SF Bay Area 1976-1999
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1976 Jan, In SF Robert Swanson (28), a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, first met with Herb Boyer, a molecular biologist and co-discoverer of recombinant DNA. The 10 minute appointment extended to a few hours and the 2 men proceeded to found Genentech.
(SFC, 5/28/96, p.B1)(SFC, 1/19/98, p.A10)(WSJ, 12/14/99, p.A22)
1976 Feb 19, Rick Stevens, lead vocalist of the Tower of Power, was arrested in San Jose, Ca., for his roll in a triple slaying after a drug deal went awry. Stevens spent 36 years behind bars before he was released on parole.
(SFC, 1/29/13, p.E1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_in_music)
1976 Mar 13, In California a jury convicted 4 Black Muslims for 3 murders and 4 assaults out of a total of 23 Bay Area crimes that included 14 murders. Jessie Lee Cooks, Larry Craig Green, Manuel Moore and J.C.X. Simon were given life sentences.
(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W22)
1976 Apr 7, Robert A. Swanson (d.1999 at 52), a venture capitalist, and Herb Boyer, a UCSF molecular biologist and co-discoverer of gene-splicing in 1973, incorporated Genentech Inc. They planned to use gene splicing to create a genre of medicines.
(SFC, 5/28/96, p.B1)(SFC, 1/19/98, p.A10)(SSFC, 4/1/01, p.B1)
1976 May 21, A bus on I-680 in California crashed after crossing the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, plunged 21 feet, and rolled upside down. 28 Yuba City High School students and one adult were killed. There were 22 survivors.
(SFC, 5/20/96, p.A-20)
1976 Sep 5, On Labor Day Bess Bair, better known as Rosie Radiator, tap danced across the Golden Gate Bridge while carrying an American flag and her dog Lulu.
(SFEC, 9/26/99, DB p.35)(SFC, 9/5/03, p.E9)
1976 Sep 14, EPA scientists discovered a new species of sponge growing on steel cans containing low-level radioactive waste that were dumped near the Farallon Islands from 1946-1970.
(SFC, 9/14/01, WB p.6)
1976 Sep 30, The Alameda County grand jury returned 13 indictments against William and Emily Harris, already serving time, in the SLA kidnapping of Patty Hearst.
(SFC, 9/28/01, WB p.6)
1976 Oct 8, Steve Dain (formerly Doris Richards), the Emeryville High School teacher who became a male through a sex change, won a court order directing school officials to assign him a teaching job and give $3,200 in back pay.
(SFC, 10/5/01, WB p.6)
1976 Oct 9, The Emeryville Unified School District suspended Steve Dain on charges of "immoral conduct" and "evident unfitness for service."
(SFC, 10/5/01, WB p.6)
1976 Oct 13, Benjamin Hurwitz, a San Mateo podiatrist, was shot to death on Highway 92 at Foster City Blvd. In 1998 police Sergeant Steve Archer traced the murder to William Moalem, a business partner of Hurwitz, who hired Richard "Kilo" Quilopras for the killing. Moalem and Quilopras were sentenced to life in prison in 1999.
(SFC, 8/18/98, p.A12)(SFC, 8/31/99, p.A22)
1976 Dec 27, The Oakland Raiders defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-7 and won a trip to the Super Bowl for the 1st time since 1967.
(SFC, 12/21/01, WB p.G16)
1976 An 88-foot-long mural, the "People’s History of Telegraph Avenue," was created at 2455 Telegraph in Berkeley by artists led by Osha Neumann and O’Brien Thiele.
(SFC, 12/3/98, p.A25)
1976 Eleanor Carlton Bark helped establish the Stanford Historical Society.
(SFC, 7/17/99, p.A21)
1976 San Jose State Prof. John Sperling launched the for-profit Univ. of Phoenix with $26k in personal savings. It was founded to cater to the need of working adults. By 2010 it was the 2nd largest university system in America with over 200 campuses across the country.
(https://ecampus.phoenix.edu/)(SFC, 2/16/02, p.A15)(Econ, 9/10/05, Survey p.19)(Econ, 9/11/10, p.73)
1976 The Gray Panthers opened their first Over 60 Health Center in Berkeley. Charlotte Knight (d.1999 at age 86) was one of the key players in the project.
(SFC, 1/23/99, p.A19)
1976 California appropriated $250,000 to preserve the old Chinese detention center on Angel Island.
(SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1 p.7)
1976 San Mateo County, Ca., rebuilt the military housing by the PG&E plant east of Cow Palace in Daly City with a housing complex of 150 units called Midway Village. The units stood over toxic soil from PG&E that was used by the military during WW II as land fill. Dirt and groundwater in the area contained polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PNAs), a known carcinogen. No soil tests were conducted.
(SFC, 3/10/98, p.A14)(SFC, 1/5/00, p.A12)(SFC, 1/19/00, p.A4)
1976 The 1906 Folger home was sold to Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari for some $500,000.
(Ind, 5/26/01, 5A)
1976 An endangered species listing for the mission blue butterfly on San Bruno Mountain temporarily halted the massive development plans for San Bruno Mountain.
(Ind, 4/27/99, p.11A)
1977 Jan 1, Steve Dain (formerly Doris Richards), Emeryville High School teacher who became a male through a sex change, filed a $1.7 million claim against the Emeryville school district for invasion of privacy, malicious prosecution and actions preventing future employment amongst other charges.
(SFC, 12/28/01, WB p.G7)
1977 Jan 9, The Oakland Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl 32-14 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.
(SFC, 12/21/01, WB p.G16)(SFC, 12/28/01, WB p.G7)
1977 Jan 19, In San Jose developers of a $600,000 Holiday Inn hotel stopped the downtown construction when Ohlone Indian bones and artifacts were discovered.
(SFC, 1/18/02, p.G8)
1977 Mar 17, Marin County pharmacist Fred Mayer started the first Condom Day at UC Berkeley.
(SFC, 3/18/98, p.A16)
1977 Jun 30, Diane Yasuda and her husband co-founded the Berkeley Bowl market in a former bowling alley. It became famous for its produce and in 1999 re-opened in a former Safeway store on Oregon St.
(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A18)
1977 Jul 13, A racially provoked fight at San Quentin left 3 prisoners dead.
(SFC, 7/12/02, p.E9)
1977 Jul 16, The New World Liberation Front took responsibility for bombing a Coors beer distribution center at San Jose, Ca. NWLF said the bombing was an act of solidarity with the strikers in Golden Colo. Damage was estimated at $400.
(SFC, 7/12/02, p.E9)
1977 Aug 30, Terrorists bombed a PG&E substation in Sausalito, Ca. Power was cut off for 6,000 customers and storm drains were flooded with some 3,200 gallons of coolant oil.
(SFC, 8/30/02, p.E2)
1977 Sep 9, Mary Ann Quigley (17) was killed near War Memorial Park in Santa Clara, Ca. In 2006 Richard Armand Archibeque (47) was arrested for her rape and murder based on DNA evidence. They had been classmates at Santa Clara High School.
(SFC, 12/30/06, p.B2)
1977 Sep 15, A 194-foot-tall crane being towed by a tugboat crashed into the lower deck of the Bay Bridge causing serious structural damage.
(SFC, 9/13/02, p.E2)
1977 Dec 15, Charles Finley sold his Oakland A’s baseball team to Marvin Davis for a reported $12.5 million. A lease with the Oakland Coliseum was still a problem.
(SFC, 12/13/02, p.E8)
1977 The Filoli mansion was used as a setting for the film "Heaven Can Wait."
(Ind, 3/6/99, p.5A)
1977 The open-air Larkspur Ferry Terminal, designed by Jacques de Brer (1936-2006), opened near San Quentin State Prison. He later designed the 280 Metro Center in Colma (1986).
(SFC, 9/14/06, p.B5)(http://tinyurl.com/mr868)
1977 The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) was founded in Berkeley, Ca. In 2008 it expanded and reinvented itself as a multimedia news producer.
(Econ, 7/9/11, SR p.14)
1977 Steven Foster (d.2003) founded Rites of Passage in Marin County. The program taught confidence and self-reliance through wilderness treks.
(SFC, 6/5/03, p.A20)
1977 Bill Walsh was hired as the head football coach for Stanford Univ., by a search committee headed by Frank Lodato (d.1999 at 73).
(SFC, 7/28/99, p.C2)
1977 The SF Bay Area’s Alameda County approved a plan to protect creeks and adjacent habitat, but the plan was shelved and forgotten.
(SFC, 6/15/06, p.B1)
1977 San Bruno prohibited the city council from considering applications for multistory buildings without voter approval.
(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A16)
1977 Lionel Wilson (1915-1998) succeeded John Reading (d.2003) as the mayor of Oakland and its first black mayor. he served 3-terms to 1990.
(SFC, 1/29/98, p.A1,13)(SFC, 2/12/03, p.A25)
1977 Fred Cody (d.1983) and wife Patricia Cody (d.2010) sold their Berkeley-based Cody’s bookstore business to Andy Ross.
(SFC, 10/6/10, p.C5)
1978 Jan 24, The 1st Bay Area music awards, the Bammies, was sponsored by BAM magazine.
(SFC, 1/24/03, p.E3)
1978 Mar 10, Richard Hovey (26) abducted Tina Salazar (8) in Hayward, Ca., as she walked home from school. He left her by a roadside with fatal wounds later the same day. She died 8 days later. In 2006 an appeals court overturned his death sentence saying lawyers failed to inform a psychiatrist of his history of mental illness.
(SFC, 8/12/06, p.B2)(http://tinyurl.com/384rtk)
1978 Mar 28, Laura Beyerly (16) was last seen in the Los Altos, Ca., school parking lot. Her remains were found a year later in the Santa Cruz County hills on property belonging to the uncle of Scott B. Schultz. In 2006 police in Colorado arrested Scott B. Schultz, a boy friend with whom she had broken up. In 2007 Schultz faced just one year in jail in a plea deal.
(SFC, 8/24/06, p.B1)(SFC, 9/2/06, p.B3)(SFC, 6/16/07, p.B1)
1978 Apr 22, Cynthia Waxman (11) was raped and killed whiled playing in a field in Moraga, Ca. In 2005 DNA evidence revealed that she had been killed by Charles Jackson, a convict who died at age 64 in Folsom Prison in 2002. Jackson was linked to at least 6 other victims.
(SFC, 9/30/05, p.B5)
1978 May 11, The average home in Marin County was valued at $91,250.
(SFC, 5/9/03, p.E5)
1978 May 16, Patricia Hearst (24) entered the Federal correctional Institute at Pleasanton, Ca., to resume her 7-year sentence for a SF bank robbery with the SLA.
(SFC, 5/16/03, p.E8)
1978 May 24, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Margaret J. Kemp (R) as judge of the Municipal Court in South San Francisco. She became the 1st female judge in San Mateo County.
(SFC, 5/23/03, p.E8)
1978 Jun 6, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, the Jarvis-Gann amendment, a primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes. It limited the taxing abilities of local governments and many city services were reduced as a result..
(AP, 6/6/97)(LaPen, 12/86, p.8)
1978 Aug 9, A California statewide Teamsters warehouse workers strike began.
(SFC, 8/15/03, p.E9)
1978 Aug 11-13, The 1st Mill Valley Film Festival was held.
(SFC, 8/1/03, p.E5)
1978 Sep 6, Genentech of South San Francisco, Ca., announced the successful laboratory production of human insulin using recombinant DNA technology.
1978 Sep 30, Huey Newton (1942-1989) was convicted in Oakland, Ca., on weapons charges and launched into a 40 minute harangue calling SF Superior Court Judge Joseph Koresh (1909-1996) "a renegade Jew."
(SFC, 6/21/96, p.E2)(www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/pacificapanthers.html)
1978 Oct 19, The US League of Savings and Loan Associations reported that the San Francisco Bay Area had the highest housing costs in the nation.
(SFC, 10/17/03, p.E9)
1978 Nov 18, In Jonestown, Guyana, California Rep. Leo J. Ryan and four other people, investigating the Jim Jones cult, were killed by members of the Peoples Temple. Greg Robinson, a SF Examiner photographer, Don Harris, NBC correspondent, Bob Brown, NBC cameraman, and Patricia Parks, a temple defector, were shot dead. Congressional aide Jackie Speier survived 5 bullets. The killings were followed by a night of mass murder and suicide. 918 people died at Jonestown, including 260 children. In 1982 John Jacobs and Tim Reiterman authored "Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People." In 2010 Laura Johnston Kohl authored “Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look.” In 2011 survivors unveiled a memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, Ca., with the names of all the dead.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jones)(SFEM, 11/17/96, p.22)(AP, 11/18/97)(SFEC, 11/8/98, p.A18)(SFC, 5/25/00, p.C2)(SSFC, 11/16/03, p.D1)(http://tinyurl.com/4ync97m)(SFC, 5/30/11, p.C1)
1978 Nov 28, Armida Wiltsey (40) of Lafayette, Ca., was found raped and strangled near the Lafayette Reservoir. In 2003 DNA evidence linked Darryl Kemp, a Texas inmate, to the murder. Kemp had been recently paroled from prison, where he served time for killing a nurse in 1957. His death sentence in that case was commuted when the death penalty was declared unconstitutional in 1972. In late 2008 a jury said that Kemp should be executed.
(SFC, 10/4/03, p.A15)(SFC, 1/1/09, p.B3)
1978 Dec 1, The new Antioch Bridge was dedicated and named after Senator John Nejedly of Contra Costa County. In 1998 about 10,000 vehicles crossed it each day.
(SFC, 2/2/98, p.A16)
1978 Dec 31, Peter Seeburg, one of 3 Univ. of California scientists who had identified the DNA for human growth hormone earlier in the year, returned to UCSF in a "midnight raid" and remove genetic material. Seeburg had left the university in late 1978 to join Genentech giving up rights to his materials, for which UCSF had filed a patent. In 1990 UCSF filed a patent infringement suit against Genentech.
(SFC, 5/21/99, p.B2)(www.mindfully.org/GE/Biotech-Born-Thief-1978.htm)
1978 The film "Heaven Can Wait" starred Dyan Cannon and Warren Beatty. It was directed by Beatty and was a remake of the 1943 film. It was filmed at the Filoli estate west of Redwood City, Ca.
(SFEC, 7/13/97, DB p.55)(PI, 3/21/98, p.5)
1978 The Mill Valley Film Festival began as a 2-day event.
(SFC, 9/10/97, p.E1)
1978 Richard Fogel (d.2009 at 86) co-founded Bay City News, a regional wire service for the SF Bay Area.
(SFC, 9/15/09, p.C4)
1978 Father Stephen Kiesle pleaded guilty to lewd conduct after being accused of tying up and molesting two boys at a parish in Union City, Ca. he served 3 years of probation. In 2010 seven people filed suit against the Oakland Roman Catholic Diocese saying they were sexually abused by Kiesle. One of those suing was Kiesle’s stepdaughter, Teresa Rosson (48), who accused Kiesle of sexually abusing her from age 11 to 40.
(SFC, 8/19/10, p.C2)
1978 The last 60 milk cows grazing in San Mateo County were put to pasture.
1978 Henry Doelger (b.1898), SF and Daly City home builder, died on his boat in the Mediterranean. His 1st SF house is believed to be at 1419 39th Ave.
(SFC, 10/15/02, p.A20)
1979 Jan 11, In San Pablo Deborah Pauline Palmer (24) was shot and killed with her fetus at her apartment on Sanford Ave. In 1999 Charles Beau Jay was charged with the slaying.
(SFC, 8/27/99, p.A22)
1979 Jan 17, There was an explosion on a BART train in the Transbay tube. One Oakland firefighter died and at least 46 people were injured.
(SFC, 1/16/04, p.A1)(SFC, 4/2/04, p.F3)
1979 Feb 4, In San Mateo, Ca., a robbery at the Pay Less Super Drug Store at 666 Concar Drive left 3 young employees dead. Michael Olson (23), Billy Baumgarnter (17) and Tracy Anderson (16) were all shot in the back of the head. An estimated $20,000 was stolen. By 2007 the case was still open with no arrests.
(SFC, 10/23/07, p.A12)(SSFC, 6/8/08, p.B2)
1979 Feb 25, James Williams and Gene Stewart of Redwood City won the 18th world championship domino tournament in San Francisco.
(SFC, 2/20/04, p.E4)
1979 Apr 5, BART re-opened following the Jan 17 tube fire.
(SFC, 4/2/04, p.F3)
1979 Apr 13, A barge with 4.3 million gallons of gasoline rammed into an abutment of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and spilled 42,000 gallons into the SF Bay.
(SFC, 4/9/04, p.F10)
1979 May 28, An explosion at the Dow Chemical plant in Pittsburg killed 2 construction workers injured 101. Large amounts of toxic chlorine gas were released.
(SFC, 5/28/04, p.F5)
1979 May 29, Fay Stender (47), attorney and advocate of women’s rights and prison reform, was shot and critically wounded in Berkeley.
(SFC, 5/28/04, p.F5)
1979 Jul 28, Rachel Moncrief (50) was stabbed to death at Camino Camper in Santa Clara, Ca. In 2011 DNA evidence on a marijuana cigarette linked David Dixon (61) of Richmond, Ca., to the murder.
(SFC, 8/19/11, p.C1)
1979 Jul 31, Cesar Chavez began a 12-day march from SF to Salinas to dramatize the 6-month strike of the United Farm Workers.
(SFC, 7/30/04, p.F2)
1979 Aug 9, In California Forrest Silva Tucker, William McGirk and John Waller escaped from San Quentin prison in a hand made kayak named Rub-a-Dub-Dub. McGirk (38) was captured Oct 31. Waller was recaptured within months. Tucker was caught after a few years in Boston in a credit scam but was released in error. He was later identified as a member of the Massachusetts "Over the Hill Gang" and in 1999 was caught on suspicion of robbing a Florida bank.
(SFC, 4/27/99, p.A1,4)(SFC, 10/29/04, p.F11)
1979 Aug 13, Rock throwing vandals broke into the Knowland Park Zoo in Oakland, killed 6 animals and wounded another 6.
(SFC, 8/13/04, p.F4)
1979 Aug 17, Mark Adams killed a Modesto youth during a botched robbery. He was convicted of murder and robbery in 1982.
(SFC, 1/9/99, p.A15)
1979 Aug 20, Demonstrators from the Committee Against Racism confronted a Ku Klux Klan meeting in Castro Valley.
(SSFC, 8/20/04, p.F4)
1979 Aug 25, Cannie Bullock (8) of San Pablo, Ca., was raped and killed. DNA evidence in 2002 identified Joseph Cordova Jr., inmate in a Colorado prison, as the murderer. In 2007 Cordova was sentenced to death.
(SFC, 12/4/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/12/07, p.B2)
1979 Sep 2, A huge SF Bay sewage spill occurred due to problems at plants in Santa Clara and San Jose. Problems were not reported until Sep 14.
(SFC, 1/21/05, p.F2)
1979 Sep 26, The body of a young woman was found in Blackie’s Pasture in Tiburon, Ca., She had been stabbed over 40 times with an ice pick and burned. In 2007 DNA evidence identified her as Tammy Vincent (17). She had testified this year against several people arrested during a raid in SeaTac, Wash., of 2 establishments believed to be prostitution fronts.
(SFC, 10/2/07, p.B2)
1979 Sep 27, Murder charges against Huey Newton, for the murder of a prostitute in 1974, were dismissed following 2 mistrials.
(SFC, 9/24/04, p.F9)
1979 Nov 1, In Oakland, Ca., Nancy Lugassy (28) was fatally shot by Harvey Heishman. She had told police that Heishman had raped her on the night they had met July. Heishman was later convicted and sentenced to death. In 2010 an appeals court upheld his murder conviction.
(www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2010/09/08/07-99016.pdf)(SFC, 9/10/10, p.C2)
1979 Nov 7, Linda Ann Jozovich disappeared during a work break in Santa Clara County. In 1995 a hiker in the Los Gatos Hills discovered her jawbone and some teeth. In 2004 her skull and bones were discovered in the same area. In 2007 Terry Childs, a convicted killer serving time in Salinas, confessed to her murder.
(SFC, 3/13/04, p.B4)(SFC, 11/2/07, p.B2)
1979 Nov 14, Developers Foremost-McKesson Inc. and Amfac Inc. announced that they intend to turn over 380 acres on San Bruno Mountain.
(SFC, 11/12/04, p.F10)
1979 Nov 16, The UC Berkeley football team defeated Stanford 21-14 in the 82nd Big Game at Stanford.
(SFC, 11/12/04, p.F10)
1979 Nov 22, Penny Patterson led Koko the gorilla from Stanford to a new home at the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside.
(SFC, 11/19/04, p.F2)
1979 Dec 7, Gannet Co. bought California Marin County’s San Rafael Independent Journal. The Gannet chain owned 78 daily papers in 30 states.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.A19)(SFC, 12/3/04, p.F8)
1979 Dec 7, Gloria Acronico (49) was abducted near the Courtside Tennis Club in Los Gatos. Her body was found in the trunk of her car 2 days later. In 1999 police identified Troy Johnson (53) as the murderer and arrested him in Needles.
(SFC, 8/25/99, p.A24)(SFC, 8/27/99, p.A22)
1979 John Krich authored "Bump City," a look at the demise of Oakland.
(SFC, 5/3/02, p.A20)
1979 The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute was founded on the campus of UC Berkeley.
(SFC, 3/26/04, p.A1)
1979 Sue Rugge established Information on Demand in Berkeley, a pioneering full service information company. It was later acquired by Robert Maxwell and managed through Pergamon Press. She later authored "The Information Broker's Handbook."
(SFC, 6/16/99, p.B4)
1979 The annual Caribbean music concert, the Carijama Festival, began at Mosswood Park, Oakland. In 2004 it was moved downtown.
(SFC, 6/1/04, B2)
1979 The Redwood City Tribune was merged with the Palo Alto Times and became the Peninsula Times Tribune owned by the Tribune Co. of Chicago.
(SFC, 12/8/98, p.B6)
1979 Dave Smith and Paul Hawken of Mill Valley, Ca., founded Smith & Hawken to provide organic gardeners with handcrafted tools from England. Their first store opened in 1982 and in 1993 it became part of the CML conglomerate group. When CML went bankrupt in 1999 Smith & Hawken went to DDJ Capital Management, a private investment firm. In 2004 Scotts Miracle-Gro bought Smith & Hawken for $72 million. In 2009 Scotts Miracle-Gro began closing its 56 Smith & Hawken stores due to continuing losses.
(SFC, 7/10/09, p.A1,10)
1979 Alfred Peet, founder of Peet’s Coffee & Tea, sold his Berkeley-based company but stayed on as coffee buyer until 1983.
(SFC, 7/24/12, p.D5)
1980 Jan 11, The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Diego Charges 34-27 in the AFC championship game.
1980 Jan 20, Grocery clerks in 8 Bay Area counties went on strike at 175 supermarkets. All the Safeway stores were targeted. Supervisory staff kept Safeway stores open.
(SFC, 1/21/05, p.F2)
1980 Jan 21, Six major food chains announced they will lock out some 5,000 checkers and clerks in retaliation for the union’s selective strike against Safeway.
(SFC, 1/21/05, p.F2)
1980 Jan 23, A rolling earthquake hit northern California and measured 5.5 in Contra Costa. It destroyed 25,000 gallons of wine at the Livermore winery of Wente Brothers. A leak of radioactive tritium was reported from the weapons lab at Livermore.
(SFC, 1/21/05, p.F2)
1980 Jan 24, A 2nd earthquake, centered 8-miles north of Livermore, hit the Bay Area and measured 5.6.
(SFC, 1/21/05, p.F2)
1980 Feb 4, In Alameda, Ca., 3 former waitresses testified in Superior Court that they were blackballed by a union hiring hall after refusing to have sex with labor leader Ray Lane.
(SFC, 2/4/05, p.F9)
1980 Feb 5, Golden Gate Fields introduced computerized betting for the horse races.
(SFC, 2/4/05, p.F9)
1980 Feb 15, The UC Board of Regents appointed Ira Michael Heyman (49) chancellor of UC Berkeley.
(SFC, 2/11/05, p.F10)
1980 Feb 20-21, The Bay Area’s 3 hazardous waste dumps were shut down over concerns of their containment systems during a period of heavy rains.
(SFC, 3/11/05, p.F2)
1980 Feb 26, Al Mills (51), his wife Jeannie (40) and their daughter Daphene (16) were shot to death at 2731 Woolsey St. in Berkeley, Ca. In 2005 police arrested Edward Michael Mills (43), the son and brother of the victims, based on new evidence. Mills was soon released for lack of sufficient evidence to try him.
(SFC, 12/8/05, p.B4)(SFC, 12/9/05, p.B3)
1980 Feb 26, Ricky Keel and Jeffrey Taylor shot and killed Campbell liquor store owner Frank Gummer during a robbery. Connie Keel (21), Ricky’s abused wife, remained in a car during the robbery, but all 3 were convicted of 1st degree murder. In 2009 Connie Keel was allowed parole.
(SFC, 3/28/09, p.B2)(http://tinyurl.com/cqtzqv)
1980 Mar 3, The submarine Nautilus, the world’s 1st atomic ship, was decommissioned at the Mare Island Shipyard in Vallejo, Ca.
(SFC, 3/4/05, p.F2)
1980 Mar 6, The Bay Conservation and Development Commission approved a $150 million development on the Alameda side of the Oakland estuary. Plans for the Alameda Marina Village site included 1,000 residential units.
(SFC, 3/4/05, p.F2)
1980 Mar, A drug deal went bad in Sausalito and Ricky Caponio was fatally wounded. Bruce Cerny was convicted of 2nd degree murder and Jeri Becker received a 1st degree murder conviction. In 2003 Becker (52) was scheduled for parole in 2004.
(SFC, 12/23/03, p.A1)
1980 Apr 22, California health officials released a report documenting a high incidence of malignant melanoma at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.
(SFC, 4/22/05, p.F2)
1980 Apr 30, In Pinole, Ca., Rena Aguilar was stabbed to death. 4 days later as police closed in James R. Odle shot and killed Officer Floyd Swartz. Odle was convicted and sentenced to death but his competency was later questioned due to a removed temporal lobe following a car accident. Swartz was the father of Amber Swartz, born 4 months after his death. Amber Swartz-Garcia disappeared in 1988.
(SFC, 2/7/01, p.A19)(SFC, 7/7/09, p.C5)
1980 Apr, Filmmakers came to the Filoli mansion to make a pilot for ABC TV that aired as "Dynasty."
(Ind, 3/6/99, p.5A)
1980 May 6, Stanford Linear Accelerator officials announced a successful collision of matter and antimatter in their new $78 million accelerator.
(SFC, 5/6/05, p.F2)
1980 May 8, Maxie Anderson (45) and his son Kris (23) lifted off from Fort Baker in Marin Ct., Ca., in a helium-filled balloon to make the 1st transcontinental balloon crossing.
(SFC, 5/6/05, p.F2)
1980 May 12, Maxie Anderson (45) and his son Kris (23) completed the 1st balloon crossing of the American continent as they landed their helium-filled balloon on Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula. Their journey began May 8 in Marin Ct., Ca.
(SFC, 5/6/05, p.F2)
1980 Jun 4, In northern California the body of Anna Menjivas was discovered in Mt. Tamalpais State Park. Her murder had not been connected with the "Trailside" slayings at the time. Investigators later learned she was a long-time friend of David Carpenter, who often let him drive her home from work. In 1988 Carpenter was convicted of 4 killings in Marin County.
(www.francesfarmersrevenge.com/stuff/serialkillers/carpenter.htm)(SFC, 2/24/10, p.A7)
1980 Jun 23, The new $11 million, 7-story Fantasy building opened at 10th and Parker in Berkeley. Saul Zaentz hoped to produce 2-3 films a year there.
(SFC, 6/17/05, p.F2)
1980 Jun 24, The government General Services Administration ruled that Hamilton Air Force Base should become a refuge for wildlife. GSA Administrator Rowland Freeman said he will allow 1,129 acres to be flooded for marshland.
(SFC, 6/24/05, p.F2)
1980 Jul 3, The 15-year-old Berkeley Barb, founded by Max Scherr, released its final issue in Berkeley, Ca. Scherr ran the left-wing paper from 1965-1973.
(SFC, 7/1/05, p.F2)
1980 Jul 10, Nepo (14), a killer whale, was found dead in his Redwood City Marine World show tank.
(SFC, 7/8/05, p.F2)
1980 Aug 5, The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors established a density ceiling of 10,000 people over the next 2 decades for the rural area from Pacifica to Ano Nuevo Point.
(SFC, 8/5/05, p.F2)
1980 Aug 11, Residents in southern and eastern Richmond, Ca., fled their homes for several hours following an accident at the Stauffer Chemical Co. sent a noxious cloud of phosphorous oxychloride gas over the community. 60 people required medical attention.
(SFC, 8/5/05, p.F4)
1980 Aug 23, Charles O. Finley sold the Oakland A’s baseball team to Walter A. Haas, president of Levi Strauss, Walter J. Haas and Roy Eisenhardt for $12.7 million.
(SFC, 10/24/98, p.A1)(SFC, 8/19/05, p.F5)
1980 Aug 24, The Hotel Oakland reopened as a 315-unit apartment building. Built in 1912 the structure had sat empty for 16 years.
(SFC, 8/19/05, p.F5)
1980 Aug, In Oakland six gang-related killings occurred over 3 days. Felix Mitchell, the 69th Avenue Mob was in a drug war with The Family, run by Mickey Moore, and Funktown USA, run by Harvey Whisenton. Mitchell was convicted in 1983 and was stabbed to death in 1986 in a Kansas federal pen.
(SFC, 2/16/99, p.A9)
1980 Sep 2, In the SF Bay Area US District Judge William Ingram found Mafia boss Joseph Bonanno guilty of conspiracy to influence witnesses before a federal grand jury investigating the Santa Clara Valley business affairs of his 2 sons.
(SFC, 9/2/05, p.F2)
1980 Sep 3, Prof. W. Jackson Davis of UC Santa Cruz uncovered a report that indicated government officials had been aware for almost 20 years that nuclear waste containers, dumped off the California coast, were damaged and leaking.
(SFC, 9/2/05, p.F2)
1980 Sep 24, California Rep. John Burton of Marin said Air Force Reserve units may have made weekly air drops of nuclear waste around the Farallon Islands from 1952-1967.
(SFC, 9/23/05, p.F2)
1980 Sep 30, The California Dept. of Health Services disclosed that the state’s largest known PCB waste contamination problem had been uncovered at General Electric’s East Oakland repair yard on East 14th St. between 54th and Seminary.
(SFC, 9/30/05, p.F2)
1980 Sep 30, In California Berkeley police incinerated 1,000 pounds of marijuana following a raid on the backyard of the Earth People’s Park Commune at 933 Addison and 2018 Ninth St.
(SFC, 9/30/05, p.F2)
1980 Oct 11, In northern California Cynthia Moreland (18) and fiance Richard Stowers (19) were shot to death on Mount Wittenburg in the Point Reyes National Seashore. David Joseph Carpenter was arrested in May 1981. In 1984 he was convicted of 2 murders in Santa Cruz and sentenced to death. In 1988 he was convicted of 4 killings in Marin County and again sentenced to death.
(SFC, 2/24/10, p.A7)
1980 Oct 13, In northern California Anne Evelyn Alderson (26) of San Rafael was raped and shot to death on Mount Tamalpais. David Joseph Carpenter was arrested in May 1981. In 1984 he was convicted of 2 murders in Santa Cruz and sentenced to death. In 1988 he was convicted of 4 killings in Marin County and again sentenced to death.
(SFC, 2/24/10, p.A7)
1980 Oct 28, Flores Forbes, a fugitive Black Panther and former bodyguard for Huey Newton, surrendered to Contra Costa authorities. He was sought for 3 years in connection with an alleged assassination attempt that left his companion Louis Johnson dead.
(SFC, 10/28/05, p.F2)
1980 Nov 17, In California Contra Costa County opened a new $24.5 million jail in Martinez with single rooms for 382 inmates.
(SFC, 11/11/05, p.F7)
1980 Nov 22, UC Berkeley defeated Stanford 28-23 in the Big Game.
(SFC, 11/18/05, p.F2)
1980 Nov 28, In northern California Diane Marie O’Connell (22) of San Jose and Shauna May (23) of San Francisco, were shot to death on Mount Wittenburg at Point Reyes. David Joseph Carpenter was arrested in May 1981. In 1984 he was convicted of 2 murders in Santa Cruz and sentenced to death. In 1988 he was convicted of 4 killings in Marin County and again sentenced to death.
(SFC, 2/24/10, p.A7)
1980 Dec 23, California Attorney Gen. George Deukmajian filed a petition to change the terms of the Buck Charitable Trust that gives $20 million a year to Marin organizations. The petition argued that other counties were more in need of the money.
(SFC, 12/23/05, p.F2)
1980 Dec 24, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Alameda and Santa Clara counties because of the Mediterranean fruit fly infestation.
(SFC, 12/23/05, p.F2)
1980 Donald Kennedy (b.1931) was appointed president of Stanford Univ. after serving for a time as head of the FDA (1977-1979). He resigned in 1992 in the wake of accusations that the Univ. had padded its accounts and received extra government money. In 1997 he published "Academic Duty," in which he proposed a number of hypothetical situations to explore conflicts.
(SFEC,11/2/97, BR p.6)(www.stanford.edu/home/stanford/history/leader.html#Kennedy)
1980 The five 60-foot radio astronomy dishes at Stanford Univ. went idle.
(SSFC, 8/14/05, p.A19)
1980 The Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) was created by Marin ranchers and environmentalists to prevent urban sprawl. It was the 1st private, non-profit organization of its kind in the US.
(SFC, 7/15/99, p.A19)
1980-1984 The Dumbarton vehicle bridge was built to replace a 1927 drawbridge.
(Ind, 5/23/00,14A)(SMBP, 2004)
1981 Jan 5, Berkeley police arrested 8 demonstrators protesting against draft registration. The protest was one of the largest across the country as a 2nd round of draft registration began.
(SFC, 12/30/05, p.F2)
1981 Jan 6, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown led some 500 fruit pickers in Santa Clara County to help strip backyard fruit in the campaign against the Mediterranean fruit fly.
(SFC, 1/6/06, p.F2)
1981 Jan 11, The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Diego Charges 34-27 in the AFC championship game.
1981 Mar 29, In northern California Ellen Hansen (20), a UC Davis student, was shot to death after resisting a rape attempt at Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, near Santa Cruz. Her boyfriend was wounded but survived and later identified David Joseph Carpenter as the assailant. Carpenter was arrested in May 1981. In 1984 he was convicted of 2 murders in Santa Cruz and sentenced to death. In 1988 he was convicted of 4 killings in Marin County and again sentenced to death.
(SFC, 2/24/10, p.A7)
1981 Apr 23, Stacy Benjamin (19) and Patty Geddling (23) were murdered in Redwood City, Ca., under drug-related circumstances. In 2003 A federal appeals court upheld the conviction of Donald Beardslee of San Mateo. Beardslee had killed a woman in Missouri in Dec, 1969. Psychiatric evidence later showed that Beardslee suffered from brain damage due to an accident in 1964. Beardslee was executed by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison on Jan. 19, 2005.
(SFC, 1/21/02, p.A4)(SFC, 12/17/04, p.B4)(SSFC, 1/16/05, p.A1)
1981 Oct, A South San Francisco measure to prevent the development of San Bruno Mountain failed decisively. The Citizen's Action League opposed the development of San Bruno Mountain and placed an initiative that would deny municipal services to developer W.W. Dean Co. unless the southern slope and the Juncus Ravine were donated to the county park. After the vote the developer donated the Juncus Ravine, filed for bankruptcy and withdrew from the project.
(Ind, 4/27/99, p.1,12A)
1981 Nov 3, In Milpitas, Ca., Anthony Jacques Broussard, a high school student (16), strangled and killed Marcy Conrad, his girl friend (14), dumped her body on a river bank and gave tours to his friends, who never reported the crime. The 1986 film "River's Edge" was later made based on the murder. On December 3, 1982 Broussard was sentenced in a San Jose, California court to 25 years to life for the strangulation death of Conrad. He was to be eligible for parole after 16 years and 8 months (July 1999).
(SFC, 5/10/03, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/32kdam)
1981 Nov, In California Henry Vila (62) and his wife Edith (59) were stabbed to death in their Albany hill home during a robbery. DNA evidence in 2002 identified Charles Jackson, a recently deceased Folsom inmate, as her killer.
(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A10)(SFC, 9/30/05, p.B5)
1981 Nov, John Davies (15) disappeared from his home in Belmont, Ca. In 1986 Jon Dunkle, while in prison for robbery, admitted killing Davies and drew a map that led police to his remains. In 2005 the California Supreme Court upheld a death sentence for Dunkle (44).
(SFC, 8/5/05, p.B4)
1981 Dec, In California Betty Jo Grunzweig (37) was raped and stabbed to death in her home in Oakland’s Trestle Glen District. DNA evidence in 2002 identified Charles Jackson, a recently deceased Folsom inmate, as her killer.
(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A10)(SFC, 9/30/05, p.B5)
1981 Dec, In California Gail Leslie Slocum (34) was stabbed to death in her home in Oakland’s Rockridge District. DNA evidence in 2002 identified Charles Jackson, a recently deceased Folsom inmate, as her killer.
(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A10)
1981 The volunteer Northern California Book Reviewers (BABRA) group began a Northern California Book Awards program. Fred Cody, owner of Cody’s bookstore in Berkeley, was one of the co-founders.
(SFC, 4/15/06, p.E3)
1981 The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences was founded as part of the Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of seminaries in Berkeley, Ca.
(SFC, 3/11/99, p.A2)
1981 In San Jose, Ca., water supply wells were found to be contaminated due to leaks from Fairchild and IBM storage tanks used for toxic solvents.
(SFC, 1/30/04, p.E6)
1981 In California 4 people were asphyxiated by carbon dioxide in the old mines in the Antioch hills.
(SFC, 3/4/99, p.A21)
1982 Feb 6, In Concord, Ca., Tara Burke (2 3/4 years old) was kidnapped by Luis "Tree Frog" Johnson (33) and Alex Cabarga (17). She was molested and held captive in a van for ten months before being freed on Dec 18 in SF. Johnson was sentenced to 527 years in prison and Cabarga served 25 years.
1982 May 28, Russell Jordan (16) of Los Gatos went missing. In 2003 Sean Clark Viehweg, a close friend, was arrested for his murder.
(SFC, 5/10/03, p.A1)
1982 Apr 11, Ronald Allen (32), a member of Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland, Ca., was found shot to death on Easter morning near the Berkeley dump. A day earlier the father of 5 had gone out for a meal with his bakery brethren.
(SFC, 12/24/07, p.A1)
1982 Jul 2, A bomb exploded in the hands of Prof. Diogenes Angelakos (d.1997 at 77) in Berkeley. It was later attributed to the Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski.
(SFEC,11/9/97, Z1 p.4)
1982 Jul 6, Crossan Hoover (17) beat and killed Richard Baldwin (36), the owner of a car restoration shop in San Rafael, Ca. Hoover and 2 accomplices robbed Baldwin’s home and dumped his body into the SF Bay. Mark Richards (29), a contractor who employed Hoover and another youth, was one of the three involved in the murder plot and had told his employees that he planned to take control of Marin County in a paramilitary coup that came to be called Pendragon. Richards was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole. Hoover was sentenced 26 years to life. In 2007 Hoover’s murder verdict was overturned and a new trial was scheduled. In 2008 a federal appeals court reinstated Hoover’s murder conviction.
(http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/lpop/etext/lsf/29-2/murderincamelot.html)(SFC, 9/14/07, p.B6)(SFC, 1/7/09, p.B3)
1982 Dec 14, Edward Hagedorn (b.1902), graphic artist, died in Berkeley, Ca. He incised images into linoleum for sharp contrasts in black and white. His work included: "Self Portrait with Cigarette," "You," "Sword Swallower" and "The Rainbow."
(SFC, 7/10/96, p.E1,4)(www.rubylane.com/shops/bassfineart/item/0927d?gbase=1)
1982 Dec 23, The Golden Gate Bridge closed for 2 hours as winds reached 70 mph.
1982 The erotic classic film "All American Girls" was filmed at the 96-room Chateau Carolands atop Black Mountain in Hillsborough.
(PI, 3/21/98, p.5)(Ind, 10/5/99, p.1A)
1982 UC Berkeley enlarged its carillon from 48 to 61 bells and hired Ronald Barnes (d.1997 at 70) as the first university carillonneur.
1982 The city of Berkeley Ca., introduced commercial rent control.
(SFC, 4/29/08, p.A1)
1982 The Oakland Raiders football team under Al Davis moved to Los Angeles.
(SFC, 10/1/96, p.A24)
1982-1986 John Walton Dinkelspiel (d.1998) served as the mayor of Atherton.
(SFC, 11/17/98, p.B2)
1982-1989 Marian Elliott Koshland (d.1997 at 76) held the UC Berkeley chair in the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology. She had discovered variations in the amino acid composition of antibodies that explained how they recognized invading organisms or other foreign material.
1983 Jan 23, Joseph Coogan (28), an auditor from Pennsylvania, was swept into the sea at Pescadero Point, Ca. His remains washed up at Point Reyes six months later but remained unidentified until 2005.
(SFC, 4/14/05, p.A1)
1983 Aug 7, Cynthia Munoz (17) of Campbell, Ca., was found raped and murdered with stab wounds. In 2007 prosecutors with DNA evidence charged Christopher Melvin Holland (52) with the murder and sought his arrest. Holland was arrested in San Jose, Ca., on Oct 18, 2007.
(http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=local&id=5710333)(SFC, 10/19/07, p.B5)
1983 Nov 19, Angela Bugay (5) was abducted in Antioch, Ca., [see Nov 26].
(SFC, 5/29/02, p.A18)
1983 Nov 26, Angela Bugay of Antioch, Ca., 5-years-old, was found in a shallow grave in Concord, Ca. She had been kidnapped a week earlier. Larry Graham, who dated Angela’s mother, was later arrested as a suspect and prosecutors in 1995 received a court order to draw his blood for DNA evidence. In 1996 police matched the DNA of Graham, with samples recovered from the girl’s body and arrested him on charges of murder. Use of the DNA evidence was cleared in 1998. Graham was convicted Aug 20, 2002, and sentenced to death Oct 22. Graham (58) was found dead in his cell on June 16, 2009, of apparent suicide.
(SFC, 4/26/96, p.A-19)(SFC, 5/20/98, p.A19)(SFC, 3/18/99, p.A19)(SFC, 4/15/02, p.A1)(SFC, 8/21/02, p.A15)(SFC, 10/23/02, p.A16)(SFC, 6/17/09, p.B6)
1983 The film "Yes, Giorgio," made at the 50-acre Hillsborough Strawberry Hill estate of Barrie and Ada Regan, starred Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
(PI, 3/21/98, p.5)
1983 Barbaro Mouton (1925-2007) led a ballot for the incorporation of East Palo Alto, Ca. The measure, which failed a year earlier, won by 15 votes. Mouton became the 1st mayor and served to 1986.
(SFC, 3/19/07, p.B4)
1983 Robert C. Maynard (d.1993) and his wife Nancy Hicks Maynard (d.2008 at 61) purchased the Oakland Tribune from the Gannett chain for $22 million. It became the first major metropolitan newspaper owned by an African American. He was the founder of the Institute for Journalism Excellence in Oakland. In 1997 he was inducted into the California Press Association’s Hall of Fame. They sold the paper in 1992 to the Alameda Newspaper Group as Robert was struggling with cancer.
(SFC,12/8/97, p.A24)(SFC, 9/22/08, p.B3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland_Tribune)
1983 The Urban Ore recycling operation was established on a 2-acre parcel on Gilman St. in Berkeley.
(SFEC, 6/13/99, p.D1)
1983 In Oakland Swan's Market on 10th St. closed after 7 decades of downtown operation.
(SFC, 12/3/99, p.A25)
1983 Mountain View closed the Meadowlands garbage facility, installed landscaping and began to restore the nearby wetlands.
(Ind, 5/11/99, p.12A)
1983 A record 9-foot-6 sturgeon was caught in SF Bay and weighed 486 pounds.
(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A22)
1983 The Silicon Valley venture capital firm Accel Partners was founded by Arthur Patterson and Jim Schwartz.
(SFC, 4/27/11, p.D4)
1983 The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition was founded by Ted Smith.
(SFC, 1/30/04, p.B1)
1983 Safeways purchased the grocery chain of Brentwood and warehouse Pak’n Save markets. John Benetti (1916-2005), Italian immigrant, had founded Brentwood around 1950 in South San Francisco.
(SFC, 9/27/05, p.B5)
1983 Lulie Nall, a Penobscot Indian, died. She had designed a tepee-emblazoned flag for the 19-month American Indian occupation of Alcatraz, that began in 1969. In 2008 the flag was put up for auction and sold for $60,000.
(SFC, 1/24/08, p.A1)(SFC, 1/25/08, p.B2)
1983-1984 Victor E. Stolz (d.2002 at 88) served his 1st term mayor of San Carlos.
(SFC, 9/19/02, p.A24)
1984 Feb 23, Two oceanic conservation groups reported that SF Bay Area fishermen have caught only 10-12% of their 10,000 ton herring quota as they passed more than halfway through the fishing season. Quotas had doubled since 1977 and they were concerned that the herring stocks may be at the point of no return. The herring was harvested primarily for their roe, which fetched up to $500 a ton and was eagerly sought by Japanese consumers.
(SSFC, 2/22/09, DB p.54)
1984 Apr 20, Julie Connell (18), a senior at Arroyo High School, disappeared in Hayward. Her body was found 5 days later in Palomares Canyon near Castro Valley. In 2000 DNA evidence revealed that Robert Rhoades (47), a Yuba City man on death row, had kidnapped, raped and stabbed her to death. Rhoades was convicted in 2007.
(SFC, 1/26/00, p.A14)(SFC, 3/13/07, p.B3)(SFC, 4/11/07, p.B4)
1984 Apr 26, An earthquake hit the SF Bay Area. It measured 6.2 on the Richter scale and was centered in Morgan Hill.
(SSFC, 4/19/09, DB p.54)
1984 Jun 30, Hedayat Eslaminia, a former government official under the Shah of Iran, disappeared while living in exile in Belmont, Ca. The family had reportedly fled Iran with a fortune in 1978. Hedayat (57) suffocated and died in a steamer trunk. His son Reza (26), a member of the "Billionaire Boys Club," was later charged with the abduction and murder. Reza was convicted and sentenced to life. In 1992 Joe Hunt, head of the club, was also tried for the killing of Eslaminia, but a hung jury forced a mistrial. In 1998 Rexa's conviction was overturned based on unfair evidence and a new trial was scheduled. Arben Dosti’s conviction was reversed in 1998. A new trial was scheduled for Oct. in San Mateo. In 2000 charges against Reza Eslaminia were dismissed.
(SFC, 2/19/98, p.A14)(SFC, 4/30/98, p.A24)(SFC, 11/7/00, p.A15)(SSFC, 2/8/04, p.A28)
1984 Jul 14, A small plane (Buchanon Field Airport) crashed into an auto body shop at Concord Ave. and Via de Mercados and 6 people were killed.
(SFC, 4/15/04, p.B10)
1984 Oct 8, Attorney Cherie Barnard found Gary Grady, health club owner and drug dealer, shot to death in Novato, Ca. Later the same day Barnard’s husband Robert Rogers was found dead of an apparent suicide in the Berkeley Marina. In 2005 Barnard and Rogers were implicated in the 1979 murder of Robert Pfiel (27) in Wisconsin.
(SFC, 10/17/05, p.A1)
1984 Oct 19, In Palo Alto, Ca., Dennis Anderson (50) used a shotgun to kill Donald Mason, the former boyfriend of his 20-day wife, and then beat and blasted his wife, Karen Stoker-Anderson. He was convicted of double murder in 1985 but the ruling was overturned on the basis of mental incompetence in 1995 and a retrial began in 1997. Anderson was sentenced 17 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 1/18/96, p.A20)(SFC, 10/16/09, p.D2)
1984 Oct 31, The oil tanker Puerto Rican exploded in the Gulf of the Farallones off the coast of San Francisco spilling 2 million gallons of oil as the ship caught fire. A bomb was believed to have caused the blast 10 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge. The inferno left one man dead. On Nov 18 a 360-foot remnant of the 600-foot tanker was towed to San Francisco Bay. There was no leakage of some 2.7 million gallons of lube oil in the hold.
(http://220.127.116.11/sandcrabs/oil.asp)(SSFC 11/15/09, DB p.46)
1984 Oct, Lance Turner (12) disappeared from soccer practice at Ralston Intermediate School in Belmont, Ca., and was soon found stabbed to death. In 1986 Jon Dunkle, while in prison for robbery, admitted killing Turner. In 2005 the California Supreme Court upheld a death sentence for Dunkle (44).
(SFC, 8/5/05, p.B4)
1984 Nov 2, Paul Cosner disappeared from the area following a planned sale of a 1980 Honda Prelude at his Marin Motors. The car was identified Jun 2, 1985 in the hands of Leonard Lake and Charles Ng. As many as 25 people were believed killed by Lake and Ng at a compound in Calaveras County.
(SFC, 10/25/98, p.A5)
1984 Edsel Matthews (d.2003) founded the Koncepts Cultural Gallery, an Oakland forum artists of color. Koncepts took up residence in Jack London Square until it lost its lease in 1992.
(SFC, 1/7/04, p.A19)
1984 Ted Sorensen, was elected to the Menlo Park City Council. During his 8 years there he served 2 terms as mayor. Sorensen died Feb 14, 2006, at age 76.
(SFC, 2/22/06, p.B7)
1984 GM and Toyota established a joint venture, the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI), to build cars in Fremont, California.
(WSJ, 6/19/96, Adv. Supl)(WSJ, 12/22/08, p.B2)
1984 The body of Ruth Beroscope (50) of San Jose, Ca., was found murdered and sexually assaulted in a ditch near the Lawrence Expressway in Sunnyvale. In 2005 Luis Perez, already in prison for rape and attempted murder, was charged for Beroscope’s murder. He was linked by DNA and other evidence.
(SFC, 10/19/05, p.B5)
1984 Ronald Ewing was murdered by hit man Drax Quartermain in Sausalito. Quartermain was sentenced to death a 2nd time in 1998 after a 1989 verdict was overturned in 1998.
(SFC, 10/23/98, p.D8)
1984 Four teenage girls were killed in southern Alameda County. Michael Ihde was later linked by DNA evidence to the murder of Lisa Ann Monzo (18). Ihde was convicted and sentenced to death in 1997.
(SFC, 1/26/00, p.A14)
1984 John Evans and Mickie King were murdered near San Jose. Glen Nickerson was convicted of the murder in 1987 and served 19 years before he was released in 2003 following testimony that he was not at the scene of the murder.
(SFC, 5/20/03, p.A14)
1984-1987 George Sanchez, the "Ski Mask" rapist of San Jose, Ca., attacked 26 women over this time before he was arrested.
(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A1)
1984-1994 At least 5 elderly men were suspected of being swindled and murdered by the SF Tene family in the "foxglove" murder case. The family was related to the Tene-Bimbo Gypsy clan of New York city. In 1997 8 indictments were issued on family members.
(SFC,11/6/97, p.A21)(SFC,11/8/97, p.A11)(SFC, 6/25/99, p.A18)
1985 Feb 2, David Raley, a caretaker at the Carolands Chateau in Hillsborough, Ca., lured 2 teenage girls inside, where he assaulted and stabbed them, killing one. The 2nd girl survived and identified her assailant. In 2006 an appeals court upheld his death sentence.
(SFC, 8/19/97, p.A17)(Ind, 2/26/00, p.5A)(SFC, 4/15/06, p.B3)
1985 Feb 22, In Palo Alto Abby Niebauer, an acclaimed poet, was killed by a shotgun blast from her husband, who pleaded that it was an accident and was released. In 1998 James Niebauer was indicted and convicted for murder. In 1999 Niebauer (70) was sentenced to 27 years in prison.
(SFC, 12/29/98, p.A11)(SFC, 6/11/99, p.A18)
1985 Feb 27, In San Francisco the Irwin Memorial Blood Bank said that 80 Bay Area residents have received blood since 1979 from donors who are know to have contracted AIDS.
(SSFC, 2/21/10, DB p.42)
1985 Mar 30, Workers at cemeteries in Colma, Ca., joined striking East Bay graveyard employees.
(SSFC, 3/28/10, DB p.42)
1985 Apr 30, The NY Times bought the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.A19)
1985 Jul 1, Dean Singleton, East Coast publisher, bought the Hayward Daily Review chain of small East Bay dailies from Floyd Sparks.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.A19)
1985 Aug 16, Mary Gioia (22) of New York and Gregory Kniffin (18) of Connecticut were shot and killed in Berkeley, Ca. Their bodies were soon found in the SF Bay with gunshot wounds to the head. They had been staying at a homeless encampment in the Berkeley Marina while waiting for the next Grateful Dead concert. Ralph International Thomas was convicted of the murders. In 2009 the 2 convictions against Thomas (55) were overturned. In 2012 the US Ninth Circuit court of Appeals said Thomas (57) was entitled to a new trial due to missing witnesses in his first trial.
(SFC, 9/16/09, p.D3)(SFC, 5/11/12, p.C3)
1985 Aug 22, Helena Greenwood (35) was found dead outside her home in Del Mar near San Diego. She had been attacked in her Atherton home in 1984 and was about to testify against David Frediani. In 2001 Frediani was convicted in her murder following DNA evidence that tied him to the murder.
(SFC, 1/30/01, p.A16)
1985 Sep 22, The body of Betty Stuart (22) was found at Aquatic Park in Berkeley, Ca. In 2008 prosecutors using DNA evidence said Anthony McKnight (54), already in prison for rape and attempted murder, was responsible for her murder. He had been arrested in 1986 and was already serving a 63 year sentence for the rape and murder of 3 other women. In 2008 McKnight, a former sailor, was convicted on an additional 5 counts of first-degree murder.
(SFC, 7/17/08, p.B2)(SFC, 9/18/08, p.B2)
1985 Sep 29, The body of Diane Stone (17) was found near an elementary school in Oakland, Ca. In 2008 prosecutors using DNA evidence said Anthony McKnight (54), already in prison for rape and attempted murder, was responsible for her murder.
(SFC, 7/17/08, p.B2)
1985 Oct 8, The body of Talita Dixon (13) was found on a trail in Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, Ca. In 2008 prosecutors using DNA evidence said Anthony McKnight (54), already in prison for rape and attempted murder, was responsible for her murder.
(SFC, 7/17/08, p.B2)
1985 Oct 15, Humphrey, a 45-ton humpback whale, continued swimming inland to within 27 miles of Sacramento, despite efforts to turn him around.
(SSFC, 10/10/10, DB p.50)
1985 Dec 9, The body of Monique Davis (18) was found behind a business in Richmond, Ca. In 2008 prosecutors using DNA evidence said Anthony McKnight (54), already in prison for rape and attempted murder, was responsible for her murder.
(SFC, 7/17/08, p.B2)
1985 Dec 23, A small plane (Buchanon Field Airport) crashed into Sunvalley Shopping Mall in Concord, Ca., and 6 people were killed.
(SFC, 4/15/04, p.B10)
1985 Dec 24, The body of Beverly Bryant (24) was found at an elementary school in Oakland, Ca. In 2008 prosecutors using DNA evidence said Anthony McKnight (54), already in prison for rape and attempted murder, was responsible for her murder.
(SFC, 7/17/08, p.B2)
1985 Harre Demoro, a Chronicle transportation reporter, wrote a 2-volume history of the Key Route train system.
(SFC, 9/4/98, p.A25)
1985 Michael S. Malone authored “The Big Score: The Billion-Dollar Story of Silicon Valley.” The PBS documentary “Silicon Valley Boomtown” was based his book.
1985 Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame, a taxpayer-funded operation, merged with the private, non-profit, Mills Memorial Hospital in San Mateo. The Mills-Peninsula Medical Group, a consortium of some 400 doctors, provided medical services at the 2 hospitals.
(SFC,12/30/97, p.A14)(Ind, 10/3/98, p.5A)
1985 Sally Shlaer (d.1999 at 59) and Stephen J. Mellor founded Project Technology, a software consulting and training firm in Berkeley. They co-wrote "Object Oriented Analysis: Modeling the World in Data" (1988), and "Object Lifecycles: Modeling the World in States" (1992).
(SFC, 1/22/99, p.E4)
1985 J. Henry Kruse (1925-2004), a blind attorney, was elected mayor of Albany. He was elected for a 2nd term in 1989.
(SFC, 6/24/04, p.B7)
1985 The Marin Healthcare District transferred management authority and gave a 30-year lease to Marin General Hospital Corp. The management group was absorbed by Sutter Health in 1996.
(SFC, 3/29/05, p.D12)
1985 Orinda was incorporated.
(SFCM, 3/30/03, p.6)
1985 Jonathan Carol, a venture capitalist, purchased the 1906 Folger home and 13 acres from Nolan Bushnell for $5.5 million.
(Ind, 5/26/01, 5A)
1986 Jan 12, The nude body of Angelo Bledsoe (25) was found off Eden Canyon Road in Castro Valley. She had been raped and stabbed repeatedly. In 2004 DNA evidence linked Richard Dean Wilson to the murder. Wilson was already serving a 26-year sentence for the murder of Chester Ballard, committed 10 month’s after Bledsoe’s body was found.
(SFC, 5/13/04, p.B5)
1986 Feb 4, Elizabeth "Sunny" Doney, the 2nd wife of Martin Blinder, was found dead with a bullet hole behind her ear in San Anselmo.
(SFC, 5/21/01, p.A1)
1986 Feb 19, In the SF Bay Area water breached a levee on the 8,800 acre Tyler Island wiping out crops and nearly destroying the Mello family’s farming business.
(SFC, 1/2/09, p.A1)
1986 Aug, Dr. Clifford Stoll, the computer systems manager at Lawrence Berkeley, discovered computer break-ins. He monitored them for approximately 12 months and realized that the had confused Lawrence Berkeley with Lawrence Livermore.'' A West German citizen used global communications networks to secretly gain access to more than 30 computers belonging to the US military and military contractors.
(http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/6.68.html)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.64)
1986 Nov 7, Carlene McDonald was kidnapped from her home in El Sobrante and stabbed to death at Tilden Park. Curtis Lee Ervin was paid $2,500 by McDonald's ex-husband, Robert McDonald, for the murder. Ervin was assisted by Arestes Robinson. McDonald and Robinson died in prison. In 2000 the state Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for Ervin.
(SFC, 1/7/00, p.D4)
1986 Nov, Robert W. Halligan (d.1999 at 72), a Caltrans information officer, organized lights strung on the cables of the Bay Bridge suspension spans. Halligan was also responsible for the designation of Highway 280 as "The world's most beautiful freeway."
(SFC, 2/18/99, p.C4)
1986 Dec 6, Annette Thur (17) of Santa Cruz County was kidnapped, raped and killed following a party in Boulder Creek. A tourist found her body off Skyline Drive in San Mateo County. In 2012 DNA evidence linked registered sex offender John William Kelley (49) of Placerville to her murder and he was arrested.
(SFC, 8/17/12, p.C5)
1986 Dec, In Oakland David "Moochie" Welch opened fire on people sleeping in various rooms. The dead included his former girlfriend Dellane Mabrey (16), her 2 children and her 2 brothers. In 1999 the death sentence for Welch was upheld by the state Supreme Court.
(SFC, 6/2/99, p.C14)
1986 Sculptor Fred Fierstein dumped a statue called "The Guardian" at the Berkeley Marina. In a city vote fans supported the statue and the term "plop art" was coined.
(SFC, 1/15/98, p.A24)
1986 The Jewish Music Festival was begun in Berkeley at the Jewish Community Center.
(SFC, 2/28/98, p.B3)
1986 Merritt Sher opened what many consider to be the first power center: 280 Metro Center, in Colma, Calif.
1986 Ron Reuther opened the Oakland Aerospace Museum at 8260 Boeing St. off Earhart Drive.
(SFC, 2/17/98, p.A16)
1986 Residents of south San Jose settled a suit with IBM and Fairchild over toxic chemical leaks. The terms were sealed.
(SFC, 1/30/04, p.B1)
1986 Reformers led by James Spering took control of the 5-member City Council of Suisun City.
(SFC, 9/3/99, p.A4)
1986 Brian (d.2004 at 51) and Jennifer Maxwell of Marin Ct., Ca., founded PowerBar, an energy supplement for athletes. They sold the company in 2000 to Nestle SA for $375 million.
(SFC, 3/20/04, p.B1)
1986 Warren L. Simmons (d.2006 at 79), developer of Pier 39 in SF, opened with his son and daughter a restaurant named Chevy’s in Alameda, Ca. Within a decade it expanded to 38 eateries. The Simmons family sold the chain to PepsiCo. In 1993.
(SFC, 10/3/03, p.E3)(SFC, 6/23/06, p.B9)
1986 The Bay Area Doggie Diner chain went out of business. The diners had numbered 30 at one time.
(SFEC, 11/14/99, p.C3)
1986 The Solano Land Trust was created as part of the settlement of a law suit challenging development in northern Fairfield. In 2005 the trust acquired a 4,000-acre area from PG&E.
(SSFC, 3/13/05, p.A17)
1986 The Potamocorbula clam, or Asian clam, was first found in Suisun Bay by a college biology class. It is highly prolific and proceeded to devour all the plankton in the northern part of the Bay, causing the shrimp population to drop and the striped bass to decline. The clams accumulate selenium more than other shellfish causing increases in selenium levels in sturgeon, striped bass and ducks.
(SFC,12/11/97, p.A24)(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A9)
1986 In Fremont Jennifer Ann Duey (20) and Michelle Xavier (19) were found off Mill Creek Road. One woman was shot to death and the other had her throat slashed. The murders were unsolved.
(SFC, 7/7/99, p.A16)
1986-1987 Victor E. Stolz (d.2002 at 88) served his 2nd term mayor of San Carlos.
(SFC, 9/19/02, p.A24)
1987 May 24, An estimated quarter-million people crowded onto San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to celebrate the structure's 50th birthday a few days before the actual anniversary.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A21)(AP, 5/24/97)
1987 Jun 10, The Nuremberg Actions protest over US arms shipments to Central America began at the Concord Naval Weapons Station.
(SFC, 6/10/97, p.A19)
1987 Sep 1, In California S. Brian Wilson (46), Vietnam veteran, had his legs sliced off when a munitions train at the Concord Naval Weapons Station ran him over during the Nuremberg Actions protest against weapons shipments to Central America.
(SFC, 6/10/97, p.A19)(AP, 9/1/97)
1987 Oct, Rosellina Lo Bue (18), a photo store clerk, was stabbed 52 times and died on the floor of the Photo Drive-Up store in San Jose, Ca. Eric Chatman fled to Texas, but was arrested for the murder in April, 1990. Chatman’s wife, who also worked in the store, had left earlier in the day and was replaced by Lo Bue. In 2006 the state Supreme Court upheld Chapman’s death sentence
(SFC, 5/9/06, p.B3)
1987 Dec 30, Steve Gibbons, California Highway Patrol officer, found a newborn infant off I-80 near Canada and Edgewood Roads in Redwood City, Ca. Baby Jane Doe was adopted and grew up as Ashley Wyrick.
(SFC, 6/6/06, p.A1)
1987 M.C. Hammer (aka Stanley Kirk Burrell) released his first "rap music" single, "Ring ‘Em"/"Stupid Def Yal" on Bustin’ Records.
(SFEC, 7/13/97, DB p.34)
1987 Anthony McKnight, an enlisted man at the Alameda Naval Air Station, was convicted of rape, attempted murder and mayhem for a string of nighttime attacks between 1984 and 1986. He was sentenced to 63 years in prison. In 1999 DNA evidence linked him to the murders of 5 East Bay women during a 4-month period in 1985.
(SFC, 6/26/99, p.C1)
1987 Oral Lee Brown, an Oakland, Ca., realtor, adopted the entire first grade class at Brookfield Elementary School and promised to send the 23 students to college after they graduated. She put $10,000 a year into their college fund. In 1999 19 of the students headed for college under the Oral Lee Brown Foundation. 14 graduated from college and 3 went on to graduate school.
(SFC, 7/28/99, p.A15)(SFC, 10/14/06, p.B3)
1987 The checkerspot butterfly, once plentiful in the SF Bay Area, was listed as threatened. In 2009 the government recommended that it be designated as an endangered species. Its habitat had been reduced to just Santa Clara County.
(SFC, 10/21/09, p.D3)
1988 Jan 31, Robert Mishell, UC Berkeley immunologist, and his wife were bludgeoned at their home by Enrique Zambrano, a waterfront commissioner, who had built them a deck 3 years earlier. Zambrano was arrested after Luis Reyna, a UC administrative assistant, informed police that Zambrano had confessed the crime to him. Zambrano was released on bail and hours later Reyna vanished. Reyna’s headless body was found a week later in the Lafayette hills. Zambrano, arrested in 1989 in Palm Springs, was later convicted and sentenced to death.
(SFC, 4/5/08, p.B3)
1988 Feb 16, Richard Wade Farley gunned down 7 people at ESL Corp. during an office rampage in Sunnyvale, Calif. Farley was later convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
(AP, 2/16/98)(SFC, 10/27/04, p.B1)
1988 Feb 26, Gretchen Burford (49) was abducted and killed by an attacker who tried to make her withdraw money from an ATM machine in Mountain View, Ca. In 2005 DNA evidence identified Texas inmate Tyrone Hamel (39) as the killer.
(SFC, 6/24/05, p.B4)
1988 Mar 20, Eight-year-old DeAndra Anrig found herself airborne when the string of her kite was snagged by an airplane flying over Shoreline Park in Mountain View, Calif. Not seriously hurt, she was lifted 10 feet off the ground and carried 100 feet until she let go.
1988 Apr 19, Sarah LaChapelle (56) was found murdered at her home in East Oakland. Gregory Tate (21) was arrested later that day in LaChapelle's stolen Oldsmobile Cutlass. He was convicted in 1992 for her murder and in 1993 was sentenced to death. He had cut off a finger to steal LaChapelle’s wedding and engagement rings. In 2010 the California Supreme Court upheld Tate’s sentence.
1988 Apr 23, A drain valve was left open at the Shell Marsh in Martinez, Ca., and 10,000 barrels of oil (432,000 gallons) poured in the marsh adjoining Peyton Slough. Shell cleaned the mess and paid $20 million in penalties. The marsh was purchased with part of the funds and turned into a regional park.
(SFC, 4/21/98, p.A19-20)(SFC, 4/30/04, p.A17)
1988 Jun 3, Amber Swartz-Garcia (7) was abducted from her home in Pinole, Ca. In 2009 police identified cab driver Curtis Dean Anderson (d.2007), the 1999 killer of Xiana Fairchild(7), as the person who abducted Amber Swartz-Garcia, drove her to Arizona and killed her. Amber’s body was never found.
(SFC, 1/29/99, p.A18)(SFEC, 4/2/00, p.B2)(SFC, 7/7/09, p.A1,7)
1988 Jun 22, Joel Michael Davis (26), an East Palo Alto police officer, was shot to death while pursuing a robbery suspect. Ronald Price was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the killing. In 2002 a park in East Palo Alto was dedicated to Davis.
(SFC, 8/3/02, p.A15)
1988 Jul 10, Lester Garnier (30), an off-duty SF vice cop, was shot and killed in a Walnut Creek, Ca., parking lot. His murder remained unsolved and a new investigation was begun in 1998. Sgt. Robert Guinan allegedly spread rumors that Inspector Vince Repetto was responsible. Repetto sued the police dept. In 2008 Walnut creek police identified Catherine Kuntz (44) of Florida as a prime suspect in the murder. Kuntz was deported to Scotland in Dec 2008.
(SFC, 5/21/98, p.A1)(SFC, 11/7/98, p.A17)(SFC, 6/4/08, p.A1)(SFC, 2/2/09, p.A11)
1988 Nov 19, Michaela Joy Garecht (9) was kidnapped outside a market in Hayward, Ca., and has not been seen since.
1988 The Oakland Museum mounted a retrospective of Granville Redmond, an early California impressionist. His biography was written by Mildred Albronda.
(SFC, 12/2/98, p.A19)
1988 The Stanford Theater in Palo Alto reopened as a showcase for classic films following restoration financed by David Woodley Packard.
(SFC, 10/1/98, p.A22)
1988 Irene Papan (d.2000) and Jane Powell, former mayor of Daly City, co-founded John's Closet, a non-profit organization to gather and distribute clothing to children of poor families throughout northern San Mateo County.
(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A20)
1988 Bay Area residents voted to standardize all tolls on the region's state-owned bridges at $1, and to use the money to fund bridge and transit improvements. In 1997 the California Legislature added $1 to fund seismic retrofit work on the bridges.
1988 Daryl Reed, aka Little D, was arrested on a drug charge. He had taken over the Oakland gang of Felix Mitchell. The gang was then taken over by Timothy Bluitt, who was arrested in 1991.
(SFC, 2/16/99, p.A9)
1988 SunChase G.A. acquired a large parcel of virgin land along the southern edge of San Bruno Mountain when they bought a portfolio of 23 properties from around the country following the savings and loan failures in the mid-80s. The mountain property had belonged to Dean Associates, which went bankrupt. The portfolio cost them $61 million, $85 million with interest. Included in the deal were rights to build 700 residential units, an 18-story hotel, and a huge technology trade center and restaurant.
(Ind, 5/25/99, p.4A)
1988 Suisun City ranked as the worst of the 98 Bay Area cities for quality of living.
(SFC, 9/3/99, p.A1)
1988-1994 Anthony Flowers ran an East Oakland cocaine trafficking operation. He was sentenced in 1999 to 28 years in prison.
(SFC, 2/16/99, p.A1)(SFC, 2/17/99, p.A14)
1989 Jan 30, Ilene Misheloff (13) disappeared in Dublin, Ca., while walking home from school.
(SFC, 1/29/99, p.A18)(SFC, 1/29/09, p.A1)
1989 Jan-1989 Feb, Robert Young (20) of Oakland, Ca., shot and killed 3 people over three weeks in drug-related incidents. He was sentenced to death in 1990, but a psychologist testified that Young had an IQ of 75. In 2006 the California Supreme court ordered new legal proceedings for possible exemption from death due to his being mentally retarded.
(SFC, 10/14/06, p.B2)
1989 Mar 5, Kathleen Ann Noble (23) of Mountain View was found murdered in East Palo Alto. In 1999 police arrested her former roommate, Mark Mepham Hensley, in Virginia.
(SFC, 12/14/99, p.A20)(SFC, 12/15/99, p.A21)
1989 Jun 1, The body of Nestora McCune (61) of San Jose, Ca., was found murdered and sexually assaulted near Highway 101 and Brokaw Rd. In 2005 Luis Perez, already in prison for rape and attempted murder, was charged for McCune’s murder. He was linked by DNA and other evidence.
(SFC, 10/19/05, p.B5)
1989 Jul 27, Charles Stevens (20) of Oakland, Ca., was arrested on a freeway on-ramp while watching police attend to the wrecked car of his last murder victim. Over the last 4 months he had shot to death 4 people and fired at 10 others. In 2007 the California state Supreme Court upheld his death sentence.
(SFC, 6/5/07, p.C2)
1989 Aug 22, Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif., by a drug dealer. Gunman Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.
(AP, 8/22/97)(SFC,10/24/97, p.A15)
1989 Sep 18, A small plane crashed at Burnett Ave. near Diamond after takeoff from Buchanon Field Airport, Concord, and 2 people were killed.
(SFC, 4/15/04, p.B10)
1989 Oct 8, The Oakland A's won the American League pennant for the second year in a row by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays.
1989 Oct 17, The 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake [Watsonville] hit the Bay Area minutes before the start of a World Series game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. 67 people died and 3,000 were injured. It caused $7 billion worth of damage. The Spreckel’s Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park was damaged and later restored. 28,000 structures were damaged and several freeways ruined. 42 people died on the Cypress Freeway. At the train station in SF Dr. Margaret McChesney commandeered a tour bus to take frightened passengers home and navigated the driver safely through barricades of cars and gangs of marauding youths on 3rd St. In 1999 new measuring methods changed the magnitude to 6.9.
(SFC, 4/15/96,A-6)(SFC, 10/17/96, A15)(SFC, 7/23/97, p.A13)(AP, 10/17/97)(AR,9/12/98)(HN, 10/17/98)(SFC, 10/7/99, p.A21)
1989 Oct 21, Rescue workers in Oakland, Calif., pulled longshoreman Buck Helm alive from the wreckage of the Nimitz Freeway, part of which had collapsed during the Oct. 17 earthquake. Helm died less than a month later.
1989 Oct, In 2000 Terry Lynn Sells confessed to police in Texas to strangling an Hispanic girl near an Oakland or Berkeley Bart station. Sells has also confessed to 12 other killings.
(SFC, 3/11/00, p.A13)
1989 Nov 18, Longshoreman Buck Helm died at a hospital in Oakland, almost a month after he was pulled from a section of the Nimitz Freeway flattened by the northern California earthquake.
1989 The Gladys Valley Foundation pledged $15 million to the Univ. of California at Berkeley for the Bioscience Capital Campaign.
(SFC, 5/29/98, p.D7)
1989 In Concord, Ca., 91 aluminum rods were erected in a median strip along Concord Ave. by artist Gary Rieveschl of Cincinnati and dubbed the "Spirit Poles." They became unstable after a few years and were destroyed in 2001. Rieveschi received a payment of $75,000 to surrender his claim to the poles.
(SFC, 6/22/04, p.B5)
1989 The Tour de Peninsula, an informal bicycle race, was begun.
(SFC, 7/31/99, p.A14)
1989 The city of Berkeley Ca., passed a ban on Styrofoam.
(SFC, 4/29/08, p.A1)
1989 The city of Fremont started a language bank with interpreters to assist foreign-speaking residents.
(SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1 p.7)
1989 Renovation for damage to the Oakland City Hall totaled $85 million.
(SFEM, 1/4/98, p.7)
1989 The European green crab was first found in the Bay waters in Redwood Shores Lagoon. The crab feeds on commercial clams and Dungeness crabs.
(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A1)
1989 In San Pablo Sandra Morris was found shot to death in her car shortly before she was to testify in a murder trial. DNA evidence in 2000 led to murder charges against Milburn Michael Lunghi, a friend of the murder defendant Gerald Carpenter.
(SFC, 7/19/00, p.A17)
1989-1996 The Quicksilver company at 200 Valley Drive in Brisbane operated as a mercury recycling business. Owner Ritchey Vaughn was put on probation for illegally expanding the business and the operation was shut down. Some 2.5 gallons of liquid mercury were found in Apr, 1998, and an estimated $369,000 was required for cleanup.
(Ind, 11/28/98, p.1,3A)
1990 Jan 1, In East Palo Alto C.W. Roddy, an anti-drug activist, was shot in the stomach when her Westminster Street house was sprayed with bullets.
(SFC, 1/1/00, p.A21)
1990 Apr 19, Louie "Dumptruck" Chavez was released from Pelican Bay State Prison with a hit list allegedly drawn up by the Mesa, the ruling council of the Nuestra Familia prison gang. He passed the list to a parole officer.
(SFEC, 6/29/97, Z1 p.1)
1990 May 18, In the face of heated student protests, the trustees of all-women Mills College in Oakland, Calif., voted to rescind their earlier decision to admit men.
1990 May 24, Darryl Cherney and Judi Bari (11/7/49-3/2/97), environmental activists in the Earth First! movement, were injured after a pipe bomb exploded in their car as they drove through Oakland, Ca. They were arrested while in the hospital on charges of transporting a bomb but the charges were never filed. They later filed a suit against the FBI and Oakland police for false arrest, illegal search and seizure and conspiracy to violate free-speech rights. Bari died of liver cancer in 1997. In 2002 a jury awarded $2.9 million to Bari’s estate and $1.5 million to Cherney saying the FBI had framed them as eco-terrorists. In 2004 the government settled civil suits for $2 million. In 2004 Kate Coleman authored “The Secret Wars of Judi Bari.”
(SFC,10/21/97, p.A20)(SFC, 6/12/02, p.A1)(SFC, 4/23/04, p.B1)(SFC, 1/18/05, p.D1)
1990 Aug 28, In Foster City, Ca., police stopped a car for running a red light and found Norman Hsu, a native of Hong Kong, inside with a Chinatown gang leader, who had abducted him for not paying a debt. Hsu fled to Hong Kong in 1992 following fraud charges filed by Oakland businessman Augie Wu. In 2003 Hsu resurfaced in NYC as a major donor for Democratic candidates. In 2007 his criminal background was revealed and candidates pledged to give his contributions to charity. In California Hsu posted a $2 million bail and again failed to make his court appearance.
(SFC, 9/6/07, p.A15)(WSJ, 9/6/07, p.A3)
1990 Sep, San Mateo County, Ca., and PG&E held a public meeting to tell residents of Daly City’s Midway Village about the contaminated soil on the site. Residents wee informed that toxic wastes have been found in about one of every four of the buildings.
(SFC, 1/19/00, p.A4)(SFC, 3/2/09, p.B1)
1990 Oct 10, The Oakland A’s swept to the American League pennant and their third straight World Series by defeating the Boston Red Sox, 3-to-1.
1990 Oct, Delaney Marks went on a shooting spree in Oakland that left 2 people dead. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
(SFC, 7/25/03, p.A30)
1990 Nov 15, Maria Weidhofer (32), an artist and baker, was raped and strangled in Berkeley’s Tilden Park while jogging. Her body was found the next day. In 2005 a $5000 reward was doubled to $10000.
(SFC, 9/8/05, p.B1)
1990 Nov, San Mateo County, Ca., hired contractors to remove some of the soil from Midway Village in Daly City and to cap some areas with concrete patios.
(SFC, 1/19/00, p.A4)
1990 Dec, In Hayward, Ca., Lisa White was murdered and her daughter (10) was allegedly raped. In 1997 Michael Martinez (37) was convicted and sentenced to death. His death sentence was upheld in 2009.
(SFC, 8/14/09, p.D2)
1990 James Delgado authored "Shipwrecks of the Golden Gate."
(SFC, 6/11/01, p.A17)
1990 In San Jose Halfdan Hussey started the Cinequest Film Festival.
(SFC, 2/24/99, p.E2)
1990 Time Warner bought Sunset Magazine from Lane Publishing, co-owned by publisher and conservationist Melvin B. Lane (1922-2007). His father had bought Sunset, a tourist-oriented travel magazine, in 1928.
(SFC, 8/2/07, p.B5)
1990 The 260-mile San Francisco Bay Trail had its inception.
(SSFC, 8/14/05, p.A19)
1990 Thelma Caballero and Besh Serdahely created a tree house shelter for themselves on San Bruno Mountain. In 2002 they received an eviction notice from San Mateo County officials after a survey found them on county-owned rather than state-owned property.
(SFC, 9/4/02, p.A4)
1990 The Mother House of Dominican nuns burned down in San Rafael.
(SFCM, 8/29/04, p.4)
1990 Joan Brown, painter, died. She taught at UC Berkeley from 1974-1990.
(SFEC, 9/20/98, DB p.31)
1990-1992 Harry Lawson (d.2000 at 82) served as the mayor of Hillsborough.
(SFC, 7/19/00, p.B2)
1990-1992 A 3 year murder spree began in San Jose when members of the Nuestra Familia prison gang began an internal feud.
(SFEC, 6/29/97, Z1 p.1)
1991 Jan 10, The body of Lisa Hopewell (34) was found in a condo in Cupertino. Rick Walker (35) was convicted of the murder and spent 12 years in prison before evidence showed that he was not the killer.
(SSFC, 6/15/03, p.A1)
1991 Jan 27, A woman’s badly beaten and burned body was found in a ravine off Palomares Canyon Road near the border of Sunol and Castro Valley, Ca. In 2008 she was identified as Vicenta Sanchez-Orellana (24) of Oakland, Ca. her husband Oscar Manuel Orellana did not file a missing person report until he needed paperwork to marry someone else.
(SFC, 5/30/08, p.B9)
1991 Mar 18, In unincorporated Hayward a girl (13) was attacked and raped on East Ave. DNA testing in 2006 identified the attacker as James Dwayne Smith (45), already in prison for raping a mother and daughter in Santa Monica in August, 1991. Numerous other charges against Smith had expired under the stature of limitations.
(SFC, 7/19/06, p.B3)
1991 Apr 23, In Burlingame, Ca., Philip Jablonski (45) fatally shot Carol Spadoni (47), who had married him in 1982 while he was in prison. He also raped, sodomized and shot her mother Eva Petersen (72). A day earlier he had killed Fathyma Vann in Riverside County. He was on parole after serving 12 years for the 1978 murder of his girlfriend Melinda Kimball. In 2006 the California Supreme Court upheld his death sentence.
(SFC, 1/24/06, p.B3)(www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?noframes;read=7845)
1991 Oct 20, A major fire burned about 3,000 homes in the Oakland Hills and killed 25 people. 2,843 homes were destroyed causing $1.54 billion in damage.
(SFEC, 10/20/96, p.C4)(SFEC, 5/30/99, Z1 p.4)
1991 Nov 13, In Vallejo 3 employees of the Loomis Armored Car company were killed in a botched robbery attempt. Guards Martin McNumber (49), Dennis Jacobson (25) and Alphonso Lontayo (25) were killed. Eugene Livingston, a former employee, Thomas Young, Victor McClain and James Gary Brown (later Assad Muhammad) were charged for the slayings in 1993. Young was convicted in the murders but recanted a confession implicating McClain and Muhammad. In 1996 Livingston was convicted of robbery and conspiracy but acquitted of murder. In 1999 Muhammad was arrested on DNA evidence that linked him to the crime.
(SFC, 6/10/99, p.A17,22)
1991 Dec 19, Donna Ann Morrow (37) was murdered in Menlo Park, Ca., following an argument with her husband, Joseph Morrow, who fled the country. Her body was found in 2003 in the Santa Cruz Mountains on property that had been owned by Joseph Morrow. Police tracked Morrow to Manila, where he was arrested in Jan, 2003. Morrow’s trial began in 2006. In 2007 Morrow (59) agreed to be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 12/24/03, p.A14)(SFC, 1/6/06, p.B5)(SFC, 3/7/06, p.B1)(SFC, 9/12/07, p.B4)
1991 Dec, Amanda "Nikki" Campbell (4) was last seen alive in Fairfield.
(SFC, 1/11/01, p.A19)
1991 Two books were published on the history of the Carolands mansion atop Black Mountain in Hillsborough.
(PI, 3/21/98, p.5)(Ind, 2/26/00, p.5A)
1991 The Filoli mansion was used as a setting for the film "Dying Young."
(Ind, 3/6/99, p.5A)
1991 Berkeley began its BOSS program, Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency, and began hiring workers from a homeless shelter to help clean the streets.
(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.D1,6)
1991 Dr. Frances K. Conley, a Stanford neurosurgeon, resigned her tenured position. In 1998 she published "Walking Out On the Boys," An account of her reasons for quitting Stanford.
(SFEC, 4/5/98, BR p.1)
1991 Albert Britton, the Pittsburg "Creeper," raped 6 women before he was caught as he fled the bedroom of a 15-year-old girl.
(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A15)
1991 A 1,070 pound heroin haul was uncovered in Hayward. The deal was masterminded by Li Yung Chung, an ethnic Chinese with Thailand citizenship. He was extradited to the US in 1997.
(SFC, 6/6/97, p.E4)
1991 The Lucille Salter Packard Children's Hospital was founded. It was named after the wife of David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard.
(SFC, 6/17/99, p.A10)
1991 Commuter Checks, employer-provided vouchers for transit passes, were introduced to the Bay Area.
(SFC, 9/13/99, p.A1)
1991 Lorne Jackson, Oakland zookeeper, was trampled to death by Smokey (d.2001 at 28), an African bull elephant.
(SFC, 3/13/01, p.A22)
1991 Elmer Bischoff (b.1916), California artist, died. He helped found the Bay Area Figurative School with David Park and Richard Diebenkorn.
(WSJ, 12/3/01, p.A17)
1992 Jan 17, Celeste Carrington (30), a former janitor of from East Palo Alto, Ca., shot and killed Victor Esparza (34) in San Carlos during a robbery. 2 months later she shot and killed Caroline Gleason (36), a property manager, during a robbery in Palo Alto. 5 days later she wounded a 3rd person in an attempted robbery. She was later convicted and sentenced to death. In 2009 the California Supreme court upheld her death sentence.
(SFC, 7/28/09, p.C2)(www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/S043628.PDF)
1992 Feb 7, Grace Asuncion was found stabbed to death in Eshelman Hall on Bancroft Way at UC Berkeley. Her parents filed suit and won a $750,000 settlement in 1998.
(SFC, 5/9/98, p.A16)
1992 Aug 26, Arthur Leigh Allen (b.1933) of Vallejo, a convicted child molester and alleged Zodiac killer, died in Vallejo, Ca. In 1985 Robert Graysmith authored "Zodiac" in which he identified the killer with the pseudonym of "Robert Starr." Graysmith authored "Zodiac Unmasked" in 2002. In 2009 lawyer Robert Tarbox said a merchant seaman had identified himself as the Zodiac killer as a walk-in client at his SF Montgomery Street office in the early 1970s.
(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W20)(SSFC, 5/12/02, p.M6)(SSFC, 7/19/09, p.A18)
1992 Sep 2, A small plane (Buchanon Field Airport) crashed into a car on Highway 4 near Solano Way, Concord, and 2 people were killed.
(SFC, 4/15/04, p.B10)
1992 Sep, Andrew Martinez, the naked man, organized a “nude-in” on the Berkeley campus to express the right to free speech. 3 months later he was expelled for violating the campus code of conduct. In 1997 he was diagnosed as schizophrenic. In 2006 Martinez (33) died from apparent suicide while under custody in the Santa Rita County Jail in Santa Clara County.
(SSFC, 5/21/06, p.B1)(www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11100863/)(SFC, 5/19/09, p.B4)
1992 Oct 15, The financially ailing Tribune was bought by the Alameda Newspaper Group.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.A19)
1992 Dec 8, Francia Young (25) was abducted from the MacArthur BART station in Oakland. She was found the next day raped and murdered. Keith Tyson Thomas and Henry "Rooter" Glover were later convicted for the murder.
1992 Magnificat, an ensemble of voices and instruments dedicated to the performance of early Baroque music, began an annual series of concerts in SF, Berkeley and San Jose.
(PNM, 1/25/98, p.6)
1992 The Hillsborough Chateau Carolands was opened as a Decorator's Show House to benefit the Coyote Point Museum.
(Ind, 2/26/00, p.5A)
1992 The city of American Canyon next to Napa incorporated. It had previously been called Rio Del Mar, Napa Junction and McKnight Acres.
(SFC, 9/1/99, p.A20)(SFC, 10/29/99, p.A17)
1992 SF, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties took over the operations of the Caltrain commuter line as a joint powers board.
(SFC, 5/7/99, p.A20)
1992 A Navy air show at Moffet Field attracted nearly one million people.
(SFC, 6/21/99, p.A16)
1992 Indictments against the Nuestra Familia prison gang charged 21 defendants with plotting an committing 6 murders. A jury returned murder convictions against 4 defendants in 1997.
(SFEC, 6/29/97, Z1 p.4)(SFC, 7/15/97, p.A19)
1992 Paramount purchased the Great America amusement park in Santa Clara.
(SFC, 4/22/02, p.B5)
1992 Indian transplants in Silicon Valley founded The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE). By 2009 the group had a network of 12,000 members and operated in 53 cities in 12 countries.
(Econ, 3/14/09, SR p.4)
1992 The first Chinese mitten crab was hauled up by a South Bay shrimp trawler. Their numbers exploded and clogged up state water project pumps in the Sacramento River Delta. The mitten crab, one of 9 species, is catadromous, meaning that they spawn in brackish or salt water and migrate up freshwater streams to mature.
(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A1)(SFC, 10/18/99, p.A22)
1992 Patrick Walter was killed when his helicopter crashed in the Carquinez Strait with a group investigating an oil spill.
(SSFC, 5/11/03, p.A26)
1993 Jan 16, Linda Scates (40) of Walnut Creek ran down 8 cyclists on Danville Blvd. in Alamo killing one. She was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Vladimir Quinn (22) was killed and Dory Selinger (27) lost a right leg.
(SFC, 12/4/98, p.A21)(SFC, 3/20/99, p.A21)
1993 Mar 12, The Peninsula Times-Tribune, serving 10 communities from San Carlos to Mountain View, closed after the Chicago Tribune Co. failed to find a buyer.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.A19)
1993 Mar, 30, Richard Diebenkorn (b.1922), SF Bay Area artist, died. He moved between figuration and abstraction when the two modes were widely thought to be inimical. In 2012 his 1971 painting “Ocean Park #48” fetched $13.5 million.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Diebenkorn)(SFEC, 9/28/97, DB p.36)(SFC, 10/9/97, p.E1,6)(Econ, 11/24/12, p.69)
1993 Jun 22, A bomb mailed from Sacramento attributed to the Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski maimed Univ. of Calif. San Francisco geneticist Charles Epstein at his home in Tiburon. Epstein (d.2011 at 77) had new eardrums installed, got a nerve transplant to raise his wrist and spent a year retraining his damaged hands to play his cello.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A3)(AP, 6/22/98)(SSFC, 2/20/11, p.C11)
1993 Jun, Volunteers picking up litter in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Ca., discovered a suitcase containing the remains of a woman later identified as Stephanie Jensen (31). Police used DNA to identify her in 2004 and in 2005 arrested her boyfriend Kirk Bennett (54) in Idaho.
(SFC, 7/12/05, p.B8)
1993 Jul 11, In Antioch Joel Souza (35), distraught over the breakup of his marriage, killed his 2 children, Nicholas (8), and Cheri (5), and then killed himself following a 7-hour negotiation with police to give up.
(SFEC, 7/12/98, p.A12)(SFC, 5/3/99, p.A19)
1993 Jul 16, In Oakland Ca., Sizzler Restaurant manager Anthoney Vaughn was shot and killed during a robbery by 2 men at 2710 Telegraph Ave. In 2012 Charles Luckett (58) was charged with Vaughn’s murder after biological evidence linked him to the scene.
(SFC, 6/27/12, p.C2)
1993 Sep 25, Ramon Romero was killed by toxic gas asphyxiation in a cyanide vat at the K&L plating factory in the 10300 block of Pearmain St. in Oakland while saving a fellow worker. The owner, Robert McSkimming, agreed to a plea deal in 1998 with up to a year in jail and as much as $200,000 in fines.
(SFC, 10/2/97, p.A15)(SFC, 1/28/98, p.A12)
1993 Dec 21, In Antioch gunmen intruded into the home of Gene and Ruth Mayer. The ransacked the home and carted off some $150,000 in jewelry and then kidnapped Ruth Mayer (d.2000 at age 67). She was held in a San Pablo garage for 3 days before her kidnappers got scared after their ring-leader was arrested on a separate robbery. The last main participant in the kidnapping was sentenced in 1997.
(SFC,10/23/97, p.A17,26)(SFC, 1/29/00, p.A19)
1993 Dec, Brian Bailey (29) was shot to death by Robert Allen Miller near the Oakland Zoo.
(SFC, 3/16/99, p.A20)
1993 In Oakland, Ca., Black Panther member David Hilliard founded the Newton Foundation to carry on the social programs of the Black Panthers.
1993 Fremont leaders renamed Hillside Ave., home of the largest Sikh temple in California, to Gurdwara Rd. The Gurdwara Sahib temple had 7,000 members.
(SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1 p.7)
1993 The Naval Base at Alameda was ordered shut down as part of the federal government base closure program.
(SFEC, 2/8/98, p.D4)
1993 The Bevatron in Berkeley, Ca., shut down. The 10,000 ton magnetic doughnut had smashed atoms in the Berkeley hills for 39 years.
(SFC, 6/29/06, p.B1)
1993 Rudy Henderson, a bodybuilder with a penchant for luxury cars, was convicted on a drug charge and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
(SFC, 2/16/99, p.A9)
1993 The San Mateo Transit district bought the Dumbarton rail corridor between Redwood City and Newark for future commuter rail service.
1993 In California Richard M. Diamond (1924-2007), nuclear chemist, and lab partner Frank Stephens developed and built the original Gammasphere at Berkeley’s 88-inch cyclotron. It analyzed gamma rays emitted from atoms bombarded in high-energy nuclear accelerators.
(SFC, 10/20/07, p.B5)
1993 Edgewood County Park, a 467-acre expanse, was designated as San Mateo County’s only "natural preserve" following 25 years of work by Susan Sommers.
1994 Jan 12, In Antioch Mary Lou Kamminga (46) was brutally raped and killed. In 1999 Dean Wilson (30) was tried for the murder.
(SFC, 7/9/99, p.A18)
1994 Mar 7, At San Quentin prison officer Timothy Scott shot and killed inmate Mark Adams. In 1998 a federal jury awarded the Adams family $2.3 million following a trial based on wrongful death.
(SFC, 12/1/98, p.A15)
1994 Mar, The body of Thomas Glenn Shepherd (34) was found buried in the back yard of Robert Allen Miller in San Leandro. Miller was convicted for this and another murder and sentenced from 34 years to life in prison. The conviction was set aside by an appeals court in 1999 based on incompetent representation.
(SFC, 3/16/99, p.A20)
1994 Jenny Lin (14), was murdered at her Castro Valley home. In 2006 police linked Sebastian Shaw, a convicted murderer serving 3 life sentences in Oregon, to her murder.
(SFC, 5/25/06, p.B1)
1994 May 29, In Berkeley Michael Soe shot and killed his best friend Kenzo Dix with a Beretta 92 Compact L handgun that belonged to Soe’s father. They were playing and thought that the magazine was empty. The Kenzo’s later sued the Beretta manufacturer for lack of safety features.
(SFC, 10/25/98, p.A12)
1994 Jun 22, In San Pablo Raymond Lamont Scott (18) shot and killed Oakland police officer Miguel Soto (43) to avoid arrest for a 1993 robbery at a Baskin-Robbins ice cream store. Scott was convicted of murder in 1999 and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
(SFC, 5/27/99, p.A20)(SFC, 6/19/99, p.A17)
1994 Sep 20, Keelon Jenkins (21) and Robert McDaniels (20) shot and killed Jeffrey Spencer, a Brink’s security guard, during an attempted robbery in Oakland at the corner of San Pablo and Univ. In 1997 a jury convicted both men of first degree murder. Jenkins was sentenced to life in prison and McDaniels was sentenced to 25 years.
(SFC, 10/2/97, p.A20)(SFC,12/24/97, p.A6)
1994 Nov 5, Evelyna LeBlanc (15) was raped and shot in the head in San Leandro, Ca. She died the next day. In 2007 DNA evidence led police to Inani Charles Williams (27), who had been indicted for a 2006 residential burglary in Portland, Ore.
(SFC, 5/4/07, p.B12)
1994 Sculptor Douglas VanHowd had his statue of Pappy Waldorf (d.1981), head coach of the UC Berkeley (Cal) football team (1947-1956), placed in the Faculty Glade looking across at the nude sculpture, "The Last Dryad," by Alexander Stirling Calder. The placement was attributed to landscape architect Ortha Zebroski.
(SFC, 11/20/98, p.A24)
1994 At Stanford Univ. 10 master artists from the Kwoma and Latmul cultures of the Sepik River of New Guinea carved poles for the New Guinea Sculpture Garden near Robley Hall.
(SFC, 8/18/99, p.D5)
1994 Paul DeCillis, Vietnam war veteran, donated his collection of over 800 books and 650 videotapes on the Vietnam War to DeAnza Community College in Cupertino.
(SFC, 2/12/98, p.A19)
1994 Oakland, Ca., adopted a friendship agreement with Santiago, Cuba.
(SFC, 7/22/00, p.A17)
1994 The Bay Delta Accord was signed. It promised to save the SF Bay and the delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers through cooperation and compromise rather than litigation and political arm twisting.
(SFC, 6/25/99, p.A1)
1994 Polly Phleger Goodan (1922-2005) of Pasadena oversaw the $21 million sale of her family’s 1,300-acre estate near Woodside, Ca., to the Peninsula Open Space Trust. In 1995 it became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
(SFC, 12/17/05, p.B5)
1994 Midway Village, east of Cow Palace, was cleaned of toxins.
(SFC, 3/10/98, p.A14)
1995 Jun 22, Some 110,000 gallons of sulfonation acid sludge were released and ignited at the Rhodia facility in Martinez when a storage tank failed during maintenance. One person was killed and sulfonation acid processing at the plant was terminated.
(SFC, 5/13/99, p.A24)
1995 Aug 16, In Orinda, Ca., Maria Corrieo and her sister, Gina Roberts, were killed by Dalton Lolohea and 2 others during a robbery. Lolohea was tried and convicted for the double murder in 2000 along with robbery and burglary. David Ross was sentenced to 20 years in prison in exchange for testifying against Corey Williams. In 2013 the state Supreme Court upheld the death sentence against Williams.
(SFC, 2/8/00, p.A19)(SFC, 2/18/00, p.D3)(SFC, 8/18/00, p.A22)(SFC, 2/8/13, p.D1)
1995 Oct 5, Michelle Redmond was murdered with a hammer at the home of Michael James Flores in Redwood City. Flores (44), struck her 28 times and was convicted for the murder in 1998. He was still to be tried for a 1981 murder in Southern Ca. In 1999 Flores was sentenced to 171 years in prison and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution and $3,500 in funeral expenses.
(SFC, 10/17/98, p.A19)
1995 Oct 12, Knight Ridder Inc. bought the Contra Costa Times and its sister newspapers from Margaret Lesher, widow of founder Dean Lesher.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.A19)
1995 Nov 20, Salon produced its 1st online issue.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.A19)
1995 The film "Nine Months" with Julianne Moore and Hugh Grant was produced. It was filmed in part outside Talbot’s Toyland at South B and 5th St. in San Mateo.
(SFEC, 9/14/97, Par p.22)(PI, 3/21/98, p.5)
1995 The Crossings, a Mountain View community built over the failed Old Mill shopping center, sold its first homes at $249,000.
(SFC, 4/22/99, p.E1,5)
1995 The California Federal Bay-Delta Program was created to protect the Northern California environment while still supplying water to Central Valley growers and Southern California.
(SFC, 7/10/04, p.A3)
1995 Golden Gate Bridge officials stopped counting deaths from suicides shortly before the 1000th person jumped.
(WSJ, 9/10/01, p.A1)
1995 William Mandel, left-wing activist and writer, was fired from KPFA.
(SFEC, 9/24/00, BR p.4)
1995 The Marin City Flea Market closed to make way for a shopping center.
(SFC, 12/14/98, p.A17)
1995 Marvell Techonolgy Group was founded In Santa Clara, Ca., by Weili Dai and brother Sehat and Pantas Sutardja, Indonesian-Chinese immigrants who had studied together at UC Berkeley. In 2009 the Sutardja Dai Hall, a 7-story science building, opened in their honor.
(SFC, 2/28/09, p.B3)
1995 Salon.com was founded as an online publisher by former staffers of the SF Examiner. The company purchased the Sausalito online community Well in 1999 from Bruce Katz, the founder of Rockport Shoes.
(SFC, 4/8/99, p.B1)
1995 In San Pablo the Casino San Pablo opened.
(SFC, 10/22/98, p.A1)
1995 Walter A. Haas, president of Levi Strauss sold the Oakland A’s baseball team to Steve Schott and Ken Hoffman for $85 million.
(SFC, 10/24/98, p.A1)
1995 The SF Bay Area held its 1st Bike to Work Day.
(SFC, 5/15/03, p.A17)
1995 Three teenagers staged a robbery and killed Betty McKnight (58), the stepmother of one of the teens in Brisbane. James Cavitt (19), the boyfriend of Mianta McKnight was convicted and sentenced to prison for 25 years to life. Robert Williams was sentenced to 25 years to life in 1999.
(SFC, 1/16/98, p.A16)(SFC, 7/27/99, p.A20)
1995 Noah Alper, founder of Noah’s Bagels, sold his chain of 38 stores to Einstein Bagel Bros. for $100 million. Alper had opened his first store in Berkeley, Ca. in 1989.
(SSFC, 12/13/09, p.B1)(www.noahalperconsulting.com/about.html)
1995-1996 Romel Reid, the "Peninsula Rapist," attacked 9 women over 5 months before he was arrested.
(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A1)
1996 Jan 18, Terena Fermenick (24) was raped and killed by Giles Albert Nadey Jr. at an Alameda rectory. Nadey, a convicted felon, was identified by DNA evidence and phone calls made from the crime scene to a phone sex service. In 1999 Nadey was found guilty of murder. Nadey was sentenced to death in 2000.
(SFC, 1/27/99, p.A12)(SFC, 2/24/99, p.A16)(SFEC, 1/16/00, p.A1)(SFC, 2/8/00, p.A19)
1996 Jan, Alameda approved a plan to turn the shut down Naval base into a business and residential development.
(SFEC, 2/8/98, p.D4)
1996 Mar, Residents in Benicia discovered ammunition and signal flares left over from the Benicia Arsenal. Further examination uncovered a howitzer test tunnel and unexploded ordnance.
(SFEC, 8/29/99, p.A14)
1996 Apr 1, The Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, Ca., was decommissioned.
(SFC, 3/10/08, p.A16)
1996 Jun 18, In California Richard Allen Davis was convicted in San Jose, Calif., on all charges in the 1993 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma.
(SFC, 6/19/96, p.A10)(AP, 6/18/97)
1996 Jun, Wilfred Ussery resigned from the BART board of directors after it was revealed that federal agents were probing contract irregularities. He had represented SF on the board for 18 years.
(SFC, 5/7/99, p.A19)
1996 Jul 19, Eric Umali (26) attacked and stabbed 9-year-old Bertha Valencia in Redwood City. He was convicted of attempted murder in 1997. In 1998 he was sentenced to 21 1/2 years in state prison.
(SFC,11/13/97, p.A20)(SFC,11/22/97, p.A19)(SFC, 1/10/98, p.A13)
1996 Aug 12, In Antioch Christopher Henriquez murdered his wife Carmen, her 8-month-old fetus, and their 3-year-old daughter, Zuri. He feared that Carmen would tell police of his role in a SF bank robbery. Henriquez was sentenced to death in 2000.
(SFC, 6/3/00, p.A20)
1996 Oct 29, In Alameda, Ca., Manuel Garcia (59) was found dead of trauma and stab wounds. 12 days later Diane Ely (54) was found beaten and stabbed to death in Alameda. In 2011 police with DNA evidence charged Eugene Albert Protsman (56), a convicted killer already serving a life sentence, with the murders. In 2012 he was again sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 9/28/11, p.C2)(SFC, 8/22/12, p.C3)
1996 Oct, Robert Gremminger (54), a former San Jose fireman, shot and killed Anthony Gilbert (30) at the Great Mall of the Bay in Milpitas. Gremminger had interceded in a suspected shoplifting incident and retrieved a gun from his car. He claimed to have shot when Gilbert tried to run him and a security guard down. In 1998 Gremminger was sentenced to 9 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.A15)
1996 Nov 19, In El Cerrito Christina Corrigan (13) died of congestive heart failure. The girl weighed 680 pounds and was found in disgusting condition, naked and covered with bedsores. Her mother was later pronounced guilty of a misdemeanor. Marlene Corrigan was sentenced to 3 years probation and 240 hours of community service.
(SFC,12/16/97, p.A18)(SFC, 1/10/98, p.A1)(SFC, 2/28/98, p.A1)
1996 Dec 26, In Vallejo Melanie Boncato (18) was shot in the head and killed at a McDonald’s restaurant by Jody Gordon (24), a former employee. Two others were also shot in the head but survived. Gordon was convicted of murder in 1998.
(SFC, 4/9/98, p.C14)
1996 The Mills-Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame became the Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, and the San Mateo Mill Memorial became the Mills-Peninsula Health Center, largely an out-patient facility.
(Ind, 10/3/98, p.5A)
1996 Matthew Fox, a former Catholic priest, opened his Univ. of Creation Spirituality in Oakland.
(SFC, 2/5/99, p.A21)
1996 In San Jose the CityFlight magazine began with a target audience of Bay Area African Americans.
(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.B1)
1996 The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (SFBJV) was formed to rescue as much of the Bay’s habitat as possible.
(SFEM, 9/17/00, p.100)
1996 Dr. Robert Steinberg (d.2008 at 61) and John Scharffenberger opened their Scharffen Berger chocolate business in South San Francisco. They sold the business to Hershey in 2005.
(SFC, 9/23/08, p.B5)
1996 In Fremont Matthew Sutton killed his father Jack and buried him in the back yard. In 1998 Sutton went to Reno and confessed to the murder just before committing suicide at the Silver Legacy Hotel.
(SFC, 7/14/98, p.A20)
1996 Richie Stachowski (10) of Moraga invented an under water walkie talkie and founded the Short Stack Co. to promote the Water Talkies. He sold the operations for a reported several million in 1999.
(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A19)
1997 Jan 9, Ronald Small (20), a Tamalpais High School football star, was shot and killed during a birthday party at 59 Cole Drive in Marin City, Ca. Darrell Hunter was arrested a week later and in 1998 Iman Kennedy (20) and Rodwell Cutkelvin (25) were arrested. An Int’l. search went into effect for Joseph Michel (26), aka Jo Jo Koulibaly, who was suspected of pulling the trigger on Small. Hunter was found guilty of 1st degree murder in 2000. Charges against Kennedy and Cutkelvin were dropped due to lack of evidence. In 2005 Michel was extradited from Germany. In 2008 Darrell Hunter was cleared of all charges and released from prison.
(SFC, 11/19/98, p.A22)(SFC, 11/21/98, p.A20)(SFC, 2/22/99, p.A15)(SFC, 2/3/00, p.A18)(SFC, 2/9/00, p.A18)(SFC, 8/24/05, p.B1)(SFC, 5/2/08, p.B7)
1997 Jan 16, In the SF Bay Area Peninsula Open Space Trust negotiated an agreement to purchase 1,626 acres of Bair Island for $15 million from Redwood Shores Properties. The land would be restored to marshland with no billboards. The Peninsula Open Space Trust was formed in this year to purchase and set aside land for open space.
(SFC, 1/16/96, p.A1)(SFC, 4/8/99, p.A19)(SFC, 3/15/07, p.A11)
1997 Jan, A dynamite bombing of the Vallejo courthouse and a Wells Fargo Bank branch was later blamed on Kevin "Big Kev" Lee Robinson, a narcotics supplier and legitimate rap producer. He was sentenced in 1998 to 110 years in prison.
(SFC, 2/10/98, p.A17)
1997 Jan, In Martinez Michael Glanzman (41) was killed in a Tosco refinery explosion.
(SFC, 2/25/99, p.A7)
1997 Feb 2, Authorities in Vallejo, Calif., recovered 500 pounds of stolen dynamite and arrested two men in bombings that destroyed three bank teller machines and blasted a courthouse wall. Six men wound up receiving long prison terms for their roles in the case.
(SFC, 2/3/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/2/07)
1997 Feb 19, In Hercules Susan Abernathy returned home to find her husband Neal Abernathy and son Brendan shot and killed. The police had no suspects.
1997 Mar 26, George Post, nationally know art teacher and watercolorist, died at 91. His work is in the permanent collections of the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Oakland Museum, and the Mills College Art Gallery.
(SFC, 4/2/97, p.A18)
1997 Apr 1, Moe Moskowitz, owner of Moe’s Bookstore in Berkeley, died at 75. He had been arrested in the 1960s for selling the ribald comic book "Snatch." He had opened his first bookstore in the late 1950s in North Berkeley.
(SFC, 4/2/97, p.A18)
1997 Apr 9, David Lemon, boat builder and sculptor, died. His work included the 1953 Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society commissioned carving of "Christus Rex." His statue "Hosea" was held by Grace Cathedral of SF.
(SFC, 4/24/97, p.A26)
1997 Apr 21, A fleet of 3 new ferries was announced to begin operations from Vallejo to SF in May. Ten daily round trips were planned. The MV Intintoli (motor vehicle Anthony J. Intintoli, former mayor of Vallejo), MV Mare Island and the MV Del Norte were scheduled to all be operational by Nov.
(SFEC, 4/21/97, p.A1)
1997 Apr 26, A fire in East Palo Alto left nine people dead, 5 of them children.
(SFEC, 4/27/97, p.A1)
1997 May 1, In Oakland an armored car flipped in an accident and released some 27 bags of money claimed to be substantially less than $500,000. People in the vicinity grabbed much of the cash though some 20% was returned within 2 days. A total of $106,000 was recovered and $445,000 was still missing when an amnesty for returning cash ended on May 5.
(SFC, 5/3/97, p.A1)
1997 May 20, San Mateo supervisors approved a concept plan for a monastery south of Highway 92 off Skyline Blvd. by the Russian Convent of Our Lady of Vladimir.
(SFC, 5/21/97, p.A13)
1997 May 23, A train derailed near Martinez and some 23 Sante Fe freight cars carrying grain and liquid petroleum gas were overturned. No injuries or gas leaks were reported..
(SFC, 5/24/97, p.A1,13)
1997 May 27, In San Jose Romanian born sculptor Paul Goreniuc placed his sculpture "Space Dance for peace No. 4" on his front lawn. City officials later claimed that it violated zoning laws and threatened to fine him $2,500 per day if he didn’t haul it away.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A15)
1997 May, The Berkeley Regional Exchange and Development (BREAD), an alternative, local currency and barter system, was begun.
(SFEC, 9/20/98, p.C1)
1997 May, The Peninsula Open Space Trust purchased 1,626 acres of Bair Island, a stretch of wetlands on the Bay in Redwood City for $15 million.
(SFC, 5/31/97, p.A13)
1997 May, Charles Weldon Thomas Jr., 52 and former manager of the Menlo Park sewer district, pleaded no contest in a 6-year kickback scheme with a SSF company. In 1999 he was sentenced to a year in jail.
(SFC, 1/27/99, p.A12)
1997 Jun 3, Peter Brooks Jaffe, an army veteran with a history of mental illness, fired some 60 rounds into the Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Emerald Lake substation in Redwood City. He caused some $ 1 million in damage and was sentenced in 1998 to 3 years in prison.
(SFC, 4/24/98, p.A21)
1997 Jun 10, Lisa Smith (22) was stabbed to death as she returned home from the Rockridge BART station. In 2005 Oakland, Ca., jurors convicted Marques Lott (29) in the murder.
(SFC, 6/3/05, p.B5)
1997 Jun 12, The body of Herbert Kay (38), computer scientist, was found in Palo Alto, one block from the police station. Suspects included members of the True Blue Crips gang based in East Palo Alto. Iapesa Simanu was sentenced to life in prison in 1999. 5 other young defendants faced trial. In 1999 Christian Valdes (20), Danny Tevaga (17) and Falala Lelei (15) were convicted of first degree murder. Tevaga, Lelei and Valdes were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. In 2000 Olopitoamoa Tapuloa was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 6/17/97, p.A1)(SFC, 1/9/99, p.C1)(SFC, 12/2/99, p.A27)(SFC, 12/16/99, p.A21)(SFC, 1/28/00, p.A22)(SFC, 3/24/00, p.A20)
1997 Jun 23, Kristen Modafferi (18) was last seen in SF. She had just moved to the Bay Area from Charlotte, N.C., lived in Oakland and worked in SF.
(SFEC, 1/31/99, p.D1,3)
1997 Jun 26, A fiber-optic ring was being installed in Palo Alto. It would allow Internet connections 30x faster than T-1 lines. Both aerial and underground 144-strand, single mode fiber optic cable was being put it.
(SFC, 6/26/97, p.A21)
1997 Jun, Plans for a new San Jose City Hall projected a 17-story office building for a cost of $150-180 million.
(SFC, 7/14/97, p.A16)
1997 Jun, In Oakland Sarah Mitchell bludgeoned to death her sister, Stevie Allman, and dismembered her in order to take over her identity and trust accounts. In 2000 an Oakland jury found her guilty and in 2001 she was sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 11/22/00, p.A24)(SFC, 12/20/00, p.A24)(SFC, 2/6/01, p.A20)
1997 Jul 23, A key section of the Cypress Freeway was opened.
(SFC, 7/23/97, p.A13)
1997 Aug 3, The 4th edition of the bicycle Tour de Peninsula attracted some 3,500 registered riders for the 33-mile ride from Redwood City to Millbrae.
(SFC, 8/4/97, p.A13)
1997 Aug 21, A small bronze plaque was embedded into the steps of Sproul Hall in Berkeley with the words "Mario Savio Steps."
(SFC, 12/3/97, p.A21)
1997 Aug 22, A 13-year-old girl was electrocuted while swimming in the apartment pool at 5 Coronado, owned by Westlake Village Apartments, in Daly City.
(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A15)
1997 Aug, The project to extend BART to the SF Airport was begun.
(Ind, 3/11/00, p.8A)
1997 Sep 1, Police in San Leandro arrested Tony Lawayne Ransom (37), a former girl’s high school track coach, as the leading suspect in 13 East Bay rapes between July 16 and August 20. He was convicted and sentenced to at least 59 years in prison in 1999.
(SFC, 9/2/97, p.A1)(SFC, 6/26/99, p.A17,21)
1997 Sep 15, BART trains began to roll after a weekend agreement with the two largest unions.
(SFC, 9/15/97, p.A10)
1997 Sep 15, It was reported that most of the money for the Colma city recall campaign was put forth by Tom Atwood, owner of the Cypress Abbey cemetery. He originally tried to get the franchise for the Colma casino but lost to a proposal by Rene Medina.
(SFC, 9/15/97, p.A17)
1997 Sep 19, The state EPA locked up the K&L plating factories in Oakland run by Robert McSkimming due to a flouting of environmental laws and regulations. On Sep 30 a potential tragedy was averted when leaking hydrochloric acid was found near vats of cyanide.
(SFC, 10/2/97, p.A1,15)
1997 Sep 3, Carl Schrader, a 14-year board member, took over as director of the West Bay Sanitary District, while still serving as a member of its board of trustees and collected pay from both positions. He was ordered in 1999 to pay back $71,800. Schrader resigned 5 days after the initial lawsuit was filed and was quickly rehired.
(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A21)
1997 Oct 2, Some 200 police, FBI, IRS and DEA agents swept over 18 homes and business in Oakland, Hayward and San Leandro and seized 73 kilograms of cocaine valued at $70 million. Some 22 people were arrested in the drug and smuggling ring culminating a 3-month investigation.
(SFC, 10/3/97, p.A19)
1997 Oct 2, Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer led his Astor Quartet in a homage to Astor Piazzolla at the Herbst Theater in Berkeley, Ca.
(SFC, 10/4/97, p.E1)
1997 Oct 20, A teenage girl was shot and killed and another wounded in Oakland while they sat in a van parked outside McClymonds High School. Three men wearing ski masks reported to have done the shooting.
1997 Oct 24, The "Green and Blue" ballet by Bill T. Jones had its US premiere in Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall by the Lyon Opera Ballet of France.
1997 Oct 29, Yaka the killer whale died at Marine World / Africa USA in Vallejo at the age of 32 after performing for 27 years. The body was stripped and rendered and the bones were buried without a permit at the Coyote Point Museum in San Mateo.
1997 Nov 17, Tyler, the 18 month-old son of Gina Barnett (25) and James Nivette (54) was found abandoned in San Bruno. The next day Gina’s body was found in Folsom. James Nivettte was the prime suspect and was thought to have fled the country. He was arrested in France on Nov 20.
(SFC,11/19/97, p.A1)(SFC,11/21/97, p.1)
1997 Nov 18, The Oakland City Council voted 6-3 to give themselves a pay raise from $37,000 to $60,000.
1997 Nov 23, In Palo Alto the sculpture "Body of Urban Myth" by Brian Goggin was unveiled at a new plaza on Sheridan Ave. It depicted a Greek goddess holding a front-loading washing machine over her head with water pouring from the mouth of the machine.
1997 Nov 24, Thomas Franklin Wheelock (20) murdered his Armored Transport partner, Rodrigo Cortez(30), and escaping with $300,000. Most of the money was found in a Sacramento motel. Wheelock was pronounced guilty in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC,11/26/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/5/01, p.A16)(SFC, 9/21/01, p.D6)
1997 Nov 27, Thomas Wheelock was arrested in Utah. $30,000 was found in his car along with 2 handguns.
(SFC,11/28/97, p.A1)(SFC, 11/29/97, p.A10)
1997 Nov, In Freemont the Beat, a no-alcohol, no smoking club, opened at 37323 Fremont Blvd. for the 18-23 crowd. A shooting there on Dec 18 injured 7 people.
1997 Dec 1, The new San Mateo Bridgepoint Shopping Center was rising fast to replace the old Fashion Island Shopping Center that opened in the early 1980s.
(SFC, 12/1/97, p.A19)
1997 Dec 4, The National Basketball Association suspended All-Star Latrell Sprewell of the Golden State Warriors for one year for choking and threatening to kill his coach, P.J. Carlesimo, three days earlier. An arbitrator later reduced the suspension and reinstated Sprewell to the Warriors, which had terminated his contract.
1997 Dec 17, Federal and state governments announced that $100 million would be spent to restore the ecology of the SF Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
1997 Dec 17, Robert and Michael Hartmann, twin police officers, stage a burglary at Robert’s home in Danville and then submitted false insurance claims for $40,000 worth of items. They were convicted for insurance fraud in 1999.
(SFC, 6/16/99, p.A24)
1997 Dec 19, Trent Davis, a former model and exotic dancer from San Mateo, forced a Stanford woman into his home and attempted to force sex with threats of murder after she fell asleep on his couch. Soon thereafter he was featured in Playgirl Magazine. In 1998 Davis’ son and daughter (ages 9&10) testified for the prosecution. Davis was sentenced to 27 ¾ years in prison.
(SFC, 8/21/98, p.A21)(People vs. Trent Davis)
1997 Dec 23, The bottom torso of Catherine Theresa Massaro (48) was found on the Bay shoreline off Menlo Park. Her upper body was found earlier on the Bay shoreline of the Coyote Point Rec. Area.
1997 Netflix, a service offering online flat rate DVD and Blu-ray disc rental-by-mail and video streaming in the US, was founded in Scotts Valley, Ca., by Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings, who previously had worked together at Pure Software, along with Mitch Lowe. The Netflix website was launched in April 1998. As of 2010 it has amassed a collection of 100,000 titles and approximately 10 million subscribers.
1997 In Vallejo, Ca., several areas of the 5,000-acre Mare Island were converted to a film studio for the shooting of the film "Sphere" by Barry Levinson. The old Navy shipyard had produced 513 ships and was being closed down.
(SFC, 2/18/98, p.E1)
1997 The $1.2 billion, 8-mile BART route between Colma and the SF Airport broke ground with completion set for 2001. It was to pass through 7 cemeteries in Colma.
(SFC, 1/27/98, p.A20)
1997 In California a San Mateo County Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by 195 residents and former residents of Daly City’s Midway Village, who claimed they deserved compensation from PG&E and the county housing department. The court said plaintiffs had not established that exposure to toxic waste had caused their illnesses.
(SFC, 3/2/09, p.B5)
1997 The Alameda Naval Air Station in Alameda, Ca., closed as part of a wave of military base closures nationwide.
(SFC, 8/24/09, p.C4)
1997 The 1st Sand Hill Challenge, a soapbox derby in Silicon Valley, was originated by Jamis MacNiven, owner of Buck’s in Woodside.
(SFC, 9/22/98, p.A16)
1997 California proclaimed San Leandro the state's official sausage capital.
(SFEC, 9/26/99, p.E1)
1997 Michael Rosen, a Marin financial advisor was arrested for swindling over $7 million for 122 victims. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison in 1998 and ordered to pay $6.5 million in restitution to his victims.
(SFC, 4/16/98, p.B4)
1997 In California Dennis Volarvich, former Los Altos police officer, killed himself after being cornered by police in Fremont after committing a bank robbery.
(SFC, 11/19/05, p.B3)
1998 Jan 1, State operated Bay Area bridge tolls began charging $2, up from $1.
1998 Jan 1, It was reported that the Bay Area was now home to 6.6 million people.
(SFC, 1/1/98, p.A21)
1998 Jan 4, In Oakland, Ca., Dante Jones (2) died of internal bleeding. Damon Valery was later convicted of the boy’s murder. Investigators said he had beaten his girlfriend’s nephew as punishment over toilet-training problems. Valery (40) died in prison in 2012.
(SFC, 3/8/12, p.C3)
1998 Jan 4, Four residents of Vallejo, Ca., were injured by a bomb disguised as a batch of holiday goodies left a front porch.
(SFC, 1/6/98, p.A14)
1998 Jan 5, It was reported that there were 71,500 homeless people in the Bay Area. 18-27,000 were in Alameda County which had 834 shelter beds.
(SFC, 1/5/98, p.A8)
1998 Jan 8, Larry Dixon (41) stabbed to death his wife, Debra Gaines Dixon (41) in East Palo Alto. Dixon was convicted of first degree murder in 1999 and was sentenced to 57 years-to-life in prison.
(SFC, 6/16/99, p.A18)(SFC, 7/24/99, p.A21)
1998 Jan 17, In Palo Alto a teenage girl (15) was raped at a party by 3 men and 2 youths. The 3 men pleaded guilty in 1999. 8 other suspects were arrested for harassing her. In 1999 the 3 men, Peter Mark Herndon Jr. (19), Satya Elan Pasmore (17) and Shaun Dennis Harris (24) were each sentenced to 6 years in prison.
(SFC, 1/27/99, p.A13)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A19)
1998 Jan 21, Tiffany Boyce (21) was reported missing in Oakland. 4 weeks later her body was found buried in pieces behind the laundry shed of her ex-boyfriend Carlos Sebastian Smith (31).
(SFC, 2/19/98, p.A14)
1998 Jan 23, Former Oakland Mayor, Lionel Wilson, died at age 82. He was the first black mayor of Oakland and served 3-terms (1977-1990).
(SFC, 1/29/98, p.A1,13)
1998 Jan 29, A judge recommended to fine BART director Margaret Pryor of Oakland for violating campaign finance laws.
(SFC, 1/30/98, p.A17)
1998 Jan 31, The last day of the 415 area code for most of the SF Peninsula. The new 605 area code, which went into effect last Aug 2, was effective after the 6-month grace period ended.
(SFC, 1/30/98, p.A19)
1998 Feb 4, In Oakland police officer Marcus Midyett (45) shot and killed Michael Moore (23) following a foot chase. Moore was shot in the back and a wrongful death suit was filed in 1999.
(SFC, 9/29/99, p.A16)
1998 Feb 17, An explosion in Pinole at 2101 San Pablo occurred when a gas line was ruptured by an EBMUD crew. City offices were destroyed as well as the Second Fiddle Thrift Shop. Only 4 people suffered minor injuries.
(SFC, 2/18/98, p.A11)
1998 Feb 27, Sharon "Mama" O’Shea, Berkeley talk show host, died. She was known for her battle cry: "shoutin’ out and fightin’ back."
(SFC, 3/10/98, p.A17)
1998 Feb, Damage from flooding along San Francisquito Creek in Santa Clara was later estimated at $28 million.
(SFC, 5/15/99, p.A17)
1998 Mar 1, Latrell Sprewell, professional basketball player, was charged with reckless driving following an accident on I-680 that overturned Irma Feliciano's car 3 times. In 1999 damages of $104,940 were awarded to Feliciano (54) and passenger Arnulfo Perlas (55).
(SFC, 10/6/99, p.A17)
1998 Mar 2, Sharon Leuenberger (59) of Hillsborough was reported missing. Her body was found the next day in a stolen cleaning service van in the SF Mission district with evidence of an attempt to burn the insides. Cirio Valencia-Cuara (21), the prime suspect of the murder, was believed to have fled to Mexico. Valencia returned to SF and confessed to the kidnap and slaying Mar 14, and implicated two other people in the crime. Valencia’s trial began in 2002 and he was convicted May 13.
(SFC, 3/6/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/8/98, A1)(SFEC, 3/15/98, p.A1)(SFC, 4/15/02, p.B1)(SFC, 5/14/02, p.A17)
1998 Mar 9, In Hayward a shooting erupted at Manzella’s Seafood Loft where 300 people had gathered for the release of a new album by the Delinquents, an Oakland rap group. Davon Johnson (18) was killed and another man was wounded.
(SFC, 3/10/98, p.A14)
1998 Mar 12, Racial tensions boiled over for the 3rd straight day at Hayward High School and 8 students were arrested.
(SFC, 3/13/98, p.A22)
1998 Mar 23, In Richmond a chemical plant worker returned from a job suspension and gunned down 2 supervisors and then killed himself.
(SFC, 3/24/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 23, In Daly City Megan Hogg (25) was arrested for killing her 3 daughters, aged 2-7, on Higate Drive. Hogg pleaded no contest to 3 counts of first-degree murder and was to 25 years to life in prison in 1999.
(SFC, 3/24/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/25/99, p.A18)
1998 Mar 24, The Oakland City Council voted to adopt a Jobs and Living Wage Ordnance that mandated businesses contracting with the city to pay workers at least $8 an hour with benefits or $9.25 without benefits. It was the 17th city nationwide to adopt such an ordnance.
(SFC, 3/26/98, p.A21)
1998 Mar 24, In Lafayette Janet Daher (46) was found murdered in her Rose Lane home. In June SF police arrested a suspect who was found with her jewelry and led police to two other suspects. Joseph Andrew Perez Jr. (26) was identified as the main player in the murder. Maury O’Brien (18) of Fairfield was the 2nd defendant and Lee Snyder (17) was a 3rd suspect. Perez was convicted in 2001.
(SFC, 3/26/98, p.A21)(SFC, 6/9/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/10/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/13/98, p.A22)(SFC, 6/16/98, p.A16)(SFC, 10/17/01, p.A14)
1998 Mar 29, The homes of Fremont’s police chief and former police chief were targeted by firebombs. Two pipe bombs were found on Corte del Sol. In 1999 police arrested Joel Blach (53), a former Chicago police evidence technician, for attempted murder, arson and explosives possession. Blach was sentenced 37 years to life in 2001.
(SFC, 3/30/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/31/98, p.A1)(SFC, 10/6/99, p.A1)(SFC, 9/5/01, p.A13)
1998 Mar 30, A pipe bomb was found in Fremont in the crawl space of a house under construction on Vista del Sol.
(SFC, 3/31/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 31, Another pipe bomb was found at a water tank in the Fremont Vista del Sol neighborhood.
(SFC, 4/1/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar, Rudy Jauregui robbed and beat up Arkady Demidoff near Redwood City. Demidoff died 3 days later of a heart attack. In 1999 Jauregui (35) pleaded no contest to robbery and inflicting bodily injury on a person over 70.
(SFC, 7/8/99, p.A14)
1998 Apr 10, In San Leandro a female Brink’s armored car guard was shot in the face in a robbery at the Walgreen’s drugstore at 15500 Washington.
(SFC, 4/11/98, p.A11)
1998 Apr 11, The New African Savannah, a $2.3 million exhibit, was set to open at the Knowland Park Zoo.
(SFEC, 4/6/98, p.A17)
1998 Apr 21-28, Mike Kennedy (20) dangled from the top of the Campanile at UC Berkeley to protests for animal rights.
(SFC, 4/29/98, p.A16)
1998 Apr 24, Robert Berdahl (61) was inaugurated as the chancellor of UC Berkeley.
(SFC, 4/25/98, p.A13)
1998 Apr 24, In Fremont Dan Mackay (42) killed his wife Debby Mackay (38) and attempted to dump her body in the Santa Cruz mountains when he was arrested by a CHP officer who saw him along the road and found blood in his truck. Mackay was convicted of manslaughter in 2000 and sentenced to 7 years in prison.
(SFC, 4/7/00, p.A21)(SFC, 7/22/00, p.A21)
1998 Apr 25, In Millbrae, Ca., motorcycle Patrolman David Chetcuti (43) was shot and killed by Marvin Patrick Sullivan (43) during a routine traffic stop. Sullivan, a paranoid schizophrenic, was found to be carrying a cache of pipe bombs and rifles. Sullivan was later found to be incompetent to stand trial.
(SFEC, 4/26/98, p.A1)(SFC, 7/23/02, p.A1)
1998 Apr 28, In Redwood City construction began on a $24 million office building to house county services.
(SFC, 4/29/98, p.C14)
1998 Apr 28, Don Fisher, founder of the Gap, pledged $25 million to bring the private Edison Project company to run more than a dozen Bay Area schools.
(SFC, 4/29/98, p.A15)
1998 Apr, Melville Martin, collector of antique furniture, died. He left his extensive collection to the Filoli Estate.
(Ind, 12/26/98, p.5A)
1998 May 4, A South Bay tornado hit Sunnyvale and Los Altos. The Sunnyvale Congregational Church UCC and about a dozen houses were damaged.
(SFC, 6/20/98, p.A15)
1998 May 4, Police in Fremont searched the home of Rodney Blach, as a suspect in the recent bombings, in Fremont and carted away numerous items. Blach, a former Chicago police evidence technician, sued Fremont in 1999 alleging that police seized material that he was using for a TV program to expose local corruption. On Sept 16 police searched Blach's home in San Diego and took items away.
(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A22)
1998 May 5, Kerry Spooner-Dean (30), a pediatrician, was killed in her home in Oakland’s Upper Rockridge neighborhood. Jerrol Glen Woods (50), a carpet-cleaner and former convict, was arrested May 15 for the murder.
(SFC, 5/16/98, p.A1)
1998 May 19, Knight Ridder announced the move of its headquarters from Miami to the Bay Area.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.A19)
1998 May 26, Alameda was awarded ownership of the 900-foot-long aircraft carrier Hornet by the Navy. It planned a museum to be docked at the closed Alameda Naval Air Station.
(SFC, 5/27/98, p.A16)
1998 May, A 14-year-old boy was attacked by two other teenagers in Foster City. One attacker hit the boy in the head with a baseball bat. The 2 attackers were found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon in Jun.
(SFC, 6/13/98, p.A22)
1998 Jun 2, Jerry Brown (60) won the election for Mayor of Oakland.
(SFC, 6/3/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 5, The Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos opened.
(SFC, 6/5/98, p.A19)
1998 Jun 6, In Antioch Larry Kiepert (13) was shot and killed by a bullet wound to the head as he played basketball. The shot was accidentally fired by an 11-year-old neighbor, Joshua, who was playing with his father’s hunting rifle. It was later reported that the shooting was intentional. Joshua was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Joshua was sentenced to 14 years in a group home.
(SFC, 6/9/98, p.A20)(SFC, 6/11/98, p.A1)\(SFC, 8/11/98, p.A1)(SFC, 10/17/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 17, The FCC shut down Free Radio Berkeley that was run by Stephen Dunifer and others. The station began broadcasting in 1993 with Sunday transmissions from a hidden location in the Berkeley Hills. He began broadcasting from an old bathroom in a communal house on Alcatraz Ave. on the North Oakland border.
(SFC, 6/18/98, p.A27)(SFEC, 7/26/98, p.D4)
1998 Jun 17, A shooting on I-80 in Richmond left 1 person dead and one fatally wounded in one car. The shooter was a passenger in another car and escaped. Carl Lejohn Hopkins (24) and Brandysha Smith (16) were killed. Hopkins had a past record of criminal violations.
(SFC, 6/18/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/19/98, p.A21)
1998 Jun 22, Louise M. Davies (98), SF benefactor, died in Portola Valley. Her husband was Ralph K. Davies (d.1971), an oil millionaire, for whom the medical center is named.
(SFC, 6/23/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/14/05, p.E8)
1998 Jun 23, It was reported that about two-thirds of the parking meters in Berkeley had been beheaded or disabled or vandalized since last fall.
(WSJ, 6/23/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 24, A regional transportation board approved a $1.346 billion, single-tower suspension span to replace the eastern half of the Bay Bridge.
(SFC, 6/25/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 25, In Oakland the new, 22-story, Elihu M. Harris State Building at 1515 Clay St. was dedicated.
(SFC, 6/26/98, p.A21)
1997 Jun 27, The Lucky Chances card room in Colma opened. The establishment predicted $2.7 million annually for Colma and promised a $50,000 contribution to a scholarship fund for Colma residents.
(Ind, 12/29/98, p.9A)
1998 Jul 2, The Oakland Youth Orchestra performed at the Gran Teatro de la Habana in Cuba. The group had already performed in Mexico City, Toluca and Cuernavaca.
(SFC, 7/11/98, p.B6)
1998 Jul 2, Gunfire broke out on Yerba Buena Island as police captured Sergai Taio Daigre (20), suspected in the Jun 26 murder of Andrew Loomis (55) in Texas. Daigre shot himself in the head but survived. Traffic on the Bay Bridge was shut down for some 3 hours, except for one lane.
(SFC, 7/3/98, p.A1,19)
1998 Jul 4, Gunfire broke out at the Alameda County Fairgrounds prior to the scheduled fireworks, which were cancelled. Nine people were hospitalized with wounds and as many as 7 others were injured. One suspect was arrested. In 2000 Jamai Desmond Johnson (24) was convicted in the shooting. In 2000 he was sentenced to over 30 years in prison.
(SFEC, 7/5/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/21/00, p.A23)(SFC, 6/10/00, p.A19)
1998 Jul 6, The Oakland city Council approved a policy allowing medical marijuana users to keep on hand 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana, 24 times the amount allowed by state law.
(SFC, 7/9/98, p.A17)
1998 Jul 7, The San Jose Roman Catholic Diocese planned to close a deal on the sale of its St. Joseph Seminary land to a developer. A quarter of the 212 acres were planned for residential use, a small section for open space and 138 acres was to be given to the county to enlarge the Rancho San Antonio County Park.
(SFC, 7/8/98, p.A16)
1998 Jul 10, In Antioch Carlos Ramirez broke into the home of his ex girlfriend, Cami Viramontes, shot and wounded her father, and then barricaded himself and his 2 children inside the house. Ramirez was believed to be a member of the Norteno gang and to have killed Martin Moya (17) of Antioch in Nov. 1995. Ramirez killed himself and his two daughters after a 42 hour standoff.
(SFEC, 7/12/98, p.A12)(SFC, 7/13/98, p.A1)(SFC, 5/3/99, p.A19)
1998 Jul 13, A man responding to a "roommate wanted" advertisement raped and robbed a woman in Tiburon. Frederick Laird (38) was arrested 5 days later in Laguna Beach after being traced there using a stolen cell phone.
(SFC, 7/18/98, p.A15)
1998 Jul 21, A freighter carrying spent nuclear rods was scheduled to travel through SF Bay on route to Idaho.
(SFC, 7/18/98, p.A15)
1998 Jul 21, The Nature Group announced that it purchased 2 ranches east of Mt. Hamilton for $19 million. The Romero Ranch and the Simon Newman Ranch covered 61,000 acres and were to be preserved for open space.
(SFC, 7/22/98, p.A18)
1998 Jul 30, Teamster represented garbage collectors went on strike in Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda counties. Warm weather made it smelly after 3 days.
(SFEC, 8/2/98, p.D8)
1998 Jul 31, At Marine World a Bengal tiger mauled a woman from San Jose, Jaunell Waldo (45), during a photo shoot.
(SFC, 8/1/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul, The new DeVry Institute of Technology was scheduled to open in Fremont.
(SFEC, 3/15/98, p.W20)
1998 Aug 3, Knight Ridder bought the Hills Newspaper Group chain of weekly papers in the East Bay.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.A19)
1998 Aug 4, Temperatures hit record highs in the Bay Area.
(SFC, 8/5/98, p.A11)
1998 Aug 4, Spenger’s Fish Grotto in Berkeley announced that it would cease operations on Sep. 30. On Sep 28 it was announced that a new operator was found for the restaurant. In 1999 the McCormick & Schmick firm of Portland planned to reopen the restaurant under a 15-year lease.
(SFC, 8/5/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/29/98, p.A13)(SFC, 4/10/99, p.A15)
1998 Aug 13, Oakland declared a medical marijuana club a city agency.
(SFC, 8/14/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 20, Garbage workers approved a new contract following a 22 day-strike against Browning-Ferris. They were scheduled to return to work Aug 24. They won a 12% raise over 4 years. Union leaders abandoned mandatory overtime limits and amnesty for 15 workers fired during the strike.
(SFC, 8/22/98, p.A16)
1998 Aug 21, In Oakland, Ca., Troy Barnes robbed a Wells Fargo Bank on Fruitvale Ave. and was caught by police, who fired 51 shots at him. A videotape showed officers kicking him in the groin. In 2004 Oakland agreed to pay Barnes $15,000 to settle a suit over police misconduct.
(SFC, 10/7/04, p.B7)
1998 Aug 25, Federal racketeering charges were dropped against Anthony "Ant" Flowers of Oakland due to inappropriate comments made by a US attorney to a Chronicle reporter in the 1996 trial.
(SFC, 8/26/98, p.A14)
1998 Aug 28, The Motor Vessel Del Norte made a ceremonial ride on the Bay. The $7.8 million, 325 passenger ship was scheduled to begin operations Sep 8.
(SFC, 8/28/98, p.A16)
1998 Aug 28, In Fremont four men robbed Wintec Industries, a chip manufacturer, and killed Hsu-Pin Tsai. They were soon arrested.
(SFEC, 8/28/98, p.C2)
1998 Sep 3, A US postage stamp featured the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time as part of a sheet with 14 other stamps.
(SFC, 9/3/98, p.A19)
1998 Sep 5, The Treasure Island Blues & Art on the Bay Festival drew 15,000 people on its 1st day. Two-thirds of the crowd arrived by public transit.
(SFEC, 9/6/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 10, Bicyclists pedaled across the Bay Bridge from the East in morning traffic to protest the lack of a bike lane on the new proposed bridge. 17 were arrested for tying up traffic.
(SFC, 9/11/98, p.A17)
1998 Sep 20, In Palo Alto, Ca., the 2nd annual Sand Hill Challenge, a soapbox derby for the Peninsula Community Foundation, was held. The world’s largest accordion band was scheduled to set a Guinness record. The band of over 500 played "Lady of Spain."
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.A18)(SFC, 9/21/98, p.A21)
1998 Sep 22, Valdimir Pokhilko (44), Elena Fedotova (38) and her son Peter (12) were found stabbed to death in Palo Alto. Pokhilko was the president of AnimaTek Int’l., a 3-D graphics software company founded in Moscow by the inventor of Tetris and other partners. Pokhilko bludgeoned and stabbed to death his wife and son and slit his own throat. He was reportedly overcome by his financial situation.
(SFC, 9/21/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/24/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 27, In Berkeley the 3rd annual "How Berkeley Can You Be?" parade was held.
(SFC, 9/28/98, p.A13)
1998 Oct 1, Some 2,500 high school students rallied in San Leandro demanding more state money for schools rather than jails.
(SFC, 10/2/98, p.A21)
1998 Oct 19, The Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) was scheduled to begin carrying passengers from the Central Valley to San Jose.
(SFC, 10/12/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 23, The Oakland A’s baseball team was put up for sale by owners Steve Schott and Ken Hoffman.
(SFC, 10/24/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 3, In Oakland the voters approved making the mayor, i.e. Jerry Brown, the city’s chief executive. This function replaced the appointed manager.
(SFC, 11/4/98, p.A19)
1998 Nov 6, Lisa Norrell (15) left a party in Antioch and was not seen alive again. Two Antioch men, Garry Lee Walton and David Michael Heneby, were arrested Jan 6. Both men were released Jan 7 for lack of evidence.
(SFC, 11/16/98, p.A6)(SFC, 1/7/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/8/99, p.A1)
1998 Nov 14, The body of Lisa Norrell was found at the Nav-Land landscaping business.
(SFC, 11/16/98, p.A1,6)
1998 Nov 21, A Cessna 210 airplane hit Castlemont High School in Oakland. One passenger was killed and the pilot was critically injured.
(SFEC, 11/22/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 25, Marin radio station KKHI at 100.7 FM announced that it would drop its classical format as of Dec. 4, and move to an adult standards format due to financial losses. That left KDFC at 102.1 FM as the only classical station in the Bay Area.
(SFC, 11/26/98, p.C1)
1998 Nov, A 25-screen AMC 1000 film complex, the largest in Ca., was scheduled to open in Union City.
(SFC, 1/5/98, p.E1)
1998 Janet Lewis, author, died in Palo Alto at age 99.
(SFEC, 12/6/98, p.C14)
1998 Dec 1, John Sipp (17) was murdered in Oakland while fixing his car on 46th St. Kenneth Singleton, who had just lost a fistfight to Sipp, was convicted and sentenced to 50 years to life.
(SFC, 8/3/04, p.B5)
1998 Dec 3, The body of Regina Lovings (39) was found in the cellar of the home of Derick Lovings (41), her brother. She had been missing for 2 weeks. Regina had tried to kick her unemployed brother out of their home.
(SFC, 12/4/98, p.A21)(SFC, 12/5/98, p.A17)
1998 Dec 3, BART directors approved raises for top managers. Gen’l. Manager Thomas E. Margro’s salary was to increase for the next 4 years from $163,500 to $218,702 by year 2003.
(SFC, 12/4/98, p.A22)
1998 Dec 4, A 4.1 earthquake was centered on the Hayward fault in El Cerrito.
(SFC, 12/5/98, p.A17)
1998 Dec 5, A freak tornado hit Richmond between 16th and 23rd streets along Potrero Ave. It was guessed to be an F-0 or F-1 on the Fuhita Scale.
(SFC, 12/7/98, p.A21,23)
1998 Dec 5, The body of Jessica Frederick, an alleged prostitute, was found in Pittsburg.
(SFC, 12/15/98, p.A24)
1998 Dec 8, In the SF Bay Area an electrician’s error in San Mateo caused a power outage along the northern peninsula that lasted some 6 hours.
(SFC, 12/9/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 11, In Dublin a botched robbery at the Outback Steakhouse left Deputy John Paul Monego (33) dead. Three suspects were arrested. Ruben Eliseo Vasquez (23), Miguel Galindo Sifuentes (19) and Hai Minh (19) were held for the murder. In 2003 a jury found all 3 men guilty of murder.
(SFEC, 12/13/98, p.C1)(SFC, 12/15/98, p.A21)(SFC, 2/4/03, p.A17)
1998 Dec 13, A farmer’s market and swap meet began on Treasure Island with a $5 parking fee. Some 75 exhibitors and a few thousand customers showed up.
(SFC, 12/2/98, p.A1)(SFC, 12/14/98, p.A17)
1998 Dec 15, The body of a woman was found off in the 1300 block off California Ave near Loveridge Road in Pittsburg.
(SFC, 12/15/98, p.A24)
1998 Dec 17, In West Berkeley Rick De Vecchi (37) was deliberately run over by a man in an old Cadillac. In 2000 the case was broadcast on the TV show "America's Most Wanted."
(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A19)
1998 Dec 20, Snow flakes fell in SF and low temperature records were made around the Bay with 40 degrees in SF and 35 in Fremont.
(SFC, 12/21/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 25, In Santa Clara a fire at 683 Malarin Ave. killed Todd Hirsch (34), his son Gregory (9), and daughter Amanda (7). Kayliann (10) died 3 days later.
(SFC, 12/26/98, p.A1)(SFC, 12/30/98, p.A11)
1998 Dec 26, In Belmont a Safeway food clerk, Ryan Williams (25) of Union City shot and killed co-worker, Luis Chiong (29) of Castro Valley.
(SFEC, 12/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 28, In the SF Bay Area fog closed all the major airports and stranded thousands of travelers.
(WSJ, 12/29/98, p.A1)
1998 Oakland police began its "Operation Beat Feet" in which cars used in drug and prostitution offenses were seized.
(SSFC, 5/20/01, p.A24)
1998 Paul Rice founded TransFairUSA in Oakland, Ca., in an effort to assist coffee growers in Nicaragua. The organization, later renamed Fair Trade USA, certified products as fair trade. Importers and retailers paid a premium to farmers committed to producing goods in accordance with standards that guarantee worker rights and environmental sustainability.
(SFC, 11/20/08, p.A14)(SSFC, 4/15/12, p.D1)
1999 Jan 1, Passes for BART were to become available over the Internet at the bart.gov site.
(SFC, 12/4/98, p.A22)
1999 Jan 2, Gov. Wilson appointed former Sen. Quentin Kopp as judge in the San Mateo County Superior Court.
(SFEC, 1/3/99, p.D1)
1999 Jan 4, Jerry Brown (60) took the oath of office in Oakland.
(SFC, 1/5/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 8, Near Pittsburg the body of a prostitute was found in a ditch outside the city limits. Valerie Shultz, a known prostitute was found on West 10th St.
(SFC, 1/9/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/12/99, p.A13)
1999 Jan 10, James Williams Jr., an Oakland police officer, was shot and killed by a sniper bullet on I-580 near the 38th Avenue overpass. Oakland firefighter Tracy Toomey died while fighting a blaze a 3052 Broadway. Chad Rhodes (19) of Oakland was later arrested for shooting Williams.
(SFC, 1/11/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/12/99, p.A1,13)
1999 Jan 11, Miguel Rublo (21), Geronimo Guevara (31) and a 17-year-old pulled a man out of his car in San Jose and stabbed him 13 times with screwdrivers and stole his car. They were arrested the next day.
(SFC, 1/14/99, p.C3)
1999 Jan 12, Rose Jacobs Gibson (51) became the first African American member of the Board of Supervisors for Redwood City.
(SFC, 1/13/99, p.C2)
1999 Jan 16, Savannah Rodrigues (13) was shot to death by a female assailant in Hayward. Ronnie Lee Choate (21) of Hayward was arrested in connection with the crime on Feb 12 and released Feb 15 for lack of evidence.
(SFC, 1/18/99, p.A15)(SFEC, 2/14/99, p.C7)
1999 Jan 21, In Pacifica a bomb blast in a parked minivan on Monterey Road killed LaLonna Marie Duffy (46).
(SFC, 1/22/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/23/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 22, Charles Brown, blues legend, died in Oakland at age 78.
(SFC, 1/23/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 23, Munther Salman (42), a SSF cab driver, was found shot dead in his crashed cab in North Richmond.
(SFC, 1/26/99, p.A24)
1999 Jan, Transfer of the Naval Base at Alameda to the city of Alameda was expected to be completed after a 2-year delay.
(SFEC, 2/8/98, p.D4)
1999 Feb 3, Marlene Marie Bueno (17) was last seen when she her home in San Jose. Her severely burned body was found the next day, but was not identified for a week. Gary Guerrero Jr. (19) And his father Gary Guerrero Sr. (38) were arrested Feb 11 in connection with her slaying.
(SFC, 2/17/99, p.A13)
1999 Feb 4, Mayor Jerry Brown undraped a Naropa sign over the 2100 block of Broadway in Oakland. The Colorado-based Naropa Institute planned to open a branch in Oakland. It was named after a 10th century mystic and was founded by Chinese-Tibetan guru Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Beat poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg created a writing program at Naropa.
(SFC, 2/5/99, p.A21)
1999 Feb 4, Native Olympia oysters were reported to be making a comeback in the Bay.
(SFC, 2/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 6, The new San Mateo County Historical Museum opened at 777 Hamilton St. in Redwood City inside the old county courthouse. The old museum had been housed at the College of San Mateo for 35 years.
(Ind, 2/2/99, p.5A)
1999 Feb 11, South SF council members agreed to put a $20 million waste transfer plant on bay front land at the end of East Grand.
(SFC, 2/12/99, p.A22)
1999 Feb 15, Tracey Biletnikoff (20) was strangled to death at Project Ninety, a drug treatment center in San Mateo, Ca. Her boyfriend, Mohammed Haroon Ali, was convicted of her murder in 2001 and sentenced 55 years to life in prison. The conviction was overturned in 2009 after an appeals court ruled that a prosecutor had removed at least one juror for racial reasons. In 2012 Ali (36) was convicted a 2nd time. On June 15 he was sentenced to 55 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 8/14/01, p.A13)(SFC, 3/16/12, p.C3)(SFC, 6/16/12, p.C2)
1999 Feb 16, The body of Tracy Biletnikoff (20), daughter of football player star Fred Biletnikoff, was found at Canada College in Redwood city, Ca. Her boyfriend, Mohammad Haroon Ali (23) fled to Mexico, but was later arrested as he tried come back over the border.
(SFC, 2/17/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/16/12, p.C3)
1999 Feb 23, An explosion ripped through a tower at the Tosco refinery in Martinez and one worker, Ricardo Emmanuel Enriquez (36), was killed and 4 critically injured. 2 of the injured workers, Ernie Pofahl (48) and Rollin Blue (35), died Feb 24. Raynold Rodacker (49) died on Feb 25. Steve Duncan (48) remained in critical condition. State regulators fined Tosco $810,000 for safety violation on Aug 4. Tosco agreed to pay almost $2 million in a no-contest plea in 2000 that included $1 million for a county health clinic at the former Los Medanos Hospital in Pittsburg.
(SFC, 2/24/99, p.A1)(SFC, 2/25/99, p.A1,7)(SFC, 2/26/99, p.A19)(SFC, 8/5/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/7/00, p.A1)
1999 Feb 27, In Oakland six men escaped with over $100,000 in cash and jewelry. A Colombian ring was suspected.
(SFC, 3/2/99, p.A15)
1999 Mar 2, Tosco CEO Thomas O'Malley agreed to shut the plant near Martinez for an investigation and to pay some 700 workers full pay for at least 2 months.
(SFC, 3/3/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 6, The historic Black Diamond Mines in the Antioch hills were scheduled to re-open for visitors. Tickets: (925) 757-2620, (925) 676-0192.
(SFC, 3/4/99, p.A21)
1999 Mar 9, Stanford Univ. received a $15 million grant from 2 Swedish foundations. The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation made the donations for the new Wallenberg Global Learning Center.
(SFC, 3/10/99, p.A18)
1999 Mar 9, Richmond teacher Nancy Peer was stabbed in her classroom by Paul Joe Gonzales Jr., a parent of one of her students. Peer returned to teach at Ford Elementary in the Fall.
(SFC, 9/2/99, p.A222)
1999 Mar 10, Physicist Ian Barbour (75) won the $1.24 million Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. He promised to donate $1 million to the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences in Berkeley.
(SFC, 3/11/99, p.A2)
1999 Mar 15-18, Some 6,000 Marines planned to participate in Urban Warrior, a military exercise, on the shores of Oakland and Alameda.
(SFC, 2/5/99, p.A20)
1999 Mar 18, The 3rd annual Webbies was held at the Herbst Theater under the direction of Tiffany Schlain (28).
(SFC, 3/13/99, p.A17)
1999 Mar 19, The Richmond Memorial Auditorium hosted the Rakkash Middle Eastern Dance, Music Festival, and Convention. 2,000 belly dancers were expected to participate.
(SFC, 3/16/99, p.E1)
1999 Mar 25, A huge explosion rocked the Chevron refinery in Richmond. 3 emergency response workers were injured.
(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 30, Audie Boch, Green Party candidate, won a special election East Bay Assembly seat over Elihu Harris.
(SFC, 3/31/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 31, AT KPFA radio manager Nicole Sawaya was fired "for cause." Staff members opposed the move and an internal struggle developed. Sawaya's contract was not renewed.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, p.C1,3)(SFC, 7/14/99, p.A12)
1999 Apr 1, Local, state and federal staged a predawn raid in the East Bay and arrested 18 men for alleged manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine.
(SFC, 4/2/99, p.A19)
1999 Apr 6, The David and Lucille Packard Foundation gave $5.25 million to the Peninsula Open Space Trust to buy Santa Clara Valley ranch and other properties in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
(SFC, 4/8/99, p.A19)
1999 Apr 9, At KPFA radio talk show host Larry Bensky was fired for discussing internal matters over public airwaves.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, p.C1,3)
1999 Apr 13, The digital 3-D opera, Monsters of Grace," by composer Philip Glass and director Robert Wilson was scheduled to premier at UC Berkeley. The score was set to English translation of love poems by the Sufi poet Rumi.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, DB p.13)
1999 Apr 23, A big rig collided with 2 cars and a bus on 880 in Oakland and 28 people were injured.
(SFC, 4/24/99, p.A17)
1999 Apr 23, A light plane crashed in Hayward and 2 passengers were killed.
(SFC, 4/24/99, p.A17)
1999 Apr 20, The state Senate Transportation Committee passed a bill to establish a new Bay Area Water Transit Authority. The goal was to get workers onto high-speed ferries on the SF Bay within 5 years.
(SFC, 4/26/99, p.A17)
1999 Apr, A new 16-screen multiplex was scheduled to open in Deer Valley Plaza in Antioch.
(SFC, 12/30/98, p.A13)
1999 May 3, In Hayward a truck from Mack's Fish Hatchery in Fresno overturned and spilled 70,000 goldfish onto the roadway of eastbound Hwy 92.
(SFC, 5/4/99, p.A24)
1999 May 4, Police arrested 6 hunger strikers and dozens of supporters at UC Berkeley. Students had spent 5 days encamped demanding more funding for the ethnic studies program.
(SFC, 5/5/99, p.A16)
1999 May 6, The new $190 million San Mateo-Hayward Bridge received final approval. Completion of a 2nd trestle section was scheduled for late 2002 and would not include a bike lane.
(SFC, 5/7/99, p.A20)
1999 May 6, Wilfred Ussery, a former member of the BART board of directors, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bribery, extortion and lying to the FBI.
(SFC, 5/7/99, p.A19)
1999 May 7, Hunger strikers at Berkeley reached a tentative agreement over ethnic studies that included 8 of 9 faculty positions and a multicultural student center.
(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A15)
1999 May 8, Juan Martinez (20) was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting on Cortex St. in Hayward.
(SFC, 5/10/99, p.A22)
1999 May 10, Oakland and Alameda County officials backed a group led by former A's executive Andy Dolich as the new owners of the Oakland Athletics.
(SFC, 5/11/99, p.A1)
1999 May 11, Mary Jane Brinton, a SF philanthropist, granted UC Berkeley $1 million to support the graduate school of education.
(SFC, 5/12/99, p.C6)
1999 May 12, The SSF City Council approved the construction of 135 new homes on San Bruno Mountain, but turned down a proposal for 154 condominiums in the TerraBay phase II project.
(Ind, 5/11/99, p.1A)
1999 May 13, Joy Artemis (37), a computer instructor, was shot and killed outside a Walgreen's drugstore in the Temescal neighborhood of North Oakland.
(SFC, 5/15/99, p.A15)
1999 May 13, Peter M. Torrente, a Tiburon businessman, was murdered at his home. His body was found the next day and his son, David Joseph Torrente (27), was arrested May 15 and charged with the stabbing murder of his father.
(SFC, 5/15/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 5/16/99, p.D2)
1999 May 14, Julie Christine Day of Walnut Creek was last seen leaving the Bubble Lounge on Montgomery St. [see May 20]
(SFC, 5/21/99, p.A15)
1999 May 16, In Los Gatos Larry Lavell (41), recently released from San Quentin Prison, stabbed to death Suzanne Maria Snyder (35), his estranged wife, and her boyfriend Howard Stuart Beiderman (36). Lavell was soon apprehended but managed to escape. Lavell was arrested May 18. Lavell pleaded guilty to murder May 20.
(SFC, 5/18/99, p.A1,5)(SFC, 5/20/99, p.C16)(SFC, 5/21/99, p.A19)
1999 May 17, The EPA said the SF Bay contains unsafe levels of dioxin, furans and the pesticides DDT, dieldrin and chlordane.
(SFC, 5/18/99, p.A20)
1999 May 17, In Santa Clara police discovered the body of Erin O'Leary Zavala (38), who was repeatedly stabbed to death. SF police arrested Ismael Zavala, the husband of the murdered woman, on May 18 after he accosted a 12-year-old girl.
(SFC, 5/20/99, p.A20)
1999 May 18, Gerald Lieberman, former Stanford provost and a pioneer in the fields of statistics and operations research, died of Lou Gehrig's disease at age 73. His books included "Introduction to Operations Research," written with Prof. Frederick Hillier, and "Handbook of Industrial Statistics," written with Albert Bowker, a former chancellor of UC Berkeley.
(SFC, 5/22/99, p.A24)
1999 May 20, Union carpenters at SFO went on a wildcat walkout over a recent contract that gave them $27 an hour, the lowest of the craft workers at the site. A 1996 agreement between SFO and the construction unions said that there would be no strikes if only union companies were hired.
(SFC, 5/22/99, p.A20)
1999 May 20, The body of Julie Christine Day (24) of Walnut Creek was found partially buried at a construction site in China Basin, SF. Jehad Baqleh (31), a taxi driver, was arrested for the murder and admitted that he robbed and had sex with the victim.
(SFC, 5/21/99, p.A1)
1999 May 24, Paul Brest, the Law School Dean of Stanford, was chosen to head the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation based in Menlo Park.
(SFC, 5/24/99, p.A17)
1999 Jun 4, Prof. Ann Brown of UC Berkeley, a pioneer in the field of metacognition, died at age 56.
(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A23)
1999 Jun 6, Two men and a boy from Redwood City were killed when their van, carrying 13 people, blew a tire on Highway 101 near the Russian River. Jose Baillon (12), Marvin Bonilla (26) and Faustino Castaneda died when the van tumbled over 100 down an embankment following a camping trip to Lake Mendocino.
(SFC, 6/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 10, Gloria Bonilla (39) was last seen at a Santa Clara pizza parlor. Ten days later police searched a landfill for her body after Emilio Brotherton (28), a jailed parolee and sex offender, admitted that he had dumped her body into a dumpster. Her body was found June 23 at a Milpitas landfill.
(SFEC, 6/20/99, p.C8)(SFC, 6/21/99, p.A22)(SFC, 6/24/99, p.A18)
1999 Jun 12, In Oakland D'Ante Bonds (18) was found shot to death near 96th and B streets. Separately Danny Paige (43) was found mortally stabbed on the 800 block of 32nd St.
(SFC, 6/14/99, p.A24)
1999 Jun 12, In Walnut Creek Lionel Figueroa Chavez (21) was stabbed to death on the 1200 block of Newell Place. Louis Antonio Valladolid-Arreguin (25) was arrested in connection with the stabbing. Salvador Velasco (24) was identified as the man who stabbed Chavez. The incident was blamed on a rude comment by one man about another's wife.
(SFC, 6/14/99, p.A24)
1999 Jun 14, It was reported that a $9.5 million agreement allowed the SF Int'l. Airport to restore and build wetlands at Bair Island east of Redwood City as part of the runway expansion program. A $2.4 billion master plan required the filling in of 14 acres of wetlands.
(SFC, 6/15/99, p.A20)
1999 Jun 15, Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker, joined the Hoover Institution at Stanford as a distinguished visiting fellow.
(SFC, 6/16/99, p.A24)
1999 Jun 15, An ordnance in Albany banning overnight camping on a former landfill on the East Bay shore went into effect but was not endorsed because temporary housing was not yet available. The landfill was scheduled to be turned into a public park.
(SFC, 6/16/99, p.A17)
1999 Jun 16, The California High Speed Railway Authority recommended that San Francisco and San Jose be part of a $23.3 billion bullet train stretching from San Diego to Sacramento. A link to Oakland was put on study.
(SFC, 6/17/99, p.A22)
1999 Jun 18, In Alameda the new 24,000-sq.-ft. Cityview Skatepark opened. It had first been proposed in 1996 during a youth conference.
(SFC, 6/19/99, p.A15)
1999 Jun 18, Peter Kirichenko, a Ukrainian citizen, was arrested in Tiburon. He was wanted by Swiss authorities for aiding former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavel Lazarenko in a money laundering scheme.
(SFEC, 6/20/99, p.C2)
1999 Jun 20, The Wings Over Moffet Air Show was held at Moffet Field. The West Coast Antique Fly-in and Air Show moved in from its former location in Watsonville.
(SFC, 6/21/99, p.A16)
1999 Jun 22, In San Lorenzo Karen Kent (48) was found by her husband beaten and strangled and shot to death. Her son, Kenneth Kent Jr. (23), was missing and considered a potential suspect. The son was found dead the next day in SF by an apparently self-inflicted gunshot.
(SFC, 6/24/99, p.A18)(SFC, 6/25/99, p.A22)
1999 Jun 26, The Alameda County Fair opened in Pleasanton. It was set to run through Jul 11.
(SFEC, 7/4/99, p.B4)
1999 Jun, In Menlo Park the former Belle Haven Hotel was razed to make way for a $4.5 million 24-unit complex named Haven Family House under the Shelter Network.
(SFC, 6/17/99, p.A18)
1999 Jun, A 35-acre section of Treasure Island was scheduled to become a Job Corps training center. It was scheduled to have 780 beds for poor and disadvantaged students from 16-24 years of age.
(SFC, 12/22/98, p.C8)
1999 Jul 2, The merger of Summit Medical in Oakland and Alta Bates in Berkeley was approved by the Federal Trade Commission.
(SFC, 7/3/99, p.A16)
1999 Jul 3, In the East Bay a squirrel short circuited a transformer bank and power was out for 38,000 people in 6 cities for about 75 minutes.
(SFEC, 7/4/99, p.B1)
1999 Jul 4, Jonique Williams (4) of Oakland disappeared from a relative's pool party in Modesto. She was found dead in the pool the next day. An autopsy later reported that she died of asphyxiation.
(SFC, 8/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 5, Paul Gatson (22) and Matthew Kozlowski (18) stabbed two teenager girls (18 & 15) numerous times in the Palomares Canyon near Fremont. Kozlowski was soon arrested. Gaston had just been released from San Quentin. Gatson was arrested in SF on July 7. Gatson and Kozlowski were sentenced to life in prison in 2000.
(SFC, 7/7/99, p.A16)(SFC, 7/8/99, p.A1)(SFC, 6/3/00, p.A18)
1999 Jul 6, In Oakland longshore workers halted work over staffing levels while union leaders negotiated for a new contract. The walkout over safety issue lasted 2 days.
(SFC, 7/8/99, p.A15)(SFC, 7/9/99, p.A17)(WSJ, 7/9/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 13, At KPFA Radio Dennis Bernstein of the Flashpoints newsmagazine was forcibly removed for airing grievances against the Pacifica Foundation, the parent company. 53 station supporters were arrested and only taped programming was run with all employees chained out.
(SFC, 7/14/99, p.A12)
1999 Jul 14, Hundreds of KPFA supporters demonstrated in support of the local staff.
(SFC, 7/15/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 15, State legislators called for a hearing on the conflict between KPFA and its parent Pacifica Foundation led by Mary Frances Berry, who was also the chairwoman of the US Commission on Civil Rights.
(SFC, 7/16/99, p.A1)(SFC, 7/17/99, p.A13)
1999 Jul 15, The first of a series of bank robberies was committed in San Rafael by a man who escaped by bicycle. Tracy Bittner (42), the "bicycle bandit," was caught in 2000.
(SFC, 2/11/00, p.A21)
1999 Jul 15, Gina Berriault, Sausalito writer, died at age 73. Her 7 books included the short story collection "Women in their Beds," "The Infinite Passion of Expectations," and the novels "The Son" and "The Lights of Earth." Her last book was "The Great Petrowski."
(SFC, 7/24/99, p.A21)(SFEM, 11/7/99, p.18)
1999 Jul 16, UCSF Stanford Health Care managers agreed to a state audit.
(SFC, 7/17/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 17, Vincente Garcia (21) was shot and killed on the Carquinez Bridge and a passenger was critically wounded in a suspected incident of road rage.
(SFC, 7/19/99, p.A22)
1999 Jul 18, In Redwood City an explosion and fire killed 4 residents at a condominium complex at 50 Horgan Ave. 12 condos were destroyed and 20 people were left homeless. An autopsy revealed a bullet wound to the head of one of the dead males. It was later believed that Juan Escalante (44) rigged the blaze to escape caring for his mother and mentally ill brother.
(SFC, 7/19/99, p.A15)(SFC, 7/20/99, p.A1)(SFC, 7/24/99, p.A16)
1999 Jul 23, Jaquita Mack (11) was raped and strangled in Oakland’s Fruitvale district after she disappeared following a bike ride. Her body was found the next day in East Oakland, Ca. On Aug 8 police arrested Alex Demolle (24), a neighbor on Fruitvale Ave. In 2007 Demolle was convicted of 1st degree murder and was sentenced to death on Dec 14.
(SFC, 7/27/99, p.A13,15)(SFC, 8/9/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/4/07, p.B5)(SFC, 12/15/07, p.B3)
1999 Jul 28, Pacifica Foundation announced that it would reopen KPFA studios and allow employees to resume broadcasting.
(SFC, 7/29/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 29, Samuel Salinas (18) and Jason Bowen (17) of Tracy, were found shot dead near Hayward Blvd and Skyline Drive. In 2002 police arrested 3 suspects: Roneel Pilay (19) and Michael Ybarra (22) of Tracy, and Robel Fusum (20) of Oakland.
(SFC, 7/31/99, p.A18)(SFC, 5/15/02, p.A20)
1999 Jul 31, Some 10,000 supporters of KPFA radio marched in Berkeley and called for the return of control to the community.
(SFEC, 8/1/99, p.D1)
1999 Jul, Catholic Family Radio began broadcasting in the Bay Area. The national network was the brainchild of Rev. Joseph Fessio of SF.
(SFC, 10/16/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 5, KPFA came back on the air after a 23-day lockout and voiced outrage against its Pacifica owners.
(SFC, 8/6/99, p.A19)
1999 Aug 6, The Hearst Corp., owner of the SF Examiner, announced that it was buying the SF Chronicle.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.A19)
1999 Aug 7, The moth-balled troop vessel Golden Bear arrived in Oakland with plans by artist Slobodan Paich to convert it to a gallery, café and peace center.
(SFC, 8/7/99, p.A15)
1999 Aug 9, James William Faasisila (13) became missing in Hayward. His body was found Aug 12 at Huntwood and Newhall in a homeless encampment.
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A15)
1999 Aug 11, Robert Thomas Jones, a NASA aerodynamicist, died at age 89. He invented the swept-back wing design for high-speed jet aircraft.
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A21)
1999 Aug 17, A 5.0 earthquake was centered near Bolinas.
(SFC, 8/18/99, p.A15)
1999 Aug 18, It was reported that the Sempervirens fund would purchase the 160-acre Island Forest, a ridgetop between Portola Redwoods State Park and Redtree Properties Limited, for $800,000.
(SFC, 8/18/99, p.A16)
1999 Aug 22, Joshua Smurphat (12) was killed when he fell from the Drop Zone "free-fall" tower at Great America in Santa Clara.
(SFC, 8/23/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 26, In North Oakland Thomas Jones Hoaglin (16) was stabbed to death in an argument over a $4 marijuana deal.
(SFC, 9/4/99, p.A23)
1999 Aug 26, Three people were shot and killed in Richmond. Two of the victims bullet riddled bodies were found inside an idling car.
(SFC, 8/27/99, p.A22)
1999 Aug 25, In Antioch Fat Lai (64) was shot and killed by a police officer after he was found stabbing a woman at a house on DiMaggio Way.
(SFEC, 8/29/99, p.D4)
1999 cSep 1, The new City of Franklin elementary school, a micro society magnet facility, opened in Berkeley.
(SFC, 8/27/99, p.A19)
1999 Sep 4, In Hayward Marcus Anthony Montgomery (17), beat a cabdriver, shot a theater stagehand, stole a car and ran over and killed Evelyn Miller (88), the driver's mother. He was later arrested in Oakland.
(SFEC, 9/5/99, p.A1)(SFC, 9/6/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 8, The 3rd annual Bay Area Arab Film Festival opened at the Fine Arts Cinema in Berkeley.
(SFC, 9/6/99, p.B1)
1999 Sep 14, Joel Beck, cartoonist, died in Point Richmond at age 56. His books included "Marching Marvin" and "Lenny of Loredo" a satire based on the life of Lenny Bruce.
(SFC, 9/22/99, p.A24)
1999 Sep 21, Deon Ferguson (29) of Richmond was shot and killed while riding in a car on Chanslor Ave near 20th in Richmond. This marked Richmond's 27th homicide for the year.
(SFC, 9/22/99, p.B12)
1999 Sep 30, The Buck Institute in Marin County, Ca., officially opened its doors, the first research facility in the country to respond to the Institute of Medicine’s call for research centers focused on aging and age-related diseases.
1999 Oct 2, Dr. M. Lawrence Podolsky, a pediatric allergist and former mayor of Belmont, died at age 78. He was the author of the book "Cures Out of Chaos," which described accidental discoveries of medical advances.
(SFC, 10/13/99, p.C2)
1999 Oct 4, The Menlo Park Historical Assoc. voted against publishing a new history of Menlo Park by Michael Svanevik and Shirley Burgett due to a controversy over content.
(SFC, 10/6/99, p.A17)
1999 Oct 7, The 22nd Mill Valley Film Festival began a scheduled 122 films. George Lucas gave the Film Institute of Northern California, the Festival's sponsor, a $500,000 donation. The festival lasted to Oct 22.
(SFC, 9/15/99, p.B1)(SFC, 10/9/99, p.B1)
1999 Oct 10, Derrick White (30) was shot numerous times and killed on the 9500 block of Sunnyside St. in Oakland.
(SFC, 10/12/99, p.A20)
1999 Oct 19, Carrie Abramovitz, sculptor and painter, died at age 86.
(SFC, 11/2/99, p.A26)
1999 Oct 25, In San Jose a police helicopter crashed near Santa Clara Univ. and killed officer Desmond J. Casey (38) and mechanic Herman Yee (25).
(SFC, 10/26/99, p.A1)(SFC, 10/27/99, p.A18)
1999 Oct 26, Stanford Univ. announced that James H. Clark, co-founder of Netscape, had donated $150 million for biomedical engineering research.
(WSJ, 10/27/99, p.B4)
1999 Oct 27, In Oakland Deric West (19) was gunned down at 65th Avenue and Arthur Street. He was Oakland's 50th homicide of the year.
(SFC, 10/28/99, p.A18)
1999 Oct 28, Stanford Pres. Gerhard Casper called for an end to the Stanford-UCSF merger.
(SFC, 10/29/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct, Jon Hunt of Elk Grove, Ca., won the Pumpkin contest at Half Moon Bay with a 991 pound gourd.
(Ind, 9/29/01, 5A)
1999 Nov 10, The California Budget Project reported that raising a family in the Bay Area cost $53,736. The Bay Area per-capita income was $38,300 and the federal poverty level was $16,700.
(SFC, 11/10/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 16, Michael Shen (57), a Peninsula car dealer, shot and killed his girlfriend Emily Chan and himself in his Lafayette home. He had recently pleaded guilty to fraud charges and was in deep financial trouble.
(SFC, 11/18/99, p.A21)(SFC, 11/19/99, p.A24)
1999 Nov 24, In Berkeley a young girl from India, Sitha Vemireddy (16), died from carbon monoxide poisoning in an apartment owned by Lakireddy Bali Reddy (62). Later investigations showed that Reddy's holdings in Berkeley were worth over $50 million and that he had smuggled in girls from India for sexual exploitation and for work in his units. In 2001 Reddy pleaded guilty to smuggling teenage girls from India. Bally was sentenced to over 8 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $2 million to victims.
(SFC, 1/22/00, p.A1,8)(SFEC, 1/30/00, p.D1)(SFC, 3/8/01, p.A19)(SFC, 6/20/01, p.A15)
1999 Nov 22, Raymond Edward Wong called Pinole, Ca., police to report that Alice Sin (21) of Pinole, Ca., had not come home. Sin’s decomposed and bullet-riddled body was found Jan 25, 2000, in Churchill County, Nevada. In 2011 police in Pinole, citing new evidence, arrested Raymond Wong, the father of her child. Wong’s 2nd girlfriend, Jessica Tang, later testified that all three had driven into the desert and she and Wong shot and killed Alice Sin, who was reportedly pregnant at the time.
(SFC, 1/28/00, p.A1)(SFC, 12/31/11, p.C2)(SFC, 1/4/13, p.A1)
1999 Dec 3, Spenger's Fish Grotto restaurant in Berkeley reopened following a $5 million renovation.
(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A18)(SFC, 8/20/03, p.A19)
1999 Dec 9, Xiana La-Shay (7), Xiana Fairchild, was last seen at a school bus stop in Vallejo, Ca. Her skull was found Jan. 19, 2001, in the Los Gatos hills and police focused on Curtis Dean Anderson as the primary suspect. Anderson (1961-2007), while serving a 251-year sentence for another kidnapping, was arrested in 2004 for Xiana’s murder. In 2005 Anderson pleaded guilty to kidnapping, molesting and murdering Xiana.
(SFEC, 12/12/99, p.C1)(SSFC, 2/4/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/12/04, p.A6)(SFC, 12/15/05, p.B1)
1999 Dec 27, Summit Medical Center merged with Alta Bates after a judge denied a move to block the merger.
(SFC, 12/28/99, p.A1)
1999 In San Mateo prosecutors charged Judith A. Gladsysz, an administrative assistant, with embezzling close to $130,000 over 4 years.
(SFC, 12/9/99, p.A1)
1999 Matthew Lasar published "Pacifica Radio: The Rise of an Alternative Network."
(SFC, 7/22/99, p.E1)
1999 The new $110 million Science and Engineering Quad at Stanford Univ. was scheduled to be completed.
(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A11)
1999 A new $60 million, 81,000-sq.-ft. science center was scheduled to open in the Oakland Hills in Joaquin Miller Park. The complex was to include a theater with a domed screen, classrooms, 3 telescopes and a planetarium.
(SFC, 2/19/98, p.A14)
1999 The Japanese bubble snail was first identified in the San Francisco Bay. It carried a parasite, a microscopic flatworm, that caused swimmer’s itch, i.e. cercarial dermatitis.
(SFC, 9/30/10, p.A12)(www.cdc.gov/eid/content/16/9/1357.htm)
Subject = SF Bay Area