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ADA serial filer suffers another setback in federal court

The hits keep on coming for Brian Whitaker, a serial filer of lawsuits against small businesses under the Americans with Disabilities Act. On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers dismissed Whitaker’s suit against Salah R. Salah, the owner of Deja Vu Juice Bar in San Mateo. She found that Whitaker did not plausibly allege that he intended to return to the juice bar when the alleged barrier to accessibility — tables without sufficient clearance for a wheelchair — was remediated.
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Update: 1 person dead in brush fire that burned west of Petaluma

SONOMA COUNTY -- Authorities in Sonoma County on Monday confirmed that one person died in a brush fire that burned 63 acres west of Petaluma.The incident, named the Roblar Fire, was first reported at around 2:30 near the intersection of Roblar Road and Valley Ford Road in the town of Bloomfield.The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office confirmed early Monday evening that a person had died in the fire. No additional details were provided.According to initial reports, the fire was already 15-20 acre and is being driven by winds in the area.The Cal Fire LNU Twitter account confirmed that its units were...

UPDATE: 3 victims killed in Brentwood Amtrak train crash identified

BRENTWOOD -- An Amtrak train running through unincorporated Brentwood smashed into a car containing five people Sunday afternoon at a private crossing with no gates, killing three and leaving an adult and a child hospitalized with "major injuries."East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District public information officer Steve Aubert said the call came in at 1:01 p.m. The tracks are owned by BNSF Railway. The collision occurred in the 3000 block of Orwood Road on a dirt road."It's not uncommon that we've had accidents at that crossing," Aubert said.The train stopped shortly after the collision. None of the 85 people...

Rival team emerges as suitor to sign Warriors’ Gary Payton II

Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II has an option on the table if he wants to take the ring and run. Anthony Slater of The Athletic reported Monday that the Dallas Mavericks are considered to be among the most serious suitors for the unrestricted free agent Payton this offseason. Slater notes however that the Warriors are still seen as the favorites to re-sign Payton, who loves the team and the Bay Area.

Man who fatally shot attacker on SF Muni won't face homicide charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who shot and killed a passenger on a San Francisco subway commuter train will be charged with gun crimes but not homicide in what was "clearly" a case of self-defense after he was attacked with a knife, his attorney said Monday.Javon Green, 26, will face charges of having a concealed weapon in a public place and having a loaded gun in a public place, both felonies that possibly could be reduced to misdemeanors, attorney Randy Knox said.Green was scheduled for a court appearance on Tuesday.The San Francisco District Attorney's Office declined to comment to...

Oakland man arrested after fatal sideshow-related crash; 2 OPD officers under investigation

OAKLAND -- Police in Oakland are investigating what appeared to be a fatal sideshow-related collision early Sunday morning that also involved two officers being placed on administrative leave in connection with the case.Oakland Police Chief Chief LeRonne Armstrong on Monday afternoon announced that two officers who were involved in the case have been placed on administrative leave as their actions come under scrutiny."We want to thoroughly investigate our involvement, I think it's important that we make sure that whatever involvement we had with this incident that we fully investigate that to make sure our officers were following policy, following laws,"...

RH cuts outlook weeks after previous guidance, shares plunge

Shares of RH tumbled 9% ahead of the opening bell Thursday after the luxury furniture store chain cut its sales expectations just weeks after issuing guidance to its investors, blaming worsening macro-economic conditions and rising mortgage rates. After predicting earlier this month that 2022 sales would be flat to up...

Coroner identifies three women killed in collision with Amtrak train

BRENTWOOD, Calif. - The coroner on Monday released the identities of the three women killed when an Amtrak train slammed into their car in Brentwood. Authorities said Mercedes Regalado, 50, of Antioch; Maria Nieves, 27, and Julia Mondragon, 40, both of Dixon, died Sunday after the commuter train smashed into their Honda Civic that was crossing the railroad tracks.