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McCartney announces Candlestick Park concert

Former Beatle Paul McCartney announced Thursday he would play a farewell concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park – the site of the group’s final concert – in August before the wrecking ball brings down the famed stadium.

McCartney ended months of speculation with an announcement of the August 14th concert on his website.

Calling it “Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert,” McCartney will be returning to the site where on August 29, 1966 the Beatles played their final concert.

The stop will be part of the former Beatle’s 2014 U.S. 'Out There' tour.

Tickets for the newly announced dates will be on sale Monday, May 5 at 10am local time.

 American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, May 1 at 10am through Sunday, May 4 at 10pm.

Candlestick Park is scheduled for demolition in the Fall of 2014 after the San Francisco 49ers have moved to a new stadium in Santa Clara.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:53:47 -0700

Beyoncé cover girl of Time's 'most influential' edition

Beyoncé is this year's cover girl for the annual list of "Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World" released Thursday.

The magazine also created inside "covers" featuring actor Robert Redford, GM CEO Mary Barra and Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player.

The Time 100 is the magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. This year's issue features tributes written by high-profile guest contributors.

Why Beyoncé on the cover? As website Idolator writes: "Over the past year, Bey has completed a global tour, released a visual album under cover of night which single-handedly revived the music industry while shattering its status quo and oh right the music was also incredibly good. "

Some of the profiles and celebrity contributors that may get the most attention include:

Always provocative, this year's list features many celebrities and politicians. Among the more recognizable names on the list are:

  • Amy Adams, actor
  • Jerry Brown, Governor of California
  • Christy Turlington Burns, supermodel, advocate
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, actor
  • Miley Cyrus, singer
  • Pope Francis, religious figure
  • Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator, New York
  • Eric Holder, United States Attorney General
  • Carl Icahn, investor
  • Travis Kalanick, CEO, Uber
  • Megyn Kelly, host, FOX News’ The Kelly File
  • Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea
  • Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, songwriters, Frozen
  • Matthew McConaughey, actor
  • Steve McQueen, director
  • Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  • Seth Meyers, host, NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers
  • Barack Obama, President of the United States
  • Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
  • Charlie Rose, television host
  • Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran
  • Arundhati Roy, writer, activist
  • Richard Sherman, football player, Seattle Seahawks
  • Edward Snowden, activist
  • Kathryn Sullivan, director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Donna Tartt, author
  • Carrie Underwood, singer, songwriter
  • Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin
  • Kerry Washington, actor, activist
  • Pharrell Williams, singer, producer
  • Serena Williams, tennis player
  • Robin Wright, actor
  • Xi Jinping, General Secretary, Communist Party, China
  • Janet Yellen, Chairwoman, Federal Reserve
  • Malala Yousafzai, author, activist

Time has produced a complete list on its website.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:08:19 -0700

San Jose State student burned in apartment building fire

A San Jose State student was hospitalized with second-degree burns early Thursday after escaping from his fiery apartment in downtown San Jose, authorities said.

While one student was injured, firefighters said the toll could have been much higher had other students not quickly reacted to shouts of fire and raced out of the burning building.

When crews arrived, they found a third-floor unit at the building located building in the 300 block of East William Street engulfed in flames and called a second alarm, San Jose fire Capt. Fernando Munoz said.

San Jose State student Ben Kung was just falling asleep in a nearby apartment when he heard screaming.

“I was in my bedroom, just getting to sleep, when I heard people upstairs screaming – ‘Get out! It’s a fire! It’s a fire!’" he said. "I stepped outside and saw the hallway glowing bright red…We didn’t hear any alarms, just people screaming.”

Munoz said the blaze was quickly contained and crews went into the apartment looking for any victims.

Only one resident was injured in the blaze. That person escaped the apartment and crews found him outside, suffering from second-degree burns.

He was transported to a hospital and was expected to survive.

Munoz said that two people were in the apartment at the time of the fire, one sleeping and another in the living room on his cellphone.

The resident in the living room lit a candle and went to another room while on his phone. When he returned, he saw smoke coming from the living room door, Munoz said.

After attempting to put out the fire unsuccessfully, the resident knocked on all the doors and called his roommates on his cellphone to warn them of the fire, according to Munoz.

The sleeping roommate answered his phone and then jumped out of bed, ran through the living room and escaped, running through the fire in the process, the captain said.

Munoz said the fiery apartment was a total loss and two apartments underneath it sustained water damage.

A total of 11 people were displaced and the American Red Cross is assisting with temporary housing.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:54:48 -0700

How to make a disposable razor last 1 year


If you ever heard I stretch a buck just a little past the point of ridiculous, well, it could be true!

Years ago, a listener called up after I had talked about the razor wars with Gillette or Schick rolling out their latest model with 14 blades or whatever it was at the time. I was making fun of their marketing ploys and high prices by talking about my cheap disposable razors.

So a man calls me up who was an engineer and said that he had the real money-saving secret when it came to razors. He told me that by drying my disposable razor after each use, that would make it last for months or even years.

Blades degrade from moisture, as the man explained, not so much from the actual friction or wear of shaving stubble.

Follow this method to extend the life of your blades

I tried blotting my disposable razor dry on a towel after each use. That's not the way the caller suggested I dry it, but I opted for a lazy man's approach and it has worked for me. (Others recommend using alcohol or a little drying machine you can buy at the drug store.) I found that with drying the blade on my towel, I could go 6, 8, or even 10 months on a single disposable razor.

Then just last year, I was doing an affiliate radio station visit in Greensboro, N.C. and a morning show guy gave me "a lifetime supply" of 10 disposable blades because he thought my whole deal with using a razor for so long was funny.

I started using the first of the radio guy's free razors, and now I have finally crossed the 12-month mark with it! In truth, the blade started declining about 6 weeks ago, and one day I actually did nick myself, but I wanted so badly to reach that 1 year milestone!

I know this might all sound crazy to you. But if you're used to using a zillion dollar Gillette or Schick and you can stretch it for weeks or even months, we're talking about real dough you're saving. This is just 1 example of a way to make a difference in your wallet. That money feels better in my wallet than in Gillette's or Schick's. 

A better solution for the rest of us?

I understand my whole thing with drying the razor is more OCD than most people want to be. So for everyone else, there's a service called DollarShaveClub.com.

This razor club for men and women will put you on a monthly subscription plan and send you a new razor each month. There's a $1/month razor plan, a $6/month plan and a $9/month plan. It lets you lock in low costs without having to dry the blade after each use like me.

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Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:50:51 -0700

Soldier battles to remove squatters from home

A deployed soldier got quite a surprise when he discovered squatters had taken over his Florida home, according to reports from WFLA.  

Spc. Michael Sharkey said he had a friend keep an eye on his home while he was deployed in Afganistan two years ago.  

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WFLA reported the friend, Lisa Pettus, admitted to meeting the man, Julio Ortiz, who agreed to help fix Sharkey's home while he was deployed.  Pettus said she gave Ortiz the supplies and that Ortiz and his girlfriend were never left alone in the house. 

Two months later, WFLA reported, Pettus checked on the home, and found Ortiz and his girlfriend living there, claiming they had a verbal agreement with Pettus to fix up the home while living there rent-free, which Pettus disputes.

Ortiz changed the locks and refused to leave.

According to the Daily Mail, Sharkey's wife flew from their current duty station in Hawaii, and went to the home with police, who said they couldn't do anything because of the supposed verbal agreement and that it was a civil matter. 

The story came to light on Monday.  By Wedneday, WFLA reported Ortiz was moving out after the story went viral online, gaining support and even assistance for Sharkey to get Ortiz out of Sharkey's home. 

The Daily Mail reports that Sharkey was planning to move into the home later this year. 

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:17:38 -0700

Man confesses to mortician he killed his mother at her request, police say

A Florida man faces manslaughter charges after he allegedly told a funeral home employee that his mother asked him to kill her.
 
Richard Guyton Mathews, 62, is being held on $250,000 bail at the Flagler County Jail after his Wednesday afternoon arrest, authorities said.
 
The Daytona Beach News Journal reports Mary Shaw Mathews, 88, was found dead Feb. 21 inside her home.
 
Flagler County Sheriff's officials said her body was on a living room chair with no apparent signs of trauma.

An employee of a funeral home called deputies a few days later and told them a "highly intoxicated" Mathews broke down while discussing funeral arrangements and told them his mother asked him to kill her.
 
The medical examiner performed an autopsy and ruled she died by strangulation. Toxicology reports showed high levels of medications in her body.

According to the New York Daily News, authorities brought in Mathews for questioning, at which point he gave a statement indicating he was responsible for the death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:03:00 -0700

Bill proposes oversight of overly Photoshopped advertising

All things aren't always what they seem in the world of advertising and Photoshop.  It has become so prevalent, that two congresswomen have proposed a bill to stop the over-perfection use of airbrushing.

The bill, called "Truth in Advertising Act of 2014," was introduced last month.  It was written by a Los Angeles father, Seth Matlins, who developed a female-empowerment website - Feel More Better.   

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According to Yahoo! Shine, Matlins' bill would force the Federal Trade Commission to investigate how perfected advertising impacts young girls and give recommendations to the companies on how to work with what he calls a social conscience, in a similar manner of how the FTC deals with cigarette and alcohol advertising. 

Matlins also started a Change.org petition to drum up support for the bill. 

In a Time article, Florida U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R, Fla.), the bill's co-sponsor, said there is a link between the perfected ads and eating disorders, and that "young men and women have to have realistic expectations of their bodies. "

The bill only targets advertising that changes the model's height, weight or characteristics like cellulite, wrinkles or skin tone.  It doesn't tackle airbrushing that adjusts backgrounds, or the magazine covers themselves.  Covers have first-amendment protection. 

Earlier this month, original, untouched photos of a Lady Gaga Versace ad surfaced.  Take a look at the untouched vs. retouched versions:

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:27:53 -0700

Conjoined twins survive pregnancy, home with parents in Pennsylvania

The mother of conjoined twins said she didn’t think they would survive pregnancy. They did and are home in Indiana, Pa., with their parents.
 
“We were told that I was going to have a stillbirth,” mother Michelle Van Horn told WPXI reporter Courtney Brennan.
 
Doctors were not optimistic when an early ultrasound showed Van Horn was carrying conjoined twins
 
The babies are conjoined from the chest to the navel and are sharing the same heart and liver.
 
Because they share those two vital organs, Andrew and Garrett were not separated when they were born.  It was a decision Van Horn and her boyfriend, Kody Stancombe, made.

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"They're breathing good.  They're crying.  They're doing everything a normal infant would do.  That's why we see them as our miracle babies," Van Horn said.
 
The babies’ parents said conjoined twins happen one in every 50,000 births.
 
While the newborns are bringing Van Horn and Stancombe great joy, there are challenges like feeding and dressing them.
 
“We basically take two outfits and snap them together,” said Van Horn.
 
As parents, it's heartbreaking to care for their sons knowing they might not have them for very long.  They said it's a blessing they have their little boys at all.
 
“They’ll continue to fight until it’s their time.  We will love them and cherish them until that moment and continue even after,” said Van Horn.

If you would like to help with diapers and clothing, Brennan reports you can email a family friend at danceriot78@yahoo.com.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:25:22 -0700

Postman jailed for hiding more than 44,000 pieces of mail

A Kentucky mail carrier is behind bars for hiding more than 44,000 pieces of mail in a storage facility and his dead mother's home.

Kentucky Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley Jr. hit William "Brent" Morse of Dawson Springs with a sentence of six months in jail and six months of home incarceration for “destroying, hiding and delaying the delivery of U.S. mail.”  

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"He wanted to speed up his route," police Capt. Craig Patterson told The Courier-Journal. "I think he was lazy."

The federal employee was also ordered to shell out $15,000 in restitution to people who had their mail delayed or destroyed, the newspaper reported.

More here.   

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:40:53 -0700

What's next for People's most beautiful woman in the world?

​Lupita Nyong’o seems to be taking over the world. She’s an Oscar winner and People Magazine revealed her as its “Most Beautiful” woman Wednesday. So what’s next?   

Before we look ahead, let’s first look at some of her recent accomplishments: the Yale School of Drama grad announced she signed with premier talent agency Creative Artists Agency, or CAA. 

 The Hollywood Insider reports, “She became the target of every major agency as soon as she signed on to ['12 Years a Slave'], but ... postponed taking any meetings not only until after the movie had wrapped but also until well after awards season.” (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

Earlier this month, she was announced as the new face of Lancome.

“Hi! I’m Lupita Nyong’o and I’m incredibly excited to let you know that I am the new ambassadress for Lancome. See you soon.” (Via Instagram / lupitanyongo)

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And Hollywood Life says the two are a perfect match. Nyong’o said, “I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.”  (Via Hollywood Life)

From fans to speculators to haters, everyone is dying to know what her next project with be.  

There are many reports speculating that Nyongo’s next big gig may be in the upcoming “Star Wars” movie. Yep… Luke Skywalker move out of the way. Ms. Nyong’o is coming through.

Since her big Oscar win, numerous reports have cited Nyong’o recently meeting with “Star Wars: Episode VII” director J.J. Abrams. (Via Business Insider)

But as the Los Angeles Times puts it, “Nearly every actor in Hollywood seems to have done the same.” â€‹

Point taken. Nyong’o has been tight lipped about her possible next role. But a Forbes writer says she needs to be the star and not in a supporting role, even if it is the multi-million dollar “Star Wars” franchise.

“For many reasons, the new Star Wars movie would be better served with Nyong’o as the star. It should be as much her character story as the original trilogy belonged to Luke Skywalker.”

Interestingly enough, that might not be the only film role in the works.

She may be teaming up with acclaimed novelist and poet Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche — a.k.a. the girl-power, spoken-word artist on Beyonce’s latest track “Flawless.” Adiche hinted towards the “collab” in a recent interview.

“Lupita might be making an announcement sometime soon ... I don’t know ... It might be about ‘Americanah.’ I don’t know”  (Via Bustle)

But with the avalanche of the good news coming her way, Nyong’o is taking a second to just be happy.

"It’s through inter-contentment and happiness that I care about my presentation.” (Via People)

I guess we will have to stay tuned and play the waiting game to see what will be next for the big star.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:10:22 -0700

Popular Walnut Creek bar deemed 'disorderly house', has liquor license suspended

State officials have suspended the liquor license of Crogan's, a popular Walnut Creek bar. The California Alcoholic Beverage Control posted a notice of suspension Thursday at Crogan's on Locust Street in downtown Walnut Creek. An ABC spokesman John Carr told KTVU the business was found to be a "Disorderly House" which is putting a strain on police resources due to frequent calls for service.

 The ABC is imposing a 20-day suspension, which means the bar cannot serve alcohol during that period.

The general manager told KTVU that the owner decided to shut down completely and reopen May 7th.

 People looking to have a drink at Crogan's Wednesday night were surprised to see the sign.

So were some longtime residents, who noted the bar had been operating since the 1970's.

 "I'm actually surprised to hear that this happened," said Rich Hildebrand, a Walnut Creek native now living in Alamo. "It's an establishment and it's been here a long time."

 "They have one of the highest call volumes in Walnut Creek in regards to alcohol-related incidents," said Lt. Steve Gorski, a Walnut Creek Police spokesman.

Fights and public intoxication have become a problem for Walnut Creek's booming nightlife scene.

In Crogan's case, ABC agents reviewed police records and found more than 200 calls to Crogan's in just a little more than a year, between August 2012 and November 2013.

Police say it's the highest among the dozen or so bars that are concentrated in the four square block downtown area.

"There's too many incidents here," Lt.Gorski told KTVU Wednesday, "There're too many fights, there's too many drunken cases, there's just too many incidents that draw police resources from other areas of town."

KTVU spoke with Ed Reel, Crogan's general manager, who says the bar has been meeting regularly with police to address problems.

"It kind of caught me off guard a little bit especially since we'd been hearing form Walnut Creek Police what a good job we've been doing," Reel told KTVU.

According to ABC's records, Crogan's liquor license has been in suspended twice before. The first time was in 2008 for serving alcohol to a minor. The second incident was in 2010 for serving someone obviously intoxicated and allowing public drunkenness.

 Crogan's manager says they've since worked with police and the ABC to train their employees and increase security. Reel feels the call volume is unfair because he says some calls have nothing to do with their bar. In one recent case, he says their security guards denied entry to a man who appeared too drunk.

 "He ended up getting arrested out front by the police but hadn't even been in our bar at all," Reel said.

 Some residents say the suspension might be too great a punishment.

 "To close it down and be that intense about it? I don't know," said Carlos Reyes of Pleasant Hill, "I think maybe it might be excessive."

 Other residents say while they appreciate the city's nightlife, they want police and the ABC to crack down on alcohol-related incidents to preserve the city's image.

"I wouldn't want it to be tainted by an element and reputation as a party city," said Barbara Kelley, of Walnut Creek.

After Crogan's 20-day suspension it will be on probation for two years. Any further violations could lead to the license being revoked by the ABC. The city could also take action and revoke Crogan's use permits.

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:07:25 -0700

Woman falls victim to phone scam, has savings stolen

San Francisco police are warning people to be on alert for a scam that's already claimed four victims in the past four weeks.

One woman who says she’s on a limited income tells KTVU she lost some of her savings.

"For someone to call on my home phone and violate me like this," said the woman who asked to be identified only as Ann.

"I was in shock, I can't believe this happened to me," said the retiree who works part-time to supplement her income.

It all started with a voice message left on her home phone from a man identifying himself as Sgt. Jackson with the San Francisco Sheriff's Department.

"He told me ‘We're going to have a warrant out for your arrest , you failed to appear for jury duty’," the woman told KTVU.

The man proceeded to tell Ann she needed to pay a fine and instructed her to buy a prepaid cash card in the amount of $480 at her local pharmacy.

He then had Ann call him back with the cash card’s account number, which gave him access to her money.  The man told her she’d get her money back when she appeared in court.

"I believed it. I didn't want to go to jail," she said.

She said she realized she had been scammed when she went to court the next day to clear her record and was told that she had not been summoned for jury duty.

"It hurts. It really hurts," she said.

KTVU called the number the man provided to Ann and a recording came on to say the number is no longer working.

Police say the number goes to a disposable phone.

Investigators say they suspect there are many more victims who are too embarrassed to report what happened.

"The bottom line is law enforcement won't ask you for money," said Lt. Michael Dudoroff with San Francisco Police Department.

"I've worked all my life for my money, it's my savings. I just hope they get caught. I want them to get caught," Ann said.

Ann wants to share her story in hopes of preventing this from happening to someone else.

Police say it’s often difficult to catch these scam artists and add the thieves could be operating from out of state.

Investigators are urging anyone that has been targeted to contact their local law enforcement.

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:48:22 -0700

Daly City medical building shooting thought to be targeting doctor

Daly City Police are searching for an elderly Asian man who opened fire in the Serramonte Medical-Dental Center Wednesday afternoon.

Police say he was likely targeting a doctor but the motive remains unclear.

The doctor, who was not identified, noticed the elderly man holding a handgun in a second floor hallway.

“The doctor didn’t see any shots fired,” said Daly City Police Lt. David Mackriss, “as the  doctor was departing the scene, he heard a loud bang which he took to be a gunshot.”

That doctor called 911 and police then conducted a reverse 911 call to instruct remaining occupants of in the building to shelter in place.

A SWAT team search of the two floor building yielded no sign of any victims or the shooter.  Detectives located bullet fragments in a second floor hallway.

A police spokesman had no word on a possible motive or a detailed suspect description to help aid in the search.

Police say the doctor did not recognize the man and the building did not have security cameras.

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:32:26 -0700

Thursday Weather Forecast: Increasing clouds bring cooler temps

Increasing clouds Thursday will keep temperatures in the 60s and low 70s. 

By the early evening, showers will move into the North Bay with scattered showers popping up everywhere else after midnight.

Friday will be mostly cloudy, cooler and wet.  Most cities will see under .20” of precipitation.  The mountains above 5000 feet could see another foot of fresh snow by Saturday morning.

 

Thursday Afternoon Highs

  • SF 61
  • Oak   66
  • Concord 70
  • Livermore 72
  • Antioch 71
  • San Jose 70
  • Morgan Hill 71

 

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:25:06 -0700

Designers transform a San Francisco Pac Heights mansion

At 3660 Jackson Street, the 2014 San Francisco Decorators Showcase has officially begun where dozens of the Bay Area’s top interior and landscape designers have transformed the elegant 9,000 square-foot mansion.

The massive mansion is in the middle of Presidio Heights and originally built in 1907 by the architectural team of Walter Danforth Bliss and William Baker Faville for their clients Rose and Alfred Sutro. 

The elegant red brick estate stands out with a façade of meticulously groomed climbing ficus. Inside, the spacious home features exquisitely detailed woodwork, a gracious entry with a three-story staircase and coffered skylight, a beautiful wood-paneled library, a music room, and several rooms with expansive views of the Presidio and San Francisco Bay.

The architectural team of Bliss & Faville was one of the most respected partnerships in San Francisco architectural history. Together, they designed some of the city’s most recognizable and famous buildings, including the St. Francis Hotel, the Flood Mansion (now Convent of the Sacred Heart School), the Masonic Temple, the Geary Theater and many significant landmarks and homes.

The original homeowner, Alfred Sutro, was a founding partner in 1904 of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, which became one of the largest and most respected law firms in California.   He won a landmark case following the 1906 earthquake that allowed thousands of San Francisco property owners to recover their losses and re-build again. This effort is seen as integral to the rapid rebirth of the city in the early years following the quake.

All the funds raised through the Decorator Showcase go directly to support the San Francisco University High School (UHS) Financial Aid Program.

The 2014 Showcase will run from April 26 – May 26 on Tuesdays through Sundays and Monday, Memorial Day.

Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (last entry)

Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (last entry)

Sunday and Memorial Day: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (last entry)

Closed on Mondays except for Memorial Day

In addition, each Friday, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Showcase will host “Friday Nights at Showcase,” a happy hour event with opportunities to meet designers and hear about the latest trends. Check www.DecoratorShowcase.org for additional information on designers and special Friday Night events.

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:38:55 -0700

Man files lawsuit saying he is Audrie Pott's biological father, seeks nod as heir

A man filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose declaring that he is the biological father of teen suicide victim Audrie Pott and should be included in a wrongful death lawsuit as a legal heir.

Michael Lazarin, 46, claims that Sheila and Lawrence Pott, the teen girl's legal parents, falsely claimed to be her sole heirs in the suit they lodged a year ago, seven months after Audrie's death by suicide on Sept.

12, 2012.

Audrie was 15 years old when she hanged herself at Sheila Pott's Los Altos home on Sept. 10, 2012, and died at a hospital in Mountain View after being taken off life support two days later.

She had become upset in the aftermath of a Labor Day weekend party with other teens that Sept. 2 at a friend's home in Saratoga. During the party, she passed out inside a bedroom of the friend's house after drinking vodka mixed with Gatorade.

While Audrie was asleep, three male teen classmates of hers from Saratoga High School removed some of her clothes, used a felt pen to draw messages on her body, took photos of her and sexually abused her by digital penetration.

After pleading guilty to sexual assault, two of the boys were sentenced to 30 days in juvenile jail, which they served on weekends, and a third to 45 consecutive days.

The Potts filed suit on April 15, 2013, against the boys' parents for monetary damages. They are asking for damages for defamation, invasion of privacy, false imprisonment, battery, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy.

The Potts are also suing an unnamed teenaged girl who they allege assisted in taking Audrie to the room, watched the boys with Audrie and then lied about it to sheriff's deputies investigating Audrie's death in 2012.

In his lawsuit filed Wednesday, Lazarin attached as exhibits dozens of family photos of himself, Audrie, Sheila Pott and Lazarin family members taken from the late 1990s to early 2000s prior to when he and Sheila broke up in December 2003 after an eight-year relationship.

In other exhibits used to bolster his argument that he is Audrie's biological father, Lazarin included an email sent last Sept. 24 to his former lawyer Gloria Allred by the Potts' San Jose attorney Robert Allard, who described Lazarin as "nothing more than a sperm donor."

He also furnished printouts of posts on Facebook written to him about Audrie by Lawrence Pott's second wife, Lisa Pott, in 2011 before Audrie's death, that Lazarin claims indicates acknowledgement of his paternity.

A hearing on Lazarin's suit by a case management judge in Superior Court in San Jose is set for Aug. 19.

Lazarin said in an interview that he expects his case to be combined with the Potts' lawsuit.

He said his intention in filing suit is not for money but "to bring closure to me and my family."

"The devastating effects have been far reaching and difficult to cope with as I have watched my daughter become a public spectacle because of the criminal actions that took place before her passing, the horrendous defilement of her by (the boys) who did not receive due punishment for what they had done," he said.

Lazarin said that he met Audrie's mother Sheila in 1995 when he said she told him she was separated from Lawrence and was "going through an extensive divorce" from him.

He said he fathered Audrie and after she was born in 1997, he had "an active role" in the girl's life, financial support and upbringing in his San Jose home up to when she was 6.

Following his break up with Sheila in December 2003, Lazarin that month filed a paternity claim to establish himself as Audrie's parent.

He ultimately lost the case in a decision by then-Judge Dolores Carr, who cited a statute that said in order to be legally declared the father, he had to have taken the child into his home and openly held her out as his natural child within two years of her birth.

Lazarin said that he did not know about the two-year statute of limitations to claim paternity and did not declare or file a claim as Audrie's father while he was with Sheila in order to avoid family problems for Sheila.

"I was in a full blown relationship with my daughter and Sheila," he said. "Why would I sue somebody? I knew it was my daughter."

Lazarin said in his suit Wednesday that during the paternity case, it was never disputed that he was Audrie's biological father.

In a court filing in 2006, Sheila Pott's lawyer Mary Simpson wrote that the Potts were married in 1992, Lawrence Pott filed for divorce in 2001 but it did not became final until 2004.

Simpson stated that Sheila, while still legally married to Lawrence Pott, had an affair with Lazarin between April and September 1996, prior to Audrie's birth on May 27, 1997.

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:20:26 -0700

Supervisor Efren Carrillo to testify at peeking trial

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo will testify at his misdemeanor peeking trial Thursday after Judge Gary Medvigy Wednesday afternoon denied a defense motion to dismiss the case.

Carrillo, the 33-year-old 5th District Supervisor, is charged with peeking into the window or door of his neighbor's Brockhurst Drive home in west Santa Rosa on July 13.

He was standing outside her apartment in his socks and boxer briefs when Santa Rosa police arrived around 3:40 a.m. He was arrested later for prowling and burglary.

The 11 women and three men on the jury, two of whom are alternates, heard two of Carrillo's recorded interviews with police. On Tuesday, Carrillo's neighbor, identified only as Jane Doe, gave her account.

She said she was sleeping soundly around 3:30 a.m. when she heard a tearing and scratching sound and rustling blinds at her bedroom window.

Doe said she woke up, went to the living room and saw a "scary, large and muscular" man standing in front of her apartment when she looked out the window.

She testified she woke up two female quests who were spending the weekend, and the three of them armed themselves with butcher knives. The man knocked on the front door, and when she asked who it was he replied, "it's your neighbor." Doe said she called police at 3:40 a.m., and again at 3:50 a.m.

Police found the lower left corner of the bedroom window screen was damaged and the window was open enough to allow someone to reach inside.

Doe testified that her window was open when she went to sleep.

Carrillo told police during the interviews he was drinking at a downtown Santa Rosa nightclub before he was dropped of at home around 2:30 a.m. He said he was ready to go to bed when he noticed a light in Doe's apartment was on and he decided to take two Pliny the Elder beers to her apartment.

Carrillo told police he walked to the front door of Doe's apartment and knocked quietly, then went to the back of the apartment to a sliding glass door where he noticed a light on inside the apartment.

He said he then went back to the front of the house where the bedroom and living room were located and knocked on the front door. He told police he does not remember knocking on Doe's bedroom window, but it's possible he did.

Carrillo said when Doe asked, 'Who is it?' he replied, 'It's Efren, your neighbor.' He said Doe said 'Hold on a minute,' but when he heard a man inside the apartment say, 'What the hell,' he left.

He called the decision to go to Doe's apartment at that hour, "a bad read" and a "misperception."

Doe and Carrillo had three previous brief encounters before July 13, according to trial testimony.

One was outside Doe's apartment and another at the Space XXV nightclub on the same day in mid-May, according to Doe's testimony and Carrillo's statements to police.

The third encounter was in June when Carrillo went to the back of Doe's apartment to give her a bottle of wine and welcome her to the neighborhood. Carrillo gave her an air kiss and a hug as he stood on the threshold of the sliding glass door, Doe said. She later told police the incident was "weird and creepy."

In asking Medvigy to either dismiss the case or acquit Carrillo after the prosecution finished presenting its evidence, defense attorney

Chris Andrian said Napa County Deputy District Attorney Cody Hunt did not present any independent evidence Carrillo was seen peeking into a door or window.

Andrian said the only evidence of peeking was Carrillo's statement that he went to the sliding glass door in back of the apartment and noticed a light was on in the apartment.

"That's not peeking, but even if it was, where is the independent evidence from witnesses," Andrian told the judge.

Doe testified she kept the blinds of her apartment closed at night.

"The status of the house was peek-free," Andrian said.

Hunt said there is substantial circumstantial evidence of peeking to send the case to the jury because the window screen was damaged and the blinds were rustled.

Hunt also said Carrillo told police he went to the back of the house and 'peeked in the back window.'

"It's enough just to look into a window or door," Hunt said in supporting the peeking charge.

Medvigy will include the lesser offense of attempted peeking when he instructs the jury on their verdict options Thursday, Andrian said.

Peeking carries a six-month jail sentence, and the penalty for attempted peeking is three months, Andrian said.

Andrian said Carrillo will testify so the jury "will know the story from his perspective."

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:02:43 -0700

Oakland police to partner with neighborhood-safety site

Oakland police are set to announce details of a partnership they’ve begun with the social media site, NextDoor, to provide neighborhood-specific information to residents about crime and safety.

Nextdoor is described as a "private social network for your neighborhood."  The site verifies users addresses by postcard or credit card statement before it lets them join, but once verified, users can browse information specific to their neighborhood on things like garage sales, classifieds, community events and postings for lost pets.

There's also a section for each neighborhood on crime and safety.

Steve Pagan lives on a tree-lined street in the Almaden Valley Neighborhood of San Jose. A few months ago he noticed a shopping bag full of clothes strewn across the sidewalk by his house.

“It was entirely out of place and there were still some tags on it,” Pagan said.

There was a receipt with a name on it. Using his NextDoor account, he was able to find the neighbor it belonged to.

“I sent them a note, saying ‘your stuff is across the street from my home, did you have a car break-in by chance?’” he said.

Pagan said after posting a community alert on his neighborhood site, neighbors discovered there had been 14 vehicles broken into on the same night on his street.

“We wouldn’t have known that without the NextDoor concept,” Pagan said.  

Pagan said residents only learned about the rash of break-ins after discussing it on the site, because few people had contacted police to report it.

Almaden Valley is one 32,000 neighborhoods across the country using NextDoor.  The San Francisco-based company said one out of every five neighborhoods in the U.S. uses the site, and that 2.5 million messages are sent on it daily. 20-percent of those daily messages have to do with crime and safety issues.

The site is free to users and the partnerships are free for Police Departments and other government agencies. Last week, NextDoor announced a partnership with the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. The site has partnerships with 150 police departments and government agencies across the country.

San Jose Police began partnering with NextDoor two years ago to send specific alerts and messages to neighborhoods like Almaden Valley.  San Jose Police Capt. Anthony Ciaburro said the site can be useful.

“This gives us another opportunity and another conduit to act with the community, but at the same time, it fosters more community growth,” Ciaburro said.

This week, Oakland Police will begin a partnership with NextDoor to send direct messages to users in Oakland.  NextDoor users in some North Oakland neighborhoods may have already seen postings and messages from their local police captains as part of a pilot program the social media site has already begun.

Nextdoor CEO and Co-founder Nirav Tolia said more than 75 percent of the total neighborhoods in the Bay Area use their site.

“When we engage in one of these partnerships, we do assist with training police to make sure they know the kind of information neighbors are looking for and how they can be most efficient,” Tolia said.

Pagan says he's glad to have direct access to the police that patrol his neighborhood, but he understands why some NextDoor users might find it intrusive.  

“It's important to note that the neighborhoods are still private, meaning the police can post into the neighborhood, but they cannot read anything that goes on in the neighborhoods, except for the responses to the things they post,” Tolia said in response to privacy concerns.

Open communication lines can lead to other challenges. Capt Ciaburro's advice for his Oakland counterparts using NextDoor: be prepared to respond to a high volume of messages from the community you serve.

Oakland Police and City of Oakland officials are expected to talk about the details of this new partnership at a news conference Thursday.

The site is currently funded by private investors and venture capital funding. Tolia said in the next year or so, they will introduce a business model based on some form of advertising from local businesses.

 

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:23:15 -0700

Teen out of coma after horrific long-boarding accident

An East Bay teenager has made a remarkable recovery just one month after a devastating skateboarding accident.

Just two and a half weeks ago Ryan Carroll was in a coma after the Santa Barbara City College student suffered a serious head-injury after crashing on a long-board.

Now that Carroll is out of a coma and returning to his old self, he's become a huge advocate for helmet use.

"I was like one step above clinical death," he said.

Carroll returned home last Saturday after a rough month in the ICU rehabbing from his injuries.

"I went to sleep on the 19th, and woke up on April 10th or something like that in the hospital. It was crazy," he said.

On March 20th Carroll was riding a long-board, which is essentially a big skateboard more stable at high speeds, when he crashed.

"I feel like I should have been wearing a helmet and I feel like I should have been a little more cautious," he said.

After coming out of the coma, he struggled to regain his speech and movement. The injury has also changed his sense of taste.

"With any remote sweet taste in it, it just tastes like Oreos now. And it's really annoying because you can have only so many Oreos," Carroll said.

The teen’s mother was an advocate for helmet use before the accident. Now she demands it of all of her children.

"I will say as I was wandering around Santa Barbara while I was down there, everywhere I looked, there were kids skating around without helmets on. And it was really hard for me to not stop people and give them a story," explained Terri Carroll.

Just three days before Ryan Carroll crashed, a 20-year-old woman from Martinez was not so lucky.  Kate Hopkins was also in a long-boarding accident.  She died from her injuries.

"It was scary to realize that I was that close to death and that someone who had the same exact experience as me had died. So, it was quite a reality check," Carroll said.

Carroll is still having trouble with his short term memory.  His medical bills, mostly covered by Kaiser, already total in the millions.

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:54:12 -0700

Officials: Oakland in uphill battle to keep sports teams

Mayor Jean Quan and City Councilman Larry Reid were among the officials who admitted Wednesday that Oakland's "back is against the wall" in trying to keep the Golden State Warriors, the Athletics and the Raiders in the East Bay city.

Reid, who is vice chair of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, which oversees the O.co. Coliseum and the Oracle Arena, said, "If not all three teams, we would like to keep at least two here."

Reid's candid remarks came as he and Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, who chairs the Coliseum Authority, addressed developments this week that are affecting the futures of the Golden State Warriors basketball team, the Oakland's A's baseball team and the Oakland Raiders football team.

Reid said Oakland's issues with all three teams aren't new, saying, "Things have been unraveling for a long time. This didn't start today."

On Tuesday morning, the Warriors announced they plan to build a new arena in the Mission Bay neighborhood in San Francisco, a shift from their earlier plans to build an arena along San Francisco's waterfront.

The team said it would like to move to the arena before the 2018-19 NBA season.

On Tuesday night, the A's said they have rejected a proposal by the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority to extend their lease at the O.co Coliseum for 10 years.

And on Monday the Raiders missed a deadline for submitting a letter of interest to work on a project to change the 132-acre Coliseum complex into a sports and entertainment hub with new stadiums.

Miley and Reid both conceded that the Coliseum Authority faces a tough road in trying to keep the Warriors in Oakland but they hope the authority can keep the A's and Raiders in the city.

Miley said, "We're not going to fight the Warriors' decision to relocate to San Francisco but we want them to stay and we're keeping the welcome mat out."

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said East Bay Warrior fans are "disappointed" about the team's plans but added, "As mayor, I have to keep the welcome mat out" and there's still a chance that the Warriors' plans to move won't work out.

Last November, the Coliseum Authority agreed to extend the A's lease at the O.co Coliseum for two years, through the end of 2015, and the lease for the Raiders for one year, through the end of the 2014-15 football season.

Miley said talks about extending the A's lease for a longer period have been going on since then and he's glad the team is interested in extending the lease for another 10 years, through 2024, but "the issue is the details of the terms."

He said among the issues is the belief by city of Oakland and Alameda County officials that the A's owe them more than $5 million because they haven't been paying their rent for more than five years.

That money could be used for public purposes such as hiring more police officers or funding health services, Miley said.

He said another key issue is whether the A's agree to build a new baseball-only stadium at the Coliseum complex and if they would agree to pay for most of the complex.

The city and county would prefer only to pay for some of the infrastructure costs for a new stadium, Miley said.

However, it would possible to extend the A's lease for 10 years without any agreement on building a new stadium, he said.

"Those are separate issues that don't have to be linked," Miley said.

Miley said another complication is the possibility that the Raiders build a new football-only stadium at the Coliseum complex site but the A's wind up without a new baseball-only stadium.

Under that scenario, the Coliseum Authority would let the A's get out of their lease before it expires, he said.

A's President Michael Crowley reacted angrily to Miley's comments Wednesday, saying, "We owe no back rent or any other amounts."

He said, "We did deduct rent payments in the past for items that we are allowed under our lease but that was our negotiated lease."

Crowley said, "There is absolutely nothing in either our lease offer to them or their counterproposal that mentions any kind of subsidy" for building a new stadium.

He said, "We have nothing additional to offer and as a result there will be no further negotiations."

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:28:10 -0700