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Pedestrian struck by Caltrain at SF railroad crossing | San Francisco Gate Pedestrian struck by Caltrain at SF railroad crossing
A pedestrian was hit and injured by a Caltrain on Thursday afternoon as they attempted to cross the tracks near the 16th Street crossing in San Francisco, officials said. The northbound No. 151 train hit the person around 2:29 p.m at 16th and Mississippi streets at a railroad crossing under an elevated section of Interstate 280, a Caltrain official said. The train was held by tra
San Francisco Gate | October 19, 2017
Sudden oak death likely exacerbated deadly Northern California wildfires | San Francisco Gate Sudden oak death likely exacerbated deadly Northern California wildfires
A dramatic increase this year in the number of oaks, manzanita and native plants infected by the tree-killing disease known as sudden oak death likely helped spread the massive fires that raged through the North Bay, a UC Berkeley forest ecologist said Thursday. Dead and dying oak trees make wildfires hotter and cause them to spread more quickly, said Matteo Garbelotto, the direc
San Francisco Gate | October 19, 2017
National Park Service kills new rules for dog access in GGNRA | San Francisco Gate National Park Service kills new rules for dog access in GGNRA
The National Park Service pulled the plug Thursday on a 14-year-long planning process for restricting dog access in the 80,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 10 months after revelations emerged that agency officials had improperly corresponded about the process from their personal email accounts. The park service abandoned efforts to draw up new rules for where dogs ca
San Francisco Gate | October 19, 2017
SF Parks Commission votes to strip Justin Herman’s name from plaza | San Francisco Gate SF Parks Commission votes to strip Justin Herman’s name from plaza
San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Commission narrowly voted Thursday afternoon to strip Justin Herman’s name from the plaza seated next to the city’s Embarcadero Center amid mounting pressure to rechristen the iconic public space. In what was perhaps a reflection of the divisiveness that has come to define Herman’s legacy in San Francisco, the parks commission voted 4-3
San Francisco Gate | October 19, 2017
SMART train collides with bicyclist talking on cellphone in Santa Rosa | San Francisco Gate SMART train collides with bicyclist talking on cellphone in Santa Rosa
A SMART train collided with a bicyclist Thursday on the tracks at West Steele Lane in Santa Rosa, police said.
San Francisco Gate | October 19, 2017
Full containment on N. Calif. wildfires delayed, but hopes rise with rainy forecast | San Francisco Gate Full containment on N. Calif. wildfires delayed, but hopes rise with rainy forecast
The first of the deadly Northern California wildfires to spark up 12 days ago was fully contained overnight as firefighters throughout the disaster zones welcomed cooler temperatures and an increasingly promising forecast of rain expected to aid their progress throughout the region. But full containment of the calamity’s most destructive wildfires in Sonoma County has been pushe
San Francisco Gate | October 19, 2017
SF among Bay Area cities to submit proposal for Amazon’s new headquarters | San Francisco Examiner SF among Bay Area cities to submit proposal for Amazon’s new headquarters
The cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont, Concord and Richmond submitted a proposal Thursday to bring online retail giant Amazon’s second corporate headquarters to the Bay Area. Amazon announced plans » The post SF among Bay Area cities to submit proposal for Amazon’s new headquarters appeared first on The San Francisco Examiner.
San Francisco Examiner | October 19, 2017
SMART Train hits bicyclist who cops say was on his cellphone | San Francisco Gate SMART Train hits bicyclist who cops say was on his cellphone
The North Bay’s new commuter train smacked into a bicyclist Thursday afternoon as he was pedaling across the tracks in Santa Rosa, talking on his cellphone and not paying attention to the onrushing rail cars, police said. The rail crossing arms were lowered at about 3:55 p.m. where West Steele Lane crosses the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit line, but the 19-year-old cyclist was
San Francisco Gate | October 19, 2017
Veteran Oakland firefighter chosen to lead city Fire Department | San Francisco Gate Veteran Oakland firefighter chosen to lead city Fire Department
Darin White, the interim chief who has been leading the Oakland Fire Department for the last nine months, was appointed to the permanent post on Thursday. Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Administrator Sabrina Landreth’s selection of White as Oakland’s fire chief comes five months after Chief Teresa Deloach Reed retired in May. His appointment was unveiled as some of the state’s
San Francisco Gate | October 19, 2017
Inmate is seventh firefighter hurt battling blaze in Santa Cruz Mountains | San Francisco Gate Inmate is seventh firefighter hurt battling blaze in Santa Cruz Mountains
An inmate firefighter was injured Thursday morning while battling the Bear Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the seventh firefighter hurt in the blaze that started Monday night, officials said. The firefighter suffered burns when he fell into a hole in an old tree stump that was on fire, said Angela Bernheisel, a Cal Fire spokeswoman. “It gets incredibly hot,
San Francisco Gate | October 19, 2017
Rain in Northern Calif. will be short but sweet for firefighters | San Francisco Gate Rain in Northern Calif. will be short but sweet for firefighters
The rain firefighters in the scorched regions of the North Bay have been craving is set to arrive Thursday night, according to meteorologist predictions. Deadly wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties spread quickly thanks to dry air, hot temperatures and fast winds, but a cold front and the first winter storm of the season should suppress fire growth and limit the chances for new
San Francisco Gate | October 19, 2017
Garrett Paiz, a spirited man who died doing what he loved — fighting fires | San Francisco Gate Garrett Paiz, a spirited man who died doing what he loved — fighting fires
His nickname was “Taco” for all the times he came to California during summers to fight wildfires, and enjoy the taco stands here. And his ready grin and quick quips lifted the spirits of everyone around him. Those are the memories Garrett Paiz’s friends and family held dear this week as they remembered the sunny firefighter from Missouri who lost his life Monday fighting
San Francisco Gate | October 19, 2017
State lawmaker may be tasked to identifying constituents who died in fires | San Francisco Gate State lawmaker may be tasked to identifying constituents who died in fires
Since the deadly and devastating Tubbs and Redwood Valley fires broke out in distant parts of his district late Oct. 8, Assemblyman Jim Wood has been scurrying from meeting to briefing, viewing damage, consoling people who’ve lost homes and family members, and directing them to where they can seek help. Soon, the Healdsburg Democrat will begin the grim task of identifying some o
San Francisco Gate | October 19, 2017
Wildfire victim: Marilyn Ress gave to others until her dying day | San Francisco Gate Wildfire victim: Marilyn Ress gave to others until her dying day
During holidays at the Mayette Apartments in Santa Rosa, Marilyn Ress went door to door to find out which of her fellow residents had no place to go for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. She’d bring the list to her best friend, Cynthia Conners who would start cooking. Then when the day came, Ms. Ress would put on an apron with hearts on it, wrap individual dinner plates in foil
San Francisco Gate | October 19, 2017
SF landlord will pay $1 million to residents of burned-out illegal units | San Francisco Gate SF landlord will pay $1 million to residents of burned-out illegal units
A landlord has agreed to pay more than $1 million to tenants who were evicted after a fire swept through their illegal apartments in a warehouse space in the inner Mission District in 2014, the first legal settlement related to the rash of fires that have displaced residents in the neighborhood over the past four years. Property owners Albert Joseph and David Kimmel, who own the w
San Francisco Gate | October 19, 2017
Atlas, Tubbs fires near total containment | San Francisco Examiner Atlas, Tubbs fires near total containment
Cal Fire officials on Wednesday morning released the latest containment percentages of several fires burning in the North Bay. The Atlas Fire that has burned 51,064 acres since 9:50 p.m. » The post Atlas, Tubbs fires near total containment appeared first on The San Francisco Examiner.
San Francisco Examiner | October 18, 2017
Live updates: Man arrested in looting of home evacuated in Santa Cruz Mountains fire | San Francisco Gate Live updates: Man arrested in looting of home evacuated in Santa Cruz Mountains fire
1:20 p.m. Suspected looter in Santa Cruz Mountains’ Bear Fire arrested: A man suspected of stealing $15,000 worth of property from an evacuated home near the Bear Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains has been taken into custody, according to Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. A woman checked in on her evacuated home in the 19000 block of Hidden Springs Road in Boulder Creek abou
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Noted North Bay sculptor’s art wiped out in wildfire | San Francisco Gate Noted North Bay sculptor’s art wiped out in wildfire
In the back of a buddy’s police car, Boback Emad rode up into the hills of the evacuation zone of Santa Rosa to see what was left of his 30-year career as an artist. He already knew what was left of his two-story home/studio, his Picasso, his Miro and his Dali, his own hot-tar paintings, his delicate aluminum mobiles, the 1973 Porsche 911 parked in the garage and the Airstream t
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
California's out-of-control wildfires have burned an area larger than New York City | San Francisco Gate California's out-of-control wildfires have burned an area larger than New York City
The rash of major wildfires afflicting California are now responsible for burning more than 330-square-miles statewide since Sunday, Oct. 8, as the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services reported Tuesday.
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Fire lines: Heartbreaking photos show homes burned next to homes spared in Wine Country fires | San Francisco Gate Fire lines: Heartbreaking photos show homes burned next to homes spared in Wine Country fires
The "after" photos of the Wine Country fires tell the tale of the unfair nature of flames: Some houses burn down, while others remain perfectly intact.
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Our favorite Northern California weekend getaways that won't break the bank | San Francisco Gate Our favorite Northern California weekend getaways that won't break the bank
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San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Another firefighter hurt battling Santa Cruz Mountains wildfire | San Francisco Gate Another firefighter hurt battling Santa Cruz Mountains wildfire
As the latest in a series of devastating wildland fires raged in the Santa Cruz Mountains Wednesday morning, Sonoma County authorities announced their death toll grew by one overnight — bringing the overall fatality count in the Northern California disaster to 42. The death was confirmed sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday, said Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Jones.
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Suspect arrested after SFPD officer on bike is hit, critically injured | San Francisco Gate Suspect arrested after SFPD officer on bike is hit, critically injured
A San Francisco police officer on bicycle patrol three blocks from City Hall was critically injured Wednesday by a suspect in a gun-related case who ran him down in a sport utility vehicle and then drove off before being arrested several hours later, officials said. The officer was struck about 12:30 p.m. on Turk Street near Van Ness Avenue. As he was rushed in an ambulance to a h
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Fire-stricken birds are fleeing the smoky North Bay. Here's where they're roosting. | San Francisco Gate Fire-stricken birds are fleeing the smoky North Bay. Here's where they're roosting.
Birds, their feathers dusted with ash and lungs choked by smoke, could tumble from the sky as wildfires continue to sizzle across Northern California, experts say.
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Trump tweets: ‘Our hearts are with all affected by wildfires in California’ | San Francisco Gate Trump tweets: ‘Our hearts are with all affected by wildfires in California’
President Trump tweeted out support to California wildfire victims and first responders on Wednesday. It was the president’s first online mention of the disaster, in which a series of wildfires has claimed at least 42 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and burned more than 200,000 acres in California since Oct.8. Trump had undergone some criticism for not immediately tweeting
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Calif. GOP rallies around measure to repeal new gas tax | San Francisco Gate Calif. GOP rallies around measure to repeal new gas tax
SACRAMENTO — Organizers of a campaign to qualify a ballot measure that would repeal the state’s gas tax and new vehicle fees unveiled their growing coalition Wednesday at the state Republican Party headquarters, where GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox said he will make a “substantial” donation to the effort. Cox, a wealthy businessman, declined to give specifics about h
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Skinned sea otter found on Central California beach | San Francisco Gate Skinned sea otter found on Central California beach
Wildlife authorities are investigating after a southern sea otter was found dead and skinned on a beach in San Luis Obispo County.
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Tubbs Fire unleashed fiery tornadoes that uprooted trees, flipped cars | San Francisco Gate Tubbs Fire unleashed fiery tornadoes that uprooted trees, flipped cars
The Tubbs Fire that raged through Santa Rosa last week unleashed a series of fiery tornadoes powerful enough to flip cars, yank trees out of the ground and rip homes apart, fire scientists said Wednesday. Gusts of up to 78 miles per hour were recorded at the weather stations after the fires broke out Oct. 8, but the extaordinary damage documented during post mortem evaluations ind
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Santa Rosa couple sues PG&E for losing home in Tubbs Fire | San Francisco Examiner Santa Rosa couple sues PG&E for losing home in Tubbs Fire
A Santa Rosa couple who lost their home in the Tubbs Fire sued PG&E Co. in San Francisco Superior Court today, claiming the fire was caused by alleged negligence by » The post Santa Rosa couple sues PG&E for losing home in Tubbs Fire appeared first on The San Francisco Examiner.
San Francisco Examiner | October 18, 2017
Crews on the Northern Calif. fire lines hoping rain helps them out | San Francisco Gate Crews on the Northern Calif. fire lines hoping rain helps them out
As thousands of firefighters entered their eleventh day of battling wildfires throughout Northern California, an assist from above appeared to be in store as the latest weather forecast showed that much-needed rain should arrive to fire lines on Thursday. Temperatures cooled overnight, replacing dry, warm air and gusty weather that has aided rapid growth of the devastating North B
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
San Francisco moving closer to building a city-owned Internet network | San Francisco Gate San Francisco moving closer to building a city-owned Internet network
San Francisco appears to be closer than ever to building a citywide municipal Internet network — an ambitious project that’s proved elusive for more than a decade. City officials are poring over the findings of a comprehensive 200-page report that will serve as San Francisco’s lodestar as it moves toward creating a proposed $1.5 billion city-owned fiber-optic network that c
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Body found in Yosemite river IDd as missing Navy serviceman | San Francisco Gate Body found in Yosemite river IDd as missing Navy serviceman
A body found in the Merced River has been identified as that of missing Yosemite National Park hiker Alexander Joseph Servier, a U.S. Navy serviceman who was last seen on May 3, a park spokesman announced on Wednesday. The identity of Servier, 24, of Virginia, whose body was found two months ago below Vernal Fall, was confirmed through DNA testing, park spokesman Scott Gediman sai
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Noted falcon preservationist killed in Tubbs Fire | San Francisco Gate Noted falcon preservationist killed in Tubbs Fire
Monte Neil Kirven, a wildlife biologist credited with helping ban DDT in order to save the Peregrine Falcon, was among those killed in the Tubbs Fire. He was 81 and lived in the Mark West Springs Road area of Santa Rosa, where he died in bed, according to multiple postings on Facebook. “The Bureau of Land Management is saddened at the loss of our former colleag
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
San Francisco sues PG&E over work it claims led to destructive landslide | San Francisco Gate San Francisco sues PG&E over work it claims led to destructive landslide
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Wednesday accusing the utility of causing a January 2016 landslide that destroyed or damaged six homes near Mount Davidson and cost the city nearly $8 million. The suit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that PG&E’s negligent and shoddy worksmanship during a gas
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Oakland health watchdog finds lead in Infowars diet supplements | San Francisco Gate Oakland health watchdog finds lead in Infowars diet supplements
Two of the dietary supplements that Alex Jones sells in his Infowars online shop are found to contain high levels of lead.
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Empty wheelchair hints of fire’s drama in Santa Rosa | San Francisco Gate Empty wheelchair hints of fire’s drama in Santa Rosa
No one knew what had happened to the woman in the wheelchair on Keoke Court. For more than a week, the chair sat charred and crumpled at the end of the driveway where she lived with four other women in a residential care home. Nearby were two walkers, their owners also vanished. To residents and first responders returning to Coffey Park in Santa Rosa, the scene wa
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Mysterious virus sickens 4 bear cubs in Tahoe, kills 2 | San Francisco Gate Mysterious virus sickens 4 bear cubs in Tahoe, kills 2
Four bear cubs at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care are sick with a rare virus that recently killed two of their companions.
San Francisco Gate | October 18, 2017
Oakland firefighter improvises to save Wine Country homes, farm animals | San Francisco Gate Oakland firefighter improvises to save Wine Country homes, farm animals
Back from fighting a wildfire on the Oregon border and coordinating rescue missions in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, Chris Landry got a 60-hour break from humanitarian disasters before a new one crawled up to his Glen Ellen doorstep. Without a truck or fire hose, the Oakland Fire Department captain used a shovel, water from a nearby creek and two 3,000-gallon tanks, and a tractor
San Francisco Gate | October 17, 2017
He told dozens trapped by fire it would be OK. He feared he was lying | San Francisco Gate He told dozens trapped by fire it would be OK. He feared he was lying
They didn’t know his name. They only knew he seemed to have figured out how they could survive. As the Tubbs Fire cut a wide path through northern Santa Rosa early Oct. 9, 35 people huddled in their cars in a parking lot in the hills above town. The oldest was 91, the youngest just 4 months. They had tried to drive to safety, but there was no way. Now the fire was on both sides,
San Francisco Gate | October 17, 2017
Smoke continues to cause delays and cancellations at SFO | San Francisco Gate Smoke continues to cause delays and cancellations at SFO
More than a week after the Wine Country fires began raging, smoke is still causing problems at San Francisco International Airport, officials said Tuesday.
San Francisco Gate | October 17, 2017