Merit pay resumes for maintenance workers
Maintenance workers are the latest group of city employees to increase their pension contributions while regaining a merit pay system and lost furlough days.
The City Council ratified a deal Tuesday with the union that represents 47 city maintenance workers.
It reinstates a merit pay system that was suspended three years ago, but on a smaller scale of 0 to 5 percent salary increases instead of 0 to 7 percent.
The 2013-14 agreement also restores a week of workdays lost to furloughs two years ago and requires pension contributions from employees totaling 4 percent of their salary, 2 percent higher than years past.
City officials said the same deal was reached with all other city employee groups earlier this year, except for the police officers' association. Those negotiations are continuing A deal on their contract could be reached next month, according to the city manager.
-- Ashly McGlone, Staff
Big-rig carrying mail crashes on I-680
The driver of a big-rig carrying more than 30 tons of mail was not seriously hurt when the truck overturned early Friday on Interstate 680, near the Sunol Grade, closing all but one northbound lane most of the morning.
The driver, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries and did not require hospitalization, California Highway Patrol Officer Ron Simmons said.
He told police that he ran over debris in the freeway, causing his brakes to lock. He then lost control of the truck, and it tipped over at 5:01 a.m., Simmons said.
The truck was carrying 66,000 pounds of U.S. Postal Service mail from the San Jose office, where it was processed, Postal Service spokesman Gus Ruiz said. The mail on the truck was in 41 containers, and Ruiz said only five of the containers spilled from the vehicle.
The containers contained large, flat envelopes, magazines and merchant advertising, and no individual piece of mail ever was on the freeway, Ruiz said. Merchant bills and other mail contained in smaller envelopes were not part of the load, Ruiz said.
The lanes where the wreck occurred, just north of Andrade Road, were all reopened at 12:14 p.m.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
Special needs children to compete at event
Tri-Valley baseball players will be among those competing during the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Fifteen players and three coaches from Little League District 57's Challenger League will take part in an exhibition game Aug. 24. The team of special needs children will compete against a Chicago-area team, said Frank Elliott, coach of a Danville Challenger team, who will be taking part in the game.
District 57 has nine Challenger teams with 150 players, Elliott said.
The game will be shown live at 7:30 a.m. on ESPN3.com and on the WatchESPN app.
-- Kelly Gust, Staff
Girl hit by falling tree branch is recovering
An 8-year-old girl injured when she tumbled off a tree swing and was hit by a falling branch was expected to be released from Children's Hospital Oakland late Friday, police said.
The girl was at a friend's house in the 100 block of Ardmore Road about 4:30 p.m. Thursday when the incident happened, police said. She was using a tree-branch swing when the thick, decaying branch snapped and sent the swing falling, police said.
After the girl hit the lawn below, the branch landed on top of her, police said. She was alert when emergency workers treated her at the home before taking her to Children's Hospital, police said.
The girl suffered no major injuries and was kept overnight to be evaluated, police said. She suffered bruises and cuts on her chest, neck and face, police said.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
Gunfire kills woman, critically injures man
A 23-year-old woman was killed and a 26-year-old man critically wounded late Thursday in East Oakland when a gunman opened fire on a parked car, police said.
The victims' names were not released. Police said both live in Oakland and were friends.
The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. in the 800 block of 100th Avenue, near Pippin Street, an area of homes and light industry. The two were sitting in a parked rental car when someone on foot opened fire before fleeing.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The man, who police said lived in the area, was in critical condition Friday at a hospital.
Officer Eric Milina said police do not have a motive, and no arrests have been made.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Anyone with information can call police at 510-238-3821 or a tip line at 510-773-2805.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
State official to speak at business event
The East Bay Economic Development Alliance will host a "Business Briefing and Networking" session from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center, Chateau Hall, 233 Gregory Lane.
The featured speaker will be Kish Rajan, a former Walnut Creek City Council member and now director of the Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz).
Among the topics of discussion will be new California business incentives, how health care reform will affect businesses, accessing wage subsidies and employee training money. In attendance will be experts in financing, marketing, procurement, employee recruitment and employee training.
-- Sam Richards, Staff
Search continues for hit-and-run driver
Investigators are still looking for the driver of a car that hit and badly injured a 56-year-old bicyclist last week, police said.
The bicyclist, whose name was not released, suffered a major head injury, broken ribs and several abrasions. He remains unconscious in critical condition at San Jose Regional Hospital, police said.
The man was riding his bicycle south in the bike lane on Fremont Boulevard, south of Warm Springs Boulevard, when he was hit about 5:45 a.m. Aug. 8.
The car, a dark-colored or black 1992 to 1996 four-door Toyota Camry, did not stop, police said.
The car is believed to have right front bumper damage. Police said the Camry was last seen heading south on Fremont Boulevard toward Grimmer Boulevard.
-- Kristin J. Bender, Staff
Man killed in July shooting is identified
A man killed July 23 in an East Oakland shooting that also wounded another man has been identified as Norman Lewis, 19, police said Thursday.
Lewis, who lived in another part of Oakland, was shot about 7:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of 80th Avenue, near Alder Street. He died later at a hospital.
A 22-year-old man with Lewis had wounds that were not life-threatening. His name was not released.
Police do not have a motive for the shooting, and no arrests have been made.
On July 31, Ahmad Belton, 43, was fatally shot on the same block.
Homicide investigators have so far not been able to determine if the two killings are related.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Town hall meeting on immigration is today
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, will discuss immigration at a town hall meeting from 10 to 11 a.m. today at South Hayward Parish, 27287 Patrick Ave.
Attendees will be able to ask questions and get information about proposed reforms.
-- Rebecca Parr, Staff