February 25, 2020

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1-year-old injured in DUI crash in Contra Costa County
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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – A DUI driver crashed into a concrete rail Tuesday morning injuring his 1-year-old daughter who was in the car, according to the California Highway Patrol.Around 8:47 a.m. on Tuesday, the CHP received reports of a solo car collision on northbound Interstate 680 at Highway 4 transition ramp. Authorities arrived to find an Audi A6 crashed into a concrete rail with major damage. A male driver and his 1-year-old daughter were inside the car. Good Samaritans pulled over to help get the child out of her car seat.Officers say the child had cuts and lacerations but her injuries were non-life threatening. She was taken to Children’s Hospital in Oakland to be treated. The CHP says the 58-year-old driver Lon Lucky from Martinez, is suspected of driving under the influence.
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PG&E CEO Pressed on Safety at CPUC Hearing
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PG&E’s top executive sought to assure a skeptical fire victim and regulators at a hearing Tuesday that the company would restructure itself to bolster safety as it seeks to emerge from bankruptcy.Corporate CEO Bill Johnson faced strong questioning at the outset of the first day of CPUC hearings on PG&E’s bankruptcy reorganization plan expected to be in place by June. “It’s not a good safety history, is it?” ratepayer watchdog group TURN attorney Tom Long chided Johnson.
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CCS basketball playoffs: Tuesday’s results, updated schedule
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Open Division Wednesday’s semifinals at Independence HS No. 3 Bellarmine vs. No. 7 St. Francis, 6 p.m. No. 1 Mitty vs. No. 4 Menlo-Atherton, 7:30 p.m. Division I Tuesday’s quarterfinals No. 6 Sequoia 70, No. 3 Evergreen Valley 55 No. 7 Independence 61, No. 2 Los Altos 54 No. 5 Santa Teresa 53, No. 4 Piedmont Hill 44 No. 1 Palo Alto 45, No. 9 Mountain View 43 Thursday’s semifinals at Fremont-Sunnyvale No. 6 Sequoia vs. No. 7 Independence, TBA No. 1 Palo Alto vs. No. 5 Santa Teresa, TBA Division II Tuesday’s quarterfinals No. 1 Hillsdale 53, No. 9 Wilcox 51 No. 7 Christopher 43, No. 2 Santa Clara 37 Gunn 74, No. 3 Valley Christian 58 No. 5 Willow Glen 64, No. 4 Woodside 46 Thursday’s semifinals at Gunn Gunn vs. No. 7 Christopher, TBA No. 5 Willow Glen vs. No. 1 Hillsdale, TBA
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When is Steph Curry coming back? Steve Kerr sets the record straight on his return
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- When is Steph Curry coming back from his hand injury? Reports came out Tuesday afternoon that he'd be in the Warriors starting lineup Sunday when the team hosts the Wizaeds at the Chase Center. Although Curry has made it known he is aiming for a March 1 return, head coahc Steve Kerr says nothing is set in stone. "That is the hope," Kerr said. "So I think we're going to re-evaluate on Saturday. He won't come back before that date, but I know he's had that date in his mind. So he'll continue to work this week and then we'll make that determination on Saturday, whether he'll play or not on Sunday." Curry broke his left hand back on Oct. 30 in a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes.
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What’s the plan for Bay Area’s ‘most congested mile’? Roadshow
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Q: Do you know the status of the planned Mission Boulevard connector between Interstate 880 and Interstate 680 in Fremont? A below-grade trench connector was proposed, with grade separations at Warm Springs and Mission. However, the project fact sheet now shows they are developing some vague alternative plan emphasizing multi-modal transportation.Does this mean we won’t get any new roadwork here after all? The Mission/Warm Springs intersections desperately need a grade separation from regional traffic to prevent collisions and to improve the commute between 680 and 880.Andrew Chang,  FremontA: The project is inching forward, with one big possible change. Officials are considering making another lane, a FasTrak lane, to provide a seamless link with FasTrak lanes on 680 and 880.The overall cost of the project is enormous, at $912 million.
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WATCH IN 60: Deadly hit-and-run suspect arrested, SF mayor declares local emergency over Coronavirus
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The hit-and-run suspect accused of killing a 12-year-old girl turns himself in, San Francisco Mayor London Breed declares a local emergency over the Coronavirus outbreak and ousted police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick is honored by Oakland police officers. Here's what's happening in the Bay Area in 60 Seconds.
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Photos: Sacred Heart Prep shuts out Menlo-Atherton in CCS boys soccer semifinal
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CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Sacred Heart Prep beats Menlo-Atherton 4-0 in a Central Coast Section Open Division boys soccer semifinal match in Atherton on Tuesday, February 25. Sacred Heart Prep will face off against the winner of the Bellarmine vs Watsonville match to be held at Santa Clara University’s Buck Shaw Field. For more high school sports coverage: https://www.mercurynews.com/sports/high-school-sports/
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USF point guard living the D1 dream after taking an unconventional journey
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – University of San Francisco point guard Khalil Shabazz has been a standout in his first season on the court with the Dons, but his journey to USF is an unconventional one.USF’s head coach Todd Golden explains how the point guard landed at the D1 school. “We didn’t recruit him very much out of high school, and really it wasn’t until he had that success in D2 that he really kind of sparked our interest,” Golden said. “He played on a very good AAU team with a lot of talented guys, so he really didn’t get much of an opportunity until he went to D2.”Despite helping Rainier Beach High School in Seattle win two state championships, Shabazz went virtually unnoticed in his senior season. While many of his teammates went on to division one college programs, Shabazz received just one offer. A partial scholarship to a Division 2 school, Central Washington University.
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San Francisco Police Search for Victim and Attackers in Viral Video
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A disturbing case of bullying, or worse, was caught on camera sparking outage in San Francisco. All while police continue searching for the victim and his attackers. A now viral video shows an Asian man collecting cans, being taunted and attacked in the Bayview District.San Francisco police said they are actively investigating but are still trying to track down witnesses, the men responsible and the victim.
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Editorial: Livermore should OK Measure P downtown hotel deal
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Livermore voters have a choice: They can move forward with a smart, well-thought-out plan for key downtown land. Or they can start the planning process all over again.They can support the decisions of the council members they elected to run the city. Or they can cave to the whims and political coffers of the publisher of the local weekly newspaper.It’s time to end the logjam.Voters should vote yes on Measure P, which would uphold the council’s unanimous approval in July of a development agreement for a three-story, 135-room hotel at the southeast corner of Livermore and Railroad avenues, next door to the Bankhead Theater.The hotel is part of the city’s approved plan for the 8.2-acre downtown project, which also includes affordable housing, parking, a science center, a small theater, retail space and park open space. The plan was developed over a years-long public process that involved extensive community input and consultation with experts.
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Got a complaint about BART? The general manager is listening
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BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) -- When Bob Powers took over as BART general manager in July, he said he would get out of his office and meet with riders about their concerns. He's been doing just that for the past five months. Since October, Powers has been going to BART stations and walking up to riders to get their opinions on improving the transit system. He's already talked to more than 600 riders. "It's very constructive from the riders," said Powers during a recent visit to the Downtown Berkeley station. "It shows how much they want BART to be successful because of how important it is to their day-to-day life." The most frequent complaints involve overcrowding, safety, homelessness, cleanliness and fare evasion. But not everyone has bad things to say. Riders are glad to see new trains and complimented Powers for reaching out personally to riders and they suggested ways of improving the system that BART is evaluating, such as mobile ticketing and offering a weekend or a reverse commute discount.
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Many wonder if Anderson Dam’s closure will cause water-use restrictions
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SAN JOSE, Calif. - With February as dry as it's been and as we head into March, many in the South Bay are worried about the announcement that Anderson Dam may be closed for years for seismic repairs. Anderson Dam, Santa Clara County's largest reservoir, holds more water than all of Valley Water's nine dams combined, making it by far, a critical water supply for two million South Bay customers. The Federal Dam Safety Division is demanding that the dam be completely emptied by October first, to prevent collapse should an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude or stronger cause its likely failure and devastation to downstream communities. The problem is, once dams are built, if there's land in front of them, often times the land is developed. Near the Anderson Dam, construction continues in its shadow, despite years of knowing this. 
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San Francisco Declares State Of Emergency After CDC Predicts Spread Of Coronavirus
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The Centers for Disease Control is prepping for a potential pandemic and says it is inevitable the coronavirus will spread. Kiet Do reports San Francisco has already declared a state of emergency.
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Oakland PD personnel want answers after firing of chief
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OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The sidewalk leading to the Oakland Police Union headquarters was lined on both sides by Oakland police officers and others, as the former police chief, Anne Kirkpatrick, made her way through the crowd to a ceremony to honor her time at the top of the department. "I didn't just want to be a chief. I wanted to be a leader. I wanted to be an honorable leader, and a woman of integrity," said an emotional Kirkpatrick as she addressed the media before going inside. "By my termination, you have destabilized the stability of this police department and it destabilizes the community's safety when you do that." Kirkpatrick was fired last Thursday without cause by the Oakland Police Commission. But a leaked document suggests it may be in retaliation for Kirkpatrick's unwillingness to do special favors for the police commission.
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Four things from A’s HQ: Luzardo shines, Davis plays, Allen homers and roster set for Vegas trip
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Peoria, Ariz. —  Decked out in his green A’s t-shirt, green A’s hat, black sunglasses and grey shorts perfect for Arizona’s ‘winter’ weather, Curtis Landers bounced around from spot-to-spot, circulating the A’s bullpen for the best possible vantage point of the action, of pitcher Jesús  Luzardo. Landers — an A’s fan from Oregon who bought a second home in Arizona, in part, because it would make Cactus League trips easier — eventually settled on the Peoria Sports Complex lawn, hanging on the railing above the bullpen rubber. About 15 feet below, Luzardo — Oakland’s No. 1 prospect, according to MLB.com — was whipping pitch after pitch, the thud of his high-90s fastballs echoing through the concourse as it hit leather. As Luzardo finished his pregame session, walking to the dugout with A’s pitching Scott Emerson, Landers stood over the same railing, clapping — a sendoff, of sorts, for the beginning of the 22-year old Luzardo’s season, his first as a member of A’s starting rotation.
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Summer job fair Thursday in Sunnyvale
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With summer camps coming in just a few short months, and with swimming pools and community activities preparing to ramp up for the busy summer season, it is time for many local workers to think about summer employment opportunities.The Sunnyvale Summer Job Fair, advertising jobs that will give new leadership experience and help to build resumes, is set for this Thursday, February 27.Summer camps, aquatic jobs, and more are among the jobs that will need to be filled for the busy season. Pay rates for the positions will range from $15.65 to $21.41 per hour.Thursday’s job fair is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 East Remington Dr.To see more details on the job fair, visit Sunnyvale’s city calendar here. To see more on available positions, click here.
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Santa Clara Co. Preps for Possible Coronavirus Outbreak
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Santa Clara County approved its own coronavirus emergency declaration two weeks ago, putting the county in ready mode. Marianne Favro reports.
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Palo Alto town hall on rail crossings postponed
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As Caltrain upgrades and electrification continue up and down the Peninsula, communities are moving forward with plans to dramatically change the intersections between those rails and local roadways.In Palo Alto, a number of infrastructure changes have led to road underpasses, increasing safety for cars and trains, reducing congestion at crossings, and potentially reducing delays and issues for train operations.Further crossings, including those at Churchill Ave. and around the Meadow Ave. and Charleston Ave. intersections are currently under review.A meeting, originally scheduled for this Thursday, February 27, on the Meadow/Charleston crossing plans has been postponed, to give design and engineering consultants more time to develop creative ideas. It is tentatively scheduled for March 26.
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Calls for hate crime investigation after SF elderly man attacked
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The video first posted on Instagram almost needs no explanation -- a man in obvious distress, as he is attacked and chased down in San Francisco's Bayview District while he collects cans. At a recycling plant nearby, police investigators are looking at surveillance video to try to find the victim. "I see hundreds of faces every day and he looked familiar, I can't say I know him but I know I've seen him," said Charlie Rodriguez, a manager at Planet Recycling S.F. SFPD has been getting calls since ABC7 News aired the story, they're hoping their own community contacts will lead to the victim so he can get help. "We do have a number of multilingual, language shouldn't be an issue, it's all about the community and reaching out, giving us tips and giving us information," said Officer Adam Lobsinger.
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Palo Alto neighborhood awaits return of couple found alive after nearly a week in Marin wilderness
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PALO ALTO, Calif. - The saga of Ian Irwin, 72, and Carole Kiparsky, 77, lost in the wilderness for so long that searchers thought they were no longer alive is nearly at an end. Word of their survival has created a buzz in the Palo Alto neighborhood where they live and the community is eagerly awaiting their return.A neighborhood has decorated Irwin & Kiparsky home with signs to welcome them back from a Marin County hospital where they were being treated for injuries suffered after becoming lost in the wilderness in Inverness for eight days.“When it was beyond a week I was very concerned about them,” said area resident Tom Stone. “It’s really a miracle, it’s really a miracle.We caught up with Stone lives not far from Irwin and Kiparsky’s home as he strolled by to check out the decorations that will greet the couple when they eventually arrive. 
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Editorial: Voters should pass Foothill-DeAnza bond measure, parcel tax
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Foothill-DeAnza Community College District voters should approve two measures on the March 3 ballot.Measure G would authorize the district to sell $898 million in bonds that would be used primarily to renovate and expand classrooms and facilities at Foothill and De Anza colleges. Measure H asks voters to pass a five-year, $48 parcel tax designed to attract and retain faculty and staff.Foothill College, located on a 122-acre campus in Los Altos Hills, opened to 3,500 students in 1958 as the first California community college built after World War II. De Anza College, which sits at the intersection of Stevens Creek Boulevard and Highway 85 in Cupertino, opened nine years later to 3,000 students. The Foothill-De Anza district now serves 60,000 students in the wealthy communities of Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hill, Cupertino and parts of Santa Clara and San Jose.
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Photos: San Francisco Giants meet the Chicago White Sox in Cactus League play
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The San Francisco Giants continued their Cactus League play in Arizona on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, with a loss to the Chicago White Sox, 4-3. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device
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Kings Send Warriors to 7th Straight Home Loss, 112-94
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Harrison Barnes and De'Aaron Fox each scored 21 points and the Sacramento Kings sent the Golden State Warriors to their longest home losing streak in 19 years with a 112-94 victory on Tuesday night.The Warriors have lost seven straight overall and seven in a row at home for the first time since dropping the final seven home games in the 2000-01 season.Buddy Hield made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter on the way to a 19-point night and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 17 to give the Kings their third straight win. Sacramento trails Memphis by four games in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
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Test Driving Polestar 1, Volvo's New Hybrid Supercar
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Swedish automaker Volvo is out with a new high-tech hybrid supercar: the Polestar 1. Betty Yu took it for a test drive along Highway 1. (2-25-2020)
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