Panda-monium! Pair of Beijing’s giant bears will make their home at San Francisco Zoo
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by Kathleen Kirkwood
17m ago
The San Francisco Zoo is set to receive a pair of giant pandas under a memorandum of understanding signed Thursday by Mayor London Breed and the China Wildlife Conservation Association. The announcement that pandas would be coming to the zoo did not include a timeline, but the mayor’s office said it would hinge on completion of a panda enclosure. Planning has begun and engineers from the Beijing Zoo traveled to the city to meet with zoo engineers the week, according to Breed. In the 1980s, the zoo temporarily hosted pandas from China as part of a global tour, but Thursday’s announcement marks ..read more
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A place for unwanted firearms: San Mateo Co. buyback will offer cash for surrendered guns
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by Dan McMenamin, Bay City News
8h ago
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has announced plans to host an anonymous gun buyback event in South San Francisco next month. The event is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 4 at 1050 Mission Road in South San Francisco. The Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the county, the group Citizens for San Mateo County Gun Buyback and several local police departments. People will receive cash incentives between $50 and $200 for bringing firearms that are unloaded and securely stored in the trunk of their vehicle. Free gun locks will also be distributed at the event, sheriff’s officials said ..read more
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BART legacy fleet takes final ride Saturday in honor of its ‘profound cultural importance’
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by Gabe Agcaoili, Bay City News
14h ago
BART will run its legacy fleet of rail cars for the last time on Saturday. According to the transit agency, there will be a celebration event at MacArthur station in Oakland that will open to the public starting around noon. There will be a raffle of memorabilia, BART merchandise sales, food trucks, activity tables, and more. The event will be followed by the last runs of the legacy cars along the original stretch of BART tracks connecting MacArthur station in Oakland to the Fremont station. Attendees will need to pay the regular BART fare for their ride. There will be three trains for the ev ..read more
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Redwood City Council approves the purchase and use of military equipment by police force
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by Pamela Cruz, Peninsula 360 Press
18h ago
WITH SIX VOTES in favor and one against, the Redwood City Council authorized the use and purchase of military equipment for the city’s Police Department, with the purpose of helping to de-escalate critical incidents and support the safety of agents and the community. During its regular meeting on Monday, the council approved the purchase of six drones, a Hyperspike long-range acoustic firing device, five 4-shot 40mm tactical launchers, as well as a kinetic door opening tool. Sgt. Jesse Castro of the Redwood City Police Department made the presentation, where he specified that all of thes ..read more
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New super PAC pays for Silicon Valley congressional recount, raises transparency concerns
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by B. Sakura Cannestra, San Jose Spotlight
19h ago
A new political action committee was formed to pay for a recount of the contentious Congressional District 16 race, further obscuring who is actually funding the effort. The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters has been receiving checks from Count the Vote, an independent expenditure committee, or super PAC, to help fund the highly scrutinized recount, as first reported by NBC Bay Area. The super PAC formed on April 9 and has sent eight checks for $12,000 each to Santa Clara County, to cover recount efforts through April 24. San Mateo County’s Registrar of Voters is receiving checks fo ..read more
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Contra Costa supervisor candidates funded by unions, law enforcement, records show
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by Aly Brown, Bay City News
20h ago
Major campaign funders of the two frontrunners for the Contra Costa County’s District 5 Board of Supervisors seat are trade unions and law enforcement, campaign finance records show.  Coming out as the top two choices from the primary election, Mike Barbanica with 38.7 percent of the vote and Shanelle Scales-Preston with 35.07 percent will vie for position this November.  Barbanica, currently an Antioch City councilmember, is the clear choice for law enforcement political action committees, while Scales-Preston of the Pittsburg City Council has won the favor of various labor and tra ..read more
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Walnut Creek council approves development of new Heather Farm aquatic center complex
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by Tony Hicks, Bay City News
22h ago
The Walnut Creek City Council has unanimously approved sending a $77 million overhaul of Heather Farm Park to the design/development phase. Made possible by voters passing Measure O in 2022 to increase the city’s sales tax, the combined Aquatic and Community Center Facility at Heather Farm Park will be built on the site of the existing community center and also replace the adjacent swim center. The aquatic component will consist of an 18-lane, 50-meter competitive lap pool and a 25-meter family recreational pool with a beach entry, a slide, and a children’s water spray device. Locker rooms wi ..read more
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Citing trademark infringement, San Francisco sues Oakland airport over name change plan
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by Joe Dworetzky, Bay City News
22h ago
The other shoe dropped — or, more accurately, was thrown hard against the floor — when San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu made good on his threat to bring suit against the city of Oakland over plans to change the name of its airport. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco on Thursday, accuses Oakland of trademark infringement for its not yet effectuated plan to change the name of Metropolitan Oakland International Airport to “San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport.” The suit alleges that San Francisco holds federally registered trademarks on the name of its airport ..read more
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California State Parks lifeguards celebrated for harrowing night rescue in Half Moon Bay
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by Aly Brown, Bay City News
23h ago
The California Surf Lifesaving Association recently honored two lifeguards with Medals of Valor for a daring night rescue amid massive swells in Half Moon Bay. For their bravery, California State Parks lifeguards Riley Rhodes and Max Hunter were recognized April 11 at the Capitola Community Center during a well-attended ceremony. “It was nice to see so many lifeguards together in one room, and it was definitely pretty meaningful to be honored by all of them, especially the ones I went to training with,” Hunter said. “All of my supervisors showed up. It was definitely cool.” The rescue took pl ..read more
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‘Like a pilgrimage to Mecca’: SF church to serve those celebrating 4/20 on Hippie Hill
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by Tony Hicks, Bay City News
1d ago
Despite San Francisco canceling its official 4/20 event in Golden Gate Park this year, people will still show up. And the Church of Ambrosia said it will be ready for them.   The group said Thursday it’s collaborating with Haight-Ashbury merchants and nonprofit groups to provide support services.  The church is a nondenominational, interfaith religious organization supporting use and safe access to all entheogenic plants, with a focus on cannabis and magic mushrooms. Pastor Dave Hodges said in a statement that he expects thousands of people to be there Saturday.   “Th ..read more
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