By Jason Green | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: September 17, 2019 at 10:15 pm | UPDATED: September 18, 2019 at 4:36 am SUNNYVALE – Santa Clara County authorities on Tuesday cleared a veteran Sunnyvale police officer in the fatal shooting of an armed robbery suspect more than four years ago. The shooting occurred near Grewalz Liquor & Grocery at 1125 Tasman Drive about 11:15 a.m. on April 8, 2015. Officer Benjamin Kroutil confronted 28-year-old transient Joseph Weber in an alleyway next to the market. The dash-cam in the officer’s squad car caught Weber pulling a knife from a sweatshirt pocket with his left hand, while his right hand remained hidden, according to a 39-page report by Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Powell.Kroutil, a 14-year veteran of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, repeatedly yelled at Weber to drop the knife. The officer also warned Weber he would shoot him and did so when Weber began slowly walking in … [Read more...] about Sunnyvale officer cleared in fatal 2015 shooting
By Cam Inman | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: September 18, 2019 at 4:01 am | UPDATED: September 18, 2019 at 4:11 am SANTA CLARA — After road-sweet-road wins, the 49ers are preparing for Sunday’s home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and fans have prepared these 10 questions via my Twitter and Instagram feeds: 1. How convinced are you about the offense scoring 30-plus points per game? (@8ajrr) Ah, but wait, the 49ers defense’s pick-sixes accounted for two touchdowns in the 31-17 opener at Tampa, and not every defense will yield 500-plus yards like the Bengals did in Sunday’s 41-17 rout. I am surprisingly convinced the 49ers defense can post sub-20 scores weekly. 2. Are Garoppolo’s INTs happening because he’s not improvising outside the system? (@teoniemann) Pretty sure the system doesn’t call for throws into triple coverage. Sarcasm aside, Garappolo thrived on the fly in December 2017. He knows the system … [Read more...] about 49ers mailbag: What’s latest on trade rumors?
By Kevin Smith | Southern California News GroupPUBLISHED: September 18, 2019 at 5:03 am | UPDATED: September 18, 2019 at 5:05 am Following months of threats, more than 80,000 Kaiser Permanente workers plan to stage a seven-day unfair labor practices strike beginning Oct. 14. The move will affect employees in six states and the District of Columbia who are represented by the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions. Picket lines will be set up at Kaiser Permanente hospitals, medical office buildings and other facilities in California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. In a statement issued Tuesday, Kaiser said the strike announcement was abrupt, although union representatives had been warning of such action for months. “While the Kaiser Permanente management team was actively engaged in negotiations at the bargaining table yesterday, SEIU-UHW released a strike announcement – an overt effort to gain leverage in bargaining,” the … [Read more...] about More than 80,000 Kaiser workers prepare to strike October 14
By Joseph Geha | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: September 18, 2019 at 2:29 am | UPDATED: September 18, 2019 at 2:38 am MILPITAS — Milpitas leaders took a step towards protecting tenants in their city Tuesday by voting to establish a rent review program, but many renters and advocates said the changes won’t offer effective help to renters who are struggling in the pricey Bay Area. “It doesn’t solve the long term problem of people being priced out of Milpitas,” Sandy Perry, director of the Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County told the council. The review program, as approved Tuesday, would allow any tenant who is facing an annual rent increase of 7 percent or more to request a review by the city, either on the phone, in person, or both, to try and mediate the situation between them and their landlord. If neither option brings a resolution, the renter can request a hearing in front of a five-member rent review … [Read more...] about Milpitas adopts rent review program, tenants say it’s not enough
By Letters To The Editor | September 18, 2019 at 1:10 am New homes are the last thing San Ramon needs Re: “Will San Ramon plan be a school, traffic travesty?” (Letter to the editor, Sept. 13): San Ramon is already largely populated, schools are overflowing, roads are jam packed, and mostly all open spaces and hills are gone due to construction. Any new homes are the last thing San Ramon needs. San Ramon needs better traffic arrangements and a better way for the public to commute to BART, a better way of getting to freeways from the Gale Ranch and Windemere areas. The number of parks and the size of parks are getting smaller. Bhumica GandhiSan Ramon Submit your letter to the editor via this formLetters to the Editor Report an error Policies and Standards Contact Us … [Read more...] about Letter: New homes are the last thing San Ramon needs