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Thursday morning news roundup

Candidates in the various San Mateo County elections will discuss issues affecting their communities in a series of forums beginning next Wednesday.

The forums are hosted by Thrive, the county’s nonprofit alliance group, in partnership with other nonprofits. Forums are planned for April and May as follows.

Candidates for United States Representative for the 15th Congressional District will participate in a forum on Wednesday, April 20 from 2-3 p.m. Candidates for the District 3 Board of Supervisors will participate in a forum on Thursday, April 21 from 7-8:30 p.m.

The State Assembly, 21st District candidates will participate in a forum on Wednesday, May 4 from 2-3:30 p.m. San Mateo County Sheriff’s Candidates will participate in a forum on Thursday, May 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

A risk of an explosion and toxic smoke from a raging fire at a food processing plant in South Salinas prompted the Salinas Fire Department to begin evacuating nearby residents.


The evacuation notice is for areas near the fire – at the Taylor Farms processing facility – between South Main Street, East Alisal Street, Alisal Road and Harris Road. The order is due to the potential for an explosion and ammonia hazmat plume that can alter affected areas based on changes in wind direction, according to a 2:19 a.m. news release from city officials.

Nearly 100 firefighters from 22 Monterey County Fire Units are reportedly on scene battling the four-alarm blaze, which began shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The city of Berkeley received a $16.2 million state grant to convert a 44-unit hotel into supportive housing for homeless residents, state officials announced Wednesday.

The city will use the grant to purchase the Golden Bear Inn, a 37,000 square foot site on San Pablo Avenue, and convert it into 43 housing units, council space, a community hall and a dining hall.

The funds come from the state’s Homekey program, which the state launched in 2020 with the goal of expanding access to housing through the conversion of hotels, motels and other vacant buildings into permanent housing and transients.

Berkeley’s award is one of six projects announced Wednesday, totaling $70 million in grants.

Officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrived Wednesday to assist in an investigation into the cause of a massive fire over the weekend at the Home Depot store in South San Jose.

Saturday’s 5-alarm fire destroyed the home supply store at 920 Blossom Hill Road and forced nearby residents to shelter in place due to smoke.

The San Jose Fire Chief said his department will remain the lead agency for the investigation and welcomed investigators and office resources.

Livermore Police arrested a 20-year-old man early Wednesday for allegedly shooting a man who was trying to write down his license plate information after the suspect allegedly drove recklessly near Chestnut Avenue and North M Street.

Police first responded to a report of several cars driving recklessly in the area and heard gunshots as they arrived. They found a 40-year-old victim, shot in the 2000 block of Chestnut Ave. The victim pointed to the suspect’s vehicle trying to leave the scene.

Police pursued and arrested Manuel Ixta of Livermore for allegedly evading police, who said in a statement “Additional charges are pending.”

Santa Rosa police are asking for the public’s help Wednesday in locating a missing 75-year-old man believed to be at risk.

Patrick Orr left Wednesday morning from a house in the 1500 block of Herbert Street. Police said he may have been confused and unable to communicate due to cognitive impairment and his deafness.

Police advised area residents to check their properties and vehicles in case Orr seeks shelter from the cold. Orr was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and possibly a diaper, police said.

Anyone who sees Orr is asked to contact Santa Rosa Police at (707) 543-3600.

A 30-year-old man was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for an arson attack at a San Mateo home in 2019 that targeted gang rivals but ended up killing an 85-year-old woman, prosecutors said Wednesday. San Mateo County. .

Fifita Tau, a resident of East Palo Alto, pleaded no contest in February this year to first degree murder, attempted murder and gang enhancement for the death of Susana Tonga on February 19, 2019 in a home from South Humboldt Street in San Mateo, according to the county attorney’s office.

Investigators had said that Tau was apparently angry with gang members in San Mateo for violence against members of another local gang and had gone to this house on South Humboldt Street believing that the gang members lived there, not in Tonga.

On Wednesday morning, police used a Taser to subdue a woman suspected of swinging an ax at cars at a busy Concord intersection near Hillcrest Community Park, authorities said.

Police received multiple calls around 11 a.m. reporting the woman waving an ax or hatchet in the area of ​​Olivera Road and Grant Street, Concord Police said on social media.

When officers arrived, they found her in the middle of the intersection with the ax and at one point saw her hit a car with someone inside.

Police closed the roads to protect the public and officers ordered the woman to drop the ax. When she refused, they used a Taser on her and she was taken into custody without harm to herself or others, police said.

Feral cats may be an all too common sight these days on Oakland Coliseum property, the executive director of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority said Tuesday, calling it an invasion.

Rats are no longer the problem, said executive director Henry Gardner.

“We were overrun by these cats,” he said. “The population keeps increasing.”

He said he had increased during the pandemic.

Gardner has ideas for the cats and euthanizing them is not an option. He said the plan is to move them a few at a time to new homes.

Gardner considers the possibility of advertising opportunities for people to adopt cats. The ads would appear at Oakland Arena and Oakland Coliseum events, such as Oakland A.

The National Weather Service forecast for the greater San Francisco Bay Area calls for continued cool conditions Thursday with occasional light rain that could persist through the weekend. Today’s highs will range from the mid 50s to the low 60s with today’s lows in the mid upper 40s.

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