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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.
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 14, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- A Bay Area regional transit strike seemed likely late Monday as the clock ticked toward a midnight cutoff of negotiations, with one union leader saying it would take a “Hail Mary” to avert a BART work stoppage. Complicating matters, the union representing workers for the Alameda - Contra Costa Transit District, or AC Transit -- which runs East Bay buses -- issued its own 72-hour strike notice Monday. While options remain to avert or delay the bus strike, if those fail and Bay Area Rapid Transit workers do not accept a deal, the region could face an unprecedented double whammy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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