<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News - Peninsula]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/localen-usMon, 23 Sep 2019 09:41:13 -0700Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:41:13 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Murder Trial of Chinese American Real Estate Scion to Begin]]>561133181Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:18:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_19263651625572.jpg

Opening arguments were scheduled Monday in the trial of a Chinese real estate heiress who posted $35 million bail after being charged with murder in the 2016 killing of her children’s father.

Prosecutors say Tiffany Li orchestrated the killing of Keith Green, 27, when she fell for another man and feared she would lose custody over her children. Li’s boyfriend Kaveh Bayat is also charged in the murder.

Li’s family made a fortune in real estate construction in China and she posted an astonishing $35 million bail that has allowed her to stay in her San Francisco Bay Area mansion pending trial.

Her co-defendant remains in jail on $35 million bail.

The trial has been delayed several times, most recently when Olivier Adella, a witness for the prosecution, was arrested earlier this month on charges of contacting an ex-girlfriend and witness for the defense, which was a violation of his agreement with prosecutors.

Adella is a former co-defendant who was expected to testify that the pair asked him to dispose of Green’s body.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said prosecutors now will not call Adella as a witness.

Last year the trial was delayed when Li was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and underwent aggressive treatment, said her lead attorney, Geoff Carr. The cancer is in remission.

Green and Li met around 2009 when he was 21 and she was 23. He was a high school football star from a blue-collar neighborhood while Li was rich and educated.

Green’s body was found along a dirt road north of San Francisco nearly two weeks after he had been last seen meeting with Li to discuss custody of their children.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Chanel Miller, Woman Sexually Assaulted by Brock Turner, Speaks Out]]>561125241Mon, 23 Sep 2019 07:41:09 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/chanelmiller1.jpg

The woman who read a powerful statement at the sentencing of a college swimmer who sexually assaulted her at Stanford University told CBS' "60 Minutes" that she wanted to claim back her identity and write a book about her ordeal because she believed her story remained untold. 

“In order to survive, you just shut everything down,” Chanel Miller said about the January 2015 assault by Brock Turner. “You have to function. You have to go to work in the morning. It was much easier to just repress everything.” 

In Sunday's interview, Miller revealed how she was left in the dark about the assault for days before learning about what happened to her from an online news story, NBC News reported. For years, Miller was known in legal proceedings as "Emily Doe."

“Rape is not a punishment for getting drunk,” she told "60 Minutes." “We have this really sick mindset in our culture as if you deserve rape if you drink to excess. You deserve a hangover, a really bad hangover, but you don’t deserve to have somebody insert their body parts inside of you.” 

Miller said she was "in shock" by Turner's six-month sentence. He was released from jail after serving three months. 

Miller's memoir is scheduled to be released on Tuesday. She said her dream is to write children's books.

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<![CDATA[Decision 2018: Bay Area Election Results Tracker]]>499899851Wed, 07 Nov 2018 02:00:22 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_181566006960731.jpg

Track California election results for federal, state and local elections — live.

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<![CDATA[Family Wants Governor to Keep Convicted Killer in Prison]]>560933381Fri, 20 Sep 2019 22:38:21 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0920OFrielFamily_8838883.JPG

A widow on the Peninsula is calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to keep a convicted killer in prison.

Timothy Wilson was convicted by a jury and sentenced by a judge to 15 years to life in prison. A parole panel on Thursday decided to release Wilson after he served a quarter century behind bars for beating a Bay Area father to death in the 1990s.

"I don't want anyone else to go through what we've been through," said Carol O'Friel. It was her husband, John O'Friel, who Wilson is convicted of murdering.

John O'Friel, a software salesman, was murdered in Davis during the summer of 1993. Wilson at the time was 23 years old and a San Francisco resident.

"When he murdered John, he had what I called dead eyes," said Carol O'Friel, who now lives in San Bruno.

Prosecutors said Wilson claimed John O'Friel made sexual advances toward him. Wilson said that triggered his violent response because he had been sexually abused as a child.

Over the years, Carol O'Friel has sat in on Wilson's parole hearings.

"I prayed beforehand. Let me listen with open ears. Let me see if I can really think he can change," she said.

On Wilson's third try, the parole board decided at 46 years old, he is no longer a danger to society. The O'Friel family does not agree.

"I don't want somebody to come to me and say why didn't you stop this man?" Carol O'Friel said.

The family has sent letters to Gov. Newsom, asking him to put a stop to Wilson's release. If the governor does not step in, the chief deputy district attorney for Yolo County predicts Wilson could get out by early 2020.

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<![CDATA[Students Prep Demonstrations for Climate Change Awareness]]>560852111Thu, 19 Sep 2019 23:41:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/climate+strike+vo.jpg

Bay Area students on Friday will be joining thousands of students across the country in a global climate strike aimed at getting politicians to treat climate change as a moral obligation.

The inspiration comes from Swedish 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, who single-handedly protested outside of parliament, demanding that lawmakers in her country treat climate change as a top priority.

Students are preparing walkouts and protests, both on and off campus, as a kickoff to a weeklong event aimed at bringing awareness to the challenges the planet faces.

"Climate change is an urgent issue and there is a time limit," said Aiden Mo, a student at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon.

School administrators at Dougherty Valley High support a campus strike but not a walkout.

"So much of the trash and things that can be recycled end up in the ocean killing animals," said Noor Nibber, another San Ramon student.

"We want to make some noise about climate action and what we as students are willing to fight for," another student said.

Student groups on UC Berkeley’s campus will be protesting at Sproul Plaza, eventually taking their message to the streets.

"It’s going to change the environment on Earth. Once those glaciers are melted you can’t put them back together," said UC Berkeley student Trisan Wells.

UC Berkeley students plan to get together with high schoolers from Berkeley and head to San Francisco for a larger protest.

More information about the coming week's climate events can be found here.

Here’s where the climate change demonstrations will be around the Bay Area on Friday:

• Marin County Student Climate Strike

   9 a.m.

   San Rafael City Center Plaza, 1002 Fourth St., San Rafael

• Los Altos High School Student Walkout

   Meeting at 10 a.m., marching out at 10:15 a.m.

   Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos

• Bay Area Youth Climate Strike

   10 a.m.

   San Francisco Federal Building, 90 Seventh St., San Francisco

• Oakland-Laney Climate Strike Rally/Merging With Youth-Led March in San Francisco

   10 a.m.

   Main Quad, Campus Center, 900 Fallon St., Oakland

• Richmond California Climate Strike

   11 a.m.

   Richmond Civic Center Plaza, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond

• Mill Valley Climate Strike

   11 a.m.

   Depot Plaza in Downtown, 87 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley

• Petaluma Strike

   11 a.m.

   Meet at Petaluma City Library, March to Walnut Park Gazebo, 100                     Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma

• Students for Climate Action

   9 a.m.

   UC Berkeley, Sproul Plaza, Berkeley

• Mountain View Climate Strike

   11:30 a.m.

   Mountain View Caltrain Station, 600 West Evelyn Ave., Mountain View

• Sebastopol Youth Strike

   12 p.m.

   Sebastopol Plaza, Weeks Way, Sebastopol

• Sonoma County Strike

   12 p.m.

   Courthouse Square, 70 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa

• #YouthClimateStrike at DVHS

   12:20 p.m.

   Dougherty Valley High School Quad, 10550 Albion Rd., San Ramon

• Los Gatos Climate Strike Event

   2 p.m.

   Summit House on Highway 17, 23123 Santa Cruz Hwy., Los Gatos

• Napa Youth Climate Strike

   2 p.m.

   Veterans Park, 800 Main St., Napa

• Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike

   2:45 p.m.

   Diridon Station, 65 Cahill St., San Jose

• Mill Valley Seniors for Peace Climate Strike

   3 p.m.

   40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

• Berkeley Climate Action Coalition/Ecology Center Strike

   3 p.m.

   Ecology Center Store, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Suite H, Berkeley

• Morgan Hill Students Rally for Action on Climate Change

   4 p.m.

   Morgan Hill City Hall, 1757 Peak Ave., Morgan Hill

<![CDATA[4 Men Charged in Scheme to Sell Black-Market HIV Drugs]]>560848581Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:24:50 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Prescription+drug+file.JPG

Four Los Angeles men accused of a scheme to sell $70 million worth of black-market prescription drugs, primarily for HIV treatment, are facing conspiracy charges in federal court in San Francisco.

Drug distribution company owner Edvin Ovasapyan, 41; associates Hakob Kojoyan, 27, and Lorik Papyan, 36; and attorney Stephen Silverman, 77, were charged in a superseding indictment that was returned on Sept. 5 and unsealed Sept. 10.

They are each accused of three conspiracies to commit wire fraud, to commit money laundering and to engage in the illegal wholesale distribution of prescription drugs.

The indictment alleges they conspired to buy HIV drugs on the black market and to disguise their actions by creating documents and bank accounts for shell companies with names misleadingly similar to the name of a licensed supplier. One of the bank accounts was in San Mateo, the indictment said.

Ovasapyan's now-defunct Pennsylvania-based company, Mainspring Distribution LLC, allegedly took in $70 million from its sales to retail pharmacies and wholesalers, according to the indictment.

The defendants are due to appear before U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg on Feb. 25 for a status conference.

<![CDATA[Viral Bay Area Performance Puts Spotlight on Filipino Dance]]>560530211Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:54:00 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tinkiklin-04.jpg

Pairs of bamboo sticks pound the floor to make a beat as dancers hop in between like a game of Double Dutch on a warm summer night in Foster City.

"Beans...rice...beans...and...rice," Mireya Paulos chants to help the dancers stay on rhythm. For the dancers, jumping on beat and in unison is the most important element of their performance. For the pounders handling the bamboo sticks, it's hoping they avoid clubbing any ankles in the process.

The performance is known as tinikling, a traditional Filipino folk dance that imitates the movement of the tikling bird. The bird, also called the buff-banded rail, is known for its ability to skillfully dodge large bamboo traps.

"It's just something super different," dancer Olivia Mendoza says. "Not a lot of people, especially if you're not Filipino, have seen it before."

The dance, particularly a modern version performed by Mendoza and her friends, recently went viral on social media and garnered national headlines.

Mendoza and her cousins grew up watching their aunties and uncles put on dance showcases for all their relatives. Tinikling always took center stage at these events.

So when it was time for Mendoza to celebrate her 18th birthday with a cotillion, it was only fitting to add a tinikling performance to the program. Mendoza did just that, but remixed it with modern choreography from her cousin, Paulos.

Adding a different soundtrack was another revision the group made in the months leading to the cotillion performance. The song of choice? "My Type" by popular Bay Area rapper Saweetie.

Suddenly, a traditional Filipino dance was now mixed in the world of new-school hip-hop.

"The way we can add modern flair to it is kind of an homage to our culture that not a lot of people are used to seeing," Mendoza said.

Mendoza and Paulos said no one in the group expected the dance to get much attention outside the cotillion. But then Saweetie shared their tinikling performance on Instagram with the caption "Mahal ko ang kababayan kong Filipino." Which translates to "I love my Filipino people."

The video went viral, placing a spotlight on the dance and culture.

The recognition has inspired Mendoza, her family and friends to continue performing and pushing forward the tradition to a new audience and generation.

"I think it demonstrates that we know what our Filipino culture is," Paulos said. "We recognize it, and we can share the same values as other Filipinos around the area."

Bamboo sticks pound on the floor to make a beat as dancers hop in between like a game of Double Dutch on a warm summer night in Foster City.

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<![CDATA[Redwood City Cop Loses Control, Hits Pedestrian, 2 Vehicles]]>560704211Wed, 18 Sep 2019 22:52:36 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RedwoodCityCopCrash.png

A Redwood City police officer lost control, struck a pedestrian and hit two vehicles while responding to a possible home invasion robbery call Wednesday morning, according to police.

The pedestrian was transported to a hospital. Police later in the day said the pedestrian is recovering from surgery and is in critical condition at a local trauma center.

The officer was also taken to a hospital as a precaution, but was released. The drivers in the vehicles that were hit were checked out at the scene and also released.

After the emergency call came in around 9:47 a.m., the officer responded to the scene but lost control while driving southbound on El Camino Real, police said. The officer's patrol vehicle hit the center median near James Avenue and then struck the pedestrian — a man who was standing on the center of the median.

The officer's vehicle continued into the northbound lanes of El Camino Real, slamming into the two vehicles before ending up on a sidewalk, according to police.

Residents are questioning whether police could have handled the call more safely since Sequoia High School is only yards away from where the crash occurred.

"I feel it's irresponsible to be driving that recklessly," said Derrick Horton from the San Mateo County.

Police said the road was wet at the time of the crash and an investigation is ongoing.

A police K-9 riding in the officer's vehicle was taken to a veterinarian to be examined and did not appear to suffer any injuries, according to police.

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<![CDATA[SF-Oakland-Berkeley America's Priciest Metro Area: Report]]>560624591Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:05:50 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0917SFSkyline_8801898.JPG

A new report says anyone living in San Francisco, Oakland or Berkeley is now living in the most expensive metro area in America. It's one of the few places in America where a six-figure salary is considered "low-income."

The tech industry has attracted legions of highly-paid workers to the area, but even those hefty salaries have trouble keeping up. Home prices aren't the only thing skyrocketing -- transportation, utilities and food costs are going up too.

Jonathan Osorio of Pittsburg is the WiFi man. His job is to set up the internet in brand new apartment buildings like the ones popping up along Broadway in Oakland.

"We joke about (and) we wonder what do these people do for a living to where they're able to afford this," Osorio said.

Osorio knows the struggle well because just recently his family of four had to downsize to save on rent.

"The area that we can actually afford is shrinking and getting pushed farther and farther out of the Bay Area," Osorio said.

A new report out by financial news and opinion company, 24/7 Wall Street, says families like the Osorios have to fork over more than $11,000 a month on typical living expenses. For a single person like Richmond-resident Marla Cox,  "it's still hard to make it alone."

The report says those people average spending more than $5,000 a month on living expenses. Cox said she couldn't afford to live in Oakland anymore after her adult kids moved out of the apartment.

"My daughter moved to Georgia that's how much she wanted to make it on her own," Cox said. "She couldn't do it here."

The idea of moving to a cheaper state comes up a lot for the Osorio family.

"That's definitely been a thought. Been a conversation at the dinner table at night when the kids go to bed," Osorio said.

This summer, the city of Oakland received $30 million in state funding to create permanent affordable housing for low-income families. That money will help fund six development projects, which will be completed by 2022.

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<![CDATA[Witness in California Heiress Murder Trial Loses Plea Deal]]>560539661Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:38:08 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0524-2016-MillbraeHomicideSuspects.jpg

A prosecution witness won't testify in the trial of a Northern California heiress charged with arranging the 2016 murder of the father of her two children.

The San Mateo County district attorney's office announced Monday that it's revoking a plea deal with Olivier Adella after revelations that he contacted a defense witness.

The judge delayed start of trial a week to next Monday.

San Francisco Bay Area real estate heiress Tiffany Li and her boyfriend, Kaveh Bayat, are charged with the death of 27-year-old Keith Green. Prosecutors say Li, who's free on $35 million bail, arranged his death because she feared she'd lose custody of their two children.

Adella originally was charged with murder but pleaded no contest to being an accessory. Prosecutors believe he dumped Green's body in Sonoma County.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

<![CDATA[Protesters Gather in Portola Valley as Trump Visits Bay Area]]>560512111Mon, 16 Sep 2019 23:37:51 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BabyTrump1.png

With President Donald Trump in the Bay Area on Tuesday for the first time since being inaugurated, several dozen protesters have gathered in Portola Valley to call for his impeachment.

Trump arrived late Tuesday morning at Moffett Field to attend a re-election fundraiser luncheon.

Protesters with activist groups like the Backbone Campaign and Raging Grannies went alongside a road in Portola Valley with colorful inflated balloon versions of Trump to look like a baby and a chicken. The activists also were handing out stickers calling for Trump's impeachment.

"We don't want Trump in our town," said Ruth Robertson, a Palo Alto resident and part of the Raging Grannies.

Toni Norton, a Santa Cruz resident, was also among the protesters and said she feared for the future for her grandchildren, calling Trump a "wannabe dictator."

Tickets for the fundraising luncheon with Trump cost as much as $100,000. Following his brief visit to the Bay Area, he is expected to travel to Southern California later Tuesday, according to the White House.

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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Company Leads Way to Sustainable Food]]>560179971Thu, 12 Sep 2019 16:13:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0912ImpossibleFoods_8733101.JPG

As the Amazon Rainforest burned, climate experts at Stanford University's planetary health conference knew what it meant.

"They're doing it to grow corn and soy to feed cattle." said Christopher Gardner, professor of medicine at Stanford.

Cattle to feed the planet's insatiable appetite for beef is doing harm to the earth.

"And if you do the math and see about greenhouse gasses, water usage, biodiversity, land usage, phosphorus, we're really doing a number on the planet," Gardner said.

But they are cooking up a different way in Silicon Valley.

At the kitchen at the Redwood City headquarters of Impossible Foods, chefs and scientists work side-by-side to make the Impossible Burger.

The food is plant-based, vegan, and more importantly, not doing any harm to the environment.

"We need to make meat that is just credible, just as juicy, seared, able to mimic everything we love about meat without the cow," said Rachel Konrad of Impossible Foods.

David Lipman leads the efforts at Impossible Foods. The company launched eight years ago by a Stanford professor.

"We're using the most advanced technology to understand what is the basis of the flavor, the basis of the texture, and what are commonly available ingredients," Lipman said.

It's an idea catching on -- from waistlines to Wall Street.

Plant-based company Beyond Meat went public in May and is already valued at $10 billion.

Impossible, while still private, is also a unicorn several times over. Consumer can find the company's burgers in restaurants, at Burger King -- and that's just the beginning.

"The target is the carnivore who absolutely loves meat," Konrad said.

And they'll be able to reach a lot more potential customers.

Impossible Foods just announced it will be selling in retail stores.

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<![CDATA[Electronic Cars Fight Climate Change]]>560190551Thu, 12 Sep 2019 18:30:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0913ChargePoint_8746305.JPG

It's no secret driving is one of the worst things we do to the Earth.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each gallon of gas we use while driving sends nearly 9,000 grams of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Each year, gas-powered cars send 4.6. metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air.

But there are electric alternatives being made in the Bay Area.

Silicon Valley companies like Tesla and Nio are turning the Bay Area into something of a modern-day Motown by building electronic cars that don't use any gas, lowering harmful emissions to zero.

But electric cars won't go anywhere without electricity.

Enter Silicon Valley's ChargePoint who is trying to make charging an electronic vehicle better than going to a gas station. The company has installed 100,000 charging stations so far with the goal of replacing gas pumps.

ChargePoint says it has, so far, given drivers the energy to go 1.6 billion miles, avoiding 227 million kilograms of greenhouse gasses from entering the atmosphere.

Among those involved in ChargePoint's latest round of funding is Chevron, which is a sign the electronic vehicles movement is catching on.

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<![CDATA[Summer Heat Making a Comeback in the Bay Area]]>560043771Wed, 11 Sep 2019 09:40:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/205*120/heat+wave+generic+sd.JPG

Summer isn't over just yet.

A brief heat wave is slated to bring 80s and 90s back to the bay and triple digits to the inland valleys for the end of the workweek, according to the National Weather Service.

The warming spell is expected to kick in starting Wednesday before hitting its peak on Friday, the weather service said. The usual hot spots — Concord, Livermore and other inland areas — are expected to reach 100 degrees Friday afternoon.

Temperatures will start dropping on Saturday and continue to fall into early next week.

For a look at just how hot it will be in your area over the next few days, check out Meteorologist Kari Hall's forecast in the video player above. You can also see the weather service's high temperature breakdown below.

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<![CDATA[18 Years Later: Bay Area Remembers 9/11]]>560027331Wed, 11 Sep 2019 05:41:15 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_19254480650256.jpg

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, people across the United States watched in horror as the 9/11 terror attacks unfolded.

Eighteen years later, the Bay Area and the rest of the nation continue to stand by the "Never Forget" mantra, pausing to remember the thousands of people who lost their lives.

In San Francisco, scores of firefighters gathered at sunrise to honor the victims during a bell-ringing ceremony. Later in the day, volunteers will pack 275,000 meals for people in need as part of the 9/11 day service event.

At Las Positas College in Livermore, a 9/11 remembrance event is slated for 10 a.m.

In nearby Danville, another remembrance ceremony is planned for 5:30 p.m. at Oak Hill Park.

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<![CDATA[Celebration of China in Millbrae Met With Protest]]>559987191Tue, 10 Sep 2019 18:48:33 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/chinese-event-0910.jpg

Dozens of Chinese Americans gathered Tuesday in Millbrae to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the National Day of People's Republic of China.

But what started as a celebration quickly turned into a screaming match with protesters determined to disrupt the event. The protesters say they’re angry the event took place in a city-owned meeting room.

The clash started when China’s national anthem started playing.

Moments after a video started playing, a heated exchange ensued between a small group of protesters and more than a hundred people at the celebration. During the clash, attendees started loudly singing China’s anthem as demonstrators tried to shout them down.

You You Xue says his parents fled oppression in Bejing to live in the U.S. He says the gathering honoring a communist country and posting its flag should never have been held in a city-owned building in any Democratic country.

"This event is insensitive and inappropriate, especially with all the protests going on in Hong Kong," Xue said. "This is a country with the worst human rights abuses in the 21st century."

The Peninsula Committee to Celebrate the National Day of the People's Republic of China organized the event. It was originally set to be held in the Millbrae City Council chambers. Committee leaders said it was moved to the community room to accommodate the crowd of more than 100 expected attendees.

The organizers also said it’s a valuable event allowing Chinese Americans to celebrate their motherland.

"Just like our mother's birthday, everyone has his or her own mother, and like it or not, it's your mother. That's our main point," said Marcus Dong, committee member.

Opponents said an event with Communist ties has no place here.

"The Chinese Communist flag does not go with the freedom flag of the U.S.," Millbrae resident Adele Dunnigan said.

Police responded to the event but made no arrests. The protest ended with people peacefully leaving the community room.

NBC Bay Area learned many of the event attendees had been bused in for the event from other local cities.

City of Millbrae officials did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

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<![CDATA[East Palo Alto Continues to Struggle Amidst Tech Boom]]>559957501Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:05:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Low-Income_Housing_Program_Fosters_Segregation_Lawsuit.jpg

When 73-year-old Randal Parker first moved to East Palo Alto with his family in 1952, he remembers open fields of agricultural land, a diverse and thriving working-class community and job opportunities for people of color.

Having made the decision to relocate from a small Oklahoma town, with a brief stay in San Francisco's Fillmore District, Parker's mother found steady work at a local hospital as a housekeeper, eventually joining the secretarial pool and then landing a position in management.

Her salary at the time allowed her to put $800 down on a $19,000 three- bedroom house.

For years it was the Parker Family anchor, a gathering place for extended family and friends where holiday and birthday celebrations rolled through with the seasons.

"My mother's house was where everybody came for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner," Parker said.

Soon, however, things began unraveling for the Parkers and the entire East Palo Alto community as successive waves of drugs and crime rampaged through the streets, punctuated by the drug culture of the 1960s, the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and the lingering gang violence of successive generations, Parker said.

"It was a melting pot, a real melting pot. Everybody got along, no problem," he said. "Then the Haight and Ashbury mess came through, with the drugs, and boom, that started changing this community."

"Then the 'murder capital' years came in - that was the crack boom," Parker said.

After his mother died and Parker, who has spent roughly 50 years behind bars on various assault-related charges, was put away again, the house went up for foreclosure in 1991, he said.

When he was finally released in 2007, Parker was able to work various jobs helping formerly incarcerated people make the transition to post-prison life but an illness curtailed that career and he eventually found himself living in an RV back on the streets of East Palo Alto, where he could no longer afford a roof over his head.

"They were harassing us, we couldn't park anywhere in the neighborhoods," Parker said of himself and a handful of fellow RV dwellers whom he befriended. "It was rough. It was cold that winter, rainy."

Parker was also the victim of a nasty hit-and-run accident that left him with severe injuries and, unable to work, a reliance on monthly disability checks to survive.

While an extreme example, Parker's story in many ways mirrors that of many East Palo Alto residents, for whom skyrocketing housing prices, a historical lack of economic, educational and health care opportunities - sometimes coupled with personal misfortunes and missteps - have created seemingly insurmountable barriers to accessing the benefits of Silicon Valley's tech boom.

The city, nestled in the heart of one of the world's most dynamic economic engines, has long been a pocket of persistent segregation and inequality bracketed by many of the country's most affluent communities.

By most measures, East Palo Alto lags drastically behind neighboring Palo Alto and Menlo Park in economic and quality-of-life metrics, including income potential, educational attainment and business ownership.

For example, East Palo Alto's median earnings for full-time workers was about $33,500 in 2015, while Palo Alto's was roughly $119,000, according to data from Bay Area Equity Atlas.

And while that represents an increase of about $11,000 for Palo Alto workers since 2000, East Palo Alto workers saw a roughly $4,600 decline in earnings during that same period, according to the Bay Area Equity Atlas, a project created by PolicyLink, the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and the San Francisco Foundation that seeks to quantify racial and economic inequality throughout the region.

By measures of community vulnerability, the city ranks well above those two Silicon Valley powerhouses, including in linguistic isolation, housing burden and gentrification risk.

For example, while 90 percent of low-income East Palo Altoans lived in gentrifying neighborhoods in 2015, the same could be said of just 28 percent of low-income Menlo Park residents.

Despite the fact that taken as a whole Menlo Park's low-income population is far less likely to face the pressures of gentrification, the city's low-income African American households are disproportionately shouldering that burden, with 84 percent living in gentrifying neighborhoods in 2015, while just 3 percent of low-income white households were similarly affected, according to the Bay Area Equity Atlas data.

"Because of the makeup of our community - primarily low income, majority minority, primarily Latinos and black - we're kind of a working-class community in the midst of very wealthy communities like Palo Alto and Menlo Park," said long-time East Palo Alto resident and City Councilman Ruben Abrica.

Due to the intractable reality of its geography and the relentless waves of Silicon Valley's boom and bust cycles, Abrica says East Palo Alto is particularly vulnerable to gentrification pressures as new workers - primarily young, well-paid tech professionals - migrate to the region in search of housing.

And while the city's rents are on par with those of the entire nine-county Bay Area, they're still much more attractive than their closest neighbors.

For example, from 2011 to 2017, while the estimated median monthly rent in East Palo Alto rose roughly $1,300 to $3,509, rents in Palo Alto grew by almost $2,300 to $6,115, according to the Equity Atlas.

During that same period, the estimated median rent in Menlo Park grew from $3,736 to $5,249 between 2011 and 2017.

"This wave of gentrification feels more aggressive," Abrica said.

"In the '70s and '80s there was a wave of gentrification but this is absolutely magnified 100 times, and I think that Silicon Valley has exploded and created these two parallel societies, where the people at the top benefit a lot and the people at the bottom do not, and we're at the bottom."

Abrica likens the situation to living in a "semi-feudal" society.

"We call it gentrification on steroids," said Paul Bains, senior pastor of East Palo Alto's Saint Samuel Church and founder of Project WeHope, which provides homeless services and job training to people in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

"When they're building million-dollar homes right next to a homeless shelter, that tells you what time of day it is," Bains said.

"Now when I'm going up and down the street I see Asians and Caucasians running and jogging," Bains said. "That's not a negative thing. The negative piece is that the very people, the very fabric of this community, the people of color who have lived here all their lives are being forced out."

Bains said the city was particularly hard hit by the 2008 housing market crash and subsequent foreclosure crisis, when outside investors were able to snap up homes for pennies on the dollar.

Many residents were displaced during that period and in 2011, San Mateo County estimated East Palo Alto's homeless population at nearly 400 people - in a city that according to U.S. Census Bureau data was home to roughly 28,000 residents.

"The forces of gentrification are so intense, they are hard to stop," Abrica said. "All we can do is mitigate it, slow it down. The city government has put in place many things that can help but still, in the midst of all this, disastrous economic inequality is going on."

One of the city's many efforts includes an ongoing commitment to building affordable housing and enacting meaningful renter protection laws.

For example, East Palo Alto currently has 2,500 units covered by its rent control ordinance and between 2015 and 2017 the city issued permits for 44 percent of its estimated need for low-income housing and 51 percent of its need for moderate-moderate income units, as determined by the Association of Bay Area Governments' 2015-2023 Regional Housing Needs Assessment, according to the Equity Atlas.

Also, last year 80 percent of the city's voters approved Measure HH, which Abrica says could raise up to $2 million annually by taxing large commercial developments.

Thirty-five percent of the revenue is intended to help build more low- and very low-income housing, with additional funds earmarked for tech-sector and building trades training for local residents, Abrica said.

"We had big businesses telling us we're going to kill development," Abrica said. "I've personally heard that story over and over again but it's just not true because we're strategically located and we're still cheaper than Palo Alto and Menlo Park."

The city also created an "anti-displacement" fund to provide financial assistance to residents who have fallen on hard times due to a job loss or illness and are facing eviction.

Additionally, along with Eden Housing and the East Palo Alto Community Alliance & Neighborhood Development, the city recently received $13.5 million in loans to build 128 new affordable units, including 14 designated for the formerly homeless, disabled and youth.

"Within the limits of our powers and authority, we are doing as much as we can to counter these forces," he said.

Still, according to the Equity Atlas, 66 percent of East Palo Alto renters spend more than the recommended 30 percent of their income on housing, making the city the third most rent-burdened community in the Bay Area, behind only Calistoga and Dixon.

Our history of segregation and redlining and predatory lending has had a lot of rippling effects even today," said 25-year-old resident Karen Camacho.

Camacho, who lives with her parents due to the region's exorbitant housing costs, notes that these practices have made it nearly impossible for black and Latinx families to generate savings and pass wealth along to successive generations.

Camacho said she's proud of the way her city is trying to find creative solutions to address East Palo Alto's systemic cycles of poverty, gentrification and inequality, but, like many locals, she casts a wary eye to her neighbors to the north and south.

"There are other cities in our region that need to play a more active role in helping fix these problems," Camacho said. "Their refusal to build more affordable housing is placing gentrification pressures on East Palo Alto."

"They should not be feeling blameless in this process," she said.

For Randal Parker, at least, things are looking up.

As part of a cooperative project between Bains' Project WeHope and the City of East Palo Alto, he's taken advantage of the Bay Area's first program to allow legal overnight RV parking in a safe lot, complete with showers, restrooms, laundry facilities and social services.

Soon he expects to move into his first permanent home in years, thanks to the outreach coordinators from WeHope who helped him secure a housing voucher.

"I'm going to get my family back together," Parker said. "I've seen all the ups and downs. As a community we always bounce back. That's what we're doing as we speak, we're bouncing back."

<![CDATA[Man Asleep in Hot Car With Infant Arrested in San Carlos: PD]]>559954441Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:21:58 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/090219+police+lights+dc+police+lights+generic.jpg

A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of child cruelty and public intoxication after San Mateo County sheriff's deputies found him asleep in a parked car in San Carlos with his 18-month-old daughter in the backseat on Sunday afternoon.

At 4:27 p.m., a concerned citizen flagged down deputies on foot in the 600 block of Laurel Street and told them about a baby crying inside a vehicle.

The deputies found the vehicle in a nearby parking lot and saw a man later identified as 39-year-old Patterson resident Jeremy Davis asleep in the front passenger seat with the 18-month-old girl buckled in a car seat in the rear of the vehicle, sheriff's officials said.

Deputies reported that the vehicle was not running and all four car windows were only slightly open, so the sunny day caused extremely high and dangerous temperatures inside the car. The child was screaming and appeared to be in obvious distress, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies opened the unlocked vehicle and tended to the child, who was medically evaluated by responding firefighters and medics. After several attempts to wake Davis, he awoke and deputies determined him to be under the influence of both alcohol and cannabis, sheriff's officials said.

Davis was arrested and booked into San Mateo County Jail, while the child was later released to the custody of her mother and appears to be doing well, according to the sheriff's office.

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<![CDATA[The Bay Area's New Fashion Trend: Fighting Climate Change]]>560184161Thu, 12 Sep 2019 16:58:59 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0912Denim_8733741.JPG

Could our clothes be bad for the planet?

Take into consideration the following about the relationship between the environment and what we wear:

  • 32 billion garments are made every year in the United States;
  • most are shipped, which puts more emissions in the air;
  • and, in the end, 64% of them will end up in landfill.

But there's hope thanks to fashion, climate-conscious thrifters and companies.

"The fashion industry itself emits more carbon than maritime shipping and international flights combined," said Andrea Plell, co-founder for Sustainable Fashion Alliance in San Francisco.

Plell founded the alliance to try and change the way we look at clothes.

Companies like Thredup, which let you browse and shop for used clothing are on board.

Erin Wallace, Thredup's brand director, said the company processes 100,000 items a day, largely through its online store because thrifting is catching on.

Another way is to make clothing with fewer materials.

Denim Unspun does that with technology and uses a scanner to get a customer's perfect fit. The end product is also made of recycled materials.

According to the Sustainable Fashion Alliance, of which ThredUp is a member, if each of us got one recycled outfit a year, instead of a new one, we would eliminate the equivalent of 6 billion pounds of carbon emissions. That's the equivalent of taking half a million cars off the road for an entire year.

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<![CDATA[Teen With Disability Faces Unique Challenge at Stanford]]>559876221Tue, 10 Sep 2019 10:59:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanford-student-0909.jpg

For an East Bay teen, getting a full-ride to Stanford was the easy part. Living on campus will be the real challenge.

The Oakland teenager, Sylvia Colt-Lacayo, is living with a variation of muscular dystrophy that requires expensive round-the-clock care, and that has her studying the economics of health care and how it could threaten her dream.

Colt-Lacayo, 18, said in the beginning, she limited herself to colleges in the East Bay because they were close to home and close to her 24/7 caretaker – her mother. But then came the acceptance letter from Stanford and with it the challenge of living on her own, which comes with a major price-tag that insurance only partly covers.

Colt-Lacayo has a service dog, Nicola, who can do some things for her owner, such as picking up a dropped smartphone. But Colt-Lacayo is going to need a lot more help when she starts her freshman year at Stanford this week.

"I’m really scared to leave," she said. "I’m scared to live on my own, but I’m so excited."

Colt-Lacayo relies on her mother to help her get out of bed, take a shower, use the bathroom, even something as simple as putting her hair in a ponytail.

"The physical strength it takes for me to put my hands behind my head (is limited)," she explained.

Now she has to figure out how she’s going to hire and pay for a team of personal care aides who will be by her side 18 hours a day.

"I can’t drink throughout the day because I can’t pee because someone is not there," she said.

The challenge is finding the money to pay the personal care aides a competitive wage. Colt-Lacayo said MediCal and other funding is helping pay the aides $14 an hour.

"A lot of people that I’ve interviewed, they want $20-$25 an hour," she said.

That extra money is coming out of Colt-Lacayo’s pocket as well as the help from strangers who have donated to her GoFundMe page, which had collected nearly $25,000 of a $50,000 goal by late Monday nght.

"In a perfect world, if I had the money, I would definitely have 24-hour care because it’s honestly a little inhumane not to," Colt-Lacayo said.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Identified, Arrested in 2018 Sexual Assault on Teen]]>559761581Sun, 08 Sep 2019 12:19:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MatthewHann.jpg

A Half Moon Bay man recently arrested by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office on sexual assault charges is facing additional charges after a juvenile who was sexually assaulted in 2018 recognized him from a suspect photo that appeared in a local newspaper.

The victim in the 2018 case was 15 when a man who used force to sexually assault her while she was walking her dog on the morning of July 3 at the Coast Side Trail.

The teenager was able to defend herself and flee her attacker. The next day she reported the incident to the sheriff's office, but investigators did not have enough information to identify a suspect.

Matthew Hann, a 22-year-old Half Moon Bay resident, was arrested on unrelated sexual assault charges and the victim "immediately recognized him as the suspect who assaulted her" when she saw his photo in the newspaper.

Hann was arrested for the 2018 incident on Friday at his residence on charges of assault with intent to commit rape, and sexual penetration with force on a minor.

Anyone who has information about the suspect or has been victimized by him is asked to contact Detective Ron Derespini at (650) 363-4055 or rderespini@smcgov.org, or Detective Sgt. Joe Cang at (650) 363-4008 or jcang@smcgov.org.

<![CDATA[Daly City Holds Gun Buyback]]>559716422Sat, 07 Sep 2019 20:47:48 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Daly_City_Holds_Gun_Buyback.jpg

In an effort to decrease the number of unwanted guns on the streets, Daly City police held a gun buyback Saturday. For most guns people, who could remain anonymous, got back $100. Those guns meeting the standards of assault rifle were worth $400.]]>
<![CDATA[New Trail Opens in El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve]]>559703231Sat, 07 Sep 2019 16:28:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/New+San+Mateo+Trail.jpg

A new trail that opened Friday near Woodside is the final phase of an 18-year watershed protection program by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

The new Oljon Trail was revamped and is now ready for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians in Midpen's El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve, just off Skyline Boulevard.

The trail and surrounding area is free and open to the public daily, from one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset.

Measure AA, approved by local voters in 2014, helped Midpen complete the new trail and forest habitat restoration, Midpen General Manager Ana Ruiz said.

"The increased public access is readily apparent, but the parts you don't see are critical too: the old, eroding logging road that was returned to nature, the improved quality of the water flowing under a new bridge or through a repaired culvert, and the curvature of the trail ensuring water flows off quickly and filters into the earth," Ruiz said.

The watershed work keeps sediment out of the streams that provide critical downstream habitat for endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout, Ruiz said.

The new 1.3-mile segment of the single-track Oljon Trail required removing a half-mile of old logging roads and more than a half-mile of the steep Steam Donkey Trail, to complete the El Corte de Madera Creek watershed protection program.

The program included work on 24 miles of roads and trails to control erosion and bring the watershed back to health.

The Oljon trail follows a redwood-forested ridgeline on the western slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The trail allows visitors to explore many new loop trail options without having to travel along Skyline Boulevard and Bear Gulch Road, Ruiz said.

There are signs of clear-cutting that began in the 1860s in the area, such as notches in old-growth redwood stumps and rusted remains of heavy equipment. A few remaining old-growth redwoods can be still be found, including the Methuselah Tree just across Skyline Boulevard.

The preserve is also known for large tafoni sandstone formations weathered by thousands of years to create patterns and cave-like indentations in the rock.

The preserve was established by Midpen in 1986 with a 2,200-acre acquisition, the largest at that time, which has grown to 2,906 acres with 34 miles of multiuse trails.

To help protect valuable natural resources and reduce soil erosion and sedimentation in streams, visitors are required to remain on designated trails. This preserve is closed to all off-trail use.

More information is available at openspace.org/ECDM.

Photo Credit: Charlie Krenz/Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District]]>
<![CDATA[Foster City Resident Interrupts Burglar in Apartment]]>559701531Sat, 07 Sep 2019 16:01:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/090219+police+lights+dc+police+lights+generic.jpg

A resident of the Sand Cove Apartments on Shell Boulevard in Foster City arrived home Tuesday evening to find his door ajar and someone inside the unit, police said.

The interrupted burglar told the resident to leave and was still inside while the resident reported the intruder to the Foster City Police Department.

Officers ordered the burglar to come out and arrested Brent Allen McDonald, 30, of San Francisco.

"The investigating officers discovered the suspect had several pieces of the victim's property in his possession, including a knife that he was carrying in a concealed manner in his waistband," the department said in a news release.

McDonald already had two warrants from the San Francisco Sheriff's Office, for committing battery on a person and for exhibiting a weapon in a threatening manner and illegally carrying a dirk or dagger.

He was booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of felony residential burglary and illegally carrying a concealed dirk or dagger.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested for Alleged Inappropriate Contact With Minor]]>559698431Sat, 07 Sep 2019 15:10:34 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/207*120/handcuffs-generic-crime.jpg

A 25-year-old Cupertino man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of inappropriate contact with a co-worker who is a minor, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

Ryland Marques Chan and the juvenile victim met at the TJ Maxx store in San Carlos, where both worked.

Chan knew the victim was under 18, but engaged in sexually explicit conversations with her, officials said. He then communicated with her on social media platforms "and sent text messages soliciting pictures of illicit nature for his own sexual gratification," the sheriff's office said.

When the activity was reported authorities, detectives communicating with the suspect while pretending to be the victim were able to gain evidence of his motives and arranged a meeting at a Redwood City location, the sheriff's office said.

Chan was arrested on suspicion of contacting a minor with the intent to commit various felony sexual assaults, and arranging to meet with a minor for lewd acts.

Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to contact Detective Serrano at (650) 363-4066 or cserrano@smcgov.org, or Detective Derespini at (650) 363-4055 or rderespini@smcgov.org.

<![CDATA[Caltrain Reopens After Vehicle Strike]]>559638001Fri, 06 Sep 2019 20:57:16 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CaltrainDerailmentDiridonStation.jpg

Caltrain tracks have reopened in both directions after a train struck an occupied vehicle on the tracks earlier Friday, but passengers are experiencing delays of 30 to 60 minutes, the San Mateo County Transit District said.

A train struck the occupied vehicle at 5:54 p.m. at the 25th Avenue grade crossing in San Mateo, temporarily delaying all trains.

Paramedics were treating the occupant of the vehicle at the scene, but none of the approximately 600 passengers onboard the train reported injuries.

At 6:17 p.m. the northbound tracks were cleared for movement, and maximum speed resumed about 20 minutes later, shortly before a tow truck removed the vehicle.

The southbound track reopened at 6:54 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Suspects Take Dozens of Items From San Mateo Apple Store]]>559575371Fri, 06 Sep 2019 08:07:51 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/174*120/apple15.jpg

Three masked men allegedly entered an Apple store inside a San Mateo mall Thursday night and made off with about 40 items, police said.

The incident happened around 9 p.m. at the store, located at the Hillsdale Shopping Center, police said.

After taking the items, the trio fled in a vehicle described as a white four-door sedan, witnesses told police.

Officers were soon able to catch up with the suspect vehicle on northbound U.S. Highway 101 in Brisbane. Officers then began pursuing the vehicle but when it reached Interstate Highway 80 on the Bay Bridge, officers lost sight of it.

Police are continuing to investigate the theft and anyone with information is being asked to contact San Mateo police at (650) 522-7700.

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<![CDATA[Palo Alto Will Get $4.4M to Prevent Future Flooding]]>559482761Thu, 05 Sep 2019 10:35:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/flooding-generic.jpg

The federal government will award the city of East Palo Alto with a $4.4 million grant to improve stormwater infrastructure and prevent future flooding, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced Wednesday morning.

The grant will be used with a focus on the Ravenswood

Redevelopment Area in the northeast portion of the city just west of San Francisco Bay, and will be matched with local investments totaling $1.1 million.

"The Trump Administration is committed to helping communities recover from natural disasters," Ross said in a statement.

The project will be funded through President Donald Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and is expected to help create 10,900 jobs and attract $1.7 billion in private investments.

<![CDATA[Friends With Benefits: Facebook Dating Launches in US]]>559467301Thu, 05 Sep 2019 11:42:42 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/facebook-dating.jpg

Facebook is tackling a new frontier: love.

Facebook Dating, a matchmaking service the company already offers in Brazil, Canada and 17 other countries, arrives in the U.S. on Thursday. But after years of privacy missteps by the social network, will people trust it with their love lives?

For a company that's also developing its own digital currency and dabbling in e-commerce, love is another step toward reaching into all aspects of human existence.

Although many aspects of Facebook Dating resemble what other matchmaking services offer, Facebook's version promises to be different, just as Tinder did before it with its swipe action and Bumble with its female-first messaging. Your Facebook Dating profile will be separate from your main one, but it will tap existing features such as events and groups, as well as your network of friends to identify "secret crushes."

Facebook Dating, while being free to use and free of ads, can still help Facebook make money if it keeps people glued to its other services longer.

That's if users can get over concerns about privacy.

"A feature on Facebook that people don't trust isn't going to be successful," said Rob Sherman, the company's deputy chief privacy officer. "We built in privacy from the ground up."

Tell that to Seth Carter, 32, an engineer from Terre Haute, Indiana, who tried a host of dating apps ranging from Match to Bumble, Tinder and Christian Mingle prior to his current relationship.

"Facebook is here to make money and I get that," he said. But he worries that Facebook's stated commitment to privacy would ultimately buckle under pressure to make money off the service. "That likely means they're going to sell my dating preferences, which means even more intrusions into my life."

Facebook says it won't be doing any of that. But users like Carter can hardly be blamed for their apprehension, given the company's multiple stumbles over protecting people's private information. Facebook was fined a record $5 billion this summer by the Federal Trade Commission over privacy violations. It's also under scrutiny for allowing for the spread of election-related misinformation and discrimination in U.S. housing ads.

Facebook Dating has been more than a year coming, a slow rollout for a company still trying to shake off its old "move fast and break things" ethos.

It comes as the popularity of online dating grows: In 2016, 15% of all U.S. adults said they had used online dating services, up from virtually none in 2005, per the Pew Research Center.

From old school sites like eHarmony to Hinge or The League, a members-only service promising to bring together folks with "ambition and a drive to succeed," there are also apps focused on farmers, religious groups, seniors, the LGBT community and so on.

When he announced the feature last year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook Dating is "not just for hookups" but to build "meaningful, long-term relationships."

Ready to find meaning and love the Facebook way? You'll start by creating a dating profile distinct from your regular Facebook profile. It won't suggest your friends as people you might want to date. Your dating profile also won't show up on your news feed or be visible to friends; it's only for others using the dating service. There is no Tinder-like swiping. If you like someone, you can "like" them by tapping a heart icon. "X'' marks a dislike.

Facebook insists it won't use information gleaned from users' dating profiles for advertising and says there won't be ads on Facebook Dating. It has also built in features designed to prevent unwanted messages, photos and spam. For instance, users can message anyone else — but only once unless they get a response. Facebook also won't allow lonely hearts — or creeps — to send photos or website links, which could help cut down on unsolicited body-part photos.

Users can also share their live location with friends while they go out on a date, a feature Facebook says has been popular in countries such as Colombia and Thailand.

To help people meet offline and share interests, Facebook's dating app will also push other Facebook features, such as its events and groups. For instance, if you and a match are both going to a concert, you can make plans to meet up there. (These options require you to intentionally activate them.) It will also be linked with Instagram, so you can add up to 36 of profile pictures from the photo-sharing app to your Facebook Dating profile.

There's also "secret crush," for those harboring hidden passions for their existing Facebook friends. Users can pick up to nine of them to indicate a crush. If any of those people are also on Facebook Dating and there's a mutual crush, both parties will be notified. Otherwise, Facebook says, the crush remains secret.

But if it doesn't — and based on Facebook's history with users' private information, that's certainly a possibility — prepare to be embarrassed. 

Shares of the dating-site company Match fell more than 4 percent Thursday on news of Facebook Dating, CNBC reported

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Man Rescued From Freeway Billboard, Throwing Objects]]>559454841Thu, 05 Sep 2019 04:30:41 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/billboard+rescue+2+%28169%29.jpg

Menlo Park firefighters responded Tuesday morning to reports of a man throwing objects from an elevated billboard near Highway 101 in Palo Alto, authorities confirmed.

East Palo Alto Police requested assistance from firefighters after discovering that a ladder was needed to rescue the man, fire officials said. Upon arrival firefighters discovered a man hanging from a catwalk attached to a billboard about 25 feet off the ground.

Fire crews used a 108-foot aerial ladder with ropes as a makeshift crane to rescue the man, who was transported to a hospital for evaluation, officials said.

“We occasionally have used our aerial ladders as makeshift cranes to remove people and animals from trees, creek beds, culverts, bridges, rooftops or open basements under construction, usually under similar unique circumstances,” Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said. “I guess we can now add billboards to that list.”

The text on the billboard read “order weed online.” Schapelhouman said some wondered if that had to do with the man’s motive for climbing the sign.

“Someone suggested that the wording on the billboard may have been what made him climb up there,” Schapelhouman said.

Photo Credit: Menlo Park Fire District
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<![CDATA[SF Zoo Free Entry for Locals on Select September Thursdays]]>559449511Thu, 05 Sep 2019 02:52:36 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tigerGettyImages-74187710.jpg

Officials with the San Francisco Zoo are launching "Good Neighbor Free Days" on Thursdays in September for residents from nine Bay Area counties in celebration of the zoo's 90th anniversary.

Each week, visitors from a certain county will get free admission.

This Thursday, Sept. 5, residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties can visit for free. On Sept. 12, residents of San Francisco can visit for free. On Sept. 19, admission is free for residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties and on Sept. 26, there is no cost for admission for residents of Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties.

Visitors must bring valid identification and each adult must bring proof of where they live.

The zoo will be open one hour later each Thursday in September and a special Happy Hour for children and adults will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on each free day.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Dry Thunderstorms Possible Across Bay Area]]>559376701Wed, 04 Sep 2019 10:25:16 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LightningFile.jpg

Dry thunderstorms and lightning are possible in the Bay Area on Wednesday, National Weather Service officials said.

Storms may start late Wednesday morning and are anticipated anywhere north of Santa Cruz. Moderate chances exist in the North Bay and East Bay and lower chances exist elsewhere.

Weather service officials said dry lightning could start fires, but strong winds to spread fires are not expected.

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<![CDATA[Victim in Brock Turner Case Reveals Her Identity]]>559371871Wed, 04 Sep 2019 22:29:55 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BrockTurner1.jpg

The woman who was sexually assaulted by ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner and later read a powerful statement at his sentencing has revealed her identity.

Chanel Miller, known for years only as "Emily Doe," is sharing her story in an upcoming memoir, "Know My Name."

The memoir is slated to be released on Sept. 24, according to publishing company Penguin Random House, which noted on its website that Miller studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara and lives in San Francisco.

Many people were enraged when Turner was sentenced to six months in jail in 2016 after his conviction for felony sexual assault, more than a year before the #MeToo movement took off.

Judge Aaron Persky, who imposed the sentence, was recalled by voters in 2018, the first judge to be recalled in California since 1932.

"When people read her book they will be impressed with her, they will be convinced that Judge Persky and Stanford University behaved very badly," said Michele Dauber, a Stanford law professor who launched the recall campaign.

"Many victims of sexual violence are subjected to the same terrible treatment by courts and universities that Ms. Miller experienced," she said.

To critics, Persky embodied an outdated judicial system that treated sexual assault too lightly and seemed overly concerned with the male attacker, in this case an athlete with a budding career.

A jury found Turner guilty of assaulting Miller while she was incapacitated by alcohol in January 2015. The emotional victim impact statement Miller read at his sentencing went viral, serving as a rallying cry for victims of sexual abuse.

In it, she detailed how the assault and the aftermath affected her life.

"My independence, natural joy, gentleness, and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition. I became closed off, angry, self-deprecating, tired, irritable, empty," Miller wrote.

Photo Credit: Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group/Tribune News Service via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[YouTube Will Pay $170 Million to Settle Claims It Violated Child Privacy Laws]]>559356681Wed, 04 Sep 2019 10:21:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/youtube-logo1.jpg

Google’sYouTube will pay $170 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York attorney general that it earned millions by illegally collecting personal information from children without their parents’ consent. 

The settlement, announced Wednesday, was passed in a 3-2 vote by the commissioners along party lines. The two Democrats voted against it, saying it did not go far enough to punish YouTube. 

Shares of Google parent company Alphabet were up about 0.4% Wednesday morning. 

The settlement requires Google and YouTube to pay $136 million to the FTC and $34 million to New York for allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The $136 million penalty is the largest amount the FTC has ever obtained in a COPPA case since Congress enacted the law in 1998, according to the agency. 

“YouTube touted its popularity with children to prospective corporate clients,” wrote FTC Chairman Joe Simons, who voted in favor of the settlement. “Yet when it came to complying with COPPA, the company refused to acknowledge that portions of its platform were clearly directed to kids. There’s no excuse for YouTube’s violations of the law.” 

The COPPA rule requires child-directed sites to disclose data practices and get parental consent for collecting information on children under age 13. The complaint alleged that YouTube collected personal information from “viewers of child-directed channels” without parental consent using cookies, which track user behavior across the internet. 

“Google and YouTube knowingly and illegally monitored, tracked, and served targeted ads to young children just to keep advertising dollars rolling in,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement following the announcement. “These companies put children at risk and abused their power, which is why we are imposing major reforms to their practices and making them pay one of the largest settlements for a privacy matter in U.S. history.” 

YouTube marketed itself to Mattel and Hasbro as the “leader” in reaching children ages 6-11, the ruling found. Yet, in one instance, the company told an advertising company that it did not have users younger than 13 on its platform and therefore channels on its platform did not need to comply with COPPA. 

In a blog post Wednesday, YouTube said it is taking steps to address the concerns raised over its practices. 

“From its earliest days, YouTube has been a site for people over 13, but with a boom in family content and the rise of shared devices, the likelihood of children watching without supervision has increased,” it said. In four months, YouTube added, it will restrict data collection on videos directed at children to “treat data from anyone watching children’s content on YouTube as coming from a child, regardless of the age of the user.” 

YouTube said it will completely stop serving personalized ads on child-focused content and will disable comments and notifications on those videos as well. Creators will be responsible for identifying whether their content is made for kids, but YouTube said it will also use machine learning “to find videos that clearly target young audiences.” 

In its post, YouTube recommended parents use its separate app, YouTube Kids, to let children under 13 watch on their own. YouTube said it will be promoting the app more heavily across its services and is creating a $100 million fund to be disbursed over three years to create new children’s content on both YouTube and YouTube Kids. 

In addition to the penalty, the settlement requires Google and YouTube to “develop, implement, and maintain a system that permits channel owners to identify their child-directed content on the YouTube platform” so that YouTube can ensure it is complying with COPPA. It also requires them to provide notice about their data collection practices and “obtain verifiable parental consent” before collecting personal information from children. 

At a press conference Wednesday following the announced, Simons, the FTC chairman, said, “no other company in America is subject to these types of requirements and they will impose significant costs on YouTube.” Once YouTube implements the terms of the settlement, he said, the FTC will conduct a “sweep” of the platform to verify whether child-directed content is being properly labelled. 

Asked about how the FTC would conduct a sweep of YouTube’s massive content library, Andrew Smith, director of the bureau of consumer protection said, “I think that we have a variety of tools at our disposal to cull through those 23 million channels in an expeditious way,” as the agency has done in other COPPA cases. 

“I have no doubt that it will be similarly successful with respect to YouTube despite the large quantity of information on the platform,” he said. 

“For the third time since 2011, the Federal Trade Commission is sanctioning Google for privacy violations,” FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra said in a dissenting statement. “This latest violation is extremely serious. The company baited children using nursery rhymes, cartoons and other kid-directed content on curated YouTube channels to feed its massively profitable behavioral advertising business.” 

Chopra said that with the Google settlement “the Commission repeats many of the same mistakes from the flawed Facebook settlement: no individual accountability, insufficient remedies to address the company’s financial incentives and a fine that still allows the company to profit from its lawbreaking. The terms of the settlement were not even significant enough to make Google issue a warning to its investors.” 

Chopra and fellow Democratic commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter had both voted against the FTC’s earlier $5 billion settlement with Facebook, ending a probe into its data practices. Like the Facebook settlement, both argued the Google deal did not go far enough to curb what they describe as harmful practices. 

“When it comes to fencing-in relief, the current order looks like a fence but one with only three sides,” Slaughter wrote in a dissenting statement. “The missing fourth side is a mechanism to ensure that content creators are telling the truth when they designate their content as not child-directed. And such a mechanism is surely within YouTube’s mighty technological capacity.” 

While Smith, the bureau of consumer protection director, said he “appreciate[s] the concerns” the two dissenting Democratic commissioners raised in their statements, he is “saddened” by the partisan divide over the settlement. 

“I hope that business does not doubt our resolve that this is an historic penalty. It is staggeringly large in the privacy world and in the COPPA world,” Smith said at the press conference. 

Besides the terms of the agreement, Smith said the case is significant because “we are holding a platform liable under COPPA for content posted by somebody else. That’s a really big deal. And if you think about all the platforms out there in the world and the economic power that they wield and the amount of content that they host, this is game changing.” 

The settlement is the latest move from regulators to crack down on privacy violations from large tech companies, including its recent settlement with Facebook. The Justice Department and Attorney General William Barr also have announced antitrust probes that reportedly includes Google. 

It also comes as the company grapples with criticism for disinformation and violent content. Last week, CEO Susan Wojcicki doubled down on keeping YouTube “open” on the belief that it does more good than bad for society. 

Ahead of the fine, YouTube made some tweaks to its platform, including changing algorithms and ending targeted ads.

Follow @CNBCtech on Twitter for the latest tech industry news. 

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<![CDATA[San Mateo to Break Ground on Wastewater Treatment Plant]]>559350131Wed, 04 Sep 2019 05:20:59 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ManholeFile.jpg

The city of San Mateo on Wednesday will break ground on a new wastewater treatment plant expansion that has been years in the making.

An underground tank could be part of a $1 billion dollar modernization of San Mateo's clean water program. The 5 million gallon sewage storm basin would only be in use during storms, otherwise it would remain dry. Daly City has a similar system.

Opponents of the project have said that a wastewater treatment plant would ruin their quality of life.

But as recently as 2016, raw sewage bubbled out of manholes, into streets and into the bay. The state ordered San Mateo to eliminate such overflows.

Wednesday's groundbreaking is set for 10 a.m.

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<![CDATA[At Least 1 Dead in Collision Near Menlo Park on SB U.S. 101]]>559340751Wed, 04 Sep 2019 02:20:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-day-connecticut.jpg

At least one person has died following a traffic collision on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park early Wednesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP said the collision was first reported at 1:24 a.m. and involved at least one vehicle that went 15 feet off the freeway and into an embankment.

There are no immediate reports of other injuries. No further information is immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Crews Deployed to Aid in Hurricane Dorian Response]]>559318731Tue, 03 Sep 2019 23:36:48 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mp-dorian-0903.jpg

Rescue crews out of Menlo Park and Oakland were among several California search and rescue teams sent to the southern Atlantic Coast on Tuesday to aid in the response to Hurricane Dorian.

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District's Task Force 3 was activated and was slated to fly to Charlotte, North Carolina, late Tuesday night, district officials said.

The team, consisting of 45 members and three search and recovery dogs, assembled at its Special Operations Warehouse in East Palo Alto late Tuesday, preparing to deploy, the district said.

The team's 45,000 pounds of equipment, along with inflatable boats, was expected to move later Tuesday or early Wednesday, the district said.

Menlo Park's Task Force 3 was last deployed to the Camp Fire in November 2018, where it conducted human remains recovery, the district said.

The Oakland Fire Department's Task Force 4 also was activated. It is comprised of highly trained men and women from 15 agencies around the greater Bay Area, according to the city of Oakland website.

Task Force 4 responded to Hurricane Florence on the Atlantic Coast in April 2018.

The teams were activated at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

Other California teams were deployed out of Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego, as well as Cal OES Fire and Rescue.

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<![CDATA[Facebook Face Recognition Feature to Replace Tag Suggestions]]>559296801Tue, 03 Sep 2019 16:22:39 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/203*120/Facebook-logo-general.jpg

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Facebook says it is ending its practice of using face recognition software to identify users' friends in uploaded photos and automatically suggesting they "tag" them.

Instead, it is replacing the feature, called "tag suggestions," with its broader face recognition setting, which identifies people's faces in photos for various uses, not just tagging. Beginning Tuesday, people who are new to Facebook, or previously had the tag suggestions setting available, will instead get the face recognition setting, which they can turn on. It will be off by default.

People who had the tag suggestions setting turned off will see a notice about face recognition and a button to turn it on or keep it off.

Facebook was sued in Illinois over the tag suggestion feature and a federal appeals court has ruled the lawsuit can proceed.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[World Surf League Ends Titans of Mavericks Surf Contest]]>559261731Tue, 03 Sep 2019 09:03:46 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/mavericks+surf+image.jpg

The Titans of Mavericks surf competition has been canceled indefinitely, according to the World Surf League, which cited two reasons for the cancellation.

One was "various logistical challenges" and the second "the inability to run the event the last two seasons."

Pat O'Connell, the World Surf League's senior vice president of tours and competition, said in an interview posted on the organization's website, "The unfortunate part is that we won't be running a competition at Mavericks and that's obviously super hard. But we want to create a better world for Big Wave surfing."

Organizers held the popular event off the coast of Half Moon Bay in 2016, 2014 and 2013 but called it off last year, the year before, and in 2011 and 2012.

Surfers will instead compete in Hawaii and Portugal later this year.

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<![CDATA[Amateur San Jose Bowler to Compete Against Pros in Tourney]]>559180391Mon, 02 Sep 2019 21:40:15 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0902JoshuaTajiri_8602630.JPG

A San Jose man is hoping to turn his passion for bowling into a full-time job.

The 30-year-old will show off his skills when he goes up against the world's best professionals next Wednesday in a tournament.

Joshua Tajiri currently spends part of his work day as a telephone lineman -- a job he's held for the last three years. After an eight-hour shift, Tajiri trades in his climbing boots for bowling shoes.

Tajiri, who grew up in Hawaii, said his love for bowling started at age 12 and playing with his family.

"I grew up in a bowling alley," he said. "My mom bowled in a league, and every Wednesday I would go with her to the league in Hawaii."

Tajiri also owns a bowling pro shop in San Mateo.

"The reason I have a pro shop is to give back to the people that were in my shoes when I was younger," he said.

When Tajiri is not working, he is practicing his technique and playing in tournaments.

On Sept. 11, Tajiri will get his chance against the pros in the Bowlero Elite Series. The tournament matches eight amateur league bowlers with eight world-renowned pro bowlers.

In last year's inaugural tournament, an amateur player beat out all the pros. Tajiri is hoping the ball rolls his way.

"I'm hoping to make it past the amateur ranks, make it to that final match and bowl against a pro," Tajiri said. "I think it will be a good experience -- make a good name for myself."

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<![CDATA[Investigation of Daly City Fire That Displaced 15 Continues]]>559009251Sat, 31 Aug 2019 22:54:03 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fire_truck_generic_wavy.jpg

The cause of a Saturday night apartment fire that displaced 15 Daly City residents was under investigation late Saturday night, a North County Fire Authority spokesman said.

Six fire companies, two fire chiefs and a fire investigator responded at 6:51 to a two-story apartment building at 113 School St., and arrived to find smoke coming from the rear of a second-story unit, firefighters said.

Flames were contained to a storage room and a hallway, firefighters said, but there was heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the unit.

No one was injured, but the American Red Cross was helping those displaced find shelter for the night, an NCFA spokesman said.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Newsom Announces Deal to Cap Rent Prices]]>558908322Sat, 31 Aug 2019 00:33:55 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Governor_Newsom_Announces_Deal_to_Cap_Rent_Prices.jpg

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday a deal that would cap annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation, with a 10% maximum increase. The announcement comes at a time when U.S. Census Bureau data shows more people moving out of the Bay Area than moving in. Many are leaving the state due to high housing costs. Lili Tan reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Authorities Search for Bank Robbery Suspect Wearing Wig ]]>558851411Fri, 30 Aug 2019 13:45:48 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MILLBRAE+SNIP.PNG

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is asking for assistance finding a man who robbed a bank in Millbrae on Monday while disguised with a long wig and medical mask.

The man walked into the California Bank and Trust at 300 Broadway at 2:22 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money. The teller handed him cash, according to the sheriff's office.

He fled the scene in a blue four-door sedan with a stolen license plate.

The sheriff's office described the man as light-skinned. During the robbery, he was wearing a long dark wig, a medical mask, sunglasses, dark pants and a dark button-up shirt.

Anyone with information about the robbery has been asked to call San Mateo County Sheriff's Office detective bureau at (650) 599-1536.

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<![CDATA[14-Year-Old Student Taken Into Custody After School Threat]]>558837661Fri, 30 Aug 2019 13:02:33 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Student_Arrested_After_Threat_to__Shoot_Up__School.jpg

Police in Palo Alto have taken a 14-year-old student into custody in connection with making threats to "shoot up" Henry M Gunn High School on Thursday.

The student, who reportedly made threats online against the high school, was identified and safely taken into custody for a mental health evaluation, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

The student may also face criminal charges, police said.

On Thursday at 6 p.m., police noticed comments on the department's Instagram page concerning an individual who wrote they were going to "shoot up" the high school.

The high school is located at 780 Arastradero Road.

The profile used to make the threats had no identifying information on it, police said.

Detectives and school resource officers opened an investigation and were able to identify the suspect as a 14-year-old student of the high school.

At 8:40 p.m., police located the suspect at the suspect's home in Palo Alto and took the suspect into custody.

Police searched the student's residence and did not find any weapons.

Investigators said the threats appear to be unfounded, and the student had no real intent to carry out a shooting.

Detectives will be submitting the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office and the juvenile probation department for review for criminal charges, police said.

<![CDATA[Bay Area Home Sales See Steady Decline: Report ]]>558787921Sun, 01 Sep 2019 18:38:18 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/home+sales+build.jpg

According to new information from data analyst CoreLogic, Bay Area home sales have seen a steady decline over the last year.

CoreLogic reported that sales fell 2.2% from July of last year while the median home price dropped by 4.1% to $815,500 in the nine-county region. The report also noted that total home sales in the Bay Area for July of 2019 were the lowest since the same month in 2011.

The most affordable counties as of July of this year were Solano, Sonoma and Contra Costa counties with median sale prices of $450,000, $585,000 and $617,000.

Solano, however, was one of only two counties that saw an increase in median sale price, up 4.3% from last year’s $431,250. San Francisco’s median sale price was also up, increasing 3.8% from $1.3 million to $1.35 million.

The counties that experienced the largest decreases in median sale price were Napa, Marin, Contra Costa and San Mateo counties. Napa’s median home sale price was down 4.6%, from $669,600 to $638,500. Marin’s sale price was down 3.6%, from $1.1 million to $1.06 million.

Contra Costa County saw a decrease in median home sale price of 2.8% from last year, from $635,000 to $617,500. San Mateo dropped 2.8% as well, from $1.369 million to $1.33 million.

Despite the downward trend, Bay Area home prices remain among the highest in the nation.

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<![CDATA[SFPD Sergeant Charged for Pulling Fire Alarm in Pacifica]]>558765181Thu, 29 Aug 2019 20:39:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sf-cop-arrest-0829.jpg

PACIFICA (AP) A San Francisco Police sergeant has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly pulling a fire alarm when she became frustrated she was denied entry into a closed-door meeting on homelessness.

The San Francisco Examiner reports that San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe charged Sgt. Maria Teresa Donati Thursday.

Wagstaffe said Donati was among several people who were upset about not being allowed into an Aug. 7 meeting on homelessness in Pacifica, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of San Francisco. The 24-year department veteran lives in Pacifica.

After the alarm was pulled, firefighters rushed to the scene and evacuated the building.

San Francisco police spokesman Officer Joseph Tomlinson said the department is investigating. An attorney for Donati could not immediately be located.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Skimming Devices Found in Gas Pumps at Woodside Chevron ]]>558654931Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:04:28 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-11-15-Gas_Station.JPG

Three skimming devices were found at gas pumps at a station in Woodside on Monday afternoon and San Mateo County sheriff's deputies are trying to find out who installed them there.

Deputies responded at 1:13 p.m. after an employee at the Chevron gas station at 2950 Woodside Road found the devices, which are secretly installed at gas pump terminals to fraudulently obtain credit card information when customers use the machines.

Investigators are working to determine how long the devices were in the gas pumps and who put them there. Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call (650) 599-1536 or an anonymous tip line at (800) 547-2700.

<![CDATA[Future of World-Famous Mavericks Surfing Contest Uncertain]]>558619571Wed, 28 Aug 2019 19:19:29 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/mavericks+surf+image.jpg

More drama continues to surround the world-famous Mavericks surfing contest.

The window to hold the contest opens on November 1. But there is also a window to get things done so the so-called Super Bowl of surfing can even take place, including obtaining crucial permits -- and that window is just about shut.

The Mavericks Surf Contest starts in November, which is when everyone begins to monitor the forecast. If and when waves get big enough, top surfers from around the world will have 48 hours to gather at Pillar Point.

The World Surf League took over after the previous organizer went bankrupt. It then made history by announcing they're offering equal pay for women competitors during the next contest.

But for various reasons, including weather, Mavericks has not been held for three seasons.

Now officials realize while the WSL holds the contest permit, it has not applied for all the other permits needed -- a process that usually takes six months.

"To start the permit process now is definitely late in the game," said Sabrina Brennan, San Mateo County Harbor Commission president. "It's going to be challenging to pull it off."

Mavericks surfer Bianca Valenti on Wednesday told NBC Bay Area she is worried.

"Each time we think we're going to be getting the opportunity, something seems to happen," Valenti said. "So fingers crossed that everything lines up and we have the best event ever."

Local officials said they have not hear back from the WSL about their concerns.

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara Joins Other Communities, Declares Climate Crisis]]>558525731Tue, 27 Aug 2019 22:42:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/climatechange2.jpg

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors declared a climate crisis Tuesday, joining dozens of Bay Area cities and counties that have pledged resources toward mitigating global warming.

Supervisor Dave Cortese introduced the resolution in tandem with the county's ongoing environmental efforts to end greenhouse gas emissions and move to 100 percent renewable electric power. The supervisors approved the resolution unanimously with one absence.

"Our planet, our livelihoods and the livelihoods of generations to come are at stake," Cortese said. "We are at an important junction in our history where folks from all walks of life are uniting behind a global mission to restore the climate for future generations."

San Francisco, Petaluma, Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley, Alameda, Hayward, Cupertino, and Santa Cruz are among 500 cities internationally that have declared climate crises. Their goal is to combat sea-level rise, protect coastal areas-including the Bay Area-and promote sustainable local economies that do not rely on fossil fuels.

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<![CDATA[SFO Flight Delays, Cancellations Coming With Runway Work]]>558500421Tue, 27 Aug 2019 19:14:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sfo-runway-0827.jpg

Delays and cancellations are coming to San Francisco International Airport next week as the airport repaves its busiest runway.

The runway will be shut down for 20 days in September, the airport said.

Aviation expert Mike McCarron says short-haul flights of two hours or less will be hit the hardest. So flights to and from Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Seattle and Denver are most likely to be delayed or canceled.

The work starts a week from Saturday.

The runway known as 28-Left is used by 68% of the flights in or out of SFO. Just two years ago, SFO repaved the entire 11,000-foot runway, but during that repair, core samples revealed the rock foundation beneath the asphalt was cracking. So nearly 2,000 feet of the runway will be repaved starting Sept. 7.

McCarron said the time frame chosen is the sweet spot for repairing the runway, but doing without 28-L is going to require patience.

"It’s after the summer rush, and it’s before the winter rains," McCarron said. "That (runway) handles most of the arrivals most of the time. So they go from 60 planes an hour to 30 planes an hour."

Two years ago, when the runway was being repaved, there were 370 delays and 155 cancellations in a single day.

"So, if you are taking off try to get out as early as you can," McCarron said.

Delays will start piling up on flights coming or going after 10 a.m. United Airlines passengers are being allowed to change their flights at no cost, but Alaska Airlines has yet to make a similar offer.

Alaska passengers are already talking about it.

"I even talked to my parents and said maybe I should fly into Oakland or San Jose next time," said Katelyn Phillips of Washington, D.C.

If you’re traveling on longer flights, cross country or internationally, McCarron says the chances of cancellations are greatly reduced.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Assault in Half Moon Bay]]>558315961Mon, 26 Aug 2019 08:26:36 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-141810855+%286%29+resized+handcuffs.jpg

A 21-year-old man was arrested Saturday, 18 days after a woman reported to police that she had been sexually assaulted in February, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported Sunday.

Matthew Hann, a resident of unincorporated San Mateo County, was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation and sexual penetration, both felonies, suspected in connection with a February sexual assault of a woman in a car parked outside a restaurant-bar in the 400 block of Capistrano Road in Half Moon Bay.

The victim did not report the attack to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office until Aug. 6. An arrest warrant was then issued for Hann, the sheriff's office said.

Hann was booked Saturday into the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the San Mateo County Sheriff's anonymous tip line at (800) 547-2700.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Arrested Trying to Sell Stolen Pickup in San Mateo]]>558133931Sat, 24 Aug 2019 12:50:39 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/SAN+MATEO+TRUCK+SNIP.PNG

A Mountain View man was arrested this week trying to sell a pickup truck he allegedly stole two months ago in La Honda, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Jose Barrenechea, 68, was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle.

Authorities said Barrenechea arranged to meet the seller of a white 2003 Toyota Tacoma on June 2. Barrenechea took the pickup, valued at $3,000, for a test drive and did not come back, the sheriff's office said.

The pickup was spotted at 12:43 p.m. Thursday in the 8000 block of La Honda Road, in unincorporated San Mateo County. Barrenechea was at the scene and apparently trying to sell it to an unsuspecting person, authorities said.

Deputies requested the pink slip from the victim and Barrenechea arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Main Jail.

The stolen pickup was returned to the owner, authorities said.

Anyone who has information regarding this incident or other crimes may call the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Anonymous Tip Line at 1-800-547-2700.

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<![CDATA[Reward for Information on Animal Cruelty Case in Monterey]]>558128281Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:31:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/monterrey+husky+snipo.PNG

The SPCA in Monterey County is hoping a $5,000 reward will help find and convict whoever clipped a carabiner clip through a dog's skin and chained the animal to clumps of concrete earlier this month.

The injured husky found by sheriff's deputies the evening of Aug. 3 was in a culvert on Armstrong Road in unincorporated Salinas, according to the Monterey County officials.

Officials said the clip had likely been attached to the young dog for more than 10 days. The carabiner has been removed and the dog is expected to make a full recovery.

About a year old, the husky is now named Neil and is recovering at Monterey County Animal Services.

"We hope this increased reward will inspire someone to come forward with information about this horrible case of animal abuse," said Beth Brookhouser of the SPCA for Monterey County.

A reward was previously announced at $1,000, but a donor increased the reward to $5,000 to help find the person responsible, officials said. Monterey County Animal Services is investigating the case.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Monterey County Animal Services at (831) 769-8850 or report online.

Any other cases of animal neglect or abuse can be reported to the SPCA website  or call (831) 373-2631.

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<![CDATA[Man Tied Up, Assaulted in Alleged Hate Crime: San Bruno PD]]>558025801Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:10:29 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/SAN+BRUNO+MUG2.PNG

Three people have been arrested for an alleged hate crime after police say an African-American man was tied up and assaulted in San Bruno.

The incident was reported to police at 12:38 p.m. Thursday when a young man arrived at the San Bruno Police Department to report that three people had held him against his will, assaulted and threatened him.

Police found through an investigation that the victim was visiting his girlfriend at her home when her mother and stepfather arrived around 2 a.m. Thursday. They became angry and began assaulting him, police said. They then called her biological father to come help, authorities confirmed. 

Two of the suspects, Wilfredo Amaya and Haydee Arguello, are San Bruno residents. The third suspect, Luisandor Suarez, is a San Francisco resident. All three suspects face a number of felonies, including hate crime, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats, police said.

The suspects restrained the man using a rope, assaulted him multiple times and threatened to kill him. The victim was later released and treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The victim said that during the attack the suspects, who are Hispanic, yelled multiple racial slurs at him. Police said the victim believes his race was a motivating factor in the attack.

All suspects have been booked into San Mateo County Jail.

The family said that race was not a factor in the incident. Katherine Gomez, the 15-year-old's sister, said that the her parents found the 17-year-old in the closet and didn't know who he was. She said he jumped out at them.

Gomez's sister said that her mother was hit in the face at that time. 

Gomez said her parents were caught off guard. 

"My step-dad held him and asked him 'who are you, we don't know who you are, what are you doing in my house?'" Gomez said.

In the backyard the family discovered a chair where the 17-year-old had apparently been coming and going from the house for two days before they discovered him. 

"I'm upset about this. They're saying that this is a hate crime because he is African-American. It was nothing like that at all. We're not racist at all," Gomez said.

Anyone with information related to this crime is urged to contact the San Bruno Police Department at (650) 616-7100 or email sbpdtipline@sanbruno.ca.gov. Information can be left anonymously.

Photo Credit: San Bruno Police Department
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<![CDATA[Rancho San Antonio Park Closed Due to Mountain Lions]]>558023021Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:38:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mountain_Lion_Family_Spotted_Along_South_Bay_Hiking_Trail.jpg

Rancho San Antonio County Park near Cupertino is closed after mountain lions were spotted Friday afternoon.

The clsoure comes after officials with the Mid-Peninsula Open Space District on Monday said a mountain lion family was spotted at the park.

"There were sightings all the way through last week so as they kept getting more and more frequent that's what triggered us to close it down," said Brad Pennington, Area Superintendent of Midpeninsula Open Space District.

The district released video of one recent encounter showing at least three big cats on or near a trail in Rancho San Antonio.

"The fact that they run across the trail and there’s one on the side of the trail, thats not normal," said Pennington.

Anyone who sees mountain lions is advised not to approach them. Stand tall, face the animals, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms or throwing objects, the district said.

Also, pick up small children and back away slowly. Do not remain in the area.

Find out more about what to do in the event of a mountain lion encounter on the Mid-Pen website.

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<![CDATA[Lanes Open After Truck Crash on Hwy. 92 in San Mateo: CHP]]>558022961Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:47:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/189*120/san+mateo+trash.PNG

Westbound lanes are opened Friday afternoon after a collision involving a truck.

A California Highway Patrol incident log showed the truck was carrying 80,000 pounds of garbage. It overturned onto the roadway.

No serious injuries were reported, officials say.

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<![CDATA[Pacifica Theft Suspects Arrested, $70,000 in Goods Seized]]>558015381Fri, 23 Aug 2019 11:17:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/ring+suspects+snip.PNG

Two-dozen laptops were among suspected stolen goods worth $70,000 found at a Pacifica home this week during an investigation into a retail theft and fencing ring.

Rudy Obdulio Rivera, 44, and Mercy Folgars Sandoval, 42, were arrested Tuesday after a search warrant was served at Rivera's home on Catalina Avenue in Pacifica, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

After getting a tip about the suspected theft ring two months ago, detectives began watching the pair and determined that Rivera's house was being used to store stolen merchandise.

A search of the home and cars associated with the suspects turned up $40,000 in stolen retail goods and another $30,000 in suspected stolen property that included 25 laptops, several bags and purses, and high-end cameras, according to the sheriff's office.

Four other suspects who weren't at the home have been identified and detectives plan to apply for arrest warrants for them, the sheriff's office said.

Rivera and Sandoval, both Pacifica residents, were booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of organized retail theft, possession of stolen property and conspiracy.

Anyone with information on the case or other crimes may call the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Anonymous Tip Line at 1-800-547-2700.

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<![CDATA[You Lose 103 Hours a Year Sitting in Bay Area Traffic: Study]]>557928061Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:11:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/03-22-2017-traffic-la-generic-1.JPG

A new study says the Bay Area has the second-worst traffic in the country, and it's costing the region billions of dollars.

The Texas A&M study ranks the Bay Area behind only Los Angeles for worst traffic in the nation. According to the data, local residents lose 103 hours a year sitting in traffic.

The Bay Area's economy loses almost $2.5 billion while motorists sit in traffic. In addition, the study says commuters burn more than 3 billion gallons of fuel while sitting in slowdowns.

Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino says all of this is affecting the Bay Area's position as a technology and business leader. Companies are also at risk of losing talented employees to other regions with less traffic and cheaper housing.

The solution? More public transportation funded by voter-approved taxes. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group said it hopes to put a measure on the 2020 ballot for even more public transportation options.

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<![CDATA[Man Suspected of Molestation Faces New Accusations]]>557830371Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:28:21 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Randolph+Haldeman.jpg

A 59-year-old man living in unincorporated Menlo Park was arrested Wednesday on a $5 million warrant for multiple counts of various sexual assault charges, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

Since Randolph Haldeman was initially arrested at his home on July 25, six more victims, ranging in age from 6 to 16, have come forward to report assaults, bringing the total number of incidents reported to 20.

"This case was high profile as the suspect made bail within hours of being arrested the first time and it was a major shock to the Ladera and Portola Valley communities," Detective Rosemerry Blankswade said in an announcement of the new arrest.

All the alleged sexual assaults on the new charges were committed at Haldeman's residence in unincorporated Menlo Park, officials said.

Haldeman is being held at Maguire Correctional Facility on charges that include oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance and sodomy by anesthesia or controlled substance.

Investigators believe there are potentially more victims and "encourage anyone who had any contact with the suspect, allowed him to be around their child/children, or believe anyone may have been victimized" to contact Detective Joseph Fava at (650) 363-4192/ jfava@smcgov.org or Detective Ron Derespini at (650) 363-4055 / rderespini@smcgov.org.

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<![CDATA[Burlingame Trains Resume Service After Vehicle Strike]]>557824521Wed, 21 Aug 2019 21:54:03 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CaltrainDerailmentDiridonStation.jpg

Trains are on the move again but delayed up to 45 minutes following a northbound train striking an unoccupied vehicle at the Broadway grade crossing in Burlingame just north of the Broadway Station about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Caltrain said.

Burlingame police arrived at the scene at 7:40 p.m. and transit police arrived at 7:56 p.m.

Transit police released the involved train at 8:11 p.m. and reopened both tracks for maximum authorized speed.

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<![CDATA[One-Cent Sales Tax for Transit May Be on 2020 Ballot]]>557901761Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:30:15 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/2015-generic-bart.jpg

Bay Area voters may be asked to approve a one-cent sales tax in 2020 that would fund a wide array of transportation projects and improvements across the region.

The sales tax has been proposed by a coalition of policy advocacy groups, including the Bay Area Council, the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

The coalition has dubbed themselves FASTER Bay Area and presented their plan to the BART Board of Directors at a meeting in Oakland on Thursday. According to their presentation, they project the tax could raise up to $100 billion over 40 years.

The funds would be dispersed to regional transit districts, including BART, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and others. The policy groups are primarily interested in "big, transformational projects that better connect jobs to housing through a more integrated transit system," according to a memo by BART general manager Robert Powers.

That could include regional rail improvements, including more exclusive right of way for BART and Caltrain, and more express freeway lanes.

It would also emphasize closing gaps between transit systems, more fare integration and improvements to transit hubs and stations.

For BART, it could include funding for a new transbay rail crossing to complement the existing Transbay Tube, which is often overcrowded during peak hours. It could also include more mundane upgrades to BART's existing infrastructure and earthquake safety improvements in the Caldecott Tunnel.

The FASTER advocates cited a 21 percent increase in commute times in Silicon Valley from 2010 to 2017 and said that was contributing to nearly half of residents responding to a recent Bay Area Council poll saying they were considering leaving the Bay Area.

FASTER has conducted polls that indicate voters are open to raising taxes for regional transportation improvements and that differences in support between funding measures are slight.

But some BART directors had concerns about the use of a sales tax, which tends to impact low-income residents more and can fluctuate widely in the event of an economic downturn.

"I am really concerned about the one-cent sales tax," said Director Janice Li, who represents portions of San Francisco, adding that she was disappointed the advocates didn't present any alternatives.

"I think it would have been more appropriate if you said, 'here is a list of things that can get us to 100 billion, we think a sales tax is the best way,' but you didn't come with that list," Li said.

Director Rebecca Saltzman, who represents portions of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, agreed, and pointed out that the sales tax may require passage of statewide legislation first. California caps sales tax at 10.25 percent and Saltzman said some cities have already reached that maximum.

Furthermore, Saltzman argued that a mix of revenue streams would be better than a sales tax, which can be volatile in the event of a recession. Big projects could be forced to be put on hold when revenue plummets.

"Whatever mix you do, it's going to be more resilient than just having one type of tax," Saltzman said.

The sales tax could be on the ballot for all nine Bay Area counties in November 2020.

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<![CDATA[San Mateo PD Adding Overnight Accommodations For Officers]]>557824151Wed, 21 Aug 2019 23:36:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/smpd-station-0821.jpg

In the fierce battle among Bay Area Cities to recruit and retain police officers, the city of San Mateo is putting its money where its mouth is.

City leaders are betting that half a million dollars worth of overnight accommodations will give them a leg up on the competition.

The city is putting in a police substation and adding more to it.

Around the back of the substation, they’ll have 12 beds and showers so San Mateo officers, most of whom don’t live in the county, can get some rest when they have a short turnaround.

The $500,000 project would be a welcome sight for weary San Mateo officers, who work four days on then four days off. Those workdays are at least 11 1/2 hours.

"It will certainly make it easier for the officers and make it easier for us to recruit and to retain officers after a 12-15 hour shift to stay here," San Mateo Mayor Diane Papan said.

Two out of three officers in the San Mateo department don’t live in San Mateo County. And 15 % don’t even live in the Bay Area. Some are from counties such as San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sacramento and even San Bernardino. The issue isn’t just convenience. It’s safety.

"It’s dangerous for us to get back on the roads and go back home and have to come back a few hours later," Officer Michael Hoabsh said.

Some officers have been sleeping in their cars at the police station or couch surfing with friends.

Haobsh lives in San Francisco, not far in miles from San Mateo, but the round trip can tack on two to two and a half hours to his day.

"The fact that I can use this facility, it’s going to improve my quality of life, it’s going to keep my me here working for the city of San Mateo, which is an incredible place to work," Hoabsh said.

Currently, San Mateo PD has eight bunk beds, four for men and four for women, but they’re located between the noisy gym and locker room. The new quiet place opens in January.

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<![CDATA[Pilot: Plane Crash in Ocean Off Half Moon Bay Not a Stunt]]>557813011Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:11:38 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hmb-pilot-0820.jpg

A day after a small plane crashed in the ocean off the coast of Half Moon Bay, the pilot found himself explaining what he believed happened and why it was not a stunt.

Emergency crews Tuesday evening responded to the crash in the water about 4 miles off Half Moon Bay at about 6:15 p.m., rescuing two people from the water, the U.S Coast Guard said.

On Wednesday, pilot David Lesh of Denver said he just purchased the plane for about $200,000 and spent another $40,000 on restoring it. He dismissed any notions that the entire incident was a premeditated stunt.

"Consider the fact I spent a quarter-million dollars on that plane and then took two months to upgrade it," he said. "That's my baby. I had no interest in ruining my new airplane and putting it in the ocean."

Lesh said the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza lost power over the water, and he couldn't get the motor restarted. He said he had about 20-30 seconds to deal with it before the crash landing.

"I was probably 3,400 feet, did everything I could," he said. "Couldn't get the motor running and put it into the Pacific."

Lesh and his friend were the only two people on board, and they got out of the aircraft and into the water, where Coast Guard crews rescued them. The aircraft sank. 

No injuries were reported.

Lesh, who has a large social media following and a bit of a daredevil history, shot video of the scene while he treaded water with his companion. During the forced landing, he was able to skip the plane along the surface of the water before it wrecked.

He said they were traveling about 75 mph just before touching the water.

"There was a splash, and we skipped through the water," Lesh said.

A friend of Lesh's, Owen Leipelt, was also flying nearby and was able to capture video and photos of the crash and aftermath from the air. He kept circling the crash scene and radioed air traffic control without knowing his friends were unhurt.

"Your heart sinks when you hear, 'Mayday, I have no power.' It's something you don't want to hear, and it takes a second to kick in," Leipelt said. And when Lesh called him 10 minutes later: "I have never been so relieved in my life to hear him on the phone."

The plane took off out of Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose and was flying over Half Moon Bay for a mid-air photo shoot of Lesh's plane when the aircraft lost power.

Lesh said Wednesday he believes the plane lost power because of an issue with the quality of the gas. 

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter happened to be in the area on a training run.

"We got the call, we responded immediately, headed directly out there and were able to find the orbiting aircraft and then find the people in the water," Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Murphy said.

Lesh said while he and his companion were not hurt from the crash, they were stung by jellyfish, and he was hypothermic. He was grateful for the Coast Guard's quick response, saying if they didn't arrive when they did, he may not have made it.

The FAA and NTSB will investigate the crash, but because the plane sank investigators will have to rely on air traffic information, radar and interviews with Lesh to try to determine what happened. 

Photo Credit: Chris Leipelt
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<![CDATA[Couple on the Way to Get Married Sees Hawk Smash into Window]]>557720821Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:38:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/red+tail+hawk+broken+window.jpg

A red-tailed hawk that flew into an apartment window, shattering the glass, was rescued Friday evening in Half Moon Bay after a couple witnessed the incident — on their way to get married, officials said.

The Coastside Fire Protection District, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA (PHS/SPCA) responded to the incident around 7:45 p.m.

“Our rescue staff received a call from a man and his fiancée who were outside with their three-month-old baby on their way to get married in San Francisco when they witnessed a hawk fly into a neighbor’s window at their apartment building and crash through the glass,” said Buffy Martin Tarbox, a spokesperson for PHS/SPCA.

PHS/SPCA was able to reach the resident of the apartment the bird flew into and gain permission to enter so the hawk could be brought to safety.

According to Tarbox, firefighters used a ladder from one of their engines to access the broken window and remove the remaining glass shards, so they could enter the home and let PHS/SPCA in to tend to the hawk.

“We thoroughly examined the bird and discovered, happily and frankly surprisingly, that he had suffered no injuries. Our rescue officers, specifically trained to help all animals including native wildlife, released him back into the wild. Bird strikes are a common call we receive, but we have never had a hawk entirely break through a window. It’s a miracle the hawk wasn’t injured,” Tarbox said.

According to the PHS/SPCA, glass is often invisible to birds and they can become attracted to what they see reflected in it. To reduce the likelihood of a bird strike, the PHS/SPCA recommends placing window decals, stickers, sun catchers and masking tape on windows.

Photo Credit: Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
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<![CDATA[Small Plane Crashes Off Half Moon Bay; 2 Rescued]]>557546341Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:46:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hmb-pilot-0820.jpg

Emergency crews Tuesday evening responded to a small plane crash in the water off Half Moon Bay, and both occupants of the aircraft were rescued, the U.S Coast Guard said.

On Wednesday, pilot David Lesh of Denver offered new details about the crash landing and answered critics who believe the entire incident was a stunt.

The single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza crashed in the ocean at around 6:15 p.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

Lesh and his friend were the only two people on board, and they got out of the aircraft and into the water, where Coast Guard crews rescued them. The aircraft sank, Gregor said. 

No injuries were reported.

Lesh, who has a large social media following and a bit of a daredevil history, shot video of the scene while he treaded water with his companion. During the forced landing, he was able to skip the plane along the surface of the water before it wrecked.

Lesh said he lost power and couldn't get the engine restarted. He said they were traveling about 75 mph just before touching the water.

"There was a splash, and we skipped through the water," Lesh said.

A friend of the pilot, Owen Leipelt, was also flying and was able to capture video and photos of the crash and aftermath from the air. He kept circling the crash scene and radioed air traffic control without knowing his friends were unhurt.

"Your heart sinks when you hear, 'Mayday, I have no power.' It's something you don't want to hear, and it takes a second to kick in," Leipelt said. And when Lesh called him 10 minutes later: "I have never been so relieved in my life to hear him on the phone."

The plane took off out of Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose and was flying over Half Moon Bay for a mid-air photo shoot of Lesh's plane when the aircraft lost power.

Lesh said Wednesday he believes the plane lost power because of an issue with the quality of the gas. And when asked about those screaming hoax, Lesh admitted he's done some provocative things before, but said it was not a stunt.

"Consider the fact I spent a quarter-million dollars on that plane and then took two months to upgrade it," he said. "That's my baby. I had no interest in ruining my new airplane and putting it in the ocean."

The Coast Guard's rescue helicopter happened to be in the area on a training run.

"We got the call, we responded immediately, headed directly out there and were able to find the orbiting aircraft and then find the people in the water," Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Murphy said.

Lesh didn't know what went wrong with the plane and said he had about 20-30 seconds to deal with it before the crash landing.

"I was probably 3,400 feet, did everything I could," he said. "Couldn't get the motor running and put it into the Pacific."

Lesh said he and his companion were not hurt from the crash but were stung by jellyfish, and he was hypothermic. He was garteful for the Coast Guard's quick response, saying if they didn't arrive when they did, he may not have made it.

The FAA and NTSB will investigate the crash, but because the plane sank investigators will have to rely on air traffic information, radar and interviews with Lesh to try to determine what happened. 

Photo Credit: Chris Leipelt
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<![CDATA[Mountain Lion Family Spotted Along South Bay Hiking Trail]]>555576231Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:37:20 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mtn-lion-0819.jpg

A mountain lion family has been spotted in Rancho San Antonio, near Cupertino, officials with the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District confirmed Monday.

After recent encounters and reports, the district closed several trails in accordance with internal protocols, the district said.

The district released video of one recent encounter showing at least three big cats on or near a trail in Rancho San Antonio.

Anyone who sees mountain lions is advised not to approach them. Stand tall, face the animals, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms or throwing objects, the district said.

Also, pick up small children and back away slowly. Do not remain in the area.

Find out more about what to do in the event of a mountain lion encounter on the Mid-Pen website

Photo Credit: Mid-Peninsula Open Space District]]>
<![CDATA[No Phones: San Mateo High Launches New Program For Students]]>555018421Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:49:54 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/smh-phones-0819.jpg

Separating teens from their favorite form of communication, with the hope of minimizing class disruptions, may seem like a daunting task. But San Mateo High School is taking the challenge head-on by locking up students' phones for the entire school day.

Starting this school year, the new program requires San Mateo High's more than 1,700 students to put their cellphones in a sealed pouch every morning, and they can't get them back until they go home.

The program was launched after administrators saw a pattern of phones preventing learning.

"We could walk into a variety of classrooms, and kids would be on their cellphones anywhere from 5 seconds, checking a text, to 30-45 minutes at a time," said Adam Gelb, assistant principal.

Now, each morning, students must put their phones in a Yondr pouch. It's sealed with a magnet, and they keep it with them. At the end of the school day, they unseal the pouch using a device.

The cost of the program is $20,000 and was paid for using a grant.

Teachers said they've already seen a difference, with more attentive students. The teens, meanwhile, have mixed feelings.

"I think lunchtime it should be allowed," student Kaveela Blackwell said. "It's your free time to do what you want."

Student Ariana Lacson added: "At first, I was skeptical. But now, I like it because it makes students socialize more amongst each other, and teachers say students are talking to each other more rather than being zoned out on their phones."

Students are assigned a Yondr pouch at the beginning of the school year, and if they lose it, it will cost them $25 for a replacement.

The school has made some exceptions for medical and other reasons to allow some students to access their phones during the day.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Assault, Robbery of Tanforan Mall Employee]]>550573531Sat, 17 Aug 2019 21:27:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Getty+Images+Handcuffs+generic+.jpg

Police in San Bruno arrested a 21-year-old San Francisco man as a suspect in a Saturday morning assault and robbery of a store employee at the Tanforan Mall, officers said.

San Bruno police responded to a reported assault at 11:11 a.m. Saturday at the mall, in the 1100 block of El Camino Real, police said. An employee of a store there had been assaulted and robbed of both store merchandise and personal property, police said.

The suspect, later identified as 21-year-old San Francisco resident Arneliasami Trinidad, fled the scene, but police stopped a car Trinidad was in, and he was soon determined to be the robbery suspect, police said.

Trinidad was arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of robbery.

Anyone with information related to this robbery is urged to contact the San Bruno Police Department at (650) 616-7100 or by email at sbpdtipline@sanbruno.ca.gov. Information can be left anonymously, police said.

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<![CDATA[Inmate Death Under Investigation by San Mateo Sheriff]]>547283391Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:04:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/jail+0814.jpg

The death of an inmate found unresponsive Thursday during a security check on a housing pod at the Maguire Correction Facility in Redwood City is under investigation.

The inmate was discovered about 2 p.m. by deputies of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and correctional staff, county medical staff, and Redwood City Fire Department personnel tried to revive him and administered CPR.

The inmate was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"Preliminary investigation is a possible suicide," the Sheriff's Office said.

The identity of the inmate will be released after his family has been notified.

<![CDATA[Beached Shark Refuses to Swim Back into Ocean]]>546085172Fri, 16 Aug 2019 01:35:16 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Beached_Shark_Refuses_to_Swim_Back_into_Ocean.jpg

A shark that was beached at San Gregorio state beach refused to swim back into the ocean despite two attempts of a passersby to return it to the water. Experts at Cal Academy of Sciences believe that it is a salmon shark.]]>
<![CDATA[Heatwave, Spare the Air Continue Friday Before Cool-Off]]>545715041Thu, 15 Aug 2019 23:39:59 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/heat-friday-0815.jpg

Bay Area communities are in store for another hot day Friday before a weekend cool-down.

While inland areas will still be hot with highs in the 90s to around 100 degrees, a redeveloping marine layer will help to cool coastal areas Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The cooling trend will peak into the weekend, with below normal temperatures forecast across the region through Sunday, the NWS said. A deeper marine layer should return Saturday night into Sunday helping to cool a broader area.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued another Spare the Air alert for Friday. Spare the Air alerts are issued when ozone pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels.

"One more day of heat and smog just underscores how urgent it is that Bay Area residents get out of their cars, use public transit, try a carpool and find other way to get to work," said Jack Broadbent of the Air District.

"Tailpipe exhaust is the largest source of air pollution during warmer months and reducing our daily driving will make the air healthier for us all," Broadbent said.

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is offering free admission at each of their seven pools. The full swim schedule can be found at sfrecpark.org.

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<![CDATA[Good Samaritan Rescues Girl From Suspected Kidnapper in SSF]]>545396871Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:00:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-day-connecticut.jpg

A Good Samaritan helped prevent the kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl in South San Francisco, police said.

The incident was reported just before 8 a.m. Thursday on the 700 block of Palm Avenue when the girl was walking to school with a classmate and a man approached them, police said.

The man grabbed one of the girls and covered her mouth as he attempted to kidnap her. Police said a woman who saw the incident unfold confronted the man. Police identified the man as 37-year-old Christopher Cole, who was found at a nearby adult care home.

Police said Cole was arrested for attempted kidnapping and child annoyance.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the South San Francisco Police Department at (650) 877-8900, the anonymous TIP line at (650) 952-2244 or via email at tips@ssf.net.

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<![CDATA[Daly City Petsmart Employee Pleads Not Guilty to Dog Injury]]>545297551Thu, 15 Aug 2019 15:16:17 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/petsmart-GettyImages-476795194.jpg

An employee of a Daly City pet store has been accused of abusing a dog named "Jelly" that suffered skull fractures.

Marco Ureta, 19, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty at his arraignment in a San Mateo County courtroom Wednesday, according to prosecutors.

Staff at PetSmart found Jelly, a 4-year-old American Eskimo, unresponsive in his kennel on July 5 and tried to figure out what happened.

While reviewing security video, they allegedly found footage of Ureta violently slamming the animal on a concrete floor a couple hours earlier.

Investigators say that Jelly suffered internal injuries and two skull fractures.

Ureta was released on $50,000 bail. He returns to court for a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Oct. 29.

Defense attorney Tennille Duffy was not immediately available for comment on behalf of her client.

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<![CDATA[Heat Advisory, Spare the Air Alert Both in Effect]]>544270721Thu, 15 Aug 2019 05:03:39 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/07-29-2015-heat-sun-weather-generic-1.JPG

A heat advisory that the National Weather Service issued remains in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday as temperatures climb to the 90s and 100s in parts of the Bay Area.

Temperatures across the interior of the region will range from 95 to 107 degrees, according to weather officials.

The heat advisory applies to North Bay and East Bay mountains and valleys, interior Monterey County, Southern Salinas Valley, Santa Clara Valley, and inland cities.

Air quality will be poor as a result of the high temperatures, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which has issued a 'Spare the Air' alert for Thursday.

Spare the Air alerts are issued when ozone pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels.

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<![CDATA[Sanitation Truck Crash Shuts Down Lanes on Hwy. 101]]>542674861Wed, 14 Aug 2019 23:54:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0814-101Crash.jpg

A sanitation truck traveling on northbound U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto Wednesday flipped and ended upside down in the southbound lanes after hitting another vehicle and the center median wall.

The incident took place at 12:26 p.m. around San Antonio Road. No injuries were reported.

A black sedan cut off the truck, prompting the driver to veer right. The truck hit the impact attenuators before it went out of control and traveled across all lanes toward the center median, according to a preliminary report from California Highway Patrol.

The truck landed mostly on the center median wall and southbound lanes.

Three lanes in both directions were temporarily blocked following the incident. A fourth southbound lane was blocked later to assist with the towing of the sanitation truck.

The truck was towed off the highway and crews cleaned up the sewage spill from three southbound lanes. Traffic resumed on all southbound lanes at 5:11 p.m., CHP officials said.

All northbound lanes reopened at 3:26 p.m.

View NBC Bay Area's map for live traffic conditions.

Photo Credit: CHP
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<![CDATA[Midweek Heat Wave Bakes Bay Area With Widespread 90s, 100s]]>542383311Wed, 14 Aug 2019 23:51:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/HotWeatherGeneric.jpg

The latest summer heat wave to hit the Bay Area has triggered a heat advisory for interior parts of the region through Thursday night, according to weather officials.

The heat advisory — in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday — applies to much of the North Bay, the East Bay valleys, most of the South Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains, the National Weather Service said. Areas under the advisory could face temperatures between 95 and 106 degrees.

Temperatures across the interior of the region will range from 95 to 107 degrees, according to weather officials.

The heat advisory applies to North Bay and East Bay mountains and valleys, interior Monterey County, Southern Salinas Valley, Santa Clara Valley, and inland cities.

Air quality will be poor as a result of the high temperatures, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which has issued a 'Spare the Air' alert for Thursday.

Spare the Air alerts are issued when ozone pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels.

On Wednesday, Concord sizzled at 106 degrees, the weather service said. Livermore and Gilroy was right behind at 104 degrees. Other spots such as San Jose, Santa Rosa and Napa reached the upper 90s.

The hot weather is expected to linger through the end of the workweek, Hall said. Inland temps are slated to dip back into the upper 80s by the weekend.

Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Shake Shack to Expand to Oakland]]>541476651Wed, 14 Aug 2019 01:27:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ShakeShackBurger2.JPG

Popular burger chain Shake Shack will open its first Oakland restaurant at Uptown Station, one of the city’s most prominent buildings, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The New York burger chain has stores in 30 states and 15 countries, according to its website. Many of the California locations are currently in Southern California, but the chain is beginning to expand throughout the Bay Area.

The Chronicle reported that the Shake Shack will have stores opening in Palo Alto in December, Larkspur in March and a San Francisco location in Cow Hollow, which is currently hiring, is undergoing city review.

The soon-to-be Oakland location at 1955 Broadway is in an area of Oakland that has seen recent changes with new apartment buildings, restaurants and events that draw visitors, the Chronicle reported.

The eight-story building where Shake Shack will be located is about half a city block long and has about 356,000 square feet of office space.

Built in 1929, Uptown Station’s first business was department store H.C. Capwell. From 1996 until 2014 the building was a Sears location, and in 2015 Uber purchased the building with plans to make it an office space—plans that never came to fruition, as the company sold it to the CIM Group in 2017, according to the Chronicle.

Late last year credit card processing company Square signed a lease with the CIM Group and began working on development plans, leasing all of its office space. The Chronicle reported that the company has confirmed it is seeking tenants for sublease.

The Shake Shack will be in a part of the building's ground-level retail space.

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<![CDATA[Forecast: Widespread 90s and 100s Prompt Heat Advisory]]>539538211Tue, 13 Aug 2019 22:26:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Wednesday and Thursday for the interior regions of the Bay Area.

The heat advisory applies to the North Bay valleys, North Bay mountains, East Bay valleys, and East Bay mountains as well as the Santa Clara Valley from 11 a.m. Wednesday to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Temperatures will continue to rise in inland areas as pressure from the east continues to build over Southern California, weather officials said.

Areas in the North Bay and East Bay mountains and valleys should prepare for temperatures into the 100s, while Santa Clara County can expect highs in the 90s.

Onshore flow and a shallow marine layer will moderate temperatures near the coast, with some low clouds in the morning and night, according to weather officials.

Temperatures will peak on Wednesday and then cool slightly on Friday as low atmospheric pressure sinks down the Pacific coast.

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<![CDATA[Rideshare Driver Accused of Raping Woman: San Bruno Police]]>535625701Mon, 12 Aug 2019 19:25:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TonyeKolokolo.jpg

A 46-year-old rideshare driver has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 25-year-old female passenger, San Bruno police said Sunday.

Tonye Kolokolo allegedly picked up the woman, who reported that she ordered a Lyft from a bar in San Mateo after she became intoxicated, and drove her to his home in Tracy after she apparently "passed out" in the back of the car, according to police.

Police said Kolokolo "took the victim to his residence in Tracy without her request or permission" and allegedly had nonconsensual sex with her.

Kolokolo has been booked into San Mateo County Jail on charges related to rape and false imprisonment, police said.

Kolokolo  made a brief appearance in court Monday but did not enter a plea.

An investigation is ongoing.

Lyft provided the following statement to NBC Bay Area:

"Safety is fundamental to Lyft. What is being described is terrifying and the driver’s access to Lyft has been permanently removed. We responded immediately and have reached out to the rider since the incident. We are working with the authorities and will continue to help in every way we can."

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<![CDATA[Crews Stop Spread of Fire in San Mateo County's Huddart Park]]>535014351Sun, 11 Aug 2019 08:25:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/HuddartParkFire.jpg

Firefighters on Sunday stopped the forward progress of a vegetation fire that broke out in San Mateo County's Huddart Park, according to Cal Fire.

No structures were damaged, Cal Fire said.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury, but no civilians were hurt.

Further information was not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Arrested in Sexual Assault at Planned Parenthood]]>534104831Sat, 10 Aug 2019 23:24:16 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/plannedparenthoodsexualassault.jpg

A man was arrested for sexual battery Saturday morning for allegedly groping a woman and exposing himself in the lobby of the Planned Parenthood office in Redwood City, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department said.

Investigators, called shortly after 8 a.m. to the office at 2907 El Camino Real, were told that the man approached a woman in the lobby and touched her buttocks, then exposed himself and masturbated.

The suspect, identified as Marcelo Arancibia, 38, of Redwood City, then fled, but was located and arrested by deputies a short time later.

The department said there are no other reports about the suspect and that the case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the San Mateo County Sheriff's Anonymous Tip Line at (800) 547-2700.

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<![CDATA[Great White Shark Sighting in Half Moon Bay Saturday]]>533236221Sat, 10 Aug 2019 17:32:00 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Beach+shark+warning.jpg

Authorities were advising swimmers to use caution when entering the water after a great white shark sighting was reported Saturday afternoon near Pillar Point Harbor.

The shark sighting came in about 1:15 p.m. in the Half Moon Bay area, about one-quarter mile south of Pillar Point Harbor.

The size of the shark wasn't available.

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<![CDATA[Free Electric-Car Test Drives Offered at Peninsula Festivals]]>532909631Sat, 10 Aug 2019 11:21:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LAGettyImages-686726377.jpg

Free test drives of electric vehicles will be offered in August and September at four community festivals on the Peninsula.

Peninsula Clean Energy is sponsoring the events in Burlingame, Menlo Park, Foster City and Redwood City as part of a program aimed to reduce vehicle emissions.

"Electric vehicles are affordable and save drivers over $1,200 a year on maintenance and fuel costs compared to an average gas-powered car," said CEO Jan Pepper of the clean energy agency, which is San Mateo County's officials electricity provider.

The clean energy agency provides incentives for buying or leasing a new EV, subsidies for low-income purchasers of used electric vehicles and supports installation of new local electric vehicle charging stations.

Anyone with a valid driver's license can test an EV at the events: Facebook Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Facebook HQ, 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park.

Burlingame on the Ave on Sunday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Burlingame, on the corner of Burlingame Ave and Lorton Avenue.

Foster City Summer Days on Saturday Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park Downtown Redwood City on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the corner of Winslow Street and Hamilton Street.

More information is available at the Peninsula Clean Energy website

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<![CDATA[Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Palo Alto Police]]>529464161Fri, 09 Aug 2019 00:07:40 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Civil_Rights_Lawsuit_Filed_Against_Palo_Alto_Police.jpg

In an update on a story the Investigative Unit broke last month, a team of attorneys have filed a civil rights claim against the Palo Alto Police Department for a brutal arrest that was captured on a home security camera. Sergio Quintana reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Walmart Employees Protest Company's Gun Sales]]>526344101Wed, 07 Aug 2019 16:19:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/0807-WalmartSilence.jpg

About two dozen Walmart employees in San Bruno walked out of work Wednesday to protest gun sales at the company.

The employees at Walmart's E-Commerce headquarters want their parent company to change its ways in light of recent deadly shootings.

Protesters said one of the primary goals of the demonstration is to start a dialogue within the company, one of the world's largest retailers, to stop selling guns.

About 25 employees participated in the protest, which included a moment of silence in honor of gun violence victims.

Walmart issued a statement, saying that it has no current plans to change its policy on firearm sales, despite some of its employees walking out. The retailer is one of the largest gun and ammo dealers in the world.

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<![CDATA[National Night Out Events Take Place Around the Bay Area]]>524224101Tue, 06 Aug 2019 23:33:35 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/night-out-sj-0806.jpg

In an effort to strengthen relations between citizens and law enforcement agencies, communities across the Bay Area and the rest of the country are taking part in National Night Out events Tuesday evening.

Celebrated on the first Tuesday of August, the annual campaign brings law enforcement and residents together at neighborhood gatherings.

The program was established over 30 years ago with the goal of enhancing neighborhood camaraderie, according to the National Night Out website.

In Oakland, the Awesome Orchestra performed outside the Main Library, under the stars.

The San Francisco Police Department hosted 10 events around the city, held in each of its districts. 

Kimberli Buckley was one of the organizers at the Concord event.

"So what we’re doing is promoting safety and neighborhood and inviting everybody in the community to come out. And that means everybody," Buckley said.

The Vallejo Unified School District provided free vaccinations for school-age children at a resource fair at Emmanuel Temple Apostolic Church. Blood Centers of the Pacific ran a blood drive, and there were free health checks and diabetes screenings.

People ate, won prizes, and participated in activities at an event at Reentry Resource Courtyard in San Jose put on by the Santa Clara County Office of Reentry Services, the Probation Department and the Sheriff's Office.

"What we know is the most effective tool for the safety of community is when people get to know their neighbors and patrol officers on the beat," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said.

Santa Cruz police held an open house at their headquarters, where they provided station tours, free cotton candy and demonstrations of police dogs and police motorcycle skills.

Local law enforcement agencies and neighbors in Martinez organized the fourth annual Alhambra Valley National Night Out celebration. Attendees listened to live country rock music, savored barbecue and enjoyed ice cream courtesy of a local Boy Scouts troop.

In Gilroy, the National Night Out event was postponed until October as the community continued to grieve from the deadly shooting at the Garlic Festival on July 28.

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<![CDATA[Palo Alto Police ID Suspect in 29-Hour Standoff]]>519644871Sun, 04 Aug 2019 20:16:38 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/adam-smith-0804.jpg

An armed domestic violence suspect arrested by Palo Alto police Saturday after a standoff lasting 29 hours has been identified as 29-year-old Palo Alto resident Adam Allen Smith, police said.

The prolonged incident began about 9:15 a.m. Friday, when a woman in a residence in the 300 block of Tennessee Lane contacted police about a domestic violence incident involving the attempted strangling of her female friend by that woman's boyfriend.

"The caller said that both women had locked themselves in a bedroom away from the suspect, whom she reported was in possession of a handgun," according to a news release from the Palo Alto Police Department.

Dispatchers told the women to escape the house via the bedroom window and go to officers outside.

The assaulted woman, who police said had visible neck injuries, was treated by the Palo Alto Fire Department.

The department's SWAT and crisis negotiation teams were both at the scene as Smith remained barricaded in the home and police said he could be seen pacing inside with a handgun, police said.

"While the suspect would intermittently speak with negotiators, he remained defiant and repeatedly stated he would shoot anyone who entered the residence to arrest him," police said.

Smith shot and damaged a robot that police said was sent into the home in an attempt to better communicate with him.

The SWAT and crisis negotiation personnel were relieved overnight by counterparts from Mountain View, then returned the next morning.

The situation continued until 2:30 p.m. Saturday, when "SWAT personnel inserted chemical agents into the home" and Smith came out a back door about 15 minutes later, police said.

But Smith continued to resist officers, who fired a "less-lethal projectile weapon" that struck him in the stomach. Smith was then taken into custody following a minor struggle.

A handgun loaded with an illegal high-capacity magazine was found in the home.

No officers were injured.

Smith was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for domestic violence and assault likely to produce great bodily injury, felony vandalism for damaging the robot, malicious and willful discharge of a firearm at an inhabited dwelling, as well as misdemeanor charges.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the dispatch center at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

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<![CDATA[Southbound Hwy. 101 in Palo Alto Reopens After Deadly Crash]]>518521771Sun, 04 Aug 2019 08:49:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PaloAlto101Crash.jpg

All lanes of southbound U.S. Highway 101 south of Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto have reopened following a fatal Sunday morning collision between a box truck and a stopped fire engine, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver of the box truck died at Stanford Hospital after rear-ending one of two fire trucks that were in the slow lane around 4:30 a.m., according to a CHP spokesman, and hazmat crews were faced with cleaning up 100 gallons of diesel that spilled on the roadway.

There were no fire personnel in the fire truck at the time of the collision.

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<![CDATA[Palo Alto Police Safely Take Suspect Into Custody]]>514139071Sat, 03 Aug 2019 15:21:55 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PALO+ALTO+STILL.png

Palo Alto police safely took a person into custody Saturday after police negotiated a peaceful surrender with a suspected domestic violence suspect.

Police recovered handgun inside his home on the 300 block of Tennessee Lane, police said.

The suspect was taken into custody and booked into jail.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[San Mateo Police Arrest 2 After High-Speed Chase Across Bay]]>513507291Thu, 01 Aug 2019 14:05:36 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/199*120/san+mateo+chase.JPG

Two people were arrested early Thursday after a vehicle pursuit that went across the Bay and ended in San Leandro, according to the San Mateo Police Department.

Police got a call at 3:52 a.m. reporting two people breaking into a utility truck in the 500 block of Monte Diablo Avenue, San Mateo police spokesman Officer Michael Haobsh said.

Police responded within two minutes and located the described vehicle, a black Toyota Prius with its license plates removed, on state Highway 92. Humberto Gonzalez, 22, of Oakland, was allegedly driving the vehicle with Carlos Borjaorellana, 22, of San Leandro, as his passenger, Haobsh said.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to pull over and police initiated a chase with the California Highway Patrol leading, and speeds reaching over 90 mph.

After communicating with other law enforcement agencies, spike strips were deployed in San Leandro and brought the vehicle to a stop. Both suspects were taken into custody and were booked into San Mateo County Jail.

A carload of stolen tools was found in the car. Haobsh said the two have a history of similar types of crime.

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<![CDATA[Fire Burns at United Airlines Maintenance Facility at SFO]]>513436781Wed, 31 Jul 2019 09:29:03 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SFOUnitedFacilityFire.jpg

A blaze broke out at an United Airlines maintenance facility at San Francisco International Airport Wednesday morning, according to officials.

No one was hurt, and flights were not impacted, officials said.

The San Francisco Fire Department said the two-alarm blaze burned on the fifth floor of the facility, which is located north of the terminals.

The terminals were not affected, SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said.

Preliminary information indicates that the blaze may have been caused by a heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit on the roof, according to the fire department.

Further information was not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Emergency Response Drills Follow Garlic Festival Shooting]]>513433331Wed, 31 Jul 2019 05:53:35 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GilroyResponse.jpg

First responders across the Bay Area will take part in emergency response drills Wednesday, just days after the deadly mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Police officers, firefighters and the FBI will practice their emergency response techniques at Antioch Middle School. Across the San Francisco Bay in Millbrae, first responders will participate in an active shooter drill at Mills High School.

The drills were scheduled before Sunday's shooting in Gilroy.

Emergency officials on Tuesday held active shooter training at California High School in San Ramon.

In the wake of the festival shooting, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department will take over security at the 75th annual Santa Clara County Fair, which runs Thursday through Sunday.

"And the idea is to do whatever they need to do to make sure that every family is safe inside that facility during the fair," Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese said.

Outside Lands, the massive music festival in Golden Gate Park set to begin Aug. 9, will also boost security. Sources tell NBC Bay Area that FBI agents and counterterrorism forces will be on site throughout the three-day festival to keep the expected 200,000 attendees safe.

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<![CDATA[Mountain Lion Sighting in San Carlos Prompts Warning]]>513310771Sun, 28 Jul 2019 10:54:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MountainLionFile4.jpg

A mountain lion was seen during the night Saturday in the area of Club Drive at Cambourne Avenue in San Carlos, according to an advisory from San Mateo County.

The area of the sighting is near Hidden Canyon Park.

Officials advise people to avoid hiking or jogging alone, especially between dusk and dawn, and to hike with a walking stick that can be used to ward off a mountain lion.

Anyone encountering a lion should not run, but instead make noise, wave their arms, and throw rocks or other objects. If they are attacked, they should fight back with rocks, sticks, or bare hands, according to public safety officials.

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<![CDATA[Forecast: Sizzling Sunday Inland, But Much Cooler Monday]]>513310021Mon, 29 Jul 2019 00:18:59 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/thumbnail_image001.png

Relief from the heat is on the way.

While a heat advisory remains in effect through 11 p.m. Sunday for the inland East Bay as well as parts of the South Bay and North Bay, temperatures are expected to drop considerably starting Monday, according to weather officials.

NBC Bay Area Meteorologist Rob Mayeda said that a stronger sea breeze will soon kick into high gear, dropping inland temperatures into the low 80s to start the workweek.

In the meantime, people in the eastern half of the Bay Area will still have to contend with mid to upper 90s and possibly some 100s to end the weekend.

Livermore is expected to lead the Bay Area at 100 degrees Sunday afternoon, Mayeda said. Antioch and Morgan Hill are slated to reach 98 degrees. San Jose and Napa are expected to peak at 90 degrees. 

Spots along the San Francisco Bay and the coast will be significantly cooler. San Francisco is slated to check in at 70 degrees. Santa Cruz could top out at 76 degrees. Traditionally cool Half Moon Bay is only expecting a high of 67 degrees.

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<![CDATA[Seven Suspects in Custody in Connection With June Shooting]]>513298391Sat, 27 Jul 2019 20:00:33 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7+mugshots+%281%29.jpg

San Mateo Police arrested seven people Thursday in connection with a shooting that took place outside of a San Mateo bar in June.

The arrests were the result of an investigation that led police and SWAT teams to serve seven arrest warrants and four search warrants across four California counties. Law enforcement in Alameda, Orange, San Joaquin, and San Mateo counties took the suspects into custody on a range of assault and conspiracy charges, with one suspect, Floyd Tuione, 27, a resident of Cypress in Orange County, facing three counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Tuione, a felon, also faces multiple firearms charges.

The other six suspects arrested this week were: Adrian Halatoa, 18; Gary Tuione, 19; Sela Kioa, 21; William Halatoa, 24; Halaholo Halatoa, 27 and Tonga Moa, 29. All of the the suspects except Floyd Tuione are from Oakland.

Police believe the shooting incident, which took place June 23 outside Club Shoreview in San Mateo, was an isolated incident. Police said that it was not a random attack, and although dozens of shots were fired only one bystander sustained minor injury.

Anyone with additional information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Nick Morsilli at (650) 522-7670 or by email at nmorsilli@cityofsanmateo.org. Anonymous tips can be submitted to http://tinyurl.com/SMPDTips or by calling (650) 522-7676.

San Mateo police are asking residents to help keep the city safe by learning to be a good witness, calling police if any suspicious activity is noticed and utilizing security cameras.

Information about how to be a good witness is available at https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/DocumentCenter/View/38168/TIPS-FROM-SMPD-ON-BEING-A-GOOD-WITNESS.

Police also encourage anyone with security cameras to register them at https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/2726/Video-Surveillance-Registration in order to help officers conduct regular canvassing. 

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<![CDATA[Daly City to be Sued for Violating California's "Sanctuary State" Law]]>513283111Sat, 27 Jul 2019 15:07:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Daly+City+ICE+Arrest.jpg

In one of the first cases since California enacted its “sanctuary state” law, immigration attorneys will be filing a legal claim on Monday against Daly City for violating that law in May when a man was detained by police and handed over to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent after being stopped for a traffic violation, according to attorneys.

“If there was a traffic concern he should be in a traffic court. He should not be in immigration detention,” said Angela Chan, an Asian Law Caucus attorney.

After the traffic stop, Jose Armando Escobar Lopez was led away in shackles as a Daly City Police officer watched. Chan shared the highly redacted police report in this case and said it raised new questions about the way officers handled the stop.

“Daly city has violated a whole slew of laws, not just SB 54,” Chan said. “They actually violated the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution because when they arrested Armando and held him for ICE, they did not do it based on any type of real warrant signed by a judge.”

The city council opened an investigation on the incident and passed a resolution earlier this week in support of the immigrant community, and the police chief said he has issued an order barring any cooperation with ICE without his direct review.

Armando Escobar Lopez’s attorney Jessica Yamane said that what she wants is for the city to advocate directly to ICE for his realease. 

<![CDATA[Controversial Plan to Remove Cesar Chavez From School Name]]>513219961Fri, 26 Jul 2019 15:10:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cesar-chavez-academy-0725.jpg

Wiping away the legacy of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez.

That's what many in East Palo Alto now say a local school district would be doing if they follow through on an idea to rename the Cesar Chavez Academy.

The district says all its schools are being transformed to improve academic performance. But critics say, whatever the reason, it disrespects the memory of an icon.

Cesar Chavez's name on Thursday was still on the campus sign. The school used to be a kindergarten to eighth grade school. It is now about to become a robust middle school exclusively. And at the moment, the Chavez name is not part of the future plans here.

Chavez fought for civil rights until his death in 1993, and now has streets, parks and schools named after him.

The East Palo Alto school sign featuring Cesar Chavez has been up since soon after his death. But it may soon be coming down.

"I think it's absolutely ridiculous," said Ana Maria Pulido, a Ravenswood School District trustee. "I think its riduculous and its embarassing."

The middle school portion of the Chavez Academy campus was unoficially renamed Ravenswood during a districtwide restructuring a few years ago. And since this site will now become a middle school exclusively, there has been talk of dropping the Chavez name altogether and referring to the site solely as Ravenswood.

It is a proposal that has triggered an angry response from some, including a board member.

"I'm absolutely shocked," Pulido said. "Cesar Chavez is such a symbolic individual for the Latino community, and I think for many communities."

In a statement, the interim superintendent said the district is proud of having the Chavez name in its school community.

"We will do everything in our power to ensure his name and legacy remain in our district in order to provide future generations of students the opportunity to learn," the superintendent said in a statement.

But critics said that does not ensure a school will keep the Chavez name.

"Why do we have to be fighting over preserving such a legacy?" Pulido said. "Especially one that's so meaningful."

A big community meeting on the issue is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 1, at the East Palo Alto Municipal Center.

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<![CDATA[Peninsula Swimming Photographer Arrested on Molest Charges]]>513219371Thu, 25 Jul 2019 23:50:07 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/smc-molest-0725.jpg

A 47-year-old Peninsula man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of molesting boys on numerous occasions over a nearly 30-year span, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Randolph “Randy” Haldeman, a photographer for the Ladera Recreation Center swim program, was arrested at his home in unincorporated Menlo Park on charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old. He was booked into the San Mateo County jail, sheriff's officials said.

In January, sheriff's detectives began investigating Haldeman after receiving a report of multiple lewd acts. They found that Haldeman allegedly had been sexually abusing boys ages 8 to 13 for nearly three decades.

It was not clear if the victims were boys he was photographing at the rec center.

Investigators believe there are more victims who have yet to come forward and would like to talk with them.

Anyone who knows someone who had contact with Haldeman should contact Detective Fava at 650-363-4192 or jfava@smcgov.org or Sgt. Cang at 650-363-4008 or jcang@smcgov.org.

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<![CDATA[New Redwood City Restaurant Offers $50 Burger]]>513181331Thu, 25 Jul 2019 10:54:00 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/50+burger.jpg

This isn’t your usual Whopper or Big Mac.

Selby’s, a 10,000-square-foot restaurant which opened Tuesday on the Redwood City-Atherton border is offering customers a $50 burger. (Yes, you read that right.)

What makes this burger so special?

The so-called 'Black Label Burger' takes six months to create. The patty contains a mixture of dry-aged hangar steak, short rib and chuck. It’s served up on a brioche bun with a French cheese and Australian black truffle…and fries, of course.

CORRECTION (July 25, 2019, 10:30 a.m.): A previous version of this story misspelled the name of Selby's.

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<![CDATA[Daly City Police Arrest Two Suspects in SF Carjacking]]>513178841Wed, 24 Jul 2019 23:37:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dc-arrest-0724.jpg

Daly City police Wednesday night searched for hours and tracked down two suspects in a carjacking out of San Francisco, police said.

A Daly City police officer tried to stop the suspect's vehicle at 2:56 p.m. Wednesday. Two people were in the suspect's vehicle and they led police on a short chase. Then they got out of the vehicle and ran.

Officers apprehended one suspect earlier in the evening. Hours later, the second suspect was found and taken into custody.

Police closed north- and southbound Macarthur Drive as well as nearby streets and asked people to stay in their homes during the search.

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<![CDATA[Record $5B Facebook Fine Won't End Scrutiny of the Company]]>513135311Thu, 25 Jul 2019 06:11:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/zuckAP_19205227467114.jpg

Facebook survived its latest brush with U.S. privacy regulators, at the cost of a record $5 billion fine and other restrictions imposed by the Federal Trade Commission. But it's far from home free.

While the company looks set to prosper in the wake of the FTC case, it faces a series of other investigations into its privacy practices in Europe and across the U.S. Concerns over the limits of the just-settled probe could fuel efforts to craft tougher privacy laws at the state and federal level.

The social network is also gearing up to fight investigations into its allegedly anticompetitive behavior, such as Facebook's habit of buying would-be rivals like Instagram and blatantly duplicating features introduced by competing services.

The Department of Justice opened a broad antitrust probe focused on technology companies on Tuesday. On Wednesday Facebook disclosed that it also faces a fresh FTC investigation into alleged anticompetitive behavior. It didn't provide details of the scope or focus of the probe. Representatives of the FTC confirmed the antitrust investigation but offered no additional information.

The outcome of these investigations may well determine whether the world's governments can actually rein in a transnational corporation that directly touches almost a third of the world's population.

"There is a lot more to come on the regulatory front for Facebook," said Debra Aho Williamson, analyst with the research firm eMarketer. To pre-empt this and do things on its own terms, Williamson said the company is "going to do whatever it can" to change its business model and change the way it gathers data.

The FTC penalties, viewed by some as a stunning rebuke to the social network, might well crush a smaller firm. But they seem unlikely to faze Facebook — the fine, for instance, amounts to less than 10% of Facebook's annual revenue and not even a quarter of its annual profits. Some critics charge that that the FTC didn't deliver much more than a slap on the wrist.

"Facebook makes that much money in a couple of weeks," said Siva Vaidhyanathan, a University of Virginia professor and author of "Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy." The company is free to "get back to business as usual," he said.

Wall Street seems to agree. Facebook's stock price climbed higher Wednesday after the deal was announced. The company is worth much more than it was when its Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal erupted back in March 2018. On Wednesday, Facebook's market value hovered around $575 billion — roughly $40 billion above where it stood before the news of the Cambridge abuses broke.

Ashkan Soltani, a former FTC chief technologist, said the settlement was effectively "a get-out-of-jail free card for Facebook." The deal absolves Facebook of any consumer-protection claims prior to June 12 of this year, a highly unusual step that effectively wipes the slate clean where known historical privacy violations are concerned.

Soltani and other critics also note that the FTC settlement barely touches Facebook's underlying business practices, which rely on the collection and analysis of its users' activities and personal details to fuel the company's lucrative advertising machine. In its formal legal complaint, the FTC used the word "deceptive" 14 times to describe Facebook's practices and policies.

"There is a lot more to come on the regulatory front for Facebook," said Debra Aho Williamson, analyst with the research firm eMarketer. To pre-empt this and do things on its own terms, Williamson said the company is "going to do whatever it can" to change its business model and the way it gathers data.

Facebook has already signaled that this is coming. Earlier this year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new "privacy focused" vision for the company that centers on private messaging and encrypted communications. The details are scant. But it shows that the company is thinking years into the future even as regulators are investigating and punishing it for years-past violations.

As part of the FTC's settlement with Facebook, Zuckerberg will have to personally certify his company's compliance with its privacy programs. The FTC said that false certifications could expose him to civil or criminal penalties. But the settlement did not hold Zuckerberg personally liable for the past violations, as some had expected.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, Zuckerberg vowed to "make some major structural changes to how we build products and run this company" as a result of the settlement. "We have a responsibility to protect people's privacy. We already work hard to live up to this responsibility, but now we're going to set a completely new standard for our industry."

In a similar tone, FTC Chairman Joe Simons, speaking at a news conference, said the settlement is "unprecedented in the history of the FTC" and is designed "to change Facebook's entire privacy culture to decrease the likelihood of continued violations."

Simons, however, acknowledged that the FTC's powers were limited. It could not, for instance, fine Facebook $10 billion or target Zuckerberg personally for investigation. "We cannot impose such things by our own fiat," he said at a news conference following release of the settlement.

Three Republican commissioners voted for the fine while two Democrats opposed it. Their wish list included specific punishment for Zuckerberg, strict limits on what data Facebook can collect and possibly even breaking off subsidiaries such as WhatsApp and Instagram.

Nonetheless, the regulators touted the agreement as imposing a "sea change" on how Facebook handles the privacy of people's data. Simons called it "a belt-and-suspenders approach to compliance" — with five overlapping "channels" both inside and outside Facebook.

For instance, a new, independent committee of Facebook's board that focus on privacy alone. As agreed, Zuckerberg and the new designated compliance officers must each, independently, certify to the FTC that Facebook is in compliance. Falsely certifying would subject Zuckerberg and the officers to personal liability, including civil and criminal penalties.

Commissioner Noah Phillips compared that to the regime imposed on corporate CEOs following the wave of accounting scandals in 2001-2002 that began with Enron. CEOs now are required by law to personally vouch for the accuracy of their financial reports.

Associated Press Writer Marcy Gordon contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Prosecutors Say Parole Agent Who Shot Parolee Acted Lawfully]]>513130901Wed, 24 Jul 2019 02:50:37 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/court-gavel-generic-law1.jpg

A parole agent acted lawfully when he shot one of the parolees he was supervising during an altercation outside the State Parole Office in Redwood City in April, county prosecutors said Tuesday.

Parole Agent Marvin Abad was in his office at 1:30 a.m. on April 23 when he heard banging and yelling nearby and found Aaron Womack, a parolee who lived in a makeshift encampment in the parking garage of the parole office building, making the noises and holding a dumbbell, according to the investigation conducted by prosecutors.

Abad allegedly tried to calm down Womack and remind the parolee of the nature of their relationship, but Womack did not listen and shattered a glass door with the dumbbell and kept moving toward the agent.

Abad feared for his safety due to his knowledge of Womack's past, which included assault with a deadly weapon, severe mental health issues and a restraining order against him to protect a doctor with a Stanford psychiatric service.

A 70-year-old homeless man who had also been staying in the garage apparently confirmed some of the details Abad described regarding the encounter.

"It is apparent that Agent Abad acted lawfully in response to a dangerous and rapidly-escalating situation," District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe said.

After Womack was shot, he still didn't listen to the police and was stunned with a Taser by an officer before he could be handcuffed, a witness apparently said.

The criminal case against Womack charging him with felony assault with a deadly weapon on Abad is set for jury trial on Aug. 26 and for pretrial conference on July 30.

<![CDATA[California Governor Announces Changes at Troubled DMV]]>513098121Tue, 23 Jul 2019 22:48:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CaliforniaDMV.jpg

California's DMV is trying to improve customer service by accepting credit cards, upgrading its website and offering clearer instructions on how to obtain a new federally mandated ID, but Gov. Gavin Newsom cautioned Tuesday the agency's long wait times and other troubles aren't over.

"This is going to take a few years. Next year will be tough," Newsom said, referencing an expected surge in people using the Department of Motor Vehicles next year to acquire new IDs that will be required for air travel.

Newsom spoke as he released a report detailing efforts the DMV is making to improve services after wait times averaged two hours last summer, prompting outrage from lawmakers and customers. The state hired the high-powered firm McKinsey & Company to recommend improvements, with the funding coming out of roughly $240 million in new money the DMV got in this year's state budget.

Newsom also announced he's appointed Steve Gordon as the agency's director. Gordon is a longtime employee of the private sector, working for Cisco Systems and most recently for zTransforms, a consulting company focused on business-wide process improvement. He is not registered in a political party and will make $186,000. The state Senate must approve his appointment.

The DMV has been plagued by slow-downs related to the state's "motor voter" registration program and an uptick in people applying for REAL IDs, the new federal IDs that will be required for airplane travel starting in October 2020. More than 28 million Californians may seek a REAL ID.

Beyond hiring McKinsey, the state has brought in a public relations firm to create a statewide awareness campaign about the new IDs and a consulting firm to think about what DMV offices should look like. The report did not say how much each is being paid.

Other changes include the planned acceptance of credit cards, which will start at a Davis office in September before expanding to Fresno, Victorville and Roseville. The state hopes to eventually accept credit cards statewide. The DMV has also started launching REAL ID "pop ups" at businesses and plans to open 100 kiosks in August, where people can do routine transactions such as renewing vehicle registration without going to a customer service window.

The goal, Newsom said, is to improve through small changes. "We're not going big at first — we want to go small and build on successes," he said.

The department plans to hire between 1,800 and 1,900 new workers, most of them temporary, through next year. Newsom's announcement comes a day before the DMV plans to close offices statewide for half a day for a day of training for its more than 5,000 employees.

Republican lawmakers were divided on the Democratic governor's actions. Republican Assemblyman Jim Patterson of Fresno faulted Newsom for "making excuses" for the DMV rather than re-imagining it and criticized him for saying wait times could be long again next summer. But GOP Sen. Pat Bates from Laguna Niguel said Newsom was taking "steps in the right direction to help fix the DMV."

The report did not address problems with the state's "motor voter" registration programming, and Newsom said an audit on the program will be coming out soon.

To learn more about what’s needed to get the new type of driver’s license before the October 2020 deadline, go to the DMV's Real ID website.

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<![CDATA[San Mateo Co. Sheriff's Office Revising Use of Force Policy]]>513090471Tue, 23 Jul 2019 18:58:38 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/millbrae_death_1015_4578717.JPG

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is revising its use of force policy, including for Taser stun guns, following outcry over the death of Chinedu Okobi by Tasers last October.

Sheriff Carlos Bolanos gave a presentation on the revised use of force policy at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

The new policy has incorporated feedback solicited from the American Civil Liberties Union and sets new restrictions on when deputies can use force.

But while the sheriff's office's presentation detailed some changes made in response to ACLU input, the current draft was not released to the supervisors or the public.

Bolanos said that he would send a final draft policy to the supervisors "when it reaches the appropriate level."

The new policy follows a study session in February on the use of Tasers called because three people died in the county from Taser use by law enforcement last year.

Okobi, 36, died after he was stopped by sheriff's deputies while walking on El Camino Real in Millbrae on Oct. 3.

The confrontation quickly escalated, with one officer using a Taser on Okobi multiple times and others taking him to the ground and hitting him with clubs and pepper spray. A pathologist found the Taser contributed to cardiac arrest.

The others were in different law enforcement jurisdictions -- Ramzi Saad was killed by Redwood City police in August and Warren Ragudo by Daly City police in January.

Bolanos touted several other equipment and training reforms he is making in the wake of Okobi's death. The sheriff's office is adding automated external defibrillators to patrol vehicles, a reform advocated at February's study session by Dr. Zian Tseng, who researches sudden cardiac death at the University of California at San Francisco.

A previous draft policy was released to the ACLU and obtained by Bay City News. The ACLU responded with a letter making further recommendations.

Chief Deputy County Counsel David Silberman said he "ensured that all of their input wasn't just listened to but incorporated as much as we reasonably could."

Silberman said that the sheriff's office rejected two recommendations by the ACLU: it will not ban the use of carotid restraints, similar to a choke hold where the goal is to cut off blood flow to the brain, and it will not ban shooting at moving vehicles.

Silberman argued that carotid restraints are a necessary tool for deputies working in jails who are not armed with firearms or Tasers.

Shooting at moving vehicles was banned in most circumstances in San Francisco in 2016. Silberman argued that the sheriff's office's existing policy "already strictly limits shooting at moving vehicles."

The sheriff's office's moving vehicle policy is mostly boilerplate policy language obtained from private police policymaker Lexipol, which has argued against such prohibitions.

Silberman said that the sheriff's office did incorporate suggestions from the ACLU regarding Taser use and anticipated changes in state law.

Assembly Bill 392 has passed both houses of the state Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom has publicly supported it. It would make the standard for police officers to use deadly force more stringent, allowing it only when "necessary to defend against an imminent threat of great bodily injury."

Silberman said that the policy has been revised to take this into account.

Per the ACLU suggestions, Silberman said that the sheriff's office policy has been further revised using San Francisco's recently adopted Taser policy as a model. San Francisco's policy allows for officers to use Tasers when a suspect is armed with a weapon other than a firearm, is causing immediate physical injury, or is violently resisting arrest.

The new sheriff's office policy also does not allow deputies to deploy Tasers more than three times against a single suspect, unless there are "exceptional circumstances."

When asked by Supervisor Dave Pine what these exceptional circumstances were, Silberman said, "That's the thing with exceptional circumstances ... they're impossible to predict."

Some activists who spoke at the meeting said this exception appeared to leave the door open for deputies to break the policy with impunity.

Furthermore, they pointed out that while Deputy Joshua Wang attempted to deploy his Taser seven times in the encounter with Okobi, at most four were effective, suggesting three deployments could still be lethal.

Tracy Rosenberg with the advocacy group Oakland Privacy said, "Any kind of policy oversight has to include seeing the policy ... I'm still not entirely clear why there's no draft available today or to the public."

"The reality is that any sort of policy should have specific language for the circumstances when that policy could be violated," Rosenberg said. "Otherwise you don't have a functional policy."

Regina Islas with the Justice for Chinedu group said, "Exceptional circumstances need to be defined especially when it comes to the use of these lethal weapons ... three Taser activations are exactly the number that killed Chinedu Okobi."

In addition to the policy changes, the sheriff's office is also providing new training for deputies for implicit bias and for dealing with people with mental health issues.

The implicit bias training will be provided by Fair & Impartial Policing LLC, a Richmond-based consulting firm operated by Sandra Brown, a former Palo Alto police lieutenant and Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy.

For mental health training, Bolanos said he is looking into a model used by police in Portland, Oregon, where deputies are provided with advanced crisis intervention training.

He said his goal would be to "ensure that 24 hours a day we have someone who has that advanced CIT training."

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<![CDATA[2 People Hit and Killed by Caltrains in Separate Incidents]]>513070171Mon, 22 Jul 2019 20:25:17 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/caltrain-strikes-0722.jpg

Two people died Monday after being hit by Caltrains in separate incidents, according to the agency.

At about 7:50 p.m., a southbound train fatally struck a person trespassing on the tracks near the Castro Street crossing in Mountain View, Caltrain said. All trains stopped in the area so that emergency personnel could investigate.

There were 118 passengers onboard, but no other injuries were reported, Caltrain said.

Earlier Monday, a person was hit and killed by a northbound Caltrain in Burlingame, the agency said.

That incident occurred at about 4:45 p.m. The victim was trespassing on the tracks, Caltrain said.

There were about 750 passengers on the train but none of them was injured, the agency said.

The fatalities marked the eighth and ninth involving Caltrain this year.

Passengers should expect delays. For delay updates, follow Twitter @caltrain.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Caltrain Outlines Its $25 Billion Vision For Next 20 Years]]>513063791Mon, 22 Jul 2019 17:48:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/223*120/caltrain.jpg

Caltrain on Monday outlined its preliminary vision for the next 20 years, highlighting longer trains and faster and more frequent service that would nearly triple its ridership.

During a live YouTube town hall, the transit agency said peak hours would see eight trains in each direction per hour, with all day Baby Bullet express service every 15 minutes and increased off-peak and weekend services. Those improvements, Caltrain said, would increase ridership from 65,000 to about 180,000 a day.

The plan, which carries a price tag of $25 billion, envisions electrified service from Gilroy to San Francisco by 2022 and expansion of Caltrain's network, including an extension to the Salesforce Transit Center in downtown San Francisco and a potential renewed corridor across the Dumbarton Bridge, the agency said.

"How we hope to pay for that is through a number of resources including grant funding, hopefully a dedicated sales tax at some point," Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said.

The draft plan will be discussed by Caltrain's board at its Aug. 1 meeting and could be adopted as early as October, the agency said.

For more information, including in-person meeting sites, visit Caltrain's Business Plan website.

<![CDATA[Teen Suspect Arrested for Anti-Semitic and Racist Graffiti]]>513001981Sat, 20 Jul 2019 21:47:50 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-arrest-Spring-Valley-2019.jpg

A teen suspected in recent anti-Semitic and racist graffiti was arrested last week after leaving a restroom at Crestview Park in San Carlos.

At least two incidents of swastikas and racial slurs found recently in San Carlos prompted detectives with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office to watch various parks in the city, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade.

On Wednesday about 9:45 p.m., they stopped a 15-year-old boy leaving the Crestview Park restroom. He had graffiti tools and other paraphernalia, according to the sheriff's office.

He was arrested on suspicion of vandalism, possession of a dagger and possession of tobacco products and later was released to his parent.

Two other youths who weren't present at the time were also identified as possible suspects in the recent vandalism. They are being investigated for separate vandalisms.

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<![CDATA[Mountain View Police Arrest Man in Connection to Assault ]]>512990301Sat, 20 Jul 2019 17:39:00 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/MV+MAN+ASSAULT+SNIP.JPG

Mountain View police arrested a man Saturday morning in connection to a sexual assault incident at Creekside Park.

Sergio Martinez, 30 was arrested for attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment and prowling charges after a woman said she attacked from behind as she walked near the park.

Two people walking nearby heard the altercation, the suspect became alarmed and fled the scene.

Around 3 a.m. Saturday, Mountain View police responded to reports of a prowler on the 200 block of Easy Street that matched the description of the suspect who attacked the woman.

Detectives later determined Martinez was the same man who attacked the woman Friday evening.

"Our officers were alert, they pieced information together quickly, and our investigators were incredible in helping start to close out this terrifying experience,” said Lt. Armando Espitia.

As it turns out, the attack Friday was the second to take place at Creekside Park this year. A woman was attacked in the same area in February, in an unrelated incident. Just as in the assault Friday, that woman also fought off her attacker. In both incidents the women saved themselves and helped lead police to the suspects.

Janet Gahagen has lived in the neighborhood for ten years and regularly rides her bike through Creekside Park. "It's really pretty through here, but it's also a place where people can really take cover and really hide out," she said. "It's just nerve-wracking knowing that, in what I thought was a safe neighborhood, there's been two assaults."

Police are looking into the possibility that Martinez may have had additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at robert.medina@mountainview.gov.

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<![CDATA[Hearing for Double Homicide Suspect Delayed ]]>512981691Sat, 20 Jul 2019 03:32:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mugshot+with+background.jpg

A hearing for a man who allegedly killed two men last month along Skyline Boulevard in San Mateo County was postponed Wednesday to determine whether he's competent to stand trial, prosecutors said.

Malik Dosouqi, 26, of Pacifica is charged with two counts of murder, two counts of use of a deadly weapon, two counts of infliction of great bodily injury and two counts of special circumstances.

Prosecutors allege that on June 17 Dosouqi lured cab driver Abdulmalek Nasher to Skyline Boulevard and then stabbed him to death. The next day, he called for a tow truck to come to the same area and then fatally stabbed the driver John Pekipaki.

According to prosecutors, Dosouqi motioned to fire his attorney, George Borges, and represent himself. The court reviewed the medical and psychiatric records for the defendant and noted that he allegedly would laugh inexplicably during court proceedings and interjected that he would soon be getting out of custody.

Judge Robert Foiles on Wednesday was doubtful of Dosouqi's competency to stand trial. Criminal proceedings were suspended and the court immediately appointed two doctors to examine Dosouqi.

Doctors will deliver reports to Foiles in court on Aug. 30, where further competency proceedings will be set, prosecutors said.

San Mateo County sheriff's officials said Friday that deputies are still investigating the homicides and are asking anyone who knows Dosouqi or may have had contact with him recently to call (650) 599-1536.

Dosouqi remains in custody on no bail status, prosecutors said.

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<![CDATA[All Westbound Lanes Blocked on San Mateo-Hayward Bridge ]]>512980531Fri, 19 Jul 2019 23:14:47 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/i-15+deadly+crash+traffic+backup+1.jpg

All westbound lanes of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge are blocked Friday night because of a multi-vehicle collision, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision was first reported at about 9 p.m. just east of the highrise. A Caltrans vehicle may be involved in the collision.

A Sig-alert for the westbound lanes was issued at 9:23 p.m. and the CHP does not have an estimate for the reopening of the lanes.

<![CDATA[Startup Aims to Rent Out Homeowners' Backyards]]>512979161Sat, 20 Jul 2019 23:33:17 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Habitat+for+Humanity+Tiny+Home+082218.jpg

Two entrepreneurs have created a start-up that will help homeowners make some extra cash—by renting out their backyard. The founders of Rent the Backyard hope to ease the Bay Area’s housing shortage by building “granny” units.

While a homeowner could, theoretically, build a unit and rent it out themselves, Rent the Backyard aims to take on the work and responsibility of getting permits, finding builders, locating tenants and collecting rent—in exchange for 50% of rental income for 30 years.

Co-founders Spencer Burleigh and Brian Bakerman have just begun to survey properties as potential building sites. While doing survey work they check to see the size of a backyard, and they mark the area with cones, so a homeowner can visualize the rental unit’s footprint.

“We’re getting close to 20 so we’re pretty good now, our calendar is quickly booking up,” said Burleigh.

If a homeowner uses Rent the Backyard’s service, they don’t need to put any money down. “Absolutely no money down for the homeowner, we just ask that they enter into a partnership with us and agree to split the rental income for the long term,” Bakerman said.

The entrepreneurs, who both went to Carnegie Mellon University, are working with companies like Plus Hus that build pre-fabricated studio units. According to the Committee to House the Bay Area, or CASA, about 300,000 of these small units can be built without affecting traffic or density.

“We’re backed by really great investors who are willing to put the money in now and wait for it to pay back in the future,” Burleigh said. “The idea being that the rent is really high in the Bay Area so even with only 50% of the rental value we’ll be able to make back our money pretty quickly.”

Rent the Backyard is focusing on the South Bay and the Peninsula but is willing to build anywhere.

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Possibly Killed in Crash on Hwy 84]]>512973621Fri, 19 Jul 2019 19:12:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043321.jpg

A motorcyclist may have been killed in a crash with another vehicle in Woodside Friday afternoon, law enforcement officials said.

The crash was reported at 4:50 p.m. on state Highway 84 about a half-mile west of Portola Road, according to San Mateo County sheriff's Detective Rosemerry Blankswade.

A motorcyclist crashed into a car there and suffered very severe injuries, Blankswade said. According to the California Highway Patrol, a coroner has been called to the area.

Blankswade said the road is expected to be closed until about 7 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Robs Driver at Gunpoint After Road Rage Incident]]>512931281Fri, 19 Jul 2019 01:38:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PHI+road+rage+generic+tire.jpg

Palo Alto police are searching for a suspect who robbed a man at gunpoint after a road rage argument Thursday morning.

Two men were driving north on Arboretum Road near the Stanford Shopping Center at 9:17 a.m. when they became involved in a road rage dispute, with the suspect suddenly throwing a cup of cold coffee into the victim's car.

The victim pulled into the shopping center's parking lot, and a woman ran out of the suspect's stopped vehicle, according to police.

When the victim walked over to the suspect's car to confront him, the suspect flashed a gun, police said. The victim backed away but the suspect got out of his car, walked to the victim's car and stole his phone from inside the vehicle. The victim was not injured during the theft.

The suspect was last seen driving east on Sand Hill Road in a newer model black car, possibly a Toyota. He's described as a Hispanic man in his 20s who is tall, heavy set, and was wearing a red polo shirt with a Polo Ralph Lauren logo and gray pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call police dispatch at (650) 329-2413.

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<![CDATA[Taishoken Ramen Opens First U.S. Restaurant in San Mateo]]>512919061Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:40:27 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/20190713-TSUKEMEN-SANMATEO-1.jpg

Calling all ramen enthusiasts!

Taishoken, the iconic Japanese restaurant best known for pioneering tsukemen-style ramen almost 60 years ago, has opened its first U.S. location in downtown San Mateo.

The “dipping noodles” or tsukemen, is a two-bowl dish that involves serving cold noodles alongside a hot broth for dipping and seasoning.

“My grandfather built Taishoken 70 years ago and we started making homemade noodles,” said Taishoken CEO, Yoshihiro Sakaguchi. “I feel like I have to bring my own ramen and tsukemen here.”

Many people credit the two-bowl dish to Kazuo Yamagishi.

“On hot summer days, the staff would eat the cold leftover noodles by dipping it into a hot soup,” the Taishoken website says. “Curious customers began requesting this dish, and it was soon put on the restaurant menu. Sixty years later, the dish is now one of the national food of ramen culture in Japan.”

Today, Taishoken has over 100 restaurants in Japan and they hope to continue to grow in the U.S.

You can try tsukemen at Taishoken’s downtown San Mateo restaurant on East 4th Avenue. The restaurant will only be serving dinner for the first five nights of their grand opening starting Tuesday, July 17 to Sunday, July 21 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Ramen enthusiasts can eat lunch and dinner at Taishoken beginning Tuesday, July 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Army Veteran From Bay Area Drowns at Lake Tahoe]]>512894531Thu, 18 Jul 2019 23:53:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LakeTahoeFile1.jpg

Authorities have identified a 34-year-old San Francisco Bay Area man who drowned at Lake Tahoe as a U.S. Army veteran who worked as a correctional officer for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

The Douglas County sheriff's office says bystanders pulled Andreia Jeffrey Arqueza from the water at Zephyr Cove on Tahoe's southeast shore at about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Deputies began life-saving measures on the shore but he later was pronounced dead at a hospital in South Lake Tahoe, California.

The San Mateo County Code 30 Foundation says Arqueza — who went by "AJ" —served in Iraq and previously worked for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

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<![CDATA[Mental Exam Ordered for Man Charged With 2 Stabbing Deaths ]]>512880791Thu, 18 Jul 2019 04:49:15 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/judge+gavel+generic.jpg

A judge has ordered a mental examination for a man charged with stabbing to death a taxi driver and a tow truck driver in a rural area of the San Francisco Bay Area.

A San Mateo County judge on Wednesday suspended proceedings and ordered two doctors to determine whether Malik Dosouqi is competent to stand trial for murder. The judge said he’s concerned the 26-year-old Pacifica man might not understand the proceedings. 

Prosecutors say Dosouqi killed 32-year-old taxi driver Abdulmalek Nasher on June 18 and John Pekipaki, a 31-year-old tow truck driver, the next night after making service calls to lure them to a remote area near Woodside.

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<![CDATA[Four Bay Area Officers Will Not Be Charged in April Shooting]]>512876471Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:46:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/021319+court+gavel+generic.jpg

Four South San Francisco police officers who fired 32 rounds at suspects fleeing the scene of a robbery in April will not be charged with a crime, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe announced Wednesday.

Wagstaffe concluded that the use of force that resulted in the minor injury to suspect Kevin Lewis was justifiable under California law, and charges will not be filed.

The four officers involved in the shooting were John Paulo, Steven Miller, David Vazquez and Robert Roman.

On April 21, officers responded to a report of several individuals, later identified as Lewis, Rhyon Griffin and Paul Mack, breaking into a secured construction area in a parking structure.

Officers blocked the vehicle exit with patrol cars and Griffin, the driver of the trio's pickup truck, repeatedly collided with police vehicles.

The four officers then fired a total of 32 rounds, one possibly striking Lewis and leaving a 5- to 6-centimeter laceration on his back.

Doctors were not certain it was due to a gunshot because of the appearance of the injury.

According to the district attorney, Paulo fired shots at the driver of the truck to avoid being run down, and then to avoid being crushed while pinned between the truck and a patrol vehicle.

Vazquez fired shots out of fear for the safety of Paulo and Sgt. Michael Toscano, who was also present. Miller fired shots at the back of the driver's seat in an attempt to stop the driver as well. Roman fired one shot, also fearing for Paulo's life.

Lewis and Griffin are charged with felony assault on a police officer, felony burglary, felony grand theft and felony evading, and a jury trial is set for Aug. 5.

Mack is in custody in San Mateo County on $100,000 bail and Alameda County has a no bail hold on him for a pending case there. Prosecutors said Mack's preliminary hearing in San Mateo County is Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Family Upset, Camp Apologizes After Boy Walks Away Unnoticed]]>512865171Wed, 17 Jul 2019 21:50:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/camp-boy-missing-0717.jpg

Imagine arriving to pick up your child from summer camp only to find out the child is not there, and nobody at the camp even knew it.

That’s exactly what one Bay Area family says happened at a day camp in Menlo Park, and they say the camp’s response hasn’t done enough to explain it or keep it from happening again.

Camp Galileo says it's been in business 18 years, and nothing like this has ever happened before. Parents say it should never happen.

Sherine Khalil and her husband were hoping their 5-year-old son would spend part of his summer break at Camp Galileo, but now they say he’s never going back. When Sherine arrived to pick him up on the first day, the counselors couldn’t find him.

"A counselor came out, was checking the roster, was looking at it; they looked up at me," Sherine said. "I walked over and said 'Is there a problem?’ They said, 'No,' and then they walked away."

The camp operates out of Hillview Middle School, with other locations across the Bay Area and in Southern California. The camp’s founder and CEO admits the boy wandered a few blocks away through an open gate while he was outside for an activity. And nobody saw it.

"We couldn’t be more sorry that this happened," said Glen Tripp, founder and CEO of Galileo Learning. "This is absolutely inexcusable. This is a failure to implement the ways that we have set up our camp; it was a failure to deliver on the safety protocols that we put into place."

As Sherine waited outside the camp that day, she got a call from her husband. He said the police had just called him and told him two good Samaritans found his son at an intersection.

Sherine was confused and angry.

"It’s the camp’s responsibility, the adults, and the training and supervision that’s supposed to be in place. And it wasn’t in place," she said.

Sherine shared her story on Facebook, where it’s now been shared more than 800 times.

The camp’s founder says they’ve fired the camp director and hired six people in bright vests to stand at all the entrances and exits to the school’s campus. Plus, they've marked the boundaries with orange cones and retrained staff regarding safety.

Camp Galileo also said it's working with a security company to see where it can make even more changes.

The camp said it sent out a letter to parents explaining the incident and the safety changes it has made.

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<![CDATA[BART to Add Bike Straps to Trains]]>512835091Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:41:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/BARTBikeStraps.JPG

BART passengers who bring their bicycles along for the ride will be getting some help to steady their bikes from new straps on train cars, according to the transit agency.

The new straps are intended to secure bikes to a rail so riders can steady themselves instead of their bicycles. Each strap can secure up to two bikes.

The straps are made of a flame-retardant nylon, similar to overhead hand straps for holding on. It features a black buckle and is attached to a rail with a rivet.

The straps were tested in 60 bike spaces on legacy train cars. According to BART, an online survey about the straps produced "overwhelmingly positive feedback."

The straps will be gradually added to original train cars and will also be added to BART's Fleet of the Future cars. The new cars were originally outfitted with three rubber U-shaped docks to serve as bike racks, but BART learned these were not ideal for most cyclists. The straps will replace the docks.

This project stems from the 2012 BART Bicycle plan, which set a goal of doubling the amount of passengers who access BART by bicycle from 4 percent to 8 percent by 2022.

Photo Credit: BART]]>
<![CDATA[Stanford Investigating a Noose Spotted on Campus]]>512808761Tue, 16 Jul 2019 23:27:49 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/noose-stanford-0716.jpg

Counselors for a summer program at Stanford University say they spotted a noose hanging from a tree near their dorm last week.

The medical students told NBC Bay Area they spotted the noose Friday night and called Stanford Public Safety. But they felt their concerns were dismissed.

Cheron Perkins of New Orleans took a photo of the noose. She said just the sight of it was enough to scare her.

"My immediate thought was nothing but fear because I'd never seen a noose," Perkins said. "I was just distraught. I got on Southwest and started looking for a plane ticket."

Perkins, a med student working as an adviser to high school students about emergency medicine, said many of those involved with the program are minorities, and she feels the noose was a message to them.

A program assistant who asked not to be identified, also saw the noose.

"I was terrified for my life," the assistant said. "I called my mom, and she was ready to put me on a plane back home. You don't know who is hanging around and what their actions might be, and we had the most minorities of all the summer camps."

When program staff called Stanford Public Safety, the response was lacking, they said.

"It kind of seemed to be dismissed, swept under the rug," one counselor said.

Stanford issued a statement Tuesday, saying in part "it is investigating the noose as a suspicious circumstance, but if additional evidence comes to light, it may be reclassified as a hate crime ... such a symbol has no place on our campus."

Perkins agreed.

"Especially at Stanford University," she said. "This is a school that says it's all about diversity and inclusion. It really upset me."

The noose has since been removed. Stanford said its Acts of Intolerance Office also is responding to the incident.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cheron Perkins]]>
<![CDATA[Blistering Heat Expected If Global Temps Keep Rising: Report]]>512783341Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:39:33 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/HeatSign.jpg

The life and health of Bay Area residents is at risk if no action is taken globally on climate change this century, according to a report released Tuesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

"Killer Heat in the United States: The Future of Dangerously Hot Days" shows that if nothing is done to stop the rise of temperatures, it may be blistering for many days each year, especially in Solano County and parts of the East Bay and North Bay.

In Vacaville on 35 days of the year, the heat index could exceed 105 degrees. In Antioch and Fairfield, the heat index could exceed 105 degrees on 22 days of the year. The heat index could be above 105 degrees on 13 days of the year in Livermore, 10 days in Concord and 12 days in Napa.

"There are big changes on the horizon for many counties in the Bay Area," the study's lead author Kristina Dahl said.

The report accompanies a peer-reviewed article released Tuesday in the journal "Environmental Research Communications." The scientists assumed that if no action is taken on climate change, global temperatures will rise by about 8 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels.

The heat index is a combination of temperature and humidity. A heat index above 90 degrees can cause heat-related illnesses among outdoor workers. An index above 100 degrees typically prompts the National Weather Service to recommend issuing heat advisories. Above 105 degrees and weather officials will call for excessive heat warnings.

Dahl said the heat may have more serious affects on Bay Area residents who are not accustomed to it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, extreme heat events can be fatal by causing heat stroke.

Dahl also said heat "can coincide with wildfire season." Last year's deadly wildfires coincided with a heat wave, Dahl said. The report urges power companies to keep the power on during times of high heat, a controversial suggestion. In the last two years, live electrical equipment caused wildfires such as the 2018 Camp Fire, which killed 85 people.

PG&E officials have decided turning off power during high wildfire danger is appropriate so downed, live power lines don't spark fires. But shutting off power has consequences for residents and visitors who need electricity to operate life-saving medical equipment.

Limiting the effects of rising temperatures has legislators at the state and federal levels occupied. While state lawmakers have been working to move residents to 100 percent clean energy, federal legislators have been considering changing climate policies.

Economists have also weighed in by suggesting charging for carbon emissions to create incentives to protect the environment.

The report's authors suggest governments prepare for the heat by investing in infrastructure that can withstand it, creating response plans to adapt to hot conditions and expanding budgets to help low- and fixed-income households stay cool.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Official Says Texas Detention Facility Inhumane]]>512712382Sun, 14 Jul 2019 17:29:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bay_Area_Official_Says_Texas_Detention_Facility_Inhumane.jpg

After touring a border detention center Saturday in Texas, Rep. Anna Eshoo described inhumane treatment, including young children in cages. Marianne Favro reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Average US Price of Gas Up By 10 Cents Per Gallon to $2.83]]>512704791Sun, 14 Jul 2019 12:28:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GasPump5.jpg

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has risen by 10 cents per gallon over the past three weeks to $2.83.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that crude oil prices contributed to the increase at the pump. Additionally, gasoline tax hikes took effect in several states starting July 1.

The price is 11 cents lower than what it was a year ago.

The highest average price in the nation is $3.75 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The lowest average is $2.30 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The average price of diesel is up by a penny since June 21, to $3.07 per gallon.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Thousands Protest Planned ICE Raids in the Bay Area]]>512681581Sat, 13 Jul 2019 09:46:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/DSC_0059-01.jpegHundreds of thousands of people have gathered in several Bay Area cities protesting immigration detention centers and the upcoming planned ICE raids.

Photo Credit: Scott Morris/Bay City News]]>
<![CDATA[Trespasser Killed by Train in San Bruno]]>512670521Fri, 12 Jul 2019 21:08:08 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_caltrain.jpg

A person was struck and killed by a train Friday evening in San Bruno, Caltrain officials said.

Northbound train No. 381 hit a person at 6:35 p.m. on the tracks near Scott Street. All trains were stopped in the area and emergency personnel responded.

Caltrain officials said about 210 people were on the train and no one reported being injured.

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<![CDATA[San Mateo County Dismisses or Refunds Nearly 1,000 Tickets ]]>512649141Sat, 13 Jul 2019 08:56:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Neighbors_in_DC_Could_Soon_Issue_Parking_Tickets.jpg

San Mateo announced Thursday that it is ending its red-light camera program and dismissing or refunding 985 citations issued at an intersection where the yellow-light timing was in error.

According to the city, an evaluation of the program determined that the safety benefits of the program have plateaued as it has also become more challenging to administer.

The decision comes after the discovery of an error in yellow-light timing at the intersection of Saratoga Drive and Hillsdale Boulevard. The yellow-light timing when driving south on Saratoga Drive was inadvertently set to 3.4 seconds during a construction project. The state-mandated minimum for yellow lights is 3.6 seconds.

The 985 citations issued for that approach at that particular intersection between Dec. 4 and May 20 have been identified and affected drivers are being contacted by the city.

"We are doing everything possible to remedy the situation for those who were affected by this recent error," City Manager Drew Corbett said in a release.

Although the official announcement of its ending came Thursday, the program has been suspendedsince the yellow-light timing issue was discovered in May.

All other citations for photo enforcement violations in San Mateo remain valid.

<![CDATA[Bay Activists, Politicians Speak Out Ahead of Rumored Raids]]>512625851Fri, 12 Jul 2019 17:54:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LibbySchaaf2.JPG

After reports that President Donald Trump will order U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids Sunday to deport undocumented immigrants, Bay Area activists and politicians spoke out against the possibility.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf released a statement Thursday saying Oakland is a proud sanctuary city.

"We are clear about our Oakland values and our American values. I want to assure members of our community not to panic but to be prepared, know your rights and responsibilities," Schaaf said in a statement. "Know that you are in a community where you are supported, respected, and appreciated."

Schaaf also encouraged the community to use resources available in the area such as Centro Legal de la Raza, the Legal Observers Core and the Rapid Response Network.

Bay Resistance organized a rally to protest the possible raids.

About 350 people attended the rally that started at 5 p.m. Thursday outside of the ICE offices at 630 Sansome St. in San Francisco.

Those that gathered called for the end of the detention centers and denounced the separation of migrant children from their families.

"We're all human beings and should be treated as human beings," said Rose Arrieta of Causa Justa Just Cause, which advocates for immigrants.

Cynthia Bourjac, an immigrant rights organizer for Causa Justa Just Cause and the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice said since Sunday ICE has already started increasing its activity in the Bay Area.

Hamid Yazdan Panah with the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice said his organization has gotten confirmation of arrests in Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties.

He said detainees are having their rights violated, because immigration officers are making arrests on Sunday, ICE detention centers are closed on Sunday and therefore attorneys cannot see detainees.

That violates detainees access to counsel among other rights.

The Facebook page also says that if ICE does carry out raids in the Bay Area this weekend, an emergency rally will be called for the same day of the raids and at the same time and location as Thursday's rally.

"Trump is threatening our immigrant loved ones and neighbors with mass raids and deportations," the Facebook post says. "We're standing up against his racist and repressive attacks."

According to the "Power, Not Panic" Emergency Action Committee, immigration legal service providers from across Northern California dispatched two delegations of attorneys to ICE offices in San Francisco and the ICE processing center in Stockton. The attorneys are demanding access to detained community members in order to make sure detainees are able to talk to pro-bono attorneys, who can inform them of their rights and provide free legal consultations.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spoke out Thursday morning in Washington DC against the rumored raids.

"Families belong together," she said. "Every person in America has rights."

Trump recently created panic about raids when he tweeted on June 17, "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in."

On June 22, he tweeted the raids would be delayed at the request of Democrats to "see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border."

Bay Area Rapid Response Lines Below:

Santa Clara County: 408-290-1144

San Francisco: 415-200-1548

Alameda County: 510-241-4011

Contra Costa County: 925-900-5151

Marin County: 415-991-4545

San Mateo County: 203-666-4472

Napa and Sonoma Counties: 707-800-4544

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<![CDATA[1 Injured, 1 Arrested in Palo Alto Skateboard Attack]]>512621801Thu, 11 Jul 2019 21:21:29 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pa-skateboard-0711.jpg

Police arrested a 38-year-old man for allegedly assaulting another man and hitting him in the abdomen with a skateboard in Downtown Palo Alto on Wednesday.

Tristan Mackreth was arrested on suspicion of two felonies, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats. 

The victim, a man in his 20s reported the assault at 11:40 a.m. in the 500 block of University Avenue, according to police. He told officers he was walking west on University when the suspect "yelled nonsensically" and punched him in the face.

The suspect, later identified as Mackreth, then hit the man in the abdomen with a skateboard and threw a rock at the victim, police said. The victim sustained minor injuries to his face and torso.

Officers responded to the area and found Mackreth at a nearby business. Police said he has no permanent address.

Mackreth is being held at Elmwood Jail in Milpitas with bail set at $25,000.

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<![CDATA[Sharks Spotted Off the Coast of Half Moon Bay]]>512611301Thu, 11 Jul 2019 23:21:59 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hmb-sharks-0711.jpg

Sharks were spotted Thursday afternoon off the coast of Half Moon Bay, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

At least four sharks could be seen from the Ritz Carlton hotel to Pillar Point Harbor, sheriff's officials said, and it prompted a warning to beachgoers.

Multiple aircraft along the San Mateo County coast spotted the sharks on their approach to Half Moon Bay Airport, sheriff's officials said.

The sharks were swimming about 40 yards off the shore of Francis Beach.

"My thought was the chances of us seeing a shark were like one in a thousand," said San Carlos resident Bart Selby, who went flying with a friend. "We were up for five minutes, and we saw a shark and then another shark and then another shark."

Selby said he didn't see the sharks displaying any signs of aggression.

Initially, the sheriff's office reported the sharks were Great Whites, but there was no confirmation from marine experts on the type of sharks that were spotted.

State parks will be posting warnings throughout the weekend.

Photo Credit: San Mateo County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Warm Temperatures Make a Return This Weekend]]>512572231Thu, 11 Jul 2019 01:16:58 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/072617+heat+generic+hot+weather+generic.jpg

After a cool few weeks in the Bay Area, residents should anticipate a serious warm-up this weekend with some places expected to see highs in the 90s and even the low 100s.

According to the National Weather Service, a warming trend began Wednesday that will continue through the end of the week and will peak Saturday afternoon.

The North Bay, interior East Bay, South Bay and Santa Cruz mountains can expect temperatures in the low to mid-80s on Thursday and temperatures reaching as high as the mid-90s on Friday and Saturday.

Coastal areas, including San Francisco and the Sonoma and Marin coasts, can expect warmer temperatures although exact values aren't yet available.

Interior Monterey and San Benito counties are expected to see the hottest weekend with expected temperatures in the mid-90s on Friday and the low 100s on Saturday.

Moderate heat impacts are expected, particularly for those who are vulnerable to heat. Rapid swings from cool to hot temperatures are also expected.

High pressure building in the desert southwest is what is setting Central California up for the warm streak.

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<![CDATA[New Tech Helps Menlo Park Fire Crews During Earthquake]]>512563372Wed, 10 Jul 2019 19:12:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/New_Tech_Helps_Menlo_Park_Fire_Crews_During_Earthquake.jpg

New technology is helping make sure Menlo Park firefighters won't be slowed down during a major earthquake. The system alerts firefighters when an earthquake is happening and automatically opens the station's doors so fire trucks can get on the road and not get stuck in a power outage.]]>
<![CDATA[Firefighters Contain 2-Alarm Brush Fire in Redwood City]]>512560622Wed, 10 Jul 2019 17:44:17 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/firefighter-generic-through-smoke.jpg

Firefighters late Wednesday contained a two-alarm brush fire in Redwood City.

The blaze was reported at 3640 Glenwood Avenue, near Garrett Park.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[USGS Moving in With NASA at Ames Research Center]]>512558212Wed, 10 Jul 2019 22:22:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/0710-USGSAmes.png

The United States Geological Survey is moving out of its Menlo Park offices and in with NASA to take over a part of the Ames Research Center in Mountain View.

USGS says moving to NASA Ames will continue a long-running partnership, add technology and save money.

About 400 USGS employees are making the move starting in August. It will likely take until early 2020 before all the tracking machinery can be brought over.

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<![CDATA[Berkeley, Oakland Among Worst Cities for Home Buyers]]>512515352Wed, 10 Jul 2019 18:40:37 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-520157840-blur.jpg

For people looking to buy a home for the first time, the Bay Area may be one of the worst places to do so.

According to a new study by the personal finance website WalletHub, when accounting for a combination of cost of living, property crime rates and 25 other metrics, Berkeley was the worst city for new homeowners among 300 cities ranging in size.

Oakland was far down the list too at No. 297. Among other big cities, Oakland came in at 63rd of 64, only ahead of Detroit.

Plenty of other Bay Area cities rounded out the bottom of the list. Santa Rosa came in at 218, Antioch at 222, San Jose at 258 and San Francisco at 284.

Other findings included that San Francisco, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara were among six cities tied for the highest cost of living in the country. The five cities with the lowest ratio of median home value to median annual rent can also be found in the Bay Area: Berkeley, Fremont, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale.

Besides cost of living and property crime rates, other factors included real estate tax rates, median home price appreciation, weather and job market.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Plan for New Cell Antennas Sparks Debate in Los Altos]]>512502541Tue, 09 Jul 2019 17:49:16 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*128/0709-CellAntenna.png

Is better cell phone service worth all the new antennas and towers that come with it?

That's the intense debate about cell phone towers going on in the upscale city of Las Altos.

The Los Altos City Council on Tuesday will meet for a study session about new cell antennas. Residents have mixed feelings about whether to install the new cell antennas.

Some resident welcome the upgrades and better reception. But others are not in favor of the aesthetics the cell towers would bring to the quiet town.

The city council will discuss the plan and then decide on future action.

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<![CDATA[Downed Power Lines Spark Grass Fire in East Palo Alto]]>512425052Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:00:49 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*128/0708-2019-EPA-Fire.jpg

Downed power lines sparked a small vegetation fire near a golf course in East Palo Alto, firefighters said.

The blaze on Monday afternoon was reported at 1412 Camellia Drive.

No structures were damaged in the fire.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Fireworks Forecast: Clear Inland, Some Fog by Bay and Coast]]>512220662Thu, 04 Jul 2019 22:22:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SanFranciscoFireworks.jpg

The parades are set. The barbecues are hot. The fireworks are ready. One thing that remains up in the air — literally — is the fog.

As the Bay Area celebrates the Fourth of July, folks along the coast and around the San Francisco Bay will be keeping their fingers crossed that the fog doesn't totally spoil fireworks shows.

According to the National Weather Service, 63% of the sky above San Francisco could be covered with a mix of fog and clouds between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thursday night. The cloud forecast is even worse in Half Moon Bay where 75% of the sky could be covered.

"Per usual this time of year, the best chance of clear sky conditions this evening will be inland away from the ocean/bays," the weather service tweeted Thursday morning.

Cities such as Santa Rosa, Napa, Concord, Livermore and San Jose are expected to have almost completely clear skies when it's time to light off fireworks, according to the weather service. Those inland spots will also enjoy comfortable temperatures at sunset, with high 60s to low 70s expected.

Locations around the bay and along the coast will be cooler when the sun goes down. San Francisco is slated to check in at 58 degrees. Santa Cruz is predicted to be at 62 degrees. Half Moon Bay will be the coolest at 56 degrees.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area 4th of July Events Guide]]>512066601Mon, 01 Jul 2019 19:28:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-145374817.jpg

Looking for 4th of July parades, celebrations and fireworks displays? We've got you covered. Check out our Bay Area 4th of July events guide below!


4th of July Berkeley Marina
Where: Berkeley Marina
When: July 4, family activities beginning at noon, fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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Fremont’s 4th of July Parade

Where: Fremont (Downtown)
When: July 4, parade begins at 10 a.m.
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Picnic in the Park and Fireworks
Where: Benicia (Benicia City Park at 150 Military W)
When: July 3, Torchlight Parade at 6:30 p.m.; July 4, activities begin at noon, fireworks at 9 p.m.
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Oakland A’s Fireworks Night
Where: Oakland Coliseum
When: July 3, after the A’s play the Twins
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Celebrate Concord 4th of July
Where: Downtown Concord (Mt. Diablo High School)
When: July 4, 5K/kids run at 8 a.m., parade at 10 a.m., festival at 4 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.
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A Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration!
Where: Albany (Memorial Park at 1325 Portland Ave.)
When: July 4, festivities begin at noon
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City of Alameda Mayor's Fourth of July Parade
Where: Alameda (Lincoln Ave. & Park St.)
When: July 4, 5k race at 9:45 a.m., parade starts at 10 a.m. -- the 3.3-mile route is one of the longest in the country
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City of El Cerrito & worldOne July 4th Festival
Where: El Cerrito (Cerrito Vista Park at 7007 Moeser Ln.)
When: July 4, music and children’s activities from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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Kiwanis Danville July 4th Parade
Where: Danville (Downtown)
When: July 4, parade begins at 9 a.m.
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San Ramon Fourth of July
Where: San Ramon (Central Park Amphitheater at 12501 Alcosta Blvd.)
When: July 4, 5-8 p.m. free concert featuring a Jimmy Buffet tribute band
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Orinda 4th of July Parade
Where: Orinda Community Park and Community Center (parade begins at 80 Moraga Way)
When: July 4, festivities 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; parade begins at 10 a.m.
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Pleasant Hill July 4th Celebration
Where: Pleasant Hill (Parade at Cleveland Rd. & Gregory Ln.)
When: July 4, 5k at 8 a.m., parade at 9:30 a.m. and fireworks around 9:10 p.m. from College Park High School
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Martinez 4th of July Parade
Where: Martinez (Court St. between Ward and Main streets)
When: July 4, parade begins at 10 a.m.
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Suisun City 4th of July Celebration
Where: Suisun City (Waterfront District)
When: July 4, events start at 11 a.m.; fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
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4th of July Red, White & Boom Fireworks & Block Party

Where: Livermore (Downtown)
When: July 4, block party begins at 4 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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Marin County Fair Fireworks Show

Where: San Rafael (10 Avenue of the Flags)
When: July 3 - July 7 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; fireworks every night at 9:30 p.m.
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Petaluma 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks

Where: Petaluma (Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds at 175 Fairgrounds Dr.)
When: July 4, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., fireworks after dark
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Sausalito 4th of July Festivities

Where: Sausalito (Dunphy and Gabrielson parks)\
When: July 4, parade begins at 10 a.m., picnic at Dunphy Park at noon, music at 6:30 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. from Gabrielson Park
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Novato 4th of July Parade
Where: Novato (Grant Avenue between Reichert and 7th St.)
When: July 4, parade begins at 10 a.m.
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Red, White & BOOM! 2019

Where: Santa Rosa (Sonoma County Fairgrounds at 1350 Bennett Valley Rd.)
When: July 4, festivities from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., fireworks after dark
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Corte Madera/Larkspur 4th of July Parade and Celebration
Where: Larkspur and Corte Madera (Parade begins at Redwood High School in Larkspur, Festivities take place at Corte Madera Town Center)
When: July 4, festvivites 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., parade starts at 10:30 a.m.
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Foster City Fourth of July Celebration
Where: Foster City (Leo Ryan Park at 650 Shell Blvd.)
When: July 4, festivities from 9 a.m. – 9:45 p.m., fireworks over the lagoon after dark
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Palo Alto’s Annual Chili Cook-off
Where: Palo Alto (Mitchell Park at 600 E. Meadow Dr.)
When: July 4, Noon – 5 p.m.
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Redwood City 4th of July Parade, Festival, and Fireworks
Where: Redwood City (Downtown and the Port of Redwood City)
When: July 4, 5k run at 8 a.m., parade at 10 a.m. through downtown, festival and activities from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., fireworks over Port of Redwood City at 9:30 p.m.
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Half Moon Bay’s 49th Annual Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade

Where: Half Moon Bay (Main St.)
When: July 4, block party events begin in the morning, parade begins at noon
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Menlo Park's 4th of July Celebration
Where: Menlo Park (Parade starts at Santa Cruz Ave. & Chestnut St.)
When: July 4, parade starts at 11:45 a.m., festivities continue through 3 p.m. 
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Pacifica 4th of July Picnic
Where: Pacifica (Frontierland Park at 900 Yosemite Dr.)
When: July 4, activities and live music from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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4th of July Celebration at The Pier
Where: San Francisco, Pier 39
When: July 4, Music from 3 - 6 p.m., fireworks over the bay at 9:30 p.m.
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Fourth of July Celebration at Fisherman's Wharf
Where: San Francisco (Fisherman's Wharf)
When: Live music starts at 6 p.m., fireworks (from Aquatic Park and Pier 39) over the bay at 9:30 p.m.
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Great America July 4th Celebration
Where: Santa Clara (Great America at 4701 Great America Parkway)
When: July 4 & 5,  fireworks at 9:45 p.m. from the Flight Deck roller coaster plaza
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San Jose Giants 4th of July
Where: San Jose (Municipal Stadium)
When: July 4, ballgame starts at 6:45 p.m. followed by fireworks show
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Rotary Club Fireworks
Where: San Jose (Discovery Meadow in downtown)
When: July 4, fireworks at approximately 10 p.m. 
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Rose, White & Blue Parade
Where: San Jose (Rose Garden neighborhood along The Alameda)
When: July 4, parade at 10 a.m.
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Morgan Hill Freedom Fest: Parade and Fireworks On The Green

Where: Morgan Hill (Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center at 16500 Condit Rd.)
When: July 4, Fest Cruise & Car show 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., parade begins at 10 a.m., live music starts at 5 p.m., fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
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Fourth of July at Shoreline
Where: Mountain View (Shoreline Amphitheatre at One Amphitheatre Parkway)
When: July 4, 8 p.m. featuring the San Francisco Symphony and a fireworks grand finale
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Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
Where: Santa Cruz (Wilder Ranch State Park at 1401 Coast Rd.)
When: July 4, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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Red, White & BOOM! Milpitas Fireworks & Concert
Where: Milpitas (Milpitas Sports Center at 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd.)
When: July 4, pool party from 1 – 4 p.m., concert at 7 p.m., fireworks at approximately 9:15 p.m.
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Scotts Valley 4th of July Parade, Flyover & Fireworks
Where: Scotts Valley (Skypark 361 Kings Village Rd.)
When: July 4, parade and flyover at 3 p.m., food, games and music at 4 p.m., fireworks at 9:20 p.m.
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<![CDATA[Heroes in San Bruno Mall Shooting Honored in Daly City]]>512202822Wed, 03 Jul 2019 18:39:55 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Heroes_in_San_Bruno_Mall_Shooting_Honored_in_Daly_City.jpg

As police on Wednesday continued to hunt for suspects in the San Bruno mall shooting, two of the heroes from the immediate aftermath were being honored. A small ceremony was held in Daly City for two Army soldiers who ran toward the shots as everyone else was running away. Anoushah Rasta reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Sick Sea Lion Pups Rescued From Bay Area Beaches]]>512202342Thu, 04 Jul 2019 02:53:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Police+with+sick+sea+lion1.jpg

The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito has recently seen a spike in sick marine animals, a problem that was highlighted when a struggling sea lion pup crawled onto Ocean Beach in San Francisco on Wednesday.

According to Greg Frankfurter, wildlife veterinarian at the center, 50-70 young sea lions are stranded from April through June, on average. This year that number has increased by about 300%.

The cause of the illness is unknown, although it’s clear that the animals are lethargic and malnourished.

“Whenever you can see the pelvic bones or some of the ribs, that is generally an indication that there is some malnourishment happening,” said volunteer Ashley Gray.

Volunteers rescued the sea lion at Ocean Beach while another was picked up at Linda Mar beach in Pacifica. Both were taken to the Marine Mammal Center, where they were given food and fluids and treated for any other conditions. Once they reach a healthy weight, the goal is for them to be released back into the wild.

According to Frankfurter, the sea lions that are in their breeding grounds appear to be healthy. However, the ones appearing on beaches are largely unwell.

“Whether there is some underlying condition we haven’t been able to determine, it could be related to domoic acid, as I mentioned, that we’re seeing in adults,” Frankfurter said.

With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, beachgoers are reminded that if they spot a sea lion on the shore to give it space, keep dogs away, and call the Marine Mammal Center.

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<![CDATA[Man Seriously Injured in Late-Night Menlo Park Shooting]]>512159972Wed, 03 Jul 2019 03:37:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police+tape6.jpg

A man was shot multiple times late Tuesday night in Menlo Park, according to police.

The shooting was reported at 11:31 p.m. in the 1200 block of Windermere Avenue, police said. Officers responded to find a 26-year-old man suffering from the gunshot wounds.

The victim was transported to a hospital where police said he is currently in serious but stable condition. There are currently no suspects.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call police at (650) 330-6300. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call (650) 330-6395.

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<![CDATA[San Bruno Mall Still on Lockdown Hours After Shooting]]>512149382Tue, 02 Jul 2019 19:42:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/San_Bruno_Mall_Still_on_Lockdown_Hours_After_Shooting.jpg

Tanforan Mall in San Bruno remained on lockdown late Tuesday after a shooting left two juveniles wounded and hospitalized. Ali Wolf reports.]]>
<![CDATA[San Bruno Police Arrest 2 in Connection to Tanforan Shooting]]>512140681Sat, 06 Jul 2019 18:35:28 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/snip+bruno+mug.JPG

San Bruno police have identified two individuals who fired gunshots at the Tanforan Mall Tuesday.

Police identified 18-year-old Deandre Lejon Gantt from San Francisco and a 16-year-old also from San Francisco.

The two suspects were taken into custody and booked at the San Mateo County Youth Services Center where they face charges related to the shooting.

On July 2, police in San Bruno responded to a shooting that left two teenage boys wounded at the Tanforan Mall.

In what police said was not a random shooting, one victim was in critical condition and the other was in serious condition, but both were stable, according to San Francisco General Hospital.

Police said they were searching for two suspects, one of whom may have fled on a BART train and made it across the bay to Oakland. The two gunmen reportedly had been shooting at each other.

"Evidence at the scene indicates that there were two groups of people who engaged in a dispute with each other on the second floor of the mall," police said in a statement released Wednesday. "This dispute escalated and one subject from each group began shooting at the other."

At about 4 p.m., BART closed down its San Bruno station after it received reports of an active shooter.

Later, BART shut down the 12th Street station in Oakland as police cleared trains in search of a possible suspect. Police said reports of a gun from the shooting being recovered were unsubstantiated. That station reopened about 5:30 p.m.

Video from the scene showed police officers swarm the Oakland station with guns drawn.

The San Bruno station remained closed for hours until it reopened just after 8 p.m.

Workers at the mall at 1150 El Camino Real said the mall was placed on lockdown, and police were asking the public to avoid the area.

Video posted to social media showed people running and walking out of the mall. Two additional people were reported injured in the evacuations, and they were treated and released, officials said.

A parking structure at the mall also was placed on lockdown, and people who parked there weren't able to get to their vehicles for hours.

The scene was still active late Tuesday night, and the mall remained closed during the investigation. The mall reopened at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

People who were at the mall and left behind personal items during the chaos were able to retrieve their belongings at the San Bruno police station.

Anyone with any information about the shooting is encouraged to call San Bruno police at 650-616-7100 or email sbpdtipline@sanbruno.ca.gov.

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<![CDATA[Migrant Camp Protests Planned Across the Bay Area]]>512119912Tue, 02 Jul 2019 16:16:41 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Border16.jpg

Protesters have planned rallies across the Bay Area Tuesday in an effort to persuade lawmakers to close migrant camps in the United States.

Poor living conditions and children being separated from their families are among the reasons protesters cite in calling for the closures.

Protests in the Bay Area will be held at the following locations:

  • San Francisco, 12 p.m., Office of Sen. Dian Feinstein, 1 Post St.
  • Santa Rosa, 12 p.m., Old Courthouse Square
  • Palo Alto, 12 p.m., 855 El Camino Real
  • Walnut Creek, 5:30 p.m., Ygnacio Valley Road and North Civic Drive
  • Oakland, 5:30 p.m., 580 freeway overpass at 23rd Ave. – 2725 26th Ave.

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<![CDATA[1 Pedestrian Dead, 2 Hurt in Vehicle Crash at SFO Terminal]]>512098181Mon, 01 Jul 2019 23:19:39 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sfo-fatal-0701.jpg

Three pedestrians were hit at San Francisco International Airport Monday, and one of them died, according to San Francisco police.

At about 3:30 p.m., police and fire crews responded to a multi-vehicle crash involving pedestrians in the arrivals area of the International Terminal at SFO, police said.

Two men and a woman were rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, and one of the men succumbed to his injuries, police said.

Preliminary information indicates the driver of a black Ford Expedition accelerated from the curb prior to the crash. The driver, a 46 year-old man, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said.

The driver did not display signs of impairment, and there were no indications it was an intentional act, police said.

The names of the victims were not provided.

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Package at Facebook Mail Facility Tests Negative]]>512068541Mon, 01 Jul 2019 23:28:09 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SarinInvestigationFacebook_7792410.JPEG

Authorities have confirmed that a suspicious package discovered Monday at a Facebook mailing facility in Menlo Park, California, has tested negative for "any potentially dangerous substance," a Facebook spokesperson said Tuesday.

Emergency hazmat crews spent several hours at the mailing facility after a machine that can detect dangerous substances alerted employees Monday morning that a package might contain the chemical nerve agent sarin, the Menlo Park Fire District said.

No employees were ever exposed to the substance in question, according to the fire district. Four buildings in the area were evacuated, but the evacuation orders have since been lifted, according to a Facebook spokesperson.

After multiple agencies crafted a course of action, a hazmat team around 6 p.m. Monday entered the building where the package was, cleared all of the rooms and eventually tested the package, the fire district said. The team exited at about 6:45 p.m. and was decontaminated.

Later Monday night, during a second sweep of the building utilizing "more sophisticated detection equipment," the hazmat team recovered the package, put it in a mobile containment device and removed it from the building, according to the fire district. Test results for any dangerous substances later came back negative.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines sarin as a "human-made chemical warfare agent classified as a nerve agent." Sarin was originally developed in 1938 in Germany as a pesticide. It is a "clear, colorless, and tasteless liquid that has no odor in its pure form" and even a small drop on the skin can cause sweating and muscle twiching. Mildly exposed people usually recover completely, the CDC said.

Fire officials initially reported that at least two people may have been possibly exposed to sarin.

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<![CDATA[What to Know About California's New Laws Starting in July]]>512052082Tue, 02 Jul 2019 03:30:59 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gas-pump-generic-GettyImages-979627351.jpg

New laws and a gas tax increase in the state with fuel prices well above the national average are starting Monday in California.

The new legislation includes new background checks for ammunition purchases, requirements for medical professionals on probation and a mandated timeline for law enforcement body camera recordings to be made public. 

Scroll down to read about some of the new laws going into effect in July. 

California Gas Tax

The California gas tax will increase 5.6 cents per gallon Monday. It is part of a Senate Bill passed by the Legislature and signed by then Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017. At the time, gas taxes went up 12 cents along with additional registration fees. 

California drivers were paying an average $3.75 per gallon as of late June, far above the national average of $2.71 calculated by AAA. The gas tax will increase to 47.3 cents a gallon July 1, according to the state Board of Equalization, and continue to increase indefinitely starting next year to keep up with the California Consumer Price Index.

The money from the increase is supposed to go to roads and bridges along with bicycle and pedestrian projects.

Gun Ammunition Rules

California will tighten its already strict firearms laws by requiring background checks for anyone buying ammunition and barring ammo sales except through licensed dealers. Gun owners already in the state's databases will have to pay a $1 fee each time they buy bullets or shotgun shells, while others can buy longer term licenses. Dealers have seen a spike in sales as the state prepares to implement the restrictions imposed by voters in 2016. Opponents are suing to block the restrictions, arguing that they will mainly harm law-abiding owners.

Law Enforcement Video Recordings

Law enforcement agencies will have 45 days to make public body camera footage recorded during an incident causing death or serious injury. The 2018 bill by Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco has exceptions if the agency demonstrates "by clear and convincing evidence" that release would substantially interfere with an ongoing investigation or violate the privacy of someone in the footage. The law is one response to lawmakers' concern over shootings of suspects by police. Proponents said the release will help rebuild trust with communities.

Resentencing for Cannabis Convictions

California's justice department must review all marijuana convictions eligible to be reduced or expunged after voters approved marijuana sales for recreaitonal use in 2016. The deadline is July 1.

Doctor Probation Disclosure

California becomes the first state to require physicians, surgeons, osteopaths, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, podiatrists and acupuncturists to notify patients if they are put on probation for serious misconduct. The 2018 bill by Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo, requires the notices for sexual misconduct with a patient; drug abuse; a criminal conviction involving harm to patients; and inappropriate prescribing resulting in patient harm and five or more years of probation. The measure was backed by athletes victimized by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who admitted sexually abusing women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.

Lead Ammunition

California will complete its statewide ban on all lead ammunition for hunting. The Center for Biological Diversity says the ban will reduce the risk that toxic fragments from lead bullets or shot will poison critically endangered California condors along with other raptors and scavengers. Lead ammunition can still be used for target shooting. The center says at least 15 other states have some restrictions, but California's statewide ban on lead ammunition for hunting is the most sweeping. The state began phasing out its use under a 2013 law.

Social Media Rules

It will be illegal for anyone to use a social media bot with a fake identity with the intent to spur a purchase or influence a vote. The 2018 bill by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Democrat from Van Nuys, requires the bots to be clearly identified in response to concerns that the automated bots can spread inflammatory or false information and were used to post messages about presidential candidates in 2016.

Homeless Patient Discharges

Hospitals must have a written homeless patient discharge planning policy and log which homeless patients are discharged and the destinations where they are released. The 2018 bill by former state Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, requires the plans to include coordinating services and referrals for homeless patients with the county behavioral health agency, health care and social service agencies in the region, health care providers, and nonprofit social service providers. It's aimed at stopping the practice of "patient dumping" of indigent patients.

Veteran Driver's Licenses

Homeless and lower income military veterans can have the word "veteran" printed on their drivers' licenses for free. The 2017 bill by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, a Democrat from Fullerton, waives what had been a $5 processing fee to allow that designation. She said it can make it easier for veterans to access services without carrying around discharge papers and veterans separation documents.

Butane Sales

It will be unlawful to sell larger quantities of non-odorized butane. The 2018 bill by Assemblyman Tim Grayson, D-Concord, is designed to stem the use of the highly flammable solvent to manufacture hash oil from cannabis. Illegal operations have resulted in numerous explosions and dozens of deaths in recent years. The law exempts lighters and small containers of non-odorized butane used to refill them.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[8 More Bay Area DMV Offices Open an Hour Earlier]]>512062411Mon, 01 Jul 2019 10:15:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CaliforniaDMV.jpg

Eight more California Department of Motor Vehicles offices in the Bay Area are now open one hour earlier four days during the week.

The new 7 a.m. opening time, which went into effect Monday, applies to the Corte Madera, Daly City, El Cerrito, Fremont, Petaluma, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara offices, according to the DMV. The Oakland Claremont and San Jose DLPC offices have been opening an hour early since last summer.

The 10 Bay Area DMV offices are open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, according to the DMV. On Wednesdays, they are open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Across the state of California, 69 DMV offices have switched to the early opening time four days a week.

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<![CDATA[California Gas Tax Rises Another 6 Cents a Gallon Monday]]>512030621Sun, 30 Jun 2019 22:01:42 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GasPump5.jpg

California's nation-leading gas prices are set to climb even higher Monday, when the state gas tax increases another 5.6 cents a gallon.

It's the latest increase from a 2017 law designed to raise about $5 billion a year for road and mass transit programs.

A 12 cents-per-gallon boost came that November, and voters last year rejected a Republican-led effort to repeal the law. But Southern California voters did recall one Democratic lawmaker who helped pass the measure.

California motorists were paying an average $3.75 per gallon as of late June, far above the national average of $2.71 calculated by AAA.

The gas tax will increase to 47.3 cents a gallon July 1, according to the state Board of Equalization, and continue to increase indefinitely starting next year to keep up with the California Consumer Price Index.

The money is split between state and local governments, with much of going to fix potholes and rebuild crumbling roads and bridges. Some is also going to public transportation, biking and walking trails, and other projects.

Republicans pointed out again that the tax is increasing even as Gov. Gavin Newsom and fellow Democrats complained about high gas prices.

Newsom in April blamed possible "inappropriate industry practices" rather than higher taxes and stricter environmental rules, and California Energy Commission investigators subsequently pointed the finger at "possible market manipulation" by retailers.

The impending 5.6 cents per gallon boost "will make California less affordable and take another $850 million out of our families' pocketbooks," said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove of Bakersfield. Assembly Republicans floated an amendment to delay the increase, but majority Democrats blocked the attempt two weeks before the increase takes effect.

Here are several other laws taking effect at mid-year:

  • California becomes the first state to require physicians, surgeons, osteopaths, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, podiatrists and acupuncturists to notify patients if they are put on probation for serious misconduct. The 2018 bill by Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo, requires the notices for sexual misconduct with a patient; drug abuse; a criminal conviction involving harm to patients; and inappropriate prescribing resulting in patient harm and five or more years of probation. The measure was backed by athletes victimized by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who admitted sexually abusing women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.
  • Law enforcement agencies will have 45 days to make public body camera footage recorded during an incident causing death or serious injury. The 2018 bill by Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco has exceptions if the agency demonstrates "by clear and convincing evidence" that release would substantially interfere with an ongoing investigation or violate the privacy of someone in the footage. The law is one response to lawmakers' concern over shootings of suspects by police. Proponents said the release will help rebuild trust with communities.
  • California will tighten its already strict firearms laws by requiring background checks for anyone buying ammunition and barring ammo sales except through licensed dealers. Gun owners already in the state's databases will have to pay a $1 fee each time they buy bullets or shotgun shells, while others can buy longer term licenses. Dealers have seen a spike in sales as the state prepares to implement the restrictions imposed by voters in 2016. Opponents are suing to block the restrictions, arguing that they will mainly harm law-abiding owners.
  • California will complete its statewide ban on all lead ammunition for hunting. The Center for Biological Diversity says the ban will reduce the risk that toxic fragments from lead bullets or shot will poison critically endangered California condors along with other raptors and scavengers. Lead ammunition can still be used for target shooting. The center says at least 15 other states have some restrictions, but California's statewide ban on lead ammunition for hunting is the most sweeping. The state began phasing out its use under a 2013 law.
  • It will be illegal for anyone to use a social media bot with a fake identity with the intent to spur a purchase or influence a vote. The 2018 bill by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Democrat from Van Nuys, requires the bots to be clearly identified in response to concerns that the automated bots can spread inflammatory or false information and were used to post messages about presidential candidates in 2016.
  • Hospitals must have a written homeless patient discharge planning policy and log which homeless patients are discharged and the destinations where they are released. The 2018 bill by former state Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, requires the plans to include coordinating services and referrals for homeless patients with the county behavioral health agency, health care and social service agencies in the region, health care providers, and nonprofit social service providers. It's aimed at stopping the practice of "patient dumping" of indigent patients.
  • Homeless and lower income military veterans can have the word "veteran" printed on their drivers' licenses for free. The 2017 bill by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, a Democrat from Fullerton, waives what had been a $5 processing fee to allow that designation. She said it can make it easier for veterans to access services without carrying around discharge papers and veterans separation documents.
  • It will be unlawful to sell larger quantities of non-odorized butane. The 2018 bill by Assemblyman Tim Grayson, D-Concord, is designed to stem the use of the highly flammable solvent to manufacture hash oil from cannabis. Illegal operations have resulted in numerous explosions and dozens of deaths in recent years. The law exempts lighters and small containers of non-odorized butane used to refill them.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Home Prices Make Biggest Drop in Over 7 Years]]>511921721Fri, 28 Jun 2019 01:26:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Has_San_Jose_Real_Estate_Market_Peaked_.jpg

Bay Area home prices for the month of May have taken their biggest hit in over seven years. The median price of a home in the Bay Area is now $860,000—a 1.7% drop from May of last year, according to a report released by real estate data company CoreLogic.

Sales in the region are down 2.7% year-over-year.

"So far this year, the annual change in the Bay Area’s median sale price has been close to flat, whereas early last year the median experienced double-digit annual growth," CoreLogic analyst Andrew LePage said. "This change reflects the erosion of buyer affordability after years of rising home prices and last year’s run-up in mortgage rates. The combination caused would-be buyers’ mortgage payments to far outpace income growth, pricing out some and causing others to back out of the market."

The drop occurred specifically in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Solano counties. The biggest drop occurred in Santa Clara county, with 11% fewer homes sold in May of this year than the same period in 2018.

The median home price in the nine-county region was still among the highest in the country.

Napa was the only county in the region to see significant growth with a 23.3% increase in homes sold in May of this year compared to May 2018.

<![CDATA[Thieves Steal ATM From Walgreens Store in San Mateo]]>511880112Thu, 27 Jun 2019 21:06:46 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/walgreens13.JPG

A Walgreens in San Mateo remained closed Wednesday night, almost 20 hours after thieves drove right through its front doors and drove off with an ATM.

Police said it happened around 4 a.m. at the store located on 3rd Avenue and Ellsworth, and that the thieves used a stolen vehicle for the heist.

Both the car and a pried-open ATM were found about a block away.

It’s unclear how much money was stolen.

The Walgreens was closed all day except for the drive-up window, and it’s not certain they’ll be opening Thursday.

Police said there is surveillance video that they may release.

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<![CDATA[Palo Alto Police Investigate Death at Mobile Home Park]]>511807871Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:22:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pa-death-0625.jpg

Palo Alto police are investigating a death reported Monday night at a mobile home park off of El Camino Real.

A man was found dead by his roommate at Buena Vista Mobile Home Park at 3980 El Camino Real, according to spokeswoman Janine de la Vega.

Officers are currently collecting evidence to determine how he died.

Police are not actively looking for any suspects at this time, but will release an update if they find evidence of foul play or criminal activity.

The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office will identify the man once his family is notified.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Violent Crime on BART More Than Doubled Over 5 Years: Report]]>511774992Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:10:04 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BARTPoliceFile.jpg

Violent crime on BART more than doubled over the past five years, according to a report.

The grand jury report by Alameda County noted that violent crimes — homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — rose 115% between 2014 and 2018. A total of 226 violent crimes happened within the transit system in 2014 compared to 485 in 2018.

Robberies jumped 128% (153 in 2014 compared to 349 in 2018) during that five-year time period, according to the report. Aggravated assaults increased 83% (71 in 2014 compared to 130 in 2018).

BART officials blame the uptick in crime on fare evasion, which the report showed as being significantly higher than expected.

The report indicated that 15% of riders don't pay fares. BART police have said that a number of crimes are carried out by people who are sneaking through the system without paying.

The report recommends that BART "accelerate" the hiring of officers and crack down on fare evaders.

Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[San Mateo County Homicides Suspect Lured Victims: Prosecutor]]>511757011Mon, 24 Jun 2019 17:10:54 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0624SMDoubleStabbing_7708737.JPG

The man accused of murdering two men after luring them to a remote area of San Mateo County made his first court appearance on Monday.

Investigators also announced they are looking into the possibility the suspect may have recently tried to lure other tow truck drivers to the same area.

Prosecutors said when 32-year-old taxi driver Abdul Malik Nasher went to pick up a passenger near Skyline Boulevard last Monday he was stabbed to death.

Malik Dosouqi, 26, is also accused of luring tow truck driver John Pekipaki to the same area off Skyline Boulevard hours later and stabbing him to death.

Dosouqi was seen in court wearing a cast on his arm. Prosecutors believe one of the victims may have broken Dosouqi's arm while fighting for his life. The suspect did not enter a plea on Monday.

NBC Bay Area also learned San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies arrested Dosouqi in May after a fight with a deputy.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said the suspect this past spring was arrested for disturbing the peace because he was stepping into traffic and trying to touch people.

Investigators said it does not appear the suspect knew the victims, and that the two men just responded to what ended up being a deadly call for help.

"We do believe he lured each of these victims to that site to murder them," Wagstaffe said.

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<![CDATA[Disabled Train Triggers Major Systemwide BART Delay]]>511738181Mon, 24 Jun 2019 23:14:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/BARTTUNNELMAIN.PNG

About 400 passengers on a new BART "Fleet of the Future" train that became disabled between stations Monday morning disembarked from the train and walked to the 12th Street Oakland City Center station, an agency spokeswoman said.

The train had stalled between the Lake Merritt and 12th Street stations in downtown Oakland around 10 a.m.

Delays persisted throughout the afternoon on all lines systemwide, BART spokeswoman Anna Duckworth said.

A rescue train pulled the disabled one to an area near the MacArthur station, where it is out of the way of other train traffic and will remain until at least Monday night, Duckworth said.

The train had been Richmond-bound on the Fremont line when it got stuck on the tracks.

"It's a little traumatizing to say the least," BART rider Jeff Estrellanes said, who was two hours late to work on Mnday due to the incident.

BART officials are not sure if a mechanical failure or technical glitch caused he new train to stop. BART technicians will be working to figure out the problem.

<![CDATA[Friends and Family Remember Slain Cab Driver]]>511686261Sat, 22 Jun 2019 19:47:20 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Officials_Investigate_2nd_San_Mateo_Co._Homicide_This_W.jpg

Friends and family remembered the Pacifica man who was laid to rest Saturday after he was stabbed to death in San Mateo County.

Abdulmalek Nasher, was a 32-year-old a cab driver and one of two people killed in the mysterious double homicide case.

"It is a shock because she waited two hours because she started calling him he's not answering until 3 p.m.," said Mansoor Ismael, from the Consul of Yemen in California.

Deputies investigating his case found Nasher stabbed, and a day later police found a second victim on Skyline Boulevard. 

As friends gathered outside the Fiji Mosque in South San Francisco Saturday they remembered him as a kind man.

"A father, a very nice brother good guy, a helper he is there for his family for his community for his neighbor," cousin Nassr Alghaithy said.

Police arrested a 26-year-old Pacifica man in connection with two killings and police say a motive is unclear.

The suspect is set to appear in court next week.

<![CDATA[Teen Patient Uses 'Wish' to Pay It Forward]]>511657052Fri, 21 Jun 2019 19:55:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07212019JustinWang_7667632.JPG

Since he was a baby, Justin Wang battled an extremely rare blood disorder that led to heart failure which was so bad, he didn't have an appetite for most of his life.

"Every night I had to artificially insert food inside myself," Wang said.

When he was 15, he had a heart transplant and for three months he and his mom stayed at the Ronald McDonald house in Palo Alto during his recovery.

"It's just so amazing, the people that are here," Wang said. "You find the strength. you really find the strength and courage in humanity while you're staying here."

After the transplant, it put his body on the right track and that's also when his taste buds came to life.

"Now that I can eat again, I decided why not just eat healthy food?" Wang said.

Now at age 16, he loves to cook, but still has to cut out sodium and sugar due to his heart condition.

When the Make-A-Wish Foundation gave him a wish, he passed on a trip to Europe or Disneyland to make a cookbook.

He unveiled the book in a cooking demonstration, back at the Ronald McDonald house in front of his family, doctors, and friends.

"You never know what a kid's going to come up with and I think when we see our kids that have gone through extraordinary illness they have a wisdom," said Betsy Biern, Chief Executive Officer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "What I love is that they both have a wisdom and have joy."

The cookbook focuses on recipes that are heart healthy, so kids who are also sick can eat easy-to-make, delicious, healthy food.

"I thought, not only will it help me, but it'll help other people like me," Wang said.

An East Bay chef helped the 16-year-old with the recipes.

"It's something that can be shared with a lot of people," East Bay Health Chef Victoria said. "It is a gift that keeps giving."

Wang spent the rest of the night autographing his work using a wish to put a stamp on life that teach others there is hope beyond an illness.

"I am pretty impressed with myself, and I'm pretty proud of myself too,” Wang said. “It is just so amazing to see what I can do after a heart transplant."

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<![CDATA[Charges Filed With DA Against Suspect in Stabbing Deaths]]>511654922Fri, 21 Jun 2019 16:59:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SMCSecondHomicide.jpg

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has filed charges with the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office against the suspect arrested in connection with two homicides that occurred this week in unincorporated San Mateo County.

The sheriff's office has filed charges against Malik Dosouqi, 26, of Pacifica, that include two counts of murder, two counts of use of a deadly weapon, two counts of infliction of great bodily injury and two counts of special circumstances.

Dosouqi was arrested in connection with the stabbing deaths of 31-year-old John Sione Pekipaki and 32-year-old Abdulmalek Nasher.

The men were killed this week on a stretch of Skyline Boulevard in unincorporated San Mateo County.

On Monday at 11:09 p.m., a deputy found Nasher's body in a dirt area west of Skyline Boulevard just north of Reids Roost Road.

On Tuesday at 11 p.m., patrol deputies returned to the scene to search for additional evidence, and at 11:55 p.m., the deputies heard someone calling for help.

They found Pekipaki lying on the ground in a turnout off Skyline Boulevard with stab wounds.

They also saw a man, later identified as Dosouqi, driving away.

A deputy shot at the oncoming vehicle moving toward Pekipaki and other deputies, according to the sheriff's office.

Dosouqi drove his vehicle off the roadway and into a ditch.

He was taken into custody and treated for a laceration to his arm.

He was not shot during the incident.

Investigators suspected both stabbings could be connected since both victims were stabbed in the same area.

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<![CDATA[California Campus Removes Bell Marking Catholic Missions]]>511650332Fri, 21 Jun 2019 15:43:07 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/ucsc.PNG

A Northern California university has removed a bell marking the 18th century Catholic missions that Native Americans say glorifies racism.

The University of California, Santa Cruz invited community members to witness the removal Friday of the El Camino Real bell.

Named after the route taken by Franciscan priests, the bell was one of hundreds displayed across the state.

The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band identified two acceptable options for the disposal of the bell: placing it in a museum with proper historical context, or melting it down. The bell's fate isn't immediately known.

Many Native Americans say the missions cut their ancestors off from their traditional languages and cultures and enslaved those who converted to Christianity.

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<![CDATA[2 Men Fatally Stabbed in Same Area of San Mateo County]]>511505272Wed, 19 Jun 2019 23:26:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SMCSecondHomicide.jpg

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies shot at and eventually arrested a suspect after a second homicide in as many days in the same area of Skyline Boulevard, sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

The suspect has been identified as Malik Dosouqi, 26. The Pacifica resident will be booked into San Mateo County Jail once he is medically cleared, sheriff's officials said.

The first case was reported at 11:09 p.m. Monday by a deputy who found a man who had been fatally stabbed in a dirt area west of Skyline Boulevard and just north of Reids Roost Road.

The victim has since been identified by the county coroner's office as 32-year-old Pacifica resident Abdulmalek Nasher.

Investigators searched all night and into Tuesday afternoon and found evidence they believe is related to the homicide.

Then at about 11 p.m. Tuesday, detectives asked patrol deputies to return to the scene to search for additional evidence. At about 11:55 p.m., deputies heard a person calling for help and found a man lying on the ground in a turnout off of Skyline Boulevard with stab wounds.

The victim, identified by sheriff's officials as John Pekipaki, died of his injuries at the scene.

At the same time, deputies saw a man who they believed to be the suspect fleeing the scene in a vehicle. A deputy fired at the vehicle, which was heading toward two deputies and the victim, sheriff's officials said.

The gunfire did not hit the suspect, but he drove the vehicle off the roadway and into a ditch. He was taken into custody and is receiving treatment for a laceration to his arm.

Because both homicides happened in the same area and were both fatal stabbings, investigators are looking into whether they are connected.

Skyline Boulevard remains closed between Reids Roost and Swett roads while investigators process the scene, sheriff's officials said.

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<![CDATA[Man's Body Found on Side of Road in San Mateo County]]>511451781Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:25:51 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BodyFoundSMC.jpg

A man's body was found on the side of a road in the hills of San Mateo County late Monday night, according to the sheriff's office, and detectives are treating it as a homicide.

On Tuesday, the victim was identified as 32-year-old Pacifica resident Abdulmalek Nagi Nasher, a taxi driver, according to the county coroner's office.

A deputy was patrolling the area of Skyline Boulevard near Reids Roost Road around 11 p.m. when they spotted the body, Lt. Stephanie Josephson said.

Investigators searched the area with help from a SWAT team, K-9 units and aircraft. They were still canvassing the area early Tuesday afternoon.

Even with a killer on the loose, some longtime Skyline Boulevard residents said they still feel safe.

"We’ve lived up here for 23 years, and this is the first time something like this has happened," resident Bill Prince said.

Authorities closed the area for most of Tuesday morning, but Skyline Boulevard reopened between state Highway 92 and state Highway 84 after a "shelter in place" order associated with the investigation was lifted, sheriff's officials said around 11:45 a.m.

Josephson said deputies were looking for suspects. Anyone with information about suspicious activity in the area is asked to call the sheriff's office at (650) 363-4051.

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<![CDATA[Driver Rescued After Going Down Steep Cliff in Pacifica]]>511373401Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:37:04 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/emergency-lights-generic-df.jpg

The driver of a vehicle that plunged more than 150 feet down a cliff early Sunday morning in Pacifica was hospitalized after being brought back up from heavy brush by crews using ropes and a rescue basket.

Three fire companies and a technical rescue unit from the North County Fire Authority responded at 2:20 a.m. to the scene at Manor and Heathcliff drives, where the vehicle had gone down a steep ravine.

A rope system was used by firefighter/paramedics to reach the driver, who was assessed and treated for injuries before being brought up via a rescue basket and taken to the hospital.

The operation took about an hour.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 3 Hospitalized After Series of Crashes on Hwy. 101]]>511372881Sun, 16 Jun 2019 08:51:37 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0616PaloAltoCrash_7597012.JPG

Lanes in both directions of U.S. Highway 101 have reopened after separate multiple-vehicle and major-injury collisions early Sunday morning killed at least one person, resulted in one arrest on suspicion of felony DUI and sent several people to hospitals, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The series of collisions started around 2:08 a.m. when a wrong-way driver on northbound U.S. 101 seriously injured another motorist in a head-on collision, CHP Officer Dave Morey said. The wrong-way driver died at the scene. The CHP is investigating whether drugs or alcohol were factors in that collision.

At about 2:30 a.m., two separate collisions occurred on the southbound side of the freeway, Morey said, both of which are suspected to have occurred as the motorists were looking at the collision scene on the northbound side. In the first collision, one vehicle rear-ended the other on southbound U.S. 101 approximately 75 yards south of the northbound collision scene.

Sometime not long after that, a woman in the vehicle that was hit from behind walked into the southbound lanes and was struck by another vehicle on the freeway, Morey said. The driver of the vehicle that hit her has been arrested on suspicion of felony DUI as drugs or alcohol are believed to be factors in the collision. The suspect's name hasn't been released.

The woman was transported to a hospital and is currently in critical condition, according to Morey.

As of 4:30 a.m., two lanes of the southbound freeway at Embarcadero Road have reopened, and at least one lane of the northbound freeway is now clear.

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<![CDATA[Ritz-Carlton Fined for Blocking Access to Public Beach ]]>511320122Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:00:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/ritzcarlton.jpg

One of the most luxurious hotels in the Bay Area has been hit with a stiff fine and a stern warning after blocking public access to a nearby beach.

The California Coastal Commission fined The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay $1.6 million after being issued repeated warnings.

After being allowed to build the hotel in Half Moon Bay, part of the agreement was that they must allow public access to the beach.

The coastal commission alleges valets are parking golfer cars in public access stalls. In addition, the commission says visitors are being intimidated by security and people are deterred from driving to the beach.

After being issued the fine, visitors had no trouble going to the shore.

"Beautiful vistas, no one stopped me, no one restricted me, I had great access," said beach visitor James Lessenger. "Evidently, the Ritz-Carlton got the message."

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<![CDATA[Ex-Stanford Coach Avoids Prison in College Admissions Bribery Case]]>511174792Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:50:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/college10.jpg

A former head sailing coach at Stanford avoided prison time when a judge sentenced him Wednesday for his role in a sweeping college admissions scam at elite U.S. universities.

John Vandemoer is the first person to be sentenced in the case that exposed the lengths that some wealthy parents will go to get their children into the nation's top schools.

Vandemoer admitted to agreeing to help students get into the prestigious university as recruited athletes in exchange for money for his sailing program. He told reporters that he believed at the time he was helping his team but now sees his actions were wrong.

"A big part of my coaching philosophy has always been it's not the mistake that defines you but rather it's what you do afterward. I'm holding true to those words now," Vandemoer said outside the federal courthouse in Boston.

U.S. District Judge Rya Zobel sentenced him to one day in prison, which he was deemed to have served. He will pay a $10,000 fine and serve two years of supervised release, including six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring.

Zobel said she believed Vandemoer should be punished because "it's too easy to do this kind of thing." But she said she was swayed by the powerful letters of support he received and called him probably the "least culpable" of those charged in the case because he didn't take any of the money for himself.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen urged the judge to sentence Vandemoer to more than a year in prison to send a message to others charged in the case and people considering cheating the college admissions system, which he said is "crying out for reform."

"If we fail to take these crimes seriously, if you give just a slap on the wrist instead of real punishment. ... We are short changing not only the criminal justice system, but all those kids in high school who are working hard every day in an effort to improve their own lives and to get into the best school they can honestly and through hard work," Rosen said.

Vandemoer pleaded guilty in March on the same day that charges were announced in the so-called "Operation Varsity Blues" case against 50 people, including business executives and Hollywood actresses. Wealthy parents charged include actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin as well as Loughlin's fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli.

Vandemoer stood briefly in court and apologized to his family, friends, the sailing team and Stanford.

His lawyer asked for probation, noting that all the money Vandemoer took went to Stanford's sailing program while other coaches charged in the case are accused of personally profiting off the bribes. Vandemoer has already suffered through the loss of his job and housing, attorney Robert Fisher said.

"His life has been essentially turned upside down," Fisher said.

The admissions consultant at the center of the scheme, Rick Singer, tried to get a student from China into Stanford through Vandemoer's sailing program in 2016, authorities say. It was too late to secure a spot for the student as a recruit, but the student got in through the normal process, authorities say.

After the student was admitted, Singer gave $500,000 to Vandemoer's program to secure his help with future applicants, prosecutors say. Stanford has since expelled that student.

Vandemoer also got $110,000 for the sailing program from Singer last year in exchange for labeling a prospective student as a recruit, prosecutors say. The student ended up going to another school.

He later agreed to help another student get in as a recruit in exchange for $500,000, prosecutors say. The student also went to another school, but Singer — who was cooperating with authorities by this point — sent $160,000 to the sailing program anyway.

Debra Zumwalt, Stanford vice president and general counsel, said in a letter filed in court that it views the $770,000 it received from Singer's sham foundation as "tainted" and is trying to determine "an appropriate way for those funds to be used for the public good."

Several other coaches have also admitted to charges in the case, including Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith, who is scheduled to be sentenced next week. Other coaches, such as former Georgetown University tennis coach Gordon Ernst, have pleaded not guilty.

Huffman is among 14 parents who have agreed to plead guilty. The "Desperate Housewives" star has apologized for paying $15,000 to have someone rig her daughter's SAT score and is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

Loughlin and Giannulli, who are charged with paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, are fighting the charges . They haven't publicly commented on the allegations.

This story has been corrected to show that Gordon Ernst was the Georgetown tennis coach, not the soccer coach.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[YouTube CEO Defends Hosting Videos With Homophobic Slurs]]>511122192Tue, 11 Jun 2019 06:49:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Susan+Wojcicki+YouTube-684238732.jpg

YouTube was right to allow videos that contain anti-gay slurs to remain on its service, the company's CEO said Monday while apologizing for the hurt they caused, according to NBC News.

The interview at Code Conference was Susan Wojcicki's first public appearance since YouTube imposed a stricter ban on hate speech last week, which includes videos that promote the idea of racial superiority. But she was questioned about why YouTube allowed to leave up videos made in what journalist Carlos Maza says was a conservative YouTuber's campaign of targeted homophobic abuse and harassment.

"I know the decision we made was very hurtful to the LGBTQ community," Wojcicki said. "That was not our intention at all. We're really sorry about that."

But the videos were "not violative of our policy," she added. Harassment is only banned on YouTube when it is "malicious," and Wojcicki said there's a high bar for that on the platform.

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<![CDATA[Sweltering Temperatures Trigger Excessive Heat Warning]]>511066211Mon, 10 Jun 2019 16:49:07 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/HotWeatherFile.jpg

The heat is on — again.

After sweating through sizzling temperates on Sunday, the Bay Area will once again roast Monday afternoon, with several spots expected to soar into the triple digits, weather officials say.

Monday's high heat prompted the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning for the East Bay valleys, Santa Clara Valley and spots hugging the San Francisco Bay through the evening. All other Bay Area locations are under a heat advisory through the same time.

A number of spots across the Bay Area are expected to come close to or surpass daily high temperature records, according to the weather service.

Livermore and Concord are expected to bake at 105 degrees, the weather service said. Santa Rosa is slated to peak at 103 degrees. San Jose is forecast to sizzle at 101 degrees. San Francisco, which is typically covered by fog this time of year, is expecting a high of 92 degrees.

Weather officials are reminding people to stay hydrated, limit the amount of time they spend outside during the hottest time of the day, and keep a close eye on children and pets, making sure not to leave them in parked vehicles.

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<![CDATA[Average US Price of Gas Drops 9 Cents Per Gallon to $2.84]]>511045841Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:36:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gas-prices5.jpg

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline dropped 9 cents per gallon over the past three weeks, to $2.84.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that lower crude oil prices contributed to the drop at the pump.

The price is 17 cents lower than what it was a year ago.

The highest average price in the nation is $3.94 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The lowest average is $2.27 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The average price of diesel fell by 4 cents since May 17, to $3.12.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Sunday Scorcher: High Heat Across the Bay Area]]>511042141Sun, 09 Jun 2019 10:07:58 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BayAreaHotWeather.jpg

Much of the Bay Area faced 80s or 90s Sunday as hot weather gripped the region.

The high heat prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for much of the Bay Area through 9 p.m. Sunday. The sizzling temperatures, coupled with gusty winds, also triggered a red flag warning for the North Bay mountains through Sunday afternoon.

Cities in the East Bay such as Concord and Livermore were slated to reach 99 degrees Sunday, according to the weather service. Santa Rosa and Napa were expected to soar to 96 degrees. In the South Bay, San Jose was expected to bake at 98 degrees while Gilroy was predicted to roast at 100 degrees. San Francisco, which is typically socked in by fog this time of year, was expected to check in at 88 degrees.

Weather officials reminded people to stay hydrated, limit the amount of time they spend outside during the hottest time of the day, and keep an eye on children and pets, making sure not to leave them in vehicles.

While people sought relief from the heat, fire officials were keeping a close eye on mountains across the North Bay as a red flag warning remained in place through Sunday afternoon. Any wildfires that ignite could spread rapidly, the weather service warned.

Spare the Air alerts have been issued for the Bay Area on Sunday and Monday.

"Hot inland temperatures, light winds and motor vehicle exhaust from millions of motor vehicles on Bay Area roads will continue to cause unhealthy ozone accumulation in the region," advised the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which encouraged the public to avoid driving if possible.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Internet Attack Prompts San Bruno Municipal Cable Shut-Off]]>511024191Sat, 08 Jun 2019 23:38:08 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Security_Flaw_Could_Let_Hackers_Get_Into_Your_Wifi.jpg

Internet customers in San Bruno were back online Saturday night after city officials said a malicious IP attack prompted them to take the city-owned cable internet services offline.

San Bruno Municipal Cable is one of only a few city-owned cable and internet services on the West Coast. When it's system came under attack Friday night and Saturday morning, they decided to temporarily pull the plug.

"I kept like, turning my WiFi on, turning it off. Turning it back on, turning it off. Turning it on and it didn’t work at all," said San Bruno resident Skyy Warner.

Another customer said she had no phone service in the morning and her internet was crawling along at a snail's pace.

The cable service has about 28,000 customers and provides television, internet and phone services.

"We’ve done our best to protect our users from their IP information leaking out to these bad actors by shutting down the internet on our end and by monitoring the situation until such time that we figured traffic was back at a normal level and the attack had stopped," said system director Sandeep Krishnamurthy.

He added that Friday night issues got progressively worse when they saw a rush of suspicious internet traffic that was disabling their network.

"At it’s worst this morning we were experiencing 300 gigabytes of inbound IP traffic which is very vastly greater than the normal 8 gigabytes we experience on a day to day basis," said Krishnamurthy.

By Saturday night, the service had mostly returned to normal.

It's not clear who was behind the attack or why San Bruno was targeted, but officials said they've also been seeing the IP attacks on other providers in the Bay Area.

It is not yet clear is anyone's personal information has been compromised.

<![CDATA[San Bruno Man Robs Business at Gunpoint]]>510955732Fri, 07 Jun 2019 01:50:29 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/san+bruno3.jpg

A man robbed a business at gunpoint in San Bruno early Thursday morning, according to police.

San Bruno police officers responded to a report of armed robbery in the 2000 block of Rollingwood Drive at 1:52 a.m.

Police said their investigation revealed a man had entered the business and pointed his gun at the clerk and customers, then ordered the clerk to empty the cash register.

The suspect, who police described as a 6 feet tall man between the ages of 20 and 30 with a medium build, fled the scene on foot.

He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and a black ski mask, according to police.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the San Bruno Police Department at (650) 616-7100 or sbpdtipline@sanbruno.ca.gov.

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<![CDATA[Stanford Report: 2020 Election Security Fears, Solutions]]>510947161Thu, 06 Jun 2019 21:12:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanford_elex_0606_7479670.JPG

With another presidential election looming, many worry not enough has changed to protect voters from the misinformation campaigns that marred the 2016 election.

Stanford University recently published a report looking at what voters could face during their next trip to the polls and how this time around they can fight back.

Stanford brought leaders from tech, government and academia together to look ahead to 2020 and how to deal with fake news, social media and Russian interference Americans saw during the 2016 election.

Among the takeaways: A need for a bi-partisan front against those who would disrupt our elections, and a call to make clear how America will fight back.

Scott Budman has the full story in the video above.

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<![CDATA[San Mateo Officer Arrested After Sex Chat With Minor: SJPD]]>510945011Fri, 07 Jun 2019 03:10:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/robert-davies-0606.jpg

A San Mateo police officer recently recognized for his leadership was arrested Thursday by San Jose police on suspicion of discussing sexual activity with a minor on social media.

Officer Robert Davies was arrested for contacting a minor to commit a felony after the SJPD crimes against children unit received a tip from a concerned citizen who posed as a 16-year-old girl on several mobile applications and chatted with Davies about engaging in sexual activity, police said.

Last month, the tipster created a fictitious Tinder account as a 19-year-old female but filtered the profile photo to appear as a young girl, knowing that Tinder does not allow accounts for juveniles, police said.

On May 11, the tipster began exchanges with Davies, and they switched to Kik, where the tipster told Davies she was 16, and Davies acknowledged that, police said. Davies then asked her to switch to Snapchat, where they also discussed her being 16 and chatted about engaging in sexual activity.

The tipster, identified in court records as a San Jose resident, told police he had a female friend who had been molested as a child and went online to create an undercover profile to identify possible pedophiles.

After detectives confirmed Davies' identity, they served search warrants on electronic devices, mobile applications and on Davies' home.

On Thursday, Davies was arrested in the city of Morgan Hill and booked into Santa Clara County Jail.

San Jose State technology expert Ahmed Banafa said Thursday there may have been a reason the officer wanted to switch to Snapchat, but he may have calculated wrong.

"With Snapchat, whatever pictures, stories, video will disappear after a few seconds," Banafa said. But, "once it’s in the internet, it stays there forever. Even if it disappears on Snapchat, it’s stored somewhere on the servers."

Davies has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to the San Mateo Police Department. San Mateo police Chief Susan Manheimer released a statement about the arrest Thursday:

"This alleged conduct, if true, is in no way a reflection of all that we stand for as a Department, and is an affront to the tenets of our department and our profession as a whole. As San Mateo police officers, we have sworn an oath to serve and protect our communities. I can assure you that we remain steadfast to this commitment to serving our community with “Professionalism, Integrity, and Excellence."

On May 2, the department posted a congratulatory tweet for Davies' and another officer's graduation from a leadership program, saying "They put a great deal of time and effort into the program and can now reap its rewards."

Davies faces a charge of contacting a minor to commit a felony, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident or any similar incidents should contact Detective Michael O'Grady at 408-537-1397. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, 408-947-STOP (7867).

Roz Plater contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[BART Resumes Transbay Tube Service After Gas Pipeline Issue]]>510933451Thu, 06 Jun 2019 22:22:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06062019BART_7477163.JPG

BART temporarily halted service through the Transbay Tube Thursday afternoon while crews responded to a damaged gas line, officials said.

The incident sparked major system-wide delays, BART said.

Service through the Transbay Tube resumed around 3:20 p.m.

Officials said a third-party contractor hit the PG&E gas line outside of the West Oakland BART station.

BART in a tweet provided the following update:

"Oakland Fire Dept. is reporting to us a construction company damaged a natural gas pipeline near the West Oakland Station. They have instructed us that trains are not to travel through the Tube. Service through the tube has been suspended until further notice."

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[1 Arrest Following Pursuit, Rollover Crash on I-280]]>510903451Thu, 06 Jun 2019 01:52:18 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Police+Generic+Police+Lights+Camden.jpg

At least one person was arrested following a high-speed chase that ended in a rollover crash on northbound Interstate Highway 280 in unincorporated San Mateo County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP said the pursuit started at 11:10 p.m. as an officer attempted to pullover a red Mercedes-Benz on westbound state Highway 92 near I-280. The vehicle didn't stop and continued northbound on I-280.

Officers pursued the vehicle in a chase that reached speed of more than 120 mph, according to the CHP, before it crashed and rolled over, coming to rest on the Black Mountain Road off-ramp.

The driver attempted to flee on foot through bushes but was captured. An ambulance was called to the scene, but the status of two other passengers in the vehicle wasn't immediately provided, the CHP said.

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<![CDATA[County Leader Speaks Out Against Chick-fil-A Opening]]>510886961Thu, 06 Jun 2019 01:08:07 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CHICK+FIL+A+GETTY1.jpg

A San Mateo County supervisor has expressed strong opposition to a Chick-fil-A restaurant opening in Redwood City due to the chain's anti-LGBTQ history.

Supervisor David Canepa said "Hell no" to the store opening after the Georgia-based company obtained city approval to renovate and replace a McDonald’s restaurant at 536 Whipple Ave. in Redwood City.

"Chick-fil-A’s values don’t represent our values," Canepa said in a statement. "The logo might as well say 'We hate gay people.'"

Chick-fil-A has faced previous criticism and boycotts for its donations to anti-LGBTQ groups and CEO Dan Cathy’s public comments opposing gay marriage. The chain is famously closed on Sunday for religious reasons.

"We have welcomed guests into our 13 locally owned Bay Area restaurants since 2012," Chick-fil-A said in a statement to NBC Bay Area. "These restaurants employ more than 1,000 diverse team members who are committed to providing great food with remarkable service. We are committed to earning the respect and business of all our customers and one day hope to serve guests in Redwood City."

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<![CDATA[Woman Sexually Assaulted By Brock Turner to Release Memoir]]>510877001Thu, 06 Jun 2019 04:24:03 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Brock_Turner_Attorney_Seeks_Appeal_of_Conviction.jpg

The woman who was sexually assaulted by college swimmer Brock Turner and confronted him in court before his sentencing is writing a memoir.

Viking Books announced Wednesday that it would publish the book, currently untitled, by the woman known publicly as Emily Doe. The publisher declined comment on whether she will use her real name. Her memoir is scheduled for Sept. 17.

Millions were enraged when Turner , an ex-Stanford University student, was sentenced to just six months in jail in 2016 after being convicted of felony sexual assault. The judge became the first recalled in California since 1932.

Doe read her impact statement in court, telling Turner he had taken away her self-worth and voice, “until today.” Her statement, more than 7,000 words, was widely read after it was released to the public.

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<![CDATA[Police: Nov. Kidnapping of Teen in East Palo Alto a Hoax]]>510869211Wed, 05 Jun 2019 11:03:29 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/palo+alto6.JPG

East Palo Alto police announced Wednesday that a kidnapping and sexual assault of a teenage girl reported in November did not occur.

Police had said the 17-year-old girl's mother called police around 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 2 to report that three men kidnapped her, forced her into a black van with tinted windows and sexually assaulted her.

The girl said she was driven to another location where two men sexually assaulted her and then threw her from the van, injuring her ankle, police said.

Police said Wednesday that after an extensive investigation that involved witness interviews, reviews of video from the area, telephone records and another interview with the reporting parties, officers determined there is no merit to the allegations.

No other information about the case was released.

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<![CDATA[Man Sentence to 32 Years for Death of 18-Month-Old Toddler]]>510867531Wed, 05 Jun 2019 10:27:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gavel+resizzed+2.jpg

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 32 years in prison for his role in the death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old son in 2014, San Mateo County prosecutors said Wednesday.

A jury in April convicted Marco Antonio Alvarado-Cisneros of involuntary manslaughter and assault on a child causing death for the killing of Dante Nava on Aug. 12, 2014.

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan sentenced Alvarado-Cisneros on Tuesday to 32 years and four months in state prison.

The case happened when Alvarado-Cisneros and his girlfriend lived together in an apartment just outside of Redwood City and the girlfriend left Dante in his care and went to work, prosecutors said.

Hours later, Alvarado-Cisneros called 911 to report that the child was unconscious, not breathing and may have had a seizure. He told paramedics that Dante may have fallen off the bed when he turned away for a moment, according to the district attorney's office.

Dante was pronounced dead shortly afterward and an autopsy determined he had suffered multiple injuries, including a massive subdural hematoma, hemorrhages to his retinas, bruises on his body and several adult bite marks, prosecutors said.

His girlfriend initially did not cooperate with investigators and the pair continued living together for months afterward and had a child together, but she eventually came forward and said Alvarado-Cisneros had repeatedly abused her.

The ensuing investigation led to prosecutors charging him with murder, although the jury in April found him not guilty, choosing instead to convict him of the lesser involuntary manslaughter charge.

His defense attorney was not immediately available Wednesday to comment on the case.

<![CDATA[YouTube Bans White Supremacist, Neo-Nazi Videos]]>510866811Wed, 05 Jun 2019 10:14:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/YouTubeLogo1.jpg

YouTube updated its hate speech policies Wednesday to prohibit videos with white supremacy and neo-Nazi viewpoints.

The video streaming company says it has already made it more difficult to find and promote such videos, but it's now removing them outright. YouTube will also prohibit videos that deny certain proven events have taken place, such as the Holocaust.

The changes come as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other online services face mounting concern that the services allow, and in some cases foster , extremism.

YouTube's new policies will take effect immediately. Specifically, the service is banning videos "alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion." The ban applies to a range of characteristics, including race, sexual orientation and veteran status.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, said it's removing thousands of channels that violate the new policies.

YouTube's changes follow moves from Facebook to prohibit not only white supremacy , but also white nationalism and white separatism.

The two services, which allow people to create and upload their own materials, have faced considerable backlash about offensive videos on their services _ and for how long they allowed live video feeds to stay online, such as during the mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The companies have said they are walking the balance between creating safe spaces while also protecting freedom of expression.

With little government oversight on online material, internet companies have become the arbiters for what is and isn't allowed.

And the policies don't always fall into clean, delineated lines.

YouTube is facing controversy over its refusal to remove videos from conservative commentator Steven Crowder, in which he uses homophobic slurs to describe Vox reporter Carlos Maza. YouTube said Crowder hasn't told people to harass Maza, and the primary point of his video is to offer opinion, and thus it didn't violate YouTube's anti-harassment policies.

Criticism of the decision has poured out online. YouTube later said it had removed Crowder's ability to make money on YouTube.

Crowder did not immediately respond to a request for comment but posted a video on Twitter saying his channel is not going anywhere.

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<![CDATA[Near 100s Inland as Summer Heat Grips Bay Area]]>510811741Tue, 04 Jun 2019 08:37:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WarmWeather1.jpg

Summer heat is back on in the Bay Area.

The National Weather Service said that Tuesday "will likely feature some of the hottest temperatures so far this summer."

The weather service said some inland spots could creep close to the 100-degree mark. Locations along the coast and near the San Francisco Bay are expected to be mild to warm.

Below is a breakdown of Tuesday's expected temperature spread for the Bay Area, according to the weather service:

Brentwood: 98 degrees

Concord: 96 degrees

Livermore: 94 degrees

Morgan Hill: 93 degrees

Gilroy: 91 degrees

Calistoga: 90 degrees

San Jose: 90 degrees

Napa: 89 degrees

Los Altos: 88 degrees

Santa Rosa: 87 degrees

Petaluma: 85 degrees

Fremont: 85 degrees

San Rafael: 82 degrees

Oakland: 80 degrees

San Francisco: 73 degrees

Half Moon Bay: 70 degrees

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<![CDATA[Protests Target Facebook at Annual Shareholders Meeting]]>510639571Thu, 30 May 2019 17:27:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fb_meeting_0530_7386440.JPG

Facebook held it’s annual shareholders meeting Thursday, and like most of the last year for the social network, it was rocky.

As one might imagine, the meeting was about a lot more than just the company’s stock price. Shareholders took the opportunity to voice their concerns, inside and outside the meeting, on the ground and in the air.

Many worry about the power CEO Mark Zuckerberg holds over the company, saying it’s led to unpopular decisions and policies.

NBC Bay Area's Scott Budman has the full story in the video above.

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<![CDATA[Palo Alto Sixth-Grader Wins State Spelling Bee]]>510613661Thu, 30 May 2019 07:45:35 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/vayun-NR.jpg

A sixth-grader from Palo Alto won this year's state elementary school spelling bee with the winning word "rapport," officials with the Santa Clara County Office of Education announced Tuesday.

Vayun Krishna, a student at the private Challenger School -Middlefield, competed against 55 students from 29 counties at the bee on May 11 at the San Joaquin Office of Education in Stockton.

Krishna emerged victorious after 11 rounds and won a Kindle Fire, a Spelling Bee backpack and a $250 Barnes & Noble gift card.

He and Ari Philip, a sixth-grader from John Sinnott Elementary School in Milpitas who attended the state bee and advanced to the fourth round, will be honored in a Santa Clara County education board meeting on June 19.

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<![CDATA[Students Partner With Facebook to Build Affordable Housing]]>510593392Thu, 30 May 2019 05:49:39 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0529Facebook_7375834.JPG

An effort by some young people to bring the price of housing down for families in the high-priced Bay Area got a big boost from a tech giant. Scott Budman reports.

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<![CDATA[Girls Report Man Exposing Himself Near School in Millbrae]]>510582221Wed, 29 May 2019 17:43:46 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MillbraeSuspect.jpg

Authorities are looking for a man they say exposed himself Tuesday morning to two female students on their way to Taylor Middle School, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

The students reported that they were walking near the upper parking lot at the school about 10:40 a.m. when they saw a man standing outside a car who had his pants down and was masturbating while making eye contact with them.

The students began to run to their classrooms and said that when they looked back the man and vehicle were gone. They reported the incident to school officials.

Millbrae Police Bureau deputies searched surrounding areas and stopped by local schools, but could not locate any suspects or vehicles matching their description.

The man is described as a light-skinned black or Hispanic male, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and 20-to-30 years old with a gray or white sedan, possibly a Honda.

"The Sheriff's Office encourages parents and guardians to discuss these types of scenarios with their children to have a plan in place in the event of any encounter with strangers with unknown motives," the office said in a statement.

Anyone with information about the incident or other unreported related incidents is asked to contact Detective Jerri Cosens at (650) 363-4347 or the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Anonymous Tip-Line at (800) 547-2700.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Indecent Exposure Outside Millbrae School]]>510548451Tue, 28 May 2019 22:06:50 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/millbrae_middle_school_bathroom_creeper.jpg

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man suspected of masturbating in front of students outside Taylor Middle School in Millbrae Tuesday morning.

A female student reported seeing a black or Hispanic man standing outside a grey or white Honda sedan or a similar-type vehicle parked outside the school on Taylor Blvd around 10:40 a.m.

He reportedly pulled down his pants and was masturbating in front of her and another student, even making eye contact with one of the girls.

Both students ran back into their classrooms and alerted school officials, but the suspect took off in said vehicle before anyone else saw him.

Millbrae police searched the surrounding area but were unable to locate the suspect or the vehicle.

He is described as black or Hispanic, 20-30 years old, standing about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with dark, short hair and a mustache.

Anyone with information regarding this crime or any related incident is asked to contact Detective Jerri Cosens at 650-363-4347 or call San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Tip-Line at 1-800-547-2700.

<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Baseball Bat Attack on Teen in San Carlos]]>510545751Tue, 28 May 2019 23:22:21 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nia-mug-0528.jpg

A Pleasanton man was arrested Monday after allegedly attacking a teen with a baseball bat at a San Carlos home, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Payam Nia, 34, was booked into San Mateo County jail on multiple felonies, including attempted murder, after the unprovoked attack, the sheriff's office said.

At about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nia entered an opened garage located in the 200 block of Loma Road in San Carlos and armed himself with a baseball bat. When the teenage victim walked through the garage, Nia struck him in the head, sheriff's officials said. Nia then instructed the victim to be quiet and then fled the scene.

An extensive search was conducted through the neighborhood and Eaton Park open space area, and Nia was found by a sheriff's K-9 and apprehended, the sheriff's office said. He was taken to a hospital for medical treatment before being booked into jail on attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting an officer and cruelty to a child.

The victim was taken to a hospital and was expected to make a full recovery, the sheriff's office said.

Nia and the victim did not know each other, and the motive behind this crime is still being investigated, sheriff's officials said.

Anyone with information about the crime should call the Detective Bureau at 650-599-1536 or can call the anonymous tip line at 800-547-2700.

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<![CDATA[Redwood City Residents on Alert After Mountain Lion Sighting]]>510493081Mon, 27 May 2019 20:29:59 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0527MountainLion_7347508.JPG

A Redwood City family is warning neighbors to be on alert after a mountain lion was spotted in their driveway and darting into the backyard.

The sighting was captured on home surveillance video last week. The Lahloush family has posted the video on social media to help spread the word for residents in the city's Emerald Hills neighborhood.

NBC Bay Area's Sam Brock has more in the video report above.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Forecast: Scattered Showers, Possible Thunderstorms]]>510448461Sun, 26 May 2019 17:49:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SanFranciscoRain2.jpg

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unoffical start of summer, but the weather in the Bay Area and the rest of Northern California certainly doesn't feel summer-like.

Scattered showers and possible thunderstorms will be in the mix for much of the Bay Area throughout the day Sunday, according to weather officials. The National Weather Service said there is a 10 to 15% chance of thunderstorms popping up across the region.

Over in the Sierra Nevada, snow is expected to fall through early Monday, according to the weather service. Snow levels could drop as low as 5,500 feet. At the pass levels, anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of snow could fall.

Motorists travelling through the mountains during the holiday weekend are encouraged to check road conditions before heading out into the elements.

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<![CDATA[Missing San Carlos Woman Found Safe]]>510316261Thu, 23 May 2019 15:27:33 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/missing+at+risk.jpg

An elderly woman who went missing in San Mateo County on Wednesday has been found safe, county sheriff's officials said Thursday.

Gail Susan Oetiker, 77, had last been seen around 4 p.m. Wednesday and has a medical condition that can cause her to become disoriented, according to the sheriff's office.

Sheriff's officials said shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday that Oetiker has been found safe. No other details were released about when and where authorities found her.

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<![CDATA[Two Juveniles Arrested in Home Invasion of Palo Alto Woman]]>510306421Wed, 22 May 2019 19:43:04 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1128-2014-PaloAltoPD.jpg

An elderly woman was the victim of a home invasion robbery in Palo Alto on Tuesday afternoon, and police arrested two juveniles, who also stole her car, according to the department.

The robbery occurred around 12:45 p.m. at a residence in the 900 block of Colorado Avenue, police said. The suspects broke in and startled the woman, took jewelry and cash before fleeing with her white, four-door 2004 Honda Civic.

Police said the suspects entered by kicking in the side door and never threatened her or brandished any weapons. The victim was uninjured.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Palo Alto police at (650) 329-2413. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call (650) 383-8984 or email paloalto@tipnow.

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<![CDATA[Jamba Juice Worker's Encounter With Man Flashing Fake Gun]]>510302622Wed, 22 May 2019 18:02:39 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jamba_Juice_Worker_s_Encounter_With_Man_Flashing_Fake_Gun.jpg

Jamba Juice employee Josh Blanton felt a moment of shock when a man entered the store and waved around what appeared to be a gun. But Blanton kept his cool and even tried to stall the man until police arrived. Marianne Favro reports.]]>
<![CDATA[San Carlos Man Arrested in Sexual Assault of Juvenile]]>510299441Wed, 22 May 2019 23:30:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/san-carlos-assault-0522.jpg

A San Carlos man was arrested last month on charges of sexually assaulting a juvenile after meeting the victim via an online dating platform, and investigators fear there may be more victims, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Jeffrey Ramsden, 57, was booked on felony oral copulation with a juvenile and felony sodomy by use of force after assaulting the victim on two occasions at a private San Carlos residence, the sheriff's office said.

Ramsden set up the meetings with the 17-year-old boy through the gay dating app Grindr, and the first meeting was in late December, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

During that first encounter, the teen told Ramsden he was 18, and during the second meeting a couple of months later, the boy revealed his actual age, Wagstaffe said. Investigators said Ramsden and the teen engaged in a forced or coerced sexual act during that second encounter.

Ramsden was arrested on April 17 after an extensive investigation by sheriff's patrol deputies and detectives, and they believe there are potentially more victims out there that may have been contacted by Ramsden via online dating applications.

Anyone who has had contact with Ramsden or knows someone who has had contact with him should contact Detective Joe Fava at 650-363-4192 or email him at jfava@smcgov.org.

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<![CDATA[Emails Reveal PG&E Efforts to Avoid Fines Over San Bruno]]>510250261Tue, 21 May 2019 19:50:58 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0521SanBruno_7274865.JPG

PG&E paid a one-time state Public Utilities Commissioner as much as $900,000 to influence state regulators in the wake of the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline disaster – an effort that included the secret coaching of CPUC’s then top safety official on how to pitch a plan to spare the utility from being fined for the blast, newly released internal emails show.

The emails – revealed by the utility after a fight waged by the city of San Bruno -- shed new light on the extent of PG&E’s behind-the-scenes effort to sway regulators against fines. Ultimately, the company paid $1.6 billion in regulatory penalties for the disaster -- including $300 million in fines, with the balance for tax-deductible safety spending and victim and ratepayer compensation.

While PG&E has since been separately fined $86.5 million more for backchannel communications with state regulators, that sum does not reflect the latest emails the bankrupt company recently turned over as part of the CPUC proceeding over ex-parte, or one-sided communications with state regulators.

Many of the new emails are to and from Susan Kennedy, a former CPUC commissioner and chief of staff to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whom PG&E started paying $25,000 a month to serve as a consultant after the San Bruno blast. Ultimately, documents indicate, she was allocated up to $900,000 for her work, although how much she was actually paid is not clear.

After she was hired in 2012, Kennedy dined regularly with the CPUC’s newly installed safety chief Jack Hagan, calling him “The G” as he had been a brigadier general with the state military reserve. Emails show she kept PG&E informed about those meetings.

By mid-2013, Hagan was publicly touting a plan to spare the utility from having to pay fines in favor of spending billions in tax deductible safety improvements.

On the afternoon of June 19, 2013, Hagan was to meet with the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial page editor John Diaz to push that plan.

At 6:12 a.m. that day, Kennedy emailed Diaz – someone she’d known previously -- with an offer to “play hookie” at a Giants day game. Diaz replied that while he would “love to,” he had to meet with the CPUC’s safety director in advance of a scheduled meeting with top PG&E officials the following day about the San Bruno case.

Unable to get Diaz to cancel, Kennedy instructed the newly installed safety regulator on how to pitch the no-fine plan to the newspaper editor.

“Your proposal is simple,” Kennedy emailed Hagan, setting out detailed talking points just minutes before the meeting was set to start.

“The simplest point is that the CPUC is making PG&E do much more than anything they would EVER have had to do to merely keep up with state and federal safety standards.”

She went on to tell Hagan how to justify PG&E spending billions more to certify dozens of gas pipelines that the company had long considered safe without full test records.

“The question of what they should have been doing all along cannot be answered precisely - because PG&E was allowed to maintain records in a very lax manner,” Kennedy told Hagan, adding that he should tell Diaz “you believe they [PG&E] can absorb another $2 billion in costs that will not be reimbursed from rates. Beyond that, we’re guessing at what point investors choke and ratepayers end up paying for those safety improvements.”

Kennedy immediately forwarded those talking points to then PG&E CEO Tony Earley, saying: “See my note below to Hagan in preparation for his meeting with Diaz today at 2” and adding, “I will update you after he comes out of the Chron.”

Kennedy made sure to inform Earley the communication was being sent via the company’s regulatory attorney as a protected confidential legal communication.

Jim Ruane, the former mayor of San Bruno who led the fight for disclosure, said the emails confirm his worst fears.

“PG&E had a key to the back door of the PUC” he said. “It’s obvious from what I’ve read, that PG&E had a direct line to CPUC commissioners.”

As an example, Ruane pointed to an email from April 2013. After discussing one of her proposals with then Commissioner Mike Florio, Kennedy emailed her bosses: “Florio loved the idea…” and that he “Will support The G.”

Ruane said he is heartened that PG&E’s hidden role was finally fully revealed, even if it took six years.

“They were working behind the scenes in what I consider an illegal way,” he said. “It’s still very upsetting. Every time they tried to do something, they dug themselves a little deeper.”

In a statement, PG&E said it “self-disclosed” the issue surrounding the communications back in 2014 and provided some 65,000 emails to state regulators.

The company said it has since taken “corrective actions to remain in compliance with both the letter and the spirit of the law,” and that the latest emails “have much of the same tone and general content” as previously disclosed emails.

“Most of them reflect behavior that was improper and unprofessional,” the utility said, adding: “The employee and consultant who are the subject of most of these additional emails have not worked for PG&E since 2014. We will continue to work cooperatively with the CPUC and other interested parties and continue to focus on following both the letter and spirit of the law.”

The disclosure comes amid the company’s recent bankruptcy – and that may complicate any effort to penalize the utility beyond the $86.5 million PG&E has already paid over improper communications, said Marc Zafferano, an attorney who fought to get the emails for the city of San Bruno. He said he is not sure more fines will ever be paid.

“These emails were very disturbing to the city,” Zafferano concluded. “They add further support to the city’s suspicion at the time, that PG&E was improperly trying to influence the process.”

The utilities commission said in a statement that the “emails in question are years old” and that the agency has changed leadership, including a new head of safety, and now has strict rules governing the kind of communications the company recently disclosed.

“The CPUC is currently focusing on evaluating wildfire mitigation plans, and investigating the safety and record-keeping practices of PG&E, among other initiatives.”

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<![CDATA[Utah Man Arrested for Threats Against YouTube Employees]]>510164521Tue, 21 May 2019 00:52:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/YouTubeLogo1.jpg

An Orem, Utah man is accused of making online threats to shoot YouTube employees, going so far as to drive to their Northern California headquarters with a gun.

David Swanson was released from jail Sunday after posting $100,000 bail. The 35-year-old is facing a felony charge of making terrorist threats.

According to the charging documents, Swanson made threatening comments in September, December and most recently last month.

Authorities became aware of the threats and questioned Swanson at his home last week.

Swanson admitted to driving to YouTube's San Bruno offices earlier this month with a firearm to intimidate workers. He was subsequently arrested.

It was not immediately known if Swanson had an attorney.

In April 2018, a woman shot and wounded three people at YouTube headquarters before taking her own life.

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Suspected Armed Man Near Mall in San Mateo]]>510144591Mon, 20 May 2019 19:17:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sm-suspect-0519.jpg

San Mateo police on Sunday responded to reports of an armed man walking in the area of Hillsdale Shopping Center, according to the department, and later had a suspect in custody.

On Monday, police identified the suspect as Allen Grabovetsky, a 27-year-old resident of San Mateo. He was booked into San Mateo County Jail on charges of impersonating a public officer and brandishing a replica firearm, police said.

Officers eventually cleared the area without incident after the initial report at about 3:05 p.m. Sunday and did not immediately find an armed subject but continued to search, police said. Witnesses reported seeing the man with a gun in his waistband, and he was telling people he was a police officer.

Later, police arrested Grabovetsky, saying he was the same suspect who had brandished a gun at nearby Laurelwood Shopping Center, telling people there he was a member of the military. The arrest took place back at Laurelwood mall about 7:45 p.m., police said.

No gunshots were reported, but officers flooded the area out of an abundance of caution, police said. And while the Hillsdale mall stayed open, police requested that the public avoid the area. Some stores closed down temporarily.

Police initially thought they were dealing with multiple armed suspects because they received multiple calls from both shopping centers. But Grabovetsky wore different outfits during each incident, a police spokesman said.

The two shopping centers are less than 2 miles apart.

Grabovetsky has a record of committing similar crimes. In 2010, he was charged with multiple counts of impersonating a police officer and other crimes, police said.

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<![CDATA[Average US Price of Gas Drops 3 Cents Per Gallon to $2.93]]>510140371Sun, 19 May 2019 13:38:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-681579534.jpg

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline fell 3 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.93.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that it's the first price drop at the pump in four months.

Lundberg said the price is 6 cents lower than it was one year ago.

The highest average price in the nation is $4.08 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The lowest average is $2.35 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The average price of diesel fell a penny over the past two weeks, to $3.16.

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<![CDATA[Wild Weather: Thunderstorms, Hail, Gusty Winds for Bay Area]]>510135911Sun, 19 May 2019 23:44:28 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBGIFGGBLIGHTNING_7243119.gif

Buckle up, Bay Area.

Sunday has already featured and will continue to feature bouts of wild weather, including heavy rain, thunder, lightning, small hail and gusty winds, according to weather officials.

"Be prepared for rapidly changing conditions through the day," NBC Bay Area meteorologist Rob Mayeda said Sunday morning.

A lengthy line of showers and thunderstorms passed over the Bay Area around sunrise, dousing parts of the region with heavy rain and sending claps of thunder echoing across neighborhoods. A flash of lightning could be seen lighting up dark clouds hovering near the Golden Gate Bridge.

During the 11 a.m. hour, a band of heavy rain and small hail drenched the South Bay, prompting scores of people to take to social media and post footage of the rare mid-May weather scene.

Thunderstorms, hail and gusty winds will remain in the mix for the entire Bay Area throughout the day before tapering off during the evening hours. 

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<![CDATA[Annual Burlingame Kitten Nursery Shower Returns]]>510057821Fri, 17 May 2019 02:43:37 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cat-generic-103131833.jpg

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is holding its annual kitten nursery shower Saturday at its shelter in Burlingame.

Guests at the fifth-annual event can watch volunteers feed tiny kittens via syringes. Staff will be on hand to talk about their work and give information about volunteer and foster care options for the animals.

Children are also invited and can participate in activities such as face painting and get balloon animals. Snacks for the event have been donated by Copenhagen Bakery & Café and Trader Joe's.

The PHS/SPCA is encouraging guests to bring gifts for the kittens, such as formula, baby wipes, paper towels and cotton balls.

The event is scheduled for noon-3 p.m. at the Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame. More information is available online at www.phs-spca.org/kittenshower.

The nonprofit says its kitten nursery started in 2008 and has saved the lives of 1,739 kittens.

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<![CDATA[Stanford Grad Murder Suspect Connected to Another 70s Case]]>510015841Thu, 16 May 2019 15:16:16 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/download+%2812%29.jpg

A suspect was arrested in a 1970s-era killing in California after investigators used the same advanced DNA testing that helped crack the Golden State Killer case, authorities said Thursday.

John Arthur Getreu, 75, was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting and strangling 21-year-old Janet Ann Taylor in March 1974, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office announced.

Taylor was last seen alive attempting to hitchhike from Palo Alto to her home in nearby La Honda. Her body was found along a busy street.

Getreu was already in custody in Santa Clara County after being charged last year with sexually assaulting and strangling Leslie Perlov, another 21-year-old woman, in 1973.

Investigators previously believed the killings of Perlov and Taylor were connected. But their cases had gone unsolved until DNA testing evolved enough to deliver credible results from the degraded DNA collected at both killing scenes.

Authorities in both counties submitted DNA samples to the same publicly available DNA database used to identify Joseph DeAngelo, who authorities believe is the Golden State Killer.

Getreu was linked to both killings after the testing connected him to both crime scenes, investigators said.

In the Golden State Killer case, investigators used DNA from the attacks to locate a relative of DeAngelo then turned to traditional techniques to find the suspect.

Authorities have linked the Golden State Killer to 13 attacks of women throughout California between 1974 and 1986.

"Law enforcement is not giving up on victims," Assistant San Mateo County Sheriff Gregory Rothaus said at a news conference on Getreu in Redwood City. "We have new DNA technology that is a great tool for us."

Santa Clara County court records show Getreau is represented by the county's public defender's office, which didn't return a call.

Getreau has not yet been appointed a lawyer in San Mateo County.

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