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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oakland Superintendent Calls Parents, Warns That Students Plan to Walk Out of Class Today

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Oakland police wait for the action outside City Hall. - STEVE RHODES
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  • Oakland police wait for the action outside City Hall.
After receiving multiple reports that Oakland students will stage another anti-police brutality walkout today, school superintendent Antwan Wilson tried to preempt the protest by robo-calling their parents.

In a message left on voicemails throughout the district last night, Wilson said that, while the district encourages students to express their opinions on racism and police accountability, they'd do better to air those sentiments in a classroom setting.

"We want students to do this in an environment where they're safe, and where their future prospects aren't compromised," Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint says. "That's in school and not on the streets."

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Joseph Lilly Identified as Motorcyclist Killed During Police Chase on Bay Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Medical authorities say it was 20-year-old Joseph Lilly who was killed yesterday afternoon when he crashed into a pole during a police chase on the Bay Bridge. 

According to police, Lilly, a San Leandro resident, was speeding toward the toll plaza yesterday afternoon with no license plate on his vehicle; when a CHP officer attempted to stop him, Lilly allegedly sped off, leading police on a short pursuit back-and-forth on the bridge. 

As he was headed westbound, Lilly exited the bridge at Treasure Island, turned around, and started driving toward Oakland at a high rate of speed, says CHP Officer Vu Williams. 

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Another Pyromaniac Is Burning Cars in the Mission Dolores Area

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Burning Priuses is also a good band name - FLICKR/CONGVO
Police are out investigating what appears to be another firebug on the loose. 

According to Sgt. Monica MacDonald, four cars were set on fire early this morning, all within a Muni stop (or walking distance) from each other. The first one occurred at 4:12 a.m. at Cumberland and Church streets; about 30 minutes later, officers were called out to 17th and Church streets regarding a truck on fire. While they were still investigating that arson, another car was set ablaze just 15 minutes later at Liberty and Hayburn streets. 

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Files Claim Against His "Stalker"

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 7:32 AM

click image Travis Kalanick, target of credible threats - WIKIMEDIA
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  • Travis Kalanick, target of credible threats
Uber's spying scandal proves the Silicon Valley darling is no stranger to shady behavior. Neither is Travis Kalanick, it turns out: The Uber CEO has his very own stalker.

A "deeply disturbed" disbarred San Francisco lawyer with substance abuse problems and "possible military training" has unnerved Kalanick enough for the tycoon to seek a judge's protection, according to court records.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bay Bridge Exit Closed After Police Chase (Update)

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 2:46 PM

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Update 4:54 p.m.: CHP Officer Vu Williams says the cops are opening up the Treasure Island westbound exit now after a motorcylist crashed and died during a police chase across the Bay Bridge. According to police, the motorcyclist was speeding on Interstate 80 and had no license plates. When an officer attempted to stop him, he sped off, leading police on a chase through the toll plaza into San Francisco. The driver then exited the freeway at Treasure Island and turned back heading east on the Bridge. Police eventually lost him and put out a description of the motorist. Another CHP cop spotted the suspect at the entrance of Treasure Island; when he attempted to pull him over, the suspect took off again and crashed into the concrete wall between the westbound and eastbound ramps. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Update 3:25 p.m.: Officer Vu Williams tells us there was a pursuit on Treasure Island that led to a collision involving a motorcycle. The westbound Treasure Island offramp from the Bay Bridge is still closed while police investigate the incident. Vu didn't have any more information at this time, but said the collision resulted in a "major injury."

If you're headed toward the Bay Bridge, turn back now. The California Highway Patrol is reporting some closures along the bridge around Treasure Island due to "police activity."

CHP officials in San Francisco couldn't give us any information at this time or details of that police activity, but they fired off the following tweet just now:

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San Francisco Makes USOC 2024 Olympics Pitch Today

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Boston's No-Olympics bloc. - TWITTER/CURT NICKISCH
San Francisco's bid to host the 2024 Olympics remains a divisive issue at home, even as Mayor Ed Lee, Giants CEO Larry Baer, and venture capitalist Steve Strandberg gear up to make their pitch in Redwood City.

They'll be sparring with mayors from Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, D.C. for the honor, which might not be that daunting. Boston's anti-Olympics bloc has already hired TaskRabbits to hold a banner decrying their city's Olympic effort. Opponents have also created a fervid No Boston Olympics Twitter feed to promote their cause. D.C., meanwhile, seems like a lost cause, according to local blogger SFCitizen. 

That makes Los Angeles the only real competitor. Or maybe Los Angeles is the only city that had a shot, in the first place.

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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Developer in Wake of SF Weekly Story

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

The plot thickens... - MIKE KOOZMIN
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  • The plot thickens...
Following last month's SF Weekly cover story on the uncertain fate of the city's Flower Mart, a florist has filed complaints with the city's Ethics Commission and state Fair Political Practices Commission against the developer hoping to erect a tech campus on the Sixth and Brannan site. 

Oakland's Melanie Ann Tom made her filings last week, submitting our story — along with reams of internal emails obtained in a public records request — as an exhibit. Her claim: The relationship between Mike Grisso, the senior vice president of development at Kilroy Realty, and his former employers at the city's Redevelopment Agency was too cozy for the law to allow. 

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SFPD: Protesters Spraying What May Be Pesticide into Cops' Faces

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:59 AM

A Friday "Be on the Lookout" bulletin circulated to members of the San Francisco Police Department warned officers to be mindful of protesters wielding cans of pesticide. 

During the Nov. 28 Black Friday protests in which a large number of commuter demonstrators were arrested in San Francisco "several SFPD officers were sprayed by masked protesters with an unknown substance which caused irritation to their face and eyes," reads the Friday bulletin by Sgt. Maricela Sainez. "Several pesticide canisters were found a few blocks away." 

This missive was sent on the eve of the weekend's heavy protests. The SFPD didn't register any civil disobedience arrests; our calls to the department to inquire whether anyone was arrested or even spotted spraying unknown undesirables at officers has not yet been returned.

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Man Found Dead in the Mission District (Update)

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Update: Police say they've arrested 36-year-old Cesar Castellanos in connection to the murder. Both the suspect and victim were homeless. 

An unidentified man was found dead in the Mission District yesterday morning in what appears to be a homicide. 

According to Officer Grace Gatpandan, police were called out to the intersection of Cesar Chavez and Potrero at about 6:30 a.m. where they found a deceased man. It was not yet clear how he died, but police confirmed the man was murdered. 

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Scammers Ripping Off Residents Who Skipped Jury Duty

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Even if you did neglect your civic responsibility and bailed on jury duty this year, that doesn't mean you owe some stranger a bunch of money. 

San Francisco police have received new information that scammers are contacting citizens claiming they have outstanding “Failure to Appear” warrants for not participating in mandatory jury duty. According to police, the crooks use convincing information, including the victim’s true address and  phone number, names of actual judges, and official office locations to validate their call for cash.

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