Backers of California’s ban on same-sex marriage have asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco not to allow gay and lesbian weddings to resume during the months it will take to resolve the constitutional case. The sponsors of Proposition 8 and their committee, Protect Marriage, urged the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in papers filed Monday to maintain a stay the court initially issued in August.That stay temporarily blocked a decision in which U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco struck down Proposition 8. Read More
Workers at a San Francisco recycling facility got a scare Monday afternoon when an object that appeared to be a smoke grenade was found on a conveyor belt, a police spokesman said Tuesday.The suspicious device was reported at about 3:20 p.m. Monday at a Recology San Francisco recycling facility located at Pier 96 in The City’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, police Officer Albie Esparza said.A worker sorting through items on the conveyor belt noticed the device, and everyone was immediately evacuated from the facility, Esparza said. Read More
A fire that displaced five people from a home in San Francisco’s Mission district on Monday night was sparked by a lamp that was sitting too close to a window drape, a fire department spokeswoman said Tuesday.The one-alarm fire was reported at about 10:25 p.m. at 1454 Alabama St., between Cesar Chavez and 26th streets, fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.The flames were extinguished by 10:40 p.m., Talmadge said. Read More
A Burlingame High School senior was arrested Monday on suspicion of making terrorist threats, San Mateo police said.The FBI contacted the San Mateo Police Department at about 7 a.m. Monday regarding an online posting that threatened a school rally on a campus in Northern California, police said.Someone from out of state had seen the posting and reported it to authorities, police said. The FBI determined that the person who created the post lived in San Mateo. Read More
Five people were displaced Monday night due to a one-alarm fire at a home in San Francisco’s Mission district, a fire dispatcher said.The residential fire at 1454 Alabama St., which is between Cesar Chavez and 26th Street, was reported at about 10:25 p.m. and the flames were extinguished by 10:40 p.m.Four adults and one child were displaced from their home in the two-story building, the dispatcher said.The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage were not known as of this morning. Read More
A total of five drug cases involving eight San Francisco police officers have been dismissed due to allegations of police misconduct, some of which was apparently caught on surveillance video, authorities said today.San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi this afternoon released a fourth video of a case that allegedly shows discrepancies between the footage and what was written on police reports and said in court testimony by officers."It's a case of police, lies and videotape," Adachi said. Read More
A man who was severely beaten at the Redwood City Caltrain station on Friday night has made slight improvements, but remains in critical condition, a Caltrain spokeswoman said Monday morning. The victim, a 47-year-old San Jose man, was attacked by a group of assailants who were trying to rob him as he waited for a southbound train at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, spokeswoman Christine Dunn said. Read More
Prosecutors have dropped a murder charge against a woman who was arrested last week in connection with the death of a jewelry studio owner in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, district attorney’s spokesman Seth Steward said Monday. Read More
Muni Metro service was slowed down by mechanical problems Monday morning, a San Francisco Municipal Railway spokesman said.The problems began at about 10 a.m., causing delays to light-rail vehicles traveling through the subway system, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.“Traffic is still moving, but slowly,” Rose said.Maintenance crews are working to resolve the issues, Rose said.He was unsure where the mechanical problems occurred or how long it would take to make repairs. Read More
“If you build it, they will come.”Pete Osborne paraphrased a famous quote from the baseball movie “Field of Dreams” to describe the fortunate circumstances of business owners near San Francisco’s own field of dreams, AT&T Park, in the wake of the Giants’ run to a World Series title last fall.Business is booming near the ballpark in The City’s South Beach neighborhood since the Giants’ championship run, and many business owners in the area expect that trend to continue when the new baseball season begins next month. Read More
Firefighters rescued five dogs from a burning house in San Jose on Sunday evening, a dispatcher said.
Crews responded to reports of smoke coming from the side of a single-family home on the 2300 block of Carlton Avenue, dispatcher Brenda Jaime said.
Arriving firefighters put out the fire by about 8 p.m., Jaime said.
No injuries were reported, but five dogs were rescued from the garage of the home. The dogs were turned over to the local Animal Care and Control.
No damage estimate was immediately available and the fire is still under investigation. Read More
A newly constructed nesting place for owls may bring hundreds of new birds near a home in Santa Clara County, where a clutch of owl eggs was rescued from harm's way on Friday.
About a week ago, workers were installing a new roof on an old two-story house in the unincorporated town of San Martin when they noticed a large bird fly from an alcove, according to WildRescue, a Monterey-based group that helps animals in precarious situations.
On closer inspection, crews found the small white round eggs of a barn owl, said Rebecca Dmytryk, the organization's founder. Read More
Crews have removed a jackknifed big rig from Interstate Highway 80 in San Francisco this morning, where it blocked three eastbound lanes for nearly four hours, a California Highway Patrol officer said. Read More
The FBI is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a man suspected of withdrawing money from bank accounts throughout the Bay Area.He is wanted for a series of crimes that began in April 2009, according to the FBI.The man was last seen in early March 2010, FBI officials said. Surveillance photos depict him entering several then-Wachovia branches in San Francisco, South San Francisco and San Mateo, where he impersonated the victims and then withdrew money from their accounts, FBI officials said. Read More
Rain is expected to cover the San Francisco Bay Area today, accompanied by highs in the upper 50s and south winds from 5 to 20 mph.Mostly cloudy skies are anticipated to give way to showers tonight, with lows in the mid 40s and varied winds of about 5 to 25 mph forecast as well.On Monday, the Bay Area is expected to be cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Highs will be in the upper 50s and northwest winds from 15 to 25 mph are also anticipated. Read More