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New Law Prohibits All Phone Usage While Driving

CALIFORNIA—A new California Law went into effect on Sunday, January 1, restricting the usage of any mobile devices while driving. Prohibited used include all cellphone interactions – from holding the device, texting or calling, accessing and changing music playlists, to live web streaming and taking selfies. The law requires drivers to put their mobile phones on either voice activation mode or...

UC Board Of Regents Consider Tuition Hike

CALIFORNIA—The University Of California's Board Of Regents organized a two day meeting in San Francisco to discuss a potential tuition hike. The proposed tuition hike is 2.5 percent for fall of 2016-2017 and can go up to 5 percent by 2019, if implemented. The proposed hike has been received with state wide student protests, including a main staging at the UC Berkeley...

Trump Administration Pulls $1B For California Rail Project

SACRAMENTO—The Trump administration cancelled nearly $1 billion in federal money for California’s high-speed rail project on Thursday, May 16. The Federal Railroad Administration issued the following statement on Thursday: “FRA finds that the CHSRA has repeatedly failed to comply with the terms of the FY10 Agreement and has failed to make reasonable progress on the Project. Additionally, California has abandoned...

Illegal Immigrants Receive Half Of California Licenses

California Highway Patrol officer Armando Garcia explains to immigrants the process of getting a drivers license during an information session at the Mexican Consulate, in San Diego. Photo by Lenny Ignelz, AP The San Francisco News
CALIFORNIA—According to a report released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, illegal immigrants have been the recipients of more than half of all new drivers licenses issued by the state.  The DMV issued a total of 759,000 new licenses from January through June 2015, with 397,000 licenses being issued to people who live in the country illegally. The AB...

Youth Counselor Suspected Of Sex With Minor

REDWOOD CITY—Mountain View resident and youth home counselor Francis Caceres, 28, was incarcerated for engaging in sex with an underage female client on Thursday, January 12. Caceres was taken into custody at approximately 9:00 a.m., authorities noted. Officials obtained evidence of Caceres' relationship with an unidentified 15 year-old Redwood City resident on December 27, 2016 after receiving a phone call from Child...

Video Of Nasim Aghdam Released

UNITED STATES—Officials from the Mountain View Police Department have released footage from police body cameras that show officers questioning Nasim Aghdam hours before the suspect unleashed gunfire at YouTube's headquarters. Before the shooting transpired, was found sleeping in her car by police on April 3 at 1:38 a.m. An officer patrolling a parking lot on the 600 block of...

Dead Body Found On Property Across From Berkeley High School

BERKELEY—Berkeley police were called after a property owner discovered a dead body on his property, Saturday, January 14. The body was found at a home located just across the street from Berkeley High School. Around 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, authorities received a report of a woman’s body found in the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, said Berkeley Police...

SF County Jails Housing Transgender Inmates By Preferred Gender

SAN FRANCISCO—Transgender San Francisco County prison inmates will soon have the option to be sent to a prison based on their gender preference. San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi made the announcement on Thursday, September 10. According to Mirkarimi, the change will begin to take place in a few weeks and is set to be completed by the end of the...

Car Where Tupac Shakur Was Shot Up For Sale

LOS ANGELES—On Sunday, February 26, the car in which rapper Tupac Shakur was fatally shot in 1996 is up for sale in the amount of $1.5 million. Shakur, who was 25 at the time of his death, was killed in a drive-by shooting on September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas, NV. He was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada,...

Mayor Lee Issues Statement Regarding DACA

SAN FRANCISCO—On Tuesday, September 5, President Donald Trump announced the end of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), a program that protected the children who were brought into the United States illegally. Trump’s announcement led to various protests throughout the country including San Francisco and Trump Tower in New York City. San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee released...
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