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October 4, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- A massive grass fire Friday near California 12 in Solano County was blowing a pall of smoke over the Bay Area, prompting calls to local fire departments from worried residents. The 8-alarm fire in the Suisun City area had spread to 500 acres by Friday afternoon and was only 10% contained. It had burned one structure. Dixon Fire Chief Aaron McAlister told KTVU that it was either a residence or a ranch outbuilding. The fire was reported to the California Highway Patrol shortly after noon.
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November 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A construction worker died Monday when an excavator he was driving onto a barge slipped off and fell into the Sacramento River, state officials said. The Sacramento Bee identified the man as 49-year-old Richard Wayne Alexander of Pittsburg. Alexander died after 1:30 p.m. when the excavator he was driving fell into about 15 feet of water, said Cal/OSHA spokesman Greg Siggins. The agency, which investigates possible workplace safety violations, will issue the findings of its review into the incident by April, he added.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
Thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters were left without rail service Monday as the BART strike moved into its fourth day. The second strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers in four months produced traffic jams and frustration Friday -- the first day of the shutdown -- but officials predicted Monday would be much worse. Transportation officials said they believed many commuters took Friday off or telecommuted , relieving the crush to get in and out of San Francisco and around the East Bay. But that wasn't expected to happen again on the first day of a new work week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Maria L. La Ganga
In Oakland, news helicopters began rumbling overhead by 4 a.m. Monday, assessing the mounting congestion on the tangle of freeways that feed the Bay Bridge because of the BART strike. Manu Sidhu, a 30-year-old research associate at UC San Francisco, listened with trepidation as traffic on the overpass near her home slowed to a standstill. Then she walked to the casual carpool pickup spot nearby and hoped for the best. “I told myself, 'I'm going to not stress out. I will pack a big bag of food.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Maybe I've watched the movie "Chinatown" too many times, but a major justification for digging Gov. Jerry Brown's massive water tunnels just seems suspicious. Brown's not creating a drought by dumping water in the ocean and poisoning wells, as Noah Cross (John Huston) does in the classic film inspired by Los Angeles' draining of the Owens Valley. Developer Cross was selling L.A. voters on the need for a water bond to finance an aqueduct and reservoir. Brown and the water buffaloes - government bureaucrats, corporate farmers, urban expansionists - are peddling their own rationale for a $25-billion re-plumbing of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Steve Glazer may represent the California Legislature's wave of the future. Then again, he may just crash on the rocks. Glazer is a moderate Democrat running for the Assembly while bucking powerful organized labor. That just is not done in California for the most part, at least successfully. A "Jerry Brown Democrat," he calls himself with some credibility. Not only was Glazer the governor's chief strategist during his lopsided election victory in 2010, he also espouses fiscal restraint like Brown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - Wayne Phillips did everything but swim as he struggled to get to his tech job in this city's Financial District on Monday morning. His usual smooth ride on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train was derailed by the system's first strike in 16 years. So Phillips drove from the East Bay city of Concord to Oakland. He stood in a "quarter-mile-long" line for a ferry. Then he gave up and jumped on his own boat, a 30-foot Bayliner named Lovin' Life. "I boated to South Beach Harbor and then took MUNI," Phillips said, referring to the local bus, trolley and cable car system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Unionized bus drivers in the Bay Area have voted down a contract proposal, setting the stage once again for a possible strike that could affect thousands of commuters. Roughly 181,000 people who ride the AC Transit bus lines every day could ultimately be affected by the labor dispute. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 -- which represents drivers, mechanics and dispatchers for the East Bay district -- had averted a strike earlier this month with a tentative deal that included 9.5% pay increases to be phased in over three years.
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May 12, 1989 | From the Associate Press
The Top of the Mark, where tens of thousands of servicemen enjoyed a last drink before going off to fight the Japanese in World War II, celebrated its 50th birthday Thursday. It was there that many a wife or sweetheart went to watch and shed a tear as the troopships and warships sailed out of San Francisco Bay, heading for the Pacific war. "It was THE place to go," said Dorothea Walker, who hosted a radio show from the famous 19th-story saloon in the sky during the '40s. "All the other bars were down below and a little bit dreary."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SAN FRANCISCO -- Less than 24 hours after Gov. Jerry Brown's intercession kept Bay Area Rapid Transit District workers from striking for a second time, the region's transportation picture took a surprising turn for the worse. At noon Monday, drivers and mechanics at a major East Bay bus district announced that they could walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, shutting down all service and leaving 181,000 riders in the lurch. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 delivered its strike notification Monday to the AC Transit board of directors, announcing that 1,625 drivers and mechanics could walk off the job over stalled contract negotiations.
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