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Eldest African elephant dies at Oakland zoo

Eldest African elephant dies at Oakland zoo

December 5, 2019

By Dan McMenamn, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE The eldest member of the Oakland Zoo's African elephant herd died at the zoo Tuesday, according to the zoo. M'Dunda, a female elephant that had just turned 50 years old in September, was found collapsed on the ground when zookeepers went to the 6.5-acre elephan...

Richmond council delays coal terminal vote

December 5, 2019

By Sam Richards, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE After almost four hours of impassioned testimony from all sides of the issue, the Richmond City Council voted just after midnight Wednesday morning to adjourn the meeting before deliberating or voting on a controversial proposed ordinance that would phase out...

Milpitas BART opening delay

Milpitas BART opening delay

November 21, 2019

By Jovill Pagay, CONTRIBUTOR The long-awaited Milpitas BART station may finally open its doors on Dec. 28, once all of the configurations are settled. Milpitas BART station first broke ground in 2012, and its original completion date was initially set for 2017. Due to multiple issues with constr...

Man fatally stabbed in fight on BART train

Man fatally stabbed in fight on BART train

November 21, 2019

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE A man in his 40s was fatally stabbed in a fight on a BART train in Hayward early Tuesday afternoon, transit agency Police Chief Ed Alvarez said. Speaking at a news conference at BART's South Hayward station at 4 p.m., Alvarez said the fight and stabbing...

Police release account of Richmond police officer-involved shooting

Police release account of Richmond police officer-involved shooting

November 21, 2019

By James Lanaras, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE Vallejo police on Tuesday said an off-duty Richmond police sergeant fatally shot a man who took a gun out of his vehicle and approached the sergeant during a confrontation in a Vallejo shopping center parking lot earlier this month. Police identified Eric Reaso...

Street safety raises concerns with Oakland residents

Street safety raises concerns with Oakland residents

November 14, 2019

By Priscila Martinez, CONTRIBUTOR Residents of East Oakland all seem to share a common frustration when it comes to their neighborhood. They feel that they aren’t being heard by city officials. Joshua Ochoa and other residents are growing in frustration as the city seems to be ignoring this ser...

Jeffrey Tumlin hopes to regain riders’ trust

Jeffrey Tumlin hopes to regain riders’ trust

November 14, 2019

By Daniel Montes, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's newest Director of Transportation is hoping to bring the agency up to speed by fast-tracking safety projects and hiring more bus drivers. Mayor London Breed on Wednesday announced Jeffrey Tumlin has been selected...

Alameda and Contra Costa officials announce illegal dumping plan

Alameda and Contra Costa officials announce illegal dumping plan

November 14, 2019

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE Top prosecutors and elected officials in Alameda and Contra Costa counties joined together Wednesday to announce new funding and strategies aimed at preventing illegal dumping and waste. Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, whose district includes parts of Oakla...

Man with replica gun killed by police said to have mental health and drug issues

Man with replica gun killed by police said to have mental health and drug issues

By Kyle Martin, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

November 7, 2019

The man killed by San Jose police while holding a fake gun on Halloween was planning a "suicide by cop," according to Police Chief Eddie Garcia. Garcia said an officer shot and killed Francis Calonge, a 33-year-old San Jose man, after Calonge refused commands to drop what appeared to be a real handg...

Mayor Breed re-elected

Mayor Breed re-elected

By Daniel Montes, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

November 7, 2019

The race for San Francisco's district attorney was too close to call as of early Wednesday morning, with Suzy Loftus and Chesa Boudin separated by just 240 votes, according to the latest results released by the city's elections department. In the latest update posted after midnight, Boudin had more th...

Trick or dog treats: Dog parade returns

Trick or dog treats: Dog parade returns

By Jovill Pagay, CONTRIBUTOR

October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween, goblins and witches! It is finally the night to celebrate with the ghosts and zombies that have been dying to be part of the October festivities. Halloween is an annual holiday for all families to join in the celebration by dressing up as whoever they fancy and, on this day, being a ...

PG&E power outages send businesses into emergency mode

PG&E power outages send businesses into emergency mode

October 24, 2019

Left in the dark with no electricity for miles and having to inconveniently adjust with minimal warning is a nightmare that many California residents experienced for several days due to the lack of preparedness for a blackout on Pacific Gas and Electric’s behalf. With intentions to reduce the risk...

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