<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News - South Bay]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/localen-usMon, 23 Sep 2019 10:00:49 -0700Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:00:49 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Woman Killed in San Jose Hit-and-Run]]>561128491Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:16:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-generic-2015-2.jpg

A hit-and-run driver struck and killed a woman in San Jose on Sunday evening, according to police.

Officers responded at 7:44 p.m. to the hit-and-run reported in the area of South King Road and Lido Way near Emma Prusch Farm Park.

The victim was found in the roadway and was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. Her name is not yet being released.

Investigators determined the vehicle, a dark blue or green truck, possible an early 2000s model Ford Ranger with an extended cab, was heading south on South King Road when it hit the woman, who was in the crosswalk, according to police.

The truck and driver were last seen turning west onto Story Road. The driver is described as having a buzz cut and was clean-shaven besides a small mustache, police said.

The fatal collision is the 36th on San Jose city streets in 2019 and the 15th to involve a vehicle and pedestrian. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Eliseo Malvideo at (408) 277-4654 or a tip line at (408) 947-STOP.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead in Crash on Highway 101 Off-Ramp in Sunnyvale]]>561116331Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:15:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LawrenceExpresswayFatal.png

At least one person has died in a solo-vehicle crash on the southbound U.S. Highway 101 off-ramp at the Lawrence Expressway in Sunnyvale early Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP said the crash was first reported at 2:47 a.m. Officers arrived to find one person who died at the scene. There are no immediate reports of other people injured.

The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office is enroute to the scene and the southbound off-ramp has been closed with no estimated time of reopening. No lanes of the freeway are currently blocked.

No further information is immediately available.

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

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

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<![CDATA[1 Dead in Multi-Vehicle Crash on Highway 152 in Gilroy]]>561094701Sun, 22 Sep 2019 23:26:18 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/chp-generic-night.jpg

One person died and at least six others were injured after a big rig and two other vehicles crashed on Highway 152 in Gilroy late Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash at Highway 152 and Bloomfield Road was reported at about 8:35 p.m. and initially blocked all eastbound lanes, the CHP said.

No further details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[SJ Mayor, Others Make 'Downtown Dropdown' For Nonprofit]]>561086581Sun, 22 Sep 2019 21:40:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/liccardo-drop-0922.jpg

San Jose’s mayor literally went over the edge for a good cause Sunday.

Mayor Sam Liccardo rappelled down the face of the Adobe headquarters building. It’s the third year in a row he’s taken the plunge as part of a fundraising effort for the nonprofit Downtown Streets team.

"This is a really important effort that Downtown Streets has started in cities throughout the Bay Area," Liccardo said. "They’re helping so many of our neighbors get back on their feet, so we do whatever we can to support them."

Downtown Streets launched in 2005 and is dedicated to ending homelessness. It now operates in 14 Bay Area cities.

Other notable participants at Sunday's downtown dropdown included Larry Klein, the mayor of Sunnyvale, and Carl Guardino, the CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Suspect in San Jose State University Shooting]]>561058531Sun, 22 Sep 2019 21:30:35 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJSU-Shooting-Suspect+%281%29.jpg

Police detectives on Sunday arrested a suspect in a shooting incident at San Jose State University last week.

Joseph "Joey" Vicencio, 21, was identified following the release of surveillance photos Friday showing a person of interest that generated a tip to police, officials said.

Police were summoned at 6:20 p.m. Thursday to a shots fired call in the 100 block of East San Fernando Street, where they found damage to the parking structure and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library.

Multiple rounds had been fired in various directions. No victims were located.

Detectives canvassed the area, talked to witnesses and obtained photos of someone seen in the area at the time of the shooting.

The person of interest was described as a white male adult in his early 20s, wearing a blue medical mask, a black hooded sweatshirt, tan pants, possible Nike brand shoes, and a blue/gray backpack.

Vicencio was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on charges of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, attempted murder, assault with a firearm, discharge a firearm in a gross negligent manner, and possession of a firearm in public.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Matthew Sanfilippo of the San Jose Police Department's Assaults Unit at (408) 464-8379 or 4186@sanjoseca.gov.

Tips can be submitted anonymously at (408) 947-7867.

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<![CDATA[Five People Forced to Relocate After Care Home Fire]]>561046691Sun, 22 Sep 2019 13:59:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/190*120/SJ-Care-Facility-Fire.JPG

Five residents were forced to relocate after a blaze at a north San Jose care home residence early Sunday morning, according to San Jose Fire Department fire.

The fire, first reported at the Keene Care facility at 4900 Massachusetts Drive at 4:09 a.m., was contained at about 4:50 a.m., Fire Captain Pete Caponio said.

According to Caponio, nobody was injured due to the blaze, but three of the residents were taken to other Keene Care homes. Two others who required more definitive care were taken to hospitals. Two staff members were also displaced.

Caponio said the blaze started near a backyard fence and spread into the entire attic of the home. All the residents of the home were evacuated and a parakeet was saved.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Caponio said it doesn't appear suspicious. No America Red Cross assistance was needed.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Cities Compete in 35th Annual Coastal Cleanup]]>561025612Sat, 21 Sep 2019 23:57:40 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bay_Area_Cities_Compete_in_35th_Annual_Coastal_Cleanup.jpg

Several Bay Area cities participated in a friendly competition Saturday to see which group could collect the most trash in the 35th annual coastal cleanup.]]>
<![CDATA[Downtown Los Altos Streets to Close For Sunday Corvette Show]]>561019411Sat, 21 Sep 2019 22:26:07 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/c8-cORVETTE-uNVEILING-sAN-dIEGO_2.jpg

The streets in downtown Los Altos will be closed Sunday for the annual Corvette Spectacular Car Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street.

The event hosted by Santa Clara Corvettes is billed as one of the largest All-Corvette Car Shows on the West Coast, featuring some 165 new, classic and racing Corvettes, along with live music, raffle prizes and vendors.

Downtown streets closed to motor traffic from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday are Main Street from First Street to State Street; Second Street from Plaza Central to Plaza South (behind Le Boulanger); Third Street from Plaza Central to Plaza South.

The driveways to the parking plazas on Second and Third streets will remain open and accessible, police said in an advisory, reminding motorists to watch for no parking signs to avoid citations and vehicle towing. Streets will reopen at 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

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<![CDATA[Vigil Held for Murdered Waitress in 1996 Cold Case]]>561009811Sun, 22 Sep 2019 13:30:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Prisilla+Lewis.jpg

Four Corners Pizza is the last place where 21-year-old Priscilla Lewis was seen alive 23 years ago. She was a waitress at the pizza restaurant.

On Sept. 21, 1996 she went outside on her break to share a cigarette with a coworker. Later that same night her body was found by a different coworker beaten and strangled in a basement bathroom. Police have not yet found her killer.

"Sat here and smoked a cigarette with her," said Crockett resident Raymond Dold, who was working with Lewis on the night she was killed. "She said, 'I'm going to go back in.' I went back home and 15 to 20 minutes later I heard sirens go by."

On Saturday, about 30 of Lewis’ family and friends, many of whom had not seen one another in the years since her death, gathered to honor her and hopefully to jog people’s memories so that maybe new clues could help close the case.

"She was found in the men's bathroom, with her head in the toilet," said Lewis' cousin Troy Kinslow, who organized the vigil. "She was brutally murdered, she was beaten."

Lewis' friends and family remember her as friendly and outgoing. They hope that someone can provide investigators with new information that will help her loved ones find some kind of resolution.

Anyone with information about the cold case is asked to call the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

<![CDATA[Santa Clara County to Suspend Food Permits for Wage-Theft]]>560963801Sat, 21 Sep 2019 03:26:08 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-164850564.jpg

Under a new enforcement program, Santa Clara County will suspend food facility permits for businesses that have stolen workers' wages.

The county is launching a food permit enforcement program to penalize businesses committing wage theft. The county Office of Labor Standards and Department of Environmental Health is conducting the program.

The county will begin notifying businesses in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and San Jose starting this December as part of the first phase of the program. Eventually the program will expand to the entire county.

Employers with outstanding wages to pay are allowed to meet with one of the department's investigators to discuss or disprove the validity of their supposed withheld wages. A monthly payment plan and deadline extensions are offered in the enforcement program for employers who prove they do not have the money to pay back stolen wages.

According to the county, back wages owed by local retail food vendors from January 2015 to the present amount to about $5 million, or about $2,900 per employee.

The permit suspension will be for a minimum of five days and end when the permit holder has complied with the office's judgment.

Following the receipt of a judgment from the office, employers are given 30 days to enter into an agreement to comply with the department's judgment, or prove that the judgment is invalid.

A food permit may be suspended if the employer does not comply with the program.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez will hold a press conference about the new office from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday at Luna Mexican Kitchen, 1495 The Alameda, San Jose.

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<![CDATA[Police Search for Person of Interest in San Jose Shooting]]>560954181Fri, 20 Sep 2019 23:33:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Person+of+interest7.jpg

In an ongoing search for the person who fired several shots into the Martin Luther king Library and a nearby parking structure Thursday evening, San Jose Police have released photos of a man who was seen in the area around the time of the shooting.

Police don’t know if the young man in the photos is a suspect, but they’ve called him a person of interest in the case. He appears in the photos wearing a surgical mask, tan pants and a blue-grey backpack. Authorities hope someone will recognize the man and come forward.

The shooting occurred at about 6:20 p.m., according to police and witnesses. Authorities confirmed that a barrage of bullets shattered windows on two floors of the library and damaged a parking structure across the street.

“Sometimes it’s scary,” said San Jose State student Suyash Srivastava. “I mean, people come here to study…”

Three people were inside the library when the windows shattered, but no one was injured.

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<![CDATA[SJ Activists Take to Streets to March for Climate Strike]]>560930691Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:07:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/20190920-CLIMATE-STRIKE-SANJOSE-2.jpgJoining forces with people across the world, thousands of San Jose students and others took to the streets Friday for a global climate strike designed to raise awareness about climate change and put pressure on leaders ahead of next week's U.N. Climate Action Summit.

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<![CDATA[SJ Park Rangers Equipped With Naloxone to Combat Overdoses]]>560904121Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:09:28 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/naloxone_generic.JPG

San Jose park rangers have started carrying the nasal spray naloxone that is used to reverse an opioid overdose.

Rangers with the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services began carrying doses of naloxone in their vehicles on Sept. 11 in case they encounter someone who has overdosed on heroin or other opioids.

"Rangers are often the first on the scene of emergencies and being able to administer naloxone as soon as possible can be the difference between life and death," department director Jon Cicirelli said in a news release.

A grant from the Santa Clara County Emergency Medical Services Agency funded the initial doses for the rangers, who received training on how to recognize an overdose and administer the nasal spray.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Contain Brush Fire at Calaveras Reservoir]]>560904091Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:09:29 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Cal-Fire-generic-logo-side-of-vehicle-2018.jpg

San Jose firefighters have contained a small brush fire at the Calaveras Reservoir east of Milpitas, CalFire reports.

The blaze burned 10 acres Friday afternoon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Marin County Student Climate Strike

   9 a.m.

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

• Los Altos High School Student Walkout

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

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

• Bay Area Youth Climate Strike

   10 a.m.

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

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

   10 a.m.

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

• Richmond California Climate Strike

   11 a.m.

   Richmond Civic Center Plaza, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond

• Mill Valley Climate Strike

   11 a.m.

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

• Petaluma Strike

   11 a.m.

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

• Students for Climate Action

   9 a.m.

   UC Berkeley, Sproul Plaza, Berkeley

• Mountain View Climate Strike

   11:30 a.m.

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

• Sebastopol Youth Strike

   12 p.m.

   Sebastopol Plaza, Weeks Way, Sebastopol

• Sonoma County Strike

   12 p.m.

   Courthouse Square, 70 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa

• #YouthClimateStrike at DVHS

   12:20 p.m.

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

• Los Gatos Climate Strike Event

   2 p.m.

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

• Napa Youth Climate Strike

   2 p.m.

   Veterans Park, 800 Main St., Napa

• Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike

   2:45 p.m.

   Diridon Station, 65 Cahill St., San Jose

• Mill Valley Seniors for Peace Climate Strike

   3 p.m.

   40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

• Berkeley Climate Action Coalition/Ecology Center Strike

   3 p.m.

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

• Morgan Hill Students Rally for Action on Climate Change

   4 p.m.

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

<![CDATA[Police Investigate Shots Fired in Downtown SJ]]>560835571Fri, 20 Sep 2019 04:43:55 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-shooting-0919.jpg

The San Jose State University campus alert has been lifted, but police have not announced any arrest after a shooting at the library on campus Thursday.

San Jose police responded to reports of shots fired Thursday evening in downtown San Jose, according to the police department.

At about 6:20 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of East San Fernando and Fourth streets, near Martin Luther King Jr. Library, on reports of shots fired, police said.

No victims were located, but there was property damage, police said. Two windows on the seventh and eighth floor of MLK Library was shot out, and three bullet holes were found in two seventh-floor windows at the parking structure across from the library, police said.

Police were still actively searching for the shooter as of 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

"We heard sirens coming from multiple directions," said San Jose resident Vanessa Flores. "Once we got to the stoplight here, there were actually lots of cars parked right here across the street from the library."

San Jose State student Stellie Powers was also in the area. "Two women ran into the street, waived down a cop and after that I just saw a bunch of cops coming."

In an unrelated incident, a San Jose State student was arrested for allegedly making threats on social media. When the 17-year-old was taken into custody he had a loaded semi-automatic handgun, ammunition and a knife. He was booked into juvenile hall.

Authorities ask anyone with information about either incident to call police.

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<![CDATA[SJ High-Rise Developer Incentive Program Up For Debate]]>560826311Thu, 19 Sep 2019 17:10:34 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-high-rises-0919.jpg

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday will decide whether or not to extend a program that drastically reduces the cost for developers to build high-rise buildings in the downtown area.

The city started the program in 2012 to reduce fees and requirements as incentives to developers to build, and it has been renewed every couple of years. Now, with nine high-rise projects underway, it’s time for city leaders to decide if the program should continue.

Labor and housing advocates are against another renewal, saying the nine developers would get $67 million dollars in what they call "subsidies" for "luxury housing."

"We should not follow the Washington, D.C., Donald Trump model of subsidizing billionaires," said Sandy Perry of the Affordable Housing Network.

Ben Field of the South Bay Labor Council added: "What does the city get in return? No affordable housing, no money for transportation and traffic infrastructure and no good quality jobs."

Officials with the Silicon Valley Organization, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and At Home, along with developers and realtors said in a news conference the South Bay is the most expensive place in the country for construction, and developers operate on a 5% profit margin. Fees can be up to 15% of the cost, they said.

They scoffed at the description "luxury housing."

"These aren’t luxury apartments," said Matt Mahood, CEO for the Silicon Valley Organization. "This is market rate housing in downtown San Jose. It’s for people who work in the downtown core or commute out of the downtown core using transit."

The group said some projects have shared living quarters.

"Eleven-hundred people in 260-rooms? That doesn’t sound like luxury to me," said Scott Knies of the SJ Downtown Association. "That’s sharing bathrooms, little teeny rooms."

The two sides are likely to face off during Tuesday's meeting over the idea of luxury housing as well as the significance of donations from developers to the mayor’s election campaign.

Mayor Sam Liccardo put out a statement Thursday, saying high-rise housing will not get done unless the city reduces the cost to build them.

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<![CDATA[Westfield Valley Fair and Santana Row May Charge for Parking]]>560825851Thu, 19 Sep 2019 23:34:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*128/0919SJParking_8823223.JPG

Two popular shopping malls in San Jose could start charging for parking.

At Westfield Valley Fair Mall, there appears to be a new addition to some of the parking garage entrances. There are what looks to be posts hiding under black covers that some shoppers think could be for a new parking gate.

"I wouldn't come here if I had to pay for parking," shopper Jonathan Wright said.

Former San Jose City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio tells NBC Bay Area that both Valley Fair and Santana Row do plan to charge people for parking.

"Malls kind of become a public space that people can come and get to see everybody and shouldn't have to pay extra money just to come to a place where you're probably going to spend money anyway," shopper Josh Dyer said.

According to Oliverio, the idea to charge for parking was part of Valley Fair and Santana Row's expansion plans, with a goal to cut down on the number of cars in the area and encourage more people to carpool or take ride-share to the malls.

Oliverio said the parking plan could include an option for validation too.

"I think they're just trying to squeeze more money out of people and put a veneer of eco-friendliness over it," Wright said.

The management for Westfield Valley Fair Mall responded to NBC Bay Area's questions with the following statement:

"We are in the early stages of planning a secured parking program for Westfield Valley Fair that will not roll out until 2020. While we do not have additional details to share currently, we expect to make an announcement later this year."

NBC Bay Area has also reached out to representatives of Santana Row and are waiting to hear back.

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<![CDATA[SJSU Student Arrested on Weapons Charges After Threat: PD]]>560821941Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:40:50 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjsu-campus-generic.jpg

San Jose State police on Wednesday arrested a 17-year-old student on multiple weapons charges, including possession of a loaded firearm, university police said Thursday.

SJSU officers responded to a request for assistance from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, which was looking for a student who made a threat on social media, police said. The threat was reported by Homestead High School.

The juvenile was arrested without incident, and no injuries were reported, police said. It wasn't immediately clear what, if any, connection the teen had with the high school.

The student was booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall on possession of a loaded semi-automatic handgun, ammunition and a knife. He also was suspended from SJSU, police said.

Anyone with additional information should contact the Sunnyvale DPS Investigations unit at 408-730-7297 or the University Police Department at 408-924-2222.

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<![CDATA[Gas Leak Prompts Evacuations in Saratoga]]>560802371Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:52:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/04152019SantaClaraCoFire_6822084.JPG

A natural gas leak prompted evacuations at a Saratoga neighborhood Thursday.

The incident was reported at 11:39 a.m. on Saratoga Sunnyvale Road, just south of Spring Blossom Court. Firefighters said an underground natural gas line was struck by a construction crew digging in the area.

Several residences in the area were evacuated while crews worked to cap the leak. PG&E said the leak was capped shortly after 4 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Teenage Boy Who Went Missing in Gilroy Found Safe]]>560755571Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:10:37 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/090219+police+lights+dc+police+lights+generic.jpg

A 16-year-old boy who went missing in Gilroy on Wednesday night has been found safe, police said.

Adamneh "Adam" Bender went missing around 8:30 p.m. from the 200 block of Ioof Avenue.

Police said Thursday morning that the boy was found safe but did not provide any other details.

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<![CDATA[Scare School: 500 Train to be Monsters For Halloween Haunt]]>560746021Wed, 18 Sep 2019 23:37:15 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/haunt-0918.jpg

California's Great America is getting ready for it’s annual Halloween Haunt, and it's not just about building sets and mazes. A crucial part of the preparation is training 500 people to be monsters.

Before the Halloween Haunt opens Sept. 27, hundreds of seasonal employees are trained to be monsters at Scare School.

It begins in a classroom, where the pupils learn how to scare the living daylights out of park visitors.

After class, it's into costume and makeup for about 30 minutes.

Majesty Scott is an actress playing "Cryer" in the Tooth Fairy Maze. She's a return player at Halloween Haunt.

"I was Marie Antoniette my last season," Scott said. "So, I come here to enhance my chops, and Scare School just heightens you up to another level of improvisation and interacting with the audience."

Others are joining the Haunt for the first time.

"Winterfest was my first [event], and it was a happy momentous occasion," actor Sean Gilvary said. "So, coming back in a scary form was an ideal situation."

Kyle Burgess added: "I told him he has to come back. I told him he has to do this."

This year's event has eight mazes like the creepy Tooth Fairy one.

"Tooth fairy right here. Your fear is here," said a chuckling Nanette Lavogue, who is playing the tooth fairy.

Lavogue actually works as a security guard at Great America during the year, but she has been scaring since 1995.

"It's the biggest thrill, scaring people," she said. "The way they jump, the adrenaline."

Before they hop into the Haunt, the monsters must go through rehearsals with Creative Director Clayton Lawrence.

"Tooth fairy, you're looking for your next victim, you're laughing," Lawrence says during a rehearsal scene. "Lunge for me, lunge for the guests."

Lawrence says it takes one year to design and build the story.

While many of those hired are aspiring actors, some are teachers and dentists.

The park is still looking to hire monsters up to the start of the event next Friday. The Halloween Haunt runs until Nov. 2.

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<![CDATA[Gas Leak in San Jose Prompts Evacuations: Fire Dept.]]>560735051Wed, 18 Sep 2019 23:46:46 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-gas-leak-0918.jpg

Several homes were evacuated for a short time late Wednesday due to a gas leak in a San Jose neighborhood, according to the fire department.

Sixteen homes were evacuated on Zachary Lane, near Tully Road and McLaughlin Avenue, as a precaution as PG&E crews formed a plan to isolate the source of the leak and repair it, fire officials said.

The leak was capped at about 8:15 p.m., but crews were staying at the scene to continue working on a permanent fix, PG&E said. Evacuees were then able to return to their homes. 

A third party contractor was digging in the area when residents reported smelling a strong scent of gas, according to PG&E.

No further details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Antioch Mother, Son Recovering After Being Struck By Car]]>560728821Wed, 18 Sep 2019 17:53:42 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0918AntiochMom_8813271.JPG

An Antioch mom and her little boy are recovering after getting hit by a car while crossing the street in a crosswalk.

The collision happened as she was on her way to pick up her two other kids from school.

"Thank God my son is OK," Angelica Bravo said. "If my son wasn't here, how can I forgive myself because he was in my hands."

Bravo is grateful she and her 4-year-old son, Ethan, are still alive.

"I saw two cars stop, so I started crossing," Bravo said.

Bravo said while two cars had stopped for them, another car drove through as they were almost across the street. The car knocked Bravo unconscious after she did her best to protect Ethan.

"She was able to push him, toss him out of the way -- so she took the brunt of the force," said Narciso Navarro, the victim's brother. "And he still got hurt in the process. He was actually saved by her."

Ethan is covered with scrapes. His mom has a broken hip and pelvis, and a badly-injured knee.

"Even though I'm hurt, I'm blessed," Bravo said. "I thank God this didn't get worse."

Neighbor Lawrence Dow heard the crash and ran out to help. He said people drive way too fast on 10th Street and often do not slow down when approaching the crosswalk. He said more needs to be done to make it safe.

"It could have been tragic. We don't want that," Dow said. "The crosswalk needs to be lit up."

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<![CDATA[Fight Between Roommates Leads to Standoff at SJ Residence]]>560662511Wed, 18 Sep 2019 04:18:04 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Standoff23.jpg

San Jose police responded Tuesday to a fight in a residence in which one roommate reported that the other threatened him with a meat cleaver or similar weapon, police said.

Police responded to the residence located in the 500 block of Madera Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. and were unable to contact the suspect inside the residence despite attempts to do so. Crisis intervention teams and mental health staff were also unable to negotiate with the suspect, authorities confirmed.

Police said there were no hostages. No other information was immediately available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[City Votes to Strip 49ers' Authority Over Levi's Concerts]]>560622001Wed, 18 Sep 2019 19:35:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/levis-stadium-aerial-0917.jpg

Santa Clara city leaders Tuesday evening voted unanimously to terminate their agreement with the San Francisco 49ers for running non-NFL events at Levi's Stadium, including concerts, saying the team has "grossly mismanaged" those operations.

On Wednesday, the city announced it was taking legal action to prevent the team from booking any future concerts or other non-NFL events at the venue.

"If we get a new manager and we follow contracts. I think it’s very successful," Mayor Lisa Gillmor said Wednesday. "So, no, I don’t regret having a stadium here. We just have to have better managers."

The city says the bottom line is Levi's Stadium is not making any money. And city officials say the 49ers refuse to show records.

"So if they can provide that trust by providing those records to us, then maybe we have something to talk about," City Attorney Brian Doyle said.

During a closed session Tuesday evening, city leaders voted to take away the team's authority over all events except those related to the NFL. Such events include concerts, college football games, soccer matches and motocross events.

The council then announced the decision during its regular meeting. 

The issue, which isn't a new one, comes on the heels of a recent Rolling Stones show that came under scrutiny after the band said it would never play there again.

The city said in a statement the 49ers have grossly mismanaged stadium operations and violated state laws, including not paying some workers a prevailing wage.

"This failure includes, in part, booking non-NFL events that lose millions of dollars rather than money-making events such as weekend concerts, soccer games and corporate events," the city's statement said. "This mismanagement has resulted in non-compliance with Measure J."

The 49ers released a statement Tuesday, essentially pointing the finger at the city and City Manager Deanna Santana for mishandling operations.

"After City Manager Santana’s dysfunction with respect to stadium events was exposed, she has chosen to spiral even further. Her actions are purely retaliatory, and we are not surprised that she has commenced yet another legal battle. She is abdicating her fiduciary duty by destroying a city asset for petty, political vendettas."

On Wednesday, in response to the city's news conference, the 49ers responded with another statement:

"The 49ers Management Company will continue to manage Levi’s Stadium and attract the greatest events in the world to the Bay Area.

"The City’s latest announcement is just another step in a self-destructive process they began years ago as part of a petty political vendetta. All of those efforts failed, just as this latest attempt will also fail.

"The City’s legal case, such as it is, is in direct violation of the clear language of the relevant contracts. We are entirely confident that we will prevail in this dispute.

"The 49ers Management Company has attracted the world’s highest-profile events to the Bay Area, including Super Bowl 50, the College Football Playoff National Championship, the NHL Outdoor Stadium Series, Wrestlemania, Copa America, numerous concerts from the world’s biggest artists; more major events than any other new stadium in its first five years. These events brought hundreds of millions of dollars in positive economic impact to the region and increased Santa Clara’s sales tax and tourism base. As managers of Levi’s Stadium, the 49ers have generated over $22 million in profits to the SCSA, with $10.6 million going directly to the City’s general fund and an additional $9 million for the Stadium Authority’s Discretionary Fund. By all measures, it continues to be one of the most successful venues in sports and entertainment."

The city said in a statement Wednesday the issue likely will go to a confidential arbitration proceeding, although it would prefer to see it go to the public courts.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Plans to Ban Natural Gas in Construction Projects]]>560618621Tue, 17 Sep 2019 18:28:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0917SJELECTRIC_8801933.JPG

The City of San Jose is in the process of taking a huge step toward cleaning the air we breathe.

City leaders on Tuesday put forward a proposal to become the largest city in the country to ban natural gas in many construction projects.

So, what does it mean to go all electric? Turns out, it's something any of us can do to our own homes today.

The typical home in San Jose cranks out nearly 9,000 pounds of carbon dioxide every month, making us responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse emissions. The city now wants to clean things up.

"San Jose will become the nation's largest to city to go all electric...requiring electrification of all new residential construction," Mayor Sam Liccardo said.

The move means big multi-family buildings and single-family homes must be built without natural gas.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Leaders Push to Ban Natural Gas in New Construction]]>560571671Tue, 17 Sep 2019 06:29:47 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SanJoseConstruction.jpg

Some San Jose leaders want to ban natural gas in new construction and force builders to use electricity instead all in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

If their plan is approved, San Jose would be the largest city in the U.S. to trade gas for electricity, but other large cities, including San Francisco, are considering similar moves.

The plan would only apply to new construction, and in the beginning, it's expected to only apply to single-family homes and small multi-unit housing.

In July, the city of Berkeley did the same, requiring electric infrastructure in residential construction starting in the new year, but with the promise to ban natural gas in commercial and large residential developments in the years to come.

According to the advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council, buildings emit 25% of greenhouse gases in California.

Opponents have cited higher heating costs with electricity.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and four city councilmembers will discuss the specifics of the plan at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Trump Visits Bay Area as Part of Fundraising Trip]]>560567361Tue, 17 Sep 2019 23:23:39 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_19260658559139.jpg

President Donald Trump rarely passes up the chance to throw a sharp elbow at left-leaning California but he’s more than happy to cash in there with a lunch-dinner-breakfast-lunch fundraising blitz expected to scoop up $15 million from wealthy Republicans in two days.

"There’s not been a president in living history that is as unpopular in the state of California as Trump," said Mike Madrid, a GOP political consultant who is an outspoken Trump critic. "But our money spends the same as everyone else’s."

With protesters already circling, Trump kicks off his money-making Tuesday with a $3 million Palo Alto luncheon and a $5 million Beverly Hills dinner at the home of real estate developer Geoffrey Palmer. He’ll bring in another $7 million on Wednesday with a breakfast in Los Angeles and luncheon in San Diego.

By mid-morning, demonstrators had inflated a giant Baby Trump balloon ahead of Trump’s arrival in the Bay Area.

Trump, nonetheless, tweeted a cheery message as he departed New Mexico on Tuesday to fly to the state: "Just departed New Mexico for California, where we are delivering results!" The tweet included statistics about the state’s unemployment rate and job creation.

California was an incubator for the modern conservative movement that swept the state’s former governor, Ronald Reagan, into the White House in 1980. But demographic changes and an influx of new residents have helped drastically rework the political contours of the country’s most populated state, with the former GOP stronghold of Orange County now home to more registered Democrats than Republicans.

For Republicans, who have been resigned to political irrelevance at the state level, a donation to Trump can amount to its own form of protest.

"By showing up to a fundraiser deep in the belly of the beast, one is saying: 'I don’t care what the liberal politicians are saying and I want to show my support for him publicly,'" said California’s Republican National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon, an ardent Trump supporter.

She added: "I sold $100,000 worth of (tickets), and I could have sold another $100,000 more."

California has long been a key fundraising hotbed for politicians of both parties, which have relied on the entertainment industry and wealthy industry heads to finance their political ambitions. But under Trump, the run-of-the-mill fundraising trip has taken on a complicating dimension due to his harsh criticism of everything from the state’s immigration laws to its forest management practices, which he blamed for fatal wildfires.

Earlier this month Trump lashed out at "Will and Grace" TV star Debra Messing after she tweeted that attendees of the Trump’s California fundraisers should be outed publicly.

Trump tweeted back: "I have not forgotten that when it was announced that I was going to do The Apprentice, and when it then became a big hit, helping NBC’s failed lineup greatly, @DebraMessing came up to me at an Upfront & profusely thanked me, even calling me "Sir." How times have changed!"

In August, Trump took aim at the state’s massive film industry, calling Hollywood “very dangerous for our country.”

"Hollywood is really terrible. You talk about racist — Hollywood is racist," he said.

That’s contributed to heightened security concerns surrounding the president’s visit.

Overall, Trump continues to rake in gobs of cash more than a year out from the November 2020 contest, with his campaign and the Republican National Committee pulling in more than $210 million since the start of 2019, Federal Election Commission records show. That’s more than all the current Democrats seeking to replace him raised combined during that period.

The visit this week marks Trump’s fourth visit to the state during his presidency. Of late, he’s been complaining loudly about the extent of homelessness in the state.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is expected to follow Trump to California, one day behind the president, with visits to San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. A senior HUD official said Carson would speak on a range of issues, including increasing the supply of affordable housing and promoting investment in distressed communities.

In an unusual move, Trump campaign officials — not his top donors — have been listed as sponsors of the event.

Dhillon said there were concerns that Antifa, an anti-fascist group, could stir violent protests.

Trump began his three-day western swing with a rally Monday in New Mexico, where he referred to California a couple of times in his speech — and not in a good way.

The president noted that his administration is at odds with the state over fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. He long has made clear he wants to end California’s clout in setting mileage standards, and Monday night he said he wants heavier cars because they’re safer and cheaper, even if they are less fuel efficient.

"California wants you to do the other cars and we don’t," Trump said. "We will end up in big litigation and I am fighting for you," he told the crowd.

He also joked about moving part of the border wall in San Diego to someplace it would be more appreciated.

"I would love to take that sucker down and move it right now to New Mexico," he said to rousing cheers.

Slodysko reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Zeke Miller in Washington contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[String of Crashes on One SJ Street Has Neighbors on Edge]]>560544301Mon, 16 Sep 2019 23:40:35 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-crashes-0916.jpg

Neighbors on a San Jose street say they have seen crash after crash, and they're calling for the city to step in and do something.

It's on a stretch of Coe Avenue in the city's Willow Glen neighborhood. Neighbors say a utility pole was hit a couple weeks ago, another neighbor lost a tree and multiple parked cars have been totaled.

"I've lost several vehicles," resident Susan Herrold said.

Almost every neighbor has a story about the time someone crashed into one of their cars or yards.

Herrold's daughter's car was parked on the street and hit. She’s lost shrubs and trees around her home. Some of the drivers were drunk, and all of them were speeding.

"One is the traffic speed, and the other is ... there's a very fine example for you," she said as a car peels out nearby.

Jeffrey Wood is organizing homeowners to ask the city for help in slowing down traffic on the block that connects to downtown Willow Glen. He says there have been 11 crashes in the past few years.

"It's bad. It is bad," Wood said. "It's a very sharp curve, and they can see the light, so when they see the light, they step on it, and they have a tendency of losing control."

Residents have put up "Slow Down" signs with no luck. Now, the city's Department of Transportation says it will complete a stop sign study to see where one could be installed and if it will help.

"So we're just waiting, and hopefully no more accidents," Wood said. "But unfortunately, we don't (usually) go six months without one."

The study is expected to be done by November.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot, Killed in SJ's Alum Rock Neighborhood: Sheriff]]>560471881Mon, 16 Sep 2019 23:35:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AlumRockDeadlyShooting.png

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office on Monday is investigating a deadly shooting in San Jose's Alum Rock neighborhood.

Deputies around 12:06 a.m. responded to the area of Stewart and Rose avenues and found a man down on the ground suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, according to the sheriff's office. The man was later pronounced dead.

Authorities searched the area, but they didn't find any suspects.

Deputies were able to speak with witnesses and look at security camera footage. They identified the suspect vehicle as a black-colored SUV seen leaving the scene.

An investigation is underway. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 408-808-4500. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call 408-808-4431.

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<![CDATA[4 Firefighters Injured, Body Found in Downtown SJ Fire]]>560435161Mon, 16 Sep 2019 18:51:42 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-building-fire-0915.jpg

Four firefighters were injured and a body was found late Sunday in a three-alarm fire at a building in downtown San Jose, according to police and fire officials.

Firefighters and police said the blaze at the Adult Superstore likely was intentionally set. After they extinguished the blaze, firefighters found a body in the basement of the building.

The fire ignited about 5:30 p.m. on East Santa Clara Street between First and Second streets, fire officials said. Police were initially called to the scene on reports of a former employee or disgruntled customer who returned to the business after he was asked to leave.

"He came back and entered the business and set fire to the building in multiple places," San Jose fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said.

On Monday, neighboring business owners said the store had been closed for weeks, and the owner was upset he'd been kicked out.

"I know he was evicted, and they put up a no trespassing sign on his business," Aaron Lopez said. "But prior to that, he had posted his own sign expressing his discontent with police and the sheriff's department."

Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies confirmed they served an eviction notice at the store on Aug. 30 and came back Sept. 5 to enforce it.

State records show for the past two years, the shop had actually been operating under a nonprofit status. Other business owners said they had called police on the store's owner previously because of threats he'd made.

Witnesses Sunday initially told NBC Bay Area they heard what sounded like gunshots from inside the building, but police said no shots were fired. However, police did warn firefighters there was a possibly armed person inside.

Police said later the man was armed with a sledgehammer.

Firefighters evacuated the top floor of the building as well as surrounding businesses.

The injured firefighters were taken to a local hospital, but their conditions were unknown. 

The identity of the body was not provided.

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<![CDATA[Fire Destroys Detached Garage at San Jose Home]]>560432701Sun, 15 Sep 2019 17:34:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-fire-0915.jpg

A fire destroyed a detached garage and damaged two parked cars Sunday afternoon in a neighborhood just northeast of downtown San Jose, according to fire department officials.

The fire started at about 12:30 p.m. at a property on 16th Street near Washington Street, fire officials said. Flames also did some damage to the house next door and a couple of properties on 15th Street.

Fire crews had control of the blaze by about 1:30 p.m., officials said.

Mayor Sam Liccardo was at the scene and praised firefighters as well as neighbors who rushed into a home to evacuate some pets.

No injuries were reported.

It was not clear how the fire started.

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<![CDATA[Fentanyl-Related Deaths Prompts Counterfeit Pill Warning]]>560305811Sun, 15 Sep 2019 16:54:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/208*120/0913-FakePill.jpg

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office is warning residents of an uptick in deadly fentanyl overdoses.

Nine people have died in Santa Clara County so far this year after ingesting a pill they thought was a painkiller or anxiety drug, but its main ingredient was fentanyl. Four people died in August. Most of the victims were under 25 years old.

Investigators said a 15-year-old Campbell girl died after taking only half a pill of she thought was oxycodone, but it contained fentanyl.

The counterfeit drugs are circulating on South Bay streets. Prosecutors say these pills are sold on the street and resemble hydrocodone, Xanax, and oxycodone.

"It's getting worse in that it's killing a lot of people," Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Brian Buckelew said.

Fentanyl is a drug officials said is 50 times more powerful than heroin -- just two milligrams can kill a person.

"A group of young people, who are experimenting with drinking alcohol, maybe taking a Xanax," Buckelew said. "These oxycodones are part of that social scene, so we have these young people who are just experimenting and they're dying."

Law enforcement around the county are finding more of these fake pills in recent drug busts.

Just this week, 350 pills seized tested positive for fentanyl. The most common fentanyl-containing pill is blue with "M" on one side and "30" on the other.

The pills are not just from one dealer or area.

"Anybody, if you buy drugs on the streets you do not know what's going to happen to you. You do not know if you're going to live or die. That's not overstating things. We're seeing too many people die from taking this stuff."

The DA's Office sent a warning to all school districts and police departments.

High school parents like Michael Salas says he'll alert his kids right away.

"It’s concerning in a sense that it's not that far from being one step closer to them," Salas said. "It's more of a reality than something they see out on the street or in a movie"

The DA's Office is working to find out who is supplying the pills. They say if your doctor didn't prescribe it, don't take it.

them," Salas said. "It's more of a reality than something they see out on the street or in a movie"

The DA's Office said four people died in August alone. They are working to find out who is supplying the pills. The problem is, it's in so many places.

The DA's Office warns, if your doctor didn't prescribe it, don't take it.

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<![CDATA[South Bay Health Leaders, Schools Join Effort to End Vaping]]>560285142Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:52:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/VAPING-IN-PUBLIC.jpg

It's an epidemic and it needs to stop. That's the message from health leaders and school administrators in the South Bay when discussing vaping and the growing number of children who appear to be getting addicted. Damian Trujillo reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But electric cars won't go anywhere without electricity.

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[San Jose Cooling Centers Open to Help Beat the Heat]]>560257551Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:15:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WaterBottleHeat.jpg

With sizzling temperatures expected Friday, five San Jose community centers will extend hours on Friday to provide a place to beat the heat.

The National Weather Service is forecasting highs in the upper 90s for the San Jose area on Friday and issued a heat advisory.

The cooling centers that will be open until 9 p.m. Friday are: Mayfair Community Center at 2039 Kammerer Ave.; Roosevelt Community Center at 901 E. Santa Clara St.; Camden Community Center at 3369 Union Ave.; Cypress Community Center at 403 Cypress Ave.; and Seven Trees Community Center at 3590 Cas Dr.

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<![CDATA[Winchester Mystery House in Calif. to Host 'Spirited Supper']]>560049891Wed, 11 Sep 2019 19:16:37 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sarahsspiritedsupper.jpg

VISIT THE WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE... and you'll likely join an info-packed tour, one that illustrates the famous San Jose California abode's Victorian details and ghostly guests. You may call upon the gift shop, too, to pick up a few postcards or a memento. But sitting down to a dressy dinner, one that is both elegant and a touch eerie, isn't on most guests' itineraries when they materialize at what is said to be one of the hauntiest of houses (and that's not just in California, but the whole world). That's going to change, for 40 ghost-loving guests on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 19. For that's when the house "... will host a gourmet, Halloween-themed dinner in the Estate's beautiful ballroom," a dinner that will include four courses as well as wines that pair-up well with what's on the plates. The name? Why it's Sarah's Spirited Supper, of course.

WILL YOU SWAN INTO DINNER... wearing a style that recalls the dresses that Sarah Winchester once wore? Will you even spring for a tux, or think more historically when it comes to your outfit? Whatever you choose to go with, bet people will be dressed to the nines. Or, more likely, the thirteens, which was, of course, the favorite number of Mrs. Winchester. Adding to the pre-Halloween thrills of this bucket-list-y supper? All dinner attendees will receive tickets to "Unhinged," the theatrical, super-spooky new experience at the Winchester Mystery House. A ticket? It's $259. The availability? Limited, as mentioned. Float, like a phantom, by the Winchester's site now for more on this one-night-only happening. Will it be back in 2020? We'll gaze into our crystal ball and watch the future.

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<![CDATA[2 Dead in Wrong-Way Crash on Highway 85 in Mountain View]]>560226451Fri, 13 Sep 2019 05:06:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Deadly85Crash.jpg

A wrong-way driver slammed into another vehicle on northbound Highway 85 in Mountain View early Friday morning, leaving both drivers dead, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP Sgt. Daniel Hill said the driver of a Ford SUV around 1 a.m. was traveling south in the northbound lanes when they crashed into the front of a Honda Civic above Central Expressway.

The driver of the Civic was identified as a 35-year-old man from American Canyon, Hill said. The driver of the SUV has yet to be identified.

There were no passengers in either vehicle, according to Hill.

The crash blocked all northbound Highway 85 lanes at Evelyn Avenue for multiple hours. All lanes reopened around 6 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Police Swarm San Jose Neighborhood, But It's a False Alarm]]>560196751Thu, 12 Sep 2019 22:55:03 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-police-0912.jpg

Police and tactical teams in San Jose swarmed a neighborhood in Evergreen Valley late Thursday on a report of a shooting, but the report later was determined to be unfounded, police said.

Officers received an anonymous call regarding a shooting on Freya Drive in San Jose, police said. Officers conducted an investigation and determined no shooting had occured.

The heavy police response shut down Aborn Road between San Felipe Road and Teddington Drive, as more than 20 San Jose patrol cars and a SWAT tactical vehicle surrounded the area.

It wasn't clear which home the police were focused on or what the anonymous caller told police.

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<![CDATA[SJ Unveils Interactive Map Analyzing Neighborhood Trends]]>560185251Thu, 12 Sep 2019 18:33:09 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-map-0912.jpg

Imagine being able to look into the future to see what crime and economic trends will be like in your neighborhood. It appears a Stanford fellow has helped the city of San Jose do just that.

The city unveiled an interactive map that it says allows it to predict the future.

But not everyone is happy about it.

The map released by the city's Parks and Rec Department analyzes crime stats, along with child nutrition, obesity, poverty and other factors.

"We wanted to create a map where we can try to look into the future," said Jon Cicirelli, acting Parks and Rec director. "One of the real powers of the map is you can look both backwards and forwards to today. And you can see how neighborhoods shift, some for the better, Some for the worse."

A neighborhood south of downtown was trending toward "worse" Thursday. It’s expected to turn from bright orange to red this year, meaning crime is going up and quality of life is going down.

A father there told NBC Bay Area he worries his daughter is growing up in a red zone.

The map could create new concerns for property owners. Realtors say the red areas could be less desirable for buyers, hurting property values.

"When they look at buying a property, they look at not only school districts, but they look at crime reports too," said Cristina Gonzalez, a Realtor with Keller Williams.

The city, however, doesn’t see it as negative. Instead, officials believe it provides the tools to map out a plan of action.

"In an ideal world, we’ll be able to look forward and see where neighborhoods might be declining and then be able to invest in them in a variety of ways to help bring them back from decline," Cicirelli said.

The map also shows basic demographics and economics for each neighborhood. And it shows which areas may need help organizing themselves, perhaps in the form of a neighborhood association.

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

Could our clothes be bad for the planet?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another way is to make clothing with fewer materials.

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

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

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<![CDATA[The Blob 2.0: Another Pacific Ocean Heat Wave?]]>560167301Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:26:53 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Blob+THUMB.jpg

On a quiet Monday afternoon in Santa Cruz, families lounged on the beach as a few swimmers played in the waves and a lone fisherman cast his line in the water from the cliffs off in the distance.

It was, by all accounts, a beautiful day. But just a few miles away at the Santa Cruz NOAA research campus, scientists see those perfect conditions as a quiet omen of what's brewing just over the horizon.

"We're talking about a huge area of much warmer-than-normal surface temperatures over the northeast Pacific Ocean," said NOAA research scientist Nate Mantua.

Mantua is NOAA's resident expert on what have come to be known as "blob events" — marine heat waves like the one discovered in late 2013, in nearly the same spot as the current warm spot. That event, now immortalized in Wikipedia as "The Blob (Pacific Ocean)" persisted, on and off, for most of three years.

"We all know about heat waves on land," Mantua said. "We live through them. Sometimes they last for a couple of days."

A marine heat wave is a similar phenomenon: a pocket of warm air that simply stops moving due to a lack of wind, and heats everything below it until atmospheric conditions start moving it along again. But in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, these events can last for weeks, months or even years — and the last one had dramatic effects on the ocean's fragile ecosystem.

"For California sea lions, lots of pups were starving and abandoned by their moms," Mantua said. "And a spike in whale entanglements in fishing gear, especially Dungeness crab fishing gear."

The death and suffering among marine mammals along the coast, Mantua said, was the result of a long chain reaction that started about a thousand miles off the California coast, just north of Hawaii. A patch of water about three times the size of Alaska, and 150 feet deep, was found to have water temperatures as much as 7 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average.

Historically, Mantua said, the slow progression of climate change has accounted for about a 1.5-degree increase in average ocean temperatures over the past century — so a 7-degree increase is more than enough to cause havoc. It starts with a change in currents deep below the surface that prevents nutrients on the ocean floor from rising into shallower water. That causes plankton to die off, and sends the fish that eat the plankton searching for food in chillier water near the shore.

For humans, that has an upside: great sport fishing for warmer-water fish like albacore tuna that would normally be too far away to catch. But for mammals that live in the ocean, it means competition: sea lions, whales and shore birds all crammed into a tiny sliver of cool water near the coast, all looking for fish.

With this new warm blob, Mantua says some of the same problems are already starting to appear. Though there's no reliable way to predict how long the warm patch will stick around, he said, the impact on marine life and fisheries could be significant if it doesn't dissipate soon.

"The whales (during the last blob event) were feeding much more in-shore than they typically were found, especially humpback whales targeting anchovies, and we're looking at a similar situation now where there's a lot of anchovies along California's central coast," he said. "So if the whales stay in these shallow waters on the (continental) shelf, that can put them much more in conflict with fishing gear."

The Dungeness crab fishery experienced other problems during the 2014-2016 event, including a drastically shortened season due to a toxic algae bloom. The algae produced an acid that didn't harm the crabs, but was poisonous to anyone who ate them. Scientists believe the over-abundance of toxic algae during those years was a result of the unusually warm water.

Though meteorologists are just beginning to get a handle on what causes "blob events" — and why they're so stubborn — Mantua says there does seem to be a correlation with warming in other parts of the world.

"It may be related to conditions in the tropics, or at high latitude, where the Arctic is especially warm again this summer and sea ice is very scarce," he said. "So we've got big changes going on around the whole planet that can influence the weather of the North Pacific."

The ocean, he said, has taken the brunt of the impact from human-caused climate change — and occasionally shows it with prolonged weather events like El Niño that begin over water, but can have disruptive effects over land.

"The oceans are a huge reservoir for thermal energy, so as they warm up, they're holding onto a lot of that heat," he said. "(When) they give some of that back to the atmosphere … it disrupts weather patterns, and we can feel that — whether it's with big flood events, or droughts, or heat waves. So it's a critical part of the climate system — and it's changing."

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<![CDATA[Sizzling Temps Spark Heat Advisory in Bay Area]]>560156361Thu, 12 Sep 2019 22:53:37 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

A heat advisory is in effect for the Bay Area from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, according to weather officials.

Temperatures along the coast and around the bay are expected to range from the low 80s to low 90s, NBC Bay Area Meteorologist Kari Hall said. Some inland spots, such as Concord, Danville and Livermore, will likely soar into the low 100s.

View the heat advisory for your county here.

A summer Spare the Air alert on Thursday was extended into Friday and Saturday as well, weather officials said.

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

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<![CDATA[Balcony Collapses at Mountain View Condo Complex]]>560143021Thu, 12 Sep 2019 09:41:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BalconyCollapseAftermath.jpg

One person is slated to undergo surgery and four others are recovering from bumps and scrapes after a second-story balcony collapsed at a Mountain View condominium complex Wednesday night, according to a witness and the fire department.

The collapse happened around 9 p.m. at a two-story condo complex located on the 50 block of East Middlefield Road, firefighters said.

Condo owner Leilani Maningo said five people were on the balcony just before it collapsed. One person was standing, while the rest were sitting in chairs around Maningo's potted plants. They were enjoying conversation when the wooden balcony gave way.

"The balcony reportedly separated from the exterior wall of the building before gradually descending to the ground," according to the fire department.

The person who is scheduled to have surgery is expected to be OK.

It is not clear at this time what caused the balcony to collapse, the fire department said. An investigation is underway.

Maningo said her condo was built in 1972. The balcony that collapsed was the original balcony, she said.

Firefighters safely lowered the balcony and debris to the ground level. They also secured two units near the balcony.

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<![CDATA[Program Helps First-Time Buyers Afford to Live in Bay Area]]>560128281Thu, 12 Sep 2019 22:51:09 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/HouseSoldSign.jpg

Santa Clara County's down payment assistance program has made it possible for buyers to purchase their first homes.

The first eight homeowners to buy under the program have moved into their new homes. Ten more are in the process of buying. Twelve applications are being processed.

The county's goal is to help up to 200 first-time buyers in the county within the next five years.

The "Empower Homebuyers" program aims to help low-income and middle-income buyers with a down payment loan payable when the home is sold, refinanced or at the end of the 30-year term.

The program's fund can provide assistance of up to 17% of the down payment for a home priced at $800,000 or less. Buyers must make no more than 120% of median income, which in Santa Clara County is $150,000 per year for a family of four. The buyer must contribute at least 3% of the down payment.

A part of voter-passed Measure A created the down payment assistance program. Measure A also generated funds to house the homeless and to build affordable housing in the county.

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<![CDATA[Man Posing as Technician Steals ATM From SJ Museum]]>560102061Wed, 11 Sep 2019 23:32:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-generic-2015-2.jpg

A man posing as a technician stole an ATM from the lobby of the Children's Discovery Museum in downtown San Jose last month, and the machine was found Wednesday in Monterey County, according to the San Jose Police Department.

At about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, San Jose police received a call from the Discovery Museum reporting the theft that occurred on Aug. 7, when a man entered the museum and told workers he was a technician, and he was there to service the ATM, police said.

The suspect left with the ATM.

On Wednesday morning, the museum got a call from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office notifying the museum the ATM had been found, police said. The museum was unaware the ATM was stolen until it received the call from the Sheriff’s Department.

The museum then contacted San Jose police regarding the theft, police said.

The suspect in the case is still on the loose.

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<![CDATA[4 Suspects Arrested in Connection With Slaying of SJ Man, 84]]>560100091Wed, 11 Sep 2019 23:37:01 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-homicide-0911.jpg

Four people have been arrested in connection with the slaying of a man in San Jose in July, police said Wednesday.

Nghia Nguyen, 84, was killed in what was initially reported as a burglary July 12 at a home in the 3200 block of Montecito Drive.

Police responded at 9:30 a.m. to a burglary call and when they arrived at the home they saw a vehicle traveling away from the area.

Officers pursued the vehicle but ended the pursuit because of safety reasons and unknown want.

Police said officers returned to the Montecito Drive home and found Nguyen suffering from life-threatening injuries. He was pronounced dead at the home.

Police have arrested four suspects identified as 22-year-old Bud Landers of Oakland, 21-year-old Hayward man Theron Brooks, 27-year-old Las Vegas woman Shaqueoia Brooks and 19-year-old Oakland man Imari Harris.

Landers was arrested on July 16, Theron Brooks on July 26, Shaqueoia Brooks on Aug. 15 and Harris on Aug. 22.

Landers, Theron Brooks and Harris were arrested for allegedly killing Nguyen as well as burglary and robbery.

Shaqueoia Brooks was arrested for allegedly being an accessory to the killing and for alleged conspiracy.

In a statement, San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said, "I hope people can sleep a little safer knowing these individuals are off the street."

Anyone with more information can call Detective Sgt. Ali Miri, Detective James Cerniglia or Detective Gabriel Cuenca of the Police Department's homicide unit at (408) 277-5283.

People who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867 or submit a tip at https://svcrimestoppers.org/. People providing tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of a suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.

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<![CDATA['The Window' in San Jose Provides Hope for the Homeless]]>559509921Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:43:08 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/SJ-WINDOW-6.jpg

It's no secret homeless people can use a helping hand.

Some organizations do just that by donating food. Others provide shelter. But what about a need that's often overlooked ⁠— mail?

"How do you rebuild your life?" said Sharon Miller, who serves as director of social ministry for Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara. "How do you look for a job if you don't have a mailing address?"

"The Window" is filling that void for San Jose's homeless community.

"The Window really is the gateway to services for the homeless – those in transition, those rebuilding their lives," Miller said.

Miller has been with The Window since it's inception almost four decades ago. It was created by the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph after realizing San Jose's homeless community needed a place to receive mail in order to get back on their feet. In 2017, the program moved to it's current location at 195 E. San Fernando Street after teaming up with Catholic Charities. 

'The Window' provides a sense of hope, of compassion, a sense of connecting with someone at a level where they're just at a point of excessive trauma," Miller said. "We're here for those individuals to listen to them and help them navigate and to rebuild their lives."

For many in the homeless community, not having a mailing address could mean not receiving welfare checks, social security payments, veteran's benefits, affordable housing updates and letters from friends and family. 

The Window currently has about 1,000 individuals registered, which means the small room in downtown San Jose receives a ton of mail on a daily basis. 

"We probably get about 300 to 500 piece of mail a day," Miller said. "And it takes us an hour to sort the mail and put it away and it's alphabetized." 

Aside from mail, patrons can also pick up lunch, toiletries and healthcare services. 

For many, "The Window" is a lifeline. 

"I started using the window in 2000 and then again in 2010 – it helped me out a lot," said Billy Page. "We all need resources, we all are trying to feed our families and survive."

Something as simple as a mailing address is helping the homeless community but Miller is hopeful for a time when this will no longer be needed. 

"The goal is to end homelessness," Miller said. "No one wants to be homeless, and if we could actually close 'the window' in the future that would be wonderful. However, for as long as we're needed that window will be open."

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<![CDATA[Aaron Persky Fired From Tennis Coach Job at High School]]>560079061Wed, 11 Sep 2019 23:27:55 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0607-2016-AaronPersky.jpg

The controversial judge in the Brock Turner case said he was fired Wednesday from his job as a tennis coach at Lynbrook High School in San Jose.

Aaron Persky was hired over the summer to coach the school's junior varsity tennis team.

Persky provided the following statement:

"Today at 2 p.m., I was fired from my job as the Junior Varsity Girls Tennis Coach at Lynbrook High School. Polly Bove, Superintendent of the Fremont Union High School District, explained that she was motivated by a desire to protect the players from the potentially intrusive media attention related to my hiring. Although I am disappointed with the District's decision, it was a privilege to coach the team, if only for a short time. I wish all of the players the best in their future academic and athletic endeavors."

Lynbrook High School and the district on Wednesday provided the following statement:

"Effective September 11, 2019, Mr. Persky's employment with the District as the Junior Varsity Girls Tennis coach has ended. We believe this outcome is in the best interest of our students and school community. The District will begin the search for a new coach immediately with the goal of ensuring that the athletes on the JV tennis team are able to have a successful season. Both the Lynbrook and District staff will be supporting the team and their families throughout this transition.

Please know that we are deeply committed to maintaining an effective, safe, and positive environment for all students.

Again, as this is a personnel matter, the District will have no further comments on this matter at this time." 

Persky was recalled by Santa Clara County voters in 2018 for his handling of the Turner case.

Many people were enraged when Turner, an ex-Stanford University swimmer, was sentenced to six months in jail in 2016 after his conviction for felony sexual assault.

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

Meanwhile, the woman sexually assaulted by Turner revealed her identity last week by announcing an upcoming memoir, "Know My Name."

Chanel Miller, known for years only as "Emily Doe," is sharing her story in the memoir set to be released on Sept. 24.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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

Summer isn't over just yet.

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Apple TV+ Will Cost $4.99 Per Month — Here’s How That Compares With Disney+ and Others]]>560021381Wed, 11 Sep 2019 04:17:54 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/apple-tv.jpg

Apple announced Tuesday it will price Apple TV+ at $4.99 per month, including a free one-year subscription with the purchase of any new Apple device. 

Apple’s streaming service will showcase original programming including “The Morning Show,” a drama starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, and other content from contributors including Oprah Winfrey and J.J. Abrams. 

On its own, Apple TV+ will be limited in its viewing choices compared with a traditional cable bundle or Netflix. But when added together with other streaming options, consumers will have yet another choice to recreate an a la carte pay-TV video service. Here’s where we are in terms of pricing of the major streaming services: 

Apple TV+ - $4.99/month (free for a year with purchase of new device)

ESPN+ - $4.99/month

Hulu w/ ads - $5.99/month

CBS All Access - $5.99/month

Disney+ - $6.99/month

Starz - $8.99/month

Showtime - $10.99/month

Hulu (no ads) - $11.99/month

Netflix (most popular plan) - $12.99/month

Amazon Prime Video - $12.99/month

HBO - $14.99/month

That means that if you want, say, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO, Hulu and Showtime, you’ll be paying about $70 per month. And you won’t get ESPN with that. 

There are also several shoes yet to drop. NBC Universal, the parent company of CNBC, hasn’t announced pricing of its streaming service, though it will be free for subscribers of a traditional pay-TV bundle. AT&T is considering a price of $15 to $18 per month for HBO Max, CNBC reported in June. That’s either identical to the price of HBO or just a little bit more per month. HBO Max will include all of HBO, new originals, library shows from Warner Bros. and may eventually include live programming from CNN, TNT and TBS. 

And CBS and Viacom haven’t said if the combined company will announce a new streaming service featuring content from networks such as Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. CBS and Viacom announced a merger last month

Disclosure: CNBC and NBC are owned by Comcast’s NBCUniversal unit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Campbell Planning Commission Deadlocks on In-N-Out]]>560019961Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:00:35 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/People_to_Boycott_In-N-Out_After_Republican_Party_Donat.jpg

The city of Campbell Planning Commission’s much-anticipated vote Tuesday on a proposed In-N-Out ended in a two to two deadlock, meaning the popular burger chain will have to appeal the decision if it wants to move forward with plans to open at the Hamilton Avenue location.

“We are disappointed at the two to two Campbell Planning Commission vote on the Campbell Planning Department’s recommended approval of our application,” the company wrote in an issued statement following the meeting.

Read the full statement from In N Out Burger 

It appears that the company will likely move forward with an appeal. “We look forward to a thorough review and discussion of our project at a yet-to-be scheduled Campbell City Council meeting,” the company stated.

The controversy surrounding the proposed restaurant site has been evident at multiple City Council meetings. While many were in favor of the In-N-Out, the main concern among opponents was the impact on traffic due to the location.

“I do not believe the city can work with the overflow of traffic and inadequate parking in the area,” said one opponent in the public comments on June 9. “I would love to see an In-N-Out in Campbell. Just not there.”

But others felt the city could manage the traffic problem. “I think adding an In-N-Out would be a nice addition to Campbell,” said another public commenter. “I do agree that this corner can get congested, but demolishing the old restaurant, it can be set up to accommodate the long lines.”

Since February of 2017, 770 public statements have been made on this topic.

Campbell City Council candidate Sergio Lopez said after the meeting Tuesday, “I was focused on what would help us create a liveable community.” Lopez cited the potential impact on traffic as a concern about the location and said there may be better ways that the space could be used.

<![CDATA[Santa Clara County Approves $600K for Rape Crisis Centers]]>560010391Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:34:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1123-2015-SimitianChavez.jpg

Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez pushed the Board of Supervisors to boost funding for rape crisis centers Tuesday.

The board Tuesday approved a proposal from Chavez to fund $600,000 toward two rape crisis center providers in the county, YWCA Silicon Valley and Community Solutions.

The proposal passed on consent in a move that will increase support for sexual assault survivors who need quick access to services following an assault.

"I'm happy to play a leadership role and make sure we get these funds right now," Chavez said Tuesday. "We really need the state to step up and fund rape crisis services statewide."

The $600,000 will come from the county's general fund contingency reserve, with a $503,000 majority going to YWCA, and $97,000 going to Community Solutions. Chavez said this will help with staffing needs at both centers.

"Really this is our attempt at leveling the playing field for people in our community who are really in high need of these services," she said.

Tanis Crosby, CEO for YWCA, said this extra funding from the county shows local leaders are answering a call to action, where Gov. Gavin Newsom fell short when he did not renew $5 million in one-time funding for rape crisis centers in his May budget revision. Without that renewed funding, Crosby says statewide funding for programs like hers through next year will

amount to just $45,000.

Crosby's organization and other rape crisis centers provide victim advocates who offer guidance and counseling to victims while reporting their assault.

"The state needs to step up," Crosby said. "We have state laws that provide survivors with the legal right for service, but the state does not fund this service."

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara County Pushes for Hate Crimes Task Force]]>560006331Tue, 10 Sep 2019 23:04:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SDUSD+board+meeting+121316.png

Local county and city legislators could soon gather a task force to combat and address hate crimes in Santa Clara County following deadly shootings throughout the country, including one at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in July.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to act on a proposal from Supervisor Cindy Chavez to combat hate crimes in the county -- something other local lawmakers are pushing for too.

"Once the Gilroy shootings occurred, it reminded me that sometimes I had been thinking that we were in a very safe space," Chavez said. "I don't think I fully appreciated that we were part of a very angry world with a very angry president that's created an overlay of very angry people in our community."

The board on Tuesday voted unanimously to move forward with the time-limited working group.

The task force will work on plans for preventing hate crimes, protecting women from hate crimes, coming up with recommendations to combat the illegal gun trade through law enforcement investments and recommend programs to implement in local schools to educate students on hate crimes and how to prevent them.

The task force will also work with law enforcement "to monitor the proliferation of hate speech," according to Chavez's memo to the board.

The group will also research existing laws and ways to extend them that offer further protections for women against hate crimes.

San Jose City Councilmembers Maya Esparza, Magdalena Carrasco, Sylvia Arenas and Pam Foley recently penned a similar proposal, also calling for a hate crimes task force. The councilmembers' proposal passed through the city's rules committee in August.

"When we were still reeling from Gilroy, then came El Paso and then Dayton," Esparza said during Tuesday's board meeting, referencing two deadly shootings in America that happened just days after the shooting in Gilroy.

"And really, there's a common thread in these attacks -- this domestic terrorism, this white nationalism that is really emboldened by the rhetoric that we're seeing from our national leaders," she said.

Esparza lost a 6-year-old cousin, Stephen Romero, in July's shooting in Gilroy. Two more of Esparza's family members were also shot during the attack.

<![CDATA[Judge in Brock Turner Case Hired as High School Tennis Coach]]>559956561Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:00:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0607-2016-AaronPersky.jpg

The controversial judge in the Brock Turner case is now a high school tennis coach in San Jose, California.

Lynbrook High School officials on Tuesday confirmed Aaron Persky was hired as a tennis coach at the campus for this school year.

Persky was recalled by Santa Clara County voters in 2018 for his handling of the Turner case.

Many people were enraged when Turner, an ex-Stanford University swimmer, was sentenced to six months in jail in 2016 after his conviction for felony sexual assault.

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

Meanwhile, the woman sexually assaulted by Turner revealed her identity last week by announcing an upcoming memoir, "Know My Name."

Chanel Miller, known for years only as "Emily Doe," is sharing her story in the memoir set to be released on Sept. 24.

Lynbrook High School provided the following statement:

"Late last week, it was brought to our attention that the coach of Lynbrook High School’s Junior Varsity Girls Tennis team, Mr. Michael Persky, was previously in the news in connection with this prior job as a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge.

Mr. Persky is in his first year as an athletic coach in our District. He applied for the open coaching position over the summer and successfully completed all of the District’s hiring requirements before starting as a coach, including a fingerprint background check. He was a highly qualified applicant, having attended several tennis coaching clinics for youth and holds a high rating from the United States Tennis Association.

In response to concerns from some members of our community, we held a meeting with the parents of both the JV and Varsity Girls Tennis teams on September 9 to provide parents with background on the situation.

Our focus remains on ensuring that our students have the best possible educational experience - both academically and athletically.

As this is an ongoing personnel matter, we are unable to comment further at this time."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara County Workers Poised to Strike]]>559979121Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:40:34 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0910Strike_8711864.JPG

It may soon be a lot harder to get any business done with the County of Santa Clara.

That's because more than 10,000 county workers say they're just days away from walking off the jobs. On Tuesday, the workers' strike got some very big support when the South Bay Labor Council voted to sanction a potential strike by the 12,000 union workers.

That means they'll have the full support of every labor organization in the county if the workers walk out. And while the union leaders say they're hopeful they can find a way to avoid it, they are ready to walk out.

"We're prepared to strike. We're getting ready," said Valerie Pickering, a member on the union's negotiating team. "Our members are ready to strike. They voted for a strike."

And that strike could come as soon as Monday. A walkout would mean longer lines in many county offices. In addition, potential delays in obtaining permits or getting other county services.

Both sides are still negotiating, but all indications are they're not close.

"We have some areas that we're trying hard to work closer to in my department," Pickering said.

Sources tell NBC Bay Area the county told supervisors not to approve vacation time for employees over the next two weeks, anticipating a possible strike. The county executive oversees the negotiating team.

On Tuesday, County Supervisor Cindy Chavez said there are contingency plans in place in case there's a strike.

NBC Bay Area has reached out to the County Executive's Office for comment and has yet to hear back.

Both sides are scheduled to return to the bargaining table at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Blog: Apple Event at Cupertino Headquarters]]>559932441Tue, 10 Sep 2019 10:58:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TimCookApple.jpg

Apple hosted its latest unveiling event Tuesday morning.

NBC Bay Area tech reporter Scott Budman blogged about the latest updates and services from the company's Cupertino headquarters.

You can read Scott's live blog below. You can also check out his reporting on Twitter.

11:35 a.m.

Now, the iPhone 11 "Pro."

This is the loaded one.

Lots of camera features.

Longer-lasting battery.

It will come in green, gray, silver and gold.

Also, cases that let the three lenses fit.

They start at $999 ... go to $1,099.

Pre-orders starting Friday, 5 a.m. PST.

Shipping starts September 20.

11:09 a.m.

The iPhone 11 will start at $699.

11:05 a.m.

More on 11 ...

Longer battery life.

Ability to take slow-motion selfies ... and yes, they call them "slofies."

(Stop trying to make "slofies" happen)…

11 a.m.

iPhone 11.

6.1 inch display.

6 different colors.

Updated camera (dual camera)…with ultra-wide setting, and night mode; yes Google already has this, but Apple will put this in a lot more hands.

The pics and videos look nice.

10:48 a.m.

Now, getting into the iPhone update.

Stay tuned.

10:45 a.m.

Apple Watch update:

Always on mode.

Built in compass.

Ways to alert deaf people (I remember meeting NyleDiMarco at an Apple event and this came up).

Prices dropping, too. As low as $200 (not the Hermes version, though...).

10:28 a.m.

Now onto the new iPad (I tweeted out a pic):

10.2 inches ...

Lots of features, including Apple Arcade and, if you’re inclined, the Apple Pen.

Weighs about a pound.

100% recycled aluminum.

7th generation iPad.

Cost: $329 to start.

10:20 a.m.

OK, here goes:

Apple TV: $4.99/month

Launches November 1.

Buy a new iPhone? Get a year free ...

10:16 a.m.

Funny to say this, but I think people are more interested in what Apple’s Disney/Netflix competitor will cost per month.

Sure enough, CEO Tim Cook is now talking about the streaming service.

Showing more previews now ...

Waiting for the cost ...

10:13 a.m.

Alright ... Apple Arcade will be available September 19.

Cost: $4.99/month.

Not sure how that stacks up for game fans ... but, they can start with a one month free trial.

10:08 a.m.

Apple kicks thing off not with updates, but with games.

Apple Arcade is the company’s mobile gaming subscription system.

We’ve been waiting for details – and pricing – about this.

Frogger, ToyTown, etc ... this is a little strange; Apple starting by going waaaaay back.

Anyway, 100 new games in all.

9:51 a.m.

Just filed into the Steve Jobs Theatre with the (ever growing) number of global press types to cover the latest Apple Event.

Today, we expect a new iPhone (in time for Holiday shopping, of course), but this is likely going to be the first event where the phone takes a back seat.

Expect a lot about services, especially Apple +, to talk up its new shows – and to find out how much the monthly fee will be.

When they make that announcement, watch Netflix stock (NFLX) for reaction.

We’ll continue the live updates on Twitter, too (@scottbudman).

Photo Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Apple Unveils a Cheaper iPhone and Pricing for Streaming TV]]>559913911Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:20:54 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/iphonecolor.jpg

Apple unveiled new iPhones that are largely unchanged from previous models and accompanied by an unexpected price cut for the cheapest model, underscoring the company's efforts to counteract a sales slump of its flagship product.

The company's new models are so similar to last year's lineup they may be upstaged by Apple TV Plus, the company's upcoming video service, which is rolling out on Nov. 1 at $5 per month.

Apple, in fact, is already using the video service to promote iPhones, offering a free year of Apple TV Plus with new device purchases.

IPhone shipments are down 25% so far this year, according to the research firm IDC, putting more pressure on Apple to generate revenue from services such as music and video streaming, games and its App Store. Revenue from services rose 14% to nearly $23 billion during the first half of this year.

It is cutting the price of the iPhone 11 to $700 from $750, the price of last year's XR. The lower prices reverses a trend in which premium phones get more expensive as people upgrade them less often.

Apple CEO Tim Cook didn't have much new to say about the TV Plus service beyond its pricing and service date, although he did show a trailer for a new Jason Momoa-led series called "See."

Like Netflix and similar services from Amazon and Hulu, Apple has been lavishing billions of dollars for original programs featuring stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. The service will launch with nine original shows and films, with more expected each month. It will only carry Apple's original programming, and will be available in 100 countries at launch.

Apple also announced a new videogame subscription service will cost $5 a month when it rolls out on Sept. 19. Called Apple Arcade, the service will allow subscribers to play more than 100 games selected by Apple and exclusive to the service.

The company's new phone models resemble last year's iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. And they have the same design — with more display space, less bezel and no home button — that Apple switched to with the iPhone X in 2017.

New iPhone cameras are intended to appeal to the growing number of people who use phones to take pictures of themselves, friends, family and the places they go. The phone's "portrait mode" now also works with pets, not just humans.

With little change, many customers who bought models in the past two years may hold off upgrading this year, analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights said.

The biggest difference is the phone's camera, an area that Apple and its rivals have all been trying to improve as consumers snap more pictures on their devices. Even there, improvements from year to year have been small.

This year, Apple added an extra camera lens to each model. The two pricier models already have a telephoto lens for better zoom. Now, they will sport a wide-angle lens to capture more of a scene than regular shots.

Even with those additions, the new iPhones may still be catching up with the improvements that rivals such as Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo and Google have been making to their latest phones.

Unlike some of the other devices coming out this year, the new iPhones won't support upcoming ultrafast cellular networks known as 5G. Apple paid billions of dollars to settle a royalty dispute with chipmaker Qualcomm in April to gain the technology it needs for 5G iPhones, but those models won't be ready until next year.

Besides iPhones, Apple also showed off new versions of its internet-connected watch and iPads.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Sharks Players Hold Pair of #GilroyStrong Fundraisers]]>559895631Mon, 09 Sep 2019 23:33:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sharks-gilroy-0909.jpg

A group of San Jose Sharks players, led by Logan Couture, organized a twinbill #GilroyStrong fundraiser Monday night to assist victims of the July 28 Garlic Festival mass shooting.

Joining Couture were Tomas Hertl, Brenden Dillon, Kevin Labanc and Erik Karlsson, as well as former Sharks stars Jonathan Cheechoo and Jamie Baker, according to the Sharks. The team's radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky also was on hand.

The group signed autographs for about 90 minutes at the Veterans Memorial Building on Sixth Street then held a benefit dinner at the Milias Restaurant on Monterey Road, where the owners, Adam Sanchez and Ann Zyburra, offered to donate all proceeds to the Gilroy Foundation, the team said.

Three people were killed and 17 were injured after a gunman opened fire as the Garlic Festival was wrapping up its three-day run at Christmas Hill Park.

Previously, the Sharks organization donated $10,000 to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to help victims of the shooting, the team said. It also plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from Sharks Fan Fest on Sept. 22 to the SVCF in support of the shooting victims.

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<![CDATA[Deaf Woman Refused Service at Campbell Fast Food Drive-Thru]]>559881861Tue, 10 Sep 2019 04:46:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/jack-box-deaf-0909.jpg

A stunning confrontation at a San Francisco Bay Area fast food drive-thru was captured on cellphone video. A Jack in the Box worker in Campbell refused to serve a deaf woman and even mocked her sign language.

The video went viral Monday, and the woman at the center of it, 39-year-old Revae Arnaud-Jensen, says she's pursuing legal action.

At the busy Jack in the Box on West Hamilton Avenue, customers generally order through a speaker first, then drive up to the window. But that didn’t work for Arnaud-Jensen, who has been deaf since birth. Still, she expected to get food, not grief.

"I was shocked and perplexed," said Arnaud-Jensen, who is articulate and can communicate through lip reading and sign language.

She couldn’t, however, get that across to a Jack in the Box worker.

"I’m deaf," she told the worker.

"It’s OK. It’s OK. Go to speaker now," was the worker's response.

With the help of her son on Monday, Arnaud-Jensen talked about the verbal confrontation. She said it all started when she tried to explain why she didn’t use the speaker and tried to order at the drive-thru window.

As things escalated, her son recorded the confrontation with his phone. In the video, the worker can be heard telling Arnaud-Jensen "no order." Then the worker mocks her sign language, and there's laughter.

"It just continues. It needs to stop," Arnaud-Jensen said. "It’s discrimination. Too many times. They think it’s the norm, but it’s not.”

After Jack in the Box management saw the video posted on her Arnaud-Jensen's Facebook page, the worker was fired. But Arnaud-Jensen still plans to sue.

"It’s not only training. That’s not going to change," she said. "Because you need that depth of knowledge of deaf culture to fully understand the needs."

Jack in the Box corporate released the following statement Monday:

"We have been informed of the incident that took place between an employee and hearing-impaired guest, in the drive-thru at a Campbell, CA restaurant on August 31st. We do not tolerate the mistreatment of any customers and expect employees to follow all training procedures, be respectful, courteous and accommodating to all guests. After a thorough investigation of the incident and direct contact with the local franchise owner, we understand the employee in the video has been terminated."

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<![CDATA[California Should Fix Highway Safety Barriers Faster: NTSB]]>559869891Mon, 09 Sep 2019 16:06:37 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Tesla_Crash_on_Highway_101_Causes_Major_Traffic.jpg

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The fatal crash of a Tesla in Autopilot mode prompted federal safety regulators to recommend Monday that California transportation officials move faster to repair highway safety barriers damaged by vehicles.

The National Transportation Safety Board report says California officials failed to fix a Highway 101 safety barrier before the fatal March 2018 collision in Mountain View that killed Apple engineer Walter Huang.

The barrier had been damaged 11 days earlier by a 2010 Toyota Prius traveling in excess of 75 mph (120 kmh) that crashed against the attenuator, a cushion that protects vehicles from hitting the end of concrete lane dividers. The 31-year-old driver survived the crash and was treated for relatively minor injuries, the NTSB said.

The California Highway Patrol responded to the March 12 crash but did not notify the California Department of Transportation of the damage as required, the board said.

On March 23, Huang's 2017 Tesla Model X was in Autopilot and traveling at 71 mph (114 kph) when it crashed against the same attenuator. Huang died at a hospital from his injuries.

"The safety benefits of a functioning crash attenuator were demonstrated by the differences between the level of driver injuries in the two March 2018 crashes that took place at this location," the NTSB said.

What caused the Tesla to crash remains under investigation. A final report for that crash and a safety report on electric vehicles are expected to be completed next year, the NTSB said.

"Rather than wait to complete all facets of this crash investigation, we have moved ahead with issuing this safety recommendation report in the interest of motorists' safety," said Robert Molloy, Director of the NTSB's Office of Highway Safety.

The recommendation was issued to the California State Transportation Agency, the state agency that provides oversight for the California Department of Transportation, and the California Highway Patrol, the federal agency said.

California Department of Transportation spokesman Matt Rocco said the department is reviewing the NTSB report to determine its next steps but declined to answer questions.

"Safety remains Caltrans top priority," he said.

The NTSB said it previously identified problems with the maintenance of California highways in a fatal 2016 crash in San Jose involving a bus that crashed against a barrier on Highway 101 that had been damaged 44 days earlier and had not been fixed. The January 2016 Greyhound bus crash killed two and injured over a dozen others.

"In those 44 days, a retroreflective marker was not replaced, and that missing marker contributed to the motorcoach crash," the agency said.

Transportation for America, a nonpartisan group that advocates for more federal highway funding, ranks California's roads as second-worst in the country with only 17% in good condition.

Jason Levine, an attorney and executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, a nonprofit consumer group, declined comment on whether the NTSB report could be advantageous for plaintiffs suing California over poor highway infrastructure. But he said the NTSB's findings show the crucial role that infrastructure plays in car safety.

"Just as higher priority should be given to safety standards and equipment for new cars, policy makers at all levels must recognize a lack of road repair resources may have life or death consequences," Levine said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested on Suspicion of Fatal San Jose Shooting Friday]]>559861141Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:08:42 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/177*120/SJ-Shooting-Suspect.JPG

A 42-year-old man was arrested in Stanislaus County on Saturday in connection with a fatal shooting in San Jose a day earlier, police said Monday.

San Jose resident Robert Eugene Styre is accused of the fatal shooting reported at 12:40 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Parkmoor Avenue.

Officers arrived and found a male victim suffering from at least one gunshot. The victim, whose name hasn't been released, died a short time later at a hospital, according to San Jose police.

Homicide detectives were able to identify Styre as the suspect in the shooting and learned he had connections to Stanislaus County, so notified local law enforcement agencies.

At about 1:15 a.m. a Ceres police officer pulled over a vehicle associated with Styre and found him inside. He was arrested without incident and was eventually transported back to Santa Clara County Jail to be booked on suspicion of murder, police said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Anthony Kilmer at (408) 277-5283.

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara May Approve Money for Local Rape Crisis Centers]]>559844101Mon, 09 Sep 2019 10:32:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/checkGettyImages-173602091.jpg

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors could vote Tuesday to approve spending $600,000 to support to operators of rape crisis centers, with one supervisor saying the county needs to offer support the state did not in its latest budget.

The bulk of that money - $503,000 - would go to YWCA Silicon Valley, based in Santa Clara, and the rest would go to Community Solutions, with offices in San Jose, Morgan Hill and Gilroy.

The state's 2018-2019 budget had provided $5 million in one-time funding for rape crisis centers throughout the state, but that money isn't forthcoming this year, said Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez in a statement.

Sexual assault victims go to Valley Medical Center for forensic exams. If those victims ask for crisis advocates, the YWCA and Community Solutions provide them. In early 2020, the county will open sexual assault forensic exam clinics in Gilroy and Palo Alto.

"No one should have to wait for hours, days or weeks for assistance after experiencing probably the worst thing that has ever happened to them - a sexual assault," said Chavez, who will speak to reporters at 9 a.m. Tuesday before the Board of Supervisors meeting, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding St., first floor, in San Jose.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Struck, Killed on NB I-680 in San Jose]]>559753421Sun, 08 Sep 2019 09:20:50 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CHP-Generic-0115.jpg

All lanes of northbound Interstate Highway 680 in San Jose are now open early Sunday morning after a pedestrian was struck and killed on the freeway late Saturday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The freeway was closed for around four hours after the collision first reported at 11:46 p.m. Saturday, just south of McKee Road, the CHP said. The freeway was reopened at 3:56 a.m. Sunday.

Dispatch had received a call of a person walking on the right-hand shoulder against traffic close to the slow lane prior to the collision, the CHP said.

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<![CDATA[Road to Close Tuesday for Event at Apple Park Campus]]>559845591Mon, 09 Sep 2019 10:50:47 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/apple-logo.jpg

A media event on Tuesday at the Steve Jobs Theater at the Apple Park campus in Cupertino will close Tantau Avenue, the Santa Clara Police Department said in an advisory.

Tantau Avenue will close to motor traffic from 9 p.m. Monday through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

VTA bus lines will be rerouted around the closure and the northbound and southbound bus stops will be closed through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Bicycle and pedestrian access in the area will be maintained.

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<![CDATA[Gilroy Concert Raises Money to Benefit Mass Shooting Victims]]>559714951Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:50:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Gilroy+Stronger.jpg

In a show of continued unity, the Gilroy community held a fundraiser concert Saturday at the Elks Lodge to help the victims of the Garlic Festival mass shooting in July.

Local bands volunteered their time, performing for nine hours to raise money for rent and medical bills for those recovering from the shooting.

“Rent, medical bills, anything they need to get them through this time,” said Tina Tovar, the event organizer. “It’s hard for everybody. Whatever we can give, we’re going to give.”

In addition to the music, the event also featured a raffle, food and drinks and a fun area with a bouncy house for children. The money raised will get turned over to the Gilroy Foundation which had raised $52,000 before the event. It is not yet known how much money Saturday’s event raised.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

<![CDATA[Regulators: PG&E 'Impaired and Delayed' Probe of Accident]]>559648701Sat, 07 Sep 2019 00:17:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pacific-gas-electric-corp-declara-quiebra.jpg

NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit has learned that state regulators now accuse PG&E of hindering their investigation into a dig-in accident nearly five years ago that left a San Jose worker seriously burned.

Back in November 2014, one of Robert Pena’s first jobs as a newly hired San Jose city maintenance worker was to clear a clogged sewer line. He was in a trench dug in the street on Scottsdale Drive when his crew saw that something was blocking the line.

“We thought it was just a line that had a lot of roots in it,” said Pena, 34, of Gilroy. To clear the line, Pena used a battery-operated power saw.

“I started cutting and the next thing I know I see a big flash, an orange flash — it exploded right in my face — luckily I didn’t get electrocuted.”

Pena was thrown back five feet, but managed to scramble out of the trench in the street in time to avoid the second explosion. The roots, it turned out, concealed a 21,000 volt PG&E power line, one that was improperly installed across the sewer pipe.

A crew with PG&E’s 811 safety team had been out to find and mark the underground lines for Pena’s crew, but they did not mark the high voltage wire that ran through the sewer pipe.

After an investigation, the state’s public utilities commission in 2015 fined PG&E $450,000 for the errors.

PG&E paid that fine and the case was long resolved when, earlier this year, a PG&E insider blew the whistle on the 811 program.

Katherin Mack said 811 workers were cutting corners under pressure, without calling in electrical workers to assist them in finding buried power lines. She cited the San Jose incident as proof of the dangers involved when workers do not call in qualified experts.

A month after NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit reported Mack’s concerns about the San Jose incident, the utility wrote a letter to state regulators, acknowledging for the first time that a key document the company’s 811 crew submitted had been falsified. Specifically, that the 811 work ticket noted there had been a “crew assist on electric locate” that day. The utility now acknowledges that, in fact, the crew never summoned a qualified electrical worker to assist them.

At the same time, PG&E turned over a report that the utility had commissioned on the incident. The report by Exponent concluded that 811 workers failed to follow several of the company’s rules and did not call in a qualified expert to help locate the line.

The late disclosure prompted a filing by the CPUC engineer who investigated the San Jose accident, accusing the company of having “impaired and delayed” their probe for at least four and half years after the Exponent report was submitted in April 2015. Regulators are not saying what action, if any, they will take based on the concerns raised by its safety arm in the recent filing.

No matter what actions regulators may ultimately take, State Senator Jerry Hill says the company has proven that it cannot be trusted to run its 811 program.

“It seems that PG&E can’t determine whether a person is qualified or not qualified and they put our lives at risk because of it,” said Hill, a frequent critic of the utility and state regulators.

In this case Hill said he agrees with regulators that the company’s failure to come clean left them unaware of larger safety concerns.

“They knew what the answer was, they just didn’t want to tell anybody about it,” Hill said. “That’s criminal, that’s wrong, it’s unsafe and irresponsible.”

A former regulatory judge with the CPUC, Steven Weissman, suggested one way to make sure a utility such as PG&E is truthful is to set up an office inside their corporate headquarters.

“If the utility cannot be trusted, because it’s not being forthright, then you have a serious problem.”

PG&E says it is cooperating with the ongoing investigation and has overhauled its 811 Locate and Mark program in response to regulators’ concerns.

“PG&E took and continues to take critical corrective actions to meet our regulatory requirements,’’ the company said in a statement, adding that it has brought in new management, hired more locate workers while improving training, auditing and tracking of its underground lines.

As for Pena, it took him five months to recover from third degree burns to his face and arms. Now back at work in another division with the city, he says he will always remember what state accident investigators told him.

“They said: ‘Give your wife and your kids a hug, because you got saved — you know, you shouldn’t be with them right now,’’’ Pena said, adding that he wants to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“What if someone dies as a result of it? You’re gambling with someone’s life, someone’s family, someone’s children.”

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<![CDATA[Pittsburg Woman Convicted of Embezzling $250k From Employer]]>559643111Fri, 06 Sep 2019 23:54:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/checkGettyImages-173602091.jpg

A Pittsburg woman who embezzled nearly $250,000 by tracing her employer's signature onto checks and used a company credit card to pay her daughter's phone bill was convicted Thursday by a Contra Costa County jury.

Jenelle Silva, 44, was found guilty of six felonies, including identity theft and the embezzlement of her former employer, Bay Area Washout Systems of Pittsburg, according to the Contra Costa District Attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Silva obtained access to the company's books and records, including the accounting software, when she was appointed office manager in 2012.

One of her duties included printing checks for the partners of the company to sign, according to DA spokesman Scott Alonso.

From 2012 through January 2017, she printed additional checks written out in her own name, prosecutors said. After tracing the managing partner's signature onto the checks, Silva deposited them. She also used a company credit card to pay her daughter's phone bill, according to the district attorney. The amount embezzled amounted to $247,456, officials said.

Silva tried to delete evidence of the embezzlement by removing the records for the checks entirely or changing the entries to make the checks look like legitimate business expenses, prosecutors said.

A forensic accountant determined that Silva spent the stolen funds on personal expenses such as groceries, gasoline, Starbucks, and movies.

In addition, the jury found guilty of crime enhancements of committing two or more felonies involving a loss of over $100,000.

The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office previously prosecuted Silva for embezzling $80,000 from the insurance company where she worked before Bay Area Washout Systems and she had a prior felony conviction in 2011 for embezzlement.

Silva faces up to five years in prison, and sentencing is set for Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. before Contra Costa County Judge Castellanos.

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<![CDATA[Milpitas Surveillance Videos Lead to Burglary Suspect Arrest]]>559642041Fri, 06 Sep 2019 21:34:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/package+theft+suspect.jpg

Surveillance video from the scene of two burglaries reported in August helped Milpitas police identify and arrest a 48-year-old San Jose resident as a suspect.

The two thefts were reported on Aug. 27.

At 7 a.m. a resident in the 1400 block of Currant Drive told police that a $1,700 bicycle was taken from an open garage.

The second report, made online, was a package theft in the 200 block of Garden Street.

A check of surveillance video from both locations showed the suspect was the same in both incidents.

The Milpitas department shared the video footage with other agencies in the area and the Santa Clara and Alameda police departments both identified the suspect as Patricia Vasconcelos De Abreu.

A $50,000 Ramey arrest warrant for De Abreu for burglary and petty theft was obtained and on Sept. 4 she was taken into custody in the 600 block of North King Road in San Jose and booked into Santa Clara County Jail.

The video was crucial in identifying a suspect, the Milpitas Police Department said.

The department also reminded residents to lock doors and windows, and activate alarm systems.

Anyone with information about the either incident or the suspect can call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Information can be submitted 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

<![CDATA[Residents Say Homeless 'Terrorizing' San Jose Neighborhood]]>559628141Fri, 06 Sep 2019 18:48:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/09062019HomelessSJ_8659036.JPG

Frustrated and terrified.

That's how some San Jose residents are describing their experience living next to a homeless encampment. Some say the homeless have attacked them.

The incidents have reportedly been going on for months, if not years. The homeless often taking over both sidewalks on Lucretia Avenue, near Story Road. Locals said the homeless are physically terrorizing the neighborhood.

NBC Bay Area's Damian Trujillo has more in the video report above.

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<![CDATA[Man Fatally Shot in San Jose]]>559610731Fri, 06 Sep 2019 15:10:17 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0906SJPD_8658382.JPG

Police are investigating a deadly shooting in a grocery store parking lot in San Jose.

The shooting was reported at 12:40 p.m. at a lot at Parkmoor and Meridian avenues, police said. When officers arrived they found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was transported to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.

No suspects have been identified or apprehended. The fatal shooting marks the city's 25th homicide this year.

An investigation is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Woman Dead in San Jose Mobile Home Fire]]>559553091Fri, 06 Sep 2019 06:45:51 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fire+%283%29.jpg

Arson experts are being called in to help investigate how a woman confined to a wheelchair was apparently killed in a roaring fire that engulfed her San Jose mobile home.

Firefighters responded late Thursday to reports of a fire with a possible trapped person at West Winds mobile home park in the 200 block of El Bosque Drive in North San Jose.  

Neighbors said the victim was approximately 50-years-old, had been paralyzed by a stroke. Neighbors also expressed some concerns to San Jose fire investigators, saying the on-site caretaker was gone when the fire started.

"Neighbors said they had seen little, small fires starting inside the home," a man said, "next thing you know, it takes minutes, seconds for everything to catch on and instantly, everything just caught on fire."

According to Capt. Cesar Martinez the fire has been extinguished and the cause is under investigation. 

An investigation is ongoing.

<![CDATA[Recovering Couple Recount SJ Hit-and-Run From Hospital Beds]]>559532851Thu, 05 Sep 2019 23:33:33 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-couple-0905.jpg

A couple who just moved to the South Bay have spent very little time in their new home after they were struck by a car in San Jose last month and left for dead.

The driver who hit them is still on the run.

Edwardo Lopez and Rosario Talamante have been in and out of surgery at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for two weeks. Family members are looking after their 2-year-old son.

Lopez and Talamante just moved from San Diego when they became victims of the hit-and-run driver.

"It hit me, I actually flew," Lopez said from his hospital bed.

The crash occurred in the early morning hours of Aug. 24. Lopez was picking up Talamante from her first shift at Denny's when they got a flat tire on San Tomas Expressway, near Stevens Creek Boulevard.

They were outside the vehicle, trying to change the tire when a dark colored coupe came out of nowhere, they said.

"I heard this vroom and saw the speeding car, and by the time I said 'Babe' and wanted to move, I just saw it swerve to us," Talamante said.

Both of them were severely injured and couldn't move, and they said a man with an Eastern European accent walked up to help them and called 911.

"He called for help, and the help came for us," Talamante said. "If it wasn't for him, I don't know what would've happened."

Their injuries included broken and dislocated legs, arms and internal trauma.

The couple is now concerned police haven't contacted them yet, and they want more done.

San Jose police told NBC Bay Area they are investigating, but there are no leads. There have been nine deadly hit-and-runs this year, which they say have kept detectives busy.

"We're not upset," Lopez said. "We just hope that guy won't make the same mistake to somebody else."

Friday is Talamante's birthday, but she and Lopez will be spending the entire day in surgery, and they still need at least 3-6 months longer in the hospital.

"It's a miracle that we are alive and not dead," Talamante said. "God is good, and he's given us another chance."

The family launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the couple pay medical costs and other expenses. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Iconic San Jose Church Vandalized With Anti-Semitic Messages]]>559438821Wed, 04 Sep 2019 23:44:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/church+vandalism2.jpg

The iconic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph in downtown San Jose was vandalized this weekend when anti-Semitic and Satanic messages were spray-painted on walls, raising concerns from people who live nearby.

“That’s absolutely uncalled for, and not the kind of spirit we want to have in our city,” said neighbor Todd Nelson.

Church staff discovered the messages early Sunday morning. They have since been painted over, but not before photos of the vandalism were taken.

City Councilmember Raul Peralez posted some of the photos on Facebook and wrote, “it’s sad to see repeated acts of hate throughout our community. My mother serves as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph’s Cathedral and this morning she sent me these discouraging photos that the congregation was greeted with.”

Aldolfo Gomez, owner of a neighboring restaurant, says the graffiti usually shows up during long weekends because downtown is so empty.

“They’ve been doing parts of the church, they’ve done the back, they’ve done this wall, but I think it’s maybe the second time they’ve done the main building,” Gomez said. “Usually they respect the church, the way it should be.”

Gomez said that vandals have tagged the back wall of his restaurant that faces the church more than 20 times over the years. His solution is to have a mural painted there.

“We do a mural in the next three weeks here,” he said. “So it’s going to be a mural. There’s a code amongst muralists and graffiti guys. If you have a nice mural, they kind of respect it.”

Church staff members said they reported the incident to police and painted over the vandalism as quickly as possible.

<![CDATA[Convicted Santa Clara Co. Murderer Allegedly Kills Inmate]]>559433211Wed, 04 Sep 2019 21:34:01 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jail-Generic-Photo1.jpg

A 54-year-old man serving a life sentence for a murder in Santa Clara County is accused of killing a fellow inmate at a prison in the Central Valley on Tuesday night, according to state corrections officials.

Prison staff at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran in Kings County responded at 8:23 p.m. to a report of a fight between two inmates in a housing unit and restrained Mark Hudson, who was removed from the area.

The other inmate in the fight, William New, 72, had suffered serious head injuries and was pronounced dead at 8:49 p.m.

Hudson entered the state prison system in January 1991 after being convicted in Santa Clara County for first-degree murder and burglary and sentenced to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

New entered state prison in April 2006 for two counts of first-degree murder with the use of a firearm in San Diego County, state corrections officials said.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is investigating the homicide along with the Kings County District Attorney's Office.

<![CDATA[Police Investigating Stabbing in San Jose]]>559400181Wed, 04 Sep 2019 15:00:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-generic-2015-2.jpg

Police have a suspect in custody following a stabbing in San Jose.

The incident was reported 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of W. San Carlos Street and Mayallen Avenue. A police officer in the area spotted two males fighting, one armed with two knives and the other armed with a chain.

When officers arrived on scene they found a person suffering from at least one stab wound. The victim was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the suspect armed with knives refused to drop the weapons when ordered by officers, who then used "less lethal impact weapons with no affect."

Officers eventually got him to surrender. 

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

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

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

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

Photo Credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Quickly Extinguished at Pet Store in Campbell]]>559382331Wed, 04 Sep 2019 11:33:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Firefighters_Extinguish_Fire_at_Pet_Store_in_Campbell.jpg

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire at a pet store in Campbell on Wednesday morning, keeping any animals from dying in the business, according to the Santa Clara County Fire Department.

Crews responded at 7:02 a.m. to the fire at the Pets and More store at 841 Hamilton Ave.

They arrived and by 7:19 a.m. had contained the blaze to a corner of the building and a small portion of the roof above that area of the store, fire officials said.

No firefighters or civilians were injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

<![CDATA[San Jose Neighborhood Fed Up With Alleged Prostitution]]>559330001Wed, 04 Sep 2019 12:07:39 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-prostitution-0903.jpg

Residents of a San Jose neighborhood are beyond frustrated after years of seeing alleged prostitutes take over an area where children play during the day.

Police are unveiling a program where people can report prostitution and other crimes through a website. Residents in the area say they’ve been waiting seven years for police and city officials to do something about the problem. They feel like prisoners in their own neighborhood.

When the sun goes down, prostitutes come out at Sherman and Edwards avenue in San Jose.

"On any given night, you’ll have five to six girls on the intersection waiting to get picked up," said one neighbor who did not wish to be identified. "It’s next to a church, a library, middle school, a bunch of small businesses in the area."

The schoolchildren walk by condoms, needles and women’s underwear in the morning.

The pimps can get rather violent, throwing bottles at homes and striking fear into residents.

"We feel like prisoners in our homes," he said. "We’ve seen the girls get beat, shot at by the pimps. That’s not right. What’s the city doing about it?"

The San Jose Police Department said it is launching the Report John program to reduce human trafficking and prostitution. It’s an online form where people can report prostitution anonymously.

Those who live in the area don’t feel like it's is enough.

"(Police) say they are frustrated just like us," the neighbor said. "I can’t image they’re frustrated just like us."

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Teacher, Daughter Among 34 Dead in Boat Fire]]>559326051Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:25:03 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/scott-kendra-chan-0903.jpg

An East Bay high school teacher and his daughter were among the 34 people who died in a diving boat fire early Monday morning off the coast of Santa Barbara.

Scott Chan, a physics teacher at American High School in Fremont, was on board the Conception with his daughter Kendra when the vessel went up in flames.

Chan's wife of 35 years, Vicki Moore, said her husband and daughter lived their lives with passion and purpose. Kendra, 26, grew up exploring, becoming a certified diver by age 12. Scott was an adventurer at heart, Moore said.

It was her husband and daughter's last trip of the year together, she said.

"I knew that was their boat, and panic set in," Moore said of learning about the boat fire early Monday morning.

Kendra graduated from Mountain View High School and worked as a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

"She was in the process of growing as a person, and that is what makes this so devastating," Moore said.

Scott always gave back, she said, at times traveling thousands of miles to help protect a coral reef.

"He had a brilliant side of him," Moore said of her husband, a Stanford graduate who left the world of tech to become a teacher.

The school district said in a statement that Chan taught Advance Placement physics classes for the past three years at the school and was well liked.

"His students knew him to be an innovative and inspiring teacher who developed a passion for physics among his students," the district said in a statement. "His loss is a tremendous tragedy for our school district."

Chan said on his LinkedIn page that his teaching was fed by his "passion and wealth of real-world experience from research laboratories, and the electronics, computer, and high-performance automotive industries."

Five crew members were rescued, and the bodies of 33 victims have been recovered so far. Many need to be identified by DNA analysis, and officials are collecting samples from family members.

Also below deck were students from Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz. School director Maria C. Reitano declined Tuesday to say how many students went on the trip, which was not sponsored by the school.

Brett Harmeling of Houston said that his sister Kristy Finstad, 41, was leading the scuba tour off Santa Cruz Island, part of California's Channel Islands.

Harmeling thanked everyone in a post on his Facebook page for their "unconditional love and support during this incredibly tragic time."

Finstad was co-owner of Worldwide Diving Adventures based in Santa Cruz, which is about 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of Santa Cruz Island.

Finstad knew the area well, having done hundreds of dives in the Channel Islands, where she first swam with her father as a toddler. She first dove with a tank off Mexico at age 9, according to her company's website.

Harmeling described his sister to the Los Angeles Times as extremely strong-willed and adventurous.

"If there was a one percent chance of her making it, she would have made it," Harmeling, 31, said.

In Stockton, California, a broken-hearted mother posted on her Facebook page Tuesday that her three daughters, their father and his wife were among those presumed dead in the fire.

Susana Rosas thanked people for their prayers and support.

The family of five, celebrating a birthday with an activity they enjoyed, was among 34 people presumed dead in the blaze. All were sleeping below deck when the fire started early Monday. Other victims included students from a Northern California charter school serving grades 7-12, a high school science teacher and his daughter, an Arizona couple and a marine biologist who owned the diving company and was leading the tour.

Rosas posted that her three daughters -- Evan, Nicole and Angela Quitasol --were on the Conception with their father Michael Quitasol and stepmother Fernisa Sison.

Evan Quitasol was a nurse at St. Joseph's Medical Center of Stockton, where her father and Sison had worked after attending nursing school at San Joaquin Delta College.

Sison also worked at the college teaching first-year nursing students full-time in 2005 and 2006 and later as an adjunct instructor, according to the school's spokesman, Alex Breitler.

The sisters were on the trip to celebrate their dad's birthday, Chris Rosas said. He described them as "the most kind, most loving people I've ever met -- and I'm not just saying that because they're family."

Photo Credit: Facebook photos]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Crews Battle Brush Fire in Santa Cruz Mountains]]>559300801Tue, 03 Sep 2019 16:46:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Cal-Fire-generic-logo-side-of-vehicle-2018.jpg

Fire crews on Tuesday were battling a brush fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains northeast of Boulder Creek, according to Cal Fire.

The Deer Fire at Deer Creek and Ron roads in Santa Cruz County had quickly spread to at least 10 acres and caused a hard road closure at Bear Creek and Deer Creek roads, Cal Fire said.

Firefighters were battling the blaze from the ground and air.

No further details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA['Majority' of SoCal Boat Fire Victims From Bay Area: Sheriff]]>559274541Tue, 03 Sep 2019 17:27:16 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/AP_19246021074074.jpg

The "majority" of the 34 people presumed dead in the Southern California boat fire appear to have been from the Bay Area, the Santa Barbara County sheriff said Tuesday.

"As far as where they were from, the majority of the people on this trip appear to have been from the Santa Cruz, San Jose, Bay Area region that contracted with this company that chartered this vessel," Sheriff Bill Brown said.

Pacific Collegiate School, a public charter school in Santa Cruz, released a statement Tuesday indicating that some students and parents may have been on the boat.

No one likely escaped the flames that tore through the boat packed with scuba divers, with all 34 people sleeping below deck presumed dead during a Labor Day weekend expedition off the Southern California coast, authorities said Tuesday as they called off the search for survivors.

Brown said no one has been found alive after the fire engulfed the dive boat early Monday. Flames blocked an escape hatch and a stairwell leading to the sleeping area crowded with passengers on a recreational scuba diving trip.

Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig told reporters that the victims' relatives "will rely on us to do everything in our power to find out happened aboard that vessel in the last moments of these family members' lives. That's our commitment."

Only five crew members sleeping on the top deck were able to escape by jumping off and taking a small boat to safety.

The fire that engulfed the Conception killed all 33 passengers and one crew member who was below deck, Brown said. Investigators have not yet determined how the fire erupted.

The bodies of 20 victims have been recovered, and divers have seen between four and six others in the sunken wreckage, the sheriff said. Authorities are trying to stabilize the boat that sank in about 60 feet of water so divers can recover those remains.

Most need to be identified by DNA analysis and officials are collecting samples from family members, Brown said.

The boat had departed Santa Barbara Harbor on Saturday and the fire broke out about 3 a.m. Monday while it was anchored off Santa Cruz Island, about 90 miles west of Los Angeles. The crew appeared to quickly call for help.

"The call was garbled, it was not that clear, but we were able to get some information out of it to send vessels," Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said.

Capt. Paul Amaral of the vessel assistance company TowBoatUS also launched a fast boat from Ventura Harbor, but it was some 30 miles away. By the time it got there around 5 a.m., a Coast Guard helicopter and a fireboat were on scene.

Amaral said he first searched the water and shoreline, then turned back to the Conception, which was adrift. He attached a line and pulled it into deeper water so the fireboats could reach it.

"We launched that boat knowing that the vessel was on fire, lots of people aboard," he told The Associated Press.

The five crew members, meanwhile, went on a dinghy to a private fishing boat, The Grape Escape, that was anchored near the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. Two had minor injuries.

That boat's owners, Bob and Shirley Hansen, told The New York Times they were asleep when they heard pounding on the side of their 60-foot vessel about 3:30 a.m. and discovered the frightened crew members.

"When we looked out, the other boat was totally engulfed in flames, from stem to stern," Hansen said. "I could see the fire coming through holes on the side of the boat. There were these explosions every few beats. You can't prepare yourself for that. It was horrendous."

Hansen said two of the crew members went back toward the Conception looking for survivors but found no one.

The 75-foot Conception was on a three-day excursion to the chain of rugged, wind-swept isles that form Channel Islands National Park in the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles. The fire broke out as the boat sat anchored in Platt's Harbor off Santa Cruz Island.

The Conception, based in Santa Barbara Harbor on the mainland, was owned by Santa Barbara-based Truth Aquatics, founded in 1974. A memorial outside Truth Aquatics in the Santa Barbara Harbor grew Monday night as mourners came to pay their respects.

Dave Reid, who runs an underwater camera manufacturing business with his wife, Terry Schuller, and has traveled on the Conception and two other boats in Truth Aquatics' fleet, said he considered all three among the best and safest.

"When you see the boats they are always immaculate," he said. "I wouldn't hesitate at all to go on one again. Of all the boat companies, that would be one of the ones I wouldn't think this would happen to."

His wife said Truth Aquatics crews have always been meticulous in going over safety instructions at the beginning of every trip she's been on.

"They tell you where the life jackets are, how to put them on ... the exits, where the fire extinguishers are, on every single trip," said Schuller. "They are the best, the absolute best."

Both said the sleeping area is comfortable but tight, however, with bunk beds stacked next to one another on the lowest deck. Coming up to the top deck to get off requires navigating a narrow stairway with only one exit.

If the fire was fast-moving, Reid said, it's very likely divers couldn't escape and the crew couldn't get to them.

Coast Guard records show all safety violations from the last five years were quickly addressed by the boat's owners. Some violations were related to fire safety. A 2016 inspection resulted in owners replacing the heat detector in the galley and one in 2014 cited a leaky fire hose.

The Conception was chartered by Worldwide Diving Adventures, which says on its website that it has been taking divers on such expeditions since the 1970s.

Andy Taylor, owner of Blue Water Hunter Dive Shop in Santa Barbara, said he discussed dive conditions with several people Friday as they were buying some last-minute things before boarding the Conception. Taylor said he often sends divers to Truth Aquatics for trips and he has friends who have crewed on the Conception. 

He said he was on the phone all day Monday as friends checked to make sure he had not been on the boat. 

"Right now it's a big question of who was on there and who wasn't," he said. "I'm scared to see the list of names, honestly."

Associated Press writers John Antczak, John Rogers, Frank Baker and Justin Pritchard in Los Angeles, Stephanie Mullen in San Francisco, Michael R. Blood in Oxnard, California, and Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Dies in Hit-and-Run Collision in San Jose]]>559247241Tue, 03 Sep 2019 21:58:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJDeadlyCrash.jpg

A pedestrian died in a hit-and-run collision in San Jose early Tuesday morning, according to police.

The collision happened around 4 a.m. on Story Road at Felipe Avenue, police said. 

Police said a driver behind the wheel of a van was traveling westbound on Story Road near Felipe Avenue when he spotted another vehicle's brake lights in front of him. The driver of that vehicle apparently struck the pedestrian and continued driving. A vehicle description was not immediately provided.

The van driver also struck the pedestrian but stopped immediately and called authorities.

The pedestrian, who has yet to be identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. This marks the city's 33rd deadly collision of 2019.

Westbound lanes of Story Road between Highway 101 and Felipe Avenue were slated to be closed until roughly 9 a.m., according to police.

Anyone with information about the collision is encouraged to call 911. People can also reach out to Detective Troy Sirmons or call the San Jose Police Department's Traffic Investigations Unit at 408-277-4654. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call 408-947-7867.

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<![CDATA[Gilroy Park Reopens for First Time Since Mass Shooting]]>559214301Tue, 03 Sep 2019 22:00:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GilroyStrongScenePhoto.jpg

Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California, reopened to the public Tuesday for the first time since a mass shooting left three people dead and 17 injured on July 28, the final day of the Garlic Festival.

As part of the 8 a.m. reopening, city officials held a moment of silence at 10:30 a.m. at a temporary memorial underneath the large palm tree on the northeast section of the Ranch Side of the park. The community was invited to participate in the moment of silence for the victims of the shooting.

The shooting occurred just as the Garlic Festival was wrapping up its three-day run on a Sunday evening. A gunman entered the grounds by breaking through a fence then opened fire, killing three young people and wounding 17 others before police officers shot and wounded him. He ultimately turned his gun on himself. A social media account connected to him had shared racist and anti-Semitic propaganda before the attack, NBC News reported.

Stephen Romero, 6; Keyla Salazar, 13; and Trevor Irby, 25 were killed by the gunman.

With the reopening, Miller Road and park trails will open for public access, but activity on the grass throughout the park will be limited to allow newly planted seed to establish, the city said.

For information about existing or pending park reservations or recreational classes normally held at the park, contact the city’s Recreation Department at 408-846-0460.

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<![CDATA[South Bay Divers React to Deadly Boat Fire Off SoCal Coast]]>559203832Mon, 02 Sep 2019 17:47:50 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4_Bodies_Recovered_From_Boat_Fire_off_Santa_Barbara_Coast.jpg

The Conception Charter Boat was well known by Bay Area divers. NBC Bay Area's Marianne Favro talked with two South Bay divers who have been on at least 10 dive trips on the Conception.]]>
<![CDATA[SJ Police Union to Launch Campaign After 3 Cops Assaulted]]>559198021Mon, 02 Sep 2019 18:36:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-officers-0902.jpg

In the wake of an assault on three officers last weekend, the San Jose Police Officers Association is expected to launch an ad campaign this week calling on Congress to pass a new federal law.

The Back the Blue Act of 2019 would make any assault on an officer a federal crime, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. If the assault results in death, the minimum sentence would be 30 years to life.

"This is federal legislation, again, that really aims to protect those who protect the public," said Sean Pritchard, vice president of the SJPOA.

The ad campaign comes just days after three San Jose police officers were assaulted early Saturday morning by a crowd of about 50 people with a "mob mentality." The officers were issuing tickets for public drinking when the crowd attacked.

More than 60 officers were called in to help, and multiple arrests were made.

"We’re seeing this across the nation," Pritchard said. "Simply doing a search, we’re seeing the increase against law enforcement with a complete lack of respect for officers for simply doing their job."

Critics say the Back the Blue Act could have the opposite effect of what's intended. A spokesperson for the advocacy group Silicon Valley De-dug calls the proposed law "tone deaf" to the current social-political climate.

Retired California Superior Court Judge Ladoris Cordell described the act as a major step backwards to criminal justice reform.

"Assaults on law enforcement officers are already crimes that are prosecuted in every state. … The BBA will harm efforts to build trust between communities and law enforcement. ... It is clear that the drafters of this bill are pandering to police unions and thumbing their noses at the Black Lives Matter movement. This is a federal bill that isn’t worth the paper it is written on."

The Back the Blue Act of 2019 is still at the beginning of the legislative process, but backers hope to get it to the full House for a vote in less than a year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tajiri also owns a bowling pro shop in San Mateo.

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Hit-and-Run Crash Plows Into Parked Vehicles in San Jose]]>559161931Mon, 02 Sep 2019 23:31:33 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Hit-and-Run_Crash_Damages_Cars_in_San_Jose_Neighborhood.jpg

A hit-and-run driver tore through a San Jose neighborhood Sunday night and crashed into several parked cars, authorities said.

The incident happened on Hillsdale and Irlanda Way in San Jose, just south of the Willow Glen neighborhood at 9:38 p.m.

According to San Jose Police, the driver was driving at high speed and crashed into multiple cars including a minivan and a vehicle that was split in half. The driver crashed his vehicle into a pole.

A witness said the driver fled the scene on foot and left a “trail of blood.”

Robert Corrales, a resident of the area said the driver was picked up and transported to a hospital in front of his house. Surveillance video shows the hit-and-run driver approaching the Corrales’ home and asking for a ride home.

Fortunately, no one was inside the parked vehicles at the moment of the crash. No deaths or serious injuries were reported.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

<![CDATA[Fire Spreads in San Jose Neighborhood, Burns Homes' Backyards]]>559165641Mon, 02 Sep 2019 12:25:48 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fire_Spreads_to_Backyards_of_Homes_in_San_Jose.jpg

A fire broke out and spread to surrounding backyards of other homes early Monday morning in San Jose, authorities said.

According to the San Jose Fire Department, the fire originated on the 600 block in San Jose and spread along the 12th and 13th streets affecting several backyards.

No injuries were reported, and authorities continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

<![CDATA[2 Die in Apparent Street Racing Crash in San Jose ]]>559012991Sun, 01 Sep 2019 18:35:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/2sjwreck8.31.2019.jpg

Two men were killed Saturday night when the Jeep in which they were riding lost control and slammed into a tree, San Jose police said.

Police said it appears the Jeep's driver lost control during a street race with the driver of a BMW four-door sedan, and police were searching late Saturday night for the occupants of that car, who police said left the scene of the accident.

The men who died were identified as San Jose residents Miguel Angel Rodriguez, 33, and Ernesto Chapa, 26, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office.

The accident was reported about 6:25 p.m. Saturday. The black 2014 Jeep was apparently racing a gray BMW, both vehicles headed north on Snell Avenue just north of Rosenbaum Avenue in South San Jose, police said. The Jeep lost control and crashed into a tree; both male occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.

The BMW police believe had been racing the Jeep stopped after the wreck. Three males got out of the BMW, viewed the crash scene, got back into the car and fled.

Police are looking for help identifying the BMW and its occupants, and anyone with such information is urged to call SJPD Detective Eliseo Malvido at (408) 277-4654.

The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office had not released the victims' names late Saturday night.

This was San Jose's 32nd fatal collision of 2019, and victims numbers 32 and 33, police said.

Photo Credit: San Jose Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[1 Dead in Hazardous Materials Incident at SJ Fairmont Hotel]]>558950741Sat, 31 Aug 2019 20:56:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/199*120/fairmont+snip+new.PNG

One person is dead in what authorities are calling a hazardous materials incident Saturday at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California.

At about 10 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the hotel on a report of an attempted suicide on the 19th floor using chemicals, San Jose Fire Department Capt. Mitch Matlow said. The crew found the woman dead in a hotel room on the 19th floor, the fire captain said.

Hazmat teams worked to decontaminate nine people, mostly workers, who were exposed to the chemical which some said had an odor similar to rotten eggs.

Their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, he said. Three floors were evacuated.

"We were in our room on level 19 when all of a sudden we heard the panic alarm sound and then someone announced we needed to leave," said one hotel guest. "It was a funny smell, almost like gas." Her daughter recorded video of the alarms on the way out.

When the got outside, they learned what had happened. Inside, the hazardous materials team tried twice to enter the room, the second time adding protection and advanced testing equipment.

Another group of people was evaluated on the scene and not taken to the hospital, Matlow said. The chemicals have not been identified, and doing so is "a long, slow process," the fire captain said. He said they're testing each individual chemical and when the testing is done a report will be released. 

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<![CDATA[1 Discovered Dead in Unincorporated Santa Clara County ]]>558947401Sat, 31 Aug 2019 09:52:20 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043321.jpg

One person was discovered dead in a vehicle Friday night in unincorporated Santa Clara County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The discovery was reported at about 8:20 p.m. at Redwood Gulch Road and state Highway 9.

The vehicle was discovered off the road about 20 feet down in some brush, CHP officials said.

<![CDATA[3 San Jose Officers Injured After Attack Downtown ]]>558946411Mon, 02 Sep 2019 16:02:51 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-generic-2015-2.jpg

Three San Jose officers were injured, and several arrests were made while police were clearing out a large crowd that gathered downtown early Saturday morning.

The melee occurred shortly before 2 a.m., when officers were issuing citations for drinking alcohol in a lot near Market and Santa Clara streets, according to police.

A large crowd of about 50 to 80 people approached the officers and "aggressively interfered" with their investigation, police spokeswoman Officer Gina Tepoorten said.

Backup officers arrived, and a few were assaulted by the crowd as they attempted to clear out the lot, police said.

One suspect was seen running while holding a gun, and officers chased him down, finding the gun in his waistband and taking him into custody, according to police.

While they were arresting the suspect, another suspect tried to get the suspect away from police. The second suspect was Tasered and also taken into custody, Tepoorten said.

More than 60 officers helped disperse the crowd at the parking lot and the Market Street corridor.

Several arrests were made, including one for possession of a firearm, Tepoorten said. Three officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were treated at the scene.

Police did not release an exact number of arrests made or names and ages of those taken into custody.

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<![CDATA[10 Suspects Arrested in String of Burglaries Across Bay Area]]>558918251Sat, 31 Aug 2019 02:48:03 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/10+suspects.jpg

San Jose police this week arrested 10 San Jose residents in connection with commercial burglaries in more than a dozen Bay Area cities since January.

Six suspects taken into custody on Thursday in San Jose and Sunnyvale were Joseph Presti, 49, Paul Neale, 33, Rodney Arrieta, 54, Lilia Mendoza, 42, Carlos Lames, 53, and Morgan Stevenson, 39.

The six were the first to be arrested as part of the crew that allegedly carried out burglaries in San Jose, Cupertino, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Santa Cruz, Burlingame, Los Altos, Morgan Hill, Walnut Creek, Fremont, Pleasanton, Oakland and Dublin, according to police.

The crew focused on bike shops, construction sites and school districts, police said.

The six were booked into Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of multiple felony charges, including commercial burglary.

By Friday, police had arrested another four suspects in the burglaries.

Police served multiple search warrants at a storage locker in Sunnyvale, at three recreational vehicles in San Jose, and another in the 1600 block of Willowgate Drive, where police arrested Ramiro Lozano, 44, Andrea Reyes, 29, John Tamez, 33, and Veronica Lozano, 40.

Police said officers recovered firearms, stolen driver's licenses, narcotics, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, stolen credit cards and stolen property.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Greg Lombardo of the San Jose Police Department's burglary prevention unit at 408-537-1200. Tips can be provided using the tipline at https://www.sjpd.org/bputipline.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (408) 947-STOP (7867) or submit a tip online at https://svcrimestoppers.org/.

Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.

Photo Credit: San Jose Police Department
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<![CDATA[Saratoga Employers Convicted of Fraud, Luring Immigrants]]>558917241Sat, 31 Aug 2019 02:24:04 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/021319+court+gavel+generic.jpg

Three business owners in Saratoga were convicted Wednesday for labor theft and fraud in 2015 after luring employees from Spain to the Bay Area, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office reported.

Pedro Barea-Riva, 48, Maria Esther Narbona-Sanchez, 48, and Paulino O'Farril, 51, operated TapaOle restaurant at 18818 Cox Avenue and Utopik salon at 14329 Saratoga Sunnyvale Road, which have both since closed.

Before the employees were hired, the defendants told employees they would be given steady jobs paying thousands of dollars a month with rent-free housing, prosecutors said.

The business owners then paid one employee $5 an hour, and withheld wages from another after telling her to come to the Bay Area illegally through Canada. She was caught at the border and couldn't pay back her bail fast enough, so the business owners made her work for free, prosecutors said.

Additionally, employers stole social security numbers to open bank accounts, took out an $800,000 mortgage and filed a bankruptcy claim under the stolen identities.

One defendant was also convicted of receiving welfare from San Mateo County while owning a home, salon and restaurant in Santa Clara County.

The employers will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 in Department 30 of the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice, 190 West Hedding St, San Jose.

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<![CDATA[Gunderson High School Names Football Field After James Jones]]>558914691Sat, 31 Aug 2019 01:41:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jones+Field.jpg

NFL football player James Jones returned on Friday to the high school he attended — Gunderson High School in San Jose — to receive the honor of having the football field named after him.

At one time homeless, the San Jose alumni went on to become a Super Bowl champion, but despite his fame Jones said the naming of the field is meaningful for him.

“You don’t grow up thinking of having a stadium named after you,” Jones said. “It’s something that’s never going to be forgotten. My kids, my grandkids, even their kids, they can always bring them back here and say ‘this is my grandfather’s stadium.’”

Childhood friends and classmates of Jones packed the stands at Gunderson High on Friday, looking on as he was honored. Despite his success, they said he hasn’t forgotten his roots.

“I know this means the world to him because we played on this field even before high school,” said classmate Martell Hefner.

Another classmate, Jennifer Kohler, said Jones keeps in touch with his childhood friends. “The same friends he had in high school are his best friends now,” she said.

Jones hopes that the field named for him will help inspire young students to chase after their own dreams.

“I always tell them, ‘you can be homeless, you can lose your mom or your dad, but no matter what your circumstances are, hard work always wins,’” Jones said.

After first playing football at Gunderson, Jones went on to play nine seasons in the NFL. Most of that time was as a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers. In 2011, Jones helped them win a Super Bowl.

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

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday a deal that would cap annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation, with a 10% maximum increase. The announcement comes at a time when U.S. Census Bureau data shows more people moving out of the Bay Area than moving in. Many are leaving the state due to high housing costs. Lili Tan reports.]]>
<![CDATA[SB San Tomas Expressway Ramp Closed Due to Beams on Road]]>558865971Fri, 30 Aug 2019 15:58:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Generic+Traffic+Generic+Congestion+Cars.jpg

The southbound San Tomas to eastbound Central Expressway ramp in Santa Clara will be closed for several hours due to large metal beams in the roadway, officials say.

No additional information was immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[American Idol Opens Auditions in San Jose ]]>558840281Fri, 30 Aug 2019 12:08:22 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/reporter-mics.jpg

Open auditions for American Idol are being held in early September in San Jose, executives with the show announced Thursday.

American Idol gives young singers the opportunity to show off their talent and possibly become the next singing superstar.

The new season begins in the spring on ABC TV.

Anyone interested can register online or show up at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center or submit an audition online at the same web address.

The convention center is located 408 Almaden Blvd. In-person auditions will be held Sept. 6.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Los Gatos Fire Damages Businesses on Village Lane]]>558800211Fri, 30 Aug 2019 06:23:58 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fire272.jpg

A fire that burned early Friday morning in Los Gatos threatened several businesses on Village Lane, just one street off North Santa Cruz Avenue, which is the main thoroughfare.

Firefighters got the call just after 1:30 a.m. and responded to a fire behind Double D’s Sports Grille, which recently reopened after it was gutted by a fire in 2016. Due to the roof structure it took firefighters an hour to put the fire out, and officials have confirmed that some personnel will remain on the scene.

Santa Clara County Fire Capt. Bill Murphy said the fire started in one business and damaged two on either side.

Officials have not confirmed the cause of the fire.

<![CDATA[Crews Contain Fire at Oak Grove High School in San Jose]]>558833571Fri, 30 Aug 2019 12:04:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/san_jose_fire_department_truck_generic.jpg

San Jose firefighters contained structure fire Friday at Oak Gove High School in San Jose, officials said.

Firefighters say there were no reports of injuries.

No additional information was immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[Protesters Outraged Over Cover-Up of Chicano Mural]]>558776082Fri, 30 Aug 2019 00:17:42 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Protesters_Outraged_Over_Cover-Up_of_Chicano_Mural.jpg

Outrage over the cover-up of a Chicano historical mural prompted a protest at a San Jose dental clinic Thursday. The mural was located on a building at King and Story Streets, but the protest took place at a clinic on Alum Rock Avenue, which protesters believe is owned by the same person. A mural at that location was also painted over.]]>
<![CDATA[Great America Looking to Hire 500 ‘Monsters’]]>558774241Thu, 29 Aug 2019 22:25:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ga-haunt-0829.jpg

California’s Great America is looking for 500 people to become monsters for about a month.

Human Resources Director Jason Spinosa says the park is hiring seasonal workers to dress up and scare visitors for the annual Halloween Haunt.

"If you're an extrovert or an introvert, we'll take you!" Spinosa said. "Whether your extrovert mindset gets you out there for those natural screams and scare moments, or you're an introvert and you want to hide in the shadows and take that creep factor up to a level 100."

Construction on the mazes and sets like Cornstalkers started last week and will continue through September. Halloween Haunt runs Sept. 27 through Nov. 2.

"Scare school" for the new employees begins in two weeks.

For more information on how to apply, visit the Great America website.  

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<![CDATA[Wrong Way Driver Caught on Video in South Bay; No Injuries]]>558738871Thu, 29 Aug 2019 18:21:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/195*120/WRONG-WAY-DRIVER-0829.png

An 81-year-old San Jose man was seen driving on the wrong side of two South Bay freeways early Thursday morning before California Highway Patrol officers stopped him.

At about 5 a.m., the CHP received a report of a wrong-way driver traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 85 in San Jose and into Mountain View, the CHP said. A driver on the opposite side of the freeway took video of the wrong-way driver.

The driver continued traveling northbound onto the southbound lanes of Highway 101, where CHP officers conducted a traffic break. The officers then were able to stop the wrong-way driver near the Marsh Road exit in Redwood City, the CHP said.

No injuries were reported.

The man, who has not been identified, told officers he was driving to Hollister and became disoriented on the freeway, the CHP said.

The man was not arrested and instead was driven home by CHP officers. The CHP has recommended to the Department of Motor Vehicles that the man's driving status be re-evaluated.

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<![CDATA[Manhunt Underway for Suspect in Deadly Hit-and-Run in SJ]]>558735391Thu, 29 Aug 2019 23:29:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/08292019SJHitRun_8553226.JPG

San Jose police late Thursday continue to search for a suspect in a deadly hit-and-run collision.

The incident was reported just after 2 p.m. in the area of Story Road and South Jackson Avenue, just east of Interstate 680. The intersection was expected to be shut down for hours and reopen in the evening.

Witnesses tell NBC Bay Area a pedestrian was hit and crushed by an SUV. Witnesses also said the driver got out of the vehicle and ran from the scene.

Police said the driver of the SUV was driving fast on westbound Story Road, ran a red light and crashed into a blue pickup truck. The SUV then fatally struck a person who appeared to be in a crosswalk.

The victim in the pickup truck suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital, according to police.

The suspect is described as a man with a shaved head, who is between 20 and 30 years old.

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<![CDATA[Additional Gunshot Victim ID'd in Garlic Festival Shooting]]>558722611Thu, 29 Aug 2019 14:15:09 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Gilroy-shooting-AP_192101510014121.jpg

An additional gunshot victim from the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting has been identified, police said Thursday.

The man was grazed and his head required stitches, according to police. Thursday's announcement comes a month after the deadly shooting and brings the total number of people struck by gunfire to 20, including the three victims who lost their lives.

Full coverage: Gilroy Garlic Festival Mass Shooting

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<![CDATA[Police Activity Prompts Shelter-in-Place at SJ School]]>558720321Thu, 29 Aug 2019 13:45:38 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-generic-2015-2.jpg

Olinder Elementary School in San Jose was ordered to shelter-in-place Thursday afternoon due to police activity in the area, San Jose Unified School District officials said.

Police gave an all clear for the area just before 2 p.m.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Mountain Lion Spotted at Chaboya Middle School in San Jose]]>558713541Thu, 29 Aug 2019 11:40:41 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mountain_Lion_Spotted_on_Chaboya_Middle_School.jpg

Students at a San Jose middle school are taking their P.E. classes indoors after a mountain lion was spotted on campus Thursday.

Chaboya Middle School, located in the Evergreen neighborhood, is taking precautions by reminding students not to go outside.

The San Jose Unified School District said the mountain lion was spotted at around 8:30 a.m. by a student in the track and field area which is behind the school.

The school district ordered an immediate shelter in place for Chaboya and Mastumoto Elementary which is a couple of blocks away.

Officers with San Jose Police and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife searched the area but couldn't find the feline.

The shelter in place was lifted after police noticed residents were walking regularly in the neighborhood and assumed it would be safe for students as well.

However, both schools are still not letting students on the blacktops or fields, only the quad areas.

Yard duties on campus have been asked to carry megaphones in case they need to alert students to a mountain lion.

The school district emailed parents safety tips on what to do when encountering a mountain lion.

According to the National Park Service, one should do the following when encountering the feline:

  • Stay calm. Hold your ground or back away slowly. Face the lion and stand upright.
  • Do not approach a lion. Never approach a mountain lion especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
  • Do not run from a lion. Running may stimulate a mountain lion's instinct to chase. Instead, stand and face the animal. Make eye contact. If you have small children with you, pick them up if possible so they don't panic and run. Although it may be awkward, pick them up without bending over or turning away from the mountain lion.
  • Do not crouch down or bend over. Biologists surmise mountain lions don't recognize standing humans as prey. On the other hand, a person squatting or bending over looks a lot like a four-legged prey animal. If you're in mountain lion habitat, avoid squatting, crouching or bending over, even when picking up children.

If the mountain lion moves in your direction or acts aggressively:

  • Do all you can to appear intimidating.
  • Attempt to appear larger by raising your arms and opening your jacket if you are wearing one. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice.
  • If looking bigger doesn't scare the mountain lion off, start throwing stones, branches, or whatever you can reach in its direction without crouching or turning your back. Don't throw things at it just yet. There is no need to unnecessarily injure the mountain lion. With that said, your safety is of the utmost importance and the National Park Service won't necessarily prosecute you for harassment of wildlife if something you throw at an aggressive mountain lion does make contact. During the initial stages of a mountain lion encounter, the idea is to convince the mountain lion that you are not prey and that you may be a danger to it.

If the mountain lion continues to move in your direction:

  • Start throwing things AT it. Again, your safety is more important than the mountain lion's.

If the mountain lion attacks you:

  • Fight back! A hiker in Southern California used a rock to fend off a mountain lion that was attacking his son. Others have fought back successfully with sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools, and their bare hands. Since a mountain lion usually tries to bite the head or neck, try to remain standing and face the attacking animal.

<![CDATA[Arson Incident Under Investigation at Willow Glen High ]]>558709021Thu, 29 Aug 2019 10:57:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/lagenerics+classroom.jpg

Authorities are investigating an arson incident at Willow Glen High School in San Jose.

The fire happened overnight on Thursday when someone broke into a classroom on campus and started a fire in a wastebasket.

Security alarms went off and guards were able to extinguish the fire quickly.

The classroom where the fire happened sustained minor damage and it will remain closed for the day.

Authorities are treating the incident as arson.

Anyone with information is advised to contact Willow Glen High School at (408) 535-6330 or San Jose Police at (408) 277-8900.

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<![CDATA[BART Hires More Police Officers, Plans South Bay Expansion]]>558683321Thu, 29 Aug 2019 06:49:49 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/189*120/53198029.jpg

A total of 40 police officers have been hired by BART this year alone because of review that recommended an increase of hires over a five-year period.

In comparison, the number of officers hired this year is the same number of hires from the last two years combined.

In the past, BART has had trouble luring new officers but under the most recent four-year labor contract, new recruits receive a $15000 signing bonus.

BART police officers received a one time 6% salary increase and annual raises ranging from 2.5 to 2.75% over the remaining three years.

“Many would-be hires are now taking a second look at BART,” BART interim police chief Ed Alvarez said. “For the first time in years our hiring pace is ahead of our attrition rate and that’s allowing us to increase the number of boots on the ground in the BART system.”

As far as the South Bay expansion, the extension into San Jose could be built sooner than expected.

The federal government announced it would provide a $125 million grant to help build phase two of the Silicon Valley BART extension in Downtown San Jose.

Phase two will start at Berryessa in North San Jose and it will add six miles and four more stations in East San Jose, Downtown San Jose and Santa Clara on a path that will run primarily underground.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Schools Launch App Aimed at Preventing Violence]]>558674811Thu, 29 Aug 2019 10:36:34 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/say+something.jpg

Two Contra Costa County schools will be the first in the Bay Area to launch a new app aimed at preventing harm—be it violence, bullying, self-harm or other threatening behavior.

The Say Something anonymous reporting system, created by national violence prevention program Sandy Hook Promise, works with local law enforcement agencies to allow students to send anonymous and confidential tips via email, phone or app. According to Sandy Hook Promise, in 80% of school shootings the gunman either told someone about their plan or showed some sort of warning sign.

The Martinez Unified and Brentwood Union School Districts will be launching the app first, with six other Bay Area districts taking the app live this year.

“We know that our students hear things in conversation and see things online that we don’t see,” said Brentwood Union School District Superintendent Dana Eaton. “Ideally, we’d love them to report that to a trusted adult on campus but that may not be possible, or they may not be willing to do that, so we want to give them another avenue to report that to try to prevent students from harming themselves or others.”

The other districts preparing to launch the app are the Contra Costa County Office of Education, Acalanes Union High School District, San Francisco Unified, Walnut Creek School District, East Side Union and Santa Clara Unified. The app will cost the districts nothing.

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<![CDATA[Google Donates $1.5M to Salvation Army to Fight Homelessness]]>558648721Wed, 28 Aug 2019 22:20:35 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GOOGLE+MESA+CENTRO+DE+DATOS.jpg

Google has gifted $1.5 million to The Salvation Army's efforts fighting homelessness in San Francisco and San Jose, the nonprofit announced Wednesday.

The tech giant committed to providing $50 million in grants to nonprofits when CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company's $1 billion housing investment in June.

"Google.org is committed to continuing our support for organizations like the Salvation Army to help find solutions to homelessness," said Adrian Schurr, Bay Area program manager for Google.org, the company's charitable arm.

The grant was split between The Salvation Army's Silicon Valley Community Center in San Jose and its Harbor Light Center in San Francisco.

The community center received $1 million to go toward renovating the facility to triple the amount of space and incorporate a housing complex on the property to accommodate at least 825 individuals in 225 affordable and 75 transitional housing units.

The Harbor Light Center will use the remaining $500,000 to focus on veterans' programs and services in San Francisco, including residential detox and addiction treatment programs.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Motorcycle Thefts Drop]]>558646712Wed, 28 Aug 2019 22:02:03 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bay_Area_Motorcycle_Thefts_Drop.jpg

San Jose and San Francisco both landed on the top 10 list of cities with the highest rates of motorcycle theft in 2018, with a combined total of approximately 850 bikes stolen. However, the National Crime Insurance Bureau said motorcycle thefts are down 6%. Officials recommend owners lock their bikes up to help deter thieves.]]>
<![CDATA[Proposed In-N-Out Location in Campbell Sparks Debate]]>558644841Wed, 28 Aug 2019 23:35:51 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/People_to_Boycott_In-N-Out_After_Republican_Party_Donat.jpg

Campbell is slated to get a new In-N-Out Burger, but not all the burger lovers in the city are happy.

Some people say the proposed site near Hamilton Avenue and Highway 17 is one of the worst in the city in terms of traffic. The intersection already is bogged up during commute hours, and some worry if a new In-N-Out opens there off the exit, it could lead to more congestion.

The popular burger joint is known for its double doubles and long lines. For people in West San Jose and Campbell, the closest In-N-Out is five miles away, near Mineta San Jose International Airport.

"With traffic and all, that adds time, so it'd be a nice place to have one here," Campbell resident Jesus Chaparro Gallegos said.

But not everyone agrees, even if they are fans of the restaurant.

"I love In-N-Out Burger, but this is the 'I don't want them in my neighborhood.' Nothing personal; it's just so crowded," Campbell resident Peggy Strich said.

The city's traffic analysis of the site suggests the number of cars exiting Highway 17 to get a burger would be around 4%. There's a plan to expand the exit to ease congestion.

But planners say this intersection would still receive an "F" rating for time spent waiting for the light.

"If you threw an In-N-Out Burger in here, I just don't see how it works," Strich said.

For others, the closer to "animal-style" burgers the better.

"I know some people aren't happy about it, but I think once it's in here, people will be like, 'You know what? It's a great place to eat, and I don't have to go far.'"

If approved, In-N-Out would need to chip in $80,000 for the road project. The planning commission will make a final decision at its meeting Sept. 10.

<![CDATA[BART SJ Extension to Get $125M in Fast-Track Funding]]>558614221Wed, 28 Aug 2019 20:51:48 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/berryessa-bart.jpg

The long-awaited BART extension into downtown San Jose may be getting built sooner than expected.

Federal transportation officials, joined by South Bay dignitaries, announced Wednesday that the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's BART extension into San Jose has been chosen for fast-track funding.

Acting Federal Transit Administrator K. Jane Williams made the announcement during a news conference at the BART Berryessa/North San Jose Station. She said Phase 2 of the Silicon Valley BART Extension has been selected as the first transit agency project in the nation to receive funding earlier than usual under a pilot program dubbed Expedited Project Delivery. 

The grant will total $125 million, Williams said.

To receive funding under the pilot program, VTA must fund at least 75% of the project cost through local, state and other nonfederal contributions, including a public-private partnership, the FTA said. In turn, the FTA will expedite the review and evaluation of application materials under a streamlined review process as authorized by law.

Phase 2 will continue the 10-mile alignment VTA has constructed from Warm Springs in Fremont to Milpitas and Berryessa in North San Jose, adding six miles and four more stations in East San Jose, downtown San Jose and Santa Clara on a six-mile path that will run primarily underground, the VTA said.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino were among those who spoke at the news conference.

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<![CDATA[Man Stabbed Several Times at Campbell Gas Station]]>558547951Wed, 28 Aug 2019 07:37:34 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Brutal_Stabbing_at_Campbell_Gas_Station.jpg

Police in Campbell were searching for clues as a man clung to life after a brutal stabbing at a Shell gas station Wednesday.

The incident happened just after 1 a.m. at the gas station on Hamilton Avenue just off Highway 17, authorities said.

According to the manager of the gas station, his overnight attendant said the man was stabbed several times as he was near the gas pumps.

Police said two cars pulled into the gas station at the same time when the drivers went inside and a disagreement ensued.

One man chased the other back into the service station, stabbed the victim multiple times and took off in his car.

The victim was transported to a local hospital and was treated for multiple stab wounds. He is in stable condition. 

<![CDATA[Free Food Coming to Some SJ Affordable Housing Complexes]]>558530391Wed, 28 Aug 2019 04:42:46 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/groceries21.jpg

Area housing organizations and advocates announced Tuesday they are teaming up to provide free groceries to residents at some San Jose affordable housing complexes.

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, CityTeam and LifeSTEPS are collaborating to give out free food to residents at LifeSTEPS' Blossom River Way, The Willows Apartments, Poco Way and Rivertown affordable housing complexes in San Jose.

The food will be offered twice monthly, with fresh produce, meat, dairy, grains and nonperishable food available at the housing locations.

CityTeam will help manage volunteers and distributions. Second Harvest is also providing over $175,000 in upgrades to infrastructure such as walk-in freezers and coolers and a refrigerated truck to transport food to sites, according to Second Harvest.

"We think that providing food to families and seniors who are having to choose between buying nutritious groceries and paying for their rent is a way we can help address the budget gap many are experiencing," Second Harvest CEO Leslie Bacho said in a statement.

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Cows Make Themselves at Home in San Jose Neighborhood]]>558522961Wed, 28 Aug 2019 18:31:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-cows+2.jpg

There’s a new kind of vandal tearing up yards in a South Bay neighborhood.


Neighbors in an upscale area of Silver Creek in San Jose say the animals are ripping up the grass and leaving waste all over the place.

The problem started just a couple months ago, and neighbors say the cows have shown up nearly every day since.

"They're not too friendly," resident Soraia Bakhtiari said. "This is a residential area. It's not a ranch, and it's not a village."

Residents on Whitetail Lane say the cows have just moved into the neighborhood and helped themselves to the grass. On Monday night, six cows were grazing and leaving behind waste.

The neighbors have had it, especially one couple trying to sell their house.

"It makes it harder, and I don't want it ruining the reputation of the neighborhood," Bakhtiari said.

One resident almost ran into a cow outside of her house. Debbie Gong says the animals are intimidating.

"They're big, and sometimes they're on your driveway when you drive home, and it's right there on the driveway," Gong said. "It's very scary."

While there are other cows behind fences down the road, and the street is up against open space, no one knows who these cows belong to. One cow owner in the area blames people partying in nearby Linear Park who knock down the fences, allowing the animals to go through.

The city of San Jose’s Animal Services Center said Wednesday the owner, who thinks the cows belong to him, claims someone has been cutting his fencing.

"We are working with one owner who told us that he thinks it is his cows but we haven’t been able to confirm it yet," said Jay Terrado, animal services spokesman. "But he is volunteering to remove some of the cows that he thinks are the ones that are getting out."

Terrado said the city will work with the owner and make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

The neighbors just want the cows to go home.

"It's just not fair," Gong said. "These cows don't belong to this neighborhood, and we shouldn't take the damage."

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<![CDATA[New Mural of Cesar Chavez Vandalized at San Jose School]]>558522101Wed, 28 Aug 2019 15:38:42 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cesar+chavez+murak.jpg

A colorful mural of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez that was painted just this summer as the result of a volunteer and fundraising effort at Lowell Elementary School in San Jose has been defaced, leaving teachers and community leaders shocked.

“It’s very heartbreaking,” said Stacie Shih, district director for Assemblymember Ash Kalra. “We gathered donations, volunteers and raised funds for the muralist. Two days of hard work in the hot sun, and to have it wiped away in three seconds—just heartbreaking.”

The mural, which was on the playground of the school, was painted over after the vandalism, leaving the wall blank. The school district has asked anyone with information on the vandalism to call police.

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<![CDATA[Specialized San Jose Police Unit Aims to Curb Gang Violence]]>558501801Tue, 27 Aug 2019 18:01:17 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0827ArrestGeneric_8532085.JPG

San Jose police say August is the month when gang violence begins to spike. Kids are back in school and it gives gangs an opportunity to recruit.

That's when the department's Violent Crimes Enforcement Team, or VCET, comes in. Officers in the specialized unit are tasked with suppressing gang violence. They patrol some of San Jose's most violent neighborhoods, confronting gang members and confiscating guns.

Officers in the unit said a relatively quiet summer is beginning to heat up.

"There was another shooting that took place," Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said Tuesday while an NBC Bay Area crew rode along with VCET.

The unit is gearing up to go into the eye of the storm.

"Last night we had an officer injured," Lopez said.

Between April and June of this year, VCET took 11 guns off the streets and made 23 felony arrests.

VCET is now worried about gang retaliation after a suspected gang member was killed near Winchester Boulevard two week ago. Officers are now hitting so-called hot spots looking for guns and making arrests.

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<![CDATA[Family Frightened in Violent Attempted Home Invasion]]>558494261Wed, 28 Aug 2019 07:18:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mv-invasion-0827.jpg

Members of a Mountain View family were recovering Tuesday hours after five people tried to violently break into their home. It was all part of a plot by their landlord to scare them into moving out, according to Mountain View police.

Around 8 p.m. Monday, a rental dispute turned violent, with people pounding on and kicking the front door of a home in the 2000 block of Rock Street, police said. At the same time, the power suddenly went out.

"When they arrived there, one individual turned off the electricity to the home to scare the family," police spokeswoman Katie Nelson said. "Then one individual used a knife to break through the front door."

Police arrested five people, including the landlord, Reenu Saini, 50, of Sunnyvale, on suspicion of breaking and entering and assault with a deadly weapon. The others arrested were Steven Carling, 53; Lori Walston, 49; Brian Ross, 49; and Debra McNeil, 52. All four are San Jose residents.

A neighbor said he heard it happen.

"I was cooking dinner, and I heard the commotion," neighbor David Murphy said. "I heard banging. I said knock that off."

Police confirmed the incident was over a rental dispute.

"Unfortunately, rather than going through legal channels to resolve this peacefully with the family, the landlord allegedly decided to call a friend, who brought in some other individuals, to go to the home that evening to physically and forcibly remove the family from the home," Nelson said.

The family, a married couple with three children, did not want to be identified since they were just attacked. They say they just moved in and thought they had an agreement for a set price. But the property manager started harassing them, and then the attack happened.

The family said a dog also was involved in the attack, and police confirmed the suspects had a dog with them.

The family said they’re very upset and will try to find a new place to live.

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<![CDATA[SJ Offers New Portal, Services For 'Granny' Unit Builders]]>558490941Tue, 27 Aug 2019 19:31:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_granny_units_0515_7198270.JPG

San Jose officials unveiled a new online portal and expedited services for city residents hoping to build accessory dwelling units on their properties.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmembers Magdalena Carrasco, Sylvia Arenas and Pam Foley announced the new online city portal on Tuesday, accessible at www.sjbackyardhomes.com.

Builders of ADUs, also known as "granny flats," also have access to a new full-time "ADU Ally" staff member with the city's Planning, Building and Code Enforcement department to help with the permitting process.

"We have teachers, nurses, college students, seniors, first responders, and so many others desperate to find an affordable place to rent," Liccardo said in a new release. "And at the same time, we have thousands of homeowners interested in creating affordable rental options. The city can and must act as a catalyst to speed up construction of these new units."

The city's Permit Center also launched an "express lane" for ADU projects where once a week on Tuesdays, homeowners and developers can jump to the front of the permitting line and get a building permit in as little as 90 minutes.

Pre-approved ADU designs offered by the city are now also available to builders, and a "Universal Checklist" is accessible at the city's other ADU-dedicated website, www.sanjoseca.gov/ADUs.

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<![CDATA[Man Exonerated in Stabbing Death After 28 Years in Prison]]>558488911Tue, 27 Aug 2019 17:12:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bayphoto.jpg

A California man convicted in the stabbing death of a man suspected of sexually molesting a child has been exonerated after 28 years in prison thanks to newly discovered evidence, including the confession of the true killer, a lawyer said.

The conviction of Bob Fenenbock was reversed Friday by a judge in Solano County Superior Court in the case handled by the Santa Clara-based Northern California Innocence Project.

Fenenbock, who owned a mining claim and operated a wood-cutting business, was the first of several people to be tried in the 1991 killing of Gary Summar, who was beaten and stabbed to death at a campground in Trinity County.

Fenenbock was convicted on the testimony of a 9-year-old boy who defense lawyers said had been coached by a therapist and detectives convinced that Fenenbock was part of a mob that conspired to kill Summar.

Shortly after the conviction, Bernard MacCarlie acknowledged killing Summar alone to avenge the molestation of his girlfriend's daughter, lawyers for the innocence project said.

MacCarlie explained that he had been molested as a child and snapped when he heard that Summar had molested the young child living with them, the lawyers said.

MacCarlie was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Fenenbock, however, remained in prison because MacCarlie's confession was considered "post-conviction evidence," which, at the time, had to point "unerringly" to innocence to be considered.

The California Supreme Court found MacCarlie's confession insufficient by that standard.

In 2017, Fenenbock learned about a California law supported by the innocence project that allows newly discovered evidence to be presented if it "more likely than not" would have changed the outcome of a trial.

Fenenbock reached out to the innocence project, which accepted his case last year.

"It took nearly three decades, a team of lawyers, an amazing investigator, a new law, and a great judge to set Bob free, even though all they had against him was a kid who had been asked to make up a story that was completely contradicted by the physical evidence," said Paige Kaneb, lead attorney on the case.

"This case shows how easily a wrongful conviction can happen, and how hard it is to fix one," she added.

Prosecutors have 60 days to decide to retry Fenenbock or appeal the court's decision.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Democratic Presidential Candidate 'Mayor Pete' Visits SJ ]]>558401561Mon, 26 Aug 2019 23:47:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mayor-pete-0826.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, or "Mayor Pete" as he is called, was in full campaign mode Monday when he spoke at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose.

But his visit wasn’t about raising a lot of money, he said. It was about connecting with the people.

"This place is really about the future, and I don’t only mean there’s a lot of technology here," he told NBC Bay Area.

The visit, he said, was about meeting with grassroots supporters and to talk about issues like immigration.

"People looking over their shoulder in fear of ICE raids are not experiencing security," he said, speaking to a crowd of about 1,000 people.

Cheryl Hurd has the full story in the video above.

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<![CDATA[SJ Public Library and SF 49ers Launch New Library Card]]>558463161Tue, 27 Aug 2019 12:01:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N11A+SJ+LIBRARY+FINES+VO+-+00000415.jpg

The San Jose Public Library and San Francisco 49ers will launch a 49ers-themed library card on Tuesday.

The library will host former 49ers defensive lineman Ian Williams and team mascot Sourdough Sam for a reading event from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Joyce Ellington Branch Library at 491 E. Empire St. in San Jose.

Williams and the mascot will join more than 50 students from Grant Elementary School for the event, along with City Librarian Jill Bourne and other officials.

The new cards will be free to the public, with library members being able to visit any of the public library's 25 branches to get a 49ers card.

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<![CDATA[NASA Celebrates Support For Women in Space Program]]>558370181Mon, 26 Aug 2019 17:55:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nasa-women-0826.jpg

On the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote in the U.S., the space program promised to include women at the forefront of future missions, and they did it in the Bay Area.

Astronauts, business executives and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the announcement Monday at NASA Ames in Mountain View, celebrating and encouraging women.

"As for a woman on the moon, our hopes are riding on you," Pelosi said to the gathering. "It’s so important for women to have the confidence to jump into the arena. There’s nobody like you."

Astronaut Megan McArthur, a Mountain View native, also was on hand.

"I’d like to go to the moon; everyone wants to go to the moon," McArthur said. "I mean, what an adventure."

McArthur and others heard support from the head of NASA.

"Maybe, the first person who walks on Mars will be a woman," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said. "There’s women at every level of the organization, making decisions, making strategic decisions. I’ve seen that grow over the years that I’ve been there."

NASA is currently working on the Artemis program to go to the moon and Mars.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Fatal Crash Involving Ride-Hailing Car]]>558337111Mon, 26 Aug 2019 21:36:54 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rideshare-fatal-0826.jpg

Police in Santa Clara arrested a 32-year-old man early Sunday morning following a collision on Lawrence Expressway that left a 28-year-old woman dead.

Police responded to the scene of the crash at the intersection of Poinciana Drive shortly after 1:20 a.m. Sunday to find the suspect, Claudio Perez, in a stolen vehicle and three victims in a ride-hailing service vehicle.

At about 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety officers found the green Honda Accord, which had been reported stolen in San Jose on Aug. 17.

The officers established surveillance on the vehicle in the parking lot of a business in the 900 block of Duane Avenue in Sunnyvale and placed a tire deflation device under its tire, police said.

At about 1:15 a.m. Sunday, officers saw a man getting into the Honda and moved in to attempt a traffic stop, but the driver allegedly refused to yield and drove recklessly through the parking lot, then fled east on Duane Avenue.

Perez later crashed into the ride-hailing vehicle after running the red light at the intersection of Poinciana Drive and Lawrence Expressway, police said.

The two passengers in the ride-hailing vehicle, a 28-year-old Santa Clara woman and a 26-year-old Sunnyvale man, were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The woman, identified as Carol Major, later died at a hospital due to her injuries, while the male passenger was in critical condition.

A Facebook page shows Major was from San Diego, attended UC Berkeley and was a technical programmer for Apple.

The driver of the ride-hailing vehicle, a 28-year-old Santa Clara man, is also being treated at a hospital.

Perez was arrested at the scene and, after receiving treatment for minor injuries, was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of murder, auto theft, driving under the influence while causing an injury, and a probation violation.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact Traffic Investigator Nick Cusimano at (408) 615-4764.

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<![CDATA[Great Mall Shooting Scare Turned Out to Be Jewelry Robbery]]>558309701Mon, 26 Aug 2019 07:43:28 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Great_Mall_Scare_Turned_Out_to_be_Jewelry_Robbery.jpg

Police are looking for three robbery suspects following a smash-and-grab robbery that some mistook for a shooting at the Great Mall in Milpitas on Sunday evening, according to police.

The robbery occurred around 7:33 p.m. at the Valliani Jewelers store in the mall at 302 Great Mall Drive, Sgt. Raj Maharaj said. The suspects, described by police as three black men in dark clothing, smashed the displays, stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry and fled.

Investigators said they are looking into the possibility the crime is linked to a similar smash-and-grab hours earlier at another Valliani Jewelers at Vintage Fair Mall in Modesto.

In the immediate moments after the robbery at the Great Mall, Maharaj said officers arrived to find shoppers running because they thought a shooting had occurred. With help from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, San Jose police, the California Highway Patrol and Great Mall management, a search of the mall determined there had not been a shooting.

The mall was reopened to Great Mall staff at 10:40 p.m. after being locked down in an abundance of caution around 8 p.m. The three suspects are not in custody and police continue to investigate the robbery.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police at (408) 586-2400. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call (408) 586-2500 or visit Milpitas police website at http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/crimetip.

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<![CDATA[Reports of Shooting Prompt Shelter-in-Place at Great Mall]]>558262811Sun, 25 Aug 2019 20:23:54 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Generic+Police+Car+Police+Tape.jpg

Reports of a shooting and an active shooter prompted a shelter-in-place at the Great Mall of the Bay Area.

Officers late Sunday swarmed the popular shopping center in Milpitas after receiving reports on social media and other sources that a shooting occurred at the mall.

Shoppers and employees were told to shelter-in-place while officers investigated and searched the area. They were later escorted out to the parking lot by officers.

Police said they could not confirm a shooting occurred at the mall and that there was no evidence of an active shooter incident.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Celebrates Equality and Diversity at Pride ]]>558155601Sun, 25 Aug 2019 17:34:33 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Silicon_Valley_Celebrates_Pride.jpg

San Jose celebrated equality at the Silicon Valley Pride with a parade through downtown Sunday.

The celebration marks the 44th year which is meant to honor and celebrate diversity within the LGBTQ community.

Organizers say they want to show support to the transgender community since they are most often the victims of discrimination.

A parade is scheduled for Sunday along Market Street. Local officials are scheduled to attend, and the parade will be headlined by singer Macy Gray.

<![CDATA[17-Year-Old Turns Herself Following Stabbing in Campbell]]>558137101Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:02:22 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/campbell+stabbing.png

A 17-year-old girl suspected of stabbing two other teens late Friday in Campbell surrendered to police 12 hours later, authorities said.

Both victims were stabbed at least once, police said. A 19-year-old woman was hospitalized and released Saturday morning and a 17-year-old boy remains hospitalized in stable condition.

The incident happened just before midnight in the 1000 block of W. Hamilton Avenue.

What prompted the attack isn't known, but officials said it wasn't gang-related. The male victim knew the suspect, police said.

The suspect turned herself in at 12:14 p.m. and was booked and taken to juvenile hall on suspicion of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

No additional information was immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[San Jose Police Responding to Reports of a Drive-By Shooting]]>558131951Sat, 24 Aug 2019 12:36:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Generic+Police+Light+Generic+Cory+Booker+Office+Camden.jpg

San Jose police are responding to reports of a shooting Saturday, police say.

The shooting was reported just before 12 p.m. in the 3200 block of Williamsburg Drive and Eden Avenue near Campbell.

One person has been shot, police say. 

The suspect fled the scene in a black vehicle and police are responding.

No additional information was immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[One Dead in Hit-Run Wreck Saturday Morning in San Jose]]>558129041Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:37:36 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043321.jpg

A man died in a hit-and-run crash early Saturday in San Jose, police said.

The victim, whose name was not released, was driving a 2016 Volkswagen Passat. He was turning onto westbound Santa Teresa Boulevard from northbound San Ignacio Avenue when a Dodge Ram Laramie pick-up truck hit his car in the intersection, according to San Jose police.

The driver of the Laramie fled the scene on foot and has not been identified or apprehended.

The driver of the Passat was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He is San Jose's 30th fatal collision victim this year.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact Detective Michael O'Brien of the San Jose Police Department's Traffic Investigations Unit at 408-277-4654.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867.

<![CDATA[Tesla on Autopilot Crashes into Pole]]>558093062Sat, 24 Aug 2019 03:13:21 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Tesla_on_Autopilot_Crashes_into_Pole.jpg

A woman and her toddler passenger were uninjured when the Tesla that they were in crashed into a PG&E pole. The woman said the Tesla had been in autopilot when the accident happened. As a precautionary measure, PG&E shut off power to thousands of customers in the Alamden Valley.]]>
<![CDATA[Palo Alto Residents Complain of "Hoarder House" ]]>558083731Sat, 24 Aug 2019 01:37:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/House+with+stuff.jpg

The Palo Alto City Council has stepped in after a public complaint was filed about a house that some residents feel is a possible “hoarder house” and may pose a risk to neighbors.

The house, in a South Palo Alto neighborhood with homes worth millions, is a concern for neighbors because there are boxes and trash piled up in front, spilling onto the lawn. Neighbors worry about the possibility of a fire hazard and of rats that come from the debris.

“This isn’t a landfill, this is a neighborhood,” said resident Drew Oman. “This isn’t a photoshoot for sunset [magazine], there are all kinds of yards here, but this is trash.”

One woman, who lives nearby and who brought the compliant to the City Council, said that rats from the house are coming onto her property. She demanded that code enforcement investigate, which they did last Thursday. The city said that the property is not an immediate hazard, but they did send the homeowner a notice to clean up his yard within 30 days or face a fine.

The homeowner said he minds his own business and is not a hoarder, and that while neighbors complained to the city they didn’t say anything to him.

“There are more serious issues than someone who has some extra things in their yard,” he said.

Other neighbors see his point. “It doesn’t appear anything is off the premises,” said neighbor Tyler Sagan. “It’s just one of those things, I just walk by and try to ignore it.”

<![CDATA[SJ Google Campus Met With Housing, Transportation Concerns]]>558058751Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:46:46 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/San_Jose_Google_Mega-Campus_Met_With_Protesters.jpg

There is more to know about what Google has planned for it’s San Jose mega-campus, which includes a blueprint for housing and public transit.

Google hopes to build its newest campus near the San Jose Diridon station that could bring some 20,000 employees.

The proposal was met with protesters who marched to the city hall chambers saying if Google moves in, many low-income residents and small businesses will be forced out.

"The people who live in San Jose now will be forced to move to Los Baños, to Merced, Modesto," said Sandy Perry, president of Affordable Housing Development. "They won’t be able to afford to live here."

Google says some of the 3-5 thousand homes it plans to build in the area will be low income housing, something city officials say is part of the deal.

"What can we do to produce more affordable housing? What can we do to improve the affordable housing we already have? said Kim Walesh, director of the office of economic development. "And what can we do to protect our most vulnerable residents and businesses from displacement?"

An additional concern with 6-and-a-half million square feet of office space, is overcrowding. The tech giants says the plan is to have underground parking for cars and to vastly expand the train station, encouraging employees to leave their cars at home.

"That makes it really good for Bay Area workers, to not have to drive to San Jose and commute to use public transportation," said Tim Bajarin, analyst for Creative Strategies. 

The next step is a formal review process starting in October where the city council is expected to vote on the plan sometime next year.

An open house will be held Saturday for community members to add a comment for the proposal.

<![CDATA[Rainbow Flag Raised at SJPD Ahead of Pride Celebrations]]>558039361Sat, 24 Aug 2019 02:34:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/shutterstock_115334458.jpg

The Rainbow Flag was raised Friday and is now flying over the San Jose Police Department.

Leaders in San Jose's LGBTQ community are calling it a landmark moment.

"I remember when the police department was a little more closed-minded about accepting our LGBTQ members," LGBTQ activist Ken Yeager said.

SJPD Chief Eddie Garcia said it was about time and couldn't disagree with Yeager's comments.

"This is long overdue," Garcia said. "A flag represents what you stand for."

And with that, the chief did what the department said has not ever been done by a major city police department before. He raised the Rainbow Flag.

"This is monumental," SJPD Officer Lindsay Parodi said. "It makes me feel respected and appreciated."

Activists in the LGBTQ community said flying the Rainblow Flag at the police department goes a long way toward repairing a sometimes fractured relationship with the police force.

The flag raising comes ahead of the weekend's Silicon Valley Price celebrations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Vehicles Damaged in San Jose Hit-and-Run, at Least 1 Injured]]>557980581Fri, 23 Aug 2019 04:36:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/truckflip1.jpg

A half-dozen parked cars in San Jose sustained damage, some of it extensive, when a truck apparently crashed into them Thursday night, according to witnesses. Witnesses say the driver took off on foot.

The incident occurred just before 11 p.m. in the 3900 block of Moorpark Ave. One resident said the noise from the collision was so loud that he thought the vehicle had struck his apartment building. The truck ended up completely flipped over.

“The guy ended up getting out of the truck that flipped. I don’t know how, because it looks like a pretty bad accident,” the witness said.

That same witness said he saw at least one person being taken to the hospital, but the extent of the injuries was not known.

<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Pride Featuring Macy Gray, to Begin Saturday]]>557958051Thu, 22 Aug 2019 23:06:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pride+flag+getty+images+meera+fox.jpg

Silicon Valley Pride is set to take place this weekend with 15,000 visitors expected to descend on the South Bay to celebrate the LGBTQ community.

Events for the 44th annual Pride celebration begin Saturday at Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park with a theme of “diversity in action.” The Pride parade, headlined by Macy Gray and Rupaul’s Drag Race winner Yvie Oddly, will take place Sunday in downtown San Jose.

This year is also the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots—a series of violent demonstrations against a police raid in New York City. It will be remembered as part of a 70’s-themed disco party Saturday night.

One of the event’s organizers said it’s important for everyone to reflect and remember the landmark moment in LGBTQ history.

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<![CDATA[Frustrated San Jose Neighbors Wait Days For Mail Delivery]]>557932931Thu, 22 Aug 2019 18:36:29 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-mail-0822.jpg

Hundreds of people in one South Bay neighborhood are frustrated because they said they hadn't received mail in several days, and delivery resumed Thursday only after they started asking questions.

The postal service said deliveries never stopped.

In the Ranches of Silver Creek community, people said their mailboxes were empty all week, until Thursday. The U.S. Postal Service had an explanation, but neighbors aren’t buying it.

Minh Dang’s email said a package was delivered to his mailbox Monday night. Dang said that never happened.

"I was home, outside, doing my lawn, washing my car, waiting for the package," Dang said. "But it’s showing delivered at 7:36. That’s a lie."

Dang’s neighbor told a similar story. Oriolindo Bettencor said not only did he not get mail, but also nobody picked up his outgoing mail.

"About a week ago or more, I put some mail in the box," Bettencor said. "It hasn’t been picked up, and it hasn’t been delivered."

A spokesperson with the U.S. Postal Service said Silver Creek’s regular carrier has been out all week with a personal emergency, and other carriers have been splitting the route. The postal service insisted mail was delivered, just later in the day than usual.

Bettencor doesn’t believe it.

When the mail finally showed up Thursday, residents were happy, but they still questioned what happened. Especially Dang, who’s still waiting.

"Somebody’s lying about it because there’s no thefts in this area," Dang said. "How could you tell me a package was delivered, when ... I don’t have no package."

Postal service officials said with fill-in carriers coming in from different city routes, they may have not hit every address. They say certainly, the majority of the 400 addresses on the route received mail.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[SJPD Partners With Local Businesses to Create ‘Safe Zones']]>557921101Thu, 22 Aug 2019 18:29:59 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-safeplaces-0822.jpg

San Jose has become the first city in Northern California to partner with businesses to create a “safe zone” for victims of hate crimes.

San Jose police placed stickers at several Starbucks and Wells Fargo branches in the city identifying them as “safe zones”.

"It sends a message again to those that would do harm to our community, that hate crimes are not going not be tolerated," said San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia.

The idea mirrors similar programs in Seattle and Los Angeles.

Under the program, any person who feels they are victims of a hate crime, can walk into any Starbucks or Wells Fargo banks and find an employee with special training on how to help them.

Participating businesses promise to provide a protective space for people as they wait for police.

"I think it’s a natural decision, if you think of Starbucks' mission statement, it's to inspire and nurture the human spirit," said Starbucks regional manager Tim Debenko. "This is at our core, and that’s to create an inclusive environment that is safe and welcoming, and everyone belongs."

The city stresses specially trained employees can provide emotional support and say employees will not physically confront a suspect.

San Jose police are encouraging other businesses to join the program.

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<![CDATA[SAP Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Massive Mural]]>557337941Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:37:37 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/SAP-MURAL-7.jpg

Downtown San Jose is getting another huge pop of color! 

SAP Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a massive mural by California-based artists, the Draculas.

The mural, commissioned by SAP, will pay tribute to the musicians, entertainers and athletes that have performed at the venue over the years. The Draculas include artists Jeff Mcmillan, Gary Musgrave and Jake Kazakos who have been working on the mural since the beginning of August.

Once completed, the celebration mural will stand approximately 40 feet tall and 270 feet wide on San Fernando Street, between 1st and 2nd streets.

The mural is a collaboration with Digital Realty, the Sobrato Organization and Empire Seven Studios

The artists are expected to complete the mural in time for the SAP Center 25 Festival Weekend to be held September 13-15.

Check back for progress photos of the mural!

Photo Credit: Jennifer Gonzalez / NBC Bay Area
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<![CDATA[Milipitas: Hawaii-Based Travel Firm Under Investigation]]>557881581Thu, 22 Aug 2019 09:56:35 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gavel+getty+images+joe+raedle.jpg

A travel business based in Honolulu, Hawaii, is being investigated after a Milpitas resident reported paying for services but never receiving them.

Investigation of the initial report made by the resident on Aug. 8 turned up 12 more potential victims of the House of Aloha Hawaii, Milpitas police said Wednesday.

Milpitas police contacted the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, the California Department of Justice Seller of Travel Program, and the Honolulu Police Department in its investigation.

The case was referred to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office for a criminal complaint against House of Aloha Hawaii for theft by false pretenses and failure to provide travel services as promised.

Police believe there may be other Milpitas residents who paid for travel services they never received or only partially received and encourage residents who may have a complaint to call the department at (408) 586-2400.

Residents outside Milpitas who did business with House of Aloha Hawaii should contact their local police department.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[One Man Dead in Hit-and-Run in San Jose]]>557859061Thu, 22 Aug 2019 09:19:51 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Deadly_Hit-and-Run_Crash_Near_SJSU.jpg

A man has been confirmed dead after a hit-and-run vehicular accident in San Jose, police said.

The incident happened early Thursday at around 2:45 a.m. on 4th and San Fernando Street in San Jose near San Jose State University. 

The Valley Transportation Authority sent a service alert notifying commuters that several routes are being rerouted due to the accident. 

Below are the VTA routes that will change throughout the morning: 

• Route 72 and 73 SOUTHBOUND: From San Fernando, L/3rd, R/Santa Clara, R/7th, L/San Fernando to reg route

• Route 72 and 73 NORTHBOUND: From San Fernando, R/6th, L/Santa Clara, L/2nd, R/San Fernando to reg route

• 63 NORTHBOUND: From San Fernando, L/3rd, R/Santa Clara to reg route

• 63 SOUTHBOUND: San Fernando, R/6th, L/Santa Clara, L/2nd, R/San Fernando to reg route

• 64 NORTHBOUND: From San Fernando, L/3rd, R/Santa Clara to reg route

• 64 SOUTHBOUND: From San Fernando, R/6th, L/Santa Clara, L/2nd, R/San Fernando to reg route

• 65 NORTHBOUND: From San Fernando, L/3rd, R/Santa Clara, L/6th to reg route

• 65 SOUTHBOUND: San Fernando, R/6th, L/Santa Clara, L/4th, R/San Fernando to reg route

• 81 EASTBOUND: From San Fernando, L/3rd, R/Santa Clara to reg route

• 81 WESTBOUND: San Fernando, R/6th, L/Santa Clara, L/2nd, R/San Fernando to reg route

According to the San Jose Police Department, this is San Jose's 29th fatal collision and 12th vehicle versus pedestrian fatal collision of 2019.

<![CDATA[Racist and Anti-Immigrant Fliers Discovered at San Jose State University]]>557734521Wed, 21 Aug 2019 20:47:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Racist_and_Anti-Immigrant_Fliers_Found_on_SJSU_Campus.jpg

Students at San Jose State University will begin the semester with news that racist and anti-immigrant fliers were discovered on campus.

"These are troubling times in which we live," said the university's president Dr. Mary A. Papazian via a blog post where she addressed the situation.

SJSU is not the first campus in the nation that has discovered such messages at their facilities.

Papazian said the university will provide spaces to hold "respectful and meaningful discussions about these challenging issues."

"Rarely does a month go by, it seems, without another community in the U.S. or abroad being ripped apart by a mass shooting,a hate crime or a tragic incident of some sort," she said.

In the same statement, Dr. Papazian wrote what follows:

"Our community will not tolerate bigotry, hatred, discrimination and other forms of social violence against individuals or groups on the basis of their race, ethnicity, immigrant status, religion or other identities. We are committed to providing a campus community that is safe, equitable and responsive. Our inclusive educational environment will always challenge bigotry and ignorance."

It is still not clear who posted the fliers and where. 

<![CDATA[Judge Dismisses Suit Against San Jose for Google Development]]>557698491Fri, 23 Aug 2019 06:47:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GOOGLE+MESA+CENTRO+DE+DATOS.jpg

A Santa Clara County court has dismissed a public records lawsuit alleging San Jose was not transparent in its dealings with Google regarding the company's new mega-campus downtown, city officials said Tuesday.

Working Partnerships USA and the First Amendment Coalition sued the city in November 2018, saying city officials signed non-disclosure agreements to allow a "clandestine" approval process for the tech giant's purchase. The City Council approved the $110 million sale in December after a contentious, hours-long meeting during which five people were arrested and charged for protesting. County prosecutors later dropped the charges against the five.

The city maintained throughout the process that it wasn't trying to hide relevant public information. Under state law, public entities are allowed to keep negotiations confidential until they are final.

"(T)he City's ability to obtain the best value in land transactions and to maximize community benefits it can achieve in negotiations with Google would be adversely impacted if the parties with which the City negotiates had otherwise confidential information about the City's approaches, strategies, and options," Judge Patricia Lucas said in a ruling Friday.

The two nonprofits were able to obtain thousands of documents in the course of the lawsuit, but said the city should have released the information without legal action.

"The policy of the City of San Jose should be to release all documents the public requires before they are under the pressure of litigation," a statement from Working Partnerships said. "We are proud of our work in support of transparency and open government."

Google is expected to submit its plan for the roughly 7-million-square-foot project to the city by October. The city will then begin its formal review process.

<![CDATA[Painted-Over San Jose Mural Leads to Boycott]]>557530131Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:25:54 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/08202019SJMural_8445835.JPG

It was nearly a year ago someone painted over a beloved Chicano mural on a San Jose building, triggering angry protests.

Now activists are calling for new consequences and to boycott the person they believe is to blame.

It still pains community leaders to see the barren wall. Gone are the colorful images of Chicano history after someone painted over the mural.

"For the Mexicans, it's like no respect," San Jose-resident Sergio Gonzalez said.

Community activists blame the property owner. They believe the same person also owns the dental clinic on Alum Rock Avenue.

Ironically, a large mural adorned the wall of that clinic until someone also painted over that mural.

"That mural was titled Mexicatlan. It was erased in 2015 unlawfully," said Jose Valle, a community activist.

Valle and other community activists are calling for a boycott of the dentist office.

Next week, they plan to hold a full day of protest on the sidewalk and an ongoing boycott after.

"We want our murals preserved, and the only way to do that is to affect the property owner's business," Valle said. "To affect the property owners where their pockets count."

NBC Bay Area is waiting for a response after reaching out to the dentist office.

It's still unclear who actually owned the one-time Payless store at the time the mural was painted over. But activists say one thing is clear: they will not rest until they get their mural back.

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<![CDATA[Dozens of Emptied Amazon Packages Found Near San Jose River]]>557422511Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:29:20 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/amazon-boxes2-0820.jpg

Nearly a hundred Amazon boxes addressed to customers in San Jose never made it to their destinations but instead were found opened and emptied near the Guadalupe River.

Dozens of opened boxes were found by the river, most of them cleaned out, with the exception of a few items such as books.

While searching for a stolen Burning Man bike over the weekend, Eric Strasilla and his girlfriend stumbled across the mostly empty boxes.

"We looked at six of the boxes and found some clothing, medicine, fertilizer and car parts," Strasilla said.

On Tuesday, other items were found, including books, cat food and a whisk, along with empty electronics boxes. Almost all the packages were addressed to the Amazon Hub locker on East San Fernando Street in downtown San Jose, about five miles away from where they were found.

One customer went to the Amazon location Tuesday to ask why she had not received a rice cooker she ordered.

"I'm wondering if our package might be in that creek, so I'm concerned, and I'm going to give them a call," San Jose resident Elisiva Maka said. "I just went in, and they didn't have it."

Some of the packages had a date of Aug. 17. The assumption is that they were stolen, but the U.S. Postal Service said it didn't deliver the packages,  so it's not investigating.

San Jose police said they're not investigating either because no one reported stolen Amazon packages. Some customers speculate that might be because Amazon often replaces items when customers report them as undelivered.

"Generally, I've had friends who didn't get a package, and Amazon just sends them a new one," San Jose resident Daniela Jimenez said.

Amazon released the following statement Tuesday:

"The vast majority of deliveries make it to customers without issue. If something occurs, we work with customers directly to make it right. We've notified the right teams internally and are working with the customers directly regarding their orders."

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<![CDATA[More Suspected Arson Fires in Downtown San Jose]]>555067861Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:18:47 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-fires-0819.jpg

Six more fires ignited Sunday night and early Monday morning around downtown San Jose, fueling fears of residents and business owners who have endured dozens of suspected arson fires in the past six months.

Most of the fires along Coyote Creek near Olinder Park have been relatively small, but not all of them, neighbors said.

One at 10 p.m. Sunday lit up the sky and took firefighters a couple of hours to knock down. A large burn scar could be seen under the Interstate 280 overpass, near McLaughlin Avenue.

Homeowner Linda Gil said she could see and feel the heat and smoke.

"The smell is what got me," Gil said. "It just overwhelmed the whole house quickly, and I opened the window thinking my neighbor’s house might be on fire because it was so strong. I looked out and it was just flames and smoke."

The latest fires took place in and around the Roosevelt Park and Naglee Park neighborhoods. Five ignited within a half-hour of each other.

The fires are adding to homeowners’ anxiety.

Crimemapping.com shows before this weekend, there were 36 fires around the downtown San Jose area in the past six months.

Last week, a home security camera caught a man setting fire to a pile of wood and brush in front of a home.

"Could it be arson? Could it be homeless encampments? Could it be sparked by fireworks? Could it be random chance?" said Jeff Levine, vice president of the homeowners association. "And the fear is the danger of the dryness, the lateness of the season, the wind."

"It’s very scary," Gil said. "You don’t know who’s setting these and what the motive is. These homes are all in close proximity of each other, so that’s very worrying, that a structure is going to be next or, heaven forbid, a person."

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<![CDATA[Multi-Vehicle Crash Snarls Traffic in San Jose; No Injuries]]>554861831Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:37:15 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-crash-0819.jpg

Emergency crews on Monday responded to a major, multi-vehicle crash in San Jose, according to the San Jose Fire Department.

The crash, at Curtner and Meridian avenues, was causing major traffic issues, fire officials said.

No injuries were reported.

No further details were available.

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<![CDATA[Missing 11-Year-Old Boy Safely Located]]>557895861Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:05:34 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-generic-2015-2.jpg

The San Jose Police Department has safely located an 11-year-old boy who was reported missing in San Jose Thursday.

The boy before being found was last seen walking away from his home in the 400 block of N. 21st Street at about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Brush Fire Shuts Down Right Lane of Highway 17 in Los Gatos]]>552466391Sun, 18 Aug 2019 15:18:46 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/breaking.png

Firefighters responded Sunday to a brush fire burning near Highway 17 in Los Gatos.

The flames were burning on a hillside on the northbound side of Highway 17 between Saratoga and Lark Avenue.

The right lane was shut down, and the California Highway Patrol issued a Sig-alert advising motorists of delays and to use alternate routes.

No further details were immediately available.

<![CDATA[San Jose Police Officer Injured in Traffic Crash: Police]]>552180981Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:29:29 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-generic-2015.jpg

A San Jose police officer was injured Sunday morning after a driver slammed into his patrol car, according to the police department.

At about 8:40 a.m., the officer was stopped at a red light at the intersection of King and McKee roads, police said. As he waited for the green light, the officer's patrol car was struck by a Toyota Corolla.

The officer and the man driving the Toyota suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital, police said.

No further details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Police Department Career Day for Women]]>548804311Sat, 17 Aug 2019 02:23:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/police_generic_448x336.jpg

The San Jose Police Department is holding a Career Day highlighting job opportunities for women from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 6087 Great Oaks Parkway in San Jose.

Participants can talk with female officers and other personnel about what daily duties with the department involve, learn law enforcement tactics, engage in practical and role play exercises and have an opportunity to practice the physical agility exam.

The department is hiring officers, 911 dispatchers and call takers, and records/police data specialists.

Registration starts at 7 a.m.

To register online visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-jose-police-womens-career-day-tickets-62225643575.

For more information on the Career Day email Officer Norene Marinelli at norene.marinelli@sanjoseca.gov

<![CDATA[Toddler With Rare Disease Needs Visa for Stanford Trial]]>548524171Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:29:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Alexander2.jpg

The Armenian family of a 19-month-old boy with a rare disease who is part of a medical trial in the United States is hoping for a miracle—they need a visa extension to stay in America, so he can finish the trial.

The toddler, Alexander Sargsyan, was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy by an Armenian neurologist after he stopped moving when he was just a month old. The disease is known to rob people of physical strength, taking away the ability to walk, eat or breathe.

The boy’s parents, Svetlana and Tigran Sargsyan found hope for their son through a medical trial at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. The gene therapy began to work, and Alexander is learning to talk. But now, the family’s medical visa is set to expire at the end of September.

“We need to stay here,” said his mother. “It’s gene therapy, it’s a trial and we don’t know how long it could be helpful…we tried to change our visa type to stay here legally.”

<![CDATA[91-Year-Old Murder Suspect Dying in Jail Pretrial: Daughter]]>548371121Fri, 16 Aug 2019 21:55:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/AIELLO1.jpg

The daughter of a 91-year-old man arrested last September for allegedly killing his stepdaughter says he's dying in jail while he awaits trial.

Anthony Aiello was arrested on Sept. 25, 2018, after Fitbit data from 67-year-old victim Karen Navarra connected him to the scene of the murder on Sept. 8. He turned 91 in January, making him the oldest suspect to ever be held in custody before trial in Santa Clara County -- and possibly the United States -- family members said outside the courthouse Friday.

Aiello pleaded not guilty to murder charges in April, and has been held at Main Jail in San Jose without bail for almost a year. His daughter, Annette Aiello, said Friday that his health has been deteriorating, with conditions including congestive heart failure and kidney problems. Raj Jayadev, CEO of Silicon Valley De-Bug, said Aiello has not been able to eat, dress himself, or complete daily tasks.

Aiello last appeared in court in April, using a wheelchair and an assisted hearing device with his arms shackled. His attorney, Edward J. Caden, requested bail due to "extreme health concerns," but was denied.

Annette and De-Bug advocates gathered in front of the jail and the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice Friday with bright-green posters declaring Aiello's innocence.

The case was widely reported last year after law enforcement contacted Fitbit to retrieve data from Navarra's device. Police were unsure whether she had been killed when they first responded to her home in the Berryessa neighborhood for a wellness check on Sept. 13. The scene had been staged to appear as a suicide, and Navarra had a deep laceration in her neck, police said.

Police later interviewed Aiello, who lived nearby in Alum Rock Park with his wife, Adele. Police found evidence of blood cleanup and blood spots on Aiello's clothing, which he attributed to frequently cutting himself, and said he had dropped off pizza at Navarra's home the day of her death.

Family and community advocates maintain that he should not be subjected to jail conditions before he is convicted of a crime, especially considering his age. They said he doesn't pose any threat to the public, and is getting sicker each day he is in custody.

Aiello is a Korean War veteran who owned multiple businesses throughout San Jose, Annette Aiello said, and was enjoying his retirement with his wife at the time of his arrest.

"Every day (he) would say 'I'm here another day' and smiled about it, and now he can't say that," she said. "He doesn't belong here, he didn't do anything. Every day he can't believe he's here and he's hoping he lives to get home."

Annette Aiello said the victim was a very private individual and didn't want to comment on Aiello and Navarra's relationship. Navarra was a pharmacy technician at Regional Medical Center of San Jose for about 45 years and typically kept to herself, coworkers told law enforcement.

Aiello's next court appearance is on Monday, when he will again be arraigned after a possible grand jury indictment. The court date is set for 9 a.m. in Department 24 of the Hall of Justice, 190 West Hedding St., San Jose.

Photo Credit: Bay City News]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands Expected at Silicon Valley Comic Con]]>548029641Fri, 16 Aug 2019 20:44:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/comic+con3.jpg

Thousands of people are expected to wear their best costume and head over to Silicon Valley’s annual Comic Con this weekend.

The event, organized by Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak’s, is a gift to Silicon Valley.

“Stay young as long as you can...go back to your youth.”

Costumes ranging from Wonder Woman to Poison Ivy are expected to fill the San Jose Convention Center. Celebrities such as Lou Ferrigno, better known as The Incredible Hulk will also make an appearance at the event.

“It’s fun...everybody gets a chance to be a super hero.”

Silicon Valley Comic Con is taking place August 16 through 18 at the San Jose Convention Center. For more information, click here.

<![CDATA[Cosplayers Unite at Silicon Valley Comic Con in San Jose]]>548150131Fri, 16 Aug 2019 19:46:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/SAN-JOSE-COMIC-CON-18.jpg

Photo Credit: Jennifer Gonzalez / NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Several South Bay Schools Face a Teacher Shortage]]>547484291Fri, 16 Aug 2019 18:47:28 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/San_Jose_Schools_Face_Teacher_a_Shortage.jpg

As many student’s head back to classes, many schools in the South Bay are facing a shortage of credentialed teachers. 

Classes began Wednesday for the San Jose Unified School District and several school have not yet found qualified teachers for the new year.

"We have a severe teacher shortage," said Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, superintendent for Santa Clara County.

County wide, there are almost 300 classrooms staffed with substitute teachers.

"Students achieve better when they have highly qualified teachers in the classroom," Dewan said.  "The most important thing for a child is what happens every day in a classroom."

Dewan says with the high cost of living in Silicon Valley, it’s become difficult to attract and retain teachers, especially those in special education.

Parents who have their children in San Jose schools are concerned for the education that they receive.

"I just don’t feel it’s fair for the kids," said parent Elizabeth James.

James has a seventh grade at Willow Glen Middle School and he has dealt with a substitute teacher for first month of last year.

"When they switch teachers back and forth, there’s no true curriculum," James said.

James says parents sometimes have to hire a tutor if their child has a substitute teacher to make sure they don’t fall behind in math.

"Long-term substitutes, even short-term substitutes can disrupt the education,"said DeWan.

In addition to having a shortage of teachers, there is also a shortage of substitute teachers.

In cases when teachers call in sick, one class is then combined with another class.

<![CDATA[San Jose Residents Upset After Several PG&E Outages ]]>547855361Fri, 16 Aug 2019 17:41:29 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PGELogo.JPG

The heat wave in the Bay Area is continuing to knock out power in several neighborhoods and many residents are annoyed by the outages.

PG&E says they are trying to keep up with the outages that are being triggered by a variety of things ranging from customers overloading the system to PG&E "employee error". The error is what caused the blackout in Marin County Thursday.

Residents from San Jose say they are upset after PG&E crew members did not showing up until the next day to fix the issue.

"When they don’t even check if the power is back to the house that reported the outage," said Marin residents that did not want to be identified. "That is just incompetence or negligence."

The outage occurred around 11 p.m. and left about 61,000 customers without power.

PG&E employees say they understand the frustration but say they have crew members spread out all over the Bay Area.

The electrical company says the disruption was not caused by high demand or weather but the protective system designed to prevent outages did not get set up properly at a Novato substation.

Officials say once workers installed the system, power was restored by 1:30 Friday morning.

Another issue residents complained about is the misleading text messaged from PG&E.

One customer says he lost thousands of dollars of medicine because he left his medication in the refrigerator after receiving an alert saying power had been restored.

"I thought the power was going to be back and my medicine is going to be OK," said San Jose resident, who wished not to be identified. "Now it’s all gone."

PG&E officials say they are looking into the problem saying it’s an automated system and most outages have been resolved. But acknowledges that doesn’t offer much comfort to residents who remain without power.

Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Firefighters Put Out Small Brush Fire in Gilroy]]>546716741Fri, 16 Aug 2019 05:28:55 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/08162019GilroyFire_8382320.JPG

Firefighters extinguished a small brush fire just off Highway 101 in Gilroy early Friday.

Flames were seen at around 3 a.m. up against the shoulder of the highway. When firefighters arrived they were able to quickly stop the progress of the blaze.

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara to Study Sites for Extremely Low-Income Housing]]>546496861Fri, 16 Aug 2019 03:16:37 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Low-Income_Housing_Program_Fosters_Segregation_Lawsuit.jpg

Santa Clara County will consider five new sites on county property for affordable housing projects under Measure A, pushing toward its goal of creating 4,800 new homes by 2026.

Measure A was approved by voters in 2016 and is expected to create $950 million for affordable housing in the region. Completed projects have been slow to emerge, but the county has approved $234 million in funding for about 1,400 new developments in the last two years.

County supervisors on Tuesday approved a referral by Supervisor Cindy Chavez to study about 80 acres of county-owned land for extremely low-income housing.

The sites are located on East Santa Clara Street near the Valley Health Center Downtown San Jose Clinic, six vacant acres next to Valley Health Center in Gilroy, large vacant parcels next to the recently-acquired St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy and DePaul Health Center in Morgan Hill, and the future site of "The Hub" center for former and current foster youth at Parkmoor Avenue in San Jose.

Staff will create reports on the five sites, which could include multiple types of housing in addition to extremely low-income units.

<![CDATA[Band That Fled Garlic Festival Shooting Returns to Stage]]>546028591Thu, 15 Aug 2019 23:51:20 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tinman-0815.jpg

Healing continued Thursday in the wake of the Gilroy Garlic Festival mass shooting as the band that was on stage when gunfire broke out took to the stage again for the first time.

The leaders of TinMan said the show at San Jose Municipal Golf Course was about more than their own perseverance. It was about the victims and their families.

The band members knew they eventually would take that step, to set up and do what they love and not back down. Lead singer Christian Swain said it was a relief "to get that first one done."

The group was on stage when a gunman opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28, killing three people and injuring 13. Like everyone that day, TinMan took cover.

During their first performance since, Swain said it was a bit difficult to not think about that day.

"A little trepidation, thoughts that creep into your mind that you know are ridiculous," he said. "But we're all dealing with a little bit, PTSD. I think anyone in that situation goes through that."

Thursday night was about trying to get back to normal. But most importantly, it was about the victims and their families.

"I hope all the people who went through this are getting the same help from their family and friends," Swain said.

All the proceeds from the concert are being donated to the Gilroy victims relief fund at the Gilroy Foundation.

"It's really not about us," bassist Bill Weir said, "because we're still here."

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<![CDATA[Sonic Runway to Return to San Jose]]>545972641Fri, 16 Aug 2019 01:46:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Sonic-Runway-Neal-Waters-7.jpg

The San Jose City Council has approved $500,000 for the re-installation of a popular public art piece that racked up more than a million social media posts in the four months that it was installed near San Jose City Hall.

The Sonic Runway is celebrated as one of San Jose’s most popular pieces of recent art.

“We had photo shoots there, we had dance parties, we had a marriage proposal,” said Adams Hapner, the cultural affairs director of San Jose.

Many residents agreed. “That’s awesome, that sounds great,” said San Jose State student Emanuel Jacobo. “I think it activates the space. It brings people to a plaza that’s empty lately.”

The price, though, has raised concerns for some residents who think the money would be better spent elsewhere. Angel Enriquez, a Santa Clara resident, suggested that the city could use that money for children’s programs instead.

Mayor Sam Liccardo explained the half-million-dollar price tag. “This is something that’s going to be permanent or at least something that’s going to be there for several years, it’s going to be outside, so that means you have to build it well,” he said. “It can’t be cheap, it can’t be flimsy.”

The current plan is to have the Sonic Runway up for about seven years if it stays popular and can withstand the elements for that long.

<![CDATA[Heatwave, Spare the Air Continue Friday Before Cool-Off]]>545715041Thu, 15 Aug 2019 23:39:59 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/heat-friday-0815.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[NASA, Tech Companies Team Up for Trip to Mars]]>545488431Thu, 15 Aug 2019 22:19:04 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Nasa_Generic.jpg

Half a century after the first moon landing, NASA plans to go back to space and explore Mars. This time it’s getting a boost from Silicon Valley tech companies.

NASA is working with Google and Intel to go to space and help protect the planet from objects that could come toward Earth.

After getting past the asteroids, artificial intelligence can help map out the solar system.

Both NASA and tech companies say as plans get closer to traveling to Mars, there will be many jobs created to help the mission become possible.

NBC Bay Area's Scott Budman has more in the video report above.

<![CDATA[Councilwoman Critical of SJ Mayor's Gun Insurance Proposal]]>545515101Thu, 15 Aug 2019 19:53:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/esparza-liccardo-0815.jpg

Just days after San Jose’s mayor introduced a historic gun control proposal, a councilwoman is going on the offensive against him.

Maya Esparza said Mayor Sam Liccardo was grandstanding this week when he announced the idea to have gun owners buy liability insurance.

Esparza, who rarely gives interviews, said she felt compelled to speak out. Stephen Romero, the 6-year-old boy killed in the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting, is her cousin.

Stephen’s mother and grandmother were also hit by gunfire, but survived.

"This is personal for me, and I haven’t spoken about it to anyone else," Esparza said.

The news conference Liccardo called Monday announced a proposal that gun owners in the city be required to buy liability insurance. That rubbed Esparza the wrong way.

"To me, it felt like the mayor was more interested in chasing headlines than committing to specific action that would make communities like mine safer," the councilwoman said.

Esparza said she spoke with Liccardo last Friday about establishing some sort of gun ordinance, and she had suggested hate crime provisions be a part of it.

Then she saw the mayor’s news conference.

"I came home from the burial, the funeral, and to read about this was just too much," she said.

The mayor said he doesn’t take offense to Esparza calling the proposal headline-chasing. But he explained that he’s been talking about and working on a gun insurance ordinance for nine months and provided NBC Bay Area with recent emails with Esparza’s office discussing the issue.

But Esparza says the first time the mayor’s office reached out to her on the gun insurance ordinance was on Monday, while she was at her cousin’s funeral, after the news release was already written.

"We continue to welcome her input and input of others who care as passionately about the issue as we do," Liccardo said. "I would support (a version) that would plug any gaps for hate crimes, but as you know, those issues are at the state and federal level."

Esparza said it reduces victims to "tax burdens." She said she will likely propose her own legislation.

Councilman Raul Peralez and Vice Mayor Chappie Jones have signed on to the mayor's insurance memo.

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<![CDATA[Brush Fire Burns Near Homes in South San Jose]]>545020661Thu, 15 Aug 2019 22:53:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0815SJFireDrop_8374388.JPG

A brush fire erupted in the very dry hills of South San Jose, creeping down close to homes and leading to evacuations.

The Thursday afternoon blaze charred at least 75 acres in the area of Santa Teresa Boulevard and Bailey Avenue.

At least 15 homes were evacuated while firefighters battled the fire. About 120 firefighters swarmed the fire.

PG&E said the fire sparked after a power pole was knocked down when a truck crashed into it.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Hurt After Shooting in San Jose: Police]]>544558321Thu, 15 Aug 2019 22:58:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-day-connecticut.jpg

One man died and another suffered non life-threatening injuries following a shooting in San Jose early Thursday morning, police said.

The shooting happened in the area of Senter Road and Capitol Expressway, police said.

Officers around 1:50 a.m. responded to Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center after learning that the two men drove themselves to the hospital.

The victims suffered at least one gunshot wound each, police said.

No suspects have been identified or located, according to police. Specific details regarding the shooting and a motive are being investigated.

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to reach out to Detective Sgt. Ali Miri or Detective Gabriel Cuenca of the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283. Those who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Cisco Lays Off Nearly 500 Workers in San Jose, Milpitas]]>543606311Wed, 14 Aug 2019 23:56:29 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cisco-0814.jpg

Cisco Systems has laid off nearly 500 workers in San Jose and Milpitas, according to a state filing.

It's the company's second round of layoffs within the past year, and the news Wednesday came on the heels of an earnings report that exceeded Wall Street expectations.

Most of the cuts are in the company's engineering division.

Cisco released a statement saying, "It’s important that we make decisions to continually ensure that our investments and resources are aligned with strategic growth areas of the business and customer demands."

The San Jose-based seller of routers, switches, software and services on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $2.21 billion, or 83 cents a share after adjustments for pretax and stock option expenses. That edged analysts' estimates of 82 cents a share.

Cisco shares closed Wednesday at $50.61, a rise of 15% in the past 12 months.

Cisco's statement went on to say it is helping laid off employees find other positions in the company.

Wire services contributed tio this report.

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<![CDATA[#GilroyStrong: Donations to Shooting Victims Eclipse $1M]]>543533641Wed, 14 Aug 2019 23:39:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gilroy-strong-0814.jpg

It's been two and a half weeks since the Gilroy Garlic Festival mass shooting that left three people dead and 13 injured, and the healing hit somewhat of a milestone Wednesday.

The community continues to rally around the victims and each other, and monetary donations have now passed the $1 million mark.

"That's all receipts of donations," said Donna Pray, executive director of the Gilroy Foundation. "Whenever there's a donation on PayPal, whether it's $10 or $10,000, I get an email, and one morning I had 366 emails."

The biggest donation, Pray said, was $250,000, and it was anonymous.

Some of the donations have come from dozens of simple lemonade stands. One at the Sunrise Fire Station raised $3,000 in two hours.

And local businesses are pitching in with fundraising events. Straw Hat Pizza raised $10,000 last Wednesday.

"We're a small town. A tragedy like that brings everybody together," said Raj Nayyar of Straw Hat. "From the first day, two Sundays ago, we've been making pizza and donating a lot of pizza."

The Gilroy Foundation is distributing the funds and hoping for a turnaround of less than 10 days. This week, victims can fill out applications for medical bills and other needs.

Every penny of that $1 million-plus is going to the victims.

"They're happy because they're doing something positive and doing something good for their community," Pray said of the donors.

Indeed, Gilroy is a close-knit community where people don't just put up a sign and wear a T-shirt. They show up and help each other. And they're not done yet.

"It's just incredible," resident Eric Troesch said. "It's really been great to see the whole community come together to combat this tragedy."

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<![CDATA[Schools Scramble to Keep Cool in Extreme Heat]]>543244672Wed, 14 Aug 2019 19:00:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Schools_Scramble_to_Keep_Cool_in_Extreme_Heat.jpg

Triple-digit temperatures greeted hundreds of South Bay students starting the school year Wednesday, and the heat forced some schools to make last-minute changes. Marianne Favro reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Rash of Suspected Arson Fires Has SJ Residents on Edge]]>543026871Wed, 14 Aug 2019 18:22:03 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj-arson-0814.jpg

A rash of apparent arson fires has some San Jose neighborhood groups around the downtown area scared and upset.

Video obtained by NBC Bay Area shows some recent incidents, including one in which someone brazenly sets a fire in front of a home near Japantown. In the video a man is seen getting off a bicycle and setting a pile of wood and brush on fire. Those images and the man's actions have neighbors rattled.

"My concern is it was just a brush pile that was on fire, but it could’ve been a house, a church, and that’s what I’m really afraid of," resident Kelvin Kamachi said.

The fire department's quick response kept the flames from spreading.

A map from CrimeMapping.com shows about 36 fires being set around the downtown San Jose district. One business owner said he’s fed up.

"Right here in the neighborhood where we’re standing, there have been three recent incidents, two just last night and another about three weeks ago," David Vieira said.

Vieira's security cameras recorded a possible vandal who he believes is responsible for the fires. He said city officials gave him advice: Catch the guy in the act.

"Today, we were out here cutting back these trees so that my tenant here, his cameras here, can hopefully catch the subject playing with fire," Vieira said.

Kamachi said he would like more preventative action.

"I would like to see more police coming around, especially after midnight," he said.

Both Vieira and Kamachi plan to raise their concerns with their neighborhood associations.

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<![CDATA[No Injuries in Crash Involving VTA Light Rail and Vehicle]]>542521151Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:35:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/0814-VTA-SJ.jpg

No injuries are reported following a crash involving a VTA light rail and a vehicle in San Jose, officials said.

The collision was reported at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Charcot Avenue and North First Street.

VTA officials said a bus bridge is set up from Bona Ventura to Karina.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Passenger Killed in San Jose Crash After CHP Pursuit]]>542048371Wed, 14 Aug 2019 06:53:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DeadlySJCrash.jpg

A passenger in a vehicle pursued by California Highway Patrol officers died in a crash in San Jose on Wednesday morning, according to San Jose police.

CHP officers tried to pull over the vehicle for suspected DUI on state Highway 87 just after 2 a.m., according to CHP Officer Ross Lee.

The driver exited the highway on Curtner Avenue, but when he sped away, the CHP Officers discontinued their pursuit, Lee said.

San Jose police officers later found the vehicle crashed at the intersection of Monterey Road and Tully Road. It had crashed into a light pole, through a chain link fence and then into a parked truck trailer, police said.

The driver was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. The passenger was killed in the crash.

Police did not immediately release the name of the driver or passenger.

It was the 28th fatal crash in San Jose this year. Police are investigating and asking anyone with information to call the traffic investigations unit at (408) 277-4654.

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<![CDATA[Weeks After Mass Shooting, Gilroy Students Return to School]]>541877221Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:40:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Gilroy_Rodeo_Kicks_Off_Strong_in_Wake_of_Mass_Shooting.jpg

Just weeks after the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, the school year has started in the Gilroy Unified School District, with crisis counselors available at all 15 schools.

The district wants to aid students who might have been at the festival during the shooting or who know people who were shot there. Some students might just feel anxiety given that Christmas Hill Park — the site of the July 28 shooting — is less than a mile away from Gilroy High School.

The district is encouraging parents to talk to their children about the recent mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors unanimously approved support for federal passage of a comprehensive assault weapons ban. The board also took a step toward a new ordinance that would require the safe storage of firearms inside homes.

The aunt of Keyla Salazar, one of the three people killed in the Gilroy shooting, spoke to the board and begged them to strengthen gun laws.

<![CDATA[Milpitas Community Theater May Lose Funding]]>541259841Tue, 13 Aug 2019 23:56:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Milpitas+theater.jpg

The city of Milpitas unexpectedly decided not to renew the contract of a local performing arts theater after decades of support, according to the theater.

Center Stage Performing Arts (CSPA), formerly known as the Rainbow Theater, is located across from City Hall in Milpitas. Dozens of young students had been planning a fall production, which is now canceled. The cast and their families attended a City Council meeting Tuesday evening to voice their concerns after the director of the theater company was told by the city that their contract was not renewed.

Logan Hernandez-Baker, 15, who has been an actress most of her life and was a student at the company was impacted by the city’s decision. “I just couldn’t believe how sudden it was, and I was really sad because this is all I really do,” she said.

Milpitas gives about $76,000 a year to the theater group. The City Council has called for a cost analysis in the budget to study if the entertainment at the community center is what residents want.

“It’s absolutely devastating to the kids,” said Gina Harris, the associate director of CSPA. “We obviously have a lot of kids in the program we service to, and CSPA has become a family.”

The CSPA and the city will meet Wednesday to discuss whether shows can proceed while the study continues.

<![CDATA[SJPD's New Guardian Program Bolsters Security Around Schools]]>540587811Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:44:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-guardian-0813.jpg

As San Jose students start to pick up the backpacks and schools books, San Jose police are rolling out a new plan to keep them safe.

The department’s new Guardian Program hit the streets Tuesday. The newly formed rapid response team will patrol around schools, ready to respond if someone reports an active shooter.

One of the special teams was active Tuesday, as the East Side Union High School District opened classes, and NBC Bay Area followed along.

The officers with the guardian program have all the tactical gear they might need to confront a gunman.

"So we have our rifles," Officer Carrie Gordon said. "30-round magazines, and several magazines we carry on us."

Gordon and Officer Eliseo Anaya make up one of nine teams patrolling specific zones around the city, primarily school neighborhoods. The program is a direct response to the recent mass shootings across the nation.

"My job is to do the best I can to put my officers in the best position to do what they do best, and that’s save lives," San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia said.

The officers in the Guardian Program are equipped with heavy firepower. But perhaps their best weapon is having a good rapport with school administrators and meeting students, establishing those relationships that might help prevent a future attack.

"I think it’s a great idea," Lincoln High School Principal Matt Hewitson said. "This is an issue schools across the country are dealing with. And we hope it never happens here. But if it does, we feel confident that we’re trained and ready."

Garcia said he couldn’t wait for lawmakers to change gun laws to improve school safety. So the department relies on officers such as Gordon and Anaya to staff the Guardian Program on their off days and make a little overtime, all with one goal: to make sure children feel safe in their schools.

Over the past week, many parents have expressed support for the program. A few think it might look a little heavy handed.

Garcia said he felt the need to act fast.

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<![CDATA[California Counties Sue Over Public Benefit Immigration Rule]]>540135291Tue, 13 Aug 2019 14:23:53 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Cuccinelli3.jpg

San Francisco and Santa Clara counties filed the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's new rules to deny green cards to migrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, came after the Department of Homeland Security's announcement Monday of its expanded "public charge" rules to restrict legal immigration.

In a filing, the counties of Santa Clara and San Francisco argued that the rules will worsen the health and well-being of their residents, increase public health risks and financially harm the counties.

The rules, the counties argued, would result in a "chilling effect" in which migrants forgo or disenroll from federal public assistance programs to reduce the risk of being denied a green card. This practice would mean that the cost of services would shift from federal to state governments, the counties argued.

The counties also said the rules undermine Congress' broader system of immigration laws that prioritizes family unification and that the federal government did not sufficiently offer any rationale to explain the alleged benefits of the rules or justify its costs.

This rule "makes it easier to unfairly target hard-working, lawful immigrants while sowing fear and confusion in our communities," San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement. "This rule forces people to make an impossible choice: their health or a better future for their family. We will all bear the cost of this misguided policy."

Federal law currently requires those seeking to become permanent residents or gain legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the U.S. — a "public charge," in government speak — but the new rules detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

Under the new rules, the Department of Homeland Security has redefined a public charge as someone who is "more likely than not" to receive public benefits for more than 12 months within a 36-month period. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will now weigh whether applicants have received public assistance along with other factors such as education, income and health to determine whether to grant legal status.

Multiple lawsuits were expected. Hours after the rule was published Monday, the Los Angeles-based National Immigration Law Center vowed to sue over what it called am attempt to redefine the legal immigration system to "disenfranchise communities of color and favor the wealthy." Attorneys general in California and New York said they were also prepared to take legal action.

Without legal challenges, the rules would take effect in mid-October.

This lawsuit is the latest out of California to challenge the Trump administration's policies. San Francisco and Santa Clara counties successfully sued over the president's executive order to cut funding for "sanctuary cities" that limit cooperation with immigration officials.

Associated Press journalist Sophia Tareen contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Flag-Raising Ceremony Honors 3 Killed in Gilroy Shooting]]>539500551Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:40:40 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0729GilroyVictims_8159465.JPG

Santa Clara County officials on Tuesday honored the lives of the three people who were killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival last month.

The county's board of supervisors raised the U.S. and California flags at the county government building back to full staff. Both flags had been flying at half-staff in honor of 6-year-old Stephen Romero, 13-year-old Keyla Salazar and 25-year-old Trevor Irby.

Later Tuesday, the board is expected to officially support the federal passage of a comprehensive assault weapons ban and to take steps toward a new ordinance regarding the safe storage of firearms.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has proposed an ordinance that would require gun owners in the South Bay city to obtain liability insurance for their weapons.

"We've seen for decades how insurance can encourage drivers to be safer, how it encourages us to, for example, have cars with air bags in them," Liccardo said. "Those kinds of improvements are critical. And also, we know that premiums are higher if you want to let your 19-year-old drive your Chevy. That is the way that insurance helps us to regulate risk and reduce risk. And that's what's most critical about this. It's reducing harm."

<![CDATA[Algae in Lakes or Ponds Could Be Toxic to Dogs]]>538822321Mon, 12 Aug 2019 23:52:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/almaden-lake-0812.jpg

Blue-green algae forming in lakes and ponds is causing dog deaths around the country, and it’s a problem seen in the Bay Area as well.

Areas of water that remain stagnant in the summer can start growing blue-green algae. Lake Almaden in San Jose is one local example of a water body that has experienced the problem and has warning signs posted.

As Bay Area temperatures rise this week, veterinarians are warning dog owners to not let their pets jump in without doing some research first.

Ian Cull has the full story in the video above.

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<![CDATA[Youngest Victim of Garlic Festival Shooting Laid to Rest]]>538509961Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:39:51 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/203*120/gilroy-garlic-festival-shooting-stephen-romero-july-29-2019.jpg

The youngest victim of a mass shooting at a California food festival who loved comic books and listening to romantic ballads by his favorite artist was laid to rest Monday.

About 300 friends and family of 6-year-old Stephen Romero remembered the boy as a happy and outgoing kid who loved to dress up as Batman and listen to The Weeknd.

A small, open white casket was placed at the front of a San Jose auditorium and flanked by enlarged photos of the boy with a quick smile and wreaths of flowers, including one with a Batman logo.

It was the last memorial service for the three people killed July 28 when a gunman opened fire at the popular Gilroy Garlic Festival. He also killed 13-year-old Keyla Salazar of San Jose and Trevor Irby, 25, of Romulus, New York. More than a dozen people were injured.

Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo, who attended the funeral service, said the boy was later buried at a San Jose cemetery.

"Having attended Keyla's funeral and a now a little boy's funeral was one of the hardest experiences I have had as an elected official," he said.

The boy's mother, who was also shot at the festival, was at the funeral with a cast on her left arm, Alejo said.

The boy was described by his grandmother as a kind, happy and playful kid who had just celebrated his birthday in June at Legoland in Southern California.

A poster with a photo from that birthday celebration was signed by those at the funeral.

"Stephen, I miss you. Every time I see you, you always give me a big hug. I'm going to miss you a lot. Love, Arlene," a message read.

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<![CDATA[SJ Ordinance Could Require Insurance for Gun Owners]]>538333651Mon, 12 Aug 2019 17:43:54 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GUNS-GENERIC.jpg

All San Jose gun owners could be required to purchase liability insurance for their weapons under a new city ordinance proposed by Mayor Sam Liccardo on Monday, two weeks after a mass shooting in Gilroy killed two local children.

The ordinance would be the first of its kind in the country if successful, according to Liccardo's office.

It is modeled after "harm reduction" strategies for tobacco and automobile use, which both reward safe behavior and create a taxpayer subsidy for the public cost of gun violence. The insurance would cover accidental discharge and acts by third parties who steal, borrow or unlawfully obtain the gun, but wouldn't cover intentional acts by the gun owner.

On July 28, a 19-year-old Gilroy man fatally shot three people and injured 13 others at the Gilroy Garlic Festival before killing himself. Two of the victims, 13-year-old Keyla Salazar and 6-year-old Stephen Romero, were from San Jose.

"A mayor doesn't have the luxury of just offering 'thoughts and prayers' -- we have to solve problems." Liccardo said in a statement Monday.

"While this is far from a complete solution, it is something we can do to reduce the harms of firearms, without waiting for Congress to take action."

Anyone who cannot afford the insurance will be charged a per-household fee to compensate taxpayers for the public costs of gun violence, which include police and emergency response, hospitalization, rehabilitation, victim support services and prosecution. Liccardo said the payment would be highly private to comply with state laws preventing gun registries.

Separately, the city will consider polling city residents on an ammunition sales tax to fund gun safety classes, gun violence prevention programs and assistance services for victims of gun violence.

The city may also partner with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office to create a "consent-to-search" program for parents to have law enforcement search their child or their property for weapons, and a cash reward program for anyone who reports unlawfully obtained weapons.

Similar legislation has been proposed on a statewide level in New York, North Carolina, Hawaii, Washington, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

"As Silicon Valley's largest city, if we prove up this innovative solution and scale it across other cities and states, the history of 'harm reduction' efforts instructs that we can make a long-term impact," Liccardo said.

The Rules and Open Government Committee will hear the ordinance next Wednesday, Liccardo's spokeswoman Chloe Meyere said. It could take at least two weeks before it's presented to the City Council.

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<![CDATA[Bus Driver Helps Riders Safely Escape During Fiery SJ Crash]]>537948391Mon, 12 Aug 2019 23:47:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/08122019VTABus_8332152.JPG

An SUV slammed into a VTA bus Monday afternoon in San Jose, causing both vehicles to catch fire and leaving live powerlines dangling over the top of the bus.

The fiery collision occurred in the area of King Road and Cunningham Avenue, near San Jose Fire Department's Station 16.

Witnesses tell NBC Bay Area the collision sent the bus careening into a power pole. It appears the SUV was coming around a corner before colliding into the bus, witnesses said.

Bus driver John Ashley said he went immediately into rescue mode.

"I was definitely thinking about the safety of the passengers," Ashley said. "I got everybody out when I saw the fire. Just doing what I'm trained to do -- protect the passengers at all times."

Nine passengers were onboard the bus, mostly seniors. Several people complained of pain, but no one was transported to the hospital, according to police. They were all checked out at the nearby fire station before another bus picked them up. 

It is still unclear if the driver of the SUV will be cited. Officials said they did not suffer any serious injuries in the collision.

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<![CDATA[3 Officers Exposed to Fentanyl in Los Altos, 1 Hospitalized]]>537544211Mon, 12 Aug 2019 10:06:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LosAltosPDHazmat.png

The substance that sent a Los Altos police officer to the hospital Monday morning has been confirmed to be the powerful synthetic opioid drug fentanyl, police said.

The call came in around 9:25 a.m. at the police station at 1 N. San Antonio Road, Santa Clara County Fire Capt. Bill Murphy said.

Police said three officers were processing evidence when the exposure occurred. All three were found to by asymptomatic, but one reported feeling ill.

That officer was transported to a hospital with symptoms that were not thought to be life-threatening and is currently listed in stable condition.

Emergency crews isolated the substance in question and quarantined the area. They're currently working with police to make sure the facility is safe to work in again.

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