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Giants’ Webb dedicated to fentanyl awareness after cousin’s death

(KRON) — San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb is using his own personal tragedy to try to help others. A year after losing his cousin Kade to a fentanyl overdose, Webb has taken to speaking at high schools about the danger of the drug, he said in a video posted by MLB Players Media on Tuesday.

Just two days before his wedding in December 2021, Webb received horrible news. Kade Webb had taken what he thought was a pain pill, but it was laced with fentanyl. He died at 20.

Since then, Logan Webb has been speaking to high school students about mental health and fentanyl awareness. In November, Webb visited his high school, Rocklin High School in the Sacramento area, to speak on the subject.

“It’s terrifying, honestly. And I think it’s important for these young kids to know the dangers that there are out there,” he said.

According to a story published by The Athletic, Kade Webb died in the bathroom of a Roseville Safeway on Dec. 3, 2021. The New York Times reported that he bought Percocet through a dealer on Snapchat, and it turned out to be spiked with a lethal dose of fentanyl. Logan said Kade was like a brother to him.

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“Whatever I can do to help make people aware, I want to do. We can’t just sit back and be OK with this,” he told The Athletic.

Webb said he plans to continue visiting schools to share his cousin’s story.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/sports/giants-webb-dedicated-to-fentanyl-awareness-after-cousins-death/

This SF restaurant is listed among the ‘Most Romantic’ in the nation

San Franciscans won’t have to travel far to have a romantic dinner this Valentine’s Day.

OpenTable, an online restaurant reservation website, reveals which restaurants in the U.S. are the best at setting a romantic ambiance in its “100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America” list. Multiple restaurants from California were included, and one from San Francisco.

The list was based on OpenTable reviews from Dec. 1, 2021, to Nov. 30, 2022, the number of reservations restaurants had on Valentine’s Day last year and a diner survey for U.S.-based OpenTable users.

Here are the restaurants from California that made the list:

  • 555 East – Long Beach, CA
  • 71Above – Los Angeles, CA
  • Bacari – Silver Lake – Los Angeles, CA
  • C-Level – San Diego, CA
  • Cesarina – San Diego, CA
  • Copley’s on Palm Canyon – Palm Springs, CA
  • Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens – Corona Del Mar, CA
  • Girl & the Goat L.A. – Los Angeles, CA
  • House of Prime Rib – San Francisco, CA
  • La Boheme – West Hollywood, CA
  • Musso & Frank Grill – Los Angeles, CA
  • Pacific Coast Grill – Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Spencer’s Restaurant – Palm Springs, CA

A total of 13 restaurants from California were featured on the list, the most compared to the other 27 states included in the listing.

Mark Echeverria, the chief financial and operating officer at Musso & Frank Grill, was ecstatic to see that his restaurant made the list.

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“For 104 years, we have proudly served our community with affection and we’ve been honored to welcome countless thousands of couples of all ages, on dates, after their engagements and weddings, or on their wedding anniversaries, Echeverria said.

“All stages of love have occurred in our dining rooms. There is something deeply romantic about being in a red leather booth, sipping a martini, and eating a steak with the one you love.”

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/this-sf-restaurant-is-listed-among-the-most-romantic-in-the-nation/

US Marshals arrest Richmond BART assault suspect

RICHMOND, Calif. (KRON) — The United States Marshals Service arrested a suspect in an attack that happened at the Richmond BART station, BART police announced Tuesday.

Daniel Jamin Nettles Sr., 45, was arrested at a home in Martinez in connection with the attack, which happened Jan. 2, police said. Nettles has been interviewed by investigators and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for attempted murder.

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Nettles is accused of knocking the victim out and kicking him in the face twice, according to BART PD. He was identified in part by BART surveillance footage.

On Jan. 10, BART police sent out a Facebook post that included a surveillance image of the suspect. BART police provided their information to the Marshals service, which made the arrest.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/us-marshals-arrest-richmond-bart-assault-suspect/

San Jose-based eBay announces layoff

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — San Jose-based eBay plans to slash its workforce by 4 percent, according to the company’s SEC filing.

CEO Jamie Iannone wrote a letter to employees announcing that eBay is eliminating jobs in response to the global macroeconomic environment, CNBC reported.

“As a result of these considerations and our future-forward plans, I have some hard news to share. Over the next 24 hours, we’ll be letting approximately 500 employees globally know that their jobs will be eliminated. There is no easy way to communicate this — but I do want to share with you why we are making this decision,” Iannone wrote.

“This shift gives us additional space to invest and create new roles in high-potential areas — new technologies, customer innovations and key markets — and to continue to adapt and flex with the changing macro, ecommerce and technology landscape,” Iannone wrote.

The CEO said employees will be provided with transition packages, including severance and employee incentive payments.

eBay’s layoff notification happened on the same day that another tech company headquartered in San Jose, Zoom, announced it will cut 15 percent of its workforce. About 1,300 Zoom employees are on the chopping block. Zoom CEO Eric Yuan said he will take a 98 percent salary cut.

Yuan acknowledged responsibility for allowing his company to grow too rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We didn’t take as much time as we should have to thoroughly analyze our teams or assess if we were growing sustainably, toward the highest priorities,” Yuan wrote to employees.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/san-jose-based-ebay-announces-layoff/

Major injury crash closes State Route 4 on-ramp in Antioch

ANTIOCH, Calif. (KRON) — The eastbound State Route 4 on-ramp is closed from Contra Loma Boulevard after a traffic crash on Tuesday afternoon, Antioch police said.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area of Contra Loma Boulevard between Buchanan Road and State Route 4. The crash happened at 2:30 p.m. and at least one person has major injuries, according to California Highway Patrol.

This is a developing story. We will update this article with more news as it comes in.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/major-injury-crash-closes-state-route-4-on-ramp-in-antioch/

Oakland mayor says talks back on for new Oakland A’s ballpark

OAKLAND, Calif. (BCN) — Talks have resumed between the city of Oakland and the Oakland A’s for a new ballpark at the Charles P. Howard Terminal, Mayor Sheng Thao said at the end of the annual mayor’s economic forecast Tuesday morning. Thao was joined at the meeting by San Francisco Mayor London Breed and two economic forecasters, Ken Rosen of University of California of Berkeley and Baie Netzer of Bank of America.

Both Rosen and Bank of America are predicting a mild recession this year following interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve. The central bank has raised rates to lower inflation.

Thao would not answer any questions following the meeting about the A’s negotiations, but during the meeting she said of the negotiations, “It is looking good.”

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Any deal would have to be approved by the Oakland City Council. Thao was elected in November to replace Mayor Libby Schaaf, who termed out of office. Rosen and Netzer expect inflation this year to fall but not to the Fed’s preferred rate of 2 percent. Rosen said he expects inflation to fall to 4 percent while Bank of America’s prediction was lower.

About 650 people attended the meeting, which was held at Marriott City Center in downtown Oakland.

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from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/sports/oakland-mayor-says-talks-back-on-for-new-oakland-as-ballpark/

Video: Tesla crashes into home in San Ramon

SAN RAMON, Calif. (KRON) — In the East Bay, a San Ramon family is cleaning up after they say their Tesla smashed through the garage into their kitchen. On Monday evening, San Ramon resident Laxmana Marpu was trying to move his Tesla just a few feet from the driveway into the garage when he says the car accelerated on its own, crashing into his home.

“We are upset. Yeah,” said Marpu.  

He said that Monday evening he was trying to move his Tesla Model Y from the driveway into his garage when the car suddenly accelerated. He tried to stop it, but nothing happened.

“I tried to hit the brake, but it’s not stopping,” he said. “It went in seconds.”

The car slammed into the back wall of the garage and broke into the kitchen. Fortunately, his family was upstairs, and nobody was hurt, but the damage is extensive.

“The backside of my kitchen, everything is broken, you know?” he said. “Pieces. The refrigerator, you now?”

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Marpu said the car is most likely a total loss. He had it towed away Tuesday morning. The City of San Ramon inspected the house and yellow-tagged it, meaning the family can stay here, but they need to avoid the kitchen and garage.  

At this point, it’s not clear if the crash was the result of a malfunction of the car or some other reason. The exact cause is still under investigation.  

Marpu says they bought their Tesla last summer and that it’s been a good car, but he’s not sure if he would get another one.

“I’ve lost confidence in Tesla now,” he said.  

The family is working with their insurance company to assess and hopefully repair the damage to the house. They are not sure yet what will happen with the car.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/video-tesla-crashes-into-home-in-san-ramon/

Alameda County sheriff’s deputy involved in crash on I-580 in Castro Valley

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (KRON) — An Alameda County Sheriff’s deputy crashed on westbound Interstate-580 in Castro Valley on Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported shortly after 12:30 p.m. near the Foothill Boulevard onramp.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the deputy suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. “Fortunately, our deputy is okay,” ACSO wrote on Twitter.

It was not clear how many vehicles were involved in the wreck. The California Highway Patrol said one person suffered major injuries.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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The CHP reopened all lanes of I-580 by 2 p.m. No other information was immediately available.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/alameda-county-sheriffs-deputy-involved-in-crash-on-i-580-in-castro-valley/

Station closures, mass layoffs, no weekend service: BART lays out doomsday scenario

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Sixty minutes between trains, closed stations, and a discontinuation of weekend service are some of the measures BART is apparently considering when federal emergency funds run out in 2025. In a post on the BART website, the transit agency laid out what it described as a financial crisis, imploring riders to “Don’t Let BART Go Broke!”

Since the onset of the pandemic three years ago, BART has been receiving financial support in the form of federal funding to make up for a massive loss in revenue from ridership falling off. Now, although the pandemic has largely receded on a health basis, its lasting impact on the Bay Area apparently still threatens the future of BART.

“We are in an unprecedented moment, with the survival of BART at risk,” the post reads. “While many workers, students, and our neighbors who depend on BART to continue to ride, others have returned to transit more slowly and less frequently,” the post reads. “The Bay Area has the highest work-from-home rates in the nation, and slowest downtown recovery, resulting in fewer commute trips.”

In order to weather these challenging economic straits, BART is seeking multiyear funding in the form of financial support from the state for transit operations. According to BART, these funds will help:

  • Bridge the gap until the agency can secure more sustainable funding sources through a regional transportation measure
  • Improve the current system so it is safer, cleaner, more accessible, more affordable and more reliable

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If some new funding it not secured, BART says it is “facing devastating cuts that will have serious impacts on the quality of life in the Bay Area.” Among the possible consequences of falling of a fiscal cliff BART warns of are:

  • 60 minute train frequency
  • 9pm closure
  • Stations closed
  • Line shutdowns
  • No weekend service
  • Mass layoffs
  • Increased traffic congestion
  • Negative impact on state climate goals
  • Priority populations disproportionately impacted
  • No BART service

BART’s board will receive an update on the system’s financial stability later this month. In the meantime, BART urges residents to use transit more often and contact local elected leaders about funding public transportation.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/station-closures-mass-layoffs-no-weekend-service-bart-lays-out-doomsday-scenario/

Man who climbed Salesforce Tower last year scales Phoenix high-rise

(KRON) — A man who climbed Salesforce Tower in San Francisco last spring climbed a building in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, just days before the city is set to play host to the Super Bowl. First reported in TMZ, Maison DesChamps, who calls himself the “Pro-Life Spider-Man,” scaled the 40-story Chase Building in downtown Phoenix without the use of any ropes or climbing gear.

According to TMZ, DesChamps began his Phoenix climb around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning and was arrested upon reaching the top of the building. In a post on his website, DesChamps confirmed that “on February 7th, 2023, I climbed the Chase Building in Phoenix.”

DesChamps, a climber and anti-abortion activist, began climbing high-rise buildings about a year ago to raise money and awareness for charities that support his cause. Since climbing Salesforce Tower last May, DesChamps has undertaken similar climbs in Oklahoma City and Los Angeles, among other cities.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/man-who-climbed-salesforce-tower-last-year-scales-phoenix-high-rise/