Union City panhandling crackdown; 'unsafe, aggressive,' police say

Police said they will begin enforcing the ordinance in January, after taking a few weeks to warn panhandlers and connect them with social service groups. 
Monday was the deadline for comments to the recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Phillips 66 Company Rail Spur Extension Project, which would bring about 250 unit trains a year with 80 tank cars plus locomotives and supporting cars to a new crude oil unloading facility in Santa Maria from the north or from the south along tracks owned by the Union Pacific Railroad, including possibly the Capitol Corridor along the east shore of San Pablo and San Francisco bays.  
 
A Novato man was identified as the driver who went the wrong way on Highway 101 early Sunday, causing a head-on collision that killed himself and the other driver, police said Monday.  
 
According to online real estate marketplace and mobile app RadPad, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment within a half-mile of Berkeley and North Berkeley BART is $2,050 a month, and $1,795 near Ashby BART; downtown San Francisco rents are highest, topping $3,000, while East Bay bargains include South Hayward, Hayward and Richmond.  
 
Delays in patient care are dangerous, psychologists and therapists say. Kaiser says claims are a union negotiations ploy.  
 
Union City Council has raised the fee for parking in two city-owned BART lots to $4 a day. But all-day parking rates will be less expensive at the Station Center parking garage, which BART owns.  
 
Piedmont Basketball Foundation -- Tryouts for forming leagues for boys and girls, grades 3-8, on Dec. 14. Times, registration and tryouts info will be posted on www.  
 
A 17-year-old Union City boy has been arrested after posting tweets in which he threatened to hurt students at the school he attends, though the threats are now believed to be a hoax, Union City police said.  
 
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Sanitation workers have returned a more than half-century-old heirloom diamond and sapphire ring to a Bay Area woman whose 3-year-old son flushed it down the toilet nearly six weeks ago.