Caitlin Esch

A.M. Splash: Oakland Police Radios; San Martin Mosque; GOP Women on Rape Remark

Oakland police radio culprit: cell towers (SF Chronicle) Oakland officials say they and federal investigators have discovered a major source of disruption to the city’s police radio communications system: interference from cell phone towers. Plan for building a mosque in conservative San Martin divides community (SJ Mercury News) …an angry debate erupted that lumped religious, environmental … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Oakland Police Radios; San Martin Mosque; GOP Women on Rape Remark →

Little League World Series: Petaluma Beats Parsippany on Walk-Off Homer

Update 3:39 p.m. Petaluma wins on walk-off home run 5-4! Update 3:25 p.m. It’s still tied in extra innings: 4-4, bottom of the seventh (they usually play six innings). Petaluma’s at bat. Update 2:55 p.m. It’s the bottom of the sixth and the score’s tied 4-4. Petaluma at bat. Update 2:30 p.m. Petaluma pulls ahead … Continue reading Little League World Series: Petaluma Beats Parsippany on Walk-Off Homer →

Muni Puts Up Counter Ads to Controversial Pro-Israel Messages; Activist Says ‘Manifestation of Sharia’

Muni has placed a counter-ad on 10 of its buses right alongside the controversial pro-Israel message that an activist bought. Muni’s ads read: SFMTA policy prohibits discrimination based on national origin, religion, and other characteristics, and condemns statements that describe any group as “savages.” Muni’s ad has an arrow pointing downward to the original ad, … Continue reading Muni Puts Up Counter Ads to Controversial Pro-Israel Messages; Activist Says ‘Manifestation of Sharia’ →

Video: Pete Wilson, Antonio Villaraigosa on ‘This Week in Northern California’

KQED’s Belva Davis and San Francisco Chronicle political reporter Carla Marinucci talked to former California Governor Pete Wilson in advance of next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Wilson is heading up the state’s Republican delegation to the GOP convention. Marinucci quizzed Wilson–a moderate, pro-choice Republican–about conservatism in the Republican party and in California. … Continue reading Video: Pete Wilson, Antonio Villaraigosa on ‘This Week in Northern California’ →

A.M. Splash: Cabrera Plot Thickens; Air Tests Questioned; ‘Hostages’ in Oakland

Melky Cabrera testosterone plot thickens (SF Chronicle) The Melky Cabrera drug saga took a bizarre turn Sunday when it was reported that he tried to trick Major League Baseball in a plot that backfired and prompted another federal investigation into the sport’s link to performance-enhancing drugs. Refinery smoke blew past air monitors (SF Chronicle) Smoke and … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Cabrera Plot Thickens; Air Tests Questioned; ‘Hostages’ in Oakland →

Money From Pro-Israel Ad Goes to Human Rights Group

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says it will donate proceeds from a controversial pro-Israel ad to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. In a statement released yesterday, the agency condemned the ad, but said it would not remove it: The recent ad has no value in facilitating constructive dialogue or advancing the cause of … Continue reading Money From Pro-Israel Ad Goes to Human Rights Group →

A.M. Splash: Idle Rig Sparks Chevron Fire?; Steve Jobs’ Burglar; Lake County Fires

Chevron fire ignited by idle rig? (SF Chronicle) The Richmond refinery fire that sent more than 9,000 people to emergency rooms could have been touched off when a cloud of flammable vapor reached an idling and abandoned Chevron fire truck, investigators said Tuesday. Steve Jobs’ burglar stole wallet, driver’s license, special computers with house keys (Bay … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Idle Rig Sparks Chevron Fire?; Steve Jobs’ Burglar; Lake County Fires →

Gun Control Debate in Wake of Colorado Tragedy

Gun Control advocates say last week’s mass shooting in a crowded Colorado movie theater proves the United States needs strict new gun laws. But the gun rights community counters that if someone in the theater had been armed, the shooter may have been stopped. “The fact is, if there were a concealed-carry holder in that … Continue reading Gun Control Debate in Wake of Colorado Tragedy →

German Conglomerate to Buy Peet’s for Almost $1 Billion

Emeryville-based Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc. announced today it’s going private. German conglomerate Joh. A. Benckiser is buying Peet’s for $73.50 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $1 billion, according to Peet’s website. Last year, we reported on rumors that Seattle-based Starbucks might buy Peet’s, much to the dismay of some loyal … Continue reading German Conglomerate to Buy Peet’s for Almost $1 Billion →

‘Green’ homes sell for 9 percent more, study says

by Anika Anand, California Watch California homes that meet environmental standards, such as energy efficiency and proximity to public transportation, are selling at higher prices than homes that don’t, according to a new report. The study, conducted by researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA, looked at homes that were labeled green by LEED, GreenPoint Rated and Energy Star – rating … Continue reading ‘Green’ homes sell for 9 percent more, study says →

A.M. Splash: Obama in Oakland; Alameda County to Vote on Drug Disposal; Facebook Earnings

Oakland prepares for Obama, protesters (Oakland Tribune) Patrol cars and news vans were parked outside the Fox Theater at 6 a.m. Monday morning in anticipation of the afternoon arrival of both President Obama and hundreds of protesters… The president is scheduled to appear at a 4:30 p.m. fundraiser inside the theater, which is located in … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Obama in Oakland; Alameda County to Vote on Drug Disposal; Facebook Earnings →

Oakland, SF Police Increase Patrols Around Movie Theaters After Colorado Shooting

In Oakland and San Francisco, police officials say they’ll add patrols around movie theaters playing ‘The Dark Knight Rises” today, in the wake of a deadly shooting in a Colorado movie theater. SFPD spokesman Albie Esparza said officers will enter theater lobbies and talk to employees randomly throughout the day. “Even though the Colorado shooting … Continue reading Oakland, SF Police Increase Patrols Around Movie Theaters After Colorado Shooting →

Stockton City Council Writes Open Letter to Community

The Stockton City Council is assuring residents they won’t see a significant difference in services as a result of of the bankruptcy filing. In a joint open letter to the community, the council and mayor write, “in order to protect our City and our modest level of services, this council had no other choice but … Continue reading Stockton City Council Writes Open Letter to Community →

Oakland Church School Solicitation Prompts Likely BART Policy Change

by Shoshanna Walter, The Bay Citizen Update, July 20, 2012: This story updates with information about when the new BART policy changes would take effect. BART leaders have decided to alter the transit agency’s free speech-related policy after discovering that a private school and church in West Oakland used unaccompanied children, some as young as … Continue reading Oakland Church School Solicitation Prompts Likely BART Policy Change →