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Friends of the Library Book Sale
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On Saturday, September 13 from 10am-3pm, head to the Pleasant Hill Library's book sale. Find great deals on books of all kinds and support your library at this quarterly book sale. Sales are held i...

Bay Area Blues Festival
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,...
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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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Hayward police are seeking the public's help in locating a 12-year-old boy missing since Tuesday afternoon.

Jaime Segura was last seen at Winton Middle School at 119 W. Winton Ave. around 3 p.m., police said.

Jaime is described as a Hispanic boy standing about 5 feet tall and weighing around 90 pounds. He was last seen wearing a light gray sweater, gray pants and black shoes, according to police.

Anyone with information on Jaime's whereabouts is asked to call Hayward police at (510) 293-7000.

2014-09-02 21:07:14 -0700

San Jose Police are hoping the public can help officers piece together what happened at Fowler Creek Park where a group of people assaulted an older man inside a public restroom.

In the video, you can hear the constant wailing from an elderly man in cell phone video obtained by KTVU. You can also see the repeated blows from a father who alleges the older man showed his private parts to his son.

“Assaulting the alleged suspect of indecent exposure is not okay and that itself is a crime,” said San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol.

Police say this attack happened around 8 p.m. on Tuesday in a public restroom at Fowler Creek Park.

A woman in the video is also heard pleading for the attacker to stop and to call 911.

The call is eventually made but not before the father leaves the older man bloody and swollen in the face.

“We don't ever condone vigilantism. We want people to call the police. We want them to wait, look at the suspect and keep them in your view,” said Sgt. Randol.

While police have talked to the older man who has limited English skills, they now they want to find the people seen beating him up.

“I think the idea of confronting him was good yet the idea of assaulting him wasn't the best idea,” Park visitor Edwin Tran said.

KTVU showed the video to Tran who is frequent visitor of Fowler Park.

He said, he could see how the assault initially stemmed from anger and frustration but said the attacker took it too far.

“I felt it was a lot of miscommunication and understanding of different cultures,” said Tran. “If you heard something like that you would be all up in their face. I don't think they understand the idea it's possible for him not to understand what was actually going on.”

A lot of questions remain as to what exactly happened in the restroom. San Jose Police are asking anyone who was at the park at the time to call them.

2014-09-02 19:25:37 -0700

Seismologists from the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park and from Stanford are studying the San Andreas Fault.

But they may not be able to complete their work, as the San Andreas Fault Project is running out of money.

"Unless there is a big step up in the funding we won't be able to do the key experiment," said USGS seismologist Bill Ellsworth.

The San Andreas Fault runs from the Gulf of Mexico to Cape Mendocino

Seismologists have set up a unique laboratory in Parkfield, in California's Central Valley to study it. They have already drilled two miles deep in order to install instruments directly within the fault zone

But they need $10 million more from the National Science Foundation for that key experiment.

"The goal was to get inside of an earthquake and understand how they happen, how they start. Does anything happen before they begin," said Ellsworth.

But getting the money doesn't look good right now as The National Science Foundation says it is considering other projects.Scientists have been trying to convince the foundation to reconsider.

Seismologists say they can still keep the lab running even without the foundation's money.

But without it, there's much they won't discover.

"We'd like to be able to understand if small earthquakes happening today are portends to something larger happening," said Ellsworth.

Seismologists hope to hear back from the National Science Foundation by December.

2014-09-02 19:19:01 -0700

The San Francisco Police Department says about 5,700 vehicles were stolen in the city last year. And now, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener is heading up an effort to possibly make it cheaper for drivers to claim their stolen cars.

AutoReturn- which contracts the city- towed almost 1,200 recovered stolen cars in the first half of this year. Under a current city ordinance, vehicle owners are given 20 minutes to claim their recovered cars from a police officer and a four hour grace period to get it out of AutoReturn's storage yard before the fees kick in.

"You can get hit with huge towing fees and storage fees. And it can add up to the hundreds or even thousands of dollars," Wiener told KTVU Tuesday. "In some cases, the fees might be higher than the value of the car."

Owners of most passenger vehicles face a $218 "Towing Fee," plus a $254 "City Administrative Fee," though transit officials say that's usually waived for stolen cars. Other add-ons can include storage fees that range from $56 to $65 a day.

"We have to store that vehicle, we have to make sure that we do our part to make sure it's maintained," said San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman Paul Rose. "And if no one picks it up, we have to auction that car off."

Wiener on Tuesday called for a hearing on towing policies and fees for stolen vehicles and said charges may need to be cut before the city signs a new contract with AutoReturn in 2015 "We should have a reduced towing fee and storage fee for people whose cars have been stolen," said Wiener. "They shouldn't be treated the same as someone who parks illegally."

AutoReturn CEO John Wicker declined to speak on camera but told KTVU, "We will do whatever the city wants. We will execute whatever policy the city enacts."

In a written statement, Wicker said, "Since AutoReturn is a national company; one thing I can bring to the hearing is a perspective on how other municipalities handle stolen vehicle recoveries."

"This is something we certainly understand how people could be frustrated with," said Rose. "We're happy to work with the supervisor to address any concerns and participate in the hearing to make sure that we're working together in any changes that do come forward."

2014-09-02 18:40:35 -0700

Free meals at work are perk thousands of Bay Area employees enjoy at Google, Apple, Facebook and many other big and small tech companies and start-ups.

But should this perk be considered part of the workers’ income? The IRS may think so.

The 150 employees at the social network startup, Tagged, can chose to dine on various entrees from two San Francisco restaurants for lunch. There is also a salad bar and sandwich option on the daily menu. Tagged employees also enjoy free dinner at 6:30 p.m. every night.

“You don't have to worry about trying to find something to eat. It's already here, it's upstairs, it's good food,” said Tagged Sr. Financial analyst, Matt Wulf. “I eat at my desk a lot, so I can kind of multi-task. It adds productivity to my day,” he said.

Tagged Vice President of Marketing, Steve Sarner, said free meals are also an essential recruiting tool in the competition for top talent.

“I think this is something really important for most people in tech. I think most of your developers and designers are looking for this benefit when they're joining an established company,” he said.

Sarner estimates the value of the free meals are about $15 per employee.

There are indications the IRS is eyeing the perk as a benefit that should be taxed.

The agency issues a "guidance plan" every fall.

“It's a list of issues it expects to investigate and look into in the coming year,” said Golden Gate University Associate Dean and Law Professor, Kim Stanley.
Stanley is also a former Federal Tax attorney.

This year's plan, which was released last week, listed "employee-provided meals" as a possible taxable fringe benefit, like a company car or gym membership.

“If it is provided by the employer to the employee, and the employee doesn't have to pay for it, that's a significant benefit that's escaping taxation,” Stanley said.

“We certainly believe in taxes, we pay our share,” said Sarner. But he added that if the IRS added an extra charge to every enchilada: “we'd do everything we could to continue this, however, we'd probably have to take a second look at it.

The practice of offering free meals could become a lot less popular.

2014-09-02 18:04:09 -0700
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