Fire at Bay Area Oil Storage Facility Triggers Health Concerns; Communities Sheltering in Place

A fire raging at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area prompted a hazardous materials emergency Tuesday afternoon that led authorities to order about 12,000 people in two communities to stay inside with all windows and doors closed. Emergency sirens blared and thick plumes of black smoke and flames filled the skyline around the NuStar Energy LP facility in Crockett, California, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of downtown San Francisco. Video footage of the fire showed flames leading up to an explosion so strong it blew the lid of one of the tanks high into the air. “This is a very dynamic, rapidly evolving situation,” Capt. George Laing of the Contra Costa Fire Department said. “We’ve got two tanks that are releasing chemicals that are still burning.” The primary concern to the public was unhealthy air quality caused by hazardous particulates spewing from the fire. The tanks were part of a cluster of fuel storage facilities along an industrial span next to the Carquinez Strait, a major shipping thoroughfare and a key oil hub. The NuStar facility is also close to…

San Jose: Two men hit, killed by light-rail trains Tuesday

SAN JOSE – A man died Tuesday afternoon after being hit by a light-trail train along Southwest Expressway in San Jose, marking the second such death in less than 15 hours, authorities said. Deputies were called about 3:20 p.m. to the Bascom Station at 2051 Southwest Expressway for a report of a person struck by a northbound Winchester-Mountain View train, according to Sgt. Michael Low of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. Low said the man received emergency care at the scene and was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries a short time later. Related Articles Man dies after firefighters pull him from underneath light rail Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run on Interstate 580 in Richmond Oregon hunting accident under investigation; one dead Girl dies after being flung from a ride at a New Jersey festival Photos: Hotel under construction collapses in New Orleans Another man died early Tuesday morning after being hit by a light-rail train at the Virginia Station. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office will release the identities of both victims once they have been confirmed and their…

3.4 magnitude quake rattles Pleasant Hill, East Bay towns

PLEASANT HILL — An earthquake registering 3.4 magnitude shook underneath a town already rattled by recent Northern California quakes, the U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday. The quake, centered at Gregory Lane just east of Contra Costa Boulevard, struck at 7:11 p.m. at a depth of 8.6 miles, the USGS said. There was no immediate report of injuries or property damage. Residents and visitors were already preparing to observe the 30th anniversary of the lethal Loma Prieta earthquake, a magnitude 6.9 that killed more than 60 people, on Thursday. Then Monday night’s 4.5 magnitude quake just south of Pleasant Hill, followed by Tuesday’s 4.7 magnitude quake in rural San Benito County, suddenly served as all-too-familiar reminders of the region’s seismic sensitivity. The USGS logged several smaller quakes, including a magnitude 2.5 at 10:23 p.m., before Monday night’s quake, and Caltech reported more than a dozen smaller quakes in the Pleasant Hill and Pacheco areas in the hour after. USGS scientists have predicted a 63 percent chance of a magnitude 6.7 or larger quake striking the Bay Area in the next 30 years.   In a tweet, BART…

Typhoon death toll climbs in Japan as search goes on

By Tim Kelly | Reuters DATE – Rescue workers in Japan searched for the missing on Wednesday as the death toll from one of the worst typhoons to hit the country rose to 74, public broadcaster NHK said, many drowned by flooding after scores of rivers burst their banks. Public broadcaster NHK said 12 were missing and more than 220 injured after Typhoon Hagibis lashed through the Japanese archipelago at the weekend. Throughout the eastern half of the main island of Honshu, 52 rivers had flooded over. Residents in Fukushima prefecture, which has seen the highest number of casualties, were busy dumping water-damaged furniture and rubbish onto the streets. Many elderly remained in evacuation centers, unable to clean up their homes. In Date city, not far from the site of the nuclear disaster in 2011, farmer Masao Hirayama piled damp books in the street in front of his house, adding to a mound of rubbish from the neighborhood. He said the water had reached about 6.6 feet deep in his house, when he and his son were rescued by boat and taken to an evacuation…

Kamala Harris and Tom Steyer try to stand out on impeachment in crowded Democratic debate

Questions about impeachment gave Kamala Harris and Tom Steyer the chance to stand out on the most crowded presidential debate stage in history Tuesday night, with the two Californians making impassioned arguments for yanking President Trump from office. All of the candidates in the 12-person Ohio debate backed House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, arguing that Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden merited starting the process. Both Golden State candidates highlighted their own records on the issue, with Harris playing up her prosecutorial background and Steyer pointing out he endorsed impeachment before any other White House hopeful. Harris, the former San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general, all but declared Trump guilty, saying, “as a former prosecutor, I know a confession when I see it.” Asked whether it was fair for her to say now that she would vote to remove Trump — based on what she’s seen so far — the California senator responded that “it’s just being observant.” “He did it in plain sight,” she said, accusing Trump of “selling out our democracy.” In his first ever appearance…

49ers analysis: Why it’s OK Jalen Ramsey got traded to Rams

No team is allowing fewer passing yards per game than the 49ers. Mortgaging their future drafts for a cornerback would have been bad business, compounded by an expensive contract extension, which they’ve already done at quarterback (Jimmy Garoppolo) and pass rusher (Dee Ford). The 49ers (5-0) are more than fine. As for the Los Angeles Rams, who just lost 20-7 at “home” to the 49ers on Sunday, they felt compelled to go for broke, perhaps literally, by trading Tuesday for cornerback Jalen Ramsey. JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 08: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars enters the field during player introductions before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field on September 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)  The Jacksonville Jaguars got what they wanted, a pair of first-round draft picks (each of the next two years) plus a 2021 fourth-rounder. Their sales pitch to fans: 18 picks, including four first-rounders, over the next two drafts. The third-place Rams got arguably the NFL’s best (and most disgruntled) cornerback, and he arrives after their record got leveled at 3-3…

LA City Council Pushes $30 Minimum Wage For Uber, Lyft Rideshare Drivers

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Some Los Angeles City Councilmembers are fighting for a $30 minimum wage for Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare drivers. The motion has passed through the first stage and it now appears that drivers are on track to get a wage increase. Rideshare drivers gathered in matching neon green shirts gathered in downtown L.A. Tuesday ahead of a City Council meeting to support a motion that would make Los Angeles the first major city in the state to set a minimum pay rate for Uber and Lyft drivers. The motion, set in place by City Councilperson Herb Wesson, would start the process to set a minimum pay rate of $30 per hour. Half of the total pay would go to their wages, while the other half would be used for expenses such as gas. State lawmakers passed AB-5 which makes it possible for cities to regulate rideshare pay and guarantees employee protections for gig workers. Drivers say with the rising cost of living, a pay increase is necessary. “We have more to worry about than just making sure we need to pay…

Body Found In Angeles Forest ID’d As Man Wanted For Attacking Fiancee And Her Mother With Hammer

GLENDALE (CBSLA) — A body found inside a vehicle in Angeles Forest was identified Tuesday as a 28-year-old man sought for attacking his fiance and her mother in Glendale earlier this summer, authorities said. On September 26, 2019, a body was found inside of a vehicle just below the Angeles Forest Highway and Big Tujunga Canyon Road. Initial reports from the scene indicated that the vehicle might have been there for some time. L.A. County Coroner records Tuesday showed that a suspect being sought, Brian Cruz, was the person inside the vehicle. On July 29, 2019, Glendale Police Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of West Wilson at 4:15 a.m. in regards to an attempted murder that had taken place. When officers arrived on the scene Cruz had already fled the residence. Cruz was accused of striking his fiancée in the face and head several times with a hammer. The victim suffered several bone fractures to her face and skull as well as multiple broken bones to her hands and an amputated finger. She has since had multiple reconstructive surgeries and is currently undergoing…

La Jolla sea cave stabilization complete, road to cove reopens

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The road to La Jolla Cove is open after being closed due to a sea cave collapse below Coast Blvd. along the northern shore of La Jolla. The road had been closed for nearly two months as construction personnel worked to stabilize La Jolla’s Koch’s Crack Sea Cave, also known as “Cook’s Cave.” In August, city engineers noticed cracks in the road and realized the cave below was crumbling. Following grout injections below the street, crews filled the cave with about 2,000 cubic yards of concrete slurry to stabilize the road above the cave and surrounding area. During that time, several business in the area suffered. This is a good day, a really good day. We lost a lot of business over the past two months,” said Dave Heine, owner of the Brockton Villa Restaurant. The emergency construction and stabilization project cost $3.2 million. Categories: Local San Diego News

San Diego man delivers hilarious introduction on Wheel Of Fortune

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The game show moment has been a top trending story across social media. The contestant in this must-see intro is a Cardiff by the Sea resident who appeared on last night’s episode of Wheel of Fortune. Blair Davis was in studio to talk about the funny introduction and his experience on the show.   Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending

The Rosie Network’s Veteran & Military Spouse Entrepreneur Awards Luncheon

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A nonprofit called Rosie Chapters is helping military spouses around the country pursue their business endeavors. On Nov. 5 at SDSU, Rosie Chapters is having its annual veteran and military spouse entrepreneur awards luncheon to celebrate the impact that these businesses have on our community. Director of Operations & Outreach Jennifer Jordan and Director of Development Rachael Medlin were in studio to tell us about it. For more info: therosienetwork.org Categories: In Studio Guests, Local San Diego News

Man sprays deputies with bear repellent, stabs police dog

JAMUL (KUSI) – A man seen wandering around and mumbling to himself in a rural eastern San Diego County neighborhood Tuesday sprayed deputies with bear repellent when they approached to check on him, then stabbed a service dog before being arrested, sheriff’s officials said. Patrol personnel were sent to the 15000 block of Skyline Truck Trail in Jamul shortly after 10 a.m. to determine what the seemingly confused or agitated man, later identified as 29-year-old Richard Lechuga of San Diego, was doing there, according to sheriff’s Lt. Joel Stranger. When the deputies arrived, Lechuga was sitting in a parked vehicle, the lieutenant said. As the personnel walked up to talk to him, he doused three of them with bear spray through an open window and brandished a knife and what appeared to be a handgun, Stranger alleged. The deputies then sicced a service dog on the suspect, who allegedly responded by stabbing the animal on the head and face. At that point, the sheriff’s personnel used beanbag-shotgun rounds, pepper balls and an electric stun gun to subdue Lechuga, enabling them to take him into custody.…

L.A. City Council Moves to Stop Landlords’ Rent Hikes, No-Fault Evictions Ahead of New State Rules

The Los Angeles City Council took a stopgap step Tuesday to stop no-fault evictions and rent increases, following fears that landlords are hiking rent and removing tenants before new state rental rules take effect in January. In a 13 to 0 vote, the council instructed the city attorney to draft an emergency ordinance that would stop landlords from evicting tenants without sufficient cause, such as failure to pay rent. The council also voted unanimously to draft an ordinance that would limit rent increases for the rest of the year and block evictions for failure to pay rent if recent increases were above the coming state cap. The ordinances must still come before the council for a final vote and, given state restrictions, the city would surely face legal pushback if it tried to cap rents on currently uncontrolled units. Read the full story at LATimes.com.

Woman Suspected in Beverly Hills Stalking Incident Arrested Outside Home of Mayor Garcetti

A woman wanted in connection with an alleged stalking incident in Beverly Hills was arrested Monday outside the Getty House, which serves as the residence of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, authorities said. Los Angeles police officers responded to reports of “suspicious activity” and arrested a woman without incident about 5:45 p.m, said Capt. Gisselle Espinoza, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The woman had an outstanding warrant in Beverly Hills, and was turned over to police there, Espinoza said. Beverly Hills police identified her as Jessica Angela Collins, a 48-year-old Los Angeles resident. Collins was wanted in connection with a stalking incident involving a Beverly Hills business that took place last weekend, said Lt. Elisabeth Albanese, a spokeswoman for the Beverly Hills Police Department. She did not elaborate. Read the full story at LATimes.com.

Former Irvine Police Sergeant Charged With Grand Theft for Falsifying Timecards

A former sergeant with the Irvine Police Department was charged with 36 felony counts on Tuesday for stealing more than $68,000 in state funds, the department said. Veteran police officer Matthew Christian August, 47, was charged with 34 felony counts of presenting a false claim and two felony counts of grand theft by an employee, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. August is accused of filing 34 timecards requesting pay for overtime shifts that he never worked between Feb. 25, 2017, and Oct. 19, 2018, authorities said. He is facing a maximum sentence of 25 years in state prison if convicted on all counts. The Irvine Police Department initiated an internal investigation in 2018 after spotting inconsistencies in August’s work activity and the overtime hours he reported on his time card. Police then referred the case to the district attorney’s office for further investigation. “Stealing precious taxpayer dollars while wearing the badge only tarnishes that badge, and casts an unwanted shadow over the hundreds of thousands of hard-working law enforcement men and women across the United States who want nothing more than to…

Dozens of New Apartments for Homeless People Could Rise in Chatsworth After City Council Vote

Dozens of new apartments for homeless people could rise in Chatsworth after the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to fund a rare proposal to build such housing in the northwestern stretches of the San Fernando Valley. The Topanga Apartments would be the first project in Council District 12 funded by Propositon HHH, a $1.2-billion bond measure approved by voters for homeless housing. Until now, it was the only district in L.A. that had yet to approve any HHH housing. The plan had drawn concerns from Chatsworth residents, the neighborhood council, and the councilman recently elected to represent the area, John Lee, who had said the proposed project was “out of scale” with the neighborhood and was pushed through the approval process without enough community outreach. Lee said Tuesday, however, that he was encouraged that the developer had pledged to hold a community meeting next week. Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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