Two men who apparently were Golden State Warriors fans were killed after the basketball team's playoff game Thursday night when a gunman opened fire on their Porsche on Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland, authorities said.
The victims were traveling north on Highway 880 in the slow lane near the Jackson Street exit when someone in a dark-colored SUV fired several shots into their car at 10:36 p.m. Thursday, California Highway Patrol spokesman Sam Morgan said. Read More
A report by former Los Angeles police chief William Bratton says that high-ranking Oakland police officers are not being held properly accountable for the crimes occurring in the areas they oversee.
Bratton’s consulting group on Thursday recommended that the department patrol the city in five districts, each led by a captain who will oversee a group of officers that can respond to crimes more effectively.
Bratton’s group believes the city would see a reduction in crime within six months. Read More
Patient technical care workers throughout the University of California medical system voted to authorize a strike after months of failed labor negotiations.
Dates and the duration of the strike have yet to be determined. Representatives from the workers’ union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, said members agreed to give a 10-day notice to allow for patient protection measures to be put in place. Read More
The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that cities and counties have the right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within their borders, despite the existence of a state law that protects patients who use the drug.
The court said the scope of the voter-approved Compassionate Use Act of 1996, or Proposition 215, and a related 2003 state law is “limited and circumscribed” and does not prevent local governments from prohibiting marijuana dispensaries. Read More
It’s not every day that Oakland gets to be something good that San Francisco is not. The gritty city known as Oaktown perpetually gets the brunt of bad press, while San Francisco basks in the spectacularness that has tourists eating out of its hands.
But have you noticed that, lately, all your friends are moving over to Oakland? It’s the new Brooklyn. There’s good reason for that: Once the stepsister of the Bay Area’s best, Oakland now trumps San Francisco when it comes to leading an exciting life.
Who says? Read More
Three Bay Area counties had the fastest-growing populations in California over the past year, according to new data from the state.
San Francisco, San Mateo and Alameda counties all had growth rates of more than 1 percent between January 2012 and the beginning of this year, according to Department of Finance figures released Wednesday.
Statewide, the population grew by nearly 300,000 to 37.97 million, which was a 0.8 percent jump. Read More
Folks walking along The Embarcadero will notice something a little different on the Bay Bridge starting Tuesday.
Composed of 25,000 light-emitting diodes, the Bay Lights installation will drape across the western span of the bridge, making it the largest such project in the world, according to producer Amy Critchett of Illuminate the Arts, which is staging the event. Tuesday marks the beginning of the two-year installation, with the lights coming on at dusk and going out at 2 a.m. daily. Read More
California cutie pie Joanna Newsom and Andy Samberg are engaged to be married, according to Gossip Cop.
The chickadee-voiced harpist has been seeing the Berkeley-born “Saturday Night Live” alumnus for five years. Both are musical geniuses, from Newsom’s “Milk-Eyed Mender” to Samberg’s seminal collaboration with Justin Timberlake, “D**k in a Box.” Read More
The animal lovers over at the Peninsula Humane Society are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the animal-hater who shot a raccoon in South San Francisco over the weekend. Read More
A San Francisco entrepreneur is trying to get the Obama Administration to overturn an anticonsumer law that protects cell phone makers and phone companies. Read More