CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2007 |
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will run tests of the bay floor to see if toxic oil from last month's spill remains. The corps will test the 43-feet-deep bay bottom off the entrance to the Oakland Outer Harbor today. Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Maria Lee says pom-pom-like absorbent swabs will collect the samples. Nearly 58,000 gallons of toxic bunker fuel was spilled into the bay by the Cosco Busan on Nov. 7 after the vessel hit the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
May 6, 2004 |
Independent truckers continued to protest rising fuel costs and stagnant pay rates at the Port of Oakland on Wednesday, a day after port officials agreed to form a committee to address their complaints. More than 300 truck drivers have stopped hauling goods to and from the Oakland harbor since Friday, threatening to disrupt the flow of goods at the nation's fourth-busiest port.
March 5, 1992 |
Not much was expected of the El Camino and Harbor College women's basketball programsat the start of the season, but each will make school history tonight when they compete in the state tournament at Merritt College in Oakland. Harbor (27-6), ranked 16th in the state by the JC Athletic Bureau, will meet fifth-ranked College of the Sequoias (30-6) at 6 and unranked El Camino (18-13) will play top-ranked Lassen (32-1) at 8.
May 22, 1988 |
When Half Moon Bay fisherman Steve Fitz returns phone calls these days, he identifies himself as "former fisherman, current dump site director." Fitz, spokesman for the Half Moon Bay Fishermen's Marketing Assn., is only half joking. He still makes his living fishing for dungenness crab and dover, rex and petrale sole in the ocean waters off picturesque Half Moon Bay, 20 miles south of San Francisco.
October 3, 2002 |
Grape grower Jim Pandol has been praying hard that his Thompson seedless table grapes will last longer than the lockout at West Coast ports. Like many California food producers, he counts on exporting a portion of his crop at higher prices to help make farming profitable. But with 200 tons stuck in port, unable to get to customers in Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, and an additional 600 tons backing up in his warehouses in the San Joaquin Valley, the operator of Pandol Bros.
September 17, 1992 |
House and Senate negotiators have agreed to spend more than $180 million next year on construction of key California water projects, including $16.2 million to complete a flood-control project along the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside. The accord on a $22-billion appropriations bill for energy and water projects also calls for spending more than $35 million for work on the federally owned Central Valley Project, much of it for environmental improvements.
April 13, 1996 |
Dressed in all black, 32-year-old Japanese artist Kazue Mizushima moved across a sweeping lawn, between trees connected by taut silk strings that wire the landscape into something resembling a giant outdoor harp. With gloved hands, she plucked an acoustic "Bolero," part of her original composition called "Eve of the Future." The sound plinked into the air, aided, in theory at least, by paper cup amplification, as in the string-and-cup game of telephone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1996 |
Truck traffic at the normally bustling ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach plummeted Wednesday as thousands of truckers stayed off the job as part of an increasingly tense labor feud. Cargo carriers reported that operations were slowed to 20% of their normal pace in some cases. At Hyundai America Shipping Agency, officials rerouted a 4,400-container vessel, the Hyundai Federal, to deliver inland-bound cargo to Seattle instead of Long Beach, where those containers are usually unloaded.