A prominent San Francisco church sued a nonprofit it created decades ago on Tuesday, accusing it of being “blinded by the riches the gold rush dangles” and illegally attempting to sell a housing complex for low-income residents.
The nonprofit wants to sell Frederick Douglas Haynes Gardens, a 104-unit apartment community for low-income residents. Third Baptist Church claims in the suit that the plan to sell violates the bylaws and fiduciary duties of Third Baptist Gardens Inc., a nonprofit the church founded in 1969 to purchase land and build affordable housing in the Western Addition.
Posted: July 29, 2015, 12:16 am
A 40-year-old Hawthorne man was found dead in the Russian River on Tuesday after he disappeared while swimming the night before, authorities said.
Gilberto Martinez-Calmo disappeared about 8:05 p.m. Monday as he was swimming near Sunset Beach, said Capt. Patrick Mills of the Forestville Fire Protection District.
After Martinez-Calmo was reported missing, crews combed the river and nearby beaches.
Firefighters and Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies found his body in the river around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, officials said.
Henry K. Lee is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @henryklee
Posted: July 28, 2015, 11:28 pm
The Wragg Fire, a 6,800-acre blaze burning near Lake Berryessa in Solano and Napa counties for nearly a week, was thought to be mostly under control. But it flared up Tuesday, forcing more evacuations.
An additional 150 acres burned within previously established containment lines, said officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, as the blaze intensified on its southern flank in the Wildhorse Canyon area.
Roughly 136 homes and 200 residents on Mix Canyon, Sky Ranch and Blue Ridge roads were under mandatory evacuation orders just a day after all evacuations had been lifted.
Posted: July 28, 2015, 11:17 pm
As the mercury climbed around the Bay Area on Tuesday, at least one temperature record was broken by early afternoon and others were likely to fall as officials called a Spare the Air alert for the second straight day Wednesday as the hot weather made for unhealthy air quality around the region.
The high for Tuesday’s date in downtown Oakland, an admittedly low 76 degrees, had stood since 1977 but was broken relatively early with temperature gauges reading 84 by midday, said Steve Anderson, a forecaster at the National Weather Service.
The record of 88 degrees at San Francisco International Airport, set in 1954, was hanging by a thread by midafternoon with readings of 86 degrees by 1 p.m.
Posted: July 28, 2015, 11:16 pm
Port Commissioner Mel Murphy is in deep water once again. On Tuesday, City Attorney Dennis Herrera amended his civil suit against Murphy to include another residential property the San Francisco developer allegedly converted in violation of state and local laws, then concealed for years from his annual disclosures to the San Francisco Ethics Commission. In new charges, Herrera claims that Murphy illegally converted 1025 Hampshire St. from a two-family to a three-family home, doing the work without permits. The city attorney said the case “mirrors a pattern of lawlessness and deception” found at another allegedly illegal conversion done on Alabama Street.
Posted: July 28, 2015, 10:58 pm
The fracture of a major water line operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on the Peninsula prompted the loss of millions of gallons of drinking water, city officials said Tuesday. The leaking pipe, which temporarily closed Junipero Serra Park in San Mateo County because of flooding, broke on Monday and was shut off Tuesday just before noon for repairs. Utility officials said they left water flowing in the underground pipe overnight, after the leak was detected at 9:30 p.m. Monday, because they didn’t want to leave the communities served by the line without water. Those include San Bruno and Pacifica.
Posted: July 28, 2015, 10:57 pm
The Marine Corps’ long, sometimes twisted, relationship with the M16 rifle is slowly coming to an end.
On Monday, the Marine Corps Times reported that the rifle is only a few signatures away from being phased out from front-line units and relegated to a support role. The move, which follows a similar one by the Army, comes as the Marine Corps implements its new small-arms modernization strategy.
“The proposal to replace the M16A4 with the M4 within infantry battalions is currently under consideration at Headquarters Marine Corps,” Maj. Anton Semelroth, a Marine spokesman, told the Marine Corps Times in an e-mail.
Posted: July 28, 2015, 9:38 pm
A Petaluma egg rancher is taking no chances amid a deadly avian flu outbreak in the Midwest that has caused the price of eggs to soar to $6 a dozen.
Posted: July 28, 2015, 8:18 pm
Posted: July 28, 2015, 4:59 pm
SANTA CRUZ — The disappearance of an 8-year-old girl that seized this oceanside town came to the worst possible conclusion Monday night when a body, believed by police to be that of Madyson “Maddy” Middleton, was found near where she had last been seen.
The body of the 8-year-old girl, missing since Sunday evening, was found in a trash bin at the apartment complex where she lived, said Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel, and a teenage boy, who also lives in the complex, was arrested in a dramatic scene Monday evening in Santa Cruz.
Vogel said that, although the body had not been positively identified by the coroner, he believed it was that of the missing girl.
Posted: July 28, 2015, 5:55 am
Andres Soto was a leading voice for rent control in Richmond for more than a decade, before he got displaced from his hometown to a mobile home in Benicia.
“I’d been paying $1,100 a month for a three-bedroom house on Lowell Street, with a front yard, backyard and fruit trees,” Soto, 60, said of the home he rented for 29 years in the northeastern part of the city.
When Soto, the Richmond organizer for the nonprofit Communities for a Better Environment, was evicted in 2010, he thought he could easily find an apartment. But rents had ballooned, he said, with a one-bedroom in his old neighborhood going for $1,800.
Posted: July 28, 2015, 3:19 am
With temperatures on the rise, thousands of firefighters battling stubborn blazes in Northern California could have their gloved hands full this week.
Temperatures in the Sierra, where most of the fires are burning, are expected to approach 100 degrees during the week. Combined with dry air and shifting winds, that could make work difficult for nearly 4,000 firefighters battling three large blazes largely on foot in remote areas.
Some roads, campgrounds and other facilities remained closed Monday, with residents taking shelter in a high school and a community center in the Sierra foothills, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, or Cal Fire.
Posted: July 28, 2015, 2:56 am
The Municipal Transportation Agency will pay $525,000 as part of a settlement for violating leak-protection requirements for underground fuel storage tanks at four Muni yards in San Francisco, state regulators said Monday.
The deal announced by the Water Resources Control Board requires the MTA to develop and follow a stringent leak prevention program or face an additional $375,000 in fines, and to follow it for five years or face $450,000 in penalties.
Posted: July 28, 2015, 2:10 am
A federal appeals court upheld California’s ban on possession or sale of shark fins Monday, rejecting a challenge by Bay Area suppliers and sellers of shark fin soup, a traditional dish in the Chinese American community.
The law prohibited selling and serving shark fin soup when it took effect in July 2013. Opponents, including restaurants, Chinese American community organizations and shark fin suppliers, argued that the law exceeded the state’s authority and interfered with a commercial fishing market that federal regulations were intended to preserve. Federal laws prohibit shark “finning,” the removal of fins from live sharks, but do not forbid possessing or selling shark fins.
Posted: July 28, 2015, 1:58 am
UCSF Monday officially threw its weight behind the Golden State Warriors’ plan to build an arena across from its hospital in Mission Bay, but that support is contingent on reaching a binding agreement with the city on how to handle traffic on days when there are major events at both nearby AT&T Park and the new basketball facility.
UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood said six months of talks with the Warriors and city officials have led to a workable plan to handle traffic and parking on most days. The plan includes beefed-up public transit as well as a “traffic separation” plan aimed at funneling arena-bound cars onto certain streets while hospital and neighborhood vehicles are routed onto others.
Posted: July 28, 2015, 12:08 am