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I-280 lanes in SF blocked by crashed garbage truck
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:34:43 UT - No one was injured in the crash, the Highway Patrol said, but three southbound lanes and two northbound lanes were still blocked for hours after the accident. The truck came to rest with its rear end on the southbound lanes and its front end on the elevated median, about 10 feet in the air. The Highway Patrol was also trying to clean up spilled fuel and inspect the roadway for damage while traffic backed up in both directions. The accident also caused officers to block the connecting ramp from northbound Highway 101 to southbound Interstate 280. ]]

Musician killed in Oakland while trying to retrieve stolen laptop
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Court to billionaire: Open the gate to Martins Beach
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 03:11:19 UT - A state appeals court ruled Thursday that a billionaire landowner had no right to block public access to a San Mateo County beach without first obtaining a permit, rejecting arguments that a forced opening would be tantamount to stealing his property. Neither Khosla nor his attorneys could be reached for comment, but they told the court that any interference by the state of his “fundamental right to exclude the public from private property” would be a type of confiscation — a “taking,” in legal terms — that requires compensation under U.S. Supreme Court property-rights rulings. “He’s attacking the California Coastal Act, is what he’s doing,” Cotchett said of the law established by the state Legislature in 1976 to protect public access to the shoreline. A group called Friends of Martins Beach sued in San Mateo County Superior Court, and Judge Gerald Buchwald ruled in Khosla’s favor in 2013, saying the beach was subject to the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War and required the United States to recognize Mexican land grants. [...] in September 2014, Superior Court Judge Barbara Mallach ruled that Khosla’s failure to obtain a coastal development permit before blocking access to the beach was illegal — and ordered the gate reopened. The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel Thursday concludes that the gate closure amounted to “development” of the property. “One of the basic goals of the state for the coastal zone is to maximize public access to and along the coast and maximize public recreational opportunities in the coastal zone,” the judges stated in their opinion. The gate remained closed Thursday, forcing visitors to walk around the barrier and along the road for a half mile to get to the beach, which was deserted except for giant swarms of pelicans and seagulls. Legal experts say Khosla may be able to get a stay of the order if he appeals to the state Supreme Court, but Cotchett vowed to seek the help of the San Mateo County sheriff if he doesn’t open the gate by Friday. ]]

Federal climate report finds ‘extreme’ conditions, despite Trump’s cold shoulder
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 02:56:39 UT - A new federal report could again challenge the Trump administration’s dismissive stance on global warming, finding that last year the planet was hotter than any time in well over a century and witnessed perhaps the most significant climate disruption in modern history. The annual State of the Climate report, published Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, confirmed that 2016 not only set a new mark for heat but broke records for sea-level rise, the amount of ocean ice and snow cover that were lost, and the level of heat-trapping pollutants in the air. While the study, recognized as the U.S. government’s most comprehensive look at climate, identified varying levels of turbulence across the globe, few spots were immune to the impacts of climate change — and some faced dire threats. Going forward, the report’s authors issued a broader warning that increasing temperatures in California and elsewhere would mean less snowfall and tighter water supplies as well as flooding in coastal areas amid rising oceans. Though climate change has rarely been documented in such detail, the report stopped short of linking the problem to what scientists agree is the leading cause — human activity, such as burning coal and gasoline. Earlier this week, however, a draft copy of the National Climate Assessment produced by 13 federal agencies made an unequivocal connection between weather extremes and human-produced greenhouse gases. “Reality does not seem to play a very significant role in the way this administration is responding to the threat of climate change,” said Peter Gleick, chief scientist and co-founder of the Pacific Institute, an Oakland think tank that studies water issues, who did not contribute to the report. The rising mercury, the report said, stems from last year’s El Niño weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean as well as the planet’s long-term warming trend. Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, all drivers of atmospheric warming, recorded new highs last year, with carbon dioxide surpassing a milestone 400 parts per million for the first time in recent history. ]]

Pot farm generator blamed for sparking devastating ’16 Loma Fire
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 23:09:06 UT - A fire that destroyed 12 homes and burned more than 4,000 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains last fall was ignited by a portable generator used in a marijuana grow operation, authorities said Thursday. “The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office is still investigating the legality of the operation,” officials for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement. The Loma Fire started near Casa Loma Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Sept. 26, scorching 4,474 acres and burning for more than two weeks before it was contained on Oct. 12, according to the statement. ]]

Grant will make historic records available to schools
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:02:29 UT - The California Historical Society has received a $5 million state grant to help it digitize its collection of historic documents and pictures and make it available to school students. Under a program called “Teaching California,” classes from kindergarten to the 12th grade will be able to access the collection by computer at no cost. The grant was approved as part of the 2017-18 state budget and the program will be administered by the San Francisco Unified School District and the California History-Social Science Project at UC Davis. Carl Nolte is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: cnolte@sfchronicle.com ]]

Purported authors of viral SF Craigslist ad say critics need to ‘check their own entitlement’
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60-year-old victim tied up and robbed in his SF home
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:05:57 UT - A man survived a terrifying ordeal Wednesday morning in the Portola neighborhood of San Francisco when three men broke into his home in broad daylight, tied him up and robbed him, police said. The three intruders woke the 60-year-old victim as he slept in his home on the 500 block of Hamilton Street about 11:14 a.m. and demanded he hand over his belongings, according to the San Francisco Police Department. The man called for help from the bathroom and a neighbor eventually came to his aid, according to the family member. “It was actually a neighbor that heard him yelling through the bathroom window while he was trapped that called the police,” the relative said. ]]

155-year-old tombstone found under San Francisco home tells tale of immigrant family
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San Rafael police seek help in catching man who groped jogger
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:06:20 UT - Police in San Rafael released a photo and a sketch Wednesday in hopes the public will help them identify a man who allegedly groped a woman repeatedly as she jogged in a park earlier this summer. “It is not known if the suspect followed her for the specific purpose of contacting her again, further out on the path or if he simply walked in that direction and saw the victim again,” police wrote in a statement. When she learned from the victim that the incident was a sexual battery, she looked for the suspect and tried to take a picture of him, but he turned his face away, according to police. The assailant is described as a 15 to 20 year old Hispanic man with a heavy build, dark windswept hair shaved short on the sides and long on top, dark eyes and a square face, wearing a white shirt with black stripes at the time of the incident. police reported ]]

Rescuers find missing SF girl on Mount Tamalpais
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:35:43 UT - The girl, Sarah Jane Tang, disappeared Wednesday when she got separated from a friend while hiking, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. At 7:20 a.m. Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office announced on Twitter that the girl had just been located, “safe & in good spirits.” About 30 members of a search-and-rescue team began looking for Tang around midnight, the Sheriff’s Office said. ]]

San Francisco's privately owned streets: Do you live on one of them?
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Domestic-violence charges dropped against Tramaine Brock
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 02:24:43 UT - Domestic-violence charges brought against former 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock this year were dropped Tuesday because of insufficient evidence, according to Santa Clara County prosecutors. Brock, 28, had been charged with felony domestic violence in June after police alleged he assaulted his 31-year-old girlfriend following a dispute over what to watch on television, according to the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office. Prosecutors declined to move forward with the case because the victim did not want to cooperate, Sean Webby, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said Wednesday. The woman had “visible injuries” when officers arrived at Brock’s home in Santa Clara, police said in a statement shortly after he was arrested April 6. A source told The Chronicle that five teams, including the 49ers, had expressed interest in Brock since the charges had been dismissed. At 5-foot-10, 197 pounds, Brock started all 16 games at cornerback last season and 40 for the 49ers in his seven-season career. ]]

North Korea’s threats add urgency to annual protest in Livermore
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:59:48 UT - Every year, they come with hand-drawn signs and printed posters, with their children and their pets. [...] this year, they mostly talked about North Korea and its escalating tensions with the White House over its nuclear missile capabilities. On Wednesday, 200 protesters gathered outside the gates of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the bomb that decimated Nagasaki, just three days after another atomic blast did the same to Hiroshima. The gathering was heavy with emotion: indignation, outrage and fear over a potential nuclear build-up. On Tuesday, Trump said he would unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea, the likes of which “the world has never seen,” if Pyongyang continued to issue threats against the U.S. The president supplemented his public comments with tweets on Wednesday boasting that the U.S. nuclear arsenal “is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before” and that his first order as president was to “renovate and modernize” the weaponry. “We are here to stand with the survivors of that nuclear attack, but we are also here to stop the next nuclear war before it starts,” said Marylia Kelley, executive director of Tri-Valley CAREs, a small advocacy organization formed in 1983 by neighbors living near the Livermore laboratory, one of the nation’s hubs for nuclear weapons research. “We understand if we are ever going to rid the world of the threat of nuclear war, we need to have the total abolition of weapons,” Kelley said. Livermore police officials said 47 protesters were arrested at the event on suspicion of civil disobedience. The event’s speakers, including Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, stood on a small stage set up in the back of a pickup truck, struggling to be heard over the roar of traffic from a nearby intersection. People in the crowd clasped hands and hollered at every mention of Trump’s tweets in the speeches — an ubiquitous theme. “What does it mean not to do no harm?” said Janice Kirsch, a doctor and coordinator of the 350 Bay Area Speakers’ Bureau. “Trump’s statements are pushing us closer to the brink of a nuclear war,” he said, standing on the street outside the laboratory. ]]

Last Update at: Thu Aug 10 22:18:14 PDT 2017