SF Bay Area (E) 2000-2015

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2000        Jan 14, The body of Ping Wang (38) was found in the Guadalupe River near Coleman Road and the Almaden Freeway. She was last seen Dec 10 at a business meeting in Cupertino.
    (SFC, 1/18/00, p.A16)

2000        Jan 16, Robert Kent Morgan and Kimberly J. Morgan fled San Jose under charges that they had stolen over $10 million from 700 insurance customers of their ISU Diligent Insurance Agency. They were arrested Aug 3 in Saint Lucia and ordered to return to Santa Clara Ct. to face charges.
    (SFC, 2/23/00, p.A18)(SFC, 8/12/00, p.A18)

2000        Jan 18, Steven Leung (52), a SF Bay Area entrepreneur, was found unconscious in a Beijing karaoke bar and transferred to a hospital where he was diagnosed with irreversible brain damage. Leung was flown home and died at Stanford Hosp. on Feb 3.
    (SFEC, 1/30/00, p.D2)(SFC, 2/5/00, p.A16)

2000        Jan 23, In El Sobrante Joga Singh Sandher (35) shot and killed Ajmer Singh Malhi (48), founding member of the Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple on Hillcrest Road, after being told that he could not address the worshipers due to time constraints. Sandher was convicted of 1st degree murder Sep 25, 20001. he was sentenced 50 years to life on Nov 9.
    (SFC, 1/24/00, p.A1)(SFC, 9/26/01, p.A20)(SFC, 11/10/01, p.A19)

2000        Jan 28, Caltrans approved a new $187.8 million western span of the Carquinez Bridge.
    (SFC, 1/29/00, p.A19)

2000        Feb 9, Twin brothers Abubakar Obadiah Taylor and Azikiwe Albade Taylor (22) were shot to death while standing in a Fruitvale area parking lot.
    (SFC, 2/10/00, p.A20)

2000        Feb 11, A man snatched a small bichon frise dog from inside the car of Sara McBurnett and tossed it into traffic in an incident of road rage near San Jose Airport. In 2001 police arrested Andrew Douglas Burnett (27) for killing the dog. Burnett was convicted Jun 19, 2001. On July 13 Burnett was sentenced to 3 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/20/01, p.A1)(SFC, 7/14/01, p.A1)

2000        Feb 15, Alameda supervisors voted themselves a 51% pay raise from $62,316 to $94,330 by a vote of 3-2.
    (SFC, 2/16/00, p.A21)

2000        Feb 22, Heavy rains hit the Bay Area and central California causing landslides and toppled trees.
    (SFC, 2/23/00, p.A15)

2000        Mar 2, Some 140 FBI agents raided 16 locations in Chinatown and Daly City, some of which were occupied by members of the Jackson Street Boys.
    (SFC, 3/4/00, p.A15)

2000        Mar 3, Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the new Carquinez Bridge, which was scheduled to open in 2002.
    (SFC, 3/4/00, p.A17)

2000        Mar 9, An out of court settlement created a 25-acre-preservation zone around the 4-acre shell mound on san Bruno Mountain along with protection for the callipe silverspot butterfly. San Bruno Mountain Watch under David Schooley made the agreement with Meyers Development Co., the city of South SF and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
    (SFC, 3/10/00, p.A17)

2000        Mar 9, A mudslide in Millbrae crushed 5 homes on Pinehurst Court.
    (SFC, 3/10/00, p.A1)

2000        Mar 9, Bernadette Bunnag (17) of Redwood City died in a Hayward car crash that injured 10 others. Joshua Michael Tenorio, the driver of a red mustang, was found to have a .16 alcohol level. Tenorio (18) ran a red light into the Chevy Suburban filled with Redwood High students.
    (SFC, 3/15/00, p.A16)

2000        Mar 21, The San Mateo County Board declared the housing complex at Midway Village in Daly City in need of demolition.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A16)

2000        Mar, Neil Jones, a welder, was seriously injured at the Tosco facility near Martinez. Jones was awarded an $8 million settlement in 2001.
    (SFC, 9/10/01, p.A11)

2000        Apr 3, John L. Hennessy (47) was named as Stanford’s 10th president. He replaced Gerhard Casper (61).
    (SFC, 4/4/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 6, Police shot and killed a transient bicyclist, Thomas Allen Freeman Jr., on the Bay Bridge who refused a ride off the bridge and opened fire against the police. Westbound traffic was snarled for hours. The man also carried a sawed-off shotgun and had earlier shot Eugene Rutledge (50) in Oakland after being told to stop rummaging in his trash.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.A1)(SFC, 4/8/00, p.A17)(SFEC, 4/10/00, p.A21)

2000        Apr 10, Dancers of the Ballet d’Afrique Noire from Senegal failed to show up to continue their tour after a performance at UC in Berkeley. 17 members were expected to seek asylum.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 12, The new Swedish Ikea 274,000 sq. foot furniture megastore opened in Emeryville. "The parking lot, roughly the size of Delaware, filled to capacity after dawn."
    (SFC, 3/10/00, p.A1)(SFC, 4/13/00, p.A19)
2000        Apr 12, In Berkeley police shot and killed Christopher Garcia (23), a robbery suspect, who had just stolen $40,000 in jewelry from the Sona Jewelers on Univ. Ave.
    (SFC, 4/14/00, p.A27)(SFC, 4/17/00, p.A24)
2000        Apr 12, In Vallejo police officer Jeff Azuar (50) was shot and killed while serving a routine arrest warrant on Joseph Robert Teitgen.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.A21)

2000        Apr 16, Clark Donley (40) was killed when his boat hit a swell in the annual SF Offshore Grand Prix boat race.
    (SFC, 4/17/00, p.A24)

2000        Apr 18, Jacquelyn Yvonne Adams, a San Mateo County employee, attempted to cash checks for phantom foster children that she created on her computer. A BofA teller alerted authorities over the questionable checks. Further investigation showed that she had probably embezzled over $1 million over the last 4 years.
    (SFC, 4/25/00, p.A16)

2000        Apr 21, Jerry Andrew Amaro III (36) of Oakland, Ca., died of pneumonia due to fractured ribs. He had been beaten kicked on March 23 in the chest by Capt. Ed Poulson following his arrest by undercover cops for buying drugs. In 2009 the FBI opened in inquiry in the case. In 2011 Amaro’s family brought legal action against Oakland.
    (SFC, 1/24/09, p.B3)(SSFC, 5/10/09, p.A1)(SFC, 7/29/11, p.C1)

2000        Apr 29, The year’s 17th Bay Area dead whale was found near Pier 50 in SF.
    (SFEC, 4/30/00, p.C12)

2000        Apr, The Harry Ells High School in Richmond was demolished to make room for a new middle school.
    (SFC, 4/19/00, p.A18)

2000        May 1, Susan Manheimer, former SF police captain, was sworn in as San Mateo’s first female police chief.
    (SFC, 5/2/00, p.A17)

2000        May 5, In Palo Alto Kristine Pederson Fitzhugh was found dead at home in what appeared to be an accident. Her husband, Kenneth Carroll Fitzhugh Jr. (57), was later arrested for her murder. Mr. Fitzhugh apparently killed his wife because she planned to reveal that her eldest son was fathered by another man, former family friend, Robert Brown. Fitzhugh was found guilty of 2nd degree murder on Aug 3.
    (SFC, 5/20/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/19/01, p.A13)(SFC, 8/3/01, p.A1)

2000        May 17, Tertius P. Chandler, historian, writer and political gadfly, died at age 85. His work included "Chandler’s Half Encyclopedia" and an unpublished autobiography on file with the Berkeley Historical Society.
    (SFC, 5/26/00, p.D5)

2000        May, Groundbreaking took place for the 20-story Oakland City Center building, developed by Shorenstein Realty. It opened in 2001. In 2004 Ask Jeeves (b.1996) signed an 8 ½ year lease to move to the 555 City Center building.
    (SFC, 7/14/04, p.B5)

2000        Jun 13, Temperatures in Oakland hit 95 degrees and broke a 1983 record by 7 degrees.
    (SFC, 6/14/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun 14, Some 100,000 SF Bay Area residents experienced rolling blackouts.
    (SFC, 6/15/04, p.A11)

2000        Jun 20, David Tolerton, sculptor, died in Mill Valley at age 93.
    (SFC, 6/29/00, p.C7)

2000        Jun 21, In San Leandro, Ca., Stuart Alexander (39), owner of the Santo Linguisa sausage factory, shot and killed 3 government meat inspectors, Jean Hillery (56), Tom Quadros (52), and Bill Shaline (57). In 2004 Alexander was convicted of 3 counts of 1st-degree murder. In 2005 Alexander was sentenced to death. On Dec 27, 2005, Alexander was found dead in his San Quentin jail cell.
    (SFC, 6/22/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/23/00, p.A6)(SFC, 10/20/04, p.B1)(SFC, 2/16/05, p.B5)(SFC, 12/28/05, p.B1)

2000        Jun 25, Barbara T. Christian, UC Berkeley professor and author, died at age 56. Her work included "Black Women Novelists: The Development of Tradition" (1980).
    (SFC, 6/29/00, p.C7)

2000        Jun 26, A manhole fire near Tanforan Shopping Center knocked out telephone service to some 25,000 people for up to 2 weeks. The fire was believed to have been started by a welder working on the BART extension to the airport.
    (SFC, 6/28/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun, The $72.5 million Chabot Space and Science Center was scheduled to open in the Oakland Hills. [see Aug 19, 2000]
    (SFC, 1/13/00, p.A17)

2000        Jun, Santiago Calatrava, Spanish architect, won an int’l. competition to design a replacement for Oakland’s St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, which was razed following the Loma Prieta earthquake.
    (SSFC, 2/18/01, Par. p.8)

2000        Jul 7, Wardell Winslow, former Peninsula journalist, died at age 73. His several books included "Palo Alto: A Centennial History" and "The Making of Silicon Valley: A One Hundred year Renaissance."
    (SFC, 7/14/00, p.D6)

2000        Jul 15, Victoria Sousa (87) was killed at her apartment at the Bay Park Retirement Residence on Appian Way in Pinole. John Anthony Duke (35), an employee at a used appliance store, was arrested 2 days later on another charge of attempted murder and then identified as a suspect in the Sousa murder.
    (SFC, 7/20/00, p.A19)

2000        Jul 25, Knight Ridder began a new edition of the San Jose Mercury News with a focus of SF.
    (SFC, 7/28/00, p.A19)

2000        Jul 26, The Coliseum Gardens public-housing project in Oakland and the Easter Hill project in Richmond were scheduled for demolition and replacement by new mixed income homes.
    (SFC, 7/27/00, p.A19)

2000        Jul 27, In Cuba Oakland’s Mayor Jerry Brown signed an agreement with Mayor Nicolas Carbonell Igarza of Santiago, Cuba, for people-to-people exchanges as sister cities. The next day Brown met and lunched with Pres. Castro.
    (SFC, 7/29/00, p.A17)

2000        Jul 29, Berkeley held its 16th annual Kite Festival. An estimated 15,000 filled Berkeley Marina’s Cesar Chavez Park.
    (SFEC, 7/30/00, p.C2)

2000        Aug 1, Glenn and Justin Helzer murdered Annette (75) and Ivan Stineman (85) in Concord, Ca. They were accompanied by Dawn Godman.  In 2004 Justin Helzer was convicted for 5 murders. Godman was sentenced to 38 years to life. A jury gave Glen Helzer 5 death sentences on Dec 17, 2004. The brothers were formally sentenced to death Mar 11, 2005. On April 14, 2013, Justin Helzer hanged himself in his cell at San Quentin.
    (SFC, 5/28/04, p.B1)(SFC, 6/17/04, p.B1)(SFC, 12/18/04, p.B1)(SFC, 4/16/13, p.C2)

2000        Aug 2, Glenn Taylor Helzer murdered Selina Bishop (22) in Concord. [see Aug 1,3]
    (SFC, 5/28/04, p.B1)

2000        Aug 3, In Woodacre, Marin Ct., Ca., Jennifer Villarin (45) and James Gamble (54) were murdered in the early morning. Villarin was the former wife of blues guitarist Elvin Bishop. Bishop’s daughter, Selina (22), was missing and police later arrested her boyfriend Glenn Taylor Helzer, along with Helzer’s brother and roommate Dawn Godman (26) in Concord. Body parts were discovered Aug 7 on the banks of the Mokelumne River and linked to Helzer, as was the disappearance of an elderly couple, the Stinemans from Concord. The body parts were soon identified as the remains of Ivan and Annette Stineman and Selina Bishop. In 2004 Glenn Helzer (33) pleaded guilty to 18 counts. [see Aug 1,2]
    (SFC, 8/4/00, p.A1)(SFC, 8/5/00, p.A15)(SFC, 8/9/00, p.A1)(SFC, 8/10/00, p.A1,6)(SFC, 12/4/01, p.A22)(SSFC, 2/07/04, p.A23)

2000        Aug 10, In Vallejo Midsi Sanchez (8) disappeared while returning home from school.
    (SFC, 8/11/00, p.A23)

2000        Aug 12, Midsi Sanchez safely escaped from her kidnapper, Curtis Dean Anderson (39), in Santa Clara. Police soon arrested Anderson in San Jose. In 2001 Anderson was sentenced to 251 years in prison.
    (SFEC, 8/13/00, p.A1)(SFC, 7/13/01, p.A1)

2000        Aug 14, It was reported that glass etching had become a major form of graffiti in the Bay Area and was becoming very expensive to repair.
    (SFC, 8/14/00, p.A17)

2000        Aug 19, The new $76.5 million Chabot Space and Science Center was scheduled to open in the Oakland Hills.
    (SFC, 8/14/00, p.A1)

2000        Aug 27, In Richmond Blair Moore (12) was killed by shotgun blasts under prodding by Roman Sunday (55) to his 13-year-old son. Sunday, his son and a 15-year-old boy were later arrested for the murder. This marked Richmond’s 17th homicide for the year.
    (SFC, 9/9/00, p.A21)(SFC, 7/23/02, p.A14)

2000        Aug 31, A construction crew accidentally severed 4 underground cables and knocked out phone service to much of the SF Int’l. airport, San Bruno and Millbrae.
    (SFEC, 9/3/00, p.C5)

2000        Sep 7, In Oakland a 13-year-old girl was wounded by a man who shot and killed Anthony Jerome Rucker (34) on the 8400 block of Int’l. Blvd. This brought to 60 the number of homicides in Oakland this year.
    (SFC, 9/9/00, p.A21)

2000        Sep 20, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties tied for the least affordable places to live according to a report issued by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition.
    (SFC, 9/21/00, p.A22)

2000        Sep 21, A 4-day drug bust operation ended and CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) officials reported that they had seized a record of 12,163 marijuana plants near the Crystal Springs Reservoir.
    (SFC, 9/23/00, p.A17)
2000        Sep 21, Robert Peterson, poet, died at age 76. His 9 collections included "All the Time in the World.’
    (SFC, 10/7/00, p.A19)

2000        Oct 2, J.L Handy, the superintendent of Emeryville schools, resigned amid allegations of using a district credit card for personal items while vacationing in Manhattan, Montana and New Orleans.
    (SFC, 10/3/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 6, In San Anselmo Dr. Martin George Blinder was stabbed by Dorothy Braco (61), his 2nd ex-wife. Braco ‘s car was found the next day near Golden Gate Bridge and her body was found a day later washed onto Esplanade Beach in Pacifica. Blinder was the psychiatrist who provided the heat-of-passion (twinky defense) in the 1979 Dan White case. Blinder was the author of: "Choosing Lovers," and "Lovers, Killers, Husbands and Wives." Blinder was also an acquaintance with Jim and Artie Mitchell, had testified for Jim Mitchell, Blinder had also rented out his home to the Mitchell brothers for porno films.
    (SSFC, 5/20/01, p.A18)(SFC, 5/21/01, p.A5)(SFC, 5/22/01, p.A4)

2000        Oct 20, John Hennessy was inaugurated as the 10th president of Stanford Univ.
    (SFC, 10/21/00, p.A17)

2000        Oct 22, wind gusts of almost 100 mph hit the Bay Area and fanned numerous brush fires.
    (SFC, 10/23/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 24, San Jose approved a 688-acre, 20,000 worker complex for Cisco Systems in Coyote Valley.
    (SFC, 10/25/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 25, A number of young boys raped a 12-year-old girl with learning disabilities at a Willard Middle School in Berkeley. She was transferred to Martin Luther King Middle School and was again raped. 7 suspects were later charged.
    (SFC, 11/22/00, p.A25)

2000        Oct 26, An explosion at MBA Polymers, a plastics recycling plant in Richmond, killed one worker.
    (SFC, 10/27/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct, The Jack London Aquatic Center was dedicated in Oakland. A management dispute delayed its opening.
    (SFC, 5/14/01, p.A13)

2000        Nov 2, The Alameda County DA charged 4 Oakland, Ca., police officers, known as "The Riders," with 48 felonies that included charges of beating suspects and planting evidence. In 2003 a court acquitted the officers of misconduct charges. A retrial began in 2004. In 2005 a 2nd trial ended in a mistrial.
    (SFC, 11/2/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/1/03, p.A1)(SFC, 11/2/04, p.B5)(SFC, 5/20/05, p.B1)

2000        Nov 10, The body of Sharonda Letisha Parker (16), a student at Vallejo High School, was found in a ditch alongside a road just south of Napa. She had set out for a football game the night before.
    (SFEC, 11/12/00, p.D1)

2000        Nov 28, In Berkeley protesters forced the cancellation of a speech by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
    (SSFC, 12/10/00, p.A19)

2000        Nov, Dr. John Long Wilson (d.2001 at 87), Stanford Prof. of Surgery, authored "Stanford Univ. Medical School and Its Predecessor Schools: A Historical Perspective."
    (SFC, 4/10/01, p.A22)

2000        Dec 1, The US Navy transferred control of Mare Island to civilian authorities, who planned to contract out toxic cleanup operations paid by the Navy. Development plans included housing and small to mid-size business operations.
    (SFC, 12/1/00, p.A28)

2000        Dec 23, The Clinton administration announced over $40 million in federal grants to help the homeless in the Bay Area.
    (SSFC, 12/24/00, p.A20)

2000        The book "Tales from the Elmwood" by Burl Willes covered the history of the Elmwood district of Berkeley.
    (SFC, 1/1/01, p.A15)

2000        San Jose, Ca., Mayor Ron Gonzales cut a back room deal with Norcal Waste System that eventually ensured an $11.25 million pay raise for the garbage collectors without telling the City Council. Gonzales handed union representation to the Teamsters and reimbursed increased payroll costs with taxpayer money. In 2005 the City Council voted 10-0 to censure Gonzales. In 2007 a judge dismissed corruption charges against Gonzales.
    (SFC, 12/9/05, p.B1)(SFC, 12/14/05, p.B1)(SFC, 6/24/06, p.A1)(SFC, 6/13/07, p.B1)

2000        Gurbaksh Chahal (18), India-born entrepreneur in San Jose, Ca.,, sold his company Click Agent for $40 million to competitor Value Click in an all stock merger. In 2007 he sold his 2nd company, Blue Lithium, to Yahoo for $300 million.
    (SSFC, 10/26/08, p.F1)

2001        Jan 2, The body parts of Anthony Frank Buccellato (57) were found strewn down Highway 4 near Pittsburg. 4 suspects were arrested 2 days later that included Christopher Graham (22), son of Larry Graham Sr., who was waiting for trial in the 1983 murder of Angela Bugay (5).
    (SFC, 1/4/01, p.A15)

2001        Jan 9, An XFL blimp, owned by Airship USA of Las Vegas, crashed landed on the Oyster restaurant south of Jack London Square.
    (SFC, 1/10/01, p.A1)

2001        Jan 11, William Wilkins (29), an undercover Oakland police officer, was killed by 2 rookie officers. They failed to recognize him as he held a suspected car thief. In 2006 Oakland faced a $3.5 million settlement with the Wilkins family.
    (SFC, 1/13/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/19/06, p.B2)

2001        Jan 17, The launch party for the new natural history magazine "Bay Nature," founded by David Loeb, was held at the SF Main Library.
    (SFC, 1/5/01, WBb p.2)

2001        Jan 19, The skull of Xiana La-Shay (7) (Xiana Fairchild) was found in the Los Gatos hills. Curtis Dean Anderson, the primary suspect, was arrested in 2004 for Xiana’s murder while serving a 251-year sentence for another kidnapping.
    (SFEC, 12/12/99, p.C1)(SSFC, 2/4/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/12/04, p.A6)

2001        Jan 29, Al DeGuzman (19) was arrested in San Jose after a photo lab clerk reported pictures of him in front of an arsenal of weapons. A 158-page diary was found labeled "Plan X2" for a Jan 30 attack at De Anza College in Cupertino. DeGuzman was found guilty in 2002 of 108 felony accounts. He was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/27/02, p.A1)(SFC, 10/2/02, p.A17)

2001        Feb 5, Engineering students from the Univ. of British Columbia dangled the body of an old VW from a railing of the Golden Gate Bridge. It hung for 4 hours before officials cut and let it fall into the water.
    (SFC, 2/6/01, p.A1)

2001        Mar 2, Pehong Chen, CEO and founder of BroadVision, donated $15 million to Stanford Univ. to study the power source of the Big Bang and the role of dark matter in the universe.
    (SFC, 3/3/01, p.A16)

2001        Mar 11, The San Francisco Bay’s tidal marshes were reported to have dwindled from 190,000 acres to 40,000 over the last 150 years.
    (SSFC, 3/11/01, p.A12)

2001        Mar 14, Lyle Norbert, while driving drunk, refused to pull over for CHP officers and slammed into a car driver by Lyle Eric Norbert (44) at San Pablo and Ashby. Norbert was killed. In 2004 Norbert was convicted of 2nd degree murder.
    (SFC, 5/21/04, p.B5)

2001        Mar 17, In Livermore Anthony Gerard Tirri (37) shot his wife Colleen Marie Tirri (30) and then shot and killed himself. He was reportedly depressed over a pending divorce.
    (SSFC, 3/18/01, p.A17)

2001        Mar 27, Larry Ellison proceeded with work on his 23-acre Japanese-style villa in Woodside. The cost has more than doubled from a $40 million estimate 5 years ago. Jobs at Oracle Corp. were recently trimmed by 900.
    (SFC, 3/27/01, p.A1)
2001        Mar 27, Johnson & Johnson agreed to buy Alza Corp. for $10.billion in stock.
    (SFC, 3/28/01, p.C1)

2001        Mar 29, The landmark Berkeley, Ca., UC Theater, built in 1917, was set to close after its last show. A fire had gutted the building in the 1940s, and it was rebuilt in a spartan motif. In 2009 promoters obtained permits and slated to reopen the building in the Fall of 2010 as a nightclub. 
    (SFC, 3/27/01, p.A12)(SFC, 9/24/09, p.D1)

2001        Apr 11, Dwight Garland (33) was shot numerous times in a robbery attempt in the 1200 block of Haskell Street in Berkeley. Michael Ringo (20) and Cory Jenkins (19) were later charged in the murder.
    (SFC, 4/12/01, p.A20)

2001        Apr 21, Claude Clark (b.1915), African American painter and printmaker, died in Oakland, Ca., following a long illness. He was a nationally renowned artist and teacher. Clark wrote the first curriculum for African and African American art, shortly after he began a 13-year stint at Merritt College in Oakland.
    (SFC, 2/4/08, p.D1)(www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-79520788.html)

2001        Apr 24, The Oakland City Council approved an ordnance that required bilingual Asian and Hispanic workers in city departments that deal with the public.
    (SFC, 4/25/01, p.A1)

2001        May 2, A tank truck hit a power pole outside General Chemical on Castro St. in Richmond and caused a cloud of sulfur dioxide and sulfur trioxide into the air. Some 100 people went to local hospitals for treatment.
    (SFC, 5/3/01, p.A13)

2001        May 3, In Oakland a fire destroyed a 20-unit apartment building under construction at 850 West Grand Ave. and jumped to 11 other buildings.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.A19)

2001        May 21, The body of Quetzalcoatl Alba (15) was found in a storage room in the carport area of the Park Plaza Drive apartment complex in Daly City, Ca. Suspects Carlos Maldonado and Erick Morales denied involvement and left the area. In 2007 police found evidence of the crime and tracked down Maldonado in Miami. He attempted to escape police on arrival at the SF Airport and jumped a railing plunging 25 feet to the arrival area of the airport, suffering serious, but non-life threatening injuries. In 2009 police arrested Erick Morales (25) in NY state and planned to extradite him to San Mateo. In 2013 Reynaldo Maldonado (34) was convicted of murder.
    (SFC, 10/24/07, p.B4)(SFC, 10/14/09, p.D2)

2001        May 29, A BART police officer shot and killed Bruce Edward Seward (42) during a struggle outside the Hayward BART station.
    (SFC, 5/30/01, p.A15)

2001        Jun 3, Jennifer Lynn Perry (38) was found stabbed to death in a Vallejo hotel. Her daughter was found stabbed to death Jun 12 along the Emeryville waterfront. Perry’s boyfriend was suspected in the case and stood to gain $900,000 in insurance.
    (SFC, 9/28/01, p.A20)

2001        Jun 18, Shawn Jones (10) was mauled by 3 pit bull terriers in Richmond. Benjamin Moore (27), the owner of the dogs, fled the scene with the dogs, but turned himself in the next day.
    (SFC, 6/21/01, p.A1)

2001        Jun, Rebecca Lindquist (50) was shot to death just days before the completion of Knightsen’s Delta Road Bridge, a project which she pushed forward.
    (SFC, 11/5/01, p.A15)

2001        Jul 13, A judge in San Jose, Calif., sentenced Andrew Burnett, the man who had tossed a fluffy little dog to its death in a bout of road rage, to the maximum three years behind bars.
    (AP, 7/13/02)
2001        Jul 13, Christina (Minna) Sandmeyer (22) of Evanston, Ill., disappeared from the Stanford area. Her body was found Aug 3 in Foothill Park. She apparently took her own life.
    (SFC, 8/4/01, p.A11)

2001        Jul 15, In Newark a "Coast Starlight" train bound for LA hit a tow truck and killed the driver, Vincent Trejo (35).
    (SFC, 7/16/01, p.A13)

2001        Jul 19, The search for Minna Sandmeyer turned up the body of an unidentified black woman. 4 months later the body was identified as Tammy D. Woodson (40), a SF woman with a history of prostitution. A suspect in her murder was already in jail.
    (SFC, 11/7/01, p.A17)

2001        Jul 24, Brian Palmer Gilbert (24) left his son (5-months) in a car to watch animated moves with a relative in San Jose. The baby died as temperatures reached 107 degrees over 3 hours. Gilbert was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2002 and faced up to 4 years in prison.
    (SFC, 7/20/02, p.A15)

2001        Jul 27, It was reported that the Trust for Public Land would buy the 26-acre shell mound site at the foot of San Bruno Mountain for $1.3 million.
    (SFC, 7/27/01, p.A19)
2001        Jul 27, Jeanine Sanchez Harms was last seen alive in Campbell, Ca. In 2004 San Jose architect Maurice Xavier Nasmeh was arrested for her murder. In 2007 a judge dismissed murder charges against Nasmeh due to lack of evidence. On Jan 15, 2011, Wayne Sanchez (52), the brother of Harms, shot and killed Nasmeh at the El Paseo de Saratoga Shopping Center, and then killed himself. In August, 2011, evidence linked Nasmeh to the murder of Harms and the case was closed.
    (SFC, 12/17/04, p.B1)(SFC, 6/28/07, p.B3)(SFC, 1/17/11, p.A1)(SFC, 8/25/11, p.C6)

2001        Aug 11, BART transbay service was shut down for 6 hours due to electrical problems. Traffic clogged on the Bay Area bridges and freeways. Events in the Bay Area included an A’s game at the Oakland Coliseum, an Eric Clapton concert next door, boat races at Jack London Square, a Filipino festival in SF and the 9th annual Festival of India in Fremont.
    (SSFC, 8/12/01, p.A1)

2001        Aug 14, The Oakland Military Institute, a pet project of Mayor Jerry Brown, opened for its 1st day of classes for almost 200 7th graders.
    (SFC, 8/14/01, p.A1)

2001        Aug 18, Jason Baker (24) of Hayden Lake, Idaho, was killed in a shooting at a North Beach hotel. His brother Brock (25) of Spokane was critically wounded. In Sep. Oregon police arrested Scott Allen Miles (18) and Jason Robert Scherrer (18) on suspicion of murder.
    (SFC, 9/29/01, p.A14)

2001        Aug 26, It was reported that MTBE was leaking from 251 underground gasoline tanks in the Bay Area and reached 48 wells in public water systems.
    (SSFC, 8/26/01, p.A1)

2001        Aug 29, The San Lorenzo Unified School District passed out 1,500 wireless laptops to students for use until they graduate. A 5-year $20 million plan called for a personal computer for all 8,000 students in grades 4-12.
    (SSFC, 8/19/01, p.A17)
2001        Aug 29, Jewel thieves stole some $500,000 worth of jewels from couriers at the Hong Kong Flower Lounge in Millbrae. The car license was reported by an off-duty firefighter. 6 days later FBI agents in LA arrested Esteban Calderon, a NY jewelry store owner and suspected fence. 2 days later Jorge Zamora-Suarez, an LA jeweler, was also arrested.
    (SFC, 11/23/01, p.A27)

2001        Sep 4, SF Bay Area BART reached a tentative agreement with its 2 largest unions. An injunction against a strike was ordered the next day against the AFSCME.
    (SFC, 9/6/01, p.A13)
2001        Sep 4, Robert McAfee Brown, former Stanford professor of religious studies, died in Mass. at age 81. His work included 29 books.
    (SFC, 9/10/01, p.B3)

2001        Sep 25, Anthony Menolascino (47) was killed when a 2 ½ ton retrofit panel fell from the lower deck south side of the Bay Bridge onto his pickup.
    (SFC, 9/26/01, p.A1)

2001        Sep 29, It was reported that crickets had infested the Delta town of Knightsen.
    (SFC, 9/29/01, p.A13)

2001        Oct 8, Richard P. Scowcroft, novelist and emeritus prof. of English at Stanford, died at age 85. His 6 novels included "Back to Fire Mountain."
    (SFC, 10/17/01, p.C3)

2001        Oct 16, The Berkeley City Council voted 5-4 to call a halt to US bombing in Afghanistan "as soon as possible."
    (SFC, 10/19/01, p.A19)

2001        Oct 25, A BART strike was averted in the final hours. The settlement included 22% pay raise over 4 years.
    (SFC, 10/25/01, p.A17)
2001        Oct 25, SF, Daly City and 3 golf courses agreed on a plan to restore the health and water level of Lake Merced.
    (SFC, 10/26/01, p.A24)

2001        Oct 28, In California Jeffrey Fontana (24), a rookie police officer, was shot and killed during an apparent traffic stop in San Jose’s Almaden Valley neighborhood. DeShawn Lee Campbell (22) was suspected in the murder. Campbell was caught Nov 7. In 2009 Campbell, a mentally disabled man, was convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 10/29/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/30/01, p.A13)(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A21)(SFC, 8/8/09, p.C2)

2001        Oct 30, An Atherton woman reported that Marcus Anthony Zgraggen attempted a rape of her 12-year-old daughter. Zgraggen was later found dead in Humboldt County by apparent suicide on Christmas day.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A24)

2001        Nov 12, Record rains hit the Bay Area with 2.7 inches in Kentfield and 2.09 inches in SF.
    (SFC, 11/13/01, p.A20)

2001        Nov 13, BART directors approved an extension to the South Bay. The Santa Clara County Transportation Authority would pay all the costs for the 16 ½ mile addition.
    (SFC, 11/14/01, p.A21)
2001        Nov 13, Dr. Cassandra Floyd was shot and killed by her ex-husband on Mount Hamilton Road near San Jose. Ronald Johnson-Kennedy sped away and killed himself nearby.
    (SFC, 11/19/01, p.A18)

2001        Nov 24, A windstorm cut power to 258,000 Bay Area customers.
    (SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A25)

2001        Nov 25, Luci S. Houston (43), a Mercury News photographer, was found murdered in Oakland. She was last seen Nov 20. On Dec 3 police arrested her estranged husband, Raymond F. Houston (39), for the murder.
    (SFC, 11/26/01, p.A1)(SFC, 12/4/01, p.A15)(SFC, 4/20/02, p.A18)

2001        Dec 5, It was reported that the California Nature Conservancy had purchased the 9,200-acre Staten Island in the San Joaquin Delta for $35 million.
    (SFC, 12/5/01, p.A19)

2001        Dec 12, Berkeley officials introduced orange flags for use by pedestrians at busy intersections. 2 days a later a pedestrian carrying a flag was hit by a car at Claremont and Russell, the site of the introduction.
    (SFC, 12/15/01, p.A1)

2001        Dec 15, In Benicia Kathryn Scarpaci (50) was found beaten and strangled in a car parked in her garage. Her son Patrick Scarpaci (18) later admitted to the murder.
    (SFC, 12/18/01, p.A19)

2001        Dec 22, Ron Nicolino (62) towed his 1,300 pound "Big Giant Bra Ball" around Point Richmond. His project "Bras Across the Grand Canyon" was rejected 10 years earlier.
    (SSFC, 12/23/01, p.A25)
2001        Dec 22, A major earth slide at Devil’s Slide in San Mateo County blocked Highway 1.
    (SSFC, 12/23/01, p.A30)

2001        Dec 27, Thomas Berkley (86), founder and publisher of the Post Newspaper Group, died in Oakland.
    (SFC, 12/29/01, p.A26)

2001        Dec, The 8-mile BART route between Colma and the SF Airport was scheduled to be completed. It was set to pass through 7 cemeteries in Colma.
    (SFC, 1/27/98, p.A20)(SFC, 6/15/99, p.A1)

2001        The new $214 million California Public Health Laboratory opened on a 28-acre site in Richmond, Ca.
    (SSFC, 7/31/05, p.A1)
2001        Stanford philosophy professors John Perry and Ken Taylor made an hour long radio pilot program, “Philosophy Talk," on the question: “Would you want to live forever?" San Francisco producers at KALW agreed to air the program.
    (SFC, 2/10/10, p.E3)
2001        Colin Roche (34) and Bobby Ronsse (34) launched Pacific Writing Instruments from San Mateo, Ca. Roche conceived of his PenAgain ergonomic pen in 1987 while sitting in high school detention. In 2006 Wal-Mart put it on trial sale.
    (WSJ, 5/30/06, p.B1)
2001        Chris Anderson, Silicon Valley publisher, sold his Business 2.0 magazine for a reported $68 million.
    (SSFC, 2/26/06, p.A4)
2001        Peet’s Coffee & Tea, a Berkeley-based company with 60 retail outlets, went public.
    (SFC, 7/24/12, p.D5)

2002        Jan 4, Daryl Clemons (33), a painter from Oakland working on the Bay Bridge, was killed when scaffolding collapsed.
    (SFC, 1/5/02, p.A1)

2002        Jan 8, Cecilia Garcia (24) was found dead by her father in the shower of her home in Livermore. In 2010 Bryan Vulgamore (34) of Modesto was charged with her murder.
    (SFC, 1/21/10, p.C2)

2002        Jan 11, Four Mexican men were found slain at the Evergreen Ridge apartments in San Bruno, Ca. Guns and 13.5 kg of cocaine were found. Jaie de Alba (28) was arrested the next day and released Feb 20. On Mar 3 Alfredo Valanzuela (21) and Raul Campos (18) were arrested in Los Angeles and 2 others were named as suspects: Jorge Hernandez (23) and Lazaro Perez (24). In 2005 Campos was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A21)(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A19)(SFC, 3/5/02, p.A13)

2002        Jan 15, Osvaldo Urzua (41) ran through a pedestrian walkway in East Oakland and hit 6 people on their way to school. Ana Cerna (5) died from her injuries. Urzua sped from the scene but was arrested the next day.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A23)

2002        Jan 23, US Navy Sec. Gordon England signed an agreement with mayor Willie Brown for the 1st parcel of land, 88 acres, for development at Hunters Point, which included $50 million for cleanup.
    (SFC, 1/24/02, p.A17)

2002        Jan 31, Darrel Russell (25), tackle for the Oakland Raiders, along with Ali Hayes and Naeem Perry, convicted felons, raped a Sunnyvale woman (27) and videotaped the assault.
    (SFC, 3/4/02, p.A1)

2002        Feb 11, Winnfred Everett Wright (45) and 4 women, who lived in Marinwood home, were arraigned for the death of 19-month-old boy, who died of malnutrition in Nov 12 other children were removed from the home following the boy’s death.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A1)

2002        Feb 16, In Oakland Ukendra Johnson (22) was killed by a speeder from a "sideshow" car spectacle.
    (SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A21)

2002        Feb 23, A grand opening was set for the new African American Museum and Library at 659 14th St., site of the former Oakland Charles Greene main library following an $11.2 million restoration.
    (SFC, 1/31/02, p.D9)(SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A21)

2002        Feb 24, Dr. Donna Anderson of Minnesota arrived at the home of her former husband in Burlingame and stabbed to death her son (13). Anderson attempted to plead guilty and said she was the target of a ring of child pornographers. A judge halted criminal proceedings and called for an evaluation of mental competency. Anderson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 37 years in prison,
    (SFC, 2/25/02, p.B1)(SFC, 3/2/02, p.A19)(SFC, 7/6/02, p.A15)

2002        Feb 27, In Mountain View Guyang Matthew Huang (38) killed Tanya Holzmayer (46) during a pizza delivery and then took his own life. Holzmayer had fired Huang from PPD Discovery, a Menlo Park research company, last June.
    (SFC, 3/1/02, p.A1)

2002        Mar 6, Henry Guenther (62) crashed in his Cessna 425 near the Cinnabar Hills Golf Course in San Jose along with 2 passengers. None survived.
    (SFC, 3/7/02, p.A17)

2002        Mar 19, In Union City 3 sophomores, Michael Aguilar (driver), Jun-Richard Lahip and Allan Tongson, died in a fiery car crash linked to speeding.
    (SFC, 3/21/02, p.A17)

2002        Mar 20, Pedro A. Calderon (20) was killed by a Palo Alto police officer during a traffic stop near Stanford. He was driving a stolen BMW.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A23)

2002        Mar 24, Santa Clara police shot and killed a man who had taken a 6-year-old boy hostage after a failed carjacking.
    (SFC, 3/25/02, p.B5)

2002        Mar 26, In Danville Jeanne O’Brian (43) killed her mother Claire (68) at 88 Marques Court.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.A20)
2002        Mar 26, In Pleasant Hill James Phillip Sheets (32), pharmacist, was found dead by his wife Michelle. He faced punishment for tainted doses that caused 3 deaths at the Walnut Creek Doc’s Pharmacy in 2001.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.A17)

2002        Mar 27, Oakland police shot and killed Joshua Russell (19) of Hayward during an attempted robbery at gunpoint at 14th Ave. and E. 12th.
    (SFC, 3/30/02, p.A15)

2002        Mar 28, BART directors approved a $232 million link from the Oakland coliseum to the Oakland Airport.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.A17)

2002        Apr 4, A new Southern Crossing bridge between I-238 in San Lorenzo and I-380 in San Bruno was estimated at $8.2 billion. A 2nd transbay tube for BART was estimated at $10.3 billion.
    (SFC, 4/4/02, p.A1)
2002        Apr 4, Tae Young Schiefer (41) shot and killed her husband, Ulrich Schiefer, her 2 daughters, one from a previous marriage, and then killed herself in their Santa Clara home on Madrone Ave.
    (SFC, 4/6/02, p.A13)

2002        Apr 5, A new US stamp that featured the SF Bay Area was 1st displayed. It was part of the new 50-state "Greetings from America" series.
    (SFC, 4/6/02, p.A14)

2002        Apr 8, Marisa Mariposa Garcia (27) of Novato allegedly killed her 3-year-old daughter in a Mill Valley hotel.
    (SFC, 4/10/02, p.A22)

2002        Apr 9, Pro-Palestinian demonstrators occupied Wheeler Hall in Berkeley and dozens were arrested.
    (SFC, 4/10/02, p.A1)

2002        Apr 113, Larry Blackshere (53), jazz percussionist, was found dead at his home in the 1200 block of San Jose St. in San Leandro.
    (SFC, 4/17/02, p.A17)

2002        Apr 19, Gov. Davis transferred 650 acres of Mare Island state lands over to Vallejo. A 10-15 year, $260 million redevelopment was planned for the former Navy shipyard.
    (SFC, 4/20/02, p.A18)

2002        Apr 17, The Colma Town Council voted to spend $96k per year to hook up the whole town for AT&T broadband cable TV.
    (SSFC, 4/21/02, p.A23)

2002        Apr 23, The Berkeley City council rejected a proposal to clear the city’s portfolio of investments in Israeli and Palestinian businesses.
    (SFC, 4/23/02, p.A10)(SFC, 4/24/02, p.A6)

2002        Apr 28, Two teenagers, Adam Batchelor and Brandon Paschall, went missing in the delta near the Antioch Bridge. Paschall’s body was found May 4. Batchelor’s body was found May 8.
    (SFC, 4/30/02, p.A19)(SSFC, 5/5/02, p.A22)(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A19)

2002        May 4, In Oakland 4 unrelated homicides occurred in a 14-hour period and brought the year’s total to 35.
    (SSFC, 5/5/02, p.A22)

2002        May 9, Ribbi Hussein (60) was shot and killed at his store at Third St. and Newcomb Ave. City-ordered surveillance cameras were recently installed and retaliation over a seized video tape was suspected.
    (SFC, 5/10/02, p.A27)

2002        May 13, A 5.2 earthquake hit the Bay Area centered near Gilroy.
    (SFC, 5/14/02, p.A1)

2002        May 25, An anti-war rally snarled traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge and over 30 people were arrested. The All People’s Coalition to Stop US Terror and Occupation had a permit to march across the eastern walkway of the bridge.
    (SSFC, 5/26/02, p.A1)

2002        May 28, Cargill Inc. agreed to sell 16,500 acres of salt ponds around SF Bay. State, federal and private foundations offered $100 million for the area, with plans to return them to natural wetlands. [see Mar 2003]
    (SFC, 5/29/02, p.A1)

2002        Jun 4, BART reported a $1.1 billion need for seismic retrofitting.
    (SFC, 6/4/02, p.A13)

2002        Jun 7, The dismembered body of Xiu Li Jiang (22) was found in a Shurgard storage locker in Daly City, Ca. She had been reported missing in SF in Jan 1999. In 2006 Bobby Tran was sentenced 30 years in prison for her murder. [See SF, Jan 10, 1999]
    (SFC, 6/20/06, p.B1)(SFC, 6/21/06, p.B1)(SFC, 8/19/06, p.B2)

2002        Jun 9, Alexis-Fernando Martinez (6) was found slain, sexually assaulted and bound in cloth in the Summerwood Apartments in Hayward. Suspect David T. Genong (28) fled the area. Genong was arrested June 10 in Lovelock, Nv. In 2003 Genong was sentenced for 25 to life in prison.
    (SFC, 6/10/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/11/02, p.A17)(SFC, 8/16/03, p.A18)

2002        Jun 14, June Jordan (65), black radical and UC Berkeley poet and professor, died of cancer. Her work included 28 books of poems, political essays and children’s fiction.
    (SFC, 6/15/02, p.A19)

2002        Jun 27, BART directors approved a 5% fare increase beginning Jan 1 and a $63-a-month reserved parking at up to 25% of each station’s parking area. AC Transit voted to increase Golden Gate Bridge toll to $5.
    (SFC, 6/28/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/29/02, p.A15)

2002        Jul 1, The SF Board of supervisors voted to ban public urination and defecation. Fines could range $50-500.
    (SFC, 7/2/02, p.A1)

2002        Jul 13, Thousands of people marched through the streets of Oakland demanding an end to the spiraling homicide rate in their neighborhoods.
    (SSFC, 7/14/02, p.A1)

2002        Jul 28, Katherine Bagwell (23) became Oakland’s 64th homicide victim this year.
    (SFC, 7/30/02, p.A1)

2002        Aug 1, A Santa Clara County grand jury indicted former Lt. Armand Tiano and 12 alleged conspirators for bilking over $3 million in public donations for a sham "Police and Sheriff’s Athletic League."
    (SFC, 8/2/02, p.A23)

2002        Aug 6, Raymond Bennett (19) was gunned down on Ninth St. in West Oakland as block parties were held in 65 locations to promote safety and reclaim crime-ridden streets.
    (SFC, 8/8/02, p.A1)

2002        Sep 12, In Union City, Ca., 3 people were found slain at a rented home in Compton Court. Arrests in 2006 linked the triple slaying to a feud over ecstasy trafficking.
    (SFC, 8/14/06, p.B2)

2002        Sep 16, Alameda Mayor Ralph J. Appezzato (67) was found dead of apparent suicide. He had been recently diagnosed with cancer.
    (SFC, 9/17/02, p.A15)

2002        Oct 4, In Newark, Ca, Eddie Araujo (17) was beaten to death after he showed up at a party dressed as a girl (Gwen Araujo). His body was dumped in a shallow grave in the Sierra. Jose Merel, Michael Magidson and Jaron Nabors were later charged in the slaying. In 2004 a judge declared a mistrial after jurors deadlocked over the issue of premeditation. In 2005 a jury found Magidson and Merel guilty of 2nd-degree murder. The jury deadlocked 9-3 in favor of a murder conviction for Nabors. In 2006 Magidson and Merel were sentenced to 15 years to life. Jason Cazares in a plea bargain received a 6-year sentence. Nabors was expected to receive an 11-year sentence.
    (SFC, 10/19/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/23/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/13/05, p.A1)(SFC, 1/28/06, p.B1)

2002        Oct 11, In Burlingame, Ca., 4 bank robbers killed Alice Martel (34), the Wells Fargo bank manager, and fled with about $4,000. Seti Scanlon (24), Sikai Fano Telea (26), Manny Liu (25) and Amu Wynn (26) were all soon arrested. Scanlon was convicted of murder in 2004 and sentenced to life in prison. In 2005 Telea was sentenced to life in prison. Wynn was sentenced 40 years to life. Liu, the driver, was sentenced to 36 years and 4 months after a plea bargain.
    (SFC, 10/12/02, p.A1)(SFC, 11/4/02, p.A17)(SFC, 11/11/02, p.A17)(SFC, 7/13/05, p.B4)

2002        Oct 13, Susan Polk (44) stabbed her husband (70) to death at their home in Orinda. In 2006 she was convicted of second-degree murder.
    (SSFC, 9/18/05, p.A22)(SFC, 6/17/06, p.A1)

2002        Oct 24, Joseph Mabrey was found shot to death in his car in the 3200 block of Storer Ave. in Oakland, Ca. A gang called the Nut Cases killed 4 more people over the next 10 weeks. Gang members were arrested in January, 2003. In 2006 Demarcus Ralls (21) was convicted on 3 counts of 1st degree murder plus other charges. He was sentenced to 4 consecutive life terms in prison. 5 other gang members still awaited trial.
    (SFC, 2/6/06, p.A11)(SFC, 3/23/06, p.B2)(SFC, 7/29/06, p.B3)

2002        Oct 26, William Monaghan threw Lionel Voillat (30) off a Red and White Fleet ferry during a Halloween cruise on SF Bay. Voillat drowned and Monaghan was tried and acquitted of 1st and 2nd degree murder. Monaghan pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in 2004.
    (SFC, 4/2/04, p.B4)

2002        Oct 29, Chang-lin Tien (67), former UC Berkeley chancellor (1990-1997), died.
    (WSJ, 10/31/02, p.A1)(SFC, 10/31/02, p.A1)

2002        Oct 30, The US Army formally transferred Fort Baker to the National Park Service.
    (SFC, 10/31/02, p.A15)

2002        Oct 31/Nov 1, Inmates at San Quentin performed the verse drama "John Brown’s Body" by Stephen Vincent Benet under the direction of Joseph De Francesca.
    (SFC, 11/19/02, p.D1)(EW)

2002        Nov 3, Kit Armstrong (10), pianist and sophomore at a Utah college, performed before a sold out audience at Stanford’s dinkelspiel Auditorium.
    (SFC, 11/4/02, p.D1)

2002        Nov 11, Tamellia Cobbs (15) was killed by gunshots from a passing car near her home in Oakland. She was the 97th and youngest victim this year.
    (SFC, 11/12/02, p.A1)

2002        Nov 21, Dena Monique Daniels (30), Brinks guard and single-mother, was shot to death during a robbery in Berkeley.
    (SFC, 11/23/02, p.A1)

2002        Nov 22, The Berkeley Daily Planet, an ad-supported free tabloid, folded after 3 ½ years.
    (SFC, 11/23/02, p.A15)

2002        Nov, The Santana Row shopping area replaced an old strip mall in San Jose, Ca.
    (SSFC, 8/20/06, p.G8)

2002        Dec 8, The 48,000-student Oakland school district reportedly faced a $100 million state bailout.
    (SSFC, 12/8/02, p.A1)

2002        Dec 18, Douglas Ware was shot to death in the 1000 block of Kirkham St. in Oakland, Ca., by gunmen in a car who sprayed the area with bullets. A gang called the Nut Cases was found responsible and gang members faced trial in 2006.
    (SFC, 2/6/06, p.A11)

2002        Dec 19, Snow fell in the North Bay as storms continued to California.
    (SFC, 12/20/02, p.A1)

2002        Dec 24, Laci Peterson (27) disappeared from her Modesto, Ca., neighborhood. She was 8-months pregnant. A reward for her return soon reached $500,000. On Jan 24 Amber Frey stepped forward and admitted to an affair with Scott Peterson, the husband of Laci. Laci’s body was found April 14 near the SF Bay Berkeley Marina, where Scott had gone fishing on Dec 24. [see Apr 18, 2003]
    (SSFC, 12/29/02, p.A23)(SFC, 1/25/03, p.A1)

2002        Dec 27, Keith Mackie-Harris and Jerry Duckworth were shot to death at a party in the 800 block of Campbell St. in Oakland, Ca. A gang called the Nut Cases was found responsible and gang members faced trial in 2006. In 2007 Joe Ralls (31) was sentenced to 23 years in prison for the killings.
    (SFC, 2/6/06, p.A11)(SFC, 5/12/07, p.B2)

2002        Dec 28, A trained Labrador retriever search dog followed the scent of Laci Peterson from a parking lot to the end of a boat launch pier at the Berkeley Marina.
    (SFC, 9/1/04, p.B1)

2002        Dec 31, Oakland closed the year with 113 murders.
    (SFC, 12/31/02, p.A11)

2002        A new $189 million bridge next to the San Mateo Bridge was expected to be completed.
    (SFC, 6/15/98, p.A1)

2003        Jan 6, Sunny Thach was shot to death in front of his home in the 1900 block of Sixth Ave. in Oakland, Ca. A gang called the Nut Cases was found responsible and gang members faced trial in 2006.
    (SFC, 2/6/06, p.A11)

2003        Jan 13, The body of Marisa Zuras (31), a Lafayette-based dominatrix, was found stuffed into a recycling bin on the 10000 block of Empire Rd. in Oakland, Ca. In 2005 Jimmy Blunt (23), her bodyguard, was sentenced 50 years to life in prison for 1st degree murder.
    (SFC, 8/25/05, p.B5)

2003        Jan 26, Tampa Bay won their first NFL championship over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl 37. Rioting erupted on Oakland streets following the Raiders' Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bucs (48-21).
    (SFC, 1/27/03, p.A1)(AP, 1/26/04)

2003        Feb 15, It was reported that SF Bay Area refineries were belching 30% more pollutants than previously known due to the frequent flaring of gases.
    (SFC, 2/15/03, p.A1)

2003        Feb 19, In San Francisco Armando Arce (26) was gunned down as he walked at Willow and Polk streets. In 2009 Joeven Bowen was charged with Arce’s murder. Bowen was alleged to have accompanied members of Oakland’s Nut Case gang, which was involved with 2 murders earlier in the day.
    (SFC, 9/9/09, p.D1)

2003        Feb, Oakland police arrested 6 members of a gang called "Nut Cases" responsible for 5 recent murders and a major 2002 crime spree.
    (SFC, 2/10/03, p.B1)

2003          Mar 11, California scientists reported that polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), a family of flame retardants, were found in elevated amounts in the breasts of Bay Area women.
    (SFC, 3/12/03, p.A4)

2003        Mar 14, Amanda Davis (32), writing professor at Mills College in Oakland, Ca., was killed in a small plane crash near Ashville, NC, along with her parents. She was on a book signing tour for her novel "Wonder When You’ll Miss Me."
    (SFC, 3/19/03, p.D4)

2003        Mar, The Cargill ponds were purchased with $100 million in state and federal funds along with foundation money from the Hewletts, Packards, Goldmans and Gordan Moore. [see may 28, 2002]
    (SFC, 7/23/03, p.A12)

2003        Apr 7, Police fired tear gas and dummy projectiles to break up war protesters at the Port of Oakland. 31 of some 500 were arrested.
    (SFC, 4/8/03, p.A1)

2003        Apr 15, In Pittsburg Inspector Ray Giacomelli (46) was shot to death at 2124 Abbott St., the house of Earl Foster, who fled the scene. Foster was killed in a shootout with police in Modesto Apr 17.
    (SFC, 4/16/03, p.A17)(SFC, 4/19/03, p.A13)

2003        Apr 18, Scott Peterson was arrested in San Diego for the deaths of Laci Peterson and her baby. Genetic testing proved that two bodies found Apr 13-14 near the SF Bay Berkeley Marina were Laci Peterson and her baby. [see Dec 24, 2002]
    (AP, 4/19/03)(SFC, 4/19/03, p.A1)

2003        May 1, A female homicide victim, Jane Doe, was found near a garbage bin at a restaurant in Castro Valley, Ca. She had been killed around Apr 22-23 and was buried Sep 17 as "Unknown child of God. Female, 12-17..." In 2006 police using DNA identified the girl as Yesenia Nungaray (16) and said she was from Yahualica, Mexico. In 2007 police sought Miguel Angel Nunez-Castaneda (28) for her murder.
    (SFC, 9/18/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/9/06, p.B1)(SFC, 12/22/06, p.B3)(SFC, 11/7/07, p.B5)

2003        May 3, Cordelia held its 16th annual garage sale with some 750 homes participating.
    (SSFC, 5/4/03, p.A23)

2003        May 13, Kathleen Aiello-Loreck (49), a mother of 3 from Antioch, Ca., was killed during a lunchtime stroll along the Contra Costa Canal Regional Trail in Concord. The next day John Kahler (32), who lived nearby, threw himself off the Golden Gate Bridge. On Sep 22 police in Indiana arrested Robert Ward Frazier (39) for the murder based on DNA evidence. On June 21, 2006, a jury convicted Frazier of murder, rape and sodomy. A judge sentenced Frazier to death on Dec 15, 2006.
    (SFC, 5/21/03, p.A15)(SFC, 9/26/03, p.A1)(SFC, 6/22/06, p.B1)(SFC, 12/16/06, p.B3)

2003        May 15, The SF Bay Area celebrated its 9th Bike to Work Day.
    (SFC, 5/15/03, p.A17)

2003        May 16, South Korea Pres. Roh Moo Hyun stopped in San Francisco following a visit with Pres. Bush.
    (SFC, 5/17/03, p.D1)

2003        May 27, Andrew F. Liersch (67), former president and CEO of Goodwill Industries in Santa Clara County, appeared in federal court to face charges of skimming some $800,000 from the charity during his 17-year tenure (1979-1997).
    (SFC, 5/28/03, p.A13)

2003        Jun 16, Erica Young (16) and Uchenna Okeigwe (22) were murdered in Richmond, Ca. In 2007 Kimiko Kimio Wilson (22) was sentenced to life in prison for their murder and the attempted murder of Sheianna Babcock.
    (www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_6039474)

2003        Jun 18, Contra Costa supervisors authorized the demolition of illegal structures on Salisbury Island.
    (SFC, 6/18/03, p.A19)

2003        Jun 22, A BART link with San Francisco Int’l. Airport (SFO) opened.
    (SSFC, 6/22/03, p.A1)

2003        Jun 26, Record temperatures hit the Bay Area with 97 in SF and 102 in San Jose.
    (SFC, 6/27/03, p.A23)

2003        Jul 8, A controlled burn on San Bruno Mountain escaped along the Guadalupe Canyon Parkway and burned some 70 acres to the northeast ridge.
    (Buckeye, Winter 04/05)
2003        Jul 8, Francisco Xavier Lopez (44) was shot and killed while watering his lawn in East Oakland. The gunman than shot Lopez's wife Gloria Solano (27) as she called 911. 4 children were left orphaned as the Oakland homicide rate climbed to 59 for the year.
    (SFC, 7/9/03, p.A1)

2003        Jul 13, In San Jose, Ca., police, responding to a call of domestic violence, shot and killed Cau Bich Tran (25) as she held a 10-inch vegetable peeler. The 4-foot-9-inch Vietnamese immigrant left behind 2 young boys. In 2005 her family agreed to settle their suit against the city for $1.825 million.
    (SFC, 12/1/05, p.B5)

2003        Aug 14, The California Dept. of Fish and Game proposed an indefinite ban on herring fishing in SF Bay due to a marked decline in the number of fish.
    (SFC, 8/15/03, p.A1)

2003        Aug 11, Nancy MacDuckston (52) disappeared near Davenport.
    (SFC, 8/19/03, p.A15)

2003        Aug 20, The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria completed and agreement to purchase 360 acres near Rohnert Park for a new gambling resort.
    (SFC, 8/21/03, p.A17)

2003        Aug 23, The Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail overlooking the Crystal Springs Reservoir opened for small groups on a limited basis.
    (SFC, 8/21/03, p.A1)

2003        Aug 28, Two small pipe bombs exploded at Chiron Corp., Emeryville, Ca. Animal rights activists were suspected.
    (SFC, 8/29/03, p.A1)

2003        Aug 29, The California Dept. of Fish and Game compromised on herring fishing in SF Bay a set a 2,200-ton quota for the upcoming season.
    (SFC, 8/15/03, p.A1)

2003        Sep 3, US federal authorities raided the Bay Area laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) for suspected steroids. On Oct 16 Olympic drug-testing officials announced that they believed the lab was a source for the steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG).
    (SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A1)

2003        Sep 12, Mario Gaidano (89), architect, died. He designed over 700 buildings in the Bay Area.
    (SSFC, 12/28/03, p.E9)

2003        Sep 20, In Oakland, Ca., Cha Cha Hill (3) died of multiple injuries following numerous beatings by his father, Chazarus Hill Sr. In 2007 the father (27) was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison following a conviction of assault causing death.
    (SFC, 3/9/07, p.B4)

2003        Sep 30, In Oakland, Ca., Yusuf Bey, founder Your Black Muslim Bakery, died of colon cancer. He was awaiting trial on charges of raping a minor. In 2002 he was charged with 27 counts in the alleged rapes of 4 girls under the age of 14. In 2007 three of his former wives testified that Bey had directed many of the 100 women, whom he considered his wives, to make fraudulent applications for government aid programs.
    (SFC, 11/30/05, p.A16)(SSFC, 11/18/07, p.A1)

2003        Oct 5, Terrence Mearis was shot and killed by 2 Oakland police officers, who entered his bedroom as he slept. The action was part of a drug bust that included 2 other men from the apartment.
    (SFC, 10/6/03, p.A18)

2003        Oct 13, Chan Boonkeut (15) was killed as bullets sprayed through the front door of her family's home in Richmond. Rivalry between the Southeast Asian gangs Sons of Death and Color of Blood was suspected. Two alleged members of the Sons of Death (brothers aged 19 and 22) were arrested 2 days later.
    (SFC, 10/15/03, p.A1)(SFC, 10/16/03, p.A17)(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A31)

2003        Oct 19, The sturgeon count in the SF Bay was reported to have fallen to 77,000 from 142,000 adult fish over the last 5 years.
    (SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A1)

2003        Oct 26, In Danville Troy (10) and Alana Pack (7) were killed in a hit and run. Jimena Barreto of Walnut Creek was arrested 2 days later in San Jose. In 2005 Barreto was convicted on 2 counts of 2nd degree murder. She was sentenced 30 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 10/29/03, p.A17)(SFC, 5/5/05, p.A1)(SFC, 6/25/05, p.B1)

2003        Oct 29, Berkeley began laying plaques in concrete for the new Berkeley Poetry Walk.
    (SFC, 10/30/03, p.A19)

2003        Nov 1, Mailbox bombs exploded in Suisun City.
    (SSFC, 11/9/03, p.A23)

2003        Nov 8, The new $188 million Carquinez Bridge in Vallejo, Ca., was dedicated. Costs reached $340 million with the approaches. Traffic began with massive tie-ups on Nov 11. It was named the Al Zampa Bridge, in honor of bridge worker Al Zampa (d.2000 at 95). A Nov 16th date was pushed forward a week to allow Gov. Davis to officiate.
    (SFC, 10/2/03, p.A15)(SFC, 10/17/03, p.A22)(SFC, 11/8/03, p.A19)(SFC, 11/12/03, p.A1)

2003        Nov 18, Gordon and Betty Moore announced a $110 million donation over the next 10 years to improve the quality and quantity of nursing in the Bay Area.
    (SFC, 11/19/03, p.B1)

2003        Nov, Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown appointed Randy Hayes as sustainability director. Hayes was the 1985 founder of Rainforest Action Network.
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.B1)

2003        Dec 1, Clark Kerr (92), former UC president (1958-1967), died in El Cerrito, Ca.
    (SFC, 12/2/03, p.A1)

2003        Dec 3, In Napa a 100-foot span of the new Imola Avenue Bridge, a replacement for the Maxwell Bridge, collapsed and killed one worker.
    (SFC, 12/5/03, p.A23)

2003        Dec 6, In Santa Clara a couple, Todd and Nadine Nunez Vernon, and their 3 children were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at 1470 Benton St.
    (SSFC, 12/7/03, p.A1)

2003        Dec 8, Rev. Bill O'Donnell (73), social activist, died in Berkeley.
    (SSFC, 12/21/03, p.E3)

2003        Dec 17, Wally Hedrick (75), Beat-era artist, died at his home in Sonoma County, Ca.
    (SFC, 12/24/03, p.A16)

2003        Dec 18, Mark Anthony Fregia, while driving with his girlfriend and 2 children, set their car on fire near the I-80 freeway exit at Pinole, Ca. Erin Weaver was severely burned and the 2 children burned to death in the car. Fregia fled the scene in a stolen car but was caught the next day. In 2007 Fregia was convicted of 2 counts of murder and attempted voluntary manslaughter.
    (SFC, 12/20/03, p.A17)(SFC, 12/4/07, p.B2)

2003        Dec 19, Federal officials said the Bay Area would receive over $66 million in grants to help the region's homeless.
    (SFC, 12/20/03, p.A1)

2003        Dec 22, It was reported that invading fruit flies damaged large portions of the olive crop in the North Bay area.
    (SFC, 12/22/03, p.A17)

2003        Dec 30, James Jackson (18) of Oakland was shot to death by a gunman in a passing car as he rode his bicycle. The city's homicides for 2003 totaled 114, the highest since 1997.
    (SFC, 1/1/04, p.A19)

2003        Jane Wolff authored "Delta Primer," an illustrated look at the SF Bay Delta and its history.
    (SFC, 12/18/03, p.F1)

2003        Dec 30, Roderick Fernandez (34) killed his wife Roselle (26) and their 2 children at their Richmond home. A son (10) from a previous marriage survived.
    (SSFC, 1/4/04, p.A17)

2003        In California an Alameda Superior Court ruled that Visa and MasterCard must refund $800 million in hidden foreign-exchange fees. In 2005 a California Court of Appeal reversed the decision because the lead plaintiff never had a Visa or MasterCard.
    (SFC, 9/29/05, p.C3)

2003        Bay Area private companies received $5.5 billion in Defense Department contracts.
    (SFC, 3/18/04, p.A1)

2004        Jan 4, Lois Anderson (77), Marin artist, died. She was known as Lotus Carnation and was prominent in the countercultural art scene.
    (SFC, 1/10/04, p.A18)

2004        Jan 16, Kepa Junkera, button accordionist, performed his rendition of Basque Trikitixa music at Stanford, Ca.
    (SFC, 1/13/04, p.D1)

2004        Jan 31, Pat Cucaro (88), Sausalito artist, died in a Rafael.
    (SFC, 3/13/04, p.B7)

2004        Feb 13, The Florida-based CNL Hospitality real estate investment trust agreed to buy the Claremont Resort in Berkeley, Ca., as part of a $1.37 billion deal.
    (SFC, 2/13/04, p.B1)

2004        Feb 17, Rodolfo Cardenas (43), San Jose construction worker and father of 5, was shot and killed by California state narcotics agents in a case of mistaken identity. On July 28 Mike Walker, Narcotic Enforcement agent, was indicted for the shooting. A jury acquitted Walker on Dec 13, 2005.
    (SFC, 2/19/04, p.A17)(SFC, 7/29/04, p.B1)(SFC, 12/14/05, p.B1)

2004        Feb 23, Gunfire hit 8 cars on I-580 between San Leandro and Dublin. Christopher Gafford (27) of Stockton was later arrested as a suspect.
    (SFC, 3/13/04, p.A1)

2004        Feb 25, A major storm caused floods and hurricane-force winds in the Bay Area.
    (SFC, 2/26/04, p.A15)

2004        Feb, The George Mark Children's House, a nonprofit hospice, planned to open in San Leandro.
    (SFC, 1/2/04, p.A1)

2004        Mar 2, It was reported that Vista Community College in Berkeley will soon build a new $65 million building at 2050 Center St.
    (SFC, 3/02/04, p.A15)
2004        Mar 2, Voters approved Measure 2. It called for an increase in Bay Area bridge tolls to $3 in order to finance regional transit projects. Measure N to expand the Los Vaqueros Reservoir was also approved.
    (SFC, 3/03/04, p.A1,22)

2004        Mar 3, Richmond reported an unexpected $35 million deficit.
    (SFC, 3/04/04, p.A17)

2004        Mar 8, The West Contra Costa Unified School District eliminated all high school sports, closed all libraries, and laid off all music teachers and counselors for the fall to balance its $180 million budget.
    (SFC, 3/11/04, p.A1)

2004        Mar 13, Berkeley inaugurated a new Muslim Film Festival.
    (SFC, 3/13/04, p.E1)

2004        Mar 17, The Vallejo school system reported a shortfall that could reach $20 million by the end of the year and faced a state takeover.
    (SFC, 3/17/04, p.A1)

2004        Mar 19, Brian Maxwell (51), co-founder of PowerBar (1986)--an energy supplement for athletes, died in Ross. He and his wife sold the company in 2000 to Nestle SA for $375 million.
    (SFC, 3/20/04, p.B1)

2004        Mar 25, Lawrence May (48), a Daly City methamphetamine user, stabbed his wife Sharen May (40) over 100 times with scissors to death in San Mateo, Ca., following a divorce mediation session. In 2006 May was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 1/24/06, p.B4)(SFC, 3/22/06, p.B4)
2004        Mar 25, In Solano County a car plunged into a slough in the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area and all 5 people inside were killed.
    (SFC, 3/26/04, p.A1)

2004        Mar 31, The Vallejo school board voted to turn over the debt-ridden district to state control. A $20 million shortfall faced the 20,000 student district. 57 districts across California recently filed reports warning they may not be able to pay their bills during the next 2-3 years.
    (SFC, 4/1/04, p.B1)(SSFC, 4/4/04, p.A1)

2004        Apr 2, A 13-hour Bay Bridge standoff between police and a potential suicide ended in the late evening with the man in custody. Area traffic was snarled all day.
    (SFC, 4/3/04, p.B1)

2004        Apr 13, A small plane from concord's Buchanon Field crash landed on a van on I-680 and its propeller nearly severed the leg of Arianna Jimenez (11).
    (SSFC, 4/18/04, p.B1)

2004        Apr 26, Record heat hit the Bay Area with 91 reported in SF. 93 degrees was reported in San Jose.
    (SFC, 4/27/04, p.A1)

2004        Apr 29, Cleanup crews arrived at Suisun Marsh in the SF Bay area to tackle an estimated 60,000 gallon diesel fuel spill from a pipeline operated by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners of Houston, Texas. The amount of spill was later raised to 85,000 gallons.
    (SFC, 4/30/04, p.A1)(SSFC, 5/30/04, p.B5)

2004        Apr, The body of Cedric White (76), a jazz historian, was found in the basement of 645 Jean St., near the Oakland Rose Garden. In 2006 Elnora Miles, who had rented a room from White, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
    (SFC, 6/30/06, p.B3)

2004        May 17, Police shot and killed a 108-pound mountain lion in Palo Alto.
    (SFC, 5/18/04, p.A1)
2004        May 17, Reginald Zelnik (68), professor of history at UC Berkeley, was struck and killed by a water delivery truck outside Moses Hall.
    (SFC, 5/19/04, p.B5)

2004        Jun 19, Priscilla Ng and her boyfriend Andrew Chang (48) were bludgeoned to death during a robbery of her home in Hillsborough. In 2005 a $1 million reward was offered in the  unsolved case.
    (SFC, 6/18/05, p.B2)

2004        Jun 22, Laura Medina (21) repeatedly rammed her car into another vehicle in which her boyfriend rode with a new girlfriend. A crash resulted in Castro Valley that killed Michelle Dickerson (18) of Manteca. In 2007 Medina was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
    (SFC, 2/27/07, p.B3)

2004        Jun 31, The annual Carijama Festival, begun at Mosswood Park, Oakland, in 1979 as a Caribbean music concert, was held downtown and ended in violence for a 4th straight year.
    (SFC, 6/1/04, B2)

2004        Jun 3, A 350-foot section of a dirt levee split open on Bacon Island across Upper Jones Tract about 10 miles west of Stockton. 20 houses and 50 barns were submerged.
    (SFC, 6/4/04, A1)

2004        Jul 1, Most Bay Area bridge tolls went to $3.00.
    (SFC, 7/2/04, p.B1)

2004        Jul 8, Michael Alexander Allan (46) of Hayward was arrested for the July 4 theft of some 200 pounds of high explosives from a police storage depot near Crystal Springs.
    (SFC, 7/9/04, p.B1)

2004        Jul 20, San Mateo County closed 4 parks 3 days a week to help cover a $700,000 budget cut. These included San Bruno Mountain, Junipero Serra, San Pedro Valley and Edgewood County Parks. The parks re-opened after Supervisors voted to restore funding on Sep 28.
    (SFC, 7/16/04, p.A1)(Buckeye, Winter 04/05)

2004        Jul 17, The median price for Bay Area single family homes was reported to have hit $545,000, a record high for the 5th consecutive month.
    (SFC, 7/17/04, p.A1)

2004        Jul 19, Some 4,000 acres of salt ponds in the south bay began receiving SF Bay water in a project to return the area to natural wetlands.
    (SSFC, 7/18/04, p.B1)

2004        Apr 30, In the SF Bay Area the National Labor Relations Board ruled that cab drivers for an East Bay syndicate to taxi companies are employees, not independent contractors, and therefore entitled to unionize. The companies refused to negotiate.
    (SFC, 7/28/04, p.B5)

2004        Jul 26, Viola Frey (70), sculptor of monumental ceramic art, died in Oakland.
    (SFC, 7/31/04, p.B6)

2004        Jul 28, A recall vote in Isleton ousted Mayor Pam Pratt by 12 votes of 341 cast.
    (SFC, 7/29/04, p.A1)

2004        Jul 29, Milk prices in the Bay Area, $4.71 pre gallon, were reported to be 29% higher than the $3.66 per gallon average reported by the USDA in a survey of 29 major US cities outside California.
    (SFC, 7/29/04, p.A1)

2004        Aug 12, Terrance Kelly (18), a De La Salle High School football star, was shot and killed in Richmond, Ca., 2 days before flying to the Univ. of Oregon on a football scholarship. Police arrested Larry Pratcher (18) Aug 14 on suspicion of murder and searched for other suspects. Larry was released on Aug 18 after his younger brother turned himself in. On Aug 19 Darren Pratcher (15) was charged with murder. On Oct 11, 2006, Darren Pratcher was convicted of murder. In 2007 Pratcher was sentenced 50 years to life in prison.  
    (SFC, 8/14/04, p.A1)(SFC, 8/20/04, p.B5)(SFC, 10/12/06, p.B1)(SFC, 1/20/07, p.B2)

2004        Aug 31, Michael R. Fields (37), a Belmont stockbroker, was shot and killed while driving on I-280 near Woodside.
    (SFC, 9/2/04, p.B1)

2004        Aug, The Trust for Public Land purchased 25 acres of undeveloped land at the base of San Bruno Mountain for $1.3 million.
    (SFC, 9/10/04, p.B4)

2004        Sep 13, Assault-weapon fire between rival Latino gangs in Oakland left 3 people dead.
    (SFC, 9/15/04, p.B1)

2004        Sep 17, The median price of Bay Area housing rose to $520,000.
    (SFC, 9/17/04, p.A1)

2004        Sep 18, The new Middle Harbor Shoreline Park at Oakland’s 7th St. and Middle Harbor Rd. held its grand opening.
    (SFC, 9/18/04, p.B5)

2004        Sep 27, John Kamm (53), the businessman-turned-rights lobbyist behind the release of scores of dissidents from Chinese prisons, was one of 24 people awarded 500,000-dollar MacArthur Foundation grants. 7 of the winners, including Kamm, were from the SF Bay Area.
    (AP, 9/28/04)(SFC, 9/28/04, p.A1)

2004        Sep 30, Gov. Schwarzenegger rejected the current Bay Bridge bid. New bids and a redesign were expected.
    (SFC, 10/1/04, p.A1)

2004        Oct 9, The 158-acre Dutra Ranch, atop Franklin Ridge in Martinez, was dedicated as permanent open space.
    (SFC, 10/8/04, p.B5)
2004        Oct 9, Fleet Week began with an aerial show by the Canadian Snowbirds.
    (SSFC, 10/10/04, p.B1)

2004        Oct 11, In Sonoma County, Ca., Jennifer Easterling (35) died after the WaveRunner, operated by her husband, got stuck in tidal mud and capsized in San Pablo Bay. Corbin Easterling was later charged with murder and spent nearly 2 years in jail pending trial. In 2006 prosecutors dropped charges due to insufficient evidence.
    (SFC, 6/23/06, p.B1)

2004        Oct 19, The 1st big storm of the season hit the Bay Area and knocked out power to over 100,000 homes.
    (SFC, 10/20/04, p.B1)

2004        Oct 26, In the SF Bay Area Prisheen Krishna (36) was killed outside his Brentwood home a day before he was to testify against a customer for refusing to pay a bill. In 2015 larry Fuller Jr. was arrested and charged with the murder.
    (SFC, 1/30/15, p.D5)

2004        Nov 1, Andre Hicks, better known as rapper Mac Dre of Vallejo, Ca., was shot and killed in a freeway shooting in Kansas City, Mo.
    (SFC, 11/2/04, p.B1)

2004        Nov 9, Richmond’s City Council agreed to sell 412 acres of Point Molate to a casino developer for some $50 million.
    (SFC, 11/10/04, p.B1)
2004        Nov 9, In Walnut Creek a backhoe broke a pipeline carrying aviation fuel from Concord to the San Jose Int’l. Airport. The resulting explosion killed 4 construction workers. A 5th  worker died the next day.
    (SFC, 11/11/04, p.B1)(SFC, 11/12/04, p.B1)

2004        Nov 10, In North Oakland, Ca., postal employee Harjit Singh Surajbansi was robbed of his cell phone, $3-12 and shot in the leg by 4 men. All 4 were later caught, convicted and sentenced from 2-14 years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/14/06, p.B3)

2004        Nov 12, A jury in Redwood City, Ca., convicted Scott Peterson (32) of 1st degree murder of his pregnant wife and dumping her body in San Francisco Bay in Dec 2002 in what prosecutors portrayed as a cold-blooded attempt to escape marriage and fatherhood for the bachelor life. He was also convicted of 2nd degree murder for the unborn child.
    (AP, 11/12/04)(SFC, 11/13/04, p.A1)

2004        Nov 13, Daman Daniels (28) was shot and killed during a home-invasion robbery in East Oakland. In 2006 prosecutors charged Varron Armstrong Jr. (29), Gregory Peters (28) and Dewayne Washington (28) with special circumstances murder.
    (SFC, 3/17/06, p.B2)

2004        Nov, Kevin Rose and Jay Adelson founded Digg.com, a web-based news site using collaborative editing to focus on news in technology.
    (SFC, 6/23/06, p.D5)
2004        Nov, Cynthia Alonzo (48) disappeared. In 2012 her ex-boyfriend Eric Mora (55) was convicted of 2nd degree murder. Her blood had been found at his home in the Oakland hills, but her body was still missing.
    (SFC, 2/29/12, p.C5)

2004        Dec 6, The new $68.7 million Crossing apartment complex opened in San Bruno on El Camino at I-280.
    (Ind, 12/11/04, p.A1)

2004        Dec 13, A jury in Redwood City, Ca., recommended the death penalty for Scott Peterson for murdering his wife Laci and their unborn son. Sentencing was set for Feb 25.
    (AP, 12/14/04)(SFC, 12/14/04, p.A1)

2004        The 11-story Peninsula Mandalay residential tower opened on the southeast corner of San Bruno Mountain. It was designed by MBH Architects of Alameda under developer Jack Myers. 2 more high-rises were planned. “If you build it they will cringe."
    (SFC, 12/13/04, p.B1)
2004        In California William Danser, a Santa Clara County judge, was convicted of fixing traffic tickets for players and employees of the San Jose Sharks hockey team and San Jose Earthquakes soccer team. The state bar suspended his license. Los Gatos police Detective Randy Bishop was also convicted. Their sentences included fines and 90 days of house arrest.
    (SFC, 8/16/07, p.B4)
2004        Salt Lake City rare book dealer Ken Sanders helped San Jose, Calif., police put rare-book swindler John Charles Gilkey in San Quentin prison for three years. They caught Gilkey using a stolen credit card number to have a $6,000 edition of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" delivered to a Palo Alto hotel. Sanders describes him as "a collector gone to the dark side."
    (www.scads.org/scams/tribune_article_04jun04.htm)

2005        Jan 15, Andre Combs (16) stabbed his aunt, Kimberly Renee Johnson (37), to death at her home in East Palo Alto, Ca. Her body, hidden under a mattress in the backyard, was not found until Feb 3. In 2006 Combs pleaded self-defense but was convicted of second-degree murder. He was sentenced 15 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 6/24/06, p.B7)(SFC, 6/27/06, p.B3)(SFC, 11/29/06, p.B5)

2005        Jan 19, Sausalito and the National Park Service agreed to a plan on developing a 335-acre site at Fort Baker. The plan included a retreat hotel with 225 rooms.
    (SFC, 1/20/05, p.B1)

2005        Jan 20, The median sale for housing in the Bay Area for 2004 was reported to average $532,000, a 17% increase over $455,000 in 2003.
    (SFC, 1/20/05, p.C1)

2005        Jan 22, In San Rafael the Salute Ristorante, at the corner of Third St. and Tamalpais, burned as fired destroyed the 1911 Victorian building in which it was housed.
    (SSFC, 1/23/05, p.A15)

2005        Feb 15, Knight Ridder announced the purchase of 5 daily Peninsula newspaper: The Palo alto Daily News, San Mateo Daily News, Redwood city Daily News, Burlingame Daily News, and Los Gatos Daily News.
    (SFC, 2/16/05, p.B9)

2005        Feb 16, It was reported that Bay Area home prices rose 20% over the past year. In Nov 2004 it was reported that since 2002 the dollar has lost about 20% against a broad basket of currencies and over 40% against the euro.
    (SSFC, 11/14/04, p.A1)(SFC, 2/16/05, p.A1)

2005        Feb 20, Maria Catherine King (49), a disabled homeless woman and university graduate, died 12 days after being beaten by 2 young men in Berkeley, Ca. In 2006 Jarell Maurice Johnson (19) and Derrell Lamont Morgan (19) were convicted of 2nd degree murder and were sentenced 15 years to life in prison.
    (SSFC, 5/15/05, p.A1)(SFC, 11/18/06, p.B3)

2005        Feb 23, Jie Wang (24) was fatally injured when Adam Jones, under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine, ran a red light while eluding police in Albany, Ca. Jie was taken off life support on March 10. In 2006 Jones (31) was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
    (SFC, 12/9/06, p.B3)

2005        Mar 10, The US Dept. of Transportation authorized $150.3 million for the construction of a $270 million tunnel to bypass Devil’s Slide on Highway 1 between Pacifica and Montara. The cost increased to $439 million on completion in 2013.
    (SFC, 3/11/05, p.A1)(SFC, 2/14/13, p.D1)

2005        Mar 11, Golden Gate Bridge directors voted to begin searching for outside money to pay for studies of a suicide barrier.
    (SFC, 3/12/05, p.A1)

2005        Mar 15, Birk McCandless (57), Silicon Valley restaurant owner and developer, was stabbed to death. Nan Yang (27) was arrested as a suspect. On Sep 20 a jury convicted Yang of second-degree murder. In 2006 Yang was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 3/17/05, p.B4)(SFC, 9/21/06, p.B3)(SFC, 11/11/06, p.B3)

2005        Mar 20, A funnel cloud described as a probable tornado went through South San Francisco damaging at least 40 buildings.
    (SFC, 3/21/05, p.A1)

2005        Apr 2, It was reported that the 2nd Benicia Bridge faced a $130 million cost overrun due to special lightweight concrete and that the total cost was now projected at $1.2 billion.
    (SFC, 4/2/05, p.B1)

2005        Apr 5, It was reported that just 48% of Oakland high school freshman go on to graduate.
    (SFC, 4/5/05, p.A1)

2005        Apr 13, An Alameda court awarded $2 million in damages to bob and Tom Thatcher, who were molested 2 decades earlier as altar boys in Antioch by Rev. Robert Ponciroli, a known pedophile.
    (SFC, 4/14/05, p.A1)

2005        Apr 23, Larry Lasater (35), Pittsburg, Ca., police officer, was shot while chasing 2 robbery suspects. Doctors declared him brain dead the next day. In 2007 Alexander Hamilton (20) and Andrew Moffett (20) were convicted of murder and robbery and a jury said Hamilton should be executed. Moffett was 17 at the time and not eligible for the death penalty. In 2007 Hamilton was sentenced to death by lethal injection. In 2008 Moffet was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 4/26/05, p.B1)(SFC, 8/14/07, p.B3)(SFC, 9/13/07, p.B3)(SFC, 7/25/08, p.B9)

2005        May 1, Salvador Lascon (27) and younger brother Fernando were shot and killed while watching an illegal race in far West Oakland.
    (SFC, 7/12/05, p.A1)

2005        May 6, Caltrans broke ground on a new $270 million tunnel to bypass Devil’s Slide
    (SFC, 5/6/05, p.B1)

2005        May 21, In Oakland, Ca., groundbreaking took place for the new Cathedral of Christ the Light at the northwest tip of Lake Merritt. It was built on the site of an 1893 neo-Gothic brick church damaged by the 1989 earthquake. The $131 million Catholic project was designed by Craig Hartman. Completion was expected in 2008. Dedication ceremonies for the $190 million cathedral were later set for Sep 25, 2008.
    (SSFC, 5/22/05, p.A1)(SFC, 9/13/08, p.A7)(WSJ, 2/18/09, p.D7)

2005        May 25, San Mateo County kicked off a $4.8 million project to peel away the cement annex of its 1910 Temple of Justice and restore it to its original classical design.
    (SFC, 5/26/05, p.B4)

2005        May 26, BART directors voted to increase fares to plug a $51 million budget gap.
    (SFC, 5/27/05, p.A1)

2005        Jun 6-19, Indian spiritual leader Amma attracted thousands of followers in the Bay Area as part of her summer tour.
    (SFC, 6/15/05, p.A1)(www.amma.org)

2005        Jun 15, It was announced that Oakland’s Kaiser Center, the 28-story moon-shaped, 1960 highrise on Lake Merritt, was sold to Swig Co. of SF for about $200 million.
    (SFC, 6/16/05, p.D1)

2005        Jun 18, Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown married lawyer Anne Gust.
    (SSFC, 6/19/05, p.A1)

2005        Jun 24, California Gov. Schwarzenneger and state Senate Pres. Don Perata finalized plans to build the original Bay suspension bridge at a total cost of $6.2 billion.
    (SFC, 6/25/05, p.A1)

2005        Jun 29, Ozzies Soda Fountain closed in Berkeley, Ca., after 84 years of operation.
    (SSFC, 7/3/05, p.A21)

2005        Jul 1, A force of 400 federal and local law officers raided 11 suspected brothels, 10 in SF and one in Emeryville, and arrested 27 suspects in what was described as a major Bay Area sex trafficking operation that preyed on Korean women brought into the country illegally. A similar operation took place in southern California.
    (http://tinyurl.com/pxmc4)

2005        Jul 12, The Oakland City Council approved a new law allowing police to arrest spectators at illegal sideshow car rallies and street races.
    (SFC, 7/13/05, p.B5)
2005        Jul 12, Francisco Rodriguez (21) was shot and killed in Redwood City, Ca. Josue Raul Orozco (14), a Sereno gang member, was later arrested for the murder of the rival gang member. Orozco escaped from the Youth Service Center in San Mateo in 2008 on Feb 14 and was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, on Sep 17.
    (SFC, 9/19/08, p.B2)(http://sfist.com/2008/03/13/17yearold_josue.php)

2005        Jul 17, Meleia Willis-Starbuck (19) was shot dead on College Ave. in Berkeley, Ca., by Christopher Hollis (21), a close friend. In 2008 a jury convicted Hollis of voluntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 24 years in state prison.
    (SFC, 7/18/05, p.A1)(SFC, 7/22/05, p.A1)(SFC, 4/30/08, p.B1)(SFC, 7/12/08, p.B3)

2005        Jul 18, California Gov. Schwarzenegger signed legislation to allow construction to go forward on the new eastern half of the Bay Bridge.
    (SFC, 7/19/05, p.B1)
2005        Jul 18, A tractor-trailer on I-80 rear-ended a minivan near Fairfield and 3 people were killed.
    (SFC, 7/19/05, p.B3)

2005        Jul 20, SF Bay Area air quality officials imposed the toughest regulations in the nation to reduce flaring in the East Bay’s 5 oil refineries.
    (SFC, 7/21/05, p.B1)

2005        Jul 23, Some 100 bicyclists pedaled 208 miles around the SF Bay in the Bay Area’s 1st official “double century," a ride or race of 200 miles or more.
    (SSFC, 7/24/05, p.A1)

2005        Jul 25, San Leandro, Ca., police officer Nels Niemi was shot and killed by a convicted methamphetamine user. Police arrested Irving Alexander Ramirez the next day in Daly City. In 2007 Ramirez was convicted of first-degree murder. On Aug 3 he was sentenced to die by lethal injection.
    (SFC, 7/27/05, p.A1)(SFC, 5/11/07, p.B1)(SFC, 8/4/07, p.B2)

2005        Jul 26, Spare the Air Day in the SF Bay Area provided about $4.4 million in free transit to some 1.5 million people.
    (SFC, 7/27/05, p.B1)

2005        Aug 1- 2005 Sep 3, The California Dept. of Fish and Game authorized this period for the 15th annual Tule elk hunt on Grizzly Island on the border of Suisun Bay.
    (SFC, 6/18/05, p.B3)

2005        Aug 4, Jorge Hernandez (16) was shot and killed in East Palo Alto, Ca. Ron Davis, the police chief of East Palo Alto, gave chase to 3 men in an SUV fleeing the scene and with backup arrested David Toupou (18), Simione Paletua (21) and Tuipulotu Nalesoni (18).
    (SFC, 8/6/05, p.B2)

2005        Aug 5, A marijuana bust in the Los Gatos hills turned into a gun battle that left a man guarding the pot field dead. A Fish and Game warden was shot and one suspect escaped. Agents found a crop of up to 50,000 plants on Mount Umunhum.
    (SFC, 8/6/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 5, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, Ca., announced that it would pay some $56 million to victims of sexual abuse in a global settlement to end 56 civil cases.
    (SFC, 8/6/05, p.B1)

2005        Aug 11, It was reported that an anonymous donor will give $25 million to UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business to construct a new building for its executive education program.
    (SFC, 8/11/05, p.C1)

2005        Aug 18, San Mateo, Ca., police found 4 bodies at 1617 Maxine Ave in what appeared to be a triple homicide and suicide. Anthony Richards killed his wife and 2 teenage daughters and then himself due apparently to mounting debts.
    (SFC, 8/19/05, p.B1)(SFC, 8/24/05, p.B7)

2005        Aug 19, In San Leandro, Ca., 5 men robbed a medical marijuana club at 16360 Foothill Blvd. The store owner pulled a gun and mortally wounded DeMarco Lowrey (18) of Oakland.
    (SSFC, 8/21/05, p.A22)

2005        Aug 23, In Richmond, Ca., Glenn Wilson (17) shot and killed Terence Lionel Martin, a maintenance worker for the West Contra Costa School District, after Martin tried to break up a fight between Wilson and his pregnant girlfriend. In 2007 Wilson was convicted of 2nd degree murder and faced up to 40 years in prison.
    (SFC, 12/6/07, p.B3)(http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4176/is_/ai_n15813134)

2005        Aug 27-2005 Aug 28, The 15th annual Cotati Accordion Festival was held in Cotati, Ca.
    (SFC, 8/20/05, p.E1)

2005        Aug 31, A triple killing in East Palo Alto, Ca., raised the murder count to 13 for the year.
    (SFC, 9/2/05, p.B3)
2005        Aug 31, Yvonne Ramos (67), a retired nurse and community activist, was shot and killed in front of her home in Richmond, Ca.
    (SFC, 9/1/05, p.B1)

2005        Sep 9, A Nevada couple pleaded guilty in San Jose, Calif., to all charges related to planting a human fingertip in a bowl of Wendy's chili in a scheme to extort money from the fast food restaurant chain.
    (AP, 9/9/06)

2005        Sep 10, Remo Reggi (20) was shot and killed while parked with a friend on Moeser Lane in El Cerrito, Ca. As of 2007 no suspects were caught.   
    (SFC, 12/20/07, p.A1)

2005        Sep 11, An estimated 30,000 tax payments sent to a SF post office were scattered in the SF Bay during a traffic accident on the San Mateo Bridge. Payments between Sep 1 and Sep 11 from 13 states were affected.
    (SFC, 9/24/05, p.B2)

2005        Sep 14, Drive-by shootings in Richmond, Ca., left 2 men dead and raised the city’s death toll for the year to 27.
    (SFC, 9/15/05, p.B4)

2005        Sep 22, In California the Alameda County supervisors adopted a plan to close the half the wind turbines from Nov 1 to the end of February to protect migratory birds. Some 4,700 birds were being killed each year by the Altamont Pass wind farms.
    (SFC, 9/23/05, p.B1)

2005        Sep 28, Google confirmed that it will build up to 1 million square feet of offices at the NASA Ames Research Center and collaborate with the space agency on research topics.
    (SFC, 9/29/05, p.C1)

2005        Oct 1, Police in Petaluma, Ca., killed James Anthony Decosta (72), a suspected child molester, after Decosta allegedly brandished a gun following a short car chase. An autopsy showed Decosta had 27 bullets in his body.
    (SFC, 10/8/05, p.B3)

2005        Oct 5, The City Council of Oakland, Ca., approved a 3 dog limit for city residents. Breeders, kennels and rescue groups were exempted.
    (SFC, 10/6/05, p.B5)

2005        Oct 7, The former Tanforan Park Shopping Center in San Bruno, Ca., was scheduled to re-open as “The Shops of Tanforan" following a 2-year renovation.
    (SFC, 10/6/05, p.B1)

2005        Oct 10, In Half Moon Bay, Ca., Joel Holland, a retired Washington state firefighter, won the annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, presenting a gigantic pumpkin that weighed 1,229 pounds. This matched his winner in 2004. The contest here began in 1974.
    (AP, 10/10/05)(SFC, 10/10/06, p.B3)

2005        Oct 12, A fire at the Wines Central warehouse in Vallejo, Ca., destroyed tens of million of dollars worth of vintage wine. An estimated 6 million bottles were in storage there. On Oct 18 investigators said the fire was deliberately set. In 2007 Mark Anderson (58), a Sausalito businessman, was charged with setting the fire. In 2009 Anderson pleaded guilty to arson and 18 other counts. On Feb 7, 2012, Anderson was sentenced to 27 years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/13/05, p.A1)(SFC, 10/19/05, p.B1)(SFC, 3/20/07, p.A1)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.C2)(SFC, 2/8/12, p.C1)

2005        Oct 15, Pamela Vitale (52), the wife of prominent defense attorney and TV legal analyst Daniel Horowitz, was found slain in the couple's home in Lafayette, Ca. On Oct 20 police arrested Scott Dyleski (16), a neighbor scheming to grow pot, as a suspect in the murder. Dyleski was convicted of first-degree murder on Aug 28, 2006 and on Sep 26 was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 10/16/05)(SFC, 10/21/05, p.A1)(SFC, 8/29/06, p.A1)(SFC, 9/27/06, p.B3)

2005        Oct 17, It was reported that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $15 million for the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, the world's largest institution dedicated to preserving Information Age artifacts.
    (AP, 10/17/05)

2005        Oct 22, Scott McAlpin (24) of El Sobrante murdered his SF girlfriend Anastasia Melnitchenko (22). McAlpin was arrested the next day by US Park police at the Marin Headlands north of San Francisco. The body of Melnitchenko, was found in the trunk of his car. McAlpin had 8 previous felony convictions for domestic violence. In 2008 McAlpin was convicted of first degree murder.
    (SFC, 10/26/05, p.B1)(SFC, 12/5/08, p.B2)

2005        Oct 25, Antar Bey (23), son and designated heir of Black Muslim leader Yusuf Bey (d.2003), was shot and killed in Oakland, Ca., in what appeared to be either a car-jacking attempt or an assassination. On Nov. 8 police arrested Alfonza Phillips (20) and charged him with murder in the failed car-jacking. In 2007 Phillips was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
    (SFC, 10/27/05, p.B1)(SFC, 11/10/05, p.B4)(SFC, 11/20/07, p.D1)(SFC, 12/15/07, p.B3)

2005        Oct 27, In San Leandro, Ca., Nayanci Gonzalez (14) was shot to death near her San Leandro High School. Alejandro Fajardo (17), a spurned boyfriend, shot her 5 times and then killed himself.
    (SFC, 10/29/05, p.B3)

2005        Nov 1, In Vallejo, Ca., psychologist Ira Eugene Polonsky was shot to death in his office building at 1812 Capitol St.
    (SFC, 11/3/05, p.B4)

2005        Nov 4, Authorities in Oakland, Ca., said drug trafficking ring that sold $5 million worth of heroin and cocaine a year was shut down as police arrested 5 leaders of the operation.
    (SFC, 11/5/05, p.B3)
2005        Nov 4, An anonymous investor bid $110.5 million for the 167-acre former Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, Ca. SunCal won the final bid.
    (SFC, 11/5/05, p.B1)(SFC, 3/4/06, p.B2)

2005        Nov 7, Oakland, Ca., pediatrician Zehra Attari went missing. On Dec 20 she was found in her car as it was pulled out of the Oakland estuary at the end of Grand St.
    (SFC, 12/22/05, p.B1)

2005        Nov 8, In the SF Bay Area developers won ballot initiatives for growth in Pittsburg and Antioch, but lost in Brentwood and Livermore.
    (SFC, 11/10/05, p.B1)

2005        Nov 12, Martress Rogers (23) was shot during an argument over double parking outside an Ashland Gardens apartment in San Lorenzo, Ca. He soon died at Eden Hospital. In 2006 Hussam and Mazzin Elhosseiny and Joseph Lee were arrested for the slaying.
    (SFC, 3/4/06, p.B6)

2005        Nov 15, Crab season opened in California but Bay Area fisherman waited to settle on a price for the catch. The 2004 catch of 23.7 million pounds fetched $1.70 per pound. The record catch was 26.3 million pounds in 1976-1977.
    (SFC, 11/15/05, p.A1)

2005        Nov 18, Scott Winfield Davis (40), was arrested in Palo Alto, Ca., for the 1996 Atlanta shooting death of David Coffin Jr., heir to a Connecticut family that founded the Dexter Corp. Initial charges against Davis were dropped in 1998 due to insufficient evidence. David Coffin Jr. On December 4, 2006, a jury in Fulton County, Georgia, found Davis guilty on all counts of malice murder and felony murder.
    (SFC, 11/19/05, p.B3)(www.atlantada.org/featuredarticle/ScottDavis.htm)

2005        Nov 23, In California several men, who appeared to be Black Muslims, vandalized 2 West Oakland corner markets. Police later arrested Yusuf Bey IV (19) and Donald Eugene Cunningham (73) and sought 4 others. Suspects Kahlil Raheem (24) and Yasir Hakeem Azzem (19) were arrested Dec 7. Suspects Dyamen Namer Williams (19) and Demetrius Lamar Harvey (20) were arrested Jan 2. Elijah Allen (33) was arrested Feb 21, 2006. In 2008 all the suspects pleaded no contest.
    (SFC, 11/30/05, p.A1)(SFC, 12/9/05, p.B3)(SFC, 1/4/06, p.B5)(SFC, 2/22/06, p.B10)(SFC, 7/31/08, p.B3)

2005        Nov 26, The SF Bay Area crab fleet ended their pricing standoff after pacific Seafood agreed to a $1.75 price per pound.
    (SSFC, 11/27/05, p.A1)

2005        Dec 3, Kayla Reed (15) went missing from her home in Livermore, Ca. Her body was found Jan 10 near a levee of the Delta-Mendota Canal near Vernalis.
    (SSFC, 1/22/06, p.A1)

2005        Dec 10, Anna Elizabeth Vuori (90) was found murdered and sexually assaulted at her home in Lafayette, Ca. DNA samples led police to arrest Richard Craig McNew (32), a traveling salesman from Missouri with a criminal record dating back to 1993. In late 2008 McNew pleaded guilty charges of rape, murder and robbery.
    (SFC, 1/11/06, p.B3)(SFC, 1/1/09, p.B3)

2005        Dec 12, In Santa Clara, Ca., Ryan Alain Watts (15) shot and killed his father and attempted to burn the body inside his home at 673 Bucher Ave. Ryan feared his father would find out that he was doing poorly in school.
    (SFC, 12/17/05, p.B1)

2005        Dec 15, Oakland, Ca., police officer Ingo Mayer pulled over a Cadillac and strip-searched two men in public. No lawful reason for the traffic stop was provided. The 2 men were later awarded $105,000 and $100,000 in compensatory damages. Mayer retired on disability as a result of the trial. In 2011 a judge ordered the Mayer to pay $40,000 out of his own pocket to the two men.
    (SFC, 11/8/11, p.C3)

2005        Dec 31, Oakland, Ca., ended the year with some 93 murders, 5 more than in 2004.
    (SSFC, 1/1/06, p.B1)

2005-2007    The Oakland, Ca., police department tracked 884 carjackings during this period. For the same period SF, with about twice Oakland’s population, reported 334 carjackings.
    (SFC, 6/2/08, p.A1)

2006        Jan 1, Julius Hatofsky (b.1922), abstract expressionist and long-time instructor at the SF Art Institute, died.
    (SSFC, 1/22/06, p.B8)

2006        Jan 6, Ronald Morris (55) was killed during a robbery at his Fremont, Ca., pawn shop. Police arrested 2 suspects in June.
    (SFC, 6/29/06, p.B7)

2006        Jan 7, In East Palo Alto, Ca., police officer Richard May (38) was gunned down after responding to a report of a fight at a taqueria. Alberto Alvarez (23) was arrested the next day. In 2009 a jury convicted him of first-degree murder and recommended that he be executed. On Feb 8, 2010, a judge sentenced Alvarez to death.
    (SFC, 1/9/06, p.A1)(SFC, 11/26/09, p.C2)(SFC, 12/23/09, p.C2)(SFC, 2/9/10, p.C2)

2006        Jan 10, Phil Elwood (b.1926), SF Bay Area jazz and blues critic, died.
    (SFC, 1/11/06, p.A2)

2006        Jan 20, Jean Siri (85), former mayor of El Cerrito, Ca., (1982-1983 and 1988-1989) died. She helped in the creation of Eastshore State Park.
    (SFC, 1/21/06, p.B4)

2006        Jan 21, Ashok Malhotra (43) was shot dead at 2380 Aberdeen Way in Richmond, Ca. 2 suspects, Ishtiaq Hussain (38) and Jose Antonio Barajas (22) were arrested Jan 24 following a chase at the Canadian border, where Hussain was shot.
    (SFC, 1/25/06, p.B4)

2006        Jan 31, In El Cerrito, Ca., Edward Wycoff (37) stabbed and bludgeoned to death his sister Julie Wycoff Rogers (47) and her husband Paul Rogers (48) at their home 1467 Rifle Range Road. He had hoped to adopt his niece and nephew after the killings. In 2009 Wycoff was convicted of murder with special circumstances and was sentenced by a jury to die by lethal injection.
    (SFC, 2/1/06, p.B3)(SFC, 10/28/09, p.D2)(SFC, 11/6/09, p.C2)

2006        Feb 3, The Oakland Ballet Co., founded in 1966 by Ronn Guidi, closed down. The City of Oakland, Ca., planned to close the Calvin Simmons Auditorium, where the company performed.
    (SFC, 2/8/06, p.E1)

2006        Feb 15, Stephen Brian Turner (51) of Hayward, Ca., who lost his medical license 8 years earlier, was arrested for posing as a doctor and performing fake, government-required, medical exams on Bay Area immigrants. On April 24 he was sentenced to 7 years and 8 months in prison and ordered to pay $138,510 in fines to the sate and restitution to his victims.
    (SFC, 2/17/06, p.B1)(SFC, 4/26/06, p.B4)

2006        Feb 21, In California the execution of Michael Morales at San Quentin was put on hold after 2 anesthesiologists backed out of assuring that he would be unconscious while dying per a requirement by US District Judge Jeremy Fogel.
    (SFC, 2/23/06, p.A14)

2006        Feb 25, Brandon Jackson (16) was shot to death in East Oakland, Ca., after tried to stop thieves from breaking into a neighbor’s car. He was Oakland’s 18th homicide this year.
    (SSFC, 3/5/06, p.B1)

2006        Mar 24, In Antioch, Ca., a man was killed and another wounded in a botched kidnapping attempt. 4 days later a woman (40) was found shot to death in East Oakland. On August 4, 2006, 3 people from Antioch were arraigned for the killings. Police said the woman was killed to prevent her from talking.
    (SFC, 8/5/06, p.B1)

2006        Mar 25, Aderian Gaines (36) was shot and killed while hosting a party for teenagers in Berkeley, Ca. On March 29 SWAT teams arrested James Freeman (29) in Berkeley and Antonio Harris (18) in Oakland for the murder of Gaines. On Nov 27 Harris was sentenced to 9 years in prison.
    (SFC, 3/30/06, p.B3)(SFC, 10/26/06, p.B3)(SFC, 11/28/06, p.B3)

2006        Apr 1, The body of Kimberly Millen (21) of San Bruno was found in Richmond, Ca. The body of her friend Sophia Sciutto-Creps (27) of South San Francisco was found April 5 in Golden Gate Park. Evidence in the case was found at Lake Merced in SF on April 3. Both women had disappeared on March 27. Police arrested Jasmilla Ford (26) on April 16 for the murder of Millen. Police arrested Ford’s brother Troy Richardson (24) on April 17 for the murder of Sciutto-Creps. Both women were believed to have been killed in Ford’s Oakland home on March 27.
    (SFC, 4/6/06, p.B1)(SFC, 4/18/06, p.B1)

2006        Apr 15, In Redwood City, Ca., 3 men were shot and killed at the Headquarters Bar.
    (SFC, 4/16/06, p.B1)
2006        Apr 15, In Oakland, Ca., Renardo Williams was shot in the chest. Police presented Williams with a picture of Ronald Ross and Williams identified Ross as the shooter. Williams and the son of the real shooter, Steven Embrey Sr., later recanted their story. In 2013 Ross (51) was freed from after nearly 7 years behind bars. In 2014 Ross filed a $32 million civil rights lawsuit against Oakland.
    (SFC, 2/23/13, p.C1)(SSFC, 2/23/14, p.C4)

2006        Apr 22, The 2-day Maker Faire began in San Mateo, Ca., as a gathering of tinkerers to display their gadgets.
    (Econ, 5/3/08, p.87)(http://makezine.com/faire/2006/)

2006        May 5, Leonard Salle (b.1936), founder of the Commonweal Institute, died. The progressive think tank is based in Menlo Park, Ca.
    (SSFC, 5/14/06, p.B6)(www.commonwealinstitute.org/)

2006        May 7, Golden West Financial Corp. of Oakland, Ca., agreed to sell itself to Wachovia Corp. for $25.5 billion. Investors soon expressed skepticism calling the transaction risky and too costly.
    (AP, 5/8/06)(SFC, 5/8/06, p.A1)

2006        May 13, Stanford Univ. held a Singularity Summit to discuss what will happen as technology develops machines that can outsmart their human creators.
    (SFC, 5/12/06, p.D1)

2006        May 18, Andrew Martinez, the famed Naked Guy at UC Berkeley (1992), died of suicide in a Santa Clara County Jail. In 2009 Santa Clara County agreed to pay $1 million to settle a wrongful death suit.
    (SFC, 5/19/09, p.B4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Martinez)

2006        May 22, In Richmond, Ca., 6 shootings left 3 people dead. Police arrested 3 people the next with weapons they believed were linked to the shootings.
    (SFC, 5/25/06, p.B3)
2006        May 22, Braxton Bilbrey (7) of Arizona swam from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco in 47 minutes.
    (AP, 5/22/07)

2006        May 23, In California the Hercules City Council voted unanimously to use eminent domain to prevent Wal-Mart from building a bog box store on a 17-acre lot near the city’s waterfront on the SF Bay.
    (SFC, 5/24/06, p.B1)

2006        May 24, It was reported that John Arrilaga (69), a Peninsula-based developer, had recently made a $100 million donation to Stanford Univ.
    (SFC, 5/24/06, p.B1)

2006        Jun 13, In Millbrae, Ca., former restaurateur Fernand Wagner (78) and his wife Suzanne (68) were murdered at their home on the 600 block of Lomita Ave. The couple’s black Cadillac was later found in Daly City. On June 19 police in Oxnard, Ca., arrested Joseph Cua (52), employed by the Wagner’s as a property manager, in connection to the killings. Cua was charged with murder on June 22. Cua was convicted on June 27, 2008. On Dec 18 Cua was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 6/16/06, p.B1)(SFC, 6/20/06, p.B1)(SFC, 6/23/06, p.B9)(SFC, 6/28/08, p.B3)(SFC, 12/19/08, p.B12)

2006        Jun 16, In Oakland, Ca., an unofficial final tally showed former US Rep. Ron Dellums winning the mayor’s race by 155 votes with 50.18% of the vote.
    (SFC, 6/17/06, p.B1)
2006        Jun 16, In California a Contra Costa Ct. jury convicted Susan Polk of second-degree murder of her psychotherapist husband on Oct 13, 2002.
    (SFC, 6/17/06, p.A1)

2006        Jun 22, In San Jose, Ca., Mayor Ron Gonzales was arrested on charges in a garbage contract scandal that included bribery, conspiracy and misappropriation of funds. Joe Guerra, the mayor’s top aide, was also arrested on similar charges. Both posted $50,000 bail.
    (SFC, 6/23/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 22, In SF, Ca., Edwin Torres (47), former Moraga broker, was sentenced to 90 months in prison for defrauding people of over $5 million in a Ponzi scheme. He was released on bail with a promise to return on August 11. Torres jumped bail.
    (SFC, 9/1/06, p.B2)

2006        Jun 27, In California the Berkeley City Council passed a resolution to let the public vote on the November 7 ballot for the impeachment of President Bush.
    (SFC, 6/29/06, p.B1)
2006        Jun 27, The City Council of Oakland, Ca., passed a measure to ban Styrofoam food packaging for restaurant takeout food effective January, 2007.
    (SFC, 6/29/06, p.B3)

2006        Jun 28, In California the San Jose City Council passed a nonbinding resolution (8-3) asking Mayor Gonzales to resign following his indictment on corruption charges.
    (SFC, 6/29/06, p.B1)

2006        Jul 5, Prince Tu'ipelehake (56), a Tongan prince known for promoting political reform in his South Pacific island nation, died in a car crash along with his wife, Princess Kaimana (46) and driver Vinisia Hefa when a teenage driver, Edith Delgado (18), slammed into them on Highway 101 in Menlo Park, Ca. In 2007 Delgado was sentenced to 2 years in jail and 3 years probation.
    (AP, 7/7/06)(SFC, 7/7/06, p.B3)(SFC, 11/6/08, p.B2)

2006        Jul 10, In Berkeley, Ca., Cody’s flagship bookstore on Telegraph Ave. opened and closed for the last time, one day after celebrating its 50th anniversary. Its last store on Shattuck Ave. closed in 2008.
    (SFC, 7/10/06, p.B1)(SFC, 6/23/08, p.A7)

2006        Jul 22, Tamika Mack Norton (31), the wife of Quincy Norton Sr. (32), was stabbed to death at her home in Daly City, Ca. Norton was arrested a month later and charged with her murder. In 2008 he was convicted of murder after his sons testified against him, but the conviction was overturned on the grounds that his defense attorney was incompetent. In 2009 a new trial date was set. In 2010 Norton was again convicted of 1st degree murder and faced 26 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 4/22/08, p.B2)(SFC, 5/16/08, p.B5)(SFC, 9/23/09, p.D2)(SFC, 10/8/10, p.C5)

2006        Jul 27, In Richmond, California, police and federal agents arrested Jose Santos Bonilla (33), a suspected leader of the local MS-13 street gang. The gang was in a street war with Richmond Sureno Trece (RST).
    (SFC, 7/28/06, p.B5)

2006        Aug 1, Philip H. Knight, founder of Nike Inc., pledged $105 million to the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Most of it will be used for a new $275 million facility to be called the Knight Management Center.
    (SFC, 8/2/06, p.B1)

2006        Aug 3, Devil’s Slide on Highway 1 in San Mateo, Ca., opened 6 weeks ahead of schedule. It had closed on April 2 as sensors detected sliding. The stabilization project cost $7 million.
    (SFC, 8/4/06, p.B3)

2006        Aug 5, In Oakland, Ca., CHP Officer Brent Clearman (33) was critically wounded at the 66th Ave. on-ramp in a hit-and-run incident. Clearman died the next day of his severe injuries. Russell Rodrigues (47) surrendered on August 7, 2006, and pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run charges on September 26, 2006. He faced up to 4 years in prison.
    (SFC, 9/27/06, p.B7)(www.porac.org/lineofduty6.html)

2006        Aug 7, In the SF Bay Area Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies seized over 20,000 marijuana plants on Mount Hamilton. Street value at maturity was estimated at $80 million.
    (SFC, 8/9/06, p.B5)

2006        Aug 10, Five SF Bay Area residents were arrested as part of an ecstasy smuggling ring based at a home in Hillsborough. Johnson Mai (43) and others brought in at least 906 kilograms for distribution in California and Texas.
    (SFC, 8/11/06, p.B4)

2006        Aug 16, Google launched a free wireless network for its hometown of Mountainview, Ca.
    (SFC, 8/16/06, p.C1)

2006        Aug 19, The new $108 million SF County Jail, designed for 768 prisoners, opened in San Mateo County next to the existing jail built in 1934 and designed for 550.
    (SFC, 8/17/06, p.B8)

2006        Aug 22, Berkeley, Ca., christened the new $70 million Berkeley City College, formerly known as Vista College. Vista had begun in 1974 as Peralta College for Non-traditional Study (PCNS). The name was changed to vista in 1978. Classes were spread across more than 200 locations.
    (SFC, 8/23/06, p.B3)

2006        Aug 24, In Oakland, Ca., police moved to serve 65 arrest warrants and picked up 30 suspected drug dealers. They planned to continue their sweep.
    (AP, 8/25/06)

2006        Aug 27, The new $65 million San Mateo library opened.
    (SSFC, 8/20/06, p.B1)

2006        Aug 29, Omeed Aziz Popal (29), a native of Afghanistan, killed one pedestrian in Hayward, Ca., and injured another 16 at 11 locations in SF in a driving rampage. SF police finally rammed him down at California and Spruce streets. In 2008 a SF judge ruled that Popal was legally insane.
    (SFC, 8/30/06, p.A1)(SFC, 8/1/08, p.B1)
2006        Aug 29, In East Oakland, Ca., Anthony Quintero (24), a Brink’s guard, was killed during a robbery that involved his partner Clifton Wherry Jr. and Dwight Campbell, who shot Quintero. In 2009 Campbell (26) and Wherry (31) were convicted of 1st degree murder. Both were sentenced to life in prison without parole.
    (SFC, 10/9/09, p.D5)(SFC, 12/12/09, p.C2)

2006        Sep 3, Nina Reiser (31) of Oakland, Ca., went missing. On Oct 10 police arrested Hans Reiser (42), her estranged husband on suspicion of murder. In 2008 Reiser confessed to strangling Nina in exchange for a reduced sentence and was sentenced 15 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 10/11/06, p.B1)(SFC, 8/30/08, p.B1)

2006        Sep 4, In Berkeley, Ca., Nicholas Beaudreaux shot and killed Wayne Drummond in front of Blake’s Restaurant. In 2009 Lamar Crowder (21) pleaded no contests to voluntary manslaughter and testified against Beaudreaux (23), who was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting.
    (SFC, 7/9/09, p.D2)

2006        Sep 5, The Wireless Silicon Valley Project picked Silicon Valley Metro Connect, a collaboration of Azulstar Networks, Cisco systems, IBM and Seakay, to build and operate a wireless network across 38 cities in the SF Bay Area.
    (SFC, 9/6/06, p.C1)

2006        Sep 6, Andy Ross, owner of Cody’s bookstore in Berkeley, Ca., announced that the store had been sold to Yohan Inc., a book company based in Tokyo.
    (SFC, 9/7/06, p.C1)

2006        Sep 21, In Santa Cruz, Ca., Kirby Scudder (50), former bike messenger, set up 500 giant flashlights to shine skyward every 30 feet along West Cliff Drive overlooking the Pacific Ocean in his tribute to International Peace Day. The lights came on at 9PM.
    (SFC, 9/21/06, p.B1)(SFC, 9/22/06, p.B7)

2006        Sep 24, Residents in Richmond, Ca., set up a tent city to protest violence, homicides and drug dealing in their Iron Triangle neighborhood.
    (SFC, 10/11/06, p.A7)

2006        Sep 29, In Oakland, Ca., Anthony J. Quintero, a Brink’s security guard and former Marine, was shot dead during a daylight robbery. Quintero’s partner, Clifton Wherry Jr. (28), was soon arrested for the murder and admitted that he had planned the robbery. On Oct 5 Dwight Omar Campbell (23) was arrested in San Diego County for allegedly shooting Quintero.
    (SFC, 9/30/06, p.B1)(SFC, 10/3/06, p.B3)(SFC, 10/7/06, p.B3)

2006        Oct 2, The US Fish and Wildlife Service designated some 150,000 acres in the East Bay of the SF Bay Area as essential habitat for the Alameda whipsnake. It had been listed as a threatened species in Dec, 1997.
    (SFC, 10/3/06, p.B1)

2006        Oct 3, Earl Stefanson (41) was arrested in Hayward, Ca, following a police chase through Oakland. He was wanted for the slaying of Leslie Lamb (36) who died Aug 26 following a severe beating. Police had found a torture chamber in Stefanson’s Oakland home with bloodstains from Lamb and 2 other apparent victims. In 2008 Stefanson was convicted of 1st degree murder and other charges. He was sentenced to 2 life terms in prison.
    (SFC, 10/5/06, p.B3)(SFC, 4/8/08, p.B3)(SFC, 7/2/08, p.B5)

2006        Oct 4, In Berkeley, Ca., the new 2,002-acre Eastshore State Park was dedicated. The 8.5 mile strip ran north along the East Bay from the Bay Bridge to Richmond.
    (SFC, 10/5/06, p.B1)

2006        Oct 6, The homicide rate in Oakland, Ca., hit 119 for the year, a 10-year high.
    (SFC, 10/7/06, p.B5)

2006        Oct 19, In Fremont, Ca., Alia Ansari (37), a native of Afghanistan and mother of 6, was gunned down in mid-afternoon as she walked to pick up her children from school. Manuel Urango (28) was soon arrested on a parole violation as a person of interest. In 2007 was charged with Ansari’s murder. Urango was convicted of first-degree murder on March 11, 2008. On April 14 he was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/20/06, p.A1)(SFC, 3/2/07, p.B1)(SFC, 3/10/08, p.B2)(SFC, 4/15/08, p.B3)

2006        Oct 25, In Richmond, Ca., federal and local officers arrested 15 people on drug charges.
    (SFC, 10/26/06, p.B3)

2006        Oct 27, Raijon Daniels (8) died in Richmond, Ca. His mother, Teresa Marie Moses (23), was arrested on felony charges of torture and child endangerment after the child’s body was found to be covered with chemical and rope burns, sores and other injuries all over his body. In 2009 a judge ruled that Moses was not guilty by reason of insanity.
    (SFC, 11/2/06, p.B3)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.C2)

2006        Nov 6, In Danville, Ca., Dimitra Mantas (43) was bludgeoned to death by her son (16), a user of methamphetamine. In 2008 a judge ruled that Andrew Mantas was incompetent to stand trial. In 2011 Andrew was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
    (SFC, 11/7/06, p.B1)(SFC, 5/31/08, p.B3)(SFC, 9/14/11, p.C4)

2006        Nov 7, In Richmond, Ca., voters elected Green Party member Gayle McLaughlin as mayor. This set Richmond to become the largest American city with a Green Party mayor.
    (SFC, 11/9/06, p.B1)

2006        Nov 17, In California Nicola Bucci (37) killed 2 children in a Toyota as he passed a vehicle in his SUV driving uphill on Hwy 12 in Solano County. In 2010 a state appeals court upheld a double murder conviction against Bucci. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison. In July 1994, Bucci had pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges of vehicular manslaughter after a double-fatality crash Jan. 13, 1994, on Interstate 80 in Nevada County, according to Nevada County Superior Court records in Truckee.
    (SFC, 6/24/10, p.C5)(www.theunion.com/article/20061220/NEWS/112200133)

2006        Nov 23, In North Oakland, Ca., 3 people were shot and killed during a Thanksgiving party. In 2008 brothers Asmeron and Tewodros Gebreselassie faced trial for killing their brother’s widow and two relatives during the party. In 2011 the brothers were convicted of murder and faced life in prison.
    (SFC, 7/10/08, p.B3)(SFC, 6/1/11, p.C1)

2006        Nov 24, In California Richmond police officer Kaliah Ashante Harper was shot and killed by her former boyfriend, Quartus Lee Hinton (28), during a funeral ceremony in Fairfield. Hinton was arrested the next day. In 2008 Hinton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 38 years in prison.
    (SSFC, 11/26/06, p.B1)(SFC, 7/16/08, p.B6)(SFC, 11/1/08, p.B3)

2006        Dec 1, In Berkeley, Ca., protesters began sitting in trees near Memorial Stadium which US Berkeley officials planned to cut in order to build an athletic training center. The last 4 protesters came down on December 9, 2008.
    (SFC, 8/22/08, p.B1)(SFC, 9/10/08, p.A1)

2006        Dec 2, In Oakland Mayor-elect Ron Dellums (71) said he would appoint a young person to every board and commission in the city.
    (SSFC, 12/3/06, p.B1)

2006        Dec 13, Richard Carlson (45), a SF Bay Area psychotherapist and author, died on a flight from SF to NY. His books included “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff" and 30 other motivational books.
    (SFC, 12/16/06, p.B1)

2006        Dec 27, A 2-day storm with 60 mph winds hit the SF Bay Area. In Marin County the main hall of Manka’s Inverness Lodge, built in 1917, burned down when wind knocked a tree into a water heater. A woman was killed when a tree crashed through her cottage in Lagunitas.
    (SFC, 12/28/06, p.A1, B1)

2006        Dec 31, It was reported that UC Berkeley had formed an online marketplace to promote student projects for social change. Students on the site, www.bigideas.berkeley.edu, were required to update donors on progress twice a year.
    (SSFC, 12/31/06, p.B2)

2006        Dec, In California the 4-member Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors raised their annual pay by 60% from $54,000 to $94,000.
    (SFC, 1/2/07, p.B1)

2006        California’s EPA chief asked the San Mateo Housing Dept. to help relocate concerned residents of Daly City’s Midway Village.
    (SFC, 3/2/09, p.B1)

2006        At least 34 people leaped to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge this year.
    (SFC, 1/18/07, p.A1)

2007        Jan 3, Oakland, Ca., reported 148 killings for 2006, a 57% jump over 2005.
    (SFC, 1/4/07, p.A1)

2007        Jan 4, Victor Ramirez (27), a day laborer from El Salvador, was gunned down by 2 black teenagers in Richmond, Ca. Ramirez was taken off life support after 2 weeks and died Jan 19.
    (SFC, 1/30/07, p.A1) 

2007        Jan 8, Ron Dellums was sworn in as Oakland’s 48th mayor.
    (SFC, 1/9/07, p.B1)

2007        Jan 9, Rex Farrance (59), a longtime editor for PC World, was shot to death during a robbery at his home in Pittsburg, Ca. Farrance had let his son grow medical marijuana. In September Tremaine Amos (25), Darryl Hudson (23) and Montrell Hall (23) were charged with murder in the commission of a robbery. In 2009 Hudson was convicted of murder, robbery and assault. Amos pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for testifying against Hall and Hudson. A mistrial was declared in Hall’s case. In a retrial Hall was convicted on Oct 9, 2009, of murder, assault, robbery and burglary.
    (SFC, 1/23/07, p.A1)(SFC, 9/26/07, p.B1)(SSFC, 6/21/09, p.B2)(SFC, 10/12/09, p.C4)

2007        Jan 11, In California the Alameda County Board of Supervisors agreed to develop a long-term conservation plan in a deal to settle a lawsuit over bird deaths due to wind turbines in the Altamont Pass. Some 4,88 windmills in the area killed up to 4,700 birds every year.
    (SFC, 1/12/07, p.B1)

2007        Jan 19, CNL Hotel & Resorts agreed to sell a collection of 8 resorts, including the Claremont Resort & Spa in Berkeley, Ca., to Morgan Stanley Real Estate for $6.6 billion.
    (SFC, 1/23/07, p.D4)

2007        Jan 22, It was reported that federal officials had arrested 119 people in Contra Costa County, Ca., in a weeklong immigration crackdown that was part of “Operation Return to Sender." Immigration officials arrested over 750 illegals in the Los Angeles area. The operation has arrested 13,000 nationwide people since June 2006.
    (SFC, 1/23/07, p.B8)(WSJ, 1/24/07, p.A1)

2007        Feb 2, Ivan Santos (15) was shot and killed in San Pablo, Ca. On Mar 22-23 Police arrested Ramon Alejandre (30), Roberto Garcia (21) and a boy (17) for shooting Santos, who was allegedly dressed like a rival gang member.
    (SFC, 3/24/07, p.B3)

2007        Feb 13, In Richmond, Ca., Luz Maria Aguilar-Bucio (32), mother of 3, was killed with her fetus at home by shots from a high-powered assault rifle. In December Robert Valentino Hernandez III (19) and Robert Joe Leyva (22) were charged with her murder.
    (SFC, 12/19/07, p.B3)  

2007        Feb 20, It was reported that Jerry Yang (38), co-founder of Yahoo, will donate $75 million to Stanford Univ. Yang and David Filo founded Yahoo in March, 1995.
    (WSJ, 2/20/07, p.B5)

2007        Feb 28, Martin Metal (88), a Berkeley sculptor, musician and poet, died.
    (SFC, 3/17/07, p.B5)

2007        Mar 1, Deborah Palfrey (1956-2008) of Vallejo, Ca., was indicted in Washington DC for running a $2 million prostitution ring. She threatened to sell detailed phone records of her clients to pay for her defense. At least 132 women were employed by her firm in the Washington area from 1993-2006. On April 15, 2008, Palfrey was convicted of racketeering and other charges.
    (SFC, 3/3/07, p.B1)(SFC, 4/16/08, p.A2)

2007        Mar 3, In San Jose, Ca., members of the De Anza College baseball team gang-raped a girl at a house party. Members of the women’s soccer team rescued Jessica Gonzalez (17). In 2011 prosecutors said no criminal charges would be filed because the DA’s office could not prove that a crime occurred.
    (SFC, 10/15/11, p.C1)

2007        Mar 5, In Hayward, Ca., 3 children, aged 3-4, were shot in a drive-by shooting at their home on the 27700 block of Seminole Way. Two 4-year-old sisters were left clinging to life. Datasha Wilson (4) died Mar 8.
    (SFC, 3/6/07, p.D1)(SFC, 3/10/07, p.B1)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.C2)

2007        Mar 6, It was reported that Myers Development Co. of SF planned to start construction next month on its $428 million Mandalay Terrace project on the west side of San Bruno Mountain in South San Francisco. It included 12 and 21-story office towers.
    (SFC, 3/6/07, p.B6)

2007        Mar 18, An estimated 3,000 protesters marched in SF to mark the 4th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq and demanding an end to the war there.
    (SFC, 3/19/07, p.A1)

2007        Mar 29, Johnny Castaneda of Richmond, Ca., a rising rapper and protégé of Mac Dre, died 6 hours after being found with gunshot wounds in a Vallejo parking lot.
    (SSFC, 4/1/07, p.D1)

2007        Mar 31, Berkeley Iceland closed in Berkeley, Ca., after 66 years of operation.
    (SSFC, 4/1/07, p.D1)

2007        Apr 5, A teacher’s strike began in Hayward, Ca. It was their first strike since 1994, when a judge ordered them back to class after 6 days.
    (SFC, 4/6/07, p.B1)
2007        Apr 5, In San Mateo, Ca., Dr. William Ayres (75), a published child psychologist, was arrested on 14 counts of child molestation, which dated back as far as 1969. 4 new charges were added on April 12. In 2013 Ayres was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/7/07, p.A1)(SFC, 4/13/07, p.B1)(SFC, 8/27/13, p.C1)

2007        Apr 23, David Halberstam (73), Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and writer, died in a car crash in San Mateo, Ca. His books included “The Best and the Brightest" (1972) and “The Powers That Be" (1979). He had just finished his 21st book “The Coldest Winter," a history of the Korean War.
    (SFC, 4/24/07, p.A1)(Econ, 5/5/07, p.108)

2007        Apr 25, Negotiators reached a tentative settlement in the 10-day school strike in Hayward, Ca.
    (SFC, 4/26/07, p.B3)

2007        Apr 26, Alfredo Figueroa (40), owner of  the Red Onion hamburger restaurant in El Cerrito, was shot and killed during a robbery.
    (SFC, 4/28/07, p.B2)

2007        Apr 28, Lou Papan (78), long-time California state assemblyman for San Mateo County, died. Papan had started his political career as a Daly City councilman.
    (SFC, 5/1/07, p.B5)

2007        Apr 29, A stretch of highway near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed after a gasoline tanker crashed and burst into flames, leaving one of the nation's busiest spans in a state of near paralysis. Officials said traffic could be disrupted for months. Driver James Mosqueda (51) managed to away with 2nd degree burns.
    (AP, 4/29/07)(SFC, 5/1/07, p.A1)

2007        May 1, Thousands of protesters marched in SF, Oakland, San Jose and across the Bay Area to call for immigration reform and in opposition to recent federal raids that have netted thousands of illegal immigrants.
    (SFC, 5/2/07, p.A1)

2007        May 3, James H. Simons, mathematician and philanthropist, announced a $10 million donation to Berkeley’s Mathematical Sciences Research Institute from the Simons Foundation. Simons is president of Renaissance Technologies Corp., a private investment firm dedicated to the use of mathematical methods.
    {Math, Donation, SF Bay Area, USA}
    (SSFC, 5/6/07, p.B7)
2007        May 3, Ignacio De La Fuente Jr. (32), the son of Oakland, Ca., City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente, pleaded guilty to 5 felony sex charges committed between 2003 and 2005. Three of his 4 victims were prostitutes.
    (SFC, 5/4/07, p.B5)

2007        May 8, It was reported that San Jose State Univ. planned to name its college of education after Connie Lurrie, the wife of former SF Giants owner Robert Lurrie, pledged to donate $10 million to the school.
    (SFC, 5/8/07, p.B2)

2007        May 13, A mother humpback whale and her calf were spotted in the Sacramento River. They reached close to Sacramento before turning around back to SF Bay as thousands watched media marked their wayward progress. On May 29 the pair reached SF Bay and the next day were spotted outside the Golden Gate.
    (SFC, 5/31/07, p.B1)

2007        May 17, It was reported that Chris Cohan, owner of the Golden State Warriors basketball team, faced tax evasion charges by the IRS for potentially abusive tax shelters used when he sold Sonic Communications in 1998 for $200 million.
    (SFC, 5/17/07, p.A1)
2007        May 17, In Oakland, Ca., a mother and daughter were kidnapped and tortured by men associated with Your Black Muslim Bakery. Yusuf Bey IV, the group’s leader, believed the women could reveal where a local drug dealer kept his money. In October Richard Lewis (23), aka Rakeem Kahlil Bey, was arrested for his role in the kidnap-torture. On April 7, 2010, Lewis was convicted of kidnapping, carjacking and torture. In 2014 a state appeals court overturned the conviction and life sentence of Lewis, entitling him to a new trial.
    (SFC, 10/18/07, p.B1)(SFC, 4/8/10, p.C3)(SSFC, 2/2/14, p.C2)

2007        May 18, Roy De Forest (77), prominent SF Bay Area painter, died.
    (SFC, 5/23/07, p.B7)

2007        May 22, In Oakland, Ca., a gunman shot and killed 15 young brush-clearing goats at their corral in the King Estates Recreation Area. A reward of $13,500 was soon offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman.
    (SFC, 5/26/07, p.B3)

2007        May 24, In Oakland, Ca., C.C. Myers led the completion of repair work on I-580, 26 days after a portion of the MacArthur Maze collapsed following a gasoline tanker crash and fire.
    (SFC, 5/25/07, p.A1)

2007        Jun 12, In California the Berkeley City Council passed a new Public Commons Initiative to deal with myriad issues facing those living on the streets.
    (SFC, 6/14/07, p.B1)

2007        Jun 14, In California the Sonoma County Water Agency became the first water provider in the state since the early 1990s to institute mandatory rationing.
    (SFC, 6/15/07, p.A1)

2007        Jun 18, In Berkeley, Ca., Kevin Morrissey (51), overwhelmed by financial worries, shot and killed his wife and 2 children in Tilden Park.
    (SFC, 6/20/07, p.A1)

2007        Jun 27, It was reported that Salvia divinorum, a leafy hallucinogenic green plant from Mexico, was readily available in the SF Bay Area for $15-50 a hit. The effect was said to be short-lived and not in wide-spread use.
    (SFC, 6/27/07, p.A1)

2007        Jul 8, In Oakland, Ca., Odell Roberson Jr., a transient drug addict, was found shot and killed. Police later determined that his killer used an AK-47 assault rifle linked to Your Black Muslim Bakery. In 2009 an indictment accused Yusuf Bey IV (23), the leader of the bakery, of murder for allegedly ordering the killing.
    (SFC, 10/15/07, p.A1)(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A1)

2007        Jul 12, The city of Oakland, Ca., sued garbage hauler Waste Management in an attempt to force the company to pick up trash during its 11-day lockout of truck drivers. Isaac Haqq, founder and principal of Oakland’s University Preparatory Charter Academy (2001), resigned amidst a cheating scandal. Several Uprep teachers blamed him for a culture of cheating and intimidation.
    (SFC, 7/13/07, p.B9)(SFC, 7/13/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 12, In Oakland, Ca., Michael John Wills, a sous chef, was shot and killed. Police later determined that his killer used an AK-47 assault rifle linked to Your Black Muslim Bakery.  In 2009 an indictment accused Yusuf Bey IV (23), the leader of the bakery, of murder for allegedly ordering the killing.
    (SFC, 10/15/07, p.A1)(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A1)

2007        Jul 17, The California State Water Resources Control board passed a 70-year mercury cleanup plan for the SF Bay.
    (SFC, 7/19/07, p.B1)

2007        Jul 18, NYC and New Jersey claimed $170.2 million in anti-terrorism funds, LA and Long Beach, Ca., claimed $72.6 million, DC claimed $61.7 million, Chicago got $47.3 million, the SF Bay Area got $34.1 million and Houston got $25 million.
    (SFC, 7/19/07, p.B3)

2007        Jul 20, A 4.2 earthquake jolted San Francisco Bay area residents awake, breaking glass and rattling nerves, although there were no immediate reports of injuries.
    (AP, 7/20/07)

2007        Jul 20, Pete Wilson (b.1945), TV anchor for KGO-TV in SF, died one day after a heart attack suffered during hip replacement surgery at Stanford Hospital.
    (SSFC, 7/22/07, p.A1)

2007        Jul 25, In northern California the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan was unveiled. It called for spending $350 million over the next 30 years to preserve 30,000 acres of open space around Mt. Diablo. It also listed some 12,000 acres for new development.
    (SFC, 7/26/07, p.B1)

2007        Jul 26, Oakland, Ca., Mayor Ron Dellums brokered negotiations between the locked-out Teamsters’ Union and Waste Management following 25 days of accumulated trash.
    (SFC, 7/28/07, p.A1)

2007        Jul 28, In California garbage workers in Alameda County approved a new contract with Waste Management ending a bitter 26-day lockout.
    (SSFC, 7/29/07, p.A1)

2007        Jul 30, Jinzhou Chang (24), a Contra Costa college student, was shot and killed in El Cerrito, Ca., while helping his immigrant father make repairs at an apartment complex. Three 17-year-old boys were soon arrested and faced robbery and murder charges.
    (SFC, 8/10/07, p.B5)
2007        Jul 30, Bill Walsh (75), former head coach of the SF 49ers football team, died at his Woodside home following a long battle with leukemia.
    (AP, 7/31/07)

2007        Jul 31, In northern California the governing board of Oakland’s troubled Univ. Preparatory Charter Academy closed the school leaving over 400 students in the lurch.
    (SFC, 8/1/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 31, In California Michael Schneider (44), a Hillsborough real estate broker, pleaded no contest in Santa Clara County to 173 felony counts related to bilking investors out of more than $43 million. He faced as much as 169 years in prison.
    (SFC, 8/2/07, p.B3)

2007        Aug 2, FBI agents arrested Rahmat Abdhir (43), aka Sean Kasem and Sean Kalimin, in San Jose, Ca., for providing material support to his brother, Zulkifli Abdhir (41), a US-trained engineer and terror suspect in the Philippines.
    (SFC, 8/3/07, p.B5)
2007        Aug 2, In Oakland, Ca., Chauncey Bailey (57), editor of the Oakland Post and former reporter for the Oakland Tribune, was shot and killed on his way to work by a masked gunman. In 2009 an indictment accused Yusuf Bey IV (23), the leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, of murder for allegedly telling two of his followers to kill Bailey. In 2009 Devaughndre Broussard (21) pleaded guilty to 2 counts of voluntary manslaughter as part of a deal to secure testimony against Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey, another bakery figure. In 2012 Thomas Peele authored “Killing the Messenger: A Story of Radical Faith, Racism’s Backlash, and the Assassination of a Journalist."
    (SFC, 8/3/07, p.A1)(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A1)(SFC, 5/8/09, p.B1)(SSFC, 2/26/12, p.F1)

2007        Aug 3, Oakland police arrested 7 people, including Yusuf Bey IV, in a predawn raid on Your Black Muslim Bakery and 3 homes in connection with 3 homicides including the Aug 2 murder of Oakland Post journalist Chauncey Bailey. The Post had been investigating the organization’s finances. Alameda County health inspectors shut down the bakery after finding health-code violations. A judge converted the bakery’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case to Chapter 7 liquidation setting Aug 9 as its last day of business.
    (SFC, 8/4/07, p.A1,6)(SSFC, 8/5/07, p.A11)

2007        Aug 4, Oakland, Ca., police said they have identified Devaughndre Broussard (19), a handyman at Your Black Muslim Bakery, as the person responsible for the Aug 2, murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey. He was one of 7 men arrested a day earlier. It was later learned that Broussard falsely confessed to the killing at the urging of Yusuf Bey IV, head of the bakery. In 2011 Broussard (23) was sentenced to 25 years behind bars.
    (SSFC, 8/5/07, p.A1)(SFC, 8/21/07, p.B1)(SFC, 8/13/11, p.C2)

2007        Aug 12, Ronald Bracewell (86), retired Stanford professor, died. He co-wrote the first text on radio astronomy and helped develop magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. The Australian-born engineer also led the 1961 construction of the 32-dish radio telescope at Stanford and authored a book on 350 species of trees on the Stanford campus.
    (SFC, 8/16/07, p.B11)

2007        Sep 3, The SF Bay Bridge reopened 11 hours earlier than scheduled following the replacement of a section of the upper deck east of Treasure Island.
    (SFC, 9/4/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 3, A fire began east of Morgan Hill, Ca., that burned 47,760 acres in and around Henry W. Coe State Park. Margaret Pavese was later charged with a misdemeanor for accidentally starting the fire when burning trash enar her cabin.
    (SFC, 9/27/07, p.B2)

2007        Sep 6, Authorities in Colorado arrested Norman Hsu (56), a fugitive political fundraiser. Hsu had failed to appear in a Redwood City, Ca., courtroom on Sep 5, following bail over a 1992 fraud conviction. It was later reported that Hsu had recently received $40 million from Source Financing Investors LLC, an investment fund run by Joel Rosenman, one of the creators of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and that the money was missing. On Sep 19 the fund filed suit against Hsu.
    (SFC, 9/7/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/12/07, p.A1)(SFC, 9/20/07, p.A1)

2007        Sep 9, Phil Frank (64), longtime resident of Sausalito, Ca., and creator of the Farley and Elderberries comic strips, announced his retirement. His Farley strip had run in the SF Chronicle for decades.
    (SSFC, 9/9/07, p.A1)

2007        Sep 10, UC Berkeley announced a $113 million gift from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation of Menlo Park, Ca.
    (SFC, 9/11/07, p.D1)

2007        Sep 12, Phil Frank (b.1943), creator of the Farley and Elderberries comic strips, died from a brain tumor in Bolinas, Ca. His Farley strip had run in the SF Chronicle for decades.
    (SFC, 9/14/07, p.A1)

2007        Sep 14, In Oakland, Ca., Amanda Pierre (89) was found stabbed to death and burned by Allen Thomas, her great nephew. Thomas was sentenced to prison for 16 years, plus life without the possibility of parole. The murder conviction was upheld in 2012.
    (SFC, 3/23/12, p.C3)(http://tinyurl.com/7hvabge)

2007        Sep 18, In the SF Bay area the East Bay Regional Park District approved a $6.63 million deal to add the 1,476-acre Tyler Ranch to its holdings.
    (SFC, 9/19/07, p.B1)

2007        Sep 20, In Oakland, Ca., police Sgt. Pat Gonzales shot and killed Gary King Jr. (20). Officers found a loaded gun on King after the shooting. King was shot in the back. In 2009 Oakland was expected to pay $1.5 million to settle a federal civil rights suit filed by King’s family.
    (SFC, 9/12/09, p.C2)

2007        Sep 21, Chris Kavanagh, Berkeley rent board member, was arrested in Oakland, Ca., and charged with fraud for allegedly claiming a false residence in Berkeley to hold office there.
    (SFC, 9/21/07, p.B1)

2007        Sep 24, Wolfgang K.H. Panofsky (b.1919), German-born Stanford physicist, died. He led the construction of the Stanford Linear Accelerator following approval by Congress in 1961.
    (SFC, 9/26/07, p.B7)

2007        Sep 25, Julian Revilleza (26), the accused mastermind of a grade-changing scandal at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Ca., and Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, pleaded guilty to 15 felonies. As many as 400 grades were changed from 2000-2006. On Nov 26 Jeremy Tato (26) pleaded no contest to 8 felonies. On Nov 29 15 more people were charged in the scandal including Liberato Servo, identified as one of the scheme’s ringleaders. On Dec 14 the final set of charges were filed against 4 current or former students at Los Medanos.
    (SFC, 9/26/07, p.B2)(SFC, 11/27/07, p.B1)(SFC, 11/30/07, p.B2)(SFC, 12/15/07, p.B3)

2007        Sep 27, In Oakland, Ca., 4 people were charged with growing marijuana that since 2001 was used in cookies and other packaged food made by Tainted Inc.
    (SFC, 9/28/07, p.B3)

2007        Sep 30, In Burlingame, Ca., a shooting on Highway 101 killed Londell Wilson (25). Police used a stoplight photograph from a nearby exit to identify the car and on Oct 24 arrested Doyal “Ali" Malcolm Webber of Hayward (18) for the shooting. In 2009 Webber was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/25/07, p.B1)(SFC, 11/24/09, p.C2)

2007        Oct 13, In San Leandro, Ca., Greg Ballard Jr. (17), was shot to death on the 9200 block of Sunnyside Street in East Oakland. Authorities identified suspect Dwayne Stancill (19), a gang member and son of a police detective, with the help of his picture on the gang’s MySpace page. In 2010 Stancill was convicted of 2nd degree murder.
    (SFC, 10/25/07, p.B3)(SFC, 2/11/10, p.C2)

2007        Oct 16, The Oakland, Ca., the City Council adopted an ordnance banning smoking in ATM lines, parks, bus stops and municipal golf courses.
    (SFC, 10/17/07, p.B1)

2007        Oct 20,     In Berkeley, Ca., the new, 4-story, $46.4 million C.V. Starr East Asian Library was unveiled.
    (SSFC, 10/21/07, p.B1)

2007        Oct 22,     Rene Medina (62) of Atherton, owner of the Lucky Chances Casino in Colma, Ca., pleaded guilty to evading $591,000 in income taxes. In 2008 he was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for evading $973,000 in income taxes.
    (SFC, 10/23/07, p.D2)(SFC, 10/31/08, p.B3)

2007        Oct 24,     US federal and local law enforcement officials, targeting a violent Mexican heroin drug ring, raided numerous locations in Oakland and northern California arresting 30 people and confiscating drugs, guns and cash.
    (SFC, 10/25/07, p.A2)

2007        Oct 26,     In Oakland, Ca., Ignacio De La Fuente Jr. (34), son of the Oakland City Council President, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexually assaulting 4 women.
    (SFC, 10/27/07, p.B3)

2007        Oct 30,     The San Francisco Bay area's largest earthquake in nearly two decades rattled homes and nerves. The magnitude-5.6 temblor on the Calaveras Fault caused no serious damage or injuries.
    (AP, 10/31/07)(SFC, 10/31/07, p.A1)
2007        Oct 30, In Sunnyvale, Ca., Todd David Burpee kidnapped and raped a 17-year-old girl. He was arrested 2 days later. In 2009 Burpee (22) was convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault and was sentenced 43 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 5/30/09, p.B2)(SFC, 9/12/09, p.C3)

2007        Oct 31, Physicists at UC Berkeley said they had produced the world’s smallest radio out of a single carbon nanotube, 10,000 times thinner than human hair. They had it play “Layla" by Derek and the Dominos and said it could also function as a transmitter.
    (SFC, 11/1/07, p.C1)
2007        Oct 31, In Alameda, Ca., Ichinkhorloo Bayarsaikhan (15) was shot in the back and killed in a robbery attempt by a group of teenage boys. She had been out with some 10 friends on Halloween when they were accosted at Washington Park. Quochuy Tran (16), the suspected shooter, was arrested Nov 7 and 5 others were picked up the next day. 3 boys arrested earlier in the week were released. On Dec 14 three teenage boys were convicted in juvenile court of first degree murder. Charges were still pending against 3 others. On Jan 25 Tran was sentenced to 7 years. His younger brother (15) and another boy (13) were sentenced to a wilderness camp for 2 years. In 2010 Quochuy Tran was tried as an adult and sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for first degree murder.
    (SFC, 11/2/07, p.A1)(SFC, 11/14/07, p.B5)(SFC, 12/15/07, p.B1)(SFC, 1/26/08, p.B3)(SFC, 8/21/10, p.C2)

2007        Nov 6, In Vallejo, Ca., mayoral candidates Osby Davis (62) and Gary Cloutier (45) finished in a dead heat. Cloutier was later sworn in as mayor after elections officials said he won by 4 votes. On Dec 11 Osby was sworn in as mayor following a recount that put him on top by 2 votes.
    (SFC, 12/12/07, p.B3)

2007        Nov 7, The Cosco Busan, a 65,131 ton Greek-owned container ship leased by Hanjin Shipping of South Korea, hit a protective shield at the base of a tower of the Bay Bridge. The Bridge was not damaged, but the ship suffered a gash and spilled 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel oil into the SF Bay. By the end of the month estimated bird deaths due to the oil topped 20,000. The cleanup cost was later estimated at some $61 million. A year later federal authorities still held 6 Chinese crew members for their testimony. In July, 2009, Cosco Busan Capt. John Cota (61) was sentenced to 10 months in prison, becoming the first ship’s pilot in US history to be sent to prison for an accident. On August 13, 2009, Fleet Management Ltd. of Hong Kong pleaded guilty to charges of water pollution and falsifying documents and agreed to pay $10 million in fines. On Dec 4, 2011, a settlement was reached to pay 120 SF Bay Area commercial fishermen $3.6 million.
    (SFC, 11/8/07, p.A1)(SFC, 11/27/07, p.A1)(SFC, 12/19/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/5/08, p.A2)(SFC, 7/18/09, p.C1)(SFC, 8/14/09, p.D1)(SFC, 1/5/11, p.C3)

2007        Nov 15, Berkeley poet Robert Haas won the National Book Award for his recent collection “time and materials."
    (SFC, 11/16/07, p.A2)

2007        Nov 16, In Oakland, Ca., Francis William Reimers (62), formerly from Danville, Ca., was sentenced to 9 years in federal prison for mail fraud and money laundering. Reimers had attempted suicide in Dec, 2005, following allegations that he swindled million from former friends.
    (SFC, 11/17/07, p.B3)

2007        Nov 18, Detroit pushed past St. Louis to become the nation's most dangerous city, according to a private research group's controversial analysis of annual FBI crime statistics. Flint, Mich., ranked 3rd and Oakland, Ca., ranked 4th.
    (AP, 11/19/07)(SFC, 11/19/07, p.A3)

2007        Nov 22, Carmelo Salas (28), an illegal Mexican immigrant, killed 2 children in East Oakland, Ca., in a hit and run crash after he ran a stop sign at high speed. On Nov. 26 he was charged with murder.
    (SFC, 11/27/07, p.B3)

2007        Nov 28, An Oakland, Ca., city auditor’s report said employees were allowed to cash out unused vacation time and received millions of dollars in perks, much of it not subject to scrutiny.
    (SFC, 11/28/07, p.A1)

2007        Nov 29, Gov. Schwarzenegger lifted the ban on crabbing  and fishing in the SF Bay Area after studies showed no ill effects from the fuel oil spill 3 weeks earlier.
    (SFC, 11/30/07, p.A1)

2007        Dec 3, In the SF Bay Area the mayors of Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Richmond announced an agreement to promote the East Bay as the nucleus of a “green wave" of research and manufacturing.
    (SFC, 12/4/07, p.B1)

2007        Dec 8, Ann Lisa Nguyen (35), a program manager in San Jose, Ca., went missing. Her body was found Dec 19 at the Newby Island Landfill in Milpitas. Anthony Dale Evans (45), a convicted felon who worked at the same gym that Nguyen frequented, was later arrested on suspicion of murder.
    (SFC, 12/20/07, p.B2)

2007        Dec 12, Police in northern California arrested Art Cheney, a winery tour guide dubbed “The Highway 101 Bandit," following his robbery of a bank in Fairfield. He had robbed at least 17 banks, including at least 8 in the Bay Area, most of which were on the Highway 101 corridor. In 2008 Cheney (65) was sentenced to 90 months in prison and ordered to pay back the $50,760 that he stole.
    (SFC, 12/14/07, p.A1)(SFC, 10/21/08, p.B3)

2007        Dec 14, Maria Borrega, a former ticket agent for the Contra Costa County public transit system was extradited from Florida to California and charged with embezzling at least $184,000 from 2002 until her retirement in 2005.
    (SFC, 12/19/07, p.B2)

2007        Dec 27, In Richmond, Ca., 2 gunmen shot and killed Ravinder (30) and Paramjit (42) Kalsi as they closed their restaurant. In 2009 police named Rajesh Kumar of Fiji, as a suspect in the case. Kumar was wanted for allegedly defrauding a woman connected to the restaurant.
    (SFC, 1/2/09, p.B2)

2007        Dec 29, In Oakland, Ca., carjackers stole a state-issued Dodge Charger from state Senate pres. Don Perata. Jared Adams (25) and his girlfriend, Maeve Clifford, were arrested on Jan 10 in another stolen vehicle. Their prints were found on Perata’s car, which had been found abandoned in Richmond. Ryan McGough (28), a 3rd suspect in the carjacking, was arrested in May, 2008. In addition to the carjacking Adams was later charged with a shooting, 12 days after the carjacking, that left Christopher Rodrizuez (10) paralyzed. In 2011 Adams was sentenced to 70 years in prison.
    (SFC, 8/12/08, p.B3)(SFC, 8/13/08, p.B4)(SFC, 8/17/11, p.C4)

2007        Dec 31, Oakland, Ca., police officers shot and killed Andrew Moppin-Buckskin (20) at 47th and Int’l. Blvd. after he ran from his car following a traffic stop. In 2010 a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by the family of Moppin-Buckskin.
    (SSFC, 1/17/10, p.C2)

2007        Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria authored “The Key System: San Francisco and the Eastshore Empire."
    (SFC, 3/22/14, p.D2)
2007        A new $2.6 billion eastern span of the Bay Bridge was scheduled for completion.
    (SSFC, 8/18/02, p.A1)

2008        Jan 4, In Oakland, Ca., Jessica Birden (19) died from wounds suffered on Jan 1, when she was found unconscious on a trail in the King Estates Recreation Area in the Oakland Hills. On Jan 8 Kenneth Jovan Washington, a man suspected in her assault and that of others in the Bay Area, was charged with her murder and another attack on Dec 24.
    (SFC, 1/8/08, p.B3)(SFC, 1/9/08, p.B3)

2008        Jan 6, Martha Arguello (b.1917), the cartoonist known as Marty Links, died in San Rafael, Ca. She was the creator of the Bobby Sox and Emmy Lou cartoon strips, which ran in the SF Chronicle for over 35 years.
    (SFC, 1/9/08, p.B9)

2008        Jan 7, The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (www.inequality.com) announced the launch of its new quarterly publication, Pathways, an online and hardcopy magazine dedicated to examining poverty and inequality in the United States.
    (SFC, 1/29/08, p.E1)

2008        Jan 9, Muir Woods in northern California was listed on the national Registry of Historic Places on its 100th anniversary as a national monument.
    (SFC, 1/10/08, p.B1)

2008        Jan 20, The Nature Conservancy said the Hewlett and Packard families had donated the 28,359-acre San Felipe Ranch, southeast of San Jose, as a conservation easement to protect the property from development.
    (SFC, 1/21/08, p.A6)

2008        Jan 23, Police in San Jose and Santa Clara, Ca., picked up over 70 people, part of more than 140 sought in the culmination of Operation Meltdown, a year-long undercover investigation into copper theft.
    (SFC, 1/24/08, p.B2)

2008        Jan 28, Pegasus Wireless, a Fremont, Ca., technology company, filed for bankruptcy. In 2011 financial officer Stephen Durland was sentenced to 33 months in jail for fraudulent stock sales that netted him some $2.1 million. CEO Jasper Knabb pleaded guilty to stock fraud that netted him some $29 million and awaited sentencing. On June 7, 2012, Knabb was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison.
    (SFC, 10/15/11, p.D1)(SFC, 6/8/12, p.D1)

2008        Jan 31, The Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin, Ca., let nearly 3 million gallons of treated and raw sewage spill into the SF Bay. A week later it was reported that a spill on Jan 25 had released 2.5 million gallons. Over the next 2 weeks at least 65 birds were found dead on the shores of Richardson Bay Audubon Center.
    (SFC, 2/6/08, p.B7)(SFC, 2/9/08, p.B1)

2008        Feb 3, In East Oakland, Ca., two teenage girls from San Leandro were shot and killed as they were catching a ride to a music studio. In 2012 Gumaro Baez (22) was sentenced to life in prison for their murder plus 2 counts of attempted murder.
    (SFC, 2/29/12, p.C4)

2008        Feb 9, In San Mateo County, Ca., police found John Alfred Dennis Jr. (59), an Oakland historian and respected college teacher, slain in a vehicle at Montara State Beach. Troy Tyrone Thomas (43), the driver of the vehicle, was arrested. Dennis had mentored Thomas for some years. On July 7 Thomas pleaded guilty and faced life in prison.
    (SFC, 2/11/08, p.D1)(SFC, 2/12/08, p.B1)(SFC, 7/10/08, p.B2)

2008        Feb 11, Rep. Tom Lantos (80) of California, the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress, died.
    (AP, 2/11/08)

2008        Mar 9, In Cupertino, Ca., 2 racing cyclists, Kristy Gough (30) and Mat Peterson (29), were killed during a training ride when a deputy sheriff veered into the opposite lane of traffic on Stevens Canyon Road. Officer James Council (27) said he had fallen asleep at the wheel. In 2009 Council was sentenced to 4 months in jail and 800 hours of community service.
    (SFC, 3/10/08, p.A1)(SFC, 3/10/08, p.A1)(SFC, 3/12/08, p.C1)(SFC, 6/26/09, p.B1)

2008        Mar 11, The Pacific Fishery Management Council said it would have to ban all salmon fishing, due to depleted spawning, unless a request is made for an emergency exception.
    (SFC, 3/13/08, p.A1)

2008        Mar 14, In Pleasanton, Ca., Ernest Scherer (60), a real estate investor, and his wife Charlene Abendroth (57), an accounting lecturer, were found bludgeoned to death inside their home. In 2009 their son, Ernest Scherer III (30), was arrested in Las Vegas and charged with the murders. On may 20, 2011, Ernest Scherer III was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SSFC, 3/23/08, p.B1)(SFC, 2/25/09, p.B4)(SFC, 5/21/11, p.C2)

2008        Mar 15, The 31-foot sailboat Daisy sank a few miles outside the Golden Gate of San Francisco Bay during a charity race. The 2-man crew drowned. Sunken pieces were found on March 20.
    (SFC, 3/21/08, p.B1)

2008        Mar 19, In Oakland, Ca., police shot and killed Jose Luis Buenrostro (15) who allegedly aimed a sawed-off shotgun at them.
    (SFC, 3/20/08, p.B2)

2008        Apr 1, A California state Senate committee declined to act on a bill by Senator Leland Yee to declare the Cow Palace in Daly City to be surplus property.
    (SFC, 4/2/08, p.A1)

2008        Apr 10, In Oakland, Ca. Larae Brown, the former city controller, filed suit claiming she was fired last year after informing her superiors and elected officials of potentially disastrous flaws in the city’s bookkeeping.
    (SFC, 4/11/08, p.B1)

2008        Apr 20, In Emeryville, Ca., Chad Clarke (38), a suspected marijuana dealer, was shot a killed. In 2011 Anthony Ramirez (25) was convicted of the murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Co-defendant Ricco Orlando Earl (31) had testified against Ramirez and faced 12-16 years in prison.
    (SFC, 8/24/11, p.C3)

2008        Apr 22, In Richmond, Ca., Uriah Dach, a mentally ill man, died following a struggle with police at a mental health center. Police used pepper spray, shock weapons and batons to subdue him. In 2011 the city of Richmond agreed to pay his family $1.5 million.
    (SFC, 11/24/11, p.C6)

2008        Apr 23, It was reported that home foreclosures in California and the SF Bay Area soared over 300% during the first 3 months of 2008.
    (SFC, 4/23/08, p.A1)

2008        Apr 24, UC Berkeley officials defended an arrangement that allowed campus Police Chief Victoria Harrison (54) to retire last year with a $2.1 million package and then return to the same job for more money.
    (SFC, 4/25/08, p.B1)

2008        Apr 27, In San Ramon, Ca., Kashmir Billon (42), a mortgage lender, was shot and killed. On May 1 Reginald Robinson (31) was charged with the murder. They were involved in a deal to sell a home to a fictitious person and leave a bank holding the bag.
    (SFC, 5/2/08, p.B1)(SFC, 5/8/08, p.B1)
2008        Apr 27, Hal Stein, veteran jazz saxophonist and teacher, died at his home in Oakland, Ca. His career spanned the swing and bebop eras of jazz.
    (SFC, 5/6/08, p.B5)

2008        Apr 28, In Oakland, Ca., a jury convicted Hans Reiser, a computer programmer, of 1st degree murder in the death his wife Nina Reiser, even though her body has not been found.
    (SFC, 4/29/08, p.A1)

2008        May 1, Deborah Palfrey (b.1956), a woman from Vallejo, Ca., known as the “D.C. Madam," was found hanged at her mother’s home in Tarpon Springs, Fl. She had been convicted on April 15 of racketeering and other charges related to a prostitution ring, whose clients included high profile government officials.
    (SFC, 5/2/08, p.A13)

2008        May 3, In Berkeley, Ca., student Christopher Wootton (21) was stabbed to death during an off campus scuffle. In 2010 former student Andrew Hoeft-Edenfield (22) was convicted of 2nd degree murder and faced 16 years to life in prison. In 2010 Andrew Hoeft-Edenfield was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison. On Apr 29, 2014 a judge dismissed the 2nd degree murder charge against Hoeft-Edenfield and blasted his defense attorney as ineffective and arrogant.
    (SFC, 5/14/10, p.C4)(SFC, 6/11/10, p.C5)(SFC, 4/30/14, p.E3)

2008        May 5, In Richmond, Ca., a toxic spill of toluene killed some 200-300 fish in an irrigation canal. The spill was the result of the theft of valves on holding tanks. Damages from the theft of the brass worth $10 totaled some $250,000.
    (SFC, 5/7/08, p.B1,3)

2008        May 6, In California the Vallejo City Council voted to declare bankruptcy after talks with public employee unions failed to address a $16 million shortfall.
    (SFC, 5/7/08, p.B1)

2008        May 8, In Martinez, Ca., Contra Costa sex crimes prosecutor Michael Gresset (51) brought home a fellow female prosecutor (30) for afternoon sex. She later accused him of rape. That afternoon he convicted a man for molesting a 4-year-old relative. The case was not reported to police until Sep 26, 2008. A grand jury indictment against Gresset was issued in October 2009. In 2011 A judge dismissed the rape case saying prosecutors had failed to present exculpatory evidence to the grand jury. The woman, at the time of the indictment, had been in the process of securing a $450,000 civil claim settlement from the county over the alleged attack.
    (SFC, 7/27/09, p.A1)(SFC, 10/20/11, p.C6)

2008        May 23, Vallejo, Ca., officially declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy as it faced a $16 million deficit with no money in reserve for fiscal year 2008-2009. Vallejo, population 117,000, emerged from bankruptcy on Nov 1, 2011. Legal fees cost the city $8 million.
    (SFC, 5/24/08, p.B1)(SFC, 11/2/11, p.C5)

2008        May 24, Stuart Moldaw (81) of Atherton, Ca., philanthropist and founder of Ross Stores (1981), died. By 2007 Ross had become the country’s 2nd largest off-price retailer with annual sales of $6 billion.
    (SFC, 5/28/08, p.B9)

2008        Jun 1, Alton Kelley (67), co-creator of psychedelic rock posters, died in Petaluma, Ca. He and Stanley Mouse had formed Mouse Studios in SF and produced hundreds of classic psychedelic rock posters. In 1965 he and 3 other people formed Family Dog and staged the world’s first psychedelic dance concert at the Longshoreman’s Hall in SF.
    (SFC, 6/3/08, p.B5)

2008        Jun 4, Google said it had signed a lease for 42 acres at Moffet Field, a former naval air station near Mountain View, Ca. The deal called for an initial annual rent of $3.7 million to the NASA Ames space agency.
    (SFC, 6/5/08, p.C1)

2008        Jun 14, In northern California the former Fort Baker was rededicated as a public park and featured the new 142-room Cavallo Point lodge.
    (SFC, 6/13/08, p.A1)

2008        Jun 17, In Oakland, Ca., police arrested Mark Chandler (33), leader of the Acorn gang, along with over 30 of his accomplices. They were linked to several homicides, carjackings, a series of restaurant robberies as well as drug and weapons trafficking.
    (SFC, 6/18/08, p.B1)

2008        Jun 20, In Berkeley, Ca., Cody’s Books, founded in 1956, closed its last store on Shattuck Ave.
    (SFC, 7/10/06, p.B1)(SFC, 6/23/08, p.A7)

2008        Jun 28, In Mountain View, Ca., Omar Aquino (24) and his sister, Teresa Sanchez (27), were killed in their home. Police later said they were the victims of a conspiracy that included 7 youths and young adults communicating with cellular text messages.
    (SFC, 8/28/08, p.B4)

2008        Jul 21, Brocade Communications said it will pay nearly $3 billion for Foundry Networks, founded in 1996. Both Silicon Valley firms companies competed with Cisco Systems.
    (WSJ, 7/22/08, p.B8)

2008        Aug 7, In northern California the Muir Heritage Land Trust said it will pay $1.8 million for 423 acres in Franklin Canyon, ending a long-standing land fight.
    (SFC, 8/8/08, p.B1)

2008        Aug 17, In San Mateo, Ca., the final race was held at Bay Meadows after nearly 74 years of horse racing.
    (SFC, 8/18/08, p.B1)

2008        Sep 1, In Fairfield, Ca., councilman Matt Garcia (21) was critically wounded outside a friend’s house. He was declared brain dead the next day. There were no suspects and police had no idea why he was shot. Garcia was taken off life support on Sep 5. On Sep 13 police announced the arrest of 2 suspects. On Sep 16 murder charges were filed against Henry Don Williams (32), who remained at large. On Sep 18 murder charges were filed against Gene Allen Combs (45). Police released Nicole Stewart (33), who was pregnant by Williams and remained a witness. Garcia appeared to be the innocent victim of an attempt to collect drug debts. On May 28, 2010, Williams was convicted of first degree murder. On Aug 30 Williams was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 9/3/08, p.A1)(SFC, 9/6/08, p.B3)(SSFC, 9/14/08, p.B1)(SFC, 9/19/08, p.B6)(SFC, 5/29/10, p.C2)(SFC, 8/31/10, p.C2)

2008        Sep 2, In Oakland, Ca., police arrested 3 men involved in a spate of takeover robberies at East Bay restaurants and small businesses.
    (SFC, 9/4/08, p.A1)

2008        Sep 5, In Berkeley, Ca., arborists began removed trees in preparation for a $124 million UC athletic training center. 4 protesters continued a 21-month-old protest in a lone redwood.
    (SFC, 9/7/08, p.B1)

2008        Sep 6, In Martinez, Ca., Jose Felix Sandoval, in search of his estranged wife, killed her cousin and a police sergeant, before he was fatally shot by police officers.
    (SFC, 9/7/08, p.A1)

2008        Sep 8, In Berkeley, Ca., university officials cut off the food and water supply to 4 protesters who continued a 21-month-old protest in a lone redwood.
    (SFC, 9/9/08, p.B1)
2008        Sep 8, In Oakland, Ca., authorities said 3 school district custodians had been arrested for stealing electronic equipment from the district.
    (SFC, 9/9/08, p.B3)

2008        Sep 9, In Berkeley, Ca., the last 4 protesters in a lone redwood voluntarily climbed down. The struggle to protect 42 trees from being felled for a sports training center had begun on December 1, 2006. UC later sought as much as $10,000 from each of the tree sitters for attorney fees.
    (SFC, 9/10/08, p.A1)(SFC, 9/22/08, p.B1)

2008        Sep 13, In San Francisco Tong Van Le left his store in Bernal Heights and headed home to Novato where 5 men, who had followed him, shot him dead with a high-powered rifle. They had allegedly been told to get rid of Tong Le by Larry Blay Jr. (19), who was in jail on charges of robbing the Nasser Market on Crescent Ave. Sep 13. With no witness the case against Blay was dismissed in October. In June, 2009, an indictment accused Blay and 4 of the 5 defendants of murder and conspiracy.
    (SFC, 6/17/09, p.B1)(SFC, 7/29/09, p.D3)

2008        Sep 18, In south Berkeley, Ca., drug dealers Kevin Antoine Parker (42) and Kelvin Earl Davis (26) were shot and killed. In 2011 Oakland gang member Desmen Lankford was convicted of the shooting and faced life in prison.
    (SFC, 9/15/11, p.C3)

2008        Sep 25, In Oakland, Ca., the dedication ceremony for the new Cathedral of Christ the Light took place at the northwest tip of Lake Merritt.
    (SFC, 9/26/08, p.B6)

2008        Oct 1, In Oakland, Ca., Mayor Dellums, officials from developer Shorenstein Co. and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. broke ground on a new $240 million, 23-story office tower. 601 City Center was expected to open in 2 years.
    (SFC, 10/2/08, p.B3)

2008        Oct 6, Mother’s Cookies, an Oakland, Ca. institution for 92 years, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware. Owner Catterton Partners, a private equity firm based in Connecticut, cited failed efforts to obtain credit financing.
    (SFC, 10/9/08, p.C1)

2008        Oct 13, In the SF Bay Area fire crews extinguished a fire that had begun a day earlier on Angel Island. All the historic buildings on the island were saved. The fire burned 400 of the island’s 740 acres.
    (SFC, 10/14/08, p.A1)

2008        Oct 17, Mervyn’s, a Hayward, Ca., based retailer, said it plans to liquidate its remaining 149 locations and shutter the business after the holiday season.
    (SFC, 10/18/08, p.C1)

2008        Oct 18, UC Berkeley dedicated the new sculpture “Berkeley Big People" by Emeryville artist Scott Donohue. It was erected just off I-80 at a cost of $196,000.
    (SFC, 10/17/08, p.A16)

2008        Oct 19, It was reported that California’s San Mateo County suffered potential losses of some $150 million due to the bankruptcy of Lehman Bros. The Lehman Bros. portfolio accounted for 5.9% of the county’s investment fund. County cities Daly City, Redwood City and San Bruno each racked up losses exceeding $1 million.
    (SSFC, 10/19/08, p.B1)

2008        Oct 22, Federal immigration officials arrested several members of the MS-13, Mara Salvatrucha, street gang after conducting raids in SF, Richmond and south San Francisco. 29 people were indicted on multiple charges including murder, car theft and extortion.
    (SFC, 10/23/08, p.B8)(SFC, 10/24/08, p.B1)

2008        Oct 27, An FBI spokesman said 642 arrests in 29 cities were made last week during a 3-day sting operation, Operation Cross Country II, focusing on people who forced teens into prostitution. 100 adults were arrested in the SF Bay Area.
    (SFC, 10/28/08, p.B1)

2008        Oct 29, In South San Francisco, Ca., Shivnesh Reddy (21), an AC Transit worker, was shot to death and robbed of money he was carrying to buy marijuana. In 2011 Jimmy Nabong (19), a Norteno gang member, was convicted of 1st degree murder. Neil Chand, an alleged friend of Reddy who pleaded no contest and testified against Nabong, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 3/17/11, p.C2)

2008        Oct 31, Airship Ventures began operating zeppelin flights from Moffett field in Mountain View, Ca. Passenger tickets were set at $495 per person for one hour and $950 for 2 hours.
    (SFC, 10/28/08, p.A1)

2008        Oct,  Solyndra, a Fremont, Ca., company, launched a new type of solar panel using lightweight glass tubes. It expected installation costs to be half that of conventional panels.
    (Econ, 10/11/08, p.110)

2008        Nov 4, Voters in Richmond, Ca., approved a Measure T, which called for a tax assessment on Chevron Corp. for the value of crude oil that is refined in the city. On Dec 16, 2009, a Contra Costa County judge struck down the tax.
    (SFC, 12/25/09, p.D1)

2008        Nov 13, Police in Richmond, Ca., arrested 18 people in connection with a crackdown on the Deep Central (Deep C) gang. Officials served 43 arrest warrants in Richmond as well as other Bay Area and Sacramento counties wrapping up a yearlong investigation by California drug agents.
    (SFC, 11/14/08, p.B5)

2008        Nov 14, In Santa Clara, Ca., Jing Hua Wu (47), recently laid off, shot and killed 3 people at SiPort Inc., including CEO Sid Agrawal (56), Brian Pugh (47), the vice president of operations, and Marilyn Lewis (67), head of human resources. Wu was arrested the next day.
    (SFC, 11/15/08, p.A1)(SSFC, 11/16/08, p.B1)
2008        Nov 14, In the SF Bay Area  police arrested 17 more people as part of a federal drug investigation targeting members of the Project Trojans street gang in North Richmond, San Pablo, Antioch and El Sobrante.
    (SFC, 11/15/08, p.B2)

2008        Dec 19, IRS agents arrested Ausaf Umar Siddiqui (42), vice president of Frye’s Electronics in San Jose, Ca., for gambling with millions in stolen money. Since 2005 he had collected over $65 million in kickbacks from five vendors. In 2011 Siddiqui pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering. 7 other felony counts were dropped in exchange.
    (SFC, 12/24/08, p.A1)(SFC, 9/14/11, p.C3)

2008        Dec 13, A woman (28) in Richmond, Ca., was jumped by four men, taunted for being a lesbian, repeatedly raped and left naked outside an abandoned apartment building. In early January police arrested 2 men and 2 teens on suspicion of the gang-rape. On Dec 18, 2013, Humberto Salvador (36), the ringleader of the gang rape, was convicted of multiple charges in the case. Robert Ortiz (20) still awaited trial. Darrell Hodges (20) was already sentenced to 24 years. Josue Gonzalez, who testified against Salvador, was awaiting sentencing for carjacking and robbery.
    (AP, 12/23/08)(AP, 1/2/09)(SFC, 12/19/13, p.C3)

2008        Dec 2, Eric Von der Porten (50), SF Bay Area hedge fund manager, committed suicide at his home in San Carlos, Ca.
    (SSFC, 1/4/09, p.A1)

2008        Dec 3, In California Theodore Neff (66) was found strangled to death as his house on San Pablo Bay burned. Within days police arrested Alejandro Hernandez Rivera (24), a male prostitute, in a sting operation. Neff’s golden flute was in Rivera’s car. In 2010 Rivera was convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced to 33 years in prison.
    (SFC, 9/21/10, p.A1)(SFC, 10/5/10, p.C1)(SFC, 12/6/11, p.C3)

2008-2011    In San Mateo, Ca., Catherine Marie Abou-Remeleh of Hayward, an employee of the Mid-Peninsula Water District, embezzled $238,000 during this period to pay off gambling debts. In 2014 she was sentenced to nine months in home detention at an assisted care facility. Remeleh (54) was also placed on five years probation.
    (SFC, 10/28/14, p.C4)

2009        Jan 6, Hal Ellis (b.1931), co-founder of the Grubb & Ellis real estate company (1958), died at his home in Oakland, Ca.
    (SFC, 1/8/09, p.C1)

2009        Jan 1, In the SF Bay Area a BART police officer shot Oscar Grant (22) on the platform of the Fruitvale BART Station in the early morning in the midst of a brawl between 2 young rival groups. Grant died later that morning at Highland Hospital. Witnesses said Grant was lying face down with his hands behind him when he was shot in the back by Officer Johannes Mehserle (27). On Dec 6 an attorney for the family filed a $25 million claim against BART. On Jan 13 Mehserle was arrested in Nevada and charged with homicide.
    (SFC, 1/2/09, p.A1)(SSFC, 1/4/09, p.B1)(SFC, 1/7/09, p.A6)(SFC, 1/14/09, p.A1)

2009        Jan 7, In Oakland, Ca., demonstrations over the New year’s killing of Oscar Grant (22) by a BART police officer turned violent. BART Officer Johannes Mehserle quit his job avoiding an interview with police internal affairs investigators.
    (SFC, 1/8/09, p.A1)

2009        Jan 23, Geron Corp., a Menlo Park, Ca., biotechnology company, announced that it had received a FDA clearance to mount a study of its stem cell treatment for spinal cord injuries in up to 10 patients.
    (WSJ, 1/23/08, p.A12)

2009        Feb 11, BrightSource Energy of Oakland, California, announced that it will sell southern California Edison 1,300 megawatts of electricity from 7 large solar plants planned for the California desert. This was believed to be the world’s largest solar deal to date. In September BrightSource said it had ceased plans for a solar plant at Broadwell Dry Lake in the Mojave desert.
    (SFC, 2/12/09, p.A1)(SSFC, 9/20/09, p.D4)

2009        Feb 17, In the SF Bay Area a sewage spill began at the Fort Baker treatment plant of the Sausalito-Marin County Sanitaru District. By the next day some 300,000 gallons of bacteria-laden sewage had entered the SF Bay.
    (SFC, 2/18/09, p.B4)

2009        Feb 19, In Daly City, Ca., a car with 4 friends was sprayed by gun fire on John Daly Blvd., near the BART station. Moises Frias Jr. (21), a student at City College, was killed. Two men in a sedan escaped. The 4 friends had no known gang affiliations. Police later arrested Luis Herrera (18) and Danilo Velasquez (28), members of the MS-13 gang, for their participation in the murder. Jaime Balam (20), a 3rd gang member was being sought. He was deported to Mexico 8 days after the shooting, but before being identified as a suspect. In 2011 Herrera pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy after federal prosecutors agreed to drop a murder charge.
    (SFC, 2/25/09, p.B2)(SFC, 7/10/09, p.D1)(SFC, 11/11/11, p.C3)

2009        Mar 7, SF Bay Area police completed a 2-day sweep arresting at least 42 people, all alleged member of the so-called “Taliban" gang.
    (SSFC, 3/8/09, p.A1)

2009        Mar 11, A California state study said global warming is expected to cause a rise of nearly 5 feet along the coastline and severely threatening SF Bay by 2100. The rising waters could cost the state $14 billion of more to safeguard the coast.
    (SFC, 3/12/09, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/12/09, p.A1)

2009        Mar 12, Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche agreed to pay $46.8 billion to buy the 44 percent of biotech pioneer Genentech that it doesn't already own, ending a long corporate struggle with its US-based cancer drug partner.
    (AP, 3/12/09)

2009        Mar 15, Richard Masato Aoki (b.1938), former Japanese-American FBI informant (1961-1977) and early member of the Black Panthers (1967), died in Oakland, Ca., from complications relating to diabetes. He had given the Panthers some of their first guns.
    (SFC, 8/20/12, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/9g5u4zn)(SFC, 9/8/12, p.C2)

2009        Mar 20, Walter Kuhlman (90), SF Bay Area artist and teacher, died. He was a noted figure in the postwar Bay Area abstract expressionist movement.
    (SFC, 3/30/09, p.B3)

2009        Mar 21, In Oakland, Ca., Lovelle Mixon (26), a parolee with an "extensive criminal history," opened fire at a routine traffic stop killing Sgt. Mark Dunakin (40) and gravely wounding Officer John Hege (41). Hours later he gunned down Sgt. Ervin Romans (43) and Sgt. Daniel Sakai (35), 2 members of a SWAT team searching for him. SWAT team members returned fire, killing Mixon. Officer Hege was pronounced dead the next day. It was later reported that Mixon had robbed and raped 2 women a gunpoint earlier the same day. In 2011 the city of Oakland paid Douglas Laughlin, a former KGO-TV cameraman, $175,000 under a civil suit filed against police who had attacked him and broken his camera as he tried to film the arrival of the ambulance carrying one of the wounded officers.
    (AP, 3/22/09)(SFC, 3/23/09, p.A1)(SFC, 5/5/09, p.A1)(SFC, 6/9/11, p.C2)

2009        Mar 23, The Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI has named Monsignor Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, a San Diego clergyman, to be bishop of Oakland, California.
    (AP, 3/23/09)

2009        Mar 26, In Los Angeles US automaker Tesla Motors unveiled its state-of-the-art five-seat sedan, billed as the world's first mass-produced, highway-capable electric car. The San Carlos company said it would likely be built in Southern California rather than San Jose.
    (AFP, 3/26/09)(SFC, 3/27/09, p.C1)

2009        Mar 29, In Santa Clara, California, police found six people dead, 3 of them children, after a shooting at a home in the Bay Area city. The shooting appeared to be a "family on family, murder-suicide." Devan Kalathat (42), an engineer with Yahoo Inc., killed 5 members of his family before committing suicide.
    (AP, 3/30/09)(SFC, 3/31/09, p.A9)(SFC, 4/1/09, p.A1)

2009        Apr 20, Oracle Corp. snapped up computer server and software maker Sun Microsystems Inc. for $7.4 billion. The opportunity opened up after rival IBM Corp. abandoned an earlier bid to buy one of Silicon Valley's best known, and most troubled companies.
    (AP, 4/20/09)

2009        Apr 21, Daniel Andreas San Diego (31), a computer specialist from Berkeley, Ca., was added to the FBI's list of "Most Wanted" terror suspects. Authorities described him as an animal rights activist who had turned to bomb attacks. San Diego became the 24th person on the list, and the only domestic terror suspect.
    (AP, 4/21/09)

2009        Apr 21, In Alameda, Ca., bank manager Sokvoeun Sou (27) was arrested for stealing over $650,000 from the retirement account of acclaimed opera star Kiri Te Kanawa (65).
    (SFC, 4/24/09, p.B2)

2009        May 11, In Oakland, California, Ivarene Lett (97) was found beaten to death inside her 6th story Van Buren Tower apartment near lake Merritt.
    (SFC, 5/13/09, p.A1)

2009        May 16, In North Oakland, Ca., motorist Anthony Perea (27) and pedestrian Floyd Ross (41) were killed when 4 suspects in a Berkeley homicide fled police and crashed. Stephon Anthony and Anthony Price were arrested. 2 other suspects, later identified as Rafael Campbell (27) and Samuel Flowers (21), escaped. The suspected gang members had just killed Charles Davis (25) in West Berkeley. Flowers was arrested on May 25 in Florida. Campbell was arrested in Sacramento on Nov 17.
    (SSFC, 5/17/09, p.B1)(SFC, 5/20/09, p.B3)(SSFC, 5/24/09, p.B2)(SFC, 5/27/09, p.B5)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.C5)

2009        May 17, David Ireland (b.1930), SF Bay Area sculptor and conceptual artist, died.
    (SFC, 5/21/09, p.B6)

2009        May 19, Tesla, an electric car maker in San Carlos, Ca., sold a 10% stake to German auto giant Daimler.
    (SFC, 5/20/09, p.C1)

2009        May 22, In Pinole, Ca., Anthony Ramirez (23) was interrupted in an attempted robbery of a home and escaped leaving behind his cell phone. Ramirez was a suspect in 3 recent East Bay slayings and was apprehended on May 27 following calls to himself to retrieve his cell phone.
    (SFC, 6/3/09, p.B2)

2009        Jun 1, San Francisco Mayor Newsom unveiled a $6.6 billion budget for 2009-2010. He also urged Santa Clara voters to reject a $937 million stadium project for the SF 49ers.
    (SFC, 6/2/09, p.A1)

2009        Jun 2, In Alameda County, Ca., a jury convicted Wonda Kidd (58), a former escrow officer, of two counts of felony grand theft in an equity stripping fraud case that took place from April 2005 to August 2006. Straw buyers were used to buy property at inflated prices after which a default took place forcing lenders to foreclose. In 2008 Karim Akil (42) pleaded guilty  to grand theft and was sentenced to 3 years. His assistant was sentenced to one year in prison.
    (SFC, 6/4/09, p.C1)

2009        Jun 7, In Martinez, Ca., hospital patient Paul Hammond (47) was shot and killed by police after wielding a knife and cutting restraints while being treated for alcohol withdrawal. In 2011 Contra Costa County agreed to pay $1.4 million to his 4 children.
    (SFC, 9/9/11, p.C2)

2009        Jun 9, The SEC filed suit in San Francisco against Peter C. Son (37) of Danville for allegedly defrauding 500 investors of $80 million in a Ponzi scheme. Jin K. Ching (46) of Los Altos was also charged for bilking their Korean American victims from 2003-2008 through SNC Asset Management Inc. of Pleasanton and SNC Investments of New York. In 2010 Peter C. Son was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.
    (SFC, 6/10/09, p.C4)(SFC, 7/31/10, p.C1)

2009        Jun 11, In San Francisco BART’s governing board approved a 6.1% fare hike effective July 1. The minimum ride went up 25 cents to $1.75.
    (SFC, 6/11/09, p.B1)

2009        Jul 6, In San Francisco crews cleaning a homeless encampment in McLaren Park discovered a body later identified as Ronnie Brown (32), who was last seen in San Leandro on Oct 20, 2007. Brown, aka Allah, was on parole for a weapons conviction and had been associated with people connected to Oakland’s Your Black Muslim Bakery.
    (SFC, 7/15/09, p.A13)

2009        Jul 19, Warren Titus (94), founder of the Royal Viking and Seabourn cruise ship lines, died at a hospice in Marin County, Ca. He helped father the modern cruise concept as president of Peninsular and Oriental Navigation Co., which later morphed into Princess Cruises. He left P.&O. to start the Royal Viking Line in 1972. After the SF-based Royal Viking went out of business in 1987, he was called by Atle Brynestad, a Norwegian millionaire, to start Seabourn Cruise Lines.
    (SFC, 7/31/09, p.D5)

2009        Jul 21, Oakland, Ca., residents overwhelmingly voted to approve a first-of-its kind tax on medical marijuana sold at the city's four cannabis dispensaries.
    (AP, 7/22/09)

2009        Jul 23, The Columbus Salame plant in South San Francisco, established in 1967, was devastated by fire.
    (SFC, 7/24/09, p.D2)

2009        Jul 24, In Oakland, Ca., a city parking department memo ordered parking officers to avoid enforcing neighborhood parking violations in some wealthier neighborhoods, but to continue enforcing the same violations in the rest of the city.
    (SFC, 2/25/10, p.A1)

2009        Aug 10, In Oakland, Ca., Hassani Campbell (5) was reported missing by his foster parents Louis Ross (38) and Jennifer Campbell (33). The couple were arrested on Aug 28 on suspicion of killing the boy, who suffered from cerebral palsy.
    (SFC, 8/29/09, p.A1)

2009        Aug 11, In Richmond, Ca., distraught boyfriend Nathaniel Burris (46) shot and killed toll collector Deborah Ross (51) in her booth at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. He also shot and killed Golden Gate Transit bus driver Ersie Charles Everette III (58) in the parking lot and then escaped. Burris was arrested later in the day in Placer County. Burris was convicted of the double murder on Nov 7, 2012. On Nov 20 a jury sentenced him to death.
    (SFC, 8/12/09, p.A1)(SFC, 8/13/09, p.A12)(SFC, 11/8/12, p.C3)(SFC, 11/21/12, p.C1)

2009        Aug 21, In Oakland, Ca., Ricardo Cortes Jr. (14), was shot and killed by gang member Julio Montano. Gang member Francisco Zamora accompanied Montano and drove him from the scene. They thought they were avenging a friend who had been slain by a rival gang. Cortes had nothing to do with gangs. In 2010 Montano (23) and Zamora (29) were convicted of 1st degree murder. On Dec 9 Montano was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. Zamora was sentenced 27 years to life.
    (SFC, 10/1/10, p.C4)(SFC, 12/11/10, p.C1)

2009        Aug 24, In the San Francisco Bay Area Alexander Robert Youshock (17), a former Hillsdale High School student in San Mateo, lit 2 of 10 pipe bombs before he was tackled by teachers. Youshock also carried a chain saw and a sword and planned to attack students as the ran from the bombs.
    (SFC, 8/25/09, p.A1)(SFC, 8/27/09, p.A1)

2009        Aug 27, Toyota confirmed that it would stop making cars at the NUMMI plant in Fremont, Ca., idling some 4,700 workers.
    (SFC, 8/28/09, p.A1)

2009        Sep 3, The San Francisco Bay Bridge was completely shut down at 8pm to replace a 300-foot section of the bridge as part of the project to replace the entire eastern span by 2013. The bridge was expected to reopen on Sep 8. The original estimated cost of $132 million was now projected at $527.6 million.
    (SSFC, 8/30/09, p.A14)(SFC, 9/3/09, p.A1)
2009        Sep 3, California state wildlife regulators canceled the San Francisco Bay herring fishing season for the first time as the population plunged to a dangerous low.
    (SFC, 9/4/09, p.A19)

2009        Sep 5, Crews working on a seismic retrofit of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge found what authorities called a "significant crack" in the eastern span that could keep the California landmark closed beyond a planned holiday weekend shutdown.
    (AP, 9/6/09)

2009        Sep 8, The SF Bay Bridge opened as work to fix a crack on the cantilever section of the bridge was fixed ahead of schedule. Cars were allowed to start crossing around 6:30 a.m.
    (www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_13290522?source=rss)

2009        Sep 11, In Richmond, Ca., Kaneesha Mallard (19) of Hercules and her boyfriend, Alfred Thomas (20) of Vallejo, were killed by a spray of bullets while parked at the snack shop of a Union 76 gas station.
    (SFC, 9/17/09, p.D2)

2009        Sep 20, Michele Dickerson of Alameda County, Ca., won the $32 million state lottery. She planned to take a $19.7 million lump sum before taxes.
    (SFC, 9/23/09, p.A14)

2009        Sep 23, In San Mateo, Ca., a federal grand jury indicted Seth Sundberg (34), a branch manager for a mortgage and financial business, with mail fraud and falsifying a tax return. He had claimed a tax refund of just over $5 million after allegedly paying $5.7 million in taxes for receiving interest income.
    (SFC, 9/25/09, p.C4)
2009        Sep 23, In Oakland, Ca., Damon Wessel (48) and Michael Caldwell (44) were shot and killed at 4075 Canon Ave. On Nov 18 Damon Joseph Ferreira (34), wanted for a parole violation and for connection to the slayings, shot and killed himself in Stockton as he was confronted by police.
    (SFC, 11/19/09, p.C2)

2009        Sep 28, In San Jose, Ca., Cristina Warthen (36), a Stanford law school graduate, was sentenced to home detention for one year for tax evasion and ordered to pay $243,000 in back taxes. She had run an escort service beginning in 2001 (touchofbrazil.net), and grossed $133,717 in 2003. In 2004 she married David Warthen, co-founder of Ask Jeeves, later Ask.com. They were later divorced.
    (SFC, 9/29/09, p.C5)

2009        Oct 6, The city council of Oakland, Ca., succumbed to public pressure and rolled back  parking meter enforcement from 8 p.m. to 6 p.m. The rule had gone into effect 3 months earlier.
    (SFC, 10/7/09, p.A1)

2009        Oct 7, The Oakland, Ca., City Council approved a BART plan to build a 3.2 mile extension to the Oakland airport.
    (SFC, 10/8/09, p.A1)

2009        Oct 13, Record one-day rain fell in the SF Bay area with 2.64 inches recorded in San Francisco. It was the worst October storm since 1962 and knocked out power for 193,000.
    (SFC, 10/14/09, p.A1)

2009        Oct 14, In San Francisco a Safeway truck flopped across 4 lanes of the upper Bay Bridge at the new s-curve, tying up traffic for hours. The CHP had already logged 20 accidents eastbound on the curve and 8 accidents westbound since it opened on Sep 8.
    (SFC, 10/14/09, p.A1)

2009        Oct 15, In Palo Alto, Ca., the body of Jennifer Schipsi (29) was found in a rented cottage on the 900 block of Addison Ave. Bulos “Paul" Zumot (36), her on-and-off boyfriend was arrested on Oct 19 on charges of murder and setting a fire to cover the slaying.
    (SFC, 10/21/09, p.D4)

2009        Oct 17, In Oakland, Ca., 3 people died when their car flipped during a sideshow in the early hours. The Nissan in the crash was said to have been in a hyphy train, like a conga line on wheels with cars weaving and speeding in unison.
    (SSFC, 10/18/09, p.C3)

2009        Oct 22, California authorities said a grand jury has indicted 18 people on charges of marijuana growing and mortgage fraud. The San Francisco Bay Area residents allegedly operated marijuana gardens in 50 homes in the Central Valley in 2006 and 2007.
    (SFC, 10/23/09, p.A14)
2009        Oct 22, Officials in Benicia, Ca., announced that ships in the “ghost fleet" of Suisun Bay would begin a process of cleanup and dismantling next month. The first two ships scheduled for recycling were the Pan American Victory and the Earlham Victory, both WWII cargo ships built in 1945.
    (SFC, 10/23/09, p.A1)

2009        Oct 23, In Richmond, Ca., a girl (16) left a homecoming dance at Richmond High gym and joined a group of men drinking in a nearby alley. She became drunk and was raped and robbed by as many as 10 young men. Police found her semi-conscious near a lunch table and arrested one suspect fleeing the scene. 2 more suspects, aged 15 and 21, were arrested on Oct 27. On Oct 28 three juveniles were arrested in connection to the crime and charged as adults. A 6th suspect was arrested on Oct 29. On Jan 19 John Crane Jr. (43) turned himself in for participating in the rape. In 2010 Cody Smith, the youngest of 7 defendants was released, because his Miranda rights had been violated.  In 2011 the West Contra Costa Unified School District settled a civil suit and agreed to pay the victim $4 million. On Sep 6, 2012, Manuel Ortega (22) pleaded guilty as was expected to receive 32 years behind bars. On Aug 15, 2013, Jose Montano (22) was sentenced to 33 years to life; Marcelles Peter (20) was sentenced to 29 years to life.
    (SFC, 10/27/09, p.C6)(SFC, 10/28/09, p.A10)(SFC, 10/29/09, p.A1)(SFC, 10/30/09, p.A1)(SFC, 1/22/10, p.C9)(SFC, 12/22/10, p.C2)(SSFC, 1/23/11, p.C3)(SFC, 9/7/12, p.A20)(SFC, 8/16/13, p.D1)

2009        Oct 27, Authorities indefinitely closed the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after a rod and a metal brace erected last month during an emergency repair job fell onto the bridge's westbound lanes, startling a pair of drivers who collided with the debris and leaving hundreds of others stranded in their cars during the evening commute. Over 5,000 pounds of metal crashed down onto traffic, totaling a couple of cars but leaving the drivers largely unscathed. The bridge remained closed thru the weekend.
    (AP, 10/28/09)(SSFC, 11/1/09, p.A1)

2009        Oct 30, In the San Francisco Bay the tanker Dubai Star began leaking fuel oil after a tank overflowed during refueling. Coast Guard officials later estimated that some 400-800 gallons of toxic oil leaked into the SF Bay killing at least 37 birds along the Alameda coastline.
    (SFC, 10/31/09, p.A1)(SFC, 11/3/09, p.C3)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.C2)

2009        Nov 2, Traffic opened on the SF Bay Bridge after 6 days of emergency structural repair. Engineers expected that it would be closed again in few months for a permanent fix.
    (SFC, 11/3/09, p.A1)

2009        Oct 14, The IRS filed a lien with the Alameda County recorder’s office naming Oakland, Ca., Mayor Ron Dellums (73), who failed to pay taxes over a 3-year period. A lien was also filed in Washington, DC, on Oct 22, where Dellums and his wife owned a house in the Foxhall Crescent neighborhood.
    (SFC, 11/4/09, p.A1)

2009        Oct 23, In Richmond, Ca., a girl (15) left a homecoming dance at Richmond High gym and joined a group of men drinking in a nearby alley. She became drunk and was raped and robbed by as many as 10 young men. Police found her semi-conscious near a lunch table and arrested one suspect fleeing the scene. The assailants had stolen the girl’s jewelry. 2 more suspects, aged 15 and 21, were arrested on Oct 27. On Oct 28 three juveniles were arrested in connection to the crime and charged as adults. A 6th suspect was arrested on Oct 29. On Jan 19 John Crane Jr. (43) turned himself in for participating in the rape. In 2010 Cody Smith, the youngest of 7 defendants was released, because his Miranda rights had been violated.
    (SFC, 10/27/09, p.C6)(SFC, 10/28/09, p.A10)(SFC, 10/29/09, p.A1)(SFC, 10/30/09, p.A1)(SFC, 1/22/10, p.C9)(SFC, 12/22/10, p.C2)

2009        Oct 25, Seymour Fromer (87), founder of the Berkeley-based Judah Magnes Museum, died. Fromer learned of Judah Magnes (1877-1948), the first ordained rabbi in California, in an 1894 Oakland high school yearbook.
    (SFC, 11/6/09, p.C5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judah_Leon_Magnes)

2009        Nov 9, Tahir Sheikh Fakhar (56) of Hayward, Ca., was killed early this morning when the big rig he was driving went off the SF Bay Bridge new S curve, plunging 200 feet onto Yerba Buena Island.
    (SFC, 11/10/09, p.A1)(SFC, 11/11/09, p.A1)

2009        Nov 10, In San Jose, Ca., Jae Williams (15) and Randy Thompson (15) killed Michael Russell (15). Williams soon told police that his religion, Satanism, allowed him to kill. Williams and Thompson incriminated each other and faced trial in 2014.
    (SFC, 3/4/14, p.C2)

2009        Nov 13, In Berkeley, Ca., Zoelina Williams (23) was found beaten and fatally shot at Aquatic Park. Her son Jashon (17 months) was missing. Curtis Martin III (38), a convicted killer, was arrested later the same day. On Nov 15 Jashon’s body was found in the waters of Berkeley Marina.  In 2012 Martin was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SSFC, 11/15/09, p.A12)(SFC, 11/16/09, p.A1)(SFC, 12/15/12, p.C1)

2009        Nov 19, In Silicon Valley, California, the Tech Awards, a humanitarian program recognizing technological solutions aimed at worldwide challenges, honored 5 winners for their work in the environment, economic development, education, equality and health.
    (SFC, 11/20/09, p.D1)

2009        Nov 28, In Sonoma County, Ca., John Maloney (45), his wife Susan (42), and 2 children Aiden (8) and Gracie (5) were killed when Steven Culbertson (19) of Lakeport broadsided their car on Highway 37. The family was on its way home from a vacation in Hawaii. News of the tragedy prompted Michael Vincent Gutierrez (26) of Redwood City and girlfriend Amber Marie True (29) to break into the Maloney’s empty house. They ransacked the home and drove off in the Maloney’s 2006 Nissan 350Z. Gutierrez and True were arrested Dec 1 just hours after a neighbor noticed the Maloney’s garage door open.
    (SFC, 12/3/09, p.A1)

2009        Dec 7, Scientists at Stanford University in California reported that they have successfully turned paper coated with ink made of silver and carbon nanomaterials into a "paper battery" that holds promise for new types of lightweight, high-performance energy storage.
    (Reuters, 12/10/09)

2009        Dec 10, In SF police arrested 25 protesters a day after students barricaded themselves inside the business school of San Francisco State Univ. to protest fee hikes and budget cuts at the state’s public universities.
    (SFC, 12/11/09, p.C2)
2009        Dec 10, In the SF Bay Area BART directors approved a 3.2 mile people mover connection to the Oakland Airport. $440 million in contracts were approved with a target date as soon as 2013.
    (SFC, 12/11/09, p.C1)

2009        Dec 12, In Berkeley, Ca., police arrested 8 people after a crowd of angry protesters broke windows and threw burning torches at the campus residence of UC chancellor Robert Birgeneau in protest over fee hikes and budget cuts.
    (SSFC, 12/13/09, p.C1)

2009        Dec 16, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom struck a deal with the US Navy to acquire Treasure Island for a guaranteed payment of $55 million over several years. Additional considerations could make the package worth over $105 million to the federal government.
    (SFC, 12/17/09, p.A1)

2009        Dec 28, In Oakland, Ca., Dreshawn Lee lured Gary Jackson to the corner of 51st Ave. and Int’l. Blvd. and sprayed him with gunfire from an AK-47 assault rifle. Jackson, working as a security guard, had earlier identified Lee for carrying a sawed-off shotgun near a taco truck. In 2011 Lee was sentenced to 65 years in prison for gunning down Jackson.
    (SFC, 12/21/11, p.C3)

2009         In Marin, California, Edward John Schaefer hit a father and daughter while driving drunk. The girl died and Schaefer was sentenced to prison. Ten days after arriving at San Quentin he was stabbed to death by inmate Frank Souza.
    (Econ, 8/30/14, p.72)

2010        Jan 7, Oaksterdam Univ., a pioneering college dedicated to the cannabis industry, held its grand opening in Oakland, Ca.
    (SFC, 1/12/10, p.E3)(www.oaksterdamuniversity.com/)

2010        Jan 13, In the SF Bay Area aspiring bass player Dewey Tucker (24) of Vallejo, Ca., was shot a killed on I-80 near Crockett. A year later 4 suspected gang members from Santa Rosa were arrested for his murder. They included Raul Vega (19), the suspected shooter, Christopher Mancinas (29), Hector Barragan (28) and Javier Lopez (20).
    (SFC, 1/13/11, p.C3)

2010        Jan 28, In Oakland, Ca., Dhar Mann (25) opened iGrow, a one-stop shop for medical marijuana in a 15,000-square-foot warehouse near the Oakland Airport.
    (SFC, 1/28/10, p.C1)

2010        Feb 2, In Hayward, Ca., 2 men were killed outside the Manheim San Francisco Bay auto auction business. On Feb 4 police arrested Karl George Sanft (34) for the slaying of security guard Angelito Erasquin (63) and truck driver Jim Wightman (56). On June 24 Sanft, who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, was convicted of two counts of first degree murder. On June 30 a judge ruled that Sanft was legally sane.
    (SFC, 2/5/10, p.C2)(SFC, 6/25/15, p.D3)(SFC, 7/1/15, p.D7)

2010        Feb 3, In Vallejo, Ca., Amarjit Kaur (39), a widow raising 3 children, was found shot in the chest and slumped behind the wheel of a Tony’s Ice Cream truck. Two days later a boy (14) was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery. On Feb 18 another boy, Peter Montenegro (15), was charged as an adult in the shooting. Kaur was recovering from her wound. In 2011 Montenegro was sentenced to 7 years to life for attempted murder and 10 years for using a gun.
    (SFC, 2/20/10, p.C2)(SFC, 11/24/11, p.C3)

2010        Feb 17, It was reported that a mysterious illness was killing brown pelicans along the northern California coast. Some 100 birds were in for treatment at the Int’l. Bird Rescue Research Center in Cordelia. Some 300 others found treatment at the center’s San Pedro branch.
    (SFC, 2/17/10, p.A1)
2010        Feb 17, In Palo Alto, Ca., a Cessna 310 crashed into a neighborhood after takeoff from the fogged-in Palo Alto Airport, killing all 3 people aboard. 4 houses were damaged, but no one on the ground was injured. Pilot Doug Bourn (56), Brian Finn (42) and Andrew Ingram (31) worked for Tesla Motors Inc.
    (SFC, 2/18/10, p.A1)(SFC, 2/19/10, p.A9)

2010        Feb 19, In San Mateo, Ca., Mahran Baranriz (47) and his wife Bita Imani (35) pleaded no contest to 10 counts of insurance fraud. They ran the Group Specialists car repair shop in Redwood City and had bilked customers by putting rats in their cars and claiming the vehicles needed costly work to fix rodent damage. Baranriz was sentenced to 4 years in prison, and his wife to 6 months in jail. A day earlier they ware ordered to pay $875,000 in restitution to 25 insurance companies.
    (SFC, 2/20/10, p.C2)

2010        Feb 20, Loni Ding (78), filmmaker, educator and activist, died in Oakland, Ca. Her work included “Ancestors in the Americas," a 1996 PBS documentary. Over 3 decades she turned out more than 250 programs for broadcast, many of which explored the experiences of Asians in the New World.
    (SFC, 3/12/10, p.C6)

2010        Feb 24, In San Jose, Ca., stealth start-up Bloom Energy publicly unveiled an innovative fuel cell that promises to deliver affordable, clean energy to even remote corners of the world.
    (AFP, 2/25/10)

2010        Mar 8, Gerald Flamm (93), former newspaper reporter, died at Stanford, Ca. His books included “Good Life in Hard Times" (1977), a look at the Bay Area during the Great Depression, and “Hometown San Francisco" (1994).
    (SFC, 3/12/10, p.C6)

2010        Mar 20, The Plastiki, a boat with hull built of 12,500 plastic bottles, departed from Sausalito, Ca. to Australia.
    (SFC, 3/20/10, p.C2)

2010        Mar 31, The US federal government and environmental groups reached an agreement that will end the ghost fleet of retired ships in Suisun Bay, Ca.
    (SFC, 4/1/10, p.A1)

2010        Apr 1, In Fremont, Ca., the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant (NUMMI) produced its last Toyota Corolla after 25 years of operations building cars the Toyota Way.
    (SFC, 4/2/10, p.A1)

2010        Apr 7, An Emeryville, Ca., drug analysis laboratory was raided as part of 3-year DEA investigation dubbed “Operation Lude Behavior." 3 men at the lab were among 22 charged in a nationwide Quaalude trafficking ring.
    (SFC, 4/9/10, p.C5)

2010        Apr 13, In the SF Bay Area Parima Parineh (56) was killed at her Woodside home. She had a $31 million life insurance policy. May 23, 2013, her husband Pooroushasb Parineh (67), was convicted of murder.
    (SFC, 5/25/13, p.C2)

2010        Apr 15, In the San Francisco Bay Area BART officials stripped officers of Tasers days after a sergeant fired his stun gun at a boy (13) on his bicycle fleeing from an altercation with police in Richmond. Bay Area Rapid Transit police had begun using Tasers in December, 2008.
    (SFC, 4/16/10, p.A1)

2010        Apr 16, In Oakland, Ca., Tian Sheng Yu (59) was beaten to death on the 1800 block of Telegraph Ave., after he confronted 2 teenagers for punching his son (27). Suspect Lavonte Drummer (18) turned himself in on April 19 and suspect Dominic Davis (18) was arrested the same afternoon. Yu died from his injuries on April 20. On March 27, 2012, both men pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
    (SFC, 4/21/10, p.A1)(SFC, 3/28/12, p.C5)

2010        Apr 25, Phuong Le (24) of Suisun city, Ca., was last seen at a bookstore in Fairfield, Ca. Her body was found on May 7 in rural Napa County.
    (SFC, 5/8/10, p.C3)

2010        Apr 29, In Oakland, Ca., Parking director Noel Pinto issued a memo curtailing nighttime parking enforcement, effecting as of May 13. The recently begun practice had enraged local residents.
    (SFC, 5/11/10, p.C3)
2010        Apr 29, ChronoZoom was first publicly announced and demonstrated at the University of California, Berkeley during the 97th Annual Faculty Research Lecture series. On Apr 12, 2011, Professor Alvarez introduced ChronoZoom, a free interactive zoomable timeline for the history of everything being developed at UC Berkeley. By 2012 there were about 30 people working on the project at Microsoft Research, Moscow State Univ. and the Univ. of Calif.
    (http://eps.berkeley.edu/~saekow/chronozoom/introductionvideo/index.html)(Econ, 6/2/12, TQ p.10)

2010        May 3, Some 20 students at UC Berkeley began a hunger strike demanding that the school denounce Arizona’s new immigration law, drop charges against protesters from anti-fee hike occupation, rehire laid-off janitors and declare Berkeley a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.
    (SFC, 5/7/10, p.C2)

2010        May 11, In Richmond, Ca., city officials signed an agreement with Chevron Corp., which operates the Richmond refinery, to provide the city $114 million over the next 15 years.
    (SFC, 5/14/10, p.C1)

2010        May 13, In Richmond, Ca., 3 men were killed in a drive-by shooting.
    (SFC, 5/15/10, p.C1)

2010        May 20, In Oakland, Ca., police arrested at least 26 people as part of a crackdown targeting members of the Ghost Town street gang. The arrests capped a 5-month operation dubbed Ghostbusters.
    (SFC, 5/21/10, p.C5)
2010        May 20, Tesla Motors announced that it will use a $50 million investment from Toyota Corp. to help it buy the recently closed Nummi auto plant in Fremont, Ca.
    (SFC, 5/21/10, p.A1)

2010        Jun 7, US Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis visited Fremont, Ca., and announced a $19 million federal grant to help thousands of workers who lost their jobs when the NUMMI car plant closed in April.
    (SFC, 6/8/10, p.D1)

2010        Jun 22, Russia’s Pres. Medvedev arrived in California, where he planned to have dinner in San Francisco with Gov. Schwarzenegger. A tour of Silicon Valley was scheduled for the next day along with a speech at Stanford Univ.
    (SFC, 6/22/10, p.D1)

2010        Jun 23, Russia’s Pres. Medvedev visited Silicon Valley and met with executives at Apple, Cisco and Twitter as he sought to advance Russia as a global leader in technology.
    (SFC, 6/24/10, p.D1)

2010        Jun 24, The Oakland, Ca., City Council voted to lay off 80 of the city’s 776 police officers as it slashed at a $30.5 million budget deficit.
    (SFC, 6/25/10, p.A1)

2010        Jul 1, In the SF Bay Area most bridge tolls rose by $1 dollar with variable rates on the Bay Bridge depending on travel time.
    (SFC, 7/1/10, p.A1)

2010        Jul 8, In California a Los Angeles jury found BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the Jan 1, 2009, shooting of Oscar Grant (22). The verdict sparked a riot in downtown Oakland, Ca., with at least 50-100 people arrested for smashing windows and looting. 75% of the 78 people arrested came from outside the city.
    (SFC, 7/9/10, p.A1)(SFC, 7/10/10, p.A1)
2010        Jul 8, In California Robert de Heer (b.1923), real estate broker, died in San Rafael. He created the Realty Bluebook, which became a standard for real estate people nationwide. He also devised a standard purchase order, which started with one page and grew to 7 to reflect changes in real estate law.
    (SFC, 7/10/10, p.C3)

2010        Jul 13, Oakland, Ca., laid off 80 police officers after negotiations between city officials and union leaders failed to agree on job security.
    (SFC, 7/14/10, p.A1)

2010        Jul 15, Joe Jacob (54), venture capitalist, and Peter Gruber (68), chairman of Mandalay Entertainment, led a record $450 million investor group purchase of the Golden Gate Warriors basketball team based in Oakland, Ca.
    (SFC, 7/16/10, p.A13)

2010        Jul 18, In Oakland, Ca., Jinghong Kang (45) of Virginia was robbed of $17 and killed. George Huggins Jr. (24) and his girlfriend Althea Housley (33) were soon arrested for the robbery and murder. Huggins was charged with special-circumstances murder. On March 20, 2013, Huggins was convicted of first degree murder. The robbery had netted him $10.
    (SFC, 7/29/10, p.C2)(SFC, 2/21/13, p.A15)

2010        Jul 20, The Oakland, Ca., City Council adopted regulations permitting industrial-scale marijuana farms.
    (SFC, 7/21/10, p.C1)

2010        Jul 21, Don Backer (66), UC astronomer and pioneer in the use of the radio telescope, died in Berkeley, Ca. In 1982 Don Backer led a group which discovered PSR B1937+21, a pulsar with a rotation period of just 1.6 milliseconds.
    (SFC, 7/31/10, p.C4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulsar)

2010        Jul 30, In Oakland, Ca., a US District judge sentence Peter C. Son (38) of Danville to 15 years in federal prison for defrauding some 500 investors of $62 million in a Ponzi scheme from 2003-2008. His partner, Jin K. Chung (46) of Los Altos, was yet to be charged in criminal court.
    (SFC, 7/31/10, p.C1)
2010        Jul 30, Patrick Joseph McCabe (74), a former Catholic priest, surrendered to US authorities in Alameda, Ca.. They sought to extradite him to Ireland to face sexual assault charges dating back from 1973-1981. On June 5, 2011, McCabe was handed over to Ireland’s national police service.
    (SFC, 8/11/10, p.A1)(SFC, 6/8/11, p.C4)

2010        Aug 9, In San Francisco, Ca., a federal grand jury charged Samuel “Maoli" Cohen of Belvedere, Marin County, with 32 counts of wire fraud and money laundering related to defrauding over 55 victims of some $30 million. Cohen was convicted in November of 29 charges of fraud, money laundering and tax invasion. On April 30, 2012, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
    (SFC, 8/9/10, p.D1)(SFC, 5/1/12, p.C2)

2010        Aug 31, Police in Richmond, Ca., shot and killed Efren Valdemoro (38) following a high speed chase across the East Bay. At least 4 people were killed since Aug 25 in a tangle of violence centering on Valdemoro. A 5th person, Frederick Sales (35), was missing. On Sep 9 police found Frederick’s body at 1066 Crepe Myrtle Drive in Hercules, the site where Ricardo Sales (73), the father of Frederick Sales, was found on Aug 28.
    (SFC, 9/2/10, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/10, p.C3)(SSFC, 9/12/10, p.A16)

2010        Sep 2, In California Robert Borrmann (91), founder of the R.E. Borrmann Steel Co., was killed along with his pilot and the pilot’s girlfriend when their small plane crashed in a lagoon in Redwood City shortly after takeoff from the San Carlos Airport.
    (SFC, 9/3/10, p.A1)

2010        Sep 9, A massive explosion, apparently triggered by a broken gas line, sent flames roaring through San Bruno, a neighborhood near San Francisco, Ca., destroying 37 homes and badly damaged 8 others. At least 7 people were killed and over 50 injured. On Sep 27 the death toll rose to 8 as another victim died of injuries from the blast.
    (AP, 9/10/10)(SFC, 9/10/10, p.A1)(SFC, 9/11/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 9/12/10, p.A1)(SFC, 9/23/10, p.C5)(SFC, 9/29/10, p.C4)

2010        Sep 12, In Berkeley, Ca., Adolfo Celedon Bravo (35), a native of Chile, defended his fiancee Amber Nelson (27) during a robbery attempt near the Ashby BART station. Two assailants punched him in the face and shot him numerous times before fleeing. Celedon died later in the day at Oakland’s Highland Hospital. It was his 35th birthday.
    (SFC, 9/18/10, p.C1)

2010        Sep 13, In California PG&E said it will spend as much as $100 million to help rebuild the San Bruno neighborhood recently devastated by the Sep 9 rupture of a gas line. The relief fund would be independent of legal claims and the cost of replacing homes damaged by fire.
    (SFC, 9/14/10, p.A1)

2010        Sep 28, Amyris Biotechnologies (AMRS), an Emeryville, Ca., startup, went public on NASDAQ with 5.3 million shares. The IPO opened and closed at $16.50 per share. The company, founded by Prof. Jay Keasling, used genetically engineered organisms to turn plant sugars into a precursor of diesel.
    (SFC, 9/29/10, p.D1)(http://tinyurl.com/24uklyv)(Econ, 3/12/11, TQ p.22)(SFC, 9/13/12, p.C5)

2010        Oct 27, Elon Musk officially unveiled a new Tesla sign for the former Nummi plant in Fremont, Ca., where the new electric Tesla cars will be manufactured.
    (SFC, 10/28/10, p.A11)
2010        Oct 27, BrightSource Energy of Oakland, Ca., broke ground on its Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mohave Desert. Plant operator NRG Energy Inc. agreed to invest $300 million into the $2 billion project.
    (SFC, 10/28/10, p.D1)

2010        Nov 5, In Los Angeles ex-BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle (28) was sentenced to a minimum term of 2 years for fatally shooting unarmed train rider Oscar Grant (22) at the Oakland Fruitvale BART station on Jan, 2009. Protesters marched in downtown Oakland and mobs smashed about a dozen cars. 152 people were arrested.
    (SFC, 11/6/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 11/7/10, p.C10)

2010        Nov 8, In Oakland, Ca., Derrick Jones (37) was shot a killed by police a block from his hair salon. Officers said they mistook a scale he was carrying for a gun. In 2013 Oakland agreed to pay $225,000 to settle a suit filed by his parents and daughter.
    (SSFC, 2/24/13, p.C12)

2010        Nov 10, Oakland, Ca., city Councilwoman Jean Quan was declared the winner of the mayoral election because she had more second and third place votes than front runner Don Perata.
    (SFC, 11/11/10, p.A1)

2010        Nov 21, A national US study by CQ Press found St. Louis as the nation's most dangerous city in 2009, overtaking Camden, NJ. Detroit, Flint, Mich., and Oakland, Calif., rounded out the top five. For the second straight year, the safest city with more than 75,000 residents was Colonie, NY.
    (AP, 11/22/10)

2010        Dec 4, Mill Valley, Ca., resident John Nuzzo (65) died of an apparent heart attack. He was better know to legions of fans as John Leslie, an adult film actor who appeared in over 300 movies before becoming a prolific director.
    (SFC, 12/9/10, p.C5)

2010        Dec 15, In Newark, Ca., Justice Afoa (17), a high school football star, was stabbed to death. In 2012 three gang members were arrested and charged with conspiracy and murder. Rafael Tovar (34) and Daniel Howard (33) killed Afoa to get even for an earlier fight that caused one of the gang members “great embarrassment." Tovar and Howard were later convicted of first-degree murder. On June 30, 2015, Daniela Guzman (21) was convicted of conspiracy to commit assault.
    (SFC, 12/13/12, p.C2)(SFC, 7/2/15, p.D2)

2010        Dec 22, In South San Francisco, Ca., 3 young men were shot and killed in a driveby shooting at the corner of Linden and Eighth Lane. In 2012 nineteen people were indicted for the killings. 3 federal agents were wounded during arrest procedures.
    (SFC, 5/4/12, p.A10)

2011        Jan 21, Northern California school officials said a second-grade teacher in Oakland was placed on leave while a school and police investigate accounts by students that classmates engaged in oral sex and stripped off some of their clothes during class.
    (AP, 1/22/11)

2011        Jan 22, In Oakland, Ca., schools police officer Sgt. Barhin Bhatt shot and killed Raheim Brown (20) as Brown allegedly tried to stab Sgt. Jonathan Bellusa with a screwdriver. Bellusa later contradicted Bhatt’s story and a federal lawsuit was filed in connection with the shooting. In 2013 the Oakland Unified School District agreed to pay $995,000 to settle two lawsuits in connection with Brown’s death. In 2014 Bellusa (39) agreed to settle his suit for $550,000.
    (SFC, 5/19/12, p.C4)(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.C3)(SFC, 9/17/14, p.E2)

2011        Feb 16, In California Norman Wielsch (49), commander of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team, was arrested along with Christopher Butler (49), owner of a Concord private investigation firm, for allegedly stealing and selling drugs. Stephen Tanabe (47), a Contra Costa deputy sheriff, was arrested on March 4 on drug and weapons charges related to the case against Wielsch and Butler. Tanabe resigned on March 10 after being accused of making “dirty DUI" arrests. Butler later said he helped Wielsch set up a house of prostitution at 670 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill in 2009. Butler also said Wielsch robbed prostitutes whose operations competed with his own. Butler and Wielsch were indicted on Aug 15 on drug and corruption charges. Tanabe was indicted on Dec 15. On May 4, 2012, Butler pleaded guilty to 7 criminal counts. His former associate, vice cop Louis Lombardi, was sentenced to 3 years in prison. He had admitted to 9 felonies while working under Wielsch. On Sep 25, 2012, Butler was sentenced to 8 years in prison. On Dec 5, 2012, Wielsch pleaded guilty to stealing drugs and robbing prostitutes. On May 20, 2013, Wielsch was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
    (SFC, 2/18/11, p.C2)(SFC, 3/11/11, p.C3)(SFC, 5/13/11, p.A1)(SFC, 5/14/11, p.A1)(SFC, 8/16/11, p.C1)(SFC, 12/17/11, p.C2)(SFC, 5/5/12, p.A8)(SFC, 9/26/12, p.A1)(SFC, 12/6/12, p.C3)(SFC, 5/21/13, p.C1)

2011        Feb 19, In northern California the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) opened its new West Dublin/Pleasanton station, its 44th station.
    (SFC, 2/18/11, p.C3)

2011        Feb 23, Allen Willis (b.1916), African American filmmaker, died in Oakland, Ca. His work included “Have You Sold Your Dozen Roses" (1955), produced with San Francisco poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and “Stagger Lee" (1970), a documentary interview with incarcerated Black Panther leader Bobby Seale.
    (SFC, 3/7/11, p.C3)

2011        Feb 27, In Fremont, Ca., about 15 robbers with guns and rifles accosted 6 employees at Unigen and escaped with $37 million in computer components. In April 5 suspects were arrested and charged with the robbery.
    (SFC, 4/14/11, p.C6)

2011        Apr 2, In California the Half Moon Bay City Council voted to shut down its police department and turn its duties over to the San Mateo County Sheriff.
    (SSFC, 4/3/11, p.A12)

2011        Apr 8, The Oakland, Ca., Naval Hospital, formerly called Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, imploded as some 800 pounds of dynamite blasted the 11-story building into a pile of rubble.
    (SFC, 4/9/11, p.C2)
2011        Apr 8, In Oakland, Ca., Jesus Campos, owner of the popular Otaez Mexicatessen restaurant at 3872 Int’l. Blvd., was shot and killed as he arrived to work.
    (SFC, 4/9/11, p.A1)

2011        Apr 25, In Oakland, Ca., a shooting at Sweet Jimmie’s restaurant killed Bill Jenkins (27) and Adam Williams. 4 others were wounded. On June 15 Clem Thompkins was arrested in connections with the killings. On Nov 21, 2013, gang members Clem Thompkins (25) and Lamar Fox (23) were convicted for the double murder.
    (SFC, 6/17/11, p.C3)(SFC, 11/22/13, p.D2)

2011        Apr, Richmond, Ca., police officers Danny Harris (31) and Ray Thomas (34) quit following the report of an FBI probe regarding a security company they ran on the side. They had tried to frame their supervisor by having him lured into an extramarital affair and paid private investigator Christopher Butler $1,800 to create a video using a decoy. On March 7, 2012, Thomas admitted to his role in trying to thwart a federal grand jury’s inquiry into their business. On March 9 Harris pleaded guilty to buying firearms for young men at his security firm. On Aug 21 Harris was sentenced to 6 months in a half-way house. Thomas was sentenced to 6 months of home detention.
    (SFC, 2/29/12, p.C1)(SFC, 3/10/12, p.C2)(SFC, 8/22/12, p.C2)

2011        May 4, A San Ramon, Ca., police officer, Louis Lombardi (38), was arrested after he was linked to an ongoing probe into the theft of confiscated drugs. On Jan 26, 2012, Lombardi pleaded guilty to charges that he sold drugs with his commanding officer, stole jewelry and cash from crime scenes and possessed stolen guns.
    (SFC, 5/5/11, p.C1)(SFC, 1/27/12, p.C1)

2011        May 10, In San Jose, Ca., 3 people were killed in a burst of gunfire at parking garage at San Jose State Univ.
    (SFC, 5/12/11, p.C2)

2011        May 18, Oakland, Ca., police shot and killed 2 men on Curran Ave. In 2012 a probe charged 4 men with conspiracy to commit murder and alleged that the 2 men killed were part of the conspiracy. Prosecutors cleared the police officers involved.
    (SFC, 6/30/12, p.C1)

2011        May 20, In California San Leandro police detective Jason Fredriksson (38) was charged with giving over a pound of marijuana to a confidential informant, with whom he had an extra-marital affair, so that she could sell it.
    (SFC, 5/21/11, p.A1)
2011        May 20, In Oakland, Ca., Antonio Torres (42) was robbed and killed while working on the front yard of his home on 34th Ave. In September David Lee Hall (19) and three other youths (15,16,17) were charged with his murder.
    (SFC, 9/14/11, p.C4)

2011        May 25, In East Oakland, Ca., Michael Heartsman (22) shot and killed Ditiyan Franklin Jr. (17), as the victim rode on a bicycle with a friend on the handlebars. On Nov 29 a jury convicted Heartsman of murder and being a felon with a firearm as well as attempted murder.
    (SFC, 11/30/11, p.C4)  

2011        May 27, In Hayward, Ca., Michelle Le (26) was last seen after she went on break from a clinical lesson at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. In September police arrested Giselle Esteban (27) after finding DNA evidence linking her Le’s murder. Le’s body was found on September 17 in Sunol Canyon, Alameda Ct. On Oct 30, 2012, Esteban was convicted of murder. She was sentenced to life in prison on Dec 10, 2012.
    (SFC, 9/9/11, p.C3)(SFC, 9/21/11, p.C1)(SFC, 10/30/12, p.C1)(SFC, 12/11/12, p.C2)

2011        Jun 3, California’s Alameda County officials broke ground for the start of a $668 million construction project to replace the 9-story, earthquake damaged Highland Hospital.
    (SFC, 6/7/11, p.C1)

2011          Jun 6, In California the Golden State Warriors hired Mark Jackson to be their new head coach. Jackson, a former NBA star and a current television sports commentator, has never coached a professional basketball team.
            (SFC, 6/6/11)

2011        Jun 8, In East Palo Alto, CA, Fabian Zaragoza (17) was charged as an adult in the murder of a 3-month old baby and the wounding of the baby’s mother. Zaragoza shot at a car in which he believed he saw two gang members, who had beaten him up a few days earlier. But in a case of mistaken identity, the car belonged to a family leaving a baby shower.
            (SFC, 6/8/11)
2011        Jun 8, By a wide margin, voters in Hercules, Ca., recalled the mayor, Joanne Ward, and a city councilman, Donald Kuehne, in a special election. Both had earned the ire of local voters for arranging unethical business deals that benefited friends and contributed to the city’s financial crisis; the two also fired a city manager who was investigating their conduct.
            (SFC, 6/8/11, p. C3)(Martinez CA News-Gazette, 6/9/11)
2011        Jun 8, In Redwood City, Ca., 5 boys aged 12-14 were taken into custody for an alleged rape attempt on two girls during a school field trip in March.
    (SFC, 6/15/11, p.C2)

2011        Jun 9, Yusuf Bey (25), former head of Your Black Muslim Bakery, was found guilty of 3 counts of murder for ordering the killing of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey and two other men in 2007. Bey had wanted Bailey dead to stop the publication of an unflattering investigative report. Bailey had been looking into the bakery’s finances and the business practices of its ownership. Antoine Mackay (25) was convicted of 2 counts of first-degree murder for the killings of Bailey and Michael Wills (36). The jury split on the murder of Odell Robertson (31).
            (SFC, 6/9/11)

2011        Jun 11, It was reported that Harold Camping (89), the doomsday preacher who had recently predicted that the world would end on May 21, suffered a stroke. The radio evangelist was expected to recover, but the stroke might end his Family Radio ministry, since he was suffering from slurred speech.
            (Oakland, CA Tribune, 6/11/11)(Econ, 5/28/11, p.36)

2011             Jun 12, In Oakland, CA, about 300 protesters staged a peaceful demonstration near city hall to express their outrage that a white former officer with the San Francisco Bay Area transit police was about to be released from prison. Johannes Mehserle, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death in 2009 of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black passenger. Mehserle only served eleven months of a two-year sentence. Mehserle was released from a Los Angeles jail early the next day.
            (AP, 6/12/11)(SFC, 6/13/11, p.C1)

2011        Jun 14, A collection of 121 works of art, including Jackson Pollack’s “Lucky," considered a masterpiece, was donated to Stanford University by philanthropists Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and their daughter Mary Patricia Anderson Pence. The art will be housed in a new facility, to be called the Anderson Gallery. 
            (San Jose, CA Mercury-News, 6/14/11)

2011        Aug 8, In Oakland, Ca., Carlos Nava (30 was killed by accident during a driveby shooting at 64th Ave. and Int’l. Boulevard. On Aug 11 Lawrence Curtis Denard (26) was charged with the boy’s murder. On Aug 12 Willie Torrence, the driver of the car, was arrested in Las Vegas. On July 23,2014, Denard and Torrence (25) were sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 8/12/11, p.C1)(SFC, 8/16/11, p.C1)(SFC, 7/24/14, p.D5)

2011        Aug 19, SoloPower of San Jose, Ca., won final approval for a $197 million federal loan guarantee to expand its headquarters and open 2 new manufacturing facilities in Portland, Ore.
    (SFC, 8/20/11, p.D1)

2011        Aug 31, In Fremont, Ca., solar-cell maker Solyndra announced that it will close its remaining plant, layoff 1,100 employees and file for bankruptcy. Solyndra received $535 million in 2009 to build its 2nd factory in Fremont.
    (SFC, 9/1/11, p.A1)

2011        Sep 1, The World Economic Forum pronounced Reputation.com, founded in 2006 as ReputationDefender, as one of 31 “technology pioneer" companies. In October the Redwood City, Ca., company posted an advertisement on KCSM TV, a public TV channel in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on gathering users interested in the validity of their identities.
    (PBS, 10/10/11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reputation.com)

2011        Sep 3, Oakland, Ca., hosted its first Int’l. Cannabis & Hemp Expo and offered an area for those with a valid cannabis card to ingest, smoke or vaporize their pot.
    (SFC, 9/2/11, p.C2)

2011        Sep 7, The US federal government tapped SolarCity of San Mateo, Ca., for a $1 billion effort to install solar panels at 124 US military bases over the next 5 years.
    (SFC, 9/8/11, p.D1)

2011        Sep 14, In Oakland, Ca, SAP AG’s former TomorrowNow software maintenance unit pleaded guilty to charges related to unauthorized downloading of Oracle Corp. software and agreed to pay a $20 million penalty.
    (SFC, 9/15/11, p.A9)

2011        Sep 18, In South San Francisco Joseph Maharaj (14) was shot to death in a driveby shooting on the 600 block of First Lane. Four men fired 15-20 shots at Maharaj and two friends, non of whom were gang members.
    (SFC, 10/4/11, p.A1)

2011        Sep 19, California and federal officials said shipping companies responsible for the Nov 7, 2007, Cosco Busan oil spill in the SF Bay have agreed to pay $44.4 million to restore bay habitat and reimburse agencies that responded to the disaster.
    (SFC, 9/20/11, p.A1)
2011        Sep 19, The Great America amusement park in Santa Clara, Ca., was reportedly purchased by JMA Ventures, a local real estate company, from Ohio’s Cedar Fair Entertainment for $70 million.
    (SFC, 9/20/11, p.C2)

2011        Sep 21, Norielyn Bautista of Daly City, Ca., a former Burlingame credit union employee, was sentenced to 4 years and 8 months in prison for embezzling over $428,000 from the Pacific Advantage Federal Credit Union between 2006-2010.
    (SSFC, 9/25/11, p.D2)

2011        Sep 23, In Nevada Jeffrey Pettigrew, president of the San Jose chapter of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club, was shot and killed by Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez (53), an alleged member of the rival Vagos motorcycle gang, at John Ascuaga’s Nugget casino. Gonzalez was arrested 6 days later in San Francisco. On Oct 15 Steve Tausan was shot and killed in San Jose, Ca., at the funeral of Pettigrew. Police sought Steve Ruiz (38) for the killing of Tausan. On Feb 25, 2012, police arrested Tausan at a motel in Fremont, Ca.
    (AP, 9/24/11)(SSFC, 10/16/11, p.A15)(SSFC, 10/23/11, p.A11)(SFC, 2/27/12, p.C1)

2011        Sep 25, An Oakland, Ca., police officer fatally shot an armed suspect. The shooting was captured on a camcorder worn by the officer, raising questions about letting the officer view the video in an ongoing investigation.
    (SFC, 10/3/11, p.A1)

2011        Sep 29, The US Navy said it will turn over the former Alameda Naval Air Station in Alameda, Ca. to the city of Alameda, for free.
    (SFC, 9/30/11, p.C1)

2011        Oct 2, In San Leandro, Ca., gunmen opened fire on a group of people leaving an unlicensed warehouse party killing 3 young people and wounding 3 others.
    (SFC, 10/3/11, p.C1)

2011        Oct 5, In Cupertino, Ca., Shareff Allman (49), an employee of a quarry, opened fire during a company safety meeting, killing 3 people and wounding six before escaping. Allman shot himself in the head the next day as Santa Clara deputies confronted him in Sunnyvale.
    (AP, 10/6/11)(SFC, 10/7/11, p.A1)(SFC, 10/12/11, p.C1)

2011        Oct 8, A Global Irish Economic forum in Dublin announced Diaspora 2016, a plan to gather industry leaders with Irish roots to serve on Irish state boards until 2016. The plan was formed by the Irish Technology Leadership Group in San Jose, Ca.
    (SFC, 12/9/11, p.D1)
2011        Oct 8, Al Davis (82), the trailblazing owner of the Oakland Raiders and Hall of Famer in his own right, died in Oakland, Ca.
    (SSFC, 10/9/11, p.A1)

2011        Oct 10, In Oakland, Ca., anti-Wall Street protesters began their Occupy Oakland encampment in front of city hall at Frank Ogawa Plaza.
    (SFC, 11/14/11, p.A9)

2011        Oct 20, Two small earthquakes hit the San Francisco area, jolting residents on the same day many Californians took part in an annual earthquake preparedness drill. A 3.8 evening quake came nearly six hours after a magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit in the same area.
    (AP, 10/20/11)

2011        Oct 25, In Oakland, Ca., police fired tear gas into a crowd of over 100 Occupy Oakland protesters who had marched to City Hall to reclaim the camp they’d been evicted from early in the day. 97 people were arrested in the early morning raid. Scott Olsen (24), an Iraq war veteran, suffered a skull fracture from a police projectile. In 2014 Oakland agreed to pay Olsen $4.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit.
    (ABC, 10/26/11)(SFC, 11/14/11, p.A9)(http://tinyurl.com/3l4pvay)(SFC, 3/22/14, p.A1)

2011        Oct 26, In Oakland, Ca., anti-Wall Street protesters held a late-night march through the streets, a day after one demonstrator, an Iraq War veteran, was left in critical condition with a fractured skull following a clash with police.
    (AP, 10/27/11)

2011        Oct 27, In Oakland, Ca., Occupy Oakland protesters moved to reclaim the Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall following the police raid on Oct 25.
    (SFC, 10/28/11, p.A15)

2011        Nov 2, Police used tear gas and “flash bang" grenades on a large crowd of demonstrators that lit a massive bonfire in the streets of downtown Oakland, Calif.,  in a conflict following a day of action that saw the city’s port closed after demonstrators blocked it.
    (AP, 11/3/11)

2011        Nov 9, In Berkeley, Ca., 7 people were arrested as police broke up student efforts to build an Occupy encampment on campus.
    (SFC, 11/10/11, p.C1)

2011        Nov 10, In Oakland, Ca., Kayode Ola Foster (25) was slain during a fight just outside the main camp of the Occupy Oakland encampment. Norris Terrell (20), the alleged shooter, was later arrested in Lexington, Ky. Isaac McDaniels (31) was arrested on Dec 12 and charged with being an accessory to Foster’s murder.
    (SFC, 11/14/11, p.A9)(SFC, 12/16/11, p.C5)

2011        Nov 14, In Oakland, Ca., some 1,000 Occupy Oakland protesters returned to Frank Ogawa Plaza hours after being evicted by police. They were allowed to gather with no camping. An estimated $500,000 was spent for outside officers to assist Oakland police.
    (SFC, 11/15/11, p.A1)

2011        Nov 15, In Berkeley, Ca., as many as 10,000 students and Occupy activists overflowed the UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza following a daylong classroom  walkout. They established a small camp in defiance of the university’s edict that no tents be erected.
    (SFC, 11/16/11, p.A1)

2011        Nov 17, In California police cleared the Occupy Cal encampment in UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza, arresting 2 protesters and removing about 20 tents.
    (SFC, 11/18/11, p.A13)
2011        Nov 17, In the San Francisco Bay area Vallejo police officer James Capoot (45) was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend Henry Albert Smith (37), a suspect wanted in a robbery that had just occurred at the Bank of America at Springstowne Center.
    (SFC, 11/18/11, p.A1)(SFC, 11/30/11, p.C4)

2011        Nov 19, I. Michael Heyman (81), former chancellor of UC Berkeley (1980-1990) and former head of the Smithsonian Institute (1994-1999), died in Berkeley.
    (SFC, 11/22/11, p.C4)

2011        Nov 20, San Francisco and Oakland authorities moved to take control of the Occupy protests, raiding an offshoot of the SF encampment and clearing a new camp in a vacant lot in Oakland. SF protesters in response shutdown Market street for several hours.
    (SFC, 11/21/11, p.A1)

2011        Nov 28, San Francisco Bay Area fisherman dashed out for Dungeness crab after seafood processors agreed to a price of 2.25 per pound.
    (SFC, 11/29/11, p.A1)
2011        Nov 28, In Oakland, Ca., 3 hooded assailants opened fire on a group of people at Seventh and Willow streets. One-year-old Hiram Lawrence Jr. was shot in the head and 6 others were wounded. The boy died Dec 9 after he was removed from life support. On July 19, 2012, Acorn gang members Dionte Houff (30) and Houston Nathaniel III (23), were indicted on charges of murder, assault, weapons violations and racketeering in connection with the shootings that killed Hiran Lawrence.
    (SFC, 12/10/11, p.C2)(SFC, 7/20/12, p.C6)

2011        Dec 2, In Santa Clara, Ca., city officials announced that they have secured $850 million in funding for a new 49ers football stadium now estimated to cost $1.02 billion.
    (SFC, 12/3/11, p.A1)

2011        Dec 5, A team led by astronomers at the University of California, Berkeley, reported the discovery of two gigantic black holes, each one 10 billion times the mass of our sun, in clusters of elliptical galaxies more than 300 million light years away.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 5, Angela Zhang (17) of Cupertino, Ca, won a $100,000 scholarship, at the Siemens Foundation's annual high school science competition, for research that created a tiny particle she likened to a "Swiss army knife of cancer treatments" because of its precision in targeting cancer tumors.
    (AP, 12/6/11)

2011        Dec 6, The Occupy movement entered a new phase with a day of marches and rallies in over 20 cities nationwide. Oakland protesters reclaimed some foreclosed properties, shouted down foreclosure auctions, waved banners outside banks and held several marches and rallies.
    (SFC, 12/7/11, p.A1)
2011        Dec 6, SF BART officials said thefts of copper are impacting train traffic. Vallejo Public Works said thieves have stripped $200,000 worth of copper wiring from street lights and signalized intersections since May.
    (SFC, 12/7/11, p.A1)

2011        Dec 12, In Oakland, Ca., some 3,000 Occupy protesters shut down the Port of Oakland for the evening shift.
    (SFC, 12/13/11, p.A1)

2011        Nov 30, In Berkeley, Ca., city manager Phil Kamlarz (64) retired after working 36 years for the city. He left with a check of nearly $150,000 for unused sick and vacation time and was expected to make $249,420 annually during retirement due to bonuses received for his longevity with the city. Large pensions were threatening the financial stability of the city.
    (SFC, 12/21/11, p.C3)

2011        Jack Foley (71), Oakland, Ca., poet, authored “Visions and Affiliations: A California Literary Time Line Part One," a 1,300 page chrono-encyclopedia of Bay Area poets and poetry.
    (SFC, 8/20/11, p.E1)

2012        Jan 12, In San Mateo Ct., Ca., a prosecutor said Jo Ann Seeney (60), the former finance director of the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District and her assistant, Vika Sinipata (35), have been charged with embezzling over $450,000 from the agency from 2009-2011. Seeney had already been accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands from two previous employers. Sinipata pleaded no contest on Feb 25, 2013. On April 16, 2013, Seeney pleaded no contest to 10 felony embezzlement charges.
    (SFC, 1/13/12, p.C3)(SFC, 2/27/13, p.E3)(SFC, 4/17/13, p.E1)

2012        Jan 27, In Oakland, Ca., adopted son Moses Kamin (15) strangled his mother, Susan Poff (50), and his father, Robert Kamin (55), at the family home near Lake Merritt. He then tried to burn their bodies in a car. In 2013 Moses was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
    (SFC, 1/26/13, p.C1)

2012        Jan 28, In Oakland, Ca., riot police fought running skirmishes with anti-Wall Street protesters, firing tear gas and bean bag projectiles and arresting more than 200 people in clashes that injured three officers and at least one demonstrator.
    (Reuters, 1/29/12)

2012        Jan, Stanford computer science Prof. Sebastian Thrun announced the launch of Udacity for online education, a growing trend in massive open online courses (MOOCS). Udacity courses began in February and in October it raised $15 million from investors. 
    (Econ, 12/22/12, p.101)

2012        Feb 2, The US national Football League announced it would give the SF 49ers $200 million loans and straight payments for its new $1 billion stadium in Santa Clara, Ca.
    (SFC, 2/3/12, p.C1)

2012        Feb 14, Horizon Lines pleaded guilty to violating oil pollution laws. It accepted a $1 million fine and a $500,000 contribution to SF Bay Area environmental projects. The container ship Horizon Enterprise had discharged oily waste and an inspection at the Port of Oakland in Oct 2011 showed a valve had been opened to prevent meters from recording the discharge.
    (SFC, 2/17/12, p.D6)

2012        Feb 17, The westbound top deck of the SF Bay Bridge was closed until Feb 21 as work progressed on the new eastern span set to open Labor Day 2013. The bridge reopened the evening of Feb 19 as work was completed ahead of schedule.
    (SFC, 2/18/12, p.A1)(SFC, 2/20/12, p.A1)

2012        Mar 5, A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay area. It was centered about 15 miles northeast of San Francisco, and was at a depth of 5.5 miles.
    (Reuters, 3/5/12)

2012        Mar 12, The SF Bay Area city of San Bruno, Ca. agreed to accept $70 million from Pacific Gas & Electric as a settlement for the suffering caused by the September, 2010, gas pipeline explosion in a residential neighborhood.
    (SFC, 3/13/12, p.A1)
2012        Mar 12, In Benicia, Ca., the first electric Coda sedan rolled off an assembly line. It was largely built in China and priced at $37,250.
    (SFC, 3/13/12, p.D1)

2012        Mar 16, In Oakland, Ca. charges were filed in US District Court against Balvinder Singh Chadha (45), former manager of postal vehicle service operations in Oakland, for illegally billing over $4 million for steering contracts to a truck-leasing company he ran with his wife (39). On April 3 he and wife pleaded guilty to conspiracy.
    (SFC, 3/21/12, p.C8)(SFC, 4/7/12, p.D3)

2012        Mar 28, US undercover federal agents attempted to buy a grenade launcher in Richmond, Ca. The sellers planned to rob the suspected illegal arms dealers and a gunbattle erupted. Otis Mobley Jr. and 2 accomplices  were arrested. On May 16, 2013, Mobley (23) was sentenced to 9½ years in prison.
    (SFC, 5/16/13, p.A9)(SFC, 5/17/13, p.A7)

2012        Apr 2, US federal agents raided the Oakland, Ca., business and apartment of Richard Lee, the wheelchair-bound founder of Oaksterdam Univ.
    (SFC, 4/3/12, p.A1)
2012        Apr 2, In Oakland, California, gunman One Goh (43) opened fire at the Christian Oikos University, a small private school, which serves the Korean community with courses from theology to Asian medicine. 7 people were killed, and 3 more wounded. A manhunt ended hours later with his capture at a shopping center. On Jan 7, 2013, a judge ruled that Goh was incompetent to stand trial because of paranoid schizophrenia.
    (AP, 4/2/12)(SFC, 4/3/12, p.A1)(SFC, 1/8/13, p.A1)

2012        Apr 7, In the SF Bay Area the town of Hercules, population 24,000, was reported to have recently sold a pair of 4-story, half-finished apartment buildings for 425,000. The city had already sunk 38 million into the project, which it could not sustain.
    (SFC, 4/7/12, p.A1)

2012        Apr 13, A gunman on a motorcycle fired 5 shots at a couple in pickup truck in Mill Valley, Ca. Max Wade (17) was arrested on April 28. He was also implicated in the March 8, 2011, theft of a 2008 Lamborghini from British Motor Car Distributors in San Francisco. The car and motorcycle were found in storage locker in Richmond, Ca. on April 28. On Oct 30 Wade was convicted of one count of attempted murder and of auto theft. On Jan 23, 2014, Wade was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 5/1/12, p.A1)(SFC, 5/2/12, p.A9)(SFC, 5/3/12, p.C4)(SFC, 10/31/13, p.A10)(SFC, 1/24/14, p.A1)

2012        Apr 14, In the Full Crew Farallones Race outside San Francisco 5 sailors were lost as a towering wave washed them overboard as their boar rounded the Farallon Islands. 3 sailors survived.
    (SFC, 4/17/12, p.A1)(SFC, 4/25/12, p.A1)

2012        Apr 15, In Petaluma, Ca., Kim Conover (41) was shot and killed her outside the office of her divorce attorney. Her estranged husband, Kevin Conover (43), later turned the gun on himself. A week earlier the schoolteacher was denied an emergency restraining order.
    (http://tinyurl.com/82g8j4y)(SFC, 4/20/12, p.C2)

2012        Apr 22, In Albany, Ca., Occupy the Farm protesters took over the Gill Tract as a protest against planned development and housing nearby. UC Berkeley used the tract for agricultural experiments. Police cleared the farm of protesters on May 14.
    (SFC, 5/15/12, p.C3)

2012        May 10, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) directors awarded an $896.3 million contract for Canadian firm bombardier to build 410 railcars.
    (SFC, 5/11/12, p.C1)

2012        May 21, Owners of the Golden State Warriors basketball team said they would leave Oakland and move to a new $500 million arena on the San Francisco waterfront. The team still had 5 years on their Oakland contract.
    (SFC, 5/22/12, p.A1)

2012        May 27, The SF Bay Area celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
    (SFC, 5/28/12, p.A1)

2012        May 29, Oakland, Ca., authorities said police and federal agents have arrested 60 of its worst criminals as part of a 4-month undercover effort dubbed “Operation Gideon III."
    (SFC, 5/30/12, p.C3)

2012        Jun 14, In West Oakland, Ca., a fire at a construction site disrupted the BART transbay service for 12 hours. Federal investigators later said arson was the cause.
    (SFC, 6/29/12, p.C7) 

2012        Jun 22, Tesla Motors delivered its first all electric sedan, the Model S, from is plant in Fremont, Ca.
    (SFC, 6/23/12, p.D1)

2012        Jun 25, George R. Hearst (b.1927), grandson of William Randolph Hearst and chairman of the board of the Hearst Corp., died in Palo Alto.
    (SFC, 6/26/12, p.A1)

2012        Jul 12, In Oakland, Ca., Tianna Leui (19) was shot and killed by her pimp after she expressed a desire to leave him and the world of prostitution. Andre Moncreuse was arrested two month later and in 2014 was convicted of second-degree murder.
    (SSFC, 2/2/14, p.C3)

2012        Jul 17, In Alameda, California, a civil jury ordered convicted murderer Hans Reiser (48) to pay $60 million to his young son and daughter for strangling their mother in 2006.
    (SFC, 7/18/12, p.C2)

2012        Jul 24, In California the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 for the Safe Drug Disposal Ordnance, which requires producers of drugs sold or distributed in the county to pay for safe collection and disposal of unused medications.
    (SFC, 7/25/12, p.C1)

2012        Jul 31, Timothy Hanretty (55), a former assistant superintendent of Woodside schools, pleaded no contest in San Mateo County, Ca., to misappropriating millions in public money and to billing another school district for remodeling work on his home. On Oct 22 Hanretty was sentenced to two years in prison.
    (SFC, 8/2/12, p.C2)(SFC, 10/23/12, p.C2)

2012        Aug 6, In the San Francisco Bay Area a series of explosions and fires tore through a Chevron’s Richmond refinery.
    (SFC, 8/7/12, p.A1)
2012        Aug 6, A US Navy draft report acknowledged that the SF Bay’s Treasure Island was used as a repair and salvage operation during the Cold War for ships that may have been exposed to nuclear testing in the Pacific. In the 1940’sw a mocked-up training ship, the Pandemonium, weas doused with low-level radioactive material, which sailors washed off.
    (SFC, 8/17/12, p.A14)

2012        Aug 14, In California William Howard of Danville, a law enforcement whistleblower, was relieved from duty. He had cooperated in building a criminal case against former Deputy Sheriff Stephen Tanabe (49), who was indicted for making “dirty DUI arrests." Howard said his dismissal was retaliation for breaking the police code of silence. On Sep 3, 2013, Tanabe was convicted for his role in the DUI arrests.
    (SFC, 8/18/12, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/13, p.A8)

2012        Aug, In Richmond, Ca., a young woman escaped from the home of Raul Ochoa, who had held and sexually assaulted her since she was 12 years old. On Jan 29, 2014, Ochoa (52) pleaded guilty to forced lewd acts and forcible rape on the victim (28).
    (SFC, 2/1/14, p.C2)

2012        Sep 2, In Saratoga, Ca., Audrie Pott (15) went to a house party, where she drank and passed out. Teenage boys took advantage of her and took pictures, which were posted on Facebook. Eight days after the attack she hanged herself in shame. On April 11, 2013, police arrested 3 boys in connection with her death.
    (SFC, 4/13/13, p.A1)

2012        Sep 12, UC Berkeley chemical engineer Jay Keasling, founder of Amyris Biotechnology, won the prestigious Heinz Award of $250,000 for developing an inexpensive way to mass-produce artemisinin, a plant based drug to treat malaria. The Heinz Awards were established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the memory of her late husband, US Senator John Heinz.
    (http://chemistry.berkeley.edu/publications/news/2012/keasling-wins-heinz-award.php)

2012        Sep 18, In Oakland, Ca., Mary Nolan (60), a divorce lawyer linked to the Contra Costa “dirty DUI" scandal, was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful interception of communications, and 4 counts of tax evasion. On Sep 27 Nolan pleaded guilty 5 federal felony charges. She had hired investigator Christopher Butler to plant a secret listening device in the car of a client’s ex-husband. Butler was involved in private sting operations nicknamed “dirty DUIs."
    (SFC, 9/19/12, p.C1)(SFC, 9/28/13, p.D1)

2012        Sep 29, Vincent Joseph Cirelli  (b.1920), revered accordion craftsman, passed away peacefully in his sleep in SSF. Vincent, the son of Italian immigrants, grew up in the North Beach area of San Francisco. There he began learning the art of accordion building, developing skills as a young boy that he perfected throughout his lifetime.
    (http://tinyurl.com/8jn3bmf)

2012        Oct 10, The city of Oakland, Ca., filed suit to stop the federal government from seizing and closing down one of its largest medical marijuana dispensaries.
    (SFC, 10/11/12, p.C1)

2012        Oct 12, UC Berkeley law students Justin Teixeira and Eric Cuellar were seen laughing and throwing around the body of a dead helmeted guinea fowl at the Flamingo casino in Las Vegas. On Dec 28 prosecutors filed animal cruelty charges against both men. In 2013 Cuellar pleaded guilty and was fined $200 and sentenced to 48 hours of community service. A 3rd defendant Hazhir Kargaran (26) pleaded no contest to 3 misdemeanors and was sentenced to 2 days in jail and 48 hours of community service. Teixeira pleaded guilty to a felony animal killing was sentenced to 6 months in boot camp and then probation. On may 13, 2014, Teixeira was sentenced to 4 years’ probation and monthly work at an animal shelter.
    (SFC, 12/28/12, p.A5)(SFC, 6/14/13, p.C8)(SFC, 5/13/14, p.A5)

2012        Oct 16, The $8 million, 72-foot catamaran of Oracle Team USA flipped on the SF Bay during a training run for the 2013 America’s Cup. It drifted out under the Golden Gate Bridge before being recovered.
    (SFC, 10/18/12, p.A1)

2012        Oct 17, In the SF Bay Area Barbara Latiolais (58) was strangled to death by Cody Nicosia (18) and Christian Birdsall (16). The teens set fire to the home following her murder and robbery. Both teens were arrested on Oct 25.
    (SFC, 10/27/12, p.C1)

2012        Nov 16, A string of crimes in San Jose, Ca., left one man dead and a police officer injured. Jonathan Wilbanks (26) was arrested following a gunbattle with police. Adonis Muldrow (15) escaped but was arrested on Nov 23 in Concord.
    (SFC, 11/28/12, p.C4)

2012        Nov 30, In California Raveesh Kumra (66), cell phone entrepreneur and the former owner of Mountain Winery, was found dead at his ransacked Santa Clara County home. On Dec 21 prosecutors charged Raven Chanel Dixon, a prostitute from Alameda, as an accessory to murder after the fact as well as gang enhancement. Three men were soon arrested in relation to the home invasion and murder. On Feb 25 alleged prostitute Katrina Fritz (32) was charged with murder and robbery. One of the 3 arrested men was released on May 30, 2013.
    (SFC, 12/22/12, p.C2)(SSFC, 12/30/12, p.A11)(SFC, 2/26/13, p.C3)(SFC, 6/3/13, p.C1)

2012        Dec 30, In Oakland Ca., Jubrille Jordan (15) was shot dead near 66th Ave. while standing near a boy (14), who was the intended victim. In 2015 Lilron Jones (19) and Vijay Bhushan (22) were convicted of murder.
    (SFC, 3/6/15, p.D7)

2013        Jan 1, Michael Cronan (b.1951), graphic designer, died in Berkeley, Ca. He was best know for christening TiVo, the digital TV recorder, and Kindle, Amazon’s portable reading device.
    (SSFC, 1/6/13, p.C3)

2013        Jan 2, Jon Fromer (b.1946), musician, activist and television producer, died at his home in Mill Valley, Ca. He was the founder of Freedom Song Network, a coalition of Bay Area musicians dedicated to promoting human rights.
    (SFC, 1/9/13, p.E8)

2013        Jan 7, The 752-foot Overseas Reymar rammed a SF Bay Bridge tower as it headed out to sea. The bridge sustained minor damage but remained opened immediately after the accident.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
2013        Jan 7, The Oakland Museum of California was robbed of a gold-and-quartz jewelry box. It dated to 1869-1878 and was valued at $805,000. The museum had just lost a pistol and gold nuggets in a robbery on Nov 12. Parolee Andre Taray Franklin (45) was arrested on March 3. Police recovered the jewelry box but not the other items. On Jan 3, 2014, Franklin was sentenced to four years in prison.
    (SFC, 2/6/13, p.A6)(SFC, 6/5/14, p.D2)

2013        Jan 31, Genelle Conway-Allen (13) of Suisun City, Ca., was last seen alive. Her body was found the next day 4 miles away in Allan Witt Park, Fairfield. On Feb 8 police arrested Anthony Lamar Jones (32), a local Fairfield barber.
    (SFC, 2/7/13, p.A9)(SFC, 2/9/13, p.C1)

2013        Jan, In the SF Bay Area the digging of a 5-mile tunnel was completed between Newark and Menlo Park. The $286 million public utilities tunnel will carry water from the Hetch Hetchey Reservoir when it is completed in the fall.
    (SSFC, 7/28/13, p.C5)

2013        Feb 9, In the SF Bay Area dead fish began surfacing after thousands of gallons of chlorinated water flowed into the San Mateo Creek a half-mile below Crystal Springs Reservoir.
    (SFC, 2/12/13, p.C1)

2013        Feb 27, In California former Contra Costa fire captain Jon Wilmot (51) of Alamo was charged with receiving stolen property, embezzlement, possession of an assault weapon and commercial burglary.
    (SFC, 3/1/13, p.D3)

2013        Mar 1, In Santa Clara County, Ca., supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. (51) said he was resigning after prosecutors filed felony charges alleging he stole public money and nearly $100,000 in campaign contributions to finance a gambling habit.
    (SFC, 3/2/13, p.C1)

2013        Mar 5, The San Francisco Bay Bridge lit up with 25,000 LED lights in the debut of Leo Villareal’s $8 million “Bay Lights" installation. The 1.8 mile light show will continue for 2 years.
    (SFC, 3/6/13, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/10/13, p.A1)

2013        Mar 21, The California state Commission on Judicial Performance said Judge Paul Seeman (58), an Alameda County Superior Court Judge, has resigned following charges that he swindled a 97-year-old neighbor out of her life savings. On Oct 21 Seeman was sentenced to 5 years probation.
    (SFC, 3/22/13, p.D1)(SFC, 10/22/12, p.C1)

2013        Apr 2, In Oakland, Ca., Quinn Boyer (34), a Santa Clara County paramedic, was shot as teenagers attempted to hijack his car. He died of his wounds two days later. On April 18 Christian Burton (16) was charged as an adult with special circumstances murder. 5 other teenagers (13-15) were charged as juveniles.
    (SFC, 4/19/13, p.D5)

2013        Apr 7, Les Blank (b.1935), acclaimed Berkeley-based documentary filmmaker, died.
    (SFC, 4/8/13, p.A1)

2013        Apr 10, California Gov. Jerry Brown, on a trade mission to Beijing, announced that a Chinese investor has agreed to help pay for a $1.5 billion development deal in Oakland to transform 65 acres of industrial waterfront.
    (SFC, 4/11/13, p.A1)

2013        May 3, The Solar Impulse,  a solar-powered airplane, that developers hope to eventually pilot around the world, took off from Moffet Field, south of San Francisco, on the first leg of an attempt to fly across the US with no fuel but the sun's energy.
    (Reuters, 5/3/13)

2013        May 4, In the SF Bay Area a stretch limo caught fire on the San Mateo Bridge. The driver and 4 women in a bridal party escaped, but 5 others, including the bride, died in the fire.
    (SFC, 5/6/13, p.A1)

2013        May 9, British yacht-racing champion Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, was killed when his vessel capsized in SF Bay during training for the America's Cup.
    (Reuters, 5/9/13)

2013        May 18, In California the 3,928 citizens of Vallejo cast votes for up to six projects during a week-long voting in a participatory budgeting experiment. Vallejo became the first US city to let the public vote on how to spend a portion of its annual budget.
    (SFC, 6/11/13, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/kl65t4b)

2013        Jun 7, Richard Ramirez (53), known as the “Night Stalker" killer, died in Marin Ct., Ca. He had been on death row at San Quentin for nearly 28 years awaiting an execution date.
    (SFC, 6/7/13, p.C1)

2013        Jun 10, British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC said it is to acquire Pearl Therapeutics Inc., a Redwood-City, California-based company involved in therapies for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for at least $560 million.
    (AP, 6/10/13)

2013        Jun 11, In California a Santa Clara County jury indicted 48 reputed Nuestra Familia gang members on a variety of charges that included the murder of a man last August. The defendants included 38 men and 10 women based in San Jose and Gilroy.
    (SFC, 6/12/13, p.E1)

2013        Jun 16, Orchard Supply Hardware, based in San Jose, Ca., declared bankruptcy. The North Carolina-based Lowe’s hardware chain said it has offered $205 million in cash for OSG and the assumption of a large part of the company’s debt.
    (SFC, 6/18/13, p.A1)

2013        Jun 20, In San Jose, Ca., Manuel Urzua (16) died gunshot wound inflicted a day earlier. Police later arrested four men and two teenage boys in connection with the gang-related shooting.
    (SFC, 10/22/13, p.D3)

2013        Jun 26, It was reported that at least 32 government agencies in the SF Bay Area use license plate readers. Police in Daly City, Milpitas and San Francisco have all signed agreements to provide data from plate readers to the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center.
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.A8)

2013        Jul 1, SF Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers went on strike leaving many commuters stranded.
    (SFC, 7/3/13, p.A1)

2013        Jul 4, In San Francisco representatives from BART and two unions agreed to a 30-day extention of the current contract and said transit workers will go back to work on July 5.
    (SFC, 7/5/13, p.A1)

2013        Jul 8, SF Bay Bridge officials said repairs to cracked rods would delay the opening of the new $6.4 billion Bay Bridge by at least 3 months. Sep 3 had been the scheduled opening date.
    (SFC, 7/9/13, p.A1)

2013        Jul 16, The police chief of Oakland, Ca., said his force was understaffed and that officers have struggled to cope with 3 nights of protests in the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Florida. The local protests left many downtown businesses vandalized.
    (SFC, 7/17/13, p.A1)

2013        Jul 17, In Oakland, Ca., Alaysha Carradine (8) was killed at a sleepover as bullets sprayed through an apartment door. Authorities later named Darnell Williams (22) as the shooter.
    (SFC, 10/2/13, p.A1)

2013        Jul 18, In Martinez, Ca., Marcelles Peter (20) of Pinole and Jose Montano (22) of Richmond were found guilty of nuumerous felony charges in the Oct 24, 2009, gang rape of a girl (16) outside Richmond High School (see Oct 23, 2009).
    (SFC, 7/19/13, p.A1)

2013        Jul 24, In Oakland, Ca., Judy Salamon (66) was shot and killed after confronting and recording on her cell phone two men she believed were involved in a robbery. In 2014 police arrested Stephon Lee (22) and Mario Floyd (21) and charged them with special-circumstance murder.
    (SFC, 4/25/14, p.A7)

2013        Jul 31, The City Council of Oakland, Ca., ruled that clubs, spray-paint cans, hammers, sling-shots, fire accelerants and wrenches can no longer be carried during local demonstrations.
    (SFC, 8/1/13, p.A1)

2013        Jul, In the SF Bay Area the East Bay Rgional Park District said it was buying 1,885 acres of the Roddy Ranch for $14.2 million and turning it into a regional park.
    (SFC, 7/8/13, p.A1)

2013        Aug 4, In northern California Sandra Coke (50) was last seen leaving her North Oakland home. On Aug 9 her body was found off I-80 in Vacaville. Randy Alana (56), a parolee and sex offender who had dated Coke, was arrested on Aug 6. On June 18, 2015, Alana was sentenced to 131 years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/18/12, p.A10)(SFC, 6/19/15, p.D1)

2013        Aug 8, A coalition of banks and mortgage securities firms filed suit in federal court seeking to prevent the SF Bay Area city of Richmond from seizing mortgages through eminent domain, saying it would set a poor precedent that would damage financial systems. Richmond hoped to buy up mortgages to help struggling families.
    (SFC, 8/9/13, p.C1)

2013        Aug 18, In Redwood City, Ca., the Malibu Grand Prix amusement park closed after 35 years of operation.
    (SSFC, 8/18/13, p.C1)

2013        Aug 29, The Bay Area Air Quality Management district rolled out 700 heavy duty bicycles as part of a regional bike-sharing program stretching from San Francisco to San Jose.
    (SFC, 8/30/13, p.D1)

2013        Sep 1, The new eastern half of the SF Bay Bridge opened for traffic following a shutdown that began Aug 28.
    (SFC, 9/3/13, p.A1)

2013        Sep 8, In the SF Bay Area a wildfire near Mount Diable State Park burned over 800 acres.
    (SFC, 9/9/13, p.A1)

2013        Sep 9, In California the SF Bay Area Morgan Fire on Mount Diablo expanded to 3,700 acres.
    (SFC, 9/10/13, p.A1)

2013        Sep 12, The California Legislature overwhelmingly approved renaming the western span of the Bay Bridge in honor of former SF Mayor and Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.
    (SFC, 9/13/13, p.A1)

2013        Sep 23, Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch announced a settlement to pay $71,000 to two SF Bay Area Muslim women who lost job opportunitioes because of their attire.
    (SFC, 9/24/13, p.C1)

2013        Sep 25, Oracle Team USA won the 19th and final sailing race on the SF Bay defeating the Emirates Team New Zealand and winning the 34th America’s Cup.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.A1)

2013        Oct 11, In the SF Bay Area Hayward police arrested 13 people and seized nearly $4 million worth of marijuana after raiding homes in San Leandro, Hayward and San Lorenzo.
    (SFC, 10/12/13, p.C4)

2013        Oct 18, SF Bay Area BART workers went on strike leaving hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters scrambling for ways to get to work.
    (SFC, 10/18/13, p.A1)

2013        Oct 19, In northern California two BART train workers were killed near the Walnut Creek BART station a day after BART workers went on strike. BART said the train was on a intenance run. A transit inisder later said the train was on a strike-related training run.
    (SFC, 10/21/13, p.C2)

2013        Oct 21, San Francisco Bay Area BART workers ended their strike with a tentative agreement between the transit agency and its two largest unions. Trains began running Oct 22. Workers scored a 15.4% pay raises over four years as well as other benefits.
    (SFC, 10/22/13, p.A1)(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A9)

2013        Nov 16, In the SF Bay Area the 4th bore of the Caldecoot Tunnel opened.
    (SFC, 11/16/13, p.A1)

2013        Nov 21, The city of Oakland, Ca., won a record $15.1 million civil suit against American Legal Services for preying on vulnerable families as they sought legal residency in the US. The owners of the company failed to show up in court and their whereabouts was unknown.
    (SFC, 11/22/13, p.D8)
2013        Nov 21, The San Francisco area was hammered by strong winds that knocked down trees and power lines, leaving at least 2 people dead and more than 50,000 without power in the state.
    (Reuters, 11/22/13)

2013        Dec 9, In Oakland, Ca., Jahi McMath (13) suffered a cardiac arrest during a tonsil operation at Children’s Hospital. On Dec 12 doctors pronounced her brain dead. Her family contended she was still alive and kept her connected to breathing and feeding tubes.
    (SFC, 12/26/13, p.A10)(SFC, 12/28/13, p.C4)

2013        Dec 13, In the SF Bay Area the Sonoma Land Trust in a complicated $8.3 million deal acquired 4,400 acres of dry land on Skaggs Island with plans to restore it back to a functioning marsh.
    (SFC, 12/14/13, p.D1)

2013        Dec 19, The California Public Utilities Commission fined Pacific Gas & Electric more than $14 million for the utility’s “delay and obfuscation" in revealing that its records for a natural gas pipeline in San Carlos failed to show potentially risky welds.
    (SFC, 12/20/13, p.A1)

2014        Jan 15, Police in San Jose, Ca., arrested Patrick William Brennan (48) as the suspected arsonist responsible for over a dozen fires that began Jan 7. On Dec 22 Brennan pleaded guilty to nine counts of arson and four counts of attempted arson.
    (SFC, 1/16/14, p.A9)(SFC, 1/17/14, p.D1)(SFC, 12/24/14, p.E2)

2014        Jan 21, In Dublin, Ca., BART police officer Michael Maes accidentally shot and killed Sgt. Tom Smith (42), another BART officer, during a routine mission to gather evidence at an apartment.
    (SFC, 1/22/14, p.A1)

2014        Jan 23, In Oakland, Ca., Justice Toliver was shot and killed by her brother (14) with a hand gun following a quarrel over laundry. The boy fled the scene but surrendered after a few days. On Jan 30 he was charged in juvenile court with murder.
    (SFC, 1/31/14, p.D3)

2014        Feb 4, Saudi officials signed an agreement with SunEdison Inc. of Belmont, Ca., to explore building a $6.4 billion solar panel factory in Saudi Arabia. SunEdison moved from Maryland to Belmont in 2011.
    (SFC, 2/5/14, p.C4)

2014        Feb 19, A $425 million Powerball drawing went to Ray Buxton of the SF Bay Area. He had purchased the ticket at a Chevron station in Milpitas.
    (SFC, 4/2/14, p.E5)

2014        Mar 14, It was reported that Kevin Gorman (22) has become the official Wikipedian-in-Residence at UC Berkeley, the first post of its kind at a university.
    (SFC, 3/14/14, p.C1)

2014        Mar 24, SF Bay Area prosecutors announced indictments of 16 people in a gang crackdown dubbed “Operation Sunny Day" that focused on East Palo Alto and at least 4 regional murders in 2012-2013.
    (SFC, 3/25/14, p.C1)

2014        Mar 26, In California state Sen. Leland Yee was arrested in an FBI sting on charges that he conspired to traffic in firearms and traded favors in Sacramento for bribes. Yee represented half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County.
    (SFC, 3/27/14, p.A1)

2014        Mar 27, Mark Stock (62), a realist figure painter, died in Oakland, Ca. He was known for a series of butlers in tuxedos including “"The Butler’s in Love" (1989).
    (SFC, 3/28/14, p.D3)

2014        Apr 1, California’s PG&E was indicted on 12 federal counts related to the 2010 gas pipeline explosion that leveled a San Bruno neighborhood and killed 8 people.
    (SFC, 4/2/14, p.A1)

2014        Apr 7, Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com, and his wife Lynne announced a 2nd $100 million donation to the UCSF and Children’s Hospital of Oakland, which formed an alliance in January for research and medical care.
    (SFC, 4/8/14, p.A1)

2014        Apr 14, In Hayward, Ca., Lewis Clinton Jr., chief financial officer of AC Transit, was charged with embezzling over $500,000 from a prominent Oakland church and using the money for persona expenses.
    (SFC, 4/15/14, p.C1)

2014        Apr 20, Herb Wong, a leading West Coast jazz expert and educator, died at his home in Menlo Park, Ca. He started his own radio show on KJAZ in 1959 and continued until 1996.
    (SFC, 4/26/14, p.C3)

2014        Apr 27, In the SF Bay Area a small plane crashed in San Pablo Bay after it collided with a Korea War-era show plane, which landed safely. Wreckage of the Cessna was found the next day and the pilot was presumed fatally injured.
    (SFC, 4/29/14, p.C1)

2014        May 1, In the SF Bay Area Martin Cobb 8) was killed while trying to rescue his older sister (12) from a sexual assault along railroad tracks in Richmond. A suspect (16) was soon arrested.
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A15)

2014        May 1, In the SF Bay Area Martin Cobb 8) was killed while trying to rescue his older sister (12) from a sexual assault along railroad tracks in Richmond. A suspect (16) was soon arrested.
    (SSFC, 5/4/14, p.A15)

2014        May 2, SF Bay Area police raided massage parlors in Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro and San Lorenzo arresting 17 women and two men for allegedly operating fronts of prostitution.
    (SSFC, 5/4/14, p.C3)
2014        May 2, In Oakland, Ca., the “Hook-Up Truck" made its debut a few blocks off Telegraph at 26th St. after security guards at Art Murmur refused its entrance. The brainchild of conceptual artist Spy Emerson provided a space for couples to enjoy intimacy.
    (SSFC, 5/4/14, p.C1)

2014        May 29, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced a $120 million donation to SF Bay Area schools.
    (SFC, 5/31/14, p.A1)

2014        Jun 3, In San Jose, Ca., police found more than 12 pounds of marijuana in a storage locker along with grow lights. The space was rented by police officer Son Vu. On April 23 Vu (44) was arrested on charges of possession and intent to sell.
    (SFC, 4/25/15, p.C2)

2014        Jun 25, US federal investigators shut down myredbook.com, a SF Bay Area website that catered to prostitutes and johns. Eric Omuro (53) of Mountain view and Annmarie Lanoce (40) of Rocklin (Placer Ct.) were arrested after being indicted a day earlier.
    (SFC, 6/26/14, p.A10)

2014        Jun 27, California’s Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District approved $76 million to install steel cable nets beneath the edges of the GG bridge to prevent suicides.
    (SFC, 6/28/14, p.C1)

2014        Aug 5, SF Bay Area former hedge fund manager Lawrence Goldfarb (55) of San Leandro was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for defrauding investors of $12 million. He had admitted wrongdoing in a March 2011 settlement with the SEC.
    (SFC, 8/7/14, p.D3)

2014        Aug 23, In California an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 shook the northern SF Bay area early today. It was centered about 10 miles northwest of American Canyon, about six miles southwest of Napa.
    (AP, 8/24/14)

2014        Aug 24, Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche said it is buying InterMune of Brisbane, Ca., for $8.3 billion in an all cash transaction.
    (SFC, 8/25/14, p.D1)

2014        Sep 24, In the SF Bay Area a Superior Court judge ruled that venture capitalist Vinod Khosla must reopen the gate to popular Martins Beach, a crescent shaped inlet five miles south of Half Moon Bay. He had purchased the surrounding property in 2008 for $32.5 million and closed access to the beach in Sep 2010 citing maintenance and liability costs.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A1)

2014        Oct 26, In Oakland, Ca., Perla Avina (30), a mother of four, was killed in a road-rage shooting on 98th Ave. Police soon identified and arrested Carl Dubose (20) of Elk Grove.
    (SFC, 10/31/14, p.D2)

2014        Nov 4, Voters in Berkeley, California, adopted the nation’s first soda tax, a 1-cent per-ounce levy on most beverages with added sugar.
    (SSFC, 11/9/14, p.C1)

2014        Dec 4, In the SF Bay Area swarms of protesters swept through Oakland and San Francisco for a 2nd straight night to castigate authorities for the killings of unarmed black men by police triggered by recent events in Missouri and NYC.
    (SFC, 12/5/14, p.A18)

2014        Dec 6, In Berkeley, Ca., police used tear gas to break up an evening long protest by demonstrators marching against recent incidents of police violence against blacks.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A8)

2014        Dec 7, In northern California angry crowds hurled objects at police who responded with tear gas in a second night of clashes in Berkeley following a grand jury decision not to indict a white New York police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man.
    (AP, 12/8/14)

2014        Dec 8, In Berkeley, Ca., more than 150 protesters were arrested after shutting down a major freeway in another outbreak of nationwide demonstrations against police use of deadly force on minorities.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)

2014        Dec 9, Protesters in Berkeley, Ca., marched for a 4th straight day to denounce racial injustice and briefly shut down Highway 24 .
    (SFC, 12/10/14, p.A1)

2014        Dec 31, Police in Oakland, Ca., arrested 29 people during new Year’s Eve police brutality protests. The arrests represented about one fourth of those who participated.
    (SFC, 1/2/15, p.D5)

2015        Jan 2, A judge in Alameda, Ca., approved a $9.87 million settlement against Safeway Inc. for improperly disposing of hazardous material and customers’ medical records.
    (SFC, 1/6/15, p.C4)

2015        Jan 10, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge was closed to traffic for the first time in its 77-year history to allow for the installation of a movable median barrier. Re-opening was set for Jan 12.
    (SSFC, 1/11/15, p.C1)

2015        Jan 20, Animal rescuers said some 100 birds have been found dead and more than 300 others coated with an unidentified glue-like compound mostly along the eastern shoreline of SF Bay.
    (SFC, 1/21/15, p.A1)(SFC, 1/22/15, p.A8)

2015        Jan 26, Eileen Kaufman (93), former wife of SF Beat poet Bob Kaufman (d.1986), died at a senior home in Richmond, Ca. It was her efforts got Bob Kaufman’s collection: “Solitudes Crowded With Loneliness" published in 1965.
    (SFC, 2/4/15, p.D2)

2015        Jan 30, It was reported that Clarke Howatt, the public finance director of the Association of Bay Area Governments, is under scrutiny for orchestrating the theft of $1.3 million in bond money meant for public parks and street improvements in San Francisco’s south of Market area. A routine audit uncovered the missing cash last month.
    (SFC, 1/30/15, p.A14)

2015        Feb 2, In Oakland, Ca., rapper Dominic Newton (37), aka the Jacka, was shot and killed by unknow assailants.
    (SFC, 2/4/15, p.D1)

2015        Feb 11, A former San Francisco police officer and four others were indicted by a federal grand jury in San Jose on charges that they hacked into computers to gain an advantage over adversaries in civil lawsuits.
    (SFC, 2/12/15, p.D6)

2015        Feb 26, In Berkeley, Ca., Flow Kana, a startup for delivering medical marijuana to your door, held a launch party.
    (SFC, 2/28/15, p.D1)

2015        Feb 27, In the SF Bay Area Compass Transportation shuttle bus drivers, who carry employees for Apple, Yahoo, e-Bay, Zynga and Genentech, voted 104-38 to join the Teamsters Union. 16 of the drivers did not cast ballots.
    (SFC, 2/28/15, p.D1)

2015        Mar 9, In Oakland, Ca., Cheymil Pierce (30), a mother of three, was killed by a stray bullet on the 2800 block of Chestnut St. Police the next day arrested Anthony Sims (19) at Highland Hospital after he was wounded in the gunfight that left Pierce dead. On March 13 police also arrested Shelton McDaniels (29) and Jerry Harbin Jr. (29) in connection with the slaying. Others later arrested included Alex Davis (25), Michael Stills (21) and Jerry Harbin Jr. (29). On April 14 Julian Ambrose (16) was also arrested after he was cleared for released from Highland Hospital.
    (SFC, 3/13/15, p.A1)(SFC, 3/17/15, p.A1)

2015        Mar 24, In California police officer Michael Johnson was shot and killed in San Jose while responding to a call about a suicidal man, identified as Scott Dunham (57), armed with a gun.
    (Reuters, 3/25/15)(SFC, 3/26/15, p.A10)

2015        Apr 21, In Hayward, Ca., former police sergeant Michael Scott Beal was charged with nine felony accounts for victimizing a mentally ill woman he once arrested for prostitution. He reportedly stole over $450,000 from her while promising to jointly invest in a house with promises of marriage.
    (SFC, 4/22/15, p.D3)

2015        Apr 26, In the SF Bay Area William Shultz (18) stgabbed to death Jordan Almgren (9) the younger brother of his best friend in discovery Bay. Shultz said he wanted to see what it was like to take a life.
    (SFC, 4/29/15, p.D3)

2015        May 1, In Oakland, Ca., May Day protests grew violent as vandals smashed bank and store windows and at least 40 car windows at a single auto dealership.
    (SFC, 5/2/15, p.A1)

2015        May 18, US federal prosecutors said fourteen Southwest Airlines baggage handlers  have been charged with using their positions to sneak bags containing marijuana past security checkpoints in Oakland, Ca., before handing them off to passengers bound for Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee.
    (SFC, 5/19/15, p.C2)
2015        May 18, A team led by researchers at UC Berkeley reported the steps to make morphine in the lab with genetically engineered yeast.
    (SFC, 5/19/15, p.A7)

2015        Jun 16, In California an apartment balcony crowded with birthday revelers collapsed early today near the University of California at Berkeley, killing 5 college students from Ireland and an American friend, and injuring seven others.
    (Reuters, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, In Ohio Golden State Warriors based in Oakland, Ca., beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in game 6 of the NBA finals to take the series 4-2.
    (SFC, 6/18/15, p.A1)

2015        Jul 7, In San Francisco a lawsuit was filed in which the SEC accused Luca Int’l. Group, led by Binqing Yang of Fremont, of conducting a Ponzi-like scheme and fraudulently raising $68 million from hundreds of investors in the US and Asia.
    (SFC, 7/9/15, p.D2)

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