Driver held after man run down
A young man remained in critical condition Saturday after being struck by a driver who police say meant to run down some graffiti vandals.
The unidentified 26-year-old Oakland woman driver argued with a group marking graffiti on the Oakland Public Library at 12:45 a.m. Saturday, police said. The taggers slapped her and marked up her Mercedes, police said.
When the taggers walked away, police said, the woman made a U-turn and drove down the wrong side of the street, aiming for the group but striking the uninvolved 25-year-old Oakland resident. The impact tossed him about 100 feet, police said.
Witnesses followed the woman to the 100 block of 12th Street, where they boxed her in with their cars and waited for police.
The woman was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run, and driving under the influence.
-- Kristin J. Bender, Staff
Boards consider new transit benefit rules
Air and transportation agencies will hold public workshops in Oakland on Monday and San Ramon on Tuesday on a proposed rule to benefit Bay Area commuters who use public transit, carpools, van pools or bicycles to get to work.
The first workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the Bort MetroCenter auditorium, 101 Eighth St., Oakland.
Another workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the San Ramon Community Center, Alcosta Room, 12501 Alcosta Blvd.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District and Metropolitan Transportation Commission would require large companies to offer workers incentives to commute using buses, trains, carpools or bikes.
Bay Area employers with 50 or more full-time workers could choose among four options. They include employers allowing workers to pay for transit or carpool expenses with pretax dollars, offering transit and carpool subsidies, offering free van or bus service, or devising another option equally effective in reducing vehicle use.
-- Denis Cuff, Staff