San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee joined Supervisors David Chiu and Jane Kim at City Hall this afternoon to announce a plan that would offer tax exemptions to Twitter Inc. and other companies to the city's Mid-Market neighborhood.The microblogging company, currently located in the South of Market neighborhood, would be exempt from payroll taxes for new employees for six years if it moved on or near Market Street between Fifth and 10th streets. Read More
A Fisherman’s Wharf souvenir shop worker accused of fatally shooting two employees at a neighboring business last month pleaded not guilty to the charges in San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday morning.Hong Ri Wu, 56, of San Francisco, allegedly shot Feng Ping Ou, a 30-year-old woman, and Qiong Han Chu, a 30-year-old man, inside the souvenir and luggage shop where they worked at 269 Jefferson St. at about 8:20 p.m. on Jan. 30, according to police. Read More
All lanes of southbound U.S. Highway 101 just south of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco have been reopened following a solo vehicle crash early Tuesday morning that injured the car’s driver and passenger, a California Highway Patrol officer said.The crash just south of the toll plaza was reported at 12:40 a.m., and CHP Officer Ralph Caggiano said the circumstances surrounding the collision were unclear. Read More
A South San Francisco man was arrested on numerous drunken driving charges after allegedly causing a crash that killed one of four passengers in his car early Saturday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.At around 3 a.m. Saturday, a non-injury crash near South San Francisco began causing traffic to slow down and back up to Brisbane on southbound U.S. Highway 101, CHP Officer Shawn Chase said. Read More
Two suspects are in custody in connection with an incident Saturday night in which shots were fired at Oakland police officers.Problem-solving officers assigned to North Oakland responded to 58th and Genoa streets at about 6:40 p.m. Sunday to investigate reports that there was a man armed with a gun, police spokeswoman Officer Holly Joshi said.They spotted a man who matched a description of the armed suspect in the 800 block of 59th Street, Joshi said. Read More
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Two suspects have been detained in connection with a shooting that injured one person in San Francisco's Mission district on Monday morning, San Francisco Police Department spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.The victim was standing on the sidewalk in front of a taqueria in the 2100 block of Mission Street at about 7:20 a.m. when two suspects pulled up in a car and someone inside shot him in the back, Esparza said. Read More
San Francisco police are responding to a report of a shooting in The City’s Mission district Monday morning, a police spokesman said.The shooting was reported in the 2100 block of Mission Street, near 17th Street, at 7:22 a.m., police Officer Albie Esparza said. He did not yet have additional details on the incident. Read More
A Northern California man was sentenced to six months home confinement and 50 hours of community service on Thursday, after he admitted to smuggling the ivory teeth of endangered sperm whales into the U.S. for sale, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.U.S. Magistrate Court Judge James Larson issued the sentence after James Saunders, 69, revealed that he had arranged the import and sale of the ivory teeth between 2002 and 2006. Several of Saunders’ shipments in 2003 and 2004 had a market value of more than $200,000, U.S. Attorney Melinda Hagg said in a statement. Read More
Firefighters have extinguished a two-alarm blaze that burned a home near San Francisco’s Castro district Monday morning, a fire dispatcher said.The fire was reported just after 3 a.m. at 1370 Clayton St., according to a fire dispatcher.The flames were under control as of 3:43 a.m., the dispatcher said.At least six residents were evacuated from the house, but the dispatcher said that no injuries had been reported.The Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the fire.A damage estimate was not yet available, a fire dispatcher said. Read More
A man who drove off a cliff along the San Mateo County Coast on Saturday remained in critical condition Sunday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol officer said.At about 3 p.m., units responded to a report of a vehicle that appeared to have crashed off state Highway 1 and plunged about 100 yards down near Pescadero State Beach, CHP Officer Eric Anderson said.A man was airlifted from the wreckage and taken to a hospital where he remained in intensive care as of Sunday afternoon, CHP Officer Arturo Montiel said. Read More
A single-engine airplane crashed at Reid-Hillview Airport on Sunday afternoon and the lone occupant made it out safely, according to a San Jose public safety dispatcher.
The Lancer aircraft touched down at about 1 p.m. and only sustained minor damage, according to dispatcher Brenda Jaime.
The pilot was the only person on board and did not suffer any injuries, Jaime said.
The fire department sent one engine to the crash site to secure the scene and crews left the area at 1:27 p.m., Jaime said.
No fuel spilled from the aircraft, Jaime said. Read More
A small explosive device was detonated in a San Mateo business district Sunday morning, according to the San Mateo Police Department.
A loud explosion rang out near the 1000 block of South Amphlett Boulevard just after 7 a.m., police said.
Police and firefighters arrived and found an incendiary device — similar to an M-80 firecracker — that had been ignited near an abandoned couch in front of a vacant building.
The business sustained two broken windows caused by the blast, which was reportedly heard within a half-mile radius.
No injuries were reported. Read More
Officials in San Mateo are warning residents to beware of telephone scammers who have recently conned elderly victims into wiring money abroad under false pretenses, police said.One San Mateo resident was contacted by a suspect claiming to be a grandson who had been arrested for drunken driving in New York, according to San Mateo police. A second suspect claiming to be a public defender instructed the victim to wire money via Western Union to cover legal expenses. Read More
AAA Northern California is offering free rides home to any Bay Area Super Bowl fans who drink too much to drive during today's football game.AAA will offer its Tipsy Tow program from 6 p.m. this evening through 6 a.m. Monday, according to AAA spokesman Matt Skryja."Give AAA a call and we'll make sure you get home safely," Skryja said in a statement.Anyone needing a ride can call (800) 222-4357 and request a Tipsy Tow, and a tow service will respond to offer a safe ride home and a free tow of up to ten miles. Read More