City administrator doesn't get Dallas job
Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana won't be leaving Oakland to become city manager of Dallas.
The Dallas City Council voted unanimously early Tuesday to give the job to the city's interim city manager, A.C. Gonzalez. Santana was one of three finalists for job, along with Gonzalez and former Wake County, N.C., Manager David Cooke.
All three finalists interviewed with council members in Dallas last week.
Santana could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.
-- Matthew Artz, Staff
Fire crews extinguish grass blaze in hills
About 40 firefighters quickly extinguished a two-alarm vegetation fire Tuesday morning that started off a hiking trail in a canyon below Claremont Avenue.
The fire broke out at about 11:30 a.m., and was brought under control at 11:56 a.m., fire officials said.
Battalion Chief Lisa Baker said about 1.5 acres burned in windy, dry conditions that prompted the response from the Oakland Fire Department, Cal Fire and the East Bay Regional Park District fire department.
There were no injuries.
The fire erupted about 200 feet from the road down a steep hillside about a quarter mile from Fish Ranch Road. Baker said at this time the fire is considered accidental.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Fire damages two homes; no injuries
A fire damaged two homes in the El Cerrito hills Tuesday morning.
The single-alarm blaze broke out at 8:13 a.m. at 8311 Terrace Drive and spread to a neighboring home at 920 Contra Costa Drive, just off Moeser Lane, El Cerrito Fire Department Battalion Chief David Gibson said.
A total of 27 firefighters plus command staff had the blaze contained within 45 minutes, Gibson said.
Most of the damage was to the exterior of the properties, he said.
No one was injured. The cause remains under investigation.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Warriors' Steph Curry to speak at mall event
NBA star Stephen Curry will talk about how to live a healthy, active life Wednesday at Southland Mall.
Curry, a Golden State Warriors point guard, also will take part in cooking and exercise demonstrations and discuss health care coverage at the free event hosted by Kaiser Permanente. A keepsake autographed by the basketball player will be given away in a drawing.
The talk takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Community Room C, lower level, next to the Food Court.
-- Rebecca Parr, Staff
Wendy's shooting suspect arrested
One of the suspects in the shooting of a man outside a Wendy's restaurant earlier this month has been arrested, police said Tuesday.
Concord police detectives arrested a 17-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, Concord police Lt. David Hughes said.
Police last week issued an arrest warrant for those charges against the 17-year-old as well as Gustavo Mendez, and caught up to the former around 6 p.m. Friday in San Francisco, Hughes said.
Mendez remains on the loose and is considered armed and dangerous, Hughes said.
The 17-year-old, a Concord resident, was taken to Juvenile Hall in Martinez, where he remained in custody Tuesday.
Mendez, a Fairfield resident, is described as 5-foot-10, 170 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes, police said. Anyone who sees him is urged to avoid contact and call 911.
Anyone with information about Mendez's whereabouts may leave a confidential tip at 925-603-5836 or call Detective Adam Hart at 925-671-3040.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
Train fatally hits man, injures another person
One man was killed and another rushed into surgery Monday night after they were hit by a fast-moving train at the Santa Clara Caltrain station, transit officials said.
The two victims were apparently on the tracks at the station adjacent to Santa Clara University when they were hit by northbound train No. 375 around 5:30 p.m., Caltrain spokeswoman Jayme Ackemann said.
One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene; the other was taken to a hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive.
Seventy people were on the train at the time of the incident, which officials deemed a light ridership because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Ackemann said the train was an express commuter that does not stop at the Santa Clara station and was traveling between 50 and 70 mph.
The incident is the first Caltrain fatality of the year, Ackemann said. The last fatality was on Oct. 14 in Menlo Park.
-- Eric Kurhi and Erin Ivie, Staff