<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News - South Bay]]>Copyright 2018http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/localen-usThu, 22 Mar 2018 14:51:39 -0700Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:51:39 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Atmospheric River Pounds Bay Area With Widespread Rain]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:02:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SFRainFile.JPG

The brunt of a storm packing sub-tropical moisture continued to rush over the Bay Area Thursday, bringing widespread rain and gusty winds at times to the region.

No severe weather alerts are in effect as of Thursday afternoon, but the onslaught of wet weather prompted a flood advisory through 9 a.m. for parts of Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties, according to the National Weather Service. A flash flood warning was also issued for a section of Sonoma County until 9:15 a.m.

As a result of this week's wet weather, as much as 3 to 6 inches of rainfall could fall across coastal mountains through Thursday, according to the NWS. An estimated three-fourths to 1 1/2 inches of rain is expected to fall across cities immediately surrounding the San Francisco Bay while anywhere from one-half to 1 inch of rain will accumulate in some inland locations.

Bay Area drivers are advised to keep an eye out for ponding as well as debris on roadways, weather officials said.

Wind speeds are expected to top out anywhere from 15 to 30 mph, according to the NWS. Some gusts could peak around 40 mph, leading to possible power outages.

Isolated thunderstorms along with hail are also possible Thursday, according to the NWS. There is a general thunder risk for most of the Bay Area while a marginal risk of thunderstorms is in play for California's Central Valley.

Clearing is expected to kick in Thursday evening, but scattered rain chances will hang around through Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Jeff Ranieri Talks Weather With SJ Kindergartners]]>Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:24:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jeff_Ranieri_Talks_Weather_With_SJ_Kindergartners.jpg

It was an exciting day of class Wednesday at Toyon Elementary School in San Jose, where NBC Bay Area's Chief Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri talked weather to Ms. Joan's and Ms. Katrina's kindergartners.]]>
<![CDATA[South Bay Residents, Workers Brace for Bigger Storm]]>Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:18:28 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/227*120/sandbags_rain.JPG

With the heaviest rain ahead, many people in the South Bay spent Wednesday navigating accidents on the road and doing what they can to prevent flooding. Marianne Favro reports.]]>
<![CDATA[$16K Painting Stolen From Valley Medical Center Recovered]]>Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:07:22 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Stolen+Artwork.jpg

It was lost, but it has been found.

A $16,000 painting swiped from a new wing at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose has been recovered, according to the CEO of the Valley Medical Center Foundation and artist Nick Gentry, the creator of the piece.

"It's a shame that it happened but, you know, definitely relieved that it's ended up back where it belongs," Gentry said.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office on Thursday tweeted a photo of a suspect walking out the new Sobrato Pavilion at the hospital with the artwork in hand. Two days later, the sheriff's office announced that Francisco Romero, 39, of San Jose had been booked into jail for stealing the piece, but the piece itself had yet to be located.

"That's never happened before for me," Gentry said of the heist. "The first time this happens, you expect it to be from somewhere like a gallery or maybe somebody's apartment, but actually from a hospital was shocking."

The breakthrough in the case came on Sunday when the artwork was recovered in good condition, according to the sheriff's office. Additional details regarding the recovery were not immediately available.

Gentry noted that word of the discovery came as a "massive relief."

"I feel totally relieved now," he said. "It's been a bit of whirlwind few days really."

Christopher Wilder, CEO of the VMC Foundation, which raises money for the hospital, said the painting will be put back where it once was on display. He added that measures may be taken to better protect the painting from being swiped again.

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<![CDATA[Scattered Rain, Gusty Winds Continue to Lash Bay Area]]>Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:31:22 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/SFRain4.JPG

Spring has officially sprung, but the Bay Area once again faced a winter-like day Wednesday. And it's expected to keep up into Thursday, forecasters say. 

Another round of wet weather featuring sub-tropical moisture brought scattered rain and gusty winds to the region during the morning hours before the brunt of the storm arrived Wednesday night.  

Thanks to this week's wet weather, as much as 3 to 6 inches of rainfall could fall across coastal mountains through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. An estimated three-fourths to 1 1/2 inches of rain is expected to fall across cities immediately surrounding the San Francisco Bay while anywhere from one-half to 1 inch of rain will accumulate in some inland locations.

The off-and-on rain has already triggered flooding on some Bay Area roadways, including northbound Highway 101 near Lucky Drive in Larkspur as well as westbound Interstate 80 near Interstate 680 in Solano County.

Bay Area drivers are advised to keep an eye out for ponding as well as debris on roadways, weather officials said.

Wind speeds are expected to top out anywhere from 15 to 30 mph, according to the NWS. Some gusts could peak around 40 mph, leading to possible power outages.

Isolated thunderstorms with small hail are also possible Wednesday and Thursday, according to the NWS.

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<![CDATA[Details Released in SJSU Sex Assault Investigations: Report]]>Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:13:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0315-2018-LuisVenegas.jpg

The suspect connected to a sexual assault investigation at San Jose State University allegedly put one man in a chokehold and reportedly sexually assaulted another man while the victim was "black out drunk," according to a report.

Fourth-year student Luis Venegas, 21, faces five felony charges related to the alleged attacks involving two men on the South Bay campus.

Venegas was arrested on March 5, two days after he allegedly made sexual advances on a friend in Campus Village A, university police said.

According to the Mercury News, when the friend resisted, Venegas allegedly tried to choke him from behind. The friend fought back and called law enforcement. 

Venegas allegedly sexually assaulted another friend in the same dormitory back in 2014 and 2015 when that friend was "black out drunk," according to the Mercury News.

The victim reportedly became suicidal once Venegas told him of the assault and was initially too ashamed and too afraid to speak with investigations, the Mercury News reported.

A judge on Thursday denied Venegas' request to be released on his own recognizance. His bail remains at $210,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact campus police at 408-924-2222 or Sgt. Justin Celano at 408-924-2218. People can also submit a report anonymously through TipNow at 408-337-2919 or sjsu@tipnow.org.

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<![CDATA[Early Spring Storm Causes Issues on Bay Area Roads]]>Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:28:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBRAINPUDDLEGIF_2118954.gif

Roads across the Bay Area are seeing the effects of an early spring storm early Wednesday morning.

The California Highway Patrol issued a travel advisory in Marin County for northbound U.S. Highway 101 just north of Lucky Drive in Larkspur for roadway flooding just after 1:35 a.m. Wednesday. The CHP said two inches of water is across all lanes of traffic and motorists are advised to use caution and reduce speed while traveling through the area.

A multiple-vehicle collision was reported on Interstate Highway 680 south just north of Scott Creek Road just after 12:30 a.m. No major injuries were reported in the five-vehicle collision.

The CHP said westbound Interstate Highway 80 just east of Interstate Highway 680 in Solano County is seeing "a couple of inches" of flooding in the No. 1 and No. 2 lanes just before 1:20 a.m. Wednesday. No information on whether the flooding had subsided was available.

Heavy fog is being reported on Interstate Highway 80 between the Cummings Skyway and Alhambra Boulevard around 1:20 a.m., according to the CHP.

The CHP said southbound Interstate Highway 680 just north of Treat Boulevard had flooding in the slow lane around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. The severity of that flooding and the status of it early Wednesday morning was unavailable.

The National Weather Service expects .5-inch to 1.5 inches of rain to fall in the San Francisco Bay Area and inland through Thursday. Winds are expected to increase Wednesday into Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Extinguish 3-Alarm Warehouse Fire in San Jose]]>Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:19:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/03202018WarehouseFire_2109150.JPG

No injuries are reported following a three-alarm warehouse fire Tuesday afternoon in downtown San Jose, officials said.

The warehouse is located on Montgomery Street near the SAP Center.

An investigation is ongoing.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Cities Participating in March for Our Lives 2018]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:35:17 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-935374340.jpg

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to participate in the nation-wide March For Our Lives event, demanding Washington DC to take gun control action to end mass school shootings.

On Saturday, people all over the country will take to the streets to have their voices heard. According to the campaign website, “March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar.”

The campaign comes a couple of months after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 lives were lost.

“In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns,” the website read. “March For Our Lives believes the time is now.”

Though the main march will take place in Washington D.C., many other cities in the nation are doing their part, with more than 838 events confirmed on their website, including Bay Area cities.

Here is a list of participating cities in the area:

San Francisco

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: Civic Center Plaza, 335 McAllister, San Francisco


Time: 10 a.m.

Location: 850 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame


Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: 5000 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacifica

Redwood City

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: 2200 Broadway, Redwood City

San Jose

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: 200 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose

San Mateo

Time: 12 p.m.

Location: 2720 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo


Time: 12 p.m.

Location: 1500 Park Street, Alameda


Time: 10 a.m.

Location: 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Richmond/West County

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: 1300 Nevin Avenue, Richmond

San Leandro

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: 250 Dutton Avenue, San Leandro


Time: 9 a.m.

Location: 2425 Jefferson, Napa


Time: 11 a.m.

Location: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato

Santa Rosa

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: 600-636 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Sonoma Valley

Time: 12 pm. 

Location: 453 First Street East, Sonoma

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Welcomes First Day of Spring With Rain, Gusty Winds]]>Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:54:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/SF+Rain1.JPG

It's the first day of spring, but Tuesday will feel more like winter across the Bay Area.

A storm featuring sub-tropical moisture from Hawaii is pelting the region with much-needed rainfall and whipping some locations with gusty winds.

Much of the Bay Area will welcome light rain during the morning hours on Thursday before heavier rain kicks in later in the day, weather officials said. Off-and-on showers will continue until Thursday when the brunt of the wet weather for the week arrives. 

Between Tuesday and Thursday, as much as 3 to 6 inches of rainfall could fall across coastal mountains, according to the National Weather Service. An estimated one-half to 1 1/2 inches of rain will fall across cities hugging the San Francisco Bay while anywhere from one-half to 1 inch of rain will accumulate in some inland locations.

Bay Area drivers are advised to keep an eye out for ponding as well as debris on roadways, weather officials said.

Gusty winds could also lead to power outages.

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<![CDATA[Judge in Brock Turner Case Fighting Recall Effort in Court]]>Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:14:08 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fighting_Recall.jpg

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Pesky will try to stop the recall effort against him. The judge has been under pressure after sentencing former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in county jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus. Sharon Katsuda reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Condoleezza Rice to Kick Off Speaker Series at SJSU]]>Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:39:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/190*120/Condoleezza-Rice-01.jpg

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, the first African American woman to hold the post, will be the first to take the stage in a new speaker series called “Insights” at San Jose State University on Thursday.

“Insights” is a university-wide speaker series underwritten by the Valley Foundation hoping to expose students to a variety of perspectives in economics, business and international affairs.

Rice, who was the first African-American female appointed national security adviser by President George W. Bush in 2001 and later succeeded Colin Powell as secretary of state in 2005, will begin the event at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom followed by a sit-down conversation with San Jose State President Mary Papazian.

Students from San Jose State can get free tickets to the event. General admission tickets are available for $20 on Ticketmaster.

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<![CDATA[Grenades at SJ Home Prompt Evacuations, Bomb Squad Response ]]>Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:59:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_grenades_0319_2099386.JPG

A report of grenades at a home in East San Jose prompted evacuations and a bomb squad response Monday afternoon, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

At about 4:10 p.m., the sheriff’s office responded to the 300 block of Gordon Avenue and Greenside Drive in unincorporated East San Jose. The grenades were found during an estate sale at the property, sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff’s deputies evacuated about 10 homes and were controlling pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area. The bomb squad safely detonated the grenades, sheriff's officials said.

The estate sale dealer, who did not wish to be identified, said the homeowner found the grenades in the basement of the vacant home.

"There were five grenades. Two were smoke, and three were live," the dealer said. "She didn't know that. She carried them out and put them outside and called. She was shaking like crazy."

At about 7:15 p.m., sheriff's officials said the situation had been resolved.

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<![CDATA[Off-Duty Gilroy Police Officer Arrested for DUI]]>Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:16:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/PoliceFile.JPG

An off-duty Gilroy police officer was arrested for a DUI in Hollister, the department reported on Friday.

The police officer was arrested either late Wednesday or early Thursday, according to police.

The officer's name and other details will be released at a later time because the person has "protections" as a public safety employee, police said in a news release.

The department's internal affairs unit is currently investigating the incident.

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<![CDATA[Fatal Car Accident on Hwy. 101 in Gilroy]]>Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:50:34 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/policeline5.jpg

Monterey County’s California Highway Patrol officers are on the scene of a fatal car accident in Gilroy on southbound Highway 101.

The accident was reported at about 8:00 a.m. Saturday near Masten Avenue.

One fatality has been reported, CHP will remain on the scene awaiting coroner to arrive.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[New Tech to Alleviate Highway 87 Congestion?]]>Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:53:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/New_Tech_to_Alleviate_Highway_87_Congestion_.jpg

It's one of the most-clogged freeways in our area and it's only getting worse. If you live in the South Bay, you probably dread driving on Highway 87. But can technology help ease the commute? A local group thinks it might. Business and tech reporter Scott Budman reports.

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<![CDATA[Controversy Surrounds Retired Lieutenant's Bid for Sheriff]]>Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:21:22 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/03162018JoseSalcido_2069468.JPG

A retired Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office lieutenant is triggering controversy with his run for sheriff.

Jose Salcido appeared in a photo with other law enforcement officers gathered with a known felon. NBC Bay Area first reported four sheriff's deputies were fired after the photo surfaced, showing they were associated with felon Armand Tiano.

Tiano is a former lieutenant who served time in prison for molesting children.

Salcido said he has no regrets for being in the controversial photo. If he becomes sheriff and some of his deputies are seen hanging out with known felons, Salcido would not fire them on the spot.

"We would wait and investigate what the context was of the picture," Salcido said. "Meet with the deputies."

Salcido said he believes in second chances and in the rehabilitation of felons.

NBC Bay Area has since learned that another man in the picture is a registered sex offender.

In a staement, Sheriff Laurie Smith's campaign said the picture says it all, and that if you associate with child molester, you don't belong in law enforcement.

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<![CDATA[New Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against SJ's Presentation]]>Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:09:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/New_Sexual_Misconduct_Allegations_Against_SJ_s_Presentation.jpg

New allegations surfaced against the private, all-girls Presentation High School in San Jose that's been under scrutiny for months. The claim: The principal failed to report sexual misconduct, this time involving a performing arts teacher.

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<![CDATA[Los Gatos Student Punished by Teacher for Joining Walkout]]>Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:22:36 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBStudentPunishedWalkout_2069142.JPEG

Is it school policy or a violation of the first amendment?

A parent of a Los Gatos student is claiming his daughter was punished by a teacher for making the choice to participate in Wednesday’s National School Walkout, a choice that both the principal and the superintendent of the school district emphasized would not have any punishments.

The father, who has asked to be referred to as “Richard”, says his daughter's science teacher gave the students a pop quiz at the time of the walkout to keep students from participating because he was opposed to it.

“Never pull a pop quiz and penalize the kids that wanted to exercise their First Amendment rights,” said Richard.

The student told her parents she tried to finish as much of the quiz as possible before the beginning of the walkout but the teacher wouldn’t take it.

“The teacher did not accept [the quiz] and did not give her any credit for any of the answers she had put down,” explained Richard.

Since the teacher tried to infringe their daughter’s rights, Richard says they’re pulling her out of the class and appealing her grade.

The school will not comment on the allegations, citing privacy and personnel issues but the principal emphasizes a neutral position on the walkout.

“I did instruct teachers and school staff to not penalize any students who chose to walk out or give extra credit to anyone who did,” said Los Gatos School District Superintendent and Principal, Corey Kidwell.

NBC Bay Area has tried to get in contact with the accused teacher but has yet to reach him.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Sought After $16K Painting Stolen From SJ Hospital]]>Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:23:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/scc-stolen+painting-0315.jpg

A $16,000 painting was stolen from a new wing at Valley Medical Center in San Jose, and the sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in tracking down the suspected thief.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office released a surveillance photo of the suspect walking out an exit at the hospital's new Sobrato building, carrying the valuable painting.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about the stolen painting should call our sheriff's detectives at 408-808-4500.

Photo Credit: Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[SJPD Responding to Calls Involving a Gun Jump 20 Percent]]>Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:17:00 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-generic-2015-2.jpg

San Jose police last year responded to an increased number of calls involving a gun, a jump of more than 20 percent from the previous year.

The numbers from 2017 concern Chief Eddie Garcia, who is now looking to find the root of the increase.

NBC Bay Area asked for the numbers after beat cops reported it was getting out of control on the streets. Officers felt they were getting a call per day that involved a gun.

Turns out the officers were wrong. Numbers show it was worse.

In 2017, police responded to 1,147 calls involving guns -- a 23 percent increase from the year before.

"That's ridiculous," San Jose-resident Thera Gonis said. "We shouldn't have that problem. It's scary."

The Willow Glen neighborhood has had its share of crimes last year.

"Now I don't even let my son out of site," Gonis said. "It's kind of depressing."

On average, San Jose police responded to more than three calls per day involving a gun.

"Weapons calls did go up last year, and its certainly a concern of ours," Garcia said.

The chief will study the numbers to see if there is a cause and a solution to the increase. Garcia is not ready to point the finger at Prop. 57, which allows the early release from prison of so-called non-violent criminals.

But he also won't hesitate to raise a red flag if research shows there's a correlation.

"I do think Prop. 57 has had an effect. There's no question about it," Garcia said. "To the etent of the effect that it's here, I don't know yet, so we have to delve into the numbers."

So far this year, SJPD officers have already confiscated more than 50 guns. The chief said that is at least 50 crimes that may have been prevented by proactive beat cops.

"Every gun that we take off the street, we stopped a homicide, stopped an assault with a deadly weapon," Garcia said. "So we stopped that crime before it was ever reported."

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<![CDATA[Minor Injuries Reported in School Bus Hit and Run in SJ]]>Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:45:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SchoolBusGeneric.JPG

A school bus crash that slightly injured two people in San Jose on Thursday morning on northbound U.S. Highway 101 was a hit-and-run, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Around 9:50 a.m., a 2009 Bluebird school bus was in the far right lane on Highway 101 south of the East Hedding Street overcrossing. The driver was going around 40 mph and began slowing down for traffic ahead, according to the CHP.

Just before coming to a complete stop, the driver felt an impact from behind and pulled the bus onto the right shoulder, CHP officials said.

The driver of the car behind, a 2004 tan Ford Taurus, pulled onto the right shoulder behind the bus, according to the CHP. A quick-thinking student on the bus took a cellphone photo of the car, its license plate and got a partial image of the driver.

Four of the students on the bus reported minor injuries and two were taken to a hospital, CHP officials said.

The sole occupant of the tan Taurus allegedly left the scene without identifying herself. She was described as an elderly white woman and the car reportedly has moderate front-end damage, CHP officials said.

The license plate is allegedly a California plate, 8BEJ916, registered for a 2004 Ford out of Santa Clara.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to contact the San Jose CHP office at (408) 467-5400 and ask to speak to Officer David Morasco.

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<![CDATA[Sculpture in Downtown San Jose Made With Over 200,000 Coins]]>Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:37:55 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/20180315-Bear-Sculpture-DTSJ-03.jpg

Downtown San Jose has added a new piece of art and it’s one pretty penny - or better yet, pennies. 

“Ursa Mater,” or “Mamma Penny Bear,” is a sculpture of a mother bear and her two cubs and it’s now the city’s most recent art installation located on Paseo de San Antonio next to the Fairmont Hotel. But this sculpture isn’t just made of concrete, the bear's “fur coat” is made with over 200,000 pennies. 

Alameda-based artists, Mr and Mrs Ferguson, and a team of 12 volunteers spent about four months layering all the pennies vertically in the concrete. 

“Ursa Mater” first made an appearance at Burning Man in 2017 and is now in San Jose thanks to a partnership between the city and the Burning Man Project. 

The partnership first developed after San Jose’s Director of Cultural Affairs, Kerry Adams Harper, returned from Burning Man and saw an opportunity to re-site art created for the event in downtown San Jose. 

“It is our hope that the community will be inspired by these artworks and human imagination and that they serve as an initiative to experience art, participate in art and also foster one’s creative expression,” said Adams Harper. 

“Ursa Mater” is the second art installation from Burning Man Project to reside in San Jose, Sonic Runway was the first. 

You can catch this mama bear and her cubs on Paseo de San Antonio in downtown until May.

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<![CDATA[Witnesses, Survivors Sought in Sex Assault Investigation]]>Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:04:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0315-2018-LuisVenegas.jpg

Police at San Jose State University are asking that potential witnesses or survivors come forward in connection with an ongoing sexual assault investigation involving at least three male victims.

Fourth-year student Luis Venegas, 21, allegedly assaulted three male students on campus between 2014 and March 3 of this year, according to university police. 

The ongoing investigation kicked off on March 3 after a survivor reached out to campus police, according to university police. While investigating the reported case, police found out about two additional survivors. All three cases happened in Campus Village A, and the suspect and survivor knew each other in each case.

Venegas was arrested on March 5 and later charged with sexual assault, assault with the intent to commit sex crimes, false imprisonment and sexual battery, according to university police. 

A judge on Thursday denied Venegas' request to be released on his own recognizance. His bail remains at $210,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact campus police at 408-924-2222 or Sgt. Justin Celano at 408-924-2218. People can also submit a report anonymously through TipNow at 408-337-2919 or sjsu@tipnow.org.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Students Champion 2nd Amendment Rights]]>Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:59:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/San_Jose_Students_Champion_2nd_Amendment_Rights.jpg

Several students took the opposite route during Wednesday's National Walkout and showed their support for Second Amendment rights. Marianne Favro reports.

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<![CDATA[High School Student in Morgan Hill Arrested in Campus Threat]]>Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:26:41 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black2.jpg

A Morgan Hill student was arrested and booked into juvenile hall on Tuesday after police received information about a threat made to the student's campus, police said Wednesday.

The Police Department and the Morgan Hill Unified School District immediately responded to the school to investigate a message located at Ann Sobrato High School that was discovered the day after it had been written, police said.

A team of officers was on site at the high school to investigate, which resulted in the identification and arrest of the student who allegedly threatened the campus.

Police are now encouraging parents to talk to their children to reinforce the severity of actions like the ones taken at Sobrato High.

"There is an increase of threats being made at schools across the nation, and all threats will be taken seriously and prosecuted no matter what the intent," police said in a statement.

Since the student is a juvenile, his identity was not released.

<![CDATA['Enough is Enough': Bay Area Students Protest Gun Violence]]>Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:45:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/walkout10.JPG

For at least 17 minutes Wednesday, scores of students across the Bay Area put down their pencils and walked out of class to both remember the 17 people killed in last month's South Florida high school shooting and take a stand against gun violence.

From hoisting signs into the air reading "#NeverAgain" to shouting "Enough is enough," students across the region banded together with the students at Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to call upon Congress to press forward with gun reform legislation.

"I shouldn't have to go to school worrying about whether I'm going to be shot," Claire Daly, a student at Oakland Tech High School, said during a walkout. "I should be worrying about what I'm going to do for college and how I'm doing in my classes. My safety should not have to be a concern."

At the East Bay high school, students gathered outside at 10 a.m. — the time selected for students across the nation to participate in the 17-minute walkouts — to both commemorate the lives lost in Florida as well as those lives claimed by gun violence on the streets of Oakland. 

When asked if they have personally been impacted by gun violence, almost everyone in the crowd raised their hands.

"We are unified and we want gun control now," Daly said.

Across the hill in Pleasanton, hundreds of students at Foothill High School walked out of class at 9:55 a.m. and assembled minutes later for a peaceful and calm rally, chanting "Never Again!" at times.

"People need to focus on the safety of their kids, not really the Second Amendment," student Darina Wolfe said. "We shouldn't be afraid to go to school."

While Wolfe expressed one side of the gun debate, some of her fellow students voiced opposite opinions. Despite the differences shared, Pleasanton Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Haglund noted that both sides acted respectfully.

"What you saw here today is an example of what happens when kids are given the opportunity to express their voice, not repressed," he said. "They did it in a very organized way. They were very respectful in their comments and there were even alternative opinions, and the alternative opinions were equally represented in the crowd."

In Concord, Mt. Diablo High School students needed to break through a gate to get off campus and participate in the walkout.

"It felt good," student Freddy Rodriguez said. "I wanted to show the people in Florida who died that we care here."

At San Jose's Gunderson High School, varying gun opinions were also on display. One student in support of the Second Amendment was spotted with a sign reading "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."

Across the San Francisco Bay, roughly 800 students at San Mateo High School also gathered for a brief assembly, participating peacefully. As speakers addressed the Florida shooting and the debate over gun laws, some students held up signs reading "Learn in Peace," "Students Unite!" and "No More Violence."

"We're no longer accepting that this is just the way things should be," Student Body President Jake Jeffries said. "Especially with the help of and seeing other high school students across the nation, when you see one school starting to spark this change, all the other schools come together. The more and more you get, the more students are more willing to help out with something like this. So the response you're getting is students who see that others are taking action and they're agreeing with it and saying, 'This is enough. Enough is enough.'"

Organizers of the school walkouts hope their actions will spur politicians to take action and pass legislation to keep schools safe from gun violence.

"We are not safe at school," a statement from organizers read. "We are not safe in our cities and towns. Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that address the public health crisis of gun violence. We want Congress to pay attention."

Click here for a complete list of Bay Area schools that participated in the walkouts.

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<![CDATA[SJ Police Searching For Vehicle, Suspect in Hit and Run]]>Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:45:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ambulance_generic22.jpg

San Jose police are searching for a car and driver suspected in a hit and run that injured a 12-year-old girl Tuesday morning, according to police.

At about 8:50 a.m., San Jose officers responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision at North 17th and East Julian streets, police said. Surveillance footage provided by a resident shows the victim crossing the street and the vehicle making a left turn onto 17th Street and striking the girl.

The vehicle, described as a 1998 to early 2000 brown 4-door Toyota Camry, fled the scene. It was last seen traveling northbound on North 17th Street, police said.

The girl was taken to a local hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

The driver is described as a white female, 40 to 50 years-old with brown hair.

<![CDATA[Oh, Deer! Animal Hops In and Out of SJ Backyards]]>Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:42:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/208*120/03--2018-deer.jpg

A deer has been roaming around a San Jose neighborhood, jumping in and out of backyards for two weeks now. The neighborhood is south of the Highway 85 and 101 interchange, by Coyote Creek. A woman who lives nearby said kids have been spotted chasing the animal around. The resident is worried the deer will become aggressive. Animal Control officials said since the deer is healthy, crews will not take the animal away.

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<![CDATA[Mountain View Police Investigate Potential Threats at School]]>Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:55:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/0618-MountainVewPolice.jpg

Mountain View police on Tuesday investigated potential threats made by a student at Mountain View High School before confirming that there was no threat to public safety at the school.

Additional officers will be on campus to make sure the school community is safe, police stated.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Possible Hazmat in Morgan Hill Home Prompts Evacuations: PD]]>Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:48:42 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/breaking.png

A possible hazardous material inside a home prompted precautionary evacuations in a Morgan Hill neighborhood late Monday, according to Morgan Hill police.

The incident was reported a little after 8 p.m. on McLaughlin Court, about a block from Britton Middle School, police said.

Police responded to reports of a small explosion around 6 p.m. Witnesses saw debris and smoke coming from the backyard of a home on McLaughlin, police said. The house is right behind the Morgan Hill Pre-School Academy.

One person at the home was arrested on unknown charges.

About 12-15 homes were included in the evacuation for about three hours.

No further details were available.

<![CDATA[Conservative Speaker Ann Coulter Visits Bay Area]]>Wed, 14 Mar 2018 01:02:37 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/anncoulterfeuerherd.jpg

Security was tight when conservative and controversial talk show host Ann Coulter made a Bay Area appearance Tuesday night.

Coulter spoke at the IFES Society Community Center in Mountain View. The sold out event was organized by the Liberty Forum of Silicon Valley, formerly known as the Conservative Forum.

Upon taking the stage in the South Bay city, Coulter said, "It's great to be in San Francisco."

Police had a visible presence at the event, and signs in the area alerted people of the temporary restrictions.

In her talk, Coulter spoke about immigration, President Donald Trump and California.

"California is a beautiful state in the union, it's just sad," she said. "But I have a plan. We regretfully either allow California to secede - I think Trump would agree - and sell it back to Mexico!"

On the subject of immigration, Coulter chose a Silicon Valley connection.

"Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t want anyone coming in that can compete with his kid," she said. "He wants someone who can compete with his landscaper."

She added: "Our immigration policy is anyone who lives within walking distance. ... Not only do illegal aliens get to come here, but they get to bring their cousins too. We wouldn’t want them to be poor, unskilled or lonely."

Coulter's speech last year was canceled at the University of California, Berkeley after the sponsoring group pulled out. Threats of violence were also made ahead of the planned Berkeley event, which would have featured other conservative pundits.

Authorities said Monday there were no reported threats ahead of Coulter's Mountain View visit.

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<![CDATA[MAP: Student Walkout Protests in the Bay Area]]>Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:34:25 -0700]]><![CDATA[List of Bay Area Schools Taking Part in Nationwide Walkouts]]>Wed, 14 Mar 2018 05:44:01 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Walkout1.JPG

Schools all over the Bay Area are taking part in nationwide walkouts to protest gun violence and honor victims following the Parkland, Florida, shooting that killed 17 people on Feb. 14.

Students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies are encouraged to walk out for 17 minutes around 10 a.m. across every time zone on March 14 as part of #Nationalschoolwalkout.

Organized by Women’s March organizers, participants hope to get Congress to take action and pass legislation to keep schools safe from gun violence.

“We are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns,” read the event’s page. “Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that address the public health crisis of gun violence. We want Congress to pay attention.”

Below is a list of participating schools and sites around the Bay Area.

North Bay:

Sonoma Valley High School

Fairfield High School

Kentfield College of Marin

Kipp San Francisco Bay Academy

Napa High School

Napa Valley College

Petaluma Casa Grande High School

Petaluma Junior High School

Petaluma Kenilworth Junior High School

Petaluma Live Oak Charter School

Ross Branson High School

Saint Helena Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School

San Anselmo San Domenico School

San Francisco Hoover Middle School

San Francisco Lick-Wilmerding High School

San Francisco State School

San Francisco St. Ignatius College Prep

San Rafael Terra Linda High School

Santa Rosa High School

Sebastopol Analy High School

Vacaville High School

Windsor High School

San Francisco Everett Middle School

San Francisco City Hall Rally and March to Union Square

San Francisco Marina Middle School

East Bay:

Alameda Lincoln Middle School

Berkeley High School

Pittsburg High School

Albany Middle School

El Cerrito Madera Elementary

Union City James Logan High School

Alameda Encinal High School

Alameda Science and Tech Institute

Berkeley Ecole Bilingue Middle School

Berkeley K8

Berkeley UC Berkeley

Brentwood Heritage High School

Castro Valley Canyon Middle School

Castro Valley Creekside Middle School

Castro Valley High School

Concord Mount Diablo High School

Danville Monte Vista High School

El Cerrito High School

Fremont American High School

Fremont Basis Independent

Fremont Deaf Studies

Fremont High School

Fremont Thornton Junior High School

Fremont Washington High School

Hayward High School

Livermore Granada High School

Martinez Alhambra High School

Morgana Campolindo High School

Morgana Joaquin Morgana Intermediate

Oakland Chabot Elementary

Oakland Claremont Middle School

Oakland College Prep

Oakland High School

Oakland Tech High School

Oakley Freedom High School

Orinda Miramonte High School

Piedmont High School

Pittsburg Los Medanos Community College

Pittsburg High School

Pleasant Hill College Park High School

Pleasant Hill Diablo Valley College

Pleasanton Amador Valley High School

Pleasanton Foothill High School

Pleasanton Harvest Park Middle School

Richmond Salesian College Prep

San Ramon Dougherty Valley High School

San Ramon Valley High School

Vallejo High School

Walnut Creek Las Lomas High School


Palo Alto Juana Briones Elementary

Stanford University

Belmont Ralston Middle School

Burlingame High School

Daly City Westmoor High School

Half Moon Bay High School

Menlo-Atherton High School

Mountain View High School

Mountain View Waldorf School of the Peninsula

Notre Dame Belmont High School

Pacifica Oceana High School

Palo Alto Addison Elementary

Redwood City Summit Prep Charter High School March to City Hall

San Carlos Tierra Linda Middle School

San Mateo Bay Meadows and Nueva School

San Mateo Baywood Elementary School

San Mateo Borel Middle School

San Mateo Hillsdale High School

South Bay:

Cupertino High School

Fremont High School

Monta Vista High School

Homestead High School

Kipp San Jose Collegiate

Los Altos Foothill College

Los Altos High School

Los Gatos Fisher Middle School

Los Gatos Rolling Hills Middle School

Milpitas High School

San Jose Branham High School

San Jose Leonard Herman Intermediate School

San Jose Lynbrook High School

San Jose Pioneer High School

San Jose Presentation High School

San Jose Santa Teresa High School

San Jose Silver Creek High School

San Jose State School

San Jose University Prep Academy

Santa Clara University

Saratoga Prospect High School

Saratoga West Valley College

Willow Glen Middle School

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<![CDATA[Controversial Columbus Statue Removed From SJ City Hall]]>Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:42:33 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_columbus_statue_0129_1562249.JPG

The controversial Christopher Columbus statue located inside San Jose's City Hall building was removed and placed into a hall of the Italian American Heritage Foundation on Saturday, according to the City Hall building manager.

At the City Council meeting on Jan. 30, Mayor Sam Liccardo and the City Council decided on a six-week deadline to remove the 9-foot-tall statue and find a new location.

The topic was discussed after Councilmember Raul Peralez recommended in a September 2017 memo that the statue be moved to "a more appropriate location, with input from the community" since it had become the subject of several security issues beginning in 2001.

As recently as Oct. 12, a handful of protesters entered City Hall and confronted visitors and city staff with their opposition to the statue. Security staff and police worked to disperse the protesters.

Four options were considered by councilmembers for relocation: storing the statue at the History San Jose Collection Center on city-owned land until it could be later donated to an accepted recipient, moving it to Terminal A of the Mineta San Jose International Airport, moving it to the Bank of Italy in Kelley Park and lastly keeping it in the current location.

Building manager Walter Lin said that the Council would accept a private location for the statue's relocation and that the Italian American Heritage Foundation expressed great interest in having the statue in their hall.

In accordance with this authorization, the statue was moved just days before the deadline, which would be this Tuesday, Lin said.

The statue's breakdown, transportation and reassembly took approximately six hours in total, beginning when a fine arts moving company arrived at City Hall around 9:30 a.m. and ending when the statue was restored just after 3:10 p.m., according to Lin.

The statue itself is comprised of three pieces that weigh nearly 3,000 pounds in full, so lots of equipment was brought into City Hall to move the fragile figure, Lin said.

The 6-foot reconstruction of Columbus, the flat bottom and a cylinder-shaped base were all placed in special traveling crates and strapped inside a moving truck. Lin said the locations are less than a mile away from each other, but the driver drove extremely slowly to ensure nothing happened.

The Italian American Heritage Foundation plans to build a protective enclosure to deter the public from having the ability to deface the statue, which happened multiple times at its City Hall location, Lin said. The city will not be a part of the building of the enclosure.

In total, the process cost the city around $10,000, according to Lin.

At this time, there are a simple table and chairs where the statue once sat, but the city is looking into rotating public displays about each city department to provide more information about what they do to constituents, according to Lin.

The building manager also said that organizations often ask to display art in City Hall, so this may open up a space to do that as well.

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<![CDATA[Vaping at School: South Bay District Educates Teachers]]>Mon, 12 Mar 2018 06:29:04 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Vaping.JPG

As vaporizers — or vapes — continue to become smaller and easier to conceal, some bold students are testing the limits in classrooms.

In California, people have to be 21 in order to buy a vaporizer, but some vapes are still confiscated from students, including some in the Morgan Hill Unified School District.

The district's resource officer recently held a presentation for teachers and staff to show them that the devices can look like thumb drives or styluses.

Officer Jeff Brandon with the Morgan Hill Police Department said some students have been found to be charging the devices in class, telling teachers that the chargers were for their cell phones. Some students were also reportedly blowing vapor behind their teachers' backs.

"It dissipates so quickly," Brandon said. "By the time the teacher turns around, it’s gone. There’s very little odor, so it's not like a regular cigarette or a marijuana joint where it's very obvious in the smell lasts for a long time."

A recent USSF study found cancer-causing chemicals in the bodies of teenagers who use e-cigarettes.

Brandon advises parents to talk with their teens about the health consequences of vaping, keep an eye on their purchases and look for chargers with circular ports. 

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<![CDATA[Back-to-Back Quakes Strike Near Gilroy, Hollister: USGS]]>Sun, 11 Mar 2018 20:53:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/CMSQuake1.JPG

Back-to-back earthquakes struck near Gilroy and Hollister Sunday morning, according to the USGS.

A 3.4 magnitude temblor hit at 11:09 a.m. about seven miles away from Hollister and nine miles away from Gilroy, according to the USGS. A 3.0 magnitude quake in the same area followed at 11:10 a.m. 

Further information was not available.

Track the latest earthquakes around the Bay Area using NBC Bay Area's live and interactive earthquake map

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<![CDATA[Highway 17 Shut Down For Emergency Tree Removal]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 18:52:08 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hwy_17_tree_0308_1975916.JPG

Highway 17 was shut down in both directions Thursday evening for an emergency tree removal, according to Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol.

The closure, at Hebard Road in Los Gatos, was reported at 5:20 p.m. and was expected to last until about 6 p.m.

A Caltrans crew of about 15-20 workers cleared the tree in about 25 minutes. 

Traffic in the southbound direction was backed up about 3 miles before the highway was reopened.

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<![CDATA[Sinking Bay Area Could Exacerbate Flooding Risk: Researchers]]>Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:59:08 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SFBay1.JPG

Researchers say that sinking land in the Bay Area will increase the risk of flooding predicted for 2100 due to rising sea levels.

Several locations, such as Treasure Island, Foster City and the San Francisco Airport could be at risk, according to researchers from University of California at Berkeley and Arizona State University.

These sinking land areas could nearly double the impact of flooding from sea level rise alone.

Original estimates predicted that 20 to 160 square miles of the San Francisco Bay could be flooded by 2100, based on the rate of sea level rise.

Taking into account subsidence, or the gradual sinking of land, researchers say this number could increase to between 48 and 166 square miles.

Even then, the number offered by scientists is only an average. If there are king tides, storms, or other scenarios of peak water-level change, scientists say the risk of flooding could be even higher.

"The ground goes down, sea level comes up and flood waters go much farther than either change would produce by itself," said author Manoochehr Shirza, a member of NASA's sea level change planning team and a former UC Berkeley postdoctoral fellow.

Researchers say city planners and local officials will use their findings to plan for the future and improve emergency response strategies.

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<![CDATA[South Bay Students Walk Out of Class to Protest District]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 18:59:21 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ARUSDSign.JPG

About 400 students in San Jose's Alum Rock Union Elementary School District on Thursday walked out of class in a symbolic gesture meant to echo the feelings of community members who believe that the district is operating off track.

Many parents have been showing up in force at previous district board meetings which they say have been dysfunctional.

The district was subject to a six-month state audit that found poor governance and board micromanagement. The audit also found that the district has no plan for a $25 million loan repayment.

Most recently, Superintendent Hilaria Bauer and the board battled over her evaluation which she wanted done in public. It was ultimately done behind closed doors.

When speaking about the expected walkout, Bauer said she wants the students in class.

"We want them to be learning," she said. "So the place where they learn is at school. That's where the powerful conversations can be held."

Parent Olivia Ortiz wants her child to be in the classrom, but she's willing to sacrifice some school time if it results in change.

"I want our kids in school," she said. "We want that, for sure. But then, as a parent, as a mom, I have my kid in first grade here at this school, I’d rather him lose half a day of school than lose his eight years without having the right resources for his education."

The student walkout is planned for 12:30 p.m. Thursday on what is a minimum day. That means students will miss about an hour to 1 1/2 hours of school.

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<![CDATA[More Baby Changing Stations Could Be Added in the South Bay]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 07:32:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BabyChangingStation.JPG

It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

When it comes to changing diapers in public, that someone is often a woman. But that may soon change a bit in the South Bay.

The public on Thursday will be allowed to sound off on a proposed ordinance in Santa Clara County that would require changing tables to be installed in all of the public restrooms for both men and women in government buildings. The same proposal would apply for anyone constructing or renovating publicly used restrooms in buildings and businesses in unincorporated Santa Clara County.

Santa Clara County's Office of Women's Policy said it has not received any complaints regarding the proposed plan. They are just trying to be proactive on the matter.

"We also want to shift the conversation," Protima Pandey of the Office  of Women's Policy said. "There isn’t such a thing as a woman’s job. It’s everyone’s job. We're families that raise children. We're not just women who raise children. This will allow families to have access to what they need the most: health, safety as well as equity altogether, a winning combination."

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the proposed changing station ordinance in the spring.

Thursday's public outreach meeting is slated to start at 5:30 p.m. at the Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium in San Jose.

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<![CDATA[Vehicle Smashes Through Domino's Storefront in San Jose]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 19:56:34 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_dominos_crash_0307_1964994.JPG

No injuries were reported but a Domino's pizza store in San Jose was damaged after a vehicle crashed into the storefront, according to the San Jose Fire Department.

The crash occurred about 2:35 p.m. at 2682 Union Ave. Fire crews responded to the scene to check the building's structural integrity and determined no load-bearing walls were damaged, fire officials said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[13-Year-Old Boy Injured in San Jose Shooting: Police]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 20:25:16 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0307-2018-SJPD-Shooting.jpg

A 13-year-old boy is hospitalized after he was shot in the arm Wednesday afternoon in San Jose, police said.

The shooting was reported in the 3000 block of Cadillac Drive, just off South Winchester Boulevard. The boy's injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

Wednesday's incident is the second shooting in the area in the past month.

On Feb. 7, a gunman chased down a mother of two and shot her to death.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[High School Soccer Team in San Jose Forfeits Playoff Game]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:20:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/SoccerBall1.JPG

The boys varsity soccer team at San Jose's Mt. Pleasant High School forfeited a playoff championship game over the weekend due to an ineligible player participating in the match, according to the school's principal.

In a message sent to the school community, Mt. Pleasant High School Principal Martha Guerrero stated that "this forfeiture was not caused by any wrongdoing by the soccer players." Guerrero added that "they are innocent."

Guerrero stated that she learned on Monday that an ineligible player participated in the team's Central Coast Section Division II Championship game. As a result, the team forfeited the match and did not play in the first round of the California Interscholastic Federation Northern California Regional Championships.

"This incident has been extremely painful and heartbreaking for the players and their families and, at this time, they deserve all our support and love," Guerrero said in the statement.

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<![CDATA[New SJC Dining Options to Include Shake Shack, Chick-fil-A]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:57:21 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/SJC+Airport+Still.jpg

Shake Shack is coming to San Jose.

Well, sort of.

San Jose International Airport officials on Wednesday announced new dining options for travelers as part of six-year, $267 million contract extension with HMSHost.

The deal calls for several new dining options at SJC's Terminals A and B before the end of 2020. In addition to Shake Shack, the list of new restaurants coming to the airport include:

  • Chick-fil-A
  • The Great American Bagel
  • International Beer Union
  • Trader Vic's

Shake Shack, which was born as a hot dog cart in 2004, is often compared to In-N-Out Burger, a West Coast favorite. Its menu features the Shackburger, a vegetarian portobello mushroom burger, a crispy chicken sandwich, crinkle-cut fries, milkshakes, handspun frozen custard, and more.

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<![CDATA[AMC Cupertino Square 16 Movie Theater Slated to Close]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:47:48 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AMC3.JPG

The end is near for the AMC Cupertino Square 16 movie theater.

AMC Theatres and Sand Hill Property Company on Wednesday announced that the theater located at the fading Vallco Shopping Mall will close on Mar. 22.

"AMC continues to invest in its theatres and in delivering the best possible movie-going experience to our guests, however, after a thorough evaluation of AMC Cupertino Square 16 and the mall’s status, we determined further investment in this location was not feasible," Dan Ellis, Senior Vice President of Domestic Development for AMC, said in a statement.

While the movie theater will soon be closing its doors, AMC could return to Vallco if a redevelopment project proposal gets approved by city leaders.

"We are hopeful that AMC can return to Cupertino with a state-of-the-art theatre and have executed an agreement with Sand Hill to return should plans for a new Vallco be approved this year," Ellis said in a statement.

The new AMC Sunnyvale Town Center theatre is slated to open in 2019.

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<![CDATA[Sunnyvale Pushes to Raise Minimum Age for Gun Purchases]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:49:49 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/AssaultRifles.JPG

The Sunnyvale City Council has voted unanimously to raise the age to buy an assault-style weapon to 21 except for active duty military members and law enforcement officials.

Sunnyvale Mayor Glenn Hendricks said the decision comes as the South Bay city strives to prevent a tragedy such as last month's deadly high school shooting in South Florida.

"You have to be 21 to drink," he said. "If you’re a teenager and you get your license, you have to wait 12 months before you can go ahead and drive with your friends so there's other things along the line of taking a look and we've seen that putting regulations in place for youth is not an inappropriate thing to do."

Sunnyvale has been on the forefront of gun regulations before, banning high-capacity magazines back in 2013.

According to the nonpartisan and nonprofit organization Everytown for Gun Safety, there have been 156 mass shootings since 2009. Those shootings were defined as four or more people being shot and killed, not counting the gunman.

Eleven mass shootings were carried out by men 21 years old or younger, according to the organization, and two of those gunmen used an assault rifle.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Outward Migration Causing a U-Haul Truck Shortage]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 11:45:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/roban-uhaul-mudanza-pesadilla.jpg

It has been reported that the lead county in outward migration is the Bay Area. Many are moving out of the Bay, into much more affordable cities. But, before considering packing up, calling your local U-Haul and moving, keep in mind that it'll cost you to move out of the Bay, almost as much as it will to stay.

So many people are leaving the Bay Area that there are not enough rental trucks to go around, causing rental truck rates to peak.

It costs $121 to rent a U-Haul from Phoenix to San Jose, but it costs $1,301 to rent one from San Jose to Phoenix. Why? Because there are simply no trucks in the Bay.

A new study published by University of Michigan professor Mark J. Perry, showed that this was simply a supply and demand issue, SF Gate reports.

One city in specific has had the greatest issue with his new report, CBS News reported that a San Jose U-Haul business are having trouble getting their rental vans back "because so many are on a one-way ticket out of town."

This piece of information led Perry to look into the cost of renting a U-Haul truck with destination to a city outside the Bay Area versus renting one with destination to the Bay.

He found that it costs $121 to rent a U-Haul from Phoenix to San Jose, but it costs $1,301 to rent one from San Jose to Phoenix. Why? Because there are simply no trucks in the Bay.

Perry also calculated the rate of renting a truck to and from other cities like Las Vegas, Portland, Ore., Nashville and Atlanta, all which were much higher outbound from San Jose.

"To help balance truck inventories and take advantage of higher demand in some rental markets than others, it's natural that U-Haul would implement demand-based, dynamic pricing," Perry wrote, according to SF Gate.

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<![CDATA[Sunnyvale Moves to Raise Legal Rifle Buying Age]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:37:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sunnyvale_Moves_to_Raise_Legal_Rifle_Buying_Age.jpg

The Sunnyvale City Council on Tuesday night asked city staff to draft an ordinance that would raise the legal age for buying a semi-automatic rifle in the city from 18 to 21. Cheryl Hurd reports.]]>
<![CDATA[South Bay High School Team's Stolen Robot Found]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:21:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/South_Bay_High_School_Team_s_Stolen_Robot_Found.jpg

A high school robotics team from Cupertino received some good news Tuesday: its stolen robot, worth about $50,000 and 100 hours of labor, was found.]]>
<![CDATA[Mountain Lions Spotted Near Homes in Santa Cruz Mountains]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:31:20 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mountain+lions-0306.jpg

Big cats were active in plain view of residents in the Santa Cruz Mountains overnight Tuesday.

In Boulder Creek, resident Ben Slaughter woke up in the middle of the night, his dogs barking, and found two cougars just outside his bedroom window. One of the lions was circling the other, which was lying on the ground. Slaughter caught it all on his phone's camera.

Cougars are solitary animals and very territorial, but these two lions were sparking up a romance, according to experts in a report by KSBW.

"It was a once in a lifetime experience," Slaughter, a firefighter, told the television station. "It was crazy because they didn't even notice us really, they were so enveloped in themselves."

In unincorporated San Mateo County, an aggressive mountain lion was spotted early Tuesday morning. The animal, seen in the 5000 block of Pescadero Creek Road at about 4:30 a.m., has killed many small livestock animals in a resident's backyard, according to county officials.

The animal approached the back door of the resident's home and was not intimidated by two pit bull dogs, county officials said.

Leona Cash said she finally scared it off herself.

"He didn't run off until I screamed as loud as I could," she said. "I don't even know what way he went because I was so scared."

Cash said she later found feathers and believes the big cat ate six of her chickens. On Tuesday night, she locked her remaining chickens in their cage and was worried about her horse.

"They might be coming back tonight because they know there's food here," Cash said.

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies issued a warning Tuesday suggesting people lock up their small animals.

There are a number of steps people can take to reduce their chances of encountering a mountain lion:

  • Avoid hiking or jogging alone, especially between dusk and dawn, when lions normally do their hunting. Make plenty of noise while you hike so as to reduce the chances of surprising a lion.
  • Always keep children and pets in sight while hiking and within arm's reach in areas that can conceal a lion.
  • Hike with a good walking stick; this can be useful in warding off a lion.
  • To reduce the chances of an attack when encountering a Mountain Lion:
  • Do not approach a lion, especially if it is feeding or with its young. Most lions will avoid confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
  • If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children.
  • Fight back if attacked. Since a mountain lion usually tries to bite the head or neck, try to remain standing and face the attacking animal. People have successfully fought back with rocks, sticks, or bare hands.
  • If a mountain lion attacks a person, call 911.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Priciest Rental Properties in San Jose]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:03:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/194*120/Hyacinth+lane.JPG

It is no secret that owning a home in the Bay Area is expensive. This is why most people opt for rental properties.

Well, sometimes renting is just as expensive as paying a mortgage. The most expensive listing on the market in San Jose is going for $6,950, according to The Mercury News.

The priciest listing is in Downtown San Jose at 38 N Almaden Blvd. The 1,800 square foot property holds three bedrooms and two bathrooms. According to Zumper, the online apartment finder, the average price for a home of this kind id $3,395 a month, less than half of the price of this listing.

So, what do you get for your buck? A penthouse suite with hardwood floors, outdoor space, a swimming pool, fitness center and a balcony with great views.

First runner-up for the title of priciest San Jose rentals is a 3.002 square foot single family home located at 1706 Hyacinth Lane. The property lies on the border of Los Gatos and Almaden. Though the average price for a rental of this kind, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, is $3,723 per month, this home is listed a $5,495 per month.

It offers high ceilings, a walk-in-closet, fireplace, swimming pool and plenty of greenery.

The third priciest San Jose listing is a single-family home located at 2147 W Hedding St. in the Rose Garden district. At 1,700 square feet, it’s listed at $4,695 per month and offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The Hedding Street home is recently remodeled with hardwood floors and has in-unit laundry and natural lighting.

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<![CDATA[Go-To Spring 2018 Bay Area Music and Art Events]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 12:45:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/197*120/musicfestival.jpg

With spring just around the corner, fun and exciting events in the Bay Area await. Here are five music and art events to attend!

Bottlerock Napa Valley

The popular NorCal music festival at Napa Valley Expo is back by popular demand and will take place during the weekend of May 25. The 2018 lineup is packed with stars, including Grammy-winners The Chainsmokers and Bruno Mars. Rap-veteran Snoop Dogg, who released a surprise album this past summer after years of staying out of the spotlight, will also be making an appearance, along with other like The Killers and E-40. Tickets are sold out on the event’s website, but there are still many available on StubHub.

The Oakland Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Held at the Oakland Metro on March 24, the Oakland Pancakes & Booze Art Show strives to give local visual artists a place to showcase their work, and features over sixty emerging artists, live body painting, live music, live art, plenty of drinks and a free pancake bar. The event is open to people 21 and older and tickets are available for $10 at the door.

Blurry Vision Music Fest

Abiding by Bay Area’s reputation of keeping great music available, a brand-new music festival called Blurry Vision will open on May 12 at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland. Created by Goldenvoice, the LA-based entertainment group and mind behind Coachella, the festival features an abundance of popular R&B and hip-hop artists, including Grammy-nominee SZA and rap collective BROCKHAMPTON. Tickets can be purchased here.

Moses Sumney at The New Parish

The eclectic artist who received critical praise for his debut album “Aromanticism” will be performing on April 10 at The New Parish, an ultra-spunky bar/club in Oakland. Though Sumney is new to the music scene, having just emerged this past summer, he immediately garnered attention with his hopelessly romantic lyrics and smooth voice. “Aromanticism” is particularly authentic for its category-bursting vibrancy, as it can be seen as both R&B and funk. The event is for people 18 and older and tickets can be purchased online for $25.

Comedy Shows at Bar Fluxus

Located in downtown San Francisco, Bar Fluxus is SF’s newest art bar and was recently named San Francisco’s “best new bar” and “best cocktail bar” by SF Weekly Magazine. The bar hosts comedy nights featuring multiple comedians and tons of art every Saturday beginning at 9 p.m. The venue is known for its vibrantly-painted walls and comedians on this showcase have been seen on Comedy Central, NBC, ABC, Viceland, MTV and many more. Seating is first come first served.

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<![CDATA[DA Report on Officer Involved Shooting Death of Navy Vet]]>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:59:55 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0223-2017-SantaClaraSheriff.jpg

Nearly one-and-a-half years after 86-year-old Navy veteran Eugene Craig was shot to death by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office deputies while standing in his Saratoga home, District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen has ruled the deputy who killed the homeowner will not face criminal charges.

The District Attorney made the announcement in a just released report.

The report relied on statements from law enforcement, interviews with family members and neighbors, crime scene photos, 9/11 communications and patrol car dashcam footage. The report states that sheriff’s office deputies arrived at the Craig residence just before 8 p.m. on September, 12, 2016 to perform a welfare check.

The report says after knocking and getting no response several deputies, led by Sergeant Douglas Ulrich, first kicked in a garage door at the back of the house and then kicked in another door leading from the garage to the interior of the home. There they found Craig with a pistol in his hand. Deputies told investigators that Craig did not drop the gun, despite several verbal commands to do so.

In February, 2017, NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Team talked to eyewitnesses and uncovered evidence that raised questions about whether the deputies needed to force entry into the home, whether that forced entry scared Craig and his wife and whether the forced entry violated proper protocol during what was originally a welfare check to see if the Craig’s were okay.

The DA’s report says Sergeant Ulrich and other deputies feared for their safety and, thus, were “legally justified” in shooting Craig four times as he stood in his own home.

Craigs elderly wife, Harue, filed a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office, alleging the officers violated her and her husband’s Constitutional Rights and used excessive force when they kicked in two doors to make entry into the home.

Craig’s attorney Ara Jabagchourian told NBC Bay Area that the DA’s report was, “Ultimately, not surprising.”

He added, “The narrative on the factual portion leaves out a whole host of facts that mitigate against even going into the home in the first place.”

The report indicates that Sergeant Ulrich was placed on administrative leave the same evening the shooting occurred, but the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that he is currently “working in a full duty capacity.”

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<![CDATA[Windows Targeted in Vandalism Spree Across San Jose: Police]]>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:18:28 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/164*120/car+window+kris+sanchez.JPG

San Jose police are investigating a city-wide vandalism spree that has left dozens of vehicles and businesses with damaged windows.

People all across town overnight reported shattered windows, possibly caused by a BB gun.

At least eight cars in the area of 5th and Taylor streets were found with broken windows around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Every window at a Western Store were also damaged. Windows in storefronts all along Alum Rock Avenue either have been punctured or shattered by what is believed to be BBs.

"You wake up in the morning, come to open your business and you find this mess," said Javier Sandoval, who owns a San Jose business damaged in the vandalism spree. "The windows are borken, and it's really upsetting. Somebody gets by and destroys your property."

Sandoval said he has to pay thousands of dollars in repairs. His surveillance system captured what he believes is the culprit -- someone driving a black Dodge Charger.

"It's scary. Hopefully he doesn't have a real gun where he can start shooting people too," Sandoval said. "Because somebody like that, you can expect anything from somebody like that."

A neighborhood in Japantown saw nearly a dozen car windows shattered. Police said 10 other neighborhoods were hit by the same crime.

Police do not know if all the vandalism are linked. Merchants on Alum Rock, however, said they do not care and just want more vigilance and not just a request to fill out a police report.

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara County Supervisors Vote to Draft Gun Ordinance]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:10:58 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-624271156.jpg

Santa Clara County supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to draft an ordinance that would ban having or selling guns on county property, which essentially would end gun shows at the county fairgrounds.

Twice a year, on average, guns flood the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose for a gun show. County Supervisor Ken Yeager wants to put a stop to it.

"All of us are trying to figure out ways that we can lower the level [of] guns and gun violence," Yeager said. 

Yeager said something must be done after the most recent mass shooting to keep more guns off of South Bay streets. He also stated that the last gun show in early February only brought in about $6,000 for the county.

"The primary mission of the county is the health and welfare of our residents," he said. "It seems to me it's very counterproductive to have something like a gun show where you can buy and sell guns at a county facility."

Reaction to the board's decision was mixed. At least seven people spoke out against the proposed ban, saying it would take away Second Amendment rights and do little to stop gun violence.

"It's all legal at the gun shows, and frankly, if you ban it there, where will it go? The black market," county resident Mark Hinkle said. "So it will have a negative impact on gun safety and gun violence."

Ban supporters, meanwhile, say every little bit helps.

"Anything we can do to reduce the prevalence of guns will help keep our community safe," Palo Alto resident Stacey Ashlund said.

The Bay Area hosts a number of gun shows annually. The Cow Palace, which is on state land in Daly City, hosts several a year despite the efforts of San Mateo County Supervisors, and the next gun show is in April.

Allen Stevens of San Jose said he’d rather see gun sales and shows be regulated than stopped.

"If you're a registered gun owner, if you're doing everything properly through the requirements in order to own a firearm, I don't see what the problem is," Stevens said.

Several people also voiced concerns that the Metcalf shooting range at Field Sports Park in Coyote Valley, which is on county property, may shut down if people are no longer allowed to possess guns there.

A UC Berkeley report from last year indicated there was a roughly 70 percent spike in gun violence in California communities within driving distance of Nevada following gun shows in the Silver State. There was no similar impact after California gun shows. 

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<![CDATA[Earthquakes Strike Minutes Apart Near Gilroy: USGS]]>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 21:43:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/QuakeMapCMS.JPG

A 3.3 magnitude earthquake and a 2.6 magnitude earthquake struck minutes apart near Gilroy early Tuesday, according to the USGS.

The larger quake, which was centered about six miles east of Gilroy, hit at 4:38 a.m., according to the USGS. It was originally classified as a magnitude 3.6 earthquake.

The smaller quake followed at 4:44 a.m. That temblor's epicenter was located roughly seven miles east of the South Bay city.

Later Tuesday, a magnitude 2.6 quake shook in the same vicinity, the USGS said. 

Additional information was not immediately available.

Track the latest Bay Area earthquakes using NBC Bay Area's Earthquake Map.

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<![CDATA[Roger Federer’s ‘Match for Africa’ Raises $2.5M]]>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:18:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/20180305-MatchforAfrica-47.jpgTwenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer joined American tennis star Jack Sock, business mogul Bill Gates and NBC's "Today" show co-host Savannah Guthrie in San Jose Monday for Match for Africa - an exhibition tennis event supporting children's education in Africa.

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<![CDATA[Thieves Nab Cupertino Students' Robot, Competition Gear]]>Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:56:46 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*252/03-05-2018-robot.jpg

It was supposed to be their moment to shine. Instead, a high school robotics team from Cupertino walked away from a competition dismayed and out of tens of thousands of dollars after their robot and gear was stolen. Laura Sambol reports.

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<![CDATA[ANA Billboards for SJ to Vietnam Flights Spark Outrage]]>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:25:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/03052018ANABillboard_1942705.JPG

A series of airline billboards advertising flights from San Jose to Vietnam has caused an uproar in the community, with some saying it glorified a communist leader.

San Jose City Council members Lan Diep and Tam Nguyen are both receiving backlash from Vietnamese community over the billboard. The council members are accused of being community sympathizers even though they were not connected to the billboard ad.

The billboard in question promotes a flight on All-Nippon Airways from San Jose to Ho Chi Minh City, which most Vietnamese refugees and non-communist communities prefer to refer to as Saigon -- the city's name before the Vietnam War.

Customers at Cafe Paradise on Monterey Road, a popular cafe that sat under the billboard, were the first to complain.

Nguyen said he even got angry calls referring to him as a communist even though he had nothing to do with the ad.

"Well actually as soon as I noticed the billboard, my reaction was 'that's not right,'" Nguyen said. "The idea of anything related to the communitsts would not be only offensive, but a total blow to the community, including using the flag."

Diep praised ANA airlines for taking down the billboards quickly.

"What's important for the community is to not have this constant reminder in our face about Ho Chi Minh, and to not normalize it for our non-Vietnamese friends and other neighbors," Deip said.

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<![CDATA[Caltrain Reports Delays After Train Fatally Strikes Person]]>Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:35:17 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_caltrain.jpg

Caltrain is reporting delays Monday morning after a train fatally struck a person in San Francisco, according to the transportation agency.

The train involved was travelling just south of the 22nd Street Caltrain Station when it hit the person who was said to be trespassing on the tracks, according to Caltrain.

Roughly 500 people were on the train at the time of the incident, Caltrain indicated. No injuries have been reported at this time.

BART is providing mutual aid, according to Caltrain.

Commuters are encouraged to check Caltrain's Twitter feed for the latest information on delays.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Federer, Gates Raise $2.5M For #MatchForAfrica in San Jose]]>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:56:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tennis_charity.jpg

Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer joined American tennis star Jack Sock, business mogul Bill Gates and NBC's "Today" show co-host Savannah Guthrie in San Jose Monday for an exhibition tennis event supporting children's education in Africa.

Net proceeds from the Match for Africa 5 Silicon Valley will benefit the Roger Federer Charitable Fund — an organization with the mission to give children in poverty access to high-quality early learning and education.

Federer and Gates were crowned two-time Match for Africa champs, but the best part, the match raised $2.5 million to help kids in Africa who are being supported by Federer's foundation.

“Roger might have a few more Grand Slam titles than I do, but we share a belief that all children deserve a world-class education," Gates said. "His Match for Africa events are a fun way to help make that happen.”

This is the fifth charity tennis event for the Roger Federer Foundation.

"I believe in the power of people. We know that a good education is a decisive factor to empower children by allowing them to take their future into their own hands," Federer said in a statement. "We want to provide one million children with the opportunity for a quality education by the end of 2018. The Match for Africa 5 in San Jose will help us reach our ambitious goals. I am very grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with Bill Gates, who in my opinion is the world’s leading philanthropist."

Though the big match of the night featured Federer and Sock, Federer teamed up with Gates for a one-set doubles match against Sock and Guthrie.

Guthrie admitted Monday that she has "no athletic skills whatsoever" and is even a bit "uncoordinated" at times, but she said she has been putting in the work over the past several months to gear up for her moment under the lights.

"It's all relative, but I am playing the best I have ever played in my whole life," she said.

As for what she is most nervous about, Guthrie pointed to her serve.

"I'm nervous because it's hard to perform in front of all of these people and to do something athletic," she said.

Regardless of the result, Guthrie is more than happy to support such a "great cause."

"I think that's first and foremost," she said. "This is for the Federer Foundation which does this great work for kids in Africa."

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<![CDATA[Caltrain Ridership on the Rise: Report]]>Mon, 05 Mar 2018 07:09:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TLMD-caltrain.jpg

An increased number of people appear to be hopping on Caltrain during their commutes, according to a report.

The San Mateo Daily Journal reported that the transportation agency's average weekly ridership numbers jumped 3.2 percent between January 2017 and January 2018. Total far box revenue also increased by about $1 million during that time frame.

Caltrain ridership has been growing at a steady pace since 2010 despite a slight drop-off last year, according to the report.

But that growth in ridership also means overcrowding on trains. As a result, Caltrain is proposing running an extra train during peak commute hours, but that is not likely to happen for another four years when Caltrain converts its fleet to electric trains, according to the report.

Caltrain may also start using eight-car trains when the transportation agency switches to electric power, but that would require stations to extend platforms to make room for the longer trains, according to the report.

The proposed changes "would depend on additional grant funding," according to the San Mateo Daily Journal.

Caltrain also said it has seen a drop in shuttle ridership, the report indicated. A meeting slated for Mar. 15 is expected to address the fate of some shuttle services.

There is also a discussion about raising ticket prices, according to the report. Caltrain officials could mull that potential hike by the end of the year.

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<![CDATA[Blaze Destroys Garage at Los Gatos Residence]]>Sun, 04 Mar 2018 13:02:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/LosGatosGarageFire.JPG

No one was hurt, but a garage was destroyed when a blaze broke out at a home in Los Gatos Sunday morning, according to the Santa Clara County Fire Department.

The blaze, which ignited along the 100 block of Magneson Terrace, was reported around 9:25 a.m., according to the fire department. It was declared under control at 9:52 a.m.

It is not clear what sparked the blaze. Fire officials added that it does not appear to be suspicious.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara County Supervisor Proposes Banning Gun Shows]]>Sat, 03 Mar 2018 16:05:22 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GUNSHOW-GENERIC.jpg

Twice a year, on average, guns flood the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds for a gun show. County Supervisor Ken Yeager wants to put an end to those events.

“All of us are trying to figure out ways that we can lower the level [of] guns and gun violence,” said Yeager.

He wants to ban gun shows at the fairgrounds and gun possession on other county-owned lands such as parks. Yeager says something must be done after the most recent mass shooting, to keep more guns off of South Bay streets.

"The primary mission of the county is the health and welfare of our residents,” he said. “It seems to me it's very counterproductive to have something like a gun show where you can buy and sell guns at a county facility.”

The Bay Area hosts a number of gun shows annually. The Cow Palace, which is on state land in Daly City, hosts several a year despite the efforts of San Mateo County Supervisors and the next gun show is in April.

Allen Stevens of San Jose said he’d rather see gun sales and shows be regulated than stopped.

“If you're a registered gun owner, if you're doing everything properly through the requirements in order to own a firearm, I don't see what the problem is,” Stevens said.

The company scheduled to host a gun show on the fairgrounds in November did not get back to NBC Bay Area Friday.

Yeager says the last gun show in early February only brought in about $6,000 for the county.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss the proposal on Tuesday. 

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<![CDATA[Why are Millennials Getting Scammed so Much?]]>Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:23:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/millennialsSCams_1909763.JPEG

They’re young, they’re educated and they’re losing money in record numbers to scam artists.

Young surfers have become the targets of a new generation of scammers.

The Better Business Bureau says millennials now report more money lost to scams than the elderly.

“Sometimes when you’re expecting something you just open it without realizing,” says San Jose State student, Vanessa Nunez, who is part of the group of people most likely to lose money in a scam.

According to cybersecurity expert, Ahmed Banafa, young people or as they’re often called, “digital natives,” are more susceptible to scams because of the amount of time spent online – both scammers and users.

For the younger generation, sharing information is a part of life, making them more trusting of who they interact with online.

“Their private information, like their bank, credit cards, background, that is the problem,” said Banafa.

So the solution to avoiding hacks?

Be wary of those who reach out to you online.

Expert’s advice users to avoid adding contacts on social media unless you know and trust them and don’t send anything personal via public Wi-Fi.

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<![CDATA[Man Rescued from Sea by Silicon Valley Air National Guard]]>Sat, 03 Mar 2018 20:31:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Sea-generic-001.jpg

The California Air National Guard unit in Silicon Valley rescued a man Saturday from a Panamanian container ship 675 nautical miles off the coast of California, military officials said.

The guard's 129th Rescue Wing returned to Silicon Valley at about 4:30 p.m. and transferred the patient, a 54-year-old Croatian man, to San Jose Regional Medical Center.

The man was suffering from a life-threatening illness. National Guard spokesman Capt. Roderick Bersamina said the man was stable on the flight to California as a Guardian Angel pararescue team cared for him.

The container ship MSC FLAVIA was more than 1,000 miles west of the San Francisco Bay Area when the women and men of the guard accepted the assignment.

Since 1977, the 129th Rescue Wing has saved 1,134 lives.

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<![CDATA[Olympic Star Raisman Files Suit Against USOC, USA Gymnastics]]>Fri, 02 Mar 2018 18:44:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/196*120/03-02-2018-aly.jpg

Aly Raisman spent months urging the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics to get serious about taking a long hard look into how Larry Nassar's abusive conduct was allowed to run unchecked for so long. Damian Trujillo reports.

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<![CDATA[Immigrant Advocates Denounce ICE Raids, Rally in Santa Clara]]>Fri, 02 Mar 2018 17:44:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/ICE-Rally-SF.jpg

Santa Clara County immigrant rights advocates and community leaders have organized a rally Friday after receiving over 150 calls to the county's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity hotline in just 72 hours, according to the entities that support the network.

The county's Rapid Response Network will denounce the federal government's attempt at intimidation through ICE and remind community members to know their rights, network spokespeople said.

The event is set to take place at 5 p.m. at the intersection of King and Story Roads, where the "community seeks to build strength and partnership as ICE calls to divide neighborhoods."

Response network affiliates said that the hotline has had an increase of calls reporting ICE activity, specifically in San Jose. Reported operations have resulted in at least eight confirmed detentions.

ICE released a statement reporting they had arrested 232 individuals in Northern California, 115 being people with prior felony convictions for "serious or violent offenses" during a four-day operation that ended on Wednesday.

They also addressed recent legislation that has allowed cities and counties to declare themselves as sanctuaries, saying that such policies have "nearly eliminated all cooperation and communication with our law enforcement partners in the state."

"ICE has no choice but to continue to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at work sites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community," ICE spokespeople said in the memo.

It's been suggested that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf violated federal law this week when she notified the public in advance of the four-day sweep that targeted roughly 1,100 people, but she said she was just doing her job and did not regret her action.

Advocates are concerned that some of the people arrested during that operation may have been denied due process, they said in a statement.

"It is imperative that due process is fully upheld to guard against abuses of federal power," they said in the statement. "We must always question the claims ICE makes about its operations, which all too often have been proven to be embarrassingly false."

Rapid Response Network hotlines are operating all over Northern California and each one is staffed with a team of legal observers and immigration attorneys who investigate the reports of raids and arrests, the immigrant rights advocates said. They encourage witnesses to call the hotline for the county at (408) 290-1144.

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<![CDATA[Rain Brings No Immediate Flooding Concerns in South Bay]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 19:48:59 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Rain_Brings_No_Immediate_Flooding_Concerns_in_South_Bay.jpg

Some South Bay neighborhoods saw minor water pooling on roadways, but along Coyote Creek, where neighborhoods were flooded during last year’s storms, water levels remained safe. Robert Handa reports.

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<![CDATA[Garbage Truck Driver Dead, Struck by His Own Truck in SJ]]>Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:21:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/garbagetruck3.JPG

A garbage truck driver died after he was struck by his own Green Waste garbage truck in San Jose Friday morning, police say.

San Jose Police officers responded to a vehicle collision on Camden Avenue at El Paseo Drive around 7:55 a.m. and discovered the body of an adult male driver on the scene.

The Traffic Investigation Unit is conducting the investigation.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Alum Rock School District on Alert After Shooting Threat]]>Fri, 02 Mar 2018 07:00:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0301-2018-sjpd.jpg

Several safety measures are being taken by an East San Jose school district and San Jose police after a social media shooting threat.

Alum Rock Union Elementary School District officials learned of a tweet that came from an anonymous account detailing distaste for the district as a whole and how they wanted to bring harm to its schools first thing Wednesday morning, Superintendent Hilaria Bauer said.

Bauer called the threat offensive because the person responsible commented how they hated the school district and were happy they were from "a more affluent area," followed by a series of expletives.

There were no specific schools narrowed out in the tweet, which simply stated that the person wanted to "shoot up" all of them.

"This was the ranting and raving of someone who is obviously not mentally stable," Bauer said.

Bauer said that because it was so general, it affected all of the school district's 10,000 students, 600 teachers and 27 sites.

An automated call went out to the district's parents "fairly late" on Wednesday night, Bauer said. She said that she only wanted to report the facts so her office waited until they had more information about the preliminary investigation done that day.

"Although we cannot confirm the credibility of the threat, we are treating it as serious and have contacted the San Jose Police Department," Bauer said in the phone message. "We have filed an official complaint with Twitter requesting they take the appropriate steps to investigate the statement made on their platform."

Bauer said the district's policy is not to send out one of those calls to parents past 9 p.m., but she found the circumstances serious enough to break the rule so that parents could make decisions about sending kids to school.

As of late this morning, Bauer did not have a total absence report showing how many parents had opted not to send their kids to school. She said she thought there "were some absences" but could not quote how many.

Bauer visited schools this morning to talk to concerned teachers and parents personally about what the school district and the city's Police Department is doing to ensure campus safety.

What Bauer didn't know would be the "silver lining in the storm" was that parents are now willing to back her decision to lock certain doors at schools that face possible public access.

"In the past, we had some pushback from the community when we keep our doors around campuses locked," Bauer said.

The school district is, as a result of the threat, now moving to pass a resolution where the main office doors will remain unlocked to provide a sense of welcome to the community, but points of entry to rooms commonly occupied by the students will be locked, according to Bauer.

Bauer said the school district will be installing surveillance cameras at all campuses.

Each campus in the district has a resource officer present, but San Jose Police Department officers have also been providing extra patrolling since the threat emerged.

Police said all patrol officers are aware of the ongoing investigation into the threat.

San Jose police did not advise any schools to close, but began an investigation in which detectives are attempting to identify the person responsible for the tweet, police spokeswoman Officer Gina Tepoorten said.

San Jose police also assisted Wednesday at San Jose State University, just over 5 miles from the elementary school district headquarters, after a written shooting threat was found on the walls of a women's bathroom on the third floor of Dudley Moorhead Hall, according to university spokeswoman Pat Harris.

<![CDATA[Nic Cage Talks #TimesUp, VR and Oscars at Cinequest]]>Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:07:40 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/Nicolas-Cage-Cinequest-02.jpg

He's played everything from an angel to an alcoholic writer to a ghost rider - now at 54, Nicolas Cage is ready to take on the virtual world.

The Academy-Award-winning actor was in San Jose to accept the Maverick Spirit award for Cinequest - Silicon Valley's version of the Sundance Film Festival - and promote his new movie, Humanity Bureau - a 7-part dystopian thriller about global warming through VR.

NBC Bay Area sat down with the actor to chat about #TimesUp, virtual reality, movies, and of course, his favorite for the Oscars this weekend.

How does it feel to be at the Cinequest Film and VR Festival?
I’m very happy to support the festival I was happy to be invited, it’s always exciting to be with other film enthusiasts. Also, there’s a technological aspect of the film festival because of Silicon Valley. I think the two go together beautifully.

What does the Maverick Spirit Award mean to you?
Well if by maverick you mean, independently spirited, I have always tried to encourage that in fellow actors as well as in myself. I like to experiment; I see myself as a student of film. I have to stay eclectic; I have to stay interested by taking risks, by taking chances with the hope that I will learn something. I think there is a maverick sensibility to that approach.

What place does virtual reality have in the world of cinema?
I think it’s fascinating, I think it’s obviously new. There’s a lot of excitement and buzz around it because what we’re trying to do with it is to put people into the movie themselves.

For me to be perfectly honest, the format is a bit uncomfortable because I came up in film trying to figure out ways to embrace my co-star but also flirt with one camera or possibly two or three. With a VR camera it’s multiple ones, you know it’s 360, it looks like a flying saucer; I had a camera over here and there was a camera here and this is the camera I’m trying to work with but I can’t get to that [other] camera, so I find it distracting.

I feel that audiences individually have a secret connection with the “star” or actor, whatever you want to call us, and that is a very personal relationship and its individual for each member of the audience. They’re always going to want that connection to be able to look at the screen and look at their actor who they believe they know. I’m aware of that when I’m performing but I can’t do it with the virtual reality yet, I need more practice at it because there’s too many cameras and it’s throwing me off.

I have to continue to try the process as it continues to grow and it becomes more popular and more cinemas take the format. It’s something that I think I need to develop a new set of skills to really be able to incorporate that and work well with it.

Do you think audiences might feel disconnected from the film because there is so much going on?
I do. I think that audiences, many audiences are going to want to keep the traditional format because of that relationship. They’re safe in their seats and they’re not being thrown into the movie itself. There’s going to be those of us who want to do that and that’s exciting and I think it should be a choice, you know, let’s try this but let’s also keep the traditional as well. For me, it’s why I got into movies and what I enjoy. I like having my safe, whether I’m at home or in the theater place to observe and enjoy from my little chair; I don’t know that I want to be in the movie when I’m not making the movie - when I’m just enjoying it.

What are some of the takeaways you hope audiences will take from virtual reality?
I hope that they, in the best sense, are extremely entertained. Almost like they’re on a ride, that they’re in the movie and that they’re participating in some way. If they could, they would communicate with the characters, and that’s probably next.

Oscars are coming up, what is your favorite for best picture?
Dunkirk. Dunkirk. Dunkirk. I love that movie. I think it’s just brilliant original filmmaking. It’s a filmmaker at the top of his craft. I’ve put it at my the top five favorite war pictures. I love what Nolan did with the way he would cut in and out, he would put us in the middle of the scene and I didn’t even know where the dialogue began and ended. It was bleak and stark and beautiful and the spitfire sequences we’re just absolutely stunning. I’m a big spitfire fan, I love that plane, Mitchell’s design just blows my mind. The only thing I’m sad about is I didn’t get to see it in 70 mm but I’m told they’re going to re-release it because of the Oscars; maybe I will get to see it in 70 now.

Nolan believes, and I agree with him, that 70 mm will save cinema because you can only get that experience in the theaters. Whereas more and more movies are being deployed on video on demand and I don’t have any umbrage with that, I think it’s a great way for some movies to be viewable, which may not have a place to be seen. But I would also like all movies to be in theaters.

You’ve played a wide range of characters in your career, what’s one character you hope to play in the future?
Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo, I think I could really play that part without having to act. My first love, even before my parents, was the ocean. I just always had a connection with the sea and I know that I would be able to play that part and really mean it.

There’s a lot going on in Hollywood right now, what are your thoughts on the #TimesUp movement?
I support anybody, whether it’s gender or race or their beliefs, to be heard. I want everyone invited to the table and to be treated equally. I think it’s a good thing that it’s happening. A lot of the problems in the world have been caused by the male ego and I think it’s really time that ladies get their equal rights and fair share.

Every time I’ve worked with a lady, whether it’s an actress or director, like Martha Coolidge, really when you think about it with “Valley Girl,” she directed me in that and really discovered me in many ways and liberated me. She made me free and believed I could be an actor. Before that, I was very stiff and nervous but she opened me up.

I did a movie called “Inconceivable” and I was there because I wanted to support the two co-stars who really the leads, Nicky Whelan and Gina Gershon, terrific actresses both of them, just because women have to have their equal place in cinema and need to be heard. It’s not an easy world for the ladies, especially in Hollywood.

Is “The Rock” the best Bay Area film?
Thank you! I can’t say that maybe you can say that, but I certainly do love that movie. I thought what Michael Bay did with that was terrific. It was a dream come true for me to work with Sean. Those are some of my best memories in my entire body of work on set were my quite wonderful conversations with Connery. It was something else, I love him.

Last question, have you found "the treasure"?
I have not found the treasure but I want to! I would like to find the treasure; especially right now! I love those movies, it made a lot of people happy, and I would love to do another one for sure.

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<![CDATA[Storm Pelts Bay Area With Rain, Pounds Sierra With Snow]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 14:22:15 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/RainGallery.JPG

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<![CDATA[Blaze Breaks Out at Abandoned Commercial Building in SJ]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 11:21:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sanjosefirepic_.JPEG

Roughly 50 to 60 firefighters on Thursday battled a blaze at an abandoned commercial building in San Jose, according to a fire official.

The fire broke, which was reported just before 8 a.m., broke out in the area of W. Julian Street and Rhodes Court, San Jose Fire Department Capt. Daniel Vega said.

No injuries were immediately reported, Vega said.

It is not clear what sparked the blaze, Vega said. He did note that the building's electricity and gas feeds were shut off at the time of the fire.

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<![CDATA[Storm Lashes Bay Area With Rain, Gusty Winds]]>Fri, 02 Mar 2018 00:57:58 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GGBRain.JPG

The month of March is off to a wet start across the Bay Area as one of the most significant storms of the winter season pummeled the region with widespread rain and gusty winds Thursday.

While the storm was a welcome sight for a region thirsting for rain, the winter weather system prompted a host of hazards, including spin-outs and wrecks, ponding on roadways, downed trees, and local power outages.

The brunt of the storm passed over the Bay Area Thursday morning, but scattered showers will continue to soak the region through the afternoon hours, weather officials said. Lingering showers through the evening could bring snow to higher elevation peaks.

While the widespread rain tapers off, a wind advisory for Bay Area hills above 1,000 feet is slated to remain in effect until 10 p.m., according to the NWS. 

Bay Area peaks could record sustained winds ranging between 20 and 35 mph with gusts topping out around 50 mph, according to weather officials.  

The inclement weather, especially the high winds, have made for headaches for air travelers. In addition to cancellations at all three major Bay Area aiports, some arriving flights at San Francisco International Airport have been delayed an average of about two hours, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Folks on the ground have also faced their fair share of troubles. Numerous collisions snarled traffic across Bay Area streets and freeways as rain made for slick roads during the morning commute.

Wet weather across the region will continue Friday before heading out of the area by Saturday night, according to weather officials.

Rainfall totals come Saturday night could reach nearly three inches in San Rafael and the mountains near Santa Cruz, according to the NWS. San Francisco is expected to pick up as much as 2 1/2 inches during that time period. Locations in the Tri-Valley are predicted to receive about two inches of rain. San Jose and other areas immediately surrounding the San Francisco Bay are expected to pick up approximately 1 1/2 inches.

Areas near the North Bay burn scars could pick anywhere from one to four inches of rain, according to the NWS. Mountains and higher elevation spots across the region could receive two to four inches through Friday. Valley locales are expected to accumulate one to three inches.

The incoming storm is also expected to blast the Sierra Nevada with several feet of snow and winds gusting in excess of 100 mph in some spots, according to weather officials. The National Weather Service in Reno warned of "dangerous and potentially life threatening blizzard conditions."

Low-level snow in the Bay Area is also possible, according to weather officials. Hills above 2,500 feet, in addition to locations above 2,000 feet in the North Bay, could receive anywhere from a light dusting to as much as six inches between Thursday night and Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Actor Nicolas Cage Honored at Cinequest in San Jose]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 01:05:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Actor_Nicolas_Cage_Honored_at_Cinequest_in_San_Jose.jpg

Nicolas Cage, who starred in such films as "Raising Arizona," "Moonstruck" and "Leaving Las Vegas," talks about acting and filming with a VR camera in his new movie "The Humanity Bureau." He's at Cinequest in Silicon Valley to accept the Maverick Spirit Award.

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<![CDATA[SJSU President Issues Statement After Threat ]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 10:32:07 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1017-2016-SJSU.JPG

The president of San Jose State University sent out a message this morning to students and staff about the written shooting threat found in an academic building Wednesday afternoon.

SJSU president Mary Papazian began the statement expressing gratitude to those who found the message on the third floor of Dudley Moorhead Hall inside a women's restroom.

According to Papazian, campus police learned of the message written on a wall in the restroom around 1 p.m., though a university spokeswoman told news outlets Wednesday that the threat was discovered at 2 p.m.

Papazian said the message suggested a shooting would occur just hours later at 5 p.m., which is when campus police opened an investigation with assistance from the San Jose Police Department and others. She did not clarify who the other agencies were.

A preliminary examination indicated that it was unlikely the threat was credible and administration officials decided classes should remain in session, according to Papazian.

She said that police took precautions by increasing their presence in and around the building where the message was written.

Papazian said that while it is the responsibility of campus leadership to look out for student and faculty safety, "we most certainly need everyone to be our eyes and ears."

The university president addressed complaints from students who wanted more information than what was gradually released by the school's emergency alert system.

"I know that many of you wanted to know more: faculty and students wondered if it was safe to go to class, and staff considered closing our business offices," Papazian said. "During an incident like this, we always consider how to tell everyone what they need to know so that we can keep our campus safe."

According to Papazian, her team takes the threat seriously and will be further investigating the case.

She invited students and faculty alike to send feedback of "thoughts, concerns and ideas that will continue to help us shape our next steps."

Papazian said that campus police are still on alert today.

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<![CDATA[Nearly 150 Canceled Flights at Bay Area Airports]]>Fri, 02 Mar 2018 07:19:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/airport16.jpg

Bay Area stormy weather is not only causing roads to jam, but it's affecting air traffic as well.

San Francisco International Airport alerted the public that due to high winds, there is a Traffic Management Program in place. Airport officials reported 145 flight cancellations as of 10 p.m. Thursday.

The traffic flow initiative also is causing hundreds of flight delays averaging about five hours, the airport said. As of Thursday night, there were 430 delayed flights at SFO, but an airport official said they were not all weather related, 

San Jose International Airport reported three canceled flights earler Thursday, one arrival and two departures, and Oakland International Airport had one canceled arrival.

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<![CDATA[CHP Going Incognito in Effort to Catch Tech Bus Vandals]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:45:00 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Tech_Buses_Targeted.jpg

Bait buses and undercover officers are part of a new effort to catch those responsible for shooting and shattering windows on tech industry shuttles along the Interstate 280 corridor in the South Bay.

The California Highway Patrol already increased the number of officers patrolling the freeway, hoping to spot the BB gun shooter that has fired at and hit seven different buses in the past several weeks. No injuries have been reported.

With the new operation, deploying decoy buses with CHP undercover officers aboard, the agency is hoping it finds itself in the cross hairs of the shooter.

"CHP investigators will be riding charter buses at random, some with passengers and some without, in an effort to bring the individual or individuals responsible for these attacks to justice," a CHP official said.

Only some of the tech buses will be decoys and some will be actual commute buses with passengers and undercover CHP officers along for the ride.

"It’s very similar to the air marshal program," the CHP said. "The passengers won’t even know, necessarily, that there’s an officer on the bus."

The operation comes a day after the CHP announced hat Storer Transportation, a charter bus company, has offered a $10,000 reward for information to help catch the BB gun vandals.

Along with decoy buses, the CHP is using unmarked patrol cars along I-280. The agency is coordinating with local law enforcement agencies and has asked the FBI to help as well.

<![CDATA[Bees, Hive Removed From Wall at South Bay Nursing Home]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 07:19:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sc_bees_0228_1889082.JPG

A South Bay nursing home had some unwelcome guests removed Wednesday. They actually had been staying at the home for a lot longer than anyone realized.

A swarm of bees and their hive was discovered inside one of the walls on the fifth floor of a building at 390 N. Winchester Blvd. in Santa Clara, occupied by a senior center. Rather than fumigate, a beekeeper was called in to safely remove the bees and their hive.

The beekeeper used special vacuums to suck out the bees, and he also removed the hive so that he could later reunite the bees and their home in a safe place.

"Say your exterminator comes out here and blows a bunch of dust and kills the hive. About a month or two later you might get the hive to come right back," said Tim Dauber, master beekeeper for Bee Friendly. "That happens quite a bit."

Dauber said the bees were inside the wall for up to three years.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Police Search For Teen Girl Missing For Two Weeks]]>Wed, 28 Feb 2018 18:53:48 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Yunuen-Hernandez-0228.jpg

San Jose police and family members are searching for a 16-year-old girl who went missing more than two weeks ago, according to the police department.

Yunuen Juarez Hernandez was last seen Feb. 13 at Foothill High School, 230 Pala Ave. in San Jose, police said.

Yunuen is described as a Hispanic girl, 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds, with hazel eyes. When she was last seen, she was wearing a black blouse, black windbreaker, black pants and chestnut Ugg-style boots, police said.

Anyone who sees Yunuen or knows of her whereabouts should contact San Jose police at 408-277-8900 or the Polly Klaas Foundation at 800-587-4357.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Homeowners Fed Up Over Large Abandoned Vehicles]]>Wed, 28 Feb 2018 20:16:00 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/02282018SJRV_1888842.JPG

San Jose homeowners are up in arms over large abandoned vehicles being left in their neighborhoods.

Residents said it is an ongoing, unresolved dilemma.

"It's an eyesore, and it's definitely not pretty to look at," homeowner Rob Kiel said.

Kiel, who lives off 28th Street near downtown San Jose, said he has had to look at an abandoned recreational vehicle near his home for about two weeks.

The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association said it complains, vehicles are then tagged and sometimes cited. But the association said nothing else is done.

City-contracted tow truck companies complained last year that it could not afford the city fees it pays to take vehicles that cannot be re-sold. The two sides are still trying to work out a new arrangement.

Homeowners said that is not their problem -- the untowed vehicles are.

"The contracted tow truck company for our area refused to take an abandoned motor home because they said they didn't have enough storage," said David Vieira, Roosevelt Neighborhood Association vice president. "They're allowing blight and they have a contract. Honor the contract. Get the vehicles out of here. Instead of essentially allowing blight to fester in our neighborhoods. It's just not right."

Homeowners also said the longer the vehicles are there, public danger escalates.

City officials said under a new agreement, tow truck companies are allowed to delay a two if they do not have storage space, but are not allowed to refuse a tow.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigating Threat Message Found in SJSU Bathroom]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:59:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjsu-campus-generic.jpg

San Jose State University police are working with the San Jose Police Department to investigate a threat message found Wednesday in a campus bathroom, a university official said.

At this point, authorities do not consider the message to be a credible threat, but officers are increasing patrols on campus and precautions are being taken, according to SJSU spokesperson Pat Harris.

University police received a report of the incident at 2 p.m. and a message was found in the women's bathroom at Dudley Moorhead Hall.

Anyone with information should call university police at 408-924-2222.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[William H. Macy at Silicon Valley's Cinequest]]>Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:27:16 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/WillHmacy-01.jpg

Cinequest, the film festival gem of Silicon Valley, kicked off Tuesday night at the California Theatre with a screening of William H. Macy’s most recent film, “Krystal.”

The film, which took about nine years to get on the screen and is also directed by Macy, is a comedy about a sheltered young man who develops a crush on a stripper. In the words of the Oscar-nominated actor, it’s a “wild and loving look at the world of addiction.”

The film features a diverse cast including Rosario Dawson, Nick Robinson, Kathy Bates and Felicity Huffman – Macy’s wife. Among the hustle and bustle of the red carpet, the Oscar-nominated actor also took a moment to explain the importance of the Time’s Up movement in the film industry.

“I think the world would be a better place if women ran it,” explained Macy. “I think we’re going to see more films with a female sensibility and that’s a good thing.”

Macy went on to explain that Hollywood and the industry is already seeing changes and he can't think of a better time to be a woman. 

For Macy, film festivals are essential in the independent film world expressing Cinequest to be a “wonderful film festival,’ and describing these festivals to be the “lifeblood of the indie world.”

When asked what advice he would give young filmmakers, the ‘Shameless’ actor said he was a little jealous and missed the early days of his career and the moments of triumph.

“Anybody who is a first-time filmmaker, my hats off to them, because it’s not an easy thing to get a film made,” said Macy.

Audiences at Cinequest were one of the first to see a sneak preview of the film “Krystal” but it is expected to premiere to the public in April.

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<![CDATA[Storm to Wallop Bay Area With Rain, Gusty Winds]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 01:04:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SanFranciscoRain.JPG

After a fairly dry and at times spring-like February, the Bay Area is slated to be lashed by widespread rain as the calendar turns to March.

Winter weather arriving Wednesday afternoon and continuing through Saturday is expected to bring gusty winds and anywhere from nearly one inch to about three inches of rainfall to locations across the region, according to the National Weather Service.

A wind advisory has been issued for much of the Bay Area Thursday between 2 a.m. and 10 p.m., according to the NWS. 

Showers are expected to first douse the North Bay beginning Wednesday afternoon, according to weather officials. Rain will turn widespread by Wednesday night before the brunt of the storm arrives Thursday.

Bay Area residents should expect to face rain, blustery conditions, downed trees and hazardous traffic throughout the day on Thursday, according to weather officials.

Wind gusts Thursday morning could reach nearly 40 mph in Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz, 32 mph in Livermore, 30 mph in San Francisco, 28 mph in San Jose, 25 mph in Concord and 22 mph in Santa Rosa.

Wet weather across the Bay Area will continue Friday before heading out of the region by Saturday night, according to weather officials.

Rainfall totals come Saturday night could reach nearly three inches in San Rafael and the mountains near Santa Cruz, according to the NWS. San Francisco is expected to pick up as much as 2 1/2 inches during that time period. Locations in the Tri-Valley are predicted to receive about two inches of rain. San Jose and other areas immediately surrounding the San Francisco Bay are expected to pick up approximately 1 1/2 inches.

The incoming storm is also expected to blast the Sierra Nevada with several feet of snow and winds gusting in excess of 100 mph in some spots, according to weather officials. The National Weather Service in Reno warned of "dangerous and potentially life threatening blizzard conditions."

Low-level snow in the Bay Area is also possible, according to weather officials. Hills above 2,500 feet, in addition to locations above 2,000 feet in the North Bay, could receive anywhere from a light dusting to as much as six inches between Thursday night and Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Protest Outside SF ICE Building Denounces Immigration Raids]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:37:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bayareaunitedagainstICE.JPEG

Protesters on Wednesday took to the streets and sidewalks outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in San Francisco, demanding answers as dozens of undocumented immigrants have been arrested across Northern California over the past few days.

At one intersection near the ICE office, protesters chalked the pavement with the words "Bay Area United Against ICE! Keep Families Together" while denouncing the recent raids. Others nearby sat tethered together with "Sanctuary For All" banners attached to their clothing and barrels with the phrases "No Raids, No Ban, No Wall" resting next to them.

More than 150 people who are in violation of federal U.S. immigration laws have been arrested since Sunday, ICE said Tuesday.

The arrests have sparked fear in immigrant neighborhoods and kept people at home for fear of being arrested, according to local business leaders. ICE arrests come amid a nationwide debate over whether local jurisdictions that call themselves "sanctuary cities" must cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Federal ICE and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers have been conducting targeted immigration enforcement in the San Francisco Bay Area "consistent with federal law and agency policy, to arrest individuals who have violated U.S. immigration laws," ICE spokesperson James Schwab said.

The arrests were made based on leads developed by the local field office in conjunction with the National Criminal Analysis and Targeting center (NCATC), Schwab said. 

About half of the individuals arrested have criminal convictions in addition to immigration violations, including convictions for assault/battery, crimes against children, weapons charges and DUI, he added.

"This operation is a continuation of ICE’s efforts to prioritize enforcement against public safety threats," Schwab said. 

"Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield dangerous criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety," said ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan. "Because these jurisdictions prevent ICE from arresting criminal aliens in the secure confines of a jail, they also force ICE officers to make more arrests out in the community, which poses increased risks for law enforcement and the public."

Honan also criticized Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's decision to alert the public about ICE operations, saying it "further increased that risk for my officers and alerted criminal aliens — making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold.”

"Thanks to the dedicated and professional work of ICE deportation officers, we were able to remove many public safety threats from the streets of the Bay Area during the past few days," Honan said.

"However, 864 criminal aliens and public safety threats remain at large in the community, and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision. Unlike the politicians who attempt to undermine ICE’s critical mission, our officers will continue to fulfill their sworn duty to protect public safety.”

Those arrested include 38-year-old ICE fugitive Armando Nuñez-Salgado, a  Mexican citizen and documented Sureño gang member previously removed by ICE on four prior occasions. Nuñez-Salgado has prior criminal convictions in California over the past 18 years resulting in prison sentences totaling 15 years. His convictions include assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, hit-and-run causing injury and evading a peace officer.

In a similar operation earlier this month in Los Angeles, 88 percent of those arrested by ICE were convicted criminals. In 2017, ICE arrested 20,201 undocumented immigrants throughout California – 81 percent of whom were convicted criminals.

In a statement, ICE clarified: "ICE does not conduct sweeps or raids that target aliens indiscriminately, and the agency prioritizes public and national security threats, immigration fugitives and illegal reentrants. However, all of those in violation of immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States"

An immigrants' rights group says word of the ICE operations are fueling fear across the Bay Area.

The group called Rapid Response and Immigrant Defense Network hasn't verified the exact number of arrests through the federal agency. ICE officials confirmed they have detained at least one person since Sunday.

In the Alum Rock business district in East San Jose, merchants say business has been down since Monday, and it's mostly due to rumors of ICE activity.

Jesus Flores, who runs a tax office on the Alum Rock corridor, says undocumented immigrants are staying home out of fear they could get caught up in a sting.

"We believe it's a fault of all the comments on social media, comments about immigration (agents) visiting households and our neighborhoods also visiting businesses," Flores said.

A merchant at a cellphone shop on Alum Rock Avenue said business the past two days has dropped by more than half.

"Its been really slow," Alicia Infante said.

Since Sunday, the phones at the offices of immigrant rights group SIREN have been ringing nonstop. The agency is also part of the county’s Rapid Response Network, going out to investigate reports of ICE activity in the neighborhoods.

But in many cases, SIREN says, the reports are false.

"It’s really important for community members to not spread something that hasn’t been verified," said Erica Leyva, spokeswoman for Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network.

Meanwhile, as president of the Alum Rock Business Association, Flores is planning a workshop for local merchants to see how they can legally protect their customers, so they can return to the local shops.

"We want our clients to know that we will do everything possible to protect them," he said.

A coalition of immigrant rights groups called Power, Not Panic Emergency Response Committee has scheduled a rally at noon Wednesday to denounce ICE’s operation as an abuse of power and to mount an emergency response. The rally will take place at ICE’s Northern California headquarters at 630 Sansome St. in San Francisco.

Additional information about the nature of the arrests provided by ICE:

• In Sacramento, a citizen of Mexico, who has criminal convictions for possession of a dangerous weapon, inflicting corporal injury on a spouse, DUI, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, burglary, threatening with intent to terrorize, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. The individual is also a documented Sureños gang member

• In Sacramento, a citizen of Guatemala, who has a criminal conviction for false imprisonment

• In Bay Point, a citizen of Mexico, previously removed by ICE eight times and who has a criminal conviction for assault with a deadly weapon

• In Stockton, a citizen of Mexico, who has a previous criminal conviction for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old

• In San Francisco, a citizen of Mexico, who has previous criminal convictions for battery and DUI

Of the targets who remain at large, those believed to be currently living in Oakland include:

• A Honduran citizen who was previously arrested in San Francisco County multiple times for cocaine possession and transport, probation violations and sex with a minor under 16, and;

• A citizen of Mexico who was previously arrested and convicted for carrying a loaded firearm, transportation and sale of narcotics and DUI.

Both have been previously removed from the U.S. on multiple occasions.

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<![CDATA[$10,000 Reward Offered to Stop Charter Bus Vandals]]>Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:39:34 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Tech_Buses_Targeted.jpg

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the individual or individuals who shot BB guns at buses traveling on South Bay and Peninsula highways earlier this year, California Highway Patrol officials said Tuesday.

The vandalism occurred in January and possibly this month, CHP Sgt. Robert Nacke said. Some or all of the vandalism in January occurred in the South Bay on Interstate 280.

The vandals shot at buses that take workers to technology companies such as Apple Inc. and Google. The buses are not marked so CHP officials do not believe tech workers are being targeted.

The highway patrol increased patrols late last month on I-280 after a bus window was smashed Jan. 29. CHP officials until now did not say how the window was smashed or how the damage to other tech buses was being done.

Before that, five other charter buses had their windows damaged as they were traveling on 280 between state Highway 84 and state Highway 85 in January.

Some of the incidents occurred in the morning and others occurred in the evening as some of the buses were going north and others south along the stretch of highway, which spans San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Storer San Francisco, a charter and commuter bus company, is offering the reward.

Nacke didn't know if Storer owns all of the damaged buses, but he said, Storer officials are offering the reward to try to stop the vandalism.

Nacke said the highway patrol is investigating at least seven cases of vandalism and may add more to the investigation.

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<![CDATA[Let It Snow! Bay Area Peaks Glistening White]]>Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:17:27 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LivermoreSnow.JPG

Bay Area residents have been treated to quite the rare treat Monday and Tuesday: snow-capped peaks and hills.

The latest winter weather system that rolled across the region Monday and early Tuesday dusted Mount Hamilton near San Jose, Mount Diablo in the Tri-Valley, rolling hills near Livermore, Mission Peak near Fremont and Mount Umunhum in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

While Tuesday is expected to be dry, a second round of wet weather is slated to pound the Bay Area beginning late Wednesday, forecasters said. Fairly consistent rain will continue through Saturday.

Several feet of snow is also expected to blanket the Sierra Nevada through the beginning of the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

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<![CDATA[2 People, Dog Rescued After Crash in Santa Cruz Mountains]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 07:30:49 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sanjoseroadax.JPEG

Two people and a dog were rescued from a truck that nearly plunged down an embankment in the Santa Cruz Mountains early Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The single-vehicle crash was reported around 3 a.m. near the intersection of Soquel San Jose Road and Miller Cut Off Road, which is located off of Highway 17.

The pickup truck involved came to rest on the side of the road, dangling at a roughly 45-degree angle with its two right tires still clinging to the pavement, keeping it from tumbling down the hillside.

It is not clear if weather played a role in the crash, but the driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the CHP.

Two people and a dog were rescued from a car that nearly plunged down a ravine in the Santa Cruz Mountains early Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The single-vehicle crash was reported around 3 a.m. near Summit Road and Miller Cut Off Road, which is located off of Highway 17. 
The pickup truck involved came to rest on the side of the road, dangling at a roughly 45-degree angle with its two right tires keeping it from tumbling down the hillside.
It is not clear if weather played a role in the crash, but the driver was arrested on suspicioun of driving under the influence.

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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Foot Chase, Struggle With Gilroy Police]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:37:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gilroy_vigil2_0226_1864136.JPG

A man died Sunday after a struggle with Gilroy police, and his family is blaming officers for the death of their loved one.

Officers deployed a Taser and a carotid hold while taking the man into custody because he was violently resisting and making threats, police said. Witnesses told a family member multiple officers were seen beating the man, but police said the man appeared to have suffered injuries before officers made contact with him.

Family identified the man as 24-year-old Steven Juarez. Rebeca Armendariz, who said Juarez was her cousin, said he died in police custody.

"My cousin was alive when the police found him, and he died at their hands," Armendariz said.

At about 9:55 p.m. Sunday, Gilroy officers responded to the 7400 block of Chestnut Street on a report of a suspicious person, police said. The reporting party saw an unknown male in their backyard.

When officers arrived, the man fled on foot and continued to run away even after officers used directed him to surrender, police said.

Eventually, he made his way onto the roof of at least two nearby homes.

The suspect appeared to have been bleeding from his face, and a witness reported hearing a noise consistent with a fall before officers contacted him, police said. When police tried to take him into custody, he acted violently and resisted arrest and made threats, police said.

Officers deployed a Taser and used physical force and a carotid restraint, and at some point during the struggle, the suspect was in medical distress, police said.

Officers initiated life saving measures before Gilroy Fire Department personnel arrived and took over, and the man was taken to a hospital, where he later died, police said.

According to a Armendariz, witnesses told her they saw a group of officers beating the man. The cousin added that the man's mother was told her son died from blunt force trauma.

"The witnesses said that they kept beating on him and that he was calling and pleading for them to stop," she said.

Police Capt. Joseph Deras said Juarez refused to comply and resisted. He said officers did everything by the book.

"The District Attorney's Office has been in our building all day and all night interviewing these involved officers," he said Monday night. "So if there was any type of allegation or suspicion that a gang of officers beat someone up, I can assure you that they would be taking proper steps to rectify that through the legal system."

The man's family held a vigil Monday night at Martin and Chestnut streets in Gilroy.

The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office is conducting an independent investigation to determine the cause of death, police said. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office also is investigating the incident, police said.

Anyone with information related to the case is urged to call the Investigations Bureau at (408) 846-0350.

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<![CDATA[SJ Twins Facing Child Porn Charges Released Without Bail]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 21:03:22 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pappadakis-twins-0222.jpg

The San Jose police officers union says its members feel like they’re just spinning their wheels out on the streets after twin brothers arrested on child porn charges were released without bail.

Clifford and Clinton Pappadakis, both former coaches at San Jose schools, were released Monday on their own recognizance, police said. The 47-year-old twins were arrested days apart following months-long investigations that led detectives to find them in possession of dozens of child porn images on devices at their San Jose homes.

Bail for child porn allegations typically is $25,000. But a judge ordered the Pappadakis twins released without bail, or on their own recognizance. It's unclear if the ruling is related to bail reform, but the release is angering the cops.

"I cant believe it," said Sgt. Paul Kelly, who represents roughly 1,000 officers as president of the San Jose Police Officers Association. "They should be put back in custody."

The twins face lengthy prison sentences if convicted of their alleged crimes, but on Monday, the former coaches were out on the streets, awaiting trial without having to post bail.

Bail is a monetary guarantee the suspects will make their court appearances. In the case of the Pappadakis brothers, the judge ordered Clifford released on supervised own recognizance and Clinton on regular own recognizance.

Clifford Pappadakis, a former teacher and coach at Willow Glen Middle School, was arrested Feb. 14. He had been seen taking photos of female students at the school, police said. Clinton Pappadakis was arrested Feb. 20.

"Predators against children, and then 24 to 72 hours later, they’re out on the street?" Kelly said. "We feel hopeless in some cases."

The coaches' release comes as the county considers bail reform, where advocates say the system unfairly incarcerates poorer people because they can't afford to pay bail. So they stay behind bars until their day on court.

"The money bail system by definition is economically biased," said Raj Jayadev of Silicon valley Debug. "If you have money, you can buy your freedom."

It's unclear if bail reform played a role in the judge’s decision to release the Pappadakis twins. But police officers say it doesn’t pass the smell test.

"I think you better start asking the victims of these crimes what (they) think about reform, our community and how safe they feel about this reform," Kelly said.

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<![CDATA[Levi's Stadium to Part Ways With Concession Stand Provider]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:25:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/food10.jpg

Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, plans to part ways with its concession stand provider causing 759 jobs to be permanently eliminated, according to a state government filing report.

Centerplate is the stadium's first food and beverage provider and of its positions lost are food servers, bartenders, cashiers, cooks, chefs, hostesses and warehouse workers.

According to a government report, vice president of human resources with Centerplate, David Winarski claimed, "the client has elected to contract with a different food service provider."

Winarski claimed the company will cease around April 15 after being with the Levi’s since 2014, The Mercury News reported.

"As the operator of Levi’s Stadium, we expect our guests to receive a best-in-class experience every time they visit Levi’s Stadium, and we know food and beverage operations are a crucial element of that vision," the 49ers stated according to The Mercury News . "We are in the final stages of the evaluation and selection process of a new concessions provider for the venue and we look forward to presenting our recommendations to the Santa Clara Stadium Authority on Tuesday."

According to the 49ers, Centerplate’s current employees are in good standing to be hired by the new concessions operator. They claim the new concessionaire is required by contract and the city of Santa Clara to hire existing employees, The Mercury News reports.

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<![CDATA[Tree Trimmer Electrocuted in San Jose: FD]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:33:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/02262019SJFireDept_1861251.JPG

A tree trimmer was electrocuted Monday afternoon in San Jose, fire officials said.

At 1:38 p.m., San Jose Fire Department officials said crews received a report of a man passed out. When firefighteres arrived on scene, it appeared the man had come in contact with a power line and died, according to SJFD.

The incident is reported in the area of War Admiral Avenue and Page Mill Drive in South San Jose.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Peaks Welcome Dusting of Snow]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:23:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/SJ_Snow_1.jpgSnow once again made a triumphant return to Mount Hamilton in Santa Clara County Monday.

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<![CDATA[Snow Dusts Bay Area Peaks; Rain and Hail Dump on Valleys]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:52:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/snowtopmountains.JPEG

Snow once again made a triumphant return to Bay Area peaks and hills Monday afternoon into early Tuesday.

While rain doused much of the Bay Area Monday, snow dusted Mount Hamilton's peak and rolling slopes just outside of San Jose and later covered parts of Mount Diablo, near Walnut Creek. The winter weather system later brought a light dusting of snow to hills near Livermore, Mount Umunhum in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Mission Peak near Fremont during the overnight hours between Monday and Tuesday.

Rain and hail made their way across the Bay Area valleys early Monday, and spotty showers, including some thunderstorms, continued during the evening commute. 

While Tuesday is expected to be dry, a second round of wet weather is slated to pound the Bay Area beginning late Wednesday, forecasters said. Fairly consistent rain will continue through Saturday.

Several feet of snow is also expected to blanket the Sierra Nevada through the beginning of the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

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<![CDATA[2 Suspects in Custody After Fleeing From South Bay Officers]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 06:50:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SunnyvaleScene.JPG

Two suspects were taken into custody early Monday after fleeing from officers in the South Bay, according to the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety.

Before officers arrived to the scene, shots were reportedly fired, but officers have yet to confirm those reports, according to the department.

No injuries were reported, the department indicated.

An investigation is ongoing.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Elderly Couple Injured in San Jose House Fire]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 01:03:59 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_fire_0225_1851081.JPG

An elderly man and woman suffered minor burn injuries in a two-alarm house fire Sunday afternoon in San Jose, according to the San Jose Fire Department.

Fire crews responded to the blaze at a home in the 3100 block of Kermath Drive in northeast San Jose about 4:40 p.m. and found flames in the attic and blowing out one side of the home, fire officials said. A second-alarm was called due to its proximity to a neighboring home.

Both victims were taken to a hospital with minor burn injuries, and the house appeared to be a total loss, fire officials said.

The victims were receiving aid from neighbors and the Red Cross, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Snow! Mt. Hamilton, Near San Jose, Gets Dusting]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:44:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hamilton_snow_0222_1825525.JPG

There's snow in San Jose. Well, technically just outside of San Jose.

Mount Hamilton, the tallest peak in the Bay Area, got a good dusting of the wintry white stuff Thursday evening.

Greater San Jose did get spotty showers Thursday afternoon, but the rain was expected to clear out by Friday morning, forecasters said.

As for the next chance of snow in the South Bay? Rain is expected in the area Tuesday, weather officials said, and that could mean another light dusting on the peaks.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Coach Arrested on Child Porn Charges: Police]]>Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:38:04 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/clinton+pappadakis-0222.jpg

A former San Jose high school coach whose twin brother was arrested last week on child porn charges is facing similar charges after his arrest Tuesday, according to the San Jose Police Department.

Clinton Pappadakis, 47, faces charges of child porn possession after SJPD's Internet Crimes Against Children detectives found him in possession of child pornography images on multiple devices at his San Jose home, police said. The detectives took Pappadakis into custody Tuesday.

An investigation into Pappadakis' activity was launched in September after San Jose detectives received a relayed report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, police said.

Pappadakis, who was a track and field coach at Oak Grove High School in San Jose, is the twin brother of Clifford Pappadakis, a former teacher and coach at Willow Glen Middle School who was arrested on child porn and molestation charges Feb. 14, police said.

Anyone with information about the case against Clinton Pappadakis should contact Detective Sgt. Brian Spears or Detective Mike O’Grady of the San Jose Police Department’s ICAC/CED Unit at 408-537-1397. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 408-947-STOP (7867).

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<![CDATA[Allegedly Impaired Driver in Custody After South Bay Chase]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:43:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CHPSOUTHBAYDUICHASE_1821035.JPEG

An allegedly impaired female driver was taken into custody after leading officers on a lengthy chase across the South Bay late Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The pursuit, which ranged in speeds from 65 mph to 75 mph, started along the Peninsula around 11:15 p.m. and continued along multiple highways and freeways in the area before ending in San Jose, CHP Sgt. Daniel Hill said.

Officials first received calls around 11:05 p.m. regarding a possible drunk driver weaving in and out of lanes on southbound Highway 101 in the Redwood City/Palo Alto area, Hill said.

A CHP officer eventually found the driver and tried to pull her over, but she failed to stop, Hill said. A chase ensued.

The driver eventually came to a stop on northbound Interstate 680 near Hostetter Road in San Jose after officers deployed a spike strip, Hill said.

The driver initially would not get out of the car, forcing officers to go in and pull her out, according to Hill.

"She didn't really offer any active resistance," he said. "She just didn't really comply with the officers' instructions."

An investigation is underway, but Hill said it appears the woman was driving under the influence.

"All indicators are there that there was some impaired driving in effect here," he said.

Traffic was light at the time of the chase, Hill said.

"The pursuit didn't really pose a danger, but her driving definitely did," he said.

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<![CDATA[Hypodermic Needle Found on BART Train Seats]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:14:39 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/needle5.JPG

A hypodermic needle was found between two seats of a BART train Monday night.

"I panicked at first," said Matt Korneck, who noticed the needle as he got on the train in Walnut Creek. "I didn’t know what to do, I went to go check the seat and I saw the needle sticking out of the cushion."

Korneck said he looked in his backpack hoping to find something to remove the needle without having to touch it.

"I found a lemon, so I put a lemon over the needle and found a plastic baggie and kind of carefully put it in," he said.

Unsure of the needle’s placement, Korneck took it to the BART station agent and also posted a picture of it on social media hoping to warn other riders.

BART said that it was not the first time something like that occurs. "Unfortunatly what’s happening is we’re in the midst of a national opioid epidemic.It's impacting our large cities," said BART spokesperson Chris Filippi.

BART warns riders not to touch needles if they see any and to use the intercom to alert the operator so that cleaners could attend to it. They claim they are in the process of adding more personnel and that BART police are on the lookout for suspicious activity.

"We’re also involved in a lead program law enforcement diversion where we’re trying to get drug offenders, nonviolent, low-level drug offenders services instead of [them] being criminalized," Filippi said.

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<![CDATA[SJ Police Investigating Abuse Reporting at Presentation High]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:57:42 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PRESY+SIGN.png

San Jose police say they’re investigating whether officials at Presentation High School violated mandatory child abuse reporting laws in connection with recent allegations of sexual misconduct at the prestigious Catholic school for girls.

News of the investigation comes just one day after the school responded to numerous sexual misconduct and harassment allegations by creating a new independent office for addressing such incidents and a committee in charge of preventing future misconduct and abuse.

A spokesman for Presentation High School said the school welcomes the investigation.

“We welcome the inquiry,” said Sam Singer, a public relations consultant recently hired by the school. “Many of the allegations by the Make Pres Safe organization are misleading, and they have led to hate mail against the school. We believe that social media posts are not the appropriate form in which to make claims that are 30 years old. We hope the San Jose police conduct a thorough investigation because we believe we will be cleared of any of the false or misleading allegations.”

Former Presentation High students advocating for sweeping changes at the school have been pushing for this type of investigation since last fall and say they’re not satisfied by the administration’s most recent efforts to address allegations of sexual misconduct that span nearly three decades.

"Because Presentation High School never involved the police when they were supposed to, further victims were abused and assaulted," said alum Kathryn Leehane, whose newspaper oped touched off the Make Pres Safe movement.

Police declined to release additional details on the investigation, so it’s unclear which allegation is the focus of the probe. Twenty former Presentation students have come forward so far, some anonymously, with allegations of sexual assault, sexual harassment, inappropriate touching and other forms of sexual misconduct. At least eight former teachers have been accused of some form of sexual misconduct, some dating back nearly 30 years, some as recent as last year.

Leehane was critical of the schools decision to create a new office to investigate accusations of sexual misconduct, saying it can’t be truly independent while current Principal Mary Miller and former Principal Marian Stuckey, both accused by multiple former students of violating child abuse reporting laws, continue to serve on the board.

“I think it’s misleading to call it an independent office because ultimately it does report to the Board of Directors,” said Leehane, whose October Washington Post essay accusing a former Spanish teacher of showing her a pornographic photo and inappropriately touching her in 1990 set off a chain reaction of new allegations. “Marian Stuckey and Mary Miller are both [accused of ignoring] abuse reporting laws for over three decades. There seems to be a lack of checks and balances here.”

The school's actions come following an NBC Bay Area investigation that revealed multiple sexual abuse allegations against a former teacher at the private San Jose high school, as well as complaints about sexual harassment and abuse involving other faculty and staff.

The new independent Office for the Prevention of Student Bullying, Harassment and Abuse will report directly to the all-girls school's board of directors and will complement the four existing school counselors, school officials said in a release Tuesday sent out by Singer.

“As a school dedicated to the empowerment of women and committed to social justice as a core part of our mission, the accusations from past alums are not reflective of who we are," Miller said in a statement. "We cannot erase the feelings or change the perceptions of some. But we can learn from the opinions expressed and move forward with even greater resolve. I am deeply sorry that any alum has ever felt unsafe as a result of any action by our faculty or administration."

The school said the accusations posted by Make Pres Safe are misleading and have resulted in anonymous hate-filled emails, letters and voice mails against the administration, faculty, and parent supporters of the school.

Leehane, who strongly condemned any hateful messages sent to the school, said school administrators must acknowledge past mistakes and be held accountable for their actions.

“I’d like to see the Board of Directors do their job and hold the Presentation administration accountable for not doing their job,” Leehane said. “That requires that they acknowledge that there are repeated violations in child abuse reporting laws … and ultimately I think that a change of leadership is required.”

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<![CDATA[Apple Taking Too Long to Fix iPhone Battery Problem?]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:05:28 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Apple_Taking_Too_Long_to_Fix_iPhone_Battery_Problem_.jpg

It's an iPhone fix promised by Apple, but now some users say the company is taking too long to deliver. Apple says it will replace batteries on older iPhones, but are they doing it fast enough? Scott Budman reports.

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<![CDATA[Battle Over Heritage Redwood Trees in Mountain View]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:55:59 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Battle_Over_Heritage_Redwood_Trees_in_Mountain_View.jpg

A South Bay neighborhood is fighting the removal of a grove of heritage redwood trees from a lot where a developer wants to build a new house. Kris Sanchez reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Suspects Still At Large In Patrol Car Hit-And-Run in SJ]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:45:51 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Policelightsgeneric.jpg

A stolen vehicle has been recovered but all the suspects are still at large after allegedly ramming a San Jose police patrol car and fleeing Monday evening, according to a police spokeswoman.

The patrol car was hit shortly after an officer spotted a Chevy Silverado truck that had been reported stolen in the area of Teatree Court and Thornton Way, police spokeswoman Officer Gina Tepoorten said.

Police believe that the white Yukon GMC, originally described as a Chevy Tahoe, responsible for major front-end damage to the patrol car was associated with the stolen truck, which was leaving the area as the incident occurred.

The Yukon GMC was found unoccupied in the 500 block of Patton Avenue in San Jose on Tuesday morning at 12:41 a.m. When police ran the car through their system, it came back as stolen out of San Jose, Tepoorten said.

According to police, the officer in the patrol car was not injured.

Police are still searching for the stolen Silverado and a gray BMW that they also believe was related to the incident, Tepoorten said.

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<![CDATA[One Year Later, San Jose Flood Victims Seek Progress]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:05:17 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/SJflood-32.jpg

Wednesday marks one year since the devastating floods in San Jose that prompted 14,000 people to be evacuated and caused more than $100 million in damages.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District hosted a gathering at Rocksprings Park to honor those affected by the storms and discuss future plans for a study on flooding solutions.

The feasibility study, which will assess flood risks to inform officials what needs to be done in a potential federally supported project, is nearly set to begin, according to water district spokesman Marty Grimes.

The study will be conducted in conjunction with the Coyote Creek Flood Protection Project, located over an expanse of nine miles between Montague Expressway and Tully Road.

The project was approved by voters as a part of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, which provides $22.6 million of community resource funding to projects like pollution prevention and restoring wildlife habitats in Silicon Valley, water district spokespeople said.

"The event today first and foremost recognized that people were negatively impacted from the flooding and some are still suffering," Grimes said. "Secondly, all the things that the district has done to reduce the flood risks and make us more prepared for next time around."

Grimes also mentioned that the water district removed vegetation from city property for the first time as well as tree blockages that were largely filling the creek.

Some people who were forced out of the Rock Springs neighborhood last Feb. 21 when it was under 4 feet of water never returned. Cars were submerged in some areas, and the flood from the overflowing Coyote Creek left behind blocks of deep sludge that took months to clean up.

"There was water all over," said Carmen Rapanut, whose home was flooded after repeated rain storms caused Anderson Dam to overflow and Coyote Creek to breach its banks.

Many people had to be rescued by firefighters. Rapanut was among them.

"There were so many people who were trapped," she said. "We had no warning."

At Rapanut's complex, some water marks and memories can't be scrubbed away.

"So many people were devastated. And then to try and collect money on it? It was hard," she said, adding she received an insurance reimbursement for her car.

Rapanut said Sacred Heart helped replaced all of her belongings, with some of the $7 million donated to the victims fund.

Barriers have since been installed at Coyote Creek. The Santa Clara Valley Water District said it would protect from a flood of the same size.

Flood victim Lai Nguyen said of the barriers, "I think that one will help a little bit, before the water gets in here."

Still, one year later, victims are hoping for progress and accountability.

"I hope they get that creek cleared out so the water will run smoother," Rapanut said. "Otherwise, we're in trouble again."

The city said the state Assembly passed new legislation providing an additional $5 million for low-income families affected by the flooding.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Presentation High Launches New Sexual Misconduct Protocol]]>Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:57:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PRESY+SIGN.png

Presentation High School on Tuesday took steps in response to numerous sexual misconduct and harassment allegations by creating a new independent office for responding to such incidents and a committee in charge of preventing future misconduct and abuse.

The moves come following an NBC Bay Area investigation that revealed multiple sexual abuse allegations against a former teacher at the private San Jose high school, as well as complaints about sexual harassment and abuse involving other faculty and staff. Some of the allegations date back decades.

The new independent Office for the Prevention of Student Bullying, Harassment and Abuse will report directly to the all-girls school's board of directors and will complement the four existing school counselors, school officials said in a release Tuesday.

“As a school dedicated to the empowerment of women and committed to social justice as a core part of our mission, the accusations from past alums are not reflective of who we are," Principal Mary Miller said in a statement. "We cannot erase the feelings or change the perceptions of some. But we can learn from the opinions expressed and move forward with even greater resolve. I am deeply sorry that any alum has ever felt unsafe as a result of any action by our faculty or administration."

Miller has been accused of not reporting and essentially hushing students' complaints about teacher John Fernandez 30 years ago.

The ad-hoc committee will be a diverse mix of parents, alum parents, alumnae and community members with broad expertise in the areas of law, psychology, human resources, education, social work, school counseling and school administration, the school said.

Miller said the school has “always put student safety as our top priority, and we believe that we have done our best ... to educate our students and to prevent and address any cases made known to us."

The school said the accusations posted by Make Pres Safe are misleading and have resulted in anonymous hate-filled emails, letters and voice mails against the administration, faculty, and parent supporters of the school.

Attorney Robert Allard, speaking on behalf of the Make Pres Safe group, released a statement Tuesday in response to the school's moves:

"To Presentation, indeed, image is paramount. It is incredibly telling that the first move that they made in response to this crisis was to go out and hire the very best PR company to spin and contort the true facts in a desperate attempt to cast a more favorable glare on its clear misconduct. When one looks at the evidence objectively, the inescapable conclusion is that Presentation’s leaders have repeatedly turned a blind eye to suspected incidents of childhood sexual abuse. Now we know why - it’s all about image over safety. Quite a remarkable revelation, really."

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara County Probation Gang Unit Being 'Restructured']]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 01:10:08 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/02202018ProbationDept_1803239.JPG

NBC Bay Area has learned the Santa Clara County chief of probation is cutting the juvenile gang unit by more than half and is transferring those remaining officers to another department.

But the name of the gang unit will no longer exist.

When kids leave juvenile hall, many will head over to the probation department for mandated supervision. Now, the chief of probation assures the juvenile gang unit is not being eliminated. But critics say that claim is false.

Starting Monday, the probation department will no longer have a specialized unit to deal with juvenile members.

"This could be life threatening," said Mark Murray, deputy probation officer. "These are very dangerous young people who are organized and attempting to harm people in our community."

In a statement, the probation chief told NBC Bay Area "An internal decision was made by the Juvenile Services Division Management Team to restructure the Juvenile Gang Unit and move three Probation Officer positions into a Specialized Programs Unit that offers a higher level of service."

The statement goes on to say the decision will improve the supervision and treatment of gang youth, and it will keep the public safer.

"This is a prudent decision that will improve our supervision and treatment of gang related youth, resulting in better public safety than the current model," the probation chief said in a statement.

But the head of the union for probation officers said the move treats gang members like other juveniles who break the law. He said gang members need to be treated differently.

"This is organized criminal activity," Murray said.

After a meeting with the probation chief, San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said he is taking a wait and see approach.

"She assured us that it will be business as usual," Garcia said. "And this shift would not impact my gang investigators. So long as that's the case, I'm going to take the chief at her word."

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<![CDATA[Stolen Vehicle Suspects Ram SJ Police Car, Flee the Scene]]>Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:07:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-rammed-0219.jpg

Police in San Jose were searching for suspects in a stolen pickup truck and two other suspect vehicles Monday evening after one of vehicles rammed an officer's patrol car, according to the San Jose Police Department.

The incident occurred in the area of Teatree Court and Thornton Way in San Jose when an officer spotted a Chevy Silverado truck that had been reported stolen, police said. As the pickup was leaving the area, a white Chevy Tahoe believed to be associated with the stolen vehicle rammed the officer’s patrol car.

The officer’s vehicle sustained major front-end damage, but the officer was not injured, police said.

The stolen Silverado, Tahoe and a gray BMW all fled the area after the incident and were outstanding, police said.

No further details were available.

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<![CDATA[Winter Olympics Fever Sparks Curling Clubs in South Bay]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:12:00 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/To_Curl_or_Not_to_Curl.jpg

It involves finesse, ice and a 40-pound granite stone. The international spotlight is on curling and as people watch the competitions during the Winter Olympics, hundreds in the Bay Area have been so intrigued they've signed up for curling clinics.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Neighborhood Fighting Back Against Auto Thieves]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:17:21 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_auto_thefts_0219_1790243.JPG

A San Jose neighborhood says it is under siege from criminals and wants more police help to curb a rash of vehicle break-ins and thefts.

One family in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood had two cars stolen in a span of days last week.

Neighbors are now collecting surveillance video of the brazen thieves, and the footage shows just how fast the crime can occur. The people who live in the neighborhood are hurt by the thefts, and they say they need help.

In one video, two men are seen checking for valuables inside a blue SUV. Then, quickly, one man breaks the passenger side window, and they’re in.

Resident Mary Noelyn is sympathetic. Her car was ransacked several months ago, and last week, two family cars were stolen, one Monday and another Thursday.

"It’s awful," Noelin said. "I mean, panic takes over. You don’t know how you’re going to get from point A to point B, and you feel ... violated."

Jeff Levine of the Roosevelt Park neighborhood association says according to crime stats, there were about 400 cars stolen during a four-month period and countless break ins.

"The freeway access makes it ideal for a bad guy coming in and ‘getting out of here," Levine said.

The neighborhood association plans to meet with police. But some victims say they’ve already seen a heavier police presence, and it hasn’t stopped the crime wave.

"I recently had my Honda Accord stolen, and it was pretty hard on me," resident Issac Hunter said. "My friends and my neighbors recently got their car stolen, and so it’s been hard on all of us."

The neighborhood plans to meet Tuesday to work out a proposal to San Jose police.

One bit of good news: Mary Noelyn’s family just heard from police one of their cars was just found, but no word on its condition.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Voters Put Out Welcome Mat for Google]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:50:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06-06-2017-google-diridon.jpg

Google’s plan to bring 20,000 jobs to downtown San Jose just got a stamp of approval: From San Jose voters.

According to a poll released by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Bay Area News Group, 79 percent of respondents support Google’s plan. 16 percent say they oppose the plan.

It appears to be a ringing support of new jobs (especially high-paying tech jobs) in the area, but a closer look at the poll shows that voters want housing along with the jobs. 79 percent answer yes when the question reads “Do you support the type of development that combines jobs, housing, and mass transit in an urban setting?”

That’s a big number. We don’t yet know if Google’s plan includes housing or mass transit (the plan would put buildings near San Jose’s Diridon Train station). Voters seem hopeful that the whole package is coming their way; so far Google tells us the plan is going to take years to come to fruition.

Scott tracks tech and business on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[More Shelter Beds Available in Santa Clara County This Week]]>Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:18:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/03-02-2017-child-porn.jpg

Up to 192 more homeless shelter beds will be available starting Sunday in Santa Clara County as temperatures in the Bay Area drop, county officials said.

The beds will be available through Friday at the Bill Wilson Center, CityTeam Ministries, HomeFirst's Boccardo Reception Center, the Gilroy Armory, LifeMoves' Georgia Travis House, Montgomery Street Inn and Project WeHOPE.

Hotlines are available to direct people to services. Call 211 for health and human services.

The homeless helpline to ask for assistance or report a homeless person in need in the county, excluding San Jose, is (408) 793-0550.

The HomeFirst Homeless Helpline is (408) 510-7600 or it can be reached at outreach@homefirstscc.org.

The HomeFirst outreach team provides access to shelters, showers, laundry, meals, medical services, case management, employment training and more.

Homeless people can receive text messages about services by texting HOMELESS and a message to 888777.

For more information on shelter locations and warming centers in the county, visit http://bit.ly/SCCshelters.

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<![CDATA[Freeze Warning, Frost Advisory Issued Across Bay Area]]>Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:00:33 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-873524802.jpg

Brace yourselves, Bay Area residents. Winter has returned.

A freeze warning is in effect through Tuesday morning across much of the region while a frost advisory is also in place for areas near the coast and San Francisco Bay, excluding the city of San Francisco.

Weather officials previously issued a winter weather advisory for the Santa Cruz Mountains early Monday, but the advisory has since been canceled.

Temperatures across the Bay Area are forecasted to dip into the lower 30s and 20s in some spots come early Tuesday, according to the NWS.

Tuesday morning's forecasted low temperature in San Francisco will only be 38 degrees, according to weather officials. Santa Rosa (27 degrees), Livermore (30 degrees), San Jose (31 degrees), Concord (31 degrees), Santa Cruz (32 degrees) and San Rafael (34 degrees) will be a few ticks colder.

Wind chills could make matters even worse. Santa Rosa and Fairfield could dip to 21 degrees, according to weather officials. Livermore won't be much warmer at 22 degrees. San Jose could check in as low as 25 degrees with the wind factor while San Francisco could be just one degree above freezing.

With the freezing weather on the way, officials are reminding folks to keep an eye on the elderly, animals and plants that are sensitive to the cold.

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<![CDATA[Small Plane Lands on Hwy. 101 Near San Martin Airport]]>Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:30:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/SmallPlaneLanding.PNG

The pilot of a small plane experiencing engine failure safely landed on a grassy area in the middle of Highway 101 near the San Martin Airport in south Santa Clara County Sunday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Wayne Wright, who was the only person on the single-engine Piper PA-46 aircraft, was not hurt, FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor stated. The plane also escaped without suffering any damage.

Wright, who said he's been flying for about 40 years, was headed from Davis back to his home airport in Watsonville when he said the plane malfunctioned.

Air traffic controllers instructed Wright to land at the San Martin Airport, but he couldn't make it. He decided Highway 101 was the next best option.

"My wing tip was out into the number one lane, and a couple of cars moved over to make room for me," Wright said. "I'm sure it's a day they'll remember. Everything worked out fine."

Wright and others spent some time towing the plane off the highway and maneuvering it around road signs and other obstacles before stationing it at the San Martin Airport.

The startling and surreal scene triggered backups on Highway 101 in both directions for a couple of hours.

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<![CDATA[Short-Staffed SJPD Dispatchers Unable to Keep Up With Calls]]>Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:03:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBSJDispatch_1762397.JPEG

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

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

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

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

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

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

The solution?

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

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<![CDATA[San Jose Teacher Arrested on Child Porn, Molestation Charges]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:43:49 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Clifford+Pappadakis-0215.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Classroom Security Locks in Bay Area Schools]]>Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:08:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/20160928+Classroom+Generic.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Parents Accuse Santa Clara Unified of Overcrowding Campus]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:31:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/School+generic+stock.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Apple Employees Smack Into Glass Walls of New Headquarters]]>Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:04:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/apple-store-glass.jpg

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

They are smacking into the glass.

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

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

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

<![CDATA[San Jose School Resource Officers in Short Supply]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:21:36 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/school_officers_0216_1750741.JPG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Bay Area is the Leading Region for Outward Migration: Report]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:00:51 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-79418359.jpg

The Bay Area is the leading region for outward migration.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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<![CDATA[South Bay DA Wants to Try Teen Murder Suspects as Adults]]>Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:53:46 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_080712137688.jpg

A minor and an adult taken into custody last month on suspicion of the 2016 murder of a transient man in Milpitas may both be tried as adults in public hearings, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

The district attorney's office filed motions to transfer the cases of a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old, both booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall due to their ages during the time of offense, to adult criminal court, prosecutors said.

Investigators linked the suspects to the murder of 47-year-old Robert Gutierrez, who was found suffering from a gunshot wound in the 100 block of Dixon Road on Sept. 29, 2016, Milpitas police said.

Gutierrez was transported to a hospital after officers responded to a report of gunshots at 3:51 a.m. and found him in critical condition, according to police. He later passed away from his injuries.

The minor was arrested on at about 7:50 p.m. on Jan. 31 when the department's SWAT team served a search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of Callan Street, police said.

The suspect who is now an adult was located and arrested on the same street at about 9:15 p.m., according to police.

Milpitas police announced the arrests Wednesday, noting that they did not discuss the case publicly beforehand in order to keep the investigation uncompromised.

"The arrests were made over a week ago, but our detectives still had numerous interviews to complete," Milpitas police Lt. Raj Maharaj said in a statement. "We delayed the release of information until now."

Neither of the suspects' identities are being released due to their ages at the time they allegedly committed the crime.

The investigation of the case is ongoing. Anyone with information should call Milpitas police at (408) 586-2400.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously by calling a crime tip line at (408) 586-2500 or by visiting the Police Department's website here

<![CDATA[Want a House? It's Hard Out There for a Techie]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:17:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-79418359.jpg

If you’ve ever tried to buy, or rent, a house in the Bay Area, you’ve probably had the discussion: It’s way too expensive/hard/exhausting to find a quality home, in your budget, near the office.

Now, a story says techies are having the same conversation — even the ones who earn a lot of money, and have lots of stock options. According to a survey from real estate company Open Listings, the average Silicon Valley software engineer at a successful company like Apple — with a $188,000 salary — is struggling to afford a home close to work.

That Apple employee would have to shell out about 30 percent of his or her salary to afford a home close to "The Spaceship." That 30 percent number also goes for a software engineer at companies like Twitter, Uber and Facebook.

It’s something agent Lisa Anne Radding of Coldwell Banker here in the Bay Area hears a lot.

"Homes are so expensive, and techies are starting to feel that, too," she said. "It’s that way all over."

No matter what you do for a living.

Scott can be found in Silicon Valley, and on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Domestic Violence on the Rise: San Jose Police]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:58:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-generic-2015-2.jpg

The San Jose Police Department's Family Violence Unit received more than 7,500 domestic violence cases in the last fiscal year. Kris Sanchez reports.

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<![CDATA[Memorial Held For Slain Woman Who Grew Up in San Jose]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:29:03 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_vigil_0213_1732508.JPG

Tears and heartfelt hugs abound at a memorial Tuesday night in San Jose for a 19-year-old woman who was found fatally stabbed near Livermore Monday morning.

Liz Cuesta, who grew up in San Jose, was remembered at Great Oaks Skate Park in South San Jose, a place dear to the avid skateboarder.

Family and friends remembered Liz’s strength, joy and her laugh. It was far too soon, they said.

"She was a fighter and a warrior, and I’m always going to admire that of her, always," friend Kim Lopez said.

Cuesta lived in San Jose most of her life, went to Silver Creek High School and San Jose City College before moving to Tracy last October.

"I’m pretty sure she’s just watching over us, just as much as we are watching over her," Lopez said.

There were periods of stunned silence at Tuesday night’s memorial, mourners wondering why someone would kill Cuesta. Alameda County sheriff's investigators arrested 19-year-old Daniel Gross and 25-year-old Melissa Leonardo, both of Modesto, after Cuesta identified them as her killers.

Cuesta was found stabbed, beaten and crawling on a rural road near Livermore at 2 a.m. Monday, but had the strength to identify her attackers to police before she died.

Amy Morfin recalled her contagious laugh.

"She had such a giggle laugh, and she had such tiny eyes, and she had those big old cheeks, and she was just so funny," Morfin said.

Family members said funeral arrangements have not been finalized.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Leaders to Vote on Google Village Plan]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:35:15 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GOOGLE29.jpg

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday is slated to set the price for parcels that are owned by the city as Google works toward expansion. Kris Sanchez reports.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Fire Destroys Home, Displaces at Least 4]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:46:40 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_fire_0212_1719749.JPG

Firefighters on Monday evening responded to a house fire in East San Jose that also involved downed live wires, according to the San Jose Fire Department.

The fire started about 7 p.m. in the 200 block of North 34th Street, fire officials said. Fire crews arrived to find the structure fully involved, and the live wires were creating life safety hazards.

Firefighters had the flames knocked down with 30-40 minutes, officials said.

Four to five people were believed to be displaced, and at least one dog was outstanding, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Yelp's Most Popular Valentine's Day Restaurants ]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:44:01 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509058396.jpg

It may be quite hard to choose the perfect place to wine and dine on Valentine’s Day. Yelp has made it easy by compiling a list of the most popular places for reservations in Santa Clara County and San Francisco for Feb 14.

In Santa Clara County, Orchard City Kitchen in Campbell takes the No. 1 spot, offering a three-course Valentine’s Day meal.

In San Jose are Scotts Seafood, The Table, Mount Hamilton Grandview Restaurant and Taurinus Brazilian Steak House.

Scotts Seafood serves classic seafood dishes and cocktails, Mount Hamilton offers seafood as well, along with beef and veal, while Taurinus is an all-you-can-eat Brazilian-style BBQ restaurant.

Those in Palo Alto also have top choices, like Vietnamese restaurant Tamarine and Italian restaurant iTalico.

The Pastaria & Market in Los Gatos also made the list along with Sumiya Yakitori in the city of Santa Clara.

In San Francisco, a variety of cuisines were chosen, from Italian, to Mexican, to Thai. No surprise given the city’s diversity.

At the top of the list was The Slanted Door, a Vietnamese and Asian fusion restaurant bar with beautiful views of the bay. It was followed by the dimly lit Bourbon & Branch, which specializes in handcrafted cocktails.

Loló, a Mexican restaurant with colorful walls made the list along with the upscale, 2-floored Cockscomb Restaurant.

South-Indian crêpes and spice-infused cocktails can be found in Dosa on Fillmore, just as popular as the Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant where house-made beer and ocean views can be found.

Thai food can be enjoyed at the Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine, and Brazilian at Espetus Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House.

For this research, Yelp looked at the reservation volume for the last three months for those restaurants that take reservations.

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<![CDATA[Man Injured, Two Pets Saved in San Jose House Fire]]>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:43:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-house+fire-0212.jpg

San Jose firefighters quickly knocked down a two-alarm house fire Monday afternoon near the city's downtown area, rescuing a pet dog and cat in the process, according to a fire spokesman.

Firefighters responded around 3:20 p.m. to the 100 block of Duane Street, where they found heavy smoke and fire at a residence, fire Capt. Daniel Vega said. Because of the intensity, it was declared a two-alarm fire, meaning that about 50 firefighters responded to the scene to control it, he said.

One man who was inside the home managed to escape and was taken to a hospital to be treated for a burn injury, fire officials said. Firefighters pulled a dog and cat to safety.

No other injuries were reported.

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<![CDATA['I'm in Shock': San Jose Police Chief on Prop. 57 Ruling]]>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:14:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0301-2016-EddieGarcia.jpg

More than 20,000 sex offenders might get out of California prisons early now that a Sacramento judge ruled they cannot be exempt from Proposition 57.

The proposition allows the early release from prison of criminals serving time for non-violent crimes. With the judge's ruling, that also means people serving time for crimes like pimping children.

"I'm kind of in shock, first and foremost," San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said in an interview with NBC Bay Area.

Garcia shares the same sentiment of crime fighters across the state. The lobbyist for dozens of police organizations in Sacramento, John Lovelle, told NBC Bay Area the ruling is "a game changer."

In addition, Mark Klaas of the Klaas Foundation, called the ruling a "travesty of justice."

"I don't know all the ins and outs on this, but I can tell you on the surface I know there's a lot of concern in the law enforcement community, and there should be," Garcia said. "And there should be concern in the community."

Garcia said he will sit down with the district attorney to determine what the ruling means for Santa Clara County.

Meanwhile, Garcia said he understands there is an over-incarceration problem facing the state, which is why he supports reform. But the judge's ruling in this case left him shaking his head.

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<![CDATA[South Bay Non-Profit to Provide Housing for LGBT Adults]]>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:45:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Affordable_Housing.jpg

If you have a spare room in your home, you can rent it for $800 a month and perhaps make a change in a young LGBT person's life. Kris Sanchez reports.

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<![CDATA[Bicyclist Dies After Collision With Car in San Jose]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:56:50 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ambulance_generic2tele1.jpg

A 64-year-old man on a bicycle was hit and killed by a car Saturday morning on Capitol Expressway in San Jose, police said Sunday.

Officers responded at about 9:30 a.m. to the collision near Capitol Expressway and Nieman Boulevard. The bicyclist was riding south on Capitol Expressway just past Nieman Boulevard in the bike lane when he was struck by a silver 2002 Nissan Sentra also traveling south on Capitol Expressway.

Police said the bicyclist was taken to a hospital where he died.

The driver of the Nissan stayed at the scene and cooperated with officers.

Police said it does not appear that drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision. The victim had yet to be identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

Anyone with information about the collision is urged to call Detective Troy Sirmons of the SJPD traffic investigations unit at 408-277-4654.

<![CDATA[San Jose Police Chief Addresses Concerns About ICE Sweeps]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:22:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-4926592303.jpg

In the wake of recent immigration raids across the Bay Area, San Jose Police Department Chief Eddie Garcia on Sunday spent time talking to communities racked with fear.

Garcia, who spoke to church congregations in the South Bay city, said his officers will resist working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in arresting law-abiding residents.

"This isn't a matter of politics," Garcia said. "This isn't a matter of being strapped or not. It really is a matter of public safety. We cannot have our members of our community afraid to contact police. We just can't have that."

Among those living in fear is a woman by the name of Maria who requested not to be share her last name or show her face publicly.

She's a 70-year-old undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who came to the United States 12 years ago.

She walks San Jose's streets gathering bottles and turns them in for as much as $75 per day. Maria said she is afraid to find a real job for fear that she will give out her personal information and be deported to El Salvador where she'll be met with violence and where she has no family.

"We recognize that there's a lot of fear in our community," Garcia said. "We know that. We've seen that there's a lot of activity."

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<![CDATA[SJPD Launches Domestic Violence Ad Campaign With a Twist]]>Fri, 09 Feb 2018 22:57:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd_PSA_0208_1674813.JPG

The San Jose Police Department is poised to roll out a series of public service announcements about domestic violence, but the ads come with a twist: a man’s point of view.

Some are calling the campaign groundbreaking while others worry it misses the mark.

The idea behind the PSAs, also sponsored by the YWCA and other agencies, isn’t just to raise awareness of domestic violence but to actually reach the men who really need to hear the messages.

Even if it makes some viewers uncomfortable.

The setting in each of the five PSAs are familiar ones, such as a gym, where advocates say comments and jokes among men about domestic violence often occur.

The scenarios in the ads, however, contain unexpected endings, with one man saying, "Anybody think that’s funny? Not funny."

"It is going to take men speaking up with their friends, their family members, within their workplace to really change the norms that keep this type of violence in place," said Amie McClane of YWCA Silicon Valley.

The PSAs also feature real police officers, including Steve Aponte, who lost his grandmother to domestic violence.

"The whole point of this is to show other men that it’s no longer tolerated, no longer appropriate," Aponte said.

But one PSA is being held for now because the bar scene and jokes got mixed reactions from those who previewed it. Some said it went too far and would make viewers uncomfortable.

The husband-and-wife leaders of The Alessandra Project, named after their daughter who was a victim of domestic violence, said the messages are about life and death and should be tough to hear.

"But imagine how uncomfortable my wife and I are and our family is," said Rick Beatty, president of The Alessandra Project. "That’s uncomfortable. You can stand to hear about this."

The police department and the other agencies involved are still reviewing the segment set in a bar. The other PSAs are being released publicly starting Thursday evening.

<![CDATA[Bay Area Officials Create Task Force to Prevent Sideshows]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 01:12:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBSOCIALOAKLANDSIDESHOWGIF_1621149.gif

Oakland law enforcement is putting together a task force in an effort to prevent sideshows from happening in the Bay Area.

Instead of working as separate law enforcement agencies, the Bay Area is splitting up the task force between the North and the South Bay with Oakland police taking a lead for the Northern counties and Fremont taking the lead for counties in the South.

“Instead of one agency or a couple of agencies trying to deal with this, we’re going to join forces and work together,” said Alameda County Sheriff, Ray Kelly.

According to officials, the two groups will join forces if needed in any given situation.

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<![CDATA[Big Bucks Vanishing Due to Levi's Stadium Curfew?]]>Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:59:07 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Levi_s_Stadium_Curfew_n.jpg

Singer Ed Sheeran has now decided to take his upcoming show to San Francisco's AT&T Park instead of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

The reason? The weeknight concert curfew at Levi's Stadium, which could be costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Santa Clara Councilman Dominic Caserta calls the curfew draconian and he fears big bucks will vanish as big acts stop booking Levi's Stadium on weekdays.

Some residents who live near the stadium said they are not too bothered by the concert noise when big acts come to town.

"I haven't been bothered by it at all," resident Emelie said. "The only thing I hear is when there's clapping a lot."

But the city council said concern over noise led them to implement a 10 p.m. curfew on weeknight concerts.

U2 went past that curfew recently and paid a fine. Now the big acts are beginning to skip town on weeknights.

"I think we're making a big mistake," said Caserta, who opposes the curfew. He added Santa Clara is losing big because of the curfew.

The council majority has said in the past that the city is simply trying to protect neighbors at Levi's Stadium from late-night noise.

Caserta said he hears one of the world's biggest concert promoters, Live Nation, is going to bypass Levi's Stadium for any weekday concert.

"We are tying our hands behind our back by not being competitive," Caserta said.

<![CDATA[San Jose Mayor to Deliver State of the City Address]]>Thu, 08 Feb 2018 07:00:49 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_454227697688.jpg

The mayor of the Bay Area's largest city on Thursday will unveil his plans for the year ahead.

During his annual state of the city address, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo plans to acknowledge progress such as rebuilding the city's police department, opening BART stations in the city later this year and increasing growth at Mineta San Jose International Airport, but he will also call attention to the region's housing affordability crisis.

Liccardo is slated to focus on his plan to build more than 25,000 housing units over the next five years. Roughly 10,000 of those units will be priced for lower income households.

Liccardo's address is scheduled to take place at San Jose City College. Doors open at 6 p.m., and Liccardo will speak for roughly 30 minutes starting at 7:20 p.m.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Flood Victims, Attorney to Hold Briefing Thursday]]>Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:40:08 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/SJflood-34.jpg

An attorney and some of the clients she will represent are holding a news conference in San Jose on Thursday to discuss a lawsuit being filed against multiple local county and city agencies as a result of the Coyote Creek flood that damaged the area last year.

Attorney Amanda Hawes and some flood victims will be present to talk about harm suffered and desired solutions, according to environmentalist and event organizer Ted Smith.

Hawes and fellow attorney Suzanne Murphy will represent the more than 150 families who are suing the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the city of San Jose and Santa Clara County.

Widespread evacuation orders were issued on Feb. 21, 2017, because of flooding in the Kelley Park area of San Jose. City officials estimated the flooding caused about $73 million in damage.

Smith said that the lawsuit's complaint has been drafted and he said the families are alleging eight causes of action, including but not limited to inverse condemnation, breach of mandatory duty, nuisance, negligence, dangerous condition of public property, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

More information about the suit will be released Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Education Office Recruiting New Teachers to the South Bay]]>Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:51:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/172*120/GettyImages-465748802.jpg

South Bay education officials are trying to attract new teachers to the high-cost region by appealing to folks who already live and work in Silicon Valley.

This weekend, the Santa Clara County Office of Education is hosting a fair aimed at people who already have or are working toward their bachelor's degree as well as business professionals interested in taking the lead in the classroom.

The "Step into Teaching: Opportunities in Silicon Valley Public Schools Event" will connect those potential teaching candidates with resources they need to get into the classroom. Those potential teachers will be able to learn about the credentialing process, compensation, benefits and retirement.

Hundreds of people have turned out for previous versions of the fair, according to the Santa Clara County Office of Education, and about 50 professionals have stuck around to teach full-time.

Local school districts have been struggling with a teacher shortage. California issued roughly 77,000 teacher credentials in 2000 but only about 15,000 in 2015. The projected need in 2015 was 22,000 teachers.

The South Bay teaching fair is slated for Saturday. Those interested in attending must pre-register.

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<![CDATA[Board of Supes Vote to Add Persky Recall to June Ballot]]>Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:40:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-26-17_Recall_Persky.jpg

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved putting a decision on the June 5 ballot for whether voters should recall Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, the judge who became controversial over a sentence he handed down to a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault.

Recall Judge Aaron Persky campaign volunteers collected more than 94,000 signatures from county voters for the proposed recall for Persky's seat. Those signatures were turned into the county Registrar of Voters for verification on Jan. 11 and passed the testing of a random sample of signatures by Jan. 23.

Today, seats in the Board of Supervisors chambers were filled with community leaders who gave one-minute remarks on the proposal.

Michele Dauber, chair of the recall campaign, noted that the reason why many people were there was because of the comments of Emily Doe, the victim of former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner.

Persky came into the public spotlight after he sentenced Turner in 2016 to six months in Santa Clara County Jail. Turner's sentence was cut in half for good behavior, meaning he spent three months behind bars when he initially faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison.

"When Emily Doe heard that Turner had been given a six-month sentence, she was 'struck silent,'" Dauber said. "But today, the voters of Santa Clara County have spoken loud and clear."

Los Gatos resident Leslie Logan discussed the image she felt was being painted of those who volunteered with the recall campaign, describing it as the "dismissive and often misogynistic representation of an uninformed,

misguided, angry mob who couldn't possibly understand the intricacies of the criminal justice system."

Logan, a survivor of sexual assault, said that she stands with the recall because she understands the complexity of rape culture "all too well."

Santa Clara University law professor Margaret Russell spoke against the recall, saying there are women all over the political spectrum who are not misogynistic and respect sexual assault victims who are opposed to the recall.

"The effect of this kind of attack, not founded on facts, is to rack up sentences to encourage judges to look over their shoulders," Russell said.

Stan Voyles, a retired Santa Clara County prosecutor, scrutinized Dauber's background while speaking outside of the meeting room. Voyles said that she had never handled a criminal case or been a part of a single bar


"She's a bright lady, but unless you know how things operate in criminal courts, you really can't make an opinion about this stuff," Voyles said.

Voyles said the recall campaign comparing Turner's case and another case Persky handled, in which 32-year-old Raul Ramirez was given a three-year sentence, does not add up because they were convicted of different charges.

He said that Ramirez got the minimum mandatory sentence he could have received for his crime.

The recall campaign's official website mentions Ramirez's case in arguing that "Persky has a longstanding pattern of bias in favor of privileged defendants. Less privileged defendants evidently do not receive the same level of solicitude from him."

Voyles said his overall mission was "stopping the falsehoods that the recall campaign spread."

"Either they have no clue as to what is going on, or they are liars, or both," Voyles said.

Voyles did not speak during the public comment portion of the meeting.

LaDoris Cordell, a civil rights advocate and retired judge, spoke in favor of Persky. She said that judges want to do the right thing, and sometimes the right thing may be a more lenient option.

"If it's a sexual assault case, judges are now going to think twice about doing what they believe to be right in following the law because of fear that they're going to be targeted with misinformation, lies and distortion," Cordell said.

Cordell said that the six-month sentence recommendation that Persky received came from a female probation officer.

"The judge did not have to follow the recommendation, but he did what most county and state of California judges do and listened to it. This was within the law," Cordell said.

She said that Persky has not spoken out himself because by law he is not allowed to discuss active cases, and the Turner case is still in an appeals process right now.

Dauber spoke against the criticism that the recall campaign was becoming more about emotions and less about the facts.

"We were extremely detail-oriented and this campaign has been extensively reported by independent journalists," Dauber said.

Both campaigns plan on sending volunteers out to talk to voters about the recall placed on the ballot in the next few months.

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<![CDATA[Hollister Boy Arrested After Allegedly Abusing Small Dog]]>Wed, 07 Feb 2018 08:34:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dog_hollister_0206_1656051.JPG

A 15-year-old Hollister boy was arrested last week after posting a video to social media showing him throwing a puppy to the ground, according to Hollister police.

On Jan. 30, officers with Sunnyvale Animal Control contacted Hollister Police Animal Care and Services regarding a report of animal cruelty involving a teen and an 8-month old, black and white Maltese named Bella in the city of Hollister, police said.

The Sunnyvale officers obtained a Snapchat video depicting the suspect posing with a toy breed dog in his arms before throwing the dog to the ground, police said. The video appeared to show the puppy landed about 7-10 feet in front of the suspect.

Hollister officers discovered there were other incidents of cruelty that had previously been unreported involving the same dog and the same suspect, police said. Sunnyvale Animal Control also had details of a previous incident in which the suspect had allegedly kicked the small dog and it landed several feet away.

On Feb. 1, Hollister officers confirmed the identity of the juvenile and the location of his home. They took custody of Bella, who was transported to a veterinarian for a health examination and then taken to the Hollister Animal Shelter, police said.

On Feb. 3, the boy was taken into custody at his home and booked at San Benito County Juvenile Hall on charges of felony animal cruelty, police said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call AC Supervisor Kara Ells at 831-636-4320. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.

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<![CDATA[After-School Volunteer Arrested For Lewd Acts: Police]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 20:58:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mtn+view+suspect.jpg

An after-school volunteer was arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts against children last week.

Mountain View Police Department officers say Yizhuang "John" Liu, 26, inappropriately touched two boys at the Sanyu Learning Center on Springer Road.

Liu, of Cupertino, was a volunteer and also served on the school’s board of directors.

"Mister Liu is accused of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, with several counts and lewd and lascivious acts and with force," said Marco Garcia from Mountain View Police.

Police say he also used a San Francisco-based gaming app, Discord, to communicate with other potential victims. According to the app, it has technology in place to keep strangers from contacting young people.

"He learned that these children were using this application and he reached out to them and that's how he began chatting with them," said Garcia.

The Mountain View Police Department says it's now trying to talk with more parents, to see if there are other victims.

"I know there's a lot of questions from families but this is an ongoing investigation," Garcia said.

Liu is in jail without bail and is set to be arranged on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Renter Population Becomes the Majority in Big U.S. Cities]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:13:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/rent+sign+generic.jpg

With a growing population, an impactful recession and a housing crisis that "crushed the mortgage market," U.S. residents have chosen to rent properties instead of becoming homeowners, RENTcafé reports.

So much so that the renter population has increased significantly in 10 years, becoming the majority in big U.S. cities, something that may not come as a surprise to many Bay Area residents.

The nationwide apartment search website launched a report that analyzed the largest 100 U.S cities by population, comparing the number of people living in renter and owner-occupied units in 2006 and 2016.

In 2006, only 20 out of the 100 largest cities had more renters than owners. Fast forward to 2016, and that number grew to 42 out of 100 cities, according to RENTcafé.

One of the top 10 cities with the largest increases in renter share is Bay Area city Fremont, which takes the 6th highest percentage increase in renter share in the nation with a 31 percent growth since 2006.

As to the Bay Area cities with the highest number of renter share, Oakland leads the way with 58.9 percent of its population living in rental spaces, an 11.5 percent increase since 2006, RENTcafé reports.

San Francisco follows with 56.4 percent of its residents living in rental homes, just a 4.2 percent increase since 2006.

In San Jose, more than 96,800 people have chosen a renter lifestyle since 2006, a 16 percent increase, RENTcafé reports. However, unlike Oakland and San Francisco, it remains an owner-majority market.

It may be surprising to many that the only Bay Area city on the top 10 list of cities where renters became the majority population since 2006 is Fremont, but that is because other Bay Area cities already have large renter populations and in the 10-year span, from 2006 to 2016, other cities had larger increases in renter share.

According to RENTcafe, the population data used in their research was provided by the U.S. Census Bureau’s public databases (Population in Occupied Housing Units by Tenure). The population changes at national, state and city levels have been computed from the 2006 American Community Survey and the 2016 ACS One-Year Estimates.

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<![CDATA[Board of Supervisors to Tackle Judge Persky Recall Effort]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:51:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-26-17_Recall_Persky.jpg

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will decide if voters will be able to choose whether or not the judge in the Brock Turner case should be recalled from the bench.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky came under fire after he sentenced the ex-Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

Backers of the recall effort had to get about 58,000 signatures in order to have the issue considered for placement on the June ballot. Officials certified those signatures roughly two weeks ago.

Judicial recall in California became an option back in the 1900s. If Persky is recalled, he would only be the third judge to be ousted from the bench.

Opponents believe recalling a judge sets a bad precedent because judicial discretion is critical.

Those who support the recall effort say Persky shows bias against women in decisions such as the one he made in the Turner case.

The board of supervisors will take up the issue at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Man Fatally Shot in San Jose: Police]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:48:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/carwashshootingkeyesstreet.JPEG

Police are investigating a fatal shooting early Tuesday morning in San Jose that occurred just hours after and a few blocks away from an apparent murder-suicide late Monday night, a police spokesman said.

At 2:28 a.m., officers responded to a report of a person shot in the 300 block of Keyes Street.

Arriving officers found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sgt. Enrique Garcia.

The identity of the victim will not be released until the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office notifies his next of kin.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Sgt. John Barg or Detective Wayne Smith at (408) 277-5283. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.

The fatal shooting occurred just blocks away from another fatal shooting that occurred late Monday night, is believed to be a murder-suicide and is not connected to the shooting on Keyes Street, Garcia said.

At 10:50 p.m. Monday, officers responded to multiple reports of a shooting in the area of South First Street and East Alma Avenue. Officers

found a male and a female suffering from at least one gunshot wound each, Garcia said.

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<![CDATA[3 Dead in Separate San Jose Shootings: Police]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:59:29 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Dennys_Split.jpg

Two people died in a murder-suicide shooting late Monday night outside a Denny's restaurant in San Jose hours before a man was shot and killed blocks away, according to police.

The deadly shootings, which happened about four hours apart, mark San Jose's fourth and fifth homicides of 2018, police said.

At about 10:50 p.m., San Jose officers responded to multiple calls of a shooting in the area of South First Street and East Alma Avenue, police said.

Arriving officers located a male and female each suffering from at least one gunshot wound, police said. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Police later said the shooting was a murder-suicide.

Hours later, a man died after being shot along the 300 block of Keyes Street, which is located less than one mile away from the scene of the first shooting.

No other information was available. 

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<![CDATA[Transgender Student Assaulted at De Anza College: Police]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 06:55:50 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/de-anza-hate-crime-0205.jpg

A transgender student at a South Bay community college was the victim of an assault late last month that is being investigated as a hate crime, according to police.

The student, Deejea Smith, was attacked on Jan. 24 in the vicinity of the Flint Garage on the campus of De Anza College in Cupertino, police said. The suspect yelled an anti-gay slur at the student and punched the victim in the face before fleeing, they said.

"I was unconscious," Smith said. " don't know for how long, I just know that I was."

The attacker is described as a white male in his late 30s or early 40s, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, about 200 pounds, with silver hair, police said. Police released a sketch of the suspect with the hope the public could help identify him.

Asked if he had ever seen the attacker before, Smith said once.

"Earlier that day, he had parked his car next to my car, and I had recognized him from there," Smith said. "Outside of that, never before on campus."

Smith said he was also punched five days earlier in the same garage, but didn't see who did it.

"Physically, my wounds have pretty much healed to the extent I hoped they would for the time frame," he said, "but emotionally and mentally, it's been a struggle."

Smith said he wants the college to do more to protect its students, and he would like to feel safe again.

The college released a statement Monday night:

"We are saddened and angered that such an incident could occur on our campus, which is deeply committed to inclusion. We have provided on- and off-campus resources to assist the student and are planning a series of events on countering hatred."

De Anza police are also increasing foot and car patrols on campus in response to the attack.

Anyone with information should contact the college district police at 650-949-7313.

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<![CDATA[Truancy Spikes as ICE Makes Enforcement Sweeps: DA]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 06:56:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/immig_truancy_0205_1635420.JPG

Amid the growing concerns of immigration enforcement in the Bay Area, educators are scrambling to keeps kids in school, and on Monday, a local district attorney is sounding the alarm.

Many families have moved out of the area, concerned about ICE enforcement, and now Chris Arriola of the Santa Clara County DA's Office, says truancy and absenteeism are spiking.

In San Jose’s Alum Rock School District alone, 154 students moved out of the area last month, mostly for fear of deportation.

"It's devastating," Arriola said.

If a file reaches Arriola’s desk, it usually means the child is absent from school more than 10 percent of the time. He’s seen a spike over the past few months in cases of truancy and absenteeism across the county.

"Parents are sometimes afraid to send their kids to school either because they themselves might be subject of an ICE investigation or just afraid their kids might be picked up themselves," he said. "It's sad because they miss a lot of school."

District Superintendent Hilaria Bauer called an emergency meeting Friday to talk about absenteeism and to implement protocols to deal with possible deportation fears and actions.

"The safest place where the children can be is with us at school," Bauer said. "They have adults that are careering for them."

Arriola said while truancy can land a family in court, he wants to try to settle truancy cases outside of the legal system to help calm fears.

"Don’t let your fear deprive your kids of an education today," he said.

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<![CDATA[Kids Hooked on Tech? Group Warns Parents of Possible Dangers]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:05:01 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/02052018KidsTech_1639022.JPG

A group of Silicon Valley business leaders are joining forces to challenge tech giants to build less addictive smartphones, tablets and social networks. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit media watchdog group, is also joining efforts to educate parents and kids about the dangers of technology.

Ellen Middaugh, a San Jose State University assistant professor of child development, said technology can interfere with a child's daily life and can develop an emotional dependency.

In response, former employees at Facebook, Google and other high-tech giants have created the Center for Humane Technology and are joining forces with Common Sense Media in San Francisco to fight tech addiction. The group is challenging tech companies to rethink strategies that get users hooked.

"The longer we stay online the more clicks companies get and the more money tech companies make," said Colby Zintl, Common Sense Media vice president of external affairs. "So we think it's a flawed design and we want them to do something that is more human focused."

Krista Pavlakos, a San Jose mother of two, has a suggestion.

"Have an auto shut off and only parents have the password to reset," she said. "I think that's an excellent idea."

The truth about the tech campaign is holding a conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to talk about solutions. Organizers have already poured millions of dollars into educating parents and teachers about the dangers of technology and efforts to get the government to fund more research into technology addiction.

But some critics said getting your kids hooked on technology is just too lucrative to convince tech companies to change their ways.

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<![CDATA[Mountain View Motorcycle Officer Injured in Crash: Police]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:55:18 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/POLICE+TAPE+DAY+Connecticut.jpg

A Mountain View police motorcycle officer was injured in a crash Monday afternoon on Central Expressway, according to the department.

The collision occurred about 3:30 p.m. on Central Expressway at Shoreline Boulevard, police said.

The officer was taken to a local hospital, police said, but the extent of his injuries was not available.

The crash shut down both lanes on eastbound Central Expressway for about 45 minutes, police said. The lanes were reopened about 4:45 p.m.

The driver involved in the crash was cooperating fully, and drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor, police said.

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<![CDATA[Town Hall to Discuss School Start Time at SJUSD Schools]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:49:54 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Bedford+High+School+Generic+School+Hallway.JPG

The first of three town halls will be held Monday evening at Leland High School in San Jose to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of the high school start time, according to a San Jose Unified School District spokesman.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., the community will come together to discuss the issue with a welcome from the district and students from Leland High's nationally recognized speech and debate program, district spokesman Peter Allen said.

Once students speak, the rest of the evening will be dedicated to an open forum environment where questions, comments and concerns from the public can be addressed, according to Allen.

All attendees who would like to speak will have at least 1 minute to do so before parents, staff, students and district leaders in the school's Media Center, located at 6677 Camden Ave.

Allen said that comments and speaker cards will be reviewed after the town hall and addressed through the school district's newsletter as well as the district website.

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<![CDATA[Crews Start Clearing Out Homeless Encampment in San Jose]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:32:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SanJoseHomelessEncampment.JPG

Workers with the city of San Jose and Caltrans on Monday started clearing out a homeless encampment next to Highway 101 near Story Road in the South Bay city.

Before crews went to work, they were met by homeless advocates taking aim at Google. Advocates, who claim Google is getting a free ride from the city, want the company to be forced to help with the region's housing crisis.

Pastor Scott Wagers, one of the organizers and an advocate for the homeless in the area for more than 25 years, led the protest that called for a better answer for "Silicon Valley's ongoing humanitarian crisis of housing and homelessness" than evicting the homeless from underneath the freeway junction.

"I know about 80 percent of the people in this camp," Wagers said. "From 'The Jungle' sweep in 2014, these people moved to another strip of land in a cul-de-sac by McLaughlin Avenue to here. And now they'll be going back to that location, even though Caltrans put a wall up."

The clean-up process is slated to take about one week. Crews will remove trash, hazardous materials and anything else left behind as well as fix the fencing and landscaping in the area all at the cost of taxpayers.

The city of San Jose estimates that there are more than 4,000 people who live on the streets.

Sherry Todd, who lived at the encampment being cleared out, said she'll pack up and move down the street until Caltrans is done cleaning. She said she'll then return because she has nowhere else to go.

Caltrans spokesperson RocQuel Johnson said that a homelessness task force has been out at the site every day since notices of evacuation were issued to the homeless to help them find the resources that they need.

The clearing efforts were supposed to start last month, but the agency has been working with state Sen. Jim Beall's office to provide extra assistance to those affected by the notices, according to Johnson.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Woman Clings to Life After Shooting in San Jose: Police]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 01:12:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_shooting_0204_1627817.JPG

A shooting sent a woman to the hospital with life-threatening injuries in San Jose late Saturday night, a police spokeswoman said Sunday.

Officers responded just before midnight to the 3100 block of Cadillac Drive after receiving a report of a person having been shot, according to Officer Gina Tepoorten.

The officers found a woman suffering from at least one gunshot wound, the spokeswoman said. The woman was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, Tepoorten said.

Police are investigating the motive or circumstances of the

shooting, the spokeswoman said. No suspects have been identified or apprehended so far.

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<![CDATA[South Bay Students to Debate School Start Times]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:25:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/StudentSleeping.JPG

South Bay students on Monday are slated to weigh in on a hotly contested issue: school start times.

San Jose Unified School District students plan to tackle the benefits and disadvantages of school start times during a district town hall meeting.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that middle and high school students start the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m., but a 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study revealed that 93 percent of high schools and 83 percent of middle schools across the nation start before that time.

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, teens, who often get sleepier later at night, need anywhere from eight to 10 hours of sleep every night. Sleepy teens are more likely to be overweight, not as active, suffer from symptoms of depression and not perform as well in the classroom.

Monday's meeting is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Leland High School.

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<![CDATA[Spring-Like Temperatures Break Records Across the Bay Area]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:37:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DoloresPark.PNG

It's the beginning of February, but it sure doesn't feel like it outside across the Bay Area.

Unseasonably warm weather on Saturday broke or tied a host of Feb. 3 temperature records across the region, and more records were set on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

San Francisco on Sunday topped out at 74 degrees, a repeat of Saturday, both besting an old high temperature mark of 71 established in 1992, according to the NWS. San Jose reached 76 degrees, which was two degrees cooler than Saturday. The Oakland Airport reached 70 degrees.

On Saturday, San Francisco hit 74 degrees, besting an old high temperature mark of 71 established in 1992, according to the NWS. San Jose reached 78 degrees, which was four degrees warmer than the previous high mark set in 2009. The mercury soared to 76 degrees at the Oakland Airport, breaking an old record of 70 degrees recorded in 1963.

Santa Rosa (76 degrees), San Francisco Airport (76 degrees), Half Moon Bay (77 degrees), Moffett Federal Airfield (77 degrees) and Healdsburg (80 degrees) also broke old records Saturday, according to the NWS. Kentfield (72 degrees) tied a record set back in 2001.

The spring-like temperatures will once again return to the Bay Area on Sunday with highs expected to reach 73 degrees in San Francisco, 75 degrees in Concord, 76 degrees in San Jose, 78 degrees in Santa Cruz and 75 degrees in Santa Rosa, according to the NWS.

Those hoping for winter's return will have to practice some patience. Little to no rain is expected to fall through Feb. 20, according to the NWS.

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<![CDATA[CHP DUI Campaign Nabs 307 Impaired Drivers]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 01:10:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/DUICheckpoint.PNG

A recent campaign by the California Highway Patrol nabbed 307 DUI arrests in the Bay Area, and officers were rigorously patrolling on Super Bowl Sunday, as well, the CHP said.

On Sunday, all available personnel, including command staff, middle managers, supervisors and officers, were patrolling, according to the CHP.

NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd was on a ride-along with Officer Tim Scott on Sunday looking for impaired drivers, as well as sideshows.

"As soon as we know one is occurring, we send all units right away," Scott said. "It disrupts traffic, and it’s incredibly dangerous."

Also dangerous on a night after a big event like the Super Bowl are impaired drivers.

"Anytime you have big sporting events like this we’re going to see a busy evening," Scott said.

During last year's Super Bowl, one person was killed in California in an alcohol-involved collision and 41 others were injured, according to the CHP.

The "Enough is Enough" zero tolerance campaign ran from Jan. 22 through Jan. 31 after several high-profile DUI-related traffic collisions, according to the CHP.

During the campaign, all available personnel patrolled CHP roadways in the Bay Area with a zero tolerance approached to drunk or drugged driving. The CHP's Golden Gate division arrested 307 impaired drivers, according to the CHP.

Thirteen of these arrests were solely marijuana-related, the CHP noted.

The law enforcement agency asked individuals hosting Super Bowl parties to do their part by keeping impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel.

"Have a game plan ready to avoid a tragedy. Leave your car keys at home if you will be consuming alcoholic beverages, and use public transportation, a designated driver or a ride-hailing service to stay safe," Warren Stanley, acting commissioner of the CHP, said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Woman Shot in San Jose Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries: PD]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 06:38:48 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJCadillacDriveShooting.PNG

A woman suffered life-threatening injuries after being shot in San Jose late Saturday, according to police.

The shooting occurred just before midnight along the 3100 block of Cadillac Drive, police said. Officers found the woman suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

No suspects have been identified or taken into custody as of Sunday morning, according to police.

A motive or any other circumstances regarding the shooting have not been released. An investigation is ongoing, according to police.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Police Search for Suspects Involved in San Jose Shooting]]>Sat, 03 Feb 2018 18:34:27 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/POLICE+TAPE+Connecticut.jpg

San Jose officials responded to a shooting in San Jose on Saturday afternoon after an adult male victim called to report that he had been shot. 

Officers arrived at the scene in the 1900 block of Messina Drive in San Jose where the victim had called to report he was approached by three males wearing black clothing while washing his car. 

According to reports, one of the suspects shot the victim, hitting him at least once. 

Officials are currently searching for the three suspects that fled the scene. The suspects are described as three males in their early 20's wearing black clothing and black hoodies. 

The victim was quickly transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Officials are still investigating the motive and circumstances of the scene. 

No further information was available. 

Check back for updates. 

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<![CDATA[Alum Rock School District Creates Protocols After ICE Audits]]>Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:49:28 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBALUMROCKMEETING_1607197.JPEG

Recent ICE audits across the Bay Area has struck fear among many residents leading to San Jose’s Alum Rock School District to call emergency meetings to come up with protocols in case parents of their students are deported while in class.

During the meeting the superintendent said she wasn’t going to wait to react to the recent ICE actions in the community, instead, she prefers coming up with a game plan for the worst-case scenario.

The district has begun their protocols by sending out a bilingual robot call reminding all parents to update their emergency contact information at their child’s school.

“In case you are not able to pick up your child after school, we need to have an authorized adult listed in the emergency card to pick up your child,” the call said.

According to the district’s superintendent, Dr. Hilaria Bauer, her district has lost 600 students in the last nine months, many coming from families who left for fear of deportation.

“Sometimes they don’t want to go to school. Don’t want to go shopping. They don’t want to go anywhere,” said an Alum Rock parent leader, Bertha Razo.

The district fears that some undocumented parents pulled their children out of school and have gone into hiding for fear of deportation. Some of the parents also told immigrant rights groups they wouldn’t be showing up to work for a while either.

During the meeting, the district's committee was able to put together protocols for how a school will respond in case immigration agents show up on campus, in case students are left parent-less.

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<![CDATA[San Jose District to Close Three Elementary Schools]]>Fri, 02 Feb 2018 12:36:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/school_generic1.jpg

A San Jose school board voted Wednesday night to close three elementary schools due to declining enrollment, according to a school district news release Thursday.

Oak Grove School District trustees approved the closure of Del Roble, Glider and Miner elementary schools effective with the 2018-19 school year. The decision was made after several meetings and community forums on the issue since September, during which the public provided feedback and various scenarios were discussed, the district said.

"These recommendations and action were taken by the Board after considerable deliberation and with great reluctance," district Superintendent José L. Manzo said in the release. "I cannot express enough how I wish it was not necessary to close any schools."

The final discussion on boundaries and grandfathering will be made no later than a March 1 special board meeting, the district said. Families impacted by school closures and/or boundary reassignments will receive a letter with their child’s new school assignment and any grandfathering options available.

In addition to a 10-year decline in enrollment, the district also faces fiscal challenges due to state funding constraints and increasing costs, the district said.

<![CDATA[Oak Grove District to Shut Down Three Elementary Schools]]>Fri, 02 Feb 2018 22:12:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBOAKGROVESchoolCLosures_1607420.JPEG

Oak Grove School District is shutting down Del Roble, Glider and Miner Elementary Schools due to problems with state funding and low enrollment.

Many parents are demanding answers, specifically those who moved to the area so their children could attend one of the schools now being shut down.

Shaun Tanner and his wife moved to the Del Roble neighborhood so their three kids could attend the school.

“We don’t want these schools closed,” said parent Shaun Tanner. “They don’t need to be closed.”

Despite growing anger among parents whose children attend these schools, Oak Grove School Districts says come fall, Del Roble, Glider and Miner elementary schools will still close.

According to the school districts, the closures come due to “a decline in enrollment,” “fiscal challenges,” and “increasing costs.”

“If that were true, we would see empty houses, we would see empty apartments, we would see fewer children in the area and that is definitively false,” said Tanner.

It’s unclear where many of these students will go to school next year, but the school board says they’ll have an answer for parents no later than March.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area ICE Audits Cause 'Fear' and 'Panic' in Community]]>Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:21:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/ICE-families-apart.jpg

Bay Area community organizers say many undocumented workers and employers are feeling ‘fear’ and ‘panic’ after U.S. Immigration Enforcement agents served 77 businesses audit notices this past week.

ICE agents served audit notices to businesses in San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, allowing each business three days to provide hiring records that prove they are in compliance with the law or face an on-site inspection.

Dispatchers taking calls at Sacred Heart Community Services say it’s an emotional time for employers and undocumented employees.

According to several calls the Rapid Response Network has received, many businesses have hit their three-day deadline and have produced employee records under the threat of fines or even federal inspections.

Although there have been no reports of raids like these, many Network dispatchers say they’re getting calls reporting on ‘detentions’ but it is not known if they’re related to the audits.

“Members of our community who are targeted by ICE either in their homes, or leaving their homes and we’re picked up are now in a detention center,” said Rapid Response Network member, Mariela Garcia.

NBC Bay Area’s Robert Handa spoke to an undocumented worker over the phone who did not want to be identified but says these audits have caused a lot of stress.

Companies like Peterson Dean have confirmed that they’re on the audit list but have refused to give further comments on the issue.

Garcia says the audits have not only affected the undocumented workers but the employers as well.

“It’s likely they’re going to be ‘let go’ and a long-term relationship is going to be cut off very suddenly,” said Garcia.

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<![CDATA[Ad Calls Out SJ Politician on Alleged Sexual Misconduct]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:14:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/oliverio-ad-0201.jpg

The #MeToo movement is hitting home for one South Bay politician. An ad posted to social media Thursday alleges former San Jose councilman and Santa Clara County supervisorial candidate Pierluigi Oliverio has a history of sexual harassment.

The scathing ad affiliates Oliverio with the #HimToo hashtag, a take on the #MeToo movement that has brought awareness to sexual misconduct, and it shows a picture of Oliverio along with President Donald Trump and former Senatorial candidate Roy Moore.

The ad highlights allegations of sexual harassment against Oliverio in 2015 by a former employee while Oliverio was on the San Jose City Council. The accuser later dropped Oliverio from a lawsuit and ended up settling with the city for $10,000, even though the city still claims the suit had no merit.

Vicki Gemetti is with the Santa Clara County Government Lawyers Association, which published the ad. The group hasn’t endorsed anyone in the supervisorial race but said it couldn’t stand idly by while Oliverio campaigned.

"I find that his actions are vile and repugnant, and his behavior reprehensible," she said. "Someone who has demonstrated utter lack of judgment on how to treat his own employees should not be responsible for leadership on thousands of female employees."

Oliverio insisted he does not have a sexual harassment problem in the workplace. Whe he saw the ad, he reiterated that the 2015 allegations had no merit.

"This is really a desperate attempt by the union bosses to try to control the Board of Supervisors by smearing," he said.

Oliverio added that he will continue fighting for the issues that afflict the county, such as health care and housing.

On Wednesday night, the group Democratic Activists for Women Now, or DAWN, voted unanimously to oppose Oliverio’s candidacy.

<![CDATA[Bicyclist Killed After Collision With Big-Rig in Sunnyvale]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 12:43:40 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sunnyvaleaccident_1593138.JPEG

A bicyclist was killed Thursday morning after a collision involving a big-rig in Sunnyvale, a Department of Public Safety spokesman said.

The collision was reported shortly after 7 a.m. on Caribbean Drive between Borregas Avenue and Geneva Drive, Capt. Shawn Ahearn said.

Ahearn said that he does not have any information yet on the bicyclist's identity, gender or age.

The person was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other injuries in the collision.

The Department of Public Safety's Accident Investigation Team will be surveying the scene for the next few hours, Ahearn said.

All westbound lanes on Caribbean Drive near the scene of the collision will be closed during that time, and there is no exact estimate for when the lanes will open back up, according to Ahearn.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested For Rape, Impersonating Officer in Milpitas: PD]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:11:40 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanley-friesen-0131.jpg

A Tracy man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a woman at a Milpitas motel while impersonating a law enforcement officer, according to the Milpitas Police Department.

Stanley Troy Friesen, 54, was arrested last week by Milpitas and Tracy officers at his home for allegations including rape, sodomy, oral copulation and impersonating a police officer. He was booked into Santa Clara County jail and is being held without bail due to a probation violation, police said.

On Jan. 16, Friesen made initial contact with a woman through an internet dating site and arranged to meet her at the Baymont Inn, at 66 S. Main St. in Milpitas, police said.

When the two met at a motel room, Friesen displayed a badge and gun, identifying himself as a police officer, police said. He told the victim he wanted to have sex with her and would not tell anyone about the contact if she complied.

The woman, fearing for her safety and believing Friesen was a police officer, agreed to have sex with him, police said. 

Officers tracked Friesen to Tracy and made the arrest on Jan. 25.

Based on the investigation, Milpitas detectives believe Friesen may have sexually  assaulted other women he may have met online and is asking anyone who might have had contact with Friesen to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400.

Additionally, the information can be given anonymously by calling the Crime Tip Hotline at (408) 586-2500 or via the Milpitas Police Department website at: http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/crimetip.

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<![CDATA[Fremont Detectives Bust International Theft Ring]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:36:58 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/theft-ring-0131.jpg

Detectives in Fremont last week busted an international burglary ring and recovered millions of dollars worth of stolen computers and cellphones, the Fremont Police Department announced Wednesday.

Eight suspects were taken into custody on Jan. 25: Carlos Paz, 28, of San Francisco; Huong Tran, 31, of San Jose; Benjamin Pham, 44, of San Jose; Luan Huynh, 30, of San Jose; Hung On, 51, of San Jose; Cinthia Martinez, 38, of San Francisco; Marvin Paz, 33, of San Francisco' and Rony Martinez, 34, of San Francisco.

Some of those electronics were stolen from cars and were being shipped to Vietnam, police said.

Detectives found about $1 million worth of electronics at a storage facility in San Jose, and a total of $2 million worth of goods were recovered, police said. The suspects had been loading the stolen items into a big container to be shipped overseas.

The investigation started with car break-ins in the Bay Area, and it led undercover police from Fremont to an international, multi-million dollar crime.

"We have victims as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada, Los Angeles and every county in the Bay Area," Fremont police Lt. Michael Tegner said. "This is a very organized crime. It’s a very sophisticated crime."

Detectives believe many of the items, mainly laptops and cellphones, were stolen from people’s cars along the Interstate 880 corridor in Fremont.

"You have a whole lot of street criminals selling them to one person, then that person was selling them to other people, and those people were shipping the items to Vietnam," Tegner said.

At the San Jose storage facility, more than 900 stolen laptops, tablets and phones were recovered.

"They were storing this stuff in the public storage containers, and then every once in awhile, the Konix box would show up, and they’d load it all into the back ... and they’d ship it to the Port of Oakland,"

Two of the suspects were stopped and arrested by U.S Customs officials for trying to take hundreds of stolen electronics in their luggage on a flight bound for Vietnam. The two suspects had 18 items of luggage containing more than 300 suspected stolen electronic devices, police said.

In collaboration with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, the eight suspects were charged with multiple felony counts, including conspiracy, possession of stolen property and an excessive takings enhancement, police said. A ninth suspect was arrested and released.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Fremont Police General Crimes Unit at 510-790-6900 or email Detective A. Stillitano at AStillitano@fremont.gov. They will also accept anonymous tip by text. Text TIP FREMONTPD followed by your message to 888-777, or via the web at https://local.nixle.com/tip/alert/6216337.

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<![CDATA[Youth Soccer Coach Accused of Sexually Assaulting Minor: PD]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:13:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gonzalez-0131.jpg

A South Bay youth soccer coach was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assaulting a minor, according to the Morgan Hill Police Department.

Marcial Gonzalez Jr., 27, of Morgan Hill, who was taken into custody by Morgan Hill officers, allegedly sexually assaulted a minor who he had met through coaching, police said, but it was not clear whether the victim was one of his players.

Gonzalez also was a Lyft driver, but police said the assault occurred at a private residence in Morgan Hill.

Gonzalez has been a coach at Oak Grove High School in San Jose since November 2017. He also coaches at South Valley Junior High in Gilroy, police said.

Previously, Gonzalez worked as a coach for Sentinal Soccer Club and as a junior varsity boys soccer coach at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill between October 2015 and February 2016, police said.

With Gonzalez’s association to youth through coaching, Morgan Hill police are investigating to determine if there are other victims or witnesses. Antone with information is asked to call the Morgan Hill Police Department 408-779-2101 or Detective Burdick at 669-253-4960.

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<![CDATA[Rare Super Blue Blood Moon Delights Bay Area Stargazers]]>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:49:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*199/Louis+Raphael+Super+moon.jpg

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<![CDATA[Super Blue Blood Moon Illuminates Bay Area Sky]]>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 19:39:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/BloodMoon1.JPG

For the first time in about 150 years, the moon treated Bay Area stargazers to quite the rare and celestial show.

A blue moon, supermoon and total lunar eclipse, all bundled together as one, illuminated the pre-dawn sky for roughly three hours Wednesday morning.

The phenomenon known as a super blue blood moon hasn't happened since 1982, and it's the first time since 1866 that people in the United States have actually been able to catch a glimpse of the lunar trifecta. The next super blue blood moon won't happen again until 2037.

A blue moon is the second full moon in a month. A supermoon is a particularly close full or new moon, appearing somewhat brighter and bigger. A total lunar eclipse — or blood moon for its reddish tinge — has the moon completely bathed in Earth's shadow.

The eclipse was visible best in the western half of the U.S. and Canada before the moon set Wednesday morning. The total lunar eclipse started to take shape at 3:48 a.m. before the full eclipse kicked in between 4:51 a.m. and 6:07 a.m. The partial eclipse came to an end at 7:11 a.m.

Aside from simply stepping out of one's home, finding the nearest rooftop or climbing to the nearest hilltop, people across the Bay Area were allowed to visit a few locations that opened early to witness the rare display.

Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland opened up its observatory deck at 3 a.m. for viewing. Those interested in attending were encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars, warm clothes and a blanket or two.

Right down the hill, another viewing party took place at the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum stationed in Alameda. Visitors 6 years old and above were allowed to spend the night aboard the ship and wake up hours later to take in the lunar trifecta.

Folks near Los Altos Hills paid a visit to Foothill College Observatory where a viewing event was scheduled between 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.

The Stanford University Astronomical Society hosted a viewing from Lake Lagunita by the bonfire pit with hot beverages and snacks from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.

For those who couldn't make it outside or find a clear viewing area, NASA provided a live stream of the moon from telescopes in California and Arizona.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Two Undocumented Immigrants With Opposing Views of Trump]]>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:30:15 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Two_Undocumented_Immigrants_With_Opposing_Views_of_Trump.jpg

Two women in San Jose, both of whom entered the U.S. as children illegally, watched President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday evening. Neither one is a citizen; one loved the president's immigration plan, the other found nothing about it to like. Terry McSweeney reports.

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<![CDATA[SJ Sets 6-Week Deadline For Removing Columbus Statue]]>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:45:34 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_columbus_statue_0129_1562249.JPG

San Jose city leaders late Tuesday night set a six-week deadline to lock down a new permanent home for a statue of Christopher Columbus that currently sits at City Hall.

The City Council voted on the contentious issue in response to activists who have said the statue is offensive and should be removed.

The statue has been a City Hall fixture for 60 years.

Mayor Sam Liccardo suggested speaking with the Italian-American community about another location for the statue. If there's no solution in six weeks, it goes into storage.

Moving the 3-ton statue could cost as much as $12,000.

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<![CDATA[Police in Hollister, Gilroy Search For Missing Girl, 11]]>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:01:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/missing-girl-0130.jpg

An 11-year-old Hollister girl went missing Tuesday, and police in Hollister and Gilroy were asking for the public's help in finding her.

Bridget Gisele Aldana went missing from Maze Middle School in Hollister. She was last seen at 8:20 a.m. in the 900 block of Meridian Street, according to the Hollister Police Department.

Bridget is described as a Hispanic female, 5 feet, 1 inch tall, wieghing about 110 pounds, with brown eyes and brown medium-length hair. She was last seen wearing a purple jacket, gray sweater, blue jeans and white shoes, police said.

She took extra clothing with her when she left home, police said.

Bridget recently moved from the state of Washington to Hollister. Police believe she could be in the Gilroy area, and the Gilroy Police Department was assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information about Bridget's whereabouts is requested to contact the Hollister Police Department at 831-636-4330. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at 800-78-CRIME.

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<![CDATA[Mini Horses, Donkey Mauled to Death by Dogs at Happy Hollow]]>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:41:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/the+barn.jpg

San Jose’s Happy Hollow Park and Zoo is mourning the loss of four miniature horses and a Sicilian donkey after they were mauled to death by three dogs who sneaked into their pen on two different nights earlier this month.

The first victim was miniature horse Sweet William, who was killed on Jan. 15.

"We had multiple agencies come out and do a thorough investigation, and we were able to see on video there that there were dogs that had gone into the park," said Zoo Director Valerie Riegel.

Surveillance video showed three dogs crawling into the park by squeezing under a back gate. The zoo added patrols and moved the horses to a much taller fence, but five days later, the dogs returned, killing the remaining three miniature horses and a donkey.

"It's so sad to hear," Santa Clara resident Coral Soto said. "Especially because my kids love the petting zoo."

San Jose’s Animal Care and Services division is conducting a complete investigation.

One shepherd mix dog was captured on the scene, a second shepherd mix one is now in Animal Care and Services custody and a third dog, a Chihuahua terrier mix, is still at large but is not considered a threat.

Director of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, Angel Rios Jr. said an increase in surveillance and fence line monitoring has been implemented and Animal Services officers will continue to patrol the area while a permanent solution is reached.

"Zookeeprs and zoo staff do everything they can to provide the utmost care for every animal," Rios said in a statement. "Two of the miniature horses, as well as the donkey, were born at the zoo, and the passing of these animals is an incredible loss to the HHPZ family and community."

The park remains open to the public as there is no public safety risk.

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<![CDATA[Woman Shot By SJPD Advanced Toward Officers With Shotgun]]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 18:33:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_ois_folo2_0130_1574249.JPG

A woman shot by a San Jose police officer after threatening officers on Monday afternoon is being treated for injuries that are not considered life-threatening, San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia said Tuesday.

At 2:53 p.m. Monday, police received a 911 call from a neighbor that San Jose resident Terese Haddox had said she was having suicidal thoughts and was armed with a gun. Haddox banged on the neighbor's front door

while holding a shotgun, Garcia said.

At 2:56 p.m., Haddox called police herself and said that if police came to her home, she would shoot them, Garcia said.

According to Garcia, Haddox hung up and called back a short time later when police had arrived to the residence in the 800 block of Feller Avenue. She said that if they did not leave, she would use her firearm to

harm them.

After San Jose officers had surrounded the area, Haddox walked out of her front door and was holding a shotgun. Haddox advanced toward officers and raised her shotgun at them in a firing position, the police chief said.

A 19-year male veteran of the department with no crisis

intervention training fired at Haddox, at which point she fell to the ground.

Garcia said that she got up and went back into her home and shut the door, but police were aware that she was hurt.

The round hit the shotgun itself, injuring both of Haddox's hands, Garcia said. From there it ricocheted into her torso, he said.

San Jose police's Special Operations Unit was called to the scene and helped coax Haddox outside, at which point she was taken into custody.

There was body-worn camera footage of the shooting. The officer involved has been placed on routine administrative leave, Garcia said.

Two shotguns were recovered from the residence. From further investigation, police know that the shotgun Haddox was using to arm herself was not loaded.

Investigators have yet to determine whether the shotgun was hers, according to Garcia.

The chief said that Haddox is at a hospital recovering, and she will eventually be transferred to Santa Clara County Jail. She will be booked on suspicion of seven counts of threatening a peace officer, brandishing a firearm at a peace officer and assault with a

deadly weapon on a peace officer, Garcia said.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office and the San Jose police Homicide Unit are doing a joint criminal investigation into the incident.

The San Jose police Internal Affairs Unit and the San Jose City Attorney's Office are monitoring the case. The independent police auditor was on scene.

"When someone threatens a police officer on a 911 call and then steps outside their house with a shotgun and points it at one of my police officers, the options are limited," Garcia said.

Garcia said that mental health crisis training begins for officers at academy, and the Police Department is actively working to cycle veteran officers through the program so the entire department can be trained for "situations in which you have time."

Garcia said he did not believe that this case was one of those situations.

"We try to assess situations and get people the help they need, but often times, they need to want the help," the chief said. "Certainly in this case this individual was suicidal, and was trying to take her life at the hands of law enforcement."

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<![CDATA[What to Know, Where to Go for 'Super Blue Blood Moon']]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 21:12:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/BloodSupermoonFile.JPG

Those willing to brave the early morning chill and pre-dawn hours will be treated to quite the astronomical spectacle on Wednesday.

A blue moon, supermoon and total lunar eclipse, all packed together as one, will illuminate the Bay Area sky, provided that the weather cooperates.

Some have coined the phenomenon "super blue blood moon." There hasn't been a triple lineup like this since 1982 and the next won't occur until 2037.

A blue moon is the second full moon in a month. A supermoon is a particularly close full or new moon, appearing somewhat brighter and bigger. A total lunar eclipse — or blood moon for its reddish tinge — has the moon completely bathed in Earth's shadow.

The eclipse will be visible best in the western half of the U.S. and Canada before the moon sets early Wednesday morning. The total lunar eclipse will start to take shape at 3:48 a.m. before the full eclipse kicks in between 4:51 a.m. and 6:07 a.m. The partial eclipse will come to an end at 7:11 a.m. with moonset slated for 7:18 a.m.

Aside from simply stepping out of one's home, finding the nearest rooftop or climbing to the nearest hilltop, people across the Bay Area can visit a few locations opening early to witness the rare display.

Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland will open its observatory deck at 3 a.m. for viewing. Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars, warm clothes and a blanket or two.

Right down the hill, another viewing party is slated to take place at the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum stationed in Alameda. Visitors 6 years old and above can spend the night aboard the ship and wake up hours later to take in the lunar display.

Folks near Los Altos Hills can visit the Foothill College Observatory where a viewing event is scheduled for 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.

The Stanford University Astronomical Society will host its viewing from Lake Lagunita by the bonfire pit with hot beverages and snacks from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.

NASA plans to also provide a live stream of the moon from telescopes in California and Arizona, beginning at 2:30 a.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Home to Hottest Neighborhoods for Homebuyers]]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:43:29 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/SILICON+HOMES.jpg

The 10 hottest neighborhoods for homebuyers in the entire country are all in the Bay Area, and most of them are in the South Bay, according to a report. Real estate website Redfin put together the report. The hottest neighborhood is the Bucknall area in San Jose. The site says the average home goes off the market in just eight days and costs $1.5 million.

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<![CDATA[Man Scores $1M After Testing Lottery Luck in San Jose]]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:05:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-504805944.jpg

An ordinary trip to a San Jose gas station market turned out to be a life-changing event for one lucky man.

Vincent Anchondo recently tested his lottery luck while paying a visit to the Rotten Robbie gas station located at 1304 Piedmont Rd. in the South Bay city, according to California Lottery officials. Moments later, he scored a cool $1 million.

Anchondo first grabbed a $10 California Black Premium Scratchers ticket and noticed that we won a free ticket with that purchase, according to California Lottery officials. He then meandered back into the market and tested his luck once again with a $10 Holiday Magic Scratchers ticket.

After dusting away what he scratched off, Anchondo was overcome by shock. A winning ticket worth $1 million was staring him in the face.

"I sat there for a long time staring at it because I wasn't sure if what I was seeing was real," Anchondo told the California Lottery. "I kind of froze."

The ecstatic winner plans to use some of his winnings to buy a house, according to the California Lottery.

Anchondo isn't the only beneficiary. The Rotten Robbie gas station will receive a $5,000 bonus check for simply selling the winning ticket, according to the California Lottery.

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<![CDATA[San Jose City Leaders to Decide Fate of Columbus Statue]]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:12:48 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_columbus_statue_0129_1562249.JPG

San Jose has some bad history it needs to resolve. On Tuesday, city leaders will finally decide what to do about the controversial Christopher Columbus statue at City Hall.

The statue has been a fixture at City Hall since the 1950s but recently generated outrage for many in the community. At a protest over the monument on Monday, demonstrators said they don’t just want the statue gone from City Hall; they want it completely out of the public eye.

The statue of Columbus, donated by Italian American groups and the Civic Club in 1958, has been moved around periodically since it became a target of constant vandalism. Now, the San Jose branch of the Chicano activist organization, the Brown Berets, is leading a move to have it removed.

"The statue kind of perpetuates this false claim that he's a man who came to this land and ... is this huge hero that founded this land and discovered this land, when in fact there were already people here inhabiting it," said Beija Gonzalez, co-chair of the San Jose Brown Berets.

Justice groups such as STAND San Jose have joined the cause.

"The history, the legacy, of Christopher Columbus is a history of slavery, genocide, colonization," said Jess Saba Kirchner, organizer with STAND San Jose. "So there are just lots of groups who have suffered because of those legacies."

If the City Council votes to remove the statue, relocation options include Mineta San Jose International Airport and the Italian Bank exhibit at History Park.

Councilman Johnny Khamis would like it at the airport, but with an updated plaque conveying a factual historical account of Columbus.

"So that people could learn from history rather than trying to erase history," Khamis said.

Another protest is expected Tuesday ahead of the council's afternoon session.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Police Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting: PD]]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:36:48 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd_ois_0129_1561763.JPG

San Jose police were investigating an officer-involved shooting Monday in the city's Alum Rock neighborhood, the department said.

The shooting, which occurred at about 3:20 p.m. in the 800 block of Feller Avenue, involved a female suspect armed with a shotgun, police said.

The unidentified suspect was taken into custody and transported to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said. No other injuries were reported. 

No further details were available.

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<![CDATA[South Bay Home to 2 Top U.S. Cities to Visit in 2018: Report]]>Mon, 29 Jan 2018 10:14:54 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/SANTA+CLARA+COUNTY.jpg

Santa Clara County is apparently home to two of the top places to visit in 2018, according to TripAdvisor. They chose 30 spots from around the country. San Jose/Santa Clara made the cut. The site mentions landmarks such as the Winchester Mystery House and the iconic Lick Observatory on top of Mount Hamilton as highlights. Sacramento is the only other California city on the list.]]>
<![CDATA[Water Leak Causes Flooding Near Student Dorms at SJSU]]>Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:46:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjsu-flooding-0128.jpg

A water leak from what appeared to be a broken city main caused flooding outside student dorms at San Jose State University on Sunday evening, according to university police.

The leak, which continued gushing for about three and a half hours, started about 4:15 p.m. on the east side of the downtown San Jose campus near student housing complexes, SJSU police said.

The water pooled to ankle depth in some places until crews got it turned off by about 8 p.m. Some students returning to campus from their weekend were taken aback.

"I definitely was not expecting to come back to this," freshman Caspian Woodward said. "I wasn't here when it blew, but it's a mess."

Campus police stopped students from crossing the flowing water as they tried to get back to their dorms.

"It's crazy," freshman Shivani Yadav said. "It's pretty high-up water too."

The break happened on a city-owned water main, right between two of the campuses newest and largest dorms, raising concerns about getting to classes in the morning.

"This is my main way to go, so it's going to be worse to try to get there now," freshman Emma Chatelain said. "I'm just hoping they shut it off soon, because this is going to be a lot of damage."

The flooding also was approaching a construction site where a new acquatics complex was being built.

It was not clear what caused the leak. A campus spokesperson said workers were mopping up minimal water inside one of the buildings, and the incident would not affect classes Monday morning.

The water company will be at the scene until at least late Monday morning repairing the broken line, officials said.

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

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<![CDATA[Identity Theft Warning as Tax Season Gets Underway]]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:12:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-897291366.jpg

Monday marks the first day people can electronically file their tax returns, and one enrolled agent is encouraging people to file as soon as possible before an identity thief files for them.

Lambert Mah, an enrolled agent with H&R Block in San Jose, is pushing people to file early following a handful of major data breaches that occurred in 2017.

"If you’re sitting there going, 'Well, no one’s told me that my data's been stolen, I have no worries,' it’s like, 'Well, probably someone has already stolen it,'" Mah said. "You just don’t know it yet."

To protect one's tax refund and ward off tax return fraud, people are encouraged to file as soon as possible, choose direct deposit and report to the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Trade Commission immediately if they notice that their tax return has already been filed before they actually submit it.

People can get their money back if someone else files a fraudulent return on their behalf, but the process could take months. 

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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Physical Altercation in San Jose: PD]]>Mon, 29 Jan 2018 10:05:54 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-generic-2015-2.jpg

A man was pronounced dead after being entangled in a physical altercation in San Jose late Saturday, according to police.

No suspects have been identified or located at this time, police said.

Officers first responded to a call about a disturbance along the 4000 block of San Simeon Way just before 11:40 a.m., according to police. They found the man suffering from injuries that he sustained during some sort of fight.

The man was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to police.

A motive for the altercation remains unknown, according to police. An investigation is ongoing.

The man's identity will not released until it is confirmed and his relatives are notified, according to police.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283. Those people who wish to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867.

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<![CDATA[2016 Photo Captures Raw Meat in Shopping Carts at SJ Grocery]]>Sun, 28 Jan 2018 16:38:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MarinaGroceryRawMeat.PNG

Concerns regarding raw meat handling in the South Bay ramped up over the weekend after a woman shared a 2016 photo featuring meat once again sitting uncovered in a shopping cart as it was being wheeled into a San Jose grocery store.

The most recently shared photo comes days after another woman witnessed raw meat resting in Costco shopping carts being delivered to the 99 Ranch Market in North San Jose.

Back in March 2016, Christine Cabral spotted butchered hogs placed in shopping carts being rolled through a back door at Marina Grocery in San Jose.

"I yelled," she said. "I rolled down the window and was like, 'Hey, that's disgusting.'" 

NBC Bay Area visited the grocery store in question and showed Cabral's photo to a man who one employee identified as a meat counter manager. The manager said he has not seen employees handling raw meat in such a way at the establishment before.

NBC Bay Area also contacted a supervisor at Marina Grocery who then called her manager. The manager indicated that nobody would be able to comment on the matter at this time.

A person who works in the meat cutting and packing industry but wished to have his identity concealed said he has also seen instances of raw meat open to the air being transported in shopping carts several times over the course of the past two years.

"Anybody that works or is in that industry should know that that's a red flag," the person said.

Cabral said she hasn't been able to return to Marina Grocery since coming across the unsanitary delivery."

"Look at that," she said, referring to the snapshot she captured. "Can you imagine our kids touching that? Maybe people will listen and go get something done there because I'm pretty sure they're still doing it to this day."

United States Department of Agriculture standards indicate that raw pork should be refrigerated right up to delivery and should not be left uncovered and open to contaminants.

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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Fire Breaks Out in Santa Clara: FD]]>Sun, 28 Jan 2018 19:35:37 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DeadlyFireSantaClara.PNG

One man died after a fire ignited inside a townhouse complex in Santa Clara early Sunday, according to a fire official.

Firefighters pulled the man who was in cardiac arrest from the building and performed CPR, but he was later pronounced dead at the hospital, Santa Clara Fire Department Chief Bill Kelly said. No other fatalities or injuries were reported.

The blaze broke out at the two-story, four-unit building located at 1030 Clyde Ave. just before 2 a.m., according to Kelly.

Firefighters managed to get to the scene in about five minutes, but they unable to save all four homes. Two of the townhome units were wiped out by the flames.

"This was a stubborn fire," Kelly said. "The fire got into the attic and spread laterally."

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Photos of Raw Meat in Shopping Carts at SJ Market Go Viral]]>Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:01:03 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/99ranch-meat-raw-shoppingcarts.JPG

Read our follow-up story about a 2016 photo that captured raw meat in shopping carts being rolled into another San Jose grocery store.

A local San Jose grocery store is under investigation after a customer witnessed raw meat being transported in shopping carts.

Loretta Seto happened to be on a routine shopping trip at 99 Ranch Market, a grocery store at Hostetter Road and Lundy Avenue in San Jose, hoping to pick up a few things for a weekend barbecue when she spotted two men delivering raw meat in Costco shopping carts at the front entrance. She says her initial reaction was to take photos of the incident which she later posted to Facebook as a warning to other shoppers.

"Raw meat was being transported in Costco shopping carts − first thing I did was snap a photo," Seto told NBC Bay Area. "Two guys were transporting slabs of pork — they were just slapped on the handle bard. I don't know where it goes — does it go down the aisle and touch all the products? I don't know. It was absolutely horrific in my opinion."

Seto's post now has well over a thousand shares.

“Talk about disgusting! I’m usually okay with sticking the kids in the seat of the basket, but this is a whole new level of gross. Beware,” Seto said in her Facebook post.

Since Seto posted the photos to Facebook, the Santa Clara Department of Environmental Health confirmed they are now investigating how slabs of raw meat were delivered to 99 Ranch Market.

The post didn't just catch the attention of the city's Department of Environmental Health, but it also sparked a conversation on the unsanitary methods the meat vendor used to transport the meat.

“No doubt a health code violation,” said Facebook user, David Seminatore. “You could get really sick, especially a young child.”

In an interview with NBC Bay Area, 99 Ranch Market said they learned about the incident on Friday and have dumped all the meat from the vendor, Jim's Farm Meat.

The grocery store even responded directly on Seto’s Facebook post and apologized, stating “we are taking the necessary steps to resolve this issue by investigating this case further and filing a complaint against our vendor.”

A spokesperson from the meat vendor, Jim's Farm Meat, confirmed to the Modesto Bee that the employees seen pushing the carts into the store have been fired. 

"We are thoroughly investigating the incident," said spokesperson Maria Moon. "This isn't anything we typically do. When we send our products out, they are always in a combo bin and wrapped. That's how it left our facility." 

Moon declined to comment further on the matter until the investigation is complete but she did explain that the actions of the now-fired employees is not something the company approves of. 

NBC Bay Area has reached out to Costco for comment about the use of their shopping carts for deliveries in other stores.

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara University Groups Respond to 'Hurtful' Fliers]]>Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:49:15 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/scu_immig_0125_1524333.JPG

Santa Clara University has become the latest campus to be hit by what some are calling hateful anti-immigrant messages.

Posters have been showing up on college campuses nationwide in a campaign spreading anti-immigrant rhetoric.

SCU student groups are voicing their anger over the posters and disappointment with the school’s response.

The fliers appeared on campus on Monday, and students with Undocumented Students and Allies Association, or USAA, have been meeting to respond and show solidarity. The student group linked to the school’s multicultural center put up a banner of their own, stating "We are here ... we are not afraid."

The anti-immigration poster seen Monday twisted feminist slogans with hashtags: No Means No and My Borders, My Choice.

"It’s just very hurtful," student Diana Mendoza of USAA said. "You want your university to be your home, and when it doesn’t feel like a home, it really stops you from the way you’re learning, the way you’re studying, the way you’re eating, the way you’re sleeping."

The banner was not the only response. There were all sorts of signs, fliers and posters on campus Thursday supporting immigrants.

"It empowers me to actually want to do something and to respond in a way that’s positive, to make them see that we’re not any different than they are," ," said Marlene Cerritos, another USAA member. "If anything, we’re more compassionate."

Santa Clara University issued a statement, saying it is conducting an investigation and acknowledging the importance of listening to diverse viewpoints while emphasizing respect and civil discourse.

Some student groups said the response was late and lacked support.

"I think the situation just proves we need a resource center, specifically for undocumented students and students with mixed status families as soon as possible," Mendoza said.

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<![CDATA[SJPD and City Leaders Confront the Spike in Juvenile Crimes]]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:08:35 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/San_Jose_Police_Arrest_Four_Teens_for_Alleged_Car_Theft.jpg

A police chase ended with San Jose police arresting several teens in a stolen vehicle on Friday marking it as the third incident involving suspects under 16 in 24 hours.

San Jose police and other South Bay leaders are frustrated with the spike in juvenile crimes and the San Jose police chief concedes that part of the problem is that juveniles face limited consequences for crimes like these.

The latest of these crimes occurred on Friday morning, police caught four juveniles in East San Jose in a stolen truck and the night before, on Thursday, armed officers arrested a group of car thieves, all under the age of 16, in the Evergreen neighborhood.

Officers state that dealing with juveniles is tricky as they struggle to balance the need to help children with the need to punish criminals.

Today, at a gathering of social service agencies geared toward children’s needs, Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, who has worked with the juvenile crime system, said he’s concerned about the recent spike but ensured that harsher punishments will not work.

“I don’t happen to believe that the way to deal with trauma among youth is to lock them up and throw away the key,” Cortese said. “We need to be thinking about ‘where did these children start? Where were they when they were two, three years old? What were they exposed to?”

Rhoda Blankenship, the child adolescent director for the Public Health Department, agrees. She claims that the goal is to rebuild resilience in the community and the way to do that is to build resilience in families.

“One example would be our ‘Peace Partnership’ on the east side of San Jose,” Blankenship said.

Cortese says he believes the upward trend involving youth is also because the city of San Jose does not have enough officers to respond to so many crimes.

“Nobody comes out,” he said. “I think even young perpetrators know that. Do a crime, nobody is going to show up. Nobody is going to follow up and there’s no detectives to solve the crime.”

However, San Jose police ensure that there are more cops on the street now than ever and they vow to respond to calls like these immediately.

Cortese says the county will be addressing the situation in upcoming meetings including possible residential programs for violent youth.

<![CDATA[San Jose Sees Rash of Crimes by Minors]]>Fri, 26 Jan 2018 08:56:49 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/crime.PNG

There’s been a rash of crimes committed by minors, and the San Jose police chief concedes that part of the problem is that juveniles face limited consequences for crimes like these.

On Thursday night, NBC Bay Area was on scene in San Jose’s Evergreen neighborhood, where officers busted a group of suspected car thieves, some too young to drive.

With rifles and K-9s in hand, San Jose police officers went door to door in the Evergreen community in search of four suspects who stole a car then crashed it after the cops gave chase on Thursday.

With all of the suspects being between the ages of 14 and 16, SJPD says burglars are getting younger. San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia notes juveniles face very limited consequences, serving little to no time in juvenile hall for these types of crimes, making it easier for teens to engage in illegal activity.

All four suspects were arrested.

Residents of the Evergreen area are familiar with these types of crimes. SJPD Sgt. Eddie Chan said that two years ago, residents in the South Bay community were often being burglarized.

"When a crew gets arrested, the next one moves in," Chan said.

Two years ago, SJPD had a shortage of officers that may have been linked to the burglaries, now, there are more cops on the street, and they vow to respond to calls like these immediately.

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<![CDATA[Stanford Making a Push to Have Rape Kits at Facilities]]>Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:52:20 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanford_rape_kits_0125_1523893.JPG

Stanford University is trying to make it easier for sexual assault victims in Palo Alto to get a medical exam called a rape kit that could help catch and prosecute their attackers.

Currently, such victims are traveling to Valley Medical Center in San Jose to get the exams, and some believe it's simply too far to ask victims to travel.

Stanford Ph.D. student and advocate Emma Tsurkov, said she believes one medical center isn’t enough for the many victims out there. She says a facility closer to Stanford would encourage more victims in the immediate area to come forward.

Being a victim of sexual assault is traumatizing, and reporting it can be daunting enough without having to travel such a far distance to do so, Tsurkov said.

"Many people on campus don’t have cars, and then the idea of are you going to go to a rape kit in an Uber?" she said.

Stanford is working with Santa Clara County to make rape kits more accessible at university facilities.

Tsurkov, a member of two committees working to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, says most sexual assault victims she knows never report the crime in part because getting the rape kit isn’t easy.

"They don’t want public health involved, they don’t want to inform anybody at the university," she said.

She applauds Stanford’s recent efforts but hopes the access to rape kits remains a priority.

"The need exists but exists broader than just the student community," she said.

Valley Medical Center has a sexual assault response team, meaning there are nurses and staff with special training for the rape kit, and they can collect evidence to prosecute the crime.

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<![CDATA[SJ Mayor Resigns From FCC Advisory Board, Citing Bias]]>Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:58:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P+SJ+STATE+OF+THE+CITY+VO+-+00000623.jpg

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo announced Thursday that he has submitted his resignation from a Federal Communications Commission board he was serving on due to "the pervasive and overwhelming influence of big telecom and industry," according to a mayor's office representative.

Liccardo joined the Broadband and Deployment Advisory Committee as a part of the FCC in order to discuss expanding broadband access to the public.

However, Liccardo said in a statement that he feels the outcomes of the committee's actions are predetermined due to many of the other representatives' connections to wireless and cable corporations and their allies.

"It has become abundantly clear that Chairman (Ajit) Pai and the FCC merely pay lip service to the goal of digital equity, and this body will simply serve to further the interests of the telecommunications industry over the public interest," Liccardo said.

Liccardo was the only original city representative on the committee to start, but after highlighting the issue and gaining media coverage as well as letters of support from municipal leaders and members of Congress, two more city representatives were appointed.

According to Liccardo's office, a single industry representative completely rewrote a draft of a municipal code during the holiday break after nine months of deliberation. This left municipal representatives scrambling to vet hundreds of changes in a short amount of time.

The rewritten draft echoed sentiments of legislation that the industry pushed in 20 states across the country, according to the mayor's office.

The committee's participants were instructed to keep the documents confidential, but the industry-minded representatives have allegedly shared drafts with more than 70 of their member companies prior to providing a copy to the general public.

The discussion among participants has primarily focused on fees and whether the industry or taxpayers should be footing the bill for the industry's infrastructure investments.

According to Liccardo's office, he supports deploying 5G, the next generation of wireless internet, but does not support taxpayer-subsidized pricing and the possibility of not addressing underserved poor and rural areas as promised.

"We must keep fighting to ensure that the growing benefits brought by broadband access reach all of our communities," Liccardo said. "With little hope of supportive policy emanating from the FCC, we are looking to Congress to come up with a solution and will do everything to support sensible legislation that puts the best interests of Americans first."

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<![CDATA[VTA Given More Time to Finish BART Extension Project Design]]>Thu, 25 Jan 2018 07:38:28 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart-generic.jpg

Commuters might have to wait a bit longer for BART to make it all the way to downtown San Jose and beyond.

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, which is building the track extension into the South Bay city, announced that the federal government has given the transportation system an extra three months to finish the project's design. The federal government is helping fund the project.

One of the issues at question with the project is whether or not to build a single-bore or double-bore tunnel underneath downtown San Jose. VTA is slated to approve one of those designs in April with the federal government expected to hand down its decision in June.

The extension project into the South Bay still requires several years of work. VTA hopes to have BART kick off its expanded service by 2026.

Once completed, BART will feature four new stations in the South Bay: Alum Rock, downtown San Jose, Diridon Station and Santa Clara.

The four new stations represent the second phase of BART's extension project into the region. The first phase includes opening stations in Fremont, Milpitas and San Jose.

The Warm Springs station in Fremont opened last year while the Milpitas station and Berryessa station in San Jose are slated to open in June.

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<![CDATA[Teens Arrested, Stolen Items Recovered Following SJ Burglary]]>Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:10:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/burglary+teens.jpg

Teenage boys who are accused of breaking into a home in the East San Jose foothills are now in juvenile hall. Officers recovered stolen jewelry, a cellphone, a camcorder and a pellet gun that belonged to one of the boys. Police reported that the teenagers snuck into a home on Meadow Lane through the backyard Wednesday morning. They tried to escape by jumping the neighbor's fence but were soon cornered and arrested a short time later.]]>
<![CDATA[Girl Leads Boy Scout Oath For San Jose Cub Scout Troop]]>Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:47:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/231*120/01-24-2018-girl-boy-scout.jpg

For more than 100 years, young men have been reciting the Boy Scouts' oath. But a Cub Scout pack in San Jose invited a girl to take the lead on Wednesday night. Sergio Quintana reports.

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<![CDATA[College in Santa Clara Gets Facelift With New Student Center]]>Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:11:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mission+College+center-0124.png

A South Bay college got a much needed facelift Wednesday that will make life much easier for its 7,000 students.

Mission College in Santa Clara had a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil its new Student Engagement Center, which replaces its old main building constructed back in 1979.

Congressman Ro Khanna and Mission College President Daniel Peck as well as many other local dignitaries helped open the doors to the state-of-the-art facility.

The SEC will house admissions, assessment center, financial aid, counseling, tutoring, international center as well classrooms, faculty and some administration offices.

Peck said the centralized facility will make the education process smoother and more efficient for students and staff.

He also pointed out the new structure was made possible by voters who overwhelmingly approved multimillion-dollar funding measures for the West Valley-Mission district.

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<![CDATA[Top 3 School Districts in California are in the Bay Area]]>Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:52:17 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/School+generic+stock.jpg

The top three school districts in the state of California lie in the Bay Area with Palo Alto Unified School District topping the list, according to a report by niche.com.

Taking the No. 2 spot is the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District followed by the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District at No. 3.

The highest ranked school district, Palo Alto Unified, is made up of 12,000 students in grades K-12 with an average of 18 students per teacher. With an average salary of $100,000, Palo Alto teachers make 50 percent more than the national average, niche.com reports.

The website also reports that 93 percent of students in the No. 1 ranked school district feel safe on campus, 82 percent are proficient in math and 77 are proficient in reading.

The blend of data scientists, engineers and parents that make up niche.com ranked school districts by analyzing public information and user reviews. According to their website, they looked at everything from academics, faculty, sports, food and safety, among other factors.

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<![CDATA[SJ Group Protests Google's Plan For Massive New Campus]]>Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:49:04 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/google_sjprotest_0124_1515071.JPG

Google's plan to build a massive new campus in downtown San Jose was met with protests Wednesday at the company's Mountain View headquarters.

The central issue was concern over what the tech giant's plan could mean for those struggling to afford housing in the city now.

The city of San Jose is in the middle of negotiations with Mountain View-based Google about the planned new 6.8 million square foot campus. And those from a group called Silicon Valley Rising along with others who live nearby are saying don't leave them out in the cold.

"We are here because our community is hurting," said protester Maria Noel Fernandez, who was among a group marching outside Google headquarters to deliver their message.

"If they're gonna come to San Jose, they are welcome. But they need to come and be a responsible neighbor," another protester said to the crowd.

The group is asking Google to come to the table to help with, among other things, affordable housing, and legal representation for those who might lose their homes because of rising prices.

"We have asked them to come to our town halls, we've invited them to our meetings, and they haven't shown up," Fernandez said. "So we're saying, we're coming to you if you won't come to us."

While Silicon Valley Rising delivered a letter outlining its requests to Google, the pro-business Silicon Valley Leadership Group urged residents to welcome the tech giant and the benefits it can bring.

"First, we have an iconic company like Google, who wants to invest 20,000 high-tech, high-wage jobs right in downtown San Jose, where it belongs," said Carl Guardino, president and CEO of SVLG.

Google released a statement saying it plans to work with local officials to benefit both the city of San Jose and those who live there.

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<![CDATA[City Officials Discuss Resources for Undocumented Immigrants]]>Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:22:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ice+police.PNG

San Jose city officials and community leaders came together Wednesday at City Hall to emphasize their support for the immigrant community in Santa Clara County in response to recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid threats.

Zulma Maciel, director of the city's Office of Immigrant Affairs, discussed resources available to undocumented immigrants in the area in light of rumors of widespread immigration raids planned across Northern California.

On Jan. 10, 21 people were arrested and ordered to appear in immigration court throughout four Bay Area counties when ICE agents raided multiple 7-Eleven chain locations.

Maciel said it was understandable that undocumented immigrants are now fearful that they may fall victim to an ICE raid and their families could be separated. Because of this concern, the city of San Jose and Santa Clara County have collaborated with volunteer organizations to form a Rapid Response Network, according to Maciel.

The network is one of nine rapid response networks in Northern California.

"We are not alone in this work," Maciel said.

The network's main goal is to inform residents of their rights to protect them from unlawful arrest and ensure due process.

A 24/7 hotline is available at (408) 290-1144 to report ICE activity in the South Bay as a part of the network. According to Maciel, the hotline is run by more than 600 volunteers.

Anyone can call the hotline and when they do, four things will happen: the volunteer reminds the caller of their rights, sends a rapid responder to report ICE agents, sends an immigration attorney to meet with the caller as soon as possible and activates a family support team for those related to the detainee.

"We are building a wall of resistance against hate and the tactic of fear mongering that this administration has continued to employ to terrorize our most vulnerable communities," Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco said.

City Councilmember Raul Peralez gave tips for employers who could be approached by ICE agents asking for a specific employee: make sure that ICE has a warrant that is signed by a judge with a specific name and location, do not lie or hide the individual, ask them to walk out to a public waiting space, and immediately call the emergency hotline.

Employees should submit emergency contacts to their employers in case that situation ever was to happen, according to Peralez.

"San Jose has always been a city of immigrants, and it is because of this that our city has thrived," Peralez said. "We will not allow our immigrant families to be torn apart without a fight."

Representative of groups including People Acting in Community Together, VietUnity and Congregation Shir Hadash spoke on behalf of their organizations and how they are being affected by the threat of deportation.

Rabbi Melanie Aron of Congregation Shir Hadash spoke about how the Jewish community is stepping up and advocating for undocumented immigrants because they remember when their refugees were not permitted to get through the borders when they needed to most and people helped them.

"We are fortunate to live in a county where the inter-religious community has joined together in a solidarity network to protect immigrants," Aron said. "I would like to encourage us to make our actions the most effective to live out the teachings of our various faith traditions."

People who want more information about resources for immigrants in Santa Clara County, particularly the Rapid Response Hotline, can check out their website.

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