“He actually indicates that the reason why he bruised his wife is because he was trying to be a good father," Gascon said. The context on which he describes where this occurred is contrary to the evidence.”
The city's slow-moving effort to oust suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office moves Monday afternoon to a misconduct hearing before the Ethics Commission, but don't expect any courtroom fireworks. Or even a courtroom. Attorneys for Mirkarimi and the city will be in a City Hall hearing room, hashing out what the commission's agenda calls "the process,
PG&E is aggressively fighting what could be the costliest fallout yet from the deadly pipeline blast in San Bruno -- a lawsuit payout to explosion survivors that could reach billions of dollars. In recent court documents Pacific Gas & Electric unveiled its strategy against the hundreds who have sued since the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion and are seeking punitive damages in addition to millions of dollars in compensation for burned homes and family members who died.
A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. document that the company just disclosed to state regulators indicates the San Bruno pipeline that exploded in 2010 had a history of weld failure that by law should have prompted a test designed to head off such disasters.
A tussle between preservationists and UC Berkeley over a decadelong development project in Albany erupted into a pitchfork protest Sunday, when activists planted a renegade farm on a plot of land known as the Gill Tract in an effort to keep it agriculturally pristine.
he Oikos University campus was subdued Monday morning, as students and faculty resumed classes three weeks after a gunman killed seven and injured three in a shooting rampage...Most Oikos classes will be held in the same Oakland building where police say former nursing student One L. Goh, 43, killed six former classmates and a receptionist.
(A) six-year effort to restore Bair Island in Redwood City to tidal wetlands -- bringing back conditions not seen since the late 1800s, along with a wide range of ducks, herons, egrets, salmon, even harbor seals to the heart of Silicon Valley -- is reaching its apex. Work crews with heavy machinery are hauling in up to 500 dump trucks of dirt a day, reshaping the landscape after decades of political battles.
Netflix Inc. reports first-quarter results Monday that will tell investors whether the company can sustain a rebound in customers. Netflix, which posts earnings on its website after markets close, is expected to report 23.4 million U.S. online subscribers, according to the estimates by analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, a gain of 1.73 million from December.
Eager to back up District Attorney George Gascón’s recent public support for medical marijuana, prosecutors from his office plan to meet soon with San Francisco medical marijuana providers to flesh out a set of rules agreeable to both sides.
...(W)ith the backing of business, state officials have formed Create CA, a statewide initiative they hope will restore art in schools, so that paintbrushes and even pirouettes are once again as important as No. 2 pencils.
...Most who saw the SMART Muni app — including Edwin M. Lee and 15 other mayoral candidates in October, and senior leadership from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency in February — considered it an improvement over the four-channel radio and old paper clipboards currently used to track problems. But now, 10 months later, the app that the volunteer developers created for Muni is unused. Muni hopes to put the app to good use some day, but the agency is $29 million over budget and cannot afford to buy the iPads required to run the software, a Muni spokesman said. Nor is the city willing to invest $100,000 to run a pilot program.
Rachael Myrow here, host of the California Report, with an AM post from somewhere else in California. We're in this Golden State together. Right?
You want to know what makes a reporter feel old? Looking for a story you know you did and failing to find it because the digital archiving system at your former place of work doesn't have it.
Bear with me, dear reader: Today, looking back to the Los Angeles riots of 1992, I will be taking you back in time to RealAudio and what we in the "biz" call "crunchy" sound.
The riots that we in publicly minded media are all talking about this week were sparked by the acquittal 20 years ago of four police officers in the beating of an African-American man named Rodney King.
King was driving under the influence when police pursued him, pulled him over and proceeded to kick him and beat him with batons. Some officers just stood by and watched. The incident was caught on video by a civilian bystander and quickly went viral. (Yes, videos went viral even in 1992, albeit not on the Internet.)
A small fire broke out in an electrical panel at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant Friday afternoon, but officials said there was never a threat to the public. According to a statement from plant operator Southern California Edison, the fire occurred on the non-radiological side of the plant, and no one was hurt.
Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, who for two months has been embroiled in a sex and addiction scandal that riveted the Bay Area, today announced she is resigning from office. Lockyer, the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, said in a letter to colleagues and constituents that she wanted to focus on the well-being of her 8-year-old son and recovery from chemical dependency and her alleged beating by her ex-lover.
Berkeley High School administrators are considering the expulsion of between two and four students after discovering they found their way into the school's attendance software and charged other students to list them as present for classes they had skipped. More than 32 students face suspension for their involvement in the scam.
Yesterday, KQED's Cy Musiker interviewed Berkeley High Principal Pasquale Scuderi about the scandal. Listen to the interview or read the transcript below...
CY MUSKER: As principal of Berkeley High School, how did you discover this scam and what were the students doing?
PASQUALE SCUDERI: Coming into the school year, attendance was a very big focus. We upped staffing in the attendance office and added an administrator, a dean of attendance. That increased staffing has led us to be looking at attendance data far more consistently and far more in-depth than we have in the past. And having more eyes on the data, we noticed some irregularities in December that led to a deeper look; that investigation widened, we followed some paper trails, worked with district technical staff.
Ultimately we ascertained we had a problem, and then it was a slow and deliberate process of about 8-10 weeks getting everything in order and then starting the process of interviewing roughly 50 students. Continue reading »
There's quite a buzz over what went on at the Stockton Ports game the other day. From the Stockton Record:
It came from over the center-field wall during the top of the fourth inning, a dark cloud headed straight for home plate.
Bees. Perhaps 20,000 of them.
Players dived into the dirt or sprinted for the dugout, while the public address announcer asked the crowd to stay calm.
"I just saw something fuzzy coming. And then I heard the buzzing. I thought, oh (expletive), bees!" Stockton Ports manager Webster Garrison said, recalling the dramatic five-minute interruption in Sunday afternoon's game. "I saw everybody hitting the deck and players running, and both dugouts scattering, fans starting to scatter. It was just a weird situation."
"A huge swarm of bees crosses the playing field at the Stockton Ports game. I though the players were doing some kind of baseball planking joke but as the bee's reached me I turned off the camera and got down low."
(Bay City News) A judge today sustained a tentative ruling denying a motion by suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to overturn his suspension on official misconduct charges.
San Francisco Superior Judge Harold Kahn issued the tentative ruling Thursday and, after hearing from both Mirkarimi's counsel and the city attorney's office, said today that the matters raised by Mirkarimi's counsel "can and should be addressed by the administrative procedure."
On Monday, the city's Ethics Commission will begin a hearing on the official misconduct charges. The commission will make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors, which will issue the decision on whether to remove Mirkarimi from office.
Mirkarimi's attorney David Waggoner raised concerns this morning that the ad-hoc process "is completely indefinite" and that Mirkarimi "cannot get and expect to get due process" without specific guidelines in place for the Ethics Commission hearing. Continue reading »
The ongoing hunt for a carjacker, who has reportedly shot at police, has shut down I-80 between Davis and West Sacramento, causing a massive traffic jam. Adding to the misery of trapped motorists, many on their way to Tahoe for the weekend: It's really hot.
The section of I-80, called the Yolo Causeway, was shut down as of 7:40 a.m. after "officers responded to reports of shots being fired near a business," according to AP. "A carjacking then occurred around the corner, and police spotted the stolen car and began pursuing it. Police spokesman Sgt. Nathan Steele says a gunman in the car fired at officers before the vehicle crashed."
Later, the gunman carjacked a pickup truck, hitting the owner on the back of the head. The Sacramento Bee reports that vehicle has now been found.
Ushering in a new era, the 49ers celebrated with all the pageantry of an event six years in the making, as supporters who have been sweating out the project's fate were finally able to exhale. The team even announced the stadium's first corporate sponsor, San Jose-based Brocade — although the lucrative stadium naming rights deal is still up for grabs.
(I)s the ground-breaking to be celebrated? Yes, but in muted fashion because the 49ers will soon have a state of the art facility that should keep the team competitive and even though saying “San Francisco 49ers” will be somewhat of a falsehood when the team moves South, at least it’s better than saying “Los Angeles 49ers.”
The Chron's Gwen Knapp today recaps the history of how San Francisco, through two mayoral administrations, lost its bid to hold onto the team. She also offers this for disgruntled locals...
In the end, the decision might not be fateful for the city. The financial benefits of hosting a professional football team involve murky math, and some Santa Clara residents remain distressed that the city's $850 million in loans for the stadium will benefit no one but the 49ers and their most affluent fans.