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Bay Area Blues Festival
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The 4th Annual Bay Area Blues Festival is Saturday & Sunday, September 27 & 28, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM in Historic Downtown Martinez. The event will feature amazing Blues music on two stages,...

Pops in the Plaza
California Symphony performs in Todos Santos Plaza on Thursday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. Come enjoy family friendly music from movies, Broadway tunes, swing and jazz. Now in its 15th year, this free ...
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PHMS Family Night Out at Off the Grid
On Wednesday, August 27 , from 5-9pm on Trelany Road behind City Hall  (across from PH Park), come out for a night of fun! There will be a variety of food trucks arranged through OFF THE GRID, alon...
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Big Jangle at Sunset by the Lake
The Big Jangle is the next Sunset by the Lake concert in the series. Head to Pleasant Hill City Hall Lawn on August 31 . Concert is from 6:00 - 8:00pm. This is a family friendly and popular concert...
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The NFL now has a new harsher domestic violence policy after criticism of how Commissioner Roger Goodell handled the recent case of a player accused of the crime.

At the Oakland Coliseum Thursday night where the Raiders final preseason game was played, fans all agree that domestic violence should never be tolerated.

But they disagreed on whether a player should be banned from the NFL.

Players are known for their strength and football is a physical game that can be violent.

"It's not as violent as it used to be. We’re not seeing the same kind of hitting that we use to see," said Guy Adams, a raider fan from Clovis.

It is the violence off the field, domestic violence that the new policy addresses.

Marilyn Acasio, a Raider fan from Brentwood tells KTVU she is a domestic violence survivor.

She says having once been in a toxic relationship, she supports a policy that sends a strong message, "All people should be held accountable for their actions."

There is surveillance video which shows Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his fiancé out of an elevator at a casino after he allegedly knocked her unconscious during an argument in February.

The NFL commissioner suspended Rice or two games and met with harsh criticism.

"Putting his hands on a woman, he definitely need to sit down and think about that. There ain't nothing about that, that's right," said Robert Rodriguez.

In a letter to team owners released Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in part, "Domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal. They have no place in the NFL and are unacceptable in any way, under any circumstances."

"I think the commissioner did the right thing," said Margol Kennison, a Raider fan from Sacramento.

Under the new policy, a first offense will be subject to a suspension of six weeks without pay and a second offense will result in banishment from the NFL.

"I got my grandson here looking up for role models. When we have players who do those kinds of things, it really sends the wrong message," said Robert Rodriguez Sr., a fan from Visalia.

Three generations of the Rodriguez family are attending the game Thursday night.

They say domestic violence shouldn't be tolerated but a lifetime ban is too harsh and that the circumstances of each case should be considered.

"It needs to be looked at under a microscope. Make sure they're doing the right thing," said Robert Rodriguez Jr. who attended the game with his father and 13-year-old son

Another Raider fan tells KTVU that having been in an abusive relationship herself, she says victims often don't press charges. She hopes a strong anti-domestic violence message will help change that.

The new NFL policy goes into effect immediately and it applies not only to players but all league employees.

2014-08-28 22:53:40 -0700

This Labor Day Weekend will mark one year since the $6.4 billion east span of the Bay Bridge opened.

And one year later, work continues on the project.

“We’re completing small bits and pieces of work and we’re ahead of schedule in terms of the main span,” said Caltrans spokeswoman Leah Robinson-Leach.

Much of the most visible work that continues is the demolition of the old eastern span.

Robinson-Leach says that work should be complete in about a year which will be followed by the completion of the bike path to Yerba Buena Island.

“In order to do that we have to have the old bridge removed to extend the bike path,” she said.

The new bridge has been plagued with design and engineering issues such as broken bolts and steel rods.  Caltrans says testing on the bolts have shown they are now in compliance.

Following Sundays 6.0 earthquake near Napa, Caltrans engineers inspected the new eastern span and found no damage.

The eastern span was originally projected to cost $1.4 billion dollars. 

Legislation is now pending in Sacramento to require greater oversight of Caltrans and so-called “mega projects”.

2014-08-28 22:36:10 -0700

It’s a neighborhood water leak that just won't quit. Amid this drought, a water valve in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose has leaked for nearly a month. Neighbors said they've called the city but so far, it hasn’t been fixed.

"If we are really in an extended drought we need to do something about this,” said Nancy Floerke who lives in Willow Glen.

It pains Nancy Floerke to walk out her front door and see what she estimates to be four to five gallons of water an hour down the drain.

“I feel really frustrated because I feel as citizen I feel I’ve been doing my part,” said Floerke.

 Water is flowing because of a broken valve from a meter on the city's side. It's the San Jose Water Company's responsibility. The company told Floerke, the leak isn't considered a priority because it is not causing property damage.

"The city council came out just the other day you must have leaks within a household repaired in five days,” said Mary Sidlauskas who lives in Willow Glen. “Now we are here with a city leak that's been 28 days."

“We think we do a great job conserving,” said John Tang of the San Jose Water Company. “We think our customers do a great job conserving.”

The San Jose Water Company told KTVU it can't fix the leak right away because there's a process to notify other utilities. Tang also said seven percent of its water loss is due to leaks and the national average for a water utility is 15 percent.

“Water waste and water loss is part of the utility business,” said Tang. “There is no water utility that has zero percent loss.”

The water company told KTVU the leak will be fixed by week's end. Yet for Floerke she doesn't think there's any more time or water to waste when it comes to the drought.

"I think it's more than lip service,” said Floerke. “I think it's very annoying,"

The homeowner said she discovered mosquito larvae in the stagnant water prompting concerns about the West Nile virus. Neighbors believe those concerns could speed up repairing the leak as early as Friday.


2014-08-28 22:02:45 -0700

The Napa earthquake hurt a lot of people and damaged many buildings and it also served a setback to the city's thriving music scene.

The Uptown Theatre, which is the biggest music venue in the city, is now amongst the red-tagged buildings. Above the marquee a big crack is visible, but the owner says it looks much worse than it is.

Engineers walked around the theater on Thursday afternoon assessing the damage. Although the co-owner said an inspection already determined there is no structural damage.

"We lucked out," said Tim Herman.

The theater has a storied past. It opened in 1937 with its art deco design, serving for decades as a movie theater, even hosting the stars of yesteryear such as Clark Gable.

"I saw Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory when I was 7-years-old here," said Stuart Atkinson, who works in Napa's live music industry.

In 2000 new ownership renovated the theater, tearing out the multiple movie screens and returning it to its original glory, but as a music venue.

"It's a huge theater. And they book some great acts, and it's been great that shows of this type have come back to Napa," added Atkinson.

Now, it hosts major national acts.

Owner Tim Herman says it won't be closed for long, "We're hoping no more than a month."

Herman and the other owners are hopeful the current red-tag will be lifted to a yellow tag by Friday, so they can start fixing everything to get the theater back up and running as the entire city recovers.

"We're still in business. We're ready to keep going. There are places that are opening that may have been shut down, and it was only temporary, and we'll keep moving on."

As the Uptown waits, city and county officials gave government officials from around the region a tour of the damage.

"To show them lessons learned, how we operated after the event, the damages to the buildings," said Napa Fire Division Chief John Callanan.

Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia says this quake will help the entire Bay Area prepare for the next big one.

"We know that there will be a major earthquake one day that will affect a much wider area than what we're seeing here in Napa. It's a scary thing, and that's what we're trying to prepare for."

Gioia added there is a region-wide conference on earthquake preparedness in October for the 25th anniversary of Loma Prieta.

2014-08-28 21:02:27 -0700

Police are searching for a man with Alzheimer's disease who has been missing since he walked away from the Mountain View Senior Center Thursday afternoon.

Ramon Advincula, 67, is described as a bald Asian male wearing a green t-shirt, khaki shorts and khaki-colored shoes. He is around 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs around 160 pounds, police said.

Police believe he has his wallet and identification with him.

Anyone who sees Advincula or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call (650) 903-6395.

2014-08-28 18:56:31 -0700
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