The owner of the nugget asked Kagin to keep his name and the location of the find secret, a standard practice for anyone afraid of being swarmed by treasure-seekers and thugs.
[...] smooth-surfaced nuggets of diggings fame are rare sights in private sales, according to geology experts and the California State Library — and nothing over 6 pounds has been reported for decades.
The seller found the Butte Nugget in July on public land in the Butte County mountains, Kagin’s staff said.
“I can’t say the actual location of where this nugget was found, though I had to be blindfolded for the ride out to the location, so I couldn’t say exactly even if I wanted to,” said Kagin’s senior numismatist, David McCarthy, who was assigned the main task of authenticating the find.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 4:31 am
Following the fatal shooting of a San Francisco woman in her South of Market home this month — the city’s fourth domestic violence-related homicide this year — Supervisor Jane Kim introduced a resolution Tuesday calling for the reconvening of the city’s domestic violence fatality review panel.
San Francisco just ended an unprecedented 44-month streak in which no domestic violence-related deaths were reported within city limits.
Because of this streak, the panel — which includes members from the Police Department, the Department of Public Health and the Department on the Status of Women — has not met in almost four years.
Officers booked Young into County Jail on suspicion of public intoxication, but he was released from the “drunk tank” a few hours later, and went on to kill Lam and himself.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 4:20 am
The following Monday, Oct. 13, a Yolo County sheriff’s deputy spotted a black Nissan sedan parked near a regional park on Highway 16 near the town of Rumsey, about 60 miles northeast of the state Capitol.
The same deputy saw the car in the same spot again the next day and ran the license plate, which turned up the Alhambra address where Harris lived with his mother, who told them of his travel plans.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 3:45 am
Police hope the public can help them find an at-risk man who went missing from his home in Oakland last week.
Police said he is considered at-risk because he has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 3:29 am
San Francisco apartment owners scored a major victory Tuesday when a federal judge declared unconstitutional the city’s attempt to shield evicted tenants from soaring rents by substantially increasing the relocation fees the tenants must be paid by landlords who decide to get out of the rental business.
The law, which took effect in June, requires property owners to pay displaced tenants the difference for two years between the current rent and the amount needed to rent a comparable unit in the city at market rates — more than $100,000 in most cases.
Breyer stayed his ruling until Friday to give the city time to ask a federal appeals court to intervene.
An earlier city ordinance, enacted in 2005 and upheld by the courts, required landlords to pay displaced tenants $4,500 plus inflation adjustments, an amount that Breyer said was roughly equal to the expenses they face in moving out.
The eviction was still pending when the new ordinance took effect, requiring the couple to pay their tenant nearly $118,000, the difference between the current rent and two years’ payments on a comparable unit elsewhere.
“San Francisco’s housing shortage and the high market rates that result are significant problems of public concern, and the city (supervisors’) attempts to ameliorate them are laudable,” Breyer said.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 3:15 am
Christopher Spencer, 47, was with a fellow climber attempting the “Iron Messiah,” a 1,000-foot ascent in the national park known for its difficult climbing routes, said park spokeswoman Aly Baltrus.
Rangers responded to reports of the incident about 11 a.m. and reached Spencer and his climbing partner by noon.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 2:57 am
Expect to see a sea of spandex filling the usually staid chambers of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District on Friday when directors consider charging a toll for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross the landmark bridge.
Bicyclists, many of whom commute daily across the bridge, are likely to show up in force as the 19-member Board of Directors contemplates a financial strategy that includes evaluating the possibility of charging cyclists and walkers to use the sidewalks.
Bicyclists who commute across the span regularly said the idea didn’t make sense since it could end up putting more cars on the bridge and already crowded San Francisco streets and spewing more pollutants into the air.
“People who are doing the right thing and bicycling or walking instead of polluting the air by driving shouldn’t be penalized,” said Veasna Moth, 26, an emergency medical technician who lives in Hayward.
Some observers have said that bike riders and walkers should pay their fair share because cars pay tolls to cross the bridge and bus riders pay fares.
While the idea of considering a sidewalk toll is part of the financial plan, that doesn’t mean it will happen or that bicyclists and walkers would have to pay up anytime soon.
Even if the bike and pedestrian tolls remain in the financial strategy, Clemens said, they would need to go through public hearings and be approved by the bridge district board before officials could start collecting cash.
The financial strategy also contemplates raising bridge tolls by 5 percent annually starting in July 2018, boosting bus and ferry fares by 5 percent a year beginning in July 2017, and working with regional officials to raise the requirement for getting into North Bay carpool lanes to three occupants, a limit now used only on Interstate 80 leading to the Bay Bridge.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 2:55 am
The City Council voted Monday night, 4-1, to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes, chew and other tobacco products from 18, putting it at the same threshold for purchasing booze.
Pettus echoed what many health experts have been saying for years — that if tobacco stays out of the hands of young people, they have less chance of using it later in life, thus lowering their risk of cancer and other smoking-related diseases.
According to the surgeon general’s office, nearly 9 in 10 smokers pick up the habit before age 18, and nearly everyone who puffs begins before 26.
Vanessa Marvin, advocacy director for the American Lung Association in California, which supports the increase, said more places might be willing to follow Healdsburg’s lead, especially after New York in May became the first big city nationally to raise the age to 21 for buying tobacco products.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 2:17 am
A Richmond police officer is on paid administrative leave after authorities found marijuana at his Oakley home, police said Tuesday.
The department has launched an internal investigation of the officer, said Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 1:54 am
Daly City police search for ill man missing for week
Officials are asking for the public’s help to find a man who suffers from a serious medical condition who has been missing for a week, police said.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 1:27 am
After months of listening to Rincon Hill residents complain that after-hours construction was disrupting their sleep and rattling their nerves, the city’s Department of Building Inspection on Friday stopped issuing new night noise permits.
For the neighborhood’s 2,000 residents, most of whom live in a smattering of relatively new condo towers such as One Rincon Hill or the Metropolitan, the moratorium promised a respite from the constant clanging, beeping and jackhammering that could drive even a sound sleeper to the Best Western at Fisherman’s Wharf.
After four days, the building officials reversed course Tuesday, saying they would start issuing night noise permits again, although with more notice and tighter rules.
While most residents moved to Rincon Hill because they wanted to live in a dense, new high-rise neighborhood, what sounds good in practice often is less palatable in reality.
Mission Bay is crawling with heavy construction equipment — not just from thousands of new housing units but a new $1.6 billion UCSF hospital as well.
While Kim said she didn’t request the ban, on Oct. 16 Chief Building Inspector Patrick O’Riordan wrote a letter to general contractors, saying “there has been a change in policy” and that “no more permits for the downtown area relating to night noise construction activities will be approved by DBI at this time.”
Posted: October 22, 2014, 1:23 am
A liberal political group that has endorsed Assembly candidate David Campos filed an ethics complaint Tuesday against his Assembly race opponent, David Chiu, and Chiu’s consulting firm, charging that the firm violated city ethics laws by helping organize support for a legislative proposal that Chiu authored.
The political firm was hired by Airbnb, one of the law’s chief supporters and beneficiaries, to recruit and organize people who rent out their homes on the website to lobby supervisors to support the proposal.
While Derse and Chiu say there’s no conflict — insisting the firm set up a firewall so that Derse has no interaction with the organizing effort, and that none of 50+1’s employees directly lobbied any politicians — the League of Pissed Off Voters is asking the city’s Ethics Commission to investigate whether the firm violated city laws that bar campaign consultants from lobbying city officials and requiring lobbyists to register with the city.
The city’s progressive flank opposes the Chiu proposal in question — which was before the Board of Supervisors for a final vote Tuesday — and the league has been a staunch supporter of Campos’ campaign and a critic of Chiu.
When people are shady, it erodes the public’s confidence in government, calls into question elections, legislation and the whole political process.
Doing so is a clear violation of Section 2.117 of San Francisco’s Campaign and Government Code, pertaining to ethical restrictions on campaign consultants, the complaint states.
The mayor and District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen were scheduled to announce early Wednesday that Mollie Stone’s, the upscale grocery chain, has signed a lease for 25,000 square feet to move its Bay Area distribution center to the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market in Bayview-Hunters Point.
The mayor was also to announce a plan to keep PDR jobs in the city by encouraging industrial development on underused private and public sites, preserving and upgrading existing industrial spaces, and retaining and expanding PDR businesses, especially in the food and beverage industry.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 1:13 am
Honda’s new television ad hit the airwaves this week, slamming Khanna as the tool of the “billionaires, right-wing activists (and) corporate interests” who the incumbent says are funding his campaign.
Khanna, a 38-year-old Silicon Valley attorney, has spent millions on TV ads and mailers attacking the 73-year-old Honda as a politician of the past, a do-nothing congressman who needs to make way for someone better attuned to the needs of the high-tech industry in the 17th Congressional District, which includes Fremont, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and part of San Jose.
“I don’t think there’s anyone — Democrat, Republican or decline to state — who wants a congressman who refuses to reach across partisan lines and who isn’t willing to put his constituents ahead of party politics,” said Tyler Law, a spokesman for Khanna.
Honda’s new ad features little more than “guilt by association,” said Law, by spotlighting Khanna donors like PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who has given $2 million to the Republican-oriented Club for Growth, and Marc Leder, a supporter of Republicans, including 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, but who also gives to Democrats such as New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.
The new advertising push reflects the differing strategies of the two campaigns, Gerston added, with Khanna marketing himself to the district’s moderate and conservative voters while Honda appeals to his Democratic base by painting Khanna as “a Republican in Democratic clothing.”
While Khanna spent much of his campaign money during the primary to build his name identification with voters, Honda “conserved his resources to spend when the voters are paying more attention to the race,” especially those who remain undecided, Kembaiyan said.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 1:09 am
The Uber driver accused of pulling a passenger out of his car in San Francisco and smashing her phone said Tuesday that he never touched the woman and that she only got police officers involved when he told her he was going to call them.
Not only did Uber suspend him after he was cited by police for battery, malicious mischief and vandalism — all misdemeanors — but Lyft deactivated him as a driver as well.
The incident is among several in recent months that have raised questions in the growing ride-services industry — about passenger safety, how companies respond to allegations of driver misconduct, and whether drivers are properly trained to handle disputes.
Hynek said the woman, whom police did not identify, was already upset when she got into his car on Nob Hill about 7 p.m. According to Hynek, he pulled over on the 1000 block of Jones Street a few minutes later because she refused to give him the address or cross street of her destination — and was yelling at him.
When she wouldn’t, he said, he told her he was going to call the police, and it was at this point that she stepped out of the car and started shouting for nearby officers.
A day later, he received a call from Uber headquarters in New York, informing him that it was company policy to deactivate drivers immediately following “accusations like this,” Hynek said.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 12:46 am
[...] what we are trying to do is think of how best to incorporate this genetic information with other risk-factor information to better provide a picture of breast cancer risk.
[...] the discovery highlights the existence of genetic risk factor differences between racial groups and ethnicities, and the advent of genome decoding allows researchers to explore those differences.
Understanding these variations could shed light on who is most at risk for breast cancer and why some people are less likely to develop the disease — and knowing those could lead to a better understanding of cancer overall.
Research has identified various mutations, particularly the BRCA genes most closely associated with those of European Jewish descent, that put certain people at higher risk of breast cancer.
“Finding this protector means researchers can ... see if it can work as a protector for other groups,” said Ysabel Duron, a former Bay Area broadcast journalist and cancer survivor who founded Latinas Contra Cancer, a group in San Jose that helps Latinos with issues related to all cancers.
UCSF’s Ziv said there are nongenetic factors that play a role in lowering breast cancer risk in Latinas, such as having children earlier in life than other women, and they are less inclined to take hormone-replacement therapy.
Breast density is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer, and dense tissue makes tumors more difficult to detect on mammograms.
[...] Latinos, along with other ethnic or racial groups, are often not asked or tend to be reluctant to participate in clinical trials or other medical research and don’t benefit from the information such research provides.
Posted: October 21, 2014, 8:43 pm