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July 17, 2009 | Peter Y. Hong
San Francisco Bay Area home sales were up 20% in June over the same month last year, while the median sales price was down 27%, MDA DataQuick reported Thursday. The median price in the Bay Area was $352,000, down from $485,000 in June 2008 and 47% below the peak median of $665,000, reached in June 2007. Last month's median was up 3% from May's, however. The Bay Area's median appears to have hit its floor in March at $290,000.
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April 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
The parents of a sick baby who had to be rescued hundreds of miles off the Mexico coast Sunday are defending themselves against criticism that taking two small children on a year-long sailing trip around the world was not smart parenting. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman issued an email statement while aboard the Navy frigate Vandegrift, which took the parents, their ailing 1-year-old daughter and their 3-year-old daughter onboard at daybreak Sunday after their sailboat became disabled about 1,000 miles from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
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February 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A minor earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay area Friday afternoon. The magnitude 3.4 temblor struck on the Hayward fault about 2 miles southeast of Berkeley at 3:46 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The jolt was felt in downtown San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. Bay Area Rapid Transit trains were stopped for about five minutes for inspection as a precaution. No trains or stations were damaged.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Pacific Gas & Electric Co., indicted by the federal government for criminal behavior stemming from a Bay Area natural gas explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, still faces more trouble. In the next few months, PG&E will face the likelihood of a fine from the California Public Utilities Commission as high as $2.25 billion for its role in the September 2010 disaster in the city of San Bruno. On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced that a grand jury indicted PG&E on 12 alleged violations of the federal Pipeline Safety Act involving poor record keeping and faulty management practices.
NEWS
December 8, 1987 | Associated Press
The names of five crew members and 32 of the passengers aboard Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771, which crashed Monday in San Luis Obispo County, killing 43 people, were released by the airline and other sources. The partial list of those aboard the aircraft included: PSA CREW MEMBERS --Capt. Gregg N. Lindamood, 43, of Julian, Calif., a 14-year veteran pilot with PSA who had logged 11,000 hours in the air, including 1,500 hours on the BAe-146.
SPORTS
January 16, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The San Francisco Bay Area entered the competition to play host to games at Candlestick Park and Stanford Stadium during the 1994 World Cup when it gave a check to the organizing committee.
NEWS
August 14, 1985
A mild earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area, but there were no reports of damage. The temblor, centered in Berkeley, registered 3.0 on the Richter scale, University of California seismologists said.
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December 29, 1986 | Associated Press
A minor earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay Area at 7:28 a.m. today, but there were no reports of damage or injury.
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February 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Police Chief Bill Lansdowne said Tuesday that he will retire effective Monday, after 10 years as chief. Lansdowne, 69, became chief here in 2003 after serving as chief in San Jose and Richmond. Lansdowne talked recently for an hour with Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer but said that Faulconer did not request his resignation. Faulconer will be sworn in Monday. The San Diego department, with 1,856 sworn officers, has long been considered one of the nation's best, particularly in the technique of community oriented policing in which police and residents meet frequently to discuss problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
Immigrants fighting deportation in San Francisco will no longer be shackled during most court hearings, according to a settlement reached with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The settlement, which received preliminary approval from a federal judge Thursday, is limited to San Francisco Immigration Court but could affect the way immigrants are treated in other jurisdictions. People held at detention centers in the San Francisco area are transported to court shackled at the wrists, waist and ankles, attorneys for four immigrants wrote in a federal lawsuit filed in 2011.
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January 23, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
Immigrants fighting deportation in San Francisco will no longer be shackled during most court hearings, according to a settlement reached with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The settlement, which received preliminary approval from a federal judge Thursday, is limited to San Francisco Immigration Court but could affect how immigrants are treated in other jurisdictions. People held at detention centers in the San Francisco area are transported to court shackled at the wrists, waist and ankles, attorneys for four immigrants wrote in a federal lawsuit filed in 2011.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
San Francisco Bay Area home sales tumbled to a six-year low in December, indicating a meager supply of houses on the market, according to a new report. Buyers in the nine-county region purchased 6,714 new and resale houses and condos last month, the lowest December level since 2007 and 12.7% below December 2012, research firm DataQuick said Wednesday. Sales fell in all counties, except San Mateo, where sales rose 18% from a year earlier. QUIZ: How much do you know about mortgages?
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December 18, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Even in deep blue California, where Democrats dominate, organized labor is losing public popularity. That's a general statement, based on nonpartisan polling. Specifically, public employee unions are tarnishing all labor, according to the pollster. He pinpoints pension envy: public employees pulling down generous retirement benefits that private sector taxpayers began losing years ago. That's the long-term public gripe. And recently in the traditional labor stronghold of the San Francisco Bay Area, voters have especially soured on unions because of two very annoying public transit strikes.
SPORTS
December 16, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
College Football Playoff's first three title sites are now set with Monday's announcement that Arizona and Tampa Bay have earned bids to host the national championship games of 2016 and 2017. The Arizona title game of 2016 will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Arizona beat out Jacksonville, New Orleans and Tampa Bay for the bid. Tampa Bay's Raymond James Stadium will host the 2017 game after earning the bid over Levi Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jacksonville, Minneapolis, San Antonio and South Florida.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Californians' view of organized labor has soured over the past two and a half years: 45% of those surveyed in a poll released Friday said unions do more harm than good, up from 35% in a March 2011 reading.  The results of the independent Field Poll showed a stark shift in public opinion in California, long a labor union stronghold. Even those who identify as Democrats or have union affiliations reported their views on labor unions taking a turn for the worse.  The poll of 1,002 registered voters was conducted between Nov. 14 and Dec. 5 and also found that recent public transit worker strikes in the Bay Area, which disrupted commuters' workdays, affected the public's opinion.  Statewide, 47% of voters said public transit workers should be allowed to strike versus 44% who said they should not.  "Voters in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area...
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November 22, 2013 | By Jason Wells, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Bay Area rail commuters were left without service Friday morning because of what operators called "major computer issues" that left hundreds of riders stranded in stalled trains. As of 6 a.m., rail commuters were being told to find alternate forms of transportation as the Bay Area Rapid Transit system worked to repair the computer glitch. BART spokesman Jim Allison told KGO-TV that the system-wide delays began shortly after midnight and resulted in between 500 and 1,000 passengers waiting onboard 19 nonmoving trains early Friday morning.
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