A.M. Splash: Oakland Cop Videotapes His Killing of Suspect; Brown Signs Bill Prohibiting Circumcision Bans; 49ers Pull Off 2nd-Half Comeback

  • Oakland officer videotapes his killing of suspect (SF Chronicle)

    In a Bay Area first, a fatal shooting by police in East Oakland was captured on video – not by a bystander with a camcorder or a smart phone but by the officer himself, who wore a city-issued camera on his chest. Oakland police officials will not say what the footage from Sept. 25 depicts, citing an ongoing investigation. But the fact that the shooting was captured at all illustrates a profound change in law enforcement, with officers increasingly strapping on cameras along with their guns, radios and handcuffs.

  • Calif. Gov. Brown signs bill prohibiting circumcision ban (Sacramento Bee)

    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill prohibiting cities and counties from banning male circumcision, his office announced today. Assembly Bill 768 by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, was inspired by a San Francisco ballot measure designed to prohibit child circumcision there. A judge in July ordered the circumcision ban off the November ballot, but Gatto’s bill proceeded through the Legislature, where it passed with unanimous votes.

  • Fort Bragg residents express relief (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

    Sunday dawned on this former mill town along Mendocino County’s rugged coast with a palpable sense of peace for the first time since the search for a man suspected of killing two people began more than five weeks ago. Aaron Bassler, 35, was shot dead in the dense woods about four miles east of town Saturday by a SWAT team from Sacramento County.

  • Tesla customers get a peek at Model S at Fremont factory (San Jose Mercury News)

    Tesla fans Saturday night got a first peek at something close to a final version of the full-sized sedan the company plans to start delivering next year. The electric car company invited customers who had reserved one of its new Model S’s to visit its factory in Fremont, the former NUMMI facility. There the Palo Alto-headquartered company offered factory tours, demonstrations of how the car will be assembled — and a test ride in what Tesla is calling a “beta” version of the car.

  • Rocketship plans charter school expansion in Santa Clara County (SJ Mercury News)

    With solid test scores, deep pockets of donors and the high-tech cachet of its hybrid-model school, the Palo Alto-based charter operator has captured attention nationwide with its simple mission: Educate poor, English-learners whom other schools have failed. Launched in 2007 with one school in San Jose, Rocketship grew to five elementaries this year and plans for 23 more schools in Santa Clara County by 2017.

  • Street fight is brewing over San Francisco’s road repair bond (SF Examiner)

    Unforeseen political fights have created bumps in the road for a $248 million bond this November, which Mayor Ed Lee and other city officials are banking on to keep city streets from deteriorating further. Two influential political forces in town — the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce — are either refusing to support Proposition B or threatening not to. Neither group has objections to the bond measure itself, but instead are upset about other ongoing political battles.

  • CarShare gets 5 prime street parking spots (SF Chronicle)

    (A)s of this morning, folks who use City CarShare will, for the first time, lay claim to five spaces on city streets in congested neighborhoods. Six more of the unusual street spaces are coming in November. The Municipal Transportation Agency will unveil the spots, which are part of a six-month test project, this morning.

  • Events, exhibits commemorate 20th anniversary of Oakland Firestorm (Oakland Tribune)

    October marks the 20th anniversary of the Oakland hills firestorm and a series of commemorations, events and exhibits are planned to mark the disaster. Currently on view at the Oakland History Room at the Main Library, 125 14th St., is an exhibit, “Remembering and Rebuilding: A Commemoration of the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm.” The exhibit runs through Nov. 30, and recalls the disaster, the response and the community’s efforts to heal and rebuild in the aftermath.

  • 49ers pull off big 2nd-half comeback over Eagles (SF Chronicle)

    …Trailing by 20 points midway through the third quarter, San Francisco scored the game’s final 21 points and pulled out a 24-23 win over the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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