Daily News roundup for Monday, September 28 2015
Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:
"For the first time in more than 30 years, people witnessed a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse. Late on Sept. 27, 2015, in the U.S. and much of the world, a total lunar eclipse masked the moon’s larger-than-life face. Sunday’s supermoon eclipse lasted 1 hour and 11 minutes. NASA ran a live stream broadcast from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., with a live feed from the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, Calif. Mitzi Adams, a NASA solar physicist discussed the eclipse and answered questions on Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA.
"The next supermoon eclipse won’t occur until 2033."
Tech Workers in San Francisco Feel Threatened by Long Term Residents - NBC Bay Area News
"Tech workers are feeling targeted in San Francisco and many are blaming the industry for sky-rocketing housing costs that are pushing long term residents out of town.
"Graffiti and fliers are delivering hateful messages and even threatening violence. In the Mission, a new condo complex is a target for anti-tech graffiti.
"Supervisor Scott Wiener says city leaders are working to ease the tension by focusing on building more affordable housing."
"A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order to prohibit SFPD from interfering with a nude-in on Saturday. Though the department refused to issue a parade permit for the gathering, SF’s local coalition of nudist activists held another nude-in at Jane Warner Plaza in the Castro Saturday afternoon to protest the nudity ban which passed two and a half years ago.
"The nudists recently claimed a victory when a federal judge awarded them a $20,000 payment for legal fees."
Bay Area government leaders reap sweetheart housing deals at taxpayers expense - San Jose Mercury News
"Amid a Bay Area real estate market famous for its mind-boggling home prices, taxpayers are funding a little-known special perk for a very select group of house hunters: low- and sometimes no-interest loans for top local government employees.
"The San Jose Mercury News found that at least 33 government agencies in the Bay Area provide some type of housing aid to their top executives -- with sweeteners, enabled by special IRS regulations, that are virtually unheard of in other parts of the country or the private sector. Four cities -- Walnut Creek, San Bruno, Union City and Morgan Hill -- even have provided housing aid to rank-and-file employees.
"In addition, when real estate prices go up, so does the generosity of the housing perks.
"Tiburon’s town manager ended up paying only 0.26 percent for the past year on $800,000 she borrowed from the town for a house just outside the municipal limits."
Internal Affairs: SJPD upgrade to allow immediate access to home surveillance systems - San Jose Mercury News
"As a result of a suggestion by Mayor Sam Liccardo in his campaign last year, the San Jose Police Department has been assembling a registry of people with home surveillance systems that they're willing to share with investigators. So far, the mayor's office says, 229 systems have been registered.
"When the cops are equipped with upgraded laptops -- which is expected within the next few weeks -- they'll be able to access the videos quickly. The idea is that a cop responding to a burglary, say, would be able to draw a boundary around a given area and send emails to registrants, asking to check their video equipment."
"A program designed to deliver renewable power to residents as early as next spring has stalled.
"CleanPowerSF, which seeks to offer services that are greener than PG&E’s, including a 100 percent renewable energy alternative, was scheduled to start next spring. But the contract approval process and an added business plan will push the start date back by six weeks or more.
"The city’s Public Utilities Commission has received 52 bids for one part of the project, which will take time to evaluate, said Barbara Hale, assistant general manager for power. The most competitively priced options top the proposed $10 million cap, which will require new approval from the Board of Supervisors and add at least four weeks before a contract is signed."
"Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Batman and ten other superheroes will descend from the top of a San Francisco hospital on Monday to wash windows and bring some joy to children.
"The superheroes will start their descent at 12:45 p.m. from the sixth floor of the University of California at San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital at 1975 Fourth St, and hope to wave at children as they descend.
"The event is part of the hospital’s child life services program, which aims to provide a wealth of services to children beyond medical services."