Quake is major test for hard-luck California city
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) - Northern California's magnitude-6.0 earthquake also hit outside wine country, including the hard-luck city of Vallejo.
City manager Daniel Keen said Tuesday that quake damage there was the biggest challenge Vallejo has faced since emerging from bankruptcy in 2011.
Keen says Vallejo suffered tens of millions of dollars in property damage and dozens were injured, including a couple who were hospitalized.
Just 10 miles from the quake's epicenter, parts of the town suffered broken windows and collapsed masonry.
Twenty inspectors and engineers on loan from the state arrived Tuesday to help Vallejo's pared-down city staff look for loose bricks and wobbly chimneys.
CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE-INJURED BOY
Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - A 13-year-old boy who was seriously injured by falling bricks during the earthquake that struck California wine country says he initially feared he'd been paralyzed and feels lucky to be alive.
Nicholas Dillon's pelvis was fractured in several places when part of a fireplace collapsed onto him while he was sleeping in his family's Napa living room when the quake struck.
Nicholas spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle from bed Tuesday at UC Davis Children's Hospital.
He says he couldn't feel his legs or his back when the bricks first fell on him early Sunday.
He says he thinks he escaped greater injury or death because he tried scooting toward the door when the shaking started.
Nicholas spent 10 hours in surgery and is now listed in fair condition.
Senate approves doubling political bribery fines
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Senate has passed a bill that would double the fines for lawmakers and city council members convicted of accepting bribes.
Lawmakers on Tuesday voted 30-1 for AB1666 by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who pushed the bill in response to political corruption charges against members of the state Senate.
Sen. Rod Wright of Inglewood was convicted for lying about living in his district, while Sens. Ron Calderon of Montebello and Leland Yee of San Francisco are fighting unrelated federal corruption charges.
The bill by Garcia, a Democrat from Bell Gardens, would double restitution fines to double the amount of the bribe received or $20,000, whichever is greater.
It also would ban elected officials from using their campaign accounts to pay fines for ethics violations. The bill now moves to the Assembly.
Bright-colored air gun bill passes state Assembly
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.
SB199 advanced on a 41-34 vote, the minimum needed to pass, after Republican lawmakers and a powerful Democrat blasted it as ineffective.
Democratic Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles introduced the bill after two California teenagers were shot by law enforcement officers confusing toy guns for real ones.
Airsoft guns are replica firearms that fire plastic pellets, paper balls or eraser chunks. Opponents say real guns already are sold in bright colors and that criminals could paint their weapons to confuse police.
Former Assembly Speaker John Perez, a Democrat, voted against the bill, saying "Paint is not the solution."
Fresno mayor touts independence in controller bid
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin is introducing herself as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.
Swearengin told the Sacramento Press Club on Tuesday that she is the best person for managing the state's finances because she would not have to cater to the demands of Democrats, California's majority party. She is viewed by some as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November.
Swearengin finished first in the June primary and is running against Democrat Betty Yee, a member of the state Board of Equalization.
She touted her experience leading California's fifth largest city.
Swearengin also supports the high-speed rail project championed by Gov. Jerry Brown and said she is evaluating whether to vote for GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari.
DEADLY CAR CRASH
4 die in Central Valley car crash
PATTERSON, Calif. (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says four people died when the driver of the car they were in lost control and struck a steel power pole on a Central Valley road.
The crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. Monday in Patterson, a city near Modesto.
CHP Officer Eric Parsons tells the Modesto Bee the Lexus was seen speeding before the crash. Two females in the back seat and two males in the front died at the scene.
The victims' identities were not released.
UC Berkeley cuts off access to waterfalls
GEORGETOWN, Calif. (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley has shut down public access to four waterfalls east of Sacramento, saying people were leaving trash and not following rules about alcohol, dogs and firearms.
The waterfalls 12 miles outside Georgetown in El Dorado County lure an estimated 600 people each weekend in summer months. But accessing them requires going through land that is part of the university's 4,000-acre Blodgett Forest research project.
Rob York, the research station's manager, tells the Sacramento Bee more and more people were disobeying the rules over time, requiring him to spend about a third of his budget mitigating impacts.
Access to the land was shut down on Aug. 14.
CROOKED STREET-TOURIST ROBBED
Tourists robbed on San Francisco famous street
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police are searching for suspects who robbed two Dutch tourists at gunpoint while they were taking pictures at a popular spot in San Francisco that's known as the "Crookedest Street in The World."
Officer Gordon Shyy, a police spokesman, said Tuesday that the victims were standing at the base the oft-photographed, well-traveled and winding Lombard Street when two men in their 20s approached them late Sunday night.
Shyy says that one suspect pulled out a gun and ordered the tourists to hand over their cameras and a tripod while the other suspect was serving as a lookout.
The suspects ordered the victims to turn around as they fled on foot.
No injuries were reported.
MARKET STREET GUNFIRE
SF police: 1 shot as groups trade shots on Market
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police say one person was shot when gunfire erupted between two groups on Market Street in San Francisco.
Police spokesman Gordon Shyy says the shots were fired shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday near Fifth Street on Market, the city's central thoroughfare.
Police tell the San Francisco Chronicle that the victim ran into the upscale Westfield San Francisco Centre mall after he was shot.
Shyy says he has life-threatening injuries and multiple people have been detained who may have been involved.
No names or further details were released.
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