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Teenage girl dies after cliff fall by Land’s End in SF
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:02:26 UT - A teenage girl died Thursday night after falling from the cliffs that line the area around Land’s End in San Francisco, an official said. A rising tide and treacherous conditions made it difficult for rescue swimmers to reach the girl in the hazardous area, he said. Michael Bodley is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. ]]

Temperatures top 100 in more than a dozen Bay Area cities
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:23:43 UT - More than a dozen cities throughout the Bay Area featured triple-digit temperatures Thursday as residents sweated out the hottest day of a week-long heat wave. Brentwood, Concord, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, Livermore, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, San Jose, San Ramon, Danville, Vacaville and Sonoma all hit or surpassed the century mark, said Will Pi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The hottest cities in the Bay Area appeared to be Antioch and Livermore, which reached 106 degrees, officials said. [...] while winemakers in Napa weren’t too concerned about the heat damaging their fruit, many were worried about the toll it had on workers in the vineyards. Mark Davis, a winemaker at O’Brien Estate Winery, said that nearly a dozen workers were out “suckering,” or pruning, the vines, despite the scorching heat. The heat also prompted officials to adjust the start times for dozens of races Thursday at the USA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, where the temperature was expected to hit 111. Forecasters emphasized that Bay Area residents needed to prioritize safety as excessive heat warnings were issued and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District put out a Spare the Air Alert through Friday encouraging people to help cut pollution by taking public transportation, carpooling or biking and walking. Dennis Young, 72, and Setsu Jordan, 87, both San Jose residents, died Monday of hyperthermia — a condition that happens when a body overheats, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office officials. The deaths could be heat-related, but a cause had not been determined yet, county coroner officials said Thursday. Despite concerns it would break an electricity usage record, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported only small and sporadic outages throughout the day. Libraries and senior centers around the East Bay and North Bay also opened their doors to help people beat the heat. ]]

Authorities evacuate 4 blocks in Northwest Berkeley due to gas leak
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:19:35 UT -

Dump truck crashes into minivan on Hwy. 1, killing 1, injuring 1
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:10:30 UT - A head-on crash along Highway 1 at Pomponio State Beach in San Mateo County involving a dump truck and a minivan killed a woman and sent the man she was with to the hospital, police said. The road was closed for hours following the crash that occurred about 4:12 p.m. when the couple in a Toyota Sienna minivan pulled out of the beach parking lot onto the highway, according to the California Highway Patrol. The dump truck, southbound on Highway 1 just north of the beach, swerved to avoid the minivan, but could not, said Officer Art Montiel, a spokesman for the CHP’s Redwood City division. ]]

BART delayed 20 minutes East Bay-SF because of police activity
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:32:05 UT - BART trains were delayed Thursday evening by as much as 20 minutes between San Francisco and the East Bay because of police activity during the evening commute, according to the transit agency. The delay ran in both directions, and the nature of the police activity was not immediately clear. The stations affected weren’t specified. BART first reported the delay just after 6 p.m. Check back for updates. Michael Bodley is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @michael_bodley ]]

Archbishop John R. Quinn, Catholic progressive, dies in S.F.
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:00:44 UT - Archbishop John R. Quinn, Catholic progressive, dies in S.F. John R. Quinn, archbishop emeritus of San Francisco and a former president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, died early Thursday after a long illness. Archbishop Quinn, who was an advocate of interfaith cooperation, died at the Jewish Home of San Francisco after a long hospital stay. In his retirement, he lectured and wrote two books on reform of the papacy and was working on a third when he died. Archbishop Quinn had become ill during a visit to Rome last fall and had emergency surgery. “He stated several times since his move that he had achieved his goal of leaving the hospital for a new home where he could enjoy the fresh air, trees, and sounds of birds in the early morning,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in a statement. Archbishop Quinn had a considerable reputation in church circles as a reformer in the Catholic Church. “Archbishop Quinn spoke out with a clear, powerful voice on the central issues of the day,” Jeffrey Burns, a former archivist for the San Francisco Archdiocese, wrote in an article on Archbishop Quinn’s 80th birthday. After graduation from high school, he entered the seminary in El Cajon (San Diego County) and studied later at the North American College in Rome. In 1964, Archbishop Quinn was appointed provost of the University of San Diego College for Men and soon engineered a merger with the school’s women’s college to create the University of San Diego. When Pope John Paul II visited San Francisco, he met with several AIDS patients, including a young boy and two members of the clergy. [...] his administration had its problems, including an emerging sex scandal involving the clergy and an abrupt decline in church attendance. NEW; Archbishop Quinn found the stresses of his office painful, and took an unprecedented leave of abasence for nearly a year. ]]

Here’s how to get around on Pride weekend
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:54:34 UT - San Francisco Pride, one of the world’s largest such celebrations, officially starts Saturday with a rally at Civic Center Plaza at noon. Preparations have been long in the making for the 47th annual weekend of pride, with more than 1 million people expected to gather in the city from around the Bay Area and from across the world. If you can’t walk or bike to the celebrations, public transportation is the way to go. BART trains will operate on regular schedules, but the transit agency will provide longer trains Sunday in an effort to accommodate the throngs of parade-goers. The closest station to the start of the parade route is Embarcadero Station. Parking will be even more limited than usual, and there are a number of city streets, including Market and streets around the Civic Center, that will remain closed throughout the weekend. ]]

Firefighters contain Vallejo blaze started by car
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:52:57 UT -

Army vet on cross country walk greeted in Bay Area by heat wave
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Judge must decide how far SF must go to improve disabled access
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:48:03 UT - Some of San Francisco’s sidewalks, parks and recreational facilities appear to violate legal standards for accessibility by people who use wheelchairs or have other mobility impairments, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The decision by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned part of the verdict by a federal judge, who ruled after a nonjury trial in 2011 that San Francisco complied with federal laws governing access for the disabled. The judge, the court said, had applied the wrong laws on access to streets and sidewalks, parks and public playgrounds, and wrongly discredited expert witnesses who found obstructions at many of those sites. The appeals court, however, upheld the judge’s conclusion that disability advocates had failed to show citywide violations that would require a complete overhaul of construction and maintenance practices affecting disability access. Kirola said she has encountered a variety of barriers to access in the city’s public facilities, including a sidewalk where her wheelchair got stuck in a tree well, a street corner without curb ramps, and three inaccessible city swimming pools. Kirola’s witnesses also described an inaccessible entrance ramp at one city park and a cracked sidewalk at another, city libraries with narrow aisles and inaccessible restrooms, and inaccessible or missing handrails at several city swimming pools. Gould said Armstrong had ruled correctly that testimony by Kirola and other disabled persons “about cracked pavement, potholes, uneven sidewalks and missing or difficult-to-use curb ramps did not establish inaccessibility at a programmatic (citywide) level.” ]]

South Bay jail inmate dies after tumbling from stairwell
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:03:37 UT - Santa Clara County authorities are investigating the second inmate death in three months at a jail in Milpitas after a man who fell or jumped from a second-story stairwell earlier in the week died from his injuries on Thursday, officials said. Shane Varaiya, a 35-year-old Cupertino resident, was found unconscious in a minimum security section of Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. Varaiya’s death is being investigated by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and the district attorney’s office, said Sgt. Rich Glennon, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. Glennon said a preliminary investigation of Variya’s death indicated he either jumped from a second-story stairwell or accidentally fell. ]]

2 men killed in botched Brentwood home invasion, police say
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:18:53 UT - 2 men killed in botched Brentwood home invasion, police say Two men were killed in Brentwood on Wednesday night in what investigators believe was a botched home invasion, officials said. A man was home alone and opened fire on the two intruders when they entered the house, said Lt. Walter O’Grodnick of the Brentwood Police Department. Responding officers found two male suspects, estimated to be in their 30s, suffering from gunshot wounds, according to O’Grodnick. ]]

BART says it’s ‘safe,’ but not a sanctuary, for immigrants
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:05:59 UT - BART directors declared Thursday that their transit system is welcoming to all immigrants, riders and employees alike, but stopped short of calling it a sanctuary. The new Safe Transit Policy, approved in an 8-1 vote, says that people of all immigration statuses, sexual orientations, races, religious affiliations and other identities will have their dignity protected on the trains and in stations. “The idea was to make sure that anyone who’s paying for their ticket, regardless of their national origin or documentation status, has the right to a safe ride and doesn’t need to feel intimated that our BART Police Department will ask them for documentation on where they live based on how they look,” said Director Lateefah Simon, co-author of the policy. People living in the region without legal authorization and their advocates flooded the BART Board of Directors meeting Thursday to applaud the declaration, saying public transportation is vital for immigrants and their families to get to work and school. For immigrant, low-income communities and people of color, BART is a lifeline to get to city centers and essential for their daily lives. The agency will instead try a pilot version of the rule on a section of transit line in eastern Contra Costa County and may do a marketing campaign encouraging passengers to be courteous. Some directors had voiced concerns that the rule could lead to discrimination and police use of force against homeless people sleeping on trains. ]]

Last Update at: Thu Jun 22 22:16:15 PDT 2017