A state appeals court in San Francisco on Thursday upheld Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2007 line-item veto of $54 million in funding for mental health services for homeless adults.The Homeless Adults Program, begun in 1999, gave grants to counties to provide mental health services and outreach to mentally ill adults who were homeless or at risk of being homeless.Before the 2007 veto, it had grown to serve 4,500 homeless or imprisoned adults in 34 counties. Read More
Julian Assange's lawyer charged Wednesday that the Wikileaks founder is being persecuted by Swedish authorities who have accused him of rape and other sex crimes in a case that prompted Interpol to place him on its most-wanted list.Swedish officials have turned down repeated offers to speak to Assange even as they seek his arrest, attorney Mark Stephens said. Assange's exact whereabouts are unknown, although he has conducted online interviews with some media organizations. Read More
Striking back, the Obama administration branded the WikiLeaks release of more than a quarter-million sensitive files an attack on the United States Monday and raised the prospect of criminal prosecutions in connection with the exposure. The Pentagon detailed new security safeguards, including restraints on small computer flash drives, to make it harder for any one person to copy and reveal so many secrets. Read More
The three federal appeals court judges who will rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, were announced by the court in San Francisco on Monday.The randomly selected judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are a liberal, Stephen Reinhardt, of Los Angeles; a moderate, Michael Hawkins, of Arizona; and a conservative, Randy Smith, of Idaho.They will hold a two-hour hearing in San Francisco next Monday on an appeal by Proposition 8 sponsors of a trial court ruling that struck down the voter initiative. Read More
The California Highway Patrol is reporting an increase in the Bay Area and statewide in the number drunken driving arrests during the Thanksgiving weekend.The good news is that there were no alcohol-related deaths on CHP-patrolled roadways in the Bay Area, according to provisional numbers released by the CHP on Sunday. Last year, five people died in DUI-related crashes in the region.The provisional numbers showed that CHP officers statewide made 1,419 DUI arrests between Wednesday evening and Sunday morning, compared to 1,314 arrests for the same period in 2009. Read More
A South City freight truck hauler arrested for DUI while headed to work should not have his commercial driver’s license stripped, a judge said Monday.
The court said the DMV should take no official action against Sergio Hernandez, 41, who was found guilty on two DUI counts Monday.
Hernandez “showed remorse” and “took the [court] proceedings very seriously” in the DUI case that happened in Redwood City on Feb. 7, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Read More
DNA evidence in a 13-year-old rape case led to an arrest in Daly City on Thursday.
Willis Dismuke Murray, 30, allegedly yanked a woman off a sidewalk in Concord late at night on March 18, 1997, and raped her, police said.
In June of this year, the Contra Costa County crime lab told cops that Murray’s DNA matched evidence collected from the crime scene. Cops detained him as he exited a Daly City home Thursday, police said. Read More
A jawbone found on an Aruba beach does not belong to missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, prosecutors in the Dutch Caribbean island said Tuesday.
The jawbone is human, though it is unclear who it belongs to and whether efforts will be made to identify the person, officials said in a statement. Read More
Despite tough talk on the Internet, there was little if any indication of a passenger revolt at many major U.S. airports, with very few people declining the X-ray scan that can peer through their clothes. Those who refuse the machines are subject to a pat-down search that includes the crotch and chest.
Many travelers said that the scans and the pat-down were not much of an inconvenience, and that the stepped-up measures made them feel safer and were, in any case, unavoidable. Read More
North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire Tuesday after the North shelled an island near their disputed sea border, killing at least two South Korean marines, setting dozens of buildings ablaze and sending civilians fleeing for shelter.
The clash, which put South Korea's military on high alert, was one of the rivals' most dramatic confrontations since the Korean War ended, and one of the few to put civilians at risk, though no nonmilitary deaths were immediately reported. Read More