The West Contra Costa Unified School District has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a teenage girl who was beaten and gang raped outside Richmond High School's homecoming dance in October 2009, an attorney for the school district confirmed today.The school district signed the settlement in November, but didn't release specifics about the terms of the agreement because of concerns for the safety of the victim and her family, said Pleasant Hill attorney Timothy Murphy, who represented the school district in the civil case. Read More
A two-alarm blaze significantly damaged a butcher shop and shut down a neighboring sushi restaurant in Mountain View early Sunday afternoon, a fire spokeswoman said.
Firefighters responded to an employee-reported fire at Dittmer's Gourmet Meats and Wurst-Haus at 400 San Antonio Road at about 11:50 a.m., fire spokeswoman Jaime Garrett said.
Arriving crews found flames and smoke coming out of the butcher shop, and about 30 firefighters were called in to put out the blaze, Garrett said. Read More
A surfer was seriously injured at the Mavericks surfing spot in Half Moon Bay this morning, a Coastside Fire Protection District battalion chief said.
Firefighters responded shortly before 10 a.m. to a report of a man who was injured at the famous surfing spot, located about a half-mile from Pillar Point Harbor, Battalion Chief Ari Delay said.
The surfer, who is about 30 years old, apparently wiped out on a wave and was found face down in the water by someone who was nearby and took him to shore, Delay said. Read More
A 9-year-old boy was shot in the stomach in San Francisco's Western Addition neighborhood today, a police spokesman said.
The shooting was reported around noon in the 1100 block of Turk Street, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said.
Officers arrived to find the 9-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower abdomen, Esparza said.
The boy was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening, Esparza said.
Investigators do not yet know how the boy was shot, he said. Read More
Shifting sands on San Francisco's Great Highway can pose a roadway hazard, and city crews will close the road early next week while they reverse the work of Mother Nature along the roadway.
The city's Department of Public Works will close the Great Highway to vehicle traffic between Lincoln Way and Sloat Boulevard for one week beginning Monday.
Traffic will be diverted between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews trim vegetation from the medians to improve visibility. Read More
A report released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board has indicated there were faulty welds on a pipeline that exploded in a San Bruno neighborhood Sept. 9, claiming eight lives and destroying dozens of homes.
Line 132, which was installed under the Crestmoor Canyon neighborhood in 1956, was initially believed to be "seamless," according to PG&E, and not made of welded parts.
But the metallurgical report released Friday said a weld on the pipe had "overstress from the root of the weld." Read More
An East Bay man accused of chasing another man into a coffee shop on San Francisco’s Polk Street last week then fatally shooting and robbing him was arraigned in court Friday on murder charges.Jodie Daniels, 29, of El Cerrito, pleaded not guilty during a brief hearing Friday morning in San Francisco Superior Court in connection with the Jan. 13 slaying of Terry Turner Jr.Daniels allegedly chased Turner past customers in the Jebena Coffee and Tea Co. at 990 Polk St. at about 4:20 p.m., cornered him in a back room, and shot him multiple times, according to police. Read More
Businesses in the San Francisco Bayview district were warned Thursday that they should report crimes to the Police Department during Chinese New Year celebrations next month.
"The only way we can ensure a safe community is for everyone to have thorough conversations," District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen said.
San Francisco politicians at the event wished everyone a happy and safe Chinese New Year, or lunar New Year, which begins Feb. 3. The holiday is expected to attract many shoppers and potentially criminals to city streets, authorities said. Read More
The nonprofit co-founder who was slain outside Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo will be honored Thursday during the 17th anniversary of the group.
David Lewis, 54, co-founded the East Palo Alto nonprofit Free at Last that provides services including substance abuse treatment and transitional housing.
Lewis was killed in a shooting on June 9 in the parking lot of the Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo. Read More
A man who gained local fame by scaling a San Francisco luxury residential tower in September is fighting three misdemeanor charges in a trial that started Thursday morning.
Dan Goodwin, also known as "SpiderDan," used suction cups to climb up the side of the Millennium Tower in The City's South of Market neighborhood.
Goodwin was arrested after reaching a 59th floor balcony on top of the building. He was charged with being a public nuisance, trespassing, and delaying or obstructing arrest, and has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Read More
The sunny weather Thursday may be putting San Franciscans in a good mood, but a group of students at a Sunset District middle school are being told to slap a grin on their faces as "Smile Day" is under way.
As part of the San Francisco Unified School District's "Respect Week," students at A.P. Giannini Middle School are being asked to show off their pearly whites.
"The reason 'Smile Day' is important is because people seem approachable and friendly, and it's much easier to get along when someone appears friendly," district spokeswoman Heidi Anderson said. Read More
A University of California at San Francisco medical student who was killed at a South of Market nightclub earlier this month has saved lives as an organ donor, San Francisco General Hospital officials said Thursday.
Joe Hernandez, 30, was found unconscious on the floor of the Temple nightclub on Howard Street early the morning of Jan. 9.
He had apparently been hit in the head with an object. Doctors were unable to save him, and he was put on life support for several days until his organs could be donated. Read More
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects in a fatal shooting atop San Francisco's Twin Peaks early Saturday morning.
Luis Venegas, 23, was with a group of friends in a parking lot at Christmas Tree Point, a scenic overlook, when a verbal dispute with a nearby group escalated into gunfire at about 3:20 a.m., police said.
Venegas was shot several times and died at the scene, San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said Saturday. Read More
The San Francisco Police Commission is expected to begin formally discussing the selection of a new police chief at its meeting tonight, and the man who just left the job said his replacement will likely come from within the department.Former Police Chief George Gascon resigned on Jan. 9 to take the position of district attorney. His second-in-command, Jeff Godown, is now acting police chief. Read More
San Francisco police have arrested a 17-year-old Hayward boy suspected of shooting two men leaving a bus in the Mission District this morning, a police lieutenant said. The shooting was reported at about 9:40 a.m. at the intersection of 16th and Folsom streets, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said. Read More