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Art Installation To Pay Tribute To Ghost Ship Fire Victims

OAKLAND (KPIX 5) – An art installation that pays touching tribute to the victims of the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire is almost ready to make its public debut after months in the making. The origin of the project dates back to the day after the deadly fire that tore through the artists warehouse, killing 36 people. ALSO READ: The Oakland Museum of California asked Chris Treggiari and his co-creator Peter Focault to design a memorial piece that people could visit during “First Friday” events. The memorial is designed to look like an actual ship. It was created in honor of the Ghost Ship Fire victims, particularly Alex Ghassan. Treggiari worked alongside Ghassan last year. RELATED: Complete Coverage Of Deadly Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire “He was an amazing person,” said Treggiari. “An amazing artist, hard worker, good father, dedicated to the community definitely. And extremely talented.” As part of that piece, Treggiari asked people to write their feelings about the fire. “All of the cards on the top sails are from that event, asking people how would they memorialize Ghost Ship,” explained Treggiari. “What would you like to say? How would you like to be heard about what’s happening?” Within a couple weeks, he got more than 200 responses. Those cards will be on display as part of the memorial. Visitors will also have a chance to add cards of their own. In about one week, the piece will be complete. Certain aesthetic decisions that the artists say will take the piece to the next level still need to be made. This Ghost Ship memorial is part of a bigger exhibit called “The Days of the Dead.” It opens October 18th. The exhibit will be open through January 14th of next year at the Oakland Museum of California.

Alleged Gang Member Gets 33 Years For Shooting Oakland Police Officer

OAKLAND (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Bay Area man convicted of shooting a police officer has been sentenced to 33 years in prison. U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch says a federal judge on Wednesday sentenced 27-year-old Damion McDaniel in the 2013 shooting of an Oakland police officer. Stretch says the officer had gone to an apartment complex to investigate the shooting of an alleged gang member when McDaniel and two other gang members attacked him. The officer was struck in the head and after he refused to give up his weapon, McDaniel shot him in the forearm. Prosecutors say a day earlier McDaniel and three other gang members from Oakland’s Seminary neighborhood opened fire on a rival gang member standing at a bus stop. One of the gang members then ran up to the victim and shot him in the head. The man survived. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

After 0-10 Start, Raiders QB Derek Carr Nears .500 Mark

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) – Derek Carr has almost completed the climb out of the hole created by the 0-10 start to his career. Heading into his 50th career start on Sunday night in Washington, Carr has a chance to even his career winning percentage to .500 as part of a rapid rise from a rough beginning to his tenure with the Oakland Raiders. “Whenever you start 0-10, it usually doesn’t end well, but I’m glad that we’re trending in the right direction,” Carr said Wednesday. “That first year, as we all know, was rough for everybody. To be able to win some more games since that day, it’s a good thing.” After those 10 straight losses as a rookie, Carr won three of his final six starts in 2014 and then went 7-9 the following year in the first season with Jack Del Rio as coach. Things really started to progress last year when the team went 12-4 – with one loss coming when Carr was sidelined by a broken leg – and the quality of play has only increased this season. Oakland has won its first two games for the first time since the AFC championship season in 2002 and is the first team since Denver in 2010 to score at least 70 points and commit no turnovers the first two weeks of the season. Carr is a major reason for that success. He is completing 75 percent of his passes through two games, has increased his yards per attempt from 7.0 last year to 8.2 so far this year and has five TD passes, no interceptions and a 126.5 passer rating. “He’s awesome,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said on a conference call. “He’s a great player. He has great command of the offense. He really has a great knack for giving receivers catchable balls. It looks like they’re covered and he can drop the ball in buckets that not many people would throw, let alone complete. His receivers do a great of tracking it for him. I’ve just been impressed with his poise in the pocket, his command of the game, and obviously the results that he’s had.” For his career, Carr has thrown for 11,686 yards and 86 TDs with a passer rating of 89.2. He needs 310 yards this week to move into the top 10 for most by a quarterback in his first 50 games and with three TDs he can tie Andrew Luck for the fifth-most TD passes. Carr never doubted this success would come, even as the losses piled up his rookie season and he watched his first coach, Dennis Allen, get fired four games into the campaign. “I just knew at some point it has to change, because when you do things the right way, it’s got to change eventually,” he said. “So, every single game, I went out there, all 10 of those games, and thought, ‘Yeah, this is the one. We’re going to win.’ And it just didn’t work out that way. I knew that we were building something special. I knew that the culture us players had taken on and wanted to put into this building was special.” Carr has gotten plenty of help in the turnaround, especially on offense. The Raiders have one of the top offensive lines in the league with three returning Pro Bowlers in center Rodney Hudson, left guard Kelechi Osemele and left tackle Donald Penn, an emerging young star at right guard in Gabe Jackson and newcomer Marshall Newhouse, who has upgraded the right tackle spot. Marshawn Lynch has come out of retirement to give Oakland a power running game to complement speedsters Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington and receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree form one of the most productive duos in the league. With tight end Jared Cook adding another threat in the passing game and Cordarrelle Patterson providing another threat with his speed as a receiver or out of the backfield, the Raiders have one of the league’s most complete offenses. “I feel like we have a lot of talent,” Carr said. “I think that our front office and our coaches have done a great job of bringing that in, but it doesn’t mean anything unless we go out and do it on the field. That is the coolest part to me, is that our guys sat in there in meetings, attentive, ready to learn what’s next, what’s the game plan. When we hit this field, it’ll be full speed. It’ll be all out, everything they’ve got. I think it’s cool to have the weapons and all that, but the cool thing to me is what we do not even on Sundays, it’s what we do in between the days leading up.”
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San Francisco, Oakland Sue Big Oil Over Climate Change, Sea Level Rise

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The city attorneys of San Francisco and Oakland on Wednesday announced they are filing civil lawsuits against big oil companies for their role in damaging climate change that will impact their cities. The city attorneys say that because of rising sea levels, the areas known as the Embarcadero on both sides of San Francisco Bay as well as the San Francisco Ferry Building and many other businesses and towers worth billions of dollars could be wiped out. They blame big oil for knowingly causing climate change. With the recent extreme weather phenomena, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera says a lawsuit against Big Oil over climate change is a long time coming. With the back-to-back hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and now Maria hitting the Caribbean islands and the U.S., 2017 has become a record-breaking hurricane season. The Bay Area also experienced the hottest temperatures ever on record a few weeks ago. “The science is undeniable,” said Herrera. “Climate change is altering our planet placing communities at risk.” Herrera, alongside Oakland’s City Attorney Barbara Parker, are filing separate lawsuits on behalf of each city against the five largest investor-owned producers of fossil fuels in the world: Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips. “Just like Big Tobacco, Big Oil knew the truth long ago,” said Parker. They said just like tobacco companies who were sued in the 1980s, oil companies created an ongoing so-called public nuisance that is now causing jeopardizing thousands of lives and $49 billion worth of bayside public and private property in Oakland and San Francisco. “Fossil fuel companies were aware of these effects and continued to use profits at expense of residents,” explained Parker. Herrera said studies show that by 2050, a 100-year flood will happen once every year. That means six percent of San Francisco will be inundated by 2100. Herrera and Parker said that the actions of the oil companies have already led to the rise of sea levels in the Bay Area, with some
scientists projecting as much as 10 feet of sea level rise by the end of the century. In Oakland, some of the areas most vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise are neighborhoods where many residents are African American, Hispanic or have low incomes. Those populations tend to live at lower sea levels, where the impacts of flooding associated with storm surge are likely to be more severe. “This burden will be disproportionately born by the people with the least resources,” Parker said. Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, called the lawsuit a “bold and necessary step” for the cities of Oakland and San Francisco to protect their communities. “It is appropriate that people are now looking to the courts, instead of legislators, to help hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their contributions to sea level rise and other climate impacts,” Kimmell said in a statement. The lawsuits ask the courts to hold the big oil companies responsible for the costs of sea walls and any other infrastructure they need to protect San Francisco and Oakland for any future consequences of climate change and sea level rising. The two cities’ lawsuits follow similar ones that Marin and San Mateo counties and San Diego County’s City of Imperial Beach filed in July against 37 oil, gas and coal companies for allegedly knowingly contributing to the environmental crisis over a period of nearly 50 years.  

A’s Sweep Tigers With 3-2 Win

DETROIT (AP) – Daniel Mengden pitched seven scoreless innings, and Marcus Semien homered and drove in three runs, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 win and three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Mengden (2-1) allowed seven hits and struck out four, extending his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings and helping the A’s to their fourth consecutive win. The 24-year-old right-hander missed the first two months of the season after undergoing offseason foot surgery and was making his fifth major league start this year. Liam Hendriks got the final two outs in the ninth to earn his first save. Anibal Sanchez (3-5) pitched well in a losing effort, allowing three hits and one run in six innings. He struck out eight and walked three. Semien’s double in the third inning brought home Bruce Maxwell, who led off with a double. His two-run homer in the seventh put the A’s up 3-0. Mengden worked out of a few jams. He got Nick Castellanos to fly out to deep right center with two out and runners on the corners in the third. In the fifth, after allowing two-out singles to Alex Presley and Jeimer Candelario, Mengden induced another deep flyout from Miguel Cabrera. Castellanos led off the sixth with a single and advanced on a wild pitch. Mengden got a strikeout and two popouts to leave him stranded. The Tigers threatened in the ninth off Ryan Dull, who allowed a one-out, two-run single to Andrew Romine. Hendriks relieved Dull and got Jose Iglesias to ground into a fielder’s choice before striking out Presley. TRAINER’S ROOM Athletics: C Bruce Maxwell left in the ninth after taking a foul ball to the mask from Iglesias. Maxwell stayed down for a few minutes and was replaced by Josh Phegley. STREAKING Castellanos extended his career-best hitting streak to 17 games with his single in the sixth. … Oakland 1B Matt Olson went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk. He had homered in five straight games entering Wednesday, setting an A’s rookie record. UP NEXT Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (5-4, 4.39 ERA) faces Texas on Friday. The Rangers have not announced their starter. Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (8-12, 6.18) takes on Minnesota LHP Adalberto Mejia (4-6, 4.62) on Thursday in Detroit.
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A’s Rally From 4 Down, Beat Tigers 9-8

DETROIT (AP) – Jed Lowrie was ready for Alex Wilson. “I’ve faced Alex before, and I know he’s got a good cutter,” Lowrie said. Lowrie hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-8 Tuesday night. “I was able to get on top of it,” Lowrie said. “We ground out a lot of at bats to get back in it, and it ends up as a fun night of baseball.” The start of the game was delayed 15 minutes after afternoon rain, and the nine innings stretched on for 3 hours, 58 minutes. “When it isn’t vital to win a game for a pennant race, it takes some of the energy out of the game,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “Both teams battled all night tonight, though.” Detroit trailed 3-0 in the third inning, then took an 8-4 lead into the seventh, when Ryon Healy hit a bases-loaded grounder to shortstop Jose Iglesias, who bobbled the ball for an error as Lowrie scored. Joey Wendle, Franklin Barreto and Chad Pinder started the eighth with singles off Wilson (2-5), and Lowrie followed with his third career slam. Wilson entered with a 3.07 ERA since moving into the setup role after the Tigers traded Justin Wilson to the Chicago Cubs. “He’s been really good for us all year,” Ausmus said. “The nature of pitching at the back end of the bullpen means that you are going to be in a lot of close games, so when you make a mistake, it probably costs your team the lead.” Miguel Cabrera singled off Chris Hatcher starting the bottom of the eighth and took third on Nicholas Castellanos’ double. But Jeimer Candelario grounded out and, after an intentional walk, Hatcher struck out James McCann and Mikie Mahtook. “The key was the ground out,” Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. “Once Hatch got that, we could move the defense back and play for two. That was a great job of pitching.” Santiago Casilla (4-5) pitched a perfect seventh, and Blake Treinen allowed Alex Presley’s two-out single in the sixth before retiring Andrew Romine on a groundout for his ninth save. Oakland’s Matt Olson homered for the fifth straight game, tying Matt Stairs (1998), Dave Kingman (1986) and George Alusik (1962) for the second-longest streak in Athletics history behind Frank Thomas’s six in 2006. “It’s cool, but honestly, I would like to mix in another hit one of these games,” he said. Olson has 15 home runs in his last 21 games. “I’m done talking about him,” Melvin said. “I don’t have any more adjectives to use for him. I don’t even know what to say.” Alex Presley, Castellanos and Ian Kinsler homered for Detroit. Presley’s homer was the 5,693rd of the major league season, tying the record set in 2000. Kansas City’s Alex Gordon then homered at Toronto to break the mark. Kinsler’s homer was his 20th. Oakland starter Daniel Gossett allowed six runs, nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. Tigers starter Chad Bell gave up three runs, five hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. “I was in a great rhythm in the first inning, but I couldn’t keep it going,” Bell said. “I gave up two homers in the second, and then I had some mechanical issues, especially out of the stretch.” TRAINER’S ROOM Athletics: RHP Jharel Cotton could make his next scheduled start despite missing Monday’s game after straining a groin muscle during pregame warmups. Cotton was able to play catch on Tuesday without significant discomfort. Tigers: RHP Jeff Farrell was back with the team, one day after being hit on the head by a 103 mph line drive. Tests showed no fractures, and he is being watched for concussion symptoms. UP NEXT The teams finish their three-game series Wednesday, with Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 7.03) facing Oakland’s Daniel Mengden (1-1, 4.30). Mengden is coming off a two-hit shutout of Philadelphia Phillies. Sanchez allowed one run in six innings against the Chicago White Sox, striking out 11.
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Some Locals Voice Opposition To Laney College Site For A’s Stadium

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A week after the Oakland A’s announced their preferred new stadium site on land that is now the offices of the Peralta Community College District, some area residents told KPIX 5 Tuesday they were not thrilled by that news. “There’s going to be a giant stadium staring us in the face.  And again, we’re just afraid the whole learning environment will change,” said Laney College librarian Evelyn Lord. Opponents held a small protest on Tuesday, saying the new stadium would disrupt the learning process and could one day possibly end up eliminating Laney College altogether. “We believe that ultimately this is gentrification, ok?  And they are trying to uproot our institution,” said Laney College English teacher Roger Porter. As land values around a new stadium would rise, they say the cash-strapped community college district may have a hard time resisting the sale of more of its land to private speculators. It is the same fear that was expressed a few blocks away in Chinatown, where most residents live at or below poverty level. “Rent is gonna significantly and dramatically increase,” said Anya Huang of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. “And if they can’t afford it they’re gonna be forced to move away or become homeless.” Over the years, Laney College has been named as a good site for a ballpark, but it turns out the A’s haven’t even asked the district if their land is actually available. They sent this letter to the district outlining their interest in the property last Tuesday, the same day they announced their final decision to the public. When asked how the A’s could select the site when they didn’t even know if the community college district would sell it to them, Peralta Community College District spokesman Jeffrey Heyman replied, “You’d have to ask the A’s that question.  As I said, we got the letter of intent on Tuesday. We’re looking at it. No decisions have been made.” KPIX 5 tried to ask the A’s but got no response Tuesday. Meanwhile, as the focus of the new stadium shifts to this site alone, its neighbors are wondering if they have a future here at all.

Man Charged In Fatal Shooting Of Man At Homeless Encampment In Oakland

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — An ex-convict has been charged with special circumstances murder for allegedly taking another man’s bicycle and then fatally shooting the man at a homeless encampment in North Oakland last week, prosecutors said. Curtis Standley, 28, of Pittsburg, is scheduled to appear in Alameda County Superior Court today on charges that he fatally shot 44-year-old Jason Coleman in the 600 block of 42nd Street at about 11:15 a.m. Thursday. Oakland police Officer Anthonie Jones wrote in a probable cause statement that Standley took Coleman’s bicycle and started to ride it away but Coleman caught up to Standley and tried to get his bike back. Standley pulled out a revolver and fired one round at Coleman, striking Coleman in his upper left chest area, according to Jones. Standley then dropped the bicycle and fled on foot east on Telegraph Avenue, according to Jones. Witnesses followed Standley and called police and officers eventually located and arrested him at 38th Street and Telegraph Avenue, Jones wrote. Paramedics transported Coleman to Highland Hospital but he was pronounced dead there at 11:36 a.m. Standley is charged with murder, the special circumstances of committing a murder during the course of a robbery, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Prosecutors allege that he has two prior felony convictions: a 2015 conviction for second-degree burglary of a vehicle and a 2016 conviction for possession of a gun by an ex-felon. © Copyright 2017 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.