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Jacksonville Jaguars Place All Of Their Eggs In Basket Of Blake Bortles

6 hours 17 min ago

By Kevin McGuire

CBS Local Sports presents 32 Players in 32 Days, a daily feature focusing on one impact player from each NFL team.

Blake Bortles – QB – #5
Height: 6’ 5”
Weight: 232 lb
Age: 22
Hometown: Oviedo, Florida
College: UCF
Experience: Rookie

When an NFL franchise has a chance to draft what could be a franchise quarterback, it has to make that pick. For the Jacksonville Jaguars, all of the eggs have been placed in the basket of Blake Bortles, whose stock may have been as high as it could have ever been out of college. Bortles helped lead UCF to the most successful season in school history, complete with an American Athletic Conference championship and a victory over Big 12 champion Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. It was quite a 2013 campaign for Bortles in his final college football season, and now the Jaguars hope he can play a similar role at the next level.

There will be a few things to keep in mind as Bortles works to prove the Jaguars were wise to select him with the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. First, he is not Johnny Manziel. In fact, he is quite the opposite of Manziel. While the Cleveland Browns may be getting a star that knows how to live in and attract a spotlight, but the Jaguars have a player in Bortles who is much more comfortable thriving where nobody is looking. He is calm, yet confident in his abilities. His arm is strong and accurate enough to make for a much more than serviceable quarterback in the NFL. He may remind some of Ben Roethlisberger with his size, arm and unsuspecting athleticism and ability to run when needed.

Bortles has a knack for making plays happen. His patience is a tremendous asset to the offense, and if something breaks down in front of him he will have the ability to take off and pick up some yardage with his legs. He will not be mistaken with Manziel or Mike Vick in his prime with his speed, but it is a skill that will come in handy from time to time. Last fall, Bortles rushed for 272 yards and six touchdowns and was only recorded for negative rushing yardage in two games. Granted, the level of competition was much easier to battle than Bortles will face in Jacksonville.

Another thing to keep in mind is just how soon the Jaguars will hand the offense over to Bortles. As the third overall pick in the draft it would be expected he begins starting at some point his season, but he will have a tested veteran in Chad Henne to learn from early on. The future actually looks bright for Bortles as a franchise quarterback in Jacksonville because the franchise has also placed some pieces to grow around him. Receivers Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson and Kenny Shaw were added through the draft and the Jaguars added Bortles’ UCF teammate Storm Johnson at running back through the draft. The offensive line also has some good, young talent to protect the franchise quarterback of the future as well.

It may be ugly at times in 2014, but Bortles will be unnerved and will benefit by going through any growing pains this fall as the Jaguars have much work to do before competing in the AFC South.

Kevin McGuire is a Philadelphia area sports writer covering the Philadelphia Eagles and college football. McGuire is a member of the FWAA and National Football Foundation. Follow McGuire on Twitter @KevinOnCFB. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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Backstage With Jack White – Exclusive Live 105 Interview

9 hours 46 min ago
Live 105 program director Jacent Jackson spoke with Jack White before White's sold-out concert Friday night at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
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Fairfield Officers Accused Of Researching Potential Dates In Police Database

10 hours 59 sec ago

FAIRFIELD (KPIX 5) — Two Fairfield police officers are facing felony charges and could face prison time, for allegedly looking for love through a police database.

The officers are accused of checking out profiles on online dating websites such as Tinder, Match.com and eHarmony, then using a statewide police database system to dig up more information on the women whose profiles they liked.

Court documents show that Officers Stephen Ruiz and Jacob Glashoff used company time and equipment to search for the women online.

The two officers would perform the computer searches and then talk about it in front of other officers, according to court documents. That upset another fellow Fairfield officer who then reported the incidents to his superior back in June.

The Fairfield Police Department said it can’t comment, other than to say that the two officers are still on duty.

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Petaluma Slaughterhouse Co-Owner Pleads Guilty In Scheme Processing Diseased Cows

10 hours 21 min ago

PETALUMA (KPIX 5) — The co-owner of a Petaluma slaughterhouse accused of processing bad beef pleaded guilty in an alleged scheme that led to a massive international beef recall.

Robert Singleton of the Rancho Feeding Corporation cut a deal with prosecutors and appeared in federal court Friday morning.

“He knew that at the slaughterhouse that there was meat that was not going through complete inspection that was entering into the food supply,” said Pamela Davis, Singleton’s attorney.

Singleton was allegedly in charge of buying sick cows and distributing tainted meat, which led to the massive recall.

“He feels remorseful, he feels like he let his community down and he wanted to accept responsibility and he chose to cooperate with the government,” Davis said.

By pleading guilty and cooperating with the feds, Singleton could face off against co-owner Jesse Amaral, and two other plant managers at trial.

“It was unfortunate circumstances where people just made really bad decisions and he got involved and didn’t stop it,” Davis said.

According to the indictment, Amaral is accused of instructing the two managers to slaughter cows with eye cancer when USDA inspectors were on their lunch breaks. The managers allegedly told to swap the diseased cows’ heads with healthy ones and received kickbacks for going along with the scheme.

The feds say Rancho sold bad meat from nearly 200 cows. Nine million pounds of beef were affected in the recall, which included Hot Pockets and premium grass-fed beef.

The on-site USDA inspectors have not been blamed for any of this.

“I actually can’t comment about what the USDA inspectors did or did not know. I don’t represent them…I think that it would be unusual that they would have no idea,” Davis said.

North Bay Rancher Bill Niman, used the plant to slaughter his custom meats. He also doesn’t think the workers could have fooled the feds so easily.

“It’s a small plant. There’s several inspectors there they should have known what was going on,” Niman told KPIX 5 on Monday.

Amaral also appeared at the courthouse on Friday. He faces up to five years in prison.

Singleton’s guilty plea will mean a lighter sentence if he continues to cooperate.

The trial against the other three defendants is expected to begin next month.

 

 

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Firefighters Control 3-Alarm Fire At Vallejo Scrap Metal Yard

11 hours 5 min ago

VALLEJO (CBS SF) — Firefighters were able to control a three-alarm industrial fire on Mare Island in Vallejo, after it burned for several hours Friday afternoon.

The fire took place at Alco Metal and Iron Company at 321 Azuar Drive.

At its height, flames were shooting 50 feet high in the air. A fire investigator told KPIX 5 the fire started in the middle of piles of metal scrap at the recycling yard. Firefighters were able keep the flames from spreading to the nearby warehouse.

A tweet from the U.S. Forest Service said smoke from the fire was visible for miles around.

Fire on #MareIsland view looking north @VallejoFire @SolanoFire #MareIslandFire http://t.co/Wzct4w4g0g
USFS Fire-California (@R5_Fire_News) August 22, 2014

The burning metal and other debris sent thick black smoke into the air. As evening approached, the fire department decided to call in a hazardous materials team to help put it out and to investigate whether it would cause any harm to people in the area.

The department also asked people in North Vallejo to shelter in place for a time. As of late Friday night, the fire appears to be under control, but fire crews will be at the metal company for the next couple of days to monitor hot spots.

According to the company’s website, Alco Metal and Iron Company makes, buys and sells metal for businesses and artists.

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Gray Ends Losing Skid, A’s Beat Angels To Begin Crucial AL West Series

11 hours 58 min ago

OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Sonny Gray ended a monthlong losing streak, pitching into the ninth inning and leading the Oakland Athletics over the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 Friday night in a matchup of AL West rivals.

Coco Crisp hit his 15th career leadoff home run and Stephen Vogt added a solo shot for Oakland in the opener of a three-game series. Sam Fuld hit a go-ahead triple in the sixth inning and the A’s pulled within one game of the division-leading Angels.

Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton homered for the Angels

Gray (13-7) allowed three runs and six hits over 8 1-3 innings. Sean Doolittle recorded the final two outs for his 19th save, fanning pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta with the bases loaded to end it.

Reliever Jason Grilli (1-2) gave up Fuld’s key hit.

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California To Receive Hundreds Of Millions In Bank Of America Settlement

12 hours 8 min ago

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — California will recover $300 million in damages from Bank of America as part of a $16.65 billion settlement over the bank’s handling of mortgage-backed securities prior to 2009, officials said Friday.

The money will reimburse the state’s pension funds for money it lost investing in mortgage-backed securities through Bank of America and its affiliates, according to California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office.

The settlement comes as a result of claims made by the U.S. Department of Justice and state partners, Harris’ office said.

California residents will also get at least $500 million in consumer relief credits, such as loan forgiveness for homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages and financing of affordable rental housing, according to Harris’ office.

“Bank of America profited by misleading investors about the risky nature of the mortgage-backed securities it sold,” Harris said. “This settlement makes our pension funds whole for the financial losses caused by these misrepresentations and brings help to hard-pressed homeowners and communities in California.”

The settlement does not absolve Bank of America or its employees from facing criminal charges, Harris’ office said. As part of the settlement, Bank of America acknowledged it misrepresented the mortgage loans it securitized to investors.

Bank of America customers can call (877) 488-7814 for more information.

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Schaub Struggles Again, Raiders Lose To Packers In Preseason Game

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:52

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS / AP) — With a stable of running backs now complementing quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers offense could be as potent as ever this season.

Rodgers threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Lacy rumbled for a 1-yard score on the Packers’ opening drive and prized free agent acquisition Julius Peppers recorded his first sack of the preseason in the Packers’ 31-21 victory Friday night over the Oakland Raiders.

The game was stopped for several minutes in the second quarter after Raiders linebacker Sio Moore was taken off the field with a neck injury. He gave a thumb-up sign while the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Moore was taken to a hospital.

The Raiders’ Sio Moore is taken off the field after being injured during the second quarter Friday night. ( Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Raiders also lost two other defensive starters to head injuries in cornerback Tarell Brown and linebacker Nick Roach.

A first-team defense that allowed three touchdown drives in four possessions in the first two preseason games had its ups and down against Rodgers, who finished 9 of 20 for 139 yards playing into the second quarter.

Matt Schaub played into the third, finishing 13 of 27 for 110 yards for Oakland. Backup Matt McGloin threw for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to Brice Butler, from 19 and 28 yards. McGloin finished 10 of 17 for 118 yards.

Lacy just played in the first series, but the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year had the Raiders on their heels. He finished with six rushes for 36 yards and the touchdown.

Backup running back DuJuan Harris added 56 yards on 12 carries, and added 42 yards on two catches. A Raiders defense that allowed an average of 89.5 yards over the first weeks allowed 78 in the first half.

The game inched along slowly by the middle of the third quarter with the Packers up by three scores and backups competing littering both lineups.

The Raiders’ only touchdown in the first half came on their second series after a handful of missed tackles helped Maurice Jones-Drew dart 40 yards for a score to tie it at 7.

The Packers first-team defense, getting its more extensive playing time of the preseason, held Oakland scoreless from there.

Besides the sack, Peppers also stood up Raiders running back Darren McFadden in traffic for a short gain around the left end. It was just the kind of big-play production coach Mike McCarthy was hoping to get from Peppers when the Packers signed the former Chicago Bear as a free agent.

Green Bay did lose defensive lineman B.J. Raji to an arm injury. He remained on the sideline for much of the game with a black sleeve on his arm.

The Raiders again struggled to produce under Schaub, who was signed as a free agent from the Houston Texans. Oakland had four straight three-and-outs at one point in the first half, then turned the ball over at the Packers 26 late in the second quarter after Schaub fumbled on a sack by Nick Perry.

Schaub’s best chance for a touchdown pass came in the third quarter, but backpedaling fullback Marcel Reese bobbled one pass away in the end zone before Jones’ scoring grab was overturned.

Both Jones and safety Charles Woodson got ovations when the former Packers were shown on the video boards.

Jones, though, no longer has Rodgers throwing him the ball.

The 2011 NFL MVP’s completion rate would have been higher if not for a handful of drops. He connected on touchdowns to tight end Andrew Quarless and receiver Jordy Nelson.

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Lawsuit Filed As Community Rallies For Man Shot Dead By San Francisco Police In March

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:26

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Friends and family of Alejandro Nieto, who was shot and killed by San Francisco police in March, filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city on Friday.

The Nieto family’s lawyer, civil rights attorney John Burris, said Friday the lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Nieto family against the city for violation of Nieto’s civil rights on the grounds that police officers allegedly used excessive force against him.

Burris said Friday that he believes police shot Nieto as many as 10 times.

“The officers that were involved in the shooting (should) get reprimanded for what they did,” said one woman participating in a sunrise ceremony honoring Nieto at the spot where he was killed. “They don’t deserve to be part of the force, and I think that some policy changes need to happen. Officers need to have better training and actually think before they shoot.”

On Friday afternoon, protesters marched from Bernal Heights Park to the federal building downtown, where the complaint was filed.

Nieto was 28 years-old when he was shot and killed on the night of March 21st in Bernal Heights Park. Officers claimed they thought Nieto was armed with a gun. Police Chief Greg Suhr said Nieto pulled out a Taser when confronted by officers and that’s when they fired, thinking it was a handgun.

Lawyers for Nieto’s family said  a new witness has come forward in this case.

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Giants Romp, Snap Nationals’ 10-Game Win Streak

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:54

WASHINGTON (CBS / AP) — The Washington Nationals’ winning streak ended at a team record-tying 10 games Friday night when rookie Joe Panik hit his first major league home run and sent the San Francisco Giants to a 10-3 romp.

Panik went 4 for 5 in his first four-hit game, highlighted by his three-run shot to center field.

Tim Hudson and four relievers quieted bats of the Nationals, who apparently don’t have an inexhaustible supply of comeback wins and last-at-bat heroics. During their success streak, Washington had seven one-run victories, five come-from-behind wins and five walk-offs.

Hudson (9-9) allowed one earned run over 5 1-3 innings for his first since win July 19. Javier Lopez, Jean Machi, Sergio Romo and Juan Gutierrez finished the job for the Giants, who have won six of eight.

Doug Fister (12-4) threw six innings and uncharacteristically gave up a pair of homers — Nos. 12 and 13 allowed this season.

The Nationals’ winning run had become suspense baseball theater at its best, always with a happy ending for the team in red and white. The staff ERA over during the streak was 1.82, and there were regular Gatorade baths for the player who inevitably would get the game-ending hit.

Manager Matt Williams found himself having to answer to a promise he made to a television network earlier this season about doing his famous Babe Ruth impersonation if his team won 10 in a row. He says he’ll do it eventually, but that the middle of a pennant race is not “the proper time.”

Fister looked set to keep it going. He had a 1-0 lead and appeared in little danger when he retired the first two batters of the fourth. He then induced a chopper up the middle from Pablo Sandoval, but the ball bounced so high that it became an infield hit.

That was enough to start the game-turning rally. Michael Morse followed with a single, and Panik put the next pitch just right of the 402-foot mark to give the Giants a 3-1 lead.

Jayson Werth’s solo homer led off the fourth to cut the Nationals’ deficit to one, but Buster Posey matched him in the sixth to make it 4-2. Travis Ishikawa added insurance with a two-run double in the eighth, and the Giants pounded Ross Detwiler for four runs in the ninth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) was moved from the seven-day disabled list to the 15-day DL. He hasn’t played since Aug. 6.

Nationals: OF Nate McLouth had surgery on the torn labrum in his right shoulder. “It went fine and it’s all put back together,” Williams said. The Nationals expect McLouth recover in time for spring training.

UP NEXT

San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum (10-8, 4.48 ERA) faces Jordan Zimmermann (8-5, 2.97) on Saturday in the second game of the three-game series.

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Cubs Had Smaller Grounds Crew In ‘TarpGate’ Game Vs. Giants, May Have Tried To Skirt Obamacare

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:53

CHICAGO (CBS SF) — The Chicago Cubs had fewer grounds crew members during Tuesday night’s so-called “Tarp Gate” game against the San Francisco Giants. A newspaper reported that the team recently reorganized staffing to possibly skirt insurance requirements under Obamacare.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 10 Wrigley Field grounds crew members were sent home early Tuesday night. High-ranking officials of other teams told the newspaper that video of the tarp being installed in the fifth inning of the game showed a crew that was apparently undermanned.

Last winter, the team had a reorganization involving seasonal workers, including much of the grounds crew, to fewer than 130 hours per month, the full-time worker definition under the Affordable Care Act. Large businesses such as the Cubs are required to provide healthcare to all full-time employees.

The Cubs have insisted that staffing played no role in the tarp incident.

During the bottom of the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game, the grounds crew mishandled the placing of the tarp when rain started to fall. After the rain passed, the surface was deemed unplayable and the game was eventually ruled a 2-0 five inning win by the Cubs, following a four-and-a-half hour rain delay.

On Wednesday, the Giants successfully protested to Major League Baseball the result of the game, the first successful protest in 28 years. The suspended game was resumed in the fifth inning on Thursday, and the Cubs held on to beat the Giants 2-1.

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Fire Burns Trucks At Charity Clothing Distribution Center In Santa Clara

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:18

SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — Firefighters contained a fire that burned several box trucks full of donated items at a Santa Clara donation center late Friday afternoon, according to a fire battalion chief.

Crews were dispatched to reports of a fire in the 3100 block of Alfred Street around 4:15 p.m. and arrived to find box trucks on fire outside of Hope Services, a charity for the disabled, according to Santa Clara Fire Department Battalion Chief Casey Potts.

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The fire appears to have started in a donation bin in the organization’s parking lot and spread to three large box trucks containing a variety of donated clothing and other items, he said.

The fire did not spread to the building housing the charity and only a few employees at Hope Services were present when the fire started, according to Steve Pool, 38, an employee at nearby First Choice Coffee Services.

“You could see the flames and smoke,” he said.

Pool said the fire erupted just after 4 p.m. and he could see three pine trees and several trucks on fire in front of the charity.

At one point, he said, he heard an explosion followed by “a ball of fire.”

Firefighters used chain saws to cut through the backs of the burning trucks, Pool said.

Potts said people inside the nearby Muslim Community Center were ordered to shelter in place as a precaution after the fire broke out.

Crews remained on the scene as of 5:30 p.m. cleaning up and checking for hotspots, according to Potts.

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Narsai David: A Wide Variety Of Green Beans Come In Different Colors

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:07

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— I was recently reminded why green beans used to be called string beans. We planted some skinny, French style beans in the garden and frankly they grew a lot faster than anyone expected.

By the time we picked them they were as big as the old Kentucky wonder string beans. They were almost too stringy to eat.

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I looked into some of the history and found there are over 130 varieties of green beans. Besides the commonly known green ones, there are red, purple, yellow and even streaked varieties.

The thinner varieties are also called a filet type, while the really wide ones, called Romano beans, are my favorite because they’re so fleshy and have a rich wonderful flavor.

Blue Lake green beans are probably some of the most popular you can find these days, while the Chinese long bean has a few varieties of its own. The more yellow of the two is almost puffy looking. The other is green and skinny.

These stringless beans were bread in 1884 by a grower in New York who developed Keeney’s stringless bean. Before his developments, beans were too stringy and too fibrous. Whichever variety of green bean you like, experiment with the ones you like and try some different ones.

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Campaign To Reduce Student Loan Debt Kicks Off In Oakland

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:15

OAKLAND (KCBS)— California educators have joined a national effort aimed at reducing student loan debt and making college more affordable for families.

The “Degrees Not Debt” campaign kicked-off this week at Oakland’s La Escuelita Elementary School. The national campaign was launched in May by the National Education Association.

NEA President-elect Lily Eskelsen-Garcia said it’s about working with all 50 state legislatures to increase support for colleges and universities.

“There’s something wrong with our priorities that we have diminished our support,” she said.

Helping to launch California’s campaign was state schools chief Tom Torlakson.

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“Teaming up together [is] so important at all levels to have the message in Sacramento [that] we need to invest more in higher education,” he said.

California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel said decreased funding and higher tuitions fly in the face of the commitment to equal opportunity in education.

“Student loan debt now exceeds credit card debt in this country,” Vogel said.

The campaign will involve a nationwide week of action on college campuses this fall to call for increasing federal aid, refinancing of student loans and expanding loan forgiveness programs.

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Oakland Releases Draft Plan For Coliseum City Project

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:04

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Oakland officials Friday released a draft plan and environmental impact report for their ambitious ideas for developments at the Coliseum complex and on a large tract of land near the Oakland International Airport over the next 20 years.

The plan largely focuses on the Coliseum City project, where city officials hope to have a sports and entertainment district, as well as retail stores and hotels, on the site of the existing Coliseum complex.

The city envisions up to three new sports venues at the site: a new football stadium, a new baseball park and a new arena for basketball and other events.

The plan also calls for an intermodal transit hub adjacent to the current Coliseum BART station and an elevated pedestrian concourse that runs from the BART station to the proposed sports-related entertainment district, with retail, restaurants and hotels.

Additionally, there would be a mixed-use residential neighborhood and residential transit-oriented development to the east of San Leandro Road and extending to the west side of Interstate Highway 880 and the Oakland airport business park area near the San Leandro Bay waterfront.

On the west side of I-880, Oakland officials also envision a residential mixed-use district, a science and technology district that includes office development, logistics and airport-related uses, a new bay inlet along the waterfront, extensive new parkland and trails, a transit link from the Coliseum BART station and habitat restoration.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said in a statement, “The Coliseum City project will transform an entire area of Oakland, creating thousands of new jobs and a regional destination. It stands to be one of the largest transit-oriented development projects in California and one of the most exciting development sites in the nation.”

Quan said, “This plan marks a significant step forward in our work to prepare for a new Raiders stadium and provide a great potential site for the A’s.”

She said the proposed Coliseum City development will create up to 21,000 jobs “and a neighborhood that will thrive year round.”

City Councilman Larry Reid, who represents the East Oakland area where the city is proposing the developments, said he likes the plans for the Coliseum City project but he thinks the city’s plan for the west side of I-880 are “a pipe dream” because the city only owns a small portion of the land there and would need approval from many other parties before it moves forward.

Reid also pointed out that the Coliseum City project is up in the air because the group of investors who have an exclusive negotiating agreement with the city haven’t yet finalized plans to build and pay for the project.

He noted that the group’s agreement with the city expires on Oct.  21 and said the city might not extend it if the group doesn’t show that it’s making significant progress, such as a deal with the Oakland Raiders for building a new football stadium there.

Quan’s spokesman, Sean Maher, said the city is releasing the plan and environmental impact report now so it can move quickly if and when investors and developers come up with a solid Coliseum City plan.

Maher said he agrees with Reid that it will take longer to develop the western side of I-880 near the airport because the city doesn’t own much land there and will have to work with the Port of Oakland, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, the East Bay Regional Park District the Federal Aviation Administration and other entities.

Members of the public can download the city’s plan and environmental impact report from the city’s website and submit comments through Oct. 6. The city also will hold public hearings on its plans.

 

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California 9/11 Relatives To Get Second Shot At Scholarships Funded By Memorial License Plates

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:58

SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — Relatives of Californians who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will get a second chance to apply for college scholarships under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown after investigations found that the state mishandled the program.

Brown on Friday announced signing SB384 by Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier and Republican Sen. Ted Gaines. The bill reopens the application process until July 2016 for a scholarship program funded through the sale of specialty memorial license plates.

The legislation arose after an investigation by The Associated Press and a subsequent state audit found the 9/11 Memorial Scholarship Program was poorly administered and that state officials failed to notify many of those who were eligible before the application deadline.

The scholarship program ran from 2002 to 2005 and was funded by those who bought and renewed more than 200,000 of the memorial license plates.

The program raised about $16.5 million, and up to 15 percent of that amount, or nearly $2.5 million, was to go for college scholarships for survivors of 9/11 victims. Yet the AP found that just $21,381 had been distributed to the children and spouses of the three dozen California residents killed in the crashes of four hijacked airliners, all bound for California.

“We sold special license plates so the children of victims in that horrible terrorist attack could have help paying for college, but many eligible children didn’t even receive notification about the scholarship,” Gaines said in a statement. “It was an inexcusable error that we had to rectify.”

SB384 requires the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board to identify those who are eligible to apply for the scholarships and notify them in writing by July 1, 2015. Candidates would then have until July 1, 2016, to apply for the scholarships of up to $5,000 each.

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Judge Refuses To Block SF Law Increasing Relocation Payments To Evicted Tenants; Trial Put On Fast Track

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:12

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A federal judge in San Francisco declined Friday to issue an immediate order blocking a new city law that sharply increases the relocation payments landlords must give tenants evicted under the state’s Ellis Act.

But U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer scheduled an expedited trial to begin on Oct. 6 on a challenge to the law by several landlords and associations.

“There’s an urgency to decide this, for both the people who own property and for tenants,” Breyer said during a hearing in his Federal Building courtroom.

Breyer said he was turning down a request by the landlords for an immediate temporary restraining order, however, because they had not shown they would suffer irreparable harm without such an order.

The Oct. 6 trial date is geared toward an Oct. 24 deadline for remaining evicted tenants to leave a 33-unit Nob Hill apartment building owned by Park Lane Associates, which is selling the units as tenancy-in-common properties.

Breyer said he hopes to issue a decision on the constitutionality of the city law before that deadline.

The law, which went into effect June 1, requires landlords to give tenants in Ellis Act evictions a relocation assistance payment equal to two years’ worth of the difference between the tenant’s current rent and the cost of comparable housing in the city.

California’s 1985 Ellis Act allows landlords to remove properties from the rental market and evict tenants who occupied them. It also allows cities to enact measures to alleviate the impact on tenants.

The landlords who sued the city last month claim the new law amounts to an unconstitutional taking of private property without compensation.

“This ordinance isn’t rent control, it’s property control,” David Breemer, a Pacific Legal Foundation attorney representing the plaintiffs, told Breyer.

“It’s ‘give us your money’ or ‘give us your property,’” he contended.

The plaintiffs in the case include Park Lane Associates and Daniel and Maria Levin, who own a two-unit building on Lombard Street and want to take over the downstairs unit for their own use.

The Levins say the new law would require them to pay nearly $118,000 in relocation aid to the downstairs tenant, compared with $8,685 under the previous 2005 version of the city law.

Park Lane Associates says it would have to pay present and former tenants nearly $1.5 million, compared with $264,000 under the old law.

The other plaintiffs are two property owner groups, the San Francisco Apartment Association and the Coalition for Better Housing.

The city contends the law is similar to rent control, which has been found constitutional. City lawyers wrote in a filing last week that “protecting displaced tenants with relocation payments to help them adjust to a fierce real estate market is a worthy public policy.”

Deputy City Attorney Christine Van Aken told Breyer during the hearing, “When you become a landlord, this is an intensely regulated business.  This is all of a piece of that.”

The upcoming nonjury trial will address the plaintiffs’ claim that the law is unconstitutional “on its face,” meaning the ordinance would always violate the Constitution when implemented.

Breyer said that if he finds the law unconstitutional in the October trial, he will issue a preliminary injunction blocking it.

If he does not conclude the law is unconstitutional on its face, he will then hold a second phase of trial at a later date to consider whether it is unconstitutional as applied to the particular plaintiffs.

The judge said he is likely to allow tenants to join the case if they wish to do so.

Attorney Joseph Alioto said during the hearing that he represents a number of Park Lane tenants who do want to become parties in the dispute.

He told Breyer that evicted tenants have not been given the enhanced relocation payments and that there are several ongoing cases in San Francisco Superior Court concerning alleged wrongful evictions and substandard conditions in the building.

“No one left voluntarily. There is a real panic going on there,” Alioto said.

Breyer will hold a hearing on Wednesday on any requests filed by tenants to join the case.

In a statement issued after the hearing, Breemer said, “By setting an expedited date for the trial on our challenge to the city’s confiscatory law, Judge Breyer recognized that important legal questions are at stake.

“Indeed, the stakes couldn’t be higher for fundamental property rights,” the attorney said.

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Danville Middle School Teacher Arrested For Possession Of Child Pornography

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:05

DANVILLE (KCBS)— A Danville middle school teacher was taken into custody for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Danville city spokesman Geoff Gillette said 58-year-old Mitchell Wolf was arrested at his home Friday morning by agents with the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

A search warrant was served at the home on Bourne Lane in an unincorporated area of Danville, that’s when agents reportedly found child pornography.

Wolf is a math teacher at Diablo Vista Middle School. He is currently being held at the Martinez Detention Facility.

Gillette saod Danville police are trying to determine if any local minors were possible victims.

Anyone with information about the case or with concerns about their own child having had contact with Wolf is urged to contact Danville police Sgt. Jason Haynes (925) 314-3700.

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Bill Providing Condoms For California Prisoners Heads To Gov. Brown’s Desk

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:35

SACRAMENTO (KCBS)— Legislation that would require officials to distribute condoms in all California state prisons is headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. The bill’s author, Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), says the inten is to protect inmates from sexually- transmitted diseases.

Critics have argued that the bill, AB 966, isn’t necessary since sexual activity between prisoners is illegal, but Bonta says sexual activity between inmates is a reality.

“We shape our policies best based on realities as it exists. We’ve had needle exchanges throughout this country even though needles are used for some illicit drug use,” he countered.

The bill passed in the state Senate Thursday, after passing in the Assembly in January.

The legislation would require the state department of corrections to develop a five-year plan to distribute condoms to inmates.

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Bonta adds that in the long run, his bill will save the state money.

“The average cost of a patient with HIV in the Medi-Cal system is more than $25,000 per year, but to provide condoms in prison, it only amounts to about $1.39 per prisoner. Conservative studies show that the HIV/AIDS infection rate in prison is estimated to be up to 8 to 10 times higher than among the general population,” he said.

Critics also said that condoms could become contraband instead of being used for their intended purpose. The bill heads to Governor Brown’s desk, after the governor vetoed a similar bill last year.

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Family Of Bat-Wielding San Lorenzo Man Shot Dead In Home By Deputies Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:15

The family of a San Lorenzo man who was fatally shot by Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies at his home in February has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging that deputies knew he was disabled but still created a conflict that resulted in his death.

Sheriff’s officials said deputies fatally shot 60-year-old David Goins at his home at the corner of Paseo Grande and Via Toledo in San Lorenzo at about 10 p.m. on Feb. 17 after he assaulted deputies who were trying to put him in an ambulance and then swung a baseball bat at them.

But in a suit filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the widow and three sons of 60-year-old David Goins said Goins, a retired mechanic, was recovering from brain hematoma and manifested “obvious, disabling neurological deficits” and deputies knew he was disabled because they had been called to his home “on numerous occasions.”

Goins’ family members said his wife called for an ambulance that night because Goins was having chest pains but after paramedics arrived he decided that he didn’t want to go with them to the hospital, pushed away from a paramedic and went back inside his house.

The paramedics then called the sheriff’s office to ask that deputies come to the scene because Goins had resisted them and also asking that a welfare check be performed on him, according to the suit.

Goins’ wife, Belinda Goins, locked the door behind her after deputies ordered people to leave the house, but deputies pushed her aside, forced entry into the home by ramming the door open and shot Goins “at least nine times without warning,” the suit said.

Goins was pronounced dead at the scene.

Oakland attorney John Burris, who filed the suit on behalf of Goins’ family, said today that he’s not sure if Goins attacked deputies with a baseball bat but he alleged that deputies “created the conflict” by illegally entering his home even though they knew that he was mentally impaired.

The suit says Goins “was lawfully in his own home and presented no threat to anyone while he was there even if left unattended prior to being shot and killed.”

The suit seeks unspecified damages from Alameda County and Sheriff Greg Ahern.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson couldn’t immediately be reached for comment today.

After the incident, Nelson said when deputies entered Goins’ home and found him, Goins emerged with a baseball bat and hit one of the deputies, hitting the deputy’s rifle and disabling it.

The deputy then pulled out his handgun and he and the other deputy then fired shots at Goins, killing him, Nelson said.

The deputy who was struck by Goins suffered a bruise on his arm, according to Nelson.

He said that before the shooting deputies had been called to Goins’ home on 19 occasions since 2011 for various offenses, including domestic violence, psychological issues and intoxication.

According to court records, deputies also went to Goins’ home at about 11 p.m. on July 21, 2001, after receiving a report that he was attempting to kill himself.

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