Oakland restaurants serving minors booze, sting operation shows

Minors used as decoys in a police operation were sold alcohol at five of the nine bars and restaurants visited in a sting operation.

Of the five establishments that sold alcohol to the minors, four of the servers asked for their identification but served them even though the ID cards showed they were underage, police said in a news release.

The release did not include the names of the restaurants targeted in the April 6 sting.

Selling alcohol to minors is a criminal offense that carries up to a $1,000 fine. All merchants who sold alcohol to minors during the sting will be invited to a department training program in May.

In other Oakland news, the City Council on Tuesday will discuss whether to move forward with cutting ties to investment bank Goldman Sachs and will review why the city administration has failed to move the intake of internal affairs complaints against police officers from sworn officers to civilian employees.

Hayward to restore removed crosswalks

Two crosswalks on A Street that were removed when a one-way traffic loop was created in downtown are going back in.

Merchants, Councilman Francisco Zermeno and several residents had objected to the removal of the crosswalks, and pedestrians have been seen jaywalking at the two intersections since the loop began in March.


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The crosswalks are at A and Mission Boulevard and A and Foothill Boulevard.

Hayward's traffic consultants determined the crosswalks can be reinstated "with minimal impact to traffic flow at those intersections," according to a report from the city manager. The crosswalks will go in "as quickly as possible after the redesign is complete and the required equipment, such as additional pedestrian push buttons and signal heads, are purchased," the report said.

City project manager Kevin Briggs said the crosswalks will be installed by late May or early June before final paving begins on the loop, which includes Foothill Boulevard north from its intersection with Mission Boulevard and Jackson Street to A Street, A from Foothill to Mission, and Mission south to the Jackson-Foothill interchange.

Washington Hospital holds drill to prepare for possible attack

With the help of the Fremont Police Department, Washington Hospital's administrative staff experienced this week what it could be like if a gunman were on a rampage.

The active-shooter drill involved a member of the Police Department who dressed as a shooter and went through the Washington West offices firing blank rounds of ammunition. Employees were told to run, hide or fight until police arrived.

"It is a formidable thing to see somebody going department to department firing blanks. It is also a formidable thing to see the Fremont Police Department come down the hall with their guns drawn," CEO Nancy Farber told board members Wednesday. "It wasn't an easy thing to do. It wasn't a pleasant thing to do, but it was a necessary thing to do."

The urgent care department on the second floor in Washington West did not participate in the drill.

Farber said people in the building were alerted about the drill ahead of time by staff and through posted notices. She said discussions with a hospital consultant hired to prepare staff for a shooter event will continue to determine what should be done in areas with immobile patients, she said.