‘No Panhandling’ Signs Spark Backlash From BART Riders

New “no panhandling” sings are being posted on BART trains, which is causing backlash from riders. The transit agency says it will be taken down, but only to change one word. Old train cars have signs that read “no aggressive panhandling” and riders say that one word makes all the difference. Gilroy Gunman Was ‘Nicest Person,’ Says Former Boss “I think it’s really discriminatory towards people who are poor, who are unhoused,” said Sam Lew, policy director from the Coalition of Homelessness. Bevan Dufty, BART Board of Directors president, tweeted the signs are “a mistake” and will be removed. Rattlesnake Encounter Halts Mail Delivery in SJ Neighborhood The signs were initially meant to have word “aggressive” which panhandling is protected under free speech. But “aggressive panhandling” is not and violates BART’s code of conduct. Bay Area riders understand wording matters, but they question whether a sign will change people’s actions. Police Break Up Protest Near ICE Office in San Francisco “Don’t really see the signs as its going to have a big impact because people are going to do it regardless here in the city,”…

Poway Synagogue Shooter Purchased Weapon From San Diego Store: Warrants

A San Diego man accused of opening fire at a Poway synagogue apparently purchased his weapon at a local gun store. That information comes from search warrants unsealed Wednesday morning in connection with the investigation.  The warrants reveal investigators found a “gun receipt and paperwork” that indicate shooter John Earnest purchased the rifle at “San Diego Guns.” A business by that name is located on Mission Gorge Road.  Ex-Olympic Skater Ashley Wagner Writes of 2008 Sex Assault On Wednesday, the owner of San Diego Guns, Dallas Martensen, declined to comment on the new details.  The warrants also reveal officers found the Smith and Wesson M&P-15 rifle in the suspect’s car, along with five loaded magazines and a black helmet with a GoPro camera attached. Fortnite Superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins Leaves Twitch Law enforcement gathered evidence in the hours and days after Earnest attacked the Chabad of Poway on April 27, 2019. The shooting killed one worshipper and injured three other people, including the synagogue’s rabbi.  Investigators also served search warrants at California State University San Marcos and Mount Carmel High School, two schools that Earnest…

Stater Bros. president to retire after 47 years with the grocer

Stater Bros. President George Frahm will retire Oct. 31, the company announced Thursday, Aug. 1. Frahm was named president of the San Bernardino-based supermarket chain in 2018, the culmination of a 47-year career in which he started out bagging groceries and working as a janitor for the Glendora Stater Bros. That was the plan he’d made with his boss — CEO Pete Van Helden, who had served as president himself since longtime leader Jack Brown handed over the position in 2015 — as soon as he took over, Frahm said Thursday. “I turned 66 this year, so we made that succession plan as soon as I became president,” he said, adding that he trusted his successor, Greg McNiff, to provide equally good service. “That is what’s the beauty of this plan: it will be seamless to our shoppers,” he said. “I don’t believe they will notice any difference.” McNiff has a similar philosophy of putting customers first, according to Frahm. He also has a similar background. McNiff worked in Southern California grocery markets for 27 years, starting as an Albertson’s courtesy clerk and eventually working…

Airlines Add Bigger Luggage Bins But Don’t Plan to Ease Carry-on Restrictions 

Passengers who board American Airlines flights from Los Angeles to Orlando may notice that the overhead bins on the new Airbus A321 Neo planes have more luggage space — 40% more to be exact. The world’s biggest carrier has added six of the new Airbus planes with plans for seven more by the end of the year, bringing a total of 70 Neo planes into the fleet over the next several years. Other airlines, including Delta and Alaska, are also adding Airbus and Boeing aircraft that come with larger overhead compartments. Airlines are promoting the bigger bins as an effort to ease the frustration of passengers who can’t find space to stow their carry-on luggage. But that doesn’t mean they’re going to let passengers stuff the roomier bins with more or bigger bags: None plan to ease carry-on bag restrictions, and Alaska Airlines last year reduced the maximum size of carry-on luggage by 32%. Instead, travel experts say, carriers are addressing a problem they created over the last decade by charging to check luggage and cramming more seats into each cabin to boost profits. The…

Manhattan DA Subpoenas Trump Organization in Probe Into Stormy Daniels Hush Payment

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office sent a subpoena to the Trump Organization as part of an investigation into the hush money paid to two women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump, according to a lawyer for the company. Marc L. Mukasey, attorney for the Trump Organization, said on Thursday, “This is a political hit job. It’s just harassment of the President, his family and his business, using subpoenas and leaks as weapons. We will respond as appropriate.” The subpoena, which was sent on Thursday, is seeking communications between the company and representatives for Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, the women who alleged they had affairs with Trump more than a decade ago, according to a person familiar with the matter. A spokesman for District Attorney Cyrus Vance declined comment. The new investigation by state prosecutors was first reported by The New York Times. It comes after federal prosecutors announced they had closed their investigation a few weeks ago. This is the second time Vance has stepped into an investigation swirling around the President after federal prosecutors completed their own investigation. In March, Vance’s office announced a 16-count indictment charging Paul Manafort,…

Trump Takes Aim at Cities Run by Democrats During Cincinnati Rally

President Donald Trump opened a revved-up rally Thursday in Cincinnati by tearing into the Democrats he has been elevating as his new political foils, with attacks on four liberal congresswomen of color and their party’s leadership of cities. The president, who faced widespread criticism for not doing more to stop the chants of “Send her back” about Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar at a rally two weeks ago, did not mention Omar or her three colleagues by name in the opening moments of his Ohio gathering — but the target of his attacks was unmistakable. “The Democrat party is now being led by four left-wing extremists who reject everything that we hold dear,” Trump said of Omar and her fellow House Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. But the fleeting mention did not lead to further chants. Nor did an extended attack on Democratic leaders of urban areas, which Trump has laced into in recent days as part of his incendiary broadsides against Rep. Elijah Cummings and the majority-black city of Baltimore. “No one has paid a…

Bicyclist Killed by Suspected DUI, Hit-and-Run Driver in Ontario Identified as Pomona Man

Julio Tapia, 31, of Ontario, pictured in a photo released by the Ontario Police Department following his arrest on July 31, 2019. Authorities on Thursday released the identity of a 22-year-old Pomona man who was struck and killed by an alleged drunken, hit-and-run driver in Ontario early Wednesday. Thomas Shane Pinto died in the collision, which took place about 1:10 a.m. on Mission Boulevard, just west of Baker Avenue, San Bernardino County coroner officials said. Julio Tapia, 31, of Ontario was at the wheel of a car that struck Pinto, the San Bernardino Police Department said in a written statement. He fled the scene, but was soon found nearby. A report of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot along Baker Avenue, just south of Mission Boulevard, led police to Tapia, who found with a vehicle that had damage consistent with the collision, officials said. He was bleeding from minor injuries and determined to be drunk. Tapia was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and hit-and-run. Bail was set at $250,000 pending his initial court appearance, which was scheduled Friday.    

Man And Woman Found Shot Inside North Highlands Business

NORTH HIGHLANDS (CBS13) — Deputies are investigating a shooting that injured two people at a business Thursday afternoon. Responding deputies found a male and female shot inside the business. The condition of the pair is not known at this time. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s office said deputies responded to the business on the 5300 block Auburn Boulevard just after 4 p.m. Deputies do not believe a suspect is at large. This is a developing story. Check back for more details.   

Family Of Fallen Officer Tara o’Sullivan Hosted At San Francisco 49ers’ Practice

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The family of fallen officer Tara O’Sullivan was hosted at a San Francisco 49er practice Thursday. Had the honor of meeting the family of officer Tara O’Sullivan who lost her life protecting and serving my community of Sacramento. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the O’Sullivan’s. Hope that today was small bright spot in such a rough time. pic.twitter.com/RkbCiNT8j6 — Arik Armstead (@arikarmstead) August 1, 2019 O’Sullivan’s mother Kelley, father Dennis, and sister Krista were greeted by coaches and players, including Sacramento-native and 49er defensive end Arik Armstead, who offered condolences to the family. READ: Fallen Officers’ Family Members Throws First Pitch At Giants Game O’Sullivan was shot and killed on June 19 when suspected shooter Adel Ramos opened fire in what police are calling a police ambush. READ: Father Of Fallen Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan Praises Department A flag honoring first responders was signed by the entire team and given to the family.

Victims Recall Deadly Shooting During California Festival

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two gunshot victims who survived a deadly shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California say they saw the shooter from an obstacle course and were running away when they were hit. Brynn Ota-Mathews said Thursday a bullet is lodged in her liver. Her friend Gabriella Gaus said she felt like she was being pinched or burned when she was shot. Authorities say they are still working to determine the motive of gunman Santino William Legan, who was killed by police about a minute after opening fire at the festival. Three people, including two children, died and a dozen others were wounded. Several remained hospitalized. The young women spoke at a news conference at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose before Ota-Mathews is discharged.

Rocklin Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Child Pornography Distribution

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Cameron Fox, 35, of Rocklin, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for the distribution of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott. After meeting a young victim online for sexual purposes, Fox had sent her child pornography, according to court documents. The case was brought forth as part of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative launched in 2006 to combat child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Brush fire blackens open terrain in Otay Mesa off the 5300 block of Airway Road

OTAY MESA (KUSI) – A fire of unknown origin charred rolling open hills near Brown Field airport Thursday, burning near apartments and a high school but causing no reported structural damage or injuries. There are mandatory evacuations south of St. Andrews / west of La Media / east of Cactus Rd. and for a majority of the businesses in these areas. The blaze erupted shortly before noon off the 5300 block of Airway Road, near Caliente Avenue in Otay Mesa, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Ground crews and personnel aboard four water-dropping helicopters fought the eastward-moving flames, which began spreading just east of San Ysidro High School. As of early afternoon, the fire had grown to about 110 acres, SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said. State and federal firefighters were helping city crews extinguish the blaze, Munoz said. Categories: Wildfires

Hard-won budget, debt deal clears Senate, advances to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hard-won budget and debt deal easily cleared the Senate on Thursday, powered by President Donald Trump’s endorsement and a bipartisan drive to cement recent spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies. The legislation passed by a 67-28 vote as Trump and his GOP allies relied on lots of Democratic votes to propel it over the finish line. Passage marked a drama-free solution to a worrisome set of looming Washington deadlines as both allies and adversaries of the president set aside ideology in exchange for relative fiscal peace and stability. The measure, which Trump has promised to sign, would permit the government to resume borrowing to pay all its bills and would set an overall $1.37 trillion limit on agency budgets approved by Congress annually. It does nothing to stem the government’s spiraling debt and the return of $1 trillion-plus deficits but it also takes away the prospect of a government shutdown in October or the threat of deep automatic spending cuts . The administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., played strong hands in the talks that sealed the agreement last week, producing a pragmatic…

San Diego City Council’s rules committee approves March 2020 ballot measures

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council’s Rules Committee voted Wednesday to send roughly a half-dozen proposed March and November 2020 ballot measures to a second committee review session. The committee considered 16 proposed initiatives during the meeting. Approved proposals will be drafted by the city attorney’s office and then brought back to the Rules Committee, save for one, and then sent to the full council for final approval to place them on the ballot. The committee voted 3-2 in favor of one of the highest-profile proposals, a $900 million bond proposed by the San Diego Housing Federation to build affordable housing for military veterans, homeless families, seniors and disabled people. The housing federation initially planned to put the bond on the 2018 ballot but elected that June to push it 2020. The proposed bond initiative as approved by the committee would be placed on the November ballot. “The only way we can effectively address homelessness is to build more supportive housing,” said City Councilwoman Barbara Bry, who voted in favor of the initiative. “This is housing the private sector can’t build, doesn’t…

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