Oliver Stone, a politically dim bulb wishing to shine bright with his new idolizing documentary on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, says he has just one complaint about the guy: He’s on TV too much.
And so finally, after years of deep immersion in loony, leftist ideology, the Hollywood director has a solitary insight. Sadly, he understates it. According to a news report, Stone said Chavez is “overpowering” with his many hours of almost-daily rambles in which he mixes lectures, news and occasional songs. Read More
A former San Francisco Unified School District employee was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of fraudulently distributing public money.
Leticia James Coral, 56, surrendered at the San Francisco County Jail on Tuesday for the alleged crimes, which took place between 1999 and 2003, according to the California Department of Insurance.
Coral allegedly issued $85,000 of public money to an injured school district employee in permanent disability advances, while knowing she was overpaying the injured worker by more than $76,000, the insurance department said. Read More
A judge Tuesday issued another ruling in favor of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle in his upcoming trial on charges that he murdered unarmed passenger Oscar Grant III at the Fruitvale station in Oakland last year. Read More
An Oakland woman accused of hurting more than 15 cats and kittens over a three-year period was sentenced Tuesday to five years’ probation, including one year in a residential treatment center for substance abuse and mental health issues.
LaPreda Thomas, 34, who was arrested last October, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony animal cruelty in February. Read More
Green Ball: Friends of the Earth, an environmental advocacy group, celebrated in a luminary-filled benefit event May 21 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. The party featured food, live music and a “Green Hero” awards ceremony. Honorees included Tom Hormel, Zem Joaquin and Aitan Grossman. Read More
It’s unbelievable what Muni drivers must endure every day at the office. Having spent considerable time riding Muni lately, I have observed some very odd rider behaviors. It would be considered a hostile work environment in every other profession except maybe prison guards. Even when the driver is trying to be helpful, they get an earful, as if the crime lab scandal was their fault too. Read More
It appears there is no misrepresentation to which Obama administration officials will not stoop in their deceitful effort to sell Obamacare to the American public. Support for repeal and replacement of the fatally flawed law is steadily growing — reaching 63 percent in the most recent Rasmussen Survey. Maybe that is why Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resorted to sending millions of senior Americans a sales brochure that is packed with blatantly false claims about Obamacare. Read More
A Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail train was involved in a crash with a sedan carrying a family of three in San Jose on Sunday morning, a fire captain said.
The collision was reported at about 9:50 a.m. at Zanker Road and Tasman Drive, San Jose fire Capt. Chuck Rangel said.
A woman in the sedan was injured and transported to an area hospital, Rangel said. He did not know her condition.
A man and teen in the car were not injured. The 11 passengers and operator on the train were not injured either, VTA spokeswoman Brandi Childress said. Read More
Service at the Rockridge BART station in Oakland was restored at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday after a woman was trapped under a train Saturday night, a BART spokesman said.
The woman was pulled from the under the train, alive, after she was trapped at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, BART spokesman Linton Johnson said.
Officials didn’t know how the woman had gotten trapped under the train, which was heading to downtown Oakland, Johnson said. Read More
Family members and friends of a woman found dead inside a suitcase floating in the San Francisco Bay earlier this month are gathering Sunday near where her body was found to say a prayer and toss a wreath into the Bay in memory of her.
Pearla Louis, 52, of San Francisco, was last heard from the morning of May 15 when she and her daughter had their daily phone call at 6 a.m., San Francisco police Lt. Lyn Tomioka said. Read More
San Francisco police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 12-year-old girl reported missing Thursday.
Police said Mireya Zapata was last seen Thursday morning when she went to school. At about 2:50 p.m., she sent a text message to her mother, saying she was at a bus stop and on her way home. Read More
Eight people were displaced in a two-alarm fire Thursday night in the Potrero Hill neighborhood.
No one was transported to the hospital in the blaze at a three-story residence on 23rd Street between Rhode Island and Kansas streets, a Fire Department spokesman said.
The Red Cross was called in to help the displaced individuals.
WHAT: The International Red Cross in Afghanistan admitted it has been giving first aid training and supplies to Taliban terrorists who are fighting American soldiers.
WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: Helping the Taliban’s notorious human rights abusers use first aid goes way beyond treating civilians and wounded combatants on all sides of a conflict, the traditional Red Cross mission in war zones. Read More
If your family spent a majority of its disposable income on groceries and you were looking to tighten your belt, you might start by taking a scalpel to your grocery budget.
If Republicans are serious about reining in our out-of-control federal spending, they ought to start with the spending item that takes up 56 percent of our discretionary spending: defense. Conservatives, in their much-needed attacks on federal overspending, too often give the Pentagon a pass. For the budget of fiscal year 2011, taxpayers are spending $708 billion on defense. Read More
Ken Garcia’s Tuesday column overlooked what many people find to be the most objectionable element of the Board of Supervisors’ proposed charter amendments. Although the supervisors can veto the mayor’s commission appointments, as Garcia mentioned, the mayor cannot veto the supervisors’ appointments. Read More