The installation of PG&E Smart Meters was protested by a small group in San Francisco's Marina district Monday, a protester said.About eight people gathered at about 10 a.m. around a truck from Wellington Energy Inc., the company that Pacific Gas and Electric contracts to install the SmartMeters, organizer November Alexis said.San Francisco Police Department officers arrived at the protest, which was near Avila and Prado streets, at about 10:15 a.m. and instructed the protesters to move so the truck could get through, Alexis said. Read More
San Francisco’s Department of Public Works and the San Francisco Public Library received two Project of the Year awards in a ceremony on Thursday.The awards were given by the Northern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association for the recent renovations of the Bernal Heights Branch and the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch libraries.Both facilities won under the category of Historic Restoration/Preservation and the two will now be considered for national awards, according to the Department of Public Works. Read More
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 struck this evening in Sonoma County.The quake shook an area near the Geysers at 6:19 p.m. and had a depth of 1.6 miles, according to the USGS. That tremor was centered one mile north-northwest of The Geysers.The Geysers is the largest single geothermal field in the world, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, and the region experiences constant seismic events between 0.5 and 3.0 on the Richter scale. Read More
San Mateo police fatally shot a man after he opened fire this morning on officers who were attempting to negotiate with the man, San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer said at a press conference this evening.The man, who police said they believe was 35-year-old Robert Caron, had allegedly brandished a gun and threatened employees at a San Mateo pharmacy before running through backyards and darting in and out of his Oak Street home where the shooting occurred, Manheimer said. Read More
An Antioch man pleaded guilty Friday to felony charges of child endangerment and making a false bomb threat last November, when he was involved in a police standoff on the Bay Bridge, the San Francisco District Attorney's office said today. The charges for Craig Carlos-Valentino, 52, stem from his actions on Veteran's Day, when he pulled his car over on the bridge's upper deck and called a local radio station explaining that he had two pipe bombs and a gun. Read More
Seven people and a business were displaced this afternoon by kitchen fire that broke out in an apartment in San Francisco's Bayview District, a fire department spokeswoman said.Firefighters went to a two-story building at 4526 Third St. at about 1:25 p.m. when roofers working on a nearby building called to report flames and smoke coming out of an apartment on the second level, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.A child had apparently thrown hot food from a stove into the garbage, which subsequently ignited, Talmadge said. Read More
A male victim suffered life-threatening injuries in a shooting in San Francisco's Diamond Heights neighborhood this afternoon, a police spokesman said.The shooting was reported at 1:17 p.m., police Officer Eric Chiang said. A fire dispatcher said the shooting occurred near the intersection of Diamond Heights Boulevard and Gold Mine Drive.The victim was taken to a hospital, Chiang said.No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting, he said. Read More
Authorities are continuing to search for a 73-year-old at-risk man who went missing on Thursday in San Francisco's Outer Richmond neighborhood, a police spokesman said Monday.Kenneth Chin, 73, who suffers from dementia, was last seen Thursday afternoon in the area of 35th Avenue and Balboa Street, the San Francisco Police Department said.Over the weekend, police inspectors reached out to businesses in the neighborhood to ask if employees had seen Chin, or if he may have appeared in any surveillance footage, police Sgt. Mike Andraychak said. Read More
The fourth segment of the self-anchored suspension tower was added to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday.Click on the photo to the right to see a slideshow of the tower addition.Crews lifted the newest section onto the bridge in an around-the-clock operation, according to the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee.The segment boosts the tower up to 480 feet, leaving the structure just 45 feet under its final 525-foot height, the committee said. Read More
A man who was hospitalized after being stabbed while walking home from a bar in San Francisco’s Mission district early Saturday morning is expected to survive, police said Monday.The stabbing was reported at about 1:50 a.m. near the intersection of 16th and Mission streets, where the 28-year-old victim had just left a bar, San Francisco police Sgt. Mike Andraychak said. Read More
The federal judge in the perjury trial of home-run champion Barry Bonds will hear arguments in San Francisco on Tuesday on a final flurry of motions in which each side is seeking to predict and forestall the other’s trial strategy.U.S. District Judge Susan Illston has been ruling on motions in the case ever since the former San Francisco Giants slugger was first indicted in 2007 on charges of lying in 2003 to a federal grand jury investigating steroids distribution. Read More
The man who was rescued from Lands End in San Francisco after falling off a steep cliff may have been drinking alcohol, according to San Francisco Fire Department officials.The man, who is about 25 years old, climbed up a cliff alone sometime Saturday night to watch the sunset, fell down and broke his left ankle at Lands End, according to Division Chief Art Kenney.The rescue proved to be a difficult one for fire crews, and the man spent more than 12 hours out in the cold."That cliff was straight up and down," Kenney said. "It was a pretty good hike to get there." Read More
A man was rescued near a San Francisco coastline after falling off a steep cliff and spending more than 12 hours out in the cold, according to an official from the San Francisco Fire Department.The man, who was about 25 years old, climbed up a cliff alone sometime last night to watch the sunset, fell down and broke his ankle at Lands End, according to Division Chief Art Kenney.The rescue proved to be a difficult one for fire crews."That cliff was straight up and down," Kenney said. "It was a pretty good hike to get there." Read More
The man slain in the Mission District was identified by the San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office as a small memorial has grown at the site of the fatal shooting.The San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office has identified a man fatally shot as 24-year-old Aldo Troncoso.The shooting was reported at about 2:25 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of 17th and Mission streets, San Francisco police Sgt. Mike Andraychak said.Troncoso was taken to a hospital where he died at about 4 a.m., Andraychak said. Read More
An equipment problem near the Embarcadero BART station caused delays for nearly two hours for trains going into and out of San Francisco, a dispatcher said.
The problem was reported at about 10:20 a.m., causing delays of about 30 minutes at its peak, the dispatcher said.
Delays eventually dwindled to about 10 minutes and normal service had resumed by around noontime, she said.
The problem originated in one of BART's substations, but the dispatcher did not know what the exact nature of the problem was. Read More