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Judge sets second trial date for Derick Almena

Judge sets second trial date for Derick Almena

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

October 10, 2019

A judge on Friday scheduled a second trial to begin on March 30 for Ghost Ship master tenant Derick Almena on 36 involuntary manslaughter charges for a fire at the Oakland building in 2016 that killed 36 people. The first trial for Almena, 49, and co-defendant Max Harris, the warehouse's artistic director,...

Judge considering $3 million PG&E-funded wildfire mitigation project in san bruno

Judge considering $3 million PG&E-funded wildfire mitigation project in san bruno

By Julia Cheever, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

October 10, 2019

San Bruno city leaders asked a federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday to approve a plan for PG&E Co. to pay $3 million to reduce wildfire danger by clearing vegetation and fallen trees from a canyon near the site of a fatal pipeline explosion in 2010. If accepted by U.S. District Judge William Alsu...

Representative Swalwell talks impeachment

Representative Swalwell talks impeachment

October 3, 2019

An estimated 400 East Bay residents attended a townhall meeting Tuesday evening with U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell and John Dean, former President Richard Nixon's attorney, to discuss the impeachment of Donald Trump and relevant precedents set by former administrations. "This president is going...

City offers $10K bonus to lure more officers

City offers $10K bonus to lure more officers

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

September 19, 2019

The city of Fremont and the Fremont Police Association announced Tuesday that they have jointly established a new recruiting incentive program that features a $10,000 total signing bonus for newly hired entry-level, academy graduate and lateral police officers. They said the bonus is structured so t...

Therapists at Kaiser stage one-day strike

Therapists at Kaiser stage one-day strike

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

September 19, 2019

Mental health therapists at Kaiser Permanente in Pleasanton staged a one-day strike on Tuesday, saying they are fighting for better patient care and better pay in order to retain employees. Picket lines were set up outside the Kaiser facility at 7601 Stoneridge Drive in Pleasanton from 8 a.m. to 4 p...

Oakland School Enrichment Programs

Oakland School Enrichment Programs

By Valeria Sandoval, CONTRIBUTOR

September 12, 2019

Going through a school in upper Oakland cities like Montclair, Piedmont, or Rockridge after the students have been released, you’ll see a lot of different programs going on inside and outside. Kids playing sports, learning a new language, building toys, doing a podcast, and martial arts. Now if you...

Teacher among dead in dive boat fire

Teacher among dead in dive boat fire

By Kyle Martin & Keith Burbank, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

September 5, 2019

A teacher at American High School in Fremont died in a boat fire early on Labor Day off the coast of Santa Barbara County, Fremont Unified School District officials said on Twitter Tuesday. Dead is Raymond (Scott) Chan, who was a physics teacher. The fire also claimed the life of his daughter and 3...

Ghost ship jury does not reach verdict

Ghost ship jury does not reach verdict

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

September 5, 2019

The reconstituted jury panel in the trial of Ghost Ship warehouse master tenant Derick Almena and creative director Max Harris resumed its deliberations on Tuesday after a lengthy break but didn't reach a verdict and will return on Wednesday. Almena, 49, and Harris, 29, are each charged with 36 counts of ...

Ashia Wahab suspends campaign

Ashia Wahab suspends campaign

By Alli Weseman, PHOTO EDITOR

August 1, 2019

Hayward City Council Member Aisha Wahab announced on Monday that she was suspending her congressional run in the 15th district. In an Instagram post, Wahab said she has decided to focus her attention in Hayward. “I am so humbled by the incredible support that I have received from this communit...

Facial Recognition is banned

Facial Recognition is banned

By Lucas Martin, CONTRIBUTOR

August 1, 2019

The pros of banning the threatening use facial recognition software from Oakland I recently watched an episode of Black Mirror--a dystopian technology-focused show on Netflix--which depicted a world similar to ours. In it, the government of the United Kingdom has secretly adopted facial recognition...

Harris thought the Ghost Ship was safe

Harris thought the Ghost Ship was safe

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

August 1, 2019

Defense attorneys for Ghost Ship warehouse master tenant Derick Almena and creative director Max Harris said on Tuesday that Almena and Harris should be found not guilty of the charges for a 2016 fire that killed 36 people because they had no idea the Oakland building was unsafe. In their closing a...

Mayor issues emergency proclamation

Mayor issues emergency proclamation

August 1, 2019

The aftermath of the Gilroy Garlic Festival Gilroy Mayor Roland Velasco issued an emergency proclamation early Monday morning in the aftermath of a mass shooting at the Garlic Festival on Sunday afternoon. Four people, including the suspect, were killed and 12 others injured in the attack. Police conti...

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