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Daily news roundup for Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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"Erosion Uncontrolled" in Pacifica, 2010

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

Uber Drivers Stage 'Honk-In' Protest Outside San Francisco Headquarters // Newsweek

“Uber drivers encircled the ride-sharing company’s headquarters in San Francisco and staged a ‘honk-in’ on Monday afternoon in protest of Uber's cutting of drivers’ wages earlier this month.

“Similar to what yellow cab taxi drivers used to do against Uber in past years, Uber drivers congested the traffic on the busy Market Street thoroughfare and made a ruckus with their incessant honking. The drivers asked Uber to ‘stop the greed’ and asked for fair wages, according to one of their flyers.”


California water: Silicon Valley leaders express skepticism of Gov. Jerry Brown's Delta tunnels plan // San Jose Mercury News

“Three of Gov. Jerry Brown's top water lieutenants came to Silicon Valley on Tuesday to make the case for his $17 billion plan to build two huge tunnels under the Delta to more easily move water from north to south.

“But rather than embracing the idea, five of the seven board members of the Santa Clara Valley Water District -- whose support is considered critical to the controversial project -- instead voiced skepticism. Their concerns ranged from the price tag to environmental impacts to whether Santa Clara County property owners could be left with property tax increases without a public vote to pay for future cost overruns.”


Oakland police body camera shows man screamed 'I can't breathe' before death // Inside Bay Area

“Face down with police pressing him to the sidewalk, 51-year-old Hernan Jaramillo wailed two refrains over and over before he died.

“’They're killing me!’ he howled 20 times in a 4-minute stretch.

“’I can't breathe,’ he moaned again and again.

“…The video -- exclusively obtained by this newspaper but never released by police -- shows officers ignoring Jaramillo's pleas for help and continuing to restrain him, a tactic associated with in-custody deaths and sharply criticized after the 2014 death of Eric Garner in New York. Garner's family settled a lawsuit last year for $5.9 million.”


Family demands release of ICE detained Salvadoran immigrant // El Tecolote

“What was supposed to be a happy moment for Pedro Figueroa and his fiancée on a December 2015 evening turned into a hellish nightmare, as he was unexpectedly detained outside of the San Francisco Police Headquarters by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“According to Dora Alicia Cortés, Figueroa’s fiancée, the ordeal began after SFPD called Figueroa to come into the police headquarters near AT&T Park to sign some paperwork in order to claim his vehicle, which had been reported stolen in late November. After presenting his Salvadoran consular ID card to the police officer, he was detained for a few minutes but was then allowed to leave. However, as he stepped outside of the building, he was detained by an immigration officer, who had been waiting for him.”


As Pacifica cliff crumbles, sadness and anger over evacuation order // SF Gate

“It was moving day on the crumbling Pacifica cliff where the ocean continued to do its thing, oblivious to such human devices as one-year apartment rental leases.

Brandy McDaniel had one of those, signed and notarized, but on Tuesday she was moving out anyway.

“‘I’m not naive,’ she said as she hauled a double futon mattress down the front steps to a moving van. ‘It’s been good, real good, living here. Moving out sucks, but what can you do?’

“McDaniel, a 36-year-old electrician, has lived in a second-story apartment at 310 Esplanade Ave. for three years. On Monday, after another chunk of the cliff just outside her back door slipped into the big blue body of water that Pacifica is named for, city housing inspectors slapped yellow tags on the front doors of 20 apartments in a building judged to be too close to the edge.”


Oakland public works discourage residents from filling potholes themselves // KTVU News

“Oakland public works officials are encouraging residents to notify them about streets in need of repair rather than taking matters into their own hands after potholes were found filled with brick fragments in West Oakland on Monday.

“The potholes, located on eastbound West Grand Avenue between Market and Adeline streets, have since been filled in properly by city work crews.

“Public Works Department spokeswoman Kristine Shaff said the city has not received any other reports of residents filling in potholes around Oakland, but noted that it's illegal for them to do so.”