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WATCH: Opening Statements From Trump Impeachment Hearing

The first open hearing in the impeachment investigation into President Donald’s Trump dealings with Ukraine started on Wednesday morning and you can watch live updates here.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and the ranking Republican on the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes of California delivered opening remarks. Watch their statements below: Meet the First Woman to Swim 22 Miles Around San Francisco   Adam Schiff, D-Calif.: Injured Seahawks Player Admitted to Bay Area Hospital   [[564855622, C]] Man Cited for Eating at BART Platform Wants Officer Punished   Devin Nunes, R-Calif.:   [[564855402, C]] Photo Credit: Getty Images

Police Lift Shelter-in-Place Order in San Mateo

San Mateo police on Monday lifted a shelter-in-place order for the area of Rhus Street. Officers were said to be negotiating with a “person in crisis.” Pregnant Mom Fatally Shot in Front of Her Oakland Apartment Further information was not immediately available. Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Raiders’ Derek Carr is Playing Like Mr. Clutch

Derek Carr is playing at his best this season in clutch situations. Carr, who helped the Raiders to a 26-24 victory over the Chargers last week, is the highest-rated quarterback in the NFL this season on third down. Carr’s third-down passer rating is 140.1, topping even Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs (135.3) and Matthew Stafford of the Lions (116.3). Also, according to the Raiders, Carr leads the NFL on third downs in passing touchdowns (10), passing yards (777) and passer rating, while being second in yards-per-attempt (9.5). He also hasn’t thrown an interception on third down this season. And, Carr is gaining momentum. Over the past six games, he’s thrown 10 TD passes against just one interception, has a passer rating of 110.1, is completing 69.4 percent of his throws and is averaging 250.5 yards passing per game, according to James Palmer of the NFL Network. Overall, Carr ranks No. 6 in the NFL in passer rating at 104.4 and has 14 TD passes vs. four interceptions. As the 5-4 Raiders head into Sunday’s game against the winless Bengals in Oakland, Carr seems fully in…

What Bay Area residents have the biggest holiday-spending budgets?

With Christmas and holiday season shopping already underway, many consumers are facing decisions over just how much they should be spending on gifts for family, friends and anyone else they may have in mind. And the Bay Area looks set to be home to some of the biggest holiday-spending budgets around the country. A new study by personal finance website WalletHub says residents in Palo Alto will probably be spending more than those living in any other city in the United States this holiday season, with a maximum individual budget of $3,160. Right on Palo Alto’s tail is Sunnyvale, with a holiday budget per individual of $2,971. Other Bay Area cities ranking in the top 10 in terms of holiday spending budgets are Mountain View, in fifth place with $2,877, and Milpitas which came in 10th place with a consumer holiday budget of $2,549. Of the top 30 cities in the study, nine came from the Bay Area. Source: WalletHub To calculate the cities with the highest holiday budgets, WalletHub compared data from individuals’ income, age, ratio of debt to income, ratio of monthly income…

Hit-and-run kills man on shoulder of Interstate 5 near Los Banos

A man who was apparently changing a tire on the shoulder of Interstate 5 near Los Banos was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver, the California Highway Patrol said. Stanley Crossland, 51, of Santa Rosa, was found dead at the right side of the southbound lane around 8:30 p.m. Monday after passing motorists called 911 to report someone “sprawled out under a vehicle,” the CHP report said. Crossland, driving a pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer, had pulled over just before Highway 165 (Mercey Springs Road). “The left rear tire of the trailer was blown, so it appeared he was out changing the tire at the time when he was hit,” CHP Officer Shannon Stiers told TV station KFSN. Crossland died at the scene from his injuries. The vehicle that struck him did not stop. Anyone with information is asked to call the CHP’s Los Banos office, (209) 826-3811. Related Articles Two people found dead in car on the Mendocino Coast San Jose: Man dies after being hit by car on Halloween Nine USC students die in three months as speculation runs rampant on campus…

Seahawks squawk proudly about stealing 49ers’ keys, signals in overtime win; but this isn’t over

More fallout from Monday night’s delightfully intense 49ers-Seahawks spectacular: Seattle defenders have told Crackerjack NFL reporter Jim Trotter that they were deciphering Jimmy Garoppolo’s signals late in the game. Interesting insight from the Seattle locker room after OT defeat of the 49ers: If it looked like the D had a good read on Jimmy G late, LB Bobby Wagner told me it was in part because he and KJ Wright began picking up on Jimmy’s checks. … — Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) November 12, 2019 Not only that, but: Wagner: “Once we started reading keys, me and KJ started hearing the calls and picked up on the checks he was making, and it allowed us to break faster.” — Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) November 12, 2019 Not only that, but Wagner told Trotter, “They’re a team that runs so many different things that it’s hard to get a tendency, but I felt like the last couple of times that we played them we were able to figure out what they were doing.” That’s smart. What’s not so smart is reporting to a breathless world that you know…

Letter: Apple, Google, Facebook could offer seniors $250K to move

$250K bonus may push seniors to free up homes Re: “How many houses can $2.5B buy?” (Page A1, Nov. 9): Thinking “out of the box,” if the large corporations such as Apple, Google, Facebook,etc. offered to pay senior homeowners a bonus of $250K above their realized selling price, many senior homeowners may take that opportunity to vacate their homes and relocate to less expensive areas, thus opening up thousands of local homes without the need for construction. This may also reduce traffic as seniors may leave the area. Using the billions of dollars to simply change the population in the Bay Area may be a novel “win-win” concept. Related Articles Letter: A takeover of U.S. Steel or Anheuser-Busch– that’s socialism Letter: Calling out criminal cops unfair, hinders recruiting Letter: Stop blaming hard-working linemen for the devastating fires Letter: Wall Street tycoons fear a President Warren or Sanders Letter: World leaders increase their pledges due to US commitment With today’s high construction costs and limited space, encouraging seniors and empty-nesters to sell their homes to younger households may be a more effective and efficient use of…

Cupertino crime report for the week of Nov. 22

Identity Theft: On Aug. 8, the victim received information indicating unknown suspect(s) used the victim’s personal information to obtain two credit cards and used those credit cards to make fraudulent purchases for a total loss of about $15,087. The victim lives in Cupertino. Identity Theft, Mail Theft: Between Aug. 25 and Sept. 24, unknown suspect(s) used the victim’s personal information to open credit card accounts and then took a newly issued card for one of those accounts from the mail for a residence in the 10000 block of Barranca Drive for an unknown total loss. Identity Theft: On Aug. 28, the victim received information indicating unknown suspect(s) used the victim’s personal information to change the victim’s mailing address at the post office and open two credit card accounts for an unknown total loss. The victim lives in Cupertino. Residential Burglary: Between sometime on Sept. 1 and 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 26, unknown suspect(s) entered an apartment in the 10000 block of Parkwood Drive using unknown means and took a laptop and virtual reality headset for a total loss of about $3,000. Stolen Vehicle: Between 1:45…

New Pilot Program to Combat Illegal Dumping in East Bay

East Bay leaders on Wednesday will announce a pilot program to combat the problem of illegal dumping, an issue that has become especially prevalent around interstates, rural roads and other places around the Bay Area. Officials are expected to announce a $750,000 pilot program funded by the state that will help law enforcement officers go after people who illegally dump their trash. Pregnant Mom Fatally Shot in Front of Her Oakland Apartment Between 2016 and 2018, illegal dumping cost Contra Costa County around $1 million, according to a think tank that includes officials from the county. It costs the city about $260 to dispose of a cubic yard of illegal trash. But, if a person took that same amount of trash to the dump it would cost them only $32. According to the Oakland Public Works Department, the city has faced similar problems. In 2016, Oakland cleaned up 29,000 piles of trash, a 100% increase from 2011. Students Say They Are Unfairly Targeted in New CVS Policy Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area

Live Updates: House’s First Open Impeachment Hearing

The House Intelligence Committee will hold its first public hearing Wednesday in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry.  The two State Department witnesses — William Taylor, the charge d’affaires in Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs  — will tell House investigators what they know about Trump’s actions toward Ukraine, including the July phone call with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that ignited the impeachment inquiry. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET Wednesday. A live stream will be available on this page. Follow our live blog below throughout the proceedings for updates.  [[564808872, LG]] This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

California Officials Comment on Supreme Court DACA Arguments

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Tuesday that state lawyers stood up for the rule of law in arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on the fate of a program that protects undocumented young immigrants from deportation. Becerra said the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, “is legal, it was legal to begin with, and the program has proven itself.” Legendary Mexican Band Discusses Immigrants Rights He spoke together with University of California President Janet Napolitano at a telephone news conference following the arguments before the high court in Washington, D.C. Becerra and Napolitano filed two of the nine lawsuits challenging the decision by President Donald Trump’s administration in September 2017 to terminate the program. Supreme Court Appears Inclined to Let Trump End DACA Three federal judges in San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C., acting on the nine lawsuits, issued preliminary injunctions last year blocking the administration’s plan. The government is appealing those injunctions and the high court’s decision is expected by the end of June. The DACA program was established by President Barack Obama in 2012. Napolitano, who was then…

California’s Criminal Cops: These sexual predators carried guns and badges

In December 2009, a team of police officers arrested two women in Hollywood for drug-related crimes and drove them to a police station. From there, two narcotics officers took the women to jail in Van Nuys. But only one was booked. The other, identified later in court documents as Jane Doe No. 3, stayed in a Volkswagen Jetta with Officers Luis Valenzuela and James C. Nichols, who drove her to a secluded area in Van Nuys. There, one of the officers sexually assaulted her in the back seat of the car. About an hour later, they brought her back to Van Nuys and booked her into the Women’s Detention Center. The woman never reported the assault. She kept it secret even from her parents. And it took nearly six years before anyone from the LAPD contacted her to ask why she was missing for 78 minutes before she was booked into the jail on that late autumn night. Doe No. 3 was one of at least four women, ranging in age from 19 to 34, who were arrested on suspicion of drug-related crimes, recruited as…

14 things to know about new Giants manager Gabe Kapler

The Giants announced Tuesday evening that they’ve hired ex-MLB player Gabe Kapler as their successor to Bruce Bochy. Kapler managed the last two years for the Philadelphia Phillies, and before that he was the Dodgers’ director of player development under Farhan Zaidi, now the Giants’ president of baseball operations. While with the Dodgers, Kapler reportedly mishandled allegations that players in the organization had committed sexual assault. Zaidi has classified that series of decisions as a mistake by the Dodgers organization rather than Kapler himself, but it is one part of why many Giants fans were unhappy with Kapler’s hiring. Here are some other fast facts about Kapler: –Kapler has been with the Giants before — the Yomiuri Giants, with whom he played 38 games in 2005 before returning home and rejoining the Red Sox. –Kapler is one of eight Jewish managers in baseball history. Another is Bob Melvin of the A’s. The others: Jeff Newman (who managed the A’s for 10 games in 1986), Brad Ausmus, Norm Sherry, Lou Boudreau, Andy Cohen, and Lipman Pike. –Kapler’s parents met as antiwar activists in the 1960s. Brooklynites,…

Letter: Stop blaming hard-working linemen for the devastating fires

Benefits of Green New Deal offer us hope Thank you for printing, side by side on one of your Opinion pages “What disaster will make us pick life, not industry” (Letter to the editor, Eastbaytimes.com, Nov. 3), which touched on the health and jobs benefits of a Green New Deal, and “PG&E’s electricians are union, highly trained” (Letter to the editor, Eastbaytimes.com, Nov. 3), which rightly names climate change, not hard-working linemen, as the culprit for the devastating fires. It gave me hope that as the smoke clears from the Kincade Fire we will move toward solutions, not back to the status quo. Related Articles Letter: Wall Street tycoons fear a President Warren or Sanders Letter: World leaders increase their pledges due to US commitment Letter: It’s time for new policies to limit population growth Letter: This is the lone way to remove Trump’s immunity Letter: We must fight the prejudice called carbonism If community groups, labor unions and government unite to face the threat of climate change, we can actually create a better world, with cleaner air, safer cities and more secure jobs. Helena…

Eavesdropping as 49ers Shanahan explains receiver woes

SANTA CLARA — Kendrick Bourne, passes are still coming your way. Dante Pettis, welcome back to the doghouse. That’s one way to interpret the message 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan delivered in the wake of Monday night’s 27-24 overtime defeat, in which Bourne and Pettis each had a pair of untimely drops. These are not new issues. The 49ers’ young receivers, including rookie Deebo Samuel and second-year slot man Richie James Jr., have been inconsistent in their ball-catching ability, as has veteran Marquise Goodwin, whose third-down drop at the 8-yard line on Monday’s opening series set the tone for a bad night by the receiving corps. SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 16: San Francisco 49ers’ Dante Pettis (18) makes a catch against Seattle Seahawks’ Shaquill Griffin (26) in the fourth quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)  Such concerns prompted the 49ers to acquire Emmanuel Sanders in an Oct. 22 trade, and after reaping immediate dividends from him, the 49ers may have to get by without him because of a rib injury. Sanders left…

Kurtenbach: Why Gabe Kapler’s first day as Giants manager will be the most important of his tenure

The most important day of Gabe Kapler’s career as the Giants’ manager will be his first in the new job. And the most important thing he will do in his tenure at the helm of the storied franchise isn’t a call to the bullpen, the insertion of a pinch hitter, or a pre-game speech he’ll deliver in the clubhouse — it’s a press conference. It seems downright illogical — almost hyperbolic — but it’s true: Kapler needs to “win” his introductory press conference Wednesday for him to have a successful tenure in San Francisco. Make a solid first impression with the Bay Area media and fans, and all the outrage that came to the surface with the announcement of his hiring Tuesday will eventually subside. Do anything other than that, and the countdown to his firing — and perhaps an overall regime change in San Francisco — begins. Why does a press conference hold such outsized importance? Well, because Kapler doesn’t seem to have a lot of defenders out there. And he needs to start winning some, fast. As much as the Giants are a private organization, the…

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