A wet weekend is in store for the Bay Area thanks to two storms sweeping into the region, forecasters said. On Friday, rainfall totals throughout the Bay Area are expected to reach less than a quarter of an inch. A second, heavier storm will arrive Sunday, said Spencer Tangen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “The whole Bay Area should see a little bit of rain on Friday evening,” he said, adding that the first storm will be “quite a bit weaker than the one on Sunday.” Though rainfall on Friday is expected to be light, it could douse the roadways just in time for the evening commute, Tangen warned. The rain will mostly taper off by Saturday, he said, but there is a slight chance that some of those showers could linger into Saturday, mostly in the North Bay. Cooler temperatures are expected Friday with highs in the low 60s and upper 50s along the coast. Overnight lows on Friday and Saturday will likely be in the upper 40s. A second storm will … [Read more...] about Back-to-back weekend storms could flood parts of Bay Area
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The views are great. The price is right — if hefty — but that’s San Francisco. So, you’ve read some news coverage of problems with a Superfund cleanup site next door. Do you buy that $1 million condo in Hunters Point? What if a city official assured you it was going to be OK? A Chronicle investigation has found that a city health official — someone whose role is to protect the public from health hazards — was directly involved in private home transactions at the former naval base. At the request of mega-homebuilder Lennar, which is handling the first phase of a planned $8 billion development, Amy Brownell had conversations with nervous homebuyers. They wanted assurances that the development was clean — and that a fraud scandal involving nearby contaminated land wouldn’t derail the growth of the new neighborhood. After talking with Brownell, three families went forward with their purchases. That’s the latest story from reporters … [Read more...] about Bay Briefing: A Chronicle investigation reveals city health official played a role in shipyard home sales
The underlying dilemma of San Francisco’s Embarcadero — an abundance of desires for using its historic piers but a scarcity of resources to make things happen — was on full view Tuesday at the city’s Port Commission. Port officials described the range of the 52 responses to the “request for interest” received last month, while proponents of various concepts made their case. The commissioners who oversee the autonomous city agency, though, focused on how to move from ideas to implementation. “It’s obvious this is an exciting opportunity with lots of interest,” commission President Kimberly Brandon told port staffers at the end of the session. “Your team has a lot of work to do.” The unusual public exercise is part of a larger effort to restore and upgrade more than a dozen underused piers along the 3-mile Embarcadero — a bayside promenade that in the past 20 years has become a cherished Bay Area destination. … [Read more...] about No easy sailing to restore Embarcadero’s piers
Retired Appeals Court Judge William Newsom, a relic of San Francisco’s old Catholic school guard, and the father of Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, died Wednesday morning at his home in Pacific Heights. He was 84. His death was confirmed by Nathan Click, spokesperson for Gavin Newsom. Cause of death was not given but the elder Newsom suffered from chronic illness over the last several years and had taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks. In his honor, flags at the state capitol were ordered to be flown at half mast, by Newsom’s old friend, Gov. Jerry Brown. Newsom had been an environmental lawyer in the 1970s when Brown, serving his first stint as governor, appointed him to the judiciary. “Anne and I extend our deepest condolences to the entire Newsom family,” the governor said in a statement. “Bill was a longtime friend, a champion of the environment and someone whom I was proud to appoint to the superior court and court of appeal.” William Alfred … [Read more...] about Judge William Newsom, father of the Gov.-elect, dies
For months, Oakland Raiders executives have said they would find somewhere else to play next year if the city sued over the team’s upcoming relocation to Las Vegas. Oakland made its move, filing suit against the team in federal court Tuesday. Now all eyes are on the Raiders to see whether they make good on their threat and, if they do, where they will play next season. The Raiders’ domed $1.8 billion Las Vegas stadium is not scheduled to open until 2020. The team’s options include sharing Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara with the 49ers, playing in a city such as San Diego that lacks an NFL team, and moving to Nevada ahead of schedule to a university facility. Each option carries complications and downsides. A tentative lease agreement between the team and the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority for next season and possibly 2020 fell through Wednesday, said authority executive director Scott McKibben. A team executive Wednesday afternoon called McKibben … [Read more...] about Where will ‘Raiders of the Lost Park’ play in 2019-20 if not Oakland?