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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.
July 2, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Lee Romney
This post has been updated. See below for details. SAN FRANCISCO -- On Day 2 of the Bay Area Rapid Transit strike, after a full day of silence, BART management and two striking unions will go back to the bargaining table at 6 p.m. in Oakland, a system spokesman said Tuesday afternoon. “The district has been notified by state mediators that negotiations will resume,” BART spokesman Rick Rice said. “After one full day of no meetings, we are eager to get back to the table.” The announcement came hours after the state's controller, insurance commissioner and lieutenant governor wrote to the parties involved urging that talks resume because of the effects on the busy region, which is “served by the fifth-busiest transit system in America, with nearly 400,000 daily riders.” “Given the massive dislocation a protracted strike will cause, you owe the people of the Bay Area your time, your concentration and your best good-faith effort at reaching a bargained agreement,” Controller John Chiang, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote to BART management and unions.
October 21, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- Day 4 of the regional commuter rail strike began for many in pre-dawn darkness Monday, as several hundred thousand residents who rely on Bay Area Rapid Transit trains instead poured onto buses and ferries or inched their way across gridlocked bridges. The mood was a mix of resignation and frustration as residents adapted. Free BART round-trip shuttles running from many East Bay stations were filled ahead of schedule: Of the nine stations that began running buses at 5 a.m., only Hayward and Lafayette still had availability by 7:35 a.m. Still, buses from the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit district -- which is in the midst of its own labor discord -- picked up the slack, loading thousands of additional passengers for standing-room only express trips to San Francisco.
October 26, 2009 | Faye Fiore
Pete Stark is sitting in a gilded meeting room in the House of Representatives. It is home to the powerful Ways and Means Committee that the Northern California Democrat might never chair, precisely because of the sort of verbal exchange he is attempting to explain at the moment: "He said to me, 'Don't pee on my leg.' And in a sense I said, 'I won't.' " Stark, nearly 78, is dissecting the latest in a hit parade of outbursts, this one pertaining to the likelihood of California's longest-serving congressman relieving himself on a constituent.
February 18, 1988 | Associated Press
A mild earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay Area today, but there were no reports of damage or injury. The 10 a.m. quake had a magnitude estimated at 3.3 on the Richter scale, meaning it was capable of causing slight damage, according to Rick McKenzie, a staff research associate at the University of California Seismographic Station at Berkeley.
May 18, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
California State University trustees have named Mohammad H. Qayoumi president of Cal State East Bay. Qayoumi, vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer at Cal State Northridge, will succeed Norma S. Rees in July at the institution formerly known as Cal State Hayward.
July 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The number of families receiving government aid in Alameda and Contra Costa counties is rising, hitting levels not seen since 2002. According to the most recent figures, 482,301 families received welfare in the two East Bay counties during the first three months of the year, the highest quarterly number recorded since September 2002.
September 6, 2004 | Rone Tempest, Time Staff Writer
Jennie Barber was hiking on a narrow trail in the Sunol Regional Wilderness recently when she came upon a mother cow and her newly dropped calf. The protective cow charged. The next thing Barber knew, she was flying through the air, crash-landing into a barbed-wire fence. The cow then lowered its head, preparing for another attack. "I seriously thought I was going to die, and what a weird story this was going to be," said Barber, who survived the Aug.
December 22, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Mayor Lionel Wilson said he is not optimistic about the Raiders returning to Oakland. The mayor said Thursday that attorneys representing various sides involved in discussions about whether the Raiders might return to Oakland from their current home in Los Angeles are "at issue on a number of other points (which) doesn't help the situation any." Wilson said he is not hopeful that the differences can be resolved.
With the devastating East Bay fire finally under control, Oakland Fire Chief P. Lamont Ewell finds himself caught in the eye of another firestorm over his department's performance. On the job just 13 days when the fire erupted Sunday, Ewell is struggling to defend his firefighters--and himself--against persistent criticism that they failed to extinguish an earlier blaze, then reacted slowly as the flames jumped densely populated hillsides and raced through dry canyons of brush.
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