Oakland

Santana is a finalist for Phoenix position

Just a few weeks after being a finalist for the city manager position in Dallas, Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana has been named one of four finalists to become city manager of Phoenix.

Santana, 43, has said she is looking for other jobs as her boss, Mayor Jean Quan, seeks re-election this November. She was one of three finalists for the Dallas job, which ended up going to an in-house candidate.

The other three finalists in Phoenix are Rick Naimark, the city's deputy city manager; Ed Zuercher, the city's acting city manager; and Milton Dohoney, Jr., former Cincinnati city manager, the city announced Tuesday.

The Phoenix City Council is scheduled to interview the finalists Feb. 19 and discuss the appointment later that day.

-- Matthew Artz, Staff

Oakland

Former Brown aide may run for council

An Oakland native who served as an intern and aide to then-Mayor Jerry Brown is strongly considering a run for City Council in District 4.

Although he filed campaign papers this month, Nicolas Heidorn, 30, said he will make a final decision about entering the race in the next few weeks.

Heidorn grew up in District 4 and worked for Brown while attending Claremont McKenna College.

After graduating from Harvard Law School, Heidorn worked at the law firm of Cooley LLP until last year, when Gov. Brown appointed him special assistant to the secretary of the California Protection Agency.

Heidorn said that Oakland is at a critical juncture and that he has been meeting with district residents as he decides whether to become a candidate. "I'm considering running for City Council because I'd like to see a city that is safer; a City Hall that is more accountable to residents and greater partnership between the city, schools and businesses," he said in a prepared statement.

So far, the only declared candidate in the District 4 race is Jill Broadhurst, who finished second four years ago. The incumbent, Libby Schaaf, is running for mayor.

-- Matthew Artz, Staff

san leandro

Suspect in robbery tied to other heists

A suspected bank robber apprehended just minutes after an armed heist at a U.S. Bank branch last week was identified Tuesday as an Oakland man and police said they've tied him to two other robberies in the city.

Michael Patillo, 27, was arrested following the Feb. 6 robbery at 1585 E. 14th St., San Leandro police Lt. Randy Brandt said.

Employees there told police they had been robbed at gunpoint just before noon. They provided police the details of the crime, including descriptions of the suspect and the vehicle he used to escape, Brandt said. Within minutes, police located the suspect's vehicle on East 14th Street, near Farrelly Drive. The vehicle was stopped and the suspect, who police identified as Patillo, was arrested and taken to jail, Brandt said.

Following his arrest, police said they connected him to two other San Leandro bank robberies. The first took place about 9:25 a.m., Jan. 3 at the same U.S. Bank branch, and the second took place at 9 a.m., Jan. 14 at the Bank of America branch at 1925 Marina Blvd.

During each heist, a male suspect displayed a handgun, demanded cash then fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

Anyone with information about any of the robberies is asked to call police at 510-577-3230 or contact the anonymous tip line at 510-577-3278. Anonymous tips can by texting the word SLPD and the tip to 847411.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

san leandro

CHP officer injured helping motorists

A California Highway Patrol officer was taken to a hospital with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening Tuesday afternoon after he was rammed by a car while helping two stranded motorists.

CHP spokesman Officer Eric Thomas said a white Mitsubishi and a silver Buick were broken down on the Interstate 580 onramp to Fairmont Avenue about 2 p.m. when the officer stopped to help.

A silver Honda Civic, struck the Mitsubishi, which hit the officer.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund and Kristin J. Bender, Staff