VALLEJO TIMES HERALD
 
 
 
 
Twenty years after Prop. 187, attitudes toward illegal immigration have changed dramatically in California

11/22/2014 06:06 PM PST
The hard-nosed feelings Californians harbored toward illegal immigrants just 20 years ago have softened a great deal; today a plurality backs President Obama taking executive action to protect millions from deportation. 
Daring daytime takeover robbery at Point Richmond pharmacy
11/22/2014 05:47 PM PST - Three robbers bound the hands of three captives in a Point Richmond pharmacy while stealing a large amount of powerful pain pills that are worth a fortune on the street. 

Mother describes boy's fall from Bodega Head cliff
11/22/2014 06:49 AM PST - The mother of a 4-year-old boy who tumbled down a 230-foot cliff at Bodega Head less than two weeks ago on Friday described reaching for her son as he fell, missing his clothing by inches.  

Fremont: City competes for $5 million environmental prize, motivating residents to save energy
11/21/2014 09:49 PM PST - Fremont will learn next month if it is one of 10 finalists in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national contest that encourages cities to use energy more efficiently. 

EBMUD looking at rate hike if there's no rain
11/21/2014 08:15 PM PST - East Bay Municipal Utility District proposes 14 percent water surcharge now with another increase to be proposed in spring or fall if it stays dry  

Drummond: Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations finally getting deserved attention
11/21/2014 05:04 PM PST - More than a dozen women said they were drugged and sexually assaulted by comedian Bill Cosby a decade ago, but no one paid attention until now. 

Citywise: Coliseum City frontman makes pitch to local leaders; to meet Monday with A's Wolff
11/22/2014 09:53 AM PST - Elsewhere: Canyonlands trash service extended 

Berkeley: Big rig fire blocks lanes on westbound Interstate 80
11/21/2014 01:45 PM PST - A big rig on fire was blocking several lanes and an exit on westbound Interstate Highway 80 in Berkeley on Friday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol officer said.  

Vet's conviction upheld for "loud and boisterous" conduct at Palo Alto VA hospital
11/21/2014 01:59 PM PST - Federal appeals court upholds conviction under seldom-used federal law against "loud, boisterous and unusual noise" conduct at VA hospitals, rejects challenge by vet arrested at Palo Alto facility 

Berkeley will require retailers provide cellphone safety information
11/21/2014 02:17 PM PST - Fresh from a ballot-box victory to tax sugary drinks over the opposition of the powerful beverage industry -- and a decision to provide labels at fuel pumps tying driving to climate change -- the City Council voted Tuesday to craft an ordinance requiring retailers to give consumers information on the safe use of cellular phones.  

Oakland: Man takes surprise plea deal in BMT security fraud scandal
11/21/2014 05:24 PM PST - A man charged in a sprawling fraud case involving a security business run from a Black Muslim temple in Oakland entered a surprise plea Friday and has agreed to cooperate with investigators. A prosecutor also said alleged fraud mastermind Dahood Bey has been urging his followers from jail to continue pursuing public contracts. 

Richmond woman winning battle against brain cancer
11/21/2014 02:17 PM PST - Patient has outlived her five-year survival diagnosis by seven years, will run in inaugural "Join the Voices!" brain cancer event in San Francisco on Sunday  

Teen claims responsibility for shooting threat at Santa Cruz High School
11/21/2014 04:52 PM PST - A day after Santa Cruz High School was shut down because of an email threat of a mass shooting, a student who says he's 16 and sent the email, went to school Thursday as if nothing had happened. 

Woman suspected in vandalism of Santa Cruz mosque
11/21/2014 12:10 PM PST - Black graffiti of the Star of David was found on the front door of a mosque in Live Oak on Wednesday, and Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies are investigating it as a hate crime. 

Monterey surfer describes tragedy that took life of 18-year-old Orinda man
11/21/2014 04:58 PM PST - Chenoa Firpo said it took her three nights to sleep after the events of Oct. 25. The 19-year-old Monterey woman had just finished surfing at Asilomar State Beach around 5 p.m. when two teenaged brothers darted past her into the ocean. After years of surfing the popular spot, she knew the 10-foot swell and heavy rip current could be perilous. 

Oakland: Boy wakes from induced coma after falling from North Bay cliff
11/21/2014 11:40 AM PST - A 4-year-old Santa Rosa boy who survived a 230-foot tumble off a Sonoma Coast cliff has awakened from a medically induced coma and is improving, his father said Thursday. 

Storm system expected to bring more rain to Bay Area late Friday night
11/21/2014 11:39 AM PST - A storm system is expected to arrive in the East Bay late Friday and move through the Peninsula and South Bay early Saturday morning, according to Diana Henderson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.  

San Francisco: Worker critically injured after falling 11 floors
11/21/2014 03:30 PM PST - Fire crews responded just after 10 a.m. to the intersection of Montgomery and California streets for a report of a worker that fell from a building there. 

Silicon Valley's high-tech firms battle for low-tech ad space — billboards
11/21/2014 06:10 PM PST - Some of the most expensive property in Silicon Valley these days is about 14 feet high, 50 feet wide and overlooking the highway. Billboard sales around the region are undergoing a renaissance, as the old-school advertising format benefits from the technology froth, with companies jockeying for their piece of skyline fame and attention. 

Fremont gardeners showcasing water-saving plants
11/21/2014 11:09 AM PST - Test garden debuts at Quarry Lakes 

Festival of Lights and Parade will illuminate Niles
11/20/2014 10:48 AM PST - Kick off to the holiday season 

Milpitas community mourns death of airman swept out to sea and drowned during fishing trip
11/21/2014 11:13 AM PST - Milpitas native remebered as standout soccer player; $30,000 raised for funeral expenses and son's fund 

Fremont man shot in hand as he walks along Hayward street
11/21/2014 10:28 AM PST - The victim who was shot told police he was walking along Harder Road and that a group of men appoached him near Mission Boulevard in Hayward. 

Bay Area job market surges in October and the boom is likely to continue for two years
11/21/2014 06:03 PM PST - After more than three years of steady job gains, the Bay Area's employment boom continued in October, according to a state labor report Friday, and experts predict the hiring bonanza could persist for another 12 to 24 months. 

San Mateo man suspected of DUI arrested for crash that injured 4 pedestrians
11/21/2014 10:02 AM PST - A San Mateo man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of swerving on to the sidewalk while driving under the influence and hitting three special needs students and a teacher, police said.  

CAL/OSHA fines Burlingame construction company $106K for deaths of 2 bridge workers
11/21/2014 10:02 AM PST - A Burlingame construction company has been fined more than $106,000 for safety violations that led to the deaths in May of two Bay Area men working on a new bridge in Winters, the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health announced Thursday.  

San Jose: Business jet approaching airport reports emergency, lands safely
11/21/2014 10:00 AM PST - A business jet reported an on-board emergency while about to land at Mineta San Jose International Airport Thursday morning but landed safely and did not need assistance, an airport spokeswoman said.  

San Francisco sues Oakland company over tax-refund fraud targeting low-income residents
11/21/2014 10:23 AM PST - The city attorney for San Francisco is suing an Oakland-based tax preparation company over allegations it systematically swindled low-income residents out of their tax refunds.  

Abalone diver who died on Sonoma beach identified
11/21/2014 10:01 AM PST - The Sonoma County coroner's office has identified the abalone diver who died on a beach in Sea Ranch on the Sonoma Coast Wednesday afternoon as John Curtis, 54, of Grass Valley.  

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