A storm sweeping the Bay Area tonight is bringing heavy rain, strong wind, and high surf to the region, the National Weather Service said.A wind advisory was issued Tuesday night and is scheduled remain in effect until about 1 a.m. Wednesday due to a strong cold front sliding southeast across the Bay Area.The storm is bringing heavy winds and rain, with southeast winds of 35 to 45 mph and wind gusts of up to 50 mph possible. Read More
Police seized about $300,000 worth of heroin in Oakland on Saturday -- the city's largest drug recovery in recent years, a police spokeswoman said.Officers recovered about 200 ounces of heroin, 2 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, 1 ounce of cocaine, a firearm, and $8,800 at the home of 35-year-old Isaac Perez, Officer Holly Joshi said. Read More
The pod of orca whales scouring the San Francisco coastal waters for prey has been identified.The group of roughly 14 whales -- that has been spotted at various times starting last week -- are residents of the Puget Sound off the coast of Seattle, Mary Jane Schramm, spokeswoman with the Gulf of The Farallones Marine Sanctuary, said.“They’re covering quite a lot of mileage,” Schramm said. Read More
While Bay Area transit agencies grapple with unprecedented budget shortfalls and passengers experience service cuts and fare hikes, workers enjoy benefits well above the national average.The region’s 28 transit agencies face a shortfall of $8 billion over the next 25 years, and benefits like pensions, health care and workers’ compensation make up 34 percent of total operating costs, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Read More
More than 3,000 Valentine's Day cards are being delivered to Bay Area veterans from students at San Mateo County Schools.Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo/ San Francisco, mobilized the effort by asking about 50 Peninsula schools to write the holiday cards to thank servicemen and women for their sacrifice and work in the military, according to a statement from the congresswoman's office. Read More
BART cops began training in community policing this week as part of the transit agency’s efforts to improve its police force after the Oscar Grant killing. Read More
City CarShare appears poised to provide San Francisco motorists with a fleet of electronic vehicles.Last October, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area’s lead transportation agency, allocated $1.7 million to San Francisco to help develop an electronic vehicle network, replete with vehicles, charging stations and supportive infrastructure. Read More
When a group of international tennis stars begin play at the annual SAP Open in San Jose this week, they’ll be serving up a lot more than lightning aces.The tournament is a steady reminder that big-time sports and entertainment venues are a key building block of urban growth, and few have done that better than the group that created and brought the HP Pavilion to the South Bay. Read More
When Layma Murtaza touched down at Cairo International Airport in late August 2010, the first image she saw was of families sitting on the floor, yelling and having a picnic as they waited for their luggage.
But when civil unrest erupted across Egypt last week, the Newark resident studying abroad was among thousands anxiously scrambling to board a plane out of the country. Read More
Ten people have been charged with conspiracy, pimping, pandering and human trafficking for allegedly running a prostitution ring in three counties, a spokeswoman for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office said Friday.
The charges stem from a year-long, multi-agency investigation that culminated last week with search and arrest warrants being carried out at 10 locations in Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties on Thursday to break up the alleged ring. Read More