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About Eve Batey

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

Woman Left With Life-Threatening Injuries After Suspicious Tenderloin Fire

A suspected arson at an apartment building in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood Sunday night has left a female with life-threatening injuries, police said today.

Fire crews responded to a one-alarm fire at 10:20 p.m. in the 600 block of Taylor Street, a fire official said.

Crews found the blaze on the third floor of the apartment building near the front of the building, she said.

The fire was called under control at 11:05 p.m.

A female victim was found unconscious in an apartment and was taken to St. Francis Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

An arson inspector was brought to the scene to investigate the fire, which is being considered suspicious, according to police.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

Smoking Muni Metro Train Prompts West Portal Station Evacuation


Regular Muni service has resumed after firefighters responded to the West Portal Muni station this afternoon when heavy smoke was seen coming from a light-rail vehicle, according to the San Francisco Fire Department.

The station was evacuated after the incident was reported at 3:34 p.m., according to a fire official.

There have been no reports of injuries.

Buses were rerouted to the station for support service, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

As of 4:06 PM, the SFMTA says regular service has resumed at the station. Further details on the cause of the smoke were not available at publication time.

Geoffrey Kenisi And Diane Johnson Triumph At Bay To Breakers Race Marred By Delay, Injury

After a race delay and reports of an injured runner, Geoffrey Kenisi and Diane Johnson have won the 103rd Bay to Breakers foot race this morning.

Kenisi was the first male and Johnson was the first female to cross the finish line of the 7.4-mile race, officials said.

Bay to Breakers representatives tweeted photos of Kenisi and Johnson (pictured above) raising their arms as they broke through banners at the end of the 7.46-mile race shortly after 9 a.m. today.

The race began at 8:26 AM, after “a safety issue” (per the SFMTA) caused the San Francisco Police Department to hold up the start of the race by about 25 minutes, police said.

Then at 8:45, the San Francisco Fire Department was dispatched to Howard and Fourth streets to assist a male adult runner who may have suffered a fractured ankle during the race, a dispatcher said.

Jeff Burbank of Bay City News contributed significantly to this report

Devil Dolls Motorcycle Group Says SFPD And SF PUC Killed Off Their Anniversary Party

The Devil Dolls, an all-female motorcycle group, demonstrated Sunday morning to protest the cancellation of the group’s anniversary party at a San Francisco gun club due what they say is unfair profiling by San Francisco police and other officials, an organizer said.

The motorcycle organization, based in San Francisco, had booked the Pacific Rod and Gun Club for its 15 anniversary party and fundraiser in December but was told last week the club had cancelled the booking, Devil Dolls president Theresa Foglio said.

The gun club’s booking coordinator told Foglio that the Devil Dolls’ reservation was cancelled because the San Francisco Police Department and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission “did not want bikers here,” Foglio said.

“I have grandmothers, mothers, daughters,” Foglio said. “I have veterans in the (biker) club. None of us have criminal records. It’s really odd.”

The protest, outside the gun club, at 520 John Muir Dr. by Lake Merced in San Francisco, started at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Many police officers were stationed at the demonstration, according to Foglio.

The woman’s biker group was shocked by the news last week after the gun Club sent back its deposit for the party, which was to feature music by a disc jockey and vendors selling jewelry and various food items, including gourmet cupcakes, for charities, Foglio said.

The Devil Dolls, established in 1999, is known for its charity work with music and food fairs for children’s diseases and has helped San Francisco Fire Department with toy donation drives, Foglio said.

Those in the 20-member biker club feel they were pegged as potentially violent or rowdy the way bikers have been portrayed on TV shows such as “Gangland” and “Sons of Anarchy,” Foglio said.

“It isn’t fair to take what’s on TV and say that is reality,” Foglio said.

“We’re all women,” Foglio said. “It’s about the love of the motorcycle.”

The Devil Dolls sometimes holds motorcycle runs with guests driving together to the East Bay and other locations, Foglio said.
“It’s amazing when you have 100 female bikers behind you,” she said.

Jeff Burbank, Bay City News

Be A Poll Worker, Make $145 Bucks!

The San Francisco Department of Elections is looking for poll workers for the upcoming June election.

The city hires about 2,500 poll workers to hold an election and is looking for retired residents, high school students and any other civic-minded residents over the age of 18 to help operate polling places throughout the city for the June 3 election.

To become a poll worker, volunteers must attend a training class before the election.

Those chosen to work on Election Day will be assigned to a location for the one-day assignment. Workers are compensated between $145 and $195, depending on assigned duties.

The department is hoping to hire more bilingual residents who speak Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Korean or Japanese, along with English.

To apply, interested applicants must go to the Poll Worker Hiring Office at City Hall in person. The hiring office, located at the Department of Elections, is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

More information can be found online at www.sfelections.org.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

There Might Be Even More Charges For Defendants In The Leland Yee/Shrimp Boy Case

The chief prosecutor in a 29-defendant corruption and organized crime case told a federal judge in San Francisco today that a majority of the defendants could face new racketeering charges in a revised indictment expected in July.

“The majority of the defendants are looking at potential RICO charges,” Assistant U.S. Attorney William Frentzen told U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer at a pretrial hearing attended by 26 of the defendants and their lawyers.

RICO is the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which provides for both criminal charges and civil lawsuits for racketeering, defined as conducting a continuing criminal enterprise.

Frentzen did not say which defendants might be charged with racketeering, which could carry a sentence of up to 20 years upon conviction as well as forfeiture of alleged ill-gotten gains.

Defendants named in the existing April 3 grand jury indictment include suspended state Sen. Leland Yee; former San Francisco school board president Keith Jackson; Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, leader of the Chinatown-based Chee Kung Tong organization; and several other members of that group.

The defendants are accused of an array of charges, some of which appear to be unrelated.

Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, and Jackson, a political consultant, are accused of funneling campaign contributions to Yee in exchange for political services to purported donors, who were actually undercover FBI agents.

Yee, Jackson and Daly City dentist Wilson Lim are also charged with conspiring in a never-completed international arms deal for an undercover agent who was posing as a Mafia member.

In another alleged plot, Jackson, his son, Brandon Jackson and two other men are charged with planning a $25,000 murder-for-hire, which was also never carried out, for the purported Mafioso. Jackson, his son and sports agent Marlon Sullivan are also accused of selling guns to the agent and conspiring to sell cocaine.

Chow, who was previously convicted of gun trafficking and racketeering, is accused of money laundering and conspiring to traffic in stolen liquor and cigarettes.

Various other defendants are accused of drug conspiracy, money laundering, conspiracy to traffic in stolen cigarettes and conspiracy to receive stolen property.

The purportedly stolen goods and money to be laundered were provided by the undercover agent posing as a Mafia member, who began infiltrating the Chee Kung Tong in 2010, according to an FBI affidavit filed in the case.

Prosecutors have alleged that the Chee Kung Tong, a civic association, had a criminal faction and that Chow was in charge of it. Chow’s lawyers say the group is not a criminal organization and that he turned over a new leaf after being released from prison in 2003.

Frentzen had previously told Breyer a revised indictment might include racketeering charges and possibly additional defendants, but had not indicated how many defendants might be accused of racketeering.

He said the U.S. Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Gang Section would have to approve the filing of any racketeering charges.

Also at today’s hearing, Breyer said he will issue a protective order that will enable prosecutors to release evidence – including wiretaps and recordings—to defense attorneys with requirements to keep some of the information confidential.

Outside of court, James Brosnahan, a lawyer for Keith Jackson, said such an order would normally allow both defense lawyers and the defendants to know the identities of the undercover agents, while being required to keep the information secret.

Breyer said he was also concerned about keeping confidential the names of “people who appear in recordings” but are not charged with any crimes.

“It’s important that people who are innocently involved are not subjected to undue speculation,” he said.

The judge directed prosecution and defense attorneys to confer early next week and to submit a draft of the order to him.

The next hearing before Breyer is scheduled for July 24 for a status conference and an arraignment on a revised indictment, if one is issued.

By that time, the judge said, defense attorneys should have received and begun reviewing most of the prosecution evidence.

“The purpose of this process is to get information out,” said Breyer, who said he didn’t want the not-yet-scheduled trial delayed by evidence disputes.

“I want this all to be done in 90 days,” Breyer said.

Julia Cheever, Bay City News

Current Board Of Supervisors Members Face FBI Questions Over Leland Yee Corruption Allegations

Members from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will be meeting with the FBI in the coming week as part of an investigation into alleged corruption, gun running and other charges against suspended state Sen. Leland Yee and dozens of others.

Yee, who represented part of San Francisco and San Mateo on the state Senate before his suspension last month, previously served on the city’s Board of Supervisors between 1997 and 2002.

Yee and Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, the leader of the Chinatown-based Chee Kung Tong organization, were among 29 people named in an April 3 grand jury indictment.

Judson True, legislative aide for Supervisor David Chiu, said that last week the FBI called the board’s main phone line and requested “voluntary informal” meetings with each supervisor.

Chiu, who is president of the board, will set aside about 45 minutes by the end of this week to discuss any relevant information and background that investigators may need in the case, True said.

True said Chiu is “happy to be helpful in the case,” but to his knowledge the supervisor is not in any way involved with the case.
Other members of the board of supervisors were asked to meet with FBI agents as well.

Each office is scheduling those meetings separately.

Yee is accused of six counts of defrauding citizens of his honest services by allegedly soliciting and taking campaign contributions in exchange for political favors for donors and one count of conspiring to do so. The purported donors were undercover FBI agents.

He is out on a $500,000 bail bond following his arrest at his San Francisco home on March 26.

The senator is also accused of conspiring with San Francisco resident Brandon Jackson, 28, and Daly City dentist Wilson Lim to engage in international gun trafficking.

Chow, 54, of San Francisco, pleaded not guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Nandor Vadas to charges not directly related to the charges against Yee.

Chow is accused of money laundering, conspiring to traffic in contraband cigarettes, and conspiring to transport the stolen cigarettes across state lines.

Also pleading not guilty today were Jackson and sports agent Marlon Sullivan, 29, of Oakland, who were arrested on March 27 in Connecticut and New Jersey. They both made their first appearance in federal court in San Francisco today.

Jackson and Sullivan are accused of joining Jackson’s father, former San Francisco school board president Keith Jackson, in an alleged murder-for-hire plot to kill a fictitious victim for $25,000. The murder was allegedly requested by an undercover FBI agent who was posing as a Mafia member.

Sasha Lekach/Julia Cheever, Bay City News

Heath Officials Warn Bay Area Residents To Get The Measles Vaccine Before Traveling Overseas

Health officials are advising people planning international travel to take precautions against measles due to a high incidence of the disease in California this year.

As of Friday, there had been 51 confirmed measles cases reported in California so far in 2014. There had only been four reported cases by the same time last year, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Four of the reported cases were in San Mateo County, four in Contra Costa County, two in Alameda County and one in Santa Clara County. The rest of the cases occurred in Southern California.

Most of the California measles cases have been contracted by people who were exposed to the disease while traveling internationally, including to the Philippines, India and Vietnam, or who came into contact with international visitors, according to the Monterey County Health Department.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel notice for the Philippines in March due to more than 15,000 suspected cases of measles in that country between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15 of this year, including 23 deaths.

The CDC advises adults and children over 12 months of age who plan to visit the Philippines to get two doses of the measles vaccine 28 days apart for optimal protection.

Infants between the ages of six and 11 months should get one dose of the measles vaccine before travel, according to the CDC. However, they will still need to get two doses of the vaccine when they are older.

Two doses of the measles vaccine provides near 100 percent protection from measles, according to the CDC.

International travelers can check the specific CDC recommendations for their destination by visiting www.cdc.gov/travel.

Complications of measles include pneumonia, permanent hearing loss and death, according to the CDC.

Drew Himmelstein, Bay City News

SFPD Officers Shoot And Kill Man Friday, Police Cars Vandalized In Protest March Later That Night

San Francisco police officers shot and killed a man in Bernal Heights Park after he apparently pointed a weapon at them, police said Friday night.

Officers were called to the park around 7:10 p.m. after receiving reports of a man with a gun, according to Sgt. Danielle Newman.

Officers encountered a male subject with a weapon, and when he pointed the weapon at them, they opened fire, Newman said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and police located an additional weapon, Newman said.

Newman says that a town hall regarding the shooting will be planned for early next week.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information should call (415) 553-1444.

Officers then responded to the area of Division and Bryant streets around 10:30 p.m. after learning that a group of protesters were marching to the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St., Sgt. Danielle Newman said.

During the march, several police cars were vandalized with graffiti, according to Newman.

Newman said the protesters then left the area of the Hall of Justice and were marching toward the Mission District.

As of early Saturday morning, there have been no reports of injuries or arrests.

Further details of the protest were not immediately available.

Woman Who Was Arrested For Trying To Stow Away To Hawaii Nabbed At SFO Yet Again

A San Francisco woman placed on probation last month after she was arrested trying to sneak on board flights to Hawaii from San Francisco International Airport three different times was arrested at the airport again this morning, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Marilyn Jean Hartman, 62, was arrested at a food court in the airport’s International Terminal around 9 a.m. today on suspicion of violating a court order and trespassing, according to Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt.

Previously: SF Woman Gets Probation For Repeatedly Trying To Stow Away To Hawaii

Hartman had previously tried to get on planes bound for Hawaii on three separate occasions, on Feb. 15, 18 and 20, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

The first time she made it through security and onto an airplane, but was caught when the actual seat holder arrived.

The second time she was caught at the security gate and told to leave the airport when she could not get through.

The final time she was found with a discarded boarding pass and was arrested. The previous times she had been warned and told to leave the airport.

Hartman pleaded no contest on Feb. 27 to two counts of misdemeanor commercial burglary and was placed on 18 months probation with eight days credit for time served. She was ordered to stay away from SFO unless she had a ticket to fly.

It did not appear that Hartman had tried to board a plane or gain access to a security checkpoint in this morning’s incident, Rosenblatt said. She did not have a boarding pass in her name or the money to purchase a ticket.

Hartman previously told authorities that she has cancer and that she had wanted to go somewhere warm. Prosecutors said last month that they did not know if that information was correct.

Sara Gaiser, Bay City News

Pedestrians Struck In Two Incidents Sunday: By Private Bus Driver On Mission Street, By Unlicensed Driver In Sunset

San Francisco police are investigating two separate collisions between drivers of vehicles and pedestrians that happened on Sunday, a police sergeant said.

In the Sunset District, officers responded to a report of a collision in the 3700 block of Ulloa Street near 39th Avenue around 9:45 p.m., Sgt. Eric O’Neal said.

A driver traveling east on Ulloa Street hit a pedestrian who was in the crosswalk, he said.

The pedestrian, a woman in her 60s, was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where she is in serious but stable condition, O’Neal said. The pedestrian may have been intoxicated at the time of the collision, according to O’Neal.

The driver, who stayed at the scene, was cited for driving without a license and driving without turning the vehicle’s headlamps on, he said.

In a second incident, at about 8:10 a.m. on Sunday, officers and paramedics responded to a report of a crash involving a man in his 60s who had been hit by the driver of a private bus at Seventh and Mission streets, O’Neal said.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries that were potentially life threatening, O’Neal said.

The bus driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

The crash remains under investigation.

In Fourth Such Collision In Less Than 24 Hours, Cyclist Is Struck By Driver At Market And Hyde

A bicyclist was struck by a vehicle in the area of Market and Hyde streets in San Francisco this morning, a fire official said.

The collision was reported at 10:13 a.m., the official said. The bicyclist has been transported to a hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

This is the fourth collision a driver has had with a non-driver in the last 24 hours in San Francisco.

At around 6:09 AM Tuesday, a driver struck a pedestrian walking in a crosswalk at Sacramento and Battery streets.

The pedestrian in that case was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

The driver stopped at the scene and was cited, Shyy said.

A cab driver struck a cyclist at around 8:45 Monday night at Fifth and Market streets.

The bicyclist was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, and taxi driver remained at the scene following the collision.

A driver also struck a 5-year-old boy and his babysitter as they were crossing the street in a crosswalk at 37th Avenue and Fulton Street at about 5:15 PM Monday.

The boy suffered a contusion to his head, and the baby sitter suffered a leg injury, according to Shyy. Both were transported to San Francisco General Hospital and are expected to survive.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene, and was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, Shyy said.

Details Emerge In SF’s Second Fatal Police Shooting Of A Dog This Week (Video)

Most recent update: 11:24 AM

Police shot and killed a dog after it attacked and bit two men near Golden Gate Park in San Francisco late Tuesday night.

Officers responded to the area of 25th Avenue and Lincoln Way at about 10:30 p.m. after receiving reports that two dogs were attacking a man, police said.

The man was bitten several times by a black male pit bull mix named Frisco (picture above), according to SF Animal Care and Controlspokesperson Deb Campbell.

A person nearby attempted to help the man and was also bitten, according to police.

When officers arrived, they located Frisco and fatally shot him, police said. His body has been transported to the city shelter, Campbell said.

A second dog involved in the attack fled the scene, police said, but was found and leashed after an overnight search.

According to Campbell, the second dog is a large white female pit bull mix named Cleo (you can see her in the video below), who was found at a homeless encampment in Golden Gate Park a little after 8 AM.

Cleo remains in custody at San Francisco Animal Care and Control, where she will be held for a Vicious and Dangerous dog hearing, and for a mandatory ten day rabies observation.

According to Campbell, rabies has not been found in dogs in San Francisco for decades.

This wasn’t Frisco and Cleo’s first experience with the ACC. According to Campbell, Frisco was impounded at the ACC in December 2013 (when the picture above was taken), when a vehicle containing both dogs was towed.

Police said the man who suffered multiple dog bites was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition. The second victim was bit once in the leg but refused medical attention, police said.

Campbell said the owner of the dogs has been identified but said she did not know if he would be cited for Tuesday’s incident.

This is the second dog an SFPD officer has shot in recent days. On Saturday, a San Francisco police officer shot and killed a dog in Potrero Hill.

At about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, officers with the department’s housing unit were investigating a report of a squatter living with a dog named “Psycho” in a vacant unit in the 1000 block of Connecticut Street in the city’s Potrero Hill neighborhood.

The suspected squatter was outside the unit as officers were knocking on the door, then kicked open the door, allowing the dog to charge at the officers, police said.

An officer was backed against a wall and fell to the ground as the dog lunged at him, prompting him to shoot and kill the dog. The suspect was then placed under arrest on suspicion of aggravated assault on a police officer and trespassing, according to police.

In response to both cases, ACC Director Rebecca Katz said “It’s unfortunate that these incidents have a negative effect on pit bull adoptions. The breed can make wonderful, loving companions.”

Video of Cleo shot by Captain Le Ellis Brown of SF Animal Care & Control

Lyft “Deactivates” Driver Who Struck Woman Who Was Walking In Crosswalk

6:10 PM (BCN): A Lyft driver hit an elderly woman this afternoon in a crosswalk in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood, police said.

The collision was reported at 1:23 p.m. near the corner of Larkin and Jackson streets, police said.

The vehicle was traveling west on Jackson Street when the driver, who works for the transportation network company Lyft, made a left turn onto Larkin Street and hit a woman who was walking in the crosswalk, police said.

The woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with a leg injury. Her injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

Lyft representatives confirmed this evening that the driver was carrying a Lyft passenger at the time of the crash. The company said the driver alerted them to the collision and that the driver was deactivated as the company collects more details.

4:35 PM (ELB): he vehicle that struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood this afternoon might have been driving for popular ridesharing service Lyft, a police spokesperson said.

The collision was reported at 1:23 p.m. near the corner of Larkin and Jackson streets, Sgt. Danielle Newman said.

The vehicle was traveling west on Jackson when the driver made a left turn onto southbound Larkin and hit an elderly Asian woman who was walking west in the crosswalk across Larkin, Newman said.

According to Newman. initial calls to 911 reported that the vehicle involved in the collision was a Lyft vehicle.

The woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with a leg injury. Her injuries were not life-threatening, O’Neal said.

2:24 PM (BCN): A vehicle struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood this afternoon, a police spokesman said.

The collision was reported at 1:23 p.m. near the corner of Larkin and Jackson streets, Sgt. Eric O’Neal said.

The vehicle was traveling west on Jackson when the driver made a right turn onto Larkin and hit a woman who was walking west in the crosswalk, O’Neal said.

The woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with a leg injury. Her injuries were not life-threatening, O’Neal said.

Stabbing Victim Found Dead In Lobby Of Market Street Apartment Building

Investigators are seeking suspect information in connection with a fatal stabbing on Market Street this morning, police said.

At about 3:20 a.m., San Francisco police responded to the 1700 block of Market Street, which is between Gough and Octavia, on a report of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers located a victim suffering from stab wounds in, KRON4 reports, the lobby of an apartment building. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

No suspect information has been released and the motive for the homicide remains under investigation.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, police said.

Hannah Albarazi of Bay City News contributed to this report

Two Injured, Multiple Cars Crunched: Out-Of-State Rental Car Leads Police On Wild Chase Across San Francisco

An officer and a suspect were injured during a vehicle pursuit and shooting that ended in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood on Monday night, according to a police spokesman.

At about 8:50 p.m. on Monday, officers in San Francisco’s Bayview district attempted to pull over the driver of a rental vehicle (ABC7 reports that it was a Dodge Challenger) with Nevada plates in which there appeared to be contraband or a weapon in the passenger area, San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy said.

The driver fled in the vehicle and was pursued by officers onto Interstate Highway 280 and through the Bayview, Ingleside, Taraval, and Park police districts.

“During the pursuit, the suspect caused or was involved in multiple traffic collisions,” Shyy said.

The suspect was traveling north on 19th Avenue just south of Taraval Street when he maneuvered the vehicle he was driving to evade police and struck an officer, according to Shyy.

Another officer, who Shyy says believed “the suspect was attempting to cause serious bodily injury to him and the another officer” discharged his firearm, but did not strike the suspect, according to police.

The suspect evaded police and continued toward the Upper Haight, Shyy said.

In the area of Waller and Stanyan streets near SFPD’s Park Station and Golden Gate Park, the suspect drove the vehicle onto the sidewalk, into a cul-de-sac, and crashed into a concrete barrier, according to Shyy.

The suspect fled from the vehicle and briefly attempted to evade police on foot, before he was detained and taken into custody. He was then transported to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

The officer that was injured by the suspect was also taken to San Francisco General Hospital, treated and released, Shyy said.

Shyy said that the public would have to wait “until he is booked into SF County Jail,” to learn the identity of the suspect.

Shyy said northbound 19th Avenue at Taraval Street was blocked for a couple hours while police investigated the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call police at (415) 553-0123.

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Hannah Albarazi of Bay City News contributed to this report

Suspicious Package That Prompted Street Closures Was Just Someone’s Suitcase

According to an SFPD spokesperson, a suspicious package reported in the area of Hayes and Laguna Streets has been deemed harmless as of 12:36 PM Sunday.

As of 12:09 PM, SFPD had blocked off streets in the area of Hayes and Laguna and

“Residents are being advised to shelter in place and area businesses are being advised to close,” during the investigation, SFPD spokesperson Sergeant Danielle Newman said.

However, an investigation proved that the package was nothing to fear. “There is no merit to any suspicious device,” Newman said. “The package was someone’s suitcase.”

Needless to say, the shelter in place has been lifted and streets should reopen shortly

Two Firefighters Injured In Howard Street Collision

Two San Francisco firefighters were injured in a traffic collision in the South of Market neighborhood Sunday morning, according to an SFPD spokesperson.

SFPD Sergeant Danielle Newman said in a statement sent at 10:57 this morning that several streets have been closed and traffic has been rerouted in the area of 5th and Howard Streets after a fire truck collided with another vehicle at that intersection.

According to Newman, the vehicles involved were an SFPD ladder truck and a private sedan.

Two firefighters were injured in the collision and have been transported to the hospital, Newman said.

Newman did not have any information on the occupants of the other vehicle.

Man Shot And Killed Outside Sundance Kabuki Theater

Most recent update: 3:49 PM

A previous version of this story stated that the shooting victim was female. A police spokesperson has since said that the victim was actually male. The following story contains the correct information.

A 36-year-old man who was fatally shot this morning outside the Sundance Kabuki movie theater in San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood has been identified as David Gilford, of Modesto, according to the San Francisco medical examiner’s office.

At about 1:45 a.m., police received a report of shots fired in the 1800 block of Post Street, between Fillmore and Webster streets, SFPD spokesperson Sergeant Danielle Newman said.

A fire dispatcher said the shooting victim was transported to a local hospital with at least one gunshot wound.

San Francisco police said that the victim died as a result of his injuries shortly thereafter.

According to SFPD spokesperson Sergeant Danielle Newman, “a nightclub let out on the 1800 block of Post Street. A 36 year old Modesto resident was shot and killed while standing on the sidewalk.”

A note to those of you who are, quite understandably, wondering what venue Gilford had left: when reached by phone, Newman told the Appeal that “SFPD never releases the names of any establishments,” and could therefore not specify what business Gilford had left before the shooting.

When pressed regarding remarks from Twitter users saying that there are no nightclubs on the 1800 block of Post, Newman disagreed, saying that “there are establishments catering to nightlife in the area.”

Police have not yet released a motive for the shooting or any suspect information. According to Newman, “homicide investigators are canvassing the area for witnesses. Anyone with information should call homicide investigators at 415-553-1145.”

Bay City News contributed to this report

Sorry, Slackers: BART Service Has Resumed

After a delay of over three hours, BART has started morning service as of 7:17 AM.

According to BART spokesperson Jim Allison, a communication problem between the transit agency’s central control computer systems and track switches delayed 19 trains with between 500-1000 passengers shortly after midnight Friday morning.

“Train operators and track crews are instead manually cranking switches into position to route the trains properly. This is more time consuming than our standard automated routing so it’s taking us longer to get passengers to their destinations,” Allison said at 2:17 this morning.

He emphasized that the issues are not wind related.

At 4:11 AM, Allison announced that these continued technical issues meant that BART would not begin its morning service until, BART hoped, 5 AM.

“There is no BART service until further notice,” BART said in a general message to riders sent at 4:14 AM. “We hope to have service restored by 5 AM. Please use other means of transportation.”

At 5:03 AM, BART announced “We hope to have service restored by 6 AM. Please use other means of transportation.” BART reiterated this message at 5:25 AM.

By 7 AM, the prognosis appeared even grimmer. “No BART service this morning due to computer problems” read the announcement sent to riders.

“We’re not going to have service until further notice so we are advising our customers to seek alternate transportation at this time,” Allison said in the announcement.

However, just 12 minutes later, BART announced that they “should be restoring service in the next 15 minutes. We are currently in the process of testing the system.”

Sure enough, at 7:17, they announced that “BART has recovered from an earlier problem. All trains are now picking up passengers. Please expect system wide delays.”

SFPD Officers Begin Saturation Patrols At SFO In Response To Shooting Of At Least Three At LAX

After a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport that injured at least three, San Francisco police say they are deploying additional officers at SFO.

A gunman with a high-powered rifle was reportedly taken into custody at around 9:30 AM Friday after shooting multiple victims in LAX Terminal 3. The shooting has prompted the shutdown of that terminal, and passengers were reportedly evacuated from at least one plane. The LA Times is doing a frequently updated report that you can follow here.

According to SFPD spokesperson Officer Albie Esparza, “All SFPD SFO staff are deployed and are in terminal saturation patrols in an abundance of caution.”

“We are in contact with the FBI who is the lead agency in the LAX shooting as well as LAXPD TSA and Federal Marshals. We are continuing to monitor the situation in Los Angeles and will remain deployed until further notice,” Esparza said.

At San Francisco International Airport, two Southwest Airlines flights from SFO to LAX have been canceled, and many flights from LAX to SFO are seeing delays of as much as two hours, airport spokesman Doug Yakel said.

Yakel said the impact of the shooting will differ by airline. Virgin America, for instance, operates from the terminal at LAX where the shooting appears to have occurred, he said.

“Our best advice is for passengers to check with their airlines for updated flight info,” Yakel said.

At Oakland International Airport, some Southwest Airlines flights have also been canceled or delayed, while other airlines such as Delta appear to be mostly on time, airport spokesman Brian Kidd said.

Officials at Mineta San Jose International Airport were not immediately available for comment.

Traffic Snarled, Several Victims Hospitalized After Allegedly Stolen Car Races Through Red Light

A red-light running driver of what police believe was a stolen Honda Accord was responsible for an Inner Richmond crash that sent multiple victims to the hospital, police and fire officials said.

According to fire officials, the four-car crash was reported at 12:20 p.m. near Geary Boulevard and 10th Avenue.

According to SFPD spokesperson officer Gordon Shyy, the stolen Honda was traveling northbound on 10th when it ran a red light on Geary. The Honda then slammed into an eastbound SUV, SFPD spokesperson Officer Albie Esparza said.

“Multiple vehicles (were) involved and multiple people (were) transported to the hospital,” Shyy said.

Two other cars were also involved in the crash. Five people were hurt, including a pedestrian who was struck by flying debris, Esparza said.

John Rinaldi, owner of Paul’s Battery & Tire Co. at 4620 Geary Blvd., said a Lexus SUV was on its roof and that three other cars involved in the crash were “pretty messed up.”

The driver of the Honda, a 25-year-old man, will be arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, according to Esparza.

As of 2:15 p.m., Geary Boulevard remained closed in both directions.

“We estimate it will be closed a few hours,” Shyy said.

The silver SUV remained on its roof at the northeast corner of the intersection in front of a Mattress Discounters store. The Honda was nearby with its front end completely smashed in.

Dozens of onlookers had gathered at the fringes of the crash scene, which was cordoned off with police tape.

Bay City News contributed significantly to this report

BART Resumes “Limited Service,” Warns Riders Of 30-45 Minute Delays



5:50 AM: According to an announcement sent by BART at 5:49 AM Tuesday morning, BART has returned to “limited service.”

“Expect 30-45 minute delays systemwide,” BART said in their announcement.

BART spokesman Jim Allison said that 25 trains are running as of 6 AM, instead of the full service schedule that consists of about 45 trains.

Allison said BART employees were given short notice to return to work after the strike was called off Monday night causing BART trains to be less than fully staffed this morning.

BART initially announced Monday evening that the BART strike had been called off and that service would resume at 4 AM Tuesday. However, BART trains did not show up at 4 AM, and many commuters had to make last-minute alternative arrangements.

At 4:13 AM, BART announced “BART is attempting to staff positions and will remain closed until further notice.”

At 5:06 AM, they announced “Due to staffing shortages, BART does not anticipate opening until approximately 6AM.”

Supplemental charter bus service is also being made available to commuters this morning, according to BART officials.

Expanded HOV hours are in effect non-stop today from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on I-80, I-880, I-680, & Bay Area toll bridges, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Given the unpredictability of the BART strike, San Francisco Bay Ferry officials announced Monday night that it would continue its BART strike schedule through the end of today.

San Francisco Bay Ferry Manager of Information and Marketing Ernest Sanchez said the BART strike schedule would be in place today as a courtesy to commuters and as a safety net should BART have issues restoring full service.

5:10 AM: BART is now saying that the transit agency might resume service as soon as 6 AM Tuesday.

BART had initially announced Monday evening that the BART strike had been called off and that service would resume at 4 AM Tuesday. However, BART trains did not show up at 4 AM, and many commuters are making last-minute alternative arrangements.

At 4:13 AM, BART announced “BART is attempting to staff positions and will remain closed until further notice.”

At 5:06 AM, they announced “Due to staffing shortages, BART does not anticipate opening until approximately 6AM.”

Supplemental charter bus service is also being made available to commuters this morning, according to BART officials.

Expanded HOV hours are in effect non-stop today from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on I-80, I-880, I-680, & Bay Area toll bridges, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Given the unpredictability of the BART strike, San Francisco Bay Ferry officials announced Monday night that it would continue its BART strike schedule through the end of today.

San Francisco Bay Ferry Manager of Information and Marketing Ernest Sanchez said the BART strike schedule would be in place today as a courtesy to commuters and as a safety net should BART have issues restoring full service.

4:15 AM: Despite assurances made Monday night, BART is having trouble getting started Tuesday morning.

BART initially announced Monday evening that the BART strike had been called off and that service would resume at 4 a.m. this morning. However, BART trains did not show up at 4 AM and many commuters are making last-minute alternative arrangements.

At 4:13 AM, BART announced “BART is attempting to staff positions and will remain closed until further notice.”

Supplemental charter bus service is also being made available to commuters this morning, according to BART officials.

Expanded HOV hours are in effect non-stop today from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on I-80, I-880, I-680, & Bay Area toll bridges, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Given the unpredictability of the BART strike, San Francisco Bay Ferry officials announced Monday night that it would continue its BART strike schedule through the end of today.

San Francisco Bay Ferry Manager of Information and Marketing Ernest Sanchez said the BART strike schedule would be in place today as a courtesy to commuters and as a safety net should BART have issues restoring full service.

Tentative Contract Agreement Means BART Strike Is Over

BART’s largest unions have announced a tentative contract agreement, and trains could be running as soon as 4 AM Tuesday morning.

Contract negotiations resumed this afternoon after service was suspended when workers walked off the job Friday. The walkout was the second this year, after contentious negotiations resulted in a four-day strike in July.

The unions submitted a new contract offer Sunday night that included concessions related to work rules governing the use of technology but in the proposal union members “insisted on retaining work rules” that protect safety.

Flanked by politicians in Oakland tonight, union leaders and BART management announced the end of the strike that snarled Bay Area traffic and flooded alternative public transportation.

“Tonight the hard working men and women who keep the Bay Area moving, can go back to work making BART the most efficient and successful system in the country,” said John Arantes, BART Chapter President of SEIU 1021 in a statement.

According to SEIU 1021 and ATU 1555, the tentative agreement must be voted on and ratified by members of the union, along with the BART Board of Directors before it takes effect.

“This has got to be the last time this happens. I think everyone’s fed up, no one wants to see this happen ever again,” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said, adding that the new contract “sets a course to deal with grievances so they don’t fester and create the kind of distrust” that led to the protracted negotiations over the last few months.

Newsom said that the details of that would be revealed over the coming days and weeks, but few other details of the agreement were revealed.

“This offer is more than we wanted to pay, but it is also a new path for our partnership with our workers,” BART’s general manager Grace Crunican said. “We compromised to get to this place as did our union members.

“We are all pleased that trains will be running tomorrow, hopefully for the afternoon commute” said Crunican at a press conference this evening.

Shortly thereafter, however, BART spokesperson Alicia Trost said that trains will be running by 4 AM Tuesday.

“It may be at less capacity as we usually have, but we are confident that at 4 Am we will have trains running on al the lines” Trost said.

“So, come to BART like you normally would.”