Police chief promotes senior commanders
Gaining what he said was "stability to the command staff," police Chief Sean Whent's top commanders had the acting title removed from their rank at a promotion ceremony Thursday.
Whent, who was named permanent chief May 14 after slightly more than a year as interim chief, now has his executive team in place for the near future.
Paul Figueroa is assistant chief, and Danielle Outlaw and David Downing are deputy chiefs. Outlaw and Downing are co-commanders of the Bureau of Field Operations, which includes the patrol division. Outlaw is the first woman in department history to gain that command role. The three had been acting in their positions since last year.
Others promoted were Capt. Drennon Lindsey, a former homicide unit commander; Lt. Sean Fleming, a former homicide investigator; and Sgts. Sean Bowling, Chan Lee, Michael Cardoza and Matthew McGiffert.
Four of those promoted grew up in Oakland and graduated from Oakland high schools.
Figueroa is a St. Elizabeth High School graduate, Outlaw graduated from Holy Names High School, Fleming is a grad from Fremont High School where he was an all-city basketball player, and Lee is an Oakland High School grad.
Whent told the audience at police headquarters that all of those promoted have "proven leadership abilities" and are "dedicated to moving the department forward."
-- Harry Harris, Staff
BART awards contract for eBART tracks
BART took another step toward a rail extension to Antioch on Thursday when the transit agency's board awarded a $78.3 million contract to build the tracks.
A joint venture of Stacy and Witbeck, Amoroso and Modern Railway Systems got the contract on a unanimous vote of the board.
The joint venture submitted the lowest of three bids in the competition for the tracks for eBART, which will shuttle passengers on diesel trains 10 miles between the current Bay Point/Pittsburg station to a planned new station on Hillcrest Avenue in Antioch.
The joint venture also was awarded three other contract options totaling some $5.3 million for related track and equipment work, including a $4.76 million option for work to accommodate a future Pittsburg Civic Center station.
The new eBART service is expected to begin in 2017.
-- Denis Cuff, Staff
San Leandro man killed in collision
A 28-year-old San Leandro man died Thursday night from injuries sustained when his motorcycle collided with an SUV in East Oakland, police said Friday.
He was identified by the Alameda County coroner's office as Angerlo Jackson Jr.
The collision happened at 7:39 p.m. at the intersection of 107th Avenue and Russet Street.
Police said the driver of a Honda Pilot SUV was going northbound on 107th Avenue and had stopped at a stop sign at Russet.
When the driver started to make a left turn onto Russet the SUV was hit by the Suzuki GSXR motorcycle Jackson was riding eastbound on Russet, police said.
Jackson, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle. He died later at a hospital.
Police said the motorcycle appeared to have been speeding.
The name of the driver of the SUV, who stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators, was not released.
The collision is still under investigation. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call traffic investigators at 510-777-8570.
-- Harry Harris, Staff