<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area https://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usMon, 18 Jun 2018 07:01:10 -0700Mon, 18 Jun 2018 07:01:10 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Controlled Burns Planned in Some Bay Area Counties]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 05:51:51 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/197*120/FireTraining1.JPG

Folks across the East Bay and South Bay may spot smoke rising into the air Monday.

That's because fire crews are conducting controlled burns and training exercises in order to prep for the potential of wildfires popping up as fire season kicks into high gear, according to fire officials.

The live fire fire training in Contra Costa County will take place near Bear Creek Road north of downtown Orinda beginning around 10 a.m. and wrapping up around 5 p.m., according to fire officials. Firefighters will torch small plots of brush under moderate burning conditions and then turn to firefighting techniques to control the flames.

The training exercises will utilize pre-existing fire control lines, according to fire officials. Extra fire engines will be at the scene as backup.

South in Santa Clara County, a controlled burn is also slated to take place Monday at Joseph D. Grant County Park.

Monday's exercises come after a series of suspicious grass fires ignited over the weekend in Santa Rosa. Firefighters said up to seven brush fires broke out along the Santa Rosa Creek Trail and railroad tracks near Fulton Road and North Dutton Avenue.

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<![CDATA[Dads, Others Protest Separation of Immigrant Families]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 23:39:09 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/san_carlos_vigil_0617_3166853.JPG

On Father's Day, several dads around the Bay Area decided to take their children to demonstrations against the Trump administration’s controversial new policy that separates immigrant parents from their children on the border.

One protest of note took place at a county jail in Richmond, and later Sunday evening, a couple hundred people gathered for a vigil at San Carlos City Hall on the Peninsula.

Attendees brought candles and signs and crowded onto the front steps of City Hall.

The vigil organizer, Ron Piovesan, said he spent the day with his two children, but he couldn’t stop thinking about what fathers are experiencing in immigration detention centers along the U.S. border with Mexico.

"There’s a lot of people who are very angry with what’s going on; they’re feeling helpless," he said. "So I thought for Father's Day, let’s bring everyone together."

Piovesan passed out slips of paper encouraging people to take action, to call their representatives and donate to legal aid groups trying to help immigrant detainees.

Yvonne Brye-Vela compared what’s happening on the U.S. border now with what she saw at history museums when she lived in Germany.

"How could a concentration camp be next door in your neighborhood and no one cared?" she said.

The Customs and Border Protection agency released photos of its facility in McAllen, Texas, where immigrants are processed. It is where parents are reportedly being separated from their children.

Journalists who were allowed to tour the facility Sunday described chain link holding areas as "cages."

Earlier Sunday in Richmond, people gathered outside the West County Detention Facility, where detainees picked up by ICE agents in the Bay Area are often held.

Several people brought their kids to that event, too.

"I can’t celebrate my fatherhood when there are fathers who are literally killing themselves because their children are ripped from them," San Francisco resident Trevor McNeil said. "If someone took my children, I don’t even know what I would do."

Organizers of Sunday night's vigil say there are more events planned across the Bay Area in the next several days.

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<![CDATA[Kids in Cages With Mylar Blankets in Texas Border Facility]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 04:44:12 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mcallen-facility---4.jpg Photos released by the United States Customs and Border Protection agency show children using foil-like sheets as blankets as well as cage-like structures inside of a South Texas Border Patrol immigration processing center. The McAllen facility, known as Ursula, has separate wings for unaccompanied children, adults who are by themselves, and mothers and fathers who are accompanied by children.From Ursula, children will be sent to separate facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services while their parents are sent to a detention center to await prosecution before a federal judge, NBC News reported. No one is supposed to be kept at such facilities for more than 72 hours, but a backlog at HHS centers for children is forcing minors to stay past that limit. Reporters were allowed to visit the facility this weekend in response to criticism of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy, which separates children from their parents, because the adults have been referred to the Department of Homeland Security for prosecution, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Nancy Pelosi to Visit SD Migrant Children Detention Center]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 01:36:42 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pelosiAP_18127020843187.jpg

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democratic members of Congress will be in San Diego on Monday to visit the detention center housing migrant children separated from their families or who arrived unaccompanied to the United States.

Pelosi will join San Diego Rep. Juan Vargas and other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to see first-hand the effects of the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance policy enacted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year.

One of the shelters for migrant children is located in a nondescript building in El Cajon. Department of Health and Human Services officials said most of the children in that facility are unaccompanied minors and only 10 percent were separated from their parents.

The trip comes as a debate rages on in Washington and across the country over the administration’s strict enforcement of the existing policy to prosecute those entering the country illegally on top of the usual immigration proceedings.

The policy has separated nearly 2,000 children from their parents in six weeks. President Donald Trump has falsely been putting the blame for children separation on Democrats.

“I hate the children being taken away,” Trump told reporters at an impromptu press conference on Friday. “The Democrats have to change their law — that’s their law.”

In fact, there is no law requiring families to be separated at the border. While there are laws against "improper entry" as well as a decree that limits the amount of time migrant children may be held in a detention facility, none of those laws require children to be taken away from their parents.

Pelosi said this policy was “an act of the administration.”

“They have been planning this for a while,” she told reporters on Thursday during her weekly press conference. She said if the president was serious about not taking children away, his administration can put a stop to it without the need for Congress to act.

“This could have been something taken up under suspension in a minute if there was a real sincere effort,” Pelosi said. “You don't even need to do it.  It's executive action by the Attorney General.  It can be changed just like that.  Just like that.”

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<![CDATA[Proposal For Free High-Speed Internet Across SF Shelved]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 23:47:32 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sf_internet_0617_3166996.JPG

Free high-speed internet for all has been put on hold in San Francisco.

The city’s plan to create a broadband internet service for all residents and businesses has hit a snag, according to the San Francisco Examiner. Outgoing Mayor Mark Farrell will not place a tax measure on the November ballot that would fund the service, the newspaper reported.

Farrell has been leading the charge on the public internet project for years. But he told the Examiner that the city needs more details before moving forward and asking voters to approve funding.

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<![CDATA[Great White Shark Carcass Washes Up on Aptos Beach]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:24:09 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dead-shark-0617.jpg

The carcass of a great white shark washed ashore in Aptos on Sunday morning, according to a report from KSBW.

The shark was found about 7 a.m. on Beer Can Beach, near Seascape Resort, marine officials said.

Officials initially told KSBW the shark was an adult male, but marine biologist Giancarlo Thomae later said it was a juvenile. The shark measured 8 feet, nine inches long, weighed about 500 pounds and was estimated to be 5 years old.

"I have been kayaking with these sharks for the past three years and documenting their sizes, numbers, genders and behaviors from a kayak while getting drone and GoPro footage," Thomae said.

The shark had fresh puncture wounds and scars from feeding on sea lions and had sea lion fur in its jaws, Thomae said.

The carcass was removed about 2:30 p.m. and transported to a veterinary pathologist to determine the cause of death.

Photo Credit: Danielle Kile via KSBW]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands Pack Avaya Stadium to Watch Mexico Stun Germany]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:32:02 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/AvayaGermanyMexico.PNG

More than 3,000 soccer fans flocked to Avaya Stadium in San Jose Sunday morning to catch Mexico and Germany square off in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, according to the San Jose Earthquakes.

Exhilarated Mexico fans burst into cheers and threw their hands into the air after the final whistle, celebrating their squad's stunning 1-0 upset over Germany, the defending World Cup champions.

Due to the fact that the competition is being played across the world in Russia, fans on Sunday had to wake up a bit early in order to stake out a spot at the stadium and settle in for the 8 a.m. match start time.

Mexico supporters were given the first reason to celebrate when Hirving Lozano lined up a shot from inside the 18-yard box and rocketed it past German keeper Manuel Neuer.

Germany would end up tallying 25 shot attempts with nine of those being on target compared to Mexico's 12 total shots and four on goal, but El Tri found a way to hang on to secure an early advantage in Group F play.

Sunday morning's match marked the first game for both teams during the tournament.

Germany earned the world champion title four years ago at the last World cup after topping Argentina in the final. Mexico was bounced from the tournament in the Round of 16 after suffering a late 2-1 loss to the Netherlands.

Avaya Stadium is playing host to free World Cup watch parties throughout this year's tournament. 

Fans can also catch all the action on Telemundo 48.

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<![CDATA[Man in Critical Condition After Antioch Stabbing]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:33:05 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ambulance_generic22.jpg

A fight at a parking lot in Antioch Sunday morning led to a 58-year-old man being stabbed and hospitalized with critical injuries, according to police.

Around 10:35 a.m., police learned that a fight involving two men was occurring at the parking lot of the Delta Fair Shopping Center, located at 2938 Delta Fair Blvd.

As officers were responding, they learned that one of the men had been stabbed with a knife, police said.

Upon arrival, officers found the victim on the ground, suffering from several stab wounds. He was taken to a hospital where he was reported to be in critical condition.

Around the same time, officers near the scene saw the suspect running away and were able to catch up with him.

The suspect, a 47-year-old man, complied with the officers' commands and was arrested on suspicion of felony assault. He was booked into the Martinez jail.

Police did not release the suspect's name.

<![CDATA[Marchers Protest at Site of 'Tent City' for Separated Children]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 04:06:06 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Tornillo-4.JPG

Hundreds of people joined U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas to march on a site just off the bank of the Rio Grande that was chosen to hold a federal "tent city" that will house migrant children separated from their parents upon arrival in the United States. 

The Department of Health and Human Services is building the 450-bed tent city at the Tornillo port of entry to house overflow from the Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" policy, sources have told NBC News. Migrant children began arriving at the facility on Friday.

Protesters came from as far as Alexandria, Virginia, Sunday in support of O’Rourke and his efforts to pressure the administration to reunite migrant children with their families. They chanted “families, united” and “say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here!” Over 1,000 were in attendance, according to organizers. 

“It forces us to act and places the pressure on those in positions of public trust and power to do the right thing,” O’Rourke said.

O’Rourke led a one-mile march from the farmlands of Tornillo to the port of entry that abuts the Rio Grande, which separates the U.S. from Mexico. Protesters used signs to shield themselves from the sun and cool off from the 90-degree weather.

For an hour, faith leaders and immigrant advocates called on the United States government to reunite migrant children with their families. Customs and Border Protection officials watched the march from their facilities at the port of entry.

The advocates were asked to say a few words about the importance of speaking out against the Trump administration’s policy.

Melissa Lopez, executive director of the Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services in El Paso, called the Trump administration’s policies an “assault” on immigrant communities nationwide. 

“They will continue to attack our immigrant brothers and sisters unless we continue to raise our voices and make sure the administration knows that we will not stand for them to continue to punish and criminalize immigrants,” she said.

O’Rourke, who is contesting Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for his Senate seat, was joined by several local public officials and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass.

“We recognize that universal truth, that humanity does not come with citizenship or a green card,” Kennedy said.

Cruz defended the administration's policy while speaking at the Texas Republicans Convention over the weekend, Dallas News reported

"There's no doubt that the images that we've seen of children, and children being separated from their parents, are heartbreaking. They were heartbreaking when Obama was president," he said. "I visited the Obama camps that he set up to detain little boys and little girls who crossed the border illegally. Illegal immigration produces human tragedies that are wrong."

The Trump administration began enforcing a "zero tolerance" policy in April, which separates children from their parents because the adults have been referred to the Department of Homeland Security for prosecution, NBC News reported. From April 19 to May 31, 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults — about 46 children per day. 

Until the shift, families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, which did not require separation, The Associated Press reported.  

On Saturday, children could be seen through the fence separating the U.S. and Mexico playing soccer in the encampment. They were taken back into large white tents after a rainstorm came into the area.

There are plans to house an estimated 360 children at the encampment in Tornillo and 4,000 may be kept there in the near future, according to U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, who represents the area. 

Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan in a Sunday statement noted that members of Congress are set to tour some Health and Human Services facilities for migrant children this week. 

"It is our hope that as members tour the facilities they will see the facilities for what they are intended to provide: safe and healthy environments for children and teenagers to reside until such time as they can be released to an appropriate sponsor, while their immigration cases are adjudicated," he said. 

He also pointed to "flaws in our immigration system" as a reason for a rising need for such facilities, and noted, like Cruz, that the previous administration also set up temporary shelters for children. 

"These semi-permanent structures have ventilation and cooling to ensure appropriate temperature, and teenagers at Tornillo range in age from 13-17. No [Unaccompanied Alien Children] under the age of 13 are placed at semi-permanent facilities such as Tornillo," Hargan said. 

David Stout, an El Paso county commissioner, said he joined the march because the El Paso community would not accept the Trump administration’s decision to separate children from their parents.

“It’s ridiculous what’s going on in this country,” he said. “What they’re doing to these children is inhumane.

Dominga Lopez, a Tornillo resident, said she was shocked to see children were brought to her hometown and none of her neighbors knew. She called on President Trump to think about how he would feel if his son was taken from him. 

“I cannot believe (the First Lady) would not speak up and make him do something that is right,” she said. “This is very wrong. And I don’t care what they say. They have misquoted the Bible and are hurting the children.”

First Lady Melania Trump waded into the debate though on Sunday, issuing a statement through her spokeswoman to say she "hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform."

She added that the U.S. needs to "be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

Critics have countered that there is nothing stopping President Trump from ending the zero tolerance policy without congressional action. 

Former first lady Laura Bush wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post that the zero tolerance policy was "cruel," "immoral" and "breaks my heart." 

"Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso," she wrote. "These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history."

As protests unfolded in Texas, others across the country began to voice their opposition as well. Members of Congress in New Jersey and New York attempted to access a detention center in New Jersey Sunday, NBC News reported. The politicians were held off from entering for about two hours, but shared "heartbreaking" stories afterwards about fathers they had met with. 

—Maria Chamberlain, Suzanne Ciechalski and Daniel Macht contributed to this story.

Photo Credit: Aaron Montes]]>
<![CDATA[Protestors March for Migrant Kids & Their Families]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:30:28 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Tornillo-15.JPG ]]> <![CDATA[Brush Fires in Livermore Hills Shut Down WB Highway 84: CHP]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:44:01 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/liv-fire-0619.jpg

Firefighters were battling at least two brush fires Sunday in unincorporated Alameda County, near Livermore, and some of the flames were blocking traffic on Highway 84.

One blaze, which Cal Fire reported to be 20 acres, was burning in the hills between Interstate 680 and Vallecitos Road, shutting down lanes on westbound 84 east of I-680, according to the California Highway Patrol.

That fire was 50 percent contained as of 6 p.m. Sunday.

Livermore Fire officials said two fires were burning in the area, and they had made forward progress on both as of 5:30 p.m.

The blazes were burning near Ruby Hill Golf Club, but no structures were threatened and no injuries were immediately reported, fire officials said.

The CHP issued a Sig-alert about 4:20 p.m.

The fire were under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds March on New Tent City in Tornillo, Texas]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 16:36:22 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Tornillo-7.JPG

Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke led protestors in a Father's Day march to the new "tent city" in Tornillo, Texas, that will house migrant children separated from their parents upon arrival in the United States.



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<![CDATA[5 Immigrants Die in Car Accident After Border Patrol Chase]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:43:20 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Border-Patrol-Car-Chase-Accident-061718.jpg

Authorities said five undocumented immigrants are dead following a chase involving Border Patrol agents Sunday afternoon.

Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said the crash happened off Highway 85 in Big Wells at about noon. Boyd said agents were chasing the SUV when it lost control and overturned. The vehicle was traveling at more than 100 miles per hour when it crashed.

Fourteen people were inside, including the driver and passenger. Twelve immigrants were ejected and four died at the scene when the car crashed and rolled over, according to Boyd. A fifth person later died at the hospital. A total of 9 people were transported to the hospital, including five who went to San Antonio Military Medical Center and the rest going to local hospitals. The driver, who is believed to be a United States citizen, was among those transported.

Boyd credited "good police work" for the reason why deputies started pursuing the vehicle.

A border patrol agent observed three vehicles traveling one behind the other on FM 2664 and suspected a smuggling attempt was happening, the agency said in a statement. The agent was able to stop one of the vehicle and called out a description of the other two. A second border patrol agent was able to pull over the second vehicle but the third refused to stop. The agency said multiple arrest were made in both vehicles.

The passenger, also believed to be a U.S. citizen, is currently in custody.

Boyd said there needs to be a wall built because this is a "real problem" in the area.

The incident is under investigation by the US Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety, Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, and Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility, Border Patrol said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Female Reportedly Hit With Skateboard at BART Station]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:39:07 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart-riders-generic.jpg

A female was reportedly struck in the face with a skateboard while she was at the Embarcadero BART station Saturday afternoon, according to the transit agency.

The victim sustained minor injuries, according to BART.

One suspect in the case was described as being a 19- or 20-year old man, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a medium build and short, dark hair, according to BART. He was said to be wearing a black, puffy jacket.

A second suspect who "tried to batter" the victim was described as being an older teenager, 5 feet 4 inches tall, with a skinny build. He was reportedly wearing a white shirt, blue hooded jacket, baggy, blue jeans, and a multi-colored baseball hat.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Hundley, Belt Homer to Lift Giants to 4-1 Win Over Dodgers]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:53:31 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/163*120/GettyImages-9772667941.jpg

Nick Hundley and Brandon Belt each hit two-run home runs and Chris Stratton pitched six solid innings to help the San Francisco Giants avoid a three-game sweep at Los Angeles with a 4-1 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday.

Hundley got the Giants going early with a homer in the first inning, halfway up the pavilion seats in left field for his eighth of the season. Belt followed two innings later with his 12th home run and first since returning from an appendectomy on June 1.

The Dodgers saw their modest five-game win streak come to an end, but they are still 11-3 in June. They went 7-2 on their just-completed homestand and now head to Chicago for a National League Championship Series rematch with the Cubs.

The Giants went 4-6 on their 10-day road trip to Washington, Miami and Los Angeles, and now return home for a 10-game homestand against the Marlins, Padres and Rockies.

Stratton gave up a first-inning run when Hundley tried to cut down Justin Turner at second base and threw the ball into center field. Max Muncy came home from third base on the error. Otherwise the right-hander was stingy against a Dodgers lineup that entered with 34 home runs in June.

He gave up his lone unearned run on three hits over six innings, as the Dodgers did not hit a home run for the first time since May 31.

Dodgers rookie pitcher Caleb Ferguson gave up four runs on just two hits, the home runs from Hundley and Belt. He struck out six in his third career start, with an unearned run that happened when Gorkys Hernandez reached base on an error by shortstop Enrique Hernandez in front of Belt's homer.

The Dodgers' bullpen delivered four more innings to give them 120 since May 17, the most in the National League over that span.

Former Dodgers left-hander Tony Watson opened the ninth inning for the Giants with a strikeout of Muncy before closer Hunter Strickland recorded the final two outs for his 14th save in 17 chances.

Muncy has six home runs in June, but did not hit one in seven official at-bats during the three-game series against the Giants.


Giants: C Buster Posey, who saw action in all 16 innings of Thursday's game at Miami, was not in the starting lineup Sunday with what manager Bruce Bochy labeled "general soreness." SS Brandon Crawford will go on paternity leave Monday for the birth of his fourth child and could miss as many as three games.

Dodgers: RHP Tom Koehler had a setback in his recovery from a right shoulder strain and will now have to restart his rehab program, according to manager Dave Roberts. His targeted return has been pushed back to August. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu had some tightness in his left groin strain and his recent bullpen outing was cut short to 20 pitches. Roberts would not call Ryu's situation a setback, but would not confirm a July return either.


The Giants will send left-hander Andrew Suarez (2-4, 4.92 ERA) to the mound Monday as the club returns home from its 10-day road trip to face the Miami Marlins. In his second start since coming off the disabled list, RHP Kenta Maeda (4-4, 3.61) could be available for as many as 90 pitches Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.

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<![CDATA[Melania Trump Makes Statement on Family Separation]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:30:56 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_18157692582367.jpg

First lady Melania Trump waded into the fierce debate around family separation on the border on Sunday, saying she "hates" to see it done and pushing for bipartisan cooperation to end the practice, NBC News reported.

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," her spokeswoman said in a statement. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

Trump has repeatedly blamed Democrats for opposition to his immigration reform proposal, falsely crediting an anti-trafficking law that passed unanimously in 2008 under President George W. Bush.

But the Trump administration implemented the "zero tolerance" policy under which it's separated families at the border, and there is no law that requires family separation.

Photo Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP, File]]>
<![CDATA[Two-Alarm Brush Fire in Concord Burns 25 Acres]]> Sat, 16 Jun 2018 19:09:06 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/fire38.PNG

Contra Costa firefighters battled a two-alarm, 25-acre brush fire burning along Evora Road by Willow Pass Road in Concord.

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters were able to put the fire out with the help of Cal Fire resources.

Communication towers were in the fire's pathway but officials quickly moved to make sure they had plenty of resources to protect them.

Fire crews say they received many calls from drivers on Highway 4 who spotted the smoke, as the fire had plenty of fuel to burn due to high winds and dry grass.

"That's one of the reasons we always attack fires like this with overwhelming force," said Steve Hill from Contra Costa Fire. "We were successful doing that."

No additional information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[9 Months After Maria, Questions Persist in Puerto Rico]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:36:41 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-954010556.jpg

The battle for Puerto Rico's future is underway in a crowded courthouse where teachers, parents and students are fighting to keep their schools open, NBC News reported.

Nearly 300 are slated to close after Hurricane Maria plunged the island into a devastating economic crisis nine months ago that deeply cut into school enrollment.

"Where there is no school there is no community," said educator Providencia Figueroa, who is working with one of Puerto Rico's teachers unions. "The community is dead."

There are other concerns on the island, where most of the power service is finally has power back after what Gov. Ricardo Roselló said was "the most devastating event in the history of Puerto Rico": It's hurricane season again and the grid isn't ready for another storm and Maria's true death toll is still a mystery.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA[Crews at the Scene of a Water Main Break in Oakland]]> Sat, 16 Jun 2018 23:43:31 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/oakwater.PNG

East Bay Municipal Utility District crews are at the scene of a water main break on the 2700 block of park Boulevard in Oakland Saturday.

Emergency crews received calls about the incident around 6:30 p.m. and upon arrival, assessed the number of streets impacted and the number of customers without water service.

Residents are asked to avoid the area of 7th Street and Park Boulevard.

No additional information was immediately available.

No additional information was immediatelyavailable.

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<![CDATA[Analysis: What Could Be Next for Trump Foundation in NY Suit]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:36:41 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trump-familyAP_16300687963141.jpg

The New York attorney general’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump and the Donald J. Trump Foundation is essentially a civil complaint, and while most would prefer being sued than being prosecuted, a civil action has the potential to do more damage than an indictment for the presidency, NBC News reported.

It remains an open question about whether a president is immune from indictment, arrest or prosecution while in office, but there is less debate about presidential immunity from civil suit. This mean’s the president is most likely less immune to a state attorney general’s petition that is civil in nature than he would be if the same attorney general tried to prosecute him.

If forced to defend himself against the petition, Trump will be forced to come up with answers for very serious allegations about his charitable organization.

Photo Credit: Evan Vucci/AP, File]]>
<![CDATA[Strong Wind Concerns in the Bay Area]]> Sat, 16 Jun 2018 23:21:01 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBwinds_3157908.JPEG

High winds caused thousands of dollars in damages across the Bay Area Saturday.

In Martinez, a massive tree collapsed, toppling onto a car and house in the afternoon.

"Super loud, sounded like a car went through somebody’s house," said witness Trish Tehaney. "They're not home, the owners, the renters aren’t there. They're gone until Tuesday but we let them know what’s going on and it’s just crazy."

Though no one was hurt, the tree also took out some powerlines and temporarily knocked the power out of a few homes.

Another tree came down in high winds in Campbell. It pulverized one vehicle at the Pruneyard Shopping Center and damaged another.

When the root came loose, it also mangled the side walk. Crews quickly cut it up and turned it into mulch.

Winds have been gusting at more than 40 miles an hour across the Bay and just outside of Concord, a grass fire near Highway 4 quickly spread to 25 acres.

"Well the winds presented some challenge for us which made the fire a little difficult to keep up with," said Steve Hill from the Contra Costa Fire Department.

State and local fire crews were able to deploy lots of resources very quickly. About 50 firefighters and a Cal Fire helicopter managed to contain most of the fire, and within an hour, it was out without causing transmission tower damage.

Despite all of the incidents, no injuries have been reported as a result of the wind-driven emergencies.

<![CDATA[First-Ever Tiny House Festival in San Jose]]> Sat, 16 Jun 2018 23:36:56 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBtinyhomes_3157789.JPEG

Thousands of people gathered at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Saturday to check out tiny homes at the first-ever Tiny House Festival in San Jose.

Most of the homes at the event were less than 300 square feet but the people who live in them said the small spaces offer big rewards.

"I think this is the future of living in the Bay Area especially where the price of living is so expensive," said Analuz Acevedo from San Francisco. "This is great for people who can't afford a million dollar home but want the life experience of owning something"

One of the concerns about purchasing a tiny home is where they can be put. Some counties, including Alameda and Contra Costa, allow tiny homes in backyards to house caregivers, but the American Tiny House Association is working to allow tiny homes in back yards that are offered to anyone.

"Therefore they can be securely housed instead of on the verge of homelessness," said Executive Director of the American Tiny House Association, Kevin Polk.

Hilarie Kazihtoe built her own tiny living space for $20,000, and while her bathroom, living room and kitchen are all a step or two from each other, she says she wouldn’t trade her 120-square-foot for anything.

"It's my dream home, I have enough, it's easier to cook I just turn around and grab something," Kazihtoe said.

By the end of summer, the San Jose City Council will decide on final plans to use tiny homes to provide temporary housing for the homeless.

The Tiny House Festival will re-open Sunday at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.