Rattled by the Rush

A Piedmont-Oakland quake did little damage, Oakland settled a lawsuit against former Mayor Jean Quan, and Alice Waters met with the Prez.


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Quake Stakes A 4.0 earthquake along the Hayward Fault, accompanied by seven aftershocks, the largest of which was magnitude 2.4, caused little damage but rattled nerves.

Fair to Good A San Francisco Estuary Institute report on water quality, habitat, chemicals, and bacteria found Bay water quality to be good to fair. The water apparently is OK for swimming, and the fish are edible—just ignore the mercury and PCBs.

Crash Queen Oakland paid $15,000 to Lakisha Renee Lovely to settle a lawsuit against then-Mayor Jean Quan. Lovely alleged injuries and lost wages from an accident in which the ex-mayor apparently ran a red light and struck her Nissan. Lovely said Quan was talking on her phone.

Footage Released The Oakland Police Department released police body-camera footage of two unrelated fatal pursuits. The police-edited video was screened for journalists first and then later for family members of the deceased.

Linebacker Signed Aldon Smith, the NFL pass rusher plagued by DUI arrests, found a new home with the Raiders after the 49ers cut him following his latest arrest on charges of drunken driving, hit-and-run, and vandalism. The Raiders gave him a one-year deal as a defensive end.

Librarygate Update Head Librarian Jeff Scott resigned after 100 people, 12 librarians, and City Councilman Kriss Worthington complained over a process that sent nearly 40,000 books to recycling centers.

Waters Honored Famed California cuisine pioneer Alice Waters, 71, received the National Humanities Medal in a White House ceremony at which the president praised her efforts in the locally grown organic movement.

Measles Quarantine An unidentified UC Berkeley student who tested positive for measles and rode East Bay public transit was isolated to prevent spread of the highly infectious airborne virus.

Stadium Flailing Floyd Kephart’s plan to cover public debt with private revenue for a new $900 million Raiders stadium appears stalled. Kephart said New City Development and partners including the Raiders and NFL would cover about $500 million, but not the other $400 million.

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