By Alma Fausto | [email protected], Aaron Davis | [email protected] and Jon Kawamoto | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: August 6, 2018 at 6:47 am | UPDATED: August 6, 2018 at 9:50 pm Four Bay Area residents and a Los Angeles man were identified Monday, Aug. 6, as the five who were killed when a plane crashed the day before into the parking lot of a Santa Ana shopping center. The pilot was Scott Shepherd, 53, of Diablo, Ca., the Orange County coroner’s office said, and the passengers were: Lara Shepherd, 42, of Diablo; Floria Hakimi, 62, of Danville; Navid Hakimi, 32, of Los Angeles; and Nasim Ghanadan, 29, of Alamo. The Shepherds were married and had two children. Navid Hakimi was Floria Hakimi’s son, according to social-media posts. All five worked for Pacific Union International, a real estate brokerage company with offices in Danville and Southern California, a company spokesman said. The purpose of … [Read more...] about 5 killed in Santa Ana plane crash identified as Los Angeles man, Bay Area residents
By Michael Lane | PUBLISHED: August 4, 2018 at 8:30 am | UPDATED: August 4, 2018 at 8:31 am As our state lawmakers return from summer recess and get back to unfinished business, there remain a number of critical bills needed to address our housing crisis. Among them, still to be taken up by the full Senate, is Assembly Bill 2923, a high-profile bill that would deliver a crucial opportunity for working families looking for a home they can afford within a BART trip to their work or school. AB 2923, authored by Assemblymen David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Tim Grayson, D-Concord, would enable the creation of thousands of new affordable homes at and around BART stations, resulting in fewer cars and less congestion on our region’s roads. East Bay legislators should support this innovative housing and transit solution. It’s no secret among affordable-housing advocates and experts that transit-oriented development is one of our most critical tools in addressing our … [Read more...] about Pro: A bill badly needed for more Bay Area housing
By Matt Kawahara Published 8:30 pm PDT, Friday, August 3, 2018 Joining the Raiders after 10 years in Green Bay, receiver Jordy Nelson faced a host of changes: new offense, new quarterback, new coaches. He anticipated another jarring difference: Bay Area housing prices. “That’s what I told my wife,” Nelson said in March. “I said, ‘When we sell our house in Green Bay, I don’t think it’s going to make it very far out here.’” Nelson reportedly put his five-bedroom, Green Bay-area house up for sale in June. The listing price: $379,000. Nearly half the Raiders’ roster in training camp is new since the end of last season. And those arriving from out of state have experienced the regional sticker shock firsthand. It’s one thing for players like Nelson, an established NFL veteran who this spring signed a two-year deal reportedly worth $14.2 million. It’s another for rookies like defensive tackle Maurice … [Read more...] about New Raiders learning about Bay Area sticker shock
By Louis Hansen | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: August 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm | UPDATED: August 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm Tech workers might seem to have it made — free meals, lavish parties, their own HBO comedy and the quarterly rush of excitement when stock option profits hit their Schwab accounts. But are they paid enough to put roots down in the Bay Area? More than 60 percent of tech workers in an unscientific poll say “No.” The survey by Blind, an anonymous messaging app used by thousands of tech employees, found a strong majority of techies at 13 Bay Area companies say they cannot afford to buy a home here. Nearly 7 in 10 employees at Cisco, eBay and Intuit say they can’t break into the housing market. Even the majority of developers and supervisors at trillion-dollar valued Apple (63 percent), Facebook (51 percent) and Google (51 percent) say they can’t buy the American Dream in the Bay Area. The survey suggests big … [Read more...] about Do tech workers make enough to buy a house in the Bay Area?
The aerial gondola moves passengers above the hills during the opening celebration at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, June 2, 2017. The gondola and the Landing Cafe at the hilltop Kaiser Permanente Visitor Center are part of the first phase of the zoo’s California Trail expansion, which opened in July. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group) A five-year-old male jaguar takes a snooze at his new home inside the Oakland’s Zoo’s California Trail. He’s awaiting a female companion who is set to arrive this fall. (Photo: Steve Goodall) The grizzly bear cubs retrieve fruit treats out of their pool during a media preview of the Oakland Zoo’s new California Trail expansion in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. The expansion, three years in the making, doubles the Zooâ€™s current size and adds eight new native California animal species. The trail opens to the public on July 12th. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group) … [Read more...] about 7 fabulous SF Bay Area things to do this weekend, Aug. 3-5