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Daily News Roundup for Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Car break-ins in San Francisco considered an epidemic

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news: 

Five Alarm Fire Displaces 58 at 29th and Mission // Mission Local
"No major injuries to residents were reported, though two bystanders were treated for smoke inhalation. Some 58 tenants were displaced, 24 of whom sought temporary shelter in the Salvation Army. The rest were housed with family or friends."

"Mayor Ed Lee arrived on the scene shortly before 5 p.m. to reassure the affected residents that the city would do all it could to help them recover. Lee said he would invoke the Good Samaritan — which allows landlords to take in tenants at below-market-rates through a deal with the city — to help shelter the victims."


PG&E Agrees to Close Diablo Canyon in 2025 // Sacramento Bee 

"Closing Diablo Canyon will mean the end of an era in nuclear power in California. Diablo is the last nuclear power plant operating in the state, after the 2012 shutdown of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Clemente."
"Diablo Canyon employs nearly 1,500 workers and has a $920 million annual impact on the local economy. It is San Luis Obispo County’s largest private industry employer, with an average annual salary of $136,561 in 2011, according to a 2013 Cal Poly study."


SF tightens Pride security following Orlando shooting // SF Gate

"For the first time, there will be metal detectors — a combination of walk-through machines and handheld wands — at all entry points to Pride’s two-day celebration in Civic Center Plaza on Saturday and Sunday. People attending the two-day event also will not be permitted to bring in bags bigger than 18 by 18 inches, city officials said Monday, and bags will be searched."
"There won’t be metal detectors or limitations on bag size at Sunday’s Pride parade, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at Market and Beale streets, and ends at Market and Eighth streets. But there will be a larger-than-usual police presence and a contingent of undercover officers will also patrol LGBT clubs."


New Report Reveals Car Break-Ins in San Francisco Epidemic // ABC7

"A civil grand jury found last year there were nearly 25,000 break-ins resulting in $19 million in property loss."

"A San Francisco civil grand jury report finds auto burglary crimes are on the rise. 'It's pretty bad, 24,800 reported incidents last year. That's just the reported ones,' Mike Skahill said. Of those, the vast majority were committed by criminal street gangs. And, arrests were made in less than two-percent of the cases."


Oakland's stumbles: State says police force must have a chief // SF Chronicle 

"The state agency that oversees police standards notified Oakland on Monday that Schaaf’s temporary appointment of Landreth to oversee the department ran afoul of a law that specifies that a police department has to be run by a police chief, an agency spokesman said."

"Whoever is put in charge of the police, Brown said, 'needs to be appointed by a city manager as acting chief for purposes of administering the department.'"

With Central Valley population soaring, Amtrak adds expanded service to East Bay // East Bay Time

"The additional daily round-trip service between Bakersfield and Oakland's Jack London Square will allow commuters to arrive roughly a half-hour earlier in the day."

"The commission is also looking at adding a midcorridor start at possibly Merced or Fresno that would allow trains to arrive in Oakland by 8 a.m. He said that service could be expected within the next few years."