Opinion: Why San Jose should reconsider Urban Confluence project

The Urban Confluence project proposes a $150-million modern resurrection of the San Jose light tower. While this might seem attractive to some, San Jose leaders should recognize the harm that a 200-foot illuminated structure will cause to the environment and to residents. Science tells us that light pollution generators should be perceived as any other source of contamination due to pervasive and devastating effects on health and nature. Regressive projects such as this should be a thing of the past. Death sentence to birds (and aircraft). Light pollution is emerging as a novel global threat to ecosystems, with widespread biological harm similar in scope to climate change. Among the victims of over-lighting are birds. Their migratory behavior is altered by light. Birds’ attraction to light should not come as a surprise to San Jose. Historical records show that birds were drawn to the original light tower: “Birds and insects came in violent contact with the tower and the electric wires and fell to the ground below dead” and locals “made money selling birds that collided with the tower to local restaurants.” Why recreate this horrific…

Libby Schaaf: Why Oakland should back the A’s Howard Terminal plan

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) In March, our vision to see a new waterfront ballpark built at Howard Terminal passed an exciting milestone. The project’s long-awaited and comprehensive draft environmental impact report was shared with the public, and we have received a tremendous amount of community feedback. Now, along with the Oakland A’s, the city has several more important tasks to complete before a full proposal can reach the City Council for a final vote this year. Over the next few months, Oaklanders and A’s fans are going to dig into the details of the project and engage in vigorous debates, just as we should. Here’s why the waterfront ballpark is a once-in-a-generation project for Oakland and how I will work side-by-side with the A’s in the coming months to shape a clear vision and a historic project that will benefit both our community and the A’s organization. First and foremost: I want the A’s to remain in Oakland forever. A prominent new home on the waterfront will help keep them here and keep their business a financially viable one well into…

Skelton: Newsom’s opening of California can’t come soon enough

My first thought when Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California would fully reopen for business and pleasure on June 15 was: Why not May 15? Or April 15? Newsom has been too slow in allowing Californians to resume normal life, I’ve long thought. Too hesitant to restart indoor dining, permit wedding receptions and demand that schools welcome learning-deprived students back to classrooms. It was an ominous sign about a year ago when the governor tried to close all beaches in the state. As I wrote then, every Californian has an unalienable right to a day at the beach. Facing a revolt by sand-and-surf worshipers, Newsom backed down and negotiated with local communities. He has allowed single-minded health experts to all but run the show. Their sole agenda was vanquishing COVID-19. But in a democracy, no single sector should be given a free hand to dictate policy. People collectively have many agendas. When we lean too heavily on the pandemic’s unofficial watchword, “science” — which is perpetually changing anyway — other factors are reduced to low priority. Factors such as the economic and personal costs of small…

Pitts: Racial anxiety motivated Capitol rioters on Jan. 6

Apparently, Robert Pape was surprised. Notwithstanding earlier research or the alarm raised in this and other forums, Pape, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, expected, when he began studying the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, to find the rioters acted out of economic anxiety. His anticipation, he told The New York Times recently, was that as he delved into the demographics of 377 people who had been arrested or charged, he would quantify the riot as an aftershock of the 2008 recession. It didn’t turn out that way. In his initial findings, detailed in an op-ed for The Washington Post, Pape determined the rioters to be 95 percent white, 85 percent male, middle and upper middle class, and — significantly — to hail mostly from counties where the white population is shrinking fastest and the non-white growing most aggressively. Such counties were six times more likely to produce rioters than counties where demographic change was least dramatic, a disparity that held even when controlled for various variables. Coincidence? Pape says the chances are less than one in a thousand.…

Word Game: April 10, 2021

TODAY’S WORD — QUINTUPLE (QUINTUPLE: kwin-TOO-pul: Consisting of five parts or members.) Average mark 30 words Time limit 45 minutes Can you find 45 or more words in QUINTUPLE? The list will be published Monday. YESTERDAY’S WORD — ULTIMATE ultima utile lame late latte lieu lime lute tail tale tame taut teal team teat tile tilt time title item mail male malt mate maul meal meat melt metal mile mite mitt mule mutate mute mutilate mutt alit alum amulet atilt email emit etui To purchase the Word Game book, visit WordGameBooks.com. Order it now for just $5 while supplies last! RULES OF THE GAME: 1. Words must be of four or more letters. 2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. 3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. 4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed. Contact Word Game creator Kathleen Saxe at kzsaxe@gmail.com.

Harriette Cole: I believe music reflects the soul, and my boyfriend’s is pathetic

DEAR HARRIETTE: I can’t stand my boyfriend’s taste in music. Harriette Cole  Music is extremely important to me, as I am a recording artist. I believe that music reflects your soul and who you truly are. There isn’t a single song that I’ve played for him that he’s liked; he doesn’t even like the music I make. I’m not offended that he doesn’t like my music because it doesn’t tend to attract his demographic anyway, but I’m afraid this is the beginning of a deeper issue for us. I don’t like the fact that we can’t bond over something as simple as music. Do you think this is a sign of a deeper issue? Songstress DEAR SONGSTRESS: I remember when I met my husband and began to listen to the music that he likes. It was so different from my musical choices. Some of it I liked; some, I didn’t. Now, nearly 30 years later, our musical tastes remain very different. Sometimes when he is listening to his favorite radio station in the car, I pop in my headphones and listen to something else. Often,…

Miss Manners: He was a lovely man, but his wardrobe malfunction made things awkward

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Here is a common but difficult conundrum: At the bank, I was greeted by a lovely older security guard. His fly was down. I mentioned it to a gentleman bank employee, who then told the guard. It all felt terribly awkward. Oh, and this probably matters: I’m a not-young woman. GENTLE READER: Matters how, exactly? Miss Manners is curious if it is the “young” or the “woman” that you consider problematic. Regardless, she assures you that you handled the matter perfectly. A not-old man could not have done better. DEAR MISS MANNERS: My sister and I are very close, and we chat about every other week. About a year ago, she moved across the country, so now (and especially with COVID) we don’t have the chance to see each other in person. Related Articles Miss Manners: She doesn’t realize the ring she wears was stolen from me Miss Manners: Our friendship ended when my database search caught her in a big lie Miss Manners: The cat’s owners were too generous with their thanks Miss Manners: My wife won’t admit her phone call…

Dear Abby: I feel belittled by my estranged wife’s behavior

DEAR ABBY: I’ve been separated from my wife for about four years, at her request. It was justified. I wasn’t the best husband. I wasn’t abusive, but I was sad and feeling sorry for myself, like now. Jeanne Phillips  I took her for granted and didn’t show her the affection she deserved, but I have been going to therapy to work through issues that I had suppressed for decades that contributed to me being a bad husband. I wanted to try counseling with her, but she was done and refused, which I’m still saddened by. As of today, she has a new boyfriend but still hasn’t filed for divorce. I’m struggling because she and her new boyfriend hang out with people I grew up with. It’s my own hang-up, I know, but it makes me feel embarrassed and like I can never hang out with my friends again. I get upset when I see posts on Facebook with her and her boyfriend that my family have added heart emojis or nice comments to. Related Articles Dear Abby: Why do I go for younger girlfriends? It’s…

Ask Amy: My husband is a snoop, and I can’t make him stop

Dear Amy: My husband is taking a company buyout this summer, thus retiring from his job. The concern I have is that he is nosy! He has done things in the past that have upset me and my children (he is their stepdad). Amy Dickinson  He seems to think he is entitled to go through their rooms and poke through their things, under the guise of cleaning. He has taken toys out of my son’s room and given them to our grandchildren without asking. He rearranged my daughter’s room while she was at school, and she came back home to a completely rearranged room. While helping my daughter’s boyfriend, I caught him going through a box of papers in the back of the boyfriend’s car. I told him that these things were none of his business and his reply was, “It is if I make it my business.” My kids have given us no cause to go through their rooms — no drinking/smoking/stealing or other causes for snooping. Related Articles Ask Amy: I confronted my wife about her suitors, and I’m not happy with her…

Photos: Bay Area high school football Week 5, weekend coverage

Bishop O’Dowd 20, James Logan 0 OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 9: Bishop O’Dowd’s Matt White (9) rushes against James Logan’s Jayden Saquiton (16) in the first quarter of a high school football game in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)  OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 9: Bishop O’Dowd’s Isaac Greene catches a pass against James Logan’s Jeremiah Patterson (1) in the first quarter of a high school football game in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)  OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 9: Bishop O’Dowd’s Paul McKenzie (2) rushes against James Logan’s Terrence Harrison (70) in the fourth quarter of a high school football game in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)  OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 9: James Logan’s Jeremy Jones (5) rushes against Bishop O’Dowd in the second quarter of a high school football game in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)  OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 9: Bishop O’Dowd players celebrate a 20-0 win over James Logan in a high school football game…

Friday’s prep football roundup: Campolindo, St. Ignatius, Liberty, Saratoga among winners

Ranked teams No. 8 Campolindo 38, Las Lomas 28: Improving to an undefeated 5-0, Campolindo fought off a tough Las Lomas team looking to play spoiler. Both teams went blow for blow in the first quarter as the Knights struck first with a rushing touchdown from junior running back Frank Payne. The Cougars answered quickly as junior running back and defensive back Zion Adams scored his first of three touchdowns to tie the game 7-7. The Knights took the lead again minutes later, returning a punt for a touchdown. Adams then scored from 24 yards out to tie the game once more. Another Adams touchdown run put Campolindo up 21-14 at halftime. The Cougars controlled the game from then on, never letting Las Lomas pull within 10 points after taking a 31-14 lead into the fourth quarter. “We had a hungry group of seniors,” Campolindo coach Kevin Macy said. “For us, we called this our championship game. We can claim that we are league champions so that the kids have something to hold on to as a memory.” Campolindo will look to complete its perfect season Friday…

Late mistakes sink Warriors in ‘tough loss’ to Wizards

With both hands over his head, Damion Lee frowned, his eyes drawn to a clock that read 1.2 seconds remaining. As Lee stood there under the rim moments after his pass that was picked off, he felt his mistake cost the Warriors their first consecutive win in nearly a month. However, poor defense in the first half and more mistakes than one in the final seconds sunk the Warriors in Friday night’s 110-107 loss to the Washington Wizards at Chase Center. This is about as tough a loss as they come in the midst of a playoff push. “We’re all going to lose sleep tonight,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “I’ll lose sleep, I’m sure Damion will lose sleep, all the guys will. Really tough loss.” After climbing back from a 12-point hole in the second quarter, the Warriors used a 12-2 run in the fourth and led by three with 10 seconds remaining. But Golden State fouled Bradley Beal on a fading-away 3-pointer out of the corner with 6.1 seconds to go. Beal made the shot and ensuing free throw to give the Wizards…

Alameda County: Firefighters battle grass fire by I-580 east of Altamont

LIVERMORE — Alameda County Fire Department firefighters were working to control a grass fire alongside eastbound Interstate 580 east of the Altamont Pass, authorities said Thursday. Shortly before 9:35 p.m., California Highway Patrol officers responded to a report of a 40-foot box truck container that left I-580 lanes east of the Grant Line Road off-ramp. Soon after, reports of fire near the scene reached firefighters, who sent three engines and a battalion chief to eastbound lanes between Grant Line, Midway and Interstate 205. A social media post from Cal Fire described the blaze as about an acre in size “in light flashy fuels” and wind-driven. There were no immediate reports of injuries or threatened structures, and no preliminary tie between the box truck and the fire. ACFD BC03, E08 & E320, and @LPFDFirefighter E98 are en route to a vegetation fire on EB 580 between Grant Line Road Midway and 205. #ALCOFIRE pic.twitter.com/WI2fcnPLYA — Alameda County Fire (@AlamedaCoFire) April 10, 2021 #GrantIC Firefighters are responding to a Vegetation Fire in the area of Grant Line Road and East Bound 580 (Alameda County). First Unit at scene…

Prep football: Without starting QB, Bishop O’Dowd uses defense, run game to beat James Logan

OAKLAND — Without starting quarterback Jesse Madden, Bishop O’Dowd had to change up its offensive attack Friday night to knock off previously undefeated James Logan. But one thing remained the same, first-year coach David Perry said: standard. The Dragons’ defense didn’t allow a single point and limited James Logan to fewer than 100 total yards in a 20-0 win that clinched O’Dowd at least a share of the Foothill title, in the newly combined West Alameda County Conference/Mission Valley Athletic League’s top division. “It’s ridiculous the way these kids fight,” Perry said. “It was ringing in the back of my head that we were picked to finish last. They said we wouldn’t do it. … We say the standard is the standard — nothing changes for us. There’s just a certain standard I want to set here as a first-year head coach.” Junior running back Matt White scored both of Bishop O’Dowd’s touchdowns and rushed for a game-high 174 yards. OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 9: Bishop O’Dowd’s Matt White (9) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against James Logan in the fourth quarter of a high school…

Martin Jones, Sharks continue mastery of Los Angeles Kings

SAN JOSE — Martin Jones had a moment he’d like to have back Friday, as Los Angeles Kings forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored on a shot from below the Sharks’ goal line early in the third period. Jones, though, was still the Sharks’ best player against the Kings, something that’s been a theme almost throughout this season when facing his former team. Jones finished with 32 saves, including 23 in the first two periods, as the Sharks did enough to beat their Southern California rivals 5-2 at SAP Center, helping to make up some ground in the West Division playoff chase. Kevin Labanc, Patrick Marleau and Rudolfs Balcers all scored in the first period and Dylan Gambrell and Tomas Hertl both scored in the third after a big Kings push as the Sharks improved to 6-1-0 against Los Angeles this season. Brent Burns had three assists for the Sharks, who have now won five of their last six games, all with Jones in net. “They really came at us in the second (period),” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said. “We obviously didn’t like our second period. They…

Joe Musgrove makes history with no-hitter for Padres

By STEPHEN HAWKINS ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove pitched the first no-hitter in the history of his hometown team, allowing only one baserunner in a 3-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. The Padres were the only active MLB franchise without a no-hitter, and it came in their 8,206th regular-season game. “It’s awesome to have it be in a Padres uniform,” he said. “To have it be the first in the history of the franchise, that’s incredible.” In only his second start for San Diego, Musgrove (2-0) struck out 10 and faced 28 batters, one over the minimum. The only Rangers baserunner was Joey Gallo, who was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth inning. Jose Trevino had a hard lineout to right field for the final out of the eighth, and David Dahl ripped the first out of the ninth right at second baseman Jake Cronenworth. “There was like three different scenarios where I thought I lost it,” Musgrove said. Musgrove (2-0), who threw 77 of his 112 pitches for strikes, is in his…

Oakland activist, author, education advocate Jean Yonemura Wing dies

OAKLAND — Jean Yonemura Wing, a principled leader in the pursuit of equitable and diverse education in the Bay Area and beyond, died March 29. She was 70. She was a Berkeley High School graduate who returned to campus as a parent of a student and a researcher for the school’s diversity project, drawing on experience from UC Berkeley, where she earned her doctorate degree. Her 2006 book, “Unfinished Business,” outlined the project’s challenges and hard-fought achievements. Yonemura Wing led the Oakland Unified School District’s Research, Assessment and Data Department for 16 years and helped to pioneer the district’s equity dashboard among other initiatives before retiring in June 2020, according to a social media post from the district’s Asian Pacific Islander Student Initiative. She had been a continuing advisor, coach and volunteer for Kingmakers of Oakland and, before that, the African American Male Achievement Initiative. In a statement last week, Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell shared the word with families and educators of Yonemura Wing’s passing, as well as praise and warm remembrances from current and former district staff. “Jean was a loving wife,…

COVID: Nearly 40% of Marines have declined the vaccine

By Oren Liebermann, Ellie Kaufman and Devan Cole | CNN Nearly 40% of US Marines are declining Covid-19 vaccinations, according to data provided to CNN on Friday by the service, the first branch to disclose service-wide numbers on acceptance and declination. As of Thursday, approximately 75,500 Marines have received vaccines, including fully vaccinated and partially vaccinated service men and women. About 48,000 Marines have chosen not to receive vaccines, for a declination rate of 38.9%. CNN has reached out to the other services for acceptance and declination rates. The corresponding acceptance rate for vaccinations among Marines — 61.1% — is not far off the military estimate of two-thirds, or about 66%. Another 102,000 Marines have not yet been offered the vaccines. The total number of Marines includes active-duty, reserves and Individual Mobilization Augmentee Marines. The declination rate at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, one of the prominent Marine Corps bases, was far higher, at 57%, according to another set of data provided to CNN. Of 26,400 Marines who have been offered vaccinations, 15,100 have chosen not to receive them, a number that includes both II…

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