The America's Cup sailing races this year generated far less economic activity in the San Francisco Bay Area than projected, and have cost taxpayers more than $5 million, a newspaper reported.
Draft figures from the Bay Area Council Economic Institute reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle show the races generated at least $364 million in economic impact. That figure rises to $550 million if the construction of a new cruise ship terminal is factored in.
That is far below the $900 million projected just a few months before the races were set to begin and the $1.4 billion originally estimated in 2010.
Based on figures from Mayor Ed Lee's office, the newspaper also reported the races have cost city taxpayers more than $5 million so far despite private fundraising and a boost in city tax revenue.
The numbers come as Lee prepares to submit a proposal by Dec. 22 to host the next Cup. In a statement, he said the races "showcased our beautiful city to the world and brought thousands of new jobs, long-overdue legacy waterfront improvements, international visitor spending, and a boost to our regional economy."
But Supervisor John Avalos said city money was better spent in outlying neighborhoods such as the one he represents, rather than its waterfront, which was spruced up for the races.
"A $5.5 million deficit, all for a yacht race for billionaires," Avalos said. "The whole event has been nothing more than a stupefying spectacle of how this city works for the top 1 percent on everyone else's dime."
The event faced numerous setbacks, including the death of Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson during a training run in May.
The $100 million price tag to compete in the race whittled down the list of competitors. Simpson's death raised concerns about the safety of the race.
Still, the finish was thrilling, with defending champion Oracle Team USA coming back from an 8-1 match deficit to defeat Emirates Team New Zealand.
"While the economic boost fell short of initial expectations, it's definitely worth a modest city investment to generate hundreds of millions of dollars for our local economy," said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. "The race ended up being pretty exciting, too."
A deputy-involved shooting Tuesday afternoon in Saratoga sent both the deputy and the suspect to the hospital, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.
According to a 12:44 p.m. tweet on the official sheriff's office Twitter feed, the incident occurred near Saratoga and McFarland avenues.
A deputy and the suspect were both transported to a hospital, according to the post.
The Sonoma County coroner's office has identified a man who died after being found unconscious in his car near his burning home as well-known North Bay surfer Steven Wayne McAlpin.
The 62-year-old McAlpin apparently escaped the fire and traveled a short distance down Coastal Avenue in Carmet before his car drove into a culvert, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District Chief Sean Grinnell said.
The fire was reported at 3:20 a.m. As crews responded, neighbors alerted them about the car, and some of the crews turned their attention to McAlpin and tried to revive him, Grinnell said.
He was pronounced dead at 4 a.m., according to the coroner's office.
"It looked like he suffered a medical emergency," Grinnell said.
The cause of his death remains under investigation, and an autopsy on Wednesday will help determine if he had breathed in smoke from the fire, Grinnell said.
McAlpin was a well-known surfer in the Bodega Bay area known to locals as Steve-O and also Da Kine (excellent) Kahuna.
"He repaired and built surfboards," Grinnell said.
The single-story house, located in a subdivision on Coastal Avenue, was destroyed in the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Firefighters from Bodega Bay, Monte Rio, Gold Ridge, Occidental and Bodega controlled the blaze in about 45 minutes.
Thirteen people have pleaded guilty to helping briefly disable online payment service provider Paypal as part of a protest that authorities say was organized by the hacking group Anonymous.
Ten of the defendants pleaded guilty Thursday to felony and misdemeanor charges of intentionally damaging a protected computer.
If they stay out of legal trouble, the U.S. Department of Justice plans to drop the felony charges, and the defendants will be sentenced to probation a year from now.
Three other defendants pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in San Jose federal court and face similar sentences.
Authorities say the 13 defendants acknowledged taking part in a protest organized by Anonymous in December 2010 after the eBay-owned Paypal cut ties to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks when it released more than 700,000 leaked government documents.
Stanley Cohen, an attorney for one of the defendants, said the 13 were engaged in an act of civil disobedience that he believes is protected by First Amendment free speech guarantees. They pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and probation rather than risk a felony conviction and possible prison time, Cohen said.
"You got people here who engage in activity they believed was appropriate, responsible and necessary," said Cohen, who is based in New York. "This is another example of political dissent."
Earlier this month, eBay chairman Pierre Omiydar urged prosecutors to show leniency because Paypal recorded thousands of computers attacking its servers.
Denial of service attacks are launched from remote computers commandeered by rogue programs downloaded online for free that bombard a website so that it becomes overwhelmed and unavailable to visitors. Pinpointing the culprits is difficult. The attacks are relatively easy to mount and can be performed by amateurs.
Anonymous also targeted other websites that were either critical of WikiLeaks or had refused to process payments for WikiLeaks, among them MasterCard and Visa. The targets in what it called Operation Payback even included the Swedish prosecutor's office, after warrants for sexual crimes were issued for Julian Assange, the creator of WikiLeaks.
Four men were convicted last year in the United Kingdom for participating denial of service attacks in Operation Payback.
Crews have shut off the flow of gas to a 4-inch pipeline that ruptured in a neighborhood in the Oakland hills Tuesday morning, sparking an underground fire that burned for hours and caused the evacuation of nearby homes.
The one-alarm fire was reported at Golf Links Road and Fontaine Street at 8:24 a.m., Oakland fire Battalion Chief Lisa Baker said.
Flames could be seen coming up through cracks in the roadway. No injuries were reported.
Six homes were evacuated, and residents of other homes nearby were advised to shelter in place, Baker said. A hazardous materials team was called to the scene.
PG&E crews shut off the flow of gas at 11:37 a.m.
James Gouig, 36, who lives at that intersection with his cousin, said he was at home when he heard a knock at the front door.
At first he was annoyed because he thought it was a salesperson, he said. However, the person at the door turned out to be a neighbor telling him his front lawn was on fire.
He looked out and saw fire burning in an odd formation that consisted of straight lines, he said.
"It didn't look right, so I called 911," he said.
Gouig said it was a scary experience.
"I started thinking about the San Bruno situation and I started freaking out," he said, referring to the September 2010 underground pipeline explosion that killed eight people in that city.
He said his next thought was what to grab from his home before fleeing; he ended up just taking his iPhone.
Gouig told his story to reporters as he waited to be let back into his home, dressed in sweats and sandals in the chilly morning air.
Initially, he said, he didn't know what was going on and was getting information from friends and family members who were watching the situation unfold on TV.
Battalion Chief Baker said the pressure in the pipeline that ruptured was 50 pounds per square inch -- much less than the nearly 400 pounds per square inch of pressure in the San Bruno pipe that burst.
PG&E spokeswoman Brittany Chord reiterated that there was "much less pressure" involved in Tuesday's incident. She also said the San Bruno pipeline was 36 inches in diameter.
She said crews' first priority was shutting off the flow of gas in the pipeline and making sure everything is safe, and that they would then investigate why it ruptured.
She said shutting off the gas flow took a while because the pipe is located 6 feet underground and crews had to shore up the sides of a trench PG&E workers used to make the repairs.
Some residents' gas service has been interrupted, Chord said.
The intersection is a few blocks away from Interstate Highway 580 near Holy Redeemer College. An employee at the college said operations were normal and no evacuations were ordered at the campus.
Teachers, students and staff at Charles P. Howard Elementary at 8755 Fontaine St. were told by emergency crews to stay indoors, but they were not instructed to evacuate, a school employee said.