Race noise complaints get directed to sex line
People who tried to complain about noise from a San Francisco marathon got an earful of racy language instead.
When they called the city's 311 hotline to complain about Sunday's Nike marathon, they were incorrectly directed to a phone sex line.
City officials now say they were given the wrong number and are investigating how the mix-up occurred.
The phone sex number and marathon number differed only in their prefix: 800 versus 866.
311 Director Nancy Alfaro says the wrong number was given out for about a half-hour before city officials were alerted. It's not clear how many people were misdirected.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports people were complaining about noise from the marathon's festivities that began around 5:30 a.m.
An email to Nike was not returned.
Diver missing off Sonoma County coast
A diver is missing off the Northern California coast.
The Coast Guard says the unidentified man was reported missing a little before 5 p.m. on Monday. He was about 200 feet off shore near Salt Point State Park in Sonoma County. The park is in Jenner, about 80 miles north of San Francisco.
Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Ed Hoener told the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa that the man's wife reported him missing.
The Coast Guard launched a helicopter and lifeboat, but the helicopter had to return because of fog.
Rescuers resumed the search effort on Tuesday.
The Press Democrat says the area is popular with abalone divers but also has its dangers. A 36-year-old San Francisco diver died there in April after getting caught in a rip tide.
Report: Staffkept mum on higher streetcar costs
An investigation finds Los Angeles City Hall staffers kept mum about concerns that the cost estimate for reviving downtown's streetcar system was not detailed and the price tag could balloon.
The Los Angeles Times cites records that show aides to Councilman Jose Huizar were reluctant to incorporate higher estimates into public discussions, partly because of concerns they could slow the streetcar's progress.
Officials recently announced that cost estimates have more than doubled, to as much as $327 million.
Huizar's chief of staff, Paul Habib, explains that earlier not enough engineering work had been done to move beyond "guesstimates."
When downtown voters agreed last winter to bring back the Los Angeles streetcar, they were pitched a $125 million plan, with funding split between federal grants and a new property tax.
Wave riders discuss rule banning boards at times
Surfers, bodyboarders, skimboarders and bodysurfers lined up for a chance to weigh in on the controversial rule that dictates when they can and can't ride Orange County's waves.
The Orange County Register says about 150 people gathered in Newport Beach on Monday to discuss "blackball," the rule that forces boards out of the water at certain stretches of the beach during peak hours.
The most talked-about area was Newport Beach's Wedge, where wave-riders flock when a summer south swell comes in. Current law requires all boards to leave the water from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting May 1 through Oct. 31.
Boarders want more access, but swimmers and bodysurfers say that would create chaos.
A Blackball Working Group committee will make recommendations to the city Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission.
-- Associated Press