Morning Splash: Violence at 49ers-Raiders Game; New BART Protest Planned; PG&E Knew of Weld Risk; Rebels Sweep Into Tripoli
- Violence at Candlestick mars 49ers-Raiders game (SF Chronicle)
San Francisco police were seeking witnesses Sunday to the shooting of two men and the severe beating of a third in a restroom at Candlestick Park, as city and league officials condemned a rash of attacks and brawls that marred the annual preseason football game between the Raiders and 49ers. The most severely injured victims from Saturday night – a 24-year-old wearing an anti-49ers T-shirt who was shot, and a 26-year-old who was beaten – were listed in serious condition at San Francisco General Hospital, suggesting they would survive.
- Anonymous planning another BART protest (SF Chronicle)
…[Anonymous is] a movement that has no structure, no leader, no rules. And yet this is the group – and many of its supporters don’t even consider it a group – that gave BART a major headache last Monday when a protest organized online forced the agency to close its four downtown San Francisco stations during evening rush hour, stranding thousands of commuters. Today, Anonymous is promising more of the same, planning a protest for 5 p.m. at Civic Center Station – the same time and place as last week’s demonstration.
- PG&E knew of vulnerable welds in 2008, memo shows (SF Chronicle)
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. knew in 2008 that the San Bruno gas line that later exploded and the network of smaller pipes it fed had multiple potentially at-risk welds, but decided to spike the system’s pressure so it could avoid the possibility of costly inspections, according to a company memo turned over to federal investigators.
- More Clashes After Rebels Sweep Tripoli (NY Times)
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s grip on power dissolved with astonishing speed on Monday as rebels marched into the capital and arrested two of his sons, while residents raucously celebrated the prospective end of his four-decade-old rule. Colonel Qaddafi’s precise whereabouts remained unknown and news reports said loyalist forces still held pockets of the city, stubbornly resisting the rebel advance.
- Marin General Hospital offers 25 percent discounts to patients who pay bills promptly (Marin Independent Journal)
Marin General Hospital is offering a 25 percent discount to customers with health insurance who pay promptly and as much as half off the sticker price for customers who pay on time despite a lack of insurance. The hospital has even hired a service representative to call customers to make the pitch. A Mill Valley man contacted earlier this month said he was suspicious initially because the $800 he owed the hospital wasn’t due until the end of August.
- Developers withdraw opposition to Bay Area planning document that takes sea level rise into account (Bay Area News Group)
The Bay Area’s most powerful developers, trades councils and chambers of commerce have withdrawn their opposition to a planning document that makes sea level rise part of the approval process for new development at the edges of San Francisco Bay. The Bay Conservation and Development Commission will discuss the draft Bay Plan Amendment concerning climate change — the region’s first effort to codify the long-term threat of sea level rise as a factor in the development of low-lying areas that surround the bay — at its meeting Sept. 1.
- Bay Area public transit and freeways threatened by big proposed funding cuts (Bay Area News Group)
…Hundreds of Bay Area projects to ease road congestion and expand public transit — like extending BART to San Jose or creating a rapid bus transit system through Oakland and San Leandro — could be postponed or scrapped if Congress adopts House Republicans’ plan to slash federal transportation funding by a third, federal, state and regional officials say.
- Court creates new delay for Fremont BART station (Oakland Tribune)
Plans for an Irvington BART station have stalled yet again, this time because of a recent directive from the state Supreme Court. City leaders say they likely won’t be able to issue redevelopment bonds until January at the earliest to fund the $140 million project, but that the delay shouldn’t disrupt plans for BART to simultaneously build stations in the Irvington and Warm Springs districts by autumn of 2015.
- Military veterans and their spouses eligible for job fair in San Jose (San Jose Mercury News)
The job search is a daunting ordeal for anyone, but for those who’ve spent time serving in the military, the weak economy is only made more difficult by a jarring transition to civilian life. That transition is one that Recruit Military, a veteran job fair organizer, hopes to make easier by offering job and opportunity expos for military veterans and spouses such as the upcoming fair in San Jose on Saturday.
- Obama edict on deportation a relief to undocumented students (Sacramento Bee)
…The Obama administration announced last week that it would deport only those “who pose a threat to public safety and national security.” That means (Roberto) Guzman, 19, and millions of other undocumented immigrants in the United States will no longer be targeted for deportation. About 300,000 undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation will be reconsidered on a case-by-case basis.
- East Contra Costa homeowners score court victory against county code enforcement (Contra Costa Times)
…Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Laurel Brady ruled in June that the county incorrectly ordered Clark and Karla Fratus to tear down parts of two vacation homes they own, and she wiped out thousands of dollars in fines against the Livermore couple. Bolstered by that victory, the two are suing again, saying that they are fighting for all property owners in Contra Costa County. The federal suit, filed in July in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, names county supervisors and several building department officials as defendants. The suit asks for unspecified damages; Karla Fratus says they want the county to pay them millions of dollars.
- Street Food Conference serves a crowd at San Francisco’s Fort Mason (SF Examiner)
Azalina Eusope hovered over her simmering pot as an assistant ladled spicy soup on top of noodles, shredded chicken and bean sprouts. The laksa, a Malaysian specialty, was flavored with some 42 spices…Eusope’s hard work was on display Sunday for about 200 attendees of the second annual Street Food Conference at the Fort Mason Center, which followed Saturday’s Street Food Festival.
- Thousands turn out for Hayward’s Zucchini Festival (Hayward Daily Review)
The festival is the second oldest and the biggest among 19 zucchini festivals in the country…About 15,000 people attended the first Zucchini Festival and some 20,000 people were expected this weekend.