- Oakland Raiders to reduce capacity of stadium in order to avoid television blackouts (Oakland Tribune)
Capacity for Raiders games at O.co Coliseum will be reduced by nearly 10,000 to 53,200 in 2013, and approximately 4,850 season-ticket holders from the east side high-rise structure known as “Mount Davis” will be relocated, the club announced Wednesday. Raiders CEO Amy Trask described the decision as a “tool” to ensure games remain on local television as well as to promote more of a community and family-friendly atmosphere.
- New Bay Bridge span will open with party (SF Chronicle)
The long, arduous and expensive task of building the new east span of the Bay Bridge will end with one final bridge closure that includes plans for a bash featuring a public bridge walk, 10-kilometer and half-marathon runs, a bike ride and fireworks launched from both San Francisco and Oakland. “As opposed to opening it to cars, we’re going to open it to people,” said Randy Rentschler, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which also serves as the toll authority.
- Kevin Collins disappearance: Police name person of interest (Bay Area News Group)
Police named a child molester who died in 2008 as a person of interest in the nearly 30-year-old disappearance of San Francisco schoolboy Kevin Collins. Dan Leonard Therrien’s physical appearance and a previously unknown arrest in Canada are among the factors make him a possible suspect in Kevin’s kidnapping, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said Wednesday. Therrien was detained and questioned by police after the boy went missing but was ultimately turned loose.
- Exclusive: Whistleblower tells story of Bloom Energy workers paid in pesos (SJ Mercury News)
They traveled 1,300 miles and toiled long hours, earning the equivalent of $2.66 an hour in Mexican pesos while working in the Bay Area for acclaimed Silicon Valley tech startup Bloom Energy. “It wasn’t right what they were doing. It’s not the way to treat people,” said a former Bloom Energy contractor who claims he blew the whistle to authorities about the company’s mistreatment of the workers, who were brought to this country on visitor visas from the Bloom Energy plant in Chihuahua.
- San Francisco supervisor seat opens with Carmen Chu assessor-recorder appointment (SF Examiner)
Sunset district residents will have to wait 30 days before they find out who will be appointed to represent them on the Board of Supervisors. Mayor Ed Lee announced Wednesday that he plans to name current District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu to the vacant assessor-recorder position, setting off political intrigue over who will eventually replace her.
- Police on high alert after ex-LAPD cop’s alleged serial shootings (LA Times)
Authorities across Southern California were on high alert Thursday morning as a massive manhunt was underway for an ex-Los Angeles police officer sought in connection with a double homicide and the shootings of three police officers, one of whom was killed. Local, state and federal authorities are involved in the search for Christoper Jordan Dorner, 33, who threatened “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against police in an manifesto posted on his Facebook page.
- Greenlight’s Einhorn sues Apple, saying it needs to free up cash hoard (SJ Mercury News)
David Einhorn wants Apple to “think different” . . . about its cash. The hedge fund manager’s Greenlight Capital sued Apple on Thursday, saying the company should give stockholders a bigger share of its huge cash pile. Apple shares, which had fallen 35 percent from mid-September through Wednesday, were up 0.9 percent at $458.70 in morning trading.
- Maloofs file papers with NBA to move Kings to Seattle (Sacramento Bee)
The next shoe has fallen in Seattle’s effort to wrestle the Kings away from Sacramento. Three weeks after the Maloof family agreed to sell the Kings to a group from Seattle, the team has formally filed for permission to relocate to Seattle, NBA Commissioner David Stern said Wednesday. While hardly unexpected, it’s the first official confirmation of the group’s intent to have the team play in Seattle next fall.
- San Francisco Cable Car Accident Injures Seven (Huffington Post)
Seven people were injured Wednesday when a San Francisco cable car carrying about 40 passengers came to a sudden stop in the city’s Nob Hill neighborhood, authorities said. One of the injuries to an elderly man who fell and hit his head was considered potentially life-threatening, San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge told The Associated Press.
- San Jose residents warm to taxes (SJ Mercury News)
As San Jose officials weigh a slew of possible taxes to put before voters next year, the latest polling suggests residents are more willing to pony up to support city services and restore pay to workers who took cuts to help balance budgets in recent years. The annual polling results show the highest level of support yet for a possible city sales tax measure, even with the new state and county taxes voters approved in November.