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California Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Neel Kashkari Spends A Week Homeless, Posing As Job Seeker

1 hour 42 min ago

FRESNO (KCBS) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari has taken his campaign to the streets – literally – as he recently spent a week living as a homeless person in the Central Valley, as he searched for a job.

The GOP candidate penned an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal that was published Thursday. He said earlier this month, he took a bus from Los Angeles to Fresno with $40 in his pocket, turning to park benches and parking lots to sleep at night, as he tried to find a job.

“We often overlook the Central Valley. So I said, let’s go to Fresno, let’s see what’s happening in the Central Valley, let’s see if an able-bodied 41-year-old can get work, doing anything – packing boxes, sweeping floors, doing dishes, anything. And I couldn’t get a job at all and ended up homeless as a result,” Kashkari told KCBS. “The notion that California is back just rings hollow for many Californians.”

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Kashkari said this acted as a test of sorts to disprove Governor Jerry Brown’s claim that the state is making a comeback after the economic downturn. And for those questioning whether this was just a campaign stunt? Kashkari said it gave him a taste for a region of the state that is still struggling economically. “We interviewed many, many people who live in Fresno full-time. They spoke up and [said] we need jobs, we want our kids to get a good education, we want good jobs, we want real economic opportunities,” he said. “Fresno has one of the highest unemployment rates in all of California. There’s not enough water for the farms, factories are leaving the state, and people are struggling.”

Kashkari said during the six nights he was in Fresno, he slept wherever he could find space, whether it was a park bench or a parking lot. He said he was often woken up in the middle of the night by police or security, who would ask him to move. Kashkari said he showered one time and was fortunate to find a homeless shelter that provided food and services.

The 41-year-old said his experience further exemplified the need to continue to grow the economy in the state, including creating more jobs.

KCBS has reached out to Governor Brown for comment, but we have not heard back from him.

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Brentwood Police Ask For Help In Identifying Robbery Suspect

1 hour 45 min ago

BRENTWOOD (CBS SF) — Police are looking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in the Wednesday armed robbery of a convenience store in Brentwood.

Brentwood police said the suspect, described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s, robbed a local convenience store using a small-caliber handgun.

Police said the suspect has a shaved head, is about 5-foot 8, 180 to 200 pounds and has multiple tattoos, one of which appears to be of an “EW” on his chest.

There were no reported injuries in the robbery.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Police said four other suspects involved in the robbery have been taken into custody.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity is asked to call the police department at (925) 809-7726 or (925) 778-2441 after 5 p.m.

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GameDay: No New Deal For Harbaugh … Yet

1 hour 56 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Who’s got it better than Jim Harbaugh?

If you’re talking contracts, Sean Payton, Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll and Jeff Fisher. But hey, who’s counting?

Jed York and Jim Harbaugh agreed to table contract talks until the end of the 2014 season. Harbaugh is going into his fourth year of a five-year contract that pays him $5 million a year. The 49ers reportedly offered their coach an extension but he never responded. Agent play or Harbaugh play?

Jim Harbaugh doesn’t need the 49ers as much as the 49ers need him. He’s the face of the organization, like it or not. He resuscitated San Francisco from the laughingstock it had become to regain its status as one of the premier organizations in the NFL.

In short, he holds the cards and he knows it.

Harbaugh could pretty much throw out his number and the 49ers would have to pay it. He’s on record as saying he never asked to be the highest paid coach in the league. But he will become that, eventually.

Does he have to win a Super Bowl? I don’t think so.

The 49ers track record is well established whether or not Harbaugh wins the Lombardi trophy. Three straight NFC Championships and one Super Bowl are pretty damn good. Throw in Levi’s Stadium and you might as well put a blank contract in front of him. And if you think the 49ers’ new digs would have been built without him, I have a stadium in San Francisco I’d like to sell you.

See you on TV.

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GameDay: Billy Beane Goes All In With A’s Trade

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 21:48

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — When you go all in in poker you’re betting you’ve got the best hand. Billy Beane won’t know until October if the river card is an Ace or a Joker.

The A’s traded for Jon Lester while the Tigers acquired David Price. It was an arms race that would make Nikita Khrushchev salivate.   The nuclear weapons were never detonated. The Tigers and A’s will unleash their weapons of mass destruction this weekend.

There’s no point in dissecting statistics for Lester or Price. They’re among the best pitchers in baseball and both will bolster their respective rotations to create arguably the two best staffs in the major leagues.

But how far each team goes will determine which made the best deal. For the A’s, they absolutely must get to the World Series.   At season’s end, Lester is headed on the first L-train out of town. No way the A’s are throwing $140 million in his bank account.

Yoenis Cespedes is the big score for Boston. He’ll thrive in Beantown. He has 17 home runs, 67 RBI and a .256 batting average. They’re not sensational numbers but Cespedes had become the A’s box office draw.   He was the one player you didn’t want to miss swing the bat. Must-see TV. He threw out a runner from the warning track to home plate. He could turn the lumber so quick the fans in the first row could feel the breeze.

But Beane knew Cespedes’ time in Oakland was limited. It was a big league coup to sign him in the first place.   Without that coup, Lester never comes to Oakland, and the A’s would be facing a Tigers playoff team with a superior rotation. Beane must have thought he’d finally found a way to tame the Tigers.

Except that he didn’t. Tiger’s GM Dave Dombrowski was working the deal in the press box during the Tigers game prior to the deadline. He never admitted he was countering the A’s move, but the timing indicated he knew about Lester’s trade to Oakland.   What I found most interesting in the trade of Austin Jackson and Drew Smyly is that the Giants offered more in their effort to get Price over a week ago.

There is no doubt the A’s and Tigers acquired a pair of aces.   Each paid the price with an outfielder. So who really won here?   That card won’t be played until the fall. Classic.

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Jump On Tomorrow: July Jobs, Levi’s Stadium Soccer, Animal Adoptions, SJ Giving Tree, Art & Soul

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 20:41

SAN FRANCISCO (KBCW) — Jobs report. July’s jobs numbers will be released Friday morning and experts are predicting an unemployment rate of around 6%. In June, employers added 288,000 new jobs and unemployment dipped to 6.1% — the best it has been since Sept, 2008.

Soccer at Levi’s Stadium. Tickets go on sale Friday for the first international soccer match at Levi’s stadium. Mexico and Chile will take the field — sorry, ‘pitch’ — on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.

Winged pooches. Talk about flying first class! Early Friday, chihuahuas and other small breeds from shelters in Alameda and Berkeley will board a private plane bound for Vancouver, where there is more demand for small dogs. They’re being transported by the group “Dog Is My Copilot,” a non-profit that flies dogs all over the country to cities where the animals will likely find good homes.

School supplies donated. Friday, tens of thousands of low-income kids will get their school year off on the right track. The Family Giving Tree is handing out 20,000 backpacks and school supplies at their warehouse in San Jose starting at 10 a.m.

Oaktown art and soul. If you’re driving around downtown Oakland, there will be some street closures for the Art & Soul Festival: 12th Street, between Broadway and Jefferson St., 14th between Broadway and MLK Jr. Way, Clay St., between 11th and 16th and Jefferson from 11th and 15th. The event continues through the weekend.

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Airbnb Hosts Call For Progressive Home Sharing Laws In San Francisco

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:53

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Airbnb hosts and supporters have launched a campaign aimed at helping to tax and regulate home sharing in San Francisco.

The “Fair to Share” campaign has been launched by members of a group called Home Sharers of San Francisco. Melinda McLain is a member of that group and said she has enjoyed hosting guests through Airbnb in her Twin Peaks home.

“We’ve had visiting singers with the San Francisco Opera, we’ve had people who come to town who really want to live in the city,” McLain said.

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McLain is a master tenant who is allowed to sublet. “But if we do rent for less than 30 days, we’re concerned that that is still not legal, and we need to make that legal,” she said.

Damon, who lives in a rent controlled apartment in the South of Market neighborhood, had issues with his landlord and no longer rents through Airbnb, though he’s disappointed about it.

“It’s not like I was pulling in more than what I was paying, it was more the social capital,” he said. “That’s why I enjoyed it.”

Home Sharers of San Francisco member Gregg De Meza owns his Bernal Heights home and said he does not mind paying the 14 percent hotel tax. He said he understands why some are concerned about the lack of long term rental inventory.

“I think with regulation, we can find a happy medium,” De Meza said. What he is concerned about is personal rights, as he doesn’t want people to tell him what to do with his property.

The group said they would like to see common sense regulations.

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Electronic Signs And Videos At Levi’s Stadium Guide Fans Directly To Their Parking Spots

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:36

SANTA CLARA (KPIX) — Many last-minute touches are being applied at Levi’s Stadium but one thing the 49ers haven’t rolled out yet is their parking strategy.

“Over the next 24 to 48 hours, we’ll be deploying more than 34 changeable direction boards throughout the area surrounding the stadium,” 49ers spokesman Bob Lange told us.

Those signs will direct fans to the right lot — and then to the right spot. The team also has produced a set of online videos to get you to the right color-coded parking lot and they promise when you’re leaving you’ll see exactly how to get back to your car.

“So when you come out of the game after you’ve had a blast for three hours, you’ll be able to quickly and easily find where you parked your car,” Lange promises.

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Union Claims Prison Employees Pressured To Fake Suicide-Watch Records At Stockton Medical Facility

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:14

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide-watch records at the state’s troubled new Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating standards imposed in response to federal court orders, according to the union representing psychiatric technicians.

The union told The Associated Press that employees were instructed by supervisors to routinely sign log sheets certifying they had followed rules stipulating they check on inmates in the mental health crisis unit every 12 to 15 minutes when they had not done so because they were too busy with other work. Two workers were disciplined when video surveillance showed that they lied.

There were two suicide attempts in the unit, one in May and one in July, though both inmates survived, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Dana Simas said in an email. She could not say if either attempt was during the time that the inmates were not being observed as often as required. She referred requests for comment to the federal court-appointed receiver who oversees prison medical care in California.

Joyce Hayhoe, a spokeswoman for the receiver, said officials from her office and the corrections department plan to meet Monday to discuss policies at the crisis unit. She said she can’t discuss personnel issues, “but obviously any falsification isn’t appropriate and won’t be tolerated.”

One worker won her job back earlier this month when the video recording backed up her story that she was busy performing other required tasks when she was supposed to be checking to ensure inmates were OK, said Steve Bassoff, attorney for the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians. The second employee is awaiting a hearing in September before the State Personnel Board.

“It illustrates the problem that we’re talking about,” Bassoff said of the video. “They had other duties they were performing, so they essentially couldn’t be two places at once.”

The union says inadequate staffing is prompting shortcuts that circumvent requirements meant to protect inmates.

The $1 billion Stockton facility opened a year ago and has nearly 3,000 beds. It mainly treats sick and mentally ill inmates. Medical admissions were halted in January amid what federal receiver J. Clark Kelso described as serious, systemic problems with care. Admissions were resumed last week.

The mental health crisis unit serves inmates deemed most at risk of harming themselves or others. One of the psychiatric techs who works there is responsible for passing out medications, while a second is responsible for checking on the welfare of inmates, among other duties.

Union representative Ann Lyles said she has been complaining about staffing since May.

A consultant hired by Kelso recently recommended the prison add an additional psychiatric technician on each shift at the crisis unit.

Attorneys from the nonprofit Berkeley-based Prison Law Office toured the Stockton facility in July, but they were not informed of the issue with the logs, director Don Specter said. Filing false documents for a government agency is a crime that merits further investigation, he said.

“These welfare checks were put in there because of the extremely high suicide rate we have in California,” Specter said. “It’s a serious issue. It could mean the difference between life and death.”

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EBMUD Repairs Seeping Richmond Main After Years Of Wasted Water

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:10

RICHMOND (KPIX 5) — A water main in Richmond that has been leaking for years has been fixed and the East Bay Municipal Utility District — which had long denied the seep was from their pipes — finally owned up to the problem.

The Higgins family lives next to the seepage and has fought for three years to get the city of Richmond and EBMUD to cap the leak and fix a blundered bureaucratic mess.

“I believe it was finger pointing. The city of Richmond doesn’t want to claim it. EBMUD doesn’t want to claim it,” Ann Higgins-Wibbenhorst told us.

Despite the constant flow, the water company said it couldn’t find any leaks. A Richmond city test showed it was indeed treated EBMUD water. So, utility workers finally found and fixed the leak from a 12-inch main, just one block above the seepage.

We asked EBMUD how it could possibly take three years to fix the problem or even to acknowledge it.

“We are on a hillside. And finding leaks from these pipes several feet underground is a difficult task,” Abby Figueroa, EBMUD spokesperson explained.


Perhaps hundreds of thousands of gallons have been wasted during California’s epic drought but folks here say there’s an even bigger problem. They believe the water created a sinkhole underneath Bonita Road.

The foundation of the Higgins’ home is sinking and a GoPro camera showed there’s a large hole under the house.

“I really didn’t want my mom to live in the house right now. Because this house scares me with this hole underneath it,” Angela Higgins-Vroom said.

EBMUD is investigating whether the the damage is related to the leak. The Higgins family hopes it won’t take another three years to determine who’s responsible.

“They’re disgusting, it’s just embarassing. For the amount of money we pay them each month to get this kind of service, it’s unacceptable,” said Ann Higgins-Wibbenhorst

The Higgins family has filed a claim against EBMUD and the City of Richmond.

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Safety Measures Leading To More Kids Left In Hot Cars?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:57

(KPIX 5) — It’s every busy parent’s worst nightmare – the morning rush to get out the door and get to work, only to realize hours later your child is not at day care but instead strapped into the car seat right where you left her, sweltering in the back seat of a hot car.

So far this year 19 children have died of heat stroke in cars.  Jan Null of the Golden Gate Weather service says no one is immune to forgetting, even good parents.

“From hospital administrators to principals to people who run daycare centers, otherwise really good parents in a distracted state,” said Null. “They (all can) accidentally leave the child in the vehicle.”

Since 1998, Null has compiled extensive data on child heat stroke death in cars – 600 deaths in all.

Airbags changed the game in the late 1990’s, with children getting moved to the back seat for safety, presenting an extra risk factor for distracted parents.

“So now all of a sudden little children are in the back seat,” pointed out Null. “And they aren’t visible anymore.”

Adding to the issue is the relatively new recommendation that car seats stay rear facing until a child is two years old. So Mom and Dad may not have a clear view of baby, even when they look into their car’s rear view mirror.

So, what steps can a parent or a caregiver  take to ensure they don’t forget their little one is riding with them? Null suggested to leave a reminder like a key fob, wallet or even a phone next to baby in the back seat. Another trick – leave a stuffed animal in the car seat when the seat is not being occupied by baby…and leave the same stuffed animal in the vehicle’s front seat when baby is strapped in and riding along.

But, Null cautions that even if a parent or caregiver is convinced they would never leave a child in the car, that does not mean they are immune.  A third of the children found dead in cars crawled in on their own while a caregiver was not looking.

“If a child is missing, check the pool first,” said Null. “Then check all vehicles including (the vehicles) trunks.”

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Thieves Target Catalytic Converters At East Bay BART Station Parking Lots

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:47

LAFAYETTE (CBS SF) — A string of catalytic converter thefts from Bay Area Rapid Transit parking lots have commuters wondering just how vulnerable they are.

Wednesday night, thieves sawed off three catalytic converters from vehicles parked at BART lots; two at the Lafayette station and another at the Pleasant Hill station,  police said. All three vehicles were Toyota SUVs.

“They’re high off the ground … and you can slide underneath them to easily remove (the converters),” said BART Police Officer Robert Haney.

Metal scrap yards buy them for the precious metals in them such as platinum.

BART Police say they routinely patrol lots and garages, but cutting a catalytic converter off a car with a reciprocating saw can take less than a minute.

At the Lafayette station alone, there have been 17 property crimes this year; cars broken into and items taken – and 10 vehicles stolen. Now five catalytic converters also stolen at that station.

Commuters Thursday expressed their surprise about the thefts. “There’s not much else I can do because I have no other option than to park here,” said BART commuter Thomas Kearney.

Even thought surveillance cameras record 24/7 and BART investigators say undercover officers perform regular stings, some commuters aren’t taking chances.

“Yeah, I wouldn’t park here at night,” said commuter Joel Benveniste.

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Security Stepped Up For First Sporting Event At Levi’s Stadium; 45,000 Expected At Earthquakes-Sounders Match

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:40

SANTA CLARA (KCBS) – Police and sheriff’s deputies are gearing up for the first official sporting event to be held at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday, as the San Jose Earthquakes will take on the Seattle Sounders.

Hundreds of extra officers will be on hand, not only at the stadium, but even as soccer fans travel to the match. With Valley Transportation Authority light rail trains expected to carry thousands of fans to Levi’s Stadium, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department, which provides security for VTA, is preparing for the extra passenger load.



“The strategy we’ve come up with is there’s obviously going to be a uniform presence. We’re going to be using technology. There’s a closed-circuit television system that will be enhanced to monitor the crowd,” said Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup.

He said plain clothes deputies will also be riding the trains, and the bomb squad will be on duty. “We do have the use of bomb protection dogs that will be sweeping the trains,” Stenderup said.

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Meanwhile, the Santa Clara Police Department has deputized an extra 100 officers from other cities to keep an eye out for drunk and disorderly fans. Lt. Kurt Clarke said if fans do get rowdy, they could be taken to a special detention cell in the basement of the stadium.

“They can be taken to that facility, processed, booked, and if needed, transported to county jail,” Clarke said.

Some 45,000 fans are expected at the soccer match on Saturday. That’s compared to about 70,000 fans for the San Francisco 49ers first pre-season game, as they host the Denver Broncos on August 17.

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A’s To Go Ahead With T-Shirt Giveaway Honoring Traded-Away Cespedes

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:12

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The Oakland Athletics will go ahead with a planned T-shirt day promotion this weekend honoring outfielder All-Star Yoenis Cespedes, hours after the team announced he had been traded to the Boston Red Sox.

The A’s will distribute 10,000 T-shirts with the Cuban star’s likeness with the caption ‘La Potencia’ at Saturday’s game against Kansas City at Coliseum. The phrase means “The Power” in Spanish.

Cespedes has been a key contributor in the A’s consecutive AL West Division titles and won the Al-Star Home Run Derby in back-to-back seasons.

Thursday morning, the A’s traded Cespedes and a 2015 draft pick to Boston in exchange for three-time All-Star pitcher Jon Lester along with outfielder and Petaluma native Jonny Gomes.


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Senate Report Finds Caltrans Silenced Critics Of Bay Bridge Construction

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:04

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — A Senate report finds senior officials overseeing construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge deliberately brushed off concerns about flawed work and there was a pattern of secrecy on the project.

The 64-page report released Thursday was commissioned by the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing in the wake of numerous reports of construction flaws, cost overruns and delays.

It came the same day a separate review by an independent panel of engineers found the engineering and design work met safety standards.

Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty calls the Senate report flawed. But he acknowledges that the process was too secretive and says the department is making changes.

The Senate report also says Caltrans officials knowingly accepted potentially hazardous welding work by a Chinese firm.

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Top 5 Starting Rotations If The Playoffs Started Today

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:40

By Jordan Tracy

The trade deadline has come and gone. All that is left is possibly waiver wire trades that could include someone like Cliff Lee being dealt but major moves have been made before the four o’clock deadline today. With David Price headed to the Tigers and Jon Lester headed to the A’s, playoff contending teams have bolstered their rotations to make a strong push to propel their teams forward into the race for October baseball. If the playoffs started today, there would be some top notch rotations in competition. Here is my list of the top five rotations if the playoffs started today.

(Note: Because of the tight race for the National League Wild Card spots, I have included the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates in my scope of teams to choose from. The * indicates that they’ve been newly acquired through trade.)

5. Washington Nationals

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Stephen Strasburg – (7-9) 3.55 ERA

Jordan Zimmerman – (6-5) 3.17 ERA 

Doug Fister – (10-2) 2.69 ERA  

Gio Gonzalez – (6-6) 3.56 ERA

Tanner Roark – (11-6) 2.74 ERA

In the playoffs, teams like to go with the four man rotation. The Nationals will have a tough decision when deciding on that fourth starter. Roark has pitched really well but is a young guy. Gonzalez hasn’t pitched up to his talent but is a veteran in the league. Do you go with the numbers or the experience?


4. St. Louis Cardinals

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Adam Wainwright (13-5) 1.92 ERA

Lance Lynn (11-8) 2.98 ERA

*John Lackey (11-7) 3.60 ERA

*Justin Masterson (4-6) 5.51 ERA

Shelby Miller (7-8) 4.20 ERA

(Michael Wacha (5-5) 2.79 ERA)

With the new additions, the Cardinals rotation has definitely gotten interesting. Wacha is currently on the DL but if all goes the way the Cardinals hope, Wacha might be able to return to the rotation in September. If he is able to return, the Cardinals would definitely need to be higher in this list. I would imagine it would be a playoff rotation consisting of Wainwright, Lynn, Lackey and Wacha with Wacha being second or third in the rotation.


3. Los Angeles Dodgers 

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Clayton Kershaw (12-2) 1.76 ERA

Zack Greinke (12-6) 2.65 ERA

Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5) 3.44 ERA

Dan Haren (8-8) 4.49 ERA

Josh Beckett (6-5) 2.74 ERA

If this was a normal world, this would be the top rotation in the league. They have a great ace in Kershaw who is arguably the best pitcher in baseball partnered with a solid number two starter in Greinke who could easily be a number one on some other teams in the league. Ryu is a solid number three starter and if followed by two veterans who are past their prime but are still effective. I mean, Beckett threw a no hitter this year against the Phillies. Experience mixed with top notch talent makes for an awesome rotation for the playoffs but the next two teams are just plan ridiculous. As I said, in a normal baseball world, this would be a top two rotation.


2. Detroit Tigers

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Max Scherzer (13-3) 3.27 ERA

*David Price (11-8) 3.11 ERA

Justin Verlander (9-9) 4.79 ERA

Anibal Sanchez (7-5) 3.57 ERA

Rick Porcello (12-5) 3.24 ERA

This rotation has three aces with Scherzer, Price and Verlander. Verlander has had a surprising off year but time will tell if he can bring some clutch performances in the playoffs. In the playoffs, Verlander is (7-5) with a 3.28 ERA. This rotation is going to be very dangerous in the playoffs no matter who the fourth starter is. 


1. Oakland Athletics

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*Jon Lester (10-7) 2.52 ERA

*Jeff Samardzija (4-8) 2.92 ERA

*Jason Hammel (8-9) 3.87 ERA

Sonny Gray (13-3) 2.65 ERA

Scott Kazmir (12-3) 2.37 ERA

Jesse Chavez (8-7) 3.44 ERA

I have no idea what they are going to do with Chavez, but I can’t imagine the rotation for the playoffs not being Lester, Samardzija, Gray and then Kazmir to round it out. With that rotation, every starter for them would have a sub three ERA. That’s the reason I have them at number one. If you’d match them against the Tigers, I’d take the A’s based on the fact that Lester has already beaten the Tigers lineup in the playoffs before, Gray is a better pitcher this year than Verlander is and I’d give Kazmir the advantage over Sanchez or Porcello. Samardzija hasn’t pitched in the playoffs before so I’m uncertain about how he’d handle it so I give the advantage there to Price. Price is (2-2) with a 3.69 ERA against the A’s in his career and Samardzija has never faced the dangerous Tiger lineup. It’s a very close call but I’m giving it to the A’s. 

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2 Shot After Answering Door Of Richmond Apartment

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:37

RICHMOND (CBS SF) — A man in his 20s and a teenage boy were shot after answering the door of their apartment in Richmond Thursday morning, a police spokeswoman said.

The double shooting happened around 10:55 a.m. after an armed suspect rang the home’s doorbell or knocked on the front door in the 4900 block of Bayview Avenue, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

One of the victims opened the front door and the suspect opened fire, striking the man in the pelvis and the teen in the abdomen and leg, Abetkov said.

The suspect fled and the two victims were airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek in critical condition. Both are expected to survive.

Two small children and a second adult in the home were uninjured in the shooting, Abetkov said.

She said investigators are working Thursday to identify the suspect and said that a description was not immediately available.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Richmond police at (510) 233-1214. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call police at (510) 232-TIPS.

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BART Workers Allege Racist, Threatening Graffiti Left On Lockers

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:31

OAKLAND (KCBS) – Bay Area Rapid Transit officials are investigating reports that the lockers of some employees were defaced last month with racist and threatening graffiti.

The group of African American workers have already filed a lawsuit against BART over alleged discrimination and harassment. But on the night of June 27, they said they found racist, threatening graffiti on two of their lockers, and what looked like the beginning of a threatening message on a third locker.

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Attorney Jody LeWitter, who is representing the BART workers, said they reported the graffiti to a supervisor, who notified BART police.

“Our clients took pictures and then basically waited for the police to come,” LeWitter said. “The BART police came but so far, there has been no result from the BART investigation. We’ve been told it’s ongoing, but it has been a month.”

LeWitter said her clients filed a suit in December, accusing the transit agency of racial harassment and discrimination. She said this latest incident has made them feel unsafe at work.

“They are working nights, with presumably someone who is writing these threats and hanging around,” LeWitter said. “They don’t really feel like BART is coming down on their side enough.”

BART issued the following statement on Thursday. “BART is taking extremely seriously a report of racist and threatening graffiti found last month on the lockers of three African-American track maintenance workers, General Manager Grace Crunican said today. BART Police were notified within an hour of the time the incident was reported and began an internal investigation that same night, officials said. Police are treating the incident as a hate crime, Crunican said. In addition, BART has hired an independent outside investigator to probe the incident as well as a second outside investigator to do a broader assessment of the morale and relationships among workers in the affected department. BART said an allegation that the workers were ordered to return to work is completely inaccurate. The situation is being addressed according to all legal requirements as well as BART Human Resources protocols and procedures, which include zero tolerance for harassment in the workplace. “

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Fan’s Beer Gets Knocked Out By Homerun Ball at Giants Game

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:24
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NorCal Couple Pleads Guilty To Carrying 115 Pounds Of Pot In Rental Car Driving Through Montana

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:19

COLUMBUS, Mont. (CBS/AP) — Two Northern California residents have pleaded guilty to drug charges after being stopped on Interstate 90 in south-central Montana with 115 pounds of marijuana in their rental car.

The Stillwater County news reports 37-year-old Rick Franklin Voight and 41-year-old Dawn Delores Voight both pleaded guilty on July 24 to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute.

Under the plea agreement, the residents of California’s Trinity County face a five-year commitment to the Department of Corrections with three years suspended when they are sentenced on Sept. 5.

They were arrested in April after a Montana Highway Patrol trooper pulled them over for speeding. Court records say they appeared nervous and gave conflicting stories about their travel plans.

The trooper asked for assistance from the Stillwater County K9 unit and officers impounded the car after the dog alerted on it.

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Marina Man Pleads Guilty To Violating Restraining Order, Sending Threats To College Students

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:10

MARINA, Monterey County (CBS SF) — A Marina man has pleaded guilty to six counts of violating a civil restraining order and one count of sending annoying or threatening electronic communications, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Kevin Saunders, 44, was expelled from the Monterey College of Law in September 2013 and began harassing the college’s faculty and students.

Following Saunders’ actions, the president and dean of the school sought a restraining order against him.

Prosecutors said a restraining order was issued against Saunders on Oct. 10, 2013, but the former student sent several threatening and derogatory electronic communications to various faculty members and students of the college.

The incidents occurred in October, November and December of 2013.

Prosecutors said Saunders pleaded guilty to one count for each victim he harassed. He was sentenced to three years of probation and 60 days in county jail.

He was also ordered not to contact the victims since the civil restraining order remains in effect, prosecutors said.

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