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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
San Jose recycled water plant

A new recycled water plant in San Jose that is designed to help the region weather the current drought and provide a more stable water supply is now open.

Hundreds of people attended the grand opening Friday of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, according to Santa Clara Valley Water District officials.

The $72 million water purification plant off of Zanker Road is the largest of its kind in Northern California and is already producing 8 million gallons of purified water each day, according to a district statement.

District officials said the facility uses advanced technology to purify water that has undergone two levels of treatment from the San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility.

The water is expected to match drinking water quality and is a major part of the district's long-term water supply management program, which calls for aggressive water conservation.

"Growing water demand, uncertain imported water supplies, the present and recurring drought, regulatory restrictions and climate change require agencies like ours to both promote the wise use of water and find additional supplies to fill projected future water supply demands," said Tony Estremera, chair of the district's Board of Directors.

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San Lorenzo fire

A two-alarm fire at an apartment complex in San Lorenzo left 24 units temporarily uninhabitable Sunday evening, an Alameda County fire spokeswoman said.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at the two-story Galway Terrace Apartments in the 800 block of Galway Drive at 5:27 p.m., Alameda County fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said.

Upon arrival, firefighters battled flames coming from the first and second floors as well as the attic, Knowles said.

Within 30 minutes of arriving at the scene, firefighters knocked down the blaze, according to Knowles.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation, Knowles said.

While five units in the complex sustained fire damage and another five units sustained smoke and water damage, a total of 24 units were temporarily uninhabitable Sunday night, Knowles said.

The American Red Cross responded to the scene and assisted those residents who were displaced by the fire.

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Antioch stabbing

A woman was arrested after she allegedly stabbed another woman in Antioch Sunday morning, police said.

At 10:43 a.m., police received a report of a stabbing in the 1800 block of Cavallo Road near East 18th Street, Antioch police Corporal John Fortner said.

Upon arrival, officers located a 21-year-old woman suffering from multiple stab wounds, Fortner said.

The woman suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries, the police corporal said.

According to witnesses, a woman was seen running from the area following the stabbing.

A suspect was detained shortly thereafter, however the suspect's identity is not being immediately released, according to Fortner.

The incident remains under investigation and police have not released a motive for the stabbing.

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Israeli military action demonstration

Hundreds of protesters in San Francisco marched together from the Ferry Building to City Hall Sunday afternoon joining demonstrators in other cities around the world calling for an end to recent Israeli military action in Gaza.

Arab community groups and anti-war activists alike gathered at the Ferry Building in San Francisco around 3 p.m. Sunday and held a symbolic funeral procession that flowed down Market Street to City Hall.

Dozens of police officers accompanied the group and blocked off roadways.

The march concluded with a rally on the steps of City Hall with hundreds of families and youth activists blocking traffic on Polk Street.

The speakers at the rally read off the names of those who had died as a result of recent military actions by Israel in the Gaza area of Palestine.

Organizers of the demonstration, including Arab Resource and Organizational Center, Arab Youth organization, and the ANSWER Coalition, spoke in Arabic and English, chanting, "Free, free, Palestine" and "Allahu Akbar," which translates to God is Great.

Reem Salem, an 18-year-old San Francisco resident and Palestinian-American was an active participant in the demonstration Sunday afternoon and spoke to the crowd with words of resistance.

"We will stop the racism and apartheid state of Israel, we will not stop. And we will continue to come out and have our voices heard," Salem said.

Another protester at the demonstration, San Jose resident Mozi, said he became very sad seeing the images broadcast on television from Gaza.

He said the images of "small children being killed and families being shattered, mothers crying over the dead bodies of kids," was difficult for him to see.

Mozi said he marched from the Ferry Building with the group and found the protest to be very peaceful, with no pro-Israel activists showing up.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for "an immediate end to the indiscriminate firing of rockets by Hamas into Israel and Israeli retaliatory action."

The secretary-general urged Israel "to do far more to stop civilian casualties."

Rema Sider, 26, a Palestinian-American residing in San Francisco, said she was moved to join the protest Sunday because the recent killing of civilians in Palestine had brought tears to her eyes.

Sider said she found out about Sunday's protest through friends and through Facebook.

The Jewish Community Relations Council, which represents synagogues and Jewish organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, released a remark on July 9 stating that it supports "Israel's right as a sovereign country to defend itself from relentless rocket fire, as well as its efforts to prevent further escalation and minimize casualties on both sides."

Frank Lara, 30, an organizer with the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, or ANSWER Coalition, attended the rally at City Hall Sunday afternoon and said "now more than ever it's important to highlight the genocidal campaign against Palestine, and Gaza in particular."

He said it's important to him that the public knows "just the amount of violence and the truth behind the killings being carried out by Israel."

Lara also said he wants to see the United States "completely stop the aid to Israel and push for boycotts, and push for the prosecution of Israeli war crimes."

Another demonstration against the military action of Israel is planned for Sunday Saturday at 1 p.m. at San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza, near the Ferry Building, according to organizers.

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Girl shot in Oakland

A 9-year-old girl was injured in a shooting Saturday evening while she was playing in Lowell Park in West Oakland, police said Sunday.

At 5:16 p.m., officers responded to a shooting in the 1200 block of Filbert Street near West Oakland Middle School and Lowell Park.

Witnesses reported seeing a group of male suspects, all armed with firearms. The suspects then shot multiple rounds at each other, police said.

During the shooting, a 9-year-old girl who was playing in the park was struck by one of the rounds, according to police.

The girl is in stable condition and expected to survive, police said.

The Oakland Police Department released a statement Sunday afternoon alerting the public that additional patrols have been assigned to the area following the shooting and that investigators are working to
identify and apprehend the shooters.

"This incident underscores the easy accessibility to guns in our community and individuals willing to use them against each other," the Oakland Police Department said in a statement Sunday.

Another West Oakland shooting occurred on 10th Street near Campbell Street about three hours later, leaving one person with a gunshot wound to the foot, according to Oakland police Officer J. Moore.

One suspect fled the scene in a vehicle and has not been located, he said.

A short time after midnight, a victim suffered a graze wound in a shooting near the intersection of Magee Avenue and Kansas Street in Oakland's Laurel District, Moore said.

At about 5:05 a.m. Sunday, a person was shot in the 2100 block of East 12th Street, the officer said. That victim was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Moore said two suspects fled the scene.

No suspects had been arrested in connection with any of the shootings as of Sunday afternoon.

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Two dead in Sausalito

Two people were found dead in a Sausalito home early Sunday morning under what police have deemed a suspicious circumstances, a police sergeant said.

Officers responded around 2:40 a.m. to a report of shots fired in the area of the 100 block of San Carlos Avenue, according to Sausalito police Sgt. Stacie Gregory.

Further investigation led officers to a home on the block, where they found two dead people inside, Gregory said.

The sergeant declined to say whether the victims died of gunshot wounds or whether the deaths are considered a murder, suicide or murder-suicide, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Police said the suspicious deaths are believed to be an isolated incident and there is no related threat to the public.

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Santa Rosa fatal crash

A 22-year-old woman was killed in a car driven by a suspected drunk driver on state Highway 12 in Santa Rosa early Sunday morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

Sarai Torres-Nunez was a passenger in a Honda SUV driven by 21-year-old Antonio Moreno-Murillo that overturned and crashed into a tree off of the Dutton Avenue on-ramp to Highway 12, according to CHP Officer Marcus Hawkins.

Hawkins said Moreno-Murillo was heading east on Highway 12 and took the Dutton Avenue off-ramp, then sped through a red light at the intersection, swerving to avoid an oncoming vehicle.

As he drove onto the Dutton Avenue on-ramp, Moreno-Murillo lost control of the car, which rolled over and crashed into a tree and a metal guardrail, the officer said.

The SUV came to a stop on its roof, partially blocking the highway on-ramp.

Torres-Nunez, a Santa Rosa resident, suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Moreno-Murillo, also of Santa Rosa, was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital to be treated for injuries suffered in the crash.

Officers arrived at the hospital and arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence causing death, gross vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and probation violation.

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Weather

Patchy low clouds near the coast but clear inland overnight. Sunny and much warmer tomorrow.

Concord 93
Oakland 81
Redwood City 85
San Francisco 75
San Jose 88
Santa Rosa 90

Coast
Tonight: Areas of Low Clouds
Lows: Upper 50s
Tomorrow: Sunny & Warmer
Highs: Upper 60s to Low 70s

East Bay
Tonight: Patchy Clouds
Lows: Upper 50s to Low 60s
Tomorrow: Sunny & Warmer
Highs: Upper 70s to Mid 80s

East Bay Valleys
Tonight: Clear & Mild
Lows: Low 60s
Tomorrow: Sunny & Hot
Highs: Low to Mid 90s

North Bay Valleys
Tonight: Mainly Clear
Lows: Mid to Upper 50s
Tomorrow: Sunny & Much Warmer
Highs: Mid 80s to Low 90s

Peninsula
Tonight: Mostly Clear & Mild
Lows: Low 60s
Tomorrow: Sunny & Much Warmer
Highs: Upper 70s to Upper 80s

South Bay
Tonight: Clear
Lows: Upper 50s to Low 60s
Tomorrow: Sunny & Much Warmer
Highs: Mid 80s to Mid 90s

Heating up some more on Friday under sunny skies.

Highs: Mid 70s to Low 100s
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