Alameda News - Local Alameda County News http://feed.informer.com/digests/D4KPCXABMF/feeder Alameda News - Local Alameda County News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sat, 10 Oct 2020 06:18:45 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Incarcerated CA prison gang affiliates ran multi-state drug ring from their cells, according to federal prosecutors https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/24/incarcerated-ca-prison-gang-affiliates-ran-multi-state-drug-ring-from-their-cells-according-to-federal-prosecutors/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:c6b43fab-9ab6-29cf-b8de-ba5f857ed466 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 10:21:45 +0000 The investigation was part of Operation Lucky Charms, a probe into the Aryan Brotherhood and Fresnecks gangs. <p>SOLEDAD &#8212; Last March 27, two California Highway Patrol officers pulled over a vehicle on its way north from Anaheim, knowing full well what it contained: five pounds of methamphetamine and two confidential informants working for the ATF, whom authorities say had just picked up the drugs on the orders of an incarcerated associates of two notorious prison gangs.</p> <p>The traffic stop was just a ruse, orchestrated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to get the main targets of their investigation talking. Two weeks later, a gang task force with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation searched the North Kern State Prison cell of Robert &#8220;Rage&#8221; Eversole, 47, an alleged associate of the Aryan Brotherhood, a so-called white power gang that also goes by &#8220;The Brand.&#8221;</p> <p>What agents found, according to a recently unsealed complaint naming Eversole and 18 others as federal defendants on drug and gun trafficking charges, were conversations between Eversole and Angel &#8220;Rascal&#8221; Lopez, a validated Mexican Mafia associate incarcerated 150 miles northwest at Salinas Valley State Prison.</p> <p>&#8220;Was it stashed good?&#8221; Lopez allegedly asked Eversole, who&#8217;d just sent him a screenshot of the car being pulled over, sent to him by one of the couriers.</p> <p>&#8220;Don&#8217;t know bro,&#8221; Eversole responded, according to the complaint. &#8220;They literally just left picking it up.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;They look like highway patrol,&#8221; Lopez allegedly wrote back.</p> <p>Later, Eversole allegedly provided Lopez an update that the drugs were gone but their couriers were out of custody.</p> <p>&#8220;Because of covid 19 (sic)&#8230;let them go,&#8221; he allegedly wrote Lopez.</p> <p>&#8220;Five pounds? No nothing?&#8221; Lopez asked, apparently suspicious.</p> <p>&#8220;Said two plains rolled up,&#8221; Eversole allegedly replied, referencing plain-clothed officers. &#8220;Picked up the dope. Rolled out.&#8221;</p> <p>The conversations between Lopez and Eversole were submitted in a 140-page criminal complaint, unsealed last week, which federal prosecutors say is evidence of California prison gangs being able to run huge drug rings from the inside, with the use of contraband cell phones that are making their ways into prison by the hundreds. Besides Lopez and Eversole, prosecutors charged Todd &#8220;Fox&#8221; Morgan, an alleged Aryan Brotherhood member, and Kenneth Bash, an alleged associate, with coordinating drug and gun sales, as well as attempts to smuggle contraband into Salinas Valley State Prison.</p> <p>The case was unsealed last week, as federal and state authorities announced the charges were part of &#8220;Operation Lucky Charms,&#8221; an investigation into the Aryan Brotherhood and the Fresnecks street gang, a Fresno-based gang authorities describe as being under the wing of the Aryan Brotherhood. It is the second time in two years federal prosecutors have built a case thanks to evidence collected from wiretapping <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/08/31/build-an-army-aryan-brotherhood-leaders-attempted-to-rule-over-all-white-california-prison-gangs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">contraband cellphones of incarcerated Aryan Brotherhood members</a>.</p> <p>The charges cover a seven-month period beginning last March and ending in early November. Included in the complaint are allegations that Morgan, Bash, Stephanie Madsen &#8212; described by prosecutors as Bash&#8217;s &#8220;secretary&#8221; &#8212; and David Zachocki, along with an uncharged co-conspirator, talked about killing a man who was believed to be a child molester.</p> <p>Bash is accused of helping coordinate shipments of drugs across state lines, including a small package mailed to Alaska and a 12-pound shipment of meth to Montana, allegedly telling a co-defendant to &#8220;get that door panel ready&#8221; of the rental car they were using, in anticipation of the multi-state drive. A few days later, troopers Cedar City, Utah pulled over the rental and located 12 pounds of meth hidden in the door panels, according to the complaint.</p> <p>In another instance, a confidential ATF informant arranged for an undercover agent to buy guns and ammo from one of the defendants. Afterwards, Bash allegedly scolded the confidential informant for being sloppy.</p> <p>&#8220;Everything about that was hinky as f&#8212;,&#8221; Bash allegedly texted the informant. &#8220;Tell your guy that was the last one&#8230;He should not have been there.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;If you were introduced to this guy and he&#8217;s a cop, he just met my people,&#8221; Bash allegedly added later in the conversation, referring to the person who was, in fact, an undercover agent.</p> Incarcerated CA prison gang affiliates ran multi-state drug ring from their cells, according to federal prosecutors https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/24/incarcerated-ca-prison-gang-affiliates-ran-multi-state-drug-ring-from-their-cells-according-to-federal-prosecutors/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:cf65da8b-8d65-dc1e-c642-eaabc83b696b Tue, 24 Nov 2020 10:21:43 +0000 The investigation was part of Operation Lucky Charms, a probe into the Aryan Brotherhood and Fresnecks gangs. <p>SOLEDAD &#8212; Last March 27, two California Highway Patrol officers pulled over a vehicle on its way north from Anaheim, knowing full well what it contained: five pounds of methamphetamine and two confidential informants working for the ATF, whom authorities say had just picked up the drugs on the orders of an incarcerated associates of two notorious prison gangs.</p> <p>The traffic stop was just a ruse, orchestrated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to get the main targets of their investigation talking. Two weeks later, a gang task force with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation searched the North Kern State Prison cell of Robert &#8220;Rage&#8221; Eversole, 47, an alleged associate of the Aryan Brotherhood, a so-called white power gang that also goes by &#8220;The Brand.&#8221;</p> <p>What agents found, according to a recently unsealed complaint naming Eversole and 18 others as federal defendants on drug and gun trafficking charges, were conversations between Eversole and Angel &#8220;Rascal&#8221; Lopez, a validated Mexican Mafia associate incarcerated 150 miles northwest at Salinas Valley State Prison.</p> <p>&#8220;Was it stashed good?&#8221; Lopez allegedly asked Eversole, who&#8217;d just sent him a screenshot of the car being pulled over, sent to him by one of the couriers.</p> <p>&#8220;Don&#8217;t know bro,&#8221; Eversole responded, according to the complaint. &#8220;They literally just left picking it up.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;They look like highway patrol,&#8221; Lopez allegedly wrote back.</p> <p>Later, Eversole allegedly provided Lopez an update that the drugs were gone but their couriers were out of custody.</p> <p>&#8220;Because of covid 19 (sic)&#8230;let them go,&#8221; he allegedly wrote Lopez.</p> <p>&#8220;Five pounds? No nothing?&#8221; Lopez asked, apparently suspicious.</p> <p>&#8220;Said two plains rolled up,&#8221; Eversole allegedly replied, referencing plain-clothed officers. &#8220;Picked up the dope. Rolled out.&#8221;</p> <p>The conversations between Lopez and Eversole were submitted in a 140-page criminal complaint, unsealed last week, which federal prosecutors say is evidence of California prison gangs being able to run huge drug rings from the inside, with the use of contraband cell phones that are making their ways into prison by the hundreds. Besides Lopez and Eversole, prosecutors charged Todd &#8220;Fox&#8221; Morgan, an alleged Aryan Brotherhood member, and Kenneth Bash, an alleged associate, with coordinating drug and gun sales, as well as attempts to smuggle contraband into Salinas Valley State Prison.</p> <p>The case was unsealed last week, as federal and state authorities announced the charges were part of &#8220;Operation Lucky Charms,&#8221; an investigation into the Aryan Brotherhood and the Fresnecks street gang, a Fresno-based gang authorities describe as being under the wing of the Aryan Brotherhood. It is the second time in two years federal prosecutors have built a case thanks to evidence collected from wiretapping <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/08/31/build-an-army-aryan-brotherhood-leaders-attempted-to-rule-over-all-white-california-prison-gangs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">contraband cellphones of incarcerated Aryan Brotherhood members</a>.</p> <p>The charges cover a seven-month period beginning last March and ending in early November. Included in the complaint are allegations that Morgan, Bash, Stephanie Madsen &#8212; described by prosecutors as Bash&#8217;s &#8220;secretary&#8221; &#8212; and David Zachocki, along with an uncharged co-conspirator, talked about killing a man who was believed to be a child molester.</p> <p>Bash is accused of helping coordinate shipments of drugs across state lines, including a small package mailed to Alaska and a 12-pound shipment of meth to Montana, allegedly telling a co-defendant to &#8220;get that door panel ready&#8221; of the rental car they were using, in anticipation of the multi-state drive. A few days later, troopers Cedar City, Utah pulled over the rental and located 12 pounds of meth hidden in the door panels, according to the complaint.</p> <p>In another instance, a confidential ATF informant arranged for an undercover agent to buy guns and ammo from one of the defendants. Afterwards, Bash allegedly scolded the confidential informant for being sloppy.</p> <p>&#8220;Everything about that was hinky as f&#8212;,&#8221; Bash allegedly texted the informant. &#8220;Tell your guy that was the last one&#8230;He should not have been there.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;If you were introduced to this guy and he&#8217;s a cop, he just met my people,&#8221; Bash allegedly added later in the conversation, referring to the person who was, in fact, an undercover agent.</p> Bicyclist killed in San Leandro https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/24/bicyclist-killed-in-san-leandro/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:4357a26d-f524-4d89-41f2-b227d9626a71 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 10:05:50 +0000 A bicyclist died in San Leandro Tuesday morning after he was hit by a van and possibly some other vehicles, police said. <p>SAN LEANDRO &#8212; A bicyclist died Tuesday morning from injuries suffered when he was hit by a van and possibly other vehicles, police said.</p> <p>The bicyclist&#8217;s name has not been released.</p> <p>The fatality happened at about 5:20 a.m. Tuesday on westbound Davis Street at the Interstate 880 overpass.</p> <p>Police said the bicyclist was in a designated bicycle lane when he was hit by a van, causing him to fall to the roadway.</p> <p>Lt. Ali Khan said police developed information later that the bicyclist may have also been struck by a dark colored pick-up truck and a dark colored sedan as he lay in the roadway and that those drivers, who did not stop, might not have known  of their involvement.</p> <p>The bicyclist died at the scene despite life saving efforts by responding officers.</p> <p>The man driving the van remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators. Khan said.</p> <p>Westbound lanes of Davis Street were closed until just before 8 a.m. while police investigated.</p> <p>Police are asking anyone who was driving on Davis Street in either direction around the time of the collision to call investigators at 510-577-2740.</p> <p>Check back for updates.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bicyclist killed in San Leandro https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/24/bicyclist-killed-in-san-leandro/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:dc882d75-9ce8-691a-244a-3fe3a1ff3522 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 10:05:42 +0000 A bicyclist died in San Leandro Tuesday morning after he was hit by a van and possibly some other vehicles, police said. <p>SAN LEANDRO &#8212; A bicyclist died Tuesday morning from injuries suffered when he was hit by a van and possibly other vehicles, police said.</p> <p>The bicyclist&#8217;s name has not been released.</p> <p>The fatality happened at about 5:20 a.m. Tuesday on westbound Davis Street at the Interstate 880 overpass.</p> <p>Police said the bicyclist was in a designated bicycle lane when he was hit by a van, causing him to fall to the roadway.</p> <p>Lt. Ali Khan said police developed information later that the bicyclist may have also been struck by a dark colored pick-up truck and a dark colored sedan as he lay in the roadway and that those drivers, who did not stop, might not have known  of their involvement.</p> <p>The bicyclist died at the scene despite life saving efforts by responding officers.</p> <p>The man driving the van remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators. Khan said.</p> <p>Westbound lanes of Davis Street were closed until just before 8 a.m. while police investigated.</p> <p>Police are asking anyone who was driving on Davis Street in either direction around the time of the collision to call investigators at 510-577-2740.</p> <p>Check back for updates.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Woman shot in East Oakland https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/24/woman-shot-in-east-oakland-9/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:ea3c2e89-923c-18b7-01b2-0652760afd5a Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:15:33 +0000 At least one person and possibly others were wounded in an East Oakland shooting Tuesday morning. <p>OAKLAND — At least one person, a woman, was shot in East Oakland on Tuesday morning.</p> <p>Police were trying to confirm if there were other victims as well.</p> <p>The woman was taken to a hospital but her condition was not available.</p> <p>The shooting was reported at about 8:23 a.m. Tuesday in the 1400 block of 23rd Avenue.</p> <p>Police have not yet said if the woman was shot by someone who confronted her on the street or fired at her from a vehicle.</p> <p>A possible suspect was seen leaving the scene in a vehicle, authorities said.</p> <p>Police have not determined a motive yet for the shooting and have not made any arrests.</p> <p>Streets in the area were blocked off while police investigated.</p> <p>Check back for updates.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Woman shot in East Oakland https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/24/woman-shot-in-east-oakland-9/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:6c77d3e9-d729-3cd4-848e-49d3d78814c1 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:14:15 +0000 At least one person and possibly others were wounded in an East Oakland shooting Tuesday morning. <p>OAKLAND &#8212; At least one person, a woman, was shot in East Oakland on Tuesday morning.</p> <p>Police were trying to confirm if there were other victims as well.</p> <p>The woman was taken to a hospital but her condition was not available.</p> <p>The shooting was reported at about 8:23 a.m. Tuesday in the 1400 block of 23rd Avenue.</p> <p>Police have not yet said if the woman was shot by someone who confronted her on the street or fired at her from a vehicle.</p> <p>A possible suspect was seen leaving the scene in a vehicle, authorities said.</p> <p>Police have not determined a motive yet for the shooting and have not made any arrests.</p> <p>Streets in the area were blocked off while police investigated.</p> <p>Check back for updates.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Elon Musk is now tied with Bill Gates as second richest man in the world https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/24/elon-musk-is-now-tied-with-bill-gates-as-worlds-second-richest-man-in-the-world/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:8e36b8f9-ef52-6964-a281-13eed9626f07 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:16:01 +0000 The Tesla CEO's net worth soared on Monday as shares of his electric automaker hit a record high, boosting his net worth to $127.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires index, which tracks the world's 500 wealthiest people. <div class="byline"><strong>By Michelle Toh | CNN Business</strong></div> <p>Elon Musk’s rocket-like climb up the ranking of the world’s richest men continues.</p> <p>The Tesla CEO’s net worth soared on Monday as shares of his electric automaker hit a record high, boosting his net worth to $127.9 billion, according to the <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-23/musk-overtakes-gates-to-grab-world-s-second-richest-ranking?sref=GYlFC92K" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bloomberg Billionaires</a> index, which tracks the world’s 500 wealthiest people.</p> <p>For a couple of hours that put him slightly above Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and world’s second-richest person, who was estimated to be worth $127.7 billion. The latest readout from the Bloomberg index has the men tied on $128 billion each.</p> <p>Musk’s fortunes are directly linked to those of Tesla. His biggest asset is the company’s stock, of which he last owned about 20%, according to <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/billionaires/profiles/elon-r-musk/?sref=GYlFC92K" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bloomberg</a>.</p> <p>This year has been very good for the entrepreneur. So far in 2020, Tesla’s stock has shot up almost 524%, helping Musk add more than an estimated $100 billion to his wealth. That’s more than anyone on Bloomberg’s global rich list, the outlet reported.</p> <p>Gates would likely be an even bigger billionaire if it weren’t for his philanthropy. Years ago, he and his wife, Melinda Gates, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/06/business/bill-melinda-gates-foundation-novel-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">famously pledged</a> to donate most of their wealth to charity. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is currently the world’s richest person, with an estimated net worth of $182 billion.</p> <p>Outside of Tesla, Musk oversees SpaceX, the space exploration firm that recently <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/16/tech/spacex-nasa-iss-docking-scn/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">kicked off a landmark mission with NASA</a>. He’s also a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2016/08/03/world/elon-musk-fast-facts/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">father of six</a> and chairman of the Musk Foundation, an organization that supports research into renewable energy, pediatrics and humans in space.</p> <p><aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/22/spacex-rocket-deploys-latest-nasa-satellite-into-orbit-in-santa-barbara-county/" title="SpaceX rocket deploys latest NASA satellite into orbit after Santa Barbara County launch"> <span class="dfm-title"> SpaceX rocket deploys latest NASA satellite into orbit after Santa Barbara County launch </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/15/elon-musks-rapid-tests-2-positive-2-negative-raise-questions/" title="Elon Musk’s rapid-tests for coronavirus (2 positive, 2 negative) raise questions"> <span class="dfm-title"> Elon Musk’s rapid-tests for coronavirus (2 positive, 2 negative) raise questions </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/13/spacexs-musk-gets-mixed-virus-tests-on-eve-of-crew-launch/" title="Elon Musk gets mixed coronavirus tests on eve of SpaceX crew launch"> <span class="dfm-title"> Elon Musk gets mixed coronavirus tests on eve of SpaceX crew launch </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/13/historic-spacex-launch-to-be-covered-in-depth-by-discovery-and-science-channels/" title="Historic SpaceX launch to be covered in-depth by Discovery and Science Channels"> <span class="dfm-title"> Historic SpaceX launch to be covered in-depth by Discovery and Science Channels </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/06/tesla-just-rolled-out-its-own-tequila-its-already-sold-out/" title="Tesla just rolled out its own tequila. It’s already sold out"> <span class="dfm-title"> Tesla just rolled out its own tequila. It’s already sold out </span> </a> </li></ul></aside>Some believe there’s still room to run with his company’s stock. Last week, Tesla <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/16/investing/tesla-sp-500/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">was accepted</a> into the S&amp;P 500, notching another milestone. It will join the index next month.</p> <p>And Tesla stock jumped 6.6% on Monday alone, closing at an all-time high of $521.9 per share.</p> <p>Musk himself appeared to be just as surprised as anyone else. When a Twitter user pointed out the stock move on Monday, he <a href="https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1330982572038500355?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">responded</a> with just one word: “Wow.”</p> <p>The-CNN-Wire<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/13.0.0/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> &amp; © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.</p> Elon Musk is now tied with Bill Gates as second richest man in the world https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/24/elon-musk-is-now-tied-with-bill-gates-as-worlds-second-richest-man-in-the-world/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:89c7c630-f909-31d2-e6c7-a48586549ea1 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:15:59 +0000 The Tesla CEO's net worth soared on Monday as shares of his electric automaker hit a record high, boosting his net worth to $127.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires index, which tracks the world's 500 wealthiest people. <div class="byline"><strong>By Michelle Toh | CNN Business</strong></div> <p>Elon Musk&#8217;s rocket-like climb up the ranking of the world&#8217;s richest men continues.</p> <p>The Tesla CEO&#8217;s net worth soared on Monday as shares of his electric automaker hit a record high, boosting his net worth to $127.9 billion, according to the <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-23/musk-overtakes-gates-to-grab-world-s-second-richest-ranking?sref=GYlFC92K" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bloomberg Billionaires</a> index, which tracks the world&#8217;s 500 wealthiest people.</p> <p>For a couple of hours that put him slightly above Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and world&#8217;s second-richest person, who was estimated to be worth $127.7 billion. The latest readout from the Bloomberg index has the men tied on $128 billion each.</p> <p>Musk&#8217;s fortunes are directly linked to those of Tesla. His biggest asset is the company&#8217;s stock, of which he last owned about 20%, according to <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/billionaires/profiles/elon-r-musk/?sref=GYlFC92K" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bloomberg</a>.</p> <p>This year has been very good for the entrepreneur. So far in 2020, Tesla&#8217;s stock has shot up almost 524%, helping Musk add more than an estimated $100 billion to his wealth. That&#8217;s more than anyone on Bloomberg&#8217;s global rich list, the outlet reported.</p> <p>Gates would likely be an even bigger billionaire if it weren&#8217;t for his philanthropy. Years ago, he and his wife, Melinda Gates, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/06/business/bill-melinda-gates-foundation-novel-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">famously pledged</a> to donate most of their wealth to charity. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is currently the world&#8217;s richest person, with an estimated net worth of $182 billion.</p> <p>Outside of Tesla, Musk oversees SpaceX, the space exploration firm that recently <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/16/tech/spacex-nasa-iss-docking-scn/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">kicked off a landmark mission with NASA</a>. He&#8217;s also a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2016/08/03/world/elon-musk-fast-facts/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">father of six</a> and chairman of the Musk Foundation, an organization that supports research into renewable energy, pediatrics and humans in space.</p> <p><aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/22/spacex-rocket-deploys-latest-nasa-satellite-into-orbit-in-santa-barbara-county/" title="SpaceX rocket deploys latest NASA satellite into orbit after Santa Barbara County launch"> <span class="dfm-title"> SpaceX rocket deploys latest NASA satellite into orbit after Santa Barbara County launch </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/15/spacex-launches-2nd-crew-regular-station-crew-flights-begin/" title="SpaceX launches 2nd crew, regular station crew flights begin"> <span class="dfm-title"> SpaceX launches 2nd crew, regular station crew flights begin </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/15/elon-musks-rapid-tests-2-positive-2-negative-raise-questions/" title="Elon Musk’s rapid-tests for coronavirus (2 positive, 2 negative) raise questions"> <span class="dfm-title"> Elon Musk’s rapid-tests for coronavirus (2 positive, 2 negative) raise questions </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/13/spacexs-musk-gets-mixed-virus-tests-on-eve-of-crew-launch/" title="Elon Musk gets mixed coronavirus tests on eve of SpaceX crew launch"> <span class="dfm-title"> Elon Musk gets mixed coronavirus tests on eve of SpaceX crew launch </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/13/historic-spacex-launch-to-be-covered-in-depth-by-discovery-and-science-channels/" title="Historic SpaceX launch to be covered in-depth by Discovery and Science Channels"> <span class="dfm-title"> Historic SpaceX launch to be covered in-depth by Discovery and Science Channels </span> </a> </li></ul></aside>Some believe there&#8217;s still room to run with his company&#8217;s stock. Last week, Tesla <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/16/investing/tesla-sp-500/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">was accepted</a> into the S&amp;P 500, notching another milestone. It will join the index next month.</p> <p>And Tesla stock jumped 6.6% on Monday alone, closing at an all-time high of $521.9 per share.</p> <p>Musk himself appeared to be just as surprised as anyone else. When a Twitter user pointed out the stock move on Monday, he <a href="https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1330982572038500355?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">responded</a> with just one word: &#8220;Wow.&#8221;</p> <p>The-CNN-Wire<br /> <img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/13.0.0/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> &amp; © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.</p> Knit the sky — knitting meets journaling, one row at a time https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/24/knit-the-sky-knitting-meets-journaling-one-row-at-a-time/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:d5eeba79-ea28-0d27-3034-63bdf090a4cf Tue, 24 Nov 2020 07:00:18 +0000 Oakland's Lea Redmond accidentally launched a global trend of tracking the weather through knitting. <p>Lea Redmond has been making things her entire life. As a child, she could be found in her room making little toys and trinkets, fashioning shells and twigs and leaves into physical manifestations of her imagination — and her grandmother taught her to knit when she was 8.</p> <p>While studying continental philosophy, art and environmental studies in college, she realized that all the things she had been making were infused with the ideals and dreams of a future she wanted for the world.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s about making connections between people and place,&#8221; she says.</p> <p><a href="https://www.leafcutterdesigns.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Redmond opened a studio</a> in Oakland — temporarily closed now by COVID-19 — where she makes the most delightful objects and encourages others to join her on flights of fancy. She&#8217;s postmaster of the world&#8217;s smallest post office, which features tiny letters written to order. She makes hand-bound books from sugar packets and creates decks of &#8220;lively matter&#8221; cards that send players on &#8220;grand adventures of the ordinary.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;I have a deep joy in making things,&#8221; Redmond says, &#8220;and giving them to people. People who know me say that spending time with (me) is like a kindergarten show-and-tell all the time.&#8221;</p> <p>Almost 10 years ago, Redmond began knitting what she calls &#8220;sky scarves,&#8221; pieces of wearable art that document the weather for an entire year. The scarves are knitted one row a day in hues that match the colors of the sky. A dark gray for a stormy winter day, brilliant blue for sunny days and a mix of blue and white representing the clouds scattered against an otherwise unencumbered sky.</p> <p>She shared her design and finished scarf on Ravelry.com, a social networking site for fiber artists, and it was an immediate hit. Hundreds of knitters took up the call and began knitting the sky.</p> <p>Now there&#8217;s a book, &#8220;Knit the Sky&#8221; (Storey Publishing, 2015), which features not only the sky scarf but dozens of other Redmond projects that focus on connecting us with people and places. Earlier this year,  the New York Times reported on a growing movement of knitters, who are chronicling climate change by knitting scarves that reflect daily temperatures, from frosty blue to fiery red. The Times credits Redmond with starting the whole thing.</p> <p>&#8220;I don&#8217;t know if I did,&#8221; Redmond says, &#8220;but I&#8217;d like to think that I did.&#8221;</p> <figure id="attachment_7524863" class="wp-caption aligncenter size-article_inline"><img class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SJM-L-PROJECTS5-SCARF-1122-02_77146171.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" width="2500" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i2.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SJM-L-PROJECTS5-SCARF-1122-02_77146171.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i2.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SJM-L-PROJECTS5-SCARF-1122-02_77146171.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i2.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SJM-L-PROJECTS5-SCARF-1122-02_77146171.jpg?fit=780%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 780w,https://i2.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SJM-L-PROJECTS5-SCARF-1122-02_77146171.jpg?fit=810%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 810w,https://i2.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SJM-L-PROJECTS5-SCARF-1122-02_77146171.jpg?fit=1280%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 1280w,https://i2.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SJM-L-PROJECTS5-SCARF-1122-02_77146171.jpg?fit=1860%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 1860w" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Lea Redmond&#8217;s &#8220;knit the sky&#8221; scarves are a blend of knitting and journaling, and started an international trend of knitters chronicling the weather and climate, day by day. (Courtesy of Lea Redmond)&nbsp;</figcaption></figure> <p>The temperature scarves are not the only reworking of sky scarves. Some knitters have begun making baby blankets that reflect nine months of sky hues. Others embellish their sky scarves, incorporating beads to signify rain, for example, or charms to mark birthdays and holidays.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s like knitting meets journaling,&#8221; Redmond says.</p> <p>Redmond says the only addition she&#8217;s made to her sky scarves are on days that she forgets to knit a new row. She could check the weather report and catch up. Instead, she adds a different colored row, a reminder to pay more attention to the world around her.</p> <h4 class="">The Sky Scarf</h4> <p><strong>Materials</strong></p> <p>Yarn in typical sky colors — light blue, dark blue, white, dark gray and light gray, or colors of your choice</p> <p>Knitting needles</p> <p><strong>Directions</strong></p> <p>You can find the pattern in Redmond&#8217;s book or download it at <a href="https://www.leafcutterdesigns.com/creative-knitting-projects/">www.leafcutterdesigns.com/creative-knitting-projects.</a> But the basic instructions call for simply knitting a row of garter stitch each day, using a shade of yarn that matches that day&#8217;s sky. Feel free to choose your own sky hues and include as many or as few as you&#8217;d like.<aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/winter-art-project-wearable-art-necklaces-with-personal-meaning/" title="Winter art project: &#8216;Wearable art&#8217; necklaces with personal meaning"> <span class="dfm-title"> Winter art project: &#8216;Wearable art&#8217; necklaces with personal meaning </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/painting-pots-a-gateway-craft-to-link-children-and-nature/" title="Painted pots for the holidays &#8212; a gateway craft to link children and nature"> <span class="dfm-title"> Painted pots for the holidays &#8212; a gateway craft to link children and nature </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/22/winter-art-project-tinkerbell-lantern-a-little-jar-of-hope/" title="Winter Art Project: Tinkerbell Lantern, a &#8220;little jar of hope&#8221;"> <span class="dfm-title"> Winter Art Project: Tinkerbell Lantern, a &#8220;little jar of hope&#8221; </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/20/san-jose-state-play-reaches-back-in-time-for-a-virus-parable/" title="San Jose State play reaches back in time for a virus parable"> <span class="dfm-title"> San Jose State play reaches back in time for a virus parable </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/19/macla-studio-launch-expands-san-jose-art-centers-offerings/" title="MACLA Studio launch expands San Jose art center’s offerings"> <span class="dfm-title"> MACLA Studio launch expands San Jose art center’s offerings </span> </a> </li></ul></aside></p> <p>Pay attention to gauge, Redmond says. If the yarn is thick, you can end up with a massively long scarf. Redmond uses two strands of lace-weight yarn for each row. If you prefer thicker-gauge yarns, consider knitting a 3-month scarf.</p> Holiday lights: The show goes on for these 11 dazzling Bay Area displays https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/24/holiday-lights-the-show-goes-on-for-these-9-dazzling-bay-area-displays/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:372d6e97-8c01-2545-71fa-047e16bb7b07 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 06:39:10 +0000 Throughout the Bay Area, homeowners, parks, gardens and public spaces are determined to go forward with annual lights shows as a way to spread holiday cheer after a COVID-19-ravaged 2020. <p>Every year since 1992, Alex Dourov has joined a rare class of Bay Area enthusiasts who create  bright, brilliant and over-the-top displays of holidays lights at their homes or in their neighborhoods.</p> <p>Dourov still plans to go over-the-top this year at his Livermore home. He wants to give his East Bay community something to be cheerful about at the end of an otherwise grim 2020, overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>“We not only want to bring back a sense of normalcy, but to ramp it up a bit,” says Dourov, who is modifying his show to promote outdoor safety in line with Alameda County public health guidelines. “There are so many concessions we’ve all had to make the past eight months.”</p> <p>His sentiment is widely shared. The founder of the popular <a href="http://californiachristmaslights.com/">California Christmas Lights</a> website, Dourov says owners of the vast majority of the 350 homes listed on his site have said they are sticking with the decorating traditions beloved by their families, their neighbors and, in some cases, their entire towns.</p> <p>The properties, neighborhoods, parks, gardens and public spaces showcased here plan to go forward with their popular annual displays — with coronavirus safety concerns, of course, in mind. Visitors will be reminded to wear masks, when necessary, and maintain social distance. The grand Filoli estate in Woodside has extended its hours so guests can space out the timing of their visits, while other locations, such as San Jose’s Christmas in the Park, pivot to drive-through events.</p> <p>“People need something cool to see this year,” says J.R. Mattos, who is engineering Christmas in the Park’s move from its longtime walk-through display downtown to a mile-long car route through spacious History Park.</p> <p>“The synchronized pixel light show will be the biggest expansion to Christmas in the Park in 40 years,” Mattos says. “We’re basically doubling the size of Christmas in the Park.”</p> <p>Mattos is wearing both public and private hats as an illumination impresario this season. As in years past, Mattos and his family will transform their San Jose apricot orchard into a winter wonderland that is expected to be so grand, it will be featured on the ABC reality TV show, “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”</p> <p>Sadly, not every homeowner or public venue wanted to go through with a light show during the pandemic. Notably, Deacon Dave Rezendes announced he was cancelling his Casa del Pomba, or “House of the Dove,” display at his Livermore home, which has been a Bay Area tradition for more than 35 years. Bob Widmer also decided to cancel the “Widmer World” display at his Pleasanton home, where crowds were invited to walk around his property, including into his back yard.</p> <p>But more than 70 homes in a north Fremont neighborhood will go forward with their annual “Crippsmas Place” display — on lanes and cul de sacs, including Cripps Place, hence the name — which also raises funds for local nonprofits. Resident Kate Amon, the president of their Crippsmas Place organization, says organizers have been working with police and city officials on making safety modifications, which include forgoing carolers, candy-cane handouts and a crowd-mingling Santa.</p> <p><aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/12-holiday-tv-must-sees-when-rudolph-grinch-and-others-return/" title="12 holiday TV must-sees: When Rudolph, Grinch and others return"> <span class="dfm-title"> 12 holiday TV must-sees: When Rudolph, Grinch and others return </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/holidays-2020-visit-the-great-dickens-christmas-fair-at-home/" title="Holidays 2020: Visit the Great Dickens Christmas Fair &#8212; at home"> <span class="dfm-title"> Holidays 2020: Visit the Great Dickens Christmas Fair &#8212; at home </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/alone-for-the-holidays-heres-how-to-find-joy-in-the-solitude/" title="Alone for the holidays? 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Here&#8217;s how to find joy in the solitude </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/winter-art-project-wearable-art-necklaces-with-personal-meaning/" title="Winter art project: &#8216;Wearable art&#8217; necklaces with personal meaning"> <span class="dfm-title"> Winter art project: &#8216;Wearable art&#8217; necklaces with personal meaning </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/painting-pots-a-gateway-craft-to-link-children-and-nature/" title="Painted pots for the holidays &#8212; a gateway craft to link children and nature"> <span class="dfm-title"> Painted pots for the holidays &#8212; a gateway craft to link children and nature </span> </a> </li></ul></aside>Dourov will block off his driveway to prevent crowds from congregating there, and he’s reworked his display so guests can’t push buttons to move certain figures or get dusted with faux snow. But from the sidewalk or their cars, visitors can still see signs blazing with “Noel” and “Peace on Earth” and twinkling figures of candy canes, nutcrackers and reindeer in his front yard.</p> <p>Dourov is on several national Facebook groups for enthusiasts who like to share tips on how to build intricate displays. This year, they’re also discussing ways to keep their displays safe. But Dourov said the overall sentiment remains: “Everyone says they are doing more and offering bigger shows to give people something to look forward to.”</p> <p>As of press time, this sampling of nine Bay Area homes, neighborhoods and venues have announced they are offering dazzling light displays this season. Unless otherwise indicated, you can visit most of these nightly, after sundown and at no cost.</p> <p><strong>1) Alex Dourev’s Knottingham Circle extravaganza</strong></p> <p>The show by the founder of California Christmas Lights offers a mix of old-school decorations that he’s accumulated over the past 28 years and high-tech light-and-sound effects that he continues to update. Guests can listen to music from the sidewalk or on 107.9 FM from their car.</p> <p><strong>When and where: </strong> 5 to 10 p.m. from Nov. 28 through the end of the year at 467 Knottingham Circle in Livermore; <a href="http://californiachristmaslights.com/Properties/Detail.asp?i=98">http://californiachristmaslights.com.</a></p> <p><strong>2) Mattos Orchard Lights</strong></p> <p>More than 90,000 LED lights will cover 30,000-square-feet of apricot trees in the Mattos family’s San Jose orchard. The winter wonderland theme continues with a display of falling snow, Santa and his reindeer flying off a roof, a candy shop and toy soldiers guarding the North Pole.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong> 5 to 10 p.m. from Nov. 29 to Jan. 1 at 1545 Stone Creek Drive in San Jose; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MattosOrchardLights/">www.facebook.com/MattosOrchardLights/.</a></p> <p><strong>3) Crippsmas Place </strong></p> <p>For nearly 60 years, residents in this north Fremont neighborhood have lit up their yards, raised larger-than-life plywood cutouts of favorite cartoon characters and used the show to raise money for worthy causes. People from outside the neighborhood are encouraged to drive in, and everyone can donate either in person or via Paypal to six organizations, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and local groups that support families, foster children, wildlife and breast cancer support services.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong> 6 to 10 p.m. from Dec. 14 to Dec. 25 on Nicolet Avenue, Cripps Place and surrounding streets in Fremont; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MattosOrchardLights/">www.crippsmasplace.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>4) Historic estate lights in Woodside</strong></p> <p>The century-old Filoli estate in Woodside is expanding its hours this season, with the stately mansion and world-renowned, English country-inspired gardens open daily and nightly through January. The ballrooms and other rooms in the mansion feature elegantly decorated Christmas trees, but what’s especially magical at Filoli are the lights arrayed around the extensive garden, where Santa will be available for socially distanced selfies. You can also take a break by visiting a new, outdoor holiday bar set up in the Woodland Garden Court. The bar serves wine, beer and cocktails, as well as warmed mulled wine, spiced cider and hot chocolate.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong> 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with evening hours and separate admission from 4 to 8 p.m., Nov. 21 to Jan. 3 at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. Filoli will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Admission is $15-$38, <a href="https://filoli.org/events/holidays/">https://filoli.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>5) San Jose’s Christmas in the Park </strong></p> <p>Moving to the 14-acre History Park means San Jose’s holiday tradition can become a safe, drive-through experience. Visitors will still see favorite displays — and Santa will be there — but the show, engineered by local illumination engineer J.R. Mattos, will incorporate spectacular new light-and-sound effects, including a “snow tunnel.” Reservations and tickets are required in advance.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong> 4 to 10 p.m. daily from Nov. 27 through Jan. 3 at History Park, at the corner of Senter Road and Phelan Avenue in San Jose. Tickets are $10 per car from 4 to 5 p.m. and $20 per car after 6 p.m.; <a href="http://www.christmasinthepark.com/events/ticketed-events">www.christmasinthepark.com.</a></p> <p><strong>6) Oakland Zoolights “Glowfari” </strong></p> <p>The Oakland Zoo has always hosted one of the Bay Area’s most unusual holiday displays. This year, the zoo presents “Glowfari,” featuring larger-than-life animal lanterns. Families can take a socially distanced stroll to meet magnificent, glowing elephants, giraffes and a 15-foot-tall penguin. Proceeds from Glowfari help the zoo’s operating expenses, which were affected by its closure from March to July.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong> 5:30 to 9 p.m. from Dec. 6 through Jan. 5 (closed Dec. 24 and 25) at 9777 Golf Links Road in Oakland. Admission is $11-$12; <a href="http://www.oaklandzoo.org.">www.oaklandzoo.org.</a></p> <p><strong>7) Los Gatos’ Fantasy of Lights</strong></p> <p>The Santa Clara County Parks Department has canceled the walk-through option for this beloved show at Vasona Lake County Park, but families can still enjoy a 1.5-mile drive through a fantasy land with lights, animated figures and a 90-foot twinkling tree.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong> From 6 to 10 p.m. nightly from Dec. 4 to 30 (closed Dec. 25). The route starts at 333 Blossom Hill Road in Los Gatos. Find information about ticket prices and reservations, which must be made in advance, at the parks department website, <a href="http://www.parkhere.org">www.parkhere.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>8) Lights in the Cacti</strong></p> <p>The Ruth Bancroft Garden’s world-famous collection of unique and gorgeous cacti and other succulents and drought-tolerant plants are presented in, well, a new light. For “Garden of d’Lights,” visitors can socially distance as they meander along the paths of the 3.5-acre garden in Walnut Creek, where plants are illuminated in fantastical ways with specially programmed lasers and thousands of LED lights.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong>  5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from Nov. 20 through Dec. 20 at 1552 Bancroft Road in Walnut Creek. Tickets are $8-$20 and must be purchased ahead; <a href="https://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/lights2020">www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/lights2020</a>.</p> <p><strong>9) Christmas Tree Lane, Alameda</strong></p> <p>Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane is a co-operative effort put on by more than 50 homes. The neighbors have introduced some safety-related modifications for this year. Local school groups, bands and choirs won’t perform, but kids can still drop off letters in Santa’s mailbox for the Big Guy to respond, as long as they include a legible return address.</p> <p><strong>When and where: </strong>Nightly Dec. 5 through New Year’s Eve, 3200 block Thomson Avenue, between High Street and Fernside Boulevard, Alameda. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/christmastreelane/">www.facebook.com/christmastreelane</a>.</p> <p><strong>10) “Entwined” light display, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco </strong></p> <p>For the park’s 150th anniversary, people can stroll through “Entwined,” an art installation that transforms Peacock Meadow, near the Conservatory of Flowers, into a forest of illuminated trees, otherworldly shapes and ever-changing lights that create the illusion of raindrops, wind blowing through grass or ripples on a pond. The display begins in time for the holidays on Dec. 10 and continues at least through Feb. 29. Visitors also can stop by San Francisco’s official holiday tree in front of nearby McLaren Lodge.</p> <p><strong>When and where: </strong>Nightly through Feb. 29, Peacock Meadow, near the Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco.</p> <p><strong>11) Virtual tree lighting, Pleasanton </strong></p> <p>Santa Claus himself hosts the countdown to the annual lighting of the city’s Christmas tree on Dec. 5, which people can view remotely this year. The tree lighting caps a week of virtual events, including an ugly-sweater contest and opportunities for residents to share their favorite cookie recipes and holiday movies.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong> The celebration features daily events, starting Dec. 1, with the tree lighting at 7 p.m., Dec. 5. Find details at the City of Pleasanton’s Hometown Holiday Celebration page,  <a href="https://www.cityofpleasantonca.gov/gov/depts/cs/arts/hometown_holiday.asp">www.cityofpleasantonca.gov</a>.</p> Holiday lights: The show goes on for these 11 dazzling Bay Area displays https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/24/holiday-lights-the-show-goes-on-for-these-9-dazzling-bay-area-displays/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:91a47100-79c4-5543-4222-a00d290bb314 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 06:35:59 +0000 Throughout the Bay Area, homeowners, parks, gardens and public spaces are determined to go forward with annual lights shows as a way to spread holiday cheer after a COVID-19-ravaged 2020. <p>Every year since 1992, Alex Dourov has joined a rare class of Bay Area enthusiasts who create  bright, brilliant and over-the-top displays of holidays lights at their homes or in their neighborhoods.</p> <p>Dourov still plans to go over-the-top this year at his Livermore home. He wants to give his East Bay community something to be cheerful about at the end of an otherwise grim 2020, overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>&#8220;We not only want to bring back a sense of normalcy, but to ramp it up a bit,” says Dourov, who is modifying his show to promote outdoor safety in line with Alameda County public health guidelines. &#8220;There are so many concessions we’ve all had to make the past eight months.&#8221;</p> <p>His sentiment is widely shared. The founder of the popular <a href="http://californiachristmaslights.com/">California Christmas Lights</a> website, Dourov says owners of the vast majority of the 350 homes listed on his site have said they are sticking with the decorating traditions beloved by their families, their neighbors and, in some cases, their entire towns.</p> <p>The properties, neighborhoods, parks, gardens and public spaces showcased here plan to go forward with their popular annual displays — with coronavirus safety concerns, of course, in mind. Visitors will be reminded to wear masks, when necessary, and maintain social distance. The grand Filoli estate in Woodside has extended its hours so guests can space out the timing of their visits, while other locations, such as San Jose’s Christmas in the Park, pivot to drive-through events.</p> <p>&#8220;People need something cool to see this year,” says J.R. Mattos, who is engineering Christmas in the Park&#8217;s move from its longtime walk-through display downtown to a mile-long car route through spacious History Park.</p> <p>&#8220;The synchronized pixel light show will be the biggest expansion to Christmas in the Park in 40 years,” Mattos says. “We’re basically doubling the size of Christmas in the Park.”</p> <p>Mattos is wearing both public and private hats as an illumination impresario this season. As in years past, Mattos and his family will transform their San Jose apricot orchard into a winter wonderland that is expected to be so grand, it will be featured on the ABC reality TV show, &#8220;The Great Christmas Light Fight.”</p> <p>Sadly, not every homeowner or public venue wanted to go through with a light show during the pandemic. Notably, Deacon Dave Rezendes announced he was cancelling his Casa del Pomba, or “House of the Dove,” display at his Livermore home, which has been a Bay Area tradition for more than 35 years. Bob Widmer also decided to cancel the “Widmer World” display at his Pleasanton home, where crowds were invited to walk around his property, including into his back yard.</p> <p>But more than 70 homes in a north Fremont neighborhood will go forward with their annual &#8220;Crippsmas Place&#8221; display — on lanes and cul de sacs, including Cripps Place, hence the name — which also raises funds for local nonprofits. Resident Kate Amon, the president of their Crippsmas Place organization, says organizers have been working with police and city officials on making safety modifications, which include forgoing carolers, candy-cane handouts and a crowd-mingling Santa.</p> <p><aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/12-holiday-tv-must-sees-when-rudolph-grinch-and-others-return/" title="12 holiday TV must-sees: When Rudolph, Grinch and others return"> <span class="dfm-title"> 12 holiday TV must-sees: When Rudolph, Grinch and others return </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/holidays-2020-visit-the-great-dickens-christmas-fair-at-home/" title="Holidays 2020: Visit the Great Dickens Christmas Fair &#8212; at home"> <span class="dfm-title"> Holidays 2020: Visit the Great Dickens Christmas Fair &#8212; at home </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/alone-for-the-holidays-heres-how-to-find-joy-in-the-solitude/" title="Alone for the holidays? 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Here&#8217;s how to find joy in the solitude </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/winter-art-project-wearable-art-necklaces-with-personal-meaning/" title="Winter art project: &#8216;Wearable art&#8217; necklaces with personal meaning"> <span class="dfm-title"> Winter art project: &#8216;Wearable art&#8217; necklaces with personal meaning </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/painting-pots-a-gateway-craft-to-link-children-and-nature/" title="Painted pots for the holidays &#8212; a gateway craft to link children and nature"> <span class="dfm-title"> Painted pots for the holidays &#8212; a gateway craft to link children and nature </span> </a> </li></ul></aside>Dourov will block off his driveway to prevent crowds from congregating there, and he&#8217;s reworked his display so guests can&#8217;t push buttons to move certain figures or get dusted with faux snow. But from the sidewalk or their cars, visitors can still see signs blazing with &#8220;Noel&#8221; and &#8220;Peace on Earth&#8221; and twinkling figures of candy canes, nutcrackers and reindeer in his front yard.</p> <p>Dourov is on several national Facebook groups for enthusiasts who like to share tips on how to build intricate displays. This year, they&#8217;re also discussing ways to keep their displays safe. But Dourov said the overall sentiment remains: &#8220;Everyone says they are doing more and offering bigger shows to give people something to look forward to.&#8221;</p> <p>As of press time, this sampling of nine Bay Area homes, neighborhoods and venues have announced they are offering dazzling light displays this season. Unless otherwise indicated, you can visit most of these nightly, after sundown and at no cost.</p> <p><strong>1) Alex Dourev&#8217;s Knottingham Circle extravaganza</strong></p> <p>The show by the founder of California Christmas Lights offers a mix of old-school decorations that he’s accumulated over the past 28 years and high-tech light-and-sound effects that he continues to update. Guests can listen to music from the sidewalk or on 107.9 FM from their car.</p> <p><strong>When and where: </strong> 5 to 10 p.m. from Nov. 28 through the end of the year at 467 Knottingham Circle in Livermore; <a href="http://californiachristmaslights.com/Properties/Detail.asp?i=98">http://californiachristmaslights.com.</a></p> <p><strong>2) Mattos Orchard Lights</strong></p> <p>More than 90,000 LED lights will cover 30,000-square-feet of apricot trees in the Mattos family’s San Jose orchard. The winter wonderland theme continues with a display of falling snow, Santa and his reindeer flying off a roof, a candy shop and toy soldiers guarding the North Pole.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong> 5 to 10 p.m. from Nov. 29 to Jan. 1 at 1545 Stone Creek Drive in San Jose; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MattosOrchardLights/">www.facebook.com/MattosOrchardLights/.</a></p> <p><strong>3) Crippsmas Place </strong></p> <p>For nearly 60 years, residents in this north Fremont neighborhood have lit up their yards, raised larger-than-life plywood cutouts of favorite cartoon characters and used the show to raise money for worthy causes. People from outside the neighborhood are encouraged to drive in, and everyone can donate either in person or via Paypal to six organizations, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and local groups that support families, foster children, wildlife and breast cancer support services.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong> 6 to 10 p.m. from Dec. 14 to Dec. 25 on Nicolet Avenue, Cripps Place and surrounding streets in Fremont; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MattosOrchardLights/">www.crippsmasplace.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>4) Historic estate lights in Woodside</strong></p> <p>The century-old Filoli estate in Woodside is expanding its hours this season, with the stately mansion and world-renowned, English country-inspired gardens open daily and nightly through January. The ballrooms and other rooms in the mansion feature elegantly decorated Christmas trees, but what&#8217;s especially magical at Filoli are the lights arrayed around the extensive garden, where Santa will be available for socially distanced selfies. You can also take a break by visiting a new, outdoor holiday bar set up in the Woodland Garden Court. The bar serves wine, beer and cocktails, as well as warmed mulled wine, spiced cider and hot chocolate.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong> 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with evening hours and separate admission from 4 to 8 p.m., Nov. 21 to Jan. 3 at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. Filoli will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year&#8217;s Eve. Admission is $15-$38, <a href="https://filoli.org/events/holidays/">https://filoli.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>5) San Jose’s Christmas in the Park </strong></p> <p>Moving to the 14-acre History Park means San Jose’s holiday tradition can become a safe, drive-through experience. Visitors will still see favorite displays — and Santa will be there — but the show, engineered by local illumination engineer J.R. Mattos, will incorporate spectacular new light-and-sound effects, including a “snow tunnel.” Reservations and tickets are required in advance.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong> 4 to 10 p.m. daily from Nov. 27 through Jan. 3 at History Park, at the corner of Senter Road and Phelan Avenue in San Jose. Tickets are $10 per car from 4 to 5 p.m. and $20 per car after 6 p.m.; <a href="http://www.christmasinthepark.com/events/ticketed-events">www.christmasinthepark.com.</a></p> <p><strong>6) Oakland Zoolights “Glowfari” </strong></p> <p>The Oakland Zoo has always hosted one of the Bay Area&#8217;s most unusual holiday displays. This year, the zoo presents “Glowfari,” featuring larger-than-life animal lanterns. Families can take a socially distanced stroll to meet magnificent, glowing elephants, giraffes and a 15-foot-tall penguin. Proceeds from Glowfari help the zoo’s operating expenses, which were affected by its closure from March to July.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong> 5:30 to 9 p.m. from Dec. 6 through Jan. 5 (closed Dec. 24 and 25) at 9777 Golf Links Road in Oakland. Admission is $11-$12; <a href="http://www.oaklandzoo.org.">www.oaklandzoo.org.</a></p> <p><strong>7) Los Gatos’ Fantasy of Lights</strong></p> <p>The Santa Clara County Parks Department has canceled the walk-through option for this beloved show at Vasona Lake County Park, but families can still enjoy a 1.5-mile drive through a fantasy land with lights, animated figures and a 90-foot twinkling tree.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong> From 6 to 10 p.m. nightly from Dec. 4 to 30 (closed Dec. 25). The route starts at 333 Blossom Hill Road in Los Gatos. Find information about ticket prices and reservations, which must be made in advance, at the parks department website, <a href="http://www.parkhere.org">www.parkhere.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>8) Lights in the Cacti</strong></p> <p>The Ruth Bancroft Garden’s world-famous collection of unique and gorgeous cacti and other succulents and drought-tolerant plants are presented in, well, a new light. For “Garden of d’Lights,” visitors can socially distance as they meander along the paths of the 3.5-acre garden in Walnut Creek, where plants are illuminated in fantastical ways with specially programmed lasers and thousands of LED lights.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong>  5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from Nov. 20 through Dec. 20 at 1552 Bancroft Road in Walnut Creek. Tickets are $8-$20 and must be purchased ahead; <a href="https://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/lights2020">www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/lights2020</a>.</p> <p><strong>9) Christmas Tree Lane, Alameda</strong></p> <p>Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane is a co-operative effort put on by more than 50 homes. The neighbors have introduced some safety-related modifications for this year. Local school groups, bands and choirs won’t perform, but kids can still drop off letters in Santa’s mailbox for the Big Guy to respond, as long as they include a legible return address.</p> <p><strong>When and where: </strong>Nightly Dec. 5 through New Year&#8217;s Eve, 3200 block Thomson Avenue, between High Street and Fernside Boulevard, Alameda. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/christmastreelane/">www.facebook.com/christmastreelane</a>.</p> <p><strong>10) &#8220;Entwined&#8221; light display, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco </strong></p> <p>For the park’s 150th anniversary, people can stroll through &#8220;Entwined,&#8221; an art installation that transforms Peacock Meadow, near the Conservatory of Flowers, into a forest of illuminated trees, otherworldly shapes and ever-changing lights that create the illusion of raindrops, wind blowing through grass or ripples on a pond. The display begins in time for the holidays on Dec. 10 and continues at least through Feb. 29. Visitors also can stop by San Francisco’s official holiday tree in front of nearby McLaren Lodge.</p> <p><strong>When and where: </strong>Nightly through Feb. 29, Peacock Meadow, near the Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco.</p> <p><strong>11) Virtual tree lighting, Pleasanton </strong></p> <p>Santa Claus himself hosts the countdown to the annual lighting of the city’s Christmas tree on Dec. 5, which people can view remotely this year. The tree lighting caps a week of virtual events, including an ugly-sweater contest and opportunities for residents to share their favorite cookie recipes and holiday movies.</p> <p><strong>When and where:</strong> The celebration features daily events, starting Dec. 1, with the tree lighting at 7 p.m., Dec. 5. Find details at the City of Pleasanton’s Hometown Holiday Celebration page,  <a href="https://www.cityofpleasantonca.gov/gov/depts/cs/arts/hometown_holiday.asp">www.cityofpleasantonca.gov</a>.</p> Covid-19 is taking a devastating toll on Filipino American nurses https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/24/covid-19-is-taking-a-devastating-toll-on-filipino-american-nurses/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:62a189ef-12f0-4417-a639-889aeee7ab79 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 06:32:49 +0000 Nearly a third of the nurses who've died of coronavirus in the US are Filipino, even though Filipino nurses make up just 4% of the nursing population nationwide. <div class="byline"><strong>By Catherine E. Shoichet | CNN</strong></div> <p>Nearly a third of the nurses who&#8217;ve died of coronavirus in the US are Filipino, even though Filipino nurses make up just 4% of the nursing population nationwide.</p> <p>A<a href="https://www.nationalnursesunited.org/sites/default/files/nnu/graphics/documents/0920_Covid19_SinsOfOmission_Data_Report.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> recent report from the largest nurses&#8217; union in the country</a> revealed the disproportionate number of deaths. It&#8217;s a jarring statistic researchers are working to understand and a tragedy families across the US and around the world are living with every day.</p> <p>Jhulan Banago feels it when he visits his mom&#8217;s grave site every week and when he keeps putting out a plate of food for her at the dinner table every night.</p> <p>Tiffany Olega felt it when she walked through the gates of Disneyland and collapsed to the ground, crying as she set foot in one of her mom&#8217;s favorite places for the first time after her death.</p> <p>Jollene Levid feels it every morning, when she combs through health-care workers&#8217; obituaries and keeps finding Filipino names. She sees her family in their faces &#8212; so many senseless deaths.</p> <p>&#8220;People always talk about it as numbers, but then when so many of the folks you know have died, and it wasn&#8217;t because they weren&#8217;t wearing a mask, it wasn&#8217;t because they decided to eat at a restaurant. They were literally trying to keep someone alive and they caught it,&#8221; Levid says.</p> <p>&#8220;You have to ask, why is this happening to our community?&#8221; she adds. &#8220;There are so many factors, but I would assert that every death was preventable, which is what makes it so much harder.&#8221;</p> <p>Zenei Cortez, co-president of National Nurses United, says the news devastates her not just as a leader of the largest nurses&#8217; union in the United States, but as a Filipino American who knows firsthand how hard nurses are working on the front lines &#8212; often without proper protection.</p> <p>In a September report, the union found that 67 of the 213 registered nurses who&#8217;d died of Covid-19 and related complications in the United States were Filipino. Since then, Cortez says, the death toll has grown.</p> <p><a href="https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/11/asia/hong-kong-filipino-helpers-dst/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Related: Eight Filipino mothers and children share their stories of separation</a> in <a href="https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/11/asia/hong-kong-filipino-helpers-dst/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">working abroad to support their families back home</a></p> <p>The union&#8217;s latest analysis of nurses&#8217; deaths for which race and ethnicity data was available found that 74 of 245 nurses who&#8217;d died were Filipino, or roughly 30%. The toll includes nurses who were born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States, and Filipino American nurses born in the US.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m very concerned and I&#8217;m very heartbroken,&#8221; Cortez says, &#8220;because these deaths are unnecessary.&#8221;</p> <h3>She&#8217;s collecting data to honor the dead</h3> <p>Jollene Levid begins each day with a tragic task: searching news clippings to find the names of Filipino health care workers who&#8217;ve died. Her mission: working with a team of volunteers to confirm the details with multiple sources, then placing them on a website where they&#8217;re compiling data and photos of those who&#8217;ve lost their lives in the pandemic.</p> <p>The site is called <a href="https://www.kanlungan.net/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Kanlungan</a>, which means shelter or refuge. Levid describes it as a memorial. It&#8217;s also, in a sense, a warning.</p> <p>&#8220;We wanted to make sure that we were bringing dignity to people who have passed away saving others&#8217; lives. And we were hoping to collect data also, because people need dignity in the workplace now,&#8221; she says. &#8220;If nobody was collecting the information about how many have fallen to covid, we knew there would be no guarantee that the living would get the protection they need.&#8221;</p> <p>While many people featured on the site are nurses, she says, they aren&#8217;t the only ones who are dying. The website also includes doctors, therapists and other medical workers of Philippine ancestry who&#8217;ve died in the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, the Bahamas, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Guam and the Philippines.</p> <p>&#8220;Three times as many Filipino health care workers have died here in the US than in the Philippines,&#8221; she says. &#8220;So right away we know that there&#8217;s something wrong.&#8221;</p> <h3>They&#8217;re piecing together what&#8217;s happening &#8212; and why</h3> <p>For decades, Filipino nurses have been on the front lines when health crises surged in the US and around the world.</p> <p>&#8220;A number of them have worked in previous epidemics and pandemics in the United States, from AIDS to SARS to Ebola to Covid,&#8221; says Catherine Ceniza Choy, a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California at Berkeley. &#8220;So this is not a new phenomenon.&#8221;</p> <p>Choy describes it as the latest chapter in a long and complex history that dates back more than a century. Her 2003 book, <a href="https://www.dukeupress.edu/empire-of-care" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">&#8220;Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History,&#8221;</a> traces the origins of the migration waves of Filipino nurses who came to work in the US back to the days of colonial rule in the early 20th century.</p> <p>At that time, she says, an Americanized nursing curriculum was brought to the Philippines as part of efforts to build a new education system under the US policy known as &#8220;benevolent assimilation.&#8221;</p> <p>Decades later, when nursing shortages in the United States prompted hospitals to look abroad to help, she says, &#8220;many American hospitals turned to the Philippines because they have similar professional nursing training and they have fluency in the English language.&#8221; And by the second half of the 20th century, more trained nurses came to the United States from the Philippines than from any other foreign country. Since the 1960s, Choy estimates more than 150,000 Filipino nurses have migrated to the US.</p> <p>But still, Choy says, their contributions to health care here aren&#8217;t often acknowledged. She hopes the pandemic may help change that &#8212; and she&#8217;s working with a team of researchers to better understand the disproportionate toll Covid-19 is taking on Filipino nurses. It&#8217;s not just about data, she says.</p> <p>&#8220;Behind those statistics are people who are trying to take care of you and me and who are trying to help us survive this pandemic,&#8221; she says. &#8220;The numbers are disturbing, and I would like to continue doing research about why that is.&#8221;</p> <p>One possible factor, according to a research team she&#8217;s working with: the places where Filipino nurses are more likely to work.</p> <p>&#8220;The major finding&#8230;was that Philippine-trained nurses were disproportionately in the ICUs, the emergency rooms, in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, compared to White, US-trained nurses. They were therefore much more exposed to Covid-19,&#8221; says Jennifer Nazareno, the co-founder and co-director of the <a href="https://phirsthealth.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Philippine Health Initiative for Research, Service, and Training</a> at Brown University&#8217;s School of Public Health.</p> <p>They&#8217;re also more likely to live in multi-generational households, caring for more dependents. And often, she says, they&#8217;re breadwinners supporting family members in the United States and the Philippines. That means they may be more likely to stay in high-stress jobs that put them more at risk.</p> <p>And those may not be the only reasons why more Filipino nurses are dying.</p> <h3>The Filipino &#8216;health paradox&#8217;</h3> <p>Another possible cause is what Nazareno calls the &#8220;Filipino American health paradox.&#8221; On the one hand, she says, Filipinos and Filipino Americans are major providers of healthcare in the United States. On the other hand, <a href="https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2019.305523" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">they face significant chronic health disparities themselves</a>, including being more likely to have diabetes or heart disease.</p> <p>&#8220;That&#8217;s what we&#8217;re really looking to examine going forward,&#8221; she says. &#8220;Covid-19 has really revealed this even more, and has really centered this to look at these huge disparities that are happening to the Filipino workers who are now dying.&#8221;</p> <p>Cortez, the president of National Nurses United, shared another theory with CNN. She says Filipino nurses are less likely to question authority and speak up even if, for example, they fear their employers aren&#8217;t providing them with adequate protective equipment. That&#8217;s especially true, she says, when they&#8217;ve come to the United States on work visas.</p> <p>&#8220;A lot of them will not question authority so that they will not be at odds with their employer, because they&#8217;re always afraid that one wrong move, the employer can revoke their work permit and send them back to the Philippines,&#8221; she says.</p> <p>As researchers continue to study the causes, the number of deaths keeps growing.</p> <h3>They&#8217;re trying to keep their loved ones&#8217; memories alive</h3> <p>And for the families left behind, life is forever altered.</p> <p>Tiffany Olega says memories of her mom frequently rush into her mind.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s been really difficult. &#8230; Even the smallest thing will make me think of her &#8212; driving by a Starbucks, anything with Lakers stuff, the thought of Disneyland,&#8221; she says.</p> <p>Rosary Castro-Olega, a Filipina American who was born and raised in California, had already retired from a decades-long career as a nurse in Los Angeles. But when a cruise she&#8217;d been scheduled to take in March was canceled and she heard hospitals needed help, she had no doubt about where she was supposed to be.</p> <p>Castro-Olega headed to work.</p> <p>&#8220;She was always there helping, no matter if she was feeling ill herself or tired or if she just finished a 12-hour shift, she&#8217;d still go out to help somebody,&#8221; says Tiffany Olega, her oldest daughter.</p> <p>When Castro-Olega died in March, she was <a href="https://www.asianjournal.com/usa/southerncalifornia/garcetti-honors-fallen-pinay-nurse-who-came-out-of-retirement-to-help-las-coronavirus-fight/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the first health care professional to die of Covid-19 in Los Angeles County</a>. And her name was the first added to the Kanlungan website.</p> <p>This year, her grieving family celebrated her birthday at home without her. They wrote messages on purple balloons and lit candles as a memorial. Next year, they plan to celebrate it at Disneyland, wearing T-shirts with her photo beside a hashtag: #FallenHeroes.</p> <p>Jhulan Banago says his family is also trying to keep his mother&#8217;s memory alive. Celia Yap-Banago died in April, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/28/us/missouri-nurse-coronavirus-dies-trnd/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">just days before she was planning to celebrate her 40-year anniversary at the Kansas City hospital where she worked</a>.</p> <p>Since then, her family has kept fixing a plate for her at dinner and often turns the TV to her favorite channel &#8212; The Hallmark Channel, which she&#8217;d watch as she drifted off to sleep.</p> <p>&#8220;We want to make sure that if she&#8217;s watching down on us, she knows that we miss her, and we still want her to be part of our lives, and also we remember her,&#8221; Banago says.</p> <p><aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/24/opinion-pfizer-vaccine-refutes-trumps-nationalism-attacks-on-science/" title="Opinion: Pfizer vaccine refutes Trump&#8217;s nationalism, attacks on science"> <span class="dfm-title"> Opinion: Pfizer vaccine refutes Trump&#8217;s nationalism, attacks on science </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/24/editorial-bay-area-shelter-order-needed-to-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19/" title="Editorial: Bay Area shelter order needed to stop the spread of COVID-19"> <span class="dfm-title"> Editorial: Bay Area shelter order needed to stop the spread of COVID-19 </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/why-a-negative-covid-test-doesnt-give-you-the-green-light-for-thanksgiving/" title="Why a negative COVID test doesn’t give you the green light for Thanksgiving"> <span class="dfm-title"> Why a negative COVID test doesn’t give you the green light for Thanksgiving </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/watch-live-newsom-offers-update-on-californias-response-to-covid-19-pandemic/" title="Watch: Newsom offers update on California’s response to COVID-19 pandemic"> <span class="dfm-title"> Watch: Newsom offers update on California’s response to COVID-19 pandemic </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/pandemic-has-dealt-the-seafood-industry-a-body-blow/" title="Pandemic has dealt the seafood industry a body blow"> <span class="dfm-title"> Pandemic has dealt the seafood industry a body blow </span> </a> </li></ul></aside>Yap-Banango was the first person in her family to immigrate to the United States, and her death left relatives grieving across continents. 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Shoichet | CNN</strong></div> <p>Nearly a third of the nurses who&#8217;ve died of coronavirus in the US are Filipino, even though Filipino nurses make up just 4% of the nursing population nationwide.</p> <p>A<a href="https://www.nationalnursesunited.org/sites/default/files/nnu/graphics/documents/0920_Covid19_SinsOfOmission_Data_Report.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> recent report from the largest nurses&#8217; union in the country</a> revealed the disproportionate number of deaths. It&#8217;s a jarring statistic researchers are working to understand and a tragedy families across the US and around the world are living with every day.</p> <p>Jhulan Banago feels it when he visits his mom&#8217;s grave site every week and when he keeps putting out a plate of food for her at the dinner table every night.</p> <p>Tiffany Olega felt it when she walked through the gates of Disneyland and collapsed to the ground, crying as she set foot in one of her mom&#8217;s favorite places for the first time after her death.</p> <p>Jollene Levid feels it every morning, when she combs through health-care workers&#8217; obituaries and keeps finding Filipino names. She sees her family in their faces &#8212; so many senseless deaths.</p> <p>&#8220;People always talk about it as numbers, but then when so many of the folks you know have died, and it wasn&#8217;t because they weren&#8217;t wearing a mask, it wasn&#8217;t because they decided to eat at a restaurant. They were literally trying to keep someone alive and they caught it,&#8221; Levid says.</p> <p>&#8220;You have to ask, why is this happening to our community?&#8221; she adds. &#8220;There are so many factors, but I would assert that every death was preventable, which is what makes it so much harder.&#8221;</p> <p>Zenei Cortez, co-president of National Nurses United, says the news devastates her not just as a leader of the largest nurses&#8217; union in the United States, but as a Filipino American who knows firsthand how hard nurses are working on the front lines &#8212; often without proper protection.</p> <p>In a September report, the union found that 67 of the 213 registered nurses who&#8217;d died of Covid-19 and related complications in the United States were Filipino. Since then, Cortez says, the death toll has grown.</p> <p><a href="https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/11/asia/hong-kong-filipino-helpers-dst/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Related: Eight Filipino mothers and children share their stories of separation</a> in <a href="https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/11/asia/hong-kong-filipino-helpers-dst/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">working abroad to support their families back home</a></p> <p>The union&#8217;s latest analysis of nurses&#8217; deaths for which race and ethnicity data was available found that 74 of 245 nurses who&#8217;d died were Filipino, or roughly 30%. The toll includes nurses who were born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States, and Filipino American nurses born in the US.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m very concerned and I&#8217;m very heartbroken,&#8221; Cortez says, &#8220;because these deaths are unnecessary.&#8221;</p> <h3>She&#8217;s collecting data to honor the dead</h3> <p>Jollene Levid begins each day with a tragic task: searching news clippings to find the names of Filipino health care workers who&#8217;ve died. Her mission: working with a team of volunteers to confirm the details with multiple sources, then placing them on a website where they&#8217;re compiling data and photos of those who&#8217;ve lost their lives in the pandemic.</p> <p>The site is called <a href="https://www.kanlungan.net/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Kanlungan</a>, which means shelter or refuge. Levid describes it as a memorial. It&#8217;s also, in a sense, a warning.</p> <p>&#8220;We wanted to make sure that we were bringing dignity to people who have passed away saving others&#8217; lives. And we were hoping to collect data also, because people need dignity in the workplace now,&#8221; she says. &#8220;If nobody was collecting the information about how many have fallen to covid, we knew there would be no guarantee that the living would get the protection they need.&#8221;</p> <p>While many people featured on the site are nurses, she says, they aren&#8217;t the only ones who are dying. The website also includes doctors, therapists and other medical workers of Philippine ancestry who&#8217;ve died in the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, the Bahamas, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Guam and the Philippines.</p> <p>&#8220;Three times as many Filipino health care workers have died here in the US than in the Philippines,&#8221; she says. &#8220;So right away we know that there&#8217;s something wrong.&#8221;</p> <h3>They&#8217;re piecing together what&#8217;s happening &#8212; and why</h3> <p>For decades, Filipino nurses have been on the front lines when health crises surged in the US and around the world.</p> <p>&#8220;A number of them have worked in previous epidemics and pandemics in the United States, from AIDS to SARS to Ebola to Covid,&#8221; says Catherine Ceniza Choy, a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California at Berkeley. &#8220;So this is not a new phenomenon.&#8221;</p> <p>Choy describes it as the latest chapter in a long and complex history that dates back more than a century. Her 2003 book, <a href="https://www.dukeupress.edu/empire-of-care" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">&#8220;Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History,&#8221;</a> traces the origins of the migration waves of Filipino nurses who came to work in the US back to the days of colonial rule in the early 20th century.</p> <p>At that time, she says, an Americanized nursing curriculum was brought to the Philippines as part of efforts to build a new education system under the US policy known as &#8220;benevolent assimilation.&#8221;</p> <p>Decades later, when nursing shortages in the United States prompted hospitals to look abroad to help, she says, &#8220;many American hospitals turned to the Philippines because they have similar professional nursing training and they have fluency in the English language.&#8221; And by the second half of the 20th century, more trained nurses came to the United States from the Philippines than from any other foreign country. Since the 1960s, Choy estimates more than 150,000 Filipino nurses have migrated to the US.</p> <p>But still, Choy says, their contributions to health care here aren&#8217;t often acknowledged. She hopes the pandemic may help change that &#8212; and she&#8217;s working with a team of researchers to better understand the disproportionate toll Covid-19 is taking on Filipino nurses. It&#8217;s not just about data, she says.</p> <p>&#8220;Behind those statistics are people who are trying to take care of you and me and who are trying to help us survive this pandemic,&#8221; she says. &#8220;The numbers are disturbing, and I would like to continue doing research about why that is.&#8221;</p> <p>One possible factor, according to a research team she&#8217;s working with: the places where Filipino nurses are more likely to work.</p> <p>&#8220;The major finding&#8230;was that Philippine-trained nurses were disproportionately in the ICUs, the emergency rooms, in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, compared to White, US-trained nurses. They were therefore much more exposed to Covid-19,&#8221; says Jennifer Nazareno, the co-founder and co-director of the <a href="https://phirsthealth.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Philippine Health Initiative for Research, Service, and Training</a> at Brown University&#8217;s School of Public Health.</p> <p>They&#8217;re also more likely to live in multi-generational households, caring for more dependents. And often, she says, they&#8217;re breadwinners supporting family members in the United States and the Philippines. That means they may be more likely to stay in high-stress jobs that put them more at risk.</p> <p>And those may not be the only reasons why more Filipino nurses are dying.</p> <h3>The Filipino &#8216;health paradox&#8217;</h3> <p>Another possible cause is what Nazareno calls the &#8220;Filipino American health paradox.&#8221; On the one hand, she says, Filipinos and Filipino Americans are major providers of healthcare in the United States. On the other hand, <a href="https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2019.305523" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">they face significant chronic health disparities themselves</a>, including being more likely to have diabetes or heart disease.</p> <p>&#8220;That&#8217;s what we&#8217;re really looking to examine going forward,&#8221; she says. &#8220;Covid-19 has really revealed this even more, and has really centered this to look at these huge disparities that are happening to the Filipino workers who are now dying.&#8221;</p> <p>Cortez, the president of National Nurses United, shared another theory with CNN. She says Filipino nurses are less likely to question authority and speak up even if, for example, they fear their employers aren&#8217;t providing them with adequate protective equipment. That&#8217;s especially true, she says, when they&#8217;ve come to the United States on work visas.</p> <p>&#8220;A lot of them will not question authority so that they will not be at odds with their employer, because they&#8217;re always afraid that one wrong move, the employer can revoke their work permit and send them back to the Philippines,&#8221; she says.</p> <p>As researchers continue to study the causes, the number of deaths keeps growing.</p> <h3>They&#8217;re trying to keep their loved ones&#8217; memories alive</h3> <p>And for the families left behind, life is forever altered.</p> <p>Tiffany Olega says memories of her mom frequently rush into her mind.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s been really difficult. &#8230; Even the smallest thing will make me think of her &#8212; driving by a Starbucks, anything with Lakers stuff, the thought of Disneyland,&#8221; she says.</p> <p>Rosary Castro-Olega, a Filipina American who was born and raised in California, had already retired from a decades-long career as a nurse in Los Angeles. But when a cruise she&#8217;d been scheduled to take in March was canceled and she heard hospitals needed help, she had no doubt about where she was supposed to be.</p> <p>Castro-Olega headed to work.</p> <p>&#8220;She was always there helping, no matter if she was feeling ill herself or tired or if she just finished a 12-hour shift, she&#8217;d still go out to help somebody,&#8221; says Tiffany Olega, her oldest daughter.</p> <p>When Castro-Olega died in March, she was <a href="https://www.asianjournal.com/usa/southerncalifornia/garcetti-honors-fallen-pinay-nurse-who-came-out-of-retirement-to-help-las-coronavirus-fight/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the first health care professional to die of Covid-19 in Los Angeles County</a>. And her name was the first added to the Kanlungan website.</p> <p>This year, her grieving family celebrated her birthday at home without her. They wrote messages on purple balloons and lit candles as a memorial. Next year, they plan to celebrate it at Disneyland, wearing T-shirts with her photo beside a hashtag: #FallenHeroes.</p> <p>Jhulan Banago says his family is also trying to keep his mother&#8217;s memory alive. Celia Yap-Banago died in April, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/28/us/missouri-nurse-coronavirus-dies-trnd/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">just days before she was planning to celebrate her 40-year anniversary at the Kansas City hospital where she worked</a>.</p> <p>Since then, her family has kept fixing a plate for her at dinner and often turns the TV to her favorite channel &#8212; The Hallmark Channel, which she&#8217;d watch as she drifted off to sleep.</p> <p>&#8220;We want to make sure that if she&#8217;s watching down on us, she knows that we miss her, and we still want her to be part of our lives, and also we remember her,&#8221; Banago says.</p> <p><aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/24/editorial-bay-area-shelter-order-needed-to-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19/" title="Editorial: Bay Area shelter order needed to stop the spread of COVID-19"> <span class="dfm-title"> Editorial: Bay Area shelter order needed to stop the spread of COVID-19 </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/why-a-negative-covid-test-doesnt-give-you-the-green-light-for-thanksgiving/" title="Why a negative COVID test doesn&#8217;t give you the green light for Thanksgiving"> <span class="dfm-title"> Why a negative COVID test doesn&#8217;t give you the green light for Thanksgiving </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/coronavirus-49ers-have-nine-on-covid-19-reserve-list-with-d-j-jones-jordan-willis-additions/" title="Coronavirus: 49ers have nine on COVID-19 reserve list with D.J. 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Her son says she poured love into her patients, and into her family.</p> <p>&#8220;To move to a new country on the other side of the world speaking a different language, to me that sounds extremely terrifying, but also I know why she did it. I know that she was very forward-thinking and&#8230;wanted to raise kids with more opportunity than she had,&#8221; Banago says.</p> <p>Banago says he takes comfort in a message an aunt in the Philippines recently sent him after a typhoon hit. While many homes nearby dealt with flooding and major damage, their house emerged virtually unscathed. The house was built with money his mom sent from the United States.</p> <p>Even now, he says, his mom is still taking care of others &#8212; forever a nurse.</p> <p>The-CNN-Wire<br /> <img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/13.0.0/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> &amp; © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.</p> Group that sued to stop Livermore housing project to save salamanders appeals https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/24/group-that-sued-to-stop-livermore-housing-project-to-save-salamanders-appeals/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:8ae73f14-5c33-6e91-5866-411753e8645a Tue, 24 Nov 2020 06:28:01 +0000 A group intending to save the Garavente Hills from development due to endangered species on the property have now filed an appeal after a judge ruled in the city's favor. <p>LIVERMORE — A group of local activists that sued Livermore in efforts to save wildlife, including salamanders and owls, has now filed an appeal after a judge&#8217;s recent ruling.</p> <p>The Save the Hill Group filed an appeal after an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the city, allowing the residential development of the Garaventa Hills project to proceed in north Livermore. The group had f<a href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/06/15/lawsuit-housing-project-in-livermore-threatens-salamanders-other-endangered-species/">iled the lawsuit</a> against the city and Lafferty Communities developer in May 2019 to try to block the housing project.</p> <p>The vacant, 31.7-acre housing site, known as the Garaventa Hills property, is in north Livermore, east of North Vasco Road and the Garaventa Wetlands Preserve, north of Garaventa Ranch Road and Altamont Creek Drive, and west of Laughlin Road.</p> <p>Lafferty Communities wants to build 38 houses and six “duets,” or duplex-like units. The council approved the project in April 2019 following an eight-year city review.</p> <p><img class="alignleft size-article_inline_third lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Screen-Shot-2020-11-23-at-3.56.55-PM.png?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Screen-Shot-2020-11-23-at-3.56.55-PM.png?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Screen-Shot-2020-11-23-at-3.56.55-PM.png?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i1.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Screen-Shot-2020-11-23-at-3.56.55-PM.png?fit=210%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 210w" />But Save the Hill Group argued that the property is home to endangered species, including the Vernal Pool Fairy shrimp, California tiger salamander, burrowing owls and the Livermore tarplant. They alleged in their lawsuit that an environmental impact report on the project violates the California Environmental Quality Act by failing to adequately address the potential loss of endangered or threatened species found at the site if the development were allowed.</p> <p>The environmental impact report stated the potential loss of salamanders and other threatened species and plants could be offset by creating new habitats for them at other locations.</p> <p>The group also contends that the city failed to adequately consider whether Garaventa Hills could be purchased and preserved for conservation.</p> <p>&#8220;I am so grateful that the community has really stepped up to help – way beyond what I ever imagined.  We’re in a great position to win this for the residents of Livermore, and we’ll keep going as long as it takes!&#8221; said Bianca Covarelli of Save the Hill Group in a statement.</p> <p>She said the judge&#8217;s ruling against the group was &#8220;baffling&#8221; and feels strongly that the appellate court will agree the city failed to consider preserving the hill as open space. In a 2019 interview, she said there were potentially millions of dollars available. She referred specifically to the Dougherty Valley settlement fund stemming from a lawsuit filed by Citizens for Balanced Growth in 1999 against the Zone 7 Water Agency, the Dublin San Ramon Services District and developers.</p> <p>The Save the Hill Group doesn&#8217;t expect a decision on the appeal until at least 2022. Per the environmental report, no earth moving activities can be performed on the property from October through July, when the protected and endangered species are most active, according to the Save the Hill Group.</p> <p>Lafferty’s original proposal, filed in 2011, called for 76 residential units but was eventually downsized to 44. Through the years, the council has <a href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2015/09/15/livermore-council-turns-down-garaventa-hills-development-for-now/">delayed approval several times</a>, sending the project back to the planning commission for further modifications.</p> <p>The Livermore city attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.</p> Deputy injured chasing man who dropped off gunshot victim at Oakland hospital https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/deputy-injured-chasing-man-who-dropped-off-gunshot-victim-at-oakland-hospital/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:60645442-df8a-420f-3597-16eaf1e5039c Tue, 24 Nov 2020 05:53:44 +0000 An Alameda County deputy sheriff was injured Monday afternoon chasing a man who had just dropped off a gunshot victim at Highland Hospital, authorities said. <p>OAKLAND — An Alameda County sheriff&#8217;s deputy was injured Monday afternoon chasing a man who had just dropped off a gunshot victim at Highland Hospital, authorities said.</p> <p>The extent of the deputy&#8217;s injuries was not immediately available.</p> <p>The man he was chasing was detained several blocks from the hospital. Authorities did not say if he was placed under arrest.</p> <p>Authorities said the man had dropped off another man who had been shot, at the hospital, 1411 East 31st St., about 2:40 p.m.</p> <p>The  gunshot victim, who had a leg wound, was in stable condition. Police said they believed the shooting happened in East Oakland.</p> <p>When deputies tried to detain the man who had dropped off the gunshot victim, he reportedly shoved them and started running away with at least one deputy in foot pursuit.</p> <p>During the chase, a deputy fell and injured himself and the pursuit was called off, authorities said.</p> <p>Other deputies and Oakland police officers flooded the area and the suspect was detained about 2:54 p.m. in the 1300 block of East 28th Street, several blocks from the hospital.</p> <p>Authorities said a preliminary search found drugs in the vehicle the wounded man had been driven to the hospital in. No confirmation was immediately available on reports of a possibly associated East Oakland shooting near the city&#8217;s Lockwood neighborhood.</p> <p><em>Check back for updates.</em></p> Letters: Protect rodeo animals | Harris’ seat | Support girls | ‘We’ vs. virus | Global COVID fight https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/24/letters-157/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:30bfdedd-158d-ed6d-2473-2f34e1088743 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 05:47:32 +0000 East Bay Times Letters to the Editor for November 24, 2020 <p style="text-align: center"><em><strong>Submit your letter to the editor via <a href="http://www.eastbaytimes.com/letters-to-the-editor">this form</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.eastbaytimes.com/letters">Letters to the Editor</a>.</strong></em></p> <hr /> <h4>Legislators have chanceto protect rodeo animals</h4> <p>Most legislators decide in November which bills to carry in the 2021 session. Here are three humane bills needing an author:</p> <ol> <li>Amend state rodeo law, Penal Code 596.7, so as to require an on-site veterinarian or registered veterinary technician (RVT) at all rodeos — the &#8220;on-call&#8221; option is not working, and animals are suffering needlessly.</li> <li>Ban the Mexican rodeo&#8217;s (&#8220;<em>charreada</em>&#8220;) brutal &#8220;steer tailing&#8221; event (now outlawed in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, Nebraska and Brazil).</li> <li>Ban the rodeo&#8217;s nonsanctioned &#8220;wild cow milking contest,&#8221; children&#8217;s &#8220;mutton busting&#8221; event, and all animal &#8220;scrambles&#8221;: cruel and dangerous for all concerned.</li> </ol> <p>As Gandhi noted, &#8220;The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.&#8221; Words to live by.</p> <p style="text-align: right"><strong>Eric Mills</strong><em>Oakland</em></p> <h4>Race shouldn’t play rolein filling Harris seat</h4> <p>The headline of the commentary in Thursday’s paper is “<a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/19/opinion-newsom-should-nominate-candidate-who-reflects-states-diversity/">Harris’ Senate replacement should be a person of color</a>.” (Nov. 19) Why should it matter?</p> <p>That comment is totally at odds with the purported objective of those who would mend any racial divide, especially those who revered Martin Luther King, Jr., who said quite clearly that he dreamed of a day when a person would be judged, not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.</p> <p style="text-align: right"><strong>Gerald E. Kosel</strong><em>Clayton</em></p> <h4>Encourage Congressto support girls globally</h4> <p>I want to thank Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, &#8220;]for supporting the Keeping Girls in School Act (<a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2153">H.R.2153</a>), and I encourage Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other members of Congress to do the same.</p> <p>The U.S. needs to continue to be a global leader in supporting educational opportunities, especially for girls. Girls ages 10-19 are more than three times more likely than boys to be kept out of school, and an estimated 130 million girls are not enrolled in school worldwide.</p> <p>Besides facilitating girls’ progress and development, improving education for girls also has an economic benefit. Helping girls remain in school would add <a href="https://www.votervoice.net/mobile/Zonta/Campaigns/77350/Respond#:~:text=The%20economic%20benefits%20of%20girls,low%20and%20middle%2Dincome%20nations%3B&amp;text=Increase%20girls'%20future%20wages%20by,percent%20for%20every%20year%20enrolled.">$92 billion</a> to lower- and middle-income nations, and reducing global poverty contributes greatly to minimizing conflict and reducing conflict around the globe.</p> <p style="text-align: right"><strong>Sadie Fleig</strong><em>Berkeley</em></p> <h4>To slow virus, outlookmust be &#8216;we,&#8217; not &#8216;me&#8217;</h4> <p>Even though the CDC issued a recommendation that Americans refrain from traveling for Thanksgiving, my family doesn’t think that it applies to them. They, like many Americans, are more focused on exercising their “individual liberty” than on civic responsibility.</p> <p>Gov. Newsom has now tightened up restrictions in California. But in Los Angeles, people have been prohibited for months from going to gyms, movie theaters and restaurants. Despite this COVID cases in Los Angeles are peaking. Even though people aren’t frequenting movie theaters and restaurants, they are congregating in large numbers privately and spreading the disease.</p> <p>What we need right now is a cultural shift from the “me” to the “we.” When Americans start caring about the impact of individual decisions on communities, infection rates will decrease. Rather than “rules,” these should be viewed as “civic responsibilities.&#8221; These guidelines should be meant for all Americans, including mayors and even the president.</p> <p style="text-align: right"><strong>Patricia Connor</strong><em>Santa Barbara</em></p> <h4>US should leadglobal COVID fight</h4> <p>Now that all but the Georgia Senate runoff elections are over, it’s past time for Republicans and Democrats to honor their oaths to defend the country and lead the rest of the world against an invader that has killed over 18,500 Californians, 250,000 Americans, and 1.3 million people worldwide.</p> <p><aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-section">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/22/letters-155/" title="Letters: Impartial info | Complicating fight | Opportunity for unity | The Pompeo problem"> <span class="dfm-title"> Letters: Impartial info | Complicating fight | Opportunity for unity | The Pompeo problem </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/22/letters-154/" title="Letters: Fauci indeed heroic | Resignation right call | Hydrogen&#8217;s role | Prevaricating GOP"> <span class="dfm-title"> Letters: Fauci indeed heroic | Resignation right call | Hydrogen&#8217;s role | Prevaricating GOP </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/20/letters-152/" title="Letters: Options to closing | No place to land | Upholding decency | Resisting &#8216;pandemic fatigue&#8217; | Congress at work | Election grinds on"> <span class="dfm-title"> Letters: Options to closing | No place to land | Upholding decency | Resisting &#8216;pandemic fatigue&#8217; | Congress at work | Election grinds on </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/20/letters-153/" title="Letters: Price of inattention | Costco in Pleasanton | Brown Act | GOP safeguard | Big business and GOP | &#8216;Tyranny of minority&#8217;"> <span class="dfm-title"> Letters: Price of inattention | Costco in Pleasanton | Brown Act | GOP safeguard | Big business and GOP | &#8216;Tyranny of minority&#8217; </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/19/letters-151/" title="Letters: Bike safety | Improve Electoral College | Stating the obvious | Herd immunity | Disdain is divisive | Dangerous game"> <span class="dfm-title"> Letters: Bike safety | Improve Electoral College | Stating the obvious | Herd immunity | Disdain is divisive | Dangerous game </span> </a> </li></ul></aside>U.S. taxpayers are losing decades of investment and success in international economic and health development programs because of COVID-19. According to the Stop TB Partnership, disruptions to global health services could cause an additional 6.3 million cases of tuberculosis and an additional 1.4 million TB deaths between 2020 and 2025.</p> <p>Before this Congress ends, it must honor American humanitarianism and provide $20 billion for international development in a COVID-relief bill. To uphold American leadership and authority, we must fight COVID here at home and overseas.</p> <p style="text-align: right"><strong>Jim Driggers</strong><em>Concord</em></p> Letters: Protect rodeo animals | Harris’ seat | Support girls | ‘We’ vs. virus | Global COVID fight https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/24/letters-157/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:2ccea31c-c8b3-53ed-a664-85ec33fbe871 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 05:47:29 +0000 East Bay Times Letters to the Editor for November 24, 2020 <p style="text-align: center"><em><strong>Submit your letter to the editor via <a href="http://www.eastbaytimes.com/letters-to-the-editor">this form</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.eastbaytimes.com/letters">Letters to the Editor</a>.</strong></em></p> <hr /> <h4>Legislators have chance<br /> to protect rodeo animals</h4> <p>Most legislators decide in November which bills to carry in the 2021 session. Here are three humane bills needing an author:</p> <ol> <li>Amend state rodeo law, Penal Code 596.7, so as to require an on-site veterinarian or registered veterinary technician (RVT) at all rodeos — the &#8220;on-call&#8221; option is not working, and animals are suffering needlessly.</li> <li>Ban the Mexican rodeo&#8217;s (&#8220;<em>charreada</em>&#8220;) brutal &#8220;steer tailing&#8221; event (now outlawed in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, Nebraska and Brazil).</li> <li>Ban the rodeo&#8217;s nonsanctioned &#8220;wild cow milking contest,&#8221; children&#8217;s &#8220;mutton busting&#8221; event, and all animal &#8220;scrambles&#8221;: cruel and dangerous for all concerned.</li> </ol> <p>As Gandhi noted, &#8220;The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.&#8221; Words to live by.</p> <p style="text-align: right"><strong>Eric Mills</strong><br /> <em>Oakland</em></p> <h4>Race shouldn’t play role<br /> in filling Harris seat</h4> <p>The headline of the commentary in Thursday’s paper is “<a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/19/opinion-newsom-should-nominate-candidate-who-reflects-states-diversity/">Harris’ Senate replacement should be a person of color</a>.” (Nov. 19) Why should it matter?</p> <p>That comment is totally at odds with the purported objective of those who would mend any racial divide, especially those who revered Martin Luther King, Jr., who said quite clearly that he dreamed of a day when a person would be judged, not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.</p> <p style="text-align: right"><strong>Gerald E. Kosel<br /> </strong><em>Clayton</em></p> <h4>Encourage Congress<br /> to support girls globally</h4> <p>I want to thank Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, &#8220;]for supporting the Keeping Girls in School Act (<a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2153">H.R.2153</a>), and I encourage Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other members of Congress to do the same.</p> <p>The U.S. needs to continue to be a global leader in supporting educational opportunities, especially for girls. Girls ages 10-19 are more than three times more likely than boys to be kept out of school, and an estimated 130 million girls are not enrolled in school worldwide.</p> <p>Besides facilitating girls’ progress and development, improving education for girls also has an economic benefit. Helping girls remain in school would add <a href="https://www.votervoice.net/mobile/Zonta/Campaigns/77350/Respond#:~:text=The%20economic%20benefits%20of%20girls,low%20and%20middle%2Dincome%20nations%3B&amp;text=Increase%20girls'%20future%20wages%20by,percent%20for%20every%20year%20enrolled.">$92 billion</a> to lower- and middle-income nations, and reducing global poverty contributes greatly to minimizing conflict and reducing conflict around the globe.</p> <p style="text-align: right"><strong>Sadie Fleig</strong><br /> <em>Berkeley</em></p> <h4>To slow virus, outlook<br /> must be &#8216;we,&#8217; not &#8216;me&#8217;</h4> <p>Even though the CDC issued a recommendation that Americans refrain from traveling for Thanksgiving, my family doesn’t think that it applies to them. They, like many Americans, are more focused on exercising their “individual liberty” than on civic responsibility.</p> <p>Gov. Newsom has now tightened up restrictions in California. But in Los Angeles, people have been prohibited for months from going to gyms, movie theaters and restaurants. Despite this COVID cases in Los Angeles are peaking. Even though people aren’t frequenting movie theaters and restaurants, they are congregating in large numbers privately and spreading the disease.</p> <p>What we need right now is a cultural shift from the “me” to the “we.” When Americans start caring about the impact of individual decisions on communities, infection rates will decrease. Rather than “rules,” these should be viewed as “civic responsibilities.&#8221; These guidelines should be meant for all Americans, including mayors and even the president.</p> <p style="text-align: right"><strong>Patricia Connor</strong><br /> <em>Santa Barbara</em></p> <h4>US should lead<br /> global COVID fight</h4> <p>Now that all but the Georgia Senate runoff elections are over, it’s past time for Republicans and Democrats to honor their oaths to defend the country and lead the rest of the world against an invader that has killed over 18,500 Californians, 250,000 Americans, and 1.3 million people worldwide.</p> <p><aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-section">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/24/letters-156/" title="Letters: Newsom&#8217;s error | Manners lesson | Standing up to bully | Congressional authority | Trump&#8217;s playbook | Muslims denounce violence"> <span class="dfm-title"> Letters: Newsom&#8217;s error | Manners lesson | Standing up to bully | Congressional authority | Trump&#8217;s playbook | Muslims denounce violence </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/22/letters-155/" title="Letters: Impartial info | Complicating fight | Opportunity for unity | The Pompeo problem"> <span class="dfm-title"> Letters: Impartial info | Complicating fight | Opportunity for unity | The Pompeo problem </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/22/letters-154/" title="Letters: Fauci indeed heroic | Resignation right call | Hydrogen&#8217;s role | Prevaricating GOP"> <span class="dfm-title"> Letters: Fauci indeed heroic | Resignation right call | Hydrogen&#8217;s role | Prevaricating GOP </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/20/letters-152/" title="Letters: Options to closing | No place to land | Upholding decency | Resisting &#8216;pandemic fatigue&#8217; | Congress at work | Election grinds on"> <span class="dfm-title"> Letters: Options to closing | No place to land | Upholding decency | Resisting &#8216;pandemic fatigue&#8217; | Congress at work | Election grinds on </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/20/letters-153/" title="Letters: Price of inattention | Costco in Pleasanton | Brown Act | GOP safeguard | Big business and GOP | &#8216;Tyranny of minority&#8217;"> <span class="dfm-title"> Letters: Price of inattention | Costco in Pleasanton | Brown Act | GOP safeguard | Big business and GOP | &#8216;Tyranny of minority&#8217; </span> </a> </li></ul></aside>U.S. taxpayers are losing decades of investment and success in international economic and health development programs because of COVID-19. According to the Stop TB Partnership, disruptions to global health services could cause an additional 6.3 million cases of tuberculosis and an additional 1.4 million TB deaths between 2020 and 2025.</p> <p>Before this Congress ends, it must honor American humanitarianism and provide $20 billion for international development in a COVID-relief bill. To uphold American leadership and authority, we must fight COVID here at home and overseas.</p> <p style="text-align: right"><strong>Jim Driggers</strong><br /> <em>Concord</em></p> Editorial: Bay Area shelter order needed to stop the spread of COVID-19 https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/24/editorial-bay-area-shelter-order-needed-to-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:4d89ec88-e3ef-3cac-8a40-5d6aa6829404 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 05:31:43 +0000 It’s not a question of if a directive will be necessary, only a matter of when — and the sooner the better. <p>As the coronavirus spreads rapidly across the nation, the state and the Bay Area, it’s time for the region’s health officials to take action as they they did in March.</p> <p>With the absence of any leadership from President Donald Trump, and with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/18/walters-gov-newsoms-posh-dinner-displays-hypocritical-arrogance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bumbling</a> and <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/21/borenstein-more-will-die-from-covid-because-of-timid-newsom-leadership/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">timidity</a>, it’s time for Bay Area leaders to pave the way, much as they did at the onset of the pandemic.</p> <p>It seems that it’s not a question of if a shelter-in-place order will be necessary, it’s only a matter of when. And the sooner health officials act, the better the chances of flattening the curve, sparing our hospitals from being overwhelmed, and saving lives.</p> <p>In the past month, the number of coronavirus cases in <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the country</a>, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/california-coronavirus-cases.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">California</a> and the <a href="https://extras.mercurynews.com/coronavirus-tracker/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bay Area</a> has approximately tripled. The nation and state are at unprecedented case levels; the Bay Area is close.</p> <p>It’s not just that more people are being tested. It’s also that the portion of tests coming back positive for the virus is rising rapidly, roughly doubling in the past month in both the <a href="https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/individual-states/california" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">nation</a> and <a href="https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/individual-states/california" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">California</a>.</p> <p>Daily deaths across the nation have also roughly doubled, reaching the worst levels since mid-May. The rise in California hasn’t been as quick, but the effects of the latest surge on our state have lagged much of the nation.</p> <p>There are clear signs that California fatalities will soon follow the national trend. <a href="https://extras.mercurynews.com/coronavirus-tracker/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Statewide hospitalization rates</a> are increasing rapidly as are the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care. Ditto for the Bay Area. Santa Clara County’s health officer, Dr. Sara Cody, <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/20/coronavirus-santa-clara-county-on-track-to-exceed-hospital-capacity-in-3-weeks/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">warned last week</a> that on her county’s current trajectory, it would run out of hospital capacity in three weeks.</p> <p>All that is before Thanksgiving holiday gatherings, the Black Friday shopping rush, interstate travelers penetrate the region and the state, and the weather turns seriously colder, forcing more people indoors. The holiday season could become the nation’s worst super-spreader event.</p> <p>Local, state and national health officials have been pleading with people to stay home and celebrate Thanksgiving with only members of their household &#8212; or no more than two other households outdoors and socially distanced. But we already know that too many are selfishly ignoring those requests.</p> <p>To counter that, California health officials have moved most counties into the most-restrictive purple tier of the governor’s risk-level indicators. That affects <a href="https://covid19.ca.gov/state-dashboard/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">94%</a> of the state’s population, including every Bay Area county except Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo. And while the first two of those are not waiting on the state to ratchet back, San Mateo County officials continue to balk at decisive action.</p> <p>Meanwhile, for those purple counties, the governor last week imposed a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on non-essential work, movement and gatherings. It seemed to be aimed at gathering places like bars and restaurants, but, in purple counties, indoor activities there were already prohibited at any hour.</p> <p>Sure, the curfew can’t hurt. But Dr. Mark Ghaly, the secretary of health and human services, could offer no statistical evidence it would help. He and Newsom have warned that more restrictions could be coming, but they’re not saying what and when. Meanwhile, their color-coding system is not stemming the virus.</p> <p>Which brings us to the need for a Bay Area shelter order. Clearly, no one wants to shut down much of the economy. And we’ve learned more about the virus since the spring. But the fundamentals have not changed.</p> <p>We’ve already demonstrated that we can flatten the curve by sheltering. This fall, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/17/podcasts/the-daily/coronavirus-second-wave-us-europe.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Europe showed</a> again that the strategy works.</p> <p>Now &#8212; as cases, infection rates and deaths are all rising quickly, and hospitals are starting to fill &#8212; is the time to get ahead of this. 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Gavin Newsom’s <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/18/walters-gov-newsoms-posh-dinner-displays-hypocritical-arrogance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bumbling</a> and <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/21/borenstein-more-will-die-from-covid-because-of-timid-newsom-leadership/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">timidity</a>, it’s time for Bay Area leaders to pave the way, much as they did at the onset of the pandemic.</p> <p>It seems that it’s not a question of if a shelter-in-place order will be necessary, it’s only a matter of when. 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It’s also that the portion of tests coming back positive for the virus is rising rapidly, roughly doubling in the past month in both the <a href="https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/individual-states/california" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">nation</a> and <a href="https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/individual-states/california" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">California</a>.</p> <p>Daily deaths across the nation have also roughly doubled, reaching the worst levels since mid-May. The rise in California hasn’t been as quick, but the effects of the latest surge on our state have lagged much of the nation.</p> <p>There are clear signs that California fatalities will soon follow the national trend. <a href="https://extras.mercurynews.com/coronavirus-tracker/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Statewide hospitalization rates</a> are increasing rapidly as are the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care. Ditto for the Bay Area. Santa Clara County’s health officer, Dr. Sara Cody, <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/20/coronavirus-santa-clara-county-on-track-to-exceed-hospital-capacity-in-3-weeks/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">warned last week</a> that on her county’s current trajectory, it would run out of hospital capacity in three weeks.</p> <p>All that is before Thanksgiving holiday gatherings, the Black Friday shopping rush, interstate travelers penetrate the region and the state, and the weather turns seriously colder, forcing more people indoors. The holiday season could become the nation’s worst super-spreader event.</p> <p>Local, state and national health officials have been pleading with people to stay home and celebrate Thanksgiving with only members of their household &#8212; or no more than two other households outdoors and socially distanced. But we already know that too many are selfishly ignoring those requests.</p> <p>To counter that, California health officials have moved most counties into the most-restrictive purple tier of the governor’s risk-level indicators. That affects <a href="https://covid19.ca.gov/state-dashboard/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">94%</a> of the state’s population, including every Bay Area county except Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo. And while the first two of those are not waiting on the state to ratchet back, San Mateo County officials continue to balk at decisive action.</p> <p>Meanwhile, for those purple counties, the governor last week imposed a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on non-essential work, movement and gatherings. It seemed to be aimed at gathering places like bars and restaurants, but, in purple counties, indoor activities there were already prohibited at any hour.</p> <p>Sure, the curfew can’t hurt. But Dr. Mark Ghaly, the secretary of health and human services, could offer no statistical evidence it would help. He and Newsom have warned that more restrictions could be coming, but they’re not saying what and when. Meanwhile, their color-coding system is not stemming the virus.</p> <p>Which brings us to the need for a Bay Area shelter order. Clearly, no one wants to shut down much of the economy. And we’ve learned more about the virus since the spring. But the fundamentals have not changed.</p> <p>We’ve already demonstrated that we can flatten the curve by sheltering. This fall, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/17/podcasts/the-daily/coronavirus-second-wave-us-europe.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Europe showed</a> again that the strategy works.</p> <p>Now &#8212; as cases, infection rates and deaths are all rising quickly, and hospitals are starting to fill &#8212; is the time to get ahead of this. 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She is currently a professor emeritus of business administration at UC Berkeley&#8217;s renowned Haas School of Business, where she specialized in unemployment and labor markets. Her husband, George Akerlof, a 2001 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Science, is also a professor emeritus at Cal.</p> <p><aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/bidens-pick-for-un-envoy-will-find-waning-us-influence/" title="Biden&#8217;s pick for UN envoy will find waning US influence"> <span class="dfm-title"> Biden&#8217;s pick for UN envoy will find waning US influence </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/national-security-experts-urge-trump-to-concede-to-biden/" title="National security experts urge Trump to concede to Biden"> <span class="dfm-title"> National security experts urge Trump to concede to Biden </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/covid-19-case-load-tripled-every-week-after-florida-reopened/" title="Covid-19 case load tripled every week after Florida reopened"> <span class="dfm-title"> Covid-19 case load tripled every week after Florida reopened </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/oxford-english-dictionary-couldnt-pick-just-one-word-of-the-year-for-2020/" title="Oxford English Dictionary couldn’t pick just one ‘word of the year’ for 2020"> <span class="dfm-title"> Oxford English Dictionary couldn’t pick just one ‘word of the year’ for 2020 </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/biden-expected-to-nominate-antony-blinken-as-secretary-of-state/" title="Biden signals shift from Trump with cabinet picks"> <span class="dfm-title"> Biden signals shift from Trump with cabinet picks </span> </a> </li></ul></aside>Yellen, 74, was raised in New York, and attended Brown University and then Yale before joining the central bank. After her term as chair of the Fed ended in 2018 and Trump declined to renominate her, she joined the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She later became an adviser to Biden&#8217;s presidential campaign in an unusual departure for a former Fed leader that thrust her into the political arena. Earlier in her career, Yellen was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for six years.</p> <p>Yellen, who was also the first woman to serve as Fed chair, has embraced the idea of government support for workers and companies hit hard by the pandemic, which puts her in line with Biden on the issue.</p> <p>Biden had said last week that his choice for treasury secretary would be “someone who I think will be accepted by all elements of the Democratic Party, progressives through the moderate coalition.”</p> <p>As treasury secretary, Yellen would face a shaky U.S. economy, weakened by the pandemic recession and now in the grip of a surging viral epidemic that is intensifying pressure on businesses and individuals. Concern is rising that the economy could slide into a “double-dip” recession this winter as states and cities reimpose restrictions on businesses and consumers stay at home to avoid contracting the disease.</p> <p>The health of the economy hinges in part on a close coordination between the Fed, an independent agency, and the Treasury, a presidential Cabinet department, especially during major crises like the pandemic recession that struck in early spring. Soon after that crisis erupted, the government established a suite of lending programs that were designed to shore up businesses and municipalities and that involve a partnership between the Treasury Department and the Fed.</p> <p>Yellen, who will need to be confirmed by a Senate that may still be controlled by Republicans come January, is not the only person with Bay Area ties apparently heading for a top post in the Biden administration. Aside from East Bay native and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, other Golden State politicians have been rumored to be in the <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/09/the-californians-who-could-end-up-in-joe-bidens-cabinet/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">running for Cabinet posts</a>, including California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Los Angeles Rep. Karen Bass and even former Republican candidate for governor, Meg Whitman.</p> <p><em>The Associated Press contributed to this report. </em></p> Report: Joe Biden to nominate UC Berkeley’s Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/report-joe-biden-to-nominate-janet-yellen-as-treasury-secretary/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:3d2dd514-ed2d-c89c-ab42-fefbbe76b964 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 04:12:47 +0000 The former chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, is a professor emeritus at UC Berkeley. <p>President-elect Joe Biden reportedly plans to nominate UC Berkeley&#8217;s Janet Yellen as his Treasury secretary, a high-level Cabinet position made all the more critical by the economic devastation inflicted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The news, confirmed by numerous publications, means that a woman will hold the nation&#8217;s preeminent economic policy job for the first time in more than 200 years.</p> <p>Yellen, the former chair of the Federal Reserve, has deep Bay Area ties. She is currently a professor emeritus of business administration at UC Berkeley&#8217;s renowned Haas School of Business, where she specialized in unemployment and labor markets. Her husband, George Akerlof, a 2001 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Science, is also a professor emeritus at Cal.</p> <p><aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/biden-transition-gets-govt-ok-after-trump-out-of-options/" title="Biden transition gets govt OK after Trump out of options"> <span class="dfm-title"> Biden transition gets govt OK after Trump out of options </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/bidens-pick-for-un-envoy-will-find-waning-us-influence/" title="Biden&#8217;s pick for UN envoy will find waning US influence"> <span class="dfm-title"> Biden&#8217;s pick for UN envoy will find waning US influence </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/national-security-experts-urge-trump-to-concede-to-biden/" title="National security experts urge Trump to concede to Biden"> <span class="dfm-title"> National security experts urge Trump to concede to Biden </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/covid-19-case-load-tripled-every-week-after-florida-reopened/" title="Covid-19 case load tripled every week after Florida reopened"> <span class="dfm-title"> Covid-19 case load tripled every week after Florida reopened </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/oxford-english-dictionary-couldnt-pick-just-one-word-of-the-year-for-2020/" title="Oxford English Dictionary couldn&#8217;t pick just one &#8216;word of the year&#8217; for 2020"> <span class="dfm-title"> Oxford English Dictionary couldn&#8217;t pick just one &#8216;word of the year&#8217; for 2020 </span> </a> </li></ul></aside>Yellen, 74, was raised in New York, and attended Brown University and then Yale before joining the central bank. After her term as chair of the Fed ended in 2018 and Trump declined to renominate her, she joined the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She later became an adviser to Biden&#8217;s presidential campaign in an unusual departure for a former Fed leader that thrust her into the political arena. Earlier in her career, Yellen was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for six years.</p> <p>Yellen, who was also the first woman to serve as Fed chair, has embraced the idea of government support for workers and companies hit hard by the pandemic, which puts her in line with Biden on the issue.</p> <p>Biden had said last week that his choice for treasury secretary would be “someone who I think will be accepted by all elements of the Democratic Party, progressives through the moderate coalition.”</p> <p>As treasury secretary, Yellen would face a shaky U.S. economy, weakened by the pandemic recession and now in the grip of a surging viral epidemic that is intensifying pressure on businesses and individuals. Concern is rising that the economy could slide into a “double-dip” recession this winter as states and cities reimpose restrictions on businesses and consumers stay at home to avoid contracting the disease.</p> <p>The health of the economy hinges in part on a close coordination between the Fed, an independent agency, and the Treasury, a presidential Cabinet department, especially during major crises like the pandemic recession that struck in early spring. Soon after that crisis erupted, the government established a suite of lending programs that were designed to shore up businesses and municipalities and that involve a partnership between the Treasury Department and the Fed.</p> <p>Yellen, who will need to be confirmed by a Senate that may still be controlled by Republicans come January, is not the only person with Bay Area ties apparently heading for a top post in the Biden administration. Aside from East Bay native and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, other Golden State politicians have been rumored to be in the <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/09/the-californians-who-could-end-up-in-joe-bidens-cabinet/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">running for Cabinet posts</a>, including California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Los Angeles Rep. Karen Bass and even former Republican candidate for governor, Meg Whitman.</p> <p><em>The Associated Press contributed to this report. </em></p> What will happen if I don’t renew my auto registration? Roadshow https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/state-garnishes-wages-of-drivers-who-dont-keep-up-auto-registration-roadshow/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:9db67197-6b98-70bc-11d9-d03564256cee Tue, 24 Nov 2020 03:49:58 +0000 Plus: If the DMV won't process my personalized plate, can I get my money back? <p><strong>Q:</strong> How does California enforce annual vehicle license renewals and tags? During a walk around my neighborhood, I saw one vehicle with a 2018 tag, one with 2014 and one with 1992. If these people are not paying their annual license fee, will anyone ever catch them?</p> <p><strong>David Stearns, Concord</strong></p> <aside> <p style="text-align: center"><strong><em>Like Mr. Roadshow’s <a href="http://bayareane.ws/mrroadshowfb" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Facebook page</a> for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting. </em></strong></p> </aside> <p><strong>A:</strong> Oh, yes. State officials insist they are on top of this for in-state offenders. According to Fred-a-Franchise-Tax Man: &#8220;In regards to vehicle registration scofflaws who don’t pay their fees, I can guarantee your readers that the Franchise Tax Board does indeed garnish their wages. I work in payroll and we get these notices on a regular basis, sadly.&#8221;</p> <p>The state Franchise Tax Board can garnish up to 25% in wages from residents driving with expired tags. It collects around $170 million a year and the CHP issues around 255,000 tickets a year for registration violations.</p> <p>Tickets aren’t usually issued unless tags are six months out of date. If you’re aware of someone who hasn’t complied, you can report them anonymously to the CHP’s website at www.chp.ca.gov. It’s important to get the license plate number, the date, time and location where you observed the vehicle, plus the make, model and color of the vehicle.</p> <p><strong>Q:</strong> We notice that some license plate tags say &#8220;2020&#8221; or &#8220;2021&#8221; while others say &#8220;20&#8221; or &#8220;21&#8221;.  Is there some deep meaning to the difference?</p> <p><strong>Paul Gregory, Palo Alto</strong></p> <p><strong>A:</strong> The DMV issues two kinds of vehicle registration stickers. Those who complete their registration directly with DMV are issued tags with four digits for the year of expiration. The other version with a two-digit year indicator is issued for those who use DMV self-service terminals or business partners like AAA.</p> <p><strong>Q:</strong> I submitted an application for personalized specialty plates and paid the $50 fee in early July. Nothing came in the mail, so I tried to find answers on the DMV website. Other than saying that processing of personalized plates “has been suspended,” there’s nothing I can learn about my application and fee. Has my application been canceled — in which case they owe me 50 bucks — or should I just wait longer than the 14 weeks I’ve waited so far?</p> <p><strong>Charles Lindsey, Bob Turner and a few more</strong></p> <p><strong>A:</strong> Wait a little longer. The issuance of personalized license plate orders has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. But the DMV anticipates service may resume in the next 30 days.</p> <p><strong><aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/02/mr-roadshow-is-on-vacation/" title="Mr. Roadshow is on vacation"> <span class="dfm-title"> Mr. Roadshow is on vacation </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/01/senior-drivers-can-now-renew-online-or-by-mail-roadshow/" title="Drivers 70 and up can now renew license online or by mail: Roadshow"> <span class="dfm-title"> Drivers 70 and up can now renew license online or by mail: Roadshow </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/10/29/advice-on-how-to-avoid-serious-damage-with-deer-roadshow/" title="Why you shouldn&#8217;t brake when a deer collision is inevitable: Roadshow"> <span class="dfm-title"> Why you shouldn&#8217;t brake when a deer collision is inevitable: Roadshow </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/10/28/new-fourth-lane-opening-thursday-on-north-interstate-680-before-sunol-grade-roadshow/" title="New fourth lane opening Thursday on Interstate 680 at Sunol Grade: Roadshow"> <span class="dfm-title"> New fourth lane opening Thursday on Interstate 680 at Sunol Grade: Roadshow </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/10/28/roadshow-live-chat-oct-28-at-noon/" title="Roadshow live chat, Oct. 28 at noon"> <span class="dfm-title"> Roadshow live chat, Oct. 28 at noon </span> </a> </li></ul></aside>Q:</strong> Yeah, yeah, yeah, there was an undecided election going on, but horror of horrors, Roadshow was gone three weeks. I hope this never happens again.</p> <p><strong>John LaLonde, Pacific Grove</strong></p> <p><strong>A:</strong> Pamela-the-Roadshow-Editor ordered me to burn off some vacation. I&#8217;m a political junkie and this seemed a good time to follow election news.</p> <p><em>Join Gary Richards for an hourlong chat noon Wednesday at www.mercurynews.com/live-chats. <em>Look for Gary Richards at <a href="http://bayareane.ws/mrroadshowfb" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Facebook.com/mr.roadshow</a> or contact him at <a href="mailto:mrroadshow@bayareanewsgroup.com"> mrroadshow@bayareanewsgroup.com </a></em>or 408-920-5335.</em></p> What will happen if I don’t renew my auto registration? Roadshow https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/state-garnishes-wages-of-drivers-who-dont-keep-up-auto-registration-roadshow/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:a0d8d419-2190-5ea2-e151-78343f797a9b Tue, 24 Nov 2020 03:49:54 +0000 Plus: If the DMV won't process my personalized plate, can I get my money back? <p><strong>Q:</strong> How does California enforce annual vehicle license renewals and tags? During a walk around my neighborhood, I saw one vehicle with a 2018 tag, one with 2014 and one with 1992. If these people are not paying their annual license fee, will anyone ever catch them?</p> <p><strong>David Stearns, Concord</strong></p> <aside> <p style="text-align: center"><strong><em>Like Mr. Roadshow’s <a href="http://bayareane.ws/mrroadshowfb" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Facebook page</a> for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting. </em></strong></p> </aside> <p><strong>A:</strong> Oh, yes. State officials insist they are on top of this for in-state offenders. According to Fred-a-Franchise-Tax Man: &#8220;In regards to vehicle registration scofflaws who don’t pay their fees, I can guarantee your readers that the Franchise Tax Board does indeed garnish their wages. I work in payroll and we get these notices on a regular basis, sadly.&#8221;</p> <p>The state Franchise Tax Board can garnish up to 25% in wages from residents driving with expired tags. It collects around $170 million a year and the CHP issues around 255,000 tickets a year for registration violations.</p> <p>Tickets aren’t usually issued unless tags are six months out of date. If you’re aware of someone who hasn’t complied, you can report them anonymously to the CHP’s website at www.chp.ca.gov. It’s important to get the license plate number, the date, time and location where you observed the vehicle, plus the make, model and color of the vehicle.</p> <p><strong>Q:</strong> We notice that some license plate tags say &#8220;2020&#8221; or &#8220;2021&#8221; while others say &#8220;20&#8221; or &#8220;21&#8221;.  Is there some deep meaning to the difference?</p> <p><strong>Paul Gregory, Palo Alto</strong></p> <p><strong>A:</strong> The DMV issues two kinds of vehicle registration stickers. Those who complete their registration directly with DMV are issued tags with four digits for the year of expiration. The other version with a two-digit year indicator is issued for those who use DMV self-service terminals or business partners like AAA.</p> <p><strong>Q:</strong> I submitted an application for personalized specialty plates and paid the $50 fee in early July. Nothing came in the mail, so I tried to find answers on the DMV website. Other than saying that processing of personalized plates “has been suspended,” there’s nothing I can learn about my application and fee. Has my application been canceled — in which case they owe me 50 bucks — or should I just wait longer than the 14 weeks I’ve waited so far?</p> <p><strong>Charles Lindsey, Bob Turner and a few more</strong></p> <p><strong>A:</strong> Wait a little longer. The issuance of personalized license plate orders has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. But the DMV anticipates service may resume in the next 30 days.</p> <p><strong><aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/02/mr-roadshow-is-on-vacation/" title="Mr. Roadshow is on vacation"> <span class="dfm-title"> Mr. Roadshow is on vacation </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/01/senior-drivers-can-now-renew-online-or-by-mail-roadshow/" title="Drivers 70 and up can now renew license online or by mail: Roadshow"> <span class="dfm-title"> Drivers 70 and up can now renew license online or by mail: Roadshow </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/10/29/advice-on-how-to-avoid-serious-damage-with-deer-roadshow/" title="Why you shouldn&#8217;t brake when a deer collision is inevitable: Roadshow"> <span class="dfm-title"> Why you shouldn&#8217;t brake when a deer collision is inevitable: Roadshow </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/10/28/new-fourth-lane-opening-thursday-on-north-interstate-680-before-sunol-grade-roadshow/" title="New fourth lane opening Thursday on Interstate 680 at Sunol Grade: Roadshow"> <span class="dfm-title"> New fourth lane opening Thursday on Interstate 680 at Sunol Grade: Roadshow </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/10/28/roadshow-live-chat-oct-28-at-noon/" title="Roadshow live chat, Oct. 28 at noon"> <span class="dfm-title"> Roadshow live chat, Oct. 28 at noon </span> </a> </li></ul></aside>Q:</strong> Yeah, yeah, yeah, there was an undecided election going on, but horror of horrors, Roadshow was gone three weeks. I hope this never happens again.</p> <p><strong>John LaLonde, Pacific Grove</strong></p> <p><strong>A:</strong> Pamela-the-Roadshow-Editor ordered me to burn off some vacation. I&#8217;m a political junkie and this seemed a good time to follow election news.</p> <p><em>Join Gary Richards for an hourlong chat noon Wednesday at www.mercurynews.com/live-chats. <em>Look for Gary Richards at <a href="http://bayareane.ws/mrroadshowfb" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Facebook.com/mr.roadshow</a> or contact him at <a href="mailto:mrroadshow@bayareanewsgroup.com"> mrroadshow@bayareanewsgroup.com </a></em>or 408-920-5335.</em></p> Bay Area to start Thanksgiving off cold https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/bay-area-to-start-thanksgiving-off-cold/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:631f7aaf-3c0a-f136-6c9b-17bad207da9e Tue, 24 Nov 2020 03:47:47 +0000 National Weather Service says temperatures will dip into the 30s and 40s starting Thursday <p>The Bay Area will start Thanksgiving off cold, according to the National Weather Service.</p> <p>In a briefing Monday, the weather service said a weak cold front will arrive Wednesday, bringing a chance of isolated rain showers and an influx of colder air. Overnight temperatures across the region are expected to dip into the 30s and 40s starting Thursday morning. Lows in the mid-20s are possible in wind-sheltered spots.</p> <p>Temperatures will be the coldest on Friday and Saturday morning, according to the weather service. Widespread freezing conditions are not expected at this point, but vulnerable populations including the homeless will be at risk from the colder weather.</p> <p>Afternoon temperatures, meanwhile, are expected to gradually increase Thursday and through the weekend.</p> <p>In the same briefing, the weather service said large breaking waves are expected Wednesday and Thursday. Beachgoers are advised to stay off rocks and coastal jetties.</p> <p><em>Check back for updates.</em></p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/18/bay-area-rainfall-totals-from-the-storm-heres-who-got-the-most/" title="Bay Area rainfall totals from the storm — here’s who got the most"> <span class="dfm-title"> Bay Area rainfall totals from the storm — here’s who got the most </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/17/photos-first-significant-rain-of-the-season-douses-the-bay-area/" title="Photos: First significant rain of the season douses the Bay Area"> <span class="dfm-title"> Photos: First significant rain of the season douses the Bay Area </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/17/bay-area-rain-cooler-cloudier-weather-to-linger-in-showers-wake/" title="Bay Area rain: Cooler, cloudier weather to linger in showers&#8217; wake"> <span class="dfm-title"> Bay Area rain: Cooler, cloudier weather to linger in showers&#8217; wake </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/16/more-rain-moving-toward-bay-area-is-expected-to-replace-sunny-skies/" title="Fire season winding down as rain moves into the Bay Area Tuesday and snow heads for the Sierra"> <span class="dfm-title"> Fire season winding down as rain moves into the Bay Area Tuesday and snow heads for the Sierra </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/12/rain-will-make-a-rare-appearance-in-parts-of-bay-area-on-friday/" title="Rain will make a rare appearance in parts of Bay Area on Friday"> <span class="dfm-title"> Rain will make a rare appearance in parts of Bay Area on Friday </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> Bay Area to start Thanksgiving off cold https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/bay-area-to-start-thanksgiving-off-cold/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:7ebb4d00-1a84-9982-d971-e04db68e749e Tue, 24 Nov 2020 03:47:44 +0000 National Weather Service says temperatures will dip into the 30s and 40s starting Thursday <p>The Bay Area will start Thanksgiving off cold, according to the National Weather Service.</p> <p>In a briefing Monday, the weather service said a weak cold front will arrive Wednesday, bringing a chance of isolated rain showers and an influx of colder air. Overnight temperatures across the region are expected to dip into the 30s and 40s starting Thursday morning. Lows in the mid-20s are possible in wind-sheltered spots.</p> <p>Temperatures will be the coldest on Friday and Saturday morning, according to the weather service. Widespread freezing conditions are not expected at this point, but vulnerable populations including the homeless will be at risk from the colder weather.</p> <p>Afternoon temperatures, meanwhile, are expected to gradually increase Thursday and through the weekend.</p> <p>In the same briefing, the weather service said large breaking waves are expected Wednesday and Thursday. 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Compared to two weeks ago, California is reporting more than twice the number of new cases each day, its positivity rate has increased by more than two full points, and 78% more people are currently hospitalized around the state.</p> <p>When it comes to testing, there are big variables depending on when you get a test and what kind, according to Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease expert at the University of California.</p> <p>&#8220;It has to be like Goldilocks &#8212; not too early and not too late,&#8221; Chin-Hong said.</p> <p>That&#8217;s because the incubation period &#8212; or time between your exposure and the onset of symptoms &#8212; can range from two to 14 days, with a median time of four to five days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If someone gets tested a day or two after they were exposed, the results may come back negative but the virus may still be building up undetected in the body.</p> <p>The period just before someone starts showing COVID-19 symptoms likely is when they are also at their most infectious state.</p> <p>On top of that, there are two testing options. Viral tests known as PCR are known to be more accurate, but the results often take a day or more to return; and Antigen, or rapid tests, can produce results within an hour but produce a higher rate of false negatives.</p> <p>Bibbins-Domingo said there&#8217;s nothing wrong with getting tested, but the key is not to be &#8220;falsely reassured by a negative test.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;If you&#8217;re quarantining, then it&#8217;s more likely that the test will reflect the likelihood that you&#8217;re really not infected,&#8221; Bibbins-Domingo said. &#8220;But you still have to remember to do all the public health measures, and gathering with people you haven&#8217;t been around is just not that.&#8221;</p> <p>By Monday, appointments at Santa Clara County&#8217;s testing sites were booked through the end of the week &#8212; a level of demand for COVID-19 testing never seen before, according to spokesperson Betty Duong. In Contra Costa County, where appointments are also booked solid, officials temporarily stopped offering flu vaccines at testing sites to free up more staff to increase COVID testing. Meanwhile, the website of a private company called Covid Clinic, which offers rapid testing for $150 at a site in Pleasant Hill, was inoperable Monday due to an &#8220;unusually high volume of traffic.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s certainly encouraging since we&#8217;ve always asked the public to make testing a part of their routines,&#8221; Duong said. &#8220;But there is also some concern, given the timing, that folks are testing solely for the purpose of holiday travel.&#8221;</p> <p>At Emmanuel Baptist Church on the east side of San Jose &#8212; the only Santa Clara County site to offer no-appointment walk-up testing on Monday &#8212; dozens of people gathered in lines outside the church to take COVID-19 tests ahead of Thanksgiving. About three hours before the site was scheduled to close, officials declared it had run out of tests for the day.</p> <p>Rufina Perez, 60, who was able to get tested before the site ran out, said she was planning to have a small Thanksgiving reunion of family members at her house and wanted to know she was not infected before going through with it.</p> <p>“We want to make sure that both our families are good before we meet because there are small children and elderly people,” she said. “Everyone is telling us not to go out, so we are keeping our reunion small. I think everyone should be getting tested to make sure they’re OK.”</p> <p>If Californians do not heed the warnings about avoiding traditional holiday celebrations, public health officials worry the state could experience similar repercussions as Canada did after its Thanksgiving celebration earlier this month. Nearly two weeks after Thanksgiving, the two most populous provinces in Canada set records for the number of new COVID-19 cases recorded.</p> <p>&#8220;With vaccines on the horizon, we have a light at the end of the tunnel,&#8221; Bibbins-Domingo said. &#8220;Our job is to figure out what we can do to get through this very risky period with Thanksgiving and the winter holidays to get to the end of this pandemic as safely as possible.&#8221;</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/coronavirus-49ers-have-nine-on-covid-19-reserve-list-with-d-j-jones-jordan-willis-additions/" title="Coronavirus: 49ers have nine on COVID-19 reserve list with D.J. Jones, Jordan Willis additions"> <span class="dfm-title"> Coronavirus: 49ers have nine on COVID-19 reserve list with D.J. 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Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state committee <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/09/25/california-plans-to-independently-vet-covid-19-vaccine-data/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tasked with independently reviewing vaccines</a> for safety and efficacy on top of the federal approval process has begun reviewing initial vaccine data from Pfizer and Moderna and have &#8220;no concerns so far.&#8221;</p> <p><em>Staff writer Evan Webeck contributed to this story. </em></p> Why a negative COVID test doesn’t give you the green light for Thanksgiving https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/why-a-negative-covid-test-doesnt-give-you-the-green-light-for-thanksgiving/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:0b8ec47c-059d-5b8e-f983-b7b3431c47e7 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 03:45:11 +0000 With Bay Area testing sites at capacity, officials fear that negative results will give people a false sense of security. <p>As the coronavirus pandemic soars to new heights across California just days before Thanksgiving, testing in the Bay Area is similarly surging &#8212; a trend that is raising some alarms for public health officials who fear that negative results will give people a false sense of security.</p> <p>&#8220;The value of testing is that if you&#8217;re positive, you won&#8217;t gather, and that will avoid an infection,&#8221; said Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California-San Francisco. &#8220;But the challenge is that a negative test also should not convince you that you&#8217;re risk-free or not infectious.&#8221;</p> <p>Public health officials up and down the state are hammering home that just because someone gets a negative result from a COVID-19 test, that doesn&#8217;t mean they have the green light to travel or gather for Thanksgiving.</p> <p>Pandemic conditions are steadily getting worse, and on Monday the state broke a new record for the most coronavirus cases reported in a single day &#8212; more than 20,000 &#8212; and recorded it&#8217;s highest seven-day average yet, at least 12,163, according to figures compiled by the Bay Area News Group.</p> <p>Hospitalizations are rising faster than ever around the state, and over the weekend, California’s daily average of new cases climbed to its highest point of the pandemic. Compared to two weeks ago, California is reporting more than twice the number of new cases each day, its positivity rate has increased by more than two full points, and 78% more people are currently hospitalized around the state.</p> <p>When it comes to testing, there are big variables depending on when you get a test and what kind, according to Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease expert at the University of California.</p> <p>&#8220;It has to be like Goldilocks &#8212; not too early and not too late,&#8221; Chin-Hong said.</p> <p>That&#8217;s because the incubation period &#8212; or time between your exposure and the onset of symptoms &#8212; can range from two to 14 days, with a median time of four to five days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If someone gets tested a day or two after they were exposed, the results may come back negative but the virus may still be building up undetected in the body.</p> <p>The period just before someone starts showing COVID-19 symptoms likely is when they are also at their most infectious state.</p> <p>On top of that, there are two testing options. Viral tests known as PCR are known to be more accurate, but the results often take a day or more to return; and Antigen, or rapid tests, can produce results within an hour but produce a higher rate of false negatives.</p> <p>Bibbins-Domingo said there&#8217;s nothing wrong with getting tested, but the key is not to be &#8220;falsely reassured by a negative test.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;If you&#8217;re quarantining, then it&#8217;s more likely that the test will reflect the likelihood that you&#8217;re really not infected,&#8221; Bibbins-Domingo said. &#8220;But you still have to remember to do all the public health measures, and gathering with people you haven&#8217;t been around is just not that.&#8221;</p> <p>By Monday, appointments at Santa Clara County&#8217;s testing sites were booked through the end of the week &#8212; a level of demand for COVID-19 testing never seen before, according to spokesperson Betty Duong. In Contra Costa County, where appointments are also booked solid, officials temporarily stopped offering flu vaccines at testing sites to free up more staff to increase COVID testing. Meanwhile, the website of a private company called Covid Clinic, which offers rapid testing for $150 at a site in Pleasant Hill, was inoperable Monday due to an &#8220;unusually high volume of traffic.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s certainly encouraging since we&#8217;ve always asked the public to make testing a part of their routines,&#8221; Duong said. &#8220;But there is also some concern, given the timing, that folks are testing solely for the purpose of holiday travel.&#8221;</p> <p>At Emmanuel Baptist Church on the east side of San Jose &#8212; the only Santa Clara County site to offer no-appointment walk-up testing on Monday &#8212; dozens of people gathered in lines outside the church to take COVID-19 tests ahead of Thanksgiving. About three hours before the site was scheduled to close, officials declared it had run out of tests for the day.</p> <p>Rufina Perez, 60, who was able to get tested before the site ran out, said she was planning to have a small Thanksgiving reunion of family members at her house and wanted to know she was not infected before going through with it.</p> <p>“We want to make sure that both our families are good before we meet because there are small children and elderly people,” she said. “Everyone is telling us not to go out, so we are keeping our reunion small. I think everyone should be getting tested to make sure they’re OK.”</p> <p>If Californians do not heed the warnings about avoiding traditional holiday celebrations, public health officials worry the state could experience similar repercussions as Canada did after its Thanksgiving celebration earlier this month. 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Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state committee <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/09/25/california-plans-to-independently-vet-covid-19-vaccine-data/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tasked with independently reviewing vaccines</a> for safety and efficacy on top of the federal approval process has begun reviewing initial vaccine data from Pfizer and Moderna and have &#8220;no concerns so far.&#8221;</p> <p><em>Staff writer Evan Webeck contributed to this story. </em></p> Fremont: Two teens stabbed in Ardenwood neighborhood https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/fremont-two-teens-stabbed-in-ardenwood-neighborhood/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:9ba2a7c7-0b4f-fa92-263b-a37cccd36f82 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 20:54:35 +0000 A teenager was in stable condition at a hospital and another was receiving treatment after a double stabbing in the city's Ardenwood neighborhood, police said Monday. <p>FREMONT &#8212; A teenager was in stable condition at a hospital and another was receiving treatment after a double stabbing in the city&#8217;s Ardenwood neighborhood, police said Monday.</p> <p>Around 6:10 p.m., police received a report of a possible stabbing in the 5000 block of Amberwood Drive, according to a statement.</p> <p>When officers and Fremont Fire Department firefighters arrived, they found two boys suffering from stab wounds.</p> <p>One teen was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of major injuries, while the other was treated at a hospital for a hand injury, police said.</p> <p>Investigators were interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence to understand what happened between the teens, who police said knew each other.</p> <p>Anyone with information may call Fremont police&#8217;s non-emergency number at 510-790-6800, Ext. 3.</p> <p><em>Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.</em></p> Fremont: Two teens stabbed in Ardenwood neighborhood https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/fremont-two-teens-stabbed-in-ardenwood-neighborhood/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:70fcfb58-55c7-5e72-e0a6-ec19a3b8c604 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 20:54:25 +0000 A teenager was in stable condition at a hospital and another was receiving treatment after a double stabbing in the city's Ardenwood neighborhood, police said Monday. <p>FREMONT &#8212; A teenager was in stable condition at a hospital and another was receiving treatment after a double stabbing in the city&#8217;s Ardenwood neighborhood, police said Monday.</p> <p>Around 6:10 p.m., police received a report of a possible stabbing in the 5000 block of Amberwood Drive, according to a statement.</p> <p>When officers and Fremont Fire Department firefighters arrived, they found two boys suffering from stab wounds.</p> <p>One teen was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of major injuries, while the other was treated at a hospital for a hand injury, police said.</p> <p>Investigators were interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence to understand what happened between the teens, who police said knew each other.</p> <p>Anyone with information may call Fremont police&#8217;s non-emergency number at 510-790-6800, Ext. 3.</p> <p><em>Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.</em></p> Antioch couple found guilty of murder in 2019 road rage shooting https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/antioch-couple-found-guilty-of-murder-in-2019-road-rage-shooting/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:43c21b3a-650b-61d2-589d-23625164f900 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:58:47 +0000 A married man and woman are accused of playing different roles in the 2019 shooting of Raul Garcia. <p>MARTINEZ — A husband and wife have been convicted of first-degree murder charges in the September 2019 fatal shooting that police say was sparked by a road-rage incident and car chase.</p> <p>Tearri Richard, 25, and his wife, Lakia Poles, 24, were found guilty Monday of <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/02/12/police-describe-terrifying-moments-leading-up-to-antioch-road-rage-shooting-victims-were-followed-for-miles-tried-in-vain-to-escape/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">murdering Raul Garcia</a>, 57, of Antioch, after Poles allegedly chased Garcia&#8217;s car around Pittsburg and Antioch. Prosecutors said she told Richard the victim&#8217;s location, leading to Richard opening fire on a car containing Garcia and his brother.</p> <p>Additionally, jurors found special circumstances and gun enhancements on Richard&#8217;s murder conviction, making him eligible for life without the possibility of parole. Poles faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.</p> <p>During trial, the defense argued that someone in Garcia&#8217;s car fired at Richard first, and disputed the prosecution&#8217;s theory that Poles was chasing Garcia. Prosecutors said the motive was an earlier argument between Garcia, his brother, Poles, and Richard, in which Richard allegedly threatened to &#8220;spray&#8221; them with bullets.</p> <p>&#8220;We would like to thank the jurors who made sure justice was done in these difficult times,&#8221; Aron DeFerrari, the deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case, said in a written statement. &#8220;We would also like to commend the Antioch police department on an outstanding investigation, they went above and beyond to making sure Raul Garcia&#8217;s killers were brought to justice.&#8221;</p> <p>Jurors heard <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/10/27/at-start-of-antioch-road-rage-murder-trial-accused-shooters-lawyer-tells-jurors-it-was-self-defense/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">closing arguments on Friday</a>, and announced a verdict Monday afternoon. During closing arguments, defense attorneys argued Garcia&#8217;s brother and friends who testified that Poles had followed them around were lying, describing them as the true aggressors in the situation.</p> <p>&#8220;It is a fact that (Poles) is calm and peaceful,&#8221; Poles&#8217; attorney, Adam Burke, told jurors. He later added, &#8220;(Raul) is the type of guy who will jump out of his car and accost a woman. He had no idea Tearri Richard was there. What kind of person does that?&#8221;</p> <p>DeFerrari told jurors Poles and Richard had worked together to kill Garcia. While Poles followed the victims, chasing them onto the freeway and into Antioch, Richard went and retrieved a gun from a nearby apartment, he said in court Friday.</p> <p>&#8220;Without Lakia Poles, we&#8217;re not here today. Raul Garcia would still be hearing, walking around,&#8221; DeFerrari said.</p> <p>This is the second time in three years Richard has gone through a murder trial.</p> <p>In 2017, Richard was found not guilty in the deaths of Bryan Lang and his father, Keith Michael Lang. They were fatally shot during a marijuana deal Bryan Lang was conducting on Sept. 23, 2014, in their South San Jose home on Rancho Drive. Prosecutors conceded Richard wasn’t the shooter, but charged him under the felony murder rule, which allows accomplices to felonies to be charged with murder. The law has since been amended to exclude people who didn’t intend for the victim to get hurt.</p> <p>Richard’s acquittal was aided by popular Oakland hip-hop artist Boots Riley, who testified as a defense expert that police had misinterpreted a key phrase that investigators had claimed linked him to the homicide.</p> <p><em>Check back for updates.</em></p> Antioch couple found guilty of murder in 2019 road rage shooting https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/antioch-couple-found-guilty-of-murder-in-2019-road-rage-shooting/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:7d568fee-df45-61e0-d4ae-246c2e8f2c3b Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:58:45 +0000 A married man and woman are accused of playing different roles in the 2019 shooting of Raul Garcia. <p>MARTINEZ — A husband and wife have been convicted of first-degree murder charges in the September 2019 fatal shooting that police say was sparked by a road-rage incident and car chase.</p> <p>Tearri Richard, 25, and his wife, Lakia Poles, 24, were found guilty Monday of <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/02/12/police-describe-terrifying-moments-leading-up-to-antioch-road-rage-shooting-victims-were-followed-for-miles-tried-in-vain-to-escape/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">murdering Raul Garcia</a>, 57, of Antioch, after Poles allegedly chased Garcia&#8217;s car around Pittsburg and Antioch. Prosecutors said she told Richard the victim&#8217;s location, leading to Richard opening fire on a car containing Garcia and his brother.</p> <p>Additionally, jurors found special circumstances and gun enhancements on Richard&#8217;s murder conviction, making him eligible for life without the possibility of parole. Poles faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.</p> <p>During trial, the defense argued that someone in Garcia&#8217;s car fired at Richard first, and disputed the prosecution&#8217;s theory that Poles was chasing Garcia. Prosecutors said the motive was an earlier argument between Garcia, his brother, Poles, and Richard, in which Richard allegedly threatened to &#8220;spray&#8221; them with bullets.</p> <p>&#8220;We would like to thank the jurors who made sure justice was done in these difficult times,&#8221; Aron DeFerrari, the deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case, said in a written statement. &#8220;We would also like to commend the Antioch police department on an outstanding investigation, they went above and beyond to making sure Raul Garcia&#8217;s killers were brought to justice.&#8221;</p> <p>Jurors heard <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/10/27/at-start-of-antioch-road-rage-murder-trial-accused-shooters-lawyer-tells-jurors-it-was-self-defense/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">closing arguments on Friday</a>, and announced a verdict Monday afternoon. During closing arguments, defense attorneys argued Garcia&#8217;s brother and friends who testified that Poles had followed them around were lying, describing them as the true aggressors in the situation.</p> <p>&#8220;It is a fact that (Poles) is calm and peaceful,&#8221; Poles&#8217; attorney, Adam Burke, told jurors. He later added, &#8220;(Raul) is the type of guy who will jump out of his car and accost a woman. He had no idea Tearri Richard was there. What kind of person does that?&#8221;</p> <p>DeFerrari told jurors Poles and Richard had worked together to kill Garcia. While Poles followed the victims, chasing them onto the freeway and into Antioch, Richard went and retrieved a gun from a nearby apartment, he said in court Friday.</p> <p>&#8220;Without Lakia Poles, we&#8217;re not here today. Raul Garcia would still be hearing, walking around,&#8221; DeFerrari said.</p> <p>This is the second time in three years Richard has gone through a murder trial.</p> <p>In 2017, Richard was found not guilty in the deaths of Bryan Lang and his father, Keith Michael Lang. They were fatally shot during a marijuana deal Bryan Lang was conducting on Sept. 23, 2014, in their South San Jose home on Rancho Drive. Prosecutors conceded Richard wasn’t the shooter, but charged him under the felony murder rule, which allows accomplices to felonies to be charged with murder. The law has since been amended to exclude people who didn’t intend for the victim to get hurt.</p> <p>Richard’s acquittal was aided by popular Oakland hip-hop artist Boots Riley, who testified as a defense expert that police had misinterpreted a key phrase that investigators had claimed linked him to the homicide.</p> <p><em>Check back for updates.</em></p> Deputy injured chasing man who dropped off gunshot victim at Oakland hospital https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/deputy-injured-chasing-man-who-dropped-off-gunshot-victim-at-oakland-hospital/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:5349b7b8-f310-7414-e5e0-9b2ee346a39d Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:44:57 +0000 An Alameda County deputy sheriff was injured Monday afternoon chasing a man who had just dropped off a gunshot victim at Highland Hospital, authorities said. <p>OAKLAND — An Alameda County sheriff&#8217;s deputy was injured Monday afternoon chasing a man who had just dropped off a gunshot victim at Highland Hospital, authorities said.</p> <p>The extent of the deputy&#8217;s injuries was not immediately available.</p> <p>The man he was chasing was detained several blocks from the hospital. Authorities did not say if he was placed under arrest.</p> <p>Authorities said the man had dropped off another man who had been shot, at the hospital, 1411 East 31st St., about 2:40 p.m.</p> <p>The  gunshot victim, who had a leg wound, was in stable condition. Police said they believed the shooting happened in East Oakland.</p> <p>When deputies tried to detain the man who had dropped off the gunshot victim, he reportedly shoved them and started running away with at least one deputy in foot pursuit.</p> <p>During the chase, a deputy fell and injured himself and the pursuit was called off, authorities said.</p> <p>Other deputies and Oakland police officers flooded the area and the suspect was detained about 2:54 p.m. in the 1300 block of East 28th Street, several blocks from the hospital.</p> <p>Authorities said a preliminary search found drugs in the vehicle the wounded man had been driven to the hospital in. No confirmation was immediately available on reports of a possibly associated East Oakland shooting near the city&#8217;s Lockwood neighborhood.</p> <p><em>Check back for updates.</em></p> Group that sued to stop Livermore housing project to save salamanders appeals https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/24/group-that-sued-to-stop-livermore-housing-project-to-save-salamanders-appeals/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:29c1fb63-a668-b3d9-f0da-83d0cad16699 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:44:34 +0000 A group intending to save the Garavente Hills from development due to endangered species on the property have now filed an appeal after a judge ruled in the city's favor. <p>LIVERMORE — A group of local activists that sued Livermore in efforts to save wildlife, including salamanders and owls, has now filed an appeal after a judge&#8217;s recent ruling.</p> <p>The Save the Hill Group filed an appeal after an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the city, allowing the residential development of the Garaventa Hills project to proceed in north Livermore. The group had f<a href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/06/15/lawsuit-housing-project-in-livermore-threatens-salamanders-other-endangered-species/">iled the lawsuit</a> against the city and Lafferty Communities developer in May 2019 to try to block the housing project.</p> <p>The vacant, 31.7-acre housing site, known as the Garaventa Hills property, is in north Livermore, east of North Vasco Road and the Garaventa Wetlands Preserve, north of Garaventa Ranch Road and Altamont Creek Drive, and west of Laughlin Road.</p> <p>Lafferty Communities wants to build 38 houses and six “duets,” or duplex-like units. The council approved the project in April 2019 following an eight-year city review.</p> <p><img class="alignleft size-article_inline_third lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Screen-Shot-2020-11-23-at-3.56.55-PM.png?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" sizes="439px" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Screen-Shot-2020-11-23-at-3.56.55-PM.png?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i1.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Screen-Shot-2020-11-23-at-3.56.55-PM.png?fit=210%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 210w" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Screen-Shot-2020-11-23-at-3.56.55-PM.png?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Screen-Shot-2020-11-23-at-3.56.55-PM.png?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i1.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Screen-Shot-2020-11-23-at-3.56.55-PM.png?fit=210%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 210w" />But Save the Hill Group argued that the property is home to endangered species, including the Vernal Pool Fairy shrimp, California tiger salamander, burrowing owls and the Livermore tarplant. They alleged in their lawsuit that an environmental impact report on the project violates the California Environmental Quality Act by failing to adequately address the potential loss of endangered or threatened species found at the site if the development were allowed.</p> <p>The environmental impact report stated the potential loss of salamanders and other threatened species and plants could be offset by creating new habitats for them at other locations.</p> <p>The group also contends that the city failed to adequately consider whether Garaventa Hills could be purchased and preserved for conservation.</p> <p>&#8220;I am so grateful that the community has really stepped up to help – way beyond what I ever imagined.  We’re in a great position to win this for the residents of Livermore, and we’ll keep going as long as it takes!&#8221; said Bianca Covarelli of Save the Hill Group in a statement.</p> <p>She said the judge&#8217;s ruling against the group was &#8220;baffling&#8221; and feels strongly that the appellate court will agree the city failed to consider preserving the hill as open space. In a 2019 interview, she said there were potentially millions of dollars available. She referred specifically to the Dougherty Valley settlement fund stemming from a lawsuit filed by Citizens for Balanced Growth in 1999 against the Zone 7 Water Agency, the Dublin San Ramon Services District and developers.</p> <p>The Save the Hill Group doesn&#8217;t expect a decision on the appeal until at least 2022. Per the environmental report, no earth moving activities can be performed on the property from October through July, when the protected and endangered species are most active, according to the Save the Hill Group.</p> <p>Lafferty’s original proposal, filed in 2011, called for 76 residential units but was eventually downsized to 44. Through the years, the council has <a href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2015/09/15/livermore-council-turns-down-garaventa-hills-development-for-now/">delayed approval several times</a>, sending the project back to the planning commission for further modifications.</p> <p>The Livermore city attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.</p> A Pittsburg man allegedly chucked a bag of meth, pot, tobacco, and a cellphone into an East Bay jail yard. Now he’s in jail too https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/a-pittsburg-man-allegedly-chucked-a-bag-of-meth-pot-tobacco-and-a-cellphone-into-an-east-bay-jail-yard-now-hes-in-jail-too/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:caa76c7d-f255-5299-eda5-c666dbfb448c Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:22:03 +0000 The suspect, a 29-year-old Pittsburg man, allegedly wrote the initials of the recipient onto the bag of contraband and then talked over a recorded jail line about the failed attempt. <p>CLAYTON &#8212; A Pittsburg man has been arrested after investigators identified him as the person who lobbed a bag containing contraband into the Marsh Creek Detention Facility, authorities said.</p> <p>The arrest stems from an October incident when Contra Costa deputies at the Clayton jail discovered a bag on jail property containing a cellphone, two ounces of meth, an ounce of marijuana, some tobacco, and unspecified hand tools. There was a clue to the intended recipient&#8217;s identity: the initials of a 37-year-old inmate handwritten onto the bag, police said in court records.</p> <p>In a subsequent phone call on the jail&#8217;s landline &#8212; recorded by police &#8212; the two discussed their plan and the thrower apologized for not getting the bag further into the jail, authorities said. He allegedly explained it was heavier than he&#8217;d anticipated.</p> <p>The 29-year-old man was arrested in mid-November. Both are still in the county jail, court records show.</p> A Pittsburg man allegedly chucked a bag of meth, pot, tobacco, and a cellphone into an East Bay jail yard. Now he’s in jail too https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/a-pittsburg-man-allegedly-chucked-a-bag-of-meth-pot-tobacco-and-a-cellphone-into-an-east-bay-jail-yard-now-hes-in-jail-too/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:2bc09d4a-6de2-94d8-4363-3e60ed24029f Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:21:54 +0000 The suspect, a 29-year-old Pittsburg man, allegedly wrote the initials of the recipient onto the bag of contraband and then talked over a recorded jail line about the failed attempt. <p>CLAYTON &#8212; A Pittsburg man has been arrested after investigators identified him as the person who lobbed a bag containing contraband into the Marsh Creek Detention Facility, authorities said.</p> <p>The arrest stems from an October incident when Contra Costa deputies at the Clayton jail discovered a bag on jail property containing a cellphone, two ounces of meth, an ounce of marijuana, some tobacco, and unspecified hand tools. There was a clue to the intended recipient&#8217;s identity: the initials of a 37-year-old inmate handwritten onto the bag, police said in court records.</p> <p>In a subsequent phone call on the jail&#8217;s landline &#8212; recorded by police &#8212; the two discussed their plan and the thrower apologized for not getting the bag further into the jail, authorities said. He allegedly explained it was heavier than he&#8217;d anticipated.</p> <p>The 29-year-old man was arrested in mid-November. Both are still in the county jail, court records show.</p> Little Village presents cool online concert from Freight and Salvage https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/little-village-presents-cool-online-concert-from-freight-and-salvage/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:50bde648-77b5-9262-8197-2390319ca352 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:38:02 +0000 Spend part of Thanksgiving weekend watching Roger McNamee, Kofy Brown, Vicki Randle and more perform in a streamed concert from the Berkeley venue. <p>The Little Village Foundation has a Thanksgiving weekend treat in store for music fans.</p> <p>The non-profit record company, based in Solvang, is presenting a cool online concert from the legendary Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, which streams for free at 4 p.m. Nov. 29 at <a href="http://www.littlevillagefoundation.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">www.littlevillagefoundation.com</a> and <a href="http://www.freight/www.thefreight.org/stream" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.freight/www.thefreight.org/stream</a>.</p> <p>It&#8217;s celebrating the release of &#8220;20 x 20&#8221; and features many of the singer-songwriters from the album.</p> <p>&#8220;(The album) 20 x 20 is a big, rich stack of creativity, and will ease the stress of 2020, we promise,&#8221; according to a news release. &#8220;Seeing is believing, and on the 29th you’ll be glad to see the music as well.&#8221;</p> <p>The lineup for the show includes:</p> <p><strong>Nic Clark with Katharine Smith</strong> &#8212; Clark is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, whose current goal is &#8220;to make children’s music that treats kids like humans,&#8221; according to news release.</p> <p><strong> Margaret Belton with Vicki Randle &amp; Maurice Tani</strong> &#8212; Belton has been in a number of films and theater productions, including having portrayed &#8220;Patsy Cline in Always… Patsy Cline.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Marina Crouse with Jim Pugh</strong> &#8212; Crouse is a Bay Area singer-songwriter, and U.C. Berkeley graduate, whose music draws from soul, blues, R&amp;B and other styles.</p> <p><strong> Ira Marlowe</strong> &#8212; The singer-songwriter has taught songwriting at U.C. Berkeley and his songs have been described as &#8220;four-minute movies.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Aireene Espiritu</strong> &#8212; The singer-songwriter, who performs both solo and with the band Aireene &amp; the Itch, draws from folk, blues, gospel, R&amp;B, world music and more.</p> <p><strong>Alabama Mike</strong> &#8212; The blues artist &#8212; who, despite the &#8220;Alabama&#8221; in his name, has long called Oakland home &#8212; has earned several prestigious awards during his career.</p> <p><strong>Kofy Brown with Margaret Belton &amp; Vicki Randle</strong> &#8212; A force on the Bay Area music scene, Brown leads the Kofy Brown Band as well as performs in Sistas in the Pit and Skip the Needle.</p> <p><strong> Jim Bruno with Mark Sojacich</strong> &#8212; Bruno is a Bay Area songwriter who has written (or co-written) tunes that have been recorded by Shawn Colvin, Chuck Prophet, Mary Lou Lord and others.</p> <p><strong>Vicki Randle</strong> &#8212; The multi-instrumentalist has toured with Kenny Loggins, Lionel Richie, George Benson, Wayne Shorter, Dr. John and other artists.</p> <p><strong>Roger McNamee</strong> &#8212; NcNamee is popular in the jam-rock world and works with the bands Moonalice and the Doobie Decibel System.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Little Village presents cool online concert from Freight and Salvage https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/little-village-presents-cool-online-concert-from-freight-and-salvage/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:b4e9bcde-5083-d047-a5a3-66cd468c3462 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:37:52 +0000 Spend part of Thanksgiving weekend watching Roger McNamee, Kofy Brown, Vicki Randle and more perform in a streamed concert from the Berkeley venue. <p>The Little Village Foundation has a Thanksgiving weekend treat in store for music fans.</p> <p>The non-profit record company, based in Solvang, is presenting a cool online concert from the legendary Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, which streams for free at 4 p.m. Nov. 29 at <a href="http://www.littlevillagefoundation.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">www.littlevillagefoundation.com</a> and <a href="http://www.freight/www.thefreight.org/stream" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.freight/www.thefreight.org/stream</a>.</p> <p>It&#8217;s celebrating the release of &#8220;20 x 20&#8221; and features many of the singer-songwriters from the album.</p> <p>&#8220;(The album) 20 x 20 is a big, rich stack of creativity, and will ease the stress of 2020, we promise,&#8221; according to a news release. &#8220;Seeing is believing, and on the 29th you’ll be glad to see the music as well.&#8221;</p> <p>The lineup for the show includes:</p> <p><strong>Nic Clark with Katharine Smith</strong> &#8212; Clark is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, whose current goal is &#8220;to make children’s music that treats kids like humans,&#8221; according to news release.</p> <p><strong> Margaret Belton with Vicki Randle &amp; Maurice Tani</strong> &#8212; Belton has been in a number of films and theater productions, including having portrayed &#8220;Patsy Cline in Always… Patsy Cline.&#8221;</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="7271635,5885448,7602004,7179422,6845862" data-relation-type="curated">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/07/07/sons-of-soul-revivers-celebrate-50-years-of-glorious-gospel-music/" title="Sons of Soul Revivers celebrate 50 years of glorious gospel music"> <span class="dfm-title"> Sons of Soul Revivers celebrate 50 years of glorious gospel music </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/02/20/what-song-was-bob-seger-humming-from-1962-in-night-moves/" title="What song was Bob Seger humming from 1962 in &#8216;Night Moves&#8217;?"> <span class="dfm-title"> What song was Bob Seger humming from 1962 in &#8216;Night Moves&#8217;? 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Berkeley graduate, whose music draws from soul, blues, R&amp;B and other styles.</p> <p><strong> Ira Marlowe</strong> &#8212; The singer-songwriter has taught songwriting at U.C. Berkeley and his songs have been described as &#8220;four-minute movies.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Aireene Espiritu</strong> &#8212; The singer-songwriter, who performs both solo and with the band Aireene &amp; the Itch, draws from folk, blues, gospel, R&amp;B, world music and more.</p> <p><strong>Alabama Mike</strong> &#8212; The blues artist &#8212; who, despite the &#8220;Alabama&#8221; in his name, has long called Oakland home &#8212; has earned several prestigious awards during his career.</p> <p><strong>Kofy Brown with Margaret Belton &amp; Vicki Randle</strong> &#8212; A force on the Bay Area music scene, Brown leads the Kofy Brown Band as well as performs in Sistas in the Pit and Skip the Needle.</p> <p><strong> Jim Bruno with Mark Sojacich</strong> &#8212; Bruno is a Bay Area songwriter who has written (or co-written) tunes that have been recorded by Shawn Colvin, Chuck Prophet, Mary Lou Lord and others.</p> <p><strong>Vicki Randle</strong> &#8212; The multi-instrumentalist has toured with Kenny Loggins, Lionel Richie, George Benson, Wayne Shorter, Dr. John and other artists.</p> <p><strong>Roger McNamee</strong> &#8212; NcNamee is popular in the jam-rock world and works with the bands Moonalice and the Doobie Decibel System.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> San Francisco DA charges cop with manslaughter in on-duty 2017 shooting https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/san-francisco-da-charges-cop-with-manslaughter-for-on-duty-2017-shooting/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:ccc34a43-c0b9-4c43-804c-297dfef8ac96 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:00:24 +0000 San Francisco police Ofc. Christopher Samayoa has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of 42-year-old Keita O’Neil. <p>SAN FRANCISCO — Christopher Samayoa, a former San Francisco policeman who was just weeks on the job when he shot and killed a 42-year-old man during a 2017 chase, is being charged with manslaughter and other felonies in the shooting, prosecutors revealed Monday.</p> <p>San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the charges at a news conference Monday, marking the first occasion the office has charged an officer in connection with an on-duty fatality, he said. Samayoa has not yet been arrested but Boudin said he expects the former officer to surrender for booking later this week.</p> <p>Samayoa was fired weeks after he shot and killed 42-year-old Keita O&#8217;Neil, firing through the window of a moving police vehicle as he sat in the passenger seat. Video <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yd2_HcilZ0" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">released by SFPD</a> shows O&#8217;Neil was running and struck by gunfire in the neck as the car pulled alongside him.</p> <p>Speaking to reporters outside his office Monday, Boudin framed the charges in the context of the city&#8217;s &#8220;long history of officer-involved shootings leading to no accountability whatsoever.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;For far too long, we have seen the failure of our legal system to hold police accountable for violence committed against the very members of the public that they have sworn to serve and protect,&#8221; Boudin said. &#8220;This lack of accountability for police who abuse their power has created great mistrust in our community, especially for people of color.&#8221;</p> <p>Boudin said he will not ask a judge to keep Samayoa in jail as he awaits resolution in the case because he doesn&#8217;t think the former officer is a flight risk. Boudin&#8217;s office considered murder charges against Samayoa, but opted to file for manslaughter, along with assault and two other felonies related to the discharge of a gun.</p> <p><em>Check back for updates.</em></p> San Francisco DA charges cop with manslaughter in on-duty 2017 shooting https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/san-francisco-da-charges-cop-with-manslaughter-for-on-duty-2017-shooting/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:fb705978-3fb1-b9d5-d7bb-9de815c9ca3b Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:00:22 +0000 San Francisco police Ofc. Christopher Samayoa has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of 42-year-old Keita O’Neil. <p>SAN FRANCISCO — Christopher Samayoa, a former San Francisco policeman who was just weeks on the job when he shot and killed a 42-year-old man during a 2017 chase, is being charged with manslaughter and other felonies in the shooting, prosecutors revealed Monday.</p> <p>San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the charges at a news conference Monday, marking the first occasion the office has charged an officer in connection with an on-duty fatality, he said. Samayoa has not yet been arrested but Boudin said he expects the former officer to surrender for booking later this week.</p> <p>Samayoa was fired weeks after he shot and killed 42-year-old Keita O&#8217;Neil, firing through the window of a moving police vehicle as he sat in the passenger seat. Video <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yd2_HcilZ0" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">released by SFPD</a> shows O&#8217;Neil was running and struck by gunfire in the neck as the car pulled alongside him.</p> <p>Speaking to reporters outside his office Monday, Boudin framed the charges in the context of the city&#8217;s &#8220;long history of officer-involved shootings leading to no accountability whatsoever.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;For far too long, we have seen the failure of our legal system to hold police accountable for violence committed against the very members of the public that they have sworn to serve and protect,&#8221; Boudin said. &#8220;This lack of accountability for police who abuse their power has created great mistrust in our community, especially for people of color.&#8221;</p> <p>Boudin said he will not ask a judge to keep Samayoa in jail as he awaits resolution in the case because he doesn&#8217;t think the former officer is a flight risk. Boudin&#8217;s office considered murder charges against Samayoa, but opted to file for manslaughter, along with assault and two other felonies related to the discharge of a gun.</p> <p><em>Check back for updates.</em></p> DEA seizes 31 pounds of meth, 13 pounds of cocaine in Bay Area investigations, court records reveal https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/dea-seizes-31-pounds-of-meth-13-pounds-of-cocaine-in-bay-area-investigations-court-records-reveal/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:1ef1ed56-e079-badb-4205-0711bfacfad4 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:47:40 +0000 Eight people have been charged with drug trafficking in two federal investigations. <p>SAN FRANCISCO &#8212; In April and June, Drug Enforcement Administration agents investigation two narcotics trafficking rings in the Bay Area seized at least 31 pounds of meth and 13 pounds of cocaine that was coming up from Southern California, according to recently-filed court records.</p> <p>Five people were charged in connection with an alleged cocaine trafficking ring, and in another case, three were charged with distributing meth. In both cases, agents intercepted multi-pound shipments of drugs on their way to the Bay Area from the Los Angeles area, according to the criminal complaints in both cases.</p> <p>In one bust last April, California Highway Patrol officers found 11 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop on Highway 101 in Santa Maria, and DEA agents believe the driver was a courier who&#8217;d picked up the kilogram-sized packages in Santa Ana a day before. In a June arrest, police in Hayward found two pounds believed to be part of a six-pound shipment from Los Angeles.</p> <p>In the meth case, CHP officers acting on the DEA&#8217;s tip pulled over and arrested a San Jose man on suspicion of transporting 25 pounds of cocaine up from Long Beach. Agents had followed the man to a Motel 6 in Long Beach the da before, where he was seen exiting a room with a large duffle back, according to the complaint.</p> <p>Investigators believe the 25 pounds were ordered by a Redwood City man, also charged in the case, who prosecutors describe in court records as a &#8220;full time drug dealer.&#8221; He was allegedly caught on wiretapped calls discussing drug transactions as recently as October, and found with six pounds of meth and two pistols during a DEA search of his home.</p> DEA seizes 31 pounds of meth, 13 pounds of cocaine in Bay Area investigations, court records reveal https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/dea-seizes-31-pounds-of-meth-13-pounds-of-cocaine-in-bay-area-investigations-court-records-reveal/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:b45e6cdf-2dc7-6ae0-cf46-a133b500c7ec Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:47:32 +0000 Eight people have been charged with drug trafficking in two federal investigations. <p>SAN FRANCISCO &#8212; In April and June, Drug Enforcement Administration agents investigation two narcotics trafficking rings in the Bay Area seized at least 31 pounds of meth and 13 pounds of cocaine that was coming up from Southern California, according to recently-filed court records.</p> <p>Five people were charged in connection with an alleged cocaine trafficking ring, and in another case, three were charged with distributing meth. In both cases, agents intercepted multi-pound shipments of drugs on their way to the Bay Area from the Los Angeles area, according to the criminal complaints in both cases.</p> <p>In one bust last April, California Highway Patrol officers found 11 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop on Highway 101 in Santa Maria, and DEA agents believe the driver was a courier who&#8217;d picked up the kilogram-sized packages in Santa Ana a day before. In a June arrest, police in Hayward found two pounds believed to be part of a six-pound shipment from Los Angeles.</p> <p>In the meth case, CHP officers acting on the DEA&#8217;s tip pulled over and arrested a San Jose man on suspicion of transporting 25 pounds of cocaine up from Long Beach. Agents had followed the man to a Motel 6 in Long Beach the da before, where he was seen exiting a room with a large duffle back, according to the complaint.</p> <p>Investigators believe the 25 pounds were ordered by a Redwood City man, also charged in the case, who prosecutors describe in court records as a &#8220;full time drug dealer.&#8221; He was allegedly caught on wiretapped calls discussing drug transactions as recently as October, and found with six pounds of meth and two pistols during a DEA search of his home.</p> Former Cal women’s soccer players accuse coach of bullying, intimidation https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/former-cal-womens-soccer-players-accuse-coach-of-bullying-intimidation/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:7884d227-805d-b715-7830-957a6ae03fdc Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:29:59 +0000 Former Cal women's soccer players say Golden Bears coach Neil McGuire created a toxic atmosphere within the program. <p>Several former members of the Cal women&#8217;s soccer team said Golden Bears coach Neil McGuire created an atmosphere of bullying, fat-shaming and intimidation that led to mental and emotional distress during their years with the program.</p> <p>In <a href="https://www.ktvu.com/news/surviving-the-game-ktvu-investigates-allegations-of-abuse-in-cals-soccer-program" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a KTVU report</a> aired Sunday, former Bears players &#8212; including some with Bay Area ties &#8212; described a toxic environment within the women&#8217;s soccer team, which McGuire has led since 2007, recording the most wins in school history and reaching the NCAA Tournament 12 times in 13 years.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m mentally tough and this was the first time I had been broken down,&#8221; Hannah Koski told KTVU. Koski is a Danville native who was on the Bears roster for three seasons from 2013 to 2015.</p> <p>A statement sent to this news organization by the Cal athletic department declined to respond to the allegations, citing privacy concerns, but noted there is &#8220;nothing more important to us than the health and well-being of our student-athletes.&#8221; But players allege that the department did not protect their health and safety.</p> <p>Olivia Sekany, a Livermore native and Bears keeper from 2017 to 2019, said McGuire would hound her about her weight, and she went on several crash diets to try and end the criticism.</p> <p>&#8220;I was just trying everything in my power to fix whatever was wrong with me so that he would stop coming after me and he would just let me play soccer,&#8221; Sekany told the news station, &#8220;because that&#8217;s all I ever wanted to do.&#8221;</p> <p>Sekany graduated early to get away from Cal, KTVU reported. She&#8217;s now on the roster at the University of Washington.</p> <p>Caroline Clark, a Lafayette native, was a regular starter for the Bears in 2017 and 2018. But she quit the team after her sophomore season, giving up her scholarship.</p> <p>Clark told KTVU &#8220;any love that I had for soccer he completely took away. I just wasn&#8217;t happy anymore.&#8221;</p> <p>Sekany and Clark detailed an incident the Bears players later called &#8220;Raingate.&#8221; McGuire called off practice due to rain one day in March 2018. But the players trained outside anyway.</p> <p>McGuire found out, and the players were made to run and work out again.</p> <p>&#8220;I ran until I couldn&#8217;t feel my arms anymore,&#8221; Sekany said. &#8220;On the last lap that we were doing, my vision went black as I crossed the finish line. I just started saying, &#8216;I can&#8217;t see, I can&#8217;t see.&#8217;&#8221; Sekany then said McGuire had an assistant coach help her  to the trainers&#8217; room.</p> <p>Koski and Sekany told the station they met with Cal athletic department officials to detail their issues with McGuire &#8212; but felt their complaints fell on deaf ears.</p> <p>&#8220;When we used terms like emotional abuse, they were condescending in a way, as if we didn&#8217;t understand the implications of using terminology like that, which we very much did,&#8221; Sekany said. &#8220;We had discussed it at length and decided that that is absolutely an appropriate term to describe what he had been doing to us.&#8221;</p> <p><iframe class='youtube-player' width='640' height='360' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/RCo1aF8XmIU?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;fs=1&#038;hl=en-US&#038;autohide=2&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;' sandbox='allow-scripts allow-same-origin allow-popups allow-presentation'></iframe></p> <p>KTVU reviewed emails sent by the Cal athletic department to Sekany&#8217;s mother. One, sent by athletic director Jim Knowlton in Sept. 2019 about the rain workout incident, read &#8220;the workout was assessed and determined compliant with criteria for conditioning workouts set forth by the department.&#8221;</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/21/cal-football-how-it-went-from-bad-to-worse-in-loss-to-oregon-state/" title="Cal football: How it went from bad to worse in loss to Oregon State"> <span class="dfm-title"> Cal football: How it went from bad to worse in loss to Oregon State </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/21/cal-football-bears-cant-hold-fourth-quarter-lead-lose-at-oregon-state/" title="Cal football: Bears can&#8217;t hold fourth-quarter lead, lose at Oregon State"> <span class="dfm-title"> Cal football: Bears can&#8217;t hold fourth-quarter lead, lose at Oregon State </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/21/cal-bears-football-three-offensive-starters-out-today-due-to-covid-19/" title="Covid-19 suspected as Cal Bears rule out seven players just before kickoff"> <span class="dfm-title"> Covid-19 suspected as Cal Bears rule out seven players just before kickoff </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/20/are-you-ready-for-some-college-basketball-bay-area-teams-open-season-next-week/" title="Are you ready for some college basketball? 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Bay Area teams open season next week </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/20/what-you-need-to-know-before-cal-takes-on-oregon-state/" title="What you need to know before Cal takes on Oregon State"> <span class="dfm-title"> What you need to know before Cal takes on Oregon State </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>The athletic department&#8217;s statement said it continuously reviews behavior within its programs, capped by end-of-season reviews led by Knowlton, and has policies to &#8220;respond quickly and comprehensively&#8221; to complaints against coaches.</p> <p>McGuire has an overall record of 155-86-31 during his tenure at Cal, good for a .627 winning percentage stretching back to 2007.</p> <p>The Bears earlier this month received 14 letters of intent, including ones from Aaliyah Schinaman (San Mateo), Jordyn Young (Martinez), Karlie Lema (Morgan Hill) and Kei Kitamura (San Jose).</p> Former Cal women’s soccer players accuse coach of bullying, intimidation https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/former-cal-womens-soccer-players-accuse-coach-of-bullying-intimidation/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:5b1e9723-7193-f9cc-4df8-1e6c16fc70b5 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:29:57 +0000 Former Cal women's soccer players say Golden Bears coach Neil McGuire created a toxic atmosphere within the program. <p>Several former members of the Cal women&#8217;s soccer team said Golden Bears coach Neil McGuire created an atmosphere of bullying, fat-shaming and intimidation that led to mental and emotional distress during their years with the program.</p> <p>In <a href="https://www.ktvu.com/news/surviving-the-game-ktvu-investigates-allegations-of-abuse-in-cals-soccer-program" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a KTVU report</a> aired Sunday, former Bears players &#8212; including some with Bay Area ties &#8212; described a toxic environment within the women&#8217;s soccer team, which McGuire has led since 2007, recording the most wins in school history and reaching the NCAA Tournament 12 times in 13 years.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m mentally tough and this was the first time I had been broken down,&#8221; Hannah Koski told KTVU. Koski is a Danville native who was on the Bears roster for three seasons from 2013 to 2015.</p> <p>A statement sent to this news organization by the Cal athletic department declined to respond to the allegations, citing privacy concerns, but noted there is &#8220;nothing more important to us than the health and well-being of our student-athletes.&#8221; But players allege that the department did not protect their health and safety.</p> <p>Olivia Sekany, a Livermore native and Bears keeper from 2017 to 2019, said McGuire would hound her about her weight, and she went on several crash diets to try and end the criticism.</p> <p>&#8220;I was just trying everything in my power to fix whatever was wrong with me so that he would stop coming after me and he would just let me play soccer,&#8221; Sekany told the news station, &#8220;because that&#8217;s all I ever wanted to do.&#8221;</p> <p>Sekany graduated early to get away from Cal, KTVU reported. She&#8217;s now on the roster at the University of Washington.</p> <p>Caroline Clark, a Lafayette native, was a regular starter for the Bears in 2017 and 2018. But she quit the team after her sophomore season, giving up her scholarship.</p> <p>Clark told KTVU &#8220;any love that I had for soccer he completely took away. I just wasn&#8217;t happy anymore.&#8221;</p> <p>Sekany and Clark detailed an incident the Bears players later called &#8220;Raingate.&#8221; McGuire called off practice due to rain one day in March 2018. But the players trained outside anyway.</p> <p>McGuire found out, and the players were made to run and work out again.</p> <p>&#8220;I ran until I couldn&#8217;t feel my arms anymore,&#8221; Sekany said. &#8220;On the last lap that we were doing, my vision went black as I crossed the finish line. I just started saying, &#8216;I can&#8217;t see, I can&#8217;t see.'&#8221; Sekany then said McGuire had an assistant coach help her  to the trainers&#8217; room.</p> <p>Koski and Sekany told the station they met with Cal athletic department officials to detail their issues with McGuire &#8212; but felt their complaints fell on deaf ears.</p> <p>&#8220;When we used terms like emotional abuse, they were condescending in a way, as if we didn&#8217;t understand the implications of using terminology like that, which we very much did,&#8221; Sekany said. &#8220;We had discussed it at length and decided that that is absolutely an appropriate term to describe what he had been doing to us.&#8221;</p> <p><iframe class='youtube-player' width='640' height='360' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/RCo1aF8XmIU?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;fs=1&#038;hl=en-US&#038;autohide=2&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;' sandbox='allow-scripts allow-same-origin allow-popups allow-presentation'></iframe></p> <p>KTVU reviewed emails sent by the Cal athletic department to Sekany&#8217;s mother. One, sent by athletic director Jim Knowlton in Sept. 2019 about the rain workout incident, read &#8220;the workout was assessed and determined compliant with criteria for conditioning workouts set forth by the department.&#8221;</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/21/cal-football-how-it-went-from-bad-to-worse-in-loss-to-oregon-state/" title="Cal football: How it went from bad to worse in loss to Oregon State"> <span class="dfm-title"> Cal football: How it went from bad to worse in loss to Oregon State </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/21/cal-football-bears-cant-hold-fourth-quarter-lead-lose-at-oregon-state/" title="Cal football: Bears can&#8217;t hold fourth-quarter lead, lose at Oregon State"> <span class="dfm-title"> Cal football: Bears can&#8217;t hold fourth-quarter lead, lose at Oregon State </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/21/cal-bears-football-three-offensive-starters-out-today-due-to-covid-19/" title="Covid-19 suspected as Cal Bears rule out seven players just before kickoff"> <span class="dfm-title"> Covid-19 suspected as Cal Bears rule out seven players just before kickoff </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/20/are-you-ready-for-some-college-basketball-bay-area-teams-open-season-next-week/" title="Are you ready for some college basketball? 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Bay Area teams open season next week </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/20/what-you-need-to-know-before-cal-takes-on-oregon-state/" title="What you need to know before Cal takes on Oregon State"> <span class="dfm-title"> What you need to know before Cal takes on Oregon State </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>The athletic department&#8217;s statement said it continuously reviews behavior within its programs, capped by end-of-season reviews led by Knowlton, and has policies to &#8220;respond quickly and comprehensively&#8221; to complaints against coaches.</p> <p>McGuire has an overall record of 155-86-31 during his tenure at Cal, good for a .627 winning percentage stretching back to 2007.</p> <p>The Bears earlier this month received 14 letters of intent, including ones from Aaliyah Schinaman (San Mateo), Jordyn Young (Martinez), Karlie Lema (Morgan Hill) and Kei Kitamura (San Jose).</p> San Francisco DA charges cop with manslaughter for on-duty 2017 shooting https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/san-francisco-da-charges-cop-with-manslaughter-for-on-duty-2017-shooting/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:b195abbd-2304-d7d3-3900-c6259a26c382 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:08:16 +0000 San Francisco police Ofc. Christopher Samayoa has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of 42-year-old Keita O’Neil. <p>SAN FRANCISCO &#8212; Christopher Samayoa, a former San Francisco policeman who was just weeks on the job when he shot and killed a 42-year-old man during a chase, is being charged with manslaughter and other felonies for the 2017 shooting, prosecutors revealed Monday.</p> <p>San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the charges at a news conference Monday, the first occasion the office has charged an officer in connection with an on-duty fatality, he said. Samayoa has not yet been arrested but Boudin said he expects the former officer to surrender for booking later this week.</p> <p>Smayoa was fired weeks after he shot and killed 42-year-old Keita O&#8217;Neil, firing through the window of a moving police vehicle as he sat in the passenger seat. Video released by SFPD shows O&#8217;Neil was running and struck by gunfire in the head as the car pulled alongside him.</p> <p>Speaking to reporters outside his office Monday, Boudin framed the charges in the context of the city&#8217;s &#8220;long history of officer-involved shootings leading to no accountability whatsoever.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;For far too long, we have seen the failure of our legal system to hold police accountable for violence committed against the very members of the public that they have sworn to serve and protect,&#8221; Boudin said. &#8220;This lack of accountability for police who abuse their power has created great mistrust in our community, especially for people of color.&#8221;</p> <p>Boudin will not ask a judge to keep Samayoa in jail as he awaits resolution in the case because he doesn&#8217;t think the former officer will flee the area, he said Monday. Boudin&#8217;s office considered murder charges against Samayoa, but opted to file it as a manslaughter, along with assault and two other felonies related to the discharge of a gun.</p> <p><em>Check back for updates</em></p> San Francisco DA charges cop with manslaughter for on-duty 2017 shooting https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/san-francisco-da-charges-cop-with-manslaughter-for-on-duty-2017-shooting/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:3db0797e-8121-30a6-0c8c-96cffbf909f0 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:08:14 +0000 San Francisco police Ofc. Christopher Samayoa has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of 42-year-old Keita O’Neil. <p>SAN FRANCISCO &#8212; Christopher Samayoa, a former San Francisco policeman who was just weeks on the job when he shot and killed a 42-year-old man during a chase, is being charged with manslaughter and other felonies for the 2017 shooting, prosecutors revealed Monday.</p> <p>San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the charges at a news conference Monday, the first occasion the office has charged an officer in connection with an on-duty fatality, he said. Samayoa has not yet been arrested but Boudin said he expects the former officer to surrender for booking later this week.</p> <p>Smayoa was fired weeks after he shot and killed 42-year-old Keita O&#8217;Neil, firing through the window of a moving police vehicle as he sat in the passenger seat. Video released by SFPD shows O&#8217;Neil was running and struck by gunfire in the head as the car pulled alongside him.</p> <p>Speaking to reporters outside his office Monday, Boudin framed the charges in the context of the city&#8217;s &#8220;long history of officer-involved shootings leading to no accountability whatsoever.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;For far too long, we have seen the failure of our legal system to hold police accountable for violence committed against the very members of the public that they have sworn to serve and protect,&#8221; Boudin said. &#8220;This lack of accountability for police who abuse their power has created great mistrust in our community, especially for people of color.&#8221;</p> <p>Boudin will not ask a judge to keep Samayoa in jail as he awaits resolution in the case because he doesn&#8217;t think the former officer will flee the area, he said Monday. Boudin&#8217;s office considered murder charges against Samayoa, but opted to file it as a manslaughter, along with assault and two other felonies related to the discharge of a gun.</p> <p><em>Check back for updates</em></p> A man was beaten to death in Santa Rita Jail months ago, and officials never announced it. Suspect was hours away from being released https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/a-man-was-beaten-to-death-in-santa-rita-jail-months-ago-and-officials-never-announced-it/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:48639aae-9eb1-f30d-e61e-64c5a1c3311b Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:23:59 +0000 A 58-year-old man died in a hospital weeks after he was allegedly stomped by a cellmate. Authorities filed murder charges, but never announced the death. <p>DUBLIN — Last July, Alameda County prosecutors filed murder charges against a man who allegedly severely beat his 58-year-old cellmate in Santa Rita Jail in May, leading to the victim&#8217;s death six weeks later.</p> <p>But the Alameda County Sheriff&#8217;s Office, which runs the 3,489-inmate capacity jail in Dublin, never announced the violent death of 58-year-old Donald Nelson, who was being booked on an assault charge related to a dispute with another man over $35, according to authorities.</p> <p>Nelson was alone in a holding cell with 35-year-old Hayward Blake when a deputy heard shouting and investigated, according to a probable cause report by a detective with the Alameda Sheriff&#8217;s office. The deputy arrived to see Nelson lying unconscious in his cell and Blake &#8220;repeatedly stomping&#8221; his head, investigators said.</p> <p>Nelson suffered a &#8220;brain bleed, a broken spine, and a rib fracture among other serious injuries, but he remained hospitalized for weeks. The cause of his June 19 death at the hospital was found to be &#8220;pneumonia, due to respiratory failure, due to traumatic brain injury, due to assault,&#8221; according to the police probable cause statement.</p> <p>Blake was being booked for a misdemeanor public intoxication charge and was hours away from being released, authorities said.</p> <p>When asked why the death wasn’t publicly announced, Alameda County Sheriff Sgt. Ray Kelly said some deaths get announced and some don’t, depending on what information is made available, adding that the information would have been provided if someone had filed a records request. Kelly said he didn’t immediately know Nelson died six weeks later and Blake was charged with murder.</p> <p>“I have never really seen something like that in the booking office,” Kelly said.</p> <p>After any jail death, there is a preliminary investigation by the sheriff’s office which also alerts the District Attorney, county board of supervisors, and the state Department of Justice, Kelly said.</p> <p>Nelson was at least the fifth person to be killed by someone in Santa Rita Jail since 2014, according to public records. <a href="https://www.ktvu.com/news/a-look-at-the-45-inmates-who-have-died-at-santa-rita-jail-in-the-last-five-years" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">An investigation by KTVU</a> found the jail had the Bay Area&#8217;s highest jail death rate. Forty-five people died in the jail from 2014-19, including 17 of suicide and 16 of natural causes. Two people in Santa Rita were killed by other inmates <a href="https://www.berkeleyside.com/2020/06/08/he-was-punched-in-the-face-at-santa-rita-jail-he-died-10-days-later-his-family-wants-answers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">last year</a>.</p> <p>The jail has other issues: deputies being arrested for allegedly <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/01/21/ex-alameda-county-deputies-avoid-jail-time-for-inmate-feces-throwing/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">orchestrating urine and feces-throwing</a> attacks or in once instance allegedly <a href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/09/07/he-wanted-to-see-blood-witness-says-of-sheriffs-deputy-charged-with-attacking-inmate/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">directing others to assault a man</a>. Last July, the District Attorney charged a sheriff technician with multiple instances of smuggling meth and a cellphone to an inmate who was facing murder charges.</p> <p>A federal lawsuit, filed in 2018, alleges jail inmates with mental health issues were subjected to extended period of isolations, exacerbating their illnesses. To avoid trial, the county hired a third-party consultant to evaluate the jail, which found it was understaffed. In May, the Board of Supervisors approved $300 million in funding to the sheriff&#8217;s office more over three years.</p> <p>There was also a hunger strike last year protesting unsanitary conditions in the jail, as well as regular concerns and ongoing legal fights over its handling of the pandemic (at the time of this article, the sheriff was reporting one COVID-19 case in the jail).</p> <p>Blake, who was initially charged with assault before Nelson died, remains in Santa Rita on a no-bail hold, according to court records. He pleaded not guilty after being held to answer in a September preliminary hearing, and his next court date was set for early December.</p> <p>Kelly said jail deaths are down this year, thanks to the staffing uptick; jail staff have been more able to intervene and stop suicide attempts and drug overdoses.</p> A man was beaten to death in Santa Rita Jail months ago, and officials never announced it. Suspect was hours away from being released https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/a-man-was-beaten-to-death-in-santa-rita-jail-months-ago-and-officials-never-announced-it/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:0daa0d1a-7017-9d60-bead-ed7c4c43f039 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:23:57 +0000 A 58-year-old man died in a hospital weeks after he was allegedly stomped by a cellmate. Authorities filed murder charges, but never announced the death. <p>DUBLIN — Last July, Alameda County prosecutors filed murder charges against a man who allegedly severely beat his 58-year-old cellmate in Santa Rita Jail in May, leading to the victim&#8217;s death six weeks later.</p> <p>But the Alameda County Sheriff&#8217;s Office, which runs the 3,489-inmate capacity jail in Dublin, never announced the violent death of 58-year-old Donald Nelson, who was being booked on an assault charge related to a dispute with another man over $35, according to authorities.</p> <p>Nelson was alone in a holding cell with 35-year-old Hayward Blake when a deputy heard shouting and investigated, according to a probable cause report by a detective with the Alameda Sheriff&#8217;s office. The deputy arrived to see Nelson lying unconscious in his cell and Blake &#8220;repeatedly stomping&#8221; his head, investigators said.</p> <p>Nelson suffered a &#8220;brain bleed, a broken spine, and a rib fracture among other serious injuries, but he remained hospitalized for weeks. The cause of his June 19 death at the hospital was found to be &#8220;pneumonia, due to respiratory failure, due to traumatic brain injury, due to assault,&#8221; according to the police probable cause statement.</p> <p>Blake was being booked for a misdemeanor public intoxication charge and was hours away from being released, authorities said.</p> <p>When asked why the death wasn’t publicly announced, Alameda County Sheriff Sgt. Ray Kelly said some deaths get announced and some don’t, depending on what information is made available, adding that the information would have been provided if someone had filed a records request. Kelly said he didn’t immediately know Nelson died six weeks later and Blake was charged with murder.</p> <p>“I have never really seen something like that in the booking office,” Kelly said.</p> <p>After any jail death, there is a preliminary investigation by the sheriff’s office which also alerts the District Attorney, county board of supervisors, and the state Department of Justice, Kelly said.</p> <p>Nelson was at least the fifth person to be killed by someone in Santa Rita Jail since 2014, according to public records. <a href="https://www.ktvu.com/news/a-look-at-the-45-inmates-who-have-died-at-santa-rita-jail-in-the-last-five-years" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">An investigation by KTVU</a> found the jail had the Bay Area&#8217;s highest jail death rate. Forty-five people died in the jail from 2014-19, including 17 of suicide and 16 of natural causes. Two people in Santa Rita were killed by other inmates <a href="https://www.berkeleyside.com/2020/06/08/he-was-punched-in-the-face-at-santa-rita-jail-he-died-10-days-later-his-family-wants-answers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">last year</a>.</p> <p>The jail has other issues: deputies being arrested for allegedly <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/01/21/ex-alameda-county-deputies-avoid-jail-time-for-inmate-feces-throwing/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">orchestrating urine and feces-throwing</a> attacks or in once instance allegedly <a href="https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/09/07/he-wanted-to-see-blood-witness-says-of-sheriffs-deputy-charged-with-attacking-inmate/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">directing others to assault a man</a>. Last July, the District Attorney charged a sheriff technician with multiple instances of smuggling meth and a cellphone to an inmate who was facing murder charges.</p> <p>A federal lawsuit, filed in 2018, alleges jail inmates with mental health issues were subjected to extended period of isolations, exacerbating their illnesses. To avoid trial, the county hired a third-party consultant to evaluate the jail, which found it was understaffed. In May, the Board of Supervisors approved $300 million in funding to the sheriff&#8217;s office more over three years.</p> <p>There was also a hunger strike last year protesting unsanitary conditions in the jail, as well as regular concerns and ongoing legal fights over its handling of the pandemic (at the time of this article, the sheriff was reporting one COVID-19 case in the jail).</p> <p>Blake, who was initially charged with assault before Nelson died, remains in Santa Rita on a no-bail hold, according to court records. He pleaded not guilty after being held to answer in a September preliminary hearing, and his next court date was set for early December.</p> <p>Kelly said jail deaths are down this year, thanks to the staffing uptick; jail staff have been more able to intervene and stop suicide attempts and drug overdoses.</p> Sacramento shooting suspect arrested after vehicle chase to Oakland https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/sacramento-shooting-suspect-arrested-after-vehicle-chase-to-oakland/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:a95aadf4-1f94-09ee-112d-0e182b5eb8c7 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:59:45 +0000 A Sacramento shooting suspect was arrested Sunday night after a more than 80 mile chase that ended with a crash in West Oakland. <p>OAKLAND &#8212; A shooting suspect was arrested Sunday night after a more than 80-mile high speed chase from Sacramento to West Oakland involving multiple law enforcement agencies, authorities said.</p> <p>Sacramento police said the suspect was wanted for a shooting about 9:45 p.m. Sunday in the 2700 block of Forrest Street in Sacramento.  Police said officers located an unoccupied vehicle that had been shot at.</p> <p>A police air unit spotted the suspect&#8217;s vehicle, a white Ford F150 pick-up truck with an extended cab, and when ground units tried to stop the truck it kept going, police said.</p> <p>The suspect got onto Interstate 80 with officers in pursuit. The chase was turned  over to the California Highway Patrol which eventually chased the truck to the East Bay, at speeds sometimes exceeding 80 mph.</p> <p>The truck drove on Interstate 680 and Highway 24 and got off the freeway in the Berkeley hills, speeding through city streets until it drove into Oakland where the driver crashed into another vehicle in the area of 27th Street and Northgate Avenue about 11:20 p.m. and the suspect was arrested,</p> <p>Check back for updates.</p> Sacramento shooting suspect arrested after vehicle chase to Oakland https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/11/23/sacramento-shooting-suspect-arrested-after-vehicle-chase-to-oakland/ Alameda County news about Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, Tri-Valley | East Bay Times urn:uuid:1c286803-d9bc-3213-df43-66f4c8e05ee7 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:59:38 +0000 A Sacramento shooting suspect was arrested Sunday night after a more than 80 mile chase that ended with a crash in West Oakland. <p>OAKLAND &#8212; A shooting suspect was arrested Sunday night after a more than 80-mile high speed chase from Sacramento to West Oakland involving multiple law enforcement agencies, authorities said.</p> <p>Sacramento police said the suspect was wanted for a shooting about 9:45 p.m. Sunday in the 2700 block of Forrest Street in Sacramento.  Police said officers located an unoccupied vehicle that had been shot at.</p> <p>A police air unit spotted the suspect&#8217;s vehicle, a white Ford F150 pick-up truck with an extended cab, and when ground units tried to stop the truck it kept going, police said.</p> <p>The suspect got onto Interstate 80 with officers in pursuit. The chase was turned  over to the California Highway Patrol which eventually chased the truck to the East Bay, at speeds sometimes exceeding 80 mph.</p> <p>The truck drove on Interstate 680 and Highway 24 and got off the freeway in the Berkeley hills, speeding through city streets until it drove into Oakland where the driver crashed into another vehicle in the area of 27th Street and Northgate Avenue about 11:20 p.m. and the suspect was arrested,</p> <p>Check back for updates.</p> Photos: Pearl Harbor survivor Mickey Ganitch celebrates 101st birthday in San Leandro https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/11/23/photos-pearl-harbor-survivor-mickey-ganitch-celebrates-101st-birthday-in-san-leandro/ Alameda County – The Mercury News urn:uuid:b128cee5-3b59-1526-a1ca-f5f4bbdfd9e0 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:01:36 +0000 Pearl Harbor survivor Michael "Mickey" Ganitch celebrated his 101st birthday with a drive-by parade at his home <p>Pearl Harbor survivor Michael “Mickey” Ganitch celebrated his 101st birthday with a drive-by parade at his home in San Leandro on Saturday.</p> <p>The event was organized by members of the Alameda County Toys for Tots Drive in which an Alameda Fire Department Engine led the drive-by followed by vehicles, some of them waving American flags.</p> <p>His wife Barbara, their daughter Bonnie Church and other friends and local veterans attended.</p> <div class="article-slideshow"><button class="icon-close"></button><ul data-total="7"><li data-index="1"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-3-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-3-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-3-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-3-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-3-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-3-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-3-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">SAN LEANDRO, CA &#8211; NOVEMBER 21: Pearl Harbor survivor Michael &#8220;Mickey&#8221; Ganitch waves at Alameda County Toys for Tots coordinator Daniel Cardenas, friends, current and military veterans from his lawn during a drive-by birthday celebration as he turns 101-years-old in San Leandro, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The event was organized by members of the Alameda County Toys for Tots Drive in which an Alameda Fire Engine led the drive-by followed by vehicles, some of them waving American flags. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) </p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-10-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-10-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-10-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-10-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-10-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-10-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-10-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">ALAMEDA, CA &#8211; NOVEMBER 21: Toys for Tots coordinator Staff Srgt. Adam Byler, left, gets a toy donated from a driver who did not want to give her name during a drive-thru toy drive drop off event for the Alameda County Toys for Tots Drive in Alameda, Calif. on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-video" data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><video id="ad-video-element" webkit-playsinline playsinline></video><div class="video-ad" id="adContainer"></div><div class="video-ad-controls"><div class="button volume-ad unmute-video" id="volumeAd"> Sound</div><div class="countdown">The gallery will resume in<span id="countdownTimer"></span>seconds</div></div></div></li><li data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-2-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-2-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-2-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-2-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-2-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-2-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-2-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">SAN LEANDRO, CA &#8211; NOVEMBER 21: Pearl Harbor survivor Michael &#8220;Mickey&#8221; Ganitch waves at friends, current and military veterans from his lawn during a drive-by birthday celebration as he turns 101-years-old in San Leandro, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The event was organized by members of the Alameda County Toys for Tots Drive in which an Alameda Fire Engine led the drive-by followed by vehicles, some of them waving American flags. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><div class="slideshow-ad" id="ad-in-slideshow"></div></div></li><li data-index="4"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-5-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-5-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-5-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-5-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-5-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-5-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-5-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">SAN LEANDRO, CA &#8211; NOVEMBER 21: Air Force Vietnam Veteran Abel Perreira Jr. and his wife Denise Perreira Jr. take part in a drive-by birthday celebration for Pearl Harbor survivor Michael &#8220;Mickey&#8221; Ganitch, far back, who turns 101, as he waves at friends, current and military veterans from his lawn in San Leandro, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The event was organized by members of the Alameda County Toys for Tots Drive in which an Alameda Fire Engine led the drive-by followed by vehicles, some of them waving American flags. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) </p></div></li><li data-index="5"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-1-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-1-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-1-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-1-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-1-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-1-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-1-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">SAN LEANDRO, CA &#8211; NOVEMBER 21: Pearl Harbor survivor Michael &#8220;Mickey&#8221; Ganitch waves at friends, current and military veterans from his lawn during a drive-by birthday celebration as he turns 101-years-old in San Leandro, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The event was organized by members of the Alameda County Toys for Tots Drive in which an Alameda Fire Engine led the drive-by followed by vehicles, some of them waving American flags. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) </p></div></li><li data-index="6"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-7-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-7-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-7-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-7-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-7-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-7-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-7-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">SAN LEANDRO, CA &#8211; NOVEMBER 21: Pearl Harbor survivor Michael &#8220;Mickey&#8221;Ganitch, center, poses for a photo with his wife Barbara, left, and their daughter Bonnie Church during a drive-by birthday celebration as he turns 101-years-old in San Leandro, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The event was organized by members of the Alameda County Toys for Tots Drive in which an Alameda Fire Engine led the drive-by followed by vehicles, some of them waving American flags. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="6"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"></div></li><li data-index="7"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-11-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-11-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-11-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-11-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-11-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-11-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EBT-CLOTOTS-1122-11-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">SAN LEANDRO, CA &#8211; NOVEMBER 21: A vehicle displays a happy birthday message during a drive-by birthday celebration for Pearl Harbor survivor Michael &#8220;Mickey&#8221; Ganitch, who turns 101, as he waves at friends, current and military veterans from his lawn in San Leandro, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The event was organized by members of the Alameda County Toys for Tots Drive in which an Alameda Fire Engine led the drive-by followed by vehicles, some of them waving American flags. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) </p></div></li></ul><div class="caption"><button class="caption-expand">Show Caption</button><div class="slideshow-credit"></div><div class="slide-count"><span class="current"></span> of <span class="total"></span></div><p class="slideshow-caption"></p><a href="#" class="icon-enlarge"><span>Expand</span></a></div></div> <p><em><strong><a href="https://bayareane.ws/3392vY8">CLICK HERE</a> if you’re having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device.</strong></em></p> <p>Ganitch was in a football uniform the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, when the first Japanese Zeros screeched over his ship, the battleship USS Pennsylvania, and pulled America into war.</p> <p>“I was just a country boy from Ohio,” Ganitch, of San Leandro, said recently. “I was on the ship’s football team. We were supposed to play the USS Arizona that afternoon, and we were going out to scrimmage.”</p> <p>Suddenly a 500-pound armor-piercing bomb hit the ship’s deck. It detonated near her magazine — where ammunition is stored. It was the only bomb that struck her. Fifteen of Ganitch’s shipmates were killed, 14 were missing.</p> <p>Of the 16 million Americans who served in the war, Ganitch is one of roughly 392,000 who are still alive, according to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. They die at a rate of about 300 a day.</p> <p><em>Reporter Thomas Peele contributed to this report.</em></p>