Caitlin Esch

A.M. Splash: Mirkarimi Hearing Continues; Mayor’s Alleged Perjury Ruled Irrelevant; New Bomb Threat Details

Eliana Lopez testifies at ethics hearing (SF Chronicle) One second, Eliana Lopez said, sent her life spiraling into “disaster.” The Dec. 31 incident in which her husband, suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, grabbed her arm causing a bruise lasted just one second, but it set off a chain of events that include his misdemeanor … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Mirkarimi Hearing Continues; Mayor’s Alleged Perjury Ruled Irrelevant; New Bomb Threat Details →

Oakland Tackles Violent Crime, Up 20% This Year

Crime is falling nationwide, but not so in Oakland. Violent crime in the city is up about 20 percent over last year to date. Earlier this month, seven people were murdered in seven days, making it the bloodiest week in about four years, according to the Oakland Tribune. Forum host Michael Krasny spoke with Oakland … Continue reading Oakland Tackles Violent Crime, Up 20% This Year →

A.M. Splash: Lopez Testifies; ‘Slum’ Schools Need Repairs; UC Fee Hikes

Lopez testifies before ethics panel (SF Chronicle) Eliana Lopez, the wife of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, arrived at City Hall in a black limousine Wednesday and walked inside to cheers as she prepared to testify on her husband’s behalf at his official misconduct hearings. State defunds program to fix slum schools (California Watch) Eight years after … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Lopez Testifies; ‘Slum’ Schools Need Repairs; UC Fee Hikes →

Santa Rosa 70-Year-Old Ultramarathoner Posts Personal Best in Ultramarathon Race

Update Tuesday, Jul 17: Webb told KQED’s Scott Shafer last week that “last year, at 69, I [finished] in 37 hours, which was a benchmark finish. But this year I want to break not only…40 [but] hopefully somewhere around 35 hours.” Well the race is now over. Webb’s final time: 33:45:40. Earlier post Last week, … Continue reading Santa Rosa 70-Year-Old Ultramarathoner Posts Personal Best in Ultramarathon Race →

California Pushes Back Against Secure Communities

A bill making its way through the California state legislature would restrict how local law enforcement agencies cooperate with federal immigration authorities. If the Trust Act is passed, California will be the first state in the country to challenge the federal Secure Communities program by directing local police departments to stop detaining undocumented immigrants after … Continue reading California Pushes Back Against Secure Communities →

A.M. Splash: S.F. Jail Realignment; California Ballot Measures

Immigration debate keeps law school graduate a few steps from his dreams (Mercury News) DURHAM — The endless rows of almond orchards dotting the landscape in this ranch town just outside Chico meant a future for Sergio Garcia’s family. His father, a Mexican immigrant, harvested the cash crop, shaking the trees for bounty 12 hours … Continue reading A.M. Splash: S.F. Jail Realignment; California Ballot Measures →

Oakland Announces News Police Tactics as Misconduct Reports Loom

On Monday, The Frazier Group is expected to release its report on the Oakland Police Department’s response to last year’s Occupy protests and the many incidents of officer misconduct alleged by demonstrators. Next week, the city council will decide whether to expand the scope of that investigation. Also on Monday, the federal court-ordered monitor overseeing … Continue reading Oakland Announces News Police Tactics as Misconduct Reports Loom →

The Online Sales Tax You’re Supposed to Pay But Don’t…

As April 17 approaches, state leaders in Sacramento are nervously waiting to see what kind of tax revenue comes in — and thus, how big a budget they can hash out. One source of revenue the state shouldn’t be counting on: the use tax. The Board of Equalization estimates that annually $1 billion in unpaid … Continue reading The Online Sales Tax You’re Supposed to Pay But Don’t… →

Revised High-Speed Rail Plan Heads to the Legislature

The High-Speed Rail Authority unanimously approved a revised business plan Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. Board members voted 6-0, with one absent vote, to trim costs by about $30 billion. The project is now estimated to cost about $68.4 billion — far more than what voters agreed to in 2008 when they authorized the project. … Continue reading Revised High-Speed Rail Plan Heads to the Legislature →

A.M. Splash: Suspect on Revenge Rampage; Oakland Charter School May Close; George Lucas’ Marin Development

Police: Rampage suspect sought revenge against Oakland school (Oakland Tribune) The suspect in a shooting rampage at an East Oakland private university told investigators he was angry at school administrators and students, saying they teased him and “were not treating him respectfully,” Police Chief Howard Jordan said Tuesday. The suspect, One Goh, admitted his involvement in … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Suspect on Revenge Rampage; Oakland Charter School May Close; George Lucas’ Marin Development →

Dude, Where’s My iMac? Ashton Kutcher Reported to Play Steve Jobs

Who would you pick to play Steve Jobs in an indie film about his life? How about Ashton Kutcher? Variety reports Kutcher will star as jobs in the biopic, ‘Jobs.’ The film will chronicle Steve Jobs from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our … Continue reading Dude, Where’s My iMac? Ashton Kutcher Reported to Play Steve Jobs →

Federal Appeals Court Upholds California’s Affirmative Action Ban

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Affirmative action proponents took a hit Monday as a federal appeals court panel upheld California’s ban on using race, ethnicity and gender in admitting students to public colleges and universities. The ruling marked the second time the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned back a challenge to the state’s landmark … Continue reading Federal Appeals Court Upholds California’s Affirmative Action Ban →

A.M. Splash: Feds Raid Oaksterdam; Occupy SF Takes Building; FBI Intelligence Gathering Decried

Feds raid Oakland cannabis college (Oakland Tribune) Federal agents have converged on Oaksterdam University in downtown Oakland this morning, serving several warrants. Agents with Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Marshals are inside Oaksterdam University on Broadway, according to media sources. Occupy SF marchers take over vacant building (SF Chronicle) Occupy SF … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Feds Raid Oaksterdam; Occupy SF Takes Building; FBI Intelligence Gathering Decried →

Deadline Looms for Teachers Reapplying for Their Jobs at 3 Oakland High Schools

Today is the last day for teachers at three troubled Oakland high schools to apply for their jobs. The issue is so hot, it came up at Wednesday night’s board meeting. It wasn’t on the agenda, but plenty of people showed up to air grievances during public comment. Last night the Oakland Tribune hosted a … Continue reading Deadline Looms for Teachers Reapplying for Their Jobs at 3 Oakland High Schools →