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Girl Fights Off Attacker In 3rd Kidnap Attempt Outside Hayward Schools In Just 3 Weeks

1 hour 39 min ago

HAYWARD (KPIX 5) — Hayward police are investigating the third kidnapping attempt in just a few weeks.

The girl fought off an armed man trying to kidnap her near Hayward high school Friday afternoon.

Two other girls escaped after being attacked near Tennyson high school.

Police released a sketch of the suspect in the latest incident. He’s 5-feet-6 inches tall, has dark hair, and was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with the letter “A” on the front.

Police said he drove away in a white 4-door car.

Authorities believe he may be the same man behind the two other attempted kidnappings in Hayward.

Friday afternoon’s kidnap happened just as Hayward High school let out.

Police said as the kidnapper pounced as the 16-year-old victim walked home.

“The suspect got out of the car and pulled her into the car with him,” said Lt Jeff Snell.

The man had a gun but somehow the girl managed to get away without getting hurt.

“She was able to flee on foot,” said Snell.

The first in this string of attempted kidnappings happened a month ago in a seemingly quiet, residential neighborhood.

Then, the victim was also a teenage girl.

In the first two attacks, victims described a 20-something-year-old man, around 5’7″ and weighing 150 pounds. He was also driving a white 4-door car.

Police have stepped patrols around the schools, and are educating school staff about kidnappings.

“We have been very blessed that all three victims have been able to get away from this attacker, but another victim might not be so lucky,” said Snell. He said in his 18 years on the force, he’s never seen three attempted kidnappings in Hayward.

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Bay Area Lights Go Out As World Observes Earth Hour

2 hours 10 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS/AP) – Bay Area bridges, high-rises and landmarks go dark for an hour Saturday evening to mark Earth Hour.

The annual global event is observed around the world to raise awareness about climate change.

Because Earth Hour is from 8:30-9:30 p.m. regardless of the time zone, the blackout has virtually rolled around the globe every last Saturday in March, since 2007.

The Golden Gate Bridge spokesperson Ria Clemmons said they will turn off all non-essential lights on the span to highlight the importance of energy conservation.

“We use energy efficient light bulbs … so this I just one more way in which we are part of the discussion about how we can save our land’s resources.” She said they also conserve by using reclaimed water for landscaping and to wash the roadway.

Ghirardelli Square hosts a free event called #GoDark, so people can be there when lights the iconic sign go out. There will be a candlelit yoga session, blind tastings of chocolate and live acoustic music. Thousands are expected to attend.

The World Wildlife Fund started the movement.

“We care about climate change and we want action,” said the organization’s vice-president, Lou Leonard. “It’s not about a particular country, it’s actually about everybody.”

Leonard said the hour is intended to encourage people to make smarter energy choices, like bringing renewable electricity into their homes.

Across the globe in Paris, the Eiffel Tower went dark briefly, to mark Earth Hour. The five-minute dark-out Saturday night was a symbolic gesture in the City of Light. It was not possible to observe the entire hour, due to safety reasons.

The Eiffel Tower being submerged into darkness during Earth Hour. (JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)


France has been preparing for months to host an international climate conference in Paris at the end of the year, pressing nations to set attainable goals for reducing greenhouse gases and mobilizing international finances to fight climate change.

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Pinole Fire Captain Who Died Of Brain Cancer Honored At Memorial Service

7 hours 33 min ago

PINOLE (CBS SF) — After more than three decades of service, a Pinole fire captain is being honored Saturday for his dedication to protecting the city and surrounding area and for his advocacy for fire service.

Fire Capt. Rich Voisey died earlier this month after a nearly two-year battle with brain cancer. He is receiving the full line-of-duty death honors, said Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Capt. Vincent Wells.

Wells said that because firefighters experience a higher rate of cancer-related deaths than in other occupations, the state of California recognizes cancer as a work-related injury.

“We treat it just like he died in a fire,” Wells said.

Wells got to know Voisey when they were both working as district representatives for the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 union, where Wells is now president.

Voisey, who boasted a bright smile, handlebar mustache and bald head, was best known to those closest to him as a tireless advocate for his fellow firefighters, a man who was outspoken and passionate about firefighter safety.

“He was one of the most caring guys,” said Pinole Fire Department acting Capt. Charles “Chuck” Thompson. “He really stood up for his profession in trying to always make our department better.”

He was completely dedicated to his family — his wife and three children — and his “fire family,” Pinole fire Capt. John Madigan said.

“We spend a great deal of our lives together,” Madigan said. “So you have your family and your fire family and he was passionate about both.”

He was a leader in the department, his coworkers said.

“He wanted to make sure that guys were safe. That was one of his driving forces, to make sure that we finished our shifts and got to go home safe to our families,” Madigan said.

Voisey served on the leadership board of Local 1230, eventually rising to the rank of vice president, Wells said. He was relentless in advocating for the construction of Pinole fire station 74, which was built to serve citizens in Pinole Valley, where there was no fire station.

Although the station was shuttered in 2011 due to budget constraints, Madigan said it is a monument to Voisey’s efforts. It’s fitting that the station will serve as the location for the memorial reception, he said.

“It’s a monument to Rich for the family,” Madigan said. “They were all exposed to his fight for that station to better serve the citizens of Pinole Valley.”

A true family man, when Voisey was diagnosed with brain cancer, Wells said he established a few goals for himself in his remaining days. One was to see his daughter get married and the other was to see his son graduate from college.

He was able to do both of those things, Wells said.

“After those two major events, there were a lot of challenges with his health,” Wells said. “Not too long after that, everything started turning for the worst.”

Voisey’s death was hard on the department, Thompson said.

“It’s a big loss for everyone here. He was a big part of everyone’s life,” Thompson said. “He was one of our leaders. It’s a big loss when you lose one of your main people.”

Outside of the fire station, Thompson said Voisey was an avid fly fisherman who enjoyed camping and riding motorcycles. He was an unwavering Raiders fan, Madigan said.

Wells said Voisey was the kind of person who would always look out for other people first. True to form, when he died, Voisey made sure his body would be donated to a cancer research center.

“The way his body responded to some of the treatment was unusual, so he donated his body for cancer research with the hope that they could learn something to help someone else,” Wells said. “That’s just the kind of guy he was.”

Voisey is survived by his wife, Nancy, his daughters Sasia and Sarah, his son, Joshua, and granddaughter, Autumn.

The memorial service is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, followed by a memorial service at Pinole fire station 74, located at 3700 Pinole Valley Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of California at San Francisco Brain Tumor Research Center through the UCSF Foundation. Donations can be made online or checks can be mailed to UCSF Foundation, P.O. Box 45339 in San Francisco.

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Glacier Point Road Opens For Season In Yosemite National Park

7 hours 59 min ago

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (CBS/AP) — A popular vista point for visitors to Yosemite National Park is opening for the season, allowing views of the park’s iconic landscape.

Rangers say that on Saturday they’re opening Glacier Point Road, which takes drivers to a lookout perched at 3,214 feet above the valley floor. From Glacier Point, visitors can also view Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite’s high country.

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Rangers urge drivers on Glacier Point Road to travel slowly so they don’t hit or kill any wildlife.

They say that the park’s Tioga Road remains closed for now. The popular east-west passage takes drivers across the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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Man Shot Dead Friday Night Outside Union City Bar, 2 Suspects Arrested

8 hours 31 min ago

UNION CITY (CBS SF) — A 33-year-old man was shot to death in the parking lot of a Union City nightclub Friday night, police said on Saturday.

Police said officers responded at 11:46 p.m. to The Spot bar, located at 32611 Alvarado Blvd., on a report of a shooting.

Arriving officers were directed to a 33-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

The officers immediately began performing CPR and other life-saving measures, but police said the man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses in the area told police the suspects got into a white van.

Officers in the Fremont Police Department saw a van matching the witnesses’ descriptions and stopped the van on Interstate Highway 680 near Washington Boulevard, according to police.

Two people were arrested at the car stop and police said a subsequent investigation confirmed they were the suspects in the homicide.

Police said identification of the suspects is pending further investigation.

The identity of the man who died will be released following notification of next of kin, police said.

Police said there were numerous witnesses at The Spot last night and are asking anyone with information to contact Union City police Detective James Cordero at (510) 675-5227.

Witnesses can also leave anonymous tips by calling (510) 675-5207 or emailing tips@unioncity.org.

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Cal Fire Crew Rescues Man Who Fell Down 200-Foot Cliff Near Santa Cruz

8 hours 47 min ago

SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — A man was hospitalized after falling some 200 feet from a cliff in a state park near Santa Cruz Saturday morning, according to a Cal Fire captain.

Fire crews responded at 7:53 a.m. to a report of a person over the side of a cliff in the Coast Dairies State Park, near Laguna Road at Highway 1 in Santa Cruz County, according to Cal Fire Capt. David Hibdon.

Cal Fire crews were able to reach the man on foot and Hibdon said they carried him out in a Stokes, or rescue, basket.

The rescue took a little over an hour, Hibdon said.

A medical helicopter and a ground ambulance had both responded to the scene, but Hibdon said the man did not require air transport and was taken to the hospital in a ground ambulance.

Hibdon said he did not know the extent of the man’s injuries.

The Santa Cruz Fire Department, state park rangers and Bonny Doon Fire/Rescue Inc. volunteers all assisted in the response, Hibdon said.

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Hayward Police Seek Suspect In Attempted Kidnapping Of Teenage Girl

11 hours 6 min ago

HAYWARD (CBS SF) — Police Saturday morning were investigating a report of an attempted kidnapping Friday in Hayward.

The 16-year-old victim told investigators she was walking home from Hayward High School in the area of Fletcher Lane and Walpert Street between 3:45 p.m. and 3:55 p.m. when a man grabbed her and pulled her into the back seat of a white four-door sedan.

The victim told police the suspect was armed with a handgun.

She told police she struggled with the suspect and was able to get out of the vehicle and escape to her residence, where she called 911 and reported the incident to her parents.

She was not injured during the incident, police said.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or East Indian man in his early to mid-20s with a thin build, about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, short dark-colored hair, and a thinly manicured beard and goatee.

He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the letter “A” and other unknown writing on the front, black shorts and brown woven sandals. His vehicle was described as similar to a Toyota Prius or Chevrolet Volt.

Police said the suspect may have been involved in two prior incidents reported in the past six weeks in the area of Tennyson High School.

Sketch of suspect in 3 kidnappings in Hayward. (Hayward Police Department)


Saturday, police released this sketch of the suspect yesterday’s kidnap attempt:

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Hayward police at (510) 293-7034.

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Pedestrian Killed In Fatal Collision On Morello Ave. In Martinez

11 hours 15 min ago

MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — Police said a pedestrian struck and killed by a vehicle in Martinez Friday night was a man about 60 years old.

The identity of the man had not been released late Friday night as police were still trying to notify his family.

Emergency crews responded at 8:22 p.m. to Morello Avenue near state Highway 4 after a vehicle struck a pedestrian.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators.

There were no immediate signs the driver was intoxicated, police said.

Police are still investigating the incident, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Martinez Police Department at (925) 372-3436.

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Giving It Away: Apple CEO Plans To Donate Most Of His Fortune

20 hours 53 min ago
Apple CEO Tim Cook has departed from his predecessor when it comes to giving, saying he will donate his hundreds of millions of dollars to charities.
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Bay Area Man Who Invented Pet Rock Dies In Oregon

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:52

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The Bay Area man who invented the Pet Rock, a collectible that became a short-lived fad in the mid-1970s, died this week at the age of 78.

The toys were the creation of Gary Dahl, a copywriter from Los Gatos. Dahl died in Oregon, following a series of health problems.

Dahl said he got the idea while listening to friends who complained about their pets. By marketing the rocks as a pet that needed no care, they became all the rage in 1975.

Gary Dahl, inventor of the Pet Rock died in Oregon. (CBS)

“The pet rock was out from September to December. After December, it kind of dried out. But he sold four million of them,” Chris Nunez, Dahl’s daughter, told KPIX 5.

It cost Dahl about $1 each to make the Pet Rocks and sold them for $4 apiece. He used some of the money to fulfill a dream of opening up a bar.

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Willie Nelson Reportedly Launching Line Of Designer Marijuana, Pot Stores

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:39
Country music legend Willie Nelson’s affinity for marijuana is well-known. Now, Nelson is looking at entering the marijuana business, with his own brand of marijuana blends and stores.
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Curry, Thompson Lead Warriors In Rout Over Grizzlies

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 20:10

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CBS/AP) — Stephen Curry had 38 points and 10 assists, leading the Golden State Warriors to their 59th win of the season — tying a franchise record — 107-84 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

Klay Thompson finished with 28 points and Draymond Green added 10 as the Warriors (60-13) won their eighth straight, solidifying their hold on the top spot in the Western Conference.

Curry and Thompson were a combined 22 of 39 from the field and converted 14 of 21 from outside the arc. Golden State made 16 of 31 from 3-point range.

Mike Conley and Jeff Green led Memphis with 16 points each, while Marc Gasol scored 13 points. Zach Randolph finished with 10 points.

The lopsided loss was the second straight for the Grizzlies where a top-shelf opponent ran away for a big victory. Memphis lost to Cleveland 111-88 on Wednesday night.

The 3-point shooting was only one aspect of the Warriors’ domination. They had a 43-30 advantage on the boards, including 14 offensive rebounds. Golden State turned 19 Memphis turnovers into 32 points.

The Warriors basically took over the game in the third and were only slightly threatened the rest of the way.
Curry came out hot in the third, scoring 17 points, converting 6 of 9 shots, including 4 of 6 from outside the arc.

That helped the Warriors extend the lead to as many as 22 as Golden State outscored Memphis 31-16 in the quarter, carrying an 85-65 lead into the fourth.

Soon after, Memphis’ frustration boiled over when Gasol slammed the ball against the basket support and drew a technical foul.

Memphis used an 8-0 run early in the fourth to make it interesting for the home crowd. But Curry re-entered near the midway point of the quarter and promptly converted a 3-pointer and was fouled on his next 3-point attempt. After making all three free throws, the Warriors lead was back to 20, and the Memphis faithful headed for the exits.

Memphis forced turnovers at times in the first half, but missed shots on the ensuing break, and had trouble converting in the paint. That contributed to Memphis missing its first seven shots in the second period, helping the Warriors build 14-point lead.

The Grizzlies were able to pull close with a 16-3 run during the middle stages of the second, but Golden State carried a 54-49 lead into the break behind the guard play of Curry who had 15 points and Thompson’s 14. The pair was a combined 5 of 8 from 3-point range, part of the Warriors shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc.
Conley had 16 for Memphis.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Curry has at least one 3-pointer in 70 straight games… The Warriors also set a franchise record for road wins, getting their 25th of the season, best in the NBA.

Grizzlies: Memphis had its 14th sellout of the season. … Memphis G Tony Allen left the game in the third quarter with a left hamstring strain and did not return… Memphis had won 14 of the last 16 in the series before Friday’s loss.

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Warriors visit the Bucks on Saturday.

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San Jose Police Mobile Computer System Goes Down After Officer’s Shooting Death

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:24
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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The San Jose Police Department’s 11-year-old 3G mobile computer system was down for hours after the shooting death Tuesday of Officer Michael Johnson because the sudden demand for data from officers outpaced the system’s hardware, a police official said Friday.

The fatal shooting of Johnson at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday set off a rare surge of requests for hundreds of pages of documents through the department’s Mobile Data Computer system, or MDC, which crashed until the following morning, Deputy Chief Jeff Marozick said.

“That particular incident that evening with an officer-involved shooting, many of the officers were going to the system and bringing up the system,” Marozick said.

“Every officer is very concerned and they want to bring that event up and they want to read it and the fact that everyone brought that event up at the same time caused our system to seize,” he said.

Marozick said it is difficult to say exactly when the system went down or for how long, but when he went into the communications center at about 6 a.m. Wednesday, he was told the system “had issues all night” before technicians were able to fix the problem.

“I think it went down that evening and but wasn’t rectified until early that next morning,” he said.

Slain SJPD officer Michael Johnson. (Source: SJPD)

Many of the department’s computers, also known as Mobile Data Terminals, or MDTs, and installed in police patrol cars for communications, mapping locations and criminal record searches, are at or near the end of their 5-year working life spans, he said.

The department has plans to replace its 3G-speed system, which the department has relied on since 2004, with faster 4G LTE ones, he said.

The mobile units work through cellphone towers that can also trigger system overloads and outages if too much public and police phone traffic is going through them. Out of date hardware in the computer can also plague the system, he said.

Police on Tuesday night were able to use their radios to communicate with each other, he said.

The department is also looking at software that would serve as a redundant backup system by bouncing off a cell tower that is not functioning to one that can provide service, Marozick said.

“This technology is cellular and we are reliant on cell towers,” he said.

Another factor is that while police used to write reports on paper, officers now type in data, which adds to the amount of digital information flowing through the department’s computer system and slows it down, he said.

About 120 outdated mobile data computers in police cars were replaced last year after their 5-year lives ended and another 120 aging units are scheduled for replacement this year and in 2016.

San Jose police are still using Microsoft Windows XP as a computer operating system and intend soon to upgrade to Windows 7, he said.

Johnson, 38, a 14-year veteran San Jose police officer, was shot Tuesday after answering a distress call from a family member of a man described as distraught, intoxicated and armed, possibly with a rifle.

When Johnson and other police reached the scene in the 2600 Senter Road in East San Jose to assist, the man, later identified as Scott Dunham, 57, fired a high-powered rifle from the balcony of his condominium, striking and killing Johnson.

Officer Doug Potwora, a 16-year veteran of the department who was among the officers who responded, returned fire and wounded Dunham, who was found dead when police forced their way into the condominium early Wednesday.

A memorial vigil was planned at 8 p.m. Friday evening for Johnson, involving state, county and city elected officials, outside San Jose City Hall, an organizer said.

An official memorial service for Johnson has been set for 11 a.m. next Thursday at the SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., in San Jose, according to police.

Assistant Chief Eddie Garcia, who joined Marozick Friday at a news conference outside police headquarters at 201 W. Mission St., said that the data overload and crash experienced by the mobile data terminal system during the flurry of activity in response to Johnson’s shooting was not an isolated incident.

“It is unacceptable for our MDTs to not work, and we know that and the men and women that are working on the street deserve better,” Garcia said.

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Narsai David Reviews ‘The Food Of Taiwan’

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 18:37

“The Food of Taiwan” is a beautiful new cookbook written by Cathy Erway.

I’m having a hard time getting past the street food, ‘street snacks’ as they’re called in the book.  Some of the most memorable food I’ve ever eaten was at the Taiwan Night Market.

Of course there’s wonderful dim sum and other delicious things we associate with Taiwanese cooking but when you get to the Night Market you’ll find things you never imagined.

Pork bun… making them at home isn’t quite the same but I’m ready to try.  I saw it made by a street vendor once.  I remember the mother in a family of three forming these little balls of ground meat into a layer of dough and handing them to her husband who was baking them in a tandoor type oven.  The man would take this big lump and smack it against the side walls while his son looked on. It was remarkable they didn’t fall into the fire. But the balls stuck to the walls of the tandoor and baked until they were brown and crisp and crunchy on the outside and the meat was perfectly cooked inside.

Pork buns are a great starting point but everything in this beautiful book looks good. I can’t wait to get this into my kitchen and start experimenting.

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Founder Of Orthotic Corporation Based In San Rafael Stabbed To Death In Bahamas

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:36

BAHAMAS (CBS) — Phillip Vasyli, a podiatrist and the founder of a San Rafael-based orthotic corporation was found stabbed to death Tuesday morning in his home in the Bahamas.

The 59 year-old native Australian was best known for developing an over-the-counter shoe insert called Orthaheel.

Just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, a worker found Visyli dead on the dining room floor of his home in the luxury community of Old Fort Bay, according to the The Daily Telegraph. The gated community is located on New Providence Island.  Police say he’d been stabbed several times and probably died on Monday night.

The Daily Telegraph also reports police have questioned Vasyli’s wife Donna as a person of interest and she has retained a lawyer. There have been no arrests.

Vasyli’s company, the Vionic Group, employs 85 people at its Marin headquarters. The company was built on Orthaheel’s success. It was an industry game changer. Previously, orthotics of this type had only been available with a doctor’s prescription but Vasyli’s inserts were sold in pharmacies and shoe stores.

 

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SF Jury Finds Silicon Valley VC Firm Did Not Discriminate Against Ellen Pao In High-Profile Gender Bias Case

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:32

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that debated gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.

The jury in San Francisco reached the verdict in a lawsuit filed by Ellen Pao against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

The lawsuit claimed Pao was fired when she complained about discrimination at the firm.

Pao waved quickly to the jury as she left the courtroom after the verdict.

“I have told my story and thousands of people have heard it. If I helped to level the playing field for women and minorities in venture capital, then the battle was worth it,” she said, adding that she will return to her career, family and friends.

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The verdict came after a judge ordered the panel to resume deliberations after a discrepancy was found in the initial vote count.

Jurors heard conflicting portraits of Pao during closing arguments. Her attorneys said she was an accomplished junior partner who was passed over for a promotion and fired because the firm used different standards to judge men and women.

Kleiner Perkins’ attorney, Lynne Hermle, countered that Pao failed as an investor at the company and sued to get a big payout as she was being shown the door.

“It never occurred to me for a second that a careful and attentive jury like this would find either discrimination or retaliation and I’m glad to have been proven right about that,” Hermle said about the verdict.

A study introduced as evidence during the trial showed that women are grossly underrepresented as partners in the venture capital sector. Industry consultants say the case has already sparked some technology and venture companies to re-examine their cultures and practices for potential gender bias.

During her testimony, Pao told jurors that her lawsuit was intended in part to create equal opportunities for women in the venture capital sector. Hermle, however, accused Pao of having less altrusitic motives.

“The complaints of Ellen Pao were made for only one purpose: a huge payout for team Ellen,” Hermle said in her closing argument.

Kleiner Perkins officials also said Pao was a chronic complainer who twisted facts and circumstances in her lawsuit and had a history of conflicts with colleagues that contributed to the decision to let her go.

The case included salacious testimony about Pao’s affair with a male colleague that was intended to bolster her allegations of gender bias. Pao said the colleague pursued her relentlessly before the affair began, and that she broke it off when she learned he had lied about his wife leaving him.

Pao told jurors the colleague later retaliated by shutting her out of key emails and meetings, and Kleiner Perkins did nothing to stop him when she complained.

Testimony showed the colleague was later found to have harassed another female employee.

Pao’s attorneys also said she was excluded from an all-male dinner at the home of Vice President Al Gore; received a book of erotic poetry from a partner; was asked to take notes like a secretary at a meeting; and subjected to talk about pornography aboard a private plane.

Hermle, however, showed the jury emails and text messages that seemed to contradict Pao’s claims that the colleague hounded her into a relationship. In one email from 2006, after the affair began, Pao wrote that she was always looking out for the colleague – “never stopped, never will.”

Jurors were asked to determine whether Kleiner Perkins discriminated against Pao because she is a woman; failed to take reasonable steps to prevent that discrimination; and retaliated against her after she complained about gender bias by failing to promote her and then firing her.

The jury was also tasked with deciding what, if any, money Pao should receive for past and future lost earnings.

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Oakland Science Museum Offers Low-Income Families Discount With EBT Card

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:44

OAKLAND (CBS SF)– The Chabot Space & Science Center launched a pilot program Thursday giving low-income families with an Electronics Benefits Transfer (EBT) card admission to the center for $1 per person, science center officials said.

“We are really hoping to open the doors to a much broader population,” Chabot spokeswoman Autumn King said.

The program allows groups of ten people or less to pay $1 per person for admission by showing an EBT from any state. In California, the EBT card is called the Golden State Advantage Card and is available to families in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

“These are really low-income families,” director of Oakland’s Human Services department Sara Bedford said. Bedford’s department serves more than 1,700 families in Head Start, a program that helps children from low-income families develop social skills and ready themselves for school.

The program is open to nearly all 1,700 families and all low-income families with an EBT card. Low-income families can visit the museum as many times as they want during the year. Payment for each visit can be made in cash, debit or credit card.

There is something about space exploration, Bedford said.

Chabot Space & Science Center is located in the Oakland Hills and the recent start of weekend service to Chabot by the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) will make it easier for some families to get to the museum.

The “AC Transit component is just essential,” Bedford said.

Chabot joins other museums across the nation in encouraging their cohorts to offer low-income families visits to museums for a minimal fee. The goal is to expand to 125 the number of museums in the U.S. that do so.

“With a looming shortage of scientists, and a critical need for diversity in science fields, it’s important that science museums like Chabot fill a need in our communities to provide informal science education, Chabot’s executive director and CEO Alexander Zwissler said in a statement.

King said Chabot is the first museum in the state to institute the low-income family program and Zwissler is challenging other museums to follow suit.

The program at Chabot ends in March of 2016 and the museum is seeking money to allow it to continue the program after that.

“It’s time to dream big for Oakland’s kids,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement. “Today we offer them the moon and the stars because we know the sky is their only limit.”

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‘Robotic’ Libraries Return To BART Stations, Shopping Center

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:35

EL CERRITO (CBS SF) — Apparently replacing a librarian with an Italian robotic vending machine is a lot harder than it sounds, and it sounds hard enough, but today, the three Library-A-Go-Go machines are back up and running at El Cerrito Del Norte BART, the Discovery Bay Sandy Cove Shopping Center, and the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station.

First installed 7 years ago, the $90,000 machines began having the normal problems that could be expected with one-of-a-kind vending kiosks. For the past year and then some, the three machines have been completely dark.

Until now.

The library team was lighting up with ideas to rekindle the concept, letting BART riders and shoppers once again tap into an instant shelf of 400 books for free lending.

The Contra Costa County Library system’s Laura McKeegan tells CBS SF,  “With the new insides, software, regular maintenance, new books, and marketing the Library hopes the machine will be a success.”

She adds, that after the long closure, she’s not sure how long it will take before people re-discover the service saying, “Now that the machines are all back in working order, we look forward to seeing what kind of continued usage they will provide to their communities.”

The library system purchased the three book vending kiosks from a Swedish company that had adapted them for the purpose. The Italian manufacturer had built them for  DVDs originally.

Getting help to maintain the kiosks from an Italian company in an opposite time zone proved futile, and the machines fell into disrepair.

Finally the libraries arranged to fly out a technician in January who upgraded the machines, replaced software, and trained the staff to oil, clean, and otherwise maintain them.

And, now new titles will be appearing every few months with many popular bestsellers available instantly.

Just swipe your card, and grab your book, 24 hours a day if you’re at the Del Norte location.

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Thursday Memorial Service Planned At SAP Center For Slain San Jose Police Officer

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:27

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose police have announced plans for a memorial service for fallen Officer Michael Johnson, who was shot and killed Tuesday night.

The memorial for Johnson, a 14-year veteran of the department, is set for Thursday at 11 a.m. at the SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose.

The 38-year-old Johnson was shot by 57-year-old Scott Dunham when officers responded to a 911 call at about 6:50 p.m. Tuesday to 2600 Senter Road in East San Jose. The caller said Dunham had access to guns and was distraught and intoxicated.

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Dunham allegedly fired a rifle from the balcony of his home, killing Johnson. Another officer killed Dunham in an exchange of bullets.

Gov. Jerry Brown had flags at the Capitol flown at half-staff Wednesday to honor Johnson and flags at all county buildings in Santa Clara County will be at half-staff until April.

Police officers from around the nation are planning to attend the memorial service, according to the San Jose Police Officers Association. Johnson is the 12th fallen San Jose police officer since the city established the department in 1849.

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Jurisdiction Complicates San Francisco Supervisor’s Proposal For Driving & Narrating Tour Bus Law

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:20

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— San Francisco is out to prevent another fatal accident like the one that happened last October when a tour bus hit and killed a woman walking in the crosswalk in front of City Hall.

There is legislation in the works to prevent the tour operator from driving and narrating at the same time, but it would only pertain to a small group of companies. The act is considered yet another form of distracted driving, similar to texting and driving.

“Last year we had a tragic fatality where we had a tour-bus driver who was both driving and narrating at the same time, killed one of our city employees as she was walking across the crosswalk,” said City Supervisor Jane Kim.

The employee she was referring to was 68-year-old Priscilla Moreto, a city accountant who was fatally struck by the tour bus last year as she crossed the Polk Street crosswalk onto the City Hall steps.

Kim says she has co-authored a measure requiring two people to be on duty inside tour buses; one to drive, and one to talk, but that it’s not as easy as it seems.

“The city doesn’t have jurisdiction over tour buses that operate both inside the city and outside the city. That is state jurisdiction,” she said.

While the problem still conceivably exists, supervisors say there is still something that can be done.

“We’ve been encouraging folks to reach out to their state reps, this is a huge statewide issue,” said Kim.

Meanwhile, legislation to govern San Francisco-only tour bus companies is working its way through the governmental process.

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