Mayor Ed Lee expressed support on Monday for a proposed fee and extended ban on shopping bags in San Francisco.Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will consider legislation that would expand the current ban on non-compostable plastic bags at grocery stores and pharmacies to all retail establishments in The City, plus require a 10-cent fee on all single-use bags, including paper. Read More
A federal appeals court is expected to issue a decision today on the constitutionality of Proposition 8.California’s ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in 2008, but a federal lawsuit challenging the measure was filed by two same-sex couples the next year.U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in August 2010 that the proposition violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process. The sponsors of Proposition 8 appealed the decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Read More
A mountain lion was seen Sunday morning near a creek in unincorporated San Mateo County near La Honda, emergency officials said.The mountain lion was spotted by a resident in the vicinity of Alpine Road near Pescadero Creek Road at about 7:05 a.m., officials said.Residents are advised to never approach a mountain lion.Anyone who encounters a mountain lion should face the animal, make noise, and try to appear larger by waving arms and throwing rocks, emergency officials said. More information about mountain lions is available at www.keepmewild.org. Read More
Bay Area residents have been asked not to burn wood Sunday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.District officials said that due to stagnant weather patterns predicted over the next several days, pollution from wood smoke could become trapped near the ground, causing unhealthy breathing conditions.The agency stopped short of declaring a Spare the Air day, which would make wood burning illegal. Instead, the air district is asking residents to voluntarily refrain from wood burning. Read More
The proposed new home of the 49ers.
A grieving husband and the bicyclist who fatally struck his wife after running a red light in San Francisco last summer want to face each other in court, a factor that has delayed an expected plea in the case until next month, prosecutors said.
Randolph Ang, 23, has reportedly struck a plea deal with prosecutors that will lead to a significant amount of community service hours but no jail time. Read More
A salami company must pay nearly $700,000 in penalties and spend $6 million to upgrade its refrigeration system after a 2009 toxic gas leak at its South San Francisco plant sent 17 people to the hospital.
The details of the settlement were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which charged that Columbus Manufacturing Inc. of Hayward violated environmental regulations when it twice accidentally released anhydrous ammonia from a refrigeration system at its South City plant. Read More
Authorities are offering $17,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest and conviction in Berkeley’s first homicide of 2012, which occurred Thursday night.The shooting, which happened in the 3000 block of Shattuck Avenue at about 6:50 p.m., fatally wounded 35-year-old Hercules resident Kenneth Allen Warren.Paramedics transported Warren to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.Warren worked near the shooting site at Don’s Headquarters barbershop at 3019 Shattuck Ave., according to police. Read More
Police have released the name of the teen adopted son who is suspected of killing his parents, who were found dead in a car outside their Oakland home Friday night.Fifteen-year-old Moses Kamin was arrested Friday on suspicion of slaying his parents, Susan Poff and Robert Kamin, according to police.Oakland police found the bodies of Poff, 50, and Kamin, 55, in a PT Cruiser parked outside their home at 284 Athol Ave. around 9:30 p.m. on Friday.The couple worked for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Read More
Thousands of registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics throughout Northern California will walk off the job Tuesday to protest retirement benefits, cuts in health-care coverage, and inadequate staffing of mental-health services, according to the California Nurses Association.The one-day strike is meant to call attention to the cuts while asserting that “Kaiser has frequently failed to comply with California laws aimed at protecting patients’ timely access to appropriate services,” the union claimed in announcing the strike. Read More