking for, extradition will be automatic, and he'll be shipped back to Hawaii, a court official said.

Both Saito and McClough are scheduled to return to court Dec. 5.

NBC Bay Area's Robert Handa and Henry Mulak contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Free Tipsy Tow Service From AAA Available on Thanksgiving ]]>Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:56:46 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-467650191%282%29.jpg

A free towing service is available Thursday evening through early Friday morning in the Bay Area to get people home safely if they have been drinking, AAA officials said.

AAA's Tipsy Tow service begins at 6 p.m. today and continues until 6 a.m. Friday and is available to anyone, regardless of membership, Michael Blasky, spokesman for AAA Northern California, said.

"If you are planning on getting tipsy this Thanksgiving, be sure you have a plan to get home safe," Blasky said in a statement. "If that plan falls through, give AAA a call and we'll get you home safely."

Drivers, passengers, bartenders, restaurant managers and party hosts interested in getting or helping someone get home safely should call (800) 222-4357 and say they need a Tipsy Tow to arrange for a tow.

They should also provide the driver's name, home address, phone number and vehicle or driver location.

AAA will provide a free tow of up to 10 miles for a vehicle and a driver and one passenger, according to AAA officials.

AAA does not take reservations for the service and the service does not include roadside assistance.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Storm: Rain and Gusty Winds Return]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:04:26 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RainBayArea.PNG

Winter-like conditions returned to the Bay Area on Sunday as another storm system packing moderate downpours and gusty winds made its way across the region.

The latest storm brought rain primarily to the North Bay during the morning hours, scattered showers for the rest of the Bay Area by the afternoon, and widespread downpours late in the day and around midnight. The wet and blustery conditions are slated to clear by Monday morning.

By the time the storm passes, Oakland is forecasted to have picked up 0.77 of an inch of rain. San Francisco is expected to net 0.44 of an inch, and San Jose will receive only about 0.21 of an inch.

The sub-tropical nature of the storm will wring out higher rainfall totals over coastal and inland hills with some spots receiving anywhere from one to 2 inches of rain, forecasters said.

To the east, windy conditions could make traveling through the Sierra Nevada a challenge. Winds are forecasted to reach anywhere from 30 to 40 mph, with gusts in excess of 50 mph, forecasters said.

Snowplows and chain teams were also kept busy early Monday as snow fell across Interstate 80.



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<![CDATA[Police, Fire Crews Respond to Shooting in East Palo Alto]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:22:54 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/epa_shooting_1122_862491.JPG

Police and fire crews responded to a shooting involving at least one victim, possibly two, in East Palo Alto on Wednesday evening, according to the Menlo Park Fire District.

The shooting was reported about 5:40 p.m. at Purdue and University avenues, where there is a nearby homeless encampment, Menlo Park fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.

Initial reports said one victim had nine gunshot wounds.

Fire crews were deploying a drone with a thermal camera to see if a suspect could be hiding in the camp, he said.



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<![CDATA[Whitman to Step Down as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:18 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/MegWhitmanFile.JPG

Meg Whitman, who oversaw the breakup of one of Silicon Valley's pioneering companies, is stepping down as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

HPE said Tuesday that Whitman will hand over the reins of the company to its president, Antonio Neri, on Feb. 1.

Whitman, 61, took over in 2011 at the former Hewlett-Packard Co., a company founded in 1939 and for years a tech bellwether. But it had struggled to keep up with industry trends toward mobile and cloud computing, shedding thousands of jobs in the process.

In 2015, Hewlett Packard was split in two: one company, HP Inc., sells PCs and printers. The other led by Whitman, HPE, is focused on selling data-center hardware and other commercial tech gear to other big organizations.

Since the breakup, Palo Alto, California-based HPE has furthered its transformation, spinning off a big chunk of its business software line-up last year in an $8.8 billion deal with Micro Focus International PLC.

Both Whitman and Neri, 50, will serve on HPE's board.

Whitman said Tuesday she plans on taking "a little bit of downtime" after a 35-year career. And she ruled out working for a competitor.

"I've become quite loyal to Hewlett-Packard and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," she said. "I love this company and I wouldn't ever go to a competitor."

She was in the running to replace Travis Kalanick as the CEO of ride-hailing app Uber but that job went to Dara Khosrowshahi in August.

Before HP, Whitman served as chief executive of eBay Inc., a company she steered from a fledgling startup with just 30 employees into a household name beginning in 1998 until 2008. She also ran an unsuccessful California gubernatorial campaign, which cost her $144 million.

Forbes recently listed her net worth as $3.2 billion. That makes her No. 6 on the magazine's list of U.S. women who made their fortunes.

HPE's stock dropped 6.5 percent in after-hours trading Tuesday following the announcement.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area



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<![CDATA[Guinea Pigs Up for Adoption on the Peninsula]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:18:40 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/258*120/PHS+Guinea+Pig+7.JPG

Photo Credit: The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA]]>
<![CDATA[Report Names Bay Area Traffic Hotspots During Thanksgiving]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:14:55 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dc+traffic+thx.jpg

Hitting the road for Thanksgiving? Expect delays across the Bay Area.

At the height of the Thanksgiving travel period, drivers across the region could see delays of roughly 250 percent compared to ideal driving times, according to AAA and INRIX.

AAA and INRIX —an analytics company — pinpointed 10 spots across the Bay Area where traffic headaches are likely:

1. Eastbound Interstate 80 at Pinole Valley Road in Pinole

2. Eastbound Interstate 580 at Santa Rita Road/Tassajara Road in Pleasanton

3. Westbound Interstate 80 at the San Francisco Bay Bridge

4. Northbound Interstate 680 at Calaveras Road in Milpitas

5. Eastbound Highway 37 at Wilson Avenue in Vallejo

6. Northbound Interstate 880 at 23rd Avenue in Oakland

7. Eastbound Highway 24 at Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek

8. Northbound Highway 101 at Petaluma Boulevard in Petaluma

9. Northbound Highway 1 at Highway 101 in San Francisco

10. Eastbound Interstate 80 at Interstate 80/Interstate 580 in Oakland



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<![CDATA[Search For Missing Boater Continues Off Half Moon Bay Coast]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:39:22 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/missing+boater-1120.png

Investigators on Monday were no closer to solving the deadly mystery involving a so-called ghost boat found spinning in circles off the San Mateo County coast Sunday.

A man's body was pulled from the water. He was identified Monday as 74-year-old Fremont resident Dung Duc Nguyen, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office. The boat's captain, Twon "Tom" Tran, is still missing. Tran's family joined the search Monday, hoping he beats the odds and survives.

John Tran knew something had gone terribly wrong when he saw images of his brother's 17-foot Boston Whaler empty and spinning out of control Sunday afternoon. He said he last talked with his brother at 9:35 Sunday morning. Twon had gone fishing with a friend and set out from Pillar Point Harbor with two other boats. They separated to fish. By 1 p.m.. Twon and his friend had vanished.

"The friend of hers that saw the boat spinning around on the ocean with no people in it and wife called my brother, and no response," John Tran said.

"My understanding is that one of the persons on a PWC started waving down our search and rescue vessel and found a body floating face down," said John Moren of the San Mateo County Harbor District.

Coast Guard crews combed the water for hours on Sunday and Monday morning.

Investigators do not suspect foul play. There were no wounds to the body and therefore nothing indicating a suspicious circumstance, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said it's possible a malfunction with the outboard motor could have caused the boat to jerk suddenly and violently, throwing the men overboard and sending it spinning in tight circles.

"Very unusual," fisherman Jeff Bettencourt said. "I've never seen that before, but that's the mystery of the ocean, that there's nobody left to tell the story."

The man who drowned was not wearing a life vest, officials said.

The Coast Guard suspended its search earlier Monday, but the harbor district and the Tran family continued to look for Twon Tran.

An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding Tran's whereabouts should contact Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders at 415-399-3451.



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<![CDATA[The Best Black Friday Deals in the Bay Area]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:55:28 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/GettyImages-625641492.jpgIt's that time of year: after a hearty Thanksgiving dinner, shoppers across the country are preparing to score great deals on Black Friday. If you're heading to the stores this weekend, here are some of the best sales that could save you hundreds on holiday gifts.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Guide]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:36:48 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/205*120/2015-11-23_16-18-13.jpg

Not in the mood to cook up a Thanksgiving feast this year? Would you rather dine out and have the meal prepared and served to you? You're in luck. There are plenty of restaurants all around the Bay Area open on everyone's favorite gluttonous holiday.

We ran a search over at OpenTable.com and found over 100 open eateries on turkey day. We compiled that list into an interactive Google Map (above) so that you can easily find the restaurant nearest you. 

Restaurants on the map with a knife and fork symbol have advertised special Thanksgiving options. All others will be open on Nov. 23 and are taking reservations.


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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Missing as Boat Found Circling Off Half Moon Bay]]>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:41:39 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AbandonedBoatHMB.PNG

One person has died and another remains missing after an unmanned boat was found spinning in circles off the Half Moon Bay coast Sunday afternoon.

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday announced that the search for the missing boater, identified as Tuan "Tom" Tran, has been suspended indefinitely.

The 17-foot vessel was spotted early Sunday afternoon spinning in tight circles about a quarter of a mile away from shore and roughly eight miles south of Pillar Point Harbor, according to the Coast Guard.

An unresponsive person was later pulled from the water, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department, but Coast Guard officials received word that two people, including Tran, were on the boat, which was eventually recovered and pulled to shore. 

Crews combed the water for hours on Sunday and Monday morning before putting a halt to the effort, according to the Coast Guard. 

The identity of the dead person was not provided. There were no wounds to the body and therefore nothing indicating a suspicious circumstance, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department.

It is not clear what caused the boat to spin in circles, according to the Coast Guard. An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding Tran's whereabouts should contact Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders at 415-399-3451.



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<![CDATA[Unemployment Rates Below 4 Percent in Most Bay Area Counties]]>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:02:24 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/172*120/GettyImages-147883234.jpg

The unemployment rate was below 4 percent in October in eight of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties, officials with the California Employment Development Department said.

San Mateo County had the lowest rate at 2.5 percent followed by Marin County at 2.6 percent and San Francisco County at 2.7 percent.

The rates were between 3 and 3.5 percent in Santa Clara, Sonoma, Napa, Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Solano County had the highest unemployment rate in the Bay Area at 4.3 percent.

The unemployment rate was 4.9 percent statewide compared with 4.1 percent nationwide in October.



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<![CDATA[Redwood City Man Gets 44-Year Sentence for Raping Daughter]]>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:17:59 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gavel____.jpg

A man was sentenced Friday to 44 years to life in prison after being convicted of raping his daughter continuously for nearly a year, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Benjamin Ruiz, 40, of unincorporated Redwood City, was given the maximum sentence, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Between Aug. 24, 2015 and Sept. 16, 2016, Ruiz molested his daughter when she was 10 and 11 years old while the girl's mother was at work, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said the girl told her mother who called police.

Ruiz was arrested Sept. 20, 2016 after an investigation by police.

The judge believed, according to Wagstaffe, "The acts showed a high degree of callousness."

Prosecutors said Ruiz threatened to hit the girl if she told her mother and one time slapped his daughter across the face when she began crying.

Ruiz was also convicted of molesting a child 10 years old or younger and continuous sexual abuse of a child. Wagstaffe said the judge denied a motion by the defense for a new trial.

Ruiz's attorney Steve Chase was not immediately available for comment.



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<![CDATA[Slow-Moving Storm Pelts Bay Area With Rain]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:36:20 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/bus43.jpg

Heavy rain soaked the North Bay late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning and pushed south into the greater Bay Area in time for the morning commute, weather forecasters said.

After pelting Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties overnight, prompting a flash flood warning for those areas until 3 a.m. and a flood advisory in Solano County until 2:45 p.m., the storm slowly began making its way toward the Peninsula, East Bay and South Bay early Thursday. 


Temperatures will be in the 50s to start the morning, and by the afternoon, there's a chance the rain could linger over the South Bay, forecasters said.

Rain totals on average for lower elevations will be 0.50 to 1.25 inches and 1-3 inches above 1,000 feet. The heaviest rain will spread across the Santa Cruz Mountains and into the South Bay around sunrise, the National Weather Service said.

The South Bay, which usually misses out on the heavy rain, got hit hard with this storm as many places saw up to an inch of rain. In the Rock Springs neighborhood of San Jose, which was flooded earlier this year when Coyote Creek overflowed its banks during storms, residents were not ready for more rain. 

Flood victim Hao Nguyen and her visiting granddaughter, Trang Lieng, were back home, just in time.

"The owner fixed the house, and she's very glad we can move back in before the rain," Lieng said.

The storm also made life even more miserable for the homeless in San Jose, where CHAM Ministries handed out blankets, tents and water at a Felipe Road encampment.

"There are a lot of people, right here, struggling," pastor Scott Wagers said. "You know, the guys are desperate for tarps right now because they're trying to keep their stuff dry."

In the North Bay, rainfall rates over coastal Sonoma and Marin counties were up to half an inch per hour Wednesday evening, posing the possibility of mudslides, downed trees and flooding in the areas burned out by wildfires last month.

Twenty-four rainfall totals as of 4 a.m. Thursday had already exceeded two inches in Petaluma and Guerneville. Lafayette recorded 1.79 inches during that time frame, Santa Rosa registered 1.39 inches of rain, Pacifica recorded 1.31 inches and Oakland logged 1.26 inches. Those numbers will increase as the storm makes its way out of the region.

Deluges of rain also prompted the closures of some roadways in San Francisco.

The connector ramp to northbound Highway 101 was shut down due to flooding, according to the California Highway Patrol. Southbound lanes of the Great Highway were also forced to close as a result of flooding. 

On the road to the Sierra Nevada, about 1-2 feet of snow was expected above 7,000 feet, the weather service said. Chains were required on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit on the way to the Reno-Tahoe region. 


Drying weather returns Friday and Saturday, forecasters said.

NBC Bay Area's Robert Handa contributed to this report.


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<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area and Safeway's Feed the Need Holiday Food Drive]]>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:46:19 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DO8GU1BUQAAkto5.jpg

NBC Bay Area and Safeway are joining forces for the annual Feed the Need food drive on Saturday, November 18, kicking off a month-long effort to fight hunger in the Bay Area. This year's food drive will take place at 167 Safeway stores throughout the Bay Area to benefit local food banks through December 26.
It is easy to help families in need this holiday season, visit one of the 167 participating Safeway stores and look for the bag display, grab a flyer from the tear pads and take it to the register for just $10. Your donations to your local food bank will include sustainable food items like: pasta and sauce, canned vegetables, soup, and important proteins like peanut butter, beans and canned chicken breast.
Last year, the food drive collected more than 360,000 bags across the Bay Area, nearly tripling the amount from the previous year and amounting to more than 2,880,000 pounds of food for those in need.
NBC Bay Area news reporters will volunteer at their neighborhood Safeway stores on Saturday, November 18, please see the list below.  
NBC Bay Area volunteer locations: 
Laura Garcia and Marcus Washington - 840 E Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill at 7 to 9:30 a.m. 
Robert Handa and Ian Cull - 235 Tennant St, Morgan Hill at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Janelle Wang and Chris Chmura - 160 First St, Los Altos at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Terry McSweeney, Sam Brock, and Mark Matthews - 110 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley at 2 to 4 p.m.  
Scott McGrew, Kari Hall, and Vianey Arana - 3970 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  
Mike Inouye and  Bob Redell - 4495 First St, Livermore at 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
Damian Trujillo - 2980 East Capitol Expressway, San Jose at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Kris Sanchez and Garvin Thomas -  1530 Hamilton Ave, San Jose at 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Rob Mayeda - 3496 Camino Tassajara, Danville at 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.  
Jodi Hernandez and Cheryl Hurd - 5051 Business Center Dr, Fairfield at 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
A special thanks to our volunteers:
Junior League of San Jose
Girl Scouts of the Bay Area
Kiwanis Clubs
Alameda County 4-H
Second Harvest Food Banks
Contra Costa and Solano Food Banks

NBC Bay Area and Safeway are joining forces for the annual Feed the Need food drive on Saturday, November 18, kicking off a month-long effort to fight hunger in the Bay Area. This year's food drive will take place at 167 Safeway stores throughout the Bay Area to benefit local food banks through December 26.

It is easy to help families in need this holiday season, visit one of the 167 participating Safeway stores and look for the bag display, grab a flyer from the tear pads and take it to the register for just $10. Your donations to your local food bank will include sustainable food items like: pasta and sauce, canned vegetables, soup, and important proteins like peanut butter, beans and canned chicken breast.


Last year, the food drive collected more than 360,000 bags across the Bay Area, nearly tripling the amount from the previous year and amounting to more than 2,880,000 pounds of food for those in need.NBC Bay Area news reporters will volunteer at their neighborhood Safeway stores on Saturday, November 18, please see the list below.  

NBC Bay Area volunteer locations:

  • Laura Garcia and Marcus Washington - 840 E Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill at 7 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Robert Handa and Ian Cull - 235 Tennant St, Morgan Hill at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Janelle Wang and Chris Chmura - 160 First St, Los Altos at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Terry McSweeney - 1 Camino Alto, Mill Valley at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Sam Brock, and Mark Matthews - 110 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley at 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Scott McGrew, Kari Hall, and Vianey Arana - 3970 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Mike Inouye and  Bob Redell - 4495 First St, Livermore at 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Damian Trujillo - 2980 East Capitol Expressway, San Jose at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Kris Sanchez and Garvin Thomas -  1530 Hamilton Ave, San Jose at 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Rob Mayeda - 3496 Camino Tassajara, Danville at 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Jodi Hernandez and Cheryl Hurd - 5051 Business Center Dr, Fairfield at 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

A special thanks to our volunteers:

  • Junior League of San Jose
  • Girl Scouts of the Bay Area
  • Kiwanis Clubs
  • Alameda County 4-H
  • Second Harvest Food Banks
  • Contra Costa and Solano Food Banks



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<![CDATA[Car Crashes Snarl Traffic as Rain Pounds Bay Area]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:33:38 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/111617HWY85CARS_786055.JPEG

A number of car crashes snarled traffic across the Bay Area during the Thursday morning commute as another round of rain soaked the region.

A big-rig around 5 a.m. slammed into a power pole in Fremont, knocking out power for roughly 3,000 customers in the area near Auto Mall Parkway and Boscell Road, according to police. The crash temporarily shut down both directions of Auto Mall Parkway.

The power pole was thrown across several lanes of traffic, but no one was hurt.

Full power in the area immediately surrounding the crash scene is expected to be restored by 5 p.m., according to PG&E.

In the South Bay, overturned vehicles briefly blocked all northbound lanes of Highway 85 near Winchester Boulevard in Los Gatos around 5 a.m., but only minor injuries were reported, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Despite the proximity, the crashes happened independently of each other. CHP officials said speed played a role in the wrecks.

Around the same time along the Peninsula, a collision blocked four lanes of southbound Highway 101 at Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View, according to the CHP.

Drivers are encouraged to slow down and keep a safe distance between the cars in front of them when rain is falling. 

Track the latest road conditions using NBC Bay Area's traffic map



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<![CDATA[RV Dwellers in East Palo Alto Expected to Be Evicted]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:36:19 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/RVsEastPaloAlto.JPG

Plans are in place Wednesday to remove a host of people living in RVs in an East Palo Alto neighborhood, but the decision is expected to draw protesters.

The organizer of the protest claims that city officials told people living along a road that dead ends near the Ravens Wood Open Space Preserve on Tuesday afternoon to vacate the area by 8 a.m. Wednesday. NBC Bay Area has learned that a number of people in the area were given notice about vacating over the past several days.

A number of the RVs parked along Weeks Street and nearby Pulgas Avenue in East Palo Alto are not operational. If the city tows the vehicles, those living inside would be left without a place to stay.

A lack of affordable housing in the Bay Area is the main reason why people have ditched traditional dwellings for life in motor homes.

NBC Bay Area's sister station, Telemundo 48, last week spoke to one man who was forced to live in an RV after his monthly rent soared from $2,000 to $3,800.

The Mercury News reported earlier this month that the city of Mountain View ticketed a number of RVs parked along a residential street. In Mountain View alone, there are believed to be more than 300 vehicles that have been converted into living spaces for people unable to pay for traditional housing.



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<![CDATA[Flash Flood Watch in Effect for North Bay Counties]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:56:01 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/srrain21115_782593.JPG

As another storm system walloped the Bay Area with rain on Wednesday, crews were keeping a close eye on the areas recently scorched by the devastating wildfires in the North Bay.


Teams spent the overnight hours trying to haul off as much of the charred debris as possible and block storm drains with straw waddles to prevent potentially toxic materials from flowing into creeks and streams.

"Can you imagine having to go into the entire city of San Francisco times three-and-a-half and make sure it was secure for a rainfall event?" Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt said. "That's what we're dealing with."

Even as rain arrived Wednesday, workers continued storm preparations, including ongoing drain pipe assessments using remote control video cameras. 

The latest round of rain, which will be heaviest in the North Bay, has prompted flash flood watches in Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties, according to the National Weather Service. Those watches went into effect 4 p.m. Wednesday and were set to expire at 3 a.m. Thursday.

Roughly 1 to 3 inches of rain in the region could cause debris flows and mudslides, especially in the burned out areas. About 300 Cal Fire firefighters on Wednesday were in the burn areas working on erosion control.

Rain returned by the evening, with the heaviest downpours pelting the North Bay. The slow-moving storm eventually made its way south and was expected to bring deluges to the South Bay overnight. 

In San Francisco, workers installed flood barriers along Folsom Street, near 17th Street, for a third straight year. But officials with the Public Utilities Commission said this year will be different, with a $2 million grant program allowing homes and businesses to retrofit.

In the East Bay, crews cleared storm drains and stocked up on sandbags as the rain approached. 

The rain is expected to clear out of the Bay Area by late Thursday morning.



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<![CDATA[Stanford Students Walk Out of Controversial Speaking Event]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:47:30 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanfordwalkout1114_771678.JPG

"You are against freedom of speech."

Those were the words from controversial blogger and speaker Robert Spencer directed at Stanford University students Tuesday night after a group in the audience stood up and walked out in the middle of his event.

Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and talks about links between radical Islam and terrorism.

The students continued their protest outside, saying Spencer is spreading hate.

"It feeds into a narrative our religion can be blamed for everything wrong, essentially linked to national security concerns," said Fatima Ladha if Stanford Against Islamophobia.

Inside, Spencer told a much smaller crowd he is not anti-Islam.

"I write about Jihad terrorism," he said. "Not all Muslims are terrorists; not all Muslims are going to be terrorists. I've never said otherwise."

Spencer's supporters say they don't feel free to express concerns about radical Islam.

"They're making it so you can't talk about it," Lodi resident Larry Estavan said. "You're made to feel racist or a criminal."

The Stanford College Republicans hosted the event.



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<![CDATA[San Carlos Council Passes Moratorium on Stores Selling Guns]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 23:54:38 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sancarlosguns1113_753272.JPG

Hundreds of people crowded into San Carlos City Hall on Monday night for an emotional debate about the opening of a store that sells guns, and city leaders responded by passing a moratorium on such outlets.

A Turner's Outdoorsman store had planned to open in the city this month, but community backlash prompted the City Council to take action that will keep the store's doors closed.

"More guns in our town unquestionably increases risk of something happening," resident Joanne Sarrail said. "I don't think it fits out city."

Many residents agreed with Sarrail, saying after recent mass shootings, they don't want more guns on the street. And the store's location also is concerning.

"Near a swim center, a dance studio, a laser tag," Sarrail said. "So are the boys gonna do laser tag and go to the gun store and check them out?"

Supporters of the store say the city is slamming the door on a law-abiding business.

"This applicant has invested money and obtained a space to put in a lawful business that's regulated by the state," resident Glenn Gelineau said.

Representatives for the store say they take gun laws and security seriously.

"The last thing we would do is endanger staff and employees by recklessly valuing a dollar of the rule of law," Turner spokesman Bill Ortiz said.

Council member Ron Collins reminded Turner representatives several of their stores have had guns stolen.

"San Bernadino, 70 forearms stolen," he said. "Those were armed robberies."



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<![CDATA[Mountain Lion Spotted on Road in San Mateo County]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:03:38 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MountainLionGeneric1.JPG

A medium-sized mountain lion was spotted in San Mateo County Monday morning, according to officials.

A citizen said they saw the feline walking along Woodside Road near Portola Road, officials said.

The mountain lion, which did not appear to be injured or aggressive, was eventually scared off and ran up a nearby hillside, according to officials.

The sighting comes days after the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department tranquilized and captured a mountain lion in the Diamond Heights neighborhood. 



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<![CDATA[Vans Warped Tour is Coming to an End in 2018]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:43:34 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/199*120/Vans-Warped-Tour-005.jpg

All good things must come to an end.

Vans Warped Tour has announced its final cross-country tour in 2018, bringing an end to the mostly pop-punk music festival.

Founder of the tour, Kevin Lyman, released an official statement on the Vans Warped Tour website on Wednesday morning, stating, “I have been a very lucky person to have traveled across the country and sometimes around the world as one of the founders and producers of the Vans Warped Tour.”

He continued on to say, “Today, with mixed feelings, I am here to announce that next year will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour.”

The music festival has been touring the country since 1995 and started with bands like Quicksand, Sublime, L7, No Use for a Name and No Doubt. The tour was the place to witness “the rise of pop punk,” according to Lyman, thanks to bands like Sum 41, Simple Plan, New Found Glory and Good Charlotte.

“Though the tour and the world have changed since ’95, the same feeling of having the ‘best summer ever’ will live on through the bands, the production teams and the fans that come through at every stop,” said Lyman.

Over the past 23 summers, the music festival has toured with more than 1,700 bands and was even dubbed one of the most diverse shows, where fans could find Eminem on the same stage as Sevendust. But the festival was more than just music; the Vans Warped Tour was also known for its community outreach and even partnered with 90 nonprofit organizations.

Vans Warped Tour will grace stages across the country for the last time starting in June 2018. Bay Area fans can catch the final tour on June 23 in Mountain View.

For fans feeling nostalgic, Lyman also said he is planning a 25th-anniversary celebration of the Warped Tour in 2019, but in an interview with Billboard, he also expressed his excitement at taking a break from the tour.

“The enduring spirit of the Vans Warped Tour remains as bright as ever, continuing to inspire creativity and ambition in new and exciting ways as we prepare for a 25th-anniversary celebration in 2019.



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<![CDATA[Caltrain Electrification Kicks Off]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:33:57 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Caltrain_Electrification_Process.jpg

PG&E crews on Monday will start the process of relocating utility poles on the Caltrain corridor. It's being done as part of Caltrain's electrification project, which is slated to wrap up in 2022. Crews will replace and move some 200 power poles starting with work in South San Francisco and San Bruno.
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<![CDATA[Single Mother Killed After Hit-and-Run Collision in South SF]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:53:09 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/11-11-17_SSF_Hit_Run.PNG

Police in South San Francisco on Sunday were searching for a vehicle and driver involved in a fatal hit and run of a woman late Saturday night.

The driver of what is described as a black 1998 to 2000 Toyota or Lexus passenger car struck a female pedestrian along the 200 block of El Camino Real just before midnight and fled the scene, according to police.

The victim, identified as 44-year-old Teresa Gonzales of South San Francisco, was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead, police said. She was a single mother of two daughters, according to family.

Police on Monday released a description of the driver based on witness statements. The suspect is described as a white male in his early to mid-30s, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing about 220 pounds, with a pencil mustache and a short, faded haircut, police said. He was last seen in the area of the 1100 block of Cherry Avenue in San Bruno.

A makeshift memorial was growing at Brentwood Bowl, where Gonzales attended a friend's concert, according to Raquel Duran, a close friend. When Gonzales decided to go home, she called an Uber, Duran said. When the Uber driver arrived, he parked across the street, and Gonzales ran toward it. That's when another vehicle struck her and sped off, Duran said.

The driver has yet to be found, police said. The suspect car likely sustained minor to moderate damage to its hood and right section of its front end.

Friends could not understand why anyone would hit a person and leave them to die. They vowed to help find the person responsible.

"I will never stop; anybody in this neighborhood that knows me, knows that I mean that," friend Mike Frye said. "I will make sure that we catch whoever did that. That woman did not deserve to be left in the street like that."

Gonzales' family started a GoFundMe campaign that had collected more than $3,000 of a $10,000 goal as of Sunday night.

An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the South San Francisco Police Department at 650-877-8900, leave an anonymous tip at 650-952-2244 or email tips@ssf.net.

NBC Bay Area's David Gonzalez contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Memorial Service For 3 Teenage Friends Killed on Halloween]]>Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:47:23 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/11-3-17-victims-fatal-accident.jpg

Nearly 1,000 people attended a memorial service for three young men with ties to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District who died in a crash in unincorporated San Mateo County on Halloween night.

The memorial was held at Nativity Church in Menlo Park on Thursday evening, according to fire district officials.

The three men, Matthew Cruz, 18, of Redwood City, Andrew Gonzales, 18, of Menlo Park and Ricardo Torres, 19, of Redwood City were found dead in a 2010 Hyundai on the morning of Nov. 1. The Hyundai apparently crashed sometime overnight on Highway 35, also known as Skyline Boulevard, after falling down an embankment, fire officials said.

"The entire fire district family came out today to show our support to these families, while other fire crews from Redwood City, Woodside, South San Francisco, Central County and San Mateo County Fire covered our fire stations and emergency calls during the two-hour service," Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.

The chief said contributions from a GoFundMe page to pay for all three funerals exceeded expectations. In addition, Facebook donated two 50-person buses to transport individuals from the church to graveside services at Skylawn Cemetery on Thursday.

Cruz's father Gary Cruz has proposed that a guardrail be built on the stretch of road that the trio crashed their vehicle so other families don't need to go through what he and his wife are. Torres' parents and relatives of Gonzalez have also expressed support of Gary's idea and working with CalTrans and the county to make it happen and have started a separate GoFundMe page to raise funds for it. 

"The families feel that if the guard rail in that location along Highway 35 would have been in place, the outcome may have been different and their children could still be alive today," Schapelhouman said.

When the three turned up missing the night after Halloween, family members went searching for them. The search party found vehicle with its roof crushed at the scene, fire crews said.

Torres was the son of the Rudy Torres, the fire district's master mechanic.

Torres and Gonzales were Fire Explorers with Post 109, a Menlo Park Fire District program. Torres was also part of the South Bay Regional Fire Academy in San Jose, Schapelhouman said.

"Both Ricky and Andrew had the drive and level of commitment needed to become firefighters. The untimely loss of these two young and talented individuals has shaken the other explorers," said Fire Engineer Eric Mijangos, who manages the Fire District's Explorer Program.

Fire officials said Cruz spent three years in the San Mateo County Sheriff's Activities League Leadership Council and Mentoring program and worked with deputies and staff to improve the North Fair Oaks community. Sheriff's officials were on hand at Thursday's service.

Cruz attended kindergarten with Torres and high school with Gonzales. The three friends were always together, Schapelhouman said.



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<![CDATA[San Mateo County Harbor Official Alleges Sexual Harassment]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:35:29 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/harborclaim1109_715794.JPG

A longtime commissioner of the San Mateo County Harbor District has filed a sexual harassment claim against the current commission president and several past members.

The complaint is based on alleged incidents spread out over months and years, but Commissioner Sabrina Brennan said the time is right to finally speak up. She is accusing commission President Tom Mattusch of sexual harassment.

She said several years ago, Mattusch, then a commission president candidate, invited her on a hunting trip and later sent her what she called "pornographic" pictures.

"I was expecting an apology and some sort of promise that this would never happen again," Brennan said. "I mean, I think that's what I was really looking for was some acknowledgement that 'you're right, I shouldn't have done that, that was inappropriate.'"

Instead, Brennan said, the situation got worse because, in her view, after Mattusch became president, he has stripped her of key committee memberships and essentially demoted her.

"What resulted from that rejection was retaliation, and that has really undermined my ability to do my job as a commissioner," Brennan said.

Brennan was praised in a Half Moon Bay Review editorial for bringing the possible problem out in the open. And, Brennan said Thursday she was told the district will investigate her complaint.

Mattusch said he is limited in what he can say about what he called a "manufactured" complaint. He adamantly denied ever inviting Brennan on a trip or sending any photos of any kind. He also said Brennan was demoted for "lapses in judgement" and said he's confident the district investigation will back up his side of the story.

The San Mateo County Harbor Commission is mostly known for its involvement with the Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest as well as environmental and fishing industry issues.



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<![CDATA[Sean Parker: Facebook Exploits Human 'Vulnerability']]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:47:41 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sn-prkr.jpg

Napster founder and former president of Facebook Sean Parker on Wednesday shared that he believes the social media giant was designed with potentially addictive features that he believes exploit "a vulnerability in human psychology."

While speaking with Axios, Parker said that the "thought process" held during the creation of Facebook was as follows: "How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?"

"And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever," Parker told Axios. "And that's going to get you to contribute more content, and that's going to get you, you know, more likes and comments."

Parker called that process a "social-validation feedlack loop."

"It's exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology," he told Axios.

Parker said he and other founders of the now-ubiquitous social media platform knew what they doing and "did it anyway."

NBC Bay Area has reached out to Facebook for comment.

Flashing back to when Facebook was just getting going, Parker also said that even if people were against signing up at the beginning because they valued genuine and in-person human interaction, they would eventually cave.

The shift to digital human interaction has most likely changed the way people operate, Parker believes.

"It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways," Parker told Axios. "God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains."



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<![CDATA[Fundraiser For Hwy 35 Guard Rail After Crash Kills 3 Teens]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:19:15 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/11-3-17-victims-fatal-accident.jpg

The families of three teenagers who were killed when their car plunged down an embankment off Skyline Boulevard in unincorporated San Mateo County on Halloween are raising funds to extend a guard rail along the road where the crash occurred.

The three close friends who died in the crash were identified as Matthew Cruz, 18, of Redwood City; Andrew Gonzales, 18, of Menlo Park; and Ricardo "Ricky" Torres, 19, of Redwood City. Of them, two belonged to Fire Explorer Post 109, sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire District, and one was the oldest son of the Fire District's master mechanic, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

According to a GoFundMe site, "From visiting the site where the accident occured and sorting through all of the emotions, the families of these boys want to do something to help prevent further loss to other families."

The goal, the fundraising site said, is to raise $50,000 for a guard rail along Highway 35 that might have saved the boys' lives. So far, $300 have been donated.

The idea originated with Gary Cruz, Matthews' father, not wanting anyone else to experience the heartbreak he and his family are now living with. Cruz has the support of the other slain teens' families.

"He knows this is just one small strip of roadway but he believes every bit helps and it will give him comfort if it could save a life in the future," the GoFundMe site said.

The donated funds, the website continued, will be used to "coordinate with CalTrans, County of San Mateo and the local community to bring this change and extend the guard rail around this bend in the (highway)."

The teenagers were traveling in a 2010 Hyundai during the fatal crash.

When they were missing on Wednesday morning, Rudy Torres, the Fire District's master mechanic and Ricky Torres' father; Gary Cruz, father of Matthew Cruz; and Jason Perez, Andrew Gonzales' brother, searched for them, Schapelhouman said.

They found the boys about 50 feet down the embankment. The vehicle's roof was crushed.

The three relatives kept vigil until Cal Fire, San Mateo County Fire, Woodside and Menlo Park Fire, the California Highway Patrol and the San Mateo County coroner's office arrived, Schapelhouman said.

Matthew Cruz was interested in computers and programming, and attended kindergarten with Ricky and high school with Andrew. The three friends were always together, Schapelhouman said.



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<![CDATA[Critic of Islam's Visit to Stanford Sparks Controversy]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 23:39:41 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/spencerstanford1108_706822.JPG

Controversy is brewing at Stanford University over an on-campus event featuring an author known for being a harsh critic of Islam.

An appearance by Robert Spencer, scheduled for Nov. 14, has triggered a petition to rescind funding for his visit to the university.

Spencer is best known for his appearances on Fox News as a self-described expert on radical Islam. But students who are opposed to his appearance at Stanford question his credentials and say he poses a safety concern for the campus.

"By inviting someone like Spencer and calling it free speech, they’re basically saying that hate speech is OK, and it doesn’t really matter how the marginalized students feel," student Fatima Ledha said.

Ledha is with a coalition of Stanford students who met Wednesday night to figure out a response to Spencer’s visit. Some of their concerns include questions about his academic credentials.

"He’s coming under the guise of a scholar," Ledha said. "He’s coming under the guise of someone who’s done a lot of work on this, and he actually doesn’t have any background or formal training on Islam."

"He brings nothing intellectually to this university," student Joshua de Leon said. "Bring in somebody who’s conservative, please. Bring in someone who is a scholar, please. But not this man."

Spencer, who has written several books and runs a blog called "Jihad Watch," said it will be his first Stanford visit, and after a series of violent clashes over free speech across the bay in Berkeley, he’ll be coming with plenty of security.

"The freedom of speech is an indispensable foundation of any free society," Spencer said via an email interview. "There is an ongoing effort to marginalize, demonize and silence anyone and everyone who speaks honestly about the motivating ideology behind the Jihad threat."

Spencer's visit is sponsored by the Stanford College Republicans. The group did not wish to comment about the event.

Editor's Note: While introducing a story on Robert Spencer’s upcoming visit to Stanford, the image on-screen showed controversial “alt-right” speaker Richard Spencer. The use of the wrong image was unintentional. We apologize for the mistake.

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<![CDATA[Facebook Requests Nude Pictures to Fight 'Revenge Porn']]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 20:45:56 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-512015586.jpg

Can revenge porn, as it is called, be combated by gathering nude pictures?

Facebook thinks so.

The Menlo Park-based social media giant on Friday confirmed that it is testing a plan in Australia to crack down on people who post nude photos of ex-boyfriends or -girlfriends. It claims it can do so safely.

Facebook's idea is for users to send naked pictures to themselves on Messenger. That information is then put into code, the picture is destroyed, and the data is saved. It can then be compared to images that others might post to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  

Security experts, however, have their doubts. 



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<![CDATA[Snapchat and Twitter Adopting New Looks to Gain More Users]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 03:38:12 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SnapchatGettyImages-586113582.jpg

A pair of struggling social-media darlings have decided they need to take on new looks if they want to prosper.

Twitter is rolling out a 280-character limit for nearly all its users, abandoning its iconic 140-character limit for tweets.

And Snapchat, long an app popular with young people, will undergo a revamp to make itself easier to use, in the hopes it can attract a wider audience.

Both companies announced the moves Tuesday as they look for ways to expand beyond their passionate but slow-growing fan bases.

At the end of the third quarter, Twitter had 330 million monthly users, up just 1 percent from the second quarter. Snapchat added 4.5 million daily users in the quarter to 178 million, which amounts to a 3 percent growth. The company does not report monthly user figures.

But those numbers pale next to social media behemoth Facebook, which reported its monthly users rose 16 percent to 2.07 billion.

"The one thing that we have heard over the years is that Snapchat is difficult to understand or hard to use, and our team has been working on responding to this feedback," Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel said. "As a result, we are currently redesigning our application to make it easier to use."

His comments came on a conference call with industry analysts after the company posted the lackluster user-growth numbers and revenue that fell well short of Wall Street expectations. Snap's stock was bludgeoned in after-market trading, falling more than 17 percent to $12.53. The Venice, California-based company went public in March at $17 a share.

Snapchat needs to grow its user base beyond 13 to 34 year olds in the U.S., France the U.K. and Australia, Spiegel said. This, he said, includes Android users, people older than 34 and what he called "rest of world" markets.

Twitter, meanwhile, appears also to be banking that by freeing users from the 140-character straitjacket, its platform will gain in popularity. The San Francisco company says 9 percent of tweets written in English hit the 140-character limit. People ended up spending more time editing tweets or didn't send them out at all.

The move to 280 characters was first started as a test in September.

"People in the experiment told us that a higher character limit made them feel more satisfied with how they expressed themselves on Twitter, their ability to find good content, and Twitter overall," said project manager Aliza Rosen in a blog post.

The expansion to 280-character tweets will be extended to all users except those tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, who will still have the original limit. That's because writing in those languages uses fewer characters.

The news led to an onslaught of extended tweets by users seeming to revel in the sudden doubling of their Twitter real estate. Others were not impressed, including at least one who quoted Shakespeare: "Brevity is the soul of wit."

And, as Spiegel noted, change does not come without risk.

"We don't yet know how the behavior of our community will change when they begin to use our updated application," he said. "We're willing to take that risk for what we believe are substantial long-term benefits to our business."

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<![CDATA[Cities in San Mateo County Vote on Tax Measures]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:26:43 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-621770994.jpg

Voters in Burlingame Tuesday approved a new sales tax to raise funds for infrastructure improvement and other services in the city, according to unofficial election results.

Measure I was approved by 63 percent of voters Tuesday, according to the county. It will create a quarter-cent sales tax that will generate an estimated $2 million a year to maintain and improve city services such as crime prevention programs, youth recreation activities and pothole repair.

City officials said the funds are needed to address unmet infrastructure needs costing more than $100 million. Measure I was one of several tax measures up for a vote in San Mateo County.

Election results indicate that in Brisbane, voters approved Measure D, a tax of up to 20 percent on gross receipts of soil recycling businesses in the city. Supporters of the tax said it will generate about $400,000 annually from the businesses, which take waste dirt from other areas and turn it into clean fill.

Measure D was approved by 74 percent of voters.

Brisbane voters also approved Measure E, which will increase the annual business license tax to $4 million for certain recycling establishments that recycle 100,000 tons or more of material during a calendar year.

Measure E was approved by 78 percent of voters.

In Atherton, Measure F failed to garner the two-thirds vote it needed to extend an existing parcel tax for three more years to maintain essential services. Unofficial election results indicate that only 50 percent of voters voted in favor of it.

In Pacifica, 78 percent of voters approved Measure G, which will tax marijuana operations at a rate of 6 percent, with the option of increasing it to a maximum of 10 percent after two years. The tax will fund city services including first responders and maintenance of parks and streets.



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<![CDATA[California NAACP Calls for Change to National Anthem]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 06:16:59 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd-49ers-GettyImages-856373702.jpg

It has been a staple of American culture throughout the nation's history, but the NAACP in California say it needs to go.

The organization says the "The Star-Spangled Banner" should no longer be used as the national anthem because the third stanza of the song, which is rarely sung, references slaves.

Alice Huffman, the president of the NAACP in California and Hawaii, brought up the idea at a recent NAACP state convention. She says the song is racist.

"We're not trying to protest the flag at all," she said. "We're just trying to get it removed so that whatever comes out in the future as a national anthem we can all stand proudly and sing it."

The specific stanza that Huffman has issue with reads, "Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave."

"And if you look at it, there's no way you can think it meant anything great for African Americans," Huffman said.

Huffman hopes for a new, more inclusive song that would better represent modern day America.

The NAACP will ask lawmakers for support of its campaign in January.



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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley's Great Wealth Bypasses Its Working Homeless]]>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:48:01 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17310777735151.jpg

In the same affluent, suburban city where Google built its headquarters, Tes Saldana lives in a crowded but tidy camper she parks on the street.

She concedes it's "not a very nice living situation," but it also is not unusual. Until authorities told them to move, more than a dozen other RVs filled with people who can't afford rent joined Saldana on a tree-lined street in Mountain View, parked between a Target and a luxury apartment complex.

Homeless advocates and city officials say it's outrageous that in the shadow of a booming tech economy - where young millionaires dine on $15 wood-grilled avocado and think nothing of paying $1,000 for an iPhone X - thousands of families can't afford a home. Many of the homeless work regular jobs, in some cases serving the very people whose sky-high net worth is the reason housing has become unaffordable for so many.

Across the street from Saldana's camper, for example, two-bedroom units in the apartment complex start at $3,840, including concierge service. That's more than she brings home, even in a good month.

Saldana and her three adult sons, who live with her, have looked for less rustic accommodations, but rents are $3,000 a month or more, and most of the available housing is distant. She said it makes more sense to stay in the camper near their jobs and try to save for a brighter future, even if a recent city crackdown chased them from their parking spot.

"We still need to eat," said Saldana, 51. "I still want to bring my kids, once in a while, to a movie, to eat out."

She cooks and serves food at two hotels in nearby Palo Alto, jobs that keep her going most days from 5 in the morning until 10 at night. Two of her sons, all in their 20s, work at a bakery and pay $700 toward the RV each month. They're all very much aware of the economic disparity in Silicon Valley.

"How about for us people who are serving these tech people?" Saldana said. "We don't get the same paycheck that they do."

It's all part of a growing crisis along the West Coast, where many cities and counties have seen a surge in the number of people living on the streets over the past two years. Counts taken earlier this year show 168,000 homeless people in California, Oregon and Washington - 20,000 more than were counted just two years ago.

The booming economy, fueled by the tech sector, and decades of under-building have led to an historic shortage of affordable housing. It has upended the stereotypical view of people out on the streets as unemployed: They are retail clerks, plumbers, janitors - even teachers - who go to work, sleep where they can and buy gym memberships for a place to shower.

The surge in homelessness has prompted at least 10 local governments along the West Coast to declare states of emergency, and cities from San Diego to Seattle are struggling to come up with immediate and long-range solutions.

San Francisco is well-known for homeless tent encampments. But the homeless problem has now spread throughout Silicon Valley, where the disparity between the rich and everyone else is glaring.

There is no firm estimate on the number of people who live in vehicles in Silicon Valley, but the problem is pervasive and apparent to anyone who sees RVs lining thoroughfares; not as visible are the cars tucked away at night in parking lots. Advocates for the homeless say it will only get worse unless more affordable housing is built.

The median rent in the San Jose metro area is $3,500 a month, yet the median wage is $12 an hour in food service and $19 an hour in health care support, an amount that won't even cover housing costs. The minimum annual salary needed to live comfortably in San Jose is $87,000, according to a study by personal finance website GoBankingRates.

So dilapidated RVs line the eastern edge of Stanford University in Palo Alto, and officials in neighboring Mountain View have mapped out more than a dozen areas where campers tend to cluster, some of them about a mile from Google headquarters.

On a recent evening, Benito Hernandez returned to a crammed RV in Mountain View after laying flagstones for a home in Atherton, where Zillow pegs the median value of a house at $6.5 million. He rents the RV for $1,000 a month and lives there with his pregnant wife and children.

The family was evicted two years ago from an apartment where the rent kept going up, nearing $3,000 a month.

"After that, I lost everything," said Hernandez, 33, who works as a landscaper and roofer.

He says his wife "is a little bit sad because she says, 'You're working very hard but don't have credit to get an apartment.' I tell her, 'Just wait, maybe a half-year more, and I'll get my credit back.'"

The plight of the Hernandez family points out one of the confounding problems of the homeless surge along the West Coast.

"This is not a crisis of unemployment that's leading to poverty around here," said Tom Myers, executive director of Community Services Agency, a nonprofit based in Mountain View. "People are working."

Mountain View, a city of 80,000 which also is home to Mozilla and 23andMe, has committed more than $1 million over two years for homeless services, including money for an outreach case manager and a police officer to help people who live in vehicles. At last count, there were people living in more than 330 vehicles throughout the city.

Mayor Ken Rosenberg is proud of the city's response to the crisis - focusing not on penalties but on providing services. Yet he's also worried that the peace won't last as RVs crowd into bike lanes and over-taxed streets.

Last week, Mountain View officials posted signs banning vehicles more than 6 feet high on some parts of the street where Saldana, Hernandez and others living in RVs were parked, saying they were creating a traffic hazard. The average RV is well over that height.

That follows similar moves over the summer by Palo Alto, which started cracking down on RVs and other vehicles that exceed the 72-hour limit on a busy stretch of El Camino Real.

In San Jose, officials recently approved an ordinance pushed by an interfaith group called the Winter Faith Collaborative to allow places of assembly - including gyms and churches - to shelter homeless people year-round.

Ellen Tara James-Penney, a 54-year-old lecturer at San Jose State University, parks her old Volvo at one of those safe haven churches, Grace Baptist Church, and eats in its dining hall. She is paid $28,000 a year to teach four English classes and is carrying $143,000 in student debt after earning two degrees.

She grades papers and prepares lessons in the Volvo. At night, she leans back the driver's seat and prepares for sleep, one of two dogs, Hank, by her side. Her husband, Jim, who is too tall for the car, sleeps outside in a tent cot with their other dog, Buddy.

The Bay Area native remembers the time a class was studying John Steinbeck, when another student said that she was sick of hearing about the homeless.

"And I said, 'Watch your mouth. You're looking at one.' Then you could have heard a pin drop," she said. "It's quite easy to judge when you have a house to live in or you have meds when you're depressed and health care."

In response to growing wealth inequities, unions, civil rights groups and community organizations formed Silicon Valley Rising about three years ago. They demand better pay and benefits for the low-income earners who make the region run.

SEIU United Service Workers West, for example, organized roughly 3,000 security guards who work for companies that contract with Facebook, Google and Caltrain, the mass transit system that connects Silicon Valley with San Francisco.

One of those workers is Albert Brown III, a 46-year-old security officer who recently signed a lease for half of a $3,400 two-bedroom unit in Half Moon Bay, about 13 miles from his job.

He can barely afford the rent on his $16-an-hour salary, even with overtime, but the car that doubled as his home needed a pricey repair and he found a landlord willing to overlook his lousy credit. Still, Brown worries he won't be able to keep up with his payments.

His feet have been hurting. What if a doctor tells him to rest for a few days or a week?

"I can't miss a minute. If I miss a minute or a shift? No way, man. A week? Forget it, it's over. It's all downhill from there," he said.

"It's a sad choice. I have to decide whether to be homeless or penniless, right?"

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<![CDATA[Two Inmates Pull Off Brazen Escape From Court in Palo Alto]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 23:35:48 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/escaped+inmates-1106.jpg

Two inmates remained on the loose Monday after they managed to pull off a brazen escape at a courthouse in Palo Alto, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

The men, who are considered to be "dangerous," were leaving a courtroom around 9:30 a.m. when they made a beeline for an exit, hopped in a getaway car and drove two to three blocks before jumping into a U-Haul cargo van and fleeing again, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Reggie Cooks said.

"We believe that it was an orchestrated escape where the individuals had a car staged," Cooks said. 

It is not clear if a driver was involved, or if the inmates had the getaway cars planted and drove off on their own. Investigators had not yet located the U-Haul van.

John Bivins, 47, is described as being 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 180 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair, the sheriff's office said. Tramel McClough, 46, is 6 feet, 4 inches tall and 285 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. 

Bivins and McClough, who were under the watch of a deputy, were leaving a courtroom and were in a courthouse hallway when they made their escape. 

"At this time, we can't say how they were able to get away from the deputy and escape," Cooks said. "We’re always monitoring our policies and procedures, looking to see how we can improve, and those things we will do."

The men fled the area wearing jail clothing consisting or orange and gray shirts, Cooks said. Both men were restrained by some type of device when they escaped, but it is not clear if those devices were handcuffs, waist restraints or shackles.

Later Monday, police found a key outside the courthouse in the pair's path of escape.

Merchants and other neighbors of the courthouse witnessed the manhunt in disbelief.

"In light of yesterday’s events, obviously I think everyone has a heightened sense of awareness," said Jeff Ostrum, of Palo Alto.

Police eventually stopped the search in Palo Alto, saying they believe the escapees fled the area.

Bivins and McClough were being held without bail after robbing a Verizon store of $64,000 in merchandise in February. Police have said they tied up the store employees, forced one to open a safe and were arrested a short time later after a car chase.

If anyone sees the men, they are asked to call 911 immediately. People should not approach or try to detain the men. It is not clear if they are armed.

"The level of sophistication and the brazenness that it takes for the individuals to (escape) is why we are calling on the public and other allied agencies to help," Cooks said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Security Breach at SFO Prompts Lockdown in Terminal 2]]>Sun, 05 Nov 2017 21:47:34 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/10242017SFO_538724.JPG

Security officials at San Francisco International Airport issued a lockdown in one of the terminals on Sunday evening, according to an airport spokesman.

At about 3:10 p.m., a breach at one of the security checkpoints in Terminal 2, which serves domestic flights, prompted the lockdown, airport spokesman Jeff Figone said.

The breach was caused when a passenger entered the terminal through an exit door and started walking through the airport. He then walked through to the gates then went back to a security checkpoint, Figone said.

San Francisco police detained and questioned the man, and K-9 units sniffed his trail to try to detect anything suspicious but didn’t find anything, Figone said.

The brief lockdown caused a massive backup in the lines at the TSA security checkpoints in the terminal.

No further details were available.



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<![CDATA[About 20 Vehicles Vandalized in Pacifica Neighborhood: PD]]>Sun, 05 Nov 2017 13:55:00 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Police-Lights-Connecticut-Generic.jpg

About 20 vehicles in one neighborhood of Pacifica were vandalized overnight between Friday and Saturday, police said Sunday.

The vehicles were parked in the 1300 block of Terra Nova Boulevard, between Everglades Drive and Lerida Way, according to police.

The preliminary investigation led officers to believe the cars were keyed between 10 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (650) 738-7314. Anonymous tips can be left at (650) 359-4444. Refer to Case No. 17-3482.



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<![CDATA[Guns, Ammo Stolen From San Mateo Co. Sheriff's Car]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 06:58:02 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SMgunsstolen1105_670275.JPG

A shotgun, rifle, ammunition and other items were stolen from an unmarked San Mateo County Sheriff's Department vehicle in San Francisco on Friday night, according to officials.

The unmarked vehicle was stationed along the 100 block of Jones Street in the Tenderloin District when it was broken into just after 10 p.m., according to San Francisco police.

A Kevlar vest and FBI jacket were also stolen from the vehicle, police said.

The car was assigned to a San Mateo County sheriff's sergeant who is a member of the Bay Area’s FBI task force, according to a sheriff's department official.


A sheriff's spokesman listed the stolen weapons and ammunition: "So the first is going to be a shotgun with a Weatherby 12-gauge pump action, blue steel with a brown stock. The second is a Colt AR4, black in color. There were also 40 mags containing 20 rounds each of .223 that were stolen."  

The guns were locked in the trunk of the car, but the thief or thieves managed to break a window and escape with the items, according to a sheriff's spokesman.

It was not clear whether the deputy was in the city as part of an investigation.

While examining Bay Area police agency records, the NBC Bay Area Investigate Unit found that the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department reported that 58 guns were lost or stolen during a five-year time period ending in 2015. 

A new law requires that law enforcement officers secure their weapons in a locked trunks or a safe box in their vehicles.

Anyone with information regarding the recent  incident is encouraged to call the San Francisco Police Department's tip line at 415-575-4444.



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<![CDATA[2 Hurt After Charter Bus Crashes in San Mateo: CHP]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:45 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/SanMateoBusCrash1.PNG

At least two people suffered minor injuries Sunday morning when a charter bus crashed in San Mateo, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The bus, which was making its way from Cache Creek Casino Resort to San Mateo, was travelling along southbound Highway 101 to westbound Highway 92 when it lost control and hit the center divider of the connector around 6:15 a.m., according to the CHP. 

Officials do not know why the bus driver lost control of the vehicle, but an investigation is ongoing, according to the CHP.

Seven people were on the bus when it crashed, according to the CHP.

The ramp connecting Highway 101 and Highway 92 was closed following the crash.

Further information was not available.



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<![CDATA[Stanford Professor Sues National Academy of Science ]]>Sat, 04 Nov 2017 15:06:29 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/167*120/stanford-generic1010101.jpg

A Stanford University engineering professor who studies clean energy has sued the National Academy of Sciences and a mathematician for defamation in publishing a critique of an article the professor wrote.

In 2015, the academy's scholarly journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published a research report in which Mark Jacobson and three co-authors asserted the United States could meet its energy needs with wind, solar and water power alone by 2050.

Two years later, in 2017, the journal published a critique in which lead author Christopher Clack and 20 co-authors challenged Jacobson's conclusions, alleging his article was based on implausible assumptions and had a modeling error.

Jacobson sued the Washington, D.C.-based academy and Clack in the District of Columbia Superior Court on Sept. 29, asking for a retraction of Clack's article and $10 million in damages.

"The publication of the Clack articles has exposed Dr. Jacobson to ridicule and has injured him in his reputation in both his personal life, work life and public life," the lawsuit says.

The professor says in the lawsuit that he submitted 35 proposed corrections of the Clack article to the journal before it was published, but that only very minor changes were made.

The lawsuit lodges claims of defamation against both the academy and Clack, plus an additional claim against the academy for alleged breach of contract concerning its publishing procedures.

Jacobson's lawyer, Paul Thaler, said in a statement this week that the professor's goal is "to have the scientific record corrected."

"His lawsuit does not seek to litigate science, but rather to respect and protect the process and rules that govern it and protect all of its stakeholders," the attorney said.

National Academy of Sciences spokesman William Kearney said, "We don't comment on pending litigation."

The nonprofit institution was established by an act of Congress in 1863.



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<![CDATA[Menlo Park Community Mourns Death of Three Young Men]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:17:32 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/11-3-17-victims-fatal-accident.jpg

The Menlo Park firefighting community is mourning the death of three young men whose car plunged down an embankment off Skyline Boulevard in unincorporated San Mateo County days ago.

Two of the three belonged to Fire Explorer Post 109, sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire District, and one was the oldest son of the Fire District's master mechanic, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

The three close friends who died in the crash are Matthew Cruz, 18, of Redwood City; Andrew Gonzales, 18, of Menlo Park; and Ricardo "Ricky" Torres, 19, of Redwood City.


They were found dead Wednesday morning in a 2010 Hyundai that had crashed overnight.

When the three boys turned up missing Wednesday morning, Rudy Torres, the Fire District's master mechanic and Ricky Torres' father, Gary Cruz, father of Matthew Cruz, and Jason Perez, Andrew Gonzales' brother, searched for them, Schapelhouman said.

They found the boys about 50 feet down the embankment, in the Hyundai. The roof was crushed.

The three relatives kept vigil until Cal Fire, San Mateo County Fire, Woodside and Menlo Park Fire, the California Highway Patrol and the San Mateo County coroner's office arrived, Schapelhouman said.

Though still very young, the three friends had already become an integral part of the firefighting community.

Ricardo "Ricky" Torres was persuaded to join Fire Explorer Post 109 by Andrew Gonzales, who was already a member. Ricky liked it so much he entered the South Bay Regional Fire Academy in San Jose, Schapelhouman said.


The Academy provides beginning, intermediate and advanced training in fire services.

"Both Ricky and Andrew had the drive and level of commitment needed to become firefighters. The untimely loss of these two young and talented individuals has shaken the other Explorers," said Fire Engineer Eric

Mijangos, who runs the Fire District's Explorer Program.

Matthew Cruz was interested in computers and programming, and attended kindergarten with Ricky and high school with Andrew, Schapelhouman said. The three friends were always together, the fire chief said.

As the young men's families and friends grieve the loss, "They know they can lean on us for support as we try to come to terms with the devastating loss of these three fine young men," Schapelhouman said.



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<![CDATA[iPhone X Launch Met With Long Lines, Excitement in Palo Alto]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:27:50 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1132017timcookinwindow_651438.JPEG

Excitement was palpable early Friday in downtown Palo Alto in the moments leading up to Apple's much-awaited iPhone X launch.

Employees clapped and counted down alongside a smiling CEO Tim Cook, who opened the store's doors, hugging and shaking hands with the first customers, and taking selfies with others.

The iPhone X's lush screen, facial-recognition skills and $1,000 price tag are breaking new ground in Apple's marquee product line.

"The Super Bowl for Apple is the iPhone X," GBH analyst Daniel Ives said. "That is the potential game changer."

People in the Bay Area, apparently undeterred by the steep cost, waited days to get their hands on the iPhone X. A handful of people were spotted setting up chairs and sleeping bags on the Palo Alto sidewalk nearly 48 hours prior to Friday's unveiling. Nearly 100 chairs joined them on Thursday, despite the oncoming storm. 


While conspiracy theorists might suspect that Apple is artificially reducing supply to generate buzz, analysts say the real reason is that Apple's suppliers so far haven't been able to manufacture the iPhone X quickly enough.

Making the iPhone X is proving to be a challenge because it boasts a color-popping OLED screen, which isn't as readily available as standard LCD displays in other iPhone models. The new iPhone also requires more sophisticated components to power the facial-recognition technology for unlocking the device. 

Even with the iPhone X's delayed release, Apple is still struggling to catch up. Apple is now giving delivery times of five to six weeks for those ordering in advance online (limited supplies will be available in Apple stores for the formal release Friday). Most analysts are predicting Apple won't be able to catch up with demand until early next year.

The company was optimistic.

"As we approach the holiday season, we expect it to be our biggest quarter ever," CEO Tim Cook said on an earnings call with analysts Thursday. He added that the company is increasing its iPhone X production capacity every week.

On Thursday, Apple predicted revenue for this quarter from $84 billion to $87 billion. Analysts, who have already factored in the supply challenges, expect $85.2 billion, according to FactSet.

Analysts are expecting Apple to ship 80 million iPhones during the current quarter, which includes the crucial holiday shopping season, according to FactSet. That would be slightly better than the same time last year.

Apple is counting on the iPhone X to drive even higher-than-usual sales during the first nine months of next year — a scenario that might not play out if production problems persist and impatient consumers turn instead to phones from Google or Samsung.

"What Apple needs to do is manage consumer expectations so they don't get frustrated having to wait for so long for a new phone," Ives said. 

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<![CDATA[25 Hottest Companies to Work at in 2017: Indeed]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:01:35 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/170*120/GettyImages-131978227.jpg

It's been a good week for the Bay Area.

Four of the five tech companies that are most attractive to job seekers across the United States are local, according to Indeed

This, just one day after the Bay Area dominated LinkedIn's first-ever list of the most in-demand startups nationwide.

When compiling its inaugural list, the employment search engine looked for job listings that sparked considerable interest across five sectors: tech, media/entertainment, retailers, consumer brands and finance.  

Sony Interactive Entertainment, of San Mateo, is ranked first, followed by Red Hat, of Raleigh, N.C. A trio of San Francisco companies — Postmates, Slack and Airbnb came in third, fourth and fifth places respectively.

“There are a small number of companies that see extraordinary interest from job seekers," said Paul D'Arcy, a senior vice president at Indeed. "These 'hot' companies could be seeing above-average traffic due to a number of factors like expansion, new products or increased marketing activity."

Potential employees considered a variety of factors, from company reputation to wages and length of commute to culture, Indeed found. 

"These companies are the outliers in their respective industries, with highly attractive job postings to a larger than expected group of hopefuls," D'Arcy continued.

Below are the top five companies in the four other categories:

Hottest media/entertainment companies of 2017


  1. Sony Pictures
  2. Conde Nast
  3. Nickelodeon
  4. HBO
  5. Thrillist
Hottest retail companies of 2017
  1. Aldi
  2. Publix
  3. BJ's Wholesale Club
  4. Big Lots
  5. TJ Maxx
Hottest consumer brands of 2017
  1. Volvo
  2. Tesla Motors
  3. Mattel, Inc.
  4. Fossil Group
  5. Bose
Hottest finance/banking companies of 2017
  1. World Bank
  2. BKD, LLP
  3. Comerica Bank
  4. Raymond James
  5. CohnReznick




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<![CDATA[San Carlos Skate Boot Shop a Popular Stop For Olympians ]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 23:18:32 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/harlickskates1101_631796.JPG

With the Winter Olympics just 100 days away, one Bay Area company is hard at work making sure athletes have the right equipment for the PyeongChang Games.

Harlick Skating Boots in San Carlos has been dressing the world's best skaters for generations.

Inside the busy shop, the entire floor of Harlick's is full of people using their hands to make sure the world-class skaters have the precise footwear in the run-up to the 2018 Winter Games.

"There is an extra buzz, energy," said Jason Kuhn, whose family has run Harlick for four generations.

The business opened in 1933, and it still uses old-school equipment. It is known around the world for putting skates on Olympic champions such as Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano, Rudy Galindo and Katarina Witt.

"For us, there's nothing that can really replace someone that sits down and measures your feet by hand, and takes everything into consideration, especially in a sport like ice skating," Kuhn said.

They all seem to appreciate the family-owned business putting the skating family first.

"I think people do trust a company that's four generations, knowing that I learned from my dad, my grandpa, great-grandfather," Kuhn said. "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, right?"

Harlick also will be in the spotlight when the figure skating national championships come to San Jose at the end of the year. Kuhn said many of the skaters likely will stop by for a visit to pay homage to the shop.



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<![CDATA[Amazon Plans to Hire 800 People Across the Bay Area]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:46:12 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/amazon-warehouse.jpg

Looking for a job?

Amazon is holding job fairs across the Bay Area hoping to hire 800 people to fill their seasonal warehouse positions.

According to Amazon, these seasonal positions could even lead to a full-time job.

“Last year, thousands of holiday positions were transitioned to regular, full-time roles after the holidays, and the company expects to continue that trend this year,” said Amazon in a press release.

In January, the online retail company said it would add 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months, despite their attempt to make the switch to automated warehouses.

Amazon plans to hold the job fairs on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10 at the Hyatt House in San Jose at 9 a.m. Other dates include Nov. 4 at the Silliman Center in Newark, Nov. 9 at the Courtyard Marriot in Richmond and Nov. 10 at the Doubletree Fremont-Newark.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Startups Rank High on LinkedIn's Top 50 List]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:29:45 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Laptop+Typing.jpg

LinkedIn on Wednesday revealed its first-ever list of the "most in-demand" startups in the United States and the Bay Area is home to seven of the top 10.

Surprised, anyone?

Uber landed in first place despite being in recent headlines for "sexual harassment claims, regulatory issues, a new CEO and loads of boardroom drama," according to LinkedIn. The untoward attention didn't stop the San Francisco-based ride-sharing giant from expanding and luring valuable employees away from behemoths like Google, JPMorgan and Facebook.

The "super-unicorn" employs 16,000 people globally, is valued at $68 billion and gives employees credit to use on personal rides or UberEATS. 

Airbnb, also headquartered in San Francisco, made second place. The company, which has a team of 6,500 people, is the David to the $550 billion hotel industry's Goliath. Valued at $29.25 billion, Airbnb is expected to exceed 100 million stays in 2017 — a 25 percent jump from just last year. 

The hospitality company has also teamed up with Newgard Development Group to launch co-branded apartments, which will be "optimized for home sharing and flexible sharing."

In third place is coworking startup WeWork, which is based in New York City, employs 3,000 people around the world and is valued at $20 billion.

Lyft, San Francisco's other quickly expanding ridesharing platform, is in fourth place, with a global headcount of 2,000 and an $11 billion valuation.

Slack, a popular workplace messaging service located in San Francisco, took fifth place. Forty-three companies from the Fortune 100 list use Slack, which has 890 workers and a $5.1 billion valuation. 

Companies had to meet certain criteria to make LinkedIn's inaugural list of the country's hottest upstarts: They had to be 10 years old or younger, employ at least 100 people, be independent and privately held, and have received at least one round of venture-backed funding.

LinkedIn also examined their "employee growth, job seeker interest via views and applications, member engagement with the company and its employees."

The ranking also takes into account "how well these startups pulled talent" from 50 businesses — including Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, Salesforce, Tesla, Apple and Netflix — that made LinkedIn's top companies list

Automotive startup Nio, whose global headquarters are in Shanghai, China, but North American headquarters are in San Jose, came in sixth place. It is followed by Rubrik, of Palo Alto; Dropbox, of San Francisco; Houzz, of Palo Alto; and Convoy, of Seattle.

Here are LinkedIn's top 20 startups in the United States:


  1. Uber — San Francisco, Calif.
  2. Airbnb — San Francisco, Calif.
  3. WeWork — New York City, NY
  4. Lyft — San Francisco, Calif.
  5. Slack — San Francisco, Calif.
  6. Nio — Shanghai, China and San Jose, Calif.
  7. Rubrik — Palo Alto, Calif.
  8. Dropbox — San Francisco, Calif.
  9. Houzz — Palo Alto, Calif.
  10. Convoy — Seattle, Wash.
  11. General Assembly — New York City
  12. Stripe — San Francisco, Calif.
  13. Glossier — New York City, NY
  14. Flexport — San Francisco, Calif.
  15. Aryaka Networks — San Mateo, Calif.
  16. Pinterest — San Francisco, Calif.
  17. Grail — Menlo Park, Calif.
  18. Duo Security — Ann Arbor, Mich. 
  19. Udacity — Mountain View, Calif.
  20. G2 Crowd — Chicago, Ill.




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<![CDATA[Taco Bell Handing Out Free Treat Thanks to Stolen Base]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:39:27 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-846234500.jpg

The Bay Area may not be represented in this year’s World Series, but that won’t stop baseball fans from getting some free food on Wednesday.

Thanks to Houston Astros outfielder Cameron Maybin, who stole second base during Game 2 of the World Series, Taco Bells across the country will be giving away a free Doritos Locos Taco to customers from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

The annual "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" promotion has been in effect over the last three years, and thanks to Maybin, fans will be able to cash in on Wednesday.

Fans who get free tacos will still be able to enjoy one last baseball game, as Game 7 of the World Series between the Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers will take place on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 5:20 p.m. Pacific time. 

For a complete list of Taco Bell locations, hungry fans can visit the restaurant's website



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<![CDATA[Police Ask For Help Finding Missing East Palo Alto Teen]]>Mon, 30 Oct 2017 19:23:18 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bedolla-1030.jpg

Police in East Palo Alto are asking for help finding a high school student who was last seen Thursday evening, police said.

Jonathan Bedolla, a student at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, left campus around 3 p.m. Thursday.

Police said he went to work at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto and was last seen leaving the shopping center around 5 p.m.

"We are asking all of you to pray for Jonny's well-being and safe return," the schools' President Lars Lund and Principal Barry Thornton said in a Facebook post Sunday. "The entire Serra community cares about Jonny very much, and is praying for him to come home safely right away."

Earlier in the day, school staff had contacted Bedolla's mother about some disciplinary action.

Police said Bedolla's mother called her son more than once and sent him text messages; however, he hasn't responded or been in touch with any family members.

Police said Bedolla was thought to be near the Menlo Park Caltrain station Thursday evening, but police don't know where he may have been going.

Bedolla does not suffer from any medical conditions and is not considered to be at risk. Additionally, police don't' believe there is any foul play involved in his disappearance.

Anyone who may have information about Bedolla's whereabouts is asked to email East Palo Alto police anonymously at epa@tipnow.org or by sending a text or leaving a voicemail at (650) 409-6792.



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<![CDATA[Open Enrollment Begins for Covered California]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 23:08:06 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-479421059.jpg

As the White House continues to debate the future of the Affordable Care Act, open enrollment for Covered California begins Wednesday.

The open enrollment process marks the one time of the year when those in need of health insurance can enroll without having to meet qualifying conditions.

Those wishing to enroll will have three months to do so, but people are encouraged to sign up by the middle of December to make sure their coverage kicks in by Jan. 1.

Interested enrollees are also encouraged to shop and compare due to the changes for 2018. Some insurance companies such as Anthem Blue Cross are withdrawing from parts of California while others, such as Blue Shield of California, will be expanding.

Subsidized consumers will see a decrease when it comes to paying for coverage, according to a study performed by Covered California. For the 1.1 million Californians who enroll and receive financial assistance, the average price for coverage will drop about 1.5 percent. That decline equates to a savings of about $9 per month and $108 per year.



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<![CDATA[3 Dead Following Single-Vehicle Crash in San Mateo County]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:01:50 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/11-3-17-victims-fatal-accident.jpg

Authorities are investigating a solo-vehicle crash that left three people dead in San Mateo County.

The crash scene was discovered just before 8 a.m. Wednesday on State Route 35 (Skyline Boulevard), just south of Bear Gulch Road. Officials said the incident involving a Hyundai, which was occupied by three young males, happened overnight.


California Highway Patrol officials said the vehicle was traveling southbound on SR-35 when the Hyundai left the west side of the roadway and collided with a tree. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels about 50 feet down the embankment, according to the CHP.


All three occupants of the Hyundai suffered fatal injuries, police said.

SR-35 was closed in both directions during the investigation. It is not immediately known if drugs or alcohol placed a role in the crash.

An investigation is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[New California Gas Tax to Go Into Effect on Nov. 1]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 23:04:58 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-97962752.jpg

The summer-driving season is over, but drivers across California will see an increase in prices at the pump starting on Nov. 1.

That's because a statewide gas tax will go into effect.

The new tax equates to a 12-cents-per-gallon increase for most drivers. Diesel users will have to pay 20 cents more per gallon.

Gas taxes, which will likely bring in an extra $5 billion, will be utilized for state and local projects.

By 2017, nearly 77 cents of every dollar drivers spend on gas will actually pay for some sort of tax, with California cashing in on 58 cents of that number.




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<![CDATA[Kiosk With Morning-After Pills Installed on Stanford Campus]]>Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:29:36 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/WEB+Stanford+Kiosk.JPG

Students at Stanford University having second thoughts about the night before can now turn to a vending machine for help.

That's because the Peninsula university along with other colleges across the country have already or may soon install vending machines that sell a version of the so-called morning-after pill.

Stanford's kiosk located inside a restroom of the Old Union Building dispenses My Way, an over-the-counter emergency contraceptive designed to prevent pregnancy following unprotected sex or in the event when traditional birth control fails. A packet of My Way costs $25.

Stanford student Mackenzie Cooley welcomes the new option for women.

"I think that it's wonderful for women to have the opportunity to buy contraception at their earliest convenience especially when time is of the essence when you need to take the morning-after pill," she said.

Those in student government pressed the university to install the kiosk for women who may need access on the weekends when the campus' health center is closed.

Vengo, the company behind the kiosk, is in talks with more than 15 other campuses across the nation interested in installing the dispensing machine.

The University of California, Davis is at least one other California school selling the contraceptive via the kiosk.



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<![CDATA[Doctors Prepare for Deep Dive Into Las Vegas Shooter's Brain]]>Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:07:36 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cms967.jpg

Scientists are preparing to do a microscopic study of the Las Vegas gunman's brain, but whatever they find, if anything, likely won't be what led him to kill 58 people in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, experts said.

Stephen Paddock's brain is being sent to Stanford University for a months-long examination after a visual inspection during an autopsy found no abnormalities, Las Vegas authorities said.

Doctors will perform multiple forensic analyses, including an exam of the 64-year-old's brain tissue to find any possible neurological problems.

The brain will arrive in California soon, and Stanford has been instructed to spare no expense for the work, The New York Times reported. It will be further dissected to determine if Paddock suffered from health problems such as strokes, blood vessel diseases, tumors, some types of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, degenerative disorders, physical trauma and infections.

Dr. Hannes Vogel, Stanford University Medical Center's director of neuropathology, would not discuss the procedure with The Associated Press and referred questions to officials in Clark County, where Las Vegas is located. They also refused to provide details.

Vogel told The Times that he will leave nothing overlooked to put to rest much of the speculation on Paddock's health as investigators struggle to identify a motive for the shooting.

The examination will come about a month after Paddock unleashed more than a thousand bullets through the windows of a 32nd floor suite at the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel into a crowd below attending an outdoor country music festival. After killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more, Paddock took his own life with a shot through his mouth, police say.

Investigators working around the clock remain frustrated by a lack of clues that would point to his motive. Authorities have resorted to putting up billboards in southern Nevada seeking tips and now the intensive brain study that medical experts say likely won't yield definitive answers.

If a disease is found, experts say it would be false science to conclude it caused or perhaps even contributed to the massacre, even if that explanation would ease the minds of investigators and the world at large.

"There's a difference between association and causality, and just because you have anything, doesn't mean it does anything," said Brian Peterson, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners and chief coroner of Wisconsin's Milwaukee County.

The microscopic study is not a standard practice but is regularly used as needed. Families sometimes request such a detailed examination to better understand their own genetic risks.

Peterson said it's also common in high-profile cases such as Paddock's, where so much is riding on the results that all forensic options must be exhausted.

Douglas Fields, a neuroscientist who studies the rage circuit in brain systems, said horribly violent events, such as mass shootings and terrorism, rarely involve actual brain abnormalities but can be triggered by psychiatric problems.

Perpetrators often are suicidal psychopaths who are motivated to commit heinous crimes because they have internalized their isolation and anti-social behavior as an existential threat for themselves, he said.

"When police look for motive, it's kind of misplaced in cases like this because they appear to be crimes of rage. There's no motive for crimes of rage. It's a crime of passion," Fields said.

One such case involved the University of Texas shooter Charles Whitman, who fatally shot 13 people in 1966 from a clock tower on the Austin campus. Whitman was found to have a pecan-sized tumor in his brain, though the suggestion that it caused his rampage is still debated decades later.

Peterson, who is not involved in the Paddock case, said an initial inspection that is standard for any autopsy would generally include dissecting the brain at one-centimeter intervals to look for issues identifiable to the trained eye -- infection, tumor, symmetry, bleeding and blood vessel abnormality.

A further study would involve a microscopic focus on the tissue cells, such as using stains to determine different types of dementia and other degenerative diseases, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is sometimes found in people who have suffered repetitive brain trauma.

There also would likely be a review of the brain at a molecular level though DNA, Peterson said.

Experts say the brain study on Paddock will be a worthy effort for scientific reasons.

Dr. Paul S. Appelbaum, a psychiatry expert at Columbia University, said that at minimum, it might yield something even tangential that can be passed on to the public, such as awareness for psychological disorders or brain diseases.

"Are we ever going to know for certain what caused his brain to do that?" Appelbaum asked. "Probably not from a neuropathological examination, but it's not unreasonable to ask and see whether it might contribute to our understanding of what occurred."

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<![CDATA[Suspect Who Approached Young Girls Sought in Millbrae]]>Sat, 28 Oct 2017 15:11:37 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/millbrae+suspect-1028.jpg

Sheriff's deputies are asking the public's help in finding a suspect who approached two different young girls in Millbrae on Wednesday.

In both incidents, a man described as around 20-25 years old drove up to a teen girl and tried to have a conversation with her, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's office. In both instances, the young girl ignored him and walked away.

The first incident happened around 9 a.m. near the intersection of Palm Avenue and Taylor Boulevard. A man driving a golden brown minivan approached a 13-year-old, police said.

Hours later, at 2:30 p.m. on East Hillcrest Boulevard just east of El Camino Real, a 13-year-old girl was approached by a man driving a silver Mini Cooper with black and white checkers on the side, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joe Chang at (650) 259-2417 or jchang@smcgov.org or the anonymous tip line at 800-547-2700.



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<![CDATA[Police Search for Missing Teen in East Palo Alto]]>Sun, 29 Oct 2017 15:30:10 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/JONATHAN-BEDOLLA-00001.jpg

East Palo Alto police officials are seeking the publics help in locating a teen who was last seen in the evening on Thursday, October 26 around the Menlo Park Cal train station. 

According to officials, Jonathan Bedolla left Junipero Serra High School at approximately 3 p.m. and went to work at the Stanford Shopping Center and left at 5 p.m.

Bedolla's mother has made multiple attempts to contact him and he has yet to respond. Officials say Bedolla's whereabouts are unknown but he is not considered a risk. 

Officials are urging anyone with information on Bedolla's whereabouts to contact the East Palo Alto Police Department through their anonymous e-mail at epa@tipnow.org, text line or phone call at 650-409-6792. 

No further information was available. 



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<![CDATA[Stanford to Examine Las Vegas Shooter's Brain]]>Sat, 28 Oct 2017 09:52:25 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Stanford_to_Examine_Las_Vegas_Shooter_s_Brain.jpg

Looking into the mind of a killer. The brain of the man who opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas will arrive in the Bay Area next week. Damian Trujillo reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Stanford Business School Building Vandalized With Swastika]]>Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:16:40 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanford-campus.jpg

Police are investigating hateful graffiti that was discovered at Stanford University last week.

A security officer around 8:30 p.m. Saturday spotted a Swastika on a building pillar of the Graduate School of Business. It had been drawn in a blue grease pencil, according to Stanford News.

The incident was criticized by President Marc Tessier-Lavigne.

“It is profoundly troubling to learn that vandals have defaced our campus with this symbol of hate,” he said. “The university has zero tolerance for such appalling acts, which go counter to our fundamental values.”

Police believe it was drawn sometime between 6 p.m. Oct. 18 and the time it was found, Stanford News reported.

This is the second time in as many months that a Swastika has been discovered on campus.

Suspects have not been identified.



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<![CDATA[Man With Gun Not Found, Woodside School Lockdown Lifted]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:32:49 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/smcpic_563098.JPEG

A report of a man with a gun in a creek on Thursday prompted the brief lockdown of Woodside Elementary School, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

The school is located at 3195 Woodside Road and the suspect was allegedly found behind it sometime before 3:30 p.m.

Deputies and detectives responded to the scene to investigate the report and scour the area. The suspect, who is believed to have a thin build and was wearing a white jump suit, was not found.

The school lockdown was lifted at 4:25 p.m., deputies said.

Additional details were not immediately available.



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<![CDATA[San Carlos Residents Oppose Planned Store That Sells Guns]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:30:10 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sancarlosgunstore1025_554814.JPG

Residents of a Peninsula city are stunned and outraged they weren't warned of a new store that will sell guns, and now the city is being pushed to change its plans.

Turner's Outdoorsman is planning to open in San Carlos in November. But a group of residents who don't want a gun retailer in their city are asking city leaders to step in and to block the store from opening.

"How does a shop that sells guns come into a community without anyone being aware of it?" resident Ron Piovesan said.

Piovesan and about a dozen neighbors showed up at the San Carlos City Council meeting this week to ask city leaders to stop Turner's from moving in. They learned about the plans on social media.

"If you go into downtown areas, retail areas, it's teeming with children," Piovesan said. "We want to make sure shops that go in reflect that."

Maltbie said Turner's Outdoorsman needs the police chief to approve a security plan because it sells guns. But there is no requirement to inform the public.

"Currently, there is nothing in municipal code that would require the city to inform the public about the business activity," City Manager Jeff Maltbie said.

That may change. After hearing from dozens of people who are opposed to a second gun retailer in town, the City Council will consider requiring a special use permit for gun retailers and look into a temporary ban on new gun stores.

Outside King's Swim Academy, which is located in the same complex as the planned store, reaction was mixed.

"As long as they follow the law, guns are kept safe, have background checks, I don't have a problem with that," Rose Umeda said.

The City Council said it is expecting to hear from people on both sides of this issue at its next meeting in November.

Turner Outdoorsman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.



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<![CDATA[Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:39:14 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/PumpkinThumb.JPG

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<![CDATA[3 Arrested, Two At Large in Homicide, Bay Area Crime Spree]]>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 17:38:02 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/brothel+suspects-1025.jpg

Three suspects were arrested and two others remain at large in a two-day violent crime spree that crossed four Bay Area cities late last month, according to the San Jose Police Department.

The five men are suspected of multiple violent crimes, including a San Jose homicide as well as sexual assaults and armed robberies, all of which occurred at brothels at high-end apartment buildings between Sept. 27 and 28, police said.


The homicide occurred in San Jose on Sept. 28, when the suspects broke into an apartment, tied up two people, shot a man execution-style and left without taking anything, police said.

The men also are suspected of crimes in Fremont, Milpitas and South San Francisco, police said.

An Yan, 28, of Baldwin Park; Lin Tao, 27, of Monterey Park; and Panpan Huang, 36, of Chino were arrested at their Los Angeles County homes on Oct. 18, police said. They were booked into Los Angeles County Jail on suspicion of murder, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy, robbery, kidnapping and sexual assault.


Police said they are still searching for two more suspects. One is descibed as a Chinese male, 25-30 years old, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 160-170 pounds, with a shaved head; he was last seen wearing a blue school varsity-type jacket, with tan sleeves.

The other is described as a Chinese male, 35-38 years old, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 250 pounds, with black, straight medium-length hair; he was last seen wearing black aviator sun glasses, a black T-shirt, black shorts and black tennis shoes.

They believe the five men targeted the locations because they're working brothels.

"They know that a lot of times there's cash on hand," San Jose police spokeswoman Officer Gina Tepoorten said.

People who live at the San Jose apartment complex where a person was killed found it hard to believe such violent crimes were occurring in such close proximity.

"I am surprised quite honestly," Vivek Surabaneni said. "I've lived in this area, but not in these apartments, and I've never heard of anything like this, at least to this degree."

Police believe there may be more victims. Anyone who might recognize the suspects or who have information about the cases is urged to contact Detective Sgt. Raul Martinez or Detective Brian Meeker of the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at (408) 277-5283. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867).



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<![CDATA[Michelin Awards Top Honors to 55 Bay Area Restaurants]]>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:45:26 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rasa1.jpg

Take a bow, Bay Area restaurateurs.

Tuesday’s release of the “Michelin Guide: San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country 2018” thrust 55 local eateries into the international spotlight.

The Bay Area is the crown jewel of the United States’ culinary world with seven three-starred restaurants as compared to New York’s six and Chicago’s three. 

This year’s highly coveted awards were delayed by several infernos that raged across the North Bay, starting Oct. 8. Initially slated for release on Oct. 12, this marked the first postponement since the Michelin guidebook was first published in 2005. 

“Recognizing the turmoil and tragedy of the fires that are still burning, we understand this is a time for grief and recovery, not celebration,” a Michelin spokesperson said in a statement, explaining the decision to wait until Oct. 25. Michelin also made a donation to the Red Cross to help people affected by the wildfires.

North Bay cities, including Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Healdsburg, are home to some of the Michelin winners, but a majority are located in San Francisco. A few others are sprinkled across the South and East bays and the Peninsula.

THREE STARS

  • Benu — San Francisco
  • Coi — San Francisco
  • The French Laundry — Yountville
  • Manresa — Los Gatos
  • Quince — San Francisco
  • The Restaurant at Meadowood — St. Helena
  • Saison — San Francisco
TWO STARS
  • Acquerello — San Francisco
  • Atelier Crenn — San Francisco
  • Baume — Palo Alto
  • Californios — San Francisco
  • Commis — Oakland
  • Lazy Bear — San Francisco
  • Single Thread — Healdsburg
ONE STAR
  • Adega — San Jose
  • Al’s Place — San Francisco
  • Aster — San Francisco
  • Auberge du Soleil — Rutherford
  • Bouchon — Yountville
  • Campton Place — San Francisco
  • Chez TJ — Mountain View
  • Commonwealth — San Francisco
  • Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant — Forestville
  • Gary Danko — San Francisco
  • Hashiri — San Francisco
  • In Situ — San Francisco
  • Ju-Ni — San Francisco
  • Keiko a Nob Hill — San Francisco
  • Kenzo — Napa
  • Kin Khao — San Francisco
  • Kinjo — San Francisco
  • La Toque — Napa
  • Lord Stanley — San Francisco
  • Luce — San Francisco
  • Madera — Menlo Park
  • Madrona Manor — Healdsburg
  • Michael Mina — San Francisco
  • Mister Jiu’s — San Francisco
  • Mourad — San Francisco
  • Octavia — San Francisco
  • Omakase — San Francisco
  • Plumed Horse — Saratoga
  • The Progress — San Francisco
  • Rasa — Burlingame
  • Rich Table — San Francisco
  • Sons & Daughters — San Francisco
  • SPQR — San Francisco
  • Spruce — San Francisco
  • State Bird Provisions  — San Francisco
  • Sushi Yoshizumi — San Mateo
  • Terra — St. Helena
  • Terrapin Creek — Bodega Bay
  • The Village Pub — Woodside
  • Wako — San Francisco
  • Wakuriya — San Francisco




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<![CDATA[Report Suggests Bay Area Housing Market Could Be Cooling Off]]>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:41:04 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-484768986.jpg

A new housing report suggests that the Bay Area housing market may be cooling off, but not for every region.

Bay Area home sales overall dropped about 4 percent this September compared to one year ago, according to the California Association of Realtors.

Alameda County witnessed a 15 percent decrease in home sales, according to the report. Napa home sales fell 12.4 percent, Solano County sales declined 6.3 percent and Contra Costa County sales slipped 5.5 percent.

The one county with a jump in sales was Marin County, which saw a nearly 24 percent increase, according to the report.

Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo and Sonoma counties experienced either no change in home sales or shifts below the 2 percent threshold, the report indicated.

While the number of sales drops, home prices continue to soar. The median price for a single-family home in the Bay Area rose 11.7 percent this past year, according to the report.

Sales could be on the decline and prices could be climbing due to a lack of supply. Active sale listings across the region were down 20 percent in September compared to last year, according to the report.



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<![CDATA[Sexual Assault Reported at Stanford University]]>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 04:23:02 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanford-campus-generic.jpg

A sexual assault was reported to Stanford public safety officials on Tuesday, and the victim and suspect know each other, according to the university's public safety department.

The reported rape occurred on the east side of the Peninsula campus some time after midnight on Monday, the university's public safety department said in a statement.

Further information regarding the incident were not released.

It is not clear if a suspect has been taken into custody.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call 650-329-2413.

The Trump administration last month rescinded Obama-era guidance on investigating sexual assaults reported on college campuses. The new policies allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when dealing with complaints.



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<![CDATA[Sea Otter Released Back Into Half Moon Bay]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:44:00 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/CYankeeDoodle.jpg

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<![CDATA[Snake Spotted on VTA Bus Now Up for Adoption]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:40:55 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/SnakeVTABus.JPG

Forget about snakes on a plane. Now it's about a snake on a bus.

That's because a slithering serpent was spotted on a VTA bus in Palo Alto back in September, and now the male reptile is available for adoption, according to the Peninsula Humane Society.

Passengers originally found the young ball python resting on a bus seat, according to PHS. The bus pulled over at a stop in Palo Alto, passengers were shuffled off and an animal control officer safely removed the reptile.

"No one is quite certain how the snake ended up on the bus, but we are grateful someone spotted him and he was safely removed from the bus," Buffy Martin Tarbox from PHS said.

The snake was held at Palo Alto Animal Services for nine days, but no one claimed him, according to PHS. At that point, the snake, who has been named Rumplesnakeskin, was transported to PHS.

"Rumplesnakeskin is a very friendly snake and likes to be held," according to Tarbox. "It is clear he was someone’s pet, but no one came forward to claim him so he’s now looking for a new permanent home."

Anyone interested in adopting Rumplesnakeskin can visit PHS's Center for Compassion located at 1450 Rollins Rd. in Burlingame.

Ball Pythons grow to be about two to three feet in length and can live as long as 30 years, according to PHS.



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<![CDATA[Sea Otter Released Back in the Wild ]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:43:25 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sea_Otter_Released_Back_into_the_Wild.jpg

The marine mammal center on Tuesday is releasing a southern sea otter named Yankee Doodle in Half Moon Bay. The otter was rescued back in July and successfully rehabilitated. It’s the second otter the center has treated.]]>
<![CDATA[Uber Driver Taken to Hospital After Shooting on I-380: CHP]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 05:01:40 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/WebUber380.JPG

An Uber driver transporting passengers was taken to the hospital after being shot along Interstate 380 in San Bruno late Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver, who suffered a gunshot wound to the neck, is expected to survive, according to the CHP. The two passengers were not injured.

The shooting occurred around 11 p.m. in the westbound direction near El Camino Real, according to CHP spokesperson Vu Williams. A black Toyota Corolla with an Uber decal on the back window was found next to the center divider "with several what looked to be like bullet holes," Williams said.

A second car in the area also appeared to be struck by gunfire, according to Williams. Apparent gun shots damaged the vehicle's windshield and rear view mirror.

No suspect information has been released at this time, but an investigation is ongoing, Vu said.

Westbound traffic on Highway 380 was shut down for more than four hours, Williams said. Those lanes have since reopened.

Further information was not available.

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



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<![CDATA[Spike in Sudden Oak Death Disease Across Bay Area]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:18:06 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Spike_in_Sudden_Oak_Death_Disease_Across_Bay_Area.jpg

A new survey finds the contagious sudden oak death disease is spreading deeper into some urban areas of the East Bay and Peninsula. Sixteen percent of the trees sampled in eastern Contra Costa County are now infected with the disease. On the eastern side of the Peninsula, about 36 percent of the trees sampled were found to be infected. In both cases, those percentages have skyrocketed in the past few years]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Universities Rank in Top 20 Best Colleges in U.S.]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:05:07 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/167*120/stanford-generic1010101.jpg

Two Bay Area universities have been ranked high in WalletHub’s 2018 College and University rankings report across the country.

Stanford University ranked in the top ten ‘Best Universities in the U.S.’ report at No. 4, just behind Harvard University at No. 3, Princeton University at No. 2 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 1. Not too far behind from the top ten was UC Berkeley at No. 11 on the list.

Other Northern California colleges like Santa Clara University and UC Santa Cruz also ranked among the top 100 best schools to attend.

The study looked at 973 U.S. School and measured them across seven key categories: student selectivity, cost, faculty resources, campus safety, campus experience, educational outcomes and career outcomes.

Check out the full list ranking of Best College and Universities in the U.S. report

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2. Princeton University
3. Harvard University
4. Stanford University
5. California Institute of Technology
6. Yale University
7. Duke University
8. University of Pennsylvania
9. Columbia University
10. Rice University
11. University of California, Berkeley
12. Harvey Mudd College
13. Johns Hopkins University
14. Brown University
15. Pomona College
16. University of Notre Dame
17. Dartmouth College
18. Vanderbilt University
19. Williams College
20. University of Chicago

Top 10 Colleges & Universities in California

1. Stanford University 2. California Institute of Technology 3. University of California-Berkeley 4. Harvey Mudd College 5. Pomona College 6. University of California-Los Angeles 7. Claremont McKenna College 8. University of Southern California 9. University of California-San Diego 10. University of California-Irvine




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<![CDATA[Summer-Like Heat Returns to the Bay Area]]>Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:00:46 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

It may be the middle of October, but summer-like heat had made a comeback across the Bay Area this week.

The National Weather Service over the weekend predicted that daytime high temperatures across the region could be 15 to 20 degrees above seasonal averages on Monday and Tuesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service reported Salinas reached triple-digit heat with 100 degrees registered at the city's airport.

Watsonville reached 98 degrees, and was followed by Hollister and Monterey both registering 95 degrees in the afternoon.

Other cities that reached at least 90 degrees include Santa Rosa, Napa, San Jose, Concord, Half Moon Bay, Livermore and San Martin, according to the National Weather Service.

The Bay Area warming trend does include low humidity levels, which ramps up fire danger.

Those hoping for fall-like temperatures will likely have to wait until next weekend.



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<![CDATA[Small Plane Crash at San Carlos Airport]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:01:25 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DMoBhgvVAAAbL_e.jpg

No injuries are reported after a small plane crashed late Friday at the San Carlos airport.

A San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputy on scene said the single-engine plane overshot the runway at the airport.

Allen Kenitzer with the Federal Aviation Administration said preliminary information shows the plane, a Cirrus SR-22, ran off the end of the runway while attempting to depart.

"The aircraft went through a fence and came to rest in the street," Kenitzer said.

Authorities said two people were onboard and were not injured in the accident.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the accident.

No other information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Peninsula Humane Society Helps Save 235 Kittens]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:33:11 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/PHS+Kitten+Nursery+1.jpgThe Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA's Kitten Nursery saved the lives of 235 under-aged kittens this year -- the highest number to date since the nursery opened in 2008. Here's a look at some of the kittens saved.

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<![CDATA[Californians Prepare for Annual 'ShakeOut' Earthquake Drill]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:34:23 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/EarthquakeFile.jpg

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

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

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

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

The ShakeOut drills originated in California in 2008.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area



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<![CDATA[Jail Inmate Back in Custody After Mistakenly Released]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:49:21 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RodneyJefferson.jpg

A jail inmate in Alameda County who was released by mistake before he was about to be transferred to San Mateo County Jail turned himself in to authorities Tuesday afternoon, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said.

Rodney Jefferson, 27, of San Francisco, was released in error on Oct. 9 from a jail facility in Alameda County. He was being held on federal charges for an auto burglary, sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's officials said there was no threat to the public, but a warrant was issued for his arrest.

At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jefferson turned himself in to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service in Oakland. Sheriff's deputies then took him to the Maguire Correctional Facility in San Mateo County without further incident, sheriff's officials said.

Jefferson was released because of a technical error and a miscommunication on the part of records staff in San Mateo County.

San Mateo County sheriff's officials said they have added additional steps in their procedures to prevent this situation from happening again.

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<![CDATA[Escamez Family Honored By Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:27:19 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Escamez_Family_Honored_By_Hispanic_Foundation_of_Silico.jpg

Every year, the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley recognizes one family as family of the year. They have to exemplify hard work and community service. And this year, the Escamez family out of Redwood City exceeded the requirements. Damian Trujillo reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Smoke Advisory, Spare the Air Alert Issued for Bay Area]]>Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:36:31 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17285575204007.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Search For Mother Trapped in Tubbs Fire Ends in Heartbreak]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:47:59 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Missing+Woman_GettyImages-859543022.jpg

Jessica Tunis screamed at her mother to run out of the burning house but Linda Tunis said she was trapped, there was fire everywhere, and the last thing she said to her daughter was that she was going die before the call dropped.

The younger Tunis immediately called 911 early Monday, but didn't know if they rescued her 69-year-old mom before her house was leveled in wildfires that swept Northern California's wine country.

She turned to social media, along with hundreds of others looking for loved ones. She posted a picture of her mother smiling at a café with the caption, "Does anyone know if Journey's End Mobile Home Park got evacuated before it burned down? I can't find my mom, Linda Tunis."

The post spawned more than 100 comments, largely from strangers who offered encouragement and tips, she told an AP reporter Tuesday night. Some even went to shelters to search for the woman who loved bingo and the beach.

"I've had people going to shelters for me because of Facebook," Tunis said. "It does help. For sure. Anything helps."

As of Wednesday, 22 wildfires were burning in Northern California, up from 17 the day before. The blazes killed at least 21 people and destroyed an estimated 3,500 homes and businesses, many of them in California's wine country.

Sonoma County authorities said they didn't have the resources to look for missing people with fires spreading and more evacuations.

Jessica Tunis hoped desperately that her mother was somewhere safe, unable to tell people who she was. The family continued calling hospitals seeking Jane Does and hitting up evacuation centers.

On Wednesday, her brother Robert Tunis picked through the debris where his mother's house once stood, searching for clues to what happened to her.

"She's spunky, she's sweet, she loves bingo and she loves the beach, she loves her family," said Jessica Tunis on Wednesday, crying. "Please help me find her. I need her back. I don't want to lose my mom."

Hours later Tunis texted an AP reporter to say her brother had found their mother's remains among the debris. Authorities put the remains of the 69-year-old woman in a small white plastic bag and strapped it to a gurney before taking it away.

Jessica Tunis didn't forget to update her friends on Facebook:

"My mother's remains have been found at her home at Journey's End. May she rest in peace, my sweet Momma."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area



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<![CDATA[North Bay Fires Prompt Smoke Advisory for Bay Area]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:45:22 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/AP_17282592183596.jpg

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory Monday as a result of multiple fires burning in Napa and Sonoma counties.

Smoke from the fires, which have burned tens of thousands of acres, wafted across the Bay Area due to high winds late Sunday and early Monday, air district officials said.

According to AIRNow, air conditions across the Bay Area are ranging between unhealthy and hazardous. Cities near or in Napa and Sonoma County are advised to take proper precautions. The air quality in these counties are very unhealthy and the population can be affected. 

Residents are advised to limit outdoor activities and to set air conditioning and car ventilation systems to the "recirculate" option to prevent outside air from entering.

If indoors, keep your windows and doors closed unless it is extremely hot outside. According to air district officials, if the home lacks air conditioning, staying inside with the windows closed may be dangerous in hot weather. It is advised that people in these circumstances seek alternative shelter. 

It is important to keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent additional smoke from coming in. 

Elderly people, children and those with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to the smoky conditions and should take extra precautions, air district officials said.




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<![CDATA[Fire Disables Bus on Northbound I-280 in San Mateo]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 07:50:04 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1062017disabledbussanmateo_303930.JPG

A bus fire was reported Friday on northbound Interstate 280 in San Mateo.

NBC Bay Area's SkyRanger showed a white tour bus that had pulled over on the side of the freeway. Passengers were standing beside the disabled vehicle alongside California Highway Patrol officers, one of whom was clutching a fire extinguisher.

Shortly thereafter, the people were seen climbing aboard once again.   

It remains unclear what caused the flames as well as where on the bus they sparked.

Further details were not immediately available. 

Check back for updates. 



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<![CDATA[Police Seeking Man Who Took Photos Up Woman's Skirt]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:00:06 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/target+suspect.jpg

Police are seeking a man who allegedly followed a woman through a Target store last week and took pictures from underneath her skirt, police said Thursday.

On Sept. 27, at about 6:40 p.m., officers responded to the Target store at 2220 Bridgepoint Parkway for a report of a suspicious man.

Loss prevention personnel at the store told police that a man was seen surveillance video taking pictures from underneath a woman's dress.

Officers searched for the suspect but were unsuccessful, according to police.

After reviewing surveillance video, officers confirmed that the suspect had targeted the victim and followed her through the store. At one point, the woman bent over and the suspect quickly ran up from behind and took a picture under her dress and then walked out of the store, police said.

The man was described as a black man, possibly between 20 and 30 years old, wearing a black San Francisco Giants hat with an orange logo, a black T-shirt with "420" written in white across the chest and dark pants.

The suspect also appeared to have tattoos on both arms, according to police.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact San Mateo police at (650) 522-7700 or the secret witness line at (650) 522-7676.

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<![CDATA[Drive-By Shooting on Hwy 101 Scares Community, Damages Cars]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:33:21 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/208*120/1052017-car-rwc-shooting.JPG

A troubling freeway shooting occurred in broad daylight Wednesday just a block away from The California Highway Patrol's Redwood City office.

Bullets fired from southbound Highway 101 around 10:40 a.m. managed to hit a series of cars at Peninsula INFINITI car dealership on Convention Way. At that hour, people were milling about car shopping and having their vehicles services.

One employee said he was shaken up after hearing rapid gunfire. A witness, Jeff Weintraub, agreed, especially after Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas claimed at least 58 lives.

“It's super scary and it's more gun violence in this country,” Weintraub, of Redwood City, said of the drive-by shooting.

CHP officers say two suspects, who may have been driving a four-door silver sedan, fired six shots towards the dealership, which is located off a frontage road near the Whipple Avenue on-ramp.

“We're living in kooky times in this country. It's like anything goes,” Weintraub said.

No one was hurt, but officers say three cars were damaged. Photographs from the scene show it was blocked off with crime tape while vehicles were pockmarked with bullet holes.

CHP Officer John Fransen said it was an “obviously dangerous situation,” which demonstrated a “total disregard for life.”

“Thank God nobody was hurt,” Fransen said.

The CHP doesn't know if the car dealership was the target or if the shooting was random.

Dimitri Petrovsky who owns a dealership nearby is on edge.

“It came as a big surprise. Generally this area is pretty quiet,” he said.

People who witnessed the shooting or have any information about the crime are asked to call the CHP.



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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton to Discuss Tech and Democracy in Bay Area]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:34:05 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-846091132.jpg

Hillary Clinton fans get ready – she will be in the Bay Area on Friday.

The former presidential candidate will stop by Books Inc. on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco to sign copies of her new memoir, titled "What Happened." Clinton will also sign "It Takes a Village," her illustrated children's book. 

The ticketed event is sold out, the store's website says. 

Clinton is then slated to head south to attend the launch of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law’s Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University.

Her keynote speech, expected at 4:30 p.m. in CEMEX Auditorium, will deal with “Digital Technology, Diplomacy, and Democratic Values,” according to the Stanford Daily.

The event, which will be livestreamed, is invite-only and a limited number of tickets were made available to students via a lottery system.



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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Returns to Bay Area for Book Tour and Speech]]>Sat, 07 Oct 2017 10:59:10 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Hillary-Clinton-Book-Signing-Generic.jpg

Former presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, visited the Bay Area Friday to join fans for a book signing in San Francisco and a keynote address at a Stanford Conference on global digital policy.

Clinton made her first Bay Area stop at Books Inc. on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco to sign copies of her new memoir, titled "What Happened." The event, which sold out in less than 18 hours, had more than a thousand fans hoping for a few seconds to say hello and thank you to the former Secretary of State.

“I am feeling really inspired and a mess. I just love her, she is an incredible human being,” said a fan and volunteer for the Clinton campaign in Washington state, Shelby Healy.

Clinton was then slated to head south to attend the launch of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law’s Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University.

During her keynote speech, in CEMEX Auditorium, Clinton said the United States is in a cyber war with Russia. 

"We learned just this week some of the Facebook ads specifically targeted Michigan and Wisconsin," said Clinton. "Two states that decided the election with razor-thin margins which suggest the Russian strategy was more sophisticated than we knew."

The former Secretary of State continued to discuss Russia's involvement with fake news, encouraging lawmakers to take cyber threat security. 



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<![CDATA[Gate to Martins Beach Access Road Opened]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 18:46:30 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/martins+beach-1004.jpg

The gate to Martins Beach is finally open.

Billionaire Vinod Khosla on Wednesday gave in to a court order to open or remove a gate over the lone access road to Martins Beach, near Half Moon Bay.

In 2008, the venture capitalist bought a 53-acre property on the beach for $32.5 million then placed a locked gate over the access road, effectively closing the beach to the public.

In August, a judge ordered Khosla to keep the beach open, but Khosla ignored the order and kept it locked. After threats of more legal action, the lock came off Wednesday.

Surfers and Bay Area beach goers have long been clamoring for Khosla to open the beach to the public.

"It belongs to the people," Eric Buescher, attorney for the Surfrider Foundation, said in August.

The foundation led the years-long fight against Khosla.



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<![CDATA[Cal Fire Offers Tips to Help Beachgoers Stay Safe]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:48:27 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/Santa-Cruz-Beach-Generic.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA['Unsubstantiated' Threat Found on San Mateo School Wall: PD]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:20:29 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NBC+Bay+Area+Breaking+News+Image31.png

Police on Wednesday investigated a report of a threat that had been scribbled on a bathroom wall at San Mateo High School.

Sheriff's deputies assisted, said police, who asked people to avoid the area of 506 N. Delaware Street around 12:15 p.m. Just after 2 p.m., police said that the school campus had been deemed safe after law enforcement officers deemed the threat "unsubstantiated."

The hours-long incident began around 11:15 a.m. when staff found an anonymous note in a school restroom, police said.

Out of an abundance of caution, police — with help from a K-9 unit — secured the campus, meaning classrooms and office doors were locked and students and staff were asked to remain inside until they were given the all-clear. 

Further details were not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Big-Rig Fire Temporarily Shuts Down San Mateo Bridge]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 04:53:56 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/100317bigrigsanmateo_2645081.JPEG

A big-rig fire temporarily blocked both lanes of the San Mateo Bridge early Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The big-rig was resting off the bridge just east of Foster City Boulevard, but the incident, which was called in at 3:24 a.m., forced officials to close both sides of the bridge at 3:34 a.m., according to officials.
Eastbound lanes were reopened at 4:07 a.m., according to officials. Westbound lanes were completely reopened just after 5 a.m.
No injuries were reported, according to officials.
The big-rig was hauling food products, but it is not clear what exactly was in the trailer.

A big-rig fire temporarily blocked both directions of the San Mateo Bridge early Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The big-rig was resting off the bridge just east of Foster City Boulevard, but the incident, which was called in at 3:24 a.m., forced officials to close both sides of the bridge at 3:34 a.m., according to officials.

Eastbound lanes were reopened at 4:07 a.m., according to officials. Westbound lanes were completely reopened just after 5 a.m.

No injuries were reported, according to officials.

The big-rig was hauling food products, but it is not clear what exactly was in the trailer.



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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Returns to the Bay Area]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:12:38 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Hillary_Clinton_Returns_to_the_Bay_Area_Friday.jpg

Hillary Clinton on Friday will head to Books Inc. in San Francisco for a book signing and then give a keynote speech at a conference at Stanford University.]]>
<![CDATA[Vigil For Gun Control Held in Foster City in Wake of Vegas]]>Mon, 02 Oct 2017 23:02:15 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fcvigil1002_262720.JPG

Gun control is always a hot button issue, and in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, it was at the forefront at a vigil in the Bay Area on Monday night.

Dozens of people gathered in Foster City to share stories and urge tougher gun legislation. The issue, as expected, has caused heated rifts on social media.

The vigil was organized by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

"Every single day 93 people are dying at the hands of a gun," group spokesperson Shikha Hamilton said.

The group knows it will be a tough fight to pass new laws restricting the number and

types of guns allowed to be sold to the general public. And they know the National Rifle Association, which spent $54 million in the 2016 election, is already preparing for a fight.

"You can't sit here and call for ban this, ban that when you don't even know what was used," NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch said.

A controversial bill to lift some restrictions on buying gun silencers was supposed to reach the House floor Monday. It didn't, and the organizer of the vigil said it never should.

"Once you put that silencer on, people don't know to run," Hamilton said. "They don't know to hide. What are our elected officials thinking about?"



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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Fatally Struck by CHP SUV in Half Moon Bay ID'd]]>Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:27:35 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/93017_CHP_Fatal_HMB.PNG

A Burlingame man who died in a collision with a California Highway Patrol vehicle Saturday night north of Half Moon Bay has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as 74-year-old Vicente Marquez.

The collision was first reported at 8:24 p.m. at 4210 state Highway 1, just outside of the Sam's Chowder House seafood restaurant.

The CHP vehicle was traveling north on Highway 1 when it struck Marquez, who was on foot.

Marquez was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP officials said.

Highway 1 was closed in both directions for about four hours as the collision was investigated.

Anyone with information about the case can contact CHP Officer Kurtis Waldschmidt at (650) 369-6261.



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<![CDATA[Redwood City Hazmat Situation Prompts Shelter-in-Place Order]]>Sat, 30 Sep 2017 16:58:26 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/IMG_06031.JPG

People in a Redwood City were briefly asked to shelter in place after pool cleaning chemicals spilled early Saturday.

The advisory took effect around 7:15 a.m. in the vicinity of the 2700 block of Washington Street and the 2700 block of Kensington Road, police said. AHazmat crews then allowed the chemicals to evaporate.

It was lifted around 8:45 a.m. Police said the area is being cleaned up.



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<![CDATA[CHP SUV Hits, Kills Pedestrian in Half Moon Bay]]>Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:49:19 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/93017_CHP_Fatal_HMB.PNG

An officer behind the wheel of a California Highway Patrol SUV hit and killed a pedestrian in Half Moon Bay Saturday night, according to the CHP, and investigators on Sunday were studying footage from the vehicle's dashboard camera to try to piece together what happened.

The officer was headed northbound on Highway 1 when "somehow he collided with the pedestrian," Officer Art Montiel with the CHP said. The collision took place just before 8:30 p.m. across the from Sam's Chowder House, he said.

The victim, a 74-year-old man from Burlingame, was headed to his car after a meal at the restaurant, the CHP said. No other details regarding the victim were available. 

"Our vehicles are equipped with cameras, so that’s something that we’re going to be looking at to see what happened," Montiel said.

Tourists in the area said a lot of people unable to park in the restaurant parking lot or nearby were parking across the road and dodging highway traffic on foot to get to their destination. 

"We're taking our lives into our own hands; it’s very hard to get across the street," Mary Baker said. "There's a constant line of traffic ever since we’ve arrived here." "It’s kind of crazy with the traffic," said Janet Albert. "It’s hard to cross streets, it’s hard to pull out, it’s hard to do anything. No parking anywhere."

A lack of light added to the hazardous scene. After the sun sets, it gets dark very quickly, as there are no streetlights in the immediate area.

The officer as been temporarily pulled from patrol duty during the investigation, which is being handled by a Vallejo-based team, Montiel said.



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<![CDATA[Fire Guts Empty Two-Story Redwood City Home]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 06:51:43 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fire_Destroys_Peninsula_Home.jpg

A fire destroyed a two-story home in Redwood City late Thursday.

Crews said the house, located on Crompton Road near Alameda de las Pulgas, was fully engulfed by the time they responded at 10:35 p.m. A live power line had snapped at the back of the property, officials said.

No one was home at the time. It took crews about one hour to control the flames. 

No one was injured, but numerous Redwood City firefighters were evaluated for possible smoke inhalation, officials said.

The cause and origin of the blaze are under investigation. 



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<![CDATA[Man Sentenced to Life For Gang-Related Homicide at Memorial]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 06:00:50 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/jail_generic_bars.jpg

A Menlo Park man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for his part in a gang-related homicide in 2012, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

Jerry Coneal III was convicted of first degree murder with special circumstances and gang enhancements after a 29 day trial for fatally shooting Christopher Baker Oct. 5, 2012.

Coneal was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He also received a second consecutive term of 25-years-to-life in prison for using a gun to commit the crime.

"He is unlikely to get out," Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

Guidotti also said that Coneal winked at the victim's mother at the conclusion of today's sentencing.

"She immediately notified the court and it was noted for the record," Guidotti said. "What else do you do when someone's sentenced to life without parole?"

According to prosecutors, on Oct. 5, 2012 Baker was at a memorial for another gang member in front of a home in East Palo Alto when Coneal jumped out of a car, chased Baker up a driveway and shot him multiple times.

Another Menlo Park man, 26-year-old Miguel Rivera Jr., pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in Baker's death. Rivera was sentenced July 28 to 35 years to life for Baker's death and another 14 years 4 months for a sperate robbery in Santa Clara County.

Coneal's defense attorney, Peter Arian, declined to comment on the case.



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<![CDATA[Teenage Girl Reports Attempted Abduction: San Mateo Police]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 05:52:50 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-080615.jpg

Police along the Peninsula on Wednesday opened an investigation after a 14-year-old girl reported being almost abducted by a man who approached her in a van and grabbed her, according to San Mateo police.

The teenage girl told police that she was walking to San Mateo High School around 10:30 a.m. when a man in a white utility honked at her along Peninsula Avenue near railroad tracks, police said.

The man hopped out of the vehicle, walked up to the teen and latched on to her shoulder, pulling her toward him, according to police. The girl kicked the man and ran home before calling police.

Police said the man is believed to be in his late 50s or early 60s with an average build. Police reported that he is unshaven and has black and gray hair that is slicked back. He was last seen wearing a gray and blue T-shirt, but police don't know what type of pants he was wearing.

A 16-year-old girl on Wednesday also reported being involved in a similar incident back on Sept. 18, according to police. Authorities are trying to figure out if the events are connected.

The reported incident has police stepping up patrols around city schools and asking parents to remind their children to be aware about their surroundings at all times, stay together in teams as well as be vocal if they are caught in a situation involving an uncomfortable stranger.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact 650-522-7700.



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<![CDATA[Teen Fights Off Suspect in Attempted Abduction: San Mateo PD]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:48:55 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Police+Siren+Generic+123.jpg

Police are investigating the attempted abduction of a teenager in San Mateo.

The incident reportedly happened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on Peninsula Avenue, near the railroad tracks, as the student was walking to San Mateo High.

The 14-year-old girl claims a man driving a white van got out of the van and grabbed her. She was able to fight him off. Responding officers were unable to locate the suspect.

Police are investigating a similar incident that happened in the area last week.

The suspect is described as a man in his late 50s to early 60s, unshaven, average build and slicked back, black and grey hair. He was last seen wearing a gray and blue T-shirt and unknown pants.

Police said they will be increasing patrols in the area and around city schools

Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Mateo Police Department at 650-522-7700.


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<![CDATA[Person Struck and Killed by Caltrain in Redwood City]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:57:10 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/caltrain+strike-0926.jpg

A person was struck and killed by a Caltrain on the southbound tracks Tuesday evening in Redwood City, according to the San Mateo County Transit District.

At 5:02 p.m., a southbound train struck a person trespassing at the Whipple Avenue grade crossing, the agency said. It was the sixth fatality on Caltrain tracks this year.

After the incident, trains were being single-tracked through the area. The tracks reopened in both directions at full speed about 6:30 p.m., transit officials said.

Despite the return to full service, passengers experienced delays throughout the system until late Tuesday night, the transit district said.



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<![CDATA[Police Search for Suspects After Palo Alto Robbery]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:01:39 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Generic+Police+Lights+8.30.17.jpg

Police are looking for two robbery suspects who snatched a purse from a woman in her sixties late Wednesday night in south Palo Alto.

According to police, the woman was arriving at the home of a relative in the 2800 block of Bryant Street around 11 p.m. Wednesday night when she noticed two male subjects on bicycles roaming the area.

Palo Alto police said the woman began unloading a car when the two men approached her and, without saying anything to her, punched her in the stomach, pushed her to the ground and took her purse from her arm.

The suspects then ran back to their bicycles, at which point a male family member of the victim came outside of his home and attempted to give chase to the suspects before falling a short time later.

According to police, the purse contained a wallet, several pieces of jewelry and other personal items.

Both the victim and the male family member suffered minor injuries. The woman victim suffered a minor bruise to her knee and discomfort from the punch to her stomach. Police who responded searched the area but couldn't find the suspects. They were last seen heading south on the bikes on the 2900 block of Bryant Street.

The first suspect is described as a man in his 20s around 6 feet tall, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and a black backpack. The second suspect is described as a man in his 20s who is approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall and wearing dark clothing.

No similar robberies have been reported at this time. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Palo Alto police at (650) 329-2413.

Those wishing to submit tips anonymously can email paloalto@tipnow.org or send a text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.



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<![CDATA[Police Officer Stabbed at SF International Airport]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:59:07 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sfo+stabbing-0926.jpg

A police officer at San Francisco International Airport was stabbed inside one of the terminals Tuesday afternoon, according to airport officials.

About 2:30 p.m., SFO officers got reports of a suspicious person near the roadway, a possible transient, just outside of terminal one. The person made his way into the terminal near the baggage claim area, where he was contacted by the SFO officer, according to airport spokesman Doug Yakel.

The person then attacked the officer with a knife, stabbing him in the leg, Yakel said.

The 49-year-old veteran officer was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment of a stab wound that is not believed to be life-threatening, Yakel said. He was treated for lacerations to his hands, neck, face and leg, then released later Tuesday.

The suspect, 64-year-old Dooris Johnston was arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Jail on charges of attempted murder of a peace officer and threats to commit violence. Johnston's last known address is San Francisco.

Johnston is due in court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[San Rafael Antique Dealer Charged for Offering Illegal Ivory]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:46:32 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black2.jpg

A San Rafael-based antique dealer has been charged in San Mateo County Superior Court with three counts of offering illegal elephant ivory items for sale at a gem show in San Mateo.

Tao Zeng, 53, who operates Mark & Period, Antique Asian Art, was arraigned before Court Commissioner Cristina Mazzei in Redwood City on Tuesday on three misdemeanor counts of violating a California Fish and Game Code provision that bans selling ivory or offering it for sale.

Zeng was not present at the arraignment and entered pleas of not guilty through her defense attorney, according to Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti.

Mazzei scheduled a jury trial to begin on March 5. Zeng is free on her own recognizance while awaiting trial.

Guidotti said the three items Zeng is accused of offering for sale include a large clip, a string of beads and a bangle. They were seized by two state Fish and Wildlife Department wardens at the San Mateo International Gem and Jewelry Show on Sept. 11.

Zeng had a number of items for sale at her booth, according to prosecutors. A warden who was alerted to the possible sale of rhinoceros horn, which is also illegal under state law, approached Zeng's booth, Guidotti said.

While the warden was inspecting two suspected rhinoceros horns, a second warden allegedly saw Zeng put several items into a yellow bag and place the bag at her feet, according to Guidotti.

The wardens then seized several suspected ivory items from the bag, and the clip, string of beads and bangle were later analyzed in a laboratory and found to be elephant ivory, Guidotti said.



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<![CDATA[Palo Alto School District Superintendent Resigns ]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:28:54 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Palo_Alto_Schools_to_Pay_Former_Superintendent_Severance_Hea.jpg

Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Glenn McGee will resign on Friday, according to school district Board President Terry Godfrey.

"I appreciate the opportunity to lead and serve this phenomenal school district," McGee said in a statement. "Blessed with a supportive community, a dedicated Board of Education, an extraordinarily capable and caring staff, and above all a student body that exemplifies excellence in character and achievement, I leave Palo Alto knowing that the district will continue to thrive, and I stand ready to provide whatever support is needed during the transition."

Godfrey didn't elaborate on the reasons for McGee's resignation, other than to say it was a personal decision and his resignation was accepted during a closed session.

"We thank Dr. McGee for his years of hard work and for his many contributions to our district. His optimism, vision and vibrancy along with the innovative programs and practices he brought to our district will be a lasting legacy," Godfrey said.

Godfrey said the district is working on an interim leadership plan and is starting a search for its next superintendent. She expects the process to search for a new superintendent to take at least the rest of the school year, something she says is a common practice.

"That's what we were planning to do anyways," she said.

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<![CDATA[Dumbarton Bridge Traffic Congestion Public Hearing]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:40:55 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Dumbarton_Bridge_Traffic_Congestion_Public_Hearing.jpg

Officials are holding a meeting to discuss a new transbay bridge and possibly using old train trestles as a way to ease congestion along the Dumbarton Bridge.]]>
<![CDATA[Robbers Break Into San Bruno Home, Steal a Cat]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:22:43 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pet-GettyImages-174322322.jpg

A pair of robbers in the Bay Area has given new meaning to the term cat burglars.

Police say Oleksandr Mirza and Ching Yen literally stole a cat after breaking into an apartment in San Bruno, and pepper-spraying a resident.

The San Bruno Police Department says that hours after the robbery officers in San Francisco arrested Mirza and Yen.

It says one of the suspects used pepper spray on the victim during the home-invasion robbery Saturday.

Both 26-year-old suspects were booked in the San Mateo County jail on robbery, burglary, unlawful use of tear gas and conspiracy charges.

Police did not say if the pet was the intended target of the robbery.

A call seeking more details was not immediately returned.

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<![CDATA[Peninsula Students, Staff to March in Support of DACA]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:56:02 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-26-17_DACA_Peninsula.jpg

Students in the South Bay on Tuesday plan to rally around fellow classmates who are at risk of being booted from the United States.

Members of the Los Altos High School community plan to carry handmade signs and march to a nearby park in support of those benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows undocumented children to stay in the U.S. after their parents brought them to the country illegally.

President Donald Trump recently hinted that DACA might come to an end. While the fate of the program hangs in the balance, Los Altos High School students and teachers want DACA recipients in their community to know that they are supported.

"They're just super scared," student Briana Dedios said. "I feel like if they do open up, they're just going to cry or something, but they should know that that's OK, that we're someone they can lean on and that we're just going to be there through it all with them."

Students and staff plan to march to Eagle Park in Mountain view starting at 4 p.m. before a public rally slated to begin at 5 p.m.

"They need to know they have teachers and fellow students who support them and who are behind them and who don't want to see them go," teacher Kalinda Price said. "We want to support all the hard work that they've been doing over the years."

The organizers of the events include campus-based student organizations such as the Latino Student Union, Black Student Union, Students for Haiti Solidarity and the newly formed Teachers in Solidarity.

"The policies that are coming up are unjust and unfair, and we're not going to stand for it," teach Kalia Demarquez said.

Organizers said the march is not an official Los Altos High School event.



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<![CDATA[Examining Heated Rhetoric Between Trump and North Korea]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:11:46 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Kim+jong+un+Donald+Trump.jpg

North Korea says President Donald Trump has declared war and that Pyongyang will shoot down American bombers if it appears they are a threat.

The White House is dismissing this latest pronouncement from North Kore'a foreign minister, but at Stanford University a renowned Korea expert says the heated rhetoric is increasing the chance of a military strike.

Professor Gi-Wook Shin, director of Stanford's Korea project and the head of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, continues to believe that it won't become a shooting war. But he says the back and forth between the White House and Pyongyang is taking us down a dangerous path.

"Tomorrow morning in Pyongyang they might make an even tougher statement," Shin said.

Shin said we are witnessing the same drama between the United States and North Korea, but the actors have changed and that is making all the difference.

"We know George W. Bush made a speech saying North Korea is part of the axis of evil, but I think Trump went much further attacking M.r Kim personally," Shin said.

The White House press secretary on Monday said that it is absurd to think the US has declared war on North Korea. The president has asked China to intervene with North Korea, but Shin said it is not clear that China has the power or even the inclination to solve what it considers a US problem.

"That's why some people in this country are saying it's time for US to make a bargain with China," Shin said.

Shin said that bargain would have to include the US pulling its troops off the Korean peninsula. Maybe if the US could do that if Kim Jong-un were deposed and the two Korea's were unified.

When asked if China would accept such a deal, Shin quickly said no because China does not trust the US and the US feels the same.

Shin's advice to the White House is to ramp down the rhetoric because it is not helping.

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<![CDATA[Emails Show PG&E Urged to Tell San Bruno to 'Take a Hike']]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:58:15 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_pge_scam_san_jose.jpg

NBC Bay Area has learned that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has turned over emails showing that one commissioner urged the utility to balk during secret settlement talks over the San Bruno pipeline blast.

“The content of the emails is truly alarming,” said San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson about emails the company released Thursday, long after assuring the public that it had disclosed any improper contacts with state regulators.

Two of the newly disclosed emails date back to January 2013. At the time, the utility was in secret negotiations with San Bruno officials over penalties in the gas explosion that left eight people dead.

One of the emails is redacted, but it details advice the utility purportedly got from then Commissioner Catherine Sandoval.

Now a professor at Santa Clara law school, Sandoval did not respond to a call for comment for this story.

But according to the account in the Jan. 10, 2013 e-mail by then PG&E vice president of regulatory relations, Brian Cherry, Sandoval boasted about knowing the positions of both sides and even urged the utility to tell San Bruno to “take a hike -- because no one is going to (redacted) without convincing evidence by the other side.”

Another e-mail, sent the day before, details how then president of the commission, Michael Peevey, grumbled about how the agency was handling the talks.

Over lunch with a PG&E consultant, Susan Kennedy, who had previously served as chief of staff to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peevey purportedly said he hoped that his newly installed safety chief “can bring something home – but that the crazies are so far out there it may not be possible.”

Peevey, Kennedy’s email says, “blamed most of the craziness on the locals in (San Bruno) and his personal prosecutor, Jerry Hill.”

A deal, Peevey suggested to Kennedy according to her email, was “unlikely but not completely off the table.”

In the end, the utility had to pay $1.6 billion in fines and penalties.

Through it all, state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) wonders whether the utility has learned its lesson.

“These are pretty damning and damaging,’’ he said of the latest emails, adding that he is concerned about the three year delay in their release.

“When this happens, you don’t know can you still trust them, can you trust them,” Hill said. “What else is out there? That really begs the question, what else are they not showing us still?”

The disclosure of the latest emails comes as the utility agreed this week to a nearly $100 million settlement for improper contact with regulators over a five year period.

PG&E said in a regulatory filing that the emails are similar to ones it’s already being punished for. It says they were only recently found during another search requested by an unspecified government agency.

“It feels like it’s never going to ever, ever end,” said Jackson, the city manager for San Bruno.

“At some point,’’ she said, “there has to be a conclusion and the California Public Utilities Commission has to make sure that the rules are clear, the rules are enforced and this doesn’t happen again.”



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<![CDATA[Lackluster Response to Launch of iPhone 8, Apple Watch 3]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:19:52 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DKVVWQaUMAA16Us.jpg

The new iPhone and Apple Watch Series 3 were rolled out Friday, however, the massive crowd typically associated with the company’s product launches was missing in the Bay Area, as well as most cmajor cities.

One man was the only one who camped outside the shop on University Avenue. Noah Marriott had pre-ordered the phone but didn't want to wait until October to receive it.

It’s possible that other consumers are waiting for their new phones to be delivered to their doorsteps, while others may be holding out for the iPhone X, which hits the market later this year.

Inside the Peninsula store, though, there was a flurry of activity with employees polishing and vacuuming the space before daybreak Tuesday. Tim Cook stopped by the shop at 8 a.m. when the phone officially became available.

The iPhone 8 features a new glass and aluminum design, wireless charging, improved camera technology and faster processor. It allows for augmented reality, comes in two sizes and can be purchased starting at $699.

Meanwhile, the Apple Watch Series 3 comes with a built-in cellular network and wireless charging. It retails for $329 and up.



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<![CDATA[Spare the Air Alert Issued for Bay Area ]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:44:38 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/spare-the-air-120.jpg

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Mountain Lion Sighting Reported in San Mateo]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:42:24 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mountain+Lions+STILL+1.jpg

A possible mountain lion sighting was reported near a shopping center in San Mateo on Tuesday night, police said.

At about 10:25 p.m., a resident was sitting in her vehicle in the Cyrstal Springs Shopping Center on De Anza Boulevard when she saw a large animal she believed to be a mountain lion, according to police.

The animal walked on the street and then continued into the brush in the area between De Anza Boulevard and Los Altos Drive, police said.

Police responded and did not locate the animal, but released details about the case because "although this is an unconfirmed sighting, we want to keep our community informed."

Anyone who sees a mountain lion is urged not to approach it. People should avoid hiking or jogging through wooded areas during dawn, dusk or at night when mountain lions are most active.

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<![CDATA[California Coastal Commission Orders Martins Beach Reopened]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:47:46 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/khosla-beach.jpg

California's coastal regulator is threatening to fine a billionaire investor millions of dollars for ignoring a court order to open a popular beach to the public.

A San Francisco appeals court ruled in August that venture capitalist Vinod Khosla broke state law when he blocked the public from Martins Beach, south of Half Moon Bay. He bought a $32.5 million beachfront property there in 2008 about 30 miles south of San Francisco.

On Tuesday, the California Coastal Commission released a cease-and-desist letter ordering Khosla to remove a locked gate and signs warning of no trespassing and beach closed. It also seeks to ban further development without a permit.

An attorney for Khosla, Dori Yob Kilmer, declined to respond to the letter.




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<![CDATA[Three-Alarm Fire Chars Cluttered San Bruno Home]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:00:52 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-19-17_Belmont_Fire.jpg

Firefighters battling a house fire in San Bruno on Tuesday morning were met with more than the usual obstacles as they tried to keep the flames from spreading to nearby homes.

The house that was burning at 2661 Fleetwood Drive was virtually surrounded by piles of clutter, fire officials said, and the neighbors' worst fears were being realized.

It didn't take firefighters long to realize they needed backup as they simply could not reach flames burning inside the home and in the attic. It took dozens of firefighters more than an hour to knock down the three-alarm blaze.

"There was just a lot of stuff stacked throughout the house and on the side of the house," San Bruno fire Chief Dave Crista said. "We had issues getting to the front and side."

And that was just the beginning. The backyard also was packed.

The home's resident told NBC Bay Area he was out shopping when the fire ignited. He said two cats were inside the house and probably did not survive.

Neighbors said all the stuff around the house had been building up for years.

"I've been walking by for the last 15 years," one neighbor said. "It's always been a junk pile there."

The backyard is full of household appliances: washers, dryers, refrigerators, a hot tub and a microwave.

One woman said of the resident, "He's a very nice man. "We've talked to him several times, but he just has a hoarding problem."

The home has been red-tagged as uninhabitable. The cause and origin of the fire were under investigation, fire officials said.




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<![CDATA[Bay Area Freeway Traffic Continues to Worsen: MTC]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:04:42 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Traffic+Generic2.jpg

No surprise for Bay Area commuters: traffic is getting worse.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission found that weekday traffic congestion across the region jumped 80 percent between 2010 and 2016. Back in 2010, commuters on average spent 1.9 minutes daily driving at freeway speeds below 35 mph. Fast forward six years and that number climbed to 3.5 minutes per commuter, marking the fourth-straight year that the statistic has increased.

The top three busiest roadways in the Bay Area did not change between 2015 and 2016, according to the MTC, but significant shifts were recorded on several other freeway segments.

Here is the top 10 list for Bay Area freeway locations with the worst delays in 2016:

1. Northbound Highway 101/Eastbound Interstate 80 from San Francisco to Treasure Island during the evening commute hours (No. 1 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

2. Westbound Interstate 80 from Highway 4 through Berkeley and across the Bay Bridge at all times of day (No. 2 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

3. Southbound Highway 101 from Mountain View to San Jose during the evening commute hours (No. 3 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

4. Northbound Interstate 680 from Fremont to Sunol during the evening commute hours (No. 6 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

5. Northbound Interstate 880 from Fremont to Hayward during the evening commute hours (No. 8 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

6. Soutbound Interstate 280 from Cupertino to San Jose during the evening commute hours (No. 12 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

7. Eastbound Interstate 80 from Oakland to Berkeley during the evening commute hours (No. 4 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

8. Northbound Interstate 680 from San Ramon to Concord during the evening commute hours (No. 11 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

9. Eastbound Highway 24 from Oakland to Walnut Creek during the evening commute hours (No. 10 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)

10. Eastbound Highway 4 from Martinez to Concord during the evening commute hours (No. 16 worst traffic congestion area in 2015)



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<![CDATA[Armed Robber at Belmont Doughnut Shop Caught on Video]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:58:30 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/belmont+robbery-0918.jpg

Police in Belmont released security camera video of an armed robbery at a doughnut shop early Monday morning.

At about 4:40 a.m., a man armed with a handgun walked into Chuck's Donuts in the 600 block of Ralston Avenue and demanded money from the cash register, police said. The video shows him wearing a mask over his face and pointing a gun at a clerk as she empties the cash register.

The suspect is described as a male, about 6 feet tall, with a husky build and a medium complexion, wearing a white "Star Wars" character mask. He also wore a light blue baseball cap with a dark bill and what appears to be a "Cal" logo on the front, along with a green sweatshirt, blue jeans and black and white Vans shoes, police said.

The suspect was carrying a black semi-automatic handgun, police said.

Anyone with information about the crime or suspect is asked to contact the Belmont Police Department at 650-595-7400 or police@belmont.gov.



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<![CDATA[BART: Surveillance Video Shows Attempted Robbery With Note]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:51:32 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BART+robbery-0918.jpg

Surveillance video supports an Oakland woman's report last week that a would-be robber handed her a threatening note, according to BART police.

The woman, Julie Dragland, said she boarded a train in Daly City and was heading home to Dublin when a person in dark clothing climbed onto the train in downtown San Francisco and thrust a note at her. She said she faked a seizure to thwart the would-be robbery. 


The note read: “There are 2 guns pointed at you now. If you want to live, hand back your wallet + phone NOW + do not turn around and be descreet [sic]. Do not turn around until after you have left Civic Center + you will live.”

BART police Deputy Chief Lance Haight said Monday video from the train shows the suspect was seated behind the victim, who was sitting alone. The suspect, who was also alone, is then seen reaching over the victim’s shoulder, which is when the suspect may have dropped the note, Haight said.

 

Dragland immediately pretended she was having a seizure. In response, the alleged suspect disembarked at the Powell Street BART station.

There is no indication from the video the suspect was armed with any weapons.

The victim said she was shaken up and will no longer sit on a BART seat with its back to other chairs behind it. Dragland, however, won’t let the frightening encounter stop her from riding BART trains altogether.

Dragland doesn’t plan to press charges if the suspect is caught.

BART is investigating the alleged crime and poring over surveillance footage. Although there were roughly 15 people in the BART train car, no one else reported the incident, police say.



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<![CDATA[Mom Allegedly Tried Flushing Newborn Down McDonald's Toilet]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:22:47 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lockner-baby-flush-mcdonalds.jpg

The Bay Area McDonald's employee who allegedly tried flushing her newborn baby down a toilet at the fast-food restaurant this month had also given birth to a child in her bathroom at home three years earlier, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office confirmed Monday.

Prosecutors said the 25-year-old Sara Lockner on Labor Day delivered the baby in a bathroom stall while working the night shift at a McDonald's in Redwood City. Lockner later told authorities she did not realize she was pregnant.

Lockner was reportedly going to the bathroom frequently due to "stomach pain" before a co-worker found blood all over the restroom stall. She attributed it to a heavy menstrual cycle, prosecutors said.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe on Monday said the child is alive and stable, but at this point there is no determination or prognosis of brain damage.

Wagstaffe said the baby was not breathing and had no pulse when police arrived at the restaurant. Officers immediately performed CPR and the baby was rushed to Stanford Hospital, according to Wagstaffe.

Lockner has one other child. The child was delivered three years ago in her home bathroom, Wagstaffe said, adding there was nothing illegal about the delivery.

Lockner has been jailed on $11 million bail and has also been charged with one count of assault on a child becoming paralyzed. Her attorney is Jonathan MCdougall.

Check back for updates.



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<![CDATA[BART Rider Fakes Seizure Upon Being Handed Menacing Note]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:12:50 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bartnoteonblue.jpg

An Oakland woman on Friday pretended to have a seizure after someone approached her on a BART train and handed her a threatening note, attempting to rob her.

Julie Dragland said she boarded a train in Daly City and was heading home to Dublin when a person in dark clothing climbed onto the train in downtown San Francisco and thrust a note at her.

It read: “There are 2 guns pointed at you now. If you want to live hand back your wallet + phone NOW + do not turn around and be descreet. Do not turn around until after you have left Civic Center + you will live.”


Dragland immediately faked a seizure. In response, the alleged suspect disembarked at the Powell Street BART station.

The victim said she was shaken up and will no longer sit on a BART seat with its back to other chairs behind it. Dragland, however, won’t let the frightening encounter stop her from riding BART trains altogether.

Dragland doesn’t plan to press charges if the suspect is caught.

BART is investigating the alleged crime and poring over surveillance footage. Although there were roughly 15 people in the BART train car, no one else reported the incident, police say.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Search Teams Return From Irma Relief Duty]]>Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:34:32 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N7A+FIREFIGHTERS+RETURN+HOME+VO+-+00000627.jpg

Members of a Peninsula urban search and rescue team returned to their Menlo Park base today after journeying to Florida to help residents facing Hurricane Irma, fire officials said.

California Task Force 3 drove about 5,000 miles back and forth across the U.S. to Elgin Air Force Base in Florida with 11 vehicles, seven trailers and more than 60,000 pounds of search and rescue equipment.

The unit mobilized a new group of members to respond to Florida and Hurricane Irma 30 minutes after the water rescue team returned from Texas and Hurricane Harvey, Menlo Park Fire Protection District Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.

"We've never had such a short turnaround before to get one group back in and deploy another," Menlo Park Fire Protection District Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said in a statement.

Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys and again on Florida's west coast and did little damage in the northern area of Florida where the team was stationed. The team's specialized services weren't needed, fire officials said. 

Task Force 3 was one of two search and rescue teams from the San Francisco Bay Area, one of four from California and one of 14 from the nation deployed to Florida to respond to Hurricane Irma.

A day prior, the East Bay-based California Task Force 4 touched down in Oakland International Airport. The 50 members were greeted with an emotional hero's welcome. 

Harvey and Irma created a grueling pair of assignments for the unit, but that's what they signed up for, according to Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Lipp. 

In Texas, the team spent days on boats, going from home to home, looking for people who needed to be rescued amid torrential rain and widespread flooding. 

Then came Irma. Some California Task Force 3 members who were driving back from Texas were redirected to Florida, while others who had flown back to the Bay Area, were back in the air within 48 hours of getting home.

The unit spent four days in the Florida Keys and was among the first urban search and rescue teams to start looking for residents who stayed behind, determined to ride out the deadly hurricane.

"Everyone is just really proud and happy not only to have gone, but also now to be home and be able to share our stories and be able to learn from the experience of having been down there so that we’re even better able to protect our own communities here," Lipp said.

Another 26 members are driving Task Force 3's equipment back to the Bay Area and are expected to be here by Wednesday or Thursday. 

Meanwhile, humans are not the only ones returning from sodden Texas and Florida. 

A coalition of local rescue groups — including Mad Dog Rescue, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, the Milo Foundation, San Francisco SPCA and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue — on Sunday brought 47 dogs and 26 cats from Houston to the Bay Area. 

“We have an incredible disaster relief team who have been deployed multiple times since the hurricane hit helping with the emergency evacuation of pets,” Ryan Darfler of Mad Dog Rescue said in a statement. “We will continue to do so until every animal is safe.”

Before flying to Hayward in style — aboard a private plane donated by philanthropists — the animals were removed from Texas shelters so hundreds of other displaced pets could be taken care of. All of them have been vaccinated and checked for medical issues, officials said.

The goal now is to "help find these animals good homes to go to," said Monica Stevens, co-founder of the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch. 



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<![CDATA[Mountain Lion Spotted in Los Altos]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:43:35 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mountain_Lion_Spotted.jpg

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<![CDATA[Car Lands on Side After Careening Off Dumbarton Bridge]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:53:58 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-15-17-car-turnover.jpg

A car on Friday morning veered off westbound lanes of the Dumbarton Bridge.

NBC Bay Area's SkyRanger showed a car on the driver's side in shallow water. Tire marks indicated the vehicle's path. 

It's unclear how many passengers were in the car, but no one was injured, the California Highway Patrol said.

Traffic appeared to be backed up. 

No further details were immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Mountain View Home Listed for $1.6M, But There's a Catch]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:34:14 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0914-2017-MVHouse.jpg

They say location is everything in real estate and Mountain View’s 94041 zip code is among the most desirable in the Bay Area with excellent schools and short commutes to Google, LinkedIn and other high-tech hubs.


But a new home on the market may take the cake when it comes to the phrase “it’s a seller’s market.” The 976 square-foot home on a 7,500 square-foot lot is listed for $1.6 million.

Sounds like a relative bargain at first, but a closer look at the seller’s requirements reveals the true cost of ownership.

On top of the purchase price, the seller is asking for seven years of “rent back at no charge.”

That’s real estate talk meaning the seller wants to continue living in the home for seven years, after it’s sold, for free.

The listing, posted today on the Multiple Listing Service, a private website real estate agents use to sell properties, also states “extensive repairs will need to be made by Buyer (Prior) to close of escrow. No open houses therefore Buyers will need to write offers subject to inspection. Exterior viewing only.”

NBC Bay Area reached out to the listing agent who explained it’s a sad situation, as the homeowner is elderly and would like to remain in the home.

Realtor Joban Brown said, “It’s a special property not in a typical situation,” adding, “It will have to be a particular buyer.”

However, Brown said he didn’t think it was an unusual asking price for the area.

"In almost 40 years as a realtor, I have never seen terms of sale that included seven years free rent back, not even seven months free rent back," realtor Erika Enos said. She warns buyers to be careful about fixing up or repairing any home before closing escrow. "What if the property does not close or the seller is unhappy with the results or work men don't get paid and put a lien the property?"

Enos said, "The asking price reflects market value, which is essentially lot value, for this area. I empathize with the seller but the terms and conditions for this sale I feel are unrealistic and may have negative legal ramifications."

Real estate site Zillow estimates the property is worth $1.73 million.


This follows the recent sale of a home in Palo Alto at 2101 Princeton Street that sold last month for $2.9 million, a whopping $1 million over the original asking price of $1,995,000.

A Sunnyvale home near the new Apple spaceship campus, also made headlines when it sold for $800,000 over the asking price.

It might make the $1.6 million Mountain View look like a steal. As long as you don’t need to move in until 2024.



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<![CDATA[60,000 Expected at California Coastal Cleanup Day]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:42:54 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-96195222.jpg

Tens of thousands of Californians are expected to lend a helping hand Saturday at the 33rd annual Coastal Cleanup Day.

Hailed as the largest statewide volunteer event, participants will sweep around 2,000 miles of coastal and inland shoreline for trash and other debris. The initiative even won the Guinness Book of World Records' "largest garbage collection" in 1993, according to the National Park Service.

This year, there are already 902 cleanup sites set to host volunteers, including hundreds of locations in and around the Bay Area. For a complete list of places to volunteer Saturday, visit the California Coastal Cleanup Day web page.

Here are areas hosting cleanups throughout the Bay Area:

EAST BAY: Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Marshlands Rd., Fremont, Register at (510) 792-0222, ext. 362 or 361; Alameda Community Sailing Center, 2532 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, Register at (510) 629-9282; Martinez Regional Shoreline, Ferry Street, Martinez, Register onsite or online.

PENINSULA: Linda Mar State Beach, Register by email at jimfithian1234@yahoo.com or anamag123@gmail.com; Marina Lagoon 3, Virgo Lane, Foster City, and Pescadero State Beach, 18253 Cabrillo Hwy, Register online; Adobe Creek, East Bayshore at Adobe, Palo Alto, Register at joanna.tran@cityofpaloalto.org.

NORTH BAY: Point Reyes National Seashore, Drake’s Beach, Register by email at gregory_purifoy@nps.gov or online; Bodega Head, located at tip of Bodega Bay, Register at (707) 829-6689 or by email at jo@coastwalk.org; Hamilton Wetlands, Parking lot off Hanger Ave., Novato, Register at 510-715-412 or by email at 1plantminded1@gmail.com.

SAN FRANCISCO: Lands End Cleanup, 680 Point Lobos Ave., Register online; Ocean Beach Cleanup, various locations, Candlestick Park: Jackrabbit, Register at 415-831-6333 or by email at jadd.correia@sfgov.org; Crissy Field & Presidio Cleanup, Stilwell Hall, Old Mason Street, Register at (415) 561-3077 or by email at volunteer@parksconservancy.org.

SOUTH BAY: Guadalupe Slough, Sunnyvale West Channel near Borregas or Java, Register at jdavison@sunnyvale.ca.gov; Uvas Creek, located in Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Ave., Gilroy, Register by email at Susan.Voss@ci.gilroy.ca.us; Berryessa and Tularcitos Creeks, located behind Milpitas Town Center, Register by email at lesliestobbe@ci.milpitas.ca.gov.



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<![CDATA[Mavericks May Not Be Wiped Out After All]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:07:58 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Deal_to_Sell_Mavericks_Surf_Contest_at_a_Stalemate.jpg

The future of the Mavericks Surf Contest seems to have a much smoother ride ahead.

Today a bankruptcy court approved a proposed sale of the contest rights from current organizer Cartel Management company to the WSL, World Surfing League for $525,000.

The sale offer generated a bitter fight with other companies drawn into the wake of Cartel's bankruptcy that doomed this season's event.

Segler Holdings of Texas objected to the sale because It is owed about $820,000 from Cartel after winning a court battle two years ago over a botched promotional deal of a tanning product.

Segler's attorney Stewart Schmella told NBC Bay Area it appreciated the opportunity to express its objections and looked forward to seeing how Cartel would pay the money it owes.

A former contest partner, Titans of Mavericks, has also filed a lawsuit against Cartel and accused the company of 'deceiving' the San Mateo County Harbor District into putting only Cartel's name on the five year permit.

Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan acknowledged more legal hurdles lie ahead but considered the possibility of WSL running the contest a huge step forward.

She pointed out the WSL is led by a woman CEO and, unlike Mavericks, allows female competitors.

"I'm relieved the Cartel bankruptcy is behind us," Brennan said, "it will be exhilarating and satisfying to see women athletes compete for the first time in the Mavericks big wave competition."

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<![CDATA[School District's Response to Alleged Sex Crime Scrutinized]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 05:56:54 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pa+sex+assault-0516.jpg

A Peninsula school district on Wednesday will be graded on how well it handled an alleged sexual assault on one of its campuses.

An independent investigator is expected to weigh in on how the trustees of the Palo Alto Unified School District responded when a Palo Alto High School freshman accused a junior of sexually assaulting her in a campus restroom. The findings will be presented to the school board Wednesday

According to the Palo Alto Weekly, the school board was informed of the alleged assault last year. Parents were outraged when they realized that the teenager accused of the crime had been allowed to remain at school.

The same male student had also been convicted of another sexual assault off-campus of a Menlo-Atherton High School student.

The suspect eventually left the school on his own.

The Palo Alto Weekly reports that the school board hired an independent law firm to investigate how the district handled this case.

The board meets Wednesday at the district offices. The public can address the trustees at 4 p.m. before they go into a closed session to read the report.

That report will then be presented to the public at a board meeting next Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area McDonald's Employee Tries to Flush Baby Down Toilet]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:10:55 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lockner-baby-flush-mcdonalds.jpg

A McDonald’s employee in Redwood City has been charged with attempted murder after trying to flush her newborn baby down a toilet at the fast-food restaurant, prosecutors said Wednesday.

According to prosecutors, Sara Lockner, 25, delivered the baby in a bathroom stall while working the night shift at McDonald's on Labor Day. Lockner was reportedly going to the bathroom frequently due to "stomach pain" before a co-worker found blood all over the restroom stall. She attributed it to a heavy menstrual cycle, prosecutors said.

Another co-worker later looked into the stall and reportedly saw a newborn baby's face in the toilet before hearing Lockner flush, prosecutors said. Lockner allegedly asked witnesses not to call the police. 


“It’s a real sad story,” said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagestaffe. “She said she didn’t know she was pregnant.”

The newborn was not breathing when first responders arrived, but they were able to revive the infant before transporting the baby to Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. 

Lockner has been jailed on $11 million bail and has also been charged with one count of assault on a child becoming paralyzed. She is expected to be assigned a lawyer next week. 



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<![CDATA[South San Francisco Glows for Childhood Cancer Awareness]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:56:55 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Thumbnail62.jpg

South San Francisco, from its historic hilltop sign to City Hall, is joining other cities around the United States in a push to #gogold to raise awareness about childhood cancer. 

Jesus Peña says the color gold symbolizes how precious kids are. 

Peña and Patricia Watson spearheaded the initiative after their daughter, Juliana, died of neuroblastoma in 2012, when she was just 2 years old.

The gold-hued bulbs ornamenting the tree at the city's hilltop sign has been lit up for the last four years in Juliana's memory and, this year, the city added gold projections blanketing City Hall.

"We hope that whenever residents see the gold-lit tree on Sign Hill, as well as City Hall adorned in gold lights during September, they will say a prayer for Juliana and others who lost their battles with childhood cancer, and help spread awareness of this horrible disease," said South San Francisco Mayor Pradeep Gupta.

Both lighting displays will be up every night throughout the month of September.

"I leave to work 5 a.m. in the morning and I see it. I say hello to it every morning," Peña said. "I hope people see the sign and they ask questions and that starts a conversation about what this cancer is about."


The San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California have the largest concentration of biotech companies in the nation, and Peña hopes that initiatives like Childhood Cancer Awareness month and cities awash in gold will help spur more research about potential treatments.

"[The treatment] affects their hearing, reproductive systems — there’s a lot of stuff that needs to be changed and worked on," Peña said. "Most kids that do beat it end up having secondary cancers from all of the harsh treatment."

The American Cancer Society underscores the need for research specifically for the treatment of children since most cancers that affect them are biologically different than those found in adults. However, there is less incentive to fund research and develop new drugs, the organization said, due to the rarity of pediatric cancers.

"[Doctors] told me I had a better chance of winning the lotto than my daughter getting neuroblastoma," Peña said.

Despite that bold declaration, the American Cancer Society reports that cancer remains the leading disease-related cause of death among children who are under 19 years old.

Juliana's family is determined to shed light on the devastating illness.

"I made a promise to [Juliana] that her fight didn’t end there," Peña said. "There will be a reason behind why she went through what she went through. I will not stop until there’s a cure or until I'm gone."

Juliana’s Journey Foundation will be honored at the South San Francisco City Council meeting on Oct. 11 for its work during Childhood Cancer Awareness month.



Photo Credit: Juliana’s Journey Foundation
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<![CDATA[Firefighters Battle Blaze Burning in Hills Above Woodside]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:19:55 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-12-17_Woodside_Fire_1.jpg

Fire crews are battling a blaze burning in the hills above Woodside Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The fire is burning in steep and remote terrain between Interstate 280 and Highway 35, according to Cal Fire. It has scorched roughly 30 acres as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, and firefighters have not reached any containment level.

No homes are threatened by the blaze, according to Cal Fire. 

Still, Bill Hopper, who has been living in the area for 67 years, is keeping a close eye on its progress. 

"It's pretty scary," he said. "I've been up here all my life. That's the first actual real forest fire that I've seen here in all that time."

Access to the fire is difficult because the flames are more than one mile away from the nearest road, according to Cal Fire. About 100 firefighters are battling the blaze on the ground and through the air.

Lightning strikes across the region on Monday and early Tuesday are believed to have sparked seven fires in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties, according to Cal Fire. Four of those blazes have since been contained.

"It was rocking and rolling up here last night," Hopper said. 

Further information was not available.

Stay tuned for details.



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<![CDATA[Legislation Aims to Discourage Distracted Walking]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:04:15 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cell-GettyImages-536989145.jpg

A San Mateo County official on Tuesday plans to introduce legislation that could enact a ban to discourage distracted walking — namely people walking while staring at their phones.

According to the National Safety Council, a nonprofit dedicated to avoiding unintentional deaths, distracted walking accounted for 11,100 injuries between 2000 and 2011.

Approximately 80 percent of the accidents came in the form of falls with 52 percent of the slip-ups happening at home, according to the data. Fifty-four percent of the injured were under the age of 40.

The resolution is expected to be addressed during a 9 a.m. meeting on Tuesday.

The mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii enacted a similar law that will go into effect in October. The mayor hoped common sense would prevail, but a $15 to $35 ticket could be used to teach a lesson.




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<![CDATA[Cat Allegedly Ditched in Menlo Park Dumpster Up for Adoption]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:17:29 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Prudence+2.jpg

A kitten that was believed to be abandoned in a Menlo Park gas station dumpster is now looking for a new home, the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA announced Monday.

The three-month-old cat named Prudence, who did not have a collar or a microchip, was found after gas station workers heard her meowing from inside the trash receptacle, according to officials.

"Because of the height and slippery sides of the dumpster, it’s highly unlikely she climbed inside herself," PHS/SPCA Communications Manager Buffy Martin Tarbox said in a statement. "We believe she was discarded like trash and we are very thankful someone heard her cries and called us before tragedy struck."

Prudence has since been spayed and vaccinated, according to the PHS/SPCA. She is up for adoption at PHS/SPCA, which is located at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame.

"The life of this beautiful little calico kitten started out rough, but we are hoping she’ll have a happily ever after once she’s adopted into a loving family," Tarbox said a statement.

Anyone interested in adopting Prudence should visit the PHS/SPCA or call 650-340-7022.



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<![CDATA[Police Seek Help Identifying Pair in Restaurant Altercation]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2017 22:24:03 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dc+threat-0910.jpg

Police are seeking the public's help in identifying two people involved in an altercation at a restaurant earlier this month in Daly City.

At 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 1, a man allegedly brandished a box cutter and threatened a victim at the In-N-Out Burger restaurant at 372 Gellert Blvd.

The suspect was described as a black man, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with dreadlocks and a scar on his forehead, police said.

He was accompanied by a female subject who was described as

Filipino, 5 feet, 2 inches tall, wearing reading glasses, an Adidas-like track jacket and a black and white striped shirt, police said.

Anyone with information about the suspect or his female associate is asked to contact Daly City police Detective Dolan at (650) 238-7962 or pdolan@dalycity.org.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Gets Front-Row Seats to Lightning Show]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:31:56 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*228/9-12-17-lightning-bay+area.jpgDozens of lightning strikes lit up the Bay Area skies late Monday

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Remembers 9/11 Victims 16 Years Later]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:05:46 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-11-17_SFFD_Salute.jpg

Monday marks the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the deadliest such attacks on American soil.

Residents and emergency personnel across the Bay Area on Monday are taking time out of their days to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost.

In the East Bay, a somber mood was felt as people paid their respects to those who died after United Airlines Flight 93, which was bound for San Francisco, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The passengers on that flight — several with Bay Area ties — are known for fighting back against the hijackers, who were believed to have plans to fly the plane into the U.S. Capitol.


Across the bay, firefighters in San Francisco gathered at Station 7 and the other 43 stations across the city by the bay just after sunrise to pay their respects to fellow first responders and civilians during a bell-ringing ceremony. Fire crews also lowered the American flag to half-staff and read the names of the 343 New York City firefighters killed trying to save others from the World Trade Center.

Even as the years pass by, Lt. Jonathan Baxter with the San Francisco Fire Department noted that the annual ceremonies must not be forgotten.

"It's a very important reminder that you can't just teach, you have to show, and if we take this lightly and we don't remember it, I think that would send a negative message to not only our community but most importantly our youth," he said.


In San Jose, firefighters at Station 1 held a moment of silence followed by the ringing of a bell to mark the moment when the North Tower of the World Trade Center was struck by the first hijacked airplane.

Other 9/11 memorial events were scheduled in Alameda at the USS Hornet at 10 a.m. and in Danville at 5:30 p.m. at Oak Hill Park.



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<![CDATA[Brief Heat Spell Brings Hot Weather Back to Bay Area]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2017 22:25:34 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

A brief heat spell is expected to blanket most of the Bay Area with warm to sizzling temperatures Sunday.

Inland valleys are forecasted to creep above the 100-degree threshold, according to weather officials. Temperatures around the bay are expected to check in around the high 80s in the East Bay to low 90s along the Peninsula and in the South Bay. San Francisco is expected to hover around an unusual 85 degrees.

For those seeking relief, Half Moon Bay appears to be the coolest spot around. The coastal city is expected to max out around 75 degrees. 

The sweltering conditions did not prompt any heat advisories or warnings for the Bay Area's nine counties, according to the National Weather Service.

The brief spell of hot temperatures comes one week after a lengthy heat wave set temperature records across the region, including an all-time high of 106 degrees in downtown San Francisco.

The latest round of heat is expected to dissipate by the start of the workweek, but portions of the Bay Area won't escape unusual weather right away. The South Bay could see isolated shower and thunder chances on Monday and Tuesday, according to the NWS.



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<![CDATA[Redwood City Shadow Art Surprises Pedestrians ]]>Sat, 09 Sep 2017 11:40:20 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PHOTO4_Belanger_Shadow_Art_4.jpgGraphic designer Damon Belanger has created surprise creatures lurking in the shadows throughout Redwood City. Have you walked right by one and not noticed?

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<![CDATA[Pacifica Man Dies After Being Hit By His Own Vehicle: Police]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:49:30 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-7-17-band-director.jpg

A 62-year-old man was fatally struck by his own vehicle as it rolled away Wednesday morning in Pacifica, according to police.

Officers, firefighters and paramedics responded to the 1400 block of Palmetto Avenue around 11 a.m. When they found the victim, he'd suffered major injuries and was unresponsive.

The man was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Police are withholding his identity pending notification of next of kin.

No further details were available.



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<![CDATA[Fish and Fleet Festival Returns to the Bay Area]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:17:23 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PHOTO2_FishandFleet.jpg

The third annual Fish and Fleet festival returned to Half Moon Bay Sunday with free music and festivities.


Despite crab fishing limitations in recent years, event organizers say Fish and Fleet was created to spotlight the ongoing availability of fresh, local seafood from Pillar Point Harbor fishers.

"This event is designed to showcase our community, including food, drink, crafts as well as non-profit organizations and marine information booths," organizers stated.


Live music featuring Sashamon, Coast Tribe, Flowing North Water and Pacific Roots as well as local breweries such as Hop Dogma, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and Sierra Nevada provided by Old Princeton Landing, will be available at the Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The event was hosted by the Half Moon Bay Seafood Marketing Association, with partnership from the Half Moon Bay Commercial Fisheries Trust and San Mateo County Harbor District.


More about the annual festival can be found on the event web page.



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<![CDATA[Flower Interruption Artist Unveils 'Summer of Rage' Exhibit]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 18:53:18 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/FLOWER_1__Bali_Indonesia.jpgKnown for her psychedelic and cheery exhibitions, Flower Interruption artist Megan Wilson just unveiled another exhibit she is hoping will stir a different reaction from onlookers.

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<![CDATA[DMV Self-Service Kiosks Available at Bay Area Supermarkets]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 22:50:59 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEB-DMV+PURGATORY.jpg

The California DMV will now be expanding a pilot program for self-service terminals that will be available at some local supermarkets in the Bay Area.

For now, the kiosks can be used to renew vehicle registrations or file for planned non-operation status without waiting in line. The self-service terminals will allow people to receive their registration cards and sticker while also accepting multiple payments.

To find a self-service kiosk near you, take a look at the DMV’s interactive map.




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<![CDATA[Moss Beach Man Arrested on Suspicion of Attempted Homicide]]>Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:11:29 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edward+wilson.jpg

A Moss Beach man was arrested late Monday night in his hometown on suspicion of attempted homicide, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said.

Deputies responded at about 10:30 p.m. to the 900 block of Etheldore Street following a call that there was a man with a gun. When deputies arrived, they found a man in his 50s suffering from two bullet wounds to his upper body.

Sheriff's officials said deputies gave the man first aid and got him to an ambulance.

After an investigation by deputies and through the help of witnesses, a suspect was identified. He allegedly ran from the scene of the shooting.

Sheriff's officials said deputies surrounded the area and arrested 50-year-old Edward Wilson in the 700 block of Lancaster Boulevard. Wilson was taken to the county jail. Deputies allegedly found the gun used in the shooting but have not identified a motive yet.

Sheriff's officials said the victim was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

Anyone with more information about the shooting is asked to contact Detective Joe Cang at (650) 259-2417 or jcang@smcgov.org. People can also call the anonymous tip line at (800) 547-2700.



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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Reacts to DACA Decision With Trepidation]]>Tue, 05 Sep 2017 18:58:30 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/markzuckerberg_1200x675.jpg

The Trump administration on Tuesday decided to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, triggering ripple effects throughout Silicon Valley.

The tech industry is known as a place where immigrants have risen to, and often started, successful companies. The loss of DACA, which gives renewable, two-year permits to immigrants who entered the United States as undocumented minors, is expected to heavily cost Silicon Valley.

“This has a very real impact on the bottom line of companies,” said Peter Leroe-Munoz, the vice president of tech and innovation policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

He said certain industries have especially benefited from young immigrant employees.

“Whether in autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence or cyber security, there is a source of intellectual capital that can help grow those technologies here in the US and increase American jobs,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, at the Asian Law Alliance, the phone rang off the hook, with young immigrants from all over the world reacting to the uncertainty of their future.

"There are people who came here from Asian countries, African countries, European countries, obviously people who crossed the southern border from Mexico to California, but the population of DACA recipients (is) very diverse,” said Richard Konda, with the Asian Law Alliance.

The movers and shakers of the tech world on Tuesday vocalized their support for DACA.

"The decision to end DACA is not just wrong,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it."

Dara Khosrowshahi, who was recently named the chief executive of San Francisco-based ridesharing company Uber echoed the sentiment.

“It's against our values to turn our backs on #DREAMers. Everyone deserves a chance to work, study and contribute - the #AmericanDream!” he wrote on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Redwood City Seeks Input on New Cannabis Laws]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:29:12 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-810213422.png

Redwood City officials want your input on recreational marijuana use within the Peninsula city.

Residents have until 11:59 p.m. Friday to provide their input in a community survey while the city reviews how its current local restrictions on marijuana use will be impacted by Proposition 64, the statewide marijuana legalization act.

The passage of Prop. 64 provided sweeping legalization of recreational cannabis for adults age 21 and over starting Jan. 1. It also provided a framework for the cultivation, manufacture, transportation, storage, distribution, sale and taxation of recreational cannabis.

However, local municipalities can decide whether or not to allow commercial cultivation and dispensaries under city ordinances and determine how they will tax the newly legalized drug. So far, California cities and counties have widely differed on their local implementation of the new act.

Redwood City, for example, may allow recreation and medical cannabis delivery that is sealed, cash free and fully tracked under State of California regulations as well as impose business license fees, excise and sales taxes to cannabis deliveries. However, it is also considering the ban of commercial and outdoor cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and processing.

This is in contrast to some coastal areas in unincorporated San Mateo County as well as cities such as Half Moon Bay, which are considering the possibility of commercial agricultural growing of marijuana in its greenhouses.

Here is a quick look at what cities in San Mateo County have decided on local marijuana use and commercial cultivation:

  • BURLINGAME: Burlingame has a temporary moratorium on non-medical marijuana related activities until further studies can be completed, including growing personal gardens outdoors.
  • COLMA: Colma has a moratorium on non-medical marijuana related activities until further studies can be completed, including growing personal gardens outdoors.
  • EAST PALO ALTO: East Palo Alto does not currently allow non-medical marijuana related activities in the city until further studies can be completed.
  • FOSTER CITY: Foster City has a temporary moratorium on non-medical marijuana related activities until further studies can be completed.
  • HALF MOON BAY: Currently prohibits marijuana dispensaries, collectives, cooperatives, distributors and production facilities but is considering commercial agricultural growing of marijuana in greenhouses. The next public workshop to gather input for the draft ordinance on commercial agricultural growing will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Ave. in Half Moon Bay. The Half Moon Bay City Council will discuss the draft during its Sept. 19 regular meeting.
  • MILBRAE: Medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited pending additional studies.
  • PACIFICA: Currently allows medical dispensaries within the city and is considering recreational marijuana dispensaries, cultivation, delivery and expanding the personal cultivation limit of six plants.
  • REDWOOD CITY: Currently prohibits medical cannabis distribution facilities and has launched a community survey to determine regulations on sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana until Sept. 8.
  • SAN BRUNO: San Bruno has a temporary moratorium on non-medical marijuana related activities set to expire in October. It is currently reviewing its policies on whether to extend the ban to "allow, tax or regulate marijuana businesses," according to a council report.
  • SAN CARLOS: Medical Marijuana Collectives are currently allowed in the city after obtaining a Conditional Use Permit.
  • SAN MATEO: San Mateo allows medical marijuana dispensaries but currently prohibits non-medical marijuana related activities until further studies can be completed. It also prohibits medical marijuana smoke in multi-family housing.
  • UNINCORPORATED SAN MATEO COUNTY: San Mateo County is considering allowing commercial agricultural growing of marijuana in greenhouses, but not sales of recreational marijuana. It currently allows medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas.
This story has been updated to reflect additional city meetings and review periods. 



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Politicians Denounce DACA Decision]]>Tue, 05 Sep 2017 23:00:03 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-841023822.png

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, is "being rescinded," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday.

The decision to do away with DACA drew scathing criticism from some Bay Area politicians. 

"President Trump’s decision to end DACA is a deeply shameful act of political cowardice and a despicable assault on innocent young people in communities across America," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. "Deporting DREAMers means destroying the lives of hundreds of thousands of patriotic young people, costing the economy billions and betraying the fundamental values of the American Dream."

Rep. Barbara Lee, who represents the East Bay, took to Twitter, writing, "Ending #DACA is cruel and heartless. Congress must act now to protect #DREAMers and pass comprehensive reform once and for all."

DACA has given approximately 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, also referred to as "dreamers," the opportunity to stay in the country and work legally in the U.S. in the form of two-year, renewable work permits. The state with the highest amount of DACA recipients benefiting from the program is California, according to data analyzed by the Pew Research Center.

The government will stop processing new applications under the Obama-era program, but the Trump administration is giving Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the government stops renewing permits for people already covered.

California Sen. Scott Wiener, who represents San Francisco, joined Pelosi and Lee in condemning the decision, arguing that President Trump is "going after immigrant children."

"Ending DACA is a disaster that will only serve to tear families apart and stoke fear and distrust in our immigrant communities," part of Wiener's statement read. "Trump’s odious immigration policies expose him for what he is – a divisive, destructive nativist with no concern for the well-being of the people who live in this country."

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo also blasted the announcement, but vowed to support DACA recipients in San Jose.

"The Attorney General's announcement of the Trump Administration's rescission of DACA abandons 800,000 of America's hardest-working, most patriotic residents," a portion of the mayor's statement read. "Punting the issue to Congress, without any affirmative leadership to enact a legislative solution, amounts to a cowardly cop-out, placing the futures of these young women and men in serious jeopardy."

Aside from taking to social media or issuing written statements, a number of Bay Area politicians addressed the DACA decision at Tuesday news conferences.

In the South Bay, Santa Clara County leaders scolded President Trump for showing a cold heart to DACA recipients.

"I, like many here, are not surprised that the President of the United States took the moral compass of his country and once again threw it to the ground," Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez said.

Fellow supervisor Dave Cortese added that the county will consider legal action against the federal government as well as continue to fight for the roughly 24,000 DACA recipients in the region.

"I urge every 'dreamer' out there affected by today's decision to remain resilient and hopeful," Cortese said. "That's the American way. That's the Silicon Valley way. And that's absolutely the Santa Clara County way. And we will not go down without a fight."

A slew of South Bay leaders gathered a short time later and pledged their continued support for those impacted by DACA while recipients of the program themselves spoke out about the program's benefits during a rally outside the Martin Luther King Library in San Jose.

In San Francisco, immigrant, civil rights and faith groups gathered at an 11 a.m. news conference at city hall to "condemn the President's cruel and unjust decision." Later in the day, Mayor Ed Lee criticized the Trump administration's decision, saying that they "turned their backs on these young people."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Coroner IDs Man Killed When Caltrain Hits Car on Peninsula]]>Tue, 05 Sep 2017 04:51:55 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-4-17_Caltrain.jpg

A 29-year-old man, who founded a San Jose-based social media strategy firm, was killed early Tuesday when a train struck his car after it ended up on its side on Caltrain tracks in Redwood City, according to the California Highway Patrol and the San Mateo County coroner's office.

The fatal collision, which temporarily blocked northbound and southbound tracks, occurred around 1:20 a.m. in the area of Buckingham and Westmoreland avenues, officials said.

The driver, identified as Pierre-Alexandre Meloty-Kapella, 29, of Redwood City, plowed through a fence and his Volkswagen eventually came to rest on the tracks. 

A maintenance train traveling north on a sidetrack that is used mainly by freight trains hit the Volkswagen, dragged it "several feet," and killed Meloty-Kapella, Caltrain officials said.

The victim's company website said his firm pacmk was a one-man show that he founded in the summer of 2016. He is a Palo Alto native.

Meloty-Kapella was also a legislative fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives for three months in 2009, according to his LinkedIn profile. He went to Williams College in Massachusetts and worked as a research assistant at Stanford Law School.

By 5:14 a.m., tracks in both directions had been reopened with 10 mph speed restrictions in the area, according to Caltrain. The speed restrictions were removed less than 30 minutes later.

An investigation into the collision is ongoing. CHP Officer Art Montiel said officers are looking into whether drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash or whether Meloty-Kapella simply fell asleep at the wheel.

Montiel said there were no skid marks that would indicate that Meloty-Kapella tried to stop before his vehicle rammed through the fence.

Tuesday's incident marks Caltrain's fifth fatality of 2017, the agency reported.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Rescue Teams Return After Hurricane Harvey Duties]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 22:57:16 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rescue+crews+2-0904.jpg

Some of the Bay Area firefighters who have been helping with water rescue efforts in Texas in response to flooding from Hurricane Harvey arrived home late Monday.

A total of 47 personnel flew home to Oakland International Airport on Southwest Airlines and touched down about a little after 7 p.m., according to Aisha Knowles of the Alameda County Fire Department.

The returning heroes were greeted with spontaneous applause as they arrived in the airport terminal after working 14-hour days to ease some of the misery from Hurricane Harvey.

"Search and rescue, technical support, hazmat mitigation," said Charohn Dawson of the Alameda County Fire Department, describing their various assignments. "Everything up to documentation and planning and so forth. Everything our team is capable of handling."

Oakland's Task Force 4 engineer Joe Ortiz said his team came to the aid of dogs, cats and birds and some larger animals that needed a Texas-style rescue.

"The cattle were up to their ears in water, and the people from Texas were there to help wrangle the cattle and take the high ground and also the horses," Ortiz said. "A very Texas moment!"

Another 26 firefighters are driving back with the equipment and are expected to arrive Thursday or Friday, Knowles said.

The team consists of firefighters from central San Mateo County, Palo Alto, San Mateo, San Jose, South San Francisco and the Menlo Park Fire District. It was sponsored by the latter district, which is headed by Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

The search and rescue teams may not be home for long. If Hurricane Irma comes ashore in Florida, there's a chance the team will be flying out again as early as this weekend.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Politicians Slam Expectation of DACA Withdrawal]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 18:50:41 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DefendDACA.jpg

The possibility that protections could come to an end for young immigrants in the United States triggered sharp responses from Bay Area politicians.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee lashed out at President Donald Trump on Monday after they heard the commander in chief is expected to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program — but with a six-month delay, sources told NBC News.

DACA has given approximately 800,000 young undocumented immigrants the opportunity to stay in the country and work legally in the U.S. in the form of two-year, renewable work permits.

If President Trump follows through, Congress is expected to use the six-month delay window to decide whether it wants to address the status of the legislation, sources told the Associated Press. 

Pelosi issued a statement Monday urging leaders of Congress to protect those directly benefiting from the program.

"President Trump’s decision to end DACA should break the hearts and offend the morals of all who believe in justice and human dignity," part of her statement read. "This cruel act of political cowardice deals a stunning blow to the bright young DREAMers and to everyone who cherishes the American Dream."

Lee, in a statement issued Monday, said that doing away with DACA would "continue to divide our community and tear families apart."

"This is an entire generation of young people — approximately 800,000 people — who have only known America as their home," part of his statement read. "They are hard-working individuals and diligent students who only aspire to achieve their dreams of educational excellence and economic prosperity. Their families fled to America from war-torn countries and dire economic straits because they saw this country as a place of refuge and hope. To punish them for seeking a better life is unconscionably cruel."

Prior to Monday, Feinstein took to Twitter and pledged her support for DACA on multiple occasions.

"There are more #DACA recipients in California than in any other state," one of her tweets read. "We stand with them. We have their backs. #HereToStay"

Dave Cortese, the president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, said agencies are already gearing up to assist the county's estimated 20,000 Dreamers.

"One of the things we'll be prepared to do tomorrow and every day after that is put local resources into helping people who are Dreamers, who are impacted by this decision," Cortese said.

Kevin Gaytan is part of a group of Dreamers graduating from a special county government internship program Tuesday. He said no matter what, he won't hide in the shadows.

"Understanding that we have a platform in which we have solid allies is definitely reassuring, to make sure we continue to fight," Gaytan said.

NBC Bay Area's Robert Handa and the Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Spare the Air Alert in Effect as Smoke Chokes Bay Area]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 05:08:28 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BayAreaSmoke.jpg

The brutal heat wave that gripped the Bay Area over the weekend is on its way out, but air quality will continue to be an issue of concern Monday.

Smoke pouring in from Northern California wildfires coupled with lingering warm temperatures prompted Bay Area officials to declare a fifth-consecutive Spare the Air Alert for Labor Day.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District encourages residents to limit their outdoor activities, recirculate air in their homes and cars, keep windows and doors closed, and head to cooling centers in order to stay away from the smoke-filled air.

Elderly people, children and those with respiratory issues are the most likely to be impacted by the unhealthy air.

Hazy skies filled with smoke will likely stick around through the end of the Labor Day weekend, according to officials.

After multiple days above 100 degrees, several Bay Area cities on Monday are not expected to exceed the triple-digit threshold, according to the National Weather Service. Livermore is forecasted to top out at 94 degrees, San Jose should reach 87 degrees, Oakland is pinned in for a high of 82 degrees and San Francisco should max out at 76 degrees.



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<![CDATA[Heat Wave, Smoke Trigger Unique Bay Area Sunsets]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 11:02:52 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/UGCSunset3_1.jpg

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<![CDATA[Heat Wave Weakens Slightly; 100s Still Expected Inland]]>Sun, 03 Sep 2017 23:13:33 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/072617+heat+generic+hot+weather+generic.jpg

The sizzling heat wave that has toasted the Bay Area for multiple days receded ever so slightly Sunday and was expected to die down even more Monday, bringing much needed relief to some cities not accustomed to the scorching temperatures.

An excessive heat warning expired at 9 p.m. Sunday for the inland valleys and coastal mountain ranges, according to the National Weather Service. That same warning has been downgraded to a heat advisory for the coast and immediate areas surrounding the San Francisco Bay.

Inland areas are expected to peak anywhere from the high 90s to 108 degrees, according to the NWS. Areas along the bay should fluctuate between 85 and 95 degrees while coastal spots will welcome temperatures in the 80s.

The hot weather coupled with smoke lingering over the region has prompted officials to declare Spare the Air Alerts for Sunday and Monday, marking a streak a five-consecutive days with such an alert in place.

The heat also was putting a strain on the power grid statewide. In the Bay Area, more than 2,500 PG&E customers were without power as of Sunday evening: 1,614 in the East Bay (mostly Oakland), 1,593 in the South Bay (mostly San Jose), 320 on the Peninsula (mostly Foster City) and 100 in the North Bay. There were no reported outages in San Francisco.

Weather officials are reminding people to properly prepare for the hot weather to both prevent wildfires and heat-related illnesses. Folks should limit outdoor activity during the hottest parts of the day, drink plenty of water and hang out in air conditioned areas. Pet owners should also keep a watchful eye on their companions, making sure their animal friends have adequate water and access to cool locations.

Bay Area residents are also asked to limit pollution-causing activities, such as driving and mowing the lawn. Those who are sensitive to unhealthy air are also encouraged to stay indoors.

Hazy skies filled with smoke will likely linger throughout the Labor Day weekend, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Those wishing to beat the heat can visit a slew of cooling centers scattered across the Bay Area or take a trip to the coast where temperatures were significantly cooler than Saturday. Officials warn beachgoers to never swim alone and to be mindful of rip currents. 



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<![CDATA[Hottest Temperatures Ever Recorded in the Bay Area]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 06:01:03 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

As the Bay Area bakes during this Labor Day weekend heat wave, San Franciscans can say they lived through the hottest day ever recorded in the city by the bay.

The only other spot to set a new all-time high temperature was Moffett Field (106 degrees on Friday), according to the National Weather Service. Several other cities came close to eclipsing all-time highs, but they checked in just short.

In case you're curious, here's a list of the hottest ever temperatures recorded in some major Bay Area cities, according to the NWS.

Kentfield

All-Time Record High: 112 degrees | July 11, 1913

San Rafael

All-Time Record High: 110 degrees | June 15, 1961

Napa

All-Time Record High: 113 degrees | June 14, 1961

Downtown San Francisco

All-Time Record High: 106 degrees | Sept. 1, 2017

San Francisco Airport

All-Time Record High: 104 degrees | Sept. 1, 2017

Oakland Airport

All-Time Record High: 104 degrees | June 14, 1961

Richmond

All-Time Record High: 107 degrees | Sept. 15, 1971

Livermore

All-Time Record High: 115 degrees | Sept. 3, 1950

Moffett Field

All-Time Record High: 106 degrees | Sept. 1, 2017

San Jose

All-Time Record High: 109 degrees | June 14, 2000

Gilroy

All-Time Record High: 115 degrees | June 15, 1972



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<![CDATA[Cooling Off: Bay Area Battles Scorching Heat Wave]]>Sun, 03 Sep 2017 11:39:30 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/UGC2_1.png

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<![CDATA[Several Bay Area Cities Set Temperature Records for Sept. 2]]>Sat, 02 Sep 2017 16:46:53 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/07-29-2015-heat-sun-weather-generic-1.JPG

No cities in the immediate Bay Area broke all-time high temperature records Saturday, but a host of spots set records for Sept. 2.

Below is a complete breakdown of areas that recorded new high temperatures for Sept. 2, according to the National Weather Service:

Calistoga: 112 degrees (previous high of 104 degrees in 1998)

Healdsburg: 111 degrees (previous high of 110 degrees in 1950)

Santa Rosa: 110 degrees (previous high of 107 degrees in 1955)

Kentfield: 106 degrees (previous high of 104 degrees in 1955)

Half Moon Bay: 83 degrees (previous high of 76 in 2009)

San Rafael: 105 degrees (previous high of 101 degrees in 1955)

San Francisco: 102 degrees (previous high of 94 degrees in 1991)

San Francisco Airport: 104 degrees (previous high of 93 degrees in 1950)

Oakland Airport: 101 degrees (previous high of 97 degrees in 1950)

Moffett Field: 106 degrees (previous high of 93 degrees in 2002)

San Jose: 107 degrees (previous high of 102 degrees in 1950)

Gilroy: 112 degrees (previous high of 104 degrees in 2002)

Santa Cruz: 107 degrees (previous high of 93 degrees in 2009)

Two of those spots — Calistoga and Gilroy — also witnessed temperatures high enough to break all-time highs for the month of September, according to the NWS.

Moffett Field (106 degrees) and the San Francisco Airport (104 degrees) came close to once again setting all-time records, but they both tied marks set Friday.

Outside of the Bay Area, Salinas set an all-time high mark of 107 degrees, breaking a record previously set in 1971, according to the NWS. King City sizzled at 115 degrees, breaking an all-time high temperature mark of 113 set in 1955.



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<![CDATA[Blistering Temperatures Prompt Excessive Heat Warnings]]>Sat, 02 Sep 2017 09:16:58 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sun-shot.jpg

A sweltering heat wave once again reared its head Saturday as blistering temperatures roasted the Bay Area.

An excessive heat warning for the entire region is in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. That warning will continue for inland areas until 9 p.m. Monday.

Several inland areas soared well above the 100-degree mark Saturday, with some locations such as Livermore peaking at 108 degrees, according to weather officials. San Francisco maxxed out at 102 degrees, marking just the third time since 1874 that the city by the bay has witnessed back-to-back days over 100 degrees. Elsewhere, Oakland reached 99 degrees while San Jose topped out at 107 degrees.

The hot weather prompted a number of cities across the Bay Area, including usually cool San Francisco, to open cooling centers for those looking for heat relief.

Folks across the toasty East Bay and Tri-Valley made a beeline for watering holes or movie theaters in hopes of beating the heat.

"The threater, it's going to be cool," Leo Robles of Tracy said. "It's always cool. Out here it's like really burning hot, and it's early in the morning. It shouldn't be like this."

Others in the East Bay flocked to cooling centers to hydrate and stay out of the sizzling sun.


Weather officials are reminding people to properly prepare for the hot weather to both prevent wildfires and heat-related illnesses. Folks should limit outdoor activity during the hottest parts of the day, drink plenty of water and hang out in air conditioned areas. Pet owners should also keep a watchful eye on their companions, making sure their animal friends have adequate water and access to cool locations.

Aside from impacting people's health, the scorching temperatures also forced BART to slow down its trains, triggering major systemwide delays.

Due the hot temperatures and low humidity, a Red Flag Warning remains in effect for coastal mountains and East Bay foothills until 9 p.m. Saturday. People are strongly encouraged to not burn outdoors due to the high risk of potentially sparking a wildfire.

Smoke pouring in from wildfires across Northern California coupled with forecasted high temperatures has prompted officials to declare Spare the Air Alerts for Saturday and Sunday. The moves mark the 12th and 13th Spare the Air Alert days of 2017.

Bay Area residents are asked to limit pollution-causing activities, such as driving and mowing the lawn. Those who are sensitive to unhealthy air are also encouraged to stay indoors.

Hazy skies filled with smoke will likely linger throughout the Labor Day weekend, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.



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<![CDATA[PG&E Faces Possible Fine, Lost Revenue in Excess of $97M]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 18:53:52 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_pge_acusacion.jpg

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. would have to pay nearly $100 million under a regulatory judge’s proposed punishment issued Friday.

The fine relates to five years of improper backdoor communications between the utility and state regulators

Citing the “flagrant and pervasive nature” of the five years of illegal e-mail contacts, administrative law judge Robert Mason concluded that a previously agreed to $1 million fine against the company was “too low.”

Mason upped that to $12 million in fines. That's combined with $73.5 million in customer rate cuts that PG&E has agreed to provide.

The $97.5 million penalty will be the most severe imposed on any state regulated utility for so-called ex parte communications – the official term for backdoor, one-sided contacts with regulators.

“We received it and we’re reviewing it,” said Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the utility said Friday of the judge’s tentative decision. PG&E could decide to appeal the penalty. He declined further comment.

The fine must also be approved by the state’s Public Utilities Commission.

The latest case dates back to when the company had to release 65,000 e-mails dating from 2010 and 2014, under pressure from the city of San Bruno.

The city’s push for emails had already led PG&E to admit it had engaged in a secret campaign to get the regulatory judge of it wanted to oversee a rate case tied to the blast. A total of 164 of the 65,000 communications were alleged to be improper.

Under the administrative law judge’s tentative ruling, issued late Friday, the company would have to pay $6 million each to compensate the cities of San Bruno and San Carlos.

Both cities were involved in regulatory disputes over pipeline safety at the time and but were unaware of the company’s one-sided communications with regulators.

Britt Strottman, attorney for the city of San Bruno, said she hopes the settlement “will be the last chapter and PG&E will learn from its mistakes.”



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<![CDATA[San Francisco Soars to All-Time Record High of 106 Degrees]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 22:47:34 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

A blistering heat wave bearing down on the Bay Area Friday broke an all-time temperature record in San Francisco, which joined a host of other cities across the region in etching new high temperature marks in the history books.

Downtown San Francisco sizzled at 106 degrees during the mid-afternoon hours, according to the National Weather Service, breaking a previous all-time high of 103 degrees set on June 14, 2000. For the sake of comparison, the 106 degree mark was just 10 degrees cooler than Death Valley, the hottest spot in the nation on Friday.

"What I miss is the fog now to cool off," Paul Tse of San Francisco said.

Another all-time record-breaking temperature was recorded nearby at the San Francisco International Airport, according to the NWS. The airport peaked at 104 degrees, overtaking a previous high of 103 set on Sept. 14, 1971.

South in Mountain View, Moffett Field soared to 106 degrees, tying an all-time record high of 106 degrees established in 2000, according to the NWS.

Aside from the all-time record-breakers, a number of spots recorded new high temperatures for Sept. 1:

Calistoga: 110 degrees (previous high of 105 degrees in 1988)

Healdsburg: 111 degrees (previous high of 108 degrees in 1950)

Santa Rosa: 110 degrees (previous high of 105 degrees in 1950)

Kentfield: 107 degrees (previous high of 103 degrees in 1955)

San Rafael: 109 degrees (previous high of 103 degrees in 1955)

Richmond: 102 degrees (previous high of 93 degrees in 1955)

Oakland Airport: 101 degrees (previous high of 99 degrees in 1952)

Livermore: 109 degrees (previous high of 109 degrees in 1952)

San Jose: 108 degrees (previous high of 101 degrees in 1950)

Gilroy: 107 degrees (previous high of 102 degrees in 1976)

Santa Cruz: 105 degrees (previous high of 102 degrees in 1955)

Salinas: 103 degrees (previous high of 91 degrees in 2010)

Salinas Airport: 105 degrees (previous high of 96 degrees in 1952)

Some of those spots — Santa Rosa, Kentfield, San Franicsco, the San Francisco Airport, the Oakland Airport, Moffett Field, San Jose and Salinas Airport — also witnessed temperatures high enough to break all-time highs for the month of September, according to the NWS.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this article incorrectly indicated the year in which the all-time high temperature mark in San Francisco was set.




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<![CDATA[Heat Wave Peaks, Straining Bay Area Power Grid]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 17:06:12 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-76412145.jpg

The Bay Area is in the throes of extremely hot weather.

Temperatures on Friday soared to dangerous levels and will continue to do so through at least Monday, with most of the inland valley bracing for triple-digit temperatures.

Excessive heat warnings are in effect from 11 a.m. Friday till 9 p.m. Monday in many places around the Bay Area. The National Weather Service has also issued a heat advisory from 11 a.m. Friday through 9 p.m. Saturday.

The blistering heat set an all-time high temperature record in downtown San Francisco, according to the National Weather Service, and also set daily records in several cities across the region. Santa Rosa maxxed out at 110 degrees, Richmond topped out at 102, San Jose peaked at 108 and Santa Cruz soared to 105. 

The California Independent System Operator issued a flex alert from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to avoid power disruptions.

According to PG&E, people may have been inclined to blast their A/Cs when the temperatures began to climb Thursday. The strain on the power grid could prompt some power outages in the Bay Area Friday, but PG&E was prepared with backup transformers, a spokesperson said. 

Meanwhile, a red flag fire warning — the highest alert — was in effect Friday for the North and East Bay hills and Santa Cruz mountains because of hot, dry and windy conditions, according to the National Weather Service.

The alert is in effect until 8 a.m. Saturday, weather service officials said. When red flag warnings are in effect, all residents are urged to use extreme caution because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire.

Weather service officials cautioned residents not to mow or trim dry grass, to be sure there is 100 feet of space around structures that is clear of combustible materials, also known as defensible space, and to clear dead weeds and vegetation. Also, people should never pull over their vehicles in dry grass, according to the weather service.

Berkeley's acting fire chief Dave Brannigan had additional suggestions specific to the Berkeley hills. Because of the danger of a rapidly spreading wildfire, Berkeley residents alongside the East Bay hills were encouraged to park in their driveways or garages, making as much space as possible in the narrow streets for emergency vehicles.

Residents are asked to use extreme caution operating barbeques and power equipment. Fireworks are completely forbidden in the city and surrounding areas, Brannigan noted.

Brian Kaminski, a doctor at ValleyCare Livermore Urgent Care, said he is worried that a lot of people will end up in the emergency room amid sweltering temperatures. The biggest concern is for children under 4 years of age and adults over 65, he said.

School children across the Livermore area spent recess indoors amid the sweltering temperatures, marking the first time the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District has ever taken such a drastic move because of blistering conditions. 

"Throughout the district, we are keeping kids and staff indoors," district spokesperson Philomena Rambo said. "We're not doing physical activity classes outside. We've canceled athletic practices."

Heat-related health problems can start subtly with cramps and fatigue, but progress to heat exhaustion, with sweating, headaches, weakness and nausea. Mayo Clinic advises moving out of the heat, drinking cold water and using a spray or sponge to cool down. 

The worst condition is heat stroke, which can bring on a fever, rapid pulse and breathing, seizures and a complete shut down of the body. Patients could find relief if ice packs are placed on their necks and if their bodies are covered in cool sheets. Treatment also includes using a fan while misting with cool water. People are also encouraged to call 911 for help, Mayo Clinic suggests. 

To that end, schools away from Livermore took numerous precautions to keep students safe during the heat wave, including calling off track practices or asking athletes to run in the early morning hours. Some districts also provided ice and bottled water at all their schools, while others installed A/C units or were scrambling to find portable ones.

The heat wave didn't stop Gunderson and Pioneer high schools from kicking off a scheduled varsity football contest, but the players did take additional water breaks. The junior varsity teams were supposed to square off Friday afternoon, but the forecasted highs moved the matchup to Thursday evening.

"It's probably a good thing," Jason Simpson, a former San Jose State University running back said. "Right around that 3 o'clock kickoff time tends to be a little bit difficult. Later in the evening definitely helps a little bit more. As a player, water is your best friend."

At Stanford University, the women's soccer team braved 106 degrees at 4 p.m. to play in its match against Georgetown University. 

"As a parent, you're not only concerned for your player but everybody else on the field," Stanford soccer parent Florence Cook said. "But obviously they took water breaks and they showed the appropriate level of concern for the players."

A round of golf was virtually off the table in the East Bay because of the uncomfortable heat. The Buchanan Fields Golf Course in Concord was lifeless in the middle of the afternoon as the temperature sizzled at 108 degrees. 

In nearby Walnut Creek, the temperature was comparable, but it couldn't keep one happy couple from tying the knot. Christian and Amanda Sendaydiego said their vows under the 108 degree heat.

Spare the Air alerts were issued in the Bay Area for Thursday, Friday and Saturday because hot temperatures, light wind and vehicle exhaust were expected to combine to create unhealthy smog levels, regional air quality officials said.

The consecutive alerts, the 10th, 11th and 12th issued so far for smog in 2017, were because of particularly unhealthy ozone levels expected in the South Bay and East Bay, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

"Extreme heat starting late this week is expected to cause unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area likely through the Labor Day weekend," district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement, noting that the currently burning wildfires will also impact air quality.

Officials recommend carpooling, taking public district or working from home if possible to limit smog levels in the area.

"We need to change how we get around and stop driving alone to reduce our pollution levels and protect our health," Broadbent said.

Bay Area residents are also advised to only exercise in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower. 

PG&E says it is in emergency response mode, preparing to respond to power outages, with replacement transformers and other equipment at the ready.

"We have extra crews and equipment, and resources are ready to go, ready to be deployed," PG&E spokesman Paul Doherty said. "This is probably the largest heat event since 2006."

List of cooling centers around the Bay Area:

  • Benicia: Public Library, 150 E. L St.; Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
  • Campbell: Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Room E-44; Thursday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday.
  • Cupertino: Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N Stelling Road, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.
  • Livermore: Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Los Gatos: Los Gatos Library, 100 Villa Ave., Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday (Labor Day).
  • Milpitas: Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Barbara Lee Senior Center, 40 N. Milpitas Blvd., Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday–Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Morgan Hill: Centennial Recreation Center, 171 W. Edmundson Ave., Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Open Labor Day holiday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey St., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Mountain View: Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CLOSED Monday (Labor Day)
  • Napa: Las Flores Community Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Senior Center, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., This Friday, Sept. 1, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • San Jose: For a list of community center locations in the city of San Jose, visit the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services web page.​
  • Santa Clara: Central Park Library, 2635 Homesteads Road, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; City Hall Cafeteria, 1500 Warburton Ave., Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; closed Saturday and Sunday; Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd., Monday - Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm; Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday 9 am to noon; closed Sunday; Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way, Monday - Tuesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Wednesday - Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; closed Sunday; Senior Center, 1303 Fremont St., Monday - Thursday, 11 am to 8 pm; Friday, 7 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 9 am to noon; closed Sunday​; check website for updates.
  • Santa Clara County: County libraries located in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Campbell, Cupertino, and Milpitas; check website for hours and locations.
  • Saratoga: Joan Pisani Community Center: 19655 Allendale Ave., Call for hours: (408) 868-1249; Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Call for hours: (408) 867-6126
    Saratoga: Joan Pisani Community Center: 19655 Allendale Ave., Call for hours: (408) 868-1249; Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Call for hours: (408) 867-6126.

Here are some tips on how to stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar
  • Limit physical activity, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Don't leave people or pets in closed, parked cars
  • Stay in air-conditioned areas, including malls, libraries, movie theaters and community centers
  • Cool off by taking a bath or shower.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing
  • Do not bundle babies or put them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • Cover your head with wide-brimmed, vented hats or use umbrellas
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rest in shady areas

Additional tips for people who work outdoors:

  • Ensure that cool drinking water is available.
  • Drink water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks often; do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid drinking sweetened drinks, caffeine, and alcohol.
  • Avoid drinking extremely cold water as this is more likely to cause cramps.
  • Allow athletes or outdoor workers to take frequent rests.

Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions:

  • During peak heat hours stay in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have access to air conditioning in your home, visit public facilities such as cooling centers, shopping malls, parks, and libraries to stay cool.
  • Older adults and those on certain medications may not exhibit signs of dehydration until several hours after dehydration sets in. Stay hydrated by frequently drinking cool water. If you’re on a special diet that limits liquids, check with your doctor for information on the amount of water to consume.
  • Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants to protect against sun damage. And remember to use sun screen and to wear sunglasses.

Infants and Children:

  • It is illegal to leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle (California Vehicle Code Section 15620).
  • Infants and young children can get dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they are given plenty of cool water to drink.
  • Keep children indoors or shaded as much as possible.
  • Dress children in loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing.

Pets:

  • Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows cracked or open.
  • Outdoor animals should be given plenty of shade and clean drinking water.
  • Do not leave pets outside in the sun.
  • Pets should not be left in a garage as garages can get very hot due to lack of ventilation and insulation.




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<![CDATA[Smoke From Northern California Fires Drifting Into Bay Area]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:57:06 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/smoke-0831.jpg

Bay Area residents who think they're smelling smoke are probably right. Smoke from fires elsewhere in California and Oregon drifted into the Bay Area on Thursday, air quality officials said.

Fires in Nevada and Butte counties are generating smoke that's moving into the Bay Area. Also, smoke from Northern California and Oregon fires is coming down the coast and entering the area through the Golden Gate, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

"We expect the smoke to last through Saturday and potentially through the weekend," air district spokeswoman Kristine Roselius said.

Some parts of the Bay Area appear to be experiencing more smoke than others. Marin County is experiencing heavy drift smoke from the Northern California fires, and residents will smell smoke, the Marin County Sheriff's Office tweeted.

The Napa County Office of Emergency Services and the Lafayette Police Department both said there are no fires in either area, and the smoke residents are smelling is from the Northern California fires.

San Mateo County is also experiencing quite a bit of drift smoke from fires in Northern California and Oregon, county officials said.

Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, scratchy throats and irritated sinuses. It can trigger wheezing in people with asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, air quality officials said.

Bay Area residents are advised to limit outdoor activities to avoid unnecessary exposure if they smell smoke, and set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside, air quality officials said.

Residents can also reduce exposure to smoky air by staying inside with windows and doors closed, if possible, according to the air district. Those who cannot do so should seek out cooling centers in their respective areas.

It's also a good idea to stay tuned to local media for changes in smoke or weather conditions, air quality officials said.



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<![CDATA[Heat Advisory Across Bay Area as Triple-Digit Temps Loom]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 22:56:18 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/heat+wave-0831.jpg

The dog days of summer are upon us. 

Temperatures across the Bay Area are expected to soar to dangerous levels through at least Monday, with most of the inland valley bracing for triple-digit temperatures.

Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories will be in effect from Thursday afternoon through Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service. A red flag warning will also be issued between 9 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Saturday due to hot and dry conditions and northerly wind gusts. 

On Friday, forecasters expect Fairfield to reach 112 degrees Fahrenheit, Concord 113, San Jose 101, Santa Cruz 91, Half Moon Bay 86 and San Francisco 84 . At 115 degrees, Livermore will tie its all-time record that was set in 1950, the National Weather Service said.

The California Independent System Operator has issued a flex alert from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to avoid power disruptions.

Brian Kaminski, a doctor at ValleyCare Livermore Urgent Care, said he is worried that a lot of people will end up in the emergency room amid sweltering temperatures.

The biggest concern is for children under 4 years of age and adults over 65, he said. Heat-related health problems can start subtly with cramps and fatigue, but progress to heat exhaustion, with copious amounts of sweating, headaches and nausea. The worst condition is heat stroke, which can bring on seizures and a complete shut down of the body, he said.


Schools in the Bay Area are also taking numerous precautions to keep students safe during this heat wave, including calling off track practices or asking athletes to run in the early morning hours. Some districts will also provide ice and bottled water at all their schools, while others have installed A/C units or are scrambling to find portable ones.

Meanwhile, Spare the Air alerts have been issued in the Bay Area for Thursday and Friday because hot temperatures, light wind and vehicle exhaust are expected to combine to create unhealthy smog levels, regional air quality officials said.

The alerts, the 10th and 11th issued so far for smog in 2017, are because of particularly unhealthy ozone levels expected in the South Bay and East Bay, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

"Extreme heat starting late this week is expected to cause unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area likely through the Labor Day weekend," air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement.

Officials recommend carpooling, taking public district or working from home if possible to limit smog levels in the area.

"We need to change how we get around and stop driving alone to reduce our pollution levels and protect our health," Broadbent said.

Bay Area residents are also advised to only exercise in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower.

PG&E says it is in emergency response mode, preparing to respond to power outages, with replacement transformers and other equipment at the ready.

"We have extra crews and equipment, and resources are ready to go, ready to be deployed," PG&E spokesman Paul Doherty said. "This is probably the largest heat event since 2006."

List of cooling centers around the Bay Area:

  • Benicia: Public Library, 150 E. L St.; Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
  • Campbell: Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Room E-44; Thursday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday.
  • Cupertino: Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N Stelling Road, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.
  • Livermore: Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Los Gatos: Los Gatos Library, 100 Villa Ave., Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday (Labor Day).
  • Milpitas: Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Barbara Lee Senior Center, 40 N. Milpitas Blvd., Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday–Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Morgan Hill: Centennial Recreation Center, 171 W. Edmundson Ave., Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Open Labor Day holiday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey St., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Mountain View: Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CLOSED Monday (Labor Day)
  • Napa: Las Flores Community Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Senior Center, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., This Friday, Sept. 1, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • San Jose: For a list of community center locations in the city of San Jose, visit the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services web page.​
  • Santa Clara: Central Park Library, 2635 Homesteads Road, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; City Hall Cafeteria, 1500 Warburton Ave., Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; closed Saturday and Sunday; Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd., Monday - Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm; Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday 9 am to noon; closed Sunday; Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way, Monday - Tuesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Wednesday - Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; closed Sunday; Senior Center, 1303 Fremont St., Monday - Thursday, 11 am to 8 pm; Friday, 7 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 9 am to noon; closed Sunday​; check website for updates.
  • Santa Clara County: County libraries located in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Campbell, Cupertino, and Milpitas; check website for hours and locations.
  • Saratoga: Joan Pisani Community Center: 19655 Allendale Ave., Call for hours: (408) 868-1249; Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Call for hours: (408) 867-6126
    Saratoga: Joan Pisani Community Center: 19655 Allendale Ave., Call for hours: (408) 868-1249; Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Call for hours: (408) 867-6126.

Here are some tips on how to stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar
  • Limit physical activity, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Don't leave people or pets in closed, parked cars
  • Stay in air-conditioned areas, including malls, libraries, movie theaters and community centers
  • Cool off by taking a bath or shower.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing
  • Do not bundle babies or put them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • Cover your head with wide-brimmed, vented hats or use umbrellas
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rest in shady areas

Additional tips for people who work outdoors:

  • Ensure that cool drinking water is available.
  • Drink water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks often; do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid drinking sweetened drinks, caffeine, and alcohol.
  • Avoid drinking extremely cold water as this is more likely to cause cramps.
  • Allow athletes or outdoor workers to take frequent rests.

Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions:

  • During peak heat hours stay in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have access to air conditioning in your home, visit public facilities such as cooling centers, shopping malls, parks, and libraries to stay cool.
  • Older adults and those on certain medications may not exhibit signs of dehydration until several hours after dehydration sets in. Stay hydrated by frequently drinking cool water. If you’re on a special diet that limits liquids, check with your doctor for information on the amount of water to consume.
  • Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants to protect against sun damage. And remember to use sun screen and to wear sunglasses.

Infants and Children:

  • It is illegal to leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle (California Vehicle Code Section 15620).
  • Infants and young children can get dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they are given plenty of cool water to drink.
  • Keep children indoors or shaded as much as possible.
  • Dress children in loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing.

Pets:

  • Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows cracked or open.
  • Outdoor animals should be given plenty of shade and clean drinking water.
  • Do not leave pets outside in the sun.
  • Pets should not be left in a garage as garages can get very hot due to lack of ventilation and insulation.




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<![CDATA[Fare Evasion Drops as BART Police Target Hot Spots]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 05:47:37 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-3301422.jpg

BART police are cracking down on crime, following a months-long uptick in crime and growing concerns among riders.

Although there was another report of fare evasion at a Hayward BART station on Wednesday night, the transit agency says that the number of incidents in May and June is down 20 percent in comparison to February and March.

Citations are also down nearly 30 percent in the same time frame and field interviews have dropped an estimated 20 percent.

BART officials say their new practice of deploying officers to so-called hot spots where assaults and robberies were rampant is helping curb crimes.

To that end, BART is also in the process of hiring new officers. The agency hopes to fill 40 available positions in the next year-and-a-half.



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<![CDATA[Palo Alto PD Hunts For Mountain Lion, Cub Spotted in Tree]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:16:23 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/palo_alto_PD.jpg

Palo Alto police on Thursday are searching for a mountain lion and cub. 

The animals were spotted in a tree on the 1700 block of Webster Street around 6:20 a.m., according to police.

Although officers are on scene, the pair have not been seen again. Police are unsure if they are in the area, but are seeking help from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"Our goal is to provide for the safety of our residents, and the mountain lions themselves too, as we work to locate them and safely extricate from the neighborhood," Palo Alto police said in a statement.

Resident Marcella Bernstein said she heard a noise Thursday morning in her backyard -- a noise she has not heard since her college days in vet school.

"(It was) a distinct, low percussive guttural growl consistent from what I've heard from lions. Sounds distressed," Bernstein said. "I saw one of the animals. The smaller one came down on a tree branch."

The Bernsteins said the neighbors' three dogs were outside and barking at the time.

Police also used a thermal imaging device to try and track the mountain lions. They did not see anything unusual.

"A mountain lion surrounded by people is a very real danger to public safety," Palo Alto Police Capt. Zach Perron said.

Perron said if found, the goal will be to tranquilize and safely relocate the cats.

In 2014, police were forced to shoot and kill a mountain lion in a residential neighborhood.

Parents earlier in the day were urged to drive their children to schools nearby.

Anyone who sees the mountain lions is called to stay away from them and immediately call 911.

For more information, visit the Palo Alto Police Department's Twitter Page



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<![CDATA[Palo Alto Police Seek Suspects Who Robbed 7-Eleven Clerk ]]>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 23:05:07 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/194*120/epa+suspect-0830.jpg

Palo Alto police are asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects who robbed a 7-Eleven store clerk of check deposits containing thousands of dollars in cash from the front seat of her car on Monday morning.

According to police, the employee left the store in East Palo Alto to deposit the cash into a bank in Palo Alto. As the employee, described as a woman in her 30s, approached the intersection of Newell Road and Edgewood Drive, another vehicle rear-ended her.

After the collision, that car's passenger, who is considered the primary suspect, approached her and apologized. He suggested she take a picture of the damage, according to police.

As the woman exited her vehicle, the suspect ripped the phone out of her hand, ran back to the victim's car and grabbed the bag of bank deposits out of the front seat. The suspect then ran back to the vehicle that struck the victim and drove off heading south on Newell Road, police said.

A witness who saw the crash and crime called police at 9:42 a.m., but the suspects had already fled the scene.

The victim was not injured, but her vehicle suffered minor damage. A preliminary investigation showed the suspects parked and waited outside the convenience store at about 8:50 a.m.

The primary suspect briefly entered the store before exiting and waiting with the driver for nearly an hour before watching the employee leave for the bank at 9:40 a.m. The crime happened minutes later, leading investigators to believe the suspects waited for the victim and targeted her, police said.

The victim's phone was found in downtown Palo Alto later Monday by another man who police do not believe was involved in the robbery.

The primary suspect was described by police as a black man in his 20s who is 5 feet 10, inches tall with short hair and was wearing a loose white T-shirt with a logo on it and khaki pants at the time of the robbery.

When he entered the store, police said he was wearing a gray-hooded sweatshirt with an orange logo and khaki pants, police said.

The second suspect is described as a Pacific Islander man in his 20s who was wearing a black shirt and had brown curly brown hair, police said.

The suspect vehicle is described as a newer silver four-door sedan with a yellow paper license plate on the front.

Palo Alto police are asking anyone with information with the crime to contact them at (650) 329-2413. Those wishing to give information anonymously can call (650) 383-8984 or email paloaltotip@tipnow.org.



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<![CDATA[Californians Asked to Conserve Energy Amid Flex Alert]]>Tue, 29 Aug 2017 18:17:23 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

Californians are encouraged to conserve energy between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday as a heat wave continues to swelter the state.

The Flex Alert, which was issued by the California Independent System Operator Corporation, asks residents to turn off all lights not in use, avoid using large appliances and set air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher during that seven-hour span.

Flex Alerts are issued when the power grid "is under stress because of generation or transmission outages, or from persistent hot temperatures," according to the ISO.

Residents can learn more about conserving energy by visiting flexalert.org.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Braces For Record High Temperatures]]>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 23:19:18 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/188*120/GettyImages-71476967.jpg

Enjoy the last vestiges of cool weather because a brutal heat wave is making a beeline for the Bay Area.

Temperatures are expected to rise between 10 and 15 degrees on Thursday. They will soar to even more dangerous levels Friday, with most of the inland valley experiencing triple-digit temperatures. The coming days could be the hottest so far this summer.

An excessive heat watch will be in effect from Thursday afternoon through Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service. A red flag warning will also be issued between 9 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Saturday due to hot and dry conditions and northerly wind gusts. 

Forecasters expect Fairfield to reach 112 degrees Fahrenheit, Concord 113, San Jose 101, Santa Cruz 91, Half Moon Bay 86 and San Francisco 84 . At 115 degrees, Livermore will tie its all-time record that was set in 1950, the National Weather Service said.

A developing tropical system near Baja, California may transport some subtropical moisture into Southern California on Tuesday and Wednesday. It remains unclear whether the storm will affect the Bay Area.

Meanwhile, a Spare the Air alert has been issued in the Bay Area for Thursday because hot temperatures, light wind and vehicle exhaust are expected to combine to create unhealthy smog levels, regional air quality officials said.

The alert, the 10th issued so far for smog in 2017, is because of particularly unhealthy ozone levels expected in the South Bay and East Bay, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

"Extreme heat starting late this week is expected to cause unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area likely through the Labor Day weekend," air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement.

Officials recommend carpooling, taking public district or working from home if possible to limit smog levels in the area.

"We need to change how we get around and stop driving alone to reduce our pollution levels and protect our health," Broadbent said.

Bay Area residents are also advised to only exercise in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower.


List of cooling centers around the Bay Area:


  • Benicia: Public Library, 150 E. L St.; Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
  • Campbell: Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Room E-44; Thursday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday.
  • Cupertino: Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N Stelling Road, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday
  • Livermore: Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Los Gatos: Los Gatos Library, 100 Villa Ave., Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday (Labor Day)
  • Milpitas: Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Barbara Lee Senior Center, 40 N. Milpitas Blvd., Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday–Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Morgan Hill: Centennial Recreation Center, 171 W. Edmundson Ave., Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Open Labor Day holiday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey St., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Mountain View: Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CLOSED Monday (Labor Day)
  • Napa: Las Flores Community Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Senior Center, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., This Friday, Sept. 1, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • San Jose: For a list of community center locations in the city of San Jose, visit the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services web page.​
  • Santa Clara (check website for updates): Central Park Library, 2635 Homesteads Road, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; City Hall Cafeteria, 1500 Warburton Ave., Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; closed Saturday and Sunday; Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd., Monday - Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm; Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday 9 am to noon; closed Sunday; Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way, Monday - Tuesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Wednesday - Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; closed Sunday; Senior Center, 1303 Fremont St., Monday - Thursday, 11 am to 8 pm; Friday, 7 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 9 am to noon; closed Sunday​
  • Santa Clara County: County libraries located in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Campbell, Cupertino, and Milpitas; check website for hours and locations.
  • Saratoga: Joan Pisani Community Center: 19655 Allendale Ave., Call for hours: (408) 868-1249; Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Call for hours: (408) 867-6126
    Saratoga: Joan Pisani Community Center: 19655 Allendale Ave., Call for hours: (408) 868-1249; Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Call for hours: (408) 867-6126


Here are some tips on how to stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar
  • Limit physical activity, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Don't leave people or pets in closed, parked cars
  • Stay in air-conditioned areas, including malls, libraries, movie theaters and community centers
  • Cool off by taking a bath or shower.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing
  • Do not bundle babies or put them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • Cover your head with wide-brimmed, vented hats or use umbrellas
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rest in shady areas


Additional tips for people who work outdoors:

  • Ensure that cool drinking water is available.
  • Drink water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks often; do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid drinking sweetened drinks, caffeine, and alcohol.
  • Avoid drinking extremely cold water as this is more likely to cause cramps.
  • Allow athletes or outdoor workers to take frequent rests.


Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions:

  • During peak heat hours stay in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have access to air conditioning in your home, visit public facilities such as cooling centers, shopping malls, parks, and libraries to stay cool.
  • Older adults and those on certain medications may not exhibit signs of dehydration until several hours after dehydration sets in. Stay hydrated by frequently drinking cool water. If you’re on a special diet that limits liquids, check with your doctor for information on the amount of water to consume.
  • Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants to protect against sun damage. And remember to use sun screen and to wear sunglasses.


Infants and Children:

  • It is illegal to leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle (California Vehicle Code Section 15620).
  • Infants and young children can get dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they are given plenty of cool water to drink.
  • Keep children indoors or shaded as much as possible.
  • Dress children in loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing.


Pets:

  • Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows cracked or open.
  • Outdoor animals should be given plenty of shade and clean drinking water.
  • Do not leave pets outside in the sun.
  • Pets should not be left in a garage as garages can get very hot due to lack of ventilation and insulation.





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<![CDATA[Nearly $23M Worth of Illegal Pot Seized in San Mateo County]]>Tue, 29 Aug 2017 18:09:24 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MarijuanaBust.jpg

A two-month investigation by San Mateo County Narcotic Task Force netted nearly $23 million worth of illegal marijuana plants in the county, officials said.

Two Redwood City residents, 38-year-old Joaquin Sanchez and 32-year-old Joel Ochoa Sanchex, were arrested after authorities said they were found near the grow site — a public open space area in the county.

The pair, along with Mexico residents Juan Farias Galeana and Jose Antonio Mendoza, are accused of illegally growing 11,400 marijuana plants and environmental violations, said Saul Lopez, commander of the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force.

Lopez said the group worked with several other agencies to scout historical sites and collect anonymous tips in order to locate the fields, which were hidden at the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

"In several grow sites various supplies were located within the grow sites indicating that the suspects stayed at the gardens for long periods of time," the agency wrote in a statement.

Officials say the illegal activity caused deforestation, damage to wildlife habitats and posed a danger to citizens from its hazardous-chemical pollution.

Anyone with information regarding any of the illegal grows can call the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force anonymously at 650-573-3991.



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<![CDATA[Palo Alto Considers Banning Cars From Prolonged Idling]]>Mon, 28 Aug 2017 07:44:37 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Palo_Alto_Considers_Banning_Cars_From_Prolonged_Idling.jpg

Palo Alto city leaders are considering banning cars from idling for more than two or three minutes. The move comes after complaints from residents. According to the Bay Area Air Quality District, 65 percent of pollutants released during the summer come from vehicles. Ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning the car off and on while two minutes of idling costs you one mile worth of fuel, and an hour of idling equates to one gallon of gas.]]>
<![CDATA[Excessive Temps Inland as Heat Continues to Blanket Bay Area]]>Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:14:53 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

Sweltering temperatures will once again blanket several cities across the Bay Area Monday as a heat wave continues to beat down on the region.

The hot weather, which has prompted an excessive heat warning for inland valleys and coastal mountains, a heat advisory for cities hugging the San Francisco Bay, and a third-consecutive Spare the Air alert across the Bay Area, has firefighters on high alert.

Expected highs on Monday are expected to top out around 105 to near 110 degrees in the East Bay valleys, according to the National Weather Service. North Bay locations such as Santa Rosa and Napa will also see high temperatures in the triple digits. 

In the South Bay, San Jose is expected to reach 96 degrees while Morgan Hill should jump over 100 degrees.

Closer to the bay, cities such as Oakland and Palo Alto will hover between the high-80s to low-90s. Temperatures in San Francisco will reach the high-70s in some neighborhoods away from the coast.

For those seeking relief, Half Moon Bay appears to be the coolest Bay Area location with only a forecasted high of 68 degrees.

Firefighters were already out in full force Sunday battling a fire just south of Livermore near Mines Road. The blaze has torched 44 acres and was 40 percent contained as of Monday at 7 a.m., according to Cal Fire.

Another fire also cropped up in Petaluma on Sunday. The blaze scorched about 18 degrees near Bodega Avenue and Nosecchi Road before fire crews were able to gain the upper hand, according to Cal Fire. The fire was 85 percent contained as of Monday morning.



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<![CDATA[Dangerous Bay Area Heat Brings Advisories, Warnings]]>Sun, 27 Aug 2017 22:12:24 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

Spare the Air alerts were issued for Sunday and Monday in the Bay Area because of an excessive amount of smog expected in the region, air quality officials said.

A high-pressure system over the region, triple-digit temperatures, light winds and smoke from Oregon wildfires are expected to contribute to unhealthy ozone levels in the South and East Bay regions, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management district.

There is no free transit Monday, and there is no wood-burning ban in place, air quality officials said.

The alerts are the eighth and ninth such alerts in 2017.

"Hot temperatures and tailpipe exhaust from Bay Area traffic are expected to cause unhealthy air quality this weekend," air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement.

During Spare the Air days, air quality officials advise people to limit outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day and to take public transit or carpool instead of driving alone.

A forecast for high temperatures in the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay areas has also prompted the National Weather Service to issue excessive heat warnings for some areas.

A warning is in effect until 9 p.m. Monday for the Santa Lucia Mountains, the East Bay Hills and Diablo Range, and interior Monterey County, including Pinnacles National Park and the southern Salinas Valley.

Weather officials said high temperatures of 98 to 112 degrees are expected Sunday and Monday. Lows will mostly be in the 60s and 70s but may not get below the low 80s in the hills.

Another warning goes into effect at 11 a.m. Sunday and ends at 9 p.m. Monday for the North Bay Mountains and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Highs will reach 95 to 105 degrees both days. Lows will mostly be in the 60s in the valleys and 70s to lower 80s in the hills.

A third warning has been issued for the inland valleys of the East Bay. At 5:05 p.m. Sunday, weather officials upgraded a heat advisory for the area to an excessive heat warning, which went into effect at 11 a.m. Sunday and ends at 9 p.m. Monday.

An excessive heat warning means heat illnesses are likely because of the hot temperatures.

Weather officials suggest residents and visitors drink plenty of fluids, stay in air conditioning, stay out of the sun and check in on relatives and neighbors.

Pets and livestock may require extra care during the heat. Also,the heat increases the risk of human-sourced wildfires, according to weather officials.



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