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No More Gun Shows At SF’s Cow Palace If CA Sen. Scott Wiener Gets His Way

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – A new California senate bill would put an end to gun shows at the Cow Palace, an issue that has been the subject of debate for years. Known as SB281, the measure would also transfer ownership of the event space to a new board made up of local representatives.

The Cow Palace has been a fixture in the Bay Area since it opened almost 80 years ago, and one group says if the bill passes, it would effectively lead to the arena being torn down.

A local cheerleading competition occupied the main amphitheater at the Cow Palace on Saturday, as cheers and pop music echoed through the concrete hallways. It’s one of hundreds of small community events held her every year.

“It promotes shows here that can’t afford Oracle arena. This cheerleading event can’t afford the Chase Arena because it’s a cheerleading event, not the Warriors,” says Kevin Patterson. He is the Executive Director of the Coalition to Save the Cow Palace. He also organizes the Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace every year.

Patterson is concerned for the future of the Cow Palace because of SB 281.

The measure was introduced by state Senator Scott Wiener, last month. It would transfer ownership of the Cow Palace from the State Department of Agriculture to a joint-powers authority, made up of representatives from San Francisco, Daly City and San Mateo County.

Wiener says the Cow Palace has outlived its usefulness. He says the site needs millions of dollars of maintenance and repairs to be a viable events space moving forward, adding there are plenty of alternative locations for these types of community events.

“This is about making sure that the local community can actually have a say in what happens at the Cow Palace and what the future holds,” said Sen. Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco.

One of the main reasons there is so much interest in the property is its size. Almost 70 acres, the Cow Palace has 250,000 square feet of events space and a 14,000-seat amphitheater.

“It’s right now being very under-utilized. The community has wanted something to happen with that property for a long time. Housing, mixed use development,” said Wiener.

Patterson worries if a local board takes control, they will only look at the value of the real estate. He thinks the board may not consider the importance of the Cow Palace as an affordable community events space. Each year it hosts everything from the Grand National Rodeo, to dog shows, to the Christmas Fair.

He also points out the history of the Cow Palace. There are dozens of signatures on the box office wall from some of the greatest artists of our time, like Elvis Presley, who performed at the Cow Palace in 1970.

“It’s not the place to solve the housing crisis, that’s for sure. There are lots of other places to build houses. You don’t need to bulldoze history and an important community asset,” said Patterson.

Senator Wiener says the bill does not dictate what happens with the property. That will be up to you he newly created joint powers authority board. He said there could be a compromise.

“You can have the Cow Palace there, and also take a portion of this mega-massive parking lot and turn it into housing and retail,” said Wiener.

If the SB281 passes, it would pass ownership of the Cow Palace to the local board on January 1, 2021.

There is a sub-committee hearing scheduled next Wednesday to discuss the bill.

Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing In Kmart Parking Lot In Redwood City

REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) – No one was injured Saturday when a helicopter made an emergency landing in a Kmart parking lot in Redwood City about two miles from the San Carlos airport, Redwood City police said.

The civilian helicopter was bound for the San Carlos airport at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when the pilot reported a minor mechanical issue and made a “safe, controlled landing” in the parking lot of the Kmart store on Veterans Boulevard.

Mechanics from the San Carlos airport came to the scene and made repairs, allowing the copter to resume its trip at about 6:25 p.m., police said.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the emergency landing, police said.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Urges China To ‘Open Up’ At Beijing Economic Forum

BEIJING (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s “extremely bullish” about the global economy based on the amount of innovation being carried out, and he’s urging China to continue to “open up.”

In a speech at an economic forum in Beijing on Saturday, Cook said Apple is less concerned with the short term economic outlook because the tech giant makes investments looking ahead years or decades.

His remarks come as China and the U.S. prepare to meet again to resolve their trade dispute, which has roiled global markets, and as Apple is expected to announce that it’s launching a video service.

The iPhone has long been Apple’s marquee product and main money maker, but sales are starting to decline. The company is pushing digital subscriptions as it searches for new growth.

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Driver Dies After Plunging 600 Feet Off Cliff In Mt. Tamalpais State Park

MARIN COUNTY (CBS SF) — A male driver was killed Saturday morning when his vehicle plunged 600 feet off a cliff in Mt. Tamalpais State Park, a fire spokesman said.

At about 10:12 a.m., a hiker reported that a four-door sedan haddriven off a cliff on Ridgecrest Boulevard in the park, Marin County fire battalion chief Bret McTigue said.

The car landed 600 feet below the roadway. A Sonoma County sheriff’s helicopter staged a rescue operation along with local fire crews.The victim was airlifted to the roadway and pronounced dead. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.

No other information was immediately available.

Overnight Accident In Pacifica Causes Traffic Delays On Northbound Hwy 1

PACIFICA (CBS SF) — Motorists should expect heavy delays on northbound State Highway 1 in Pacifica near Fassler Avenue Saturday after an overnight crash knocked down a power pole, county officials said.

At approximately 10:45 p.m., Pacifica Police Department and North County Fire Authority units responded to a solo vehicle collision on northbound State Highway 1 between Fassler Avenue and Reina Del Mar Drive.

The involved vehicle collided with a power pole, causing the pole to break and the live power lines to fall across the vehicle.

Pacifica power pole collision (Pacifica Police Dept.)

The power pole was suspended precariously from the power lines overhead. The crash also caused a power outage in the area. PG&E crews responded to the scene and were able to deactivate the lines.

The occupants were safely removed from the vehicle and only minor injuries were reported.

State Highway 1 was closed in both directions as crews cleared the vehicle. Southbound lanes were reopened to through traffic at about 11:40 p.m., while northbound lanes reopened a short time later at 12:25 a.m.

The right-hand lane has remained closed to accommodate crews working to restore the damaged pole. Motorists should take state Highway 92 to Interstate Highway 280 from locations south of the area as an alternative route.

The right-hand lane is expected to re-open around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, county officials said.

Vehicle Crash Into Building Starts Gas Leak In Campbell

CAMPBELL (CBS SF) — Police and fire officials evacuated structures in Campbell on Saturday morning after a vehicle crashed into a building and caused a gas leak.

Santa Clara Fire officials said that the car plowed into a commercial storefront that houses the Fine Fretted String Instruments music shop just before 9 a.m. The impact damaged the gas line, forcing the evacuation of residences above the storefront until crews were able to shut off the gas.

The driver did not suffer any injuries, according to authorities. Fire officials said the building sustained minor structural damage and has been yellow tagged due to the gas is out.

All lanes of southbound Bascom Avenue were briefly closed from Hamilton to Campisi Way because of the incident; police reported shortly before 10 a.m. that two of the three lanes had reopened.