Teachers OK deal for retroactive raise
Teachers this week overwhelmingly approved a contract that gives them a 5.5 percent raise, retroactive to July 2013.
The Hayward Unified contract, which runs through the 2015-16 school year, passed by 99.4 percent, according to a Hayward Education Association spokeswoman.
The teachers union and the district started contract talks in May 2013, said assistant superintendent Mark Miller. Negotiators reached an agreement March 11, and teachers voted Monday on the contract, which goes before the school board Wednesday.
Hayward teachers' pay ranges from $52,864 to $88,061, out of which they pay for their health benefits, Miller said.
-- Rebecca Parr, Staff
Man drives van into bay at Berkeley Marina
An elderly man drove his van into the bay at the Berkeley Marina early Friday, authorities said.
The man was not hurt and was able to climb out of the van before emergency crews arrived, said Berkeley Fire Department Deputy Chief Avery Webb. The man was leaving the parking lot on Sewall Drive near HS Lordships restaurant at 12:03 a.m. when he somehow ended up in the water, authorities said.
A tow truck pulled the van, which was partially submerged, out of the water.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Woman fatally shot in city's first homicide
Gunfire left a woman dead in the street Thursday and ended what had been five months of relative quiet in what was once one of the nation's most dangerous cities.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was shot multiple times in her chest and torso, according to police. She was found just before 10 p.m. on South Fourth Street near Lincoln Elementary School, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.
It was the first homicide in the city since Oct. 13, the longest span without a homicide in memory for a city that had 16 last year, a 33-year-low.
Police do not have a motive for the killing and said only that a burgundy-colored sedan with gold rims was seen leaving the area. Police Chief Chris Magnus posted on Twitter that police are looking for people who may have been in the car.
Abetkov said the woman had only one contact in the city and that detectives are still trying to find next of kin.
Anyone with information on Thursday's shooting can call 510-620-6647.
-- Katie Nelson, Rick Hurd, staff
Police: Speed, alcohol not factors in crash
A crash between two SUVs that sent six people to the hospital Thursday afternoon was not the result of drunken driving or excessive speed, police said Friday.
The collision between a Toyota Forerunner and Chevrolet Suburban occurred at 2:50 p.m. near Concord Boulevard and Landana Drive, police said.
The Toyota was exiting the Dana Plaza shopping center and the Chevy was going west on Concord Boulevard, police said. Both cars tried to swerve to avoid each other but instead turned in the same direction and the Chevy broadsided the Toyota.
Two adults and four juveniles were injured but none of them seriously, police said. All were out of the hospital by Friday afternoon, police said. The Toyota rolled and struck a tree after the collision. Five people were inside that car but were wearing seat belts, police said.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
Emeryville man killed in crash near Vallejo
An Emeryville man was killed Friday morning in a crash north of Vallejo, the California Highway Patrol said.
The 65-year-old driver was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80, west of Lynch Canyon Road undercross in the No. 1 lane at about 65 mph. For unknown reasons, he abruptly braked and turned his vehicle to the left, causing it to drive up the raised embankment and overturn several times, CHP spokesman Officer Chris Parker said.
The vehicle rested on its right side in the center median, and even though the driver was wearing his seat belt, he became unrestrained inside the car, and sustained fatal injuries, Parker said.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and his name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.
It was not immediately known if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident, which was under investigation.
-- Vallejo Times-Herald
Legal internship for high school students
High school students are invited to apply for a one-week summer internship with the personal injury law firm GJEL Accident Attorneys, where they can learn about the legal profession.
The unpaid internship will give students the opportunity to experience an attorney's typical day and learn about different legal fields. Interns typically sit in on depositions, see how cases progress, dig into investigations, observe trials and can interview a trial attorney.
The deadline is June 13 to apply for the internship, which will take place from July 21-25. The application and more information are available by visiting www.gjel.com. Click on News and Resources, then Summer Internship Program.
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-- Theresa Harrington, Staff
Construction crew finds Ohlone remains
Earth movers for an apartment project have discovered American Indian remains on the site, another sign of the ancient Ohlone settlements in the East Bay.
Archaeological experts have been called to the site along the Interstate 680 corridor to catalog finds. Special digging measures have been implemented to avoid damage to remains and artifacts.
"Sites like this used to get mowed over, but now measures are being taken to protect their integrity," said Ramona Garibay, an Ohlone descendant and the appointed site monitor.
The undisclosed site is part of what once was a large village.
-- Denis Cuff, Staff