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    Cannabis shops across the San Francisco Bay Area have been thrown into dire straits as gangs of thieves broke into more than 15 shops throughout November during the series of 'smash-and-grab' robberies plaguing California.  Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong told reporters that 'hundreds' of vehicles targeted marijuana stores in Oakland last month, firing 175 shots and stealing about $5 million worth of products.  Alphonso 'Tucky' Blunt, owner of Blunts and Moore, told MJBizDaily that his store lost about $25,000 during a November 22 raid, where more than a dozen burglars ransacked the store.  'I know 25 or so businesses that got hit … and out of all those, the percentage I know that told me that they may not be able to reopen is about 50 percent. That's scary, Blunt said.  'I was safer, and had more money, (selling) on the street, illegally.' A gang of thieves broke into Blunts and Moore on November 22, making off with about $25,000 worth of product as the ransacked the store  Alphonso 'Tucky' Blunt, owner of the Blunts and Moore cannabis shop, said...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — After months of severe drought conditions, California may see some rainfall in the near future, forecasters said Friday. A weak weather system passing through Monday and early Tuesday will bring chances of rain to the northern end of the Central Valley and over the mountains, the Sacramento National Weather Service office said. READ MORE: Smash-And-Grab Thieves Hit San Jose Eastridge Mall Jewelry Store; 5 SoughtAfter a return of high pressure, another system is expected to move in on Thursday, bringing a better chance of precipitation to that region, the office said. The San Francisco weather office said chances of Bay Area rain from Monday’s system are low and the second system’s signals are mixed, with no sign of any heavy rain. READ MORE: Felony Arrests, Firearms Seized During SFPD Black Friday Vehicle Smash-And-Grab CrackdownIn Southern California, there could be drizzle or showers from the first system and a better chance of rain at the end of the week, the San Diego weather office said. This week’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows California...
    Aragon football player Ivan Nisa is the Bay Area News Group’s boys high school athlete of the week for Nov. 22-28 after receiving 53.79% of the vote by the deadline at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Wilcox football standout Luther K. Glenn (40.00%) finished second and Clayton Valley Charter basketball player Jeremiah Dargan took third.  Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Nisa, a sophomore, ran for 164 yards on 19 carries to lead Aragon to its first Central Coast Section championship in 27 years, topping St. Francis-Watsonville 38-14 in the Division V final. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Nov. 15-21: Guardian Harper, Benicia football Nov. 8-14: Carsten Peters, De La Salle water polo Nov. 1-7: John Pelletier, Northgate football Oct. 25-31: Nate Escalada, Bellarmine football Oct. 18-24: Patrick Aiello, Heritage water polo...
    Mission San Jose basketball player Haylie Wakayama is the Bay Area News Group girls high school athlete of the week for Nov. 22-28 by the 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline. Santa Teresa basketball player Alysa Lopez (21.45%) placed second and Los Gatos basketball player Belle Bramer (16.91%) took third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Wakayama, a senior team co-captain, scored 27 points as Mission San Jose split with Lynbrook and Clayton Valley Charter. All 27 points came on nine 3-pointers in the two games. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Nov. 15-21: Kendra MacDonald, Mitty volleyball Nov. 8-14: Erin Crane, Heritage tennis Nov. 1-7: Kylie Hoornaert, Prospect cross country Oct. 25-31: Elsa Horciza, College Park water polo Related Articles Polls closed: Bay Area News Group girls athlete of the week...
    Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I find it’s nearly impossible to go a day without worrying about our region’s ever-worsening economic inequality. And the COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse. Alison Lingane is co-founder of Project Equity, a San Francisco Bay Area-based nonprofit that raises awareness about employee ownership and provides hands-on consulting to transitioning owners. She is a founding partner of the EO Equals campaign. (Photo courtesy of Alison Lingane.)  According to the Public Policy Institute of California, 3 million jobs vanished from the state between February and May 2020. The consequences of this have been drastic — and unevenly distributed. In our region, data from the Bay Area Council Economic Institute suggests that workers in the bottom 10% of earners are faring far worse than those in the top 10%. Small businesses are also struggling. At least half of small businesses reported “large negative” effects of the pandemic at the start of 2021, and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce reports area small-business revenue is down by nearly 50% as of June. Right now, we’re...
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- "The Great Christmas Light Fight" is back on ABC for a ninth season.Monday night's episode will bring viewers right here to the Bay Area!The Berndt family from Santa Rosa is featured for their railroad-themed display.RELATED: SJ's Christmas in the Park dazzles downtownYou can watch it at 9 p.m. on ABC7 News.ABC7 News anchor Kumasi Aaron also talked with the show's co-hosts for a sneak peek at the episode, and what we can expect this season.Watch the video in the player above to check it out!
    Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) girls athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances from Nov. 22-28. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: Belle Bramer, Los Gatos basketball: Sophomore forward had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots in a season-opening 46-30 victory over Mountain View.  Ellie Buckley, Campolindo cross country: Junior ran a time of 18:04.5 over the 3.1-mile course in Fresno to lead the Cougars to the Division III title at the CIF State cross country championships. Buckley was fifth overall in the D-III race as Campo edged Del Oro 109-120....
    Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances between Nov. 22-28. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: Christian Aguilar, Pittsburg football: Filling in for injured started Jaden Rashada, Aguilar completed 21 of 26 passes for 266 yards including the three touchdowns as Pittsburg won its first North Coast Section title in 30 years with a 28-14 victory over Clayton Valley in the Division I final. Ryan Beasley, Dougherty Valley basketball: Scored 44 points and was named player of the game as the Wildcats routed Priory 92-59 at the NorCal Tip-Off...
    The Bay Area weather forecast as fall heads into the stretch drive and winter awaits in the distance is quite similar to those that persist for days and days in the summer. Sunny, with clear skies. And quite warm — just not as warm as July and August. “For the foreseeable future, the next week or so, maybe a bit longer, we’re gonna have this stubborn high pressure hanging around the region,” National Weather Service meteorologist Sarah McCorkle said. “Eventually, we’ll get some relief, but it probably won’t be until sometime next week.” The immediate consequence of that high pressure is that more heat records could fall on Wednesday. McCorkle said that is expected to be the warmest day under the this high-pressure hangout and that temperatures in some areas could rise into the low 70s. San Jose in Santa Clara County; Oakland in Alameda County; Walnut Creek in Contra Costa County; and San Rafael in Marin County are among the places expected to reach at least 70 degrees, according to McCorkle. The warm spell already brought a record on...
    LIVERMORE, CA – NOVEMBER 26: Customers look for their favorite Christmas tree at Moore Christmas Trees lot in Livermore, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)  Prepare to open your wallet a little wider this year if you want a Christmas tree. From supply chain problems to the effects of climate change and hiring challenges, it’s gotten harder and more costly for Christmas tree sellers to find product — and that means more sticker shock for buyers, too. Oh, and here’s another warning: Don’t wait too long to bring yours home. “The economic instability caused by COVID-19 and the impacts of extreme weather have affected all parts of the global and U.S. supply chain, and Christmas trees are no exception,” the American Christmas Tree Association warned recently. “These challenges mean that there will be fewer live and artificial Christmas trees available this year, and those that are available will cost more than before.” A June triple-digit heatwave in Oregon, where many West Coast sellers buy from, damaged some trees — especially popular Noble firs, which bud...
    An Oakland security guard has died from a bullet wound he suffered after the retired cop was shot while he protected reporters at the scene of an armed robbery in the crime-ravaged Bay Area  Kevin Nishita, a father of two and grandfather of three, was on assignment to guard the KRON4 team as it was reporting on the latest smash-and-grab raid in California on Wednesday when a robber targeted the TV crew for their cameras.  Nishita, a former police officer, confronted one of 12 masked robbers to protect the reporters, and the thief shot him in the lower abdomen. He was rushed to Highland Hospital to undergo surgery, but died on Saturday morning.  KRON4, its parent company Nexstar Media Inc., Nishita's employer Star Protection Agency and the Oakland Police Department have issued a $32,500 reward for information on the suspects.  'We are devastated by the loss of security guard and our friend, Kevin Nishita,' KRON4's Vice President Jim Rose said in a statement. 'This senseless loss of life is due to yet another violent criminal act in the Bay Area.'  The...
    HAYES VALLEY, SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As we make a return to in-person shopping this Black Friday, shoppers and businesses are in a different mood amid a rash of high-profile mass robberies. Some businesses are going to extra lengths to prevent theft and keep their staff... and customers safe.For innovation products store b8ta, for example, the return of Black Friday shopping came with round-the-clock security at a cost of a whopping $30,000 a month."It can be daunting and overwhelming if you try to calculate what you have to sell to make that worthwhile," says general manager of the Hayes Valley location.RELATED: Videos show scope of Bay Area's weekend of organized retail robberiesRussell's location closed earlier this year to protect staff because of retail theft. He was even held at gunpoint for laptops, as seen in surveillance video from February. In it, a man rides a scooter into the store, brandishes a weapon which he points at Russell, and then proceeds to load several high-ticket devices into a messenger bag. Russell says despite the cost, safety for their workers and customers...
    REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 21: Giovanni Zoppé , of Chicago, preforms as Nino (the clown) at the Zoppé Italian Family Circus in a one-ring circus tent in Downtown Redwood City, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (Shae Hammond/Bay Area News Group)  The circus isn’t usually a Thanksgiving week event in the Bay Area. But this year — with entertainment slowly coming back to life — the Zoppé Family Circus has extended its run through the holiday weekend with three performances daily. And the circus’ theme is an appropriate one as the region emerges from pandemic restrictions. It’s “La Vita Nuova” (the new life). The multinational troupe’s shows are scheduled today for 12:30, 3 and 7 p.m.; on Saturday for noon, 3 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at noon, 3 and 6 p.m. The circus tent is in the Redwood City Main Library parking lot, at 1044 Middlefield Road. Tickets, $19-$32, are available at www.redwoodcity.org/residents/redwood-city-events/zoppe-italian-family-circus or at the circus tent. REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 21: Lolamia Riley (12), walks with a pony in the one-ring circus tent while preforming...
    Friday, Nov. 26 College men’s basketball 8 a.m. Battle 4 Atlantis championship (Baylor vs. Michigan State) ESPN 8 a.m. ESPN Events Invitational consolation (Miami vs. North Texas) ESPN2 10:30 a.m. ESPN Events Invitational semifinal (Dayton vs. Kansas) ESPN 10:30 a.m. Battle 4 Atlantis (VCU vs. UConn) ESPN2 1:30 p.m. Battle 4 Atlantis (Syracuse vs. Auburn) ESPN2 1:30 p.m. ESPN Events Invitational (Alabama vs. Drake) ESPNU 3:30 p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off consolation (Iona vs. Belmont) ESPNU 4 p.m. ESPN Events Invitational (Xavier vs. Virginia Tech) ESPN2 6 p.m. Wooden Legacy third place (Saint Joseph’s vs. Georgetown) ESPNU 6 p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off championship (Iowa State vs. Memphis) ESPN2 7:30 p.m. Continental Tire Challenge: Gonzaga vs. Duke ESPN 8:30 p.m. Wooden Legacy championship (USC vs. San Diego State) ESPN2 8:30 p.m. Las Vegas Invitational championship (USF vs. UAB) FS1 College Football 9 a.m. Kansas State at Texas FOX 9 a.m. Boise State at San Diego State CBS 9 a.m. Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan...
    Retail analysts are predicting record-setting sales from in-store and online holiday shopping this season, but the crowds didn’t get an early start in some of the oft-busy retail corners of the Bay Area. At the Westfield Oakridge shopping mall in San Jose, the number of shoppers could be counted in the dozens rather than the hundreds just after 7 a.m. Friday, when the stores first opened. Parking was plentiful, and the only line that had formed was a gathering of eight or so people waiting to get into a GameStop before it opened its doors. Patricia DiSilva and Hannah Arrington were two of those people waiting to get into the GameStop before doors opened, and the lack of a crowd surprised them. They live nearby and walked to the mall in order to avoid what they assumed would be a crowded parking lot. “We were trying to beat the traffic,” Arrington said. “But there was no traffic to beat,” DiSilva contined. “”We were expecting more people.” Malls in the East Bay were quiet, too, with no early crowds at the...
    Benicia football player Guardian Harper is the Bay Area News Group’s boys high school athlete of the week for Nov. 15-21 after receiving 44.36% of the vote by the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday. De La Salle football player Charles Greer (38.52%) finished second and Campolindo football player Dashiell Weaver took third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Harper made the play of the night to lead Benicia into Friday’s North Coast Section Division III championship game at Windsor. With the Panthers trailing Las Lomas 10-7 with just over three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the sophomore linebacker picked up a fumble and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown, lifting Benicia to a 14-10 victory in the semifinals. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Nov. 8-14: Carsten Peters, De La Salle water...
    In one of the closest votes since we started doing this poll in the spring, Archbishop Mitty volleyball standout Kendra MacDonald is the Bay Area News Group’s girls high school athlete of the week for Nov. 15-21. She had a 94-vote lead at the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday. MacDonald finished with 15,303 votes (35.96%) to place just ahead of Northgate basketball player Tegan Gaines, who had 15,209 votes (35.74%). Miramonte water polo player Meghan McAninch placed third.  Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. MacDonald, a senior outside hitter, had 10 kills and seven digs in a victory over St. Francis that put Monarchs in the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division title game for the first time since 2017. She had five kills in the championship match loss to Marymount-Los Angeles. Mitty finished 37-8. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- More than two-thirds of Americans think Thanksgiving leftovers are even better than the original meal, and it turns out that many prominent Bay Area residents agree. The video in this story is from a related ABC7 News article. A next-day Thanksgiving sandwich tastes better than the freshly served dinner, according to 66 percent of 2,000 U.S. residents surveyed by research group OnePoll in mid-November.From chefs to tech millionaires to real estate agents, Bay area denizens also sang the praises of leftovers.RELATED: What to do with leftover turkey: Thanksgiving leftover recipe ideasApple cofounder Steve Wozniak prefers pumpkin pie, and he's not alone. Forty-five percent of those surveyed cited pumpkin pie as the best for leftovers.San Francisco chef Adriano Paganini, who has cooked for Queen Elizabeth and Luciano Pavarotti, loves to eat grilled panini sandwiches with stuffing and fried eggs the next morning.Paganini is the moving force behind San Francisco restaurants including Belga, Beretta, and Delarosa.VIDEO: Safe snacks you can feed your pets from the Thanksgiving dinner tableEMBED More News VideosA veterinarian gives five safe foods and five foods...
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KGO) -- In San Rafael, volunteers lined up in their cars Thursday morning to pick-up warm, Thanksgiving meals to deliver to people in need throughout Marin County.The nonprofit Vivalon, in partnership with Meals on Wheels, calls this "Operation Thanksgiving." They made sure anyone alone and in need of a meal on Thursday could get one."The people who are getting meals today are homebound, older adults who don't have the ability to do their own grocery shopping. They are alone on Thanksgiving Day," Anne Grey, Vivalon's CEO, told ABC7 News.Grey said the volunteers delivered more than 150 meals on Thursday."We have about 40 cars that are coming in, filled with families, grandparents, grandchildren, husband and wives, son and dad," Grey said. "We've had every mixture of families to have this great experience together."RELATED: GLIDE holds annual Thanksgiving brunch in San FranciscoEMBED More News Videos Final preparations are underway for GLIDE's annual Thanksgiving brunch in San Francisco. Nancy Stevens decided to volunteer for the first time after years of giving financial donations to "Meals on Wheels.""This is the first...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The state of the pandemic is always changing-but one thing is certain. There are still plenty of safe and fun activities that you and your family can do to create a "better weekend." Kumasi Aaron has a list of events happening where you live.Weekend of November 25-28Chances are you will still be deep into that Thanksgiving Day food coma. But if you're searching for a healthy turnaround, the beautiful Bay Area fresh air is awaiting with free entrance and parking to any East Bay Park.The seventh year of "Green Friday" gives you, the family, and any relatives that are in town a healthy outdoor alternative the day after Thanksgiving, so you can save that holiday shopping for later.Maybe you aren't the type to procrastinate and are ready to get to work on that gift list with a scoop of world-famous desserts right next door.Ghirardelli Square is turning the page to all things Christmas with a magical holiday marketplace full of stocking stuffers and trinkets to discover.Stroll past festive trees decorated by students at the Academy of...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A man and a woman were arrested in the Bay Area over the past month on charges that they attempted to smuggle 68 pounds of methamphetamine and more than a pound of heroin into the United States, court records show. Christopher Jefferson and Yelda Shams are facing federal charges in Southern California, related to an Oct. 18 incident when they were allegedly caught at the Mexican border with a car full of drugs. Border protection agents found 63 packages of methamphetamine that were concealed in quarter panels and the gas tank of a 2021 Infinity G50, according to the criminal complaint. A package of heroin weighing 1.34 pounds was also allegedly seized. Jefferson allegedly told agents that he and Shams spent the weekend at a rental property in San Felipe and were simply returning from the trip. The drugs were discovered by a dog and with a fiber optic inspection scope, authorities allege. Jefferson was arrested in late October in Santa Clara County and has since been released from federal detention at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin,...
    It’s jacket season in the Bay Area. People spending Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday in the region can expect dry and mild weather and chillier mornings, with a frost advisory in effect in the North Bay and East Bay valleys. Offshore winds trickled into the North Bay mountains on Tuesday night into Wednesday. Early morning temperatures are expected to range in the low-to-mid 30s in the valleys in the North Bay, East Bay, San Benito and southern Monterey Counties, Napa, Santa Rosa, Concord, Livermore, King City and other nearby areas while places closer to the water will be in the mid-to-upper 40s for low temperatures. Highs are expected to be in the 50s to 60s on Wednesday before warming up into the 60s and 70s on Thursday. A frost advisory is in effect from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday and again late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. “Places like the valleys tend to radiate heat so they tend to cool off faster and they tend to do it more efficiently because the winds die off at night and doesn’t...
    Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, San Francisco International Airport consistently ranked among the top 10 busiest airports in the nation. Mineta San Jose International Airport had just smashed its record for the highest number of passengers in a single year. And, Oakland International Airport was aiming to resurrect a growth streak it had enjoyed for half a decade before a slight dip in 2019. But the pandemic knocked them all off their stride. And today, more than 18 months after the coronavirus became a dreaded word, Bay Area airports are lagging well behind other major U.S. airports struggling to return to their heydays. As of September 2021, both SFO and Mineta San Jose were serving about 54% as many passengers as in September 2019 and Oakland 68%. Meanwhile, other major airports across the country, including Chicago O’Hare, Dallas and Seattle-Tacoma, are rebounding at a much faster rate, serving at least 77% as many passengers as they did in September 2019. And in Denver and Charlotte, air travel has surged almost all the way back to 2019 levels. So what gives at...
    By Dave Pehling SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Three legendary the thrash-metal bands who survived catching COVID on tour together last year bring their “The Bay Strikes Back” show to Oakland as Testament, Exodus and Death Angel share the Fox Theater stage Saturday. READ MORE: Long Lines At Bay Area Test Sites To Ensure Safe, COVID-Free Thanksgiving GatheringsIt was during the European leg of The Bay Strikes Back Tour in February and March of 2020 when members of all three bands and their crews were exposed to the coronavirus, with many testing positive upon their return and Death Angel drummer Will Carroll ending up hospitalized during a terrifying brush with mortality. While Carroll has successfully recovered and played several live and livestreamed shows with the band in the year and a half since, COVID is still having an impact on all three bands’ touring plans. The delta variant surge led the planned North American leg of The Bay Strikes Back Tour to be postponed until next spring, though all three groups performed at Aftershock 2021 in Sacramento last month. This...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- University of San Francisco Political scientist James Taylor believes the not-guilty verdicts in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin will resonate deeply with the Black community, even though the defendant and those he shot are all white."People are shocked that it was unanimous, but they're not surprised," said Professor of Politics James Taylor at the University of San Francisco. "Everyone in America seems to have a common sense that if Kyle Rittenhouse were Latino or Black, that everything would've been completely different."RELATED: Closing arguments made in Kyle Rittenhouse trial"It feels like a punch in the gut, as it always does when America says Black life doesn't matter," said Cat Brooks, Co-Founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project. "It's happening in Kenosha, but it impacts all of us, right? It impacts Black people everywhere. It impacts the allies that stand with us, in the demand for Black liberation in this country everywhere."Rittenhouse shot three people, killing two, during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha last year. The teen's attorneys successfully argued, that he acted in self-defense."There...
    After two dry winters in a row, the Bay Area could see some much-needed rain on Thursday night, though there probably won’t be much of it. A cold front is moving into the region from the Northwest and Alaskan Basin on Thursday night and carry into Friday morning but it won’t be a “particularly strong system,” according to National Weather Service meteorologist Brayden Murdock. Most locations could receive less than one tenth of an inch of rain while coastal areas could see “heavier amounts,” Murdock said. The showers are expected to fizzle out by early Friday morning and conditions are expected to be dry afterwards. The most northern portions of Sonoma County have up to 50% chance of rain while chances of rain are 15 to 20% in the South Bay. “The further south you are, the less likely you will be seeing rain with this system,” Murdock said. Two atmospheric river storms have soaked the region in less than a month. The Oct. 24 storm was the strongest in recent years and dumped 4.05 inches of rain in 24 hours...
    Hiking near his home in Crockett, Obi Kaufmann, a charismatic literary voice in modern ecological science and environment, wanted to emphasize a point. Marveling at how mycorrhizal fungi have survived the six mass extinctions that began 445 million years ago, Kaufmann bent down and scooped up some leafy dirt from below a valley oak, one the author had named Big Auntie. “There’s more microscopic life in this handful of soil than there are people on the planet,” he said. “That’s how small this life is. So tell me where you stop and where it begins, because life doesn’t work like that. It’s not only interconnected, it’s singular in my dreaming world.” This is a preamble to a complex set of questions about what it means to be a Californian at this particular moment in time. At the stressful juncture of drought, fire, virus and climate change, along comes a larger-than-life figure challenging our well-worn perceptions with a mixture of hope and admonishment. The author of the innovative “The California Field Atlas” and other illustrated books on the Golden State, Kaufmann excavates emotional...
    It’s interesting how the Daylight Savings Time change can be so polarizing. People either love it or hate it. Regardless of how we feel, one thing is clear: With more people active and out on the roads during dusk and into the evening, our paths may cross more frequently with wildlife. This time of year means our wildlife neighbors are beginning to migrate and forage for food in preparation for winter, deer are in the mating season and with less daylight, there’s an increased risk of animals getting hit by cars. In fact, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions peaks this time of year. The mating or “rutting” season for deer can be especially dangerous — for deer and for us. Marin Humane sees an increase in calls from people this time of year reporting deer hit by cars or getting into situations from which they can’t extricate themselves. During the rutting season, bucks are flooded with testosterone and preoccupied with chasing doe, becoming almost oblivious to their surroundings. They’ll even forgo...
    The Bay Area’s book world brims with treasures, from a literary history that dates back to the Gold Rush to contemporary authors ranging from Alice Walker to Lemony Snicket and Alka Joshi. The latest edition of Bookish, the Bay Area News Group’s special 72-page magazine, explores it all — the best new reads, author Q&As, gorgeous libraries, cozy bookshops and book-related things to do across the bay. The latest edition hit subscriber driveways on Nov. 14, but here’s a sampling if you’d like to peek. (Psst, it’s not too late to snag a copy of the print magazine for keeps. You’ll find subscription info at https://mercurynews.subscriber.services/ or https://eastbaytimes.subscriber.services/.) Landmark libraries Check out this guide to some of the Bay Area’s most beautiful libraries and reading spots, from the Italian Renaissance-style Burlingame Library to Mill Valley’s redwood cathedral. The Burlingame Main Library is one of the Bay Area’s most stunning architectural marvels. (Shae Hammond/Bay Area News Group)  Author Q&As: Alice Walker For nearly half a century, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who penned “Beloved” has touched millions around the world with her...
    By Elissa Strauss | CNN Deny your kids access to digital life, and you hamstring their social life — especially in a pandemic. You also limit their ability to develop online skills that will help them succeed. Grant your kids access to digital life, and you obsessively track every move to make sure they are not doing anything you wouldn’t want them to do. Or allow them some digital independence and accept they will inevitably end up doing or seeing things you wouldn’t want them to. Technology can feel like an impossible situation Experts say this lose-lose scenario isn’t inescapable, though. Our kids’ relationship with technology, and tech itself, can change in a way that prioritizes psychological well-being and ethical behavior. A new collaborative project called HX brings together top thinkers and researchers in the field of ethical technology to work on generating new language, ideas and models of technology that put people first. Tech companies currently put a lot of resources into perfecting the “user experience,” or how easy and pleasant a device or applichation is to use. HX...
    Phillip Parent, a tech worker, used to get miffed when colleagues had work-from-home schedules. Why, he thought, should they get special treatment? The Bay Area native worked the Silicon Valley office grind: “We got in early, we left late.” Then COVID-19 struck, offices snapped shut and Parent began managing IT support work from his San Mateo apartment. After more than a year-and-a-half at home, and major life changes and milestones — switching jobs, starting a family, working on the couch in pajamas with his daughter — he’s changed his mind about where he works. He loves the choice of working from the office or home. Parent, 34, and his wife even started to discuss leaving the Bay Area while holding on to their Silicon Valley careers. What once seemed impossible, he said, might now be possible: “It’s kind of opened the door.” The COVID-19 pandemic has revolutionized work in a way few expected. Office workers have shunned offices, and once-vital career building in Bay Area tech HQs has given way to a new demand: We don’t want to go back...
    By Ramishah Maruf | CNN Business California gas prices hit an average price of $4.658 a gallon Friday, about a penny short of the highest recorded average price of $4.671 for regular gasoline set in October 2012, according to AAA. America’s largest state has the highest gas prices in the country. The national average dropped slightly to $3.416 Friday. AAA said heavy rainstorms in Northern California have pinched production capacity, which then trickled down to Southern California — just like what happened in Louisiana with Hurricane Ida. “It’s a bit of a supply crunch we have right now, there’s nothing major, until the refineries in Northern California can get back up to full production capacity,” Jeffrey Spring, Corporate Communications Manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California said. Prices are pushing $5 in some areas, including Northern California’s Humboldt County, where the average price was $4.971 Friday. The Bay Area has surged to over $4.80. Gas prices have been increasing steadily throughout the year as fuel demand grows around the globe and suppliers have been unable — or unwilling —...
    KCBS reporter Liam Mayclem provides KPIX 5 users with a weekly weekend tip list of Bay Area entertainment, music, film and online entertainment. TV SPECIAL: ADELE Sunday 8pm READ MORE: Oakland Chinatown Officials Offer $10,000 Reward In Search For Killers Of Jasper WuBritish pop siren Adele speaks to Oprah Winfrey about her music and shifting tide in her life that inspired a new album of songs . The new record “30” is due to be released next week and yes it’s true to form heart-tugging, pitch perfect Adele. The Adele special that is both interview and concert airs Sunday at 8pm on CBS. https://www.cbs.com/shows/adele-one-night-only/ MOVIE: Belfast NOW Playing Kenneth Branagh writes and directs a love letter to his hometown in his latest movie ‘Belfast.’ The film, shot almost entirely in Black & White focuses on Northern Ireland’s civil war known as “The Troubles” — a bleak time from 1969 to the late 1990s. At the heart of the movie is 9-year-old Buddy, a wee lad whose family is being torn apart by the conflict. Actor Jude Hall who plays...
    Northgate quarterback John Pelletier is the Bay Area News Group’s boys high school athlete of the week for Nov. 1-7 after receiving 15,484 votes (46.27%) by the deadline at 5 p.m. Wednesday. He edged Dublin football standout TJ Costello, who finished second with 13,698 votes (40.93%). California quarterback Teddy Booras took third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Pelletier had himself a game in a 48-21 victory over College Park that clinched the Diablo Athletic League’s Valley Division championship. He was 16 of 24 for 359 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns as the Broncos finished the regular season 5-0 in the league and 8-2 overall. They will play host to Windsor in the NCS Division III playoffs Friday. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Oct. 25-31: Nate Escalada, Bellarmine...
    Prospect cross country runner Kylie Hoornaert had a strong finishing kick as she finished with 15,142 votes (37.16%) to claim Bay Area News Group girls high school athlete of the week honors for Nov. 1-7. Another cross country runner, Dougherty Valley’s Sabrina Noriega, had 9,039 votes (22.18%) by the deadline at 5 p.m. Wednesday to finish second. Menlo-Atherton volleyball player Anna Ryan placed third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Hoornaert, a freshman, ran a 17:59.1 at Crystal Springs in Belmont to win the Blossom Valley Athletic League championship. Her winning time was 8.1 seconds faster than the runner-up. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Oct. 25-31: Elsa Horciza, College Park water polo Oct. 18-24: Tui Saluni, Northgate volleyball Oct. 11-17: Dania Innis, Miramonte water polo Oct. 4-10: Marykate Cawicaan, Yerba...
    Californians obsess about the sheer number of people leaving our state. But maybe we should worry more about the quality of these departures. Californians are supposed to dream big. So why do their ambitions get so small when they head for the exits? So, enough with vamoosing to vapid Vegas subdivisions. Cool down before you sign a lease in hot Phoenix. Think twice before taking a mortgage on that house in Houston. If you’re going to depart a state as fabulous as ours, why not make your leaving a fantastic triumph? Amon and Christina Browning can show you how. Two years ago, entering their 40s, the Brownings retired and left the state with their two teenage daughters. Their destination: Portugal, and a lifestyle that rivals California’s, at a much lower price. The Brownings documented their move on their YouTube channel, Our Rich Journey, fueling fantasies of flight among Californians, including this columnist. When, I reached out to the couple, I learned that nothing was ever so Californian as their leaving it. Amon, an urban planner, and Christina, a lawyer, met...
    SAN LEANDRO (KPIX) — Over the past three years the KPIX Project Home team has profiled the stories of dozens of homeless Bay Area residents. As 2021 wraps up, we have set out to track some of them down to see how they’re faring. There is some good news to report about one homeless couple that we first met back in 2018. Their story may be a sign that billions of federal and state dollars pouring in to help the homeless are starting to make a difference. “Today we pick our keys up for our house, our apartment!” said Kymberli Wilson. We had never seen her, her husband Lenton and their dog Mokka so happy. “It doesn’t feel like it’s real,” Lenton Wilson added. The Wilsons in their new apartment. (CBS) After four years without a house they were about to pick up the keys to a permanent, two-bedroom apartment. “A lot of weight is lifted, a lot of anxiety. What’s the word — it’s overwhelming,” Kymberli said. We first met up with the Wilsons on 77th Avenue in East...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- New cell phone videos taken by car owners and bystanders illustrate the bold act of stealing catalytic converters in the Bay Area.It comes as at least one local law enforcement agency made a large catalytic converter theft ring bust.RELATED: Bay Area thieves going after catalytic converters again, here's how to protect yourself from becoming a victimOne cell phone video shows a man holding a hand saw as a woman, who is recording the incident yells, "Excuse me...hey! I'm recording your car and I'm recording you and I'm calling the cops."The woman who didn't want to be identified says the man was trying to steal a catalytic converter from an old ambulance."This is illegal what you're doing!" she yells as the man slinks away in a light blue Lexus SUV.Meantime in Union City, a woman who also doesn't want to be identified, captured video of a man jacking up a woman's car in a parking lot, shimmy underneath and tossing a catalytic converter to another guy in a sedan. The sedan has no license plate."I thought it...
    What better place for food science nerd Alton Brown to bring his tour than geek central, Silicon Valley? The Food Network star, whose “Good Eats” show first brought him fame and ran for 14 seasons, is back on the road with “Beyond the Eats,” which will come to San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, after weekend shows in Los Angeles and San Diego. He heads next to Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, making this his only Bay Area and Northern California stop. “Like my first two live ventures (The Edible Inevitable Tour and Eat Your Science) there will be cooking, comedy, music, and mayhem,” he writes on his website. “There will be lots of audience interaction, maybe a game-show segment, strange devices and other generally foodie stuff.” Related Articles 7 awesome Bay Area things to do this weekend Uber Eats delivers Warriors great Klay Thompson’s fave Shake Shack meal Berkeley barbecue legend Mary Everett has died at 65 Facing fines and suspensions, some defiant East Bay...
    By Anna Bahney | CNN Business The median price of single-family existing homes rose in nearly all — 99% — of the 183 markets tracked by the National Association of Realtors in the third quarter, with double-digit price increases seen in 78% of the markets. But the stratospheric surges in prices have slowed a bit from earlier this year, according to NAR’s quarterly home price report, released Wednesday. The median home price was up 16% to $363,700 in the third quarter from a year ago, a slower clip than the 22.9% jump in the second quarter. “Home prices are continuing to move upward, but the rate at which they ascended slowed in the third quarter,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. Continued strong demand from homebuyers and historically low inventory at a time when mortgage interest rates are expected to rise helped to push prices higher in nearly all of the markets that NAR measured. “I expect more homes to hit the market as early as next year, and that additional inventory, combined with higher mortgage rates, should markedly reduce...
    FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KGO) -- The Employment Development Department's notorious backlog of unemployment claims has dropped to about 77,000 which is far less than the one million plus from last year.But now, more delays. Thousands have to wait up to six months just for an EDD interview -- and can't get benefits until then.The EDD director herself is calling the delay "completely unacceptable."It's posed a hardship for many -- including a North Bay mom and her little girl. They were on the verge of homelessness when they came to 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney for help.It's the latest frustration with the EDD: when it was flooded with claims last year, the EDD stopped requiring interviews, so it could get money out faster. But that contributed to rampant fraud. Now, interviews are back -- but folks have to wait as long as half-a-year just to get one. It caused frantic moments for a single mom and her six-year-old daughter.RELATED: Setting up direct deposit for unemployment benefits could take years, EDD saysEMBED More News Videos Setting up direct deposit for unemployment benefits...
    An “atmospheric river” storm was expected to arrive in the Bay Area on Monday evening. The updating radar map above shows areas of rain in green, with greater intensities indicated by yellow and orange. The heaviest rainfall — 2  to 4 inches — is expected in the North Bay and Santa Cruz Mountains. Half an inch to 1 inch was forecast for lower elevations of the Peninsula and in the East Bay. The South Bay, in the “rain shadow,” is likely to see less than that. The storm is expected to bring rain to South Lake Tahoe and Reno, and a mix of snow and rain to Truckee. More than a foot of snow is expected in higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada, and “wind-prone locations” have a 30% chance of gusts over 60 mph, the National Weather Service in Reno said. Related Articles ‘Another drop in the bucket:’ Atmospheric river storm on Monday won’t put a big dent in the drought Here’s when and where Monday’s ‘atmospheric river’ storm will hit Atmospheric river...
    It seemed like a simple and speedy way to address the Bay Area’s massive homelessness problem — use pandemic funding to turn hotels into low-cost housing for people with nowhere else to go. But it turns out, it’s not quite that easy. Nearly a year after cities and counties throughout the region spent Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Homekey funding to buy properties for their homeless residents, some of the buildings still aren’t ready to provide long-term housing. Efforts to turn a motel near the San Jose airport into permanent housing have stopped in their tracks after a state lawmaker accused the city of proposing rents that would displace the very people it’s supposed to be helping. In Alameda County, plans to convert two hotels stalled because officials haven’t found nonprofit developers and service providers to take on the projects. And in the North Bay, a developer is scrambling to come up with money for extensive renovations on the buildings it bought. “This is part of Homekey round one, and frankly the state did a great job about getting it out quickly,...
    With some Bay Area school districts requiring students to get COVID-19 shots to return to class, Black students are being vaccinated at rates far below their peers, exacerbating long-standing racial disparities laid bare by the pandemic and raising fears that Black students could be disproportionately shut out of public school. The vaccine gap is significant, according to an analysis of county health department data by this news organization: In five core Bay Area counties, 52 percent of Black students between the ages of 12 and 17 have received at least one shot compared with 85 percent of all students. The reasons for the disparity are complex, rooted in decades of systemic discrimination and mistrust of the medical establishment. But the potential impact on Black students — who experts say already experienced disproportionate learning losses during California’s long school shutdowns — is clear. “It would destabilize courses, it would destabilize future aspirations, it would destabilize learning,” said David Byrd, a Black music teacher in Oakland whose son is a freshman at Oakland High. “It’s going to ruin people’s education.” As schools...